Weekly Notes & Archive


Harps Notes 8th Feb 2015

posted by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot of £10000 was not won on Sunday night. The numbers drawn were 17, 18, 22 and 28. £20 each went to Niall Meehan, Derrygonnelly, Teresa Reilly, Enniskillen and Bridget McManus, Derrylin. This Sunday night's draw is in the Linnett Inn, with Gerald Greene and Anthony Murphy on duty with Mary.  

Our club promoters all have their National Draw ticket allocation to sell before this weekend. The first prize in the draw is an Opel Corsa, with further prizes including a number of All Ireland Final weekend packages, €1000 shopping vouchers, holidays and more. The Harps have also put up a number of their own prizes for those who buy tickets from our promoters, with a first prize of £100 plus more. We hope for a decent support for this important club fundraiser. Promoters please note that tickets are to be returned to the clubrooms this Thursday evening at 8.30pm.  

Our Under 14 and Minor teams are preparing diligently for the season ahead, and their first fixtures have been announced, seeing our Minors at home to Brookeborough at 12pm on the 21st, and our Under 14s away to Derrylin on the 27th. Good luck to the two groups and their coaches.    

Harps Notes 1st Feb 2016

posted 1 Feb 2016, 03:56 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The £10000 Harps Lotto jackpot was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 1, 9, 14 and 25. £20 each went to Eileen Glynn, Derrygonnelly, Brian Milne, Derrygonnelly and Gerry McGrath, Cashel. The draw this Sunday will be in The Cosy Bar, with Brendy and Aidy on duty along with Mary.
The club's February meeting takes place this Thursday night at 9pm sharp in the clubrooms.
Our other major fundraiser presently is our National Draw tickets, which are available from all players and club committee members. The prizes range from a new Opel car, through various holiday and All Ireland weekend packages, and are very attractive indeed. The club has decided to add a number of local prizes for its entrants as well. Please support this if you can, and all draw promoters are asked to make a big push over the next few days, with collection of sold tickets next week.  

Just in case anyone is particularly well organised, the Harps' Cul Camp week this year will be from August 1st - 5th.  

Harps Notes 25th Jan 2016

posted 25 Jan 2016, 03:24 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto £10000 jackpot was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 1, 7, 10 & 11. £20 each went to Ryan Jones, Monea, Gavin Duffy, Monea and Anita Kehoe, Enniskillen. The draw this Sunday night will be in Old Pals, with Gavin and John on duty.
Our celebration dinner dance last Saturday night proved to be one of the club's best ever off the pitch occasions as a great crowd enjoyed and reflected on the victories of 2015. Gavin Duffy anchored the proceedings superbly, taking us through a series of reflections and presentations, including those from our special guest on the evening, Cillian O'Connor, who spoke and interacted in a manner which showed him to be very intelligent, authentic and witty. The evening also quite rightly took a space to reflect upon the passing of our much missed Damian McGovern, and the club is honoured to have received a trophy from Leeane and the children in memory of Damian, to be presented to one of our Minor players who embodies the kind of input which Damy wished to see in our teams. The inaugural recipient of the Spirit of Damian McGovern trophy from the 2015 Minors was Lee Jones. It would have meant a lot to whoever received it, and it clearly meant a lot to Lee. That section of the night was obviously emotional, but full of good memories too. Thereafter, the programme was very enjoyable and entertaining and the sizeable attendance danced and enjoyed each others company to the very end. Our Social Committee genuinely excelled themselves for this event, and many thanks to them all for their work on this landmark occasion. Thank you also to our other special guests, Tom Boyle and Patsy Dolan for their attendance and kind words.

Club members have all received their allocation of tickets for the GAA National Draw, with first prize of a Vauxhall Corsa, and fourteen further prizes of various holidays and All Ireland Hurling and Football final packages. All promoters will be receiving a reminder from their sales managers this week to get into selling mode as best they can. We hope that this fundraiser, with such impressive prizes donated by Croke Park, will prove to be well supported.

