St Catherines GAA

07 December, 2018

St Catherines GAA

Brief look at new east region

First meeting of the East Cork GAA Juvenile Board was organised for the town hall in Midleton in 1953. There were five in attendance. Ballynoe native Jack Cotter Snr would be one of the founder members. Dick Morrisson, currently president of the St Catherine’s club, served on the GPC in the late sixties and early seventies. He was a selector with numerous Dick Barrett Shield teams in those years. 

Pat Lane was treasurer for a six year term from the years 1989 to 1995. Margaret Whelan, now county secretary of the Scór committee, was elected the board’s first female officer. Appointed cultural officer at Bartlemy hall in December of 2001. Ballynoe native now resident in Fr O’Neills, Dan Griffin, was PRO towards the finish. St Catherines served the board well and regularly attended meetings through the years and decades. But change was imminent. Since the middle of the last decade various bodies were meeting. Yet it was a wrench and a shock when the East Cork Juvenile board indeed all divisional juvenile Boards ceased trading.

The Cork County Board were organising structural review meetings with the various divisions. Imokilly’s turn was at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Thursday night, November 11, 2010. Luminaries of the board were in attendance like Gerry O’Sullivan, Bob Ryan, Ger Lane, Pearse Murphy, Frank Murphy and Mark Sheehan, fielding questions on the demise of the county minor board and all divisional juvenile boards. St Catherine’s representatives at that meeting were Pat Clancy, Paul Davis, Edmond Galvin and John O’Mahony.

Twenty four hours later the East Cork juvenile board organised a social for Garryvoe Hotel. Board president Pat Foley declaring it a unique occasion. After fifty seven years the East Cork juvenile board would be no more. Last regular board meeting took place the following week. While there was an AGM at Midleton pavilion on Tuesday night November 30, 2010. That was it. Ah the memories!

Yet there was a link as Regina Abernethy, final chairperson of the divisional juvenile board, had been appointed to chair the new east region.

First meeting was called for upstairs in Páirc Uí Rinn in February 2011. All the East Cork delegates in a huddle together. It was like leaving the national school and gathering for your first morning in your new secondary school. All the new faces. Many of whom shouldn’t have been there mind. But that was it. Rebel Óg East was born. Last major change in Cork underage affairs. Tahat is until now.

I couldn’t be sure if all people in our club realised the size and scale of the new division. As one delegate aptly declared at a board meeting over the years – ‘we go from Youghal bridge to Macroom bridge’. Think about it. That’s the size of an average county. Ok there is the central board as well as Rebel Óg West and Rebel Óg North. But in fairness, Rebel Óg East was huge. Fifty nine clubs. Two hundred and thirty four teams participating in fifty two competitions taking in two thousand matches approx. A fair ordeal for a board. Delegates would want to be well tutored and informed. We were aware all this year of further realignment being imminent. Now put into place and ratified at a recent meeting of the Cork county board that of the creation of a new region where twenty nine clubs twenty eight of which were in Rebel Óg East, will now form a new Mid region. Leaving to form the new Mid region are Aghabullogue, Ballincollig, Ballinhassig, Ballinora, Ballygarvan, Bishopstown, Blarney, Canovee, Carrigaline, Cloughduv, Courcey Rovers, Crosshaven, Diarmuid Ó Murchus, Donoughmore, Eire Óg, Glen Rovers, Grenagh, Inniscarra, Kilmurry, Kinsale, Lee Gaels, Na Piarsaigh, Shamrocks, Sliabh Rua, St Malachys, St Nicholas, St Vincents and Tracton. Also coming in are Valley Rovers. New Rebel Óg East region will be Aghada, Ballinacurra, Blackrock, Brian Dillons, Bride Rovers, Carraig na bhFear, Carrigtwohill, Castlelyons, Cobh, Douglas, Erins Own, Fr O’Neills Glanmire, Glenville, Killeagh/Itas, Kiltha Óg, Lisgoold, Mayfield, Midleton, Nemo Rangers, Passage, Raonaithe na nGael, St Catherines, St Colman’s, St Finbarrs, St Michaels, Watergrasshill, Whitechurch, White’s Cross and Youghal. Just take note that the soft border rule will be encouraged and actually furthermore our friends from Aghinagh, Kilnamartyra, Clondrohid and Macroom will now be affiliated in the West region. Let the games begin - again!!


How many fully understood coaching officer Edmond Galvin, when he talks about gold, silver and bronze flags? Well first of all, St Catherines recent recipients of a silver flag, are part of what is called the benchmarking process. What are the advantages of entering such a scheme? Well it gives your club priority access to Páirc Uí Chaoimh initiatives like monster and Go Games blitzes and eligibility to apply for U12 Croke Park day. Also it entitles you to additional Cúl camp gear and amongst other advantages to take into consideration is that it gives you access to enter the Munster super tens U15, hurling competition.

In the season over one genuinely feels that participation in the super tens helped to build morale and team spirit. Catherines eliminated by Abbeyside at group semi-final stage. But remember went on to reach the Cork County Coiste na nÓg county U15 A hurling championship final. Also performing well at U16 B hurling league and championship level. No doubt every little bit helps.

Championship matches at Páirc Naomh Caitríonaigh

Páirc Naomh Caitríonaigh, Baile Nua continues to host relevant and attractive fixtures right up to season’s end. There was Erins Own overcoming the challenge of Watergrasshill on a scoreline of 5-10 to 3-10 in the East Cork junior hurling league division two final, when played on the afternoon of Sunday, November 25 last. Then Fr O’Neills defeated Sarsfields in the U21 premier one hurling championship quarter-final when played under the lights at Ballynoe on Wednesday night, November 28. Finals score in favour of Fr O’Neill’s being 0-18 to 0-3. Referee for both matches was Brian Murphy from the Carrigtwohill club.


We offer our condolences to Paul Tobin on the recent sad death of his grandmother.


St Catherines had entries in the East Cork Scór na nÓg finals which were held at Lisgoold Community hall at 7.30pm on Saturday night last. Ava Dowling reciting the First Communion piece from Angela’s Ashes, written by Frank McCourt finished runner-up in the storytelling or recitation category. Cian Lomasney also took part as did Lucy Barry performing with John Condon in the solo singing section. Only competitions winners go forward.


12, 15, 18 and 19 were the numbers drawn with no winner of the €4,000 jackpot, emerging following the most recent weekly lotto draw held at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night last, December 3. Consolation winners being: Jane and Paul c/o The Big Tree, Aghern; P Davis c/o PH, Ger Morrisson, Curraheen, Conna, Mary Leigh c/o Edmond Galvin and Margaret Walsh, Conna. There will be another draw with a jackpot now standing at €4,200 at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna on Monday night, December 10.


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