1962 was a pivotal year in Ireland and in the World generally. 50 years ago, we were beginning to see immense changes in social and cultural lives. We saw the very first Late Late Show and witnessed the birth of the Dubliners and the Chieftans. It was the year of the Second Vatican Council and the communications revolution had begun with the launch of modern communications satellites – a fact celebrated that year with a chart topping “Telstar” by the Tornados. Some things remained the same though. Kerry won the Football and Tipp’ won the Hurling in what was first All-Ireland final to be broadcast live by Teilifis Eireann
Back on earth in Dalkey, 1962 was a pivotal year in the history of Cuala. There were 2 strategic developments in the local GAA world – developments that were the critical foundations of our modern day club.
St Begnetts GAA Club was resurrected as Dalkey Mitchells and began plans to develop facilities in Hyde Road. (We use the term ‘resurrected’ because there had been a team operating in the Glasthule/Glenageary area called “Mitchels” and was affiliated to the Dublin Board back in the late 1800s). Mitchells were to later release their Minors to another new club Roger Casements
Meanwhile, in Dun Laoghaire, a new boys club was founded drawing on pupils from CBS Dun Laoghaire and a recently disbanded club, St Michael’s of Sallynoggin. The new Club adopted the name Cuala Boys – called after a local schoolboy league and fittingly resurrecting the name previously used by a Hurling side based in Dalkey in the 1920s. As with Mitchel’s, Cuala Boys also released their Minors to the new Roger Casements club.
Having collaborated in setting up Roger Casements (1966), Cuala Boys & ‘Casements later fully-amalgamated as Cuala Casements (1972, though there’s evidence they had informally adopted their title as early as 1969). Eventually, they joined forces with Naomh Mhuire Camogie and Dalkey Mitchells to become the great club we know today.
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