St Catherines GAA

08 February, 2019

St Catherines GAA


Season starting this weekend

Weather permitting this season should kick off this upcoming weekend with the opening sequence of matches in division three of the junior football league. Catherines start off with a home tie against Castlemartyr, while Dungourney are visitors the weekend after.


Junior football league division three round one v Castlemartyr at Ballynoe. Exact date and time not available when submitting report.

Award for Orla Cotter

It seems there’s no end to the plaudits as we yet again congratulate Orla Cotter, this time on being the recipient of the Cork 96FM and C103 GAA Sports Star of the Year in association with Rochestown Park Hotel. Another magnificent achievement.

Camogie club fundraiser

St Catherines Camogie Club annual fundraising table quiz will take place at The Big Tree in Aghern on this forthcoming Friday night, February 8. A raffle will be incorporated into the night. Kick off should be around the 8.30pm mark.

Light Up walk

As part of the Ireland lights up campaign with Operation Transformation, St Catherines GAA and Camogie Club will be hosting a light up walk in our grounds every Thursday for the month of February from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Meet outside Neville’s at the bottom of Ballynoe village and don’t forget to bring family and friends.

National Leagues

A double header in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday afternoon last with end results which only compounded problems initiated a week previously.

Cork simply must get something from their visit to Ennis on this forthcoming Sunday afternoon if any thoughts of pushing their way out of the second division of the national football league can be entertained. Remember Armagh, Donegal and Meath are also in that group.

Cork hurlers, if you analyse the situation, are now winless since the Munster final last July, from the All-Ireland semi-final onto the Munster League and the opening sequence of games in the national hurling league.

Also another issue again raising its ugly head and it won’t go away and why should it, is the state of the pitch. It must have been a nightmare for the hurlers of Cork and Wexford on Sunday afternoon last. No doubt this will become an issue as the week progresses. Remember they were out reinforcing sods at half-time during the Clare and Limerick matches last summer and they were being played in the height of the warm weather.

Catherines v Cloughduv 1986

When the county championship draws surfaced, we promised you a brief reflection on previous clashes involving St Catherines and Cloughduv, as the county junior hurling champions from 2017 and the reigning county and provincial title holders have been paired to meet in the first round of this year’s county intermediate hurling championship.

Losses to Mallow and Bishopstown meant the Saints were without success on entering the grade following their county junior A win in 1983. Both Catherines and Cloughduv winning the first two championship matches back in the hurling year of 1986, for the Saints beating the Barrs in Castlelyons and Castletownroche in a replay at Rathcormac would set up a quarter-final tie with Cloughduv in the intermediate championship of 1986. The team in the green and gold having tasted victory over Passage and Ballinhassig thus far.

Genuinely felt in the mind this match was played in Ballinlough, good job we checked the official records. It was at Church Road in Blackrock on Saturday evening, July 26, referee Willie Horgan throwing in the sliotar for a 7.45pm start.

Catherines were slow to start, finding themselves four points adrift to the end of the opening quarter, recovering to shade it marginally at the interval by 0-8 to 1-4. Shortly after the break a John G Barry goal allied to which Christy Clancy added a brace of points saw a six point lead open up. Inexplicably only one further point was forthcoming. Cloughduv, with Donald O’Leary, Liam Lynch, Brian McSweeney, Tim O’Riordan and Tim Barry Murphy prominent, rattled off nine points without reply, securing a championship victory on an end scoreline of 1-16 to 1-12, going on to attain outright honours later in the year, beating Erins Own in the final.

Catherines: Willie Murphy, Maurice Hartnett, Pat O’Sullivan, Barrie O’Regan, Kevin Lane, Denis Walsh, Seamus Neville, Denis O’Neill, Cathal Casey, Patsy O’Donoghue, Mike Mellerick,, Pat Clancy, Christy Clancy, John G Barry, John Mangan. No sub used.

We will do another fixture next week.

Scór na bPáistí

St Catherines had a successful weekend in the quarter-finals of East Cork Scór na bPaistí. Nine of the hurling club entries got through from the first quarter-final on Friday night last. Just a shade unlucky was Faye Sheehan, performing ‘Katie’ in the solo singing category. Well, you can’t win them all!

Five of the seven football club entries advanced from Sunday. Just losing out were Siofra Marsh who performed ‘Raglan Road’ in the solo singing section. Not progressing either with their ballad group of Marie O’Connor, Timothy Barry, Zahara Mounir, Katelyn Hickey and Siofra Marsh, singing ‘Fields of Athenry’ and ‘Seamaisín’.

No luck for the camogie club entries in the other quarter-final also on the Sunday. They being Billy Ahern with his rendition of ‘Raglan Road’ in the solo singing section. Also Aimee Kearney reciting ‘If I Were A Lady’ in the storytelling or recitation competition. St Catherines Camogie Club ballad group didn’t’ advance either. The group consisted of Cian Josh, Liam Moore, Roisin O’Regan-Seadon, Jack Tanner and Sophie Lee. They sang ‘Fields of Athenry’ and ‘Seamaisín’. Also bowing out at the quarter-final stage were the question time team consisting of Shane Cotter, John Temple and Sam Ahern

Both semi-finals are down for decision again at Lisgoold Community Hall on this coming Sunday, February 10. Times are 2pm and 6.30pm. This year’s East Cork Scór na bPáistí finals will go ahead at Watergrasshill Community Hall on the afternoon of Sunday, February 17. Starting time will be 2.30pm.

All this went on after the club held its own domestic round of the competition before a large and appreciative audience at Ballynoe Community Centre on Monday night, January 28, organised by club Irish/cultural officer Marie Clancy. Back stage Mary Barry was cool, calm and collected, a massive help as was Edmond Galvin. Master of ceremonies and quizmaster was club PRO John O’Mahony while Jennifer Galvin knew all about those switches, knobs, controls and microphones. You see ‘you can’t beat breeding’.

Judge for the night was Orla Arnold from the Bride Rovers Club. That said we could have done with a little more help, even if it was to put away tables and chairs. Sounds ordinary and basic but oh so necessary. They don’t just appear!


Once again we congratulate Jane Barry on her sizeable lotto win. Results from the most recent weekly draw which was held at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Monday night last, February 4. Numbers drawn were 11, 21, 24 and 25 and a basic jackpot of €2,000 was not won. Consolation winners were Marie Crowley, c/o Billy O’Neill; Padraig Cotter, Ballynoe; Kate, Olivia and James Hegarty, Ballymonteen, Ballynoe; P Davis, c/o PH and Roy Hartigan, c/o PH. 

Next draw for a jackpot of €2,200 will be at The Big Tree, Aghern on Monday night, February 11.

Juvenile Meeting

Just take note a meeting of the juvenile club goes ahead tonight (Thursday, February 7) at 8.30pm.


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