St Catherines GAA

01 June, 2017

St Catherines GAA

Major championship match for Ballynoe

Revealed at the most recent meeting of Cork County Board is that the pairing of Cloyne and Kilworth in round 2A of the premier intermediate hurling championship has been fixed for Páirc Naomh Caitríonaigh, Baile Nua. Throw-in is at 7.30pm in Ballynoe on Friday evening, June 9.

Club gear

Delighted to announce that you can now purchase St Catherines GAA gear online directly from O’Neill’s sports website – https:/

Cardiac screening

Cardiac screening in association with AMS will take place in St Catherines GAA grounds on Saturday, June 17. Members of Laya healthcare are free and everyone else must pay a €65 fee which is tax deductible. Booking is essential and open to anyone aged twelve years and upwards. Bookings can be made online or over the phone - 1890 300 333. Go to, click on online booking and enter the clinic code ‘catherine’. You can use credit or debit cards to book an appointment.

Matches played

Junior hurling challenge games

St Catherines were the better team at the outset of this hurling challenge against intermediate team Kilbrittain, played in pleasant conditions at Ballynoe on Tuesday evening, May 23 last. Rory Galvin won a penalty and crashed it home, to give us the lead goal at 1-04 to 0-01 after twelve minutes. First cousin Richard rammed home a second from play, to set up a lead on a half time scoreline of 2-06 to 0-07.

Kilbrittain, mainly through the influential play of midfielders Patrick O’Mahony and Ross Cashman, continued to improve, eating into the deficit which the saints managed to contain - mainly through a hat trick of final quarter points from centre forward Shane Kearney. Then Kilbrittain took the lead for the first time through a Tommy Harrington goal after 55 minutes. But the home team were able to rescue it. Late points from Brian Mulcahy and a Shane O’Brien free saw parity attained right at the death, on a final scoreline of 2-13 to 1-16. Match referee was Brian Murphy from Carrigtwohill.

We built up a formidable lead during our second challenge game against an understrength Eire Óg outfit on a pristine Ovens pitch on Saturday evening last. Ahead at 1-06 to 0-02 at the end of the opening quarter and again at 2-10 to 0-04 on 25mins, the visitors produced the move - and ultimately the score - of the match.

Daniel Mangan, Richard O’Connell and Shane Kearney all combined for some fine play which was finished off with a smartly taken Rory Galvin goal on twenty eight minutes.

Galvin converted the first goal from a penalty in the ninth minute against an Eire Óg team largely dependent on Kevin Hallisey and Daniel Goulding for scores in a hurling challenge refereed by Joe Larkin of Douglas. Leading by 3-11 to 0-04 at the break, Catherines used the opportunity to give eight second half substitutes game-time. Scoring was not as plentiful but enough to win out on an end scoreline of 3-18 to 1-14.

Munster football


It says a lot when the second-half introduction of Donncha O’Connor played a significant role in Cork’s escape from Dungarvan last Saturday evening in the provincial senior football championship quarter final. O’Connor is from Ballydesmond, only a mere stone’s throw from the Kingdom border and one of the heroes from 2010 when the rebels last claimed ultimate glory.

Another star from that team was playing full forward for his club in a hurling challenge against Catherines at the corresponding time of the football match. Cork, who stopped off in Ballynoe by arrangement on their way, highlighted how two gilt-edged goal chances were wasted.

A poor defensive blunder lead to the Déise goal, but this only covers the cracks. Just think back to Thurles last year - Newbridge and Doonbeg this time around. It happens regularly. Cork’s belief they are the second-best team in Munster will now be tested severely. They play Tipperary in the provincial semi-final at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday evening, June 10.

After a shaky start Paul McCarthy’s junior squad saw off the Waterford challenge in last Saturday evening’s curtain raiser.

Juvenile report

U12 A East hurling league

Section one - round five

St Catherines 7-14 Killeagh Itas 2-02

Ahead at 4-09 to 1-00 at the break St Catherines went on to record an emphatic victory over Killeagh/Ita’s in this R5 U12 A hurling league tie played in very good conditions at Ballynoe on Tuesday evening, May 23.

Scorers: C Sheehan (3-03), K O’Donoghue (2-04), S Cotter (1-05), C Hayes (1-00), O Fitzgerald and C Pietropaolo (0-01 each).

Team: J Bryan, C Dunning, E O’Driscoll, G O’Callaghan McCarthy, D O’Donovan, S O’Donoghue, O Fitzgerald, N Sheehan, C Pietropaolo, D O’Connell, D Morrison, C Leahy, C Sheehan, K O’Donoghue, S Cotter.

Also: A Bryan, C Hayes, C McCarthy, C Feeney, J Leahy, D Murphy and C McAuliffe.

Referee: Pat Fitzgerald (home club).

