Monaghan Harps Lotto: Numbers 2, 5, 20, 21. Jackpot of €2,350 not won. Residual prizes: €100 Imelda O’Sullivan c/o Hurling Club; €40 Bernadette Corrigan c/o Paddy Donnelly; €40 Mary McRory c/o Paddy Donnelly; €40 Peter Ó Loughlan c/o Paddy Donnelly. Jackpot for Sunday, February 20 is €2,500. Lotto draw takes place in the clubhouse every Sunday at 11pm. All welcome.
Debate: The Great Monaghan Debate, hosted by Friends of Monaghan Harps, goes ahead this Friday, February 18, in the Hillgrove Hotel at 7.30pm. This unique debate gives Monaghan voters a chance to listen to the county’s Dáil candidates and help them make up their minds ahead of the February 25 general-election vote. The debate will be chaired by Declan Nelson and it is hoped that it will receive support from all over the county. Admission at the door is €10, on a first-come, first-served basis, so don’t be late! Any club members available to help out on the night, with stewarding etc., are more than welcome to get involved.
Juvenile Presentation: The club juvenile presentation night takes place in the clubhouse on Friday, March 4, when the Under-16 Division One League winners, the Under-12 Division One runners-up and the Under-12 Division Three Shield winners will receive their medals. Members of these teams are asked to keep this date free.
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. We would like to request that club members pay their fees as early as possible, as members must be registered by March 31 to have voting rights, in accordance with Croke Park guidelines.
Defibrillator training: It is hoped to have defibrillator training for club members on Saturday, March 5. Anyone interested can contact club secretary Lorcan McAdam at 087 8505446. Meanwhile, the Monaghan Sports Partnership is hosting sports first-aid courses in the Ballybay GAA Complex on the next two Saturdays (February 19 and 26).
U-14: Training for Under-14s this Saturday at 6 o’clock in Gavan Duffy Park. A full turnout is essential and all players are asked to bring back the forms that were handed out last week. This team is being managed by Conn O’Hanlon, Nicholas Scott and Conor Galligan.
Monthly meeting: At last Thursday’s monthly meeting, Tommy McCabe was appointed as the club’s Children’s Officer. Good luck to Tommy in his new role.
Sympathy: At our club meeting for February, votes of sympathy were passed to the families of Patsy McArdle, Owenie McKenna and Kurt Nielsen. Sympathy is also offered on behalf of the club to Eileen Morgan on the death of her brother Michael Treanor. Suaimhneas síoraí ar a n-anamnacha.
Coaching Courses: There are a number of coaching workshops coming up in Cloghan, run by the Monaghan Coaching Committee. See www.monaghanharps.gaa.ie for dates and more details.
Website: Part one of the club history is now available on our club website and this will be updated in the coming weeks, so keep an eye on www.monaghanharps.gaa.ie. News, info or photos can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Arch Club: The Monaghan Arch Club’s visit to Gavan Duffy Park has had to be postponed until May 5.
Slimming World: Now operating every Tuesday in Gavan Duffy Park at 5.30pm and 7.30pm. Anyone interested should contact Susan at 087 1313631.
Farney GAA For All: Monaghan GAA are holding a Farney GAA for All event in St. Macartan’s College on Saturday, February 26, from 11am to 1pm. The aim is to provide a variety of suitable sports and activities for children/youths *(5-18 years)* with a disability. As well as enjoying the physical benefits of sport, participants will also have the benefit of peer interaction. Light refreshments will accompany the presentation of certificates by Monaghan county players.
Handball: Congratulations to Terry McElvaney and his partner Christopher McKenna on reaching the All-Ireland Colleges Senior Final. Representing St. Macartan’s, the Monaghan players had a comfortable semi-final win over their Clare opponents. However, the final did not go as planned and the Kilkenny pair of Peter Funchion and Seán Foley proved superior on the day. Funchion in particular was involved in all the exchanges. The Mon players were disappointed by the loss as they know they performed below normal. A hand injury to Terry also had a bearing on the outcome. Martin McEntee and Conor McDonnell play their Ulster Championship matches this weekend, with Mart trying to retain his Ulster title and Conor also aiming to capture provincial success. Our Challenger 2 league is up and running, with several games played so far. There was a surprise win for Conor McCrystal over county player Cailean Myles, while Justas got the better of Seán Conway The league is in its early stages, with many games remaining.
Clubhouse: The Monaghan Harps clubhouse at Gavan Duffy Park is an ideal location for functions and parties. To book the clubhouse, contact Liadhan Treanor at 086 7837204.