St Catherines GAA Notes

05 November, 2015

Annual general meeting report

“Some people were never here”, “others may not have been for a long time”, “either way the local community are proud to be part of the establishment”. Opening shots from outgoing chairman, Kevin Galvin when opening the parent club annual general meeting held at Lacken Hall in Glengoura on Saturday night last.

Although resident of the area, Kevin stressed it was the club executive and not himself personally that settled on the venue. In a wide and varied address to what was a well-attended meeting Kevin hailed the effort and commitment the O’Connor brothers put in to football. Although they failed to get past neighbours Castlelyons, a lot of work was still put in with the U21s. A lot of matches were played in advance. Including entering a tournament organised by the Glenville club just after Christmas. Thus bringing the players together much earlier. Fail then maybe but at least you’ve tried. St Catherines getting to the third round of the divisional junior A football championship. After some brave and courageous displays particularly against Glenbower Rovers and Carraig na bhFear the junior B footballers exiting at semi-final stage.

St Catherines only just failing to make the division two football league final. Clearly that defeat in Killeagh coming up to the finish of the regular programme of games proving very costly.

Kevin highlighted the fact “we must be more competitive in junior hurling”. Rarely was a full panel available in the spring programme when entering both the East Cork and county junior hurling leagues. This was reflected in some results, St Catherines were knocked out of the divisional junior A hurling championship at the quarter-final stage. Their conquerors Dungourney going on to represent Imokilly and were crowned county champions just twenty-four hours before last Saturday night’s meeting. They were congratulated for doing so.

Much more commitment must be forthcoming at junior B hurling level. That said it was felt the team would do better next year. Absenteeism also proved costly in the U21 B hurling championship. Adding that its place in the fixtures programme is always difficult to accommodate.

A strong and vibrant juvenile club is in place and the future looks bright. It was a year when a number of players were on Imokilly development squads and Cork underage teams. Minor hurling and football teams are now looked after by the juvenile club. Pointing out a directive from headquarters that no U17s are available to adult managers from here on in.

Discipline in the club is very good and the grounds are in excellent condition. Thanks to Pat Clancy, Pat Hartigan and John Lane for work put in. Kevin felt we are setting standards in promoting the hosting of championship games. Again commended at a recent health and safety conference in Mallow.

On the financial side of things, the weekly lotto continues to perform. Thanks for your ongoing support. That goes too for those who subscribe to the Cork GAA Clubs Draw and the two together are the club’s two biggest and ongoing fundraisers. Major undertaking for the year was the annual night at the dogs at Youghal track. Signage around the pitch is a valuable source of income. Main sponsors are T&A Plant Hire, Ballynoe.

It was an excellent year for the ladies. Going all the way to their third county senior final appearance. Congratulations to Orla Cotter on her player of the match performance in the All-Ireland senior camogie final. Finola Neville also part of the Cork squad. Best of luck to Orla, now nominated for player of the year award as well.

Kevin, singling out Marie Clancy for her promotion of Scór. Also Shane Walsh and Chris O’Brien for their work on the club website.

Kevin Galvin was elected chairman at the AGM held at Conna Hall on Friday night, November 4th, 2011 and served a four year term. Declaring that major development work for this year was the upgrade of the public toilets. But in so doing was of the opinion that his successor, Tom Morrison would be concentrating on the playing side of things.

Secretary for the previous three years, Tom in his review to the meeting began with the appointment of Dan Hoare as president of the Cork county board. Sadly, a few weeks later Dan passed away after a short illness borne bravely. Describing him as “a great man who never forgot his roots”. His love for the club was undiminished, sadly very near the finish “with a tear in his eye” declared he would do it all again. Kevin Galvin prior to standing down declared that the late Dan was a great friend to him while in the chair”. Apart from the usual review of the playing year, Tom referred to the underage players adorning divisional and county juvenile teams. Again touching on the plaudits received following the staging of the Killeagh/Youghal county senior hurling championship match. Thanking both Deirdre O’Brien and Billy

O’Connell for services rendered in preparation for the night at the dogs. As well as the occasion when four winners shared the €10,600 jackpot in the weekly lotto draw. He was also grateful for the help and assistance he received as secretary from Kevin Galvin, Deirdre O’Brien and Edmond Galvin.

On assuming his new role, Tom felt it to be a big honour to be elected chairman. He knows it will be a big challenge and although right now the club may be at a low ebb, he was hopeful it will rise again.