Finally, we would encourage all members to note and support the 'Healthy Breakfast and Cake Sale' which takes place in the Community Centre this Saturday morning from 9.30 - 12.00. This is the annual fundraiser for our local Sillees Defibrillator Support Group. It's a life-saving cause in our very own areas, so we hope this event does very well.  

Harps Notes 18th Jan 2016

posted 18 Jan 2016, 04:53 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The £10000 Harps Lotto jackpot was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 2, 15, 20 and 23. £20 each went to Paul Neeson c/o Kevin Cassidy, Fiona Gibson, Belleek, and Edwin Gallagher, Mulleek. We are in Doogies this Sunday night, with Aidy McGovern and John Maguire on duty along with Mary.

Obviously the club’s big deal of the week is our Dinner Dance in the Killyhevlin Hotel this Saturday evening, as we celebrate our historic double in 2015. Music is supplied by the very popular KopyKats. It will be a special night for our club members and supporters, to celebrate the year. Please note the start time of 7.30pm sharp. It is important to adhere to this as we wish to mark our team’s achievements properly and still have plenty of time left to enjoy the night’s music, dance and craic together.

Please note that Martin and Patricia Brennan of Diamond Cabs have offered to provide a free bus to and from Derrygonnelly on Saturday evening, leaving at 6.45pm and returning immediately after the event. All we need is your name if you wish to travel on the bus either to Nicola Cassidy or Brendy Rasdale, or via direct message to either our Facebook or Twitter accounts. Please note that the cutoff for bus bookings will be 9pm on Thursday night, to allow Diamond Cabs to have their vehicles organised.  

Harps Notes 11th Jan 2016

posted 11 Jan 2016, 01:51 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto of £10000 was not won on Sunday night. The numbers drawn were 5, 7, 23 & 28. £20 each went to Gary Curry, c/o Boaz House Omagh, Margaret Meehan, Belleek, and Johnny Ray, Belleek. The draw will be held in Doogies this Sunday night with Donal and Gerard on duty with Mary.
The club’s January meeting will be held this Thursday evening at 9pm sharp.

The next big club event is our Celebration Dinner Dance, which will be on Saturday January 23rd at the Killyhevlin Hotel. Music will be provided by the very popular Kopy Kats from Donegal.
It promises to be a great night as the Harps members and friends celebrate the most successful season in our ninety year history!!
Tickets cost £25 and are available from Sean Flanagan, Gerald Greene, Brendy Rasdale, Francie Rasdale, Patricia Brennan, Nicola Cassidy, John McGovern, Gavin Duffy, Donal Corrigan and Peter Jones. We would encourage patrons to get moving and to purchase your tickets promptly. We are setting Sunday 17th January as our cutoff for buying tickets. Also note our start time of 7.30pm. We want to have plenty of time to enjoy ourselves dancing and having the craic!!

Club members have all received their allocation of tickets for the GAA National Draw, with first prize of a Vauxhall Corsa, and fourteen further prizes of various holidays and All Ireland Hurling and Football final packages. We hope that this fundraiser, with such impressive prizes donated by Croke Park, will prove to be well supported.

Under 14 training for the season commences this Friday evening at 6pm in the clubrooms, finishing up at 7pm. Players are asked to bring indoor footwear.

