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Welcome to Aodh Ruadh

26 October 2014
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There was no winner of the Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €2,900.
Next draw in McGinley's Bar with a Jackpot of €3,000 on Sunday, at 8.30pm
Lotto Rota:
Week one
- Reserve Footballers
- Bord na nÓg
Week two
- Senior Footballers
- Ladies
Week three
- Juvenile Hurlers
- Senior Hurlers
The lotto team for the McCosker's Centra on Saturday is:
Bord na nÓg.
The lotto team for the Kernan's Spar on Saturday is:
Reserve Footballers.

In the lucky dip €20 went to: Patricia Downey, Erne Street; PJ O'Reilly, The Fish Centre; Mary Gallen, c/o Mr G's; Breda Ferguson, Allingham Avenue; Sean and John, c/o The Bridgend.

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What's new

25 October 2014
Intermediate Football Championship
End of the line for Aodh Ruadh
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24 October 2014
Intermediate Reserve Football Championship
Reserves crash out of the championship
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17 October 2014
Under 16 ladies football
Aodh Ruadh claim county title
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12 October 2014
Intermediate Football Championship
Aodh Ruadh progress to quarters despite loss
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12 October 2014
Intermediate Reserve Football Championship
Gaels get the better of reserves
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5 October 2014
Intermediate Football Championship
Honours even in Páirc Naomh Bríd
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5 October 2014
Under 14 football
McKenna claims Bakery Cup title
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4 October 2014
Ballyshannon Carnival delights
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4 October 2014
Under 8 football
Under 8s wrap up the season in style
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4 October 2014
Under 16 ladies football
Aodh Ruadh book their place in the county final
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28 September 2014
Under 12 hurling
Easkey make it four-in-a-row at the Aodh Ó Dálaigh
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27 September 2014
Intermediate Football Championship
Downings downed as Aodh Ruadh open championship account
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22 September 2014
Minors All-Ireland final homecoming
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18 September 2014
Aodh Ruadh has the craic at Up For The Match
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15 September 2014
Get your Aodh Ruadh soft shell jacket
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15 September 2014
Family Fundraiser draw made
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13 September 2014
Under 10 football
Aodh Ruadh reclaim the Mick Shannon
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6 September 2014
Senior Football Division 3
Gut-wrenching defeat for Ernesiders
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6 September 2014
Senior Reserve Football Division 3
League crown must wait for another day
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31 August 2014
All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
Donegal dismantle the Dubs
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31 August 2014
Under 18 football
Aodh Ruadh play their part in historic day for Donegal
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30 August 2014
Senior Football Division 3
Ballyshannon victorious despite ring rust
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30 August 2014
Senior Reserve Football Division 3
Walkover for reserves
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23 August 2014
Cyclothon time!
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12 August 2014
Under 21 football championship
Aodh Ruadh blow a Gael
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3 August 2014
Under 16 football
Under 16s book their place in county semi-finals
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2 August 2014
Farewell Pat Malaniff
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30 July 2014
Under 12 football
Aodh Ruadh fall just short after late rally
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26 July 2014
Under 8 football
Ballyshannon hosts under 8 blitz
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26 July 2014
Under 12 ladies football
Under 12s wrap up season in Killybegs
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20 July 2014
Minors bring the Ulster title back to Ballyshannon
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20 July 2014
Ulster senior football championship
Donegal do the double
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20 July 2014
Ulster minor football championship
Donegal capture Ulster minor title
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19 July 2014
Underage inter-county hurling
Aodh Ruadh host fourth annual Peter O'Keefe inter-county hurling tournament
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18 July 2014
Under 16 football
Aodh Ruadh secure top spot with convincing win
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17 July 2014
Under 12 ladies football
Under 12s perform well in Bundoran blitz
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13 July 2014
Ladies intermediate football championship
Ladies denied by Ardara rearguard action
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12 July 2014
Senior Football Division 3
Aodh Ruadh to the four
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5 July 2014
Senior Football Division 3
Aodh Ruadh take the points in table top clash
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5 July 2014
Senior Reserve Football Division 3
Reserves consolidate top spot with away win
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5 July 2014
Under 12 ladies football
Under 12s travel to Tír Chonaill Park
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29 June 2014
Senior ladies football
Aodh Ruadh host Glenties
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27 June 2014
Senior Football Division 3
Late goal stuns Aodh Ruadh
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27 June 2014
Senior Reserve Football Division 3
Reserves return to winning ways
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22 June 2014
Double joy for Donegal at Clones
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  • 21 June 2014
    Farewell Fionnuala
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    21 June 2014
    Senior Football Division 3
    Scintillating second half seals it for Ernesiders
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    15 June 2014
    Under 10 hurlers visit Donegal Adventure Centre
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    14 June 2014
    Senior Football Division 3
    Aodh Ruadh deliver five star performance to maintain promotion drive
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    14 June 2014
    Senior Reserve Football Division 3
    Reserves sustain second loss of the season
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    13 June 2014
    A summer Friday evening at Aodh Ruadh
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    7 June 2014
    Under 12 football
    Shield honours for under 12s in Enniskillen
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    7 June 2014
    Senior Football Division 3
    Boyle clinches victory for Aodh Ruadh
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    7 June 2014
    Senior Reserve Football Division 3
    Reserves return to winning ways
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    7 June 2014
    Under 14 ladies football
    Under 12s host Killybegs, Saint Naul's, Four Masters and Bundoran
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    2 June 2014
    Under 12 football
    Under 12s get their season under way
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    25 May 2014
    Ulster Táin Hurling League division 3
    Empathic Táin victory for Aodh Ruadh
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    24 May 2014
    Senior Football Division 3
    Ballyshannon impress in derby win
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    24 May 2014
    Senior Reserve Football Division 3
    First defeat of the season for reserves
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    24 May 2014
    Under 14 football
    Aodh Ruadh claim Sean Slevin trophy
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    23 May 2014
    Under 14 ladies football
    Naomh Conaill too strong for under 14s
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    19 May 2014
    The Race For Sam 2014 Leaderboard
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    The Race For Sam 2014 Draw
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    18 May 2014
    Senior Football Division 3
    Aodh Ruadh back in the promotion race
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    18 May 2014
    Senior Reserve Football Division 3
    Joy of six for reserves
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    5 May 2014
    Senior Football Division 3
    Body-blow for Ballyshannon promotion hopes
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    5 May 2014
    Senior Reserve Football Division 3
    Fine finish from Finnerty secures the points
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    5 May 2014
    Under 16 hurling
    Aodh Ruadh reclaim Ryan cup
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    3 May 2014
    Senior Football Division 3
    Second half collapse sees seniors run come to an end
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  • 3 May 2014
    Senior Reserve Football Division 3
    Reserves maintain 100 percent record
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    26 April 2014
    Senior Football Division 3
    Home comforts continue for Aodh Ruadh
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    26 April 2014
    Senior Reserve Football Division 3
    Reserves register another big win
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    23 April 2014
    Under 18 football
    Minors host Melvin Gaels for a challenge
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    21 April 2014
    Under 16 football
    Under 16s host Glencar Manor for a challenge
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    19 April 2014
    Duck Race 2014
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    18 April 2014
    Senior Football Division 3
    Father Tierney fortress remains unbreached
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    18 April 2014
    Senior Reserve Football Division 3
    Reserves deliver six of the best
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    17 April 2014
    Under 18 hurling
    Minors continue promising start
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    12 April 2014
    Senior Football Division 3
    Ruthless Aodh Ruadh ease past Carn
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    12 April 2014
    Under 12 ladies football
    Under 12 girls open their season
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    12 April 2014
    Under 10/12 football
    Rip-roaring clash between Aodh Ruadh and Naomh Bríd
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    11 April 2014
    Under 8 and under 6 football
    Under 8 and under 6 football training goes outdoors
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    10 April 2014
    Under 18 hurling
    Minors account for Burt
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    5 April 2014
    Senior Football Division 3
    Seniors whither in face of Naomh Columba barrage
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    5 April 2014
    Senior Reserve Football Division 3
    Aodh Ruadh give points difference tally another big boost
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    5 April 2013
    Eighth annual Hurlathon big success
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    30 March 2014
    Ulster Club Hurling League
    Hurlers get 2014 going with a win
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    30 March 2014
    Under 18 football
    Patton points the way against Kilcar
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    27 March 2014
    Under 14 hurling
    Aodh Ruadh fall to strong Eunan's outfit
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    26 March 2014
    Under 18 football
    Minors notch win over Bundoran
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    23 March 2014
    Senior Football Division 3
    Aodh Ruadh get the perfect start to 2014 season
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    23 March 2014
    Senior Reserve Football Division 3
    Reserves open campaign with 12 point victory
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    22 March 2014
    Under 14 football
    Encouraging display from under 14s against Fishermen
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    17 March 2014
    Aodh Ruadh at the Saint Patrick's Day Parade
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    8 March 2014
    Senior take on Erne Gaels challenge
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    2 March 2014
    Under 18 football
    Minors gear up for start of the league
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    1 March 2014
    Big Aodh Ruadh turn out at the Cara Run
