Rathgar Hockey Club

Founded 1961

Co. Dublin

Club History


Diocesan School June 1961 and Miss Jean Scott, headmistress of Diocesan School and P.E./Hockey teacher Joan Matthews now Blackmore, called a meeting of recent school leavers in the school on Adelaide Road with a view to starting a Past Pupils’ Hockey Club.


Those present elected a committee

 Chairperson – Mrs. Vic Large (Past Pupils Association)
Hon. Secretary – Ethni Seymour (Willis)
Hon. Treasurer – Hilary Heaslip (Gregory)


It was agreed that the club would be called the Old Diocesan Hockey Club but when the school amalgamated with the High School in 1974 the ‘Old’ was dropped.

The uniform chosen for the club was a white shirt, bottle green skirt (school colours) and because there were other clubs with green skirts we chose white socks with a blue striped top as the school uniform was once blue.

Diocesan Hockey Club applied to join the Leinster League and entered one team in the Minor League. The first “training session” was held on the school’s hockey pitch in Belgrave Square, Rathmines on Saturday 23rd September 1961.

It was a successful season and the side did not lose a match and consequently won the League and the Badges competition (Cup). Next season the club went for Middle League (promotion and relegation was unheard of then) and also entered a second team in the Minor League. 

1965: The Club field three teams

1969: 1st eleven were runners-up in the “Badges” competition


1974: School amalgamated with High School and we lost our home ground in Belgrave Square which was taken over by the Corporation. It is now a public park. We used the Church of Ireland Teachers’ Training College grass pitch in Rathmines and hired the grit pitch at St. Ann’s School in Milltown


1976: Moved to grit pitch in High School

1979: 1st team won Middle League


1980: Started playing indoor Hockey and competed in the Indoor League

1983: Won the indoor Junior Cup

1984: Two teams entered the indoor Intermediate and Junior Leagues. 1st team won the Intermediate league and were promoted to Senior

1985: Club teams increased to four teams. 2nds indoor team won the Junior Cup and League

1986: 1st eleven won the Intermediate League and were promoted to the Senior League for the first time

1987: 1st eleven relegated after just one season in Senior

1993: 1st eleven promoted to Senior League

1994: 1st eleven relegated again

1995-2003: Club teams increased to five


2021: Amalgamation of Women's  and Men's clubs, comprising of 4 Women's teams and 3 Men’s teams


2022: 1st eleven relegated to Challenge A. Women's team entered the indoor league. 


2023: 1st eleven made it to the Challenge Cup final. 


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