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Harps Notes 23rd May 2016

posted 23 May 2016, 05:21 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Derrygonnelly Harps GFC

The Lotto jackpot, now £2900, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 3, 25, 29 and 30. £20 each went to Ann Treacy, Boho, Nicola McCrory, Belleek and Wayne Hassard, c/o Peter Jones. Thia week’s draw will be in The Linnett Inn, with Gerald Greene and Anthony Murphy on duty with Mary.

It is a busy time with fixtures presently, with our seniors first up against Maguiresbridge on Wednesday evening. Please note that this fixture will be held in Maguiresbridge at 7.30pm. Our Under 14s are next up in the league final against Enniskillen Gaels on Thursday evening at 7.30 in Brewster Park. Our Under 10s are away to Belnaleck on Friday evening, with the bus leaving at 6.30pm and our Under 14s are up again versus the Gaels again in the championship on Saturday at 4pm in Belcoo. The Juniors are off to Roslea on Saturday evening, and our Seniors are away to Belcoo at 1pm on Sunday. On top of those fixtures, there are possibilities around our Girls’ Under 16 final versus Derrylin, and our Minor league final against the Gaels, so keep an eye on our online output for updates! Good luck to those teams in finals especially.

Registration is now open for this year’s Couch to 5k, part of Derrygonnelly Harps GFC’s Health and wellbeing programme. Registration is open to all of the community aged 16 years plus and the aim of the 10 week programme which commences on 3 July, is to get as many people on the move as possible, with a view to completing the Derrygonnelly 10/5k on Saturday 17th September.  Once again the programme will be led by local health and fitness professional Caroline Greene. Registration forms will be available at Sunday morning football, from the local businesses in Derrygonnelly and will be downloadable from the Derrygonnelly Harps website and Facebook page.  The 10 week programme costs £50 and this includes donation to charity, a weekly exercise class, a weekly supervised walk/run, a nutritional talk and timetabled programme for the 10 weeks plus a couch to 5k 2016 t shirt.   Please return completed registration forms along with payment to Jacqui Magee, Éadaoin Love or Mark Grannell at Sunday morning football, or at Caroline’s Wednesday night circuits class in the community centre. Registration closes on 8th June.

Our Under 14 lads completed the next major fundraiser for the All Ireland Feile trip last Saturday night, with a stayawake in the clubrooms. Thank you very much to everyone who supported this fundraiser, and to all of those who supervised and helped out around the event. Thank you also to Dessie McKenzie for the loan of the big dartboard on the night. The final major fundraiser for the trip will take place on Saturday night June 11th with a table quiz in Doogies. This is sure to be a very enjoyable event, so we look forward to a decent turnout to complete our off pitch preparations for the Feile trip.

Finally, congratulations to our most senior and respected member, Michael Farrell on celebrating his 90th birthday last week. In the history of the Harps, Michael’s ongoing contribution will be hard to match, and we look forward to seeing Michael around the clubrooms now that the good weather is upon us for the next few months.



posted 22 May 2016, 08:05 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Harps 2 – 14

Roslea 1 – 12

This was a good competitive tie, although there would be no real questioning the result overall. The Harps had a bit more variation in their play, and a variety of scoring threats. They also got a decent handle on Roslea’s attacks, especially in the second period. Roslea will know they had a reasonable amount of play and will go home saying that if they were at full strength on a given day, they are ready to go toe to toe with the Harps alright. But sure the Harps knew that anyway.

The first period saw Roslea with a fair amount of breeze in their backs, and a few good scores from mid to long range through Seamie and Sean Quigley, plus a goal around the fifteen minute mark from maybe Nigey Cosgrove, (it was hard to see to be honest.) The Harps were particularly well served by Leigh Jones Senior in the first quarter, he was involved all over the place, including scores. Big Stephen Mcgullion flicked a decent goal for the Harps quite soon after Roslea’s and the Harps came strong in the second quarter to overturn a bit of a deficit and go in one up at half time : 1-8 to 1-7. Jonny hit a Jonny McGurn style 50’ into the wind shortly before half time, and Neil Gallagher was also on target as was Leigh Senior.

