St Catherines GAA

03 May, 2019

St Catherines GAA

So this is it!

Seemingly after weeks of activity in various grades and through both codes the focus shifts to the Saints. They start their campaign in what is a standalone fixture when playing Cloughduv in the first round of the intermediate hurling championship. It’s on in Páirc Uí Rinn on this forthcoming Friday evening, May 3.

In the words of Corporal Jones from the peerless British comedy Dad’s Army “Don’t panic!”. There is just a slight change to the starting time. Throw in now will be 8pm.

Over the winter and early spring we reviewed a few recent tussles between the teams. Including now twenty five years on the county final of 1994 and a county junior hurling final from just three years ago in Eire Óg. But of far more relevance now would be those league and championship clashes at U16 and minor level in both league and championship through the mid noughties. Can’t recall a single victory there. Catherines did defeat Cloughduv in the U13 B divisional final of 2013. Yet two years on from that they came up to Ballynoe and recorded an emphatic win in the 15A championship.

All the diehards would be heading off to Castlelyons to face Bride Rovers in the first round of the divisional junior A championship that same afternoon and probably wouldn’t even be aware of the juvenile match earlier that morning. That form could conceivably now be coming home to roost. Be aware, be very aware.

What adds an attractive shift onto this championship pairing is that it is a meeting of the 2017 county junior champions v the county junior champions of 2018 adding that extra bit of spice. Putting form to the test.

Preparation was more of less completed when overcoming the depleted challenge of Midleton in round eleven of the intermediate hurling league division four when played in Clonmult Park on Tuesday evening, April 23. Ending up at Midleton 2-15 St Catherines 4-21. Match referee was Simon Stokes of Tullylease. Best of luck to manager mentors, players and staff alike. A championship victory lifts the spirit of the whole parish, here’s hoping!

Storm Hannah

Another ferocious storm struck last weekend. Principal casualty for the saints was the proposed minor hurling league fixture set for Whitechurch on Friday evening. Being able to pick up the U13 hurling league tie with Midleton on Sunday morning.

Anniversary Mass

There was an anniversary Mass for the late Kevin Walsh in Conna church on Friday evening last. Kevin was involved in numerous sports and he was a club minor and played with junior teams when he was tragically killed in a car accident on the Conna to Tallow road on Sunday evening, April 27th, 2008. Among his contemporaries would be present first teamers like Ed Aherne, Pa Roche, Ronan Clancy, Conor Hegarty and Brian Mulcahy. The Kevin Walsh Cup is played for as often as possible in his memory. Kevin Walsh won’t or can’t ever be forgotten.

Rebel Óg North

Division One rd3 U14 hurling league - Kilara Óg 0-03 St Catherines 3-09. Despite the convincing nature of the end scoreline this rd3 div1 U14 hurling league tie was proving even enough in the possession stakes when played in Kilworth on Thursday evening last. Catherines shading it with a duo of well taken points from influential midfielder Oisín Fitzgerald to lead on a 0-06 to 0-01 half-time scoreline.

Shane Cotter quickly adding another on the turnover before a hat trick of Darragh Morrison goals in a glorious ten minute spell through the third and onto the fourth quarter confirmed the win. Initially awarded the free before converting the third from the penalty spot of forty eight minutes against Kilara Óg, a combination of Kilworth and Araglin and with good players in Liam Óg Hegarty, Conor Twomey and Sean Óg Kenneally. 

Scorers: D Morrison (1-00 penalty) (3-01), K O’Donoghue (0-03 frees) (0-05), O Fitzgerald (0-02) and S Cotter (0-01).

Team: D O’Connell, C Leamy, E O’Driscoll, C Dunning, D O’Donovan, S O’Donoghue, D Morrison, C McAuliffe, K Kelleher, C Sheehan, S Cotter. Subs: T Barry for D O’Donovan (42’), C Hayes for C Leamy (44’), C Feeney for S Cotter (52’), D Murphy for K Kelleher (53’). A Bryan for C Dunning (55’), J Bryan for D O’Connell (56’), G O’Callaghan McCarthy for C Pietropaolo (58’). 

Referee: Denis Motherway (Ballygiblin).

Coiste na nÓg county premier one U13 hurling league rd2

St Catherines 0-04 Midleton 5-01 

First proposed fixture in this competition fell foul of the prevailing conditions. Dreadful wind and rain encircling around the south of the country on the evening on Monday, April 15 last. That match, now according to management, against St Finbarrs might go ahead in Togher around the middle of the month. This latest instalment nearly falling victim as well. But this premier one U13 hurling league tie originally down for the Friday was quickly rearranged and played in near perfect conditions at Ballynoe on Sunday morning last. Killeagh based referee Arthur Murphy throwing in the sliotar for an 11.30am start.

Midleton anxious to turn around a result from ten and a half months ago when losing the equivalent U12 fixture when played on their own patch of ground at Clonmult Park in mid-June of last year. They based all the opening proceedings and deservedly lead as a brace of Daniel Garde goals had them ahead on a half-time scoreline of 3-01 to 0-02. Catherines were much more up to the intensity of the match on a change of ends. Tenacious defending and tackling from Evan O’Driscoll until his early departure, Timothy Barry, Ciaran Pietropaolo and Conor Hayes all helping to keep the momentum going. Shane Cotter accurate from placed balls. Victory confirmed for the magpies with two late Thomas Dunlea goals.

Scorers: S Cotter (0-03 frees) and C Pietropaolo (0-01). Team: J Bryan, C Murray, E O’Driscoll, J Leahy, S Aherne, C Pietropaolo, T Barry, C Hayes, D O’Connell, A Bryan, D O’Donovan, C Leamy, D Murphy, S Cotter and J Temple. Subs: G O’Callaghan McCarthy for C Murray (19’), G Sheehan for J Leahy (second half), S Mulcahy for A Bryan (34’) and J Leahy for E O’Driscoll (43’). 

Referee: Arthur Murphy (Killeagh).

Adult club fixtures

Friday, May 3 at Páirc Uí Rinn, intermediate hurling championship first round v Cloughduv at 3pm. Monday, May 6 at Shanagarry, East Cork junior football league division three rd 3 v Russell Rovers (rescheduled) at 4pm.

Juvenile fixtures

Tonight (Thursday), May 2 Rebel Óg East 13-a-side div3 U14 football league rd3 v White’s Cross (away) at 7.15pm. Monday, May 6 Rebel Óg East div1 U12 football league rd3 v Carrigtwohill (away) at 7pm. Monday, May 6 at Ballynoe, div2 U16 football league rd4 v Killeagh/Ita’s at 7pm.


Being the Easter bank holiday Monday saw last week’s lotto draw held over until Tuesday evening, April 23 at The Big Tree, Aghern. Numbers drawn were 3, 9, 15 and 30. There was no winner of the €4,200 jackpot. Consolation winners being Carol O’Brien, Rathdrum, Ballynoe, John O’Mahony, Ballynoe, Dave Barry, Carrigmore, Conna, Liam O’Leary, Ballybride, Conna and Tom Fitzgerald, Ballynoe.

Club meetings

Next meeting of St Catherine’s Juvenile Club will be on Thursday night, May 9 at 8pm. Club executive are also scheduled to meet that night. While the next regular club meeting is down for Thursday night, May 23. Secretary Eleanor will confirm times closer to the dates.


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