St Catherines GAA Notes

12 February, 2015

St Catherines GAA

Tribute to the late Dan Hoare

Wow!!!! That was a busy week highlighted by the funeral of Dan Hoare. A tribute follows. Further championship draws were made at Midleton GAA pavilion and the Silver Springs Hotel. We are in the midst of the Scor season. While there was no winner of the lotto jackpot. But first a tribute to the late Dan Hoare.

Dan Hoare RIP

After a relatively short illness borne bravely, Dan Hoare passed to his eternal reward at his residence Merrion Court, Montenotte, surrounded by family on Sunday morning, February 1st last.

Dan, a lifelong GAA follower and supporter, was born in 1937. He went on to Curraglass National School. Receiving his secondary education in Fermoy CBS, which since the late seventies is now a primary school only. While in Fermoy he sat the civil service exam. Being rewarded with a job with the Revenue Commissioners and intially was posted to Dublin, incorporating the years 1955 to 1957. Then returned to Cork before being relocated to Waterford for a three year term from 1972. While there he lived in Tramore. Before returning to Cork again where he remained.

Ironically, his first major task in GAA affairs was as county board delegate for the Cloyne club. St Catherine’s wouldn’t have required one then. Winning the county junior A hurling championship of 1983 would change all that. Starting as a delegate and then on to being a member of the GPC, Dan Hoare would replace Derry Maher as treasurer of the Cork County Board at the convention of 1988. Sharing in what was a commendable and remarkable time in gaelic circles in the Rebel county. Highlighted by the historic All-Ireland senior double of 1990. Current occupant Pearse Murphy succeeded Dan in the autumn of 1997. Subsequently serving as treasurer of the Munster Council from 2001 to 2005. He also served on many committees in Croke Park.

He always remained loyal to his beloved St Catherine’s and regularly attended all major games over the years. He was at those county under sixteen hurling championship matches pre Christmas. Bringing more honour and glory on himself and club, when named president at the Cork County Board at convention which was held at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday, December 14. He was also a president of Cork Golf Club. Over the Christmas period it became apparent that Dan wasn’t well.

Testament to the popularity of the late Dan Hoare, were the large crowds who attended his removal to St Joseph’s Church, Mayfield and subsequent burial in Conna cemetery on Wednesday afternoon, February 4th last. Graveside oration given by county secretary Frank Murphy.

Dan’s late wife Mary passed on in January 2002. She was a sister of Pierce Jacob of the Milford club who refereed a few games involving the Saints in the mid to late ninties.

A minute’s silence in memory of the late Dan Hoare was observed prior to the recent National Football League match between Cork and Dublin at Páirc Uí Rinn. Our condolences go to Martin, Fiona, Emmet and Padraig. Also to his brother Dave, resident in Conna, who also has served his club and division well over the years. Sympathy to all in what is a poignant and mournful time. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-ainm a dhílis.

Lotto results

Last week’s lotto draw wasn’t held on its allotted date, relocated to The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Thursday night last as a mark of respect to the late Dan Hoare. Numbers drawn were 1, 4, 7 and 9 and there was no winner of the record accumulated €20,000 jackpot. While the consolation winners on the night were: Roman Sookias, Ballylegane, Ballynoe; Tobin family, Curraglass; Margaret Murphy, Monagown, Conna; PF Barry, Kilcor, Castlelyons and Audrey O’Keeffe, Knockmourne, Conna.

Moving on with the maximum attainable jackpot of €20,000 and again no winner of the most recent draw which was held at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna, on Monday night last, February 9. Numbers drawn were: 1, 6, 16 and 30. Consolation winners being Eileen Cotter, Boulta, Ballynoe; Thomas Murphy c/o Pat Hartigan; Fidelma Hartnett, Ballynoe; Michael Hegarty, Garrycahera, Ballynoe and Katheen McCarthy, Conna.

Keep up the good work re the early start. Next draw again for the maximum €20,000 jackpot will be at The Plough, Curraglass on Monday night next, February 16th.

