24 June 2010

We have it all this week – sad news, good news, fun and serious stuff.. Condolences to Damien, John Paul and all the Byrne family on the death of their father Michael yesterday. Good luck to the 1997s who are involved in the PJ Troy tournament this weekend. Summer camp filling fast…but not fast enough!! We are trying to minimize the amount of people who register on the first day to maximise the amount of coaching time. So please parents pre-register the kids and it will greatly help the coaches with advance planning and preparation. Well done to 2002 girls mentors who had an enjoyable coaching workshop with the coaching department coaches in the club on wednesday evening The U12 Lions footballers sit clear at the top of Division One after big margin wins over Lucan Sarsfields and St Mary’s Saggart last week. The U12 hurlers have entered two teams in the Camáint competition which takes place each Wednesday evening during July. There will be a number of groups playing and meeting at Thomastown over the Summer. If any mentors intend using the Thomastown pitch through July and August, please advise rob@hartnettpr.ie or sconnolly@eircom.net. The Juvenile Boys Night at the Dogs will take place at Shelbourne Park on Thursday, September 30th. For tickets and or sponsorship opportunities please contact rob@hartnettpr.ie. Cuala Ladies had a good win over visitors St Finian’s Swords on Wednesday evening in Hyde Park. Despite being a few numbers short because of the tail end of the exams, holidays and one injury, the team really got to grips with the game in the second half having put in a lacklustre first period. At the final whistle the scoreline was 3-10 to Cuala and 1-10 to the visitors. We are visiting Swords next week in the Cup where no doubt they will seek their revenge. We’ll keep you posted. Its not all doom and gloom on the inter county scene as the Dublin U21 hurlers defeated Kilkenny last night by 6 points in Nowlan park to make the Leinster final. There were 4 players from the Dublin senior panel and also 4 Cuala men involved, Oisin Gough,David Treacy, Colm O’Farrell and Paul Schutte. We wish David well in his recovery from a hamstring injury sustained in the game. The Cuala Registrar is finalising the club’s listing of Paid Members for 2010. Over the coming weekend, a complete list of “Full” (over 18) Paid-up Members will be published on the Noticboard and on the Web. Juvenile and Social Members will not be listed). In a club of our size, there is likely to be some oversights – for which we apologise in advance. We need your help to ensure the integrity of our data. If you have paid full membership for 2010, have a look and make sure you are listed. Finally, dont forget the Adults 70’s Disco this Friday 25th in the Cuala Hall. A great night dancing assured to all your favourite hits from the 70’s and 80’s. Doors open 8.30pm and dancing continues til midnight. Full bar and table service. Bring your friends and neighbours and come along and support the Gaelic4Mothers team. Tickets Eur10 at the door. Bottle of Blue Nun for best costume for those that are brave enough to pull on the flares and snazzy shirts (I can think of a few).
17 June 2010Dubs squeak by while the Munster giants slog it out – looks like the senior championship is well and truly up and running. The 1997 girls camogie team had a great victory over Barrogs 7-7 to 0-2 on Saturday. This would not have been possible without the help of the 1999’s girls, who were brilliant. The decisive match is this Sunday, June 20th away to St. Judes at 11am. We are hoping that a fantastic mix of 97’s and 98’s will bring League silverware home to Cuala. All parental support is needed and welcome. This Sunday morning, 20th June. Meeting at Meadowvale at 10am. This is a busy week for the U12A’s with two football and two hurling matches. It has been a great start with a 3-13 to 0-6 win away to Lucan in football on Tuesday and a 6-05 to 3-12 win away to Ballyboden in hurling leaving both sides sitting atop their respective Division One league tables. They play Fingallians in hurling and St Mays in Football before a well earned rest. The U13 footballers had two great wins over Skerries Harps and St Peregrines last weekend and are doing well now at the head of Divisions 2 and 7. Our thoughts are with Edel Marray, Mother of Oisin in the U12’s, whose own Mother passed away last weekend. Last Saturday saw our 1997 Blue and Red football teams win their respective matches to keep them second and joint leaders in their leagues.Keep it up lads, great work.Two more football matches this week against Bray and Parnells. Google calendar has been set up for the adult section and covers all activities including match fixtures and training times. To access the calendar go to www.google.com/calendar and sign In on the right-hand upper corner using the following Email: cualaview@gmail.com Password: hydepark .Feedback, comments or questions to pat@divilly.com The closing date for ticket orders for the Leinster S.F.C Dublin v Meath/Laois on 27th June 2010 in CrokeParkis 10 pm Wednesday 16th June. Group Passes are available from the Leinster Council – application form attached. Prices are as follows:Stand – €30,Terrace – €20, Family Tickets availalbe for Stand at: Adults €30, Children €5 There will be a 70s/80s Disco in Cuala Hall on Friday 25th June next for all the adults in the club and any friends and neighbours. The Gaelic4Mothers team are the organisers. Doors open 8.30pm and music goes on til midnight. Full bar and table service, live DJ armed with a playlist vetted by all the team so great night dancing guaranteed! Tickets Eur10 available from any of the team or ring Eileen Quill 087-2241032. Dress code is “no dress code” – some are dressing up and some dressing down – so whatever Rocks Your Boat!
10 June 2010Its nearing the juvenile summer break – cue relieved mentors, distressed parents. Good luck to all those doing exams. Agus anois an Nuacht: Well done to our U9 girls football team that was entered in an U10 single team group to provide matches this year and is currently three points clear at the top of the table. Best of luck to the Cuala U11 Girls who play in the league final on Friday evening at 6.30 in Russell Park. All support welcome. Juvenile Girls are running their second Girls Rock event in Cuala on Friday 18th from 7 – 9pm. Admission is only €5. All girls welcome, bring your friends and their friends. Cuala Ladies notched up a win over rivals Clann Mhuire on Weds night in Hyde Park to bring the tally of games between the sides this season to 2 in our favour to 1 against. It was a game of two halves with the swirling wind and we were 4-8 to 1-4 up at the break having loaded the forwards. Playing into the breeze and defending heavily, the game plan worked and the big lead kept the game in Cuala’s favour. Cuala 4-9 v Clann Mhuire 3-11. No game next week so its training and then back to the League. Jumbo Plant Sale, BBQ etc in aid of Crumlin Children’s Hospital Sunday 13th June from 10am in The Cuala Hall. Please support this great cause and get some blooming great bargains. Well done the U12 Cuala Leopards footballers who scored 6-12 in beating Lucan Sarsfields 2nd team on Tuesday night. Good luck to the U13 boys football teams who could go top of divisions two and seven respectively with victories this weekend. Best wishes to Cuala senior Footballer Michael Fitzsimons who has been selected on the Dublin team for their Leinster senior championship opener against Wexford this Sunday. First Cuala representative on Senior team since 1985?. Well done Mick. The 2000s are running a bus to the Dubs match on Sunday – leaving Dalkey at 1:15pm, first come first serve.Tickets a €5. Cuala’s Cooling Department gets Warm Reception. Damien Byrne and his team took to the drink on Monday – but all in a good cause as ‘waterboys’ (& girls) for the Women’s Mini-Marathon. Resplendent in pale pink, the lads were quite the picture as they dispensed water and encouragement in equal measure to the record-breaking field of over 40,000. You can see for yourselves at the Cuala Gallery http://picasaweb.google.com/CualaGAA/WomensMiniMarathonWaterboys# Your Website Needs You:We are about to do a complete overhaul of our website. We need volunteers who’d be prepared to devote a small amount of time each week, consistently over say, a season. No hurling of football expertise is required for these jobs. In fact, if you’re reading this on email or the website, you probably have most of the skills needed already so read on. We need amateur (1)Reporters who would author short reports on matches, events, developments in and beyond the Club, (2)Web Publishers: to help us publish the material on the site (we’ll train you) and (3)Webmasters: who will help us to maintain the site. Okay, a little more expertise is needed here but its not rocket science – we’re a GAA Club, not the Google Appreciation Association. Skills in WordPress or similar would be useful. Interested? Great – please contact any of the Games Chairpersons or write directly to Michael Goodwin at webmaster@cualagaa.ie – we’ll be delighted to hear from you. W e have extended the early booking discount period for the Cuala summer camp until next Friday 18th June. Forms will be availabe at the Academy on Saturday mornings and at the mini All-Ireland next week. Please use the attached form
4 June 2010We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the Byrne family on the death of Stephen ‘Saus’ Byrne RIP, who passed away last weekend. Stephen was a prominent Cuala member, winning an U16 Championship in 1981 and many more since, as well as managing the junior hurling team. Stephen had many friends in Cuala and will be sorely missed. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis. The U14 girls team had a great day in Belfast last Saturday playing 2 football and 2 camogie games vs Ardoyne, Na Piarsaigh, Naomh Eanna and Naomh Pol. They followed this up with iceskating with the Ardoyne girls, shopping in town and topping it off with a meal before piling onto the bus for home. The even managed to win their football league match the next day vs Erin Go Bragh!! Thanks to all who helped out at the weekend. The Under 16s Girls finished their league second from the top and will collect the silver medals. It was a tough group with the gold going to last years All Ireland Feile winners, Ballyboden St Endas. The clash between the two happened on 21st March last when we were away in Cherryfield and there was only 4 points in it. Well done Girls! Cuala ladies came up against Dublin’s sharpshooter Lauren Ebbs in their cup match last Wednesday against Namoh Barrog. Lauren put the icing on the cake out in St Annes Park with a goal in the dying minutes. In a tight game , Naomh Barrog finished with two more points with the final tally Naomh Barróg 5-6 : Cuala 3-7. Only a few places left on the teams of mothers taking part in the first ever Cuala Gaelic4Mothers Mini All Ireland next week. Beginners welcome. Contact Eileen Quill 087-2241032.U14 boys had a very strong win against St.Vincent in the league. Some scintillating football played. Please find the summer camp application form attached. All info is within so print off and send to the Cuala office. Dont forget to return the World Cup competition forms. If they have caused half as much debate in your house as mine then you probably need more forms. Well done to all those who took part in the Primary schools blitz in Thomastown. Some pictures courtesy of Michael Goodwin. Well done to Coaching Willie and Ken for a great event. http://picasaweb.google.com/CualaGAA/SchoolsBlitzJune2010# Well done to the Senior footballers who beat Ballinteer on Wednesday last in the AFL2 league.They also managed a draw Saturday last v local rivals Kilmacud Crokes so a good week for football.

