Weekly Notes & Archive
The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £3800, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 1, 8, 10 & 13. £20 each then went to Margaret Greene, Kinawley, Claire Dundas, Derrygonnelly and John Gosling, Tonagh. We are in the Cosy this Sunday night, with Big Pat and Mick on duty alongside Mary.
As part of the Derrygonnelly Harps Health and Wellbeing Committee’s programme of events, Action Cancer's mobile unit, the Big Bus, is coming to Canon Maguire Park during Cul Camp on Friday 5th August. The Big Bus provides two services which are now available to book:
1. If you are a women aged 40-49 or over 70 you are eligible to make an appointment for breast screening on the unit. The charity is the only place in Northern Ireland for women outside of NHS age range to avail of a breast screening for free so this is a great opportunity. The screening takes only a few minutes and for the majority of women provides peace of mind.
2. MOT health Checks are open to all regardless of age and gender and they are a great way to get a current picture of your health. The check takes about 20 minutes and you will be able to choose from a variety of options including blood pressure, cholesterol levels and peak flow. You will also stand on the body composition scales to receive a print out of details such as muscle mass, hydration levels, fat around your organs, and BMI. The health promotion officer carrying out your assessment will be able to provide advice and information about lifestyle improvements and cancer prevention.
www.actioncancer.org/appointments . Smoking Cessation Coordinator for the Western Health and Social Care Trust Kathleen McManus will also be on site on Friday 5 August from 11am-2pm, to offer support and advice.
On Thursday 4 August, the Cancer Focus Keeping Well van will also visit Canon Maguire Park from 10am-1.30pm. No appointment is necessary for this service which will provide health checks including: body composition, blood pressure, waist measurement, blood sugar levels, skin scanning, lifestyle advice, smoking cessation advice and much more. These services are open to the entire community, so please come along and avail of the opportunity to improve your health and wellbeing!
The club’s next fundraiser is coming in a few weeks time and it will prove to be a very original event! We are running a ‘Mr & Mrs (or nearly Mrs!)’ on Saturday 13th August from 8pm in The Cosy Bar. Entertainment is guaranteed as you watch our carefully selected couples battle through a series of challenges and questions to be crowned the ultimate Mr and Mrs! Support will be greatly appreciated for this event. Hard luck to our ladies team, who lost out to Lisnaskea in the 9 a-side League semi final on Sunday. We had a great run in this competition.
It is a busy time for our seniors, and they have two games again this week, at home to Maguiresbridge on Friday evening, then Ederney on Sunday. Our Juniors are at home to Roslea. The seniors took two out of a possible four points out of last weekend, while the Juniors had a good win away in Tempo. Our Under 16s lost out to a physically strong Belnaleck group last week, they are scheduled to play the Gaels away this Wednesday evening in Brewster Park. Our Under 12s had a good runout away in Ballyshannon on Saturday, and their league starts this Saturday at 4pm at home to the Gaels.
Following a handy outing on Friday evening, the Harps came out the wrong side of the result against Irvinestown today. They conceded two first half goals to Conor ‘Jenga’ McGuigan, and were unable to wrest the initiative back from a very well organised, hardworking visiting side. We were 2-4 to 0-9 down at half time, with a decent spread of points for the Harps coming from Ryan Jones, Stephen McGullion, Shane McGullion, Jonny McGurn and Maurice Cassidy, but James Duffy was proving a top class outlet for Irvinestown up front, repeatedly winning ball in front and using it or turning to score.
If anything, Irvinestown managed to up their workrate even more in the second half, and pick off points regularly through Gary Maguire and Duffy again. They turned the Harps over quite a bit, and brought the ball out of defence with great assurance and handling. Guys like Tiarnan Daly, Ronan Ormsby and Shane Goan were very good for them at getting the ball out safely. Stephen Burns’ introduction brought a bit more direction to the Harps, and they nearly squeezed the draw, (probably squandered it in truth), but they can’t really complain. Irvinestown had more purpose about them, and they used the ball better. Outside of Ryan and Mickey Jones, we didn’t win many of the battles. We broke even in a few, and we lost quite a lot. Sometimes, fellas just can't get going, and that happened a few of us today, despite our efforts. So Irvinestown were worth the win alright.
