St Catherines GAA Notes

02 November, 2021

St Catherines GAA Notes.

By John O Mahony PRO St Catherines GAA Club.

Intermediate hurlers go out on score difference

Round 3 Group 3 Co-Op Superstores sponsored Lower Intermediate Hurling Championship

St Catherines 1-11 Ballygarvan 1-16

A week previously the maths worked out. But this time on scoring difference our team made their championship exit following a five point loss to Ballygarvan when this round 3 lower intermediate hurling championship tie was played in sunny conditions at Rathcormac on Saturday afternoon last. All that after making the perfect start. Eoin Condon’s goal bound effort adjudged to have crossed the line for the lead score and first of the game as early as the second minute. Couldn’t have asked for better than that. But Ballygarvan didn’t let it upset them and responded well to such an early and negative setback. Cormac Dowd, both from frees and general play, allied to well taken efforts from Donald O’Sullivan on either side of the initial water break had them ahead at 0-08 to 1-02 to twenty four minutes.

A sweetly struck Matthew Mulcahy delivery skilfully and accurately picked out Brian Mulcahy to point a beauty, reducing the deficit with the margin standing on an interval scoreline of 0-09 to 1-04.

Catherines were enjoying their share of third quarter possession but the only real response was through Eoin Davis from placed balls. A Gary White goal on forty two minutes was a sickener and real killer blow. Conor Hegarty from the sideline and a second Thomas O’Donnell point had it 1-12 to 1-09 to the three quarter mark. But the opposition were on top and further points from Ray O’Halloran and Dan McCarthy followed. Bottom line would be by one point Catherines were out of this year’s lower intermediate hurling championship. On the other side Milford were getting the better of Barryroe and they now join Ballygarvan in the knockout stages.

Scorers: E Davis (0-07 frees), E Condon (1-00), T O’Donnell (0-02), B Mulcahy and C Hegarty (sideline cut) (0-01 each). St Catherine’s team: Cathal Leahy, Philip Keane, Eoin Wallace, Liam O’Connor, Eoghan O’Riordan, Shane O’Brien (team captain), Matthew Mulcahy, Thomas O’Donnell, Shane Cotter, Brian Mulcahy, Aaron Neville, Rory Galvin, Eoin Davis, Brian Davis, Eoin Condon. Subs: Conor Hegarty for Aaron Neville (second half), Kevin Barry for Brian Davis (44’), James Neville for Philip Keane (51’), Patrick O’Neill for Eoin Condon (60’). Referee: Cathal Egan (Clyda Rovers).

Quarter final East Cork Oil sponsored East Cork Junior B Hurling Championship

St Catherines 0-12 Youghal 1-07

Defeat had been the end result from the group stages of the competition against the same opposition over the last two years. But thankfully on this occasion we were able to rectify matters, turn it around and recorded a hard earned though fully deserved slender two point success from this divisional junior B hurling championship quarter-final when played under the lights at Ballynoe on Sunday evening last.

That said, Youghal were narrowly ahead 0-04 to 0-03 at the interval in a clear, low scoring contest before Barry Ring stretched it out marginally with the game’s only goal just ninety seconds into the second half. But the Saints responded. Eoin Sheehan was brave between the sticks. Doing everything he was asked to do. There were those lengthy clearances from Stephen O’Brien at corner back and fellow defenders Darragh Galvin and Mark Geary were regularly on the ball. With Ronan Clancy very dependable both from frees and general play it was all tied up for the sixth time over the hour at 0-08 to 1-05 to forty three minutes.

Sweetly struck Owen O’Neill and Conor Kearney points helped secure the required result and what was by and large a disappointing weekend and with a third team still to sample action, there is a lot of hurling to be played yet.

Scorers: R Clancy (0-06 frees) (0-01 “65”) (0-08), N O’Regan, C England, O O’Neill and C Kearney (0-01 each). St Catherine’s team: E Sheehan, S O’Brien, E Kenneally, D Galvin, S O’Regan, K Neville, M Geary, J Hayes, O O’Neill, C England, R Clancy, C Kearney, W Leamy, N O’Regan, T Hartnett. Subs: R O’Connell for T Hartnett (48’), H Draper for J Hayes (58’). Referee: Paudi Kearney (Killeagh).


Three weeks on from a three point victory over them and a subsequent win over Carbery yet at the second time of asking Seandún proved too strong, overcoming the Saints on a 1-15 to 0-05 scoreline in the quarter-final of the SE Systems county senior camogie championship when played in sunny conditions at Castle Road in Mahon on Sunday evening last.

