Weekly Club News
Thu, May 03, 2018 Club News May 3rd 2018
St Catherines GAA
First round victory for intermediate hurlers
Intermediate hurling championship first round also intermediate hurling league - div4 rd11
St Catherines 1-17 Grenagh 0-15
Reigning county junior champions St Catherines are over the first hurdle, surviving the challenge of Grenagh in this intermediate hurling championship first round tie, when played in good conditions at Kilavullen on Sunday afternoon last.
Little or nothing was keeping two evenly matched teams apart. Together on three occasions through the opening ten minutes as the Saints were assuming some semblance of control. Shane O’Brien was accurate from the frees. As man of the match in last year’s divisional junior hurling final as a corner back, Philip Keane, now up in the forwards found the space and charged through for a skilfully taken point and a lead of 0-08 to 0-03 to nineteen minutes. Conor Kearney and Conor Hegarty also found the target. Ex intercounty star Tom Kenny pointed twice for the opposition from full forward with the lead standing in Catherines favour on a half-time scoreline of 0-10 to 0-06.
Sean Bourke, a county minor, with Shane O’Brien in 2013 and 2014 was now causing problems up front. Allied to a quartet of points from Seamus Cronin at wing forward, divided evenly between frees and general play and Grenagh had whittled down the deficit to a manageable one point at 0-14 to 0-13 when Catherines captain Daniel Mangan had the physical strength to force his way through for the game’s only goal and match defining score. Making it 1-14 to 0-13 to forty-eight minutes. Grenagh were off target from a late free and keeper Ed Aherne was fouled emerging with the sliotar right on time. So, the Saints book a place in the third round should be on around the end of July. While Grenagh will now be up against the losers of Mayfield and St Finbarrs in round two. A further boost from the Saints is that last Sunday’s encounter doubled as a league match. Thus bringing the tally now to six points from four matches played.
St Catherines scorers: S O’Brien (0-07 frees), D Mangan (1-03), B Mulcahy and P Keane (0-02 each), C Kearney, C Hegarty and B O’Brien (0-01 each).
Grenagh scorers: S Cronin (0-02 frees) (0-04), S Bourke (0-01 free)(0-03), T Kenny and A O’Neill (0-02 each), P Barry Murphy, A Duggan, P McSweeney and K Cummins (0-01 each).
St Catherines team: E Aherne, E Wallace, S Morris, K Neville, C Hegarty, L O’Connor, J Neville, C Kearney, S O’Brien, S Cotter, D Mangan (captain), R Galvin, Rd Galvin, B Mulcahy and P Keane.
Sub: B O’Brien for Rd Galvin (38’).
Referee: Dave O’Farrell Jnr. (Ballygiblin).
Juvenile programme of matches
Rebel Óg East U16 B1 hurling league round four
St Catherines 3-14
Tracton 2-11
Carraig na bhFear game aside which was rained off and St Catherines maintained their thus far unbeaten run with a well-earned victory over a dogged Tracton challenge, when this round four U16 B1 hurling league tie was played in sunny conditions at Ballynoe on Sunday morning last.
U14 player Kyle Wallace was in irrepressible goal scoring form. Two of his trio of goals keeping the Saints to a 2-06 t0 1-02 half time lead, Completing his hat trick just at the end of the third quarter. A psychologically crucial time with Tracton mainly through Mark Byrne, their best player, still very competitive. Harry Draper and Kevin Barry also figured strongly in the scoring stakes.
Scorers: K Wallace (3-01), K Barry and H Draper (0-04 frees), (0-06 each) and C O’Brien (0-01).
St Catherines team: C Roberts, C England, E O’Riordan, C Bryan, J O’Keeffe, C O’Brien, D Galvin, J McGuckian, K Barry, J Hayes, H Draper, W Leamy, C Dineen, G O’Brien, K Wallace. Subs: J Duncan and T Hartnett for C Bryan and C Dineen (both second half), E Philpott for C Roberts (49’), F O’Connell for J McGuckian (50’), G Leahy for K Wallace (54), C Bryan for E O’Riordan (56’).
Referee: James Hennessy (Kiltha Óg).
Rebel Óg East U16 B1 hurling league round three
Aghada 1-13 St Catherines 3-12
An even enough affair for the major part as the contest was progressing with the home team just edging it at 0-07 to 0-06 to the break and again at 1-09 to 0-11 to forty-three minutes. Conall Rooney and Michael Stafford were prominent for the opposition in a thus far evenly fought U16 B1 hurling league tie played Rostellan on Monday evening April 23 last. Indeed, both teams were locked in deadlock on eight occasions, Harry Draper largely on top for the Saints scoring stakes. But all that was about to change with the Saints rattling off a three-goal surge in a glorious four-minute spell.
James Hayes with the first following a thunderous strike. Replacement Gearoid O’Brien quickly added a second. With another substitute Kyle Wallace drilling in a third to which he added a trio of points all from play. Establishing a 3-12 to 1-13 win for Saints against on Aghada outfit who had a proficient free taken in Eoin Motherway.
Scorers: H Draper (0-05 frees)(0-07), K Wallace (1-03), J Hayes and G O’Brien (1-00 each), K Barry and G England (0-01 each).
St Catherines team: C Roberts, J Duncan, M Geary, J O’Keeffe, C England, J McGuckian, D Galvin, G England, K Barry, J Hayes, H Draper, C Dineen, W McAuliffe, T Hartnett and W Leamy.
Subs: K Wallace and G O’Brien for W McAuliffe and T Hartnett (both second half).
C Bryan for C Dineen (49’), E Philpott for C Roberts (51’) and G Leahy for W Leamy (52’).
Referee: James Hennessy (Kiltha Óg).
Rebel Óg East U14 B1 football league round four
St Catherines 1-07 Whitechurch 0-05
St Catherines just did enough in seeing off the tenacious challenge of Whitechurch in this rearranged U14 B1 football league tie when played in cold, windy and frequently showery conditions at Ballynoe on Wednesday evening, April 25 last.
Gearoid O’Brien lead the line well scoring six points from play, including all first half scores. As the Saints forged their way into a half time lead of 0-04 to 0-01 against a Whitechurch outfit who had prominent players in Rory O’Connell and Luke Hall.
A few minor positional switches ensued on the turnover with Stephen Cotter in a direct exchange with William O’Driscoll now playing out the field and rewarded with the next score when pointing a close in free. The game’s defining moment unfolding when the always hardworking Ben O’Connor crashed in the only goal and match winning score setting up a lead of 1-05 to 0-01 right at the end of third quarter against visibly improving opposition who had reduced the margin to 1-05 to 0-05, just one kick of a football to fifty-three minutes, Staunch Darragh Morrison and Oisín Fitzgerald defending required. Siege lifted the games last two scores followed. Speedy recovery to Joe Dennehy, Whitechurch player injured during the match. Catherines tally now four points from as many league matches played. Emerging from an even divide of two wins and a duo of losses.
Scorers: G O’Brien (0-06), B O’Connor (1-00) and S Cotter (0-01 free).
St Catherines team: Stephen Cotter, K Kelleher, D Morrison, J Mulcahy, N Sheehan, S O’Donoghue, O Fitzgerald, F O’Connell, B O’Connor, C McAuliffe, G O’Brien, A O’Donnell, W O’Driscoll, K O’Donoghue, J O’Callaghan. Subs: C Sheehan for C McAuliffe (second half), C Pietropaolo for N Sheehan (51’), Shane Cotter for Stephen Cotter (53’).
Referee: Paudi Kearney (Glenbower Rovers).
Next on your juvenile fixture list
Saturday, May 5 at Ballyhooly Peil na nÓg qualifiers. Saturday, May 5 U12 A football league v Ballinora (away) at 3pm. Monday, May 7 Peil na nÓg semi-finals and finals.
Venue will be confirmed as week advances. Monday, May 7 Coiste na nÓg U13 premier two hurling league found four v Kiltha Óg (away) at 7pm.
Congratulations to the Rebelettes
Level at half-time on a scoreline of 0-08 to 1-05 we congratulate Cork on a marvellous victory over Galway in the All-Ireland minor camogie final played at An Taonach (Nenagh) on Saturday afternoon last. Cork who overcame Kilkenny in one of the earlier rounds which was played in Ballynoe, finished in champions on an end scoreline of 0-18 to 1-11. An extra special day for Catherines players Laura Hayes and Aoife Hurley. With Laura lining out at centre back and Aoife at corner forward. Lucy Wallace was also a member of the champions panel. Congratulations to all on a magnificent achievement.
Sponsors
T~A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherine’s GAA club sponsors. Mulcahy Steel are juvenile club sponsors.
Lotto
Winding up with the results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at The Big Tree, Aghern on Monday night last, April 30. Numbers drawn were 5, 12, 15 and 21. There was no winner of the €14,400 jackpot. The consolation winners on the night were: Paddy Williams c/o Kal’s, Rob Cotter, Ballyclough, Esther Power, Ballynoe, Pat Hurley c/o Kal’s and Riona Morrison, Curraheen, Conna.
It’s a bank holiday so next lotto draw now with a jackpot standing at €14,600 will be held over until Tuesday night coming, May 8 at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna.
Thu, May 10, 2018 Club News May 10th 2018
St Catherines GAA
Focus now reverts to football championship
East Cork Junior Football League Div3 Rd7
Glenville 3-11 St Catherines 2-11
Attention now shifts to this weekend’s divisional junior A football championship. St Catherines meet Fr O’Neills in a first round tie scheduled for Youghal this upcoming weekend. Waiting for either Copper Alley or Magner’s Hill to be confirmed as official venue. Again, the poor weather and earlier than usual start to the hurling wouldn’t have helped preparation. League form has been inconsistent. Beating Russell Rovers in the opening match. Defeats ensued against Castlemartyr and Bride Rovers. A possible challenge game aside and championship preparation was more or less completed with this round seven divisional junior football league division three tie when played in Glenville on Friday evening last.
It was the home team who were making the better start. Although the teams were tied on three occasions through the opening ten minutes weren’t availing of all chances presented when ahead at 0-06 to 0-04 to seventeen minutes. Catherines were level again when Eoin Wallace, without catching the ball, volleyed home the most perfect of goals with an expert finish. Further points followed from Stephen Carr and Dave Wallace who provided the key pass for the goal and although confusion now reigned as to the official score, Catherines were being credited with a 1-06 to 0-07 half time advantage. A few of us would argue that it should have been more.
Colm Molloy was hauled to the ground. Rory Galvin coolly slotted home the resultant penalty kick. Restoring a lead of 2-08 to 1-08 for the visitors to forty-one minutes. Eoin Desmond and Don O’Riordan were the goalscorers and after pointing a brace of close in frees, Paudi Cahill confirmed victory for the home team. Slotting home a penalty kick right at the death. There was no way back from that. Final score in Glenville’s favour standing at 3-11 to 2-11. We wish those involved the very best of luck in the championship match.
Scorers: R Galvin (1-00 penalty) (0-02 frees) (1-03), S Carr (0-03), E Wallace (1-00), P O’Connor and L Kearney (0-02 each) and D Wallace (0-01).
St Catherines team: A Carr, R Condon, J Mulcahy, E Wallace, B Davis, S O’Brien, J Neville, S Cogan, R Galvin, S Carr, P O’Connor, P Roche, D Wallace, C Molloy and L Kearney. Sub: L O’Callaghan McCarthy for C Molloy (45’). Referee: John Kirby (Midleton).
Juvenile Match Report
Coiste na nÓg U13 Premier 2 Hurling League Rd 3
Youghal 4-09 St Catherines 1-12
With the previous brace of fixtures against both Cobh and Aghabullogue falling victims to the poor weather conditions, St Catherines were making their debut in the competition when this round three premier two U13 hurling league tie went ahead on Magners Hill in Youghal on Wednesday evening, May 2nd last. Conditions were in the Saints’ favour and with Kian O’Donoghue and Shane Cotter in point-scoring form were ahead at half-time on a scoreline of 0-10 to 1-03. That deceptively stiffish cold breeze was now helping out the opposition. But when Cathal Sheehan was on hand to crash in the Saints goal and Oisín Fitzgerald quickly followed up with a well taken point parity had been restored at 1-11 to 3-05, now eleven minutes in the second half. Youghal just saw it out that bit stronger.
Scorers: K O’Donoghue (0-04 frees) (0-01- 65) (0-07), C Sheehan (1-00), S Cotter (0-03), C Pietropaolo and O Fitzgerald (0-01).
St Catherines team: J Bryan, K Kelleher, E O’Driscoll, C Dunning, D O’Donovan, S O’Donoghue, O Fitzgerald, N Sheehan, T Barry, C Leamy, K O’Donoghue, C Pietropaolo, S Cotter, C Sheehan and C McAuliffe. Subs: C Hayes for T Barry (second half), G O’Callaghan McCarthy for C McAuliffe (43’), C Feeney for S Cotter (58’). Also on panel: D Murphy and A Bryan. Referee: Mary Byrne Swayne (Fr O’Neills).
Rebel Óg East U16 B1 Football League Rd 2
St Catherines 2-03 Glenville 2-13
Glenville were the better team in this round two Rebel Óg East U16 B1 football league tie when played in dull, overcast, albeit mild conditions at Ballynoe on Thursday evening last. They had built up a lead standing at 1-07 to 0-02 to the break. Extending onto 1-11 to 0-03 to forty-one minutes. When in a few clever moves the Saints were rewarded with a few well-taken scores. Darragh Gavin initiated the move before Harry Draper forced in the first goal on fifty-two minutes. James Hayes was involved before Tom Hartnett crashed in a second shortly afterwards. But with Jack Ryall, Conor Fitzgerald, Gearóid White and Michael O’Driscoll to the fore, the margin was too wide and opposition too good.
Scorers: H Draper and T Hartnett (1-00 each), K Barry (0-01 free) (0-02) and J Hayes (0-01).
St Catherines team: C Roberts, J Duncan, E O’Riordan, C England, J O’Keeffe, J McGuckian, D Galvin, J Hayes, K Barry, C Dinneen, H Draper, W Leamy, W McAuliffe, T Hartnett and K Wallace. Sub: F O’Connell for C Dinneen (second half). Referee: Robert Whelan (Aghada).
Rebel Óg East U12 A Football League Rd 3
Ballinora 2-04 St Catherines 1-04
St Catherines went down to a three point loss in this Rebel Óg East U12 A football league round three tie when played in Ballinora on Saturday afternoon last.
Scorers: J Temple (1-01), S Cotter (0-01 free) (0-02) and C Hayes (0-01).
St Catherines team: J Bryan, G O’Callaghan McCarthy, E O’Driscoll, T Barry, D O’Donovan, C McCarthy, C Pietropaolo, C Leamy, S Cotter, C Hayes, A Bryan, D Murphy and J Temple. Also: G Sheehan, T Dee and S Aherne.
U11 Hurling League
The U11 hurlers recorded a sizeable victory in the league at Glen Rovers on Saturday morning last.
Panel of players: D Turley, J Pratt, C Murray, S Wallace, G Sheehan, J Temple, T Clancy, C O’Driscoll, T Dee, J Pietropaolo, S Aherne and M Kearney.
Peil na nÓg Football Qualifier – Group 2
Following success over host venue Ballycastle Gaels in an earlier round St Catherines lost out to Clyda Rovers in their Peil na nÓg football qualifier decider when played at the excellent Ballyhooly venue on Saturday afternoon last. Clyda had earlier overcome the challenges of Castlelyons and Erins Own. Scores of games St Catherines 7-06 Ballycastle Gaels 0-06. Then Clyda Rovers 2-09 St Catherines 0-04. Outright qualifiers were due to be played on Bank Holiday Monday last. Referees in Ballyhooly were Andrew Dorgan of Watergrasshill and Mark Murphy of Bride Rovers.
Panel of players (In no particular order): Adam O’Donnell, Ben O’Connor, Denis Temple, Fionn O’Connell, Gearóid O’Brien, James O’Callaghan, Ryle Wallace, Stephen Cotter, William O’Driscoll, Kieran Kelleher, Nathan Sheehan, Cathal McAuliffe, Cathal Sheehan, Darragh Morrison, Kian O’Donoghue, Oisín Fitzgerald and Seán O’Donoghue.
Fixtures – Adult Club
Saturday, May 12 at Youghal – Junior A Football Championship First Round v Fr O’Neills at 4pm.
Junior Club Fixture
Friday, May 11 at Ballynoe – Rebel Óg East U12 A Football League Round Four v Whitechurch at 7.15pm.
Camogie
Just to briefly reflect back and Cork’s recent victory over Galway was the Rebels first time to win the All-Ireland minor A camogie championship. Galway have been three times winners of the competition and were the reigning holders. Also, St Catherines player Finola Neville, although injured, was part of the Cork squad that achieved a narrow victory over Westmeath in the recent National league intermediate camogie final played at Freshford in Co Kilkenny.
Condolences
We offer our sympathy to local radio commentator John Cashman on the death of his mother Eileen last weekend. At the removal from Midleton on Saturday evening last met Dungourney referee James Hennessy who was to go in for a brief operation. Well he’s over it. Been in and out and should be back to full fitness in about a month.
Lotto
Being a bank holiday this week’s lotto draw with a jackpot standing at €14,600 was held over until Tuesday night last, May 8th at The Fisherman’s Rest in Conna. Results will be updated shortly.
Sponsors
T ~ A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors. Juvenile club sponsors are Mulcahy Steel.
Thu, May 17, 2018 Club News May 17th 2018
St Catherines GAA
Saints must get through second round if football progress is to be made
Michael O’Connor Motor Factors East Cork Junior A Football Championship First Round
Fr O’Neills 4-14 St Catherines 0-05
It’s the second round or back door for the saints if progress is to be made. Going down to a heavy loss when this East Cork junior A football championship first round tie was played in ideal sunny conditions at Magner’s Hill in Youghal on Saturday evening last.
O’Neills were on top from the start. Completely dominating the opening quarter and were ahead at 1-06 without reply after twenty-two minutes. When the saints were enjoying much more possession. Padraig O’Connor was able to pick out Ed Kenneally for the first point. Rory Galvin added a brace of points including one from a placed ball. Reducing the margin somewhat as the halftime deficit now stood at 1-07 to 0-03.
A good start required on the change of ends. But instead, further goals from Joe Millerick and Jason Hankard for the opposition ensued. Stretching their advantage and almost out of sight. Hopefully a few more players can be available for the next day. While the opening passages of play in the junior B football championship are imminent. St Catherines scorers: R Galvin (0-02 frees) (0-03), E Kenneally and P Keane (0-01 each). Fr O’Neill’s scorers: J Millerick (2-01), E Conway (1-03), J Hankard (1-02), R Hyde (0-03), T Millerick (0-02), R Cullinane, C Broderick and D Dalton (0-01 each).
St Catherine’s team: A Carr, S O’Regan, J Mulcahy, P Ryan, A Long, S O’Brien (captain), J Neville, R Galvin, S Cogan, P Roche, P O’Connor, S Carr, C Kearney, E Kenneally and P Keane.Sub: E Wallace for P Ryan (second half).
Referee: James Daly (Youghal).
Junior football challenge
A junior football challenge played in Ballynoe on Tuesday evening, May 8. First meeting between the teams since opening their respective division three league campaigns when sharing the spoils fifteen months ago. There was little indication a football challenge would pan out as it did. Indeed, both teams struggling for accuracy. Registering a cumulative total of twenty-three wides between them as Castlelyons mainly through Robert Fenton and Ciaran McGann were shading it on a half time scoreline of 0-06 to 1-01. Liam O’Connor was the Catherine’s goalscorer.
An explosive start to the second half with the home team adding five scores in as many minutes following the change of ends. Parity restored on two minutes following the change of ends. Parity restored on two further occasions including at 2-06 to 0-12 to forty-nine minutes when an Alan Fenton hat trick to which Jack Barry added a further goal had the opposition clearly in the affirmative. Goals from Shane Cogan and Shane O’Brien in turn maintained the interest right to the end. A plus factor in that eight different players registered for the saints. But victory for Castlelyons in a junior football challenge refereed by John Kirby of Midleton on an end scoreline of 4-12 to 4-09.
Juvenile match programme
Coiste na nÓg county premier two
U13 hurling league - round four
Kiltha Óg 4-08 St Catherines 0-08
Coming back from this premier two U13 hurling league tie at Castlemartyr on Wednesday evening, May 9 and invariably you toss around in your head what was witnessed. Occasionally and alone with one’s thoughts you can reflect that bit better that when the action is ongoing. Like Cha O’Neill was in charge of the opposition. He was Castlemartyr manager in their county junior hurling winning year of 2014. Likewise Ian O’Connell, on the line with the saints and a county winning manager from last year. Sean Geaney lined out at midfield for Kiltha. His dad Eddie won a county intermediate medal with the saints in 1994. A team that would have included Shane O’Connell and Brian Cotter, along with Ian, U14 selectors this term. So the message to both teams is simple. Listen to your mentors, they know what it’s about but enough of reminiscing.
Kieran Kelleher, Evan O’Driscoll, Sean O’Donoghue and Oisín Fitzgerald were kept busy in repelling opposition attacks. At the other end Cillian O’Callaghan was sharp and focused between the posts. Playing a key role in a 1-05 to 0-03 half time lead for Kiltha. Kian O’Donoghue with a brace of points had the margin down to three points when Kiltha with three goals in nine minutes effectively sealed the issue.
Scorers: K O’Donoghue (0-01 free)(0-03), D Morrison (0-02), C Sheehan, S Cotter and O Fitzgerald (0-01 each).
St Catherine’s team: J Bryan, K Kelleher, E O’Driscoll, C Dunning, D O’Donovan, S O’Donoghue, O Fitzgerald, N Sheehan, C Pietropaolo, C Sheehan, D Morrison, C Leamy, S Cotter, K O’Donoghue, C McAuliffe. Subs: C Hayes for C Leamy (46’), T Barry for C Sheehan (47’), G O’Callaghan McCarthy for K Kelleher (50’), D Murphy for S Cotter (51’), C McCarthy for C Dunning (54’), A Bryan for C McAuliffe (56’).
Referee: Christopher Scanlan (Russell Rovers).
Rebel Óg U12 A football league - round four
St Catherines 1-03 Whitechurch 0-08
Well now the pressure is on. St Catherines would make the start you dream about when at the end of a four man move Dylan Murphy crashed in the lead score and only goal of the contest as early as the second minute in this Rebel Óg east U12 A football league tie played in Ballynoe on Friday evening last. Ciaran Leamy and Shane Cotter added well-earned points in a, thus far, evenly fought league encounter as a lead of 1-03 to 0-04 was established at the interval.
But Whitechurch were better on the change of ends and points from Darragh O’Connell, Jamie Hegarty and Conor O’Brien sealed the win for them on an end scoreline of 0-08 to 1-03. That’s just one win in four for the saints who now face a trip to Crosshaven. Up to Fort Camden venue for the popular TV show ‘Ireland’s Fittest Family’. The it’s the visit of Macroom to Ballynoe.
Scorers: D Murphy (1-00), C Leamy (0-01 free) (0-02) and S Cotter (0-01).
St Catherine’s team: J Bryan, T Barry, C Dunning, S Cotter, E O’Driscoll, A Bryan, D O’Donovan, C Hayes, G Sheehan, C Pietropaolo, C Leamy, D Murphy and J Temple. Subs: J Hickey for A Bryan (36’). S Wallace for G Sheehan (46’).
Referee: Jamie Lane (Kiltha Óg).
Fixture
Monday, May 21 at Ballynoe, junior hurling league Div2 rd7 v Midleton at 7.30pm.
Cork teams
Well it’s back. It started in Tullamore on Saturday night last then picked up that bit more in Parnell Park on the Sunday. You feel that the cats would have the wherewithal to recover from a loss. Whereas it’s hard to imagine the implications of this defeat on what were Pat Gilroy’s impressive charges. Now a much eagerly awaited Munster senior hurling championship will start unrolling this upcoming weekend. Tipperary are away at Páirc na nGael. With the rebels up against the Banner county in a triple header at home.
So what awaits us in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday? Well there’s camogie championship at midday. Followed by minor hurling with top billing reserved for a 4pm throw in. Cork play Tipperary with a 2pm start in Thurles the following Sunday. On reflection, it’s unlikely we were watching All Ireland senior football champions in Castlebar last weekend. Super eights maybe. Outright champions? Definitely not. Let the games begin.
Condolences
Our sympathy to the family on the sad passing Bill Ronayne of Templevalley following an illness borne bravely. Bill was a great character and loved sport, especially the horses and golf. Bill was involved with a few underage football teams back in the nineties. Possibly as a selector with Mike Walsh and Matt Harper as his son Killian played with the saints. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
Lotto
Being a bank holiday, last week’s lotto draw was held over until Tuesday night, May 8 at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna. Numbers drawn were 14, 17, 24 and 28 and the jackpot of €14,600 wasn’t won while the consolation winners were: Margaret Walsh c/o Kals, Redmond Higgins, Ballynoe, Padraig Dillon, Kilclare, Aghern, Susan Sheehan c/o Helen O’Connor and Ger Cashman, Bridepark, Conna.
Sponsors
T~A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA club sponsors, Mulcahy Steel are juvenile club sponsors.
Thu, May 24, 2018 Club News May 24th 2018
St Catherines GAA
Rebels up and running
It may not have been for the purist, but it’s a result that will satisfy the mentors and their passionate fans, as the Rebels worked out a satisfactory success and a well-earned brace of points in the newly devised round robin table in their opening Munster senior hurling championship tie at an overcast Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday afternoon last.
A major psychological boost winning that first game, with some clearly difficult fixtures on the road ahead. It was played before an attendance of 24,490, yet struggled for long periods to construct that cut and thrust atmosphere, symbolic of a major championship match. The game was held up for a lengthy period following a worrying looking injury incurred by Robbie O’Flynn. We wish him a speedy recovery. Remember Robbie captaining his club Erins Own against the Saints in a minor hurling championship first round tie three summers ago. Catherine’s captain that night was Brian Davis. All three goals were scored on the resumption of play. Skillful Patrick Horgan keeping the sliotar in play saw the first goal finished off by an opportunistic Conor Lehane on fifty-four minutes. In many ways resembling a goal Horgan himself scored in an All-Ireland semi-final v Dublin five years ago.
Clare were level through Tony Kelly, but following some crucial points secured, the late and match winning goal through team captain Seamus Harnedy following eleven minutes of injury time.
Cork made life difficult for themselves in the opening newly devised U17 minor hurling championship first round tie also against Clare and played along similar lines as its senior equivalent. Conceding three first half goals. Then missing two scoreable frees from right in front of the posts early on the changeover - but in the face of adversity eventually wore down a commendable banner challenge in a high scoring encounter.
It finished up at 0-26 to 3-13. There were some impressive scores here from team captain Shane Barrett. A memorable day too for young Seán O’Donoghue from the St Catherines club. Part of the Cork team in the Primary go game. A great honour, something that will stick in a player’s memory.
Well the games are coming thick and fast now. First up this weekend its Tipperary in Thurles in both football and hurling championships. In what could be two season defining championship matches for both counties. You would imagine the Banner will improve, having the benefit of a championship match under the belt. They have some savagely skillful players and under the cauldron sure to be Ennis next Sunday, will put it up to last year’s defeated All-Ireland finalists in Waterford. A panel of twenty-six players is now just a minimum requirement.
MICHAEL O’CONNOR MOTOR FACTORS EAST CORK JBFC GROUP 2 ROUND 2
Russell Rovers 2-16 St Catherines 1-03
Well now the scenarios are straight forward. St Catherines must win their next two matches if interest is to be maintained in this year’s football championships. Played on a round robin basis the Saints going down to a sizeable loss to Russell Rovers when this round two group two junior B football championship tie was played in Castlemartyr early last Sunday morning. First up will be the junior A second round tie v Glenbower Rovers on this Friday evening.
Scorers: N O’Brien (1-0), D Mangan, K Neville and S O’Farrell (free) (0-01 each).
Team: C Molloy, S Leamy, J Casey, P Tobin, A Neville, R Clancy, R Condon, D Mangan, R English, K Geary, K Neville, N O’Brien, T O’Donnell, S O’Farrell and D Wallace. Sub: S O’Connell for D Mangan (42’).
Referee: Paudi Kearney (Glenbower Rovers).
EAST CORK JUNIOR HURLING LEAGUE – DIVISION 2 ROUND 5
Cloyne 4-17 St Catherines 2-11
Cloyne were holding all the aces in this junior hurling league tie played at their Chapel Street venue on Monday evening, May 14. They were ahead at 0-07 to 0-03 when a lengthy Paudi O’Sullivan free found its way to the net on the quarter hour. Diarmuid O’Sullivan added two more in a four-minute spell. Influential corner forward Peter Casey scored the fourth goal later on, setting up an interval lead of 4-10 to 0-05 at the end of a half when seven of their starting fifteen registered on the scoreboard.
Despite the daunting score, Catherines plugged away gamely. Aaron Long and Pa Roche hit a lot of ball. Brian Davis put in an awesome shift in the half line. John Mulcahy finished off two-second half goals. But Cloyne always held the upper hand.
Scorers: B Davis (0-02 frees) (0-08), J Mulcahy (2-01), R Clancy and T O’Donnell (0-01 each).
Team: C Leahy, P Tobin, D Lane, K Geary, S O’Regan, R Clancy, A Long, P Roche, T O’Donnell, P Ryan, B Davis, L Beecher, N O’Regan, J Mulcahy and R Barry. Subs: D Wallace for R Barry (second half), J Casey for P Ryan (33’).
Referee: P J Aherne (Carrigtwohill).
JUVENILE
CÓISTE NA NÓG COUNTY PREMIER TWO U13 HL ROUND 1
Cobh 0-07 St Catherines 7-10
A lot was going on. There was a Rebel Óg meeting as well as the aforementioned junior match in Cloyne. Later on, there would be the lotto draw. As the Saints ran out impressive winners of this rearranged premier two U13 hurling league tie when played in Cobh on Monday evening, May 14.
Scorers: S Cotter (1-04), A Bryan (2-0), O Fitzgerald (1-02), K Kelleher, C Sheehan and D Morrison (1-0 each), K O’Donoghue (0-03) and C Pietropaolo (0-01).
Team: J Bryan, E O’Driscoll, N Sheehan, C Dunning, D O’Donovan, S O’Donoghue, C Pietropaolo, K O’Donoghue, O Fitzgerald, K Kelleher, D Morrison, C McAuliffe, S Cotter, C Sheehan and G O’Callaghan McCarthy. Also on panel: C Feeney, D Murphy and A Bryan. Referee: Paudi Kearney (Killeagh).
U10 HURLING TOURNAMENT
St Catherines are through to the final of their section, going through unbeaten in the qualifiers of the West Waterford U10 festival of hurling when played in Ballyduff on Saturday morning last. Victories were recorded over Dungarvan (2-01 to 0-01), Ballygunner (2) 6-03 to 1-00 and St Marys (2-08 to 0-02). Mentors on the morning were: Alan O’Mahony, Dino Pietropaolo, Mick Hurley and Oliver Lynch.
Panel: Billy McKee, Shane O’Donoghue, Kyle O’Donoghue, Calum O’Driscoll, Cathal Barry, Billy Aherne, Tristan Clancy, Julian Pietropaolo, Alan Cotter, Liam Moore, James Kenneally, Jack Tanner, Seán Walsh, Conan Hurley and Eoghan O’Mahony.
Finals go ahead at the same venue on this forthcoming Saturday.
JUVENILE FIXTURE LIST
Thursday, May 24 Sciath na Scol finals involving Ballynoe NS at 1-30pm in Páirc Uí Rinn.
Thursday, May 24 at Ballynoe, U12 premier one hurling league round four v Inniscarra at 7.30pm.
Saturday, May 26 at Ballyduff , U10 hurling tournament final. Other teams involved and times will be confirmed as week progresses.
Wednesday, May 30 at Ballynoe, U12 premier one hurling league round five v St Finbarrs at 7.30pm.
ADULT FIXTURE
Friday, May 25, East Cork junior A football championship second round v Glenbower Rovers at 7pm. Venue TBC.
SYMPATHY
Recently here was the sad death of Tom Barry in Killeagh. A skillful player in his day, the late Tom was ever present around the place on championship days at the venue and he was regularly assigned the task of looking after the passes into the playing pitch. Apart from being in business around the village his sons Brian and Brendan ‘Bugsy’ also gave sterling service to the club. Commiserations also to the Tallow club on the untimely death of Finn McCarthy.
LOTTO RESULTS
Reverting back to its regular slot and the results from the weekly lotto draw held at The Winners Enclosure, Conna on Monday night, May 14. Numbers drawn: 8, 12, 18 and 30. There was no winner of the jackpot of €14,800. Consolation winners: Nettie O’Keeffe, c/o Kals, Seán O’Farrell, Breda Cotter, Dick Morrison, Conna and Stephanie Sinclair, Aghern.
Sponsors
T ~ A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA club sponsors. Mulcahy Steel are juvenile club sponsors.
Thu, May 31, 2018 Club News May 31st 2018
St Catherines GAA
Jackpot winner
Full lotto results update
With the long weekends surfacing in such a condensed nature, it’s only this week are we in a position to update your lotto results service. Starting with the details from the draw held at The Plough Bar in Curraglass on Monday night, May 21st last. Numbers drawn were: 3, 7, 15 and 16. The €15,000 accumulated jackpot wasn’t won. Consolation winners on the night were: Mike and Dick /co The Big Tree; John Barrett, Ballynoe and Mary Ronayne c/o K. Galvin; Martin Fitzgerald, Kilmagner, Coolagown and Lane grandchildren c/o P Lane, Conna.
Bringing you right up to date and its congratulations to Pat O’Donovan, Barrafomona, Ballynoe on winning the most recent draw held at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Monday night last, May 28th. Pat’s sole combination of winning numbers being 5, 9, 18 and 30. Congratulations to Pat and well done. While the consolation winners on the night were: Alan Cotter, Barrafomona, Ballynoe; Eileen Cotter, Boulta, Ballynoe; Deirdre and Al c/o Billy O’Connell, Ballynoe; Noreen O’Mahony, Shanakill, Curraglass and Ger, Phil, John and Rich, phone number supplied.
Now being a bank holiday and next draw when reverting to a basic €2,000 jackpot will be held over until Tuesday night, June 5th at The Big Tree, Aghern.
Michael O’Connor Motor Factors East Cork Junior A Football Championship – Second Round
St Catherines 1-13
Glenbower Rovers 0-08
Morale must have been low. There was the sizeable loss to the same opposition in last year’s quarter-final at Copper Alley. Then were well beaten by Fr O’Neills in this year’s first round on Magners Hill, a fortnight previous. But the Saints were able to put the tangible pain of those two gut wrenching defeats behind them, rose to the occasion, upsetting the form book in the process with a deserved victory when this divisional junior A football championship second round tie was played in sunny Ballinacurra on Friday evening last.
Catherines all but dominated the opening exchanges. Had the opening three points in as many minutes, following the throw-in and with Philip Keane and Allan Carr among the scorers, stretched it out to 0-07 to 0-01 to the end of the opening quarter.
Glenbower, the football equivalent of Killeagh, were now able to win more primary possession, especially around the middle. But the Saints again regained the initiative and were ahead on a scoreline of 0-09 to 0-04 at the interval.
But were rocked back on their heels when Damian Matthews crashed in a stunning goal with a subliminal finish inside a minute of the resumption. Five point cushion restored when following strong and influential play from James Neville and a probing Thomas O’Donnell delivery saw Padraig O’Connor secure the vital touch. Invaluable goal. A major restorer of confidence with the score now standing at 1-10 to 1-05 to forty minutes.
Major work still to be done. Like with Seán Long elegantly slotted home a delightfully taken penalty kick on 47 minutes. Game on now. Catherines’ defensively standing tall to increasing opposition raids. Rory Galvin with his fifth point and Cian Fogarty exchanged points, making it 1-12 to 2-07 on 55 minutes. There was always that fear. But in a breakdown attack, Daniel Mangan fisted over a welcome and invaluable point just into time added on. Kieran Lane’s late point was only of a consolation nature and virtually dropped over the bar to the sound of Brian Walsh’s full-time whistle.
St Catherines team: C. Molloy, S O’Brien (captain), J. Mulcahy, K. Neville, C. Kearney, E. Kenneally, J. Neville, R. Galvin, A. Carr, P. Roche, P O’Connor, S. Cogan, P. Keane, D. Mangan and T O’Donnell. Sub: D Wallace for P Roche (’58). Also on panel: P. Ryan and E. Corcoran. Referee: Brian Walsh (Aghada).
Junior Hurling League Division 2 Round 7
St Catherines 2-11 Midleton 2-14
Two Sean Corcoran goals at opposite ends of the opening half were central to the destination of the points on offer from this divisional junior hurling league division two round seven tie, when played at Ballynoe on Monday evening, May 21st last.
Niall O’Regan, Catherines best forward cancelled out the first with the deficit standing at 2-05 to 1-05 on twenty four minutes and again on an interval scoreline of 2-06 to 1-06. Conor O’Neill and Mark O’Keeffe were among those adding to the Magpie tally. Likewise Pa Roche for the homebased team. Substitute Noel O’Brien added a second Saints goal with five minutes to go making for a competitive ending but Midleton had done enough.
St Catherines team: C. Leahy, P. Tobin, E. Kenneally, O O’Neill, R. English, K. Geary, S O’Brien, T. O’Donnell, P. Roche, B. Davis, B. Crowley, L. Beecher, S. Walsh, J. Mulcahy and N. O’Regan. Subs: R. Condon for B. Davis (‘29), S O’Donnell for S. Walsh (second half), N. O’Brien for B. Crowley (’38) and A. Neville for J. Mulcahy (’45).
Referee: Aidan Barry (Sarsfields).
Your Weekly Juvenile Report
Coiste na nÓg County Premier 1 U12
Hurling League – Round 4
St Catherines 1-03 Inniscarra 2-07
Inniscarra picked up the points on offer from this Coiste na nÓg premier one under twelve hurling league tie when played in Ballynoe on Thursday evening last. Take note that the Ballincollig game is still to be picked up. While at the time you read this report, a round five fixture v St Finbarrs should be fulfilled.
St Catherines team: J. Bryan, C. McCarthy, E. O’Driscoll, G. Ó Cellacháin MacCarthaigh, T. Barry, D. O’Donovan, C. Dunning, C. Pietropaolo, J. Leahy, C. Leamy, D. O’Connell, C. Hayes, S. Cotter, D. Murphy and J. Temple.
Referee: Shane O’Donoghue (Ballygiblin).
Rebel Óg North U14 A Hurling League Round 3
St Catherines 0-11 Kilara Óg 0-07
A wonderful James O’Callaghan point contributed to parity for a third time before Denis Temple effective in a few roles, most notably at full forward, then around midfield where he had more space shot the Saints ahead into a lead they wouldn’t relinquish on a half-time scoreline of 0-05 to 0-04.
Running concurrent with the aforementioned under twelve match when this Rebel Óg North U14 A Hurling League tie went ahead at a mild, yet dull overcast and eventually wet Ballynoe on Thursday evening last.
Quickly on the resumption, Sean O’Donoghue soloing forward finished off a well taken point, extending the lead. A trio of Kian O’Donoghue points stretched it out further. Lead standing at 0-10 to 0-06 on 46 minutes. Colm Feeney and Cathal Sheehan, also making the register against a game, gallant and sporting Kilara Óg team which are a combination of Kilworth and Araglin and who had prominent players in Darragh Gill, Keelan O’Gorman, Conor Twomey, Padraig Fenton and Eoin Finn.
Catherines now have five points accumulated from three league matches played. Next up is the visit of Watergrasshill.
St Catherines team: S. Cotter, A O’Donnell, N. Sheehan, J. Mulcahy, B. O’Connor, S. O’Donoghue, O. Fitzgerald, F. O’Connell, K. O’Donoghue, K. Kelleher, D. Morrison, C. Sheehan, C. McAuliffe, D. Temple and J. O’Callaghan. Subs: C. Feeney for C. McAuliffe (‘41) and C. McAuliffe for D. Temple (’51).
Referee: John Kirby (Midleton).
U10 Hurling
A 3-01 to 2-02 victory over Abbeyside in the semi-final preceded a loss to Killeagh on a scoreline of 4-02 to 3-02 in their final of the West Waterford under ten festival of hurling when played in Ballyduff on Saturday morning last. Panel of players as previously listed.
On behalf of the St Catherines club, many thanks to mentors Alan O’Mahony, Dino Pietropaolo and whoever else helped out and to the host club for the invitation.
Munster Super Tens U15 Hurling
A four team Munster super tens under 15 hurling competition was held in Ballynoe on Saturday afternoon last.
Catherines Results
Starting with a win over Doon of Limerick, final score 5-05 to 4-02. Then lost to St Patrick’s of Waterford on a scoreline of 3-05 to 2-04. Overcoming Castlelyons at the end. Finishing up at 5-04 to 3-06. Three teams finished on four points. But on countback, St Patrick’s were deemed winners on total points scored, with St Catherines finishing up in second place.
Noel O’Brien and Shane Supple supervised proceedings. Mentors were: Edmond Galvin, Mervyn Draper, Pat Geary and Conor Kearney. Referees were: Brian Walsh and Pat Beausang.
St Catherines panel of players: Cathal Dineen, Conor England, Darragh Galvin, Ben O’Connor, Eoghan O’Riordan, Evan Philpott, Gerard Leahy, Harry Draper, Mark Geary, William Leahy, William McAuliffe, Fionn O’Connell and Kyle Wallace.
Sciath na Scol
Ballynoe NS were repeating a result of last year’s decider. Again overcoming the challenge of Gaelscoil Chionn tSaile (Kinsale) in the section DH6 Allianz Sciath na Scol final when played at Pairc Ui Rinn early on Thursday afternoon last. Ballynoe compete in the nine-a-side competition with each half of 15 minutes duration. A memorable week for Sean O’Donoghue, part of the Cork Go Games panel against Clare at Pairc Ui Chaoimh the previous Sunday afternoon. This time around, he was the recipient of the winning trophy. Final score: Ballynoe 3-08 Kinsale 1-02.
Referee was Damien Horgan of St Patrick’s Boys NS.
Full panel: Jake Bryan, Cian Dunning, Evan O’Driscoll, Diarmuid O’Donovan, Oisín Fitzgerald, Sean O’Donoghue, Shane Cotter, Ciaran Pietropaolo, John Temple, Gearoid Ó Cellacháin MacCarthaigh, Cathal McAuliffe, Stephen Mulcahy, Adam Bryan, Jack Leamy, Cian Hegarty, Shane Hegarty, Sam Aherne and Diarmuid O’Connell.
Juvenile Fixture List
(Correct at time of going to press).
Thursday, tonight May 31st: Rebel Óg North U14 A Hurling League Round 4 v Watergrasshill, 7pm at Ballynoe.
Monday, June 4th: Rebel Óg East U12 Football League Round 5 v Crosshaven (away) at 7pm.
Tuesday, June 5th: Coiste na nÓg U13 Premier Two Hurling League Round 4 v Blarney, 7pm at Ballynoe.
Condolences
We express our sympathy to the family and extended families on the death of Paddy Aherne in Glanworth. Grandsons Ed and Cal were on the county winning junior hurling team last year. Paddy, their brother, captained the Saints to win a divisional minor B hurling championship title in 1999. Jack, son of the late Paddy, played hurling for Bride Rovers, Tallow and St Catherines. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.
Adult Fixture
Tonight, Thursday, May 31st; Junior A Football Championship third round v Erins Own. Time and venue tbc.
Cork Teams
All there permutations attainable ie win, lose or draw embossed the Rebels championship programme last weekend.
Can’t be sure about the visit to Ennis in the spring of 1993 when the Banner were reigning provincial champions but definitely in the intervening twenty five years, Kerry aside, and last Saturday evening would have been the first, possibly ever time that Cork were outsiders going into a Munster senior football championship tie. No doubt the return of the Nemo players would be significant. So it proved. But didn’t expect it to be emphatic as it was.
Right through the first half, the pace and constant floating of positions meant the pacey Cork players were almost unmarkable in Sunday’s magnificent senior hurling match. Michael Ryan couldn’t wait for the sound of the half-time whistle. Conditions changed, it rained. Up blew the wind and some of Tipp’s big guns were now awesome. They were now the unmarkable ones. Indeed under normal circumstances, they might have snatched it. Denied at the death by an Anthony Nash save from the ages.
Catherines player Ciaran O’Brien was used from the bench on a well beaten Cork minor team. Not to be outcome by cousin Sean, who enjoyed another memorable week and Kian O’Donoghue of Conna school was part of the Cork Go Games team against Tipp also in Thurles on Sunday afternoon last. My God. There’s hardly time to breathe. So quick are the games coming.
Sponsors
T ~ A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors. Mulcahy Steel are juvenile club sponsors.
Thu, Jun 07, 2018 Club News June 7th 2018
St Catherines GAA
Rebels in another classic - but drop more points
In the words of the legendary and recently retired BBC commentator John Motson – ‘this just gets better and better.’ What we have witnessed over the last three weekends has been jaw dropping. Enough excitement to last a season, crammed into just thirteen days.
Cork now have the upcoming weekend off and resume competitive activity with their round five fixture against Waterford. Set for 2pm in Thurles on the afternoon of Sunday, June 17. They still look reasonably assured of making progress. Be it to the provincial final or finishing as a top three team. They will realise as time advances that a lot of the scores conceded were down to sloppiness at the back. They have been the orchestrators partially of their own potential downfall - that must be worked on. Another bonus is that Robbie O’Flynn aside, no major injuries have been incurred. The ideal performance might still come.
Credit to Limerick though, they were able to absorb all setbacks incurred last Saturday night, testing their panel in the process. Remember they lost Declan Hannon after six minutes. Aaron Gillane went to a straight red card on twenty-five minutes. Man of the match Seamus Flanagan prematurely departing, we might meet again. What an atmosphere encircled the magnificent stadium. Boosted by a phenomenal attendance of 34,607. To those who purport this competition to be a second league, well think again. This was a full blooded, all-out action championship match. Earlier St Catherines player Ciaran O’Brien was on a well-beaten Cork minor team.
Michael O’Connor Motor Factors Sponsored East Cork JAFC 3rd Rd
Erins Own 5-09 St Catherines 2-02
Initially a contest where both teams struggled with accuracy. Eight wides recorded and evenly divided to the end of the opening quarter, when a sweetly struck Alan Carr cross-field delivery reached Daniel Mangan who taking just one step to his immediate left crashed in the game’s first goal and lead score at 1-01 to 0-03 for the Saints. Eighteen minutes elapsed on the clock. Joy short-lived as Mossy Carroll weaved his way through for two goals shortly afterwards.
Now a half-time deficit on a scoreline of 2-05 to 1-01 needn’t be irretrievable. But in many ways this championship encounter on resumption resembled the Fr O’Neills match in the first round. It was Erins Own who again made the better start on the changeover. Goals from Alan Bowen and Cathal Lenihan, who added another just at the finish and who scored a peach of a goal against the Saints in last season’s minor A hurling championship, now stretching their dominance still further. A match all but decided. Behind at 4-08 to 1-01 to 49 minutes and Catherines bereft of a full consignment of players. It was just too much.
There were a few forays forward. Daniel Mangan desperately unlucky, his goal bound effort cannoning off the butt of a post, but of course they never go in when you desperately need them to. Being the one that was fouled, substitute Liam Kearney stroked home the resultant penalty kick on fifty-two minutes. Another sub - Stephen Carr - and James Neville together released Liam O’Connor popping over a well taken point shortly afterwards. But scores of a consolation nature as the margin was too wide. With participation in the junior A and B football championships now terminated and out of contention for the league, there might be no more adult football now until the start of next season. Seems a long way away now.
Catherine’s scorers: D Mangan (1-01), L Kearney (1-00 penalty), L O’Connor (0-01).
Erins Own scorers: M Carroll and C Lenihan (2-00 each), A Bowen (1-01), J Taylor (0-04 frees), I O’Mahony, P Fitzgerald, B Monaghan and D Casey (0-01 each).
St Catherine’s team: Colm Molloy, Shane O’Brien (captain), Liam O’Connor, Kieran Neville, Conor Kearney, Ed Kenneally, James Neville, Rory Galvin, Alan Carr, Patrick Roche, Pádraig O’Connor, Shane Cogan, Thomas O’Donnell, Daniel Mangan and Philip Keane.
Subs: Liam Kearney for Phillip Keane (second half), Stephen Carr for Shane Cogan (35’), Seán Leamy for Rory Galvin (46’), Richard Condon for Daniel Mangan (56’). Also on panel: Eoin Corcoran.
Referee: Mark Murphy (Bride Rovers).
Coiste na nÓg County Premier Two U13 HL Rd 2 (Rearranged)
St Catherines 5-14 Aghabullogue 4-07
With no Rebel Óg East meeting now scheduled until June’s end, it was a case of up to the pitch to witness this rescheduled round two premier two U13 hurling league tie in near perfect conditions at Ballynoe on Monday evening, May 28. Contrast that with the rain and wet surface, which prevailed when the match was originally planned for mid-April. An even enough contest through the opening exchanges, with the opposition actually ahead by one point. Then this league fixture would take a dramatic turn. Two goals in a two-minute spell pushing the Saints into a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Diarmuid O’Connell finishing off the first on twenty-seven minutes. Within sixty seconds Darragh Morrison who popped over an exquisite point from the tightest of angles earlier on added a second. Setting up a lead on a half time scoreline of 2-08 to 1-06.
A litany of Shane Cotter points with Kian O’Donoghue accurate with the frees added to the tally, as an always threatening Aghabullogue with Colm Gillespie, Aaron O’Sullivan and James Lane very impressive continued to pile on the pressure. Bringing out the best and forcing the subsequently replaced Jake Bryan into making an awesome reflex save on thirty-five minutes. Immediately outside of him Nathan Sheehan a skillful player now dominated at fullback. Clearances lengthening as the contest evolved. Rounded off with a duo of Cathal Sheehan goals.
Scorers: C Sheehan (2-01), K O’Donoghue (1-00 65’) (0-04 frees) (1-04), S Cotter (0-07), D Morrison (1-02) and D O’Connell (1-00).
St Catherine’s team: J Bryan, E O’Driscoll, N Sheehan, C Dunning, D O’Donovan, S O’Donoghue, C Pietropaolo, K O’Donoghue, O Fitzgerald, K Kelleher, D Morrison, C McAuliffe, S Cotter, C Sheehan and D O’Connell. Subs: C Leamy for J Bryan (36’), C Hayes for K Kelleher (46’) and T Barry for C McAuliffe (52’). A
Referee: James Hennessy (Kiltha Óg).
Coiste na nÓg County Premier One U12 HL Rd 6
St Catherines 0-09
St Finbarr’s 1-07
St Catherines came perilously close to winning their first match of the series going down by the slimmest of margins in this premier one U12 hurling league tie when played in Ballynoe at 8pm on Wednesday evening, May 30. Herculean defending from Diarmuid O’Donovan and in particular Evan O’Driscoll meant the home team were always competitive and in a first half where two evenly matched teams were together on three occasions, it was the Catherines who were just shading it on a half time scoreline of 0-04 to 0-03.
But like the U13 match two nights previous and Shane Cotter just thundered out of the blocks quickly on the change of ends virtually pointing at will. St Finbarr’s at one stage five points adrift at 0-08 to 0-03 to 35 minutes were now clearly mounting a challenge. Aaron Kennedy strong and influential defensively, Seán Fitzpatrick inflicting some damage from wing forward. A brace of Conor Hayes points momentarily lifted the siege when Mark Hetherington struck for the games only and match-winning goal very late on.
Scorers: S Cotter (0-01 free) (0-05), C Hayes (0-02), J Temple and D O’Connell (free) (0-01 each).
St Catherine’s team: J Bryan, E O’Driscoll, C McCarthy, T Barry, D O’Donovan, G O’Callaghan McCarthy, C Pietropaolo, C Dunning, C Leamy, D O’Connell, A Bryan, S Cotter and J Temple. Also on panel: D Murphy, S Wallace, G Sheehan and C Hayes.
Referee: Mark Murphy (Bride Rovers).
Rebel Óg North U14 A HL Rd 4
St Catherines 2-04
Watergrasshill 3-14
An unfortunate clash with the football championship match in Ballinacurra and this round four Rebel Óg North U14 A hurling league tie remained competitive to half-time when trailing 1-05 to 1-02 and beyond when played at 7pm in Ballynoe on Thursday evening last. A good Watergrasshill team finished strongly and were deserving winners.
Scorers: J O’Callaghan and D Morrison (1-00 each), K O’Donoghue (0-03) and K Wallace (0-01).
St Catherine’s team: S Cotter, A O’Donnell, N Sheehan, J Mulcahy, B O’Connor, K Wallace, O Fitzgerald, F O’Connell, S O’Donoghue, D Temple, D Morrison, K O’Donoghue, C McAuliffe, C Sheehan and J O’Callaghan. Also: C Feeney, S Cotter, C Pietropaolo and D O’Connell.
Referee: John O’Brien (Ballygiblin).
Juvenile Fixtures
Friday, June 8 at Ballynoe - Rebel Óg East U12 A FL Rd 6 v Macroom at 7pm. Saturday June 9 - U14 Hurling Tournament at Fr O’Neills. Commencing at 2pm.
Church Gate Collection
Patrons please take note that the annual church gate collection in aid of the juvenile club will be taken up after all Masses throughout the parish this forthcoming weekend. Both on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10.
School Exams
It always happens, doesn’t it? Warm weather perfect conditions. It must be exam time. We wish the best of luck to all Catherines players both boys and girls now sitting their junior and leaving cert exams.
Circuit Training
Circuit training continues in Ballynoe Hall on Saturday mornings. Ideal if dropping your son or daughter to juvenile training.
Lotto
Once again congratulations to Pat O’Donovan, Barrafohona, Ballynoe on winning the €15,200 jackpot in the weekly lotto draw. Barrafohona is right on the Ballynoe, Britway and Castlelyons border. Just off the main Castlelyons/Dungourney and Castlelyons/Midleton roads. Pat is a member of the bowls club in Ballynoe; also an ever present with the Ogham players in their annual winter productions. His brother Dan is well known in horsey circles. Both are popular members of the community.
Now being a bank holiday and reverting to a basic €2,000 jackpot this week’s draw was held over until Tuesday night, June 5 at The Big Tree, Aghern. Don’t worry you will be kept informed.
Sponsors
T ~ A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA club sponsors. Mulcahy Steel are sponsors of the juvenile club.
Thu, Jun 14, 2018 Club News June 14th 2018
St Catherines GAA
Rebels in another classic - but drop more points
In the words of the legendary and recently retired BBC commentator John Motson – ‘this just gets better and better.’ What we have witnessed over the last three weekends has been jaw dropping. Enough excitement to last a season, crammed into just thirteen days.
Cork now have the upcoming weekend off and resume competitive activity with their round five fixture against Waterford. Set for 2pm in Thurles on the afternoon of Sunday, June 17. They still look reasonably assured of making progress. Be it to the provincial final or finishing as a top three team. They will realise as time advances that a lot of the scores conceded were down to sloppiness at the back. They have been the orchestrators partially of their own potential downfall - that must be worked on. Another bonus is that Robbie O’Flynn aside, no major injuries have been incurred. The ideal performance might still come.
Credit to Limerick though, they were able to absorb all setbacks incurred last Saturday night, testing their panel in the process. Remember they lost Declan Hannon after six minutes. Aaron Gillane went to a straight red card on twenty-five minutes. Man of the match Seamus Flanagan prematurely departing, we might meet again. What an atmosphere encircled the magnificent stadium. Boosted by a phenomenal attendance of 34,607. To those who purport this competition to be a second league, well think again. This was a full blooded, all-out action championship match. Earlier St Catherines player Ciaran O’Brien was on a well-beaten Cork minor team.
Michael O’Connor Motor Factors Sponsored East Cork JAFC 3rd Rd
Erins Own 5-09 St Catherines 2-02
Initially a contest where both teams struggled with accuracy. Eight wides recorded and evenly divided to the end of the opening quarter, when a sweetly struck Alan Carr cross-field delivery reached Daniel Mangan who taking just one step to his immediate left crashed in the game’s first goal and lead score at 1-01 to 0-03 for the Saints. Eighteen minutes elapsed on the clock. Joy short-lived as Mossy Carroll weaved his way through for two goals shortly afterwards.
Now a half-time deficit on a scoreline of 2-05 to 1-01 needn’t be irretrievable. But in many ways this championship encounter on resumption resembled the Fr O’Neills match in the first round. It was Erins Own who again made the better start on the changeover. Goals from Alan Bowen and Cathal Lenihan, who added another just at the finish and who scored a peach of a goal against the Saints in last season’s minor A hurling championship, now stretching their dominance still further. A match all but decided. Behind at 4-08 to 1-01 to 49 minutes and Catherines bereft of a full consignment of players. It was just too much.
There were a few forays forward. Daniel Mangan desperately unlucky, his goal bound effort cannoning off the butt of a post, but of course they never go in when you desperately need them to. Being the one that was fouled, substitute Liam Kearney stroked home the resultant penalty kick on fifty-two minutes. Another sub - Stephen Carr - and James Neville together released Liam O’Connor popping over a well taken point shortly afterwards. But scores of a consolation nature as the margin was too wide. With participation in the junior A and B football championships now terminated and out of contention for the league, there might be no more adult football now until the start of next season. Seems a long way away now.
Catherine’s scorers: D Mangan (1-01), L Kearney (1-00 penalty), L O’Connor (0-01).
Erins Own scorers: M Carroll and C Lenihan (2-00 each), A Bowen (1-01), J Taylor (0-04 frees), I O’Mahony, P Fitzgerald, B Monaghan and D Casey (0-01 each).
St Catherine’s team: Colm Molloy, Shane O’Brien (captain), Liam O’Connor, Kieran Neville, Conor Kearney, Ed Kenneally, James Neville, Rory Galvin, Alan Carr, Patrick Roche, Pádraig O’Connor, Shane Cogan, Thomas O’Donnell, Daniel Mangan and Philip Keane.
Subs: Liam Kearney for Phillip Keane (second half), Stephen Carr for Shane Cogan (35’), Seán Leamy for Rory Galvin (46’), Richard Condon for Daniel Mangan (56’). Also on panel: Eoin Corcoran.
Referee: Mark Murphy (Bride Rovers).
Coiste na nÓg County Premier Two U13 HL Rd 2 (Rearranged)
St Catherines 5-14 Aghabullogue 4-07
With no Rebel Óg East meeting now scheduled until June’s end, it was a case of up to the pitch to witness this rescheduled round two premier two U13 hurling league tie in near perfect conditions at Ballynoe on Monday evening, May 28. Contrast that with the rain and wet surface, which prevailed when the match was originally planned for mid-April. An even enough contest through the opening exchanges, with the opposition actually ahead by one point. Then this league fixture would take a dramatic turn. Two goals in a two-minute spell pushing the Saints into a lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Diarmuid O’Connell finishing off the first on twenty-seven minutes. Within sixty seconds Darragh Morrison who popped over an exquisite point from the tightest of angles earlier on added a second. Setting up a lead on a half time scoreline of 2-08 to 1-06.
A litany of Shane Cotter points with Kian O’Donoghue accurate with the frees added to the tally, as an always threatening Aghabullogue with Colm Gillespie, Aaron O’Sullivan and James Lane very impressive continued to pile on the pressure. Bringing out the best and forcing the subsequently replaced Jake Bryan into making an awesome reflex save on thirty-five minutes. Immediately outside of him Nathan Sheehan a skillful player now dominated at fullback. Clearances lengthening as the contest evolved. Rounded off with a duo of Cathal Sheehan goals.
Scorers: C Sheehan (2-01), K O’Donoghue (1-00 65’) (0-04 frees) (1-04), S Cotter (0-07), D Morrison (1-02) and D O’Connell (1-00).
St Catherine’s team: J Bryan, E O’Driscoll, N Sheehan, C Dunning, D O’Donovan, S O’Donoghue, C Pietropaolo, K O’Donoghue, O Fitzgerald, K Kelleher, D Morrison, C McAuliffe, S Cotter, C Sheehan and D O’Connell. Subs: C Leamy for J Bryan (36’), C Hayes for K Kelleher (46’) and T Barry for C McAuliffe (52’). A
Referee: James Hennessy (Kiltha Óg).
Coiste na nÓg County Premier One U12 HL Rd 6
St Catherines 0-09
St Finbarr’s 1-07
St Catherines came perilously close to winning their first match of the series going down by the slimmest of margins in this premier one U12 hurling league tie when played in Ballynoe at 8pm on Wednesday evening, May 30. Herculean defending from Diarmuid O’Donovan and in particular Evan O’Driscoll meant the home team were always competitive and in a first half where two evenly matched teams were together on three occasions, it was the Catherines who were just shading it on a half time scoreline of 0-04 to 0-03.
But like the U13 match two nights previous and Shane Cotter just thundered out of the blocks quickly on the change of ends virtually pointing at will. St Finbarr’s at one stage five points adrift at 0-08 to 0-03 to 35 minutes were now clearly mounting a challenge. Aaron Kennedy strong and influential defensively, Seán Fitzpatrick inflicting some damage from wing forward. A brace of Conor Hayes points momentarily lifted the siege when Mark Hetherington struck for the games only and match-winning goal very late on.
Scorers: S Cotter (0-01 free) (0-05), C Hayes (0-02), J Temple and D O’Connell (free) (0-01 each).
St Catherine’s team: J Bryan, E O’Driscoll, C McCarthy, T Barry, D O’Donovan, G O’Callaghan McCarthy, C Pietropaolo, C Dunning, C Leamy, D O’Connell, A Bryan, S Cotter and J Temple. Also on panel: D Murphy, S Wallace, G Sheehan and C Hayes.
Referee: Mark Murphy (Bride Rovers).
Rebel Óg North U14 A HL Rd 4
St Catherines 2-04
Watergrasshill 3-14
An unfortunate clash with the football championship match in Ballinacurra and this round four Rebel Óg North U14 A hurling league tie remained competitive to half-time when trailing 1-05 to 1-02 and beyond when played at 7pm in Ballynoe on Thursday evening last. A good Watergrasshill team finished strongly and were deserving winners.
Scorers: J O’Callaghan and D Morrison (1-00 each), K O’Donoghue (0-03) and K Wallace (0-01).
St Catherine’s team: S Cotter, A O’Donnell, N Sheehan, J Mulcahy, B O’Connor, K Wallace, O Fitzgerald, F O’Connell, S O’Donoghue, D Temple, D Morrison, K O’Donoghue, C McAuliffe, C Sheehan and J O’Callaghan. Also: C Feeney, S Cotter, C Pietropaolo and D O’Connell.
Referee: John O’Brien (Ballygiblin).
Juvenile Fixtures
Friday, June 8 at Ballynoe - Rebel Óg East U12 A FL Rd 6 v Macroom at 7pm. Saturday June 9 - U14 Hurling Tournament at Fr O’Neills. Commencing at 2pm.
Church Gate Collection
Patrons please take note that the annual church gate collection in aid of the juvenile club will be taken up after all Masses throughout the parish this forthcoming weekend. Both on Saturday, June 9 and Sunday, June 10.
School Exams
It always happens, doesn’t it? Warm weather perfect conditions. It must be exam time. We wish the best of luck to all Catherines players both boys and girls now sitting their junior and leaving cert exams.
Circuit Training
Circuit training continues in Ballynoe Hall on Saturday mornings. Ideal if dropping your son or daughter to juvenile training.
Lotto
Once again congratulations to Pat O’Donovan, Barrafohona, Ballynoe on winning the €15,200 jackpot in the weekly lotto draw. Barrafohona is right on the Ballynoe, Britway and Castlelyons border. Just off the main Castlelyons/Dungourney and Castlelyons/Midleton roads. Pat is a member of the bowls club in Ballynoe; also an ever present with the Ogham players in their annual winter productions. His brother Dan is well known in horsey circles. Both are popular members of the community.
Now being a bank holiday and reverting to a basic €2,000 jackpot this week’s draw was held over until Tuesday night, June 5 at The Big Tree, Aghern. Don’t worry you will be kept informed.
Sponsors
T ~ A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA club sponsors. Mulcahy Steel are sponsors of the juvenile club.
Thu, Jun 21, 2018 Club News June 21st 2018
St Catherines GAA
Rebel hurlers follow footballers into Munster final
This upcoming Saturday evening Cork face Kerry in the Munster senior football final, the first of the provincial finals. With the Rebels out the following weekend against Clare in the equivalent hurling decider. Purpose of the exercise at the outset. Ronan McCarthy and John Meyler would settle for that. But realise a torrent of work is still in the offing. Might be no bad way to go into the finals. As the business end of the season in now upon us.
Similarities with recent previous seasons are uncanny for the hurlers. Cork handily overcame Clare in the first round of the championship at Limerick in the summer of 2013. But were behind the Shannonsiders following a replay when perusing the biggest prize of all later that same year. Same last year with Waterford winning the Munster game. But losing out in the All-Ireland semi-final at headquarters in August. As we say such is the proximity of the teams to each other that winning the first match guarantees nothing, beware, one parting shot. Anyone who could predict the outcome of the minor hurling championship would surely be a genius. Anytime a pattern looked like developing - along comes a result to boggle the mind. Sure that’s what keeps it going!
So the Kerry boys come to town. Looking like a reincarnation of 1975. Seven new ‘caps’, all flash and pace. Yes they’re good. It could be a nightmare, only hope might be that maybe Cork aren’t as poor as league form indicates.
Junior hurling league – Div2 Rd1
St Catherines 1-12 Erins Own 2-19
Providing a backdrop here was the revelation of a junior B first round championship date emerging twenty four hours previous. Thus ensuring a greater focus for this divisional junior hurling league division two tie played at a dull overcast and windy Ballynoe on Wednesday evening, June 13.
Back in the fold and Matthew Mulcahy had the home team off to the perfect start with the first minute. Adding three further points from play. Then turning provider key pass picking out Like Beecher for a well taken score and a lead on a scoreline of 1-07 to 0-04 built up to nineteen minutes. Niall O’Regan was also an influential figure as the margin stretched to 1-11 to 0-06 by half-time.
Christened by the Irish met office and Storm Hector had a major bearing on what was going on and Alan Bowen was now the game’s central figure. Crashing in a goal within a minute of the change of ends. Adding a further 1-09 to go with his four first half points. Bringing his overall tally to 2-13, all bar five points coming from play as Erins Own were clear cut winners at the finish.
St Catherines will meet Watergrasshill in the first round of the East Cork junior B hurling championship next Wednesday evening, June 27.
Scorers: M Mulcahy (1-04), N O’Regan (0-01 free) (0-04), O O’Neill, L Beecher, L Kearney and R Clancy (free) (0-01 each). St Catherines team: C Leahy, D Lane, E Kenneally, S Leahy, S O’Regan, R Clancy, R Condon, L Kearney, T O’Donnell, L Beecher, B Crowley, M Mulcahy, O O’Neill, J Mulcahy and N O’Regan. Subs: James Casey for B Crowley (second half), D Wallace for T O’Donnell (49’), N O’Brien for R Condon (54’). Also on panel: S Walsh, C Galvin and John Casey.
Referee: James Daly (Youghal).
Adult club fixtures
Friday, June 22, at Ballyanly intermediate hurling league div4 rd5 v Inniscarra (rearranged) at 7.45pm. Saturday, June 23 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh Munster senior football final Cork v Kerry at 7pm. Tuesday, June 26 at Ballynoe intermediate hurling league division four round eight v Ballygarvan at 7.30pm. Wednesday, June 27 junior B hurling championship first round v Watergrasshill. Time and venue to be confirmed. Fixtures correct at time of going to press.
St Catherines fun day
A major success when first staged on the final Monday of May last year was the St Catherines juvenile hurling/camogie and football fun day. This year’s undertaking, encompassing the three national schools of the parish, going ahead in the pitches at Ballynoe on Thursday morning last. Thankfully storm Hector had virtually blown itself out. As over 325 pupils passed through the gates in now favourable weather conditions.
There were eight groups rotating on the two pitches. Four hurling/camogie and four football, junior, senior, first and second classes were out through their paces in the morning. Pupils getting the opportunity to play with children from the other parish schools in a non-competitive way and have fun in both codes.
At changeover time, camogie club members Laura Hayes, Aoife Hurley and Lucy Wallace were recognised for their outstanding achievement. Being on the winning All-Ireland Cork minor team earlier in the season. Marie Clancy and Agnes Hurley had the silverware on display for all the young participants to see. County senior hurling star Shane Kingston answered the children’s questions. Going on to visit the groups at play afterwards. Also present was Cork GDA, Shane Supple who tweeted the event.
We must express thanks to a number of people as the co-operation was invaluable in ensuring the entire undertaking was the success it deserved to be. Most notably the three school principals. Mrs Mulcahy in Ballynoe, Mr McCarthy of Curraglass and Mr Mulcahy in Ballynoe. Mr McCarthy of Curraglass and Mr Mulcahy in Conna. Also Pat O’Brien, kindly volunteered his services for traffic calming.
Thanks to Cathy Cotter who helped in the catering department and ensured that all helpers, teachers, SNAs and visitors were treated to refreshments. Thanks to all who volunteered on the day. Helping it to be so successful - Imelda O’Connell, Shane O’Connell, Brian Sheehan, Seán O’Farrell, Denis Walsh, Dave Wallace. Jenny Galvin, Kyle Wallace, Sarah Barry, Kieran O’Brien, Joe Pratt, Gearoid O’Brien, Mags Fitzgerald, Fionn O’Connell, Denis Temple, Harry Draper, Stephen Cotter, Mark Geary, Eoin Sheehan, Evan Philpott, Darragh Galvin, James O’Callaghan, Nadine Pratt, Gerard Leahy, Eabha Twomey, Jessica O’Brien, Erin Dillon, Doireann Hayes and Sarah Mae Clancy.
Munster super tens U15 finals
With one team defecting, St Catherines subsequently earned a place in group two of the Munster super tens U15 hurling finals when played at Mallow on Saturday afternoon last. They won both of the groups games against Knockainey (3-05 to 2-02) and Sliabh Rua (Belgooly) (2-03 to 0-05). Thus qualifying to play Abbeyside in the semi-final. It was 3-07 to 4-04 at fulltime. With the Waterford representatives getting through on a scoreline of 6-05 to 4-09 after extra time. St Catherines played well in a high standard of competition.
Scorers v Abbeyside were: H Draper (2-04), K Wallace (1-01), C Dineen (1-00), M Geary (0-03) and D Galvin (0-01). Abbeyside subsequently lost out in Sixmilebridge in the final.
St Catherines panel: Cathal Bryan, Cathal Dineen, Darragh Galvin, Eoin O’Riordan, Evan Philpott, Harry Draper, Mark Geary, William Leamy, William McAuliffe, Kyle Wallace and Ben O’Connor.
By the time you read this weekly report St Catherines were due to play in the first round of the Coiste na nÓg U15 A hurling championship in Fermoy last night. (Wednesday, June 20) belated best wishes to this panel of players. manager Ed Galvin and his fellow selectors.
Coiste na nÓg county U12 premier one hurling league - rd7
Midleton 0-07 St Catherines 2-04
Only deprived by a late goal against the Barrs at Ballynoe just twelve nights previous and St Catherines collected their first brace of points of the campaign with a narrow victory over Midleton in this Coiste na nÓg county U12 premier hurling league round seven tie, when played at Clonmult Park in the evening of Monday, June 11.
Catherines were never headed although parity was attained on three occasions in a sporting encounter which was a wonderful promotion of the game for such a young age group. Taking the lead with a John Temple goal from an exquisite finish as early as the tenth minute. Holding onto a 1-02 to 0-04 lead at the end of the first of what are twenty-five minute halves.
A sweetly truck second saints goal finished off by Shane Cotter stretch the advantage through the opening exchanges on the turnover. Diarmuid O’Connell and Ciaran Pietropaolo added to the tally as the magpies surged forward desperately in search of scores. Indeed, both teams could be accused of wasteful shooting as the second half progressed. Catherines off target from placed balls. A rasping effort from Daniel Garden their best forward was only just wide of the mark for Midleton. Who were only just denied by a timely Evan O’Driscoll block down very near the finish. Defending the recipient of praiseworthy comments from opposition mentors.
Scorers: S Cotter (1-01), J Temple (1-00), D O’Connell (0-02 65s) and C Pietropaolo (0-01).
St Catherines team: J Bryan, E O’Driscoll, G O’Callaghan McCarthy, T Barry, D O’Donovan, C Dunning, D O’Connell, C McCarthy, C Leamy, C Pietropaolo, C Hayes, S Cotter, J Temple. Sub: A Bryan for C Hayes (48’). Other players on panel were: G Sheehan, J Leahy, S Hegarty, S Wallace and C Hegarty.
Referee: Brian Murphy (Carrigtwohill).
Upcoming juvenile fixture list
Tonight (Thursday) June 21 at Ballynoe Rebel Óg north U14 A HL rd5 v Charleville at 7.30pm.
Saturday, June 23 Coiste na nÓg county premier one U12 HL rd8 v Glen Rovers (away) at 3pm.
Lotto
Reverting to its regular slot and the weekly lotto results from the draw held at The Fisherman’s Rest on Monday, June 11. Numbers drawn were 1, 4, 24 and 25 and the jackpot of €2,200 wasn’t won. While the consolation winners were: P and D Hartigan c/o Noreen Moroney, Conna and Pat O’Sullivan, Aghern.
Condolences
Sympathy to the family and Bride Rovers club on the sad passing of Mary O’Dowd, Rathcormac. Son John played on numerous occasions in both codes against the Saints over the years. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.
Sponsors
T~A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are sponsors of St Catherines GAA club. Mulcahy Steel are juvenile club sponsors.
Thu, Dec 14, 2017 Club News December 14th 2017
Saints paired with Grenagh in intermediate hurling championship

Tracey Kennedy assumed her role as chairperson at convention held at the revamped Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday afternoon last, when Ger Lane’s three year tenure as chairman of the county board officially ended. By contrast it was a sad week as well with the news of the death of previous chairman Derry Gowen. Indeed, Ger Lane touched on the issue at the East Cork convention last week that now five executive chairmen have passed to their eternal reward while he held office.
Derry Gowen was a mild mannered, softly spoken, always approachable gentleman who served Fermoy, Avondhu and the county well. He was treasurer of the county board for nine years from 1963 to 72, also serving as chairman from ‘82 to ‘84, which was centenary year of the association. He was also involved with a number of teams over the years and was a selector with the Cork minor footballers, winning their first title in the grade with a final victory over Mayo in 1961. This was the curtain raiser to the Down-Offaly senior final. There were 91,000 people in Croke Park that day. A record for an All-Ireland final. Included in that rebel minor team were Frank Cogan and Brendan Larkin and their respective names are still synonymous with Cork GAA.
Of course, Derry will always be credited with the founding of Scór, the GAA’s talent competition, promotion of our Gaelic culture through the medium of traditional music, song and dance, in 1970. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis. His son Diarmuid is now treasurer of Cork county board and we congratulate both Tracey and Diarmuid on their new appointments.
A feature at county convention are the championship draws in both codes for the new season. Newly crowned county junior champions St Catherines have been paired with Grenagh in the first round of intermediate hurling championship. Winners advance with the losers to meet either Mayfield or St Finbarrs in the second round of the competition. Reigning senior champions Imokilly, who can now call on Youghal players, clash with Muskerry in the first round of the 2018 county senior hurling championship. Youghal themselves must play Castlelyons in the first round of the premier intermediate hurling.
Now Cork and Munster champions Nemo Rangers must play Clyda Rovers in the first round of the county senior football championship. Defeated county finalists St Finbarrs play Carrigaline. County and provisional junior champions Knocknagree must play Rockchapel in the first round of next year’s county intermediate football championship.
East Cork convention
Newly appointed host club chairman Con Lawlor opened proceedings in welcoming everybody to the annual East Cork convention which in the memory of the late Tom Joe O’Riordan was held in Castlelyons Community Centre on Wednesday night, December 6. Tom Joe, a gentleman to his fingertips, was a lifelong member of his beloved club, playing with Castlelyons conquerors of the saints in the 1955 East Cork final, he served division and county well and was treasurer of the Imokilly board for seventeen years. You would radiate in his warm company and it’s coming up to a year now since he was tragically killed in a car crash on the motorway.
Board secretary Michael O’Brien, in reviewing his own report which along with the PRO and treasurer details were presented in book form to the delegates, spoke in glowing terms of Imokilly’s third county senior hurling championship success. Thanking all the clubs that lent players for the campaign, especially Cloyne and Castlelyons who played their own championship games a few days after the barony played. Thanks also to the many clubs who made their grounds and lights available, often at short notice.
Another great year for East Cork teams in the county inter divisional championships. Winning three of the five county finals contested, St Catherines in being crowned junior hurling champions brought the John Quirke Cup back to the division for the third time in four years. Sarsfields lifted the junior B hurling title. Cobh won the junior B football championship. Congratulations also to Aghada who won the intermediate hurling championship. First ever adult county hurling title in their history. County hurling league success attained by the hurlers of Sarsfields, Fr O’Neills and Castlelyons, while Cobh won out the county junior B football league.
Richard Fitzgerald from the Russell Rovers club was completing his five year tenure as East Cork board chairman. Highlight was probably Dungourney winning the 2015 Munster junior hurling championship. Although a native of Clyda Rovers, now Lisgoold resident Donal O’Keeffe takes up occupancy of the chair. He recalled going to board meetings first in the company of a few club stalwarts. Most notably John Joe O’Regan, Jimmy Geary and the late Bob O’Sullivan. He was previously in charge of the league and was referee co-ordinator. Jerome O’Brien from Cloyne is the new vice chairman. Willie Ring, whose name is synonymous with East Cork GAA, replaces Midleton’s John Hennessy as board president. He spoke in praise worthy terms of the late Moss O’Sullivan and Dave Hoare during his 45 year involvement with the board. It was probably Ger Lane’s last official function prior to his involvement as county board chairman terminated. Outgoing chairman Richard Fitzgerald on behalf of the East Cork board made him a presentation. Likewise Michael O’Brien to Richard Fitzgerald.
Regular delegate Pat Lane was the recipient of the East Cork junior hurling medals on behalf of St Catherines. The convention wound up with Carraig na bhFear’s representative Don Hegarty performing Amhrán na bhFiann.
Reardans All Stars
Wednesday night, December 6 would see the naming of the Cork All-Star selections sponsored by Reardens, comprising players who participated in this year’s club county senior championships encompassing hurling, football, camogie and ladies football. Six players from the county winning Imokilly team made the hurling selection with Brian Lawton named player of the year. Fourteen of the fifteen named on the All-Star football selection emanated from both county finalists. Matthew Taylor at left corner back from Avondhu was the only player picked outside of Nemo Rangers and St Finbarrs. Footballer of the year was Luke Connolly from Nemo. Catherines players Orla Cotter at centre forward and Finola Neville at left half forward were named on the camogie All-Star team.
Strictly DVDs
A reminder from chief co-ordinator Ann Galvin that DVDs of that famous strictly night are available in the local shops costing €10 each. Some spare souvenir programmes, free of charge can also be picked up.
Club gear
Stuck for an idea for a Christmas present? Good news that our club gear has been updated online with O’Neills and new items of clothing are available. Click on the link: http://www.oneills.com/shop-by-team/gaa/ireland/st-catherines-gaa.html.
Juvenile social
St Catherines GAA and camogie clubs annual juvenile social will be on Friday night, January 12. Prices are €23 for adults and €25 for underage. Tickets are now on sale and available from juvenile club treasurer Fiona Sheehan, secretary Imelda O’Connell and Susan Sheehan, assistant treasurer, juvenile club. Adult club social will be on Saturday night, February 3. Both socials will be in The Rochestown Park Hotel, more details closer to the time.
Church concert
A captivating performance of vibrant Irish music song and dance with a difference. A spellbinding display of raw energy, passion and melodic genius. That was the description on the promotional material as Liam O’Connor, with the fastest fingers in the world, participated in his second parochial gig in just over five years, at Conna church on Friday night last. Proceeds in aid of a sensory garden and outdoor educational room in a fundraiser for Curraglass National School and helping hands homeless action group in Cork. “Must see show of the year”.
Ballynoe national school swim
Ballynoe National School are organising a swim at Claycastle in Youghal on Christmas day at 12noon. Proceeds are in aid of future development of a ball wall. Sponsor cards available at school and from board members. Hot refreshments will be served on the day.
Poc Fada
St Catherines GAA and camogie clubs second annual poc fada will be on St Stephens morning. Registration will be from 10.30am onwards from the main entry gate into the pitch in Ballynoe with first teams away at 11.00am. Cost is €10 for adults. Juveniles €5. It’s three on a team. Next week’s notes feature a full preview of all upcoming events and more about the poc fada will be included.
Lotto
Results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe, on Monday night last, December 11. Numbers drawn were: 1, 5, 7 and 29 and there was no winner of the €10,600 jackpot. The consolation winners were: Mike Barry, c/o The Big Tree, Aghern, Máíre Ní Breathnach, Ballymurphy, Conna, Toss Hartigan (phone number supplied), Diarmuid Barry, Kilcor, Castlelyons and Lisa and Alan O’Mahony, Conna.
Next draw for a jackpot now standing at €10,800 will be the Christmas lotto draw with festive bonus prizes. Open to lotto sellers and customers and club supporters alike, it takes place at The Big Tree, Aghern on Saturday night, December 23. Next subsequent draw to that will be at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna, on Saturday night, December 30. First draw of the new calendar year takes place at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna on Monday night, January 8.
Sponsors
T~A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are sponsors of St Catherine’s GAA Club. Mulcahy Steel are juvenile club sponsors.

Thu, Jan 04, 2018 Club News January 4th 2018
Lotto draws and poc fada 
dominate the festive season
Conditions weren’t quite as good as the previous year as St Catherines GAA and camogie clubs held their second annual poc fada on the roads around Ballynoe on St Stephen’s morning. Two lotto draws also went ahead and it was these events that dominated the festive programme of the club. Now read on for more details.
Lotto draws
Although there is the obvious attraction of the imminent socials, the club’s Christmas lotto draw remains one of the most anticipated and eagerly looked forward to annual events of the year. Addressing the sizeable gathering at this year’s draw, held at The Big Tree, Aghern, on Saturday night, December 23, loyal servant John G Barry thanked everyone for their support. Adding that it was always in abundance and more than appreciated. John G remains the hurling rep to the Cork county board,
Numbers drawn were 5, 9, 25 and 28 and the jackpot of €10,800 wasn’t won. Winners of the regular consolation prizes on the night were SNN, Cullinagh, Ballynoe, Eileen Collins O’Donovan, Kilosseragh, Ballynoe, Phil Beecher, Conna, Cathal Leahy, Curraheen, Conna and Sean Buckley c/o The Big Tree Aghern. Cash festive bonus prizes were won by Seamus Kearney, Ballybride, Conna, Eileen Hogan, Kilcronat, Christopher Hurley, Cois Cille, Conna, Stephen Kearney, Ballybride, Conna and Gabriel and Geraldine Gregan, Clarecastle, Co Clare. Various spot prizes went to Eleanor Galvin, Rodney Paul, Conna, Tom Keating, Ballyduff, Valerie Morrissey, Fionn O’Connell, Ballynoe and Conor Kearney, Ballybride, Conna.
William Kearney provided soft music as a backdrop. As John G aptly declared at the outset “sure isn’t he one of our own!”
Many thanks to proprietors Mike and Jeanette Barry for hospitality shown.
Which brings us to the details from the most recent weekly draw which was held at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna, on Saturday night last. Numbers drawn were 2, 7, 19 and 25. There was no winner of the €11,000 jackpot. Consolation winners on the night were Catherine McCready, Mary Smith c/o The Big Tree, Aghern, Joan Flynn, Ballytrasna, Fermoy, Frankie McAuliffe, Rathdrum, Ballynoe and Eabha Twomey c/o Fisherman’s Rest. At this point in time we thank you for your ongoing and continuous support for both the weekly lotto draw and the Cork GAA clubs draw, two of the club’s biggest fundraisers.
First lotto draw of the new calendar year, now with an accumulated jackpot of €11,200, will be at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna on Monday night coming, January 8.
Poc fada
Eighteen combinations participated in St Catherines GAA and camogie club’s second annual poc fada. Entrants assembled at the top gate in the village straight across from Ballynoe post office and the first team was off around 11.00am on St Stephen’s morning last. Fee was €10 for adults and €5 for those in the fifteen to eighteen age group. Contestants had to use their own sliotars. Shane Fitzgerald and James ‘Junior’ Sheehan were the winners. Likewise, Linda O’Donnell and Brendan McKee were successful in the fifteen to eighteen age group. GAA club secretary Eleanor Galvin made the presentations. All those who took part enjoyed what was a worthy fundraiser.
What else was on over the Christmas
Elsewhere over the festive period saw the staging of your local goal mile in the GAA pitch in Ballynoe at 10.30am on Christmas morning. Ballynoe National School organised a swim at Claycastle in Youghal on Christmas morning around 12noon. Proceeds were in aid of a ball wall. Hot refreshments were served on the day. Also, Ballynoe Community Council mental health and wellbeing fun/run/walk was on in Knockadea woods last Saturday. Tea and snacks were served in Leahy’s Open Farm afterwards.
Party in Conna
Popped into Mike Lane’s seventieth birthday party, held at The Winner’s Enclosure in Conna on Friday night last. Music provided by Martin Kearney and ex-showband star Art Supple. Mike keeps well in touch with all his relations and neighbours. He is also a very loyal Catherines man and served as club secretary for five years in the early nineties. On big match days he is always available to help out at the gates or with the parking of cars. For many years he was one of the few from the club willing to put their name forward for stewarding on big match days at Páirc Uí Chaoimh and remains a frequent promoter of the club’s weekly lotto draw. Mike is a passionate Cork supporter, football as much as hurling. He is currently club football delegate to the Cork county board. After amusingly referring to John G Barry as the “senior delegate”.
Horse racing would be another love and he had an eventual winner named after him - Major Finnegan. There aren’t too many with that claim to fame! Mike would be a good man to have a pint with, is great company and is one of natures all round good guys.
What’s coming up?
There is a plethora of upcoming events. We hope to be present and give all fair and balanced coverage. But right now precedent must be given to the upcoming St Catherines GAA and camogie clubs annual juvenile social set for The Rochestown Park Hotel on Friday night, January 12. Tickets priced at €23 for adults and €15 for underage are currently available from juvenile secretary, Imelda O’Connell, St Catherines juvenile club treasurer Fiona Sheehan and assistant treasurer Susan Sheehan. Get your spoke in early. Demand is sure to be brisk.
Sponsors
T~A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are sponsors of St Catherines GAA club, juvenile club sponsors are Mulcahy Steel.
Thu, Jan 11, 2018 Club News Jan 11th 2018
St Catherines GAA
Juvenile social this weekend
We’re probably cutting it a bit tight, but take this as a final reminder of St Catherines GAA and Camogie Club’s annual juvenile social which takes place at the Rochestown Park Hotel, on this forthcoming Friday night, January 12. The start time 7.15pm by now the venue should be updated on possible numbers.
For those of you making late decisions just check with Fiona Sheehan, Imelda O’Connell and Susan Sheehan on ticket availability. Priced at €23 for adults and €15 underage. It’s always a memorable occasion.
Scór na bPáistí
St Catherines are holding their own domestic round of Scór na bPáistí in Ballynoe Community Hall on Wednesday night next, January 17 at 7pm. This then should enable us to have teams ready for the East Cork quarter-finals which take place on Friday night, January 19 at 7pm, Saturday, January 20 at 6.30pm, Sunday, January 21 at 2pm and again at 6.30pm. All divisional quarter-finals go ahead in Lisgoold hall. Please support.
History slot
Talk of times past
For the first time in three years, St Catherines had their names in the hat when it came to the draws for the county championship of the subsequent year. Catherines have been paired with Grenagh in the first round of the intermediate hurling championship for 2018. Draw made at county convention in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on the evening of Sunday, December 10 in the year just ended. Winners progress, while the losers will be up against losers of St Finbarr’s or Mayfield in the second round.
Catherines and Grenagh meet quite a bit at underage level. No great rivalry exists at adult level. Records show the last meeting was a round four intermediate hurling league tie. Grenagh pitch had problems. Match relocated and played in Whitechurch at 6.30pm on the evening of Saturday, April 5, 2014. Realistically weather-wise it was still awful. Fortunately it was a fixture only just seen out as the fear of fog was a real half time worry - thankfully not to materialise.
Grenagh were ahead on an interval scoreline of 0-08 to 0-04. Catherines began to claw back the deficit on the turnover. Cathal Leahy, now up in the forwards, picked out substitute Noel O’Brien who booted over a point. But try as they might Catherines couldn’t make serious inroads on the lead. With Colm O’Neill and ex county star Tom Kenny dominant, Grenagh were victorious on an end 0-13 to 0-08 scoreline. One sad note to report is that the referee was the subsequently ill-fated Peter Downey of Inniscarra.
Catherines’ line out that evening was Ed Aherne, Stephen O’Brien, Ronan Clancy, Sean Leamy, Cathal Leahy, Liam O’Connor, Brian Davis, James Neville, Conor Kearney, Paul Tobin, Kevin Mangan, Padraig O’Connor, John Mulcahy, Daniel Mangan and Colm Aherne.
Subs were Ed Kenneally, Noel O’Brien, Eoin Condon, John Casey, Johnny Hurley and Eoin Corcoran.
Recently when researching a piece for the junior county hurling final match programme one stated that hitherto there was also no great rivalry between St Catherines and Brian Dillons. One would have to go back twenty years when the teams met in the county U14B hurling final proper. It was played in glorious early autumn sunshine at Páirc Uí Rinn on the afternoon of Saturday, September 27th, 1997. Throw in time was 1.45pm Catherines winning 5-12 to 1-03.
Catherines team was: Annette Fitzgerald, John Casey, Bill Aherne, Niall O’Riordan, Matthew Harper, Richard Lynch, Alan Keane, Alan Carr, Colin Hogan, Dave Barry, Padraig Dillon, John Beecher, Padraig O’Connor, Liam Kearney, Tomás Casey. Subs used were: Kevin O’Sullivan, Niall Kearney and Esther Power. Also on the panel were Seamus Noonan, John Mulcahy, Ian Hegarty, Brian Hogan and Sean Barry. Winning captain was Liam Kearney.
Included in that Brian Dillons’ line up was their current influential forward, John Horgan. Incredibly Peter Downey was also referee that day. We’ve been meaning to go back to both those matches and we did.
Strictly DVDs
A final reminder this is your last chance at obtaining copies of the Strictly DVDs from the local shoes. A fitting souvenir of what was a truly memorable occasion. Price €10. There are still a few complementary programmes floating around.
Condolences
Our sympathy goes to Donie Cahill on the death of his mother Betty. Now back as secretary of the Cloyne club - a position previously occupied for many years - Donie was appointed vice chairman of Rebel Óg East on its inauguration in 2011. He graduated to the role of chairman until that particular board’s premature demise in the spring of 2015.
Get well soon
Thankfully now on the mend, we wish club registrar Pat Hartigan a speedy recovery following a recent illness.
Lotto results
First lotto draw of the new calendar year was held at The Winners Enclosure, Conna, on Monday night last, January 8. Numbers drawn were: 13, 15, 20 and 27 and the jackpot of €11,200 wasn’t won. Consolation winners on the night were: Claire Kearney, Mary C Leahy, Corrin View House, Glenreigh, Ballynoe, Angela Davis, Castlebrook, Conna, Richard Higgins Kilcronay, Ballynoe and Billy O’Connell, Ballynoe. Next will be a draw for a jackpot now standing at €11,400 at The Plough, Curraglass on Monday, January 15.
Sponsors
T~A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors Mulcahy Steel are juvenile club sponsors.
Thu, Dec 07, 2017 Club News December 7th 2017
Annual general meeting report

Outgoing chairman Tom Morrison, in addressing the parent club AGM (held in a room just off the main floor of Conna community hall on Friday night last) singled out the winning of the county junior A hurling championship as the highlight of the year.
Former players returning, allied to the introduction of a few new faces and minors meant there was greater depth to the squad and hopefully now this can provide the springboard to greater success. The club second string junior hurling squad retained their division two status and only lost out by a point to neighbours Castlelyons in an above average, fast Cork junior B hurling championship semi-final. Making the point that maybe the club didn’t hit the same heights in football, nevertheless, the junior As and Cs did win championship matches. Without success, both U21 teams short a decent quantity of players on the age, performed admirably.
Aside from the county junior success, team captain Daniel Mangan, Brian Mulcahy and Eoin Condon were members of the county winning Imokilly senior hurling squad. A great year for a youthful Eoin Davis, crowned county poc fada champion and also eventually earning his place as goalkeeper on the inaugural winning Cork All-Ireland U17 hurling team. Further glory bestowed on Ciaran O’Brien. Part of the winning Cork U15 hurling squad, younger brother Gearoid making the Cork panel for primary go game against Tipperary in Thurles back in mid-May.
Tom stressed that off the playing pitches that ‘Strictly St Catherines’ was a particular highlight, proving itself to be a great social occasion.
He thanked principal co-ordinator Ann Galvin, choreographer Niamh Twomey, main sponsors New Ireland Assurance and TVM for the ferocious work put in. Still stressing that it was an overall club effort. T~A are club sponsors while during the year Mulcahy Steel came on board and are now sponsors of St Catherines juvenile club.
St Catherines first annual poc fada was a great initiative. All money raised by the players going towards the conversion of an existing store room to a gym. There are also further plans to be carried out. The poc fada should go ahead again this year.
John O’Meara remains a great asset to the club. During the year John Lane moved on from his work in the pitches. Replaced by Thomas Murphy.
But this AGM will always be remembered as the night Dick Morrison retired as treasurer of the St Catherines club. Truly the end of an era. Dick was treasurer since the AGM of 1968. Over the years his brother Thos served as chairman. Both sons Ger and Tom filled the role of secretary. Tom is our current chairman. Completing a term of 49 unbroken years of Morrison service. Astounding. Tom let it be known he wouldn’t be seeking re-election as chairman.
Secretary Eleanor Galvin presented a meticulously prepared report. Reviewing all leagues and championships competed in. Mention too for the Kevin Walsh Cup. Won by Brian Dillons and played for in Ballynoe on the Monday of the June bank holiday as part of a diluted Lá na gClub programme. Highlight of that savagely wet day was the unveiling of the two plaques. One of which was in remembrance of the late Dave Hoare.
Eleanor, addressing her first adult club AGM as secretary, having been treasurer of the juvenile section for the previous nine years, informed us of the availability of club gear online. Select St Catherines from ‘my club’ section on www.oneills.com. You can get everything from replica jerseys, training tops, t-shirts, hoodies, half zips, hats, socks, shorts and gear bags. Ideal gifts there with the festive season fast approaching, as would the calendar currently being compiled by Paul Davis and Edmond Galvin. Eleanor informed us later that orders are being taken for county final DVD. Cost €20. If you would like a copy please text your name order to the club phone number. Orders must be in by tomorrow, Friday, December 8.
In the course of her report she also touched on the achievements of Finola Neville and Orla Cotter with the respective county camogie teams. Liam Kearney, who was assistant manager of league and cup winning Cork City also received some favourable mentions, concluding by thanking all for their co-operation. “Believe in your ability”.
Both treasurers reports were read and adopted. Balance sheets boosted by the coffers raised from the ‘Strictly’ income. All details presented by Dick Morrison and Richard Hegarty, were the beneficiaries of some glowing tributes. In a very brief address Dick Morrison in his role as president of St Catherines highlighted it to be a successful year both at adult and underage level. Officers elected at the juvenile AGM were ratified last Friday night. They being Shane O’Connell as chairman, Imelda O’Connell as secretary and treasurer being Fiona Sheehan. Successful county winning manager Ian O’Connell intimated he would not be putting his name forward as intermediate hurling boss. Seanie Farrell now steps up to assume that role. Billy Neville will be U21 hurling manager. Eoin Condon taking over the equivalent football squad.
Membership fees were settled as €100 for players, €60 for students and non players and €20 for under eighteens. A slight rise here. But it was well explained that the extra income will keep the gym upgraded.
At the end we were informed of some attractive upcoming club functions. Imokilly hurlers will be in the Winners Enclosure Conna on Friday night, December 15. County winning St Catherine’s hurlers will be in McAuliffes, Ballynoe 24 hours later on Saturday night, December 16. This year’s Christmas lotto draw and party goes ahead at The Big Tree Aghern on Saturday night, December 23. All lotto supporters, sellers and buyers alike welcome. Always now one of the most eagerly looked forwarded to nights of the year. Next subsequent lotto draw will be in The Fisherman’s Rest on Saturday night, December 30. First lotto draw of the new year will be in the Winners Enclosure, Conna, on Monday night, January 8.
St Catherines GAA and Camogie Club annual juvenile social will be on Friday, January 12. More details later. Adult GAA club victory social goes ahead on Saturday, February 3. Both socials on in Rochestown Park Hotel. Plenty to be mulling over there departing a meeting of just over two hours duration.

Officers Elected

President: Dick Morrison, Chairman; Pat Clancy, Vice Chairmen; Tom Morrison and Michael Lane, Secretary; Eleanor Galvin, Assistant Secretary; Antoinette O’Donnell, Treasurer; Richard Hegarty, Registrar; Pat Hartigan, PRO; John O’Mahony, Children’s Officer; Paul Davis, Culture/ Irish; Marie Clancy, Development; Pat O’Brien, Medical; Brigid Cotter, County Board Delegates; Michael Lane and John G Barry Richards , East Cork Board Delegate; Pat Lane.

Strictly DVD’s

Once again a reminder that DVD’s of that famous Strictly night in the Radisson Blu Hotel are now available in the local shops costing €10 each. Also they will have some copies of that magnificently produced colour programme to give out free of charge and remains a fitting souvenir of a momentous occasion. An ideal Christmas present!
Concert in Conna Church
Now we’re probably a bit late with this. Just a reminder of the Liam O’Connor concert on in Conna church at 8:00pm tomorrow night Friday, December 8. This is a fundraiser for Curraglass National School and helping hand homeless action group. Just check with the local shops or post offices or directly from the school re the availability of tickets. He played a stupendous concert at the venue in February of 2012 when a number of organisations including the camogie club were beneficiaries and the memory rolls on. Great night’s entertainment assured.

Scór

Now an update from the cultural officer Marie Clancy. St Catherines own round of Scór na bPáistí will be on in Ballynoe community hall on Wednesday, January 17 at 7.00pm. This is so we can assemble teams then to go forward to the East Cork quarter finals which are fixed for Lisgoold hall. Dates and times are as follows: Friday, January 19 at 7.00pm, Saturday, January 20 at 6.30pm and Sunday, January 21 at 2.00pm and again at 6.30pm.

Sympathy

Anybody with even a morsel of red blood flowing through their veins will surely have felt a pang off sorrow and disappointment to hear of the sad death of the legendary Willie John Daly. Passing to his eternal reward last mid week and a central figure in Cork hurling teams right up to the end of the nineteen fifties. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dílis.

Lotto

Keeping you up to speed with the results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at The Plough, Curraglass on Monday, December 4. Numbers drawn were: 14,17,22 and 30. There was no winner of the €10,400 jackpot. While the consolation winners were: Shannon Forde, Castleview, Conna, Dolores Hartigan, Conna, John Barrett, Ballynoe, Moroney Family, Cooladurragh and Jim Roche, Castlebrook Conna. A draw for a €10,600 jackpot takes place at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe, on Monday, December 11.

Sponsors:

T~A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors Ballynoe are St. Catherines G.A.A Club sponsors. Mulcahy Steel are juvenile sponsors.
Thu, Oct 12, 2017 Club News October 12th
A very busy time for our juvenile players

Coiste na nÓg County U14 B hurling championship
quarter-final
St Catherines 5-11 v
Clyda Rovers 5-06
A nail-biting performance, considering St Catherines had so many injured players. The team showed great spirit and never gave up.
Scorers: C. Dineen (0-6 frees) (0-8), Harry Draper (2-01), Gearoid O’Brien (2-0), Gerard Leahy (1-0), Mark Geary (0-1), Conor England (0-1).
St Catherines team: E Philpott, J O’Callaghan, K Wallace, C Bryan, B O’Connor, M Geary, S O’Donoghue, F O’Connell, W Leamy, D Morrison, C Dinneen, C England, G Leahy, G O’Brien, A O’Donnell. Subs: O Fitzgerald for C Bryan, S Cotter for E Philpott, H Draper for G Leahy, N Sheehan for A O’Donnell, J Mulcahy for C O’Brien. Referee: Paudie Kearney, Killeagh.

Rebel Óg East U16 B2 hurling championship final replay
Nemo Rangers 3-11
St Catherines 3-15
Because of the proximity of both teams to each other in terms of ability, this was the juvenile game of the year so far. Great scores. Goalmouth action. End to end activity, up and down the field. This game had it all. All in a contest where the verdict was very much in the balance up to the finish. Another draw. But on this occasion the realistic possibility of twenty minutes of extra time couldn’t be ruled out. You see these two teams are very evenly matched. Catherine’s winning the league encounter by three points when played on the Sunday afternoon of the May bank holiday weekend. Only deprived in the previous clash by the concession of a late equalizing goal when played in Castlemartyr on the evening of Friday, September 15. On this occasion just edging over the line. This Rebel Óg east U16 B2 hurling championship final replay played in Trabeg on Monday night, October 2nd.
So, you’re probably asking how would a championship final replay be on at the opponents’ venue? Fair question. You see juvenile fixtures can be very fickle. Faced with the closeness of the U14 and U16 finals to each other and with serious overlapping, Catherines would travel to Nemo if the finals could be spaced out that bit more suitably. There’s your answer. No neutral pitch could be ascertained in the interim. You might as well know this is a huge problem when it comes to staging underage matches.
Catherines started positively. Eoin O’Riordan winning and converting a free in the first minute - availing of a poor puck out Adam O’Brien crashed in an opportunistic goal shortly afterwards. Nemo goaled a free. Straight away we knew we were in for a titanic struggle. Upping it again when Gearoid O’Brien, three years below the age group, chased in a second Saints goal and a lead of 2-03 to 1-01 to even minutes. From there on as we say, two evenly matched teams traded points.
But Catherines inflicted with a savage blow. Losing a player to a straight red card on twenty seven minutes. Gamely battling to the sound of the half time whistle and just ahead on a scoreline of 2-05 to 1-06. Nemo ahead through a Brian Joyce goal on thirty three minutes. Sides level for the first time at 2-07 each shortly afterwards. Patrick Campbell was on target for the opposition. Working tirelessly Kevin Barry was rewarded with three second-half points. When Alan Barry goaled his second free edging the home lashed team narrowly ahead ay 3-09 to 2-10 to forty seven minutes. Such excitement still very much in the meeting pot.
Yet Catherines finished very strongly. Outscoring their opponents 1-04 to 0-01 in those hectic, nail biting closing minutes. Key scorer was the goal finished off by Cathal Dineen on fifty four minutes. Ciaran O’Brien converted a lengthy free. Adam O’Brien pointed two beauties. Substitute Gavin England playing a rival hole in their creation. Insurance point finished off again his Dinneen. What a game and great match to win.
Sean Twohig, chairman of Rebel Óg East, presented the winning cup to victorious captain, Adam O’Brien. Both teams go into the county rounds of the competition. As winners Catherines now meet northern runners up Doneraile with Nemo playing Kildorrery.
Catherines scorers: A O’Brien (1-06), C Dinneen (0-02 frees) (1-03), G O’Brien (1-0), K Barry (1-03), C O’Brien (0-01 free) (0-02), E O’Riordan (0-01 free). Nemo Rangers scorers: A Barry (2-03 frees) (2-04), P Campbell (0-4), B Joyce (1-0), G Linehan, M Harrington and S Elwood (0-01 each). St Catherine’s team: E Sheehan, C O’Brien, M Geary, J Duncan, B McKee, J McGuckian, J Hayes, H Barry, C England, E O’Riordan, C Dinneen, A O’Brien (team captain), G O’Brien. Subs: G England for C England (second half), K Wallace for E O’Riordan (50’). Also present: W McAuliffe, E Philpott, G Leahy, H Draper, J O’Keefe and D Galvin. Referee: Cormac Dinneen, Douglas.

Rebel Óg East U12 A hurling league semi-final
St Catherines 0-06 Aghada 3-04
Despite the result it was still a good year for these young players. There was a loss in round four of the regular programme of games on Monday evening, May 15. Then tasting defeat in the final of the prestigious Willie Ryan blitz at Rostellan on Saturday, September 9. Allied to this latest setback in the Rebel Óg East U12 A hurling league semi-final when played under lights at Ballynoe on Tuesday night, October 3. Just three defeats in all that time and all inflicted by Aghada. A neat Darragh Morrison hand pass picked out Nathan Sheehan who split the posts from distance.
It was the Saints only score from general play. Thus bringing the teams together for only the second time in the contest at 0-02 each to thirteen minutes when the serious damage was inflicted. A John Walsh free ending up in the net. Before Thomas Condon goaled a beauty on nineteen minutes establishing a five point lead for Aghada on a half time scoreline of 2-03 to 0-04. Fionn O’Connor was always a threat and a third opposition goal flashed to the net by Jack Flynn duly settled it. Catherines reliant on the accuracy of Kian O’Donoghue from placed balls for scores. Aghada now meet Youghal in the final. St Catherines are up against Grenagh in the U12 B football league semi-final. Patrons just take note that there are more championships at U12 level.
Catherines scorers: K O’Donoghue (0-05 frees) and N Sheehan (0-01). Aghada scorers: F O’Connor (0-04 frees), T Condon, J Flynn and J Walsh (free) (1-00 each). Catherine’s team: J Bryan, K Kelleher, E O’Driscoll, C Dunning, D O’Donovan, S O’Donoghue, O Fitzgerald, N Sheehan, C Pietropaolo, D O’Connell, D Morrison, C Leamy, C Sheehan, K O’Donoghue, S Cotter. Also: C Hayes, C McAuliffe, A Bryan, D Murphy, G O’Callaghan McCarthy, T Barry, C McCarthy and C Feeney. Referee: Padraig Kearney, Killeagh.

U9 hurling league semi finals and finals
On Saturday, our U9s travelled to Ballygiblin to play their end of season league final. Having beaten Carrig na BhFear in the semi-final, they progressed to the final where they played with all their might and beat Ballygiblin in a nail biting finish by a point. Final score 3-03 to 2-05.
Panel: T Clancy, J Pietropaolo, S O’Donoghue, K O’Donoghue, B McKee, B Aherne, C O’ Driscoll, J Kenneally, C Barn, J Tanner, L Moore, A Cotter.
U10 hurling league semi-finals and finals
St Catherines U10s hosted the hurling semi-finals and final in Ballynoe. While they beat Shamrocks comprehensively in the semi-final, it was not to be their day when they met Millstreet in the final and were beaten by 2 points. Final score: St Catherines 3-01, Millstreet 2-06.
Panel: T Dee, J Pratt, F McCready, C Murray, S Aherne, J Temple, G Sheehan, D Turley, S Mulcahy, C Hickey, M Kearney, C Leahy, S Wallace, T Clancy, J Pietropaolo. Many thanks especially to our junior referees Eoin David and Eoin Sheehan who did a great job on the day.

U11 hurling league semi-finals and final
St Catherines U11s travelled to Ballinspittle to the grounds of Courcey Rovers to take part in their semi-final and final. They played Ballinora in the semi-final. As it was a draw at full time 2-01 each, extra time was played. After some controversy, St Catherines advanced to the final against Carrigtwohill. Our boys played their hearts out, a skillful, respectful game of hurling was played but we were unlucky, being beaten by Carrigtwohill by 2 points. Final score 1-08 to 2-07.
The managers of the U9s, U10, and U11s wish to thank their mentors and all who helped with their teams throughout the season. In particular, they wish to thank the parents for their generosity, for bringing their children to trainings and matches, and providing refreshments when needed. Mile Buíochas.

Fixtures
Thursday, October 12 at Ballynoe: Rebel Óg East U12 B football league semi-final v Grenagh 7.15pm
Friday, October 13 at Pairc Ui Rinn, county junior A championship semi-final v Russell Rovers 8pm
Sunday, October 15 at TBC, Coiste na nÓg county U16 B2 hurling championship semi-final v Doneraile 2pm.
Wednesday, October 18 at Ballynoe, Rebel Óg Easter U16 B2 hurling league playoff v Kiltha Óg 8pm.
Lotto Results
From most recent lotto draw held at The Big Tree Aghern, on Monday night. October 9. Numbers drawn were 6, 17, 23, 24. The jackpot of €8,800 wasn’t won. Consolation winners on the night were Derek Gregan, Clarecastle, Co Clare, Chris McCarthy c/o S Cullinane. Liam Walsh, Carrismore, Mandy Kirey c/o Kaly, Gerry and Geraldine Gresgan Clarecastle Co. Clare. Next draw for a jackpot of €9,000 will be at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night, October 16.
Sponsors: T~A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA club sponsors. Mulcahy Steel are juvenile sponsors.

