St Catherines GAA Club Notes

07 October, 2016

Attractive prizes on offer in Cork GAA Clubs draw

Although a little less glamourous than usual the arrival of the catalogue through the door is an instant reminder of the recommencement of the Cork GAA Clubs draw for 2016/17 is just around the corner. It has three main aims. It provides clubs with finance to fund their ongoing developments, both on and off the pitch also it provides the GAA in our beloved country with funds for coaching youth development throughout Cork as well as supporting the capital development of Pairc Uí Chaoimh. Supporting the Cork GAA Clubs draw is supporting your own club. For every one hundred names collected the commission is €4,500. In other words a minimum of €45 per ticket goes back to your club. You can enter the draw online by logging onto or there is the personal touch whereby a club representative will take your details. One of these nights Dick Morrisson or some other club officer will come knocking on your door. Fully paid up membership for the twelve draws is €100 which qualifies you for two free monthly draws. One can also subscribe €10 per month cash or direct debit over ten months. It starts shortly with a double draw for the month of September and October. In fairness interest in the Cork GAA Clubs draw should be reinvigorated after this year. First there was the actual staging of the June draw (first Friday of July!!!) As a tribute to the late Dan Hoare. While Paddy Tierney from the city on a Catherine’s ticket and a friend of the late Dan Hoare won a Skoda Rapid or €17,500 cash in the July draw held at Naomh Abán. As the promotional catalogue goes We’re all in this together!!! Just a glance ahead. September first prize of €25,000. For October its an Octavia Ambution. Other cars include a Ford Mondeo in the January draw and a Kia Sportage for April. Good aren’t they? Remember if you’re not in you can’t win!!! Risk free fundraising for the club. Your draw. Your club. You’re future. Give it some thought.

Lotto results

Results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna on Monday night last, October 3rd. Number drawn were 7,18, 21 and 22. There was no winner of the €14,000 jackpot. Conssolation winners on the night were Mossie Hartnett, Ballynoe; Margaret Walsh c/o Kal’s, Gerdi O’Mahony, Ballynoe; Moss Beecher (phone number supplied) and Mary C Leahy, Corrin View House, Glenreigh, Ballynoe. Next draw for a now accumulated €14,200 jackpot will be at The Plough, Curraglass, on Monday night, October 10th.


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

AGM dates

Once again a reminder of those annual general meeting dates. First up is the juvenile AGM. Set for Thursday night, October 27th at the clubrooms in Ballynoe. Starting time is 8pm. While the parent club meeting goes ahead on Saturday night, November 5th in Conna hall, commencing at 8.15pm. Just a little bit of reassurance for you. You can’t say you have’nt been warned!!!


People from our area were saddened to hear of the death of Bertie Clancy. Postal address would be Ballytrasna, Fermoy. But theres no doubt Bertie cherished and loved St Catherines. He played hurling for them and was a selector on a few memorable intermediate teams amongst others. Most notably in 1986 and 1993. He remained a loyal supporter after that. Right up to recent times. Big games aside Bertie would frequently be in the pitch for league games and you could easily warm to him and his mild mannered personality. His brothers Liam and Sean played for the club. Sean was goalkeeper on the East Cork winning ‘69 junior B football team. Sons Christy and Pat served and are still serving the club well. Christy was a member of the county winning teams in 83 and 94 and played all grades of hurling for Cork. Pat, this years’ junior hurling manager, has served as club chairman and has lent his services in coaching a few outside teams. Another son Ollie was tragically killed in a car accident in October of 1993, Bertie’s grandson Ronan captained the Saints to county minor B success in 2008 and was a member of the county winning 2011 under twenty one B hurling team. Our sympathy to all. While nobody will miss Bertie more than wife Breda. My God everywhere you’d go they’d be together. They were inseparable. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dilis.

Sudden death of referee

Being Saturday night and the details are sketchy as the news filtered through of the sudden death of Carrigtwohill based referee Dominic Rooney. Trying to think back as to anything that might be significant re the now late Dominic and the club. Who remembers the freezing and cold March night a few years ago under lights at Ballynoe? Both St Catherines and Grenagh are on the pitch for a minor B football league match. Gone the scheduled throw-in time. No sign of the man in black. Eventually Dominic makes contact that his car was giving trouble and the game duly started an hour late. But it was played. Army based Dominic took charge of the Sainnts and Erins Own in this years second round clash in the divisional junior B hurling championship played in Castlelyons on Thursday evening, July 28th. Bringing you right up to date and he refereed the eventual semi-final involving Sarsfields and Killeagh at Ballynoe as recently as Wednesday night, September 14th last. One felf he was a ref on the way up. Sympathy to his family and the Carrigtwohill club.

Concert in Ballynoe

Still in a reflective mood and we go back to when the Scor committee was restructured within the division. Definitely 1993 or 94. It wasn’t outside those perimiters. Michelle Burke enjoyed a halcyon run in the solo singing category. Winning divisional and county titles. Reaching the Munster Scor Sinsear solo singing finals at mallow in 1994 and Clonmell in 2000. A ballad group also including Elaine Fitzgerald, Susan Finn, Marie Clancy and Martha O’Brien were also provincial finalists in 1999. On in Clonmel as well. Having come through a semi-final in Sixmilebridge. Always involved in the music business subsequently and this weekend Michelle and her troupe of musicians bring their show “Step Into My Parlour’ to Ballynoe Community Hall on Friday night and the Palace Theatre in Fermoy twenty four hours later. Check out for further details.

