Weekly Notes & Archive


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.

Harps Notes 26th Jan 2015

posted 26 Jan 2015, 02:46 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Lotto jackpot, now £5700, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers drawn were 5, 6, 11 & 20. £20 each then went to the legendary Derrygonnelly Eggheads, Gabriel Keaney, Garrison and Malachy Dolan, Derrygonnelly. The draw this Sunday night will be in Doogies.  

The club hosted its first ever Health and Wellbeing event in conjunction with our Youth Presentation last Friday night in the clubrooms at Canon Maguire Park and it definitely proved to be a most successful evening on every level. Thank you very much to the members of our Health and Wellbeing Subcommittee, Mark Granell, Jacqui Magee, Fr Jimmy & Hugh Kelly for their work preparing so well to introduce their ideas and plans to the club members young and old. The Helplines card which was presented was the first of a number of initiatives for the year ahead, with our adult players taking the ‘Off the Booze and On the Ball’ challenge in February, plus a ‘Spirit of Sport’ event at the end of the month. We were honoured to have a guest of the calibre of Oisin McConville who spoke entertainingly at times, yet also seriously and appropriately to a very receptive audience about his experiences. He left us all with the impression of a modest, honest, good humoured and impressive person. It was also the occasion of our Youth presentation, and it was very enjoyable to remember and honour the achievements of our Under 16s in particular who received their 2014 medals, whilst all of our underage teams received a momento of the occasion. Thank you very much to our Youth Committee for their preparatory work, which made for such a well run event. Thank you also to all of the people who helped with the preparation of the clubrooms, which looked really well. A more fulsome account of the event is on our website www.derrygonnellyharps.gaa.ie
We are trying to get a full picture of equipment needs for the months ahead. Would any coaches from last year please return any balls bibs or whatever to the old changing rooms this weekend if possible thank you.   
A group of the Club’s u-10 ½ squad , that is children presently in P5 or P6 who regularly attend Sunday Morning football, will have the fantastic opportunity to play Go Games during halftime in the Fermanagh v Louth National Football League game under floodlights at Brewster Park this Saturday, with the Fermanagh match starting at 7 p.m. The parent or guardian of any child who is interested in playing should text or call Garry ( 07980926831 ) or Brendan ( 07968330542)  before Thursday night January. Further details about arrangements shall be available later in the week. Unfortunately numbers are strictly limited and places shall therefore be allocated on a first come basis. Parents shall be responsible for transport arrangements for their own child.
The first round of the MFL which was scheduled for Sunday has been postponed, so our first game will now take place on Feb 8th at home to Enniskillen Gaels. Our Under 14s start their season on the 21st Feb away to Teemore.  

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 6 Jan 2015, 11:41 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 6 Jan 2015, 11:42 ]

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £5400, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 2, 5, 12 & 27. £20 each went to Julie McGurn, Derrygonnelly, Teresa Curry, Teemore, and Teresa Hoy, Derrygonnelly. The draw this Sunday night will be held in Old Pals.
Alongside the Lotto, the club is currently promoting tickets for the GAA National Club draw. All proceeds from tickets which we sell go to our club. The prizes are very impressive indeed, including trips to New York, All Star Tours, umpteen All Ireland Final packages with accommodation, €1000 shopping vouchers, travel vouchers and more. Now is the time for all of our promoters to be selling these tickets, with our deadline for collection being Thursday January 15th at our January monthly meeting. We are hoping for a good response from our promoters, and have tried to spread the load as lightly as possible in terms of ticket allocations, so come on, give it a good go! Group coordinators will be in touch with their promoters this week.
Our Youth AGM was held last week and saw the following volunteers nominated and appointed into positions. Our Youth Chairman is Damien McGovern, Youth Secretary is Garry Smyth. Our management teams are: Under 10: Brendan Rasdale, Dermot Burns, Garry Smyth plus mentors, Under 12: Adrian McGovern, David Burke plus mentors, Under 14: Dominic Corrigan and Martin Walmsley, Under 16: Anthony Greene plus mentor, Under 18: Peter Jones and Damien McGovern. We have also put our plans in place for Sunday Morning Footy, commencing on April 12th this year. Thank you and good luck to all club youth football volunteers.
Our Youth Presentation night is being held on January 23rd this year, in conjunction with the launch of our Health and Wellbeing plans for the year. We have a very interesting speaker coming to speak to our boys in Oisin McConville, who will talk to the boys about his experiences in different areas. This event will be held in our clubrooms.
Finally, it was with sadness that our members heard of the passing of Clare Swift of Derrygonnelly and Paddy Duffy in Birmingham last week. Mrs Maura McBride, the wife of Matt McBride, one of our great players in the 1950s also died last week. Genuine condolences to all of the bereaved families.  


