St Catherines GAA

04 January, 2019

St Catherines GAA

Lotto medal presentation and poc fada dominate the Christmas calendar

St Catherines seasonal party incorporating the Christmas lotto draw went ahead at The Plough Bar in Curraglass on Saturday night, December 22nd. Many thanks to proprietors Pat and Karen O’Connor and staff in facilitating the function and for hospitality shown.

Numbers drawn were 3, 4, 5 and 12 and the jackpot then standing at €4,400 wasn’t won. Consolation winners were Helen O’Neill, Ballynoe, Orla Hegarty, Ballymonteen, Ballynoe, Mary Tobin, Knockanore, Betty Hegarty, Ballynoe and M&C c/o Mcs. Bonus prizes honouring the festive season were won by Michael A Leahy, Corrin View House, Glenreigh, Ballynoe, Shane Cotter, Ballynoe, Sean Buckley c/o The Big Tree, Aghern, John O’Brien, Mogeela, Curraglass and Sonny Cotter, Glentrasna, Ballynoe. 

Also on the night saw the presentation of medals to the division four intermediate hurling league winning panel. Function introduced by club chairman, Pat Clancy. Medals presented by esteemed president Dick Morrison. Player citations put together and delivered by club PRO John O’Mahony. 

St Catherines lost just the one match in the course of the campaign. It being the second game, albeit a round three fixture against Argideen Rangers in wintry conditions at Ballynoe on March 16th. Wins were attained over Ballinhassig, Ballymartle, Grenagh (championship outing doubling as a league fixture), Na Piarsaigh, Inniscarra, St Finbarrs, Ballygarvan and Dripsey. With the proposed fixtures against Glen Rovers and Douglas surpassing the deadline and the points duly awarded. A chance for retribution presenting itself. Duly accepted when overcoming the Timoleague based outfit in the league final at Trabeg, home of Nemo Rangers on Friday night, October 5. Both teams guaranteed promotion. Catherines going up as champions. Likewise Argideen Rangers as runners-up. We review the entire league campaign in next week’s notes and list all of the players on the successful panel. 

Poc fada

Seven juvenile groups and nineteen adult partnerships made up a total entry of twenty six teams in the third annual St Catherines GAA and camogie club poc fada on St Stephen’s morning. Entry in Ballynoe Community Hall before the first trio set off just after 10am. Taking in a new course this time around incorporating the Ballynoe to Conna Road. Adult poc fada winners were John Mulcahy, Stephen O’Brien and Pa Roche. Juvenile winners were Darragh Galvin, Eoin Sheehan and Cathal Dineen. Great day had by all. 


We offer our condolences to Sean, Batt, Donal and Noel Leahy of Curraheen, Conna on the sad passing of their mother Josephine (Babs) pre-Christmas.

Goal mile

Before the emergence of the new year we had the goal mile held in the pitches, Ballynoe between the hours of 10.30am and 12.00 midday on Christmas morning.

Fun run/walk

Just briefly looking ahead and Ballynoe community Council are holding a mental health and wellbeing fun run/walk in Knockaceo Woods on the main Tallow/Midleton road on Saturday coming, January 5. Starting at 12noon. Entry will be €5 for adults and it’s €2 for a child. It will be followed by teas and snacks in nearby Leahy’s Open Farm.

Juvenile social

Just a reminder again that St Catherines GAA and Camogie clubs annual juvenile social will take place at the Rochestown Park Hotel on Friday night, January 15. Starting time will be 7.15pm. Tickets priced at €25 for adults and €15 for juveniles are currently available from the three degrees! Namely Fiona Sheehan, Imelda O’Connell and Susan Sheehan. To quote that age old cliché - great night assured.


Only just too late for inclusion in the final report pre-Christmas is that it is Monday night, January 28 at the community hall in Ballynoe.

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