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Cuala manager creates a buzz

IN Dalkey they are calling it the Cuala coup.

John Henderson has been appointed manager of the club's senior hurlers.

There has been much excitement in the village to greet the arrival of Kilkenny's All-Ireland winning All Star.

His managerial colleagues will include John Treacy and Colmán O Drisceóil.

Treacy, the former Dublin full-back, is also the Cuala chairman.

"It's brilliant news. We are thrilled to have got somebody of John Henderson's calibre," states Treacy.

"The reaction of the players has been very positive. There's a good buzz about the place.

"We have a talented squad. Many of them are on the various Dublin panels and we feel that John's experience can turn that promise into results."

Two of Cuala's best hurlers are Oisín Gough and David Treacy, John's son, who are established members of Anthony Daly's Dublin side.

"There is no shortage of good hurlers coming up through the grades.

"We have some terrific young players, and that's confirmed by us reaching the Dublin U21 Hurling Championship 'A' final.

"We want to translate that progress onto our senior team and John has told the players that hard work is the key," explains Treacy.


Cuala are training four times a week. The sessions include punishing runs up Killiney Hill, a venue used by the Leinster rugby team.

"We'll focus on getting fit. We'll use the Cup to prepare for the League next month and we then hope to make an impact in the Senior Championship.

"We were disappointed with our showing in the Senior Championship in the past few years.

"It's a tough standard. Ballyboden St Enda's have set the marker for us all. There are some very good hurling teams in Dublin now, but we feel we can do better and hopefully now, with John on board, we will.

"Even at this early stage, he's working on the tactics that best suit the team. And you can see what a good communicator he is."

Henderson is a widely respected hurling pundit who helped Kilkenny to All-Ireland gold in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He was a top-class defender. In 1982 Brian Cody was captain.

Henderson is steeped in the hurling craft alongside his famous brothers, Ger and Pat. Pat managed the Cats to All-Ireland glory.

John himself managed the Wicklow hurlers for a spell and he has been very much involved in the progression of Bray Emmets.

He has been living in Bray for years and he has seen at first hand the strides that Dublin hurling has been making.

He was an All Star back (selected at right full-back) in 1983 when icons like Noel Skehan, Tom Cashman, Frank Cummins, John Fenton, Nicky English, Liam Fennelly and Jimmy Barry-Murphy were also selected.