St Catherines GAA Club

06 April, 2017

St Catherines GAA

Defeat in first junior hurling league match

East Cork Junior Hurling League – Division One – Round One Lisgoold 2-12 St Catherines 0-16

Not sure of the relevance of this result come the end of June when the same two teams clash again in the championship. But for now the opposition have the bragging rights, winners by a two-point margin when this East Cork junior hurling league division one round one tie was played in Lisgoold on Saturday evening last. It brought an end to the Saints winning run over five challenge games spread through a five-week period, prior to the commencement of their competitive programme. It was an evening that started with a win for Carraig na bhFear over Cobh in the divisional U21 C football championship final. Final score standing at 1-07 to 2-01. Catherines started promisingly and with Daniel Mangan, Liam Kearney and Eoin Wallace finding the target, surged into a four-point lead at 0-08 to 0-04 to seventeen minutes. Parity was restored when corner forward Darragh Fleming first-timed the sliotar to the net. Lisgoold in the ascendancy. Kieran Cashman goaling from a placed ball on twenty-seven minutes, establishing an interval advantage for Lisgoold on a 2-07 to 0-09 scoreline. Shane O’Brien was accurate with the frees, striking crisp, clear and accurate. Points ensued from Shane Cotter and Cal Aherne levelling it all up again at 2-07 to 0-13 after forty-one minutes. But mainly through the accuracy of Cashman from placed balls, Lisgoold were able to see it out from there to the finish.

Scorers: S O’Brien (0-05 frees), D Mangan (0-03), L Kearney, E Wallace and C Aherne (0-02 each), S Cotter and R Clancy (0-01 each). Team: E Aherne, K Neville, C Hegarty, P Keane, W Walsh, C Aherne, S O’Regan, Shane O’Brien, S Cotter, Stephen O’Brien, R Clancy, Richard Galvin, L Kearney, D Mangan and E Wallace. Subs: E Condon for Richard Galvin (second half), P Roche for Stephen O’Brien (48’). Also on panel: B Mulcahy, J Casey and P Lane. Referee: Niall O’Neill, Midleton.

Junior Hurling Challenge

Goal getting full forward Brian Mulcahy was the scorer and difference in chief, as the Saints kept their solid start to the new season with a fifth win from as many outings following this victory over a Watergrasshill selection in a junior hurling challenge, when played under lights at Ballynoe on Tuesday night March 28th last. Mention of a subliminal Shane O’Brien point ten minutes into the second half of a hurling challenge refereed by Brian Murphy of Carrigtwohill and where a few Saints players lined out in unaccustomed roles. Often the purpose of these type of matches. Ahead at 1-11 to 0-05 at half time, it finished up St Catherines 2-16 Watergrasshill 0-09.

Junior Football Challenge

St Catherines were just striving to assume control. Back to back points from Liam O’Connor and Eoin Corcoran had them two points to the good, when conceding the defining score of this junior football challenge, when played in Ballynoe on Friday evening last. Seán Brackett with the all-important goal. Setting up a lead for Araglin on a half time scoreline of 1-03 to 0-05, adding to their dominance, as the third quarter advanced with Tom Kenneally prominent and now 1-09 to 0-08 to the good to forty-six minutes. Late points from Rory Galvin, John Walsh and Peter Ryan in turn cut the margin to the minimum one point in a junior football challenge refereed by Mike Walsh from the home based club. Time running out Araglin winning on an end scoreline of 1-09 to 0-11. St Catherines second choice team play Lisgoold this weekend in the quarter-final of the East Cork junior C football championship. Araglin are back in Ballynoe meeting Cobh in the first round of the county junior B football championship on this upcoming Saturday evening.

Juvenile News Easter Camp

St Catherines juvenile GAA Easter camp runs from Tuesday 18th to Thursday, April 20th. Time is 10am to 12-45pm. It’s open to all primary school children. Cost is €20 per child or €50 for family of three or more. To book a place text name and age of child to club secretary Lisa O’Mahony or assistant secretary Imelda O’Connell. All welcome, especially new faces.

U11 Hurling League Game One

With back-to-back successes already attained on the football field against Carrigtwohill and Fr O’Neills, in turn St Catherines maintain their consistent early season form. Winning their first U11 hurling league tie against Ballinora on Saturday evening last at Ballynoe. Final score being 1-05 to 1-01.

Panel: S Cotter (1-04), D O’Connell, C Dunning, C Hayes, E O’Driscoll, C Pietropaolo (0-01), D O’Donovan, J Bryan, A Bryan, J Leahy, S Hegarty, C Hegarty and D Murphy.

