St Catherines GAA Club Notes

05 November, 2016

Adult club AGM this weekend

As we’ve been drilling into you with the past while, this forthcoming weekend sees the staging of the key administrative meeting of the year, St Catherines GAA parent club AGM goes ahead at Conna Community Hall on Saturday night coming, November 5th. Throw in time is 8.15pm.

Juvenile Club AGM

A major meeting preceded by its juvenile equivalent. With the AGM of the underage section of the cub held before a sizeable attendance at the clubrooms in Ballynoe on Thursday night last at 8pm.

In a bilingually delivered address, outgoing chairman Paul Davis welcomed everybody stating that again most games played are under the jurisdiction of Rebel Óg East. Teams played well with the features being the winning of the divisional U16 B hurling championship in a replayed final with Whitechurch. Who ironically would go onto claim county honours. St Catherines were also winners of the Rebel Óg East minor A hurling league. With the U11 and 12’s reaching advanced stages of their respective league in both codes. Closer to home there was the retention of the U12 hurling tournament for the Paddy Sheehan Cup. Likewise, St Catherines were again winners of the U14 hurling tournament final for the Albert Griffin Cup. Ciaran O’Brien lined out at midfield on the Cork team, successful in the Tony Forrestal inter-county U14 hurling tournament final in Waterford. Also, Philip Keane and Ben O’Brien were panellists on inter-county development squads at A and B level.

In actual fact one hundred and forty five boys and girls encompassing the three schools of the parish participated in the annual Kellogg’s sponsored Cúl Camp on the first week of July. For the first time acting secretary Imelda O’Connell was co-ordinator. A successful mini Cúl Camp was staged while the kids were on their Easter break. Another one has been organised, as we speak, for this week. As the parish leagues have again reached a conclusion for another year, it is now a prerequisite to have attained level one status at least to take part in all these camps. Thanks to the adult chairman and club president for attending both adult and juvenile meetings, providing a link at both levels. Noel O’Brien’s involvement at schools level also mentioned.

Edmond Galvin continues to upgrade the Twitter machine. Please let someone know if you are not on the text alert system, updating you as to what’s happening. All managers and mentors were thanked. While its so important to see parents at matches. Paul was grateful for all help and assistance he received. Singling out acting secretary Imelda O’Connell, treasurer Eleanor Galvin and board delegate John O’Mahony for their invaluable co-operation through what can be a busy year.

T & A Civil Engineering and building contractors, Ballynoe are sponsors of St Catherines GAA Club. Paul again reminded patrons to support the club’s weekly lotto draw along with the Cork GAA Clubs Draw, remaining two of the most important fundraisers. Mention as well of the annual church gate collection in aid of the juvenile club and taken up after all Masses throughout the parish back on weekending June 4th/5th. He left no stone unturned. John Lane was complimented, always having the pitches in pristine condition for games. Redmond Higgins would always lend a hand in Cúl Camp week. Antoinette O’Donnell has now stepped down as hurley manager, her efforts were much appreciated. Looking ahead, Paul again stressed that we still have a lot to do. Any success attained is hard to sustain. Thanking everyone that worked with him, he concluded with a reference to a Shakespearian line - “I can say nothing” - “But thanks and thanks”.

Rather than reiterate views and opinions expressed by others, acting secretary Imelda O’Connell was taking an overall standing in the presentation of her report stating that the GAA is of amateur status, is anti racist and anti sectarian. It must reach out to all members of society and listen to and respect the views of all. St Catherines ranging in age from six to eighteen had one hundred and twenty two players in action this underage season. Imelda again stressing the importance of the parents, declaring them to be the unsung heroes. When required they perform a series of tasks, ranging from making sandwiches to drying boots. Not at the same time you will understand!

Treasurer Eleanor Galvin presented a detailed financial report. Pro John O’Mahony reviewed the year in both codes from U11 right up to minor. Outgoing manager Dino Pietropaolo went through in great detail activities at U7 and eight levels. Amongst the highlights would be the visit on a recent Saturday morning from Tipperary club, Boherlahan.

Dick Morrison president of St Catherines GAA Club was complementary of annual reports presented to the AGM. There were some great games with a pile of players taking part. Hopefully next year will be just as good.

Addressing the meeting on behalf of the parent club, vice chairman Kevin Galvin highlighted the large numbers of youngsters adorning the pitches on Saturday mornings. Adding the extra mini Cúl Camps to be beneficial. Wishing the incoming committee all the best. Managers of the various teams will be confirmed later on. Membership fee will be decided at this weekend’s parent club AGM. St Catherines always hold their annual juvenile meeting first, as all appointed officers must go through the adult meeting re confirmation.

2017 will signal quite a change in the juvenile officership establishment with changes in five succinct roles.

