St Catherines GAA

28 November, 2019

St Catherines GAA 

Annual general meeting report

Playing wise there was a shortage of adult players. Enough for a meaningful impression to be made and absorb the concession of injury. A view backed up by the poor results emanating from the junior A football and junior B hurling championship. That said, in qualifying for the county quarter final the intermediate hurlers put in a good performance. They gave it their best shot. Views expressed by chairman Pat Clancy in addressing the annual general meeting of the parent club when held in Lacken Hall at Glengoura on Saturday night last. Adding at U21 level the performance was disappointing. St Catherines far out performed any other team from the club in the U21 football championship. First knockout competition of the year and played very early in the season. Back in the months of February and right through to the end of March.

Going on to say there will be a graduation of players from juvenile ranks in the coming seasons. Be patient and hang in there. Adding that if possible maybe there should be no second team in the lower tier of junior football. His views were carried ‘we simply don’t have the numbers’. He thanked all managers and coaches. Informing what was a reasonably attended meeting that intermediate coach Sean Guineen had now left the club.

Pat felt there will be a changing of the guard at juvenile level with Shane O’Connell, having served a three year term, now stepping down and replaced as chairman by Brian Sheehan who he wished the best of luck. Players were handled right with some of the juvenile teams performing well up the grades particularly in hurling at U12, 14 and 16 age groups. Feeling that hosting the Féile na Peil up in Leitrim and Sligo towards the end of June was wonderful promotion for the game of football. They have the money side right and the juvenile club is now virtually self-sufficient.

All club officers were thanked for their time and commitment. As were Pat Hartigan and Thomas Waxer Murphy with Billy Neville as chairman of their work on the field.

Planning permission is granted and finance through various grants is forthcoming and work on the newly launched club development begins to gather momentum. Thanking those involved in the collection and the general public as always for their ongoing commitment.

It was a terrific year in Scór. St Catherines deemed strongest club in the division and winners of the Chris O’Mahony Cup incorporating the three age groups for Scór following the divisional Scór na bPaistí finals held at Watergrasshill back on the afternoon of Sunday, February 17 last. County Scór secretary is Margaret Whelan.

Pat stressed we must continue to promote the club weekly lotto. Highlighting the contribution of T&A and Mulcahy Steel as club sponsors both at adult and juvenile level. Also the introduction of Elaine Fitzgerald as finance chairperson. At the conclusion of his delivery a poignant tribute was paid to the late Babs Sheehan as a vice president of the club and passing to her eternal reward last January.

After reading through the minutes of last year’s equivalent meeting Elanor Galvin presented a thorough secretary’s report. Going through the playing programme. Highlighting the fact the intermediate hurlers remained competitive all year. Just failing to make the much sought after top four. Winding up in fifth place in division four of the league. Ciaran O’Brien was a regular to Cork’s U17 hurling programme. Success for Kyle Wallace and Gearoid O’Brien with the county U15 hurlers. Winning the Arrabawn Cup in Boherlahan towards the end of August. While Ciaran Pietropaolo made the Cork selection for the Munster GAA primary hurling Go Game at LIT stadium, Páirc na nGael, Limerick in May. Featuring too the camogie teams. Most notably Laura Hayes and Orla Cotter on the senior intercounty team. Also Aoife Hurley and Lucy Wallace with the minors. Mentioning the contribution of Irish/Cultural officer Marie Clancy with the help of John O’Mahony in the promotion of Scór. Urging all players to take pride in the club jersey.

Treasurer Richard Hegarty’s well prepared financial report was proposed and adopted. In a vocal contribution president Dick Morrison felt it overall to be a good year.

Children’s officer, Paul Davis declared it to be incumbent to be Garda vetted if involved. With the possibility of being re-vetted within three years.

Edmond Galvin touched on the gold coaching award and the possibility of an upcoming goalkeeper coaching course. Thanking the GAA club for the use of its facilities, such are the numbers now there remains the possibility of two teams being affiliated at U12 camogie level. Edmond Galvin is coaching officer of the GAA club and camogie club chairman.

