St Catherines GAA Club Notes

10 November, 2016

St Catherine’s GAA

AGM report

Although beaten in a few deciders, chairman Tom Morrison feels teams have still made significant progress. In addressing the parent club adult general meeting in Conna community hall on Saturday night last before a sizeable attendance he would be of the opinion that having lost out in the county junior A hurling league final earlier in the afternoon that conquerors Cloughduv would be a good team. There was that sizeable loss to Sarsfields in the east Cork final back towards the end of August. Ironically now they meet Sarsfields, who subsequently lost to Mayfield in the county final, again in the divisional junior hurling league division one final this upcoming weekend. It would be of benefit if the second choice hurling team could be more competitive. Highlight for them would be claiming the junior hurling league division three title. Defeating Ballinacurra in dreadful conditions in the final which was played in Ballynoe under lights on Friday night October 4th. They lost to Aghada and Erin’s Own in turn in the junior B hurling championship. Making the semi-final of the East Cork under twenty-one A hurling championship, general feeling would be that if every eligible player makes himself available St Catherine’s should be performing in next year’s competition. Irrespective of what format it will take. A preliminary round win over Lisgoold confirms the status for the Saints of being a junior A football team for another year. Hopefully a second team will take part in the junior B championship. Though it wouldn’t be feasible to put this team into a league Tom accepted the view that great work is being done at underage level. A number of these players should prove beneficial later on. Stressing its important we continue in striving to raise the standard. Under the chairmanship of John G Barry, our grounds continue to excel and often receive of complimentary comments particularly from visiting clubs which is the ultimate test. Pat Hartigan was singled out for his ongoing and trojan work in the fields. As was John Lane who was always has the playing pitches in pristine conditions for what can be a busy summer programme of championship matches. We had problems in the spring due to the horrendous weather conditions; surviving that, we must continue to eradicate a Japanese knotweed problem which surfaced below the new field. We had the major shock of the death of our esteemed collegue David Hoare in mid July. Coming as it did just seventeen months after his brother Dan who had just been sworn in as president of the Cork County Board at the annual convention the previous December. Having served the club for sixty years Dave’s death leaves a void. He was secretary from 1965 to 1971 and again from the years 1972 until 1985, assuming the role of chairman from November 1996. Serving a six year term through to the autumn of 2002. Also an officer of the East Cork Board for many years. As well as involvement in numerous Scor committees, Dave was a selector on numerous teams. His fundraising skills were legendary. Perhaps his last project was involvement in the laying of the new tarmacadam surface inside the entrance of the main gate back in May! For many years the late Dave Hoare was involved in stewarding at pairc Uí chaoimh on big championship days. There is continual support for both the Cork GAA Clubs’ Draw and the clubs own weekly lotto draw. Major fundraiser was the night at the dogs in Youghal in early September. Outgoing secretary Deirdre O’Brien was thanked for the trojan work put in for the organising of same. As well as for her involvement in Lá na gClub in the pitches in Ballynoe on the June nank holiday Monday. Ironically the last day we saw Dave Hoare in the place. T&A, Civil Engineering and Building Contractors, Ballynoe remain the main sponsor of St Catherines GAA Club. Tom concluded his chairman’s address in wishing all the best to the junior and minor hurlers in their upcoming league finals. Secretary Deirdre O’Brien in a thorough review of the year went into great detail re the league and championship programme encountered. As well as mentioning what she would consider the principal acheivements at underage level. Then there was the playing of the Kevin Walsh cup incorporated into the La na gClub activities. John O’Meara as physio always makes a huge contribution. Not seeking re-election, Deirdre found the year enjoyable and rewarding. Proposed and seconded, Deirdre agreed to stay on as assistant secretary. With ex juvenile club treasurer, Eleanor Galvin now taking up secretarial duties for 2017. Treasurer Dick Morrison and field treasurer Richard Hegarty had their financial reports read and adopted. Dick who is also president of the club, wished everyone all the best for next year. Stating that the main aim should be the winning of the East Cork junior A hurling championship. Vacant positions on the club executive were filled, chairman, secretary and treasurer appointed at the juvenile AGM had their positions ratified. Membership was settled on at €75 for players. €50 for students and non players. While it’s €20 for under eighteens. Also the camogie club were grateful to the GAA club for the use of the facilities. Both Billy Neville and Liam O’Connor were returned as under twenty one hurling and football managers respectively. So ended an adult club AGM roughly two and a half hours duration.

