Friday, March 3rd 2023


Not all of us would have enough Irish to write this núachtlitir completely as Gailge but most of us would have a cúpla focal and with this being Seachtain na Gaeilge what better time to rechristen the Cuala Dearg agus Bán and take a look at some phrases we might be able to use over the coming days, weeks and maybe longer.

With a grateful nod to Colmán Ó Drisceoil, here are a selection of phrases of encouragement we might want to use…

Nathanna Peile, Camógaíochta agus Iomána

Ar aghaidh linn, Cuala – Come on, Cuala.

Ar aghaidh leat, Emily – Go on, Emily

Is féidir leat é a dhéanamh – You can do it.

Fan leis/léi – Stay with him/her

Coinnigh léi/leis – Stay with her/him

Thar an trasnán – Over the crossbar

Síos an line – down the line

Cuir isteach sa chúl í – Put her (the ball) into the goal.

Pasáil í – Pass it.

Beir ar an liathróid – Catch the ball

Amach – Out

Cuir amach í – Put it out

Blocáil an liathróid – Block the ball

Maith thú/sibh – Well done (singular/plural)

Iontach – excellent

NótaíGramadaí – Grammar Note

The word ‘liathróid’ is feminine in Irish.  Therefore you talk about it as you would a girl. E.g. Cuir amach í.


We have three adult men’s football teams playing at home this weekend as well as our Division One Minor A Ladies Football Team on Saturday and our Minor Camogie and Minor C Hurling teams on Sunday.

It would be great to get along and lend your support, bringing the kids along to see what being part of the club can be all about.


What better way to celebrate St Patrick’s Eve than by getting everyone together and hitting the dance floor for the welcome return of the Cuala St Patrick’s Ceilí.


Our next generation of U8 Cuala players took their first step into organised games last weekend and raised as many smiles as they did flags.  So long as they are having fun they will keep coming back.  That’s our job as coaches to make sure they are.


Dublin Footballers and Camógs are in action on Saturday with the footballers live on RTÉ2 at 5 PM for their table-topping clash with Derry.  No team news from either camp yet, which is a bit frustrating but lots of Cuala involvement on both camps so fingers crossed.

We do know that Charlie McMorrow will line out at midfield for the Dublin U20 Footballers away to Kildare and that Rebecca McEvoy starts for the Dublin U16 Footballers against Meath so the best of luck to them.

Well done also to Laoise Connaughton, Aobha Cooney, Abbie Kenny and Katie Hopkins who made it onto the U16’s Camogie Squad.


Our Dermot Earley Leadership participants were on top of their game presenting their projects in Dun Laoghaire County Hall on Wednesday.

Tackling subjects from Social media to Obesity, and Cyberbullying to the environment gave us a youthful insight into how the modern world is in good hands.

Thanks to the council for hosting, to Cathaoirleach Mary Hanafin for being there resplendent in Red and White, and to all the facilitators of this great course.


With the support of all their coaches, 18 Cuala minors from all 4 codes are being trained up by Cuala GPO Mark Brennan to run match day warm-ups and cool-downs.

Leadership in action.


Niamh Murray from our Minor Footballers is part of the team for the 400 metres Relay Final at the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Istanbul.  They are one of six teams taking part, are guaranteed a place in the final and will be live on RTÉ2 Television.  Go Niamh Go!


Playing the club lotto is easy, and it could give you a nice windfall. Even if there is no jackpot winner we still give a lucky dip prize of €100 every week.

The winning numbers from last week were 12,15, 17 and 23  No jackpot winner but €100 on its way to Brian McGrath.

The next draw is Sunday night with €2,200 in the rolling jackpot.



Three rounds in and we have a solo leader.  Patrick Lenehan is the only one of us to have got all nine results right so far in the Six nations Forecast Fundraiser.  There’s a group of nine one back and looking to close that gap in the six remaining games.



The Cuala Academy’s main fundraising event is set to take place at Killiney Hill Park on
Saturday 11 March 2023.

Cuala GAA Club is based in Dalkey, Co Dublin nestled between the sea and the N11,
serving a wide community from Blackrock through Dun Laoghaire to Shankill. It draws its
support from almost 1,800 households and currently has 3,200 active members placing it
among the larger clubs in the county. The Academy section looks after our youngest
members, girls and boys age 5 to 9, with almost 800 active members training and playing Gaelic games matches midweek and every weekend.

The Academy’s primary fundraiser, the Annual Sponsored Walk, enables us to raise funds for player development costs – playing equipment, renting of winter training pitches, player insurance, referees and other match-related costs.

Without this fundraiser we would not be able to keep the Academy going. It is also great fun and helps build the sense of community that makes Cuala so special.

Sponsorship Opportunities

As well as having the children collect funds via sponsorship cards, we are offering two
corporate sponsorship options.

1. For a mere €250 a sponsoring businesses can have their logo printed on the
sponsorship card which will go out to approximately 500 local family homes.
2. For €350 a limited number of sponsors can have a coupon or voucher printed on the
sponsorship card directing members and their families to your website or local enterprise.

Any businesses interested in supporting this event should contact for more information.


Over 70 percent of us have now paid in full or a first installment on the Club membership which is now due. It can also be paid in three equal instalments.  It was four but you missed the end of Feb deadline for that benefit.

You have to be a member to play, coach, train, or be involved and with matched kicking off in the next few weeks you really do need to get this ball rolling if you want to take part in kicking or puc-ing the others.

Update from Coiste on Coaching Officer Role

A decision to pause the recruitment of the Coaching Officer (voluntary role) has been taken. In the process of establishing the role, additional detailed information has recently become available through LGFA and GAA-hosted workshops and other club structures.
As this is a new role within the GAA families, it is prudent we take stock of emerging knowledge and experience from all GAA associations and clubs to ensure we have the relevant support in place for the Coaching Officer and the Coaching Forum itself.
Coiste are 100% committed to filling this important role and will continue to support the Coaching Forum with work they are doing in this area.


Legally to be involved as a coach you have to be up to date with Garda Vetting and Safeguarding.  If the latter is running out anytime soon we have another course being delivered in person on March 6th.

Contact your year lead or Ken Fitzgerald to book a place.

Our modern-day saint of a Children’s Officer Breda Kennedy has asked that all the age group leads make a big effort this week to get their records up to date and back to her so we can be compliant in the upcoming national audit.


Cuala 4 Zambia and the Adult Hurling Section have joined forces to run the great Annual Cuala Quiz Night.

It will take place on Friday night May 5th in the Cuala Hall on Hyde Road.

Last year’s prize was carried off by the insanely clever and devilishly handsome crew of Michael Walsh, Rob Hartnett, Tim Carey  (who is dumping his teammates in favour of seeing Bruce Springsteen) and Sean O’Hara, with late assistance from Mick Murray.

More details to follow but save the date in your diaries now.

Cuala has partnered with McKeever Sports to offer members a wider range of sports clothing, footwear, accessories, and equipment.

This partnership will establish McKeever Sports as the official sports clothing supplier for all club teams, coaches, mentors, and members.

Members’ initials can be included on items if required.

We’ll announce the winners of our pre Christmas competition on social media in next week’s Red and White.


Go to Cuala/McKeever Sports Online shop