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    28 February 2014
    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at the Abbey Centre
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    22 February 2014
    Awards and glitz at the Aodh Ruadh Dinner Dance
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    22 February 2014
    Under 14 / under 16 football
    Daniel Warnock claims revived Frank O'Neill title
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    16 February 2014
    NHL Division 3A
    Donegal get their NHL campaign off to a winning start
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    9 February 2014
    Under 14 / under 16 football
    Frank O'Neill cup tournament gets under way
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    9 February 2014
    Under 10 football
    First under 10 skills competition of the season
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    31 January 2014
    Aodh Ruadh seniors training under Friday night lights
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    24 January 2014
    Under 16 football
    Underage indoor football training resumes
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    18 January 2014
    Some pictures from the launch of a charity CD single by The Old Church Vets Ballyshannon in conjunction with Donegal Vet Clinic and Grange Vet Clinic. All proceeds from the charity single go towards Irish Guide Dogs For The Blind, Donegal Pet Rescue, Animals In Need, Sligo Animal Rescue, and The Donkey Sanctuary.
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    15 January 2014
    Clare's All-Ireland winning manager Davy Fitzgerald returns to Aodh Ruadh
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    29 December 2013
    Annual Colman Kerr charity match raises funds for good causes
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    15 December 2013
    Drink sensibly this Chrismas
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    13 December 2013
    Aodh Ruadh Ladies Flying The Flag, 'Down the County'
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    30 November 2013
    Jim "The Natch" Gallagher - An appreciation
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    30 November 2013
    Under 21 B championship final replay
    Aodh Ruadh claim first under 21 title in 20 years
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    16 November 2013
    Blooming marvelous night at the Alternative Rose of Ballyshannon
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    26 November 2013
    Under 21 B championship final
    80 minutes fails to separate Aodh Ruadh and Burt
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    12 November 2013
    Nomination papers for Aodh Ruadh AGM 2013
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    7-10 November 2013
    Out and about at the Allingham Arts
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    26 October 2013
    Senior challenge
    Aodh Ruadh attend the Eamonn Byrne Memorial match
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    20 October 2013
    Under 16 football
    Under 16s force semi-final play-off
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    19 October 2013
    Under 21 B Championship
    Under 21s book county final place
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    18 October 2013
    Ladies presentation night rocks the Aras
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    13 October 2013
    1,000km Get Out and Walk for Kids challenge
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    12 October 2013
    Senior Football Division 3
    McGurrin's top ten sees Aodh Ruadh take derby spoils
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    12 October 2013
    Recreational Football
    Recreational football goes under lights
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    5 October 2011
    Carnival Ballyshannon 2013
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    5 October 2013
    Under 21 football challenge
    Saint Malachy's tackle Erneside under 21s
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    5 October 2013
    Ulster GAA launches coach and volunteer development programme for 2014
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    29 September 2013
    Under 12 hurling
    Clubs come from far and wide to the Aodh Ó Dálaigh
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    29 September 2013
    Minor ladies football league
    Minor ladies come up short against Four Masters
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    28 September 2013
    Senior Football Division 3
    Cleary the hero for Aodh Ruadh
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    28 September 2013
    Senior Reserve Football Division 3
    Aodh Ruadh gold reserves shine through
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    28 September 2013
    Under 10 football
    Aodh Ruadh host under 10 finals day
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    21 September 2013
    Senior Football Division 3
    Impressive performance ends relegations worries
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    15 September 2013
    Runners brave tough conditions for Aodh Ruadh 10K/4K
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    8 September 2013
    Intermediate Football Championship
    Aodh Ruadh undone by awful second half
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    7 September 2013
    Aodh Ruadh 10K Run / 4K Walk
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    4 September 2013
    Under 21 B Football Championship
    Comprehensive win sees under 21s progress
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    1 September 2013
    Ladies intermediate football championship
    Aodh Ruadh fall short despite valiant final quarter fight-back
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    31 August 2013
    Senior Football Division 3
    Seniors secure valuable away win
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    31 August 2013
    Senior Reserve Football Division 3
    Second half goals see reserves take the points
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    27 August 2013
    Under 21 football championship
    Under 21s claim first win in eight years
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    24 August 2013
    Under 13 football
    Under 13s get league campaign off to a flier
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    24 August 2013
    Under 17 football
    Harley captains Donegal under 17s to noteable win
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    24 August 2013
    Under 16 hurling
    Donegal and Sligo meet in Father Tierney Park
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    24 August 2013
    Success at Cyclothon 2013
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    22 August 2013
    Under 16 hurling
    Ballyshannon suffer semi-final loss
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    21 August 2013
    Under 18 football
    Heart-breaking semi-final loss for minors
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    21 August 2013
    Senior Championship Hurling
    Aodh Ruadh bow out of championship race
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    18 August 2013
    Intermediate Football Championship
    Magnificent performance sees Aodh Ruadh into semis
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    18 August 2013
    Intermediate Reserve Football Championship
    Reserves go down fighting
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    17 August 2013
    Recreational Football
    Football at its very finest
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    11 August 2013
    Ladies intermediate football championship
    Ladies battle hard to earn first leg victory
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    10 August 2013
    Under 8 football
    Under 8s travel to Mountcharles
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    8 August 2013
    Ladies under 14 football
    Good win over Glenfin for under 14s
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    9 August 2013
    Under 12 football
    Derrygonnelly claim the 2013 Willie Rogers title
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    3 August 2013
    Senior Football Challenge
    Aodh Ruadh take on Coolera Strandhill in challenge
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    2 August 2013
    Ladies senior football
    Glencar Manor revisited
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    1 August 2013
    Under 16 Hurling
    Aodh Ruadh defeat Saint Eunan's after game of two halves
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    28 July 2013
    Under 14/12 football
    Conal Sweeny claims 56th Bakery Cup
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    28 July 2013
    Lose some, win some
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    25 July 2013
    Under 16 Hurling
    Under 16s earn win over Carndonagh
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    24 July 2013
    Senior Hurling
    Aodh Ruadh come up short against Ballybofey
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    23 July 2013
    Ladies senior football
    Drumcliffe Rosses Point visit Ballyshannon
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    21 July 2013
    Under 15 Hurling
    Sligo claim O'Keefe cup
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    20 July 2013
    Senior Football Division 3
    Gaels pushed all the way by Aodh Ruadh
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    20 July 2013
    Senior Reserve Football Division 3
    Reserves come up short against Fanad
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    12 July 2013
    Under 8 football
    Under 8s take on Erne Gaels
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    10 July 2013
    Under 18 football
    Minors secure first leg win over Saint John's
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    8 July 2013
    Under 18 Hurling
    Aodh Ruadh into minor championship final
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    6 July 2013
    Senior Intermediate Championship
    Honours even in rip-roaring championship encounter
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    6 July 2013
    Senior Intermediate Reserve Championship
    Late Buncrana point salvages a draw
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    6 July 2013
    Under 10 football
    Grange and Aodh Ruadh claim Mick Shannon titles
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    1 July 2013
    Free health screening campaign comes to Father Tierney Park
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    12 June 2013
    Under 18 Hurling
    Aodh Ruadh claim minor league title
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    26 June 2013
    Ladies inter-county under 14 football
    Donegal face New York in the Park
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    25 June 2013
    Ladies senior football
    Ballyshannon take on the challenge of Glencar Manor
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    25 June 2013
    Ladies under 14 football
    New York take on the Ballyshannon girls
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    22 June 2013
    Senior Reserve Football Division 3
    Kelly gets reserves a share of the points
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    22 June 2013
    Senior Football Division 3
    Aodh Ruadh clinch crucial league points
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    22 June 2013
    Under 8 football
    Father Tierney hosts Erne Gaels and Naomh Bríd under 8s
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    21 June 2013
    Under 16 football
    Aodh Ruadh see off stiff Glen challenge
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    17 June 2013
    Ladies under 8 and under 10 football
    Four Masters visit for mini-blitz
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    15 June 2013
    Senior Football Division 3
    Aodh Ruadh come up short against Newtown
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    15 June 2013
    Senior Reserve Football Division 3
    Result fails to reflect battling performance
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    14 June 2013
    Ladies senior football
    Ladies defeat Kilcar
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    12 June 2013
    Senior Hurling
    Aodh Ruadh crowned county hurling league champions
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    12 June 2012
    Ladies under 14 football
    Under 14s maintain unbeaten record
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    12 June 2013
    Under 14 / under 12 football
    Teams drawn for Bakery Cup 2013
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    8 June 2013
    Senior Reserve Football Division 3
    Encouraging showing from reserves in Downings
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    8 June 2013
    Under 8 football
    Mountcharles blitz provides useful test for under 10s
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    3 June 2013
    Under 12 football
    Strong second half gives Aodh Ruadh derby spoils
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    Club News

    28 October 2014

    1989 final video
    Kilcar are looking for a copy of the video of the 1989 county final between Aodh Ruadh and Kilcar for an upcoming function. If anyone happens to have a copy could they please contact Tom Daly ASAP on 0872390410.