Harps Notes 4th January 2016

posted 5 Jan 2016, 00:28 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The £10000 Harps Lotto jackpot was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 11, 13, 19 & 28. £20 each went to Aimee Flynn, Derrygonnelly, Collette Carroll, Derrygonnelly and Tom Flanagan, Belleek. We are in the Linnett Inn this Sunday night, with Peter Jones and Gerry Gallagher on the controls with Mary.
Our Youth AGM was held last Wednesday night, and although we were not reflecting on any trophy winning success, we were nonetheless able to reflect on a year filled with good performances and youth player development across the board. Our Youth Officer Garry Smyth gave a very comprehensive report on our season, followed by an address from our Club Chairman John McGovern seeking to introduce some ideas for consideration. Each of the team managers in charge of the groups from U10 up to Minor gave a review of what they considered to be the most significant points from the past season, before the appointment of managers for 2016 was held. There is quite a degree of continuity here from last season, and we just have one or two positions within each group still to finalise. Garry is continuing as our club Youth Secretary with Sean Flanagan taking over as our Youth Chairman. Further areas discussed included the running of Sunday Morning Footy, attempting to bridge the gap for girls who have finished Under 12 football, our safeguarding arrangements, coaching courses, our ongoing review of coaching, primary schools, our Under 10 tournament and our Youth Presentation night.
Congratulations to our player and administrator Pauric McGurn and his wife Michelle on the occasion of their marriage last week. We wish them every health and happiness in the future.     
The club’s celebration Dinner Dance will be held on January 23rd in the Killyhevlin Hotel, with music provided by Copycats. Tickets costing £25 each are available from a wide range of club committee members: Sean Flanagan, Gerald Greene, Brendy Rasdale, Francie Rasdale, Patricia Brennan, Nicola Cassidy, John McGovern, Gavin Duffy, Donal Corrigan and Peter Jones. We would encourage patrons to get moving and to purchase your tickets promptly.
It was with sadness that Harps members heard of the passing of Vincie Dundas in Birmingham last week. Vincie was a sterling half back on our first ever team to win a senior trophy in 1959. The Fermanagh Herald match report on that final referred to his ‘..rugged tackling, precision fielding and long accurate clearances’ in the match. Condolences to Raymond Dundas, Knockmore Park, and to the Dundas families. Sympathies also to the Maguire family on the passing of Mrs Kathleen Maguire, Derryvarymore, host of the club sports day for a number of years in the seventies and eighties.

Harps Notes 28th Dec 2015

posted 28 Dec 2015, 10:58 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Lotto jackpot of £10000 was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 7, 12, 15 & 26. £20 each went to Edel Meehan, Monea, Bernie Corrigan, Belfast, and Jim Hoy, Derrygonnelly. This Sunday night’s draw will be in The Cosy Bar, with Pat McGurn and Michael Glynn on duty. 
The draw on December 21st saw numbers 4, 12, 14 & 28 drawn, with £50 each going to Sid Mulrone, Garrison, Colleen McGandy, Enniskillen, Fiona Chesters, Enniskillen, Derrygonnelly Eggheads, Ciara Duffy, Derrygonnelly, Mona McGrath, Boho, and Frances Hoy, Drumcose. Promoters prizes were won by P & E Burns and Mary Cox. 
The club’s Youth AGM will be held on Wednesday night December 30th at 7.30pm in our clubrooms. We hope for a good attendance of all our club’s underage coaches from whatever level, plus any other interested parties such as parents of players, club members etc. The work done coaching children from a very young age through to Minor level is at the very centre of our club’s current success, and hopes for similar success in the future. 
The club’s celebration Dinner Dance will be held on January 23rd in the Killyhevlin Hotel, with music provided by Copycats. Tickets costing £25 each are available from a wide range of club committee members: Sean Flanagan, Gerald Greene, Brendy Rasdale, Francie Rasdale, Patricia Brennan, Nicola Cassidy, John McGovern, Gavin Duffy, Donal Corrigan and Peter Jones. 



Harps notes 21st December 2015

posted 22 Dec 2015, 05:05 by Derrygonnelly Harps

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The club’s Youth AGM will be held on Wednesday night December 30th at 7.30pm in our clubrooms. We hope for a good attendance of all our club’s underage coaches from whatever level, plus any other interested parties such as parents of players, club members etc. The work done coaching children from a very young age through to Minor level is at the very centre of our club’s current success, and hopes for similar success in the future. 
The club’s celebration Dinner Dance will be held on January 23rd in the Killyhevlin Hotel, with music provided by Copycats. Tickets costing £25 each are available from a wide range of club committee members: Sean Flanagan, Gerald Greene, Brendy Rasdale, Francie Rasdale, Patricia Brennan, Nicola Cassidy, John McGovern, Gavin Duffy, Donal Corrigan and Peter Jones. 
The detailsof the Harps’ Lotto for the draw held on Sunday night are available via our online output. We are in Old Pals this weekend, with Garry and the two Kevins on duty. 
Thank you and Happy Christmas to everyone who has helped out with and supported the Harps in whatever capacity in 2015. 

