St Catherines GAA

20 June, 2019

St Catherines GAA

Bad day in Ennis

A poor day for the Rebels in Cusack Park, Ennis, starting off with a one point loss to the Banner county in the opening round five Munster minor hurling championship tie. Cork’s only defeat of the campaign, but due to the proximity of other teams means elimination, this setting up a Clare/Limerick provincial final.

Likewise seemingly unfancied Clare inflicted a five point loss in the senior decider that followed, but with Tipperary overcoming the challenge of reigning All-Ireland and league champions Limerick at Thurles meant Tipp waltzed into the Munster final where they will now meet Limerick again. Limerick and Cork having superior scoring difference to Clare which came into play with the three teams finishing up with four points on the table. If told that back on May 12th Cork supporters would have grabbed it with both hands. Cork finishing third and clearly work to do.

But for now the focus of attention shifts to the Munster minor and senior football finals, both against Kerry and scheduled for Pairc Ui Chaoimh on this forthcoming Saturday evening, June 22nd. Minor game at 5pm with the senior to follow at 7pm. Cork won’t win the senior decider, nor would they be expected to. But what would be essential is that a performance comes from the Rebels. Anything that makes up for last year’s shambolic showing at the same stage of the competition would be welcomed.

Munster Poc Fada

Now just minutes too late for inclusion in last week’s notes was the news that St Catherines first team goalkeeper Eoin Davis was successful in the county senior poc fada decider. Holding off Seamus Cronin from Inniscarra and Colm Crowley in the senior section final which was held on Garryvoe Beach on Tuesday evening, June 11th last.

With the Munster decider then taking place early on Saturday morning last, a change this time around from the Michael Cusack Centre just outside of Ennis with Kerryhead Mountain, Ballyheigue, Co Kerry being this year’s venue. Victory went to Ronan Taffe of Tubber, representing Clare, taking 33 shots in completing the course. Three more than Colin Ryan of Limerick in second, with Eoin Davis third on 38 shots. A wonderful effort from the 20 year old Conna man.

Feora Mountain is located in the townsland of Tiduff in Ballyheigue parish. This area is the location of the Kerryhead Peninsula. It forms the mouth of the River Shannon with Loop Head to the north and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Tralee Bay is to the south. It’s a total area of over 400 acres and is what’s known as a commonage with over 20 local farmers having equal claim to the land.

Senior winner and runner-up now go forward to represent Munster in the M Donnelly All-Ireland Poc Fada finals on Saturday, August 3rd in the Cooley Mountains in Louth.

Division One Rebel Og North U14 Hurling League final

St Catherines 4-5 Aghabullogue 2-7

An age group continuing to extol plaudits for the juvenile section of the club. Although billed in last week’s column for the Clyda Rovers pitch in Mourneabbey but as the week progressed there was movement afoot. This division one Rebel Og North U14 hurling league final was being switched, relocated and played at Grenagh on Friday evening last at 7.30pm.

My God we were fortunate with the weather. Black grey, off-white clouds adorned the skies going up the hill to the playing pitch. It seemed the weather men were right, we were in a downpour. Thankfully it held off with this underage league final concluded in a blaze of late evening sunshine. Such is the summer of 2019!

Both teams found the net in the opening exchanges. Yet all three goals seemed preventable as the Saints by and large were keeping it tight at the back with Evan O’Driscoll hurling up a storm at fullback. Outside of him a meat triangle of play taking in Sean O’Donoghue, Ciaran Pietropaolo and Oisin Fitzgerald kept it moving with the Saints shading it and marginally ahead on a half-time score of 2-2 to 1-3.

Three Darragh Morrison points, including a brace of frees, moved the scoreboard on, score standing at 2-5 to 1-5 at the end of the third quarter. In just over a four minute spell the decisive and match winning scores unfolded.

Shane Cotter, who scored the second goal after just ten minutes, careered in along the end line. A delivery across in front of the posts and in the twinkling of an eye Dylan Murphy with the deftest touch glanced home the ball. Excitement had hardly died down when a ’65 caused panic and Kian O’Donoghue, ideally placed, lashed in the rebound. 25 minutes gone in the second half and ahead at 4-5 to 1-5. You couldn’t ask for better than with the way it was panning out.

In fairness to them Aghabullogue tried their utmost to the finish, laying siege to the Saints posts in the closing stages. Indeed they recorded the last three scores of the match. James Lane and Colm Gillespie were very good and 2-5 out of their total of 2-7 came from those players.