    Aodh Ruadh jackets for kids and adults
    There will be an opportunity to try on youth and adult sizes of our navy blue soft shell jacket this Sunday from 12 noon to 1pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh, Father Tierney Park. With Christmas coming up they are the perfect stocking filler for your GAA mad youngsters. We now have three youth sizes available. Ages 7-8 priced €40; ages 9-10 priced €40; and ages 11-12 priced €45. All jackets will have the Aodh Ruadh and GAA crests, plus the child's initials on the sleeve. We are still selling adult jackets and these would make an ideal present for club members returning from foreign lands for the festive period. Orders for all jackets will need to be in by the second week of November at the latest to ensure Christmas delivery. You can check out samples of the jacket on aodhruadh.org.


    28 October 2014

    Football
    Convoy has often proved a happy hunting ground for Aodh Ruadh teams, but on this bleak windswept October Saturdday it was to prove to be one of those days to forget as Fanad Gaels ran out 0-13 to 0-9 winners in the Intermediate Football Championship quarter-final. Aodh Ruadh contested manfully, despite being down a few starting players and then losing players to injury early in the game, but just couldn't reel back in an aggressive Fanad outfit after they got off to a flying start. Aodh Ruadh were reasonably sound in defence with Anthony Boyle, Damien Cleary and Michael Dolan among the best performers in that sector. Johnny Gethins showed commendable spirit at half forward while up front David McGurrin and the championship debutante Philip Patton both worked hard on limited and difficult ball. Conor Patton also did well on his introduction. Now focus returns to the league where promotion to the second tier is still very much a live proposition. See the full match report and pictures on aodhruadh.org.

    The reserves also exited the championship on Friday night. They came out on the wrong end of a 4-8 to 1-12 scoreline. Aodh Ruadh got off to a bad start before slowly dragging themselves back into the game, but coming up short at the end. Best for the Ballyshannon men was Michael 'Sticky' Ward who was just unstoppable doing everything he could to drag the team back into the game, finishing the night with a massive 1-11. Ryan Granaghan worked very hard throughout the 60 minutes, whilst David Finnerty, Cookie O'Halloran and Ryan Patton also put in very solid performances. All in all it was a disappointing exit from the 2014 Intermediate Reserve Championship, but on reflection there will be much to be positive about this season, having won the Division 3 Reserve league title, and seeing many of the younger lads, particularly the lads coming through from minors, getting a real flavour for senior football and no doubt will be stronger following their experiences this year. The final reserve league game against Naomh Bríd will hopefully be played whenever the intermediate championship concludes. There is a full match report from the game up on aodhruadh.org

    Hurling
    Congratulations to Paul Sheridan on being named on the Nicky Rackard team of the year. Paul was one of only two Donegal hurlers to be recognised on the team, the other representative being MacCumhaill's Justin McGhee. Donegal exited the Nicky Rackard cup at the semi-final stages to Fingal.

    Aodh Ruadh soft shell jackets now available in kids' sizes
    With Christmas coming up we have the perfect stocking filler for your football or hurling mad youngsters. We now have three youth sizes of our navy blue soft shell jacket available. Ages 7-8 priced €40; ages 9-10 priced €40; and ages 11-12 priced €45. All jackets will have the Aodh Ruadh and GAA crests, plus the child's initials on the sleeve. We are still selling adult jackets. These would make an ideal present for club members returning for foreign lands for the festive period. Orders for all jackets will need to be in by the second week of November at the latest to ensure Christmas delivery. Keep an eye on notes and Aodh Ruadh text for details of fitting sessions. You can check out samples of the jacket on aodhruadh.org.

    Wedding bells
    Congratulations to Emma Gaughan and Aidan McGonigle on their nuptials last Friday and Niall McCready and Marie Doherty who tied the knot last Saturday. You can see some lovely pictures from the McCready wedding up on aodhruadh.org.

    Bingo
    Big Halloween Bingo this Friday night at 9pm at the Abbey Centre. Prize fund is €2,700 including the €1,000 jackpot game. Books priced at €15 for full book, €8 for a half, or play your book and a half for just €20! Winner of last week's €400 jackpot was Catherina Keown, Garrison.


    21 October 2014

    Ladies
    Pride of place this week goes to a young Aodh Ruadh under 16 ladies side who won claimed the Donegal under 16 C championship title with victory Kilcar on a scoreline of 3-15 to 0-5 on Friday evening. It was a very poor day for football, with wind and rain battering Mountcharles, but that didn't diminish Aodh Ruadh's appetite for the game and they got off to a magnificent start, dominating up front and pushing out into a lead which Kilcar could never reel in. The Ballyshannon girls led by 1-8 to 0-2 at half time and looked set fair for the honours. They had to count on an excellent second half defensive performance though to shut out Kilcar as they tried to claw their way back into the game. With Aodh Ruadh taking all their chances they ran out deserved 19 point winners. Mary Flora Scott and Shelly Loughlin orchestrated the attack well up front while Lorna Matthews and Orla Gillespie denied Kilcar any traction in the defence. Dearbhaile O'Moore and Meabh Rooney both excelled in midfield too. Congratulations to Teddy Kane, Terence McShea, Tara Khan, Elaine Dorrian and Sarah Patton on steering the side to championship success. The side who brought much-needed silverware back to Aodh Ruadh were as follows: Catherine McClay; Bronagh Kelly, Lorna Matthews, Ríonach Sheerin; Louise Mahon, Orla Gillespie, Lauren Moore; Dearbhaile O'Moore, Meabh Rooney; Rebecca Gillespie, Mary Flora Scott, Aimee McCaffrey; Roisín Gallagher, Shelly Loughlin, Roisín Meehan.

    Football
    Aodh Ruadh have been drawn against Fanad Gaels in the intermediate football championship quarter-finals . The winners of that game play the winners from the Cloughaneely v Burt quarter-final. At the time of mailing there was no fixture information available, an addendum will follow when we have anything further to report on that front.

    Hurling
    On Thursday last the Coláiste Cholmcille senior hurling team qualified for the Casement Shield semi-final by virtue of a comprehensive victory over Abbey CBS Newry on a 2-11 to 1-4 scoreline. The game was played in difficult conditions at the Tyrone Centre of Excellence in Garvaghey. The lads put in a hard working performance where everyone showed great commitment. This win means they now play old rivals Buncrana in the semi-final.

    Aodh Ruadh soft shell jackets now available in kids' sizes
    With Christmas coming up we have the perfect stocking filler for your football or hurling mad youngsters. We now have three youth sizes of our navy blue soft shell jacket available. Ages 7-8 priced €40; ages 9-10 priced €40; and ages 11-12 priced €45. All jackets will have the Aodh Ruadh and GAA crests, plus the child's initials on the sleeve. We are still selling adult jackets. These would make an ideal present for club members returning for foreign lands for the festive period. Orders for all jackets will need to be in by the second week of November at the latest to ensure Christmas delivery. Keep an eye on notes and Aodh Ruadh text for details of fitting sessions. You can check out an adult sample of the jacket on aodhruadh.org.

    Wedding bells
    Two big weddings in the club this week and we'd like to extend our congratulations and best wishes to all concerned for a long and happy marriage. Our hard working secretary Emma Gaughan hitches up with Aidan McGonigle this Friday, while bona fide Aodh Ruadh and Donegal legend Niall McCready and Marie Doherty tie the knot on Saturday.

    Bingo
    Last week's €400 jackpot was split five ways in the Abbey Centre. Bingo continues as normal this Friday at 9pm in the Abbey Centre, with books priced €10 for a full book or €5 for the half book.


    16 October 2014

    Ladies
    Best of luck to the Aodh Ruadh under 16 ladies who take on Kilcar in the county final this Friday. The throw-in time is 5.00pm in Mountcharles. The club hasn't collected much silverware this year, so please get behind our girls for this one.

