St Catherines GAA

31 January, 2019

St Catherines GAA

Scór sinsear finals the weekend highlight

Being the 50th anniversary was possibly making an impact, but overall there was only an average attendance for the East Cork Scór Sinsear finals on Sunday night last. Master of ceremonies Frank Houlihan from Midleton was fear an tí. Memorable occasion for the host club with Lisgoold successful in two of the six categories on offer, there being no entry in either of the dancing competitions. 

Laura Whelan reciting ‘Tinkers Grave’ was successful in the athriseoireacht or story telling section. They were also winners of the ballad group when performing ‘Nedin’ and ‘City of Chicago’, in the process claiming the Felix Sarsfield trophy as strongest overall club.

No titles for St Catherines but they performed well in what they participated in, starting off with Ciara McCarthy performing ‘Ellis Island’ in the solo singing section, losing out to Shane Murphy from Castlelyons and ‘Raglan Road’. Ballad group members were Clare Kearney, Aisling O’Keeffe, Mandy Norman, Ciaran McCarthy and Catherine Kearney, singing ‘The Belfast Mill’ and “The Reason I Left Mullingar’.

While in a competitive quiz won by Youghal on 30 points with neighbours Killeagh just one behind saw Glanmire take third place. Lisgoold, Bride Rovers and St Catherines all finished with an overall tally of 26 points. Catherines teams consisted of Michael Lane, Edmond Galvin, Pat Lane and John O’Mahony. 

Only winners go forward to the county final which is pencilled in for Saturday, February 9 at the Eire Óg GAA pavilion in Ovens.

By the time you read this report St Catherines will have held their own inhouse round of Scór na bPáistí, with a view to forwarding teams to the divisional quarter-finals this very weekend. Dates are Friday night at 7pm, Saturday night at 6.30pm. Then onto Sunday afternoon at 2pm and again at 6.30pm. Best wishes to all concerned.

Challenge match

Look it was just a challenge game. Main exercise was getting a squad together against Carraig na bhFear, who have last year’s league final yet to play, when playing out a junior football friendly in cold conditions at Ballynoe on Sunday morning last. Carraig na bhFear were too strong.

National leagues

Cork off to a poor start in both codes and realistically must get something from this weekend’s series of matches if any impression can be made in the national leagues. They play Kildare in division two of the national football league at Páirc Uí Rinn on Saturday night coming. Next up in division one of the hurling will be a visit from Wexford to Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday afternoon. Both teams pointless going into it.

Review of last year’s U16 hurling league campaign

You could probably say that top of the bill at the recent joint camogie/GAA annual juvenile social at the Rochestown Park Hotel was the presentation of medals to the Rebel Óg East league winning U16 hurling squad, county star Shane Kingston on hand to do the honours. Last week we promised a review of the campaign for you. We honour any commitments this time around!

Getting under way with a home time against Fr O’Neills under the lights at Ballynoe on Monday night, March 26. A misty, foggy night. Trepidation setting in that it would get worse. Thankfully, not the case, indeed lifting before the end. Mark Geary and Josh McGuckian were prominent, before a lengthy Ciaran O’Brien free eluded all, finishing up in the net for the game’s only and match-winning goal just short of the three quarter mark. Catherines ahead at the break 0-7 to 0-3, making a winning start on an end scoreline of 1-14 of 0-7.

Wet conditions prevailed, leading to the cancellation of a second fixture with Carraig na bhFear. For a multiplicity of reasons it was a match that never saw the light of day.

Likelihood would be the management emerged happy from Rostellan on Monday night, April 23. Short of a number of key players in attaining at 3-12 to 1-13 success. Auguring well with Aghada to be first round championship opposition later in the year. Take note this preview is league only. Not taking in championship or challenge matches.

We concluded our pre-exam segment of the programme with a well-earned home victory over Tracton on the morning of Sunday, April 29. Some smartly taken points from Harry Draper and Kevin Barry allied to a Kyle Wallace hat-trick of goals setting up a win on an end scoreline of 3-14 to 2-11.

Into the car and off to Killavullen for the intermediate champions tie with Grenagh. We had to be snappy enough, but had to negotiate Conna, Coolagown, Fermoy, Ballyhooly and Castletownroche. Don’t want any more penalty points you’ll understand! Overall a good day.

Resuming with a six point victory in Kinsale in mid-July, with the U15 A hurling championship now at the peak of its powers, Sliabh Rua were unable to muster up a line-up in mid-September which meant when the group was previewed St Catherines had secured a semi-final place. Opposition would be St Malachy’s, a combination of Lee Gaels, Donoughmore and Dripsey. Tie agreed upon under the lights for Ballynoe on Monday night, October 8. With the home team into an early lead, courtesy of a Tom Hartnett point inside three minutes. Pacy wing forward Gearoid O’Brien struck a stunning goal and it was 1-8 to 0-6 for the Saints at the sound of Niall O’Brien’s half-time whistle. Adam Dynan reduced the margin but it was 1-14 to 1-9 in favour of the Caths at the conclusion of affairs.

