St Catherines GAA

09 March, 2019

St Catherine’s GAA

Weather proves a spoilsport

Intermediate hurling league division four round two: 

Kilbrittain 2-03 

St Catherines 1-05

Just when we thought that the situation was settling down and the weather rears its ugly head again! Well it is Ireland! First victim of the weekend conditions was the scheduled pairing of St Catherines and Russell Rovers in round three of the division three divisional junior football league. Too late for inclusion in last week’s notes, news of which arrived about ten minutes beyond submission and was agreed between the clubs to be played under the lights at Ballynoe on Friday night last. It was horrendous.

Also falling victim to the weekend setback were a number of attractive fixtures through the various groups in the national hurling league. Most notably the clash of Wexford and Kilkenny at Innovate Wexford Park and that of Cork and Tipperary at Páirc Uí Rinn. Also off was the scheduled Waterford/Galway fixture down for Walsh Park.

Ironically what did get the green light though maybe it shouldn’t have was this round two tie in a revised and rejigged division four of the intermediate hurling league. Credit to the thirty four players or so for surviving this struggle of cold wind and rain at Kilbrittain early on Sunday afternoon last. Throw-in time was 1pm.

Catherines, mainly through the accuracy of trustworthy fee taker Shane O’Brien, shading it on a half-time scoreline of 0-04 to 0-02 in a clear low scoring affair.

But the balance took a significant turn when Maurice Sexton crashed in the game’s opening goal right at the end of the third quarter. Added to when Declan Harrington finished off a second seven minutes later. A Richard Galvin goal for the saints made for an exciting conclusion. But try as they might a leveller wasn’t forthcoming.

Scorers: S O’Brien (0-04 frees), Rd Galvin (1-00) and S Cotter (0-01). St Catherines team: E Davis, P Keane, C Hegarty, K Neville, J Neville, D Mangan, E Wallace, S Cotter, S O’Brien, B Davis, R Clancy, N O’Regan, Rd Galvin, P Roche, T O’Donnell. Sub: C Kearney for B Davis (48’). Referee: Stephen Murphy (Bandon).

Rebel Óg East Div2 U16 football league rd1 

Mayfield 5-08 St Catherines 0-05

St Catherines can’t be happy with their performance from this Rebel Óg league tie when played in all kinds of conditions at the opponents venue on Saturday afternoon last. Even though the Saints were ahead through a Tom Hartnett pointed free as early as the second minute were eventually outfought and outplayed by a physically stronger and cuter Mayfield outfit.

Team: E Philpott, D Morrison, K Wallace, N Sheehan, F O’Connell, D Galvin, C Bryan, G O’Brien, C England, K O’Donoghue, T Hartnett, S Cotter, C Dineen, O Fitzgerald, W Leamy.

Subs: A O’Donnell for S Cotter (27’). J O’Callaghan and B O’Connor for K O’Donoghue and C Dineen (both second half). C McAuliffe for C Bryan (37’), W McAuliffe for O Fitzgerald (41’). Also present: S O’Donoghue and H Draper. Referee: Chris Broderick (Na Piarsaigh).

This weekend’s fixture list

Saturday, March 9th at Ballynoe revised thirteen a side Rebel Óg East U14 football league

div3 rd1 v Lisgoold at 2.30pm. Saturday, March 9 U21 C football championship section 1 rd2 v Cloyne (away at old pitch) at 3pm. Sunday, March 10 at Ballynoe Rebel Óg East thirteen A side minor football league div4 rd2 v Lisgoold at 11.00am. Times and dates correct at time of submitting report.


We offer our condolences to the family of Tommy Dinneen, Ballynattin, Ballynoe who passed to his eternal reward last week. The late Tommy played for the club in the fifties and sixties and remained a keen follower of the game over the years. While one remembers his name appearing on occasions as a consolation winner in the weekly lotto draw. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.


Throughout next week the sporting focus shifts to the UK where thousands of keen equine followers descend on the Cotswolds for the Olympics of horse racing. Yes indeed it’s the annual Cheltenham National hunt racing festival. Last year we went with the Gordon Elliott trained novice hurdler Samcro to brighten up Irish eyes. He duly obliged though ironically but for a number of factors hasn’t won a race since. He is still a very good horse though and could easily finish up across the water next week.

We feel the class horse representing Ireland next week will be the Joseph O’Brien trained Sir Eric. He will run in one of the two mile novice hurdles probably the champion four year old which normally takes place on the final day in the card, There has been a few keen Irish defectors in the recent build up. Most notably Le Richbourg and Penhill. While pundits on the other side will be all up for Paisley Park in the stayers hurdle. But watch out for Faugheen. He was going well when falling at Leopardstown at Christmas and if he stayed afloat could easily have troubled Apples Jade. Just imagine Samcro and Faugheen charging up that feracuis hill with the winning post in sight. Let the games begin!

Scór na bPáistí

St Catherines will have a trio of participants in the decider following the county semi-finals of Scór na bPáistí from Friday night last. Taylor Walsh will compete in the solo dance category. As will Saorla Twomey with an extract from Jimeen in the recitation or story-telling competition. They will also be represented in the ballad group decider. Numbers performed are ‘Red Is The Rose’ and ‘Ding Dong Dedero’. Members are Faye Sheehan, Laura Kenneally, Leah O’Halloran, Saorla Twomey and Isobelle O’Mahony.

Only just failing to advance were the instrumental music group consisting of Tayah Quirke, Billy McKee, Eilise Cotter and Hannah Norman. Numbers performed were ‘Mo Ghile Mear’ and ‘The Three Flowers’. They were a little unlucky. But you can’t win them all and they do have the consolation of a divisional title. 

Patrons please take note there are no provincial or All-Ireland stages in the national schools age group. This year’s County Scór na bPáistí finals are on again at the Éire Óg GAA pavilion on this forthcoming Saturday afternoon March 9. Starting at 2.30pm.

National league

Cork recorded a valuable victory over Tipperary in the national football league at Thurles. But you would imagine are still facing an uphill struggle to hold on to their place in division two. Donegal come to town on St Patrick’s weekend. Before facing the lengthy trip to Armagh. You would imagine at least one win must emerge from those difficult fixtures should survival be forthcoming.

Juvenile meeting

Patrons be advised that there will be a meeting of St Catherine’s Juvenile GAA Club on tonight Thursday, March 7. It’s on in the clubrooms, Ballynoe and starts at 8.30pm. Looking ahead and the club executive meet next Thursday night, March 14. Next regular parent club meeting is on Thursday night, March 28.

Lotto jackpot at €3,000

St Catherines weekly lotto draw now has a jackpot of €3,000. Results from the most recent draw which was held at The Plough, Curraglass on Monday night last, March 4. Numbers drawn were 4, 13, 15 and 21 and there was no winner of the €2,800 jackpot. Consolation winner were: Mike Mellerick, Conna, Una Sheehan, Glentrasna, Ballynoe and Dick Hegarty, Garrycahera, Ballynoe. There will be a draw at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe, on Monday night, March 11.


T&A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe are sponsors of St Catherine’s GAA Club, juvenile club sponsors are Mulcahy Steel