    Aodh Ruadh soft shell jackets
    If you haven't already had the opportunity you can get a chance to try on the Aodh Ruadh soft shell jackets up at Aras Aoidh Ruaidh this Saturday from 3pm to 4pm.. The jacket has the Aodh Ruadh crest on the left and the GAA crest on the right. They are priced €49 each with the option of initials on the sleeve for an extra €5. Jackets are available in sizes small, medium, large, XL and XXL. You can view samples of the jacket on aodhruadh.org.


    14 October 2014

    Football
    Despite a promising start to the game in Portsalon Aodh Ruadh were reeled back in by Fanad Gaels to lose their final tie of the intermediate championship round robin stages on a scoreline of 3-14 to 3-8. However, there was much relief at the end as results from elsewhere came in. Carndonagh's surprise defat of Milford leaves Aodh Ruadh poised qualify to the quarter finals by taking one of the best third place finishes on three points, thanks to that draw in Ballintra which ultimately proved to be a vital point gained. Best for Aodh Ruadh were Ciron Whoriskey, Mickey Dolan and Eamonn McGrath at the back, whilst Colm Kelly got though some great work and McGurrin's goals almost made the difference for the visitors. There is a full match report from David McLoone and pictures from Cathal Maguire on aodhruadh.org.

    The reserves went out of the championship, losing out on a scoreline of Fanad Gaels 2-15 Aodh Ruadh 1-8. Aodh Ruadh knew that only a win would do in Portsalon to be sure of progression to the quarter-final stage, and also knew they would have to do it without the help of the suspended Sticky Ward. The homesters got off to a good start and maintained control throughout despite Aodh Ruadh's attempts to work their way back into the tie. Fanad finished out strongly with 1-2, the goal which put the icing on the cake was a screamer into the top corner. All in all a very disappointing day for the reserves, who just left themselves with too much to do in the second half. The best performances on the day came from Ryan Patton, Nicky Sheerin and captain Dermot Slevin as he tried to rally the troops throughout. With both Carndonagh and Downings withdrawing from the 2014 reserve championship, the lads need to wait and see what happens in the other groups to know their fate for the rest of the season. There is a full match report from David McLoone and pictures from Cathal Maguire on aodhruadh.org.

    Aodh Ruadh play the final round of the intermediate football championship group stages this Sunday. They face Fanad Gaels in Páirc Uí Shiail with the reserves up at 1.30pm followed by the seniors at 3pm.

    The annual under 12 trip to Croke Park took place yesterday and congratulations to Mark McGlynn, the lucky name out of the hat. It is a great opportunity for any young player to get to play in Croke Park, one I'm sure will be remembered for a long time.

    Ladies
    Best of luck to the Aodh Ruadh under 16 ladies who take on Kilcar in the county final this Friday. The throw-in time is 5.30pm, but the venue had not been fixed at time of writing.

    Hurling
    The curtain came down on the under 8 season on Saturday when all headed to Dizzy's Den, Bundoran for two hours of fun and craic as a reward for the great work and effort all of our youngest team put in all year. They have all mastered the basic skills of hurling and have shown a great improvement since last March and have been a pleasure to work with such was their willingness to learn. Thanks to the parents for all their help and support all year look forward to seeing all again in March.

    Sunday was a busy day on the underage hurling front as four of our under 12s, Shane Brady, Declan Kelly, Nathan Kelly and Gavin McGarrigle took part in the Croke Park Activity Day for Donegal in Croke Park. The lads had a great day playing lots of matches on the hallowed sod of Croke Park, hopefully it will be the first of many appearances there for them.

    Also on Sunday our under 16s headed to Derry for their final day of the season, Firstly they played a very competitive challenge game against Na Magha, winning well in the end on a score line of 5-15 to 3-10. From there it was onto Owenbeg to watch the Ulster Senior Club semi-final between Cushendall of Antrim and Derry's Slaughtneil. What a game this turned out to be, level at the end of normal time 3-12 for the Antrim men to 0-21. We then had extra time which couldn't separate these two great sides as it finished 3-17 to 0-26. The game had everything that is great about hurling, and all in the large crowd present agreed a draw was a fair result. Interestingly 13 of the Slaughtneil panel are dual players and six of the starting 15 will be in action again next week as Slaughtneil are in the Derry senior football final next Sunday, this coupled with Cratloe completing the double in Clare of senior hurling and football titles on Sunday shows how advantageous it is for clubs to promote and encourage dual players. After the game the lads met and got their photos taken with Antrim captain Neil McManus and Cushendall manager and former Antrim great the legendary Terence 'Sambo McNaughton. Check out the photos on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page.

    Aodh Ruadh 5k Run/Walk
    Well done to everyone who turned up for Bord na nÓg's first annual 5k run/walk. Weather was perfect for the event and everyone there enjoyed the day. Thank you to all the marshalls, timekeepers and registrars - Catherine Gettins, Darragh Flood Dolan, Ray Gaughan, Aidan McGonigle, James Bradshaw, David Murray, Donagh Keon, Caolán Flood Dolan, Mark Gettins, Mary Doogan, Sarah Meehan, Diarmuid Flood Dolan, Patricia Bradshaw, Sharon & Claire Toolan. All who helped with refreshments Teresa Davis Maguire, Helen Kelly, Tara Keenaghan, Eileen McCaffrey. Lorraine Heatley Ryan and Kathleen O'Neill. Congratulations to our winners:
    U14: Tiernan Flood Dolan and girls joint winners Sarah Jane Keon, Orla Keon & Lucy McGlynn
    U16: Ronan McMullin and Alannah Ryan
    Senior: Tommy Gillespie and Edel Sheerin
    40+: Paul Ward and Pamela Zarb
    Congrats again to Paul Ward and Pamela Zarb on winning first man and first woman home. We had great runs from some very young (10 and under) athletes: Garvey Meade, Shane Delahunty, Killian Bradshaw, Ryan Keenaghan, Cillian Meehan, and Eve Flood - well done to all of them for participating and finishing so well. Thanks to our sponsors Ballyshannon Leisure Centre, Ballyshannon Shoe Co., O'Neills Leisurewear Ballyshannon, Bundoran Cineplex, Ballyshannon Museum, Slevin's Department Store, Cut 'n Crew Bundoran, Nirvana Restaurant and Centra. Special thanks to Andrea Whelan for doing the photography today - great job done. You can check out Andrea's work on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page. Looking forward to 5k 2015!

    Club crest soft shell jackets
    Aodh Ruadh now has a new piece of kit for club members to buy. It is a navy blue soft shell jacket with the Aodh Ruadh crest on the left and the GAA crest on the right. They are priced €49 each with the option of initials on the sleeve for an extra €5. Jackets are available in sizes small, medium, large, XL and XXL. You can view samples of the jacket on aodhruadh.org.

    A Wake In The West
    Ballyshannon Drama Society present Michael J Ginnelly's hilarious comedy A Wake In The West in the Abbey Centre on October 9th, 11th, 12th, 16th, 18th and 19th October at 8.30pm nightly.

    Bingo
    Karen Gallagher of Cashelard was the winner of last week's €400 jackpot. Bingo continues as normal this Friday at 9pm in the Abbey Centre, with books priced €10 for a full book or €5 for the half book.


    7 October 2014

    Aodh Ruadh 5K
    Aodh Ruadh Bord na nÓg present our first annual 5K this Sunday 12th October. Registration on the day from 1pm - 2.30pm before runners and walkers go under starter's orders at 3pm. We have selected a level route from the park out towards the Knather and back to suit all abilities. The map and elevation of the route can be viewed at the event's Facebook page. There are category prizes for the boys and girls in the under 14, under 16, under 18, senior and over 40 age grades, with trophies for the first man and first woman home. Registration fees are as follows. Under 16s €5; Adults €10; Families €20. This is Bord na nÓg's main fundraiser for the year and we will be building it up in the years to come. We especially want to encourage club members to come out and support this event.

    Football
    Aodh Ruadh will go to Fanad needing a win to ensure their progression to the next stage of the championship after a 1-7 to 1-7 draw with Naomh Bríd on Sunday afternoon left it with all to play for in the final round of games in the group stages. There were some very good performances from both sides in a game where both teams seemed more concerned about not losing the game rather than going out to win. Eamonn McGrath was the stand out man for Aodh Ruadh, with Ciron Whoriskey also having a good shift at the back. Johnny Gethins and Barry Mulligan were the pick of the forwards on the day. We have a full match report, team sheets and a huge gallery of pictures up on aodhruadh.org.