Derrygonnelly won convincingly here, with a particularly dominant second half effort against their opponents.
A decent bit of recycling inside saw Conall Jones hit the first score of the game from play, before Ryan Bogue drifted onto two points for Tempo in the 6th and 9th minutes as the Harps didn’t make the most of possession and ended up shooting from dodgy enough areas.
Garvan Jones had a free, before the Harps first goal from Stephen McGullion in the 12th minute. Leigh Jones’ footy brain saw a loose ball a full three seconds before anyone else, and speeded onto it, before putting the thing on a plate for the big man. Jonny McGurn added to that with a classy point from play. Tempo picked up a few scores, through Niall McCusker, and their right half forward, who picked up a rebound off ‘keeper Dermott Feely, but the Harps had glut of scores, most notably through two sweet Jonny McGurn fifties, plus frees by Leigh and Garvan. Half time: 1-7 to 0-5.
The second half never came to life. Jonny had a super score after fielding a long high diagonal ball in, Declan Campbell fisted one over for Tempo, before three goals at five minute intervals killed it off: Conall had a goal, which he showed the craft to take round the ‘keeper, Leigh had a great volleyed goal, and Garvan McGinley had one put on a plate for him by Stephen McGullion. So it was over with fifteen to go.
The last quarter saw Damien Kelly and Tiernan Bogue on target for Tempo, and Stephen McGullion, Garvan Jones (0-3) and Wardy on the scoreboard for the Harps.
The game did not have any real intensity about it, but a win is good for confidence at the end of the day, as long as nobody gets carried away and starts believing the hype.
Ref: Noel Davis.
It was with great sadness that our club awoke last Monday to hear of the passing of one of the most influential figures in its history, Master Michael Farrell. Michael’s involvement in our activities dates back almost a full seventy years, to when our club was relaunched in 1948, fielding firstly a Minor side, and then a Junior team.
The Harps Lotto, now £3600, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 1, 4, 6 & 21. £20 wins went to Sinead Seymour, Boho, Ryan Cox, Boho and Sheila McGrath Toronto.
Fermanagh All-County Go Games Blitz
The Harps U8 ½ (P3/P4) & U10 ½ (P5/P6) squads will take part in a Go Games Blitz at Fermanagh GAA Training Grounds, Lissan on Saturday 16th July 2016 .
Players to assemble at Lissan at 10-30am. The Blitz is scheduled to finish at 12-30pm. Remember to bring appropriate gear for the weather and your gum shield! Parents are encouraged to support the children and if at all possible to help out. Due to expected traffic congestion on the approach to Lissan please allow plenty of time. Any queries on the day contact Brendy (U10s) 07968330542 or Francie (U8s)07766141886.
Note also that due to Blessing of the Graves there is no Sunday Football on 24th July 2016. Our Under 16s are in action at home to Belnaleck on Thursday evening.
Our couch to 5k is up and running on Wednesdays and Sunday evenings. Participants might be interested also in the 5k walk and run in Boho this Saturday at 5pm leaving Killyhommon Primary School in aid of the Botha to Kenya fundraiser.
On behalf of the Harps membership, sincere condolences to the family circle of Pat Sheerin, Mill Green, who passed away last week.
Monday morning saw our club and indeed the whole local community awaken to the sad news that Master Michael Farrell had passed away. Michael has been such a central pillar in our club for many decades, whose contribution to our entire development on the field and off it in pretty much every possible capacity could not be overstated. We will miss his wisdom greatly, that's for sure. Whilst our loss as a club is sad, and we feel great sorrow, the loss is even greater for the Farrell family to whom we express our sympathies. We will reflect more fully on Michael's role in next week's notes.
Derrygonnelly Harps GFC is a sorrowful club today, having lost one of the most influential figures in its history with the sad passing of Master Michael Farrell. Michael’s involvement in our activities dates back almost a full seventy years, to when our club was relaunched in 1948, fielding firstly a Minor side, and then a Junior team. He and others such as Tom Fee were involved as we got moving again at Flanagan’s field at Drumadillar.
