St Catherines GAA Notes

02 April, 2021

St Catherines GAA Notes

By John O'Mahony PRO

Don't be expecting miracles on April 5th

It’s a picture which will become clearer as this week progresses - maybe even by today, and assuredly backed up with the usual media leaks and the clear theme emerging is don’t expect any significant revelations on April 5th, the date of the next address to the nation re the future lifting of restrictions from the current lockdown. One banner headline at the weekend highlighted that it could be the end of June before any light shines through that long dark tunnel. Current casualty figures are only tolerable, and are in a nosedive on the continent. Now if the weather continues to behave itself, clocks are scheduled to go forward this weekend and numerous trips to the walkway would be on the agenda. Maybe even morning, noon and night! As that caption loosely declares ‘We’re all in this together’. Look be hopeful of an easing in the 5km driving limit, then again how strictly was that rule enforced?

Rebels’ Bounty Draw

A total of ninety cash prizes will be on offer when the newly revamped Cork GAA Clubs draw labelled Rebels’ Bounty swings into action tonight (Thursday, March 25). Draws taking place in the months of January, February and March to go ahead live with a top prize of €20,000 each time. Nine further draws to take place throughout the year and the first prize for Christmas will be €100,000. That should nicely see after the festive shopping!

Lotto Results

We give you the results of the most recent lotto draw which was held on Monday night last, March 22. Numbers drawn were 4, 11, 18 and 24 and the jackpot of €9,600 wasn’t won. The consolation winners were Ann Cotter c/o Castlelyons PO, John Barrett, Ballynoe, Maura Hayes, Ballinlegane, Ballynoe, E and C, phone no. supplied and Helena Mulcahy c/o Helen O’Neill, Ballynoe. With a standing jackpot of €9,800 there will be a draw on Monday night, March 29.

Intermediate hurling year of 1994 - final part

Five weeks on from tasting a memorable and never to be forgotten outright championship success and with nine wins from ten outings right through a spring and summer campaign attained, Catherines had secured a last four place. A league semi-final down for the afternoon of Sunday, October 16. Starting off in a sad manner. A minute’s silence at the outset for Patrick Tobin of Ballynoe tragically killed in an accident that weekend.

Behind at 0-04 to 0-03 early on and briefly taking the lead from a clinical Alan Magee finish yet Catherines would still find themselves trailing at the interval on a 1-07 to 1-06 scoreline.
Yet would enjoy a rewarding third quarter. Four points shared equally between Johnny Sheehan and Christy Clancy following influential Donal O’Leary work saw Sean Buckley force in a second goal which helped build up a Saints lead standing at 2-11 to 1-08 to forty one minutes. Now those of you contemporaries of the time would instantly recall key rivalry between these two teams around that era and no opposition were going to surrender that easily. Four scores without reply would see opposition Ballymartle restore parity. Catherines just doing enough to win the day on a 2-13 to 2-11 scoreline. Redemption of sorts, Ballymartle having inflicted back to back championship losses in the autumn of ‘92 and ‘93. Both matches played in Caherlag in what we might loosely describe as contrasting conditions!

Now you could say the dream was still alive. But the U21 hurling championship was still ongoing and the weather had turned really nasty around that time. How many of you remember showing up in Dungourney on a Sunday morning, both teams present only to be turned on our way again as the pitch was deemed unplayable. However it all turned out hunky dory in the end. Catherines going on to win the only East Cork U21 A hurling championship in their history. Victories attained over Watergrasshill, Midleton and Youghal in the process. Yet it was reigning holders Carrigtwohill who had received county nomination with a divisional final having surpassed deadlines. Often wondered over the years where that team could have finished up from the potential possessed therein.

While following a win over Newcestown in the penultimate round and it would be opposition provided by Glen Rovers for the county intermediate hurling league final. Catherines emerged convincing winners over the same opposition in a first round championship encounter at Rathcormac back in mid-July. Yet ironically it was the famed northside club who had inflicted the only loss bestowed on the Saints in a competitive fixture played that year. Winning the regular group match in the Glen field on Friday evening, July 22. So now it’s the afternoon of Sunday, December 4. We return to what is now a cold Carrigtwohill and time to rectify that mid-summer setback. Again the locally based official Patsy Spillane was on the blower and the Saints would be hoping to do better than in their previous appearance at this stage. It being the 1991 decider. Even though that final wasn’t played until St Patrick’s Day 1992. It was against Bishopstown and the venue was Mallow. Then as following that historic championship win to which the East Cork U21 title was added there was the carrot of a unique treble dangling as a lucrative prize to round off the year in some style.