Thu, Nov 09, 2017 Club News November 9th 2017
Junior final ends in a draw
County Junior A Hurling Championship Final

St Catherines 2-10 Brian Dillons 1-13
It’s all a bit surreal and a tad irrelevant. Last Sunday afternoon’s county junior hurling final ended in a sharing of the spoils. It now seems like being in limbo and we won’t know our destination, be it heaven or hell, until the replay, which was scheduled again for Páirc Uí Rinn at 7.30pm on Tuesday night last, November 7.
It all started so well for the Saints. Shane Kearney was involved as the sliotar fell to team captain, Daniel Mangan to clash in the opening goal as early as the third minute. Parity had been restored at the end of the opening quarter. But after Brian Mulcahy saw an effort charged down, Daniel Mangan was in again, finishing off the second goal and a lead of 2-04 to 0-05 built up after twenty-one minutes. Mulcahy was proving a major thorn in the opposition defence and the player who secured the insurance goal for Imokilly in the recent county senior final tallied five points in all four alone in the opening half in a lead of 2-06 to 0-05 to the break.
The opposition fight back
But what a transformation we had on the change of ends. A sweetly struck John Horgan sideline ball, (his shooting, be it from frees, line balls or general play was one of the features of this county final), picked out Darragh Rodgers to goal from close range three minutes into the second half and Brian Dillons were now very much in the ascendancy. Colin Lynch found the target and were denied as they came from an alert Ed Ahearne. As two evenly matched teams were together again for the third time at 2-06 to 1-09 with a classy leveller from the always prominent Horgan. A county final now very much in the balance. Catherines without a third quarter score and still to register as the second half advanced. An unfortunate sad statistic well and truly breached. Back in front, from a Shane O’Brien pointed free. Then turning provider with the key pay to pick out Mulcahy who duly added another. Substitute Pa Roche finds the target. A hat trick of unanswered points in a glorious five-minute spell and now ahead on a scoreline of 2-09 to 1-09 to fifty-three minutes. But this was far from over as a contest, again the threatening Rodgers pointed the way.
Shane O’Brien gets the vital equaliser
A hattrick of Horgan points (including two from frees and a subliminal effort from out near the sideline at the seated covered stand side of the ground) from play had the opposition now narrowly ahead right on the sixty minutes. Thankfully Shane O’Brien again popped over a leveller in the four minutes that were added on. Brian Dillons had one last chance to secure victory. But this time it was a bit too far out. Outside of Horgan’s range. It fell short and all were back in Páirc Uí Rinn on Tuesday night, for proceedings opened with victory for Inniscarra over Fermoy in the county U21 A hurling final. A reminder to patrons that the winner of the Catherines/ Brian Dillons replay are up against newly crowned Tipperary champions Ballybacon/Grange in the semi-final of the Munster junior hurling championship at Ardfinnan next Sunday afternoon.
Catherines scorers: D Mangan (2-0), B Mulcahy (0-05), S O’Brien (0-03 frees) and P Roche (0-01).
Brian Dillions scorers: J Horgan (0-07 frees) (0-01 ‘65’) (0-10), D Rodgers (1-01), T Lawrence and C Lynch (0-01 each).
St Catherines team; E Aherne, E Wallace, S Morris, L O’Connor, C Hegarty, C Aherne, E Condon, S O’Brien, C Kearney, R O’Connell, B Mulcahy, S Cotter, R Galvin, D Mangan (team captain), S Kearney. Substitutes; J Neville for C Kearney (38’), E Kenneally for S Morris (40’- temporary), P Roche for S Kearney (45’).
Referee: Justin Murphy (Castletownroche.)

Coiste na nÓg county U16 B2 hurling championship
semi-final
Doneraile 1-08 St Catherines 0-08
In a dour struggle not for the purist, Doneraile emerged victorious by a three point margin in this Coiste na nÓg county U16 B2 hurling championship semi-final when played at an endearing Kildorrery venue at 2.30pm on Saturday afternoon last.
Darren Linehan with decisive score
Favoured by the conditions, a physically stronger opposition, who also dismissed the Saints from the equivalent Rebel Óg north football championship when played in Mitchelstown five weeks ago, searched the vital and probable match winning scores through the opening quarter. Tony Flynn was finding the target. But the goal finished off by the ever-dangerous Darren Linehan on sixteen minutes was the game’s decisive score.
Establishing a lead of 1-04 to 0-02. Moving onto 1-06 to 0-04 by the break captain Adam O’Brien pointing his second point of the game, thus reducing the margin as the Saints would turn around with the sun albeit reduced wind capacity to their backs.
Ten minutes into the second half, following a skirmish, a player from each side would receive their marching orders when cards of various colours were flashed. Points from the youthful, industrious and hardworking Gearoid O’Brien to which Cathal Dinneen added his fourth from a placed ball kept the Saints momentum going. But you feel Stephen Ryan’s point was a blow.
Pressure maintained right to the end
Doneraile again four points to the good to fifty-three minutes. Numerous Saints attacks now going unrewarded. Wide after wide as the pressure and intensity mounted. Ciaran O’Brien added a pointed free won by James Hayes. One thought time would be added on when the sendings off were being sorted. There was. But fifty seconds hardly seemed justifiable. In a repeat of a Rebel Óg north decider Doneraile will now meet Kildorrery again in the county final.
Doneraile scorers: D Linehan (0-01 free) (1-04), T Flynn and S Ryan (0-02 each). St Catherine’s scorers: C Dinneen (0-04 frees), A O’Brien (0-2), G O’Brien and C O’Brien (free) (0-01 each).
St Catherine’s team: Eoin Sheehan, Ciaran O’Brien, Kyle Wallace, Mark Geary, Brendan McKee, Josh McGuckian, James Hayes. Gavin England, Cathal Dineen, Eoin O’Riordan, Kevin Barry, Gearoid O’Brien, Adam O’Brien (team captain). Sub: Harry Draper for Eoin O’Riordan (21’).
Also: William McAuliffe, Darragh Galvin, Conor England and Callum Roberts. Referee: Colm Maher (Buttevant).

U14 B1 hurling league
semi-final
St Catherines 4-10 Aghabullogue 4-9
St Catherines U14 hurlers are through to the East region B1 hurling league final following a pulsating victory over Aghabullogue on Sunday, November 5.
With both teams having won their sections of the East B1 championship the teams were always going to be evenly matched and so it proved. Aghabullogue scored a point in the very first minute, to which Cathal Dineen equalised from a free 2 minutes later. By the end of 1st quarter St Catherines had 7 points on the scoreboard courtesy of Harry Draper (2), Gearoid O’Brien, Eoghan O’Riordan and two more Cathal Dineen frees. Aghabullogue however registered 1-3 in the same period, leaving just a point between the teams. The Saints then hit a purple patch - Cathal Dineen had a point from play before Harry Draper scored a goal, which was then followed by a point from Conor England. Aghabullogue replied with a goal, but a brilliant passing move started by fullback Kyle Wallace ended up with Harry Draper billowing the net for a halftime lead of 2-9 to 2-4 in favour of the Saints.
Heroic defending
Aghabullogue got the first 2 points of the second half before Gearoid O’Brien scored a smashing goal. However, 2 goals in quick succession from Aghabullogue saw the game tied up 3-9 to 4-6 at the midway point of the half and slight breeze and hill favouring Aghabullogue. Then Gearoid scored his second goal followed by another Cathal Dineen free, to leave the Saints 4 points to the good with 10 minutes left to play.
However, that proved to be the Saints last score and from there to the end the boys defended heroically to keep the Aghabullogue forwards at bay. The Saints did concede 2 points, leaving them 2 points up deep in injury time and facing a 21m free. But the ball flew over the crossbar to leave the bare minimum between the teams. A further 2 minutes of injury time were played but the Saints held out to win on a final scoreline of 4-10 to 4-9. Well done to the team who really dug deep towards the end and got their just rewards. St Catherines now play St Vincents in the league final in Ballynoe, possibly this coming weekend.
Scorers: Harry Draper 2-2, Gearoid O’Brien 2-1, Cathal Dineen 0-5,0-4 frees, Conor England and Eoghan O’Riordan 0-1 each.
Team: Stephen Cotter, James O’Callaghan, Kyle Wallace, Oisín Fitzgerald, Ben O’Connor, Mark Geary, Darragh Galvin, Cathal Dineen, Fionn O’Connell, William Leamy, Harry Draper, Conor England, Gerard Leahy, Gearóid O’Brien, Eoghan O’Riordan. Subs: Evan Philpott, Nathan Sheehan, William McAuliffe and James Mulcahy.
Referee: Stephen Murphy (Carrigaline).

Parish Leagues
Highly successful parish league finals, with over 150 boys and girls between the ages of 6 and 12 attending, were held in Ballynoe over the past two weekends. Cork, captained by Cathal Sheehan were victorious in the division 3 hurling final by 11 and 12 years old.
Panel of players; Cathal Sheehan, Sara Clancy, Colm Feeney Nathan Sheehan, Jack Hickey, Evan O’Driscoll, Dylan Murphy, Shane Cotter, Jake Bryan, Chloe Draper, Dawn Clancy, Tara Leahy, Cathal McAuliffe, Oisín Fitzgerald, Diarmuid O’Connell, Cian Hegarty, Jack Leahy, Ciaran Leamy, Gearóid O’Callaghan, Nadine Pratt, Cliona Dunning, Keira O’Donnell, Kieran Kelleher, Sean O’Donoghue, Adam O’Keeffe, Ciaran Pietropaolo, Shane Hegarty, Timothy Barry, Cian McCarthy, Jessica O’Brien, Doireann Hayes, Darragh Morrison, Cian O’Donoghue, Diarmuid O’Donovan, Adam Ryan, Cian Dunning, Conor Hayes, Kianna O’Sullivan, Áine Twomey, Sinead Goss and Eabha Twomey.
More about the other age groups in the following weeks.

Scór
If anyone out there is willing to recite, sing, act or take part in question time, please contact our Irish officer, Marie Clancy. The East Cork Scór na nÓg finals are on in Lisgoold hall on Saturday, November 25 at 7.30pm.
Mini Hallowe’en Camp
As the schools were closed for midterm break we had over 60 boys and girls, from the three schools of the parish, attend last week’s GAA and camogie mini Halloween camp in the pitches in Ballynoe. The camp was held from Tuesday 31st to Thursday 2nd, from 10.00am to 12.45pm daily. Coaches were Noel O’Brien, Seanie Farrell, Rory Galvin, Aoife Hurley, Adam O’Brien, Brendan McKee, Eoin Sheehan and Mike Walsh, Helpers from second year were Cliona Dunning, Kyle Wallace, Jessica O’Brien, Jane England, Mark Geary, Darragh Galvin and Conor England. Thanks to the following who helped out the first morning: Mags Fitzgerald, Susan Sheehan, Mags England, Majella Pietropaolo and Tracey O’Driscoll. Super weather made for an enjoyable three days.

All-Stars
No great surprises with all stars revealed last week. Dublin, Mayo, Galway and Waterford dominated as expected. Cork picked up two hurling awards with Sean Powter picking up a nomination in the Young Football Player of the Year award. This was won emphatically by Dublin’s Con O’Callaghan, who between both codes has had a mesmeric year. Picking up three phenomenal and a further three All-Ireland medals along the way. One of those unforgettable years.

Lotto
Because of the bank holiday, last week’s lotto draw was held over until Tuesday, October 21st at the Plough, Curraglass, Numbers drawn were 1, 16, 19 and 24. There was no winner of the €9,400 jackpot. The consolation winners on the night were: Kieran Morrison, Conna, Aisling O’Reilly c/o R. Higgins, Maura Lyons c/o Liz Cullihane, Ballynoe, Noreen Fitzgerald, Garrycahera, Ballynoe and Liam Burke, Glengoura.
Sponsors
T~A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA club sponsors. Mulcahy Steel are sponsors of St Catherines juvenile club.



Thu, Nov 16, 2017 Club News November 16th 2017
Juvenile AGM tonight

Oops! A quick check through the forward planner and there it was. Thursday, November 16 sees the staging of the juvenile Annual General Meeting. It takes place in the clubrooms in Ballynoe. It is the most important get-together in the underage section of the club over the entire year and commences at 8pm. While we’re at it can we inform you that the annual meeting of the parent club goes ahead in Ballynoe Community Hall on Saturday, November 25 at 8pm. That’s also the night for the East Cork Scór na nÓg finals in Lisgoold Community Hall at 7.30pm. Please let our Irish/Cultural Officer Marie Clancy know if you are interested in participating.

Strictly st catherines

They were dancing in Pairc Ui Rinn and in the Conna / Ballnoe parish last Tuesday week as the St Catherines hurlers were crowned 2017 Cork junior A hurling champions, last Saturday night the dancing was in the Radisson Blu, Little Island and what a super show unfolded. The most flamboyant - and thus far the most glamorous – fundraiser, jointly organised by the GAA and camogie clubs was a resounding success. ‘Strictly St Catherines’, with New Ireland Assurance sponsors of the event, with each participant attaining their own individual sponsorship also, was simply fabulous. Ann Galvin was Strictly chairperson. Choreographer for the entire event (a massive undertaking) was Niamh Twomey. Well-known commentator from local radio, Paudie Palmer, acted as master of ceremonies. William Kearney was green room MC. Thirteen separate dance partnerships performed on the night.
The winning routine was decided by a number of factors, primarily by the quality of the dance as decided by expert judge Liam Guiney with the assistance of Assumpta Mangan and Pat Hartigan. Each couple were credited points based on the amount raised through sponsorship over the last couple of months. But of course you, the voting public, ultimately decided it. Votes cost €5 each and were on sale throughout the evening. Antoinette O’Donnell and John O’Meara with the tango and Denis Walsh and Margaret O’Connell who performed a waltz, were in the shake-up. But the winners on the night were John Mulcahy and Fiona Sheehan, with their version of the ‘Paso Doble’. A feather in the cap for the juvenile club, as Mulcahy Steel are sponsors and Fiona is juvenile club treasurer. Laya healthcare sponsored first prize.
A fantastic success
Each dance combo organised a promotional video of their act. Winner of this award, which was a parody on the Diet Coke ad, were Matt McAuliffe and Linda O’Keeffe, who danced a ‘Broadway Quickstep’. At the end, Paddy Aherne, on behalf of the dancers addressed the multitudes present. A huge undertaking, from the hotel, the organising committee, PR team, video production team, TVM, right down to hairdressing, make-up, stage and lighting etc. Massive. It’s probably the kind of event you couldn’t organise every year. But the first year of ‘Strictly St Catherines’ was a resounding success, capping a marvellous week for the clubs. Take another bow, one and all!

County junior A hurling championship final – replay
St Catherines 0-13
Brian Dillons 0-12
Salute the heroes. As the Saints rescued what was a perilously ominous situation, grinding out the perfect result, when winning out this county junior A hurling championship final replay at a cold and occasionally wet Páirc Uí Rinn on Tuesday evening, November 7. If there was to be a subsequent downpour it wouldn’t have mattered, as Catherines’ supporters lapped up and revelled in the joyous occasion. Claiming their fourth adult title in a thirty-four year period, adding to the junior title won in November 1983, then winning the Intermediate championship eleven years later, before being crowned inaugural Premier Intermediate champions in 2004, when current manager Ian O’Connell was goalkeeper, against Courcey Rovers. All those county finals were played in Páirc Uí Chaoimh.
Shane O’Brien pointed the way from a placed ball on fifty seconds, but thereafter would depart the action with a thigh injury. His replacement, Ronan Clancy, had a major say as early as the fifth minute in the destination of the title, plunged into the cauldron of all that a county final brings. Clancy assumed free taking duties. He didn’t get them all, but pointed the ones that counted - often in pressure situations. He handled the situation well for a player tasting his first serious championship action of the season. Only an injury time cameo role against Russell Rovers in the county semi-final was his previous first team appearance.
It was obvious from an early stage that defensively Catherines were coping well with what could be a threatening opposition attack. Remember the formidable points tallies put up against Banteer, Dromina and Nemo Rangers in the county rounds of this magnificent competition, including beaten divisional finalists for the first time. In what was always going to be a tight, closely fought affair, it was 0-02 each to the end of the first quarter. Indeed, Brian Dillons didn’t score from play at all in the opening half. Richard O’Connell and Pádraig O’Connor were among the Saints scorers in building up a 0-07 to 0-05 half time advantage.
Slowly but surely Brian Dillons assumed control. As in the draw the previous Sunday they were enjoying a lucrative and rewarding third quarter. Darragh Rodgers, a one-time Cork panellist in the Denis Walsh regime, Tommy Lawrence, Colin Lynch and team captain John Horgan, were flying. A three-point deficit at 0-09 to 0-06 to thirty three minutes turned right around into a lead by a similar margin. All players finding the range, six unanswered points, the return as Brian Dillons eased themselves into a lead of 0-12 to 0-09 to forty four minutes. Questions being asked, bench being emptied and the response, to a man, commendable.
Brian Mulcahy put over a crucial score, his third of the hour and eight in all over the two games. Along with Daniel Mangan and Eoin Condon, they now add junior medals to the senior ones already claimed with Imokilly. Clancy saw parity restored for the first time since the twenty-third minute and third in all at 0-12 each. Lynch missed a vital opposition free. Why were the takers changed? As Richie O’Connell, due back to Australia shortly, won the vital free, coolly slotted over by the super cool Clancy for the lead score at 0-13 to 0-12 to fifty seven minutes. There were scenes of euphoria as the sound of Davy Copps full-time whistle was being greeted, having waited for what seemed like four agonising, injury time minutes. Stars from previous county finals mingling with the new heroes.
In accepting the John Quirke Cup from Ger Lane, chairman of the Cork GAA County Board, Daniel Mangan delivered an emotional and thought provoking captain’s speech, touching on the all too soon deaths of Alice Aherne and Noel Mulcahy, whose respective sons were playing. As well as Dan and Dave Hoare, both of whom also passed away in recent years. Back to a victory parade in Conna. Let the celebrations begin!
Scorers: R Clancy (0-06 frees), B Mulcahy (0-03), R O’Connell, D Mangan, O’Connor and S O’Brien (free) (0-01 each).
Brian Dillons scorers: J Horgan (0-05 frees) (0-07), C Lynch (0-02 frees) (0-03), T Lawrence and D Rodgers (0-01 each).
St Catherine’s team: E Aherne, E Wallace, S Morris, L O’Connor, C Hegarty, C Aherne, E Condon, S Cotter, S O’Brien, R Galvin, B Mulcahy, P O’Connor, R O’Connell, D Mangan (team captain) and S Kearney. Subs: R Clancy for S O’Brien (6’), J Neville for S Kearney (42’), W Walsh for C Aherne (46’), P Roche for R O’Connell (61’), C Kearney for P O’Connor (63’). Also on panel: C Leahy, S Walsh, P Keane, E Kenneally, K Neville, S O’Regan, D Lane, N O’Regan, S O’Brien, J Mulcahy, J Hurley, L Kearney, J Casey.
Referee: Davy Copps (Ballyhea).

Munster junior hurling championship semi-final
Ballybacon Grange 1-11
St Catherines 0-09
A third major tussle inside seven days allied to the understandable celebrating and the staging of Strictly less than twenty four hours previously, probably found the Saints out, losing by a five point margin in this Munster junior club semi-final when played in Ardfinnan on Sunday afternoon last. Catherines actually made the better start. Ronan Clancy pointed twice from placed balls. Shane Kearney with the key pass picked out Rory Galvin who added another from play, making it four points without reply to nine minutes. It could and should have been more. Slowly Ballybacon clawed their way into it. They were winning more around the middle of the field. Had their first score from play after twenty minutes and a hat-trick of pointed frees from influential goalkeeper Brendan Cummins tied it all up at 0-06 each by half time.
Again the Saints started brightly on the turnover. Liam O’Connor released Brian Mulcahy to point a snappy score. Daniel Mangan added a further brace, establishing a 0-09 to 0-06 lead to thirty four minutes, when Gerry Cronin finished off the opposition’s and game’s only goal, sixty seconds later. Four further points, including another two from the sharp Cummins, had Ballybacon in a strong position. Despite the best efforts of both teams, we had to wait until the sixty-fourth minute for the next and the game’s last score. Aaron Lonergan pointing for the Tipp representatives who now meet either Bodyke or Ardmore in the final.
St Catherine’s scorers: D Mangan and B Mulcahy (0-03 each), R Clancy (0-01 free) (0-01 ‘65’) (0-02) and R Galvin (0-01).
Ballybacon Grange scorers: B Cummins (0-05 frees), G Cronin (1-01), A Lonergan (0-02 frees) (0-03), B Hewitt and A Savage (0-01 each).
St Catherine’s team: E Aherne, E Wallace, S Morris, L O’Connor, C Hegarty, E Condon, W Walsh, C Kearney, S Cotter, P O’Connor, R Clancy, R Galvin, B Mulcahy, D Mangan and S Kearney. Subs: J Neville for C Kearney (30’), R O’Connell for S Kearney (second half), P Roche for R Clancy (36’), P Keane for P O’Connor (39’), N O’Regan for S Cotter (46’).
Referee: Jason Mullins (Limerick).

Rebel Óg East U14 B1 hurling league final
St Catherines 2-03
St Vincents 3-12
Following on from the visibly upset at a sizeable championship loss to the Saints in their own pitch back in the middle of August, on this occasion St Vincents mangled the form book to shreds, running out clear and comprehensive victors of this Rebel Óg East U14 B1 hurling league final when played at a dull, misty and overcast Ballynoe early on Saturday morning last.
Vincents grasped the initiative early and with JP O’Brien finding the range, were six points without reply ahead to nine minutes. Suddenly the home team were right back in it. Gearóid O’Brien in a few roles added 2-01. Further scores from Harry Draper and a Cathal Dinneen free after Conor England was fouled saw this year’s divisional championship winners ahead on a half time scoreline of 2-03 to 0-08. But that was that. Luke Condon, Kyle O’Connor and Benjamin Long were very good, as Vincents went on to dominate. Liam Shanahan, Rebel Óg East chairman presented the shield to winning captain David Butler.
Scorers: G O’Brien (2-01), H Draper and C Dinneen (free) (0-01 each).
Team: E Philpott, S O’Donoghue, K Wallace, O Fitzgerald, B O’Connor, M Geary, D Galvin, F O’Connell, C Dinneen, E O’Riordan, H Draper (capt), C England, W Leamy, G O’Brien and N Sheehan. Subs: D Morrison for N Sheehan (second half), A O’Donnell for W Leamy (42’), G Leahy for C England (52’), W McAuliffe for F O’Connell (53’), J O’Callaghan for O Fitzgerald (55’).
Referee: Ger Scully (Killeagh).
Parish Leagues
Just to reiterate a point made but not seeing the light of day is that winning parish league division three football captain was Sarah Clancy of the Waterford team. In the division two competitions for nine and ten year olds Waterford captained by Shay Wallace were victorious in the hurling final. Cork won the football. Successful captain being Ally Mulkerrins.
Panel of players being: Shay Wallace, Ally Mulkerrins, Gearóid Sheehan, Stephen Mulcahy, Julian Pietropaolo, Lucy Barry, Lexi Cuneen, Sacha O’Sullivan, Liam Moore, James Kenneally, Katelyn Hickey, Katelyn O’Donoghue, Conor Murray, Fionn McCready, Daniel Turley, Charlie Leahy, Eryn Dillon, Sadbh Murray, Emma Twomey, Kyle O’Donoghue, Cathal Barry, Gráinne Dinneen, Sophia Fitzgerald, Ellie Barry, Thomas Dee, Sam Aherne, Amy Leahy, Katie O’Donovan, Ella O’Connor, Cillian Hickey, Tristan Clancy, Calum O’Driscoll, Jack Tanner, Ciara McLoughlin, Marie O’Connor, Ciara Fitzgerald, Faye Sheehan, Jake Pratt, John Temple, Hannah Norman, Ava Dowling, Chloe Higgins, Maeve Egan, Sophie Early, Mark Kearney, Shane O’Donoghue, Saorla Twomey, Sarah Hannon, Billy Aherne and Billy McKee.
More Glory Bestowed on Parish
Not just because of the recent success attained by the junior hurlers, we are fortunate to reside in a parish infatuated with sport. Along with his brother Shane, Liam Kearney remains one of the most talented players ever to don a jersey at juvenile level, irrespective of the path taken thereafter. Both were members of the county winning junior panel. But we congratulate Liam as well on the league and cup double attained by Cork City. There is such an intense programme of activities ongoing. Some could be skipped, even overlooked. Orla Cotter, one of the club’s greatest ambassadors, now has five All-Star awards, adding to her six All-Ireland senior camogie medals in the closet. Phenomenal.
Surely all horse racing fans must appreciate last week’s stunning achievements down under. Don’t forget Aidan O’Brien’s horses came one, two, three in last year’s Prix De l’Arc. There was a one, two, three, four in the recent racing post trophy. Oh! When you’re good – you’re good!

Lotto
Back to its regular slot and the lotto results from the draw at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Monday night, November 6. Numbers drawn were 3, 9, 11 and 23. There was no winner of the €9,600 jackpot. The consolation winners on the night were John Barrett, Ballynoe, Gerry Gregan, Clarecastle, Dermot O’Leary, Conna, Hannah Hartnett, Ballynoe and Seán O’Dowd, Conna.

Sponsors
T and A Building and Civil Engineering, Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA club sponsors. Mulcahy Steel are sponsors of St Catherines juvenile club.
Thu, Nov 23, 2017 Club News November 23rd
Busy year for
St Catherines
juveniles recalled at AGM
It’s been a hectic and condensed period of time in our great club. There have been two county finals coupled with a game in the Munster junior hurling championship, allied to the major fundraiser of ‘Strictly St Catherines’. All coupled with the October bank holiday. Busy times.
Now we update your lotto results service. Starting with the details from the draw held at The Big Tree, Aghern, on Monday, November 13. Numbers drawn were 9, 17, 18 and 24 and the jackpot of €9,800 wasn’t won. Consolation winners were Frank Hayes, Aghern; Mossie Barry, c/o TVM Bartlemy, D~L syndicate, c/o Winacre Stable; Iona Flynn c/o TVM Bartlemy and George Peet c/o The Big Tree, Aghern, Niamh Kielthy, Glentrasna, Ballynoe; Nora Brien c/o PH Conna and Pat O’Donovan, Barrafomona, Ballynoe. Next draw for a now accumulated €10,200 jackpot will be at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna on Monday night, November 27.
Juvenile annual AGM
The first major frost of a slowly settling-in winter didn’t deter those interested from attending the juvenile AGM held in the clubrooms in Ballynoe, on Thursday night last.
Chairman Shane O’Connell welcomed all those committed bodies. Some converted, a few present for the first time and welcome they are. Describing it as a long, busy and successful year in lots of different parts. Some staggering statistics revealed one hundred and forty three active young players from the five to eighteen age group. Encompassing twenty nine mentors. All involved in the juvenile club during the season. Special mention for Gearoid O’Brien part of the Cork squad that played Tipperary in the primary go game at Thurles back towards the middle of May. Elder brother Ciarán making the county team successful in the All-Ireland U15 hurling tournament at Brinny back towards the end of August. Then there was Eoin Davis, goalkeeper on the Cork team and winners of the inaugural All-Ireland U17 hurling championship. During the year St Catherines won two divisional hurling titles. They were also beaten in the Coiste na nÓg county U15 B hurling championship final.
Many courses held during the year
In a wide varied presentation, mention was made of foundation and child protection courses. Both held during the year. There was the successful registration morning. While the annual juvenile social at the plush Rochestown Park Hotel was a resounding success. It would be hopeful that another social will be staged each in the new year.
St Catherines organised four camps. Three in the current calendar year. Including the week long annual Cúl camp, held in the pitches in Ballynoe on the first week of July. Head coach was Noel O’Brien, minor, U16 and U14 GAA and camogie managers kindly sent out texts to players who wished to put their name forward to coach/help at the camp. Such was the response that we did not need the help of first years who kindly offered. As a result, an afternoon, 3-day skills workshop was organised. Junior hurling manager Ian O’Connell was a big help here, organising Colm Spillane, Robbie O’Flynn and Shane Kingston as coaches. Participants paid €20 which covered the costs.
There was a school fun day held on Monday, May 29. There was some fantastic feedback here and no doubt has improved the goodwill from the schools to the club. Something we should do again? County player Finola Neville was coaching in the schools. Not always available with Seanie Farrell now stepping in. Those who supported the annual church gate collection were thanked. Shane was high in his praise of his fellow officers. James Spillane looked after the gear. Likewise, Cathy and Brian Cotter the hurlers, Edmond Galvin updating the twitter machine. Mention too of the just ending parish leagues.
It’s been a hectic couple of weeks in the club. There was the winning of the divisional and county junior A hurling titles and all this must have a positive impact on juvenile players. Congratulations too to all the dancers.
Shane appealed for your ongoing support for the weekly lotto. T~A are club sponsors but during the year Mulcahy Steel came on board and they now sponsor the juvenile section of St Catherines club. He concluded by wishing everybody well and maybe for next year we could raise the standard even higher.
We were informed that outgoing secretary Lisa O’Mahony had intimated she would not seek re-election. Assistant secretary Imelda O’Connell was proposed, seconded and appointed to the role.
Outgoing parent club chairman Tom Morrison complimented all the officers on all the hard work put in during the year. Stressing the need for new officers at adult level and maybe some faces from the juvenile AGM might consider getting involved. Strictly winner Fiona Sheehan presented a champion financial report.
Child officer, Paul Davis stressed the importance of the need for Garda vetting. Also pointing out how crucial proper selectorial behaviour on the sideline is all team managers from U7/8 up to minor addressed the meeting. Thanking all their fellow selectors along the way. Club PRO John O’Mahony presented a detailed review of all competitive games in both codes throughout the various age groups. Club president Dick Morrison felt all speakers had covered the relevant issues. It all starts with the underage. There is a great buzz around at the moment. ‘Let’s keep it going!’
Managers appointed
U6: Johnny Sheehan, U7/8: Paul O’Connell, U10: Alan O’Mahony, U11/12: Mark O’Driscoll, U13/14: Brian Cotter, U15/16: Edmond Galvin.
Officers appointed
Chairman: Shane O’Connell, vice-chairman: Brian Sheehan, secretary: Imelda O’Connell, assistant secretary: Kate O’Riordan, treasurer: Fiona Sheehan, assistant treasurer: Susan Sheehan, fixtures co-ordinator, board delegate and PRO: John O’Mahony.
Parish leagues
St Catherines juvenile club organised parish leagues were recently held over two weekends in the pitches in Ballynoe. For instance, the division one league for the six to eight year olds was very exciting with a great level of skill being shown. Cork captained by Alan Cotter beat Tipperary in the hurling final by 4-00 to 2-00 and Waterford overcame the challenge of Galway in the football equivalent. Final score being 5-02 to 3-01. Winning captain was Sean Walsh. All medals were presented by All-Ireland winning goalkeeper Eoin Davis. Thanks to the young players for refereeing the matches. Well done to all involved. Chief organiser, club vice chairman Brian Sheehan tells us that completes this year’s action and we will see all these young players return to the fold in 2018.
Panel of players
Alan Cotter, Eoghan O’Mahony, Sean Walsh, Conan Hurley, Tadgh Lynch, Eoin Dillon, Cillian McCarthy, Armed De Cos, Aodhán Burke, Rosin Collins, Meabh Fitzgerald, Ciara Goss, Ava Condon, Laura Twomey, Izzy Warren, Layla McNamara, Kayla Cummins, Shay McCarthy, Billy O’Connor, Ronan O’Donoghue, Ben Cummins, Lucy Geaney, Hannah O’Donnell, Ella Higgins, Katie Dee, Sadbh Barry, Johanna Carr, Aimee Kearney, Anna McAuliffe, Ava Cotter, James O’Connor, Cathal Higgins, Tomas Morrison, Roman De Coster, Oisín Morrison, Simone Fitzgerald, Ciara Hayes, Sophia O’Sullivan, Orla Morrison, Sara Swirski, Alesha Hickey, Ali Quirke, Ronan Hickey, Shane Riordan, Hannah Barry, Emma Turley, Áine Kielty, Amy O’Connell, Tadhg Walsh, Sean Moore, Ethan Bryan, Teagan Murphy, Abby Leahy, Eileen Bryan and Kate Molloy.
Harty Cup
Eoin Davis was in goals and team captain Eoin Wallace at right fullback as St Coleman’s kept their winning run going with an emphatic victory over previously unbeaten John the Baptist Community School, Hospital, in their most recent Harty Cup outing at Kilfinane. Included in the Blackwater CS outfit are Philip Keane and Ben O’Brien. They were due to play Coláiste Iósaef in Kildorrery last Monday.
Condolences
Our sympathy goes to the O’Donovan family, Kilasseragh, Ballynoe on the sad passing of Michael. Grandson Diarmuid is a regular on the U11 and U12 teams in both codes. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
Fixture
Sunday, November 26 at 2pm, Coiste na nÓg county U13 A hurling league final v Kinsale at venue tbc.
Adult club AGM
Patrons please take note that the date for the adult club annual general meeting has been changed. Now taking place on Friday, December 1 in Conna Hall at 8pm. All welcome.
Sponsors
T~A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are sponsors of St Catherines GAA Club. Mulcahy Steel are juvenile club sponsors.

Thu, Nov 30, 2017 Club News 30 November 2017
St Catherines GAA
Adult club AGM this weekend
Following the successful staging of its juvenile equivalent, attention now shifts to the parent club annual general meeting which goes ahead in Conna hall on this forthcoming Friday, December 1 at 8.00pm. It’s the important meeting of the year and all are welcome.
Lotto
It appears that the gremlins surfaced last week. So we resubmit the results from the lotto draw which was held at The Fisherman’s Rest on Monday, November 26. Numbers drawn were 2, 11, 16 and 17 and the jackpot of a then accumulated €10,000 wasn’t won. The consolation winners on the night were Mike Fitzgerald, Sydney, Siobhan Cronin c/o The Big Tree, Aghern, Niamh Kielty, Glentrasna, Ballynoe, Nora Brien c/o P.H. Conna and Pat O’Donovan, Barrafohona, Ballynoe.
Moving on and we give you the details from the most recent draw which was held at The Winners’ enclosure, Conna on Monday night last, November 27. Numbers drawn were 16,18,21,26. There was no winner of the €10,200 jackpot. The consolation winners were EP Harnett, Rathdrum, Ballynoe, Dennis Dingivan, Seamus Moroney, Kilmagner, Jack Cotter, Boulta, Ballynoe and Tom Fitzgerald, Ballynoe. A draw for a now accumulated €10,400 jackpot will be on in The Plough, Curraglass on Monday night coming, December 4. Also, next week we reveal dates for the lotto draws that will be on over the festive period. Remember tickets cost just €2 and are available from committee members and businesses throughout the parish. We thank you for your loyal and ongoing support.
Coiste na nÓg County U13 A Hurling League Final
Kinsale 3-06 St Catherines 2-07
What a game. In the end it was the home team just doing enough before seeing off a stubborn and tenacious Saints challenge in this Coiste na nÓg county U13 A hurling league final when people played in Kinsale early on Sunday afternoon last. Both teams found it difficult to breach the opposition rearguard, with the respective defences keeping whatever could be thrown at them at bay. In particular, Sean O’Donoghue and Kyle Wallace hurled heroically for a Saints outfit well beaten by the same opposition in a regular group game at Ballynoe, back towards the middle of June.
Kian O’Callaghan worked his way through and finished off the game’s first and lead score with a lead goal right at the end of the opening quarter. But Catherine’s were sticking to their task and were rewarded when James Mulcahy cheekily lobbed the equalising goal. Kian O’Donoghue subsequently added a brace of points from converted frees and it was 1-03 to 1-00 in favour of the visitors at the break.
Kinsale were having the best of it on the changeover and finished off two goals a minute apart - Kris O’Callaghan with the second from a lengthy free just two minutes into the second half. Dangerman James Murphy, now further out the field, added a point.
Catherines continued to hurl majestically and were now defensively very much on tap. Wingback Ben O’Connor regularly on the sliotar and Fionn O’Connell at centre back attracting the ball as if it was a magnet. His clearance balls were the launch pads for many attacks. Nathan Sheehan was involved, before at the second time of asking team captain Gearoid O’Brien forced in a second Catherine’s goal, thinning the deficit to just one point on forty four minutes. Denis Temple dub shot over the leveller and this county league final was going to twenty minutes of extra time, ten a side, on an end scoreline of 3-02 to 2-05.
Three unanswered points in as many minutes had Kinsale ahead at 3-05 to 2-06 to the end of the first period. Catherines tried manfully to rescue the situation and were rewarded three successful frees with time gradually petering out. One was ushered out for a sixty five. A subsequent effort hit the post. Gearoid O’Brien pointed a late free on fifty minutes at 3-06 to 2-07, which was how it ended. Referee Stephen Murphy thought it was such a fair and evenly fought decider that he requested the match ball at the end before presenting the winning cup to successful captain, Ben Loughnane.
Catherine’s scorers: G O’Brien 0-01 free) (1-03), J Mulcahy (1-00), K O’Donoghue (0-03 frees) and D Temple (0-01).
Catherine’s Team: Stephen Cotter, James O’Callaghan, Kyle Wallace, Sean O’Donoghue, Ben O’Connor, Fionn O’Connell, Oisín Fitzgerald, Nathan Sheehan, Kian O’Donoghue, Adam O’Donnell, Gearoid O’Brien (team captain), Ciaran Kelleher, Cathal Sheehan, Denis Temple, James Mulcahy. Substitutes: Cathal McAuliffe and Ciaran Pietropaolo for Cathal Sheehan and Ciaran Kelleher (second half). Diarmuid O’Connell for Adam O’Donnell (41’), Diarmuid O’Donovan for James Mulcahy (73’) and Shane Cotter for Denis Temple (76’).
Referee: Stephen Murphy (Bandon).
Strictly DVDs
A message from co-ordinator Ann Galvin that DVDs of that now legendary ‘Strictly’ night are available in the local shops costing €10 each.
Sponsors
T~A Building and Civil Engineering contractors Ballynoe are sponsors of St Catherines GAA club, juvenile club sponsors are Mulcahy Steel.
Thu, Sep 28, 2017 Club News September 27th 2017
Week dominated by
juvenile affairs
East Cork Junior Hurling League Division Two Round Four
St Catherines 0-19
Carraig na bhFear 1-20
As the headline aptly puts it this was a week dominated by underage affairs. Carraig na bhFear collected the points on offers from this r4 JHL div2 match played in Ballynoe on Sunday morning last, a gifted double save from Cathal Leahy maintaining the Saints early interest as four points shared equally between John Mulcahy and John Casey had two events matched teams together at 0-05 each after eighteen minutes. Patrick Roche was accurate with the frees as the opposition were just claiming the upper hand to lead narrowly on a half time scoreline of 0-11 to 0-9.
Peter O’Sullivan scored the all-important solitary goal of the game in the third minute of the second half. Con Burns and Brendan Murphy also found the target and with Conor Hayes unnerving from frees and general play, it was 1-18 to 0-16 for the opposition to the end of the third quarter.
Thomas O’Donnell, Lucas O’Callaghan McCarthy, Johnny Hurley and Padraig O’Connor replied with points of their own. Keeping the high scoring ratio attached to this game going, Conor Hayes with the eleventh point of a sporting contest confirmed a four-point win for Carrig na bhFear very near the finish.
St Catherine’s scorers: P Roche (0-04 frees) (0-06), J Mulcahy and J Casey (0-03 each). T O’Donnell, J Hurley and L O’Callaghan McCarthy (0-02 each) and P O’Connor (0-1).
St. Catherine’s team: C Leahy, E Kenneally, B Crowley, K Geary, S O’Regan, K Neville, P Ryan, P Roche, P O’Connor, T O’Donnell, N O’Brien, J Hurley, L O’Callaghan McCarthy, J Mulcahy and J Casey. Referee: Arthur Murphy (Killeagh).
Rebel Óg North Minor B1 Football Championship Quarter Final
Buttevant 4-13 St Catherines 0-07
Buttevant were clear and comprehensive victors, dominating this Rebel Óg North minor B1 football championship quarter-final, played in idyllic Autumnal conditions at sunny Killavullen on Sunday afternoon last.
Billy Keane had them ahead with the lead goal after eight minutes. Most definitely the Saints needed a quick response to ensure they remained competitive. Neat, clever play involving Ciaran O’Brien and Ben O’Brien lead to Kieran English looking like he had secured it, first timing the ball to the net at twenty-three minutes. Unfortunately, it wasn’t allowed due to a square infringement. In the subsequent passage of play Mark Lenihan scored a second opposition goal. In a contest that might by now be a three-point game, it was Buttevant 2-04 to 0-1. This stretched out to 2-07 to 0-3 by half time. Small margins. Huge complications.
Dillon McAuliffe more or less settled it by adding a further brace of goals through the third quarter and a lead of 4-12 to 0-04 on forty-five minutes.
Throwing caution to the wind Catherines came in search of a few late consolation scores. They were rewarded with a few late, well taken points, with Niall O’Regan, Owen O’Neill and team captain Eoin Wallace all contributing. But the margin was too big to bridge.
Buttevant scorers: M Lenihan (0-01 free) (1-05), D McAuliffe (2-00), B Keane (1-01), Mr O’Neill (6-01 free) (0-04), M Walsh, S O’Connor and P Holmes (free) (0-01 each).
St Catherine’s team: Eoin Sheehan, Adam O’Brien, Robert English, Shane Kelleher, Brendan McKee, Eoin Wallace (team captain), James Hayes, Philip Keane, Ben O’Brien, Ciaran O’Brien, Niall O’Regan, Owen O’Neill, Eoin Davis, Kieran English and Shane Spillane. Sub: Andy Leahy for Shane Spillane (43’).
Referee: Dwayne Collins (Charleville).
Rebel Óg North U16 B2 Football Championship
St Catherine’s v Doneraile called off. Match to be rescheduled for this week.
Coiste na nÓg County U13 A1 Hurling League Semi-Final
St Catherines 1-06 Ballinora 1-03
These two teams served up an enthralling encounter in a regular group match won by Catherines when played at the opponent’s venue back on Wednesday, May 31, resulting in them finishing higher up the table and so given a home draw when this Coiste na nÓg county U13 A1 hurling league semi-final went ahead at Ballynoe on Monday evening, September 18.
Maybe both defences were dominant Ben O’Connor, Sean O’Donoghue, Oisín Fitzgerald (and slightly further up) Darragh Morrison doing well for the home team. The real leader of the pack though was the sweet striking Fionn O’Connell at centreback. He hit an ocean of ball. Often ideally placed where Gearoid O’Brien with ideal vision and a willingness to work would prove the principal beneficiary. He contributed 1-05 of the overall Saints tally including the goal after ten minutes and all first half scores, in a half time lead of 1-03 to 0-01.
But a well-taken goal from Stephen Forde on thirty-three minutes ensured a competitive and evenly contested second half hour. Indeed Danny Dineen, accurate with the frees, had the margin down to the minimum in a clear low scoring contest. Catherines got over the line with invaluable late scores from Kyle Wallace and the aforementioned O’Brien.
Catherine’s scorers: G O’Brien (0-01 free) (1-05), K Wallace (0-01).
Catherine’s team: S Cotter, J O’Callaghan, S O’Donoghue, C Sheehan, B O’Connor, F O’Connell, O Fitzgerald, K Wallace, D Morrison, K Kelleher, G O’Brien, C McAuliffe, J Mulcahy, K O’Donoghue, A O’Donnell. Subs: C Pietropaolo for C McAuliffe (second half), D O’Connell for J Mulcahy (40’), D O’Donovan for A O’Donnell (58’). Also on panel: C. Feeney and S. Cotter.
Referee: Arthur Murphy (Killeagh).
Rebel Óg East U14 B1 Football
Championship quarter final - section 1
also U14 B1 Football League section 1 rd7
St Catherines 3-03 Mayfield 1-10
Difficult enough to analyze this U14 B1 football championships quarter-final played at 3.00pm in Ballynoe on Saturday afternoon last. Mayfield played with the benefit of a ferocious wind and were ahead at 0-08 to 1-00 at half time. But would it be enough? Team captain Mark Geary was able to pick out Gearoid O’Brien who, with the aid of the crossbar, finished off a seemingly priceless Saint’s goal after fourteen minutes.
But Mayfield who also eliminated Catherines from the Pail na mug back in very early April wind on the changeover. Nathan McCarthy with a clinical goal and a lead of 1-09 to 1-00 established now ten minutes into the second half. When excitement intensified Kyle Wallace from a sideline ball declined the entire opposition defence. Ball finished up in the net and excitement now in a frenzy. Conor England quickly adds on a duo of back-to-back points from placed balls.
The deficit was now reduced to the minimum at 1-09 to 2-02 at forty-eight minutes. Colin Moynihan then pointed for the opposition. As important as anything that would go before enabling Mayfield to withstand the impact of Kyle Wallace again goaling from the penalty spot with ninety seconds remaining. Drawn to a point. But Mayfield were on the move when the final whistle blew. No need for extra time. A tie that also doubled up for league points. Then for many it was the U12 B football league quarter final against Courceys. Assuredly those heading for Ballinspittle were in for the worst of the weather.
St Catherines scorers: K Wallace (1-00 sideline kick) (2-01). G O’Brien (1-00) and C England (0-02 frees).
St Catherine’s team: Evan Philpot, Gerard Leahy, Eoin O’Riordan, Cathal Bryan, Brian Barry, Kyle Wallace, Ben O’Connor, Mark Geary (team captain), Fionn O’Connell, Cathal Dineen, Gearoid O’Brien, William Leamy, James O’Callaghan, Conor England and William McAuliffe. Subs: James Mulcahy and Adam O’Donnell for Gerard Leahy and William McAuliffe (both second half).
Referee: Pa Beausang (Midleton).
Rebel Óg East U12 B1 Football League Quarter Final
Courcey Rovers 1-01
St. Catherines 3-05
Yes, those in attendance did get the worst of the climatic conditions for this Rebel Óg east U12 B1 football league play off played in Ballinspittle on Saturday evening. But when you win, that rain and wind is instantly forgotten.
With the Saints ahead at 3-02 to 1-01 by the break and adding a further three-second half points, they claimed victory and are thus looking a semifinal place in the competition.
Scorers: S O’Donoghue (2-01), S Cotter (1-01), K O’Donoghue (0-02) and K Kelleher (0-01).
Panel (not in any particular order): K O’Donoghue, K Kelleher, D Murphy, D Fitzgerald, S O’Donoghue, C Sheehan, J Bryan, D O’Donovan, E O’Driscoll, C McAuliffe, C Feeney, S Cotter, D O’Connell, T Barry, C Cunning and A Bryan.
Referee: Pat O’Leary (Valley Rovers).
U11 Hurling League
St Catherines 6-07
Watergrasshill 2-03
St Catherines keep the winning run going with the latest win in the U11 hurling league coming in Ballynoe on Thursday evening last.
Scorers: J Temple (2-01), S Cotter and T Barry (1-02 each), C Leamy and G Sheehan (1-00 each) and D O’Donnell (0-02).
Panel as previously listed.
Rebel Óg East Fixture
Friday, September 29 at Castlelyons Rebel Óg East U14 B1 Section Two Hurling Championship final v Lisgoold at 7.00pm.
County Junior Championship Draws
Defeated Imokilly finalists Russell Rovers have been paired with Kilbrin in the quarter final of the county junior A hurling championship. Draws for this were made on Sunday afternoon last. Winners to play newly crowned East Cork champions St Catherines in the ensuing semi-final. It’s Ballyhooly v Nemo Rangers and Brian Dillions v Dromina on the other side.
Camogie Replay
Best of luck to Finola Neville and the entire Cork team when facing Meath in the replayed All-Ireland intermediate camogie final which goes ahead at Pairc Na nGael Limerick on this coming Sunday, October 1 at 1.30pm.
Lotto Results
Results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at The Plough, Curraglass on Monday night, September 25.
Numbers were: 11, 25, 27 and 28 and the €8,400 jackpot was not won. The consolation winners on the night were: Liam Rice, Ballinglegane, Ballynoe, Orna Neville, Ballyknock 5th, Ballynoe, Callum Kingston Lismore, Padraig O’Connor, c/o PH and Eoin, Cathal, Áine and Aisling Glentrasna, Ballynoe.
Next draw for a jackpot now standing at €8,600 will be at McAuliffe’s Ballynoe, on Monday night, October 2.
Sponsors
TA Building and Civil Engineering, Contractors Ballynoe, St Catherines GAA Club. Juvenile sponsors are Mulcahy Steel.

Thu, Jul 20, 2017 Club News July 20th 2017
St Catherines GAA
Junior hurlers advance in extra time
East Cork Oil sponsored JAHC first round
St Catherines (2-13) 3-22 Lisgoold (0-19) 1-26
In a contest of at least eighty minutes of action St Catherines survived an expected arduous Lisgoold challenge from this East Cork junior A hurling championship first round tie when played at a well attended Castlelyons venue on Saturday evening last.
Catherine`s making the better start with Richard Galvin one of two players making their first team championship debut evading his immediate opponent and planting the sliotar right in the corner for the lead goal on four minutes. But any indiscretion caused almost irrespective of its location on the field would be severely punished by the ever accurate John Cashman. Likewise Shane O`Brien was doing the business for the saints from placed balls and although trailing narrowly for the major part of the opening half eventually saw parity restored at 1-08 to 0-11 with a stunning equalising point from team captain Daniel Mangan right on thirty two minutes.
Back to back Rory Galvin points still had two evenly matched teams locked in deadlock at 1-12 to 0-15 to the three-quarter mark. But Cashman was still piling on the scores both from frees and general play and playing the entire second half without influential keeper Ciaran Cronin, the ex Imokilly and Cork U21 custodian having to depart the action with a thigh injury. Lisgoold had built up a three point lead and looked like winners right on the sixty minute mark. Catherines staring defeat in the face, granted one last lifeline.
Sensibly, Shane O`Brien guided a close in free into the thick of the action where in a flash the sliothar was first timed to the bet, Cal Aherne credited with the equalising goal and on a score of 2-13 to 0-19, this most exciting of championship matches is heading for twenty minutes of extra time. Ten a side, two substitutes combining. Liam Kearney releases Pa Roche for the lead point. Catherines now ahead for the first time since the eighth minute of the first half at 2-16 to 0-21.
Yet in a twinkling Kieran Cashman guides over a well struck point. In a frenzy of excitement Catherines and Lisgoold are level for a twelfth time. Six minutes elapsed in the first period of extra time when another impressive substitute Stephen `Skinner` Morris gets Richie O`Connell away to lash in a skillfully taken third goal. An invaluable score. Such was the closeness of the teams to each other. Catherines three points ahead at 3-17 to 0-23. First ten minutes complete. Kearney, O`Connell, Mangan and Galvin all quickly pointing as the advantage was standing at 3-21 to 0-25 six minutes into the second period.
But sure enough there was another twist to the tail when Liam O`Shea, a Munster minor medal winner with Cork in Thurles the previous Sunday goaled for Lisgoold. Whittling it down to just a point. Wingback Conor Hegarty stretches it again. Pointing from a long distance much to the delight of Catherines supporters in a large sized attendance. Lisgoold were searching for what would prove the match winning goal. Out emerges Shane Cotter with the ball. While fouled he clearly displays his possession of the sliothar. That`s it, no more time. An absorbing match grinds to a halt. Catherines advance to a quarter-final pairing with Cobh on an end scoreline of 3-22 to 1-26. Should the two teams stay afloat another meeting is a possibility.
Lisgoold scorers: J Cashman (0-14 frees) (0-01 65`) (0-20), L O`Shea (0-01 sideline cut) (1-03), B Flynn, K Cashman and C Cronin (free) (0-01 each).
St Catherines scorers: D Mangan (0-07), S O`Brien (0-05 frees)(0-01 `65`) (0-06), R O`Connell (1-02), R Galvin (0-04), Rd Galvin and C Aherne (1-00 each), P Roche, L Kearney and C Hegarty (0-01 each).
St Catherines team: E Aherne, P Keane, L O`Connor, E Kenneally, C Hegarty, S Cotter, W Walsh, S O`Brien, C Kearney, C Aherne, D Mangan (team captain), S Kearney, R Galvin, Rd Galvin and R O`Connell.
Subs: L Kearney for S Kearney (35`), S Morris for C Kearney (61`), P Roche for Rd Galvin (63`), S Kearney for C Aherne (73`).
Also on panel: C Leahy, K Neville, S O`Regan, D Lane, N O`Regan, S O`Brien, J Mulcahy and J Casey.
Referee: Patrick O`Driscoll (Bride Rovers).
Juvenile column
Coiste na nÓg county U15 B hurling championship final
Owen Gaels 1-17 St Catherines 1-09
Owen Gaels retained their title won twelve months ago at Peddlar`s Cross when this Coiste na nÓg county U15 B1 hurling championship final was played at a well prepared Mayfield venue on Friday evening last. A decider overshadowed when following a collision between two saints players saw Joe O`Keeffe, central to the equalising point on four minutes, stretchered from the field and taken to hospital with an ankle injury. We wish him a speedy recovery. No doubt it would have put a cloud on the team’s efforts and a fully warranted eight minutes of first half injury time having played with the benefit of a strong breeze were behind on an interval scoreline of 0-09 to 0-05. Clearly facing an uphill struggle.
That said a positive response was forthcoming inside a minute of the change of ends Harry Draper, the other player momentarily injured in that unfortunate collision after six minutes, pointed from an almost impossible angle. But the response was emphatic. Centre forward Cian McCarthy immediately surging through for the opposition goal. But the saints kept their efforts going. Tom Hartnett pointed, a subsequent Kevin Barry free wasn`t dealt with and Cathal Dineen, ideally placed, first timed the breaking ball to the net and the margin was trimmed to three points at 1-11 to 1-08 to forty seven minutes.
But Owen Gaels, a combination of Ballinascarthy and St Oliver Plunkett`s and coached by Jerry Ryan, a Cork senior selector in the Denis Walsh regime, finished strongly. With man of the match McCarthy pointing six of the games last seven scores including four magnificent points in succession, all from play bringing his overall tally to 1-14. Coiste na nÓg chairman John Purcell presenting the successful cup to Owen Gaels captain in their respective speeches. Well done to the saints for their commendable efforts in advancing thus far. They were due to commence their U15 B2 football championship campaign last night (Wednesday) in Ballynoe.
Owen Gaels scorers: C McCarthy (0-07 frees) (0-01 65`), (1-14), B Lovell, C Cullinane and J O`Brien (0-01 each).
St Catherines scorers: K Barry (0-04 frees), C Dineen (1-00), H Draper and C O`Brien (0-01 65`) (0-02 each) and T Hartnett (0-01).
St Catherines team: Evan Philpott, Gearoid O`Brien, Mark Geary, Eoin O`Riordan, James Duncan, Ciaran O`Brien (captain), Darragh Galvin, Josh McGuckian, Tom Hartnett, Cathal Dineen, Harry Draper, Joe O`Keeffe, William Leamy, Kevin Barry and James Hayes.
Sub: Cathal Bryan for Joe O`Keeffe (14`). Also on panel: Callum Roberts, Gerard Leahy, James O`Callaghan and William McAuliffe.
Referee: Tony O`Brien (Ballygarvan).
Rebel Óg East
U16 B2 hurling league round four
St Catherines w/o Grenagh
What’s up next?
In with the heads in Castlelyons pavilion on Saturday evening last were the draws for the junior A hurling championship quarter-finals were taking place. A clear message emanating there was for the U21 A hurling championship quarter-finals to go ahead this upcoming weekend. St Catherines are paired with Carrigtwohill.
Sympathy
Our condolences to the Murphy family, Bartlemy and the Bride Rovers club on the sad passing of esteemed gentleman, Martin Murphy last weekend. Ar dheis Dégo raibh a anam dilís.
Lotto results
Results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at The Plough, Curraglass, on Monday night last, July 17th. Numbers drawn were 1, 3, 5 and 11. There was no winner of the €6,400 jackpot. While the consolation winners were Majella Pietropaolo c/o PO, Vera and Bernie, Ballynoe, Ann Finn c/o Helen O`Connor, Maura O`Sullivan, Mohera, Castlelyons and Gabriel and Geraldine Gregan, Clarecastle, Co Clare. A draw for a jackpot of €6,600 goes ahead at McAuliffe`s, Ballynoe on Monday night coming, July 24th.
County U21 hurling
Stupendous scoring performances in this grade like Seanie O`Leary from the early seventies and Aidan Walsh from six seasons ago were rekindled by Declan Dalton from the provincial U21 hurling championship semi-final in Walsh Park, on Wednesday evening, July 12. Dalton recorded Cork`s four opening scores including contributions from a placed ball, open play and a subliminal sideline cut. In all he was responsible for seven of the county`s ten first half points and while down injured on at least two occasions throughout the contest added a further 1-05 on the resumption. With the match winning goal coming from a penalty five minutes overtime. A masterful performance from the Fr O`Neill`s man equally proficient as a goalkeeper. Cork now play Limerick in the Munster final. Limerick have mangled all opposition encountered thus far. Running up huge tallies in the process and will be fancied by many to attain outright honours.
As the focus slowly but surely now shifts to the grand opening. This weekend the newly revamped Páirc Uí Chaoimh plays host to three all Ireland hurling quarter-finals. One minor and two senior spread out over the two days. Playing wise the picture should be clearer after that. Spare a thought amidst all the hype that Cork play Mayo in a senior football qualifier in Limerick on this forthcoming Saturday evening.
Sponsor
T~A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA club sponsors.

Thu, Aug 03, 2017 Club News August 3rd 2017
St Catherines GAA
Lotto jackpot now at €7,000
St Catherines GAA Club head for the bank holiday with a lotto jackpot now standing at €7,000. Results from the most recent draw held at The Big Tree, Aghern, on Monday night last, July 31st where the numbers drawn were 3, 14 and 26. There being no winner of the then accumulated jackpot of €6,800 while the consolation winners on the night were: Kate Hegarty, Ballymonteen, Ballynoe; Chloe Higgins, Ballycullane, Curraglass; Marie McCarthy, Coole, Castlelyons; Matt Noonan, Conna and Stephen Cotter, Barbafohona, Ballynoe. Being a long weekend next draw goes ahead at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna, on Tuesday night, August 8th.
East Cork Oill sponsored junior A hurling championship quarterp-final St Catherines 2-27 Cobh 2-06
It took twenty plus minutes of extra-time to get over the commendable challenge of Lisgoold in the previous round. No such heroics required here. Catherine’s romping to a near facile twenty one point victory over a disappointing Cobh challenge when this divisional junior A hurling championship quarter-final was played at and again well attended albeit overcast Dungourney venue on Saturday evening last. Catherines again off to a flyer and Richard Galvin, like he did the last night crashing the lead goal to the net as early as the fifth minute. With Ed Ahern, dominant between the posts, Cal Aherne to the fore at centre back and William Walsh regularly on the ball at wing back. Rory Galvin, Daniel Mangan and Shane Kearney were rampant up front. Surging to an emphatic lead of 1-13 to 0-01 to the end of the first quarter. Cobh struggled to cope. Although a Conor Farrell goal offered brief respite on forty six minutes. But whatever chance Cobh had of potentially rescuing a now desperate situation petered out in a two minute spell coming up to the break. Losing both their goalkeeper and full forward in separate incidents to straight red cards. Catherines in cruise control and ahead on a half time scoreline of 1-17 to 1-04. There would be no let up. Adding on six of the games opening eight points on the resumption. When a surging, defence splitting run saw Shane Kearney parting to the on running Richard O’Connell, who duly slotted home the second goal and a Saints lead now standing at 2-23 to 1-06 to forty six minutes. Ever accurate from placed balls Shane O’Brien helped turn the screw still further. Pointing the next three scores including two from frees. With Adam McCarthy adding a consolation opposition goal very near the end. They won’t all be as one sided as this.
Cobh scorers: A McCarthy (1-02), C Farrell (1-01), E Spriggs, J Ronan and C McLoughlin (0-01 each). St Catherines scorers: S O’Brien (0-7 frees) (0-02 65’s) (0-10), RD Galvin (1-03), R O’Connell (1-02), R Galvin (0-4), D Mangan and S Kearney (0-03 each) and S Cotter (0-2). St Catherines team: E Aherne, P Keane, L O’Connor, E Kenneally, C Hegarty, C Aherne, W Walsh, S O’Brien, C Kearney, S Cotter, D Mangan (captain), R Galvin, R O’Connell, RD Galvin, S Kearney. Subs: P Roche for D Mangan (46’), L Kearney for S Kearney (49’). Also: C Leahy, R Clancy, S Morris, K Neville, S O’Regan, D Lane, E Wallace, N O’Regan, S O’Brien, J Mulcahy, S Walsh, J Casey and J Hurley. Referee: Cathal McAllister (Aghada).
Under twenty one hurling
Well the gremlins momentarily surfaced last week as third substitute for the Saints against Carrigtwohill in the under twenty one A hurling championship quarter-final should have read Kieran English for Luke Beecher on fifty four minutes. While Castlelyons proved too strong for Youghal in another quarter final of the East Cork under twenty one A hurling championship, when played in Ballynoe on Sunday evening last. Final score in favour of Castlelyons being 5-15 to 2-16. Referee was James Bermingham from the Bride Rovers Club.
Juvenile
Rebel Óg East under sixteen B2 hurling league round six St Catherines w/o Crosshaven scr Coiste na nÓg county under fifteen B2 football championship - quarter-final
St Catherines 3-09 Ballingeary 6-12
Look.. Hands up. No qualms. No complaints. St Catherine’s played well. They will be happy. But Ballingeary were that little bit cuter. More natural players in vital positions and were deserving winners of this Coiste na nÓg county under fifteen B2 football championship quarter-final when played in Ballynoe on Sunday morning last. Catherines started well. Took the lead through a Gavin England goal in their very first acttack. Midfielder Sean Lucey, best player on the pitch and pacy nippy corner forward Michael Long were causing major problems for the Saints. Just six points adrift at 2-08 to 1-05 to the sound of the half-time whistle. Indeed when team captain Kevin Barry goaled a penalty kick for a foul on James Hayes the deficit was trimmed to two points, on a scoreline of 2-08 to 2-06 now seven minutes into the second half. Ballingeary were quick to respond. Diarmuid Ó Ceallachain goaled a beauty. Confirmed their dominance with further late goals from Gerry Lynch and Brian Dineen. With midfielder Lucey finishing with a tally of 3-06. Ballingeary advancing to the next round scheduled for August 8th on a scoreline of 6-12 to 3-09.
Catherines scorers: K Barry (1-00 penalty) (0-02 frees) (1-04), G O’Brien (1-0), G England (1-00), H Draper (0-03) and J Hayes (0-01). Team: Callum Roberts, Mark Geary. Kian Wallace, James Duncan, David McDonnell, Darragh Galvin, Gavin England, Josh McGuckian, Tom Hartnett, Kevin Barry (captain), James Hayes, Harry Draper, Conor England. Subs: Cathal Dineen for David McDonnell (16’), Wiliam Leamy for Conor England (second half), Gearoid O’Brien for Tom Hartnett (47’), James O’Callaghan for Darragh Galvin (53’), William McAuliffe for Harry Draper (54), Ger Leahy for James Duncan (57’). Also Adam O’Donnell, Fionn O’Connell and Evan Phillpott. Referee: Brian Walsh (Aghada).
Intercounty
Although they were the better team Limerick still found it difficult to withstand an eventual dogged Rebel challenge when winning the Munster under twenty one hurling championship final when played on Wednesday evening, July 26th last. As they did in the previous encounters Limerick made a ferocious start. Surging into a seven point lead without reply after thirteen minutes. Gradually though the Rebels came more into it and a Tim O’Mahony goal on twenty five minutes trimmed the interval deficit to four points on a scoreline of 0-11 to 1-11. Having shown commendable battling qualities to the end and thats all you can expect. At least twenty of the Cork panel are available again for next year although there was this provincial final on the calendar, it also would be shown on live tv, still the first round of the camogie senior championship went ahead. St Catherine’s defeating Glen Rovers (1-16-0-4) at Rathcormac. While the junior hurling second team were beaten in a challenge game in Ballysaggart. Ensuring that Wenesday, July 26th last made for a busy evening. But what a summer it’s been following the Rebels and last Thursday evening in Thurles was up with anything that went before. Cork were slightly fortunate to lead their All Ireland under seventeen hurling championship semi-final by a point at half time. Parity had been restored midway through the second half when Declan Hanlon forced his way through for a second Cork goal on forty eight minutes. But referee Alfie Devine blew up for a penalty. Daire Connery’s effort brilliantly kept out by Galway custodian Darragh Fahy. Albeit Connery pointed the ensuing 65. Cork drove on with a brace of well taken Brian Roche points. But were wheeled in by a marvelous Noall Coen goal for the westerners on fitfy five minutes. Cork now favoured by the conditions advancing with two points from late frees from man of the match Colin O’Brien. We now once again wish the best of luck to Eoin Davis and the Cork team when facing Dublin in the All-Ireland under seventeen hurling championship final set for Croke Park on this coming Sunday, August 6th.
Condolences
Our deepest sympathy to all Spillane’s on their recent sad family bereavement.
Sponsor
T~A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are sponsors of St Catherine’s GAA club.
Fixtures
Tonight (Thursday) August 3rd at Dungourney junior B hurling championship first round v Erins Own, at 7.30pm. Tuesday, August 8th at Ballynoe Rebel Óg North minor B2 football league v Castlelyons, at 8.30pm.
Thu, Aug 24, 2017 Club News August 24th 2017
Successful week on championship
fields for the Saints
It was a memorable week for the Saints on the championship fields. Starting with a two point win over Erin’s Own in the quarter final of the Rebel Óg east minor A hurling. Moving on to a win over St Vincent’s in the U14 B hurling. With the icing on the cake coming with a place earned for the second successive year in the East Cork junior A hurling final. Now read on for your championship reports.
East Cork oil sponsored junior A hurling championship
semi-final
St Catherines 2-18 Lisgoold 1-14
Three teams remain in contention. Carrig na bhFear must meet Russell Rovers possibly this upcoming weekend. Depending on Imokilly’s senior involvement. St Catherines place in East Cork’s biggest day secured following a clear cut and comprehensive seven point victory over Lisgoold when this divisional junior A hurling championship semi-final was played at a well attended Castlelyons on Sunday afternoon last. It had been raining and it remained overcast. But thankfully it dried up and a tension filled contest proceeded uninterrupted.
It was a physical contest. No quarter spared or given. Understandable as the two teams were meeting in the championship for the second time inside five weeks. Even a dog made his way onto the pitch perusing matters on the third minute.
Catherines were off to a flyer. Brian Mulcahy pointing a beauty inside thirty seconds. Shortly afterwards Mulcahy, playing in his first competitive championship match since last year’s final fifty one weeks ago revealed Richard O’Connell to goal from close range. Lisgoold were rattled. Shane Cotter pointed the first of his four scores. Conor Hegarty picked out Pa Roche to add another. Daniel Mangan pointed from an awkward enough angle. Before O’Connell and Cotter combined to pick out the on running Conor Kearney. Chilli responded with the Saints and the game’s best point of the half and Catherines were enjoying a well earned lead on a scoreline of 1-08 to 0-04 to twenty minutes. When the opposition embarked on their most rewarding passage of play thus far in an occasionally tempestuous championship semi-final John Cashman pointing twice, once from play. Before Jamie Woods goaled and the margin was as close as it ever was. Down to a two point margin at 1-08 to 1-06 to twenty eight minutes. When the defining moments unfolded. Danger-man Mulcahy again careering in along near the end line and cutely avoiding being hooked, goaled a beauty. A score to negate the impact of the opposition goal almost straight away. When the same player quickly added another point a six point lead was restored and Catherines headed for the Castlelyons dressing rooms ahead on a half time scoreline of 2-09 to 1-06.
On resumption and on three occasions eight points was the margin between the teams as the second half advanced. It was 2-11 to 1-06 to thirty five minutes. Catherines lead standing at 2-14 to 1-09 now ten minutes into the action. After ‘chill’ added his second point and the soon to depart Rory Galvin lofted a boomer it stood at 2-18 to 1-13 to fifty eight minutes. Lisgoold keeper Ciaran Cronin pointed the last score of the match. Successfully with a sixty five about two minutes overtime. Game over and Catherines make the East Cork final for the second successive year.
In many ways a historic match. For twenty one seasons (a twenty year period) it was the first game involving the club’s first choice hurling team that Shane Kearney wasn’t part of the action.
Shane made his first team debut in the county senior hurling championship against Carbery at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday, June 15 1997. His last match was against Cobh in the East Cork junior A championship quarter final at Dungourney on Saturday, July 29 of this year. An unbroken passage of sixty mins matches. Guarantee you it’s not the last we will hear of Shane.
Lisgoold scorers: J Cashman (0-06 frees) (0-08), J Woods (1-00), L O’Shea (0-3), K Cashman, M O’Connell and C Cronin (65’), (0-01 each).
St Catherine’s scorers: B Mulcahy (1-05), R O’Connell (1-0), S Cotter (0-04), S O’Brien (0-03 frees), C Kearney (0-02), D Mangan, P Roche and R Galvin (0-01 each).
Team: E Aherne, P Keane, W Walsh, L O’Connor, C Hegarty, C Aherne, S Morris, C Kearney, S O’Brien, R Galvin, D Mangan (captain), S Cotter, B Mulcahy, P Roche, R O’Connell. Subs: L Kearney for P Roche (second half), E Wallace for L Kearney (54’), P O’Connor for R Galvin (59’). Also on panel: C Leahy, R Clancy, K Neville, S O’Regan, N O’Regan, S O’Brien, J Mulcahy, J Hurley and S Walsh.
Referee: Mark Murphy (Bride Rovers).
East Cork junior hurling league - division two - round six
St Catherines 2-15 Midleton 1-08
Look, unfortunately this was the second successive game involving the Saints that was on up against a Rebel Óg East meeting as a second win of the campaign was recorded following this round six junior hurling league division two tie when played in Ballynoe on Monday,August 14, a team that could well be playing junior B hurling championship this upcoming weekend.
Scorers: P Roche (0-5frees) (0-7), N O’Regan (1-01), N O’Brien (0-01frees) (0-04), J Hurley (1-00), L Kearney, J Mulcahy and K English (0-01each).
Team: C Leahy, D Wallace, D Lane, K Geary, S O’Regan, K Neville, A Neville, L Kearney, P Roche, J Hurley, N O’Brien, L Beecher, N O’Regan, J Mulcahy and T O’Donnell. Subs: K English for N O’Regan, J Walsh for L Beecher, P Ryan for A Neville, M Warpur for D Wallace, S Walsh for J Hurley, B Crowley for N O’Brien, C O’Donnell for T O’Donnell. Also R Barry, E Corcoran and S Spillane.
Referee: Jonathon O’Connell (Watergrasshill).
Rebel Óg East Minor A hurling league round four
Erins Own 1-14 St Catherines 1-16
St Catherines made a notoriously slow start to this difficult to fix Rebel Óg East Minor A hurling championship quarter final when played in Lisgoold on Thursday evening last. Indeed their first score from open play failed to arrive until twenty first minute. Thankfully two more followed and a five point margin between the teams at 0-07 to 0-02 after twenty minutes was whittled down with Erins Own ahead on a half time scoreline of 0-10 to 0-07.
Ben O’Brien goaled a free. Trying up the issue at 1-08 to 0-11 seven minutes into the second half. But the opposition responded well to the concession of the equalising score and restored their five point lead at 1-13 to 1-08 when Cathal Linehan score a peach of a goal on forty two minutes. But the Saints deep in the face of adversity produced the required response and gradually but assuredly began to eat into that lead. Richard Galvin pointed from the middle of the field. Ben O’Brien on target with two lengthy frees. Parity restored for the third time in the contest with fifteen year old Ciaran O’Brien displaying rare skill and vision pointing a masterful score at 1-13 a piece to fifty three minutes. Such a mature head on young shoulders. He always seems to do the right thing. Momentum now clearly with the Saints and when Robert English picked out Niall O’Regan a vital point was forthcoming. Making it 1-16 to 1-13 right on the sixty minute mark. That was eight points on the bounce as Erins Own launched a dew threatening late attacks in search of what would prove the equalising goal and bring the championship match to twenty minutes of extra time. Eoin Davis and team captain Philip Keane had to be alert and a Ronan Twomey point from a sixty five was their sole return with six minutes of overtime suddenly terminated. St Catherines will play Bride Rovers in the semi-final. There is the small matter of an All-Ireland final to be played first. Just to say the Erins Own match doubled as a league fixture. Meaning the haul now is four points from as many league matches played.
Scorers: B O’Brien (1-07 frees) (1-10), RD Galvin and N O’Regan (0-02 each), O O’Neill and C O’Brien (0-01 each).
Team: E Davis, A O’Brien, P Keane (team captain), S Kelleher, B McKee, E Wallace, A Long, RD Galvin, R English, N O’Regan, O O’Neill, K English, C O’Brien, B O’Brien, G England. Also on panel: E Sheehan, C Roberts, S Spillane, A Leahy, K Barry, J Hayes, E McCreedy and C Galvin.
Referee: Brian Sweeney (Shamrocks).
Rebel Óg East U14 B 1 section two hurling championship quarterfinal
St Vincents 2-04 St Catherines 1-16
St Catherines emerged deserving nine point winners from this Rebel Óg East U14 B1 hurling championship quarter final when played in St Vincents on the north side of Cork city on Friday evening last.
Team captain Harry Draper at centre forward was unmarkable, finishing a stop start occasionally temperamental contest with two points to his name. Six alone in the first half as Catherines behind at 1-01 to 0-02 after five minutes turned it around to lead on a half time scoreline of 0-11 to 1-04.
Substitute Adam O’Donnell had a significant role to play in the goal. Finished off by the ideally placed Cathal Dineen just three minutes into the second half. Fionn O’Connell hurled an ocean of ball at wing back. Eoin O’Riordan in the unaccustomed role of right half forward pointed a beauty and Catherines place in the semi-final vs Mayfield was confirmed.
Scorers: H Draper (0-03 frees) (0-10), C Dineen (0-02 frees) (1-02), G O’Brien (0-01free) (0-03) and E O’Riordan (0-01).
St Catherine’s team: E Philpott, B O’Connor, M Geary, C Bryan, F O’Connell, D Galvin, W Leamy, T Hartnett, R Wallace, R O’Riordan, H Draper (team captain), C England, C Dineen, G O’Brien and G Leahy. Subs: A O’Donnell for G Leahy (second half) W McAuliffe and B Barry for H Draper and B O’Connor (both 55’), J O’Callaghan for C Bryan (56’), J Mulcahy for K Wallace (59’), Also on panel S Cotter.
Referee: John Kirby (Midleton).
Cork double over Galway
Cork with a phenomenal score outsmarted Galway thus setting up a last four pairing with Mayo when the quarter final of the All-Ireland ladies gaelic football championship went ahead at Mullingar on Saturday afternoon last. Later in the evening at Pairc na nGael, Limerick, and thanks to a sterling player of the match performance from Orla Cotter, also overcame the westerners in the senior camogie semi-final. They will now renew rivalry with Kilkenny in the decider at headquarters on Sunday, September 10.
Fixtures
Correct at time of submitting report.
Sunday, August 27 at 6pm, East Cork junior B hurling championship v Dungourney venue TBC.
Monday, August 28 U16 B2 hurling championship semi-final v Grenagh. Time and venue must be confirmed.
Exams
Congratulations to all students throughout the parish on their pleasing leaving certificate results.
Death of well-known Tipp star
Waterford emerged in 1959 and ‘63. Then Cork went all the way in ‘66. But overall Tipperary were the dominant force in hurling at that time. One of the stars in their set up at the time was Liam Devaney. Sadly, the legendary Borrisoleigh man passed away last week. Tipperary were crowned Munster champions in ‘58, 60, 61, 62, 64, 65, 67 and 68. Subsequently winning six All Irelands in that time. Liam Devaney who won All Ireland minor, medals in 1952 and 53 was part of all those senior successes.
Lotto
We were back to our normal slot for last week’s lotto draw held at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna, on Monday, August 14. Numbers drawn were 10, 15, 18 and 26. The jackpot of €7,200 wasn’t won. Consolation winners were Colm Molloy, Ballynoe; Sean Buckley c/o The Big Tree, Aghern; Brendan O’Brien, Old Court West; Dave Barry, Carrigmore, Conna and Conor Hegarty, Ballymonteen, Ballynoe.
Strictly St Catherines
On November 11th next, St Catherines GAA and Camogie Clubs will be hosting a giant fundraiser in the Radisson Blu hotel in Little Island. Strictly St Catherines will involve 26 local people dancing on stage in what promises to be a great night of fun and entertainment!
And here, we reveal the names of the 26 brave men and women who will take to the stage: Deirdre O’Brien, Kal Moroney, Emma Spillane, Aoife Hurley, James Fitzgerald, Conor Kearney, Eoin Condon, Rory Galvin, Karen O’Connor, Elaine Wallace, Orla Cotter, Margaret O’Connell, Denis Walsh, John Mulcahy, Frank Hayes, Sean O’Farrell, Matt McAuliffe, Donal O’Connor, John O’Meara, Imelda O’Connell, Fiona Sheehan, Linda O’Keeffe, Antoinette O’Donnell, Annette Fitzgerald, Paddy Ahern and Kevin Mangan.
A sub-committee led by chairperson Ann Galvin have been busy during the summer planning this fundraiser and over the coming weeks the dancers will start training for their performance. You too can get involved in supporting the dancers and we will be letting you know here how you can support this fundraiser. It promises to be a terrific night for performers and audience members alike, so do stay in touch for more details.
Sponsor
T~A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are sponsors of St Catherines GAA Club.
Thu, Aug 31, 2017 Club News August 31st 2017
East Cork final fixed for Midleton
This year’s East Cork junior A hurling championship final has been fixed for Clonmult Memorial Park, Midleton on the evening of Saturday, September 9. Throw in time 6pm, St Catherines play Russell Rovers.
Midleton was always the traditional venue in the halcyon days of the division showpiece, then the policy of taking the decider to the country started. For instance, St Catherines played Dungourney in the 1981 final in Castlelyons. This will be the fourth final or fifth, if you include the 2003 draw and replay involving Dungourney and Watergrasshill, to be played in Midleton in the past twenty year period. An attendance of four thousand was present at the Castlelyons/Bride Rovers final of 1997. Then Dungourney just edged past Carraig na bhFear by a point in the East Cork final of 2011. Ah the memories.
All-Ireland hurling final day
Understandably the bulk of attention goes on the Galway/Waterford senior final. But down here in rebel-land our focus features on the curtain raiser, that of Cork and Galway in this year’s All-Ireland minor hurling championship final, set for headquarters on Sunday, September 3. Cork are without a title since 2001 and last appeared in a final in 2007. They were beaten in the semi-finals of ‘03, ‘04, ‘06 and ‘08. Current manager Denis Ring was a selector on a number of those teams. Evan Sheehan and Brian Turnbull remain major injury concerns. Both players have made major contributions in Cork securing a place in the final Here’s hoping...
Condolences
People of the parish and beyond were shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden death of John O’Keeffe, Newtown, Ballynoe last week. John was a mild mannered, softly spoken gentleman, who loved rural life, particularly the horses, his regular game of cards and his love for the GAA.
Son Richard was involved with the successful ‘83 U16 hurling team. Dessie was a selector with a county winning U16 hurling team in 2006. While Martin was involved in the intermediate hurling success of 1994 and 2004. Daughter Helen is married to Tim O’Connor. A native of Ballyclough he too played with the club and was a mentor with last year’s successful minor hurling squad. After mass in Ballynoe the late John was buried in Conna on Friday afternoon last.
Predeceased by wife Eileen by ten years, our sympathy goes out to the late John’s brother, Fr Martin OMI, daughters Anne and Helen, sons Richard, John T, Des, Pat and Martin and all extended family. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.
Rose of Tralee
Cork representative in the recent Rose of Tralee contest was Aishling O’Connor, daughter of Pat O’Connor of Aghada. Steeped in the Gaelic tradition, Pat was PRO of the East Cork board for a two-year period in the middle eighties, taking charge of the 1988 draw and replayed East Cork junior hurling final between Killeagh and Midleton. Both matches were played here in Ballynoe and Kieran O’Connor was a member of the Cork panel that defeated Down in the All-Ireland senior football final in 2010.
Upgrade
Just a reprise on a few items submitted last week. Shane Kearney’s match tally is sixty-nine successive games played. Richard O’Connell’s tally agents Lisgoold should be 1-01. While Harry Draper scored 0-10 against St Vincents in the U14 hurling championship.
East Cork Oil sponsored junior B hurling championship
quarter-final
St Catherines 1-13
Dungourney 1-09
St Catherines were grateful for a rewarding start when successfully coming through this divisional junior B hurling championship quarter-final when played in Copper Alley grounds Youghal on Sunday evening last. Conditions were humid and overcast. A thick fog was visible out at sea, brining back memories of an U21 semi-final at the venue last year. Thankfully it didn’t come ashore.
Catherines, mainly through the returned Eoin Condon, were the dominant force around the middle of the field and half forward lines. Ronan Clancy was on target with three lengthy frees and the lead stood at 0-07 to 0-02 after twenty one minutes. Noel O’Brien and Johnny Hurley would add to the tally when one of the games key scores emerged. Kieran Neville and Stephen O’Brien were involved in its creation before, at the second time of asking, Niall ‘Crouchy’ O’Regan crashed home the saints goal on twenty nine minute and a lead established on a half-time scoreline of 1-09 to 0-04.
It was a much tighter affair on the change of ends. Colm Griffin found Karl Kiely and Dungourney pointed almost straight away. Mike Hickey goaled and with Kevin Kelleher unerring from placed balls the margin was trimmed to 1-10 to 1-08 to forty three minutes and again at 1-11 to 1-09 twelve minutes on Niall O’Regan sealed the deal on sixty one minutes.
Dungourney scorers: K Kelleher (0-06 frees), M Hickey (1-00), W Daly, J Griffin and K Kiely (0-01 each).
St Catherines scorers: N O’Regan (1-03), R Clancy (0-05 frees), E Condon and N O’Brien (0-02 each) and J Hurley (0-01).
St Catherines team: C Leahy, P Tobin, D Lane, D Wallace, S O’Regan, K Neville, A Neville, R Clancy, E Condon, J Hurley, N O’Brien, S O’Brien, N O’Regan, J Mulcahy (team captain), T O’Donnell.
Subs: J Neille for S O’Brien (51’).
Also on panel: P Ryan, Mike Walsh, S Walsh, K English, M Harper, J Casey, B Crowley, C O’Donnell, E Corcoran, C Mulcahy, R Barry, S Spillane.
Referee: James Daly (Youghal).
East Cork junior hurling league Div 1 Rd 4
Carrigtwohill 2-09 St Catherines 2-13
St Catherines collected the points on offer in a contest between two understrength teams when this round four East Cork junior hurling league division one tie went ahead in overcast conditions at Carrigtwohill on Monday, August 21.
Niall O’Regan and John Mulcahy, one in each half, were the goalscorers. Points ensued from Ronan Clancy, Noel O’Brien, Thomas O’Donnell and Johnny Hurley, thus bringing the tally to six points from as many league matches played.
Team: C Leahy, P Tobin, D Lane, M Harpur, P Ryan, K Neville, A Neville, R Clancy, T O’Donnell, S Walsh, N O’Brien, K English, J Hurley, J Mulcahy and N O’Regan.
Subs: E Corcoran for M Harpur (8’), J Casey for P Tobin (27’), C O’Donnell for S Walsh (second half), S Spillane for C Leahy (42’).
Also on panel: P O’Connor, E Wallace and P Roche.
Referee: Pa Beausang (Midleton).
Rebel Óg East minor A hurling league - Rd 7
St Catherines 5-13 Youghal 2-09
Buoyed up by the recent championship and doubling as league success over Erins Own at Lisgoold and St Catherines kept the momentum going with this well earned victory over a gallant Youghal fifteen in round seven of the Rebel Óg East minor A hurling league when played in Ballynoe on Tuesday evening, August 22nd.
Ciaran O’Brien, Gavin England, Kevin Barry and Niall O’Regan all registered early on the scoreboard as the home team eased into a lead of 1-04 to 0-01 after twelve minutes. Dion O’Donoghue and Colm Breslin were prominent for the opposition with the saints still ahead at 1-07 to 0-04 to twenty four minutes, when taking a firm grip on proceedings. Eoin Wallace surging through from the back. Goaling his finish sixty seconds later. Then a lengthy Brendan McKee free found Owen O’Neill who goaled a beauty. St Catherines ahead on a half-time scoreline of 3-07 to 0-05. Eoin Davis played as a forward added his second and fourth saints goal within a minute of the change of ends. Taking a Robert English pass when completing his hat trick on fifty one minutes.
Scorers: E Davis (0-01 free) (0-01 65’) (3-04), O O’Neill (1-04), E Wallace (1-00), C O’Brien (0-02), G England, K Barry and N O’Regan (0-01 each).
Team: Rd Galvin, A O’Brien, P Keane, S Spillane, B McKee, E Wallace, E McCreedy, C O’Brien, R English, K English, N O’Regan, O O’Neill, K Barry, E Davis, G England. Subs: E Sheehan and J Hayes for S Spillane and K Barry (both 47’), C Roberts for G England (58’).
Referee: Arthur Murphy (Killeagh).
Revised U11 leagues
Back in action are revised U11 leagues. A heavy loss in Ballinora in the football on Monday night, August 21st preceded a win on a scoreline of 2-02 to 0-03 when the same two teams met in the equivalent hurling league and played in Ballynoe on Sunday morning last. Shane Cotter and John Temple were the goalscorers.
Cork squads
Mixed fortunes for the rebels from the weekend series of juvenile inter county tournaments. Cork defeating Galway on a scoreline of 4-13 to 3-03 in the U15 A hurling final played in Brinny. Player of the match in the decider was Catherine’s defender Ciaran O’Brien, while the rebels also overcame the westerners in the U15 B final. Defeating Kilkenny in the U16 B hurling final played in Tipperary.
Lotto results
Results from recent lotto draws starting with The Plough, Curraglass on Monday night, August 21st. Numbers drawn were 2, 3, 7 and 9 and the jackpot of €7,400 wasn’t won. Consolation winners were: W and C c/o Mcs, Dylane, Ronan Mulcahy c/o Gerry Fitzgerald, Garrycaheragh, Ballynoe, Sinead Sheehan, Glentrasna, Ballynoe, Peter O’Keeffe c/o Mcs and Angela Davern, Conna.
Then moving on with the results from the most recent draw which was held at McAuliffes, Ballynoe on Monday night last, August 28th. Numbers drawn 1, 13, 19 and 26. There was no winner of the €7,600 jackpot. Consolation winners being Rebecca Kenny, Aglish, Co Waterford, Ann Cotter, Glentrasna, Pat Clancy, Monagown, Conna, Liam Rice, Ballinlegane, Ballynoe and Gerry O’Donovan c/o The Big Tree.
Next draw for a now accumulated €7,800 jackpot will be at The Big Tree, Aghern, on Monday, September 4.
Fixtures
Tonight (Thursday), August 31 Rebel Óg east minor A hurling league round six v Cobh (away) at 8pm.
Saturday, September 2 at Ballynoe U11 football league round two v Killeagh at 2pm.
Monday, September 4 at Riverstown junior hurling league division two round three v Sarsfields at 7pm.
Wednesday, September 6 at Castlelyons Rebel Óg east minor A hurling championship semi-final v Bride Rovers at 6.45pm. Extra time if necessary.
Sponsor
T~A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.

Thu, Sep 14, 2017 Club News September 14th 2017
Cath’s into county first round as divisional champions
East Cork Oil sponsored East Cork junior A hurling championship final
St Catherines 1-12
Russell Rovers 0-10
Few could deny that it wasn’t a classic. But that won’t matter now as the saints ground out a five point win over a dogged Russell Rovers challenge in the East Cork junior A hurling championship final, played at a well attended Clonmult Memorial Park, Midleton on Saturday evening last. Starting well with Richard O’Connell, despite the best efforts of Ross Walsh, forcing the sliothar over the line on three minutes. It was the game’s only goal and crucial score of the match. This was a contest where scores would be hard earned. Both teams depending on the accuracy of Shane O’Brien and Josh Beausang for scores from placed balls with the saints only marginally ahead on a half time scoreline of 1-04 to 0-04.
Beausang pointed twice from play in the opening exchanges of the resumption as the opposition challenge intensified. A poorly struck Rover’s free found Rory Galvin, who wasted no time and duly split the posts from distance, helping to withstand the early onslaught. It was the saints first score from open play since O’Connell’s goal, helping to maintain the three point balance of power at 1-06 to 0-06 to thirty four minutes. Daniel Mangan lofted a beauty for the point and score of the match. With a deft touch Shane Kearney added another. Brian ‘Bud’ Hartnett with his second point was on target for the opposition. But overall Russell Rovers were struggling to cut back the margin. A Shane O’Brien free picked out Brian Mulcahy to slot over a well taken score and that three point margin was still maintained at 1-09 to 0-09 on forty seven minutes.
Catherines, though by no means fluent, saw it out. Now favoured by the conditions with another pointed free forthcoming before O’Brien, again from a placed ball, picked out substitute Pa Roche to pop over the final score of the hour on fifty seven minutes. Rovers went for goals from a duo of late frees but both were blocked down.
Overall there was a sizeable attendance for this spectacle which was well organised and well ran by the Midleton club. Proceedings opened with the pairing of Lisgoold and Castlemartyr in the divisional U21 B hurling championship. Victory for Lisgoold, final score being 3-12 to 2-13. Referee was Ger Scully, initiating a Killeagh double, with Arthur Murphy taking charge of the top billing which saw both teams parading behind the Youghal pipe band. With well known East Cork goalie and ex showband star, Art Supple performing Amhrán na bhFiann.
Cultural officer of the board, John Joe O’Regan introduced the East Cork winning Killeagh team of 1967 to those present at half time. Outgoing chairman of the East Cork board Richard Fitzgerald, himself a Russell Rovers man, revealed that youthful Catherine’s defender Philip Keane was confirmed as man of the match, before presenting the Jamesy Kelleher Cup to the emotional Catherine’s captain, Daniel Mangan.
Hopefully now with the shackles off both teams can express themselves more in the upcoming county rounds of the competition, starting off this weekend with the pairing of St Catherines and Tracton.
Russell Rovers scorers: J Beausang (0-04 frees)(0-08) and B Hartnett (0-02).
St Catherines scorers: S O’Brien (0-06 frees)(0-01 65’)(0-07), R O’Connell (1-00), R Galvin, D Mangan, S Kearney, B Mulcahy and P Roche (0-01 each).
St Catherines team: E Aherne, P Keane, L O’Connor, W Walsh, C Hegarty, C Aherne, S Morris, S O’Brien, C Kearney, R Galvin, D Mangan (captain), S Cotter, B Mulcahy, S Kearney and R O’Connell.Subs: P Roche for C Kearney (48’), E Wallace for W Walsh (54’).
Also on panel: C Leahy, R Clancy, K Neville, S O’Regan, P O’Connor, D Lane, N O’Regan, S O’Brien, J Mulcahy, J Neville, J Hurley, S Walsh, E Condon and J Casey.
Referees: Arthur Murphy (Killeagh).
Championship match in Ballynoe
Youghal overcame the challenge of Watergrasshill in a round of the East Cork junior B hurling championship when played in Páirc Naomh Caitríonaigh. The final score was 1-21 to 2-12. Referee was Pádraig Kearney of Killeagh. It coincided with the ‘Strictly’ launch in Conna hall.
East Cork junior
hurling league - division two - round three
Sarsfields were both lords and masters of this East Cork junior hurling league division two round three fixture played in Riverstown on Monday evening, September 4.
Scorers: J Mulcahy (1-00), L Kearney and J Hurley (0-01) (0-02 each) and J Neville (0-01 each).
Team: C Leahy, D Wallace, D Lane, M Harper, S O’Regan, B Crowley, K Geary, L Kearney, J Neville, P Ryan, N O’Brien, J Hurley, J Casey, M Walsh and T O’Donnell. Subs: J Mulcahy for P Ryan (21’), P Ryan for M Walsh (second half), R Barry for D Wallace (41’), D Wallace for M Harper (49’).
Referee: James Hennessy (Dungourney).
Rebel Óg East Minor A hurling championship semi-final
Bride Rovers 6-20
St Catherine’s 2-17
Bride Rovers were deserving winners of this Rebel Óg minor A hurling championship semi-final when played in dull and overcast conditions at Castlelyons on Wednesday evening, September 6th.
Conor Barry drilled in the opening goal after four minutes and the highlight of a lead standing 2-05 to 0-05 on twenty two minutes was that seven different players had registered on the scoreboard, midfielder Eoin Roche and all six forwards. Roche’s inter county U17 ally Eoin Davis sent over a placed ball from well inside his own half. Niall O’Regan added a Saint’s goal on twenty six minutes. But any thoughts of a possible recovery were dispensed with. Shane O’Flynn with his second and Brian Roche adding further goals in the time left and a half time lead for Bride Rovers built up a scoreline of 4-10 to 1-05.
There would be no let up on the turnover. Conleith Ryan on target for the opposition. But the Saints gamely battled away despite the daunting and lopsided scoreline. Ben O’Brien hit an ocean of ball and was accurate both from general play and frees. Owen O’Neill popped over a duo of back-to-back points very near the finish of a championship tie now concluded with the addition of the lights. Bride Rovers now meet Cobh in this year’s Rebel Óg East minor A hurling championship final. Just take note that the U16 and minor footballers, because of soft borders, play in Rebel Óg North.
Bride Rovers scorers: B Roche (2-05), C Barry (0-3 frees) (1-05), S O’Flynn (2-01), C Ryan (1-01), C Hogan (0-03), G O’Keeney and E Roche (0-02 each) and M Friel (0-01).
St Catherine’s scorers: B O’Brien (0-06 frees) (0-02 65’s) (1-10), N O’Regan (1-02), O O’Neill (0-02), C O’Brien and E Davis free (0-01 each).
St Catherine’s team: Eoin Davis, Adam O’Brien, Philip Keane (team captain), Shane Kelleher, Brendan McKee, Eoin Wallace, Aaron Long, Owen O’Neill, Robert English, Ciaran O’Brien, Ben O’Brien, Niall O’Regan, Kevin Barry, Kieran English, Eoin McCready. Subs: Eoin Sheehan for Kevin Barry (53’), Shane Spillane for Eoin McCready (54’). Also on panel: James Hayes, Calum Roberts, Gavin England and Cormac Galvin. Referee: James Hennessy (Kiltha Óg).
U14 B1 East hurling league section two - round seven
Aghada 2-09 St Catherines 4-05
St Catherine’s had to work hard in seeing off a dogged and tenacious Aghada challenge, to claim the points on offer from this round seven U14 B1 hurling league tie played in overcast conditions at Rostellan on Friday evening last.
Basically, it was score for score, but the visitors claimed a vital grip on proceedings. Goals from Conor England and Cathal Dineen only ninety seconds apart early in the second quarter were enough to establish an interval advantage. Scoreline of 3-03 to 0-08.
The margin was down to a point in a low scoring second half when substitute James O’Callaghan scored the all-important and crucial fourth goal. Eoin O’Riordan tagged on his second point of the contest for a Catherine’s outfit who were able to absorb the concession of a second Aghada goal from a placed ball four minutes overtime. Many thanks to Alan Devoy and Edmond Galvin for taking charge of matters in the absence of an appointed referee.
St Catherine’s scorers: G O’Brien, C England, C Dineen and Jo O’Callaghan (1-00 each), E O’Riordan and A O’Donnell (0-2 each) and H Draper (free) (0-01).
St Catherines: E Philpott, B O’Connor, K Wallace, B Barry, F O’Connell, M Geary, C Bryan, G O’Brien, W Leamy, C Dineen, H Draper, C England, W McAuliffe, E O’Riordan, A O’Donnell. Subs: J O’Callaghan for W McAuliffe (second half) W McAuliffe for H Draper (37’).
Willie Ryan blitz
Victories over Cobh (2-03 to 2-01), Youghal (1-05 to 1-01), Killeagh (3-05 to 0-3) and Carraig na bhFear (3-05 to 0-01) preceded a narrow one point loss to host venue Aghada in the annual and prestigious U12 hurling blitz for the Willie Ryan Cup played in Rostellan on Saturday last.
Condolences
We express our sympathy to the Fitzgerald family, Ballynoe, on their recent bereavement. Also to the family of the late Finbarr Fogarty of Killeagh. A large crowd was present from Rathcormac, Castlelyons and beyond at Mary Barry’s funeral last mid-week. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-ainmnacha dhilís.
Camogie finals
Another day in paradise. Cork, after a few significant losses to the Cats, put a stop to a possible slide with a narrow and memorable victory over the reigning champions in the All Ireland senior camogie final at Croke Park. The late winning point came off the stick of substitute Julia White, following outstanding contributions from Aoife Murray, team captain Rena Buckley, the legend that is Gemma O’Connor, Aisling Thompson and Orla Cronin, officially named player of the match.
Between both codes Rena Buckley, who along with Anthony Nash were endearing guests at Catherine’s social in the Midleton Park Hotel in January of 2014, is now the recipient of eighteen All Ireland medals, eleven football and seven camogie. Rena Buckley is the first player of either gender to captain her county to All-Ireland senior titles in two codes. Last Sunday evening at headquarters Orla Cotter was winning her sixth All-Ireland senior camogie medal. Orla has four All Star awards. Phenomenal statistics, and remember the year isn’t over yet. Congratulations also to my other neighbour Finola Neville who is a member of the successful panel. Finola played in the earlier intermediate final which finished a draw, and was named as player of the match. That now means along with Eoin Davis’s U17 success that three All Ireland medals have made their way into the St Catherine’s club thus far this sporting Autumn. Intermediate camogie replay against Meath is fixed for Sunday, October 1. Can three become four? Westmeath are premier junior champions.
Fixtures
Correct at time of submitting this report. Friday, September 15 at Ballynoe u12 A hurling league quarter final v Blarney at 7.15pm. Saturday, September 16 county junior A hurling championship first round v Tracton time and venue TBC. Sunday, September 17 at Lisgoold junior B hurling championship semi-final v Castlelyons at 2.30pm.
Lotto
Results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at The Fisherman’s Rest Conna, on Monday night last, September 11. Numbers drawn were 5, 14, 17 and 20. There was no winner of the €8,000 jackpot. The consolation winners on the night were: Diarmaid O’Connell, Ballynoe; Jerome Barrett, Ballynoe; Mary Scanlon, Conna; Dan Lynch (phone no supplied) and Ed Sheehan, Ballymonteen, Ballynoe.
Next draw on Monday night coming September 18 at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna will be for a jackpot of €8,200.
Sponsor
T~A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors Ballynoe are St Catherine’s GAA Club sponsors.
Thu, May 04, 2017 Club News May 4th 2017
Junior footballers lose out to Glenbower Rovers
Michael O’Connor Motor Factors sponsored East Cork Junior A Football Championship – Quarter-Final St Catherines 1-09 Glenbower Rovers 2-14
There were various spells of recovery, especially through the second and fourth quarters. But overall it was Glenbower Rovers who would dominate this divisional junior A football championship quarter-final when played at a dull and overcast Copper Alley grounds in Youghal on Saturday evening last. Apart from a pointed free which saw it at 0-02 to 0-01 after six minutes, Glenbower would then embark on a scoring spree yielding 1-07 without reply. Extending their advantage on a scoreline of 1-09 to 0-01 after twenty minutes. Goalscorers were threatening forward Seán Long on twelve minutes and he finished up the game’s top scorer with a contribution of 2-04. Maybe a bit over-elaborate in their opening forays into opposition territory. But Catherines were coming much more into it. Points from Alan Carr and David O’Connor trimmed the margin. But the opposition again confirmed their superiority. Three further unanswered points had them ahead on an intimidating half-time scoreline of 1-12 to 0-04. Catherines to resume with whatever advantage an ever-decreasing breeze would throw up. Long killing the game off as a contest, adding a soft second goal five minutes into the second half. Daniel Mangan kicked over the point and probably the score of the match, before Rory Galvin delightfully flicked the ball onto replacement Liam Kearney, who in turn picked out cousin Conor Kearney to slot home a consolation Saints goal with about five minutes to go. Mild confusion reigned as to the full time score. We are going with the published one. Glenbower 2-14 St Catherines 1-09
Glenbower Rovers scorers: S Long (0-01 free) (2-04), K Lane (0-03 frees) (0-04), J O’Connor (0-01 free) (0-03), S Murphy, M Murphy and D O’Brien (0-01 each). St Catherines scorers: D Mangan (0-02 frees) (0-04), C Kearney (1-00), P O’Connor (0-02), A Carr, D O’Connor and L Kearney (0-01 each). St Catherines team: Eoin Corcoran, Philip Keane, John Mulcahy, James Neville, Alan Carr, Pádraig O’Connor, Dave O’Connor, Liam O’Connor, Rory Galvin, Daniel Mangan, Ed Kenneally, William Walsh, Shane Cogan, Eoin Condon (team captain) and Shane O’Brien.Subs: Pa Roche for Shane Cogan (21’), Liam Kearney for John Mulcahy (second half), Stephen Carr for Shane O’Brien (37’), Conor Kearney for Liam O’Connor (49’). Referee: Pa Beausang (Midleton).
Rebel Óg North U16 B2 Football League – Round Three St Catherines 2-05 Ballinacurra 2-05
Unusual backdrop going with this U16 B2 football league tie played in cold conditions at Ballynoe on Monday evening, April 24th last. Two Imokilly based teams playing in a Rebel Óg North fixture, determined by soft border. Kevin Barry was in early top scoring form. Further scores from Conor England just before half time and Adam O’Brien immediately after every bit as important as what went before. St Catherines withstanding an imminent opposition recovery greatly helped by conditions now in their favour. A game not for the purist. Absence of an appointed referee wouldn’t help. You might get through the younger age groups because of this. It’s a bit more difficult at U16 level.
Scorers: K Barry (0-02 frees) (2-03), C England and A O’Brien (0-01 each). Team: C Roberts, E McCreedy, J Duncan, D Galvin, C O’Brien, E O’Riordan, B McKee, J McGuckian, J Hayes, A O’Brien, J O’Keeffe, K Barry and E Sheehan. Subs: C England for J Hayes (11’), M Geary for J O’Keeffe (36’), W McAuliffe for E Sheehan (37’), E Sheehan for A O’Brien (52’). Referee: Joe Coppinger (Ballinacurra).
Minor B2 Football League – Round Three Buttevant v St Catherines
Match not played. Points to be played for when same two teams meet in the championship later in the summer.
Minor Hurling Challenge
With the football situation sorted, quickly arranged was this minor hurling challenge. Played in Aghavine on Wednesday evening April 26th last. Fr O’Neills were having the better of it. But Kevin Barry reacting quicker than anyone else first-timed the sliotar to the net on twenty-three minutes. Cutting the deficit down to three points on an interval scoreline of 2-06 to 1-06. Effectively O’Neills a premier two graded team, sealed the deal with a four goal burst in a glorious six minute spell just on the change of ends. Dominic Barry hit a hat-trick. While the threat of Jason Hankard was never successfully dealt with. Colin Sloane regularly on the ball as well. Nevertheless Catherines weren’t giving up, shifted things around a bit and can be well pleased when they reflect back on scoring contributions from nine players in a minor hurling challenge refereed by Mary Byrne Swayne. From the night before, we congratulate Eoin Davis substitute goalkeeper on the Cork team that defeated Waterford on a scoreline of 3-13 to 1-12 in the Munster U17 hurling championship final. Match played in Dungarvan on Tuesday evening April 25th last. Though not listed on your official programme Ben O’Brien is a member of what’s called the extension panel. Representing Munster the newly crowned provincial champions now face Galway in the All-Ireland semi-final around mid July. Minor match in Aghavine finished on a scoreline of Fr O’Neills 6-15 St Catherines 4-13.
Rebel Óg East U14 B1 Hurling League – Section Two – Round Two Fr O’Neills 4-08 St Catherines 1-05
Following a junior football league match on the first Sunday of March and a minor hurling challenge only two nights previous, a third visit of the year thus far to Aghavine for this round two U14 B hurling league game on Friday evening last. O’Neills exacting revenge, having lost out by a four point margin in the equivalent football tie at Ballynoe exactly a week earlier. That said Catherines started well. Eoin O’Riordan receiving able support from Cathal Bryan and Darragh Galvin were to the fore defensively. Gearóid O’Brien was regularly on the ball around midfield. He hit over their opening three points including a brace from placed balls and played a significant role in the goal. Eventually forced over the line by William McAuliffe after twenty-two minutes. Visitors ahead at 1-05 to 0-02 at the interval. But a physically stronger O’Neills were the dominant force after that, running out emphatic and deserving winners.
Scorers: W McAuliffe (1-00), G O’Brien (0-02 frees) (0-03), C England and D Temple (0-01 each). Team: C Dinneen, G Leahy, E O’Riordan, C Bryan, B O’Connor, D Galvin, J O’Callaghan, K Wallace, G O’Brien, A O’Donnell, F O’Connell, C England, J Mulcahy, D Temple and W McAuliffe. Subs: E Philpott and J Pratt for W McAuliffe and A O’Donnell (both second half). A O’Donnell for C Bryan (50’). Referee: Arthur Murphy (Killeagh).
U11 Hurling League – Match Three Fermoy 2-03 St Catherines 8-02
Another satisfactory performance. Keeping the winning run going following this round three U11 hurling league tie when played in Fermoy on Thursday evening last. Jack Leahy, Dylan Murphy and Adam Bryan showed up well on a night when all the skills of the game were on display.
Scorers: D O’Connell (4-00), S Cotter (2-01), C Pietropaolo (1-01) and C Leamy (1-00). Team: J Bryan, E O’Driscoll, C Dunning, D O’Donovan, C McCarthy, T Barry, C Leamy, C Pietropaolo, J Leahy, D O’Connell, D Murphy, S Cotter and A Bryan.
Juvenile Fixtures
Sunday May 7th U16 B2 Hurling League – round three v Nemo Rangers (away) at 3pm. Monday May 8th at Ballynoe - U14 B1 Hurling League – Section Two – round three v St Vincents at 7.30pm.
Adult Club Fixtures
Friday May 5th at TBC - East Cork Junior C Football Championship semi-final v Carraig na bhFear at 7.30pm Monday May 8th at Ballynoe - Junior Hurling League – Division One – round three v Killeagh at 7.30pm. Wednesday May 10th at Rathcormac - Junior Hurling League – Division Two – round one v Bride Rovers at 7.30pm.
First Communion
We congratulate all those boys and girls who will receive their First Holy Communion in Ballynoe on this forthcoming Saturday morning, May 6th. Boys and girls of Conna will receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion on the morning of Saturday, May 13th.
Fundraiser – “Guess The Score”
St Catherines are organising a fundraiser of “Guess the Score” on the forthcoming Munster senior hurling championship quarter-final involving Cork and Tipperary. Lines will cost €2 each or three for €5. First prize is €100 with an open draw then taking place if there is no correct winner. Cards will be available from committee members.
Battery Collection
Also on this forthcoming Saturday, May 6th in the pitch in Ballynoe, there will be a used battery collection. Times are 12 noon to 2pm and again at 5 to 7pm. Used car, tractor, truck etc batteries all welcome. All proceeds in aid of St Catherines GAA Club.
Lotto
Reverting to its regular slot and the results from the weekly lotto draw, which was held at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night April 24th last. Numbers drawn were: 2, 18, 24 and 29 and the jackpot of €4,000 wasn’t won. Consolation winners being John G Barry, Kilcor, Castlelyons; Matt Harper, Glasshouse, Curraglass; PF Barry, Kilcor, Castlelyons; Richard Higgins, Kilcronat, Ballynoe and Michael Lane, Shanakill, Curraglass.

Sponsor
T ~ A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.