Further championship draws

Seventeen teams will compete for this season’s divisional junior A football championship. Castlemartyr up against neighbours Glenbower Rovers, the strongest and most successful team of recent times, in a preliminary round game. Winners move on with the vanquished going into the first round proper and a date

with Aghada. While St Catherine’s are paired with Glenville. Whoever is defeated in that match will play either Carrigtwohill or Glanmire in round two or losers group.

There are eleven teams competing for the junior B football championship. Aghada to play Lisgoold with the losers meeting Midleton. While St Catherine’s will face Glenbower Rovers.

Coming up shortly are the opening stages of the East Cork under twenty one B football championship constituting thirteen teams, requiring five first round matches. St Catherines to play Castlelyons in the quarter-final. Same number of teams in the equivalent hurling championship, St Catherine’s drawn against Bride Rovers in the first round, whoever emerges from that faces Russell Rovers in the resultant quarte-final. Championship draws were made at a meeting of the East Cork Board and held at the Midleton GAA pavilion on Wednesday night, February 4th last.

Rebel Óg draws

Twenty four hours previous saw the underage championship draws made in both codes when the most recent Rebel Óg East meeting was held at the conference centre of the Silver Springs Hotel on Tuesday night, February 3rd last. As you are aware Pairc Uí Chaoimh is now out of circulation. Take note minor championships will be played at neutral venues. Under sixteen and fourteen are on a home and away basis until the semi-finals are reached. Due to pressure of space, we will hone in on the football draws this time around. It will be the turn of the hurling next week.

Fourteen teams make up the minor B football championship. That means six first round matches. St Catherine’s meet Carraig na bhFear. Winners advance to play either Donoughmore or Grenagh in the ensuing quarter-final. Take note there is no second chance saloon for those participating in the A or B championships. Quite simply lose and you’re out.

St Catherine’s are at home to Aghabullogue in the under sixteen B football championship. One of three first round matches prevailing to a competition made up of nineteen teams. Winners away to either Cobh or Tracton in the second round.

St Catherine’s are participating in the twelve a side under fourteen C football championship. Take note that’s a competition then played with the small goalposts. St Catherine’s must travel to Grenagh for a first round encounter. Winners will be at home to either Whitechurch or Kiltha Óg’s second team in round two.

We will peruse through the equivalent hurling draws in next week’s report. Also all age groups should be up and running with league action before the end of the month. Obviously starting off with football.

Football challenge games

A mildly flattering scoreline saw the Saints prove too strong for Cois Bhríd, a combination of Tallow and Shamrocks in an under twenty one football challenge played on Friday night last. Following a surging Eoin Condon run which finished with the ball coming off the post back into play, it was Conor Hickey who finished off the first goal after thirteen minutes. That and a smart Eoin Corcoran reflex save from a penalty kick seven minutes later was enough to see the home team ahead on a half-time scoreline of 1-08 to 0-05.

As the second half progressed the Saints assumed almost complete control. One of the stories of this under twenty one football season thus far has been the goalpoaching ability of Jack Buckley. Two more near the finish of this friendly brings his tally to seven from the last four outings. Confirming a 4-13 to 0-06 win for the home team against a Cois Bhríd outfit, who had good players in Adam Crawford, Dylan Mangan and Ryan Grey.

A fortunate Niall O’Regan goal after twenty minutes was what was separating the Saints and Kilara (Kilworth and Araglin together) in this minor football challenge on Saturday night. Catherine’s up 1-02 to 0-02 at half-time. Kieran English added a second early in the second half and the Saints were comfortable after that. Only for the excellence of Jamie Sheehan between the posts they might have bagged a few more. Hopefully Shane McHugh is alright. Final score 2-07 to 0-05. Both games refereed by Stephen Pratt of Tallow, were played under lights in Ballynoe.

St Catherine’s v Bride Rovers

The 1996 version!!!

Although paired to meet in the first round this year, it would be of grading discrepancies over the years that St Catherine’s and Bride Rovers have not crossed camáns in the East Cork junior A hurling championship since the mid 1990s. This week we reflect briefly on a first round match between the aforementioned teams played at Lisgoold on Sunday evening July 14th, 1996. Dominated by the Rovers with their then first choice team right from the start. Surging into a 2-05 to 0-02 half-time advantage virtually confirming a one-sided victory with a third goal inside a minute of the restart. Catherine’s despite the now daunting scoreline plugged away. Jim Lane goaling on thirty seven minutes. While four minutes later James Spillane worked

hard for a second. Trailing 3-10 to 2-02 when Mike Walsh fired over the Saints only point from general play on fifty five minutes, before a strong Edward Sheehan run set up Paul O’Connell for another well taken, albeit consolation goal just before the finish. Final score Bride Rovers 3-12 St Catherine’s 3-03.