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. 

First Under 16 Double since 2001!

posted 21 Oct 2014, 14:36 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Well done to our Under 16, sponsored by The Casson, on an excellent performance in the league final tonight to defeat Enniskillen Gaels. 
Full report in the Youth Section.

Massive League Final Effort Ends in Disappointment

posted 19 Oct 2014, 11:36 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 20 Oct 2014, 13:42 ]

Roslea 2-5 Harps 0-8. 
Following a really stirring effort immediately after half time, the Harps levelled through Paul Ward in the 19th minute, after a brilliant effort from Kevin and Deccy Cassidy to take the ball off Dermy Reilly and drive the play once more up the field. 0-8 to 2-2, and over the next few minutes there was a chance we might do it, for Roslea were wobbling. Four attacks followed, no scores. Finally Roslea made a break upfield, and two quick passes saw Sean Quigley tap over. One minute later, another counter saw Seamie Quigley drive over. The opening had been closed, and Seamie launched a monster from under the stand in the 30th minute to seal the deal. A compelling contest ended a few minutes later amidst Harps' pressure but no real opening. 

Last weekend's semi finals were enjoyable end to end scorefests, but this was two heavyweights, who brought a serious level of organisation and effort in a real tough contest, which was fought out straight and honest for the full hour. The standard of defending by both teams was top class. This was a battle. 
The Harps started brightly, with a left footed point by Jonny McGurn in the 1st minute. A frustrating few minutes followed when possession didn't yield scores, or even openings really. Then Cormac Glynn saw a straight red for a challenge which Seamus Breen adjudged to have been too high. The contact happened so quickly it would be possible to claim that Cormac hadn't time to adust out of something he had committed to, and the malice wasn't really there, but the killer was that there was a massive slapping noise as Kevin Cosgrove took the tackle, and it sounded bad. 
But the Harps defensive effort was so intense. Tiarnan Daly had two blocks, Stephen Burns took the ball out with real command. Roslea finally scored in the 14th minute when Nigey Cosgrove was in the right place to tap home a rebound from a high ball into the centre. That's where the wee bit of luck is needed, and he got it and made the most of it. Still, two Jonny McGurn points from placed balls, and a Leigh Jones score from play saw us ahead again by 22 minutes. Sean Quigley levelled from a free before the Harps conceded a goal. For once, we lost possession on the way out, and as our last line of defence tried to backpedal, a great ball over the top found Sean Quigley for a goal. Half time: 2-2 to 0-4.
Two points after half time from Paul Ward frees got the crowd going (the two sets of supporters were noticeably quiet for a lot of the game), Jonny hit a free in the 6th minute, and finally in the 19th, we drew level. But we never nosed in front again. 
Some people probably went home from that game bemoaning a poor match, but for this writer, it was a serious contest and showed where big games are at nowadays, whether people like it or not. It's not pretty, but it is kinda hard not to watch. Roslea's block and smother count in the final quarter in particular must have been very high, for there were a few crucial bits of work. You have to accept that. Of course they had the spare defender who could focus on being there....
The Harps didn't have that luxury, yet still all six backs in particular gave outstanding performances showing bravery, ability on the ball, desire, the lot. Mickey Jones and Eamon McHugh stood out, they were top class, but the whole collective effort was very impressive. Ryan Jones and Deccy Cassidy clocked up massive distances working, working, supporting and grafting. It is a while since a Harps team showed resolve like it. The workrate to stop the short Roslea kickout would be an example of what went on. And our short kickouts were very good because guys wanted the ball. 
But we lost, ball retention and workrate by the whole team just couldn't be converted into penetration and scores.
So a massive effort, a super managerial effort as well, came to nothing. Sport is tough. Fair play to Roslea. 


posted 25 Mar 2014, 13:19 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 26 Oct 2014, 14:16 ]

The Harps have a new team sponsor this year with the news that Gerald Love Contracts has come on board to be associated with our Under 14s. We are very grateful to this proud local employer for their support of our young players. Gerald Love Contracts has been a very positive backer of our Under 10 tournament in recent years, and has also contributed towards gear for our adult players as recently as last year. Thank you again to Stephen Love, who represented the firm in handing the new jerseys over to our Youth Chairman Damian McGovern, plus team managers Dominic Corrigan and Martin Walmsley and a number of our young players. 

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