Don Forde, an officer with Rebel Og North, thanked the Grenagh club in making their pitch available. Also John O’Leary, the referee and his team of officials, while all underage leagues in the division are sponsored by Kelly Bros. He then presented the winning cup to St Catherines captain Darragh Morrison.

Aghabullogue, from the newly created mid-region and St Catherines from the east location playing out a Rebel Og North league final. To the fellows with the creamy pints in the corner of the bar it’s the decision of the gradings committee in enforcing the soft border rule. Sure what about it! Though it’s a bit comical isn’t it.

Now for this young squad of players it’s off to Gortletteragh, Co Leitrim for the Feile na Peil competition. They won’t be back a wet week when we’re into the U14 hurling championship. Played on a roundrobin basis, Catherines will have home ties against Blarney and Whitechurch before travelling to Watergrasshill for the final group match towards the middle of August.

Scorers: D Morrison (1-4, 0-2 frees), K O’Donoghue (1-1, 0-1 free), S Cotter (1-0), D Murphy (1-0).

St Catherines team: D O’Connell, C Dunning, E O’Driscoll, C Leamy, D O’Donovan, S O’Donoghue, C Pietropaolo, O Fitzgerald, N Sheehan, K O’Donoghue, D Morrison (captain), C McAuliffe, S Cotter, S Sheehan, D Murphy. Subs: C McCarthy and C Hayes for O Fitzgerald and D Murphy (both 58 minutes). Also on panel: C Feeney, A Bryan, J Leahy, J Bryan, G Ó Ceallachain McCartaigh.

Referee: John O’Leary (Mallow).

Feile na nGael – a reflection

One was genuinely concerned about 90 minutes from throw-in. Dark clouds which were hanging around since midday began to kick into action, unleasing a shower of gargantuan proportions. Thankfully it passed off and by 5.30pm the opening day of matches in group A of the 2019 Feile na nGael were under way at Pairc Naomh Caitrionaigh Baile Nua.

Host venue St Catherines narrowly overcoming the challenge of Carlow representatives Mount Leinster Rangers starting off. Likewise St James of New Ross defeated Kilara Og from Rebel Og North. St James were resident in the parish while the competition was ongoing.

In the swap around at 6.30pm St Catherines proved too strong for Kilara Og, while St James and Mount Leinster Rangers shared the spoils. Group completed on the Saturday morning. St Catherines edging out Wexford opposition. Mount Leinster winning in Kilworth against Kilara Og as all four clubs then headed off to Killeagh for the cup and plate sections of the competition.

Apart from the action between the four white lines, the organisation of Feile itself was a big success. It’s a huge club effort with some people having a demanding schedule in ensuring everything was being kept up to speed. We can’t mention them just in case someone is overlooked, but they know who they are.

Many thanks to the ladies who organised the tea and sandwiches for the open air at the conclusion of the action on the Friday evening. Rarely can they be so welcome.

Four teams incorporating three counties from two provinces with one aim of enjoying each other’s company. It’s the kind of camaraderie that extols what this great organisation is about.

Then it brought back memories of the 2005 and 2006 Feile competitions, both held in Cork with Baile Nua again a venue.

St Catherines lost both of their opening matches in 2005. Staying in the parish that weekend were Ballinkillen of Carlow, who defeated the host team on a scoreline of 1-7 to 0-7. Also losing out by 0-9 to 0-3 in Fermoy on the morning of Saturday, June 18th before defeating Glenariffe Oisin of Antrim on a 2-2 to 0-3 scoreline in their final match.

Glenariffe were back to us 12 months later, defeating the Saints 2-13 to 1-3 which meant subsequent wins over Tooreen of Mayo (3-7 to 2-5) and Glanworth (2-6 to 1-1) wouldn’t be enough to stay in the competition.

2005 Feile panel

Edmond Aherne, Conor Lane, Denis Lane, Paddy Lee, Richard O’Dea, Patrick Roche, Stephen O’Brien, Paul England, Rory O’Connor, Conor Hegarty, Kevin Walsh, Brian Mulcahy, Conor Kearney, John Hurley, Colm Aherne, Donal McAuliffe, Stephen Mills, Seamus Wade, William Walsh, Riche McGrath, Alan O’Mahony, Mark Buckley and Daniel O’Brien.

