St Catherines GAA Notes

29 October, 2015

Adult club AGM this weekend

Major administrative event of the year takes place this upcoming weekend. Parent club annual general meeting goes ahead on this forthcoming Saturday night at Lacken Hall in Glengoura. Starting time is 8.30pm. Following on quickly from the underage equivalent before a large attendance and held in the clubrooms in Ballynoe on Thursday night last.

In his address, chairman of St Catherines juvenile club Paul Davis pointed out that as a club we continue to reside in Rebel Óg East, which now regularly brings us into contact with teams we might be less familiar with, resulting in the presence of parents at matches is essential. Although it may not have been a successful year on the playing pitches nevertheless great commitment was shown. All teams in both codes were reviewed and their respective managers and mentors were thanked.

An honour for the club with players on county juvenile teams, it was a historic final weekend of August when the Rebel county swept all before it, winning all underage championships that were on, from U14 right through to development squad at U17 level. Philip Keane on the Cork team that overcame the challenge of Tipperary in the Munster U16 B hurling final at Thurles. Likewise Ben O’Brien lining out with the successful county team that again defeated Tipp in the U15 A hurling final at Ballygarvan for the Ted Hanley trophy.

Final weekend of June into the early part of July saw the staging of the always eagerly awaited annual Cúl camp in the pitches in Ballynoe, ninety three children participated. Paul thanked the presence of the coaches, co-ordinator Eleanor Galvin and Redmond Higgins from the adult club for his help and assistance throughout a busy week. One hundred and thirty boys and girls took part in the most enjoyable parish leagues in mid October. Chief organiser is Edmond Galvin with Shane O’Brien also thanked.

You the public singled out, thanking you for your support of the annual church gate collection in aid of the underage section of the club and taken up after all Masses throughout the parish on weekending September 12th/13th. In so doing mention was also made of the night at the dogs. Major fundraiser for the year in what is an undertaking jointly organised by both the GAA and camogie club. Also the Cork GAA Clubs draw and the weekly lotto. Two of the clubs biggest ongoing fundraisers. All sponsors were thanked. T & A Plant Hire, Ballynoe are St Catherines main club sponsors. John Lane too for his work on the fields, always having the pitches in pristine condition for major summer matches.

Now having served six years as chairman of the underage section of the club, first elected at the AGM held on January 20th, 2010. Paul Davis was complimentary of the contribution of his fellow officers. He was grateful for the co-operation of the three school principals, facilitating the availability of Noel O’Brien re the coaching of the kids, while the communication between both clubs i.e. adult and juvenile is ongoing with Kevin Galvin and Dick Morrison rarely absent from a juvenile meeting. Antoinette O’Donnell always has a full range of hurleys in stock. St Catherines are up on Twitter along with the texting system used by the club are essential ways of getting our message out there.

In a bilingually delivered address starting and concluding in our native tongue, Paul informed one of the best attended juvenile AGM’s in recent years that the annual social will take place early in the new year. Concluding by stating that “the juvenile club is the place to start if you want to play at the highest level”.

Secretary Imelda O’Connell referred back to last season’s successful social and the training in the complex in Conna prior to the resumption of outdoor activity. Young players must enjoy themselves and that’s why they keep coming back. Handball was incorporated into the Cúl camp for the first time, again thanking the parents for their contribution. Unfortunately Imelda informed the meeting that although she could be assistant, wouldn’t be in a position to function as juvenile secretary for the forthcoming 2016 season. She acted for a two year term. Paul Davis in the course of his address said he was sorry to see Imelda depart the role. She did superb work and thankfully is willing to stay involved.

Treasurer Eleanor Galvin’s income and expenditure report was read and adopted, highlighting the financial assistance received from the adult club during the year.

Club PRO John O’Mahony delivered an account of all competitive games played. Other features of the report touching on the U12 hurling blitz in Thurles where victories were attained over Inniscarra, Granagh/Ballingarry and Wolfe Tones. There was the presence of Richard Galvin, Philip Keane and Niall O’Regan on various divisional U16 hurling teams. There was the Rebel Óg awards night at the Rochestown Park back in January, with the club organising their own U10 and 13 hurling blitzes. St Catherines winning the Paddy Sheehan Cup at U12 hurling level. Still to come is the Albert Griffin Cup, an annual tournament for the U14 hurlers. It was a quiet year in Scór. Although a major honour would be appointing stalwart Mary

Barry as a judge in the solo singing category for the All-Ireland Scór na nÓg finals held at the City West back in mid February.

