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Harps Notes 19th June 2017

posted 19 Jun 2017, 07:42 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £8900, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 4, 12, 16 & 23. £20 each went to Jackie Doogan, Monea, Barbara Pavitt, Derrygonnelly, and the Jones Grandchildren, Derrygonnelly. We are in Doogies this Sunday night, with John. Louise and Mary on duty.

Saturday was a typically busy June day for the underage section of the club, with three of our teams out in finals. Our Under 10s, sponsored by Dermot Leonard Plastering, had a super performance against a very gallant Kinawley group in the final of the Under 10 tournament to lift the Gerard Cox Memorial Cup. Thank you very much to everyone who was involved with the running of this event from refs, to parking stewards, the catering team, but especially to Dominic Corrigan for his work in co-ordinating the entire tournament and the final day as well, with help from Garry and Niall in particular. Well done to all of the boys and girls in all of our teams who played on the day. Thank you also to Gerald Love Contracts for their support of this event. Our Under 14s and Minors, were not able to take the result in their Division League finals against Newtown and the Gaels. Newtown were just in super form on the day and had a very comprehensive win, while the Gaels were able to pull away from our Minors in the final ten minutes of a well contested final with a couple of well worked goals. Thank you to Gerald Love Contracts and Derrygonnelly Credit Union for their sponsorship of these two teams. Thank you also to the coaches of all three of Saturday’s teams for their commitment.

This weekend sees the arrival at last of the All Ireland Feile Peil na nOg to Derrygonnelly as we host the young footballers of St Brigids from Roscommon and their families and supporters as part of this massive event. St Brigids arrive at 3.30 approximately, and their young players are meeting up with their host families at 4pm before games get underway at 6.30pm. We are hoping for a particularly big welcome at the match between the Harps and St Brigids on Saturday morning at 10am, with quarter finals at Brewster Park in the afternoon. On Saturday evening, we are hosting our friends at the clubrooms with a junior quiz and disco from 8-10pm. Then on Sunday we have the massive task of hosting twelve matches, including four All Ireland finals! We will need every bit of help we can get to get through the weekend, so if you can give us a couple of hours on Friday evening, Saturday morning and at some point on Sunday, in catering, marshalling or tuck shop duty, please get in touch. Thanks to all of our host families for volunteering to take visitors in, and special mention to our Feile Committee for their work to put the programme of events together. We are all looking forward to a brilliant weekend. There will not be any Sunday Footy this weekend.

Our Ladies had a very good win away to Irvinestown on Sunday evening in a very competitive match, and our Under 14 girls have qualified for their League Final on Saturday July 1st. We are having a good year in the Ladies’ section of the club, and hope we can keep it going to some silverware. Keep at it girls!


Harps Notes 12th June 2018

posted 12 Jun 2017, 04:01 by Derrygonnelly Harps

It is definitely a busy period in the GAA year, with our underage section particularly active at the minute. Our main focus is probably on Saturday, with two of our teams in finals this weekend. Good luck to our Under 14s, who had a good semi final performance to make it through to their championship final against Newtownbutler, possibly on Saturday evening. Please check the club's online output for exact details on venue and time for this fixture. The lads have had a very solid season indeed, and have improved their teamwork a lot. We hope they can put in a good determined performance, and take a cup home. Saturday morning sees the conclusion of our Under 10 tournament, which has been running since early May. We start with Go Games blitzes on both pitches from 10am for all of the teams in the two groups, then we have the final at approximately 1pm, with the Harps playing the top team in the other group. Erne Gaels, Enniskillen Gaels and Kinawley are all in contention at time of writing. Good luck to all of our young players in this. We will need quite a bit of help with preparing the pitches on Friday evening, plus refereeing, parking and more on the day, so if you can be around, it would be much appreciated. Give Dominic Corrigan a shout. We are very grateful to Gerald Love Contracts for their sponsorship of this event and of our Under 14 team as well.     

Our club's preparations for hosting the All Ireland Feile competition on the weekend of June 23rd to 25th are ongoing. This is going to be one of the biggest operations we have ever taken on, especially on the Sunday with the possibility of eight matches, including two All Ireland finals at Canon Maguire Park. We'll need all hands on deck! A sizeable number of our families are also hosting young footballers from St Brigid's Roscommon that weekend. It is a fine occasion, for sure, and we hope it will prove enjoyable. There is a very important meeting on the Feile for the parents of all Under 14 players in the clubrooms on Wednesday night after training.

Our adult teams are in action this weekend, with our seniors in Teemore on Friday evening at 8pm. Our Junior A team is at home to Lisnaskea on Sunday at 1pm, while the Junior Bs are in Aghadrumsee at the same time.

