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Remembering Where our Club Comes From...

posted by Derrygonnelly Harps

The club’s annual mass held on Friday night March 20thin our clubrooms had extra significance for a number of reasons and ended up being a very enjoyable event for the large attendance.
Immediately upon arrival, attendees were greeted by a really brilliant range of display pieces and memorabilia relating to the club history, with a top class array of photos, match reports and artefacts from our past: jerseys, old kit, documents such as minutes from monthly meetings, and some Harps paintings by our one time player and administrator Liam Elliott.

We began with our mass in memory of our deceased members of the Harps and Boho St Fabers. This was a very nice mass, thanks to Father Jimmy and all of the members who contributed to readings and music.
As another part of the Harps’ reflection on their ninety years in existence, we hosted a very informative talk by Fermanagh historian Michael McPhillips on the life and times of Canon Tom Maguire, after whom our club complex is named. Canon Maguire was born in Rossinuremore, and reared in Farnaconnell Boho. As a PP in Monaghan in the 1920s and 30s, he was a very prominent, campaigning activist. His relationship with Eamonn DeValera and establishment of Feiseanna in many parts was discussed, with actual footage of a visit to Newtownbutler by DeValera shown on the night. Canon Tom actually opened our pitch in 1962.
The final section of the night was a commemoration of the 1965 Junior Championship winning Boho St Fabers victory, and this was to prove a really enjoyable, nostalgic part of the evening as Damian McGovern did a great job steering Francie Rasdale through what was a really entertaining raft of memories. Francie was his usual mixture of humour, interesting anecdote and solid reflection as Damian took him over the championship win itself and essentially a general ramble through his experiences of the history of St Faber’s club, its officials and players. Players and representatives of the deceased members of the 1965 team received two photos from the Harps, commemorating their achievement and place in our history.
Gaelic Football clubs nowadays are pretty hectic places to be, and once April arrives members are flat out coaching, playing, organising and everything else. It is good to stop, to remember our past and those who shaped our present, and to enjoy each other’s company.
Many thanks to everyone who helped to put the event together. It was a top class club function. It was such a pleasure to see so many faces enjoying seeing each other again. Our Social committee are such a great asset to the club. Thank you also to the people who helped out with tea and refreshments on the night as well. We’ll soon be getting ready for our 100thanniversary…..


posted 25 Mar 2015, 16:12 by Derrygonnelly Harps

    8-7 HARPS VICTORY                       15.03.15                     Daytona Leonard         


    Derrygonnelly Harps moved up the table last Saturday after Lee Jones landed the perfect point just minutes from the final whistle.

    Moving up to fourth in the Erne Cup League table, The Harps secured their win over the Tempo Maguires with a spectacular shot by the 17-year-old forward late into the         second half.

     20 Minutes into the first half of the match, the Harps upped their possession game before Dermot Carrol scored the teams first point of the match.

    Shortly after, Niall Jones tapped one over the bar fighting against the harsh tackling from the Tempo lads 26 minutes in.

    The Harps came back stronger in the second half, using good communication and teamwork to help Leigh Jones secure another point in the 52nd minute.

    After a Tempo player was issued with a yellow card early in the second half, Denis Greene, half-back stole the ball allowing the Harps to attain yet another point.

    Harps’ goalkeeper, Jack Kelly saved Maguires’ Adrian Meehan’s fierce drive 50 minutes in, sending the ball back into the Harps’ possession resulting in another point for     the Derrygonnelly team.

    A foul late into the second half resulted in a small altercation between a group of Tempo and Derrygonnelly players calling for the referee to break things up.

    As the clock ticked on, the ball was free for the taking as Harps player Nathan Jones took the lead.

    Attempting to pass the ball to one of his team members, Jones’ pass was intercepted by a tempo player before bouncing off and landing in the arms of Harps own Denis     Greene.

     This heroic pass was all it took for Lee Jones to make the winning point ending the match with an 8-7 Harps victory.


    Speaking of the triumph, Lee Jones said:


    “Although the Tempo players were putting us under a right bit of pressure, they had a lot of wides.


    “I think we were the hungry team in the end and managed to close the win with a never say die attitude.”


    After the loss, Tempo Maguires Manager Seamus Breen admitted defeat:


    “It should’ve been in the bag for us.


    “We lost our hunger and intensity in the last five minutes of the match.


    “Derrygonnelly were lucky, but they got in some good frees and scores.”


    The latest result places the Derrygonnelly Harps in the top four of the Erne League Table alongside St. Patricks Donagh, the Teemore Shamrocks and the Devenish St.         Mary’s.






