St Catherines GAA

01 August, 2019

St Catherine’s GAA 

Intermediate championship resumes this weekend

Three months on from an opening day loss to Cloughduv and the county intermediate championship resumes this upcoming weekend. St Catherines play Ballyroe in a second round clash fixed for Ballincollig on Friday evening, August 2 with a 7.30pm throw-in. It will be the third meeting between the teams in a relatively short period of time.

Catherines earning a last four place following a quarter-final victory in the autumn of 2013 - a match we looked back on last week. This time around it’s a third round meeting on Friday evening July 4, 2014. Both previous championship clashes were on in Páirc Uí Rinn.

Catherines shading it at 0-05 to 0-03 to nineteen minutes. Yet it was the opposition who had edged their noses in front and were ahead on a half-time scoreline standing at 0-07 to 0-06.

Ballyroe were stretching their narrow advantage with the lead standing at 0-09 to 0-06 at thirty minutes and again to 0-11 to 0-08 at the end of the third quarter. Kieran Griffin’s fourth point of the night and all from play saw it at 0-13 to 0-10 onto fifty three minutes.

On each occasion the Saints, now unfortunately a man short, strove manfully in their efforts to claw back the various deficits. It was exciting. It was tense. It was 0-13 to 0-12 with about five minutes to go. Still anyone’s game. Very much in the melting pot. John O’Donovan’s fifth point widened the margin ever so slightly on entering injury time. Catherines pressed. But to no avail. Barryroe advancing. Final score being 0-14 to 0-12.

We wish players panel and all mentors the very best of luck for Friday evening. Catherines easily winning the league fixture between the teams on the first day of the season back on Sunday, February 14 last at Ballynoe. League and championship chalk and cheese. How often have we heard it?!

Just briefly looking down the road if we may. Castlemartyr are waiting in the wings to play the winners in round three. Should it be the Saints it will be on in Lisgoold. Otherwise it goes to Ballinora. Provisionally fixed for August 17.

St Catherines team 2014 v Barryroe: Ed Aherne, Stephen O’Brien, Ed Keneally, James Neville, Daniel Mangan, Liam O’Connor, Conor Kearney, William Walsh, Shane Cotter, Padraig O’Connor, Shane Kearney, Brian Mulcahy, Patrick Roche, Sean O’Farrell and Eoin Condon. Subs were Brian Davis and Cal Aherne.


Friday, August 2 at Ballincollig, intermediate hurling championship second round v Barryroe at 7.30pm. Monday, August 5 at Ballynoe, round eight division two junior hurling league v Cobh at 7pm.

Round four division two junior hurling league

St Catherines 1-11 Carraig na bhFear 2-17

Carraig na bhFear were deserving of the points on offer from this round four division two East Cork hurling league tie, when played in dull overcast conditions at Ballynoe on Monday evening, July 22 last. James O’Driscoll, Brian Sheehan, Tom Hill and Jack Aherne were among the point scorers. Shane Farrell polished off the goal at twenty one minutes. Enough to establish a lead on a half-time scoreline of 1-13 to 0-03.

Catherines, emptying out the bench as the contest progressed, were much more involved on the change of ends. Ronan Clancy, Will Walsh, John Mulcahy, Ed Kenneally and Aaron Long among others all split the posts. Noel O’Brien was the goalkeeper on thirty four minutes for a Saints outfit for whom Robert English and Shane O’Regan tried hard at the back. But the margin was always too wide.

Scorers: N O’Brien (1-03), K Dinneen (0-02 frees), J Hurley, R Clancy, W Walsh, J Mulcahy, E Kenneally and A Long (0-01 each).

St Catherines team: E Sheehan, R English, J Casey, P Tobin, S O’Regan, E Kenneally, W Walsh, R Clancy, O O’Neill, J Hurley, J Mulcahy, C Hickey, K Dinneen, L Beecher and N O’Brien. Subs: R Condon for L Beecher (22’), K Geary and P Ryan for O O’Neill and C Hickey (both second half), A Long for N O’Brien (51’), A O’Brien for J Hurley (54’) and S Leamy for P Tobin (56’). Referee: PJ Aherne (Carrigtwohill).

Round two division two junior hurling league

Killeagh 5-10 St Catherines 3-11

St Catherines then making a solid start to this round two division two junior hurling league tie played in overcast Killeagh on Sunday evening last.