28 May 2010

Lots of action going on as the exams and summer break hoves into view. Apologies up front for all the attachments this week but important forms/info included: The Cuala Academy Mini All Ireland which caters for boys and girls born in 2002, 2003 and 2004 takes place in Hyde Road from Monday the 14th of June to Saturday the 19th of June. Registration takes place on Saturday mornings at Hyde Road from 9:30 to 10:30. Last Registration will take place on Saturday the 5th of June. See attached forms about primary Schools blitz in Thomastown next week; Referees are required for so please contact Ken Fitz or Willie Braine for details. Well done to the U12 Lions for a hard fought but well deserved win over Kilmacud Crokes in the U12 Football League Division One last Friday night at Thomastown. There were scores from no fewer than eight of the team but it still needed a well struck pressure kick from Jack Hartnett in the tenth minute of additional time to seal the points. Congratulations to the U12 and U11 Hurlers who made up almost the entire panel from Johnstown National School that won the Corn Fianna Fail in the Cumman na mBunscoil at Croke Park last Monday afternoon. Emmet Murphy captained the side to their extra time victory in the blazing sunshine. Well done to Margaret Fitzsimons, Finbarr Murphy and Kevin Spain for managing things on the sideline. Hard luck to the U13 down to U9 girls of Scoil Lorcáin who missed out in their Cumman na mBunscoil final on the same day and to our players at Scoil san Treasa, Taobh na Coille who went down themselves on the same afternoon. As a rough estimate there were about 40 Cuala players on show on the hallowed turf over the course of a single afternoon. Surely some kind of a record. Our U9 Girls look to have a bright future based on their excellent victory over Kilmacud Crokes on Sunday morning at Meadowvale. The girls ran out 14-11 winners after a 40 minute game in very warm sunshine. Grainne O’Driscoll, Grace Nash, Rachel Hartnett and Riona Mulally all put in very strong performances. The Cuala U14 (1996) girls camogie and football team go on tour this weekend with a trip to Ardoyne in Belfast to play in a mini tournament in camogie against the host club and St Endas and in football against St Pauls and St Galls. There will be a full meeting of the Juvenile Boys Committee at the club at 9pm next Tuesday evening, June 1st. Friday night’s U15 Disco in Cuala is postponed due to unforeseen circumstance and will be rescheduled. See attached application form for young coaches who wish to help out during the Summer Camp. Details are on the form but one stipulation is that coaches must be 14 years of age. The Cuala Gaelic 4 Mothers squad are holding their own mini All Ireland this year, on Wednesday 9th June, Monday 14th June and Wednesday 16th June with the finals being played on Saturday 19th June. All games will be played directly after the Academy mini All Ireland games in Hyde Park. We are aiming for at least 4 teams of 7 a side so if there are any mothers (or aunts or older sisters) out there who want to have a bit of fun please contact Eileen Quill 087-2241032 for details. All the current squad are beginners so don’t let that stop you. Hard luck to the Senior Hurlers who were pipped by a point by St.Brigids in the league last Saturday. The Seniors are playing a challenge match against Na Fianna in Shankill on Saturday 29th May 6pm Condolences to Cuala members, Sean Murphy, Ronan Jack and Colman McKenna and their families on the death of their grandmother Geraldine McKenna. Dubs supporters – *Important* – see attached document for Dublin ticket information Dont forget the World-Cup draw – only a €5 per entry and good fun over the course of the competition. Of couse I know you will all be focussed on the GAA but sure in the week-day evenings you might have a look at it?
20 May 2010The Juvenile Girls committee would like to thank everyone in the Club who helped make the Camogie Feile last weekend so successful. Cuala were unlucky to not get to the semi-finals but, despite this, a great day was had by all. Thanks to all who dropped in sandwiches, cakes etc. on the day. The 1997 girls camogie team are in action again this weekend The girls remain are at the top of their league following a win against Ballyboden 3-6 to 4-1 last week. However, the panel is reduced to 12 players and is not sustainable into next year without more players. If anyone can help us recruit at least 5 players, please text Olga Barry at 085 763 1251 or contact Sile Wallace, Linda Farren or Fiona Nash. We urgently need your help. Well done to the U14 boys who were in Feile Hurling action last weekend. In a tough group one strike of the sliotar separated the boys from making the semi finals on Sunday last. We live and learn! Well done also to all the Colaiste Eoin lads who won the Leinster Final in hurling last Friday. Arron Coleman ,Dylan Treacy,Jack McCabe,Con O’Callaghan,Eoghan O’Naoire,Jake Malone,Daithi O’Murchu, Mairtín Cahillane to mention a few. Its that time of the year again so please find Summer Camp Application Forms attached. The form is in two parts so detach both files to get all the details. The U15 Boys are returning the compliment and running a disco for 2nd/3rd year players, boys and girls on 28th May in Cuala GAA. With the one and only RTE Dara Bass as DJ this promises to be a great night. Tickets are available from Colin Behan at 085 7380742 or any of the Cuala U15 mentors. You must check out this – Rob Hartnett on TV? Check out the Cuala website www.cualagaa.ie. to see details about the World Cup forecast competition. There is a fantastic video explaining the competition done by Rob Hartnett. Better watch out Des – this man is good on camera! Oh and please support this important fund-raising initiative and maybe win a few bob too. Attached is flyer for Céilí Mór in Cuala Hall on Saturday night 22 May at 21.30.All Welcome. The Cuala Music Session is also on Saturday nigso should be a good night. Now for some match reports . Intermediate Championship Round 1, Cuala 2-16 Round Towers Lock 0-08. A workmanlike performance from the Cuala senior helped them to a good win over a depleted Lusk side. Fresh from wining an All Ireland Under 21 medal Luke Keating scored 7 points from play. Tougher examinations await Cuala as they endeavor to return to senior championship football. Adult Football League 10 South Croi Ro Naofa 0-5 Cuala 5-17, A comprehensive win for Cuala returned them to top of AFL10 south. Mal Lawlor hitting 2-5 on the day. Adult Football League 11 South Ballyboden st Enda’s 1-08 Cuala 3-10. The performance of the weekend. Despite going 7 points down in the first ten minutes the Cuala 4ths regained their composure to run out winners by 8 points. It was the full forward line of Derek Dunne , Mick Kennedy and Paddy Murdock that caused all sorts of trouble, the lads hitting 3-4 over the hour. Colman O’Drisceoil pulled the stings from centre forward and also ended up with three points from play,whilst Magnus Breatnach marshaled the defence brilliantly. The selection of Johnny Sheanon ( 55 in August its rumoured) in goal and his 17 year son Barry at wing forward sent Cuala historians into a frenzy to try and work out the last time a father and son represented Cuala in a competitive game. Cuala Adult camogie are fundraising and you can help by doing a spring clean of your wardrobe! We want your old clothes, household linen, blankets,curtains, shoes, belts. All you have to do is put your unwanted items in a bag, bring them to the Cuala hall next Monday, May 24th between 6-00pm and 9-00pm or Tuesday, May 25th between 4-00pm and 5-30pm. All items must be clean. Contact, Máire, 087 2797090, or Sheila at 087 2421783. Hard luck to the Cuala Ladies who went out in the first game of the championship to Clann Mhuire of The Naul last Wednesday.The crossbar was dented on no less than 4 occasions in the game which finished 5-13 to 2-11. Meanwhile, the Cuala U16 side came from a 2 point deficit at the half time last Sunday to overcome neighbours Foxrock Cabinteely by 3-6 to 2-4 putting them in second place in the league behind last years All Ireland Feile winners ‘Boden. One more game required to clinch the silver medals against Scoil Ui Chonaill next weekend. Also, many thanks to all who supported the Ladies Table Quiz in the Club recently. This was organised by the girls themselves and they packed the bar! Well done all. Lastly we wish all the best to the Johnstown junior hurlers who play in Croke Park against St.Pius next Monday at 1:45pm. Hopefully one of many playing trips for these lads.
13 May 2010Well we knew we had a good bunch of U21s, but how good was only made abundantly clear last Saturday night in O’Toole Park. They have done the almost impossible and won the championship in both codes. Our lads were only magnificient and literally blew Craobh Chiarain away winning on a score of 3-22 to 1-8. Its doubtful whether any U21 team in the country could have lived with them last Saturday. Fantastic displays all over the field. Many of these lads are dual players and its great to see the dual player thriving.Some pictures included below, expect to see them on the walls of Cuala for a long time to come http://picasaweb.google.com/winnerallhr/CualaDublinU21AHurlingChampions2010?feat=email#5468999102972276258 and the report in the Herald http://www.herald.ie/sport/the-dubs/cuala-run-riot-to-conquer-craobh-2175490.html . On a sad note, Rory Cole was seriously injured early in the game in an accidental collision and had to be taken to hospital. We wish Rory a very speedy recovery.
Now for the rest of the news : Cuala Academy Mini-All-Ireland Competition starts June 14th – 19th. The games will begin on evening of Mon 14th June, with a parade and final games being played on Sat 19th June. Week night games will occur on Monday 14th and Wednesday 16th, 6.00 – 7.45 pm, 2002, 2003 and 2004 girls and 2004 Boys, Tuesday 15th and Thursday 17th, 6.00 – 7.45 pm, 2002 and 2003 Boys. Finals Day, Saturday 19th, begins with colourful piper-lead Cuala parade through Dalkey with games starting at 10.00 am – 12.30 pm. All age groups playing. Registration begins this Sat 15th, and will continue 22nd and 20th May. €10 per child – Includes County team t-shirt, trophy, Finals Day and Team Snack Bag.The highlight for the Juvenile Girls this weekend is the camogie feile which Cuala are hosting in Thomastown. The 96 girls, managed by Fintan Quill, are busy finalising their preparation this week whilst there is a huge flurry of activity in the rest of the club to ensure that Thomastown is ready for the event. There will be 8 teams participating in Division 3 and the event will start at 10am with a parade led by a Lone Piper. Joan O’Flynn, President of Cumann Camógaíochta na nGael, will be attending at approximately 3:30pm. Please try to drop into Thomastown at some stage during the day to support the Cuala team.Cuala will be playing at 10:30, 12:45 and 2:15. The semi finals will be held at 4:30pm.All Cuala players and supporters are asked to park in the VEC, Sallynoggin, which will be open from 9:15am-6:15pm. All donations of sandwiches, buns etc. would be greatly appreciated. The Juvenile Girls Committee would like to extend their condolences to their Registrar, Mary O’Gorman, on the death of her mother, Teresa, last weekend. The U12 footballers suffered a double heartbreak last week with the Lions losing the A Cup final by a single point despite playing one man short for most of the game and leading until the last five minutes. The Cougars also lost by the minimum margin after a thrilling game that went all the way to extra time. The same groups hurlers take centre stage this Sunday (Thomastown 12.15) with the Blue and White groups playing in the semi finals of the Division 3 and 5 Cups. There will be a general meeting of all parents in the U12 (1998) group at the club on Tuesday evening, May 22nd. At least one parent of each of the boys is requested to attend. The U14 boys are also in Feile hurling action this weekend. Ballyboden are hosts and first games throws-in at 10:45am in a tough group that includes favourites Na Fianna, Ballyboden and Faughs. All support welcome. Following on from the excellent Feile Disco run by the Ladies Juvenile Section the U15 Boys Section are returning the compliment and running a disco for 2nd/3rd year players, boys and girls on 28th May in Cuala GAA. With the one and only RTE-man Dara Bass as DJ this promises to be a great night and also you can win an itouch to listen to Dara’s music after the Cuala Disco. Tickets are in short supply so contact Colin Behan at 085 7380742 after this Tues or any of the Cuala U15 mentors. See that attached PDF for details. here is the link to the Photos of last weeks Clonkeen U14 Hurling Final http://picasaweb.google.com/colinbehan/U14HurlingFinal2010ClonkeenVMacDaraS# Here’s a bit of fun, a bit of a flutter and hopefully will do the club some good. Attached is a World Cup forecast promotion that we are using for Cuala fundraising. The money raised will go into central funds, which is badly needed. This can be an important fundraiser for the club, if everyone makes an effort. Please forward to all your games sections, contact list, work colleagues, friends, relatives etc. and follow up to get completed forms returned as early as possible. Hard copies of the document will be available in Cuala over the next few days. The Cuala U12s and Gaelic 4 Mothers were chosen to play the mini games during the Ladies Football League Finals last weekend. The Gaelic 4 Mothers team put on a great display vs St. Finians in Parnell Park. They thoroughly enjoyed their first outing in the Cuala colours and are looking forward to more. If any mothers are interested in joining the fun, they train every Wednesday in Meadowvale 8-9pm. Contact Eileen 087-2241032.

