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Harps Notes 11th Dec 2017

posted 11 Dec 2017, 03:02 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £3300, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 3, 7, 15 and 28. £20 each went to Niamh McGovern, Derrygonnelly, plus Jim Higgins and Eamon Leonard, both Monea. We are in Doogie's this Sunday night, with Gerard Maguire, Donal Corrigan and Mary Cox on duty. Please take note that this weekend's draw will be the Christmas bonus draw. The prizes to be drawn will be six fifty pound prizes, plus two fifty pound promoters prizes. So promoters, please mark your envelopes so we can know who the promoter prizewinners are. These prizes will be drawn for whether the jackpot is won or not. We are very grateful for the support the Lotto receives, and the work of those who promote it.

At our AGM last Thursday, we had one significant change in our executive, with Paula Gallagher taking over from Nicola Cassidy as our club secretary. We wish Paula all the best, and thank her for volunteering to take on this role. Nicola is helping out as our assistant secretary, but everyone associated with the club would definitely acknowledge the great job she has done for us all since 2012 and her qualities and talents that were always evident in the way she worked with us. Chairman John is still our mighty ruler, and Ruairi is continuing as our treasurer. We will have a full picture on our committee etc online on the website. There are two positions, namely vice chairperson and chairperson of the social committee, which are still to be filled. Our AGM was obviously a positive one, reflecting on good work done in all of the areas of our club, playing and non playing, but keeping an eye to our future as well. Our capital debt on our physical infrastructure has been significantly reduced now, and we are on target to have it paid off by the end of the 2019 financial year. This is a great achievement on the back of great support from our members, supporters and the wider community. The key point emerging from the meeting is that 2018 can't be a year for the Harps to start easing off anywhere.  

On that note, most of our promoters will have rec

Congratulations and good luck for further success to our Scor na nOg representatives, Odhran Harbinson, Oisin Harbinson, Naoise Harbinson, Bronadh Duffy and Derbhla Duffy who having won Fermanagh last week, emerged from the Ulster semi final on Sunday in Swatragh, and have qualified for the Ulster Final in Downpatrick on January 13th. Thank you very much to those who have travelled with them and encouraged them in these events as well.

Harps gear which was ordered a number of weeks ago has arrived and will be available for collection from the clubrooms on Wednesday evening from 7.30 - 9pm and on Saturday from 11.30 to 1pm. Full credit to Kevin Cassidy in particular for a big shift of work here.

Finally, it was with sadness that our members heard of the recent passing of Mrs Patricia Mulvenna, nee McGovern, Belfast, and also Mrs Mary Ellen Maguire, Marlbank during the last week. As well as to immediate family, our condolences go to the McGovern and McGrath families on their bereavement.

Harps Notes 4th Dec 2017

posted 4 Dec 2017, 03:03 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Lotto jackpot, now £3200, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers drawn were 6, 16, 24 and 26. £20 each went to Charlie Jones, Boho, Bronagh Smyth, Derrygonnelly and C Manley, c/o Doogies. We are in Boho this Sunday, with Peter and Gerry plus Mary Cox on Lotto duty.

Our club's AGM takes place this Thursday night at 7pm in the clubrooms. The meeting will hear a number of end of year reports on our key club areas from officers. As we hear those, we will discuss ideas and plans for 2017. We hope that as many club members as possible will consider attending the meeting, playing and non-playing members. It is not a meeting at which unsuspecting innocents end up whacked into positions of responsibility, but rather a chance for all members to get an insight into the club's operations and see if they might be able to have an input. All members are very welcome. We start at 7pm and will finish promptly as well by 9.30pm.

Our Health & Wellbeing committee travelled to Derry last Friday for the annual Ulster GAA President's Awards ceremony in the City Hotel in Derry and we are delighted to have  won the Ulster GAA Community Health and Wellbeing award. As a club, we have been leading the way with our diverse and enriching Health and Wellbeing programme over the past three years and it's great to be recognised for this at Ulster level. A word of thanks to Hugh, Michelle, Jacqui, Mark, Eadaoin and John for all their hard work in this area of club activity.

On Saturday night, we were back celebrating the efforts of our teams as we held our Youth Presentation night in the clubrooms. This proved to be a really good event, and it was fantastic to see upwards of two hundred people in our clubrooms. We had presentations of medals to those teams who were victorious in their events, and we presented all young players who played for the Harps in 2017 with momentos of the year. We had the honour of four special guests in attendance in Eimear Smyth, Peter Harte, Michael Jones and Kevin Cassidy. Thank you very much to everyone who put the work in to organise the event, or contributed on the night in terms of sound, interviews, photos, refreshments etc. Another big job, but well completed.     

