Cuala Weekly News, Jan – Nov 2009

5 Nov 2009

The weather made it a quiet weekend last week for the juvenile girls teams. Only the U13s (1996s) were in action in challenge games beating Ballyfermot in football but losing to Naomh Peregrines in camogie. This weekend best of luck to the U11s (1998s) who are playing Clontarf in the Shield Football final this Saturday in Scoil Ui Chonaill at 2.15pm. Best wishes also to the U13s (1996s) who are playing Castleknock away in their final camogie league game of the season on Saturday. If the girls win they clinch runners up spot. The Juvenile Girls AGM is on in Cuala this Tuesday 10th November at 8.30pm. All welcome.) The Juvenile Girls Sponsored Walk is on Saturday 14th November – please support the girls with sponsorship. The Juvenile Girls annual Awards Night is on Sunday 6th December. Check the juvenile girls calendar on the website for full details www.calendarwiz.com/cualagirls. Good Luck to the U14 Girl’s football team who are playing Thomas Davis in the Div 2 Championship Final on Saturday at 2pm in Ringsend. Congratulations to the U11 Lions footballers who ended the regular season on top of Division 1A after a 7-08 to 3-06 victory over Thomas Davis. Well done also to the Cougar and Jaguar groups who scored a big win over Kilmacud Crokes in a friendly match at Clonkeen on Saturday. The Juvenile Boys AGM will take place in the bar on Thursday, June 12th. All mentors and as many parents as can make it are asked to attend as we review 2009 and plan for 2010. U/12’s.1997. “A” team Footballers had no match last weekend. “B” Team Footballers had a good win over Templeogue, while the “C” Team earned a hard fought victory over St. Pats. This weekend sees us playing some of the last of our Hurling League matches. Money from the sponsored walk is overdue. If you have any ideas for the Christmas Party contact Derek Spain @ 086 8135148. Condolences to Fiacra O Brolachain (minor player) and his family on the death of their father Michael. The Youth Club has been a great success in the past and the numbers have increased with the latest group of first year students eligible to attend. In order for it to continue parents of the teenagers involved (1995, 1996 & 1997 year parents) are urgently required to help out for its continued success. If you are available please contact Helen McMahon 0862241210; Mary Bass 0872368672. Unfortunately, Mary Bass has broken her foot and will not be available until after Christmas so in order for the Youth Club to continue urgent help is required. Hope you are on the mend Mary. U21 Football Championship is fixed for Sat 07 next in Hyde Pk @ 2.45 V Parnells. Please refer to website for changes of venue if it becomes necessary.All supporters welcome. Senior hurlers have vital game against Na Fianna on Sunday . See fixture list below for details Vodafone have launched a new scheme whereby they will donate 5% of your Vodafone bill or Top Up Credit to Cuala at no extra cost to you. All you have to do is register your phone against Cuala. It only takes 30 seconds to do check out http://www.supportyourgaaclub.ie/ for details. We are asking all Cuala Members and their friends who are Vodafone customers to sign up this deal. The Club AGM is scheduled for Thursday 3rd December See www.cualagaa.ie/constitution/agm.html. Official notifications about the meeting have been posted directly to all full paid-up Adult members. If you paid before the 1st March deadline and dont get a letter by Monday – please contact the Club Registrar Michael Goodwin immediately

 

 

 

 

1 Oct 2009

Another busy weekend ahead and of course it’s Fun-Day weekend so start the novenas for good weather: Last weekend was a quiet one on the playing fields for the girls juvenile teams due to the Ladies Football final in Croke Park. Off the field it was very busy however with almost 150 girls and parents cheering on the Dubs in a thrilling final in Croke Park. Special mention for Cuala U13 Sorcha Clarke who scored a magnificent goal for a Dublin U13 selection against a Cork selection at half time during the senior game. The Cuala U13s also recorded a great win in their final camogie game of this year’s championship against Ballyboden St Endas. This weekend there is a full fixture list with the U11s in particular playing 2 crucial games which could put them in the semi finals of both of their camogie and football championships. Best of luck girls. Good luck to the U11 Hurlers who are playing in an all Ireland blitz organised by our neighbours at Kilmacud Crokes this weekend. Last year they played and beat Newtownshandrum. 1997-U/12.Footballers- “A” team very unlucky to lose by two points to League Leaders Ballyboden. “B” and “C” teams recorded fine wins over Kilmacud and Round Towers respectively”.Hurlers take on Naomh Mearnog and Na Fianna this weekend. As and from next week, F/ball training on Tuesday at 7pm-8pm at I.A.D.T., Hurling training on Thursday at 7pm to 8pm at Loreto. There will be a full meeting of the Juvenile Boys Committee on Tuesday, October 6th at 9.30 (Note later start time than usual). Congratulations to the U15 Hurlers who were crowned Champions of Dublin following a brilliant win over Ballyboden St Enda’s at Parnell Park last Sunday. There are plenty more juvenile teams in contention for titles over the next few weeks. Watch out for key fixtures in this email and please try your best to encourage support of the club teams wherever possible. Please note that you must return a copy of your letter back from the Garda Vetting Bureau to Rob Hartnett (GVF), Cuala, Hyde Road, Dalkey. The deadline for receipt of these forms is approaching and it will be a requirement of involvement with any juvenile or minor team to have your form back to the club. If you have given your letter to a team mentor please make sure he or she has returned it to the club. The Youth Club is on this Friday and every 2nd Friday night from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. at a cost of €2.50. Age groups 1994-1996 & 1997’s that are now in 1st year. The lower ‘skirts’ for the back-netting in Shanganagh Park will be re-installed this week in steel boxes. Our thanks are due to the Pitch Maintenance team – all pitch surfaces seem to be in excellent condition. Senior Football Team Manager, Mikey Sheanon, is going back to South Africa. No, not to live but to put his building expertise to great use, building houses with the Niall Mellon Foundation. To fund the trip and raise badly needed funds for a great cause, Mikey is running a Quiz Night on Friday Night at 9pm in Cuala. Cost of entry is €10 a head or €40 for a table. Go on, dig deep and support this worthy cause. See you on Friday at 9pm. Junior hurlers had a great win against table-toppers O’Tooles last Saturday. Some dramatic late goals did the business. Two more league games left so all players are requested to attend remaining training sessions. Adult Footballers play in Intermediate championship semi-final on Saturday at 5pm, Parnell Park. All Support most welcome. Other football fixtures are on www.hill16.ie Check before you go and try and get out to support the teams. In case you could possible have forgotten Sunday is Cuala Fun-Day; Don’t forget to bring any items for sale and of course have fun! There will be the usual vast array of entertainment – all we need now is you!

24 Sep 2009

Well done to Kerry and hard luck to the Rebels. This weekend its the turn of the Rebelettes and the Jackies who are in Croker for the final of the Ladies SFC. Good luck to both. Last weekend was a busy one with all the girls juvenile teams in action. Special mention for the U12 footballers who beat Foxrock Cabinteely in the championship semi final and well done to the U11 B camogie team on their first victory, a big win against Kilmacud Crokes. This weekend is much quieter with only the U9s and U13s camogie championship on Sunday. No football due to the Ladies final in Croke Park. All juvenile girls teams are bringing groups, current numbers are 130 and increasing! Also best wishes to Cuala U13 Sorcha Clarke who will be playing with a Dublin U13 selection against a Cork selection at half time during the senior game. Maith an cailín. U14 girls played in the replay against O’Dwyers last Friday this time with a squad of 14. Well done to the girls as once again they played their hearts out and emerged victorious with a 7 point win. The U14 hurlers have a top-of- the-table clash with K.Crokes in Thomastown on Saturday at 2pm. This will followed by U14Bs who play Naomh Mearnog at 3:30pm. All support welcome. Big day for the U15s on Sunday with under 15A Championship Final on at 2.30pm Parnell Park v BallyBoden. All support welcome. Any players from U15’s to minor’s that are willing to help one hour a week with any underage team either on Saturday’s and for training during the week please email williebraine@eircom.net or call/text 086 0266506. Please consider this request – don’t forget the Juvenile section (Boys and Girls) and the academy are the future our our club. Senior footballers had a great win over St.Judes last Sunday in the IFC quarter-final. Senior hurlers play Championship on Friday evening in Parnell Park against the Divisional side. Thrown in at 6:45pm. David Treacy has received one of the highest honours in the game by being one of 4 Dublin players to be nominated for a 2009 All-Star in the Full Forward line. This is a great honour for David, Cuala and for Dublin Hurling, and is due recognition for his contribution to Dublin’s success in the All-Ireland series this year. CualaComms would like to know if there have been other Cuala players nominated in the past? Family Fun Day Sunday 4th October – so stall owners please make your usual preparations. If anyone would like to volunteer to help out on the day please contact John Treacy or just reply to me here in CualaComms. No shortages of jobs. Qualifying requirements are a smile and enthusiasm. See attached flyer. The Cuala Corporate Lunch was a tremendous success again this year with Michael Lyster and Mickie Harte outstanding as guests. Sincere thanks to all who helped to make it happen and to the sponsors. In troubled times, it was great to see such a big attendance. All for this week.
17 Sep 2009

Well its show-down time for the Rebels and the Kingdom in what should be another classic.If anyone needs an interpreter for the post-match interviews full of “yerras , “d’yaknows” , and “doutchaboy” I can be contated in the Lower Hogan:Congratulations to the 16 players who represented Cuala’s U10’s in a Leinster Hurling Blitz hosted by Carlow Town Hurling Club last Saturday.Twenty clubs from around Leinster participated in the event, on a day where the temperature reached record levels for this time of the year. The hurling was fast,furious and very competitive. The Cuala lads showed great determination and skill and succeeded in winning all three of their games against teams from Carlow, Wexford and Dublin. Well done to all those who travelled, played and supported. Mixed fortunes for the girls juvenile teams last weekend. Despite a great performance the U11 Bs were beated by Ballyboden in camogie, the U12s were beaten by Bray Emmets in football, the U13s were beated by St Slyvesters in football but the U11s had a great win away against Na Fianna in football. This weekend is a particularly busy one for most of the juvenile girls teams with a number of important championship games. U10s play Kilmacud Crokes in football on Saturday, U11s play Foxrock Cabinteely in football on Saturday and Kilmacud Crokes in camogie on Sunday, the U12s play Foxrock Cabinteely in football on Sunday and finally spare a though for our U13s who have to play Lucan Sarsields away in camogie on Sunday morning at 10.30am and Foxrock Well done to the U15A Hurlers who beat Kilmacud Crokes by a single point in a tense semi final to earn a place in the A Championship Final against Ballyboden SE. Details of final to follow. The U15 Hurlers were one of the ten juvenile boys teams in competitive action last weekend, from U11 to U16, and every one of our teams won ! The U14 Hurlers also had a great win by defeating the Dublin Féile Champions Ballyboden St Enda’s in their Division 1clash, while the U13 hurlers, U12s and U11s footballers all had good wins. The U12s hurlers take on Castleknock at Porterstown and St Marks at Thomastown. this week and training continues on Mondays and Wednesdays. U14 girls travelled to Balbriggan last Friday evening with a squad of 13 to play the first round of the Championship. A draw at full time meant that extra time had to be played. Again as the full time whistle blew both sides were still level. Time ran out as night fell which meant there will be a replay this Friday evening in Meadowvale at 6.30pm.All support welcome. Well done to the 13 girls who played their hearts out against a squad of 22. There has been plenty of feedback and negotiation on the winter training schedule for the juvenile sections. The final allocation of facilities, planned to cover the next four years, will be made shortly to age groups representatives. There will be a draw for All-Ireland tickets on Thursday night 9:30pm in the bar for Cuala Members. Reminding members to try sell some lines in the Football Forecast competion and that forms MUST be returned either through your age group mentor or left behind the Cuala Bar and clearly marked ‘For Attention Of Peadar McAdam  by 8pm this Saturday evening for inclusion in the competition. The opening Badminton night got off to a great start on Tuesday the 15th September and was enjoyed by all who attended. New members are most welcome. No experience required, equipment available. Any queries to Derek Spain @ 086 8135148. (osullivanspain@eircom.net) . Hard luck to senior hurlers in the championship against Crokes last Sunday. 3 Junior footballing teams in action next Sunday morning against St.Judes , Templeogue and Croi Ro Naofa respectively. The 3rd team are in Hyde Park at 10:30am but confirm details by checking www.Hill16.ie. The website is still sick but its not fatal. Should be back on its feet this week Lastly, in recent weeks its has been mentioned on several occasions that there has been less than optimal behaviour on the sidelines of pitches, at many levels of the club. I would like to remind everyone that players, coaches and referees are doing their best. No-one sets out to deliberately make mistakes (this is not Formula-1!). Players should be encouraged, coaches should be assisted and referees should be respected even when we disagree strongly with their decisions. Not easy I agree but lets try to set examples for those around us.
10 Sep 2009

