St Catherines GAA Club Notes

22 December, 2016

St Catherines GAA

Season’s greetings to one and all

“So here it is merry Christmas, everybody’s having fun, look to the future now, its only just begun”

Prominent lines from the Roy Wood seasonal classic ‘I wish it could be Christmas every day’ modelled on the Phil Spector Wall of Sound and originally released forty years ago. Safe to say it sums up everyones approach to the next two bank holiday weekends. We wish a happy Christmas and a peaceful and sporting new year to St Catherines followers and GAA supporters everywhere. Enjoy the festivities, only sparingly and don’t overindulge!

Many thanks to the management and staff of The Avondhu for their help and cooperation throughout the year. Long may it continue. We might be on the throes of the most intense holiday programme that every year throws up. Yet the club has a number of events planned for straight away.

Goal mile

First up is the annual goal mile which is one of the country’s largest and longest running annual fundraising events. All you have to do is arrive in the playing pitch in Ballynoe on Christmas morning between 10.30am and 12 midday. Run or walk a mile and contribute whatever you can to the Goal charity on the day. All for a good cause and should prepare you well for the day that lies ahead!

Inaugural long puck

Then what you could do to stave off the effects of the turkey and plum pud is organise a group to participate in the inaugural St Catherines long puck competition set for St Stephen’s morning.

Teams of three to meet up at the clubrooms in Ballynoe where registration can take place at 10.30am and set off from the village at 11am. Let the games begin! Entry fee is €10 for adults. You must be fifteen or over to compete and its €5 for fifteen to eighteen year olds. This poc fada is a fundraiser for the establishment of the club gym. Later that evening it’s back to the clubrooms for the presentation of prizes.

Lotto results

Due to early copy deadline the results from the most recent lotto draw with a jackpot of €2,400 and held at The Plough, Curraglass on Monday night last, December 19th are delayed. All winners will be notified. All locals have access to results posters.

Next draw with festive bonus prizes takes place at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Tuesday night, December 27th. First lotto draw of the new year is on in The Big Tree, Aghern on bank holiday Tuesday, January 3rd.

Junior hurling presentation

Five wins from seven matches played saw the Saints secure a place in this year’s junior hurling league division three final. Overcoming a timid Ballinacurra challenge played in awful conditions under lights at Ballynoe on Friday night, October 14th. This divisional winning team will be honoured in a medal presentation ceremony also at McAuliffe’s following the weekly lotto draw on Tuesday night, December 27th. As the cliche goes “great night assured”.

Juvenile social

Reminding you once again that St Catherines GAA and Camogie Club annual juvenile social will be held in the Rochestown Park Hotel, on Friday night, January 13th 2017 at 7.15pm. Tickets are priced at €23 for adults. Juvenile €15. They are now available from new juvenile club secretary Lisa O’Mahony, treasurer Fiona Sheehan and assistant secretary Imelda O’Connell. Much more about this eagerly looked forward to event early in the new year. We have to get Christmas sorted first.

St Colman’s

Disappointment for St Colman’s Fermoy losing out by the slimmest of margins to Midleton CBS in the Cork Colleges senior hurling final for the O’Callaghan Cup when played in poor conditions at Páirc Uí Rinn on Thursday night last. Final score was 0-11 to 0-10 and Eoin Davis, Eoin Wallace and Kieran Neville all started. In the draws for the Harty Cup and Colman’s have been paired with CBC Cork in the quarter-final which is pencilled in for the afternoon of Wednesday, January 11th.


Our sympathy goes to the Roche family, Lisnabrin, Curraglass on the recent passing of Bill. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-ainm dílis.


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

And finally

Well that’s it. We conclude with the prophetic words from another seaosonal classic. John Lennon’s ‘And so this is Christmas’, “another year over a new one just begun”...well almost! First report of the new year will be on Thursday, January 5th.