St Catherines

25 October, 2019

St Catherines GAA

Launch of development programme

Top billing is almost repeated this time around. Except this week we reveal that the planned development programme is now in the public domain. Official launch taking place in the main hall and before a sizeable attendance at Ballynoe community centre on Saturday night last.

Pat Clancy, chairman of St Catherines GAA Club highlighted the three main objectives of the plan. It is hoped to start with the 1km floodlit walkway. A facility for all the community to exercise in a safe environment. There will be enhancing of the existing ball alley to provide an indoor floodlit facility for skill development. Allied to the erection of a new fully equipped gym facility to support team training programmes and also open to members of the public. For use of the gym you must have paid full GAA membership and be over sixteen years of age. He added that when complete this will provide an outstanding facility in the community. Thanking the general public for their support in the past. There was also vocal contributions from juvenile club chairman Shane O’Connell and Edmond Galvin, chairman St Catherines camogie club.

Elaine Fitzgerald, brought on board this year as financial advisor, presented a slightly modified method on how you can financially support the development programme. Option one being once off payment of €1,000. Or option two of a monthly contribution of €10 over a ten year period. Before introducing a third option of a cash option of €120 annually over a ten year period. It is hoped to have groups subdivided into seventeen sections out there and calling to your door over the next three weeks.

Special congress in Cork

A Tipperary motion whereby your status is revealed at the end of next year’s national football league was passed unanimously when presented to the special congress at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Saturday last. With the tier two inter county championship getting the green light. Corks task is now abundantly clear. Following this year’s campaign there is a feel good factor about Cork football after several years of absorbing criticism, negativity and bad press. A lot of it deserved and justified. We are told that as many as a half dozen of the All-Ireland winning U20 panel will now be absorbed in to the first team set-up. Following relegation in mid spring Cork are now a division three team. They must go upwards when that competition starts towards the end of January if they wish to be involved in top flight championship football for 2020. There are no Kerrys, Tyrones or Dublins in the third division of the national football league. Cork of course have messed up before. But right now you feel they should possess the all-round ability to secure promotion to division two and be in there with the big boys.

Three in a row for Imokilly

A battle all the way to the end, as it should be as Imokilly retain the county honours. Thus claiming a three in-a-row of titles, first time that was achieved since 1982 and eight in all following last Sunday’s Little Ireland final for the county senior hurling championship. Played before a disappointing attendance of just short of six thousand at Páirc Uí Rinn. Not recognised as a club so Glen Rovers will now represent the rebel county against either Kildangan or Borrisoleigh in the Munster championship at a Tipperary venue.

Now there will be a few departures from the divisional team after this, most noticeably of manager Fearghal Rasper Condon who now moves on with the county U20 hurlers. As you know there has been a rejigging of the championship, which sees the likes of Cloyne and Fr O’Neill’s going into a newly introduced county senior B hurling championship. Thus ruling their players out of bounds with Imokilly. But hurling is strong in the barony. They can still call on players from Aghada, Castlelyons, Castlemartyr, Youghal, St Catherines and Dungourney among others, Russell Rovers and Carrig na bhFear now meet again in the county junior A hurling final.

Imokilly will still be strong. They used St Catherines for training facilities and challenge matches during the season. With four players on the panel. Namely Daniel Mangan, Brian Mulcahy, this year’s club U20 one captain Rory Galvin - and Eoin Davis is third choice goalkeeper.

Catherines back on the county trail

They may have tasted defeat in two deciders but really Catherines have enjoyed a joyous season thus far at juvenile level.

Starting off with the Féile na Peil qualifier in Ballyhooly on the morning of Saturday, April 6th. Wins recorded over Ballycastle Gaels, White’s Cross and Carrig na bhFear in turn allied to a share of the spoils with Castlelyons saw the Saints emerge with success from the group. Setting up a place in the county semi-finals fixed for Mayfield on Easter Monday. They recorded a 0-06 to 0-03 win over Courcey Rovers prior to beating Ballygarvan (4-03 to 1-05) in the decider. Sean O’Donoghue captained that team and the Saints were off to Gortletteragh, Co Leitrim for the All-Ireland Féile na Peil competition at June’s end. Further success for that team followed with a well-earned win over Aghabullogue in the division one Rebel Óg north U14 hurling league final played at Grenagh on Friday evening, June 14.

Completing the double in the championship final at Ballygiblin in mid-September. Darragh Morrisson and Nathan Sheehan lifted the cups. Sadly losing out to Watergrasshill in the recent final at Castlelyons. Yet momentous occasions all. We have the memories.

Now success over White’s Cross and Lisgoold saw the Saints, under the captaining of Oisín Fitzgerald, collect the division three Rebel Óg East U14 football championship and back on the county trail this weekend. Playing Ilen Rovers in a semi-final at Ahiohill on Sunday afternoon next for this forthcoming Sunday afternoon.

Twenty four hours later St Catherines play Youghal in the G3 U12 premier hurling league final at Ballynoe. So the Saints lost just one regular group game. Ironically to Youghal. So now with the drive for revenge and the motivation for outright success we wish the Saints all the best.

There are still a busy programme of U16 football and hurling league matches hanging around. St Catherines players enjoyed mixed fortunes with St Colmans teams last week. They had a big win over what looked like a decent Midleton CBS outfit in the Dean Ryan Cup. Sean O’Donoghue and Fionn O’Connell appearing as second half substitutes on a team starting out with Kyle Wallace at right half back and midfielder Gearoid O’Brien. Brother Ciaran O’Brien starting at fullback on a St Colmans team easily disposed of by Thurles CBS in a first round game in group A of the Harty Cup when plated at Clonmel on Friday afternoon last.

Juvenile fixtures

Sunday, October 28 semi-final division three Coiste na nÓg county U14 football championship v Ilen Rovers at 3pm. Venue will be St Oliver Plunketts GAA pitch at Ahiohill. Monday, October 29 at Ballynoe final G3 Rebel Óg central county U12 premier hurling league v Youghal at 2pm.

Club meeting

There will be a meeting of St Catherines GAA Club tonight (Thursday, October 24). Secretary Eleanor will confirm time as week advances.


Sympathy to the family on the sad passing of John Murphy of Fermoy after a brief illness. He was an exponent of many sports and amongst the five clubs associated with his name would be Fermoy Rugby and GAA, Castlelyons GAA. Lining out at full forward on the St Catherine’s team that won East Cork and county junior hurling titles in 1983. John Murphy was a member of the Cork minor hurling team that lost to Kilkenny in the 1975 All-Ireland final. His brother Tom (Waxer) is based at the GAA pitch in Ballynoe and is predeceased by brother Richard from just over two years ago. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Lotto results

Winding up the week with the results from the most recent lotto draw held at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna, on Monday night last, October 21. Numbers drawn were 1, 7, 13 and 25. There was no winner of the €4,400 jackpot. While the consolation winners on the night were - Fr Billy, Conna; Maeve Horgan, Ballymonteen, Ballynoe; Fiona Higgins, Ballycullane, Ballynoe; Helen O’Neill, Ballynoe and Cathal Twomey c/o The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna.

Beware we are heading into a long weekend with clocks heading back 1 hour, signalling the commencement of winter time. Being a bank holiday, our next lotto draw with a jackpot of €4,600 goes ahead at The Winners Enclosure Bar in Conna, on Tuesday night, October 29.


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