Well done to the Cats on the 4in-a-row and to Tipp too on a fantastic All Ireland Final! Note Cuala Family Fun Day is moved to 4th October. The Juvenile committee are putting the final pieces of the complex jigsaw that is the winter training schedule into place and it is expected that teams and mentors will be advised of the facilities and times available to them in the next few days. The All Ireland Football Final Forecast is back again. There is a short run in which to whip up anticipation and send our boys and girls scurrying in search of €2 lines looking to correctly predict Cork’s demolition of the Kingdom in return for a princely prize of €500. Forms should be available from team mentors and at the club from Friday evening and must be returned, for obvious reasons, by Saturday week, September 19th. Congratulations to the U11 Blue Hurlers who had a great win over Bray Emmets last Saturday and are now sitting third in division 3A. Congratulations to Deridre Faul, one of the U11 Mums who returned from the World Transplant Games in Sydney recently with a haul of four gold medals in Badminton singles and doubles, squash and golf. A brilliant achievement. All Juvenile players are asked to bring their own labelled water bottles to training and matches. In light of this being a rotten time of year for colds and bugs, and with the added threat of swine flu epidemics hanging over us, teams are suspending the normal practice of sharing water bottles. The 6 Cuala players on the under 15 south hurling squad that won the recent Leinster blitz beating Kilkenny North in the final deserve honourable mention.Ben rrity,Colm Cronin,Cian O’Callaghan,Ross Tierney,Cillian O’Farrell and Jack O’Faolain are the men in question. Well done lads. Many thanks to all who replied to e-mail on badminton.Open Badminton night scheduled for Tuesday the 15th September 2009 at 20.00hrs-2200hrs. Bring along spare racquets, shuttlecocks, white shorts, white skirts, biscuits buns etc and plenty of energy. Any queries contact Derek Spain 086 8135148. See attachment for information about floating coaches. Thanks to Willie Braine for organising. Please support the Senior hurlers who are in championship action against Kilmacud Crokes on Sunday Sept 13th, 12 noon in O’Toole Park, Crumlin. All support welcome for this vital game. Web site has been down for the past week – we suspect its swine flu – please bear with us while we diagnose the real cause and apply the right medicine.” Dublin County Board have launched their Coaching and Games Development Programme 2009-2010. Please see the brochure attached. Further details and online registration for all courses are available on http://www.dublingaagamesdevelopment.ie/ . All Mentors are encouraged to enroll for relevent courses, there is something there for everybody! If you have any queries about any of the courses contact our GPO Willie Braine on 086 0266506. Don’t forget Corporate lunch on Friday 18th September – sponsors and attendees are very welcome.

3 Sep 2009

Its one of the big weekends of the GAA year. Good luck to all the Tipp and Kilkenny supporters :Academy registration this Saturday from 9:30AM to 11:30AM in the Cuala Hall. Registration for new and existing members born in 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2004. See attached flyer and enrollment form. You can print down and fill out in advance which should speed up processing greatly on Saturday next. The U12 Hurlers had a fantastic day at Thomastown last Saturday.Clubs from Naas, Co. Kildare, Castletown, Co. Westmeath and Faughs, Dublin enjoyed a very succesful Tournament which served up a great fare of hurling. The U/12’s parents put on a spread that would have made Reggie Corrigan weep ! Each of the visiting Clubs conveyed their heartfelt thanks to all those involved in the organisation of this event. All the kids received medals,hot dogs, sandwiches, crisps, scones, buns, chocolates biscuits fanta etc. Get the message ? The facilities at Thomastown ensured that this was an event to remember. Well done to all those people that brought that project to fruition. A first class facility ! We also had a second team participate in a similar tournament at St. Marks G.A.A Club which was enjoyed by all concerned. Great win for U15 hurlers in Championship on Tuesday night against Whitehall Colmcilles in Ellenfield. The lads meet Crokes in the next round – one to look forward to. Minor hurlers play Parnells in Championship in Shankill on Friday at 7pm, all support welcome Well done to the Junior hurling team who had a hard fought win over Crumlin in the Doyle Cup. Special mention for an excellent display by Daniel Spillane, Liam O Dowd and MOTM Sean Barron. Well done to the Cuala U15s lads involved with Dublin who won the under 15 Leinster Hurling Blitz last weekend We had 6 players involved : Ben Errity,Colm Cronin,Cian O’Callaghan,Ross Tierney,Cillian O’Farrell and Jack O’Faolain. Congratulation Our senior football team are in action on Saturday evening vs Naomh Olaf in Hyde Park at 6pm. All Support welcome. Dont forget to support the Cuala Corporate lunch and the usual team of volunteers will be needed for the Family Fun Day – so beware – Chairman John (Mao) Treacy is on the prowl.!
27 Aug 2009Its nearly September and that means some big events for the GAA and for Cuala too. Read on:Academy enrollment is upon us! Please see the attached Academy flyer and Academy Enrolment form. Parents can print and fill-out in advance of enrolment day of Sat 5th Sept between 9.30 and 11.30. Any questions about enrolment contact Willie Braine (Cuala GPO) 086 0266506 Good to see so many up training at Thomastown in recent weeks. The regular training schedule will come back into place from next week. There will be a full meeting of the Juvenile Boys Committee next Tuesday at 9pm in the club. All age groups should have at least one in attendance. Good luck to the U12 Hurlers who will be hosting a Leinster mini blitz against teams from Wicklow and Westmeath at Thomastown from 12 on Saturday. All supporters and helpers welcome to drop by to see the future of the club in action. Please remember to send all returned Garda Vetting letters to Rob Hartnett GVF, Cuala CLG, Hyde Road, Dalkey. They will be coming in from the GAA over the next few weeks. Derek Spain (Coach to U/12’s Boys- 086 8135148) is considering the viability of having an over 30’s Badminton (Social) night in the Hall, once a week, over the Winter Period. Before proceeding to the point of having an open meeting in the Bar, he would like to get some idea as to what level of interest there exists within the Club for such a venture. If anybody would be interested in participating, please register your interest at osullivanspain@eircom.net . Best wishes to the Senior hurling team who play the first round of the Senior A Championship this Saturday evening in Parnell Park at 5.30. All club members should make every effort to attend this vital game. Minor football training Monday and Friday and minor hurling training thursday all at 7pm in preparation for upcoming championships All Adult and Minor players – the club are asking if you could spare 1 hour per month to get involved in coachign some of the younger teams. If you are interested contact Willie Braine. The Cuala Corporate Lunch will be on Friday 18th September in the Burlington hotel, the weekend of the Football All-Ireland. Tables of 10 are €800 and sponsors are required. Its a marvellous day out and great way to entertain clients, friends or just have an afternoon with your age-group. Anyone interested in taking a table can just reply to me at Cuala Comms and I will send you further details.

20 Aug 2009

Its hard to believe the summer holidays are nearly over. Hope you all have had a good break, now back to the action: The U12’s are the first of the younger juvenile boys back in action on Saturday August 29th. Cuala 1 are hosting a Leinster mini blitz alongside Faughs and teams from Kildare and Westmeath. Cuala 2 are playing in a similar mini-blitz at St Marks. The Garda Vetting Forms are starting to filter back now. Those who applied and have received their letters back should send or drop a copy into the club, Marked GVF RETURN for the attention of Rob Hartnett, Cuala CLG, Hyde Road, Dalkey. If you are responsible for a team but have not yet completed a vetting form you are urged to do so as quickly as possible by contacting Rob Hartnett at rob@hmpr.ie for a form and sending it directly to the County Board for consideration. Cuala submitted over 160 forms out of a total of 2000 from Dublin so well done all on complying with this important initiative. There will be a full meeting of the Juvenile Boys Committee at the Club at 9pm on Tuesday September 1st to get the second half of the season rolling. Managers are required for the Cuala U 21 Hurling and Football Teams 2009 (one team in each code – dates of the competition yet to be confirmed).Interested applicants are requested to submit their names in writing (which includes e-mail or text message) to one of the following before 10:00 p.m. on Monday, 24th August 2009 to Paul Linnane: 083-3739340; linnane17@eircom.net. Good luck to all Cuala football teams this weekend. Senior footballers in AFL2 action versus St.Annes, Hyde Park Saturday 6:30pm.Junior-1 footballers in action on Sunday at 11 vs St.Peregrines in Hyde Park, Junior-2s away to St. Annes at 3pm, Junior-3s away to St.Peregrines in Blakestown at 3pm. Work continues in Hall & Bar to replace the existing lighting with ‘sustainable’, low-energy fittings. Thanks to Willie McHugh, Jim Perry and Shane Murphy for their efforts. Patrons are advised that for the safety & security of Members, CCTV will be installed in and around Cuala over the coming weeks. Sponsors required for Cuala Corporate Lunch to be held on the Friday before the Football all-Ireland final, 18th September in Burlington Hotel. Table of 10 will cost €800. The Coiste are setting up a Property Maintenance Committee – any Member with the ability to fix, replace or repair leaking taps, broken windows or ‘gammy’ doors are asked to volunteer to work in the Club for a few hours on a rotational basis. Any replies to Cuala Newsletter, Enda McGowan or any member of an Coiste. Patrons are advised that all children under the age of 15 are required to be off the BAR premises by 8pm and the Hall will be closed after 8pm unless there is a function running. Goal-posts on the top pitch in Shanganagh Park have been extended and painted and will be re-sited next week. Thanks to Dave Cunningham (sen) and Ogie Ryan for all the work they have done. Thomastown is next on the list…. Coiste have set up a Pitch Maintenance Team and are asking for 4 Members to take responsibility for monitoring all of our pitches to ensure grass is cut and pitches are marked. In September, Cuala will have 3 FAS Community Enterprise workers available to mark the pitches. The Team will be asked to build a good relationship with County Council reps to get the work done on the pitches as required. Early warning notice – Family Fun Day will be held on Sunday 27th September…be afraid…. be very afraid..! A number of sessions running in the Lucena Foundation in September: ” Understanding & Managing ADHD in Children & Adolescents” Tues,8th September 2009, ”Preventing Drug & Alcohol Problems in Teenagers – What Parents can do” Wed, 9th September 2009, ” Coping with Depression & Self-Harm – A guide for Parents” Thurs,10th September 2009.Contact Marie.mccourt@sjog.ie or 4923596/4999349 for registration. Cost Free.