The second half was scrappy enough in the third quarter, with Wardy hitting two excellent frees in answer to two nice scores from the Quigley brothers. Seamie had another free before the decisive burst of the Harps came from Garvan Jones, Deccy Cass and Stephen McGullion. The Harps had got that wee bit of daylight. Seami had a free before Leigh Junior and McGullion set up Wardy for a score from play. Then the thing was over when Stephen McGullion had his second goal of the day in the 29th minute, a flick home from a Paul Ward mishit, if we’re honest. Danny Mohan shaved the crossbar, and the game ended.

For Roslea, the bringing the ball out of defence at speed was the best aspect of their play, thereafter, they favoured the high ball from the right wing from 55 yards out onto the big man. Hasn’t changed, won’t change really. In the second period in particular, that wasn’t overly effective (into the wind) and Stevie Burns was able to deal with it pretty well. It’s hard enough to defend though, with Shane Lynch sniffing around, so it was good to see the guys around that area sharp onto the break. Leigh Junior and Eamo are quick on their feet to that kind of thing and they held the man up well who won possession. Garvan Jones got through a lot of work and he was also a scoring threat, while Leigh Senior, Wardy and Mug mean that we have a fair bit going on up front at different times. This was a decent competitive game overall. Over and out.         


A Good Oul Junior Match..

posted 21 May 2016, 14:17 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Harps 2-16
Tempo 0-10
The scoreline looks like this was a handy win, but it wasn't until the last ten that one felt the win was pretty much in the bag. It was an enjoyable 'proper' Junior match, of which we sadly don't get to see very many nowadays. Both teams played some useful stuff, but the Harps had that bit more control and cutting edge.
Sean Breen started things off for Tempo with a beast of a point from the left wing early on, but the Harps were to have the majority of the attacking play in the half, and really should have had more than the 0-9 to 0-3 lead that they had at half time. Barry McGrath, Colm Jones, two Aidy Meehan points, and Petie Gallagher plus a 45 yarder from Kevin Cassidy giving the Harps the platform.
Tempo got a good run at it in the third quarter, with Conor Meehan and Kieran Ingram, plus Tommy Dunne and Dara McCaffrey all givng it a lash, but the Harps had a super goal from Petie Gallagher on the 45 minute mark to move things on well. He won a ball on the left wing, burst past two men, had a great low shot which beat the 'keeper but was deflected onto the bar by a defender behind him, a bit of ping pong for a second or two and the Boho man jabbed home the rebound - a work of art. Barry McGrath, Colm Jones and Petie Gall again saw the thing home from there. There were plenty of good performances in this win, from Aaron Burke and Stephen Jones at the back, through Kevin Cassidy at midfield (stats will show 40 plus possessions and a lot of control by the big man!) plus a generally lively attack in which our man Pete was an excellent outlet with unselfish running and showing for the ball in the hard areas. 


posted 21 May 2016, 13:45 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Harps Ladies 8-8
St Joseph's 4-8
The Harps Ladies recorded another fine win in the 9-a-side League in this tie. On the attack they always looked likely, driven forward by the strong running of Eimear Smyth and the nice passing from Emma Burns. Imelda Jones and Andrea Gordon were a potent attack. 
Ederney were very young, but mobile, so our backs had to be on their toes to limit their attacks, with Lynda Brennan controlling things well. 
The second half saw Eimear Smyth and the hardworking Emma Leonard keep driving the thing onwards to mantain a decent margin and win in the end. 
Well done girls! The Gaffer is happy. 

Harps Notes 16th May

posted 16 May 2016, 01:35 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto, now £2800, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 11, 18, 22 & 30. £20 each went to Johnny Cunningham, Belleek, Rosemary Magee, Monea, and Dominic and Etta Kerrigan, Tullyrossmearn. We are in the Cosy Bar this Sunday night, with Pat McGurn and Michael Glynn on duty with Mary.

