St Catherines GAA Notes

22 October, 2015

Juvenile AGM tonight (Thursday)

Fast approaching is the most important administrative meeting of the year. St Catherines parent club AGM is fixed for the novel setting of Lacken Hall in Glengoura on Saturday night, October 31st at 8.30pm. Previous to that is the staging of the juvenile equivalent which goes ahead tonight (Thursday), October 22nd in the clubrooms in Ballynoe, again timed for 8.30pm. It features a major review of the season just ending. Chairman, secretary, treasurer and P.R.O. will present their annual reports. Officer will be appointed. As will managers to look after the various age groups in both codes. What competitions are being entered for next playing season should be sorted. Anything and everything that goes with the territory. It’s the place to talk.

Weekend review

Well it wasn’t to be. St Catherines brave and commendable run starting with a victory over Ballinhassig back towards the end of June followed by wins over Ballygarvan, Carbery and a fancied Douglas in the penultimate round terminated by a sizeable loss to reigning champions Milford in this year’s county senior camogie championship final when played in near perfect conditions at Castle Road, Mahon on Saturday afternoon last at 4pm. It was the Saints third final appearance. Winning on their first attempt in the autumn of 2009. Going down to a heavy loss three years later. Both deciders preceding last weekend’s showpiece.

Ironically Milford were opposition on each and every occasion with the North Cork based outfit now sweeping to four county senior titles on the trot. Such is their strength in depth that they will prove formidable opposition for anyone. Irrespective of what team they come up against. Nevertheless St Catherines enjoyed a halycon run. Disappointment is understandable. But they can take some considerable satisfaction in lighting up enthusiasm in the parish once again with the flags and bunting making a welcome return. Beidh lá eile ar an bpáorach.

Camogie team manager and coach Denis Walsh enjoyed better fortune twenty four hours later. Coaching Ballygunner to a fourteenth title with a narrow four point success over a gallant Tallow challenge, when the Waterford county senior hurling championship final went ahead at Walsh Park on Sunday afternoon last. They will now be fancied to get over the hurdle of surprise Cork representatives Glen Rovers in the semi-final of the Munster club championship, fixed for a Waterford venue on Sunday, November 8th. It’s still not clear who the rebel representatives will be in the equivalent football championship. Nemo Rangers and Castlehaven must now replay their county senior football championship final on Sunday afternoon next. Causing a rejigging of other finals with local teams involved. Most notably Fermoy in the intermediate football, Dungourney in the junior hurling and Watergrasshill and Kilworth in the county U21 B hurling final.

Parish league finals – Division two

Kilkenny defeated Cork in the recent division two parish leagues hurling final. Score was 3-2 to 1-1. Winning captain was Sara Clancy. In the equivalent football decider success for Galway. Captained by Amy Leahy, they overcame the challenge of Dublin on a scoreline of 9-3 to 3-1 in the decider.

Kilkenny: Sara Clancy (hurling captain), Kian O’Donoghue (football captain), Diarmuid O’Connell, Shane Cotter, Eryn Dillon, Oisín Fitzgerald, Shane Dillon, Cathal McAuliffe, Jack Leahy and Dylan Murphy.

Cork: Lucy Barry (hurling captain), Sean O’Donoghue (football captain), Ciaran Pietropaolo, Ciaran Leamy, Billy Warnes, Adam O’Keeffe, Cian McCarthy, Daniel Harte, Colm Feeney and Cian Hegarty.

Galway: Amy Leahy (football captain), Darragh Morrison (hurling captain), Diarmuid O’Donovan, Evan O’Driscoll, Áine Twomey, Jack Hickey, Conor Hayes, Jake Bryan and Shane Hegarty.

Dublin: Lucy Aherne (football captain), Nathan Sheehan (hurling captain), Cathal Sheehan, Karina Hartnett, Padraic Lucey, Cian Dunning, Gearoid O’Callaghan, Luke Dillon, Adam Bryan and Stephen Mulcahy.

We will return to the parish leagues on the conclusion of both annual general meetings on October 22nd and 31st.


Saturday, October 24th

U11 hurling league section two final St Catherines v Bride Rovers. Time 11am. Venue to be confirmed.

Mini GAA Camp

A three day mini GAA camp will be held in Páirc Naomh Caitríona, Baile Nua when the schools are closed over the Hallowe’en holiday period. Dates are Tuesday, October 27th to Thursday, October 29th inclusive.

Times are 10am to 12midday. Cost is €10 per child payable on first morning. It’s open to all primary school children in the parish. Talk to juvenile secretary Imelda O’Connell.


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Intercounty Championship Draws

Newly appointed manager Kieran Kingston is straight into the thick of the action. As Cork have been paired with the “auld enemy” Tipperary in the quarter-final of next year’s Munster senior hurling championship when the draws were made on live television on Thursday night last. Limerick are waiting in the wings. With Clare and Waterford on the other side. Sixth provincial County Kerry as a prize for winning the Christy Ring Cup are along with Offaly, Carlow and Westmeath involved in a preliminary group of the Leinster senior hurling championship. Group winners will play Galway in the resultant quarter-final. Runners-up are against Laois. All conquering Kilkenny will play either Dublin or Wexford in the semi-final.

Cork and Kerry have been kept apart and can’t meet until the Munster senior football championship final. Should they get that far. Cork will play either Tipperary or Waterford in one semi. Likewise the Kingdom will meet either Clare or Limerick in the other.

All-Ireland champions Dublin will begin the defence of their provincial title when playing either Laois or Wicklow in the quarter-finals of the Leinster senior football championship. Strong talk about playing that match in Nowlan Park.

Elsewhere reigning champions Monaghan meet Down in the quarter-final of the Ulster senior football championship. While over west title holders Mayo play London in the Connacht quarter-final for the right to play Galway in the resultant semi-final.


Results from the most recent lotto draw held at The Plough Bar, Curraglass on Monday night last, October 19th. Numbers drawn were 2, 12, 20 and 28 and there was no winner of the €4,200 jackpot. While the consolation winners were: Caitríona Cullinane, Ballynoe; Noreen Moroney, Conna; Marian Forbes, Woodview Park, Tallow, c/o P.H.; John Fitzgerald, Garrycaheragh, Ballynoe and Tom and Siobhan, Conna. Now take note being a bank holiday next draw for a jackpot now standing at €4,400 will be at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Tuesday night, October 27th.

Finishing up

Just before we go remember the juvenile AGM (tonight) Thursday at 8.30pm. Best of luck to the U11s on Saturday morning and don’t forget next lotto draw on Tuesday night, October 27th. More news next week.