And Finally
We congratulate Finola Neville, a member of the Cork team that defeated Derry in the Littlewoods Ireland Camogie League division two final when played in Kinnegad on Sunday afternoon last. That’s a league and a Munster championship medal into the club inside one week. Can’t be bad!
Thu, Apr 27, 2017 Club News April 27th 2017
Junior A football championship resumes
Behind at 1-07 to 0-03 at the break yet the Saints rallied losing out by a point to Russell Rovers in a junior football challenge when played in Shanagarry on bank holiday Easter Monday evening last. Rovers winning on an end scoreline of 1-08 to 0-10.
Enjoying better fortune winning another challenge in Glenville early on Sunday morning last. Eoin Condon in flying form at full forward. A hatrick of first half goals had the Saints ahead at 3-06 to 0-10 to the interval. James Gowen and Ger Cahill pointing for the home team. Glenville whittling the deficit right down to 2 points at 3-11 to 1-16 to fifty three minutes. Condon coming good again. Finishing as he started. Pointing the games last three scores from play as the Saints emerge victorious in a junior football challenge refereed by James Hennessy of Dungourney on a final scoreline of 3-14 to 1-16.
These games being a precursor to the East Cork junior A football championship quarter-final against Glenbower Rovers this upcoming weekend. Venue not confirmed. We wish the best of luck to both the panel of players and mentors involved. St Catherine’s are also in the divisional junior C football championship semi-final. Opposition there will be provided by either Carraig na bhFear or Glenbower Rovers again. Watch out for the junior hurling league scheduled for the afternoon of the May bank holiday Monday against Russell Rovers in Shanagarry.
Rebel Óg East Minor A hurling league - round two
Ballygarvan 2-14
St Catherines 1-12
It was the home team that were quickly into their stride in this round two minor A hurling league tie when played in Ballygarvan on Thursday evening last. A Ray O’Halloran goal as early as the third minute allied to some accurate Dylan O’Mahony free taking, had it at 1-04 to 0-02 after ten minutes. Moving on to 1-07 to 0-03 at the interval.
But the visitors were much better on the turnaround. Some delightful Ciarán O’Brien stickwork allied to some staunch defending from Philip Keane, Shane Kelleher and Eoin Wallace gradually resurrected their challenge. Stalled yet again when full forward Patrick McSweeney goaled for the home team. Making it 2-09 to 0-06 to thirty nine minutes.
A magnificent aerial leap from Niall O’Regan lead to the Saints goal. Ben O’Brien kept the scoreboard ticking over from placed balls, when on the run set up Owen O’Neill, for a well taken point. Trimming the margin to 21-12 to 1-12 to fifty seven minutes. Ballygarvan were still able to see it out.
Scorers: B O’Brien (0-06 frees), N O’Regan (1-00), RD Galvin (0-02), R English, C Galvin, O O’Neill and E Wallace (65’) (0-1 each). St Catherine’s team: E Davis, A O’Brien, P Keane, S Kelleher, B McKee, E Wallace, C O’Brien, Rd Galvin, R English, C Galvin, O O’Neill, N O’Regan, K English, B O’Brien, E Sheehan. Subs S Spillane for E Sheehan (46), A Leahy for K English (56). Referee: Liam O’Riordan (Belgooly).
Rebel Óg East under sixteen B2 hurling league - round two
St Catherines 1-19 Kiltha Óg 3-11
St Catherines survived an imposing challenge from Kiltha Óg’s second choice team in this under sixteen B2 hurling league tie, when played in calm albeit overcast conditions at Ballynoe on Tuesday evening April 18th last.
A Conor Ronayne goal kept the opposition challenge going. Response were some excellent long range points. Adam O’Brien and Brendan McKee finding the target. Kevin Barry pointed the frees. A Joe O’Keeffe goal on twenty nine minutes setting up a half time lead of 1-13 to 2-04 for the home team.
Kiltha Óg again dominated the third quarter and Darragh Cashman with his second goal had it all tied up again at 1-14 to 3-08 eleven minutes into the second half. Late points from Cathal Dineen, Harry Draper and Conor England in turn, ensured safety against a Kiltha team coming on strong again towards the finish.
Scorers: A O’Brien (0-07), K Barry (0-02 frees) (0-05), B McKee (0-03 frees) (0-01 ‘65) (0-04), J O’Keeffe (1-00), C Dineen, H Draper and C England (0-01 each).
St Catherines team: E Sheehan, C O’Brien, E O’Riordan, J Duncan, B McKee, E McCreedy, G England, J McGuckian, C Dineen, A O’Brien, J Hayes, H Draper, K Barry, J O’Keeffe.
Sub: C England for J O’Keeffe (‘42). Also on panel D Galvin, W McAuliffe and C Roberts. Referee: Padraig Kearney (Killeagh).
Rebel Óg East under fourteen B football league
Section one - round three
St Catherines 5-11
Fr O’Neills 7-01
Catherine’s were ahead at 1-05 to 1-00 at half-time in this round three under fourteen B1 football league tie when played at Ballynoe on Friday evening last!
But what an explosion of scores o the changearound, during which both teams took it in turns to force the pace. Eye-catching and well taken scores from Conor England, William Leamy, Fionna O’Connell and Cathal Dineen easing the home team now ahead at 5-09 to 3-01 to the three quarter mark. But O’Neill’s, with Paudie O’Sullivan, James Mellerick and James Murphy prominent came right back in to it. No doubt Ben O’Connor who scored a cracking goal on forty three minutes popped over a point very late on as crucial as any other score that went before. Ensuring a lead on a four point margin and there would be no come back from that.
This weekend the same two teams play in the equivalent hurling league at Aghavine. Thanks to Brian Davis for stepping in when it became known that the official referee wouldn’t be available. Brian is currently absent from the playing field and injury means he may not return until the autumn.
We also congratulate his brother, Eoin, substitute goalkeeper on the Cork team following victories over Limerick and Tipperary that has now advanced to the Munster under seventeen hurling championship final against Waterford and scheduled for Dungarvan on Tuesday evening last, April 25th. Best of luck to all concerned there.
Scorers: C England (0-01 free) (1-01 free), C Dineen (2-0), W leamy (1-03), B O’Connor (1-01), M Draper (0-02) and F O’Connell (0-01).
St Catherine’s team: A O’Donnell, J O’Callaghan, E O’Riordan, B Barry, D Galvin, M Geary, K Wallace, H Draper, G O’Brien, F O’Connell, C England, W Leamy, G Leahy, C Dineen and S Cotter. Subs: C Bryan, W McAuliffe and B O’Connor. B Barry, G Leahy and S Cotter (all second half). J Mulcahy for J O’Callaghan (‘46), D Temple for G O’brien (51’). Referee: Brian Davis (home club).
Under eleven football league - round three
St Catherines 4-09 Lisgoold 4-08
After wins over Carrigtwohill and Fr O’Neills unbeaten St Catherines kept their consistent run going but only just. Recording a one point victory over Lisgoold, when this under eleven football league tie was played in Ballynoe on Saturday morning last.
Scorers: D O’Connell (1-04), C Pietropaolo, S Cotter and J Temple (1-01 each), D Murphy and C Hayes (0-01 each).
St Catherines team: C Leamy, C Dunning, E O’Driscoll, G O’Callaghan, McCarthy, J Hickey, C Pietropaola, C Hayes, C Hegarty, D O’Connell, D Murphy, J Temple, S Cotter. Also J Bryan, S Aherne, A Bryan and S Hegarty. Referee Eoin Wallace, (home club).
Fixtures
Adult club
Saturday, April 29th East Cork Junior A football championship quarter-final v Glenbower Rovers, at 7pm venue TBC.
Monday, May 1st at Shanagarry East Cork Junior hurling league division one round eight v Russell Rovers at 3.30pm.
Juvenile
Friday, April 28th at Aghavine Rebel Óg East under fourteen B1 hurling league section two round two v Fr O’Neills, at 7pm.
Monday, May 1st under twelve B1 football league section two round four v Grenagh (away), at 7.30pm.
Easter camp
With the weather being perfect conditions were ideal for the juvenile GAA club Easter camp which was held in the pitches in Ballynoe from 10am to 12.45 daily on Tuesday, April 18th to Thursday, April 20th last. Eighty eight were registered. Eighty taking part daily. Sixty four boys and twenty four girls.
Coaches/mentors through the week were Noel O’Brien, James Spillane, Denis Walsh, Shane O’Regan, Eoin Davis, Mike Walsh, Cormac Galvin, Finola Neville, Rory Galvin, Mairead Rohan, Richard Galvin, Aoife Hurley, Caoimhe Galvin and Laura Hayes.
Helpers over the three days being Brendan McKee, Ciarán O’Brien, Darragh Galvin, Eoin Sheehan, Eoin O’Riordan and Niamh Spillane. Parents who helped out especially cleaning up dressing rooms and dug outs on the last day were Lisa O’Mahony, Cathy Cotter, Dino Pietropaolo, Mags Fitzgerald, Marie O’Donoghue, Brian Sheehan, Imelda O’Connell, Susan Sheehan, Deirdre Twomey, Niamh Kielty, Frances O’Connor, Mark O’Driscoll, Daphne De Coster and Cathal McAuliffe. many thanks also to Shane Supple GDA who spent most of the first day at the camp on an advisory basis. Also answering any queries. A good share of club gear was sold every morning of the three day mini camp.
League finals
Both local starlets Orla Cotter and Finola Neville made second half appearances as the Rebelettes lost out to the cats in the national camogie league final. It was a curtain-raiser to the Tipperary/Galway national hurling league final and played in Pairc na nGael, Limerick on Sunday afternoon last. Kilkenny are now both All-Ireland and league champions, gradually now the focus will shift to the meeting of Cork and Tipperary in the quarter-final of the Munster senior hurling championships. Fixed for Thurles on the afternoon of Sunday, May 21st.
Lotto
Being a bank holiday last week’s lotto draw was held over until Tuesday night, April 18th at The Big Tree Aghern. Numbers drawn being 8, 20, 25 and 26 and the jackpot of €3,800 wasn’t won. While the consolation winners on the night were Marie Noonan, Ballybride, Conna; Phyllis Smith, Mallow, Gerdi O’Mahony, Ballynoe; Liam Rice, Ballinlegane, Ballynoe and Seamus Spillane, Kilavorilla, Aghern.
Sponsor
T~A, Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherine’s GAA Club sponsors.
Thu, Apr 20, 2017 Club News April 20th 2017
Challenge game and juvenile
league programme take up the week
A junior hurling challenge game allied to the regular and ongoing programme of underage league matches is what consumed the back of last week’s playing activity. Don’t forget being a bank holiday weekend lotto results will surface next week. There now follows a brief report on those aforementioned games.
Junior hurling challenge game
St Catherines utterly dominated the opening segments of this junior hurling challenge when played under lights at Ballynoe on Thursday night last. A Ronan Clancy effort to which Daniel Mangan added a duo of mesmeric points and a slightly fortuitous Brian Mulcahy goal saw them ahead at 1-06 without reply. Just ten minutes elapsed on the clock. Eoin Dillon was now commanding at centre back. It meant a supply was guaranteed and the scores gradually ensued. Anthony Watson goaded for Milford their first score of the hour, after eleven minutes and with Pa O’Regan unerring in his free taking parity was restored at 1-09 apiece at the interval. Scores were level twice more with the home team edging three points ahead when after good Eoin Wallace work, Kevin Mangan, on as substitute first-timed the breaking ball to the net and the lead now stood at 2-15 to 1-13 to forty seven minutes. Stephen O’Brien, also sprung from the bench, guaranteed the win on an end scoreline 0f 3-17 to 1-15 when adding a third goal five minutes from time. Match referee was James Daly from Youghal. A few more practice matches through the codes and grades were mooted. Though not played. Easter weekend sometimes it can be difficult to get teams together.
Juvenile Rebel Og East Under Fourteen B hurling league section two round one St Catherines v Mayfield
St Catherines almost let a dominant lead slip against Ballycastle Gaels in an under fourteen hurling challenge when played at Ballynoe on Monday evening, April 10th last. Conor England and Gearoid O’Brien were constant threats in setting up a lead of 5-03 to 1-04 at half-time. Extending to 6-06 to 3-06 to the three quarter mark. But the Ballyhooly/Castletownroche combo were made of stern stuff and with Dan Cooney, Cathal Wilson and Rob Atwood all prominent, had cut the margin to just two points at game’s end. Catherines winning. Final score at 6-07 to 5-08. That then provided the back drop to the opening under fourteen B hurling tie when played at Ballynoe on Saturday last. Throw in at 12 midday. Catherine’s very much own top from the outset. All three inside forwards Cathal Dinneen, William McAuliffe and Gearoid O’Brien had planted the sliotar in the opposition net inside the opening ten minutes of play. Harry Draper and Conor England also on target against weakfish albeit gallant and sporting Mayfield outfit. Realistically it was over by half time. Catherine’s were able to give the entire planet a run. Even though the visitors were much better on the change of ends.
Catherine scorers: C Dinneen (5-01), H Draper (3-0), G O’Brien (1-02), W McAuliffe and C England (1-00 each), F O’Connell, K Wallace, W Leamy and D Temple (0-01 each), Team: E Philpott, J O’Callaghan, M Geary, B Barry, B O’Connor, E O’Riordan, D Galvin, K Wallace, H Draper, F O’Connell, C England, W Leamy, W McAuliffe, G O’Brien and C Dineen. Subs: G Leahy for H Draper (21’), S Cotter for C Dinneen (23’), J Mulch, A O’Donnell and D Temple for E O’Riordan, W Leamy and C England (all second half). H Draper for F O’Connell (47’). Referee - Edmond Galvin (home club).
Under twelve A hurling league Section one - round three St Catherines 0-4 Youghal 0-2
St Catherines maintain their winning run. Just seeing off a formidable Youghal challenge in this closely fought low scoring under twelve A hurling league tie, played in overcast conditions at Ballynoe on bank holiday Easter Monday evening last, April 17th. Sean O’Donoghue was masterful at centre back as first half scores from Kian O’Donoghue free and Ciaran Pietropaolo had two evenly matched teams together at 0-02 each at half-time in a clear low scoring contest. As the struggle continued the victory was sealed with a masterful Oisin Fitzgerald point from a tight angle with about seven minutes to go against a Youghal outfit who had prominent players in Aaron O’Donnell, Cody Hickey and Bobby Nicholson.
Scorers: C Pietorpaolo, O Fitzgerald, K O’Donoghue (free) and S O’Donoghue (65) (0-01 each). Team: C Leamy, C Dunning, E O’Driscoll, G O’Callaghan McCarthy, T Barry, S O’Donoghue, O Fitzgerald, D Morrison, C Pietropaolo, D O’Connell, K O’Donoghue, C Hayes, S Cotter, C Sheehan, C McAuliffe. Also A O’keeffe, C McCarthy, P Lucey and C Feeney. Referee: Michael Franklin (Midleton).
Minor A Hurling league - round one St Catherines w/o v Cloughduv Scr Juvenile fixtures
Thursday, April 20th Rebel Og East Minor A Hurling league round two v Ballygarvan (away), at 7.30pm. Friday, April 21st at Ballynoe Rebel Óg East under fourteen B football league section one round three v Fr O’Neill’s, at 8pm. Monday, April 24th at Ballynoe Rebel Óg North under sixteen B2 football league v Ballinacurra, at 7pm. Wednesday, April 26th Rebel Óg North minor B2 football league v Buttevant (away), at 7pm. There are Rebel Óg meetings this week. Further fixtures to follow.
Jode Morrison RIP
We were in the car park at Blackrock GAA Club on Church Road on the southside of Cork city, players and mentors arriving for an upcoming junior hurling challenge between the two clubs. Car radios beaming out coverage of the Aintree Grand National one of the great annual events of the British sporting year. Then comes a phone call from Pat Hartigan, it was the second time for the phone to ring. It took a while to grasp imagine what it was like for the family. Going back through the decades and the Morrison name is intrinsically linked with the club. Brothers Toss and Dick members of the team that made that historic breakthrough with the winning of the East Cork junior A hurling championship for the first time in the autumn of 1957. Over the subsequent years both would have acted as selectors to various teams. Committee members going right back the time. Toss was twice chairman, Dick in his sixth decade as treasurer succeeding the late John Casey as president following the 1993 AGM held at Conna hall. Their sister Patricia was married to the late Martin Flynn who lined out at corner back for Castlelyons against Catherines in a frequently still spoken about divisional A final of 1955. From the current vintage Ger and Tom have been secretary. Tom is current club chairman. Pat who delivered a moving and touching eulogy to his late uncle in the church on the day of the funeral also played for the club. Highlight would be a first half hat trick of goals for the saints against a fancied Carrigtwohill in a junior B quarter final on their way to outright success with the third choice team in 1996. A phenomenal achievement for a club of its size. Kieran played all grades of championship hurling with the county was a member of the ’98 league winning Cork team. Panelist on the ’99 Munster and All-Ireland winning outfit, Jode, though not so much in recent years, was invariably involved. Remaining a loyal supporter up to the end. Last week what came up time and time again was how great a neighbour he was. He loved horses and was an esteemed and loyal supporter of the races. Seeing after his duty right up to the recent Ballynoe point to point. He was a passionate card player. Played regularly in Ballynoe on the Sunday nights. But now Jode is gone, no longer with us. That deck of cards, along with the race card and club colours along with the cap he would be always associated with, presented at the altar as symbol of Jode’s great loves in life. Jode passed away suddenly on the afternoon of Saturday, April 8th last. He was eighty years of age. Making him the youngest of that particular family. He was moved from his home in Monty’s Meadow to the church next door. Where from the funeral Mass in Conna he was interred in Ballynoe graveyard on the afternoon of Wednesday, April 12th last. To Toss, Dick, Patricia, Ger, Antoinette, Tom, Pat, Edel, Maria, Kieran, Paul, Ann and Maureen, grandnephews, grandnieces, relatives and neighbours our deepest sympathy at this poignant time. Ar dheis Dé go rabid a h-anam dílis.
Lotto
First of all we put in Noel Kielthy, Glentrasna, Ballynoe whose name was left out in the list of last week’s consolation winners. Being a bank holiday this week’s draw with a jackpot now standing at €3,800 was held over until Tuesday night last, April 18th. Winners will be notified. Locals have access to posters. Results will be on the website.
Sponsor
T~A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catheroines GAA Club sponsors.
Thu, Apr 06, 2017 Club News April 6th 2017
Defeat in first junior hurling league match

East Cork Junior Hurling League – Division One – Round One Lisgoold 2-12 St Catherines 0-16
Not sure of the relevance of this result come the end of June when the same two teams clash again in the championship. But for now the opposition have the bragging rights, winners by a two-point margin when this East Cork junior hurling league division one round one tie was played in Lisgoold on Saturday evening last. It brought an end to the Saints winning run over five challenge games spread through a five-week period, prior to the commencement of their competitive programme. It was an evening that started with a win for Carraig na bhFear over Cobh in the divisional U21 C football championship final. Final score standing at 1-07 to 2-01. Catherines started promisingly and with Daniel Mangan, Liam Kearney and Eoin Wallace finding the target, surged into a four-point lead at 0-08 to 0-04 to seventeen minutes. Parity was restored when corner forward Darragh Fleming first-timed the sliotar to the net. Lisgoold in the ascendancy. Kieran Cashman goaling from a placed ball on twenty-seven minutes, establishing an interval advantage for Lisgoold on a 2-07 to 0-09 scoreline. Shane O’Brien was accurate with the frees, striking crisp, clear and accurate. Points ensued from Shane Cotter and Cal Aherne levelling it all up again at 2-07 to 0-13 after forty-one minutes. But mainly through the accuracy of Cashman from placed balls, Lisgoold were able to see it out from there to the finish.
Scorers: S O’Brien (0-05 frees), D Mangan (0-03), L Kearney, E Wallace and C Aherne (0-02 each), S Cotter and R Clancy (0-01 each). Team: E Aherne, K Neville, C Hegarty, P Keane, W Walsh, C Aherne, S O’Regan, Shane O’Brien, S Cotter, Stephen O’Brien, R Clancy, Richard Galvin, L Kearney, D Mangan and E Wallace. Subs: E Condon for Richard Galvin (second half), P Roche for Stephen O’Brien (48’). Also on panel: B Mulcahy, J Casey and P Lane. Referee: Niall O’Neill, Midleton.
Junior Hurling Challenge
Goal getting full forward Brian Mulcahy was the scorer and difference in chief, as the Saints kept their solid start to the new season with a fifth win from as many outings following this victory over a Watergrasshill selection in a junior hurling challenge, when played under lights at Ballynoe on Tuesday night March 28th last. Mention of a subliminal Shane O’Brien point ten minutes into the second half of a hurling challenge refereed by Brian Murphy of Carrigtwohill and where a few Saints players lined out in unaccustomed roles. Often the purpose of these type of matches. Ahead at 1-11 to 0-05 at half time, it finished up St Catherines 2-16 Watergrasshill 0-09.
Junior Football Challenge
St Catherines were just striving to assume control. Back to back points from Liam O’Connor and Eoin Corcoran had them two points to the good, when conceding the defining score of this junior football challenge, when played in Ballynoe on Friday evening last. Seán Brackett with the all-important goal. Setting up a lead for Araglin on a half time scoreline of 1-03 to 0-05, adding to their dominance, as the third quarter advanced with Tom Kenneally prominent and now 1-09 to 0-08 to the good to forty-six minutes. Late points from Rory Galvin, John Walsh and Peter Ryan in turn cut the margin to the minimum one point in a junior football challenge refereed by Mike Walsh from the home based club. Time running out Araglin winning on an end scoreline of 1-09 to 0-11. St Catherines second choice team play Lisgoold this weekend in the quarter-final of the East Cork junior C football championship. Araglin are back in Ballynoe meeting Cobh in the first round of the county junior B football championship on this upcoming Saturday evening.
Juvenile News Easter Camp
St Catherines juvenile GAA Easter camp runs from Tuesday 18th to Thursday, April 20th. Time is 10am to 12-45pm. It’s open to all primary school children. Cost is €20 per child or €50 for family of three or more. To book a place text name and age of child to club secretary Lisa O’Mahony or assistant secretary Imelda O’Connell. All welcome, especially new faces.
U11 Hurling League Game One
With back-to-back successes already attained on the football field against Carrigtwohill and Fr O’Neills, in turn St Catherines maintain their consistent early season form. Winning their first U11 hurling league tie against Ballinora on Saturday evening last at Ballynoe. Final score being 1-05 to 1-01.
Panel: S Cotter (1-04), D O’Connell, C Dunning, C Hayes, E O’Driscoll, C Pietropaolo (0-01), D O’Donovan, J Bryan, A Bryan, J Leahy, S Hegarty, C Hegarty and D Murphy.
Rebel Óg North U16 B2 Football League – Round Three
St Catherines continue to find the going tough, losing out to a heavy defeat in this Rebel Óg North U16 B football league tie when played in Killavullen on Thursday evening last. It finished up Killavullen 3-17 St Catherines 0-02.
Team: C Roberts, E McCready, J Duncan, E Sheehan, C O’Brien, J McGuckian, G England, J O’Keeffe, J Hayes (0-02), A O’Brien, C Dinneen, H Draper and E O’Riordan. Subs: B McKee and M Geary for C Dinneen and H Draper (second half). W McAuliffe for J O’Keeffe (42’). Also on panel: D Galvin. Referee: Brendán O’Regan (Doneraile).
1999 Minor League Final in Killavullen
In geographical terms it may be just at the other side of the Blackwater, but that U16 football league match on Thursday evening last was a first visit to Killavullen in seventeen years for a Saints outfit in a competitive fixture. Last occasion was the minor county B hurling league final for 1999. But it wasn’t played until Sunday, February 6th 2000. Victory went to Duhallow based team Croke Rovers on an end scoreline of 0-07 to 0-03. Presentation was made by Martin O’Brien, then PRO of the county minor board. Referee was Noel Brosnan from Killavullen. Just to get you thinking, we will hold back on the team line out until next week. Clue! Two of them were selectors on Thursday night last. You’re probably in for a week of sleepless nights!
Peil na nÓg
St Catherines using up every member of the available panel, thus giving them all substantial game time, lost both their group matches when participating in the Peil na nÓg (Féile football) at Mayfield on Saturday morning last. Losing out to Kiltha Óg on a scoreline of 1-03 to 0-02 at the host venue. Final score standing at 3-07 to 1-00 in favour of Mayfield.
Panel of Players: Brian Barry, Cathal Dinneen, Conor England, Darragh Galvin, Eoghan O’Riordan, Evan Philpott, Harry Draper, Mark Geary, Tom Hartnett, William Leamy, William McAuliffe, Adam O’Donnell, Denis Temple, Fionn O’Connell, James Mulcahy, James O’Callaghan, Jaimie Pratt, Kyle Wallace, Stephen Cotter and William O’Driscoll.
Fixtures – Juvenile
Sunday, April 9th at Castlemartyr- Rebel Óg East U12 A Hurling League round two v Kiltha Óg at 11.30am. Sunday April 9th at Brian Dillons: U16 B2 Hurling League v Raonuithe na nGael at 6.30pm. Wednesday, April 12th at Ballynoe – Rebel Óg East Minor A Hurling League round one v Cloughduv at 7pm. It’s a Rebel Óg meeting week. Further fixtures will emanate from that.
Fixtures – Adult
Saturday, April 8th at Ballynoe - County Junior B Football Championship Araglin v Cobh at 5pm. Sunday, April 9th – East Cork Junior C Football Championship quarter-final v Lisgoold at 12pm. Venue: TBC.
Condolences
Can we offer our sympathy to the family of Michael Kenneally, Coolroe, Conna who passed away recently in his ninety eighth year. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.
National Leagues
Tipperary’s success over Offaly aside and all last weekend’s winners had come through Division One B of the National Hurling League, perceived to be the weaker section. Yet last two outright winners of this competition emerged from group one B. Overall, yet another forgettable week for Rebel followers. Starting out with a mauling inflicted by Kerry in the provincial U21 football final. Then securing just a share of the spoils with Down in the seventh and final match in Division Two of the national football league. A third draw for Cork in the course of the campaign. Most significant feature of the result is that it meant Down just retained their divisional status. Then the county senior hurlers lost out to Limerick. So the overall picture is much clearer now. It’s a Dublin v Kerry National football league final. Galway play Kildare in the division two decider. All four national football league finals are on in Croke Park this weekend. With the hurling league semi-finals the weekend after.
Lotto
Results from the most recent weekly lotto draw, which was held at The Plough, Curraglass on Monday night last April 3rd. Numbers drawn were: 8, 14, 20 and 21 and the €3,400 jackpot wasn’t won. While the consolation winners on the night were: Eoin, Cathal, Áine and Aisling, Glentrasna, Ballynoe, John Heffernan, Garryanne, Aghern; Caroline Jones, c/o TVM, Bartlemy; Jim Roche, Castlebrook, Conna and Jim Kearney, Ballybride, Conna. Next draw for a €3,600 jackpot will be at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Monday night, April 10th.
Sponsor
T ~ A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
Thu, Mar 23, 2017 Club News March 23rd 2017
It was a week which saw a series of practice games played. Perhaps the most relevant being a junior football challenge with Carraig na bhFear as championship starts this weekend. An ever intensifying underage programme of games cotinues reports shortly.
But first the results from the most recent weekly lotto draw which was held at The Fishermans Rest, Conna, on Monday night last, March 20th. Numbers drawn 17, 18, 28 and 29 and there was no winner of the €3,000 jackpot. Consolation winners on the night being - Donal Leahy, Curraheen, Conna and Nuala Tobin, Rathdrum, Ballynoe. A draw for a jackpot now standing at €3,200 will be held at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna, on Monday night coming, March 27th.
Junior football challenge
St Catherines were struggling a bit at the start. Then left off the hook. Carraig na bhFear fluffling their lines. Off target after just a minute with a penalty kick in this junior football challenge when played in sunny, albeit windy conditions at Ballynoe on Sunday afternoon last.
Eoin Condon finished off the Saints goal Joe O’Donnell responded for the opposition. Parity restored at 1-02 apiece to thirteen minutes. As slightly favoured by the conditions the home team were shading it and ahead on a half time scoreline of 1-05 to 1-03.
Carraig na bhFear dominated the third quarter popping over five unanswered points and what proved the match winning scores. Turning it around and now leading at 1-08 to 1-05.
Rory Galvin from a placed ball and a splendid Padraig O’Connor effort trimmed the deficit to just a single score at 1-08 to 1-07 to forty nine minutes. Aidan Hegarty with the game’s final score had Carraig na bhFear winning out on an end scoreline of 1-09 to 1-07 to a junior football challenge refereed by James Bermingham of Bride Rovers.
Final preparatory game was to have been a round three fixture in division three of the junior football league vs Glanmire under lights at Ballynoe on Tuesday night last, March 21st. As St Catherines play Midleton in the first round of the East Cork junior A football championship this upcoming weekend. It’s on in Castlemartyr on Sunday, March 26th. Throw-in time will be 12 midday. Best of luck to all concerned.
Junior hurling challenge
Friendly ties have produced a steady run of results this far. Back to back successes against Ballyhooly and Ballincollig in turn of the final weekend of February preceded a hatrick of wins. Completed with a positive results over Erins Own in mid March. Daniel Mangan with the key delivery picked out full forward Rory Galvin to finish off the lead goal in this latest junior hurling challenge at Ballynoe on the morning of our national feast day on Friday last at 11.30am. Shane O’Brien caught a great ball around the middle of the pitch. His first time delivery expertly picked out by Eoin Wallace who duly finished off the second goal on twenty six minutes. Establishing a seven point advantage on a half-time scoreline of 2-08 to 0-07.
Catherine’s rattled off six points without reply in the opening eight minutes of the turnover. Also using up the opportunity to empty the bench in the process and it was one of those substitutes Pa Roche, who scored the eyecatching points very early in that second half was on hand to score the third goal. Stretching the advantage now standing at 3-15 to 0-12 to forty nine minutes, Donal O’Sullivan, Paul Sexton and Mark Kennefick were prominent for Ballygarvan who play in the intermediate grade in a hurling challange refereed by James ‘Dingle’ Daly of Youghal. It finished on a scoreline of 3-16 to 0-14 in favour of the Saints.
Juvenile news
Junior hurling challenge
A second win from as many friendlies when this minor hurling challenge was played under lights at Ballynoe on Wednesday night March 15th last. Ben O’Brien was the main scoring threat for the home team. Four first half goals in a glorious fourteen minute spell setting up an interval advantage on a scoreline of 5-06 to 2-05. To which were added five second half points, both from frees and placed balls, bringing his overall tally to 4-06. Eoin Davis, Eoin Wallace, Cormac Galvin, Shane Kelleher and Ciaran O’Brien also figured prominently in a minor hurling challenge refereed by Jim Hennessy of Kiltha Óg. Best for Watergrasshill, being Colin Cronin Cathal Fitzgerald and Daniel Dennehy. Final score favouring the Saints was 7-14 to 3-11.
Juvenile championship draws
This season on the recommendation of the gradings committee teams can be moved from their own division to another. Thus making those groups more relevant and competitive. Therefore soft borders will be new terminology in our vocabulary. With resultingly St Catherines relocating to rebel Óg North for minor and uner sixteen football. Just take note there will be no change for championship. St Catherines are paired with Buttevant in the first round of a seven team minor B1 football championship. Doneraile are first round under sixteen B2 football championship opposition. Again taking in seven teams. B1 teams take part in fifteen a side competitions. Its thirteen a side for B2 teams. Rebel Óg east championship draws were due to be made at Trabeg and the magnificent Nemo Rangers complex on Monday night last, March 20th.
Rebel Óg north
Under sixteem B2 football league round two
St Catherines 0-01 Doneraile 6-12
They took the lead when at the end of a four man move Kevin Barry pointed the way on forty seconds. But therafter it was downhill for the Saints. Losing out in a heavy defeat inflicted by Doneraile when this Rebel Óg North under sixteen B football league tie was played in Ballynoe on Saturday afternoon last.
Scorer: K Barry (0-01). Team: E Sheehan, E McCready, J Duncan, J O’Keeffe, B McKee, H Draper, G England, D Galvin A O’Brien, J Hayes, C Dineen, K Barry. Subs: J McGuckian for H Draper (22), C O’Brien for B McKee (29’), C England for A O’brien (38’), W McAuliffe for G England (46’), C Roberts for E Sheehan (52’). Also on panel E O’Riordan, Referee Mike Casey (Mitchelstown).
Under eleven football league - Match one
Carraigtwohill 2-04
St Catherines 2-12
Behind at the start and trailing 1-02 to 1-00 to ten minutes St Catherines recovered to lead 1-06 to 1-04 at half-time in their first under eleven football league tie of the season at Carraigtwohill on Saturday morning last. They were much the better team in the second half hour.
Scorers: S Cotter (1-06), D O’Connell (1-02), C hayes and C Pietropaolo (0-02 each).
Team: J Bryan, C Dunning, E O’Driscoll, C Hegarty, D O’Donovan, G O’Callaghan McCarthy, C Pietropaolo, C Hayes, D Murphy, D O’Connell, A Bryan, S Cotter, S Hegarty.
Rebel Óg East under twelve B2 football league section two round two
St Catherines 2-05
St Colman’s 1-03
St Catherine’s maintain their winning start recording an eventual fivepoint success over St Colman’s in this round two under twelve B football league tie, when played in breezy conditions at Ballynoe on Sunday morning last.
Ciaran Pietropaolo was instrumental in securing the opening four scores of the match. An early free coming back into play was clinically finished to the net by an alert Kian O’Donoghue for the lead goal and opening score of the match on five minutes. Ciaran added the next three scores including the second goal. Daniel Morrissey pointed for the opposition as the home team held sway at 2-02 to 0-01 to the break.
A Ciarán Leamy effort sandwiched between a brace of Shane Cotter points kept the momentum going. James O’Brien netted a consolation goal for St Colmans, a combination of Russell Rovers and Cloyne, just before the finish. Gerry Cowhig and Brian Cotter shared the refereeing duties.
Scorers: C Pietropoalo (1-02), K O’Donoghue (1-00), S Cotter (0-02), and C Leamy (0-01).
St Catherine’s team: J Bryan, E Sheehan, C Sheehan, G O’Callaghan McCarthy, D O’Donovan, S O’Donoghue, C McAuliffe, N Sheehan, O Fitzgerald, C hayes, D O’Connell, D Morrison, C Pietropaolo, S Cotter and K O’Donoghue. Also: C leamy, D Murphy, S Hegarty, A Bryan, C Feeney and C Hegarty.
Adult club fixture
Sunday, March 26th at Castlemartyr East Cork junior A football championship first round v Midleton at 12 noon.
Juvenile fixtures
Saturday, March 25th at Ballynoe Rebel Óg East under fourteen BI football league section one round two v Kiltha Óg at 4pm. Sunday, march 26th at Ballynoe Minor BI football league round two v Killvullen at 6.45pm.
National league
Realistically what we hope for now is survival. Cork have two remaining fixtures to fulfill i division two of the national football league. Next up is a tricky trip to Derry. With improving Down as visitors for the last match in the group on the afternoon of Sunday, April 2nd. Some points will be essential there.
Sponsor
T~A Building and Civil engineering contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherine’s GAA Club sponsors.
Summer time
Finally don’t forget that clocks go forward this weekend as summertime begins on Saturday night / Sunday morning.

Thu, Mar 30, 2017 Club News March 30th 2017
Two point victory over Magpies in junior A
football championship first round
Michael O’Connor Motor Factors Sponsored East Cork Junior A Football Championship - First Round St Catherines 3-04 Midleton 1-08
In the notes for Castlemartyr on Sunday morning, by midweek moving to Magner’s Hill, eventually this divisional junior A football championship first round tie relocated again and played in Spring like conditions at Copper Alley grounds in Youghal on Saturday evening last. Taking awhile for both teams to settle, Daniel Mangan carrying the main scoring threat for the Saints. A magnificent individual effort pointing from play after eight minutes sandwiched between a brace of opening quarter points from placed balls helping them to a half-time lead of three points without reply. But the Magpies replied instantaneously on the changeover. Alwyn Kearney with their opening score, pointing from play inside ninety seconds. John Comer pointed twice from placed balls. Parity restored for the first time at 0-03 each. When almost straightaway and in one of the moves of the match initiated by Alan Carr onto William Walsh and eventually Shane Cogan finished with substitute Stephen Carr goaling a pacy, clever combination passage of play on thirty five minutes. Midleton rallied. A brace of Seadna Smith points had it all tied up again, when the scores that decided this junior A football championship tie emerged. Daniel Mangan drilling in the second goal when just over sixty seconds later team captain Eoin Condon, back in the action after being taken off injured late in the first half, won the penalty kick, cooly slotted home by a focused Mangan. Adding another point from a free it meant the Saints now enjoyed a lead of 3-04 to 0-06 to fifty one minutes. But far from game over. Cormac Beausang pointed twice. Margin trimmed to just two points when Declan Ryan goaled from close range, but the Saints held out. Midleton will get another chance in the second round.
Midleton scorers: J Comer (0-02 frees) (0-03), D Ryan (1-00), S Smith and C Beausang (0-02 each) and A Kearney (0-01). St Catherines scorers: D Mangan (1-00 penalty) (0-03 frees) (2-04) and S Carr (1-00). St Catherines team: E Corcoran, J Neville, J Mulcahy, P Keane, D O’Connor, P O’Connor, A Carr, R Galvin, L O’Connor, D Mangan, E Kenneally, W Walsh, S O’Brien, E Condon and S Cogan. Subs: S Carr for E Condon (24’) C Kearney for S O’Brien (39’), E Condon for W Walsh (45’), W Walsh for R Galvin (59’). Also: C Molloy, Richard Galvin, D Wallace, P Roche, S O’Regan, P Ryan and E Wallace. Referee: James Daly (Youghal).
Junior Football League - Division Three - Round Three St Catherines 0-11 Glanmire 1-0
St Catherines were completing pre championship preparations resulting in a share of the spoils with Glanmire when this junior football league division three round three fixture was played in miserable conditions under lights at Ballynoe on Tuesday night, March 21st last. Glanmire flew out of the traps and with Tom Mullins finding the range surged into a four point lead without reply to ten minutes. Getting a grip around half back and a competitive middle of the field area and Catherines were now much more involved. Upsides their opposition when David O’Connor popped over a peach of a point from a tight angle as the rain cascaded down on twenty minutes. We were lucky as later this would fall as snow. Both teams added a point each from frees. It was 0-05 each to the break. Alan Carr to which cousin Stephen Carr added two more, pointed Catherines into a lead of 0-09 to 0-07 to the end of the third quarter. Lead short-lived. James Cussen goaling for Glanmire. But Shane Cogan had the home team back in a slender lead in a now exciting and evenly fought junior football league match. But parity was restored for a sixth and final time. Conor Kiely with the Glanmire leveller right at the death.
St Catherines scorers: S Cogan (0-03 frees) (0-04), S Carr and A Carr (0-02 each), P O’Connor, E Kenneally and D O’Connor (0-01 each). Team: E Corcoran, D Wallace, J Mulcahy, P Keane, D O’Connor, P O’Connor, A Carr, S Cogan, L O’Connor, S Carr, E Kenneally, C Kearney, P Ryan, S O’Brien and S O’Regan. Subs: E Wallace for S O’Regan (second half), L O’Callaghan McCarthy for P Ryan (47’). Referee: James Daly (Youghal).
Junior Hurling Challenge
On a scoreline of 2-05 to 0-08 ,visitors Tallow were victorious over the Saints second choice junior hurling team in a challenge game played in bitterly cold conditiions under lights at Ballynoe on Monday night, March 20th last.
Juvenile News
St Catherines have been paired with Erins Own in an eight team Rebel Óg East minor A hurling championship. Draws for which were made following a board meeting at the Nemo Rangers Pavilion on Monday night, March 20th last. Catherines received a bye in the B2 U16 hurling championship. There are seven teams in the fifteen a side B1 East 2 U14 hurling championship. Catherines play St Vincents and likewise are up against Mayfield in an eight team U14 B1 football championship. We gave you Rebel Óg North U16 and minor B football championship draws last week. Coiste na nÓg are looking after thirteen and fifteen knock out draws in both codes.
Rebel Óg North minor B Football League - Round Two. St Catherines 5-05 Killavullen 3-08
A game to savour between Catherines and Killavullen in this round two Rebel Óg North minor B football league tie when played at Ballynoe on Sunday evening last. Two Kieran English goals had the home team off to a flyer. Ahead at 2-03 with reply to the end of the first quarter. Michael Fresh goaled from the penalty spot on forty seven minutes. Gap narrowed with Catherines ahead on a half time scoreline of 3-03 to 1-02. James Fitzpatrick goaled almost straight away on the changeover. Setting up an exciting second half. Catherines now a man short consolidated their position after an Eoin Davis goal. Fionn Magner narrowing the gap again. In the end Shane Spillane’s goal was crucial for a Saints outfit off target with a penalty kick with five minutes to go.
Catherines scorers: K English (2-00), Richard Galvin (1-02), E Davis and S Spillane (1-00 each), P Keane (0-02) and R English (0-01). Team: E Sheehan, A Leahy, C Galvin, S Kelleher, G England, E Wallace, B O’Brien, Richard Galvin, P Keane, R English, N O’Regan, J Hayes, E Davis, K English and S Spillane. Referee: Arthur Murphy (Glenbower Rovers).
Rebel Óg East U14 B1 Football Leeague - Section One - Round Two St Catherines 2-04
Kiltha Óg 6-15
Kiltha Óg dominated from the start, running out comprehensive victors of this round two U14 B football league tie played in sunny conditions at Ballynoe on Saturday evening last. Scorers: D Temple (2-00), C England (0-02), H Draper and S Cotter (0-01 each).
Team: E Philpott, D Galvin, M Geary, G Leahy, K Wallace, E O’Riordan, B Barry, H Draper, W Leamy, F O’Connell, T Hartnett, C Dinneen, D Temple, C England and W McAuliffe. Subs: S Cotter, J Mulcahy and J O’Callaghan.
U11 Football League - Round Two St Catherines 7-07 Fr O’Neills 0-04
Winners over Carrigtwohill the previous weekend and the Saints maintain their good start to the campaign with an impressive victory over Fr O’Neills in the U11 football league when played in Ballynoe on Saturday last.
Panel: A Bryan, J Bryan, J Leahy, C Hegarty, S Hegarty, C Dunning, C Leamy. C Pietropaolo, J Hickey, C Hayes, D O’Donovan, D O’Connell, D Murphy, E O’Driscoll, S Cotter and C McCarthy.
Fixtures - Juvenile
Tonight (Thursday), March 30th Rebel Óg North U16 B2 Football League Round Three v (away) Killavullen at 6.45pm. Monday, April 3rd at Ballynoe U12 A East One Hurling League v Watergrasshill at 7pm. NB: Peil na nÓg is also on this weekend.
Adult
Saturday April 1st Junior Hurling League - Division One - Round One v Lisgoold (away) at 7pm. Monday April 3rd at Ballynoe Junior B Football Championship Prelimnary Round Youghal v Glenville at 7.30pm.
National Leagues
Overriding factor irrespective of bonuses from last weekend’s series of matches is that both county senior teams consolidated their positions for next season. Cork now face Limerick in the national hurling league quarter-final this weekend. Cork footballers wind up what has largely been a disappointing campaign when they play Down. A game of huge importance for them in a round seven fixture in the national football league division two at Páirc Uí Rinn this forthcoming Sunday afternoon.
Great Success for the Irish
Well that was the week that was as the Irish consolidated themselves as a real force in world sporting circles. Limerick’s Andy Lee made a successful return to the ring. Successful Olympian Michael Conlan makes a winning debut as a professional bantamweight fighter. Cross channel all records were broken. Ireland overcoming the UK by nineteen wins to nine in the race for the Prestbury Cup at the National Hunt Festival of horse racing around the Cotswolds. The annual Cheltenham pilgrimage without fear of argument accepted as the Olympics of the sport. Ireland deny England what would have been a world record of nineteen Rugby Union tests in a row. While closer to home John Caulfield and Liam Kearney continue their ultra consistent start with Cork City to the season. All in and around the cauldron of our National feast day. Memorable achievements all.
Point-to-Points
Hopefully conditions remain favourable for the annual Ballynoe point-to-point races on Pat Spillane’s land at Kilavorilla on this forthcoming Sunday afternoon April 2nd. First race is at 2pm.
Sponsor
T ~ A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
Lotto Results
First of all omitted from last week’s list of consolation winners were Veronica Martin, Tallow, Jeremiah O’Donovan, Glentane, Ballynoe and Tom English, Conna. Finishing up with the results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at The Winners Enclosure, Conna on Monday night last, March 27th. Numbers drawn were: 7, 8, 12 and 13. There was no winner of the €3,200 jackpot. Consolation winners on the night being: Carol O’Brien, Rathdrum, Ballynoe; Eabha Twomey, c/o Fishermans Rest, Conna; Bill and Therese O’Keeffe, Ballynattin, Ballynoe, Mary O’Dowd, Castlelyons and Ely and Carol (phone number included). Next draw for a jackpot now standing at €3,400 will be at The Plough, Curraglass, on Monday night, April 3rd.
Thu, Mar 09, 2017 Club News March 9th 2017

St Catherines GAA
Weather proves spoil sport
Poor weather conditions were a factor in last weekend’s proposed schedules. Two challenge games were put off. Major casualty being the firist match of the under twelve football league.
Junior football league 
division three
Fr O’Neills 2-07 St Catherines 2-06
One match that was played was this third fixture in the division three junior football league. Billed for Ballynoe it was relocated to Aughavine on Sunday afternoon last because of the aformentioned poor weather conditions.
Favoured by the conditions it was the now home based team who were making the better start. Cause enhanced when an Eoin Motherway goal established a lead on a 1-03 to 0-01 scoreline to eleven minutes.
Catherines were right back in it when after an original William Walsh effort came back into play off the post, it was Peter Ryan, like he was again the previous week, ideally positioned to goal the rebound on twenty one minutes. Rory Galvin (free) and Liam O’Connor tagged on a duo of points trimming the half time deficit to just one point. O’Neill’s still shading it on a scoreline of 1-05 to 1-04.
In their best move of the match initiated by Shane O’Brien and involving substitute Conor Kearney and Eoin Condon, finished with O’Brien adding a second goal from close range. Catherines ahead for the first time since the opening exchanges. Score standing at 2-04 to 1-06 now thirteen minutes into the second half. Joy shortlived with Patrick Steele adding a second O’Neill’s goal in he early stages of the fourth and final quarter. Doing enough from there to the finish. Winning at the end on the slimmest of margins. Final score in favour of O’Neill’s being 2-07 to 2-06.
Scorers: R Galvin (0-04 frees), P Ryan and S O’Brien (1-00 each), L O’Connor and P O’Connor (0-1 each).
St Catherines team: E Corcoran, D O’Connor, J Mulcahy, P Keane, A Neville, P O’Connor, J Neville, R Galvin, L O’Connor, W Walsh, S O’Brien, A Carr, S Cogan, E Condon, P Ryan. Subs: D Wallace and C Kearney for A Neville and P Ryan (both 41’). S O’Regan for W Walsh (52’). Also on panel: Rd Galvin, E Wallace and C Molloy.
Referee: James Daly (Youghal).
Minor football challenge
St Catherines made what seemed like the perfect start to this minor foootball challenge played under lights at Ballynoe on Tuesday night, February 28th last. Philip Keane kicking over the lead point inside a minute. Preceeding a brace of two quick fire Kieran English goals and a lead establised for an understrength home outfit minus the services of the St Colman’s players of 2-01 without reply to nine minutes. That proposed Croke Park quarter-final deferred from the scheduled date of last Saturday and refixed for yesterday, Wednesday, March 8th.
Gradually Cappoquin assumed control. Gavin England popped over two well worked and taken points. But at half time it was 3-04 to 2-04 for the visitors.
With the prominent play of Mattie Noonan, Jack Coffey and Keith O’Sullivan, the opposition rattled off 2-04 without reply through the third quarter. Extending their advantage. Score standing at 5-08 to 2-05 to forty five minutes. Winning a minor football challenge in the end, refereed by Jim Hennessy of Kiltha Og on a final score of 6-09 to 2-06.
Club registration morning
An event raising its profile annually. There being a terrific response to yet another successful registration morning and held in the pitch in Ballynoe on Satuday last between the hours of 10.00am and 11.30am. There being a great turnout. Despite the poor weather conditions under eight manager Alan O’Mahony trained at the ball wall. Thanks to all manangers who came out to help. James Spillane and Lisa O’Mahony were busy with the club shop. Especially with new members being kitted out for the new season now upon us.
Brian and Cathy Cotter helped out as people took the opportunity to check that they had the correct size hurley for their height. St Catherine Camogie Club ran their registration as well.
Scór na bPáistí finals
Dancing the ‘Ardgroom Set’ and the camogie club set dancing troupe representing St Catherines were crowned East Cork champions when the divisional Scór na bPáistí finals went ahead at a busy Watergrasshill community hall on Sunday afternoon last. Winning the May Cahill Cup in the process. Group members are Amy Leahy, Stephen Mulcahy, Jack Leahy, Tara Leahy, Grainne Dineen, Ciara McLoughlin, Gearóid Ó Ceallacháin MacCarthaigh and Abbie Leahy.
Hurling representatives finished a creditable runners up in the ballad group section. Consisting of Eabha Twomey, Kian O’Donoghue, Eryn Dillon, Fionn McKee and Lucy Barry. Numbers performed being ‘The Wests Awake’ agus ‘An Chearc Is An Choilleach’. Though not placed there were commendable hurling club performances from Laura Kenneally in the solo dance and Lucy Barry in the solo singing competition.
While the football club representatives weren’t in the first two in the historical presentation or novelty act. Piece performed entitled ‘The Legend of Fior Uisce’. Members were Conor Hayes, Taylor Walsh, Tayah Quirke, Paraic Lucey, Hannah Norman, Maeve Egan, Elise Cotter and Sarah Hannon. Winners of the Buckley/Casey cup for being strongest club on the day were Carrigtwohill. While Youghal were winners of the Chris O’Mahony cup for being best club overall though the entire East Cork Scór campaign.
County semi-final is on in the Éire Óg pavilion at Ovens on Saturday afternoon next. Best of luck to all divisional representatives.
National leagues
Two awful results last weekend and it doesn’t get any easier. Next opponents will be Meath. Two counties hell bent on lowering rebel colours at every given opportunity as Cork’s league form continues to nose dive.
Condolences
Deepest sympathy to our colleague Paul Davis on the death of his wife Angela’s brother, Tony Hartnett. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dhílis.
Fixture
Adult club
Friday, March 10th, at Ballynoe U21 ‘B’ football championship second round v Erins Own at 7.45pm.
Juvenile fixtures
Sunday, March 12th at Ballynoe Rebel Óg North minor B football league v Ballycastle Gaels, 11.30am.
Sunday, March 12th, Rebel Óg East under twelve B football league section two round one v Carraig na bhFear (away) at 4pm.
Lotto results
Results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe, on Monday night last, March 6th. Numbers drawn being 1, 24, 26 and 30. There was no winner of the €2,600 jackpot. While the consolation winners were; Dave Barry, Carrigmore, Conna; Margaret O’Connell, Kilphilibeen, Ballynoe; Matt Noonan, Conna; David Hegarty, Rathdrum, Ballynoe and Jeremiah O’Donovan, Glentane, Ballynoe.
Next draw for a jackpot standing at €2,800 will be held at The Big Tree, Aghern, on Monday night, March 13th.
Sponsor
T~A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.

Thu, Mar 16, 2017 Club News March 16th 2017
St Catherines GAA
U21 footballers lose out in extra time
East Cork U21B FC Round 2 St Catherines 2-09
Erin’s Own 0-16 (aet)
Those side-tracked with the obvious distraction of the Principality Stadium and its closed roof were the real losers. At this divisional U21 B football championship second round clash and played under lights at Ballynoe on Friday night last turned out to be a real exciting affair. Erin’s Own were having the better of it. Then in the twinkling of an eye, an exciting championship encounter turned on its head. A duo of back to back Eoin Davis goals, to which reliable kicker Rory Galvin added a point from a free, saw the Saints turn a five point deficit to a two point advantage. All in, a glorious one hundred and eighty second spell from the 27th minute. Thus, establishing an interval lead on a 2-03 to 0-07 scoreline. Harry Murphy, Joe Ryan, Ronan Twomey and Stephen Lee with four unanswered points had the opposition back in front through the third quarter. As a left footed Thomas O’Donnell effort saw parity restored for a second time. Taking an absorbing championship encounter to 20 minutes of extra time, on a full time scoreline of 2-06 to 0-12. A Kieran Neville point sandwiched between a brace of Philip Keane efforts had the home team in the ascendency. Stephen Horgan replied for Erin’s Own. Now a two point lead on a scoreline of 2-09 to 0-13 at the end of the first period of extra time. In the end substitute James Taylor was the opposition hero. His two points contribution saw them over the line to the slimmest of margins. In a contest where truly there didn’t deserve to be a loser. A fresh draw now ensues for the semi-finals of this year’s East Cork U21B football championship.
St Catherine’s team: Eoin Corcoran, Philip Keane, Robert English, Ben O’Brien, Richard Galvin, Shane O’Brien (captain), Shane O’Regan, Cormac Galvin, Eoin Wallace, Kieran Neville, Rory Galvin, Thomas O’Donnell, Eoin Davis, Niall O’Regan and John Walsh. Subs: Aaron Long for John Walsh (’44), Kieran English for Eoin Wallace (’61) and Eoin Wallace for Richard Galvin (’66). Referee: John Kirby (Midleton).
Junior Hurling Challenge
St Catherine’s reversed proceedings, proving too strong for Erin’s Own in a junior hurling challenge under lights at Ballynoe on Saturday night last. Brian Mulcahy in sparkling form for the home team. Yielding a first half tally of 1-07 in establishing a half time advantage on a scoreline of 1-13 to 0-05. A number of players were introduced off the bench, on the resumption. With Daniel Mangan contributing four unanswered points through the third quarter. Kevin Fenton, Sean Dunne and Paul Fenton were prominent for the opposition in a junior hurling challenge refereed by Brian Murphy of Carrigtwohill. Final score being 1-19 to 0-08 in favour of St Catherines.
Juvenile Rebel Óg North Minor B FL Rd 1 St Catherine’s 1-03 Ballycastle Gaels 4-08
Although billed as an away tie, this Rebel Óg North minor B football league match was played in Ballynoe on Sunday morning last. Many thanks to Edmond Galvin for taking charge until the arrival of the appointed referee. With the opposition dominant taking the lead through a Dylan O’Connor goal in their first attack on two minutes. Catherines recovered when Eoin Davis released Niall O’Regan who goaled just at the end of the opening quarter. Ballycastle Gaels, a combination of Ballyhooly and Castletownroche, ahead on a half-time scoreline of 1-05 to 1-01. Man of the match O’Connor with the key pass setting up James Roche for a second goal. Each scored again as the contest advanced. They might have had one or two more, were it not for the excellence of Eoin Sheehan between the posts for the home team.
St Catherines team: E Sheehan, S Spillane, C Galvin, A Leahy, G England, E Wallace, S Kelleher, RD Galvin, A Long, P Keane, N O’Regan, A O’Brien, E Davis, K English and K Barry. Sub: J Duncan for S Spillane (’44). Referee: John Kenneally (Kanturk).
Rebel Óg East U12 B FL Section 2 Rd 1 Carraig na bhFear 1-02
St Catherines 2-05
A victim of poor weather conditions initially. But both outfits were quick off the mark, rearranging this round one U12 B football league tie for the college grounds in Carraig na bhFear on Sunday morning last. Catherines doing the bulk of the work through the opening half. Oisín Fitzgerald and Kian O’Donoghue among the scorers and ahead at 1-05, without reply to end of the first passage of play. Diarmuid O’Connell and Shane Cotter were the goal scorers. A good start then. Next up are St Colman’s at home.
Team: J Bryan, G O’Callaghan McCarthy, E O’Driscoll, C Sheehan, D O’Donovan, S O’Donoghue, C McAuliffe, O Fitzgerald, C Pietropaolo, A Bryan, D Morrison, D O’Connell, S Cotter, K O’Donoghue and C Feeney. Sub: D Murphy for A Bryan. Referee: Graham Murphy.
Rebel Óg East U14 B FL Section 1 Rd 1 Cobh 6-06 St Catherines 0-03
Cobh were just physically too strong. Winning out this U14 B football league tie at O’Connell Park on Sunday evening last. Catherines kept the deficit at 1-03 to 0-02 at the break. Favoured by the elements, the home team dominated from there.
Team: E Philpott, K Wallace, M Geary, J Mulcahy, D Galvin, E O’Riordan, W Leamy, C England, B O’Connor, F O’Connell, G O’Brien, D Temple, D O’Connell, C Dineen and W McAuliffe. Referee: Chris Broderick (Na Piarsaigh).
Croke Cup
Though nowhere near the mauling inflicted by St Mary’s, Templemore in the Munster final for the Harty Cup at Páirc na nGael, eighteen days previous, St Colman’s lost out by a three point margin to Connaught champions, St Brigid’s Loughrea in the quarter-final of the Croke Cup when played on the astro turf surface of UL on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 8th last. Having been originally intended for Kilmallock on the previous Saturday afternoon. It meant that all Catherines players on the panel tasted game time throughout the various college competitions. With Niall O’Regan lining out at full forward, Eoin Davis, Kieran Neville, Eoin Wallace and Richard Galvin all involved as the respective campaigns advanced.
Juvenile Fixtures
Saturday, March 18th at Ballynoe, Rebel Óg North under sixteen B 2 football league round two v Doneraile at 2.00pm. Sunday, March 19th at Ballynoe, under twelve B1 Rebel Óg football league section two round two v St Colman’s at 11.30am.
Scór na bPáistí
Divisional champions St Catherines made their set dancing exit when the Scór na bPáistí county semi-final went ahead at the Éire Óg pavilion in Ovens on Saturday afternoon last. Nevertheless, a commendable achievement in progressing this far. Group members being Amy Leahy, Stephen Mulcahy, Jack Leahy, Tara Leahy, Gráinne Dinneen, Ciara McLoughlin, Gearóid Ó Ceallacháin MacCarthaigh and Abbie Leahy. Scór activity now terminated for this season.
National hurling league
Sensation would be too strong a word. But Cork created a mild tremor with what could be described as a shock victory over Waterford when their round four fixture in the national hurling league went ahead at Walsh Park on Sunday afternoon last. Now it’s all up in the air again. Tipperary are assured of progress but at this stage any three from the remaining five could join them. Or vice versa conceivably go down. It’s all down to the final weekend of matches. Cork are at home to Tipperary. While next up for the footballers is a visit from the old adversary, Meath.
Condolences
Sympathy to the family of James O’Keeffe, Ballynattin, Ballynoe, one of the elder statesmen of the parish who sadly passed away last weekend. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis.
Lotto results
Results from the most recent weekly lotto draw which was held at The Big Tree, Aghern on Monday night last March 13th. Numbers drawn were: 8, 14, 18 and 26 and the €2,800 jackpot wasn’t won. While the consolation winners were Olivia Hegarty, Ballymonteen, Ballynoe; P Egan c/o PH, Conna; Shane Walsh, Conna;Mary O’Brien, Glenarousk; Castlelyons and Brian Barry, Conna. Next draw for a now accumulated €3,000 jackpot will be at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna, on Monday night, March 20th.
Sponsor
T~A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
Thu, Feb 23, 2017 Club News February 23rd 2017
More championship draws revealed
More draws surface this week, Just to whet your championship appetite.

An even number of eight teams constitute the divisional under twenty one A hurling championship meaning four quarter-finals. A fresh draw determining the pairings for the resultant semi-finals. It’s St Catherines v Carrigtwohill. Also Bride Rovers v Aghada, St Colman’s to play Watergrasshill and Castlelyons are meeting Youghal.
Six teams make up the East Cork junior C football championship. St Catherines are paired with Lisgoold and Glenbower Rovers are up against Carraig na bhFear. Winners to meet, with Glenville meeting Aghada in the other semi-final.
Other draws made earlier on show the Saints playing Lisgoold in the junior A hurling championship. Likewise, Mildeton are junior A football opposition. It’s Erin’s Own in both the divisional junior B hurling and under twenty one B football championship draws respectively.
Weekending March 25th/26th is the projected starting date for the junior A football. A fortnight later should trigger off commencement of the C football championship.
Harty Cup
St Colman’s simply had no answer to the power, pace and overall teamwork of Our Lady’s Templemore in a one-sided Harty Cup final when played at Páirc na nGael in Limerick on Saturday afternoon last. Behind on a scoreline of 1-12 to 0-04, a decider all but complete by half-time. Now Colman’s are up against St Bridgets of Loughrea in the quarter-final of the All-Ireland colleges senior hurling championship. Fixed for the afternoon of Saturday, March 4th.
Despite views to the contrary Cork realistically are not faring any better in the national hurling league. Conquerors of Clare in the previous match they went down to a sizeable loss to Dublin, themselves annihilated by Tipperary in the previous game, when the round two fixture went ahead under lights at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday night last.
Looking at the overall picture a result that now means both hurlers and footballers are facing an uphill struggle if any impressipn can be made in either competition. Two back to back football league weekends coming up. Fermanagh are visitors this forthcoming Sunday. With an away trip to the banner seven days later. Cork are also away to Kilkenny in round three of the national hurling league on Sunday, March 5th.
Minor hurling challenge
Getting the players together thus seeing what’s available to the panel would be the main purpose of the exercise when organising this minor hurling challenge against Carrigtwohill and played under lights at Ballynoe on Sunday evening last.
It was the home team dominating the early passages of play. Niall O’Regan careering through finishing off the first goal on seven minutes. Eoin Sheehan adding another sixty seconds later. In all eight players registering on the scoreboard and a lead established on a scoreline of 2-09 to 0-02 at the end of the first of what were three twenty minute segments of play. Kieran English finished off the third goal six minutes into the second period of play. Lead standing at 3-10 to 0-07 at the forty minute mark.
Inspired by the excellence of David Rooney, Darren McAnn and Gary O’Brien and the opposition gradually clawed back the deficit through the closing passages of play. Adding 2-04 without reply they had the deficit down to two points on fifty six minutes. Catherines closing out this minor hurling challenge. Ben O’Brien from a free scoring the last point right at the death. Catherines winners on an end scoreline of 3-13 to 2-13.
This year’s minor mentors are manager, Kevin Galvin and Paul Davis in as selector. Hurling coach is Pat Clancy with Colm Molloy training the equivalent football squad. Sunday night’s referee was James Hennessy from Kiltha Óg.
Fixture
Sunday, February 26th junior football league division three v Castlemartyr (away) at 3pm.
Scór na bPáistí
St Catherines, will have five entries in this years East Cork Scór na bPaistí finals. A group made up of Taylor Walsh, Conor Hayes, Paraic Lucey, Tayah Quirke, Hannah Norman, Maeve Egan, Eilise Cotter and Sarah Hannon and representing the football club, made it through in the historical presentation or novelty act. Also through to the decider are the set dancing troupe for the camogie club. Performing the Ardgroom set, group members are Amy Leahy, Stephen Mulcahy, Jack Leahy, Tara Leahy, Grainne Dineen, Gearóid O’Callaghan McCarthy, Ciara McLoughlin and Abbie Leahy.
Sadly no entries from the handball club had made it to this stage of the competition. Hurling club qualifiers are Laura Kenneally performing a reel in the relatively new solo dance category. Lucy Barry with her rendition of ‘She moved through the fair’ in the solo singing category. St Catherines hurling club ballad group will also advance to the divisional decider. Performing ‘The West Awake’ agus ‘An Chearc Is An Choilleach’ its a group consisting of Fionn McKee, Eabha Twomey, Kian O’Donoghue, Lucy Barry and Eryn Dillon. Semi-finalists unfortunately failing to progress from the camogiue club were Tara Leahy in the solo dance. Also Billy Ahern with ‘The Auld Triangle’ in the solo singing competition and Cathal Sheehan with a piece called ‘Peig The Damsel’ in the recitation or story telling category. Also eliminated were the figure dancing troupe with ‘The Sweets of May’. Some members as the set dancing group already named. Unfortunately also failing to progress were the instrumental music group made uo of Fionn McKee, Colm Hurley, Mikolas Konieczny, Colum Feeney and Dylan Murphy. Numbers performed being ‘The Sally Gardens’ and ‘Bill Sullivan’s Polka’. They were representing the hurling club. As was Fionn McKee reciting an extract from ‘The First Confession’ in the story telling section.
Congratulations to all those who advanced thus far in what is a keenly fought competition and best of luck now to all those taking part in the decider. Both semi-finals were staged on Saturday and Sunday evening last in Lisgoold community hall. There is a break in the play now. This year’s East Cork Scór na bPáistí finals go ahead in Watergrasshill Community Centre on the afternoon of Sunday, March 5th. Starting time is 2.30pm.
Camogie club quiz
Twenty plus tables supported the camogie club’s annual fundraising table quiz held at The Big Tree, Aghern on Friday night last, February 17th. A wonderful night’s entertainment and a most enjoyable night and staged in a warm atmosphere.
Lotto results
Results from the most recent weekly lotto draw which was held at The Winners Enclosure, Conna on Monday night last, February 20th. Numbers drawn were 8, 9, 19 and 21. There was no winner of the €2,200 jackpot. While the consolation winners were - Colm Molloy, Ballynoe; Sophie O’Flynn, Longueville, Ballynoe; Rena O’Regan, Cullinagh, Ballynoe; D Noonan c/o PH, Conna and D~F c/o Winacres Stable.
A draw for a jackpot now standing at €2,400 will be held at The Plough, Curraglass on Monday night, February 27th.
Sponsor
T+A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
Thu, Mar 02, 2017 Club News March 2nd 2017
Loss to Castlemartyr in junior football league
East Cork junior football league - division three
Castlemartyr 0-10
St Catherines 1-04
St Catherines would lose out by a three point margin in their second match in division three of the junior football league played in understandably heavy conditions at Castelmartyr on Sunday afternoon last.
In many ways damage inflicted in the opening half. At the end of which the visitors found themselves a point in arrears. Having played with the benefit of the prevalent stiff breeze we took the lead through an Eoin Condon free inside fifty seconds. A brace of Shane Cogan points still had the teams level at 0-03 each to to twenty one minutes, were fortunate when a full length Shane O’Brien lunge prevented a seemingly certain goal. Before the home team regained the initiative. Barra O’Tuama pointing on twenty five minutes, establishing a Castlemartyr lead on a 0--04 to 0-03 half time scoreline.
Now favoured by the conditions and the home team, mainly through Mike Kelly, confirmed their superiority in the important early stages of the resumption. A goal would be essential to resurrect the Saints hopes. It duly arrived when corner forward Peter Ryan drilled in the breaking ball along the ground. Trimming the deficit now to the minimum one point at 0-07 to 1-03 eleven minutes into the second half. Shortly afterwards a sprawing fulll back length Eoin Corcoran stop maintained momentum.
Yet three unanswered opposition points, the most relevant coming off the foot of full forward Colin Beausang had the Saints adrift once more. Alan Carr pointed from a placed ball but there was no further scoring through the closing miniutes. It finished at 0-10 to 1-04 for Castlemartyr which following the opening night draw with Castleylons leaves the Saints with one point from their opening two matches in the third division of the junior football league. Glanmire, Fr O’Neills and Carrigtwohill are also in the group.
Scorers: P Ryan (1-00), S Cogan (0-02), E Condon and A Carr (both frees) (0-01 each).
St Catherines team: E Corcoran, R Galvin, J Mulcahy, P Keane, W Walsh, P O’Connor, A Neville, P Roche, L O’Connor, A Carr, S O’Brien, S Carr, S Cogan, E Condon, P Ryan. Subs: D Wallace for A Neville (43’), N O’Brien for P Roche (53)’. Referee Brian Walsh (Aghada).
Challenge games
St Catherines were enjoying the lions share of possession through the opening exchanges of this junior hurling challenge played under lights in cold conditions at Ballynoe on Thursday evening last. That said wasteful shooting largely undermined their challenge and a half time lead on a scoreline of 0-05 to 0-02 was a poor reflection of their efforts through the opening thirty minutes.
Following at least four mindboggling saves through both halves as good as weve ever seen on this pitch, Ballyhooly goalkeeper Pa O’Connor’s almost single handed defiance was eventually undone. In the uncustomary role of left corner forward Eoin Wallace finishing off the Saints goal. Establishing a 1-08 to 0-03 lead a minute into the final quarter of a challenge game refereed by Brian Murphy of Carrigtwohill. Denis Kiely goaled for the opposition. Keeping it all competitive right to the finish. Padraig O’Connor with the final say. His late point confirming a Saints win on an end scoreline of 1-09 to 1-04.
Two first half Brian Mulcahy goals enabled a share of the spoils on a half-time scoreline of 2-01 to 0-04 in a second junior hurling challenge played in difficult conditions at Ballincollig on Saturday afternoon last. Shane O’Brien accurate with the frees and from general play securing the points that saw the visitors edge one over the endline on a final score of 2-08 to 0-13.
While Kilara Óg were a tour de force in an under sixteen football challenge refereed by James Hennessy of Kiltha Óg and played in Ballynoe on Wednesday evening, February 22nd last with a 7.30pm start. Basically in an irretrievable half-time position Catherines in fairness rallied a bit on the changeover. Harry Draper and James Hayes kicked over a brace of tasty points. In one of the moves of a one sided encounter, clever play taking in Gavin England and Brendan McKee finished with Kevin Barry bagging the Saints goal.
That said Kilara Óg a commbination of Kilworth and Araglin had excellent players in Jack Casey, John Tobin, Conor Coakley and Paul Hynes, were dominant throughout and won pulling up on an emphatic 5-22 to 1-04 scoreline. While the probable effects of Storm Ewan, a combination of gale force winds and heavy rainfall lead to the cancellation of a proposed under fourteen football challenge vs Youghal and set for Ballynoe on Sunday morning last.
Briefly looking ahead and St Catherines juvenile GAA and camogie clubs registration morning goes ahead on this forthcoming Saturday, March 4th, time 10am until 11.30am. Light training for children. Refreshments for parents. Club gear for sale. Get measured for the correct size of hurley. Please donate unwanted helmets hurleys and boots. Club lotto promotion. All welcome especially new members of all ages. Membership free is €20 for juveniles. Adults €50.
Also can we wish the very best of good luck to all qualifiers participating in the East Cork Scór na bPáisti finals which are on in Watergrasshill Community Hall on this forthcoming Sunday afternoon, March 5th. Starting at 2.30pm.
Juvenile fixture
Sunday, March 5th under twelve BI East 2 football league v Carraig na bhFear (away) at 11.30am.
National league
Well the Rebels sealed that vital first victory in a win over Fermanagh in round three od the national football league when played early in Pairc Uí Rinn on Sunday afternoon last. An itense weekend of league activity fast approaching. Both teams on the road. With the footballers travelling to the Banner county. Cork play Kilkenny in round three of the national hurling league. A win in the two might help to restore some resemblance of hope from the general public and reignite that bit of confidence, so badly needed in the two teams quest for further improvement.
Get well soon
Best wishes for a speedy recovery to our parish priest Fr Billy O’Donovan currently hospitalised. Ex Ballynoe based curate Fr Andrew Carvill CC present for the vigil Mass in Conna on Saturday night last. Fr Carvill now a curate in Mallow.
Lotto results
Results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at The Plough, Curraglass on Monday night last February 27th. Numbers drawn were 4, 14, 29 and 30 and the jackpot of €2,400 wasn’t won. With the consolation winners being Pat O’Donovan, Barrafohona, Ballynoe; Margaret and Mary, Ballymurphy, Conna; Michelle O’Donovan, Kilosserargh, Ballynoe; Conor Hegarty, Ballymonteen, Ballynoe and Colm Doyle, c/o Fisherman’s Rest, Conna. A draw with a jackpot of €2,600 will be held at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Monday night next, March 6th.
Sponsor
T~A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherine’s GAA Club sponsor.
Thu, Feb 16, 2017 Club News February 16th 2017
Neighbours share points in first match of junior football league

A share of the spoils was a fair and justifiable result when neighbouring clubs St. Catherines and Castlelyons met in their first match of the junior football league division three. As promised, we take a look back at the last clash of the Saints and Erins Own in the U21 football championship played in Glenville in the spring of 1997. There was an intense period of activity on the opening quarter-final weekend of Scór na bPáistí. While there was no winner of the €2,000 lotto jackpot. Now read on for news in a bit more detail.
Junior Football League Division Three
St. Catherines 3-08 Castlelyons 1-14
Neighbouring clubs St. Catherines and Castlelyons played out a fair and justifiable share of the spoils in this junior football league division three tie, when played under lights in bitterly cold conditions at Ballynoe on Friday night last.
A delightful defence splitting pass picked out the pacy Eoin Condon for a well-taken Saints goal from close range on four minutes. One of the influential scores of the opening half enabling the home based team to establish a narrow one-point advantage on an internal scoreline of 1-07 to 0-09.
A goal from full forward Ronan Fenton in their first attack just forty seconds after the change of ends had the opposition now ahead at 1-09 to 1-07. But following a foul on Shane O’Regan the Saints regained control. Daniel Mangan goaling the subsequently awarded penalty kick. Making it 2-07 to 1-09 to thirty six minutes.
Scores were frequently exchanged. Catherines still ahead with aforementioned Mangan goaling direct from a free. Quickly adding a point from play. Score standing at 3-08 to 1-12 to forty eight minutes. Guilty of a particularly high free concession count, Catherines were eventually wheeled in with the excellent Alan Fenton pointing a brace of points from placed balls! Securing a deserved draw on an end scoreline of 3-08 to 1-14.
Castlelyons scorers: A Fenton (0-06 free) (0-10), R. Fenton, (1-00), E. Maye (0-02), M Spillane and T. Carroll (0-01 back).
St. Catherines scorers: D. Mangan (1-00 penalty) (1-00 free) (0-01 45) (0-01 free) (2-05), E. Condon (1-02) and S. Carr (0-01).
St Catherines team: C Molloy, P Keane, J Mulcahy, R Galvin, D O’Connor, P O’Connor, J Neville, P Roche, L O’Connor, S Carr, D Mangan, S O’Brien, P Ryan, E Condon, S O’Regan. Subs: A. Carr for P. Ryan (40), D. Wallace for S O’Regan (55); also on panel J. Walsh.
Referee: James Daly (Youghal).
League Groupings
Other teams in the third division of the junior football league are Glanmire, Carrigtwohill, Fr O’Neill and Castlemartyr. Making up division one of the junior hurling league are Carrigtwohill, Erins Own, Fr O’Neills, Carraig na bhFear, Lisgoold, Russell Rovers, Cobh, Killeagh and St. Catherines. While Bride Rovers, St Itas, Sarsfields, Midleton, Cloyne, Castlelyons, Youghal, Ballinacurra, Carrig na bhFear and St Catherines constitute division two.
Harty Cup
Best of luck to Eoin Wallace, Kieran Neville, Eoin Davis, Richard Galvin, Niall O’Regan and the entire St. Colman’s panel that play Our Lady’s, Templemore in the Harty Cup final in Limerick on this forthcoming Saturday afternoon.
U21 B football championship draw
A slight doubt was prevailing but now that the ongoing merger of Russell Rovers and Cloyne and playing as St. Colmans has again received county board approval, the existing draw for this year’s divisional U21B football championship and made at a board meeting in Midleton back on February 1st, now for definite stands. Encompassing ten teams with two first rounds involved. Castlelyons v Youghal and Casltemartyr v Midleton. Winners to meet in round two. Which is where St. Catherines come face to face with the challenge of Erins Own.
It is now all of 20 years since those two teams clashed in this particular age group. St Catherines and Erins Own met in the first round of the East Cork U21 A football championship of 1997. It was played in Glenville on Saturday evening, March 29th. Throw-in time being 5.30pm. Catherines were crowned B championship winners of twelve months previous. They were making the better start here and through the accuracy of Brendan Hickey were ahead at 0-04 to 0-01 after nine minutes. Inspired by the excellence of midfielders Kieran Mullins and Pat Collins, the opposition assumed control and a tally of ten unanswered points had them 0-11 to 0-04 ahead at half-time. The Catherines cause greatly boosted when a speculative Aidan Hogan delivery was touched to the net by Donal Lynch.
Issue effectively sealed when Martin Buckley goaled for Erins Own. Team captain Ger Lynch securing a consolation goal before the finish. Final score in favour of Erins Own standing at 1-17 to 2-07. Two of the selectors were Pat Lane and Redmond Higgins.
St. Catherines v Erins Own U21 1997 - Shane Fitzgerald, Pat Morrison, Michael Dorgan, John Rumley, Richie Hegarty, Bill O’Keeffe, Gordon Bryan, Paddy Lane, Ger Lynch (captain), Shane Kearney, Brendan Hickey, Michael Hegarty, Aidan Hogan, Martin O’Keeffe and Donal Lynch. Subs used: Tony Harpur and Alan McCarthy.
Match referee was Timmy Geary of Lisgoold.
National Leagues
A weekend of contrasting fortunes for the respective Rebel teams in the national league. Continuing with the good and consistent form displayed in the Munster League right through the month of January and the Cork hurlers pulled off a welcome and slightly surprising seven point win over reigning champions Clare in their round one fixture played under lights at Pairc Uí Rinn on Saturday evening last.
On the same evening All-Ireland champions, Tipperary were toying with a feeble Dublin challenge at Croke Park. Now the Ger Cunningham managed Dubs are visitors to Pairc Uí Rinn on this coming Saturday evening in a round two fixture in the national hurling league.
Contrastingly the footballers continue to struggle and simply must pick up the points from their first home fixture when entertaining Fermanagh on Sunday afternoon, February 26th next. Pressure already on in a big way.
Sympathy
Condolences to the Mills’ family on their recent bereavement. Son Stephen captained St Catherines to an U16 football championship victory in the autumn of 2010.
Camogie Club Quiz
Best of luck to the camogie club who stage their annual fundraiser of a table quiz in The Big Tree, Aghern, on this forthcoming Friday night, February 17th. Be there around 9pm.
Lotto Results
Results from the most recent weekly lotto draw held at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night last, February 13th. Numbers drawn were 1, 4, 13 and 28 and the €2,000 jackpot wasn’t won. Consolation winners being; Liam O’Leary, Ballybride, Conna; Fr. Billy; Helen O’Connor, Conna; Richard Hegarty, Ballymonteen, Ballynoe; Noreen O’Flynn, Kildinan and Betty O’Brien, Mogeela, Conna.
A draw for a €2,000 jackpot will take place at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna on Monday night, February 20th.
Scór na bPáistí
An intense weekend of Scór na bPáistí activity, taking the details of quarter-final performances in chronological order of appearance. Starting with the team representing the football club from Friday night. Qualifying in the novelty act. Competing with distinction but no progress for Karina Hartnett with her rendition of ‘The Spinning Wheel’ in the solo singing competition. Or for the group made p of Tayah Quirke, Hannah Norman, Elise Cotter, Sophie Crinnion and Katelyn O’Donoghue playing ‘Britches full of Stitches’ and ‘Fainne Geal an Lae’ in the instrumental category.
Saorla Twomey made her exit, performing ‘The Leg of the Duck’ in the relatively new instrumental solo section. Saorla also unlucky with ‘The Fairies’ in the storytelling competition. St. Catherines Football Club ballad group were Hannah Norman, Elise Cotter, Saorla Twomey, Isobelle O’Mahony and Sophie Crinnion. Singing ‘The Galway Shawl’ agus ‘Beidh Aonach Amarach’. Making up the quiz team were Conor Hayes, Sarah Hannon and Gearoid Sheehan.
St. Catherines Camogie Club advanced in the figure dancing and set dancing from the second of the quarter-finals from Saturday night. Also moving on in the solo dance, solo singing and recitation categories. Failing to advance were the ballad group consisting of Katie Dee, Abby Leahy and Hannah O’Donnell performing ‘Cockles and Mussels’ as Cathal Sheehan, Stephen Cotter and Denis Temple in the tráth na gceist.
Unfortunately, nobody representing the handball club went through from the third of the quarter-finals held at 2pm on Sunday afternoon last. They being Lucy Ahern performing ‘Grace’ in the solo singing competition, also Ellie Barry playing a solo on the bodhrán in the instrumental solo music section. Ava Dowling making her exit from the storytelling, having recited a piece entitled ‘The Old Woman of the Roads’ composed by Paraic Colum. Consisting of Anna Hurley, Ellie Barry, Leah O’Halloran, Billy McKee and Faye Sheehan, the ballad group singing ‘The Ferryman’ and ‘Red is the Rose’ were knocked out of the competition. As were the question time competition group made up of Evan O’Driscoll, Cian Dunning and Diarmuid O’Connell.
Better fortune for the team representing the hunting club. Getting through in the solo dance, solo singing, instrumental group, ballad group and recitation when the fourth quarter-final went ahead also on Sunday evening last, just losing out were Laura Kenneally with ‘The Dawning of the Day’ in the instrumental solo. As were Lucy Barry, Kian O’Donoghue and Sophia Lucey in the quiz.
First semi-final is on this forthcoming Saturday evening. Followed by the second twenty-four hours later. Both semi-finals are again on in Lisgoold Community Hall and start at 6.30pm.
Sponsor
TLA Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St. Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
Thu, Feb 02, 2017 Club News February 2nd 2017

Review of last year’s winning 
minor hurling league campaign’s

Just before we hone in on the priority item of this week’s repor,t we take this opportunity of congratulating St Colman’s, Femroy in progressing to this year’s Harty Cup final. Overcoming the challenge of Midleton CBS in the penultimate round at Mallow on Saturday afternoon last.
It was their second win over the East Cork college in this year’s campaign. Having lost to Midleton CBS in the Cork colleges final for the O’Callaghan Cup pre Christmas. Eoin Davis, Eoin Wallace and Kieran Neville have been ever presents on a thus far successful team. Getting on the scoreboard last Saturday was substitute Richard Galvin. While Niall O’Regan is also part of the Colman’s squad. Advancement to the Munster final guarantees the team a place in at least the All-Ireland quarter-finals. They play Our Lady’s Templemore in the Harty final scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday, February 18th.
Club appointments
Heading up some club sub committees revealed at a recent meeting are Edmond Galvin, who is fixtures chairman. Newly appointed finance sub committee chairman is Paul Davis. While John G Barry is field chairman. At juvenile level Cathy and Brian Cotter are taking charge of hurleys.
Major fundraiser
As previously revealed we again inform you that the major fundraiser for the year as approved by the club executive will be strictly St Catherine’s. It’s fixed for the Radisson Blu Hotel, Little Island, on Saturday night, November 11th.
Condolences
Our sympathy goes to the Keane family, Clashegannive, Conna on the recent sad death of Bernie’s sister, Mary in Youghal.
First aid/CPR course
Dates for the upcoming first aid/CPR course have been changed. It will now take place over two nights, Wednesday, February 22 and Wednesday, March 1st. Time 7 to 9.30pm. This is to avoid a clash with the upcoming Harty Cup final. Names to be given to club secretary, Eleanor Galvin as soon as possible.
Lotto
Most recent weekly lotto draw was held at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Monday night last, January 30th. Numbers drawn were 2, 8, 22 and 23 and the jackpot of €3,600 wasn’t won. Consolation winners being Colm Molloy, Ballynoe; Mags Noonan, Lisnabrin, Curraglass; Marie Mellerick, Conna; Monika Tedy’s, c/o Tim, Bartlemy and Pat Beecher, Kilclare, Conna. Next draw for a jackpot now standing at €3,800 will be at The Big Tree, Aghern, on Monday night, February 6th.
2016 minor hurling league review
In racing parlance the term shorthead would be used regularly as the outcome to the opening sequence of matches in the minor A hurling league which were only decided by exceedingly narrow margins.
Sometimes it goes in your favour. But not always. Referee Ger Scully was about to blow the whistle when right at the death Luke Beecher forced the sliotar over the line. Catherine’s make a winning start to their campaign overcoming the challenge of neighbours Kiltha Óg by the slimmest of margins on a 4-11 to 1-19 scoreline. Revenge of sorts. Losing to the opposition by a three point margin in the football league at Dungourney just three weeks previous. Two late Rory Galvin goals played prominent roles in the two subsequent hurling league matches. First one helping to secure a three point win (1-11 to 0-11) over Cobh. Then his late strike from a placed ball meant a valiant effort only just came unstuck, losing by a point (1-12 to 2-8) in Ballygarvan for a round three fixture on Thursday night April 14th. Remember the night lads? There was a problem with a wheel on the bus. Anyway what we’re trying to say now is that the games were won, could easily have gone the other way. As indeed the reverse would apply. It just goes to show you how evenly contested all the games were.
Down came the curtains on the pre-exam segment of the competition with a six point win over Castlelyons at Ballynoe on Thursday evening April 28th. A few abiding memories would be a late start and a wind assisted lengthy Eoin Davis free deflected to the net off a defender’s hurley. Resuming with a two point win over Courcey Rovers in Ballyspittle on the afternoon of Saturday July 2nd. Confirming superiority in the championship at Ballynoe ten days later. Courceys had to play a preliminary match first. No one could say how that game would go, so the league game had to be played. Preparation vital and anyway sure isn’t it games we want. Sliabh Rua were overcome again by a point in the next championship match. One point again. It doubled as a league fixture with the mutual agreement of both teams.
Castlelyons then won the divisional championship final. As it became clear the Saints would play Tracton in the league semi-final at Ballynoe on Thursday evening September 8th. An ideal fixture in many ways. Catherine’s presented with a clear opportunity to shake off the disappointment of a championship defeat from a week previous. Tracton not together as a collective unit since losing to Courcey’s in the championship all of eight weeks previous. That’s how it panned out as the home team were much too sharp. tracton lost a player to a straight red card early on. It was all one-way after that.
Final against Ballygarvan presenting an ideal opportunity to redress that narrow early season defeat at the opponent’s venue. Pulling away completely in the second half. Winning by 0-16 to 0-07. Board vice chairman Sean Twohig making the presentation and St Catherines would now represent Rebel Óg East in the county segment of the competition. Opponents would be western champions Kilbrittain under lights at Ballynoe on Thursday night, November 3rd.
Catherine’s grateful for a mercurial late Niall O’Regan point, sealing victory on an end scoreline of 1-13 to 2-06.
Final against Kilshannig from the north. Fixed for Ballincollig just eight days or nights later, throw-in at 7.30pm on Friday night, November 11th. A timely Eoin Davis save early on. A brace of Kieran English goals. Conor Hickey used as a sub making an immediate impact with the all important match winning third goal were the highlights. Rebel Óg chairman John Purcell making the post match presentation to victorious Saints captain, Rory Galvin. Final score was 3-10 to 0-12. St Catherine’s are crowned Coiste na nÓg county minor A hurling league champions. Team honoured at the recent Juvenile social held at The Rochestown Park Hotel. As were mentors Tom O’Donnell (manager), Tim O’Connor, Shane Mulkerrins and Noel O’Brien (coach).
2016 minor hurling league panel
Rory Galvin (captain), Eoin Davis, Philip Keane, Eoin Wallace, Kevin Geary, Shane O’Regan, Cormac Galvin, Kieran Neville, Robert English, Richard Galvin, Niall O’Regan, Ben O’Brien, Owen O’Neill, Luke Beecher, Kieran English, Conor Hickey, Adam O’Brien, Jack O’Brien, Brendan McKee, Tom O’Donnell, Niall O’Callaghan and Aaron Long.
Sponsor
T+A Building and Civil Engineering contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
Thu, Feb 09, 2017 Club News February 9th 2017


St Catherines GAA
Championship draws fast forward
focus to new playing season
Because of the timing, draws for knockout competitions invariably shift the focus to the new championship season. Draws for the majority of this year’s competitions made at an East Cork board meeting held at the Midleton GAA pavilion on Thursday evening last. What’s over now falls into the annals of history. All that counts now is what’s to come. That was then. This is now.
Junior A Hurling Championship
Erin’s Own and Cobh cross cománs in a preliminary round of the divisional Junior A hurling championship made up of eleven teams. Winners advance to the first-round phase. While in what will be a fresh draw, the preliminary and all first round losers constitute the make-up of the second round. St Catherine’s meet Lisgoold. The most recent meeting being in the league at Ballynoe, back towards the end of last June. Catherines holding out for a five point success on an end scoreline of 1-03 to 0-11.
A feature of the opposition play being the fact that John Cashman single handedly tallied all of those eleven points. John Cronin was part of last year’s intercounty senior hurling panel.
It will be the first championship meeting between the teams since meeting at the equivalent round of the competition at a well attended Castlelyons, 22 years ago. Edmond Galvin netted the first two goals. A crucial third finished off by James Spillane. Accurate free taker Mike Walsh fired over six points from placed balls. Team captain was Declan O’Neill. Final score in Catherines favour being 3-11 to 2-08.
Catherines team v Lisgoold in 1995 were: John Hartnett, Denis Buckner, Pat O’Sullivan, Brendan Noonan, Patrick Sheehan, Seamus Neville, Richie Hegarty, Ger Morrision, Declan O’Neill, Edward Sheehan, James Spillane, Mike Walsh, Edmond Galvin, Eddie Geaney and Jim Lane. Subs used were: Alan McGee and Cathal Casey.
Junior B Hurling Championship
There are thirteen teams in the East Cork Junior B hurling championship requiring one preliminary round game involving Youghal and Castlelyons. Winners progressing to a meeting with Ballinacurra in round one. St Catherines are paired with Erin’s Own, having met in the second round at Castlelyons only last July. Also meeting Erin’s Own in the second round of a ten team under 21 B football championship, in the second round of the Junior B hurling championship made, after round one is complete, is made up of the preliminary plus five first round losers. With one team receiving a bye to round three.
St Catherines and Erin’s Own met in the first round of the 1997 U21 A football championship. We will settle on that for a while, revealing the line-out in next week’s news.
St Catherines are drawn against Midleton in the first round of the divisional junior A football championship. Fourteen teams take part. Three are seven first round matches.
Last meeting between the teams was ten years ago. An opening round loss to Dungourney preceding a four point second round win over Glenville, under lights at Rostellan. Setting up a third round encounter v the Magpies fixed for a wet and windy Killeagh on Sunday, May 13th 2007. Midleton inflicting serious damage while playing against the elements were still sharing the spoils at 0-04 each at the end of a law scoring opening half hour.
Willie O’Brien, Micky O’Connell, Eoin Ferriter and Davy O’Brien prominent for the opposition. Shane Kearney, Shane Cotter and John Mulcahy doing well for a Saints team short four of the team successful against Glenville in the previous match. Ciaran Mulcahy scored the match winning goal. Midleton emerging comprehensive suitors on an end scoreline of 1-12 to 0-04.
Catherines team v Midleton 2007 were: Graham O’Neill, John Casey, Shane Fitzgerald, Jim Lane, James Casey, Ed Kenneally, Maurice Dinneen, Alan Carr (captain), Paul O’Connell, Shane Kearney, Richard O’Connell, John Carr, John Mulcahy, Shane Cotter and Paul Higgins. Subs used were: Aidan Hogan and Colm Molloy. Also on the panel were: Pakie Twomey, Declan Noonan and Dave Wallace.
2017 Championship Reprise
Junior A hurling v Lisgoold; Junior B hurling v Erin’s Own; Junior A football v Midleton and U21 B football v Erin’s Own.
Condolences
Deepest sympathy to the Mulcahy family, Ballycullane, Curraglass on the sad passing of Mark following an illness in America. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a ainm dilís.
Scór Sinsear
With seriously diluted members, this year’s East Cork Scór Sinsear finals went ahead at Lisgoold hall on Sunday night last. All events bar quiz with entries were held. With the question time now being held as part of the county Scór Sinsear final scheduled for Eire Óg hall in Ovens on Saturday night, February 18th. It might be difficult for the Saints to take part with most participants surely involved in the camogie club fundraiser at The Big Tree, Aghern on the night before.
Scór na bPáistí
Scór na bPáistí is the one area of the competition maintaining most interest and numbers are well up to expected levels. St Catherines held their own domestic round of the qualifiers in Ballynoe Community Hall on Wednesday night, February 1st last. They will now select teams to go forward to the East Cork quarter-finals spread out over the whole of the upcoming weekend at Lisgoold Community Hall. Many thanks to the Bride Rovers duo of John Arnold and Frances O’Riordan for assessing the talent on view and to those club members for their assistance on the night. Your help would be greatly appreciated.
Resumption of National League
It is only natural that the top flight captures the bulk of the plaudits and the real talking point to emerge from the first weekend of the new season’s National Football League was the phenomenal crowds at the games. 11,000 in Castlebar on Saturday night. There was over 17,000 in Breffni Park on the following afternoon. There might well have been more attended with surely a number reverting back, such was the difficulty in gaining admittance. When will the Dubs learn to travel in time to matches?
There was in excess of 7,000 in Letterkenny for the Donegal/Kerry match. A trend that will surely continue this forthcoming weekend. Dublin v Tyrone and Kerry v Mayo topping an attractive fixture list. Although the all-Ireland club football championship semi-finals are also on.
Cork secured a draw in Salthill. Although, they had a chance to claim both points on offer right at the death. Remember the Rebels are away for four of their opening six matches in division two of the National Football League. They play Kildare next. Revitalised with an impressive win over Meath on the first day out. It already feels like an uphill struggle. With the hurlers also in action, playing Clare in the first round of the national league. Fixed for Páirc Uí Rinn on this forthcoming Saturday night, February 11th, throw in will be 7pm.
Fixture
Friday, February 10th at Ballynoe Junior Football League Division 3 v Castlelyons at 8pm.
Lotto
Congratulations to Bridget Buckner, Glentane,Ballynoe on winning the €3,800 jackpot when the most recent weekly lotto draw was held at The Big Tree, Aghern on Monday night last, February 6th. Sole winning combination of numbers being 13, 15, 19 and 29. Again congratulations to Bridget and well done.
The consolation winners were: Denis Dingivan, Curraheen, Conna; Ann Cotter, Glentrasna, Ballynoe; Noreen O’Flynn c/o Helen O’Connor, Kilclare, Conna; John Barrett, Ballynoe and Pat O’Donovan, Barrafohona, Ballynoe. Reverting to a now basic €2,000 jackpot, next draw goes ahead at The Fisherman’s Rest on Monday night, February 13th.
Sponsor
T~A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
Thu, Jan 19, 2017 Club News Jan 19th 2017