A quick check through the record books shows that Paul Davis assumed the role of juvenile club chairman when appointed on January 21st 2010. Going on to complete seven seasons in the roll. Most significant events would include the abolition of the old divisional juvenile boards and the subsequent creation of Rebel Óg. There was the memorable year of 2014 when many successes over a period were honoured at the Rebel Óg dinner in Cork and an in-house decision of the juvenile club once again taking charge of minor affairs.

New chairman is Shane O’Connell, vacating the vice chairmanship now occupied by Brian Sheehan. New secretary is Lisa O’Mahony, with Imelda O’Connell appointed assistant secretary. Eleanor Galvin took up duties as juvenile club treasurer on January 10th 2008 serving nine years in the position. Prior to stepping down at the AGM. New treasurer is Fiona Sheehan with James Spillane now looking after club stock. It’s a bit like what the Government label a reshuffle!

Juvenile Club Officers 2017

Chairman: Shane O’Connell; vice chairman: Brian Sheehan; secretary: Lisa O’Mahony; assistant secretary: Imelda O’Connell; treasurer: Fiona Sheehan; assistant treasurer (responsible for club gear) James Spillane. PRO fixtures secretary and Rebel Óg East delegate John O’Mahony.

Paddy Sheehan Cup Final

A win over Cois Bhríd in the U12 hurling tournament final for the Paddy Sheehan Cup played under lights at Ballynoe on Monday night October 24th last meant in the space of twenty-four hours or so a second prestigious cup was retained by the underage section of the club. Following on the narrow success over Kilara Óg in the U14 hurling tournament final for the Albert Griffin Cup at the some venue on the day before.

Cois Bhríd were actually shading the early exchanges of the U12 final. Jake Henley and Jack Murphy were prominent right down the centre of the pitch and one of the features of the first of what were two twenty five minute halves was an eye-catching double save, stretching one way then the other from keeper Ciarán Linehan. Catherines picking it up and gradually assuming control having trailed from the second to the eighteenth minute to lead on a 1-04 to 1-01 scoreline at the break.

No doubt they were the better team from thereon in. Though Cois Bhríd just didn’t avail of a few changes presenting themselves. Gearóid O’Brien put in a mighty shift at the back, receiving able support from Nathan Sheehan and Seán O’Donoghue. There was now a much greater scoring threat and Kian O’Donoghue, Jamie Pratt and Denis Temple didn’t let the show down. Catherines winners on a 1-09 to 1-01 scoreline.

Afterwards, Billy O’Connell presented the winning cup to outstanding captain Gearóid O’Brien. Ironically his brother Ciarán captained the fourteens on the Sunday. Thanks to referee Edmond Galvin who handled a clean and sporting encounter in an assured manner. Paddy Sheehan was one of the founder members of the St Catherines club, as we know it today in 1946. Serving as its first treasurer from 1946 to 1948. On passing, two of his closest relations would be twin brothers Billy and Batty O’Connell. Both of whose names would be synonymous with the club and played a leading role in its evolution over the years. Batty historic county junior winning captain in 1983. While Billy was chairman when the Saints advanced to senior ranks in 1995. Pressing hard for the introduction of the weekly lotto draw the same year, remaining its co-ordinator right up to the present time. In 1993 they put up the Paddy Sheehan cup, which originally was to be played for at minor hurling tournament level. It slipped a bit in priority over the years, but now has a new home at U21 hurling level.

Scorers: G O’Brien (1-00 ‘65’) (0-01 free) (1-01), D Temple and K O’Donoghue (0-01 free) (0-03 each) and J Pratt (0-02).

Team: Shane Cotter, Kyle Wallace, Nathan Sheehan, Oisín Fitzgerald, Gearóid O’Brien (cpt), Seán O’Donoghue, Darragh Morrison, Stephen Cotter, Ben O’Connor, Jaimie Pratt, Fionn O’Connell, Adam O’Donnell, Kian O’Donoghue, Denis Temple and James O’Callaghan. Also: James Mulcahy, Cathal McAuliffe and Cathal Sheehan. Referee: Edmond Galvin (home club).

Parish League Finals

Always part of end of season activity are the traditional parish league finals. Over the coming weeks when pressure on space ceases, reports on the various age group finals allied to photographic content will follow.

Rebel Óg Fixture

Tonight (Thursday) November 3rd at Ballynoe Coiste na nÓg Cork County Minor A Hurling League semi-final v Kilbrittain at 7.45pm.

All Stars

It most definitely won’t be concerning us but tune into RTE 1 television tomorrow night for the naming of the All Star hurling and football teams. While its camogie equivalent follows on Saturday night. Better chance there. Of course our minds will be focused elsewhere won’t they?


Being a bank holiday this week’s lotto draw containing a jackpot of €5,400 was held over until Tuesday night last November 1st at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna. Details next week.


T & A Civil Engineering and building contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Cub sponsors.