    The reserve match ended in controversial circumstances with some confusion over the score. We await further developments.

    Aodh Ruadh play the final round of the intermediate football championship group stages this Sunday. They face Fanad Gaels in Páirc Uí Shiail with the reserves up at 1.30pm followed by the seniors at 3pm.

    The curtain came down on the under 12s and under 14s season in spectacular fashion on Sunday last in Father Tierney Park, when best friends Pauric Keenaghan and Michael McKenna went head to head in the 57th annual Bakery Cup final. A huge crowd turned out to witness this thriller of a match which saw McKenna's team take an early lead with a fine point fisted over by Mark Gettins. It was end-to-end excitement for the remainder of the first half which ended with McKenna leading by 2-2 to 1-2.
    The second half started with McKenna's team having a huge wind advantage. Such was the pace of the game that the referee Val Murray was struggling to keep up with the youth. Mark McGlynn and Harry Howarth were linking up beautifully and McKenna's side got on top in the last ten minutes. The final whistle saw Michael McKenna with a five point lead and he proudly lay claim to the Bakery cup which is something his dad couldn't manage to do 30 years ago when he was beaten in the 1984 final by a very good John Duffy side.
    The curtain-raiser to the final was another thriller of a game which saw Dylan Gallagher's side defeat Evan McTernan's team in another very good sporting game with a rare sight being seen when the big man, Odhran Kennedy, scored a cracker of a goal from a 45. In the presentation ceremony afterwards all the captains were awarded with trophies and the player of the tournament went to a well deserving Shane Duffy.
    Thanks to all that helped out on the day and the management of the under 14s would like to thank all the parents for their help with transport, catering and everything else over the course of a very enjoyable 2014 season. We have pictures from the day upon aodhruadh.org.

    The under 8s concluded their season after nine months of activity with a blitz in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Saturday evening. We were joined for the day by our neighbours Erne Gaels and Corofin who travelled up from Galway for the event. There were four pitches on the go with some great skills on display across the afternoon. The blitz was played off in a great spirit, which was wonderful to see. Thanks to the referees who allowed us to run the four pitches, Brian Roper, Gerard Ferguson, Sylvester Maguire and Corofin's Ciaran Lynch. Major thanks to the parents and guardians who brought in such a spectacular range of refreshments in and especially to those who saw duty behind the hatch serving up over the course of the day. Thanks to Paul Gillespie and BWG who supplied the treats and Kernan's Spar who brought milk, tea and coffee. Finally thanks to David O'Donnell who laid on a very well-received minidisco to bring the curtain down on the 2014 season. Thanks to the coaches across the course of the year, in particular James Bradshaw, Paddy Kelly and Tom Holland for all their hard work. Of course thanks to all our players across the course of the year, they have been a real pleasure to work with and made huge progress over the season and hopefully had fun in the process. Pulling on the Aodh Ruadh jersey last Saturday were: Killian Bradshaw, Barry Campbell, Eoin Cassidy, Michael Clancy, Tommy Clyne, Finn Coady, Ben Daly, Ronan Delahunty, Eoin Doogan, Liam Doogan, Stephen Doran, Cormac Finnegan, Odhran Gillespie, Tom Holland, Donagh Kelly, Micheal Keown, Hugh Óg Maguire, Jack McCadden, Cian McDonald, Dylan McGuinness, Adam McNulty, Garvey Meade, James Monaghan, Tom Murphy, Ted O'Donnell, Conor O'Mahoney, Dara O'Mahoney, Cillian Slevin and Darragh Summerville. With the season concluded it would only be proper to thank the parents and guardians for their help and support across the course of the year especially the catering at blitzes and providing transport to matches, it made the management's job much easier. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

    We have signed up to Lucozade Kit Out Project. We are not asking people to start buying Lucozade, but could anyone who does drink it please note the code on the bottle under the wrapper and pass it to your manager or to Tracey Flood. Codes will be added to our account and we get some free kit. Please pass this on to your friends or anyone you know that drinks Lucozade and ask them to keep codes for the club. The more codes we collect the more gear we can get.

    Hurling
    Coláiste Cholmcille senior hurling team took part in a blitz in the Mid Ulster Sports Arena, Cookstown last Thursday playing three games. In the opening game they had a narrow victory, 0-8 to 1-4, against Coleraine. In game two they lost against old rivals Buncrana 5-1 to 2-4. They faced into their final game against Ballymena knowing they had to win to qualify for the Casement Shield, and win they did in a great game on a scoreline of 3-7 to 3-4. They are due to play the quarter-final this week against Abbey CBS Newry. The whole panel play their club hurling with Aodh Ruadh, thanks to Coláiste Cholmcille and Damien Conlan for entering this competition.

    On Sunday morning the curtain came down on the under 8 and under 10 season as the final all-county blitz of the year took place in the Centre of Excellence in Convoy. The under 10s had 14 players and played seven games and finished the season unbeaten as they won six games and drew their final one. The under 8s had 17 players and fielded two teams, both teams played nine games and did very well in all games. The under 8s showed great dedication all year and really improved as the season went on. The management of both squads would like to thank the parents for their support and help all year long especially with transport, training resumes again in March 2015.

    Ladies
    Aodh Ruadh under 16 ladies delivered their best performance of the year last Saturday to book their place in the county championship final. The Shamettes comfortably defeated a Malin side who were slow to start after their long trip down the road from Inishowen. Aodh Ruadh now face Kilcar in the final, with date, time and venue yet to be confirmed, but it will be within the next two weeks. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

    Club crest soft shell jackets
    Aodh Ruadh now has a new piece of kit for club members to buy. It is a navy blue soft shell jacket with the Aodh Ruadh crest on the left and the GAA crest on the right. They are priced €49 each with the option of initials on the sleeve for an extra €5. Jackets are available in sizes small, medium, large, XL and XXL. You can view samples of the jacket on aodhruadh.org.

    A Wake In The West
    Ballyshannon Drama Society present Michael J Ginnelly's hilarious comedy A Wake In The West in the Abbey Centre on October 9th, 11th, 12th, 16th, 18th and 19th October at 8.30pm nightly.

    Ballyshannon Carnival
    The Ballyshannon Carnival took to the streets on Saturday evening, and once again got great weather considering the time of year. It really was a spectacular effort this year, with, once again, lots of participation from club members. We have a great gallery of shots from the festivities up on aodhruadh.org.


    30 September 2014

    Football
    Aodh Ruadh got their intermediate championship off to a good start with a solid display to see off Downings in Father Tierney Park on a scoreline of 1-13 to 0-8. Best for Aodh Ruadh were Ciron Whoriskey with his driving runs from deep defence, Eamonn McGrath and Conor Patton who dominated at half back. Anthony Boyle and Diarmaid McInerney who showed well in attack and hit three points from play apiece. There is a full match report and pictures up on aodhruadh.org.

    The reserves got a walk over, but they should make their 2014 championship bow this coming Sunday when they face Naomh Bríd in Ballintra. Their game throws-in at 1.30pm and is followed by the seniors championship meeting with the neighbours at 3pm.

    The under 10s attended Melvin Gaels end of year blitz in Kinlough last Saturday. After an opening loss to Devenish the seniors rallied well and got wins against Bundoran and Melvin Gaels. The juniors won both their games against Melvin Gaels and Bundoran with strong performances across the pitch. Fielding for Aodh Ruadh were Danny Breen-Brosnan, Séimí Campbell, Conor Cleary, Oisin Daly, Padraig Daly, Ryan Daly, Shane Delahunty, Michael Doogan, JJ Doran, Diarmaid Flood-Dolan, Jack Gallagher, James Gallagher, Ryan Keenaghan, Eoghan Kelly, Art Mag Fhionnghaile, Lorc Mag Fhionnghaile, James McGinley, Shane McGloin, Cian McKenna, Cillian Meehan, David Roper, Drew Ryan, Aidan Sweeny and Aonghus Sweeny.

    No under 8 training this Friday. Our final blitz of the year takes place in Father Tierney Park on Saturday 4th October. Players to be up at the park for 11am, games at noon. Corofin and Erne Gaels are visiting so we need a good spread of food. A loaf of sandwiches, tray of buns or similar from ALL PLAYERS is absolutely essential. Help will also needed with catering in Aras. After the games there will be treats, presentation of participation certificates and a minidisco and under 6s, under 10s, and siblings are all welcome to attend.

    We have signed up to Lucozade Kit Out Project. We are not asking people to start buying Lucozade, but could anyone who does drink it please note the code on the bottle under the wrapper and pass it to your manager or to Tracey Flood. Codes will be added to our account and we get some free kit. Please pass this on to your friends or anyone you know that drinks Lucozade and ask them to keep codes for the club. The more codes we collect the more gear we can get.

