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Harps Notes 21st Oct 2019

posted by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £6000, was not won on Sunday night. Numbers drawn were 1, 11, 19 and 27. £20 each went to Niamh Carroll, Derrygonnelly, Kenny Sweeney, Blaney, and Conor King, Tempo. We are in Old Pals this Sunday night, with Garry, the two Kevins, and Mary on the controls. Thank you very much to everyone for your ongoing support of the Lotto. That is what sustains our activities from Under 6 to Senior.

We had a great day for our club on Sunday when the Harps went up the Whiterock Road to Corrigan Park, and took our first ever away win in the Ulster Club championship. Congratulations to the squad and team management, and it was great to see so many Harps, home based and otherwise, at the match to cheer the team on. Next up is Trillick at Brewster Park on November 4th.

Finally, good luck to Kinawley Ladies and club as they head to the Ulster Final against St Pauls this Saturday. They are setting a fine standard for other clubs to work towards and a rising tide lifts all boats so all the best to them.

Harps Notes 7th October 2019

posted 7 Oct 2019, 03:33 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £5600, was not won on Friday night. The numbers drawn were 7, 13, 21 and 28. £20 each went to John Burns and Julie Evans, both c/o Kevin Cassidy, and Darragh Burke, Derrygonnelly. This Sunday night’s draw will be in Doogies, with John and Louise plus Mary on duty.

The club's October committee meeting will be held this Thursday night at 9pm.

Many congratulations to our senior squad and all involved in preparing them on their league final win against St Joseph’s Ederney last Saturday. It has been a good tough season, with a very wide contribution from the squad members. The focus now moves to the next challenge for the group, in Corrigan Park on October 20th, and good luck to them as they get ready for that. Commiserations and full credit to St Joseph’s on their season and thank you to them for their willingness to rearrange the fixture, and full credit also to Kinawley who did a fine job in staging the fixture.

Congratulations also to our six players who received recognition at the Fermanagh GAA All Stars event last Friday evening. They would be the first to say that they receive them on behalf of their team-mates, but it was a great event for them to be part of, and well done to them all plus Teemore GFC who run the awards.

The minor girls lost out to Kinawley in their championship semi-final  last Wednesday bringing their season to an end. Many thanks to Donal , Louise and Abigail for their work with the group. It’s been a very good season of work and development for them. The senior Ladies lost their final league game away to Newtownbutler on Sunday. The Ladies are still second in the league and  have a chance of making the league final but are depending on results elsewhere to secure a playoff place. They have put in a huge effort this year, and are learning about playing at the higher level.

Well done to the Gaelic For Mothers and Others Group which travelled to Portmarnock on Saturday to participate  in the National Blitz . Thanks to Eadaoin , Eoghan and everyone who helped out with the G4MO squad over the season .


Canon Maguire Park still saw plenty of action over the weekend, with two Go Games Blitzes taking place. On Saturday morning, we had our Under 8s out in matches against Kinawley, Belnaleck and Trillick. The boys and girls had a brilliant end to their season, and the level of improvement was there for all to see. Thanks to our visiting teams for coming. Then on Sunday, we had our internal Under 12 Blitz to conclude the season for the Master Michael Farrell Memorial trophy. Again, a great series of matches. Thanks to the coaches and refs who came out and helped to run these events. They are absolutely central, right alongside senior teams or whatever, in what our club is about.  


Harps Notes 30th September 2019

posted 30 Sep 2019, 01:41 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Lotto jackpot, now £5400, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers drawn were 7, 21, 23 and 26. £20 each went to The Keaney Children, Belcoo, Neil O'Brien, Belleek, and The Foy Grandchildren, Ely Lodge. We are in The Linnet Inn this Sunday night, with Mary, Gerald Greene and Anthony Murphy on Lotto duty.

Well done to our Seniors, who reached the Division One League Final with their win over Enniskillen Gaels on Sunday. They play Ederney St Josephs this Sunday in the final at 4pm in Brewster Park. We hope to see as strong a Harps support as ever out at what promises to be a very good contest.

