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There is no strength without
     working together.
Ní neart go cur le chéile.

The Harps GAA Club Plan
       2015-2019
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Table of Contents:

Chairperson’s Address……………………………………………………………………..……………………….…3

Club Background……………………………………………………………………………..………………………….4

The Harps – A brief History…………………………………………………………..…………………………….7

Roll of Honour…………………..…………………………………………………..…………………………………….8

Methodology……………………………………………………..……………………………………………………….10

Mission, Vision and Values………………………………………………………..……………………………..11

The Five Year Plan…………………………………………..…………………………………………………………13

Area 1: Club Structures and Administration……………………………………….………………….14

Area 2: Finance and Fundraising…………………………………………………………………….……….16

Area 3: Facilities and Development……………………………………………..………………………….19

Area 4: Coaching and Games Development……………………………………………..…………….20

Area 5: Communication PR and Culture………………….……………………………………….…….22

Implementation, Review Mechanisms for the Plan & Acknowledgements.…………….23

Glossary of Terms………………………………………………………………………………………..……………24

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                     Focal ón gCathoirleach:
                      “Mol an Óige agus tiocfaidh sé” – this seanfhocail could well
                     serve as the motto for our five year Club Development Plan.
                     With over 300 children enrolled in our two primary schools, it is
                     incumbent on us who run the club to put strategies and
                     infrastructure in place to ensure we attract these children into
                     The Harps.
Once we have them involved we must provide a comfortable and safe environment
in which their skills and talents are nurtured so that in years to come, as young
adults, they will be well prepared to bring the success to the club to which we have
long aspired.
The objectives outlined in our plan also include the development of our existing
players, both underage and adult. By implementing the five strands of the plan we
will have the aforementioned strategies and infrastructure in place.
As I write this we already have facilities such as the enclosed juvenile pitch, the gym
and public toilets in place and the ball wall will soon be complete. The on-going
development of our facilities will add to the enjoyment of our players and
supporters.
We are an ambitious club and with support we will be a successful club both on and
off the field.
I am delighted to commend this plan to you.

Le gach dea-ghuí,

Seamus Campion
Séamus Campion
CATHAOIRLEACH

Dated: July 21st 2015.

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Background to the Club:
In the early 1970s there were talks of Cullohill and Durrow GAA Clubs coming
together to make one Club to strengthen their position, but nothing materialised.
However, after the respective AGM’s of both Clubs in 1983, Officials and Players got
together in an effort to form a parish team.
The background to this was that from U12 to U21 there was a parish team which
played under the name of St Fintans and were enjoying some success. However,
after U21 level the paths divided back to Durrow and Cullohill Clubs respectively. It
was agreed between members and players that the best way forward was together
and so the Harps GAA Club came into existence in 1984. At present, in hurling the
Harps field teams at U8, U10, U12, U14, U16, Minor, Junior A, Intermediate and
Senior levels.
Championships have been won in all grades with the exception of Senior. This title
has eluded them to date having contested three finals in 1984, 1997, 1998, being
beaten by Portlaoise, Castletown and Portlaoise respectively. In football the Harps
have also enjoyed success winning the Junior A Championship in 1989 and 2000,
Junior B in 2012 and winning the Intermediate Championship in 1994.

Harps Club Officers 1984:                  Harps Club Officers 2015:
Chairman – Billy McEvoy                    Chairman – Seamus Campion
Vice Chairman – Liam Foley                 Vice Chairman – Gabby Irwin
Secretary – Philip Monnelly                Secretary – Daniel Dunne
Assistant Secretary – Donal Deegan         Assistant Secretary – Enda Murphy
Treasurer – John Dollard                   Treasurer – Imelda Galvin
Ass. Treasurer – Martin Keenan RIP         Assistant Treasurer – Barry Murphy
Juvenile Chair – Seamus Kenna RIP          PRO – John Dunne
Secretary – Dan Deegan                     Player Welfare – Maura Galvin
                                           County Board Rep – Tommy Walsh
                                           Substance Abuse – Tommy Kenna
                                           Juvenile Chairman – Noel Kirby
                                           Secretary – Enda Murphy
                                           Children’s Officer – Enda Whelan

Camogie also is an important element of the Harps Club. In 1994, Vera Fogarty and
Tommy Walsh could see that there were a number of talented girls in the parish and
surrounding areas and subsequently the Harps Camogie Club was founded. The first
AGM was held on February 27th 1995 with the following officers elected…