St Catherines GAA
Great night at St Catherines juvenile social
In welcoming everybody and thanking manager Thomas Tobin, having recited grace before meals chairman Shane O’Connell briefly addressed the two hundred and forty five enthusiastic supporters that attended St Catherine’s juvenile GAA and Camogie Club annual social held at The Rochestown Park Hotel on Friday night last.
Although not a night for lengthy speeches, Shane, addressing his first public function since being appointed at the underage AGM in succession to Paul Davis back on October 27th, still touched on a few relevant issues. Commenting on the amount of relatively new people at the social. Being particularly praiseworthy of all the parents on being fantastic. Harping again on the success of last year’s annual cúl camp with one hundred and forty five in attendance in Ballynoe. Maybe the recent long puck competition could become an annual event. There was success in competitive activity during the year. Defeating Whitechurch in the replayed Rebel Óg East U16 B hurling championship final. St Catherines winning the divisional and Coiste na nÓg county minor A hurling league titles. Success attained in other age groups also mentioned. Philip Keane and Ben O’Brien part of county development squads. Ciaran O’Brien midfielder on the Cork team winning out the annual U14 hurling tournament final for the Tony Forristal Cup in Waterford back towards the end of August.
Thanking the parent club for their ongoing help and assistance. Stressing the importance of the weekly lotto draw. All juvenile club committee members are doing great work and were thanked for that. As were Fiona Sheehan, Lisa O’Mahony, Imelda O’Connell and John O’Mahony in preparing for last Friday night.
In briefly looking ahead Shane in conclusion would be of the opinion that we must maximise the amount of players playing the game. There are alot of outside attractions now. Try and put down the laptop. Resume the pucking around and play a lot more.
All presentations at the annual juvenile social were made by guest for the night Orla Cotter. Briefly thanking the GAA for their help and for the use of the pitch in Ballynoe. Commenting on the successful under fifteen championship run camogie spokesperson Marie Clancy described Orla as a superstar. Winner of a county senior medal with her club in 2009 she now has accumulated four national league medals and five All-Ireland senior camogie medals with Cork. She has been twice nominated for national player of the year. Only early last November she picked up her fourth All Star award. It hasn’t changed her. She remains as approachable and friendly, yet as unobtrusive as ever. What she definately is though is a role model. That will remain for our lifetime and long after we’re gone. Camogie citations were put together by Edmond Galvin.
While as part of her contributions, Marie thanked those people who did Trojan work for the night at the door. Another major fundraiser is approaching. St Catherine’s Camogie Club annual table quiz goes ahead at The Big Tree in Aghern on Friday night, February 17th. Starting at 9pm while were at it can we mention the fact that the camogie club AGM is on in the clubrooms in Ballynoe on this forthcoming Friday night, January 20th at 8pm.
Dino Retropaolo introduced the under sevens and eights good year for the nine and ten year olds. Winning the organised blitz based on culmative scoring involving Bandon, Shandrum and Ballinora and played in Ballynoe. Then a perk for successfully coming through that was a trip to Dr Morris Park in Thurles. Opposition there coming from all over the province. Included were Arravale Rovers, Newmarket-on-Fergus Causeway, Doon and Lixnaw encompassing the two age groups. Team manager Brian Sheehan introducing the panel available on the night. His selectors were Joe Pratt, Mark O’Driscoll, Mike Dee and Shane O’Connell.
Heading into the new year and Brian Sheehan, is now vice chairman of St Catherine’s juvenile club. Team manager Ollie Sheehan referred to the under twelve year receiving medals on the retention of the Paddy Sheehan Cup, as did the under fourteen hurlers on winning the Albert Griffin Cup. Kieran O’Brien introducing the panel to an appreciative audience. Successful under sixteens and minors were introduced by club PRO John O’Mahony. To fittingly honour their respective acheivements their companions will be reviewed in more detail both next week and the week after.
A raffle was held on the admission tickets. Winner of an overnight stay including breakfast a the host venue was Brendan Hurley. There was a special prize of a mirror embossed with the club crest. These are assembled by a mini company in transition year at Colaiste an Chraoibhin in Fermoy for local GAA clubs. Donating one as a spot prize. If interested contact Sinead Corcoran at 086-1919859. This was won by Tom Deady. Winners of club hats were - Sarah Norman, Val Turley, Gearoid O’Callaghan McCarthy and June Bolger.
Music on the night was provided by Eoin McCarthy. He certainly had his timing right. Knew what and when to play. Even the oldies were getting extensive play. Particularly Forrest, Kenny, Loggins and Queen. Irish hits from the Saw Doctors and Nathan Carter were popular. While there is no doubt that Bruno Mars is now the modern king of the dancefloor. Now didn’t we learn something new!!!! DJ Eoin is from the Fr O’Neills club and is closely related to the O’Regans of Cullinagh Ballynoe. They must be the contact!!!
He certainly helped in making the night the success it deserved to be. This annual event has been held at a lot of venues over the years. Last Friday night has now set the standard.
Under twelve panel: Gearoid O’Brien (capt), Shane Cotter, Kyle Wallace, Nathan Sheehan, Oísin Fitzgerald, Ben O’Connor, Sean O’Donoghue, Darragh Morrison, Stephen Cotter, Jamie Pratt, Fionn O’Connell, Adam O’Donnell, Kian O’Donoghue, Denis Temple, James O’Calllaghan, James Mulcahy, Cathal McAuliffe, Cathal Sheehan, Colum Feeney and Ethan Long.
Under fourteen panel: Ciarán O’Brien capt, Joe O’Keeffe, Mark Geary, William Leahy, James Duncan, Eoghan O’Riordan, Darragh Galvin, Gearoid O’Brien, Kevin Barry, Harry Draper, Tom Hartnett, James Hayes, Gavin England, Cathal Dineen, Fionn O’Connell, Cathal Bryan, William McAuliffe, Conor England, Kyle Wallace, Josh McGuckian, Evan Philpott, Adam O’Donnell, Denis Temple, Stephen Cotter, David McDonnell and Ivan Chrim.
Harty Cup
Favoured by the conditions and St Colman’s laid the foundation for success with a strong first half performance in the Harty Cup quarter final when played at Church Road in Blackrock on Wednesday afternoon January 11th last. Ahead by a fifteen point margin on a 3-07 to 0-01 scoreline meant they were well able to absorb any CBS recovery as the contest progressed. With the opposition goal coming too late to make an impact on proceedings. Final score was 3-12 to 1-12. Club players Eoin Davis, Eoin Wallace and Kieran Neville play a key part in the Colman’s defence. Ardscoil Rís and Midleton CBS played out a draw after extra time in Bansha. Winners of that replay play St Colman’s Fermoy in the semi-final. Scheduled for the end of the month.
Quiz answer
Invariably it can be difficult when going back on past teams to name the selectors. Especially if outright success doesn’t come their way. Club minor footballers had a decent run in the divisional B championship of 1996. Losing the final to Cloyne which was played early in the new year. Any luck with the mentors, they were Billy O’Connell, Ger Morrison and Sean Lynch.
Lotto
Reverting to its regular slot and the results from the weekly lotto draw held at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night, January 9th last. Numbers drawn were 9, 12, 17 and 25 and the €3,000 jackpot wasn’t won. While the consolation winners on the night were: Kit Ahern, Conna, Chris Daly, Conna, Denise O’Connor, Ballybride, Conna, D O’Regan, Cullinagh, Ballynoe and Bridget Buckner, Glentane, Ballynoe.
Sponsors
T~A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherine’s GAA Club Sponsors.
And finally
Strictly St Catherines
Major club fundraiser for the year as approved by the executive will be strictly St Catherines, it’s fixed for the Radisson Blu Hotel, Little Island on Saturday night, November 11th. More details closer to the time.
Thu, Jan 26, 2017 Club News January 26th 2017
St Catherines GAA
Lotto results update
We update the manager appointments to the various teams. Some major Scór dates are revealed. As promised we take a reflective look over last year’s under sixteen hurling campaign. Just this week we update the lotto results. Starting with the draw at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna, on Monday night, January 16th. Numbers drawn were 2, 11, 20 and 23 and the €3,200 jackpot wasn’t won. Consolation winners on the night being John Ronayne, c/o TVM, Bartlemy; Delores Hartigan, Conna; Jim Roche, Castlebrook, Conna; Noel Tobin, Convent St, Tallow and Two Musketeers c/o McS, Ballynoe.
Moving on with the results from the most recent draw which was held at The Plough, Curraglass, on Monday night last January 23rd. Numbers drawn were: 4, 9, 18 and 28. There was no winner of the €3,400 jackpot. While the consolation winners were: Teresa Buckley c/o The Big Tree, Aghern; Patricia Barry, Monagown, Conna; Eoin Kearney, Ballymurphy, Conna; Mary Delaney, Conna and Gary Ahern, Skanakill, Curraglass.
Next draw for a now accumulated €3,600 jackpot will be at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Monday night coming January 30th.
Team appointments
Ian O’Connell has been appointed junior hurling manager for this year. His selectors will be Shane Kearney and Seanie Farrell with Sean Guineen coaching the team. Michelle Kearney is on board with a nutritional diets programme.
Noel Kielthy will again take charge of the second choice junior hurling team. They will play in the divisional junior B hurling championship, recently promoted to division two of the league. Billy Neville is confirmed as a selector. Junior A and B football manager Padraig O’Connor has appointed John D Cotter, Denis Walsh and Pakie Twomey as his selectors.
From the underage section of the club Kevin Galvin is taking charge of the minor hurlers and footballers. Paul Davis is a selector. Hurling coach is Pat Clancy. Likewise, Colm Molloy will coach and train the equivalent football squad. Under sixteen manager is James Spillane.
Strictly St Catherines
Once again we inform you that major fundraiser for the year as approved by the club executive will be strictly St Catherines. It’s fixed for the Radisson Blu Hotel Little Island on Saturday night, November 11th. More details later.
Sympathy
Condolences to Shane O’Connell and family, Ballynoe on the sad passing of his aunt Ann Horgan of Dromtariffe near Millstreet. Shane is now chairman of St Catherines juvenile club.
2016 under sixteen hurling review
First match in the under sixteen B hurling league was an away trip to Carraig na bhFear. With the mutual agreement of both teams it would be played in the college grounds at 7.30pm on Wednesday evening April 13th. Bit late maybe. Only barely getting away with it. Aaron Cronin and Sean O’Donovan showing up well for the home based team and ahead on a half-time scoreline of 1-07 to 0-05. A few encouraging words and the visitors were quickly out of the traps on the changeover. Initiated in the main by a stupendous Eoin Davis goal. One touch taking it away from his immediate opponent. Rifling the breaking ball to the net thirty seconds into the second half. It remains one of the goals of the season. Joe O’Keeffe and Owen O’Neill were also on target as the Saints assumed control. Driving home in the dark, satisfied with an opening day win. Finishing up at 4-09 to 1-10. Also sticking in the memory was the assuredness and impartiality of excellent referee John Horgan from Ghleann na Laoi. An uneven number of teams in the group meant a bye for one team each week. Catherines getting their free week early and this was their only competitive match pre exam time.
Genuinely it was with a sense of trepidation that one squared up to a second string Bishopstown outfit for the championship pipe opener in Ballynoe on Monday evening, July 4th. They were down for football league back in March. They were comfortable winners. But it didn’t follow suit. Catherine’s were just too strong. Able to give game time to nineteen players on a winning 4-18 to 0-5 scoreline.
Assuredly it wasn’t as easy in the resultant championship semi-final in Castlemartyr on Monday evening, July 18th. Referee James Daly allowing for a brief stoppage for water intake right on the quarter hour. Such was the severity of the heat. After a shaky start Catherines coming good near the half-time and now ahead on a 2-05 to 1-06 scoreline. Netting the vital and match winning goals as early as the fourth minute into the changeover. Eoin Davis delightful left touch into the path of pacy Robert English. Billowing the net from close range. English repaying the complement shortly afterwards. Craig Hogan pulled a goal back for Aghada. But it proved a score of a consolation nature. Final score St Catherine’s 4-12 Aghada 3-10.
Final v Whitechurch on Monday evening July 25th. Whitechurch were formidable oppisition. Centre forward Jason O’Riordan was in irrepressible form. Firing over seven first half points including a half a dozen without reply and eleven in total. Gifted free taking. Seeing the opposition take a half-time lead on an 0-08 to 0-02 scoreline. A Peter Cronin goal consolidated that dominance now at 1-10 to 1-04 to the three quarter mark. Points from Robert English and Gavin English marginally trimmed the deficit. When a late Ben O’Brien goal adding the equalising point at 2-10 to 1-13 on sixty three minutes meant we were back in Rathcormac on the following Sunday morning, July 31st for an eagerly anticipated and awaited replay.
Catherine’s sporting a new red strip. This avoiding a clash of colours. This time around making the better start. But an early Eoin Davis goal and a sweetly struck sideline cut producing an Owen O’Neill point, proved their only scores for the majority of the opening half. Behind at 0-08 to 1-02 to the break. Not too unlike what unfolded the first night. A Fionn Brickley goal was worrying and although now trailing at 1-09 to 1-06, a few positional moves were proving enormously beneficial. Most notably the relocating of Ciarán O’Brien and Ben O’Brien, ably assisted by Cormac Galvin and Brendan McKee. With parity restored and the possibility of extra time looming large, up popped Ben O’Brien and Kevin Barry for the match winning points. Final score 1-17 to 1-10. Scenes of unbridled joy when vice chairman of Rebel Óg East Sean Twohig presented the winning cup to victorious Saints captain Eoin Davis.
Injuries and holidays meant Catherines weren’t firing on all cylinders when taking on Rebel Óg west champions Kilbree in the county semi-final at Passage on the following Saturday afternoon. Thomas Tyner Jamie Santry and Paul Lyons were the destroyers in chief. Kilbree 1-14 to 1-04 ahead at half time and although Catherines battled courageously were eventually defeated on a 2-19 to 2-13 scoreline. Ironically Kilbree lost out by a single paint to Whitechurch (0-13 to 0-12) in the county final a week afterwards. With the minors going well under sixteen league form petered out. Minor league review next week.
Players on under sixteen panel: Eoin Davis (Captain), Eoin Sheehan, Eoin O’Riordan, Cormac Galvin, Ciaran O’Brien, Brendan McKee, Ben O’Brien, Shane Kelleher, Owen O’Neill, Aaron Long, Gavin England, Robert English, Adam O’Brien, Kevin Barry, Josh McGuckian, Cathal Dineen, Andy Leahy, James Duncan, James Hayes, Conor England, Mary Geary, Darragh Galvin, Harry Draper, Joe O’Keeffe and Evan Philpott.
Mentors were team manager Paul Galvin, ably assisted by fellow selectors, James Spillane, Paul Davis and William Kearney (team coach).
Scór dates
Some important dates for you from the upcoming Scór itenerary. East Cork Scór Sinsear finals are on in Lisgoold community hall at 7pm on Sunday night, February 5th. Scór na bPaisti quarter finals are spread out over a whole weekend. Friday, February 10th at 7pm. Again on Saturday night February 11th at 6.30pm. Then on to Sundday afternoon February 12th at 2.30pm and again at 6.30pm. Quarter finals and semi-finals are on in Lisgoold. This year’s East Cork Scór na bPaisti finals go ahead on the afternoon of Sunday, March 5th in Watergrasshill community hall at 2.30pm, St Catherines will organise their own in house round of Scór na bPaistí for Wednesday night next, February 1st in Ballynoe community hall. Starting at 7pm sharp.
Sponsor
T~A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
Thu, Jan 12, 2017 Club News Jan 12th 2017
St Catherines GAA
Juvenile social on Friday night
Success attained on the playing fields of the East of the county will be recognised at the annual GAA and camogie club juvenile social which is on this Friday night coming, January 13th at Rochestown Park in the city.
Starting time 7.15pm, it was a year when the Saints retained two of the domestic trophies put up by the club. Defeating Cois Bhrid in the U12 hurling tournament final for the Paddy Sheehan Cup, surviving a real scare before just getting the better of Kilara Óg by the slimmest of margins. Thus holding on to the U14 hurling tournament for the Albert Griffin Cup. Ironically played just twenty four hours previous. Back to back championship losses to Castlelyons and Ballygiblin in turn were compensated for with commendable runs in the respective league competitions. Overcoming the challenge of Ballygarvan in the Rebel Og East final at Ballynoe. Crowned Coiste na nÓg county minor A hurling league champions with a final win over Kilshannig at Ballincollig on Friday night, November 11th.
Other underage achievements will also be feted. St Catherines also securing wins in the equivalent camogie fields by now the club have probably submitted final numbers. Just check with Lisa O’Mahony, Fiona Sheehan or Imelda O’Connell re: late ticket availability. Prices are €23 and €15 respectively. See you in the Rochestown Park Hotel on Friday night.
Minor reunion
This week and following the recent reunion at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna, a brief look back as promised to the minor hurling campaign of 1996. Starting out on the evening of Saturday, July 6th recording a solid victory over Castlemartyr at Killeagh. It was 2-06 to 0-04 at half time and a late Patrick Flynn goal sealed a win for the Saints on an end scoreline of 3-09 to 0-05. Nowadays Castlemartyr are together with Dungourney at underage level and play as Kiltha Óg. Setting up a Titanic stuggle with Fr O’Neills in the semi-final played in dreadful conditions at Clonmult Park, Midleton on Sunday evening, July 21st. A dour struggle right from the start, Catherines just edging it at the break as the rain lashed down.
Score being 2-02 to 1-03. Indeed were two points adrift as the final ten minutes approached. Catherines grasping the initiative as Noel O’Leary completed a hat-trick of goals in the hectic closing scenario. Final score in their favour being 4-04 to 2-06. Contrastingly the divisional final against Aghada and played in Lisgoold on Tuesday evening, August 13th was a much more one-sided affair. Dominating right from the outset with the issue effectively sealed. Well ahead with the score standing at 2-10 to 1-03 at half-time. Finishing up at 2-19 to 1-03. Then runaí of the East Cork Board Willie Riing made the post match presentation and Catherines were now Imokilly representatives in the county minor B hurling championship.
Surviving a real scare as Sam Maguire’s provided formidable opposition in the quarter-final at Páirc Uí Rinn on the afternoon of Saturday 28th. Level at 0-03 each at the break, a priceless Liam O’Connell third quarter goal and an invaluable late Shane Kearney point were the crucial and all important scores that would see Catherines successfully cross the line by the slimmest of margins. It was 1-06 to 1-05 at the end in a contest influenced by a strong breeze. St Catherines defeated Grenagh in the county semi-final at Rathcormac a fortnight later. Final score being 3-08 to 1-03.
After a shaky start and finding themselves 0-05 to 0-01 behind to eleven minutes Catherines would assume almost total control of the county final which was played in Ballyhooly against Micheál MacCarthaigh’s of Buttevant on Saturday, October 19th. It finished at 7-13 to 0-08 and Tom Dorgan, then chairman of the county minor board presented the winning cup to Bill O’Keeffe, captain of the successful Saints team. Full panel was listed last week. Mentors were Dick Hegarty, Pat O’Brien and William Kearney (coach).
Incidentally, the equivalent football squad also enjoyed a successful run that year. Divisional championship wins ensued over Russell Rovers, Ballinacurra and Aghada. With the final on hold Catherines were nominated for the county. Beaten by Canovee at Mourneabbey on Saturday, November 2nd. Eventually the East Cork minor B football championship final went ahead on Saturday, January 4th 1997. Success for Cloyne on an end scoreline of 1-10 to 2-04, final played in Pilmore. Panel more or less similar to the hurling squad. Plus the key addition of Mark Hamilton and Padraig Noonan. Just to stretch your powers of retention a little can you name the minor football selectors of 1996? Toss it around for a while. All will be revealed next week.
Lotto results
Being a bank holiday and first lotto draw of the new year was held over until Tuesday night, January 3rd at The Big Tree in Aghern. Numbers drawn being 5, 13, 20 and 25. There was no winner of the €2,800 jackpot. Consolation winners were: Dick Morrison, Conna; Elmarie Power, Ballynoe; Monica Tedy’s c/o TVM Bartlemy; Liz Cullinane, Ballynoe and Richard Hegarty, Ballymonteen, Ballynoe.
Camogie club quiz
St Catherines Camogie Club annual table quiz will take place in The Big Tree, Aghern on Friday night, February 17th. Starting at 9pm. Another date for your diary.
Sponsors
T~A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
Thu, Jan 05, 2017 Club News Jan 5th 2016
St Catherines GAA
Winning junior hurling league three team honoured in medal presentation ceremony
First match was in Shanagarry on Sunday evening, May 8th at 6pm as the Saints launched their junior hurling league division three campaign with a well earned success over Russell Rovers. Matthew Mulcahy strung over a litany of points. Ian O’Brien was accurate with the frees as the lead standing at 0-11 to 0-05 by half-time and stretching to 0-15 to 0-09 at the three-quarter mark saw a victory never seriously in doubt, yet confirmed through a Noel O’Brien goal on fifty minutes. Final score 1-19 to 0-10.
On the following Friday night Killeagh’s third choice team were put to the sword in a round two fixture at Ballynoe. But the Saints had to grind out a win in Pyne’s field against Bride Rovers in a round three fixture on Friday evening, May 20th. A narrow lead on a half-time scoreline of 1-03 to 1-01 illustrates the closeness of the unfolding action. Donal Ryan, Podge Noonan and Jack Kearney made the scoring charts for the home team as a late “Junior” Sheehan point sealed an away win on an end scoreline of 1-11 to 2-05. But would then lose their thus far unbeaten run. Momentum halted by a six point loss to Ballinacurra in a round four fixture at Ballynoe on the morning of Sunday, May 29th. A late Killian Harty goal did most of the damage with the visitors ahead at 1-14 to 0-11 to the sound of the full time whistle.
By now a round one fixture with Erin’s Own was fixed, and refixed. But was never subsequently played. You would wonder how many cracks you’re allowed to get a proposed fixture off the ground. You certainly wouldn’t get away with this at underage level. Although not cast in stone the competition was now temporarily on hold with the all important championship campaign about to kick in. Resuming in a round nine fixture at home to Cobh on Thursday evening, September 15th. This was a huge win as it reinvigorated interest in the whole competition. Especially after back to back knockout losses to Aghada and Erin’s Own in the East Cork junior B hurling championship. Decisive score was the goal finished off by substitute Paul O’Connell. A brace of Eoin Corcoran goals laid the platform for an eventual eight point win over Aghada in a round five tie on the following Sunday evening. Even though the performance wasn’t great in losing to Fr O’Neill’s, enough had been done as St Catherines had secured a junior hurling league three final place against Ballinacurra. Fixed for Ballynoe under lights on Friday evening, October 14th, a chance for redemption had arrived. Conditions were awful and you would be of the opinion that if it were a regular group match it mightn’t have surfaced at all. It really was bad. History now as the Saints dominated from the start and were emphatic winners on a 1-14 to 0-05 scoreline. A proud moment as league and referees co-ordinator Donal O’Keeffe presented the winning Owenacurra Cup to successful captain Pa Roche.
This team and respective mentors were honoured in a celebratory occassion at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Tuesday night, December 27th last. Proceedings were opened by chairman Tom Morrison. Welcoming everybody, player citations were put together by John O’Mahony. Treasurer and club president Dick Morrison made the presentations. A reassuring send off to the year’s end as this squad of players now move up a notch and will compete in the division two league for 2017. Team manager was Noel Kielthy. Fellow selectors being Liam O’Connell and Billy Neville, with Thomas Walsh coming on board and helping out with the training as the year advanced.
Matches in chronological order
Round eight v Russell Rovers (away) won 1-19 to 0-10, round two v Killeagh (home) won 3-20 to 1-05, round three v Bride Rovers (away) won 1-11 to 2-05, round four v Ballinacurra (home) lost 1-14 to 0-11, round nine v Cobh (home) won 1-12 to 0-09, round five v Aghada (home) won 4-06 to 0-10, round six v Fr O’Neills (away) lost 2-12 to 0-10. NB - Round one not played, round seven bye. Final v Ballinacurra (home) won 1-14 to 0-05.
Breakdown of scorers
Matthew Mulcahy (1-16 frees) (0-02 “65s) (0-01 penalty) (1-34). Pa Roche (2-13 frees) (3-14). Noel O’Brien (2-13), John Casey (1-09), Brian Davis (0-02 “65s”) (0-09). Eoin Corcoran (2-00).
Ian O’Brien (0-04 frees) (0-06), Kevin Mangan and Paul O’Connell (1-01 each), Laurence O’Connor (1-00), Kieran Neville and Shane Fitzgerald (0-03 each), Luke Beecher, Colm Ahern and Thomas O’Donnell (0-02 each).
“Junior” Sheehan, Lucas O’Callaghan McCarthy, David O’Connor and John Mulcahy (0-01 each).
Full junior hurling league division three panel: Pa Roche (captain), Edmond Aherne, Kieran Neville, Denis Lane, Jim Lane, Shane O’Regan, Ed Kenneally, Kevin Mangan, Lucas O’Callaghan McCarthy, Luke Beecher, John Mulcahy, “Junior” Sheehan, Noel O’Brien, Laurence O’Connor, John Casey, Thomas O’Donnell, John Hurley, Dave Wallace, Shane Walsh, David O’Connor, Peter Ryan, Eoin Corcoran, Brian Davis, Matthew Mulcahy, Ian O’Brien, Shane Fitzgerald, John Walsh, Colm Ahern, Mark Walsh, Mike Walsh, Thomas Walsh, Paul O’Connell and William Walsh.
1996 minor reunion
Major news stories of the year in 1996 were the assasination of crime reporter Veronica Guerin, while Nelson Mandela was made a free man of Dublin. From an Irish angle Michelle Smith De Brun dominated the Olympics, winning three gold medals in the pool. While Cork hurling was again in turmoil, trounced by Limerick in the first round of the Munster senior championship. ‘Independence Day’ and ‘The English Patient’ were the major cinema attractions. While Oasis and Blur were involved in a rare battled of the bands.
Closer to home it was unfolding as one of the most memorable years in the club history. Highlighted with the winning of the East Cork junior B hurling championship with the third choice team. Starting the final with nine players on the bench, St Catherines won out the divisional under twenty one B football championship that year. Recording their first ever victory at senior hurling championship level. Beating Ballyhea in a second round tie at Fermoy. They had lost the previous year’s final to Na Piarsaigh and of course no second chance in those years. Another huge achievement was winning out the East Cork and county minor B hurling championship. This team themselves organised a reunion after twenty years at The Fisherman’s Rest in Conna on Wednesday night, December 28th. Great to see them and the memories come flooding back. We publish the panel this week and while we can’t turn it into Reeling in the Years, we will review the campaign briefly next week. Space is now a priority.
1996 Minor Panel
Bill O’Keeffe (captain), Ian O’Connell, Mike Fitzgerald, John Rumley, David Hegarty, John Higgins, Gordan Bryan, Shane Fitzgerald, Shane Kearney, Donal Caples, Pakie Twomey, Patrick Flynn, Noel O’Leary, Liam O’Connell, Aidan Hogan, Paddy Aherne, Alan McCarthy, John Paul Flynn, Richard Leahy, Eoin O’Keeffe, Damien Farrell, Killian Ronayne and John O’Leary (RIP).
Poc Fada
First annual rather than inaugural might be the applied apt term after the GAA and camogie clubs’ poc fada on the roads around Ballynoe on St Stephen’s morning. A players’ fundraising initiative with all funds raised going towards a new club gym. Registration was around 10.30am with the first teams away shortly after that. In contrast to previous Christmas holidays, conditions were benign and no doubt greatly added to the occasion.
There were three players on a team. Entrants had to be fifteen years or older to take part. Fee was €10 for adults and €5 if you’re in the fifteen to eighteen age bracket. Twenty-six teams took part. In first place was John Mulcahy, James Neville and Stephen O’Brien. Second were Shane O’Brien, Shane O’Regan and Chris O’Donnell. While third place was secured by Ed Aherne, Shane Walsh and Shane Cotter. Four teams all ended on 27 shots in total for the course and there was a longest drive in the pitch nearest to the dressing rooms at the end to settle the score. An entertaining and well organised event.
Goal Mile
Meanwhile, Christmas morning saw the staging of the annual Goal Mile, One of the country’s largest and longest running annual fundraising events. Local venue was the GAA pitch in Ballynoe as participants walked or ran a mile between 10.30am and 12 midday, contributing what they could to the charity on the day and all for a good cause.
Condolences
Invariably a death at Christmas just seems all the more poignant. There was the sad passing of Tom Cotter, a veritable institution in the parish. Our sympathy too goes to the O’Brien family, Curraglass, Conna on the sad passing of Helen.
Our heartfelt condolences to his family on the sudden untimely death of Tom Joe O’Riordan. He served his club well and was president of Castlelyons GAA Club at the time of his death. He represented his club at county board level. Also serving as treasurer of the East Cork Board from 1983 to 2000. Tom Joe had an endearing smile, a warm handshake and you treasured being in his company. He played against the Saints in the 1955 East Cork final. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-ainmacha a dhílis.
Mental Health Walk
A 3k walk/run for mental health/wellbeing is on Saturday coming, January 7th in Cnoc an Ceo at 12pm. Tea/snack afterwards in Leahy’s Open Farm.
Cork GAA Year Book
Currently available to the club at a cost of €8 is the Cork GAA Year Book. Articles on the various county teams and club championships. Reviews of Rebel Og, Sciath na Scoil and Scór, as well as on ladies football and camogie. There is a return to 1966 and informative pieces on the late chairmen, Jim Forbes and Mick Dolan. If for some reason, you inexplicably omitted someone from your list, it would make a belated welcome gift.
Juvenile Social
Top billing next week will be reserved for the impending annual juvenile social. It takes place at the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork on Friday night, January 13th starting at 7.15pm. Tickets priced at €23 for adults and €15 for juveniles can now be got from new juvenile GAA club secretary, Lisa O’Mahony or treasurer Fiona Sheehan and assistant secretary Imelda O’Connell.
Lotto Results
First of all we give you the results from the draw held at The Plough, Curraglass on Monday night, December 19th. Numbers drawn were 9, 12, 13 and 29 and the €2,400 jackpot was not won. Consolation winners being: Aileen Hegarty, Newtown, Ballynoe; Murray children, Cappoquin; Shane Fitzgerald, Garrycahera, Ballynoe; Teresa Buckley c/o The Big Tree, Aghern and Pat Fitzgerald, Boulta, Ballynoe.
Then to the results from the draw hosted by McAuliffe’s Bar, Ballynoe on Tuesday night, December 27th. Numbers drawn were 3, 6, 9 and 13. There was no winner of the €2,600 jackpot. Regular consolation winners being: Sophie O’Flynn, Longueville, Ballynoe; Ally Mulkerrins, Shanakill, Curraglass; Bev Leahy c/o Cals; Stephen O’Brien, Ballynoe and Pat Beecher, Kilclare, Conna. Bonus prizes in honour of the festive season were won by: Caitriona Cullinane, Ballynoe; Dick Morrison, Conna; Noel Kielthy, Glentrasna, Ballynoe, Ronan O’Flynn, Longueville, Ballynoe and Michael A Leahy, Corrin View House, Glenreigh, Ballynoe.
Many thanks to Mattie, Bernie and Yvonne for the hospitality shown on the night and to Mo for supplying the music. Early copy deadline means the details from the latest and first draw of the New Year with the now accumulated €2,800 jackpot and held at The Big Tree, Aghern on Tuesday night last, January 3rd are held over.
Sponsor
T~A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors. Finally, a happy New Year to Catherine’s followers and GAA supporters everywhere.
Thu, Dec 15, 2016 Club News December 15th 2016
St Catherines GAA
Juvenile social on Friday, January 13th 2017
A busy year through the various age groups saw its share of glory accrued at juvenile level. Following a win in an under nine and ten hurling blitz sorted by cumulative scoring, reward was a trip to Dr. Morris Park in Thurles on Saturday morning, October 15th. Very enjoyable day had by all.
Then St Catherines survived an intense battle before just getting the better of Kilara Og in an under fourteen hurling tournament final for the Albert Griffin Cup, played in Ballynoe on Sunday morning, October 23rd. While just twenty-four hours later, there was retention of the U12 hurling tournament final for the Paddy Sheehan Cup. Overcoming the challenge of Cois Bhride in a decider played under lights at Ballynoe on Monday night, October 24th.
While success followed at the opposite end of the spectrum, defeating Whitechurch in the Rebel Og East U16B replayed hurling championship final in Rathcormac. Unfortunately, injuries and holidays played their part, losing out to Kilbree in the county semi-final just one week later. Ironically, Kilbree themselves defeated by Whitechurch in the county final itself.
Following championship losses in turn to Castlelyons and Ballygiblin, consolation was acquired by winning both the Rebel Og East and Coiste na nOg County Minor A Hurling League titles. Now is the time to see these teams honoured.
St Catherine’s Juvenile GAA and Camogie Club social will be held at The Rochestown Park Hotel on Friday night, January 13th 2017. Ticket prices will be €23 for adults and €15 for juveniles and will be on sale shortly. Definitely a date for your diary and a great night assured. One destined to raise the spirits and eradicate the prevailing anti-climatic feeling with the departure of Christmas and the new year holiday period. We can’t wait. More news on it next week.
Lotto
First of all, results from the most recent week’s lotto draw, held at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna on Monday night last, December 12th. Numbers drawn were 1, 21, 22 and 23. There was no winner of the €2,200 jackpot. Consolation winners on the night: Eileen Collins-O’Donovan, Kilosseragh, Ballynoe; Mary O’Donnell, Snr., Longueville, Ballynoe; Anne Higgins, Aghern; John Cronin, Dungourney and Sophie Ring, Fermoy.
With early copy deadline results for next week’s draw at The Plough, Curraglass on Monday night, December 19th will be held over. Don’t worry, all winners will be notified. Following that, next draw with special bonus prizes will be on Tuesday night, December 27th.
Special Night for League Winning Junior Team
Five wins out of seven matches played saw the Saints qualify for thisseason’s junior hurling league division three final. Easily overcoming a timid Ballinacurra challenge in a one-sided decider played in desperate conditions under lights at Ballynoe on Friday night, October 14th. To make for another eagerly looked forward to night and following the festive lotto draw, that team will now be honoured in a medal presentation at McAuliffe’s also on Tuesday night, December 27th.
Harty Cup
St Colman’s continue to play a prominent hole in the various college competitions. After their magnificent Dean Ryan Cup success, they would go on and lose narrowly to St Kierans of Kilkenny in the under sixteen and a half all-Ireland Junior A Hurling final played recently at Clonmel. Players from the Catherines club listed as additional panel members were Ciaran O’Brien, Brendan McKee, Eoin Sheehan and Adam O’Brien.
Then when reduced to fourteen players and with time almost up, secured the vital goal to bring last week’s Harty Cup to extra time, then getting the better of St Flannan’s, Ennis. Thus, booking a quarter-final place in this season’s prestigious competition.
Catherines’ players in the thick of action being goalkeeper Eoin Davis, with Eoin Wallace being picked as left corner back. Directly outside of him, Kieran Neville this time lining out at half back.
Condolences
We offer our sympathy to the family of Jack Rumley, Mogeely and late of Ballyknock, Ballynoe on his recent bereavement.
Championship Draws from Convention
Slowly but surely, the championship draws in six grades over two codes made at last Sunday’s annual GAA County Convention will gradually shift the focus to the next championship season.
Newly crowned champions, Carberry Rangers face a difficult opener as they begin the defense of their county senior football championship. They play Clonakilty. While another attractive first round pairing is that of O’Donovan Rossa and nineteen times county senior football champions, Nemo Rangers.
Just promoted premier intermediate champions, Kiskeam are up against divisional outfit Avondhu.
In next year’s premier intermediate, Bandon meet Ballingeary in the first round. While junior champions Gabriel Rangers will be up against Cill na Martra in the first round of the intermediate football championship.
Champions Glen Rovers play Bride Rovers in a preliminary round of the county senior hurling championship. Winners advancing to meet Sarsfields in a first-round proper tie – sure to again whet the appetite. As will the pairing of neighbours Carrigtwohill and Midleton. Promoted Bandon square up to Muskerry in the other preliminary round tie.
Back to back intermediate champions Charleville and Fr O’Neills meet in the first round of the 2017 Premier Intermediate Hurling Championship. Neighbours Kilworth and Fermoy also meeting up again.
Junior champions Mayfield face Argideen Rangers in the first round of the intermediate hurling championship. East Cork champions and defeated county finalists, Sarsfields play county junior champions from 2015 Dungourney in a preliminary round tie. We must wait and see what’s happening with the junior hurling championship.
Club Gear
St Catherine’s Juvenile GAA Club will have a display and sale of club gear this weekend in the clubroom on Friday, December 16th from 8-9pm and Saturday, December 17th from 10.30-11.30am. An ideal Christmas present.
Sponsor
T~A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are sponsors of St Catherine’s GAA Club.
Thu, Dec 01, 2016 Club News December 1st 2016
St Catherines GAA
Scór na nÓg finals
It was the weekend of the divisional Scór na nÓg finals. but first the results from the most recent lotto draw. Then we move on.
Lotto results
Congratulations to Neilus Kearney, Ballybride, Conna winner of the most recent lotto draw which was held at The Big Tree, Aghern, on Monday night last, November 28th. Sole combination of winning numbers being: 2, 8, 12 and 23. Congratulations and well done. Jackpot was €3,200. Consolation winners were: Paul Murphy c/o The Big Tree; Mary D Leahy, Ballymurphy, Conna; James Moroney Jnr c/o Kals; Marian O’Neill, Ballynoe and Diarmuid Barry, Kilcor, Castlelyons.
Next draw for a now basic €2,000 jackpot will be at The Fisherman’s Rest on Monday night, December 5th.
Scór na nÓg finals
Prevailing conditions strongly influenced the staging of the East Cork Scór na nÓg finals held at Lisgoold community hall on Saturday evening last. Geting there wasn;t too bad, it was horrendous on the way back. Driving through a thick blanket of fog. Interest in the whole competition was poor. If it’s like this for the U17 segment well then surely down the road Scór Sinnsir will struggle. Difficult times for the associations promotion of culture through the medium of music, song and dance. There were no entries in half of the competitions on the official Scór calendar. Highlight was the exceptionally high standard from the competitors taking part in the instrumental music category. Victory going to Glanmire. Three musicians completely changing their array of instruments for the second number of their act. Eíreann Aherne from Youghal was the winner of solo singing. We were told at the conclusion that she wll be taking part in The Late Late Toy Show this upcoming weekend. Successful in the recitation or storytelling category was Killeagh’s Treasa Ní Chinéirí. Her piece was entitled “Preparing for the Stations”. St Catherines sole entry on the night was Sally English in the recitation. Sally very much looked the part. But didn’t get the judges nod. She performed an excerpt from the late Brian Friel’s ‘Dancing At Lughnasa.’ Winners were Killeagh in a seven team question time competition.
All Imokilly based winners now go forward to the county final at the Eire Óg pavilion in Ovens on this forthcoming Saturday evening, December 3rd at 5pm. Those taking part must be there by 4.30pm. There will be a county Tráth na gCeist open to every club in Bishopstown on Friday night, December 9th, starting at 7.30pm. Fear a tí and quizmaster on Saturday night last was Seán Fahey. Don’t forget Scór Sinnsir and Scór na bPaistí to come soon. Your continued support is appreciated.
Pitch sign sponsor
Many thanks to Tom Clancy of Fermoy Kitchens, our latest pitch sign sponsor.
League pairings revealed
For a while we will still be in a reflective time of the year. Looking back than forward, championship draws tend to change all that. Revealed last week were the schedules for the respective national leagues. Both hurling and football. Make no mistake about it., because of where the county is irrespective of whatever spin is put on it, each and every match will be tough.
Cork play their first match against reigning hurling league champions Clare under lights at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday night, February 11th at 7pm. They are at home to Dublin on the following Saturday night at the same time. First game on the road is an away trip to Kilkenny on the afternoon of Sunday, March 5th. Exactly one week later it’s a trip to Waterford. Throw in time is 2pm on Sunday, March 12th. Last regular group game is at home to Tipperary at 3pm on the afternoon of Sunday, March 26th. League quarter-finals are drawn for April 1st (Saturday), with the resultant semi-finals pencilled in for Sunday, April 16th. The new season’s hurling league, division one final is fixed for Sunday, April 23rd.
Even though now plying their trade in division two of the league, Cork face into a difficult campaign. They are away in four of their opening six fixtures in the football league. Their home matches will be against Fermanagh, Meath and Down. No semi-finals, with the division one and two football league finals on Sunday, April 9th.
Sponsor
T~A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 Club News December 22nd 2016
St Catherines GAA
Season’s greetings to one and all
“So here it is merry Christmas, everybody’s having fun, look to the future now, its only just begun”
Prominent lines from the Roy Wood seasonal classic ‘I wish it could be Christmas every day’ modelled on the Phil Spector Wall of Sound and originally released forty years ago. Safe to say it sums up everyones approach to the next two bank holiday weekends. We wish a happy Christmas and a peaceful and sporting new year to St Catherines followers and GAA supporters everywhere. Enjoy the festivities, only sparingly and don’t overindulge!
Many thanks to the management and staff of The Avondhu for their help and cooperation throughout the year. Long may it continue. We might be on the throes of the most intense holiday programme that every year throws up. Yet the club has a number of events planned for straight away.
Goal mile
First up is the annual goal mile which is one of the country’s largest and longest running annual fundraising events. All you have to do is arrive in the playing pitch in Ballynoe on Christmas morning between 10.30am and 12 midday. Run or walk a mile and contribute whatever you can to the Goal charity on the day. All for a good cause and should prepare you well for the day that lies ahead!
Inaugural long puck
Then what you could do to stave off the effects of the turkey and plum pud is organise a group to participate in the inaugural St Catherines long puck competition set for St Stephen’s morning.
Teams of three to meet up at the clubrooms in Ballynoe where registration can take place at 10.30am and set off from the village at 11am. Let the games begin! Entry fee is €10 for adults. You must be fifteen or over to compete and its €5 for fifteen to eighteen year olds. This poc fada is a fundraiser for the establishment of the club gym. Later that evening it’s back to the clubrooms for the presentation of prizes.
Lotto results
Due to early copy deadline the results from the most recent lotto draw with a jackpot of €2,400 and held at The Plough, Curraglass on Monday night last, December 19th are delayed. All winners will be notified. All locals have access to results posters.
Next draw with festive bonus prizes takes place at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Tuesday night, December 27th. First lotto draw of the new year is on in The Big Tree, Aghern on bank holiday Tuesday, January 3rd.
Junior hurling presentation
Five wins from seven matches played saw the Saints secure a place in this year’s junior hurling league division three final. Overcoming a timid Ballinacurra challenge played in awful conditions under lights at Ballynoe on Friday night, October 14th. This divisional winning team will be honoured in a medal presentation ceremony also at McAuliffe’s following the weekly lotto draw on Tuesday night, December 27th. As the cliche goes “great night assured”.
Juvenile social
Reminding you once again that St Catherines GAA and Camogie Club annual juvenile social will be held in the Rochestown Park Hotel, on Friday night, January 13th 2017 at 7.15pm. Tickets are priced at €23 for adults. Juvenile €15. They are now available from new juvenile club secretary Lisa O’Mahony, treasurer Fiona Sheehan and assistant secretary Imelda O’Connell. Much more about this eagerly looked forward to event early in the new year. We have to get Christmas sorted first.
St Colman’s
Disappointment for St Colman’s Fermoy losing out by the slimmest of margins to Midleton CBS in the Cork Colleges senior hurling final for the O’Callaghan Cup when played in poor conditions at Páirc Uí Rinn on Thursday night last. Final score was 0-11 to 0-10 and Eoin Davis, Eoin Wallace and Kieran Neville all started. In the draws for the Harty Cup and Colman’s have been paired with CBC Cork in the quarter-final which is pencilled in for the afternoon of Wednesday, January 11th.
Condolences
Our sympathy goes to the Roche family, Lisnabrin, Curraglass on the recent passing of Bill. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-ainm dílis.
Sponsor
T~A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
And finally
Well that’s it. We conclude with the prophetic words from another seaosonal classic. John Lennon’s ‘And so this is Christmas’, “another year over a new one just begun”...well almost! First report of the new year will be on Thursday, January 5th.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 Club News November 17th 2016
St Catherines GAA
Mixed fortunes from end of season league finals
A much weakened Saints outfit were again well beaten by a stronger Sarsfields team in the East Cork division one junior hurling league final. While a seven point success over Kilshannig was the result from the Coiste na nÓg county minor A hurling league final. We have more details from the recent parish league finals. As well as some other news for you. Now read on for a brief report re: same.
East Cork junior hurling league division one final
Sarsfields 5-25 St Catherines 1-05
Sarsfields confirmed their sizeable victory over the Saints in the East Cork final played in Youghal back towards the end of August, with another resounding success in the regional division one junior hurling league final played under lights at Rivertown on Saturday evening last.
Fanahan McSweeney goaled in their very first attack inside a minute and with Rory Duggan, Daniel O’Mahony and Aaron Myers in rampant point scoring form Sars were 2-13 to 0-02 ahead by the break and all but out of sight. Kevin Mangan and in particular Matthew Mulch tried their utmost for a much depleted opposition, who battled away to the finish. But were simply overrun by a much superior team who were winning their third title of the season, beating Brian Dillons in the city league final only a week previous. They lost out to neighbours Mayfield in the county junior A championship final.
Afterwards, Richard Fitzgerald, chairman of the East Cork GAA Board, in the company of Jerome O’Brien, newly appointed cultural officer, presented the Tom Powell Cup to Sars captain Ronan Murphy, who sportingly declared this result was no way reflective of the Saints current standing. Many thanks to the host venue for hospitality shown after the final.
Sarsfields scorers: F Sweeney (2-02), A Myers (0-03 frees) (1-05), R Murphy (1-03), P Barry (1-00), R Duggan and J Flannery (0-03 each), D O’Mahony (0-02), T Crowley, G Gray, N Horgan and E Gaffey (0-01 each).
St Catherines scorers: K Mangan (1-00), B Mulcahy (0-03), D Mangan and S O’Brien (free) (0-01 each).
St Catherines team: Mike Walsh, Liam O’Connor (captain), Ed Kenneally, Shane O’Regan, Matthew Mulcahy, Ronan Clancy, Brian Davis, Eoin Condon, Shane O’Brien, Rory Galvin, Brian Mulcahy, James Neville, Kevin Mangan, Daniel Mangan and John Casey. Also: William Walsh.
Referee: Cathal McAllister (Aghada).
Coiste na nÓg county minor A hurling league final
St Catherines 3-10
Kilshannig 0-12
An arduous season ended with a hard earned albeit deserved eventual seven point success over a dogged Kilshannig challenge from this Coiste na nÓg county minor A hurling league final when played under lights in testing conditions at Ballincollig on Friday night last.
Little had been separating two well matched outfits through the opening exchanges, before Kieran English finished off the first Saints goal and a lead of 1-05 to 0-05 established on seventeen minutes. Standing at 1-06 to 0-07 by half-time.
Kilshannig were having the better of it as the third quarter progressed. That said the Saints were off target with several chances. Both from placed balls and general play. Jack Twomey was ever reliable with the frees for the opposition. Now back in front with an exquisite Diarmuid O’Riordan point. Making it 0-10 to 1-06 to forty minutes. But when the Saints sit down and analyse why they won this county final it shouldn’t take long to come up with the answer. An ability to stick the ball in the net when the need was greatest providing the key information.
Back in front when a probing Robert English delivery was finished off by brother Kieran for his and the Saints second goal on forty seven minutes. Niall O’Regan duly added a well worked point. As the opposition came searching for what would be, for them, some priceless scores they would find Eoin Davis dependable and reliable between the posts. Making an excellent and timely block as early as the fourth minute which set down a marker. It was also vital in enabling the eventual winners to settle in the hectic opening exchanges. Outside of him Eoin Wallace hurled a lot of ball from the back. Another O’Riordan point, his fourth of the match, only Kilshannig return from this foray of attacks. But with the gap trimmed to three points up popped substitute Conor Hickey with the key score of the hour. Goaling along the ground, the kind of strike goalkeepers hate. Subsequently winning a free pointed by Rory Galvin and the title was the Saints.
Afterwards John Purcell, chairman Rebel Óg made the presentation to Rory Galvin, captain of the winning Saints team.
Scorers: R Galvin (0-05 frees) (0-01 65”) (0-07), K English (2-00), C Hickey (1-00), O O’Neill, B O’Brien and N O’Regan (0-01 each).
Team: Eoin Davis, Philip Keane, Eoin Wallace, Kevin Geary, Shane O’Regan, Cormac Galvin, Kieran Neville, Robert English, Richard Galvin, Niall O’Regan, Rory Galvin (captain), Ben O’Brien, Owen O’Neill, Luke Beecher and Kieran English. Subs: Conor Hickey for Luke Beecher (45’), Adam O’Brien and Jack O’Brien for Niall O’Regan and Kieran English.
Referee: Miah Moynihan (Grenagh).
Parish league finals -
division two - under ten
Dublin defeated Tipperary in the recent parish leagues division two under ten football final, final score being 3-02 to 1-02. Winning captain was Sarah Hannon.
Redemption for Waterford overcoming the challenge of Cork in the equivalent hurling decider. Finishing up on a 1-01 to 0-02 scoreline. Katelyn O’Donoghue was successful captain, referees were Dave Wallace and Joe Pratt.
County under sixteen camogie player Caoimhe Galvin made the presentations.
Panels
Dublin: Sarah Hannon (football captain), Evan O’Driscoll (hurling captain), Conor Hayes, Gearoid O’Callaghan, Cian Hegarty, Shay Wallace, Emma Twomey, Maire O’Connor, Stephen Mulcahy, Conor Murray and Cillian Hickey.
Tipperary: Ally Mulkerrins (football captain), Diarmuid O’Donovan (hurling captain), Shane Cotter, Dylan Murphy, Shane Hegarty, Sam Aherne, Maeve Egan, Katelyn Hickey, Daniel Turley, Jake Pratt, Ellie Barry and Michael Foley.
Waterford: Ciaran Pietropaolo (football captain), Katelyn O’Donoghue (hurling captain), Jake Bryan, Cian McCarthy, Jack Leahy, Ella O’Connor, Faye Sheehan, John Temple, Fionn McCready, Thomas Dee, Ciara McLoughlin and Lorcan Aherne.
Cork: Diarmuid O’Connell (football captain), Sophia Fitzgerald (hurling captain), Ciaran Leamy, Adam Bryan, Cian Dunning, Saorla Twomey, Ciara Fitzgerald, Tymek Swirski, Jack Hickey, Gearoid Sheehan and Charlie Leahy.
Mass of thanksgiving
At the outset of last Thursday night’s Mass of thanksgiving, Fr Andrew Carvill declared it felt like a year since his move to Mallow in mid-September. Amusingly halfway through the ceremony parish priest Fr Billy O’Donovan PP added it seemed like two years! Probably referring to the extra work load! in what was a special Mass in Ballynoe church, as Fr Andrew now officially says goodbye he was also congratulated on his graduation in Maynooth on the course he had been studying for during the last two years.
It was then across the road to the local community centre where many organisations including St Catherines GAA Club made presentations to Fr Andrew. Previously based in Fermoy he was a curate in Ballynoe for a six and a half year period before as we say, now moving onto Mallow. Whereas Garda John Donegan has now retired from the force he will more than likely be replaced. Unlike Fr Andrew, indicative of the rural Ireland we now reside in. We wish the best to both individuals as they now depart on different paths.
Mental health
As health and well-being officer ‘Junior’ Sheehan highlighted at the recent AGM that well known psychologist Dr Patricia Casey, a native of the parish, is giving a talk on mental health and well-being in Ballynoe Hall (tonight) Thursday, November 17th at 8pm. All welcome, entry free.
Lotto
Returning to its regular slot and the results from the weekly lotto draw held at The Winners Enclosure, Conna on Monday night, November 7th last. Numbers drawn were 4, 9, 24 and 27 and there was no winner of the €3,600 jackpot. While the consolation winners were B.C.C. c/o Babs, Ballynoe; John Linehan, Fermoy; Colm Molloy, Ballynoe; Aileen Hegarty, Newtown, Ballynoe and PF Barry, Kilcor, Castlelyons.
Sponsor
T~A, Civil Engineering and Building Contractors, Ballynoe, are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
Thu, Nov 24, 2016 Club News November 24th 2016
Underachieving in the provincial championships
Cork club’s continue to underachieve in the provincial championships. There was the sad death of Fermoy’s Mick Dolan. While we take a last look back at the recent parish league finals, reports anon.
But first up to date lotto results service, starting with the draw at The Plough, Curraglass on Monday night, November 14th last. Numbers drawn were 2, 3, 10 and 21 and congratulations to Margaret Spillane, Kilavrilla on winning the €5,800 jackpot. Congratulations and well done. Consolation winners on the night being Margaret O’Connell, Kilphilibeen, Ballynoe; Eileen McCarthy, Tallow; Ollie and Fiona Sheehan, Glentrasna, Ballynoe; Laura O’Flynn, Longueville, Ballynoe and Jill H c/o The Big Tree, Aghern.
Results from the most recent draw which was held at McAuliffe’s Ballynoe, on Monday night last, November 21st. Numbers drawn were 4, 7, 19 an 23 and there was no winner of the now basic €3,000 jackpot. Consolation winners were ABD Syndicate, Ballynoe; Ger O’Dea, Conna; R Straub c/o PH, Pat O’Sullivan, Aghern and Margaret Tobin, Tallow.
Next draw for a now accumulated €3,200 jackpot will be at The Big Tree, Aghern, on Monday night, November 28th.
Provincial championship
With the playing season now at a standstill at cosmetic level it gives one an opportunity to focus that bit more on what’s happening elsewhere. Now well past county final stage with the deciders at provincial level imminent indeed many of them played. Sadly for the rebel county fortunes haven’t changed. Carbery Rangers and Glen Rovers both won a match in the Munster senior club championship, though neither advanced to a final. Carbery Rangers did defeat Monallen. But lost out to the Nire in extra time after that. They ran Austin Stacks close two years ago.
Glen Rovers won their last Munster championship in 1976. That same year Ballyea were winning at junior B level. They reached their county senior hurling final in 2003, losing to Clarecastle, winning their first title only last month when overcoming Clonlara in a replayed Clare county senior hurling final. They are now Munster champions.
Honing in on St Thomas’s in the All-Ireland semi-final, some journey. All the pressure now is on Gabriel Rangers and Mayfield if a title is to come to our beloved Cork.
Mental health
An attendance perhaps greater than expected was in Ballynoe community hall on Thursday night last for the talk on mental health given by Dr Patricia Casey, native of the parish and professor of psychiatry at UCD. Very informative.
Mick Dolan RIP
Too late for inclusion last week was the sad news of the sudden death of Mick Dolan. He was elected development officer of the county board in 1999. In 2003 vice chairman and three years later Mick Dolan was elected chairman of the Cork County Board. A check through the records shows that he attended functions organised by the St Catherines club during each of his tenures. Attending annual socials in 2001 and 2007. While on Friday night, January 3rd, 2003 was in The Big Tree Bar, Aghern as vice chairman of the county board presenting medals to the Catherines team that had won the divisional junior B football championship just four weeks previous. Team captain was Aidan Hogan. While Ger Lynch was the recipient of the man of the match award from the final. Brendan Hickey was top scorer through the campaign. Selectors were Fr Leader CC, Pat Murphy and Mike Walsh. ‘My Home In Fermoy’ wasn’t spared that night!
Mick was passionate about the GAA and served his club and county proudly and diligently. Hardly a day, certainly a week would go by without meeting the jovial Mick. Should you cross paths “Howya brains” would be the immediate response. He was great friends with the late Hoares, both Dan and Dave and would keep in contact with club president Dick Morrison right up to his untimely departure. It’s tough on Fermoy, following quickly on the death of their preisdent John Fenton. While it’s ironic that Jim Forbes, predecessor of Mick as county chairman, also passed away in June of this year.
Parish league finals
Division three under eight
This week we look at the under eight division three deciders, a final round-up from the recent parish league finals. Cork defeated Waterford in the hurling decider. Final score was 2-0 to 0-0. Winning captain being Sadhbh Murray. Indeed all four teams that competed were finalists. Tipperary under the captaincy of Katie O’Donovan were that bit too strong. Overcoming the Dublin challenge on a score of 4-03 to 3-00 in the football equivalent. Referees were Linda O’Donnell and Emily Walsh. Special guest was county under sixteen camogie player Caoimhe Galvin.
Cork: Sadhbh Murray (hurling captain), Tristan Clancy (football captain), James Kenneally, Jack Tanner, Ronan Hickey, Sadhbh Barry, Ella Higgins, Teagan Murphy and Chloe Higgins.
Waterford: Sacha O’Sullivan (hurling captain), Bill Hamilton (football captain), Shane O’Donoghue, Conan Hurley, Shay McCarthy, Meabh Fitzgerald, Ciara Hayes, Sara Swirski and Grainne Dinneen.
Tipperary: Billy Aherne (hurling captain), Katie O’Donovan (football captain), Julian Pietropaolo, Matthew Walsh, Roisin Collins, Eileen Bryan, Sophie O’Sullivan, Owen O’Mahony, Lexi Cuneen and Cillian Hickey.
Dublin: Cathal Barry (hurling captain), Sophie Early (football captain), Kyle O’Donoghue, Alan Cotter, Abby Leahy, Orla Morrison, Sean Walsh, Hannah O’Donnell and Julianne O’Sullivan.
Sponsor
T~A Civil Engineering and Building Contractors, Ballynoe, are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
Thu, Nov 03, 2016 Club News November 3rd 2016
Adult club AGM this weekend

As we’ve been drilling into you with the past while, this forthcoming weekend sees the staging of the key administrative meeting of the year, St Catherines GAA parent club AGM goes ahead at Conna Community Hall on Saturday night coming, November 5th. Throw in time is 8.15pm.
Juvenile Club AGM
A major meeting preceded by its juvenile equivalent. With the AGM of the underage section of the cub held before a sizeable attendance at the clubrooms in Ballynoe on Thursday night last at 8pm.
In a bilingually delivered address, outgoing chairman Paul Davis welcomed everybody stating that again most games played are under the jurisdiction of Rebel Óg East. Teams played well with the features being the winning of the divisional U16 B hurling championship in a replayed final with Whitechurch. Who ironically would go onto claim county honours. St Catherines were also winners of the Rebel Óg East minor A hurling league. With the U11 and 12’s reaching advanced stages of their respective league in both codes. Closer to home there was the retention of the U12 hurling tournament for the Paddy Sheehan Cup. Likewise, St Catherines were again winners of the U14 hurling tournament final for the Albert Griffin Cup. Ciaran O’Brien lined out at midfield on the Cork team, successful in the Tony Forrestal inter-county U14 hurling tournament final in Waterford. Also, Philip Keane and Ben O’Brien were panellists on inter-county development squads at A and B level.
In actual fact one hundred and forty five boys and girls encompassing the three schools of the parish participated in the annual Kellogg’s sponsored Cúl Camp on the first week of July. For the first time acting secretary Imelda O’Connell was co-ordinator. A successful mini Cúl Camp was staged while the kids were on their Easter break. Another one has been organised, as we speak, for this week. As the parish leagues have again reached a conclusion for another year, it is now a prerequisite to have attained level one status at least to take part in all these camps. Thanks to the adult chairman and club president for attending both adult and juvenile meetings, providing a link at both levels. Noel O’Brien’s involvement at schools level also mentioned.
Edmond Galvin continues to upgrade the Twitter machine. Please let someone know if you are not on the text alert system, updating you as to what’s happening. All managers and mentors were thanked. While its so important to see parents at matches. Paul was grateful for all help and assistance he received. Singling out acting secretary Imelda O’Connell, treasurer Eleanor Galvin and board delegate John O’Mahony for their invaluable co-operation through what can be a busy year.
T ~ A Civil Engineering and building contractors, Ballynoe are sponsors of St Catherines GAA Club. Paul again reminded patrons to support the club’s weekly lotto draw along with the Cork GAA Clubs Draw, remaining two of the most important fundraisers. Mention as well of the annual church gate collection in aid of the juvenile club and taken up after all Masses throughout the parish back on weekending June 4th/5th. He left no stone unturned. John Lane was complimented, always having the pitches in pristine condition for games. Redmond Higgins would always lend a hand in Cúl Camp week. Antoinette O’Donnell has now stepped down as hurley manager, her efforts were much appreciated. Looking ahead, Paul again stressed that we still have a lot to do. Any success attained is hard to sustain. Thanking everyone that worked with him, he concluded with a reference to a Shakespearian line - “I can say nothing” - “But thanks and thanks”.
Rather than reiterate views and opinions expressed by others, acting secretary Imelda O’Connell was taking an overall standing in the presentation of her report stating that the GAA is of amateur status, is anti racist and anti sectarian. It must reach out to all members of society and listen to and respect the views of all. St Catherines ranging in age from six to eighteen had one hundred and twenty two players in action this underage season. Imelda again stressing the importance of the parents, declaring them to be the unsung heroes. When required they perform a series of tasks, ranging from making sandwiches to drying boots. Not at the same time you will understand!
Treasurer Eleanor Galvin presented a detailed financial report. Pro John O’Mahony reviewed the year in both codes from U11 right up to minor. Outgoing manager Dino Pietropaolo went through in great detail activities at U7 and eight levels. Amongst the highlights would be the visit on a recent Saturday morning from Tipperary club, Boherlahan.
Dick Morrison president of St Catherines GAA Club was complementary of annual reports presented to the AGM. There were some great games with a pile of players taking part. Hopefully next year will be just as good.
Addressing the meeting on behalf of the parent club, vice chairman Kevin Galvin highlighted the large numbers of youngsters adorning the pitches on Saturday mornings. Adding the extra mini Cúl Camps to be beneficial. Wishing the incoming committee all the best. Managers of the various teams will be confirmed later on. Membership fee will be decided at this weekend’s parent club AGM. St Catherines always hold their annual juvenile meeting first, as all appointed officers must go through the adult meeting re confirmation.
2017 will signal quite a change in the juvenile officership establishment with changes in five succinct roles.
A quick check through the record books shows that Paul Davis assumed the role of juvenile club chairman when appointed on January 21st 2010. Going on to complete seven seasons in the roll. Most significant events would include the abolition of the old divisional juvenile boards and the subsequent creation of Rebel Óg. There was the memorable year of 2014 when many successes over a period were honoured at the Rebel Óg dinner in Cork and an in-house decision of the juvenile club once again taking charge of minor affairs.
New chairman is Shane O’Connell, vacating the vice chairmanship now occupied by Brian Sheehan. New secretary is Lisa O’Mahony, with Imelda O’Connell appointed assistant secretary. Eleanor Galvin took up duties as juvenile club treasurer on January 10th 2008 serving nine years in the position. Prior to stepping down at the AGM. New treasurer is Fiona Sheehan with James Spillane now looking after club stock. It’s a bit like what the Government label a reshuffle!
Juvenile Club Officers 2017
Chairman: Shane O’Connell; vice chairman: Brian Sheehan; secretary: Lisa O’Mahony; assistant secretary: Imelda O’Connell; treasurer: Fiona Sheehan; assistant treasurer (responsible for club gear) James Spillane. PRO fixtures secretary and Rebel Óg East delegate John O’Mahony.
Paddy Sheehan Cup Final
A win over Cois Bhríd in the U12 hurling tournament final for the Paddy Sheehan Cup played under lights at Ballynoe on Monday night October 24th last meant in the space of twenty-four hours or so a second prestigious cup was retained by the underage section of the club. Following on the narrow success over Kilara Óg in the U14 hurling tournament final for the Albert Griffin Cup at the some venue on the day before.
Cois Bhríd were actually shading the early exchanges of the U12 final. Jake Henley and Jack Murphy were prominent right down the centre of the pitch and one of the features of the first of what were two twenty five minute halves was an eye-catching double save, stretching one way then the other from keeper Ciarán Linehan. Catherines picking it up and gradually assuming control having trailed from the second to the eighteenth minute to lead on a 1-04 to 1-01 scoreline at the break.
No doubt they were the better team from thereon in. Though Cois Bhríd just didn’t avail of a few changes presenting themselves. Gearóid O’Brien put in a mighty shift at the back, receiving able support from Nathan Sheehan and Seán O’Donoghue. There was now a much greater scoring threat and Kian O’Donoghue, Jamie Pratt and Denis Temple didn’t let the show down. Catherines winners on a 1-09 to 1-01 scoreline.
Afterwards, Billy O’Connell presented the winning cup to outstanding captain Gearóid O’Brien. Ironically his brother Ciarán captained the fourteens on the Sunday. Thanks to referee Edmond Galvin who handled a clean and sporting encounter in an assured manner. Paddy Sheehan was one of the founder members of the St Catherines club, as we know it today in 1946. Serving as its first treasurer from 1946 to 1948. On passing, two of his closest relations would be twin brothers Billy and Batty O’Connell. Both of whose names would be synonymous with the club and played a leading role in its evolution over the years. Batty historic county junior winning captain in 1983. While Billy was chairman when the Saints advanced to senior ranks in 1995. Pressing hard for the introduction of the weekly lotto draw the same year, remaining its co-ordinator right up to the present time. In 1993 they put up the Paddy Sheehan cup, which originally was to be played for at minor hurling tournament level. It slipped a bit in priority over the years, but now has a new home at U21 hurling level.
Scorers: G O’Brien (1-00 ‘65’) (0-01 free) (1-01), D Temple and K O’Donoghue (0-01 free) (0-03 each) and J Pratt (0-02).
Team: Shane Cotter, Kyle Wallace, Nathan Sheehan, Oisín Fitzgerald, Gearóid O’Brien (cpt), Seán O’Donoghue, Darragh Morrison, Stephen Cotter, Ben O’Connor, Jaimie Pratt, Fionn O’Connell, Adam O’Donnell, Kian O’Donoghue, Denis Temple and James O’Callaghan. Also: James Mulcahy, Cathal McAuliffe and Cathal Sheehan. Referee: Edmond Galvin (home club).
Parish League Finals
Always part of end of season activity are the traditional parish league finals. Over the coming weeks when pressure on space ceases, reports on the various age group finals allied to photographic content will follow.
Rebel Óg Fixture
Tonight (Thursday) November 3rd at Ballynoe Coiste na nÓg Cork County Minor A Hurling League semi-final v Kilbrittain at 7.45pm.
All Stars
It most definitely won’t be concerning us but tune into RTE 1 television tomorrow night for the naming of the All Star hurling and football teams. While its camogie equivalent follows on Saturday night. Better chance there. Of course our minds will be focused elsewhere won’t they?
Lotto
Being a bank holiday this week’s lotto draw containing a jackpot of €5,400 was held over until Tuesday night last November 1st at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna. Details next week.
Sponsor
T ~ A Civil Engineering and building contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Cub sponsors.
Thu, Oct 27, 2016 Club News October 27th 2016
St Catherines GAA
Juvenile AGM tonight (Thursday)
We have now reached the administration peak of the year. Starting (tonight) Thursday, October 27th with the annual general meeting of the juvenile club. Commencing at 8pm in the clubrooms, Ballynoe.
Just over one week later, the major meeting of the year, the parent club AGM goes ahead on Saturday night, November 5th in Conna Community Hall at 8.15pm. All nomination papers should be returned to adult club secretary, Deirdre O’Brien by now.
Lotto results
Results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at The Big Tree Aghern, on Monday night last, October 24th. Numbers drawn were 4, 18, 20 and 25. There was no winner of the €5,200 jackpot. While the consolation winners were: Richard Higgins, Kilcronat, Ballynoe; John O’Mahony, Ballynoe; Noel O’Brien, Rathdrum, Ballynoe; Marie Leahy, Upper Aghern and Tom Tobin, Rathdrum, Ballynoe.
Being a bank holiday next week’s draw now with an accumulated €5,400 jackpot will be at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Tuesday night, November 1st.
List of minor subs
Well the gremlins played their part and the list of substitutes against Ballygarvan in that minor league final should read - R English for C Hickey (41), K English for O’Neill (54’), A O’Brien for C Galvin (55’), J O’Brien for R Galvin (56’) and B McKee for N O’Regan (60+1).
Cork County junior A hurling league semi-final
St Catherine’s 2-15 
Shanballymore 2-10
St Catherine’s make it to the decider. Ending up five point winners over a battling Shanballymore in this county junior A hurling league semi-final when played in sunny albeit windy conditions at Castlelyons on Sunday last. Throw in shortly after 12 noon.
Catherines had the opening three points of the conest to eight minutes. But the opposition were sticking to their task and with Jamie Sheedy accurate from placed balls, parity was restored for the first and only time with their opening score from general play. Wing forward Colman O’Reilly on target. Making it 0-04 each right to the end of the opening quarter.
Catherine’s now exercising a grip. Just after industrious midfielder Eoin Condon found the range Brian Mulcahy delightfully picked out the ever threatening Daniel Mangan to goal from close range. Mangan then turning provider. Setting up Mulcahy who duly finished off the second goal. Pushing the Saints ahead at 2-06 to 0-04 to twenty five minutes. Eventually moving on to 2-07 to 0-05 at the break.
Six points were shared through the opening ten minutes of the resumption. Aforementioned Mulcahy and Mangan added two of the better scores of the match and the margin now stood at 2-12 to 0-08 to forty three minutes. Michael ‘Haulie’ Burke foraged his way through the Saints rearguard. Goaling for Shanballymore shortly afterwards. They were making life a worry and when Darren Roche duly added a second the gap was trimmed to four points at 2-12 to 2-08 to fifty minutes. A full length sprawling save from full back Conor Hegarty denied them a seemingly certain third goal. Top scorer Shane O’Brien pointed a further brace from frees. Making the run in that bit more assured for the Saints, who didn’t see out the hour with their full allotment of players. It will be Kilbree or Cloughduv in the final.
Shanballymore scorers: J Sheedy (0-6 frees), M Burke (1-02), D Roche (1-01) and C O’Reilly (0-01).
St Catherines scorers: S O’Brien (0-8frees), D Mangan and B Mulcahy (1-03 each) and E Condon (0-01).
St Catherines team: E Aherne, E Kenneally, C Hegarty, K Neville, Stephen O’brien, R Clancy, S O’Regan, E Condon, J Neville, R Galvin, B Mulcahy, Shane O’Brien, S Walsh, D Mangan and J Casey. Subs: J Mulcahy and K Mangan for J Casey and S Walsh (both second half).
Referee: Michael Sheehan (Liscarroll).
Junior hurling challenge
Early Saints dominance standing at 1-05 to 0-01 to eight minutes was momentarily hauled in when this junior hurling challenge under lights was played at Ballynoe on Tuesday evening October 18th last. Then goals from Oliver Baverstock, Martin McConville and a penalty converted by Brendan McCarthy trimmed the gap. Catherines ahead on a 1-14 to 3-04 half time scoreline, no let up thereafter with the home team all but dominating the second half hour.
Daniel Mangan booted in his and the Saints second goal on forty six minutes. Final score in a high scoring junior hurling challenge being St Catherines 3-22 Carrigtwohill 3-12.
Referee was Pa Beausang from Midleton.
Albert Griffin Cup final
St Catherines retained the under fourteen hurling tournament final for the Albert Griffin Cup. Recording just a one point vicotry over Kilara Óg in this year’s decider played earl at Ballynoe on Sunday morning last.
It was the home team who settled the quicker and enjoyed a four point advantage on a half time scoreline of 2-03 to 0-05. But Kilara came right back into it on the change of ends and the team made up through a combination of players from both Kilworth and Araglen were only marginally short at the end. Daughter Phil O’Brien (recent club lotto winner) presented the winning cup to Ciaran O’Brien, captain of the winning St Catherines team on an end scoreline of 3-08 to 3-07. Many thanks to Jim Hennessy (Kiltha Óg) who refereed.
Team and scorers: G O’Brien, J O’Keeffe, M Geary, W Leamy, J Duncan, E O’Riordan, D Galvin, C O’Brien (1-02), K Barry (1-04), H Draper (0-02), T Hartnett, J Hayes, G England (1-00), C Dineen. Subs: F O’Connell, C Bryan, WM McAuliffe, G Leahy, C England and K Wallace.
Scór na nÓg
Don’t forget clocks go back this weekend. It will be officially winter time. Thoughts revert to indoor activities. First up, is there anyone out there willing to recite or put a sketch together? Sing solo or with a ballad group. Form a quiz team? Why? Because coming up soon is the East Cork final of Scor na nÓg. Its fixed for Saturday night November 26th. Let Irish cultural officer Marie Clancy aware of your interest straight away.
Sponsor
T~A Civil Engineering and Building Contractors, Ballynoe are sponsors of St Catherines GAA Club.
Thu, Oct 20, 2016 Club News October 20th 2016
League wins for junior and minor hurlers
It was a weekend when the Saints claimed two titles. In wind and rain a victory was recorded over Ballinacurra in the junior hurling league division three final on Friday night last. Conditions weren’t much better when overcoming the challenge of Ballygarvan in the Rebel Óg East minor A hurling league final on Sunday afternoon. Reports presently. Both finals were in Ballynoe.
But first a reminder to patrons that nomination papers for the adult club AGM must be with secretary Deirdre O’Brien by tonight (Thursday), October 20th. Deirdre’s address in Curraheen, Conna or email secretary.stcatherines.cork@gaa.ie This year’s adult club AGM is on in Conna Community hall on Saturday night November 5th at 8.15pm. With the juvenile equivalent a week previous on Thursday night, October 27th in the club rooms, Ballynoe. Starting at 8pm.
East Cork Junior hurling league division three - final
St Catherines 1-14 Ballinacurra 0-05
St Catherines recorded an emphatic victory over Ballinacurra in the division three junior hurling league final played under lights in truly awful conditions at rain sodden Ballynoe on Friday night last.
Catherine’s grasped the initiative right from the outset and rarely has one witnessed a half so one-sided.
Team captain Pa Roche was leading from the front and unerring in his free taking. From a selection of choice finishes credit must go to a lengthy strike around the middle perfectly judging the effect of heavy rain and the backing of a strong breeze which made it seven points without reply to fourteen minutes. Ninety seconds later Roche finished off this final’s only goal from a placed ball. Receiving able support from corner forward Noel O’Brien, being the Saints only scorers as the lead now stood on a half time scoreline of 1-11 to 0-02.
Favoured by the conditions for the turnover yet the opposition were making no realistic inroads as Ed Aherne, Kieran Neville, Denis Lane, Jim Lane and in particular Ed Kenneally in the pivitol role repelled most if not all attacks. Even though when given the chance Jake Hegarty proved himself a neat striker and consistent and reliable free taker. No let up in the conditions and the game just petered out resulting in a twelve point success for the Saints against a very disappointing Ballinacurra, who won the regular league game between the teams when played again at Ballynoe back towards the end of May.
Referees co-ordinator Donal O’Keeffe representing the East Cork Board presented the winning Owenacurra Cup to successful captain Pa Roche who duly thanked the team mentors and the opposition for the game. Delighted that at year’s end this particular group of players had something to show for their efforts.
St Catherines scorers: P Roche (1-09 frees) (1-10) and N O’Brien (0-04).
Team: Ed Aherne, Kieran Neville, Denis Lane, Jim Lane, Shane O’Regan, Ed Kenneally, Kevin Mangan, Pa Roche (captain), Lucas O’Callaghan-McCarthy, Luke Beecher, John Mulcahy, James Junior Sheehan, Noel O’Brien, Laurence O’Connor, John Casey. Subs: Tom O’Donnell for John Casey (35’), Johnny Hurley for Laurence O’Connor (46’), Dave Wallace for Kevin Mangan (53’), Shane Walsh for Luke Beecher (54’), David O’Connor for Noel O’Brien (‘56), Peter Ryan for John Mulcahy (58’). Also: Eoin Corcoran.
Referee: Mark Murphy (Bride Rovers).
Junior A challenge
A combination of division one and three finalists played division two league finalists Killeagh in A junior hurling challenge under lights at Ballynoe on Tuesday evening October 11th last. Overshadowed by a shoulder injury picked up by corner forward Conor Kearney which necessitated his withdrawel from the action on twenty miniutes. Both clubs wish him a speedy recovery. Killeagh dominating at this stage. An early Aaron Walsh goal followed by two more from Luke Fogarty had them 3-07 to 0-7 ahead by the break.
But the Saints were a revelation on the turnover. Liam O’Connor crashed home a beauty on forty seven seconds and when a lengthy Brian Mulcahy delivery eluded all and finished up in the net, parity was restored for the first time in the contest at 3-07 to 2-10 to forty four minutes.
Back to back Matthew Murphy points, one a free had the visitors back on front again. But Shane O’Brien from a placed ball tied it all up again at 3-09 to 2-12 when referee Mike Walsh decided we all had enough.
Rebel Óg East minor A hurling league final
St Catherines 0-16 Ballygarvan 0-07
With the appointed venue not available this minor A hurling league divisional final on the toss of a coin was rescheduled and relocated to Ballynoe on Sunday afternoon last. Taking both teams an apparent age to settle. Between them a tally of nines wides recorded before Conor Hickey opened the game’s and the Saints scoring. Pointing from play on eight minutes. From there it remained an even enough struggle. Although the Saints opened up a 0-09 to 0-03 advantage and came very close to goaling on seventeen minutes, it was the opposition who finished the half the stronger. A duo of pointed frees from Dylan O’Connor allied to a point from midfielder Oísin Kavanagh from open play, trimmed the scoreline still in Catherine’s favour and now standing at 0-09 to 0-06 to the break.
But with the conditions now very much in their favour Catherine’s pulled away as the second half advanced. Limiting Ballygarvan to just one score on the change of ends. Finished off by Patrick McSweeney on thirty four minutes. Owen O’Neill, Ben O’Brien and Luke Beecher with two, allied to the accurate and dependable finishing of Rory Galvin, both from frees and play saw the advantage now stretch to 0-15 to 0-07 right at the end of the third quarter. Catherine’s had the sliotar in the net on forty eight minutes. Though blown up for an infringement. A league final now being played out in a virtual downpour and just one point scored in the final quarter. Influenced by the slippery underfoot conditions that prevailed coming up to the finish. Sean Twohig vice chairman of Rebel Og East presented the victorious shield to Rory Galvin, captain of the successful St Catherines team who will now represent the Eastern division in the county rounds of the competition.
St Catherine’s scorers: R Galvin (0-07 frees) (0-09), N O’Regan and L Beecher (0-02 each), C Hickey, O O’Neill and B O’Brien (0-1 each).
Team: E Davis, P Keane, E Wallace, K Geary, S O’Regan, C Galvin, K Neville, T O’Donnell, RD Galvin, R Galvin, L Beecher, B O’Brien, O O’Neill, N O’Regan, C Hickey. Subs: R English for C Hickey (41’), K English for N O’Regan (60+1). Also A Long.
Referee: Pa Beausang (Midleton).
Underage blitz
St Catherines under nine and ten boys took part in a GAA under ten Munster wide blitz on Saturday morning last in Dr Morris Park in Thurles. Thirty teams participated in the morning session (hurling). Under nines coming up against Doon, Newmarket-On-Fergus and Lixnaw. Likewise, the tens playing Arravale Rovers, Newmarket-On-Fergus and Causeway. Very enjoyable day had by all.
Elite performance programme
Feedback was positive fom the elite performance programme jointly sponsored by Chill Insurance and Red Fm and held in Ballynoe Community Centre on Sunday morning last. Coaches involved were Arthur Dunne, frequently involved with the Cork senior and Dublin under twenty one footballers. Eamonn O’Reilly is head physio with the Dublin senior and under twenty one hurling teams. As well as the Irish international rules squad. While Cork players Eoin Cadogan, Anthony Nash and Alan Cadogan were also present.
Foundation coaching course
A hurling/football foundation course for St Catherine’s hurling and camogie clubs will take place in Ballynoe on Friday night November 11th at 7pm and Saturday, November 12th at 10am. Fee involved is €20. Booking through Imelda O’Connell, secretary juvenile GAA club with name, address, date of birth, phone number and email address please.
Condolences
Sympathy from St Catherine’s club to the Aherne family and extended families on their recent sad bereavement.
Camogie
An honest and committed performance wasn’t enough to rescue the Saints. Losing out by an eventual six point margin in the penultimate round of the county senior camogie championship. Second leg of a double header when played at Castleroad in Mahon on Saturday evening last. Crucial score coming after twelve minutes. Setting up a four point lead for Milford on a half time scoreline of 1-05 to 0-04.
Stretching to 1-09 to 0-04 to fifty minutes. With Catherine’s rewarded for their efforts. Firing over the last two scores of the match. Milford still on course for five in a row.
First game last Saturday saw Inniscarra get the better of Douglas on a 3-12 to 1-09 scoreline. Ironically losers by a point to the Saints in a first round match back in mid July, they have now regrouped and now face Milford in this year’s SE Systems Cork County senior camogie championship final. Fixed for Friday night October 28th at CIT grounds. Nevertheless well done to the Saints in getting that far. Evetually losing out to one of the finest teams in the county provence and country in recent years.
Well done to Orla Cotter who again has been nominated in the player of the year category at national level. Results along with the naming of the All Star team should be revealed on the first weekend of November.
Disappointingly St Catherines were beaten by Fr O’Neill’s in the under eighteen camogie championship at Aghavine when played at 5.30pm on Sunday evening last. It finished up at 2-03 to 0-07 to the home based team.
County finals
Very much at the business end of the season now and the county finals are coming thick and fast. First Mayfield put one over on a fancied Sarsfields in the county junior A hurling championship final. They can now represent the county without any impediments in the provincial championship. While Sars next match is against St Catherines in the East Cork junior hurling league division one final on next Sunday afternoon at 4pm.
What a week for Bandon. Adding the intermediate football championship to the premier hurling title claimed the previous Sunday. As Carberry Rangers won out their first senior football title.
Looking ahead and Fr O’Neill’s play Kildorrery in the Intermediate hurling decider this weekend.
Gabriel Rangers meet Shamrocks in the junior A football final. while Fermoy have a chance to upturn their hurling loss to Bandon when meeting Kiskeam in the county premier intermediate football championship decider. Weather permitting those matches should proceed this weekend. Sure the county board must be indebted to Pairc Uí Rinn. Imagine if it didn’t exist? Because if ever a venue needed a break....
Up in Tipp and Thurles Sars defeated Kildangan in their county senior hurling final. Remember the day Kildangan from the Puckane area defeated the Saints in the Munster intermediate championship of 2004 up in Nenagh? A weekend for Thurles tinged with sadness following the death of the legendary Mick ‘The Rattler’ Byrne. Shamefully omitted from the list of sporting headlines on RTE over the weekend.
In a repeat pairing from this season now reigning champions Tipperary have again been drawn against Cork in a preliminary round of the Muster senior hurling championship. Draws going out live on RTE 2 television on Thursday night last. History has thought us that down through the deccades this would be a tie to whet the appetite. But not anymore, while Tipp look to be getting stronger sadly the Rebels remain stagnant or possibly going back and it’s hard to visualise anything but a Tipp win and an advancement to play Waterford in the ensuing semi-final. While already Kilkenny look good for a place in the equivalent Leinster final.
Cork have been drawn against Waterford in a Munster football championship quarter final. Tipperary await the winners. A traditional saying over the years would be Kerry and Cork avoid each other and can’t meet until the final. A lot of pitfalls now stand in the way before that potential showpiece becomes a reality. Already it looks too easy for the Dubs in Leinster. It will be competitive but Mayo have a fair chance of regaining Connacht. While Tyrone have Derry as first round opposition up North.
Hard to enthuse about the draws just right now. Indeed we wonder are they made too soon? If they were ran off around mid March halfway through the leagues or possibly the night of the All Ireland club finals, they might become more relevant still. Pitches with work to be done should still be organised. Will Pairc Uí Chaoimh be ready?
Fixture
Now the latest news is that Sundays divisional junior hurling league division one final v Sarsfields is now temporarily on hold. It could be relaced by a county league semi-final v Shanballymore.
Lotto results
Once again congratulations to Phil O’Brien on her magnificent winning of the €14,200 jackpot on a recent lotto draw. Results from the most recent draw which was held at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe, on Monday night last, October 17th. Numbers drawn were 13, 15, 26 and 27 and there was no winner of the now basic €5,000 jackpot. Consolation winners were: Ann Cotter, Glentrasna, Ballynoe; Mary O’Connor, Abbey View, Mitchelstown; Ml Hartnett, Ballynoe; Pat Fitzgerald, Boulta, Ballynoe and Anne Maria Hayes, Garryanne, Aghern.
A draw for a jackpot of €5,200 will take place at The Big Tree, Aghern, on Monday night, October 24th.
Sponsor
T~A Civil Engineering and Building Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherine’s GAA Club sponsors.
Thu, Oct 06, 2016 Club News October 6th 2016

Attractive prizes on offer in Cork GAA Clubs draw
Although a little less glamourous than usual the arrival of the catalogue through the door is an instant reminder of the recommencement of the Cork GAA Clubs draw for 2016/17 is just around the corner. It has three main aims. It provides clubs with finance to fund their ongoing developments, both on and off the pitch also it provides the GAA in our beloved country with funds for coaching youth development throughout Cork as well as supporting the capital development of Pairc Uí Chaoimh.
Supporting the Cork GAA Clubs draw is supporting your own club. For every one hundred names collected the commission is €4,500. In other words a minimum of €45 per ticket goes back to your club.
You can enter the draw online by logging onto www.corkgaadraw.ie or there is the personal touch whereby a club representative will take your details. One of these nights Dick Morrisson or some other club officer will come knocking on your door. Fully paid up membership for the twelve draws is €100 which qualifies you for two free monthly draws. One can also subscribe €10 per month cash or direct debit over ten months. It starts shortly with a double draw for the month of September and October. In fairness interest in the Cork GAA Clubs draw should be reinvigorated after this year. First there was the actual staging of the June draw (first Friday of July!!!) As a tribute to the late Dan Hoare. While Paddy Tierney from the city on a Catherine’s ticket and a friend of the late Dan Hoare won a Skoda Rapid or €17,500 cash in the July draw held at Naomh Abán. As the promotional catalogue goes We’re all in this together!!!
Just a glance ahead. September first prize of €25,000. For October its an Octavia Ambution. Other cars include a Ford Mondeo in the January draw and a Kia Sportage for April. Good aren’t they? Remember if you’re not in you can’t win!!! Risk free fundraising for the club. Your draw. Your club. You’re future. Give it some thought.
Lotto results
Results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna on Monday night last, October 3rd. Number drawn were 7,18, 21 and 22. There was no winner of the €14,000 jackpot. Conssolation winners on the night were Mossie Hartnett, Ballynoe; Margaret Walsh c/o Kal’s, Gerdi O’Mahony, Ballynoe; Moss Beecher (phone number supplied) and Mary C Leahy, Corrin View House, Glenreigh, Ballynoe.
Next draw for a now accumulated €14,200 jackpot will be at The Plough, Curraglass, on Monday night, October 10th.
Sponsor
T~A Plant HIre, Ballynoe, are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
AGM dates
Once again a reminder of those annual general meeting dates. First up is the juvenile AGM. Set for Thursday night, October 27th at the clubrooms in Ballynoe. Starting time is 8pm. While the parent club meeting goes ahead on Saturday night, November 5th in Conna hall, commencing at 8.15pm. Just a little bit of reassurance for you. You can’t say you have’nt been warned!!!
Sympathy
People from our area were saddened to hear of the death of Bertie Clancy. Postal address would be Ballytrasna, Fermoy. But theres no doubt Bertie cherished and loved St Catherines. He played hurling for them and was a selector on a few memorable intermediate teams amongst others. Most notably in 1986 and 1993. He remained a loyal supporter after that. Right up to recent times. Big games aside Bertie would frequently be in the pitch for league games and you could easily warm to him and his mild mannered personality. His brothers Liam and Sean played for the club. Sean was goalkeeper on the East Cork winning ‘69 junior B football team. Sons Christy and Pat served and are still serving the club well. Christy was a member of the county winning teams in 83 and 94 and played all grades of hurling for Cork. Pat, this years’ junior hurling manager, has served as club chairman and has lent his services in coaching a few outside teams. Another son Ollie was tragically killed in a car accident in October of 1993, Bertie’s grandson Ronan captained the Saints to county minor B success in 2008 and was a member of the county winning 2011 under twenty one B hurling team. Our sympathy to all. While nobody will miss Bertie more than wife Breda. My God everywhere you’d go they’d be together. They were inseparable. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis.
Sudden death of referee
Being Saturday night and the details are sketchy as the news filtered through of the sudden death of Carrigtwohill based referee Dominic Rooney. Trying to think back as to anything that might be significant re the now late Dominic and the club. Who remembers the freezing and cold March night a few years ago under lights at Ballynoe? Both St Catherines and Grenagh are on the pitch for a minor B football league match. Gone the scheduled throw-in time. No sign of the man in black. Eventually Dominic makes contact that his car was giving trouble and the game duly started an hour late. But it was played. Army based Dominic took charge of the Sainnts and Erins Own in this years second round clash in the divisional junior B hurling championship played in Castlelyons on Thursday evening, July 28th. Bringing you right up to date and he refereed the eventual semi-final involving Sarsfields and Killeagh at Ballynoe as recently as Wednesday night, September 14th last. One felf he was a ref on the way up. Sympathy to his family and the Carrigtwohill club.
Concert in Ballynoe
Still in a reflective mood and we go back to when the Scor committee was restructured within the division. Definitely 1993 or 94. It wasn’t outside those perimiters. Michelle Burke enjoyed a halcyon run in the solo singing category. Winning divisional and county titles. Reaching the Munster Scor Sinsear solo singing finals at mallow in 1994 and Clonmell in 2000. A ballad group also including Elaine Fitzgerald, Susan Finn, Marie Clancy and Martha O’Brien were also provincial finalists in 1999. On in Clonmel as well. Having come through a semi-final in Sixmilebridge. Always involved in the music business subsequently and this weekend Michelle and her troupe of musicians bring their show “Step Into My Parlour’ to Ballynoe Community Hall on Friday night and the Palace Theatre in Fermoy twenty four hours later. Check out www.michelleburkemusic.com for further details.
Matches played
County junior hurling league - group one - round six
Brian Dillons 0-21
St Catherines 4-19
A blistering final quarter performance laid the foundation for an eventual ten point success for the Saints. Oringinally biled for Friday night but this round six county junior hurling league tie was deferred and played at Brian Dillons grounds on Sunday evening last at 5pm.
In fairness the home team with conditions in their favour were having the better of it. Ross Murphy, Darragh Brosnan, Colin Lynch and Mark Buckley were all finding the range and despite being reduced to fourteen players on twenty one minutes were still ahead at 0-14 to 1-07 at half-tie. Brian Davis scored the Saints goal somewhat against the run of play after ten minutes. Having been unlucky with another effort just previous.
Brian Dillons were 0-20 to 2-09 ahead to forty five minutes when the Sainst almost completely took over. Utterly dominating the final quarter of a thus far reasonably even contest. Points from John Casey, Eoin Condon and Shane O’Brien saw parity restored at 2-14 to 0-20 to fifty two minutes. Moving on to a three point lead at 2-17 to 0-20 just four minutes later. Ace free taker John Horgan with his ninth point of the hour briefly interrupted the visitors scoring avalanche. Rounded off with a late goal from Daniel Mangan, his second of the contest and substitute Shane Walsh who goaled with his first touch right on fifty nine minutes. Catherines go through the group stages unbeaten.
Brian Dillons scorers: J Horgan (0-6 frees), (0-09), D Murphy (0-04), M Buckley, D Noonan and C Lynch (0-01 free) (0-02 each), R Murphy and D Brosnan (0-01 each).
St Catherines scorers: D Mangan (2-07), S O’Brien (0-02 frees) (0-01-65’) (0-05), B Davis and S Walsh (1-00 each), E Condon (0-03), J casey (0-02), R Galvin and J Neville (0-01 each).
St Catherines team: E Aherne, K Mangan, C Hegarty, S O’Regan, J Neville, R Clancy, C Kearney, E Condon, Stephen O’Brien, B Davis, D Mangan, Shane O’Brien, P Roche, R Galvin, J Casey. Sub: S Walsh for J Casey (58’). Referee: Cathal Egan (Glen Rovers).
County junior hurling league group one - round five
St Catherine’s w/o Ballinora scr.,
Camogie
After a one point win over Inniscarra back in mid July St Catherine’s moved another rung up the ladder, overcoming the challenge of Cloughduv in the next round of the SE systems county senior camogie championship when played at Castle Road in Mahon on Sunday morning last. Finola Neville, Yvonne O’Neill and Orla Cotter were prominent in a Saints outfit which saw an impressive return of 1-03 from Aoife Hurley in advancing on a final scoreline of 1-13 to 0-08. They now play reigning county, provincial and All-Ireland champions Milford in the semi-final. Probably this forthcoming weekend. Milford no doubt are a formidable force. They would rattle an intercounty team. Still you never know. The bigger you are - the mighty the fall. Best of luck to all involved.
Juvenile
Under fourteen footballers lose out in league semi-final twelve a side under fourteen C football league semi-final St Vincents 1-19 St Catherine’s 2-05
It was the home team who inficted all the damage most of it in the opening half at the end of which they lead 1-13 to 1-00 when this twelve a side under fourteen C football league semi-final was played in poor conditions at St Vincents on the northside of Cork city on Monday night, September 26th last. Catherines gave all players a run subsequently. Fortunes improved a bit on the resumption. But the margin was always too wide. Vincents deserving. Final score in their favour being 1-19 to 2-05.
Scorers: H Draper (1-01), C O’Brien (1-00), J hayes (0-02), G England and T Hartnett (0-01 each). Team: E Philpott, E O’Riordan, J Duncan, K Wallace, C O’Brien, D Galvin, G England, T Hartnett, J Hayes, G O’Brien, H Draper, C Dinneen. Also: F O’Connell, G Leahy, W Leamy, D Temple, S Cotter, W McAuliffe and C England.
Referee: Wesley McCarthy.
Under nine and ten hurling.
A busy weekend for the nine and ten year olds. After wins over Kilara Óg (1-02 to 1-01) and St Olivers (4-06 to 1-00), St Catherines lost out to the host venue (2-03 to 0-05) when the under ten hurling tournament final for the John Daly Cup was played in Ballyduff on Friday night last.
Then on Saturday last success for the Saints in an organised under nine and ten hurling league played in Ballynoe. Based on cumulative scoring over the two leagues Catherine’s defeated Bandon twice, prior to a dual success over Shandrum in the deciders. Ballinora also took part. St Catherines were delighted to host the games. Thanks to our two young referees Eoin Davis and Eoin Wallace. well done to manager Brian Sheehan along with his fellow selectors Mark O’Driscoll, Joe Pratt, Mike Dee and Shane O’Connell. Thanks too to all those who helped with refreshments. Players involved will be listed next week.
Juvenile fixture
Saturday, October 8th under eleven hurling league semi-final v Ballinhassig (away) at 3pm.
Thu, Sep 29, 2016 Club News September 29th 2016
St Catherines GAA
AGM dates revealed
Two of the most important meetings of the year now have dates put on them. Juvenile annual general meeting will go ahead in the clubrooms in Ballynoe at 8pm on Thursday night, October 27th. While the parent club AGM has been fixed for Conna hall on Saturday night, November 5th, commencing at 8.15pm. Juvenile AGM always comes first. Officers elected must be verified at adult level re approval. Realistically a juvenile club is but a sub committee of the parent body. By the way there are a lot of untapped experts out there. They are asking questions and demanding answers. Maybe it’s time they come to the other side!!
Full lotto results update
We were back to our regular slot for the lotto draw held at The Big Tree, Aghern, on Monday night September 19th last. Numbers draw were 2, 25, 28 and 29 and the jackpot of €13,600 wasn’t won. While the consolation winners on the night were: Alan O’Mahony, Castlebrook, Conna; Jennifer Daly, Tallow; Bridget Cullinane, Ballynoe; Paul Higgins, Ballycullane, Ballynoe and Oliver Twomey c/o Fisherman’s Rest, Conna.
Moving with the results from the most recent draw which was held at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night last September 26th. Numbers drawn were 5, 8, 13 and 23. There was no winner of the €13,800 jackpot. While the consolation winners were Denis Dingivan, Curraheen, Conna; Pat Fahy, Curraheen, Conna; Pat O’Donovan, Barrafohona, Ballynoe; Shane Walsh, Conna and Claire Kearney, Shanakill, Curraglass.
Next draw now for an accumulated €14,000 jackpot will be in The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna on Monday night October 3rd.
Retirements and transfers
Garda John Donegan, based in the Ballynoe area for a good few years, has retired from the Force and moving on to pastures green. We wish John all the best in whatever field he enters!!!
Also we are all very sad to see Fr Andrew Carvill leave Ballynoe and the Conna parish as a whole. He was with us for a six and a half year period and said his last Mass in the church on Saturday evening, September 10th. He was very well liked and we would say the feeling was mutual. We will miss him. Likewise by admission he will miss us. He endeared himself to the public and frequently attended Catherine’s matches. We used to have great fun jibing him about his beloved Dubs. You wouldn’t upset Fr Andrew. Nor was that the intention. He now relocates to Mallow. Unfortunately he is not going to be replaced and Ballynoe church now loses the vigil Mass on Saturday nights. That’s how it is and we will have to get used to it. Best of luck to him on his new appointment.
Sponsor
T~A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherine’s GAA Club sponsors.
Matches played
East Cork junior football league - division three - round three
Glenville 1-11 St Catherine’s 2-04
Frequent rainfall and a constant gale force wind made life difficult for players, mentors and anyone else present for this round three junior football league division three tie played at Fouhy Park under lights, an outside pitch between Watergrasshill and Glenville on Friday night last.
Catherine’s receiving a timely boost early on. Wing forward Brian Davis, careering through and finishing off the game’s and the Saint’s opening goal after nine minutes. But favoured by the conditions the home team were able to press on and following the concession of the goal, popped over seven unanswered points. Johnny Dorgan and Paul Conroy among the scorers. When the visitors clawed their way right back into it. Rory Galvin coolly converting a penalty kick right on the stroke of half time. Glenville ahead on a scoreline of 0-08 to 2-00.
Ed Kenneally had it trimmed to a point when Aidan Foley goaled the decisive score of the match thirteen minutes into the second half. In fairness both teams fluffed their lines. Failing to convert numerous goal chances. It’s a mystery how some were kept out. Credit too to both goalkeepers on a night not conclusive to safe and secure handling.
Overall not a good result for the Saints trying to make progress in this group.
Scorers: R Galvin (1-00 penalty), (0-02 frees) (1-02), B Davis (1-00), E Kenneally and P O’Connor (0-1 each).
St Catherine’s team: C Molloy, D O’Connor, J Mulcahy, D Wallace, J Neville, P O’Connor, P Ryan, P Roche, A Carr, B Davis, E Kenneally, S Carr, E Condon, R Galvin, N O’Brien.
Referee: James Hennessy (Dungourney).
Junior hurling league - division three - round six
Fr O’Neill’s 2-12 St Catherine’s 1-10
Back to back second quarter goals had Fr O’Neill’s in a strong position when this round six junior hurling league division three tie was played in Ahavine at 6pm on Saturday evening last. Then five unanswered points midway through the second half sealed the deal for an O’Neill’s team ahead at 2-05 to 0-06 by half time.
Eventually winning out on a scoreline of 2-12 to 1-10. Still just a second setback for the Saints through the campaign and have a realistic chance of making the final!
Scorers: P Roche (1-00), M Mulcahy (0-01 free) (0-03), J Casey, B Davis and K Neville (0-02 each) and J Mulcahy (0-01).
Team: M Walsh, D Wallace, D Lane, L O’Callaghan, McCarthy, K Mangan, W Walsh, S O’Regan, B Davis, P Roche, M Mulcahy, J Mulcahy, P Ryan, S Walsh, J Casey, K Neville. Subs used were: J Hurley, L O’Connor, E Kenneally and E Aherne.
Referee: James Daly (Youghal).
Rebel Óg East news
Under eleven hurling league - group one - round ten
St Colman’s 0-6 St Catherines 2-07
Main highlights of this round ten under eleven hurling league regular group tie and played under lights on an outside pitch at Shanagarry on Tuesday evening, September 20th last were the Saints taking a lead they never subsequently looked like relinguishing. There were the strong scoring contributions particularly from Ciaran Pietropaolo, Nathan Sheehan and Kian O’Donoghue. Resultingly easing the Saints into the play-offs against Whitechurch. Winners to face Ballinhassig. While Carrigtwohill, Mayfield and Courcey Rovers are involved at the other side.
Half time in Shanagarry it was 1-06 to 0-04 for the Saints. Eventually winning out on an end scoreline of 2-07 to 1-06.
Scorers: C Pietropaolo (2-01), N Sheehan (0-03), K O’Donoghue (0-02) and S Cotter (0-01).
Team: C Leamy, E O’Driscoll, C Dunning, D O’Donovan, S O’Donoghue, D O’Connell, N Sheehan, C Pietropaolo, D Morrison, K O’Donoghue, C Sheehan and S Cotter. Also: C Feeney, G O’Callaghan, McCarthy and C Hayes.
Under 11 hurling league - play-off
That then provided the backdrop to last Sunday’s league play-off in Whitechurch at 3pm. Ex county player and 1993 hurling All-Star Barry Egan involved in the coaching of Whitechurch who had very good players in Jack Brickley, Eoin Cully, John Kelleher and Brian Egan amongst others. But they just weren’t left express themselves this time around.
With a strong breeze at their backs Catherine’s just dominated from the start. Nathan Sheehan, Cathal Sheena and Shane Cotter all goaling in the opening sequences of play. Frequently Ciaran Pietropaolo charged through from the middle of the field helping himself to a brace of well taken points. Kian O’Donoghue always a threat. Be it from open play or frees. When they did threaten the opposition just couldn’t breach the visitors rearguard! Well marshalled by Oisin Fitzgerald and Sean O’Donoghue. Most of the scoring done by half time.
Catherine’s advance comfortably. They now play the league semi-final in Ballinhassig.
Scorers: N Sheehan (1-01), K O’Donoghue (0-02 frees) (0-04), C Sheehan and S Cotter (1-00 each) and C Pietrolpaolo (0-02).
St Catherine’s team: C Leamy, C Dunning, O’Fitzgerald, G O’Callaghan, McCarthy, D O’Donovan, S O’Donoghue, D O’Connell, D Morrison, N Sheehan, C Pietropaolo, K O’Donoghue, C Hayes, S Cotter, C McAuliffe, C Sheehan. Sub: C Feeney for C Hayes (35’).
Referee: Stephen Murphy (Grenagh).
Ladies final
From the excellent Whitechurch set up straight to the car. Tune in Radio One almost right at the start of the TG4 sponsored All Ireland ladies gaelic football final. There were a lot of updates from elsewhere. Understandable being a nationwide service. So we stay with Paudie on C103FM. Cork leading most of the opening half. A clear Dublin point not awarded before forging narrowly ahead and torrential rainfall spoiling the conditions. They were the first half highlights.
By now we watch the telly. Rhona Ní Bhuacalla’s priceless goal and the crucial point taking of Doireann O’Sullivan. Now the Rebels charge into a four point lead when the Dubs goal a penalty kick with less than a minute remaining. That first half point not awarded now resufaces and talk of a refixture emerges. But Dublin had so many chances to undo the effects of that poor call.
Overall Dublin mustered up a wides tally of thirteen. That tells its own story. There won’t be an appeal and one of the most successful teams in Irish sporting history now celebrate a si in a row of titles or if you wish eleven out of the last twelve. Dublin took the 2010 All-Ireland. Meaning since 2005 no team outside of Cork or Dublin have claimed ultimate senior honours - phenomenal.
Fixtures
Friday, September 30th county junior hurling league group one round six v Brian Dillons (away) at 7.30pm.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 Club News September 22nd 2016
Championship exit for minor hurlers
Coiste na nÓg county minor A hurling championship 
semi-final
Ballygiblin 2-11 
St Catherines 0-12
Castlelyons and Ballygiblin are in the decider after weekend results. Castlelyons squeezing out Western champions Kilbrittain at Ballygarvan on the Saturday. This year’s Rebel Óg North representatives Ballygiblin, who overcame Banteer in their own divisional final, proving five points to the good over the Saints when the second of this year’s Coiste na nÓg county minor A hurling championship semi-finals was played at frequently windy yet always wet Fermoy on Sunday last at 12 midday.
That said Catherines were making the better start with the wind to their backs and a brace of well taken back to back Rihard Galvin points helping to establish a 0-4 to 0-01 lead after six minutes. Ballygiblin were coming much more into it around the middle of the field. A few frees ensued, danger man Mark Keane getting a touch to one of them. Cathail O’Mahony quickly added a point. When in a glorious and probably match winning spell Cillian Dollion quickly added a second opposition goal. now ahead at 2-04 to 0-04 to seventeen minutes. In fairness Catherines responded well to the concession of the two goals finished off just three minutes apart. Luke Beecher and Thomas O’Donnell added points. When in an incident coming up to the interval Ballygiblin lost an attacker to a red card. Half-time ahead at 2-05 to 0-07 but still all to play for.
Catherines tried manfully to claw back the deficit. Niall O’Regan pointing within fifty five seconds. Rory Galvin from play as well as a free and anther point from a sixty five had it at 2-07 to 0-11 to forty two minutes. Truthfully though the opposition were largely wasteful in the period and were off target on a half dozen chances in the ten minutes following the resumption of the second half. Now the Saints were punished for poor shooting. Frustratingly off target with three clear cut chances when in a breakaway Ballygiblin were inexplicably wide with a clear goal scoring opportunity.
Aidan Donegan and team captain, George Pendle added the points to push the northern champions almost out of sight against a Catherines outfit themselves reduced to fourteen players coming up to the finish.
Next weekend is pencilled in for the final. Action not completely all over. Championship exit maybe. Now county finalists Castlelyons must also play Ballygarvan in a regional league semi-final. Winners to play the saints in the Rebel Óg East minor A hurling league final settled on for early October.
Ballygiblin scorers: G Pendle (0-03 frees) (0-01) (0-05), C Dollion and M Keane (0-01 free) (1-01 each), K Fox, C O’Mahony, S O’Sullivan and A Donegan (0-01 each).
St Catherines scorers: R Galvin (0-04 frees) (0-01 65”) (0-06), Rd Galvin and T O’Donnell (0-02 each), L Beecher and N O’Regan (0-01 each).
St Catherines team: Eoin Davis, Philip Keane, Eoin Wallace, Kevin Geary, Aaron Long, Cormac Galvin, Shane O’Regan, Thomas O’Donnell, Kieran Neville, Rory Galvin, Richard Galvin, Niall O’Regan, Conor Hickey, Luke Beecher and Ben O’Brien. Sub used: Owen O’Neill for Conor Hickey (second half). Also on panel: Niall O’Callaghan, Jack O’Brien, Kieran English, Adam O’Brien, Robert English and Brendan McKee.
Referee: Colm Maher, Buttevant.
St Catherines 4-06 Aghada 0-10
Second win inside a week following this round five East Cork junior hurling division three tie played in Ballynoe on Sunday evening last. John Casey had the home team off to a flyer with the lead goal after six minutes. A probing Johnny Hurley delivery was delightfully finished off by Eoin Corcoran later on. Setting up a lead on a half-time scoreline of 2-04 to 0-08. Further goals from a Patrick Roche free and Eoin Corcoran again with his second stretched the advantage to 4-05 to 0-09 within seven minutes of the turnover. Mathew Leahy, John Connolly and Daniel Creedon registered some smartly taken Aghada points. But the margin was too wide.
Catherines scorers: E Corcoran (2-0), P Roche (1-02 frees), J Casey (1-01), B Davis (0-02) and D O’Connor (0-01).
St Catherines team: M Walsh, D Wallace, D Lane, J Lane, P Ryan, E Kenneally, K Mangan, P Roche, B Davis, S Walsh, J Mulcahy, J Hurley, W Walsh, L O’Connor and J Casey. Subs: D O’Connor for E Kenneally (3’), E Corcoran for L O’Connor (12’), S O’Regan for J Mulcahy (26’), P O’Connell for S Walsh (35’), J Mulcahy for J Casey (48’).
Referee: Jim Hennessy (Dungourney).
East Cork junior hurling league
Division three round nine
St Catherines 1-12 Cobh 0-09
Nothing was separating two evenly matched teams through the major part of this round nine junior hurling league divisor three tie played under lights at Ballynoe on Thursday evening last.
Kevin McSweeney, Darren Tallon and Jack Ronan finding the target for the visitors. Matthew Mulcahy both from frees and general play scorer-in-chief for a Saints outfit edging it at 0-07 to 0-06 to the break and again at 0-10 to 0-09 to the three quarter mark. Decisive score was the goal finished off by Paul O’Connell again duly added points to the four popped over by Noel O’Brien. Quickly the margin had spread to six points. Game over.
Scorers: M Mulcahy (0-04 frees) (0-05), P O’Connell (1-01), N O’Brien (0-04) and J Casey (0-02).
Team: M Walsh, D Wallace, D Lane, L O’Callaghan, McCarthy, K Mangan, E Kenneally, P Ryan, B Davis, M Mulcahy, J Hurley, J Casey, S Walsh, T Walsh, L O’Connor, N O’Brien. Sub: P O’Connell for T Walsh (second half).
Referee: Padraig Kearney (Killeagh).
East Cork junior football league
Division three round four
Aghada 1-12 St Catherines 2-10
After a sluggish start and finding themselves seven points without reply adrift to eighteen minutes St Catherines commendable recovery saw them snatch the points on offer by the slimmest of margins when this divisional junior football league division three round four tie was played under lights at Rostellan, home of Aghada GAA Club on Friday night last.
Bit by bit, score by score the deficit was clawed back. Ed Kenneally, Patrick Roche, Alan Carr and Liam O’Connor finding the target. Victory sealed when Eoin Condon touched in the winning goal after fifty five minutes. That sets it up now for a trip to Fouhy Park on Friday night coming for a round three clash with Glenville.
Scorers: E Kenneally (0-01 free)(1-02), E Condon (1-0), P Roche, A Carr and L O’Connor (0-02 each), W Walsh and P O’Connor (0-01 each).
Team: E Corcoran, ‘Junior’ Sheehan, J Neville, P Ryan, D O’Connor, L O’Connor, B Davis, P Roche, P O’Connor, W Walsh, E Kenneally, E Condon, S O’Brien, A Carr and J Walsh. Subs: J Mulcahy for J Walsh (second left), D Wallace for S O’Brien (38’).
Referee: Niall Barrett (Carrigtwohill).
Rebel Óg East
U12 B football league play off
St Catherines 2-07
Aghabullogue 2-08
Amidst a frenzy of excitement St Catherines by the slimmest of margins lost out to Aghabullogue in this U12 B football league play off ,when played at Ballynoe on Saturday afternoon last. Aghabullogue were shading it when a Geared O’Brien goal eased the Saints a point ahead on a half-time 1-04 to 0-06 scoreline. Five points adrift the home team rallied again coming up to the finish. A Denis Temple goal driving them on but Aghabullogue held on.
Scorers: G O’Brien (1-02), D Temple (1-01). N Sheehan and B O’Connor (0-02 each).
St Catherines team: Adam O’Donnell, Cathal Sheehan, Sean O’Donoghue, James O’Callaghan, Darragh Morrison, Fionn O’Connell, Oisin Fitzgerald, Nathan Sheehan, Stephen Cotter, Kian O’Donoghue, Geared O’Brien, Cathal McAuliffe, James Mulcahy, Denis Temple and Colum Feeney. Subs: Kyle Wallace for Cathal McAuliffe and Ben O’Connor for Colum Feeney, also; William O’Driscoll. Referee: James Daly (Youghal).
U11 football league - group one - round eight
St Catherines 1-07 Fr O’Neills 4-01
Credit the players and mentors that withstood some ferocious rainfall through this fifty minute contest. A group one under eleven football league tie that eventually put paid to any lingering hopes the Saints might be entertaining of progress to the knockout stages. Played in Ballynoe on Monday evening, September 12th, Catherines were enjoying as much possession throughout. But O’Neills had the ability to stick the ball in the net when it counted. It was 1-01 to 0-03 for the visitors at the break with TJ Hurley always a threat. A Kian O’Donoghue goal allied to some impressive point taking, most notably from Nathan Sheehan, Diarmaid O’Connell and Oisin Fitzgerald, kept up the challenge. O’Neills just doing enough.
Scorers: K O’Donoghue (1-0), O Fitzgerald (0-1 free) and N Sheehan (0-03 each) and D O’Connell (0-01).
Team: D O’Donovan, S O’Donoghue, C Sheehan, C Leamy, D Morrison, C McAuliffe, N Sheehan, C Pietropaolo, O Fitzgerald, D O’Connell, K O’Donoghue, C Feeney.
Also: J Bryan, A Bryan, C Hayes, G O’Callaghan McCarthy, C Dunning and E O’Driscoll.
Referee: Pat Fitzgerald (home club).
Championship match in Ballynoe
Sarsfields ahead at 1-09 to 0-09 to the break went on to overcome the challenge of Killeagh in the semi-final of the East Cork junior B hurling championship when played under lights at Ballynoe on Wednesday evening September 14th last. Final score was 1-20 to 0-15. Match refereed by Dominic Rooney of Carrigtwohill. Many thanks to Ray O’Dwyer, secretary of Killeagh club and Sarsfields secretary Jim Murphy for the timely release of the line outs re: the team sheets.
Fixtures
Friday, September 23rd, at Fouhy Park, junior football league division three round three v Glenville, at 8.00pm.
Saturday, September 24th at Rathcormac junior hurling league division one round six v Bride Rovers, at 3pm.
Sunday, September 25th, at Auhavine junior hurling league division three round six v Fr O’Neills, at 3pm.
Tuesday, September 27th, at Ballynoe county junior hurling league group one round five v Ballinora, time TBC.
Condolences
Sympathy to the family of Billy Higgins, Kilossera, Ballynoe, who sadly passed away last week. Billy played hurling with Rathdrum prior to the formation of the St Catherines club as we know it today in 1946. Also people of Ballynoe were saddened to hear of the death of Bob Condon, Garryduff, Clonmult. For many years, the late Bob was co-ordinator of the Dungourney GAA Club lotto. We also offer our condolences to the family of Peter O’Flynn, Tallow, who died last week after an illness borne bravely. Ar dheis Dé go raibh anamacha dilse.
Lotto
Results from last week’s deferred lotto draw which was held at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Tuesday night, September 13th. Numbers drawn were 12, 22, 25 and 28 and there was no winner of the €13,400 jackpot. Consolation winners being Pat Clancy, Monagown, Conna; Richard hegarty, Ballymonteen, Ballynoe; Jill H c/o The Big Tree, Ahern; Colm Doyle, Castle Rivers, Conna and Grogan, c/o Mike Lane, Shanakill, Curraglass.
Sponsor
T ~ A Plant Hire, Ballynoe, are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
Thu, Sep 15, 2016 Club News September 15th 2016
Wins in regional minor and county junior hurling leagues
In terms of valuation it might be described as one of those ordinary weeks. There was a win over Tracton in a regional minor A hurling league semi-final. Also over Courcey Rovers in the county junior hurling league. No joy for the Rebelettes in their respective All-Ireland camogie finals at Croke Park. We have a few more photographs from the night at the dogs. But just before we present a few brief reports, just to inform you that this week’s lotto draw was held over until Tuesday night last because of a bereavement in Ballynoe. Results next week.
County Junior Hurling League - Group One - Round Seven
St Catherines 1-21 Courcey Rovers 0-14
Two teams whose main aspirations for the year were crushed in their respective divisional finals. Valley Rovers edging past Courcey’s in the South East. You probably don’t need reminding of the heavy defeat inflicted on the Saints by Sars in the East Cork junior A hurling championship final, when played at Magner’s Hill in Youghal a fortnight ago. But it’s the Saints who keep the momentum going, winning this round seven county junior hurling league tie when played under lights at Ballynoe on Friday night last. Brian Mulcahy was in irrepressible scoring form for the home team. Likewise Tadhg O’Sullivan who featured prominently at minor level against the Saints last year pointed a good few of Courcey’s scores. Key score emerged when a Shane O’Brien free eluded all for the Saints and only goal of the contest. Making it 1-12 to 0-06 after twenty-four minutes and onto 1-14 to 0-06 at the break. Courcey’s were better for the second half, but the margin was too wide.
Scorers: S O’Brien (1-07 frees) (0-01 ‘65’) (1-11), B Mulcahy (0-05), C Kearney (0-03), J Neville and P O’Connor (0-01 each).
Team: E Aherne, W Walsh, C Hegarty, E Kenneally, J Mulcahy, R Clancy, B Davis, E Condon, M Mulcahy, P O’Connor, B Mulcahy, S O’Brien, C Kearney, R Galvin and J Neville. Subs: S O’Regan for J Mulcahy (48’), J Casey for J Neville (49’), S Walsh for B Mulcahy (51’). Referee: Pádraig Kearney (Killeagh).
Rebel Óg East Report
Minor A Hurling League Semi-Final
St Catherines 4-15 Tracton 0-06
St Catherines were well over Tracton in this Rebel Óg East minor A hurling league semi-final when played under lights at Ballynoe on Thursday evening last. Ben O’Brien crashed in the lead goal on ninety seconds. Rory Galvin accurate both from frees and general play. Conor Hickey helping himself to a first half hat-trick of points, as a gradually becoming one-sided contest fell away altogether following the showing of a red card to an opposition player on eighteen minutes. It was 1-08 to 0-01 then. Stretching to 1-13 to 0-01 by half-time.
An exquisite O’Brien pass picked out Richard Galvin and like the championship match against Castlelyons at Rathcormac a week previous goaled a beauty with a peach of a finish nearly three minutes into the second half. Despite the best efforts of Rory Sinclair, Cormac Kiely and David Byrne there could be no come back from that.
Scorers: Richard Galvin (2-00), B O’Brien (1-03), R Galvin (0-03 frees) (0-01 ‘65’) (0-06), K English (1-00), C Hickey (0-03), K Neville (0-02) and T O’Donnell (0-01).
Team: E Davis, P Keane, E Wallace, K Geary, A Long, C Galvin, S O’Regan, T O’Donnell, K Neville, R Galvin, Richard Galvin, A O’Brien, C Hickey, L Beecher and B O’Brien. Subs: K English and B McKee for L Beecher and E Wallace (both second half). Referee: Ger Scully (Killeagh).
U11 Hurling League - Group One - Round Eleven
St Catherines 3-08 Watergrasshill 2-06
St Catherines keep the momentum going. Now eight wins out of nine competitive games following a well earned success over a gallant Watergrasshill outfit, when this round eleven U11 hurling league tie went ahead in overcast conditions at Ballynoe on Monday evening September 5th last.
Kian O’Donoghue with a goal in the opening minute and Cathal Sheehan quickly adding a point had the home team off to a flyer. But it was obvious from the outset that this was a contest between two well-matched teams. Level after eight minutes and the visitors just shading it at 2-04 to 2-02 to the break.
Catherines making an explosive start to the second half. Shane Cotter pointed three times. Best one being a lengthy Óisin Fitzgerald delivery, which looked to be heading for the exit door. Bravely kept in play and cutely popped over for an exquisite score. Proof you chase everything. Never give up. As Brian Corcoran’s book put it - “Every Single Ball.” They all count. Ahead at 2-07 to 2-06 to forty minutes Catherines wrapped it up with a vital Diarmuid O’Connell goal against a Hill team who had very good players in Cian Cronin O’Neill, Liam Foley and Michael O’Driscoll.
Scorers: K O’Donoghue (0-01 free) (0-01 ‘65’) (1-04), D O’Connell (2-00), S Cotter (0-03) and C Sheehan (0-01).
Team: C Leamy, C Dunning, E O’Driscoll, C Hayes, D O’Donovan, S O’Donoghue, O Fitzgerald, N Sheehan, C Pietropaolo, D O’Connell, D Morrison, K O’Donoghue, S Cotter, C Sheehan and C McAuliffe. Also: G O’Callaghan McCarthy, A Bryan, C McCarthy, C Feeney and J Bryan. Referee: Pat Fitzgerald (St Catherines).
Fixture List - Juvenile
Friday September 16th U11 Hurling League - Group One - Round Ten v St Colman’s (away) at 7.30pm.
Also watch out for a refixture with Aghabullogue in an U12 football league play off postponed from last Friday evening, because of poor weather conditions. St Catherines are away to either St Vincents or Shamrocks in the twelve a side U14 C football league semi-final. Also playing Rebel Óg North county minor A hurling championship semi-final. Watch out for all of those upcoming fixtures.
Adult
Tonight (Thursday) September 15th at Ballynoe - East Cork Junior Hurling League Division Three Round Nine v Cobh at 7.30pm.
Friday September 16th at Rostellan - East Cork Junior Football League Division Three Round Four v Aghada at 7.45pm.
Camogie
No joy for the Rebelettes from their respective All-Ireland camogie finals held at Croke Park on Sunday afternoon last. It’s down now to the ladies footballers to secure a title for Cork. They play Dublin in the All-Ireland final on the afternoon of Sunday, September 25th.
Sympathy
Condolences to the Carraig na bhFear club on the sad death of Eddie Hegarty. We remember the late Eddie attending the old East Cork Juvenile Board meetings over twenty years ago, and if you had a problem with a fixture Eddie, gentleman that he was would always do his best to facilitate you if he could. Eddie’s brother is Don Hegarty ex chairman of the now defunct Cork County Minor Board and currently development/cultural officer of the East Cork GAA Board. His sister is Phil Fox now resident in Aghern near Conna.
Sponsor
T ~ A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA club sponsors.
Thu, Sep 08, 2016 Club News September 8th 2016
St Catherines GAA
Successful night at the dogs
It was the tangible pain of the junior championship defeat to Sarsfields, still evident and the subject of much discussion throughout the parish, not all constructive, that supplied the backdrop to the major fundraiser of the year. St Catherine’s GAA and Camogie club’s annual night at the dogs and held at Youghal Greyhound Track on Friday night last. But credit to everyone involved. Again making the night the success it deserved to be. A timely boost. Reassuring the clubs and all those involved of its stature within the parish.
There is always goodwill there. An extra take is that this years undertaking was in aid of the Jim Roche Benefit Fund. Jim is in need of constant medication. Towards the end GAA club chairman Tom Morrison thanked everyone for the work put in. Mulcahy Steel were the sponsors of the major race. All those who took out advertising space on the race card and those who supported dog nominations on the night. Mention too for finance sub committee chairman Kevin Galvin and club secretary Deirdre O’Brien and all committee members. Another man essential to the organising and running of the dog night is Billy O’Connell. He is experienced in this field and knows the people involved.
Other race sponsors in a nine (9) race card were Fermoy Print and Design Ltd., Hurley’s SuperValu, Midleton, Mr Softee Ices/Paddy Bus Hire, Conna, TVM, Bartlemy, Higgins McCarthy Construction Ltd., Mikes Tyre Centre, Fermoy Connabride Plastics and The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna. All winning owners received a souvenir of the night as did the boy or girl who walked the winning dog.
There was a raffle on the night. First prize of a two night stay at the Rochestown Park Hotel going to Pat O’Leary, Thornhill, Conna. A voucher for Leahy’s Open Farm won by Shane Gildea, Willowbrook, Tallow; Mellerick’s Pharmacy, Fermoy gift voucher went to Brian and Linda Maguire, Kilcoran, Conna. Paddy Murphy, Reinduff won the voucher for Bespoke Fascinators. While a basket of soaps put up by Elmarie Power, Ballynoe went to Ralph Schrub, Ballynoe. Vouchers for Walsh’s Pharmacy, Fermoy were won by Yvonne O’Neill, Ballynoe and Richard Hegarty, Ballymonteen, Ballynoe. A voucher for Fitzy’s Fast Food Rathcormac went to Bill O’Keeffe, Ballynattin, Ballynoe. Chadwicks Midleton sponsored a stainless steel buffet server for the raffle and that was won by Susan Cotter, Conna. That’s it for another year.
Lotto results
Results from the most recent lotto draw at The Plough, Curraglass on Monday night last, September 5th. Numbers drawn were 8, 11, 14 and 18. There was no winner of the €13,200 jackpot. Consolation winners were Mgt Fitz, Rathdrum, Ballynoe; Mossie Barry, TVM, Bartlemy; Peter Ryan, Ballyknock, Ballynoe; Conor and Matthew Culinane, Ballynoe and Michael McCarthy (phone no supplied). A draw for a now accumulated €13,400 jackpot takes place at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe, on Monday night, September 12th.
Rebel Óg East report
Minor A hurling championship final
Castlelyons 1-15 St Catherines 1-11
A scoring salvo of 1-04 without reply just coming up to the end of the opening quarter laid the platform for a Castlelyons victory from this Rebel Óg East minor A hurling championship final when played in extremely windy conditions at Rathcormac on Saturday evening last.
David Morrison picked out Barry Murphy to finish off the goal and with Keith O’Leary in rampant scoring form Castlelyons advantage stood at 1-07 to 0-04 to eighteen minutes. Tagging on a further three points without reply in the ensuing six minutes. As the Saints produced their move of the game. Initiated by Philip Keane with a surging run out of defence up to midfield where his delivery picked out the ever threatening Rory Galvin, who with power and accuracy buried a vital and well taken goal about two minutes overtime. Suddenly a six point deficit on a scoreline of 1-10 to 1-04 didn’t look as dauntig as heretofore. Now that the Saints would have that strong breeze to their backs for the second half hour.
It seemed every time the Saints found the target the opposition were able to respond. Resultingly six points were shared to the three quarter mark with no major inroads being created as the score now stood at 1-13 to 1-07 to forty six minutes.
Still Catherine’s battled on. Continued to take the fight to Castlelyons who remained in a dominant position. Richard Galvin pointed as sweetly struck a sideline cut as you will see. Such was the strength of the wind goalkeeper Eoin Davis found the range with a well taken point from a placed ball. Beno O’Brien added a brace of points from open play. But a duo of late points from Niall O’Leary, one from a free sealed the deal with five minutes of injury time accounted for at the end of the second half.
Both teams go forward to the county. Castlelyons as champions. Afterwards Liam Shanahan, chairman of Rebel Óg East presented the winning cup to successful captain Jaimie O’Leary. Vice-chairman Sean Twohig and Michael Mulry, treasurer were also in attendance. We congratulate Castlelyons on their victory. Praise too for Bride Rovers, who without fail always make the Rathcormac pitch available for a match whenever possible.
Castlelyons scorers: K O’Leary (0-04 frees) (0-07), B Murphy (1-04), N O’Leary (0-02 frees)(0-03) and D Morrison (0-01).
St Catherine’s scorers: R Galvin, (0-04 frees) (0-07), RD Galvin (0-01 sideline cut) (1-01), B O’Brien (0-02) and E Davis (0-01 free).
St Catherine’s team: E Davis, P Keane, K Neville, K Geary, N O’Callaghan, E Wallace, C Galvin, S O’Regan, RD Galvin, T O’Donnell, B O’Brien, J O’Brien, K English, L Beecher, R Galvin. Subs: C HIckey for K English (21’), N O’Regan for C Hickey (37’), A Long for N O’Callaghan (58’).
Referee: Ger Scully (Killeagh).
Under fourteen C football league quarter final
St Catherines 7-09 Aghinagh 6-07
Although laying the platform for a win with a strong second quarter performance, St Catherines still made it hard for temselves in edging out gallant Aghinagh in this twelve a side under fourteen C football league quarter final when played in pleasant late summer sunshine at Ballynoe on Monday evening August 29th last.
Kevin Barry and the returning Harry Draper were a major threat going forward. Yielding five first half goals between them. Turning a deficit of 1-02 without reply to fourteen minutes into a psychologically crucial advantage on an interval scoreline of 5-03 to 1-05.
But Aghinagh continued to battle gamely. Peter Murphy and Colin McCarthy regularly on target. They were going for the lead. Evan Philpott saving a penalty kick on fifty minutes. Catherine’s pointing a penalty shortly afterwards. Game decided when a clever Ciaran O’Brien pass picked out James Hayes who careered through to finish off a matchwinning goal on fifty nine minutes. Final score 7-09 to 6-07. Next up are Shamrocks or Vincents.
Scorers: K Barry (0-03 frees) (0-01 penalty) (0-01 ‘45) (3-07), H Draper (2-01), G O’Brien (1-01) and J Hayes (1-00).
Team: E Philpott, E O’Riordan, J Duncan, C England, C O’Brien, D Galvin, G England, T Hartnett, K Barry, J Hayes, H Draper, W Leamy. Subs: J O’Keeffe, F O’Connell and G O’Brien for D Galvin, J Duncan and W Leamy (all second half). K Wallace for C England (38’), C Dinneen for K Wallace (40’). Also A O’Donnell, C Bryan, J O’Callagan and W McAuliffe.
Referee: Michael Franklin (Midleton).
Under sixteen B football championship second round
Kilmurry w/o St Catherine’s SCR.
Under thirteen A hurling league round three
St Vincent’s 1-03
St Catherine’s 2-06
A case of saving the best wine for last!!!! St Catherine’s finishing up by recording their maiden victory of the campaign when this round three under thirteen A hurling league tie was played in St Vincent’s grounds on Thursday evening last.
Scorers: F O’Connell (1-0), W McAuliffe (1-00), C Dineen and G O’Brien (0-02 each frees) and H Draper (0-01).
Team: E Philpott, K Wallace, E O’Riordan, N Sheehan, C England, G O’Brien, D Galvin, T Hartnett, B O’Connor, C Dineen, F O’Connell, D Temple, G Leahy, H Draper, W McAuliffe. Sub: J O’Callaghan for H Draper (second half).
Next on your Rebel Óg East fixture list
Tonight (Thursday) September 8th at Ballynoe Minor A hurling league semi-final v Tracton at 7.30pm.
Friday, September 9th at Ballynoe under twelve B football league playoff v Aghabullogue at 7.45pm.
Monday, September 12th at Ballynoe, under eleven football league group one round eight v Fr O’Neill’s at 7.30pm.
Camogie
Can we wish the best of luck to Finola Neville and Orla Cotter and their respective teams in the All-Ireland camogie finals at Croke Park next Sunday afternoon.
Sponsor
T~A Plant Hire Ballynoe, are St Catherine’s GAA Club sponsors.
Thu, Aug 25, 2016 Club News August 25th 2016