Thank you very much to all club members who were involved in the Fleadh parade on Sunday afternoon. Special mention to Dermot and Charlie Magee, plus Martin Brennan, for the use of their machinery. Congratulations to the Botha CCE group and Fermanagh Fleadh organisers on a great weekend.

The Lotto draw was held on Monday night June 12th, and details will be in next week's notes.

Harps Notes 5th June 2016

posted 5 Jun 2017, 03:03 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £8700, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 15, 21, 24 & 29. £20 each went to Mary Keown, Glen East, Jenny and Glen Campbell, Derrygonnelly and plus Celia and Jimmy McGrath, Mulleek. We are in the Cosy this Sunday night, with Brendy, Aidy and Mary on duty.

The club's June Committee Meeting will take place on Thursday night at 9pm sharp.

Our Under 14s have made it to the championship semi final this Thursday evening in Kinawley at 7pm against Teemore. Teemore have had a very consistent season, and this will be a tough challenge, so good luck to our lads and their management. The Under 14s had a good win against St Josephs in their quarter final, with the whole panel contributing to the result. Our Under 12s were in action on Saturday morning in the Paul and Orla Bogue Memorial Blitz. Thank you very much to Tempo for their invite and hospitality at this event. Our Under 10s have completed their group games now, with some very good play in their last group game against Devenish  on Friday evening. It looks like they have qualified for the final of this competition on Saturday June 17th, when we host our annual Under 10 blitz for all of the teams in the competition. Our Minors had a good win against Kinawley last week, in a tactically challenging game, well contested by both sides. They are away to Belnaleck next Tuesday evening.

Our Senior team had a convincing win against Lisnaskea on Saturday evening, and they host Belcoo this Friday evening at 8pm. Our two juniors teams were unfortunate to have double walkovers on Sunday, but they should get some games this Saturday evening away to Devenish and home to Irvinestown.

Our club's preparations for hosting the All Ireland Feile competition on the weekend of June 23rd to 25th are ongoing. This is going to be one of the biggest operations we have ever taken on, especially on the Sunday with the possibility of eight matches, including two All Ireland finals at Canon Maguire Park. We'll need all hands on deck! A sizeable number of our families are also hosting young footballers from St Brigid's Roscommon that weekend. It is a fine occasion, for sure, and we hope it will prove enjoyable.

It was with sadness that our club's members heard of the passing recently of Sean Gallagher, Boho. Our sincere condolences to Sean's family, many of whom are very active Harps people.  

Finally, best wishes to our local Fleadh Fhearmanach committee with their endeavours this weekend, and to all competitors and visitors as well.

Comfortable Home Win for Harps

posted 3 Jun 2017, 13:48 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Harps 4-15

Skea 1-13

Two goals from consecutive attacks just before half time put the Harps in a position they were hardly going to lose, and 2-7 to 0-4 up at half time. Paul Ward and Peter Gallagher finished the moves, with Shane McGullion claiming the assist for both scores. Other first half scores for the Harps had come from three Garry McKenna frees, two Paul Ward frees, one for Stephen McGullion and one for Colm Jones. Niall McElroy, Kenny Kearns plus two for Daniel Kille made up Skea’s tally.

Garry had another free, Wardy scampered in for a goal from the right, set up by Lee Jones, Odhran McBrien and Stephen McGullion, Gary had a free, then Skea had a reasonable spell, and grabbed points from Sean Keenan and Cecil (2), before a point from Colm Jones, and Paul Ward’s third goal, as he got on the end of a Stephen Jones pass. The game was over.

Skea had a goal from Niall McElroy (“The defence will be disappointed with that one, Geoff”), but the Harps rattled off a trio of points for midfielder Garvan McGinley, one from Odhran McBrien, a fine score from play by Gary McKenna, before Cecil had a few scores and Adam McKenna had one as well.

Best for the Harps Lee Jones, Stephen McGullion, Wardy and a lot of others.

Ref: Kevin Donnelly.  

Harps Notes 22nd May 2017

posted 22 May 2017, 01:37 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £8500, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 20, 23, 27 & 28. £20 each went to Declan Gilleece, Boho, Teresa O'Reilly, Enniskillen and Tara McAloon, Monea. We are in Doogies on Sunday night, with Aidy McGovern and John Maguire on duty with Mary.

Please note that the Harps are hosting the Kelloggs Cul Camp from 31st July to August 4th this year. Online registration before the end of May means that you can have the kit before the end of June.

Our Under 14s kept themselves alive in Division One with a super away result against Newtownbutler last Thursday night. They have put in some great performances this year, and improved particularly in terms of how they work as a unit. They now await results elsewhere in the Division to see how things work out.

