The following history is taken from souvenir programme from the 1981 official opening. This piece was written by Joe Walsh (President and founder member of the club.)
How It All Began
At a meeting held in the schoolhouse in the Spring of 1956 it was decided to form a Gaelic Football Club in Enniskerry. It was agreed to register a junior club and to affiliate a junior and
senior team and that the club would be called "St Mary's".
The names of the large attendance can be found in the minute book which I handed over to Sean Woodcock in 1959. I was the Secretary and Treasurer at that first meeting and Sean Woodcock
succeeded me as Secretary in 1959, while I remained Treasurer until 1971.
Our first need was for a set of Jerseys and a raffle was organised with a £5 note as the first prize. Tickets 2d each or 7 for 1\-. Parkey White claimed he visited the local graveyards and
observing family names sent books of tickets far and wide to known surviving members wherever the lived. Parkey purchased the jerseys.
Our junior team were well beaten in the first round of the North Championship in Emmet Park but this turned out to be a blessing in disguise as with the help of other clubs in the North and
some in South County Dublin, plus a Bray 7-a-side the lads got plenty of friendlies Many of these matches were due to the efforts of Parkey White. In 1957 we had a good team led by team
captain Chris Lloyd, who was a grand player and was well liked and feared by all the lads. In the Championship we won out in the North, won the County Semi-Final and met Donard in the final.
It was not unusual at the time to have a big gap between the semi-final and the final and it was during that period that some of our players emigrated to England in search of work. A
misunderstanding by some of the players in England about the date of the final saw them back home a week before the actual date.
Chris Lloyd in particular was in a difficult situation as he had got special weekend leave and could not get the same privilege for two consecutive weeks. There was a special meeting in Parkeys
house to make arrangements for the final the following Sunday. Chris was adamant that he would have to be back for work on Monday morning after the final. It was up to the club now to
decide and the final arrangements were as follows: Chris would sail by boat to Dublin aftrer work on the Saturday (a night sailing) he would be met at Dun Laoghaire on Sunday morning and
be brought by car to Enniskerry and then to Ashford and immediately after the match he would be driven straight to Dublin airport and thus make his Monday morning work date.
All was set now for the final, we travelled by bus, some players and a full load
of supporters. Most of the players and a number of supporters travelled by car
I do not remember much about the
actual play but I do remember the excitement. We held our own against Donard,
who were favouriets and went on to win. It was just great to win a countdy final
at our first attempt.
The presentation of the medals was held at Mrs Butlers of the Scalp with a supper and dance on the 14th May 1958, and the economic situation at the time was reflected as each name was
called with response "working in England" for nearly half of the first fifteen.
1958 saw our mnors take the county minor final. Previous to this they were runners up to Baltinglass in 1957 or maybe 1956. Though we lost seven of our 1958 juniors to England we were lucky
with replacements and went on to take the junior title again in 1962 and the intermediate title in 1963.
1957 Championship Winners
Round 1 - 2nd June
Enniskerry 1-4 Newtown 0-6
Round 2 - 16th June
Enniskerry 4-3 Ballinastoe 0-6
Round 3 semi finals - 25th August
Enniskerry 2-7 Britas Whites 2-2
Round 4 final - 8th December
Enniskerry 4-4 Donard 2-2
Chris Lloyd (Capt.), Egger Sean Murphy, Mick McDonald, Jim Kenny, Paddy Willis, Pat Hussey, Barney Coogan, Paddy Roche, Tommy McDonald, Tom Gerraghty, Vinny Butler, Tommy Butler, Patsy Byrne, Noel Keogh, Pat Sheridan, Larry Sheridan, Liam Keogh, Leo Keogh, Mike Kelly, Jack Kearns, Michael McGillycuddy, Declan Burton, Des Burton, Sean Woodcock, Jack Fagan, Matt Kennelley and Chris McDonald.