St Catherines GAA Club

09 February, 2017

St Catherines GAA

Championship draws fast forward focus to new playing season

Because of the timing, draws for knockout competitions invariably shift the focus to the new championship season. Draws for the majority of this year’s competitions made at an East Cork board meeting held at the Midleton GAA pavilion on Thursday evening last. What’s over now falls into the annals of history. All that counts now is what’s to come. That was then. This is now.

Junior A Hurling Championship

Erin’s Own and Cobh cross cománs in a preliminary round of the divisional Junior A hurling championship made up of eleven teams. Winners advance to the first-round phase. While in what will be a fresh draw, the preliminary and all first round losers constitute the make-up of the second round. St Catherine’s meet Lisgoold. The most recent meeting being in the league at Ballynoe, back towards the end of last June. Catherines holding out for a five point success on an end scoreline of 1-03 to 0-11.

A feature of the opposition play being the fact that John Cashman single handedly tallied all of those eleven points. John Cronin was part of last year’s intercounty senior hurling panel.

It will be the first championship meeting between the teams since meeting at the equivalent round of the competition at a well attended Castlelyons, 22 years ago. Edmond Galvin netted the first two goals. A crucial third finished off by James Spillane. Accurate free taker Mike Walsh fired over six points from placed balls. Team captain was Declan O’Neill. Final score in Catherines favour being 3-11 to 2-08.

Catherines team v Lisgoold in 1995 were: John Hartnett, Denis Buckner, Pat O’Sullivan, Brendan Noonan, Patrick Sheehan, Seamus Neville, Richie Hegarty, Ger Morrision, Declan O’Neill, Edward Sheehan, James Spillane, Mike Walsh, Edmond Galvin, Eddie Geaney and Jim Lane. Subs used were: Alan McGee and Cathal Casey.

Junior B Hurling Championship

There are thirteen teams in the East Cork Junior B hurling championship requiring one preliminary round game involving Youghal and Castlelyons. Winners progressing to a meeting with Ballinacurra in round one. St Catherines are paired with Erin’s Own, having met in the second round at Castlelyons only last July. Also meeting Erin’s Own in the second round of a ten team under 21 B football championship, in the second round of the Junior B hurling championship made, after round one is complete, is made up of the preliminary plus five first round losers. With one team receiving a bye to round three.

St Catherines and Erin’s Own met in the first round of the 1997 U21 A football championship. We will settle on that for a while, revealing the line-out in next week’s news.

St Catherines are drawn against Midleton in the first round of the divisional junior A football championship. Fourteen teams take part. Three are seven first round matches.

Last meeting between the teams was ten years ago. An opening round loss to Dungourney preceding a four point second round win over Glenville, under lights at Rostellan. Setting up a third round encounter v the Magpies fixed for a wet and windy Killeagh on Sunday, May 13th 2007. Midleton inflicting serious damage while playing against the elements were still sharing the spoils at 0-04 each at the end of a law scoring opening half hour.

Willie O’Brien, Micky O’Connell, Eoin Ferriter and Davy O’Brien prominent for the opposition. Shane Kearney, Shane Cotter and John Mulcahy doing well for a Saints team short four of the team successful against Glenville in the previous match. Ciaran Mulcahy scored the match winning goal. Midleton emerging comprehensive suitors on an end scoreline of 1-12 to 0-04.

Catherines team v Midleton 2007 were: Graham O’Neill, John Casey, Shane Fitzgerald, Jim Lane, James Casey, Ed Kenneally, Maurice Dinneen, Alan Carr (captain), Paul O’Connell, Shane Kearney, Richard O’Connell, John Carr, John Mulcahy, Shane Cotter and Paul Higgins. Subs used were: Aidan Hogan and Colm Molloy. Also on the panel were: Pakie Twomey, Declan Noonan and Dave Wallace.

2017 Championship Reprise

Junior A hurling v Lisgoold; Junior B hurling v Erin’s Own; Junior A football v Midleton and U21 B football v Erin’s Own.


Deepest sympathy to the Mulcahy family, Ballycullane, Curraglass on the sad passing of Mark following an illness in America. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a ainm dilís.

Scór Sinsear

With seriously diluted members, this year’s East Cork Scór Sinsear finals went ahead at Lisgoold hall on Sunday night last. All events bar quiz with entries were held. With the question time now being held as part of the county Scór Sinsear final scheduled for Eire Óg hall in Ovens on Saturday night, February 18th. It might be difficult for the Saints to take part with most participants surely involved in the camogie club fundraiser at The Big Tree, Aghern on the night before.

Scór na bPáistí

Scór na bPáistí is the one area of the competition maintaining most interest and numbers are well up to expected levels. St Catherines held their own domestic round of the qualifiers in Ballynoe Community Hall on Wednesday night, February 1st last. They will now select teams to go forward to the East Cork quarter-finals spread out over the whole of the upcoming weekend at Lisgoold Community Hall. Many thanks to the Bride Rovers duo of John Arnold and Frances O’Riordan for assessing the talent on view and to those club members for their assistance on the night. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Resumption of National League

It is only natural that the top flight captures the bulk of the plaudits and the real talking point to emerge from the first weekend of the new season’s National Football League was the phenomenal crowds at the games. 11,000 in Castlebar on Saturday night. There was over 17,000 in Breffni Park on the following afternoon. There might well have been more attended with surely a number reverting back, such was the difficulty in gaining admittance. When will the Dubs learn to travel in time to matches?

There was in excess of 7,000 in Letterkenny for the Donegal/Kerry match. A trend that will surely continue this forthcoming weekend. Dublin v Tyrone and Kerry v Mayo topping an attractive fixture list. Although the all-Ireland club football championship semi-finals are also on.

Cork secured a draw in Salthill. Although, they had a chance to claim both points on offer right at the death. Remember the Rebels are away for four of their opening six matches in division two of the National Football League. They play Kildare next. Revitalised with an impressive win over Meath on the first day out. It already feels like an uphill struggle. With the hurlers also in action, playing Clare in the first round of the national league. Fixed for Páirc Uí Rinn on this forthcoming Saturday night, February 11th, throw in will be 7pm.


Friday, February 10th at Ballynoe Junior Football League Division 3 v Castlelyons at 8pm.


Congratulations to Bridget Buckner, Glentane, Ballynoe on winning the €3,800 jackpot when the most recent weekly lotto draw was held at The Big Tree, Aghern on Monday night last, February 6th. Sole winning combination of numbers being 13, 15, 19 and 29. Again congratulations to Bridget and well done.

The consolation winners were: Denis Dingivan, Curraheen, Conna; Ann Cotter, Glentrasna, Ballynoe; Noreen O’Flynn c/o Helen O’Connor, Kilclare, Conna; John Barrett, Ballynoe and Pat O’Donovan, Barrafohona, Ballynoe. Reverting to a now basic €2,000 jackpot, next draw goes ahead at The Fisherman’s Rest on Monday night, February 13th.


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