Our Under 10s are at home to Belcoo this Friday evening. Keep an eye on our online output for fuller details on this. Our Under 14 girls enjoyed a very good start to their league campaign at home against Irvinestown in a well contested match. They also play Brookeboro and Enniskillen Gaels in their group. Our Minor team will be hoping that a stop start year in terms of matches can finally get going when they play Kinawley in the league again next Tuesday at 7pm at home. Congratulations to young Harps Rory Smyth and Padraig Rainey, who played for Fermanagh against Monaghan in the half time matches last Saturday evening in Clones.

Our seniors are scheduled to play Kinawley away at 1pm this Sunday, and our Junior A team are away to St Pats on Friday night.

Please remember that the bottom pitch is closed for the rest of this week following repair work. It will reopen again soon.

Harps News 15th May 2017

posted 17 May 2017, 08:18 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £8400, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 9, 12, 14 & 16. £20 each went to Declan Boyle, Derrygonnelly, Mark McGoldrick, Enniskillen and James Tummons, Newtownbutler. We are in Doogies this Sunday night, with Donal Corrigan and Gerard Maguire plus Mary on duty.

On the back of our Four County cycle, we wish to take the opportunity here to express many thanks to a very large number of people for enabling us to look back on such a successful event now. We are grateful to each of our participants for their support, for the very generous sponsorship which we received, for the fantastic volunteers who helped out on Saturday in various marshalling, catering, medical or admin roles. A special mention to our organising committee, who put a great deal of time and energy into the whole event. We are pleased to be able to say that it was very successful in every respect.

Hard luck to our Under 16 girls, who lost out to Belnaleck in a cracking league final on Sunday, full of attacking play and effort from two very admirable teams. Our girls can be proud of the progress that they are making as footballers. Our Under 14 girls have their first game this Wednesday so good luck to them in their campaign.

Please note that our bottom pitch is closed this week, and indeed probably next week, due to ongoing maintenance work.

Finally, it was with sadness that all Harps members became aware of the passing of Mrs Annie Herrity in Grange, Sligo last week. Sincere condolences are expressed to the Dundas family.  

Harps Notes 8th May 2017

posted 8 May 2017, 03:51 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Our focus this week is obviously our big cycling events this Saturday. We start off with our 100k Four County Challenge at 10 o'clock, followed by our 50k West Fermanagh Challenge, which departs at 10.30. Our fun 10k spin takes place at 1pm. All cyclists must register to collect their route and refreshment passes, jerseys and final paperwork, and there will be an opportunity for anyone wishing to take part in any of the routes to register on Thursday night in the clubrooms from 7-9pm. Registration for the 50k and 100k is also available from 8.30am on Saturday morning, and from 11.30am for the 10k fun cycle. Please remember that children completing the short spin must do so with adults. The special jersey will be ready for collection at both registration sessions.  We are really looking forward to a very successful event, and are very grateful to all entrants from a wide area, plus our volunteer marshals along the routes.

The club's committee meeting at 9pm sharp on Thursday night will obviously deal in the main with the preparations for the cycle, plus other matters. A full attendance is requested to cover as much as possible.

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £8300, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 3, 7, 19 and 24. £20 each went to John Duffy, Derrygonnelly, Pat Gallagher, Boho, plus Jackie Doogan & Gary Hoy, Monea. We are in The Linnett Inn this Sunday night, with Mary, Peter and Gerry on duty.

On the fixture front, it looks like no senior game this weekend, a trip to Teemore on Friday night, then Enniskillen on Sunday afternoon for the Junior A team, plus a visit by Belcoo for the Junior B lads. Our Under 14s host Kinawley this Thursday night at 7pm. They played three games last week, and are currently third in Division One. Our Under 10s played their first game in the annual tournament last Friday, putting in two very encouraging performances against Derrylin. They are scheduled to play Tempo this Friday evening, but fuller details regarding departures etc, will be available via our online output.

Please note that gear fittings for our next order will take place this Thursday from 7.30 - 9.30pm at the clubrooms, plus after Sunday Footy this week.

It was with sadness that all of our members heard of the passing of Joe McManus and Eamon McGowan last week, both of whom were related to a number of our active members. Condolences to both families.


Harps Notes 1st May 2017

posted 1 May 2017, 02:19 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £8200,was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 6, 7, 8 & 25. £20 each went to Faber Leonard and Ethan Cassidy, both Derrygonnelly and Edwin Gallagher Mulleek. We are in the Cosy Bar next week, with Pat McGurn and Michael Glynn plus Mary Cox on duty.

Our seniors had a good win against Devenish on Sunday. With the wind advantage in the second half, they had a strong scoring performance to take the points in a good competitive match. Our two reserve teams lost out by narrow margins against Kinawley and Brookeborough in two very entertaining ties, not that the spectacle counts for much when you lose! At the moment, it looks like our seniors are away to Belcoo on Friday evening, and our reserves are at home to Roslea and away to Maguiresbridge on Saturday evening. Our Under 14s are scheduled to host Newtownbutler on Sunday evening at home.