East Cork final on Saturday
Well now we know. St Catherine’s will play Sarsfields in this year’s East Cork junior A hurling championship final. Decider fixed for Magner’s Hill (top of the hill) in Youghal on this forthcoming Saturday afternoon, August 27th. Throw in time is 3pm.
No history of consequence between the two clubs. Yet they did serve up a cracker in Catherine’s first junior hurling league game of the year at Ballynoe back in mid April. Played almost at championship pace with the home based team surging into a half-time lead on a 1-11 to 1-04 scoreline. It was a game dominated by the twelve point haul of Daniel Mangan for the Saints and for the opposition a hat-trick of goals from corner forward David Crowley as parity was restored at 1-12 to 3-06, now seven minutes into the second half. Both sides trading points from there on in. James Sweeney, Niall McCarthy and Pat Barry for the visitors.
Likewise Patrick Roche, Eoin Condon and Rory Galvin for the Saints. Score standing at 1-18 to 3-12 to fifty three minutes. Sars seeing it out the better. Winning it on a scoreline of 3-16 to 1-18 in what was the Saints only competitive defeat of the season thus far. Incorporating championship as well as divisional and county junior league games. Best of luck to all concerned in the effort to bring the Jamesey Kelleher Memorial Trophy back to the parish for the first time since 1983. A lot of water under the bridge since then.
Night at the dogs
Momentum is gathering as the other major event within the club of a night at the dogs fast approaches. It is the key fundraiser for the year. Going ahead at Youghal greyhound track on Friday evening September 2nd with an 8pm start. Your continuing and ongoing support would be greatly appreciated.
Sponsorship being sought for what is a nine race card is at an advanced stage. However you can still contribute by taking space in the race card. A full page add costs €100 or alternatively its €60 for a half page. Dog nominations are €30. You won’t let us down. This year’s major fundraising orgaised jointly by both GAA and camogie clubs is in aid of the Jim Roche medical fund. A club member in need of constant medication.
Tickets now on sale are available from club officers and members. As well as being available in English’s foodstore in Conna and Neville’s PO and shop in Ballynoe. Prices are €10 for admission tickets and €30 for dog nomination tickets. Also there will be a raffle on the night whereby you could win some fantastic prizes. As we say, it can be one of the social occasions of the year. Tempted? Let yourself go!!!!!
Rebel Óg East
Shortages and absentees from what is already a tight enough panel anyway and results can go seriously awry. As what happened when losing out heavily to Cobh in the under sixteen B hurling leagues. Game played at Ballynoe on Wednesday evening, August 17th last.
Scorers: D Galvin (1-00), E Davis (0-02), B O’Brien and K Barry (0-01 each).
Team: E Sheehan, A Leahy, E O’Riordan, J Duncan, B McKee, B O’Brien, S Kelleher, Al Long, G England, J McGuckian, E Davis, J Hayes, C Dineen, A O’Brien, K Barry. Also J O’Keeffe and D Galvin. Referee: Jim Hennessy (Kiltha Óg).
While behind at 2-03 to 1-03 at the break and the Saints eventually lost out when this under twelve A hurling league tie went ahead at Lisgoold on Saturday last at 12 midday. Final score was 2-09 to 1-04.
Scorers: F O’Connell (1-00), G O’Brien (0-02), S Cotter and D Temple (0-01 each).
Team: Shane Cotter, Kyle Wallace, Nathan Sheehan, Sean O’Donoghue, Gearoid O’Brien, Oisin Fitzgerald, Ben O’Connor, Stephen Cotter, Jaimie Pratt, Fionn O’Connell, Adam O’Donnell, Denis Temple, James O’Callaghan. Subs: Cathal Sheehan for Adam O’Donnell, James Mulcahy for James O’Callaghan. Also Cathal McAuliffe and Colum Feeney.
Referee: Padraig Kearney (Killeagh).
Championship match in Ballynoe
Youghal proved too strong for Erin’s Own in the quarter-final of the East Cork junior B hurling champonship when played at a sparsely attended Ballynoe on Saturday evening last. Many thanks to Pat O’Callaghan of Erin’s Own and Youghal’s Eoin Coyne for the timely release of the line outs. Match refereed by James Hennessy of Dungourney. Final score Youghal 2-15 Erin’s Own 0-05.
Sympathy
Our condolences to Pat O’Brien and family of Ballynoe on the sad passing of his brother Michael John, in Ballydehob last week. Also to all the Barry families, Conna and beyond on the sad death that befell them over the weekend. Ar dheis Dé go raibh na h-ainmacha a dhilis.
Fixtures
Adult - Saturday, August 27th at Magner’s Hill, Youghal East Cork Junior A hurling championship final v Sarsfields at 3pm.
Juvenile
Monday, August 29th Rebel Og East under sixteen B football championship second round v Kilmurry (away) at 6.45pm.
Lotto results
Results from the weekly lotto draw held at the Big Tree, Aghern, on Monday night, August 15th last. Numbers drawn were 12, 18, 24 and 26 and the €12,600 jackpot wasn’t won. Consolation winners on the night being Josephine Hurley, Castleview, Conna; Daniel Cullinane c/o PH, Conna, Ballynoe National School Building Fund; Donal Leahy, Curraheen, Conna and Ella Barry, Rathcormac.
Moving on with the results from the most recent draw which was held at the Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night last August 22nd. Numbers drawn were 7, 12, 14 and 29. There was no winner of the €12,800 jackpot. Consolation winners being Catherine Moroney c/o N Moroney; Paul Murphy c/o The Big Tree, Aghern; Josie Hoskins, Bartlemy; Billy O’Connell, Ballynoe and Mary Smith c/o The Big Tree, Aghern. Next draw for a now accumulated €13,000 jackpot will be at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna on Monday night, August 29th.
Rebel Og East minor A hurling championship semi-final - Sliabh Rua 1-17 St Catherines 3-12.
Match played in Mayfield on Monday night last. Report next week.
Sponsor
T ~ A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherine’s GAA Club sponsors.
Thu, Aug 11, 2016 Club News August 11th 2016

Black Saturday
East Cork Oil Sponsored
U21 A hurling
championship semi-final
Aghada 2-11 St Catherines 2-03
Ironically playing their first match in the competition having received a walkover in the previous round and now Aghada are in the divisional decider. Too strong for a subdued Saints challenge when this East Cork U21 A hurling championship semi-final was played in Youghal on Saturday afternoon last. Yet, this was a contest that may not have taken place at all. Surviving a 3.15 inspection for a 4pm throw-in. Such was the severity of a thick mist and descending fog which can frequently effect the top of the hill venue.
It was a third championship victory inflicted by Aghada over the Saints this playing year. Following on wins in both the junior B football and hurling. Aghada are East Cork under twenty-one A football champions. Defeating Glanmire in the final back in mid March. Ironically played in Pairc Naomh Caitrionaigh, but your not comparing like with like as a premier grade now exists in the county under twenty-one hurling championship
Aghada were on top from the start. Led four points without reply to thirteen minutes and again at 0-07 to 0-02 by half-time.
A clever three man move finished with Kevin O`Hanlon scoring their first goal. He duly added a trio of well taken points. Pushing it out to 1-09 to 1-02 to the end of the third quarter. Ian O`Brien the Saints goalscorer, Daniel Creedon scored for Aghada, adding their second goal on fifty one minutes. A probing Luke Beecher delivery was touched to the net by team captain Eoin Condon, for a consolation Saints goal very near the finish. Overall disappointing.
Aghada scorers: K O`Hanlon (1-03), D Creedon (1-00), A Stafford and L O`Connell (0-02 each), C Terry, C O`Driscoll, J O`Donoghue and J Looney (free) (0-01 each).
St Catherine`s team: Cathal Leahy, Philip Keane, Eoin Wallace, Lucas O`Callaghan McCarthy, Shane O`Regan, Shane O`Brien, Kieran Neville, Eoin Condon (team captain), Richard Galvin, Luke Beecher, Brian Davis, Eoin Corcoran, Thomas O`Donnell, Ian O`Brien and Niall O`Regan. Subs: Christopher, O`Donnell for Niall O`Regan (second hallf), John Walsh for Shane O`Brien (44), Ronan Barry for Eoin Corcoran (56). Also on panel: Rory Galvin.
Referee: James `Dingle` Daly (Youghal).
- Underage -
Coiste na Nog Cork County under sixteen B hurling championship semi-final
Kilbree 2-19 St Catherines 2-13
A sterling first half performance when aided by a strong wind stood Western champions Kilbree in good stead. Thus qualifying for the decider following an eventual six point success over the Saints when this Coiste na nÓg Cork county under sixteen B hurling championship semi-final was played in Passage on Saturday evening last. Conditions were that bit better than earlier in Youghal.
Catherine`s were doing alright. An Eoin Davis goal somewhat agaist the run of play had the teams together at 1-01 to 0-04 after eight minutes. He might well have had another. Denied by a smart Jack Murphy save in the Kilbree goal. Points from Davis frees saw the teams still together. Like at 1-02 to 0-05 to twelve minutes and again at 1-03 to 0-06 to the end of the first quarter.
But from there Kilbree inficted serious damage. It was probably the fifteen minutes that decided this championship match. Culprit in chief was the powerful Thomas Tyner at centre forward. Greatly aided by Jaimie Santry at full and between them, picked off points at will. Paul Lyons goaled after twenty minutes. Robert English in response pointing for the Saints. It was 1-14 to 1-04 at half-time, leaving the Saints with a mountain to climb. Though the wind was as strong as ever and would be favouring the team in arrears for the change of ends.
Kibree`s second goal again scored by Lyons was a real killer blow. Santry quickly added a point, his fifth of the hour and by forty minutes the margin stood at 2-16 to 1-07.
With wonderful encouragement from the line, Catherines gamely maintained their challenge. Taking the game to the opposition with bravery, heart and commitment. In fairness they weren`t being daunted by that lopsided scoreline. Midfielder Ben O`Brien was enjoying his most lucrative period of the game, popping over four second half points. Kevin Barry, as he did in the replayed divisional final at Rathcormac the previous Sunday morning, was again on hand with another timely score and when Eoin Davis again added his and the Saints second goal, this match was suddenly in the melting pot. It was now 2-16 to 2-12.
Forty eight minutes elapsed but still loads of time left. For the first time since the opening passages of play a game that looked in the balance. Next score vital! Get it down to three points and anything is possible. Extending the margin to five or maybe more would be fatal. As it was man of the match Tyner added back to back points. Brendan McKee on target for the Saints’ flagging challenge not really able to absorb the loss of three players since the Whitechurch clashes. Fittingly Tyner had the last say, pointing a free right at the death.
Kilbree narrow winners over Kilbrittain in the Rebel Óg West final will now play Whitechurch, conquerors of nothern representatives Banteer, in the county final. It’s in the schedule for this Friday evening. But Whitechurch have a replayed junior football final with Killavullen for that night. So something must give way, or maybe not. Clashing of fixtures mightn’t be a major issue there.
Kilbree are from the little west Cork village of Kilmeen, well known in amatuer dramatic circles. Geographically they are situated roughly halfway between Dunmanway and Clonakilty. Back in June they drew at home with the Saints in the county junior hurling league. St Catherine`s beat them in the 2008 county minor B hurling final.
Kilbree scorers: T Tyner (0-03 frees) (0-01 `65) (0-13), P Lyons (2-00), J Santry (0-05) and D O`Regan (0-01 each).
St Catherines scorers: E Davis (0-5 frees) (2-06), B O`Brien (0-04), R English, K Barry and B McKee (0-01each).
St Catherines team: Eoin Sheehan, Eoghan O`Riordan, Cormac Galvin, Mark Geary, Brendan McKee, Ciaran O`Brien, Shane Kelleher, Gavin England, Ben O`Brien, James Duncan, Robert English, Josh McGuckian, James Hayes, Eoin Davis (captain), Kevin Barry. Subs: Cathal Dineen for James Hayes (34`), Andy Leahy for Mark Geary (56`). Also: Joe O`Keeffe, Darragh Galvin, Evan Philpott, Harry Draper, Owen O`Neill, Adam O`Brien and Aaron Long.
Referee: Tony O`Brien, Ballygarvan.
Best of juvenile news
Rebel Óg East report
Under thirteen A hurling league - round six
St Catherines 1-02 Inniscarra 5-14
An extremely youthful Saints fifteen/too young, were no match for a strong Inniscarra outfit in this round six under thirteen A hurling league tie when played at Ballynoe on Thursday evening last. One game remains, a home fixture with Bride Rovers. It`s a double league with every team playing each other on a home and away basis.
Scorers: D Temple (1-00), F O`Connell and K O`Donoghue (free) (0-01 each).
Team: E Philpott, J O`Callaghan, M Geary, G Leahy, S O`Donoghue, E O`Riordan, D Galvin, B O`Connor, K O`Donoghue, N Sheehan, F O`Connell, D Morris, A O`Donnell, J Pratt, W McAuliffe. Also D Temple and C Bryan.
Referee: Arthur Murphy (Killeagh).
Under eleven football league group one round four
Youghal 2-06 St Catherines 2-02
In effect any mistakes made were incurred in the opening eight or nine minutes of this round four under eleven football league tie. Although in the master plan for Ballynoe by the mutual agreement of both teams was relocated to Magner`s Hill on Friday evening last. The hurling equivalent won by the Saints was played at home on Monday evening, July 11th. It`s called sportsmanship!!!
Catherines, although behind at 1-04 to 1-01 to the break against the group leaders, tightened up considerably as the contest progressed. Diarmuid O`Donovan and especially Sean O`Donoghue provided a master class in defending, were excellent at the back. Confidence soared and the visitors were now coming forward in search of a few much needed scores. A semblance of light appeared. Kian O`Donoghue winning and expertly converting a well placed penalty kick fifteen minutes into a second half of twenty five minutes duration.
In fairness Youghal responded quickly. Sign of a good team. James Murray, son of team coach Vincie, goaling almost straight away. Probably the match winning score. Still the Saints came forward in droves. Oisin Fitzgerald with a cracker of a goal. They might well have had a few more. Liam Durkin defending well. Overall tally now is six points from as many league matches played.
Scorers - K O`Donoghue (1-00 penalty) (1-01), O Fitzgerald (1-00) and D O`Connell (0-01).
Team: C Hayes, S O`Donoghue, C Sheehan, O`Fitzgerald, D O`Donovan, C Pietropaolo, N Sheehan, D Morrison, S Cotter, D O`Connell, K O`Donoghue and C Feeney.
Referee: Home based (very good).
Under eleven hurling league - group one - round seven
Bride Rovers 1-05
St Catherines 2-03
An exciting contest between two evenly matched teams when this round seven under eleven hurling league tie was played in Pyne`s Field in Rathcormac on Wednesday evening, August 3rd last. Catherine`s almost making the perfect start. Denied by a stupendous Frank Flynn stop down low to his left and ball subsequently cleared. Kian O`Donoghue though, forgaging again, lashing in the lead goal on four minutes, key score in keeping the visitors just ahead at 1-01 to 0-02 at half-time.
Parity restored within three minutes of the turnover. Bride Rovers continued to pile on the pressure. Killian Barry a major threat. Catherine`s back in front through a coolly taken Jake Bryan goal. Diarmuid O`Donovan, Nathan Sheehan, Darragh Morrison and Sean O`Donoghue defending as if their lives depended on it. Catherine`s keep the momentum going. A seventh win from eight hurling league matches.
Scorers: K O`Donoghue (0-01free) (1-03) and J Bryan (1-00).
Team: C Leamy, O Fitzgerald, D O`Donovan, S O`Donoghue, C McAuliffe, N Sheehan, C Pietropaolo, D Morrison, D O`Connell, C Sheehan, K O`Donoghue. Also: J Bryan, J Temple, C Hayes, C Feeney, A Bryan, C McCarthy and G O`Callaghan McCarthy.
Referee: Barry Hazelwood (host club).
Under twelve hurling league
Table toppers Lisgoold will play St Catherine`s in the semi-final of the under twelve A hurling league. Killeagh meet Erin`s Own on the other side. Draws made at the most recent board meeting in Nemo Rangers on Tuesday evening August 2nd last, ties set for Saturday, August 20th. Alternative date Friday, August 19th.
Lotto
Being a bank holiday last week’s lotto draw was held over until Tuesday night, August 2nd at The Plough, Curraglass. Numbers drawn were 10, 12, 25 and 27 and the jackpot of €12,200 wasn`t won. Consolation winners being Pa and Mary Rumley, Ballyknock, Ballynoe; Maura Lyons c/o Liz Cullinane, Ballynoe; Paddy Williams c/o Kals; Angela Byrne, Knockmourn, Conna and Patrick Moroney c/o Kal`s.
Sponsor
T~A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
Thu, Jul 28, 2016 Club News July 28th 2016

Good win for St Catherines in East Cork Oil sponsored U21 A hurling championship quarter final
St Catherine’s 1-13
Watergrasshill 1-12
Seemingly well on control through the early exchanges. Yet the saints had to survive a surging opposition rally. Winning this divisional under twenty one A hurling championship quarter-final by the slimmest of margins. In the fixture list for Castlelyons it was relocated during the week. Eventually played in Lisgoold at 12pm on Sunday last.
Three Rory Galvin points without reply including a brace from placed balls and all inside the opening two and a half minutes were helping the saints to settle their cause further boosted when unexpectedly the sliotar broke free around the ‘Hill goal. John Walsh bravely forcing the ball over the line and a lead of 1-03 to 0-01 attained after twelve minutes. Pearse Moloney responded with Watergrasshill’s only score from play through the opening thirty minutes.
Numerous attacks were repelled with Eoin Wallace, Shane O’Brien and Kieran Neville very solid in the Catherines rearguard. Behind them Cathal Leahy was cool under pressure between the posts. Reflexes sharp. Handling solid. Clearances lengthy and puckouts well placed. Favoured by the conditions and with a strong breeze at their backs the Saints drove on. Six unanswered points ensued most notably well taken efforts from Brian Davis and Ian O’Brien in turn. Half-time Catherines ahead on a 1-09 to 0-02 scoreline.
A lengthy stoppage following an injury picked up by ’Hill team captain Shane O’Riordan held play up at the start of the turnover. A reassuring Richard Galvin point opened the scoring and extended the lead at the start of the second half hour. As both teams clearly struggled when playing with the advantage of the stiffish breeze. For instance Watergrasshill were off target with their opening five attacks on the change of ends. But back to back points preceded their goal finished off by Seamus Curtin. Margin now trimmed to five points at 1-10 to 1-05 to forty minutes and it’s game on!!!!
Shane O’Brien from a free and Niall O’Regan tallied welcome and vital points as the opposition were mounting an increasing wave of attacks. Dylan McCarthy was on target as was the very good Denis O’Farrell. Then Ciarán Spriggs found the range as did Aaron Ricken from a well struck free. Margin trimmed to a point and after almost six minutes of stoppage time suddenly it was over.
Look it was a bit like the minor. Shooting was often poor. Wides tally mounted to seventeen including eleven alone in the first half. But that can all be worked on while a stronger panel should be available. With a good few players to come back. The important thing here was to get the win against a ’Hill team reigning holders of this rejigged under twenty one grade. All A grade teams now playing in the newly introduced county premier championship with their place taken by existing B teams for the division of under twenty one A championship. Confused? Forget it. Just get on with it!!!
Watergrasshill scorers: D McCarthy (0-03 frees) (0-06), S Curtin (1-02), D O’Farrell and P Moloney (0-01 free), (0-02 each), A Spriggs and A Ricken (free) (0-01 each).
St Catherines scorers: R Galvin (0-05 frees) (0-08), J Walsh (1-00), B Davis, I O’Brien, RD Galvin, N O’Regan and S O’Brien (free) (0-01 each).
St Catherines team: C Leahy, P Keane, E Wallace, L O’Callaghan, McCarthy, B Davis, S O’Brien, K Neville, E Condon (team captain), Rd Galvin, L Beecher, R Galvin, N O’Regan, J Walsh, I O’Brien, E Corcoran. Sub: R Barry. Referee: Niall Barrett (Carrigtwohill).
Rebel Óg East under sixteen B hurling championship semi-final
St Catherines 4-12 Aghada 3-10
Chances are by the time you read this weekly review that the Saints will have played in the regional decider. Overcoming the challenge of a tenacious Aghada outfit by a well merited five point margin when this Rebel Óg East under sixteen B hurling championship semi-final was played in near tropical conditions at Castlemartyr on Monday evening July 18th last.
That said the opposition were making the better start. A Jamie O’Hanlon goal had them four points to the good at 1-03 to 0-02 after eight minutes. A significant positional switch of great benefit to a mounting Saints challenge. An ominous Adam O’Brien delivery forced over the line by James Duncan now figuring up front in a direct exchange with Ciaran O’Brien.
A rare sight as referee James Daly allowed a brief stoppage for water intake right on the quarter hour. Such was the heat and hinted at beforehand. Catherine’s cause further boosted. Owen O’Neill goaling after twenty nine minutes and enough to establish a narrow two point lead on a half-time scoreline of 2-05 to 1-06.
Whereas there may be a hint of good fortune about those first half goals. But certainly there was no luck about what followed early on the turnover. A delightful deft touch by Eoin Davis, a thing of beauty picks out the pacy Robert English and on the run billows the net from close range. Elation hadn’t died down when this time English turned provider. His was the key pass. Davis finishing with a cracking strike. Key moments of a well attended match. Score at 4-06 to 1-07. Just four minutes elapsed in the second half. Catherines in a good place Craig Hogan with one of the scores of the match. Goaling on fifty minutes. But on this occasion a score of a consolation nature. Catherines into the Rebel Óg East final against Whitechurch and scheduled for Rathcormac on Monday night last, July 25th.
Scorers: E Davis (0-4 frees) (0-02 ‘65s) (1-08), O O’Neill (1-03), J Duncan and E English (1-00 each) and A Long (0-01).
Team: E Sheehan, E O’Riordan, C Galvin, J Duncan, B McKee, B O’Brien, S Kelleher, A Long, O O’Neill, C O’Brien, R English, A O’Brien, K Barry, E Davis and G England. Subs: J McGuckian for G England (24’), J Hayes, for J Duncan (second half). Also C England, M Geary, C Dineen, A Leahy, D Galvin and H Draper. Referee: James Daly (Youghal).
Fixtures
Thursday, July 28th at Castleyons junior B hurling championship second round v Erin’s Own at 7.30pm.
Saturday, July 20th at Youghal junior A hurling championship quarter-final v Midleton at 7pm.
Camogie
St Catherines overcame the challenge of Inniscarra when the first round tie in the SE Systems senior camogie championship was played at Castle Road in Mahon on Sunday evening last. Laura Hayes goal separated the teams at the break with the saints just ahead on a 1-6 to 0-06 scoreline. Prolific point scoring from both Orla Cotter and Finola Neville extended the margin to four points when three minutes into injury time Inniscarra goaled a penalty. Catherines advancing with a score of 1-16 to 2-12.
Conna Festival
Hopefully the weather stays sound for the Conna Festival scheduled to start this forthcoming Friday evening. Highlight being the 1916 battle re-enactment on the Sunday. Best of luck to all there with the undertaking.
Late news from Monday night last
Result from Monday night July 25th
Rebel Óg East under sixteen B hurling championship final
St Catherine’s 2-10
Whitechurch 1-13
Replay Sunday, July 31st at 12 noon venue TBC, reports on both games next week.
Lotto
Lotto results from the most recent draw which was held at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna also on Monday night last, July 25th. Numbers drawn were 11, 12, 23 and 29. There was no winner of the €12,000 accumulated jackpot. While the consolation winners were Patricia Moroney c/o Kals, Breeda Cotter, phone no, supplied, Finola Neville, Ballynoe, Paudie and Breeda Galvin, Lacken and Catherine Cody and Sean Dough c/o Pat Clancy.
Being a bank holiday next draw for a jackpot of €12,200 will be at The Plough, Curraglass on Tuesday night, August 2nd.
Sponsor
T~A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
Thu, Jul 21, 2016 Club News July 21st 2016

Dave Hoare RIP
For St Catherines a week overshadowed with the sad death of Dave Hoare. After an illness borne bravely. Coming as it did just seventeen months after his brother Dan, then president of the Cork GAA County Board, passed away in early February of last year. He was predeceased by his wife, Eilo and our sympathy goes to the Hoare and O’Connor families.
Dave was a larger than life figure, simply because he took an interest and was involved in so many organisations parochially. He had a great interest in the plays and took part in many over the years. He would go on the circuit with Conna Amateur Dramatic Society and did so right up to recent times. He was an avid poker player and regularly attended 45 sessions. Most notably in Glenville, Rathcormac and Ballynoe. In a parish steeped in horse racing tradition and over the years was on the Ballynoe Point-to-Point committee. It had to be National Hunt for Dave and eagerly looked forward to and regularly attended the Galway mid-summer races. Ironically the scene - “Galway next week, Dave”, “Fancy anything” Dave wouldn’t have that long of a reply. “Back weld” was his quick retort. The week long harvest festival in Listowel in mid September another favourite haunt.
But even all these events would have to take a back seat to his love for and involvement in his beloved St Catherines GAA Club. Serving as secretary from 1965 to 1971 and again from 1972 to 1985. Assuming the role of chairman in November of 1996. Serving a six year term through to the autumn of 2002. He was an able administrator and wonderful fundraiser. Most notably for the club’s weekly lotto draw and the night at the dogs. He was the chief negotiator in the laying of the newly installed tarmacadam surface only installed just inside the main gate in May of this year. The last time we saw Dave in the pitch was for Lá na gClub on the June bank holiday Monday.
He served for ten years as development/cultural officer of the East Cork Board and for the past twenty years or so was an active member of the Scor committee both at divisional and county level. Dave passed away on Wednesday morning, July 13th. Buried in Conna Cemetery last Friday, very close to his eightieth birthday. These are just a few highlights when it settles down we will look at his life in greater detail. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.
Lotto results
Results from the most recent lotto draw held at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna, on Monday night last, July 18th. Numbers drawn were 1, 7, 27 and 29. There was no winner of the €11,800 jackpot. Consolation winners were Joe Morrison, Conna; B Byrne, Aghern; Oisin, Satires ages Aine O’Farrell, Lacken, David Lonergan and Ian Hegarty, Ballymonteen, Ballynoe. Next draw for an accumulated €12,000 jackpot will be at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna on Monday night, July 25th.
Matches played
County junior hurling league, section one, round four
Banteer 3-20 St Catherines 1-26
What a contest, a truly absorbing tussle between two clearly well matched teams. Score after score a total of fifty in all. An average of one almost every seventy seconds. Imagine scoring 1-26 in just over sixty four minutes of play and still not winning. In contrast there is the concession of 3-20 and still ending up with a share of the spoils. If you were in Banteer on Sunday morning last for this round four county junior hurling league tie chances are you’ll remember it for awhile. If not you can only imagine what it was like. it was a contest which saw the teams level on twelve occasions. Unquestionably as the cliche goes a draw was a fair result. It now brings the Saints tally to six points from four matches in this particular competition.
Threatening full forward Denis Roche goalded for the home based team after twelve minutes. But three minutes later Brian Davis brought the best out of net minder Kevin Roche, brother of the goalscorer, only for Brian Mulcahy to expertly first time the breaking ball to the net. Ushering the saints into the lead for the first time at 1-07 to 1-05 right at the end of the first quarter. Two goals in as many minutes had Banteer ahead again. Only for the expert free taking of Shane O’Brien to trim the margin right down to the minimum one point. Score standing at 3-09 to 1-14 at half-time.
Brian Mulcahy levelled it up again within seconds of the restart. Indeed we were stretched to the limit to accurately follow what was going on. Such was the freakish nature of the scoring. Catherines ahead for the first time in the second half. Score at 1-22 to 3-15 following an excellent Daniel Mangan point on fifty minutes. Each team had their chances coming up to the end of a hectic finish. But couldn’t be separated when it counted. few could complain at the sound of the full-time whistle.
Scorers: S O’Brien (0-05 frees) (0-03 65’s), (0-11), B Mulcahy (1-07), D Mangan (0-06), C Kearney and B Davis (0-01 each).
Team: E Aherne, W Walsh, S Fitzgerald, K Neville, J Neville, P Roche, S Kearney, M Mulcahy, E Condon, R Galvin, B Mulcahy, D Mangan, B Davis, S O’Brien, C Kearney. Subs: T O’Donnell for W Walsh (36’), J Casey for R Galvin (44’). Also on panel: J Mulcahy, P O’Connor and R Clancy.
Referee: Ciarán O’Regan (Ballyhea).
Rebel Óg East report
Rebel Óg East Minor A hurling championship –
quarter-final
St Catherine’s 1-13
Courcey Rovers 0-10
League games in both codes aside and the Saints record against this particular team in matches of consequence particularly in the last year or two hasn’t been great but this result should go some way to rectifying the situation. Recording a well earned and deserved six point success over Courcey Rovers in this Rebel Óg East minor A hurling championship quarter final, played in Ballynoe on Wednesday evening, July 13th last. Courceys had defeated Tracton by an eight point margin in a preliminary round the previous Saturday evening.
They had the opening score here too. Midfielder Cathal Maguire pointing them ahead after five minutes. But two minutes later were punished in the extreme. Dithering and inability to clear their lines saw Owen O’Neill whip the sliotar first time through a beleagered Courcey’s defence for the game’s only goal, crucial score of the match and the Saints into a lead they never looked like losing ahead at 1-02 to 0-02 on the fifteen minutes and the Saints went on to dominate the second quarter. Indeed three points without reply in as minutes approaching the break now had the home based team in a very strong position. Ahead on a scoreline of 1-09 to 0-05, favourable conditions to come and seemingly well in control.
Third quarter points from Thomas O’Donnell, Richard Galvin and Ben O’Brien nullified the threat of an impending comeback, though the shooting from there to the end wasn’t great. Catherine’s recording eleven second half wides and seventeen in all. Failing to score at all through the fourth and final quarter. Courcey’s plugged away and mainly through Richard Sweetman and Brendan Ryan although failing to bag that much required goal were both involved without reply in the final four scores of the match. Do you know what it might be no harm at all knowing improvement will be sought before facing Sliabh Rua in the semi-final, scheduled for the end of August.
Scorers: O O’Neill (1-01), R Galvin (0-03 frees) (0-01 ’65) (0-04), B O’Brien and RD Galvin (0-03 each), K English and T O’Donnell (0-01 each).
Team: E Davis, P Keane, E Wallace, K geary, S O’Regan, C Galvin, K Neville, T O’Donnell, RD Galvin, L Beecher, N O’Regan, B O’Brien, O O’Neill, R Galvin (team captain), K English. Subs: R English for S O’Regan (6), A Long for N O’Regan (43), A O’Brien for O O’Neill (53). Also on panel: N O’Callaghan, J O’Brien, C Hickey and B McKee. Referee: Ger Scully (Killeagh).
Under 11 hurling league – group one round nine
St Catherines 4-04 Youghal 2-03
A sixth win from seven outings is now the tally following this well earned eventual seven point victory over a gallant Youghal outfit, when this round nine under eleven hurling league tie was played in Ballynoe on Monday evening, July 11th last Sean O’Donoghue had the Saints off to the start required. With the games first point and lead score as early as the second minute a blistering Nathan Sheehan strike from far out ended up in the net extending the lead after ten minutes!
But Youghal were sticking in there, they threatened on numerous occasions but Oisín Fitzgerald at the back and Darragh Morrison dropping deep to keep his defence repel most attacks.
A brace of Cathal Sheehan second half goals to which Kian O’Donoghue added the point and score of the match secured the win over a Youghal team in which coach Vincie Murray tells us PJ McCarthy, Niall Baylor, James Murray and Bobby Nicholson played well.
Scorers: C Sheehan (2-00), K O’Donoghue (1-00 free) (1-03), N Sheehan (1-00) and S O’Donoghue (0-01).
Team: C Leamy, O’Fitzgerald, C Hayes, D O’Donovan, S O’Donoghue, E O’Driscoll, N Sheehan, K O’Donoghue, D Morrison, J Bryan, S Cotter, C Sheehan; also A Bryan. Referee: Pat Fitzgerald (home club).
Under eleven football league group one – round five
St Catherines 3-08 Kiltha Óg 2-03
St Catherine’s were completing the double over Kiltha Óg and in the process their haul of six points from five games played following this under eleven football league round five tie when played in drab conditions at Ballynoe on Friday evening last.
It was a very evenly fought opening half. Nathan Sheehan with the goalkeeping the Saints to shade it at 1-01 to 0-03 at halftime. In fairness they might have had a few more scores. But Odhrán Sweetnam couldn’t be beaten in the opposition goal.
It was 1-06 to 1-03 for the home team when the key score arrived. Ciaran Leamy, who registered a brace of well taken second half points, with the key delivery flashed to the net by the ideally placed and alert Darragh Morrisson. Also Shane Cotter, Oisín Fitzgerald and Kian O’Donoghue found the target in overcoming a Kiltha side who apart from the goalkeeper had prominent players in Charlie O’Neill and Ewan Wimpenny. They are coached by Eddie Geaney himself winning county medals with Catherines over twenty years ago.
Scorers: D Morrison (2-01), N Sheehan (1-00), S Cotter and C Leamy (0-02 each), K O’Donoghue, C Hayes and O Fitzgerald (0-01 each).
Team: D O’Donovan, S O’Donoghue, C Sheehan, O Fitzgerald, E O’Driscoll, N Sheehan, D Morrison, K O’Donoghue, C Hayes, C Leamy, S Cotter. Also J Bryan, C Dunning, C McCarthy, A Bryan and G O’Callaghan McCarthy. Referee: Pat Fitzgerald (home club).
Fixtures
Juvenile Tonight (Thursday) July 21st Under fourteen B hurling league section two round five v Castlelyons (away) at 7.30pm.
Adult
Sunday, July 24th at Castleyons under twenty one A hurling championship quarter-final v Watergrasshill at 12 noon.
Intercounty
Cork must now play Donegal in the next round of football qualifiers, on in Croke Park on the afternoon of Saturday, July 30th. Rapid improvement is needed. But one feels they are not without hope.
Sponsor
T~A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherine’s GAA club sponsors.
Thu, Aug 04, 2016 Club News August 4th 2016

Mixed Fortunes from a Quintet of Championship Matches.
East Cork Oil Sponsored East Cork Junior A Hurling Championship Quarter Final.
St Catherines 1-19 Midleton 0-08.
There wasn’t even a hint of uncomfortability from this divisional junior A hurling championship quarter-final played in Lisgoold on Saturday evening last. Daniel Mangan at the second attempt scored the vital goal and the Saints were making the perfect start on four minutes. Seven points without reply ensued. With a sweet passing move initiated by Stephen O’Brien out of defence to Shane Cotter, who in turn picked out Patrick Roche finishing with Matthew Mulcahy was a real class point, making it 1-04 to 0-01 after eleven minutes. Onto 1-08 to 0-01 nine minutes later. There was a slight scare when following a foul on Aonghus Cotter; reliable free taker Luke Finnerty pointed the resultant penalty. It was 1-11 to 0-03 by half time.
Liam O’Connor and Brian Mulcahy were among the scorers following the change of ends. Making it 1-16 to 0-06 to forty five minutes and already a one sided championship match was beginning to peter out.
Catherines began to empty the bench prompto and one of those substitutes Pádraig O’Connor found the range. Eoin Condon pointed just before the finish, bringing to nine the number of Saints players registering on the scorer’s chart.
Midleton Scorers: W O’Brien (0-05 frees), L Finnerty (0-01 free) (0-01 penalty) (0-02) and J Costigan (0-01).
St Catherines Scorers: D Mangan (1-03), S O’Brien (0-03 frees) (0-04), M Mulcahy and P Roche (0-03 each), B Mulcahy (0-02), R Galvin, L O’Connor, P O’Connor and E Condon (0-01 each).
Team: E Aherne, Stephen O’Brien, S Fitzgerald, E Kenneally, C Hegarty, S Cotter, S Kearney, E Condon, L O’Connor (captain), M Mulcahy, B Mulcahy, D Mangan, R Galvin, Shane O’Brien and P Roche.
Subs: P O’Connor for M Mulcahy (Temp - 42’), P O’Connor for Shane O’Brien (47’), J Neville for P Roche (49’), C Kearney for R Galvin (50’), R Clancy for S Fitzgerald (50’) and K Neville for Stephen O’Brien (56’). Also C Leahy, B Davis, T O’Donnell, J Mulcahy, J Casey and L O’Callaghan McCarthy.
Referee: Jim Hennessy (Dungourney).
East Cork Oil Sponsored Junior B Hurling Championship Second Round.
Erins Own 1-15 St Catherines 0-13.
A sound and reliable performance from the Saints just came up a tad short. Ronan Clancy playing his first match for a while and Jim Lane at left corner back mopped up a lot of loose ball. In the centre Pa Roche reliable with the free taking. His half dozen successive points from placed balls ushering the Saints into a 0-06 to 0-05 lead on twenty five minutes when this divisional junior B hurling championship second round tie was played in Castlelyons on Thursday evening last. Minor Thomas O’Donnell registered the teams first score from open play. John Mulcahy named at corner back, but lining out in the half forward line quickly added another. Still ahead by the minimum one point, score standing at 0-08 to 0-07 by half time.
A similar scenario on the turnover with two evenly matches teams locked in further deadlock, including at 0-11 each to forty-nine minutes. It was obvious watching from the sideline that a goal would be crucial to the destination of this championship match. It duly arrived with the opposition the beneficiaries. Probably finished off by Calvin O’Callaghan on fifty minutes. Substitute Luke Beecher pointed twice as the Saints tried their utmost to claw back a now two-point deficit. But Diarmuid Ryng and Paul Ryan had the final say. Erins Own move on. Advancing on a final scoreline in their favour standing at 1-15 to 0-13.
Scorers: P Roche (0-07 frees) (0-01 65’) (0-09), L Beecher (0-02), T O’Donnell and J Mulcahy (0-01 each).
Team: Cathal Leahy, Dave Wallace, Denis Lane, Jim Lane, Ronan Clancy, Patrick Roche (captain), Kieran Neville, Peter Ryan, Brian Davis, Shane Walsh, John Mulcahy, Thomas O’Donnell, John Casey, Laurence O’Connor and Noel O’Brien.
Subs: Luke Beecher for Shane Walsh (second half), Eoin Corcoran for Laurence O’Connor (48’), Ian O’Brien for Noel O’Brien (53’).
Also: Mark Walsh, David O’Connor, Kevin Mangan, Lucas O’Callaghan McCarthy, Chris O’Donnell and Colm Ahern. Referee: Dominic Rooney (Carrigtwohill).
Rebel Óg East Report.
U16 B Hurling Championship Final Replay.
St Catherines 1-12 Whitechurch 1-10.
Anyone coming through the gates at 12 noon in Rathcormac on Sunday last for the Rebel Óg East U16 B hurling championship final replay could have been mildly confused. St Catherines and Whitechurch by rule wearing change strip due to a clash of colours. Whitechurch recording five wides from their opening attacks, punished when Eoin Davis goaled at the other side. Owen O’Neill added a point from an exquisitely taken sideline cut. But the opposition settled down and favoured by the conditions rattled off eight points without reply to lead at 0-08 to 1-02 by the break. Remarkably similar scoreline to the first night. A few positional switches worked a treat. Ben O’Brien now at midfield drilled over a hat-trick of points. Parity restored within six minutes of the turnover. But Whitechurch were back in front when a lengthy Jason O’Riordan delivery was first timed to the net from a timely Fionn Brickley touch. Making it 1-09 to 1-06 to thirty nine minutes. But the Saints kept at it. Cormac Galvin, Brendan McKee and Ciaran O’Brien were excellent at the back. Tying up the issue once more. Eoin Davis pointing a 65’ late on. With the clock winding down and the possibility of extra time looming large, the excellent O’Brien had the Saints in front right on the sixty minutes. Kevin Barry adding a sweetener right at the death. Seán Twohig vice chairman Rebel Óg East presented the winning cup to captain Eoin Davis. Many thanks to the Bride Rovers club and the Rathcormac pitch for hosting both matches. At a time when other clubs wouldn’t let you inside the gate. It’s only right they be complemented. Expect the Saints to play in the County possibly this upcoming weekend.
Scorers: E Davis (0-03 65’s) (0-02 frees) (1-05), B O’Brien (0-05), K Barry and O O’Neill (sideline cut) (0-01 each).
Team: E Sheehan, E O’Riordan, C Galvin, C O’Brien, B McKee, B O’Brien, S Kelleher, O O’Neill, A Long, G England, R English, A O’Brien, K Barry, E Davis (capt) and J McGuckian.
Sub: C Dinneen for A O’Brien (56’). Referee: Mark Murphy (Bride Rovers).
U16 B Hurling Championship Final.
St Catherines 2-10 Whitechurch 1-13.
A late Ben O’Brien goal to which he duly added the equalising point, were the scores which rescued the Saints, forcing the draw from this Rebel Óg East U16 B hurling championship final, when played at Rathcormac on Monday evening July 25th last. Centre forward Jason O’Riordan was in irrepressible form for the opposition firing over seven first half points including half a dozen without reply and eleven in total. Free taking par excellence. Whitechurch ahead at 0-08 to 0-02 to the break. Catherines beginning to make inroads early on the turnover. Eoin Davis deadly in the finish taking his goal with aplomb. A recovery dented when amongst a plethora of players, team captain Peter Cronin was credited with the Whitechurch goal. Still six points to the good at 1-10 to 1-04 now fourteen minutes into the second half.
Slightly favoured by an ever diminishing breeze and the Saints were sticking to their task. Robert English who supplied the key pass for the goal pointed a beauty. So too did Gavin England. Still on twenty-nine minutes the Saints were still four points behind. Then came Ben O’Brien’s goal. With the equalising point coming on sixty three minutes, with the length of time added on fully justified, following a lengthy stoppage Whitechurch wing forward Ronan Murphy running into trouble early on the turnover.
Whitechurch Scorers: J O’Riordan (0-08 frees) (0-02 65’s) (0-11), P Cronin (1-00), J McGrath and R Murphy (0-01 each).
St Catherines Scorers: E Davis (0-03 frees) (1-06), B O’Brien (1-02), G England and R English (0-01 each).
St Catherines Team: E Sheehan, S Kelleher, C Galvin, J Duncan, B McKee, B O’Brien, C O’Brien, O O’Neill, A Long, G England, E Davis (captain), A O’Brien, K Barry, R English and J McGuckian.
Subs: C Dinneen for A O’Brien (56’), A Leahy for J Duncan (58’).
Referee: Pa Beausang (Midleton).
Minor B Football Championship Round One.
Kiltha Óg 0-15 St Catherines 2-08.
A brave and committed Saints effort only just came unstuck. Losing this minor B football championship first round tie by the slimmest of margins, when played at Castlemartyr on Wednesday evening July 27th last. Kiltha were having the best of it through the opening exchanges. Mike Kelly contributing most of the scores. That said eye-catching snappy play involving Richard Galvin and Jack O’Brien finished with Niall O’Regan popping over the point of the first half. At the end of which it was 0-07 to 0-04 for the home based team at the break. Catherines ahead for the first time in a contest where both teams were minus a full quantity of players before games end. A surging defence splitting run from Philip Keane now at centre forward, finished with team captain Thomas O’Donnell now on for the second half, goaling from close range. Catherines now much more prominent. Midfielder Rory Galvin, both from frees and general play pointing some marvellous scores. Quickly the pain of a penalty miss eroded when another substitute Conor Hickey added a second Saints goal. Galvin again shortly afterwards adding another point from a free kick, making it 2-08 to 0--10 to fifty one minutes. But credit Kiltha too. Bit by bit point by point they clawed back the deficit. Ciaran Newlands tying it all up for the fourth time, before reliable place kicker Joseph Stack kicked the winning point on sixty-five minutes. Good game. Pity there had to be a loser.
Scorers: R Galvin (0-04 frees) (0-06), T O’Donnell and C Hickey (1-00 each) and N O’Regan (0-02).
Team: Owen O’Neill, Ben O’Brien, Niall O’Callaghan, Aaron Long, Kieran Neville, Cormac Galvin, Eoin Wallace, Rory Galvin, Richard Galvin, Luke Beecher, Jack O’Brien, Philip Keane, Eoin Davis, Niall O’Regan and Kieran English.
Subs: Robert English for Eoin Wallace (2’), Thomas O’Donnell (captain) for Eoin Davis (second half), Conor Hickey for Kieran English (35’), Adam O’Brien for Niall O’Callaghan (59’).
Also: Brendan McKee, Kevin Geary and Shane O’Regan.
Referee: James Daly (Youghal).
U13 A Hurling League Round Seven.
Whitechurch v St Catherines.
It was the home team who ran out comprehensive victors of this round seven U13 A hurling league tie when played in Whitechurch on Thursday evening last.
Team: E Philpott, D Galvin, M Geary, J O’Callaghan, K Wallace, G O’Brien, S Cotter, W Leamy, C England, S O’Donoghue, B O’Connor, G Leahy, K O’Donoghue, C Dineen (0-02) and W McAuliffe. Also D Morrison (J O’Callaghan) and F O’Connell (K O`Donoghue). Referee: Warren McCarthy.
Challenge Match.
St Catherines recorded a victory on an end scoreline of 1-08 to 1-03 in an U12 hurling challenge played in Kilworth on Friday evening last.
Fixtures.
Rebel Óg East - Tonight (Thursday) August 4th - U13 A Hurling League Round Six v Inniscarra in Ballynoe at 7.15pm.
Friday August 5th - U11 Football League - Group One - Round Four v Youghal (away) at 7pm.
Adult.
Saturday August 6th - U21 A Hurling Championship Semi-Final v Aghada at 4pm. Venue TBC. Fixture provisional.
Intercounty.
Cork’s intercounty woes continued with defeat to Donegal in the final round of senior football qualifiers at Croke Park on Saturday afternoon last. Over to you now ladies!!!
Get Well.
Can we wish Castlelyons GAA club chairman John Healy a speedy recovery from his recent injury.
Lotto Results.
Being a Bank Holiday this week’s lotto draw was held over until Tuesday night last August 2nd at The Plough, Curraglass.
Cork GAA Clubs Draw.
Congratulations to Paddy Tierney, on a St Catherines ticket winner of a Skoda Rapid or €17,500 in the July Cork GAA clubs draw held recently at Naomh Abán. He also won €150 in the last draw held in the Catherines clubrooms last month. Paddy Tierney was a good friend of the late Dan Hoare.
Sponsors.
T ~ A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA club sponsors.
Thu, Jul 07, 2016 Club news July 7th 2016
St Catherines GAA
Cork GAA Clubs draw hosted by St Catherines
As chairman Tom Morrison aptly put it at the outset the staging of the Cork GAA Clubs draw on Friday evening last was in honour of the late Dan Hoare. Adding that he never forgot his roots and remained a proud St Catherines man wherever he was on life’s journey. He served his club county and province well and sat in on a number of sub committees at headquarters. Dan Hoare was elected president of the Cork GAA County Board at the convention held at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday, December 14th 2014. But unfortunately illness took hold, passing away less than two months later in early February 2015. There is no doubt that over the years Dick Morrison, treasurer and Dave Hoare did Trojan work throughout the parish and beyond as promoters of the Cork GAA Clubs draw. Ger Lane, chairman of the board, was delighted to be present and thanked the club for their promotion of a draw which treasurer and promoter Pearse Murphy told us was now in its twenty fifth year. In an emotional delivery to those present Ger wished his lifelong friend Dave Hoare currently hospitalised, a heartfelt get-well message. Also present on the night were vice chairperson Tracy Kennedy, development officer Richard Murphy and Norma Nagle draw staff. Draw performed by ex Catherines chairman Kevin Galvin and U15 player Eoin Sheehan. First prize of €12,000 in cash was won by Ethna Kennon of Ballsbridge in Dublin. While Paddy Tierney a very good friend of the late Dan was the recipient of €150 in the divisional draw confined to Imokilly. Draw was completed in record time while the July draw coming up at the end of the month will be at Naomh Abán.
Dogs
Can we remind you once again that the major fundraiser for the year of “A night at the dogs” will now be held at Youghal Greyhound Track on Friday night, September 2nd starting at 8pm.
Lotto Results Update
Lotto results from the draw staged at The Plough bar, Curraglass on Monday night, June 27th last. Numbers drawn were 14, 18, 19 and 25. There was no winner of the €11,200 jackpot. Consolation winners on the night being: Pat Lee, c/o The Big Tree, Aghern; Julie Donnelly, Glenreigh, Ballynoe; Margaret Walsh, c/o Kals, Conna; Noel Kielthy, Glentrasna, Ballynoe and Aisling Cotter, Ballynoe. Moving on with the results from the most recent draw, which was held at McAuliffe’s Bar, Ballynoe on Monday night last July 4th. Numbers drawn were 4, 12, 17 and 21 and the jackpot of €11,400 wasn’t won. Consolation winners were C+W, c/o Mcs, D+L Winacre Stables; Mike Burke, Kilcronat, Ballynoe; Eileen Roche, Curraglass and Margaret O’Regan, Cullenagh, Ballynoe. Next draw now for an accumulated jackpot of €11,600 is at The Big Tree, Aghern on Monday night July 11th.
County Teams
Lets call it as we see it. There were two major influences on the Cork/Dublin match at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday evening last. An All-Ireland senior hurling qualifier played in front of almost eleven thousand paying customers. Chris Crummey’s dismissal on the half hour, allied to the aforementioned venue. Picture the alternative, Dublin with fifteen players in Parnell Park, same result. Not so sure now are we? Anyway it was a victory, which covered over an exceedingly disappointing week at championship level. Five matches played, four lost.
Now the footballers play Limerick, with Cork playing Wexford and Clare meeting Limerick in round two of the hurling qualifiers. Wouldn’t a triple-header in Thurles next Saturday afternoon and evening make a lot of sense? However can we say that what we witnessed between 4.50 and 5.25pm in Croke Park on Sunday evening last quickly erases any good feeling attained from winning a qualifying match. It seems now they’re just sizing you up through the opening exchanges. Even quite happy to be behind at the break. No panic. Then devour you as cat food for the remainder of the game. An awesome second half performance from Kilkenny. Looking on from outside and a series of disasters at administrative level, wrong scores recorded, too many subs used. Both matches having to be played again. Perfect goals not being allowed. The whole thing must sharpen up.
Adult club matches played
East Cork Junior Hurling League - Division One Round Nine
St Catherines 1-13 Lisgoold 0-11
St Catherines made an impressive start to this divisional junior hurling league division one round nine tie played in sunny conditions at Ballynoe on Wednesday evening, June 29th last. Shooting into a five-point lead on a 0-07 to 0-02 scoreline to the end of the first quarter. Back in the junior A football championship clash between the teams under lights in mid March won by the Saints on a 2-06 to 0-10 scoreline. John Cashman scoring all bar one of the opposition’s points. Surpassing that achievement here, his scoring power reducing the margin to three points at 0-08 to 0-05 when with James Neville involved in the initial move full forward Rory Galvin finished off the Saints and the game’s only goal after twenty eight minutes and a half time lead attained on a scoreline of 1-08 to 0-06.
They struggled to build on that slender advantage. But after resisting some intense Lisgoold pressure when with Cashman on fire saw the gap cut to two points at 1-10 to 0-11 to fifty one minutes, finished strongly. Well taken points from Daniel Mangan, Brian Davis and Brian Mulcahy in turn confirming a five point win at the finish.
Lisgoold scorer: J Cashman (0-08 frees) (0-11).
St Catherines scorers: R Galvin (0-01 free) (1-03), D Mangan and B Mulcahy (0-04 each), J Neville and B Davis (0-01 each).
St Catherines team: C Leahy, Stephen O’Brien, L O’Connor, E Kenneally, C Hegarty, E Condon, S Kearney, T O’Donnell, B Davis, L O’Callaghan McCarthy, B Mulcahy, D Mangan, M Mulcahy, R Galvin and J Neville. Sub: J Mulcahy for C Hegarty (49’). Referee: Jim Hennessy, (Dungourney).
Junior Hurling League - Division One - Round Two
Fr O’Neills 0-15 St Catherines 1-15
Also winning this junior hurling league division one round two fixture when played in pleasant conditions at Ahavine on Sunday last. Throw in at 12 noon.
Five different players were on target as Fr O’Neills shot into an early lead. James Neville with the key pass to Daniel Mangan whose low vicious like drive sailed past Conor O’Driscoll for the Saints and the game’s only goal. The defining score of the match as early as the thirteenth minute. Catherines ahead for the first time. Shane Harrington popped the leveller from a placed ball shortly afterwards. But with Shane O’Brien unerring in his free taking, it was the visitors now beginning to force the pace and ahead on a half-time scoreline of 1-08 to 0-07.
O’Neills were never able to breach inside a two point margin as the second half advanced. Brian Mulcahy only other Saints player to figure on the scoresheet added his third point. Finishing up a three-point margin on an end scoreline of 1-15 to 0-15. Right now ten points have been claimed from six matches played so far. It’s five from three games played in the county junior hurling league for a Saints team paired with Midleton in the quarter-final of the East Cork junior A hurling championship. A tie fixed for the end of July.
Scorers: S O’Brien (0-04 frees) (0-02 - 65’s) (0-09), D Mangan (1-03) and B Mulcahy (0-03).
Team: E Ahearne, K Neville, W Walsh, E Kenneally, C Hegarty, R Galvin, S Kearney, E Condon, B Davis, T O’Donnell, B Mulcahy, D Mangan, C Kearney, S O’Brien and J Neville. Sub: J Mulcahy for C Hegarty. Also present were E Corcoran, J Casey, S Walsh and L O’Callaghan McCarthy.
Referee: Arthur Murphy (Killeagh).
U21 Hurling Championship
Castlelyons were much too strong for Youghal in their East Cork U21 A hurling championship first round tie when played at Páirc Naomh Caitríonaigh, Baile Nua on Sunday evening last. Final score was 5-19 to 0-14. Mike Walsh refereed.
Rebel Óg East News
Minor A Hurling League - Round Five
Courcey Rovers 2-14
St Catherines 2-16
Like the footballers against Bride Rovers a week previous the Saints resumed their post mid summer exam campaign with a win over Courcey Rovers when this round five minor A hurling league tie went ahead at 2pm in Ballinspittle on Saturday afternoon last. An evenly contested affair with two well-matched teams together on six occasions overall. Including when Ben O’Brien scored an equalising goal. Tying it up at 1-03 to 0-06 after twenty minutes. Luke Beecher points at opposite ends of the first half enough to push the visitors ahead on an interval scoreline of 1-08 to 0-07. Substitute Kieran English’s goal on fifty-four minutes invaluable to the end scoreline. Again Courcey’s had it trimmed to the minimum. Thomas O’Donnell rounding off the scoring with two minutes to go.
Scorers: B O’Brien (0-02 frees) (1-03), K English (1-00), T O’Donnell and Richard Galvin (0-03 each), L Beecher and E Wallace (0-01- 65’) (0-01 free) (0-02 each), C Galvin, N O’Regan and O O’Neill (0-01 each).
St Catherines team: E Davis, N O’Callaghan, K Neville, A Long, S O’Regan, P Keane, K Geary, Richard Galvin, E Wallace, C Galvin, L Beecher, N O’Regan, B O’Brien, T O’Donnell and A O’Brien. Subs: O O’Neill for A O’Brien (44’), K English for K Neville (49’). Also present: J O’Brien, R English, C Hickey and B McKee.
U11 Football League - Group One - Round Six
St Catherines 2-08
Killeagh/Ita’s 2-04
Erratic shooting made life much tougher than it needed to be for the Saints when claiming an eventual four point success over Killeagh/Itas in this round six U11 football league tie played at Ballynoe on Monday evening June 27th last. Catherines hit the ground running. Ciaran Pietropaolo goaling inside two minutes. But despite an almost monopoly on the play, a Cian O’Donoghue hat-trick of points, to which Darragh Morrison added another, seemed a modest enough return. Diarmuid O’Connell goaling just at the end of the first twenty five minute half, putting a more accurate reflection of 2-04 to 1-00 on the half-time scoreboard.
No great change on the turnover. Catherines struggling to finish with accuracy. A Nathan Sheehan point more than welcome. Barry Walsh, Liam Óg Considine, Nathan O’Driscoll and Ben Walsh prominent for the opposition, as they tried in earnest to claw back the deficit. They might well have had a few more scores were it not for the truly outstanding play of Seán O’Donoghue at the back for the home team.
Scorers: D O’Connell (1-02), C Pietropaolo (1-01), C O’Donoghue (0-03), D Morrison and N Sheehan (0-01 each).
Catherines team: C Leamy, C Sheehan, S O’Donoghue, D O’Donovan, O Fitzgerald, C McAuliffe, N Sheehan, C Pietropaolo, D O’Connell, D Morrison, C McCarthy, C Feeney, C O’Donoghue.
Referee: Pat Fitzgerald (home club).
U11 Hurling League - Group One - Round Six
Kiltha Óg 1-04 St Catherines 7-07
Changing codes and the Saints maintained their consistent form with an impressive victory over Kiltha Óg in this round six U11 hurling league tie played in Castlemartyr on Friday evening last.
Scorers: K O’Donoghue (2-05), S Cotter (2-01), S O’Donoghue (2-00), C Pietropaolo (1-01).
Team: G O’Callaghan McCarthy, E O’Driscoll, D O’Donovan, C Hayes, S O’Donoghue, C McAuliffe, D Morrison, D O’Connell, K O’Donoghue, C Pietropaolo, S Cotter and C Feeney.
Next on your fixture list.
Adult
Friday, July 8th at Shanagarry - Junior B Hurling Championship Round One v Aghada at 7.30pm.
Sunday July 10th at Balynoe - Junior A Hurling League Division One Round Eight v Russell Rovers at 12 noon.
Juvenile
Monday July 11th at Ballynoe - U11 Football League Group One Round Five v Kiltha Óg at 7.30pm.
Club Meeting
St Catherines adult club are meeting tonight (Thursday) July 7th at 9pm.
Sympathy
Condolences to the Bryans, Kilclare, Conna on their recent very sad family bereavement. Sympathy too to Dan McCarthy, Newtown, Ballynoe on the passing of his brother Sylvester in Clonmult. While Cork GAA was dealt another blow with the death after a relatively short illness of Jim Forbes. A recent chairman of the County Board and PRO of the Munster Council. The late Jim also had been chairman of Coiste na nÓg in Cork. Ar dheis De go raibh a h-anamacha dílse.
Sponsor
T ~ A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA club sponsors.
Thu, Jul 14, 2016 Club News July 14th 2016
Loss to Aghada in junior B hurling championship
East Cork junior B Hurling Championship First Round
Aghada 1-13 St Catherines 0-10
Grateful to an excellent start when for the first twenty minutes they all but dominated the play and it was Aghada who advanced from this round one divisional junior B hurling championship tie played in overcast conditions at Shanagarry on Friday evening last.
Catherines ‘keeper Mark Walsh was called into action almost straight away. As gradually the opposition assumed almost total control shooting 1-04 without reply through eleven minutes. Ronan Kennedy and James Daly were constant threats up front, as was Charlie Terry with Aghada’s and the games only goal as early as the fourth minute. Visibly the Saints were coming much more into it and although scores were difficult to come by, at least the chances were being created and frees awarded. Five of the next six scores albeit mostly from placed balls followed, trimming the half time deficit to five points on a 1-09 to 0-07 scoreline. Also through the half and on into the one that followed there was this persistence with going for goals from frees when they weren’t really on, they should have been popped over and gradually narrowing the gap and you never know what might happen after that. Yet again Aghada were stretching the advantage.
A hat-trick of points without reply now nearly seven minutes into the second half continued having them in a dominant situation. Catherines were reshuffling the pack and empting the bench, trying manfully to stem the tide. Team captain Patrick Roche struck some audacious points from frees and sixty fives. Brian Davis and Noel O’Brien added a brace from open play. Still that five-point margin not trimmed, when having failed to raise any kind of flag for over twenty-six minutes, Aghada had the final say with Aidan O’Connell pointing from a free in time added on. Aghada progress in the competition. For the Saints it’s the second round or back door.
Scorers: P Roche (0-04 frees) (0-02 ‘65’s’) (0-06), I O’Brien, K Neville, B Davis and N O’Brien (0-01 each).
Team: M Walsh, J Mulcahy, D Lane, J Lane, ‘Jnr’ Sheehan, P Roche (team captain), K Neville, K Mangan, T O’Donnell, L Beecher, B Davis, L O’Callaghan McCarthy, I O’Brien, L O’Connor and N O’Brien. Subs: S Walsh for I O‘Brien (36’), P Ryan for K Mangan (38’), J Casey for L O’Callaghan McCarty (41’), D Wallace for L Beecher (50’). Also: C Ahern, D O’Connor, C O’Donnell and S O’Regan.
Referee: Pádraig Kearney (Killeagh).
East Cork Junior Hurling League - Division One - Round Eight
St Catherines 0-12
Russell Rovers 1-06
St Catherines survived a tenacious Russell Rovers challenge before securing a narrow victory in this round eight divisional junior hurling league division one tie played in miserable conditions at Ballynoe on Sunday last at 12 noon. It was their sixth successive win in the competition, thus bringing their haul to twelve points from seven matches played. Only loss incurred was ironically in the first match against Sarsfields back in mid April. Take note that the County junior hurling league, which resumes this forthcoming weekend, is a totally different competition. Tally so far in that is five points from three league matches played.
With the teams together twice St Catherines took a lead they subsequently wouldn’t surrender. Pádraig O’Connor and Eoin Condon initiated the move, finished off with a class Shane O’Brien point after twenty-three minutes. He added another sixty seconds later. Catherines fortunate enough to be 0-05 to 0-03 ahead at half time. Because in the overall context of the game both teams found it much more difficult to score when playing with the supposed benefit of what was a strong breeze. For example Russell Rovers recorded ten first half wides. Substitute John Casey stretched the lead that bit further very early on the change around. Then it went to 0-08 to 0-04 after thirty-seven minutes and again to 0-09 to 0-05 right at the end of the third quarter.
It was John Paul Ivers with the pass to Jack McGrath to finish off the opposition goal. A contest right now back in the melting pot. Cutting the margin to the minimum with the score now standing at 0-09 to 1-05. Twenty minutes gone in the second half. Late points from Brian Mulcahy and Eoin Condon helping to dig out a three point success at the finish. Still to come are fixtures against both Cobh and Bride Rovers. Both away. Just again a reminder that Midleton are opposition in the quarter-final of the East Cork junior A hurling championship. Should be on around end of July.
Scorers: S O’Brien (0-02 frees) (0-05), B Mulcahy (0-04), C Kearney, J Casey and E Condon (0-01 each).
Team: E Aherne, W Walsh, S Fitzgerald, E Kenneally, C Hegarty, D Mangan, Stephen O’Brien, E Condon, B Davis, P O’Connor, B Mulcahy, M Mulcahy, C Kearney, Shane O’Brien and J Neville. Subs: J Casey for E Kenneally (21’), J Mulcahy for C Hegarty (45’). Also: L O’Callaghan McCarthy and E Corcoran.
Referee: Niall Barrett (Carrigtwohill).
Intercounty
An ever stuttering senior football team now are the County’s sole representatives, as what’s termed the business end of our respective championships in both codes and through the various age groups is upon us. Poor and disappointing Cork are now a division two football team. They crashed out of the provincial championship on the first day of asking and weren’t good in disposing of a moderate Limerick team in the qualifiers. First leg of a triple-header in Thurles on Saturday afternoon last. Now they must be prepared to travel to Longford. A Longford team fired up after an excellent win over Monaghan. With what will be minimal support they are now most definitely going into the lions den. Indeed to be fair all four football qualifiers are difficult to predict. Ensuring that all four should be competitive at least. No need for a hurling draw. Tipp’s emphatic win in the Munster final on Sunday in Limerick and Waterford having already played Clare ensured that. So now we have Clare v Galway and Wexford v Waterford. Hopefully common sense prevails and both matches go ahead in Thurles on the afternoon of Sunday July 24th.
Cork’s hurling decline continues at an alarming rate. No doubt Rebel followers were welcoming Wexford as the chances of beating Clare or Limerick wouldn’t be good on current form. Of course without really studying it, the reverse was also the case. Wexford wanted Cork. They are now building up momentum despite clear divisiveness still existing within the County and you know their record against Waterford is very good. Should have beaten them in this year’s league quarter-final and have two qualifier wins ensured in recent years.
Juvenile -
Rebel Óg East U16 B Hurling Championship Quarter-Final
St Catherines 4-18
Bishopstown 0-05
St Catherines had it much easier than expected, recording a comprehensive victory over a second string Bishopstown outfit in this Rebel Óg East U16 B hurling championship quarter-final, when played in anything but summer like conditions at Ballynoe on Monday evening July 4th last.
Catherines dominated from the start and had the issue effectively sealed by half time. Early goals by Eoin Davis and Kevin Barry helped build up a lead of 1-05 without reply to eight minutes and again at 2-10 to 0-01 to the end of the opening quarter. It was 3-12 to 0-03 by half time. No let up on the change around. With Gavin England adding his second and a fourth Saints goal with just five minutes elapsed. In all eight different players scored as the home team surged into a semi-final. It wont be as easy against Aghada next Monday night.
Scorers: E Davis (0-06 frees) (1-10), G England (2-00), K Barry (1-01), A O’Brien and B O’Brien (0-02 each), H Draper, R English and O O’Neill (sideline cut) (0-01 each).
St Catherines team: E Sheehan, E O’Riordan, C Galvin, J McGuckian, B McKee, B O’Brien, S Kelleher, A Long, O O’Neill, A O’Brien, R English, G England, K Barry, E Davis (team captain) and H Draper. Subs: A Leahy, J Hayes and J O’Keeffe for G England, J McGuckian and H Draper (all 46’). G England for A O’Brien (50’), C England for E O’Riordan (52’). Also on panel: E Philpott, C Dinneen and D Galvin.
Referee: Pádraig Kearney (Killeagh).
Fixtures - Juvenile
Friday, July 15th at Ballynoe - U11 Football League Group One Round Five (rescheduled) v Kiltha Óg at 7.30pm.
Monday, July 18th at Castlemartyr - Rebel Óg East U16 B hurling championship semi-final v Aghada at 7pm.
Wednesday, July 20th - Rebel Óg East minor B football league section three round seven v Carraig na bhFear (away) at 7.30pm.
Adult club - Sunday, July 17th County Junior Hurling League section one round four v Banteer (away) at 12 noon.
Cúl Camp
The trend countrywide and this year’s annual Kellogg’s sponsored Cúl Camp was one of the biggest for a while. It was held in the pitches daily in Ballynoe at 10am to 2.30pm from Monday, July 4th to Friday, July 8th inclusive. One hundred and forty five children took part. All coming from the three schools of the Parish in Conna, Ballynoe and Curraglass.
Coaches were Noel O’Brien, Eoin Wallace, Richard Galvin, Brian Davis, Cathal Leahy, Eoin Davis, Áine Mulcahy, Mairéad Rohan, Eoin Condon, Kieran Neville, Emma Spillane, Yvonne O’Neill, Tom O’Donnell and Finola Neville. Helpers were Caoimhe Hayes, Brendan McKee, Niamh O’Regan, Linda O’Donnell, Evelyn O’Keeffe, Caoimhe Galvin, Laura Hayes, Aoife Hurley, Eoin Sheehan, Niamh Mulcahy, Shane O’Regan and Rory Galvin. Volunteers Brendan Hurley, Batt Sheehan and Shane O’Connell introduced so many young children to handball. A great bunch of women helped with kits and generally were available to help out. No job too big or small.
Through the autumn and early spring a few mini camps were staged and James Spillane’s organisational skills were of great benefit throughout the week. Redmond Higgins put traffic calming measures in place to ensure children got to and from the camp safely. John Lane, Pat and Dolores Hartigan made a terrific effort to have the venue in top condition. Guest during the week was Youghal and Cork hurler Bill Cooper who visited the annual Cúl Camp on the Thursday. He patiently signed hurleys, helmets and jerseys and encouraged what we hope are rising stars. Mention too for the parents, thanks for getting the young children to the pitch on time. Your support and dedication is appreciated. Cúl Camp co-ordinator this year was for the first time Imelda O’Connell, secretary St Catherines juvenile club. She says she found it a steep learning curve. But the youth are the future and it’s worth investing in them.
Sympathy
Our condolences go to the Sheehan families of Tallow and Glanworth on their recent bereavement. Sympathy too to the Walsh family of Bartlemy and Bride Rovers on a recent very sad death.
Lotto Results
Results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at The Big Tree, Aghern on Monday night last, July 11th. Numbers drawn were: 4, 12, 21 and 23. There was no winner of the €11,600 jackpot. While the consolation winners were: Catherine McCready, Conna, Ella Tobin, Ballymote, Tallow, Sinéad Sheehan, Glentrasna, Ballynoe, Phil Beecher, c/o PH Conna and Caroline Murphy (phone number supplied).
Next draw for a now accumulated €11,800 jackpot will be at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night July 18th.
Sponsor
T~A Plant Hire are St Catherines GAA club sponsors.

Thu, Jun 23, 2016 Club News June 23rd 2016
Cats get the better of Ita’s in battle of the Saints
East Cork Oil sponsored junior A hurling
championship first round
St Catherines 0-21 St Ita’s 1-11
A whirlwind start preceding second and third quarter dips before coming on strong again towards the finish, loosely describes Catherines eventful seven point victory over last season’s defeated finalists, St Ita’s in this divisional junior A hurling championship first round tie when played in dull and overcast conditions at Magner’s Hill in Youghal on Saturday evening last.
2013 All-Star wing forward Seamus Harnedy pointed the way with the game’s and Ita’s first score from a placed ball on fifty five seconds. But Catherine’s were irrepressible in the opening exchange. Six unanswered points including a trio of Brian Mulcahy efforts, each one better than the other, was the return to just short of eight minutes. Sean Supple interrupted the sequence. As normal service resumed a lengthy Shane Kearney delivery broke favourably for Rory Galvin to point, as the lead now extended to a six point margin standing at 0-08 to 0-02 to eleven minutes.
St Ita’s were growing into the contest especially around the middle of the field. Cathal Dean found the range. Aforementioned Harnedy with four including a trio of well taken points from open play, saw a lot of the good early work on behalf of the Saints now undone. Still ahead at 0-11 to 0-8. But now heading into the half time break minus the services of named full back Shane Fitzgerald. Off because of injury and replaced by William Walsh after twenty two minutes.
When goalkeeper Padraig O’Brien’s long range free wasn’t dealt with ending up in the net, the margin had been trimmed to the minimum, one point. Score now at 0-12 to 1-08 to thirty seven minutes. But in fairness there was no panic on behalf of the Saints to the concession of the game’s only goal. They duly rattled off five of the next six scores. Shane O’Brien accurate from the frees. The excellent Daniel Mangan finding the target from open play and when wing back Conor Hegarty pointed a beauty from around the halfway line, the score had stretched again to 0-18 to 1-10 in favour of the Saints close on fifty one minutes. They wouldn’t be caught from there.
St Ita’s scorers: S Harnedy (0-04 frees) (0-01 65’) (0-09), P O’Brien (1-00 free), S Supple and C Deane (0-01).
St Catherines scorers: S O’Brien (0-07 frees) (0-08), D Mangan (0-06), B Mulcahy (0-04), R Galvin, M Mulcahy and C Hegarty (0-01 each).
St Catherine’s team: E Ahern, Stephen O’Brien, S Fitzgerald, E Kenneally, C Hegarty, Stephen O’Brien, S Fitzgerald, E Kenneally, C Hegarty, S Cotter, L O’Connor (capt.), S Kearney, E Condon, P O’Connor, B Mulcahy, D Mangan, R Galvin, S O’Brien, M Mulcahy. Subs: W Walsh for S Fitzgerald (22’); C Kearney for P O’Connor (37’) J Neville for R Galvin (55’),
Referee: James Bermingham (Bride Rovers).
This week’s Rebel Óg East Column
U14 C football league
Section one round five
Fr O’Neill’s 3-06 
St Catherines 3-08
Though nowhere near as comprehensive as the hurling match back in April, St Catherines went on to complete the double when this U14 C football league match was played in windy conditions at Aghavine on Monday evening, June 13th last. Although ahead at 2-05 to 1-03 to the break they would have to face into the swirling breeze on the turnover. In fairness the visitors were sticking to their task. Their cause further boosted with a delightful Gearoid O’Brien goal. Pushing it out to 3-06 to 1-05 to forty eight minutes. Goals from Craig Motherway and Conor Greene meant Fr O’Neills were never far away. But late points from Harry Draper and Ciaran O’Brien would confirm a deserved but narrow two point win for the Saints.
Scorers: K Barry (1-00 45’) (0-04 frees) (2-04), G O’Brien (1-01), C England, H Draper and C O’Brien (0-01 each).
Team: B O’Connor, J Duncan, M Geary, F O’Connell, C O’Brien, S Cotter, G England, J McGuckian, K Barry, H Draper, J Hayes, G O’Brien, C England. Subs: C Dinneen and K Wallace for J Hayes and F O’Connell (second half), W McAuliffe for C England (55’). Also present was D Galvin.
Referee John Kirby (Midleton).
U12 B football league
Section two - round four
St Catherines 5-05 Aghada 1-04
St Catherines maintained their winning sequence with a victory over Aghada in this round four U12 B football league tie when played at Ballynoe on Wednesday evening, June 15th last. Catherine’s were very much the better team at the start. But poor finishing yielding a tally of eleven first half wides allied to some excellent saves from visiting goalkeeper Fionn O’Callaghan to which Cian O’Shea goaled at the other end, meant the interval scoreline of 2-03 to 1-00 in favour of the home team, was anything but convincingly. Gearoid O’Brien and Denis Temple were the goalscorers.
In the twinkling of an eye this contest was over. Three goals, bang, bang, bang from Kyle Wallace, Ben O’Connor and Stephen Cotter in turn in a glorious ninety second spell midway through the second half, would see an unassailable advantage built up.
Scorers: D Temple and G O’Brien (1-02 each), B O’Connor (0-01 free) (1-01), K Wallace and S Cotter (1-00 each).
Team: A O’Donnell, S O’Donoghue, J O’Callaghan, J Pratt, F O’Connell, O Fitzgerald, N Sheehan, B O’Connor, S Cotter, G O’Brien, K Wallace, D Temple, C O’Donoghue.
Also on panel: E Long, C Sheehan, C McAuliffe, J Mulcahy, C Feeney, W O’Driscoll, D Morrison and P Lucey.
Referee: Ger Scully (Killeagh Ita’s).
Fixtures
Rebel Og
Friday, June 24th at Ballynoe minor B football league section three round six v Bride Rovers at 7.30pm.
Friday, June 24th at Ballynoe U14 B hurling league section two round four v Carraig na bhFear at 7.30pm.
Friday, June 24th at Ahavine U11 hurling league, section one round five v Fr O’Neill’s at 7.30pm.
Monday, June 27th, at Castlemartyr U11 football league section one round five v Kiltha Og at 7.30pm.
Adult
Monday, June 27th at Caherlag East Cork junior hurling league division three round one v Erins Own at 7.45pm (rearranged).
Fixtures correct when submitted.

Sympathy
Our condolences go to junior B hurling manager Noel Kielthy and this year’s junior B football captain Peter Ryan on their recent family bereavements.
Meeting
There is a meeting of the adult club tonight (Thursday) June 23rd, at 9pm.
Lotto results
Back to its traditional slot for the lotto results from the draw held at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna, on Monday night, June 13th last. Numbers drawn were 5, 10, 12 and 26. There was no winner of the €10,800 jackpot. Consolation winners on the night being Tom Tobin, Rathdrum, Ballynoe; Shane Walsh, Carrigmore, Conna; Richard Hegarty, Ballymonteen, Ballynoe; C O’Geary c/o Pat Hartigan, Conna and Rebecca Gregan, Clarecastle, Co Clare.
Sponsor
T~A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
Thu, Jun 30, 2016 Club News June 30th 2016
Catherines hosting Cork GAA Clubs draw this weekend

An active week at county level perhaps even a season defining one taking in championship matches for the under twenty one and minor hurlers respectively on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Culminating in the senior hurling qualifying match vs Dublin at Páirc Uí Rinn on the Saturday. Resultingly the June Cork GAA Clubs draw now goes ahead on the Friday night at the clubrooms in Ballynoe. An honour for the club who last staged the draw in April of 2002. Earlier that same evening at Páirc Naomh Caitríonaigh, Baile Nua there is the meeting of Castlelyons and Youghal in the first round of the East Cork under twenty one A hurling championship. All go isn’t it!!!!
Just to remind patrons there is a change of date for the annual fundraiser of a night at the dogs. Now on at Youghal greyhound track on Friday evening, September 2nd, starting at 8pm.
Results from the weekly lotto draw held at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna on Monday night June 20th last. Numbers drawn were 8, 15, 18 and 23 with no winner of the €11,000 jackpot. Consolation winners on the night being – Pat Parker, Conna; Pat Clancy, Monagown, Conna, Pat Hartigan, Conna, Maurice Dineen, Monagown, Conna and Jon O’Sullivan, Aghern. Lotto results will be fully updated next week.
Underage news
Coiste na nÓg county under fifteen B hurling championship round one St Catherine’s 1-03 Watergrasshill 4-11.
A physically stronger Watergrasshill team eventually wore down what had been a sticky challenge from a youthful Saints fifteen in this Coiste na nÓg organised county under fifteen B hurling championship first round tie when played in subliminal conditions at Ballynoe on Wednesday evening, June 22nd last.
Ciaran O’Brien goaling a free for the Saints and the games first score after seven minites, centre forward Adam O’Brien with a smartly taken point shortly afterwards kept the momentum going. Colm Curtin goaled for the hill who in fairness were guilty of some wasteful shooting. Eleven first half wides and eighteen in all tells its own story. Still the visitors ahead. Half-time score standing in their favour at 1-04 to 1-01.
Eoin Foley score a second goal within ninety seconds of the turnover and despite the strong play of team captain Eoin Sheehan, Gearóid O’Brien and Eoghan O’Riordan at the back for the home team it was the ’Hill assuming full control as the third quarter and contest as a whole advanced. It was 2-08 to 1-01 to the three quarter mark. Late goals from Daire O’Leary and Sean Desmond really putting the kibosh on it.
Scorers: C O’Brien (1-01 frees), A O’Brien and K Barry (free) 0-01 each.
St Catherines team: Eoin Sheehan (team captain), William Leahy, Eoghan O’Riordan, James Duncan, Gearoid O’Brien, Ciarán O’Brien, Joe O’Keeffe, Gavin England, Brendan McKee, James O’Callaghan, Adam O’Brien, Harry Draper, Kevin Barry, Josh McGuckian and Fionn O’Connell.
Referee: Mark Murphy (Bride Rovers).
This weeks Rebel Óg East column minor B football league – section three – round six
St Catherine’s 5-11
Bride Rovers 1-07
A result that hardly seemed likely at half-time with two thus far evenly matched teams together at 1-06 a piece, when the minor football league campaign resumed after the traditional mid summer exam break with his round six fixture at Ballynoe on Friday evening last.
Catherines now with a stiffish breeze at their backs and further boosted by a timely Eoin Davis block between the sticks early on the turnover now pressed on. Philip Keane found the net and a brace of Richard Galvin goals in a five minute spell extended the advantage to 4-09 to 1-06 to the three quarter mark.
Eoin Wallace enjoyed a rewarding second half adding a tally of 1-01 just before the finish.
Bride Rovers scorers: D Browne (0-03 frees), (1-03), C Barry (0-03) and C Coleman (0-01). St Catherines scorers: RD Galvin (2-02), E Wallace (1-02), T O’Donnell (0-1 free) (0-04), K English and P Keane (1-00 each), N O’Regan (0-02) and R Galvin (free 0-01).
St Catherines team: E Davis, K Geary, N O’Callaghan, R English, A Long, E Wallace, RD Galvin, R Galvin, T O’Donnell, A O’Brien, L Beecher, P Keane, B McKee, K English, N O’Regan. Referee: Ger Scully (Killeagh/Itas).
Under fourteen B hurling league – section two – round four
St Catherines 2-06
Carrig na bhFear 2-08
Also on in Ballynoe last Friday evening was this evenly contested round four under fourteen B hurling league tie. Together at 1-03 to 0-06 at half-time and a second Kevin Barry goal on forty seven minutes levelled up the issue again for the fourth time over the hour at 2-05 to 1-08 to forty seven minutes. Carrig na bhFear would edge it at the finish.
Scorers: K Barry (2-03), G O’Brien, T Hartnett and C O’Brien (free) (0-01 each).
St Catherines team: E Philpott, M Geary, E O’Riordan, C England, J O’Keeffe, C O’Brien, W Leamy, J McGuckian, G England, K Barry, M Draper, C Dineen, T Hartnett, G O’Brien, F O’Connell. Subs: K Wallace for F O’Connell, B O’Connor for C Dineen, W McAuliffe for T Hartnett. Referee: Padraig Kearney (Killeagh/Itas).
Under thirteen A hurling league – round five
Bride Rovers 9-10 St Catherines 4-03
Bride Rovers laid the platform early, four goals without reply through the opening exchanges to eight minutes inflicting irreparable damage in this round five under thirteen A hurling league tie when played at Rathcormac on Sunday last at high noon. A few positional switches worked for the Saints! Although still behind at 6-02 to 2-02 at half-time.
Four scores from four different players with Ed Cashman, Nicky Kelleher and Adam Walsh all very good for the home team had extended their lead still further. Now at 9-09 to 2-03 to the three quarter mark.
Despite the scoreline Catherines gamely battled on Sean O’Donoghue, Mark Geary now out in the half backline alongside Eoghan O’Riordan were hitting their share of the ball. Ben O’Connor and Harry Draper rewarded with a well taken goal before the end, were Trojan like figures. While Denis Temple with the uncanny knack of being in the right place helped himself to a hat trick of goals. A reminder once again this is a double league. Teams play each other on a home and away basis. The better team won this one.
Scorers: D Temple (3-00), H Draper (1-02) and E O’Riordan (0-01 ’65).
Team: E Philpott, S O’Donoghue, M Geary, J O’Callaghan, F O’Connell, E O’Riordan, B O’Connor, H Draper, G O’Brien, A O’Donnell, C England, K Wallace, W McAuliffe, D Temple, C Dineen. Subs C O’Donoghue for W McAuliffe (second half), E Long for C England (47’). Referee: John Kirby (Midleton).
Under twelve B football league section two round five
St Colmans 4-08 St Catherines 2-07
St Catherines surrendered their unbeaten tag in this round five under twelve B football league tie. Billed for Shanagarry it was relocated to Cloyne and played on Monday evening June, 20th last. With the visitors shading it at the start and narrowly ahead on a 1-04 to 1-02 half-time scoreline. Strong play from Sean O’Donoghue in defence to which Gearoid O’Brien added his second goal kept the momentum going. Still ahead at 2-05 to 2-03 when Kyle Wallace pointed on thirty minutes. Remember each half is of twenty five minute duration.
But the home team assumed control from there on in and with Dylan Byrne, Mark O’Dwyer, Rory Cummins and Eolann Treacy excellent a tally of 2-05 without reply was forthcoming. Denis Temple had the game’s final score. Winning and pointing a penalty kick just on overtime. Still in the shake up though.
Scorers: G O’Brien (2-01), D Temple (0-01 penalty) (0-03), K Wallace (0-02) and B O’Connor (0-01 free).
Team: A O’Donnell, W O’Driscoll, S O’Donoghue, J O’Callaghan, J Pratt, F O’Connell, O Fitzgerald, N Sheehan, B O’Connor, S Cotter, G O’Brien, K Wallace, K O’Donoghue, D Temple and J Mulcahy. Also C Sheehan. Referee: Jim Hennessy (Kiltha Óg).
Under eleven hurling league group one – round five
Fr O’Neills 2-03 St Catherines 5-09
St Catherines continue to go well in their section of the under eleven hurling league. This latest victory at Aghavine on Friday evening last means just the one loss so far which was against Carrigtwohill.
Scorers: K O’Donoghue (2-04), D O’Connell (2-00), N Sheehan (1-03) and S O’Donoghue (0-02).
Team: G O’Callaghan McCarthy, C Dunning, O’Fitzgerald, D O’Connell, S O’Donoghue, C McAuliffe, N Sheehan, D O’Donovan, K O’Donoghue, C Pietropaolo, S Sheehan, C Feeney. Also C Leamy.
Challenge Matches
Well behind at one stage St Catherines recovered to win a junior B hurling challenge in Castlelyons on Friday evening last. Bringing to four the number of club teams out on the night. It ended on a score of 4-13 to 0-16 in the visitors favour. Success too for the minor hurlers. They defeated Fermoy in another challenge match on a score of 4-16 to 2-12 when played in Ballynoe on Saturday evening last. Mike Walsh refereed.
Alteration to scorers list
A reprise shows a slight alteration to the scorers list in the recent junior A hurling championship match against St Itas. Now leading S O’Brien (0-7 frees), (0-08), D Mangan (0-5), B Mulcahy (0-04), M Mulcahy (0-02), R Galvin and C Hegarty (0-01 each). Oh that’s better!!!
Sponsor
T ~ A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
Fixtures
Friday, July 1st at Ballynoe East Cork under twenty one A hurling championship first round Castlelyons v Youghal at 7.30pm.
Sunday, July 3rd at Aghavine junior hurling league division one round two v Fr O’Neills at 12 noon.
Juvenile
Friday, July 1st rebel óg East under eleven hurling league group one round six v Kiltha Óg at 7.30pm.
Venue TBC
Saturday, July 2nd at Ballinaspittle minor A hurling league round five v Courcey Rovers at 2pm.
Monday, July 4th at Ballynoe Rebel Óg East under sisteen B hurling championship quarter final v Bishopstown at 7.30pm.
Thu, May 19, 2016 Club News May 19th 2016

Both junior hurling teams win again
East Cork junior hurling league – division one round five
St Catherines 6-18 St Itas 2-07
It was a busy Saturday evening in Páirc Naomh Caitrionaigh, Baile Nua. Initially there was the victory for Youghal over Douglas in the county senior hurling league. Youghal play Bride Rovers at the venue in the first round of the county senior hurling championship on Saturday evening week, May 28th. Subsequently the saints kept their winning run going with a solid victory over a subdued St Itas when this round five divisional junior hurling league division one tie followed on. Prior to throwing in the sliotar referee Ger Scully blew for a minute’s silence to be observed in memory of the late Billy Barry who passed away earlier in the week. Billy Barry shared in some of the Saints greatest moments of the fifties. Highlight would be playing at right full back on the inaugural East Cork junior A winning team of 1957. Our sympathy goes to the Barry families. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dilis.
A Donal O’Rourke goal helped to undo all the Saints good early work and parity was restored at 1-01 to 0-04 after nine minutes. When careering unchecked through the middle Brian Mulcahy finished off an eyecatching goal with a stupendous strike. Shortly afterwards a lengthy delivery from Shane Cotter at wing back wasn’t dealt with, possibly because of the strong sunshine. Matthew Mulcahy with the first of a two-goal contribution drilled in the breaking ball on nineteen minutes. He added a second and third Saints goal ten minutes later. Before almost on the stroke of half time Shane O’Brien neatly picked out James Neville to goal with class from close range. It was 4-09 to 1-04 at the break. As the Saints more or less maintained the tempo from there to the end of a contest which saw both teams lose a player to red cards.
Scorers: S O’Brien (0-06 frees) (0-01 “65”) (0-09), B Mulcahy (1-04), M Mulcahy (2-0), C Kearney and J Neville (1-02 each), T O’Donnell (1-0) and B Davis (0-01).
Team: E Aherne, Stephen O’Brien, R Clancy, E Kenneally, S Cotter, L O’Connor, S Kearney, P Roche, B David, P O’Connor, B Mulcahy, M Mulcahy, C Kearney, S O’Brien and J Neville. Subs used: T O’Donnell for B Mulcahy (47’), J Mulcahy for P Roche (54’).
Referee: Ger Scully (Killeagh).
Junior hurling league division three round two
St Catherines 3-20 Killeagh 1-05
St Catherines were much the stronger outfit comfortably collecting the points on offer against a third string Killeagh team, when this junior hurling league division three round two fixture went ahead in perfect conditions at Ballynoe on Friday evening last.
An extravaganza of Matthew Mulcahy point scoring allied to a Laurence O’Connor goal after twenty minutes set the home team on the road to victory. Ahead at 1-12 to 0-02 at half-time. Killeagh well served by Eric Murphy, Colin Cunningham and Jack Markushev.
Two goals just a minute apart early on the resumption from Kevin Mangan and Noel O’Brien in turn sealed it. What will please mentors Noel Kielthy, Liam O’Connell and Billy Neville is a turnout of twenty-five players. Twenty tasted action at some stage. With nine in total figuring on the scoresheet.
Scorers: M Mulcahy (0-04 frees) (0-02 “65”) (0-09), L O’Connor, K Mangan and N O’Brien (1-00 each), J Casey and B Davis (0-02 “65”) (0-03 each), S Fitzgerald and C Ahern (0-02 each) and L Beecher (0-01).
Team: E Aherne, J Mulcahy, E Kenneally, J Lane, S O’Regan, P Roche, K Neville, B Davis, S Fitzgerald, K Mangan, J Casey, M Mulcahy, L Beecher, L O’Connor and N O’Brien. Subs: C Ahern for L O’Connor (24’), D Wallace for J Lane (second half), P Ryan for K Neville (34’), S Walsh for M Mulcahy (37’) and E Corcoran for N O’Brien (39’). Referee: Jim Hennessy (Dungourney).
Feile na nGael county B semi-final
Lisgoold 3-10 St Catherines 1-03
So where did this come from? Your question being what became of the proposed first round championship fixture with Donoughmore mentioned in last week’s notes. Well Coiste na nÓg rule the roost and the Féile A and B county semi-finals and subsequent deciders were billed for extremely well organised Caherlag at 4.30pm on Sunday evening last. Lisgoold with two goals in extra time were four-point winner over the Saints in a recent league match at Ballynoe. They qualified from group two in Féile. Nemo Rangers, Kinsale and Ballycastle Gaels were the other teams. With the Saints getting over Grenagh and Castlelyons on the same day.
Midfielder Mark Hegarty stamped his authority on this game right from the start. He had the four opening scorers of the match and his goal finished off as early as the fourth minute had the opposition ahead at 1-03 without reply. You see with matches this condensed, just fifteen minutes a-side it was imperative you’re in touch straight away. Like a five-furlong sprint in racing terms you must charge out of the stalls. Instantaneously the Saints are playing catch up.
In fairness they had the margin trimmed to three points following a Ciaran O’Brien goal from a classy finish. At 1-5 to 1-02 on twelve minutes. But sign of a good team, Lisgoold responded almost straight sway through Fionn McSweeney and were now ahead at 2-05 to 1-02 by the break. Izaak Walsh killed it stone dead with a third Lisgoold goal midway through the second half. That aforementioned championship match should be on this weekend. Lisgoold play Grenagh and guess what? Yes you’ve guessed it! Winners meet.
Lisgoold scorers: M Hegarty (0-01 ‘65’), (0-01 free), (1-04), I Walsh and F McSweeney (0-02 frees), (1-2 each), J Browne and D Healy (0-01 each).
St Catherines scorer: C O’Brien (1-03).
St Catherines team: Evan Philpott, Ivan Ohrim, Eoghan O’Riordan, Joe O’Keeffe, David McDonnell, Gearoid O’Brien, Josh McGuckian, Gavin England, Kevin Barry, Harry Draper, Tom Hartnett, Ciaran O’Brien and Darragh Galvin. Subs: James Hayes for Darragh Galvin (21’), James Duncan for Eoghan O’Riordan (24’), Fionn O’Connell for Tom Hartnett (26’), Conor England for Joe O’Keeffe (28’), Also on panel: Sam Dunning, Cathal Dinneen, Mark Geary, William McAuliffe, Stephen Cotter, Adam O’Donnell and Fionn O’Connell.
Referee: Mark Meagher (St Finbarrs).
This week’s Rebel Og East report
Under thirteen A hurling league – round one
Inniscarra 3-07 St Catherines 0-3
It was competitive to half-time and only in the second half did the Saints challenge peter out in this opening under thirteen A hurling league match played at Ballyanly, outside of the village of Cloghroe and home place to Inniscarra GAA Club, on Thursday evening last.
Eoin O’Riordan prominent at centre back, repelling many attachs, Harry Draper did an ocean of running from midfield. As the home club began to turn the screw, initially denied by a magnificent double save from the keeper Evan Philpott on twenty-six minutes, receiving rapturous applause from both sets of mentors. Inniscarra, with Seán Naughton, John Cussen and Shay O’Donoghue very good, ahead at 1-04 to 0-03 to the break, pulled away on the change of ends. There was no show from the appointed ref. Following a toss of a coin Edmond Galvin handled the fixture in a cool and firm manner.
Scorers: H Draper, G O’Brien and C Dineen (f) (0-01 each).
Team: E Philpott, K Wallace, M Geary, A O’Donnell, B O’Connor, E O’Riordan, S Cotter, H Draper, C England, F O’Connell, T Hartnett, D Galvin, W McAuliffe, G O’Brien, C Dineen. Subs: D Temple for C England (second half), J Pratt and G Leahy for C Dineen and W McAuliffe (both 39’).
Under eleven hurling league – group one – round three
Killeagh Itas 2-01 St Catherines 4-07
St Catherines keep their winning run going. Recording a solid victory when this round three under eleven hurling league tie was played in appalling wet conditions at Killeagh on Monday evening, May 9th last.
Catherines started brightly. A brace of Shane Cotter goals had them off to a flyer. Still it was even enough through the opening quarter. Just ahead on a 3-00 to 2-00 scoreline. Wearing down the Killeagh challenge from there on in and ahead at 4-03 to 2-00 by the break.
In a tough demanding second half a hat trick of Kian O’Donoghue points sealed the deal.
Scorers: S Cotter (2-02), K O’Donoghue (1-03), C Sheehan (1-01) and C Pietropaolo (0-01).
Team: C Dunning, E O’Driscoll, O Fitzgerald, C McAuliffe, D O’Donovan, S O’Donoghue, D Morrisson, N Sheehan, C Pietropaolo, D O’Connell, K O’Donoghue, C Hayes, S Cotter, C Sheehan and C Feeney. Also: C Leamy.
Referee: Kieran O’Brien (home based club).
Non examination league
Minor hurling group two A – round two
St Catherines v Ibane Gaels
Scheduled for Ballynoe on Friday evening last, match not played.
Fixtures
Juvenile
Friday, May 20th at Ballynoe under eleven hurling league group one round four v Carrigtwohill, at 715pm.
Monday, May 23rd at Ballynoe under thirteen A hurling league round two v Whitechurch, at 7.15pm.
N.B. Watch out for under fourteen B hurling championship v Donoughmore.
Adult
Friday, May 20th at Caherlag East Cork junior hurling league division three round one v Erin’s Own at 7.30pm.
Saturday, May 21st at junior hurling league division one round four v Cobh (away) at 7pm.
Meetings
Regular club meetings tonight (Thursday), May 19th at 8pm and 9pm respectively.
Intercounty
Just a few days to go and scarcely a flicker. Two of the greatest rivals in the history of the game. Cork and Tipp in the Munster senior hurling championship. Maybe being just a quarter-final has dimmed the anticipation somewhat. Either way they go at it in Thurles on Sunday afternoon next at 4pm. Tipp with clearly the better form. Yet have a few problems. Cork only just surviving division one league status after a frequently shocking campaign. It will be a surprise if they win this. But if they do it could open up the whole show. It’s preceded with the same counties meeting in the intermediate championship.
Jack Boothman RIP
Last week saw the passing of Jack Boothman. Though largely associated with Blessington and Wicklow the late Jack was actually born in Kildare and went on to become the thirty second president of the association. Taking in the years, 1994-97. Having lost out to Peter Quinn in the previous campaign. In his three year tenure Jack and wife Nuala were guests of honour at the social as part of the club’s fiftieth anniversary celebrations and held at The Midleton Park Hotel, on Friday night, November 15th 1996. Other guests that night included county chairman and future association president Christy Cooney. The divisional chairman and future county chairman of the Munster council Gerry O’Sullivan and outgoing county treasurer Dan Hoare. Hurler of the year, 1996, Larry O’Gorman, was also there.
Lotto results
Back to it’s regular slot and the lotto results from the draw held at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night, May 9th last. Numbers drawn were 17, 20, 21 and 26 and there was no winner of the €9,800 jackpot. Consolation winners on the night being, Margaret Walsh, Thornhill, Conna; Rose Noonan, Ballybride, Conna; D Hartigan c/o P Hartigan, Conna; Barrie O’Regan, Ballynoe and John Lonergan, Lisnabrin, Curraglass. Full lotto results update next week.
Sponsor
T~A plant hire, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
Thu, May 26, 2016 Club News May 26th 2016
A few busy weekends coming up

