St Catherines GAA

30 October, 2018

St Catherines GAA 
AGM dates settled on
All regular meetings for the year are now over. Both parent and juvenile clubs had their most recent get togethers only last week and will reconvene now for both annual general meetings with the dates for both now settled on. Starting with the AGM of the juvenile club, fixed for the clubrooms in Ballynoe on Wednesday night November 7th. Official starting time will be 8pm. As it is for the parent club, which will go ahead in Ballynoe Community Centre on Friday night November 23rd. We will slot in a few further reminders between now and then.
Corn An Artaigh
You see the pairings in the programmes of the Provincial hurling championship. But of course you don’t study them on those days. Bigger things on our minds haven’t we? But now it’s a reality and the opening shots in the Harty Cup for the Munster U19 senior A hurling championship are fired. St Colman’s, Fermoy recording an emphatic victory over Nenagh CBS in the first match of group A, which was played in Cashel on the afternoon of Wednesday, October 17th last. Colman’s winning on an end scoreline of 3-18 to 1-11. Catherines player Ciaran O’Brien lining out at left corner back. Ardscoil Rís defeating Gael Cholaiste Mhuire and Mhainistir Thuaidh in the other match in the group.
Juvenile Club Activity
It was a busy day with more than one hundred and twenty boys and girls taking part in the final U5 and 6 hurling and camogie blitz of the season at a busy Ballynoe pitch from early on Saturday morning last. Schedule outlays ten minutes per side with seven players per team. St Catherines, Fermoy, Bride Rovers and Castlelyons were the teams participating in the hurling and also football blitz. Johnny Sheehan looks after the Catherines team in this particular age group. As do Ann Galvin and Marian Morrison in the equivalent camogie group. Tea and refreshments were served in the clubrooms after the blitz and goodie bags were given to all participating boys and girls on the day.
Running almost concurrent were the U11 hurling league finals in Bishopstown. In the first match played the Saints lost out narrowly to the host venue, but were victorious in a second game against the oppositions team two. Team manager Mark O’Driscoll is satisfied with the performance all round on what was a rewarding season.
Full U11 Panel For The Year
Daniel Turley, Fionn McCready, Conor Murray, Jake Pratt, Sam Aherne, Stephen Mulcahy, Gearóid Sheehan, John Temple, Cillian Hickey, Shay Wallace, Thomas Dee, Mark Kearney, Charlie Leahy, Tristan Clancy, Callum O’Driscoll, Julian Pietropaolo, Kyle O’Donoghue, Shane O’Donoghue, Liam Moore and Alan Cotter.
U16 Hurling Challenge
A third win for the Saints over Fr O’Neills in as many outings. As the respective managers Ed Galvin for the home team and Tom Mellerick reported themselves well pleased after a decent workout following this U16 hurling challenge, when played under lights at a noticeably cold albeit dry Ballynoe on Wednesday evening, October 17th last.
O’Neills started the livelier with centre forward Ciaran McHugh registering two of the opening three unanswered points. Yet in one foul swoop saw all their good work undone. Tom Hartnett goaling Catherines first and equalising score after eleven minutes. While the pacy full forward was proving a major thorn in the opposition defence added four points, as the Saints surged into a three point lead and ahead on a half-time scoreline now standing at 1-07 to 0-07. Kevin Barry was another valuable asset up front. 
As the Saints sprung all four players from the bench right from the outset of the resumption, one of those substitutes Fionn O’Connell injected great energy and pace in the forward line, adding a brace of well taken points in the process. Daniel McAllister was achieving something similar at the other end. An U16 hurling challenge probably decided by the second Saints goal, finished off in clinical fashion by Gavin England on forty minutes. It finished up at St Catherines 2-13 Fr O’Neills 0-15. Match referee was Paudi Kearney of Killeagh. 
O’Neills were due to play Tracton in a league semi-final at Minane Bridge last weekend. Winners will be up against St Catherines in this year’s Rebel Óg East U16 B1 hurling league final. While O’Neills were also due to play the Saints in a Rebel Óg East U14 B1 football league semi-final, scheduled for Ballynoe under the lights last night (Wednesday) October 24.