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                   The Harps – A brief history:
                   Durrow GAA Club’s history goes back to the foundation of the GAA
                   in both hurling and football. The Cullohill area was represented by
                   a team from Rapla in the early years of the 20th Century, who
                   incidentally had a player called Joe Dunphy who played at full back
                   on the Laois Hurling Team which won our only All Ireland Senior
title in 1915.
Cullohill had its own GAA Club from early 1940’s until 1984. Another GAA Club;
Cannonswood - played in the Laois Junior Hurling Championship in the 1970s. The
Harps GAA Club was then founded in 1984 as a result of the amalgamation of the
Durrow and Cullohill clubs. The backdrop to the amalgamation of these close rivals
was the success enjoyed at underage level by the parish team, St. Fintan's, which
stood in sharp contrast to a dearth of silverware at senior level for either team. It
was generally felt that the best way forward was to pool the talent of both clubs and
build on the successes of the younger players of the parish.
The wisdom of the move paid early dividends as the Harps advanced to three adult
finals and an under 15 final in their first year. They won the Junior A and U15 finals
while the senior team were beaten in the Championship (after a replay) and
Centenary finals.
This early success proved to be the start of a remarkably successful run for the club
– one that would be the envy of any club in the country never mind the county. In
every one of the twenty-eight years, since its foundation the club has not gone a
single year without winning a championship title at some grade or other. In fact, the
club has won titles in both hurling and football in all grades from U12 to Senior
levels with only three exceptions - Intermediate and Senior hurling and Senior
football.
Being in the hurling end of the county the elusive Senior hurling title is the most
coveted of these three prizes. However over the coming years the club will leave no
stone unturned in an effort to complete the title haul. In the current year the club is
well placed to make a serious effort to capture both the hurling titles with a great
blend of youth and maturity among the players all of whom are used to winning
county titles.
The club also caters for the ladies of the parish with a very vibrant camogie club that
has won county, Leinster and All-Ireland titles.

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The Harps GAA roll of honour:
1984: Junior A Hurling Champions; U15 Hurling Champions
1985: O’Bradaigh Cup SH Champions; U17 Hurling Champions; U16A Hurling
Champions; U16A Football Champions
1986: Minor Hurling Champions; U17 Hurling Champions; U12 Hurling Champions
1987: Minor Hurling Champions; Minor Hurling League Winners.
1988: U14 Feile Hurling Champions; U14B Football Champions.
1989: Junior A Football Champions;
Junior A Football League Winners;
Rathdowney SH Tournament Winners;
U12 Hurling Champions; U12B Football
Champions; U15 Hurling Champions.
1990: U21 Hurling Champions; U16A
Hurling Champions;  U16B   Football
Champions.
1991: O’Bradaigh Cup SH Winners;
Junior A Hurling Champions; Junior A
Hurling League Winners; U17 Hurling
Champions; U14A Hurling Champions;
U14 Feile Hurling Champions.
1992: Minor Hurling Champions; Junior B Hurling Champions.
1993: U16 Hurling Champions.
1994: Intermediate Football Champions; U12A Hurling Champions.
1995: Junior A Hurling Champions; Minor B Football Champions; U12A Hurling
Champions.
1996: Senior B Hurling Champions; Minor B Football Champions; U12A Hurling
Champions; Division 1 SHL Winners; ACHL Division 4 Winners; U12A Hurling
Champions.
1998: U21B Hurling Champions; U14 Camogie County and All-Ireland Feile
Champions.
1999: U16 Camogie Champions; U14 Camogie Champions;
2000: Junior A Football Champions; U21B Football Champions; U16 Football Division
3 Winners; U16 Camogie Champions; U14 Camogie & All Ireland Feile Champions.
2001: Senior Hurling B Champions; Minor Hurling B Champions; U18 Camogie
Champions; U16 Camogie Champions; U14 Camogie Champions.
2002: U16 Camogie Champions.
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Methodology:
The first step in the development of The Club Plan was to contact the County
Development Officer, Tom Jones, who provided the club with guidance along with
the “Club Planning Pack”. The club then set up the following working groups…

   Bill McEvoy was appointed as facilitator.

A Steering Committee was appointed and Chair appointed to each of the five Focus
Groups, recruitment to the Focus Groups was discussed.

   Coaching & Games Development: Liam Clancy and Noel Delaney.
   Club Structures & Administration: Enda Murphy.
   Facilities & Development: Seamus Campion.
   Finance & Fundraising: Barry Murphy.
   Communications/Public Relations & Culture: Mick Fitzpatrick.