 

2 July 2009

One more newsletter and then will be taking a short break until early August.All this weeks news below: Although the girls competitions are almost at a close for the summer break, the U9s (2000s) had a very busy past weekend. They joined the U8s (2001s) in a very successful mini football blitz against Foxrock Cabinteely where all 4 Cuala teams more than held their own against their local rivals. The U9s followed this up with a bus trip to Croke Park for the stadium and museum tour and a great time was had by all. The U9s ended a great weekend with a hard earned win against Lucan Sarsfields in their camogie league games on Sunday. Congratulations to the U11s (1998s) who ended their first season in Division 1 with a brilliant win against Oliver Plunketts in camogie. They saved their best display of the season for last. Well done to Donal and Barbara for all the hard work from the start of the year to get the team to this level of performance. This weekend the U9s play their last camogie league game before the Summer break against Faughs on Sunday at 10am in Meadowvale. The U12s/13s (1997s/96s) have entered a summer ‘mini-blitz’ league in football and host Kilmacud Crokes, Naomh Peregrines and Castleknock in Thomastown this Sunday at 6pm. Cuala are running Advanced summer camps specifically for girls for the first time this year. Football is for 1995,1996 and 1997 girls and is running from 13th July to 17th July. Camogie is for 1996, 1997 and 1998 girls and is running from 20th July to 24th July. All girls are encouraged to attend. The main Summer camps for kids aged 6-12 are starting next week.If you dont have details they are on the web.https://www.cualagaa.ie/forms/2009_summercamp.pdf Best wishes to the U14 footballers in their National Feile division games in Suncroft Co.Kildare. The team are leaving on Friday at 11am with their first game at 3pm Friday vs Suncroft. The remaining games are at 10:15 V Lawrences and 12:30 on Saturday Vs New York. Again Suncroft is about 6 miles from Kildare town on the southside of the Curragh. All supporters most welcome. Who knows NewYork might want a return fixture?!! U14B footballers are playing in a blitz in Westmeath on Saturday. Its a bit of fun and should be a great day out. No gloating over last Sunday’s SFC result allowed! Great win for our Minor hurlers this week against Crumlin in Div 1 League. Cuala Minor B footballers were unlucky to be beaten by St. Peregrines in a scoreline of 4-6 to 3-15. Five points ahead with ten minutes remaining and it looked as if Cuala were going to win out over the league leaders. It was not to be. Despite a magnificent performance Cuala lost by a six point margin that did not fairly reflect the balance of play over the whole match. The Seniors hurlers continued their unbeaten run last week with a draw against Ballyboden on Wednesday followed by an excellent victory over Craobh Chiarain in Shankill on Saturday evening. Junior hurlers put up a valiant effort against St.Bridgets last Saturday but couldn’t manage to overcome goal-scoring prowess of Bridgets. Best wishes to Oisin Gough and David Treacy who are representing the club for Dublin in the Leinster Senior Final against Kilkenny next Sunday in Croke Park. Linda Farren, the secretary of the Juvenile Girls committee, is currently preparing a plan for the purchase and deployment of Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) at all of the playing facilities used by Cuala. Early intervention with an AED can significantly improve the life expectancy of someone who is suffering a heart attack. Linda is a qualified instructor in the use of AEDs and is looking for other qualified instructors of the Irish Heart Foundation’s Heart Saver AED course who can assist in training club members in the use of AEDs. later this year. If you can help, please contact Linda on 0872483646.
25 June 2009The weather is glorious and the summer break is nearly here: Hard luck to the U13 (1996s) camogie team who after a great performance were very unfortunate to be beaten by Naomh Peregrines in their top of the table clash last Saturday. They bounced back on Sunday however to record a brilliant one point win against Ballyboden St Endas in football. The U11s (1998s) also had a very good one point win away to St Slyvesters in football on Saturday. The girls competitive leagues are now nearing the summer break but the U9s (2000s) are in still in action this weekend with a mini football blitz with the U8s (2001s) against Foxrock Cabinteely in Kilbogget Park on Saturday followed by a coach trip to Croke Park for the stadium and museum tour and a camogie league game against Lucan Sarsfields in Lucan on Sunday. The U9s and U10s (1999) are also having their own Mini All Ireland in Hyde Park this Thursday 25th at 6.00pm. The U11s play their final camogie league game before the summer away to St. Oliver Plunketts on Saturday. Best of luck next weekend to the U14 Footballers who will represent the club and the county with pride in the 2009 National Féile in Kildare. There is a huge amount of effort and preparation gone into the team and the event and if you are around and fancy a trip to cheer on the lads against hosts Suncroft, St Laurences and the exotic champions of the USA, New York, the three group games take place at 3pm on Friday, 10.15 and 12.30 on Saturday at Suncroft which is on the southern edge of the Curragh about six miles from Kildare Town. Suncroft will be our hosts for the weekend and all Cuala supporters are welcome to the games and the entertainment events on Saturday . The bus trip organised by the ‘98s to Kilkenny last weekend was a great success. A party of 50 set out for a day in the sun, cheering on Oisin Gough and David Treacy and got out onto the pitch for a good puc-around after the game. Things got even better on their return when they were told they had won a €500 prize put up by the Friends of Dublin Hurling to encourage exactly the kind of support that our U11 group and friends were able to provide. Well done Finbarr Murphy for pulling it all together. The juvenile boys and mentors finish up the first half of the season with this weekend’s fixtures. Wishing everybody a happy, sunny summer and keep those hurleys and footballs close by no matter where you roam. Cuala ’00 mini All-Ireland’s take place in Thomastown on Saturday morning from 10am. Thanks to all the other club teams who facilitate these finals and the matches during the week. As mentioned above, the Friends of Dublin Hurling (FODH) awarded €500 to Cuala as part of the promotion to get clubs to arrange buses to travel to Kilkenny last Sunday. The ‘red-and-whites’ were in Nowlan Park in huge numbers to support our two Cuala lads who were outstanding in the Leinster Semi-final against Wexford. It was great to hear the “Cuala shout” when the lads names were read out over the PA system. Well done to Finbarr Murphy and the organising committee on a very successful day on and off the pitch! Trivia Question – the last time the Dubs made the Leinster senior hurling final (1991) – who was the captain? None other than John Twomey – Erin’s Isle and Dublin supremo and now mentor to the Cuala U13s. An LG touch screen mobile phone was lost by one of the members either in Meadow Vale or at the Mini All Ireland last week-end. Could you please contact Susan in the office at 2350717 if you have managed to find this phone. Thanks See attachment for information on how to order tickets for the Leinser SHC Final, Dublin vs Kilkenny. Good luck to Senior and junior hurlers on their respective matches next Saturday. I’m sure you will all join me in wishing Club Secretary Ken O’Sullivan a speedy recovery from recent illness.
18 Jun 2009Nearly at the summer break for the kids so its time for All-Irelands (mini) and camps: This year’s Academy Mini Ireland finals are being played this Saturday morning in Hyde Park. 290 or so children from the Academy are taking part in the finals. The finals are being preceded by a parade through Dalkey which starts at 9:30. Well done to the U9 (2000) girls who beat our local rivals Kilmacud Crokes last Sunday in their camogie league game. 28 Cuala girls turned up and 3 games were played, Cuala winning 2 and the overall match on a cumulative score of 12 goals to 9. The U11’s (1998s) also recorded another win in Division 1 football with a great 1 point win against St Slyvesters in Malahide. This weekend, the U13s (1996s) play another critical camogie league game in Meadowvale at 12.00 against league leaders Nh. Peregrines. A win will put Cuala on top going in to the summer break. A Cuala bus is being arranged to go down to Nowlan Park on Sunday to support our “Boys-in-Blue”. The Dublin senior hurlers play in the semi-final of the Leinster Championship against Wexford 3.30pm. There are about 10 places left on the bus. If interested, contact Finbarr Murphy on 086 8281942 asap. Best of luck to David Treacy and Oisin Gough who feature for Dublin on Sunday! Coiste Culturtha remind us that the usual Music Night will be held in the Bar on Saturday 30th June from about 9.30pm ’til late! Pizza Hut Ireland are kindly sponsoring this year’s Summer Camp. In addition to generous sponsorhips, they are also offering a special 15% discount for Cuala members with the attached voucher. See attached press release and menus.So please support this generous sponsor when thinking about club outings, section parties etc. Reminder the Schools of Excellence start next week for U13s upwards. Find all details of the Summer camp brochures below. Next Saturday, (June 20th ) will see the commencement of the Gala senior All-Ieland Camogie championship series 2009. First game for Áth Cliath is against Corcaigh in Páirc Uí Rinn. Highlights of this game will be shown on the Sunday Game the following night and then every Sunday night will see highlights of one of the games of the weekend. For further details of all fixtures and game times visit WWW.camogie.ie All camogie fixtures and results are on Aertel page 214 as well as on WWW.rte.gaa online. Some of you may know Tommy Holden – a great servant to Cuala for many years. Well Tommy is trying hard to raise funds for MS Ireland by competing in Ironman France. See all the details on the site below. http://www.mycharity.ie/event/tommy_holdens_event/

 

11 June 2009

Lots of news and ticket info for upcoming Dubs matches below too: This year’s Academy Mini Ireland is on in Hyde Park on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings of the week commencing the 15th of June with the finals being played in Hyde Park on the morning of Saturday the 20th. The Sunday Miscellany program to be broadcast on RTE Radio 1 this coming Sunday, the 14th of June, will include a segment on last year’s mini All Ireland, written and read by Tim Carey. Tim is a frequent contributor to this and other Radio and TV programs and his daughter Jennifer took part in the event last year. Though living in Ireland for many years, Tim grew up in the American mid-west and professes that baseball is still his favorite sport! Don’t miss his musings on the mini All Ireland next Sunday morning, after the 9am news
Last weekend was another busy one for the Cuala juvenile girls teams. The U10s, U11s, U12s & U13s were all in football and camogie action but the team of the weekend had to be the U13’s who recorded a hard won victory in their top of the table clash in camogie against Naomh Maur in Meadowvale. This weekend the U11 footballers are very busy with a blitz in Na Fianna on Saturday and away to Sylvesters on Sunday. U13s play Castleknock on Saturday in camogie.
Good luck to the U11 A Hurlers who take on Cluain Tarbh in the Dublin A Final at Round Towers Clondalkin on Saturday at 12 noon. The U11’s are bidding to add to the Southside A Football Cup which they won three weeks ago. Good luck also to the U12 B Hurlers who play the Division 4 Final against Kilmacud at the same venue at 1pm. Great win for the U14 Div.1 Hurlers who won well against St. Vincents to put them top of the League before the summer break.
Please note an error on the summer camp form. It has the end of camp trip being held on the 29th June instead of 29th July. Apologies.
Any outstanding Garda Vetting Forms should be sent to Rob Hartnett c/o Cuala Office, Hyde Road, Dalkey. Please mark the envelope GV and write your name clearly on the back of the envelope.
Tenders will soon be going out to a number of local builders over the coming days for the re-development of the kitchen in Cuala, Dalkey. Any other Cuala members interested in quoting for this work can find details on the web-site.
Well done to Oisin Gough, David Treacy and Paul Schutte on their outstanding performances against Wexford in the Leinster U21 Hurling Championship semi-final on Wednesday evening. Final against Kilkenny is set for 15th July in Parnell Park. Also well done to Oisin and David featuring for Dublin in last Sunday vs Antrim in the SHC in Croke Park. Thanks to Denis Monaghan for re-sodding the goal-mouths in Hyde Rd. Patrons are asked not to use the goal-mouths if at all possible to allow the grass to ‘take’.
Friends of Dublin newsletter attached
Attention Dublin Supporters – ticket information for upcoming hurling and football intercounty matches is at the link on the website. If you want tickets then click here https://www.cualagaa.ie/tickets/ticket_intro.html . All the details are there. Deadline is Saturday June 12th so get ordering! Well done to Paddy Murdock and Michael Goodwin for setting this up.