Our Seniors pulled away from St Joseph’s in the end for two good league points last Friday night. They host Roslea this Sunday at 12.00 in Canon Maguire Park. Our Juniors had a good result against Teemore away last week, and they host Tempo this Saturday evening. Our Seniors are then provisionally scheduled to play a catchup match against Maguiresbridge next Wednesday May 25th, before travelling to Belcoo that Saturday evening. Busy time. Congratulations to those players who were involved with the Fermanagh team on Sunday.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the first Feile fundraiser on Sunday 8th when a most successful Darts competition was held in Doogies. Thank you also to people who bought raffle tickets, and to those who donated prizes, namely Gilroy Landscaping, The Casson, Fairview Meats, Chips and Co, John & Margaret Doogan and Patricia Cassidy. Peter Walmsley and Aidy Meehan helped a lot with the running of this event, but the most praise should be reserved for Marty Walmsley, who single handedly drove a great start to our fundraising effort. Many thanks also to the organisers of the DGD in the Community Centre who made donated the proceeds from the disco last Saturday evening towards the Feile as well. This was most appreciated. There are a few more fundraisers lined up over the coming weeks, namely a sponsored stay-awake and a table quiz.

Registration is now open for this year’s Couch to 5k, part of Derrygonnelly Harps GFC’s Health and wellbeing programme. Registration is open to all of the community aged 16 years plus and the aim of the 10 week programme which commences on 3 July, is to get as many people on the move as possible, with a view to completing the Derrygonnelly 10/5k on Saturday 17th September.  Once again the programme will be led by local health and fitness professional Caroline Greene. Registration forms will be available at Sunday morning football, from the local businesses in Derrygonnelly and will be downloadable from the Derrygonnelly Harps website and Facebook page.  The 10 week programme costs £50 and this includes donation to charity, a weekly exercise class, a weekly supervised walk/run, a nutritional talk and timetabled programme for the 10 weeks plus a couch to 5k 2016 t shirt.   Please return completed registration forms along with payment to Jacqui Magee, Éadaoin Love or Mark Grannell at Sunday morning football, or at Caroline’s Wednesday night circuits class in the community centre. Registration closes on 8th June.

Because of the senior match this Sunday, we are requesting that all youngsters and parents attending Sunday Morning Footy enter Canon Maguire Park at the top end of the training pitch for this week only to ease our traffic situation if possible. We will also be finishing up at 12.15 this week. Hard luck to the Harps' lads who were involved with the County Minors on Sunday.

Note also that the Harps are hosting the Cul Camp from August 1st – August 5th. There is a ‘Get Gear Early’ initiative this year, and registration is done online, and there is a link from the Harps online output. It does not look like our Under 14s have a competitive match this week. Our Minors next scheduled fixture is on May 24th away to Enniskillen Gaels. Our Under 10s have played two matches in the last week, and they played well in both of them, against Devenish and Derrylin. Their next scheduled match is on May 27th against Belnaleck.

Harps Notes 9th May 2016

posted 10 May 2016, 01:43 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto, now £2700, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 1, 21, 22 and 30. £20 each went to Teddy Walmsley, Gransha, Fiona Maguire, Kesh, and Teddy McCourt, Derrylin. We are in Old Pals this week, with Garry, Mary and the two Kevins on duty.
Congratulations to Fermanagh Under 16 Girls on their super victory in the Development League Final on Sunday. They emerged victorious against Donegal. We are particularly proud of the contribution made by our own to Eimear Smyth and Emer McGlone, to the team’s success. Well done to you all.

The club’s May meeting takes place this Thursday night at 9pm in the clubrooms.

Every day is a busy day at Canon Maguire Park, and Sunday was certainly no exception on GAA National Club Day, or La na gclub. We launched our 2016 Health and Well Being activities, with the Couch to 5k initiative at the centre of our plans. We had invited Gerry Duffy, an athlete and motivational speaker of great renown and achievements, to speak to the large attendance, and he definitely proved to be a most interesting and inspiring speaker as he talked about his life journey, and the lessons he shared for every one of us as we consider our health and fitness, at whatever level. We had the opportunity to present certificates to last year’s participants and to acknowledge the help provided by a number of people with that event. The registration form for 2016 is out, and entries are being taken up to June 8th. Thank you very much to everyone who put a lot of work into organising and running Sunday’s activities. This is an area of our club, which we are very proud of for its contribution to the locality.

