Weekly Notes & Archive
The Lotto jackpot, now £5700, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers drawn were 5, 6, 11 & 20. £20 each then went to the legendary Derrygonnelly Eggheads, Gabriel Keaney, Garrison and Malachy Dolan, Derrygonnelly. The draw this Sunday night will be in Doogies.
hosted its first ever Health and Wellbeing event in conjunction with our Youth
Presentation last Friday night in the clubrooms at Canon Maguire Park and it
definitely proved to be a most successful evening on every level. Thank you
very much to the members of our Health and Wellbeing Subcommittee, Mark
Granell, Jacqui Magee, Fr Jimmy & Hugh Kelly for their work preparing so
well to introduce their ideas and plans to the club members young
and old. The Helplines card which was presented was the
first of a number of initiatives for the year ahead, with our adult
players taking the ‘Off the Booze and On the Ball’ challenge in
February, plus a ‘Spirit of Sport’ event at the end of the month.
We were honoured to have a guest of the calibre of Oisin McConville who
spoke entertainingly at times, yet also seriously and
appropriately to a very receptive audience about his experiences. He left
us all with the impression of a modest, honest, good humoured and impressive
person. It was also the occasion of our Youth presentation, and it was very
enjoyable to remember and honour the achievements of our Under 16s in
particular who received their 2014 medals, whilst all of our underage teams
received a momento of the occasion. Thank you very much to our
Youth Committee for their preparatory work, which made for such a well run
event. Thank you also to all of the people who helped with the preparation of
the clubrooms, which looked really well. A more fulsome account of the event
is on our website www.derrygonnellyharps.gaa.ie
Friday night last, January 23rd saw a significant event for Derrygonnelly Harps and its members as the club’s Health and Wellbeing Committee held their first major event in the area, introducing their core themes, which will inform all of their initiatives, plus plans for the year ahead. They also had a very special guest speaker for the event in Crossmaglen and Armagh footballer Oisin McConville who spoke with the large attendance and shared his experiences in a variety of areas. The occasion also saw presentations made to all of last year’s underage teams, most notably the Under 16 league and championship double winners.
After a welcome from club chairman John McGovern, referencing a GAA club's interest in the general well being of its young people, and their local community,club member and Health and Wellbeing Chairperson Dr Mark Grannell introduced the themes which the club’s Health and Well being initiatives will be built around: Firstly, How to Live Well, which includes exploring the impact of alcohol, drugs and smoking on sports related performance, and also recognising and avoiding addictions. The second theme is Mental Well Being, promoting mental health in terms of confidence, self esteem, resilience and education for awareness around suicide prevention. Thirdly the group hopes to do some work on Physical Fitness and Nutrition, looking with members at diet and nutrition, conditioning and the lifestyle choices of serious sports people. We are also looking to encourage community participation in exercise for the fun of it.
Looking forward, in February, adult players will be participating in the GAA’s ‘Off the Booze On the Ball’ challenge and the clubhouse is also the location for a ‘Spirit of Sport’ event with Lynette Hughes as main speaker alongside the Time2Change project, looking at the impact of alcohol on sporting performance. Later in the year, the club has plans to encourage exercise by launching its ‘Couch to 5k’ programme running from May – September, with plans also for a general health promotion event, and an event towards the end of the year focussing on Mental Well-Being. Fr Jimmy McPhilips spoke next, introducing innovative pocket sized Helpline cards, which are to be distributed and available throughout the area, containing contact details for a wide range of support organisations for issues and illnesses which arise in people’s lives. The Helpline card and also an introductory leaflet on the Health and Wellbeing iniative, pulling together central ideas, had been put together very concisely and clearly by Jacqui Magee for the committee.
Key speaker Oisin McConville then came to the stage for a very interesting question and answer session initially entertaining us and giving us an insight as he talked through the memories of his Armagh and Crossmaglen footballing career in an interview with Niall Smyth, before talking with Mark Grannell through his struggle and eventual acknowledgement of an addiction to gambling. Every single person in the audience could not but be impressed by the honest, articulate, modest and likeable way in which Oisin spoke, and then interacted respectfully and in good humour with our teams and members for photos. After a few words from team managers, Oisin presented our Under 16s with their medals and all of our young players with a momento of this occasion. Our Youth chairman Damian McGovern concluded the evening with appropriate thanks and well chosen words on the clubs view of itself and its work, commenting upon how playing experiences and support from within a club can develop a natural confidence in young people, which can be of great benefit to teams and in other areas of life as well.
