St Catherines GAA

04 July, 2019

St Catherines GAA

John West Féile Peil in Leitrim and Sligo

Just three weeks on from the hurling equivalent which being part of one of the two host counties saw Páirc Naomh Caitríonaigh used as a venue and last weekend saw three hundred and fifty eight teams play their opening 2 rounds in 91 venues as the Clár Féile John West Peil na nÓg descended on the province of Connacht. 208 boys and 150 girls Gaelic football teams were pressed into action. Competing for the first time were the U14 boys from Western Australia. Based in Annaduff, Co Leitrim for their opening duo of games as the Saints in turn lost out to the host venue on a scoreline of 3-8 to 1-3 and to Geraldine’s GFC of Co Louth (5-05 to 1-01).

St Catherines then met their host families for the weekend and returned to their homes for an evening meal in Gortletteragh when by Saturday morning last was now one of 179 venues in use as the competition resumed. Gortletteragh won the third and final match in group C in what was div11 entailing 16 teams in total. It ended on a scoreline of 4-05 to 2-03.

Finishing fourth in the group St Catherines then headed to Scarden, Co Sligo which is roughly 70 minutes of a drive from Gortletteragh Park where they made their exit from the shield competition. Losing out to the third team from Group D in St Josephs of Westmeath on an end scoreline of 3-04 to 2-01.

Now this young team have no time to wallow in the pangs of disappointment. Currently in the throes of an intensely busy season. Indeed by the time you read this report we’re due to have played Blarney in round one of the round robin div1 Rebel Óg North U14 hurling championship at Ballynoe last night (Wednesday, July 3). Facing Whitechurch at the same venue next week (see fixtures). Just take note that the fourth team in the group - Watergrasshill - have already recorded a ten point victory over Whitechurch. While looking further through the schedule and St Catherines are paired to meet St Colman’s in the semi-final of the div3 Rebel Óg East U14 football league. A match down for Ballynoe on Friday evening, July 19. Throw in will be 7.30pm.

St Catherines U14 panel: Ciaran Leamy, Diarmuid O’Connell, Cian Dunning, Evan O’Driscoll, Sean O’Donoghue, Diarmuid O’Donovan, Ciaran Pietropaolo, Nathan Sheehan, Oisín Fitzgerald, Darragh Morrison, Cathal McAuliffe, Kian O’Donoghue, Cathal Sheehan, Shane Cotter, Kieran Kelleher, Conor Hayes, Colum Feeney, Jake Bryan, Dylan Murphy, Timothy Barry, Jack Leahy, Gearoid O’Ceallacháin McCarthaigh, Cian McCarthy and Adam Bryan.

Closing out the competition on Sunday evening last saw the handing over of the John West Féile flag to the 2020 hosts Donegal, Tyrone and Derry.

Rd6 div1 Rebel Óg East U16 hurling league

St Catherines 2-17 Fermoy 0-07

In the warmest weather of the season thus far it was the Saints collecting the points on offer from this rd6 div1 Rebel Óg East U16 hurling league tie in sunny conditions, when played in Ballynoe on Monday evening, June 24.

It was an even enough contest at the outset. Cillian Fitzpatrick accurate from placed balls from anywhere around the middle of the pitch for the opposition. Cathal Dinneen and Conor England among the scorers for the home based team as a league tie which saw the teams together on five occasions including at 0-05 each to twenty minutes gradually opened up. After both goalkeepers, Evan Philpott and Shane Coughlan had more telling point blank saves. Catherines shading it on a half time scoreline of 0-10 to 0-06.

Tom Hartnett continued as he left off on the change of ends. Hitting over an array of points. Bringing his overall tally to seven and all from general play. As two of the subs introduced made immediate contributions. Gearoid O’Brien goaling with virtually his first touch. Then when a Harry Draper effort cannoned off the crossbar back into play Cathal Sheehan, ideally placed, hammered home the breaking ball. Eoin O’Riordan closed out the scoring very near the finish. Pointing from distance and confirming a Saints victory over a youthful Fermoy outfit for whom Brian Shanahan, Corey Ivory, Calvin O’Sullivan and Noah Sherwood also did their best.

