St Catherines GAA

12 January, 2018

St Catherines GAA

Juvenile social this weekend

We’re probably cutting it a bit tight, but take this as a final reminder of St Catherines GAA and Camogie Club’s annual juvenile social which takes place at the Rochestown Park Hotel, on this forthcoming Friday night, January 12. The start time 7.15pm by now the venue should be updated on possible numbers.

For those of you making late decisions just check with Fiona Sheehan, Imelda O’Connell and Susan Sheehan on ticket availability. Priced at €23 for adults and €15 underage. It’s always a memorable occasion.

Scór na bPáistí

St Catherines are holding their own domestic round of Scór na bPáistí in Ballynoe Community Hall on Wednesday night next, January 17 at 7pm. This then should enable us to have teams ready for the East Cork quarter-finals which take place on Friday night, January 19 at 7pm, Saturday, January 20 at 6.30pm, Sunday, January 21 at 2pm and again at 6.30pm. All divisional quarter-finals go ahead in Lisgoold hall. Please support.

History slot

Talk of times past

For the first time in three years, St Catherines had their names in the hat when it came to the draws for the county championship of the subsequent year. Catherines have been paired with Grenagh in the first round of the intermediate hurling championship for 2018. Draw made at county convention in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on the evening of Sunday, December 10 in the year just ended. Winners progress, while the losers will be up against losers of St Finbarr’s or Mayfield in the second round.

Catherines and Grenagh meet quite a bit at underage level. No great rivalry exists at adult level. Records show the last meeting was a round four intermediate hurling league tie. Grenagh pitch had problems. Match relocated and played in Whitechurch at 6.30pm on the evening of Saturday, April 5, 2014. Realistically weather-wise it was still awful. Fortunately it was a fixture only just seen out as the fear of fog was a real half time worry - thankfully not to materialise.

Grenagh were ahead on an interval scoreline of 0-08 to 0-04. Catherines began to claw back the deficit on the turnover. Cathal Leahy, now up in the forwards, picked out substitute Noel O’Brien who booted over a point. But try as they might Catherines couldn’t make serious inroads on the lead. With Colm O’Neill and ex county star Tom Kenny dominant, Grenagh were victorious on an end 0-13 to 0-08 scoreline. One sad note to report is that the referee was the subsequently ill-fated Peter Downey of Inniscarra.

Catherines’ line out that evening was Ed Aherne, Stephen O’Brien, Ronan Clancy, Sean Leamy, Cathal Leahy, Liam O’Connor, Brian Davis, James Neville, Conor Kearney, Paul Tobin, Kevin Mangan, Padraig O’Connor, John Mulcahy, Daniel Mangan and Colm Aherne.

Subs were Ed Kenneally, Noel O’Brien, Eoin Condon, John Casey, Johnny Hurley and Eoin Corcoran.

Recently when researching a piece for the junior county hurling final match programme one stated that hitherto there was also no great rivalry between St Catherines and Brian Dillons. One would have to go back twenty years when the teams met in the county U14B hurling final proper. It was played in glorious early autumn sunshine at Páirc Uí Rinn on the afternoon of Saturday, September 27th, 1997. Throw in time was 1.45pm Catherines winning 5-12 to 1-03.

Catherines team was: Annette Fitzgerald, John Casey, Bill Aherne, Niall O’Riordan, Matthew Harper, Richard Lynch, Alan Keane, Alan Carr, Colin Hogan, Dave Barry, Padraig Dillon, John Beecher, Padraig O’Connor, Liam Kearney, Tomás Casey. Subs used were: Kevin O’Sullivan, Niall Kearney and Esther Power. Also on the panel were Seamus Noonan, John Mulcahy, Ian Hegarty, Brian Hogan and Sean Barry. Winning captain was Liam Kearney.

Included in that Brian Dillons’ line up was their current influential forward, John Horgan. Incredibly Peter Downey was also referee that day. We’ve been meaning to go back to both those matches and we did.

Strictly DVDs

A final reminder this is your last chance at obtaining copies of the Strictly DVDs from the local shoes. A fitting souvenir of what was a truly memorable occasion. Price €10. There are still a few complementary programmes floating around.


Our sympathy goes to Donie Cahill on the death of his mother Betty. Now back as secretary of the Cloyne club - a position previously occupied for many years - Donie was appointed vice chairman of Rebel Óg East on its inauguration in 2011. He graduated to the role of chairman until that particular board’s premature demise in the spring of 2015.

Get well soon

Thankfully now on the mend, we wish club registrar Pat Hartigan a speedy recovery following a recent illness.

Lotto results

First lotto draw of the new calendar year was held at The Winners Enclosure, Conna, on Monday night last, January 8. Numbers drawn were: 13, 15, 20 and 27 and the jackpot of €11,200 wasn’t won. Consolation winners on the night were: Claire Kearney, Mary C Leahy, Corrin View House, Glenreigh, Ballynoe, Angela Davis, Castlebrook, Conna, Richard Higgins Kilcronay, Ballynoe and Billy O’Connell, Ballynoe. Next will be a draw for a jackpot now standing at €11,400 at The Plough, Curraglass on Monday, January 15.


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