 

4 June 2009

Cuala are hosting an under 9 blitz in Thomastown on Saturday morning from 10am. Featuring teams from Cuala, Cabinteely/Foxrock, St. Patrick’s Palmerstown and St. Finian’s Newcastle.
Last weekend was very quite for the Cuala juvenile girls teams with no competitive matches due to the Bank Holiday. Its much busier this weekend with the U10s playing Ballyboden away in football on Saturday and Na Fianna in camogie on Sunday in Meadowvale, the U11s playing Vincents in camogie on Saturday in Meadowvale and the U13s playing St Maurs in a top of the table clash in camogie in Meadowvale on Saturday. In addition to the Cuala U11s winning the A -cup last week, the Leopards (or Cuala 1 B team) also beat St. Judes by 1-6 to 1-4 in the other game.
Congratulations too to the U11 Hurlers of Cuala 1 who continued the great run of success for this age group by defeating Na Fianna last weekend in the semi final of the U11 A Hurling Cup. It was a great performance from the lads who now face Clontarf on Saturday June 13th in the last leg of their bid to bring home the hurling and Football A Cups in their first year of competitive action.
Well done to the U12B Hurlers who overcame Wild Geese in their Division 4 Cup Semi Final, setting up a decider against Kilmacud in Clondalkin on Saturday June 13th.
Cuala U13s are on a fun-trip to Cavan this weekend to visit an old friend of Cuala’s,Siobhan O’Dea. Activities galore lined up for what promises to be a great trip.
Thanks to all those mentors who completed their Garda Vetting Forms. Cuala has submitted in the region of 150 forms across the sections and the age groups. The Dublin County Board will now progress these with the Garda Central Vetting Unit.
There will be a full meeting of the Juvenile Boys Committee at Cuala next Tuesday, June 9th at 9pm. All age groups are to be represented for the last meeting before the summer break.
Last chance to buy your tickets for the Cuala Juvenile Night at the Dogs at Shelbourne Park on Thursday June 11th. We will meet up from between 8 and 8.30 in the main bar area of the panoramic grandstand. The €2,000 prize will be determined by a race on the night. Be there to see if you can emulate Nuala McAdam who won last year’s main prize. Late tickets from Juvenile team mentors or from Rob Hartnett on 086 3851955.
Cuala Summer Camp Coaches course is running in the Hall on Sat 6th June from 10am. Its compulsory for all coaches who wish to coach in the summer camp.
Well done to Junior As who had a hard-earned draw against Good Counsel on Tuesday night and best wishes for a speedy recovery to Ciaran McAdam who got injured in that game.
The replacement ‘skirts’ and new steel containers for the back-nets in Shanganagh Park will be put in place over the coming weeks. These nets will replace the nets burned down by vandals some months ago.
Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Principal of The Harold, Glasthule has advised us that their annual sports days will be held in Hyde Park on 8 & 9th June between 9.30am and 2.30pm.. Apologies for any inconvenience.
In relation to the Hyde Park Part 8 application for lights & back-nets for Cuala, the Council Planning Authority received 254 positive letters of support and 8 negative. Thank you to all who took the time to register their support.

 

28 May 2009

It is with deep regret and great sadness that I have to advise you of the passing of Fergus Ó Tighearnaigh earlier today after a short illness. Fergus was a stalwart member of Cuala for many years and was involved with numerous teams throughout his time with the Club. Up until the end of last year, Fergus was a member of the Senior Hurling back-room team and was a permanent fixture on the side-line. He will be fondly remembered for his friendliness, his great sense of humour and his positive outlook on life. He will be sadly missed by everyone associated with Cuala. Our thoughts are with his family and extended family. Ar dheis Dé go raimh a ainm dílis.
Fergus would certainly have been proud of some the great events from last weekend:
Last weekend proved very successful for the Cuala juvenile girls teams. Our U9s beat St. Marks in their camogie league game in Tallaght, our U11s recorded their first win in Division 1 football against Clontarf having come so close in their first 3 league games. Our U12s had a terrific win in camogie against Naomh Barrog and our U13 footballers turned around an 8 point half time deficit to beat league leaders St. Brigids by one point in a fantastic and exciting game in Blanchardstown. Well done to all! Full match reports on the www.calendar.wiz.com/cualagirls.
There are no competitive games this Bank Holiday weekend however our U13s have a challenge game against Naomh Olafs in camogie on Saturday and St Johns Ballinteer in football on Sunday.
The U11 Footballers – codenamed Cuala Lions – certainly lived up to their name last Saturday in the Southside A Cup Final. With a final result of Cuala 7-08 St Judes A 5-02 the result was beyond doubt. A great result for a great team. Good luck to the U11 Hurlers who face Na Fianna in the Semi Final of the ‘A’ Cup in Glasnevin on Saturday morning.
Well done to the Cuala U14Bs who won their Hurling Feile division last weekend. After some tough early round games, they beat St.Vincents in the semis and recorded a great win over Na Fianna in the final. This is a fantastic result for a team that has stuck together through thick and thin. Special mention should be given to Brendan Stanley, Patsy Greene and Aonghus Moloney for guiding the U14’s to a great victory.
Hard luck to the U14As who were in a very tough Division 1 competition. They did however record a good victory over Na Fianna but went down narrowly to the other teams in the group.
Well done to the U16 footballer who their Shield against Skerries Harps
Well done also to Paul Shutte, David Treacy and Oisín Gough who played in the win against Kildare in the U21 hurling championship.
May edition of the coaching newsletter is attached
The Summer camp is taking bookings so I’ve attached Brochure with all the details. Dont delay and get your bookings in.

 

21 May 2009

Some good results for the juvenile girls teams last weekend with the highest accolade going to the U10 (1999s) team who recorded great wins against Ballyboden in camogie and Kilmacud Crokes in football.
The U11s (1997s) also had a big win against St Judes in camogie.
This weekend U9s play St Marks in camogie Sunday,
U10s play St Brigids in football on Saturday,
U11s play Clontarf in football on Saturday and Raheny in camogie on Sunday,
U12s play Naomh Barrog in camogie on Saturday and Lucan in football on Sunday and
U13s play Oliver Plunketts in camogie Saturday, St Brigids in football Sunday.
Good luck to the U11 footballers of Cuala 1 who take on St Judes in the A Cup football final at Thomas Davis Grounds on Kiltipper Road. Throw in 12 noon, Saturday.
Good luck to the U12A footballers who share the same venue for their A Cup Football final against Lucan Sarsfields. Throw in 2pm Saturday.
Good luck to the U14 Hurlers who will play the rescheduled Féile na Gael at the weekend. Note that the Div 1 Hurling Feile is switched to DCU Sports Grounds. Cuala A in action at 10am v Na Fianna, 11am v Kilmacud, 12pm v St Vincents and 2.30pm v Ballyboden. The Cuala B team are out in Clonshaugh. See you all there..
Good luck to the U16 footballers who face Skerries Harps in the Shield Final at Hyde Road on Saturday, Throw in at 3.30pm
Any Mentors of underage teams who have not yet returned their Garda Vetting Forms must do so by Wednesday May 27th at the latest.
If any of you are in posession of GAA Fun Do packs belonging to Cuala Coaching Department could you please return same to Ken Fitz,Willie Braine or drop to The office between 9.30 and 12.30 Monday to Friday. Could you also ensure that the resource dvds and dvd roms are in the packs.
In light of all the activities this weekend, the Night at the Dogs was postponed from tonight Thurs 21st to Thurs 11th June.
The Summer Camps will be taking bookings shortly. The Advanced camps (U13-U15) will kick off on 15th-18th June for hurling and 23-26th June for football. The U6-U12 camps start on with 2 football camps, 6th-10th July and 13th-17th July, followed by 2 hurling camps , 20th-24th July and 27th-31st July hurling. Coaches application forms are available on the website. I hope to have final prices for you next week. Excellent coaches will be present including some Dublin players! Sure its worth it for the autographs alone!!
Congratulations to Cuala man Patrick Holden who was presented with the Shaun Leonard Memorial Cup for achievements by a student in GAA sports at the Annual Sports Awards ceremony at CBC Monkstown Park on Friday last. Well done Packy!
Last Youth club of the season will be 7-10pm Friday night in the Hall. €5s admission and U13s-U15s welcome. BBQ and disco so fun night. Youth club will resume in September .
Dont forget the Céilí in the Hall on Saturday night followed by a session in the bar afterwards. All welcome Adult and minor fixtures below

 

