Hello Cuala Patrons

Easter break is nearly upon us :

Congratulations to the 97 girls football feile team who came 3rd in their group of 6 last weekend, narrowly missing out on a place in the Division 2 semi-final. Well done to Linda, John & Donal D for a great job in preparing the team for the competition and thanks to all the supporters who dropped into Olafs during the day to support the team. The group are now preparing for the camogie feile when they will also participate in Division 2 and Cuala will be hosting the Division 2 group stages and semi-finals on Sat. 14th May in Thomastown. Further details to follow.

Congratulations to the U13b footballers who maintained their strong start to the Division 5 season with a well earned long distance victory over St Pats Donabate last Saturday.

Great win for under 14 A football team against Crokes in the League. Tremendous performance all around. No shortage of effort or honesty in this group.

Last Saturday saw the opening round of the U16 Football Championship, our B Footballer’s were beaten by a very strong Parnells side, our A’s (reigning U15 Champions) traveled to Russell Park to take on newly promoted Brigids.The home side gave Cuala a good run for their money, with 10mins left Cuala were a point behind having never really getting into top gear. Then a magnificent save from Cuala keeper Sean O’Braoinán seemed to spur the rest of the team on, as they launched wave after wave of attack on the Brigids defense scoring 2-4 without reply to clinch the match with a scoreline of 1-6 to 3-9.

After the Easter break the A hurlers take on Thomas Davis on Thursday 28th at 7:30 in Shanganagh Park while the B’s are away to Ballyboden.

Minor A football team went down to a 2-10 to 1-5 defeat to Na Fianna. Scoreline did not do them justice and they were very much in the game up to the last 5 minutes.

Last Friday, the Mick Holden Memorial Golf Classic was held in very pleasant weather at Woodbrook Golf Club. Once again it proved to be a wonderful occasion! Family and old friends from the many strands of Mick’s life gathered to play a round of golf and to enjoy an evening meal – very good food and great company – all celebrating the life of Mick Holden. The occasion was used also to mark the sad and sudden passing of Mick Kelly, a great friend of Mick Holden whose energy and enthusiasm had contributed so much to the establishment of the event. The golf proved to be a competitive and close competition – eventually won by Padraic Dwane’s team – another close friend of Mick from Thomas Davis. The whole occasion was most convivial and enjoyable – it was a fitting and celebratory tribute to our old friend, Mick Holden.

Cuala Senior Hurlers remain unbeaten in their league campaign having earned a draw, 0-15 to 1-12, against Naomh Barróg in Shankill last Saturday. Cuala started very well,running into a 0-4 lead, before losing a player following an uncharacteristic indiscretion. This caused Cuala to lose its structure for a while, but they recovered to lead 0-9 to 0-6 at half-time. In the second half, down a man, Cuala worked hard. Having conceded a goal, Cuala recovered to secure a draw. Cuala shot too many wides from play and placed balls. While the team remains unbeaten, it has learned many hard and valuable lessons from this experience.

Well done to the 3rd hurling team on their comprehensive win.

Well done also to the 4 Cuala players who were involved in helping to bring Dublin to their first Senior Hurling league final appearance since 1946. It’s a great honour to have these lads representing our club and raising the club’s profile throughout the country.

The death has taken place of Andrea McHugh, mother to Robert Cullen and sister to Willie McHugh. We extend our sympathy to her son Robert, daughter Aisling and to the wider McHugh family. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.

The 1996 group are organising a Fund-raising Concert in the Cuala Hall on Saturday May 7th. The Dublin Concert Band consisting of woodwind,brass and percusion are the reigning All- Ireland Band Champions. They will play a selection of music from classical, the 40s right up to modern pop classics. Should be a great night of genuine entertainment (see flyer) Tickets €15 from Kevina 087 7586600 or Tadhg (me!) 0862363208.

Dont forget the EggStravaganza on next Saturday afternoon for the little-uns.

All for this week – wishing you all a happy easter.

Tadhg Murphy
Cuala Club Communications