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Harps Notes 05th Oct 2015

posted 5 Oct 2015, 01:20 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 5 Oct 2015, 01:28 ]

Last Friday morning, wherever we were, we were full of enthusiasm, determination and focus on giving the New York Gold Cup our best shot, come what may. By midday, everything changed when word came through that Damian McGovern had lost his life. We all refused to accept it, rang somebody else, but it was true.

So immediately we were plunged into the sorest of anguish, pain and tears. And we thought about our clubmates the McGoverns and the McGinleys and felt even worse. 

Friday to Monday, we pulled ourselves together, and supported each other. The Damy stories started to flow. They were a combination of forty odd years of caring, working, supporting and driving things. They had passion, energy, loyalty, warmth. Some of them were great stories about his youth in the town here, then his work, and his family, but the football ones were the ones we had lived through beside him, and they were brilliant. Some of them just made us cry again, some of them were pure crazy!  We treasure every moment now, and will remember them as long as we live. We had a mighty journey together, that’s for sure.

We know that the loss to our whole community is massive, for he carried plenty of people outside the Harps as well, in other groups and other families, so we extend our condolences to them. We thank everybody in Fermanagh GAA and beyond for their support and care for us, which confirmed everything about the GAA that we have often heard said elsewhere: we have a bond that is very special.

We have lost something precious, the McGoverns and McGinleys have lost everything right now. It is said that death leaves a heartache no one can heal, but love leaves a memory no one can steal. We can only express our most keenly felt sympathies to Damy’s family and friends.

But here’s how we’ll finish: Damian McGovern will be in heaven this morning, full of enthusiasm, determination and focus on us giving the New York Gold Cup our best shot, come what may. That’s where we have to start again now. Rest in Peace Damy.



posted 2 Oct 2015, 10:09 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 2 Oct 2015, 11:52 ]

It is with the heaviest of hearts that our club makes this statement.
Our club’s Youth Chairperson, Minor manager, committee member and driving force of our club in countless ways, Damian McGovern lost his life today.
Words could not ever express our devastation and our pain and sorrow for Damian’s family, but our prayers are with them and with Damy in heaven.
Damian’s remains will not be back in Derrygonnelly in the immediate term. We will inform when arrangements for waking etc are in place. GAA family, please support the McGoverns and the Harps with your prayers.
Rest in Peace Damy.
Here is one of an endless list of great things we will remember Damy by, he loved being our Minor manager:

Harps Notes 28th September 2015

posted 28 Sep 2015, 01:19 by Derrygonnelly Harps

There can be no doubt where the big focus for our club is this week. All roads lead to Brewster Park on Sunday as our senior team contests the championship final against Roslea. We hope for a mighty support, full of colour, to lift the lads. Good luck to the squad and our management team.
Flags, wristbands, streamers are now available in the The Casson, Farrell's Spar and Lena's Salon and will also be available at the final fitting evenings this Wednesday and Thursday from 7.30 - 9pm in the clubrooms. This will be the final opportunity to put in an order for replica gear that will be available in time for Christmas.  
The Lotto jackpot, now £9200, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 13, 19, 24 & 28. £20 each went to Frances Rasdale, Boho, McKenna Family, Long Shot, and Mary Leonard, Derrygonnelly. The next draw will be held in Doogies, with John and Louise in charge.

Our juniors have also qualified for the Reserve FC final against Roslea, following a well earned win against Teemore at Lissan last week. Good luck to the lads with their preparations for that.
Commiserations to our Under 12s, who lost out on Saturday against Derrylin in the Division 1 final. The team wasn't able to sustain their level of performance for all four quarters, and a very good Derrylin group managed to overturn them in the last period. Still, their efforts were very admirable, and they have had a great season in what was a very well contested top group. Thank you very much to Aidy McGovern and Davy Burke for their work managing the group, assisted by Donal Duffy, Robert Hoy, Donal and Clare Cox, Nigel Harbinson, Frances Hoy and Sean Flanagan.
Finally, it was with sadness that our membership heard of the passing of Mrs Breedh Smyth last weekend. Condolences to the Smyth family on their loss.   

