Groundwork puts Cuala in safe hands
Around the time he won three senior championships with Cuala, and kept goal for Dublin, Damien Byrne went on a recruitment drive to schools in the local catchment area. Despite the club's prosperity, manifest in winning a first senior hurling championship in 1989, and two more by 1994, they could tell from their juvenile numbers that they were in trouble. Below the age of 18 the count might be as low as 40 and rarely exceeded 60. They could see the rain coming.