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DLSP History

1899: Palmerston Football Club Founded in Ranelagh.

1911: H Swan, R Exshaw &  R Douglas are selected for Leinster for the first ever Junior Inter pro Vs Munster.

1919: The club enters the Leinster Senior Cup for the first time.

1924: The Club hosts the second All Blacks (The Invincible). (Note: Historic autographed photo on display in Kilternan).

1925: New grounds acquired at Clonskeagh. Pavilion opened by J.J.Coffey  President of the IRFU, followed by a game against Lansdowne.

1934: D.M.Hudson becomes the Club’s first Leinster Senior Interprovincial.

1947: V.E. Kirwan elected President of the Leinster Branch

1952: V.E. Kirwan elected President of the IRFU.

1955: V.E. Kirwan elected Hon. Sec. of the International Rugby Football Board.

1956: Palmerston win their first ever Leinster Branch trophy (“The Moran Cup”).

1964: Mr Bob Fitzgerald appointed Secretary of the IRFU.

1965: De La Salle RFC founded in April.

1966: De La Salle RFC win their first Leinster Branch competition the Third A’s League

1968: Hugh Mc Cullough (De La Salle) is selected for the first ever Leinster u-19 team vs Cardiff.

1970: The first floodlit rugby pitch in the republic is opened & De la Salle RFC win the Spencer Cup for the first time.

1972: De La Salle Past Pupils RFC acquire grounds in Glenamuck

1973: Palmerston F.C. purchase 16 acres in Kilternan.

1977: Barry O’Connor selected for the Irish B team.

1980: Palmerston F.C. play their first game in Kilternan on August 30th and the new clubhouse are officially opened by the President of the IRFU Bobby Ganly.

1980: Barry O’Connor plays for Ireland in non cap winning test matches on the tour of South Africa.

1985: De La Salle RFC And Palmerston FC make history by becoming the first  two Irish rugby clubs to merge and will be known as De La Salle  Palmerston F.C.

1985: Dr Michael Foley is elected as the first President and Pat Mc Cabe Captain of De La Salle Palmerston F.C.

1985: De La Salle Palmerston win their first Leinster Branch Competitions the J2 League and the Guilfoyle cup at J8 level.

1990: Ronan Garvey, Tom Leigh & Ultan Waldron become the first De La Salle Palmerston members to be selected for Leinster (at u-19 Level) and Collie Gleeson was also selected for Connacht at u-19.

1991: Des Fitzgerald selected for Irish World Cup squad.

1992/93: De La Salle Palmerston qualify for Division 3 of the AIL.

1993: Ciaran Shanley becomes the first member of De La Salle Palmerston to be selected  for Connacht.

1995/96: De La Salle Palmerston qualify for Division 2 of the AIL.

1998/99: De La Salle Palmerston promoted to Division 1 of the AIL.

De La Salle Palmerston qualify for their first Leinster Senior Cup Final.

1999: Declan O’Brien becomes the first De La Salle Palmerston to be awarded a full time contract from the Leinster Branch.

1999/2000: De La Salle Palmerston celebrate their Centenary year and retain their Division 1 status.