Club Gear Pictures

posted 23 Sep 2015, 00:48 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Order your club gear in time for Christmas!

posted 21 Sep 2015, 03:22 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Order your Harps club gear in time for Christmas this Thursday & Friday evening (24th & 25th Sept) in the clubhouse from 7.30pm - 9pm.

All gear must be paid for when ordered.

No surplus stock will be ordered so make sure you get your order in to avoid disappointment.

A new batch of club flags and car flags will also be available to purchase on these nights to get the Harps colours flying in time for the Championship final on 4th October.

Harps Notes 21st September 2015

posted 21 Sep 2015, 03:16 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Lotto jackpot, now £9100, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 1, 3, 13 & 26.  £20 each went to Stacey & Aisling Monaghan, Belcoo, Finn Purcell c/o Millers, Monea and Gerard Maguire, Derrygonnelly.  We are in the Linnett Inn this Sunday night with Gerald Greene and Anthony Murphy on duty.
Our Juniors are playing their Reserve A Semi-Final tonight (Wednesday) at 7.30pm against Teemore in Lissan. We wish the lads and management all the very best.  Keep an eye on the clubs social media outlets regarding the fixture.
Our U-12s play Derrylin in their Division 1 league final this Saturday in Kinawley, the game throws-in at 3pm.  We wish them and their team mentors all the very best of luck, and hope to see a decent crowd out to cheer them on!
Our U16s had a good win over Ederney in their league game on Sunday.  They are away to Enniskillen this Sunday morning at 11.45am. Training continues for them at 7pm this Thursday.

This Sunday is the last session of Sunday Morning Football for the year.
Saturday saw the culmination of our Couch to 5k programme, with 62 participants from the programme completing the 5k.  Hopefully this is the first of many similar programmes we will run in the future and it will go from strength to strength.  The Health & Wellbeing section of the Club has done amazing work in it's first year and is a valuable addition to the Club, we thank them for their continued efforts.
Our Seniors are continuing their preparations for their Senior Championship Final on 4th October. We ask all our supporters to dust off their club colours and get the parish painted Purple and Gold! The support to date has been outstanding and both players and management really appreciate it. With that in mind, a new batch of club flags and car flags will be available to purchase from the Clubrooms on Friday night from 7.30pm til 9pm.
The club will also be placing its Christmas order of club gear from O'Neills this weekend and so fitting nights will be held on Thursday and Friday in the Clubrooms also from 7.30pm til 9pm. All gear must be paid for when ordered, and note that no surplus stock will be ordered, so get your orders in to avoid disappointment.
Any local business who wishes to take out an advertisement in the county final programme should contact Pauric McGurn by Sunday night. 

Harps Notes 14th September 2015

posted 14 Sep 2015, 03:14 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Derrygonnelly Harps GFC.
The Lotto jackpot, now £9000, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 6, 18, 20 & 21. £20 each went to John Maguire, Diamond Cabs, Denis McCabe, Garrison, and Rose Greenan, Garrison. We are in the Cosy Bar this Sunday night with Brendy and Aidy on duty.

Please note that the club's draw for its allocation of All Ireland tickets will take place this Thursday night at 8.30pm in the clubrooms.
Fulsome good wishes to our senior team who qualified for the county final on Sunday with a very resolute, then commanding performance against Devenish. The final is scheduled for Sunday October 4th. Good luck to the lads and their mentors as they prepare for this great occasion. The support for the team at the semi was brilliant, so we look forward to plenty of colour in the buildup to the final and support at Brewster Park as well. It is much appreciated by the players and management.

Our Under 12 boys and girls have also done themselves and the club proud by reaching the Division One final against Derrylin. They had two good matches last week against Newtownbutler and Kinawley. Details on the final are that it looks like being played on Saturday September 26th, full details in next week's notes.

