St Catherines GAA Club Notes

26 November, 2016

St Catherines GAA

Underachieving in the provincial championships

Cork club’s continue to underachieve in the provincial championships. There was the sad death of Fermoy’s Mick Dolan. While we take a last look back at the recent parish league finals, reports anon.

But first up to date lotto results service, starting with the draw at The Plough, Curraglass on Monday night, November 14th last. Numbers drawn were 2, 3, 10 and 21 and congratulations to Margaret Spillane, Kilavrilla on winning the €5,800 jackpot. Congratulations and well done. Consolation winners on the night being Margaret O’Connell, Kilphilibeen, Ballynoe; Eileen McCarthy, Tallow; Ollie and Fiona Sheehan, Glentrasna, Ballynoe; Laura O’Flynn, Longueville, Ballynoe and Jill H c/o The Big Tree, Aghern.

Results from the most recent draw which was held at McAuliffe’s Ballynoe, on Monday night last, November 21st. Numbers drawn were 4, 7, 19 an 23 and there was no winner of the now basic €3,000 jackpot. Consolation winners were ABD Syndicate, Ballynoe; Ger O’Dea, Conna; R Straub c/o PH, Pat O’Sullivan, Aghern and Margaret Tobin, Tallow.

Next draw for a now accumulated €3,200 jackpot will be at The Big Tree, Aghern, on Monday night, November 28th.

Provincial championship

With the playing season now at a standstill at cosmetic level it gives one an opportunity to focus that bit more on what’s happening elsewhere. Now well past county final stage with the deciders at provincial level imminent indeed many of them played. Sadly for the rebel county fortunes haven’t changed. Carbery Rangers and Glen Rovers both won a match in the Munster senior club championship, though neither advanced to a final. Carbery Rangers did defeat Monallen. But lost out to the Nire in extra time after that. They ran Austin Stacks close two years ago.

Glen Rovers won their last Munster championship in 1976. That same year Ballyea were winning at junior B level. They reached their county senior hurling final in 2003, losing to Clarecastle, winning their first title only last month when overcoming Clonlara in a replayed Clare county senior hurling final. They are now Munster champions.

Honing in on St Thomas’s in the All-Ireland semi-final, some journey. All the pressure now is on Gabriel Rangers and Mayfield if a title is to come to our beloved Cork.

Mental health

An attendance perhaps greater than expected was in Ballynoe community hall on Thursday night last for the talk on mental health given by Dr Patricia Casey, native of the parish and professor of psychiatry at UCD. Very informative.

Mick Dolan RIP

Too late for inclusion last week was the sad news of the sudden death of Mick Dolan. He was elected development officer of the county board in 1999. In 2003 vice chairman and three years later Mick Dolan was elected chairman of the Cork County Board. A check through the records shows that he attended functions organised by the St Catherines club during each of his tenures. Attending annual socials in 2001 and 2007. While on Friday night, January 3rd, 2003 was in The Big Tree Bar, Aghern as vice chairman of the county board presenting medals to the Catherines team that had won the divisional junior B football championship just four weeks previous. Team captain was Aidan Hogan. While Ger Lynch was the recipient of the man of the match award from the final. Brendan Hickey was top scorer through the campaign. Selectors were Fr Leader CC, Pat Murphy and Mike Walsh. ‘My Home In Fermoy’ wasn’t spared that night!

Mick was passionate about the GAA and served his club and county proudly and diligently. Hardly a day, certainly a week would go by without meeting the jovial Mick. Should you cross paths “Howya brains” would be the immediate response. He was great friends with the late Hoares, both Dan and Dave and would keep in contact with club president Dick Morrison right up to his untimely departure. It’s tough on Fermoy, following quickly on the death of their preisdent John Fenton. While it’s ironic that Jim Forbes, predecessor of Mick as county chairman, also passed away in June of this year.

Parish league finals

Division three under eight

This week we look at the under eight division three deciders, a final round-up from the recent parish league finals. Cork defeated Waterford in the hurling decider. Final score was 2-0 to 0-0. Winning captain being Sadhbh Murray. Indeed all four teams that competed were finalists. Tipperary under the captaincy of Katie O’Donovan were that bit too strong. Overcoming the Dublin challenge on a score of 4-03 to 3-00 in the football equivalent. Referees were Linda O’Donnell and Emily Walsh. Special guest was county under sixteen camogie player Caoimhe Galvin.

Cork: Sadhbh Murray (hurling captain), Tristan Clancy (football captain), James Kenneally, Jack Tanner, Ronan Hickey, Sadhbh Barry, Ella Higgins, Teagan Murphy and Chloe Higgins.

Waterford: Sacha O’Sullivan (hurling captain), Bill Hamilton (football captain), Shane O’Donoghue, Conan Hurley, Shay McCarthy, Meabh Fitzgerald, Ciara Hayes, Sara Swirski and Grainne Dinneen.

Tipperary: Billy Aherne (hurling captain), Katie O’Donovan (football captain), Julian Pietropaolo, Matthew Walsh, Roisin Collins, Eileen Bryan, Sophie O’Sullivan, Owen O’Mahony, Lexi Cuneen and Cillian Hickey.

Dublin: Cathal Barry (hurling captain), Sophie Early (football captain), Kyle O’Donoghue, Alan Cotter, Abby Leahy, Orla Morrison, Sean Walsh, Hannah O’Donnell and Julianne O’Sullivan.


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