Juvenile notes - Paddy Sheehan Cup Final

In a broken, fractured yet understandably condensed juvenile playing season we’ve had our early starts. Like that recent division 1 Rebel Óg East U13 hurling league semi-final. There were those Féile na Peil eliminators in Kilworth towards the end of August. Starting our life twenty eight summers ago as a four team minor hurling tournament. Then it began to lapse and wasn’t played for at all on a few occasions. Then under Paul Davis as juvenile chairman and Ed Galvin as team manager it resurrected itself through the mid to late noughties as an U12 tournament up to 2019. For obvious reasons it wasn’t played for last year. So to Saturday morning and the last four teams gathered for the 2021 instalment of the Paddy Sheehan Cup. Now played in blitz format with each game of twenty minutes duration, ten minutes a side, as an U11 hurling tournament. St Catherines edging out Castlelyons in the first match played. Getting underway just after 10am. Further victories over Aghada and Killeagh ensued. This setting up a repeat pairing of St Catherines and Castlelyons in the eventual decider. Ahead at 3-04 to 1-02 at the break with Catherines eventually winning out on an end scoreline of 5-05 to 1-03. Kian O’Donoghue taking charge of the group games. Final itself was refereed by Darragh Morrison. Saints’ mentors were Paul Higgins, Mike Walsh and Tom Morrison. Killeagh finished third in the competition and received their medals from Lisa Moore secretary St Catherines Juvenile GAA Club. Chairman Brian Sheehan gave us a brief insight into who Paddy Sheehan was. First ever treasurer of the St Catherines Club in 1946 would be a highlight. Then he presented the medals to the victorious St Catherine’s panel. Then the cup was unleashed on a fourteen strong panel of players opting not to go on any one individual captain.

Ironically there is a direct link between last weekend’s showdown and the first Paddy Sheehan Cup final of Sunday, June 27th, 1993. Apart from the fact both deciders were played on exactly the same pitch in Ballynoe. Conditions might differ!

Martin O’Keeffe played centre back on that winning Catherine’s team. Son Seán was the successful goalkeeper this time around. Sean’s first cousin, Martin’s nephew was a member of the defeated Castlelyons squad of players. His dad Dessie was a selector on a county winning Catherines U16 hurling panel from 2006 along with Richard Hegarty, Pat O’Brien and ‘Junior’ Sheehan. Also Tomás Morrison had a first cousin playing with Killeagh. You see the GAA family can be varied and wide!

2021 Paddy Sheehan Cup panel: Sean O’Keeffe, Cillian McCarthy, Billy O’Connor, Aodhan Burke, Shane O’Riordan, Tadgh Walsh, Cathal Higgins, Tomás Morrison, Eoghan Dillon, Jack Cunneen, Jaimie Mulkerrins, Sean Moore, David Temple and Ronan O’Donoghue.

1993 Paddy Sheehan Cup panel (minor): Michael O’Brien, Brendan Noonan, Michael Dorgan, Richard Cotter, Paul O’Connell, Martin O’Keeffe, Richie Hegarty, Ger Lynch, Jim Lane, Dessie Lucey, Dave O’Connell (captain), Robert O’Connell, Pat Morrison, Kieran Morrison, Michael Hegarty. Also Kevin O’Connell, Johnny Sheehan, Donal Lynch, James Caples and Ian O’Connell.

Next on a still busy juvenile fixture list

Saturday, October 16 final division 1 Rebel Óg East U13 hurling league v Aghada at 12 noon venue tbc. Saturday, October 16 at Ballynoe semi-final division 2 Rebel Óg North U15 football championship v Charleville at 3.30pm. Please take note the U17 footballers are in a final v Whitechurch. It might, just might be on this weekend as well. There are more finals down for week ending October 23rd/24th.

Most recent lotto results

Results of the most recent weekly lotto draw from Monday night last, October 11. Numbers drawn being 1, 12, 17 and 18 and there was no winner of the €15,400 jackpot. While the consolation winners were: Rebecca Kenny, Aglish, Co Waterford; Michael A Leahy, Corrin View House, Glenreigh, Ballynoe; D-N-E-N c/o Kals, Conna; William Barry, Shanakill, Curraglass and Shane Fitzgerald, Garrycahera, Ballynoe. All of which means next lotto draw on Monday night, October 18 at 9pm will now have a jackpot standing at €15,600.


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