Our Under 16s have their next match against Ederney this Sunday morning at home. They exited the championship last week against Lisnaskea, but got a better level of performance against Belnaleck on Sunday evening to take a good two points. Quite a number of our Under 14 players have been notified also about Regional Development Sessions at Canon Maguire Park on Saturday morning. 

Derrygonnelly Harps’ Couch to 5k groups are totally focussed now on the local Derrygonnelly 10k and 5k event this Saturday September 19th. Good luck to them and we hope plenty of other locals will support this event, with funds raised going to the Children’s Hospice.


posted 13 Sep 2015, 12:25 by Derrygonnelly Harps

HARPS 1-14


The Harps have made the county final again after an assured second half performance saw them overturn a one point deficit, and move away well from their opponents who gave it a real lash in the first period. Overall, though, it is fair to say that the best team won on the day, given the amount of possession enjoyed by the Harps throughout.

The Harps didn’t manage to repeat their first half from the Ederney game, and were a bit less energetic in their play than they might want to be. A few openings went past, before big Jonno had Devenish’s first point with a free. Garvan McGinley drove up the field to reply pretty much straight away, but overall a super lively Devenish effort had them on top in terms of winning 50/50 balls and movement in the spaces. They had four points on the bounce from JJ O’Brien, Ruairi Maguire, Jason Love and Marty O’Brien. After that, one had a feeling that a rearranged set of defensive matchups steadied us. Ryan Jones and Eamon McHugh also lifted the siege with two strong runs up the field ending in good scores, really going for it, before Jonno had a nice one from play to return the margin to three points on the 23rd minute. The Harps had two big points then, one from Deccy Cassidy, and one from Conall Jones. For all their encouraging play, Devenish only had a point in hand at half time.

The second half started with two Stephen McGullion points on the bounce, good scores on the turn from thirty five yards, and the Harps were never to relinquish that lead. Leigh Jones built on that with a good direct run at his marker leading to a score. Darren Brady had a point from close range, getting on the end of a Marty O’Brien centre, before Garvan McGinley and ‘keeper Dermott Feely combined to deny Devenish a goal chance on the counter attack in the twelfth minute. The Harps had a great five minute spell then, yielding points from Deccy Cassidy, Mickey Jones (a long range strike), and two quality Conall Jones efforts. The momentum had swung decisively. J J o’Brien had a precise score from play before a good move saw Paul Ward put through on goal for the killer three pointer in the 22nd minute. He added to that with a point in the 29th, before Leigh Jones had a super free from the left. Jonno had scored for Devenish in the midst of that, but the game was over after the goal.

The Harps can now look forward to the county final against Erne Gaels or Roslea. They held their nerve when Devenish were going well, and when the chance came to get on top, they grabbed it. Defensively, the group sorted their opponents out quite well as the game progressed, with Eamon McHugh meriting particular mention for his efforts to keep Chris O’Brien relatively quiet. Garvan McGinley and Dennis Greene got us on the front foot quite a bit too when we needed it. Further upfield the graft and grit was supplied by Ryan Jones and Declan Cassidy with very determined, influential performances all over the pitch. Conall Jones’ scoretaking and general play was excellent as well. For Devenish, Shane McAloon will feel a bit aggrieved that a big effort from him still saw Wardy grab 1-1, but that’s the life of a defender isn’t it? Anthony McGuinness played quite strongly for them, and JJ O’Brien took his scores well.

A few weeks of planning and preparing lie ahead for our players and management, and we can only wish them well as they aim for the New York Gold Cup.    

