St Catherines GAA

30 November, 2017

St Catherines GAA

Adult club AGM this weekend

Following the successful staging of its juvenile equivalent, attention now shifts to the parent club annual general meeting which goes ahead in Conna hall on this forthcoming Friday, December 1 at 8.00pm. It’s the important meeting of the year and all are welcome.


It appears that the gremlins surfaced last week. So we resubmit the results from the lotto draw which was held at The Fisherman’s Rest on Monday, November 26. Numbers drawn were 2, 11, 16 and 17 and the jackpot of a then accumulated €10,000 wasn’t won. The consolation winners on the night were Mike Fitzgerald, Sydney, Siobhan Cronin c/o The Big Tree, Aghern, Niamh Kielty, Glentrasna, Ballynoe, Nora Brien c/o P.H. Conna and Pat O’Donovan, Barrafohona, Ballynoe.

Moving on and we give you the details from the most recent draw which was held at The Winners’ enclosure, Conna on Monday night last, November 27. Numbers drawn were 16,18,21,26. There was no winner of the €10,200 jackpot. The consolation winners were EP Harnett, Rathdrum, Ballynoe, Dennis Dingivan, Seamus Moroney, Kilmagner, Jack Cotter, Boulta, Ballynoe and Tom Fitzgerald, Ballynoe. A draw for a now accumulated €10,400 jackpot will be on in The Plough, Curraglass on Monday night coming, December 4. Also, next week we reveal dates for the lotto draws that will be on over the festive period. Remember tickets cost just €2 and are available from committee members and businesses throughout the parish. We thank you for your loyal and ongoing support.

Coiste na nÓg County U13 A Hurling League Final

Kinsale 3-06 St Catherines 2-07

What a game. In the end it was the home team just doing enough before seeing off a stubborn and tenacious Saints challenge in this Coiste na nÓg county U13 A hurling league final when people played in Kinsale early on Sunday afternoon last. Both teams found it difficult to breach the opposition rearguard, with the respective defences keeping whatever could be thrown at them at bay. In particular, Sean O’Donoghue and Kyle Wallace hurled heroically for a Saints outfit well beaten by the same opposition in a regular group game at Ballynoe, back towards the middle of June.

Kian O’Callaghan worked his way through and finished off the game’s first and lead score with a lead goal right at the end of the opening quarter. But Catherine’s were sticking to their task and were rewarded when James Mulcahy cheekily lobbed the equalising goal. Kian O’Donoghue subsequently added a brace of points from converted frees and it was 1-03 to 1-00 in favour of the visitors at the break.

Kinsale were having the best of it on the changeover and finished off two goals a minute apart - Kris O’Callaghan with the second from a lengthy free just two minutes into the second half. Dangerman James Murphy, now further out the field, added a point.

Catherines continued to hurl majestically and were now defensively very much on tap. Wingback Ben O’Connor regularly on the sliotar and Fionn O’Connell at centre back attracting the ball as if it was a magnet. His clearance balls were the launch pads for many attacks. Nathan Sheehan was involved, before at the second time of asking team captain Gearoid O’Brien forced in a second Catherine’s goal, thinning the deficit to just one point on forty four minutes. Denis Temple dub shot over the leveller and this county league final was going to twenty minutes of extra time, ten a side, on an end scoreline of 3-02 to 2-05.

Three unanswered points in as many minutes had Kinsale ahead at 3-05 to 2-06 to the end of the first period. Catherines tried manfully to rescue the situation and were rewarded three successful frees with time gradually petering out. One was ushered out for a sixty five. A subsequent effort hit the post. Gearoid O’Brien pointed a late free on fifty minutes at 3-06 to 2-07, which was how it ended. Referee Stephen Murphy thought it was such a fair and evenly fought decider that he requested the match ball at the end before presenting the winning cup to successful captain, Ben Loughnane.

Catherine’s scorers: G O’Brien 0-01 free) (1-03), J Mulcahy (1-00), K O’Donoghue (0-03 frees) and D Temple (0-01).

Catherine’s Team: Stephen Cotter, James O’Callaghan, Kyle Wallace, Sean O’Donoghue, Ben O’Connor, Fionn O’Connell, Oisín Fitzgerald, Nathan Sheehan, Kian O’Donoghue, Adam O’Donnell, Gearoid O’Brien (team captain), Ciaran Kelleher, Cathal Sheehan, Denis Temple, James Mulcahy. Substitutes: Cathal McAuliffe and Ciaran Pietropaolo for Cathal Sheehan and Ciaran Kelleher (second half). Diarmuid O’Connell for Adam O’Donnell (41’), Diarmuid O’Donovan for James Mulcahy (73’) and Shane Cotter for Denis Temple (76’).

Referee: Stephen Murphy (Bandon).

Strictly DVDs

A message from co-ordinator Ann Galvin that DVDs of that now legendary ‘Strictly’ night are available in the local shops costing €10 each.


T&A Building and Civil Engineering contractors Ballynoe are sponsors of St Catherines GAA club, juvenile club sponsors are Mulcahy Steel.