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Harps Notes 12th February 2018

posted 13 Feb 2018, 04:02 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto draw was held on Monday night. Details will be in next week's notes, and available via our online output.
Our Celebration Dinner Dance takes place this Saturday evening, with a 7pm kickoff. Please contact the following club members by this evening Wednesday February 14th to book a ticket: Sean Flanagan, Brendan Rasdale, Gerald Greene, Francis Rasdale, Peter Jones, Nicola Cassidy, John McGovern, Patricia Brennan, Gavin Duffy or Donal Corrigan. Please note, no Under 17s are to attend this event. We look forward to a very enjoyable evening, celebrating the successes in the club in 2017.
In the midst of all the excitement, we should not overlook to wish our own Odhran Harbinson every success in the All Ireland Scor na nOg final down in Sligo on Saturday, when he represents club and county in the Recitation category. Odhran is a great representative, and we wish him all the best.
The club held a really well attended Youth AGM on Sunday evening in the clubrooms. We reflected on a very good 2017 for our boys and girls, and we began to look towards 2018 and what we can do to develop our young players and provide a good sporting outlet for them. There was an undeniable sense of uncertainty and misgivings around arrangements for the year ahead, but the bottom line is that we are going to have to  do our best within whatever structures are put in place within the county. Our duty is to our young footballers. Congratulations to Eoghan Cassidy, who is assuming the role of Youth Chairperson in the club alongside our secretary Gavin Duffy. We have a very strong committee in place and our team managements are almost completed as well. More details to follow.
Our Under 15s will be holding their first session of the year on Thursday evening at 6.30pm, finishing at 7.45. Boys born from 2003 - 2006 are welcome to attend. Thank you to Garry Smyth, John Duffy and Dermot Burns, who will be looking after this group of lads this season.
The club is hosting a Foundation Coaching course on the weekend of February 23rd & 24th. As well as those who have volunteered to complete this course for the first time, it was urged that all existing coaches should attend the Safeguarding Education element of the course in the clubrooms on the Friday night. This is a very good opportunity for all those involved with teams to get a very important refresher on this key area.   

Harps Notes 5th February 2018

posted 5 Feb 2018, 02:54 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £2100, was not won last week. The numbers were 7, 17, 28 and 30. £20 each went to Kathleen McCauley, Monea, Paddy McKenna, Shean Road, and Fidelma McCaffrey, Garrison. We are in the Cosy Bar on Sunday night, with Pat McGurn and Michael Glynn on duty with Mary.

There will be a club committee meeting this Thursday at 9pm in the clubrooms.

Well done to Eimear Smyth who was a very worthy recipient of the Cormac Trust Young Achiever of the Year at the Ulster GAA Writers awards on Friday night.

Our club's Youth AGM is now fixed for Sunday 11th February at 7:30pm. We now have an outline of what the competitions are going to be in 2018. This is obviously a very important date in our clubs diary as it allows us to come together and plan for the year ahead and look at things in terms of our youth structures. All interested people are more than welcome and don't be afraid to come down, we won't be lumbering people with jobs. The more shoulders we have to the wheel, the smoother things move forward! 

Our first Underage outing of the year took place on Sunday as we fielded in the half time Go Games Exhibition match at Brewster Park. Thank you very much to the organisers on the day and to our coaches who directed and supervised our players on the day.  

We are also looking forward as a club to our Dinner Dance, due to take place on February 17th in The Killyhevlin Hotel. Music will be provided by the highly rated ‘Rhythm and Sticks’, with a 7pm start. Tickets are available from our usual promoters Brendy, Nicola, Gavin, Donal Corrigan, Gerald Greene, John McGovern, Francie Rasdale, Patricia Brennan, Big Sean, and Peter Jones. Organisers are requesting that ticket orders etc go in this week if possible to start giving us an insight on numbers and layout at the venue.

Harps Notes 22nd January 2018

posted 22 Jan 2018, 02:48 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £3900, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers drawn were 5, 7, 11 and 23. £20 each went to Nicola Jones, Boho, Teresa McGrath, Boho, and Francis Mellor, Ora. We are in The Cosy Bar this Sunday night, with Eamonn Greene and John Ferguson on duty with Mary.

At the moment, our players, committee members, and a number of our promoters have our annual National Draw tickets on sale. The top prize is a Renault Dynamique and thereafter there are nineteen other fantastic prizes of a number of All Ireland Football and Hurling Final packages, shopping vouchers to the value of €1000, €500 and €250 and more. We are grateful for the support this fundraiser always gets, at a very useful time from a club finances point of view. Would all promoters please note that tickets are to be returned to Ruairi Dundas, John McGovern or any of your group leaders by Jan 27th at the latest. Would all group leaders try to get a reminder to their promoters that the last heave is now!

We are also looking forward as a club to our Dinner Dance, due to take place on February 17th in The Killyhevlin Hotel. Music will be provided by the highly rated ‘Rhythm and Sticks’, with a 7pm start. Tickets are available from our usual promoters Brendy, Nicola, Gavin, Donal Corrigan, Gerald Greene, John McGovern, Francie Rasdale, Patricia Brennan, Big Sean, and Peter Jones.

Finally, it was with sadness that club members heard of the bereavements for two families connected to our club, with the passing of Mrs Scott in Belcoo and Mrs Mary Montaque Cassidy, Belleek. Condolences to the Greene and Cassidy families. 

Harps Notes 15th January 2018

posted 15 Jan 2018, 04:35 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £3800, was not won on Sunday night. Numbers drawn were 1, 4, 15 and 22. £20 each went to Ryan Cox, Boho, Assumpta Lunny, Enniskillen, and Eileen Little, Springfield. We are in Doogies this Thursday night. Mary Cox, Louise Dundas and John McGovern are on Lotto duty this Sunday night.