Our annual Under 10 tournament commences this weekend, with eight teams in action across the two groups. We are scheduled to travel to Derrylin on Friday evening. Provisionally, we are leaving Derrygonelly at 5.45 pm. Please check our online output or contact Brendy for confirmation on this.

Our Under 8 group, made up of p3/4 players is travelling to Lissan this Saturday to play in the Club Eirne blitz and also meet the Fermanagh players afterwards. Players are to contact Niall Smyth or Dominic Corrigan to confirm attendance.  

Finally, with less than two weeks to go, we are really looking forward to enjoying a great day at our Four County cycle on Saturday May 13th. A lot of locals have been putting in the miles around the roads, and we are looking forward to seeing everyone at the 50k, 100k or even 10k events. The 50k and 100k entry is available online via the club website, and on the day. Both of these spins have good foodstops along the way, and 100k entrants receive a free commemorative cycling jersey. See you all there!

Harps Notes 24th April 2017

posted 24 Apr 2017, 03:13 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps' Lotto jackpot, now £8100 was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 16, 21, 29 & 30. £20 each went to Eileen McKenzie, Mamie Leonard, both Boho, and Ciaran McGovern, Monea. The draw on Monday night April 17th saw numbers 11, 24, 25 & 27 drawn and £20s went to Din Gallagher, Denzil Jones both Boho and Geralyn Cox, Derrygonnelly. We are in Old Pals this Sunday night, with Garry, the Kevins and Mary on duty.
Our three adult teams were on the pitch again last weekend, with our seniors and Junior A squads recording good wins, whilst our Junior B squad lost out to Erne Gaels. All three teams are out again this weekend with our Junior A squad away to Kinawley and the Junior Bs at home to Brookeboro on Saturday evening, plus our seniors at home to Devenish on Sunday at 1pm again.
At Underage level, it is a busy time, with our Under 14s having been out twice last week in the Feile, losing to Derrylin in the Group 1 semi on Saturday, and then to Kinawley in the playoff. Both games were very competitive, and the group can get a result with small improvements in their teamplay for sure. They are away to Kinawley this Thursday evening at 7pm. Thank you to Sean Flanagan, and all of those involved with hosting the Feile twice last week. Our Minors have had a frustrating period in which they haven't been getting many games for a variety of reasons. They are scheduled to be at home versus St Joseph's next Tuesday evening at 7pm.
Sunday Morning Footy continues every week now, and we are very grateful to our coaches who shape these sessions up every week, plus parents who step in as helpers, making all the difference. Our Under 10s host Aodh Rua Ballyshannon this Friday night at 7pm, players to be at the pitch for 6.30pm.
We also took a group of players from our Primary schools to Croke Park last Friday for a GAA Littlewoods Go Games Activity day, and all of our youngsters had a fantastic day on the pitch , during the stadium tour and in the hotel on the way home. It was a long day for our volunteers who gave up their day to make the event happen, so thank you very much to Gavin, Brendy, Nigel Harbinson, and Niall & Keira Elliott.
Meanwhile, preparations by both organisers and participants for our much awaited Four County Cycle on May 13th are continuing. Our jersey design is complete and has been very well received, all 100k entrants receive the jersey, and it is available to 50k entrants or indeed 10k cyclists to purchase. Please note that we are coming close to the cutoff for the early bird reduced entry fee, so get online via the Harps website and get registered for what will be a great event!   

Harps Notes 17th April 2017

posted 18 Apr 2017, 04:40 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Please note that club membership is now payable at £20 adult, £30 family and £10 youth. There is also a club membership online facility available via our online social media output. 

We had three teams out over the weekend at adult level, with wins for the Junior B team at home to Aghadrumsee and Seniors away to Lisnaskea. Our Junior As had a draw against Lisnaskea. Both Reserve teams are at home this Saturday at 6.30pm. Our seniors are scheduled to play St Joseph's on Sunday at 1pm. 

The big Four County Cycle on Saturday May 13th is on the radar now, and last weekend clearly saw a lot of people moving the preparations on, with longer spins to get the miles in the legs. It is great to see so many people getting ready for what will prove to be a great event. We have the cycling jersey online, and it has been very well received. Remember there are three routes available, 10k loop plus 50k and 100k spins. We look forward to a great support from our own area and beyond for this one. Please note that we have an online entry facility via the club website with an early bird reduction. Good luck also to the local Fleadh committee with their 5k Fun Run and walk this Saturday at noon. 

Sunday footy recommences this Sunday. Thank you very much to the people who have committed to coach the four groups for the year ahead, and we are very keen to have as much help as possible around the groups, especially our P1 &2 area. 

 Harps Lotto results from the draw on Monday 17th will be in next week's notes. We are in the Cosy this Sunday night. Eamonn, John and Mary are on duty. 

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