GAA clubs are at the centre of their communities, a position to give leadership and influence things for the better. This initiative, part of the GAA initiative for Health and Wellbeing, can only enrich the family and friendship network which forms around Gaelic football clubs like the Harps, with positive outcomes for club and community.
Thanks very much to everyone who was involved on the night, organising and preparing the clubrooms, which proved to be an ideal venue. Thanks also to our Youth committee for their work preparing their part of the event. Finally, however, may thanks and congratulations to our Health and Wellbeing Subcommittee of Mark Grannell (Chair), Jacqui Magee (Secretary), Hugh Kelly and Fr Jimmy. This was certainly an event for our club to take great pride in, so well done on the vision which you have put together.
The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £5400, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 2, 5, 12 & 27. £20 each went to Julie McGurn, Derrygonnelly, Teresa Curry, Teemore, and Teresa Hoy, Derrygonnelly. The draw this Sunday night will be held in Old Pals.
Alongside the Lotto, the club is currently promoting tickets for the GAA National Club draw. All proceeds from tickets which we sell go to our club. The prizes are very impressive indeed, including trips to New York, All Star Tours, umpteen All Ireland Final packages with accommodation, €1000 shopping vouchers, travel vouchers and more. Now is the time for all of our promoters to be selling these tickets, with our deadline for collection being Thursday January 15th at our January monthly meeting. We are hoping for a good response from our promoters, and have tried to spread the load as lightly as possible in terms of ticket allocations, so come on, give it a good go! Group coordinators will be in touch with their promoters this week.
Our Youth AGM was held last week and saw the following volunteers nominated and appointed into positions. Our Youth Chairman is Damien McGovern, Youth Secretary is Garry Smyth. Our management teams are: Under 10: Brendan Rasdale, Dermot Burns, Garry Smyth plus mentors, Under 12: Adrian McGovern, David Burke plus mentors, Under 14: Dominic Corrigan and Martin Walmsley, Under 16: Anthony Greene plus mentor, Under 18: Peter Jones and Damien McGovern. We have also put our plans in place for Sunday Morning Footy, commencing on April 12th this year. Thank you and good luck to all club youth football volunteers.
Our Youth Presentation night is being held on January 23rd this year, in conjunction with the launch of our Health and Wellbeing plans for the year. We have a very interesting speaker coming to speak to our boys in Oisin McConville, who will talk to the boys about his experiences in different areas. This event will be held in our clubrooms.
Finally, it was with sadness that our members heard of the passing of Clare Swift of Derrygonnelly and Paddy Duffy in Birmingham last week. Mrs Maura McBride, the wife of Matt McBride, one of our great players in the 1950s also died last week. Genuine condolences to all of the bereaved families.
The club AGM on Sunday December 7th saw a healthy attendance, reflecting a good level of interest and motivation in club affairs. After a very well thought out, realistic positive address from our Chairperson John McGovern, those present heard main reports from our Secretary Nicola Cassidy and Treasurer Ruairi Dundas, plus a series of subsequent reports from our Louise Dundas re our Ladies, Garry Smyth reflecting on matters within our Youth Section, plus Hugh Kelly, outlining our plans for our developing Health and Wellbeing section.
Nicola gave a very comprehensive report, succeeding in giving us a factual review of our various activities across so many areas, and thanking a lot of our clubs workers and supporters.
Ruairi’s report, like Kieran Daly’s in years gone by, is always the headline one. He was able to reflect upon a lot of fundraising in the club over the last year, which gave us good revenue, but our expenditure was also perhaps unusually high, leaving us with only a very small surplus in terms of running costs. Major areas of expenditure include Grounds and Building costs, Transport, County Board fees, levys and insurances, Medical Costs, and obviously ongoing expenses in areas such as team preparation, club functions etc etc. The Lotto is our absolute core fundraiser, and the report here looked to see if work might be done to broaden its reach somewhat. Regarding capital work, Ruairi was able to point out the work on the pitchside viewing post, but chiefly through our much valued ‘Harps for Tomorrow’ income, we made a reduction in our capital debt of over £20,000, which was as things need to be. We are reducing this burden every year, and are able to look at our facilities with great pride. Nonetheless, it is still a six figure factor in our club’s current position. Garry’s report was a very comprehensive look at where our club has managed to position itself through hard work with its players from a very early age, and hoped that we would continue to develop our players and provide a lot of activities for them. Louise stated, to general agreement, that efforts would continue to be focussed on developing underage girls’ teams for the foreseeable future, as they seemed most sustainable.