06 May 2010Its going to be a busy weekend; We need everyone to support the Cuala U21s who take on Craobh Chiaran in the Dublin Hurling County final on Saturday at 6pm in O’Toole Park. Even if you rarely go to games dont miss this one. We need everyone’s support for this historic occasion. All sorts of fun events planned for La na gClub on Sunday next. A parade will walk through Dalkely lead by a piper to the Cuala Clubhouse where various games and events are planned including kids games , traditional Irish music group and food in the bar. Well done to the U14 boys who played some fantastic football in last weekends Feile. In a tough group they boys were highly unlucky not to advance, despite winning 2 of their 3 games and losing out on score difference to two other teams on the same points. All sorts of fun events planned for La na gClub on Sunday next. A parade will walk through Dalkely lead by a piper to the Cuala Clubhouse where various games and events are planned including kids games , traditional Irish music group and food in the bar. Last weekend being the Bank Holiday was a quiet one for the girls juvenile teams. Only the U10s (2000s) and U14s (1996s) were in action and both had good wins against St Annes in the football league and Bray Emmetts in a camogie challenge respectively. Busier this weekend with most teams in action, the highlight being a top of the table clash for the U14s (1996s) in camogie against Lucan. The U12s (1998s) also have the honour of playing during half time of the Ladies Football National League Final in Parnell Park on Saturday. They will be joined by the Cuala Gaelic 4 Mothers team who will also be displaying their footballing skills during the half time break. The U12 footballers bid to pull off a unique double of doubles on Saturday. The A footballers take on St Judes in the final of the A Cup at Round Towers, Clondalkin at 2pm. At the same time on an adjoining pitch the B footballers take on Templeogue Synge Street in the final of the B Cup. We cannot recall a club getting to both A and B Finals in the same year at this age group so well done to the lads. All support from around the club will be welcomed for what can serve as an appealing starter on a great day for the club. Well done to the U12 B Hurlers who secured a semi final spot in the Division 3 Cup this week with comfortable wins over St Peregrines and Faughs. They join the C Hurlers who have already made it through to the same stage at Division 5. Although there were no competative fixtures arranged for the Bank Holiday Weekend, the Cuala U15 Hurlers took part in the invitational Cian Durken Memorial Tournament in Ballyboden on Bank Holiday Monday. The lads gave a good account of themselves beating Dicksboro of Kilkenny (Current Kilkenny and All Ireland Féile Champions) and Ballyboden (Current Dublin Féile Champions) and narrowly going down to Mallow (Current Cork Champions). Photos of the event are available on the Cuala Website on http://picasaweb.google.com/CualaGAA/CianDurkenTournament2010# . The Cuala U15 boys are organising a fundraising Disco for 2nd and 3rd Years in Cuala Hall on Friday 28th of May. Tickets will be available from U15 Mentors from early next week get your tickets early as demand is likely to outstrip supply! Congratulations to Clonkeens U14 Hurlers who beat Mac Dara’s in O’Toole Park on Wednesday to win the Division 2 Dublin Colleges Crown. All bar 2 of the team are Cuala players. See Herald match report here http://www.herald.ie/sport/schools/hurling-clonkeens-class-shows-2167146.html . We will have a link to match photos in next weeks email. Commiserations to the Cuala players on Colaiste Eoin team who lost the Dublin Schools Senior Football A Final during the week. See Herald match report here http://www.herald.ie/sport/schools/gaelic-football-benildus-are-brawn-to-win-2167142.html . The Junior team however had a good win in their game. Congratulations to Luke Keating on winning an U21 All-Ireland medal with Dublin last weekend against Donegal. Many former pupils of C.B.S. Eblana Avenue, Dun Laoghaire will be saddened to hear of the passing of Brother Frank Mc Govern, who was a former Principal at that school. Brother Mc Govern was responsible for introducing the hurley and sliotar to hundreds of boys during his tenure at Eblana Avenue. Many of those same boys went on to become lifetime members of Cuala G.A.A. Club. The news of Brother Mc Govern’s passing came too late for anybody to attend his funeral but a Mass Card and short message of condolence was forwarded to his sister, Patricia, on behalf of all members of the Club who knew of him. Badminton players still have some spaces if anyone is interested in playing on Monday nights. Contact Derek Spain on osullivanspain@eircom.net Cuala Ladies scored their third successive victory in the League last night in Dalkey. Having overcome the two North County teams, Garristown and Clann Mhuire in the past fortnight, the home side saw off the challenge mounted by Naomh Barróg with a 2-13 to 2-6 victory. We have a week off and then straight into the Championship qualifier rounds. Cuala Gaelic 4 Mothers and the Under 12s are providing the half time display during the Ladies National League Finals next Saturday [8th May] in Parnell Park. Both Cuala Ladies Refs are also in Parnell Park on Saturday where they will take charge of the Mini-games during the Division 1 final. Good luck to all

