St Catherines GAA Notes

15 January, 2022

St Catherines GAA Notes.

By John O'Mahony PRO St Catherines GAA Club.

Brief review of festive season

It’s the morning of Thursday, January 6 and I’m wishing you season’s greetings with the first report of the new year which in effect is the final contribution from 2021.

There are lotto results on the double while Páirc Naomh Chaitríonaigh Baile Nua played host to the Goal Mile on Christmas morning. Twenty-four hours later and after a brief time out there was the welcome return of the annual poc fada from Ballynoe to Conna on St Stephen’s morning. Read on!

Catching up with the lotto results

Gaining momentum as the time advanced to the point where this would be one of the most eagerly anticipated gatherings of the year, Finger food, background music, even free drinks for the staff - and those were the days!

Real plus factor now is the fact that we’re in a position to hold it. Presenting you with the details from the final weekly lotto draw pre-Christmas when held on Monday night, December 20. Numbers drawn were 12, 17, 28 and 32 and the jackpot then standing at €17,400 wasn’t won. Regular consolation prizes went to P O’Connor c/o PH Conna, John G Barry, Kilcor, Castlelyons, Michael A Leahy, Corrin View House, Glenreigh Ballynoe, Emma Hanrahan c/o Dick Hegarty, Garrycahera, Ballynoe and John Paul Flynn online. Bonus prizes in honour of the festive season were won by Jim Brien c/o PH Conna, Mary C Leahy Corrin View House, Glenreigh, Ballynoe, Jennifer Galvin online (name emerged twice) and Laura Ahern, online.

Another draw was held on Bank Holiday Monday night, December 27. Numbers drawn were 1, 4, 6 and 29 and there was no winner of the jackpot. Consolation winners were Martin Hurley Gallyanne Upper Aghern, Therese Leamy Kilcoran Conna online, Pat Lane Curraheen, Conna, Norma Dineen Ballyknock, Ballynoe online and David O’Sullivan Glenreigh Ballynoe, online. Latest draw with a jackpot of €17,800 was set for Monday night, January 3. Results on the double will appear on Thursday, January 13. Thanking you our loyal supporters for your undying and unfailing support for both the Rebels’ Bounty and weekly lotto draws. Two of our biggest and most important fundraisers. It’s hard to know where we would stand without them. Keep up the good work.

Ballynoe Goal Mile

It was dull and overcast as from the outside looking in there was a regular flow attending the Ballynoe Goal Mile between 10.30am and 12 midday at St Catherines GAA pitch. Supporters could either walk, jog or run and help raise much needed funds for this worthy charity. Ballynoe is one of only two Cork venues hosting the event and it has been a regular part of Christmas morning now since 2007.

St Catherines GAA Juvenile GAA and Camogie clubs annual poc fada competition

First entering the calendar in the autumn of 2016 and allowing for the fact there was a cancellation last year, by mathematical conclusion St Catherines GAA clubs were able to host their fifth annual poc fada competition over the festive period. Starting from 11am on St Stephen’s morning on the road from Ballynoe to Conna, interest was high with a marvellous entry overall.

Talk about keeping it in the family, overall success for Kieran, Ciarán and Gearoid O’Brien, while overall winners in the juvenile section were the U13 prizewinners of Alan Cotter, Kenneth O’Connell and Julian Pietropaolo. There was success in the other age groups for Ciaran Leamy, Dylan Murphy and Timmy Barry with the U15 and Fionn O’Connell, Oisin Fitzgerald and Denis Temple at U17 level. Overall, a memorable occasion and hopefully by this time next year the world will be a better place.

Documentaries over the holiday period

Though perhaps they could have been spaced out a bit better, nevertheless there were still a few decent documentaries of a sporting nature on the box over the bank holiday period.

‘All-Stars at Fifty’ was inspired by Eileen Dunne and her sister finding a scrapbook of her father Mick Dunne, one of the original selectors on the formation of the All-Stars back in the early days. Mick Dunne used to be with the Irish Press before moving to RTE as its original Gaelic games correspondent. Also on the programme was Jim O’Sullivan of the Cork Examiner. Other original selectors were Padraig Puirséal, John D Hickey and Paddy Downey.

