St Catherines

15 November, 2019

St Catherines GAA

A look back at the juvenile AGM

Chairman Shane O’Connell highlighted that it was a busy and a good year in many respects at underage level when addressing a well-attended juvenile annual general meeting in the clubrooms in Ballynoe on Thursday night last. Thanking everyone involved for their commitment in what he described as a phenomenal and collective effort. Singling out Mulcahy Steel now involved for a third year as club sponsors.

During the year two camps were held. There was the weather affected Easter mini-camp. While the annual mid-summer Cúl Camp has almost grown to its limits.

All players should receive proper game time. There must be a balanced approach particularly when it comes to fielding for challenge and league matches. Accepting the fact that there should be a settled lineout when it comes to championship. Discipline with the club is very good and keep up the good work. As a juvenile club work closely with the parent body and co-ordinate the involvement of seventeen and eighteen year olds. Get the balance right. Shane didn’t put his name forward for re-election, again thanking everyone and wishing the best of luck going forward.

In her report for the AGM secretary Imelda O’Connell declared that you judge a club on how it’s members are treated. Not just the elite players. Remember your future manager or club officer could emerge from earlier involvement. Stressing that participation should be a priority. It’s not all just about winning. A meticulous financial report was presented by treasurer Fiona Sheehan. While club PRO John O’Mahony went through all competitive matches in both codes taking in league, Féile and championship competitions. Reports were read and adopted.

Pat Clancy, chairman St Catherines GAA club, stated he was very impressed with reviews presented. Playing wise it’s a very good story. With the U14 footballers winning the division as well as making the trip to Connacht in the Féile na Peil. There were some fantastic games with a few teams very competitive when involved at the highest level. Pointing out that maybe the free-taking could be better. Still you can only work with the players that are there. Pat then focused on the recently launched club development. This is a huge story and all indications are that promotion of the project is going well. This is just the third time that the club have approached the general public for support and previously were never left down by the parish.

We must work hard to support the weekly lotto. Appealing to the juvenile club to please ask a parent to buy one on club registration day. It’s not happening currently. But greater attention must be focused on the lotto. Membership fees at underage levels will be confirmed at the upcoming parent club annual general meeting which goes ahead at Lacken Hall in Glengoura on Saturday night, November 23. Starting at 8.30pm. Thanking both club sponsors at the conclusion of his address.

Coaching officer, Edmond Galvin declared that there is good work happening and would be hopeful of organising another goalkeeping course. Thanking Eoin Davis for all his good work. Children’s officer Paul Davis pointed out that the Garda vetting uptake is high. Any adult involved with juveniles must do the child protection course as well as a basic foundation course allied to Garda vetting. All outgoing managers presented a review of their playing year, Newly elected chairman Brian Sheehan following the election of officers sought to appoint a committee to attend meetings. No managers were settled on at minor or U6 level. Both positions should be filled in a week or two.

Managers appointed

U7: Padraig O’Connor. U9: Johnny Sheehan. U9: Paul O’Connell. U10: Paul Higgins. U11/12: Dino Pietropaolo. U13/14: Mark O’Driscoll. U15/16: Shane O’Connell.

Officers elected

Chairman: Brian Sheehan. Vice chairman: Steve Cummins and Tom Morrison. Secretary: Imelda O’Connell. Assistant secretary: Susan Sheehan. Treasurer: Fiona Sheehan. Assistant treasurer: Mike Dee. PRO: John O’Mahony. Board delegate: not filled.

U14 hurling tournament final for the Albert Griffin cup

St Catherines 4-12 Bride Rovers 3-08

St Catherines retain the spoils with a well-earned victory from a Bride Rovers challenge in this U14 hurling tournament final for the Albert Griffin Cup when played in dull, overcast albeit bitterly cold conditions at Ballynoe on Sunday afternoon last. That said Bride Rovers made the better start and lead 1-03 to 0-01 to the end of the opening quarter. Goalscorer Don Knox.

Strong and tenacious defending from Cian McCarthy and in particular Diarmuid O’Donovan allied to goals from Dylan Murphy and Darragh Morrison helped the Saints turn it around.

Leading on a half-time scoreline standing at 2-02 to 1-03.

