St Catherines GAA Club Notes

06 January, 2017

St Catherines GAA

Winning junior hurling league three team honoured in medal presentation ceremony

First match was in Shanagarry on Sunday evening, May 8th at 6pm as the Saints launched their junior hurling league division three campaign with a well earned success over Russell Rovers. Matthew Mulcahy strung over a litany of points. Ian O’Brien was accurate with the frees as the lead standing at 0-11 to 0-05 by half-time and stretching to 0-15 to 0-09 at the three-quarter mark saw a victory never seriously in doubt, yet confirmed through a Noel O’Brien goal on fifty minutes. Final score 1-19 to 0-10.

On the following Friday night Killeagh’s third choice team were put to the sword in a round two fixture at Ballynoe. But the Saints had to grind out a win in Pyne’s field against Bride Rovers in a round three fixture on Friday evening, May 20th. A narrow lead on a half-time scoreline of 1-03 to 1-01 illustrates the closeness of the unfolding action. Donal Ryan, Podge Noonan and Jack Kearney made the scoring charts for the home team as a late “Junior” Sheehan point sealed an away win on an end scoreline of 1-11 to 2-05. But would then lose their thus far unbeaten run. Momentum halted by a six point loss to Ballinacurra in a round four fixture at Ballynoe on the morning of Sunday, May 29th. A late Killian Harty goal did most of the damage with the visitors ahead at 1-14 to 0-11 to the sound of the full time whistle.

By now a round one fixture with Erin’s Own was fixed, and refixed. But was never subsequently played. You would wonder how many cracks you’re allowed to get a proposed fixture off the ground. You certainly wouldn’t get away with this at underage level. Although not cast in stone the competition was now temporarily on hold with the all important championship campaign about to kick in. Resuming in a round nine fixture at home to Cobh on Thursday evening, September 15th. This was a huge win as it reinvigorated interest in the whole competition. Especially after back to back knockout losses to Aghada and Erin’s Own in the East Cork junior B hurling championship. Decisive score was the goal finished off by substitute Paul O’Connell. A brace of Eoin Corcoran goals laid the platform for an eventual eight point win over Aghada in a round five tie on the following Sunday evening. Even though the performance wasn’t great in losing to Fr O’Neill’s, enough had been done as St Catherines had secured a junior hurling league three final place against Ballinacurra. Fixed for Ballynoe under lights on Friday evening, October 14th, a chance for redemption had arrived. Conditions were awful and you would be of the opinion that if it were a regular group match it mightn’t have surfaced at all. It really was bad. History now as the Saints dominated from the start and were emphatic winners on a 1-14 to 0-05 scoreline. A proud moment as league and referees co-ordinator Donal O’Keeffe presented the winning Owenacurra Cup to successful captain Pa Roche.

This team and respective mentors were honoured in a celebratory occassion at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Tuesday night, December 27th last. Proceedings were opened by chairman Tom Morrison. Welcoming everybody, player citations were put together by John O’Mahony. Treasurer and club president Dick Morrison made the presentations. A reassuring send off to the year’s end as this squad of players now move up a notch and will compete in the division two league for 2017. Team manager was Noel Kielthy. Fellow selectors being Liam O’Connell and Billy Neville, with Thomas Walsh coming on board and helping out with the training as the year advanced.

Matches in chronological order

Round eight v Russell Rovers (away) won 1-19 to 0-10, round two v Killeagh (home) won 3-20 to 1-05, round three v Bride Rovers (away) won 1-11 to 2-05, round four v Ballinacurra (home) lost 1-14 to 0-11, round nine v Cobh (home) won 1-12 to 0-09, round five v Aghada (home) won 4-06 to 0-10, round six v Fr O’Neills (away) lost 2-12 to 0-10. NB - Round one not played, round seven bye. Final v Ballinacurra (home) won 1-14 to 0-05.

