St Catherines GAA Notes

18 December, 2014

St Catherines GAA

Christmas lotto draw has €19,000 jackpot

This year’s Christmas lotto draw carried a jackpot of €19,000. Results from the most recent draw, which was held at The Big Tree, Aghern on Monday night last, December 15th. Numbers drawn were 13, 16, 18 and 28 and there was no winner of the then jackpot of €18,800. While the consolation winners on the night were Margaret Leahy, Ballynoe; D Mills, Ballynoe; Mary Harrington, c/o TVM, Bartlemy; Maria Morrison, Curraheen, Conna and Pat Flynn, Ballytrasna, Fermoy.

Next week’s draw will be the highlight of the year. Our appeal for an earlier start is working out, so keep up the good work. First up on this occasion will be the draw for what is yet another record accumulated jackpot. Following then will be the regular consolation prizes. Added to which will be special bonus prizes in honour of the festive season. All promoters, ticket sellers and customers are more than welcome, with food and entertainment to follow.

Results won’t appear until the week after, but winners will be notified. Locals have access to posters. Results will be on the website. St Catherines GAA lotto draw with a jackpot of €19,000 and Christmas party to follow will be at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night next December 22nd. Starting time 9pm. There won’t be a draw the following week. Resuming with the first draw of the New Year at The Winners Enclosure, Conna on Monday night, January 5th 2015. Thank you for your ongoing and unfailing support.

Club Sponsors

T & A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are club sponsors.

Championship Draws

Reigning holders Sarsfields have been paired with Newtownshandrum in the first round of the senior hurling, when the draws for the senior premier intermediate and regular intermediate championships in both codes were made at the annual county convention held in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday afternoon last. Both senior championships are seeded with the last four from 2014 kept apart. Defeated finalists Glen Rovers play Ballymartle, motivation already for the Riverstick based club. Beaten by the city team in this year’s quarter-final.

There are two all East Cork first round clashes with 2013 title holders Midleton up against Killeagh and two teams who have claimed county senior hurling championships in recent years, neighbours Carrigtwohill and Erins Own, now also first round opponents. Another game where revenge will be the motivation is that of Youghal and Na Piarsaigh.

First time champions Ballincollig take on St Finbarrs in the first round of the county senior football championship. Defeated finalists Carbery Rangers are up against newly crowned premier intermediate winners Valley Rovers. Valley play this year’s intermediate champions Fermoy in the first round of the premier intermediate hurling championship. First pairing to emerge from the hat was the attractive all East Cork clash of Cloyne and Watergrasshill. While Castlelyons meet Kanturk.

Newly promoted Éire Óg face Bantry Blues in the first round of the equivalent football championship. There are now no East Cork based teams competing at premier intermediate football championship level.

New recruits Castlemartyr meet Kildorrery in the first round of the intermediate hurling championship. It’s Aghada v Barryroe and Fr O‘Neill’s to play Milford. Glenville are drawn against junior champions Millstreet in the intermediate football championship. Youghal will play Rockchapel and in a now real neighbourhood derby, Glanmire are up against Mayfield.

Unfortunately, St Catherine’s weren’t part of the overall draws. Now competing at junior level in both codes. Draws for the respective junior A championships should be made at one of the opening meetings of the year at East Cork board level, round about mid January. Dan Hoare was sworn in as president of the Cork County GAA board at last Sunday’s convention. Tracey Kennedy saw off the challenge of Richard Murphy of Lyre in the contest for vice chairperson. One of two counts she survived during the week, having gotten the better of Derek Kiely (Youghal) in a vote for secretary of the East Cork board. Previous chairman Michael O’Brien assumes the role of East Cork board PRO. All was revealed at the East Cork board convention held in Caherlag on Wednesday night, December 10th last. Edmund Forrest of Ballygarvan now replaces Tracey as PRO of the Cork County board. One of the candidates he saw off was Derek Connolly. Over the weekend an e-mail to Imelda O’Connell and all juvenile secretaries entailed Derek standing down as secretary of Rebel Óg East after a four-year tenure. He was there right from the start. In it, he thanked all delegates, clubs, referees and officers for their respect and co-operation during that time. He was of the opinion that a new secretary for Rebel Óg East will be appointed shortly. Possibly this week.

Munster GAA Awards

A successful night for the Rebel county. There were six Cork winners when the recipients of the Munster GAA awards were revealed at a presentation ceremony in Dromoland Castle, Co Clare on Saturday night last. Patrick Horgan was named senior hurler of the year. A great honour for Lisgoold with John Cronin part of UCC’s Fitzgibbon Cup team and Cork’s Munster and All-Ireland winning intermediate team, named provincial intermediate hurler of the year. Although he exploded on the scene in the senior hurling championship, a measure of the man’s talent was that Alan Cadogan picked up the U21 football award. Jennifer O’Leary (camogie) and Angela Walsh (ladies football) also picked up awards. As did Fermoy’s Derry Gowen. He was the brains by creating the Scór competitions, the GAA’s indoor promotion of our culture through the medium of traditional music, song and dance. He picked up a special merit culture award.

Juvenile Social

Once again don’t forget that Friday night, January 16th, 2015 is the date for the annual juvenile social. Venue is the Midleton Park Hotel. More details later.

Three-Mile Walk

Also again a reminder that Ballynoe Community Council are holding a three mile walk or run to raise awareness in mental health and well-being. 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 just ring 086/8198673.

Happy Christmas

We thank The Avondhu for all their help during the year. Happy Christmas to one and all and we are back with the next report on Wednesday December 31st.