Goals ninety seconds apart from Kevin Dineen and Noel O’Brien from the twenty sixth minute setting up a lead on a 2-06 to 2-05 half-time scoreline. In fairness Killeagh were frequently wasteful of possession as a trio of Dan Landers goals had them up at 4-08 to 2-11 to fifty seven minutes.

Kevin Dinneen again resurrected flagging hopes when goaling a Saints’ free. But Darragh Motherway rounded off the goals coming very near a Killeagh outfit for whom Colm Crowley also melted midway through the opening half.

Scorers: K Dineen (1-01 frees) (2-03), N O’Brien (1-02), S Kearney (0-03), P O’Connor, J Hurley and J Mulcahy (0-01 each).

St Catherines team: E Sheehan, D Wallace, J Casey, P Tobin, K Geary, S O’Regan, A Long, A Mulcahy, R English, L Beecher S Kearney, J Hurley, K Dineen, P O’Connor and N O’Brien. Subs: S Leamy for S Kearney (11’), S Kearney for R English (22’), E Aherne for E Sheehan (second half), R English for P Tobin (40’). Referee: PJ Dennehy (Sarsfields).

Intense week of intercounty GAA activity

First things first. A number of southern productions are hinting at a repeat pairing later on following last week’s provincial U20 hurling final at Thurles. They might be right. But could we also present the argument that there could be an ALL Leinster clash? Something that has been overlooked altogether. It seems naïve and very narrowminded reporting. Some of it coming from regarded scribes.

By the time Cork are done with Kilkenny my God they will know they have been in a match. Even though one believes the Rebels are semi-finalists before even coming near to fluffing the potential to be in that team.

Manager DJ Carey declared Kilkenny v Wexford was a good match. But wouldn’t pair up to a Cork/Tipp clash. Conveniently ignoring their dismissal of Galway, All-Ireland champions of two years ago along the way. It’s not false news, but he was being economical with the truth. You play to your strengths!

Although there was controversy at the end, one still believes Kilkenny were deserving of the senior semi-final. If only for the start they made when they repeatedly choked and suffocated any impending threat from the Shannonsiders.

Limerick made a commendable recovery and might well have reached the holy grail only to be denied by a stupendous Eoin Murphy block, top custodian in the game and herculean Huw Lawlor defending. Remember he wasn’t even fullback at the start of the Leinster championship. And what about the performance of Padraig Walsh?

While the second semi-final was equally as gripping and tenacious where we had terrific goals, disallowed goals and confusion. Lots of confusion. It might be oversimplifying it but having come back from a man down and a deficit of five points, Tipp were deserving of the accolades.

What a double over the weekend for the Rebel county. Starting off with a memorable two point victory over Tyrone in the All Ireland U20 football semi-final. Cork also defeating Ulster champions Monaghan in the All-Ireland minor football quarter-final. All part of a triple header at Tullamore with reigning title holders Kerry overcoming the challenge of Tyrone also on the bill.

Cork now face Dublin in the All-Ireland U20 football final. Full forward Ciaran Archer has now scored 5-14 in his last two championship outings. Munster and Connacht dominate the minor ranks. Kerry, now in the ranks for six All-Irelands in a row, are facing Galway. While Cork meet Mayo in the other semi-final.

In domestic matters, a league double for Blackrock. Defeating Sarsfields in the division one decider. Overcoming the challenge of Kildorrery in division four of the intermediate hurling league final.

Congratulations to Mike Walsh who took charge of the East Cork junior A football championship decider. Erins Own edging out Cobh in the final played at Watergrasshill last Sunday.

Your Juvenile Report

Round one division two Rebel Óg East U16 football 

Fr O’Neills 2-05 
St Catherines 1-07

Defeat was the end result from this round one division two Rebel Óg East U16 football championship tie when played in dull, overcast albeit dry and humid conditions at Ahavine on Wednesday evening, July 24 last.

Fr O’Neill’s shot into a four point lead through the early opening exchanges. In their first service attack team captain Tom Hartnett opened the Saints account with a sweetly taken goal from a sublime finish. Full forward William Leamy pointed straight away, levelling matters at 1-01 apiece to seven minutes. But this wouldn’t be reflective of the rest of the tie. Both sides struggling to find the posts in a championship tie where defences largely dominated with the visitors marginally ahead on a half-time scoreline of 1-04 to 1-03.