29 Apr 2010Good luck to the U14 boys who are in Division 1 Feile Football competition this weekend. First game Saturday 10:45am Silverpark near Leopardstown racecourse. All noisy boisterous support welcome: Last weekend was a busy one for the girls juvenile teams. The U10s (2000s) fell to their first defeat in the U10 football league narrowly loosing out to Crokes on Saturday but they more than made up for it with a big win in their opening camogie league game against Ballyboden on Sunday. In other games, the U12s (1998s) were beaten by a very strong O’Tooles in football while the U14s (1996s) lost our narrowly to Crokes in a camogie challenge Saturday but beat Thomas Davis in the football league on Sunday. The U14s (1996s) also had a great win in camogie in a top of the table clash against Erin Go Bragh mid week. It’s much quieter for the Bank Holiday weekend however with only the U10s in action on Saturday against St Annes in the football league and U14s (1996s) with a camogie challenge against Bray Emmetts on Monday. They walked onto the pitch as boys, and celebrated after as boys, but for 60 minutes on Saturday the 15 lads of the Cuala U12 Lions became giants…What’s more the Cuala Cougars matched the feat on Wednesday in Thomastown and both U12 sides are through to the respective finals of the A and B Cups. There are full match reports from The Lions victory over Lucan and the Jaguars victory over St Annes, together with some great pictures taken by Colin Behan on the Cuala 98’s blog at www.cuala1998.com. The finals take place back to back at Round Towers, Clondalkin on Saturday May 8th on what promises to be a great day for the club. Thank you all the Juvenile mentors who accommodated midweek matches at Thomastown on Tuesday and Wednesday. Please advise Stephen or Rob if you have any matches over the coming weeks that might require other groups to adapt their training space. U15A’s (95’s) had a great win away to St Vincents on Sunday with a scoreline of 1-6 to 3-12. This result combined with favourable results elsewhere leaves the lads joint leaders of Div 1 Hurling. The lads are also sitting on top of Division 1 Football. Well done to Clonkeen College U14 Hurlers who are almost exclusively Cuala players on beating Castleknock 2-18 to 1-4 to reach the Dublin Schools B Hurling Semi Final. (Some great photos of the match available at this link http://picasaweb.google.com/colinbehan/20100423ClonkeenVCastleknockHurlingSemiFinal# ) Well done also to the Cuala lads who aided Coláiste Eoin to Victory against Coláiste Mhuire in the Leinster Schools Junior Football “A” Final. (Match report from Evening Herald here http://www.herald.ie/sport/schools/gaelic-football-eoin-lock-up-leinster-title-2147709.html Congragulations to minor footballer Jake Russel Carroll who played for Dublin minors in the Ulster/Leinster minor league final and who scored a point from left half forward in their emphatic 12 point win against Tyrone. Great win for the senior footballers against St Pat’s Palmerstown last Saturday night who despite going into the break 5 points down turned in a great second half performance to win by 4 points. They scored 4 goals on the night with the last scored by minor Adam Hudson.Hard luck to the Junior footballers who lost their second round Junior football championship match to a strong intermediate league St Brigids. The very best of luck to Brigids for the remainder of the competition. Finally the last word goes to the Junior D championship team who had a comprehensive win over St Finians of Swords. Paul Cahill impressed with 1-5 from play. Hard luck to the Senior hurlers who were defeated by St.Brigids last night. The U21 Hurling County final is set for 6pm Saturday 8th May in O’Toole Park. Our second county final in the grade – albeit we now in a different calendar year. Just like that great semi eagainst Ballyboden, we need everyone’s support so don’t miss it. Finally would like to remind everyone that the Cuala Jersey and Official playing kit is our unique team identity badge on the field of play. We show our pride in our club and team through the proper wearing of our official gear. There is only one standard of official team playing kit which must be uniformally worn by all teams across all games sections. The official Cuala kit comprises of the Official Colours , Cuala Crest, Team Jersey (Home or Away), Shorts/Skorts and Socks. Examples of official team gear are on display in the Cuala clubhouse and shop. Exceptions to the official team kit style are not allowed.
: 22 Apr 2010Well done to our U14 girls who represented the club in last weekend’s Feile.The U14 (1996) girls represented the club proudly at the football Feile last weekend. Unfortunate to have been drawn in a very tough group, they were desperately unlucky to only draw against Robert Emmets but were beaten by the eventual winners and the runners up O’Tooles and St. Sylvesters. The focus now turns to the camogie feile in less than 4 weeks time. Many thanks to Cork dual All Star and multi All Ireland winner Mary O’Connor who trained the U14 (1996) camogie Feile team last Wednesday night. There was a great turn out from both the panel and spectators alike. A busy weekend ahead for the girls juvenile teams. U10s (2000s) play Crokes in U10 football league on Saturday in Meadowvale and commence their U10 camogie league on Sunday away to Ballyboden. U12s (1998s) face O’Tooles on Sunday in football while the U14s (1996s) play Crokes in camogie Saturday and Thomas Davis in football on Sunday. Big weekend for the U12 footballers. The Lions take on Lucan Sarsfields in the A Cup semi final at Clonkeen at 1.30 on Saturday, straight after the Cougars have played St Mary’s for a guaranteed spot in the B Cup semi finals. There was a strong hurling performance through the grades at U12 last weekend with our Blue, White and Green hurlers recording victories in divisions 3, 5A and 5B. Well done to the Green group in particular who have been having a tough time of it but stuck to their training and secured a great win against Ballinteer St John’s second team. The Red Hurlers went down to Ballyboden in Division 1 at Ballycullen on Wednesday night. Great wins again this week for the U15A’s and B’s. The B’s bet St Judes 6-4 to 0-4 in Tymon north while the A’s bet Balinteer St. Johns at home with a scoreline of 3-14 to 1-4 leaving them top of Division 1. Under 13A’s and B’s both won last weekend. the A’s beat Balinteer 3-12 to 3-6 while the U13B’s had a great win over Na Fianna leaving both teams top of their respective leagues with 3 wins out of 3. There’s some great action photos of the B’s match on the Cuala Photo Gallary (Click here to view http://picasaweb.google.com/CualaGAA/97SU13SVNaFianna# ). Hurlers take on Castleknock this weekend. Keep up the great attendances at training Our own Des Cahill is up for sports presenter of the year, so was hoping the members could give him a bit of support.Here is the link for the voting page – http://www.tvnowmagazine.ie/showFavourites.aspx?id=17 On last Friday, the 16th April, in glorious sunshine at Woodbrook Golf Club, the inaugural ‘Mick Holden Memorial Golf Classic’ sponsored by The Dubs of ’83, took place. And what a day it was! Over 40 teams, representing the many strands of Mick’s life, competed for the trophy and prizes. Family, old friends and colleagues enjoyed a celebratory evening meal in friendly and good-humoured atmosphere – it was a fitting tribute to Mick Holden. Best of luck to our footballers who have a busy weekend ahead. See fixtures list below. All support welcome and no excuses for not attending all these home games! The Senior Hurlers play in the first round of the Senior Hurling Championship away to St Brigids on Wednesday next 28th April – all support welcome. Juniros are also out next week Thanks to tip from Paul O’sullivan – check out the following online hurling magazine http://www.sliotarmagazine.com/. Its free so have a look!

