Last weekend, was obviously a sad one for the club when we heard of the passing of one of our Club Presidents Joe Corrigan. Joe's association with the club goes back decades at committee level but particularly to his spell as our club Chairman from our AGM at the end of 1977 to 1982, a time which saw us start out to redevelop the playing facilities at Canon Maguire Park for the first time since the 1960s. It was a period which saw us fundraising heavily in the traditional way: fundraising events and draws, and he led us strongly and actively through the work. For many years thereafter, Joe was a great supporter of the club, attending matches at every level, and enjoying in particular the successes of his grandsons in our colours. Joe's passing reminds us once again that clubs everywhere inherit the good work of club committee members, officers and players who have gone before them, and we always appreciate that. So our sympathies go to Joe's sons, daughters and family circle on behalf of our members everywhere.
It was also with sadness that we heard of the passing of John Smyth in England last week. John was a brother of Joe Smyth and a hardy defender for the Harps in the 1950s, most obviously on our breakthrough 1959 team.
Can all committee members and officers note that the club's March meeting takes place this Thursday night at 9pm sharp.
Club activities were suspended last weekend as a mark of respect at Joe's passing, and the Lotto results from Monday night's draw will be in next week's notes.
Our Under 14s have a bye this weekend. They recorded a good win last week under the lights against Belcoo in a great wee game that definitely could have gone either way. Our Minors are hoping to make their first competitive appearance of the year against Belnaleck at home on Sunday at 12.00. Our Ladies' 9 a side league has also commenced so we may have a fixture this weekend, please check club online output for details.
Our Under 14 girls have started out for the year on Thursday evenings at 6.15pm. Any girl from Primary seven class to Year 10 who turn 14 in 2017 are welcome to come along, whether you have been playing regularly through Under 12 etc or not, it will be great to see you there. This training will end at 7.15.
The club's next big off field initiative is our Four County Cycle Tour on May 13th. This fundraiser will have three courses to suit all ability levels, from 10k to 100k in length. This will be a big goal for a lot of cyclists in our area and beyond, but we hope that plenty of locals in particular will come on board and give it a go. The 10k spin obviously an option for everyone, but the 50k is a very accessible and realistic target too, with a bit of preparation. The 100k is a great challenge for someone who has done a bit before, but again it offers a great way for someone who is looking to do a bit more or get moving for the year. We hope to see plenty of participants on their bikes around our four counties, this event gives us something positive to be working towards!