Monaghan Harps Lotto: Numbers 3, 6, 9 and 17. Jackpot of €8,300 not won. Residual prizes: €100 Rose Hughes c/o herself; €40 Kiera Morgan c/o Eileen Morgan; €40 Mark McGirr c/o Ruairí Forde; €40 Séamus Treanor c/o Sheila Treanor. Jackpot for Sunday, January 1 is up to €8,400 and Ann and Adrian Trappe are on duty. Lotto draw takes place in our clubhouse every Sunday night. All welcome. Thanks to everyone for their support for our Lotto in 2016.
Charity match: Our annual charity match takes place at Gavan Duffy Park on New Year’s Day at 3pm. Funds raised from this always enjoyable day will go to a local charity/charities to be named at a later date. Sponsorship cards are available now. We invite everyone to join us on the day and get 2017 off to a great start for a good cause.
Lotto AGM: The Lotto AGM took place in the clubhouse last Sunday night. Maria McKenna and Rose Donnelly reported on another profitable year for the lotto. All ticket sellers and everyone who takes part in the rotas for the draw and for selling tickets in the shopping centre were thanked, as were the Sunday-night regulars and the bar workers. Our jackpot is currently a fantastic €8,400 for the first draw of 2017. Sympathy was expressed to anyone associated with the Lotto who suffered a bereavement during the year. The following committee was returned for 2017: Chairperson: Maria McKenna; Vice-Chair: Noel Hennessy; Secretary: Rose Donnelly; Assistant Secretary: Monica Connolly; PRO: Colm Shalvey. We were delighted to be joined by Tessie Connolly; we wish her and all members continued good health. Thanks to the lotto committee for providing food and entertainment on the night and to the young musicians who played. The Harps Lotto has played an essential part in the running of the club over the last two decades and continues to do so. We ask for everyone’s continued support and remind members that anyone who wishes to contribute in any way is very much encouraged to get involved.
Christmas: We would like to wish all our players, members, supporters and sponsors a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi Mhaise Daoibh! Please join us on New Year’s Day and note that our clubhouse will also be open next Thursday and Friday, December 29 and 30.
Dates to remember: Our annual charity match goes ahead as usual on New Year’s Day. The clubhouse will also be open on December 29 and 30. Monaghan Arch Club return to Gavan Duffy Park for their annual visit on February 9. We will also be participating and hosting at Féile Peil na nÓg 2017 on the last weekend in June. Keep an eye on club notes for more details on these events.
History social night: As part of compiling a club history, we will be hosting another reminiscence evening in the early weeks of 2017: keep an eye on club notes for more details.
Coaching: There are several upcoming coaching courses/workshops in Cloghan. Check the Monaghan GAA website and contact Pádraig Callan if you wish to attend any.
Yearbook: The Monaghan GAA Yearbook is available this week at a cost of €10 and gives a full review of 2016 for club and county.
Gavan Duffy Park: The refurbished Monaghan Harps clubhouse is available to book for functions. We are now taking bookings for 2017; please get in early to avoid disappointment! Contact Jimmy Croarkin on 087 1249635 or Pádraig Callan on 087 4515206 for more information. Anyone looking to book the clubhouse for meetings, functions, etc. is asked to please give a week’s notice for convenience.