St Catherines GAA

29 November, 2018

St Catherines GAA 

Decent attendance at AGM

A decent turnout, allied to a sizeable plethora of players made for a satisfactory attendance at the parent club AGM, held in the main hall of Ballynoe Community Centre on Friday night last.

Chairman Pat Clancy was impressed with the turnout and thanked anybody who helped in any way during the year now ending. Anybody who put their hands in their pockets were making a contribution, as running a GAA club is now a full-time job. Adding that the financial side is now as important as playing there is a noticeable dip in the sale of weekly lotto tickets. Although there were two noteworthy jackpot victories claimed in the course of the year. For that we should be conscious of the continued and generous sponsorship of T&A. Both Thomas and Antoinette, apart from being sponsors, help in many ways. Thomas attends regularly at the monthly meetings. Although not seeking re-election, Antoinette had acted previously as assistant secretary. Mention too that Mulcahy Steel sponsoring the juvenile club was greatly appreciated. Pat appealed for your support of the weekly lotto, the Cork GAA Clubs Draw and any more fundraisers that might come up during the year.

Being the most high profile meeting of the year, the chairman felt it was the time to inform those present on where we are with our grounds at the current time and what are the plans for further enhancement in the immediate future. There has been the appointment of a special development committee made up of Marian Morrison, Ann Galvin, Richard Hegarty, Pat O’Brien, Kevin Galvin and the chairman himself and they have been in situ since early in the season and initial plans will reveal a walking area around the pitches! Erection of a gym and further enhancement would include the lighting and roofing of the alley situated just to your right on admission to the grounds, via the main gate.

All delegates to the various boards including Rebel Óg were thanked. Referring back to the juvenile AGM which was held in the clubrooms back in early November, Pat highlighted the staging of the camps and the gradual rising up through the grades for some teams at underage level. Adding that the underage section of the club is now virtually self-sufficient.

2019 will be the fiftieth anniversary of Scór. It would be imperative that we participate. There was the work of John G Barry, Thomas Murphy and Pat Hartigan on the grounds. Singling out the contribution of Pat Hartigan as registrar. Even if you weren’t at the AGM Pat will track you down. ‘He always gets his man’ was the message emanating from this high profile gathering. All other officers were thanked too for their contribution.

On the field of play the chairman was of the opinion that the intermediate hurlers played well all year. Just that one costly blip in their first half performance against Mayfield in the third round championship encounter at Fermoy back in early August, compensated to an extent with the winning of division four of the intermediate hurling league. We are now in a higher league and hopefully every effort will be made in ensuring further progress. All team managements in both codes were thanked.

Ciaran O’Brien running out with the Cork minor hurlers was praiseworthy. There was the appearance of both Daniel Mangan and Brian Mulcahy with the county winning Imokilly senior hurling team. We are indebted to John O’Meara for his work as physio.

Proceedings were opened by the chairman who welcomed everyone. Before calling for the presentation of last year’s report read in great detail by Eleanor Galvin, secretary of St Catherine’s GAA Club. Giving us a detailed results account from both league and championship matches incorporating both codes through this seasons hurling and football programme of games.

It was a successful year too at camogie level. Eighteen medals coming into the club at the All-Ireland level following impressive performances both with the county taking in a number of grades and Loreto, Fermoy. There was the organising of a memorable and successful night in Ballynoe hall when a huge crowd greeted and welcomed all the heroines. Mention also of a sixth All-Star award for Orla Cotter. In the course of a varied and well-presented report Eleanor again referred to the presence of Brian Mulcahy and Daniel Mangan with the Imokilly hurlers. Singling out Brian’s brother Colm on winning a gold medal overall at the Special Olympics held during the summer, again stressing the importance of the weekly lotto draw. Before moving on with mention of the major fundraiser of the year. That of the night at the dogs jointly organised by both the GAA and camogie clubs and held at Youghal Greyhound Track on Friday night, September 14. Many thanks to Billy O’Connell, Deirdre O’Brien and John O’Mahony for their help and assistance in organising same and Alan and Lisa O’Mahony for getting all the kids together who then walked the various dogs on the night. Finishing up, Eleanor issued a thoughtful and parting shot for all present to peruse over. Believe in yourself and the sky is the limit.

Treasurer Richard Hegarty’s financial report was proposed and seconded. In a brief address to the meeting president Dick Morrisson wished the best of luck to all teams in the season ahead.

Shane O’Connell, Imelda O’Connell and Fiona Sheehan were ratified as officers of the underage section of the club. Having been appointed at the juvenile AGM, membership was settled on at €100. It being €60 for students and non-playing adults. It’s €20 for juveniles.

Sean O’Farrell was again confirmed as intermediate hurling manager. Billy Neville again taking charge of the U21 hurlers. Management appointments to other teams in both codes will be settled on by the club executive. Don’t forget the minor grade is looked after by the juvenile club. We’re still awaiting a managerial appointment there. There was a full review of the Glengoura, Ballynoe and Conna areas re the filling of the club committee who along with the officers organise club meetings.

Child welfare officer Paul Davis declared that the GAA as a whole are highlighting the illegality of not being Garda vetted. Edmond Galvin informed the AGM of the club picking up a silver coaching award. Pat Hartigan thanked the secretaries, both adult and juvenile for their keep and assistance with the registration of members. Camogie chairperson Ann Galvin thanked the GAA for use of the facilities and the sub-committee who organise and scrutinise the fixtures list for the pitches.

Next major administrative event is the hosting of the East Cork GAA AGM convention. That takes place again in the main hall of Ballynoe Community Centre on Wednesday night next, December 5. While the club lotto draw taking in the Christmas party will be at the Plough Bar in Curraglass on Saturday night, December 22. In closing the meeting Pat Clancy aptly declares - We drive on!

Election of officers

President Dick Morrisson; chairman Pat Clancy; vice chairman Michael Kane and Shane O’Connell; secretary Eleanor Galvin; asst secretary Colm Burke; treasurer Richard Hegarty; PRO John O’Mahony; registrar Pat Hartigan; development Pat O’Brien; cultural Irish Marie Clancy; medical help and wellbeing Brigid Cotter, executive club officers, as well as Kevin Galvin, John G Barry, Tom Morrison and Edmond Galvin, players representative, Padraig O’Connor, county board delegates Michael Lane and John G Barry. Delegate to the East Cork board Pat Lane.

Cork an Artaigh

Three out of three. Top of group A and quarter-final qualification secured for St Colman’s, Fermoy following an impressive victory over reigning title holders, Ardscoil Rís, Limerick, when round three of their Harty Cup campaign went ahead at Kilmallock on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 21. Final score in Colman’s favour standing at 2-19 to 1-15 Ardscoil Rís are now out of the competition. Nenagh CBS filling the runners-up slot. St Catherines player Ciarán O’Brien again occupying the left corner back position.

Lotto results

Leaving you for this week with the results from the most recent lotto draw held at the Big Tree, Aghern on Monday night last, November 26. Numbers drawn were 2, 14, 16 and 20. Jackpot of €3,800 wasn’t won. While the consolation winners were: Alan Carr c/o Fisherman’s Rest, Conna; Kate, Olivia and James Hegarty, Ballymonteen; Ballynoe, James Ahern, West St, Tallow. Liam Rice, Ballinlegane, Ballynoe and Mary Aherne, Ballycullane, Ballynoe. Next draw with a now accumulated jackpot of €4,000 will be at the Fisherman’s Rest, on Monday night, December 3.


T&A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors Ballynoe are St Catherine’s GAA club sponsors. Juvenile club sponsors are Mulcahy’s Steel.