Football was practised in the Bennekerry area for about twenty years before the setting up of Palatine Club in 1909. Ballyhade Slashers existed for three years, 1889, 1890 and 1891. Ballyhade is a townsland adjoining Palatine village. Burton Hall Juveniles played a game against Grange in 1890 while Bennekerry club was also active in the early 1900s, having applied for affiliation to the County Convention in 1889, even though this application was not accepted because of unanswered questions re number of players available. But a Bennekerry team took part in a tournament game in 1907. A team from Ardnehue ceased to exist in 1905 even though we only know this because of the tragic death of one of its players when playing for Tullow in 1905.
Palatine club was founded in 1909 with a notice in the "Nationalist" of Ist May 1909 announcing a practice session on the Sunday. The Palatine Minors played a game against Graigue Minors on the 23rd May 1909 and the Juniors played against Borris on 25th July 1909. So the foundations were laid for a hundred years of football and we now embark on the second hundred years.
The game of hurling was fostered with the setting up of a hurling team in 1963. This led to success in the Minor, Junior, Intermediate grades and, in 1972, to the winning of the Senior Hurling Championship. The Intermediate team now flies the flag for the Club.
Deineadh a lán oibre ins na blianta ó bhunaiodh ár gCumann blianta fada ó shin. Caithfimid dul ar aghaidh go diograsach ins na blianta atá romhainn.
The full history of the Club can be had in the Centenary publication "Cead Bliain ag Fás", which costs 10euro and is available in Pal. Clubhouse, Bennekerry; Top Oil, Hacketstown Rd,;SuperValu,Hacketstown Rd; Hickson's Centra Staplestown Rd and Potato Market; Askea Parish Centre.
Front: Edward"Sonny" Wall, William Cullen, Jim Sweeney, Mick Byrne, Rev.E.Campion/C.C., Lar Sweeney, Peter Kavanagh
Centre: James Delaney, Jim Pender, Mike Delaney, Paddy Murray, John Sweeney, Matt O'Neill, Billy Tracey, Jack McAssey, Seamus Hickey.
Back: Tom Hickson, Tom Kelly, Peter McGuill, Pat Kavanagh.
Front: Frank McGill, James Mahon, Jack Mahon,Tadhg Hendricken, Andy Dooley, Liam Hendricken.
Centre:Paddy Byrne, Tom Kelly, Mick McAssey, Sean Kelly, Billy McGuill, Billy Kehoe Jnr., Jack McAssey, James Deering, Luke Hickey, Seán Hickson.
Back: Mick Byrne, Paddy Hickey, Liam Murphy, Lar Moran, Christy McGrath, Jimmy Hayes, Paddy Metcalfe, Seamus Harmon, John Brady, Mick Carroll.
Inset: Mick Brady, Paschal Hayes
Front: Willie Cullen, Tom Holmes, Seamie Holmes, Seán Tracey (Capt.), Brendan Hayden, P.J.Byrne, Paddy Kehoe
Back: Joe Byrne, Seamie Woods, Charlie Keegan, Fran Mullins, Brian Burroughs,Tom Bowe, J.J.Canavan, Willie O'Rourke, Paddy Phelan, Dick Gladney
Front: Paul Tracey (Selector), Frank McGarry (Chairman), Darragh Moran, Dermot McDonald, Jason Carroll, John Kenny, Brian Kelly, Paddy Carroll, Paul Reid, Eddie McGarry, Jeff Deering, Bobby Clifford, Eoin McMahon, Mark Kavanagh (Manager), Mick Lillis (Manager)
Back: Gerry O'Neill (Selector), Chris O'Brien, John Reid, Paud O'Dwyer, Lee Gordon, Philip Mullins, Bryan J Farrell, David Kinsella, Tommy O'Shea, Cormac Holloway, Niall Reid,Aidan Murphy, Tom Nolan, John Kelly, Gavin Farrell, Alan Hosey, Paddy Cushen, James Reid, Joe Byrne (capt.)
Front: Frank McGarry (Chairman), Niall Rennick (Manager), Stephen O'Brien, Tommy Murphy, Lorcan Carroll, Jamie Kenny, Colin Hanley, Craig Kearney,Shane Lawler, Karl Rennick, Emmet Casey,Nickey Parle (Selector)