Finally, for the long term planners among us, the club's dinner dance is booked for Saturday night, February 17th. Another big event for the Harps members to look forward to.


Harps Notes 27th Nov 2017

posted 27 Nov 2017, 02:41 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 4 Dec 2017, 03:03 ]

The Harps Lotto was not held until Tuesday 28th this week. Results will be in next week's notes and available via our online output. We are in The Cosy Bar this Sunday night with Pat McGurn and Michael Glynn on duty with Mary. Please note that old pound coins are no longer taken as valid entries in the Lotto. We are very grateful for the ongoing support and promotion of the Lotto, it is the main way in which we finance our activities.  

It might be off season for the Harps, but we still have a busy week ahead, commencing with our Youth presentation evening which takes place on Saturday at 5pm sharp. The main business of the evening will be the presentation of medals to our Under 10, Under 14 and Under 16 girls, and Under 16 boys, plus the presentation of the Spirit of Damian Award to one of our Minor players, but we are keen to emphasise that every single underage footballer in the club, girls and boys is invited to this event, with their parents. So any Under 8, or Under 12 or Minor is most definitely invited to come to the event. We will have a momento for everyone, to remember the 2017 season, and very light refreshments will be provided. We have a few very eminent guests coming, and hope that as many people as possible will come to acknowledge a fantastic year.

Our Ladies team finally reached the end of their season on Saturday evening, when they lost out in their league final against Kinawley on a 2-10 to 1-11 scoreline in what was obviously a match that was closely contested. The commitment shown by the girls to stick at their training for the whole season, particularly over the last number of months was a credit to them and it is a pity that it didn't get its reward. Thank you very much to Niall Elliott for his efforts with this group.   

Other dates to mention are our upcoming club AGM on December 7th in the clubrooms. All club members are welcome to attend this meeting. Our Dinner Dance has been booked for February 17th. It is also provisionally planned to commence our athlete development sessions next Tuesday, fuller details via our online output and from the 2017 management teams.

Finally, it was with sadness that Harps members heard of the passing of Mrs Rose Corrigan, Coranerk on Sunday. We offer our sincere condolences to the entire Corrigan family at a sad time.    

Harps Notes 20th Nov 2017

posted 20 Nov 2017, 02:59 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £3000, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 6, 20, 24 and 28. £20 each went to Debbie Sherry, Derrygonnelly, Joseph Maguire, Derrylin and Madge McGovern, Teemore. We are in Old Pals this Sunday night with Garry, Mary and the two Kevins on the controls.

What a big weekend it was for our club, as we went up against Crossmaglen and Cavan Gaels in our Ulster Club semi finals. At the end of it all, the season is over for these groups, but our pride as a club in the achievements of both teams this year is as strong as ever. The effort, determination and skill of the teams was outstanding, and they surely gave us all a great journey. They deserve every praise, as do their managers and backup teams. Thank you also for the great support at the two matches, from Derrygonnelly Harps people and also other clubs in the county.

Our Under 21s will be back in action this weekend, and details of fixtures will be available via our online output.

Our club has a big youth presentation night planned for Saturday night, December the 2nd, starting at 5pm. We invite all Harps underage footballers, boys and girls, plus their parents, to this event, for which we have a number of really interesting special guest lined up. There will be medals for our victorious boys and girls teams, plus momentoes of the season for all our players.

Our AGM will take place on Thursday night, December 7th in the clubrooms.

Good luck to St Michael's College Rannafast Cup team in their final this weekend against either St Pat's Cavan or St Colman's Newry. There is a very healthy representation of our lads on the panel, and that is great to see.

Good luck also to Belnaleck GFC in their Ulster Final against Naomh Colmcille of Donegal this Saturday night. All the best lads, go for it!


posted 19 Nov 2017, 10:13 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 19 Nov 2017, 11:10 ]

Ulster Club Semi Replay: Harps 2-15 Cavan Gaels 5-7. 

So how could anyone possibly pull together their thoughts on a game like that?!?

The most gut wrenching defeat this club has suffered that I can remember. No game we’ve played in championship football has ever been like today against Cavan Gaels.

Every single Derrygonnelly Harps supporter is sick to the bottom of their boots after that. Sport is brilliant, it is the best release for people. But it can be very cruel.