Our Senior ladies lost out to Newtownbutler in what was a competitive final of the nine aside league on Sunday. Our team had a good share of possession and chances, and could have taken a result on another day. The two sides meet again this Sunday , this time in Newtownbutler at 11am in the 15 aside league. Our Minor girls  play their championship semi-final v Kinawley this Wednesday at 6.15pm in Derrygonnelly. The Under 13 girls travelled to Brookeborough to take part in a development blitz last Saturday. Thanks to Eadaoin, Jacqui and Garvan for their work with this group.

Our Under 13 boys exited the championship last Wednesday night against eventual winners Irvinestown. The boys worked ever so hard against the tide in the match, which typified the good attitude they have shown all year. They had a good season, and are a real group for the future. Thank you to Dom and Marty, plus Giles and Nigel for all of their work with the group.

Sunday Morning Footy finished up on Sunday, after another successful year of sessions at Canon Maguire Park. All that remains now are two blitzes, to be held soon for Under 8s and Under 11s. Sunday Footy remains one of our club's absolute cornerstones, and we are very grateful to all of the coaches who volunteer and come out to build the skills and sense of enjoyment that creates a positive future for the Harps.

Finally, it was with sadness that our club members and committee heard of the passing of Michael Carroll, a neighbour of ours at Canon Maguire Park last week. Sincere condolences to his family on their bereavement.


Harps Notes 23rd September 2019

posted 23 Sep 2019, 02:24 by Derrygonnelly Harps

Congratulations to our Senior squad and their management team, as the group gave our club another great day in Brewster Park and we retained the Senior championship for 2019. In tough conditions, we put together a bit of control for the final quarter in particular to take the result against a very competitive and worthy opponent. Well done to everyone involved. This Sunday sees the squad out in the league semi-final against Enniskillen Gaels at Kinawley and good luck to them in that match.

Our Under 17s lost out in a good contest against the Gaels in their curtainraiser championship final. They are obviously disappointed, but can look back on a season with a lot of good performances and a league title. Congratulations to the Gaels. Thank you to the lads and their managers for their efforts. Our Under 13s had a very good win against Lisnaskea in another well contested championship match last Saturday. A good first half against the wind saw them in a position to push at it in the second half and they won by five points in the end.

Congratulations to our Minor girls, who secured the Division Two league with a win on Tuesday night in the final against Ederney. The girls displayed a lot of good footballing quality in this game. Next up for them is Aghadrumsee at home in the minor championship at 6.30pm this Wednesday. The u13 girls travelled to Belleek on Monday evening losing out to the hosts. Next up for them is a blitz this Saturday – details still to be confirmed. Our Senior ladies had a solid win over Brookeborough in the senior league on Sunday. Their next game is away to Newtownbutler on 6th October.

Thanks to everyone who helped out with the hosting of the Ladies Senior and Intermediate Finals last Saturday.

The results of the Lotto draw from Monday September 23rd will be published in next week’s notes.

Harps Notes 16th Sept 2019

posted 16 Sep 2019, 02:13 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £5000, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers drawn were 12, 15, 16 & 18. £20 each then went to Eileen Waters, Derrygonnelly, Orla Broomhead, Lisnaskea, and Mary Cox, Newtown, Derrygonnelly. We are in Old Pals this Sunday night, with Gavin and John Murphy on duty with Mary.

Commiserations to Fermanagh Ladies on their defeat in the All Ireland final last Sunday. They have put in a tremendous year, and should be applauded for that. It was great to see such a hearty Harps contingent down to cheer the girls on, and it was still a very enjoyable day. Thanks very much to Frances and her team who took the group away on a great day. Our senior ladies are back in action this Sunday at 11am against Brookborough in a home league match. Canon Maguire Park is hosting the Ladies' championship finals this Saturday, so assistance with stewarding etc will be very much appreciated.

At underage level, we have our Under 13 lads out on Saturday morning in the championship against Lisnaskea. This match is at 11.00. Our Under 16 girls exited the championship against Kinawley on Wednesday last, putting in a very courageous effort against an impressive opponent. Thank you very much to the management team of Hugh, Martin, Claire and Jackie who looked after the girls all year.

Please note that the self defence course which had been scheduled for this week has had to be put back because of a clash with underage fixtures. The course will now run on September 24th and October 1st.