Coiste na nÓg county U13 B2 football league – R2

St Catherines 1-04 Aghada 2-04

Aghada exacted revenge for a loss in the hurling when they eventually won this round two U13 B2 football league tie by a narrow three point margin when played in Ballynoe on Saturday afternoon. Cathal McAuliffe and James Mulcahy were prominent in repelling early opposition raids. Even so, a brace of Fionn O’Connor points would have Aghada ahead by three unanswered points after seven minutes.

The game turned around when a probing Nathan Sheehan delivery from a placed ball was ushered over the line by an alert Jamie Pratt. This eased the home team ahead on a scoreline of 1-01 to 0-03. Two early second half goals from Gavin Hill and Johnny Regan sealed the win for the visitors. Ex-Watergrasshill defender (now Ballyhooly based) Bernard Kiernan was an excellent referee.

Scorers: J Pratt (1-00), D Temple (0-01 free) and N Sheehan (0-1 free) (0-02 each).

Team: J O’Callaghan, S O’Donoghue, J Mulcahy, C McAuliffe, K Wallace, O Fitzgerald, N Sheehan, K O’Donoghue, J Pratt, F O’Connell, C Feeney, C Sheehan, D Temple.

Referee: Bernard Kiernan (Ballyhooly).

U11 football league – R5

St Catherines 4-13 Fermoy 2-00

Impressive winners in the equivalent hurling league, St Catherines kept their unbeaten run going by proving too strong for Fermoy in round five of the U11 football league played in Ballynoe on Saturday afternoon.

Scorers: C Pietropaolo (2-04), S Cotter (1-04), D Murphy (1-00), D O’Connell (0-03), C Leamy and T Barry (0-01 each).

Panel: C Leamy, S Cotter, D O’Connell, C Dunning, E O’Driscoll, C Pietropaolo, D O’Donovan, J Bryan, J Leahy, S Hegarty, C Hegarty, D Murphy, J Hickey, G O’Callaghan, McCarthy and T Barry.

Ref: Eoin Sheehan (home club).

Sciath na Scol final

Congratulations go to Ballynoe national school on winning section DH 6 of the Sciath na Scol finals held at the impressive CIT grounds at 11am on Monday morning, May 22. Defeating GS Cionn tSaile (Kinsale) in the decider on a scoreline of 0-08 to 0-06.

In an evenly contested final both teams took turns to force the issue. A brace of Fionn O’Connell points had the East Cork team narrowly ahead at 0-03 to 0-02. Then after momentarily falling behind, Nathan Sheehan from a second pointed free saw parity restored for a fourth time on a halftime scoreline of 0-04 apiece in a highly exciting decider.

A brace of Denis Temple points and a late point from a sideline cut by Adam O’Donnell (Ballynoe’s eighth point) were the scores that sealed the victory by a two-point margin, on an end scoreline of 0-08 to 0-06. Dependable goalkeeping as ever by Gerard Leahy. The winning trophy was awarded to Fionn O’Connell.

Scorers: N Sheehan (0-03 frees), F O’Connell and D Temple (0-02 each) and A O’Donnell (0-01 sideline cut).

Team: Gerard Leahy, Sean O’Donoghue, James O’Callaghan, Oisín Fitzgerald, Fionn O’Connell, Nathan Sheehan, Stephen Cotter, Denis Temple, Adam O’Donnell, Cathal Sheehan, Diarmuid O’Donovan, Cathal McAuliffe, Gearoid Ó Ceallacháin McCarthaigh, Adam O’Keeffe, David McAuliffe and John McAuliffe.

Referee: C O’Callaghan (Minane Bridge National School - Tracton).

Coming up

St Catherines GAA juvenile club annual church gate collection will be made after all masses throughout the parish this weekend, Saturday, June 3 and Sunday, June 4. A day of fun and games will feature in lá na gclub in the pitches in Ballynoe on Monday afternoon, June 5.

Rebel Óg East fixtures

Friday, June 2, U14 B1 football league, section one round six v Lisgoold (away) at 7.30pm.

Tuesday, June 6 at Aughavine U12 B1 football league, section two round six v Fr O’Neills at 7.30pm.


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


Finally for this week, the results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna, on Monday night, May 29. Numbers drawn were 6, 7, 16 and 28 and there was no winner of the €5,000 jackpot. Consolation winners on the night were Caroline Jones c/o TVM, Bartlemy; Redmond Higgins, Ballynoe; Mike and Jeanette c/o The Big Tree, Aghern; Seamus Kearney, Ballybride, Conna and Mary Scanlon, Conna. Being a bank holiday next week’s draw with a jackpot now standing at €5,200 will be held over until Tuesday night, June 6 at The Winners Enclosure, Conna.

On Monday, May 29 St Catherines GAA Club opened their club grounds to three local schools in the catchment area; Conna NS, Curraglass NS and Ballynoe NS. It was a great day for everyone involved - from the pupils, to the teachers and all the club members who were in St Catherines to coach the young children on the day.