Cuala Weekly News 2008

30/10/08No juvenile girls games last weekend but U10’s are in action this Saturday in the semi final of the football Shield in Meadowvale at 2.00pm against Scoil Ui Chonaill and then in action on Sunday at 11.30am in Meadowvale in a camogie league game against St. Annes.
Well done to Asia Kirwan of our U12 team who was voted camogie Player of the Year for her division by the opposing clubs. Asia receives her award next Sunday.
Girls Juvenile Committee AGM is on Thursday 6th November at 8.00pm in the Committee Room. All welcome.
There is a Full Juvenile Committee meeting at 9.30pm on Tuesday, November 4th. All age groups must be represented and submit their report by no later than this date. The Juvenile AGM will take place in the Cuala Hall the following Tuesday, November 11th at 8.30pm. This meeting is open to all Cuala members and parents who have children in the Juvenile section. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.
Minor B footballer’s had a great away win in championship last Sunday beating St. Vincents 3-11 to 0-8 with Paul ‘Butsy’ Butler bagging 3-6. We have now qualified for semi final in 3 weeks time against St Sylvesters. Well done lads.
U21 B hurlers play St Peregrines in C championship in Shankill next Saturday at 2.30 pm.
A Special General Meeting of Full Adult members is to be held on Tuesday Nov 4th at 7:30 sharp. Official notice to qualifying members is in the post. The purpose of the meeting is to consider a Motion to modify the Constitution. The proposed changes are primarily intended to place an upper limit of 15 on the overall on size of Coiste as well as dealing with balloting arrangements and clarifing the definition of “Officers”.For more details see https://www.cualagaa.ie/constitution/constitution_intro.html
It is proposed to form a new Committee to record the history of the Club. As the Club continues to grow, it is important that our history is not forgotten. This is a huge task and the new Committee will be looking to start by gathering and recording what archives are available. It is proposed that some of these archives will be put on display in the bar, Committee room etc. So if you have any Photographs, Programmes, Newspaper Cuttings, Videos, DVDs etc available please dig them out. We are looking for further volunteers who may have an interest in Photography or history in general. It is not a huge commitment at this stage and you will enjoy it. Please contact Enda McGowan on 086 6053964 if you are interested in joining this committee.
The Adult Games AGM will take place at 8:30 p.m. On Thursday, 6th November 2008. Nominations for the positions of Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer, Registrar and PRO to be forwarded in writing (e-mail or hard copy) to Pat Divilly (Pat@Divilly.com), Secretary, by Tuesday, 4th November 2008. Motions, in full or draft form, for Club AGM and topics for discussion with a view to forming a motion for Club AGM to be forwarded to Pat Divilly, Secretary, by Tuesday, 4th November 2008. With thanks, Paul Linnane, Chairman, Adult Games Committee.
The Gaelic4 Mothers course has finished after 6 weeks and everyone enjoyed it. The mothers have decided to continue and the venue will be in Scoil Lorcain ay 9pm starting Wed %th November. Any moms,aunties or friends who would like to join are more than welcome. No experience required. Send a txt to Eugene at 087 9816758 to be included on the circulation list.

