St Catherines GAA Notes

19 October, 2015

Terrific prizes on offer in Cork GAA clubs’ draw

This week we promote as best we can the recommencement of the Cork GAA clubs’ draw. We look at division one of the parish league finals. Congratulations to the Saints into their third county senior camogie championship final in seven years. Read on for more details.

Cork GAA Clubs draw

It may have come through our door a little earlier than usual, either way that glossy catalogue is an attractive reminder that the recommencement of the Cork GAA clubs’ draw for 2015/2016 is imminent. It has three main aims, to provide clubs with finance to fund their ongoing development both on and off the field. Also it provides the GAA in our beloved county with funds for coaching youth development. While there is also capital development of Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Supporting the Cork GAA clubs draw is supporting your own club, for every one hundred names collected the commission is €4,500. In other words a minimum of €45 per ticket goes back to your club.

Interested? Want to know how to enter?

You can online by logging onto then there is the personal touch whereby a club representative will take your details. Fully paid up membership for the twelve draws is €100, which qualifies you for two free monthly draws. One can also subscribe €10 per month cash or direct debit over ten months. It starts shortly with a double draw for the months of September and October. For sports enthusiasts (aren’t we all) some of the prizes on offer are mesmeric.

In the November draw, first prize is a Skoda Rapid or €17,500 cash. While, or the runner-up there is a trip to the Wimbledon tennis championships worth €3,000 in the height of an English summer. Second prize in the January draw and worth €5,000 is a trip to the Monaco Grand Prix. For February apart from the car and cash there is also a prize worth €10,000 up for grabs of a trip to golf’s major, the US Masters in Augusta. A trip to the British Open can be won later on in the year, as can a massive prize of a trip to the Ryder Cup in Minnesota, worth €10,000 and incorporated in the July draw. Perks of prizes to the Cheltenham and Punchestown also feature. As do All-Ireland football and hurling weekends. National league season tickets are interspersed throughout various months of the new draw. Good aren’t they? And remember if you’re not in you can’t win! Risk free fundraising for the club. Your draw, your club, your future! Please give it some thought, if interested let Dick Morrison, Dave Hoare or any club member know.

Lotto results

Results form the most recent lotto draw which was held at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna on Monday night last, October 12th, numbers drawn were: 2, 3, 5 and 11 and the €4,000 jackpot wasn’t won. Consolation winners being, Noreen Broderick c/o Dave Hoare, Johnny H c/o The Big Tree, Aghern, Yvonne O’Neill, Ballynoe, Eileen Kearney, Ballybride, Conna and Mike Barry c/o The Big Tree, Aghern. Next draw for a jackpot of €4,200 will be at The Plough, Curraglass on Monday night, October 19th.

Annual General Meeting

Most important administrative meetings of the year are imminent. Juvenile AGM is on next Thursday evening, October 22nd in the clubrooms in Ballynoe. Adult equivalent is on in Lacken Hall, Glengoura, on Saturday night, October 31st. Take note please that both meetings are now timed for 8.30pm. Have your say!


A reminder once again to let Irish cultural officer Marie Clancy know if you’re interested in participating in this year’s Scór na nÓg competition for under seventeen’s. Finals are on in Lisgoold Community Hall at 6pm on the evening of Sunday, November 8th.


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

Mental health talk

Mental health talks ‘Coping with the modern world’ with clinical psychologist Dr Ciara Quigney, will take place in Ballynoe Community Hall over the next three Thursday nights. That is October 15th (tonight), 22nd and 29th. It’s for one-hour duration. Everybody is welcome and there is no charge.

Action on the field

Matches played

Junior B hurling final

Fr O’Neills were much too strong in overcoming the challenge of Watergrasshill in this year’s rescheduled East Cork junior B hurling championship final played under lights at Ballynoe on Wednesday evening,

October 7th last. Referee was Mike Walsh from the host club. O’Neills ahead at 2-11 to 0-2 by half-time eventually winning out on a final scoreline of 4-19 to 1-08. Afterwards Richard Fitzgerald, chairman of the East Cork GAA board presented the Eamonn Fleming cup to Quentin Higgins, captain of the victorious Fr O’Neills team.


For the third time in six years St Catherines and Milford will meet in the county senior camogie championship final. Thus far it’s one apiece between the protagonists, Catherines in their debut decider emerging victorious by a three-point margin at Páirc Uí Riinn in the autumn of 2009. Revenge exacted following a convincing Milford win at Castle Road in Mahon three years later. Safe to say in the interim they have gone on to prove themselves us being one of the top teams in the country. Winning two All-Ireland club titles along the way.

St Catherines overcame the challenge of Douglas on a scoreline of 1-12 to 1-08 in the semi-final on Saturday afternoon last in Mahon. Throw-in was 1.30pm. Best of luck to all concerned in this weekend’s showpiece now fixed for 4pm on Saturday afternoon.

Parish league finals

Efficiently ran over two weekends, the annual parish league finals were played off under lights at Ballynoe on Friday evening last. This week we focus on the division one finals. With the divisions two and three to follow on over the next two weeks.

Galway were hurling winners, beating Dublin (5-06 to 5-00). Captain was Evan Philpott. While Cork emerged victorious in the football competition over Kilkenny on a scoreline of 6-07 to 3-03. Winning captain was Cathal Dinneen.

Panel of players

Galway: Evan Philpott (hurling captain), Tessa Condon (football captain), Harry Draper, William Leamy, Molly Warnes, Doireann Hayes, Stephen Cotter, Ethan Long, Kianna O’Sullivan, Eve England and James Mulcahy.

Dublin: Darragh Galvin (hurling captain), Hazel Sheehan (football captain), Conor England, Brian Barry, Dawn Clancy, Jessica O’Brien, Ben O’Connor, Adam O’Donnell, Rusheen Walsh and James O’Callaghan.

Cork: Cathal Dinneen (football captain), Niamh Spillane (hurling captain), Eoghan O’Riordan, Gerard Leahy, Ellen Duncan, Keira O’Connell, Fionn O’Connell, Denis Temple, Cliona Dunning, Cian Desmond Doyle and Chloe Kearney.

Kilkenny: Mary Geary (football captain), Jane England (hurling captain), Tom Hartnett, William McAuliffe, Tara Leahy, Chloe Draper, Gearoid O’Brien, Kyle Wallace, Aideen Bolger, Jamie Pratt and William O’Driscoll.

Cork county finals

In 1975 Glen Rovers won a county senior hurling final at the Mardyke. Twelve months later they were the first team to attain outright success at the newly developed Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Now with work ongoing on Cork’s hurling showpiece and thirty-nine years later they win a title at Páirc Uí Rinn. Ironically named after their and Cork’s greatest ever player, Christy Ring. Similarities keep ringing out. Glen Rovers defeated Sarsfields when last winning the Cork county senior hurling championship final. Cork’s ‘Little All-Ireland” for the Sean Óg Murphy Cup, that was 1989, twenty-six years ago. Now they defeat Sars again to win for themselves a twenty sixth title. Uncanny! Joining them in senior ranks next year will be Newcestown. Now a dual senior club they were too good for Valley Rovers in the premier intermediates final which acted as curtain-raiser.

Intercounty championship draws

Watch out for next year’s intercounty championship draws. They’re on RTE 2 television tonight (Thursday) at 8pm. While we’re at it another programme that might be worth a look at is ‘The Geansai’ which examines the GAA, beginning with a look at Gaelic football in the remotest parts of the country. It’s going to be on RTE 1 every Monday night at 7.30pm. Enjoy the week. Best of luck to the ladies on Saturdayand we will be back again next week.