A few events coming up you must know about, starting this forthcoming Saturday evening with the meeting of Bride Rovers and Youghal in the first round of the county senior hurling championship. Fixed for Páirc Naomh Caitríonaigh, Baile Nua, starting time is 7.30pm. All hands on deck that night. But we’ve been in this situation on numerous occasions before and help is always forthcoming.
Church Gate Collection
This year’s church gate collection in aid of the juvenile club will be taken up after all Masses throughout the parish on weekending June 4th/5th. Essential the youth are seen after, please give generously.
Family Fun Day
Keep bank holiday Monday, June 6th in mind. A day of fun and novelty events in the pitch, starting around 1pm. Underage challenge games are being arranged. Food will be available and music and song provided.
Slightly more serious will be the pairing of St Catherines and Russell Rovers in round eight of the East Cork junior hurling league division one, that’s timed for 3pm.
Full lotto results update
Lotto results from the draw held at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna on Monday night, May 16th last. Numbers drawn were 6, 8, 9 and 16. There was no winner of the attractive €10,000 jackpot. While the consolation winners were: Jerry O’Connor, Ballyclough, Mallow; Caroline Jones, c/o TVM, Bartlemy; Sharon Morrison, Castlebrook, Conna; J ~ J, c/o The Big Tree, Aghern and Jill H, c/o The Big Tree, Aghern.
Moving on with the results from the most recent draw which was held at The Plough, Curraglass on Monday night last, May 23rd. Numbers drawn were 5, 24, 25 and 27 and there was no winner of the €10,200 jackpot. Consolation winners being Sean Buckley, c/o The Big Tree, Aghern; Mark Walsh, c/o Kals; Pat Dillon, Kilclare, Conna; Kal Moroney, Conna and Laurence O’Connor, c/o P H. Now with an accumulated €10,400 jackpot next draw is at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Monday night, May 30th. The year moves on!!!!
Munster Championship in Thurles
In what surely must have been one of the poorest performances in living memory Cork can have no excuses. Simply outran and outfought by a dominant Tipp when this Munster senior hurling championship quarter-final was played in often disappointingly poor conditions on the field of dreams at Tom Semple’s pitch in Thurles on Sunday afternoon last.
To be truthfully honest it could have been worse. Cork using a system alien to their culture fortunate enough to be only getting beaten by nine points. They now play in the first round of the qualifiers in early July.
Can anything be done? They might win a few matches depending on the quality of opposition. But right now what is clearly the fifth rank team in Munster you feel will struggle with the better teams which are lying in wait down the road. Tipp who weren’t nor did they have to be anywhere near top gear, were far superior. They are good. But were they to an extent made look that way. So poor was the quality of opposition last Sunday. Obviously we will know more after the Limerick match.
Cork didn’t fare any better in the curtain raiser. Again no match for a far superior Tipp. No doubt an instantly forgettable day. Right now in midweek and the clouds still linger on the horizon. They could linger for a while!!!!!
Junior hurling league
division three round three
Bride Rovers 2-5
St Catherines 1-11
There were some radical changes to last weekend’s proposed adult programme. With the division one fixture away to Cobh derailed due to the latter’s involvement in the divisional junior B football championship. Another victim was a trip to Caherlag. So the only adult match played was this quickly rescheduled junior hurling league division three round three tie against Bride Rovers played at Pyne’s field on the Glenville road out of Rathcormac in dampish conditions on Friday evening last. Killeagh based referee Padraig Kearney throwing in the sliotar for a 7.30pm start.
A close evenly fought contest all through. Both Catherines midfielders Brian Davis and the soon to depart Shane Fitzgerald, pointing the way inside the opening eight minutes. Donal Ryan with the flick for the first Rovers goal and a narrow lead for the home team to twelve minutes. Catherines turning it around again. Matthew Mulcahy’s free from around the middle of the field ending up in the net six minutes later. Setting up a narrow lead at 1-3 to 1-1 at half time in a low scoring league encounter.
Parity restored again. Jack Kearney with the equalising goal at 2-3 to 1-6 to forty one minutes. Podge Noonan struck over a few well taken Rovers points. Catherines sealing it very near the finish. “Junior” Sheehan and Ian O’Brien with the match winning points.
Just to say that Erin’s Own game is refixed for early June. While Ballinacurra are visitors to Ballynoe on this forthcoming Sunday morning.
Bride Rovers scorers: D Ryan and J Kearney (1-0 each), P Noonan (0-2 frees) (0-3) and E Murphy (0-2 frees).
St Catherines scorers: M Mulcahy (1-3 frees) (1-6), S Fitzgerald, B Davis, “Jnr” Sheehan, I O’Brien and P Roche (free) (0-1 each).
St Catherines team: E Aherne, J Mulcahy, E Kenneally, D Wallace, D Lane, P Roche, “Jnr” Sheehan, B Davis, S Fitzgerald, K Mangan, J Casey, M Mulcahy, S Walsh, I O’Brien, T O’Donnell. Subs: L O’Callaghan McCarthy for S Fitzgerald (8’), J Walsh for S Walsh (41’), M Walsh for B Davis (51’). Also on panel: L O’Connor and N O’Brien. Referee: Padraig Kearney (Killeagh).
Rebel Óg East report
U14 B hurling championship round one
St Catherines 3-17
Donoughmore 1-4
St Catherines were altogether too strong for Donoughmore in this Rebel Óg East U14 B hurling championship first round tie when played in Ballynoe at 4pm on Saturday afternoon last. In effect the platform was laid with a dominant first half performance, yielding a 0-15 to 0-1 lead at the break. Donoughmore battled away. But the lead was too great. There would be no recovery and by the time you read this report they will have played Lisgoold in the resultant quarter-final.
St Catherines scorers: C O’Brien (0-3 65’s) (0-2 frees) (2-11), K Barry (0-2 frees) (0-4), F O’Connell (1-0), J McGuckian and H Draper (0-1 each).
Team: E Philpott, J Duncan, E O’Riordan, M Geary, J O’Keeffe, I Ohrim, G O’Brien, G England, J McGuckian, K Barry, H Draper, J Hayes, D Galvin, C O’Brien, T Hartnett. Subs: C England for D Galvin (second half), F O’Connell for J Hayes (45’), K Wallace for J Duncan (45’), W McAuliffe for T Hartnett (49’). Also on panel: S Dunning, S Cotter and G Leahy.
Referee: Jim Hennessy (Kiltha Óg).
U12 A hurling league round three
Erins Own 5-5 St Catherines 3-10
After the sizeable loss in the Féile the previous day it was back to Caherlag on Monday evening, May 16th last for this round three contest in the U12 A hurling league. Catherines on top at the outset. A brace of back-to-back well taken Denis Temple points had them ahead. Darragh Morrison followed up with a duo of snappy goals and in fairness although 3-5 to 1-3 ahead at the break, it could quite easily have been more. They were punished and with Finn O’Brien, Oran O’Regan and Tiernan Connell prominent, clawed back the deficit and Erins Own turned it around to lead 4-5 to 3-6 to forty one minutes. Gearód O’Brien exemplified the value of an ace free taker to a team. Four unanswered points from placed balls restored a two point advantage for the visitors to forty five minutes. Eventually undone very close to the finish.
Scorers: G O’Brien (0-5 frees) (1-7), D Morrison (2-0), D Temple (0-2) and J Pratt (0-1).
Team: A O’Donnell, J Mulcahy, K Wallace, J O’Callaghan, S O’Donoghue, N Sheehan, O Fitzgerald, F O’Connell, S Cotter, G O’Brien, J Pratt, C Sheehan, D Morrison, D Temple.
Referee: John Kirby (Midleton).
U11 football league group one round two
St Catherines 3-5 Lisgoold 0-5
St Catherines won out this round two U11 football league tie when played at Ballynoe on Wednesday evening, May 18th last. Oisín Fitzgerald pointed the way on seven minutes and a Seán O’Donoghue goal shortly afterwards set up an interval advantage on a 2-4 to 0-1 scoreline. Diarmuid O’Connell with his second goal shortly after the break as relevant as anything that went before. Coming as it did against the elements. Matthew O’Sullivan and Tadgh Brosnan were very good for Lisgoold.
Scorers: D O’Connell (0-1 free) (2-2), S O’Donoghue (1-0), O Fitzgerald, C Leamy and D Morrison (0-1 each).
Team: S Cotter, C Sheehan, N Sheehan, C Dunning, D O’Donovan, O Fitzgerald, C Hayes, S O’Donoghue, D O’Connell, C Pietropaolo, C McAuliffe, C Feeney, D Morrison, C Leamy.
Referee: Keith McSweeney (Lisgoold).
U11 hurling league group one round four
St Catherines 0-3
Carrigtwohill 6-2
While St Catherines lost their unbeaten tag going down to their first loss when this round four U11 hurling league tie was played in damp conditions at Ballynoe on Friday evening last.
Scorers: S Cotter (0-2) and C Sheehan (0-1).
Panel of players present: N Sheehan, O Fitzgerald, S O’Donoghue, D Morrison, C Sheehan, C McAuliffe, C Feeney, C Leamy, S Cotter, D O’Connell, C Dunning, C Hayes, E O’Driscoll, C Pietropaolo, D O’Donovan.
Referee: Pat Fitzgerald (home club).
Fixtures
Juvenile
Friday, May 27th U14 B hurling championship quarter-final in Lisgoold at 7.15pm.
Saturday, May 28th at Rostellan U11 football league group one round three v Aghada at 2pm.
Adult
Saturday, May 28th at Ballynoe county senior hurling championship first round Bride Rovers v Youghal at 7.30pm.
Sunday, May 29th at Ballynoe Junior hurling league division three round four v Ballinacurra at 12.30pm.
Sponsor
T ~ A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
Thu, Apr 21, 2016 Club News April 21st 2016

Full lotto results update
A good few match reports to deliver but first a full lotto results update! Starting with the draw at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna on Monday night, April 11th last. Numbers drawn were 10, 16, 17 and 23 and there was no winner of the €9,000 jackpot. While the consolation winners were: Teresa Galvin, Lacken; Tom Keating, Ballyduff; Ann O’Donovan, Leeside, Tivoli, Cork City; Aileen Hegarty, Newtown, Ballynoe and Nora Connolly, Ballyhampshire, Castlelyons.
Moving on with the results from the most recent draw which was held at The Plough Bar, Curraglass on Monday night last, April 18th. Numbers drawn were 1, 6, 8 and 16 and there was no winner of the €9,200 jackpot. Consolation winners being Cathy Cronin, Coole, Fermoy; D ~ L Syndicate c/o Winacre Stables; Tom Power, Ballynoe; Dan Cotter and K Mangan c/o PH. All of which means next draw on Monday night, April 25th at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe now has an accumulated jackpot of €9,400.
Are you noticing how far into the year we’ve gone?
East Cork junior hurling league – division one round three
St Catherines 1-18 Sarsfields 3-16
A hat trick of David Crowley goals laid the foundation for an eventual four point success for Sars from a cracking junior hurling league tie, played in excellent conditions at Ballynoe on Friday evening last.
That said Catherines were having the better of it through the opening half. Brian Mulcahy drawing a point blank save from Cathal Duggan, latching onto the breaking ball, Conor Kearney struck the butt of the upright before at the third attempt of the attack corner forward James Neville drilled in the Saints goal. Establishing a 1-08 to 1-03 lead after twenty minutes. Pushed out to 1-11 to 1-04 by half-time.
Crowley completed his hat trick in the early exchanges of the turnover and for the first time since the twelfth minute parity was restored at 1-12 to 3-06, now seven minutes into the second half. It was score for score from there on in. Daniel Mangan was outstanding for the home team. Shooting over some mercurial points. Eventually winding up with a haul of an even dozen including seven from open play. Sars edging ahead again in a thriller. But with Patrick Roche, Eoin Condon and Rory Galvin now taking up the mantle two evenly matched teams were still deadlocked at 1-18 to 3-12 to fifty three minutes. Sars through James Sweeney, Niall McCarthy and a duo of Pat Barry pointed frees finished the stronger. But the scoreline seemed harsh on the Saints at the end.
St Catherines scorers: D Mangan (0-05 frees) (0-12), J Neville (1-00), B Mulcahy (0-02), C Kearney, E Condon, P Roche and R Galvin (0-01 each).
St Catherine’s team: C Leahy, S O’Brien, R Clancy, L O’Connor, P Roche, C Hegarty, K Neville, W Walsh, E Condon, M Mulcahy, B Mulcahy, D Mangan, C Kearney, R Galvin and J Neville. Subs used: E Kenneally for W Walsh (’44). Also present were E Ahern, J Mulcahy, J Casey, C O’Donnell, L O’Callaghan McCarthy and S O’Donnell.
Referee: Pa Beausang (Midleton).
This week’s Rebel Óg East column
Minor A hurling league round three
Ballygarvan 1-12
St Catherines 2-08
Late goals stood the Saints in good stead thus far. But on this occasion would come up just short in this round three minor A hurling league tie, when played in the best conditions so far this spring at sunny Ballygarvan on Thursday evening last. It was the home team who settled the quicker. Early pressure rewarded with a Patrick McSweeney goal right on six minutes.
Finding their feet and boosted by a brace of smart Eoin Davis stops between the sticks, the visitors were right back in it. Owen O’Neill the goal scorer after twentyone minutes. Parity restored for the first time with the Saints now holding a slender half-time advantage. Score at 1-05 to 1-04 in their favour.
A strong final quarter effort edged the home team four points ahead. Unfortunately, Rory Galvin’s goal from a free a minute overtime all in vain. Good even contest though which realistically could have gone anyway, which could be said for all the games so far.
Scorers: R Galvin (1-03 frees), (1-05), O O’Neill (1-00), T O’Donnell (0-2) and N O’regan (0-01).
Team: E Davis, J O’Brien, E Wallace, K Geary, P Keane, K Neville, R English, T O’Donnell, RD Galvin, C Hickey, R Galvin, K English, O O’Neill, L Beecher, N O’Regan. Subs: A Long for J O’Brien (21’), S O’Regan for C Hickey (second half), B McKee for K English (52’). Also on panel: A O’Brien, referee Liam O’Riordan (Belgooly).
Under sixteen B hurling league – section two round two
Carraig na bhFear 1-10
St Catherines 4-09
Although flying at the start the Saints eventually fell behind the home based team when this round two under sixteen B hurling league tie was played in the College grounds in Carraig na bhFear on Wednesday evening, April 13th last. Aaron Cronin in the creation of the Carraig goal finished off by Sean O’Donovan. Score standing at 1-07 to 0-05 at the break.
A plea for Catherine’s improvement instantly forthcoming on the turnaround. Eoin Davis with a stunning first time strike from as tight an angle imaginable. All within thirty seconds of the resumption. A goal of rare quality. Game on. Added to when Joe O’Keeffe ground stoked home the equalising goal at 1-09 to 2-06 to thirty seven minutes. Catherines upping the tempo considerably. Cormac Galvin, Shane Kelleher, Ben O’Brien and Aaron Long driving it on. Rewarded further when Owen O’Neill added another slightly fortuitous goal from distance. Now back in front for the first time since the twentieth minute. Never looked in serious danger thereafter. Especially when Davis smashed in an eyecatching fourth Saints goal after forty six minutes. Good start.
Catherines scorers: E Davis (0-01 free) (2-04), O O’Neill (1-01), J O’Keeffe (1-00), C O’Brien (0-02), A O’Brien and B O’Brien (free) (0-01 each).
Team: E Sheehan, J Duncan, C Galvin, A Leahy, B McKee, B O’Brien, S Kelleher, A Long, O O’Neill, J O’Keeffe, A O’Brien, H Draper, C O’Brien, E Davis and G England. Subs: C England for J O’Keeffe (45’), E Philpott for C O’Brien (51’). Also on panel: J Hayes. Referee: John Horgan (Ghleann na Laoi)
Under fourteen B hurling league
Section two round two
Fr O’Neills 3-03
St Catherines 5-10
A virtuous scoring performance yielding a return of 5-04 from Ciaran O’Brien, laid the platform for the fast win of the campaign. This round two under fourteen B hurling league match played in Ahavine on Thursday evening last. Despite the scoreline this was a competitive match for a major part of the hour. Catherines ahead at 1-06 to 1-03 by the break. Lead down to one single point at 2-07 to 3-03 to forty one minutes. But with O’Brien sparkling and Kevin Barry, Harry Draper and Josh McGurkian also among the scorers the Saints would run out emphatic winners at the finish.
Scorers: C O’Brien (0-01 free) (5-04), K Barry and G O’Brien (0-02 each), H Draper and J McGuckian (0-01 each).
Team: E Philpott, J Duncan, E O’Riordan, M Geary, J O’Keeffe, I Ohrim. W Leamy, G England, J McGuckian, K Barry, H Draper, G O’Brien, C England, C O’Brien, C Dineen. Subs: D Galvin for C England (42’), G Leahy for C Dineen (44’), W McAuliffe for M Geary (50)’, F O’Connell for W Leamy (54’), K Wallace for J Duncan (56’) Ref: Arthur Murphy (Killeagh/Ita’s) Under eleven hurling league group one round one.
Erins Own 0-04
St Catherines 4-05
Barring a second half Ciaran Pietropaolo point, the Saints inflicted all the damage from the opening exchanges of the first under eleven hurling league tie of the year. A clean sporting encounter when played in Caherlag on Wednesday evening, April 13th last.
Scorers: S Cotter, (1-01), N Sheehan, C Sheehan and D O’Connell (1-00 each), K O’Donoghue (0-03) and C Pietropaolo (0-01).
Panel of players present in no line out order: N Sheehan, O Sheehan, S O’Donogue, D Morrison, C Sheehan, C McAuliffe, C Feeney, S Cotter, D O’Connell, C Dunning, C Hayes, E O’Driscoll, C Pietropaolo, D O’Donovan, K O’Donoghue.
Adult club fixture
Sunday, April 24th East Cork junior A football championship third round v Dungourney at 3.30pm. Venue will be confirmed at board meeting during the week.
Rebel Óg East
fixture list
Tonight (Thursday), April 21st at Ballynoe minor B football league – section three – round three v Cobh at 7.30pm.
Tonight (Thursday) April 21st at Ballynoe under fourteen C football league section one round three v Shamrocks at 7.15pm.
Tuesday, April 26th under sixteen B football league section two round five v Glenville (away) at 7.30pm.
Wednesday, April 27th at Ballynoe under twelve A hurling league round two v Ballinhassig at 7pm.
Club meeting
A reminder that there is a meeting of the parent club (tonight) Thursday, April 21st at 9pm.
Cork Success
Another satisfactory week for the Rebel county. There was a three point success over Tipperary in the quarter-final of the provincial minor football championship. This must be teamed a good result as football fortunes in the “home of hurling” have gradually risen over the years. Then last Saturday afternoon following a narrow win over Monaghan in a free scoring encounter Cork progressed to the All-Ireland U21 football final. They will play Mayo. This will be the fourth occasion of such a pairing in an All-Ireland U21 football final. Cork winning two of the previous three. It will be their sixteenth final appearance since the competition was introduced to the playing calendar in 1964. They currently have eleven All-Ireland titles. Rebels abú.
1916
commemoration
Ballynoe 1916 Commemoration takes places after 10.30 Mass on Sunday morning next, April 24th, all are welcome.
Club sponsor
T~A Plant Hire, Ballynoe, are St Catherine’s GAA club sponsors.
Thu, Apr 28, 2016 Club News April 28th 2016

Exit from junior A football championship
Michael O’Connor Motor factors sponsored East Cork Junior A football championship third round
Dungourney 1-16
St Catherine’s 3-03
Apart from brief periods midway through both periods it was Dungourney who were the dominant force and emerged deserved winners of this divisional junior A football championship third round clash when played in Magner’s Hill in Youghal on Sunday afternoon last.
They flew out of the blocks and with John Ronayne and Ryan Denny among the scorers, were ahead through five unanswered points to nine minutes. In only their second and third attacks of the contest the Saints were right back in contention. A searching Shane Cogan delivery picked out Conor Kearney, onto Eoin Condon who buried a piledriver. Matched by an equally impressive finish just ninety second later and suddenly were ahead at 2-00 to 0-05 after fourteen minutes of play. A defensive error allowed James McCarthy to slip through. Finishing off the only opposition goal and with excellent midfielder Shane Hegarty pointing twice meant a return of 1-04 without reply would see Dungourney, who lost out to Glenbower Rovers in the first round before getting back in by defeating Glanmire the next day out, now ahead on an internal scoreline of 1-09 to 2-00.
Catherine’s probably enjoyed their best return coming up to the end of the third quarter. Securing a tally of 1-02 without reply, culminating in team captain Daniel Mangan winning the free and coolly slotting home the resultant penalty kick. Trimming the margin to four points on a 1-3 to 3-03 scoreline to fifty three minutes.
But Dungourney wouldn’t be denied. Substitute Damien Rohan would become their seventh different scorer, pointing from play ninety seconds overtime. Confirming a seven point win, final score 1-16 to 3-03.
This weekend sees the second round game in the junior B football.
Dungourney scorers: S Hegarty (0-05), J McCarthy (1-01), B Aherne (0-03 frees), (0-01 ’45) (0-04), J Ronayne and R Denny (0-02 each), N Motherway and D Rohan (0-01 each).
St Catherine’s scorers: E Condon (2-01), D Mangan (1-00 penalty) (1-01) and A Carr (0-01 free).
St Catherine’s team: Colm Molloy, Rory Galvin, John Mulcahy, James Neville, William Walsh, Liam O’Connor, Kieran Neville, Alan Carr, Padraig O’Connor, Shane Cogan, Ed Kenneally, Patrick Roche, Conor Kearney, Eoin Condon, Daniel Mangan (team captain).
Subs: Stephen O’Brien and Matthew Mulcahy for Kieran Neville and James Neville (both 41’) Thomas O’Donnell for Alan Carr (53’).
Referee: Ger Scully (Glenbower Rovers).
This weeks Rebel Óg East Match reports minor B football league section three round four
Carrigtwohill 4-08 St Catherines 0-08
An inability to avail of chances presented which has plagued the Saints campaign thus far, was the root cause of their undoing again when this minor B football league tie was played in Carrigtwohill on Monday evening, April 18th last.
Jack O’Brien, Philip Keane and Kieran Neville were doing their best in holding the opposition attack at bay. Still they were more comfortable in front of the posts and goals on five, twenty and twenty five minutes with Darragh McCarthy and Ronan Donnelly among the scorers, had the home based team in a strong half time position and ahead on a 3-04 to 0-04 scoreline. Thomas O’Donnell, Niall O’Regan, Richard Galvin and Luke Beecher among others kicked over some well taken points. But the margin was too wide.
Scorers: N O’Regan and T O’Donnell (0-2 each), Rd Galvin, L Beecher, P Keane and R Galvin (0-01 each).
Team: O O’Neill, J O’Brien, E Wallace, C Galvin, P Keane, K Neville, R English, R Galvin, Rd Galvin, C Hickey, T O’Donnell, L Beecher, K English, N O’Regan and A O’Brien. Sub: B O’Brien for A O’Brien (second half).
Referees: Arthur Murphy (Killeagh/Ita’s).
Minor B football league – section three – round three
St Catherine’s 0-13 Cobh 1-04
But the Saints then reverted to winning ways with a well earned and deserved six point success ever. Cobh when this Rebel Óg East minor B football league tie was played in mild and pleasant conditions at Ballynoe on Thursday evening last.
They were much the better team through the opening exchanges with five different players all figuring on the scoresheet. Compiling an interval advantage on a scoreline of 0-07 to 0-02.
Trouble looked to be looming large when George Keating goaled a penalty kick. Trimming the deficit to three points. One kick of a football. When the score stood at 0-08 to 1-02, now six minutes in to the second half, the minor B football league match was decided. Catherine’s restamping their authority, responding positively to the concession of the goal. Some outstanding points scored. Especially from Niall O’Regan and man of the match Thomas O’Donnell. Confirming a win against the same opposition in the hurling league a fortnight previously.
Scorers: T O’Donnell (0-01 free) (0-06), N O’Regan and R Galvin (0-01free) (0-02 each), L Beecher, E Davis and P Keane (0-01 each).
Team: Rd Galvin, B McKee, E Wallace, C Galvin, B O’Brien, K Neville, S O’Regan, R Galvin, T O’Donnell, C Hickey, P Keane, L Beecher, K English, N O’Regan, E Davis. Sub: A O’Brien for B McKee (38’).
Referee: Jim Hennessy (Kiltha Óg)
Under fourteen C football league – section one round three
St Catherines 3-07 Shamrocks 4-14
It was only in the final ten minutes that the Saints challenge wilted. Shamrocks with a flurry of scores outscoring their opponents 1-09 to 0-01. Going on to win this round three under fourteen C football league tie running concurrent with the Cobh minor match when played in Ballynoe on Thursday evening last.
Briefly looking ahead there’s another game against Aghada this upcoming weekend. Then the action reverts to hurling, incorporating a league match vs Lisgoold. Then there’s the Féile na nGael. Building to a crescendo with the first round of the hurling championship at home to Donoughmore on the afternoon of Sunday, May 15th.
Scorers: C O’Brien (2-01), K Barry (0-03), H Draper (1-00), D McDonnell (0-02) and J Hayes (0-01).
Team: E Philpott, J Duncan, M Geary, J O’Keeffe, D McDonnell, W Leamy, J Guckian, T Hartnett, J Hayes, H Draper, D Galvin, K Barry, C O’Brien. Also on panel: W McAuliffe, C Dinneen, G Leahy, C England, F O’Connell, G O’Brien and J O’Callaghan.
Referee: Gavin O’Brien (Lisgoold).
Under twelve A hurling league round one
St Catherines 2-08 Lisgoold 7-09
Ahead by three goals without reply to ten minutes and visitors Lisgoold more or less maintained the status quo through to the end of the opening under twelve A hurling league game played in Ballynoe on Monday evening April 18th last. Under eleven/twelve hurling/football. It’s going to be busy. At least two games between the codes and age groups a week over the coming months.
Scorers: G O’Brien (1-05), K O’Donoghue (0-03), own goal.
Panel: A O’Donnell, B O’Connor, E Long, F O’Connell, G O’Brien, J O’Callaghan, J Pratt, K Wallace, S Cotter, W O’Driscoll, K O’Donoghue, N Sheehan, S O’Donoghue and D Morrison. Also used were: D Temple, O Fitzgerald, C Sheehan, C McAuliffe, S Dillon and C Feeney.
Referee: Jonathon O’Connell (Watergrasshill).
Fixture
Friday, April 29th at 7.30pm junior B football championship second round v Midleton, venue TBC.
Rebel Óg East Fixtures
Tonight (Thursday) April 28th at Ballynoe minor A hurling league round four v Castlelyons at 7pm. Saturday, April 30th under twelve B football league section two round three v Lisgoold (away) at 12noon. Sunday, May 1st at Ballynoe under fourteen C football league section one round four v Aghada at 11.15am. Monday, May 2nd at Killeagh minor B football league section three round five v Killeagh/Ita’s at 7pm (provisional on Killeagh playing premier minor hurling championship). Tuesday, May 3rd at Ballynoe under fourteen B hurling league section two round three v Lisgoold at 7pm.
Condolences
We offer our deepest sympathy to the O’Brien family, Ballynoe on the recent sad death of Daniel and Stephen’s granddad in Tallow.
Club meeting
Next parent club meeting – Thursday, May 5th at 9pm.
Sponsor
T ~ A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA club sponsors.
late news
Late news from Monday night last, results under eleven hurling league group one round two – St Catherine’s 3-02, Aghada 2-03
Junior B hurling challenge
St Catherines 0-10 Tallow 1-14.
Both matches played in Ballynoe on Monday night last, April 25th. Reports next week.
Extra fixtures
Saturday, April 30th at Caherlag East Cork junior hurling league division one round seven v Erin’s Own at 7.15pm.
Tuesday, May 3rd at Ballynoe county junior hurling league section one round three v Churchtown time TBC.
Lotto
Lotto results from the most recent draw which was held at McAuliffe’s Ballynoe also on Monday night last, April 25th. Numbers drawn were 4, 7, 9 and 11. There was no winner of the €9,400 jackpot. While the consolation winners were: Mrs B Hennessy, Lacken; Toss Morrison, Curraheen, Conna; Breda Flynn, Cullinagh, Ballynoe; David Temple, Garrycahera, Ballynoe and Sr Mary Higgins, Midleton.
Being a bank holiday next draw with an accumulated jackpot of €9,600 will be at The Big Tree, Aghern on Tuesday night, May 3rd.
Thu, Apr 14, 2016 Club News April 14th 2016

Defeat for junior B footballers
Michael O’Connor Motor Factors sponsored East Cork junior B
football championship – round one
Aghada 2-07 St Catherines 1-04
An eventual six-point loss for the Saints from this divisional junior B football championship first round tie. Billed for Dungourney but following a toss of a coin, was relocated to Rostellan at 6.30pm on Saturday evening last.
Catherines looked the better team at the start. But a one-point return was poor enough reward on chances presented. Punished in the extreme when full forward Paul Kilbane with the vital flick touched home the first Aghada goal. Then turning provider when setting up Luke O’Connell for a second and a lead of 2-02 to 0-02 established after twenty-one minutes. Significant scores in a contest where you earned anything you got. It had extended out to 2-05 to 0-2 by half time and no doubt Aghada were in a strong position.
They never looked in any serious danger thereafter. Though Noel O’Brien on a swinging defence splitting run finished with a masterful point, his second of the hour for the first score of a dour ragged and occasionally tempestuous second half. Keeping it going when a probing Matthew Mulcahy delivery caused consternation in the home rearguard. Laurence O’Connor pouncing for an opportunist goal. Deficit down to 2-05 to 1-03 to forty three minutes.
But the show would subsequently go pear-shaped with the Saints now bereft of a full quota of players. Cian O’Driscoll and Ger O’Brien were in point scoring form for Aghada. While David O’Connor concluded the scoring with a consolation point three minutes overtime. Aghada move on. There is a second chance for the Saints and sooner rather than later.
Scorers: L O’Connor (1-0), N O’Brien (0-02), D O’Connor and J Walsh (free) (0-01 each).
Catherines team: E Corcoran, J Lane, D Wallace, C Leahy, D O’Connor, M Mulcahy, P Ryan (team captain), “Junior” Sheehan, B Davis, S O’Donnell, S O’Brien, N O’Brien, L O’Connor, S Twomey and J Walsh. Subs: E Aherne and C Hickey for S Twomey and S O’Donnell (both 47’). C O’Donnell for B Davis (56’).
Referee: Arthur Murphy (Glenbower Rovers).
County junior
hurling league match off
It’s not supposed to be like this is it? Weather conditions again rear their ugly head. Causing the cancellation of last Sunday’s proposed county junior hurling league match with Kilbree. Both Kilmeen and eventually Ballynoe pitches deemed unplayable. An underage challenge game also fell victim to the awful conditions.
Rebel Óg East news
Minor A hurling league – round one
St Catherines 4-11 Kiltha Og 1-19
Virtually as referee Ger Scully was about to blow, thus terminating proceedings, came the winning score. Luke Beecher with the vital touch. Forcing the sliothar over the line. Enabling the Saints to win their first match in the minor A hurling league by the slimmest of margins. Played in Ballynoe on Monday evening, April 4th last.
Catherines shaded it through a competitive first half. Ahead at 1-08 to 0-08 by the break. But the issue turned in the visitors favour. A Paddy Leahy goal and a plethora of points emanated from a few different forwards, saw a return of 1-04 without reply and a Kiltha lead of 1-12 to 1-08 established to thirty-eight minutes.
We had some match now. Niall O’Regan rising like a beacon, turned and drilled in a spectacular Saints goal. Rory Galvin with his second on the night lashed in another Saints goal shortly afterwards with the home based team now back in front again. Score standing at 3-09 to 1-14 to forty eight minutes. Parity was restored again with the teams level for a third time at 3-11 to 1-17 to fifty seven minutes.
Cathal Martin and Joseph Stack were very good for Kiltha Óg who were three point winners when the teams met in the football league three weeks previous. They looked like winners here too. Until Luke Beecher’s late late strike. It ain’t over until the fat lady sings baby!
Scorers: R Galvin (0-05 frees) (2-07), N O’Regan (1-01), L Beecher (1-00), O O’Neill (0-02) and K Geary (0-01).
Team: C Galvin, P Keane, K Neville, J O’Brien, R English, E Wallace, K Geary, B O’Brien, A Long, L Beecher, N O’Regan, K English, O O’Neill, R Galvin, A O’Brien. Sub: B McKee for A Long (51), also on panel: T O’Donnell.
Referee: Ger Scully (Killeagh).
Minor A hurling league – round two
St Catherines 1-11
Cobh 0-11
St Catherines also forcing out a narrow victory, again reliant on a late goal. Thus recording back-to-back wins when this round two minor A hurling league tie was played in bitterly cold conditions at Ballynoe on Thursday evening last.
No denying that Cobh were having the better of exchanges in a competitive opening half hour. Ciaran Leahy, Dillon Higgins, Aaron Dolan and Odhran Kidney Power all prominent, swinging into a deserved half-time lead. Scoreline reading 0-10 to 0-05.
Favoured by the elements Catherines came much more into it as the second half advanced. Niall O’Regan and Eoin Wallace from a 65’ among the point scorers, trimming the deficit to the minimum at 0-10 to 0-9 to thirty seven minutes.
Cobh’s solitary second half score came from a placed ball right on the three-quarter mark. But it was sufficient to maintain their slender advantage until Rory Galvin struck for a well taken and game’s solitary yet match winning goal on fifty-seven minutes.
St Catherines scorers: R Galvin (0-01 free) (0-01 65’) (1-04), N O’Regan (0-02), A Long, O O’Neill, T O’Donnell, L Beecher and E Wallace 65’ (0-01 each).
St Catherines team: E Davis, P Keane, K Neville, J O’Brien, C Galvin, E Wallace, K Geary, T O’Donnell, B O’Brien, L Beecher, N O’Regan, A Long, O O’Neill, R Galvin and K English. Subs: Rd Galvin for T O’Donnell (36’), A O’Brien and R English for O O’Neill and A Long (both 46’). C Hickey for K English (52’). Also on panel: B McKee.
Referee: Patrick O’Driscoll (Bride Rovers).
U14 B hurling league – section two round one
St Catherines 1-05 Watergrasshill 2-09
Running concurrent with the aforementioned minor matches was this round one under fourteen B hurling league tie also played in Ballynoe on Thursday night last.
Watergrasshill the dominant team and ahead at 2-05 to 1-00 at half-time. In fairness the home team came more into it after that. Scores hard to come by. Early days yet and plenty of games to come, in both codes for this particular age group.
Scorers: C O’Brien (0-01 free) (1-04) and K Barry (0-01 free).
Team: E Philpott, J Duncan, I Ohrim, M Geary, W Leamy, C O’Brien, J O’Keeffe, J McGuckian, C England, K Barry, H Draper, J Hayes, D Galvin, G O’Brien, T Hartnett. Subs: D McDonnell and E O’Riordan for D Galvin and M Geary (both second half); also C England for T Hartnett.
Also present were: W McAuliffe, B O’Connor, F O’Connell and G Leahy.
Referee: James Daly (Youghal).
Under eleven-football league – group one – round one
Bride Rovers 2-04
St Catherines 0-08
An exceptionally busy Thursday night completed by a narrow loss in Rathcormac in the first match of the under eleven football league.
Scorers: C O’Donoghue and D O’Connell (0-03 each), C Pietrapaolo and O Fitzgerald (0-01 each).
Team: D O’Donovan, C Dunning, D Morrison, C McAuliffe, E O’Driscoll, S O’Donoghue, C Hayes, N Sheehan, O Fitzgerald, D O’Connell, K O’Donoghue, C Pietropaolo, C Feeney, C Sheehan and S Cotter.
Also present was C McCarthy.
U12 B football league – section two – round two
St Catherines 2-06
Fr O’Neills 1-01
April is the most intense playing month of the entire season. Every team, from smallies right up to the various adult outfits and that goes for both codes, are in competitive action. Back to back wins for the Saints with a solid victory from this round two under twelve B football league tie when played at Ballynoe on Saturday morning last at 11.30am.
Hurling kicks in now for the next fortnight. Then back to the big ball. So on and so forth.
Scorers: G O’Brien (1-04), D Temple (1-0), S Cotter and K O’Donoghue (0-01 each).
Team: W O’Driscoll, O Fitzgerald, K Wallace, J O’Callaghan, J Pratt, S O’Donoghue, A O’Donnell, N Sheehan, B O’Connor, F O’Connell, G O’Brien, S Cotter, K O’Donoghue, D Temple, J Mulcahy. Also: D Morrison, C Sheehan, C McAuliffe, B Warren and C Feeney.
Next on your
fixture list
Adult
Friday, April 15th at Ballynoe East Cork junior hurling league division one round three v Sarsfields at 8pm.
Rebel Óg East
Tonight (Thursday), April 14th minor A hurling league round three v Ballygarvan (away) at 7pm.
Tonight (Thursday), April 14th at Ahavine U14 B hurling league v Fr O’Neills at 7pm.
Monday, April 18th minor B football league section three round four v Carrigtwohill (away) at 7.30pm.
Monday, April 18th at Ballynoe under-twelve A hurling league v Lisgoold at 7pm.
Cork teams
Another satisfactory week for the Rebels defeating Waterford in the quarter-final of the provincial minor hurling championship. They won’t play now again until the end of June.
While Cork kept up their vice like grip on the Kingdom. Defeating them in the Munster under twenty one football final. This was an especially satisfying win, Kerry feeding off players with a brace of All-Ireland minor successes to their credit. But of course we’ve been here before. Problem now is turning it into even greater significance.
Condolences
Can we take this opportunity of sympathising with the Fermoy club on the death of their esteemed president John Fenton.
Lotto
Reverting to its regular slot and the lotto results from the draw held at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night, April 4th last. Numbers drawn were 17, 27, 28 and 30. There was no winner of the €8,800 jackpot. Consolation winners being Bertie Clancy, Ballytrasna, Fermoy; Colm Molloy, Ballynoe, Ed Sheehan, Ballymonteen, Ballynoe; W+C c/o Mc’s Ballynoe and PF Barry, Kilcor, Castlelyons.
Sponsor
T~A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA club sponsors.
Thu, Mar 31, 2016 Club News March 31st 2016

Junior footballers win first league match
A first league victory for the junior footballers. A spate of challenge matches through a range of age groups. A look at the underage hurling championship draws plus brief match reports, while at the time of submitting this weekly report, lotto jackpot was standing at €8,600. Now read on for more details.
Junior Football League - Division Three
St Catherines 1-10
Russell Rovers 0-10
Encouraging back-to-back weekends for the Saints following a well-earned championship win over Lisgoold. A first win was forthcoming when this junior football league division three tie was played in wintry conditions at Ballynoe on Saturday afternoon last.
Three points without reply adrift to thirteen minutes, St Catherines clawed their way back. A Daniel Mangan goal on twenty-eight minutes putting the home based team ahead on a 1-03 to 0-05 half-time scoreline. Some accurate Eoin Condon finishing maintained the Saints challenge, with the teams all square on two occasions in an evenly fought second half hour, including at 1-07 to 0-10 to fifty four minutes. Late Mangan frees secured the win. A further boost following the disappointment of losing the first league match at home to Castlemartyr.
Catherines scorers: D Mangan (0-02 frees) (1-04), E Condon (0-02 frees) (0-05) and P O’Connor (0-01).
St Catherines team: E Corcoran, R Galvin, J Mulcahy, J Neville, B Davis, P O’Connor, K Neville, A Carr, P Roche, S Cogan, E Kenneally, W Walsh, C Kearney, D Mangan and E Condon. Subs: C Molloy, S Carr and S Cotter for E Corcoran, B Davis and K Neville (all second half), M Mulcahy for J Neville (33’), K Neville for A Carr (54’). Also on panel: J Walsh and S O’Brien.
Referee: Niall Barrett (Carrigtwohill).
Challenge Matches
Two Stephen Bennett goals twelve minutes apart midway through the first half were the scores, which laid the platform for Ballysaggart’s success in this hurling challenge under lights at Ballynoe on Tuesday night, March 22nd last.
Ahead at 2-07 to 0-06 to the break, he completed his hat-trick when stretching out the score to 3-09 to 0-11 to thirty seven minutes. Catherines remaining competitive. Daniel Mangan, Shane O’Brien, Eoin Condon and Rory Galvin all finding the range. A Conor Kearney goal trimmed the deficit still further. Score standing at 3-11 to 1-14 to forty seven minutes. But Ballysaggart always threatened a goal and were two point winners at the finish of a hurling challenge refereed by Mike Walsh from the home club, on an end scoreline of 4-13 to 2-17.
Look it could happen anybody. It could be us some night. But Ballygiblin were short a number of regulars for a minor hurling challenge at Ballynoe on Monday night, March 21st last. Mitchelstown CBS involved in an upcoming colleges football final in Newbridge last weekend. So don’t be reading too much into an easy victory. Still Tom O’Donnell, Tim O’Connor, Noel O’Brien and Shane Mulkerrins will take encouragement from a scoring return taking in nine different players. Again goals proved decisive in an U16 hurling challenge also at Ballynoe on Wednesday night March 23rd last. Luke O’Rourke buried a piledriver as Cappoquin shaded it at 2-02 to 0-07 to half-time. Points from Owen O’Neill and Adam O’Brien had it at 3-05 to 0-10 to the three quarter mark. Rory Heffernan was also prominent for a Cappoquin team now ahead on a scoreline of 4-09 to 0-11 to fifty three minutes. Eoin Davis scored a consolation goal from a late free for a Saints team who might have been considerably closer were it not for some poor and erratic shooting. It finished up at 4-10 to 1-11.
Latest Rebel Óg East Report -
Juvenile Hurling Championship Draws
A few weeks back the football draws were revealed. This time around it’s the turn of the underage hurling championship draws. Thirteen teams compete in the Rebel Óg East U14 B hurling championship. St Catherines are up against Donoughmore in the first round. Winners will be up against either Grenagh or Lisgoold in the subsequent quarter-final.
St Catherines have a bye into the quarter-final of the U16 B championship made up of eleven teams where they will play Bishopstown. There are ten teams in the minor A hurling championship. St Catherines to play either Courcey Rovers or Tracton in the quarter-final. Should the board not come up with neutral pitches, which is very possible, well then first named team out of the hat will be at home. That policy may continue until semi-final stage. Coiste na nÓg look after the U15 championships. While there is no U11, twelve or thirteen championship. They play league only.
Matches Played
U16 B Football League - Section Two - Round Three
St Catherines 1-04 Bishopstown 6-10
St Catherines were enjoying almost as much possession in this round three U16 B football league match played under lights at Ballynoe on Tuesday night, March 22nd last. But an inability to finish would prove costly. Cormac Galvin, Aaron Long, Owen O’Neill, Brendan McKee, Robert English and Eoin Davis all had their moment and were prominent right through. Jack Dunne and Max O‘Leary could and would punish you, for a Bishopstown team ahead at 4-06 to 0-02 at half-time.
Human nature being what it is and heads understandably dropped thereafter for a team looking tight on numbers.
Scorers: E Davis (0-01 free) (1-02), O O’Neill and B McKee (0-01 each).
St Catherines: E Sheehan, J O’Keeffe, C Galvin, A Leahy, K Barry, A Long, S Kelleher, O O’Neill, B McKee, C O’Brien, R English, A O’Brien, G England, E Davis and J Hayes.
Referee: Pádraig Kearney (Glenbower Rovers).
U14 C Football League - Section One - Round Two
Lisgoold 2-10
St Catherines 1-08
St Catherines will be disappointed with the end result from this twelve-a -side U14 C football league encounter played early in Lisgoold on Easter Sunday morning last. Kevin Barry unerring with his free taking. Ciaran O’Brien kicked over two mesmeric points, one a stunner. A skilfully taken right-footed effort, cajoled over the bar, accurately judging the influence of a prevalent strong breeze. Harry Draper goaled what can only be described as a piledriver. All contributing to Saints half-time lead on a 1-08 to 0-01 scoreline. Incredibly wouldn’t score again.
In fairness Lisgoold never panicked. Now favoured by the elements score by score they clawed back the deficit. Isaac Walsh deadly accurate with the frees and an early second half goal from open play had parity restored at 1-08 each to fifty-two minutes. Jamie Brown was now lording the midfield exchanges and a late Mark Hegarty goal confirmed a Lisgoold win on an end scoreline of 2-10 to 1-08. Definitely the cliché. “A game of two halves applies here.”
Catherines scorers: K Barry (0-03 frees) (0-04), H Draper (1-00), C O’Brien (0-02), J Hayes and G O’Brien (0-01 each).
Team: E Philpott, I Ohrim, C England, D Galvin, G England, J O’Keeffe, C O’Brien, J McGuckian, H Draper, J Hayes, G O’Brien and K Barry.
Also: S Dunning, J Duncan, C Dinneen, F O’Connell, M Geary, G Leahy and W McAuliffe. Referee: James Hennessy (Kiltha Óg).
Rebel Óg East Fixtures
Saturday April 2nd - U12 B Football League - Section Two - Round One v Carraig na bhFear (away) at 12 noon.
Monday April 4th at Castlemartyr Minor A Hurling League v Kiltha Óg at 7pm.
Lotto Results
Results from the weekly lotto draw held at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Monday night March 21st last. Numbers drawn were 1, 14, 18 and 23 and the jackpot of €8,400 wasn’t won. While the consolation winners were Ballynoe National School Building Fund; Shane Kenny, Aglish, Co Waterford; Sophie O’Flynn, Longueville, Ballynoe; Pete Hurley, c/o Dave Hoare and James ‘Junior’ Sheehan, Ballymonteen, Ballynoe. Being a bank holiday this week’s draw with a jackpot of €8,600 was held over until Tuesday night last March 29th at The Big Tree, Aghern. Results next week.
Sponsor - T ~ A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA club sponsors.
Cork Teams
A third win of the campaign for the county’s senior footballers. They are now stuck between two permutations. They play Kerry in Tralee this forthcoming weekend. Both teams have something to play for, so it will be a competitive fixture. Kerry need at least a draw to secure a place in the national football league semi-finals. Which is where the Rebels could end up should they secure a victory. Sure to be a contest with a lot of bite. That said, Cork’s place in division one now looks secure. It will be the first of two major fixtures between the counties in the upcoming days. Cork and Kerry are also meeting in the provincial U21 football championship final. Watch out too for the Galway/Cork national hurling league division one relegation final. Fixed for Salthill on the toss of a coin.
And finally Ballynoe Point-to-Points
Much closer to home and a virtual institution in the parish. Our own little Fairyhouse, Aintree, Cheltenham and Punchestown. Yet all wrapped into one. Imagine that ? This forthcoming Sunday April 3rd sees the staging of the annual Ballynoe point-to-point race meeting. Hopefully the weather remains tolerable and the meeting is the success it deserves to be.
Thu, Apr 07, 2016 Club News April 7th 2016

Busy week upon us
No doubt this is the busiest week of the new season thus far. A plethora of matches are down for decision in an intense Rebel Óg East programme of activity. With the junior B football championship commencing and an away trip in the county junior hurling league also featuring. We could do with an improvement in the despicable weather conditions.
Into early April and two adult championship games have been played. A loss to Carrigtwohill in the U21 B football, balanced by a well earned home win over Lisgoold in a preliminary round of the East Cork junior A football championship. This forthcoming weekend St Catherines meet Aghada in the first round of the divisional junior B football championship. What players are available have been brought together for a few challenge games. Those that didn’t feature against Lisgoold can also be used. We wish mentors John Mulcahy (team manager), Paul O’Connell, Denis Walsh, John D Cotter and Noel Earley and panel of players the very best of good luck. Game on in Dungourney this upcoming Friday evening.
Now let’s put you in the picture. St Catherines have been awarded the points from the round one fixture v Castlemagner in the county junior A hurling league. Agreed it’s all about matches. But apparently not meeting deadlines is punishable. This weekend we face the lengthy trip to Kilmeen to play Kilbreen in a second round game. Its expected teams play a match once a month in the competition. Kilbreen with a win over Courcey Rovers second choice string already under the feet. Banteer, Churchtown, Ballinora and Brian Dillons complete what is section one of a three-group set up. We met once before in a high profile encounter. St Catherines played Kilbree in the county minor B hurling championship final of 2008. Played in Carrigaline on the afternoon of Saturday, October 11th with a 4.30pm start, it was refereed by Oliver Webb of Tracton. A deserving win for the Saints. But they had to stick to their task against a Kilbree team who wear blue and white colours. Ahead 1-08 to 0-08 at half-time and 3-14 to 0-14 to fifty four minutes, it finished up 3-15 to 1-15 in favour of the Saints. Shane Walsh scored 2-01. Other goal scorer was Cal Aherne. Team captain was Ronan Clancy.
This was the team and panel: Ed Aherne, Sean Beecher, Conor Hegarty, Denis Lane, Stephen O’Brien, Ronan Clancy, Conor Kearney, Seamus Kearney, Brian Mulcahy, John Hurley, Patrick Roche, Brian Twomey, Shane Walsh, Alan Mangan, Colm Ahern. Sub used was John Paul Lee. Also on panel were: Matthew Mulcahy, Andy Murphy, Stephen Mills, William Walsh, Rory O’Connor, Richie O’Dea, Donal McAuliffe, Daniel Hayes, Paul England and Steven O’Brien.
How many of those players will be around on Sunday afternoon?
Challenge matches
Youghal won out the battle of the teams’ second strings in a junior B football challenge played under lights at Ballynoe on bank holiday Monday night, March 28th last. Brendan Coleman and Thomas Coleman were dominant for the visitors ahead at four points without reply to eleven minutes and again at 1-04 to 0-02 by half-time. Thomas O’Donnell and Noel O’Brien with a brace of eyecatching and well-taken points for the home based teams. Two John Walsh second half goals kept it competitive right up to the finish. Youghal still ahead on a scoreline of 1-11 to 2-03. Mike Walsh refereed.
Last Thursday night was meeting night in the club. Juvenile timed for 8.00pm. A lengthy adult meeting to follow. Running concurrent was a junior football challenge against Castletownroche in the floodlit pitch. Catherines winning by the slimmest of margins. Final score 2-08 to 1-10.
Sandwiched between these two games was a junior B hurling challenge at the same venue on Wednesday night, March 30th against Dungourney. Goals from Laurence O’Connor and Kevin Mangan edging the saints ahead at 2-02 to 0-05 by half-time. With strong and influential performances by Warren McCarthy, Dylan Murphy and in particular Stephen Hickey, parity was restored by full time. Score standing at 2-4 to 0-10. Ex Catherines underage player Jonathon O’Connell now of Watergrasshill and Glenville was on the whistle. Two proposed juvenile challenge games weren’t held.
Rebel Og East update
Under twelve B
football league
Section two round one
Carraig na bhFear 0-04
St Catherine’s 5-08
St Catherine’s were that bit too strong for game and gallant opposition when the opening match in the under twelve B football league was played in Carrig na bhFear on Saturday morning last.
Scorers: G O’Brien (2-03), C O’Donoghue (2-01), J Mulcahy (1-01), S Cotter (0-2) and B O’Connor (0-1).
Team: W O’Driscoll, K Wallace, J O’Callaghan, D Morrison, S O’Donoghue, A O’Donnell, B O’Connor, O Fitzgerald, S Cotter, G O’Brien, F O’Connell, C O’Donoghue and J Mulcahy. Also on panel: C Sheehan, C McAuliffe, C Feeney.
Fixtures
Adult Club
Friday, April 8th at Dungourney junior B football championship first round v Aghada at 6.45pm.
Sunday, April 10th at Kilmeen county junior A hurling league section one round two v Kilbree at 2pm.
Rebel Óg East fixtures
Tonight (Thursday) April 7th at Ballynoe under fourteen B hurling league section two round one v Watergrasshill at 7pm.
Tonight (Thursday) April 7th at Ballynoe minor A hurling league round two v Cobh at 7.30pm.
Tonight (Thursday) April 7th at Rathcormac under eleven football league group one round one v Bride Rovers at 7pm.
Saturday, April 9th at Ballynoe under twelve B football league section two round two v Fr O’Neill’s at 11.30am.
Wednesday, April 13th under sixteen B hurling league section two round two v Carraig na bhFear (away) at 7.30pm.
Easter mini skills camp
Following on the success of the Hallowe’en undertaking, the Easter mini skills camp took place in the pitches in Ballynoe from Tuesday to Thursday of last week. Times were 10am to 12 noon each of the three days. Seventy children attended from the three primary schools of the parish. Forty one boys and twenty nine girls were present. Camp co-ordinator was James Spillane. Coaches were Mike Walsh, Noel O’Brien, Alice O’Keeffe, Laura Hayes, Kieran Neville, Shane O’Brien, Dino Paolo, Evelyn O’Keeffe, Eoin Davis, Mairead Rohan and Thomas O’Donnell. Helpers were: Brendan McKee, Niamh Mulcahy, Eve England, Caoimhe Hayes, Eoin Sheehan and Niamh O’Regan. Thanks to all the parents and club members who helped out in anyway, in particular Redmond Higgins, Ann Bryan, Breda Temple, Deirdre Twomey and Mags Fitzgerald.
That should whet the appetite now for the annual cúl camp to be held in the pitches in Ballynoe later in the summer.
Club meeting
Next club meeting takes place in Ballynoe on Thursday night, April 21st. Time 9pm.
Sponsor
St Catherine’s GAA Club sponsors are T~A Plant Hire, Ballynoe.
Lotto
Being a bank holiday last week’s lotto draw was held back until Wednesday night, March 29th at The Big Tree, Aghern. Numbers drawn were 7, 9, 19 and 24 and the jackpot of €8,600 wasn’t won. Consolation winners on the night being David O’Keeffe, Lismore; Willie, Shane, Liam and Elaine Kearney, Carrigmore, Conna; Denise O’Connor, Ronan Clancy, Monaghan, Conna and Pat Beecher, Kilclare, Conna.
Most recent lotto draw with a jackpot of €8,800 was set for the Fisherman’s Rest in Conna on Monday night last April 7th. Results next week.
Cork Teams
Difficult to know where you start. Perhaps in the football the Rebels were a tad unlucky. Those heavy defeats inflicted by Donegal and in particular Roscommon at Pairc Uí Rinn is what eventually undid their division one status.
Remember Donegal into the quarter-final and Cork relegated, both finished the division one table on six league points. But were poles apart come scoring status. Three wins from the regular group matches attained. Yet down they go. Ironically Cork who bagged no points survived when overcoming the challenge of Galway in the national hurling league division one relegation final. We are all delighted, but wise enough to know the system must be flawed. These relegation finals are dubious. Sure looking at the top end of the table and should there be any league finals at all? Top team wins and that’s that. Sure that’s how all league tables are judged. Irrespective of what the sport is. Food for thought!!!!
Thu, Mar 24, 2016 Club News March 24th 2016
Junior footballers get the better of Lisgoold
East Cork junior A football championship preliminary round
St Catherines 2-06 Lisgoold 0-10
St Catherines just saw off the challenge of Lisgoold in this East Cork junior A football championship preliminary round when played under lights at Ballynoe on Friday night last. They now advance a couple of stages. While it was a result which provided a great fillip for the game within the club. Also providing compensation of sorts for a heavy first round loss to Carrigtwohill in the U21 championship at Ballynoe just three weeks previous. All in all a good night’s work.
A contest dominated by the scoring exploits of both number 14s. Daniel Mangan for the home based team and in particular John Cashman for the opposition. Kicking over all bar one of their registered ten points.
Some exquisite and skilfully taken points were scored by both teams in the opening passages of play. When the Saints challenge would receive a timely boost. A delightful defence splitting Daniel Mangan pass hit the target Eoin Condon right on the button. Duly fouled with team captain Mangan coolly slotting home the awarded penalty kick and a lead of 1-01 to 0-01 established just short of five minutes in. Lisgoold only slightly probably had the better of it then to the break. Ahead by the minimum on a half time 0-07 to 1-03 scoreline.
Maybe a few postitional changes were telling. But the Saints were assuming control as the contest evolved. Shooting forward wing back Kieran Neville popped over a beauty. Sixty seconds later Mangan was again on target and the teams were now level for the third and last time. Defining moment emerging, Shane O’Brien was involved. Before at the second time of asking Eoin Condon drilled in a second Saints goal. Lisgoold lost a halfback to two yellows. Another Saints defender Rory Galvin, up in attack and another crucial point and by forty-eight minutes were now ahead on a scoreline of 2-06 to 0-08.
Barry Aherne and aforementioned Cashman halved the deficit in the ensuing minutes. But the Saints held on for a very much-deserved victory.
Lisgoold scorers: J Cashman (0-06 frees) (0-09) and B Aherne (0-01).
St Catherines scorers: D Mangan (1-0 penalty) (0-02 frees) (1-14), E Condon (1-0), K Neville and R Galvin (0-01 each).
St Catherines team: C Molloy, R Galvin, J Mulcahy, J Neville, W Walsh, L O’Connor, K Neville, A Carr, P O’Connor, S Cogan, E Kenneally, S O’Brien, E Condon, D Mangan (team captain), C Kearney. Sub: P Roche for A Carr (51’), also on panel: E Corcoran, T O’Donnell, B Davis, D O’Connor and J Walsh.
Referee: Niall Barrett (Carrigtwohill).
U21 final
While Aghada proved too strong for Glanmire, winning on a scoreline of 2-18 to 1-06 when the East Cork U21 A football final went ahead at Ballynoe on Saturday afternoon last. Dominic Rooney of Carrigtwohill refereed.
Junior B hurling challenge
Stephen O’Donnell clung a beauty, as the Saints were off to a flyer against Midleton in a junior B hurling challenge again under lights in Ballynoe on Saturday night last. Mark O’Keeffe around the middle very accurate as the Magpies turned it around and were 0-10 to 1-02 ahead at the break. Ian O’Brien goaled a close in free. Parity restored at 2-04 to 0-10 five minutes into the second half. However the opposition began to pull away and a brace of final quarter goals from Oisin Cotter confirmed a Midleton win. Final score 2-18 to 2-07, referee was Jim Hennessy from Dungourney.
Rebel Og East report
Minor B football league, section three, round two
Kiltha Óg 0-10
St Catherines 0-07
Kiltha Óg maintained their unbeaten start to the season, recording a three point success over the Saints when this round two minor B football league tie went ahead under lights at Dungourney on Monday night, March 14th last.
Still U16 player Joe Stack was impressive for the opposition kicking over six points, all but one from open play for a Kiltha side ahead at half-time on a 0-06 to 0-04 scoreline.
Thomas O’Donnell and in particular Rory Galvin kicked some good points from placed balls for the visitors who pressed hard through the third quarter. But wasteful shooting would prove their undoing. Conor Hickey with the only point from play was the return.
Scorers: R Galvin (0-04 frees), T O’Donnell (0-02 frees) and C Hickey (0-01).
St Catherines team: O O’Neill, S O’Regan, N O’Callaghan, C Galvin, L Beecher, K Neville, A Long, R Galvin, E Wallace, P Keane, T O’Donnell, K English, C Hickey, N O’Regan and A O’Brien.
Referee: John Kirby (Midleton).
U14 C football league section one – round one
St Catherines 6-07 Crosshaven 4-07
A successful start to the campaign for the Saints recording an eventful six point success when the opening match of the twelve a side under fourteen C football league campaign was played in near perfect conditions at Ballynoe on Sunday last at 12.00 noon.
Goals from William Leamy and Harry Draper ninety seconds apart had the home team in the ascendancy and ahead on a half-time scoreline of 2-06 to 2-01. A timely double save from Evan Philpott early on also a contributing factor against a Crosshaven team who battled away, never gave up and had influential players in Robert Twomey and David Murphy.
Perhaps the decisive moments of the second half came about when Kevin Barry’s penalty kick was saved, but was on hand to goal the rebound. Substitute Gearóid O’Brien also impressed, worked for their goals. He will see plenty of game time.
Scorers: K Barry (0-03 frees) (0-01 45’) (2-05), G O’Brien (2-01), H Draper (1-01) and W Leamy (1-0).
Team: E Piggott, M Geary, E O’Riordan, J O’Keeffe, C O’Brien, D Galvin, J McGuckian, T Hartnett, H Draper, J Hayes, K Barry, W Leamy.
Also present: W McAuliffe, S Dunning, G England, C Dineen, C England, G Leahy, G O’Brien, F O’Connell and B O’Connor.
Referee: Padraig Kearney (Killeagh).
Rebel Óg fixture
Sunday, March 27th U14 C football league section one round two v Lisgoold (away) at 11.00am.
Easter camp
St Catherines underage section are holding a three day Easter camp. Dates are Tuesday, March 29th to Thursday, March 31st. Times are 10am to 12 noon and it costs €15 per child. Payable on the first morning. Its open to both boys and girls registered with St Catherines GAA and Camogie clubs. Check with secretary Imelda O’Connell as we may be gone beyond the date for entry.
Camogie quiz
With the junior football championship on in the pitch we were unable to make the annual camogie club quiz. Hopefully it was the success it deserved to be.
Lotto results
Early copy last week due to our national feast day celebrations. Omitted were the lotto results from the draw held at The Plough, Curraglass, on Monday night, March 14th. Numbers drawn were 1, 23, 27 and 29 and the €8,200 jackpot wasn’t won. Consolation winners were – Nora Cotter, Fermoy, Sheila O’Leary, c/o DH, Mike Scanlon, Ballyduff, Ann O’Donovan, Leeside, Tivoli, Cork and Maura O’Sullivan, Mohera, Castlelyons. Don’t forget being Easter weekend, next draw at The Big Tree, Aghern will be on Tuesday night, March 29th. Lotto results will be updated in due course.
Sponsor
T~A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
Cork
Well that’s it, a rousing last quarter against Waterford and a decent home performance against the Cats. Apart from that – little else. Cork now play Galway to decide who stays in the premier group of the national hurling league. You know what and it hurts to have to say it. But there should be no relegation final, bottom team goes. That should be it. Galway secured four points through their regular campaign encompassing one win. Ironically over Cork and two draws compared to the Rebels return that should be enough to stay up. Yet lose this and down they go. Something not right about that.
A home win over Down this upcoming weekend would prove a massive boost to retain division one status in the national football league. Remember a trip to Tralee is coming up. While there’s also a Cork/Kerry Munster U21 football championship final.
Enjoy the festivities and don’t eat too many Easter eggs!
Thu, Mar 17, 2016 Club News March 17th 2016
Junior football championship weekend
Condensed week, early copy deadline, so this report, submitted at 9am on Monday morning just gone past, March 14th is based on the belief that St. Catherines play Lisgoold in a preliminary round of the East Cork junior ‘A’ football championship this upcoming weekend. Some publications have it down for tonight (Wednesday), but Friday night is more than likely closer to the mark.
St Catherines have played a number of challenge games with various results. Unfortunately would lose their only competitive game thus far at home to Castlemartyr in round one of the divisional junior football league division three. Played under lights at Ballynoe on Wednesday night, February 24th. Final score being 0-12 to 1-05 in favour of the opposition.
This is a match of major importance. A win sees the team advance on the road. While not the end of the world, a loss signals an equally fast approaching first round proper date with Aghada. Also coming up are the first rounds of the junior B football championship. Followed by the second round of matches in the divisional junior A. A bit like that traditional Irish hit from the mid nineteen sixties – “Sure we’re football crazy”, “We’re football mad”!
Catherines have a two-pronged motivational factor going into this aforementioned important football championship encounter. That of erasing the memory of the first round loss to Carrigtwohill in the U21 B football championship. Even of more relevance is the fact this weekend’s opposition Lisgoold inflicted a fairly heavy beating when the teams met in a first round clash at Castlelyons on the afternoon of Saturday, March 30th 2013. An early goal had Lisgoold on a solid footing and were 1-04 to 0-02 up at half-time having played against a stiffish breeze. Running out comprehensive victors after that. Winning on an end scoreline of 1-12 to 0-03. Matthew Mulcahy was sole scorer for the Saints. We wish team manager John Mulcahy along with fellow selectors Noel Earley, John D Cotter, Paul O’Connell and Denis Walsh and all the players, the very best of good luck. Just to whet the appetite this was the team that played against Lisgoold three years ago:
Colm Molloy (team captain), John Casey, Ed Kenneally, John Mulcahy, Dave Wallace, Liam O’Connor, Aaron Neville, Padraig O’Connor, Shane Fitzgerald, Marty Connolly, Laurence O’Connor, Shane Cogan, Matthew Mulcahy, Eoin Condon, Padraig Noonan. Subs used were: Conor Hegarty, Daniel Mangan and Daniel Hayes.
Following a toss of a coin Catherines were subsequently eliminated from the championship following a second round loss at home to Cobh.
Fixtures
Adult club
Friday, March 18th junior ‘A’ football championship preliminary round v Lisgoold at 7.30pm. Venue TBC.
Rebel Óg East
Sunday, March 20th at Ballynoe U14 ‘C’ football league section one round one v Crosshaven at 12 noon.
Juvenile football championship draws
Departing a recent Rebel Óg East meeting in Silversprings Hotel and we were informed that the juvenile championship draws were set for Páirc Úi Rinn on the following Tuesday night, March 8th at 7.30pm. They were subsequently transferred to Nemo Rangers. Only the football draws are to hand.
Twelve teams constitute the twelve-a-side under fourteen C football championship. Necessitating four first round games into the quarter-finals where they will play either Brian Dillons or Shamrocks. In the event of no neutral pitch being found, Catherines are the first team out of the hat and therefore should be at home.
There are nineteen teams entered for the U16 B football championship requiring three first round matches. St Catherines are away to Kilmurry in what will be one of eight second round matches. We might get the tea from Jimmy Murphy!
There are a plethora of teams in the Rebel Óg East minor B football championship. Twenty five in all. That means there are nine first round games. It’s Kiltha Óg v St Catherines, winners to play either Kinsale or Whitechurch in one of eight second round matches to follow. It looks as if the equivalent hurling draws were set for the most recent board meeting scheduled for Nemo Rangers last night (Tuesday, March 15th).
Club meeting
Don’t forget a meeting of the adult club takes place tonight (Wednesday), March 16th at 9pm.
Sponsor
T~A Plant Hire, Ballynoe, are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
Lotto results
As we let you know it was early copy because of our national feast day celebrations. Lotto winners will be notified. Locals have access to posters. Results will be published on the website. Next week will carry the results from the most recent draw for a jackpot of €8,200 scheduled for The Plough Bar in Curraglass on Monday night last, March 14th.
Camogie club quiz
Camogie club fundraising annual table quiz takes place on Friday night coming, March 18th at The Big Tree in Aghern. Raffle and spot prizes on the night. All-Ireland winners, Orla Cotter, Finola Neville and the O’Duffy Cup will be in attendance. Great night assured.
Cork
Watching last weekend’s series of league matches and the win over Monaghan reinvigorates the still outside prospects of maintaining division one status in the national football league. Down and Kerry are the matches left.
Now a horrible thought for the hurlers of Cork and Tipperary. They meet in their regular group match in Thurles this weekend. But if permutations don’t go according to plan, they could conceivably meet again in the relegation final. Talk about getting to know each other and a first round championship encounter now just over nine weeks away. Hardly ideal is it?
Thu, Mar 03, 2016 Club News March 3rd 2016
Senior championship match for Ballynoe
Draws made at the county convention back on Sunday, December 13th now have venues put on them. Big game for Páirc Naomh Caitríonaigh is the pairing of Bride Rovers and Youghal in the first round of the Cork county senior hurling championship. Youghal will have happy memories of the venue. A late point from a youthful Darragh O’Connell saw them defeat near neighbours Killeagh by the slimmest of margins in a second round clash there last summer. Bride Rovers have been visitors on numerous occasions over the years.
Youghal and Bride Rovers will meet at Ballynoe on Saturday evening, May 28th. Throw in time will be 7.30pm.
U21 Hurling Draw
Eleven teams constitute a rejigged East Cork U21 A hurling championship, requiring three first round matches. Draws made at a recent meeting in Midleton, with St Catherines paired to meet last year’s East Cork and county champions, Watergrasshill, in the quarter-final. To simplify matters all teams grade A now participate in the newly introduced U21 premier hurling championship organised by the county board. With B grade teams now playing off for the 21 A. It’s easy once you know how.
East Cork U21 B Football Championship First Round
St Catherines 1-05 Carrigtwohill 1-08
Disappointment for the Saints in a contest which realistically could have gone either way. At the finish losing out by a three-point margin, when this evenly fought divisional U21 B football championship first round tie was played in overcast but very acceptable conditions at Ballynoe on Saturday afternoon last.
Catherines couldn’t have asked for a better start. Rory Galvin coolly slotting home a penalty kick on eleven minutes. Carrigtwohill clawed their way back into a contest where both sides found scores difficult to come by. But it was a goal, which would keep the home side’s noses to the fore on a half time scoreline of 1-01 to 0-03.
Carrigtwohill were ahead for the first time. Conor O’Mahony volleying home a spectacular goal, which would do any Premiership player proud, seven minutes into the second half. Yet they didn’t build on it and in fairness the Saints responded well to the concession of the goal. Thomas O’Donnell pointed a free. Team captain Eoin Condon in an exchange of passes with Shane O’Brien, pointed from play. Margin of deficit trimmed to the minimum.
Eventually O’Brien picked out John Walsh, now up in the forwards and he duly popped over the equaliser at 1-05 apiece to forty-seven minutes. Level for the second time in a contest still very much up for grabs. Carrigtwohill took it from there. Tallied the three subsequent and winning points of the match, yet anything was possible right up to the finish.
Carrigtwohill scorers: C O’Mahony (0-01 ‘45’) (1-01), L O’Kelly Regan (0-01 free) (0-02), J McCarthy, L Gosnell, D O’Driscoll, D Crotty and E O’Mahony (free) (0-01 each).
St Catherines scorers: R Galvin (1-00 penalty), E Condon and T O’Donnell (0-01 free) (0-02 each) and J Walsh (0-01).
St Catherines team: Eoin Corcoran, Eoin Wallace, Cathal Leahy, John Walsh, Philip Keane, Rory Galvin, Richard Galvin, Kieran Neville, Eoin Condon (team captain), Thomas O’Donnell, Cormac Mulcahy, Stephen O’Donnell, Christopher O’Donnell, Ian O’Brien and Shane O’Brien. Subs: Shane O’Regan and Niall O’Regan for Cormac Mulcahy and Christopher O’Donnell (both second half), Kieran English for Ian O’Brien (43’).
Referee: Arthur Murphy (Glenbower Rovers).
Junior Football League Division Three
St Catherines 1-05 Castlemartyr 0-12
Twice derailed because of poor weather conditions, this division three junior football league tie was eventually played under lights at Ballynoe on Wednesday night, February 24th last.
Very much an even contest through the opening exchanges, exemplified by a score of 0-02 apiece to three minutes and again at 0-04 each after twenty-two minutes. Castlemartyr had just taken the lead for the first time when Eddie Clifford pointed. But just before the break a timely Pádraig O’Connor pass released Daniel Mangan for the game’s only goal on twenty-seven minutes and a half-time lead for the home based team on a scoreline of 1-04 to 0-06.
Both teams were making changes, positional and personal on the change of ends, but it was the visitors who were making the greatest impression. Five Jamie Stack points from placed balls and open play inflicting the greatest damage and proving the match winning scores. Following a foul on Thomas O’Donnell it was John Walsh who pointed the game’s final score from the resultant free. Crediting the home full forward line with their tally of 1-05. Ian O’Brien finding the target after two minutes.
St Catherines scorers: D Mangan (1-02), J Walsh (0-01 free) (0-02) and I O’Brien (0-01).
St Catherines team: E Corcoran, P Ryan, J Mulcahy, R Galvin, B Davis, P O’Connor, K Neville, J Neville, L O’Connor, S Cogan, S O’Brien, T O’Donnell, I O’Brien, D Mangan and J Walsh. Subs: S O’Donnell, A Carr and C Molloy for I O’Brien, P Ryan and E Corcoran (all second half). I O’Brien for D Mangan (45’), P Ryan for S Cogan (54’).
Referee: James ‘Dingle’ Daly (Youghal).
Minor Football
Tonight (Thursday) sees the official start of the juvenile competitive season with the commencement of the Rebel Óg East minor B football league. Team manager Tom O’Donnell brought whatever players he had available to him when losing out in a challenge game against Killavullen under lights at Ballynoe on Sunday night last. It finished up on a 2-07 to 1-03 scoreline.
National Leagues
Cork’s league fortunes are still on the slide. Last Sunday’s performance, leaving result aside, is unacceptable. As we said before their destiny could well be decided as early as this forthcoming Saturday evening. Double header against the Dubs. Both in Croke Park. Hurling at 5pm followed at 7pm by the football. Both games on satellite TV. Lovely!
Registration Morning
We hinted at this last week. Another mention for the registration morning. So here we go. Juvenile GAA registration morning comes up on this forthcoming Saturday, March 5th in Ballynoe. Those born in 2006 and younger is timed for 10am to 11am. Those born in 2005 and older from 11am to 12 noon. Take note annual registration is €20 per child. There will be a fun training session for all children. Refreshments for adults. Club gear available to purchase.
A reminder from juvenile treasurer, Eleanor Galvin, that all juvenile GAA players who have their 2016 membership paid on or before 12.30pm on the day will be entered into a draw. Lucky winner can choose either a half-zip top, new style training t-shirt or gear bag. New members are welcome.
Scór na bPáistí
St Catherines will be doubly represented in this upcoming weekend’s divisional Scór na bPáistí finals. Hannah Kenneally performing, ‘Ar Eireann Ní N-Eoisfainn Cé Hí’ representing the camogie club is through in the solo singing. Also into the final are the instrumental music group made up of Kian O’Donoghue, Hannah Norman, Colm Hurley, Fionn McKee and Dylan Murphy performing ‘The Three Flowers’ and ‘The Sally Gardens’ for the hurling team. Well done to all and that goes for the non-qualifiers too. East Cork Scór na bPáistí finals are on in the Community Centre in Watergrasshill on this forthcoming Sunday afternoon, March 6th. Starting at 2.30pm.
Sympathy
Last week saw the sad death of William John Fitzgerald, ex of Aghern, but in more recent times Ladysbridge. He would be the late brother of Michael who lives in Conna village. William John played for the club in his juvenile days. Lining out in a county U14 hurling championship match vs Passage. A team that also included Michael Lane of Shanakill who went on to become secretary of St Catherines for a five year period in the early nineties. On the Passage team would be John Horgan, future Blackrock and Cork star. Ar dheis De go raibh a hainm dílis.
Poker Classic
Conna Community Council are holding a fundraiser poker classic on Friday night March 4th. Venue is The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna. Proceeds towards Community Development Projects.
Quizzes
Also on Friday night, March 4th is the annual pre Cheltenham quiz in aid of the Cork/Waterford Injured Jockeys Fund. That takes place in The Winners Enclosure. While coming up later in the month the camogie club will stage their annual fundraising table quiz. All-Ireland winners Orla Cotter and Finola Neville along with the O’Duffy Cup will be in attendance at The Big Tree, Aghern on Friday night, March 18th. We will mention this again closer to the time.
Rebel Óg East Fixture
Tonight (Thursday) March 3rd at Ballynoe - Minor B Football League Section Three round one v Youghal at 7.30pm.
Sponsor
T ~ A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
Lotto Jackpot at €8,000
Finally the results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night last, February 29th. Numbers drawn were 7, 15, 25 and 28 and there was no winner of the €7,800 jackpot. Consolation winners being Seán Cronin, c/o The Big Tree; Donal Leahy, Curraheen, Conna; Paddy O’Leary, Ballybride, Conna; Marian Forbes, c/o PH, Conna and Tommy Hurley, c/o The Big Tree, Aghern.
With an attractive €8,000 jackpot, next week’s draw will be at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna on Monday night, March 7th.
Thu, Feb 25, 2016 Club News Feb 25th 2016
Cath’s v Ita’s in battle of the Saints
After much deliberation there is no alteration to the schedule, for now at least. St Catherines have been paired with last year’s defeated finalists St Ita’s in the first round of the divisional junior A hurling championship. Sponsored by East Cork Oil with the outright winners receiving the prestigious Jamesy Kelleher Cup, it remains the showpiece competition for the East Cork board. But for how long more? It’s likely the whole structure of the junior hurling championship both at divisional and county level will be reviewed again at the end of the current playing season.
This year’s East Cork junior A hurling championship of thirteen teams of which just six are first choice starts, with the preliminary round pairing of Carrig na bhFear and Sarsfields. Winners progress. With the losers going on to meet Carrigtwohill in the first round proper. Whoever gets beat there goes on to meet the losers of Catherine’s and Ita’s in round two.
Twelve teams constitute the junior B hurling championship. Catherine’s will be up against Aghada in the opening round. Winners advance with the defeated team to play the losers of Cloyne and Erin’s Own in the subsequent round. This year’s junior B hurling manager is Noel Kielthy, ably assisted by fellow selectors Liam O’Connell and Billy Neville.
Junior A hurling manager Pat Clancy tells us that the Saints will reside in section one of the county junior A hurling league. An entirely different competition from the divisional league, it also involves Kilbree, Ballinora, Banteer, Churchtown, Courcey Rovers, Brian Dillons and Castlemagner.
Meanwhile Blarney, Killeagh, Mayfield, Donoughmore, Millstreet, St James’ and Shanballymore are in group two. Cloughduv, Cobh, Freemount, Lisgoold, Passage, St Colums, Tullylease and St Oliver Plunketts make up section three. Group winners are automatic semi-finalists. With the fourth place going to the team with the highest points tally accumulated over the three groups, encompassing those teams finishing runners-up.
Results over the years haven’t been great for the panel of players facing Carrigtwohill in the first knockout competition of the season. Originally billed for last weekend but due to prevailing pitch conditions put back seven days. Meaning the divisional under twenty one B football championship kicks off now this forthcoming Saturday afternoon. Maybe we are not comparing like with like, whereas an U14 can’t play minor yet three years later an under seventeen is available to play twenty one. We wish team manager Liam O’Connor, selectors and panel of players the very best of luck.
Fixture
Saturday, February 27th under twenty one B football championship first round v Carrigtwohill at 2.30pm. Venue TBC.
National hurling league
Reigning title holders Waterford need one more win or possibly a draw from their three remaining matches to ensure a place in the knockout stages of this year’s national hurling league. They could well be there already depending on how results pan out. Overall, they are now unbeaten in this competition going back a season and a half, compare that to the Rebels. Pointless after two matches and with each upcoming match looking more difficult by the week, two of their three remaining ties are away. Only game at home to come is against Kilkenny. No sir – it sure ain’t easy.
Focus now shifts to football again. This upcoming weekend Roscommon come to town. Buoyed up with a win from Killarney last time on the road, it looks as if Cork’s league prospects in both codes might well be decided on the first weekend of March. Both footballers and hurlers in Croke Park for a double header against the Dubs on Saturday evening, March 5th. Hurling starting at 5pm. Throw in for the football two hours later at 7pm. We will see what picture emerges after that.
Sympathy
Our condolences go to Tom Twomey and family, Ballyheen, Castlelyons on the sad passing of son Liam last week. Uncle John featured on Saints teams throughout the fifties and sixties. A brother also called John played a lot of hurling and football in his juvenile days. Perhaps his biggest achievement was lining out at full back on the county winning under sixteen B football team of 2002, beating Sean Clarachs of Charleville on a ferocious wet day at Ballygiblin in the decider itself. Ar dheis de go raibh a h-ainm dhílis.
Scór na bpaisti
Best of luck to all participants who take part in the divisional semi-finals of Scor na bPaisti this upcoming weekend February 27th/28th at Lisgoold Community Hall.
Club meetings
Slight adjustment to the time of one of tonight’s meetings, Thursday, February 25th with the juvenile now going ahead at 8pm. Followed by adult club meeting one hour later at 9pm. Both meetings in the clubrooms, Ballynoe.
Registration
Juvenile registration takes place on the morning of Saturday, March 5th. It is hoped to start at 10am with the younger players from ages six up. Second hour from 11am up takes in those players from under twelve up. Registration will be in the dressing rooms. Tea will be served in the meeting room.
A reminder from underage treasurer Eleanor Galvin that all juvenile players who have their membership paid on or before the registration morning of March 5th will be entered into a draw. Lucky winner can choose either a half zip top new style training t-shirt or a gearbag. We will revisit this again next week.
Sponsor
T~A Plant Hire Ballynoe are St Catherine’s GAA Club sponsors.
Lotto
Results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at the Big Tree Aghern, on Monday night last, February 22nd. Numbers drawn were 8, 16, 21, 22. There was no winner of the €7,600 jackpot. Consolation winners being Carol O’Brien, Rathdrum, Ballynoe; Gerard Cashman, Bridepark, Conna; Billy O’Connell, Ballynoe; Kathleen Joseph Cullinane, c/o PH, Conna and Dette Hogan, Conna.
So with a jackpot now standing at €7,800 next week’s draw on Monday night February 29th will be at the Fisherman’s Rest, Conna.
Thu, Feb 04, 2016 Club News February 4th 2016
Championship draws being made

Seventeen teams make up this year’s East Cork junior A league championship, draws for which were made at the most recent divisional board meeting held at the Midleton GAA pavilion on Wednesday night, January 27th last. St Catherine’s meet Lisgoold in a preliminary round tie to a championship scheduled to start on week ending March 12th/13th.
Meanwhile, Aghada are junior B football opposition down to start the week after Easter! But first championship of the new season is traditionally the under twenty one football scheduled for commencement on weekending February 20th/21st. St Catherine’s have been paired with Carrigtwohill in what is one of four first round games. Winners advance to a scheduled meeting with either Carrignavar or Fr O’Neill’s in the quarter final. It still hasn’t been decided what structure the junior A hurling championship will entail.

Junior football challenge
Two goals ten minutes apart midway through the first half laid the platform for Saints success over a dogged Glenville effort when this junior football challenge was played under lights at Ballynoe on Saturday night last.
Attacking half back Padraig O’Connor on target with the first. A sweet three man attacking move saw the ever dangerous Eoin Condon, who finished with an overall tally of 1-05, score the second as the Saints surged to a half-time lead of 2-05 to 0-03 against a Glenville side short a few regulars.
Daniel Mangan popped over a brace of mercurial points on the turnaround. A joy to behold, as the Saints drove on. Stretching their advantage to lead 2-10 to 0-05 after a Matthew Mulcahy point on forty two minutes.
But thereafter took their eyes off the ball a little, their challenge becoming that bit ragged. Always a dangerous precedence against Glenville. They began to claw back that deficit score by score. Cathal Moloney goaling on fifty minutes after a previous penalty kick rose over the bar. Lucky there!!!
However the home team steadied the ship winning a junior football challenge refereed by Mike Walsh on an end scoreline of 2-13 to 1-10.

Harty Cup
Commiserations to all concerned on a brave challenge just coming unstuck when St Colman’s, Fermoy just lost out to Ardscoil Rís, Luimneach in the Harty Cup semi-final played at Kilmallock on Saturday last at 12 noon.
Behind 0-07 to 0-05 at the break it was a Kyle Cronin goal early on the change of ends had Colmans ahead. Just failing to maintain that slender advantage to the end. Eoin Davis, Kieran Neville and Eoin Wallace started. Introduced were Richard Galvin and Thomas O’Donnell. While Shane O’Regan and Niall O’Regan were also members of the panel. Ardscoil Rís winning on a final scoreline of 0-13 to 1-09. They now meet Our Lady’s Secondary School, Templemore in the final. The defeated DLS, Waterford in the other semi-final at Bansha.

Juvenile gradings revealed
Submitted towards the end of last season and the gradings for all club juvenile teams in both codes from under twelve to minor have been revealed. We will look at the football this week. It will be the turn of the hurlers next time around. Under twelves are graded B as are a load of other teams. A group that could take a bit of sorting. There are no entries in the thirteen and fifteen competitions. Fourteen teams including the Saints will play in the C grade under fourteen football league. Both the under sixteen and minor footballers play in the B leagues.

National league
A good start is what has stood to Cork in all their recent national football league campaigns, which in fairness have been impressive. A good start helps boost confidence, build up a momentum and be in a better position to absorb defeats which will come later on. They were way too good for Mayo this time around. Mayo were short in the build-up. Overshadowing the fact that Cork were also minus a few regulars, but it’s going to be tough. You definitely need at least six points to avoid the drop. That’s how it is. That’s how competitive its going to be. As what appear to be strange results will surface every week. For instance it will be tough going to Ballyshannon this upcoming weekend.
Dublin off to a flyer as well. They go to Mayo this weekend, either Westport or Castlebar and while you’d fancy the reigning champions watch out for one of those strange results there. Anyway its up and running and great to have it back. A reminder that the equivalent hurling league starts weekending February 13th/14th.
Club camogie is now dominated by three clubs at national level. Cork stars Milford, All Ireland champions of 2013 and 2014 defeated the reigning champions Oulart the Ballagh in the All-Ireland semi-final last weekend. One single point is all was in it. They now meet Killimor of Galway in the decider. Killimor were crowned All-Ireland champions in 2011 and now they’re back again. Amazingly they had no player that featured on their county’s run to last September’s All-Ireland camogie final against Cork.
Scór
It was a busy weekend on the Scór front. Starting with the club’s own in house round of Scór a bPáistí which packed Ballynoe Community Centre on Friday night last. Interest in most of the categories was strong and we wish the best of luck now to those that go forward to represent the club in the East Cork quarter-finals which take place over the Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon of this upcoming weekend February 5th/7th.
Though nothing of the proportions of the nineties and the early to mid naughties a sizeable attendance was still in evidence for the East Cork Scór sinsear finals held at Lisgoold community hall on Sunday night last. Ciara McCarthy performing Mise Rafteirí represented St Catherine’s with distinction in the solo singing category. A competition won by Leah Aherne of Youghal singing her own version of ‘The Lark in the Clear Air’. Youghal were subsequently deemed strongest club on the night, also winning instrumental music.
St Catherine’s too did well in the question time - a point adrift at the interval they would eventually wind up fifth of fourteen teams. Glenbower Rovers winning. Second were Glanmire. Team members were Edmond Galvin, Michael Lane, John O’Mahony and Pat Lane.
During the night we were treated to a special one off guest performance from Laura Whelan representing Lisgoold, who took part as county and Munster champion in the All-Ireland Scór na nÓg recitation final at Killarney the previous day. Giving us a piece from ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ by the late Brian Friel. Bean an Ti in Lisgoold was Ashling Cuddigan of Cloyne. No time to rest now for the qualifiers with the Cork County Scór Sinsear final on in Eire Og on Sunday night next, February 7th at 7pm.

Condolences
Our deepest sympathy goes to the O’Connell, Fouhy and Geary families on the recent very sad family death. Last weekend also saw Pat Foley pass away. He was intrinsically linked with the association and was president of the East Cork juvenile board at the time of its demise in the autumn of 2010. His removal was from Glounthane to Little Island last Monday morning. Ar dheis Dé go raibh na h-ainmacha a dhílis.

Sponsor
T~A Plant Hire, Ballynoe, are St Catherine’s GAA club sponsors.

Lotto
Finally, the results from the most recent weekly lotto draw which was held at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna on Monday night last, February 1st. Numbers drawn were 15, 21, 22 and 25. There was no winner of the €7,000 jackpot. Consolation winners being Willie and Eileen Kearney; Phyllis Smith, Mallow; MMS Conna; J Hurley, Castleview, Conna and Dermot O’Leary c/o DH.
Next draw for a jackpot of €7,200 will be at The Plough, Curraglass on Monday night, February 8th. More news next week.
Thu, Jan 28, 2016 Club News January 28th 2016
Lotto jackpot now at €7,000
Numbers drawn were 3, 14, 19 and 25 and there was no winner of the €6,600 jackpot when the lotto draw was held at The Big Tree, Aghern on Monday night, January 18th last. While the consolation winners on the night were Jim Roche, Castlebrook, Conna; Frances Twomey, c/o Fisherman’s Rest, Conna, Paddy O’Leary, Ballybride, Conna; P Hayes c/o PH, Conna and Batt O’Connell.
Moving on with the results from the most recent draw held at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night last, January 25th. Numbers drawn were 3, 6, 10 and 24 and there was no winner of the €6,800 jackpot. Consolation winners being Jane and Paul c/o The Big Tree, Aghern; J~J, c/o The Big Tree, Aghern, C ~ W c/o McS, Ballynoe, Sonny and Bernie c/o McS, Ballynoe and Maureen Cronin, Dungourney. All of which means next draw on Monday night, February 1st at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna now has an accumulated €7,000 jackpot.
Any aspirations our beloved county were holding of outright success were terminated when after a commendable run through division onto the county and ultimate provincial honours. Dungourneys brave challenge eventually came unstuck. Losing to Kilkenny and Leinster champions Glenmore when the All-Ireland junior hurling club championship semi-final went ahead at the WIT grounds on Sunday afternoon last.
Closer to home and two arranged football challenge games went by the wayside. Conditions are still poor and its essential pitches receive protection. Especially at this time of the year.
This upcoming weekend sees the commencement of the National football league. Cork at home to Mayo. Boosted by a hard earned six point victory over Clare in the McGrath Cup final played in wintry conditions at Mallow on Friday night last. Best of luck to the selectorial committee which includes Eamon Ryan under new manager Peadar Healy.
While of course most local interest will focus on the Harty Cup semi-final. St Colman’s play Ardscoil Ris at Kilmallock. Best of luck to club players Eoin Davis, Kieran Neville, Eoin Wallace, Thomas O’Donnell, Shane O’Regan, Richard Galvin and Niall O’Regan. That goes too for all the players from other local clubs. A Harty Cup semi-final that’s pencilled in for this forthcoming Saturday afternoon.
Club appointments
Further appointments were ratified at the recent meeting of the parent club. Field chairman is John G Barry. While Pat O’Brien will serve as liaison officer, fixtures chairman, coaching officer and injury claims will be processed by Edmond Galvin. While names must still be found to fill the position as financial chairman and health and wellbeing officer.
Scór
Its going to be a busy upcoming weekend on the Scor na bPaisti. First up the clubs own in house round of Scor na bPaisti. That goes ahead at Ballynoe Community Centre on Friday night, January 29th starting at 7pm. While this year’s East Cork Scor Sinsear finals are on in Lisgoold community hall, two nights later, Sunday, January 31st at 7.30pm.
Club meetings
Both juvenile and parent club have meetings tonight (Thursday) January 28th. Juvenile starts at 8.15pm. Followed by a meeting of the adult club at 9pm. Both are on in the meetings rooms in Ballynoe.
Sponsor
T~A Plant hire, Ballynoe, are St Catherine’s GAA club sponsors.
Other GAA news
GAA people in Cork were shocked to hear of the sudden death of John Corcoran. A member of the St Marys Club, comprising Enniskeane and Ballineen, the late John was a previous chairman of the Carbery division and had involvements over the years with both UCC and the Cork senior footballers. Had one or two minor dealings with the late John over the years and found him to be a co-operative and generally nice man to be involved with. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dhilis.
Not sure if they will be doing if for other positions, but recently The Irish Independent organised a major piece on the best Gaelic Football fullbacks of the past five decades. Glad to reveal that Kevin Kehily, Steohen O’Brien, Colman Corrigan and Graham Canty rebels all, would make it inside the top fifty. For the record John O’Keeffe, Noel Tierney and Darren Fay would fill the top three positions in an exercise almost impossible to complete.
Racing success
With son Jonathon constantly grabbing the headlines back comes dad Liam with yet another superb victory. Hard to keep a good man down!!!!!!
Training My Murphy, second in the race last year, to a great victory in the Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park last Thuresday. Last year’s winner in the fog was Djakadam. Before going on to finish runner-up in the Cheltenham Gold Cup pressure on now Liam.
Local Drama
On Friday night last we finally had to chance to witness the Ogham Players production of ‘The Final Connection’. A hilarious comedy of just over two hours duration it had them glued to their seats. There was to be one more show twenty four hours later. Well done to those who participated. It takes courage to go up on stage like that. Remember a script must be learned off by heart. Before any acting occurs. Attention now will shift to the Conna amateur dramatic society and next month their production of “Run For Your Wife”.
Up to date
All of which as of Tuesday morning last January 26th, has you right up to date with recent happenings.
Thu, Jan 21, 2016 Club News January 21st 2016
Juvenile social was the weekend highlight

It may not have been the most successful season on the underage playing fields of the county for our club. Of course it goes like that, remember everyone is competitive and at the end of the day there can be only one winner. That’s how it is and that’s how it should be. Only twelve months previous St Catherines were being feted in style at the Rochestown Park Hotel in the club of the year awards after phenomenal years in 2013 and 2014. Time moves on, achievements throughout the season just ending were confined to blitzes and tournament deciders. But testament to the popularity of the game and the interest there in was exemplified by the large crowd that attended the GAA and camogie clubs’ annual juvenile social when staged at the strategically well-located Corrin Event Centre on Friday night last.
GAA juvenile club chairman Paul Davis in a brief bilingual address at the outset welcomed everybody wishing all a belated happy Christmas, thanking all the parents for bringing players to matches, highlighting the smooth running of the cúl camp during the summer. Co-ordinator was Eleanor Galvin and Redmond Higgins was thanked for his daily attendance and helping to make the weeklong event a success, mention too for the mentors and many teams that took part in the parish leagues. Singling out Dick Morrison, Noel O’Brien and Mike Walsh for the work they do in the schools of the parish. Praise for the teams that were successful and reason we were at the event in the first place. Not forgetting those who didn’t win, particularly the minor hurlers who featured in three of the games of last year. Against Erins Own, Blackrock and Courcey Rovers.
Stressing that he wouldn’t rehash his review at the AGM back in October nevertheless there had to be thanks shown to the parent club for financial assistance. To those who contribute to both the Cork GAA club’s draw and the club’s weekly lotto. Two of the biggest ongoing fundraisers, there was the importance of the annual church gate collection. T~A Plant Hire are sponsors.
Realistically it wasn’t a night for naming names. We’re all in this together, but did single out Imelda O’Connell, John O’Mahony and Eleanor Galvin for their work with the underage section of the club. That’s where it all starts, Antoinette O’Donnell looks after the hurleys. Ballynoe based curate Fr Andrew Carvill CC recited grace before and after meals.
Chairperson Orna Neville spoke on behalf of the camogie club listing their achievements, announcing that the club AGM goes ahead this forthcoming Friday night, January 22nd and in the clubrooms starting at 8.00pm.
St Catherines won the under eight hurling blitz organised by the Bride Rovers Club, two of their mentors Dino Pietropaolo and Brian Sheehan called out the players to an attentive crowd numbering two hundred and three.
Mentor Ollie Sheehan declared the under tens to be a great bunch of players, they were both great to train and a joy to train. Highlight for them was winning the under ten hurling tournament for the John Daly Cup in Ballyduff during the month of August.
Going on twenty-three years ago now twin brothers Batty and Billy O’Connell put up the Paddy Sheehan Cup. It was to be played for at minor hurling tournament level. Unfortunately over the years it seemed to go down the pecking order. Now it’s receiving a new lease of life with the underage section and being played for annually at under twelve hurling level. Catherines overcoming the respective challenges of Lisgoold and Ballyhooly in the most recent renewal. Manager Edmond Galvin declaring it to be an enjoyable year. With trips also incorporated to Páirc Uí Rinn and in August to Semple Stadium in Thurles where they won their three matches against Inniscarra, Granagh, Ballingarry and Wolfe Tones.
Closing out the year Catherine’s defeated Ballyduff in what was the tenth staging of the under fourteen hurling tournament final for the Albert Griffin Cup. Citations here read by team manager, Kieran O’Brien.
A magnificent and unforgettable year for the guest of honour, our own Orla Cotter. Seeing her club reach the county senior final only to lose to all conquering Milford, surely one of the best in a while. Blossoming on the intercounty front picking up her fifth medal when Cork defeated Galway in the All-Ireland senior camogie final at Croke Park in September. Picking up the RTE player of the match award later that night on The Sunday Game. In early November she was named at right half forward on the All Stars team. Third time to pick up such an award. Simultaneously one of the three players nominated in the player of the year category. On this occasion winner was Orla’s intercounty colleague Gemma O’Connor from the St Finbarrs Club in Cork city. Third nominee was Galway’s Niamh Kilkenny. While pre Christmas Orla Cotter was named Reardens sponsored camogie player of the year. That will do for the moment. She presented all players on the night with their medals. GAA club president Dick Morrison made a presentation to the all conquering Orla on behalf of the juvenile club in recognition of her quite outstanding sporting achievements. She is a great girl.
Then the younger fraternity took to the floor. Music on the night provided by Matthew Mulcahy, DJ Matt Mul!
One of the social occasions of the year, yet another great night. Further boosted by the timely improvement in weather it’s doubtful if some people could travel should the social have been on a night or two previous. Thankfully that didn’t happen. We always believe the social signals the end of the previous year. Very shortly now the focus shifts to a new season and hopefully it will be onwards and upwards for everybody.
Full available panels
Under eight: Sam Aherne, Charlie Leahy, Cillian Hickey, Thomas Dee, Daniel Turley, Fionn McCready, Jake Pratt, Gearoid Sheehan, John Temple, Tristan Clancy, Shay Wallace and Conor Murray.
Under twelve: Eoghan O’Riordan, Brian Barry, Cathal Dineen, Conor England, Darragh Galvin, Evan Philpott, Gerard Leahy, Harry Draper, Mark Geary, Tom Hartnett, William Leahy, William McAuliffe, Kyle Wallace, Adam O’Donnell, Ben O’Connor, Cian Desmond Doyle, Denis Temple, Ethan Long, Fionn O’Connell, Gearoid O’Brien, James Mulcahy, James O’Callaghan, Jamie Pratt, Stephen Cotter and William O’Driscoll.
Under fourteen: Adam O’Brien, Evan Philpott, Eoin Sheehan, Mark Geary, James Duncan, Sam Dunning, Ciarán O’Brien, Joe O’Keeffe, David McDonnell, Brendan McKee, Harry Draper, Conor England, Darragh Galvin, Gearoid O’Brien, Cathal Dineen, Josh McGuckian, William McAuliffe, Ivan Ohrim, Gavin England, James Hayes, Kevin Barry, William Leamy, Ger Leahy, Brian Barry and Ben O’Connor.
Challenge match
Kilworth were the better team going on to dominate this under twenty one football challenge when played under lights at Ballynoe on Saturday night last. In fairness to the home-based team, chances were created. An inability to finish plus over elaboration in front of the posts would prove costly. By now Kilworth, more economical with their shooting, had stretched into a commanding lead. A first half finishing by both teams either side of the half hour mark. Cormac Mulcahy, thus far only scorer for the Saints, goaling on twenty-nine minutes. Chris Wheeler responding with a peach of a finish. After Adam O’Connor had finished off the oppositions first goal right at the end of the opening quarter. Kilworth ahead, score standing at 2-11 to 1-01.
Niall O’Regan kicked a hattrick of masterful points on the restart, but Seanie Motherway’s goal just two minutes into the change of ends quickly put paid to any possible recovery to a friendly match refereed by Mike Walsh from the home club. Finishing up in an emphatic win for the visitors on an end scoreline of 3-14 to 1-06.
Harty cup
St Colman’s continue to show good form. Now through to the last four of the Harty Cup following a hard earned though deserved seven-point victory over CBC Cork when the quarter-final was played in Mallow on Wednesday afternoon, January 13th last. Catherines players Eoin Davis in goals and corner backs Eoin Wallace and Kieran Neville continue to play starring roles on a team which saw Thomas O’Donnell make an appearance as a late substitute. Shane O’Regan, Richard Galvin and Niall O’Regan are also members of the panel. St Catherines play Ardscoil Ris in the semi-final. It’s scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday, January 30th.
Intercounty
Those Munster secondary intercounty competitions in both codes must now be at an advanced stage. Wins over Limerick and Waterford sees the footballers top their group and into the final of the McGrath Cup. Contrastingly a win for Limerick over Waterford this week will see elimination for the Cork hurlers from the Munster senior hurling league. Defeat to the Shannonsiders in Mallow last Sunday afternoon doing irreprebable damage. Shortly now panels will be trimmed down as preparation begins in earnest for the forthcoming national leagues. Football kicking off towards the end of the month with the hurling league due to start on the second weekend of February. Let the games begin!
Lotto results
5, 8, 14 and 17 were the numbers drawn and there was no winner of the €6,400 jackpot when the weekly lotto draw went ahead at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Monday night, January 11th last. While the consolation winners on the night were Sean, Mary Smith c/o The Big Tree, Aghern, Mary Scanlon, Conna, Sean Buckley c/o The Big Tree, Aghern and Mike Barry c/o The Big Tree, Aghern.
Sponsor
T~A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
Wed, Jan 14, 2015 Club News January 14th 2016
Juvenile social on Friday night

It’s all systems go for St Catherines GAA and Camogie Club’s annual juvenile social. Going ahead at the Corrin Event Centre, on the forthcoming Friday night, January 15th. Starting at 7.30pm. New numbers were to be submitted to the venue by midweek. But if there’s a late change of mind please check with either Eleanor Galvin or Fiona Sheehan re update. Ticket prices are €18 for adults and €12 for juveniles.
So let’s hope for a happy and enjoyable function and it will be the occasion it deserves to be.

Lotto
First lotto draw of the new year was held at The Plough Bar, Curraglass, on Monday night, January 4th last. Numbers drawn were 1, 5, 6 and 12 and the jackpot of €6,200 wasn’t won. While the consolation winners on the night were; Kevin Cotter c/o Pat Hartigan, Conna; John Temple, Garrycaheragh, Ballynoe; Clare Kearney, Shanakill, Curraglass; Seamus Kearney, Ballybride, Conna and Conor Kearney, Ballybride, Conna. More results will feature next week, while they are updated regularly on the website.

Sympathy
Condolences to Paddy Aherne and family, Ballynoe on the recent death of his wife Mary’s mother in Banteer. Ar dheis Dé go raibh hanam dhilis.

Ballynoe play
With excellent promotional signs on view we wish all the best to the Ogham Players whose production of Final Connection starts tonight in Ballynoe Hall. Please support.

Cork teams
Barroom critics are out in force. Oh conditions are awful. Teams are weak. There’s nobody going. Right on all three. But surely the McGrath Cup and Munster hurling league provide ideal opportunities for the respective selectorial groups to have a look again at the fringe or even new players. It’s a necessary process in trying to form a settled panel with the national leagues only three or four weeks away. Commonsense surely.

Cork’s game in the football was called off over the weekend. So they’re now playing catch up, while the hurlers have two matches in five days. It’s only starting boy!

Sponsor
T~A Plant Hire, Ballynoe, are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
Thu, Jan 07, 2016 Club News January 7th 2016
Poor weather the dominant feature

It was a forthnight dominated by the sad deaths of mother and daughter Geraldine and Louise Clancy from the Araglin/Kilworth area. We send our sympathy to the family. A number of novel events would be organised by various clubs. But all the time over the festive period the major talking point was the weather. Incessant rainfall, howling winds, making life a misery for a lot of individuals on a local as well as national level. This was everywhere, no escape, still the long evenings are on their way, but far off yet maybe but before we know it a new season will be upon us.

Juvenile social
Now that Christmas and the new year holidays have been celebrated the focus switches to the upcoming juvenile GAA and camogie clubs’ annual social which this year is fixed for the Corrin Event Centre on Friday evening, January 15th, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets costing €18 for adults and €12 for juveniles are now available from Eleanor Galvin and Fiona Sheehan. We will give this popular event one final blow out next week. It’s essential we support the youth irrespective of what kind of year they would have had. A night worthy of your support.

Goal mile
Maybe conditions weren’t perfect for either event, but support was forthcoming for the annual goal mile which went ahead at the pitch in Ballynoe on Christmas morning. People could arrive between the organised hours of 11am and 12.30pm. (Before the turkey!) And either run or walk four laps of the playing field in what is one of four venues throughout the county according to one of the chief organizers Kevin Hayes. Others being Glanmire, Doneraile and the magnificent set up at CIT.

Fun run
While close to a hundred participated in the fun run or walk organised by Ballynoe Community Council in aid of mental health. That was on in the woods around Cnoc an Ceo on the main Tallow/Dungourney road at lunchtime on Saturday last. Teas and snacks were supplied afterwards at the close by Leahy’s Open Farm.

Sponsor
T~A Plant Hire Ballynoe, are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.

Christmas lotto draw
In recent years we have seen the rapid emergence of the musical ‘Jersey Boys’. It’s packed them in to all the major cities, including the West End. It tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons one of the most popular American groups from the sixties right up to and including the late seventies. They had the original of ‘Bye Bye Baby’, a hit of which a cover version would firmly establish the Bay City Rollers as a major world force a decade later. A brief glance through the statistics shows their biggest hit on this side of the Atlantic to be ‘December 63 (Oh what a night)’. A massive number 1 hit single in March 1976. Well now, St Catherines have their own version! It’s called December ’15 (Oh what a night)!
Monday night, December 21st is the exact date as the fans and supporters descened on the Winner’s Enclosure in Conna for the annual Christmas lotto draw and party. Now generally accepted to be a social highlight and this year was no different.
Daniel Mangan, Paddy ‘Banger’ Byrne and Ann Galvin, among others all caught up in the endearing atmosphere. No problem displaying their singing talents, surely nobody would disagree when we say that two of the heroes of ’83, Batty ‘The Watch’ O’Connell and John G (The Ganger) Barry were the highlight. As they are every year! Just as we had the delivery of food, tasty and timely, catch the drift!
Local entertainer ‘Mo’ O’Connor kept the whole show moving at the proper pace and there’s nobody better at rubbing up the locals and keep getting away with it!
It was Billy O’Connell who was key to the introduction of the weekly lotto during his term as chairman. He has been co-ordinator ever since. In a brief address right at the outset Billy thanked all those who support the draw without fail. Week after week, there were the pubs of the parish which continue to be ideal venues. Billy wished both GAA and camogie teams all the best for 2016 and concluded by saying he hoped everyone would enjoy the festivities over the Christmas and new year period.
First ever draw was March 25th 1995. Ex Conna publican Billy Lucey, which ironically is now The Winner’s Enclosure, drew the numbers. It was the only ever draw made on a Saturday night. Switching to Monday nights, barring a bereavement the week after. Another subsequent introduction was that of Tuesday nights on bank holiday weekends. No decision is ever made without detailed discussion at a club meeting in advance. Therefore the weekly lotto draw will be twenty one years old round about Easter time.
Results from the Christmas lotto draw, numbers drawn were 2, 20, 24 and 28 and the €6,000 jackpot wasn’t won. Regular consolation winners were: Pat Shanahan, Castlelyons, Mike Mellerick, Conna; Mary and Norah c/o English’s, Conna, Cathal Higgins, Ballycullane, Ballynoe and Angela Byrne, Knockmourne, Conna.
There were a number of bonus prizes in honour of the festive season. Two tickets for an All-Ireland senior final of her choice go to Máire Ní Breathnach, Ballymurphy, Conna. Cash prizes of €100 each were won by Ally Mulkerrins, Shanakiel, Curraglass and Carmel Finnegan, Rathcormac. €50 goes to Ger, Phil, John and Rich, Castlebrook, Conna; Michelle Browne, Conna; Marie McCartthy, Coole, Sonny and Bernie c/o Mc’s Bar; Breda Spillane, Kilclare, Aghern and Fr Andrew Carvill, Ballynoe. While €20 each was won by Aileen Hegarty, Newtown, Ballynoe; Liam and Margaret Walsh, Carrigmore, Conna, Pat Williams c/o Kal; Ann O’Donovan, Tivoli, Cork city and Jonathan Burke, Glengoura.
Congratulations to all winners and to those who regularly support the weekly lotto draw no matter what size the jackpot is and the Cork GAA Clubs’ draw, two of the club’s biggest and ongoing fundraisers. Assuredly there are those who purport to be club, county and GAA followers generally who would turn their backs rather than buy a lotto ticket. Do they think we exist on thin air?
Our deep appreciation to Kal, Batty and staff, an excellent and outstanding venue for a match looked forward to night. First lotto draw of the new year was scheduled for the Plough Bar, Curraglass, on Monday night last, January 4th.