Finally, this Sunday sees our senior team in the Fermanagh SFC final against Roslea Shamrocks. The Harps supporters have always been a sixteenth man for the team, and we encourage as many people as possible, young and old, out in their colours to cheer the boys on in this match. Throw in is at 2.30pm in Brewster Park. Good luck lads!

Harps Notes 9th September 2019

posted 9 Sep 2019, 02:22 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £4800, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers drawn were 7, 16, 20 and 24. £20 each went to Damon Mullane, Belleek, Ignatius McGovern, Belcoo, and Pat McMahon, c/o Doogies. We are in Doogies this Sunday night, with Aidy McGovern, John Maguire and Mary Cox on duty.

The club's monthly committee meeting takes place this Thursday night at 9pm.

The Health & Wellbeing committee has arranged a Teen Self Defence & Personal Protection course running over 2 weeks on Tuesday 17th & Tuesday 24th Sept  from 7-10pm. This is open to male and female members aged 12-16 and costs £15 for the course, payable on the first night. It will be run by Lyle Gawley from Fermanagh Ju Jitsu. Contact Éadaoin Love on 07799 148 196 to book a place. If oversubscribed, names will be drawn out of a hat.

Yoga with Jim Fawcett resumes on Wed 25th September. Beginner class is from 7-8pm and sports yoga is from 8 15-9.15pm. Please arrive early on the first night to register-cost is £20 for the six week course.

Good luck to Fermanagh Ladies this Sunday in the All Ireland final. Special best wishes to Eimear Smyth and Bronadh Duffy, plus Dermott Feely who is part of the backroom team. Good luck also to our supporters who are travelling to the match privately and on our organised bus.

Congratulations to our Under 16 girls who had a great win over Aghadrumsee in the championship on Sunday. They now play Kinawley at a time to be arranged this week. Our Under 13 boys finished up their league campaign against St Pats last Thursday night with a good win in a well contested match. They have had a good campaign overall, and play some really nice football. They still have a championship to compete in, possibly starting this weekend. Our Under 10 girls had a great outing at a blitz in Irvinestown on Sunday. The amount of matches that our Under 8 and Under 10 girls have played has been a real step forward for the club this year. Please note that there will not be any Sunday Morning Footy this week, because we are all watching the All Ireland.

Harps Notes 3rd September 2019

posted 3 Sep 2019, 03:19 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £4600, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 8, 12, 26 & 29. £20 each went to Jarlath Flanagan, Harps, Vince Foy, Sillees Grove, and Teresa Gallagher, Belleek. We are in Doogies this Sunday night with Mary, Gerard Maguire and Donal Corrigan on duty.

The big focus this Wednesday evening is our Junior A squad who face Enniskillen Gaels in the Reserve FC semi in Lisnaskea at 7pm. Good luck to all concerned. Our Seniors had a very solid performance against Belnaleck in the championship semi final replay last Saturday night. They must now prepare for Roslea in the final and we wish them all the best with that. Our Under 17s are still active in their championship, awaiting results in other rounds. Our Under 13s have completed their league, finishing behind Irvinestown, St Pats and Kinawley. They have a championship ahead, which is still to be drawn. Sunday football for children aged P1 - Under 12 continues on Sundays for the month of September from 11.15 - 12.30.

Our senior Ladies team lost out narrowly to Newtownbutler on Saturday in their championship semi.They found themselves behind at half time, but put in a most creditable second half. This was a big step up on other games this season and they will have learned a lot from it. They still have plenty to play for this year. Our Under 16 girls are in action on Sunday in the championship at 1pm, and our Under 13s
are currently out as well. They have played Belcoo, and play Devenish next Monday night. Our Thursday evening sessions have come to an end for the primary school girls. Thanks a lot to Frances and her team of helpers, who have given those girls a brilliant series of sessions and blitz outings.

Finally, congratulations to our underage player Michael Duffy, who played in the Cumann na mBunscoil half time exhibition game during the All Ireland final on Sunday. It was a fantastic experience for a very committed and skilful player.

