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Harps invite Donegal to Finn Park

By Aidan O’Donnell
FINN Harps have extended an invitation to the Donegal Gaelic football team to be their special guests for the club’s final game of the season at Finn Park this Saturday night (kick-off 7.45).
Harps entertain Longford Town in their last outing of the 2012 Airtricity League campaign and, as a gesture of appreciation, the newly-crowned All-Ireland champions have been invited along.
Jim McGuinness’s men lifted the spirits of everybody in the county when they toppled Mayo last month to claim their first All-Ireland title in twenty years.
It sparked wild scenes of delirium up and down the county and Harps manager Peter Hutton feels the club’s invitation is a way of applauding their efforts and achievements over the past 18 months.
“The club felt it was important in our final home game of the season to show our appreciation – not just as a club but from the soccer community in Donegal as a whole – for what they have done for the county,” he said.
“It was an incredible achievement and it just goes to show how sport can play such an important role in lifting the mood of the people.”
McGuinness has trained Harps and their northwest rivals Derry City, Hutton’s former club, in the past and his squad’s arrival at the Navenny Street venue for Saturday night’s season finale is sure to attract a lot of interest.
Due to club championship commitments, not all members of the squad will be able to attend but a large delegation will still be present with the Sam Maguire trophy.
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