Although The Harps of Laois is a relatively young camogie club, their incredible achievements to date have put them firmly on the camogie map. Recently they claimed an incredible fourth successive senior county title following a replay with St Brigid’s, and remarkably this weekend they hope to advance to a fourth consecutive Leinster junior club championship final.
With three All Ireland club titles already in the bag, The Harps are recognised as one of the most formidable teams in the club championship. Away to Meath champions Kilmessan, The Harps official Mary Donohue says their progress is down to a number of reasons.
“”We had a continuous good run in FÚile in the late 90’s and early 00’s. We went from winning Division Three to being runners-up in Division One when we were beaten by Oulart-the-Ballagh, who were one of the top clubs in FÚile at the time.
“”Aidan Franks came in as team manager in 2006 and that started our good run. Tommy Carroll took over this year and thankfully so far we are still in a winning mode.””
What makes the story all the more intriguing is that the camogie club is only 15 years old. Having already defeated Myshall in the provincial quarter-final, The Harps big players include Louise and -ine Mahony.
Playing at home, Kilmessan will look to Sarah Ross, Caoimhe O’Leary and Lisa Horan who impressed against Wicklow champions Donard/Glen last weekend.
The other semi-final is between St Laurence’s Kildare and Offaly’s Drumcullen. The Offaly side will hope to emulate the
The Leinster junior club final is fixed for October 10th – the same date as the Gala All Ireland intermediate championship replay between
Kilmessan (Meath) V The Harps (Laois), Sunday, 2.30pm, Kilmessan, Co. Meath.
St. Laurence’s (Kildare) V Drumcullen (Offaly), Sunday, 2pm, Oldgrange, Co. Kildare