Several meetings were held in advance of a well-attended club forum/workshop
which was held in Cullohill Community Centre.
The feedback from the 70+ attendees was collated by the five focus groups and
after further meetings each focus group formulated a report.
Each report included a plan of action and these five plans are at the very core of this
document.

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Mission, Vision and Values:
The GAA’s values are the heart and soul of our Association. In every Club around the
world they are what binds us, what makes us unique and what attracts more and
more players, members, volunteers and supporters.

Mission:
“The GAA is a community based volunteer organisation promoting Gaelic
games, culture and lifelong participation.”
The GAA is a volunteer organisation. We develop and promote Gaelic games at the
core of Irish identity and culture. We are dedicated to ensuring that our family of
games, and the values we live, enrich the lives of our members, families and the
communities we serve. We are committed to active lifelong participation for all and
to providing the best facilities. We reach out to and include all members of our
society. We promote individual development and well-being and strive to enable all
our members achieve their full potential in their chosen roles.

Vision:
Our vision is that everybody has the opportunity to be welcomed to take part in our
games and culture, to participate fully, to grow and develop and to be inspired to
keep a lifelong engagement with our Association.

Values:
Community Identity
       Community is at the heart of our
        Association. Everything we do helps to
        enrich the communities we serve.
       We foster a clear sense of identity and
        place.
Amateur Status
       We are a volunteer led organisation.
       All our members play and engage in our
        games as amateurs.
       We provide a games programme at all
        levels to meet the needs of all our
        players.

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The 5 Year Plan:
After the Club Forum was held, 5 sub-committees looked at the following areas and
ultimately made the recommendations which form the core of the plan.
The five areas considered were:
    Club Structures and Administration.
    Finance and Fundraising.
    Facilities and Development.
    Coaching and Games Development.
    Communications, Public Relations and Cultural Activities.

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Club Structures and Administration:
In five years’ time our Club will be able to say…
“Our Club excels in its Administration. We have the structures in place appropriate
to the Club’s needs. Our committees are vibrant and we have increased the numbers
of people working for the Club. We have addressed the gender imbalance on
committees and now have a significant female presence on our committees.”
Key Steps to be Taken
A: Club Constitution
A Club constitution will be presented and adopted at our Annual General Meeting. It
will be in accordance with GAA guidelines. It will be posted on our website and
accessible to all.
B: Sub-Committees
Sub-Committees will be appointed as the need arises to deal with areas such as
coaching and games development, development of pitches and facilities, fundraising,
etc… We will bring people with expertise in particular areas to these Sub-
Committees.
C: Alcohol and Substance Abuse Policy
We will put in place a comprehensive policy to ensure that our Club is following best
practice in this area. We will ensure that all our members, both Juvenile and Adult
are fully informed of the dangers of alcohol and substance abuse. We will ensure
that all awards and presentation nights for underage players are held in an alcohol-
free setting.
D: Implementing Focus Group Recommendations
In response to the focus group report we will take the following steps:
1.   Terms of Office for Cathaoirleach, Rúnaí and Cisteoir –
      The rationale is to make these posts more attractive to members who may
      previously have been deterred by the prospect of being obliged to remain in
      the position for an indefinite period.
      It will also mean that incumbents will bring a freshness to the executive
      positions and insure that there will always be a dynamic, go-ahead culture at
      Committee level.
                                     Another benefit will derive from the experience
                                     gained by those officers during their term will be
                                     of huge benefit to the committee when their term
                                     has expired.

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                                     Finance and Fundraising:
                                     In five years’ time our Club will be able to say…
                                     “Our Club has done a tremendous job in Finance
                                     and Fundraising in order to support the continued
                                     development of our Club. We have new and
                                     innovative fundraising ideas and we have new
                                     people helping our fundraising efforts.”
                                     Key Steps to be Taken
                                     2014 and 2015 (to the time of print) have seen
                                     major developments in the Club:
                                            Installation of a Juvenile pitch enclosed by 2m
                                             high metal fencing complete with ball stops on
                                             what was previously wasteland behind the pitch
                                             in Durrow.
                                            The fitting of an electronic scoreboard.
                                            The building of a Gym complete with changing
                                             rooms, shower and toilet facilities for both
                                             males and females.
                                            Installation of a base on which it is intended to
  Photos: New Juvenile Pitch                 place a ball wall which will be enclosed and
  (above) and Ball Wall Base                 floodlit.
           (below)                          Connection to the mains water and sewage
                                             systems in Durrow.
                                            The drainage of the area between the dressing
                                             rooms and the pitch wall in Durrow which had
                                             hitherto been very prone to flooding.
                                     It is intended during the lifetime of this plan to
                                     resurface the areas at the grounds in Durrow
                                     currently under gravel, to make the area in the
                                     former quarry behind the Juvenile pitch into the
                                     Club’s main car park and to carry out further works
                                     to make the banking on the road side of the pitch
                                     more amenable for spectators.

