Monday 12 November 2018

Cuala greeted by sea of red and white after two-in-a-row heroics

Left: Local children welcome home the Cuala hurling champions and crowd around Oisín Gough for an autograph at their clubhouse in Dalkey, Dublin. Photos: Steve Humphreys
Left: Local children welcome home the Cuala hurling champions and crowd around Oisín Gough for an autograph at their clubhouse in Dalkey, Dublin. Photos: Steve Humphreys
David Treacy shows the trophy to Millie Daisy McCarthy (3), from Dalkey. Photos: Steve Humphreys

Laura Lynott

Dalkey village was awash with red and white as the all-conquering Cuala team came home after securing the club's second All-Ireland club hurling win in a row.

Children as young as two lined up to meet their heroes after the south Dublin club became only the fifth club to win back-to-back All-Ireland titles.

Mark Schutte, one of the squad's star players, spent the afternoon yesterday signing children's hurls and T-shirts at the clubhouse and basking in glory once again.

"It's days like these that are just amazing for the club," Schutte said. "We've built such fantastic community spirit with this second win in a row.

"The feel-good factor round the town is brilliant - this is what it's all about.

"We were all like these kids, so hopefully in 20 years' time they will be playing for Cuala too.

"We are a few tired bodies though and we had a few beers to celebrate last night, but we had to come to see all the kids today."

The Dublin side valiantly defended the title against Na Piarsaigh of Limerick in an epic battle which saw them holding a firm grip of the Tommy Moore Cup in Portlaoise.

Star free taker David Treacy said it was "great" to get such a lively homecoming with about 1,000 people turning out to support the team.

"It's been a sweet victory and now we have to sit down and catch up with our friends and family. It's just a great feeling," he told the Irish Independent.

The big draw yesterday at the clubhouse was 'King' Con O'Callaghan - who attracted the biggest crowd of children all keen to seal his autograph and grab a selfie. "It's great to come down to the club and see all this support," he said, grinning from ear to ear.

"I'm not thinking too far ahead because I just want to take this in right now and enjoy it. But just look at this, it's amazing - there is no better feeling.

"Today is a great day for the club and for everyone in the community."

Irish Independent

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