Financial report presented by club president Dick Morrison and field treasurer’s report coming from Richard Hegarty, were read and adopted. Dick Morrison in a brief delivery declared it was “time to look forward”, “we’re in a new era now”. Great effort is required now to get up. A win at juvenile level is now a must and with that the players will begin to come through. Hard work required for next year.

Paul Davis and Eleanor Galvin were proposed and seconded as chairman and treasurer respectively and ratified as officers of the juvenile club.

Highlighting the work put in at underage, chairman, Paul Davis declared the recent AGM to be very well attended. There was one hundred and thirty paid up members, with the club participating in both codes from under six right up to minor. They organise blitzes and a week long annual Cúl Camp in the height of the summer. In the week just ending a Hallowe’en mini-camp was a very successful venture.

Ballynoe based curate Fr Andrew Carvill CC ,who possesses a huge esteem for the association as a whole, commended those who accepted responsibility. It takes a certain courage to move forward. If you’ve no time – make time. He said himself and parish priest Fr Billy O’Donovan PP were grateful for the work St Catherine’s do at community level.

Officers were elected. Club executive filled with all three pockets of the parish supplying members to the committee. Kevin Galvin and Billy O’Connell were proposed and seconded and added to the list of vice presidents. What competitions were involved in and the teams grading was discussed and managers appointed. Membership was settled at €75 for players, €50 for ordinary members and €20 for minors. Delegates appointed to the various boards. All in just under two hours!!!

Managers appointed

Hurling – junior A, Pat Clancy; under twenty one B – Billy Neville

Football – junior A and B – John Mulcahy; under twenty one B Liam O’Connor.

NB - Tom O’Donnell is minor manager for both codes, appointed at the juvenile AGM held a week previous.

Officers appointed

President, Dick Morrison; chairman, Tom Morrisson; vice chairman, Mike Lane and Kevin Galvin; Secretary, Deirdre O’Brien; asst Secretary, Edmond Galvin; Treasurer, Richard Hegarty; PRO, John O’Mahony; Registrar, Pat Hartigan; Cultural/Irish, Marie Clancy; Development, Dave Hoare; Children’s officer, Paul Davis; Medic, Bridget Cotter.

Board Delegate

County: John G Barry and Mike Lane, East Cork: Pat Lane and Redmond Higgins (proxy).

Rebel Óg East: Under eleven to minor John O’Mahony (appointed at juvenile AGM).

Other news -

Hallowe’en GAA mini camp

Only entering the equation following a juvenile club meeting right back at the start of October and resulting in the introduction of a Hallowe’en GAA mini camp, proved a resounding success. It was held in the pitches in Ballynoe from Tuesday, October 27th to Thursday, October 29th inclusive while the children were off school. It was of two hour duration over each of the three days. Time 10am to 12 noon. A €10 charge would see you through. Seventy one primary school boys and girls from the parish took part. Coaches were Mike Walsh, Shane O’Brien, Niall O’Regan, Mairead Ronan, Kieran Neville and Tom O’Donnell (jnr).

Keepers grew in numbers as more offered to keep out!!! Brendan McKee, Niamh O’Regan, Linda O’Donnell, Niamh Mulcahy, Caoimhe Hayes, Sophia Oleate, Eve England and Laura Hayes. Each child received a sliotar on the final day. Many thanks to all the parents who helped out. Especially Mags Fitzgerald, Majella Pietrapaolo, Breda Temple and Redmond Higgins.


Can we offer our deepest sympathy to the Mellerick family, Conna on the sudden and untimely death of Mike’s brother, Edmond in South Africa last week. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a ainm dílis.


Being a bank holiday last week’s lotto draw was held over until the Tuesday night, October 27th. Venue was McAuliffe’s Bar, Ballynoe. Numbers drawn were 3, 7, 11 and 25 and the jackpot of €4,400 wasn’t won.

Consolation winners on the night were: Tom Cullinane, Francistown; Peter Ryan, Ballyknock South, Ballynoe; Bertie O’Sullivan c/o Kals; Mary O’Keeffe, Newtown Cottage, Ballynoe and Maura O’Sullivan c/o Kals. More results next week.


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


Well done to neighbouring clubs Dungourney and Fermoy on their recent success. Dungourney winning the county junior A hurling championship with a replayed final victory over Cloughduv. What odds themselves and Castlemartyr drawn together in the first round of next year’s intermediate championship!!!!

Back to back counties for Fermoy. Winning the intermediate football a year on from tasting hurling glory. Great achievement.

Awards nights

Busy upcoming weekend with the hurling and football All Stars being announced. As is the camogie player of the year.