    Hurling
    The curtain came down on the under 12 season on Sunday with the hosting of the annual Aodh Ó Dálaigh tournament. In existence since 1982, this year's event was one of the best tournaments we've had. The following teams took part Tuam (Galway), Easkey (Sligo), Drumcliffe (Sligo), Manorhamilton (Leitrim), Keady (Armagh) and ourselves. We were blessed with a beautiful day weather wise and both Father Tierney Park and Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh were in splendid condition which led to great hurling being played by all teams. The competition was played on a round robin basis with games of 20 minutes, ensuring all teams had lots of hurling. In round one Easkey were victorious over Drumcliffe in the Sligo derby, a very young Aodh Ruadh team had a good win over Manorhamilton and Tuam had a narrow win over the Armagh boys. Round two saw a big win for Keady over Drumcliffe, holders Easkey had an easy win over Aodh Ruadh, while Tuam had their second win beating Manorhamilton. The top two teams were to contest the Aodh Ó Dálaigh final while third and fourth were to play for the Primary League shield so round three was going to be make or break for a number of teams. This round saw important victories for Keady over Manorhamilton, Easkey continued their pursuit of four-in-a-row of titles with a win over Tuam, while Drumcliffe had a narrow win over Aodh Ruadh. Round four saw a victory for Drumcliffe over Manorhamilton in a northwest Leitrim Derby, a determined Tuam team had a good win over Aodh Ruadh where their extra physical strength proved decisive and Easkey suffered their first defeat in this tournament in a number of years at the hands of Keady. The stage was now set for the final round and the final places were still to be decided, Tuam had a narrow win over Drumcliffe, Easkey had a facile win over Manorhamilton while Keady defeated the home team over in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

    The round robin section was now over and it was time for the calculators to come out as three of the teams finished on eight points, it took scoring difference to separate Tuam, Keady and holders Easkey. When all was totted up Easkey (+74) and Keady (+65) qualified for the Aodh Ó Dálaigh final and Tuam (+45) were through to the Primary League Final against Drumcliffe. Both these finals were full of everything that's great about hurling; Passion, skill and determination. In the Primary League final after a great game Tuam showed that goals win matches as they completed a two-in-a-row on a 2-3 to 0-3 scoreline.

    The Aodh Ó Dálaigh final was a classic between two very evenly matched teams. The large crowd were treated to a classic where the first goal was to prove crucial and it was the West Sligo men who got it early in the first half. Every ball was ferociously contested and Easkey led at half time 1-2 to 0-1. The strength of the Easkey panel proved crucial in the second and after a titanic battle they ran out worthy winners 2-5 to 0-2 against a gallant Keady team who never gave up. After the battles the presentations took place on the Park. Chairman of Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee John Rooney thanked the Daly family for allowing them to run this tournament annually, he thanked all the teams who took part on the day and thanked all the members of the juvenile committee who helped running the event. He called on the newly appointed Principal of Creevy NS Aoibhínn Kelly to present the Primary League Shield on behalf of all the local national schools in the area. Ms Kelly thanked all involved in organising the event, she complimented all the teams on their skill levels, as a Sligo woman she was happy to see Sligo teams in both finals. She presented the runners up medals to Drumcliffe and then called on the Tuam captain to accept the Shield on behalf of the Galway team.

    John Rooney then thanked all those who helped out as umpires and linesmen and thanked all the refs who did a great job which was made easier by the attitude of all the teams who just wanted to play hurling, the refs were Peter Horan, Niall McCready, Ciaran Rami and John Rooney.

    Michael Daly then spoke on behalf of the Daly family. He spoke of his late father Hugh Daly in whose memory the tournament is played, he complimented all the teams and officials as well as the local National Schools who promote Gaelic Games in the area. He spoke of how this tournament started off as a local town league, but over the last number of years it has grown to be one of the most prestigious tournaments in the northwest characterised by the quality of teams it attracts. He presented the runners up medals to a great Keady team, before handing over the Aodh Ó Dálaigh Shield to the joint captains of Easkey, he acknowledged the fact that they had completed the four-in-a-row and described them as the Kilkenny of the northwest. Before finishing John Rooney thanked the Aodh Ruadh Park Committee and the club for the wonderful facilities which we all enjoyed. He described them as being a major factor in their ability to run tournaments and attract good quality teams, he thanked caretaker Johnny Gallagher for all his help on the day. All agreed that as always hurling was the real winner again in Ballyshannon today. From the pitch it was up to Aras Aoidh Ruaidh for welcome refreshment's for all which as always were provided by our very loyal mothers and we're very grateful to them for their continued support at all our tournaments.

    We have a substantial gallery of images from the day's action up on aodhruadh.org along with more on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page.

    The final under 8 and under 10 blitz takes place in Convoy on Sunday, details will be circulated during the week.

    Aodh Ruadh 5K
    Aodh Ruadh Bord na nÓg present our first annual 5K on Sunday 12th October. Registration on the day from 1pm - 2.30pm before runners and walkers go under starter's orders at 3pm. We have selected a level route from the park out towards the Knather and back to suit all abilities. The map and elevation of the route can be viewed at the event's Facebook page. There are category prizes for the boys and girls in the under 14, under 16, under 18, senior and over 40 age grades, with trophies for the first man and first woman home. Registration fees are as follows. Under 16s €5; Adults €10; Families €20. This is Bord na nÓg's main fundraiser for the year and we will be building it up in the years to come. We especially want to encourage club members to come out and support this event.

    Fantasy Race for Sam
    After Kerry winning the All-Ireland this year, there were still two fairly happy men in Ballyshannon. Johnny J Patton and his team Yes Patsy have won the Fantasy race for Sam 2014, along with the top prize of €500. His final tally was 309 points. He was pushed most of the way by Paul McLoone and his team Abbey Utd on 257 points with John Keon and his team Lakeside Lads finishing in third place with 253 points. In fourth place we had Rachel Patton and her team Dunmuckrim Dolly Bird on 249 points while Karol Foley and her team Biggest Losers finished in fifth place on 248 points. In truth Michael Dolan and his team Dolans Dragons had last place and the €100 prize wrapped up long before, Kieran Donaghy stuck the ball in the back of the Donegal net. His tally of 50 points was pushed close by Jim McGrath and his team I'd Say So on 52 points. Two runners up prizes were drawn out of the hat with Jean & Eoin and their team The Royal Blues earning them a Club Donegal jacket, while Rebecca Patton and her team Legal Eagles won an Aodh Ruadh Jacket. I'd finally like to say a big thank you to all who took part this year, and hopefully we'll see some similar names enter again next year. Also thanks to John Hughes and Sean Perry for their work on finalising the scoring players. The final leader board will be available on the website, and also in Ballybookies, Owen Roes bar and the Bridgend bar.

    Club crest soft shell jackets
    Aodh Ruadh now has a new piece of kit for club members to buy. It is a navy blue soft shell jacket with the Aodh Ruadh crest on the left and the GAA crest on the right. They are priced €49 each with the option of initials on the sleeve for an extra €5. Jackets are available in sizes small, medium, large, XL and XXL. You can view samples of the jacket on aodhruadh.org.

    Bingo
    The big bingo jackpot of €800 was won by Mary Patton of Creevy. It's back to normal this Friday at 9pm in the Abbey Centre, with books priced €10 for a full book or €5 for the half book.

    Up For The Match
    Aodh Ruadh were Up For The Match on the Thursday before the All-Ireland final. With almost 300 packed into Dorrian's it was a great night of debate, banter and craic. The undercard of Brian Roper, Niall McCready, Sylvester Maguire and Mick McGrath compered by Michael Daly got the crowd rightly in the mood for the main event. The highlight was McCready's rendition of his first time marking Joe Brolly. Then shortly after nine Joe Brolly, Brian McEniff, Brendan Devenney and Brian Roper took to the stage, Roper back on after an injury at Gaoth Dobhair training ruled out Kevin Cassidy. Sean Perry steered the discussion masterfully, before the debate was opened out to the floor and a number of penetrating questions dissected by the panel. It was close on midnight by the time things were wrapped up and everyone headed home in good form and raring for the big day. Thanks to our all our panelists who put in such a great performance, Brolly, McEniff, Devenney, Roper, McCready, Maguire and McGrath. Thanks also to our comperes on the night Sean Perry and Michael Daly who made such a professional job of pulling things together. Thanks to our raffle prize sponsors on the night White's Hotels, The Great Northern Hotel and O'Neill's Sportswear and everyone who helped out on the night in whatever capacity. We have a mountain of pictures from the night up on aodhruadh.org.