Condolences
We were all sad to hear of the death of Mick Tobin over the holiday period. Even though many people might recognize him as Mick. He was known throughout the heartland of East Cork and West Waterford as ‘Bonzo’ Tobin. A native of Knockanore where he played with Shamorcks the late Mick moved to Midleton. In recent years he was football secretary of the club and was delegate to the divisional board. When we used attend the juvenile divisional board meetings which are now defunct and relocated to the city, afterwards you would often see Mick and his good friend, Neilly Horgan in the pavilion. Even though he could be in the company of hurling supporters Mick would invariably shout over “How’re things in Ballynoe?” Never Conna, or St Catherines only Balnoe!
Last time to meet him was at the Catherines/Midleton junior hurling league match in Ballynoe early last April. While Midelton also played Dungourney at the venue in the semi-final of the divisional junior A hurling championship last August.
There is a fierce rivalry between Cork and Kerry. It is legendary in Gaelic football status. Long may it continue. But all and sundry would recently have been saddened on hearing of the death of Patrick Curtin of Moyvane. Tragically killed in a motoring accident in Central America. He came on as substitute for Kieran Donaghy in the Munster final of 2012 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. A match the Rebels won that day (0-17 to 0-12) going on to beat Clare in the provincial final. Ar dheis Dé go raibh n-anamacha dílse.
Thu, Dec 03, 2015 Club News December 3rd 2015
2015 playing season at an end

Down came the curtains on the playing year, with the Saints retaining the U14 hurling tournament final for the Albert Griffin cup when played in difficult conditions at Ballynoe on Sunday morning last. Elsewhere, there was the sad death of referee Peter Downey. While the weekly lotto draw now has an accumulated jackpot of €5,600. There now follows a brief report of the week’s activities.
Albert Griffin Cup Final
St Catherines 0-12 Ballyduff 1-03
A victim of poor weather conditions three weeks previously and despite the strong forceful breeze of Hurricane Clodagh being prevalent, St Catherines and Ballyduff knuckled down to it.
Favoured by the elements the home based team built up a sizeable lead and overall were deserving winners of this U14 hurling tournament final for the Albert Griffin cup when played in poor conditions at Ballynoe on Sunday morning last.
Albert Griffin was a lifelong Catherines supporter and was a vice president of the club, before passing away in the spring of 2005. Later that year his family would put up a perpetual cup to be played for in his honour. Only insistence being, it be played for at U14 hurling level. Catherines settled quickly. Ciaran O’Brien reading the play well at centre back, assuming the free taking duties, his finishing was clinical. Adam O’Brien was also a threat from centre forward, contributing four first half points, all from play. Best score of the half and the match in general though came from the eventually injured Brendan McKee, winning the sliotar from just inside his own half, he surged forward at terrific pace finishing off an outstanding individual score. Helping to establish a 0-07 to 0-01 lead for the home based team to the end of the first quarter. But the complexion of the game was altered slightly when Sean Hickey evaded a series of tackles, weaved his way through before finishing off the only goal of the match on twenty-eight minutes. Trimming the margin to seven points, Catherines ahead on a half-time scoreline of 0-11 to 1-01.
Try as they might Ballyduff just couldn’t breach the deficit thereafter. In the demanding conditions, a contest remaining scoreless for the concluding eighteen minutes.
Club PRO John O’Mahony paid a brief tribute to the late Albert before his daughter Phil O’Brien made the presentation to winning Saints centre forward and captain Adam O’Brien. Aside from those mentioned Evan Philpott, David McDonnell and Harry Draper were central to the win. Delighted too for the change of fortune enjoyed by Kieran O’Brien, Mervyn Draper, Shane O’Brien and Michael O’Brien working hard all the year without much reward. Their turn finally and deservedly arrived. Thanks too to the ladies for the hospitality shown and Mike Walsh who refereed.
Scorers: C O’Brien (0-05 frees) (0-06), A O’Brien (0-04) and B McKee (0-02).
St Catherines team: Evan Philpott, Eoin Sheehan, Mark Geary, James Duncan, Sam Dunning, Ciaran O’Brien, Joe O’Keeffe, David McDonnell, Brendan McKee, Harry Draper, Adam O’Brien, Conor England, Darragh Galvin, Gearoid O’Brien and Cathal Dineen. Subs: Josh McGuckian for Brendan McKee (second half), William McAuliffe for Darragh Galvin (39’).
Referee: Mike Walsh (home based club).
Provincial Championship Games
Cork’s fall from grace in the provincial championships continues at an alarming rate. All football teams are now out. Nemo Rangers and Carrigaline adding their name to Bandon, who had already exited at the hands of Templenoe in the Munster junior football championship. Similarly, Glen Rovers and Newcestown are gone from their respective hurling championships. So now heading into the month of December and the pressure is on Dungourney to deliver and rescue a dire situation. They play Waterford representatives Fenor in the Munster junior hurling championship decider this upcoming weekend. See now how difficult it is for Peadar Healy and Kieran Kingston to unearth new talent for our high profile intercounty teams.
Peter Downey RIP
First mention we were aware of came at the Rebel Og East review meeting in Cork the previous Tuesday night. Peter Downey was seriously injured from a work related accident. Sadly Peter passed away last weekend.
Peter Downey, affiliated to the Inniscarra club, took charge of some high profile games involving Catherines teams over the years. Most notably the premier intermediate relegation play-off final against Mallow at Rathcormac in the late summer of 2009. Also the intermediate semi-final against Bandon at Pairc Ui Rinn two years later. Equally as well known in camogie circles, the late Peter refereed Mallow and Youghal in the premier intermediate hurling championship at Ballynoe in the summer of 2009. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.
Sponsor
T~A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
Lotto Results
Results from the most recent lotto draw held at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Monday night last November 30th. Numbers drawn were 2, 13, 20 and 22. There was no winner of the €5,400 jackpot. Consolation winners being Tiernan White, c/o Angela Davern; Seamus Neville, Ballyknock, Ballynoe; Nora Cotter, Fermoy, Maura Lyons, c/o Liz Cullinane, Ballynoe and Mairead Roche, Castlebrook, Conna. Next draw when the jackpot will be €5,600 is at The Big Tree, Aghern on Monday night, December 7th.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 Club News December 10th 2015
Lotto jackpot still on the up

This week we start with the results from the most recent lotto draw, which was held at The Big Tree, Aghern on Monday night last, December 7th. Numbers drawn were 4, 8, 23 and 25. There was no winner of the €5,600 jackpot. While the consolation winners were Lily Apostolou, c/o Pat Hartigan, Conna; Tom Power, Ballynoe; Paul Murphy, c/o The Big Tree, Aghern; John O’Mahony, Ballynoe and Michael McCarthy, Ballynoe (phone number supplied). With a jackpot now standing at €5,800, the next draw will be held at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night, December 14th.
Sponsor
T ~ A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
Cork Camogie Player of the year
It seems we are running out of superlatives accredited to Orla Cotter, in a year which has seen a fifth All-Ireland senior medal claimed, to which a third All-Star award was added right at the start of November. Now Orla is named Cork camogie player of the year when the winners were revealed at the Reardens GAA All-Star awards night in Reardens Bar in the heart of Cork City on Wednesday night, December 2nd last. Another great honour with Doireann O’Sullivan of Mourneabbey named ladies footballer of the year. Elsewhere, Graham Callanan from the Glen and Nemo’s Paul Kerrigan took the hurling and football All-Star awards respectively. In all eight players from newly crowned county champions, Glen Rovers were named on the hurling team, along with Erins Own there were a brace named from defeated county finalists Sarsfields, with one apiece from Midleton, Carrigtwohill and Ballyhea.
Likewise, the football team was dominated by county champions Nemo Rangers. They also have eight players named. There are three from O’Donovan Rossa of Skibbereen. Defeated finalists Castlehaven have two named. Remaining named players emerging from Ballincollig and Carbery Rangers.
Harty Cup
Catherines players continue to do well as St Colman’s Fermoy record another victory in group three of the Harty Cup. This time claiming a nine point win on a scoreline of 2-20 to 2-11 over Scoil na Tríonóide Naofa, Doon of Limerick when played in the Gaelic grounds on Wednesday afternoon, December 2nd last. Eoin Davis is the goalkeeper, with neighbours Eoin Wallace and Kieran Neville both filling the corner back roles. Thomas O’Donnell, Shane O’Regan, Richard Galvin and Niall O’Regan are also on the panel.
Munster Championship
Football exploits all wiped out. Glen Rovers and Newcestown gone from their respective hurling championships. It was just right at the death a provincial title comes to the Rebel county. Dungourney level at 0-05 each at the break and at 0-06 to 0-05 and again at 0-07 to 0-06 twice, a point adrift in the early exchanges of the second half, eventually hauled in, went ahead and eventually finished up comprehensive winners over Waterford representatives. Fenor in the Munster junior hurling championship final played at Mallow on Sunday afternoon last. Jack Griffin’s early second half goal vital. Dungourney 1-17 to 0-08 winners at the finish, first leg of a double header. Kerry champions Templenoe much too good for Clare representatives.,Coolmeen in the equivalent football final that followed. Shanballymore knocked Austin Stacks out of the Munster B hurling.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 Club News December 17th 2015
Festive lotto draw has €6,000 jackpot

St Catherines festive lotto draw will have a jackpot of €6,000. Results from the most recent draw, which was held at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night last, December 14th. Numbers drawn were 8, 10, 27 and 28 and there was no winner of the €5,800 jackpot. Consolation winners being John Fitzgerald, Garrycahera, Ballynoe; Carmel O’Keeffe, Fermoy; Rena Walsh, Ballynoe; Barry, Sophia and Pádraig, c/o The Big Tree, Aghern and Irene Beecher, Church Road (phone number supplied).
In honour of the Christmas season a number of festive bonus prizes will be added to the draw. All supporters and weekly contributors are welcome. Early copy means next week’s report won’t have any lotto news. Locals have access to posters. All winners will be notified. Results will be on the site. Because of its proximity to Christmas, its now always one of the social occasions of the year.
So that’s St Catherines GAA lotto draw and party and featuring bonus prizes in honour of the season at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna on Monday night next December 21st. Jackpot €6,000. Starting time is 9pm.
We then take our week long sabbatical, resuming with the first lotto draw of the New Year, fixed for The Plough Bar in Curraglass on Monday night, January 4th. See you on Monday night in Cal’s. Should be a good one!
Juvenile Social
Now the news we’ve all been waiting for. Confirmation that this season’s joint juvenile GAA and camogie clubs’ annual social goes ahead at the Corrin Event Centre on Friday night, January 15th. Tickets which will be available shortly are priced at €18 for adults. Its €12 for juvenile tickets. Queries can be put to GAA juvenile treasurer, Eleanor Galvin for the moment.
We will have more details in next week’s report. It’s always one of the most eagerly looked forward to events of the year. So make sure that goes into your diary. St Catherines Juvenile GAA and Camogie Clubs’ annual social at Corrin Event Centre on Friday night, January 15th, starting time will be 7.30pm.
East Cork Convention - Munster GAA Awards - Cork County Convention
It’s the key time of the year for the major administrative events. There are a number of officer changes at East Cork Board level, revealed at the annual convention, which was held at the Cobh GAA pavilion on Wednesday night, December 9th last. Michael O’Brien who has previously filled the chairman and PRO roles, is the newly appointed secretary, replacing Tracey Kennedy. Five year term completed and Jerome O’Brien’s time is up as treasurer. In comes Kieran McGann as his tenure as cultural officer of the Cork County board is complete. Shane Supple, who did trojan work acting as stop gap secretary of Rebel Óg, is the new PRO of the East Cork board. John Joe O’Regan’s reign as cultural officer is also over. No replacement found yet. Dave Hoare is a vice president of the board. Regular delegate Pat Lane was in attendance.
Ray Cummins and Ger Loughnane were inducted into the Munster hall of fame. Cummins an outstanding dual player and a man who almost changed the full forward style of play, was Cork’s only beneficiary at the provincial awards night in Dromoland Castle on Saturday last.
Newly crowned champions Nemo Rangers are up against Duhallow in the first round of the 2016 county senior football championship. Likewise a divisional team provide the opposition for the hurling champions. Glen Rovers begin the defence of their title against Carbery. There are two all East Cork clashes, that of Erins Own v Carrigtwohill and Youghal v Bride Rovers. Draws made at the annual county convention in Nemo last Sunday.
Elsewhere, an even figure of sixteen constitutes the premier intermediate championship in both codes. There are three Imokilly based teams in the hurling, Castlelyons play Inniscarra, it’s Cloyne v Kanturk and Watergrasshill are up against Blarney. Two pairings stick out a mile though. Courcey Rovers and Valley Rovers are drawn against each other. As are Fermoy and Kilworth in what are sure to be two mouth-watering first round games, between neighbouring based clubs.
Twenty clubs make up the intermediate football championship, included are the meetings of Glanmire and Kinsale, while Glenville and Glanworth is an attractive first round clash, Youghal play Rochchapel.
Munster junior champions Dungourney and Barryroe are paired in a preliminary round of the intermediate hurling championship. Fr O’Neills meet Carrigaline, while Aghada play Blackrock’s second string. In also are the second choice teams of Midleton, Ballymartle, Na Piarsaigh, Glen Rovers, Ballinhassig, Douglas and St Finbarr’s. It looks as if there will be a premier U21 hurling championship. An all county junior A hurling championship is also more than a possibility, revealing further erosion of the divisional boards. If all that comes about, well then there won’t be much left for them.
Harty Cup
We have mentioned the progress of St Colman’s College through the Harty Cup. Club players involved are Eoin Davis, Eoin Wallace, Kieran Neville, Thomas O’Donnell, Shane O’Regan, Richard Galvin and Niall O’Regan. Blackwater Community School, Lismore were in an especially tough group. Árd Scoil Rís, DLS Waterford, Midleton CBS and Hamilton High School were in it. Finishing fourth. Ben O’Brien and Philip Keane started the last day, Rory Galvin was a sub.
Racing Success
We always like to see players and ex players attain further success, irrespective of what their chosen sport should be. Congratulations go to Jonathan (Johnny) Burke who recently won the outstanding achievement award put up by Horse Racing Ireland. An award determined by public vote. Jonathan played a lot of Gaelic games when he was younger and was on the county winning U14 hurling squad of 2009.
A great achievement for Conna based Jimmy Mangan, training first and second in a three-mile handicap chase at Punchestown last Thursday. His Bandon Bridge won at the Boulta Point-to-Points on Sunday, as did Carraig Thuathail for Noel O’Neill. Greatest achievement while Noel was with us, was coaching the Saints to divisional and county U16 B football championship in 2002. A wet wet Saturday in Ballygiblin. Still you forget that after winning!
Thu, Dec 24, 2015 Club News December 24th 2015
Juvenile social fixed for January 15th
You will be able to get the turkey and the plum pudding out of the systems initially, then New Year celebrations aside of course and it’s all systems go for the first major function of the New Year. In collaborating with the equivalent camogie club, the annual juvenile social goes ahead at the Corrin Event Centre on Friday night, January 15th, 2016 at 7.30pm. For the moment any queries can be directed to GAA juvenile treasurer Eleanor Galvin. Tickets are priced at €18 for adults, it’s €12 for juveniles, terrific value.
It’s always a memorable event and essential we support the youth. They are the future. So there you are. That’s St Catherines GAA and camogie annual juvenile social on Friday night, January 15th at 7.30pm, it’s a must.
Christmas lotto draw
Look, as we informed you last time around due to early copy we have no lotto results this week. As we say don’t worry as all winners are notified promptly. Locals have access to posters in the shops and pubs throughout the parish. Results are on the website. Call it hindsight if you will, but the vibes would be good and the Christmas lotto draw and party scheduled for The Winner’s Enclosure in Conna on Monday night just passed, December 21st. Aside for the regular proceedings extra bonus prizes in honour of the festive season were on offer. It could be you!
As we’re at it now, many thanks to you, the general public for your loyal and unfailing support for the draw. Irrespective of what the jackpot size is. Also the publicans who host same on Monday nights and Tuesday of long weekends. No venue, no draw - no ref, no match, same scenario. At time of submitting this report the jackpot was standing at €6,000. St Catherines weekly lotto and the Cork GAA Club’s Draw remain two of the club’s biggest ongoing fundraisers.
There will be no draw next week, resuming with the first lotto draw of the New Year, fixed for The Plough, Curraglass on Monday night, January 4th.
Goal mile
St Catherines GAA pitch in Ballynoe is the venue for the annual goal Mile on Christmas morning. All are welcome to walk, jog or run a mile anytime from 11am to 12.30pm. All donations are gratefully received. Hopefully the weather behaves itself!
Fun run
Coming up too is where Ballynoe Community Council are organising a fun run or walk in aid of mental health well being. Its on in Cnoc a Ceo woods on the Tallow/Midleton road on Saturday, January 2nd at 12 noon. Entry fee is priced at adults €5 and its €2 for children. Teas and snacks will be supplied afterwards at Leahy’s Open Farm.
Condolences
Clearly a death is sad no matter when it may occurs, but it just seems more poignant around Christmas time. We would like to extend our sympathy to the Walsh family, Ballynoe on the death of Teresa Colbert. Clearly we remember the late Teresa working in Walsh’s shop where on entry, you were always greeted with a warm friendly smile. Memories too of bus trips to Dublin for big games and the stop off usually at The Castle Arms in Durrow for food, beverages and the music on the way back. Teresa would enjoy the craic as good as anyone!
Last week also saw the sad passing of Kilworth’s Fred Sheedy. A GAA stalwart the late Fred would have shared in all his club’s successes over the years. As recently as 2012 he was a selector with the Kilworth team that defeated Kanturk in the intermediate hurling championship final. They were coached by current Limerick manager TJ Ryan. While Fred was a selector with the Cork teams that claimed All-Ireland senior hurling success under three different managers in 1999, 2004 and 2005.
Ar dheis Dé go raibh na h-ainmacha dhilis.
Cork GAA Yearbook
There are many GAA publications on people’s shopping lists for Christmas. Those of Henry Shefflin, Jim McGuinness and Tomás Ó Sé immediately spring to mind. County annuals also figure, included in this would be the 2016 Cork GAA Yearbook. It’s a glossy colourful production and while the county ladies football and camogie teams achieved outright success no win of significance for the hurlers and footballers dampens people’s enthusiasm for these publications. You see success on the field is a catalyst for a number of events circling around high profile county teams. No captions with a number of photographs is also a drawback.
That said there are a number of interesting articles including features on the year of the double in 1990 and the redevelopment of Pairc Uí Chaoimh. This is only available through the clubs, it costs €8. Newly elected chairman Tom Morrison has copies.
Sponsor
T~A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA club sponsors.
Happy Christmas
Well that’s it for the moment. Can we start by thanking The Avondhu for their help and assistance, it is invaluable!
“Tempus Fugit” – time flies!
Around this time annually we always say it “My God where did the year go?”! A merry Christmas and a happy New Year to St Catherines supporters and GAA people everywhere. Enjoy the holiday period. We return with the first report of the New Year on Thursday, January 7th.
Thu, Nov 26, 2015 Club News November 26th 2015
Still some tidying up must be done
All we’re waiting for now is a date to be sorted for that aforementioned U14 hurling tournament final for the Albert Griffin Cup. We are in regular contact with team manager Kieran O’Brien and he promises it to be sooner rather than later.
Meanwhile, seven players from the club were part of the St Colman’s squad that overcame the challenge of Nenagh in the most recent Harty Cup clash. Eoin Davis (goalkeeper), Eoin Wallace and Kieran Neville (corner backs) and Thomas O’Donnell (half forward), all made the starting line-out. Niall O’Regan, Richard Galvin and Shane O’Regan were on the bench.
Just to let you know that Eoin Davis, Cormac Galvin and Ben O’Brien are still training with next year’s Imokilly U16 hurling squad.
Juvenile Meeting
Charman Paul Davis has called a juvenile club meeting tonight (Thursday), November 26th at 8pm in the clubrooms in Ballynoe.
Munster Club Championships
Biggest winners last weekend were Mourneabbey, narrow one-point victors over Kilkerrin/Clonberne of Galway in the All-Ireland ladies club senior football championship semi-final. They will now meet Donaghmoyne of Monaghan in what will be their second successive All-Ireland final appearance. Bantry Blues are into the junior final. They will meet Dunboyne of Meath.
Newcestown played well and made a commendable recovery, but the previous week’s league final with Fermoy would take its toll, eventually finishing up two points adrift of Wolfe Tones from Shannon in the intermediate hurling final played at Mallow on Saturday afternoon last.
Templenoe knocked Bandon out of the provincial junior football championship. Ballygunner, coached by Denis Walsh, lost out to Na Piarsaigh from Caherdavin in the Munster club senior hurling championship final at Thurles on Sunday afternoon last. Three major scalps now claimed by the Limerick champions. They are very good and on all known form, look to have it over whatever Connacht, Leinster or Ulster can throw up and now look favourites for outright honours.
Eventually the Kerry senior football championship concludes. Goalkeeper on the winning South Kerry team is Brian O’Connor from Valentia whose mother is Colette Neville from Ballynoe, sister of Seamus, Marie, Billy and Rena. Some compensation there for the Walsh household as well.
League Groupings
With the inter-county championship draws already made last week saw the compilation of the national football and hurling league programme revealed. Glamour game in the opening sequence of football league matches is the pairing of Dublin and Kerry, as it was on All-Ireland final day. It will be played in Croke Park on Saturday night, January 30th at 7pm.
Cork are at home to Mayo the following day. In what is a seven-match programme of regular games prior to knockout, the Rebels play four matches at home. Much kinder than last year when they had to pay four visits to Ulster. Cork play Kerry in Tralee on the afternoon of Sunday, April 3rd. First match of the new national hurling league sees Tipperary come face to face with Dublin. It’s on in Thurles on Saturday night, February 13th at 7pm. This year’s defeated finalists Cork are in Galway on the following day (Valentines!) for 2pm. Take note of Saturday evening March 5th. First up at 5pm the hurlers play Dublin, with the football league game to follow at 7pm in an attractive double header at Croke Park. Great to get those games. Vital experience and practice for later in the year.
Lotto
Lotto results from the most recent weekly draw which was held at The Plough, Curraglass on Monday night last, November 23rd. Numbers drawn were 3, 11, 28 and 29 and there was no winner of the €5,200 jackpot. Consolation winners being John Fitzgerald, Garrycahera, Ballynoe; Helen O’Brien, Conna; Gerard Cashman, Bridepark, Conna; Jill H, c/o The Big Tree, Aghern and John O’Mahony, Ballynoe.
Which means the next draw at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Monday night, November 30th now has an accumulated jackpot of €5,400.
Sponsor
T~A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
Thu, Nov 19, 2015 Club News November 19th 2015
What’s next up on the calendar?
Ok the clock is winding down and clearly there isn’t as much playing activity. But realistically the show goes on right through the winter months. First of all though, a date must be found re the U14 hurling tournament final for the Albert Griffin Cup. Originally billed for Sunday afternoon, November 8th last, but was cancelled because of poor weather conditions. It is imperative at the outset that these cups are played for and secondly that they fit into the calendar year. St Catherines have done great work ensuring all cups donated for tournaments are honoured. Long may that continue.
It is the time when administrative events are the centre of attention. Domestically, both the parent club and its juvenile equivalent have staged their annual general meetings. As previously revealed a good attendance was at both meetings where the contributions were forthcoming and positive. That’s the place to talk, not the smart alecs who won’t get out of their comfort zone and would frequently talk down to you. Needless to say, they won’t be at any AGM.
This year’s East Cork Board convention will be held at Cobh GAA pavilion on Wednesday night December 9th. Time is up for a few officers there, so some new appointments will be revealed. Later that same week the county convention is on Saturday night, December 12th at 7pm. Rebel Óg East are holding a review meeting on Tuesday night next, November 24th at 7.30pm in the Silver Springs hotel.
Not too far away now is the Christmas lotto draw and party, now one of the social occasions of the year. While shortly after Christmas Cultural/Irish officer Marie Clancy will organise an in-house night in preparation for the commencement of Scór na bPáistí, still strong around the division.
St Catherines should know their junior A and B opponents in both codes along with U21 B hurling and football opposition by the end of January. We will keep you in touch closer to the relevant dates.
Good Weekend for Cork Clubs
A wonderful weekend for Cork based clubs should not go unnoticed. Pride of place must go to Milford on winning a fourth provincial senior camogie championship on the bounce. Nemo Rangers progressed to a Munster club senior football final where opposition will be provided by Tipperary representatives, Clonmel Commercials. While Carrigaline (intermediate football) and Dungourney (junior hurling) are also into their respective Munster finals. Newcestown are also still involved. Ballygunner managed by Denis Walsh will play Na Piarsaigh of Limerick in the Munster club senior hurling final.
Sponsor
T ~ A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
All Star Poser
Ninety names and just one Cork representative on the list of All Star nominations. That was Seamus Harnedy in hurling and is the answer to last week’s easy enough little brain teaser.
Full Lotto Results Upgrade
Results from the lotto draw held at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night November 9th last. Numbers drawn were 14, 26, 29 and 30 and the €4,800 jackpot wasn’t won. While the consolation winners were Vince and Michelle, Conna; Seamie Daly, c/o PH; Pat Byrne, Knockmourne, Conna; Marie Noonan, Ballybride, Conna and B Ahern, c/o PH.
Numbers drawn were 10, 14, 27 and 30 and there was no winner of the €5,000 jackpot following the most recent lotto draw which was held at The Winners Enclosure, Conna on Monday night last November 16th. Consolation winners on the night being Danny Maguire, Conna; Shane Cotter, Barrafohona; Mary O’Donnell Snr., Jennifer Kingston (phone number supplied) and Richard Higgins, Kilcronat, Ballynoe.
All of which means next week’s draw at The Plough bar, Curraglass on Monday night November 23rd will now be for a jackpot of €5,200.
Thu, Oct 29, 2015 Club News October 29th 2015
Adult club AGM this weekend
Major administrative event of the year takes place this upcoming weekend. Parent club annual general meeting goes ahead on this forthcoming Saturday night at Lacken Hall in Glengoura. Starting time is 8.30pm. Following on quickly from the underage equivalent before a large attendance and held in the clubrooms in Ballynoe on Thursday night last.
In his address, chairman of St Catherines juvenile club Paul Davis pointed out that as a club we continue to reside in Rebel Óg East, which now regularly brings us into contact with teams we might be less familiar with, resulting in the presence of parents at matches is essential. Although it may not have been a successful year on the playing pitches nevertheless great commitment was shown. All teams in both codes were reviewed and their respective managers and mentors were thanked.
An honour for the club with players on county juvenile teams, it was a historic final weekend of August when the Rebel county swept all before it, winning all underage championships that were on, from U14 right through to development squad at U17 level. Philip Keane on the Cork team that overcame the challenge of Tipperary in the Munster U16 B hurling final at Thurles. Likewise Ben O’Brien lining out with the successful county team that again defeated Tipp in the U15 A hurling final at Ballygarvan for the Ted Hanley trophy.
Final weekend of June into the early part of July saw the staging of the always eagerly awaited annual Cúl camp in the pitches in Ballynoe, ninety three children participated. Paul thanked the presence of the coaches, co-ordinator Eleanor Galvin and Redmond Higgins from the adult club for his help and assistance throughout a busy week. One hundred and thirty boys and girls took part in the most enjoyable parish leagues in mid October. Chief organiser is Edmond Galvin with Shane O’Brien also thanked.
You the public singled out, thanking you for your support of the annual church gate collection in aid of the underage section of the club and taken up after all Masses throughout the parish on weekending September 12th/13th. In so doing mention was also made of the night at the dogs. Major fundraiser for the year in what is an undertaking jointly organised by both the GAA and camogie club. Also the Cork GAA Clubs draw and the weekly lotto. Two of the clubs biggest ongoing fundraisers. All sponsors were thanked. T ~ A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherines main club sponsors. John Lane too for his work on the fields, always having the pitches in pristine condition for major summer matches.
Now having served six years as chairman of the underage section of the club, first elected at the AGM held on January 20th, 2010. Paul Davis was complimentary of the contribution of his fellow officers. He was grateful for the co-operation of the three school principals, facilitating the availability of Noel O’Brien re the coaching of the kids, while the communication between both clubs i.e. adult and juvenile is ongoing with Kevin Galvin and Dick Morrison rarely absent from a juvenile meeting. Antoinette O’Donnell always has a full range of hurleys in stock. St Catherines are up on Twitter along with the texting system used by the club are essential ways of getting our message out there.
In a bilingually delivered address starting and concluding in our native tongue, Paul informed one of the best attended juvenile AGM’s in recent years that the annual social will take place early in the new year. Concluding by stating that “the juvenile club is the place to start if you want to play at the highest level”.
Secretary Imelda O’Connell referred back to last season’s successful social and the training in the complex in Conna prior to the resumption of outdoor activity. Young players must enjoy themselves and that’s why they keep coming back. Handball was incorporated into the Cúl camp for the first time, again thanking the parents for their contribution. Unfortunately Imelda informed the meeting that although she could be assistant, wouldn’t be in a position to function as juvenile secretary for the forthcoming 2016 season. She acted for a two year term. Paul Davis in the course of his address said he was sorry to see Imelda depart the role. She did superb work and thankfully is willing to stay involved.
Treasurer Eleanor Galvin’s income and expenditure report was read and adopted, highlighting the financial assistance received from the adult club during the year.
Club PRO John O’Mahony delivered an account of all competitive games played. Other features of the report touching on the U12 hurling blitz in Thurles where victories were attained over Inniscarra, Granagh/Ballingarry and Wolfe Tones. There was the presence of Richard Galvin, Philip Keane and Niall O’Regan on various divisional U16 hurling teams. There was the Rebel Óg awards night at the Rochestown Park back in January, with the club organising their own U10 and 13 hurling blitzes. St Catherines winning the Paddy Sheehan Cup at U12 hurling level. Still to come is the Albert Griffin Cup, an annual tournament for the U14 hurlers. It was a quiet year in Scór. Although a major honour would be appointing stalwart Mary Barry as a judge in the solo singing category for the All-Ireland Scór na nÓg finals held at the City West back in mid February.
Adult chairman Kevin Galvin in a brief delivery was impressed with the large attendance at the meeting thanked the juvenile club for work put in. Highlight for him would be the number of young players and their coaches training in the pitches on Saturday mornings, speaking in glowing terms of the club’s strong disciplinary record.
Dick Morrison, president of St Catherines club stated that juvenile success is essential. Then the players will come through at adult level. He thanked all officers and coaches wishing everyone involved the best of luck for next year.
Ollie Sheehan spoke on the U9s and 10s. Dino Pietropaolo likewise delivered a summary on behalf of the coaches at U6, 7 and 8 level. More children are needed at an earlier age. U6 numbers are low, hopefully the mini camp organised by Mike Walsh and Imelda O’Connell scheduled for this week will prove a boost. Edmond Galvin informed the juvenile AGM than those involved with underage teams must have the very basic foundation course complete. It would be hoped that all mentors would be trained to at least level one coaching course.
Officers of the club and managers of the various teams were elected. Preferred grading will now be submitted. Confirmation to the clubs is promised pre Christmas. Warning – you may not receive your preferred grading, in which case you appeal through the various channels where you still might not be successful. What competitions we take part in were also agreed. All membership was deferred and will be discussed in detail at the “Big” meeting on Saturday night coming.
Managers of the various age groups taking in both codes.
Minor: Tom O’Donnell. U16/15: Paul Galvin. U14/13: Kieran O’Brien. U12/11: Ollie Sheehan. U10: Brian Sheehan. U8: Dino Pietropaolo. U6: Mike Walsh.
Officers – Chairman: Paul Davis. Vice-chairman: Shane O’Connell. Assistant Secretary: Imelda O’Connell. Treasurer: Eleanor Galvin. Assistant Treasurer: Fiona Sheehan. PRO – Fixtures – Board Delegate: John O’Mahony.
Other News
U11 Hurling League – Section Two – Final
Bride Rovers 6-09
St Catherines 3-01
Bride Rovers effectively laid the platform for eventual success with a surging first half performance, at the end of which they were ahead on a scoreline of 3-06 without reply, when this Rebel Óg East section two U11 hurling league final was played in Castlelyons on Saturday morning last. There would be no comeback from that, although in fairness the Saints plugged away with Gearóid O’Brien contributing a few well taken scores. Bride Rovers were also victorious in the regular group game in Ballynoe back in mid June and were the only team to defeat the Saints all year. Many thanks to Edmond Galvin, Brian Cotter and Shane O’Connell for work put in.
Scorers: G O’Brien (2-01) and C Desmond Doyle (1-00).
Team: Darragh Morrison, Kyle Wallace, Adam O’Donnell, Seán O’Donoghue, Gearóid O’Brien, Ethan Long, Fionn O’Connell, Ben O’Connor, Stephen Cotter, Nathan Sheehan, Jamie Pratt, Denis Temple and Cian O’Donoghue. Subs (all used) were: James Mulcahy, Cathal Sheehan, Cian Desmond Doyle, William O’Driscoll and Oisín Fitzgerald. Referee: Jim Hennessy (Kiltha Óg).
County Finals
If ever proof was needed to show how competitive our county finals can be, well then surely the last two weekends alone provided it. No one team dominating. Hard to call, bar one or two with many in the balance to the shriek of the full-time whistle. Nemo just squeezed past.
Castlehaven in the county senior football final replay. Though not as good a lineout as previous teams from Trabeg, it can’t be denied that they always perform on the provincial stage and are difficult to beat. Two neighbouring clubs are also now involved in replays. Fermoy must play Mayfield again. Twelve months on from winning the hurling equivalent they remain an hour at least from having both first choice teams in the hat for next year’s premier intermediate championship draws. It would be some achievement. Dungourney came back from the dead. They’ll be having another crack at Cloughduv in the county junior A hurling final. Still hard to call a winner. Told ya!
Lotto
Being a bank holiday this week’s lotto draw with a jackpot of €4,400 was held over until Tuesday night last October 27th at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe. Details next week.
Sponsor
T ~ A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
Thu, Nov 05, 2015 Club News November 5th 2015
Annual general meeting report

“Some people were never here”, “others may not have been for a long time”, “either way the local community are proud to be part of the establishment”. Opening shots from outgoing chairman, Kevin Galvin when opening the parent club annual general meeting held at Lacken Hall in Glengoura on Saturday night last.
Although resident of the area, Kevin stressed it was the club executive and not himself personally that settled on the venue. In a wide and varied address to what was a well-attended meeting Kevin hailed the effort and commitment the O’Connor brothers put in to football. Although they failed to get past neighbours Castlelyons, a lot of work was still put in with the U21s. A lot of matches were played in advance. Including entering a tournament organised by the Glenville club just after Christmas. Thus bringing the players together much earlier. Fail then maybe but at least you’ve tried. St Catherines getting to the third round of the divisional junior A football championship. After some brave and courageous displays particularly against Glenbower Rovers and Carraig na bhFear the junior B footballers exiting at semi-final stage.
St Catherines only just failing to make the division two football league final. Clearly that defeat in Killeagh coming up to the finish of the regular programme of games proving very costly.
Kevin highlighted the fact “we must be more competitive in junior hurling”. Rarely was a full panel available in the spring programme when entering both the East Cork and county junior hurling leagues. This was reflected in some results, St Catherines were knocked out of the divisional junior A hurling championship at the quarter-final stage. Their conquerors Dungourney going on to represent Imokilly and were crowned county champions just twenty-four hours before last Saturday night’s meeting. They were congratulated for doing so.
Much more commitment must be forthcoming at junior B hurling level. That said it was felt the team would do better next year. Absenteeism also proved costly in the U21 B hurling championship. Adding that its place in the fixtures programme is always difficult to accommodate.
A strong and vibrant juvenile club is in place and the future looks bright. It was a year when a number of players were on Imokilly development squads and Cork underage teams. Minor hurling and football teams are now looked after by the juvenile club. Pointing out a directive from headquarters that no U17s are available to adult managers from here on in.
Discipline in the club is very good and the grounds are in excellent condition. Thanks to Pat Clancy, Pat Hartigan and John Lane for work put in. Kevin felt we are setting standards in promoting the hosting of championship games. Again commended at a recent health and safety conference in Mallow.
On the financial side of things, the weekly lotto continues to perform. Thanks for your ongoing support. That goes too for those who subscribe to the Cork GAA Clubs Draw and the two together are the club’s two biggest and ongoing fundraisers. Major undertaking for the year was the annual night at the dogs at Youghal track. Signage around the pitch is a valuable source of income. Main sponsors are T~A Plant Hire, Ballynoe.
It was an excellent year for the ladies. Going all the way to their third county senior final appearance. Congratulations to Orla Cotter on her player of the match performance in the All-Ireland senior camogie final. Finola Neville also part of the Cork squad. Best of luck to Orla, now nominated for player of the year award as well.
Kevin, singling out Marie Clancy for her promotion of Scór. Also Shane Walsh and Chris O’Brien for their work on the club website.
Kevin Galvin was elected chairman at the AGM held at Conna Hall on Friday night, November 4th, 2011 and served a four year term. Declaring that major development work for this year was the upgrade of the public toilets. But in so doing was of the opinion that his successor, Tom Morrison would be concentrating on the playing side of things.
Secretary for the previous three years, Tom in his review to the meeting began with the appointment of Dan Hoare as president of the Cork county board. Sadly, a few weeks later Dan passed away after a short illness borne bravely. Describing him as “a great man who never forgot his roots”. His love for the club was undiminished, sadly very near the finish “with a tear in his eye” declared he would do it all again. Kevin Galvin prior to standing down declared that the late Dan was a great friend to him while in the chair”. Apart from the usual review of the playing year, Tom referred to the underage players adorning divisional and county juvenile teams. Again touching on the plaudits received following the staging of the Killeagh/Youghal county senior hurling championship match. Thanking both Deirdre O’Brien and Billy O’Connell for services rendered in preparation for the night at the dogs. As well as the occasion when four winners shared the €10,600 jackpot in the weekly lotto draw. He was also grateful for the help and assistance he received as secretary from Kevin Galvin, Deirdre O’Brien and Edmond Galvin.
On assuming his new role, Tom felt it to be a big honour to be elected chairman. He knows it will be a big challenge and although right now the club may be at a low ebb, he was hopeful it will rise again.
Financial report presented by club president Dick Morrison and field treasurer’s report coming from Richard Hegarty, were read and adopted. Dick Morrison in a brief delivery declared it was “time to look forward”, “we’re in a new era now”. Great effort is required now to get up. A win at juvenile level is now a must and with that the players will begin to come through. Hard work required for next year.
Paul Davis and Eleanor Galvin were proposed and seconded as chairman and treasurer respectively and ratified as officers of the juvenile club.
Highlighting the work put in at underage, chairman, Paul Davis declared the recent AGM to be very well attended. There was one hundred and thirty paid up members, with the club participating in both codes from under six right up to minor. They organise blitzes and a week long annual Cúl Camp in the height of the summer. In the week just ending a Hallowe’en mini-camp was a very successful venture.
Ballynoe based curate Fr Andrew Carvill CC ,who possesses a huge esteem for the association as a whole, commended those who accepted responsibility. It takes a certain courage to move forward. If you’ve no time – make time. He said himself and parish priest Fr Billy O’Donovan PP were grateful for the work St Catherine’s do at community level.
Officers were elected. Club executive filled with all three pockets of the parish supplying members to the committee. Kevin Galvin and Billy O’Connell were proposed and seconded and added to the list of vice presidents. What competitions were involved in and the teams grading was discussed and managers appointed. Membership was settled at €75 for players, €50 for ordinary members and €20 for minors. Delegates appointed to the various boards. All in just under two hours!!!

Managers appointed
Hurling – junior A, Pat Clancy; under twenty one B – Billy Neville
Football – junior A and B – John Mulcahy; under twenty one B Liam O’Connor.
NB - Tom O’Donnell is minor manager for both codes, appointed at the juvenile AGM held a week previous.

Officers appointed
President, Dick Morrison; chairman, Tom Morrisson; vice chairman, Mike Lane and Kevin Galvin; Secretary, Deirdre O’Brien; asst Secretary, Edmond Galvin; Treasurer, Richard Hegarty; PRO, John O’Mahony; Registrar, Pat Hartigan; Cultural/Irish, Marie Clancy; Development, Dave Hoare; Children’s officer, Paul Davis; Medic, Bridget Cotter.

Board Delegate
County: John G Barry and Mike Lane, East Cork: Pat Lane and Redmond Higgins (proxy).
Rebel Óg East: Under eleven to minor John O’Mahony (appointed at juvenile AGM).

Other news -

Hallowe’en GAA mini camp
Only entering the equation following a juvenile club meeting right back at the start of October and resulting in the introduction of a Hallowe’en GAA mini camp, proved a resounding success. It was held in the pitches in Ballynoe from Tuesday, October 27th to Thursday, October 29th inclusive while the children were off school. It was of two hour duration over each of the three days. Time 10am to 12 noon. A €10 charge would see you through. Seventy one primary school boys and girls from the parish took part. Coaches were Mike Walsh, Shane O’Brien, Niall O’Regan, Mairead Ronan, Kieran Neville and Tom O’Donnell (jnr).
Keepers grew in numbers as more offered to keep out!!! Brendan McKee, Niamh O’Regan, Linda O’Donnell, Niamh Mulcahy, Caoimhe Hayes, Sophia Oleate, Eve England and Laura Hayes. Each child received a sliotar on the final day. Many thanks to all the parents who helped out. Especially Mags Fitzgerald, Majella Pietrapaolo, Breda Temple and Redmond Higgins.

Sympathy
Can we offer our deepest sympathy to the Mellerick family, Conna on the sudden and untimely death of Mike’s brother, Edmond in South Africa last week. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a ainm dílis.

Lotto
Being a bank holiday last week’s lotto draw was held over until the Tuesday night, October 27th. Venue was McAuliffe’s Bar, Ballynoe. Numbers drawn were 3, 7, 11 and 25 and the jackpot of €4,400 wasn’t won. Consolation winners on the night were: Tom Cullinane, Francistown; Peter Ryan, Ballyknock South, Ballynoe; Bertie O’Sullivan c/o Kals; Mary O’Keeffe, Newtown Cottage, Ballynoe and Maura O’Sullivan c/o Kals. More results next week.

Sponsor
T~A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherine’s GAA Club sponsors.

Congratulations
Well done to neighbouring clubs Dungourney and Fermoy on their recent success. Dungourney winning the county junior A hurling championship with a replayed final victory over Cloughduv. What odds themselves and Castlemartyr drawn together in the first round of next year’s intermediate championship!!!!
Back to back counties for Fermoy. Winning the intermediate football a year on from tasting hurling glory. Great achievement.

Awards nights
Busy upcoming weekend with the hurling and football All Stars being announced. As is the camogie player of the year.
Thu, Oct 22, 2015 Club News October 22nd 2015
Juvenile AGM tonight (Thursday)
Fast approaching is the most important administrative meeting of the year. St Catherines parent club AGM is fixed for the novel setting of Lacken Hall in Glengoura on Saturday night, October 31st at 8.30pm. Previous to that is the staging of the juvenile equivalent which goes ahead tonight (Thursday), October 22nd in the clubrooms in Ballynoe, again timed for 8.30pm. It features a major review of the season just ending. Chairman, secretary, treasurer and P.R.O. will present their annual reports. Officer will be appointed. As will managers to look after the various age groups in both codes. What competitions are being entered for next playing season should be sorted. Anything and everything that goes with the territory. It’s the place to talk.
Weekend review
Well it wasn’t to be. St Catherines brave and commendable run starting with a victory over Ballinhassig back towards the end of June followed by wins over Ballygarvan, Carbery and a fancied Douglas in the penultimate round terminated by a sizeable loss to reigning champions Milford in this year’s county senior camogie championship final when played in near perfect conditions at Castle Road, Mahon on Saturday afternoon last at 4pm. It was the Saints third final appearance. Winning on their first attempt in the autumn of 2009. Going down to a heavy loss three years later. Both deciders preceding last weekend’s showpiece.
Ironically Milford were opposition on each and every occasion with the North Cork based outfit now sweeping to four county senior titles on the trot. Such is their strength in depth that they will prove formidable opposition for anyone. Irrespective of what team they come up against. Nevertheless St Catherines enjoyed a halycon run. Disappointment is understandable. But they can take some considerable satisfaction in lighting up enthusiasm in the parish once again with the flags and bunting making a welcome return. Beidh lá eile ar an bpáorach.
Camogie team manager and coach Denis Walsh enjoyed better fortune twenty four hours later. Coaching Ballygunner to a fourteenth title with a narrow four point success over a gallant Tallow challenge, when the Waterford county senior hurling championship final went ahead at Walsh Park on Sunday afternoon last. They will now be fancied to get over the hurdle of surprise Cork representatives Glen Rovers in the semi-final of the Munster club championship, fixed for a Waterford venue on Sunday, November 8th. It’s still not clear who the rebel representatives will be in the equivalent football championship. Nemo Rangers and Castlehaven must now replay their county senior football championship final on Sunday afternoon next. Causing a rejigging of other finals with local teams involved. Most notably Fermoy in the intermediate football, Dungourney in the junior hurling and Watergrasshill and Kilworth in the county U21 B hurling final.
Parish league finals – Division two
Kilkenny defeated Cork in the recent division two parish leagues hurling final. Score was 3-2 to 1-1. Winning captain was Sara Clancy. In the equivalent football decider success for Galway. Captained by Amy Leahy, they overcame the challenge of Dublin on a scoreline of 9-3 to 3-1 in the decider.
Kilkenny: Sara Clancy (hurling captain), Kian O’Donoghue (football captain), Diarmuid O’Connell, Shane Cotter, Eryn Dillon, Oisín Fitzgerald, Shane Dillon, Cathal McAuliffe, Jack Leahy and Dylan Murphy.
Cork: Lucy Barry (hurling captain), Sean O’Donoghue (football captain), Ciaran Pietropaolo, Ciaran Leamy, Billy Warnes, Adam O’Keeffe, Cian McCarthy, Daniel Harte, Colm Feeney and Cian Hegarty.
Galway: Amy Leahy (football captain), Darragh Morrison (hurling captain), Diarmuid O’Donovan, Evan O’Driscoll, Áine Twomey, Jack Hickey, Conor Hayes, Jake Bryan and Shane Hegarty.
Dublin: Lucy Aherne (football captain), Nathan Sheehan (hurling captain), Cathal Sheehan, Karina Hartnett, Padraic Lucey, Cian Dunning, Gearoid O’Callaghan, Luke Dillon, Adam Bryan and Stephen Mulcahy.
We will return to the parish leagues on the conclusion of both annual general meetings on October 22nd and 31st.
Fixture
Saturday,
October 24th
U11 hurling league section two final St Catherines v Bride Rovers. Time 11am. Venue to be confirmed.
Mini GAA Camp
A three day mini GAA camp will be held in Páirc Naomh Caitríona, Baile Nua when the schools are closed over the Hallowe’en holiday period. Dates are Tuesday, October 27th to Thursday, October 29th inclusive. Times are 10am to 12midday. Cost is €10 per child payable on first morning. It’s open to all primary school children in the parish. Talk to juvenile secretary Imelda O’Connell.
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Sponsor
T~A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA club sponsors.
Intercounty Championship Draws
Newly appointed manager Kieran Kingston is straight into the thick of the action. As Cork have been paired with the “auld enemy” Tipperary in the quarter-final of next year’s Munster senior hurling championship when the draws were made on live television on Thursday night last. Limerick are waiting in the wings. With Clare and Waterford on the other side. Sixth provincial County Kerry as a prize for winning the Christy Ring Cup are along with Offaly, Carlow and Westmeath involved in a preliminary group of the Leinster senior hurling championship. Group winners will play Galway in the resultant quarter-final. Runners-up are against Laois. All conquering Kilkenny will play either Dublin or Wexford in the semi-final.
Cork and Kerry have been kept apart and can’t meet until the Munster senior football championship final. Should they get that far. Cork will play either Tipperary or Waterford in one semi. Likewise the Kingdom will meet either Clare or Limerick in the other.
All-Ireland champions Dublin will begin the defence of their provincial title when playing either Laois or Wicklow in the quarter-finals of the Leinster senior football championship. Strong talk about playing that match in Nowlan Park.
Elsewhere reigning champions Monaghan meet Down in the quarter-final of the Ulster senior football championship. While over west title holders Mayo play London in the Connacht quarter-final for the right to play Galway in the resultant semi-final.
Lotto
Results from the most recent lotto draw held at The Plough Bar, Curraglass on Monday night last, October 19th. Numbers drawn were 2, 12, 20 and 28 and there was no winner of the €4,200 jackpot. While the consolation winners were: Caitríona Cullinane, Ballynoe; Noreen Moroney, Conna; Marian Forbes, Woodview Park, Tallow, c/o P.H.; John Fitzgerald, Garrycaheragh, Ballynoe and Tom and Siobhan, Conna. Now take note being a bank holiday next draw for a jackpot now standing at €4,400 will be at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Tuesday night, October 27th.
Finishing up
Just before we go remember the juvenile AGM (tonight) Thursday at 8.30pm. Best of luck to the U11s on Saturday morning and don’t forget next lotto draw on Tuesday night, October 27th. More news next week.
Thu, Oct 15, 2015 Club News October 15th 2015
Terrific prizes on offer in Cork GAA clubs’ draw

This week we promote as best we can the recommencement of the Cork GAA clubs’ draw. We look at division one of the parish league finals. Congratulations to the Saints into their third county senior camogie championship final in seven years. Read on for more details.
Cork GAA Clubs draw
It may have come through our door a little earlier than usual, either way that glossy catalogue is an attractive reminder that the recommencement of the Cork GAA clubs’ draw for 2015/2016 is imminent. It has three main aims, to provide clubs with finance to fund their ongoing development both on and off the field. Also it provides the GAA in our beloved county with funds for coaching youth development. While there is also capital development of Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Supporting the Cork GAA clubs draw is supporting your own club, for every one hundred names collected the commission is €4,500. In other words a minimum of €45 per ticket goes back to your club.
Interested? Want to know how to enter?
You can online by logging onto www.corkgaadraw.ie then there is the personal touch whereby a club representative will take your details. Fully paid up membership for the twelve draws is €100, which qualifies you for two free monthly draws. One can also subscribe €10 per month cash or direct debit over ten months. It starts shortly with a double draw for the months of September and October. For sports enthusiasts (aren’t we all) some of the prizes on offer are mesmeric.
In the November draw, first prize is a Skoda Rapid or €17,500 cash. While, or the runner-up there is a trip to the Wimbledon tennis championships worth €3,000 in the height of an English summer. Second prize in the January draw and worth €5,000 is a trip to the Monaco Grand Prix. For February apart from the car and cash there is also a prize worth €10,000 up for grabs of a trip to golf’s major, the US Masters in Augusta. A trip to the British Open can be won later on in the year, as can a massive prize of a trip to the Ryder Cup in Minnesota, worth €10,000 and incorporated in the July draw. Perks of prizes to the Cheltenham and Punchestown also feature. As do All-Ireland football and hurling weekends. National league season tickets are interspersed throughout various months of the new draw. Good aren’t they? And remember if you’re not in you can’t win! Risk free fundraising for the club. Your draw, your club, your future! Please give it some thought, if interested let Dick Morrison, Dave Hoare or any club member know.

Lotto results.

Results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna on Monday night last, October 12th, numbers drawn were: 2, 3, 5 and 11 and the €4,000 jackpot wasn’t won. Consolation winners being, Noreen Broderick c/o Dave Hoare, Johnny H c/o The Big Tree, Aghern, Yvonne O’Neill, Ballynoe, Eileen Kearney, Ballybride, Conna and Mike Barry c/o The Big Tree, Aghern. Next draw for a jackpot of €4,200 will be at The Plough, Curraglass on Monday night, October 19th.
Annual General Meeting
Most important administrative meetings of the year are imminent. Juvenile AGM is on next Thursday evening, October 22nd in the clubrooms in Ballynoe. Adult equivalent is on in Lacken Hall, Glengoura, on Saturday night, October 31st. Take note please that both meetings are now timed for 8.30pm. Have your say!

Scór
A reminder once again to let Irish cultural officer Marie Clancy know if you’re interested in participating in this year’s Scór na nÓg competition for under seventeen’s. Finals are on in Lisgoold Community Hall at 6pm on the evening of Sunday, November 8th.

Sponsor
T+ A Plant Hire, Ballynoe, are St Catherines GAA club sponsors.
Mental health talk
Mental health talks ‘Coping with the modern world’ with clinical psychologist Dr Ciara Quigney, will take place in Ballynoe Community Hall over the next three Thursday nights. That is October 15th (tonight), 22nd and 29th. It’s for one-hour duration. Everybody is welcome and there is no charge.
Action on the field
Matches played

Junior B hurling final

Fr O’Neills were much too strong in overcoming the challenge of Watergrasshill in this year’s rescheduled East Cork junior B hurling championship final played under lights at Ballynoe on Wednesday evening, October 7th last. Referee was Mike Walsh from the host club. O’Neills ahead at 2-11 to 0-2 by half-time eventually winning out on a final scoreline of 4-19 to 1-08. Afterwards Richard Fitzgerald, chairman of the East Cork GAA board presented the Eamonn Fleming cup to Quentin Higgins, captain of the victorious Fr O’Neills team.

Camogie
For the third time in six years St Catherines and Milford will meet in the county senior camogie championship final. Thus far it’s one apiece between the protagonists, Catherines in their debut decider emerging victorious by a three-point margin at Páirc Uí Riinn in the autumn of 2009. Revenge exacted following a convincing Milford win at Castle Road in Mahon three years later. Safe to say in the interim they have gone on to prove themselves us being one of the top teams in the country. Winning two All-Ireland club titles along the way.
St Catherines overcame the challenge of Douglas on a scoreline of 1-12 to 1-08 in the semi-final on Saturday afternoon last in Mahon. Throw-in was 1.30pm. Best of luck to all concerned in this weekend’s showpiece now fixed for 4pm on Saturday afternoon.

Parish league finals
Efficiently ran over two weekends, the annual parish league finals were played off under lights at Ballynoe on Friday evening last. This week we focus on the division one finals. With the divisions two and three to follow on over the next two weeks.
Galway were hurling winners, beating Dublin (5-06 to 5-00). Captain was Evan Philpott. While Cork emerged victorious in the football competition over Kilkenny on a scoreline of 6-07 to 3-03. Winning captain was Cathal Dinneen.
Panel of players
Galway: Evan Philpott (hurling captain), Tessa Condon (football captain), Harry Draper, William Leamy, Molly Warnes, Doireann Hayes, Stephen Cotter, Ethan Long, Kianna O’Sullivan, Eve England and James Mulcahy.
Dublin: Darragh Galvin (hurling captain), Hazel Sheehan (football captain), Conor England, Brian Barry, Dawn Clancy, Jessica O’Brien, Ben O’Connor, Adam O’Donnell, Rusheen Walsh and James O’Callaghan.
Cork: Cathal Dinneen (football captain), Niamh Spillane (hurling captain), Eoghan O’Riordan, Gerard Leahy, Ellen Duncan, Keira O’Connell, Fionn O’Connell, Denis Temple, Cliona Dunning, Cian Desmond Doyle and Chloe Kearney.
Kilkenny: Mary Geary (football captain), Jane England (hurling captain), Tom Hartnett, William McAuliffe, Tara Leahy, Chloe Draper, Gearoid O’Brien, Kyle Wallace, Aideen Bolger, Jamie Pratt and William O’Driscoll.

Cork county finals
In 1975 Glen Rovers won a county senior hurling final at the Mardyke. Twelve months later they were the first team to attain outright success at the newly developed Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Now with work ongoing on Cork’s hurling showpiece and thirty-nine years later they win a title at Páirc Uí Rinn. Ironically named after their and Cork’s greatest ever player, Christy Ring. Similarities keep ringing out. Glen Rovers defeated Sarsfields when last winning the Cork county senior hurling championship final. Cork’s ‘Little All-Ireland” for the Sean Óg Murphy Cup, that was 1989, twenty-six years ago. Now they defeat Sars again to win for themselves a twenty sixth title. Uncanny! Joining them in senior ranks next year will be Newcestown. Now a dual senior club they were too good for Valley Rovers in the premier intermediates final which acted as curtain-raiser.
Intercounty championship draws
Watch out for next year’s intercounty championship draws. They’re on RTE 2 television tonight (Thursday) at 8pm. While we’re at it another programme that might be worth a look at is ‘The Geansai’ which examines the GAA, beginning with a look at Gaelic football in the remotest parts of the country. It’s going to be on RTE 1 every Monday night at 7.30pm. Enjoy the week. Best of luck to the ladies on Saturday and we will be back again next week.
Thu, Oct 01, 2015 Club News October 1st 2015
St Catherines GAA
A weekend of mixed fortunes
A two pronged success for Carraig na bhFear. Overcoming the Saints by the slimmest of margins in round one of the East Cork junior hurling league, doubling as a tournament final. Winning the Kevin Walsh Cup in the process. Elsewhere, in a rip roaring high scoring affair requiring twenty minutes of extra time, St Catherines saw off the tenacious challenge of Blackrock in the semi-final of the Rebel Óg East minor A hurling league. While the U12 hurlers retained the Paddy Sheehan cup. Read on for a glance at the highlights of a busy week.
East Cork Junior Hurling League – Division One – Round One
St Catherines 0-13 Carraig na bhFear 1-11
A late, late pointed free confirmed a victory by the slimmest of margins for Carraig na bhFear when this round one division one East Cork junior hurling league tie doubling as a tournament final, was played under lights at Ballynoe on Saturday night last.
They started off better and were ahead by three unanswered points to seven minutes. But Rory Galvin in a rich vein of form and continuing where he left off in a terrific minor match from the night before, with back to back points had the teams level for the first time in a now evenly fought contest at 0-4 each to the end of the opening quarter.
Carraig na bhFear struck for the vital goal finished off by Nicky Pyke after nineteen minutes. It was enough for the visitors in maintaining the lead on a half-time scoreline of 1-7 to 0-6. A bright opening to the second half. Shane O’Brien raising a white flag almost straight away. A poor clearance snapped up by Conor Hegarty duly added another. Further class and well-taken points from James Neville and aforementioned O’Brien would see the teams together again at 0-13 to 1-10 in fully justified time added on, following a lengthy stoppage to an opposition player. But right at the death Con Burns secured the spoils. Pointing a free right on sixty-four minutes. Unfortunately that was it. A league match which doubled as a tournament final for the Kevin Walsh cup. Club chairman Kevin Galvin thanked the referee and the opposition for the sporting game. Then handed over to Mark, brother of the late Kevin, who duly made the presentation to Con Burns, captain of the Carraig na bhFear team.
Con in a brief and well delivered oration was fully understanding of how the death of a young player affects a parish. Thanked everyone and offered three cheers for the Saints.
Scorers: S O’Brien (0-4 frees) (0-6), R Galvin and J Neville (0-2 each), C Kearney, B Davis and C Hegarty (0-1 each).
Team: C Leahy, Stephen O’Brien, R Clancy, J Mulcahy, L O’Connor, C Hegarty, K Neville, E Condon, M Mulcahy, J Neville, R Galvin, B Davis, C Kearney, P Roche, Shane O’Brien.

Also on panel: J Casey, E Corcoran, B Mulcahy and E Aherne.


Referee: James Bermingham (Bride Rovers).
Rebel Óg East Minor A Hurling League Semi-Final
St Catherines
1-22 (0-17)
Blackrock 2-17 (1-14)
An astonishing contest between two evenly matched teams. Before the Saints progressed by a two point margin following twenty minutes of extra time when this absorbing Rebel Óg East minor A hurling league semi-final was played under lights at Ballynoe on Friday night last. Catherines topping group two with full points, rewarded with a home draw against the city based outfit who finished runners up on the other side.
Blackrock making the better start. Barry Granger with a goal inside three minutes. A score which would continue to have a huge influence on proceedings as the contest progressed. It would keep two evenly matched teams apart at the break. Blackrock ahead at 1-8 to 0-8.
With parity only restored for the first time at 1-11 to 0-14 to forty two minutes. A minor match dominated by the prolific free taking of two players, Rory Galvin for the home based team and Rory Kiely for the Rockies. One Galvin point from play over near the sideline at the opposite side to the dugouts, as good as we’ve seen. Owen O’Neill worked hard for his point and after sixty-six minutes of play we were going to extra time, ten minutes a-side. Finishing up at 1-14 to 0-17.
Blackrock added one point in the first period and when Mark Cunningham added a second goal to which Rory Kiely quickly followed up with a pointed free, were clearly in the ascendancy and ahead at 2-17 to 0-19, now nearly five minutes into the second period of extra time.
But with fortunes ebbing too and fro what a finish we had. In a pulsating contest which threw up everything a game possibly can, the outstanding Galvin somehow secured the vital touch for the Saints goal. He then shot over a stunning leveller. Before a minute from time substitute Kieran English popped over the lead point. Ironically the first time the Saints led in the entire match. Galvin added another almost on time. Bringing his overall tally to 1-17 and a place in the Rebel Óg East minor A hurling league final confirmed against either Kiltha Óg or Courcey Rovers.
Scorers: R Galvin (0-12 frees) (0-1 ’65’) (1-17), N O’Regan (0-2), Rd Galvin, O O’Neill and K English (0-1 each).
St Catherines team: E Davis, P Keane, E Wallace, K Geary, S O’Regan, B Davis, S O’Donnell, T O’Donnell, K Neville, N O’Regan, R Galvin, C Galvin, O O’Neill, L Beecher, Rd Galvin. Subs: R English for C Galvin (38’), K English for R English (72’), C Hickey for L Beecher (77’). Also on panel: J Walsh and D Leamy.
Referee: Jim Hennessy (Kiltha Óg).
Paddy Sheehan Cup Final
Victories over Lisgoold on a scoreline of 3-4 to 0-1 and Ballyhooly by just one point more (3-5 to 0-1) saw the Saints retain the Paddy Sheehan cup on scoring average, when played for in excellent conditions at Ballynoe on Saturday morning last. Ballyhooly just edged out Lisgoold in the other game. Referee was Eoin Davis. Juvenile chairman Paul Davis presented the winning trophy to successful Saints captain, Eoghan O’Riordan.
So who were we honouring? Paddy Sheehan was one of the founder members when the St Catherines club, as we know it today, was formed in 1946. Serving as its first treasurer incorporating the years 1946 to 1948. On passing, his nearest surviving relations would be twin brothers Billy and Batty O’Connell, both of whom have served the club well over the years and in his honour put up a cup in his name in the spring or early summer of 1993. Originally played for at minor hurling level. Over the years it began to slip off the radar a little. But in recent times has been resurrected by the juvenile club and is now played for at U12 hurling level.
Panel of players
Eoghan O’Riordan (team captain), Evan Philpott, Gerard Leahy, Mark Geary, Kyle Wallace, Gearoid O’Brien, Ben O’Connor, Harry Draper, Tom Hartnett, Fionn O’Connell, Darragh Galvin, Cathal Dinneen, Stephen Cotter, Conor England, William McAuliffe, Adam O’Donnell, James O’Callaghan, James Mulcahy, William Leamy, Cian Desmond Doyle, Denis Temple and William O’Driscoll.
Camogie
St Catherines are through to the penultimate round and a date with Douglas. Overcoming the challenge of Carbery on a scoreline of 0-18 to 2-5 in the quarter-final of the county senior camogie championship when played at Castle Road in Mahon on Saturday afternoon last.
Ladies Football
No rousing comebacks required this time around. Twice at various stages of the opening half the Rebelettes were just a point adrift. But with two evenly matched teams together at 0-5 each to the break and on as many occasions throughout the opening half, gives you some idea of how close and tight last Sunday afternoon’s ladies gaelic football final was.
Three times Cork opened up three point leads as this final progressed. Eventually getting over the line by a two point margin. That’s how close it was. But this Cork team knows how to win. Five in a row. Ten titles bagged in eleven seasons. Some achievement. Congrats to all.
Meetings
Don’t forget there are club meetings tonight (Thursday). Juvenile at 8.15, adult at 9pm.
Sponsor
T~A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
Condolences
Can we take this opportunity of sympathising with the Fenton family, Castlelyons on their recent sad bereavement.
Fixture
Tonight (Thursday), October 1st at Ballynoe East Cork junior hurling league division one round four v St Itas at 7.30pm.
Lotto
Results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at The Big Tree, Aghern on Monday night last, September 28th. Numbers drawn were 8, 10, 14 and 17 and there was no winner of the €3,600 jackpot. Consolation winners being: Pat Clancy, Monagown, Conna; Claire Kearney, Shanakill, Curraglass; Ann Stack, c/o The Big Tree; Cathal Leahy, Curraheen, Conna and Pat Williams, c/o Cals.
Next draw for a jackpot of €3,800
Thu, Oct 08, 2015 Club News October 8th 2015
Minor hurlers overtaken just at end of regional league final
St Catherines, performing much better than when the same two teams met in the championship, just lost out this time to Courcey Rovers in the Rebel Óg East minor A hurling league final. Elsewhere, a share of the spoils accrued with defeated divisional finalists St Itas in the final game of the East Cork junior hurling league. While chances of promotion were dented, losing the last match to Glenbower Rovers in the second division of the junior football league.
Rebel Óg East Minor A Hurling League Final
Courcey Rovers 1-14
St Catherines 0-13
There is no doubt this bunch of U18 hurlers have participated in some battles this season. Just getting over the line by the slimmest of margins in the first round of the championship against Erins Own, following extra time at a dull, foggy and overcast Caherlag back in mid July. That recent league semi-final against Blackrock under lights at Ballynoe nine days ago, again twenty minutes extra time required, ten a-side. Before progression was assured, sandwiched in between a most disappointing performance losing heavily to Courcey Rovers in the second round of the championship at Ballinspittle towards the end of July.
This Rebel Óg East minor A hurling league final was the ideal opportunity to redress that awful night and perhaps win a trophy, something to show at the end of a busy and intense year. They came perilously close to living the dream. Unfortunately for them just coming up short right at the death. Courcey Rovers were placed in section one of the minor A hurling league, coming through along with Blackrock from a group also featuring Aghabullogue, Ballinora, Carraig na bhFear and Douglas. While the Saints advanced unbeaten from section two, Kiltha Óg were second. Also involved were Bride Rovers, Erins Own, Watergrasshill and Youghal.
On the weekend the Saints scraped through against the Rockies, the Ballinspittle/Ballinadee entourage were proving much too strong for Kiltha Óg. Within twenty-four hours negotiations opened on the fixing of the decider. Although too late for inclusion in last week’s notes, time, date and venue were agreed by Tuesday at lunch time. Any talk of other possible venues irrelevant. It was ratified at a board meeting in the Silver Springs that night. This Rebel Óg East minor A hurling league final was going to Ballygarvan at 11.30am on Sunday morning last. Nowhere else. And why should it? They had readily agreed to host the final and is a strategically well-located venue.
Both teams seemed to take an eternity to settle. First touch and accuracy off, wides tally had risen to ten before Courceys from a placed ball opened the scoring on fourteen minutes. Owen O’Neill with the game’s first score from play supplying the first equaliser just short of three minutes later. Making a few positional switches, which worked, five unanswered second quarter points had Courceys ahead on a half-time scoreline of 0-06 to 0-01. But how the Saints responded. Thomas O’Donnell and Richard Galvin among the scorers.
Five points without reply in as many minutes following the resumption. Sides level again. Game definitely on. Points from Tadgh O’Sullivan now further out the field and U15 player Seán Murphy restored the Courceys now narrow advantage. Standing at 0-09 to 0-06 to thirty nine minutes and again at 0-11 to 0-08 to forty eight. But this was proving a titanic struggle. St Catherines were putting it up to them in spades. They registered five points, one after the other as parity was restored for a third time. Thomas O’Donnell eased the Saints ahead for the first time, pointing from play. A trio of Rory Galvin points from placed balls all contributing to a two-point lead on a scoreline of 0-13 to 0-11 to fifty five minutes. Credit Courceys too, in the face of adversity and staring defeat in the face they responded, sign of a good team. Cathal Maguire tied it all up again on fifty nine minutes, when a lengthy stoppage ensued following a head injury picked up by Thomas O’Donnell, to whom we wish a speedy recovery.
There would be plenty of time added on. We weren’t sure how much. With excitement at fever pitch Michael O’Donovan drilled over the lead point for Courceys. We are now six minutes overtime. Ross O’Donovan with the killer blow and game’s only goal sixty seconds later. There would be no come back from that. Allowing for that, the time added on eventually extended to nine and a half minutes. Courcey Rovers will be the division’s only representatives in the county stages. Unlike the championship only one team goes forward. They also play either Ahane Gaels or Carraig na bhFear in the minor A hurling championship county final this upcoming weekend. Last Sunday’s league final should now be after sharpening them up a lot.
Disappointment for the Saints, but they were excellent. They redeemed themselves following that championship mauling against the same opposition and this time around, were competitive right to the finish. Tom O’Donnell, Noel O’Brien, Shane Mulkerrins and Tim O’Connor were preparing their charges from early in the year. Only just losing out at the end. Jimmy Murphy, treasurer Rebel Óg East made the presentation to Michael O’Donovan, captain of the victorious Courcey Rovers team.
Courcey Rovers scorers: R O’Donovan (0-04 frees) (0-01 ‘65’) (1-05), M O’Donovan and T O’Sullivan (0-01 free) (0-03 each), S Twomey (0-01 free) (0-02) and C Maguire (0-01).
St Catherines scorers: R Galvin (0-05 frees), O O’Neill and T O’Donnell (0-03 each), Richard Galvin and N O’Regan (0-01 each).
Team: Eoin Davis, Philip Keane, Eoin Wallace, Kevin Geary, Shane O’Regan, Brian Davis (capt), Stephen O’Donnell, Thomas O’Donnell, Kieran Neville, Niall O’Regan, Rory Galvin, Lucas O’Callaghan McCarthy, Owen O’Neill, Luke Beecher and Richard Galvin. Sub: Cormac Galvin for Luke Beecher (51’)
Also on panel: Kieran English, John Walsh, Seán Leamy, Robert English, Ben O’Brien, Darren Leamy, Jack O’Brien and Conor Hickey.
Referee: Seán Forde (Nemo Rangers).
East Cork Junior Hurling League Division One – Round Four
St Catherines 2-17
St Itas 1-20
A draw was a fair and justifiable result when the Saints were completing their campaign with a share of the spoils with this year’s defeated East Cork finalists in a round four fixture from division one of the divisional junior hurling league, when played under lights at Ballynoe on Thursday evening last.
St Catherines started the better in a contest of two well-matched teams. John Casey, Pádraig O’Connor and a brace from Rory Galvin had them four points without reply ahead to seven minutes. It was 0-06 to 0-03 to the end of the opening quarter. An opportunistic Conor Kearney goal pushed the lead out to 1-07 to 0-03 after twenty minutes. Settling for a lead for the home based team on a half-time scoreline of 1-10 to 0-09. They would keep the momentum going. This time Conor Kearney turning provider before the ideally placed Shane O’Brien flashed in a second goal. Making it 2-11 to 0-11, now three minutes into the change around.
But what really opened up this league match was a Seamus Harnedy free, which went all the way to the net. Now forty-eight minutes elapsed and the sides are together for the first time. Score standing at 2-13 to 1-16. Harnedy largely unerring from placed balls had St Itas ahead for the only time when converting his fourth 65 on fifty-seven minutes. Thus bringing Cork’s only All Star nominee to a haul of 1-13. All bar a point coming from placed balls.
In an exciting finish Pádraig O’Connor had the teams level for a fourth time. Pointing from play before Shane O’Brien had the home team briefly ahead again. But Itas secured the draw with a massive Cathal Deane point from a sweetly struck sideline ball right at the finish.
Scorers: S O’Brien (0-06 frees) (1-06), C Kearney (1-00), R Galvin (0-03), J Casey and P O’Connor (0-02 each), M Mulcahy, B Davis, J Neville and L O’Connor (0-01 each).
Starting fifteen: C Leahy, Stephen O’Brien, R Clancy, J Mulcahy, L O’Connor, C Hegarty, K Neville, M Mulcahy, J Neville, P O’Connor, R Galvin, B Davis, C Kearney, Shane O’Brien and J Casey. Subs: S O’Regan, N O’Brien and E Aherne for K Neville, B Davis and R Galvin (all second half).
Referee: Ger Scully (Killeagh).
East Cork Junior Football League – Division Two – Round Seven
Glenbower Rovers 1-06
St Catherines 0-04
Although billed in the notes for the Tuesday, this junior football league match was with the mutual agreement of both teams brought forward by twenty-four hours and played under lights at Killeagh on Monday night, September 28th last. Early points from John Walsh and Colm Molloy had the visitors into an early lead. But the Saints will rue missing many scoring chances against a visibly improving Glenbower. They gradually asserted their dominance as the half progressed and through Paul Keniry and Dan Landers, were 0-05 to 0-02 up at half-time. Stephen O’Brien pointed twice on the change around. But the Saints failed to peg back the difference.
Scorers: S O’Brien (0-02), J Walsh and C Molloy (0-01 each).
St Catherines team: E Corcoran, J Caples, J Mulcahy, R Galvin, D O’Connor, P O’Connor, B Davis, L O’Connor, S Cogan, J Neville, N O’Brien, S O’Brien, J Buckley, C Molloy and J Walsh.
Referee: James Daly (Youghal).
Camogie
Can we take this opportunity of wishing St Catherines the best of luck when playing Douglas in the county senior camogie championship semi-final this forthcoming weekend.
Sponsor
T ~ A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
Scór
No sooner will the playing season wind down, when attention turns indoors. If anyone is interested in taking part in Scór na nÓg for U17s please contact cultural/Irish officer Marie Clancy. This year’s East Cork Scór na nÓg finals are on Sunday, November 8th in Lisgoold hall at 6pm.
Lotto Jackpot now at €4,000
Results from the most recent lotto draw held at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night last, October 5th. Numbers drawn were: 13, 15, 21 and 25. There was no winner of the €3,800 jackpot. Consolation winners were: ABD Syndicate, Ballynoe; Teresa Buckley, c/o The Big Tree, Aghern; Rena O’Regan, Cullinagh, Ballynoe; Liz O’Dowd, Cois Cille, Conna and Tommy Dinneen, Ballynattin, Ballynoe.
Next lotto draw is at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna on Monday night October 12th for a jackpot now standing at €4,000.
Sun, Sep 13, 2015 Congrats to Orla and Finola
Congrats to Orla Cotter and Finola Neville on their fantastic achievement in winning All-Ireland Senior medals with Cork from all involved with St.Catherines
Thu, Aug 13, 2015 Club News August 13th 2015
Saints exit junior A hurling championship
East Cork Oil
sponsored divisional
junior A hurling championship quarter final re-fixture
Dungourney 3-08
St Catherine’s 1-10
Blown up fourteen minutes premature a week previous, this divisional junior A hurling championship quarter-final refixture again went ahead at Magner’s Hill in Youghal on Saturday evening last. Dark clouds were looking threatening prior to throw in, thankfully on this occasion we were spared the horrendous conditions that prevailed six evenings previous.
Again it was the opposition who were making the better start. Niall Motherway prominent around the middle availing of a slack clearance and pointing Dungourney into a lead they wouldn’t relinquish, in the first minute. His vital touch into the path of the on-running Shane Hegarty led to the opening goal two minutes later. Brian Mulcahy had the Saints first score from open play and managed to reduce the deficit to three points when disaster struck just short of half-time. Sliotar driven into the path of the threatening Hegarty who first-timed to the net again for the second goal on twenty nine minutes. Establishing a six point lead for the opposition on an interval scoreline of 2-03 to 0-03.
Catherine’s fairly rung the changes for the turnover. But were left with a mountain to climb when Shane Casey, who played a significant role in the creation of Hegarty’s second goal just before the break, added a third goal. Pushing it out to 3-07 to 0-04 to forty-one minutes. Not looking good. But in the face of adversity how the Saints responded. Holding Dungourney scoreless in the resultant seventeen minutes, as they strove manfully to stem the tide. Shane Cotter and Shane Kearney clearing an ocean of ball. Behind them, Stephen O’Brien inspired at corner back. Slowly but surely the gap was narrowing. A brace of Rory Galvin points, one from play, initiated the recovery. It was his delivery which fell for the returned Richie O’Connell to drive home the Saints goal on fifty-one minutes.
In all a return of 1-06 without reply had the deficit in a mounting excitement cut to just three points, one strike of a hurling ball, on a scoreline of 3-07 to 1-10 to fifty-seven minutes. Next score vital. As it was it fell to aforementioned Shane Casey to seal the deal. Ironically, Dungourney will now meet Midleton in the semi-final pencilled in for Ballynoe next Sunday evening. Had the Saints come through it would have been in Dungourney. A reminder to patrons that this year’s East Cork junior A hurling championship final has been fixed for Cloyne towards the end of the month.
So that’s it. Defeat and championship exit for the Saints. All season long Pat Clancy, Richard Hegarty and Niall McCarthy worked hard with the team. Pat Aherne was also involved. Beidh lá eile ar an bpáorach.
Dungourney scorers: S Hegarty (2-01), S Casey (1-01), N Motherway (0-03), R Denny (0-01 ‘65’) (0-02) and K Rohan (0-01).
St Catherine’s scorers: R Galvin (0-04 frees) (0-05), R O’Connell (1-00), B Mulcahy (0-3) and S Cotter (0-02).
Starting team: Cathal Leahy, Stephen O’Brien, Ronan Clancy, Conor Hegarty, Shane Cotter, Shane Kearney, Liam O’Connor (captain), Eoin Condon, James Neville, Padraig O’Connor, Brian Mulcahy, Rory Galvin, Brian Davis, Seanie Farrell and Patrick Roche. Subs: Ed Kenneally, Conor Kearney and Richard O’Connell for James Neville, Brian Davis and Patrick Roche (all second half).
Also on panel: Kieran Neville, John Mulcahy, Cormac Mulcahy, Shane O’Regan, John Casey, Lucas O’Callaghan McCarthy, Colm Ahern, Stephen O’Donnell, Kevin Mangan, Sean Leamy, Noel O’Brien, Eoin Corcoran, Ian O’Brien and Luke Beecher. Referee: Cathal McAllister (Aghada).
Fixtures
Sunday, August 16th at Ballynoe East Cork Junior A hurling championship semi-final Dungourney v Midleton at 6pm. Tuesday, August 18th at Ballynoe U21 B hurling championship Watergrasshill - Lisgoold at 7.30pm.
This week’s rebel Óg East report
U14 C football league
Section two - round three - re fixture
St Catherine’s 3-06
Carraig na bhFear 3-11
With a near gale force wind prevalent and making it difficult for all concerned this twelve-a-side under fourteen C football league match played in Ballynoe on bank holiday Monday evening, August 3rd last was originally billed for the morning of Sunday, April 26th. But had to be blown up following a serious injury incurred by Con O’Driscoll with the opposition. He is slowly making his way back.
Initially conditions were favouring the home based team. Ivan Ohrim Eoghan O’Riordan, Joe O’Keeffe and Ciaran O’Brien defensively on top. Adam O’Brien and Brendan McKee prominent around the middle. Goals from a Kevin Barry penalty and Gavin England setting up a half-time lead on a scoreline of 2-05 to 1-03.
Adam Dorian, Fionn Mulcahy and Sean O’Donoghue excelled for the opposition. Level at 2-06 apiece to the end of the third quarter and now ahead at 3-08 to 2-06 to forty eight minutes. Tom Hartnett goaled a beauty for the Saints but with that wind to their backs, Carrig were able to hold on.
St Catherine’s scorers: K Barry (1-00 penalty) (0-01 sideline kick), (0-01 ‘45’) (0-01 frees) (1-04), G England and T Hartnett (1-00 each), A O’Brien and C England (0-01 each).
St Catherine’s team: E Sheehan, E O’Riordan, I Ohrim, J O’Keeffe, C O’Brien, B McKee, A O’Brien, H Draper, G England, J Duncan, K Barry, J Hayes. Subs: C England and C Dineen for J Hayes and J Duncan (both second half), T Hartnett for C Dineen (‘45), M Geary for E O’Riordan (54). Also on panel: D Galvin, G Leahy, W McAuliffe and W Leamy.
Referee: James Hennessy (Kiltha Óg).
U12 B football league - section one - round seven
St Catherine’s 3-01
Aghada 2-13
St Catherine’s wound up their campaign following a nine point loss to Aghada when this round seven U12 B football league tie was played in dull, damp and overcast conditions at Ballynoe on Wednesday evening, August 5th last.
That said, it was the home team who made the livelier start. Goaling after ninety seconds. Midfielder William Leahy with the all important touch. Thereafter the visitors inspired by the excellence of Fintan Cody and in particular Eoin Motherway, assumed control to lead at 1-09 to 2-00 at the break. Cathal Dineen credited with the second goal for the Saints coming up to the end of the first of what are twenty five minute halves.
Try as they might Catherine’s couldn’t get much closer. Tom Hartnett from a penalty kick scored the third goal on thirty eight minutes.
Scorers: W Leamy, C Dineen and T Hartnet (penalty) (1-00 each) and G O’Brien (0-01).
Catherine’s team: E Philpott, B Barry, D Galvin, G Leamy, G O’Brien, E O’Riordan, B O’Connor, H Draper, W Leamy, T Hartnett, C England, D Temple, C Dineen, S Cotter, F O’Connell. Subs: A O’Donnell and J O’Callaghan for B Barry and D Temple (both second half), W O’Driscoll for W Leamy (38’), J Mulcahy for S Cotter (40’).
Referee: Jonathan O’Connell (Glenville).
U16 B football league - division two - round six
St Catherine’s 1-08
Cobh 2-10
This under sixteen B football league match was originally put down for Monday, May 11th. But was adjudged to be too close in proximity to their upcoming examinations. Refixed in the schedule in near perfect conditions for Ballynoe on Friday evening last.
Catherine’s were always involved mainly due to a quartet of astounding Niall O’Regan points. Although 0-07 to 0-04 adrift at the break, equality was once again restored now for the fifth time in the contest. Richard Galvin with the key pass picking out Eoin Davis to goal with a quality finish at 1-05 to 0-08 to thirty seven minutes. Two Ciaran Leahy goals five minites apart eventually sealed it for the visitors.
But you feel the home team might well have been closer at the end. Denied by a stupendous Michael Walsh save in the final quarter.
Scorers: E Davis (1-01), N O’Regan (0-04), RD Galvin (0-02 frees) and J Hayes (0-01).
Team: O O’Neill, S Spillane, C Galvin, P Keane, B McKee, L Wallace, S Kelleher, RD Galvin, A Long, R English, N O’Regan, A O’Brien, E Davis, K English and G England. Subs: J O’Keeffe for Spillane (50’), J Hayes for G England (53’), E Sheehan for S Kelleher (55’).
Referee: John Linehan (Castlelyons).
Rebel Óg East fixture
Tonight (Thursday) at Ballynoe U14n B hurling championship first round; also U14 B hurling league - round six v Lisgoold at 7.30pm.
Under twelve hurling blitz
There was a great turnout of parents and family supporting the team that participated in the under twelve hurling blitz at Semple Stadium in Thurles on Friday afternoon last. Boys played well and were a credit to their families, club and county. They won their three matches against Inniscarra (3-02 to 1-01). Then recording a 4-02 to 1-02 success over Granagh-Ballingarry. Rounding off with a win on a scoreline of 0-02 to 0-01 over Wolfe Tones (Shannon).
Panel that travelled was Brian Barry, Cathal Dineen, Conor England, Darragh Galvin, Eoghan O’Riordan, Evan Philpott, Gerard Leamy, Harry Draper, Mark Geary, Tom Hartnett, William Leamy, William McAuliffe, Gearoid O’Brien, Fionn O’Connell, Ben O’Connor and Stephen Cotter. Mentors were: Edmond Galvin, Eoin Davis, Brian Cotter and Shane O’Connell.
Afterwards those present were taken on a stadium tour with Tipp. under twenty one dual player Brian Fox, nephew of the legendary Pat Fox, including visits to the dressing rooms, dome and corporate area with question and answer session also included.
Sponsor
T~A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherine’s GAA Club sponsors.
Night at the dogs
More about this next week, but major fundraiser for the year of a night at the dogs is now being jointly organised by both the GAA and camogie clubs. Tickets are €10. While dog nominations cost €25. There wil be a raffle on the night to win some fantastic prizes. Date is Friday night, August 28th at Youghal greyhound track. First race is 8pm.
Fun walk/run
While St Catherine’s Camogie Club are staging a 5k fun walk/run on Friday evening coming (August 14th) from the community centre in Ballynoe. Walkers at 6.30pm. Its 7.30pm for the runners. Entry is €5 or €1 for under twelves. Refreshments afterwards in the pitch.
Lotto results
Being a bank holiday last week’s lotto draw was held over until Tuesday night, August 4th at The Winners Enclosure, Conna. Numbers drawn were 11, 21, 27 and there was no winner of the €19,800 jackpot. While the consolation winners on the night were Jim Murphy c/o Dave Hoare, Conna; Seamus Kearney, Ballybride, Conna; Mary Delaney, Conna; Chris McCarthy c/o Liz Cullinane, Ballynoe and Caitlin c/o Fisherman’s Rest, Conna. More results next week.
Intercounty
Cork’s nine point loss to Galway in last Saturday evening’s All-Ireland intermediate hurling final in Limerick brings to an end a wretched year at intercounty level for our beloved rebels. Somehow we feel its not the end though of conversation circling around a truly disastrous run following what were frequently embarrasing performances, never mind results.
Question
Any luck with last week’s little brainteaser re the previous occasion when a junior A hurling championship match involving the Saints while in progress was cancelled because of poor weather conditions?
Answer - Sunday, June 9th, 2002 in a first round clash at Dungourney. Catherine’s three points without reply ahead against Carrigtwohill to eighteen minutes when the heavens opened and referee Charlie McAllister called a halt to proceedings. Ten days later Carrigtwohill took the re-fixture on an end scoreline of 3-09 to 3-08. Team manager that year was Dave Dineen.
Thu, Aug 20, 2015 Club News August 20th 2015
Night at the dogs approaching
St Catherines overall set-up is always favourably commented on by visiting teams and supporters. To finance teams as well as maintaining the infrastructure, it is necessary to hold one major fundraiser a year.
So the annual night at the dogs goes ahead at Youghal greyhound track on Friday night, August 28th. We would appreciate your continuing and ongoing support.
Race sponsorship is being sought. A full page advertisement in the race card is €100 or alternatively it’s €50 for a half page. Dog nominations are €25. You won’t let us down. So remember that’s St Catherine’s GAA and camogie club night at the dogs. First race 8pm. Tickets now for sale are available from club officers. Prices are €10 for admission tickets. While it’s €25 for dog nomination tickets. There will be a raffle on the night whereby you could win some fantastic prizes. It can be the social occasion of the year.
Lotto results
Reverting to its regular slot and there was no winner of the €10,000 jackpot when the lotto draw was held at the Plough, Curraglass on Monday night, August 10th last. Numbers drawn being 7, 8, 22 and 25. Consolation winners were AM Murphy c/o Pat Hartigan, Fr O’Donovan c/o Dave Hoare, Conna; Kit Ahern c/o Noreen Moroney, Conna; Ronan/Sophie O’Flynn, Longueville, Ballynoe and Gerry Gregan, Clarecastle, Co Clare. More results next week.
East Cork semi-final in Ballynoe
In what will be a novel pairing Dungourney will meet St Ita’s in this year’s East Cork junior A hurling championship decider. St Ita’s overcoming Carrig na bhFear by the slimmest of margins at 2pm in Ballinacurra on Sunday afternoon last.
Later that evening Dungourney were six point victors over Midleton when the second semi-final was played in Páirc Naomh Caitrionaigh Baile Nua. Team captain Kevin Rowan goaled right at the end of the first quarter setting up a 1-07 to 0-04 lead at the break.
Shane Casey poached a vital second goal just on the turnover. A Garvan Manley goal provided hope and inspiration for the Magpies. But with Shane Hegarty largely unnerving from placed balls, Dungourney moved on. Winning on an end scoreline of 2-15 to 1-12. Referee was Niall Barrett of Carrigtwohill.
Many thanks to Dungourney secretary John Kenneally and Coleman Quirke PRO of the Midleton club, for their courtesy and efficiency re the timely release of the respective lineouts. This years East Cork junior A hurling championship final will be played in Cloyne towards the end of the month.
Matches played -
East Cork under twenty one B hurling championship - first round
Bride Rovers 3-17
St Catherine’s 1-10
Bride Rovers would see off the challenge of the Saints in this divisional under twenty one B hurling championship first round game when played in excellent conditions at Castlelyons on Monday evening, August 10th last.
Their cause received an early boost with a goal credited to Jamie Buckley after seven minutes. With accurate free taker William Finnegan unnerving from placed balls an advantage easing out to 1-07 to 0-03 after twenty three minutes. Likewise, Rory Galvin was finding the range from both frees and open play for the Saints. Before a stunning strike for goal was kept out by the alert Frank Hogan. Likewise, Cathal Leahy proved equally adept between the sticks for the Saints, keeping out a Colm Power effort. In a follow up attack in added time, Sean Cotter added a second Rovers goal, establishing a half time advantage for the opposition on a scoreline of 2-07 to 0-05.
Sharp strikers Galvin and Finnegan shared six points from frees to the three-quarter mark, before a lengthy Galvin delivery received a timely Eoin Corcoran flick for a well taken goal. Something with which to reignite what appeared a stalling Saints challenge. Then Eoin Condon caught a terrific ball just inside his own half. Thundering up field surviving a series of tackles, eventually brought down following a move that would rise any challenge and boost confidence no end, playing a captain’s role for a Saints outfit now with eleven minor players on the pitch.
At 2-11 to 1-09 to forty seven minutes unfortunately it was as close as it would get. Liam O’Leary’s goal five minutes later sealed the deal. Catherine’s mentors were manager Seamus Neville, fellow selectors were Ollie Sheehan and Barrie Regan.
Bride Rovers scorers: W Finnegan (0-08 frees), S Cotter (1-0), J Buckley and L O’Leary (1-00 each), DJ Cahill and C O’Connor (0-03 each), J Macak and J O’Connor (0-01 each).
St Catherine’s scorers: R Galvin (0-07 frees) (0-09), E Corcoran (1-00) and B Davis (0-01).
St Catherine’s team: Cathal Leahy, Kevin Geary, James Neville, Sean Leamy, Kieran Neville, Eoin Condon (captain), Johnny Hurley, Lucas O’Callaghan McCarthy, Brian Davis, John Walsh, Rory Galvin, Thomas O’Donnell, Eoin Corcoran, Christopher O’Donnell and Luke Beecher. Sub: Conor Hickey for John Walsh (45’), also on panel Shane O’Regan, Ian O’Brien, Stephen O’Donnell and Shane O’Brien.
Referee Brian Walsh (Aghada).
Rebel Óg East update
Under sixteen B football championship
First round
St Catherine’s 1-05 Aghabullogue 0-12
They overcome the challenge of Courcey Rovers in the divisional final. A subsequent sizeable win over Ballygiblin now sees advancement to the county under sixteen A hurling championship final attained. Aghabullogue would keep the momentum going with a narrow albeit deserved victory over the Saints when this Rebel Og east under sixteen B football championship first round tie was played in Ballynoe on Monday evening, August 10th last. More or less clashing with the under 21 match in Castlelyons. Something which should have been avoided even though it was an 8pm start, so good were conditions at home proceedings were finalised without having to resort to lights.
Aghabullogue settled early. Before points from Niall O’Regan and Eoin Davis (free) kickstarted the home challenge. Amidst a plethora of bodies, Kieran English forced in the equalising goal at 1-02 to 0-05 to seventeen minutes.
Paul Ring, Jack Murphy and Tadhg Brady were good for the visitors, ahead at 0-10 to 1-03 to the break. They shot a lot of wides on the restart and although they were the better team, could have made life very uncomfortable for themselves coming up to the finish. Cath’s mentors were James Spillane (manager), Paul Davis and Paul with Padraig O’Connor helping out on the night.
Catherines scorers: K English (1-0), N O’Regan, R English, RD Galvin (free) and E Davis (free) (0-01 each).
St Catherine’s team: Owen O’Neill, Shane Spillane, Cormac Galvin, Gavin England, Brenda McKee, Eoin Wallace (captain), Shane Kelleher, Richard Galvin, Aaron Long, Robert English, Niall O’Regan, Adam O’Brien, Eoin Davis, Kieran English and James Hayes. Subs: Joe O’Keeffe for Gavin England (57’), Josh McGuckian, Padraig Bryan and Eoin Sheehan for James Hayes, Shane Kelleher and Shane Spillane (all 60+2). Referee: Arthur Murphy (Glenbower Rovers).
Under fourteen B Hurling championship - first round also under fourteen B hurling league - round seven
St Catherines 0-01 Lisgoold 4-07
Look, we told you before this is a very young team. There are only three players on the age, you could be punished. So it was when this under fourteen B hurling championship first round game was played in Ballynoe on Thursday evening last. Both teams had agreed to make it a round seven league match as well.
Lisgoold dominated from throw in. They are a good team anyway and were Cork representatives in this year’s All-Ireland B Feile na ngael. Luke Walsh, Cathal Hickey, Oisin Shanahan and Izaak Walsh among others, were well able to turn their superiority into scores. It was difficult for the Saints who were honest and game and are committed to playing out their league programme in both codes. Team captain Adam O’Brien, Eoin Sheehan and Brendan McKee are the players on the age. Kevin Barry, James Hayes and Ciaran O’Brien were also involved in the play, but as many as ten and often more of the panel are only twelve. Next year we will be watching for progress!! Kieran O’Brien and Mervyn Draper looked after them all year. Michael O’Brien was also involved come championship.
Team: Eoin Sheehan, Mark Geary, Ivan Ohrim, Josh McGuckian, Joe O’Keeffe, Ciaran O’Brien, Sam Dunning, Adam O’Brien (captain) (0-01 free), Gavin England, James Hayes, Brendan McKee, Harry Draper, Kevin Barry, Gearoid O’Brien, William Leamy. Also on the panel were: Evan Philpott, William McAuliffee, Ger Leahy, Brian Barry, James Duncan, Cathal Dinneen, Darragh Galvin and Conor England. Referee Arthur Murphy (Killeagh).
Rebel Óg East fixture
Saturday, August 22nd at Ballynoe under twelve A hurling league round seven v Carrigtwohill at 2pm.
Meetings
Club meetings will take place tonight (Thursday) at 8.15pm and 9pm respectively.
Congratulations
Well done to all players who attained satisfactory results in the leaving cert exam.
Sympathy
Our condolences to the Dunlea family, Ballymurphy, Conna on the sad passing of their mother, Margaret at the weekend. Daughter Mary (nee Barry) is well known in Scór circles and was a judge in the solo singing categoryat the All Ireland Scór na nÓg finals held at the Citywest in Dublin back in mid February.
Sponsor
T~A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherine’s GAA Club sponsors.
Thu, Aug 27, 2015 Club News August 27th 2015
Friday night is dog night!
Well the hour is almost nigh!!! St Catherine’s GAA and Camogie Club’s annual major fundraiser of a night at the dogs goes ahead this forthcoming Friday night, August 28th with an 8pm start at Youghal greyhound track. Admission tickets are €10. There will be a raffle on the night whereby you can win some fantastic prizes. A night at the dogs can be a wonderful social occasion. So in the words of that promo - let yourself go!!!
Lotto results
Lotto results from the draw held at McAuliffe’s Ballynoe, on Monday night, August 17th last. Numbers drawn were 14, 20, 24 and 25 and the €10,200 jackpot wasn’t won. Consolation winners being: Lilly Quinn, Francistown, Castlelyons; Denis O’Neill, Kilphilibeen, Ballynoe; Rory O’Connor, Ballybride, Conna; Margaret Murphy, Monagown, Conna and Eleanor Ronayne, Templevalley, Glenoura.
Moving on with the results from the most recent draw which was held at The Big Tree, Aghern on Monday night last, August 24th. Numbers drawn were 7, 17, 24 and 27 and there was no winner of the €10,400 jackpot. Consolation winners being: Eileen Collins O’Donovan, Kiosseragh, Ballynoe; Eileen Hogan, Kilcronat, Ballynoe; Liam Walsh c/o Dave Hoare, Jim Roche, Castlebrook; Conna and John Arnold, Bartlemy. Next week’s draw when the jackpot will be €10,600 is at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night, August 31st.
Last men standing!!!
A competition that began on Easter Monday afternoon before progressing further four weeks later is back on the radar. Greatly helped by the accurate and consistent free taking of Daniel Hayes, a first round victory following twenty minutes of extra time, accured over Glenbower Rovers. An early Shane O’Regan goal helped the team to settle. Stephen O’Brien provided leadership in the pivotal role. An excellent and timely Colm Molloy blockdown was vital. Jim Lane a colossus at corner back. Team captain Peter Ryan was working ferociously hard at wing back. While up front there was the pace and trickery of John Hurley.
All contributory factors to an excellent second round win in dreadful conditions at Carraig na bhFear a month later. Now after a summer sabbatical this weekend sees the resumption of the East Cork junior B football championship. A final place will be on offer when the Saints meet Russell Rovers again at Dungourney, where we started out on the afternoon of Monday, Apri 6th in the penultimate round. Best of luck to all concerned as we get behind the only club team still involved this disappointing championship year.
Rebel Óg East Cork news
Minor A hurling league - section two - round five
Youghal 0-12
St Catherines 1-12
St Catherines maintain their winning run taking this Rebel óg East round five minor A hurling league tie by a three point margin when played in Magner’s Hill on Wednesday evening, August 19th last.
Youghal started the better. Conor Walsh pointing from play but it was his midfield partner Darragh O’Connell who was really catching the eye. He is the young player who scored the winning point for the seniors against Killeagh in Ballynoe back in mid June.
However the initiative gradually swung the visitors’ way. Greatly helped by a softish Lucas O’Callaghan McCarthy goal. Points ensued from Niall O’Regan, John Walsh and Brian Davis among others. Thomas O’Donnell pointed the score of the half, with the Saints now holding down a two point advantage on a 1-06 to 0-07 interval scoreline.
Youghal kept the pressure on, mainly through the ever accurate O’Connell bagging eight of the home team’s twelve point tally. Catherine’s though weren’t as reliant on any single individual for a return. They had a greater spread of scorers with points from Kieran Neville and Luke Beecher a case in point. Rory Galvin added a beauty from a lengthy and difficult angle. Final score in Catherine’s favour was 1-12 to 0-12.
St Catherine’s scorers: L O’Callaghan McCarthy (0-01), R Galvin (0-03 frees), T O’Donnell (0-02), N O’Regan, J Walsh, B Davis, C Galvin, K Neville and L Beecher (0-01 each).
St Catherine’s team: E Davis, P Keane, E Wallace, K Geary, S O’Donnell, R Galvin, S Leamy, T O’Donnell, L O’Callaghan McCarthy (42’), C Hickey for J Walsh (44’), K English for S O’Donnell (50’).
Referee: Padraig Kearney (Killeagh).
Under twelve A hurling league - round seven
St Catherines 2-05 Carrigtwohill 2-09
St Catherines were well upside to the opposition when this round seven under twelve A hurling league tie was played in Ballynoe on Saturday afternoon last. Goals from Fionn O’Connell and Darragh Galvin saw the teams level at 2-00 to 0-06 by the interval. Carrigtwohill were that bit better from there on in with the home team now dependent on the accuracy of Cathal Dineen for scores from placed balls.
Next match is in Mayfield this forthcoming Saturday afternoon.
Scorers: C Dinnen (0-05 frees), F O’Connell and D Galvin (1-00 each).
St Catherine’s team: E Philpott, B Barry, G Leahy, M Geary, G O’Brien, E O’Riordan, W Leamy, M Geary, G O’Brien, E O’Riordan, W Leamy, H Draper, F O’Connell, D Galvin, B O’Connor, C Dineen, C England, S Cotter. Subs used were: J O’Callaghan, J Mulcahy, E Long and A O’Donnell.
Referee: Padraig Kearney (Killeagh)
Under fourteen B Hurling league - round eleven
Being able to start with more than half of their players on the age again stood Kinsale in good stead proving too strong for the Saints when this round eleven under fourteen B hurling league tie went ahead at Ballynoe on Sunday morning last. Final score 8-03 to 0-01.
Team: E Sheehan, W Leamy, E O’Riordan, G Leahy, S Dunning, C O’Brien, J O’Keeffe, B McKee, J McGuckian, J Duncan, H Draper (0-01), J Hayes, D Galvin, G O’Brien and K Barry. Also on panel: C Dineen, B O’Connor and E Philpott.
Referee: Arthur Murphy (Killeagh).
Fixtures
Adult Club
Sunday, August 30th at Dungourney East Cork junior B football championship semi-final v Russell Rovers at 1pm.
Rebel Óg East
Saturday, August 29th under twelve A hurling league round eight v Mayfield (away) at 2pm.
Monday, August 31st at Rathcormac under sixteen B football league section two round five v Bride Rovers at 7pm (rescheduled).
Club meeting
Parent club meeting rescheduled from last week to tonight (Thursday), August 27th at 9pm.
Next week
With the amount of events in the schedule next week’s report will have to be submitted early.
Sponsors
St Catherines GAA Club sponsors are T~A Plant Hire, Ballynoe.
Thu, Sep 03, 2015 Club News September 3rd 2015
Successful night at the dogs
Major fundraiser for the year, a joint venture organised by St Catherines GAA and Camogie Clubs of a night at the dogs was a resounding success. Because of location it can be a cold spot, but conditions were more than favourable for an 8pm start when the event was under way at Youghal Greyhound Stadium on Friday evening last.
GAA Club chairman Kevin Galvin briefly summed up a memorable undertaking at the finish, thanking all sponsors. Both those who took out advertising space on the race card and many thanks also to all who bought dog nominations.
Major race this year was the Mulcahy Steel SS0-S2 325 final, race four of an eight race card on the night. John Mulcahy who has served St Catherines well both as a player and a sponsor was on hand to make the presentation to Nicholas and Padraig Walsh of Dungarvan, whose dog Seaview Lark just squeezed out Ardera Mac. Other race sponsors were Fermoy Print and Design, Hurley’s SuperValu of Midleton, Higgins and McCarthy Construction Ltd., Ballynoe, Mike’s Tyre Centre, Fermoy and Riordan’s SuperValu, Fermoy. Race three was sponsored by the camogie club. Chairperson Orna Neville along with Noreen Mulcahy, Carolyn Motherway, Finola Neville, Yvonne O’Neill and Jill Hurley made the presentation. As did Kevin Galvin with the GAA club themselves looking after the last race of the evening. All winning owners received a suitable memento of the evening put up by the club. Michael Moloney of Ladysbridge went home with three of them. Presentations were also made to the children who would have walked the winning dog in the parade ring before the race. Recipients were Mark Geary, Kyle O’Donoghue, Shane Cotter, Eoghan O’Mahony, Ciara Fitzgerald, Riona Morrison (due to celebrate her birthday the day after!), Julian Pietra Paolo and Seán O’Donoghue.
Further success for the ‘Muller’! in the novelty human race. Team mates being Maura O’Regan, Seán O’Donoghue and Chloe Kearney; second were Brian Davis, Áine O’Regan, Conor Hayes and Linda O’Donnell. Also taking part were Dino Pietrapaolo, Jill Hurley, Óisín Fitzgerald and Tessa Condon and a team made up of Pat Fitzgerald, Caroline Condon, Shane O’Donoghue and Niamh O’Regan.
First prize in the raffle of one night B~B plus evening meal for two people sponsored by the Rochestown Park Hotel was won by Margaret England of Ballynoe. While Anne Marie Hayes of Garryanne was the winner of a gift voucher to the value of €50 from Toss Bryan, Fermoy. Two-week day lunches at the Latch Restaurant in Tallow go to Ashling Collins of Ballynoe Physiotherapy. Yvonne O’Neill was the winner of a handcrafted fascinator designed for you from Bespoke Fascinators. While a €20 gift voucher for Mellerick’s Pharmacy, Fermoy goes to Dick Morrison. A basket of soaps from Elmarie Power, Ballynoe was won by Dave Hoare.
Thanks to the sponsors of the prizes for the raffle, a memorable night. A wonderful social occasion as well and thanks for supporting the major fundraiser of the year.
East Cork junior B football championship semi-final
Russell Rovers 1-15
St Catherines 0-0
We had good and memorable days in this competition surviving the challenge of Glenbower Rovers following twenty minutes of extra time in the first round. Then recording a narrow one point success over a fancied Carraig na bhFear outfit in dreadful conditions a month later. Unfortunately Sunday afternoon last wasn’t about to add to the list of achievements when this East Cork junior B football championship semi-final was played in Dungourney. Throw in time being 1pm. Off target shooting, an amount of turnovers and misplaced passes eradicating all confidence. Russell Rovers began to register on the scoreboard and when Ian Smiddy drilled in the game’s only goal after twenty-six minutes this disappointingly one-sided championship encounter was all but over. Russell Rovers registering a tally of 1-09 without reply in that opening half.
Not adding to that tally through the third quarter but Russell Rovers first choice team with Kevin Ivers and Jack McGrath to the fore pulled further away as time wore on. However it must be said, that Colm Molloy between the posts was very dependable. Posititioning, handling and kick outs all reliable. Only for him and a few more, scores might have been conceded.
Russell Rovers scorers: C Ruddy (0-03 frees) (0-06), J McGrath (0-01 free) (0-05), I Smiddy (1-01), K Ivers (0-02) and JP Ivers (0-01).
St Catherines team: Colm Molloy, Shane O’Regan, Jim Lane, James Caples, Peter Ryan (captain), Stephen O’Brien, David O’Connor, ‘Junior’ Sheehan, Aaron Neville, Jack Buckley, Brian Mulcahy, Kieran Neville, Alan O’Mahony, John Walsh and Matthew Mulcahy. Subs: Thomas O’Donnell for Brian Mulcahy (17’), Stephen O’Donnell for Matthew Mulcahy (second half), Lucas O’Callaghan McCarthy for Peter Ryan (38’), Sean Leamy and Conor Hickey for Alan O’Mahony and John Walsh both (43’), John Casey for James Caples (46’).
Referee Patrick O’Driscoll (Bride Rovers).
Junior B football challenge
Way back at the beginning of the year even before the official start of the season, Grange overcame the Saints by a two point margin in a junior football challenge on Tuesday night, January 27th.
Since then the opposition went all the way to the all county junior B football championship final losing to Kilmeen. They are now preparing for the Avondhu championship. While the Saints were also using this junior B football challenge played under lights at Ballynoe on Wednesday evening, August 26th last, as a final preparatory exercise with last Sunday’s divisional junior B football championship semi-final in mind.
David Keating was in top scoring form for the visitors. Registering a tally of 1-05. His expertly taken goal had Grange 1-02 to 0-02 ahead to the end of the first quarter. A masterful move between returned players Aaron Neville and Matthew Mulcahy finished with John Walsh forcing home the Saints goal. Trimming the deficit to just a point at 1-03 to 1-02 to twenty minutes. Grange despite the concession of masterful Brian Mulcahy point, ahead 1-05 to 1-03 at the break.
With Mick Hennessy and Lee Tobin also on target, the visitors more or less held the balance of power to the end. Finishing up winners on a finishing scoreline of 1-13 to 1-05.
Referee was Mike Walsh from the home-based club.
Rebel Óg East column, minor B football league section two, round five
St Catherines 2-11 Ballinhassig 3-06
St Catherines recorded a narrow albeit deserved two point victory over a youthful Ballinhassig outfit when this round five Rebel Óg East minor B football league tie went ahead at Ballynoe on Tuesday evening August 25th last.
Ballinhassig making the better start, full forward Ger Collins goaling a penalty kick after seven minutes.
Philip Keane picking out Rory Galvin and Kieran Neville with a peach of a foot pass into the path of the on running John Walsh. Two outstanding points accrued, parity restored at 0-04 to 1-01 and a lead built up on a scoreline of 0-06 to 1-02 to twenty minutes. Stephen O’Donnell and Conor Hickey were also on target. Score standing at 0-09 to 1-02 to half time.
Ballinhassig as is to be expected were sticky and tenacious opposition. Back in front following a Jonathon O’Keeffe point six minutes into the second half.
Catherine’s mentors quick off the mark responded to the situation unfolding in front of them. One of the positional switches saw Eoin Wallace pop over the leveller again. Then turned provided setting up the accurate John Walsh for a well taken goal. Wallace’s turnover was picked out by substitute Thomas O’Donnell to rifle in a second goal and the home team were 2-10 to 2-05 ahead to the end of the third quarter.
A second Eoin Lombard goal on fifty-six minutes saw the tension rise again. But the Saints had enough work done, finishing it out in opposition territory, which is where you want to be!
Ballinhassig scorers: E Lombard (2-01), G Collins (1-0 penalty) (0-03 frees) (1-04) and J O’Keeffe (0-01).
St Catherines scorers: J Walsh (0-03 frees) (1-05), E Wallace (1-01), Rd Galvin (0-02), S O’Donnell, R Galvin and C Hickey (0-01 each).
St Catherines team: E Davis, E Wallace, B Davis, S Leamy, S O’Regan, K Neville, K Geary, R Galvin, L O’Callaghan McCarthy, P Keane, S O’Donnell, L Beecher, C Hickey, J Walsh and Rd Galvin. Subs: T O’Donnell and B O’Brien for C Hickey and Rd Galvin (both 36’). N O’Regan for P Keane (46’), K English for L Beecher (52’) and C Galvin for S Leamy (57’).
Referee: James Hennessy (Kiltha Óg).
Under twelve A
hurling league – round eight
Mayfield 1-03
St Catherines 0-13
After a narrow victory over Castlelyons in a practice match at Ballynoe on Thursday evening last St Catherines were completing their campaign following a seven point success, when this round eight under twelve A hurling league tie went ahead at Mayfield on Saturday afternoon last at 2pm. Top scorer was Conor England who finished with a tally of 0-07, including four from play for a Catherine’s team ahead by six unanswered points at the break.
Scorers: C England (0-03 frees) (0-07), H Draper (0-03), D Galvin, S Cotter and G O’Brien (0-01 each).
Panel of players: K Wallace, G Leahy, M Geary, B Barry, W Leamy, E O’Riordan, B O’Connor, T Hartnett, H Draper, F O’Connell, D Galvin, S Cotter, W McAuliffe, D Temple, C England, J Mulcahy, G O’Brien, E Philpott and W O’Driscoll.
Under fourteen B hurling league – round ten
Passage 7-12
St Catherines 2-03
St Catherines wound up proceedings also with a loss in this round ten under fourteen B hurling league fixture when played in Passage on Sunday morning last.
Scorers: J Duncan (1-01), G O’Brien (1-0), B McKee and A O’Brien (0-01 each), E Sheehan, M Geary, E O’Riordan, B Barry, S Dunning, C O’Brien, J O’Keeffe, A O’Brien, G England, J Hayes, B McKee, H Draper, T Hartnett, C England and J Duncan. Subs were: G O’Brien, W McAuliffe, W Leamy and D Galvin.
Intercounty success
An extraordinary weekend for the Rebels at juvenile level and St Catherines players participating on some of the successful rebel outfits. Philip Keane on the Cork team that defeated Tipperary in the Munster U16 B hurling championship final at Thurles. Likewise, Ben O’Brien was on the county winning U15 A hurling panel. Again overcoming Tipp in a final for the Ted Hanley trophy played in Ballygarvan. Altogether now ‘Where we sported and played…’!
Sympathy
Condolences to the family of the late Mattie Dinneen, Ballyknock, Ballynoe who passed away last weekend. His sons Michael and David played for the club and his daughter Marie (Murphy) is resident in Carraig na bhFear, where she is secretary of the juvenile club and is a delegate to the Rebel Óg East meetings. His grandson Cathal Dinneen currently features at St Catherines U12 level.
We also express our grief to Tom English and family, Conna, closely related to the victim of the tragic tractor accident in Co. Carlow recently. Ar dheis Dé go raibh na h-ainmacha dhílis.
Eary report
As we stated this week’s report was submitted early. Any omissions will be included next time around.
Sponsor
T~A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
Thu, Sep 10, 2015 Club News September 10th 2015
Four winners share €10,600 lotto jackpot

