Weekly Notes & Archive

Harps Notes 26th May 2015

posted 26 May 2015, 01:53 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Lotto jackpot, now £7400, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 7, 11, 12, 13. £20 each went to Conor Maguire, Monea, Ruairi McGuinness, Roslea and Dermot Leonard, Derrygonnelly. The draw this Sunday night will be in Old Pals under the supervision of Garry and Kevin. 

The very sizeable attendance at the Acorn Players performance of 'The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley' were treated to a great evening's entertainment in the hall last Friday evening. Thank you very much to everyone who supported the event, the hall committee for their assistance, and finally our Social Committee for their work promoting and organising things. We'll take a week or two now before the focus turns pretty quickly to the 'Daisy Dollop' on August 15th. We can report already that celebrity cow Daisy is in pedigree health and looking forward to acquainting herself with the sweet grass of Canon Maguire Park in August. Some lucky punter is going to have a major league addition to their herd.  

Well done to our juniors , who had two good wins last weekend against Newtownbutler and Lisnaskea. They are currently third in the table at the halfway stage in the competition. They are scheduled to play Tempo at home this Saturday evening. 

Twelve of our coaches took a Basic Life Support and Defibrillator training last Thursday night in the clubrooms, delivered by David Watson for the 3fivetwo Group. The club won this training session a number of months back. Thank you very much to Martina Jones for entering us and winning the competition! 

Our Under 14s and Minors have now both reached their Division One league finals, a super achievement for both teams and their managements. The Under 14s had a good away win against Kinawley in what was always going to be the pivotal qualifying game. Our Minors had a very tough win at home to Knockninny Gaels last Monday night, producing a very strong willed effort to take the result in the last ten minutes. Both sides are against Enniskillen Gaels in their finals, with the U14 final next Tuesday evening in Belcoo.

Our Under 10s had two good performances against Erne Gaels last Friday night in the tournament, and host Ederney St Joseph's at home this Friday at 7.30. Our Under 8s got more game time as well, when we hosted Aodh Rua Ballyshannon for a set of Go Games at Canon Maguire Park. Our players enjoyed the matches greatly, and thank you to our visitors and all mentors on the day for their work.

It was with sadness that our club's membership heard of the passing of Mrs Betty McLaughlin, Braade last week. Sincere condolences to the McLaughlin family. 

Finally, best wishes to our very sizeable representation of players on both the Fermanagh Minor and Senior squads in their endeavours aginst Antrim this Sunday at Brewster Park. Good luck lads!  

Harps Notes 18th May 2015

posted 18 May 2015, 04:15 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Lotto jackpot, now £7300, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 1, 10, 23 & 25. £20 each went to Dermot McMenamin, Boho, Peter Jones, Boho and P Duffy, Doagh. We are in the Cosy Bar this Sunday night with Eamonn and John overseeing matters.

Our young players at U10 and U8 had a great day on Saturday at the Club Eirne Go Games Blitzes, getting lots of games and experience, plus meeting their favourite Fermanagh footballers afterwards. Thank you very much to those who gave up their time and looked after our teams at this event, and thank you to the people who organised proceedings in terms of the blitz and the .

Our Under 14s play Kinawley away on Wednesday evening. They played well against Enniskillen Gaels on Saturday. We extend good wishes to the Gaels' Conor Murphy who sustained an arm injury in the match.  

Our Under 10s are back in action on Friday night in the club tournament away to Erne Gaels. Bus leaves the Casson at 5.50 sharp, please note the slightly earlier time than usual.

Our juniors have had a couple of good competitive performances but sadly no reward as they played Teemore and Devenish last week, scoring heavily in two very entertaining ties, but not getting any reward when they might well have deserved something. They are scheduled for two games this weekend, against Newtownbutler and Lisnaskea, although it would be advisable to check club online output to confirm that these games are still being played as scheduled.

Our next major off field event is this Friday night May 22nd at 8.30 when we have the top class production of the comedy play ‘The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley’ by The Acorn Players in the community centre. This group of players has toured Ireland and England very successfully with this play, and it will be a great night of entertainment for the audience. Poor Gabriel is chasing a bad relationship. He will lose the farm if he doesn't get things right. A real treat in store here, something very different, and we hope for a good attendance.