Our Under 14s lost out a bit of an epic league tie against the Gaels last Saturday on a 3-15 to 5-12 scoreline. They have a big match away to Skea this Thursday night. Our Under 10s have played one match in the annual Go Games tournament, and are at home to Derrylin this Friday evening in the second tie. Our seniors are away to St Joseph’s this Friday evening, then our Juniors host Brookeboro on Tuesday evening next. They had a good win over Teemore on Saturday evening.  

We are lucky to have a decent level of player involvement in both the Fermanagh Minor and Senior squad this weekend. Good luck to all of the players and team against Antrim. Congratulations to the Harps Under 15 members of the Fermanagh Academy squads who played against Cavan and Monaghan last weekend. Ronan McHugh, Rian McGovern, Cian Corrigan, Leigh Green, Gareth McGovern, Lee Skuce and Dara Burke have all been involved with this group.   

Please note, gear fittings are underway over the next week or so, with fittings this Wednesday night from 7 – 9pm,  Saturday from 12.30 – 2pm and Monday 14th from 7 – 8.30pm. All key info is on our online output in relation to this.

Finally, it was lovely to see Mrs Veronica Swift acknowledged for her service to our area on with the Benemerenti Medal on Sunday. Many congratulations to Veronica.

Harps Notes 2nd May 2016

posted 3 May 2016, 00:34 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps lotto jackpot, now £2600, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 12, 14, 19 & 23. £20 winners  were Dermot Burns, Sillees Grove, Mark Kirkpatrick Derrygonnelly and Jim McCaughey Kinawley. We are in the Cosy Bar this Sunday night with Eamonn, John and Mary on duty.
A typically busy week for the youth section of the club this week, with our Under 8s and Under 10s out at Lissan last Saturday at the Go Games and Meet the Players event. The young Harps had a great time at this, thanks a lot to those who looked after the groups. Our Under 14s were in Fintona to take part in a really excellent Under 14 tournament against Clonduff, Truagh Galbally and Fintona. The lads made the final, losing out to a good strong host side, but they played a serious amount of football, which will be of great benefit to them. Thanks to our team management for their time at this event. Our representatives on the Fermanagh Under 16 Academy squad also played a lot of ball against Tyrone and Donegal on Saturday, and distinguished themselves against top level opponents. Fair play to Gavin McGovern, Oisin Smyth, Darragh McGrath and Debhan McGovern. Eimear McGlone and Eimear Smyth were also on duty as Fermanagh U16 girls were in action against Down on Sunday. Good luck also to a similarly large group of our players who will be representing Fermanagh Under 15s this Saturday.
As part of the GAA’s national level Club Day, we have a programme organised for this Sunday. At 1.30 pm we have a presentation for last years couch to 5k participants, and are launching and taking registration for the 2016 ‘Couch to 5k’ programme. Our guest speaker will be Gerry Duffy, a renowned motivational speaker, who has worked with the likes of Google, and Coca Cola, and who has also completed 32 marathons in 32 days. There will be a number of games and activities organised for the children, plus food will be served, and club merchandise will be available to purchase. Come along from 1.30pm to enjoy this Health and Wellbeing event.
Our seniors had a decent away win over Irvinestown last week. Their next game will be on May 13th away to Ederney. Our Juniors are away to Teemore this Saturday.
It was with sadness that our membership heard of the passing of Joey Jones, Fairview Park last week. Genuine condolences to his family, many of whom have played or play currently for the Harps. 

Health and Wellbeing Launch on Sunday.

posted 2 May 2016, 14:07 by Derrygonnelly Harps


Monday 1 May 2016


Derrygonnelly Harps leading the way with Health and Wellbeing programme

Launch of Healthy Clubs Project Phase 2: Sunday 8 May 1.30pm in Canon Maguire Park

Derrygonnelly Harps GFC is delighted to announce its successful selection into phase 2 of the GAA Healthy Clubs Project.  As one of only two clubs in Fermanagh selected to take part in the Healthy Clubs programme, the club is confident that the benefits of this will be felt by its members, players and the wider community in Derrygonnelly and the surrounding areas of Boho, Monea and Churchill.

