St Catherines GAA Club Notes

22 November, 2016

Mixed fortunes from end of season league finals

A much weakened Saints outfit were again well beaten by a stronger Sarsfields team in the East Cork division one junior hurling league final. While a seven point success over Kilshannig was the result from the Coiste na nÓg county minor A hurling league final. We have more details from the recent parish league finals. As well as some other news for you. Now read on for a brief report re: same.

East Cork junior hurling league division one final

Sarsfields 5-25 St Catherines 1-05

Sarsfields confirmed their sizeable victory over the Saints in the East Cork final played in Youghal back towards the end of August, with another resounding success in the regional division one junior hurling league final played under lights at Rivertown on Saturday evening last.

Fanahan McSweeney goaled in their very first attack inside a minute and with Rory Duggan, Daniel O’Mahony and Aaron Myers in rampant point scoring form Sars were 2-13 to 0-02 ahead by the break and all but out of sight. Kevin Mangan and in particular Matthew Mulch tried their utmost for a much depleted opposition, who battled away to the finish. But were simply overrun by a much superior team who were winning their third title of the season, beating Brian Dillons in the city league final only a week previous. They lost out to neighbours Mayfield in the county junior A championship final.

Afterwards, Richard Fitzgerald, chairman of the East Cork GAA Board, in the company of Jerome O’Brien, newly appointed cultural officer, presented the Tom Powell Cup to Sars captain Ronan Murphy, who sportingly declared this result was no way reflective of the Saints current standing. Many thanks to the host venue for hospitality shown after the final.

Sarsfields scorers: F Sweeney (2-02), A Myers (0-03 frees) (1-05), R Murphy (1-03), P Barry (1-00), R Duggan and J Flannery (0-03 each), D O’Mahony (0-02), T Crowley, G Gray, N Horgan and E Gaffey (0-01 each).

St Catherines scorers: K Mangan (1-00), B Mulcahy (0-03), D Mangan and S O’Brien (free) (0-01 each).

St Catherines team: Mike Walsh, Liam O’Connor (captain), Ed Kenneally, Shane O’Regan, Matthew Mulcahy, Ronan Clancy, Brian Davis, Eoin Condon, Shane O’Brien, Rory Galvin, Brian Mulcahy, James Neville, Kevin Mangan, Daniel Mangan and John Casey. Also: William Walsh.

Referee: Cathal McAllister (Aghada).

Coiste na nÓg county minor A hurling league final

St Catherines 3-10 Kilshannig 0-12

An arduous season ended with a hard earned albeit deserved eventual seven point success over a dogged Kilshannig challenge from this Coiste na nÓg county minor A hurling league final when played under lights in testing conditions at Ballincollig on Friday night last.

Little had been separating two well matched outfits through the opening exchanges, before Kieran English finished off the first Saints goal and a lead of 1-05 to 0-05 established on seventeen minutes. Standing at 1-06 to 0-07 by half-time.

Kilshannig were having the better of it as the third quarter progressed. That said the Saints were off target with several chances. Both from placed balls and general play. Jack Twomey was ever reliable with the frees for the opposition. Now back in front with an exquisite Diarmuid O’Riordan point. Making it 0-10 to 1-06 to forty minutes. But when the Saints sit down and analyse why they won this county final it shouldn’t take long to come up with the answer. An ability to stick the ball in the net when the need was greatest providing the key information.

Back in front when a probing Robert English delivery was finished off by brother Kieran for his and the Saints second goal on forty seven minutes. Niall O’Regan duly added a well worked point. As the opposition came searching for what would be, for them, some priceless scores they would find Eoin Davis dependable and reliable between the posts. Making an excellent and timely block as early as the fourth minute which set down a marker. It was also vital in enabling the eventual winners to settle in the hectic opening exchanges. Outside of him Eoin Wallace hurled a lot of ball from the back. Another O’Riordan point, his fourth of the match, only Kilshannig return from this foray of attacks. But with the gap trimmed to three points up popped substitute Conor Hickey with the key score of the hour. Goaling along the ground, the kind of strike goalkeepers hate. Subsequently winning a free pointed by Rory Galvin and the title was the Saints.