15 Apr 2010Lets hope volcanic ash won’t stop the weekend games. Lots of info below as the season gets into full swing Cuala under 11 girls continue their great run in the football league with another win last Saturday. That’s 4 out of 4, putting them proudly at the top of the league table in this their first year in competive football leagues. It’s been a good week for the 1996 girls football and camogie team. The girls had a great win against Castleknock in camogie on Wednesday and the previous Sunday they recorded their biggest win of the season in football against Erin Go Bragh with Ceithleann Ni Chonluain scoring 7 goals (is this a Cuala record?). It was the perfect preparation for the football Feile which is on this weekend. The Cuala girls have been drawn in a tough group against St. Sylvesters, O’Tooles and Robert Emmets, games to be played in Malahide. Details of all games are on the Cuala girls calendar www.calendarwiz.com/cualagirls – please give the girls your support. Congratulations to the U10 girls who recorded a great victory in their first every football league game against a very strong Ballyboden St Endas team last weekend and well done also to the 1998s who recorded back to back wins last weekend against Good Counsel in camogie and Clontarf in football. Cork dual All-Star and holder of 7 senior All Ireland medals, Mary O’Connor is taking the Cuala Feile team for a camogie coaching session next Wednesday at 6.30pm in Hyde Park. Mary is the Director of Coaching Development for Cumann Camógaíochta na nGael and will be signing autographs for the younger girls afterwards and all are welcome. Well done to the U12 Lions who got their Division 1 campaign off to a flyer beating Ballyboden St Endas by 2-13 to 1-09 at Clonkeen on Saturday. The Cougars, Leopards and Jaguars started off against some of the strongest teams in their divisions but gave a very good account of themselves. Enjoy the good weather while it lasts but please be careful if kicking or pucking balls around in open spaces. One careless strike can damage property or hurt passers by so please be careful about your surroundings and save the real power shots for game time. With a lot of midweek games scheduled over the coming weeks, please watch out for information from team managers about times and locations. Team managers please make sure you have cleared the use of a pitch so that alternative arrangements can be made for those who would otherwise be training there. There is a mountain of lost property left behind from the Easter Camp. This can be collected from the first dressing room at the end of the Cuala Hall until Saturday 24th, after which time it will all be given away to charity. These include boots, Jersies, tops, lunchoxes and water bottles. Good win for 1997 hurlers last week against Faughs. Blue Football Team play Ballinteer away and Red Football Team play Na Fianna away this Saturday. Best of luck to all. Advance notice of the division One Football Féile which will take place in Silverpark on Saturday May 1st. Our U14 lads and mentors would appreciate all the support we can muster throughout the day for this showpiece of the Juvenile GAA calendar. Two good wins for the minor footballers last Sunday, the A’s beating O Tooles comprehensively and the B’s beating Lucan Sarsfields by 4-11 to 2-4 with Colman McKenna, Stephen Giblin and Paul Mahony outstanding. Best to luck to Jake Russell-Carroll and the rest of the Dublin minor football squad when they face Kildare this weekend in the Leinster Minor football championship. Good wins last weekend for the Senior and third team adult hurlers in their respective Leagues. Congratulations to Paul Schutte who has got the call-up to the Dublin Senior Hurling team for the upcoming Leinster Championships Good luck to the Dublin hurlers who play Limerick on Sunday in Parnell Park in a crucial relegation game in the National League

8 Apr 2010Easter gone already – it will be time for championship soon:Cuala Academy Fun Fashion Show, 24 April in Fitzpatricks Killliney Castle. Tickets on sale contact Breege English on 086 1538164. Cost €30 each or a table of 10 €250. Fabulous raffle prizes, Excellent Goody bags. On Wednesday, April 21st Cuala will be very fortunate to have Mary O’Connor, National Camogie Coaching Director come to Dalkey to give the Féile na nGael team and some others a coaching session. The session will be approx 6-30 to 7-30pm. If any if you would like to come down to Dalkey on the evening you will be very welcome. Mary O’Connor, hails from the Killeagh Club in East Cork. A brillant ambassador for sport, Mary is the Director of Coaching Development for Cumann Camógaíochta na nGael. She plays both camogie and football for Cork. She holds five senior All-Ireland football medals and last year captained the Cork football team to victory. She has 7 senior All-Ireland camogie medals as well as National League, county medals and interprovincial. She also holds one All-Ireland club championship medal that she won with Granagh Ballingarry(Limerick) when she was studying in Limerick. She holds All-Stars for both games. Mary plays centre back for the Cork camogie side and she inspires confidense in those around her. Scores often start with Mary. She has a never say die attitude. She applies huge enthusiasm to her job as Coaching Director. One would not be wrong in calling Mary the ‘Paudie Butler of camogie’! Cuala are extremely lucky to have Mary come out to Cuala at this time Well done to Harry Forde, Jack Hartnett, Liam Lysaght and Joseph Mahony for playing their part in helping to bring the U12 Easter Cup, played between North and South Dublin back to the Southside. The lads were part of the Southside panel that took to Fingallians pitches in Swords on Easter Saturday. They were presented with their trophies by Dublin Senior star Paul Flynn who himself played in this tournament in years gone by. Good luck to the U11 and U12 Footballers whose Football League campaigns get under way this Saturday. 1997’s Both football teams doing well, with two wins each. Hurlers out this Sat, win required against Faughs. Training at Thomastown on Tues and Thurs 6-8.30. The newly promoted Cuala U15A (95’s) footballers continued their fine form of late in Division 1 with a comprehnesive victory over Kilmacud Crokes with a final score of 2-14 to 3-5 in Shankill last Sunday week. That result leaves Cuala lying in 2nd place in the league, 1 point behind Ballyboden but with a game in hand. The 95’s gained promotion from Division 2 last year when they also won the Div 2 Féile in Dublin and were narrowly beaten in the Féile Div 2 All Ireland Final. The 15A Footballer’s next match is at home to Balinteer on April 18th. While the 15A Hurler’s are at home to Na Fianna onApril 11th. There will be a full meeting of the Juvenile Boys Committee at the Club on Tuesday night, April 13th. Despite the unseasonal and atrocious weather, the Cuala Easter Camps were a great success. We had over 350 participants over the 2 weeks and gave coaching jobs to over 60 cuala players of varying age groups from senior to under 16 under the supervision of the coaching department, Ken, Willie and Damian and ably assisted by John Dillon and Dónal Lehmann. Great credit must also go to the mentors of the teams who pushed the camps to the players and who will reap the dividends both on the field of play and on the training field. Senior Hurlers play League match against St Judes at 6pm in Tymon North on Saturday; Jun A team play Faughs at 6pm in Shankill on Saturday; 3rd Adult Hurling team play Perigrines on Sunday at 3pm in Shankill. Adult hurling training for 1st & 2nd team panels in Shankill 6.30pm Tuesday & Thursdays and Saturdays at 11am; 3rd panel train 7pm on Wednesdays in Shankill Condolences to Harry Roberts and his family on the death of his mother after a long illness The feedback from those who attended the Comedy night (myself included) in the Pavillion Theatre last Thursday has been very positive. Everyone who attended enjoyed the evening and from a fundraising point of view it was a brilliant success. The acts were brilliant and there were some guest appearances from “French Lady” and “Koala GAA Club” also. The Adult Football Focus Group would like to thank everyone who supported the event.

25 Mar 2010 Easter approaching and clocks about to go ahead and still snow on the hills! Don’t forget theComedy night in aid of Adult Football on Thursday 1st April (not an April Fools joke!). See attached flyer – tickets available from Ciaran Irwin on 085 2571034.Well done to the 1997 girls camogie team who had a great win over Liffey Gaels, while scoring 7-10. The team management are again appealing for more players in order to ensure they can field 13 this year and 15 next year. Please text or phone Olga at 085 763 1251 if you know of any 1997’s who are available to join them. Juvenile boys groups will return to training on grass at Thomastown and Clonkeen from next week. Please liaise with individual mentors to make sure you are aware of times and locations. Congratulations to the U12 Lions who finished their qualifying for the U12 A Football Cup with a four point win over Thomas Davis on their All Weather pitch. Well done also to the U12 Leopards who beat Kilmacud Crokes third team at Clonkeen by a wide margin. Good luck to the Juvenile Boys teams at U16 level who get their A and C Championship campaigns under way with trips to Portmarnock and Sandyford on Saturday. Congrats to the 7 Cuala hurlers, 5 from the under 14s Daithi O Muruchu, Dylan o Treasaigh, Eoghan O Naoire, Con O Ceallachain, and Jake Malone and the 2 under 15s Mairtin O Cahallane and captain Cillian O Seanain who started in Colaiste Eoins 2-9 to 1-7 win over St Aidans Whitehall in the Dublin Juvenile Hurling Division 1 final. Colaiste Eoin under 16 footballers beat Knockbeg College last week to reach the Leinster A Final.Best of luck to Colm Cronin, Luke Treacy, Cian O Callaghan, Colm Begley, Cathal O Giollain, Killian O Sullivan who will play in the Leinster Junior football final against Mullingar CBS next week. Last call for the Easter Camps. All juvenile players are asked to attend especially Feile players and those preparing for Championship rounds. ” Well done to our 3rd Adult Hurling Team who had an emphatic win over Faughs in the League on Sunday; hard luck to the Senior Hurlers who lost by the minimum to St. Vincents and to our 2nd Adult Hurling Team who lost away to St. Judes. 2 big football matches in Hyde Park this weekend. Our senior footballers are up first v Templeogue Synge street at 10.30am Sunday , followed by our Junior 1’s at Noon. All support welcome and remember its an hour less in bed on Sat night. The Cuala Shop is looking for volunteers to assist in its Saturday morning rota and would love to hear from any members or supporters who could be counted-on to do the counter between 9:00 & 11:30. We’re also exploring options to open during the week too so if Saturday is not an option and you could help out on a mid-week evening, please let us know. Noreen McGowan or Laura Spillane will be delighted to hear from you. Or you can drop a mail to the Cuala Office with your contact details. Lastly – if anyone knows the person who marked the pitch in Thomastown (see the attached picture) please point out that a GGA pitch is a rectangle and then lead to Specsavers as soon as possible :-)