Although it has happened previously, it is rare and unusual for multiple winners to claim the weekly lotto prize simultaneously. Yet four winners emerged to share the €10,600 lotto jackpot when the draw was held at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night, August 31st last. Magic combination of numbers being 5, 11, 17 and 23. Congratulations to all. They being Conor O’Brien, Coole, Fermoy; Noreen Beecher, c/o Pat Hartigan, Conna; Helen Lane, Curraheen, Conna and Mary O’Connor, Brigown, Mitchelstown. Consolation winners on the night being: Sean Buckley, c/o The Big Tree, Aghern; Jerry O’Connor, Ballyclough GAA Club; Noreen Beecher, c/o Pat Hartigan, Conna (again!!!!); Philip O’Dea, Cois Cille, Conna and Jack Hayes, Dungourney.
Most recent draw was held at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna on Monday night last, September 7th. Numbers drawn were 8, 12, 16 and 19 and there was no winner of the now basic €3,000 jackpot. While the consolation winners were: Jill H, c/o The Big Tree, Aghern; John Anthony, Conna; Carmel O’Keeffe, Fermoy; Edward and Bernie, c/o Mc’s Bar, Ballynoe and Susan McCarthy, Caher, Tallow. Next week’s draw for a jackpot now standing at €3,200 will be at The Plough Bar, Curraglass on Monday night, September 14th.
Fixture
Friday, September 11th at Ballynoe
East Cork junior hurling league division one round one v Carraig na bhFear at 7.30pm.
Church Gate Collection
Can we remind patrons that the annual church gate collection in aid of the juvenile club will be taken up after all Masses throughout the parish this upcoming weekend September 12/13.
Camogie Final
We take this opportunity of wishing all the best to Orla Cotter and Finola Neville in the All-Ireland senior camogie final against Galway which takes place at headquarters next Sunday afternoon.
Match in Ballynoe
Bride Rovers overcame the challenge of Youghal on a scoreline of 3-12 to 0-11 in an East Cork junior C hurling championship quarter-final when played in Páirc Naomh Caitríonaigh, Baile Nua at 6.30pm on Saturday evening last. Referee was Killeagh based, Arthur Murphy.
East Cork junior hurling league – division four
St Ita’s 0-4
St Catherines 0-15
Strong performances from Edmond Ahern, Dave Wallace, “Junior” Sheehan and Noel O’Brien were central to the Saints claiming their second set of points of the campaign when this divisional junior hurling league division four tie was played in Pilmore on Tuesday evening, September 1st last.
Team: E Ahern, E Corcoran, L O’Connor, D Wallace, L O’Callaghan McCarthy, “Jnr” Sheehan, S O’Regan, K Neville, J Mulcahy, J Walsh, N O’Brien, S Walsh, J Casey, T Walsh, I O’Brien.
Referee: Mary Byrne Swayne (Fr O’Neills).
This week’s Rebel Óg East Review
Minor B football league – section two – round four
Ballygarvan 4-10
St Catherines 2-4
St Catherines remained in contention to half-time when this round four minor B football league match was played in Ballygarvan on Wednesday evening, September 2nd last. John Walsh initiated the move. Found Philip Keane whose foot perfect pass found Niall O’Regan closing in on goal, before billowing the net from close range for a classic score on twenty-one minutes and just three points adrift at 1-5 to 1-2 at the interval.
But when substitute Ryan Coleman goaled on thirty-seven minutes the home based team eased themselves into a substantial lead. Enhanced by a hattrick of goals by their best forward, Richard Cassidy.
Scorers: N O’Regan and C Hickey (1-0 each), J Walsh (0-2 frees), P Keane and T O’Donnell (free) (0-1 each).
St Catherines team: E Davis, E Wallace, B Davis, B O’Brien, R English, K Neville, Rd Galvin, R Galvin, T O’Donnell, P Keane, S O’Donnell, L Beecher, C Hickey, J Walsh, N O’Regan. Subs: K English for S O’Donnell (37’), C Galvin for L Beecher (44’).
Referee: Ian Thomas (Carrigaline).
U16 B football league – section two – round five
Bride Rovers 5-9
St Catherines 1-7
Two goals in the opening exchanges stood Bride Rovers in good stead when this round five U16 B football league game originally in the schedule pre exam time, was eventually played in Rathcormac on Monday evening, August 31st last. Catherines recovered after that but were preoccupied with going for goals. Therefore a number of chances weren’t availed of. Trailing 2-3 to 0-4 at the interval. Strong approach play involving Brendan McKee and Eoin Davis saw Robert English finish off the goal required. Trimming the deficit to just three points on a scoreline of 2-5 to 1-5 to forty-three minutes. But it was joy shortlived with Conor Barry and Griffin O’Keeney goals again extending the margin and effectively collecting the league points on offer.
Scorers: R English (1-0), Rd Galvin (0-3), N O’Regan and E Davis (frees) (0-2 each).
Team: O O’Neill, G England, C Galvin, P Keane, B McKee, E Wallace, S Kelleher, B O’Brien, A Long, R English, Rd Galvin, A O’Brien, E Davis, K English, N O’Regan. Subs: C O’Brien for G England (20’), S Spillane for S Kelleher (40’), J Hayes for B O’Brien (48’), J O’Keeffe for P Keane (56’). Also on panel: A Leahy, P Bryan and E Sheehan.
Referee: Arthur Murphy (Glenbower Rovers).
U14 C football league – section two – round six
St Catherines 2-4 Crosshaven 5-4
Team manager Kieran O’Brien reports himself well satisfied as the Saints were completing their campaign with a loss to Crosshaven when this twelve-a-side U14 C football league tie went ahead at Ballynoe on Wednesday evening, September 2nd last.
Scorers: G England (1-3), B McKee (1-0) and A O’Brien (0-1).
Team: E Sheehan, I Ohrim, E O’Riordan, J O’Keeffe, C O’Brien, S Dunning, A O’Brien, G England, B McKee, H Draper, J Hayes, J Duncan. Also on panel: E Philpott, C England, M Geary, W McAuliffe, T Hartnett, C Dinneen, G Leahy and W Leamy.
Referee: Ger Scully (Glenbower Rovers).
U11 football league – section two – round five
St Colman’s 2-2 St Catherines 3-1
Although behind at 2-1 to 0-1 at the break three second half goals scored by Gearóid O’Brien, Stephen Cotter and Denis Temple enabled the Saints to see out their campaign with a win when this round five U11 football league tie was played in Shanagarry on Saturday morning last. Ex Cork dual star Diarmuid O’Sullivan refereed. A result which means that U11, 14 16 and 18 football leagues were completed last week.
Scorers: S Cotter (1-1), G O’Brien and D Temple (1-0 each).
Panel of players: W O’Driscoll, E Long, A O’Donnell, S O’Donoghue, B O’Connor, G O’Brien, J Pratt, S Cotter, F O’Connell, C O’Donoghue, C Sheehan, N Sheehan, D Temple, C Desmond Doyle, D Morrison.
Referee: Diarmuid O’Sullivan (home club).
Sponsor
T~A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
Thu, Jul 30, 2015 Club News July 30th 2015
Best of luck to our junior hurlers

League outing back in early June aside and St Catherines and Dungourney for the first time in thirty-four years renew acquaintances when meeting in the quarter-final of the East Cork junior A hurling championship this upcoming weekend. Sliotar will be thrown in for a 7pm start at Magners Hill, Youghal on this forthcoming Sunday evening, August 2nd. Obviously we wish the best of luck to all concerned.
While in the week now over Carrig na bhFear inflicted a sizeable loss in the first round of the Rebel Og East minor B football championship. Bride Rovers defeated the Saints in a junior hurling league division four match. Prior to overcoming Killeagh in the junior A championship at Ballynoe last Saturday evening.
Reminding you that all lotto draws now take place on the Tuesdays of long weekends. Starting on August 4th, then reverting to their regular slots afterwards. Until the next bank holiday which takes place on October 27th.
There now follows a brief review of the week’s happenings.
East Cork junior hurling league -
division four - round five
St Catherines 1-10
Bride Rovers 3-12
Although eliminated from the championship by Killeagh at Castlemartyr the previous week, nevertheless a few competitive matches still remain to be played. Losing out to Bride Rovers when this round five divisional junior hurling league division four tie was played in Ballynoe on Monday evening, July 20th last.
Ahead at 0-07 to 0-04 to the break, the conditions would favour the Rovers on the turnaround and extended their lead as the contest progressed. A disallowed goal from a penalty no help in a valiant Saints effort.
St Catherine’s scorers: C Mulcahy (0-06), L O’Connor (1-00), I O’Brien (0-02), K Mangan and N O’Brien (0-01 each).
St Catherine’s team: E Aherne, D Wallace, D Lane, C Ahern, P Ryan, E Kenneally, J Hurley, J Mulcahy, J Noonan, J Casey, K Mangan, C Mulcahy, S Walsh, I O’Brien, E Corcoran. Subs: L O’Connor for S Walsh (50’), N O’Brien for E Corcoran (52’).
Referee: Aidan Barry (Sarsfields).
Rebel Og East news
Minor B football
championship - first round and minor B football league - section two - round seven
Carraig na bhfear 3-12
St Catherines 2-03
It was the home team who were the much stronger outfit when this rebel Óg East minor B football championship first round tie was played in Carraig na bhFear on Wednesday evening, July 22nd last. With the mutual agreement of both clubs, it doubled up as a round seven league fixture. Catherine’s managed to haul in an early Carraig surge and a cheeky John Walsh goal cut the gap to just a point at 1-02 to 1-01 to fourteen minutes. But the opposition rallied again and mainly through the accuracy of Oisin Crowley from placed balls, found themselves five points ahead at 1-06 to 1-01 to the sound of the half time whistle.
They made the perfect start to the second half. Cormac Murphy with his second goal one hundred seconds in stretching their lead still further. Rory Galvin just before departing the action, touched in an opportunistic second Saints goal to rally the troops on thirty six minutes, but the challenge was up following a third Carraig goal finished off by Brendan Murphy right at the three-quarter mark.
No excuses, Carraig na bhFear were better from the start and will now be at home again to either Grenagh or Donoughmore in the quarter final.
Carraig na bhFear scorers: C Murphy (2-02), O Crowley (0-04 frees) (0-06), B Murphy (1-0), P Sheehan (0-02) and A Gorgia (0-01).
St Catherines scorers: J Walsh (0-02 frees) (1-0), R Galvin (1-00) and RD Galvin (0-01).
St Catherine’s team: Thomas O’Donnell, Owen O’Neill, Rory Galvin, Eoin Wallace, Sean Leamy, Shane O’Regan, Robert English, Brian Davis, Lucas O’Callaghan McCarthy, Philip Keane, Stephen O’Donnell (team captain), Kieran Neville, John Walsh, Kieran English and Richard Galvin. Subs used: Luke Beecher and Niall O’Regan for Kieran English and Brian Davis (both second half)
Jack O’Brien for Rory Galvin (36’), Cormac Galvin for Shane O’Regan (42’), Eoin Davis for Richard Galvin (‘46). Also on panel: Kevin Geary, Ben O’Brien and Conor Hickey. Referee: James Bermingham (Bride Rovers).
Under sixteen B football league - section two - round seven
Kiltha Óg 1-14
St Catherine’s 0-06
Kiltha Óg more or less took control from the outset when this round seven under sixteen B football league game was played in Dungourney on Monday evening, July 20th last. It ran concurrently with the aforementioned junior hurling league match in Ballynoe. Six unanswered points shared equally between pacy full forward Michael Kelly and midfielder Joseph Stack, the game’s most influential player, keeping the home based team to a lead on a scoreline of 0-07 to 0-02 at half-time.
No recovery. But the Saints did play that bit better through the third quarter. Ben O’Brien making the pass, picked out Eoin Davis to finish with a well taken point. Richard Galvin added a brace of eye catching points. But then had to depart with a hip injury. That said, the contest was realistically over by then, A goal from man of the match Joseph Stack to which fellow midfielder, Ciaran Newlands added a trio of points, sealed a 1-14 to 0-06 win for Kiltha Óg.
Scorers: RD Galvin (0-03), N O’Regan, E Davis and E Wallace (0-01 each).
Team: E Wallace, S Spillane, C Galvin, C O’Brien, P Keane, RD Galvin, S Kelleher, B O’Brien, O O’Neill, B McKee, K English, N O’Regan, E Davis, R English, A O’Brien.
Subs: G England for B McKee (26’), J Hayes for RD Galvin (42’), E Sheehan for B O’Brien (51’).
Referee: James Bermingham (Bride Rovers).
Southern Millings sponsored under fourteen C football league - section two - round seven
Shamrocks 7-19
St Catherine’s 3-04
A very young Catherine’s outfit are committed to playing their games. Early exit from the championship doesn’t mean the whole show goes belly up. They would find defeated championship finalists Shamrocks hot property when this round seven twelve a side under fourteen C football league tie was played in Shanbally on Thursday evening last.
Team: E Sheehan, I Ohrim. E O’Riordan, S Dunning, C O’Brien, B McKee, A O’Brien, J Hayes, G England, T Hartnett, C England, K Barry. Also present: J Duncan, J O’Keeffe, C Dineen, M Geary, D Galvin, G Leahy, W Leamy and W McAuliffe.
Under eleven
hurling league -
section two round five
White’s Cross 2-05
St Catherine’s 11-09
After a loss in the previous match against Bride Rovers this was a result which puts the Saints back in the mix following an impressive win in this round five under eleven hurling league tie when played in White’s Cross on Saturday last at 12 noon. Damage was inflicted early with the visitors. Up on an interval scoreline of 6-04 to 1-01. More or less continuing the trend on the changeover. What must also please mentors Edmond Galvin, Brian Cotter and Shane O’Connell was the spread of scorers emerging from what are fifty minute matches. Nine different players registering on the list.
Scorers: S Cotter (2-02), D Temple (2-01), C Desmond Doyle (2-00), C O’Donoghue (1-02), G O’Brien, B O’Connor and F O’Connell (1-0 each), K Wallace (1-00) and J Pratt (0-01).
Panel of players: K Wallace, J O’Callaghan, J Mulcahy, E Long, G O’Brien, B O’Connor, F O’Connell, S Cotter, J Pratt, D Temple, C Desmond Doyle, C O’Donoghue, S O’Donoghue.
Rebel Óg central organised under fifteen B football championship - first round
St Catherines 0-01
Mitchelstown 5-07
St Catherines were simply no match for Mitchelstown when this Rebel Óg Central organised under fifteen B football championship first round tie was played in Ballynoe on Saturday afternoon last.
Team: Evan Philpott, Kevin Barry, Cormac Galvin, Mark Geary, Brendan McKee, Aaron Long (team captain), Shane Kelleher, Ben O’Brien, Owen O’Neill, Ciaran O’Brien, Adam O’Brien, Gavin England, James Hayes, Eoin Davis (0-01), Joe O’Keeffe. Subs used: Darragh Galvin for Evan Philpott.
Referee: Arthur Murphy (Glenbower Rovers)
Match in Ballynoe
Ahead 1-09 to 0-07 at the break, Bride Rovers went on to eliminate Killeagh and thus earn a quarter-final place when their divisional junior A hurling championship third round clash was played in Páirc Naomh Caitrionaigh Baile Bua on Saturday evening last. Final score was Bride Rovers 1-18, Killeagh 0-09. Referee was Mike Walsh from the host club. Many thanks to Ray O’Neill (Killeagh) and Liam Barry from the Rovers in releasing the line-outs re the teams sheets.
Fixture
Adult club - Sunday, August 2nd at Magner’s Hill, Youghal East Cork junior A hurling championship quarter final St Catherines v Dungourney at 7pm.
Rebel Óg East
Tuesday, August 4th at Ballynoe under twelve B football league section one round seven v Aghada at 7.30pm.
Meetings
Next club meetings are on Thursday, August 6th juvenile at 8.15pm. Followed by meeting of the adult club at 9pm.
Sponsor
T~A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
Intercounty
involvement
Now for a hardhitting and revealing statement. No Cork senior team, be it hurling or football, will play in Croke Park this championship summer. First time for this to happen since 1998. Best chance of a title now rests with the intermediate hurlers who play Galway in the All-Ireland final on Saturday, August 8th. That doesn’t make for pleasant reading.
Lotto results
Results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at the Fisherman’s Rest, Conna, on Monday night last, July 27th: Numbers drawn were 10, 21, 25 and 30 and the jackpot of €9,600 wasn’t won. Consolation winners being: Bill Ahern, Ballynoe village; Mary C Leahy, Corrin View House, Glenreigh, Ballynoe; Marie Crowley c/o Billy O’Connell, Ballynoe; John McCarthy, Coole, Castlelyons and Bríd Lucy, Conna.
Next week’s draw now with a jackpot of €9,800, will be at the Winners Enclosure, Conna, on Tuesday night, August 4th.
Reprise
We leave you as we started with two reminders - Junior A hurling championship quarter-final in Youghal on Sunday night, August 2nd at 7pm. Don’t forget being a long weekend lotto draw will be on Tuesday night, August 4th.
Thu, Jul 09, 2015 Club News July 9th 2015
Sars too strong in junior B hurling championship

East Cork Junior B Hurling Championship First Round
Sarsfields 3-13 St Catherines 0-08
Probably benefiting from a preliminary round game against Midleton, which although lost was bringing the squad together, Sarsfields third choice team went on to all but dominate this ultimately one sided divisional junior B hurling championship first round tie played in overcast conditions at Rathcormac on Friday evening last. Prior to Lisgoold based referee Gavin O’Brien throwing in the sliotar for a 7.30pm start, a minute’s silence was observed in the memory of the late Niamh O’Connor, closely related to many in the Sars line out, who tragically lost her life in that drowning tragedy in Baltimore last week.
It was a competitive enough contest for a while and when Ian O’Brien pointed two mercurial points from placed balls, the margin was trimmed to 0-06 to 0-05 to twenty two minutes. Shortly afterwards Roy Egan set up Eamon Foley for a Sars goal, establishing a half-time advantage of double scores. Score at 1-07 to 0-05.
Despite the best efforts of Denis Lane, Noel O’Brien and John Casey, no major inroads were being made and a disappointing contest bereft of championship atmosphere was settled by a two-goal strike early in the final quarter. Prominent Sars officials credited both goals to corner forward Ross Hogan. So Sars progress while the Saints must now overcome Killeagh to maintain interest in the competition.
Sarsfields scorers: R Hogan (0-04 frees) (2-05), D English (0-03 frees) (0-05), T Hourihane (0-03) and E Foley (1-00).
St Catherines scorers: I O’Brien (0-03 frees) (0-01 “65”), (0-04), J Casey (0-02), L O’Connor and N O’Brien (0-01).
St Catherines team: E Aherne, J Lane, D Lane, S Kearney, S O’Regan, E Kenneally, K Neville, J Noonan, J Mulcahy, C Mulcahy, L O’Connor, N O’Brien (team captain), I O’Brien, J Casey and L Beecher. Subs: L O’Callaghan McCarthy for L Beecher (37’), S O’Donnell for L O’Connor (50’), S Leamy for J Lane (54’), P Ryan for I O‘Brien (55’) and D Wallace for S Kearney (57’). Also on panel: D O’Connor, J Walsh, E Corcoran and C O’Donnell. Referee: Gavin O’Brien (Lisgoold).

East Cork Junior Hurling League – Division One – Round Six
Erins Own 4-08 St Catherines 3-13
It wasn’t quite as tight as a two point margin would suggest when the Saints recorded a narrow victory from this round six divisional junior hurling league division one tie, when played in sunny conditions at Caherlag on Sunday evening last. Pádraig O’Connor released Brian Mulcahy to point a beauty early on. Pádraig himself adding a smashing point from the tightest of angles. Then aforementioned Mulcahy turned provider, picking out Seánie Farrell to finish off the first goal and a lead of 1-04 to 0-01 established after six minutes. Erins Own were coming more into it. Shane O’Brien and Rory Galvin keeping the Saints clock ticking over, sharing four points from placed balls. Proof of reliable free takers, when a lengthy Brian Davis delivery was delightfully touched to the net by Seánie Farrell for his and the Saints second goal right on the half whistle, a lesson in improvisation. Catherines ahead on a 2-09 to 0-07 scoreline.
But the opposition were right back in it within two minutes of the change of ends. Both corner forwards Diarmuid Ring and James Carroll breaching Cathal Leahy’s net, cutting the margin between the teams to two points. Seemingly all to play for. Defining score of the contest duly arrived. Strong approach play involving Conor Kearney saw Eoin Condon first time the breaking ball to the net and a lead now standing at 3-11 to 2-08 to the three quarter mark. Peter Kelly and Martin Buckley added very late goals for the home team, realistically though were only consolation scores.
Scorers: S Farrell (2-00), S O’Brien (0-04 frees) (0-06), E Condon (1-00), B Mulcahy (0-03), R Galvin (0-02 frees), C Kearney and P O’Connor (0-01 each).
Team: C Leahy, Stephen O’Brien, R Clancy, K Neville, J Neville, S Cotter, S Kearney, E Condon, R Galvin, P O’Connor, B Mulcahy, B Davis, C Kearney, S Farrell and Shane O’Brien. Subs used: J Mulcahy for B Davis (35’). Also present on the night: E Corcoran, J Casey, L O’Callaghan McCarthy, C Mulcahy, S O’Regan, E Kenneally and C Hegarty. Referee: Aidan Barry (Sarsfields).
Rebel Óg East – U16 A Hurling League – Section Two - Round Six
Killeagh/Itas 3-09
St Catherines 0-06
St Catherines were more than holding their own to half-time when ahead at 0-03 to 0-02 in this round six U16 A hurling league tie played in overcast and foggy conditions at Killeagh on Monday evening, June 29th last. Owen O’Neill added the first score of the second half hour, extending it further. But the home based team assumed control. Parity restored following a brace of Richie Long points and Killeagh/Itas were in control following an opportunist Olan Broderick goal. Making it 1-05 to 0-04 to thirty eight minutes. A second goal which took a touch off a Saints defender proved the death knell against a Killeagh side in which Seán Walsh excelled up front.
Killeagh/Itas scorers: S Walsh (0-01 f) (1-04), R Long (0-02 frees) (0-04), own goal (1-00), O Broderick (1-00) and S Kearney (0-01 65’s).
St Catherines scorers: E Wallace (0-02 65’s), A O’Brien, N O’Regan, O O’Neill and Richard Galvin (free) (0-01 each).
St Catherines Team: D Leamy, G England, C Galvin, P Keane, B O’Brien, E Wallace, S Kelleher, Richard Galvin, O O’Neill, A O’Brien, K English, N O’Regan, A Leahy, R English and J Hayes. Subs: E Sheehan for D Leamy (second half), C O’Brien for A Leahy (37’). Referee: James Daly (Youghal).
Cúl Camp
Ninety three children, both boys and girls, converged on the well laid out pitches at Ballynoe for the annual week long Cúl Camp, starting on the morning of Monday June 29th last, right through to the afternoon of Friday, July 3rd. Those in attendance were subdivided into eight groups. Each, this year incorporating two sessions of handball on the first four mornings of the camp. Friday was fun day with matches being organised by the coaches. Guest was Youghal and Cork hurler Bill Cooper who endeared himself to those present and was very generous with his time. It was his second time in three years to attend the camp. But second time inside a fortnight on the pitch. Catch the drift?
Coaches during the week were Noel O’Brien, Caoimhe Galvin, Maeve Walsh, Brian Davis, Finola Neville, Mary Galvin, Stephen O’Brien, Emma Spillane, Conor Hegarty and Shane O’Brien. Handball coaches being: Batt Sheehan, Aoife Hurley, Linda O’Donnell, Vincent O’Brien, Brendan Hurley, Niall O’Regan and Shane O’Regan. Special thanks to Redmond Higgins for his help throughout the week. This year’s Cúl Camp co-ordinator was juvenile treasurer, Eleanor Galvin.
Meetings
Next club meetings are on Thursday, July 23rd at 8.15 and 9pm respectively.
Sponsor
St Catherines club sponsors are T ~ A Plant Hire, Ballynoe.
Lotto Results Update
Results from the lotto draw hosted by The Winner’s Enclosure on Monday night, June 29th last. Numbers drawn were 3, 23, 25 and 26. There was no winner of the €8,800 jackpot. While the consolation winners on the night were: Phyllis Smyth, Mallow, John O’Mahony, Ballynoe, Paul Higgins, Ballycullane, Ballynoe, Doyle Family, Castle Rivers, Conna and Barrie O’Regan, Cullinagh, Ballynoe. Moving on to a jackpot of €9,000 and again no winner to report from the most recent draw, which was held at The Plough bar, Curraglass on Monday night last July 6th. Numbers drawn were 14, 17, 26 and 29. Consolation winners were: Marian Forbes, W/V Park, c/o PH, Nora Cotter, Fermoy, Kit Ahern, c/o Noreen Moroney, Conna, James Roche, Castlebrook, Conna and D and L Syndicate, c/o Winner’s Stables. Next week’s draw now for a jackpot of €9,200 will be at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Monday night, July 13th.
Notice how far into the year we’re gone? We again offer good wishes to our esteemed colleague Pat Lane and hopefully a quick recovery to our weekly draw. Pat a loyal servant since day one over twenty years ago now. While again we mention that the lotto draw will now take place on the Tuesdays of bank holiday weekends.
Rebel Teams
Such is the intense programme of matches; there isn’t time to reflect. Coming off a five-day period where four Cork teams featured. Losing the provincial junior football decider to the “Auld” enemy in Páirc Uí Rinn on the Wednesday evening. Twenty-four hours late a gut-wrenching loss to Limerick in minor hurling. All preceding last weekend’s high profile senior hurling qualifier in Wexford and a Munster football final in Killarney. Each game is individually capable of being the centre of conversation. But there’s no time for wallowing. It’s all about the next game. With Monday mornings draw sharply focusing on what’s to come. In a repeat of the 2013 draw and replay Cork now meet Clare in round two of the hurling qualifiers. That should be on this weekend. Both teams are getting better. But you feel the Banner might be holding the balance of power there.
Cork, putting in their best shift since the second half of the 2013 final, must now return to Killarney for a replayed Munster football final on the afternoon of Saturday, July 18th. That date was there for all to see on page three of last Sunday’s match programme. We looked for a performance. That’s all we wanted. If you get that everything else is a bonus. Cork came damn near winning this match. That penalty call was a real sickener. Now though you feel the psychological advantage still weighs in favour of the Kingdom.
Rebel Óg East Fixtures
Tonight (Thursday), July 9th at Killeagh U16 A Hurling Championship quarter-final v Killeagh/Itas at 7.15pm.
Saturday, July 11th U12 B Football League - Section One - Round Six v Grenagh (away) at 11am.
Tuesday July 14th at Caherlag – Minor A Hurling Championship – First Round v Erins Own at 7.30pm.
Wednesday July 15th at Ballynoe U12 A Hurling League – Round Six v Whites Cross at 7.15pm.
Thu, Jul 16, 2015 Club News July 16th 2015
St Catherines GAA
Juvenile dominated week
By the time you read this report the club’s fate in this year’s minor A and junior B hurling championships will be revealed. Reports next week. To update you, St Catherines have been paired with Dungourney in the quarter-final of the East Cork junior A hurling championship. A fixture pencilled in for the August bank holiday weekend. Coming down the tracks are scheduled opening matches in the minor B football and U21 B hurling championships. Last week was dominated by a juvenile programme of games in a busy Rebel Óg East schedule.
So we will give you the latest lotto results and move on. Draw held at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Monday night last, July 13th. Numbers drawn were 16, 20, 21 and 29 and the jackpot of €9,200 wasn’t won. Consolation winners being Roy/Dolores Hartigan, c/o PH; Nora Cotter, Fermoy; Una Sheehan, Glentrasna, Ballynoe; James Ahern, West Street, Tallow and Ann Stack, c/o The Big Tree. Next week’s lotto draw, now with an accumulated €9,400 jackpot, will be at The Big Tree, Aghern on Monday night, July 20th.
Rebel Óg East Update
U16 A Hurling Championship Quarter-Final
Killeagh/Itas 0-11
St Catherines 0-05
After sixty-six absorbing minutes of action out go the Saints. But that would be over-simplifying what was a brave commendable effort against fancied opposition, when this Rebel Óg East U16 A hurling championship quarter-final was played before a sizeable attendance in Killeagh on Thursday evening last.
That margin of defeat was halved from a league outing between the teams just ten days previous. Stressing that Killeagh/Itas did register an ungainly nineteen wides tally. True some of the finishing was poor. But credit too to the Saints who were defending heroically. Frequently forcing them into hurried shooting. While both teams didn’t really take full advantage of the prevalent stiffish breeze, which seemed to blow across the pitch towards the village side of the grounds. So would probably favour the team playing towards the new dressing rooms set up.
As it was Catherines took the lead with a well-worked score. Finishing with Ben O’Brien popping over a well-taken point on two minutes. Killeagh pressed. Poor finishing allied to some excellent defending with Richard Galvin and Philip Keane time and again mopping up dangerous ball, repelling all early attacks. That threatening equaliser did come on thirteen minutes, sixty seconds later the opposition ahead for the first time. A point from midfielder Pádraig Leahy, but anytime they may have looked like building on that apparent dominance, were reeled in by a committed Saints outfit. Late back-to-back first half Niall O’Regan points securing half-time parity on a 0-04 all scoreline.
Resuming with a remarkably similar start to the aforementioned league match. This time Eoin Davis the man on target with a smartly taken point just ninety seconds in. Unfortunately no further scores were forthcoming, although the sliotar was in the Killeagh/Itas net on forty minutes. Disallowed for a square infringement.
By now the teams were together for the fourth time. Killeagh/Itas ahead by a point to forty-three minutes. Stretching it to three at 0-08 to 0-05 to fifty-three minutes. But anything is possible and it was only when Seán Walsh, now evading the shackles of Saints captain Eoin Wallace had them four points up, did the opposition eventually look like winners. Driven on by the outstanding Keane Kelly Budds they added two further points in time added on. One scored by the also impressive Shane Kearney. So Killeagh/Itas who defeated Castlelyons in the first round on the previous Sunday evening advance and will now play either Aghabullogue or Erins Own in the regional semi-final.
Well done to the Saints mentors who worked so hard with this team through the spring and summer months. Manager is James Spillane, ably assisted by fellow selectors Paul Galvin and juvenile chairman Paul Davis. While Kieran Morrison and Seánie Farrell trained and coached the team. Beig lá eile ar an bpáorach.
Killeagh scorers: S Kearney (0-01 free) (0-04), R Long (0-01 free - 0-03), S Walsh (0-02), P Leahy and R McCarthy (0-01 each).
St Catherines Scorers: N O’Regan (0-01 free) (0-03), B O’Brien and E Davis (0-01 each).
St Catherines team: Darren Leamy, Ciaran O’Brien, Cormac Galvin, Philip Keane, Richard Galvin, Eoin Wallace (team captain), Shane Kelleher, Ben O’Brien, Owen O’Neill, Adam O’Brien, Kieran English, Eoin Davis, Brendan McKee, Robert English and Niall O’Regan. Subs used: Josh McGuckian for Adam O’Brien (59’), Gavin England for Brendan McKee (60’), Shane Spillane for Ben O’Brien (60 + 2). Also on panel: James Hayes, Andy Leahy, Eoin Sheehan and Aaron Long. Referee: James Daly (Youghal).
U14 B Hurling League – Round Eight
St Catherines 3-01
Aghada 4-13
Right from the outset Aghada, inspired by the excellence of Rory O’Connell, Ben O’Driscoll and Jaimie O’Hanlon, were the dominant force going on to record an emphatic victory, when this round eight U14 B hurling league tie was played in dull, overcast and breezy conditions at Ballynoe on Monday evening, July 6th last. That said, the score of the match was reserved for Ciaran O’Brien who clung an eye-catching goal from a magnificent strike just before the break. Ivan Ohrim, Brendan McKee, Adam O’Brien and Kevin Barry tried their hardest. But on the night Aghada were clearly the superior outfit.
Scorers: K Barry (0-01 free) (1-01), C O’Brien and T Hartnett (1-00 each).
St Catherines team: E Sheehan, J Duncan, E O’Riordan, I Ohrim, S Dunning, C O’Brien, J O’Keeffe, B McKee, J McGuckian, H Draper, A O’Brien, K Barry, D Galvin, G England and C England. Subs: C Dinneen and T Hartnett for D Galvin and C England (both second half). M Geary for J Duncan (53’), E Philpott for E Sheehan (53’), G Leahy for A O’Brien (53’), B Barry for J McGuckian (56’). Also on panel: W McAuliffe and G O’Brien.
Referee: James O’Brien (Midleton).
U12 B Football League – Section One – Round Six
Grenagh 5-09
St Catherines 5-06
What a contest, Catherines denied a share of the spoils, seeing a last minute penalty kick saved when this absorbing round six U12 B football league game went ahead early in Grenagh on Saturday morning last. Facilitating those travelling to that attractive triple-header in Thurles later in the afternoon. It was 4-06 to 3-01 to the home team at half time.
Now favoured by the conditions the visitors were coming much more into it. A brave effort only falling just short at the end. Tally now is six points from as many league matches played.
Scorers: T Hartnett (2-03), H Draper (1-02), E England (1-01) and S Cotter (1-00).
Team: E Philpott, E O’Riordan, B Barry, D Galvin, M Geary, G Leahy, H Draper, W Leamy, C England, C Dinneen, W McAuliffe, T Hartnett, S Cotter, K Wallace, J Pratt, A O’Donnell, J O’Callaghan and G O’Brien.
Referee: Jonathan O’Connell (Glenville).
Fixtures
Rebel Óg East
A meeting of Rebel Óg East was scheduled for Tuesday night last, July 14th. Fixtures will emerge from that.
Meetings
Next club meetings are on Thursday evening July 23rd. Juvenile timed for 8.15pm. Followed by adult club at 9pm.
Sponsors
T ~ A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA club sponsors.
Intercounty
It may be not what we all want to hear, but if the remaining paths available from here on in work out according to form, Kilkenny and Tipperary will both end up again in this year’s hurling showpiece. Following last weekend’s spate of results from another intense programme of games, both are now provincial champions. Therefore will be kept apart and cannot now possibly meet until the All-Ireland senior hurling final itself on the first Sunday of September, should they get that far.
Still more hurling to come. Dublin now play Waterford and fancy the Munster representatives there. But the other quarter-final between Galway and Cork is much more difficult to call. Both of those matches are scheduled for the afternoon of Sunday, July 26th. They should be in Thurles.
In the interim we congratulate Cork intermediate hurlers on bringing the first provincial title to the county in either code with a Munster final victory over a fancied Limerick team in a decider played at Páirc Uí Rinn on Wednesday evening of last week July 8th. There are no All-Ireland semi-finals this year. Galway now play Cork in a straight final, it’s on August 8th.
Now we are into Thursday and the wheels are turning faster. Focusing on Killarney for that replayed Munster senior football final. As many as five players could be added to the Kingdom panel from the last day. Some of them could come straight in and actually start. Cork doesn’t have that luxury. There will be alterations, but you feel no sweeping changes. Actually, Cork’s record against Kerry in replays is quite good, most of them in Páirc Uí Chaoimh though. This will be a difficult assignment. But like the last day, if you get a performance you never know. Throw in is 7pm on Saturday evening. It’s live on RTE 2.
Thu, Jul 23, 2015 Club News July 23rd 2015
Mixed fortunes in championship matches
It was a week which saw the Saints taste defeat in the second round of the divisional junior B hurling championship. Balanced by success in the first round of the Rebel Óg East minor A hurling championship. Ironically both matches were decided by a point. With the minors requiring twenty minutes of extra-time before it could be sorted. While the weekly lotto draw now has an accumulated jackpot of €9,600. No read on for a closer look.
Junior B hurling
championship - second round
Killeagh 0-20
St Catherines 1-16
Killeagh shaded this divisionl junior B hurling championship second round tie by the slimmest of margins when played in Castlemartyr on Wednesday evening, July 15th last. Sean Crowley played a starring role for the victors. With scores from frees, 65s and open play he finished the hour with a tally of fifteen points. Team captain Paul Keniry prominent in a supporting role.
Killeagh had opened up a five point lead when the Saints briefly flagging challenge would receive an injection of power in one of the moves of the game. John Casey and Laurence O’Connor were involved before team captain Noel O’Brien billowed the net from close range. A priceless and welcome goal on twenty eight minutes. Straight away Ed Aherne made a vital block at the other end and the half-time deficit of 0-12 to 1-06 didn’t look as dauting now.
Cormac Mulcahy taking advantage of a slack clearance pointed quickly on the changeover, narrowing the gap still further and keeping the Saints momentum going. Killeagh were always able to respond though invariably through the ever accurate Crowley.
That said a surging third quarter performance would see parity restored and the Saints edge their noses in front for the first time since the second minute. Ian O’Brien pointing a free following a foul on John Noonan on fifty six minutes. Teddy himself initiating the recovery with a marvellous point himself just previous. Two late Crowley frees sealed the deal.
Many thanks to Laurence O’Connor, Dick Morrison, Pat O’Brien and Aidan Flynn for working with the team. Patrick Sheehan was also involved earlier in the season.
Killeagh scorers: S Crowley (0-10 frees) (0-02 65’s) (0-15), S Treacy and P Keniry (0-02 each) and E Barron (0-01).
St Catherines scorers: N O’Brien (0-02 frees), (1-06), I O’Brien (0-03frees) (0-05), C Mulcahy (0-02), J Casey and J Noonan (0-01 each).
Team: Edmond Aherne, Jim Lane, Denis Lane, Colm Ahern, Conor Hegarty, Ed Kenneally, Seamus Kearney, Lucas O’Callaghan McCarthy, John Mulcahy, Cormac Mulcahy, Kevin Mangan, Noel O’Brien (team captain), John Casey, Laurence O’Connor, Ian O’Brien. Subs: John Noonan for Lucas O’Callaghan McCarthy (second half), Shane O’Regan for Conor Hegarty (34’), Kieran Neville for Seamus Kearney (40’), Luke Beecher for Noel O’Brien (50’), Johnny Hurley for Kevin Mangan (55’).. Referee: James Hennessy (Dungourney).
Junior hurling
We are now on the way to one of the influential games of the year. St Catherines will play neighbours Dungourney in the quarter-finals of the East Cork junior A hurling championship on the evening of Saturday, August 1st. Time and venue will follow after a divisional board meeting scheduled for Midleton last night (Wednesday, July 22nd).
More or less completing preparations with a challenge match played in gloriously sunny conditions at Clashmore on Sunday morning last. Nothing much separating two evenly matched teams through the opening exchanges. Scores level on four occasions through the first quarter and beyond. A super Shane Cotter point had the Saints ahead for the first time in a challenge match refereed by Tadhg Tobin of Brickey Rangers. Pointing fro distance before a Conor Kearney pass released Brian Mulcahy to finish off a well taken goal. Making it 1-05 to 0-04 to twenty minutes and 1-07 to 0-07 at half-time.
Although in contention to fifty minutes Clashmore who are merged with Kinsalebeg still only managed four points from open play. Sean Flemming contributing most of them. County player Brian Flannery at centre back. Ed taking the ones from further out. A smashing Seanie Farrell goal on fifty one minutes sealed a win for the Saints on an end scoreline of 2-17 to 0-13.
Rebel Óg East news
East Cork Oil
sponsored minor A hurling
championship first round
Erins Own 1-16 (1-13, St Catherines 2-14 (2-10)
Hindsight can be a deceptive weapon. But what a contest and it’s unlikely any game for the remainder of this season will surpass this for raw courage, commitment, tension, excitement call it what you will. But at the end of eighty six absorbing minutes it was the Saints who advanced setting up a date with Courcey Rovers in the quarter-final, when this Rebel Óg East minor A hurling championship first round clash was played in dull, overcast and slippery conditions at Caherlag on Tuesday evening, July 14th last.
It was the home team who settled the better. Had the first point of the game on three minutes. Extending their advantage to four points at 0-05 to 0-01 to twelve minutes. Positional switches on both sides proved more beneficial to the Saints. Parity restored for the first time when after repair Seam Leamy defending, dangerman Robbie O’Flynn nicked an Erins Own goal. Establishing a 1-07 to 0-06 half-time lead for the home based team.
They added a further two unanswered points quickly on the changeover. But you sensed this championship tie took a distinct turn when an Eoin Wallace 65 ended up in the net just three minutes into the resumption. Erins Own ahead at 1-3 to 1-08 to fifty three minutes. But they just couldn’t shake off an intensifying Saints challenge which received the daylight required when Rory Galvin goaled a penalty on fifty eight minutes. Setting up twenty minites of extra time. Pointing a close in free right at the death.
Four points were shared in the first period of extra time. Score now standing at 2-12 to 1-15. Luke Beecher and Niall O’Regan shot over two invaluable points early in the second period. Eoin Monahan hauled one back but the Saints wouldn’t be denied and it was they who were embedded in the opposition half when the shriek of the full-time whistle could be heard throughout the grounds. A famous win indeed.
Scorers: R Galvin (1-00pen), (0-2 frees) (1-02) E Wallace (1-01) both 65’s, N O’Regan and B Davis (0-3 each), B O’Brien (0-02), RD Galvin, K Neville and L Beecher (0-01 each).
Team: E Davis, P Keane, R Galvin, K Geary, E Wallace, S O’Regan, S Leamy, B Davis (team captain), K Neville, B O’Brien, L O’Callaghan McCarthy, RD Galvin, T O’Donnell, L Beecher, N O’Regan. Sub: C Galvin for K Geary (75’). Also on panel: D Leamy, J Walsh, J O’Brien, C Hickey, K English, S Spillane, O O’Neill, R English and S O’Donnell. Referee: John Kirby (Midleton).
Minor B football league section two - round six
Kiltha Óg 2-16
St Catherines 4-02
Challenge games aside a first competitive defeat inflicted in either code all year. Kiltha Óg a slicker and more committed outfit well deserving of the points on offer when this round six minor B football league match was played in Castlemartyr on Friday evening last.
Catherines would make the better start. Kieran Neville putting Kieran English through. Finishing off the first point and in turn a goal after six minutes. Luke Beecher and John Walsh were involved in the creation of the second. Again finished off by Kieran English against a visibly improving Kiltha Óg who took a lead they wouldn’t relinquish after Conor Whyte goaled after twenty eight minutes. They were denied a second goal by a splendid double save from Rory Galvin between the posts. Kiltha Óg ahead at 1-08 to 2-02 at half-time.
Effectively sealing the issue when midfielder Ryan Denny added another goal just seven minutes into the second half. Declan Kelly and Denis Broderick adding a string of points to fifty minutes. Kevin Geary had the Saints first score of the second half goaling on fifty three minutes. Rounding off the scoring when Lucas O’Callaghan McCarthy, who worked hard and never gave up the challenge all night put Niall O’Regan through for a well taken, albeit consolation fourth goal before the finish.
It’s never easy when the appointed ref doesn’t show. In his absence Edmond Galvin did an excellent job.
Scorers: K English (2-01), K Geary and N O’Regan (1-00 each and J Walsh, (0-01).
Team: R Galvin, O O’Neill, S O’Regan, C Galvin, R English, S Leamy, RD Galvin, B Davis, L O’Callaghan, McCarthy, E Davis, K Neville, L Beecher, N O’Regan, J Walsh, K English. Subs: K Geary for B Davis (18’), E Wallace for RD Galvin (second half), B O’Brien for J Walsh (‘45).
Referee: Edmond Galvin (St Catherines).
Under fourteen B hurling league - round nine
Ballinora 5-03
St Catherine’s 4-06
This is a very young St Catherines team. Thankfully only three available players now playing are up to the age. Looked at in that perspective credit then on claiming five points from seven matches played. Drawing this round nine under fourteen B hurling league tie when played in Ballinora on Monday evening, July 13th last.
Team: E Sheehan, I Ohrim, E O’Riordan, M Geary, J O’Keeffe, C O’Brien, J McGuckian, C Dinneen, B McKee, K Barry, H Draper, J Hayes, T Hartnett, A O’Brien, G England. Subs all used were: S Dunning, C England. E Philpott, W Leamy and G O’Brien.
Under twelve A hurling league - round six
St Catherines 2-07
Whites Cross 0-01
After drawing with Donoughmore in a previous outing St Catherine’s recorded their first win, thus bringing their tally to three points from six matches played when this round six under twelve A hurling league tie was played in Ballynoe on Wednesday evening, July 15th last. Cathal Dineen, runing up a return of 1-04, was scorer in chief.
Scorers: C Dineen (1-04), G O’Brien (1-00), H Draper, D Temple and D Galvin (0-01 each).
Panel of players on the night were: E Philpott, M Geary, B Barry, E O’Riordan, K Wallace, C England, H Draper, B O’Connor, F O’Connell, G O’Brien, C Dineen, D Temple, D Galvin, W McAuliffe, J Mulcahy, J O’Callaghan, W O’Driscoll and E Long.
Fixtures: Adult Saturday, July 25th at Ballynoe East Cork junior A hurling championship third round Bride Rovers v Killeagh at 7.30pm.
Rebel Óg East
Tonight (Thursday) July 23rd at Shanbally under fourteen C football league section two round seven v Shamrocks at 7.15pm.
Saturday, July 25th under eleven hurling league section two round five v Whitescross (away) at 12noon.
Saturday, July 25th at Ballynoe under fifteen B football championship first round v Mitchelstown at 2pm.
Club meetings
Club meetings tonight (Thursday). Juvenile is 8.15pm followed by a meeting of the parent club at 9pm.
Sponsor
T ~ A Plant Hire Ballynoe are St Catherine’s GAA Club sponsors.
Intercounty
Well now its sink or swim, no more safety nets or back doors. This weekend Cork’s senior intercounty fate will be decided. It won’t be easy now to pick up the pieces following that defeat in Killarney on Saturday evening last. Kildare themselves were the victims of a savage mauling from Dublin. Out the weekend after that they just about got over Offaly. But are motoring nicely now. Confidence will be high against what will clearly be deflated opposition. Although Cork’s record against them is good, Kildare will fancy this one now. Cork v Kildare All Ireland senior football qualifier is on Satruday.
Twenty four hours later an attractive double header in Thurles. Starting at 2pm with the pairing of Dublin and Waterford in the first of this year’s All-Ireland senior hurling quarter finals. Cork and Galway to follow at 4pm. One would fancy Waterford to advance and a meeting with reigning champions Kilkenny. How will the Rebels cope with formidable Galway forwards? All will be revealed this forthcoming Sunday afternoon. Winners to play Tipperary.
Lotto results
Results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at The Big Tree, Aghern on Monday night last, July 20th. Numbers drawn were 10, 19, 26 and 28. There was no winner of the €9,400 jackpot. While the consolation winners were: Oliver Twomey c/o Fisherman’s Rest, Siobhan and John Corcoran, Newtown, Ballynoe; Michael Walsh, Curraglass D ~ L syndicate c/o Winacres Stables and Pat Parker, Conna. Next week’s draw for a jackpot of €9,600 will be at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night, July 27th.
Thu, Jun 25, 2015 Club News June 25th 2015
Catherines advance in junior A hurling championship

East Cork oil sponsored East Cork junior A hurling championship - first round
St Catherines 2-16
Bride Rovers 1-09
St Catherines saw off the commendable challenge of Bride Rovers in this divisional junior A hurling championship first round clash played in breezy conditions at Castlelyons on Sunday afternoon last.
Off to a flyer when a lengthy Patrick Roche delivery eventually reached Shane O’Brien shooting over the lead point on twenty two seconds. Maybe there were one or two misses overall but O’Brien’s shooting generally was unnerving exemplifying the value of a reliable freetaker to a team. His next three efforts were successful and when a Conor Kearney pass reached Rory Galvin to point another well taken score it had the Saints five points without reply ahead to thirteen minutes. In that time there were a few Rovers attacks but the finishing was poor. Their first score did come a minute later. Liam Forde and DJ Cahill added their only two points from open play. When we had witnessed one of the key moments of the match. Brian Mulcahy brought the best out of Alan O’Keeffe. But ideally placed Seanie Farrell, a major influence on the match, rifled in the rebound establishing a 1-07 to 0-03 lead after eighteen minutes. Stretching to 1-10 to 0-05 by half-time.
Difficult to fully appreciate the merit of what was a strong breeze but on the evidence thus far would favour the Rovers from here on in. What a start they had on the resumption. Accurate striker William Finnegan expertly goaling a penalty strike. Adding a point from a free and after just three minutes of second half play had halved their internal deficit. Game on.
Looking back on it now though that was as close as the margin would get. Stephen O’Brien, Liam O’Connor and Shane Cotter were assured at the back when the pressure was applied. Shane O’Brien pointed a brace from placed balls. Seventeen year old Rory Galvin added his second point of the hour and in a three minute spell had weathered the storm and widened the gap again. Now ahead on a scoreline of 1-13 to 1-06 to forty three minutes.
Bride Rovers were very reliant on young Finnegan for scores. Sensing victory Catherines finished in a blaze of glory. Shane Kearney, playing his first match since the relegation decider at Riverstown last September, picked out impressive substitute Brian Davis who responded with a reassuring point. Crowd favourite Seanie Farrell with the help of the inside of the post, duly added another. When in time added on we saw out this particular championship game with the score of the hour, Brian Mulcahy with an awesome goal from a thunderous strike on sixty one minutes! It was worth the wait!!!!
Bride Rovers scorers: W Finnegan (1-00 penalty) (0-07 frees) (1-07), L Forde and DJ Cahill (0-01 each).
St Catherines scorers: S O’Brien (0-8 frees) (0-09), S Farrell (1-03), B Mulcahy (1-0), R Galvin (0-02) and B Davis (0-01).
St Catherines team: C Leahy, Stephen O’Brien, R Clancy, L O’Connor, P Roche, S Cotter, S Kearney, E Condon, J Neville, P O’Connor, R Galvin, B Mulcahy, C Kearney, S Farrell, Shane O’Brien. Sub: B Davis for C Kearney (43’). Referee Ger Scully (Killeagh)

Big match in Ballynoe
It began to look dull and ominous for a while. Suddenly the sun broke through and a cloudless, blue sky and a massive attendance provided a fitting backdrop for this county senior hurling championship second round clash between next door neighbours Youghal and Killeagh, when played on an excellent Ballynoe surface on Saturday evening last.
An evenly fought contest right through with the teams together at 0-04 each to the end of the opening half. Well taken points from David Cahill and impressive substitute Eoghan Keniry saw Killeagh in the ascendancy at 0-09 to 0-06 through the third quarter. A missed free from admittedly a tight angle didn’t seem that significant at the time. But the tagging on of another point would have been crucial against a resolute opposition challenge. Late points from substitutes Nigel Roche and Conor O’Sullivan had parity restored. But with the prospects of extra time becoming large up popped a youthful Darragh O’Connell, not even named on the panel of twenty six with the match winning Youghal point on sixty two minutes. Final score 0-12 to 0-11.
No thoughts of relegation now. They advance to round four. Killeagh now meet Carrigtwohill for the right to stay in the championship. Many thanks to all those who helped on the night, those collelcting at gates and all who gave a hand with parking. Juvenile treasurer and cúl camp co-ordinator Eleanor Galvin organised the programme sales and sellers. One of the biggest crowds ever for a match in Ballynoe. Neighbourly bragging rights, no other distractions on and good weather saw to that.
East Cork junior hurling league - division four round three
St Catherines 3-10
Killeagh 2-15
Consolation of sorts for Killeagh when emerging with a two point success from this round three junior hurling league division four tie played in Ballynoe on Tuesday evening, June 16th last.
Cormac Mulcahy and John Casey were in top scoring form for the home based team. Shading a high scoring league encounter on a 2-05 to 0-10 half-time scoreline. Never much between the teams. Killeagh edging it at the finish.
Scorers: C Mulcahy (2-03), J Casey (1-03), K Mangan (0-03) and K Neville (0-1). Catherines team: E Aherne, P Ryan, J Mulcahy, D O’Connor, S O’Regan, I O’Connor, K Neville, A Carr, J Noonan, C Mulcahy, K Mangan, T Beecher, J Casey, S Walsh and J Lane. Referee: James Hennessy (Dungourney).
Rebel Og central under fifteen A
hurling championship second round
St Catherines 1-08
Cloughduv 5-19
There may have been absenteeism from both teams since the last meeting in a divisional thirteen B final in Brinny two years ago. That said this is still some reverse of form. Cloughduv were on top from the start and were fully deserving winners of this under fifteen A hurling championship second round tie, originally billed for. Last evening (Wednesday), it was with the mutual agreement of both clubs fast forwarded to Ballynoe on Sunday morning last. Cloughduv had already attained an equally emphatic success in Charleville the previous Wednesday evening. In contrast Catherines were receiving a first round lye.
Cloughduv were ahead when wing forward Sean Keating pointed a free on ninety seconds a lead extending to five points without reply when hardworking midfielder Owen O’Neill pointed Catherines first score. Pointing from play on thirteen minutes, when Luke Elliot with a class finish had the opposition’s first goal on twenty four minutes. A lead extending itself to ten points with the visitors now ahead on a half-time scoreline of 1-10 to 0-03.
We were treated to one of the finest goals witnessed at the venue in some time. Ben O’Brien with an outrageous flick of the sliotar over the Cloughduv defender, collecting and sending an unstoppable drive to the roof of the net. He quickly followed up with a smashing point and some resemblance of hope was appearing. Score standing at 1-12 to 1-04 just three minutes into the change of ends. Eoin Davis at centre back now more involved in the play as well.
But Cloughduv had a much greater spread of scorers weren’t as reliant on any one player to inflict damage and had this disappointing one sided championship match won long before the finish.
Scorers: B O’Brien (0-3 frees) (1-04), E Davis (0-02 frees) (0-03) and 0-0’ Neill (0-01).
St Catherine’s team: Eoin Sheehan, Eoghan O’Riordan, Cormac Galvin (captain), Padraig Bryan, Andy Leahy, Eoin Davis, Shane Kelleher, Ben O’Brien, Owen O’Neill, Joe O’Keeffe, Josh McGuckian, Darragh Galvin, James Duncan, Robert English and James Hayes. Subs: Evan Philpott for James Duncan (38’), Mary Geary for Darragh Galvin (42’). Also on panel Brendan McKee. Referee: James Hennessy (Kiltha Óg).
This week’s Rebel Óg East report
Under fourteen B hurling league round seven
Castlelyons 5-18
St Catherines 2-07
A brace of Brendan McKee goals meant the Saints were competitive to the break and beyond when this round seven under fourteen B hurling league tie was played in Castlelyons on Thursday evening last. It was 2-07 to 1-06 at half-time. But thereafter a stronger opposition assumed control against a youthful Saints outfit who at the best of times anyway have only three players on the age.
Team: E Sheehan, M Geary, D McDonnell, J Duncan, J O’Keeffe, C O’Brien, S Dunning, T Hartnett, B McKee, J McGuckian, A O’Brien, J Hayes, W Leamy, E O’Riordan, D Galvin. Subs were: W McAuliffe, G Leahy, E Philpott and G O’Brien.
Under twelve B football league - section one -
round five
St Catherine’s 3-03 Whites Cross 3-08
White’s Cross were on top form from the start of this round five under twelve B football league tie played in Ballynoe on Wednesday evening June 17th last. It was 2-05 to 1-02 at the break. Maintaining their supremacy. Recording a five point win at the finish.
Scorers: G O’Brien (1-01), T Hartnett and S Cotter (1-00 each), W Leamy and D Temple (0-01 each).
Panel of players: E Philpott, G Leahy, M Geary, K Wallace, D Galvin, G O’Brien, T Hartnett, B O’Connor, F O’Connell, S Cotter, W Leamy, D Temple, B Barry, W McAuliffe, J Pratt, C Desmond Doyle, J O’Callaghan, J Mulcahy, W O’Driscoll. Referee: James Hennessy (Kiltha Óg)
Under twelve A hurling league round four
Erins Own 2-11
St Catherines 3-04
While this particular squad of players down 2-04 to 1-02 at half-time eventually lost by a four point margin to Erins Own when this round four under twelve A hurling league was played at Caherlag on Saturday afternoon last.
Scorers: T Hartnett, G O’Brien and G Temple (1-00 each), E O’Riordan, (0-02), D Galvin and S Cotter (0-01 each).
Panel: E Philpott, B Barry, M Geary, E Long, K Wallace, E O’Riordan, W Leamy, B O’Connor, Hartnett, F O’Connell, D Galvin, S Cotter, G O’Brien and D Temple.
Fixtures: Rebel Óg East
Monday, June 29th under sixteen A hurling league section two round six v Killeagh/Itas (away) at 7pm.
Adult club
Saturday, June 27th at Ballynoe county junior A hurling league section one round three v St Colums at 7.30pm.
Tuesday, June 30th East Cork junior B hurling championship first round v Midleton or Sarsfields. Time and venue TBC.
Sponsor
T + A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherine’s GAA Club sponsors.
Get well soon
On the mend is Jim Roche, a valued and hard working committee member. Although now better known for his athletic involvements speedy recovery too to Dan McCarthy, Newtown/Ballynoe, Club chairman in the mid sixties, Dan recently broke his leg. Currently hospitalised is ex club secretary Pat Lane. Hopefully it won’t be too long before he returns to his duties as delegate to the East Cork Board. Pat is a loyal weekly lotto draw committee member since its inception twenty years ago. A handy lead in to the revelation from a recent club meeting that the weekly lotto draw now reverts back to Tuesday nights on bank holiday weekends.
Congratulations
Well done to Johnny Hurley winner of the Bill Twomey memorial trophy. A prestigious award presented by the Cork and Waterford Injured Jockeys committee. An all round sportsman, Johnny is a previous divisional winning under eleven hurling captain and should be available to team up with the junior B hurlers whose championship campaign starts shortly.
Busy week
A very busy week. Phew!!! Playing Bride Rovers in the junior A hurling championship. There was the senior hurling championship match in Ballynoe. A second round game in the under fifteen A hurling championship. Plus a spate of activity with league matches involving various age groups in Rebel Óg East. So we have decided to submit the report early this week. A double sequence of results from the lotto draws at The Fishermans Rest and Winners Enclosure will be published next Thursday. Winners will be notified. Locals have access to posters. Results also on the website.
Thu, Jun 18, 2015 Club News June 18th 2015
Major upcoming weekend
As the headline aptly puts it a busy upcoming weekend starts with the county senior hurling championship second round tie involving Killeagh and Youghal. Set for Páirc Naomh Caitriona, Baile Nua, on this forthcoming Saturday evening, June 20th. Throw-in at 7pm. It will be the first major clash between the two neighbouring clubs in fourteen years. Killeagh winning an intermediate semi-final at Auhavine, home of Fr O’Neills GAA Club in September of 2001. Earlier in the same day Tipperary defeated Galway in the All-Ireland final. It took three matches to separate the teams three years earlier. Youghal lost out to Na Piarsaigh in the first round. Likewise Killeagh to another neighbour and champions from two years ago, Midleton, both will be anxious to get back on the horse here.
Then on Sunday afternoon all roads lead to Castlelyons for the meeting of the Saints and Bride Rovers in the first round of the East Cork junior A hurling championship. Throw-in time is 3.30pm and Ger Scully (Killeagh) is referee. It will be the first championship meeting between the teams at this level for eighteen years. Form in both the divisional and county junior A leagues has been patchy. Then again they weren’t playing with the full pack of cards on many occasions. Absenteeism and injury taking their toll. We wish mentors Pat Clancy, Richard Hegarty, Pat Aherne and coach Niall McCarthy and the entire panel the best of luck in what is sure to be a difficult assignment.
Junior Hurling challenge
Together at the end of both halves in as open a contest imaginable when St Catherines and Ballysaggart second string outfits played out a draw when the junior B hurling challenge was played in perfect conditions at Ballynoe on Monday evening, June 8th last. Cormac Mulcahy, Noel O’Brien and the returned Shane Kearney finding the target for the home based team. Both midfielders Chris O’Gorman and Stephen Manning registering on the scoreboard for the visiting team. With two well matched teams upsides each other at 0-08 each to the sound of Mike Walsh’s half-time whistle.
Two third quarter Luke Beecher goals handed the initiative to the Saints. Ronan Walsh responded for the opposition in a game where both teams used up all the players available to them. Two subs particularly effective were Christopher O’Donnell for the home team and Sam Ryan and their second half scores ensured a high scoring contest would finish up a draw. St Catherine’s 2-16 Ballysaggart 0-22 was the score.
Rebel East report
Under twelve A hurling league round five
Sarsfields 4-02 St Catherines 2-03
After trailing 4-01 to 0-02 at half-time, a commendable second half display wasn’t sufficient to rescue the Saints against a strong Sars challenge when this round five under twelve A hurling league tie was played at Buck Leary’s cross on Wednesday evening June 10th last.
Scorers: D Galvin and S Cotter (1-00 each) E O’Riordan (0-02) and S Cotter (0-01).
Panel: E Philpott, H Leahy, M Geary, B Barry, C England, E O’Riordan, G O’Brien, H Draper, W Leamy, D Galvin, S Cotter, C Dinneen, T Hartnett, W McAuliffe. Subs used were: F O’Connell, B O’Connor, K Wallace, A O’Donnell and D Temple. Also on panel: J Mulcahy, J O’Callaghan and W O’Driscoll. Referee: PJ Aherne (Carrigtwohill)
Fixtures Adult club
Saturday, June 20th at Ballynoe, senior hurling championship second round Killeagh v Youghal at 7pm. Sunday, June 21st at Castlelyons junior A hurling championship first round v Bride Rovers at 3.30pm.
Rebel Og East fixtures
Tonight (Thursday) June 18th under fourteen B hurling league round seven v Castlelyons (away) at 7.30pm.
Saturday, June 20th at Caherlag under twelve hurling league round four v Erins Own at 2pm.
Monday, June 22 at Ballynoe under sixteen A hurling league section two round five v St Colmans at 7.30pm.
Wednesday, June 24 under eleven hurling league section two round two v Bride Rovers (away) at pm.
Wednesday, June 24th at Ballynoe Rebel Og central organised under fifteen A hurling championship v Cloughduv or Charleville time tbc.
Sponsor
T~A PLant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
Munster football
The more things change the more they stay the same. Yes it’s Kerry and Cork again for the Munster football final. Killarney the venue on the afternoon of Sunday, July 5th. With the equivalent hurling squad due out the day before in the qualifiers making for a busy weekend. Also upcoming is the Munster minor hurling semi-final v Limerick although Cork have already beaten the Shannonsiders injuries have taken their toll and it won’t be so easy this time around.
Lotto results
Results from the most recent draw which was held at The Big Tree, Aghern, on Monday night last, June 15th. Numbers drawn were 7, 16, 20 and 29. There was no winner of the €8,400 jackpot. While the consolation winners were: Martha Ol’Brien, Carrigmore, Conna; Ann Cotter, Glentrasna, Ballynoe; Mary Ahern, McS, Betty O’Brien, Mogeela, Curraglass and Ann Murphy, Conna. Next lotto draw is at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night next, June 22nd. Jackpot €8,600. This week’s notes are curtailed because of work on the parish magazine and the Youghal Killeagh match programme. Both of which are out this weekend. We should be back to full throttle after that.
Thu, Jun 11, 2015 Club News June 11th 2015
Loss to Dungourney in junior hurling league

Dungourney 1-19 St Catherines 1-10
In the first match of any consequence between the two neighbouring clubs in thirty-four year’s it was the home team who deserved their victory when this round four county junior A hurling league tie was played in sunny, albeit breezy conditions on a top class Dungourney surface on Saturday evening last. Like the Midleton fixture from earlier in the season it doubled as a round seven game from division one of the East Cork junior hurling league.
Catherine’s off to a flyer. Cormac Mulcahy picking out Seanie Farrell who somehow forced the sliotar over the line for the lead goal as early as thirty-five seconds. But thereafter were finding it difficult to breach the opposition rearguard. Only other first half score from open play finished off by midfielder James Neville, as Dungourney largely through the dual threat of Shay O’Gorman and Niall Motherway, who scored the goal after fourteen minutes, recovered after the early setback to lead on a 1-08 to 1-05 half-time scoreline.
Inaccuracy from placed balls would cost the home team dearly through the early stages of the resumption. So much so that a delightful Conor Kearney point from a difficult enough angle would tie up the issue for the first and only time at 1-08 apiece to thirty-six. Dungourney’s response was a return of eight unanswered points including six without reply from half placed balls and general play from man of the match goalscorer Niall Motherway which effectively sealed the issue. Rory Galvin contributed a lot from frees for the Saints. But the margin was too wide. Nine points between the teams at the finish.
More than likely there won’t be anymore action now before the Saints play Bride Rovers in the first round of the East Cork junior A hurling championship. Fixed for Castlelyons on the afternoon of Sunday, June 21st with a 3.30pm throw in.
Dungourney scorers: N Motherway (0-3 frees) (1-07), S O’Gorman (0-03 frees) (0-08), K Ronan (0-02), J McCarthy and J Griffin (0-01) each.
St Catherine’s scorers: R Galvin (0-04 frees), (0-03 65’D) (0-08), S Farrell (1-00), J Neville and C Kearney (0-01 each).
St Catherine’s team: E Aherne, P Tobin, R Clancy, J Mulcahy, S O’Brien, P Roche, S Cotter, E Condon, J Neville, C Mulcahy, R Galvin, B Mulcahy, C Kearney, S Farrell, K Neville. Subs: S O’Regan for P Tobin (second half), N O’Brien for C Mulcahy (36’). Also on panel: I O’Brien, S O’Donnell, K Mangan, J Casey and C O’Donnell.
Referee: Ger Scully (Killeagh).
Juvenile
With the minor and under sixteen competitions on hold because of the examinations and the U14s out of the football championship, focus is on the younger brigade. Two great victories recorded last week. First up a 4-07 to 0-02 win in Watergrasshill on Tuesday evening June 2nd. Maintaining the Saints unbeaten start in section two of the under eleven hurling league.
While six points from four outings is now the return from section one of the under twelve B football league. Trailing 2-02 to 0-05 at the break, the Saints upped it by several gears. Holding the opposition scoreless for the duration of the second half following this round four fixture in Passage on Saturday evening last. A hat-trick of Denis Temple goals contributing to a 4-08 to 2-02 win.
Scorers v Watergrasshill: F O’Connell (2-00), C Desmond Doyle and C Sheehan (1-00 each), S Cotter and K Wallace (0-02 each), D Morrison, G O’Brien and D Temple (0-01 each).
Panel: D Morrison, W O’Driscoll, S O’Donoghue, J O’Callaghan, E Long, B O’Connor, A O’Donnell, G O’Brien, S Cotter, J Pratt, K Wallace, F O’Connell, C Desmond Doyle, D Temple, C Sheehan, O Fitzgerald.
Scorers v Passage: D Temple (3-00), S Cotter (1-00), H Draper, B O’Connor, F O’Connell and W Leamy (0-02 each).
Panel: E Philpott, W O’Driscoll, G Leahy, A O’Donnell, G O’Brien, E O’Riordan, D Galvin, H Draper, B O’Connor, F O’Connell, K Wallace, W Leamy, W McAuliffe, D Temple, J Pratt, S Cotter.
Next on your
fixture list -
Juvenile
Saturday, June 13th at Cloyne under eleven football league section two round five v St Colman’s at 2pm.
Wednesday, June 17th at Ballynoe under twelve B football league section one round five v White’s Cross at 7.15pm.
Adult club
Tuesday, June 16th at Ballynoe junior hurling league division four round three v Killeagh at 7.30pm.
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Sponsor
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Intercounty scene
After their poor performance in the National League decider, Cork surrendered their hold on the provincial championship, played before an attendance of 21,047 in sunny conditions on the field of legends at Thurles on Sunday afternoon last. Certainly on the evidence of the two matches over a five week period, the balance of power has shifted to the Deise.
Cork started well though. Incredibly, Waterford’s first score from general play not coming until the 24th minute. But the defining moments of this Munster semi-final were about to unfold.. Two goals from equally impressive finishes just three minutes apart, from Maurice Shanahan and Jake Dillon in turn, dramatically turned things around. Indeed it could have been worse, credit Cork captain Anthony Nash with two smart first half reflex blocks. By contrast, Stephen O’Keeffe at the opposite end was rarely if ever pressed into action. Surely tells a tale.
Truthfully, there was unjustifiable late hope when Patrick Horgan goaled a penalty. But even that was quickly cancelled when substitute Tom Devine, as he did in the league final, smacked in a third opposition goal very late on. Confirming a victory on a 3-19 to 1-21 scoreline. Very similar to the 2004 Munster final. Not as wide a margin as the league final between the same two teams, but still virtually as convincing.
So Waterford head for the provincial final on July 12th. Unbeaten in competitive action for 2015. Cork, who will welcome back absent players with open arms, must now mentally tune in for the qualifiers.
Proceedings opened with the intermediate semi-final. What was basically a new Rebel outfit up against Waterford, who can pick players from senior clubs. Actually, so can Tipperary. Only Cork and Kilkenny can’t. 27 points is a phenomenal return, but still you would have to admit it took three mindboggling saves from Paudgie Buckley to keep Waterford at bay. He hasn’t figured on any Rebel teams to this point, but is a serious goalkeeper. Cast your mind back to last year’s Fr Hennessy Cup final in Ballynoe. His save to deny Shane Kearney a goal just before the break was awesome. So it’s no surprise the Mallow clubman is making a name for himself.
Pairc Ui Rinn will be the unusual venue this upcoming weekend as Cork face Clare, already the beneficiaries of a match with a win over Limerick in the semi-final of the Munster senior football championship. It will be the Rebel’s first serious outing since the inept display against all conquering Dublin from the league final at the end of April. They will be fancied to advance. There has been no major shocks thus far in the football championship and we’re not saying there will be one this upcoming weekend either. But Kerry and Tipperary in Thurles is interesting. It will show us how much Tipp have genuinely moved up the ladder. It also means Kerry will have to “play” much easier than normal for this match. Both senior football championship matches are at the real old starting time of 3.30pm.
Brain Teaser
Sunday, 23rd June 1996, a significant date in the annals of St Catherines GAA history. Why? It was the date the club recorded their first ever county senior hurling championship victory with a second round win over Ballyhea, defeated finalists from a year previous. It was played in Fermoy. Referee was the late Willie Horgan. Answer to last week’s little brainteaser.
Lotto
Results form the most recent lotto draw held at McAuliffe’s Bar, Ballynoe on Monday night last, June 8th. Numbers drawn being 7, 8, 11 and 17 and the jackpot of €8,200 wasn’t won. Consolation winners were: Pat O’Sullivan, Ballynoe; Shane Fitzgerald, Garrycahera, Ballynoe; Judy Donnelly, Glenreigh, Barrynoe; Donal Leahy, Curraheen, Conna and Katie McCarthy, c/o PH, Conna.
Next draw for a jackpot of €8,400 will be at The Big Tree on Monday night next, June 15th.
Thu, Jun 04, 2015 Club News June 4th 2015
Junior hurlers return to winning ways

East Cork Junior Hurling League – Division One – Round Five
St Catherines 0-12 Cobh 0-06
St Catherines and Cobh have served up some enthralling encounters over the years. Cobh winning a first round intermediate hurling championship clash at Páirc Uí Rinn in June of 2010 by the minimum. Likewise, the Saints reversed the margin when after twenty minutes of extra time, emerged victorious again by a single point margin in a second round clash at Dungourney twelve months later.
Conditions had a bearing, strong wind, incessant rain and slippery underfoot conditions prevailed.
While maybe not as relevant, but this round five divisional junior hurling league division one tie played at Ballynoe on Saturday evening last was every bit as competitive. Analyse it all you like. But history shows that St Catherines always find it difficult to get the better of Cobh. Similar story here in what because of the aforementioned prevailing conditions, was a man’s game from the start.
Cobh had the better of it starting off in a competitive fixture between two teams short of a few regulars. But a 0-04 to 0-02 half -time advantage wasn’t as daunting as it might have been. Scores were level twice as the third quarter progressed. It was 0-04 each at forty minutes and again 0-05 each when Cormac Mulcahy delightfully put over Catherines first point from open play just three minutes later. Catherines were patient. Patrick Roche prominent at centre back. Eoin Condon working hard around the middle, when a glorious spell had the home based team in the ascendancy for the first time as the final quarter dawned.
Once again a youthful Rory Galvin playing a central role in the number eleven jersey was key. Such was his work rate it was only fitting he shot the lead point. His return too from placed balls under the circumstances was well up to standard. But for one fleeting moment we were worried when Rory’s momentum saw him skid off the slippery surface onto the concrete in the dugout and Rory genuinely looked in trouble. Oh! Ye of little faith! Made of stern stuff he returned to the fray within two and a half minutes.
Adam McCarthy and Walden Drake were on target for the opposition and a Cian Spriggs point had the gap to two points now on fifty-five minutes, when the stubborn and tenacious Cobh challenge eventually wilted. James Neville, Conor Kearney and Brian Mulcahy with a glorious four-point match winning salvo in those hectic closing stages.
Cobh scorers: C Spriggs (0-01 free) (0-03), W Drake (0-01 free - 0-02) and A McCarthy (0-01).
St Catherines scorers: R Galvin (0-04 frees) (0-01 ‘65’), (0-06), B Mulcahy (0-02), C Mulcahy, N O’Brien, J Neville and C Kearney (0-01 each).
St Catherines team: E Aherne, P Tobin, R Clancy, J Mulcahy, D Lane, P Roche, S Cotter, E Condon, J Neville, C Mulcahy, R Galvin, B Mulcahy, C Kearney, S Farrell and K Neville. Sub: N O’Brien for P Tobin (24’).
Referee: Patrick O’Driscoll (Bride Rovers).
Rebel Óg East Report
U14 C Football Championship – First Round
Grenagh 3-08
St Catherines 4-00
It was a brave effort, but unfortunately not good enough. In the end a five point win for the home based team when this twelve-a-side U14 C football championship first round tie went ahead at Grenagh on Thursday evening last.
Catherines had the benefit of a terrific start. Brendan McKee finishing off the lead goal after only thirty-four seconds. But wouldn’t score again for the remainder of the half with the opposition mainly through the point scoring threat of Jack Buckley, would see parity restored after four minutes. Further Daragh O’Shea scores edged them ahead and Grenagh were on a firm footing when Paul Dineen goaled late in the first half. Enough to see Grenagh ahead on a half-time scoreline of 1-07 to 1-00.
Eoin Sheehan was desperately unlucky with the concession of a second goal early on the change of ends. But Grenagh didn’t pull away. Catherines made a few changes. Galvin England nicked a second goal and the whole challenge looked reinvigorated. What a final quarter we had. Adam O’Brien weaved his way through. His reward, a third Saints goal trimming the deficit to 3-07 to 3-00 on thirty eight minutes in a championship encounter of fifty minutes duration.
Then substitute Tom Hartnett saw his goalbound effort cannon off the crossbar back into play with team captain O’Brien again ideally positioned to slot home another goal and the contest genuinely now looked in the balance. But Grenagh withstood the pressure, went up the field for another score and advanced to a quarter-final meeting with either Clondrohid or Shamrocks. We thank team manager Kieran O’Brien and fellow selector Mervin Draper for working with this team from early in the year.
Scorers: A O’Brien (2-00), B McKee and G England (1-00 each).
St Catherines team: Eoin Sheehan, Ivan Ohrim, David McDonnell, Joe O’Keeffe, Ciaran O’Brien, Sam Dunning, Brendan McKee, Adam O’Brien (team captain), James Hayes, Kevin Barry, James Duncan and Gavin England. Subs: Eoghan O’Riordan for Sam Dunning (21’), Conor England and Harry Draper for James Duncan and Joe O’Keeffe (both second half), Tom Hartnett for Kevin Barry (31’).
Also on panel: Brian Barry, Darragh Galvin, William McAuliffe, Evan Philpott, Ger Leahy and William Leamy.
Referee: Mick Myers (Blarney).
U12 A Hurling League – Round Three
St Catherines 3-06
Donoughmore 4-03
First point of the campaign. Securing a draw with Donoughmore in this round three U12 A hurling league tie played in Ballynoe on Saturday evening last.
Scorers: E O’Riordan (1-02), H Draper (1-01), D Galvin (1-00) and C Dineen (0-03).
Team: G Leahy, C England, W O’Driscoll, E O’Riordan, A O’Donnell, H Draper, D Galvin, J Pratt, W McAuliffe and C Dineen.
Referee: John Linehan (Castlelyons).
U11 Football League - Section Two - Round Four
St Catherines 4-02
Killeagh/Ita’s 6-04
St Catherines made a solid start to this round four U11 football league tie played in Ballynoe on Wednesday evening, May 27th last. Jamie Pratt goaled after two minutes and a further second quarter brace from Adam O’Donnell saw a 3-02 to 3-00 lead set up at the break.
But the wind was very strong and Davy Walsh was in rampant scoring form for the opposition when the teams turned around. David Buckley added to the tally. Denis Temple bagged a consolation goal just before the finish.
Scorers: A O’Donnell (2-00), J Pratt and D Temple (1-00 each), B O’Connor and S Cotter (0-01 each).
Team: G O’Brien, J O’Callaghan, J Mulcahy, K Wallace, W O’Driscoll, B O’Connor, F O’Connell, J Pratt, S Cotter, D Temple, A O’Donnell.
Referee: Edmond Galvin (home club).
U11 Hurling League – Section Two – Round Four
While the equivalent hurling squad are still unbeaten, recording a resounding win over a game and gallant, albeit youthful Donoughmore group when this round four U11 league game was played at a busy Ballynoe venue on Saturday evening last. Final score 13-06 to 0-04.
Panel: N Sheehan, J Mulcahy, J O’Callaghan, G O’Brien, C Desmond Doyle, B O’Connor, O Fitzgerald, F O’Connell, S Cotter, D Temple and C Sheehan. Referee: Shane O’Connell (home venue).
U10 Hurling Tournament
St Catherines were beaten by Holycross/Ballycahill on a 1-06 to 0-02 scoreline, when the Ballyduff U10 hurling tournament resumed on Saturday morning last. They then defeated Youghal (2-03 to 0-02) in a plate semi-final. But lost out to Ballygunner in the final. Score 3-04 to 2-01.
Scorers v Holycross/Ballycahill: S O’Donoghue and C Sheehan (0-01 each).
Scorers v Youghal: S O’Donoghue (1-01), S Cotter (1-00) and N Sheehan (0-02).
Scorers v Ballygunner: S Cotter and N Sheehan (1-00 each) and D Morrison (0-01). Panel as previously listed, plus the addition of Colum Feeney.
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Fixtures – Juvenile
Saturday June 6th _ Rebel Óg East U12 B Football League – Section One – round four v Passage (away) at 2pm.
Adult
Saturday, June 6th – County junior A hurling league – section One – round four and East Cork Junior Hurling League - division one round seven v Dungourney (away) at 7pm.
Sponsors
T ~ L Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.
Exams
Can we take this opportunity of wishing the best of good luck to all those who are sitting their Leaving and Junior Certificate examinations. A sure recipe for the return of summer weather!
Death of Well Known Ex Referee
Corkonians and GAA people as a whole would be saddened to hear of the death of Willie Horgan of the Brian Dillons club. Steeped in the Gaelic tradition, the late Willie refereed the 1991 All-Ireland senior hurling final between Tipperary and Kilkenny. His brother Noel is a well-known scribe with the Southern Star newspaper. A glance through the records shows that the late Willie refereed a famous match in Catherines history. Question is – which one? All will be revealed in the notes next week.
GAA Kit for Kids
SuperValu, Fermoy currently have a GAA kit for kids’ promotion. Shoppers will receive tokens, which can be donated to their chosen club. Please ask family and friends to put tokens in the St Catherines box near the exit of the supermarket. St Catherines are also included in a similar promotion at Hurleys Super Valu in Midleton.
Munster Championships
Cork’s provincial senior aspirations will be revealed over the next two weekends. Next Sunday afternoon they play Waterford in the first of this year’s Munster senior hurling championship semi-finals. It will be the fourth major clash between the two neighbouring counties in twelve months. A late Austin Gleeson tackle on Anthony Nash saw Patrick Horgan point a last minute leveller a year ago.
Cork easily winning a quarter-final replay, reversed the All-Ireland final replay result with the Banner next day out and then saw off the challenge of Limerick in the Munster final.
Of more relevance though was the league final result from five weeks ago. Waterford winning easily. Both teams are clearly lining out without influential players and it’s a question of who can absorb the losses the better.
Games at national level thus far have been poor and Cork travel to Thurles more in hope than confidence. Let’s be honest, it’s difficult to see a ten point reverse turned out in what is a huge game. Remember there are two major prizes hinging on this match. A provincial final place earned and guaranteed hurling on the last weekend of July by securing a place in the All-Ireland quarter-finals. There’s no doubt Cork senior footballers are not flavour of the month. Any month you like. Last year’s provincial final display against Kerry still leaves a sour taste in the mouth and a league final performance against the Dubs will worsen it if anything. On Sunday week, June 14th at Páirc Uí Rinn they face Clare in this year’s semi-final. There could be a real humdinger on the same weekend, when Kerry come to Thurles to face what is clearly a very good Tipperary team. Sunday, July 5th is the date for the Munster senior football final. You just feel there will be a lot of action before that day is reached. A pint in the Tatler Jack or the Speakeasy is a bit away yet!
Lotto
Results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at The Plough Bar, Curraglass on bank holiday Monday night last, June 1st. Numbers drawn were 4, 5, 7 and 15 and there was no winner of the €8,000 jackpot. While the consolation winners were: Donal Ahern, Ballynoe, R, E, N and S Spillane, Kilavorilla, Aghern: Pat Williams, c/o Kals, Conna; Willie Geary, Curraglass and O’Donnell Bros and Linda, Longueville, Ballynoe.
Next draw will be at McAuliffe’s Bar, Ballynoe on Monday night next June 8th. Jackpot €8,200. More news next week.
Thu, May 28, 2015 Club News May 28th
Senior hurling championship match for Ballynoe

Youghal lost out to Na Piarsaigh in the first round of the county senior hurling championship. It was played in Cloyne on the evening of Saturday, May 16th. Revenge for the Northside club who were beaten by the 2013 premier intermediate champions in a second round clash at Killeagh twelve months previous.
Then at Castlemartyr on the afternoon of Sunday, May 17th last, Midleton inspired by the scoring contribution of County star Conor Lehane, proved that bit too strong for Killeagh. Both winners advanced to the fourth round, which now clears the decks for the attractive pairing of Youghal and Killeagh in the second round of this year’s senior hurling championship and it’s coming to a pitch near you. Yes – Páirc Naomh Caitríona will be the venue. Throw in time will be 7pm on the evening of Saturday, June 20th. It will be the first time in fourteen years for the clubs first choice hurling teams to meet. Last time was an intermediate semi-final at Auhavine in September 2001. Same evening as the Tipperary/Galway All-Ireland senior hurling final, Killeagh winning by seven points.
Adult Club Fixture
Saturday, May 30th at Ballynoe - East Cork Junior Hurling League - Division One round five v Cobh at 6.30pm.
Rebel Óg East U14 C Football League – Section Two Round Five
Lisgoold 5-10
St Catherines 4-03
Catherines will be hoping that age-old theory of a poor rehearsal makes for a good show, bears fruit. Championship looms over the horizon in Grenagh this evening (Thursday). Coming as it does exactly a week on from a heavy defeat, when this twelve-a-side U14 C football league round five tie went ahead in overcast conditions on a perfect Lisgoold pitch on Thursday evening last.
Inspired by the excellence of Jamie Browne and Evan Manning and one could say the home team were dominant from the start. In fairness the visitors were enjoying occasionally equal shares of possession. But weren’t as comfortable in front of the posts and the finishing was frequently off target. Josh McGuckian and Gavin England gelled well in setting up the returned Kevin Barry for a well-taken goal. Half-time though and Lisgoold are commandingly ahead on a scoreline of 4-05 to 1-01.
Although over as a contest, Catherines weren’t for throwing in the towel and commendably battled all the way to the line. In fairness Brendan McKee worked like a trojan around the middle. A goal from a powerful finish was fitting reward. Substitute Harry Draper was also on target, as was Tom Hartnett. While Adam O’Brien deserved his goal coming up to the finish, Lisgoold were better. But those late scores should help and provide a confidence boost for the knockout competition.
Scorers: K Barry (0-01 free) (1-01), B McKee, H Draper and A O’Brien (1-00 each), C England and T Hartnett (0-01 each).
Team: E Sheehan, D McDonnell, I Ohrim, J Duncan, C O’Brien, J O’Keeffe, J McGuckian, B McKee, A O’Brien, J Hayes, G England and K Barry. Also on panel: S Dunning, B Barry, C England, C Dinneen, D Galvin, E O’Riordan, G Leahy, W McAuliffe, H Draper and T Hartnett.
Referee: Ger Scully (Glenbower Rovers).
U11 Football League – Section Two
Round Three
Youghal 3-01
St Catherines 1-02
It was the home team who edged it. Ahead 2-00 to 0-02 at the break and again at 3-01 to 1-02 finishing up when this round three U11 football league tie was played in Youghal on Wednesday evening May 20th last.
Scorers: D Temple (1-00), G O’Brien and B O’Connor (0-01 each).
Team: W O’Driscoll, J O’Callaghan, A O’Donnell, J Pratt, K Wallace, J Mulcahy, G O’Brien, B O’Connor, D Morrison, F O’Connell, D Temple, S Cotter and C Desmond Doyle.
U10 Hurling Festival
Meanwhile, the annual Ballyduff festival of U10 hurling took place last weekend. Forty-eight games were played across three divisions with a total of thirty-two teams competing. Catherines based in division two group B started with a win on a scoreline of 2-02 to 1-00 over St Pats. Drew with Ballyduff Lower (2-02 apiece). Losing their final game against Killeagh. Finishing up 3-01 to 1-01. All games of twenty minutes duration were played in Ballyduff on Friday evening last. Top two teams progress to the divisional semi-finals, which are down for this forthcoming Saturday morning.
Scorers v St Pats: C Sheehan (1-01), D O’Connell (1-00) and O Fitzgerald (0-01).
Scorers v Ballyduff Lower: D Morrison (2-00) and N Sheehan (0-02).
Scorers v Killeagh: C Sheehan (1-00) and N Sheehan (0-01).
Panel of players present: Cathal McAuliffe, Darragh Morrison, Oisín Fitzgerald, Cathal Sheehan, Seán O’Donoghue, Cian O’Donoghue, Nathan Sheehan, Shane Dillon, Cian Dunning, Diarmuid O’Connell, Shane Cotter, Evan O’Driscoll, Ciaran Pietro Poalo, Conor Hayes and Diarmuid O’Donovan.
Well done to all involved, especially the manager Ollie Sheehan and mentors Shane O’Connell and Brian Cotter. Thanks to all the parents who supported the team. It is always very much appreciated at a venue where a great atmosphere prevailed.
Rebel Óg East Fixtures
Tonight (Thursday) May 28th U14 C football championship first round v Grenagh (away) at 7.30pm. Saturday May 30th at Ballynoe U12 A Hurling League round three v Donoughmore at 6pm. Tuesday June 2nd U11 Hurling League section two round three v Watergrasshill (away) at 7pm.
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Lotto Jackpot at €8,000
Finally, the results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at The Winners Enclosure, Conna on Monday night last, May 25th. Numbers drawn were 12, 13, 14 and 28 and there was no winner of the €7,800 jackpot. While the consolation winners were: Mary Leigh, Rena O’Regan, Cullinagh, Ballynoe; Caroline Jones, c/o TVM; Noreen Moroney, c/o Kals and James Roche, Castlebrook, Conna. Next draw now for an accumulated jackpot of €8,000 will be at The Plough, Curraglass on bank holiday Monday night June 1st.
ST CATHERINES JUVENILE GAA
Ballyduff U10 Blitz 2015
The annual Ballyduff Upper festival of U10 hurling took place on Fri 22nd and Sat, 23rd May. 48 games were played across 3 divisions with a total of 32 teams competing. St Catherine’s U10 team competed on Friday night.
The first game was against Pats (a club from near Dungarvan). St Catherines won 2-2 to 1-0. Scorers: Diarmuid O’Connell (1-0), Cathal Sheehan (1-1) and Oisín Fitzgerald (0-1).
The second game was against Ballyduff Lower. This was a closely contested game which resulted in a draw, 2 - 2 aside. Scorers: Darragh Morrison 2-0 and Nathan Sheehan 0-2.
The third and final game of the night was against Killeagh. We regularly meet this team in blitzes but we were unlucky against our opponent on the night. Killeagh won 3-1 to 1-1.
Scorers: Cathal Sheehan (1-0) and Nathan Sheehan (0-1).
We have progressed to the finals on Sat, 30 May.
Well done to all involved, especially the manager and mentors. There was a great atmosphere in Ballyduff. Thanks to all the parents who supported our team. It is always very much appreciated.
Thu, May 21, 2015 Club News May 21st 2015
St Catherines GAA
Losses in divisions one and four of junior hurling league
It was a week, which saw defeats incurred in both divisions one and four of the junior hurling league. St Catherines lost out to Lisgoold in division one on the Saturday evening. Twenty-four hours later they were beaten by Watergrasshill in their first game in division four of the junior hurling league. Only success over the weekend was attained by the U11 hurlers in Grenagh. Report on all three matches to follow.
But before we do a reminder to you all that Ballynoe Cycling Club are undertaking ‘Tour of Munster Cycle’ in aid of Ballynoe school. Departing on Friday, May 22nd at 10am and returning on the Sunday afternoon at 4pm approx. All support would be greatly appreciated.
East Cork Junior Hurling League – Division One – Round Two
Lisgoold 1-11
St Catherines 0-11
A keen and evenly contested affair between two well matched teams with one deciding factor is how we would describe this round two divisional junior hurling league division one tie, played in sunny yet deceptively breezy conditions at Lisgoold on Saturday evening last. Kieran O’Shea was initially causing problems, taking the Saints defence with two well worked points in the opening exchanges, as the home based team built up a lead of 0-04 to 0-01 to eight minutes and again at 0-06 to 0-03 settling into the second quarter.
Although there were clearly a few good players in close proximity again, a youthful Rory Galvin was showing up well at centre forward pointing twice from play as the half progressed. Then with the vision to release the experienced Seánie Farrell, finishing with the outrageous point from a difficult angle. Half-time and Lisgoold still holding down a three-point advantage. Ahead on a half-time scoreline of 0-07 to 0-04.
Indeed the Saints had whittled that gap to two points when John Cashman finished off a softish goal. In a contest where scores were hard earned it restored a significant lead of 1-08 to 0-06 for the home team on thirty-eight minutes. But in fairness how the Saints responded. Indeed they seemed to apply themselves better to the concession of the soft goal and manfully set about getting themselves back into contention. Charging through the middle Eoin Condon set up Conor Kearney for a smashing point. Kieran Neville was able to prise openings in the left corner, helping himself to a brace of well taken second half points. Aforementioned Rory Galvin comfortable on the frees, irrespective of distance, attacking half back Liam O’Connor picked out brother Pádraig to shoot a majestic point.
So after eighteen minutes of constant endeavour parity had at least been restored at 1-08 to 0-11 to fifty six minutes. But maybe all the efforts channelled into making the recovery saw the Saints efforts peter out, right at the finish Lisgoold were back in front. A brace of back-to-back well struck Jamie Woods points pointing the pendulum in their favour. Victory confirmed when substitute Ryan Hogan was also on target a minute overtime.
Lisgoold scorers: J Cashman (0-02 frees) (0-01 ‘65’) (1-05), K O’Shea and J Woods (0-02 each), J Cronin and R Hogan (0-01 each).
St Catherines scorers: R Galvin (0-04 frees) (0-06), K Neville (0-02), S O’Farrell, C Kearney and P O’Connor (0-01 each).
St Catherines team: E Ahern, Stephen O’Brien, R Clancy, J Mulcahy, S O’Regan, P Roche, L O’Connor, E Condon, J Neville, P O’Connor, R Galvin, I O’Brien, C Kearney, S O’Farrell and K Neville. Subs: P Tobin for I O’Brien (second half), K Mangan for J Mulcahy (34’). Also on panel: C Ahern, C Mulcahy, S Leamy and J Casey. Referee: Denis O’Leary (Watergrasshill).
Junior Hurling League – Division Four – Round One
St Catherines 1-06 Watergrasshill 1-17
Watergrasshill were comprehensive victors of this opening junior hurling league division four tie played in Ballynoe on Sunday evening last. A greater spread of scores laying the foundation for an opposition victory. JJ Kearney, William Connolly, Colm Fenton and Seán Ó Leary returned from Aussieland were all on target. In contrast Noel O’Brien looked the sole threat from the home-based team, unfortunately now trailing on an interval scoreline of 0-11 to 0-04.
A brief semblance of hope was presented when following strong approach play from Cormac Mulcahy around the middle it was full forward Laurence O’Connor who reacted the quickest. First timing the sliotar to the net and cutting the deficit to just four points at 0-12 to 1-05 to thirty six minutes. But it was joy short-lived, because the ‘Hills response was a goal of their own through TJ Forde sixty seconds later, placing the ‘hill firmly in the driving seat from there to the finish. Many thanks to Cathal Collins who took charge of the match in the absence of the appointed referee.
Scorers: N O’Brien (0-01 free) (0-05), L O’Connor (1-00) and C Mulcahy (0-01).
St Catherines team: E Aherne, D Wallace, D Lane, P Ryan, S Leamy, C Ahern, P Tobin, J Mulcahy, C Mulcahy, L Beecher, K Mangan, N O’Brien, D O’Connor, L O’Connor and K Neville. Subs: S Kearney and S O’Regan for D O’Connor and D Wallace (Both second half), E Corcoran for C Ahern (52’). Also on panel: R Galvin. Referee: Cathal Collins (Watergrasshill).
Rebel Óg East U11 Hurling League – Section Two – Round One
Grenagh 4-06
St Catherines 9-06
All action from start to finish with the Saints ahead at 6-03 to 2-03 by half time, claiming the points on offer when this high scoring U11 hurling league round one fixture was belatedly played at Grenagh on Saturday afternoon last.
Scorers: G O’Brien (5-00), S Cotter (1-04), F O’Connell, C Desmond Doyle and D Temple (1-00 each), K Wallace and B O’Connor (0-01 each).
Team: A O’Donnell, J O’Callaghan, W O’Driscoll, K Wallace, E Long, G O’Brien, B O’Connor, F O’Connell, S Cotter, C Desmond Doyle and D Temple.
Rebel Óg East Fixtures
Tonight (Thursday) May 21st U14 C Football League Section Two Round Five v Lisgoold (away) at 7pm.
Wednesday May 27th at Ballynoe U11 Football League Section Two Round Four v Killeagh/Ita’s at 7pm.
Patrons also take note that the U10 hurling blitz take place in Ballyduff this upcoming weekend.
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Lotto
Results from the most recent lotto draw, which was held at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night last, May 18th. Numbers drawn were 11, 13, 17 and 26 and there was no winner of the €7,600 jackpot. While the consolation winners on the night were Áine Kielthy, Glentrasna, Ballynoe, Pat and Mary Flynn, c/o English’s, Conna, Ger Sice, Ballytrasna, Fermoy, BCC, c/o Babs and Trisha Baragry, Ballyoran (phone number supplied). Next week’s draw at The Winners Enclosure, Conna on Monday night, May 25th. Now has a jackpot of €7,600.
Thu, May 14, 2015 Club News May 14th 2015
First win in East Cork junior hurling league
East Cork Junior Hurling League Division One Round Three
St Catherines 2-15
Russell Rovers 1-13
There was a share of the spoils doubling as a county fixture with Midleton and an eventual seven point loss in Riverstown to Sarsfields, now a first win in the competition. Recording a well earned five point success over a dogged and tenacious Russell Rovers challenge, when this East Cork junior hurling league division one tie was played in anything but summer like conditions at Ballynoe on Saturday evening last.
Truthfully, it was the opposition who were making the better start, ahead through three unanswered points at seven minutes. But the situation gradually evolved when pacy corner forward Conor Kearney nicked a goal. Catherines ahead for the first time in an evenly fought contest at 1-01 to 0-03 after sixteen minutes. They were grateful to net minder Cathal Leahy in preserving that narrow lead. Twice denying Kieran Walsh goalbound attempts inside a minute.
Favoured by the conditions the home based team gradually turned their newfound supremacy into scores. Registering ten of the next twelve points that followed. Best of the half and probably the match was an inspiring Daniel Mangan effort over by the sideline at the dugout side of the ground. Half-time and Catherines ahead on a 1-10 to 0-06 scoreline.
Russell Rovers were always competitive. A subliminally struck James Neville sideline cut maintaining the home team’s momentum. Still ahead now at 1-13 to 0-11 to forty seven minutes. Derek Healy charging through, but just as he was about to pull the trigger was denied by the deftest of Liam O’Connor touches. Sliotar eventually cleared.
Still a hectic finish was on the cards. Coleman Quinlan with the vital touch. A Russell Rovers goal trimming the deficit to the minimum one point. Score now standing at 1-13 to 1-12. Fifty-seven minutes elapsed on the clock. You don’t need to be told that the next score would be crucial, as it was, the defining moment of the hour unfolded. A lengthy Daniel Mangan placed ball found Rory Galvin. Showing maturity, confidence and accuracy belying his seventeen years of age, he coolly slotted home a second Saints and match winning goal just a minute later. True Daniel Moynihan added a point from a free. Gap back to three, but Catherines now had the bit between their teeth. Rounding off the scoring, which claimed an eventual five point success with late scores again from Galvin, this time from a placed ball and substitute Ian O’Brien. Championship preparation now intensifies. There are league matches once a week for the month of May. While another fixture in the county league must also be played. A reminder that St Catherines will also be fielding a team in division four of the divisional junior hurling league. They should be playing matches shortly.
Russell Rovers scorers: K Moynihan (0-04 frees) (0-06), C Quinlan (1-00), D Healy and J McGrath (0-02) each), C Ruddy, K Walsh and D Moynihan (free) (0-01 each).
St Catherines scorers: R Galvin (0-02 frees) (1-03), D Mangan (0-06), C Kearney (1-01), E Condon and J Neville (0-01 sideline cut) (0-02 each) and I O’Brien (0-01).
St Catherines team: C Leahy, Stephen O’Brien, R Clancy, J Mulcahy, S O’Regan, S Cotter, L O’Connor, E Condon, J Neville, P O’Connor, R Galvin, D Mangan, C Kearney, P Roche and K Neville. Subs: I O‘Brien for S Cotter (47’), K Mangan for S O’Regan (54’). Subs not used: J Casey, C Mulcahy, E Aherne and E Kenneally. Referee: Ger Scully (Killeagh).
This Weeks Rebel Óg East Report
U12 A Hurling League – Round Two
Killeagh Itas 7-05
St Catherines 2-00
St Catherines were competitive until half-time when this round two U12 A hurling league tie was played in Killeagh on Tuesday evening, May 5th last. First half goals from Eoghan O’Riordan (free) and Ben O’Connor meant the deficit was double scores. Advantage to the home based team on a 3-03 to 2-00 scoreline. But Killeagh/Itas dominated from there on in and following an equally comprehensive victory over Erins Own in the previous round, now tops the group.
Scorers: B O’Connor and E O’Riordan (free) (1-00 each).
Team: E Philpott, B Barry, K Wallace, G Leahy, G O’Brien, E O’Riordan, F O’Connell, W Leamy, B O’Connor, D Galvin, H Draper, C Dinneen, W McAuliffe, C England and S Cotter. Also present were: J Pratt, E Long, J O’Callaghan, J Mulcahy, A O’Donnell and C Desmond Doyle.
U14 B Hurling League – Round Four
Tracton 4-17
St Catherines 4-02
Again it was the home side who dominated this round four U14 B hurling league game played on a pristine Tracton pitch at Minane Bridge on Thursday evening last. Midfielder Conor Crowley running up a tally of ten points both from general play and frees, putting in a man of the match performance as Tracton gradually eased their way to a 1-07 to 0-02 interval lead.
Mark Byrne and Aaron Lyons were also prominent as the gap widened as the third quarter progressed. Still using up the subs bench and making a few positional switches meant the Saints weren’t giving up. They were rewarded when Gavin England, now up in the forwards, goaled twice in a three minute spell. Brendan McKee picked out Adam O’Brien who added another. While just before the finish a strong running James Hayes booted in a fourth goal, consolation scores maybe. But still very reassuring and confidence boosting for the next day.
Although the attention now switches back to football. There is a league match in Lisgoold next week. St Catherines are in Grenagh towards the end of the month for the first round of the twelve-a-side U14 C football championship. Very soon now we will be in the thick of knock-out competition.
Scorers v Tracton: G England (2-00), A O’Brien (0-02 frees) (1-02) and J Hayes (1-00).
Team: E Sheehan, J Duncan, E O’Riordan, I Ohrim, S Dunning, C O’Brien, J O’Keeffe, A O’Brien, G England, H Draper, B McKee, J Hayes, W Leamy, J McGuckian and C England. Subs: G Leahy, B Barry and D Galvin for J Duncan, S Dunning and C England (all 48’), E Philpott for W Leamy (52’).
Referee: Anthony O’Brien (Ballygarvan).
Fixtures
Adult Club
Saturday, May 16th Junior Hurling League Division One round two v Lisgoold (away) at 7pm.
Rebel Óg East
Saturday, May 16th U11 Hurling League Section Two round one v Grenagh (away) at 2pm.
Wednesday, May 20th U11 Football League Section Two round three v Youghal (away) at 7pm.
Condolences
Sympathy to the family of the late John O’Keeffe, Knockmourne, Conna. Both of the late John’s sons, Eoin and Bill, played with the club. Bill captaining the divisional and county winning minor B hurling team of 1996.
Lotto Results
Results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at The Big Tree, Aghern on Monday night last May 11th. Numbers drawn were 2, 6, 16 and 30 and the €7,400 jackpot wasn’t won. While the consolation winners on the night were: Caitriona Cullinane, Ballynoe; Pa Murphy, c/o The Big Tree; Peter Barry, Convent Street, Tallow; Peggy Murray and Johnny Hurley, c/o The Big Tree, Aghern.
Next draw for a jackpot of €7,600 will be at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night May 18th.
Club Sponsor
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Thu, Apr 30, 2015 Club News April 30th 2015
Junior footballers exit championship

Michael O’Connor Motor Factors sponsored East Cork junior A football
championship -
third round

Glenville 0-11
St Catherine’s 1-07
Four weeks previous Glenville defeated the Saints by the slimmest of margins in the first round. They automatically advanced. St Catherine’s inflicting a sizeable loss on Carrigtwohill in the losers group or second round. A gale force wind was a strong influence the first day out in Rathcormac. But conditions were more or less perfect this time around when the Saints and Glenville were again paired together for this East Cork junior A football championship third round clash played in Castlelyons on Sunday evening last.
Maybe over simplyfying it a little. But a solid start and a commendable finish stood the opposition in good stead. In between the Saints, initially three points adrift, turned matters around and at one stage early in the second half were five points ahead. Eventually undone with the concession of the winning point, coming as it did almost a minute into injury time.
A sprightly start for Glenville and in a free flowing move were ahead with the lead point from defender Diarmuid McCarthy on sixty seconds, an advantage they would maintain at 0-04 to 0-01 almost to the end of the first quarter. As the complexion of the game was about to change. Tighter at the back and greater the share of possession around the middle and gradually the Saints would become the dominant force. Wing back Brian Davis up in attack trimmed the margin between the teams to the minimum with a well taken point. Parity was restored on fifty minutes. Ed Kenneally converting a 45 three minutes later pushed the Saints ahead for the first time. A narrow lead of 0-05 to 0-04 they would hold until half-time.
What a start to the second half. Aformentioned Davis and Kenneally were again involved before Eoin Condon billowed the net from close range for the game’s only goal just twenty seconds in. It was all happening for Ed Kenneally. He quickly tagged on his fourth point of the contest when maybe he had bigger things on his mind. He subsequently picked up an injury which he wouldn’t recover from. With star attacker Daniel Mangan not available from the outset, Ed Kenneally having to depart the action, on thirty six minutes was another savage blow to Saints aspirations. As Marty Conneely strove manfully to keep the momentum going. A wondrous point steadying the ship and still ahead on a scoreline of 1-07 to 0-06 to forty eight minutes, but wouldn’t score again as the opposition, emptying the bench, came forward in waves of attacks. Now trying their damnest to rescue a near desperate situation. They never panicked though and a hat-trick of Willie O’Leary points had them right back in contention. When one of those substitutes Brendan Moloney popped over the leveller on fifty seven minutes. William Connolly, who scored the goal the last day in Rathcormac, this time with his fifth point of the contest, had Glenville ahead now almost a minute over time.
But what a finish we had as the Saints were the benficiaries of two close in frees as injury time progressed. Sadly neither were converted and a brave championship challenge came unstuck right at the finish.
Glenville scorers: W Connolly (0-02) (0-05), W O’Leary (0-03), B Moloney (0-02) and D McCarthy (0-01).
St Catherine’s scorers: E Condon (1-01), E Kenneally (0-01 ‘45) (0-04), B Davis and M Connelly (0-01 each).
St Catherine’s team: Eoin Corcoran, John Mulcahy (vice captain), James Neville, Rory Galvin, Brian Davis, Padraig O’Connor, Liam O’Connor, Shane Cogan, Patrick Roche, Marty Connelly, Ed Kenneally, Stephen Carr, Conor Kearney, Eoin Condon (vice captain), Laurence O’Connor. Subs: Noel O’Brien for Ed Kenneally (36’), Dave Wallace for Stephen Carr (55’). Also on panel: Colm Molloy, David O’Connor, Peter Ryan, John Walsh and Kieran Neville.
Referee: Niall Barrett (Carrigtwohill),
definite adult club fixture
Saturday, May 2 at Riverstick county junior A hurling league group one round two v Ballymartle at 7pm.
Minor A hurling league section two round three
Watergrasshill 1-04
St Catherine’s 1-16
From the word go the Saints attained the upper hand in this round three minor A hurling league tie when played in sunny albeit deceptively cold conditions at Watergrasshill on Thursday evening last. A litany of scores ensued. A feature being the hat-trick of magnificent points each one better than the other, coming from the stick of midfielder Brian Davis, in a glorious six minute spell coming up to half time. Placing the Saints comfortably ahead on an 0-11 to 0-01 scoreline. Kenneth Spriggs on target for the opposition.
Although Kyle Cronin quickly responded to Richard Galvin’s softish goal the margin of 1-13 to 1-02 now ten minutes into the second half, wasn’t going to the seriously breached.
So the Saints maintain their unbeaten start to their minor A hurling league campaign. Next up are Erin’s Own in Ballynoe tonight (Thursday).
Watergrasshill scorers: K Cronin (1-00), K Spriggs, C Moloney, D McCarthy and A Collins (0-01 each). St Catherine’s scorers: N O’Regan (0-03 frees) (0-05), RD Galvin (1-01), B O’Brien (0-01 free) (0-04), B Davis (0-03), E Wallace (0-02 frees) and K Neville (0-01).
Team: E Davis, P Keane, R Galvin, S O’Regan, E Wallace, S O’Donnell, S Leamy, B Davis, K Neville, B O’Brien, RD Galvin, J Walsh, T O’Donnell, L Beecher, N O’Regan. Subs: C Hickey for RD Galvin (40’), RD Galvin for S O’Regan (57’). Referee: James Bermingham (Bride Rovers).
Under sixteen A hurling league - section two - round three
Castlelyons 4-10
St Catherine’s 3-05
By and large the home team were the dominant force from the outset of this round three under sixteen A hurling league tie played in idyllic conditions at Castlelyons on Monday evening, April 20th last.
Niall O’Regan intercepting a poorly struck clearance cancelled out the first point after two minutes. Also playing a part in the next score and while he may not have meant it, his delivery was plucked from the air by a surging Eoin David who billowed John Paul Murphy’s net from close range. Still a competitive match thus far. Fovouring the opposition at 1-03 to 1-01 to the end of the opening quarter. Michael Buckley, Shane Flynn and Seamus Moroney were all on target as six unanswered points stretched the advantage to 1-09 to 1-01 in favour of the home based team by half-time.
A second burst came from the Saints quickly on the changeover. A brace of well taken Aaron Long points arrived before Kieran English with the key pass released Owen O’Neill who evaded a few tackles before cooly slotting home a second goal. Trimming the deficit to 1-10 to 2-03, now four minutes into the second half. But the response was a second Castlelyons goal finished off the excellent Barry Murphy. That virtually settled it. Back to back goals inside a minute from Pierce Varner and David Morrisson killed it off altogether. Richard Galvin added 1-01 for the Saints just before the end. But they only put a gloss on the final scoreline.
Scorers: RD Galvin (1-00 free) (1-01), E Davis and O O’Neill, (1-00 each), A Long (0-2) and N O’Regan and A O’Brien (0-01 each).
St Catherine’s team: E Sheehan, B McKee, C Galvin, C O’Brien, E Wallace, RD Galvin, P Keane, B O’Brien, O O’Neill, A O’Brien, N O’Regan, A Long, J Hayes, K English, E Davis. Subs: J McGuckian for J Hayes (27’), A Leahy for N O’Regan (49’). Also on panel: S Spillane.
Referee: Patrick O’Driscoll (Bride Rovers).
Under twelve A hurling league - round one
St Catherine’s 0-05 Whitechurch 5-08
Whitechurch were just that bit sharper when the opening U12 A hurling league match was played in perfect conditions at Ballynoe on Tuesday evening April 21st last.
Scorers: E O’Riordan (0-04 frees), C Dineen (0-01).
Panel of players: E Philpott, G Leary, C England, B Barry, G O’Brien, E O’Riordan, B O’Connor, F O’Connell, T Hartnett, C Dineen, W McAuliffe, D Galvin, S Cotter, K Wallace, J O’Callaghan, J Mulcahy, E Long, J Pratt, C Desmond, Doyle, A O’Donnell and D Temple.
Referee: Padraig Kearney (Killeagh).
U14 C Football league - section two - round three St Catherine’s v Carraig na bhFear.
Everything was in place for this r