    23 September 2014

    Proud of our lads
    Commiserations to Jim McGuinness, our own John Duffy, and everyone associated with the Donegal seniors on Sunday's All-Ireland disappointment. Hard luck also to the minor squad and their sizeable Aodh Ruadh contingent on coming up just short. It was heartening to see a good turnout in the Market Yard to welcome the minor team home after creating history by becoming the first Donegal team to reach an All-Ireland final. We have a gallery of pictures from the homecoming up on aodhruadh.org.

    Football
    There were no senior or reserve fixtures available for the upcoming weekend at the time of sending.

    Aodh Ruadh under 10s have received an invitation to take part in Melvin Gaels end of year tournament this coming Saturday. Play gets under way in Kinlough at 12 noon and players are to assemble at Father Tierney Park for 11am ahead of traveling to the blitz. We will be having a training session this Friday at 6.30pm in order to prepare for the tournament.

    The last under 8 training session of the year takes place this Friday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 6.30pm. The last action of the season for the under 8s will be a blitz in Father Tierney Park on Saturday 4th October with Corofin visiting Ballyshannon.

    We have signed up to Lucozade Kit Out Project. We are not asking people to start buying Lucozade, but could anyone who does drink it please note the code on the bottle under the wrapper and pass it to your manager or to Tracey Flood. Codes will be added to our account and we get some free kit. Please pass this on to your friends or anyone you know that drinks Lucozade and ask them to keep codes for the club. The more codes we collect the more gear we can get.

    Hurling
    Things were quiet on the hurling field this week, with the only action being a number of challenge games for the under 8s against Erne Gaels in Father Tierney Park on Saturday morning, this very young squad have trained enthusiastically all season and have shown great improvement every week. Numbers have been very encouraging with this squad all year. Thanks to Andrea Gallagher for all her photography work which she posted on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page.

    The annual under 12 Aodh Ó Dálaigh tournament takes place this Sunday. Inaugurated in 1982, this is always a great day's hurling. Easkey are going for a four-in-a-row, while Tuam are back to defend their Primary Shield. The action gets underway at 11am.

    Ladies
    The lotto rota for the year has finished and a big thanks is due to the 60 people who took part. A new rota is now being put together for the coming year and it is hoped to repeat last year's approach and everyone's support would once again be much appreciated.

    Aodh Ruadh on the run
    Aodh Ruadh Bord na nÓg are launching our first annual fund-raising run. The date for your diaries is Sunday October 12th with route details to follow shortly.

    Club crest soft shell jackets
    Aodh Ruadh now has a new piece of kit for club members to buy. It is a navy blue soft shell jacket with the Aodh Ruadh crest on the left and the GAA crest on the right. They are priced €49 each with the option of initials on the sleeve for an extra €5. Jackets are available in sizes small, medium, large, XL and XXL. They will be available for viewing and sizing on Tuesday night at All-Ireland final ticket distribution in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh and at the Up For The Match event in Dorrian's on Thursday night. You can view samples of the jacket on aodhruadh.org.

    Bingo
    Angela Nicholson was the winner of last week's €400 jackpot. This Friday night is the September big Bingo with a €2,700 prize fund including a €1,000 jackpot game. Books cot €15/€8, or buy that book and a half for €20.

    Up For The Match
    Many thanks to everyone who helped out at our Up For The Match. The night was a great success and perfect build-up for the All-Ireland final. We will have a gallery of images up from the event later in the week.

    National Coaching Forum
    The 11th National Coaching Forum entitled "Fun to Full Potential, Coaching the Whole Athlete" takes place on 26th-27th September in the Institute of Technology, Sligo. The Forum will celebrate the impact good coaching makes at all levels to individuals, clubs, communities and nations and will challenge and inspire coaches to implement best practice and continue to raise the standard of coaching. The title of the Forum "Fun to Full Potential, Coaching the Whole Athlete" reflects these overall aims. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the challenges in providing a holistic approach to coaching, to examine the notion that coaching is not about developing sport alone, but developing individuals also. There will be a specific emphasis on a child centred approach for young people and an athlete centred approach as the person gets older. To register visit: www.coachingforum2014.com.


    16 September 2014

    Desperately seeking Sammy. And Tommy
    Best of luck to Jim McGuinness, our own John Duffy, and everyone associated with the Donegal senior set-up as they go in search of a second All-Ireland title in just two years. Ádh mór also to Declan Bonner's minor squad who are looking to create history by bringing a first ever Tommy Markham trophy back to the Hills. It would be a particularly special victory for Aodh Ruadh with Niall Harley captaining, Colm Kelly in the defence and Aodh Ruadh hurler Jamie Brennan in attack. Then of course we have Mick McGrath, Anthony McGrath and Gary Walsh lending their experience to cause too. Once again, please please travel safely to and from Dublin on the big day. Check out Ulster GAA's road safety initiative Live to Play.

    All-Ireland final tickets
    All-Ireland final ticket distribution takes place tonight, Tuesday, 16 September from 8pm to 9pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Successful applicants will be notified by text. Payment must be made in full on the night. Preparing the ticket allocation has been a far from easy task for club officers. The allocation procedure was transparently established and agreed at a club committee meeting last Friday. Those administering the distribution are volunteers giving their time freely and gladly for the development and promotion of Gaelic games and culture in Ballyshannon. While we appreciate that the ticket distribution will not meet with everyone's satisfaction - due in the main to the well-documented issues surrounding the centrally driven All-Ireland final ticketing policy and allocation issues within Donegal - we must insist that our volunteers are treated at all times with respect and courtesy.

    Aodh Ruadh is Up For The Match
    Aodh Ruadh are bringing you a pre-All-Ireland final chat night to remember. We will be in Dorrian's Imperial Hotel, Ballyshannon ahead of the All-Ireland final with Joe Brolly, Brian McEniff, Kevin Cassidy and Brendan Devenney. The peerless Sean Perry will be compere on Thursday, 18th September as the final fever really starts to mount. Ahead of the main event on the night we also have an attractive undercard to get you in the mood. Brian Roper, Niall McCready, Sylvester Maguire and Mick McGrath will be sharing their take on the big games, with Michael Daly posing the questions. Tickets are available priced just €10 in Shannon's Corner, Pearse O'Neill's and McCosker's Centra. Tickets will also be available on the night with doors at 7pm. See you there!

    Catch the games at the Gables
    Well folks the countdown is on. Sunday is All-Ireland Final Day and Backing Ballyshannon in association with Aodh Ruadh, local businesses and the local community are delighted to present an All-Ireland special live from the Gables in Ballyshannon. Come along and enjoy the Minor and Senior games on the big screen followed by music with the Rockhill Ramblers. There will face painting and a few surprises for the kids, so this promises to be a great family day out. Thanks to Billy Grimes for co-ordinating the day's activities. So come on everybody, nothing beats being there except being at the Gables this Sunday! Best of luck to both teams on the day. Donegal Abu!

    Football
    The under 13s season wrapped up last Wednesday evening with a narrow 2-11 to 3-17 defeat to Naomh Muire.