Derrygonnelly Harps GFC will launch its Health and Wellbeing programme of events   at ‘Club Day’ on Sunday 8th May @ 1.30pm in Canon Maguire Park with special guest speaker Gerry Duffy in attendance.

Gerry Duffy is a professional speaker in the areas of Goal-Setting, Personal Development, Motivation and Leadership. Since 2010, he has been hired by over 500 companies and organisations including Facebook, Google, Bank of America, Novartis Pharmaceuticals and Coca Cola. He has also written three books including ‘THE GOAL GETTER- 35 Different Ways to Reach Your Goals’ (2015). Aside from running his own business since 2003, Gerry’s’ sporting CV is filled accomplishments such as running 32 marathons in 32 consecutive days as well as completing and winning the inaugural UK DECA Iron distance triathlon in 2011 (24 mile swim, 1,160 mile bike, 262 mile run) - an event dubbed ‘The toughest 10 Day Endurance Challenge in the World’.

Club Day will be a fun-filled event for the children with games and hot food available and for adults, the inspirational talk from our guest speaker on his life story and success. There will be a presentation to the 2015 Couch to 5k participants acknowledging their achievements.  Registration will open for this year’s Couch to 5k programme and there will also be an opportunity to purchase club gear.

 In 2015, over sixty participants aged from 16-76 registered for the ten-week Couch to 5k programme, managed by local Health & Wellbeing expert Caroline Greene. This culminated in participation in the Derrygonnelly 10k/5k run on September 2015 organised by Churchill Ladies Running Group. Building on the success of this programme and at the request of members of the community, the Couch to 5k programme will run again in 2016 and promises to be bigger and better than before!

Chairman of the Health and Wellbeing Committee at Derrygonnelly Harps GFC, Dr Mark Grannell said;

“We are delighted to be part of the GAA Healthy Clubs project and look forward to launching our programme of events.  This includes: a visit from the Action Cancer Health Bus; participation in ‘Recipes for Success’ a practical programme supporting healthy eating for players; Safetalk training and a new and improved ‘Couch to 5k’programme, incorporating the ‘Coach to 5k’ element for 2016. We hope that this year will be bigger and better and would encourage as many people as possible to come and register on Sunday 8 May in the clubrooms from 1.30pm.”

Chairman of Derrygonnelly Harps GFC John McGovern said;

“Whilst Derrygonnelly Harps GFC are proud of their achievements on the field, having won the Senior League and Championship in Fermanagh last year, we also recognise the importance of health and wellbeing for our members, players and wider community, off the field. Along with our neighbours, Erne Gaels in Belleek, we are privileged to be selected as the only two Fermanagh clubs in the Healthy Clubs project and endeavour to strive towards achieving Healthy Club status in 2018 by promoting health and wellbeing throughout the entire community. This is not a one person or committee job – a Healthy Club involves everyone, so come along on Sun 8th May and join in.”

For more information, visit the website at www.derrygonnellyharps.gaa.ie  and follow Derrygonnelly Harps on Twitter and on Facebook.