Harps Notes 23rd March 2015

posted 23 Mar 2015, 01:24 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Lotto jackpot is now £6500. Sunday night's numbers were 4, 7, 13 & 17. There were no winners.  £20 each went to Caroline McGrath, Cashel, Margaret Meehan, Belleek, and Seamus Greenan, Garrison.  The draw this Sunday night will be in the Cosy Bar (Pat McGurn).
Club membership for the year is now due. There will be membership evenings every evening this week from 7.30 - 9pm. Come along then to sign up for either family or individual membership for the season. Fee remains unchanged at £20 and £10.  All players must be registered members of the club.
Friday night saw a number of important events take place in our clubrooms. We extend our thanks to Fr Jimmy for celebrating our club mass in memory of deceased members of Derrygonnelly Harps and Boho St Fabers.  We were then treated to an informative presentation by Michael McPhillips on the life of Canon Tom Maguire, after whom our pitch is named.  Following this was a presentation to members and representatives of the 1965 Boho St Fabers team in recognition of the 50th anniversary of their Fermanagh Junior Championship win.  A huge thank you to everyone involved in events on the night, far too many to name individually but a special word of thanks to our Social committee who pulled everything together very well on the night.  Indeed, those present were able to view a number of really impressive displays of Harps and St Fabers memorabilia. Thank you to all those who loaned some fantastic pieces of our clubs history for display on the night.  
Our Juniors snuck a win over Tempo in their opening Erne Cup game with a gusty performance which showed the value of having a strong bench to call on. They are at home to Aghadrumsee at 5.15pm this Saturday.
Neither of our Underage teams were in action last week. This weekend, our minors are away to Knockninny Gaels on Sunday at 6.45pm. Our Under 14s are at home to Enniskillen Gaels on Saturday.
Canon Maguire Park is the venue for a three day Easter Camp, run by County Board coaches from Wednesday 8th - Friday 10th of April from 10am -1.30pm. The camp is for boys and girls from Primary 7 and Year 8 only. Cost is £30, which includes a Fermanagh Hoodie. Application forms are to be returned to the County Board Office before 30th March.  Incidentally, our Cul Camp this year will be from 3rd - 7th August
Our Ladies teams training continues, with our adult Ladies on the field on Mondays and Thursdaysat 7.30pm. Under 14 and Under 16 girls are on the pitch Wednesdays at 7.  
It was with sadness that club members heard of the recent passing of Frank McManus, Belfast, originally from Monea.  Sympathies are extended to the McManus family and also the Greene and Cassidy family on their bereavement.

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Harps Notes 16th March 2015

posted 16 Mar 2015, 03:56 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Lotto jackpot is now £6400. Sunday night's numbers were 15, 19, 23 & 28. £20 each went to Sean Smyth, Derrygonnelly, Conall Rasdale, Monea and Patrick Kennedy, Garrison. The draw this Sunday night will be in Old Pals.
Before the adult season kicks in fully, our club mass in memory of deceased members of Derrygonnelly Harps and Boho St Fabers will be taking place on this Friday night March 20th at 7.30pm  in our clubrooms. Everyone in our area and beyond will be welcome to the mass.
The club committee has decided also to combine our mass with some commemorative events and also to recognize our volunteers in various parts of the club, so we have a few things lined up. The club is coming to the end of our ninetieth year in existence, so to acknowledge this we will be having a presentation on the life of Canon Tom Maguire, after whom our pitch is named. The evening will also seek to commemorate the 50th anniversary of when Boho St Fabers defeated Derrylin to win the Fermanagh Junior Championship in 1965. Everyone, especially club members, volunteers, plus obviously members or representatives of the Boho 1965 group are cordially invited, and refreshments will be served. We are putting together some displays on the evening, and would be really grateful for a one evening loan of some memorabilia related to football in the area. Please contact any committee member if you might have anything of interest.
Neither of our Underage teams are in action this weekend. Last weekend, our minors drew with Lisnaskea. Our Under 14s are at home to Enniskillen Gaels on March 28th, and our Minors are away to Knockninny Gaels next day.
Canon Maguire Park is the venue for a three day Easter Camp, run by County Board coaches from Wednesday 8th - Friday 10th of April from 10am -1.30pm. The camp is for boys and girls from Primary 7 and Year 8 only. Cost is £30, which includes a Fermanagh Hoodie. Application forms are to be returned to the County Board Office before 30th March.  Incidentally, our Cul Camp this year will be from 3rd - 7th August
A number of our current Under 15 and Under 16 players have been requested to trial for the Fermanagh Academy squads this Saturday morning and thereafter. Players are to be at Lissan for 9.45 with a 10.00 start and and 11.15 finish. Players are: Gavin McGovern, Oisin Smyth, Jack Love, Darragh McGrath, Debhan McGovern, Aidan McKenna, Odhran McBrien, Aaron McGlone, Conor Maguire. 
Our Ladies teams have also started for the year, with our adult Ladies on the field on Mondays and Thursdays at 7.30pm. Under 14 and Under 16 girls are on the pitch Wednesdays at 7. 
Finally, club membership for the year is now due. There will be membership evenings from Monday 23rd to Friday 27th every evening from 7.30 - 9pm. Come along then to sign up for either family or individual membership for the season. Fee remains unchanged at £20 and £10. 

