St Catherines GAA

18 December, 2017

St Catherines GAA
Saints paired with Grenagh in intermediate hurling championship
Tracey Kennedy assumed her role as chairperson at convention held at the revamped Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday afternoon last, when Ger Lane’s three year tenure as chairman of the county board officially ended. By contrast it was a sad week as well with the news of the death of previous chairman Derry Gowen. Indeed, Ger Lane touched on the issue at the East Cork convention last week that now five executive chairmen have passed to their eternal reward while he held office.
Derry Gowen was a mild mannered, softly spoken, always approachable gentleman who served Fermoy, Avondhu and the county well. He was treasurer of the county board for nine years from 1963 to 72, also serving as chairman from ‘82 to ‘84, which was centenary year of the association. He was also involved with a number of teams over the years and was a selector with the Cork minor footballers, winning their first title in the grade with a final victory over Mayo in 1961. This was the curtain raiser to the Down-Offaly senior final. There were 91,000 people in Croke Park that day. A record for an All-Ireland final. Included in that rebel minor team were Frank Cogan and Brendan Larkin and their respective names are still synonymous with Cork GAA.
Of course, Derry will always be credited with the founding of Scór, the GAA’s talent competition, promotion of our Gaelic culture through the medium of traditional music, song and dance, in 1970. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis. His son Diarmuid is now treasurer of Cork county board and we congratulate both Tracey and Diarmuid on their new appointments.
A feature at county convention are the championship draws in both codes for the new season. Newly crowned county junior champions St Catherines have been paired with Grenagh in the first round of intermediate hurling championship. Winners advance with the losers to meet either Mayfield or St Finbarrs in the second round of the competition. Reigning senior champions Imokilly, who can now call on Youghal players, clash with Muskerry in the first round of the 2018 county senior hurling championship. Youghal themselves must play Castlelyons in the first round of the premier intermediate hurling.
Now Cork and Munster champions Nemo Rangers must play Clyda Rovers in the first round of the county senior football championship. Defeated county finalists St Finbarrs play Carrigaline. County and provisional junior champions Knocknagree must play Rockchapel in the first round of next year’s county intermediate football championship.
East Cork convention
Newly appointed host club chairman Con Lawlor opened proceedings in welcoming everybody to the annual East Cork convention which in the memory of the late Tom Joe O’Riordan was held in Castlelyons Community Centre on Wednesday night, December 6. Tom Joe, a gentleman to his fingertips, was a lifelong member of his beloved club, playing with Castlelyons conquerors of the saints in the 1955 East Cork final, he served division and county well and was treasurer of the Imokilly board for seventeen years. You would radiate in his warm company and it’s coming up to a year now since he was tragically killed in a car crash on the motorway.
Board secretary Michael O’Brien, in reviewing his own report which along with the PRO and treasurer details were presented in book form to the delegates, spoke in glowing terms of Imokilly’s third county senior hurling championship success. Thanking all the clubs that lent players for the campaign, especially Cloyne and Castlelyons who played their own championship games a few days after the barony played. Thanks also to the many clubs who made their grounds and lights available, often at short notice.
Another great year for East Cork teams in the county inter divisional championships. Winning three of the five county finals contested, St Catherines in being crowned junior hurling champions brought the John Quirke Cup back to the division for the third time in four years. Sarsfields lifted the junior B hurling title. Cobh won the junior B football championship. Congratulations also to Aghada who won the intermediate hurling championship. First ever adult county hurling title in their history. County hurling league success attained by the hurlers of Sarsfields, Fr O’Neills and Castlelyons, while Cobh won out the county junior B football league.