Matches played County junior hurling league - group one - round six Brian Dillons 0-21 St Catherines 4-19

A blistering final quarter performance laid the foundation for an eventual ten point success for the Saints. Oringinally biled for Friday night but this round six county junior hurling league tie was deferred and played at Brian Dillons grounds on Sunday evening last at 5pm. In fairness the home team with conditions in their favour were having the better of it. Ross Murphy, Darragh Brosnan, Colin Lynch and Mark Buckley

were all finding the range and despite being reduced to fourteen players on twenty one minutes were still ahead at 0-14 to 1-07 at half-tie. Brian Davis scored the Saints goal somewhat against the run of play after ten minutes. Having been unlucky with another effort just previous. Brian Dillons were 0-20 to 2-09 ahead to forty five minutes when the Sainst almost completely took over. Utterly dominating the final quarter of a thus far reasonably even contest. Points from John Casey, Eoin Condon and Shane O’Brien saw parity restored at 2-14 to 0-20 to fifty two minutes. Moving on to a three point lead at 2-17 to 0-20 just four minutes later. Ace free taker John Horgan with his ninth point of the hour briefly interrupted the visitors scoring avalanche. Rounded off with a late goal from Daniel Mangan, his second of the contest and substitute Shane Walsh who goaled with his first touch right on fifty nine minutes. Catherines go through the group stages unbeaten.

Brian Dillons scorers: J Horgan (0-6 frees), (0-09), D Murphy (0-04), M Buckley, D Noonan and C Lynch (0-01 free) (0-02 each), R Murphy and D Brosnan (0-01 each). St Catherines scorers: D Mangan (2-07), S O’Brien (0-02 frees) (0-01-65’) (0-05), B Davis and S Walsh (1-00 each), E Condon (0-03), J casey (0-02), R Galvin and J Neville (0-01 each). St Catherines team: E Aherne, K Mangan, C Hegarty, S O’Regan, J Neville, R Clancy, C Kearney, E Condon, Stephen O’Brien, B Davis, D Mangan, Shane O’Brien, P Roche, R Galvin, J Casey. Sub: S Walsh for J Casey (58’). Referee: Cathal Egan (Glen Rovers).

County junior hurling league group one - round five St Catherine’s w/o Ballinora scr., Camogie

After a one point win over Inniscarra back in mid July St Catherine’s moved another rung up the ladder, overcoming the challenge of Cloughduv in the next round of the SE systems county senior camogie championship when played at Castle Road in Mahon on Sunday morning last. Finola Neville, Yvonne O’Neill and Orla Cotter were prominent in a Saints outfit which saw an impressive return of 1-03 from Aoife Hurley in advancing on a final scoreline of 1-13 to 0-08. They now play reigning county, provincial and All-Ireland champions Milford in the semi-final. Probably this forthcoming weekend. Milford no doubt are a formidable force. They would rattle an intercounty team. Still you never know. The bigger you are - the mighty the fall. Best of luck to all involved.


Under fourteen footballers lose out in league semi-final twelve a side under fourteen C football league semi-final St Vincents 1-19 St Catherine’s 2-05 It was the home team who inficted all the damage most of it in the opening half at the end of which they lead 1-13 to 1-00 when this twelve a side under fourteen C football league semi-final was played in poor conditions at St Vincents on the northside of Cork city on Monday night, September 26th last. Catherines gave all players a run subsequently. Fortunes improved a bit on the resumption. But the margin was always too wide. Vincents deserving. Final score in their favour being 1-19 to 2-05.

Scorers: H Draper (1-01), C O’Brien (1-00), J hayes (0-02), G England and T Hartnett (0-01 each). Team: E Philpott, E O’Riordan, J Duncan, K Wallace, C O’Brien, D Galvin, G England, T Hartnett, J Hayes, G O’Brien, H Draper, C Dinneen. Also: F O’Connell, G Leahy, W Leamy, D Temple, S Cotter, W McAuliffe and C England. Referee: Wesley McCarthy.

Under nine and ten hurling.

A busy weekend for the nine and ten year olds. After wins over Kilara Óg (1-02 to 1-01) and St Olivers (4-06 to 1-00), St Catherines lost out to the host venue (2-03 to 0-05) when the under ten hurling tournament final for the John Daly Cup was played in Ballyduff on Friday night last. Then on Saturday last success for the Saints in an organised under nine and ten hurling league played in Ballynoe. Based on cumulative scoring over the two leagues Catherine’s defeated Bandon twice, prior to a dual success over Shandrum in the deciders. Ballinora also took part. St Catherines were delighted to host the games. Thanks to our two young referees Eoin Davis and Eoin Wallace. well done to manager Brian Sheehan along with his fellow selectors Mark O’Driscoll, Joe Pratt, Mike Dee and Shane O’Connell. Thanks too to all those who helped with refreshments. Players involved will be listed next week.

Juvenile fixture

Saturday, October 8th under eleven hurling league semi-final v Ballinhassig (away) at 3pm.