Our fantastic set of footballers absolutely came out and took this replay by the throat. Front foot stuff, and brilliant football as well. Yet by half time we were 3-5 to 1-8 down despite owning the half 60-40!! We had placed ourselves 1-5 to 0-4 up, Wardy had a good sharp goal on twenty, Keebs had a lovely score, Deccy grabbed one, Wardy had one, Mickey and Gary McKenna were on the scoresheet. But the final five or so minutes were sobering stuff, Paul O’Connor on the end of two high balls for two goals, and Seanie Johnston plundering another. We were glad of two scores from Ryan Jones and Gary McKenna from play, to get back into it. A massive spell from them, but not terminal for us.

Moments into the second half, we’re 4-5 to 1-8 down and Peggy is being stretchered off (A bit of real life for us all there). But there would be no lying down from the Harps. Fair play to Gary McKenna, who nails two frees, to get us back in touch, that lad’s progression over the last few months has been top class. Then, an absolute screamer from Conall about the fifteen minute mark, 2-10 to 4-5! They have one on the counter, but the Harps are just flying all over the field, men possessed! Deccy drives up for a score, Wardy levels it on twenty minutes! Unreal! A few minutes of tight stuff, Conall drawing two and three men battering away at him, no free and Johnston grabs another, but there was time. Men laying it on the line everywhere. Eamo, one on one on the edge of the cliff with Martin Dunne driving at him, stalls him, takes her off him, and away we go out the field on the attack, Denis driving at it, Seanie Johnston doesn't know what to make of him. Up steps Keebs, our greatest son, thirty five yards out, slightly to the right, slices her between the uprights!! The greatest, what a role model. If you could clone what that fella has… Up the field they went, clean through, out comes big Jack, wide!!! Up we go, Ryan, the leader, never ducking the responsibility or the hard carry, with a monster, we’re one up!! Gerry Arthur Stand is about to be tossed if we take this. We turn them over, Wardy goes the length of the field, clips it over, no! Ref does him for the overcarry! Still, time to get reset. Up they go, some of their men had never even got back from the last counter attack they’d had. A free, high ball, dropping under the angle of crossbar and post, another loose ball, Barry Fortune, tap in, goal. Oh. My. God. Still no lyin down, free in to us, check with the ref, one more play after it, Gary points it. It’s 2-15 to 5-7, but they win the ball, and it’s a one point loss.

Where would you start? I was wondering on the way home, if you were a neutral at that game, what you’d have made of it. You’d say what a game, best team lost. There’s hope for Gaelic Football yet. There will not be a top level championship match this year better than that one for entertainment. What a contest. What a brilliant game. How you can have as much of a game as we did and not win it I just don’t know.

In fairness, Cavan Gaels won it because they fought til the end. From last week, they improved immensely on our kickout, and also on their own restarts. But jeez, they got every break in the world today.   

For us, nothing but admiration for a mighty set of fellas, every one of them. If you were at that match and had your kids with you, you’d have to say to them, that’s how to go about things: honest, brave, skilful, determined, strong, no lying down, no regrets. They are the pride of this parish, the absolute pride of us all.

I am at home now, and it’s dark outside, but the ball is thumping off the gable of the house, the ball keeps going all the time, there’s always the next game. We have been swimming with the big fishes this last few weeks, at Under 16 and senior, and we are a match for anyone. 

We lick our wounds for a short while, and we go again, no looking back, no stepping back. It’s a long way, but we can do it.        

Harps Notes 13th November 2017

posted 13 Nov 2017, 05:01 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £2900, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 9, 13, 28 and 30. £20 each went to Caithlin Keogh, Enniskillen, Sadie McGrath, Cashel and Jackie Doogan, Derrygonnelly. We are in the Cosy Bar this Sunday night. Mary Cox, John Ferguson, and Eamonn Greene will be on the controls.

Well, maybe the biggest weekend in our club's history is over, and we're still standing tall! Congratulations to our Under 16s on a fantastic display against Gaoth Dobhair in the Spirit of Paul McGirr Ulster tournament quarter final, showing skill and commitment aplenty to get our first victory in competition at this level. They now meet Crossmaglen in the Ulster Semi-Final. This game is provisionally scheduled for playing on Saturday at 2pm in Dromore.  

Next day, we had a fine effort against Cavan Gaels in the Ulster Senior Club semi final. Our players showed the right mentality, skill levels and character, just missing out on the win as Cavan Gaels grabbed a draw after extra time. So we're back at it again this weekend, on the front foot, looking to keep the journey going.  

The support for both teams was fantastic, and we will need the full mobilisation of Harps people again, plus Fermanagh people, to cheer us on.  It was some weekend for our club, when you look back at it.

The senior match has been rescheduled for Sunday in Clones at 1.45. The Under 16 fixture is slightly provisional at this juncture as well. Therefore, please keep an eye on our online output, and as soon as it is available, details will be circulated.