Introduction Of Paddy Sheehan Cup
This year’s Paddy Sheehan Cup final went ahead only a fortnight ago. Report appeared last week. Now it’s going to be busy over the coming period with juvenile league games, AGM’s whatever else materialises. So maybe quicker than planned “hit it while it’s hot”. “There’s no time like the present”. We fast forward the review of the introduction of the Paddy Sheehan Cup, so here goes.
It was introduced into the club by twin brothers Batty and Billy O’Connell and was first played for in the summer of 1993. It was a four team minor hurling tournament taking in three matches. Encompassing two semi-finals and a straight final. St Catherines GAA Club as we know it today was formed in 1946. Paddy Sheehan uncle of Batty and Billy was its first treasurer taking in the years 1946-1948. St Catherines defeated Erins Own in the final, finishing up on a scoreline of 4-08 to 3-05. Kieran Morrison and Johnny Sheehan both intercounty minors that year recorded a tally of 3-05 between them in that tournament final, which was refereed by Eddie Cunningham of Tallow. Club chairman that year was Billy Neville who thanked all teams for participating, prior to introducing Batty O’Connell who presented the cup to minor captain Dave O’Connell. Other teams involved were Fermoy and Midleton. 
Both Batty and Billy have made significant contributions over the years. Batty captaining the junior hurlers in the divisional and County winning year of 1983, while Billy assumed the role of chairman from 1994 to 1996, which coincided with the winning of the intermediate hurling championship in 1994. He was also primarily responsible for the introduction of the club weekly lotto draw in March of 1995. Now one of the clubs biggest ongoing fundraisers and he remains its co-ordinator to the present day. Interest in the Paddy Sheehan Cup dipped over the years but was revitalised by the juvenile club and is now played for annually as an U12 hurling tournament, back in its rightful place at the top table, Paddy would be happy!
1993 Team That Played In The Final
Michael O’Brien, Brendan Noonan, Michael Dorgan, Richard Cotter, Paul O’Connell, Martin O’Keeffe, Richie Hegarty, Ger Lynch, Jim Lane, Dessie Lucey, Dave O’Connell, Robbie O’Connell, Pat Morrison, Kieran Morrison and Michael Hegarty. Subs were: Kevin O’Connell and Johnny Sheehan. Also involved in that team were Paddy Lane, James Caplice, Donal Lynch, Ian O’Connell and Brian Cotter.
That team won the East Cork minor A hurling championship that year going on to the county final where they lost to Éire Óg. There were a few changes along the way.
Hallowe’en Camp
All next week the schools are closed so St Catherines juvenile GAA and camogie clubs are organising their Hallowe’en camp. Dates are Tuesday 30 and Wednesday October 31st. Taking in the hours from 10am to 1pm on each of what is a two day camp. It’s open to all primary school children of the parish. Cost is €20 per child and €50 for a family of three or more. Remember you must bring a hurley, helmet, gum shield, boots, rain gear, drink and a snack. To book you must text the child’s name, age and contact details to Imelda O’Connell, secretary St Catherines juvenile GAA club. A great way to try out what the Association has to offer for the first time.
Parish League Finals
Even before the mini camp are the annual parish league finals, which normally entail three age groups and include boys and girls and they are scheduled for the pitches in Ballynoe on Friday night October 26th and Saturday morning October 27th coming.
Lotto Jackpot Now At €3,000
St Catherines weekly lotto draw now has an accumulated jackpot of €3,000. Results from the most recent draw, which was held at The Big Tree, Aghern on Monday night last, October 22. Numbers drawn 5, 20, 22 and 26. There was no winner of the €2,800 jackpot. While the consolation winners were: Eabha Twomey, c/o Fisherman’s Rest, Conna, Matt Noonan, Conna, John Casey, Shanakill, Curraglass, S Cotter, c/o PH and Caroline Jones, c/o TVM, Bartlemy.
It’s going to be a busy weekend. We’re voting on Friday. Winter time kicks in at 2am on Sunday morning. That’s an extra hour in the leaba. It’s also a bank holiday. So next draw goes ahead at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Tuesday night October 30th.
T & A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are St Catherines GAA Club sponsors. Juvenile club sponsors are Mulcahy Steel.