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Speaking of which, this week’s news below:
  • Ladies Football Minors are in their first Championship match at home to Ballyboden this coming Saturday, 10th September. Best of luck girls.
  • Good luck to Conor Gough, Mark Schutte and all the Dublin U21 hurling team as they bid for All Ireland glory next Saturday evening against Galway in Thurles.  There will be plenty of support heading down and we hope all will travel safely and enjoy the occasion.THrow in is at 7pm on Saturday in Thurles. Stand €20, terrace €15, kids free. With lots of senior panelists from both teams should be a cracker.
  • Good luck also to the U13A Footballers who will be representing the club in a prestigious juvenile tournament hosted in Tralee by Austin Stacks.  There is Kerry and Dublin rivalry everywhere you look these days.
  • The U15 footballers have a tough encounter on Sunday in the first round of the Division 1 championship against Ballyboden.
  • Hard luck to the four Cuala players, Cian O’Callaghan, Colm Cronin, Ben Errity and Ross Tierney and the Dublin Minor hurler who gave their all in Croke Park on Sunday but found the tribesmen just too strong on the day. We look forward to seeing them again next year.
  • Congratulations to Kilkenny and their captain Brian Hogan, who has family connections to Cuala, on lifting the Liam McCarthy Cup.
  • Congratulations too to our great U16A Hurlers,Willie Braine and his management team, who secured back to back Division One titles by beating Ballyboden by 1-16 to 3-08 at the weekend.A great feat with a game in hand. Photos of the match can be found here https://picasaweb.google.com/CualaGAA/CualaU16Div1WinnersVBoden#. The lads will face Kilmacud Crokes in  2 weeks  time in the 1st round of the Hurling Championship. The U16A Footballers play Na Fianna in an effort to make the final of the football league playoff in Shanganagh Park at 11am on Saturday morning.
  • Tickets are selling fast for the Corporate Lunch at the Burlington on the eve of the All Ireland Football final weekend.  Des Cahill will be up for the occasion as well as being up for the match and has lined up a stellar cast list to look back on a great rivalry and forward to what should be a great game.  See the website for details of how to be there on the day.
  • Ticketing Arrangements for fully paid full adult members to register for All Ireland Final tickets have been published. For clarification, there are no childrens tickets for an AIF, so its full price for all ages. Also if you dont get a ticket, we are organising a big-screen in the hall on the day.
  • Fancy a social puck-about? For all you closet and retired hurlers out there, there is a weekly puck-about held in Shankill pitch (besides Shanganagh Cemetery) on Wednesdays from 7-8pm. Ideal for former players – beginners also welcome – over 30’s especially welcome. Bring a helmet and a hurley (borrow one from the kids).
  • The Junior hurlers are in quarter final championship action on Sunday v St Vincents.
  • Welcome back to Owen Sheanon to football and hurling after 6 years playing for Brussels gaels. We dont often appreciate it but there is a thriving gaelic games scene across the globe. In that vein, you might be interested  in a new book out by Philip O’Connor, (brother of Alan O’Connor chair of CCC2) who is chairman of Stockholm Gaels. Called a “Parish far from Home” I heard him on Matt Cooper’s Last Word and its sounds like a great read.
  • Lastly our sympathies to Karl , Declan and all the Schutte Family on the death of their mother Noreen last weekend.
Slán go foill
Tadhg Murphy
Cuala Club Communications