Rebel Óg North U16 B2 Football League – Round Three

St Catherines continue to find the going tough, losing out to a heavy defeat in this Rebel Óg North U16 B football league tie when played in Killavullen on Thursday evening last. It finished up Killavullen 3-17 St Catherines 0-02.

Team: C Roberts, E McCready, J Duncan, E Sheehan, C O’Brien, J McGuckian, G England, J O’Keeffe, J Hayes (0-02), A O’Brien, C Dinneen, H Draper and E O’Riordan. Subs: B McKee and M Geary for C Dinneen and H Draper (second half). W McAuliffe for J O’Keeffe (42’). Also on panel: D Galvin. Referee: Brendán O’Regan (Doneraile).

1999 Minor League Final in Killavullen

In geographical terms it may be just at the other side of the Blackwater, but that U16 football league match on Thursday evening last was a first visit to Killavullen in seventeen years for a Saints outfit in a competitive fixture. Last occasion was the minor county B hurling league final for 1999. But it wasn’t played until Sunday, February 6th 2000. Victory went to Duhallow based team Croke Rovers on an end scoreline of 0-07 to 0-03. Presentation was made by Martin O’Brien, then PRO of the county minor board. Referee was Noel Brosnan from Killavullen. Just to get you thinking, we will hold back on the team line out until next week. Clue! Two of them were selectors on Thursday night last. You’re probably in for a week of sleepless nights!

Peil na nÓg

St Catherines using up every member of the available panel, thus giving them all substantial game time, lost both their group matches when participating in the Peil na nÓg (Féile football) at Mayfield on Saturday morning last. Losing out to Kiltha Óg on a scoreline of 1-03 to 0-02 at the host venue. Final score standing at 3-07 to 1-00 in favour of Mayfield.

Panel of Players: Brian Barry, Cathal Dinneen, Conor England, Darragh Galvin, Eoghan O’Riordan, Evan Philpott, Harry Draper, Mark Geary, Tom Hartnett, William Leamy, William McAuliffe, Adam O’Donnell, Denis Temple, Fionn O’Connell, James Mulcahy, James O’Callaghan, Jaimie Pratt, Kyle Wallace, Stephen Cotter and William O’Driscoll.

Fixtures – Juvenile

Sunday, April 9th at Castlemartyr- Rebel Óg East U12 A Hurling League round two v Kiltha Óg at 11.30am. Sunday April 9th at Brian Dillons: U16 B2 Hurling League v Raonuithe na nGael at 6.30pm. Wednesday, April 12th at Ballynoe – Rebel Óg East Minor A Hurling League round one v Cloughduv at 7pm. It’s a Rebel Óg meeting week. Further fixtures will emanate from that.

Fixtures – Adult

Saturday, April 8th at Ballynoe - County Junior B Football Championship Araglin v Cobh at 5pm. Sunday, April 9th – East Cork Junior C Football Championship quarter-final v Lisgoold at 12pm. Venue: TBC.


Can we offer our sympathy to the family of Michael Kenneally, Coolroe, Conna who passed away recently in his ninety eighth year. Ar dheis De go raibh a anam dilis.

National Leagues

Tipperary’s success over Offaly aside and all last weekend’s winners had come through Division One B of the National Hurling League, perceived to be the weaker section. Yet last two outright winners of this competition emerged from group one B. Overall, yet another forgettable week for Rebel followers. Starting out with a mauling inflicted by Kerry in the provincial U21 football final. Then securing just a share of the spoils with Down in the seventh and final match in Division Two of the national football league. A third draw for Cork in the course of the campaign. Most significant feature of the result is that it meant Down just retained their divisional status. Then the county senior hurlers lost out to Limerick. So the overall picture is much clearer now. It’s a Dublin v Kerry National football league final. Galway play Kildare in the division two decider. All four national football league finals are on in Croke Park this weekend. With the hurling league semi-finals the weekend after.


Results from the most recent weekly lotto draw, which was held at The Plough, Curraglass on Monday night last April 3rd. Numbers drawn were: 8, 14, 20 and 21 and the €3,400 jackpot wasn’t won. While the consolation winners on the night were: Eoin, Cathal, Áine and Aisling, Glentrasna, Ballynoe, John Heffernan, Garryanne, Aghern; Caroline Jones, c/o TVM, Bartlemy; Jim Roche, Castlebrook, Conna and Jim Kearney, Ballybride, Conna. Next draw for a €3,600 jackpot will be at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Monday night, April 10th.


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