HARPS AGM DECEMBER 2015

posted 16 Dec 2015, 13:32 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps AGM was held on Sunday December 6th in the clubrooms. With the New York Gold Cup sitting proudly to the right of our top table, the meeting had an obvious element of satisfaction, although the feeling of loss associated with the passing of Damian McGovern was keenly felt as well.


Our meeting started with a positive and warm message from Vice Chair Hugh Kelly from America, which set the tone for the next couple of hours. John McGovern’s Chairman’s address, admirably delivered, reflected in general on our experiences in 2015, expressing gratitude for the efforts of so many Harps’ volunteers and he also looked forward to 2016. John looked forward to next season, asked us all to go again, and stated, “I’ll lead the charge.” Our secretary Nicola Cassidy gave a top class report on the season past, with a very comprehensive acknowledgement of such a wide range of activities, both on and off the field of play. Next up, Ruairi Dundas our treasurer was able to reflect on a good year in terms of both Revenue and Capital Income, although his report showed also that the expenditure required to run a club as well as possible nowadays is over £1100 per week. We are still servicing, and reducing, our capital debt from the new building, thanks to a number of events and financial support through our crucial ‘Harps for Tomorrow’ scheme. So there is still hard work ahead to bring our capital debt further downwards. Louise Dundas’ report on Ladies’ Football reflected on the progress made in firstly fielding, and secondly managing to reach a final against Aghadrumsee. Garry Smyth’s Youth Report most naturally reflected upon the blow for Damian’s family and us all upon his passing, although we also remembered the kind of work he put in without question in leading the Minors to their league final. Indeed each of our sides from top to bottom had managed to make a league or championship final. Although success in terms of trophies eluded the teams, we would all be aware that the development and lessons learned are really the key. Mark Grannell’s Health & Wellbeing report looked back upon a busy year of successful activities from the launch night in January through to the very high profile ‘Couch to 5k’ in the summer. The group are already shaping up their programme for 2016. Gerald Greene’s Social Committee report remembered the hard graft around such enjoyable activities as ‘The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley’ ‘The Daisy Dollop’ plus more recently Harps legend Derek Ryan in the hall. Our man Ger expressed his gratitude to the large numbers of peope who rowed in with both the organisation and support by attendance at these events.

Donal Fee chaired the election of club officers and committees for 2016, which proceeded quite smoothly and the outcome of which is to be found from the club homepage. John, relieved to be back at the controls, oversaw the adoption of a number of club policies, general discussion of a few items of AOB, including our Dinner Dance on January 23rd, before we headed home to get wound up for 2016. Here we go again….   

Harps Notes 14th Dec 2015

posted 14 Dec 2015, 07:51 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Lotto jackpot of £10000 was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 6, 10, 17 & 20. £20 each went to Geoffrey Cathcart, Main St, Angela Burke, Derrylin and Tom McBrien, Derrylin. The draw is in the Cosy on Sunday night with our bonus Christmas Draw also being held. At Sunday night’s Lotto, there will be a draw for seven £50 prizes plus two promoters’ prizes of £50. Promoters are asked to initial their envelopes please, to make the promoters' draw more straightforward. Eamonn Greene and John Ferguson are on duty.

Saturday night saw the Harps finish off the season successfully as we claimed the SFL1 trophy to go alongside the SFC. This sees us double winners for the first time in our history. Congratulations to all of our players and the team management on putting it together from pre- season until the end. St Joseph’s were most worthy opponents, who gave it everything on the night, but our lads were thankfully able to conclude the season on the best possible note for the club.  

Another date for the diaries is January 23rd, when our Dinner Dance will take place in the Killyhevlin Hotel, with music by Copycats. Details will be on all club outlets regarding availability of tickets etc soon.

The larger part of our ordered gear has been distributed, please keep an eye out for details of delivery of half zip tops via the club's online output. The plan is to distribute late this week or early next week.  

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