Fair play also to Belnaleck, what a brilliant time for that club. Good luck to them all in preparing for their Ulster Final. They had to show great character to win their semi on Sunday.

On a different, obviously sadder, note, it was with sadness that Harps members heard of the passing last week of Jim McCann, of Irvinestown, previously Derrygonnelly, who played for the Harps with distinction many decades ago. We also heard of the passing of Joe Duffy, Castletown, and we extend our condolences to both families upon their bereavement.   


posted 12 Nov 2017, 10:08 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 12 Nov 2017, 10:24 ]

HARPS 0-12


So how did most Harps feel in the few minutes after that game? Exhausted, and yeah, hard not to be a bit deflated. With the best will in the world. What a game. 

Half time, 0-6 to 0-5 up. These games are so different, cagey. Cavan Gaels, dangerous, mobile, stretching us out to the wing, hugging sidelines,  coming in and out, trying to create the opening and bit of space to drive into and clip the point or draw the free. Johnston is floating out the field a bit more than expected, and Dunne is a threat, but we get things sorted, and start asserting ourselves on the game, and becoming more convincing. It’s score for score really. Wardy, from play and frees, Garvan, after the kind of patient ball use that has to happen in Ulster Club games, and Ryan, driving up the field and dropping the ball over off the right boot. We’re doing well on our kickout, and working so damn hard everywhere to support the ball and get the challenge in. Moffatt, Mickey, Eamo all making every challenge, block and ball carry. Conall is proving a handful inside etc etc.

Cavan have a real spell after half time, zipping everywhere, one unreal point on the counter from a Harps 45’ that dropped short shows just how clinical and fast they can be,  and suddenly we’re four down. Deccy manages to get the most important of points to get us going again. And we scrap our way back in. Cavan cop a black card, and a red too. Garvan with a great score, Garry with a free won by Wardy, Wardy with two gut wrenching frees missed, but eventually Conall gets us level with a nerve jangler of a free. Holy Mary Mother of God. Cavan up the field, hit the post! Full time.

Extra time: Ryan Jones, to Garry, great score! Just work, hold ball, Cavan equalize, miss a few. 11 all half time. Early on, Wardy from play, great stuff. Harps work so damn hard, but they level with four to go. Another big chance for us to take it…. aargh! We are still driving after it, when the full time whistle goes.

So if you support any team, what do you want more than anything. Wins? Yeah, but not always gonna happen. Here’s what you want: You want them to do their absolute damndest in every game, to not shirk a tracking back run, a challenge, a block opportunity, a tackle, a turnover, a ball on the ground that you have to get to and get down over it, a support run, a shot, whatever. If you have had a bad miss or maybe two big wides, we need you to front up and show again, and again, and again and win ball when you could easily fold in self pity. We love watching a team that just gives it their all. Well Harps fans got that from every single Harps player today. Every one of them did their level best, bar none.

If we meet any of them this week, be sure to tell them they are absolutely brilliant fellas, every one of them. They are the pride of this parish. They are brave, and they have guts and they are great footballers. They have got to be positive about the next game. They are blazing a trail for this club and who knows where it’ll take them. Let’s get stuck into it again next week lads, on the front foot from the word go. No stepping back. Great stuff. 

Harps Notes 6th Nov 2017

posted 6 Nov 2017, 01:34 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £2800, was not won last Sunday night. The numbers were 10, 21, 25 & 28. £20 each went to Blake Burns, Derrygonnelly, Pat McGinley, Derrygonnelly and Sinead Leonard, Monea. We are in Doogies this Sunday night, with Mary, John and Louise at the controls.

The club’s monthly meeting takes place on Thursday night at 9pm. 

A big weekend for our club at provincial level. Good luck to our Under 16s in the Spirit of Paul McGirr Ulster Quarter-Final against Gaoth Dobhair of Donegal. This game takes place on Saturday at 11.00 in Dromore. On Sunday, our seniors are up against Cavan Gaels in the Ulster Club Championship semi-final in Clones at 2.00. All the best to both squads, and we hope for a good support at these matches. It is definitely appreciated by our players and management groups. Good luck to Belnaleck in their quarter-final as well.

Our Under 21s were out for the first time on Sunday, and were under plenty of pressure against a young Enniskillen Gaels outfit, in fine form. But our lads plugged away, and were certainly not lacking in spirit. We have four more games to play, and can do something in this competition yet.

Please note two dates: our AGM on Sunday December 3rd, and our Youth presentation night, provisionally on Saturday December 2nd.  

