St Catherines GAA Notes

25 August, 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.


Club meetings will take place tonight (Thursday) at 8.15pm and 9pm respectively.


Well done to all players who attained satisfactory results in the leaving cert exam.


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.


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