Harps Notes 11th May 2015

posted 11 May 2015, 03:08 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The club's May monthly meeting will take place this Thursday night at 9pm in the clubrooms.
The Lotto jackpot, now £7200, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers drawn were 1, 12, 18 & 19. £20 each went to Peggy Miller, Enniskillen, Gerry Mulrone, Belleek and Aideen Thompson, Derrygonnelly. The draw this Sunday night will be in Doogies, with John and Louise overseeing events.

Our juniors had a draw rescued at the death against Kinawley in a rain affected match on Sunday, the match ending up 2-10 each. They are away to Teemore this Wednesday evening, then away to Garrison this Sunday afternoon. Our seniors are away to Belcoo this Saturday evening at 6.30pm.
Our Under 14s resume action in the final series of league games at home to Irvinestown this Wednesday evening. Our Minors are at home to Knockninny in their final sectional game next Tuesday evening. Our Under 8s and Under 10s are off to Lissan this Saturday morning for the Go Games Blitz. Players for both teams are requested to assemble at Lissan for 10.10, with games concluding at 12.30. Remember, warm weather gear, gumshield and a wee snack. The Under 10s had two very enjoyable matches last week, against Devenish and Tempo.

A reminder also to keep free Friday night May 22nd for the top class production of the comedy play ‘The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley’ by The Acorn Players in the community centre. This group of players has toured Ireland and England very successfully with this play, and it will be a great night of entertainment for the audience. Poor Gabriel is chasing a bad relationship. He will lose the farm if he doesn't get things right...

Harps Notes 5th May 2015

posted 5 May 2015, 00:34 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Lotto jackpot, now £7100, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers drawn were 7, 15, 18 & 21. £20 each went to Nuala Leonard, Letterbreen, McGovern Family, Tullycalter and Shay, Grace & Ellie McKenna, Drumary. The draw this Sunday night will be in The Linnett Inn, with Gerald Greene and Anthony Murphy on duty. 

The May committee meeting will not be held this Thursday night, but Thursday 14th in the clubrooms at 9pm. 

Our seniors had a decent win against Tempo on Sunday at home. Next up, an away tie in Belcoo on Friday evening at 7.30, with a junior match on Sunday 10th at home to Kinawley.

Our Under 10s have been going for a few weeks now, and have their first game in the annual tournament this Friday evening when we are at home against Tempo. Our Under 14s had a good performance against Kinawley last Thursday night, and will now complete the league in Division One, with the first fixture next week. Our minors had a victory over St Pats, and they are due to finish the league against Knockninny next week. Our Under 16 girls completed a challenging league campaign against Kinawley last week. The small panel put in a good effort, and tried to do the right things in games, even against stronger opponents. Well done to them, and thank you to Louise Dundas and Donal Corrigan for your efforts with the team. 

A reminder also to keep free Friday night May 22nd for the top class production of the comedy play ‘The Two Loves of Gabriel Foley’ by The Acorn Players in the community centre. This group of players has toured Ireland and England very successfully with this play, and it will be a great night of entertainment for the audience. Poor Gabriel is chasing a bad relationship. He will lose the farm if he doesn't get things right...

We are also currently offering online advertising via the club website www.derrygonnellyharps.gaa.ie . Please contact Brendan Rasdale or Ruairi Dundas on this matter.

Finally, it was with sadness that the Harps' membership heard of the passing of Barney Flood. Genuine condolences to his immediate and extended family. 


posted 3 May 2015, 09:48 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 3 May 2015, 10:29 ]


HARPS 2.14 TEMPO 2.8

A fortnight ago, Harps supporters left Canon Maguire Park subdued after a pretty dull performance against Ederney, but today saw an altogether better effort from our seniors and they deserved their win, leading from the end of the first quarter with a bit of a margin.

