St Catherines GAA

11 December, 2014

St Catherines GAA

List of upcoming events

In a second, a brief insight into what’s coming up over the next couple of weeks. But first the results from the most recent lotto draw, which was held at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Monday night last, December 8th. Numbers drawn were: 3, 18 23 and 27 and there was no winner of the €18,600 jackpot. While the consolation winners on the night were Jim Hayes, c/o Dave Hoare; Joanne Sheehan, c/o Pat Hartigan; D O’Regan, Cullinagh, Ballynoe; Stephen Cotter, Barrafohona, Britway and Fiona Higgins, Ballycullane, Ballynoe. It looks as if the appeal to get the whole show ran off much earlier, at least for the winter months, is thus so far successful. So keep it going. With yet another record accumulated jackpot now of €18,800, next week’s draw will be at The Big Tree, Aghern on Monday night, December 15th.

We are now in the throes of the administrative season. St Catherines have already held their annual general meetings. First up was the juvenile AGM held in the clubrooms, Ballynoe on Thursday night, October 30th. Officers appointed were then referred to the parent club meeting at Ballynoe hall on the following Thursday night, November 6th for approval. There may be one team without an appointed manager, but that will be sorted out sooner rather than later.

Scheduled for last night was the East Cork board annual convention. This is the fiftieth year of the Erin’s Own club as we know it. Having been awarded the staging of the divisional junior A hurling final back in early September, it was reward on the double for the Glounthane/Brooklodge/Little Island based club. They too had the venue for the convention at their grounds in Caherlag.

This forthcoming Saturday night, December 13th is county board annual convention night in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. There are contests for election at both venues. No point in denying it. Draws for next year’s county championships in both codes will be made this upcoming weekend. It hurts to know the Saints won’t be part of it. Their first choice hurling team now plying their trade at junior A level. A question we are often asked, even by individuals who couldn’t give a toss, is when that draw will be made. Well there is no definite answer to that probing question. Chances are though it should be at the second or third East Cork board meeting following on after Christmas. St Catherines, apart from fielding a second hurling team, will also be playing in both the junior A and B football championships.

This year’s pre Christmas lotto draw and party will be at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night, December 22nd. This is now one of the most eagerly awaited nights of the year and seems to be getting bigger all the time. All promoters, sellers and lotto customers welcome. More details shortly. But the annual juvenile social goes ahead at The Midleton Park Hotel on Friday night, January 16th. While the domestic round and opening quarter-finals of East Cork Scór na bPáistí should be following on after that. Never a dull moment, is there!


We commiserate with Betty Hegarty, Garrycahera, Ballynoe on the recent sad passing of her sister, Ann Hurley in Bandon. Condolences to the O’Regan families on the death of Patrick only last weekend. Ar dheis De go raibh a h-anamnacha dílis.

Well Done

On a happier note, we congratulate Catherines player Daniel Mangan on his recent success on the army hurling team.

Three-Mile Walk

A message from club secretary, Tom Morrison revealing that Ballynoe Community Council are holding a three-mile walk or run to raise awareness in mental health and wellbeing. This event will take place around Cnoc an Ceo forest, Ballynoe on Saturday, January 3rd 2015. Starting time is 12 noon. Tea/coffee and snacks will be provided afterwards in Leahy’s open farm. Entry is €5. Children go free. To book or contact, the number is 086/8198673.

U21 Draws

As promised, the draws for next year’s Munster U21 championships, in the football Cork are away to Limerick. Should they win they will entertain Kerry at Páirc Uí Rinn in the semi-final. It’s Clare and Waterford on the other side. Winners up against Tipperary at Thurles in the other semi-final. While in the hurling, Cork are at home to Waterford. Should they emerge unscathed, its home again to Clare in the resultant semi-final.

Limerick have a home tie with Tipperary at the other side of the draw. Seems such a long way off now though!


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