St Catherines GAA

25 January, 2019

St Catherines GAA

Full lotto results update

Wow!!!! What an intense period of activity over the past seven days or so. We had the draws for the county senior premier intermediate and intermediate championships in both codes. Allied to yet another successful annual juvenile social.

There was a bank holiday over the festive period and entailing both Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve meant the details of the weekly lotto was gone a little awry. This week we update same. Starting with the results from the draw held at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night, January 14.

Then revert back to the two big events of last week. Numbers drawn were 9, 13, 15 and 20. There was no winners of a then accumulated jackpot of €5,000. Consolation winners on the night being: Richard Higgins, Kilcronat, Marie Walsh c/o Kal’s, Siobhan Cronin c/o The Big Tree, Aghern, Barbara Hennessy, Lacken and Helen O’Neill, Ballynoe.

Moving on with the most recent draw held at The Winners Enclosure, Conna on Monday night, January 21. Numbers drawn were: 2, 6, 14 and 30 and the jackpot of €5,200 wasn’t won. Consolation winners being Claire Townsend, Ballybridem Conna; Jim Roche, Castlebrook, Conna. AE Long c/o PH Conna, Tom Keating, Ballyduff and Jane Barry c/o The Big Tree, Aghern.

Next draw will now take place when the jackpot will be €5,400 at The Plough, Curraglass on Monday night coming, January 28.

My God - can it be five weeks since the Christmas party? Tempus Fugit!!!

Condolences

Belated sympathy to Julie and James Geaney, Ballynoe on the recent sad passing of their mother Kitty. Mild mannered and softly spoken. Always a lady.

County championship draws

Normally the preserve of convention but because of various motions saw the draws for this year’s county senior premier intermediate and intermediate championships held over. Instead going ahead at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Tuesday night, January 15. In all twenty six teams had their name in the hat for the intermediate hurling championship. Requiring thirteen first round matches. St Catherines county junior champions from 2017 have been paired with current holders Cloughduv in the first round. Four major battles spring to mind over the years with the mid Cork team. Most notable being the county intermediates hurling final of 1994. In the weeks ahead we will briefly reflect on those memorable contests. taking in one a week.

Elsewhere, Imokilly now vying for three titles in a row, play Carrigdhoun, in the divisions and colleges section of the county senior hurling championship. While the clash of Glen Rovers and Midleton is attracting most interest from the championship proper.

There are a duo of extremely attractive all East Cork pairings emerging in the premier intermediate hurling championship. That of Cloyne and Aghada and again Castlelyons and Youghal. Newly crowned intermediate champions Ballincollig have a difficult first round tie. Meeting a rapidly improving and in form Fr O’Neill’s. Also from the eastern division Watergrasshill play Inniscarra.

Newly crowned champions St Finbarrs are up against Clyda Rovers. Last names to emerge in the draws for the county senior football championship. County premier intermediate winners Fermoy must meet champions of 1989, 1994, 2003, 2012 and 2013 in Castlehaven. While twenty times winners the prolific Nemo Rangers must prepare for a tilt with Valley Rovers. 

Back in again are Imokilly. They face a fancied Duhallow in the divisions and college section of the draw. Presumably second round draws and venues for opening day fixtures to follow.

St Catherines GAA and camogie annual juvenile social

An attendance of two hundred and fifty descended on the Kiltegan suite of the plush Rochestown Park Hotel on the Southside of Cork city on Friday night last for the St Catherines GAA and camogie clubs annual juvenile social. A point commented on by GAA club chairman Shane O’Connell in addressing what he labelled such a fantastic crowd.

He was especially grateful to Fiona Sheehan, Susan Sheehan and Imelda O’Connell in helping to organise such a major undertaking and to hotel manager Thomas Tobin, who was on hand to greet us on arrival for his keep and co-operation which is always beneficial.

Just glancing through the highpoints of a brief address, not after all a night for major talking or long speeches, touched on the work in the schools being done by Sean O’Farrell and Matt Harpur. Over the course of the season there are the two mid-term mini-camps at both Easter and Hallowe’en. While there was an attendance of one hundred and sixty six at last July’s annual Cúl Camp held at the pitches in Ballynoe. Shane’s main ambition would be to see every child in the parish somehow play a part in the club. With a great number strengthening its foothold from U6 right up to adult. An issue raised at the AGM back in late October. Repeated again here. Basically there should be a place for everyone.

Four players wore the rebel red jersey during the year. Highlight would be Ciarán O’Brien lining out at corner back with the Cork Minor hurlers. Now played at U17 level. Brother Gearoid played with the county team successful in the annual Tony Forrestal U14 hurling tournament at Waterford towards the end of August. Cousins Sean and Kian O’Donoghue played against Clare and Tipperary respectively in the Munster GAA primary hurling go games series of matches at Páirc Uí Chaoimh and Thurles in May and early June.

Shane was grateful for the ongoing support of the parents club. President Dick Morrison and chairman Pat Clancy were sitting at the top table. He used it as an occasion to once again highlight the improvements forthcoming in the Ballynoe pitches. Initially clarified by Pat Clancy at the parent club annual general meeting back in mid-November. These would be the inclusion of a walking area around the pitches. Erection of a gym. Also the lighting and roofing of the ball alley. That again updates the immediate plans and satisfy the curiosity of others.

Camogie club vocal contributions were forthcoming from Marion Morrison, Elaine Fitzgerald, David O’Sullivan, Pat Fitzgerald, Shane Mulkerrins, Therese Leahy and Marie Clancy. Function initially addressed by club chairperson Ann Galvin. As regards the juvenile GAA teams first up was Johnny Sheehan on behalf of the U6s. Followed by Paul O’Connell focusing on the U7 and 8 age group. Alan O’Mahony delivered an address on the year just ending at 9 and 10 level. As did Mark O’Driscoll who went through the year at U11 and 12. Ollie Sheehan and Brian Cotter introducing the players taking in the 13 and 14 age group. Major achievement on the field from 2018 was the winning of the Rebel Óg east U16 B1 hurling league.

Team manager Ed Galvin thanked the players. Citations were assembled and delivered by club PRO John O’Mahony. We review the league campaign and list the entire panel in next week’s column. All medal presentations were made by guest for the night county senior hurling star Shane Kingston.

Prizes for the in house draw were all put up by the host venue. First prize of afternoon tea for two won by Paula and Johnny Sheehan. Second and third also sponsored by The Rochestown Park Hotel going to Elaine Fitzgerald and Breda Temple. Night rounded off with the disco sounds of Fr O’Neill’s native, though now Bridesbridge based, Eoin McCarthy. A great night.

Question time

I see the handball club are hosting a table quiz at The Big Tree Bar in Aghern on this forthcoming Saturday night, January 26.

Sponsors

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