St Catherines GAA Notes

11 January, 2016

Poor weather the dominant feature

It was a forthnight dominated by the sad deaths of mother and daughter Geraldine and Louise Clancy from the Araglin/Kilworth area. We send our sympathy to the family. A number of novel events would be organised by various clubs. But all the time over the festive period the major talking point was the weather. Incessant rainfall, howling winds, making life a misery for a lot of individuals on a local as well as national level. This was everywhere, no escape, still the long evenings are on their way, but far off yet maybe but before we know it a new season will be upon us.

Juvenile social

Now that Christmas and the new year holidays have been celebrated the focus switches to the upcoming juvenile GAA and camogie clubs’ annual social which this year is fixed for the Corrin Event Centre on Friday evening, January 15th, starting at 7.30pm. Tickets costing €18 for adults and €12 for juveniles are now available from Eleanor Galvin and Fiona Sheehan. We will give this popular event one final blow out next week. It’s essential we support the youth irrespective of what kind of year they would have had. A night worthy of your support.

Goal mile

Maybe conditions weren’t perfect for either event, but support was forthcoming for the annual goal mile which went ahead at the pitch in Ballynoe on Christmas morning. People could arrive between the organised hours of 11am and 12.30pm. (Before the turkey!) And either run or walk four laps of the playing field in what is one of four venues throughout the county according to one of the chief organizers Kevin Hayes. Others being Glanmire, Doneraile and the magnificent set up at CIT.

Fun run

While close to a hundred participated in the fun run or walk organised by Ballynoe Community Council in aid of mental health. That was on in the woods around Cnoc an Ceo on the main Tallow/Dungourney road at lunchtime on Saturday last. Teas and snacks were supplied afterwards at the close by Leahy’s Open Farm.


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

Christmas lotto draw

In recent years we have seen the rapid emergence of the musical ‘Jersey Boys’. It’s packed them in to all the major cities, including the West End. It tells the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons one of the most popular American groups from the sixties right up to and including the late seventies. They had the original of ‘Bye Bye Baby’, a hit of which a cover version would firmly establish the Bay City Rollers as a major world force a decade later. A brief glance through the statistics shows their biggest hit on this side of the Atlantic to be ‘December 63 (Oh what a night)’. A massive number 1 hit single in March 1976. Well now, St Catherines have their own version! It’s called December ’15 (Oh what a night)!

Monday night, December 21st is the exact date as the fans and supporters descened on the Winner’s Enclosure in Conna for the annual Christmas lotto draw and party. Now generally accepted to be a social highlight and this year was no different.

Daniel Mangan, Paddy ‘Banger’ Byrne and Ann Galvin, among others all caught up in the endearing atmosphere. No problem displaying their singing talents, surely nobody would disagree when we say that two of the heroes of ’83, Batty ‘The Watch’ O’Connell and John G (The Ganger) Barry were the highlight. As they are every year! Just as we had the delivery of food, tasty and timely, catch the drift!

Local entertainer ‘Mo’ O’Connor kept the whole show moving at the proper pace and there’s nobody better at rubbing up the locals and keep getting away with it!

It was Billy O’Connell who was key to the introduction of the weekly lotto during his term as chairman. He has been co-ordinator ever since. In a brief address right at the outset Billy thanked all those who support the draw without fail. Week after week, there were the pubs of the parish which continue to be ideal venues. Billy wished both GAA and camogie teams all the best for 2016 and concluded by saying he hoped everyone would enjoy the festivities over the Christmas and new year period.

First ever draw was March 25th 1995. Ex Conna publican Billy Lucey, which ironically is now The Winner’s Enclosure, drew the numbers. It was the only ever draw made on a Saturday night. Switching to Monday nights, barring a bereavement the week after. Another subsequent introduction was that of Tuesday nights on bank holiday weekends. No decision is ever made without detailed discussion at a club meeting in advance. Therefore the weekly lotto draw will be twenty one years old round about Easter time.

Results from the Christmas lotto draw, numbers drawn were 2, 20, 24 and 28 and the €6,000 jackpot wasn’t won. Regular consolation winners were: Pat Shanahan, Castlelyons, Mike Mellerick, Conna; Mary and Norah c/o English’s, Conna, Cathal Higgins, Ballycullane, Ballynoe and Angela Byrne, Knockmourne, Conna.

There were a number of bonus prizes in honour of the festive season. Two tickets for an All-Ireland senior final of her choice go to Máire Ní Breathnach, Ballymurphy, Conna. Cash prizes of €100 each were won by Ally Mulkerrins, Shanakiel, Curraglass and Carmel Finnegan, Rathcormac. €50 goes to Ger, Phil, John and Rich, Castlebrook, Conna; Michelle Browne, Conna; Marie McCartthy, Coole, Sonny and Bernie c/o Mc’s Bar; Breda Spillane, Kilclare, Aghern and Fr Andrew Carvill, Ballynoe. While €20 each was won by Aileen Hegarty, Newtown, Ballynoe; Liam and Margaret Walsh, Carrigmore, Conna, Pat Williams c/o Kal; Ann O’Donovan, Tivoli, Cork city and Jonathan Burke, Glengoura.

Congratulations to all winners and to those who regularly support the weekly lotto draw no matter what size the jackpot is and the Cork GAA Clubs’ draw, two of the club’s biggest and ongoing fundraisers. Assuredly there are those who purport to be club, county and GAA followers generally who would turn their backs rather than buy a lotto ticket. Do they think we exist on thin air?

Our deep appreciation to Kal, Batty and staff, an excellent and outstanding venue for a match looked forward to night. First lotto draw of the new year was scheduled for the Plough Bar, Curraglass, on Monday night last, January 4th.


We were all sad to hear of the death of Mick Tobin over the holiday period. Even though many people might recognize him as Mick. He was known throughout the heartland of East Cork and West Waterford as ‘Bonzo’ Tobin. A native of Knockanore where he played with Shamorcks the late Mick moved to Midleton. In recent years he was football secretary of the club and was delegate to the divisional board. When we used attend the juvenile divisional board meetings which are now defunct and relocated to the city, afterwards you would often see Mick and his good friend, Neilly Horgan in the pavilion. Even though he could be in the company of hurling supporters Mick would invariably shout over “How’re things in Ballynoe?” Never Conna, or St Catherines only Balnoe!

Last time to meet him was at the Catherines/Midleton junior hurling league match in Ballynoe early last April. While Midelton also played Dungourney at the venue in the semi-final of the divisional junior A hurling championship last August.

There is a fierce rivalry between Cork and Kerry. It is legendary in Gaelic football status. Long may it continue. But all and sundry would recently have been saddened on hearing of the death of Patrick Curtin of Moyvane. Tragically killed in a motoring accident in Central America. He came on as substitute for Kieran Donaghy in the Munster final of 2012 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. A match the Rebels won that day (0-17 to 0-12) going on to beat Clare in the provincial final. Ar dheis Dé go raibh n-anamacha dílse.