St Catherines

21 November, 2019



St Catherines GAA

AGM of parent club this weekend

With nomination papers submitted the stage is set for the adult club annual general meeting, going ahead in Lacken Hall at Glengoura on this Saturday night, November 23 at 8.30pm. Reverting to the just held underage equivalent and the list of names drawn up to attend juvenile meetings are Cathy Cotter, Ber Feeney, Ollie Sheehan, Angela O’Donoghue, David Temple, Irene Kenneally, Sean O’Farrell and Eoin Coakley, along with already appointed club officers and team managers.

U9/U10 parish league finals

This week we conclude our focus on the recently held parish league finals, reviewing the U9 and U10 hurling and football finals. Tipperary defeated Cork, likewise Clare overcame the challenge of Waterford in the semi-finals of the hurling. Clare, captained by Alan Cotter, going on to attain outright honours.

Tipperary and Cork met in the football decider, Sophia O’Sullivan captaining Cork to overall success. Semi-finals and finals were of 15 minutes duration. In all 110 young boys and girls participated. Referees for this year’s parish league final were Ciaran O’Brien, Eoin Sheehan, Darragh Galvin, James Hayes, Eoin Davis and Stephen Cotter. Remember - no ref, no game.

U9/U10 teams

Clare: Alan Cotter (hurling captain), James O’Connor (football captain), Ali Quirke, Layla McNamara, Billy O’Connor, Shane Riordan, Cillian McCarthy, Ava Cotter, Johann Carr, Izzie Coyle, Aidan Burke, Roisin Collins and Abby Leahy.

Tipperary: Sean Walsh (hurling captain), Teegan Murphy (football captain), Tomas Morrison, Ronan O’Donoghue, Ava Condon, Sara Swirski, Aine Kielty, Roman Sookias, Laura Twomey, Kaylee O’Connor, Jack Cunneen, Tadhg Lynch and Orla Morrison.

Cork: Sophia O’Sullivan (football captain), Shay McCarthy, Eoin Dillon, Eileen Bryan, Alesha Hickey, Kelly Dillon, Armen Sookias, Nathan Curtin, Lucy Geaney, Ella Higgin, Oisín Morrison and Meabh Fitzgerald.

Waterford: Hannah O’Donnell (hurling captain), Eoin O’Mahony (football captain), Cathal Higgins, Tadhg Walsh, Hannah Barry, Niamh Kilmartin, Katie Molloy, Ronan Hickey, Ciara Goss, Jaimie Mulkerrins, Amy O’Connell and Katie Dee.

Playing season at end

A greater assessment around medal presentation time will follow but that recent U14 hurling tournament final victory over Bride Rovers for the Albert Griffin Cup brought a protracted juvenile season to an end. The adult season winded up with that loss to Eire Óg in the quarter-final of the intermediate hurling championship at Lisgoold, though being mid-September it felt like summer!

St Catherines U14 season began with a football league victory over Lisgoold at Ballynoe on the afternoon of Saturday, March 9. They were eventually defeated by St Colmans at the semi-final stage on July 19th. But there were some great days and evenings, like winning the Féile na Peil qualifier at Mayfield on Easter Monday. For the winners a trip to Gortletteragh and beyond for the All-Ireland Féile na Peil finals.

There was a win over Aghabullogue at Grenagh in mid-June for the division one Rebel Óg North U14 hurling league final, beating Watergrasshill in the championship final at Ballygiblin in mid-September. Losing the county final to the ‘Hill in Castlelyons on October 12th, having defeated Lisgoold in the divisional football championship final at Castlelyons.

The competitive season wound up with that loss to Ilen Óg in the semi-final of the 13-a-side Coiste na nÓg division 3 U14 football championship at Ahiohill on Sunday afternoon, October 27. Great days, great memories, like we have from the U12 premier hurling league and the U16 hurling championship. To be continued!

Review of 1994 intermediate hurling league

Following the successful reunion of the county winning team of 1994 at Curraheen Park recently and their championship programme look back in this issue shortly afterwards so this week we take a brief look back as promised to the successful league campaign of that year.