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25 September
U8 Boys have their first inter-club outing of the season at Ballyboden on Saturday morning – hurling and football. Good luck lads – may it be the start of great things!
Good results last weekend for the juvenile girls. The U8s and U9s showed a lot of promise in a football blitz organised by Foxrock Cabinteely. The 4 Cuala teams did very well.The U12 Camogie team had a great win in the D2 Championship quarter-final.The semi-final is on Saturday 4th vs Erin go Bragh. Pride of place goes to the U10 Footballers who won the D2 South title with a big win against Ballinteer St.Johns. The U12 D2 footballers last league game of the season is this Sunday 28th September against St. Margarets RoundTowers in Meadowvale.
U13A footballers had a great win over St.Oliver Plunketts last weekend and now play Na Fianna at home next Saturday at 2pm in the quarter Final of the Championship at Thomastown. Good luck lads.
Minor B’s Footballers had a good start to their championship campaign with a 3-8 to 1-4 win over Clontarf last Sunday. They play their 2nd round robin game next Sunday at home to Oliver Plunketts in Shankill at 11am and all support is most welcome. Hard luck to the minor A footballers who were narrowly defeated in the Championship last weekend.Senior Hurlers play a vital Championship game this weekend against St.Brigids in O’Toole Park at 5pm on Saturday.All support welcome.
Well done to Junior B Footballers who had a good league victory over Trinity Gaels last weekend. Well done also to 3rd Footballers also who beat Croi Ro Naofa in a top of the table clash in the league.
Mick Holden’s First Anniversary Mass is being held this Friday 26th at 7pm in the Cuala Hall. All members and friends are most welcome.
A Big thanks to all those who worked tirelessly last Monday night fitting the new sheeting onto the walls of the Hall and painting it. A late night and tremendous work. Thanks to Luke Hand,Ciaran Monaghan,Ronan McKenna,Paul Schutte, Rory Doyle,Shane Holden,Oisin Gough,Conor gough,Fintan O’Brien and Davy Cunningham. Well done lads.Any who thinks they can help out with club maintenance please contact Luke Hand or Fintan O’Brien.
Preparations for the Family Fun Day on Sunday 5th October are in full flow. All volunteers and donations are greatly appreciated.
Gaelic4Mothers started last Wednesday at 8pm in the Cuala hall. If you haven’t signed up yet – then come next week and bring a friend.
17 September
Congratulations to Mick Kirwan’s “Bears” and to Michael Jacksons “Eagles” who won their respective U9 Blitzes in Clanna Na Gael and St.Annes. Special mention also to Stephen Connolly’s “Cobra’s”, Eamon McGuirks “Cougars” and Paul McGrath’s “Pumas” who were all outstanding in their respective blitzes. Well done to all the 99s, the future is so bright we have to wear shades!
All six U10 hurling teams will be competing in a blitz against fellow kingpins of South Dublin, Ballyboden and Kilmacud at Cherryfield on Saturday at 10:30am.
Rachel Hartnett (daughter of Rob!) from 2000 girls group did the club and her family proud on Sunday carrying the O’Duffy cup out onto the Croke Park pitch ahead of the All Ireland Camogie Final. Well done Rachel!
U12 Camogie girls performed with great credit in their exhibition match at Croke Park last Sunday during the half time interval in the U21 Hurling Final last weekend.
U13A footballers had a great win over Naomh Mearnog last Saturday in the Championship.
The Family Funday takes place on Sunday October 5th. All those who have helped in the past running a stall are asked to contact their respective section Chairs to confirm if they are willing to do same this year. Please bring books,CDs, toys and household items in good condition, bottles,cakes, raffle prizes etc for sale.
Last call for the All-Ireland Forecast Competition – completed forms must be returned to the bar by Saturday night to be in with a chance of winning €500.
Hall bookings and Loreto booking sheets need to be filled out urgently for teams wanting to use them over the coming months. Please contact Ken Fitz for forms etc
Good weekend for Adult team – Junior Footballers had a great win in the semi-final over Trinity Gaels and are now in Championship final vs St.Vincents in weekend of 4/5th October. Venue tbd.Intermediate Footballers also had good win over St.Margaret’s.
Well done to the Minor hurlers who defeated St.Oliver Plunketts in first round of championship on Sunday morning last.
Corporate lunch on Friday should be a cracker. Many thanks to all our loyal supporters and also to the organising committee for pulling it together.
Mick Holden’s anniversary Mass is coming up in Cuala on Friday 26th September
Pitch in Hyde Park is back in action!
11th September Girls Open Night a great success – Despite the poor weather, last Friday’s girls open night was a huge success with over 25 girls in attendance,including almost 50 new girls. Well done to all concerned, particularly as the contingency plan had to be invoked at very short notice moving the event indoors. We’re still looking for more players so check the calendar on the Girls Juvenile page on the website for full details of contacts and training for the various age groups. Cuala Girls to play in Croke Park on All Ireland Final Day. As a recognition of the contribution Cuala’s Sheila Wallce has made to Cumann Camógaiochta na nGael (see next item), ten of the Cuala U12 camogie team have been selected to play at half-time during the U21 All Ireland Hurling Final in Croke Park this Sunday. It is a great honour for the club and a fantastic opportunity for the players involved.The lucky girls to play are Caitlin Byrne, Caoimhe Byrne, Fiona Duffy, Asia Kirwan, Ciara Mckeown, Julie Newman Orla Ni Chuill, Cybi Ni Gearailt, Deirdre Ni Thieranaigh and Katie O’Dea. Best wishes to all. Former Ardtiurthóir of Cumann Camógaiochta and former Dublin All-Ireland winner and club member Shelia Wallace will once again walk out onto the field of dreams when she represents the winning All Ireland Dublin Junior team of 1971 who beat Cork 2-2 to 1-2. Shelia, along with other Junior All-Ireland captains of past years will be introduced to the crowd in Croke Park on Sunday. A fantastic club-player and member over the years, she played in defence for both her club and county. She won a Junior All-Ireland medal in 1971 and went on to play Senior for Dublin, captaining the side who reached the All-Ireland final in 1976. She also captained the winning National League side in 1981 thus capturing 3 national league titles. Sheila also refereed at senior intercounty level. Well done Sheila! Cuala Junior footballers have a big championship semi-final game on Saturday in Dolphin Park (home of Templeogue Synge St) at 4pm. The Intermediate footballers play St.Margarets in Shankill at 6pm on Saturday as well. All support is most welcome. The Youth club will be starting back on Friday 19/9/08 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm for 1st and 2nd years at a cost of €2.50 for members and €3.50 for non-members. It will run every two weeks and a list of dates will be available on the night. Again only one volunteer has come forward but we need more urgently. The kids really enjoyed it last year so please lets see some more people coming forward and not let the same people do it all. For more details contact Helen on 086-2241210. Last chance to play the ever popular Juvenile section All Ireland Football Final Forecast competition. Please support the lads who will be tapping you up for €2 and giving you an opportunity to win the bragging rights for the next year and a nice cash boost! A sum of money was found after the girls open night last week. Contact me if you wish to claim. Dont forget the major upcoming fund-raiser – Cuala Corporate Lunch. Its a fantastic way to entertain clients and we are expecting a great turnout. Details in the flyer once again. Cuala FunDay is coming up on the 5th October and the planning starts now. We all know what good fun that is so please support. See the attached flyer. 4th September Reminder that the Girls Juvenile Committee are holding it’s annual Girls Open Night this Friday 5th September next in Meadowvale from 5.30pm to 7.00pm. Bring a friend .For more details contact Fiona 086-7582059. It was a good weekend for the U10 and U12 camogie teams with big wins against Thomas Davis and St. Annes respectively with a special mention for the three Quill sisters who all feautured among the scorers for the U12s. A busy fixture list this weekend with U12s and U10s camogie and football games and U11 camogie. Check the calendar on the Girls juvenile page on the website for full details and match reports. Senior Camogie team are playing championship semi-final this Saturday at 6:30pm against Portmarnock in Clanna Gael (Ringsend). Vocal supporters required! The U10 footballers got their Autumn season off to a flying start with six wins one draw and one defeat against a mix of K.Croke and Bray Emmetts teams in Blitzes last weekend. U12 Hurlers had a cracking game against St.Vincents last Sunday morning. Skill levels were high and there was no shortage of commitment(timber!). A fantastic contest ended in a draw. Special thanks to the U11s Jack Lahert, Justin Byrne and Niall O’Callaghan who stood in and played so well. Minor Championships commence this Sunday with the first of the round-robin football games. The Minor As play Naomh Mearnog in Shankill at 11am and the Bs play Clontarf in St Annes at 10:30am. As much support as possible required for both matches. Minor hurling championship commences Sunday week. Details next week. A Quiz will be held in the bar on Saturday night in support of Mikey and Anna Sheanon who are raising funds for a trip with the Niall Mellon Township Foundation. The first Ceist will be posed at 9pm so be on time. Please support this worthy cause. Here is something of interest for all the Dubs. SideLine Productions have just released a boxset of the 1983-SemiFinal Draw and replay between Dublin and Cork and also the final between Dublin and Galway. Contact Natasha on 6315310 or 086-2156150.

30 August 2008Attention Parents of 1st and 2nd years! We urgently need parents or volunteers to help out with the Cuala Youth Club for a few hours a month. The club runs every second Friday (7:30 – 9:30). The more people who get involved the less work for all. So please consider – we are all busy people – but this is a very important social outlet for the younger people in our community. Anyone interested please contact Helen McMahon on 086-2241210.
The Girls Juvenile Committe are holding its annual Girls Open Night on Friday Sept 5th next in Meadowvale from 5:30 to 7:00pm. Last year 100 girls turned up for an evening of both camogie and football and this year we want to better that again! Event targeted at girls aged 8 to 13 and beginners are particularly welcomer. Club Coaches will demonstrate a few basic skills and organise a few fun games for the girls. C’mon girls – get some boots or runners on and bring a friend! For more details contact Fiona on 086-7582059.
Good win for the U12 camogie team in their first match back in the league last weekend. They beat Naomh Peregrine by 5-0 to 3-1. This weekend, U12 Camogie are a way to St.Annes,U11 camogie are away to Ballinteer and U10s at to home to Thomas Davis and U12 footballers are at home to St.Margarets in their final game of the league. Check the calendar on the Girls Juvenile page on the website for full details and match reports.
Cuala Camogie girls had a great win against Whitehall on a score line of 5-0 to 2-8 last Tuesday in Meadowvale. Special mention goes to Hilary Thompson who gave an inspirational display in goal – making a huge saves in the semi-darkness! Keep eating those carrots Hilary. This sets up another home game in Meadowvale next Tuesday 2nd Sept against St. Peregrines.Throw in at 7pm – all support welcome.
Are you a budding cameraman or always fancied yourself making a movie? Well if you have an hour or two to spare then the Adult Games Committee are looking to have some of their games videoed for coaching and training purposes. Whether you have expertise or would like to gain some experience please contact Michael Sheanon on 086 2655918.
Full Juvenile Committee Meeting on Tuesday Sept 2nd at 9pm sharp. Please make every effort to have your age group represented.
Its nearly time again for that annual institution – the Cuala Corporate Lunch on Fri Sept 19th in the Four Seasons. See the attached flyer for details. As usual it promises to be a cracking event with Des Cahill doing the MC bit. This is a vital fundraiser for the club so any support you or your company could give would be greatly appreciated. All Age groups are asked to get a sponsor for a table.
Dont forget about the Photo Competition – get your mugshot taken in your Cuala shirt in some interesting place and you might just win!
2009 Academy Enrollment is scheduled for Saturday 6th September.
Senior Hurlers play Divisional team in the 2nd round of the Championship in O’Toole Park on Sunday at 12:15pm.Good luck to players and management and all support is welcome.
Good luck to Sean Barron playing for Dubs U16 hurlers in the Aravan Championship, Dubs play Clare and Cork. All Hands on deck!
Family Fun Day scheduled for Sunday 5th October.
Congratulations to Fiona Naughton on the (early) birth of her son Fionn. Everyone is doing well – buíochas le Dia!