There will be a Harps committee meeting at 9pm on Thursday evening in the clubrooms.

What a great evening last Saturday evening was for another branch of our club, as our representatives took to the stage in Downpatrick for the Ulster Scor na nOg final. Congratulations in particular to Odhran Harbinson, who will be taking to the stage in the All Ireland final on February 17th as Ulster Scor na nOg Recitation champion. Our instrumental group of Bronadh Duffy, Derbhla Duffy, Naoise, Odhran and Oisin Harbinson gave their event a great shot too and can be proud to have done as well as they did. Thank you also to everyone who came along and supported our participants.

At the moment, our players, committee members, and a number of our promoters have our annual National Draw tickets on sale. The top prize is a Renault Dynamique and thereafter there are nineteen other fantastic prizes of a number of All Ireland Football and Hurling Final packages, shopping vouchers to the value of €1000, €500 and €250 and more. We are grateful for the support this fundraiser always gets, at a very useful time from a club finances point of view. Would all promoters please note that tickets are to be returned by Jan 27th at the latest.

We are also looking forward as a club to our Dinner Dance, due to take place on February 17th in The Killyhevlin Hotel. Music will be provided by the highly rated ‘Rhythm and Sticks’, with a 7pm start. Tickets are available from our usual promoters Brendy, Nicola, Gavin, Donal Corrigan, Gerald Greene, John McGovern, Francie Rasdale, Patricia Brennan, Big Sean, and Peter Jones.

Finally, it was with sadness that all Harps members heard of the passing of Mrs Mildred Ferguson, Enniskillen, over the weekend. Sincere condolences to the Ferguson family, especially Janice, Niall and their children on their loss.

Harps Notes 8th January 2018

posted 8 Jan 2018, 03:02 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto, now £3700, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 3, 19, 21 and 24. £20 each went to Pat McManus, Derrylin, John Lunny, Derrygonnelly and The Hall Family, c/o Kevin Dundas. The draw held on January 2nd saw numbers drawn 4, 6, 21 and 29. £20 each went to Eamon Kelly c/o Fergus, Richard and Siofra Atwood, Boho, and Angela Burke, Monea. We are in the Linnett Inn this Sunday night, with Gerald Greene and Anthony Murphy plus Mary Cox on the controls.

Our 2017 season finally ended in frosty conditions in Canon Maguire Park on Sunday night as our lads lost out to the Gaels on a scoreline of 3.7 to 0.9 in the final of the U21 competition. Thank you very much to our team management for getting the lads out for the games and keeping things together, for it was a tricky competition in that sense. Hard luck to our players as well. Good luck to the Gaels in the Ulster competition this weekend.   

At the moment, our players, committee members, and a number of our promoters have our annual National Draw tickets on sale. The top prize is a Renault Dynamique and thereafter there are nineteen other fantastic prizes of a number of All Ireland Football and Hurling Final packages, shopping vouchers to the value of €1000, €500 and €250 and more. We are grateful for the support this fundraiser always gets, at a very useful time from a club finances point of view. Would all promoters please note that tickets are to be returned by Jan 27th at the latest.

We are also looking forward as a club to our Dinner Dance, due to take place on February 17th in The Killyhevlin Hotel. Music will be provided by the highly rated ‘Rhythm and Sticks’, with a 7pm start. Tickets are available from our usual promoters Brendy, Nicola, Gavin, Donal Corrigan, Gerald Greene, John McGovern, Francie Rasdale, Patricia Brennan, Big Sean, and Peter Jones.

Yoga with Jim Fawcett recommences tonight, Wed 10th Jan for 3 consecutive weeks.  It's 7-8pm for beginners and 8.15-9.15pm for Sports.  Please PM the Harps facebook page to book your place or call Eadaoin Love on 07799 148 196 if you don't have facebook. The cost is £10 for the 3 weeks, payable on the first night.   

Finally, it was with sadness that all Harps members heard of the passing of Mrs Patsy Luce, in Nashville, USA recently and we express our condolences to the McGrail family on the passing of their mother and grandmother.

Harps Notes 18th Dec 2017

posted 19 Dec 2017, 02:58 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £3400, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers drawn were 6, 8, 22 and 26. £50 Christmas prizes went to Patricia McGowan, Belleek, Danielle White, Blaney, Anthony Gallagher, Derrygonnelly, Seamus Meehan, Monea, Paddy and Fiona Chesters, Monea and The Keown grandchildren, Garrison. Our promoters prizes went to Gavin Duffy and Mary Cox. Thank you to everyone for their support and promotion of the lotto. It is our absolute key way of funding and sustaining our activities and facilities.

The next Lotto draw will be held on Wednesday December 27th, with Adrian McGovern and John Maguire on duty with Mary in Doogies. The first 2018 draw will be on Tuesday January 2nd in Old Pals with Gavin Duffy and John Murphy on duty. Please note the dates for those draws.  

Our members also have tickets for the 2018 GAA National draw with the usual array of prizes available, from a Renault Dynamique, through foreign holidays, All Ireland packages and shopping trips. We hope to do as well out of this draw as in previous years, so ask our promoters to go to the well again if you can!  

After a quiet week or two, we will be continuing our activities in the New Year, with Athlete Development, our Youth AGM and of course our Dinner Dance on February 17th. Until then, best regards to all of our supporters and special good wishes to our volunteers over Christmas, and a happy and healthy New Year to all of you.   

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!

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