Weekly Notes & Archive

Harps Notes 27th April 2015

posted by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Lotto jackpot, now £7000, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 4, 5, 19 & 26. £20 winners were Brian Leonard, Derrygonnelly, Bridie O'Connor, Belleek, Kathleen McGurn, Ballyshannon. We are in The Cosy Bar on Sunday night.
Our Under 8s, children either P3 or P4 will be participating in a football blitz this Saturday organised by the Fermanagh County Board, and sponsored by Club Eirne. The Harps are to assemble at Lissan for 10.00am, with parents or guardians responsible for transport. The blitz will end at approximately 1pm. Remember also, gum shield, a snack and all weather clothing. Any queries, contact Niall on 07900692204.  

The Harps U10 squad (the present P5 and 6 group) will travel to Garrison to play Devenish in a challenge game on Monday 4 May 2015.  Bus leaves from the Casson at 6.15pm with the game to start at 7.00pm. Estimated time of return to Derrygonnelly is 8.30pm. Remember gum shield and appropriate gear for the weather conditions. The Club’s U10 tournament will commence with a fixture on Friday 8th May away to Tempo (further details to follow). Other games are provisionally scheduled for 15th ,22nd, 29th May and 5th June with the annual blitz taking place on Saturday 20th June. Any queries contact Garry on (07980926831) or Brendan on (07968330542).

Our Under 14s had a very good outing to Croke Park on Saturday, taking in a very well contested challenge match against Mullagh of Cavan on the way down. They are back in league action this week against Kinawley at 6.45pm. Thank you very much to everyone who was involved with the organisation of this trip. Our Minors had a cracking tie against the Gaels last week, losing narrowly. They have played St Pats since then, and are at home to Erne Gaels next Tuesday night. Our Under 16 girls have been active in recent weeks, with hardworking performances in tough matches against Aghadrumsee and Lisnaskea. Our Senior Ladies were up against Irvinestown on Sunday evening, but lost out despite a good effort.

Commiserations to Fermanagh, and most obviously our own club members who were part of the panel, on their defeat against Armagh. Nonetheless, it is a great step to be competing at the next level up next season. Adult club football has quite a busy spell now, with two home games this weekend, at home to Maguiresbridge on Friday night at 7.30, then at home to Tempo on Sunday at 3.30pm. Next up, an away tie in Belcoo on Friday May 8th at 7.30, with a junior match on Sunday 10th at home to Kinawley.

A reminder also to keep free Friday night May 22nd for the top class production of the comedy play ‘The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley’ by The Acorn Players in the community centre. This play has toured extensively to outstanding reviews, so we look forward to a great evening of entertainment, something different.

We are also currently offering online advertising via the club website www.derrygonnellyharps.gaa.ie, much along the lines of the banners on display around Canon Maguire Park. Please contact Brendan Rasdale or Ruairi Dundas on this matter.

Finally, the club replica gear ordered a number of weeks back will hopefully be ready for distribution this weekend, as delivery is scheduled for the end of the week. Please keep an eye on our online output for details on this. Lena's Salon will also stock club shorts, socks and replica playing jerseys as well.



posted 20 Apr 2015, 12:29 by Derrygonnelly Harps

SFL1 20/4/15

HARPS 0-5.



This was an even enough split, with St Joseph’s taking to the field minus 5 key players, and the Harps in the same situation.

The Harps had a pretty dominant first ten minutes or so, but only had four wides and a Garvan Jones point from play to show for their work, which was matched by a good score by John Doran for Ederney. Darren McCusker had a point, matched by a decent mid-range free by Garry McKenna. Stephen McGullion took a big hit in a tackle, and it seemed to reduce our output a bit for a while, with Doran’s sideways movement rather than outright pace seeing him in possession for a good score before Darren McCusker had another free to put Ederney 4-2 up at ht. They didn’t have the majority of possession, but they were more economical, something they built on in the second period.

Given our struggles for much penetration, it looked like the three point margin via Darren McCusker in the 6th minute of the half would probably be enough for them, and we were a while getting an opening, never mind a score, until Paul Ward had a good score from play in the 14th minute. However St Joseph’s secured the thing with a goal in the 16th minute. Turnover possession, quick movement up the left, strong play by Peter Gormley in the forwards, Darren McCusker palmed Gormley’s pass across the square into the net.  Derrygonnelly kept working, but they just couldn’t generate the momentum to truly pressure their opponents. Paul Ward had another from play in the twentieth minute, veteran Paul Gallogly and Darren McCusker had a point each, and Wardy’s free at the end just reduced the margin. Denis Greene gave it a go in the final quarter, and looked to push the thing with a bit of energy, but it was the kind of day that things weren’t happening for us. They were a bit sharper with the ball and when they were hunting it too. They seemed to bottle us up quite a bit.

