On Thursday, October 1st over one hundred members and supporters attended the newly constructed gym building at the Harps GAA grounds in Durrow to see former GAA President Liam O’Neill address the audience and launch the Club’s five year plan 2015-2019. Chairman Seamus Campion welcomed all in attendance and invited PJ Kelly, development officer with Laois GAA County Board to speak.
PJ thanked The Harps GAA for inviting him to the launch of the five-year-plan. He said the plan was a detailed document that clearly states the ambition for the club and urged all to work hard to see it implemented. He drew particular attention to the plan to attract more women to the committee and the club in general stating that women had a huge amount to offer, not only this club but indeed all clubs across the country. He complimented the club on their recent developments that have been completed before inviting Liam O’Neill to speak.
In his address Liam O’Neill paid tribute to Seamus Campion, Dave Finnegan, Billy McEvoy and Tom Jones for their hard work at different stages in bringing the plan together along with all the club members and supporters who were present at the initial forum night in Cullohill Community Centre and follow-up sub-forum meetings. He said that the document was a plan of all the club members and supporters that have helped shape and determine its content.
Liam spoke highly of The Harps for the great strides made in recent times which has seen the Juvenile pitch, Gym building and scoreboard all completed. He urged all to continue to work on implementing the plan as much as possible. He congratulated the club on drawing up a plan that was realistic and deliverable and had no doubt that much of it will be done – it’s not just a box-ticking exercise. He urged all to work even beyond the deadline of 2019 to bring it to fruition – because often things can go over time and don’t lose sight if one or two things do.
Liam then followed up on PJ Kelly’s earlier talk about involving more women in the club. Liam said that a club with women actively involved is a healthy one and spoke of his vision for camogie and ladies gaelic football to come into the GAA organisation at a national level. He congratulated the Harps Camogie Club for their tremendous successes over the past few years winning All Irelands and Leinster titles. Liam wished the Club well in its future and said that with this plan, great days are ahead for the Club.
Chairman Seamus Campion thanked Liam O’Neill, PJ Kelly, Niall Handy and Tom Jones for attending and giving their blessing for the plan. Relating to both Liam and PJ’s mention of attracting more women to the club Seamus paid tribute to Maura Galvin, Claire Delahunty and Bredea Dunne for their trojan work and great determination since joining the committee. Seamus also highlighted Imelda Galvin who is the first female elected officer on the committee in the Club’s history. Imelda is the current Treasurer and Seamus praised her for the professionalism she brings to the post.
The Chairman went on to thank everyone for coming and thanked all for their hard work in getting this plan in place at the various stages over the past two years. He also thanked everyone for their superb generosity towards the ongoing Strictly Come Dancing joint fundraiser with Durrow Development Forum. He also paid tribute to the dancers who are putting in enormous work ahead of the two shows on November 13th ant 14th next – urging all to go and see them in what promises to be a fantastic night.
All in attendance then retired to the kitchen for tea and sandwiches specially made by Breda Dunne and Maura Galvin. A digital copy of the Harps GAA five year plan can be downloaded from the Harps GAA Club’s website at www.theharpsgaa.com here… The-Harps-GAA-5YR-Plan