Weekly Notes & Archive
Last Friday morning, wherever we were, we were full of enthusiasm, determination and focus on giving the New York Gold Cup our best shot, come what may. By midday, everything changed when word came through that Damian McGovern had lost his life. We all refused to accept it, rang somebody else, but it was true.
So immediately we were plunged into the sorest of anguish, pain and tears. And we thought about our clubmates the McGoverns and the McGinleys and felt even worse.
Friday to Monday, we pulled ourselves together, and supported each other. The Damy stories started to flow. They were a combination of forty odd years of caring, working, supporting and driving things. They had passion, energy, loyalty, warmth. Some of them were great stories about his youth in the town here, then his work, and his family, but the football ones were the ones we had lived through beside him, and they were brilliant. Some of them just made us cry again, some of them were pure crazy! We treasure every moment now, and will remember them as long as we live. We had a mighty journey together, that’s for sure.
We know that the loss to our whole community is massive, for he carried plenty of people outside the Harps as well, in other groups and other families, so we extend our condolences to them. We thank everybody in Fermanagh GAA and beyond for their support and care for us, which confirmed everything about the GAA that we have often heard said elsewhere: we have a bond that is very special.
We have lost something precious, the McGoverns and McGinleys have lost everything right now. It is said that death leaves a heartache no one can heal, but love leaves a memory no one can steal. We can only express our most keenly felt sympathies to Damy’s family and friends.
But here’s how we’ll finish: Damian McGovern will be in heaven this morning, full of enthusiasm, determination and focus on us giving the New York Gold Cup our best shot, come what may. That’s where we have to start again now. Rest in Peace Damy.
It is with the heaviest of hearts that our club makes this statement.
Our club’s Youth Chairperson, Minor manager, committee member and driving force of our club in countless ways, Damian McGovern lost his life today.
Words could not ever express our devastation and our pain and sorrow for Damian’s family, but our prayers are with them and with Damy in heaven.
Damian’s remains will not be back in Derrygonnelly in the immediate term. We will inform when arrangements for waking etc are in place. GAA family, please support the McGoverns and the Harps with your prayers.
Rest in Peace Damy.
Here is one of an endless list of great things we will remember Damy by, he loved being our Minor manager:
There can be no doubt where the big focus for our club is this week. All roads
lead to Brewster Park on Sunday as our senior team contests the
championship final against Roslea. We hope for a mighty support, full of
colour, to lift the lads. Good luck to the squad and our management team.
juniors have also qualified for the Reserve FC final against Roslea, following
a well earned win against Teemore at Lissan last week. Good luck to the lads
with their preparations for that.
Order your Harps club gear in time for Christmas this Thursday & Friday evening (24th & 25th Sept) in the clubhouse from 7.30pm - 9pm.
All gear must be paid for when ordered.
No surplus stock will be ordered so make sure you get your order in to avoid disappointment.
A new batch of club flags and car flags will also be available to purchase on these nights to get the Harps colours flying in time for the Championship final on 4th October.
The Lotto jackpot, now £9100, was not won on Sunday night.
The numbers were 1, 3, 13 & 26. £20 each went to Stacey & Aisling
Monaghan, Belcoo, Finn Purcell c/o Millers, Monea and Gerard Maguire,
Derrygonnelly. We are in the Linnett Inn this Sunday night with
Gerald Greene and Anthony Murphy on duty.
This Sunday is the last session of Sunday Morning Football
for the year.
Derrygonnelly Harps GFC.
Please note that the club's draw for its allocation of All
Ireland tickets will take place this Thursday night at 8.30pm in the clubrooms.
Derrygonnelly Harps’ Couch to 5k groups are totally focussed now on the local Derrygonnelly 10k and 5k event this Saturday September 19th. Good luck to them and we hope plenty of other locals will support this event, with funds raised going to the Children’s Hospice.
The Harps have made the county final again after an assured second half performance saw them overturn a one point deficit, and move away well from their opponents who gave it a real lash in the first period. Overall, though, it is fair to say that the best team won on the day, given the amount of possession enjoyed by the Harps throughout.
The Harps didn’t manage to repeat their first half from the Ederney game, and were a bit less energetic in their play than they might want to be. A few openings went past, before big Jonno had Devenish’s first point with a free. Garvan McGinley drove up the field to reply pretty much straight away, but overall a super lively Devenish effort had them on top in terms of winning 50/50 balls and movement in the spaces. They had four points on the bounce from JJ O’Brien, Ruairi Maguire, Jason Love and Marty O’Brien. After that, one had a feeling that a rearranged set of defensive matchups steadied us. Ryan Jones and Eamon McHugh also lifted the siege with two strong runs up the field ending in good scores, really going for it, before Jonno had a nice one from play to return the margin to three points on the 23rd minute. The Harps had two big points then, one from Deccy Cassidy, and one from Conall Jones. For all their encouraging play, Devenish only had a point in hand at half time.