Harps Notes 7th September

posted 7 Sep 2015, 03:05 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 7 Sep 2015, 11:35 ]

The Lotto jackpot, now £8900, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 3, 7, 11 and 24. £20 each went to Philip McGlone, Boho, Victor McManus, Boho and Kelly Holden, Springfield. We are in Old Pals this Sunday night with Gavin Duffy and John Murphy on duty.
The September committee meeting takes place at 9pm in the clubrooms this Thursday night.
Well done to our seniors and juniors who both made their championship semis with victories last weekend. Our juniors had a good solid win over Devenish on Sunday, and our seniors had a dream first half in particular to win convincingly against St Joseph’s. Fair play to Devenish GFC who did a good job hosting this tie. We are in the senior semi final against Devenish this Sunday at 1.30pm in Brewster Park. We hope we can get a great support out to encourage the boys. Everyone involved with the team appreciates the backing they get in their matches and it's an important part of the whole operation.
Our Under 12s had a good performance away to Derrylin in what is a very competitive Division One last Saturday. They finish up their league games at home to Kinawley this Saturday afternoon. Our Under 16s had a tough hour against the Gaels in the league on Sunday. They are back out this evening at 6.30 in Brewster Park against Lisnaskea in the championship, then away to Belnaleck on Sunday morning. We will finish Sunday footy up at 12.15 this Sunday to let everyone away to Brewster Park in good time. 
Derrygonnelly Harps’ Couch to 5k groups are starting to see real improvement as they continue to prepare towards the local Derrygonnelly 10k and 5k event on September 19th
. Good luck to them and we hope plenty of other locals will support this event, with funds raised going to the Children’s Hospice.
Finally it was with sadness that all of our members heard of the passing of Mrs Hughes in Enniskillen last week. Genuine condolences to her family circle, most obviously the Greene family who are members of the Harps.

Harps Juniors into Reserve FC Semi!

posted 6 Sep 2015, 12:26 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Reserve FC Quarter Final.

Harps 1-12

Devenish 0-5.

This was a pretty straightforward win for the Harps. They were 0-7 to 0-3 up at half time, having had the wind in their backs off the lough, but Devenish weren’t able to get a run at them in the second half, as a few of their less regular players began to run out of steam a bit and they didn’t really put together a scoring threat.

In truth, the Harps should have had a better first half score total, but tended to overplay the ball a lot and get turned over and over-carry. More than one player would have to hold their hand up on this one. After Sean Treacy had a free to start Devenish off, the Harps had a bit of aimless possession before Garry McKenna clipped over from play, benefiting from a turnover from Devenish. Lee Jones and Aaron Burke pushed up the field together with Lee landing a good score in the tenth minute, and Garry McKenna had an excellent drive up the middle plus score to put the Harps 3-1 up. Sean Treacy had a point for Devenish in what were becoming isolated counter attacks, before Neill Gallagher had two good scores on the bounce from play, with assists from Peter Gallagher and the McGullions. Shane and Stephen were becoming increasingly prominent figures as the game wore on. Stephen Gilroy had a score from play, Sean Treacy responded, before Garry McKenna showed that bit of sharpness to take his score before half time.

The Harps finished the thing in the first ten minutes of the second half with 1-3 scored through three Garry McKenna frees, and a goal from Shane McGullion in the eighth minute on the back of a strong run by his brother into the Devenish goalmouth. Garry McKenna had another free in the fifteenth minute, Niall Gilleece made a good run onto sub Jonny McGurn’s shoulder for a point in the 26th minute, before Gerald Gallagher and Sean Treacy registered for Devenish to conclude. They had a fair few wides in the latter stages as well.

Once upon a time, for about ten years from the mid nineties, Harps v Devenish was usually the tie of the JFC with the winner having a serious shot at the title, but today’s game didn’t have any of the tension and passion that used to accompany those showdowns (in which Devenish tended to come out on top). Nonetheless, there were a lot of useful performances with the McGullion brothers, Neil Gallagher and Garry McKenna very good indeed for the Harps. For Devenish, defenders John Burns and Declan Rasdale got a lot of things right, and Sean Treacy worked very hard if not always successfully.

It’s to be expected that next week will have the fireworks in the SFC.   

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