18 Mar 2010A reminder to you again that re-conveneing of the 2009 AGM will take place in the Clubhouse on Thurs 25th March at 8:00 p.m. Registration will start at 7:30 to facilitate a timely start of the main meeting. The Agenda, Motions and Resolutions remain as originally published. Much thanks has to be given to he Club Officers, Games Treasurers and our external Auditor, Manus Brady & Co for great work done over the last few months. Best wishes to Cuala 1996 Asia Kirwan who has been selected to play for a Dublin U14 camogie selection this Saturday in Naas in an intercounty blitz. The Juvenile Girls 2009 Year Books have now all been given out to the 1996, 1998 and 2000 age groups. If anyone hasn’t received a copy please contact Fintan Quill for ‘soft copies’. Great performance by the 2001 girls in a mixed camogie and football blitz against Ballyboden St Endas last week. There was great skill and enthusiasm on show from our 32 girls that took to the Meadowvale pitch, and we edged the games in both codes to bode very well for the future. Great refereeing as well from some of our U12 boys that took up the whistle for the first time. A huge thank you to all the families who attended the Cuala St Patricks Day Family Ceili. Hard to count heads as they were racing around the hall but there must have been nearly 300 Cuala children dancing last night. The display of Irish dancing at the interval by the Cuala children was fantastic. Thank you to the parents who supported the raffle in aid of Haiti which raised €350. Many thanks to the U14 girls and their parents for organising the night and providing the delicious sandwiches and cakes at the interval. Good wins for the boys U12 Red, Blue and White Hurlers last weekend. The Cougar footballers take centre stage this weekend with an away game against Kilmacud Crokes. Cuala remain unbeaten with two games to go as they race for a single spot in the B Cup final. A win on Saturday and defeat for St Marys Saggart will secure a final spot. The Lions are assured of a semi final appearance in the A Cup and finish their qualifying group with a trip to Thomas Davis. The Leopards and Jaguars have friendly fixtures against Ballyboden and Good Counsel. Jack Hartnett, Joseph Mahony, Harry Forde and Liam Lysaght will be representing Cuala and their respective teams on the U12 South Dublin panel playing against our Northside neighbours in the Easter tournament that takes place at Fingallians GAA Club on Easter Saturday. U13 Boys Blue Football Team had a comfortable win over Bray Emmets in their first League match. The Red Team had their first win in several months against Round Towers and look set to be challengers for this Division.Unfortunately some guys did not turn up to enjoy this fab win :-( .Hurling against St Judes this week at Thomastown at 15.30. Football Cup at Kilmacud The Cuala School of Excellence 2010 Easter Camp shapes up to the best yet with Cuala’s best Coaching line-up of County Star’s Michael Fitzsimmons and David Treacy and Cuala’s new Coaching Section with Willie Braine, Ken Fitzgerald, Damien Byrne, Denis Monaghan and John Dillon as well as the very best coaches from our successful Summer Camps over the last 10 years. So don’t dare miss the 4 days of football and hurling where each player will cover the majority of skills in hurling and football with matches every day as well as Skills Competitions, Cuala Superstars and the only camp to have their own Army Fun Day.
Please fill out the Easter Camp Application Form and return to the Cuala Office between 9.30 and 12.30 Mon to Fri or your team mentor. Please tick 2 boxes, 1 for the camp you wish to do and the other for the players age group.The Camp dates are: Football: Mon 29th Mar – Thur 1st April Hurling: Tues 6th – Fri 9th AprilAcademy & U8’s 10.00am – 2pm Boys & Girls U9 – U12 10.00am – 2pmBoys & Girls U13 – U15 10.30 – 2.30pm
Cuala Ladies get Silver! Cuala Ladies were runners-up in the 4th Annual Marianne Costello Memorial Tournament on Saturday 13th March last, held at Naomh Peregrin`s fine facility in Blakestown. Eight teams were invited for this well-organised 9-a-side event, and the Cuala squad of 12 showed no lack of fitness as well as great skill in over-coming the hosts and Lucan Sarsfields in the group games, going on to beat St. Maurs in the semis and thus qualify to meet Round Towers Clondalkin in the final. However,Towers whom we had lost to earlier, again came out on top in an entertaining final despite the tactical management of Elizabeth Gregan and Stephen McGovern, and the strong leadership on the pitch from captain Sarah Egan. The hosts are to be complimented on the standard of organisation and hospitality on the day. All in all, a positive boost for the Cuala Ladies ahead of the forthcoming season! There will be a Comedy night fundraising event in aid of Adult Football to be held in the Pavillion Thertre on 01 April (eve of good friday) Tickets are € 20 each. Acts booked for the night are Eleanor Tiernan, John Colleary and Andrew Stanley. Please contact Ciaran Irwin on 085 2571034 for tickets Congratulations to Eamonn Og Ryan on the arrival of Finn, the new Cuala wing-forward, weighing in at 7lbs 12oz.

11 Mar 2010Notice of re-convened AGM from an Rúnaí Ken O’SullivanThis Notice applies only to Full 2009 Members ( i.e those who paid their 2009 Annual Subscription before 1 Mar 2009)Full Members who attended the resumed 2009 AGM in January will recall that the Meeting agreed to a further adjournment to allow more time to finalise the Accounts. The Officers undertook to reconvene the meeting by the end of March – giving 2 weeks notice through the Club Noticboard, Website and Newsletter. I’m pleased to report that we’re well on-target to meet this committment thanks to great work being done by the Club Officers, Games Treasurers and our external Auditor, Manus Brady & Co. I am therefore serving formal Notice to Full Members of the re-conveneing of the 2009 AGM – to take place in the Clubhouse on Thurs 25th March at 8:00 p.m. Registration will start at 7:30 to facilitate a timely start of the main meeting. The Agenda, Motions and Resolutions remain as originally published. Full detailsWell done to the 1997 girls camogie team who kicked off this years League campaign with a comprehensive win against Ballyboden 8-5 to 5-1. The 1997 panel of camogie players is very small and new players are needed and very welcome. Please contact Olga 085 763 1251 if you know of anyone who might be interested. Great win for the U11 girls football last weekend. The girls defeated Naomh Olaf, winning comfortably in their first competitive league match. Congratulations to U12-Boys Cuala Lions who beat old rivals St Judes by 5-05 to 3-06, so qualifying for the semi final of the A Football cup with one game to go. Well done also to the Cuala Cougars who made it five out of five with victory over Ballyboden St Enda’s. Well done to Cathal Scanlon for scoring the most celebrated goal of the day for the doubty Jaguars. Hard luck to the Leopards who went down to a last minute goal in a 17 goal, 14 point shoot out against Crumlin. U13-Boys Hurlers had their maiden outing in the League last weeekend against St. Kevins. Unfortunatley, they were beaten by a couple of scores, not before putting up a gallant display. Both the Blue and Red Football Teams begin their League campaigns on Saturday, so best of luck to all. The Cuala Easter Camp Forms are attached – all Juvenile players should aim to attend as this is a brilliant way to improve skills (and keep parents sane!). The annual Cuala St Patricks Day Family Ceili is being held in the Cuala Hall on Wed 17th 7pm – 9pm. Admission is set at a family-friendly €12 with refreshments served. This year we’ll be thinking of others too so there will be a Raffle in aid of Haiti. We’ll have the usual live music of course and a special treat – the Cuala Irish dancers performing during interval. Everyone is welcome – no experience necessary, just come along and join in the dancing. Find attachments for a new VEC programme aimed at new or expectant parents. We will bring these items regularly as we receive from various social groups. Cuala Music session in the bar Saturday night 9:30pm til late. Our Senior Hurlers had a fine win away to Crumlin in the Boland Cup last weekend with Rory Cole, Paul Schutte, Shane Murphy and Colm O’Farrell showing very well. Our local statisticians tell us that the last time our Senior hurlers beat Crumlin in Pearse Park was over 12 years ago! Good draw for our Senior Hurlers in the 2010 Senior Hurling Championship with Craobh Ciaran, Crumlin, Brigids, Judes and Lucan Sarsfields in Cuala’s section. Each team plays one another in the Group; top 4 go into Quarter-finals. 1st round scheduled for the weekend of 1st May with 2nd round the following weekend. Quiz Night to support the Adult Hurlers will be held in the Cuala Bar on Friday night starting at 8,30pm – all welcome and please support our adult teams too! Senior Footballers play Round Towers Clondalkin in Clondalkin on Sunday morning. Throw in 10.30am . All support welcome. Lastly, good luck to our inter-county players this weekend. Michael Fitzsimons lines out with the footballers against Monaghan in Parnell Pk on Saturday at 7:30pm, while David Treacy,Oisin Gough and the Dublin Hurlers face Offaly at 2:30pm in Tullamore.