10 July 2008Well done to Michael Fitzsimons for his display with the Dublin Intermediate Footballers last week in Croke Park who beat Meath in the Leinster Final. Michael is in action against this weekend, when Dublin play Gloucestershire in Cardiff in the All-Ireland JFC semi-final at 1.30pm.Best of luck Michael.
The Camogie girls delivered their best display of the season with a fine win over Setanta last Tuesday 8th. The scoreline of 7-5 to 0-2 in Cuala’s favour would mislead people into thinking this was a walkover but this could not be further from the truth. Every score was hard earned and the game was hotly contested from start to finish. Next on the agenda are away games on 15th against Naomh Mearnog and a home game on the 17th against Oliver Plunketts.
There are many jobs that need to be done in the club over the summer months including painting the Hall and the doors. The painting that has been done looks great so thanks to Ed, Gerry and Dara for their hard work.Painters, gardeners, carpenters, roofers etc are all welcome to give a hand over the next couple of months as we look to improve our existing facilities. Please help in anyway in you can – all help is welcome. Contact Edward Monaghan 087-6914682, Fintan O’Brien on 086-3989582 or Darragh Bass on 086-7366670.
All 4 sets of goal-posts in Shankill will be taken down, extended and painted over the coming weeks. It should only take a few days and we will try to ensure him matches are catered for.
It was great to see Ferns Senior hurlers and St. Martin’s Minor hurlers come down to the Bar last Sunday and be entertained by the two Cuala teams – there was a great buzz about. Thanks to all who helped with sandwiches, cakes and teas. Go raibh maith agaibh go léir.
Just for information, the Part 8 application for the lighting of the GAA club pitch in Hyde Park will be delayed until September because of issues the Council are experiencing in getting the Planners to approve the lighting density. Pitch work will re-commence next week.
Now for something completely different – an international kick-boxing tournament will be staged in the hall Saturday week – 19th July. Well worth a look and just shows the Hall and Bar are in demand as locations for events and parties.
Two junior football championship 1/4 finals next Thursday in Shankill at 7:30pm. Big support needed and welcomed.
Lasly you are reminded that their is a photo competition running in which we want photos from anyone, anywhere wearing Cuala gear. Famous people and famous places get extra marks. More info on the Cuala website!
This is last newsletter until early August as I’m off on the summer hols. Good luck to all teams – hopefully there will be plenty of good results to report when we resume in August. Slán.

4 July 2008Cuala Advanced Summer Camp starts next week. These week long camps are designed to provide advice and technical assistance to developing players aged 12 to 15. Football is focus of the camp on 7th July while hurling starts week of the 14th. See brochure . Costs per week a mere €70. You can also just show up on the day.
Cuala Camogie Girls have a home game against Setanta next Tuesday 8th July in Shanganah, throw-in at 7:30pm.
Congratulations to Senior goalkeeper Fintan O’Brien who has qualified from Leinster to reach the finals of the “Puc Fada” competition in the Cooley Mountains. This event will be run over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Well done to David Treacy who has been called up to represent Dublin in the Intermediate Hurling. Dublin play Championship against Wexford next Wednesday in Nowlan Park. Given the experience of the Seniors and Minors hurlers lets hope in the Intermediates can go one better.
Thanks to Willie McHugh and his team for replacing all the lights in the Hall. It has made a big difference to the lighting Thanks also to Ed Monaghan and his team for re-painting the dressing rooms in the Hall.
Lastly, the Bar is open every Sunday from 2pm onwards and all the GAA action will be televised on the big Screen. So if you enjoy a bit of banter and a pint, the Cuala Bar is the place to be.

27 June 2008The Cuala Academy Committee would like to thank all the players, managers and parents for making this years Mini All Ireland such a great success despite the adverse weather conditions. Check out the great photos of the event on the following link www.picasaweb.com/Cualagaa . With over 290 photos now posted and the number increasing by the day, nearly every player’s photo is on the site!. The Academy would like to thank Gerry Lee of Jetstar Motors and Bosch for their kind sponsorship of the event.
Remember the Cuala summer camp runs for the month of July and can be booked on a week by week basis. All enquiries to Ken on 087-6830296. Enrollment for next seasons Academy will take place on Saturday 6th September in the Cuala Hall. Further details will be emailed to members later in the Summer.
The Cuala Faoi 10 CLuichí Ceannais na hEireann comes to a conclusion this Saturday morning in Thomastown. There will be All Ireland, Leinster and Dublin Finals in both Football and Camogie, with Minister Mary Hanafin on hand to present the trophies and medals to the juvenile superstars!
Congratulations to Ken Fitzgerald, Rachel and Nessan on the latest arrival to the family.Gearbhan Fitzgerald was born on Sunday last and is already registered for next years U1 team sheet.
Cuala Camogie girls played Ballinteer St. Johns in Shanganah on Tuesday evening. On a wet, wild and windy night the girls played some great camogie and , for a change, actually went ahead! St.Johns however had drawn level before halftime. Management earned their crust by making a few positional changes and they worked a treat as the game ended Cuala 4-2, Ballinteer 1-3. Training resumes Tuesdays 6:45pm Shanganah.
Best of luck to Oisin Gough, Paul Schutte, David Treacy and Shane Murphy who made the Dublin hurling panel for the U21 Leinster Semi-Final against Kilkenny in Parnell park tonight.
Good luck to our minor hurlers Simon Timlin, Colm O’Farrell, Conor Gough, Colm Sheanon and Mark Schutte who will be in action for Dublin in the replay against Wexford in Wexford Park at 5:30pm on Saturday.
Best of luck to the U13s who play in the PJ Troy Hurling Tournament in Whitehall next Saturday.
Pitch restoration work continues in Hyde Park.
Shanganah Park pitches will be extended in length over the coming 3 weeks.
Work on the Hall continues this week.
Our chairman John Treacy would like to thank all those who attended his 50th Birthday party for their generosity and for making it a great night last Saturday in the Cuala bar. The bar takings were so good he wants a 50th every week!
Lastly, just to let you know the club will feature in the ‘Best of’ programme of the Grassroots series on this Sunday at 4pm on TV3.

19 June 2008The Cuala Mini All Ireland is in full swing – with fixtures on Thursday June 19th, Saturday June 21st(tbc) ,Tuesday June 24th, Thursday 26th with the final on Saturday June 28th to mark the new dressing rooms. Isnt it great to see a full field of kids playing sport! Parents, the organisers and mentors need a lot of help to set up and break down goals and pitches so please “pitch” in.
Hard Luck to the Cuala U12 hurlers who played in the Div 1 county semi final vs St.Vincents. Despite missing many regulars and after a poor start (behind by 9 points), Cuala clawed their way back into the match to draw level at full-time. Cue extra time where once again at the mid-point it was all square. Alas two sharp goals from Vinnies sealed the fate of the Cuala lads but it was the never say die spirit which was really a sight to behold. A great sporting game to watch and a credit to both teams. Well done lads – great performance all round and keep hurling over the summer!
Great result for the U14A Footballers with a fine win against Na Fianna on Sunday 15th June – Cuala 4-8 , Na Fianna 1-15. With eight panel members not available due to injury, holidays and attending Irish College, every one of the players available raised their game, after a shaky start, and put in sterling performances. A special word of thanks to the U14B players, Shane Kelly and Dylan Kennedy and U13A players Cillian Sheanon and Andrew Murphy each played a very important role in securing the victory. This is the last match before the summer break and a great way to finish.
Five Cuala minors in the Dublin Panel to play Wexford next Sunday in Croke park – Simon Timlin, Colm O’Farrell, Conor Gough,Colum Sheanon and Mark Schutte. Good luck lads.
Camogie players are reminded that season resumes next week after the Leaving Cert hiatus. Cuala Camogie girls have a home fixture in Shankill next Tuesday 24th against Ballinteer St. Johns, throw in at 7:15pm.
Great weekend for Cuala Adult Footballer with all 3 teams progressing in their Championship matches. The Intermediates beat St. Pats on Friday last, Juniors beat St.Olafs on Sunday moning while Junior-2s had a great win over last years finalists Castleknock in Shankill.Well done to all involved.
Cuala Coaching June newsletter is attached – the last until after the summer break. Please feedback if you find these useful – try out the drills in the garden with the kids.

