St Catherines GAA

22 February, 2018

St Catherines GAA

Season starts in earnest this weekend

Thus far there’s been the usual spate of challenge games allied to a brace of matches in the junior football league. Now as the headline aptly puts it, it’s a season starting in earnest this weekend.

First up there is the pairing of Carrigtwohill and St Catherines in the quarter-final of the East Cork U21C football championship. Fixed for the opponents’ venue on Friday night. It’s a nice even drawn encompassing eight teams. With the winners advancing the last four. Losers will get a second chance. Probably the weekend after. A structure that will also apply to the hurling championship later on in the summer.

Carrigtwohill have been successful in the last two meetings between the teams at what were U21B football level. Again, both first round matches and both played in Ballynoe. Carrigtwohill winning on a 1-08 to 1-05 scoreline on Saturday, February 27, 2016.

Line out that day was, Eoin Corcoran, Eoin Wallace, Cathal Leahy, John Walsh, Philip Keane, Rory Galvin, Richard Galvin, Kieran Neville, Eoin Condon (captain), Thomas O’Donnell, Cormac Mulcahy, Stephen O’Donnell, Christopher O’Donnell, Ian O’Brien, Shane O’Brien. Subs were Shane O’Regan, Niall O’Regan and Kieran English.

Carrigtwohill also winning on a 0-12 to 0-07 scoreline on March 24, 2007.

Catherines’ line out: Graham O’Neill, Ronan Clancy, Cal Aherne, Maurice Dineen, Liam O’Connor, Ed Kenneally, Brendan Lynch, Padraig Cotter, Richard O’Connell, Kevin Mangan, Patrick O’Neill, Sean Barry, Roy Hartigan, Shane Cotter, Thomas Walsh. Sub was Stephen Clifford.

We wish the best of luck to team manager Eoin Condon and his squad of players. As we do to Sean O’Farrell, this year’s intermediate hurling manager as they start their league campaign in Ballynoe on Saturday night against Ballinhassig.


Friday, February 23 at Carrigtwohill East Cork U21 C football championship quarter-final v Carrigtwohill at 7.30pm.

Saturday, February 24 at Ballynoe intermediate hurling league round one v Ballinhassig at 7.30pm.

Sunday, February 25 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh national football league division two round four v Cavan at 1pm.

Sunday, February 25 at Páirc Uí Chaoimh national hurling league division one round four v Waterford at 3pm.

Junior football league

division three round two

Castlemartyr 3-15

St Catherines 0-06

It was the opposition who dominated this round two junior football league division three tie played in Castlemartyr at 3pm on Sunday afternoon last.

Wing forward Michael Kelly teased and tormented an often beleaguered saints’ defence. Keeping himself to a tally of ten points. Divided equally between placed balls and general play. As a brace of skillfully taken John Hurley points had the deficit at 0-09 to 0-03 at half-time. Further points from Padraig O’Connor and Rory Galvin frees tried to keep the saints’ momentum going. But a Liam Martin goal on forty minutes put the kibosh on it. Further late goals from Barra Ó Tuama and Declan Kelly put the icing on the cake.

St Catherines scorers: J Hurley, P O’Connor and R Galvin (frees) (0-02 each).

Castlemartyr scorers: M Kelly (0-05 frees) (0-10), L Martin (0-01), B Ó’Tuama and D Kelly (1-00 each), E Clifford (0-02), E Cashman and M Cosgrove (0-01 each).

St Catherines team: C Molloy, P Keane, J Neville, S O’Regan, K Neville, P O’Connor, P Ryan, S Cogan, R Galvin, T O’Donnell, S O’Brien, B Davis, J Hurley, E Davis, J Walsh. Subs: J Mulcahy for J Walsh (2nd half), D Wallace for P Ryan (33’), J Walsh for R Galvin (46’). Also on panel: E Corcoran. Referee: Paudie Kearney (Glenbower Rovers).

Challenge matches

It could be the standing still as it seemed bitterly cold for this intermediate hurling challenge under lights at Ballynoe on Tuesday night, February 13 last. Douglas were shading it at 1-04 to 0-06 at the break and again at 1-07 to 0-08 to the three-quarter mark. But with influential performances from Conor Kingston, Stephen Moylan and in particular Mark Dolan it was the city team who really opened up from there on in. They were the dominant force especially through the fourth and final quarter. Winning at the finish on a scoreline of 2-13 to 0-10. Daniel Mangan, Brian Mulcahy and Shane O’Brien from placed balls lead the scoring for the home-based team.

Catherines were edging another challenge match by two points to twenty four minutes when playing a Carrigtwohill selection under lights at Ballynoe on Friday night last. Next three scores ironically all goals effectively winning the match. Richard Galvin and Rory Galvin right on the stroke of half-time with the first two. Then careering through Eoin Condon set up Daniel Mangan with a classical finish. Setting up an eye-catching third goal and a lead of 3-05 to 0-04 to thirty three minutes. Only pity would be that the game wouldn’t be of greater stature and more people would see it. Further points from Brian Mulcahy, James Neville, Ben O’Brien and the aforementioned Mangan confirmed the win on a 3-12 to 0-06 scoreline. Just a challenge, don’t read too much into it. Pa Beausang, now one of the top referees in the division was on the whistle. St Catherines were one point victors over Castlelyons in an U16 hurling challenge at the same venue twenty four hours previously.

National leagues

Two teams much in the limelight over the past twelve months will meet this forthcoming Sunday afternoon in an effort to attain respectability and more importantly badly needed points. It will be a double header at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. First up the pairing of Cork and Cavan, conquerors of Meath last time, in a round four fixture of the national football league division two. Throw-in at 1pm followed by the round four clash at 3pm of Cork and Waterford in the first division of the national hurling league.


Junior B hurling manager for this year will be Noel O’Brien, ably assisted by fellow selectors, Laurence O’Connor, Mike Walsh and Jim Lane. While U21 hurling manager Billy Neville tells us his fellow selectors are Noel O’Brien and Kieran Morrison.


A reminder to all players and club members that the membership fee is now due.

Camogie success

Congratulations to Loreto, Fermoy on defeating St Clare’s on a scoreline of 2-09 to 1-07 in the All-Ireland senior D camogie semi-final when played at Parnells GAA grounds in Dublin on Saturday afternoon last. All-Ireland final against Coláiste Naomh Cormac, Kilcormac will be on this Saturday afternoon, March 3.


Unfortunately St Catherine were unable to muster up a team for the divisional Scór Sinsear finals which were scheduled for Lisgoold Community Hall on Saturday night last.


We offer our condolences to the O’Brien family, Carrigeen, Conna, on the death of Kieran’s uncle, Willie in Tallow.


T&A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe, are sponsors of St Catherines GAA Club. Juvenile club sponsors are Mulcahy steel.


Parting shot will be the results from the most recent lotto draw which was held at The Plough Bar in Curraglass on Monday night last, February 19. Numbers drawn were 12, 13, 22 and 28 and the jackpot of €12,400 wasn’t won. The consolation winners were: Christy Daly, Castlelyons; Hannah Hartnett, Ballynoe; Jack Cotter, Boulta, Ballynoe; Rita Cliffe c/o The Big Tree, Aghern and Margaret Murphy, Monagown, Conna.

Next draw for a jackpot now standing at €12,600 will be at McAuliffe’s Ballynoe, on Monday night, February 26.

And finally…..

Enjoy the games at the weekend. Hopefully, we get the right results!