St Catherine’s team was Ian O’Connell, Seamus Neville, Pat Fitzgerald, Kevin O’Connell, Brendan Noonan, Denis Buckner (captain), Patrick Sheehan, Richard Hegarty, Ger Morrison, Jim Lane, Declan O’Neill, Paul O’Connell, Mike Walsh, Edward Sheehan and James Spillane. Sub used was Ger Lynch.

Referee was Billy Cody (Midleton). Next week more reeling in the years from the summer of 1997. Stay tuned!!!

Inter-county games

Bet that Brian Cuthbert is the happiest man in inter-county management right now. There he was perceived to be in charge of a team fancied for the drop. One Sunday newspaper had them as certainties for relegation. It’s probably fair to say that both matches thus far against both Dublin and Monaghan could conceivably have gone any way including a draw or a loss. But no good presenting that case for an argument now. Both matches were won and lo and behold the Rebels are now top of the table in division one of the National Football League. There’s a three week break now.

Next match the Rebels are again on their travels facing the exceedingly difficult journey of a trip to far away Donegal. But you sense there’s a little breathing space now. It’s as if Cork could absorb a loss. Not that that should ever be the attitude, at least for now one more win should see their status retained. No more. No less. Everything else is a bonus. As the focus shifts to the first series of matches in the National Hurling League this upcoming weekend. Cork now perched in the higher echelons where realistically they always should be. Their first match is at home to all conquering Kilkenny will be minus the Ballyhale players and will be anxious to accomodate a few new faces. With home advantage the Rebels should be going all out for this one.

Scor na bPaisti

St Catherine’s advanced to solo singing, novelty and question time when the team representing the football club competed in the third quarter-final of Scór na bPáistí on Saturday evening last. Commendable performances but no joy for the instrumental music group made up of Kian O’Donoghue, Fionn McKee and Lucy Barry. Numbers performed were The Three Flowers and Johnny O’Leary’s Polka. Same for Shauna Kelleher reciting Strike in the story telling section. Eliminated was the ballad group consisting of Hannah Kenneally, Fionn McKee, Chloe Kearney, Kian O’Donoghue and Lucy Barry performing Ding Dong Dedero and The West’s Awake. As was Maeve Egan in the solo dance.

Good day out too with six of the ten hurling club entrants coming through the fourth and final quarter-final again at Lisgoold on Sunday afternoon last. Advancing in instrumental solo music, novelty act, set dancing, question time, ballad group and figure dancing. It’s the end of the line for Lucy Aherne in the solo singing. Also Cliona Dunning in the solo dance category and the instrumental music group of Niamh Spillane, Jessica O’Brien, Shane Dillon, Sara - Mai Clancy and Meghan Carr performing Inisheer and The Minstrel Boy. Also failing to advance was Hannah Norman with her piece The Old Woman Of The Roads by Padraic Colum in the recitation category.

Divisional semi-finals are on Friday night at 7pm and Sunday afternoon at 2.30pm in Lisgoold.

Small change in that the finall will now be on the afternoon of Sunday, March 1st at Watergrasshill Community Hall. Starting at 2.30pm.

Best of luck

Big honour for Conna and St Catherine’s this upcoming weekend with Mary Barry a judge in the amhranaíocht aonair at the All Ireland scór na nóg finals in The Citywest Hotel in Dublin. We wish her the best of luck.

Conna play

There are two more performances of the Conna Dramatic Society’s production of Cupid Wore Skirts this upcoming weekend. Vibes are good.

Handball quiz

While the local handball club have a quiz in The Big Tree, Aghern, on this forthcoming Friday night.

Club sponsor

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


Friday, February 13th at Ballynoe Junior Football league division two round three v Russell Rovers at 8pm.