Overall, it can’t have been easy to get a balance into a programme covering the period required. But you feel including the likes of John Connolly, Liam Currams, Tommy Walsh, Donal Óg Cusack and Peter Casey among others gives you a fair spread.

Later on the same night we had ‘Rachel Blackmore – A Grand Year’. Again including the whole family elevated an extremely watchable piece of work while racing contemporaries like the Shark Ruby, Henry De Bromhead and Willie Mullins added to a programme you feel just had to be made. Flashing the cameras on the signpost for Killenaule triggered off another distant memory stored at the back of the mind. Taking some time to find but tracked it down to Sunday, October 19 2003. Up the old N8, no motorway in those days, before turning right at the roundabout right in the centre of New Inn. Now heading for Fethard. Location of prestigious restaurants and well-known hostelries. Extremely well-known equine luminaries Eddie O’Grady and Mouse Morris work out of there. You are now heading straight for Killenaule. Or you should be! Back in the day the likes of Donie O’Connell carried the can, Pat Kerwick and John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer continued it on, now of course in the words of commentator Richard Hoiles “Rachel raises the bar still further”. But of course, all these were just placenames on the way to our destination for the day, it was the next village and a meeting with Ballingarry in a division two semi-final of the Munster Hurling League. You are now perilously close to Mullinahone, next stop Callan. Imagine the rivalry there, both club and county. Now of course other people night give you different instruction. But that was the route taken and as the saying goes ‘sure didn’t it get me there’. Wonder what sat nav would say?

Observing a still intact team sheet and there it is staring right back at you. That being the multi appearance of MacIomhair. It translates as McIvor or in this case Ivors. Seven players with the name Ivors were involved that day. There was a sprinkling of Shelly and the name Cahill was on it three times. Eamon Downing number 3, Sean thirteen while Liam was wearing number 14. Liam was named on the All-Star hurling team of 1996 on a full forward line completed by Gary Kirby and Tom Dempsey. He is now the influential manager of Waterford. Having achieved cult status with underage teams from his own county. There is a strongly held theory that any team build around a bank of brothers will be difficult to stop, fair point.

Very little was separating two well matched teams. Together on five occasions including 0-06 each to 17 minutes. Two Kieran Morrison points halved an interval deficit of 0-11 to 0-07 quicky on the change of ends. Remaining a two-point contest into the fourth and final quarter before the home-based team were able to procure the match winning points. Don Lyons scoring the game’s only goal two minutes over time. Final score was Ballingarry 1-18 St Catherines 0-12. They went on the play Ballybrown in the final thought they did lose to Killeagh in an earlier group game.

Scorers: K Morrison (0-05), S Kearney (0-01f) and K Dineen (0-02f). (0-03 each) and G Bryan (0-01). Ballingarry scorers: L Cahill (0-02f)(0-01 sideline cut)(0-08), D Shelly (0-06), D Lyons (1-00), P Ivors (0-03) and S Cahill (0-01).

St Catherine’s team: Ian O’Connell, Ed Galvin, John Rumley, Aidan Hogan, Brian Hogan, Mike Fitzgerald, Patrick O’Neill, Gordon Bryan, Shane Kearney, Kevin Dineen, Paul O’Connell, Padraig Cotter, Richie O’Connell, Kieran Morrison and Denis Walsh. Subs used were Damien Farrell, Colin Hogan, Roy Hartigan and David Temple. The match referee was Jimmy Sweeney from Loughmore-Castleiney.

Now look at the impact two television programmes, albeit in close season, can have. Good and relevant documentaries they were. Same could be said for ‘Steps of Freedom: The Story of Irish Dance’ and ‘The Flourishing’ on the revival of Irish tradition and folk music. It’s sort of reassuring that public broadcasting can come up with quality such as this. Keep paying the license fee!

Paul Brady belted out a mean ‘Lakes of Pontchartrain’. Not as good as Mo though. Or even Brian Cowen on a good session! Later we had ‘Eamon Ryan An Maistir’ on TG4. One thing sure and certain, oceans of repeat material there. Chalk it down.

Next week

A season ending still fresh in the memory. Did alright with the junior B footballers while in an extremely enjoyable albeit condensed juvenile programme there were commendable performances from U13, U15 to 17 and for one year only U18. So over the next five weeks we cast a reflective eye on what actually happened.

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 Catherines Juvenile GAA Club