St Catherines GAA

08 March, 2018

St Catherines GAA

Lotto jackpot now stands at €13,000

The thaw that set in last Saturday meant there was no problem in getting to the first Rebel Óg East meeting. Also going ahead last Monday night, March 12 was the most recent weekly lotto draw held at The Big Tree, Aghern. Numbers drawn were 5, 17, 24 and 25. There was no winner of the €12,800 jackpot. Consolation winners were Helen O’Sullivan c/o Kals Josephine Leahy, Curraheen, Conna, Orla and Riona Morrison, Curraheen, Conna, Jennifer Kingston, Lismore and Paul Murphy c/o The Big Tree, Aghern. So now with an accumulated jackpot of €13,000 next draw will be at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night, March 12.

Events off

It was a weekend when the whole country ground to a halt. Sport wouldn’t be any different, it wouldn’t be exempt from the conditions! Domestically first event to suffer due to the horrendous weather conditions lead to the cancellation of the proposed registration morning originally set for Saturday morning last. Now the juvenile GAA and camogie registration morning has been rescheduled to Saturday morning coming, March 10. Time 10.00am to 11.30am. Venues are the GAA pitch in Ballynoe and Conna hall for those training there. Annual juvenile members, €20 adult membership €60. New members and all age groups welcome. Just to elaborate on other juvenile updates. Club gear available at

Hurleys are available to buy from Cathy Cotter. Weekly lotto interest to be expressed to Paul Davis. Who is also the child protection officer. Take note that the GAA three day Easter camp for all primary schoolchildren in the parish will be on Tuesday 27th-Thursday 29th March inclusive. Dates for the annual mid-summer Cúl Camp are Monday, July 2nd to Friday, July 6th inclusive. Details on both camps will follow on later.

Another casualty of the harsh conditions was the proposed trip to the northside of the city to play Glen Rovers in round two of the intermediate hurling league division four. Now one wouldn’t be absolutely sure as to what happens next. According to the master plan it’s a football weekend coming up. Then again St Catherines have a bye in round three of the junior football league. While the back door matches in the U21 football championship come into the equation. Rebel Óg is scheduled to start this weekend. With proposed fixtures in the U14 and minor football leagues.

Juvenile fixture

Saturday, March 10 at Auhavine Rebel Óg East u14 B1 football league round one v Fr O’Neills at 2pm.


Can we express our sympathy to Mary and Paddy Aherne, Ballynoe on the sad passing of Mary’s brother, Ned Tarrant in the Kilcorney area of North Cork last week.

Unless you’re made of stone could you not help but be moved by the sudden death of Aodhán Ó Conchúir, injured in a freakish accident while playing in an U15 Russell Cup match for Pobal Scoil Chorca Duibhne against St Brendan’s College, Killarney. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anamacha dílis.

Sporting excellence

Sporting excellence in all codes irrespective of whatever sport is always appreciated. That late Jonny Sexton drop goal in Paris against the French was a true measure of greatness. To deliver a score like that when desperately sought right at the death is the ultimate example of one’s total belief in one’s self. You must have that to scale the heights.

We should be witnessing greatness next week with the staging of the annual Cheltenham festival at the footholds of the Cotswolds. Known as the Olympics of racing. Ireland will go there with a strong team, They had nineteen winners there last year. They will have fancies in most of the grade one races. To mention one - watch out for the O’Leary owned Samco carrying the Gigginstown colours in the Ballymore Properties Champion Novice Hurdle. A race of just over two and a half miles and will be the first race on second day of the four day long festival. Star jockey Robbie Power intimated lately that Samcro would be good enough for the champion hurdle. You feel he had ulterior reasons for saying that. Nevertheless, as a measure of where Samcro could be. Way back in the late seventies the peerless Golden Sygnet won a novice hurdle in Cheltenham by fifteen lengths. Straightaway he was ushered to the Scottish champion hurdle at Ayr. With the race at his mercy fell and had to be put down. Just stick to your own level and work your way up. Don’t try and be a hero too soon.

Answers to quiz

We set you a little brain teaser last week. Who scored the Catherines goal against Kanturk in the intermediate hurling championship quarter-final of 2011 played in Castletownroche? Answer - Pa Roche. Nine minutes into the first half. Final score in Catherines favour that evening was 1-14 to 0-12. Fullback and captain of that Kanturk team was Donagh Duane. Manager of the Kanturk team crowned All-Ireland intermediate hurling champions of 2018.

Catherines team to start was: Ian O’Connell, Conor Hegarty, Ronan Clancy, Ed Kenneally, Patrick O’Neill, Padraig Cotter (captain), Liam O’Connor, Shane Fitzgerald, Daniel Mangan, Richard O’Connell, Shane Kearney, Brian Mulcahy, Kevin Dinneen, Kieran Morrison, Pa Roche. One sub used was Noel O’Brien. Match referee was Eamonn Sheedy of Newcestown.


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