Derrygonnelly had more of the possession overall, although a few wasted opportunities made supporters nervous early on. Ryan Keenan was first onto the break ball to put Tempo one up, Leigh Jones replied from play a minute later after a good driving run from Paul Ward. Damien Kelly, classy as ever, had a point before the Harps took the lead through Garry McKenna’s goal. Petie Gallagher won good ball inside, laid it out to Stephen McGullion who drilled across a sliced ball and McKenna fisted home. With Conall Jones a controlling influence, the Harps then went on a burst of scores through Declan Cassidy, two Leigh Jones frees, and a great point from half back Neil Gallagher down the right wing, over the bar and onto the balcony of the clubhouse, a super score.

However, Tempo pulled it back in the 19th minute when they had a goal as PJ Rogers was first onto the break following an arrowed delivery from Kelly into the middle. The Harps had a good quick reply through Leigh Jones goal following excellent work by Garvan Jones, Peter Gallagher and Garry McKenna. The three youngsters were very good up front in the first half, taking responsibility and showing well. Leigh Jones and Ryan Keenan exchanged frees before half time to make it 2-6 to 1-3.

The next quarter was possibly Tempo’s best as they forced four points from frees by Ryan Keenan, but the Harps knew they had to maintain a bit of space, so those points were split by Leigh Jones with a very good free, and Paul Ward with a handy free. Leigh hit another free in the 14th minute and the Harps moved away again through Garvan McGinley driving up from defence, two Paul Ward points from play and a quickfire score from Niall Gilleece in the 25th minute. Ryan Keenan replied with a free but even a goal from Damien Kelly, who was first onto a break in the 29th minute didn’t really put big pressure on. Paul Ward emphasised his influence on the game from scores and workrate off the ball with another point late on.

Tempo are not quite getting the bit of spark they need, and they were a bit unlucky to lose two players to injury in the first ten minutes. The Harps played well collectively. No-one absolutely dominated, but a lot of players played pretty well. Next up, Belcoo on Friday night.    


posted 27 Apr 2015, 12:01 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Roslea 2-7 v Derrygonnelly 0-12

1-1 in the final few minutes of this game for Roslea was to turn the game completely on its head and give Roslea the two points on offer on a wet night in Shamrock Park, Roslea.
Coming into the game Derrygonnelly were missing 5 key County players while Roslea were without their 3 current County men, while it was former Fermanagh player Paul Ward who notched the opening score in the 3rd minute.

Two Seamus Quigley frees in the 4th and 8th minute then gave the Shamrocks the lead but Derrygonnelly struck back with some fine individual scores coming from Maurice Cassidy and Paul Ward before a foul on Ruairi McGuinness led Seamus Quigley to tie the sides at 3 apiece with 18 minutes played.

Conor Quigley then done well to break forward and find his brother Seamus who eloquently turned and fired over from 40 yards out to make it a one point game again in favour of the home side.

Garvan Jones then scored an excellent point after good work from Declan Cassidy before the Harps closed the half with two further scores from midfielder Stephen McGullion, the first being a real team effort with Maurice Cassidy winning the aerial kick out before feeding Garvan McGinley and Leigh Jones before McGullion struck sweetly over the bar from 35 yards out to go in 0-6 to 0-4 in the lead.

Seamus Quigley cut the deficit to one just 28 seconds into the second half but the Harps then turned on the style but were choosing the wrong shooting option with no fewer than 6 efforts falling into Sean Boyle’s hands in the Roslea goals.

Paul Ward and Leigh Jones made it 0-8 to 0-5 before Roslea’s Seamus Quigley terrifically directed the ball to Brendan Sherlock who made no mistake from 12 yards out to make it all level again in the 43rd minute.

A Seamus Quigley free then pushed Roslea into the lead but the Harps roared back to life with the introduction of substitute Niall Gilleece that seen some wonderful scores coming from Paul Ward (3) and Declan Cassidy to make it 1-6 to 0-12 with 8 minutes remaining.

However a long pumped ball into the Roslea full forward line from Peter Sherry seen Seamus Quigley rise highest to punch the ball to the net in the 56th minute and 1 minute into injury time Quigley this time diverted a long ball to wing half back Niall Beggan who fired over the bar to give Roslea a one point win that for large periods they didn’t look like taking.