Final fixed for Killeagh on the afternoon of Saturday, October 27. So that’s exactly the duration of summer time for the playing off of the competition. Opposition against Fr O’Neills, it being the fourth meeting between the teams last hurling year. “As it was in the beginning and so shall it end.”

Catherines shading it at the break, narrowly ahead on a 1-5 to 1-4 scoreline. Still close at 2-7 to 1-7 to the three quarter mark. But with the advantage of a strong breeze at their back, rattled off five unanswered points from there to the finish. Cathal Dineen amongst the scorers. In securing a precious win on an end scoreline of 2-12 to 1-7. Afterwards Michael Mulry, treasurer Rebel Óg East, presented the victorious U16 B1 hurling league shied to winning Saints captain Ciaran O’Brien.

In all 25 players tasted action during the course of the Rebel Óg East league, Callum Roberts and Kevin Barry were ever present while Harry Draper with a contribution of 14 points from placed balls in an overall tally of 2-29 finished up top scorer. Kevin Barry contributing 2-15. Other significant scoring returns from Gearoid O’Brien, Kyle Wallace and Ciaran O’Brien. Team management was Ed Galvin, ably assisted by fellow selectors James Spillane, Pat Geary, Bryan Duncan and Mervyn Draper. Team coach was intermediate midfielder and now Dublin based Conor Kearney.

Full panel of players: Ciaran O’Brien (captain), Callum Roberts, James Duncan, Eoin O’Riordan, Joe O’Keeffe, David McDonnell, Mark Geary, Josh McGuckian, Gavin England, Gearoid O’Brien, Kevin Barry, James Hayes, Cathal Dineen, Harry Draper, Fionn O’Connell, William Leamy, Conor England, Evan Philpott, Cathal Bryan, William McAuliffe, Gerard Leahy, Darragh Galvin, Tom Hartnett, Kyle Wallace and Ben O’Connor.


Coming out of the Pat Kinevane play ‘Silent in Ballynoe’ on Wednesday night of last week, January 23rd and a neighbour shouted at me “herself has passed on”. Instantly one knew what she meant, because we knew she wasn’t well. Nora Sheehan was dead. But mention Nora Sheehan around Ballynoe or Conna and it’s possible people might not know who she was. You see we only knew her as Babs.

Growing up in the 60s right through to the 90s and she would take all the bookings for the hall. We never called it the community centre, it was the hall and for years I thought she owned it! It was where all organisations would stage their meetings. She was treasurer of the community council and the local point to point race committee. In the mid 70s Ballynoe Festival was jointly organised by the council and St Catherines GAA Club. In 1978 she assumed the position of field treasurer of the GAA club, a role she would fill for the subsequent 31 years, not putting her name forward for re-election at the AGM of late 2009.

Clearly remember the monthly draws to raise funds. They ceased in 1994. Billy O’Connell was driving the introduction of a weekly lotto. Babs and husband Jimmy weren’t sure about it, but the weekly draw became reality and the first draw was held at Lucey’s Bar, which is now the Winners Enclosure on Saturday night, March 25, 1995. Babs and Jimmy were taking to the new setup which for the initial few years was of novelty value and seemed to have a sociable presence.

Then Jimmy took ill. They both attended their last lotto draw at the Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night, April 10, 2006. Sadly Jimmy passed on Thursday, May 4 of that year after an illness borne bravely. St Catherines weekly lotto draw is still going strong to this day. Sure without it where would we be? But apart from the odd AGM we wouldn’t see Babs after that. May she rest in peace. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.

Club Meeting

Just to put you in the picture that first parent club meeting of the year goes ahead tonight (Thursday, January 31) in the meeting room at 8.30pm.

Big weekend

What a weekend coming up! Six Nations rugby spread out over Friday night and Saturday. There’s the Dublin Racing Festival taking in seven group onesat Leopardstown spread out over the afternoons of Saturday and Sunday. Also national football and hurling league matches. Sure the stay at home punter will be in his or her element! On a personal level would be happy to be attending major sporting events of this calibre. Only further on in the year!

Handball quiz

Big crowd for the table quiz in aid of the handball club at the Big Tree in Aghern on Saturday night last. Sets it up nicely for the camogie club fundraiser in a few week’s time. Just waiting for the exact date.

Lotto results

Congrats to Jane Barry, c/o The Big Tree, Aghern whose combination of 5, 8, 18 and 23 was good enough to claim the €5,400 jackpot from the most recent lotto draw which was held at The Plough, Curraglass on Monday night last, January 28. Congrats and well done. Consolation winners on the night being Liam O’Connell, Kilphilibeen, Ballynoe; Lizzie O’Leary, c/o HOC, MHK; C Draper, c/o HOC, Noel O’Brien, Rathdrum, Ballynoe and AE Long, c/o PH. 

Reverting to a now basic jackpot of €2,000 for the next draw at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Monday night, February 4.


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