St Catherines GAA Club Notes

19 May, 2016

St Catherines GAA

Both junior hurling teams win again

East Cork junior hurling league – division one round five

St Catherines 6-18 St Itas 2-07

It was a busy Saturday evening in Páirc Naomh Caitrionaigh, Baile Nua. Initially there was the victory for Youghal over Douglas in the county senior hurling league. Youghal play Bride Rovers at the venue in the first round of the county senior hurling championship on Saturday evening week, May 28th. Subsequently the saints kept their winning run going with a solid victory over a subdued St Itas when this round five divisional junior hurling league division one tie followed on. Prior to throwing in the sliotar referee Ger Scully blew for a minute’s silence to be observed in memory of the late Billy Barry who passed away earlier in the week. Billy Barry shared in some of the Saints greatest moments of the fifties. Highlight would be playing at right full back on the inaugural East Cork junior A winning team of 1957. Our sympathy goes to the Barry families. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dilis.

A Donal O’Rourke goal helped to undo all the Saints good early work and parity was restored at 1-01 to 0-04 after nine minutes. When careering unchecked through the middle Brian Mulcahy finished off an eyecatching goal with a stupendous strike. Shortly afterwards a lengthy delivery from Shane Cotter at wing back wasn’t dealt with, possibly because of the strong sunshine. Matthew Mulcahy with the first of a two-goal contribution drilled in the breaking ball on nineteen minutes. He added a second and third Saints goal ten minutes later. Before almost on the stroke of half time Shane O’Brien neatly picked out James Neville to goal with class from close range. It was 4-09 to 1-04 at the break. As the Saints more or less maintained the tempo from there to the end of a contest which saw both teams lose a player to red cards.

Scorers: S O’Brien (0-06 frees) (0-01 “65”) (0-09), B Mulcahy (1-04), M Mulcahy (2-0), C Kearney and J Neville (1-02 each), T O’Donnell (1-0) and B Davis (0-01).

Team: E Aherne, Stephen O’Brien, R Clancy, E Kenneally, S Cotter, L O’Connor, S Kearney, P Roche, B David, P O’Connor, B Mulcahy, M Mulcahy, C Kearney, S O’Brien and J Neville. Subs used: T O’Donnell for B Mulcahy (47’), J Mulcahy for P Roche (54’).

Referee: Ger Scully (Killeagh).

Junior hurling league division three round two

St Catherines 3-20 Killeagh 1-05

St Catherines were much the stronger outfit comfortably collecting the points on offer against a third string Killeagh team, when this junior hurling league division three round two fixture went ahead in perfect conditions at Ballynoe on Friday evening last.

An extravaganza of Matthew Mulcahy point scoring allied to a Laurence O’Connor goal after twenty minutes set the home team on the road to victory. Ahead at 1-12 to 0-02 at half-time. Killeagh well served by Eric Murphy, Colin Cunningham and Jack Markushev.

Two goals just a minute apart early on the resumption from Kevin Mangan and Noel O’Brien in turn sealed it. What will please mentors Noel Kielthy, Liam O’Connell and Billy Neville is a turnout of twenty-five players. Twenty tasted action at some stage. With nine in total figuring on the scoresheet.

Scorers: M Mulcahy (0-04 frees) (0-02 “65”) (0-09), L O’Connor, K Mangan and N O’Brien (1-00 each), J Casey and B Davis (0-02 “65”) (0-03 each), S Fitzgerald and C Ahern (0-02 each) and L Beecher (0-01).

Team: E Aherne, J Mulcahy, E Kenneally, J Lane, S O’Regan, P Roche, K Neville, B Davis, S Fitzgerald, K Mangan, J Casey, M Mulcahy, L Beecher, L O’Connor and N O’Brien. Subs: C Ahern for L O’Connor (24’), D Wallace for J Lane (second half), P Ryan for K Neville (34’), S Walsh for M Mulcahy (37’) and E Corcoran for N O’Brien (39’). Referee: Jim Hennessy (Dungourney).

Feile na nGael county B semi-final

Lisgoold 3-10 St Catherines 1-03

So where did this come from? Your question being what became of the proposed first round championship fixture with Donoughmore mentioned in last week’s notes. Well Coiste na nÓg rule the roost and the Féile A and B county semi-finals and subsequent deciders were billed for extremely well organised Caherlag at 4.30pm on Sunday evening last. Lisgoold with two goals in extra time were four-point winner over the Saints in a recent league match at Ballynoe. They qualified from group two in Féile. Nemo Rangers, Kinsale and Ballycastle Gaels were the other teams. With the Saints getting over Grenagh and Castlelyons on the same day.

Midfielder Mark Hegarty stamped his authority on this game right from the start. He had the four opening scorers of the match and his goal finished off as early as the fourth minute had the opposition ahead at 1-03 without reply. You see with matches this condensed, just fifteen minutes a-side it was imperative you’re in touch straight away. Like a five-furlong sprint in racing terms you must charge out of the stalls. Instantaneously the Saints are playing catch up.

In fairness they had the margin trimmed to three points following a Ciaran O’Brien goal from a classy finish. At 1-5 to 1-02 on twelve minutes. But sign of a good team, Lisgoold responded almost straight sway through Fionn McSweeney and were now ahead at 2-05 to 1-02 by the break. Izaak Walsh killed it stone dead with a third Lisgoold goal midway through the second half. That aforementioned championship match should be on this weekend. Lisgoold play Grenagh and guess what? Yes you’ve guessed it! Winners meet.

Lisgoold scorers: M Hegarty (0-01 ‘65’), (0-01 free), (1-04), I Walsh and F McSweeney (0-02 frees), (1-2 each), J Browne and D Healy (0-01 each).

