St Catherines GAA Notes

05 February, 2015

Sad passing of Dan Hoare

St Catherines most succesfful administrator, Dan Hoare, passed away last Sunday morning at home in Montenotte in the company of his family after a brief illness borne bravely. A lot of locals and club supporters would have met him at the four under sixteen hurling championship matches, played at the back end of last season. While its only around seven weeks since he had taken over as president of the Cork GAA County Board.

Dan was a great lover of the association. Serving his club, county and province with distinction over the years. A minute’s silence in his memory was observed prior to the Cork/Dublin football league match at Páirc Uí Rinn on Sunday afternoon last. As a mark of respect the weekly lotto draw wasnt held last Monday night. Resuming tonight Thursday at the Fisherman’s Rest in Conna with record accumulated €20,000 jackpot.

Funeral Mass for the late Dan Hoare was at St Joseph’s Church Mayfield, yesterday (Wednesday). Burial immediately afterward in Conna Cemetery. Our condolences to brother Dave and the entire Hoare family at this poignant time. We will have a more in depth look back over the life of Dan Hoare in next week’s report.

Championship draws

Well now we know St Catherines have been paired with Bride Rovers second string when the draws for the East Cork junior A hurling championship were made at a divisional board meeting held at the Midleton GAA pavilion on Wednesday night, January 28th last. One of seven first round matches in a championship constituting fourteen teams, no subsequent teams were drawn. Another game attracting attention would be the meeting of fancied Dungourney and Cobh who only lost out in last years final by two points to subsequent county champions Castlemartyr.

It is now eighteen and nineteen years since the Saints and the Rovers came together in the prestigious East Cork junior A hurling championship. Meeting in the first round of ‘96 and a second round clash twelve months later because of grading and different championship participation it just wasn’t possible in the interim. We will go back over both of their matches in the next two weeks. Reeling in the years!!!

Midleton and Sarsfields play a preliminary round tie in the Bo hurling championship, winners advance with the losers up against St Catherines in the first round proper. Thirteen teams are involved no football draws were made. Another board meeting ws scheduled for this week.

Football challenge matches

Grange made the better start in a junior football challenge played on Tuesdy night, January 27. Leading four points without reply to six minutes against a largely wasteful Saints, who fluffed some glaring first round chances including blazing a penalty wide after twelve minutes. Ironically when the goal arrived it was of the slightly fortuitous nature. A probing Stephen Carr delivery cannoned off the upright causing consternation in the opposition defence and Padraig Noonan, who could easily be on a hatrick at this stage calmly slotted home the rebound. Thank you very much!!! Half time and its 1-14 to 0-06 for the home based team.

Three second half goals though secured a win for the visitors. Full forward Dave Keating and a brace from Sean McCarthy, the second as the age old sporting clíche goes was worth the admittance fee alone. Coming as it did on fifty three minutes. Ensuring a Grange victory on a 3-08 to 1-12 end scoreline.

However the Saints bucked any apparent trend that might be developing. Overcoming the challenge of Dungourney in another junior football challenge in freezing cold conditions on Friday night last. They had been the better team and two back to back Shane Cogan points, the first being the best individual score of any match played in the pitch last week, helped establish a 0-04 to 0-01 half-time lead in a clean low scoring encounter.

However they loosened their grip and Dungourney were ahead at 1-04 to 0-05 when Niall Motherway converted a penalty kick on fifty minutes.

Catherines grateful to a late Padraig O’Connor goal. Daniel Hayes quickly popping over the insurance point. Final score - St Catherine’s 1-06 Dungourney 1-04.