                                     Obviously all the aforementioned have, or will, cost
                                     a significant amount of money. The funding comes
                                     from two sources: Fundraising and Grant Aid.

                                     The Club were awarded a €90,000 Government
                                     grant in 2014 and have applied for an additional
                                     €30,000 grant from An Comhairle Laighean, a
                                     decision on which will be made in October 2015
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Facilities and Development:
In five years’ time our Club will be able to say…
“Our Players now enjoy the very best possible
facilities both on and off the pitch.”
The Focus Group outlined four priorities in this area.
The first two involved buying land beside the pitch
in Durrow or acquiring land from Laois County
Council.
Unfortunately, neither of these happened despite
the best efforts of the Club. In the former case,
after almost a year negotiating with the two banks
who had taken possession of the land, the Club’s
offer was accepted only to be almost immediately
rejected and the land was sold at auction for a price
well in excess of our final offer.
In reality, the prospects of the Club being able to
purchase suitable land anywhere in the Parish are
remote even if we worked with another local sports
club who like ourselves have been trying to expand
for many years.                                             Photo: New Public Toilets facilities
The other two priorities put forward by the focus                  in the new building.
group were to (a) continue to develop and improve
facilities and (b) to provide flood-lighting for the full
pitch in Cullohill.
New dugouts are to be commissioned for the
Cullohill pitch and the provision of floodlights for
that pitch will be considered during the 5-year plan.

Photos: A before (bottom) and after (bottom-right)
of the new Gym building…

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                                    Coaching and Games Development:
                                    In five years’ time our Club will be able to say…
                                    “Our Underage section is among the best in the
                                    county. We have achieved excellence in coaching
                                    standards and encourage skill development by
                                    providing games for our young players in a safe and
                                    enjoyable environment. Our adult teams perform to
                                    their full potential because we have the best
                                    possible coaching systems and structures in place.”
                                    Among the recommendations put forward are:

                                    1.      The appointment of a Club Coaching and
                                            Games Development Officer and a coaching and
                                            games development Sub-Committee to oversee
                                            all aspects of games development in the club
                                            and to ensure the best coaching structures are
                                            put in place.

                                    2.      The establishment of formal Club-School links
                                            to cement the relationship between the Club
Photos: New Gym Room (above)                and the schools and to ensure the children
and associated Changing Rooms               receive GAA coaching in school.
            (below)
                                    3.      A nursery programme be put in place for 4 to 7
                                            year olds to encourage them towards a life-long
                                            involvement with Gaelic Games.

                                    4.      That age-appropriate activities such as the Go-
                                            Games model and Super-Touch games be
                                            provided for underage players to nurture their
                                            skills.

                                    5.      To increase the number of coaches in the Club
                                            and to ensure that they receive proper training
                                            on GAA coaching courses. Obviously, no adult
                                            can coach a team without satisfying the criteria
                                            laid down by the GAA, including the need for
                                            Garda Vetting.

                                    6.      The Club shall continue to host and promote a
                                            Cúl Camp every summer to give all children in
                                            the locality exposure to external coaches.

                                    7.      The Club’s Child Protection Officer shall ensure
                                            that the GAA Code of Best Practice and Code of
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                                       Communications, PR and Culture:
                                       In five years’ time our Club will be able to say…
                                       “Our Club is the best Sporting, Cultural and Social
                                       organisation in our community, all our members and
                                       supporters are connected through traditional and
                                       new media. Our members are aware of everything
                                       that is happening in the Club.”
                                       Key Projects:
   Photo: Traditional Signage on
kerbside encouraging local support.    Scór: We will enter Scór, Scór na nÓg and Scór na
                                       bPáisti competitions. This will encourage some to
                                       become involved with the Club who otherwise might
                                       not have done so.

                                       Website: We will continue to develop the Club
                                       website which has been active for some time.
                                       Recent additions have seen match reports complete
                                       with photos and video clips published after most
                                       games.