Just introduced substitute Denis Temple adding to that within seconds of the turnover. In a surging breakaway attack Michael Wall and James Mellerick combined before Paddy O’Leary chased home his second goal. Midfielder Adam O’Mahony quickly tagging on a point with Fr O’Neills now ahead at 2-04 to 1-05. Twelve minutes elapsed in the second half.

Conor England successful with his second free and Gearoid O’Brien from play tied it all up again at 2-04 to 1-07 just to the end of the third quarter. Each side taking it in turns to breach the defensive rearguard. Ben O’Connor putting in a savage shift for the Saints.

In the end it all came down to a John Swayne 45 duly collected by goal scorer O’Leary whose point scoring effort seemed to take an age before duly landing inside the left of Evan Philpott’s posts for the match winning score on fifty nine minutes. O’Neill’s won the resultant kickout. Successfully running down the clock. Fr O’Neill’s now play Erins Own or Killeagh Itas. While the Saints go into the shield following a first defeat in a competitive fixture since losing their opening league match up in Mayfield on the afternoon of Saturday, March 2. Not in the script.

Scorers: T Hartnett (1-00), C England (0-03 frees), G O’Brien (0-02), W Leamy and D Temple (0-01 each). Fr O’Neill’s scorers: P O’Leary (2-01), J Swayne, S Finn, M Wall and A O’Mahony (0-01 each).

St Catherines team: Evan Philpott, Cathal Bryan, Eoin O’Riordan, Ben O’Connor, Nathan Sheehan, Harry Draper, Mark Geary, Darragh Galvin, Conor England, Gearoid O’Brien, Tom Hartnett (team captain), Cathal Dineen, Stephen Cotter, William Leamy and Adam O’Donnell. Subs: Oisín Fitzgerald and Denis Temple for Cathal Dineen and Adam O’Donnell (both second half), Cathal Sheehan for Conor England (49’). Also: Ger Leahy, William McAuliffe, James Mulcahy, James O’Callaghan, Colm Feeney and Cathal McAuliffe. Referee: Christopher Scanlon (St Colmans).

Fermoy U10 hurling tournament

St Catherines overcame the challenge of Lismore in the U20 hurling tournament final organised by Fermoy GAA Club on Saturday, July 20 last. Lismore shaded it and were ahead on a half-time scoreline of 0-05 to 0-03. But Catherines were the stronger outfit thereafter. At the final whistle emerging victorious on a 0-09 to 0-05 scoreline.

They had recorded victories along the way against Kilara Óg, Ballycastle Gaels and Bride Rovers. While Lismore successfully negotiated the group made up of Fermoy, Ballyhea and Ballybacon. Mentors were manager Paul Higgins along with fellow selectors Tom Morrison, Mike Walsh and Padraig Dillon.

Panel of players: Sean Walsh, Alan Cotter, Eoghan O’Mahony, Shay McCarthy, James O’Connor, Shane O’Riordan, Eoin Dillon, Tomas Morrison, Ronan O’Donoghue, Aodhán Burke, Nathan Curtin, Billy O’Connor, Tadhg Walsh, Cathal Higgins, Cillian McCarthy and Oisín Morrison.

Congratulations to Grange

Delighted to see Grange attain their recent success. Beating Goleen in the county junior B football championship final. A first success at county level for forty years. They don’t come easy! Grange regularly play the Saints when a football challenge is required and vice versa. Congratulations and enjoy!

Camogie loss

Commiserations to the girls. Unlucky loss in extra time when their county senior camogie championship first round tie against Killeagh was played at Castle Road in Mahon on Wednesday evening, July 24 last. They now face the losers of Carbery and Cloughduv in the second round of the SE Systems sponsored championship.


We offer our condolences to the family and the Castlelyons club on the sudden death of Chris Hegarty, following an accident at work. His father Michael was a board referee back in the eighties and nineties.


Results from the most recent lotto draw held at McAuliffe’s Bar, Ballynoe on Monday night last, July 29. Numbers drawn were 18, 19 and 22 and there was no winner of a then basic jackpot of €2,000. Consolation winners being: Billy Hurley, Conna, Sean O’Farrell, Rebecca Kenny, Aglish, The girls c/o Fisherman’s Rest, Conna and Kit Ahern, Conna.

Just take a note that being a bank holiday the next draw with a jackpot of €2,200 will be held over until Tuesday night, August 6 at The Big Tree Bar in Aghern.


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