St Catherines GAA

19 December, 2019






St Catherines GAA

Christmas lotto draw party and poc fada to dominate festive season

This is the last pre-Christmas report and in so doing can we wish St Catherines supporters, mentors and players, indeed Gaeilgeoiri whenever or whoever you are, a happy holiday period and a peaceful new year. Try and attend the ceremonies and don’t over indulge. Many thanks to the management and staff of The Avondhu for their unfailing help and ongoing loyalty throughout the year. 

Christmas Lotto Draw and Party

One of the most eagerly anticipated elements of the year, which is the seasonal lotto draw and Christmas party goes ahead at McAuliffe’s Bar, Ballynoe on this forthcoming Saturday night, December 21. Initially taking place will be the draw for a jackpot now standing at €2,200. All supporters, customers and sellers alike are all welcome. Be there between 8.30pm and 9pm please. Don’t say you haven’t been told and we can all enjoy the craic!! 

Now just take note subsequent lotto draws to take place at the Big Tree, Aghern on Monday night, December 30. While first lotto draw of the new year goes ahead at the Fisherman’s Rest Conna on Monday night, January 6. Results may lapse a little. Up to speed as quickly as possible.

Poc Fada

We may have been incorrect with previous reports of publications not yet released with the fourth annual St Catherine’s GAA and Camogie Club poc fada now taking place on St Stephen’s morning, registration taking place from 10.30am onwards and competitors both adult and juvenile then depart at 11am from Ballynoe Community Hall on the main road to Conna. Adults and juveniles from eleven to eighteen years of age are invited to participate, three players per team. Each juvenile team must have a minimum of one adult accompanying them on the course at all times. Juveniles will also require a parent or guardian signature on waiver upon registration. Adults €10, juveniles €5. Now more embellished than ever as part of the Christmas program why not start arranging your teams of three today. Great fun guaranteed!

Juvenile Social

Once again a reminder that the St Catherines Camogie and GAA annual juvenile clubs social will be on at the Rochestown Park Hotel on Friday night, January 17 at 7.15pm. Tickets priced at €25 for adults and €17 for underage can currently be had from Fiona Sheehan, Imelda O’Connell, Ed Galvin, Mike Dee and Susan Sheehan. Closer attention on the first major event of 2020 following festive season reports!

St Catherines v Grenagh 2018

This week on what is our final pre-Christmas report we conclude what was a series of reflections on what were previous championships in county’s against Catherines 2020. The lower intermediate grade championship opponents. Rounding off with a game played not that long ago. That of the first round intermediate hurling championship clash with Grenagh played at Killavullen on the afternoon of Sunday, April 29th 2018. 

Two evenly matched teams together on three occasions through the opening ten minutes as points from Philip Keane, Conor Kearney and Conor Hegarty allied to some accurate Shane O’Brien free taking had the Saints edging it at 0-08 to 0-03 to nineteen minutes and again ahead on a half-time scoreline standing at 0-10 to 0-06.

But Grenagh came right back into it. Prominent play from Tom Kenny, Sean Bourke and Seamus Cronin, who scored four points, divided equally between general play and frees, all managed to whittle down the margin to a point when Catherine’s captain Daniel Mangan forced his way through for the game’s only goal and match defining score. Making it 1-14 to 0-13 to forty eight minutes. It also doubled up as a fixture incorporating league points. Final score St Catherines 1-17 to Grenagh 0-15.

Team: Ed Aherne, Eoin Wallace, Stephen “Skinner” Morris, Kieran Neville, Conor Hegarty, Liam O’Connor, James Neville, Conor Kearney, Shane O’Brien, Shane Cotter, Daniel Mangan, Rory Galvin, Richard Galvin, Brian Mulcahy and Philip Keane. Sub used - Ben O’Brien.

First report in the New Year will hone in on the Christmas lotto draw and party and the annual poc fada. Then it will be downhill all the way to the Camogie and GAA clubs’ annual juvenile social which will take place at the Rochestown Park Hotel on Friday night January 17. In and around then we take a look back to the U12, 14 and 16 year. Age groups sure to feature prominently come social time. 

Success for St Colman’s 

Bringing you back up to date on today’s competitive fields and success for St Colman’s, Fermoy in the Cork Colleges U16 A hurling championship final. Overcoming the challenges of the Christian Brothers College, Cork in the decider, when played at Watergrasshill on Friday afternoon last. Colman’s winning on a scoreline of 0-20 to 0-10. 

Catherines players making the winning starting line-up were Kyle Wallace in the halfback line, midfielder Gearoid O’Brien and Sean O’Donoghue at the left coming forward with Fionn O’Connell sampling the action when introduced off the bench.

County Scór na nÓg Finals

No shame for St Catherines in finishing third in the novelty or nuachleas category of the county Scór na nÓg finals when held at the Eire Óg GAA pavilion in Ovens on Friday night last. Group members were Colum Feeney, Niamh Spillane, Colm Hurley, Fionn McKee, Cian Lomasney, Ava Dowling and Cian McCarthy. Their act was labelled “The Munster Final”. Winners on the night were Carbery Rangers.


Bereavements hurt and the inevitable grief and sorrow to follow brings great pain. A death at this time of the year seems even more poignant. We sympathise with the family on the sad death of Pat Dillon of Kilclare, Conna after an illness borne bravely. Son Padraig played a lot of hurling and football for the club. Particularly at juvenile level. Grandson Tristan Clancy was a prominent player at U12 level in the season just ending. 

We also had the sad departure of Jimmy Lane. Based in Midleton for many years but will always be associated with lining out at full forward on the St Catherines team that won the 1969 East Cork junior B football championship. Beating Glenville (3-07 to 0-07) in a final played at Carrigtwohill. He is the second player from that team to pass on, following the death of Sean Clancy who was the goalkeeper. There was also the sad death of Danny Gallagher in Conna over the weekend Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anamacha dílse.


On a happier note, congratulations to Patsy O’Mahony of Kilworth on being inducted into the Avondhu GAA Board Hall of Fame. Due to the soft border rule St Catherines can occasionally be placed outside of their normal division and Patsy O’Mahony, board treasurer presented the wining cup to successful St Catherines captain, Nathan Sheehan following their win in the division one Rebel Óg North U14 hurling championship final against Watergrasshill in Ballygiblin in mid-September. 

Cork Year Book

Secretary Eleanor Galvin is who you contact if you would like to obtain a copy of the Cork GAA yearbook. It might prove the ideal stocking filler!


St Catherine’s GAA club sponsors are T&A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe. Mulcahy Steel are juvenile club sponsors.