St Catherines GAA Notes

17 December, 2021

St Catherines GAA Notes.

By John O Mahony, PRO St Catherines GAA Club.

Busy week at administrative level.

It started with the camogie equivalent with their annual general meeting taking precedence on Thursday evening last, kickstarting an intense eight days at administrative level, continuing on with St Catherines Juvenile GAA Club AGM going ahead tonight, Thursday, December 9 in Ballynoe Community Hall. It’s timed for 8pm.

Then 24 hours later is the staging of the most important meeting of the year, with the parent club version fixed for Conna Community Hall this Friday night coming, December 10, commencing at 8.30pm. Nomination papers distributed and hopefully returned by now.

Now we are only all too well aware of the current situation. Its gloomy presence inveigles our very existence. So following Covid guidelines all attendees must be fully vaccinated or have recovered from Covid in the last six months and wear a mask. If you or anyone in your bubble is unwell please do not attend. Meeting reports will follow over the next two weeks.

The extraordinary revelations of Orca the goldfish

Well results are probably in the public domain by now so hopefully it all went well for Conna Dramatic Society in the One Act All-Ireland drama finals in Ennis. They were due to appear on stage on Sunday afternoon last. Go on, ‘break a leg’.

Handball success

Belated congratulations to first cousins Diarmuid O’Connell and Cian Dunning on their recent success at the O’Neill’s All-Ireland 4-Wall 2020 juvenile handball championships finals held in Kingscourt up in Cavan. Representing Conna club both donning that proud Rebel red of Cork, Diarmuid in the U14 boys singles, Cian a day later taking part in the doubles equivalent.

Both Diarmuid and Cian encapsulate all aspects of the association, lining out on successful U15 hurling and football teams through the summer and months of early Autumn. Coming as they do of course on being members of a family steeped in the Gaelic tradition. Cian a tough tight corner back in both codes, Diarmuid a bit more flamboyant further out the pitch, taker of the close in frees with the footballers and proving himself and adept netminder with several telling stops with this year’s U17 hurling squad.

Success for Sean Guiheen

Yes a recent success too for Sean Guiheen, coach of the Courcey Rovers team that won out the premier intermediate hurling championship. Sean spent a three year stint with the Saints from 2017 to 2019, during which Catherines won the county junior hurling championship. A dual county minor in 1988, Sean shared in all Na Piarsaigh success attained through the 90s and early noughties. A team that included the likes of Christy Connery, Leonard Moore, Mickey Mullins, Sean Óg O hAilpín and of course the peerless Tony O’Sullivan. I can just hear him now, “where’s he going?”.

Rebels’ Bounty

Well it’s over with the much sought after €100,000 prize heading out to Nemo Rangers following the December Rebels’ Bounty draw early on Thursday evening last. Focus now goes on 2022 with the first draw to take place at the end of February (January and February draws).

Latest club lotto results

Preparation for the AGMs mean the lotto results with the €17,000 jackpot from Monday night last, December 6 are held over. Sorry about that, a double supply for you next week.

Seanie O’Leary RIP

We would be in a state of shock putting the words down, it just didn’t seem right or fair. Seanie O’Leary RIP. There we were watching the evening news on our national television service and Eamon Horan was asked for the sporting headlines, to which the man from Ballycumber in Offaly instantly replied “Cork GAA in shock at death of Seanie O’Leary”.

Seanie was a player whose name was on everyone’s lips from college days on. Winning All-Ireland minor and U21hurling medals in the late sixties and early seventies. Fermoy based Bandon man Noel Crowley would have played on those teams. Seanie would have four All-Ireland senior medals. He was an All-Star player in 1976, 1977 and 1984. He will be forever remembered as being a part of a prodigious full forward line completed by Charlie McCarthy and Ray Cummins. There you have it - Leary, Cummins and McCarthy. Names just roll off the tongue. Forever stars. Parts of folklore. Leeside legends all.

Seanie was a darling of the terraces. Seanie didn’t score that many points. His eyes were focussed on the onion sack, like John Fitzgibbon coming on after him. Seanie had an awesome savage eye for goals and lots of ‘em. Thirty in thirty six senior championship matches with Cork.

His father James was a teacher in Ballynoe school in the fifties. His sister Mary rose up the ranks on the camogie fields. Son Tomás and excellent hurler with Erin’s Own and Cork transferred codes playing scrum hale with both Munster and Ireland. Playing days over, he made huge contributions as a selector with both Imokilly and Cork.