In all ten games were played, resulting in eight wins, a walkover and a single loss. Another game against Blarney had surpassed deadline date so the points weren’t relevant, but was played on the afternoon of Saturday, October 8 and proved an ideal preparation for the semi-final against Ballymartle at Carrigtwohill, down for decision for Sunday, October 16. Ballymartle led 1-7 to 1-6 at half-time. Catherine’s goalscorer was now Midleton-based solicitor and subsequent Blackrock chairman Alan Magee.

A lucrative third quarter was enjoyed, Sean Buckley adding a second goal with four points shared between Johnny Sheehan and Christy Clancy as now wind assisted. Saints, who started 11 players from the county final winning team, led 2-11 to 1-8 on 44 minutes.

But Ballymartle had inflicted painful back-to-back championship defeats in 1992 and 1993 and would be formidable opponents. A league semi-final where the teams were level on 57 minutes. Late points from aforementioned Magee and Donal O’Leary edged the Saints over the line on a winning score of 2-13 to 2-11.

It was a league final originally set for November 13th, but was rained off. Re-fixed for Carrigtwohill against Glen Rovers for the afternoon of Sunday, December 4. Catherines had overcome the challenge of the Glen in the first round of the championship back in the summer but ironically went down to their only league defeat in the group stages of the competition at the Glen field on Friday, July 24. Final score Glen Rovers 1-14 St Catherines 1-11.

They defeated Newcestown (2-11 to 1-9) in the semi-final and favoured by the conditions made an impressive start to the final and led at half-time 1-7 to 0-3. Brian Cotter, Donal O’Leary, Christy Clancy, with two points from Kieran Morrison, saw the margin whittled down to three points at 1-9 to 0-9 on 50 minutes.

Good work from Donal O’Leary helped to pick out Kieran Morrison, who skilfully turned and picked his spot for the crucial and match-winning Saints’ goal. Catherines eventually attaining victory on a score of 1-12 to 1-9. Clubman and treasurer, Dan Hoare, presenting the winning cup to victorious captain Patsy O’Donoghue.

League final team: Michael Dorgan, Maurice Hartnett, Barrie O’Regan, Shane O’Connell, Martin O’Keeffe, Denis Walsh, Patsy O’Donoghue, James ‘Junior’ Sheehan, Johnny Sheehan, Kieran Morrison, Alan Magee, Christy Clancy, Dave O’Connell, Eddie Geaney and Brian Cotter. Subs used: Donal O’Leary and Declan O’Neill.

We will finish off our review of the successful 1994 campaign with a look back to the winning of the U21A hurling championship, the only time the Ben Purcell Cup has come to the club.

AGM report next week, U21 review to follow the week after. My God it’s nearly Christmas!

Colleges hurling

Following impressive victories over Midleton CBS and Ardscoil Rís in attaining Munster honours with Dean Ryan Cup success, unfortunately St Colman’s are out of the race in the search for All-Ireland honours. Behind on 0-8 to 0-4 at half-time before losing on a scoreline of 0-16 to 2-8 to Athenry at the semi-final stage when played in Doora-Barefield on Saturday afternoon last.

Lotto results

We’ve been a little off the pace following the bank holiday, so this time around we update your lotto details. Starting at McAuliffe’s, Ballynoe on Monday night, November 11. Numbers drawn were 10, 11, 19 and 21. The €5,000 jackpot wasn’t won. Consolation winners on the night: Breda Hegarty, Ballymonteen, Ballynoe; John G Barry, Kilcor, Castlelyons; Caroline Jones, c/o TVM, Bartlemy; Nora Brien, c/o PH, Conna and Dylan and Ronan Mulcahy, c/o J Fitzgerald, Ballynoe.

Moving on with the results from the most recent week lotto draw held at The Big Tree, Aghern on Monday night last, November 18. Numbers drawn being 9, 21, 31 and 32. No winner of €5,200 jackpot. Consolation winners: Betty Cahill, c/o TVM, Bartlemy; Catherine McCreedy, Conna; Orna Ryan, Kilcronat, Ballynoe; Juliet Sheehan, Ballynoe and Billy Hurley, Conna.

Now with a jackpot of €5,400 there will be a draw at The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night coming, November 25.


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