St Catherines GAA Club News

04 February, 2016

St Catherines GAA

Championship draws being made

Seventeen teams make up this year’s East Cork junior A league championship, draws for which were made at the most recent divisional board meeting held at the Midleton GAA pavilion on Wednesday night, January 27th last. St Catherine’s meet Lisgoold in a preliminary round tie to a championship scheduled to start on week ending March 12th/13th.

Meanwhile, Aghada are junior B football opposition down to start the week after Easter! But first championship of the new season is traditionally the under twenty one football scheduled for commencement on weekending February 20th/21st. St Catherine’s have been paired with Carrigtwohill in what is one of four first round games. Winners advance to a scheduled meeting with either Carrignavar or Fr O’Neill’s in the quarter final. It still hasn’t been decided what structure the junior A hurling championship will entail.

Junior football

Two goals ten minutes apart midway through the first half laid the platform for Saints success over a dogged Glenville effort when this junior football challenge was played under lights at Ballynoe on Saturday night last.

Attacking half back Padraig O’Connor on target with the first. A sweet three man attacking move saw the ever dangerous Eoin Condon, who finished with an overall tally of 1-05, score the second as the Saints surged to a half-time lead of 2-05 to 0-03 against a Glenville side short a few regulars.

Daniel Mangan popped over a brace of mercurial points on the turnaround. A joy to behold, as the Saints drove on. Stretching their advantage to lead 2-10 to 0-05 after a Matthew Mulcahy point on forty two minutes.

But thereafter took their eyes off the ball a little, their challenge becoming that bit ragged. Always a dangerous precedence against Glenville. They began to claw back that deficit score by score.  Cathal Moloney goaling on fifty minutes after a previous penalty kick rose over the bar. Lucky there!!!

However the home team steadied the ship winning a junior football challenge refereed by Mike Walsh on an end scoreline of 2-13 to 1-10.

Harty Cup

Commiserations to all concerned on a brave challenge just coming unstuck when St Colman’s, Fermoy just lost out to Ardscoil Rís, Luimneach in the Harty Cup semi-final played at Kilmallock on Saturday last at 12 noon.

Behind 0-07 to 0-05 at the break it was a Kyle Cronin goal early on the change of ends had Colmans ahead. Just failing to maintain that slender advantage to the end. Eoin Davis, Kieran Neville and Eoin Wallace started. Introduced were Richard Galvin and Thomas O’Donnell. While Shane O’Regan and Niall O’Regan were also members of the panel. Ardscoil Rís winning on a final scoreline of 0-13 to 1-09. They now meet Our Lady’s Secondary School, Templemore in the final. The defeated DLS, Waterford in the other semi-final at Bansha.

Juvenile gradings revealed

Submitted towards the end of last season and the gradings for all club juvenile teams in both codes from under twelve to minor have been revealed. We will look at the football this week. It will be the turn of the hurlers next time around. Under twelves are graded B as are a load of other teams. A group that could take a bit of sorting. There are no entries in the thirteen and fifteen competitions. Fourteen teams including the Saints will play in the C grade under fourteen football league. Both the under sixteen and minor footballers play in the B leagues.

National league

A good start is what has stood to Cork in all their recent national football league campaigns, which in fairness have been impressive. A good start helps boost confidence, build up a momentum and be in a better position to absorb defeats which will come later on. They were way too good for Mayo this time around. Mayo were short in the build-up. Overshadowing the fact that Cork were also minus a few regulars, but it’s going to be tough. You definitely need at least six points to avoid the drop. That’s how it is. That’s how competitive its going to be. As what appear to be strange results will surface every week. For instance it will be tough going to Ballyshannon this upcoming weekend.

Dublin off to a flyer as well. They go to Mayo this weekend, either Westport or Castlebar and while you’d fancy the reigning champions watch out for one of those strange results there. Anyway its up and running and great to have it back. A reminder that the equivalent hurling league starts weekending February 13th/14th.

Club camogie is now dominated by three clubs at national level. Cork stars Milford, All Ireland champions of 2013 and 2014 defeated the reigning champions Oulart the Ballagh in the All-Ireland semi-final last weekend. One single point is all was in it. They now meet Killimor of Galway in the decider. Killimor were crowned All-Ireland champions in 2011 and now they’re back again. Amazingly they had no player that featured on their county’s run to last September’s All-Ireland camogie final against Cork.


It was a busy weekend on the Scór front. Starting with the club’s own in house round of Scór a bPáistí which packed Ballynoe Community Centre on Friday night last. Interest in most of the categories was strong and we wish the best of luck now to those that go forward to represent the club in the East Cork quarter-finals which take place over the Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoon of this upcoming weekend February 5th/7th.

Though nothing of the proportions of the nineties and the early to mid naughties a sizeable attendance was still in evidence for the East Cork Scór sinsear finals held at Lisgoold community hall on Sunday night last. Ciara McCarthy performing Mise Rafteirí represented St Catherine’s with distinction in the solo singing category. A competition won by Leah Aherne of Youghal singing her own version of ‘The Lark in the Clear Air’. Youghal were subsequently deemed strongest club on the night, also winning instrumental music.

St Catherine’s too did well in the question time - a point adrift at the interval they would eventually wind up fifth of fourteen teams. Glenbower Rovers winning. Second were Glanmire. Team members were Edmond Galvin, Michael Lane, John O’Mahony and Pat Lane.

During the night we were treated to a special one off guest performance from Laura Whelan representing Lisgoold, who took part as county and Munster champion in the All-Ireland Scór na nÓg recitation final at Killarney the previous day. Giving us a piece from ‘Dancing at Lughnasa’ by the late Brian Friel. Bean an Ti in Lisgoold was Ashling Cuddigan of Cloyne. No time to rest now for the qualifiers with the Cork County Scór Sinsear final on in Eire Og on Sunday night next, February 7th at 7pm.


Our deepest sympathy goes to the O’Connell, Fouhy and Geary families on the recent very sad family death. Last weekend also saw Pat Foley pass away. He was intrinsically linked with the association and was president of the East Cork juvenile board at the time of its demise in the autumn of 2010. His removal was from Glounthane to Little Island last Monday morning. Ar dheis Dé go raibh na h-ainmacha a dhílis.


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


Finally, the results from the most recent weekly lotto draw which was held at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna on Monday night last, February 1st. Numbers drawn were 15, 21, 22 and 25. There was no winner of the €7,000 jackpot. Consolation winners being Willie and Eileen Kearney; Phyllis Smith, Mallow; MMS Conna; J Hurley, Castleview, Conna and Dermot O’Leary c/o DH.

Next draw for a jackpot of €7,200 will be at The Plough, Curraglass on Monday night, February 8th. More news next week.