Late season action on the pitch

Round 3 group 5 East Cork junior football league cup

St Catherine’s 2-09 Ballinacurra 0-09

It’s been three months since that defeat to Kilbrin in the county junior B championship under the lights at Mallow. Eleven weeks previously to that again since playing their only previous encounter in this competition against Glanmire at Sallybrook as a collective unit, the Saints returned to competitive activity with a well-earned six point victory. Effectively unfolding as a semi-final when this round 3 group 5 East Cork junior football league cup tie was played following a toss of a coin at a cold albeit dry and sunny Ballynoe on Sunday morning last.

All the while Ballinacurra were playing matches. They have a divisional junior C title under their belt with a recent final victory over near neighbours Aghada and it was showing. At one stage they lead by a three point margin and were still ahead on a 0-04 to 0-03 half-time scoreline.

But it all changed when six minutes into the second half Eoin Condon, thankfully now fully recovered from a late opening half injury, supplied the key pass in picking out team captain Eoin Wallace to force in the lead goal.

Padraig O’Connor in the right place duly added a second before a further point was tagged on. It was 2-06 to 0-07 for the home team at the time of the second water break.

There was the assured handling of Eoin Davis between the posts. Kieran Neville, Shane O’Brien and Eoghan O’Riordan were on top defensively with Daniel Mangan and Liam O’Connor now adding their name to the list of scorers a final place had been secured on an end scoreline of 2-09 to 0-09 against a Ballinacurra team for whom James Nagle, Michael Furlong and Daniel O’Connell played well.

Scorers - E Wallace (1-02), P O’Connor (1-01), E Condon (0-04), D Mangan and L O’Connor (0-01 each). St Catherine’s team - E Davis, K Neville, S O’Brien, D Galvin, A Neville, E O’Riordan, B Davis, T O’Donnell, J Neville, P O’Connor, E Wallace (team captain), J Hayes, D Mangan, L O’Connor, E Condon. Sub: E Sheehan for J Hayes (56’). Referee Jim Hennessy, (Dungourney).

St Catherines v Mitchelstown - 2001

After the loss to Garnish incurred at Kilmichael on the afternoon of Saturday, August 21 Catherines were eliminated from the competition following a narrow two point loss to Kilbrin in the second round of the county junior B football championship under the lights at spacious Carrigoon on Friday evening, September 3. At the outset that had been the appointed venue. Done and dusted. No questions asked. Sure why would there?

But as the week progressed we heard of moving it to Grange, again no questions. Less travelling. Just outside Fermoy, much closer to home. But in the morning of the match with secretary Eleanor now more than having her fill of emails, phone calls and club texts it was back to Mallow again. There have been a few challenge games over the years and Catherines without a problem would have fulfilled the fixture in Grange. By way of preparation for an impending county fixture Catherines received an invitation to play Mitchelstown in the junior football tournament final for the Dave Walsh Cup. East Cork B champions v a team in the Avondhu junior A decider who would be up against either Charleville or Doneraile in the final. Tournament match fixed for Grange on Saturday evening, October 6 2001 at 4.30pm.

Mitchelstown coached by Tipperary player Brian Burke were very sharp with Dave Moher, Joe O’Brien and Keith McGrath prominent surged into a 0-07 to 0-02 lead to the end of the opening quarter and ahead with the half time scoreline standing at 1-10 to 0-03.

St Catherines would accept that Brendan Hickey and Shane Kearney goals, coming as they did at opposite ends of the second half were purely scores of a consolation nature. Mitchelstown winning on an end scoreline of 1-15 to 2-04. Granddaughters of Dave Walsh and Grange stalwart Sam Barry made the presentation to goal scorer and captain Anthony O’Brien.

Both juvenile and parent club annual general meetings are pencilled in for this week. So that signals and end to the occasional reminiscing. Who knows? Anything could happen in there. Seen it before baby!

St Catherine’s team in Grange 2001

Martin O’Keeffe, Ed Galvin, Aidan Hogan, Mike Walsh, Jim Lane, Shane Fitzgerald, Noel O’Neill, Damien Farrell, Padraig Noonan, Shane Kearney, Brian Cotter, Michael Hegarty, Brendan Hickey, Ed Sheehan and Paul Higgins. Subs introduced were Mike Fitzgerald, Bill O’Keeffe, Donal O’Leary, Billy Carr and Gordon Bryan. Referee: Dave Roche (Grange).

St Catherine’s GAA Club sponsors

  • T&A Building and Civil Engineering Contractors Ballynoe are sponsors of St Catherines GAA Club.
  • Mulcahy Steel are sponsors of St Catherine’s Juvenile GAA Club.