Points from Louis Roche and Cormac O’Sullivan levelled up matters again and Cathal Sheehan and Ryan O’Callaghan exchanged goals. Before the Saints exercised a fire grip on proceedings. Greatly helped by an Oisín Fitzgerald goal. Shane Cotter and Sean O’Donoghue adding eye catching points with the score moving on to 4-11 to 2-07 to fifty seven minutes. Bride Rovers added late scores seven minutes. Bride Rovers added late scores through Denis Cashman and Cameron O’Sullivan. But time ran out. Phil O’Brien presented the winning cup O’Farrell and to the ladies for the welcome post-match cuppa!

Scorers: D Morrison (0-02 frees) (1-05), S O’Donoghue (0-04), D Murphy, C Sheehan and O Fitzgerald (1-00 each), S Cotter (0-02) and K O’Donoghue (0-01 free). Bride Rovers scorers: D Knox, R O’Callaghan and Cameron O’Sullivan (1-00 each), I Roche (0-03), Cormac O’Sullivan and C Barry (frees) (0-02 each) and D Cashman (0-01).

St Catherines team: J Bryan, C McCarthy, E O’Driscoll, C Leamy, D O’Donovan, S O’Donoghue, D O’Connell, N Sheehan, O Fitzgerald, K O’Donoghue, D Morrison, C McAuliffe, C Feeney, C Sheehan, D Murphy. Also: T Barry, A Bryan and S Cotter. 

Referee: Davy Farrell (Ballygiblin).

U14 final in Ballynoe

Kiltha Óg were too strong for Kilara Óg in the final of the Coiste na nÓg division two county U14 football championship final when played recently at Páirc Naomh Caitríonaigh, Baile Nua. Referee was Mike Walsh from the host venue.

Parish leagues

U7/8 finals

Thankfully the weather behaved itself when the parish leagues were concluded at Ballynoe on Saturday morning last. Focusing this week on the U7/8 finals. Tipperary with a win over Galway and likewise success for Cork over Waterford in the semi’s preceded a final victory for Cork over Tipp in the hurling decided. Winning captain was Kenneth O’Connell. With Waterford under the captaincy of David Temple emerging victorious in the equivalent football decider.


Waterford: David Temple (football captain), Caitlin Twomey (hurling captain), Molly Hartigan, Sienna Murphy, Kate O’Connell, Cian Fitzgerald, Tadhg Shields, Grace O’Connor, Oisin Farrell, Jack Kearney, Adam Coakley, Cathal Kearney and Ruairi Molloy. Galway: Sean Moore (football captain), Realtín Galvin (hurling captain), Amelia Dowling, Aoife Cotter, Gary Leahy, James Bryan, Zach Pyne, Liam O’Keeffe, Anna McAuliffe, Aaron Passaquaay, Charlie Hickey and Darragh Kenneally.

Tipperary: Grace Higgins (football captain), Sean O’Keeffe (hurling captain), Isla Ryan, Róisín Cummins, Lily Sheehan, Jack Mulkerrins, Brian Coakley, Adam O’Brien, Aoife O’Connor, Olan Sheehan, Sam Marsh, Killian O’Donovan and Ronan Flynn. Cork: Rioghain O’Sullivan (football captain), Kenneth O’Connell (hurling captain) Cara Kilmartin, Riona Morrison, Meabh Dinneen, Stephanie Carr, Noah Keane, Padraig O’Sulivan, Oisín Feeney, Tim Cummins, Jack Mulcahy, Dylan Coyle and Shane Feeney. 

Next week we focus on the U9/10 leagues.

Conna Community Council open day

Conna Community Council are hosting an open day open to clubs, societies, community groups, businesses etc. in the community hall on Sunday afternoon coming, November 17. It will be on from 3pm to 6pm. It’s free to everyone with something for young and old. It aims to highlight and promote awareness of the wonderful diversity of clubs, social groups, businesses available in the parish. It promises something for everyone.


We were back to our regular slot for the weekly lotto draw held at The Plough Bar in Curraglass on Monday night, November 4 last. Numbers drawn were 7, 18, 19 and 23 and the jackpot of €4,800 wasn’t won. While the consolation winners were Billy and Marie Mangan, Spikle, Conna, Sean Buckley c/0 The Big Tree, Aghern, Hannah Hartnett, Ballynoe, Michael A Leahy, Corrin View House, Glenreigh, Ballynoe and KSSL c/o Conna PO.


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