Maurice Cassidy grafted hard and generated a fair bit of play for the Harps, and there were a good few players who had a few bits and bobs of play, but Ederney just had a better day. There can be a temptation when you lose a game to look at yourself which is fine, but it is also worth looking at what your opponent was doing.

Ref: Fergal Cleary. 

Harps Notes 20th April 2015

posted 20 Apr 2015, 03:44 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Lotto jackpot, now £6900, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 6, 12, 13 and 20. £20 each then went to Mona McGrath, Boho, Denise Gilroy, Boho, and Mary McGurn, Derrygonnelly. This Sunday night's draw will be in Old Pals, with Gavin Duffy and John Murphy supervising.

Our U14s won in the Feile against Irvinestown on Thursday, now play Enniskillen in the semifinal in Belcoo this Thursday at 6-45pm. A slightly under strength squad then lost to Irvinestown in the league on Saturday. They have a couple of league games left before the divisional split.

Our Minors played Enniskillen yesterday and are away to St Pats on Tuesday 28 April.

Our U16 girls at home to Lisnaskea on Thursday, having played Aghadrumsee earlier this week. Our senior ladies played Kinawley on Sunday evening, losing out despite a decent performance against a well established squad. We hope our Ladies can continue to progress and develop via games like this.

The club is taking a table at the guest tea in the Community Centre this Friday night. If you are interested in taking a seat, please contact Damien McGovern.

Also, the Fermanagh County Board Gaeltacht bursary application forms are now available in secondary schools and via the county website.

Two Points Claimed in League Opener.

posted 13 Apr 2015, 14:06 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 13 Apr 2015, 14:07 ]

Skea 0-3

Harps 0-16.

It was a slightly changed Harps lineup, and a pretty unfamiliar Skea team that took to the very soft Emmett Park in this league opener.

The biggest difference between the teams was the ability of the Harps to really maximise the amount of possession gained around their own kickout, but also on the Skea restarts. This gave them the platform for what is by now a pretty well established pattern of play. In the first half, Skea kept kicking the ball to Stephen Jones, which didn't help either. 

Garvan McGinley had two nice scores to start, and the points flowed fairly regularly thereafter through Stephen McGullion, Garry McKenna frees, and Paul Ward before Daniel Kille got Skea moving in the 20th minute when he had a good goal chance. That didn’t really kickstart Skea though, as Ryan Jones got two points and Conall another to leave it 0-1 to 0-9. 

Just before Gerald McLaughlin blew his half time whistle there was a moderately sized outbreak of random shape throwing, scowling, pointless running over to show how up for it we all were, empty threat issuing, plus the now standard holding on to each other and not letting go, etc etc. Fair play to the ref who saw it for what it was and dished out a yellow each, but if it had been quite a few refs, that might not have been the outcome. Plus he might well have been marked down by his assessor for showing too much common sense by not issuing reds in a game that never really got past lukewarm, but anyway…

The second half saw a fairly similar pattern, but Skea managed to stem the flow a bit. Ryan Jones and Garry McKenna had frees apiece, Sean Keenan had a point for Skea, Stephen McGullion, Leigh, Ryan and Conall Jones had points for the Harps and there was fifteen minutes of drift to a conclusion, punctuated by another point each for Keenan and Ryan Jones. A possible positive for Skea, - no goals conceded. 

It’s all about the points, and it’s good to get two on the board on a day when the intensity was not overly noticeable, but a lot of players did their job well. Nothing to get carried away about.

Next up, Ederney at home in a starred game. They are minus four, we are minus five. A good early test of our squad, and chance for players to say look at me, we are not a panel of fifteen.   

Harps Notes 13th April 2015

posted 13 Apr 2015, 03:40 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Lotto jackpot, now £6800, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers on Sunday night were 5, 8, 19 & 23. £20 each then went to Rory Joe Duffy, Monea, Freddie Keenan, Monea, and K & B Farrell, Derrygonnelly. We are back in Doogies this Sunday night under the supervision of John Maguire and Aidy McGovern.
The club monthly meeting takes place this Thursday night at 9pm sharp in the clubrooms.
Last weekend saw the level of activity in the club rise significantly on a lot of fronts. Our juniors had an old style victory over Roslea on Saturday evening, in a game full of honesty, spills, good play and excitement. Next day, our seniors had a good win over Lisnaskea away. It's all about getting the points on the board, so well done to them on the victory. Our Juniors are away to St Pats and our Seniors are at home to St Josephs this weekend.
Our Under 10s had a very enjoyable day at Saturday's Go Games event in Brewster Park, before the big reference point in the year, the start of Sunday footy. We had a tremendous turnout on the two pitches, and are very grateful for the turnout of coaches and helpers. We need that help! Sunday Footy runs from 11.15 to 12.30 for children aged from four upwards. It is expected that participants bring a Lotto envelope to help the club with the umpteen costs around its running. This should be placed in the tin at the changing rooms, or given to your coach at the start of the session. Support here is appreciated.  There will also be an opportunity for those who take part in Sunday morning football to pay club membership this Sunday in the clubrooms. A member of the club executive will be in the new building with forms to process this. £5 for a youth member, £10 adult, £20 family.

