It was proposed by Mick Greally, and seconded by Jack Byrnes that we subscribe £1 each to buy as set of jerseys and socks. The treasurer collected £15 that night. Charlie Graham proposed that the club colours would be blue with a gold sash and as Charlie was the only Tipperary man, his proposal was carried. This concluded our first General Meeting and the beginning of a lot of hard work. Within two weeks we had twenty-four paid up members whom I will list here: P. Grealish (Carnmore) P. Crehan (Aughrim) P. Fitzgerald (Foghenagh) P.J Noone (Cappatagle) Dick Power (Tynagh) Padraig Shiels (Kiltormer) Mick Carr (Maree) Mick Freally (Maree) Padraig Nevin (Cappatagle) Christy Nevin (Cappatagle) Tom Carr (Killimor) Padraig Garvey (Cappatagle) Tony Monaghan (Killimor) Seamus Nevin (Cappatagle) P.J. Ford (Skehana) Charlie Clarke (Cappatagle) Michael Crehan (Aughrim) John Crehan (Aughrim) Marty Treacy (Cappatagle) Jack Byrnes (Kilrickle) Joe Leahy (Loughrea) All from Co. Galway and: Paddy Morrisey (Kildare) Charlie Graham (Tipperary) Bill Gorman -(Limerick)
Obviously these days we have players from all over Ireland but back when we started Galway men were the backbone of the club. As I was now Secretary of St Gabriels I had to get all transfers signed and ready for the first Co. Board Meeting. Another trip to the Co. Board Secretary with transfers signed, name of club, St Gabriels and address of Secretary, 64 St Margarets Road, Kensal Green, London NW10. Marty Treacy accompanied me on this visit. The Co. Board secretary told us he would be notifying us shortly of the first county board meeting for 1961. He also informed us that there was a very good sports shop in Fleet Street and to try it for our new set of Jerseys and socks. Marty Treacy and his wife Bridie went to Fleet Street to a shop called Jack Hobbs where they pick up the socks and jerseys which would be ready for collection one week later. It was not possible to get blue jerseys with a sash so we decided to buy the gold material and have it stitched on. One week later, Charlie Graham and myself had to have a day off work to collect our new kits….. We took with us a blue suitcase and that case was used for quite a few years to carry the gear to and from matches. Now one of our members, Joe Leahy from Loughrea, informed us that his wife, Kathleen, would be only too glad to put on the sashes as she was a dressmaker….. This she did free of charge.
Bridie Treacy bought the material in Harlesden. The cost of the jerseys was 17s/6d and the socks cost half a crown (2s/6d). Next thing I was notified by the county secretary that a county board meeting had been arrange to be held in the Blarney, Tottenham Court Road. This was the meeting that all our officers dreaded because I had ten transfers, all players leaving Brother Pearse Club. As I was secretary the job fell to me to attend the meeting. P.J. Forde travelled with me – he was not a member of Brother Pearse.
I remember being very nervous when the secretary announced that there was a new hurling team being affiliated in NW10 called St Gabriels. The secretary mentioned that ten players were transferring from Brother Pearse and asked their delegate, Pakie Kiely (Chairman), if he had any objection. He then asked the secretary if he would read out the ten names and it read as follows: Patrick Grealish, Peter Crehan, Richard Power, Peter Fitzgerald, Charlie Graham, William Gorman, Michael Greally, Patrick Shiels, Tom Malone and Patrick Joseph Noone. And so St Gabriels Hurling Club was born, the first year being a very successful year with the team winning the Junior County Championship in 1961, their very first year of existence.