Durrow Sports Scene

Durrow Sports Scene

Winter Paddling: Club members experienced some great paddling in Clashganny and despite the icy start it was enjoyed by all. Keep an eye on our  facebook page for this weekend’s trip.
Pool Sessions: Sessions to improve level 2 & 3 paddlers continue with Balto Canoeing club in Athy on Sunday evenings. It’s a great opportunity for younger paddlers to practice their roll.
Interested in Kayaking: We are founded and based in Durrow with a huge commitment to encouraging our youth to participate. Follow us on Facebook under Laois Kayak and Canoe Club or here online.

Laois Canoe and Kayaking club making waves

Laois Canoe and Kayaking Club News

The Jimmy and Vera Fogarty Finals run this Sunday in Cullohill starting at 12.00 noon. The competition started in December with league games completed this week. Two teams now contest the final with the Doheny brothers Eoin and David captaining the two teams in the final. It should be a great day’s handball and all are very welcome to come and support and enjoy some very competitive action.
Well done to Avril Deegan who competed in her first senior international cross country championship in Antrim last Saturday the 6th of January. Avril finished 25th overall and was the Third Irish U23 athlete. This was a great experience running against top international athletes from around the world. This all bodes well for the future. Keep up the good work!

Superb success for Avril! Well done!
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Learn to use kettlebells safely and effectively from one of Ireland’s top kettlebell lifters. My classes place great emphasis on posture correction and improvement through mobility, strength and         endurance training. Circuits are a mix of kettlebell and bodyweight exercises which deliver a huge calorie burn and build a strong, toned body. Classes are held at The Harps GAA Club Gym, Durrow, Co. Laois. For more information please contact David on (087) 3833258 or email to book your place. Hurry as places fill quickly!
The Lions AFC held their Annual Monster Christmas Raffle draw in Dec’s Bar on Christmas Eve and the following were the winners:
First Prize: A Monster Hamper – won by Sophie Ellis from Tubberboe, Durrow, Co. Laois;
Second Prize: A Full Lamb – won by Ger Alley Junior from the Swan Road, Durrow, Co. Laois;
Third Prize: Green Fees for four at the K-Club – won by Anne Brennan from Cullohill, Co. Laois;
Fourth Prize: A €100 voucher for Phelan’s Hardware (Topline) – won by Debo Woods from Erkindale Drive, Durrow, Co. Laois;
Fifth Prize: Sunday Lunch for Two at the Ashbrook Arms – won by Evan Stanley;
Sixth Prize: A €30 Voucher for Bowes Foodhall – won by Ruby McEvoy;
Seventh Prize: A €30 Voucher for Dempsey Nurseries – won by Tommy Kavanagh from Ballacolla, Co. Laois.
Thanks to all who supported the draw and the club wish a very Happy New Year to all our   players, supporters, families and sponsors.
Club Gear: Club togs and socks are now available through each team manager – €10 for both, which is great value!
AGM: The Annual General Meeting of the Harps GAA Club was held on Sunday, 7th of January in Cullohill Community Centre and was well attended. Last year’s secretary’s report was read out by David Finnegan while last year’s treasurers report was read out by Imelda Galvin. This was followed by the Chairman’s address before the election of officers and the club’s committee took place.

Harps GAA: Standing tall on and off the field

Harps GAA AGM News

The election of officers and the committee were as follows: President: Jimmy Fogarty; Chairman:      Seamus Campion; Vice Chairman: Gabby Irwin; Secretary: David Finnegan; Assistant Secretary & PRO: Daniel Dunne; Treasurer: Imelda Galvin; Assistant Treasurer: Barry Murphy; County Board Delegate: Tommy Walsh; Health & Safety and Player Welfare: Maura Galvin; Health & Wellbeing: Tommy Kenna; Childrens’ Officer: Claire Delahunty; Coaching Officer: Conor Murphy; Cultural Officer: Donal Deegan.
Committee: Albert Townsend, Pat Barnaville, Eamon Spencer, Sean Conroy, Noel Delaney, Mick Fitzpatrick, Brian Farrell, Richie Comerford, Tommy Moore, Conor Dunne, Kevin Galvin Senior, Noel Kirby and Enda Murphy.
St. Stephen’s Day Tournament:
The club hosted their Annual Wrenboys Hurling Tournament on St. Stephen’s Day last with four teams competing for the John Moore Memorial Cup. Four games of fifteen minutes per side were played with “Cuala” emerging as the eventual winners. Club Chairman Seamus Campion and Sheila Moore (who sponsored the John Moore Memorial Cup) presented the winning captain Shane Brophy with the cup.
Young Player of the Year 2017:
Also on the day Pauric Dunne was presented with the Young Player of the Year Award by the Club’s Chairman Seamus Campion and Emer Murphy, daughter of Beatrice Alley (who sponsored the trophy in memory of her Husband John). A fantastic achievement, well done Pauric!

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Donation to Laois Simon Community:
Finally, Michael Martin, on behalf of Laois Simon Community (Homeless Charity) accepted a cheque for €588 which was raised by The Harps GAA Club’s Annual St. Stephen’s Day Charity Tournament. Well done to all involved!
Bonus Ball Draw: Congratulations to Angela Carroll who won €500 in the December Bonus Ball Draw. We ask that all the participants in the draw to ensure that they have paid Daniel Dunne, 29 Erkindale Drive on or before Saturday, January 20th. To contact Daniel please phone (087) 4103520 for details.
Annual County Board Draw:
The Harps GAA Club appeal to everyone to support the Annual County Board Draw which is a massive fundraiser for the Club. Tickets are currently on sale from all committee members and adult players until February 28th. Why not buy one in conjunction with a friend? There are lots of prizes to be won with a massive €10,000 top prize in each of the four monthly draws.