Referee – Martin Higgins (Lisnaskea)

(Thank You to Pauric McGurn, of The Impartial Reporter for this article.)


posted 20 Apr 2015, 12:29 by Derrygonnelly Harps

SFL1 20/4/15

HARPS 0-5.



This was an even enough split, with St Joseph’s taking to the field minus 5 key players, and the Harps in the same situation.

The Harps had a pretty dominant first ten minutes or so, but only had four wides and a Garvan Jones point from play to show for their work, which was matched by a good score by John Doran for Ederney. Darren McCusker had a point, matched by a decent mid-range free by Garry McKenna. Stephen McGullion took a big hit in a tackle, and it seemed to reduce our output a bit for a while, with Doran’s sideways movement rather than outright pace seeing him in possession for a good score before Darren McCusker had another free to put Ederney 4-2 up at ht. They didn’t have the majority of possession, but they were more economical, something they built on in the second period.

Given our struggles for much penetration, it looked like the three point margin via Darren McCusker in the 6th minute of the half would probably be enough for them, and we were a while getting an opening, never mind a score, until Paul Ward had a good score from play in the 14th minute. However St Joseph’s secured the thing with a goal in the 16th minute. Turnover possession, quick movement up the left, strong play by Peter Gormley in the forwards, Darren McCusker palmed Gormley’s pass across the square into the net.  Derrygonnelly kept working, but they just couldn’t generate the momentum to truly pressure their opponents. Paul Ward had another from play in the twentieth minute, veteran Paul Gallogly and Darren McCusker had a point each, and Wardy’s free at the end just reduced the margin. Denis Greene gave it a go in the final quarter, and looked to push the thing with a bit of energy, but it was the kind of day that things weren’t happening for us. They were a bit sharper with the ball and when they were hunting it too. They seemed to bottle us up quite a bit.

Maurice Cassidy grafted hard and generated a fair bit of play for the Harps, and there were a good few players who had a few bits and bobs of play, but Ederney just had a better day. There can be a temptation when you lose a game to look at yourself which is fine, but it is also worth looking at what your opponent was doing.

Ref: Fergal Cleary. 

Two Points Claimed in League Opener.

posted 13 Apr 2015, 14:06 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 13 Apr 2015, 14:07 ]

Skea 0-3

Harps 0-16.

It was a slightly changed Harps lineup, and a pretty unfamiliar Skea team that took to the very soft Emmett Park in this league opener.

The biggest difference between the teams was the ability of the Harps to really maximise the amount of possession gained around their own kickout, but also on the Skea restarts. This gave them the platform for what is by now a pretty well established pattern of play. In the first half, Skea kept kicking the ball to Stephen Jones, which didn't help either. 

Garvan McGinley had two nice scores to start, and the points flowed fairly regularly thereafter through Stephen McGullion, Garry McKenna frees, and Paul Ward before Daniel Kille got Skea moving in the 20th minute when he had a good goal chance. That didn’t really kickstart Skea though, as Ryan Jones got two points and Conall another to leave it 0-1 to 0-9. 

Just before Gerald McLaughlin blew his half time whistle there was a moderately sized outbreak of random shape throwing, scowling, pointless running over to show how up for it we all were, empty threat issuing, plus the now standard holding on to each other and not letting go, etc etc. Fair play to the ref who saw it for what it was and dished out a yellow each, but if it had been quite a few refs, that might not have been the outcome. Plus he might well have been marked down by his assessor for showing too much common sense by not issuing reds in a game that never really got past lukewarm, but anyway…

The second half saw a fairly similar pattern, but Skea managed to stem the flow a bit. Ryan Jones and Garry McKenna had frees apiece, Sean Keenan had a point for Skea, Stephen McGullion, Leigh, Ryan and Conall Jones had points for the Harps and there was fifteen minutes of drift to a conclusion, punctuated by another point each for Keenan and Ryan Jones. A possible positive for Skea, - no goals conceded. 

