St Catherines GAA

18 January, 2019

St Catherines GAA

Juvenile social this weekend

Well the hour is almost nigh. St Catherines GAA and Camogie Club’s annual juvenile social, followed by disco, goes ahead at The Rochestown Park Hotel on this coming Friday night, January 18. Be there for 7.15pm, tickets are priced at €25 for adults and €15 for underage. Now not too sure what is the update or current state of play, just check with Fiona Sheehan, Imelda O’Connell or Susan Sheehan re availability. We are cutting it a bit tight now. For sure and certain it’s always a good night. 

Lotto results

We were back to our regular slot for the weekly lotto draw held at The Big Tree Bar in Aghern on Monday night, January 7. Numbers drawn were 5, 10, 13 and 30 and the jackpot of €4,800 wasn’t won. While the consolation winners were Liam Walsh c/o Conna PO, John and Mary Gough, Conna; Paul Morrison, Conna; Nora Brien c/o PH, Conna and B Ahern c/o PH, Conna. We will present a full lotto results update next week for you.

Harty Cup

Trying to think when was the first trip made to Fraher Field. Going through our own individual records and there it was. May 12th, 1982 for the pairing of Cork and Tipperary in the Munster minor hurling championship. Two of our players would make their intercounty championship debuts that night. Denis Walsh donning the number twelve jersey. Directly in front of him at left corner forward was Christy Clancy wearing the number fifteen. Tipp won with a late goal and it took days to get over it!

That was a good Cork team, but defeat meant no involvement, no round-robin or back doors in those days. Included along with Denis and Christy would be Jim Cashman, Brendan O’Sullivan, Teddy McCarthy, Colm O’Neill and future intercounty senior manager, Kieran Kingston. Final score in Tipp’s favour was 3-07 to 1-12. Subsequently going on to beat Limerick in the Munster final and Galway in the All-Ireland final itself. On that Tipp minor team names like Colm Bonnar, Jack Bergin, Donie Kealy, John Kennedy and Noel Sheehy went on to blossom at senior intercounty level.

While other matches that spring to mind from the West Waterford venue were a victory over Wexford there in an All-Ireland U21 hurling semi-final from the mid-nineties. Sitting alongside George O’Connor the same day. A win over the home county in the provincial senior football championship and a draw with Waterford in the national hurling league during Jimmy Barry Murphy’s reign. We were back in Dungarvan on Wednesday, January 9 last for the Harty Cup quarter-final between St Colman’s and De La Salle College. With the opposition inflicting awful damage through the early exchanges, they were up five points without reply, all from placed balls before James Kearney pointed Colman’s first score after twelve minutes. Alan Kirwan scored the game’s only goal on twenty minutes. Setting up a half-time lead on a scoreline of 1-10 to 0-06.

Colman’s were much more prominent on the changeover. Both midfielders Eoin Carey and Darragh Flynn were very good. They did score seven points between them throughout the hour. Including five from play with the lead down to the minimum one point at 1-12 to 0-14 right on the sixty minutes. But that was as close as it would get.

No plaudits to the Waterford college who according to the team sheets had the jersey seven listed as Conor Ryan. But that was actually Tom Gallagher. That’s pathetic and inexcusable. Making a mockery of the whole thing.

Catherine’s player Ciaran O’Brien was rightfully back on the Colman’s team. He was still wearing the number four jersey as listed. There you go you see, simple. 

De La Salle now play Midleton CBS in the semi-final. Both teams coming through Group B with the head to head tussle ending up in a share of the spoils. Third team in that group and not getting through was St Flannan’s, doesn’t Dungarvan look a shoe in as venue for the semi-final? I think that’s fixed for the afternoon of Saturday, January 26. A busy time round then if you have Scór commitments.

Cork GAA 2019 yearbook

If you’re at a loose end and looking for a casual read that is not too taxing on the brain, the Cork GAA 2019 yearbook is a good read. Packed with colourful and insightful articles that include a full review of the championship year at both intercounty and club level, incorporating both codes. There are also updates on the divisions. Plus reports on camogie and ladies football. Allied to a Rebel Óg round up mention too of pieces on Sciath na Scol and Scór. There are specials on Frank Murphy, Conor Lane and Dr Con Murphy and a twenty five year cut back to St Finbarrs and Nemo Rangers. Winners of the 1993 county senior hurling and football championships respectively.

As were the Rebel county in the All-Ireland minor football championship. Captained by future senior manager Brian Cuthbert, some of those of you who attended the East Cork convention at Ballynoe back on December 5th might have picked up a copy there. But it should be available at all good newsagents throughout our beloved county and all for just €8.


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