The second half started with two Stephen McGullion points on the bounce, good scores on the turn from thirty five yards, and the Harps were never to relinquish that lead. Leigh Jones built on that with a good direct run at his marker leading to a score. Darren Brady had a point from close range, getting on the end of a Marty O’Brien centre, before Garvan McGinley and ‘keeper Dermott Feely combined to deny Devenish a goal chance on the counter attack in the twelfth minute. The Harps had a great five minute spell then, yielding points from Deccy Cassidy, Mickey Jones (a long range strike), and two quality Conall Jones efforts. The momentum had swung decisively. J J o’Brien had a precise score from play before a good move saw Paul Ward put through on goal for the killer three pointer in the 22nd minute. He added to that with a point in the 29th, before Leigh Jones had a super free from the left. Jonno had scored for Devenish in the midst of that, but the game was over after the goal.
The Harps can now look forward to the county final against Erne Gaels or Roslea. They held their nerve when Devenish were going well, and when the chance came to get on top, they grabbed it. Defensively, the group sorted their opponents out quite well as the game progressed, with Eamon McHugh meriting particular mention for his efforts to keep Chris O’Brien relatively quiet. Garvan McGinley and Dennis Greene got us on the front foot quite a bit too when we needed it. Further upfield the graft and grit was supplied by Ryan Jones and Declan Cassidy with very determined, influential performances all over the pitch. Conall Jones’ scoretaking and general play was excellent as well. For Devenish, Shane McAloon will feel a bit aggrieved that a big effort from him still saw Wardy grab 1-1, but that’s the life of a defender isn’t it? Anthony McGuinness played quite strongly for them, and JJ O’Brien took his scores well.
A few weeks of planning and preparing lie ahead for our players and management, and we can only wish them well as they aim for the New York Gold Cup.
The Lotto jackpot, now £8900, was not won on Sunday night.
The numbers were 3, 7, 11 and 24. £20 each went to Philip McGlone, Boho,
Victor McManus, Boho and Kelly Holden, Springfield. We are in Old Pals this
Sunday night with Gavin Duffy and John Murphy on duty.
Reserve FC Quarter Final.
This was a pretty straightforward win for the Harps. They were 0-7 to 0-3 up at half time, having had the wind in their backs off the lough, but Devenish weren’t able to get a run at them in the second half, as a few of their less regular players began to run out of steam a bit and they didn’t really put together a scoring threat.
In truth, the Harps should have had a better first half score total, but tended to overplay the ball a lot and get turned over and over-carry. More than one player would have to hold their hand up on this one. After Sean Treacy had a free to start Devenish off, the Harps had a bit of aimless possession before Garry McKenna clipped over from play, benefiting from a turnover from Devenish. Lee Jones and Aaron Burke pushed up the field together with Lee landing a good score in the tenth minute, and Garry McKenna had an excellent drive up the middle plus score to put the Harps 3-1 up. Sean Treacy had a point for Devenish in what were becoming isolated counter attacks, before Neill Gallagher had two good scores on the bounce from play, with assists from Peter Gallagher and the McGullions. Shane and Stephen were becoming increasingly prominent figures as the game wore on. Stephen Gilroy had a score from play, Sean Treacy responded, before Garry McKenna showed that bit of sharpness to take his score before half time.
The Harps finished the thing in the first ten minutes of the second half with 1-3 scored through three Garry McKenna frees, and a goal from Shane McGullion in the eighth minute on the back of a strong run by his brother into the Devenish goalmouth. Garry McKenna had another free in the fifteenth minute, Niall Gilleece made a good run onto sub Jonny McGurn’s shoulder for a point in the 26th minute, before Gerald Gallagher and Sean Treacy registered for Devenish to conclude. They had a fair few wides in the latter stages as well.
Once upon a time, for about ten years from the mid nineties, Harps v Devenish was usually the tie of the JFC with the winner having a serious shot at the title, but today’s game didn’t have any of the tension and passion that used to accompany those showdowns (in which Devenish tended to come out on top). Nonetheless, there were a lot of useful performances with the McGullion brothers, Neil Gallagher and Garry McKenna very good indeed for the Harps. For Devenish, defenders John Burns and Declan Rasdale got a lot of things right, and Sean Treacy worked very hard if not always successfully.
It’s to be expected that next week will have the fireworks in the SFC.