Our Under 14s are out tomorrow evening after a long enough break against Irvinestown in the Feile at Brewster Park at 6.30, then they face the same opposition away in the league on Saturday at 4pm. Our Under 16 girls are at home to Aghadrumsee on Monday evening. Our Minors had a good tussle with St Joseph's last week, emerging with a couple of points to spare to place us in the top four group as the league concludes. They will be playing next Tuesday night, please check club online output for details on this.  


posted 11 Apr 2015, 14:44 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 14 Apr 2015, 14:41 ]

JFL1 Sat April 11th.

Harps 0-9.

Roslea 1-3.


This must have been a very satisfying result for the team and managers Stephen Love and Gerard Maguire, as they took what would probably be a bonus two points against kingpins Roslea at Canon Maguire Park this evening.

The Harps took the wind in the first half and were off the mark in the first minute from a nice Conor Gilleece free following a foul on Stephen Gilroy. Petie Gallagher was a super outlet in the first half, from side to side, and he set up Eugene McManus for a score from play in the sixth minute. In the eighth minute, Roslea grabbed a goal through Micheal Jordan who picked up a break ball following a bit of dubious ping pong around the square. The Harps had two more close calls when their opponents might have hit the net, before two more frees from Barry McGrath and Gilleece again got play back down the other end (both following fouls on Petie Gallagher.). Eugene McManus had another good score from play followed by a ‘Big Bad Special’ as John Murf pinged a beauty over the bar off the outside of his boot. Barry McGrath and Conor Gilleece rounded off a purposeful effort with classy points each to leave us 0-8 to 1-0 up at ht. It looked as if it might not be enough, given the wind and Roslea’s superior mobility levels, but thankfully the team put in a great effort in the second period.

Young Niall Mohan grabbed a point for them in the second minute, but in truth, the Harps had plenty of ball through the strength of Niall Jones in particular and Chris Brennan in the central areas, whilst young Nathan Jones proved to be a very useful outlet as the half wore on. He knows what to do with the ball, which is important when every possession matters. Big Aaron Mulligan had Roslea’s second point from a free in the fourteenth minute, to bring it to three, but Barry McGrath had a handy free to restore the margin to four, following a free being moved on for a bit of random shouting at ref John McGurn, more of which later... Roslea continued to have a fair bit of ball, but every time they were on the attack, Aaron Burke or Barry McHugh managed to get a toe or hand to the ball, and work it to Dermot Carroll, Ruairi Dundas and in the last ten minutes Archie Greene to get it out safely. Damien McCauley and Ryan Farrell grabbed a bit of secondary possession as well, and we managed to take the win. Ciaran Cassidy did score a point for Roslea, but that was it, and he was sent to the line shortly afterwards for disagreeing with a decision. (The ref did us no harm, but he wasn't the difference) Jack Kelly had a smart interception, we had a few hearts in mouth moments (three points is a dangerous lead), but the whistle went and we deserved the win. We had guys who could convert scores, Roslea didn’t really have much slickness up front, so we got the win. We had a lot of great individual efforts at different times in the game, so it would be harsh to single out any matchwinners.


It was also refreshing to watch a junior match that didn’t have a ringer anywhere on the pitch. Junior football has changed a lot over the last two or three years. Nowadays it should about fielding, doing your best, and enjoying games. If winning something is a by-product, so much the better. It lost its way a few years back, in truth. Fair play to the older guys who played today and showed that bit of leadership that our club needs at the minute, and full marks to young players who got out and played well. Hopefully we can get a few more people round them to support an important part of our club.

Jack Kelly, Barry McHugh, Dermot Carroll, Aaron Burke, Ryan Farrell, Niall Jones, Damien McCauley, John Murphy, Chris Brennan, Nathan Jones, Barry McGrath, Conor Gilleece, Stephen Gilroy, Eugene McManus, Petie Gallagher, Ruairi Dundas, Martin Greene, Killian Jones, Michael Haren.      

