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Friday 28 April 2017

'Of course we're going to win', say Cuala's biggest little fans

Cuala fans from Scoil Lorcain
Cuala fans from Scoil Lorcain

All-Ireland hurlers don't come from nowhere, and Scoil Lorcain has been producing them for years.

The Dublin school has nine players on the Cuala GAA club's senior hurling team, which has made it to the All-Ireland final on St Patrick's Day. Principal Colman O'Drisceoil was on the Cuala GAA team 30 years ago, when they won three senior hurling championships in Dublin in 1989, 1991 and 1993.

"I got lucky enough to play with Cuala and got lucky enough to play with a very good team that just came together at the right time, and a good manager came. Just like nowadays, although they're 100 times better than we were," he said.

He added the success of the team gave him added confidence and kept him playing.

Excited

"It's a very big thing in the school because of my interest and the interest of a lot of other teachers, and a lot of the children play with Cuala," he said.

The majority of the children from the Gaelscoil, where the Irish language is the one thing more important than GAA, are looking forward to the big match. Many of them also play for the Dalkey-based club.

Conor Dowling (12) said: "I play for Cuala and it's really good to see them get into the final. We're just really excited. I know a few of the players because my brothers are friends with them."

Mark Grant (11) is confident of success, and said: "I can't wait to go to the match. Of course we're going to win."

Many of the girls also play camogie.

"I play midfield. It's just really fun and it's fast. I'm looking forward to going to the match because all my friends are going to be there and it's going to be really fun," said Albha Hoggett (11).

Sylvia Breathnach has three children at the school who are part of the club: Saoirse (11), Oscar (9) and Lochlann (6).

Originally from England, she regularly helps with lifts for the children and is one of Cuala's biggest fans.

"It creates an incredible sense of belonging , particularly for someone who isn't Irish," she said. "All the people involved with Cuala tend to be very selfless."

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