Jan 292017

Congratulations to Larry Mahony who won The Harps GAA’s Third Time Lucky Lotto draw on Saturday, 21st of January last. Larry’s lucky number, 45 was the bonus ball in the National Lottery’s main draw on the night clinching the win for Larry. The Club Chairman, Seamus Campion presented Larry with his cheque shortly after the draw, thanking Larry for his ongoing support for the Club.

Jan 282017

The Harps GAA Club were delighted to have been allocated a development grant of €15,000 from the Leinster Council recently. Club Chairman and Secretary David Finnegan were both in attendance at the Leinster Council GAA Offices in Portlaoise on Monday last to collect the cheque which will be used to fund the ongoing developments at the club’s facilities.

“Much work has taken place over the past three years with a new Gym complex, Ball Wall with Floodlighting and associated groundsworks which will serve all our players both young and old long into the future.” said the Chairman following the award. “I would also like to thank David Finnegan, Club Secretary for his work in developing the plan when applying for this grant, he was instrumental in getting this grant awarded to The Harps” concluded the Chairman.

Jan 272017

Presentation Night: On Saturday, 28th of January, at 7pm the Castle Arms Hotel will host an evening to honour our victorious U17s who won County honours in both Hurling and Football and our Minor Footballers who also won County honours. All are most welcome to attend. We ask that all share this on Social Media where possible.

Nov 292016

mary-townsendCongratulations to Mary Townsend who was the second winner of the Third Time Lucky Lotto following on November 19th last. Mary’s number 40 was the bonus ball in the National Lotto Draw on the night landing her €500. Mary’s win follows Tommy Moore’s win in October when his number 17 netted him the inaugural prize. Well done to both and best of luck to all our supporters in the December draw which takes place one week before Christmas Eve on December 17th!

Photo: The Harps Chairman Seamus Campion presenting Mary Townsend with her winnings recently. AT.

Oct 112016

Kevin Galvin Snr, Barry Murphy, Maura Galvin, Gabby Irwin, Seamus Campion, Donal Deegan and Daniel Dunne.

The Harps GAA Club launched their “Third Time Lucky” Lotto club in Bob’s Bar on Tuesday night, October 11th at 9.30pm. There was an interested attendance watching over proceedings waiting for their name to be matched to their lucky number as Donal Deegan, Barry Murphy, Mick Fitzpatrick, Gabby Irwin, Daniel Dunne and Kevin Galvin Senior all took turns to draw numbers and match them to their new owners.

The following are the results from the launch draw:

  1. Richie Comerford
  2. Breda Dunne
  3. Donal Deegan
  4. Conor Murphy
  5. Nancy Campion
  6. James Shortall
  7. Barry Murphy
  8. Moira Mullally
  9. Paul Monnelly
  10. Ronan Delahunty
  11. Lorcan Mahony
  12. Claire Delahunty
  13. Trish Alley
  14. Sinead Dempsey and Emma Brett
  15. Enda Murphy
  16. Seamus Campion
  17. Tommy Moore
  18. Adrian Sheppard
  19. Pat Walshe
  20. Bobby Campion
  21. Hayley Campion
  22. Ger Brophy
  23. Pat Barnaville
  24. Barney O’Connor
  25. Tommy Kenna
  26. Gabby Irwin
  27. Liam Clancy
  28. John Brophy
  29. Brian Clancy
  30. Ann Comerford
  31. Ann Campion
  32. Walter Foyle
  33. Brian Farrell
  34. Seamus Clancy
  35. Daniel Dunne
  36. Kevin Galvin Senior
  37. Ger Alley Junior
  38. Conor Brophy
  39. Francis Mahony
  40. Mary Townsend
  41. Clement White
  42. Mick Fitzpatrick
  43. David Finnegan
  44. Joe Deegan
  45. Larry Mahony
  46. Maura Galvin
  47. Ray Campion

All eyes now turn for the first draw on Saturday, October 15th to see who is the lucky winner of €500 when the bonus ball in the main National Lotto draw is drawn! Every subsequent draw will be the third main lotto draw on a Saturday night in any given month. Best of luck to everyone!!!

Sep 222016
Photo: Alf Harvey

Photo: Alf Harvey

The Harps will host this Saturdays clash of Borris-Kilcotton and Rathdowney-Errill in their Durrow Grounds. All the action gets underway at 5.30pm on September 24th as these two sides battle for a Junior Hurling Championship Final spot. Admission is just €5 with U16s free.

Patrons attending are encouraged to use the car park behind the Juvenile pitch to keep the old car park at the clubhouse free for players, officials, mentors and to allow access for emergency services should the need arise.

Sep 162016

lottoWin €500 per Month with The Harps GAA – Third Time Lucky Lotto! The club would like to hear from supporters who may be interested in participating in our new monthly lotto. The draw will be limited to the first 47 names who sign up. Each person will get a random number between 1 and 47 which becomes their number costing €20 per month. The winner of €500 will be determined by the bonus ball in the main National Lotto draw on the third Saturday of the month – hence third time lucky! If interested, please contact Seamus (087) 2797214 or email the club secretary on theharpsgaa@gmail.com as soon as possible.

