In 1958 The late John Hyland saw the need for a schoolboys team to be set up in the liberties. John, Mick Byrne, and Paddy White, entered a team in the Dublin Schoolboys League. This was to be the beginning of a club synonymous with success from its formation, right up to the present day, now more so at Schoolboys level than senior level. The club hopes to bring back theglory days at senior level in the near future, when the Schoolboys who have come through the very good coaching system that we have put in place start to play at senior level.
Two years after starting Saint Francis won it's first trophy in 1960 and this laid the foundation for numerous trophy laden seasons culminating in the amazing feat of reaching the F.A.I. CUP FINAL under the stewardship of the legendary Pete Mahon in 1990 were they lost out to Bray Wanderers. 33000 fans turned up that day most of them cheering for the saints, its a day that will live in the memories of those who were there.
In 1996 St Francis joined the League of Ireland (Eircom league) were it competed in the First Division for 5 years.
In 2003 St Francis re-joined the Leinster Senior League where after a slow start things are definitely looking up with promotions to the higher leagues a real goal in the near future.
The schoolboys merged with Clondalkin Celtic in 1997 and now have numerous teams at all levels in the Dublin and District schoolboys league where we go from strength to strength.
The St Francis 'Hot Shots' Academy was set up in 2007 to attract young boys and girls to the club, this has been (and continues to be) successful to this day where on any given Sunday there could be up to 40 children learning the game under fully qualified coaches.
The St Francis FC ladies team are current FAI Champions and will be heading to the European Chamionships in the Summer of 2009!!