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Harps Notes 25th April 2016

posted 25 Apr 2016, 03:32 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £2500, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 3, 7, 13 and 26. £20 each went to Sheila Boyle, Kinawley, The Thompson Family, Brollagh and Roisin Mohan, Garrison. We are in Doogies this Sunday night. John and Louise are on duty with Mary.
In a very busy week for the club, pride of place most certainly goes to our Under 14 boys who had a great set of performances to take the Feile title last Saturday. They had a super effort in their first match to surprise Enniskillen Gaels a bit, before maintaining their levels of performance to take the result against Derrylin and Lisnaskea. It is great to see some silverware coming to the club, and fair play to the entire squad for their efforts. The group will be travelling to the National Feile at the end of June, which is being held in the Munster region this year. Thank you to Dominic Corrigan, Martin Walmsley, John Maguire and Nigel Harbinson for working hard with the group, no matter what. The lads are free in the league this week, having defeated Skea last Thursday evening.
Our Under 14 girls were at a blitz in Irvinestown on Saturday, and enjoyed a great day, playing six matches. Thank you to our hosts Irvinestown, especially Chris and Sinead Kelly for their work running this event.
Our Minors are down to host St Pats at home this Sunday morning. Commiserations to our lads who were involved with Fermanagh Under 17s over the last number of weeks culminating in a tough defeat against Derry in the Shield final on Saturday. Aidan McKenna excelled in every match for the team, and Jack Love and Conor Maguire also made decent contributions at different stages.
For our Under 8 and Under 10 squads, this Saturday sees the popular Club Eirne sponsored Go Games blitzes, organised by Fermanagh Coaching and Games. Blitz games will run from 10.30 - 12.30, and will be followed by the opportunity to meet our county senior players and get their autographs. Children are asked to assemble at 10.15 at Lissan, with appropriate weather gear, gumshield, a snack etc. Any questions on this, contact Brendy, Niall or Garry. The Under 10 tournament, sponsored by Gerald Love Contracts, will also be commencing next week, and training will be on Tuesdays from 6.30 - 7.30pm for the next while. 
Our adult teams both had good wins on Sunday, with our Ladies playing better and better as the game wore on to defeat Enniskillen Gaels comprehensively, whilst our men had a convincing win over Tempo. They play Irvinestown this Thursday night in a rescheduled SFL1 match in Irvinestown at 7.15pm, please note the venue and time of this match.
Club membership is now due. It is payable to any committee member, and Sean McLoughlin is also receiving membership in Fairview Meats. Charges remain £10 per adult, £5 youth, and £20 family membership for two adults plus children.
Finally, it was with sadness that Harps membership heard of three families with club connections who were bereaved last week. Sincere condolences to the families of Tommy Duffy, Rosnarick Close, Mrs Honora Leonard, Belcoo and Mrs Maureen McConnell, Blaney.


posted 24 Apr 2016, 08:05 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Tempo 0-4

Harps 5-10


The Harps were very dominant in this one. The scoreline doesn’t flatter them at all. Whilst we played well in patches, it was one of those days when Tempo just couldn’t get the engines going at all, so it was pretty quiet at times, particularly as the second half freewheeled to the end.

The half time score was 1-4 to 0-3. Tempo were 1-2 to 0-0 score down after about ten minutes, Garvan Jones had our goal as he got on the end of a strong run by Ryan Jones in the 5th minute. Paul Ward and Ryan Jones had the two points. Tempo then registered three mid-range scores on the bounce from Conor Foy, Niall McElroy and Damien Kelly, all around the fifteen minute mark. Garvan Jones had a good long range score to get the Harps moving again. We missed a number of goal chances, plus there was one good stop from Tempo keeper Matthew Jackson. Leigh Jones had a great score from play, darting into the space neatly, before half time arrived.

Leigh had a nice free, Wardy had a pretty outrageous point from over beside the changing rooms, and a goal rush of four goals in eight minutes, two from Stephen McGullion and one each from Wardy and Jonny McGurn killed it off altogether. Ryan Jones drove up for a point, Niall McElroy registered a free for Tempo in the 21st minute, responded to by a sliced effort by Wardy and a good point from play by Damian McCauley.

For the Harps, the workrate was good, and the turnover stat should be very high indeed. Without wanting to be a smartarse, one or two of the Tempo  players just carried it into Maurice Cassidy repeatedly on our fifty line, the area where they lost possession time and again. Mo or Eamo stopped them, and the likes of Wardy, Ryan, and Leigh Jones just took it on and launched an attack. The Tempo inside line fellas had a frustrating day whilst this happened. For the Harps, Wardy, Leigh and Ryan really controlled this one, and a lot of players got to get involved in some good moves. It was also good to see the likes of wee Leigh Jones and Conor Hoy coming in and contributing well.     

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