Jul 232016
The Harps U6 Hurling Team of 2016

The Harps U6 Hurling Team of 2016

Well done to our U6, U8 and U13 Hurlers who all performed brilliantly in their respective games this morning, Saturday July 23rd. First up was our U6s who played their first game of the season against Camross. All players thoroughly enjoyed the day and great credit goes to the coaches for all their hard work.
Our two U8 teams were unbeaten in all their games this morning showing excellent skill and determination throughout. Once again our U8 coaches deserve a special mention with these group of players certain to be stars of the future.

The Harps U13 Hurling Team of 2016

The Harps U13 Hurling Team of 2016

Finally our U13s were playing in the renowned Lisdowney 7-a-Side Tournament this morning. They beat Kilkenny teams Mullinavat and Glenmore to qualify for the Cup Quarter Finals in a fortnights time. Excellent performances for the lads with some great scores and team play.  Well done to all. Keep up the excellent work!

Jul 162015

Kelloggs-Cul-Camp-LaunchKellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps provide boys and girls – between the ages of 6 and 13 – with an action-packed and fun-filled week of activity during the summer holidays which revolves around maximising enjoyment and sustaining participant involvement in Gaelic Games. Activities are Game Based – a strong emphasis is placed on skill acquisition – and are organised in an age appropriate manner with a view to:

  • optimising learning
  • enhancing friendships
  • improving physical & psychological well being
  • promoting school and club links

KEY FEATURES ABOUT KELLOGG’S GAA CÚL CAMPS: The camps are structured so that a different aspect of the game is worked on each day. The programme involves coaching specific skills of the game and the opportunity for children to put into practice what they have learned through small sided games. On the last day of the camp a “blitz” will be organised to provide each child with an introduction to competitive games.

Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps – are run throughout the summer from Monday to Friday, 10.00am to 2.30pm.

Attendance is open to primary school children aged 6 years to 13 years.

What To Bring:

  • Packed lunch and  drink.
  • Hurley and Helmet for Hurling and Camogie
  • Mouthguard for Football
  • Suitable playing gear, tracksuit, shorts, runners, boots
  • Rain jacket and changes of gear on wet days
  • Sun cream and baseball hat
  • Towel
  • Water

COST: In the ROI €55 for 1st. child; €45 for 2nd child; €40 for 3rd and subsequent children. For children attending a second camp in other venues, without gear, the cost is €35.

WHERE AND WHEN: The Camp will be held in Durrow GAA grounds from Monday July 20th until Friday July 24th (10am-2.30pm each day). A few additional places are still available in our Annual Cúl Camps which start at 10am on Monday morning, July 20th. If you wish to partake, you can register from 9.45pm on Monday morning as the online booking system has now closed.

In the event that the week in Durrow does not suit, please search the website: https://secure.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie for other locations who are hosting Cul Camps on different weeks.

Jul 082015

gaelic-football-matchLast Monday evening the U14s got back to winning ways with a great victory over St. Josephs in the U14B Football League Final. The Harps won all their games in the league section but had lost to the same opposition by a single point in the Football Feile qualifier some weeks ago. The Harps had a strong wind in the opening half and led by seven points at the break with the goals coming from Conor Delaney and Jim Kirby. On the restart the Harps increased their lead with two additional goals but for the next ten minutes went totally out of the game and conceded 2-03 without reply. This left four points   between the sides and when the referee awarded a penalty the signs were ominous for The Harps.

However, Mikey Monaghan produced a great save and the ball came straight up the field with Lee Coffey finishing a great move to the net. This was a match winner and from here on The Harps never looked back and ran out convincing winners on an 8-09 to 5-07 scoreline. Captain Ciaran Shortall received the cup on behalf of the team after the game. The team now look forward to the U14 Hurling and Football Championships and are training hard to achieve success in both these competitions.

Report by: Noel Delaney

Appeal: Please email any photos of the team to theharpsgaa@gmail.com for inclusion.

Apr 102015
The Harps U14 on Saturday, after their semi-final win...

The Harps U14 on Saturday, after their semi-final win…

Congratulations to the Harps U14 Hurlers who had a great win in the Laois Feile competition last weekend – this now qualifying them for the National Feile na nGael Finals being hosted in Ulster on June 19th, 20th and 21st. Last Monday’s win over Abbeyleix was played in Ballacolla as a curtain raiser to the Laois/Cork senior game commemorating Laois’ All Ireland victory one hundred years ago which added to the occasion.