12 June 2008Mixed fortunes for the girls juvenile teams last weekend. Big win on Saturday for U12 camogie team against Lucan Sarsfields but U11 camogie team beaten by a very strong Erins Isle. On Sunday an understrength U12 A Team were beaten by league leaders Castleknock but the result of the weekend had to be the U12 B teams great victory against Foxrock Cabinteely by 3-8 to 1-4 in Kilbogget Park in their final game of the season. The team made up primarily of U11s lost their opening three games of the league but refused to be disheartened and ended up winning their last three. Well done to all involved. Full match reports on www.calendarwiz.com/cualagirls.
Camogie players are reminded that training continues every Tuesday in Shanganah at 6:45pm.No matches until leaving cert is over.
This Saturday is the last Academy Saturday Training Session before the Summer break. The Academy Mini All Ireland takes place next Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings in Hyde Road with finals taking place next Saturday 21st June.
U10s will hold Mini All Ireland this year starting on Tuesday 17th in Thomastown at 7:30pm and playing then on 19th, 21st, 24th, 26th with a big final to mark the opening of the new dressing rooms in Thomastown on Saturday 28th. Good luck to U12s who play against St. Vincents in the Dublin Div1 Hurling cup semi-final Saturday 14th.
Well done to Michael Fitzsimons who played very well for the Dublin Juniors against Kildare last Sunday in Croke Park..
Cuala Adult footballers have a busy weekend. Intermediate Footballer are in action vs St.Pats tomorrow Friday 8pm in Thomas Davis-Kiltipper Rd. (Note change of venue from O’Toole Park). Junior footballers play St.Olafs at 11am on Sunday 15th in Sandyford while the Junior-2s play Castleknock at 6:30pm in Shankill. All games are championship and all support is most welcome.
Best of luck to our Dublin Minor and U21 hurlers who play championship this week and next. I see that Newstalk have their Regular Dublin Football Analyst back on Off the Ball each Sunday. Who is this guy – he sounds awfully familiar?
Lastly best of luck to all students sitting the Leaving and Junior certs

5 June 2008Cuala Academy Mini All Ireland will run from Monday 16th June until Saturday 21st June. Registrations take place this Saturday at the Academy. Alternately please fill out the attached registration form and return it to an Academy Mentor or post to the club. The Mini All Ireland is open to all including non-Cuala members!
There will be a full meeting of the juvenile committee next Tuesday June10th at 9pm. Each age group should be represented.
Well done to U10 hurlers who emerged as narrow winners over Kilmacud Crokes on Thursday, the first competitive fixture to be played at Thomastown since the arrival of the new dressing rooms!
Entry forms for the U10 Cluichí Ceannais na hEireann must be returned by next Thursday June 12th.
Well done to U12 hurlers who were runners up in the Leinster tournament co-hosted with Crokes on Saturday last in Clonkeen.Some great performances in particular from Eoghan O’Naoire and Jake Malone
Next week is a big week for the Cuala Adult Footballers! First up on Friday 13th are the Intermediates who play St Pats Palmerstown in O’Toole Park at 8:15pm. On Sunday morning (15th June) the Junior footballers are up against St.Olafs at 11am in Sandyford, and finally in Hyde Park Dalkey at 3pm the 2nd Junior team are in action. All games are championship and we would urge all members to come out and support.
Hard luck to the Senior and Junior A hurlers who both lost last night. However the Junior Cs had a great win vs Judes tonight in the Championship.
Application form for coaches in the summer camp are attached so if anyone is interested please return as soon as you can. Details are all on the form
Reminder: Golf Classic is on Friday 13th – see the attachement for details. Patsy Greene still has a few holes to sponsor so c’mon golfers – get the clubs out!
Hopefully most of you will have received the latest correspondence with respect to Pres Glasthule field. Discussions are ongoing but please read the letter carefully and see what you can do to secure the Clubs future. The letters are attached

29 May 2008Well done to all players involved in Cumann na mBunscoil finals in Parnell Park on Wednesday. Scoil Lorcain were in the Junior final as well as in the Senior final where they played Johnstown NS. Scoil Lorcain were unlucky in the junior final while in the Senior final Johnstown were the stronger team. The big winner was Cuala – with all the players bar one in the Senior final coming from Cuala. Well done to all boys and congratulations to Johnstown players.
Next Wed, June 4th, Coaching Dept will be holding the second night of the foundation coaching course in Cuala. Any person hoping to work on the summer camp should attend. Contact Ken or Caroline for more details.
The Summer Camp and Advanced VHI Camp application forms will be soon distributed to all teams and available to download off the club website.We will also have employment application forms to download soon. Thanks to all the coaches and schools who were involved in the end of year school blitz competitions. They were a huge success and huge credit is due to Ken Fitzgerald and Caroline Kenny for their efficient running of the events.
The First Cuala Juvenile Night at the Dogs was a runaway success last Thursday week with over 100 club members turning out at Shelbourne Park and a princely sum raised across the different age groups in the Boys Juvenile section. The mentors from the Feile winning U14Bs were on hand to present the trophy to winning owner of the Townlink Construction-sponsored big race on the card. The victory of the dog was nothing however, compared to the celebrations from the Cuala crew as the winning ticket in the big draw was held tight by Nuala McAdam. Nuala was on hand to cheer home the correct finishing order from first to sixth. She pockets the prize of €2000 but the main winners on the night were the club as whole. This was a big success for a first time event and well done to all those too numerous to mention who played a big part in driving ticket sales and sponsorship! Now, Nuala where are you taking Peadar for the summer hols?
Congrats to Damien Byrne, Mick Kirwin and Oisin Gough for the parts they played in the Dublin Senior Hurlers triumph over Westmeath last weekend. Could this be start of a run? Leinster semifinal will be on the 14th June vs Wexford so put the date in your diary.
Congratulations also to Fintan O’Brien goalkeeper with the Senior hurlers who won the Dublin Senior Puc Fada competition and now goes on to represent Dublin in Leinster. Pity there isnt an “Imreoir Fáda” competition too – he’d win that by about half a foot!
Well done to Cuala players Paul Schutte, Oisin Gough, Shane Murphy and Scott O’Brien who represented Dublin in the U21 Championship against Laois last night. The Dubs won 18 points to 1-12.
Well done also to Cuala footballers Darren McBrien, Michael Fitzsimons, John Sheanon, Robert Reid who have been called up to the Dublin Junior Football squad for upcoming clash vs Cavan.
Pitch in Hyde Park will be out of commission while the drainage works and pitch extension are underway. Tangible progress can be seen in Thomastown dressing room site and we expect the dressing rooms to arrive in the next week, while back-nets in Shankill should save a fortune in sliotars..
Patrons are asked to please respond to the letter from Pres Glasthule Development Committee on request for financial support.
The Cuala Golf Classic is coming up soon on the 13th of June – always a great day out and Patsy Greene can guarantee the weather.See attachment for details. Lastly, for all the Dubs Fans see attachment from O’Neills which might be of interest.

