Thanks to all Cuala patrons and the community at large for supporting the various fund-raising events held over the Christmas period. The Christmas tree sale was a great success for the 2000 boys age group and they would like to thank all their customers. Also the Cuala CD is still available for purchase in the Bar but hurry cos demand is strong. Well done to Sile Keogh and friends for producing a “classic”

Here’s something useful. A Christmas tree collection service is free to Cuala members when they get two or more neighbours involved. See the link below for details

Closing date to receive nominations for managers of the four adult football teams, second and third adult hurling teams has been extended until 8pm Tue 13/01/09. Nominations should be in writing to the Chairman, Secretary or Treasurer of the Adult Games Committee.

On the Coaching front – Paudie Butler will be in Cuala on Tuesday 13/01 to conduct a juvenile coaching session between 7 and 9pm. All welcome. The Club Coaching conference is on Saturday 17th. Application forms to as soon as you can. I sent out the poster already and the form is available on the main page of the website

The U10 footballers had a great time in the John Humphrey’s Memorial Tournament at St. James Gaels over the festive season. Four wins out of four set up the semi-final against Thomas Davis. After a hard fought and skillful encounter the sides were level at the end of normal time. Cuala led by 3 points into the last second when the Tallaght boys smashed in a goal with the very last kick of additional time. Time to huddle. It was decided to play another 2 halves of extra-extra time. It was level pegging and as tense as any Senior match in Croke Park when Jack Hartnett landed a point with 3 minutes left. T.Davis then won a free with the clock ticking down and as hearts stopped the free dropped short and Player of the Tournament, Cuala’s Diarmait Maas calmly took the ball out of danger. Cue final whistle, celebrations and exhaustion. The final then, immediately afterwards against Lucan was just a bridge too far but the Cuala boys can only be very proud of their achievement. One last twist, in this weeks U11 ‘A’ cup draw, Cuala came out of the hat in a group alongside, you guessed it, Thomas Davis, Lucan and Templeogue. Coiste Na n’Og have already opened negotiations with RTE for live coverage of the rematch!