Over the decades which followed, our club has had the benefit of his leadership, guidance and wisdom as we moved to Sandhill, then opened Canon Maguire Park, and subsequently developed it to the fantastic facility which our members have today. Michael has been our club chairperson, County Board representative, Grounds and Infrastructure Development Committee member, referee, underage team manager and organiser, our club president, author of our club history and so much more. We are forever indebted for his work with the Sports Council and other bodies, securing funding and also liaising with awarding groups, ensuring that we were seen as a well run, forward thinking club, whose plans were likely to be successful and worthy of investment. As our Community Liaison Officer he foresaw the need for Gaelic clubs to be open to other groups in the community, and to develop relationships. Michael was a man of vision, but also a man of action, working with others to turn vision into reality.
We are a proud, successful club today, but we look back with great gratitude that we had Michael Farrell in our club, a man of great wisdom and calm, coupled with determination and commitment to move our club forward. The theme of legacy is central to many organisations like ours. He hands care of the club on to the next generation of members, whose duty it is to look after it and develop for the following generations. It is so important that we never forget the great work by people like Master Farrell and many others no longer with us. One can imagine his reunion with the likes of Charlie Farmer, Tom Fee, Eamon Maguire and many other Derrygonnelly people in Heaven!
So we are sorrowful today, but glad that we knew him and worked with him. We know that there a number of other organisations in our area who have lost a great friend and leader also, and we express our sympathies to them.
But our sincerest condolences go to his wife Nicolina, his daughters Catriona and Siobhan, his sister Josie and his entire family circle.
God rest his soul.
Michael’s remains will be leaving his house on Wednesday morning for 11am funeral mass. Every club member, young and old, from whatever unit of the club, who can attend is asked to be at St Patrick’s for 10.30 in club colours for a guard of honour.
The Lotto jackpot, now £3500, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 4, 6, 23 & 24. There were £20 wins for Minnie & Lily Keaney, Garrison, Conor McGovern, Monea and Betty Montgomery, Maguiresbridge. We are in Doogies this Sunday night, and John & Louise are on duty with Mary.
The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £3400, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 6, 8, 11 & 24. £20 each went to Margaret Jones, Derrygonnelly, Nuala Leonard, Mullaghdun, and Joan McKeever, Derrygonnelly. We are in the Linnett Inn this Sunday night with G Greene and A Murphy on duty with Mary.
Our Under 14s returned to Derrygonnelly on Sunday evening after a memorable All Ireland Feile 2016 weekend. We emerged from our group against Newry Shamrocks, Knockaderry and St Kierans of Limerick, but lost out in the quarter final against Clann na Gael of Tyrone. We competed very well in our matches and the lads have had a brilliant experience overall, learning in games and making friendships with our hosts in Knockaderry Monagea. We were received with great warmth by our host club, who were very well organised and committed to making the Feile experience a great one for the Harps. Thank you again to our sponsors Gerald Love Contracts and everyone who supported our fundraising for the trip. Thank you to everyone who travelled in support of the team, and thank you especially to Dom, Marty, Nigel and John who have given the group outstanding leadership over a long campaign. They are due a rest!!Good luck to our Under 16s, who start their league campaign on Thursday evening away against Ederney. We are well represented across both the Fermanagh Under 15 and 16 Academy squads who are in action this weekend. Good luck to all those involve
The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £3300, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 1, 13, 17 & 18. £20 each went to Master Ronan Jones, Boho, Kathleen McCauley, Monea, and Anna Bonner, Springfield. We are in the Cosy Bar this Sunday night, with Brendy and Aidy on duty with Mary.
Our big focus for the coming weekend will be on County Limerick, as our Under 14s travel to Knockaderry to compete in the John West All Ireland Feile Peile na nOg. The boys are leaving Derrygonnelly early on Friday morning. We wish them and their mentors all the best as they represent themselves and Fermanagh in this competition. Regular updates will be available on our online output regarding results and events. Good luck also to the other Fermanagh representatives Enniskillen Gaels.