22 May 2008Its been a busy few weeks for the U8s (2000) – the girls have had blitzes in the Phoenix Park in camogie and in Bushy Park vs Templeogue Synge St in football. The boys are in the middle of a home and away arrangement with Ballybode – football and hurling in Hyde Park last Saturday and again at Pc Ui Mhurchu this week. Great displays all round and great support from the parents of all the kids.
The 1999 girls played local rivals Foxrock Cabinteely in some friendly football matches last Thursday. Both teams played matches with 100%. Well done to all the girls.
Well done to the Junior and Intermediate footballers who had good league wins this week. They have more league games at the weekend, Inters play St. Peregrines on Saturday evening, while the Juniors play Parnell’s Sunday morning. Both games are on in Shankill. Also best of luck to Neil Reild as he recuperates from a nasty shoulder injury.
Adult hurlers had mixed fortunes last weekend, with the Seniors and Junior As losing. The Junior-Cs had a great win against RoundTowers with a band of youth and (ahem!) maturity. Great displays from the younger players including Eoghan Cronin, Kevin O’Shea and man of the match display from Rory Cole.Well done also to Robert Walshe, David Maloney and Oisin Whelan,
All Dancers – the final Ceile before summer takes place in the Club on Saturday night. Cuala Set Dancers with friends from all over Dublin take to the floor displaying all the skills thay have learnt over the last year. The Ceili marks the end of the set dancing until the Autumn. Music is by Brian Ború Ceili Band and Angela Bernard will call the sets. This event is for all adults looking for ceol, rince agus craic. Start time is 9:30pm.Admission is €10.
Find attached a Development Newsletter to update members on whats happening with our facilities around the club. Thanks to all the members who have worked so hard to make these things happen!.

15 May 2008Cuala U14Bs became the first boys team to bring back a Football Feile Championship to the club in Parnell Park last Saturday week. Cuala took on a fancied St. Vincents side who appeared to be a much bigger and more physical side. Both teams, however, were well matched in football terms and traded points in the early stages of the game, Scott Curtis scored first for Cuala with a long range point that dropped short of the goal but the St.Vincents keeper misjudged the bounce and it went over the bar. Scott scored again for Cuala with a brilliantly worked point from a 40mtr free. Scott played the free short to Peter Gahan and ran on to receive the ball back and slot it over the bar. St. Vincents were working hard against the breeze and traded points to Scott’s 2 and it looked like Cuala were not going to take the advantage of the breeze in the first half until a great opportunist goal from Conor Lehane. Following a long range shot that the St. Vincents keeper could not hold onto, Conor ran on and palmed the ball to the net. Within minutes Anthony Higgens scored the point of the match from a very tight angle and slotted it very neatly over the bar to leave Cuala 1.03 to 0.02 up at half-time. St. Vincents made some very telling changes at half-time and came back out a much stronger side and certainly tested the resolve of Cuala. The wind seemed to pick up significantly and Cuala had to withstand attack after attack but the Cuala full-back line of Shane Irwin, Jack ‘Butsy’ Butler and Jacob Brennan were magnificent in clearing the ball back out of defence. St. Vincents now scored 3points with no reply from Cuala to close the score to one point with about 10 mins to go. Cuala however mounted an attack that resulted in Conor Tiernan being fouled in the square and the resulting penalty was scored by a very cool-headed Conor himself. St. Vincents came back at Cuala and scored a point to leave just one goal in the difference, this is how it remained for the rest of the game with Cuala soaking up the pressure. The stronger breeze later in the game may have worked in Cuala’s favour as St. Vincents were kicking wides instread of dropping the ball short for their forwards to deal with. The few that were short were dealt with by a very competent Shane Kelly in goal who was very definitely “Man of the Match”, with a display of catching and passing that Stephen Cluxton would have been proud of. Another strong contender for Man of the match was Conor Tiernan who gave a selfless and spirited display in the second half with his tracking back and getting in tackles when the going was tough. Other notable players were Cuala half-backline of Robert McMahon, David Murphy and Luke Bailey, 2 centre fielders Scott Curtis and Peter Gahan, centre forward Dylan Kennedy, wing forward Seamus Ryan and full forward Kevin Roche. A tremendous win and well done once again to all players and coaches Kevin Kennedy, Ciaran Irwin, John Ryan and Barry Tiernan for all the hard work put on.
It was a great weekend for the girls juvenile section with big wins on Saturday for the U11 and U12 camogie teams and the U10 football team. The U11s, fielding no fewer than 2 U10s, 2 U9s and 1 U8, beat Kilmacud Crokes in camogie by 7 goals to 1 in Silver Park and the U12 camogie team followed up with a 6 goals to 1 victory against St. Oliver Plunketts in Martin Savage Park. It was then the turn of the U10 footballers who finished their Div 2 South League campaign as champions with a 100% record, 5 wins out of 5, beating Ballinteer St. Johns 2-3 to 0-2 in Ballinteer. Sunday saw the U10 camogie team make it two wins out of two to date defeating Thomas Davis by 7 goals to 2 in Tallaght. The U12 ‘A’ football team then played out a thrilling draw 3-6 a piece against a very strong St. Sylvesters team in Hyde Park. Finally, the U12 ‘B’ football team fought gallantly against unbeaten league leaders Ballyboden St. Endas but lost out in the end. It was still a very brave display from a team mainly comprised of U11s playing in an U12 league. See the Cuala website (www.calendarwiz.com/cualagirls) for full match reports and schedule of all games. A special mention also for the following girls who featured in no fewer than 3 games each for Cuala at the weekend due to an unusually large number of absentees due to 1st Communions and Confirmations, H. O’Dea, C. Sheehan, S. Ni Chuill, C. Reidy, J. Slowey and C. Ni Gearailt and also for C. McKeown who played an incredible 4 games for Cuala at the weekend scoring in each, with a final tally of 5-0 in camogie and 1-2 in football!
The girls juvenile section continues to go from strength to strength but we are always on the lookout for more girls interested in playing football and camogie. Beginners are particularly welcome and we’re still especially looking for girls born in 1997 (U11). 1996’s 1997’s and 1998’s all train for camogie and football in Meadowvale on Wednesdays at 6.30pm. Contact Fintan Quill for further details 086-8197352. Senior hurlers play O’Tooles in Ayrfield this Saturday evening at 6:30pm in the league. The Junior A-Hurlers play their first championship games also against O’Tooles on Saturday at 6:30 pm in Hyde Rd. Best of luck to Denis Byrne and all the team.
The “Friends of Dublin Hurling” are running a golf classic – see the attachment.
The last County Board coaching workshop for this season is ” Wall Ball Activity with Paudie Butler, venue Commercials GAA Club, Tuesday 20th May,7:30pm. To book email coachingdept@eircom.net or call (01) 8312099.
Lucena Foundation are holding a parents information evening on Tuesday 10th June 2008 at 59 Orwell Rd, Rathgar.The topic is “Every child wants to play – but can they?”. An Occupational Therapy approach to help parents facilitate play for children with physical, sensory or cognitive difficulties.The session will be led by Kate Lamb and Valerie Cribben. Admission Free – to book phone 4923596 or 4999349 or use the website www.lucena.ie.
Work on the Hyde Rd pitch is to start next Tuesday. More details of schedule of works etc to follow next week.

