Cuala is based in south County Dublin nestling between the sea and the N11. Serving a wide community from Blackrock through Dun Laoghaire to Shankill, it draws its support from almost 1,000 households and currently has 1,600 active members placing it among the larger clubs in the county.
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Success on the Field
Headquartered in Dalkey – Cuala participates in over 70 competitions accommodating all ages from Adults to Juvenile. Given its considerable size, one might think it difficult to build a singular sense of what the club is all about. However, it is in that great diversity that Cuala has found enough common ground to build a wonderful environment in which to instil a love of Gaelic games and culture. And that in areas of South County Dublin not traditionally seen as a heartland for the GAA. Cuala’s success in the community has been matched in recent times by significant achievement on the field of play. The club is represented at Senior County level by hurlers David Treacy, Paul Schütte and Oisin Gough and footballer Michael Fitzsimons (our latest All-Ireland medal recipient).
In 2010, our U21′s secured an historic double for the club – being crowned Champions of Dublin in both Football and Hurling. In the same season, our Footballers were Finalist in the Intermediate Football Championship.
And all this success was emulated in the Minor & Juvenile ranks too. Cuala had four of its Minors on the Dublin Hurling panel - Cian O’Callaghan, Ross Tierney, Colm Cronin and Ben Errity.
This year Cuala has Boys’ teams in Division 1 in every age group and has more teams in action overall than any other club in the county. In 2010, our U15s, emulating their U21 club-mates, secured a County Championship Double. The U14 Footballers completed a fourth successive victory in the Mick O’Brien Memorial tournament hosted by Nemo Rangers. And the U12 Footballers completed a clean sweep of Division One, winning all games.
The Ladies and Juvenile Girls sections have shown exceptional growth over recent years. The Ladies team are Div 4 League Football Champions, their U16s are Champions of Div 2 and this season, we have a Ladies Minor Football team, a first for the club. At Juvenile level the club landed its first Camogie League title and hosted it’s division in the Dublin Féile tournament.
The Cuala Academy continues to pack Hyde Road with close on 300 youngsters every Saturday morning. With the enthusiastic support of committed Parents and Mentors, it augurs well for the future of Gaelic Games in South Dublin.
Rooted in the community it may be, but success like this doesn’t grow on trees. Cuala’s greatness stems from the spectacular commitment of its many volunteers and is underpinned by a strong sense of history with many generations of the same families tracing their Gaelic Games pedigrees in the area back to the late 1800’s. The formal Cuala story can be traced from Cuala Hurling Club (Dalkey, 1918) through a variety of mergers, ‘rests’ and ‘ressurections’ involving Naomh Mhuire Camogie Club (Sallynoggin, 1948), St Begnet’s GAA Club (Dalkey 1959, renamed Dalkey Mitchell’s in 1962), Roger Casements (Dalkey 1966) and Cuala Boys (Dun Laoghaire, 1962). You can read more of Cuala’s proud past on the History Page