Following the election of officers and committees for 2015 (see Club Executive & Management link from homepage), the meeting looked at the new Code of Conduct and implications for our members, we considered matters relating to the club lotto, motions for convention plus other strategic issues for the club. After quite a bit of change last year, we were able to retain our officers in place this year, with main officers John, Nicola and Ruairi continuing in their roles. Good luck to all club volunteers in 2015.
Roslea 2-5 Harps 0-8.
Following a really stirring effort immediately after half time, the Harps levelled through Paul Ward in the 19th minute, after a brilliant effort from Kevin and Deccy Cassidy to take the ball off Dermy Reilly and drive the play once more up the field. 0-8 to 2-2, and over the next few minutes there was a chance we might do it, for Roslea were wobbling. Four attacks followed, no scores. Finally Roslea made a break upfield, and two quick passes saw Sean Quigley tap over. One minute later, another counter saw Seamie Quigley drive over. The opening had been closed, and Seamie launched a monster from under the stand in the 30th minute to seal the deal. A compelling contest ended a few minutes later amidst Harps' pressure but no real opening.
Last weekend's semi finals were enjoyable end to end scorefests, but this was two heavyweights, who brought a serious level of organisation and effort in a real tough contest, which was fought out straight and honest for the full hour. The standard of defending by both teams was top class. This was a battle.
The Harps started brightly, with a left footed point by Jonny McGurn in the 1st minute. A frustrating few minutes followed when possession didn't yield scores, or even openings really. Then Cormac Glynn saw a straight red for a challenge which Seamus Breen adjudged to have been too high. The contact happened so quickly it would be possible to claim that Cormac hadn't time to adust out of something he had committed to, and the malice wasn't really there, but the killer was that there was a massive slapping noise as Kevin Cosgrove took the tackle, and it sounded bad.
But the Harps defensive effort was so intense. Tiarnan Daly had two blocks, Stephen Burns took the ball out with real command. Roslea finally scored in the 14th minute when Nigey Cosgrove was in the right place to tap home a rebound from a high ball into the centre. That's where the wee bit of luck is needed, and he got it and made the most of it. Still, two Jonny McGurn points from placed balls, and a Leigh Jones score from play saw us ahead again by 22 minutes. Sean Quigley levelled from a free before the Harps conceded a goal. For once, we lost possession on the way out, and as our last line of defence tried to backpedal, a great ball over the top found Sean Quigley for a goal. Half time: 2-2 to 0-4.
Two points after half time from Paul Ward frees got the crowd going (the two sets of supporters were noticeably quiet for a lot of the game), Jonny hit a free in the 6th minute, and finally in the 19th, we drew level. But we never nosed in front again.
Some people probably went home from that game bemoaning a poor match, but for this writer, it was a serious contest and showed where big games are at nowadays, whether people like it or not. It's not pretty, but it is kinda hard not to watch. Roslea's block and smother count in the final quarter in particular must have been very high, for there were a few crucial bits of work. You have to accept that. Of course they had the spare defender who could focus on being there....
The Harps didn't have that luxury, yet still all six backs in particular gave outstanding performances showing bravery, ability on the ball, desire, the lot. Mickey Jones and Eamon McHugh stood out, they were top class, but the whole collective effort was very impressive. Ryan Jones and Deccy Cassidy clocked up massive distances working, working, supporting and grafting. It is a while since a Harps team showed resolve like it. The workrate to stop the short Roslea kickout would be an example of what went on. And our short kickouts were very good because guys wanted the ball.
But we lost, ball retention and workrate by the whole team just couldn't be converted into penetration and scores.
