St Catherines GAA Club

20 January, 2017

St Catherines GAA

Great night at St Catherines juvenile social

In welcoming everybody and thanking manager Thomas Tobin, having recited grace before meals chairman Shane O’Connell briefly addressed the two hundred and forty five enthusiastic supporters that attended St Catherine’s juvenile GAA and Camogie Club annual social held at The Rochestown Park Hotel on Friday night last.

Although not a night for lengthy speeches, Shane, addressing his first public function since being appointed at the underage AGM in succession to Paul Davis back on October 27th, still touched on a few relevant issues. Commenting on the amount of relatively new people at the social. Being particularly praiseworthy of all the parents on being fantastic. Harping again on the success of last year’s annual cúl camp with one hundred and forty five in attendance in Ballynoe. Maybe the recent long puck competition could become an annual event. There was success in competitive activity during the year. Defeating Whitechurch in the replayed Rebel Óg East U16 B hurling championship final. St Catherines winning the divisional and Coiste na nÓg county minor A hurling league titles. Success attained in other age groups also mentioned. Philip Keane and Ben O’Brien part of county development squads. Ciaran O’Brien midfielder on the Cork team winning out the annual U14 hurling tournament final for the Tony Forristal Cup in Waterford back towards the end of August.

Thanking the parent club for their ongoing help and assistance. Stressing the importance of the weekly lotto draw. All juvenile club committee members are doing great work and were thanked for that. As were Fiona Sheehan, Lisa O’Mahony, Imelda O’Connell and John O’Mahony in preparing for last Friday night.

In briefly looking ahead Shane in conclusion would be of the opinion that we must maximise the amount of players playing the game. There are alot of outside attractions now. Try and put down the laptop. Resume the pucking around and play a lot more.

All presentations at the annual juvenile social were made by guest for the night Orla Cotter. Briefly thanking the GAA for their help and for the use of the pitch in Ballynoe. Commenting on the successful under fifteen championship run camogie spokesperson Marie Clancy described Orla as a superstar. Winner of a county senior medal with her club in 2009 she now has accumulated four national league medals and five All-Ireland senior camogie medals with Cork. She has been twice nominated for national player of the year. Only early last November she picked up her fourth All Star award. It hasn’t changed her. She remains as approachable and friendly, yet as unobtrusive as ever. What she definately is though is a role model. That will remain for our lifetime and long after we’re gone. Camogie citations were put together by Edmond Galvin.

While as part of her contributions, Marie thanked those people who did Trojan work for the night at the door. Another major fundraiser is approaching. St Catherine’s Camogie Club annual table quiz goes ahead at The Big Tree in Aghern on Friday night, February 17th. Starting at 9pm while were at it can we mention the fact that the camogie club AGM is on in the clubrooms in Ballynoe on this forthcoming Friday night, January 20th at 8pm.

Dino Retropaolo introduced the under sevens and eights good year for the nine and ten year olds. Winning the organised blitz based on culmative scoring involving Bandon, Shandrum and Ballinora and played in Ballynoe. Then a perk for successfully coming through that was a trip to Dr Morris Park in Thurles. Opposition there coming from all over the province. Included were Arravale Rovers, Newmarket-on-Fergus Causeway, Doon and Lixnaw encompassing the two age groups. Team manager Brian Sheehan introducing the panel available on the night. His selectors were Joe Pratt, Mark O’Driscoll, Mike Dee and Shane O’Connell.

Heading into the new year and Brian Sheehan, is now vice chairman of St Catherine’s juvenile club. Team manager Ollie Sheehan referred to the under twelve year receiving medals on the retention of the Paddy Sheehan Cup, as did the under fourteen hurlers on winning the Albert Griffin Cup. Kieran O’Brien introducing the panel to an appreciative audience. Successful under sixteens and minors were introduced by club PRO John O’Mahony. To fittingly honour their respective acheivements their companions will be reviewed in more detail both next week and the week after.