Harps Notes 30th March 2015

posted 30 Mar 2015, 03:06 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Lotto jackpot, now £6600, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 10, 19, 21 & 27. £20 each went to Margaret Meehan, Belleek, Sheila Boyle, Kinawley, and Seamus Kerrigan, Garrison. The draw this weekend will be in The Linnett Inn.
The season is moving into a busy period, as can be seen by the number of teams on the pitch over the weekend. Our Ladies had a good start to their competitive season with a win over Tempo on the back of a strong second half effort in particular. Our juniors put in a very strong performance to take their second win of the season against Aghadrumsee and our Minors took the result against Knockninny in a tough match, dominated by the weather conditions. Our Under 14s lost out against kingpins Enniskillen Gaels, but they were very competitive and the game only got away at the end. They are making good progress as a team. Our Minors host St Josephs next Tuesday evening at 6.45, whilst our Under 14s are up against Irvinestown in the Feile next Thursday. Sunday Morning Footy will also be starting soon for the year, on Sunday April 12th.
Please note that the Easter Camp takes place next week from Wed - Friday from 10am - 1.30pm. Last gasp entry forms should be at the County Board office by Thursday lunch time. Incidentally, our Cul Camp this year will be
from 3rd - 7th August.

Our ever proactive Social and Fundraising groupings have been putting together their plans for the next few months, and are looking forward to welcoming Mohill's Acorn Players to the Community Centre on May 22nd for 'The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley', a very popular comedy. Looking even further down the line, we are hoping to hold a club barbecue this year on August 15th to coincide with the conclusion of our big 'Daisy Drop' fundraiser, which will see farmers and entrants alike watching anxiously as Daisy munches her way around the sod of Canon Maguire Park. Then finally, on November 20th, Derek Ryan's back! A busy year ahead, and we hope that the events will be well supported.

Finally, congratulations to the Fermanagh Senior panel and their management on achieving promotion to NFL 2 for next season. We obviously extend a particular word of congratulations to our own clubmen who are involved. Good luck to them over the weeks ahead preparing for more big games.  

Remembering Where our Club Comes From...

posted 27 Mar 2015, 07:13 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 29 Mar 2015, 13:14 ]

The club’s annual mass held on Friday night March 20th in our clubrooms had extra significance for a number of reasons and ended up being a very enjoyable event for the large attendance.
Immediately upon arrival, attendees were greeted by a really brilliant range of display pieces and memorabilia relating to the club history, with a top class array of photos, match reports and artefacts from our past: jerseys, old kit, documents such as minutes from monthly meetings, and some Harps paintings by our one time player and administrator Liam Elliott.

We began with our mass in memory of our deceased members of the Harps and Boho St Fabers. This was a very nice mass, thanks to Father Jimmy and all of the members who contributed to readings and music.

As another part of the Harps’ reflection on their ninety years in existence, we hosted a very informative talk by Fermanagh historian Michael McPhillips on the life and times of Canon Tom Maguire, after whom our club complex is named. Canon Maguire was born in Rossinuremore, and reared in Farnaconnell Boho. As a PP in Monaghan in the 1920s and 30s, he was a very prominent, campaigning activist. His relationship with Eamonn DeValera and establishment of Feiseanna in many parts was discussed, with actual footage of a visit to Newtownbutler by DeValera shown on the night. Canon Tom actually opened our pitch in 1962.

The final section of the night was a commemoration of the 1965 Junior Championship winning Boho St Fabers victory, and this was to prove a really enjoyable, nostalgic part of the evening as Damian McGovern did a great job steering Francie Rasdale through what was a really entertaining raft of memories. Francie was his usual mixture of humour, interesting anecdote and solid reflection as Damian took him over the championship win itself and essentially a general ramble through his experiences of the history of St Faber’s club, its officials and players. Players and representatives of the deceased members of the 1965 team received two photos from the Harps, commemorating their achievement and place in our history. 

Gaelic Football clubs nowadays are pretty hectic places to be, and once April arrives members are flat out coaching, playing, organising and everything else. It is good to stop, to remember our past and those who shaped our present, and to enjoy each other’s company.

Many thanks to everyone who helped to put the event together. It was a top class club function. It was such a pleasure to see so many faces enjoying seeing each other again. Our Social committee are such a great asset to the club. Thank you also to the people who helped out with tea and refreshments on the night as well. We’ll soon be getting ready for our 100thanniversary…..


posted 25 Mar 2015, 16:12 by Derrygonnelly Harps

    8-7 HARPS VICTORY                       15.03.15                     Daytona Leonard         


    Derrygonnelly Harps moved up the table last Saturday after Lee Jones landed the perfect point just minutes from the final whistle.

