St Catherines GAA Club

16 February, 2017

St. Catherines GAA

Neighbours share points in first match of junior football league

A share of the spoils was a fair and justifiable result when neighbouring clubs St. Catherines and Castlelyons met in their first match of the junior football league division three. As promised, we take a look back at the last clash of the Saints and Erins Own in the U21 football championship played in Glenville in the spring of 1997. There was an intense period of activity on the opening quarter-final weekend of Scór na bPáistí. While there was no winner of the €2,000 lotto jackpot. Now read on for news in a bit more detail.

Junior Football League Division Three

St. Catherines 3-08 Castlelyons 1-14

Neighbouring clubs St. Catherines and Castlelyons played out a fair and justifiable share of the spoils in this junior football league division three tie, when played under lights in bitterly cold conditions at Ballynoe on Friday night last.

A delightful defence splitting pass picked out the pacy Eoin Condon for a well-taken Saints goal from close range on four minutes. One of the influential scores of the opening half enabling the home based team to establish a narrow one-point advantage on an internal scoreline of 1-07 to 0-09.

A goal from full forward Ronan Fenton in their first attack just forty seconds after the change of ends had the opposition now ahead at 1-09 to 1-07. But following a foul on Shane O’Regan the Saints regained control. Daniel Mangan goaling the subsequently awarded penalty kick. Making it 2-07 to 1-09 to thirty six minutes.

Scores were frequently exchanged. Catherines still ahead with aforementioned Mangan goaling direct from a free. Quickly adding a point from play. Score standing at 3-08 to 1-12 to forty eight minutes. Guilty of a particularly high free concession count, Catherines were eventually wheeled in with the excellent Alan Fenton pointing a brace of points from placed balls! Securing a deserved draw on an end scoreline of 3-08 to 1-14.

Castlelyons scorers: A Fenton (0-06 free) (0-10), R. Fenton, (1-00), E. Maye (0-02), M Spillane and T. Carroll (0-01 back).

St. Catherines scorers: D. Mangan (1-00 penalty) (1-00 free) (0-01 45) (0-01 free) (2-05), E. Condon (1-02) and S. Carr (0-01).

St Catherines team: C Molloy, P Keane, J Mulcahy, R Galvin, D O’Connor, P O’Connor, J Neville, P Roche, L O’Connor, S Carr, D Mangan, S O’Brien, P Ryan, E Condon, S O’Regan. Subs: A. Carr for P. Ryan (40), D. Wallace for S O’Regan (55); also on panel J. Walsh.

Referee: James Daly (Youghal).

League Groupings

Other teams in the third division of the junior football league are Glanmire, Carrigtwohill, Fr O’Neill and Castlemartyr. Making up division one of the junior hurling league are Carrigtwohill, Erins Own, Fr O’Neills, Carraig na bhFear, Lisgoold, Russell Rovers, Cobh, Killeagh and St. Catherines. While Bride Rovers, St Itas, Sarsfields, Midleton, Cloyne, Castlelyons, Youghal, Ballinacurra, Carrig na bhFear and St Catherines constitute division two.

Harty Cup

Best of luck to Eoin Wallace, Kieran Neville, Eoin Davis, Richard Galvin, Niall O’Regan and the entire St. Colman’s panel that play Our Lady’s, Templemore in the Harty Cup final in Limerick on this forthcoming Saturday afternoon.

U21 B football championship draw

A slight doubt was prevailing but now that the ongoing merger of Russell Rovers and Cloyne and playing as St. Colmans has again received county board approval, the existing draw for this year’s divisional U21B football championship and made at a board meeting in Midleton back on February 1st, now for definite stands. Encompassing ten teams with two first rounds involved. Castlelyons v Youghal and Casltemartyr v Midleton. Winners to meet in round two. Which is where St. Catherines come face to face with the challenge of Erins Own.

It is now all of 20 years since those two teams clashed in this particular age group. St Catherines and Erins Own met in the first round of the East Cork U21 A football championship of 1997. It was played in Glenville on Saturday evening, March 29th. Throw-in time being 5.30pm. Catherines were crowned B championship winners of twelve months previous. They were making the better start here and through the accuracy of Brendan Hickey were ahead at 0-04 to 0-01 after nine minutes. Inspired by the excellence of midfielders Kieran Mullins and Pat Collins, the opposition assumed control and a tally of ten unanswered points had them 0-11 to 0-04 ahead at half-time. The Catherines cause greatly boosted when a speculative Aidan Hogan delivery was touched to the net by Donal Lynch.

Issue effectively sealed when Martin Buckley goaled for Erins Own. Team captain Ger Lynch securing a consolation goal before the finish. Final score in favour of Erins Own standing at 1-17 to 2-07. Two of the selectors were Pat Lane and Redmond Higgins.