Afterwards John Purcell, chairman Rebel Óg made the presentation to Rory Galvin, captain of the winning Saints team.

Scorers: R Galvin (0-05 frees) (0-01 65”) (0-07), K English (2-00), C Hickey (1-00), O O’Neill, B O’Brien and N O’Regan (0-01 each).

Team: Eoin Davis, Philip Keane, Eoin Wallace, Kevin Geary, Shane O’Regan, Cormac Galvin, Kieran Neville, Robert English, Richard Galvin, Niall O’Regan, Rory Galvin (captain), Ben O’Brien, Owen O’Neill, Luke Beecher and Kieran English. Subs: Conor Hickey for Luke Beecher (45’), Adam O’Brien and Jack O’Brien for Niall O’Regan and Kieran English.

Referee: Miah Moynihan (Grenagh).

Parish league finals - division two - under ten

Dublin defeated Tipperary in the recent parish leagues division two under ten football final, final score being 3-02 to 1-02. Winning captain was Sarah Hannon.

Redemption for Waterford overcoming the challenge of Cork in the equivalent hurling decider. Finishing up on a 1-01 to 0-02 scoreline. Katelyn O’Donoghue was successful captain, referees were Dave Wallace and Joe Pratt.

County under sixteen camogie player Caoimhe Galvin made the presentations.


Dublin: Sarah Hannon (football captain), Evan O’Driscoll (hurling captain), Conor Hayes, Gearoid O’Callaghan, Cian Hegarty, Shay Wallace, Emma Twomey, Maire O’Connor, Stephen Mulcahy, Conor Murray and Cillian Hickey.

Tipperary: Ally Mulkerrins (football captain), Diarmuid O’Donovan (hurling captain), Shane Cotter, Dylan Murphy, Shane Hegarty, Sam Aherne, Maeve Egan, Katelyn Hickey, Daniel Turley, Jake Pratt, Ellie Barry and Michael Foley.

Waterford: Ciaran Pietropaolo (football captain), Katelyn O’Donoghue (hurling captain), Jake Bryan, Cian McCarthy, Jack Leahy, Ella O’Connor, Faye Sheehan, John Temple, Fionn McCready, Thomas Dee, Ciara McLoughlin and Lorcan Aherne.

Cork: Diarmuid O’Connell (football captain), Sophia Fitzgerald (hurling captain), Ciaran Leamy, Adam Bryan, Cian Dunning, Saorla Twomey, Ciara Fitzgerald, Tymek Swirski, Jack Hickey, Gearoid Sheehan and Charlie Leahy.

Mass of thanksgiving

At the outset of last Thursday night’s Mass of thanksgiving, Fr Andrew Carvill declared it felt like a year since his move to Mallow in mid-September. Amusingly halfway through the ceremony parish priest Fr Billy O’Donovan PP added it seemed like two years! Probably referring to the extra work load! in what was a special Mass in Ballynoe church, as Fr Andrew now officially says goodbye he was also congratulated on his graduation in Maynooth on the course he had been studying for during the last two years.

It was then across the road to the local community centre where many organisations including St Catherines GAA Club made presentations to Fr Andrew. Previously based in Fermoy he was a curate in Ballynoe for a six and a half year period before as we say, now moving onto Mallow. Whereas Garda John Donegan has now retired from the force he will more than likely be replaced. Unlike Fr Andrew, indicative of the rural Ireland we now reside in. We wish the best to both individuals as they now depart on different paths.

Mental health

As health and well-being officer ‘Junior’ Sheehan highlighted at the recent AGM that well known psychologist Dr Patricia Casey, a native of the parish, is giving a talk on mental health and well-being in Ballynoe Hall (tonight) Thursday, November 17th at 8pm. All welcome, entry free.


Returning to its regular slot and the results from the weekly lotto draw held at The Winners Enclosure, Conna on Monday night, November 7th last. Numbers drawn were 4, 9, 24 and 27 and there was no winner of the €3,600 jackpot. While the consolation winners were B.C.C. c/o Babs, Ballynoe; John Linehan, Fermoy; Colm Molloy, Ballynoe; Aileen Hegarty, Newtown, Ballynoe and PF Barry, Kilcor, Castlelyons.


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