14 May 2009

Its another Feile weekend so fingers crossed and good luck to our teams:
Thanks to all who helped organise and those who participated in the very successful juvenile girls celebrations to mark Lá na gClub last Sunday. Almost 70 girls took part in the sports day in Hyde Park which was preceded by a colourful parade of players through Dalkey led by a piper.
In camogie last Saturday the U11s were narrowly beaten by Naomh Brid, the U12s were beaten by Whitehall Cholmcill but the U13s had a great win against Raheny Gaels. This weekend is quite on the girls juvenile fixtures front with only the U12 camogie team playing St Judes in Meadowvale on Saturday and the U13 footballers playing Scoil Ui Chonaill in Meadowvale on Sunday.
All parents – the Cuala School of Excellence Summer Camps will run from the 6th to the 31st of July (U6-U12) and from U13 -24th July (U13-U15). Advanced camps will have Cuala and Dublin players coaching, in the same format as the Easter Camps. These are excellent ways for kids to improve skills, enjoy themselves and parents to regain sanity on long (hot?) summers. Prices and application forms to follow soon.
Good luck to the boys U11 and U12 footballers who commence their football league campaigns this weekend. Good luck to our U14 Hurlers who will be participating in Féile na Gael this weekend. The A team are playing in Division 1 with games taking place at Silverpark, throw-ins at 10am V NaFianna, 11am V K.Crokes, 12 noon V St.Vincents and 2:30pm V Ballyboden. Quite a morning! The B Team are in action in Division 6 at Clonshaugh with games throughout Saturday starting at 10:45 against Craobh Chíarain. Should our masters of the sliotar make it through, their respective finals will take place on Sunday at Naomh Méarnóg in Portmarnock at 11am (B’s) and 4pm (A’s). Good luck to you all.
Last chance to buy your ticket for the Cuala Juvenile Night at the Dogs and the €2,000 prize draw. You get both for the one price of €20. The Cuala gang will be descending on Shelbourne Park next Thursday, May 21st. See your Juvenile team mentors for details or call Rob Hartnett on 086 3851955. Thanks for the support so far.
Forms for the required garda vetting process which must be undertaken by all those who are responsible for coaching or mentoring teams from Academy through to Minor have been distributed through respective sections. All forms must be returned to the club by WEDNESDAY MAY 27TH for inclusion in the county board assisted process. Please mark envelopes ‘Vetting’ and write your name on the back. Remember, anybody who has not applied for vetting and is not notified to the County Board by the Garda Vetting Unit as ‘approved’ will have to step down from any involvement with teams at under age level.
Gerard Lee Motors Ltd (formally Jetstar) on Kill Ave are the main sponsors for the Mini All Ireland in June 2009. As part of their continuing support to Cuala they are offering an exciting deal to members of Cuala whereby for any work they carry out, they will give a 5% discount off the bill to Cuala members, and, will give another 5% to Cuala on top of excellent value and service. Get the squeaky brakes fixed and help Cuala too – I like it!
Cuala Minor Bs got their first home win of the season at Hyde Road against a tough St Sylvesters team. The result was built on a strong defence and some great attacking runs with the usual tactical genius input from the sideline. Final result Cuala B 4:10; St Sylvesters 1:09. For a full match report, see https://www.cualagaa.ie/minors/minor_intro.html”
Hope you have all had a chance to see the launch of the “Cartlann Digiteach Cuala” on the website. This is a new initiative that will culminate in the creation of the Cuala Digital Archive. Great credit due to Michael Goodwin and friends for getting this going. Check it out www.cualagaa.ie

 

7 May 2009

It was an eventful weekend for sure and all of our U14 teams did us proud: Top billing goes to our Féile teams. The Division 2 title was one by our own U14A boys team in some style. Playing over in St.Bridgets, they took their group by storm and won all 3 qualifying matches on the Saturday. They then faced a strong Castleknock side in the semis on Sunday. Meanwhile over in St.Olafs our B-team also performed maginificently, and were somewhat unlucky not to make the semis of Division 4 after 1 draw and 2 narrow losses, having been beaten by the eventual winners Skerries Harps. They enjoyed the experience and then turned their attention to supporting the A-team on Sunday. In breezy conditions on Sunday, Castleknock were dispatched after a spirited display. And so on to Parnell park at 5pm where St.Judes awaited. With style and panache Cuala really showed what they could do and except for a goal against the run of play, Jude’s were never in this game with Cuala dominating throughout. Some really good football from both teams with excellent scores Cuala backs absolutely dominant. The Boys would like to thank all Cuala supporters who supported the team in the final last Sunday it made a real difference and the volume from the crowd on the final whistle was excellent. Also a big thanks to Zita McDermott and Jenny Drummond for all the organisation and support throughout the whole Feile Campaign . Special mention to the mentors of both teams Willie Braine, Gerry Killian, Gar Brennan, Tony Gibney (now minus moustache), Patsy Greene, Brendan Stanley and Aonghus Moloney for doing such great work with these lads for many years. Check out all the pictures on the website https://www.cualagaa.ie/
Cuala Juvenile Girls hosted their group of the Féile in Hyde Park last Saturday. Although the results on the field did not go the girl’s way on the day, they performed very well. Cathy Brock played all three games despite being injured she still managed to score 2 goals. Sheila Byrne playing in nets for the first time for the team made many outstanding saves. Ciara McKeown U12 was outstanding. Many thanks to those from all sections of the club, too many to mention individually, who were involved in the organisation of the 1st Féile held by the Club, a very well organised event and a memorable day for all the teams that took part. I’ve heard directly from at least two other clubs on what a fantastic and well-run event it was – so well done all.
Don’t forget the hurling Féile coming up the weekend end after next 16/17 May, A-team in Div 1 in Silver Park and B team location is yet to be decided.
Congratulations to the U11 Cuala 1 Hurlers who followed the footballers by making it through to the semi finals of the Southside Cup with a big win over Naomh Barróg. The U11 Cuala 2 Hurlers finished off their cup campaign with a win over Bray Emmets.
It was a quiet weekend last week for the juvenile girls section, although some were in action with the U14 girls football Feile team and the U8s and U9s took part in a mini camogie blitz in the Phoenix Park with over 300 girls from other clubs . Well done to all concerned. This Saturday the U11s play Naomh Brid away in camogie, the U12s play Whitehall Cholmcilles away in camogie and the U13s play Raheny Gaels in Meadowvale.
Next Sunday May 10th marks Lá na gClub, the 125th anniversary of the GAA. The juvenile girls section are marking the occasion by holding a mini sports day (Long Puc, Cic Fada, camogie and football free taking, races, etc) in Hyde Park. All girls are welcome to participate. The girls are meeting at Dalkey DART station at 2pm with a short ‘parade’ to Hyde Park to commence activities. There will be set-dancing in the Hall on Sunday night too to finish off the celebrations. Also look out for a new and interesting programme about the club which will be launced on the Cuala website on Sunday!!.
Tickets for the Juvenile Night at the Dogs on Thursday May 21st are on sale now through Juvenile Team Mentors or through Rob Hartnett on 086 3851955. €20 gets you admission to the track and entry to a limited draw to win €2,000 on the night. It is worth buying then whether you can make it on the night or not. The money raised will directly benefit the team through which each ticket is sold and last year’s event was great fun with Nuala McAdam landing the big money prize.
Attached please fine and E-Ticket for Celebrity Bainisteoir Final next Friday 8th May at 7pm in Parnell Park.Admission is free but print as many e-tickets as you need and present them at the gate. Best of luck to the Senior hurlers who play Ballyboden in the league on Saturday evening in Shankill.
30 April 2009Cuala will have the cream of its U14 talent playing in the Feile Division 2 tournament at Russell Park (St.Bridgets) while in the Division 4 tournament at Pairc Uí Bhríain(Naomh Olaf) and the Girls Division 2 tournament will be hosted in our own Hyde Park(note change from Thomastown). The Féile is an important milestone for young players, their parents, mentors and managers. In 2008, the Cuala B team succeeded in landing their division title, bringing great credit on themselves and the club as well as memories that will last a lifetime. One of the mentors of that team, Kevin Kennedy, fulfils the same role with the girls U14 team this year and so is bidding for a unique double. On behalf of everyone involved in Cuala, we would like to wish this years panels the very best of luck. May you play to the best of your ability, represent your club with pride and passion and most of all enjoy yourselves! Should the lads make it through their groups and semi finals, the two panels could have back to back finals at 4pm and 5pm respectively on Sunday at Parnell Park. The girls’ finals will be held in Ballyboden on Sunday. All support is welcome and would be greatly appreciated.
The U11As and U12As are building platforms for future Féiles and recorded historic victories this week – both beating Kilmacud Crokes to reach their respective Cup football finals. Well done lads and best of luck in the finals. U13 Hurlers had a great win over Faughs in a keenly contested Div1 league match last Saturday. Cuala roared into an early lead with great scores from Dáithí O Murchu, Eoin O’Naoire, Jake Malone and Con O’Callaghan. Faughs were stunned by half-time and mounted a strong come back but Cuala boys never faltered putting in some great defensive work and in the end defeating the league runners-up of last year.
There will be a full meeting of the Juvenile Boys Committee on Tuesday, May 5th at 9pm in the Club.
The Ladies Football Section this year covers the Under 14, Under 16 & Adult teams. The U14 team has got off to a great start in Division 2 with 2 out of 2 convincing league wins over St Annes & Ballinteer. We are all now looking forward to see the girls play in this weekend’s Feile in Hyde Park. The U16 team is a large 28 girl panel which is comprised of last year’s U14 and U16 teams coached by Joe Cole & Stephen McGovern. They play in Division 2 and have won 1 out of 3 of our league matches so far. Better luck in the future matches, girls! The Adult team have played and lost their first Division 3 Cup match but have fared better in the league, winning one & drawing one of their 2 matches so far.
On Saturday the 6th of June we are running a coaching session for all people who want to work on the Cuala Summer Camps and School of Excellence this summer. It will also be open to any manager who wishes to attend.Also see atached Coaching newsletter for this month.
The Club have received Two Tickets for the Leinster V Munster Heineken Cup Semi Final in Croke Park on Saturday at 5.30. The tickets are Hogan Stand Premium Level Section 533. The face value of the tickets is €70 each. The Club will sell the tickets to the highest Bidder with the proceeds going to our Adult Games section. All bids to Enda McGowan on 086 6053964. Due to the Féile this weekend we have decided to call the Youth Club off this Friday night. Good Luck to all involved.
The Communications Team in Croke Park has revamped its magazine for easier consumption by club officials and members. The March edition is now on the Cuala site at www.cualagaa.ie/forms/gaa_club_mag_2009_03
The first edition of the Cuala Business Directory – Cuala ag Comhoibriú – is being finalised – if you would like your business or service to be included, don’t delay – email webmaster@cualagaa.ie now.
The official list of Cuala Membership is about to be published. If you are one of the few who have overlooked renewing, now’s the time to put the matter straight. You can pay at the bar, via your team Manager, or through the Cuala Office. More details at https://www.cualagaa.ie/aboutmenu/memb.html
You may be aware that Cuala is upgrading the kitchen at the moment under the direction of Ed Monaghan. All the gear is in place and we need to secure the services of a Tiler – on commercial terms within the Club’s limited financial resources. In keeping with Cuala policy, Ed Monaghan would like to hear from any members who would be interested in tendering for this job. You can contact Ed for details at edwardcuala@hotmail.com,