A raffle was held on the admission tickets. Winner of an overnight stay including breakfast a the host venue was Brendan Hurley. There was a special prize of a mirror embossed with the club crest. These are assembled by a mini company in transition year at Colaiste an Chraoibhin in Fermoy for local GAA clubs. Donating one as a spot prize. If interested contact Sinead Corcoran at 086-1919859. This was won by Tom Deady. Winners of club hats were - Sarah Norman, Val Turley, Gearoid O’Callaghan McCarthy and June Bolger.

Music on the night was provided by Eoin McCarthy. He certainly had his timing right. Knew what and when to play. Even the oldies were getting extensive play. Particularly Forrest, Kenny, Loggins and Queen. Irish hits from the Saw Doctors and Nathan Carter were popular. While there is no doubt that Bruno Mars is now the modern king of the dancefloor. Now didn’t we learn something new!!!! DJ Eoin is from the Fr O’Neills club and is closely related to the O’Regans of Cullinagh Ballynoe. They must be the contact!!!

He certainly helped in making the night the success it deserved to be. This annual event has been held at a lot of venues over the years. Last Friday night has now set the standard.

Under twelve panel: Gearoid O’Brien (capt), Shane Cotter, Kyle Wallace, Nathan Sheehan, Oísin Fitzgerald, Ben O’Connor, Sean O’Donoghue, Darragh Morrison, Stephen Cotter, Jamie Pratt, Fionn O’Connell, Adam O’Donnell, Kian O’Donoghue, Denis Temple, James O’Calllaghan, James Mulcahy, Cathal McAuliffe, Cathal Sheehan, Colum Feeney and Ethan Long.

Under fourteen panel: Ciarán O’Brien capt, Joe O’Keeffe, Mark Geary, William Leahy, James Duncan, Eoghan O’Riordan, Darragh Galvin, Gearoid O’Brien, Kevin Barry, Harry Draper, Tom Hartnett, James Hayes, Gavin England, Cathal Dineen, Fionn O’Connell, Cathal Bryan, William McAuliffe, Conor England, Kyle Wallace, Josh McGuckian, Evan Philpott, Adam O’Donnell, Denis Temple, Stephen Cotter, David McDonnell and Ivan Chrim.

Harty Cup

Favoured by the conditions and St Colman’s laid the foundation for success with a strong first half performance in the Harty Cup quarter final when played at Church Road in Blackrock on Wednesday afternoon January 11th last. Ahead by a fifteen point margin on a 3-07 to 0-01 scoreline meant they were well able to absorb any CBS recovery as the contest progressed. With the opposition goal coming too late to make an impact on proceedings. Final score was 3-12 to 1-12. Club players Eoin Davis, Eoin Wallace and Kieran Neville play a key part in the Colman’s defence. Ardscoil Rís and Midleton CBS played out a draw after extra time in Bansha. Winners of that replay play St Colman’s Fermoy in the semi-final. Scheduled for the end of the month.

Quiz answer

Invariably it can be difficult when going back on past teams to name the selectors. Especially if outright success doesn’t come their way. Club minor footballers had a decent run in the divisional B championship of 1996. Losing the final to Cloyne which was played early in the new year. Any luck with the mentors, they were Billy O’Connell, Ger Morrison and Sean Lynch.


Reverting to its regular slot and the results from the weekly lotto draw held at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night, January 9th last. Numbers drawn were 9, 12, 17 and 25 and the €3,000 jackpot wasn’t won. While the consolation winners on the night were: Kit Ahern, Conna, Chris Daly, Conna, Denise O’Connor, Ballybride, Conna, D O’Regan, Cullinagh, Ballynoe and Bridget Buckner, Glentane, Ballynoe.


T&A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherine’s GAA Club Sponsors.

And finally

Strictly St Catherines

Major club fundraiser for the year as approved by the executive will be strictly St Catherines, it’s fixed for the Radisson Blu Hotel, Little Island on Saturday night, November 11th. More details closer to the time.