                                       Social Media: The Club will continue to embrace the
                                       likes of Facebook and Twitter. Both our accounts
                                       offer live score updates, fixtures, results, upcoming
                                       events etc… and have followers from all over the
                                       world, proving hugely popular with local people who
                                       now live elsewhere be it in Ireland, Britain, the US
   Photo: Online Campaign to
                                       or Australia. Both our accounts have met the
encourage followers to follow the
                                       standards required by the GAA for official Club
      Laois County Team
                                       accounts since their inception.

                                       Communication: All members are contacted by SMS
                                       (text message), email or an online secure web-page
                                       regarding training, matches, meetings etc… The
                                       Club also publishes items of interest in the
                                       fortnightly Parish Newsletter and a monthly hard-
                                       copy bulletin is disseminated locally with a list of
                                       fixtures for the month for all club teams, results
                                       from the previous months and any other relevant
                                       news snippets.
   Photo: Catchy online ads are
published on Twitter and Facebook      There is considerable IT expertise among younger
ahead of most games encouraging        committee members and it is intended that in order
  followers to attend games that       to keep the high standard of communications both
 Involve Harps teams both at our       inside and outside the club that we keep pace with
home venue and away games alike.       the developments in Communications Technology as
                                       they become mainstream.

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Implementation and Review Mechanisms for the Plan:
This Plan is a living document. It will be reviewed, assessed and adapted to ensure it
facilitates the Harps GAA Club in reaching its potential over the duration of the plan.
It will be possible to assess the success of the Plan.
The Club Executive Committee will put in place a Plan Implementation Sub-
Committee. This team will meet on a quarterly basis and assess the progress of the
plan against its stated objectives. This team will decide on the most appropriate
method to carry out a comprehensive annual review of the Plan. This will involve the
assessment of the current initiatives, their appropriateness for the needs of the
Club/and the identification of additional initiatives to assist in the completion of
achieving the goals and objectives outlined in the Plan.
If required, the Plan will be modified and adapted based on the inputs. The
Committee will also be responsible for communicating the modified Plan to all Harps
GAA Club members.

Acknowledgements:
Attendance at The Harps GAA Club Forum:
James Joyce, Noel Delaney, Jer Alley, Joe Deegan, Padraig Henderson, Pat Young, Martin Fitzpatrick,
Vincent O Sullivan, Mairead Doheny, Hilda Mc Evoy, Jacinta Fitzpatrick, Niall Mullins, David Doheny,
Jack Mc Evoy, Maura Galvin, Kevin Gilman Snr, Kay Clancy, Seamus Campion, Pat Barnaville, Conor
Dunne, John Paul Deegan.
Barry Dunne, Eoin Clancy, Rory Doyle, Enda Murphy, Tommy Walsh, Gabriel Irwin, Joseph Costigan,
Phil White, John Bourke, Enda Whelan, Mary Donaghue, Tom Dunne, Gerry Murphy, Deirdre Fleming,
Margaret Murphy, Ann Mahony, Sean Dunphy, Donal Deegan, Kevin Gilman Jnr, David O Connell,
Larry Mahony, Tomas Kenna.
John Kirby, Liam Clancy, Mick Fitzpatrick, Shane Phelan, Brian Galvin, John Prior, Denis Lennon,
Martin Lalor, Kieran Mc Evoy, Liam Phelan, Adrian Sheppard, Barry Murphy, Martin Kelly, Martin
Deegan, Albert Townsend, Catherine Geoghegan, Sean Conroy, Shane Bowe, Bill Mc Evoy, Daniel
Dunne, Tony Mc Guigan, John Brophy, Dan Deegan, Ciara Mc Evoy.

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Glossary of Terms:
Alcohol and Substance Abuse Programme (ASAP):
        GAA programme that focuses on minimising the harm being caused by alcohol
        and drugs in society.
Award 1:
        Coach education programme that qualifies the participant to be a lead coach
        for either child, youth or adult players.
Club School Link:
        Club support for local primary schools to ensure promotion of the Club and the
        games
Cúl Camps:
        An organised camp for children aged between seven and 13. They are run by
        qualified coaches and usually held during the summer.
Go Games:
        Small sided skill development games for under 12’s that focus solely on skill
        development and participation
‘Have-a-go day’:
        A series of football and hurling recreational blitzes held for individuals or
        groups who have had little or no involvement in the GAA previously. These are
        held at Club locations for newcomer or non-traditional communities.
Introductory Award:
        Basic coach education for beginner coaches for child, youth and adult players.
Scór:
        Initiatives and activities in which GAA members engage to promote Irish
        music, dancing and culture.
Supertouch:
        Small sided games for 13 to 18 year olds

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