Scorers: T Hartnett (0-07), M Draper (0-04 frees) (0-05), G O’Brien and C Sheehan (1-0 each), C England (0-01 “65”) (0-03), C Dinneen and E O’Riordan (0-01 each).

St Catherines team: E Philpott, J O’Callaghan, E O’Riordan, C Bryan, O Fitzgerald, D Galvin, M Geary, K Wallace, C England, D Morrison, H Draper, C Dinneen, G Leahy, T Hartnett and C Feene. Subs: B O’Connor, K O’Donoghue, W Leamy, J Mulcahy and N Sheehan for J O’Callaghan, G Leahy, C Dinneen, C Feeney and C Bryan (all second half). C Sheehan for D Morrison (41’), G O’Brien for O Fitzgerald (42’). 

Referee: Pa Beausang (Midleton).

Juvenile Fixtures

Tonight (Thursday), July 4 at Ballynoe rd7 G3 Rebel Óg central U12 hurling league v Mallow at 7.30pm. Wednesday, July 10 at Ballynoe div1 round robin rd2 Rebel Óg North U14 hurling championship v Whitechurch at 7.30pm.

Rd9 div4 Intermediate Hurling League

Argideen Rangers 2-14 

St Catherines 3-11

It finished all square between Argideen Rangers and St Catherines when this rd9 div4 intermediate hurling league tie was played in ideal mid-summer conditions at Timoleague on Tuesday evening, June 25. With the visitors marginally shading it on an interval scoreline of 1-06 to 0-07.

A John Sheehan goal had Argideen back in the mix. With the Saints in the ascendancy with a two goal strike midway through the third quarter. Both the beneficiaries of placed balls which weren’t dealt with. A Shane O’Brien delivery first timed to the net by Pa Roche. When again just sixty seconds later Daniel Mangan crashing in his second goal when latching on to a lengthy Eoin Davis free. Setting up a lead on a scoreline of 3-07 to 1-09 now eleven minutes into the second half.

A well taken goal from substitute Darragh O’Donovan on fifty four minutes and a spate of points from reliable free taker John O’Callaghan saw two well matched teams tied for the sixth time with a share of the spoils a fair and justifiable end result.

Argideen Rangers scorers: J O’Callaghan (0-08 frees), J Sheehan and D O’Donovan (1-00 each), E Loughnane (0-03), F Butler (0-02) and J J Butler (0-01). St Catherine’s scorers: D Mangan (2-01), S O’Brien (0-06 frees), P Roche (1-00), B Mulcahy and R Galvin (0-01 free) (0-02 each).

St Catherine’s team: E Davis, Stephen O’Brien, C Hegarty, K Neville, W Walsh, Shane O’Brien, E Wallace, S Cotter, L O’Connor, R Galvin, P Roche, D Mangan, O O’Neill, N O’Regan, B Mulcahy. Sub: P Keane for O O’Neill (49’). Also: P O’Connor, S Walsh, P Clancy and J Neville. 

Referee: Michael Collins (Clonakilty).

Adult Club Fixture

Tuesday, July 9 at Ballynoe rd6 div4 Intermediate Hurling League v Kildorrery at 8pm.

Cork teams

Well now the picture concerning the Rebels is much clearer. Having lost out to Laois in the Joe McDonagh Cup final, curtain-raiser to the Leinster senior hurling final at Croke Park on Sunday afternoon last and Cork will now play Westmeath in a preliminary quarter-final of the All Ireland senior hurling championship.

While in the draw for rd4 of the All-Ireland senior football qualifiers which went out live on RTE Radio One on Monday morning last and Cork are paired with Laois. 


Our deepest sympathy to the family on the recent death of Mike McAuliffe, Rathdrum, Ballynoe. Also to the Carrs on the sad and untimely departure of their mother Kitty. Condolences also to Mike and Marie Mellerick, Conna on their recent sad family bereavement.


Due to a death in the family last week’s lotto draw was held back until Tuesday night, June 25 at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe. Numbers drawn were 14, 19, 28 and 30. There was no winner of the €3,200 jackpot. While the consolation winners on the night were: Maire Kenneally, Kilcoran, Conna; Mo O’Connor, Ballybride, Conna; Noreen O’Flynn, Kildinan, Rathcormac; Sharon Morrison, Castlebrook, Conna and Breda Clancy, Ballytrasna, Fermoy.


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