The Academy had a surprise visitor on Monday evening when a certain gentleman in a big red coat with a long white beard made an appearance. There was a lot of excitement when he pulled into the car park and waved to all the players in the middle of their training session.

Santa had a his own grotto setup nearby with all the usual niceties – multi coloured lights, decorations, Christmas Tree and even the warm glow of a fire. In turn, each squad visited the grotto with each player having an opportunity to meet and talk with Santa, have their photo taken and receive a small gift afterwards. 

It was a party atmosphere, with tea and hot chocolate for parents and younger brothers and sisters joining in the fun.


The club would like to thank all who helped out – Reamonn and his crew of helpers too many to mention, Super Valu for their kind assistance, the Men’s Shed for use of their premises and of course to Santa himself who is busy getting ready for his big trip in just a short few days.


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Happy Christmas to All from CUFC