Breakdown of scorers

Matthew Mulcahy (1-16 frees) (0-02 “65s) (0-01 penalty) (1-34). Pa Roche (2-13 frees) (3-14). Noel O’Brien (2-13), John Casey (1-09), Brian Davis (0-02 “65s”) (0-09). Eoin Corcoran (2-00).

Ian O’Brien (0-04 frees) (0-06), Kevin Mangan and Paul O’Connell (1-01 each), Laurence O’Connor (1-00), Kieran Neville and Shane Fitzgerald (0-03 each), Luke Beecher, Colm Ahern and Thomas O’Donnell (0-02 each).

“Junior” Sheehan, Lucas O’Callaghan McCarthy, David O’Connor and John Mulcahy (0-01 each).

Full junior hurling league division three panel: Pa Roche (captain), Edmond Aherne, Kieran Neville, Denis Lane, Jim Lane, Shane O’Regan, Ed Kenneally, Kevin Mangan, Lucas O’Callaghan McCarthy, Luke Beecher, John Mulcahy, “Junior” Sheehan, Noel O’Brien, Laurence O’Connor, John Casey, Thomas O’Donnell, John Hurley, Dave Wallace, Shane Walsh, David O’Connor, Peter Ryan, Eoin Corcoran, Brian Davis, Matthew Mulcahy, Ian O’Brien, Shane Fitzgerald, John Walsh, Colm Ahern, Mark Walsh, Mike Walsh, Thomas Walsh, Paul O’Connell and William Walsh.

1996 minor reunion

Major news stories of the year in 1996 were the assasination of crime reporter Veronica Guerin, while Nelson Mandela was made a free man of Dublin. From an Irish angle Michelle Smith De Brun dominated the Olympics, winning three gold medals in the pool. While Cork hurling was again in turmoil, trounced by Limerick in the first round of the Munster senior championship. ‘Independence Day’ and ‘The English Patient’ were the major cinema attractions. While Oasis and Blur were involved in a rare battled of the bands.

Closer to home it was unfolding as one of the most memorable years in the club history. Highlighted with the winning of the East Cork junior B hurling championship with the third choice team. Starting the final with nine players on the bench, St Catherines won out the divisional under twenty one B football championship that year. Recording their first ever victory at senior hurling championship level. Beating Ballyhea in a second round tie at Fermoy. They had lost the previous year’s final to Na Piarsaigh and of course no second chance in those years. Another huge achievement was winning out the East Cork and county minor B hurling championship. This team themselves organised a reunion after twenty years at The Fisherman’s Rest in Conna on Wednesday night, December 28th. Great to see them and the memories come flooding back. We publish the panel this week and while we can’t turn it into Reeling in the Years, we will review the campaign briefly next week. Space is now a priority.

1996 Minor Panel

Bill O’Keeffe (captain), Ian O’Connell, Mike Fitzgerald, John Rumley, David Hegarty, John Higgins, Gordan Bryan, Shane Fitzgerald, Shane Kearney, Donal Caples, Pakie Twomey, Patrick Flynn, Noel O’Leary, Liam O’Connell, Aidan Hogan, Paddy Aherne, Alan McCarthy, John Paul Flynn, Richard Leahy, Eoin O’Keeffe, Damien Farrell, Killian Ronayne and John O’Leary (RIP).

Poc Fada

First annual rather than inaugural might be the applied apt term after the GAA and camogie clubs’ poc fada on the roads around Ballynoe on St Stephen’s morning. A

players’ fundraising initiative with all funds raised going towards a new club gym. Registration was around 10.30am with the first teams away shortly after that. In contrast to previous Christmas holidays, conditions were benign and no doubt greatly added to the occasion.

