St Catherines GAA

12 April, 2019

St Catherines GAA

Lotto jackpot at €4,000

We’re behind since the celebration of our national feast day. So this week you update your weekly lotto details, starting with the results from the Winners Enclosure on Monday night, April 1. Numbers drawn were 8, 9, 23 and 30. There was no winner of the €3,600 jackpot, while the consolation winners were Philip Keane, Currabeha; Peter O’Keeffe, c/o M’s, Ballynoe; Mike Fitzgerald, Sydney and Pat O’Donovan, Barrafohona, whose name emerged twice from the draw drum. When your luck is in!

Moving on with the most recent draw which was held at The Plough, Curraglass on Monday night last, April 8. Numbers drawn were 2, 12, 14 and 25 and the jackpot then standing at €3,800 wasn’t won. The consolation prize winners on the night were Paudie and Breeda Galvin, Lacken; Leo and Juliette Coffey, c/o TVM, Bartlemy; Marie Walsh, c/o Kal’s; Sean Buckley, c/o The Big Tree, Aghern and Gavan Murphy, c/o Kals.

All of which means next draw at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Monday night, April 15 now has an accumulated jackpot of €4,000.

Pat McAuliffe RIP

Irish listeners but particularly those from his beloved Cork were shocked to hear of the sudden and untimely passing of Pat McAuliffe. He was a regular columnist with The Echo and a few years back rang one Saturday afternoon that he would be coming to Ballynoe the following Sunday evening to cover the St Catherines v Cloyne senior hurling league match, but he wouldn’t make it for the throw-in, requesting coverage until his arrival which was just before the interval. He was extremely grateful and seemed a very nice man.

He was a regular at all major Cork matches throughout the province and beyond, indeed covering GAA matches along with other codes. Being used regularly on the Saturday and Sunday of busy weekends, such was the plethora, especially national league matches to be covered.

He was a regular on RTE radio, right up to his sudden death and frequently delivered the sports news on 2FM. Always had that feeling at the back of my head that he was the DJ for discos organised by Conna Youth Club back in the early nineties. Well you must start somewhere mustn’t you!

Belated sympathy to Cal Aherne and family, Ballynoe on the recent sad passing of his brother Bill. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Challenge matches

With league matches set to resume this weekend St Catherines have being playing a series of intermediate hurling practice matches, travelling to Ring in West Waterford and only on Tuesday night of last week in what were bitterly cold conditions and lost out to Youghal in a challenge match on a scoreline of 2-19 to 2-17.

Just to remind you St Catherines meet reigning county and provincial junior hurling champions Cloughduv in the first round of this year’s intermediate hurling championship. Match pencilled in for Páirc Uí Rinn on the evening of Friday, May 3. Throw-in time will be 7.30pm. 

Youghal will return to Páirc Naomh Caitrionaigh, Baile Nua on the evening of Saturday, April 20 where they meet Castlelyons in the first round of the premier intermediate hurling championship. That match has a 7pm start.

But of course there are other teams in the club. This year’s junior hurling manager is Kevin Galvin, ably assisted by Laurence O’Connor and Jim Lane, who will also train and coach the team. They will play in division two of the league and also the East Cork junior B hurling championship later in the year.

Getting a squad together for the first time in a challenge match against neighbours Dungourney at Ballynoe on Saturday last. Dungourney were the better team overall and led at the interval, 2-8 to 0-6. Kieran English, Kevin Dineen and Owen O’Neill made the scoring charts with the opposition winning out on a scoreline of 3-16 to 3-9. Still you must start somewhere!

Adult club fixture 

Sunday, April 14 – Intermediate hurling league division 4, round 5 v Blackrock (away) at 2pm.

Underage report

Juvenile matches played. Rebel Óg East minor football league division 4, round 3.

St Catherines 2-6 Castlelyons 7-8: This Rebel Óg East round 3, division 4 minor football league tie was progressing as an even enough contest, when played under the lights at Ballynoe on Monday night, April 1 last. Both teams gaining and regaining the initiative twice before a Gavin O’Neill goal on 28 minutes was enough to establish a four point Castlelyons lead at half-time, 3-3 to 2-2.

A two goal burst from prominent midfielder and top scorer Richard Morrison within a minute of the change of ends all but sealed it. Evan Philpott and Tom Hartnett found the net for the home based team. David McDonnell kicked some well executed points, including one complementary first-half effort. But Castlelyons were better.

Scorers: T Hartnett (1-1), E Philpott (1-0), D McDonnell (0-3, 0-1 free), K Barry and C England (free) (0-1 each). Castlelyons scorers: R Morrison (4-2), E Linehan (2-0), G O’Neill (1-0), C McCarthy (0-3), D Morrison (0-2) and J Kearney (0-1).