23 April 2009Did I mention ‘quiet’ last week? Well, I must have woken up my regular hacks – cos back with a vengence this week. Well done to the U9 (2000s) girls on playing their first ever camogie league game last Sunday against Castleknock. Two games were played with Cuala winning one by 2-1 and narrowly losing the other by 3-2. In football, the U11s (1998s) were very unlucky to lose out by a single point against Ballyboden St Endas in their Division 1 clash but the U12s (1997s) had a great win against Ballyboden coming back from 8 points down to win by 5-9 to 5-7 in a high scoring thriller. This weekend, the U11 girls play Castleknock in football in Meadowvale on Saturday while the U13s (1996s) play Naomh Peregrines in Camogie also in Meadowvale. The 13s are then away to Fingallians in football on Sunday. Best wishes to Cuala U12 Ciara McKeown who plays with the Dublin U13 squad in an intercounty camogie blitz on Saturday.Maith an cailín. There will be a parents meeting for the U9 (2000’s) Girls group in the club at 8.30 next Tuesday 28th. The Dublin Girls Féile will take place on the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd May. Calling all Golfers! Dublin Ladies are organizing a Social Outing/Fundraising Event. Every Club in Dublin is asked to enter a team – does Cuala have 4 golfers? Drop Eugene Egan an eMail or txt on 087 9816758 Good luck to the Boys U11 (1), U12A and U12B football teams who will be contesting semi finals of the A and B Cup competitions against Kilmacud, St Annes and either St Judes or Kilmacud again next Wednesday evening. The U12’s are both away but the U11’s will likely be at home to Kilmacud at Thomastown, with a throw in of 6.45pm if you fancied walking the dog at that time and lending support to our stars of the future. Tickets for the Juvenile Night at the Dogs will be on sale next week. €20 gets you admission to Shelbourne Park on May 21st, a free race programme and entry to the ‘Buster’ where one out of the total 720 tickets sold will win €2,000 free of tax, levy, dirt or guilt. There is also an opportunity for companies to lend their support for a modest outlay. The bulk of money raised will go directly to the team which draws it in. Watch the website or call Rob Hartnett on 086 3851955 for more details but mark the date in your diary anyway. Pitch allocations for juvenile boys teams training at Thomastown, Hyde Road and Clonkeen have now been finalised. All mentors should check with their age group reps to the Juvenile committee to confirm details. All parents and players should check with their mentors. Cuala U14 Hurlers went to West Belfast last Sunday to play in the Seamus Wright Memorial Tournament which was hosted by Antrim Club O’Donovan Rossa. The 14As opened the day with a 9 point win over the Second Team of the Wicklow County Development Squad. In the following match the Cuala boys lost two points against hosts O’Donovan Rossa in a keenly contested match with both sides displaying fine skills and determination. In the last match of the day the 14As lost by a single point against the First Team of the Wicklow County Development Squad. The 14B team displayed great heart and spirit in their match against Wicklow but the boys from the Garden County came through in the end. Many thanks to our hosts O’Donovan Rossa for their hospitality. The Seamus Wright Memorial Tournament is a great credit to all involved and the displays of hurling by all teams are a great credit to all the participating players, mentors and clubs. Cuala hope to participate in this tournament in future years. U15Bs travelled to Monaghan for a Challenge match V Cremartin on Sunday Morning, along with a panel of 20 players we had 19 parents and family in support and it proved a great day out for all, with fantastic conditions for a match. The Monaghan under age league is 11 a side but Cremartin managed to get out 20 players to “give the Dubs a good kicking” with a mixture of U12s to U16s. It proved to be a very worthwhile endeavour as the match was played at a faster tempo than Cuala Bs would be used to. We managed to hold our own during the first half and went in 1 goal behind, however having had their <editor’s bleep> chewed at half time, Cuala came out of the blocks with renewed enthusiasm and went 4 points ahead after about 20 mins. Cremartin seemed to have another gear and upped the tempo which Cuala could not respont to and ended up after full time Cremartin 3.11 to Cuala 2 .09. Cremartin were very impressive especially the tenacity and bravery of their younger players, all in all a good day out and an eye opener for Cuala. Couple of intersting attachments about the GAA Musuem and Legends tour. As promised Minor and Adult fixtures for coming weeks below. Now no excuse for you not to come out an support our teams.
16 April 2009There were no fixtures last weekend so short one for you this week -Good luck to the U9 (2000) girls who will represent Cuala for the first time in league action with a trip to Castleknock this coming Sunday. The U11 Hurlers (Red/White) face a table top clash with Faughs on Saturday. Both sides are unbeaten after three weeks. The Blue/Green group host Castleknock at Clonkeen College. Please make any requests for training or matches at Thomastown Monday to Friday through Rob Hartnett (rob@hmpr.ie). We will do our best to accommodate all requests but it is important to remember that the pitches are heavily used during the week, and knowing requests in advance is the only way to ensure that everyone gets a fair shake. Don’t forget the Awards Night & Dinner Dance in Royal Marine Hotel next Saturday 18th April. Tickets will be on sale from 8.30 to 10pm Wed, Thurs, Friday in Cuala Bar . Mary Lundy & Ann McHugh are the ticket sellers.Event starts promptly at 8pm. Thie Adult Fixtures for this weekend and next are attached below.

9 April 2009U14 Girl’s got their league campaign off to a good start in Thomastown last Friday evening with a good win over St Anne’s. The half time score was 2-01 to 1-01 in favour of Cuala and there was nothing between either team. The Cuala girl’s came out a little bit more determined in the 2nd half and scored some great goals to win comfortably in the end with a final score of Cuala 8-04 St Anne’s 1-03.
Cuala Minor Bs got their first win of the season at 12th Lock against a skilful Lucan team. Cianan Crowley, Kevin McHugh, Colin Brock, Fiachra Ó Brolchain and Donal Ennis in the 2nd half together gave a magnificent defensive display while Shane Errity and Oisín Breathnach dominated midfield with Eoin Collopy working tirelessly at centre half forward. Three points from Oisín Misteil, a great point from Shane Moran and a point each from half backs Andrew Brady and Tadhg Blake gave Cuala a five point lead at half time. Cuala upped the pace against the breeze in the 2nd half when a great Shane Moran goal, two points from Eoin Brennan and a well worked point from Maurice Goodwin kept Cuala ahead. Cillian Sullivan added pace up front with Barry Sheanon giving a man of the match performance with a goal and two points. A magnificent save from Briain Ó Ruairc late on kept our goal intact and ensured Cuala ran off deserved winners.
Hard luck to the Coláiste Eoin lads who were beaten last week in the Colleges All-Ireland Hurling final by Cross and Passion of Antrim.
Congratulations to John Sheanon on wining a Leinster U21 Football medal with the Dublin last Sunday vs Laois.
Sunday last was another noteworthy day for Cuala hurling with 2 players starting on the Dublin Senior team against Clare in the National Hurling league in Parnell Park. Well done to Oisin Gough and David Treacy for doing the club proud. This is the first time since the mid 1990’s that Cuala have had more than one starter on the Dublin Senior team in a competitive outing. With at least 5 Cuala players on the Dublin U21 team this year, the future looks extremely bright both for Cuala and Dublin hurling in the coming years.
Well done to the senior hurlers who recorded a comprehensive victory over Crumlin in the league (AHL1) on Monday evening in Shankill. The team now face a hectic schedule over the coming weeks with several Dublin League and Leinster league games coming up shortly.
The intermediate hurlers (AHL4) maintained their unbeaten run in the league at the weekend with a fine victory over Fingallians away last Saturday evening. Well done to all involved.
Easter Camps and school of excellence were very well attended and the players had a great time but not too late to sign up for hurling next week and with coaches like Dave Curtin (Dublin Senior Hurler) and our own Cuala and Dublin Senior Hurler David Treacy, Eoin Dunne Cuala Senior Hurler and Coach, Shane O’Brien Cuala Senior Hurler and Dublin Colleges Coach and Denis Byrne (Cuala Senior Hurler Manager) you could not get better anywhere. So text Willie Braine at 086 0266506 or email williebraine@eircom.net
The county board are looking for the people in Cuala who have over the years done a foundation course or level 1 course etc. There is a new system coming into place and they need the names of these people for future reference. If anyone has done such a course please drop me an email here at CualaComm or ring Caroline Kenny (our ex-GPO) on 085-1376650 with details. .
As I’m sure you’re aware by now, our annual awards night and dinner dance is approaching fast. It’s taking place on Saturday the 18th April in the newly refurbished Royal Marine Hotel in Dun Laoghaire. This is an evening to celebrate all our achievements as a club and a chance to mix and socialize with members from all sections. Combine this with the opportunity to honour our outstanding players and managers, it’s guaranteed to be a great night for all. .Tickets are € 60 each and are available by emailing cualaawards@gmail or calling Mary Bass on 087 2368672. Hope to see you all there. ·Well done to our own Des Cahill who takes over the hot-seat for the Sunday Game.
No fixtures this weekend but will be publishing advance fixtures each week from now on.
2 April 2009U11 Red and White hurlers kept up their flying start to the season with victory over Lucan Sarsfields and need one more win to secure an A cup semi final place.The juvenile boys groups are back out training on grass. Check with mentors for where and when for each team. The Juvenile Night at the Dogs is booked for Thursday night May 21st. Plenty more info to come over the next few weeks. U13A footballers had a hard fought battle against Scoil Ui Conaill but came out victorious. Pride of place this week goes to the U.14B’s who beat a previously undefeated Kilmacud Crokes, by the narrowest of margins. It was a great team effort with Gavin Nolan and James McCarthy outstanding in defence. Conor Murphy and Colman Keane did Trojan work in mid-field. Cuala U15B Footballers had another great win in the league to lead the table as the only team unbeaten to date. They travelled to Marley Pk on Sunday morning to play a fancied Ballinteer St Johns, however Cuala got off to a blistering start and led by 17 points after 20 minutes with a brilliant opening period from Midfielders Peter Gahan and Scott Curtis and centre forward Dylan Kennedy who scored 5. 02. Ballinteer then brought on subs that settled their side and stopped the rot. Ballinteer won the lions share of possession thereafter however they had a mountain to climb especially with brilliant defensive work from Jack “Butsie” Butler at full back, David Murphy at corner back and the half back line of Luke Bailey, Jacob Brennan and man of the match Robert McMahon. Ballinteer outscored Cuala in the last 40 mins by 5 points leaving Cuala with a comfortable margin at the end of 12 points. U15A’s had a great win against St Sylvester’s in Malahide last Sunday Morning. They were losing by 8 points 10 minutes into the 2nd half they scores 3 great goals to win by 3-06 0- 09. The forthcoming Cuala U13/14/15 School of Excellence has the potentialto give 16 hours of football from 6th to 9th April and 16 hours of hurling 14th to 17th but the numbers that turn up is vital. We have excellent coaches each day such as footballers Donal Lehmann,Ger Brennan (Dublin Footballer), Denis Monaghan so far and in hurling Dave Curtin (Dublin Hurler), Shane O’Brien (Dublin Colleges), Denis Byrne (Cuala Sen Manager) and Eoghan Dunne (Cuala Senior Hurler). So make this an annual camp of excellence and encourage all your available players to attend. Contact Willie Braine 087 2076807 for more details or email attached application from to williebraine@eircom.net The best of luck to Cuala footballer John Sheanon and the rest of the Dublin Under 21 Team on Sunday when they take on Laois in the Leinster Under 21 Football Final. Throw in is 3pm in Portlaoise. See details of the Annual Golf classic in the attached poster. Better start practicing and avoid the yips! There is a music session in the Bar on Saturday 4th from 9:30pm onwards. All welcome. See below for upcoming Adult Fixtures this week ending Sunday 5th April MFL 4: 12th Lock Lucan Sarsfields V Cuala Sunday 5.04.09 11:00 Duffy : Corkagh Park Adamstown V Cuala Sunday 5.04.09 15:00 MFL 1 : Broomfield St. Sylvesters V Cuala Sunday 5.04.09 11:00 Loving : Hyde Park Cuala V Ballyboden St. Endas Saturday 04.04.09 17:00 Stacy: Hyde Park Cuala V Templeogue SS Sunday 5.04.09 11:00AHL 7 : Belcamp Parnells V Cuala Sunday 5.04.09 15:00 AHL 1 : Hyde Park Cuala V Crumlin Saturday 04.04.09 17:00

