Hello Cuala Patrons

Many juvenile leagues will start  this weekend so find the boots and brollies and get out and support your Cuala teams:

  • Good luck to the U14 Footballers who will be at the Nemo Rangers Mick O’Brien Tournament in Cork over the weekend. This is a great event for players and mentors and Cuala have a strong record. Best of luck lads.
  • Hard luck to the U21 hurlers who were beaten by a strong Kilmacud Crokes team in the semi-final of the A-Hurling championship. A tough but sporting game, it went down to the wire but Crokes were able to dig out the vital scores and close out the game. Great defensive performances from both teams. Great crowd, great contest but wrong result this time. Its fair to say the Cuala lads gave it their all but Crokes deserved the win and we wish them the best in the Final.
  • Clonkeen College won their first A Championship Colleges Title ever with a fully deserved win over Ard Scoil Rís at Alfie Byrne Park on Wednesday. The Cuala first year minors and U16s were the backbone of the team with eight players on the starting fifteen. Team Managers & Teachers  Mr Brennan and Mr Bennett paid tribute to the team’s historic win and acknowledged the significant contribution that Cuala makes to GAA life in Clonkeen College. The team now advance to the Leinster Final with a showdown match against St.Pats of Navan. A Dublin-Meath classic beckons! Readers will also be interested to learn that Cuala legend Paddy Murdock was on the last Clonkeen team to play in an A final 25 years ago! What happened Paddy?
  • All club members and those with an interest in our future are invited to attend a special club gathering in Fitzpatrick’s Hotel Killiney on Friday night February 10th between 7 and 9pm. As a Cuala member or parent, each of you have an important role to play in how your club develops over the next three years.  Everybody’s opinion counts; whether you have a view on our pitches, our buildings, our marketing, the gear in the shop, the way the  Academy is run, or the way you do or don’t feel involved in your own club.  We want to talk, listen and imagine what the club will be like in 2015 and build a plan to make it happen.
  • Lastly, the biggest social event of the Cuala year, The Annual Awards Night – will take place in the Royal Marine Hotel, Dún Laoghaire on Sat 18 Feb. Tickets for the premier sporting occasion to honour achievements on and off the field during 2011, will be going on-sale shortly through the Games Sections and the Cuala Shop.


More next week – hope to see you all in the Killiney Castle on Friday week.

Tadhg Murphy

Cuala Communications