St Catherines scorer: C O’Brien (1-03).

St Catherines team: Evan Philpott, Ivan Ohrim, Eoghan O’Riordan, Joe O’Keeffe, David McDonnell, Gearoid O’Brien, Josh McGuckian, Gavin England, Kevin Barry, Harry Draper, Tom Hartnett, Ciaran O’Brien and Darragh Galvin. Subs: James Hayes for Darragh Galvin (21’), James Duncan for Eoghan O’Riordan (24’), Fionn O’Connell for Tom Hartnett (26’), Conor England for Joe O’Keeffe (28’), Also on panel: Sam Dunning, Cathal Dinneen, Mark Geary, William McAuliffe, Stephen Cotter, Adam O’Donnell and Fionn O’Connell.

Referee: Mark Meagher (St Finbarrs).

This week’s Rebel Og East report

Under thirteen A hurling league – round one

Inniscarra 3-07 St Catherines 0-3

It was competitive to half-time and only in the second half did the Saints challenge peter out in this opening under thirteen A hurling league match played at Ballyanly, outside of the village of Cloghroe and home place to Inniscarra GAA Club, on Thursday evening last.

Eoin O’Riordan prominent at centre back, repelling many attachs, Harry Draper did an ocean of running from midfield. As the home club began to turn the screw, initially denied by a magnificent double save from the keeper Evan Philpott on twenty-six minutes, receiving rapturous applause from both sets of mentors. Inniscarra, with Seán Naughton, John Cussen and Shay O’Donoghue very good, ahead at 1-04 to 0-03 to the break, pulled away on the change of ends. There was no show from the appointed ref. Following a toss of a coin Edmond Galvin handled the fixture in a cool and firm manner.

Scorers: H Draper, G O’Brien and C Dineen (f) (0-01 each).

Team: E Philpott, K Wallace, M Geary, A O’Donnell, B O’Connor, E O’Riordan, S Cotter, H Draper, C England, F O’Connell, T Hartnett, D Galvin, W McAuliffe, G O’Brien, C Dineen. Subs: D Temple for C England (second half), J Pratt and G Leahy for C Dineen and W McAuliffe (both 39’).

Under eleven hurling league – group one – round three

Killeagh Itas 2-01 St Catherines 4-07

St Catherines keep their winning run going. Recording a solid victory when this round three under eleven hurling league tie was played in appalling wet conditions at Killeagh on Monday evening, May 9th last.

Catherines started brightly. A brace of Shane Cotter goals had them off to a flyer. Still it was even enough through the opening quarter. Just ahead on a 3-00 to 2-00 scoreline. Wearing down the Killeagh challenge from there on in and ahead at 4-03 to 2-00 by the break.

In a tough demanding second half a hat trick of Kian O’Donoghue points sealed the deal.

Scorers: S Cotter (2-02), K O’Donoghue (1-03), C Sheehan (1-01) and C Pietropaolo (0-01).

Team: C Dunning, E O’Driscoll, O Fitzgerald, C McAuliffe, D O’Donovan, S O’Donoghue, D Morrisson, N Sheehan, C Pietropaolo, D O’Connell, K O’Donoghue, C Hayes, S Cotter, C Sheehan and C Feeney. Also: C Leamy.

Referee: Kieran O’Brien (home based club).

Non examination league

Minor hurling group two A – round two

St Catherines v Ibane Gaels

Scheduled for Ballynoe on Friday evening last, match not played.



Friday, May 20th at Ballynoe under eleven hurling league group one round four v Carrigtwohill, at 715pm.

Monday, May 23rd at Ballynoe under thirteen A hurling league round two v Whitechurch, at 7.15pm.

N.B. Watch out for under fourteen B hurling championship v Donoughmore.


Friday, May 20th at Caherlag East Cork junior hurling league division three round one v Erin’s Own at 7.30pm.

Saturday, May 21st at junior hurling league division one round four v Cobh (away) at 7pm.


Regular club meetings tonight (Thursday), May 19th at 8pm and 9pm respectively.


Just a few days to go and scarcely a flicker. Two of the greatest rivals in the history of the game. Cork and Tipp in the Munster senior hurling championship. Maybe being just a quarter-final has dimmed the anticipation somewhat. Either way they go at it in Thurles on Sunday afternoon next at 4pm. Tipp with clearly the better form. Yet have a few problems. Cork only just surviving division one league status after a frequently shocking campaign. It will be a surprise if they win this. But if they do it could open up the whole show. It’s preceded with the same counties meeting in the intermediate championship.

Jack Boothman RIP

Last week saw the passing of Jack Boothman. Though largely associated with Blessington and Wicklow the late Jack was actually born in Kildare and went on to become the thirty second president of the association. Taking in the years, 1994-97. Having lost out to Peter Quinn in the previous campaign. In his three year tenure Jack and wife Nuala were guests of honour at the social as part of the club’s fiftieth anniversary celebrations and held at The Midleton Park Hotel, on Friday night, November 15th 1996. Other guests that night included county chairman and future association president Christy Cooney. The divisional chairman and future county chairman of the Munster council Gerry O’Sullivan and outgoing county treasurer Dan Hoare. Hurler of the year, 1996, Larry O’Gorman, was also there.

Lotto results

Back to it’s regular slot and the lotto results from the draw held at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night, May 9th last. Numbers drawn were 17, 20, 21 and 26 and there was no winner of the €9,800 jackpot. Consolation winners on the night being, Margaret Walsh, Thornhill, Conna; Rose Noonan, Ballybride, Conna; D Hartigan c/o P Hartigan, Conna; Barrie O’Regan, Ballynoe and John Lonergan, Lisnabrin, Curraglass. Full lotto results update next week.


T&A plant hire, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.