Richard Fitzgerald from the Russell Rovers club was completing his five year tenure as East Cork board chairman. Highlight was probably Dungourney winning the 2015 Munster junior hurling championship. Although a native of Clyda Rovers, now Lisgoold resident Donal O’Keeffe takes up occupancy of the chair. He recalled going to board meetings first in the company of a few club stalwarts. Most notably John Joe O’Regan, Jimmy Geary and the late Bob O’Sullivan. He was previously in charge of the league and was referee co-ordinator. Jerome O’Brien from Cloyne is the new vice chairman. Willie Ring, whose name is synonymous with East Cork GAA, replaces Midleton’s John Hennessy as board president. He spoke in praise worthy terms of the late Moss O’Sullivan and Dave Hoare during his 45 year involvement with the board. It was probably Ger Lane’s last official function prior to his involvement as county board chairman terminated. Outgoing chairman Richard Fitzgerald on behalf of the East Cork board made him a presentation. Likewise Michael O’Brien to Richard Fitzgerald.
Regular delegate Pat Lane was the recipient of the East Cork junior hurling medals on behalf of St Catherines. The convention wound up with Carraig na bhFear’s representative Don Hegarty performing Amhrán na bhFiann.
Reardans All Stars
Wednesday night, December 6 would see the naming of the Cork All-Star selections sponsored by Reardens, comprising players who participated in this year’s club county senior championships encompassing hurling, football, camogie and ladies football. Six players from the county winning Imokilly team made the hurling selection with Brian Lawton named player of the year. Fourteen of the fifteen named on the All-Star football selection emanated from both county finalists. Matthew Taylor at left corner back from Avondhu was the only player picked outside of Nemo Rangers and St Finbarrs. Footballer of the year was Luke Connolly from Nemo. Catherines players Orla Cotter at centre forward and Finola Neville at left half forward were named on the camogie All-Star team.
Strictly DVDs
A reminder from chief co-ordinator Ann Galvin that DVDs of that famous strictly night are available in the local shops costing €10 each. Some spare souvenir programmes, free of charge can also be picked up.
Club gear
Stuck for an idea for a Christmas present? Good news that our club gear has been updated online with O’Neills and new items of clothing are available. Click on the link:
Juvenile social
St Catherines GAA and camogie clubs annual juvenile social will be on Friday night, January 12. Prices are €23 for adults and €25 for underage. Tickets are now on sale and available from juvenile club treasurer Fiona Sheehan, secretary Imelda O’Connell and Susan Sheehan, assistant treasurer, juvenile club. Adult club social will be on Saturday night, February 3. Both socials will be in The Rochestown Park Hotel, more details closer to the time.
Church concert
A captivating performance of vibrant Irish music song and dance with a difference. A spellbinding display of raw energy, passion and melodic genius. That was the description on the promotional material as Liam O’Connor, with the fastest fingers in the world, participated in his second parochial gig in just over five years, at Conna church on Friday night last. Proceeds in aid of a sensory garden and outdoor educational room in a fundraiser for Curraglass National School and helping hands homeless action group in Cork. “Must see show of the year”.
Ballynoe national school swim
Ballynoe National School are organising a swim at Claycastle in Youghal on Christmas day at 12noon. Proceeds are in aid of future development of a ball wall. Sponsor cards available at school and from board members. Hot refreshments will be served on the day.
Poc Fada
St Catherines GAA and camogie clubs second annual poc fada will be on St Stephens morning. Registration will be from 10.30am onwards from the main entry gate into the pitch in Ballynoe with first teams away at 11.00am. Cost is €10 for adults. Juveniles €5. It’s three on a team. Next week’s notes feature a full preview of all upcoming events and more about the poc fada will be included.
Results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe, on Monday night last, December 11. Numbers drawn were: 1, 5, 7 and 29 and there was no winner of the €10,600 jackpot. The consolation winners were: Mike Barry, c/o The Big Tree, Aghern, Máíre Ní Breathnach, Ballymurphy, Conna, Toss Hartigan (phone number supplied), Diarmuid Barry, Kilcor, Castlelyons and Lisa and Alan O’Mahony, Conna.
Next draw for a jackpot now standing at €10,800 will be the Christmas lotto draw with festive bonus prizes. Open to lotto sellers and customers and club supporters alike, it takes place at The Big Tree, Aghern on Saturday night, December 23. Next subsequent draw to that will be at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna, on Saturday night, December 30. First draw of the new calendar year takes place at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna on Monday night, January 8.
T&A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are sponsors of St Catherine’s GAA Club. Mulcahy Steel are juvenile club sponsors.