Sep 252015

strictlyFriday, September 25th sees the launch of the Strictly Come Dancing in Lennons Venue Durrow from 9pm. Admission is free and all who attend will get a free entry into the raffle. In addition there will be finger food served. All are most welcome to attend to see the dancers perform their inaugural group dance! Music by Billy White/Sheppo throughout. We hope to see you there!

Jul 292015

golf-ballThe Harps Juvenile Club will host their Annual Golf Classic on Bank Holiday Monday, August 3rd, in Abbeyleix Golf Club. A team of four will cost €100 to enter. For more information or to book in your team please contact Barry Murphy on (086) 1656040. Your support would be greatly appreciated!

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: for other locations who are hosting Cul Camps on different weeks.

Jul 102015
Pat Barnaville and Stephanie Phelan with the U13s await their game...

Pat Barnaville and Stephanie Phelan with the U13s await their game…

Well done to the Harps U13 Boys Rounders team on winning the All Ireland Feile in Tymon Park, Dublin last Sunday. They beat teams from Carlow, Mayo and Dublin,  before winning a cracking final against local rivals The Heath. There was a fabulous turnout by all the parents, while we all got burnt to a crisp – it was well worth it as the lads did us all proud!

We are also sending the U15 Boys and Girls to the Feile in Longford on Saturday, 18th July and the U14 and U16 mixed to the Feile in Laois on Sunday the 26th July. Here’s hoping for more success!

Jul 092015

RaceNight-Web-ImageThe Harps GAA Annual Race Night will take place on Saturday, July 25th in O’Connell’s Bar, Cullohill from 9pm. Race Night Cards are currently on sale from players, committee members and some local businesses. Your support would be greatly appreciated as it is a major fundraiser to cover the running costs of the club. Many thanks.

Jul 082015

The Harps U14 Feile Team 2015

The Harps had a very successful trip to Ulster for the recent Feile where they were hosted by the Kevin Lynch’s Hurling Club in Dungiven, Derry. The team set off   Friday morning (June 19th) and after a long journey arrived in Dungiven before 3pm. On Friday evening they played two games – the opening game against Cuchulainns of Dunloy winning on a 4-05 to 1-02 scoreline. The second game was then against Naas where the Harps also came out on top winning 3-04 to 1-05. The Naas victory was particularly satisfying as last March in a challenge the Kildare team had a comprehensive victory on that occasion. The last group game was then played on Saturday morning with the visiting team drawing the game with their hosts 4-03 to 3-06.

These three results meant The Harps topped their group and progressed to the quarter final. This game was played in Loughiel, Antrim against Padraig Pearses from Galway. The Harps got off to a very bad start and found themselves two goals behind inside the opening three minutes. However, within another five minutes the deficit was cut to a single point and at half time Harps led by one point. In the second half the Harps finished very strong and ran out winners on a 6-04 to 3-04 score line. This qualified them for the semi final on Sunday morning in Owenbeg.
At Owenbeg – the Derry Centre of Excellence – St. Ernans from Westmeath were the opposition. The game was tight throughout and again after a poor start the Harps got into a winning position. However, St. Ernans got the key scores in the second half and went on to win by three points. All were hugely disappointed when the final whistle sounded but all can be hugely proud of their performances. They represented the county with distinction and all in Cullohill and Durrow can proud of what they achieved. It was a great weekend for all involved and although the ultimate prize didn’t return to the parish, all the players have great memories from the weekend and made many new friends in Dungiven.
Harps Jersey Presentation June18th2015

Emmett Dunne of Leo Dunne Ltd presents the Harps with their Jerseys – June 18th 2015

Thanks again to all who supported the various fundraisers ahead of Feile and to Leo Dunne for sponsoring a set of jerseys. The effort put in by the players on the field of play matched the support locally for the team. A Great Weekend – Thanks to All!!