Harps Notes 27th August 2019

posted 27 Aug 2019, 03:15 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £4400, was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 14, 17, 27 & 29. £20 each went to Kevin Leonard, Derrygonnelly, Kathleen Brennan, Kinawley, and Teresa O’Reilly, Enniskillen. We are in The Linnett Inn on Sunday night, with Peter Jones, Gerry Gallagher, and Mary on duty.

Well done to our Under 17s on a very good league win against Enniskillen Gaels last Wednesday night. They had a very hardworking performance, and no shortage of skilful play in an entertaining final. Congratulations to all concerned. They are scheduled to play Ederney in the championship on Wednesday evening. Our Under 13s have a big week, with three games as their league comes to an end. They play Irvinestown at home on Thursday evening at 7pm, then St Pats at home next Tuesday evening. Good luck lads.  

Drama aplenty in Brewster Park last Saturday night as the Harps drew in the championship against Belnaleck. The replay is on Saturday evening at 7pm in Brewster Park. Good luck to the lads in this game.

Our Ladies are also out in the championship this Saturday against Newtownbutler this Saturday evening at 4pm in Derrylin. All the best Ladies! Congratulations and continued success also to Eimear Smyth and Bronadh Duffy on their All Ireland semi final win last weekend, with Dermott Feely also part of the backroom team. They play Louth in the final.

Our Under 8s and Under 10s were in blitz action at the Hughie Cathcart Memorial Blitz and Trillick Tournament last weekend. Our Under 8s came home with a shield for their efforts, and the Under 10s had four great games too. Thanks to our host clubs Kinawley and Trillick for having us. Thanks also to our coaches for their continued commitment. We are coming into the last few weeks of Sunday Morning Footy for P1 – Under 12 footballers and would love to see a good turnout to finish the season.

Harps Notes 20th August 2019

posted 21 Aug 2019, 01:57 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Harps Lotto jackpot, now £4200 was not won on Sunday night. The numbers were 3, 5, 21 and 26. £20 each went to Dinny Doogan, Kinawley, Fidelma Beacom, Garvary and Margaret O’Rourke, Lisnaskea. We are in The Cosy Bar this Sunday night, with Big Pat McGurn, Michael Glynn and Mary on duty.

Good luck to our seniors in the championship semi final against Belnaleck Art McMurroughs this Saturday night at 7pm in Brewster Park. All support in key games like this one is greatly appreciated.

Our Junior A squad had a very good win against Lisnaskea in the Reserve Championship on Sunday. They now play Enniskillen Gaels in the semi final on Saturday August 31st at 6pm.

Our Under 17s have worked very hard and put in a good league campaign. They face Enniskillen Gaels this Wednesday evening in the league final at Brewster Park, throw-in time is 8pm. All the best to our players and management.

Our Under 13s are back in action again this week, facing Kinawley in a refixture on Thursday night, then Irvinestown on Thursday 29th. Both games are home fixtures. Our 2007/8 squad travelled to the Moy on Saturday and enjoyed top quality games against Tyrone opposition, a brilliant exposure to the levels elsewhere. Thanks a lot to Francie McKenna, Eoghan Cassidy and Paul Ward for travelling with the lads.

Our senior Ladies had a win over Devenish in a very entertaining league match last Wednesday night. Next up for them is a nine-a-side match away to Brookeborough on Thursday night. Arrangements for the Ladies SFC semi against Newtownbutler have been confirmed, with a 4pm throw-in in Derrylin on Saturday August 31st. Good luck to all in preparing for that game. Good luck also to Fermanagh ladies this Saturday in the All Ireland semi final against London at 2.45 in Clones.

Our Under 8 and Under 10  girls continue to train every Thursday evening at 6.15. They hosted a very worthwhile blitz last week, and many thanks to all who helped out. Our Minor ladies had a win over Belnaleck on Sunday evening, and are scheduled to play Ederney away on Wednesday evening, to be confirmed on our online output.

Thank you finally to our squad of matchday volunteers who helped out at our recent IFC matches in various roles. It is very pleasing to be able to host matches at Canon Maguire Park so efficiently and reliably.