26 March 2009Did I mention spring last week – well it seems to have disappeared again. Congratulations to the U11 Lions and Leopards footballers who qualified for the semi finals of the A cup with a tense ad hard fought 4-17 to 4-14 victory at Lucan Sarsfields last Saturday. Well done also to the Cougars and Jaguars who had a morale boosting win over Na Fianna last Saturday. The Red and White hurlers bid to maintain their 100 per cent record in the Hurling A cup this Saturday with Lucan again providing the opposition. The Blues and Greens go west for a date with St Brigids. There will be a full meeting of the Juvenile committee next Tuesday March 31st at 9pm. High on the agenda will be the signing off of spring/summer training pitch allocations. All age groups should be represented. Cuala School of Excellence Easter Camp for all U13/14 and 15’s. 30 euro 1 week or 50 for two. Guest coaches every day including Dublin county stars with matches at the end of each day. So don’t even think about missing this new Cuala experience. Football from 10.30 to 14.30 Monday 6th to Thurs 9th and hurling from Tues 14th to Friday 17th same time. Please email Willie Braine at williebraine@eircom.net or call 087 2076807 to secure your place. A sincere thank you to all who supported the Academy Fun Fashion Show. It was a great success and great fun. Special thanks to Breege Walsh who seemed to be in the centre of everything! March Coaching Newsletter is attached. Well done to Coaching Dept for continued excellent work Well done to Coláiste Éoin on reaching the All-Ireland Collages Senior B Hurling final by beating St Rapheals, Loughrea by 1-15 to 0-8. Cuala players included Eoin Cronin, Colm O’Fearrell, Eoin Lynch, Brian Murphy, Eoin Brennan and Mark Schütte. They play Cross and Passion, Ballycastle, Co. Antrim in the final. Well done to the Junior A hurlers who had a good win over Liffey Gaels. Hard luck to Seniors and Junior Bs who had a narrow loss against Na Fianna. Our Senior Footballers play St Marks in Hyde Rd on Saturday at 4:45pm. Our Junior A footballers take on Bank Of Ireland on Sunday 29th at 11:00 in Ringsend park while Junior Bs take onSt. Annes in Hyde Rd at 3pm. All support welcome. See attached details of an interesting Hurling Coaching Conference organised by Martin Fogarty (Kilkenny Senior Selector) to benefit the Bóthar charity. A great line-up and a worthy cause so spread the word! I sent you all some details of the upcoming Cuala Awards night – dont forget get your tickets soon!
19 March 2009What a glorious week – it’s beginning to feel like spring finally.Tickets for the Academy Fun Fashion Show will be on sale this Friday in the hall from 5pm to 7pm and again on Saturday morning between 9.30am and 11.00am, cost €30. There will also be a Raffle, tickets cost €5 for 5 or €10 for 15 – prizes include, Jewellery, Hampers, Foreign Trips, Cases of Wine, Beauty Vouchers & many more! . The clothes shops participating on Saturday evening are Miss E, House of Shoes, Choice, Rococo all are based in Glasthule and Gentlemen Please, Fran and Jane based in Blackrock. Contact Chanel Grant on 086 6067507 or Breege English on 086 1538164. Flyer attached. Mixed fortunes for our camogie teams last weekend. U12s and U13s had good wins in their opening league games against Whitehall and Castleknock respectively. U11s were beaten by a very strong St. Vincents however. The U13 footballers also had a big win against Na Fianna in a challenge. This weekend in camogie U9s play Ballinteer in a mini blitz, U11s play Oliver Plunketts and U13s play Raheny Gaels. Well done to the U11 hurlers who had a fine win over Oliver Plunketts / Eoghan Rua in the Phoenix Park last week. The footballers travel to Lucan Sarsfields this week where victory will assure them of an early place in the A Cup Semi Finals. The Cuala Annual Awards Night & Dinner Dance will be held in the Royal Marine Hotel on Saturday 18th April. This will be a wonderful night to celebrate the successes of our Club on and off the field of play. As last year, tickets are €60 and Mary Lundy and Ann McHugh are co-ordinating ticket sales across the various age-groups and games committees. Congratulations again to Coiste Culturtha who organised the hugely successful St. Patrick’s Night Ceili and “seisuin” afterwards in the Bar. This committee is going from strength to strength – well done to all involved. Well done to the Senior hurlers who reached the final of the Glynn Barntown hurling Tournament on St. Patrick’s day in Wexford. They beat a star studded Mount Sion of Waterford featuring Tony Browne and many other household names on the way to the final. The lads were defeated narrowly in the final having played three matches in a row previous to it. Well done to everyone involved. The team now go to play St. Vincents away next Saturday evening at 4.30 in the first round of the league. All support welcome. Best wishes to the AHL 4 team who play Liffey Gaels in Dalkey on Saturday evening at 4.30pm and the AHL 7 team who play Na Fianna also in Dalkey on Sunday afternoon. Cuala Senior Footballers played their first Senior league game against St Brigids on Sunday last. The game finished in a draw 1-9 each. Our first point in Senior Football was scored by Keith Keogh and our first Goal scored by Ronan Sweeney. Thanks to all the support who travelled out to the game. Cuala in association with the Sports and Social Integration Project will be running the 15th year of its popular Easter Camps this year. Football runs from 10am to 2pm April 6-9 with Hurling from April 14-17. The camps are a great way for lads to develop further their skills. Prices have been held at 2008 levels with €50 for each or €80 for both. See attached Flyer for the forms or contact Ken Fitz on 0876830296. Lastly, am attaching adult fixtures for the week(end) ahead. Hopefully, this will make it easier to find games that you are interested in seeing. These are great games to watch, they are free and your support is great encouragement for our players and community, so come on out and cheer them on.
12 March 2009Last Saturday, the celebrity Bainisteoir game was a fantastic spectacle for all. The activities that were laid on including the “Up for the Match” on Friday, the tented village, the hall, the bar and the pitch were all a great success and would not have been possible without the great help by many sections of the club.The Adult Football Focus Group who organised the event would like to express their thanks to all who assisted in any way to contribute to this great day and especially to chief coordinator Willie Braine. You all played your part and did us proud -Go raibh mile maith agaibh.
We’ll start this weeks reports with the youngest:Academy Fun Fashion Show 21st March Fitzpatricks Castle Hotel. Tickets on Sale this Friday in hall from 5 to 7pm and Saturday 9.30 to 11.30am. The U11 Footballers scored a big win over rivals Lucan Sarsfields at Clonkeen last Saturday morning. They now sit on top of their group in the A Cup and one more win from their last two remaining fixtures will see them into the semi-finals. Despite a good performance in their opening Division 1 camogie league game last weekend the U11’s f(1998’s) were beaten by Naomh Olafs. This weekend they have another tough assignment away to St. Vincents. The U12’s (1997’s) and U13’s (1996’s) both commence their camogie league campaigns this Saturday in Meadowvale. U13s play Castleknock at 1.00pm, U12s play Whitehall at 2.00pm. The U13s also play Na Fianna in a football challenge on Sunday in Meadowvale at 4.00pm. Cuala Minor Bs put up a brave and tenacious display against an excellent and physically tough St Vincents side in Division 4 of the Minor Football League at St Anne’s Park. The final score did not fairly reflect the balance of play during which Cuala produced some great football. Outstanding work by Tadhg Blake and some great points by Seán Moran and an excellent score from Seán MacAodh kept Cuala in touch. Unfortunately St.Vincents were more accurate scorers and ran out ultimate winners despite further great scores by Seán Moran and outstanding defending in a man-of-the-match performance from Cianan Crowley which was a highlight of a second half display. This gritty display will surely have laid a solid foundation for certain success for this team in the future. Well done to the Senior hurlers who started the season with a good victory over Faughs in the Boland Cup on Sunday morning. Hard luck to all Cuala players on the Dublin Colleges team who were defeated by Castlecomer last weekend in the Leinster Schools A quarter final and well done to Colaiste Eoin in winning the Leinster Colleges B Final on Wednesday. The Junior A hurlers were defeated narrowly by Na Fianna in the League Final in Mobhi Road on Sunday afternoon. Hard luck to everyone involved. Despite the result at the weekend the team still had a hugely successful year – Well done to everyone involved. DLR CC are applying for planning permission to develop the Hyde Rd pitch to include flood lighting and back-netting. Please do your bit and print out the above generic letter of support, sign it and fill in your name and address and either leave it into Cuala or post it back directly to the planning office in DLR Co Co. Every letter helps! Finally, we started this version of the newsletter talking about the the Cuala Intermediate Footballers but we will finish talking about the Cuala Senior Footballers! Last Monday evening, in Parnell Park, was a significant night for Cuala GAA Club when we managed to overcome a very good St Peregrines side to launch ourselves back into Senior Football after approx 17years at Intermediate level. It was a lightening game in terrible conditions – but the quality of the football would have graced Croke Park in September. Great congratulations are due to the management team and players for the tremendous effort they have put in over the past 12 months to get to this stage.

4 March 2009Well, as we all know the big news this week is Celebrity Bainisteoir. Firstly other news: Well done to our U14 Footballers who won the Mick O’Brien tournament hosted by Nemo Rangers in Cork last weekend. They beat off St.Vincents, Macroom, Gaelteacht and of course Nemo. Some pretty big names in club football and our boys have won in 3 years in a row.Check out the website for more details https://www.cualagaa.ie/ . Another great win by U15b footballers away to Na Fianna leave them top of the league with 3 out of 3 wins Best wishes to the 3 adult hurling teams who begin the new season this weekend with their first competitive matches. The Senior team play Faughs on Sunday in the Boland Cup in Shankill at 11AM in Shankill while the Junior A’s play O’ Dwyer’s in the Doyle Cup also in Shankill at 3PM on Sunday. The Junior B’s play Fuaghs in the Cup on Sunday in Tymon North. All support welcome. Well done to Ed Monaghan, Beef Dowling, Liam O’ Dowd and everyone who supported the Adult Hurling Table Quiz last weekend which was a huge success.Best of luck to Mark Schutte, Sean Barron, Eoin Cronin, Colm O’ Farrell, Packie Holden & Rory Cole who are part of the part of the Dublin Colleges panel who play the Leinster Schools A semi-final against Castlecomer this Saturday in Athy. Well done to all the Cuala representatives on the Colaiste Eoin team who defeated Callan CBS in the Leinster B semi final last weekend.DLR Co. Co. are seeking Planning Permission (Part 8) to develop Hyde Park. Part of this development includes the floodlighting of the GAA pitch. Cuala GAA Club support this planning application and are asking as many people as possible to send in a letter of support for this application. Attached is a sample letter that can be printed off signed and returned to the Council offices or left into the Clubhouse in Dalkey where Cuala will deliver those collected in bulk to the planing office.Marian Holden tells us that our good friends in the Dun Laoghaire Musical Society will present their latest show – ‘Once Upon a Mattress’ from Tuesday 10th to Sunday 15th March at the Pavilion Theatre, Dun Laoghaire. The show’s latest Broadway version starred Sarah Jessica Parker no less. Further information on the show and booking is available at: http://paviliontheatre.ie/seasonataglance.php#742 or you can contact the Pavilion by phoning 01 231 2929Now for the Bainisteoir news and planned events. . Friday 6th March:10am – light training session at Cuala; 6pm – Cameras in Cuala hall with Academy making flags and banners8.45 – Des Cahill’s “Up for the Match” with George Hook and Paddy Cullen for Cuala and Katherine Lynch and Mickey Quinn and music as wellSaturday 7th March – The Big Day Cuala Ladies v St Patrick’s at 11.30.Cuala Intermediate Footballers v St Patrick’s at 1 O’Clock. With Face Painting, burgers and Hot Dogs, Followed by Apres Match in the Hall with music and sing-song until late.So put on your Red and White for the TV Cameras and support Cuala for the big Match

