Cartlann Digiteach Cuala has just published a unique Scrapbook documenting hurling & football in Dalkey. Compiled by former Dalkey schoolmaster Proinsias Ó Maoláin (RIP), the album covers a period from the 1950’s to the 1970’s. It contains a wide range of handwritten notes, photographs, newspaper cuttings, songs and poems – all penned by the late author or his pupils. Overall, it paints a vivid picture of how Gaelic Games were organised in and around Dalkey.
Cuala’s heritage in images and print is not just concerned with winning trophys. We love to hear of heroic journeys that took teams to great heights even if the outcome did not mean more silverware. Some seasons yielded something just as valuable – lasting friendships and great memories of shared endeavours. Like this memorable journey to the Junior Football final in 1988.
Cartlann Digiteach Cuala is of the view that we should never overlook great hurling endeavours by Cuala members that take place beyond the jurisdiction of Club and County. We spotted a familiar face in this 1993 Fitzgibbon Cup winning side featuring a shy and retiring future Academy Chairman.
1962 was a pivotal year in Ireland and in the World generally. 50 years ago, we were beginning to see immense changes in social and cultural lives. It was a significant year in the history of Cuala too – with 2 strategic developments that were the critical foundations of our modern day club.
Some film footage of Dalkey, taken in the late 50’s courtesy of Dalkeyphotos.
Its amazing how little has changed – except for the cows and the hens. And these a brief glimpse of Hyde Park too