8 May 2008A great team performance saw Cuala U14Bs win their Feile final against St. Vincents in Parnell Park last Saturday by a scoreline of 2-03 to 0-06. A 2nd half penalty strike by half forward Conor Tiernan proved the decisive score. Well done to all the players and to management including Kevin Kennedy, Barry Tierney and Ciaran Irwin, the entire club is very proud of you.
Well done to U10s (Grupa Glas) footballers who inflicted a first defeat of the season on previously unassailable Ballyboden-1 in Cherryfield last weekend. Better keep an eye on these lads!
Its a big weekend coming up for the Cuala Adult Footballers – the Intermediates are in action against Naomh Fionnbarra in O’Toole park on Sat at 5pm. The following morning all 11am the Junior-1 have a local championship derby against K.Crokes while Junior-2 play St.Maurs in Rush at 3pm. All support welcome.
Best of luck to Paul Schutte and Liam McHugh who start for the Gerry McEntee’s Dublin Minor footballers v Meath in the 1/4 final of the Leinster Championship on Saturday at 3pm in Parnell Park. Good luck lads.
In conjunction with the Gardai and Shankill Community Association , a Drug Information evening will take place on Wednesday 14th May at 8pm in St.Anne’s Resource, Shankill.This is for adults only and is intended to give guidance on drug abuse.
Camogie players please note, very important training session on Tuesday 13th next in shanganah. All players need to be on the pitch ready to start at 6:45pm.
Dont forget Cuala Night at the Dogs – next Thursday May 15th. First race on the night will be at 7:55pm and the last at 10.25pm. Tickets for the Buster draw cost €20 , prize fund €2000 and give admission to the track on the night as well. Tickets are the event including dinner on sale for €30. Contact any Juvenile mentor.
Attention all coaches – mandatory reading attached in this month’s Coaching Newsletter. Excellent drills and training techniques included – well done Coaching Dept.
Lastly congratulatons to our local TDs and Cuala supporters, Mary Hanafin and Barry Andrews, on their appointments to new portfolios in the Cabinet.

2 May 2008U14Bs are in the Feile final on Saturday 3rd May 2:30pm in Parnell Park. Supporters are asked to bring as much colour, support and noise to the panel of 24 players who have won some fantastic games to reach this final against St.Vincents. Goodluck lads!
U14 Girls Feile took place last weekend and the Cuala girls came first in their group in Division 1. They won all three of their matches, the last a thriller against Ballyboden which Cuala won by a point. The momentum was hard to carry into the second day and Cuala lost out to St. Brigids in the semi-final. The Ballyboden team went onto win the Division Feile :-(. Well done girls – still a tremendous achievement.
Well done to the organising team for the Awards night in Killiney Castle (Michael Goodwin, Breege Dromgoole, Grainne O’Shea, Daragh Bass to mention a few). It was a fantastic night all round with the audio/visual tribute to the late Mick Holden a special highlight.
Senior hurlers play O’Tooles in the League on Saturday at 6pm in Blumden drive – all support welcome.
By now, many of you will have seen the warnings that have come in relation to Sally Glen Rd (running alongside Thomastown). Again, take note that the Gardai are checking that all parking regulations are enforced along the road so please park correctly.
We have been advised by the Council that works on Thomastown dressing-rooms should be completed within the next 6 weeks.We would also ask club patrons to write to the Council Planning Office (Marine Rd) in support of the proposed development in Hyde Park of lights and a new pitch surface. THis is a vital piece of work for our primary pitch.
Last chance to help out with advertising or sponsorship for the first Cuala Night at the Dogs. Tickets for the event (May15th) and for the Buster Draw (win €2000!) are on sale through any Juvenile team mentors or Rob Hartnett on 086-3851955.
Two Cuala Adult members Patrick and Barry Murdock are once again cycling the length of Ireland from Mizen to Malin head in aid of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. The boys will be having a table quiz in aid of this event on Wednesday 14th May 9pm. If you can’t make the table quiz you can sponsor the boys on their website www.mycharity.ie/event/patrick_murdock_cycle . Hope you are doing the training lads or Roy might be after you!
There is a full meeting of the Juvenile Committe at the club next Tuesday evening at the slightly later time of 9:30pm. All age groups must send a representative. Hopefully no pictures from the dance floor from last Saturday.
Lastly, free parents Information Evening “Coping with Exam Stress” , speakers Prof. Fiona McNicholas and Dr. Therese Thornton, is on Tuesday 13th May, 7.00-8.30pm, Lucena Clinic, 59 Orwell Rd, Rathgar, Dublin 6. Register at www.lucenaclinic.ie. Wonder if they do one for coaches?

24 April 2008Senior hurlers play a critical Championship game this Sunday 27th against 2006 County Champions Craobh Chiaran in O’Toole Park at 11am. All support is very welcome for what is a crucial game. (Note there is a possibility this match could be moved to Saturday afternoon) . Please note that the Allianz National Football League Division 2 final between Dublin and Westmeath will take place on Saturday next 26th April in Navan at 7pm. There will be no advance sale of tickets as cash will be taken at the turnstiles. Camogie girls lost a hard fought battle against Oliver Plunketts on Tuesday last going down 6-4 to 4-3. Next match will be at home vs Naomh Mearnog on Tuesday 29th April. Training on Sunday in Shanganah at 10am. U12As footballers had a comprehensive win against Naomh Olaf last Saturday, while the Bs had a well deserved victory over Kilmacud Crokes. Paul Flynn had a fantastic game – an hour after making his confirmation. I suppose we could call that divine inspiration. And lastly, as if you didnt know, the Annual Awards Dinner is scheduled for Saturday night in Killiney Castle. Tickets sales will be closing Thursday 24th at10pm to allow table allocations etc to happen. Our guest of honour will be Christy Cooney – president-elect of the the GAA so it should be an interesting evening. See the details on the website https://www.cualagaa.ie/

17 April 2008Following excellent turnouts and performances from 2000s (U-8) boys in mini-blitz with Ballinteer and Clann na Gael in both hurling and football over the last two weekends. I is the girls turn this weekend with camogie games against Ballinteer SJ in Hyde Park on Saturday morning. The 1998s (U10s) parents AGM takes place in the bar this Friday the 18th. All 1998 parents should try and attend as these are important sessions to understand whats happening and give feedback. Tickets for the Cuala Night at the dogs on May 16th are now on sale from Juvenile team mentors. If you cant make the event, be sure to buy tickets for the Buster draw – someone will be €2000 richer! By now, no doubt you all know that the Annual Awards Night is on Saturday 26th.Tickets going on sale from today! Prime Sponsor needed! Prizes for raffle required. Follow the lead of Minister Mary Hanafin who has kindly offered a dinner for 4 in Leinster House to be raffled off on the night. So those of you who fancied themselves in the cut and thrust of the Dáil – this is your (only) chance! Well done to Intermediate Footballers who beat a strong St.Pats team last night. They play again in a crucial league match against Clann na Gael in Ringsend this Saturday at 18:30. Well done also to the Senior Hurlers who beat St.Bridgets last weekend and to the the Junior A and Cs who beat Craobh Ciarán and N.Olaf respectively. Congratulations to the U14B footballers and manager Ciaran Irwin who have qualified for the Division 8 Feile Football Final on Saturday 3rd May by beating N.Mearnog by 8-06 to 0-02. Cuala were outstanding with great displays from David Murphy, Jack’Butsie’ Butler, Jacob Brennan, Shane Irwin in the backline, Scott Curtis and Peter Gahan in midfield, Dylan Kennedy and Conor Lehane in the forwards. Well done lads – tremendous! Ladies Football had a mixed week – with the U16s beating St.Maurs and better performances from the U13s and U14s who both lost to St. Sylvesters and Naomh Barróg respectively. The Adult ladies lost away to St. Peregrines a closely fought game. Keep at it ladies and better luck next week. Well done to our 4 minor lads Conor Gough, Simon Timlin, Colm Sheanon and Colm O’Farrell (who was erroneously omitted from last weeks newsletter!) who played for the Dublin minors in the draw against Offaly last weekend. The Camogie girl had their 3rd game of the season on Tuesday last with a draw against Setanta. This team definitely seems to enjoy torturing the poor old manager (Miceál Priest), allowing the opposition to fly into a strong lead before reeling them slowly in and putting the equalising point over with the last free of the game. Next game is at home to Oliver Plunketts on Tuesday 22nd at 6:45pm, training on Sundays at 10 in Shanganah. Don’t forget the Academy Race night on Saturday 19th at 8pm in the Cuala Hall. Admission is free, spot prizes, Tote betting, full bar, great night guaranteed. Get the babysitter tonight and get yourself down on Saturday to support the future stars of Cuala. Lastly, please see the attached monthly Cuala Coaching Newletter. Well done again to the coaching dept!
9 April 2008