    Moving up to fourth in the Erne Cup League table, The Harps secured their win over the Tempo Maguires with a spectacular shot by the 17-year-old forward late into the         second half.

     20 Minutes into the first half of the match, the Harps upped their possession game before Dermot Carrol scored the teams first point of the match.

    Shortly after, Niall Jones tapped one over the bar fighting against the harsh tackling from the Tempo lads 26 minutes in.

    The Harps came back stronger in the second half, using good communication and teamwork to help Leigh Jones secure another point in the 52nd minute.

    After a Tempo player was issued with a yellow card early in the second half, Denis Greene, half-back stole the ball allowing the Harps to attain yet another point.

    Harps’ goalkeeper, Jack Kelly saved Maguires’ Adrian Meehan’s fierce drive 50 minutes in, sending the ball back into the Harps’ possession resulting in another point for     the Derrygonnelly team.

    A foul late into the second half resulted in a small altercation between a group of Tempo and Derrygonnelly players calling for the referee to break things up.

    As the clock ticked on, the ball was free for the taking as Harps player Nathan Jones took the lead.

    Attempting to pass the ball to one of his team members, Jones’ pass was intercepted by a tempo player before bouncing off and landing in the arms of Harps own Denis     Greene.

     This heroic pass was all it took for Lee Jones to make the winning point ending the match with an 8-7 Harps victory.


    Speaking of the triumph, Lee Jones said:


    “Although the Tempo players were putting us under a right bit of pressure, they had a lot of wides.


    “I think we were the hungry team in the end and managed to close the win with a never say die attitude.”


    After the loss, Tempo Maguires Manager Seamus Breen admitted defeat:


    “It should’ve been in the bag for us.


    “We lost our hunger and intensity in the last five minutes of the match.


    “Derrygonnelly were lucky, but they got in some good frees and scores.”


    The latest result places the Derrygonnelly Harps in the top four of the Erne League Table alongside St. Patricks Donagh, the Teemore Shamrocks and the Devenish St.         Mary’s.






Harps Notes 23rd March 2015

posted 23 Mar 2015, 01:24 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Lotto jackpot is now £6500. Sunday night's numbers were 4, 7, 13 & 17. There were no winners.  £20 each went to Caroline McGrath, Cashel, Margaret Meehan, Belleek, and Seamus Greenan, Garrison.  The draw this Sunday night will be in the Cosy Bar (Pat McGurn).
Club membership for the year is now due. There will be membership evenings every evening this week from 7.30 - 9pm. Come along then to sign up for either family or individual membership for the season. Fee remains unchanged at £20 and £10.  All players must be registered members of the club.
Friday night saw a number of important events take place in our clubrooms. We extend our thanks to Fr Jimmy for celebrating our club mass in memory of deceased members of Derrygonnelly Harps and Boho St Fabers.  We were then treated to an informative presentation by Michael McPhillips on the life of Canon Tom Maguire, after whom our pitch is named.  Following this was a presentation to members and representatives of the 1965 Boho St Fabers team in recognition of the 50th anniversary of their Fermanagh Junior Championship win.  A huge thank you to everyone involved in events on the night, far too many to name individually but a special word of thanks to our Social committee who pulled everything together very well on the night.  Indeed, those present were able to view a number of really impressive displays of Harps and St Fabers memorabilia. Thank you to all those who loaned some fantastic pieces of our clubs history for display on the night.  
Our Juniors snuck a win over Tempo in their opening Erne Cup game with a gusty performance which showed the value of having a strong bench to call on. They are at home to Aghadrumsee at 5.15pm this Saturday.
Neither of our Underage teams were in action last week. This weekend, our minors are away to Knockninny Gaels on Sunday at 6.45pm. Our Under 14s are at home to Enniskillen Gaels on Saturday.
Canon Maguire Park is the venue for a three day Easter Camp, run by County Board coaches from Wednesday 8th - Friday 10th of April from 10am -1.30pm. The camp is for boys and girls from Primary 7 and Year 8 only. Cost is £30, which includes a Fermanagh Hoodie. Application forms are to be returned to the County Board Office before 30th March.  Incidentally, our Cul Camp this year will be from 3rd - 7th August
Our Ladies teams training continues, with our adult Ladies on the field on Mondays and Thursdaysat 7.30pm. Under 14 and Under 16 girls are on the pitch Wednesdays at 7.  
It was with sadness that club members heard of the recent passing of Frank McManus, Belfast, originally from Monea.  Sympathies are extended to the McManus family and also the Greene and Cassidy family on their bereavement.

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