St Catherines GAA Notes

07 January, 2022

St Catherines GAA Club.

By John O'Mahony PRO St Catherines GAA.

Juvenile AGM report

It was a week dominated by indoor activity at administrative level with the holding of the annual general meetings both at juvenile and parent club level. This time around concentrating on the underage equivalent. Next week report on adult club AGM.

Storm Barra made its expected arrival, duly stayed before moving on and off loading a ferocious deluge over the continent. Though for a while we thought there was going to be a little cameo role across Glenville on Sunday morning for the junior B football league final. Such was the strength of the wind again.

Paul David and James Casey were expecting the schools to be closed again. Possible for a week this time! As promised all your details from back to back lotto draws. Ok - off you go now and read on!

It's a busy time for the club at administration level. Exactly seven nights previously the camogie equivalent was held. On Thursday night last it was back to Ballynoe Community Hall where of ninety minutes duration it again was the venue this time for the annual general meeting of St Catherines Juvenile GAA Club.

Describing it as a challenging yet successful year chairman Brian Sheehan declared despite the dreaded Covid situation that membership actually increased within the club. A few players who may have drifted came back and played their part in any success attained. Coaches who themselves wouldn’t have children involved played a significant role and over fifty mentors from U6 to U18 were playing their part.

Some time back there was the coaching scheme introduced by Johnny Sheehan. Describing it as a work in progress and not finished yet. It's value came up more than once throughout the evening. Brian touched on the work of Sean O’Farrell and the cooperation of the schools in accommodating the coaching of the games there in.

Although there would be clear and obvious concerns as a juvenile club transfer to the irregular age groups worked out well. Briefly looking ahead and taking all that into account maybe the U19 age group should now be looked at.

Health and safety had to play a huge part. There was the Covid group set up by Paul Davis back at the start and the contribution of Cathy Cotter and Majella Pietropaolo subsequently. It's essential the health of these young players is properly looked after. There was the thanking of the parent club and the facilities provided there in. Mulcahy Steel are to continue their sponsorship. Garry Hartnett put up the tops adorned by the U15 and 17 squads. Brian thanking all his fellow officers for their help and contribution. Hoping that 2022 can be a successful and enjoyable year.

Lisa Moore's report

It was a busy night for Lisa Moore presenting the implications from the last Zoom held AGM of January 7th to a thorough review of the year just ending in her meticulously prepared secretary’s report. There was the return to the pitches on April 26th. In many ways a unique and historic night. By early May contact play was approved and resumed across all grades. A registration morning could then be hosted on the club grounds.

New requirements were introduced by headquarters re the staging of the annual Cúl Camp which went ahead from Monday, June 28 to Friday, July 2 inclusive. Conditions simply surreal. It was very well attended with 140 children in the 6 to 13 age group taking part. An action packed five days where many new skills were imparted by experienced members from both GAA and camogie clubs. Cúl Camp co-ordinator being Martina O'Connor. A major word of thanks goes to Ed Galvin in co-ordinating the pitches for training and matches for the full club throughout the season. There was participation in Féile and the hosting of the clubs in house tournaments.

Lisa touched on a very relevant issue, that of referees, it is something that must be built on in the next year. As a club we are indebted to our one referee, Mike Walsh, concluding by thanking all parents who attend training sessions.

We can safely say that Lisa Moore has definitely arrived. While we anxiously await the imminent return of assistant Susan Sheehan.

When called upon, Pat Clancy, chairman St Catherine's GAA Club commented on a favourable results return. It couldn't have come at a better time and augurs well for the future. All presented reports were impressive. Spoke of the facilities and the fact the gym is working. Stressing the importance of the weekly lotto draw. Only downside was the lack of manpower transferring from underage up to the adult section of the club, that can't continue. Don't be thinking if you finish at juvenile level that your work is done, it's not.

Fiona Sheehan presented a well prepared financial statement, proposed and seconded. It was know in advance of the evening that she would not be seeking re-election. She is to continue on in an assistant role which had been fulfilled by Paddy Ryan who now moves up to treasurer of St Catherines Juvenile GAA Club.

Over the years there has been a massive contribution from Fiona Sheehan at juvenile level. Everyone would back and support the glowing comments issued by the chairman of the underage section on the night. She had a three year stint as secretary and had served as treasurer since October 2016. Good to have her still around and making as always a sensible and vital contribution.

John O'Mahony Club PRO presented a detailed results sequence of all competitive games, both league and championship entailing both hurling and football from season just ending. Open discussion on the night centred on possible team grading. Membership settled on at the parent meeting twenty four hours later.

Managers appointed to various teams covering both hurling and football: U6 - Paddy Ryan. U7 - Patrick O'Neill. U8 - Steve Cummins. U11 - Paul O'Connell. U13 - Paul Higgins. U15 - Brian Sheehan. U17 - Pat Fitzgerald.

Election of officers

Presided over by Pat Clancy until Brian Sheehan reinstated as chairman.

Vice chairmen - Steve Cummins and Tom Morrisson. Secretary - Lisa Moore. Ass sec - Susan Sheehan. Treasurer - Paddy Ryan. Ass treasurer - Fiona Sheehan. Membership - Cathy Cotter. PRO - John O'Mahony.

Next week we do it all again with a report on St Catherines GAA Club AGM scheduled for Conna Hall on Friday night last, December 10 at 8.30pm.