There were three players on a team. Entrants had to be fifteen years or older to take part. Fee was €10 for adults and €5 if you’re in the fifteen to eighteen age bracket. Twenty-six teams took part. In first place was John Mulcahy, James Neville and Stephen O’Brien. Second were Shane O’Brien, Shane O’Regan and Chris O’Donnell. While third place was secured by Ed Aherne, Shane Walsh and Shane Cotter. Four teams all ended on 27 shots in total for the course and there was a longest drive in the pitch nearest to the dressing rooms at the end to settle the score. An entertaining and well organised event.

Goal Mile

Meanwhile, Christmas morning saw the staging of the annual Goal Mile, One of the country’s largest and longest running annual fundraising events. Local venue was the GAA pitch in Ballynoe as participants walked or ran a mile between 10.30am and 12 midday, contributing what they could to the charity on the day and all for a good cause.


Invariably a death at Christmas just seems all the more poignant. There was the sad passing of Tom Cotter, a veritable institution in the parish. Our sympathy too goes to the O’Brien family, Curraglass, Conna on the sad passing of Helen.

Our heartfelt condolences to his family on the sudden untimely death of Tom Joe O’Riordan. He served his club well and was president of Castlelyons GAA Club at the time of his death. He represented his club at county board level. Also serving as treasurer of the East Cork Board from 1983 to 2000. Tom Joe had an endearing smile, a warm handshake and you treasured being in his company. He played against the Saints in the 1955 East Cork final. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-ainmacha a dhílis.

Mental Health Walk

A 3k walk/run for mental health/wellbeing is on Saturday coming, January 7th in Cnoc an Ceo at 12pm. Tea/snack afterwards in Leahy’s Open Farm.

Cork GAA Year Book

Currently available to the club at a cost of €8 is the Cork GAA Year Book. Articles on the various county teams and club championships. Reviews of Rebel Og, Sciath na Scoil and Scór, as well as on ladies football and camogie. There is a return to 1966 and informative pieces on the late chairmen, Jim Forbes and Mick Dolan. If for some reason, you inexplicably omitted someone from your list, it would make a belated welcome gift.

Juvenile Social

Top billing next week will be reserved for the impending annual juvenile social. It takes place at the Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork on Friday night, January 13th starting at 7.15pm. Tickets priced at €23 for adults and €15 for juveniles can now be got from new juvenile GAA club secretary, Lisa O’Mahony or treasurer Fiona Sheehan and assistant secretary Imelda O’Connell.

Lotto Results

First of all we give you the results from the draw held at The Plough, Curraglass on Monday night, December 19th. Numbers drawn were 9, 12, 13 and 29 and the €2,400 jackpot was not won. Consolation winners being: Aileen Hegarty, Newtown, Ballynoe; Murray children, Cappoquin; Shane Fitzgerald, Garrycahera, Ballynoe; Teresa Buckley c/o The Big Tree, Aghern and Pat Fitzgerald, Boulta, Ballynoe.

Then to the results from the draw hosted by McAuliffe’s Bar, Ballynoe on Tuesday night, December 27th. Numbers drawn were 3, 6, 9 and 13. There was no winner of the €2,600 jackpot. Regular consolation winners being: Sophie O’Flynn, Longueville, Ballynoe; Ally Mulkerrins, Shanakill, Curraglass; Bev Leahy c/o Cals; Stephen O’Brien, Ballynoe and Pat Beecher, Kilclare, Conna. Bonus prizes in honour of the festive season were won by: Caitriona Cullinane, Ballynoe; Dick Morrison, Conna; Noel Kielthy, Glentrasna, Ballynoe, Ronan O’Flynn, Longueville, Ballynoe and Michael A Leahy, Corrin View House, Glenreigh, Ballynoe.

Many thanks to Mattie, Bernie and Yvonne for the hospitality shown on the night and to Mo for supplying the music. Early copy deadline means the details from the latest and first draw of the New Year with the now accumulated €2,800 jackpot and held at The Big Tree, Aghern on Tuesday night last, January 3rd are held over.


T&A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors. Finally, a happy New Year to Catherine’s followers and GAA supporters everywhere.