St Catherines GAA Club Notes

07 March, 2016

St Catherines GAA

Senior championship match for Ballynoe

Draws made at the county convention back on Sunday, December 13th now have venues put on them. Big game for Páirc Naomh Caitríonaigh is the pairing of Bride Rovers and Youghal in the first round of the Cork county senior hurling championship. Youghal will have happy memories of the venue. A late point from a youthful Darragh O’Connell saw them defeat near neighbours Killeagh by the slimmest of margins in a second round clash there last summer. Bride Rovers have been visitors on numerous occasions over the years.

Youghal and Bride Rovers will meet at Ballynoe on Saturday evening, May 28th. Throw in time will be 7.30pm.

U21 Hurling Draw

Eleven teams constitute a rejigged East Cork U21 A hurling championship, requiring three first round matches. Draws made at a recent meeting in Midleton, with St Catherines paired to meet last year’s East Cork and county champions, Watergrasshill, in the quarter-final. To simplify matters all teams grade A now participate in the newly introduced U21 premier hurling championship organised by the county board. With B grade teams now playing off for the 21 A. It’s easy once you know how.

East Cork U21 B Football Championship First Round

St Catherines 1-05 Carrigtwohill 1-08

Disappointment for the Saints in a contest which realistically could have gone either way. At the finish losing out by a three-point margin, when this evenly fought divisional U21 B football championship first round tie was played in overcast but very acceptable conditions at Ballynoe on Saturday afternoon last.

Catherines couldn’t have asked for a better start. Rory Galvin coolly slotting home a penalty kick on eleven minutes. Carrigtwohill clawed their way back into a contest where both sides found scores difficult to come by. But it was a goal, which would keep the home side’s noses to the fore on a half time scoreline of 1-01 to 0-03.

Carrigtwohill were ahead for the first time. Conor O’Mahony volleying home a spectacular goal, which would do any Premiership player proud, seven minutes into the second half. Yet they didn’t build on it and in fairness the Saints responded well to the concession of the goal. Thomas O’Donnell pointed a free. Team captain Eoin Condon in an exchange of passes with Shane O’Brien, pointed from play. Margin of deficit trimmed to the minimum.

Eventually O’Brien picked out John Walsh, now up in the forwards and he duly popped over the equaliser at 1-05 apiece to forty-seven minutes. Level for the second time in a contest still very much up for grabs. Carrigtwohill took it from there. Tallied the three subsequent and winning points of the match, yet anything was possible right up to the finish.

Carrigtwohill scorers: C O’Mahony (0-01 ‘45’) (1-01), L O’Kelly Regan (0-01 free) (0-02), J McCarthy, L Gosnell, D O’Driscoll, D Crotty and E O’Mahony (free) (0-01 each).

St Catherines scorers: R Galvin (1-00 penalty), E Condon and T O’Donnell (0-01 free) (0-02 each) and J Walsh (0-01).

St Catherines team: Eoin Corcoran, Eoin Wallace, Cathal Leahy, John Walsh, Philip Keane, Rory Galvin, Richard Galvin, Kieran Neville, Eoin Condon (team captain), Thomas O’Donnell, Cormac Mulcahy, Stephen O’Donnell, Christopher O’Donnell, Ian O’Brien and Shane O’Brien. Subs: Shane O’Regan and Niall O’Regan for Cormac Mulcahy and Christopher O’Donnell (both second half), Kieran English for Ian O’Brien (43’).

Referee: Arthur Murphy (Glenbower Rovers).

Junior Football League Division Three

St Catherines 1-05 Castlemartyr 0-12

Twice derailed because of poor weather conditions, this division three junior football league tie was eventually played under lights at Ballynoe on Wednesday night, February 24th last.

Very much an even contest through the opening exchanges, exemplified by a score of 0-02 apiece to three minutes and again at 0-04 each after twenty-two minutes. Castlemartyr had just taken the lead for the first time when Eddie Clifford pointed. But just before the break a timely Pádraig O’Connor pass released Daniel Mangan for the game’s only goal on twenty-seven minutes and a half-time lead for the home based team on a scoreline of 1-04 to 0-06.

Both teams were making changes, positional and personal on the change of ends, but it was the visitors who were making the greatest impression. Five Jamie Stack points from placed balls and open play inflicting the greatest damage and proving the match winning scores. Following a foul on Thomas O’Donnell it was John Walsh who pointed the game’s final score from the resultant free. Crediting the home full forward line with their tally of 1-05. Ian O’Brien finding the target after two minutes.