St. Catherines v Erins Own U21 1997 - Shane Fitzgerald, Pat Morrison, Michael Dorgan, John Rumley, Richie Hegarty, Bill O’Keeffe, Gordon Bryan, Paddy Lane, Ger Lynch (captain), Shane Kearney, Brendan Hickey, Michael Hegarty, Aidan Hogan, Martin O’Keeffe and Donal Lynch. Subs used: Tony Harpur and Alan McCarthy.

Match referee was Timmy Geary of Lisgoold.

National Leagues

A weekend of contrasting fortunes for the respective Rebel teams in the national league. Continuing with the good and consistent form displayed in the Munster League right through the month of January and the Cork hurlers pulled off a welcome and slightly surprising seven point win over reigning champions Clare in their round one fixture played under lights at Pairc Uí Rinn on Saturday evening last.

On the same evening All-Ireland champions, Tipperary were toying with a feeble Dublin challenge at Croke Park. Now the Ger Cunningham managed Dubs are visitors to Pairc Uí Rinn on this coming Saturday evening in a round two fixture in the national hurling league.

Contrastingly the footballers continue to struggle and simply must pick up the points from their first home fixture when entertaining Fermanagh on Sunday afternoon, February 26th next. Pressure already on in a big way.


Condolences to the Mills’ family on their recent bereavement. Son Stephen captained St Catherines to an U16 football championship victory in the autumn of 2010.

Camogie Club Quiz

Best of luck to the camogie club who stage their annual fundraiser of a table quiz in The Big Tree, Aghern, on this forthcoming Friday night, February 17th. Be there around


Lotto Results

Results from the most recent weekly lotto draw held at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night last, February 13th. Numbers drawn were 1, 4, 13 and 28 and the €2,000 jackpot wasn’t won. Consolation winners being; Liam O’Leary, Ballybride, Conna; Fr. Billy; Helen O’Connor, Conna; Richard Hegarty, Ballymonteen, Ballynoe; Noreen O’Flynn, Kildinan and Betty O’Brien, Mogeela, Conna.

A draw for a €2,000 jackpot will take place at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna on Monday night, February 20th.

Scór na bPáistí

An intense weekend of Scór na bPáistí activity, taking the details of quarter-final performances in chronological order of appearance. Starting with the team representing the football club from Friday night. Qualifying in the novelty act. Competing with distinction but no progress for Karina Hartnett with her rendition of ‘The Spinning Wheel’ in the solo singing competition. Or for the group made p of Tayah Quirke, Hannah Norman, Elise Cotter, Sophie Crinnion and Katelyn O’Donoghue playing ‘Britches full of Stitches’ and ‘Fainne Geal an Lae’ in the instrumental category.

Saorla Twomey made her exit, performing ‘The Leg of the Duck’ in the relatively new instrumental solo section. Saorla also unlucky with ‘The Fairies’ in the storytelling competition. St. Catherines Football Club ballad group were Hannah Norman, Elise Cotter, Saorla Twomey, Isobelle O’Mahony and Sophie Crinnion. Singing ‘The Galway Shawl’ agus ‘Beidh Aonach Amarach’. Making up the quiz team were Conor Hayes, Sarah Hannon and Gearoid Sheehan.

St. Catherines Camogie Club advanced in the figure dancing and set dancing from the second of the quarter-finals from Saturday night. Also moving on in the solo dance, solo singing and recitation categories. Failing to advance were the ballad group consisting of Katie Dee, Abby Leahy and Hannah O’Donnell performing ‘Cockles and Mussels’ as Cathal Sheehan, Stephen Cotter and Denis Temple in the tráth na gceist.

Unfortunately, nobody representing the handball club went through from the third of the quarter-finals held at 2pm on Sunday afternoon last. They being Lucy Ahern performing ‘Grace’ in the solo singing competition, also Ellie Barry playing a solo on the bodhrán in the instrumental solo music section. Ava Dowling making her exit from the storytelling, having recited a piece entitled ‘The Old Woman of the Roads’ composed by Paraic Colum. Consisting of Anna Hurley, Ellie Barry, Leah O’Halloran, Billy McKee and Faye Sheehan, the ballad group singing ‘The Ferryman’ and ‘Red is the Rose’ were knocked out of the competition. As were the question time competition group made up of Evan O’Driscoll, Cian Dunning and Diarmuid O’Connell.

Better fortune for the team representing the hunting club. Getting through in the solo dance, solo singing, instrumental group, ballad group and recitation when the fourth quarter-final went ahead also on Sunday evening last, just losing out were Laura Kenneally with ‘The Dawning of the Day’ in the instrumental solo. As were Lucy Barry, Kian O’Donoghue and Sophia Lucey in the quiz.

First semi-final is on this forthcoming Saturday evening. Followed by the second twenty-four hours later. Both semi-finals are again on in Lisgoold Community Hall and start at 6.30pm.


TLA Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St. Catherines GAA Club sponsors.