Finally, it was with sadness that our membership heard of the passing of Mrs Teresa Corrigan in Belcoo last week. Condolences to her immediate and extended family, many of whom are Harps members and supporters in our area.

Harps Notes 1st Nov 2017

posted 1 Nov 2017, 03:37 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto, now £2700, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 1, 5, 6 & 8. £20 each went to Eddie Gallagher, Monea, Oisin Magee, Garrison and our own Mary Cox, Tonagh. We are in The Linnett Inn this Sunday, with Mary, Gerald Greene and Anthony Murphy pulling the levers.
Ulster Club Championship update; and then there were four, including Derrygonnelly Harps! We had our bit of history on Saturday night against Armagh, and now have to prepare for Cavan Gaels in the semi-final on November 12th. Congratulations to the whole panel, and thanks to everyone for great support on Saturday night.
Our Under 16s have their Spirit of Paul McGirr Ulster quarter final on Saturday 11th against the Donegal champions. We will endeavour to get full details online regarding this fixture when they are known.



posted 28 Oct 2017, 14:08 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 31 Oct 2017, 05:09 ]

Well, what a big game for our club.

There was a feeling this week, that we would win. A sense that we never really had before the other games. And we won it, deservedly.

2-8 to 1-8, with their goal in the last kick.

We were super efficient in the early stages, with Garry McKenna and Conall Jones clearly troubling the Armagh defence. Big downer for the Harps in the first few minutes as Tiarnan Daly was carried off. What a pity for our big full back, we can only wish him all the best. Nonetheless, moments later, Garry McKenna was hauled down, peno, up stepped Wardy- proper low finish!!

Conall on the loop almost next minute, quality point. Poor kick-out down Conall’s throat, he soloed in and buried it. What a position to be in!

But the intensity in our play didn’t drop one bit, and we had them under pressur eon the ball all over the pitch. A few ropey wides from them, finally a point from their 11 Joe McElroy, and a monster from Conall, a total monster, after Mickey Jones and Ryan Jones combined.

Ultan Lennon had a two step 45’ over the bar for them, and a free, and they were trying to run at us at pace, but it wasn’t really a night for that kind of craic, and Foss and Shane had a few great bits of defending, the kind of stuff that gets little credit but shuts the whole thing down. Then you have Keeves in the middle third, chasing and stopping and working so hard for the team.

Lennon had another free, before Stephen McGullion clipped over a settler for us,, and they had a nice free from freshly introduced sub Gareth Swift. Still, Wardy was fouled on the fifty and Conall smashed it over. He was having that kind of night. 2-4 to 0-4.

Armagh went a bit agricultural for the third quarter, trying the ‘bog it onto the square’ route. I can’t say it was overly successful, although they had one close shave off the post and ping ponged about before being cleared. Peggy had to grab another from under the crossbar. Eventually they flicked a ball from the wing over the bar, but they were beginning to run out of ideas a bit. Conall Jones scored a trademark Conall Jones point. Denis Greene and his man were red carded for wrestling and throwing boxes, according to the umpire, poor oul Denis is such a cracking competitor, and he’ll say he was hardly supposed to lie there and get smacked in the mouth, he clung on to his man and ended up walking off with him – a tough one.

Armagh lost the big fella Swift straight after that on a straight red, to resigned, knowing sighs from Armagh Harps' supporters. Garvan Jones had one for us, they had a point from Ryan McShane, we had one from Conall, and with ten to go, you couldn’t see us losing. 

Garry saw his second yellow to bring the total reds to four. (I know the ref never seemed to truly relax in the game, but three of the cards were following good consultation with his umpires/linesman –fair’s fair, that’s what he’s supposed to do. There was a bit too much ref bashing at times, I thought).

Mark McConville and Conor Murphy from the left saw Armagh still alive, but they were going to need a goal, if not two.

We had a few chances to finish the thing, before Stevie Jones threaded through a sliderule pass, pure playmaker the lad, to Moffatt, who got it to Garvan = six clear and time well up!

Then, a bit of panic as they had a goal from a goalmouth scramble through Ultan Lennon, but it was the last kick. What a night for our club!!!

A fantastic effort. So many fellas did endless graft, chasing, turning opponents back, pickpocketing possession. But Ryan and Deccy just controlled our possession superbly, taking it out and using it. Mickey put out all the usual fires that he’s supposed to put out, and was sniffing to break upfield a few times. Cool the jets Mickey!! Then, Conall Jones just had one of those night’s when he worked like mad (he really did put a shift in), then he nailed just about everything. Great stuff. But Garry McKenna’s workrate and taking the thing on was also very impressive, he has really stepped up this year. So we have an Ulster semi final to get ready for. Wow! 

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