For many of us in Cuala  community and belonging are where we get to live what we value in life.

The magic ingredient is of course the people and especially the key people, the doers, the makers, the connectors.

It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the death of one of our great leaders today.

Joanne Wylde passed away in her home this morning after a period of illness.

Funeral details are now published  below.

Joanne was in the loving care of her husband Declan and their children Kevin, Mikey, Sinéad and Róisín. The epitome of a Cuala family, where Joanne was at the helm. Often late but always there! Joanne served us as Cuala’s Child Safeguarding Officer for many years, an onerous task she carried without fuss. One evening Joanne arrived to the Coiste with a fundraising idea…The Oscars. The joy and fun it brought to so many could not be measured. It was Joanne who was instrumental in the Transition Year experience in UCD becoming ‘a thing’ for TY students from various GAA Clubs in Dublin. The Cuala All Stars would not exist but for the vision of Joanne. Like us all Joanne cared and then Joanne did something about it. She was a visionary and ‘a doer’. Indeed her vision for the future of Cuala is embedded in the new plans for Hyde Park. Last Christmas Joanne led a few Cuala people into a city centre shelter for the men who had fallen through the cracks. Laden down with gifts from Cuala members to be opened on Christmas morning in a place with glimmers of hope and volumes of compassion. Joanne sat, listened and learned. Unhurried by the fact that her car was abandoned outside on double yellow lines! Joanne focussed on far bigger issues. These are but a few of the places Joanne left her mark in Cuala, not that you would know because she was never the voice, never at the front. Joanne was at the back watching out for those who needed watching out for. Watching out for us, you and me.

For Joanne’s real testimony is in how she connected with people.

Authentic, caring and life loving.

‘Are we so lucky to live where we do’ was a phrase Joanne often repeated. And we are, and in Cuala we were blessed to have Joanne in our lives.

We offer our deepest sympathies to Declan, Kevin, Mikey, Sinéad and Róisín.

And to Joanne our deepest gratitudes.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Due to government advice regarding public gatherings, a private funeral will take place this Saturday, January 2nd at 10 am at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour, Foxrock, followed by interment at Shanganagh Cemetery, Shankill.

Click here to view the Funeral Mass live. 


  1. Cousin Niall and family in Portsalon says:

    We were so saddened to hear that Joanne’s battle came to an end but comforted by the great words left by those that knew her so well in the
    Community and we are so proud of the work that she done in the community and the support she was to Declan and the kids. You were blessed to be brought up by such great parents. May she live long in your hearts and minds. Cousin Niall and family in Portsalon

  2. Fenlon Family says:

    Fenlon family

    Sincere and heartfelt condolences to Sinead and Declan Wylde and the rest of the Wlyde family on the loss of Joanne. She was a wonderful mother and a great woman. Michael, Siobhan. Loren and Ella

  3. Anonymous says:

    Joanne was a one in a million friend. A rock of sense and wisdom with a calm and kind presence. Capable at everything she put her hand to. So encouraging to all the 2006 cuala girls and especially the tentative children. Always taking snaps of the girls at the matches and posting praise for the girls at the matches on the whats app group. All of Joanne’s positivity will continue in the girls group and in Joanne’s children who are a credit to her and Declan. Rest in Peace Joanne

  4. Barry Burke says:

    Barry Burke

    My condolences to all of Joannes family and everyone in the Cuala family. Joanne was a fantastic person to be around and working alongside in many different aspects of the club. She will be greatly missed.

  5. Michael Walsh and family says:

    Michael Walsh and family

    Deepest condolences to Declan and all the Wylde family. Joanne was such a lovely person to work with, her smile and good humour will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

  6. Fr Mike Kelly says:

    I have lost a great /dear friend but Heaven has gained a wonderful new Angel.
    My respects & prayers to her Husband , children, siblings & many friends.
    Sorry I cannot be there with you all for her funeral liturgies.
    May Joanne enjoy her “new life” promised to her at Baptism. AMEN.
    Fr Mike Kelly
    Pontifical College Josephinum
    Columbus, OHIO, USA

  7. The Scollards says:

    Joanne was a beautiful person who kept an eye out for all.Our deepest sympathy to Declan and family.
    The Scollards

  8. Anonymous says:

    To Declan and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Joanne was always good humoured and a pleasure to work with. She was always positive and brought new ideas to the club and its members. She did it all in a kind and thoughtful way and will be sadly missed in and around the club. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this sad time.

  9. Denis Monaghan says:

    Joanne was everything a club member should be. She embodied the true spirit of any volunteer organisation. She was always enthusiastic, positive and eminently sensible. She was taken far too soon from her family and our community. Denis Monaghan

  10. Jim O'Toole says:

    My deepest and most heartfelt sympathy to Declan, Sinead and all the Wylde family. Whether on the sideline or at a committee meeting Joanne was always a gentle and positive influence. Her ready smile, encouragement and appreciation of others will be sadly missed but never forgotten.
    Jim O’Toole

  11. Fióna McKenna says:

    Joanna a chara, you left us too soon but we will always remember your smile and laughter, your energy and enthusiasm for life. Codladh sámh, a bhean álainn.
    Fióna McKenna

  12. A Gaa mother clg Naomh Jude says:

    Heartfelt sympathy to all at CLG Cuala and especially Joanne’s family at the loss of a wonderful woman. She touched so many lives and will be so sadly missed.
    A Gaa mother clg Naomh Jude

  13. Anonymous says:

    Deepest condolences to the family at this difficult time rest in peace

  14. Damian McKeown says:

    Joanne has left a hugh legacy to the Cuala community. She was our Child Welfare Officer and dealt quietly and efficiently with any issues when they arose. When she had an idea, she never let it go until it was actioned. She managed to bring us all along with her…and look forward to the journey. She was instrumental in setting up the Cuala All Stars, who will miss her terribly. The Oskars were her idea, and who can forget Declan’s Best Actor award winning performance. Behind every successful man ……. in this case, behind the successful Wylde family and Cuala there was Joanne.
    Her club, Cuala, will miss her and I will miss her.
    Thank you for being you Joanne.
    Damian McKeown

  15. Anonymous says:

    So sorry for your loss our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this devastating time

  16. Robert Hartnett says:

    Joanne was the kindest and most giving person you could ever hope to meet. We were blessed to have her as a clubmate, but most especially as a friend. She just made everything better and the work she did with her own kids and those of her wider Cuala family was simply brilliant. So many memories, so many ways in which she enriched the world around her, so many tears now for the fact that she has been taken far, far too young. Rob, Elaine, Jack, Rachel, Lucy and Joseph.

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