Fixtures: Friday, July 17: U-17 FC Division One v Castleblayney (Home) at 7.30pm
Saturday, July 18: U-13 FC Division One v Truagh (Away) at 12pm; U-13 FC Division Five v Truagh (Away) at 1.15pm; Ladies’ IFC v St. Brigid’s (Home) at 7pm
Sunday, July 19: U-15 HC v Carrickmacross (Home) at 12pm; SHC v Carrickmacross (Home) at 2.30pm
Monday, July 20: U-14 Ladies’ FC Division One v Scotstown (Home) at 7pm
Tuesday, July 21: U-13 HC v Clontibret (Home) at 7.30pm
Wednesday, July 22: Ladies’ MFC v Inniskeen (Away) at 7pm
Monaghan Harps Lotto: We are delighted to be able to resume our club lotto, using the ClubZap platform. The numbers for last Sunday’s draw were 3, 9, 18 and 28 and the four €40 lucky-dip prize winners were Nathan O’Donoghue c/o Michael O’Donoghue; Pat O’Neill c/o Jim Dalton (Hurling Club); Brenda McConnon c/o ClubZap; and Mary McElvaney c/o Eileen McElvaney (senior ladies). The sellers’ prize of €20 was won by Jim Dalton. Jackpot for Sunday, July 19 is €6,000. The club is asking members willing and financially able to contribute through our lotto towards club maintenance and running expenses. This can be done by two options: set up a standing order to our club lotto via quarterly or annual payments or using our new club app by downloading ‘ClubZap’ on your phone, registering as a Monaghan Harps GAA Club member and buying club lotto in bulk or on a weekly basis. Anyone interested can contact either Rose Donnelly (086 0825782); Maria McKenna (086 1057725) or Adrian Dalton (087 7859582). Thanks to everyone for their support.
Seniors: We have been drawn in Group Two of the Intermediate Football Championship along with Doohamlet, Killanny, Emyvale and Tyholland. The first game of this series is at home to Doohamlet on Saturday week (July 25), followed by a trip to Killanny on Sunday, August 2. We are due to host Tyholland Saturday, August 8, before making the short journey to Emyvale for our final group game on Sunday, August 16.
Minors: Our first U-17 game is at home to Castleblayney this Friday at 7.30pm. This is the club’s first competitive fixture of the return to play.
U-15: Our U-15s are due to start their campaign away to Carrickmacross next Thursday, July 23. The Division Five Championship also begins in Carrick the following evening.
U-13: Our U-13 teams are due to start their campaign with a double-header away to Truagh on Saturday: Division One at 12 noon, Division Five at 1.15pm.
Juveniles: Our Saturday-morning coaching for our youngest juveniles got underway over the last two weeks with good numbers taking part. We would like to thank all parents for their co-operation with the return-to-play protocol.
GAA return: Training has resumed for all age groups of football, hurling and ladies’ teams, on the understanding that players and all participants have completed the eLearning module and health questionnaire and are following the control measures in place. We are delighted as a club to be able to reopen our pitches after such a long break and we are grateful to our ever-willing volunteers and our Covid supervisors for their efforts in making this possible. Dressing rooms will remain closed until further notice, however, while there will also be restrictions in place regarding crowds at games in the coming weeks. We would like to encourage our players and everyone involved to continue to follow the relevant advice and guidance.
Club app: As well as offering an option to support our lotto, our new club app also has a function to pay your annual membership, make financial donations to the club, as well as a communication suite for all that goes on at the club. You can get involved by downloading ‘ClubZap’ on your phone and registering as a Monaghan Harps GAA Club member.
Membership: Please note that any outstanding membership fees for this year should be paid as soon as possible, especially for players at all levels returning to training. Registration can be paid to club registrar Kevin Treanor or using ClubZap. Fees are as follows: U-11s €20; juveniles/seniors €30; family membership €60.
Cúl Camp: The 2020 Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camp at Gavan Duffy Park is set for the end of this month (July 27-31). With limited capacity due to health and safety measures, people are advised to book early and are reminded that all registrations must be completed online this year.
History: Thanks to various club members for sharing snippets of Harps history on our social media accounts. If you have a club memory or photo you would like to share, please send to Pro.firstname.lastname@example.org or 086 1957155.
GVI fundraiser: As part of the GVI Ambassador programme, Mary White is organising a clothes collection for Saturday, July 25 in McNally’s car park in town. Clothing, shoes, bed linen, curtains and handbags can be accepted. Collection can be arranged by contacting Mary on 083 8750843.
Senior: Our senior team have a crucial fixture versus Carrickmacross next Sunday. This is a preliminary-round fixture, with the winner entering the senior championship and the loser entering the junior championship. This is a home fixture and throw-in is at 2.30pm. Get down and support the lads!
Juvenile Fixtures: Our U-15s take on Carrickmacross at 12pm on Sunday in the first round of the championship. This is a home fixture also. Our U-13s face Clontibret on Tuesday evening. This is a home fixture with throw-in at 7.30pm.
Good to luck to our intermediate team who play the first round of the championship at home to St. Brigid’s this Saturday evening at 7pm.
Our U-14s are in action next Monday evening in the first round of their Division One Championship at home to local rivals Scotstown at 7pm. All support welcome for both games.
It’s great to see so many new girls down on a Saturday morning for U-8 and U-10 training. More new girls are still welcome.