It’s all about the points, and it’s good to get two on the board on a day when the intensity was not overly noticeable, but a lot of players did their job well. Nothing to get carried away about.

Next up, Ederney at home in a starred game. They are minus four, we are minus five. A good early test of our squad, and chance for players to say look at me, we are not a panel of fifteen.   


posted 11 Apr 2015, 14:44 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 14 Apr 2015, 14:41 ]

JFL1 Sat April 11th.

Harps 0-9.

Roslea 1-3.


This must have been a very satisfying result for the team and managers Stephen Love and Gerard Maguire, as they took what would probably be a bonus two points against kingpins Roslea at Canon Maguire Park this evening.

The Harps took the wind in the first half and were off the mark in the first minute from a nice Conor Gilleece free following a foul on Stephen Gilroy. Petie Gallagher was a super outlet in the first half, from side to side, and he set up Eugene McManus for a score from play in the sixth minute. In the eighth minute, Roslea grabbed a goal through Micheal Jordan who picked up a break ball following a bit of dubious ping pong around the square. The Harps had two more close calls when their opponents might have hit the net, before two more frees from Barry McGrath and Gilleece again got play back down the other end (both following fouls on Petie Gallagher.). Eugene McManus had another good score from play followed by a ‘Big Bad Special’ as John Murf pinged a beauty over the bar off the outside of his boot. Barry McGrath and Conor Gilleece rounded off a purposeful effort with classy points each to leave us 0-8 to 1-0 up at ht. It looked as if it might not be enough, given the wind and Roslea’s superior mobility levels, but thankfully the team put in a great effort in the second period.

Young Niall Mohan grabbed a point for them in the second minute, but in truth, the Harps had plenty of ball through the strength of Niall Jones in particular and Chris Brennan in the central areas, whilst young Nathan Jones proved to be a very useful outlet as the half wore on. He knows what to do with the ball, which is important when every possession matters. Big Aaron Mulligan had Roslea’s second point from a free in the fourteenth minute, to bring it to three, but Barry McGrath had a handy free to restore the margin to four, following a free being moved on for a bit of random shouting at ref John McGurn, more of which later... Roslea continued to have a fair bit of ball, but every time they were on the attack, Aaron Burke or Barry McHugh managed to get a toe or hand to the ball, and work it to Dermot Carroll, Ruairi Dundas and in the last ten minutes Archie Greene to get it out safely. Damien McCauley and Ryan Farrell grabbed a bit of secondary possession as well, and we managed to take the win. Ciaran Cassidy did score a point for Roslea, but that was it, and he was sent to the line shortly afterwards for disagreeing with a decision. (The ref did us no harm, but he wasn't the difference) Jack Kelly had a smart interception, we had a few hearts in mouth moments (three points is a dangerous lead), but the whistle went and we deserved the win. We had guys who could convert scores, Roslea didn’t really have much slickness up front, so we got the win. We had a lot of great individual efforts at different times in the game, so it would be harsh to single out any matchwinners.


It was also refreshing to watch a junior match that didn’t have a ringer anywhere on the pitch. Junior football has changed a lot over the last two or three years. Nowadays it should about fielding, doing your best, and enjoying games. If winning something is a by-product, so much the better. It lost its way a few years back, in truth. Fair play to the older guys who played today and showed that bit of leadership that our club needs at the minute, and full marks to young players who got out and played well. Hopefully we can get a few more people round them to support an important part of our club.

Jack Kelly, Barry McHugh, Dermot Carroll, Aaron Burke, Ryan Farrell, Niall Jones, Damien McCauley, John Murphy, Chris Brennan, Nathan Jones, Barry McGrath, Conor Gilleece, Stephen Gilroy, Eugene McManus, Petie Gallagher, Ruairi Dundas, Martin Greene, Killian Jones, Michael Haren.      

Remembering Where our Club Comes From...

posted 27 Mar 2015, 07:13 by Derrygonnelly Harps   [ updated 29 Mar 2015, 13:14 ]

The club’s annual mass held on Friday night March 20th in 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…..

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