Officers elected

Life president, Dick Morrisson; chairman, Tom Morrison; vice chairman, Kevin Galvin and Michael Lane; secretary, Eleanor Galvin; Assistant secretary, Deirdre O’Brien; treasurer, Dick Morrison; field treasurer, Richard Hegarty; PRO, John O’Mahony; registrar, Pat Hartigan; cultural/Irish, Marie Clancy; development officer, Pat O’Brien; medical, Bridget Cotter; children’s officer, Paul Davis; health and well being “Jnr” Sheehan. Board delegates John G Barry and Michael Lane (both county), Pat Lane (East Cork) and Redmond Higgins (proxy).

Cork county junior A hurling league final St Catherines 3-9 Cloughduv 3-15

St Catherine’s came out second best to Cloughduv in the final of the county junior A hurling league, played at a dry but cold Oven’s last Saturday. The Saints had the benefit of the wind in the first half and started very strongly. 2-2 from Daniel Mangan plus a point from Brian Mulcahy had St Catherines 2-3 to 0-2 ahead with just 15 minutes on the clock. A goal for Cloughduv in the 18th minute seemed to spur them on. They added a further 5 points before half-time with a Shane O’Brien free and a great point from the sideline by Daniel Mangan the replies from the Saints. Then on the stroke of half -time, Padraig O’Connor latched onto a loose ball before coolly slotting home a goal, leaving the Saints 3-5 to 1-7 ahead at the break. With the elements now backing Cloughduv they wasted no time at the start of the second half. Two goals in the first 10 minutes plus 4 points from play left the Saints reeling. Shane O’Brien pointed two frees pushing Cloughduv ahead 3-11 to 3-7, with 15 minutes left in the game. The Saints battled hard to get the goal they needed to get back into the game but had to settle for points from Daniel Mangan and Matthew Mulcahy. Cloughduv were accurate from distance and backed by the wind scored a further four points, leaving the final score Cloughduv 3-15 St Catherines 3-9. After the game, Tracy Kennedy, vice chairperson of the Cork County Board presented the league trophy to Cloughduv captain AJ Murphy. Next up for St Catherines is the East Cork junior 1 league final versus Sarsfields. Scorers: Daniel Mangan 2-4, Shane O’Brien (0-3 frees), Padraig O’Connor (1-0), Brian Mulcahy (0-1), Matthew Mulcahy (0-1).

Team: Ed Ahern, Shane O’Regan, Rory Galvin, Kieran Neville, Stephen O’Brien, Ronan Clancy, James Neville, Eoin Condon, Pa Roche, Padraig O’Connor, Brian Mulcahy, Shane O’Brien, Brian Davis, Daniel Mangan, Matthew Mulcahy. Subs: Thomas O’Donnell for Brian Davis (injured 3), John Mulcahy for Pa Roche (50’). Referee: Sean O’Leary.

Coiste na nog Cork County minor A hurling league semi-final St Catherines 1-13 Kilbrittain 2-06

St Catherines survived a searching test thus earning a place in the ultimate decider following a well earned four point success over Kilbrittain when this coiste na nÓg county minor A hurling league semi-final went ahead under lights at Ballynoe on Thursday evening last. A probing Niall O’Regan delivery eluded all finishing up in the net, helping the Saints to settle and now 1-02 to 0-1 ahead on thirteen minutes. Joy short lived however. Eoin Davis denied Philip Wall, but the breaking ball was flashed to the net by the ideally placed Bertie Butler shortly afterwards. Catherine’s still ahead on a half-time scoreline now standing at 1-05 to 1-03. Quickly moving through the gears on the turnover Rory Galvin pointed an absolute beauty on thirty five seconds. Ben O’Brien, skilful, rarely left down by that first touch quickly added another. Replacement Robert English prominent since his introduction released goal scorer O’Regan to add another point. In all four unanswered points in as many minutes and the margin quickly stretched to six points at 1-09 to 1-03 to thirty four minutes. But the compexion altered again when amidst a plethora of players centre forward Oisin Dewey was credited with the second opposition goal. Margin down to three points on fifty two and again on fifty eight minutes. Anything can happen, you know yourself. But this titantic struggle was only sealed through an outrageous Niall O’Regan point on sixty three minutes. Massive score, the kind of one you know there can be no come back from.