Harps Panel: Lorcan Fitzpatrick, Ben Dunphy, Thomas Walsh, Tiarnach Doheny, Ciaran Shortall, Billy McEvoy, Rian Edwards, James Duggan, Ciaran Burke, Conor Delaney, Aaron Grady, Mikey Monahan, Jim Kirby, Daire Quinn, Mark Deegan, Pauric Walsh, Jim O’Connor, Bill Phelan, Lee Coffey, Patrick Daly, Emmett Moore, Mark Holland, Jack Murphy, Jake Downey. Team Management – Noel Delaney, John Kirby, Liam Phelan, Mick Monahan, Tommy Walsh and Kieran Shortall.
Report by : Noel Delaney.
Jun 262015

Albert Townsend and kids-discoCaroline Sheppard will host a Children’s End of School Term Disco with DJ Sheppo at the Community Hall in Durrow on Wednesday, July 1st from 7pm to 9pm. Admission €3. A raffle on the night will include tickets for Cúl Camp and Durrow Scarecrow Festival Summer Camp. Please support. In aid of Durrow Development Forum and The Harps GAA Club.

Jun 062015

poc-fada-laoisPoc Fada Laoise will take place on Monday 8th June on a beautiful picturesque 1km course in the Slieve Bloom Mountains in Killanure, Camross. Registration is at 7pm and the event will start at 7.30pm. There will be a barbecue at the finish area where the presentation will take place.

The course will entail a mixture of long and accurate shooting. There will be four grades in the competition. Senior men, U16 boys, senior camogie and U16 camogie on the night.

The Harps GAA Club will be represented by Peter Walsh in the Senior grade with Padraig Delaney representing the club in the U16 grade. The two lads are wished the very best of luck on the night.

Jun 032015

Claire Delahunty of the Harps GAA Club presented the 2014 Quarterly Newsletter winners with their prizes recently. Well done Shane Townsend, Simon Comerford and James Delahunty. The boys won their jerseys for solving puzzles in our special section of the Club Newsletter which was distributed to Schools last year.


Apr 212015

GPA-LaunchThe Women’s Gaelic Players Association (WGPA) and the Gaelic Players Association (GPA) announced the first graduate business scholarship programme for both male and female county GAA players at a launch event at Waterford Institute of Technology’s Carriganore Sports Campus today.

The School of Business at WIT are providing four scholarships on the Institute’s flagship Master of Business Administration (MBA) or on one of the streams on the Master of Business Studies (MBS), two for GPA members and two for members of the recently formed WGPA

Speaking about the programme, Dr Tom O’Toole, Head of the School of Business said: “High level sports achievement and business are intrinsically linked. The dedication to excellence of the women and men Gaelic players is legendary and we are delighted to announce this initiative to support our national amateur sports people on this unique occasion.”

According to Aoife Lane, “As Chairperson of the WGPA and lecturer in the Department of Health Sport and Exercise Science, I have ample reason to be proud of this collaboration between the GPA, WGPA and WIT. Since the WGPA launch in January, we have been working to build opportunities for our members to support their development off the field, we are firmly behind the player in their efforts to achieve in life and in sport. Third level county players are a particularly important group who are under pressure to progress with their academic studies while managing sporting commitments.

“We recently awarded 12 scholarships to members studying at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and this opportunity through the School of Business in WIT is a welcome addition to our education programme. Third level college GAA clubs are traditionally ‘one club’ environments with equal opportunities and treatment for males and female players. It is great to see that this ethos is being extended to the roll out of a Masters Programme for county players in WIT that will hopefully be replicated across other third level institutions.”

GPA Chief Executive Dessie Farrell added: “The GPA is committed to supporting the education of our players and we are absolutely delighted that the School of Business at WIT will now provide these life-changing opportunities to a number of GPA members in the South East region. WIT and the GPA share a common goal as development partners for our student players – to support them to be their personal best, through education and enhanced career possibilities. The GPA aims to expand the Masters Programme nationally and we are grateful to WIT for taking the next step in that process by establishing this exciting new programme in Waterford.”

The Executive MBA at Waterford Institute of Technology will help graduates to develop skills and learn concepts that will accelerate their careers and serve them throughout their professional lives.

WIT is signed up to the athlete friendly institution protocol. The Institute has a fantastic support system for players including a scholarship service that is delivered by Ursula Jacob, current Wexford Camogie player and a mentoring service led by Noel Connors, current Waterford hurler, that helps students to manage their various study and playing commitments.

WIT is a member of GPA’s National Network of Elite Athlete Friendly Educational Institutions, a pilot scheme consisting of a network of colleges adopting the GPA’s guiding principles within their policies and/or systems to support elite athletes to achieve academic excellence. See

Further Information
•Olive O’Connor. 087 9870011 or
•Seán Potts, Head of Communications Gaelic Players Association
(e), (t) 01-8575686, (m) 0863971859