FIFTY years of gaelic games was acknowledged at a celebratory function by Cullen GAA in the Dromhall Hotel, Killarney on Saturday night.
When the Duhallow Board was set up in 1933, a GAA Club was formed in Cullen, the first President was Dr. Pat O'Callaghan, who twice won Olympic gold medals. Success came early to the club on capturing Duhallow Junior Football titles in 1936 and 1939.
During the war years, Cullen GAA fell into decline. However in 1959, Cullen GAA to re-establish itself as a dynamic outlet within its community. At times, success has been lean but with excellent playing facilities and a flourishing juvenile structure, the fortunes of Cullen GAA came on leaps and bounds.
Current chairman Dan Dennehy explained the second coming of Cullen GAA stemmed from a Vocational School in the Village, one of the teachers had three All-Ireland medals with Cork.
A meeting was called and officers elected were chairman Roger Kiely (RIP), secretary Brendan Murphy and treasurer Con Hickey (RIP).
"Thanks are extended to our special guest Seán Cooney for his foresight in re-organising Cullen which has been the source of great enjoyment and celebration throughout the past half century. Its very easy to keep the club going through the good years and great credit must go to those who remained behind the club in lean times.
Seán Cooney thanked the club for the invitation to the function and recalled the exciting times of his tenure in Cullen and the initiating of the club with Brendan Murphy as secretary.
During the past season, Cullen enjoyed successes on the playing fields, regaining the Junior A Football League (Ducon Cup) for the first time since 1967. And for good measure, Cullen added a Minor C League and Championship double in addition to securing a Junior B Football League title.
Cullen sampled success in under-14/16 at juvenile level with a Scór na nÓg Novelty Act capturing a county title for the first time and reaching a Munster final.
A series of presentation of medals followed to the successful teams. And one significant presentation saw secretary Diarmuid O'Connell pay tribute to club colleagues Gerard O'Leary, Andrew O'Sullivan and DJ Collins for rendering him medical attention on a sudden illness during a game in Castlemagner.