St Catherines scorers: D Mangan (1-02), J Walsh (0-01 free) (0-02) and I O’Brien (0-01).

St Catherines team: E Corcoran, P Ryan, J Mulcahy, R Galvin, B Davis, P O’Connor, K Neville, J Neville, L O’Connor, S Cogan, S O’Brien, T O’Donnell, I O’Brien, D Mangan and J Walsh. Subs: S O’Donnell, A Carr and C Molloy for I O’Brien, P Ryan and E Corcoran (all second half). I O’Brien for D Mangan (45’), P Ryan for S Cogan (54’).

Referee: James ‘Dingle’ Daly (Youghal).

Minor Football

Tonight (Thursday) sees the official start of the juvenile competitive season with the commencement of the Rebel Óg East minor B football league. Team manager Tom O’Donnell brought whatever players he had available to him when losing out in a challenge game against Killavullen under lights at Ballynoe on Sunday night last. It finished up on a 2-07 to 1-03 scoreline.

National Leagues

Cork’s league fortunes are still on the slide. Last Sunday’s performance, leaving result aside, is unacceptable. As we said before their destiny could well be decided as early as this forthcoming Saturday evening. Double header against the Dubs. Both in Croke Park. Hurling at 5pm followed at 7pm by the football. Both games on satellite TV. Lovely!

Registration Morning

We hinted at this last week. Another mention for the registration morning. So here we go. Juvenile GAA registration morning comes up on this forthcoming Saturday, March 5th in Ballynoe. Those born in 2006 and younger is timed for 10am to 11am. Those born in 2005 and older from 11am to 12 noon. Take note annual registration is €20 per child. There will be a fun training session for all children. Refreshments for adults. Club gear available to purchase.

A reminder from juvenile treasurer, Eleanor Galvin, that all juvenile GAA players who have their 2016 membership paid on or before 12.30pm on the day will be entered into a draw. Lucky winner can choose either a half-zip top, new style training t-shirt or gear bag. New members are welcome.

Scór na bPáistí

St Catherines will be doubly represented in this upcoming weekend’s divisional Scór na bPáistí finals. Hannah Kenneally performing, ‘Ar Eireann Ní N-Eoisfainn Cé Hí’ representing the camogie club is through in the solo singing. Also into the final are the instrumental music group made up of Kian O’Donoghue, Hannah Norman, Colm Hurley, Fionn McKee and Dylan Murphy performing ‘The Three Flowers’ and ‘The Sally Gardens’ for the hurling team. Well done to all and that goes for the non-qualifiers too. East Cork Scór na bPáistí finals are on in the Community Centre in Watergrasshill on this forthcoming Sunday afternoon, March 6th. Starting at 2.30pm.


Last week saw the sad death of William John Fitzgerald, ex of Aghern, but in more recent times Ladysbridge. He would be the late brother of Michael who lives in Conna village. William John played for the club in his juvenile days. Lining out in a county U14 hurling championship match vs Passage. A team that also included Michael Lane of Shanakill who went on to become secretary of St Catherines for a five year period in the early nineties. On the Passage team would be John Horgan, future Blackrock and Cork star. Ar dheis De go raibh a hainm dílis.

Poker Classic

Conna Community Council are holding a fundraiser poker classic on Friday night March 4th. Venue is The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna. Proceeds towards Community Development Projects.


Also on Friday night, March 4th is the annual pre Cheltenham quiz in aid of the Cork/Waterford Injured Jockeys Fund. That takes place in The Winners Enclosure. While coming up later in the month the camogie club will stage their annual fundraising table quiz. All-Ireland winners Orla Cotter and Finola Neville along with the O’Duffy Cup will be in attendance at The Big Tree, Aghern on Friday night, March 18th. We will mention this again closer to the time.

Rebel Óg East Fixture

Tonight (Thursday) March 3rd at Ballynoe - Minor B Football League Section Three round one v Youghal at 7.30pm.


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

Lotto Jackpot at €8,000

Finally the results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night last, February 29th. Numbers drawn were 7, 15, 25 and 28 and there was no winner of the €7,800 jackpot. Consolation winners being Seán Cronin, c/o The Big Tree; Donal Leahy, Curraheen, Conna; Paddy O’Leary, Ballybride, Conna; Marian Forbes, c/o PH, Conna and Tommy Hurley, c/o The Big Tree, Aghern.

With an attractive €8,000 jackpot, next week’s draw will be at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna on Monday night, March 7th.