This was the second match on the pitch on the night. St Catherine’s made a sprightly start to their under twenty one football challenge against Kilworth. They were 0-05 to 0-02 ahead, when Jack Buckley with a clinical finish, to which Stephen O’Donnell quickly added a well taken point, extended the advantage to stand at 1-06 to 0-02 by the break. Kilworth came much more into it on the turnaround. Brian Sheehan and Michael Dunne between them adding three unanswered points in as many minutes following the throw-in. But Buckley again with his fifth goal this under twenty one season, this time from the penalty spot, nine minutes into the second half damaged their rhythm and the Saints went on to record a victory on a 2-8 to 0-

05 final scoreline. Shane O’Regan with the last score of the match. All three matches, refereed by Mike Walsh, were played under lights at Ballynoe.

Cork teams

Mixed fortunes for Rebel intercounty teams in action last weekend. Disappointment for the county senior hurlers when losing out to a strong Limerick outlet in the final of the Waterford Crystal Cup played under lights in Mallow on Saturday night last.

Its a question now if Jimmy Barry and his back up troupe have learned anything or found anyone. We will know very shortly. Cork squaring up to Kilkenny in the first round of the national hurling league on Saturday night week.

Vital win for the footballers also at Páirc Uí Rinn on Sunday afternoon last. Visitors and title holders Dublin were perceived to be understrength. So, they were but a few household names were still adorning their line-up. They are now already playing catch-up.

You see it’s such a condensed competition it leaves little room for error. But to be quite honest one still feels that the two invaluable league points picked up by the Rebels will now be a vital asset in the quest to avoid relegation. Because they have certainly drawn the short straws in term of fixtures. There are four northern teams constituting division one of the national football league namely Monaghan, Tyrone, Donegal and last year’s beaten finalists, Derry. It seems inconcievable that Cork are away to all four. Should they emerge with any tally from those lengthy outings well then they might survive. But it still feels as if they have a mountain to climb. We wish them the best as Rebel supporters are still smarting from last year’s not so much provincial defeat to Kerry but the overall performance. It’s going to take a lot to win them back.

Scór appointment

Congratulations to Mary Barry on being appointed a judge in the amhránaoícht aonair (solo singing) category for the All-Ireland Scór na nÓg finals upcoming in the Citywest Hotel, Dublin and scheduled for the afternoon of Saturday, February 14th next. Mary has previously been on judging panels at county and provincial levels. This is a fitting and most deserved appointment such has been her commitment over the years. A great honour for herself and her family for Conna and for the St Catherines club.

Scór na bPáisti

Following the well attended domestic round held at Ballynoe Community hall on Wednesday night, January 28 last, St Catherine’s entered three separate teams for this years divisional Scór na bPáistí competition. Starting with the camogies club representatives for the first of the quarter finals on Saturday evening last. There was progress for the question time team. No joy for Niall McCarthy performing the ‘Auld Triangle’ in the solo singing category or playing ‘the highest level’ on the accordion, in the instrumental solo music. Also failing to advance was Taylor Walsh (I wish how I wish) in the recitation or storytelling section. Or the group made up of Niamh O’Regan, Jane England, Joe O’Keeffe, Niamh Mulcahy and Kiana O’Sullivan playing ‘Peg Ryan’s polka’ and ‘The IFG of the duck’ in the instrumental music section. Well done to all for taking part.

Football and hurling entrants will be on stage for the third and fourth quarter-finals again at Lisgoold Community Hall on this forthcoming Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon. Semi-finals are down for Friday 13th and Sunday 15th. With the final pencilled in for Watergrasshill Community Hall on Saturday evening, February 28. Starting at 6pm sandwiched in between are the East Cork Scór Sinsear finals. Fixed for Lisgoold on the evening of Sunday, February 22 with a 7pm start.

Conna Play

Best of luck to the Conna Dramatic Society with their production of ‘Cupid Wore Skirts’. It will be on stage again over the next two weekends.

Text alert system

All people interested to register for Ballynoe community garda text alert service will find more information with the registration forms at the local post office. Forms should be returned to Eileen Neville in an envelope with €10 registration fee this week. Thanks.

Club sponsor

St Catherines chief club sponsor are T & A plant hire, Ballynoe.