Monaghan Harps Lotto: Numbers 9, 13, 24 and 26. Jackpot of €1,750 not won. Residual prizes: €100 Tracy and Dylan McAree c/o Maria McKenna; €40 Bridie McCoy c/o Mick Farrell; €40 Eugene Greenan c/o Séamus Treanor; €40 Dáire McKenna c/o Hurling Club. Jackpot for Sunday, January 23 is €1,900. Lotto draw takes place in the clubhouse every Sunday at 11pm. All welcome.
Ulster U-21: We have been drawn to play Belcoo from Fermanagh in the first round of the Ulster Under-21 club football championship in Creggan, Co Antrim. The game takes place in Creggan this Saturday, January 22, at 2pm. All support welcome.
Website: We finally have a club website up and running, so visit www.monaghanharps.gaa.ie to keep up to date with club news and activities. Thanks to Club Secretary Lorcan McAdam for his work in setting the website up. Info can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Managers: The club are happy to announce that Mick McCormack will manage our senior footballers this year, with Garrett Coyle staying on as team coach. Conor McGirr and Dick Reidy will be joined by John Hahessy on the O’Duffy Cup management team, while Pat Murphy will once again take charge of the Crawley Cup team.
Charity match: The proceeds of the recent charity match and raffle will be presented in the clubhouse this Sunday night at 9.30pm. All club members are invited to attend, particularly those who took part in the game.
Minors: An important first meeting of the year for the minor footballers takes place in the clubhouse tonight (Thursday) at 7.30pm. All eligible players are asked to attend. This year’s minor management team is Maurice Galligan, Pádraig Reilly, John McMahon and Gary McAleer.
Training courses: The Ulster GAA Coaching & Games Development Conference course is on in the Glenavon House Hotel on Saturday week, January 29. Anyone interested in attending, please contact Club Secretary Lorcan McAdam at 087 8505446 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We were well-represented at the Club Maith Officer Training Programme last Saturday, so thanks to everyone who attended. The Child Protection and Foundation course has had to be postponed until a later date, so keep in touch for more details.
Membership: Membership fees for 2011, which are being maintained at €20, can now be paid to registrar Maurice Galligan c/o Cosy Bar or to Liadhan Treanor in the clubhouse. Please note that all players must be paid-up members of the club.
McKenna Cup: Well done to Stephen Driver, who made his senior competitive inter-county debut in last Sunday’s Dr. McKenna Cup game against Queen’s and to Shane Smyth, who played in his first county game since 2008. Elsewhere, we had four players in action with colleges – Conor Galligan with UUJ, David Hughes with DIT, Neil McAdam with DCU and Gary White with IT Sligo.
Congratulations: Belated congratulations and best wishes to newlyweds Peter Coyle and Niamh.
Sympathy: At last week’s club meeting, votes of sympathy were passed to the families of Nellie Mone, Kevin Mohan and Michaela Harte. The club would also like to sympathise with the McArdle family on the death of Declan’s father, Patrick.
Aido file: All members are asked to put a big effort into pushing our ‘last man standing’ competition as our first fund raiser for the year. All sold sheets and money are to be with Jack Lee as soon as possible and any members yet to receive a sheet should contact Jack.
Scór: Anyone interested in representing the club in Scór this year should contact our Cultural Officer, Gerard Clerkin by January 24.
County awards night: The Monaghan GAA awards night takes place in the Hillgrove Hotel this Saturday night. Brian Phelan, Ado McAnespie, Alan and Raymond Lee and outgoing selector Paddy Donnelly will be recognised for their part in Monaghan’s National Hurling League Division Four success. Tickets cost €30 each, which includes a four-course dinner.
Handball: The County Juvenile finals take place on Sunday and we are delighted to have six players representing the club. This is a remarkable achievement for our coach and players. The six players are Ryan Mooney, Cailean Myles, Martin Mullen, Simonas Seskevicius, Mantas Zalikas and Ramunas Ramanauskas. We are assured of at least one County title as the Under-12 final is comprised of Harps players. To be represented in every final from Under-12 to Under-16 is without precedent. Realistically, we have hopes of winning two titles but we are justly proud of those other players who just missed out on a place in the finals. Pride of place goes to the performance of Conor McCrystal who astounded many with his skill to reach the Under-12 semi-final. Others who won much praise included Ciarán Cassidy, Matthew Sweeney, Darren Byrne and the courageous James McKenna.