It didn’t look great for a while with the Glen striking early and a crucial goal on ninety seconds, enough to establish a half time lead at 1-07 to 0-03, pressure on. Barrie O’Regan, the outstanding Shane O’Connell at the back and substitution Declan O’Neill in the midfield area excelled as slowly but surely and favoured by the conditions that intimidating scoreline was becoming that bit less daunting, Brian Cotter, Johnny Sheehan and Donal O’Leary all on target before Kieran Morrison would strike for that much sought after and match winning goal on fifty two minutes. Christy Clancy from a free and Morrison again would add further late points. For the second time in eleven weeks it was clubman and county treasurer Dan Hoare had the honour of making a historic presentation to club captain Patsy O’Donoghue. Final score in that league final was St Catherines 1-12 Glen Rovers 1-09, treble completed.

Still very much the centre of one’s sporting attention and fresh in the memory with the annual social going ahead at Garryvoe Hotel on Friday night, December 16. He promised a return visit from the ecstatic dressing room in Páirc Uí Chaoimh the previous September and the auxiliary Bishop of Cork, John Buckley was back upon us for what would also be intermediate and U21 medal presentation night. Selectors and their wives were honoured. While Albert Griffin, a club vice president and lifelong supporter received a special presentation of Waterford glass. Following county convention at Páirc Uí Chaoimh the previous Sunday and St Catherines and Bishopstown were paired in the first round of the county senior hurling championship for 1995. There you are and the year of ‘94 sorted more or less completely and it not yet Christmas. We look at that Bishopstown match next week. Plus the first match in the ’95 senior hurling league campaign. Wonder who that was against? All in good time!

Now in fairness you were promised scorers, starting team, subs used plus full extension panel from county intermediate hurling championship final. So here goes.

Intermediate hurling final 1994 - St Catherines scorers were Brian Cotter (2-01), Christy Clancy (0-07), Dave O’Connell (1-00), Kieran Morrison (0-02), Johnny Sheehan and Donal O’Leary (0-01 each). Starting fifteen: Michael Dorgan, Maurice Hartnett, Barrie O’Regan, Shane O’Connell, Pat Fitzgerald, Denis Walsh, Patsy O’Donoghue (team captain), Johnny Sheehan, James ‘Junior’ Sheehan, Donal O’Leary, Kieran Morrison, Christy Clancy, Mike Walsh, Dave O’Connell and Brian Cotter. Subs used were: Martin O’Keeffe, Eddie Geaney and Seamus Neville. Also on panel: Eppy Hartnett, Edward Sheehan, Ger Morrison, Declan O’Neill, James Spillane, John Hartnett, Denis Buckner, Sean Buckley and Edmond Galvin.
Mentors: Pat Clancy, Cathal Casey, Pat Ahern and Pa Finn (coach), Final referee: Ger Harrington (Carrigaline).

Cheltenham racing festival

An Irish team instantly into their rhythm with the success of Appreciate It in the first race. Winning the supreme novice’s hurdle by a mindboggling twenty-six lengths though stablemate Blue Lord did come a cropper at the last, and Willie Mullins struck his opening blow of a truly historic week. With the Master of Closutton for the eight-time crowned top trainer. Sheer weight of numbers and countback saw him just edging out the peerless Henry De Bromhead. Overall there was a staggering accumulation of twenty three winners emanating from the Emerald Isle with the likes of Noel Meade, Paul Nolan, Gavin Cromwell, Peter Fahey and another Mullins, Emmet also frequenting the winner’s enclosure. But it was the success of Richie Condon aboard Heaven Help Us for Paul Hennessy in the Coral Cup handicap hurdle that would give a racing mad parish its greatest satisfaction. In early February a combination that collected the Paddy Mullins handicap hurdle at champions weekend in Leopardstown. Thankfully the form held up, giving the Glengoura born jockey and a trainer - better known from the greyhound world - one of their greatest days in the sun. Ironically third in the same race was Jonathon Burke, born next door to Richie Condon and both would have donned the St Catherines colours over the years. Isn’t it very hard to be one dimensional!

From recent evidence we feared that running Tiger Roll was cruelty. Well we had to eat our words, rolling back the years in the cross country chase. While by now Jack Kennedy and Rachel Blackmore are stars. Right at the top of the tree. Wasn’t it noticeable how the tally of winners only reluctantly appeared on a channel that prides itself with its on-screen captions. Still you’d wonder about the implications of this result with your average UK punter switching off in droves if as they will look at it this kind of fare gets dished up again. A much hyped 1.9 million viewers or not this time around.

There must be plenty of you who can go back to John Mulhearn, Tommy Carmody and Glamoy, sole Irish winner for two years at this prestigious sporting festival back in the mid to late seventies. Frequently there would be no return at all. It’s a much different Cheltenham festival we look at now.


St Catherines GAA Club Sponsors are: - 

  • T&A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors, Ballynoe.
  • Mulcahy Steel are juvenile club sponsors.