It is intended to have the lotto draw up and running in time for the 15th of October 2016. The following rules apply:

  • The initial setup draw will take place at 9.30pm on Tuesday, October 11th 2016 in Bob’s Bar, Durrow and all participants are invited to attend.
  • All entrants names will be entered into Drum A on the night of the initial setup draw.
  • All numbers (1 to 47) will be entered into Drum B on the night of the initial setup draw.
  • A name will be drawn from Drum A followed by a number from Drum B.
  • That number and name will be paired for every month into the future until the participant notifies the club either in writing or via email that they wish to cease participation.
  • The charge is €20 per month and if your €20 is not received in advance (minimum 1hr) of the draw you will be deemed to have missed the draw.
  • In the event that three-in-a-row draws are missed, the participant is excluded from all future draws and the number can then be purchased by a new participant.
  • The winning number is determined by the bonus ball in the main National Lotto draw held on the third Saturday every month and the minimum prize will be €500.
  • The Harps GAA reserve the right to alter the rules and prizes, including roll-over prizes at any time and each participant will be informed of any changes.
  • All decisions made by the Harps GAA in relation to the draw are final.
  • Any appeal will be heard by the committee of the Harps GAA Club and their decision is final.

Best of Luck, and thank you for your support!

Sep 162016

oldtown-construction-cullohill-laoisThank You: A big thank you is extended to Kieran McEvoy for replacing four jerseys on the Oldtown Construction set, replacing the crossbars in the Durrow field and repairs to the Cullohill dug-outs amongst other things. We would like to thank Kieran for his ongoing support.

Aug 302016

Safeguarding 1 PosterLaois Sports Partnership have some places available on their next Safeguarding 1 Training Course scheduled for next Tuesday evening from 6.30pm until 9.30pm in Portlaoise Leisure Centre.

Participants will be certified on the night from Sport Ireland and will be registered in the national database. Course fee is €20, but a discounted price of €15 is available to clubs/groups with two or more attending.

This course is a part of the mandatory coaching standards which are now required to be involved with a team. To reserve a place, please call (057) 8671248.

Aug 232016

The Harps flagship team will ply their trade in Senior B in 2017 as they lost out to Abbeyleix by a single point in this relegation final last Sunday. Played in miserable conditions, Abbeyleix opened with the wind at their backs and had their first point registered inside a minute. The Harps reply was swift as Mick Lanigan fired over a free. The sides trader another point apiece as Lanigan hit a fine point from play against the wind. The Harps now began to dominate and they hit the next four points in a row (Brophy, Clancy, Lanigan 0-2f) to leave themselves in a very favourable position. That old failing of conceding free’s rose it’s head again however as Laois net minder Enda Rowland sent over some huge free’s to keep Abbeyleix in touch.   Disaster struck with 5 minutes to go when a monster Rowland puckout broke kindly for an in-running Abbeyleix forward who gave Peter Walsh no chance in goals. Points were traded again as Lanigan converted a 65’ and now amazingly The Harps were a point behind at the break when they really should have been 4 or 5 points in front. The half time score read Abbeyleix 1-06 The Harps 0-8.


The first 20 minutes of the second half would ultimately seal The Harps fate, as their ravenous rivals hit four unanswered points (2f) to open up a five point lead with just 10 minutes left on the clock.   A Kieran Freeman effort from play was answered with interest as Abbeyleix added another two points from play to leave The Harps with a mountain to climb as they trailed by six points with just three minutes left to play. Our hurlers were not about to throw in the towel however, and renewed efforts were rewarded as Gavin Dunne sent over a good point from play before the excellent Eoin Clancy lashed the sliotar to the net to bring this game right back into the melting pot. Another point from Lanigan reduced the deficit to a single point but unfortunately time was not on our side as the final whistle sounded to the ecstasy of the Abbeyleix contingent but to the agony of The Harps.


It is back to the drawing board now for The Harps, and they must take stock and look at how Ballinakill and Portlaoise have both responded to similar set backs in recent years. A huge thank you is owed to David Cuddy, Martin Brophy and Gabby Irwin who have left no stone unturned in this teams preparation. Credit also to the panel of players who have been very unlucky to come out the wrong side of some incredibly close games.


The Harps:

1.Peter Walsh.

2.Conor Brophy.

3.Pakie Flynn.

4.Tommy Moore.

5.Gavin Dunne.

6.John Prior.

7.Conor Dunne.

8.Mick Lanigan.

9.Shane Phelan.

10.Pat Walsh.

11.Brian Dunne.

12.Richie Saunders.

13.Eoin Clancy.

14.John Brophy.

15.Brian Clancy.


Subs used: Ross Young, Kieran Freeman, Barry Dunne, Niall Brophy.