The Feile week end got underway last Saturday morning in Portlaoise with The Harps drew against Camross in a ‘knock out’ game. The Harps settled quickest and had two points on the board inside the first five minutes and when a long range free from Conor Delaney went all the way to the net it put the team in a good position. The Harps continued to add on scores and ran out winners on a 3-07 to 0-01 score line with top scorer Conor Delaney netting all three goals. The next game was the semi-final where Ratdowney/Errill were the opposition having beaten Portlaoise that morning also. In this game Rathdowney/Errill opened the scoring with a fine point against the wind and The Harps knew they were in a tough contest. However, they soon settled and after some pointed frees took a slim lead. Then, with ten minutes gone, Jim Kirby was first to react to a breaking ball and raised the green flag. The Harps got on top from there on and with Mark Deegan scoring two goals. The Harps qualified for Monday’s final winning 4-03 to 1-02.

A very special medal was issued to our U14 Feile winners today inscribed with the centenary of the Laois 1915 All-Ireland win.

A very special medal was issued to our U14 Feile winners today inscribed with the centenary of the Laois 1915 All-Ireland win.

Monday’s opposition was Abbeyleix who also qualified from their group on Saturday morning (which involved Borris-in-Ossory/Kilcotton, Na Fianna and Castletown/Slieve Bloom). With the sun shining and a great crowd in Ballacolla all was set for a tight game – the two sides having met in an U13 final last year and only four points separating the sides on that occasion. A pointed free from Conor Delaney opened the scoring for the Harps on Monday and early on the exchanges were ‘nip and tuck’. The key score of the first half was an Abbeyleix goal which saw them leading at the break 1-03 to 0-03. Again in the second half there was nothing to separate the teams and when Abbeyleix got in for a second goal with seven minutes remaining it put them in a commanding position. However, The Harps never panicked and when Conor Delaney struck the Abbeyleix net with a low drive it put the Harps two up. Mark Deegan then put three between the sides after a great individual score and when a 65 was awarded to Abbeyleix in the last minute a goal was the only option – that 65 went over the bar and from the puck the referee blew the final whistle making The Harps Laois Feile champions on a 1-08 to 2-03 scoreline. Captain Aaron Grady then accepted the cup on behalf of the team with all now looking forward to mid June!

Captain Aaron Grady being presented with the Cup.

Captain Aaron Grady being presented with the Cup.

Harps Panel: Lorcan Fitzpatrick, Ben Dunphy, Billy McEvoy, Thomas Walsh, Tiarnach Doheny, Daire Quinn, Ciaran Shortall, James Duggan, Ciaran Burke, Conor Delaney, Aaron Grady, Mikey Monaghan, Pauric Walsh, Jim Kirby, Mark Deegan, Bill Phelan, Lee Coffey, Jim O’Connor, Rian Edwards, Patrick Daly, Emmett Moore, Tony Lee Donoghue, Mark Holland, Darren O’Neill, Jake Downey, Jack Murphy.

Reporting by: Noel Delaney.

Photos by: Sean Dunphy and Noel Delaney.

Saturday Score updates by: Mick Fitzpatrick.

Monday Score updates by: Caroline Grady.

Special Thanks to: Portlaoise GAA and Ballacolla GAA for hosting both the qualifying rounds and the finals.

Mar 182014

trainingTraining will commence for U8, U10 and U12 teams for the coming season in early April. Team mentors will be in contact with players shortly to confirm training nights and times for the season ahead. Registration of players will also take place when training commences. Registration fees for 2014 will be €50 per child or €80 for two children in the same family or €100 for a family membership (three or more children in the same family). For further information, please contact Barry Murphy on (086) 1656040.

Mar 182014

Easter-Eggs-in-GrassThe Harps Juvenile Committee will be running it’s Annual Easter Egg Draw again this Easter and tickets will shortly be on sale from all Juvenile Committee members at €2 each. This is the major yearly fundraiser for the Juvenile Club and the support of all parents would be greatly appreciated. The draw will take place in O’Connells Bar, Cullohill on Easter Sunday night, April 20th, in conjunction with a Cabaret and your support on the night would also be greatly appreciated.

Sep 182013

All roads lead to O’Moore Park, Portlaoise this coming Sunday morning, September 22nd as we have two Harps teams going for glory in both the football and hurling championship finals.


At 10.45am our U14 footballers take on Camross in the U14B Football final and are looking to seek revenge for their hurling semi-final defeat of last week.

Then following that game, our Minor (U18) hurlers take on Borris-Kilcotton in a repeat of last year’s final at 12.15pm.

We are calling for everyone in the parish to get behind our boys, put on your Harp’s colours and come out to support the lads.

Admission is free for all boys and girls under the age of 16, so we are asking parents to make a special effort to bring your children along on Sunday. The weather is also set to be good – see www.laoisweather.com for more!

Report By: Barry Murphy.