Action on the field

Final group 5 East Cork junior football league cup

Glenville 0-06 St Catherines 2-08

Talk about cutting it tight! A season drawing its last breath when a title arrives courtesy of the parent club with a well-earned and on this occasion fully deserved victory over the home based team when the group 5 East Cork junior B football league cup final was played in Glenville at mid-day on Sunday last.

Frequently wasteful in the opening exchanges Catherines would take the lead following a tally of five early wides following a Padraig O'Connor point on nine minutes. Rory Galvin was winning masterful ball right across the middle. His freetaking was surreal, beautifully judged and joy to behold as the scores mounted up.

Then a probing Brian Davis cross, a face of goal delivery, accurately picked out running team captain Eoin Wallace who duly slotted home from close range on twenty four minutes. Catherines ahead at 1-07 without reply at half-time and clearly in a strong position.

There would be no let up. Philip Keane pointing in the first attack within a minute of the change of ends. As Glenville now backed by what were savage wind gusts came raiding for scores - Stephen Coffey, Paudie Cotter and Willie O'Neill to the fore. But you feel the show was up when Eoin Condon charged through and with a subliminal finish delightfully crashed home that welcome second goal just as Gavin O'Brien was thinking about blowing for that second water break. At games conclusion East Cork Board chairman Donal O'Keeffe made the presentation, Eoin Wallace the recipient.

Scorers: E Condon (0-1 free), (1-02), E Wallace (1-01), R Galvin (0-03 frees), P O'Connor and P Keane (0-01 each). St Catherine's team - Eoin Sheehan, Kieran Neville, Shane O'Brien, Darragh Galvin, Aaron Neville, Eoghan O'Riordan, James Hayes, Rory Galvin, James Neville, Eoin Wallace (from captain), Padraig O'Connor, Brian Davis, William Leamy, Eoin Condon, Philip Keane. Subs: James Casey and Harry Draper for Darragh Galvin and Philip Keane (both 54'). Referee: Gavin O'Brien (Lisgoold).

It's Plaudits time

Roll of the drums!!! and the winner is....!!!! No just a few personal gongs we would like to dish out.

To Marie Clancy on her picking up such prestigious camogie award at national level. Marie Clancy is also Irish/Cultural officer at St Catherine's GAA Club and annually would be an avid promoter and supporter of Scór.

Congratulations must go too to Kenneth O'Connell on his All-Ireland U11 cross country success at Gowran. Kenneth likes the games as well and lined out at left half forward, on the Willie Ryan U12 hurling blitz winning team from Aghada back towards the end of September. Sometime, somewhere down that lonely road young Kenneth might have to make a decision, but that shouldn't be for a few years yet so enjoy it all for now. Between horses and hurling, football and dogs and now athletics, it's going to be a fulltime job following the O'Connells!

Just briefly popping up to Avondhu and the heartiest of congratulations to Araglin on completing the double, following their win in the county junior C football championship final. Some great people up there, salt of the Earth, that's what makes them so likeable.

No I'm not going to use the word commiserations, let's be positive! Keep the head up and congratulate the Conna players on doing this great little parish proud, on reaching the recent one act All-Ireland drama finals in Ennis, Co Clare.

All Stars

On Thursday morning last, the national media were torn between whether to give Limerick's twelve hurling all-stars awards or no awards for beaten All-Ireland finalists Cork, also a record the banner headlines. Both were right of course and while it hurts it's impossible to argue with. Personally would have stretched it out that bit further, what would have been wrong with giving Limerick all fifteen awards? Nicky Quaid, Dan Morrissey and Aaron Gillane? I mean why not?

Getting ready to head out the door to the AGM on Friday night last when the awards were presented and the football teams were named on a special ninety minute programme live on RTE One television. 

Still, like the hurling only four counties were honoured, but it was much more balanced and spread out from what was a much more competitive championship. Newly crowned champions, Tyrone had a player named in every section of the field and the entire halfback line was honoured. 

Centre back Kieran McGeary was subsequently selected as player of the year, while perennial defeated finalists Mayo had three players selected with Oisin Mullin picking up the young player of the year accolade. All-stars for the Fossa duo, the Cliffords, David and older brother Paudie.

A second hurler of the year award went to Cian Lynch, while younger player of the year was Kilkenny's Eoin Cody, for which Blarney's and Cork player Shane Barrett was also in the running for. I suppose the usual spate of books will keep us going until the evenings stretch out a bit!

Recent lotto results

We have been just a tad adrift in presenting you with the results of the weekly lotto draw from Monday night, December 6 last. Numbers drawn being 14, 26, 27 and 32. There was no winner of the attractive jackpot then standing at €17,000. The consolation winners on the night were; Anita Mullins, Abbey Glen, Cappoquin, Bridget Mangan, Curraheen, Conna, Amy Mulcahy, Leamlara, Anne Conneely, online and Orna Ryan, online.

Results of the most recent draw from Monday night last, December 13. Numbers drawn were 1,3,9 and 30 and the jackpot of €17,200 wasn't won. Consolation winner were Catherine McCready, Castle View, Conna, P O'Connor c/o P.H, Kevin Mangan, online, Jeremiah and Elaine O'Donovan, Kilosseragh, Ballynoe and Katie Spillane, Kilavorilla.

Next draw including bonus prizes in honour of the festive season will be on Monday night, December 20 when the jackpot will be €17,400.

Now let’s fully update on the current situation. Early copy deadline for Monday, December 20th and subsequent draws on December 27th and January 3rd, means details will be behind. Don't worry, if you win you will be notified. Results are on the site, locals have access to posters.

St Catherines GAA Club Sponsors

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