26 February 2009The U9’s (2000’s) first mini camogie blitz of the year is taking place this Saturday at 10.00am in Meadowvale against Faughs. The U11’s (1998’s), U12’s (1997’s) and U13’s (1996’s) all have camogie challenge games this Saturday also. U11s and U12’s both vs. Ballinteer St Johns at 11.30am in Meadowvale. U13s vs. Ballyboden St Endas 11.00am in Rathfarnham. Thanks to all the “Scrubbers” who helped with the clean up of the dressing rooms in Meadowvale last Saturday. Stage two – painting, is taking place this Saturday 28th 1.00pm to 3.30pm. All “Leonardos” welcome.Good pictures on website too! . Annual Subs deadline 28/2/09. Folks we need those subscriptions otherwise players are not insured and cant play. Coaching Newsletter for February attached Well done to the U10 Lions, Leopards and Jaguars who secured two strong wins and a hard fought draw against Thomas Davis and Naomh Olafs last weekend.Good luck to U9 to U12 hurlers who get their campaigns underway this Saturday. There will be a full meeting of the Juvenile Committee next Tuesday 3rd March at 9pm. U13s had a great win over Thomas Davis in a cracker in Thomastown last Saturday. Some really good football from both teams but Cuala lads had greater resolve. Some outstanding performances from Dara Twomey, Dylan Treacy and Donal “Dependable” Lane. U14 footballers take a trip to Nemo Rangers this week-end to try and retain the cup won by last year’s Cuala U14s. U14Bs had a big win over Scoil Ui Chonaill last weekend. Well done Patsy Greene and team. U15B footballers had another good win last Sunday morning at home in Thomastown to Man O’War. After a very tense opening twenty minutes with only one point in favour of Cuala the match started to open up a bit. Man O’War squandered many chances and left the door open for Cuala. Cuala led at half time by 1 goal and took to the field tin the second half with renewed determination. Cuala completely dominated the second half and worn down the opposition with their superior fitness and came out winners 4.04 to 1.05. Man of the match for Cuala was Jacob Brennan at Centre back closely followed by Dylan Kennedy and Peter Gahan. Table Quiz on Saturday night to raise funds for Adult Hurlers; table of 4 is €40. Our Intermediate footballers play their refixed AFL 3 league play-off semi-final v Naohh Barrog on Sunday in Hyde Park at 11am; winners play St. Peregrines on 4th March. All vocal support welcome! Here is something of interest. An opportunity has arisen for a newly created role within the Dublin Ladies Gaelic Football Association. The DLGFA was established 25 years ago and has been growing from an initial 8 clubs to over 50 today. The County has been administered by a team of voluntary elected officers and we now find the need for administrative support on an ongoing basis. The position will be home based and the hours of business will be 09.00 to 13.00 with occasional attendance at County meetings and functions outside of these hours. The successful candidate will report directly to the Officers of the County Committee. The main focus of the role is primarily to provide secretarial and administrative support to the County Officers and County Committees. Applications, including career details and other relevant information relating to candidate suitability should be forwarded before Friday 6th March 2009 to: Eoghan Mac Aodhagáin, An Rúnaí, Cumann Peil Gael na mBan, Coiste Átha Cliath Please support our drive to get lighting and back-nets erected this year in Hyde Park by sending in letters of support to County Council, Planning Office, Marine Rd. Tickets are now on sale for the Academy’s primary fundraising event for 2009. The Fun Fashion Show, followed by music & dancing ’til late will take place in Fitzpatrick’s Castle Hotel, Killiney, on Saturday, March 21st. The show will feature top Irish models including 3 (!) former Miss Ireland’s, the current Miss Universe Ireland and a well known male celebrity, modeling ‘chic numbers’ from a number of local designer boutiques. A special guest will present really excellent raffle prizes and there will be a goody bag for all! Tickets €30 and can be purchased at Academy on Saturday morning or at the ticket line at (086) 873-8927. We also request that you or your company consider supporting the Academy by taking an advertisement in the full colour brochure that will be in front of each ticketholder on the night. A full page ad costs EUR500 and a quarter page EUR250. This is a great opportunity to let local, active families know about your business offer, and your children will benefit directly from a better resourced Academy. For advertising and sponsorship details please contact Breege English (breegeenglish@gmail.com) on (086) 1538-164 or Chanel Grant (officesupport4u@eircom.net) on (086) 606-7507 (Note: Ad layouts in .pdf format (or even logos and text) to be received no later than March 9th). Apart from supporting a good, local cause that develops a healthy, sporting interest in our children, buy tickets and come along because it will be a GREAT NIGHT and you will get to know other parents whilst having a bit of fun and a boogie! Unless you have been on Mars hiding in a cave, you should all know about the Celebrity Bainisteoir match on 7th March at 1:00 pm. Latest flyer attached. Well done to Willie Braine for keeping us up to speed. C’mon lads!! Lastly special mention to Eamon “Ogie” Ryan for the great work he and his Da are doing in cutting and marking the pitches in Shankill. Looks better than Croker!

12 February 2009The first Girls Juvenile game of the year is scheduled for this Saturday 14th when the U13s (1996s) play Bray Emmets in a camogie challenge in Old Conna at 3.00pm. Both the U13 (1996) and U12 (1997) camogie teams are still looking for new players please contact Fintan 086-8197352 if you know of anyone who might be interested. Beginners particularly welcome. Best of luck to 2000’s boys football teams who play their first Juvenile competitions this Saturday. All 5 teams are playing away. Two in Clanna Gael, two in Ballyfermot and one in Crumlin. The 1997 age group had a very fruitful parents meeting last Tuesday night and would like to thank all the parents and mentors who showed up. The best of luck to the Cuala Intermediate footballers who play their AFL-3 play off semi v Naomh Barrog next Wednesday night 18th March in UCD AT 8pm Well done to the Dublin Colleges South Hurling team who qualified for the semi-final of championship with a hard-fought 1pt win over Enniscorthy. From Cuala, Colm O Farrell, Mark Schutte and Eoin Cronin played very well and Sean Barron was on the line. Rory Cole was not available as he was representing Clonkeen in a football decider. Shane O’Brien also from Cuala coaches the team. Annual Awards Night scheduled for Saturday 18th April in the Royal Marine Hotel.Prices are the same as last year. Reminder that the first training session of the Celebrity Bainisteoir team under manager George Hook will take place next Tues 17th February. So come along and give George and the team all your support. Don’t know the venue yet but watch the website for details of location and time. Cuala Youth Club Valentines Disco this Friday 13th February from 7.00 p.m to 9.30 p.m. €5.00 each 1st year to 3rd year.

5th February 2009 The Academy’s primary fundraising event for 2009 is one with a difference – we are featuring a Fun Fashion Show and music for all afterwards. The event will be held on March 21st in Fitzpatrick’s Castle Hotel, Killiney, Co Dublin. The fashion show will feature top Irish models including former Miss Ireland’s and Ms Universe, modeling ‘chic numbers’ from a number of local designer boutiques. A special guest will present the excellent raffle prizes. You never know there could be a goody bag for all. Following the fashion show there will be dancing ’til late. Tickets cost €30.00 each and can be purchased from breegeenglish@gmail.com or 086 1538164 and Chanel Grant 086 6067507 officesupport4u@eircom.net and any member of the Academy Committee. Your support is very much appreciated.
The Girls Juvenile Section held it’s first awards night on Sunday 1st February in the Cuala Hall. An attendance of almost 150, including representatives of all the Cuala Games Committees, saw each of the girls age groups receiving awards. Special football awards on the night were presented by Cuala’s latest All Ireland Junior Football medal winner with Dublin, Michael Fitzsimons. Camogie awards were presented by another great Cuala club member Sile Wallace who retired from her position as Ardstiurthóir of Cumann Camógaíochta na nGael after 25 years of service at national level. The girls who received individual awards were: Clodagh Dalton (1998), Hannah O’Dea (1998), Cliona Rellis (1997), Niamh Dunne (1997), Ciara McKeown (1997), Caoimhe Byrne (1996), Sorcha Clarke (1996) and Orla Ni Chuill (1996). The night ended with a special presentation from the Girls Juvenile Committee to Sile Wallace.
Reminder to all Cuala patrons when buying anything from Grandstand Sports, juveniles will get 10 % back. Also Grandstand have 25 % off all Junior Canterbury gear.
Please see the attached notes from the recent Paudie Butler hurling coaching session. Even though focussed on juveniles, there is seomthing here for all hurling coaches. Paudie is the GAA’s National Hurling Director and a hugely experienced coach.
All Cuala U14’s, you now have your own Cuala U14 webpage on the Cuala website for all up to date news. So check it out!
Also on the website, check out the Celebrity Bainisteoir webpage.This is the last week to secure an advert in our A4 Full Colour souvenir programme or a pitchside advert and each age-group section can raise funds by selling advertising. Don’t forget the first televised training session with George Hook and Paddy Cullen is on the 17th Feb in Cuala Dalkey.
Agreement has now been reached with IADT (College of Art & Design) at Baker’s Corner to allow Cuala Adult hurling and football teams have access to the all-weather, flood-lit pitch on Kill Avenue for Tuesdays and Thursdays starting next week.This is a fantastic facility and should provide
Cuala Awards Night set for Saturday 11th April in Killiney Castle Hotel, tickets prices are same as last year – €60.
Irish music night in Cuala Bar on Saturday week from 9pm, all welcome
Part 8 for Hyde Road development will be posted in Council Offices next week; letters of support from members requested to be posted into Planning Office, Marine Road Cuala membership is now due. Players who have not registered and paid their Memberships before 28th February for insurance purposes will not be able to play for Cuala.
The Lucena Foundation in association with Bodywhys is holding a Parents Talk on “Eating Problems in Adolescents” Tuesday 24th February,7- 8.30 pm.Speakers are Prof. Fiona McNicholas, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, and Jacinta Hastings, CEO BODYWHYS. Venue: Lucena Clinic, 59 Orwell Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6. Entry is free but you must register by email or phone. Registration: Marie.mccourt@sjog.ie or 4923596/4999349
Lastly, best of luck to Coiste member and senior hurler Fintan O’Brien and his fiance Clodagh on their upcoming nuptials