St Catherines GAA

14 December, 2018

St Catherines GAA

Divisional board AGM held in Ballynoe

This year’s East Cork Board AGM/Convention was held in the main hall of Ballynoe Community Centre on Wednesday night, December 5. Meeting was declared open by Shane Supple, divisional board PRO, who then introduced Pat Clancy, chairman St Catherines GAA Club. Pat declaring his pleasure at the club being chosen as the appointed venue. It being a memorable year for Imokilly. putting back to back county senior hurling titles together. Clubs within the division having a successful year as well. Russell Rovers winning the county junior B football championship having lost to Cloughduv in the county junior A hurling championship decider. Watergrasshill overcoming the challenge of Mallow in a replayed county junior B hurling championship final. When assembling this review Bride Rovers, Fr O’Neills and Midleton still had involvements at the business end of the various U21 hurling championships.

Clyda Rovers native, though now Lisgoold affiliated, board chairman Donal O’Keeffe in thanking St Catherine’s for staging the event, highlighted the great year Imokilly had and was now in a position to reveal that the outgoing senior hurling selection committee of Fergal Condon - manager, Derek Barrett (coach), Jimmy Smiddy, Ciaran Cronin and Sean Harnedy are staying on. So you could say that the drive for a hat trick of titles is already under way. Also making the point that Imokilly should have a senior football representative next term. With the board executive meeting shortly with the view to setting up a selection committee.

Stressing that major fixtures headaches still abound. Adding that the back of this year’s football championship was played in the summer and the equivalent hurling championship felt a bit rushed.

Referees do a great job and referees chairman Niall Barrett and Jim Hennessy as secretary do great work. We need referees. Adding that a number of clubs within the East Cork region are not providing any to the board. Securing venues continues to be a problem. Prior to thanking his fellow officers, adding that maybe the East Cork board should be striving to establish a pitch of its own.

Michael O’Brien’s secretary’s report to which was added the financial report presented by treasurer Kieran McGann, were presented in a colourful booklet entailing a glossy cover. In the secretary’s report Castlemartyr were deemed to have done an excellent job of hosting the East Cork final. Adding that five clubs took the bulk of board fixtures this year. Namely Ballinacurra, Dungourney, Killeagh, Lisgoold and St Catherines.

Kieran McGann’s income and expenditure account still shows a profit at years end though slightly down on last year. That’s the price of success! Before making a significant speech in defence of divisional teams.

Also included in the report was Shane Supple’s review. Thanking the clubs who regularly supply material for the website. Thanking all PROs in the division for their help.

Cultural officer Liam Ó Laoachdha expressed his and the boards grief on the sad passing of Jim Griffin.

He was president of St Ita’s GAA Club and also had a lifelong involvement in Scór. As a mark of respect to the late Jim, surely one of nature’s gentlemen, Liam Ó Laochdha urged clubs to take part in this year’s competitions. Now celebrating fifty years in existence. A number of tributes were paid to the late Jim in the course of the meeting. Most notably one from St Itas delegate and ex board treasurer Oliver Loughlin. It came as a great shock to hear of the sad passing of Georgie Crowe of Cobh. Fitting tribute paid by delegate John O’Donoghue.

Liam Ó Laochdha told us that a special one off jubilee concert celebrating fifty years of Scór will take place in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday night, January 26. As a result the East Cork Scór Sinsear finals already scheduled for that date go back twenty four hours. They are now on Sunday, January 27 in Lisgoold Community Hall. Starting time will be 7.30pm. Dates for Scór na bPaistí were revealed. While Saturday, February 2 is the date set aside for all club cultural officers to attend a review in Croke Park.

There were a few motions up for discussion on the programme and the presentation of medals took place prior to Tracey Kennedy, chairperson of the Cork County Board, addressing a well-attended convention. Divulging it to be her first visit to the St Catherines club since taking up her new appointment, speaking of the friendly rivalry that always prevailed between St Catherines and that of her own club, Killeagh. Adding that those two great Gaels, now sadly now longer with us, Dan and Dave Hoare are regularly in her thoughts. She said there were a few female faces in the building, but not enough.

PRO Donal Leahy, Development Officers Pat Horgan and Jerry Walsh, cultural officer also represented the Cork County Board on the night.

First meeting of the new year will be on Wednesday night, January 16. With the East Cork social on Friday night, January 18 at Garryvoe Hotel. Many thanks to the ladies for providing the tea and sandwiches. As Carraig na bhFear Gael Don Hegarty terminated proceedings with his rendition of our national anthem.

Pat Clancy correctly declared it at the outset of proceedings to be the second staging in twenty years of the convention at the venue. Last time being Wednesday, December 2 1998. It was also held at Ballynoe hall on the afternoon of Sunday, December 17 1967. While there is a feeling without confirmation that the 1948 convention was held in Conna. There seems to be a gap in the market with the 1947 convention being held at Midleton very early in 1948. With the ‘49 meeting being held in Youghal early in 1950. So for the moment we’re going with Conna for 1948.

Sympathy

We offer our condolences to John Mulcahy and family on the sad passing of his uncle, Brendan Herlihy recently. Mulcahy Steel are sponsors of the juvenile club.

St Colman’s Awards

St Colman’s College, Fermoy held their annual awards night on Thursday night last. Amongst the recipients were Colm Mulcahy for the winning of his Olympic medal. Meanwhile the TY students of the college have released a CD. It being their version of the Bill Withers hit ‘Lean on Me’ to raise funds for a number of very withy charities. It’s available to purchase at Hanley’s in Pearse Square and Amber Filing Station up the top of the town. You can download it on iTunes or donate on iFundraise page. In this season of goodwill let’s start close to home. Well done to all involved.

Freshers league final

UCC narrowly defeated UL on a scoreline of 1-15 to 0-17 in the All-Ireland Freshers one league final. Match played in Kildorrery on Monday night, December 3. Eoin Davis was goalkeeper for the Limerick based college. Included in the victorious Cork based panel were Richard Galvin and Eoin Wallace.

Juvenile social

A reminder from treasurer of the juvenile club, Fiona Sheehan, that the camogie club and juvenile GAA club joint annual social will be on in the Rochestown Park Hotel on Friday night, January 18. More about that in the coming weeks.

Lotto

Results from the most recent weekly lotto draw which was held at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna, on Monday night last, December 10. Numbers drawn were 11, 12, 20 and 25. There was no winner of the €4,200 jackpot. Consolation winners on the night were Sr Mary Higgins, Midleton; David Hegarty, Rathdrum, Ballynoe; Paddy Murphy, Conna; Liam Rice, Ballinlegane; Ballynoe and Niamh Kielty, Glentrasna, Ballynoe.

Now there won’t be a draw on Monday, December 17. Next lotto draw incorporating the Christmas party and incorporating festive bonus prizes with a jackpot now standing at €4,400 will be at The Plough, Curraglass on Saturday night, December 22. Included will be the presentation of medals to the division four league. Winning intermediate hurlers. Patrons are advised to be at the venue early. Round about the 8.30pm mark.

Sponsors

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