4 Mar 2010The U14 girls hosted their Feile fundraising disco in Cuala last Friday night. It was a huge success with nearly 250 1st & 2nd year girls and boys attending. The D.J. was Conor Bass, ably assisted by Robert McMahon and many thanks to them for the great music and light show that kept everyone on their feet for the night. Thanks also to the U14 parents for their excellent management of the event, from the dads on the gate and door, to the mums in the refreshment and cloakrooms, well done. The U14 girls would like to thank the other Cuala teams for coming along and supporting the night. They are looking forward to the next one! Lá Fhéile Pádraig Cuala Family Céilí will take in the club on Wednesday 17th March next 7pm-9pm. This is a great night for all the family – admission €12 per family. Refreshments served. Interval display by our own Cuala Irish dancers. Everyone welcome, from grandparents to newborns, no experience necessary, so pass the word.Poster attached for your teams and school notice boards. If anyone would like to help on the night contact Eileen Quill 087-2241032. Dreading the Easter Break long suffering parents?. Have no fear – Cuala Easter Camps will run from Monday 29th March – Thurs 1st April for Football and Tues 6th April – Fri 9th April for Hurling. Cost €30 for 1 week or €50 for 2 weeks. 4 hours a day, running 10am – 2pm.What Value!! Camps are open to Boys and Girls in 3 groups, Academy & U8s, U9-U12, U13-U15s. All 2010 Feile players are asked to attend. Flyers too big to attach here but will be on website shortly. U/13 Blue team finished off their Cup campaign with a win over S. John’s Ballinteer. The Red team were put through their paces by willie Braine. First Hurling League match takes place this weekend, so best of luck to all. Combined U/14 and U/13 Football also have their inaugural outing this weekend Hard luck to the Adult senior footballers who went down largely due to two late goals against Naomh Mearnog after a strong first half performance. Best wishes to captain for 2010 John Sheanon who received a nasty facial injury during the match and was a huge loss when he was unable to continue Best of luck to the Luke Keating and the Dublin Under 21 footballers who play Louth in Leinster championship, and also to Michael Fitzsimons who lines out for the Dublin seniors up in Mayo in the 3rd round of the NFL moving from corner back to his usual spot at full back for this match. In case you missed the piece about the new manager of the Cuala senior hurling team in the Herald last week. http://www.herald.ie/sport/hurling/cuala-manager-creates-a-buzz-2075402.html The adult hurling section are holding a table quiz on friday the 12 th March in the bar in cuala. all support welcome. Congratulations to Sean Barron on making the final cut for the Minor Dublin Hurling Panel Senior Hurlers play challenge game against Ballinteer on Saturday morning at 9am in UCD and their 2nd Boland Cup game away to Crumlin on Sunday morning with another early throw-in of 10.30am . See below promotion from Killiney Castle Hotel. If you have friends / relatives coming to stay then this could be just what you are looking for. Its a special offer for Cuala Members, 2 nights B+B for 2 people for €100. Please see attached.

25 Feb 2010Another great win in Nemo – and more silver ware for Cuala, read on:Pride of place goes to the Cuala U14 boys who won the prestigious Mick O’Brien tournament in Nemo Rangers last weekend for a record 4th time and in some style. The lads had a great weekend, firstly meeting Cork dual star Eoin Cadogan before going on to beat Austin Stacks comfortably in their first game. In fairness to Stacks it was their second game in the space of 2 hours and Cuala suffered the same fate in their second match losing to Valley Rovers by 2 points in a thriller. Points difference saw us into the A- final against none other than St Vincents of Dublin who had beaten both Nemo Rangers and the Gaelteacht of Kerry in their group. To make it interesting, St. Vincents had demolished Cuala on the prior Thursday in a league fixture. So game on. However a thrilling final saw Cuala literally stun Vincents with power,skill and a just few tactics and our lads were 9 points up before Vincents registered a score. It only got better, with Cuala powering on in the second half and we could afford to miss some gilt-edged goal chances before running out winners 5-05 to 0-11. A great day out and pictures of the team and proud captain Donal Lane with Colin Corkery attached below. A fantastic weekend and the the boys were a credit to their club and to their families.Well done to mentors John Twomey, Declan Schutte, Kevina Malone,Frank Wolahan and yours truly. The U14 girls will host their Feile Fundraising Disco in the Cuala Hall this Friday 26th 8pm. 1st year and 2nd year boys and girls welcome. Tickets €10 available from the team or Eileen Quill on 087-2241032. The girls are putting a huge amount of work into decorating the hall and providing loads of spot prizes and refreshments to ensure this is a great success. Come along and support this latest Cuala event. This Saturday sees the last day of U14 girls cookies sales. We are happy to report that the recipe will be on sale with the cookies this week. The girls say a big thank you to everyone who bought their cookies during the month of February. Many thanks to Peadar O’Cofaigh O Broin, Ewan McGrath, Tom McGee and Oisin McKenna for turning out for the U12s last week to help them make a team. Hard luck to the Colaiste Eoin lads who lost narrowly to CBS Kilkenny in extra-time in the Leinster SHC semi-final on Wednesday last. Lá Fheile Padraig is fast approaching. We are delighted to announce that the Family Ceili will take place in the Cuala Hall on that evening. A fun and energetic way to end your St Patricks Day celebrations. Come along with all the family and friends. Admission €12 per family. Weds 17th March 7pm to 9pm. Ceol agus craic don chlann go léir. Mobile phone found in Thomastown last weekend. If anyone lost it contact Peadar McAdam Many thanks to Trevor Patton & Pat Keaney of the Patton Flier for their sponsorship of the U21 Hurling Team. Hopefully we can have our day out. Does the Patton Flier go past Parnell Park? Best wishes to caretaker Gerry Wildes who had an nasty fall and broke his pelvis last weekend. We hope you are recovering well Gerry.

18 Feb 2010Things are starting to pick up as the leagues get into full force.The inaugural Feile Fundraising Disco will take place Friday 26th February next, hosted by the U14 girls team. Great night assured with live DJ, spot prizes and refreshments. Venue Cuala GAA Hall, Dalkey. Time 8pm – 11pm. The disco is for 1st year and 2nd year boys and girls only. Tickets Eur10 are now available from Eileen Quill U14 mentor (087-2241032). Please support the U14 girls in their Feile fundraising efforts. Great wins last week for the U12 Lions, Cougars and Leopards. The Lions face Kilmacud Crokes on Saturday as they continue their defence of the Southside A Cup. The Cougars now sit on top of their B Cup qualifying group and face fellow unbeaten challengers Templeogue Synge Street. The Leopards travel to Good Counsel while the Jaguars are at home to Naomh Olafs 2. The now famous Academy Fun Fashion Show will be held in Fitzpatricks Castle Hotel on the 24th April 2010, tickets cost €30. Contact Breege English 086 1538 164 to book tickets. More details to follow in the coming weeks. The Easter school of excellence will soon be posted on the website. This is an excellent camp for teenage players to develop skills so watch out for details. The U14s are down in Nemo this weekend for the annual Mick O’Brien tournament and will have their work cut out for them. The County Board are clamping down on all forms of aggressive behaviour and abuse from the sidelines. Generally those who know the game know the difference between strong support and stepping over the line. If you encounter any behaviour from opposition teams which you feel is unacceptable, bring it to the attention of the opposition mentor and the referee at the end of the game and report it back to either Rob Hartnett or Stephen Connolly. Where it is felt merited we will lodge an official report with the County Board. The flip side of this is that other clubs will take similar actions. If you feel that a parent or a mentor of any of the Cuala teams is overstepping the mark, do not be afraid to make your view known. This is underage sport, being refereed by young guys who are making their way in the world. Adults should behave like adults. Best of luck to Oisin Gough and David Treacy who are named in Dublin Senior Hurling side to face Waterford in the 1st round of National Hurling League this Sunday! See the full details of the team here http://www.hill16.ie/viewstoryhill16.asp?id=12123&mainheading=Word+on+The+Hill&viewstory=yes Well done to Conor Gough who has been called up to Dublin U21 squad. THe U21 Dublin final will now be delayed while an investigation is conducted into the other abandoned semi-final. Adult hurling matches begin next Sunday with 1st and 2nd teams both playing Faughs in Cup games in Shankill at 12.30pm Last call for Annual Subs for 2010 please.

12 Feb 2010The Juvenile girls teams are now getting back into full swing for the new year. The 1998s (U12s) recorded a great win against Naomh Olafs in camogie last weekend and the 1996s (U14s) play their first games of the year this weekend against Kilmacud Crokes in camogie on Saturday and Foxrock Cabinteely in football on Sunday, both games in Meadowvale. Despite the two games, the 1996 girls aren’t taking a break from their Feile fund raising however so please continue your great support for their cookie sales on Saturdays. Your support to date is much appreciated. Well done to the U14s who had a strong win against arch-rivals Lucan in Division 1 football. After a slow start the lads went on a devastating run and ended up with 7 goals, winning by 11.
Well done to Michael Fitzsimons on making the Dublin Football team to play Derry on Sunday. After his display in the U21 county final against Crokes it was a no-brainer Mr.Gilroy! Match is on Saturday night in Parnell Park. Check this link for details http://www.hill16.ie/viewstoryhill16.asp?id=12097&mainheading=Word+on+The+Hill&viewstory=yes
Speaking of U21s – as some of you will have heard – there is no U21 hurling final this weekend. The other semi-final match between Na Fianna and Craobh Chiaráin had to be abandoned last Saturday as a result of a large altercation. An investigation is underway and we await the outcome. It is likely to be several weeks.
We wish Billy Boland – father to Liam – a speed recovery from a recent illness.
Music sessions continue in the bar on Saturday nights.
Lastly a not so pleasant bit of new. Cuala patrons are asked to please respect the property and neighbours around Cuala. A scene of devastation was evident last Sunday around Cuala, with broken bottles and cans everywhere. Irrespective of the mess, this kind of behaviour is just not socially acceptable. Folks this is our club, we wouldnt let it happen outside our own front doors.