2 April 2008

26.03.08The U10s (1998) Camogie team make their competitive debut against Crumlin in Meadowvale on Sunday morning at 10am. Good luck girls. Senior hurlers play Crumlin in Div 1 league on Saturday next at 4:30 in Pearse Park and play away on Sunday to Kilkenny team in Leinster league. Note times and venues may change
Senior Camogie Girls have their first match of the season v Ballinteer St. Johns in Marley Park on Sunday 30th March. Throw in 11am.
Easter camp for U11s was a great success – well done to Ken, Caroline and the Coaching Dept.
Congratulations to Jake Malone, Shane Murphy and Daithi O’Murchú who were key members of the South Dublin Football team who won the Ahearne Memorial cup in Naomh Mearnog on Saturday. Two South Dublin teams made it to the final. Hard luck to Con O’Callaghan who was on the losing team. Nice pictures in the Herald on Tuesday and not a North side team in sight!
Good news – Part VIII(planning permission) for Hyde Park was approved by Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Co Co on Wednesday. This will allow for lights, back-nets and pitch upgrade for the main Cuala pitch and for the building of a new shared all-weather. Thanks to the local Councillors for greatly assisting Cuala with this hugely important development.
The long-awaited dressing-rooms for Thomastown are being built off-site by the supplier at the moment and should be in place by end of May-08.
Kick-boxing tournament in the Hall last Saturday was very successful with the place packed to the rafters. Such events are vital sources of revenue to the club. Well done to the Bar Committee for a great event.
Cuala Academy Race Night Horses now on Sale! Details from any Academy Member. Get the babysitter booked for the big night on Saturday April 19th.
Well done to Oisin Gough on being awarded a GPA third-level scholarship – the only Dublin player to do so. The scholarships were awarded using funds from the sale of Club Energiser soft drinks.
Remember summertime officially begins this weekend! Keep eye out for changes in training times and venues.
20.03.08U10 Footballers had a great win over Crokes last Saturday in two tighly contested matches – our boys emerging victors on aggregate score of 84 points to 79. Best of luck to Jake Malone, Con O’Callaghan and Daithi O Murchú in the annual Dublin South vs Dublin North Easter Tournament. Our boys are representing the southside in the all-day blitz in Naomh Mearnog on Saturday.
Good Féile win for Cuala U14s last weekend against Whitehall Colmcilles – a great start to proceedings. Next up is Na Fianna – keep it up lads!
Senior Hurlers play Kinnity from Offaly in first match of Leinster League, Bank Holiday Monday 2pm, Hyde Park.
The new girls juvenile committee is now up and running and is responsible for the following teams entered in this years camogie and football leagues: U12 Camogie (1996), U12 Football A (1996), U12 Football B (1996 & 1997), U11 Camogie (1997), U10 Football (1998), U10 Camogie (1998) and U9 Camogie (1999). As there are five new teams entered this year, equipment is at a premium so if anyone out there has any unused equipment e.g. jerseys, footballs, sliotars, etc please contact Fintan Quill 086-8197352. More importantly, although the girls section is going from strength to strength, we are particularly in need of U11’s (1997s) this year. If you have any sisters, daughters or nieces of this age why not find out if they and their friends would be interested in coming to training some evening. Beginners particularly welcome. Please contact Eileen Quill 087-2241032 for details.
Annual Awards night scheduled for 26th April in Killiney Castle – get your tickets early as last year we ran out of tickets!
The first ever Cuala Juvenile Night at the Dogs at Shelbourne Park has been confirmed for Thursday evening May 15th. ‘Coiste na Madra’ has been formed and tickets will be going on sale during the first week of April through each of the Juvenile age groups.
“Phanton Goalpost Painter”(Garrett McDermott) has struck again – painting the upper posts in Thomastown this time. If you spot someone with tins of paint, a long ladder be sure to say thanks – true volunteer – saw a job that needed to be done and just went and did it.
The St. Patrick’s Céile was a great success – nearly 400 club member and friends enjoyed a great night. Thanks to all the organising committe and many helpers for a fantastic event.
An Domhnach seo chughainn, beidh Áth Cliath agus Corcaigh ag imirt sa Sraith Náisiúnta Camógaíocht, Roinn 1 i Glenalbyn ag 2pm. Fáilte roimh luch tacaíochta mór do na fóirne seo.
Dublin vs Monaghan match was cancelled last weekend, replay is Sunday 23rd MArch at 2.30pm in Parnell Park. Tickets for postponed game will be accepted at the turnstiles. Stand tickets are all allocated – additional terrace tickets will be available from the County Board.
13.03.08
U8 boys (2000s) had a great turn-out at a football mini-blitz with Bray Emmets and Eire Og Greystones last Saturday. Cuala had 6 teams participating and all did very well displaying all skills practised at training over the winter months. Cuala U9 girls came out to play Faughs in Templeogue in freezing weather and they did the club proud. Two teams of five braved the elements in Tymon Park. Team-1 players were Brid O’Donnell, Jennifer Byrne, Caolinn Quinn, Nora Noone, Sinead Ruigroke. Team-2 players were Rachel Byrne,Niamh Sheehan, Alana Carney, Alison Slowey and Albha Dwyer. Team 1 drew their first match but lost narrowly in the second. Team 2 won both matches comfortably. Well done girls!
U10s hurlers had mixed fortunes last weekend, Ambers had a hard fought draw vs Naomh Olaf in terribly conditions last Saturday, while the Black group won one of three vs sBallyboden -going down on aggregate.
U14B Footballer are in the semi-final of the Feile competition due to walkover last Saturday. Best of luck to the U14 Hurlers who play their first Feile match this weekend.
Cuala Juvenile Night at the Dogs is now booked for May 15th. Each age group has nominated one representative to help organise the event and preparations will start next week. If you are able to help or fancy yourself as a bit of a dogs expert drop Rob Hartnett a line on rob@hmpr.ie or on 086 3851955
Best of luck to the Senior hurlers who play St.Vincents this Saturday afternoon at 4pm in Dalkey in their first league game of the season.
A Russian TV crew will be at the aforementioned Senior match on Saturday especially to learn and video hurling for a travel programme back in Russia. Who knows, perhaps a certain Mr.Abramovich might take an interest?
Coaching Dept have published this months coaching newsletter. Please find it attached.
Dublin Colleges had a great win in the Leinster Final over CBS Kilkenny with David Treacy, Colm O’Farrell, Conor Gough and Simon Timlon representing Cuala. This is a significant achievement for Dublin hurlers over the traditional powerhouses of Leinster colleges. Such is the significance, that the strength of Southside hurling was acknowledged by Tom Humphries in an Irish Times article last Monday. Well done lads!
Special thanks to Ciaran Monaghan for putting down the new wooden floor in the Committee Room. Its fierce posh looking!
Sports Capital Grant application sent in to Department for upgrade work on the Hall. Thanks to all who have made it happen.
Don’t forget the Family Ceili on St.Patricks night, its hard to believe that its been a year since the last one. Its great craic so come on down.
Lastly, best wishes to Willie Braine who will be going to Kosovo soon to serve for a number of months with the United Nations. We hope its a safe and productive trip. Don’t forget to pack the hurls Willie!