Harps ‘Rain’ Continues as they dispatch the Blues in Brewster

posted 10 Aug 2019, 03:44 by Derrygonnelly Harps

SFC Quarter Final   Friday 9th August 2019

Derrygonnelly Harps 0-13 v Devenish St Marys 0-6

Played in slippy and wet conditions, with a few fairly heavy showers throughout the game itself, the Harps did enough to weather the storm early in the second half and pull clear for a win.

Devenish set out their intentions early with the inclusion of big John O’Flanagan around the middle and a titanic struggle was expected around the middle third. 
The Harps started the brighter, an early attack saw the ball skidding away from Ryan and the weather was setting the terms.  Eamo done well to dispossess Conor McGowan and set up Conall to score the opening point. 

Devenish replied with a free after Tiarnan was blew in defence and Thomas Treacy struck it over, maybe 35 yards on the stand side.  Level game.

Garvan Jones was freed up after excellent team play from Foss and Lee allowing Garvan to take on a shot but Martin ‘Waa’ Doherty blocked the shot superbly.  There were quite a few turnovers, frees conceded and things like that which upset the applecart for a few minutes but Micky then showed the leadership, taking the ball from the half back line to the half forward line, offloaded to Eamo who was fouled.  Conall dispatched the free, and this is followed up with the standard Keeves point after good grafting from Shane.  Our working the ball was good, despite the conditions becoming difficult.  Big John hit a free from the cinema sideline which was deflected out for a 45 and Thomas Treacy stroked it over beautifully and there was only a point between the sides.

Conall then hit a free while things got a bit humid around the middle, John O’Fla got a yellow card and Ryan was beginning to get the thing going.  Shane had a go but it was a bit of a watery shot in truth, perhaps his mind was clouded between the goal or the point, a mist opportunity though.  (Sorry Shane!) Devenish went up the field winning a free 30 yards out but it went wide.  It was milling down and the wet ball meant there were piles of handling errors.  Shot selection also was clumsy for both sides.  Ryan and Garvan both pointed to put 4 between them approaching half time.  Big John hits a point after Jack Love was a bit unlucky coming out and we go in at half time with three points as a flood barrier.

The poor shooting from both teams was the talking point at the half time tea break.  Monsoon like conditions weren’t helping either.

The second half saw Devenish begin brightly and with a bit of intent.  Big John O pointed from the left about 35 yards out.  Both teams were blown for a bit of overcarrying and Big John O points another free, while a few high balls were rained in on top of Odhran but he dealt well with them.  Next thing ya know, Joe O’Brien pops over a 21 yard free after a tug of a jersey and she’s level! 0-6 to 0-6.  The noise from the stand starts booming around Brewster as Chris O’Brien and Aidy McKenna enter the fray; its game on you hope!

But the truth be told here at 0-6 a piece, Devenish never moved up a gear.  Conall points a monster 45 yards out, Foss pops up with a nice point after Conall and Ryan work it in and we have the momentum again.  Devenish miss a straightforward enough free.  Lee Jones gusts up and down his wing with intent, always an option.  We then work the ball upfield and Shane has a shot at goal again but sees his shot blocked well by Ruairi Doherty, before patient build up releases Garvan who points with a lovely swing of the boot on the cinema side, and then a great team play move sees Conall thunder a point from 40 yards out, and suddenly we’re four points up.  Devenish hit a number of wides here, and how badly they needed them to go over.  The Harps lauch a bit of a whirlwind, powering forward time and time again.  Garvans shot at goal is blocked by Jason Love, but the patient build up sees the ball recycled and Foss gets on the end of the move and points under high pressure on the cinema side.  Garvan then finds himself put through with plenty of time and space and he takes his point when maybe there was a sniff of goal on (#TakeYourPoints) and then, appropriately, Conall finishes the game with an absolutely outrageous strike from a free on the 45.  It was a stormer of a score in fairness!

And that was that.  0-13 to 0-6.

Devenish will be disappointed that when they did have the momentum and levelled the thing, they couldn’t kick on.  They'll rue the many wides they accumulated.

For ourselves, there’s quite a bit of work to do.  We controlled the thing reasonably well at times but still let the opposition into the game, especially at the start of the second half.  I have a feeling it’ll be raining shooting drills around Harpland this week as well… #ShotSelection

Job done, into the semi-final draw.


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