Adult chairman Kevin Galvin in a brief delivery was impressed with the large attendance at the meeting thanked the juvenile club for work put in. Highlight for him would be the number of young players and their coaches training in the pitches on Saturday mornings, speaking in glowing terms of the club’s strong disciplinary record.

Dick Morrison, president of St Catherines club stated that juvenile success is essential. Then the players will come through at adult level. He thanked all officers and coaches wishing everyone involved the best of luck for next year.

Ollie Sheehan spoke on the U9s and 10s. Dino Pietropaolo likewise delivered a summary on behalf of the coaches at U6, 7 and 8 level. More children are needed at an earlier age. U6 numbers are low, hopefully the mini camp organised by Mike Walsh and Imelda O’Connell scheduled for this week will prove a boost. Edmond Galvin informed the juvenile AGM than those involved with underage teams must have the very basic foundation course complete. It would be hoped that all mentors would be trained to at least level one coaching course.

Officers of the club and managers of the various teams were elected. Preferred grading will now be submitted. Confirmation to the clubs is promised pre Christmas. Warning – you may not receive your preferred grading, in which case you appeal through the various channels where you still might not be successful. What competitions we take part in were also agreed. All membership was deferred and will be discussed in detail at the “Big” meeting on Saturday night coming.

Managers of the various age groups taking in both codes.

Minor: Tom O’Donnell. U16/15: Paul Galvin. U14/13: Kieran O’Brien. U12/11: Ollie Sheehan. U10: Brian Sheehan. U8: Dino Pietropaolo. U6: Mike Walsh.

Officers – Chairman: Paul Davis. Vice-chairman: Shane O’Connell. Assistant Secretary: Imelda O’Connell. Treasurer: Eleanor Galvin. Assistant Treasurer: Fiona Sheehan. PRO – Fixtures – Board Delegate: John O’Mahony.

Other News

U11 Hurling League – Section Two – Final

Bride Rovers 6-09 St Catherines 3-01

Bride Rovers effectively laid the platform for eventual success with a surging first half performance, at the end of which they were ahead on a scoreline of 3-06 without reply, when this Rebel Óg East section two U11 hurling league final was played in Castlelyons on Saturday morning last. There would be no comeback from that, although in fairness the Saints plugged away with Gearóid O’Brien contributing a few well taken scores. Bride Rovers were also victorious in the regular group game in Ballynoe back in mid June and were the only team to defeat the Saints all year. Many thanks to Edmond Galvin, Brian Cotter and Shane O’Connell for work put in.

Scorers: G O’Brien (2-01) and C Desmond Doyle (1-00).

Team: Darragh Morrison, Kyle Wallace, Adam O’Donnell, Seán O’Donoghue, Gearóid O’Brien, Ethan Long, Fionn O’Connell, Ben O’Connor, Stephen Cotter, Nathan Sheehan, Jamie Pratt, Denis Temple and Cian O’Donoghue. Subs (all used) were: James Mulcahy, Cathal Sheehan, Cian Desmond Doyle, William O’Driscoll and Oisín Fitzgerald. Referee: Jim Hennessy (Kiltha Óg).

County Finals

If ever proof was needed to show how competitive our county finals can be, well then surely the last two weekends alone provided it. No one team dominating. Hard to call, bar one or two with many in the balance to the shriek of the full-time whistle. Nemo just squeezed past.

Castlehaven in the county senior football final replay. Though not as good a lineout as previous teams from Trabeg, it can’t be denied that they always perform on the provincial stage and are difficult to beat. Two neighbouring clubs are also now involved in replays. Fermoy must play Mayfield again. Twelve months on from winning the hurling equivalent they remain an hour at least from having both first choice teams in the hat for next year’s premier intermediate championship draws. It would be some achievement. Dungourney came back from the dead. They’ll be having another crack at Cloughduv in the county junior A hurling final. Still hard to call a winner. Told ya!


Being a bank holiday this week’s lotto draw with a jackpot of €4,400 was held over until Tuesday night last October 27th at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe. Details next week.


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