St Catherine’s team: E Sheehan, J Hayes, J O’Keeffe, M Geary, H Draper, C England, D McDonnell, K Barry, K Wallace, T Hartnett, G Leahy, E Philpott, W McAuliffe. 

Many thanks to Denis Walsh for taking charge in the absence of the appointed referee.

Peil na nÓg

A good morning and day’s work as three wins and a draw saw St Catherines emerge from the Peil na nÓg qualifier held in Ballyhooly on Saturday last.

Results: St Catherines 1-6 Ballycastle Gaels 0-0; St Catherines 5-1 White’s Cross 1-1; St Catherines 2-4 Carraig na bhFear 0-0; St Catherines 2-2 Castlelyons 2-2. 

Panel of players: Kieran Kelleher, Cathal McAuliffe, Cathal Sheehan, Colum Feeney, Darragh Morrison, Kian O’Donoghue, Oisín Fitzgerald, Sean O’Donoghue, Ciaran Leamy, Conor Hayes, Evan O’Driscoll, Ciaran Pietropaolo, Diarmuid O’Donovan, Jake Bryan, Timothy Barry, Dylan Murphy, Adam Bryan and Cian McCarthy. It’s a competition set to resume on Easter Monday at a time and venue to be confirmed.

Juvenile championship draws

Out there now are the draws for this year’s juvenile championships. This week we focus our attention on football.

St Catherines received a bye in a six team Rebel Óg East division 3 U14 football championship, where they will encounter the winners of a real local derby involving Brian Dillons and Whites Cross in the semi-final. Carraig na bhFear are paired with Lisgoold, with St Colmans awaiting the winners in the penultimate round. First round matches are scheduled for the end of July.

An even number of 8 teams constitute the Rebel Óg East U16 division 2 championship, starting on Wednesday, July 24 where St Catherines will meet Fr O’Neills. Other teams involved are Erins Own, Killeagh/Itas, Mayfield, Kiltha Óg, St Colmans and Fermoy.

St Catherines are playing Castlelyons in a four team 13-a-side division 4 minor football championship. Lisgoold and Ballinacurra are on the other side. Patrons are advised that the U12s and U13s play league only. No championship draws are applicable for those age groups. Next week we will hone in on the hurling draws.

Catherines players on successful college teams

A memorable and successful week for Catherines players with their respective colleges on the hurling fields. Cork were the inaugural winners of the All-Ireland U17 hurling championship, beating Dublin in the final at Croke Park on Sunday, August 6, 2017. Included on that team were Eoin Davis, Conor O’Callaghan of Dromtarriffe and Midleton’s Tommy O’Connell. All three paired up again as members of the UL team that conquered LIT in the All-Ireland Freshers One hurling championship final when played at the Gaelic Grounds in Limerick on Thursday afternoon last. Eoin Davis lining out in goals in a final refereed by Cathal McAllister of Aghada.

24 hours previously 3 players from the club made the starting line out as St Colmans, Fermoy proved too strong for Midleton CBS in the Munster PPS U14 A hurling championship final for the Corn Aodh Ui Dhudha. Match played in Mallow. They were Kyle Wallace, Gearoid O’Brien and Sean O’Donoghue, while Fionn O’Connell made an appearance as substitute. Stephen Cotter and Ben O’Connor were other panellists. Congratulations to all players wherever you’re from. A results providing another shot in the arm for hurling in Rebel land.

Juvenile fixtures - busy schedule

Tonight (Thursday), April 11 at Ballynoe – Rebel Óg North U14 hurling league division one, round one v Watergrasshill at 6.30pm. Tonight (Thursday), April 11 at Ballynoe – Rebel Óg East minor hurling league division two, round two v Aghada at 7.30pm.

Saturday, April 13 U12 group three premier hurling league v Fermoy (away) at 2.30pm. Sunday, April 14 Rebel Óg North U14 hurling league division one round two v Charleville (away) at 11.30am.

Monday, April 15 U13 group one premier hurling league v St Finbarrs (away) at 7pm. Monday, April 15 at Ahavine Rebel Óg East U16 hurling league division one round two v Fr O’Neills at 6.30pm. Wednesday, April 17 Rebel Óg East minor hurling league division two round three v Carraig na bhFear (away) at 6.45pm.

East Camp

The increasingly popular St Catherines Juvenile GAA and camogie clubs three day mini Easter Camp will take place in the pitches in Ballynoe from Monday 15th to Wednesday, April 17 from 10am-1pm. It’s open to all primary school children of the parish. Cost is €20 per child, €50 for family of three or more. Hurley, helmet, gumshield, boots, raingear, drink and snack needed. To book text child’s name, age and contact details to Imelda O’Connell, secretary, St Catherines Juvenile GAA Club.


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