Officers appointed at the juvenile meeting were ratified at the parent club AGM in Glengoura on Saturday night last. They being Brian Sheehan at chairman, Imelda O’Connell (secretary) and treasurer of the underage section of the club to be Fiona Sheehan. There was no change in the line-up to the adult officers of the club. Although there is a slight alteration to the board delegate rota. Colm Burke, assistant secretary of the club now, along with John G Barry are the delegates to the Cork county board. Michael Lane is East Cork Board delegate following the retirement of Pat Lane, Managers to the various teams will go through a club executive meeting pre-Christmas. John O’Meara and Finola Neville were commended for their physio work within the club.

Kevin Galvin declared his delight at the club using the venue. Pat Hartigan, club registrar, thanked both Eleanor Galvin and Imelda O’Connell for their help with player affiliations.

There will be a long puck on St Stephen’s day while the camogie and juvenile GAA club annual social will go ahead at the Rochestown Park Hotel on the night of Friday, January 17th.

Membership of the club including gym is €100. While for students, non-players and ordinary members it’s €60. Also settled on was juvenile membership. It being €40 from U11 up, from U10 down remaining at €20.

Lotto results

Also now in the public domain is the fact the party and Christmas lotto draw will this year take place at McAuliffe’s Bar, Ballynoe on Saturday night, December 21.

Keeping you up to speed with the details from the weekly lotto draw and the results from The Fisherman’s Rest, Conna on Monday night last, November 25. Numbers drawn were 9, 12, 19 and 26. There was no winner of the €5,400 jackpot. While the consolation winners on the night were Liam O’Mahony (phone no. supplied); Michelle Higgins (ticket bought online); Mary O’Donovan, Kilcor, Castlelyons; Pat Lane, Curraheen, Conna and Seamus Kearney, Ballybride, Conna.

With a jackpot now standing at €5,600 and on Monday night, December 2, next lotto draw will be held at The Winner’s Enclosure, Conna.

Championship draws

Before we look in closer detail at the earlier than usual championship draws made at Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Tuesday night, November 19 last a review of the infrastructure they were working with and what the overall plans are, at county level there are 52 football and 60 hurling teams entering the draw for 2020. Taking in 9 grades spread between football and hurling. 

There is a newly introduced lower intermediate hurling grade incorporating 12 clubs. Any club unsuccessful over the next two years will then revert to a revamped and enhanced junior championship for 2022. Thus removing the lower intermediate grade altogether with the plan being 12 teams in every hurling grade from there on in and reducing the numbers of clubs taking part from 60 to 48. Matches will now be played on a round robin basis with each group consisting of 4 teams. First March like what we’ve been used to will take place in April or very early May. Subsequent games to be played in August, though maybe July. Catherines are based in group three of the lower intermediate hurling grade along with Tracton, Grenagh and Dripsey. We will go back to previous championship encounters with those clubs in the coming weeks. Set the scene as it were!

Scheduling of the colleges divisions section from either code isn’t sorted out yet. Don’t forget Imokilly are on the quest for four in a row in the county senior hurling championship. Though now minus the services of Cloyne and Fr O’Neill’s players they are now based in the new senior A hurling championship.

Harty Cup

St Colman’s are back in the mix. Overcoming the challenge of John The Baptist Community School at Kilfinane on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 20 last. Final score in Colman’s favour being 0-15 to 0-6. Harty Cup quarter-final draws will take place in early December. Competition will then resume on Wednesday, January 8.


Probably speaking to the converted here but just a reminder that the annual East Cork GAA convention will go ahead in Killeagh on Wednesday evening next, December 4. While the Cork county convention is on in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Sunday, December 8.

Juvenile meeting

Closer to home and newly elected chairman Brian Sheehan has called the first juvenile meeting of the new term for tonight Thursday, November 28 in the clubrooms, Ballynoe at 8pm.

Scór na nÓg

Also on this forthcoming weekend are the East Cork Scór na nÓg finals, starting at 7.30pm on Saturday evening, November 30 at Lisgoold community hall.

Forty years of the Sunday Game

It’s called Sunday Best and goes out on RTE 1 television on Wednesday evening next, December 4 at 9.35pm with the inevitable replay the following night, Thursday, December 5 at 10pm over on RTE 2.


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