So a massive effort, a super managerial effort as well, came to nothing. Sport is tough. Fair play to Roslea.
The Harps have a new team sponsor this year with the news that Gerald Love Contracts has come on board to be associated with our Under 14s. We are very grateful to this proud local employer for their support of our young players. Gerald Love Contracts has been a very positive backer of our Under 10 tournament in recent years, and has also contributed towards gear for our adult players as recently as last year. Thank you again to Stephen Love, who represented the firm in handing the new jerseys over to our Youth Chairman Damian McGovern, plus team managers Dominic Corrigan and Martin Walmsley and a number of our young players.
The Brawl in the Hall, sponsored by Diamond Cabs, proved to be a tremendous success last Saturday night. Without exaggeration, the atmosphere was absolutely amazing, with the music, the entry routines, the noise, the lights, and the singing and cheering during the bouts all contributing to one of the best night’s entertainment for a long time. The fights were also very entertaining indeed, a mixture of traditional toe to toe stuff, some great punches, the odd haymaker, a bit of bulldozing, some slick movement, and most importantly great courage. To the twenty two people who trained for many weeks, and provided the focus and interest for the whole event, especially to those who came from other clubs to take part in our fundraiser, thank you so much and congratulations for what you achieved. We are also very grateful to our twenty two fighter sponsors, plus all of the businesses and individuals who sponsored prizes for the half time draw. We are also very thankful to every single person within the big group who helped to run the event at its different stages, from those who helped to set up for the event, ticket sellers, bar staff, floor staff, hall staff (especially Barry Gilleece and Graham Kent), special mention to Martin and Patricia Brennan and also to Sharon and Sean Flanagan for their generosity and work on the night, to John Doogan, and to those who helped with the clear up on Sunday. In particular also thanks to Sean Crowley and Aidan Kelly from Derrylin ABC for their help at every stage of the event, Dr Tom Kiernan for his special assistance before and on the evening of the event, and our MC Damien McGovern, who got everything just right on the evening. Finally, those of us who were fortunate enough to have had a close up view of Francy McKenna in action over the past few weeks as he made the whole thing happen, can only say that he is a force of nature, who did a mighty job.
Finally, thank you to everyone who attended and supported the event. The crowd created a great part of the atmosphere with their songs, shouts and chants in support of various fighters (Special mention here to the Enniskillen Rugby Club hard core, plus Garrison’s Barmy Army!)
Our fighters were: James McGrail, Joe Gannon, Stephen McGullion, Darren Owens, Aidan Breen, Chris Brennan, Ryan Farrell, Jack Harte, Eugene McManus, Paddy Gunn, Ryan Murphy, Chris Ferguson, Ru Leonard, Michael Jones, Eamon McHugh, Paul Flynn, Eoin Donnelly, Conall Jones, John Murphy, Matt Drumm, Daniel Maguire, and John O’Flanagan.
Our event sponsors were: Diamond Cabs, Progressive Insurance and Mortgages Irvinestown, Gilroy’s Pub, Garrison, ITS Plant Tech, Alexander Engineering, Hassard and McClements Accountancy Practice, Lakeland Fuels, Bush Bar and Grill Enniskillen, Florencecourt Service Station prop. K McGrath, Curran Connolly Insurance Brokers, The Enniskillen Hotel, Farrell’s Spar, Kevin Courtney Car Sales and Service, Roy Nixon Car Spares, Philip White Tyres, Erne Veterinary Group, Carzone NI, Wilson Insurance Brokers, The Print Factory, Wilson Lendrum and Weir, The Killyhevlin Hotel and Brady Insurance.
Thank you also to the following businesses and individuals who sponsored prizes for our draw and other items: Cassidy Eggs, Fuels and Lubricants, Holyrood Hotel, Allingham Arms Hotel, Bush Bar and Grill, Ryan Jones, Anita Rasdale, The Casson, Claire Duffy.
A small number of pics are in a new album and we hope to add some more links to what the professionals captured as well.
Also, a DVD of the event will be available from early next week, priced at £12. Anyone who wants one should contact Francis McKenna, Roger McGovern or Brendan Rasdale.
Check out a few pics here https://picasaweb.google.com/116959311329532470933/TheBrawlInTheHallDecember2013 and indeed on Facebook as well.