Saturday was another hectic day over at Canon Maguire Park with the conclusion of our tournament. Well done to all of the teams who took part and enjoyed great blitz matches all morning, plus our two finalists (nineteen teams in total across the two pitches!). Thank you to all of the coaches and mentors for their good work on the day. Congratulations to Cill Naile CLG on winning for the third year in a row. This is a fine reflection on their talented boys and girls, and their dedicated coaches. Thank you to everyone who was involved with the running of the event: Giles Knight, Robert Rainey, Dermot Burns, Chairman John, Niall, Garry and Brendy, who helped to set up posts and pitches on Friday night / Saturday morning. Thank you to the Maguire family who had the place in great shape, to Sean Smyth for the parking supervision, to Big Sean and his catering team, and to Mary for presenting the trophy. Finally, special mention to our referees Nathan Jones, Colm Jones, Garvan Jones, Big Rian McGovern, Debhan McGovern, Shane McGullion, Eimear Smyth, Nigel Harbinson and Barry McGrath. Thanks also to Dermot Love who handled the final and our own John Murphy who travelled long distances to be available for our two group matches recently. Thanks to Gerald Love Contracts for their ongoing support of this event. Finally, special mention to tournament director Garry Smyth for his work in pulling everything together to produce the spectacle we had.
There are two adult fixtures this weekend, with our Juniors away to Donagh on Friday night and our Seniors hosting Erne Gaels on Sunday afternoon at 4pm. Our Minors are up against Lisnaskea in the championship next Tuesday, so good luck to them in that. Hard luck to Jason McGlone, who suffered a very unfortunate knee injury in the MFL final recently. We hope he can get a decent recovery. The Under 16 FL is due to start on July 7th, at home to St Gerards.
Finally, it was with sadness that our membership heard of the passing of Patsy Greene, Dresternan, last week. Sincere condolences to the Greene family on their bereavement.
The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £3200, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 1, 12, 16 and 23. £20 each went to L Magee, Belleek, Catherine Boyle, Monea and S McLoughlin, Derrygonnelly. We are in Old Pals on Sunday night, with Gavin and John on duty with Mary.
Our big focus at Underage level this week is our Under 10 blitz which takes place on Saturday morning on both pitches, starting at 10.30am. We will finish off with our final, taking place at. Thank you very much to Gerald Love Contracts for their ongoing support for this important part of our club's activities. Our Under 10s lost out to Kinawley in a cracker last Thursday night in Derrygonnelly, which saw Kinawley through to their third final in a row. John Murphy has been a great help to us in officiating in our home matches and we are grateful to him for his help. Tempo defeated Belcoo in a playoff in Derrygonnelly on Saturday evening, to qualify from the other section. Good luck to both of these sides in the final, which takes place at 1.15pm. We will be asking for help with officiating, setting up and plenty more for Saturday, and hope that as many people as possible will be able to help us out. Our Minor team lost out to Enniskillen Gaels on Friday evening In the league final. The Gaels played very well on the night and congratulations to them. Commiserations to our lads and good luck to them in the championship against Lisnaskea on June 28th. The Under 16 league starts on July 7th. Our Under 12s took part in an excellently run blitz in Brewster Park, playing plenty of games and reaching the final, in which they lost out to Newtownbutler. Thank you very much to the Gaels for the invite to this.
Thank you very much to everyone who supported our Feile fundraising quiz last Saturday night. The event was a great success on every level. Special mention to the winning team of John's Angels: John and Angela McGovern, Mark Grannell, Anita Kehoe and Garry Smyth, who emerged as winners ahead of The Original Feiles, who were made up of Garvan, Melissa and Pat McGinley, plus Leonora and Ruairi Dundas. Thank you very much to Sean McCauley of SMC Services, and John Doogan for their sponsorship of this event. Finally, thank you to Aidy and Faber Leonard, plus Davy Burke for their help with the running of a pretty good quiz, which was definitely a great night's craic.
Finally, it was with sadness that our club membership heard of the passing of Annie Thompson, Springfield, grandmother in particular of a number of our underage players, and also of the passing of Chrissie Walmsley, Enniskillen, sister of our Under 14 coach Martin. Sincere condolences to both families on their loss.