St Catherines scorers: R Galvin (0-4 frees) (0-07), N O’Regan (1-02), B O’Brien (0-4). Kilbrittan scorers: B Butler (0-03 frees) (1-04), O Dewey (1-00), D Moore and T Sheehan (0-01 each). St Catherine’s team: E Davis, P Keane, E Wallace, K Geary, S O’Regan, C galvin, K Neville, T O’Donnell, RD galvin, L Beecher, N O’Regan, B O’Brien, O O’Neill, R Galvin, J O’Brien. Subs: R English for K Geary (inj-23’), K English for J O’Brien (second half), A O’Brien for O O’Neill (44’). Also on panel: B McKee. Referee: Arthur Murphy (Killeagh).

Parish league finals Division one under twelve

Waterford with Stephen Cotter as captain defeated Dublin on a scoreline of 3-05 to 3-01 in the under twelve hurling decider from the recent division one parish league finals. Cork overcame the challenge of Tipperary in the equivalent football final. Final score being 9-01 to 7-02. Football winning captain was Gearoid O’Brien. Referees were Caoimhe Gavin and Eoin Davis. Special guest being Cork under sixteen camogie player Caoimhe Galvin.

Waterford: Stephen Cotter (hurling captain), Ellen Duncan (football captain), Denis Temple, Nathan Sheehan, Luke Dillon, Lucy Barry, Keira O’Donnell, Darragh Morrison, Cliona Dunning and Colum Feeney. Dublin: Kyle Wallace (hurling captain), Chloe Draper (football captain), Adam O’Donnell, Jamie Pratt, Tara Leahy, Ava Dowling, Dawn Clancy, Kian O’Donoghue, Eabha Twomey and Shane Dillon. Cork: Doireann Hayes (hurling captain), Gearoid O’Brien (football captain), William O’Driscoll, James O’Callaghan, Oisin Fitzgerald, Amy Leahy, Sara Clancy, Cathal McAuliffe and Jessica O’Brien. Tipperary: Fionn O’Connell (hurling captain), Rianna O’Sullivan (football captain), Ben O’Connor, James Mulcahy, Sean O’Donoghue, Eryn Dillon, Lucy Aherne, Nadine Pratt, Cathal Sheehan and Aine Twomey.

GAA mini camp

St Catherines underage section held yet another successful mini camp in the pitches in Ballynoe from Wednesday, Nov 2nd to Friday November 4th last. Duration two hours daily. Taking in the 10am to noon slot it was open to all children in the three primary schools of the parish which were of cousre closed due to the Hallowe’en break. Co-ordinator was James Spillane for a camp where sixty children took part in all over the three days. Head coach was Noel O’Brien and oversaw drills in both hurling and football. Coaches helpers over the week were Shane O’Brien, Finola Neville, Eoin Davis, Richard Galvin, Caoimhe Galvin, Aoife Hurley, Eoin Sheehan, Brendan McKee, Emily Walsh, Cormac Galvin, Niamh Mulcahy and Eoin Wallace. Both Niall Murray and Breda Temple assisted with the registration. An enjoyable few days boosted by excellent weatehr conditions and thanks to all involved.


We express our sympathy to the Roche’s of Castlbrook, Conna on ther sad family bereavement last weekend.


Saturday, November 12th at Riverstown East Cork, Juniior hurling league division one final v Sarsfields at 6.30pm.


T&A Building and Civil Engineering contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors.


Being a bank holiday last week’s lotto draw was held over until Tuesday night, Nov 1st at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna. Numbers drawn were 7, 9, 14 and 28 and the jackpot of €5,400 wasn’t won. While the consolation winners were Rebecca Kenny, Aglish, Co Waterford, Tom and Siobhan, Conna; Mike Mellerick, Conna; Michael Hegarty, Garrycahera, Ballynoe and Maura O’Sullivan, Ballyroberts, Castlelyons.

All star Orla

We live in a sports mad parish indicative of the country as a whole. Inidividuals have risen to the top in their chosen events. Most notably in horse racing, soccer, underage and adult hurling and gaelic football. Right at the top of that list is Orla Cotter. Picking up her fourth All Star award last weekend. For the second year in a row finishing in the top three in the nominations for player of the year award. Again, congratulations and well done to Orla who also announced her engagement last week. Also, we commend the performances of the Ogham Players in Ballynoe with their production of The Devil His Due. The GAA, camogie and the local drama society all contributing to life in rural Ireland as we know it.