2006 Feile panel

Paddy Lee, William Walsh, Stephen Mills, Richie McGrath, Michael Wade, Patrick Roche, Fiona Cotter, Conor Kearney, Daniel Mangan, John Hurley, Matthew Mulcahy, Richard O’Dea, Fionnola Neville, Colm Aherne, Daniel O’Brien, James Neville, Patrick Fitzgerald, Mark Buckley, Cathal Galvin, Eoin Kearney and Aaron Neville.

Round five division one Rebel Og East U12 football league

St Catherines v Passage

St Catherines went down to a heavy loss against a clearly good Passage outfit. They had defeated Dublin visitors Trinity Gaels in a hurling challenge just over 24 hours previous and maybe were a bit tired for this round five division one Rebel Og East U12 football league tie when played in Ballynoe on Monday evening, June 10th last.

Just in passing can we say Daniel Turley made some very smart saves between the posts and with limited supply Tristan Clancy scored the points. In the word of the Van Morrison classic, “oh my Mama told me there would be days like this”.

Scorers: T Clancy (0-2, 0-1 free).

St Catherines team: D Turley, S O’Donoghue, C Murray, T Dee, S Aherne, J Pratt, J Pietropaolo, G Sheehan, J Kenneally, T Clancy, C Hickey, C Barry, C O’Driscoll. Also K O’Donoghue and L Kilmartin.

Referee: James Hennessy (Kiltha Og)

Adult club match played

Round seven 

division two East Cork junior hurling league

St Catherines 1-12 

Midleton 2-20

St Catherines were into the swing of things almost straight away. Kevin Dineen goaling a long range free on six minutes of this round seven division two junior hurling league tie, when played in dry overcast conditions at Ballynoe on Tuesday evening, June 11th last. Exquisitely converted points with Niall Walsh among the Magpie scorers and likewise Shane Kearney and John Mulcahy for the home based team saw Midleton marginally shade it on an interval scoreline of 0-10 to 1-6.

An evenly contested league tie advanced with the scores level on two occasions, including at 1-10 to 0-13 at the end of the third quarter.

But a Harry Wall goal on 49 minutes to which Padraig O’Shea and Mark O’Keeffe added further points would see clear daylight emerging. A Conor O’Neill goal right at the death all but completed the scoring.

Scorers: S Kearney (0-6, 0-3 frees), K Dinneen (1-1 frees), N O’Brien (0-3, 0-1 free), J Mulcahy (0-2).

St Catherines team: E Sheehan, James Casey, E Kenneally, S Leamy, J Hurley, R Clancy, C Hickey, W Walsh, A Long, S Kearney, J Mulcahy, L Beecher, K Dinneen, N O’Brien, S Walsh. Subs: John Casey for R Clancy (21mins), K English for John Casey (27mins), D Wallace for S Walsh (45mins).

Ref: Paudi Kearney (Killeagh).

What we have for you in fixtures

Saturday, June 22nd at Pairc Ui Chaoimh – Munster football finals Cork v Kerry, minor 5pm, senior 7pm.

Monday, June 24th at Ballynoe – round six division one Rebel Og East U16 hurling league v Fermoy, 7.30pm.

Tuesday, June 25th – division four intermediate hurling league v Argideen Rangers at 8pm, venue to be confirmed.


Two families steeped in the Gaelic tradition suffered recent bereavements. Deepest sympathy to the family on the death of Christine Hartnett, Ballynoe and to the Leahy family, Upper Aghern on the sad passing of David. Ar dheis De go raibh a h-anamacha dilse.


With the 40th anniversary ordination Mass for Canon Michael Fitzgerald, PP Mitchelstown being said in Ballynoe on Monday evening, June 10th at 7.30pm it was decided to defer the weekly lotto draw to Tuesday, June 11th at the Winners Enclosure, Conna. Numbers drawn were 1, 2, 12 and 22. There was no winner of a them accumulated jackpot of €2,800. The consolation winners were Ber Motherway, Condonstown, Dungourney; D&E syndicate, c/o Winners Enclosure, Conna; Jack Cotter, Boulta, Ballynoe; Jim O’Brien, c/o PH, Conna and Rebecca Gregan, Clarecastle, Co Clare.

Church gate 


Can we use this opportunity to remind patrons that the annual juvenile club church gate collection will be taken up after all Masses throughout the parish this forthcoming weekend.


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