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.

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.

Jul 042013
peile-na-nogOn the weekend of the 28th to the 30th of June 2013 the Harps Gaels team travelled to Derry having been nominated by Laois County Board as the second team to represent Laois at Feile Peile na nOg 2013. We were drawn to play in Division 5 of the tournament and our hosts for the weekend were Glen GAA club, Maghera. There was an early start on Friday morning with the bus departing shortly after 8am for Derry. We had a brief stop in Moy, Co. Tyrone to stretch the legs and have some lunch. We arrived at Watty Graham Park, Maghera shortly after 1pm and we were given a very warm welcome by the officials and members of the Glen club. Our first game was against the home Glen club with the throw in at 2pm. There was a very strong wind and unfortunately we lost the toss and had to play against it in the first half. We started well and after 10 minutes the sides were level at 3pts each. We the got caught by a couple of quick goals and ended the half trailing by 3-06 to 0-04. We regrouped at and started the second half well and we were awarded a penalty which Thomas McCann scored, however we played poorly after this and Glen ran out comfortable winners. This game was followed by refreshments provided by the home club.
Shortly afterwards we departed for the city of Derry for the Feile parade. This proved to be one of the highlights of the weekend. The sun came out and it was a glorious evening. The President of the GAA Liam O’Neill met us on the field at Celtic Park and had some words of encouragement for the players and also stood in for a photograph. The parade left Celtic Park and proceeded through the Bogside and up the hill under the arch of the old city walls and into the city centre and along to the review stand near the Guild Hall. Large crowds of people lined the route and there was a tremendous atmosphere as the people of Derry gave all the participating clubs a very warm welcome. It was fascinating to march through the Bogside and to see all the murals on the gable end of buildings etc. which were familiar watching the news during the ‘troubles’. It was also amazing to have to explain to the boys who were born since the peace process and had no great knowledge of the ‘troubles’.
It was 10.30pm when we got back to Maghera at which time we dispersed to all corners of Maghera with the host famillies. On Saturday morning we travelled to Ballerin GAA club. Our first game was versus the home club. The team performed much better and we ran out comfortable winners on a scoreline Harps Gaels 3-12 Ballerin 1-09. All twenty players participated as is the rule and played very well. Adam Kenna was very prominent at full back. Our centre field partnership of Thomas McCann and Ronan Quinn, once they settled down, got on top. Killian O’Shea, Rory Deegan, Seamus Fitzpatrick and Stephen Brennan shone up front. After this game there was a skills competition for all the teams in the group. Ronan Quinn represented us in this competition and did so in style as he emerged the winner of the group and qualified for the final. We played Philadelphia in our final group game. They were a big strong physical team but our boys were well up for the battle and won a tough hard fought encounter on the score of The Harps Gaels 1-09 Philadelphia 1-07, much to the delight of the large contingent of supporters who had travelled to cheer us on. Liam O’Neill met the team prior to the throw in and wished us well. Adam Kenna, Padraig Delaney, Daire Quinn and Oisin Fitzpatrick played well in defence. Ronan Quinn held their main player well in the middle of the field. Our forwards worked their hearts out but we owed the victory to a superb exhibition of free taking from Thomas McCann.
Our host club Glen qualified for the semi finals out of our group. After some refreshments we travelled to St Mallachys GAA club Castledawson to support our host club Glen versus San Francisco and also to support Ronan Quinn in the final of the skills competition. Glen won a close match with San Francisco to qualify for the final. Ronan gave a gallant performance in the skills competition but was unlucky to lose out to the representative from the host club St Mallachys. That evening we attended mass in the Glen club house in Maghera which was followed by entertainment of music, song and dance. This was followed by presentations by the clubs present and then a disco. We had an early start the following morning as we decided to travel to Owenbeg which was the venue for some of the finals. Glen played St Cailins of Leitrim in the final and after a very entertaining game ran out winners on a scoreline of 4-06 to 3-02. At this stage it was time to bid farewell and we began the long journey home.
The party arrived back safely to the pitch in Durrow at 5pm on Sunday evening. A great week-end was had by all. The feedback from the host famillies was very complimentary to our boys who performed exceptionally well on Saturday after a dissappointing start on Friday. It was a great learning experience for the team and they put it to to good use on Monday night when they had a comfortable victory over Park/Ratheneiska in the first round of the championship. One of the remarkable features to take from our trip was the excellent facillities of the GAA clubs in Derry, each club we visited had better facillities than the last. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to the officials and host famillies of Glen GAA club Maghera for their outstanding hospitally to us. We would also like to thank (and there was quite a crowd) all those who travelled to Derry in support and also all those who supported our fund raising events without whose support this trip would not have been possible. A big thank you to our bus driver David who got us there and back safely without any fuss. To the Chairman Barry Murphy, secretary Enda Murphy, treasurer and mentor Martin Deegan who could not travel and the other committee members of the juvenile club and also fellow mentors Enda Whelan, Pat Dunne and Adrian Fitzpatrick. Finally we would like to thank the players themselves and our kit man Diarmuid Irwin who behaved impeccably both on and off the field and were brilliant ambassadors for our club. Photos will follow on the Harps website shortly.
Report by: Gabby Irwin
Jun 042013

fixturesOur U16 footballers took on O Dempseys in the U16B League Final on Sunday May 26th last in Stradbally. The lads played well but were not able to reap the rewards. Well done to all involved.

May 162013

gaelic-football-matchThe U16 team have qualified for the Football League B Final, which takes place this Sunday, May 19th in Stradbally at 5pm. Best of luck to all involved and we appeal to everyone to please come along and support the boys.

May 152013

gaelic_footballThis group played in a blitz hosted by Clough-Ballacolla last Saturday. The first team made up mainly of U9s did really well against Shanahoe and showed great spirit and determination against their opponents. Great performances on the day from Owen Cahill, Eoin Delaney and Rory Dunne in defence, Bobby & Charlie Murphy in midfield with Daniel Bowe and Keelin Carroll doing great work in the forwards. In the second game against Clough-Ballacolla, the older Harps selection also played great football against their local rivals. A special mention here must go to Stephen Murphy, Daragh Conroy, Gavin Ryan, Eoin Whelan, Kevin McNeill and Daniel Murphy who stood out on the morning along with the rest of the team. Keep up the great work lads.