4 February 2010Well now it is official – our U21 hurlers are in the County Final after they outplayed a fancied Ballyboden outfit in an absolutely absorbing contest. Our lads showed real mettle to pull through by the minimum margin. It was a heroic performance all over the field. The Cuala backline just refused to buckle under the intense efforts of a much-vaunted Ballyboden forward-line. The Cuala forwards scored some inspirational scores ending up at 2-9 to 1-11.Not a bad return from a cold and windy day in Hyde Park. Great article in the Herald and links here to some of the pics. Chris LynamBP DonnellyWell done lads – just one more step to take.
The girls juvenile section are slowly coming back to life with the U12s playing the first game of the year last weekend in football against a very strong Ballyboden outfit. The U12s are in action again this Saturday in camogie against Naomh Olafs in Meadowvale at 11.30am. All other girls juvenile teams are back in full training – see the girls calendar for full details www.calendarwiz.com/cualagirls. Many thanks to all who supported the U14 girls cookie and tea/coffee Feile fundraiser last weekend. The girls will be out again in force this Saturday.
Cuala U/13’s. Our “Blue” football team scored a good win over Raheny in Division 2 last Saturday, winning by five points. Unfortunately, our “Red” team suffered a heavy defeat in Division 6 to a very strong St. Finians side from Swords. Both teams are out again this Saturday, with the “Blues” togging out against Lucan in Thomastown at 15.00hrs and the “Reds” playing O Tooles at Kilmore at 15.00hrs.
Congratulations to the U12 Lions who got their defence of the Southside A Cup off to a flying start with a 5-08 to 1-05 victory of Kilmacud Crokes 1 at Clonkeen. The Cougars go off to a cracking start in the B Cup scoring 7-11 against Geraldine Morans.
Congratulations to John Dillon and his wife who had a new baby boy. Rumour has it ohn’s already preparing to manage the 2015 Academy?
We would like to extend our condolences to the Goodwin family on the death of Mary Hughes, Anne’s mother and mother-in-law to Michael.
Also belated condolences to the Scollard family of the death of John Scollard.
Friday, 16th April promises to be a big day! The inaugural staging of ‘The Mick Holden Memorial Golf Classic’ will take place at Woodbrook Golf Club. It will be a great occasion for old friends to meet and to remember Mick Holden, a great sportsman and our dear friend. Attachment has the details but in summary we are seeking participants and sponsors for the day. Participants can help by providing a team of four persons at a cost of €300 (including meals and excellent prizes!). Hole sponsorship is available at a cost of €100 per hole. Non-golfers can join and enjoy the celebrations at meal time at cost of €200 for 4 persons (or €50 a head). This represents great value and all net proceeds will support the development of Adult Hurling in the club. Your support for this event is deeply appreciated.
Lastly big thanks to all the Ladies who provided tea, coffee and cakes after the U21 Semi-Final last week for both sets of supporters. They were absolutely lovely and the cakes weren’t bad either!

28 Jan 2010Annual Subscriptions (& Team Fees) are now due for 2010. All Players, Managers & Mentors are reminded to get your paperwork together and keep on the right side of your local Registrar.
The AGM Re-convention is set for Friday – Coiste will be aking the meeting to approve a further deferrment – see cualagaa.ie/Constitution/agm
On Saturday, the Adult Footballers are holding a Table Quiz in the Clubhouse 8.30 for 9:00. This is to raise much-needed funds to kick-start the season so why not go along on the night and bring a team, it’s just € 40 for a table of four. If you cant arrange a team come along anyway and you’ll be matched with a team on the night. And if you would like to have your business associated with such a popular and clever gig, why not sponsor a round – a quiz Round, that is for a mere €100. Paddy Murdock (087 9196758) will be delighted to hear from you. If you cant make it on the night – you can still be highly-regarded as a Friend of Cuala Football if you offer a spot prize for the inevitable raffle. but most of all, we’d love to ee you there.
Our U21 Hurlers resume their quest championship glory on Sunday. The Semi-final against Ballyboden St Endas is set for Hyde Park at 11:00. Winners will play Lucan Sarsfields or Na Fianna. Time to get the Cuala colours unfurled and don those hats.
Forget those New Year diets – there’s Cookies about. The ever-enterprising U14 Girls have come up with a tasty fundraising idea for their Feile year. Each Saturday in Jan and Feb (before their match season resumes) the girls will visit all Cuala Juvenile and Academy training sessions to sell fresh, homemade, healthy cookies – Oatmeal, Choc Chip, Raisin – the works. Cookies are priced at 50 cent ea or packs of 4 for €1.50. So please bring along 50 cent to training this week to support these enterprising and enthusiastic girls.
The Juvenile Boys get going after the winter break this weekend so Good Luck to all our U11, U12, U13, U14, U15 and U16 footballers. And the Mentors shake-off the dust too – there’ll be a full meeting of the Juvenile Boys Committee on Tuesday evening, February 2nd at 21:15 in the Committee Room.
The Minor Footballers are already out there – their season kicked-off last Sunday with a very competitive game in Belfield against Crokes who had a narrow one point win. Castleknock is next with a home fixture on Saturday at 2.30 in Shankhill. Then its the turn of the Minor Hurlers who play Clontarf on Sunday in Clontarf. We hear that the minor panel both hurlers and footballers have been training since early November 3 times a week and the turn-out has been exceptional so prospects look good for the coming season. All the best in your games lads.
21 Jan 2010Its prep-time of the year as we prepare for the season ahead : The Academy are short helmets, likewise so is the SSIP and Schools Coaching. Could we ask members/players who are finished with their helmets to donate them to the Academy and Cuala Coaching as players may already have replaced their helmets and their old ones maybe lying around the garage. Anyone wishing to do so could drop the helmet down to the Academy any Saturday morning from 9.15 to 11am and please make it known to Colman, Willie Braine, Adrian Dunne or Breege English. Cuala Coaching would like to encourage any team from U8 – 12, and U13 to U16 please consider having an age group workshop or training assessment. This is not a test. Ken and Willie have recently completed a Diploma in Coach the Coach’s and have the most up to date fun/small & conditioned games from the likes of Paudie Butler (Hurling) and John Morrisson (Football) that they would love to pass onto all age groups and the best way to do this is by age group workshops. This would also be an opportunity to prepare and plan a six week programme offering some new ideas and variety to the your sessions. The recently released Cuala Coaching CD has over 300 fun/conditioned games as well as 80 hurling and football skill cards. If you would like a copy of the CD please inform your academy rep before next Tues’s Juv meeting or email williebraine@eircom.net and I will leave a copy in the bar. We would like to remind all patrons, adults and juveniles that players need to be registered asap in order to be covered for games and training. If you are going to register then please do it now. Otherwise mentors spend ages chasing around trying to get the paperwork done and to be honest its a waste of everyone’s time. Forms are on the cuala website – it couldnt be easier. Cuala U21 hurlers are in the Championship semi-final Saturday week 30th 2:30pm against BallyBoden. Fixture set for Shankill but watch out for venue switches. This is a big one and we need all the Cuala supporters out in force. There will be a quiz night Sat week 30th in the Hall in aid of Adult Football. Most of you will have seen the notice .re the AGM on the website. I won’t repeat the notice here so please check out the website for details.

14 Jan 2010Thanks to all who made last Saturday such a success – the Coaching conference, registration and Micko at the Academy. It was a very enjoyable day with a big crowd – and a few inches of snow too! In case you missed it we got a double page spread in the Herald last Tuesday. Here is the link : http://www.herald.ie/sport/the-dubs/cuala-claim-capital-gain-2009910.html Well done to all those who braved the weather last week to attend the juvenile registration and the coaching conference. Those who did not make it to register must fill out their forms and return them with payment either to their team mentors at training this weekend or next week or in person at a second registration morning provisionally scheduled for Saturday morning, January 23rd. Any Juvenile players who have failed to register with the club, and through us with the Dublin County Board will not be eligible to play or train with the club from Saturday January 30th so please make every effort to get this done as swiftly as possible. Thank to all participants of the Cuala Coaching Conference that came out in the bad weather, we hope you gained some knowledge from the conference. We would like to thank Angela O’Sullivan, Ciaran Muldowney and Mick Brennan for their excellent presentations. The presentations will be on the Cuala Coaching Website very soon. The Coaching Department aim to fulfill the requirements of the Cuala Mentors but if there are any areas that were not covered or you would like assistance with, or should be considered for next year please email williebraine@eircom.net. The Cuala Coaching CD was launched at the conference and Willie Braine will be making a presentation of how to use the Coaching CD at the next Academy and Juvenile meeting, with a copy for all. For all you energised coaches after the Christmas break there is a suggested Winter Training Prog for ages 12 to 16 on the CD that individuals or teams could consider. All the skills cards you need and reams of conditioned/fun games are there to help design your coaching sessions, as well as a session template/example and a section on how to plan your session. Plus a 5min video on the IDEA method of coaching. The finalised Cuala Player Pathway is the bible for Cuala success so when planning your sessions have a quick look to see what you should be coaching your teams. The Lucena Foundation are holding an information evening for parents “Getting in,Getting along. Social Skills for Primary School Children: Top Tips for Parents” , Tuesday, 26th January 2010 @ 7.00 p.m, Lucena Clinic, 59 Orwell Road, Rathgar, Dublin, 6. This event will be facilitated by the Speech & Language Team of Lucena Clinic. Music session in the bar this Saturday 9:30 till late- all welcome.