With the Ladies All-Ireland Football final on this Sunday Cuala would like to take this opportunity to focus on the outstanding skill and commitment of females in Gaelic games.  Sadly, they are often over shadowed by their male counter parts. This Sunday is an unfortunate example, with our senior hurlers playing their championship ¼ final at the same moment the Dublin Ladies will be lining out against Cork in the All-Ireland Final.

The Ladies give a lot of time, dedication and hard work to compete at this level. That work has borne fruit for the girls in blue, being the only Dublin Senior side to reach an All-Ireland Final this year.

Cuala’s Martha Byrne has been a key player in the Dublin squad this season, starting every game up to the final.  She will also have the honour of being the first Cuala lady to be part of a Senior Dublin squad participating in an All-Ireland Final. And Martha is not the only Cuala Lady making an impact at county level. This year Cuala were lucky to have two players, Caitriona Murphy and Martha Byrne, on the All-Ireland winning Dublin U21 team.

Anyone who knows Martha will say how hard she works, and deserves to be there.  She is an outstanding player with the right attitude and focus; a true role model for our younger players and a great Club servant. We can be truly proud to have Martha and many others with such a high profile in our club.

This weekend our Club is smiling, and we wish Martha and Dublin Ladies the very best of luck.  Cuala would also like to encourage everyone to try and attend the final on Sunday, hopefully Dublin will be crowned champions and Martha will bring the first Ladies football All Ireland Medal to Cuala.

Declan Murray