St Catherine's Notes (22nd Mar)

  • Mar 22,2024

It wasn’t the weekend we hoped for. Previously Glenbower Rovers with a solid victory over Glanmire saw both teams progress. Rendering the Lisgoold clash meaningless with the Saints. Thus elimination for both from the East Cork U21 C Football Championship. While poor weather conditions meant the proposed juvenile season opener against Castlelyons in the division 2 Rebel Óg U16 Football League scheduled for Sunday morning last wasn’t played. It’s Scór na bPáistí finals weekend. While both Cork teams recorded their first wins in their respective national league programme of matches. It took a while. Read on.

East Cork Scór na bPáistí semi-finals

In chronological order we dissect last weekend’s programme of events. A great start for the hurling team on Saturday afternoon. Advancing in 6 of the 10 events entered for. Progressing in the figure and set dancing competitions with a group made up of Lara Byrne, Milena Didek, Mia Keane, Fira Lane, Kate Coakley, Stephanie Carr, Ríona Morrison and Orlaith Finn. Take note Stephanie Carr also advancing in Sean Nós dance. As did Caitlin Twomey performing ‘Brave Ireland’ in the solo singing section. Singing ‘Cé a chuirfidh tú liom?’ agus Lovely Derry. St Catherine’s Hurling Club also moved on the ballad group category with a group consisting of Lara Byrne, Fira Lane, Milena Didek, Isla Ryan and Caitlin Twomey. As do Maja Wolcik, Zach Pyne, Brian Coakley, Fira Lane, Caitlin Twomey, Isla Ryan, Lara Byrne and Milena Didek in the novelty section or sketch. You see you can’t win them all. Taking part with no less effort but there was no luck for Lara Byrne performing ‘Oisín in Tír na nÓg’ in recitation or Jack Kearney in solo music. Also just losing out was Ríona Morrison in the solo dance. Not progressing either with a group consisting of Cian Fitzgerald, Kenneth O’Connell, Sean O’Keeffe and David Temple in the tráth na gceist or question time.

It didn’t go quite as well for those representing the football club in the second session later in the evening. Oisín O’Farrell getting through with ‘The day I scored the winning goal’ in recitation. But no luck for Sarah Burke performing ‘I live not where I love’ in solo singing or Realtín Galvin in the solo music.

Those taking part in the ballad group lost out as well. They being; Aoife Finn, Ada Shields, Leah Pyne, Grace Collins and Alesha Beecher with their renditions of ‘I’ll tell me Ma’ and ‘Red is the rose’. There was no joy either for the instrumental music group made up of Cathal Kearney, Áine O’Farrell, Saoirse O’Farrell, Realtín Galvin or Oisin O’Farrell. Or for Saoirse O’Farrell, Lily May Ahern, Oisin O’Farrell or Oisin Feeney in the quiz.

Moving with the ladies’ footballers to the Sunday. Cathal Twomey with ‘The beautiful game’ going through in recitation. As did the instrumental music group involving Rebecca Lee, Aoife O’Connor, Roisín Cummins, Bebhinn O’Regan Seadon and Grace O’Connor. Progressing with Ella Moore, Aoife O’Connor, Rebecca Lee, Fiadh Josh, Evie Harpur, Grace O’Connor, Roisín Cummins and Bebhinn O’Regan Seadon in the novelty and the question time team made of Cathal Twomey, Kate O’Leary, Aoibhinn O’Leary and Eamonn Buggy. Performing with honour and distinction but without success were Roisín Cummins, Rebecca Lee, Grace O’Connor, Bebhinn O’Regan Seadon and Aoife O’Connor. Singing ‘Isle of hope’ and ‘I’ll tell me Ma’ in the ballad group. While Sophie O’Connor in solo dance, Roisin Cummins in the solo music or Kate O’Connell with ‘Shanagolden’ in the solo singing category didn’t get through either.

Now it’s back to Lisgoold Community Hall this weekend for the divisional deciders. Solo and instrumental music, question time and all dance finals on Saturday, March 2nd. All others on the Sunday. Both days starting at 2pm. Imokilly Scór Sinnsir Finals go ahead on Saturday night, March 9th at 7.30pm. If interested, please contact cultural officer Marie Clancy.

A look at the juvenile leagues

St Catherine’s were scheduled to commence their competitive juvenile campaign last weekend. Down to play their opening fixture in the division 2 of the U16 football league over in Castlelyons. With the division 1 U16 hurling league v St Finbarrs down for the afternoon of this coming Sunday, March 3rd. See fixtures. First home U16 football league match will be against St Dominics, a combination of Shanballymore and Glanworth on bank holiday Monday evening, March 18th. Other home match will be against Whitechurch. Balanced by trips on the road to St Colmcilles, probably Carrig na bhFear and Fermoy. Also on in Ballynoe are visits from Bride Rovers and St Colemans in the U16 hurling league. Away hurling league matches are to Youghal and Passage, initial games are pencilled in for Sundays at 2pm. Moving to Mondays at 6pm. Still working on the twelve situation. Though phase one should be up and running come early April.

Moving on to U18. Which we can now revert to calling Minor. Starting on the morning of Sunday, March 10th away to St Colmans, probably Cloyne in the football league. First scheduled division 1 Minor hurling league tie will be against Lisgoold at Ballynoe on Saturday morning, March 16th. First home football league game is against Passage. Subsequent home football league tie will be against Carrigtwohill. Trips required for Erin’s Own and Cobh. While St Catherines are also at home to Kiltha Óg and St Colmans in the hurling league. Further visits to St Colmcilles and Midleton needed.

Division 2 U14 football league v Killavullen is scheduled for starting on St Patrick’s morning in Ballynoe at 11am. With the hurlers in Whitechurch the following Saturday at 2pm. Subsequent league matches through the codes against Buttevant, Cobh and St Colmcilles come up after that.

What comes up this weekend

Sunday, March 3rd at Ballynoe, round 1 division 1 Rebel Óg East U16 Hurling League v St Finbarrs at 2pm. Also Sunday, March 3rd, round 1 division 2 East Cork Junior Football League in Midleton at 4pm.

National League programme of matches

A Maurice Shanley goal on 72 minutes proved the decisive score as the Rebels recorded their first success with a hard-earned victory over Fermanagh in division 2 of the National Football League. You feel now facing a must-win situation against Kildare at home this coming weekend. While the hurlers inflicted the damage with a dominant third quarter performance. Seeing the scoreboard extending on a 1-18 to 1-09 scoreline. But resolute Waterford finished well. Cork reliant on late scores from Ciaran Joyce and Ger Millerick, two players from neighbouring clubs, to secure the points. Jack O’Connor, also from the east, named Man of the Match. Next up facing a trip to Offaly.

Weekly lotto draw results

A weekly lotto draw was held in the clubrooms, Ballynoe on Monday night, February 19th and wasn’t won. Numbers drawn were 15, 27, 29 and 31. Consolation winners were Sinead Sheehan, Glentrasna, Ballynoe, J Crowley, phone number supplied, Kevin Galvin, Lacken, Philip Buckner, online and Dympna Moroney, Conna. Most recent draw with jackpot now standing at €3,600 scheduled for Monday night last, February 26th at 9pm. We will return with results shortly.

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.