Fixtures: Saturday, March 12: RFL Division Four v Currin (Home) at 4pm
Sunday, March 13: RFL Division One v Scotstown (Away) at 11.30am
Monaghan Harps Lotto: Numbers 15, 18, 22 and 25. Jackpot of €1,000 not won. Residual prizes: €100 Katie Traynor c/o Donal Sherry; €40 Séamus McCabe c/o Hurling Club; €40 Eileen McGinn c/o Neil McGinn; €40 Jimmy Croarkin c/o Séamus Treanor. Jackpot for Sunday, March 13 is €1,150. The Lotto rota for the rest of this month is as follows. March 13: Dermot and Liz Brannigan; March 20: Mary McRory, Una Forde and Rose Donnelly; March 27: Monica and Paudge Connolly.
Meeting: The club committee’s monthly meeting for March takes place tonight (Thursday) in the clubhouse at 8pm. All club members welcome.
SFL: The Senior Football League game against Clontibret was postponed last week.
Reserves: Good luck to the club’s reserve teams, who both play their first competitive games of the year this weekend. The Crawley Cup team are at home to Currin on Saturday at 4pm, while the O’Duffy Cup team make the short trip to Scotstown for an early throw-in (11.30am) on Sunday.
Juvenile Presentation: A good crowd turned up at the clubhouse last Friday for the juvenile club’s annual presentation night. After club chairman Dermot Brannigan and juvenile chairman Séamus McManus welcomed everyone, Adrian Trappe gave a stirring speech, encouraging the young lads to continue to work hard in the coming years. Adrian presented all the football medals to the Under-16 Division One League winners, who were introduced by Maurice Galligan; the Under-12 Division One runners-up, who were introduced by Brendan Burns; and the Under-12 Division Three Shield winners, who were called up by Mickey O’Donoghue. The Under-14 Hurling League runners-up and Shield winners were called forward by Jim Dalton and their medals were presented by Joe Finlay, while Jim also introduced the Under-12 Hurling League winners, who received their medals from Adrian Dalton. Well done to the juvenile committee and everyone involved in organising the night and of course, congratulations to the players and their mentors.
Quiz: There will be a fundraising quiz in the clubhouse next Wednesday (March 16), starting at 8.30pm. The cost of entering a team of four is €40. All support welcome.
Defibrillator training: Thanks to those who took part in the defibrillator training last Saturday, which was organised by Brendan Buckley and was very beneficial to all who attended.
St. Patrick’s Day: There will be céilí music in the clubhouse on St. Patrick’s Day from 5pm to 7pm. All welcome.
Saturday-morning coaching: The Saturday-morning coaching for Under-10s resumed last Saturday at Gavan Duffy Park and continues every Saturday. All seven- to ten-year-olds are welcome to come along to the sessions.
Membership: Membership fees for 2011, which are being maintained at €20, must be paid by the end of this month to 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 prior to this weekend’s games.
Minors: The minor footballers are working hard at training in anticipation of the start of the league. They have had a couple of useful challenge matches against Seán McDermotts and a Rockcorry-Killeevan amalgamation.
County teams: Good luck to Neil McAdam, David Hughes, Conor Galligan, Shane Smyth and Stephen Driver and the Monaghan seniors in their NFL game against Dublin in Clones on Sunday. In the Hillgrove Hotel half-time draw, the first prize is an All-Ireland final ticket with a second prize of €100. Good luck also to Ado McAnespie and the county Under-21s, who play either Derry or Armagh in the championship next Wednesday night (no venue confirmed at time of writing).
Colleges: Well done to Donal Hahessy, who helped St. Pat’s, Drumcondra to win the Trench Cup last Saturday. Hard luck to Conor Galligan, whose UUJ team lost in the final of the Sigerson Cup and to Neil McAdam, who lost out in the quarter-finals with DCU. Hard luck also to Colm Reilly, who reached the Corn Mac Léinn Final with Mater Dei. Colm has had terrible luck with injuries, but it would be great to see him back in the green and white of the Harps.
Club merchandise: Club gear (hoodies and rain jackets) can be ordered by email from Lorcan McAdam at firstname.lastname@example.org
Club history: A comprehensive history of the club is currently being uploaded to our club website, courtesy of Mick Farrell. See www.monaghanharps.gaa.ie.
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.
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.