    The under 10 season concluded over the weekend just past. On Friday evening we had our third and final skills test of the season, the awards being presented at the Mick Shannon Tournament the following day. Winners in the third skills test were Ryan Daly (100 points), Eoghan Kelly (92 points) and Séimí Campbell (87 points). The overall skills champions for 2014 judged on their best two results were Eoghan Kelly (90.5 points), Ryan Daly (90 points) and Jack Gallagher (82 points). Honourable mention to Shane Delahunty on 81 points who just missed out. Next was the most important award as far as the coaches are concerned. These are the lads who are really working hard at their game and trying to improve it. These were the progress champions, those with the biggest improvement from their lowest score. Oisin Daly (46 point improvement), Aidan Sweeny (44 point improvement), (35 point improvement). Just missing out on the honours were Darragh Flood Dolan (33 point improvement), David Roper (32 point improvement) and Shane McGloin (31 point improvement.)
    For this year's Mick Shannon memorial tournament, We welcomed Glencar Manorhamilton, Saint Naul's, Saint Molaise Grange - the reigning champions, and Melvin Gaels. Along with ourselves, all clubs fielded senior and junior teams, and partook in an afternoon of committed and highly entertaining football.
    Each team played each other on a league basis. In the senior tournament, Aodh Ruadh had narrow wins over Melvin Gaels, Saint Molaise and Saint Naul's, before pipping Glencar Manor by a point in the final league game. That set up what promised to be a thrilling final between the same opposition, Aodh Ruadh and Glencar Manor.
    In the final, a tight battle ensued, but Aodh Ruadh's huge commitment, and flowing football saw them come out on top, and reclaim the Mick Shannon memorial cup. It would be wrong to mention any one player as standing out, as this display was a fine example of team work, desire and full-blooded commitment, mixed with flowing football and eye-catching score-taking.
    The junior competition saw some brilliant games in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, but it was Aodh Ruadh and Saint Molaise who made it through to the final having both won three out of four. Indeed the game played between the two in the round robin stages was a real hum dinger, Aodh Ruadh overcoming Saint Molaise by two points, and another close encounter was on the cards between the two in the final. And so it proved. Again, the two teams played excellent football, with little to choose between them. But Saint Molaise seemed to have one last burst in them as the final whistle neared, and Aodh Ruadh tired in the closing stages, with Saint Molaise running out three point winners.
    Tom Daly was on hand to present the trophy and cup to the respective winning captains, and spoke fondly about Mick Shannon, who had been a manager of underage teams for many years in the late 80s and early 90s.
    Many thanks to Melvin Gaels, Saint Molaise, Glencar Manorhamilton and Saint Naul's for attending and contributing to an excellent day. Thanks also to referees on the day, Val Murray, Barry Ward, David Hoey, Niall McCready and Gerard Ferguson, to all the ladies in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh who kept over 150 people fed and watered, and to all the parents who supplied the sandwiches and treats. Thanks to Sean O'Mahoney who co-ordinated the running of both competitions, and Johnny Gallagher and Louis Boyle who prepared the pitches and dressing rooms. We have a great gallery of pictures from the day up on aodhruadh.org as well as on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page.

    Under 8 training last Friday saw the awards presentation for the 2014 skills competition. The winners in the second skills test were Killian Bradshaw, Tom Murphy and Liam Doogan. The overall winners for 2014 with the best average over the two tests were as follows: Tom Murphy (103.5 points), Finn Coady (101.5 points) and Killian Bradshaw (100.5 points). Next was the most important award as far as the coaches are concerned. These are the lads who are really working hard at their game and trying to improve it. These were the progress champions, those with the biggest improvement from their lowest score. Dylan McGuinness (40 point improvement), Liam Doogan (39 point improvement) and Jack McCadden (32 point improvement). An honourable mention to James Ward who just missed out with a 23 point improvement.

    Then on Saturday the under 8s travelled to Ballintra for the Southern finals blitz. They fielded two strong teams and turned in a brilliant performance. All players stepped up to the mark showing the skills they have developed during the year. Playing five games each with the grand finale between Ballyshannon's Team 1 v Team 1A, with the winner being Team Aodh Ruadh. The players who pulled on the Aodh Ruadh jersey were: Killian Bradshaw, Barry Campbell, Eoin Cassidy, Finn Coady, Ronan Delahunty, Eoin Doogan, Liam Doogan, Stephen Doran, Cormac Finnegan, Odhran Gillespie, Tom Holland, Donagh Kelly, Michael Keown, Hugh Óg Maguire, Cian McDonald, Dylan McGuinness, Garvey Meade, James Monaghan, Tom Murphy, Conor O'Mahoney, Daire O'Mahoney, Ted O'Donnell, Cillian Slevin, Darragh Summerville and James Ward.
    Under 8 training continues this Friday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 6.30pm. We will also have a training session on Friday 26th September, but this will be our last training for the year. The last action for the under 8s will be a blitz in Father Tierney Park on Saturday 4th October.

    Please note that under 6 training has now concluded for the year.

    We have a superb gallery of pictures up on aodhruadh.org from Friday evening in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh where the under 6s and under 8s were training and the under 10s were doing their skills test. It was a glorious evening with the weather and wonderful to see so many children enjoying their football.

    We have signed up to Lucozade Kit Out Project. We are not asking people to start buying Lucozade, but could anyone who does drink it please note the code on the bottle under the wrapper and pass it to your manager or to Tracey Flood. Codes will be added to our account and we get some free kit. Please pass this on to your friends or anyone you know that drinks Lucozade and ask them to keep codes for the club. The more codes we collect the more gear we can get.

    Hurling
    The senior hurlers season concluded last Saturday with a 4-9 to 0-9 defeat to Saint Eunan's in O'Donnell Park. It has been a curate's egg of a season for the seniors, but full credit to Kevin Loughlin and his back room team for their hard work all year, as well as all the lads who gave it their all on the pitch in 2014.

    On Thursday last the under 16s travelled to Scarvey, Buncrana to play the home team in the semi-final of the Championship, the lads put in their best performance of the year. This Buncrana team have never been beaten up through the age levels, but they came very close to it last week. Aodh Ruadh hurled with great belief and determination and led at half time 0-10 to 1-2. As expected Buncrana started the second half with a bang and got the first five points to level the game. For the last 20 minutes it was tit for tat in a rip-roaring game. With five minutes to go Buncrana led by a point when the ref controversially disallowed an Aodh Ruadh goal. Our lads never gave up and unfortunately lost narrowly 3-9 to 1-12. It was a great display from all the squad who were a credit to the club and themselves with their discipline on the night. They have given great commitment all year, a small panel of only 18 players should be very proud of their achievements this season.

    On the same night the under 12s travelled to Burt to play the home team in the under 12 C final, we had a very young team with seven of the starting 11 being under 10. Try as hard as they might the lads just found the task too much against a fine Burt team who ran out convincing winners on the night. Next up for the under 12s is our annual Aodh Ó Dálaigh tournament which takes place on Sunday 28th September.

    On Sunday morning our under 8s played Four Masters in a number of games in Father Tierney Park. We had a great mornings hurling as we fielded two teams against them and all 25 of our panel played their hearts out and have shown a great improvement week on week learning the basic skills of our ancient game. Many thanks to Four Masters for coming down to play us at such short notice as the all-county blitz scheduled to be played on Sunday was rescheduled late on Friday night. We hope to travel to Four Masters for a return game before the end of the season. Thanks to Andrea Gallagher for all her photography which she put on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page.

    Best wishes to Colm Kelly, Jamie Brennan and Niall Harley who are part of the Donegal panel who play Kerry in the All-Ireland Minor Final on Sunday. Hopefully the lads get their hands on another All-Ireland Medal to go along with the under 14 C hurling medals they won with Donegal in 2010.

    Aodh Ruadh soft shell jackets
    Aodh Ruadh now has a new piece of kit for club members to buy. It is a navy blue soft shell jacket with the Aodh Ruadh crest on the left and the GAA crest on the right. They are priced €49 each with the option of initials on the sleeve for an extra €5. Jackets are available in sizes small, medium, large, XL and XXL. They will be available for viewing and sizing on Tuesday night at All-Ireland final ticket distribution in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh and at the Up For The Match event in Dorrian's on Thursday night. You can view samples of the jacket on aodhruadh.org.

    Family Fund-raiser winner drawn
    Thanks to everyone who so generously supported our family Fund-Raiser initiative. Club President Owen Roe O'Neill made the draw in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Monday evening and whose number did he draw out only Owen Rua O'Neill! Well done Rui, you are now they proud possessor of two stand tickets for the 2014 All-Ireland Final and Double Room and dinner for two in the Croke Park Hotel on Saturday September 20th, the night before the Final. See pictures from the draw up on aodhruadh.org.

    Television theft
    The television in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh was stolen from the premises last week. This significantly reduces the amenity of the hall in Aras as it was used for presentations, displays of pictures after blitzes, videos during wet days in the summer camp, and various other purposes. The door into the Aras was vandalised in the process, but has thankfully been restored to a decent state of repair. The theft is a disheartening loss of a valuable social amenity which was put in place as a significant cost. Wherever it is now, it won't be doing quarter as much good. Any information which leads to its return will be gratefully received. Contact any club committee member, or the local Garda station.

    Bingo
    Bingo continues as usual this Friday night at 9pm in the Abbey Centre, with a €1,700 prize fund. Books priced at €10 for a full book, €5 for a half.

    National Coaching Forum
    The 11th National Coaching Forum entitled "Fun to Full Potential, Coaching the Whole Athlete" takes place on 26th-27th September in the Institute of Technology, Sligo. The Forum will celebrate the impact good coaching makes at all levels to individuals, clubs, communities and nations and will challenge and inspire coaches to implement best practice and continue to raise the standard of coaching. The title of the Forum "Fun to Full Potential, Coaching the Whole Athlete" reflects these overall aims. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the challenges in providing a holistic approach to coaching, to examine the notion that coaching is not about developing sport alone, but developing individuals also. There will be a specific emphasis on a child centred approach for young people and an athlete centred approach as the person gets older. To register visit: www.coachingforum2014.com.


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