OTBOTB Campaign ends with Alcohol Awareness Event.

posted 1 Mar 2015, 13:59 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 1 Mar 2015, 14:08 ]

Tyrone and Carrickmore footballer Dr Lynette Hughes, who is also a Senior Research Associate with NIAMH, visited Canon Maguire Park last night as our seventeen players finished their month of abstaining from alcohol as part of the GAA's 'Off the Booze and On the Ball' campaign which has been running throughout February. 
Her talk, facilitated by our Health and Wellbeing committee, entitled 'Alcohol and Sporting Performance - the Different Issues' was very informative indeed for all who attended. 
The early part of her presentation focused perhaps on the social problems and also the cost of treatment of alcohol related illnesses and emergencies for society generally. 
In the second part of her presentation, she looked specifically at the physiological considerations around consuming alcohol whilst also playing and training for sporting performance. The need to consider how to prevent injury, recover from training or matches, deal with the next training or match if one has consumed alcohol and many more issues was very interesting indeed. Any adult or minor player would benefit greatly from considering the ideas and factors that were illustrated during the presentation.

 Finally, there was a consideration of strategies for any individual to avoid drinking beyond what the body can cope with, and also for clubs or older members of playing groups might do to reduce pressure on younger panel members in social situations. The event didn't attempt to hide from the fact that a majority of adults in this country consume alcohol, but focused on the idea of avoiding health damage on a worrying scale. That said, if people were to refrain from consuming alcohol the benefits for them are undeniable. 
We hope to make parts of Dr Hughes' presentation available on our website in the next few weeks, but for the club, individuals, and the wider community, the event was very useful indeed as art of an ongoing process, which every area has to consider facing up to.. 


posted 24 Feb 2015, 13:11 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Derrygonnelly Harps GFC
The Harps Lotto jackpot is now £6100. The numbers on Sunday night were 9, 18, 19 and 21. £20 each went to Nancy Cathcart, Derrylin, Kyra Duffy Monea, and Niall Farrell, Spar. The draw this Sunday night will be in The Linnett Inn.
Our Minor and Under 14 squads were both in action over the weekend, and both had good wins over Tempo and Teemore respectively. The Under 14s are up against Lisnaskea at home on Saturday and the Minors are away to Erne Gaels on Sunday.
The club is also currently seeking a sponsor to come on board with our Under 16 team for the seasons ahead. If you might be interested, please contact John or Damien McGovern, or Ruairi Dundas.
Please note that the last night of 2015 club gear fittings for our playing tops, training tops or leisurewear will be held in the clubrooms tomorrow night.  
The local community will know that the Harps club is a participant in the GAA's national Health & Well Being initiative and is currently moving forward with its inaugural programme for 2015. 
This coming Saturday night, 28th February, the last night of the month, Dr. Lynette Hughes will deliver a talk on "Alcohol & Sporting Performance - The Diffferent Issues". It will commence at 7.30 pm in the club rooms. The content will be of particular interest to all player groups, minor, junior, senior and their team managers. All club members, and indeed anyone from another club or the wider community are invited to come along.
In the question and answer and general discussion session following Dr. Hughes talk, our seventeen club members who have been taking part in the GAA's "Off the Booze, On the Ball" effort will have an opportunity to give us some feed back on the well being positives of their month's effort. Thanks to all of those who generously sponsored the efforts of these seventeen volunteers. 

Harps Notes 16th Feb 2015

posted 16 Feb 2015, 02:41 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Lotto jackpot, now £6000, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 1, 10, 12, 17. £20 each went to Hughie Keaney, Belcoo, Agnes Gallagher, Derrygonnelly and Gerry Rasdale, Macken. The draw this Sunday night will be in The Cosy Bar.

A number of adult players in the club are taking part in February’s GAA ‘Off the Booze and On the Ball Challenge’. Congratulations to them on their efforts thus far, and perhaps you will consider sponsoring them to increase their motivation. A full list of our participants is on the club website News section. 

The club intends to have a number of leisure and training gear fittings for the upcoming year over the next week or so please keep an eye on our online outputs for exact details of these.

The tragic passing of a fine young lad and footballer Oisin McGrath from Belcoo last week was so keenly felt all over the country. On behalf of all members of the Harps, deepest sympathies to Oisin’s family, his schoolmates and friends, and his clubmates in Belcoo O’Rahillys. Condolences also to the Greene family, on the passing of Deirdre Greene’s mother Mrs Harte in Carrickmore last weekend.

Harps Notes 2nd Feb 2014

posted 2 Feb 2015, 02:01 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Lotto jackpot, now £5800, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 8, 14, 21 & 27. £20 each went to Caoimhe Campbell, Derrygonnelly, Niall Cox, Belleek, and Mary Cox, Tonagh. The draw this Sunday night will be in Doogies.
The club's monthly meeting will not be held this Thursday night, but rather next Thursday February 12th in the clubrooms.
Good luck to our Minors who open their campaign at home to Enniskillen Gaels in the league this Sunday.
Our Under 10s had a very early start to their season when they had the opportunity to play in the half time match at Brewster Park on Saturday night. All present thoroughly enjoyed the outing, and thank you to all of the county coaches and club helpers for making it happen.

Health and Well Being Launch and Youth Presentation Night: An Event to be Proud of.

posted 24 Jan 2015, 12:19 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 24 Jan 2015, 12:21 ]

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.  



posted 14 Dec 2014, 04:16 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 14 Dec 2014, 04:21 ]

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. 

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