6.03.08U10 Hurlers playing their second league fixture this Saturday. The Black group are at home to Ballyboden and the Ambers are on the road to Naomh Olaf, both throw-ins at 11am.
U13A Footballers topped Division 1 of the grading leagues and are looking forward to a high-powered season!
Cuala U14 Hurlers got off to a great start in their league campaign in Division 1 with an emphatic 4.11 to 2.4 win over Castleknock.Colm Cronin at centre forward was the star-man contributing 7 points to Cuala’s tally, with 5 from play.Wow!
Well done to the Senior Hurlers who defeated Crumlin in Pearse Park in the first round of the Boland Cup on Saturday afternoon while the Junior A Hurlers had a good victory against Crumlin on Sunday morning. The Intermediate footballers were defeated by Clann na Gael on Sunday morning in Dalkey while the Junior Footballers drew against St.Annes in the Parson Cup.
Kids dont forget the Annual Easter Camp, Football 18th-20th March, hurling 25th-28th March. Applications forms on the website. For any would-be coaches who would like to work in the Easter Camp an application form is attached. Please return to Coaching Dept.
All Juvenile and Academy mentors are reminded of the importance of making sure goal posts are secured. New pegs and hammers have been delivered to Thomastown and Clonkeen for just such a purpose, so put ’em to good use! The annual family St. Patricks night Ceili will take place in the hall on (the 17th) from 8-11pm, €10 per family with music, dancing, tea and cakes. A great night and fun for all the family. First ever Cuala Juvenile ‘Night at the Dogs’ will take place on Thursday evening,May 15th at Shelbourne Park. This will be a major fundraiser for all age groups within the juvenile section and plenty of opportunities to ‘help out’! If you can spare some time please contact Rob Hartnett on 086 3851955. Watch this space for more new over the coming weeks.

Some interesting Coaching Courses on in the next few weeks. If interested contact Caroline Kenny on 085-1376650 or Dublin Coaching Dept on (01) 8312099: Imaginary Training & Mental Rehearsal Date: Wed 12th March;Venue St.Finnians Swords;Time:7:30pm;Tutor:Brendan Harpur;Fitness with the Ball Date: Fri 14thMarch;Venue:Round-Towers Clondalkin;Time:7:30pm;Tutor:Brian Ladden;Upping the Tempo Date 15th March;Venue:St. Brigids;Time:7:30pm;Tutor:Len Gaynor;
Lastly, you will all hopefully have received the recent letter in regard to our interest in purchasing land locally. In case you have not received it, a link is attached. The letter has been very favourable received by both the membership and by the broader community. Many thanks to those who have so generously responded. If you are in a position to make a significant contribution then this is a chance to make a real difference to the future of Cuala, our community and many generations of players yet to come.
28.02.08Well done to the U12 Footballers beating K.Crokes in a windy Deerpark last Saturday.Great displays all round but especially from Cathal McDonald, Des Markey and Dara Twomey swinging over some great points.
Good luck to Jake Malone, Daithi OMurchú and Con O’Callaghan who are representing South Dublin in the annual U12 Easter Tournament vs North Dublin on Easter Saturday.
A date for the diary – the Academy Race Night will take place on 19th April so mark the diaries now. All enquiries to Colin Behan, Academy Chairman.
Good wins again for both Adult football teams in the Cup with the Intermediates beating Ballyboden and Juniors beating Templeogue Synge Street. Intermediates are at home again this Sunday at 11am vs Clann na Gael.
Adult Football Section Table Quiz will be held tomorrow Friday 29th Feb at 8pm. 5 rounds of sport, 5 rounds of General Knowledge, table for 4 cost €50. Great prizes and all support welcome. Check out the attachment.
Lucena Foundation are holding an information session for parents and carers of children with Speech and language difficutlies, Tuesday 4th March, 7-8pm at Lucena Clinic 59 Orwell Rd Rathgar. Session is free but you must register on www.lucenaclinic.ie
You will have noticed signs going up around about the Annual Registration. Our club Constitution states that members must be registered by February 29th. This rule must be applied in 2008 – otherwise its not possible to convene a proper AGM or enact other club business. Thank you to all those of you who have registered thus far, and for the tardy few, time to get down and signed up.
Lastly, hopefully by now you will have received “the letter” I mentioned last week. As the letter states, this is a hugely important initative for the club and we look forward to all your support in the coming months and years.

21.02.08The U14s took the ‘Rebel ‘Capital by storm last weekend and in the process picked up the Mick O’Brien Memorial Tophy for the second year in a row!! This premier competition run by Nemo Rangers included opposition from St.Vincents (Cork), Macroom, Austin Stacks and An Gaeltacht in the final but there was no stopping our boys. Well done to all – a fantastic victory – and oh by the way the strike got sorted too. Photos on the website so check it out.
Special thanks too to the U14B and U13 footballers and mentors who helped the club out last weekend by stepping in to fulfil the fixture against St.Sylvesters. It may not be as glamourous as cup tournaments in Leeside but its required so thanks to all who helped out.
U14 Feile football starts this weekend with the A’s playing Whitehall away at 2pm and the B’s playing Crumlin away at 3:30pm. Keep up the good work lads.
U10s Greens had a good win over Templeogue last Saturday and all three teams are in action at home in Thomastown this Saturday with Blues vs Ballyboden at10am, Greens vs Thomas Davis and Reds vs Bray Emmets both at 11am.
The Adult footballers preparations for the new season are well underway, the Intermediates under the management of Michael Sheanon had a draw versus St.Pats last Sunday, while the Juniors had a good win against Clan na Gael. Intermediate footballers play their first home match vs Ballyboden in the Loving Cup this Sunday at 11am in Hyde Park.
Juniors play their first away cup match in Templeogue – all support welcome.
Junior hurlers are having a fundraiser down the club this Saturday consisting of lunch followed by a prize draw afterwards. Great prizes to be won including a Ninetendo Wii, €75 voucher for the ClubBar in Dalkey and a free haircut for the Hair Salon in Dalkey. It should be a great afternoon with the rugby match on the ‘big’ telly too. See the attachments for details.
Application form for the Easter Training Camp is attached. Also attached is the February version of the Club Coaching newsletter. For all current and prospective coaches, this is well worth a read, with handy coaching tips and useful drills. Thanks to Denis Monaghan and Caroline Kenny – this is something we can all use regardless of age.
Lastly,some of you may have heard, we are looking to purchase some land locally to facilitate our ever-expanding playing population. A letter will be posted to all households in the next few days. Watch this space! 2007 Archive