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Club Lotto

20 April 2014
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There was no winner of the Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €8,600.
Next draw in Dorrian's Hotel with a Jackpot of €8,700 on Monday, 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: Margaret Meehan, Belleek; Charlie Barrett, Milford; Kay Drummond, Belleek Road; John Gallagher, Erne Street; and Nuala Burns, Roscor, Belleek.

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What's new

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

23 April 2014

Monthly club meeting

The monthly club meeting will take place tomorrow, Thursday, 24th April in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 8.30pm. Please note earlier throw-in time. All members of the club executive are asked to attend.

Football
Aodh Ruadh will have division three fixtures this weekend after all. We will be hosting Urris in Father Tierney Park this Saturday. Reserves throw in at 5.30pm, seniors at 7pm.

The minors had a useful challenge against Melvin Gaels on Wednesday evening in Father Tierney Park. Aodh Ruadh were well on top for much of the game, leading by 2-11 to 2-3 at the 45 minute mark, but Melvin Gaels rallied in the final quarter to put a more even complexion on the final scoreline. There were some fine passages of play from the Ballyshannon men with Oisín Roper, Philip Patton, Cookie O'Halloran and Kevin Warnock - on a roving commission for this one - all impressing. There are a few pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. We also have the shots from the under 16s challenge against Glencar Manorhamilton up on aodhruadh.org. The under 16 footballers have another two home challenge matches coming up. The first is this Friday against Melvin Gaels at 7pm with second next Monday against Killybegs with a 7pm throw-in for that game too.

The under 10s have a challenge game this Saturday at 11am in the Park against Erne Gaels. All players to be up to the park for 10.30am. Congratulations to the medal winners in our second skills competition. Overall placings 1. Eoghan Kelly, 2. Jack Gallagher, 3. Ryan Daly, 4. Shane Delahunty, 5. Daniel Breen Brosnan. Most improved 1. Oisín Daly, 2. Drew Ryan, 3. Shane McGloin.

Ladies
The pictures from the annual duck race on Easter Saturday are now live.

Hurling
We have the shots from the minors win over Carndonagh up on aodhruadh.org now.


22 March 2014

Monthly club meeting
The monthly club meeting will take place on Thursday, 24th April in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 9pm. All members of the club executive are asked to attend.

Football
Aodh Ruadh maintained their 100 percent home record with this win on a sun-soaked Good Friday evening, but not before Milford gave them a thorough test of their mettle. The final score on Jimmy White's long whistle read Aodh Ruadh 3-13 Milford 0-10. Ballyshannon were value for that win on their second half performance, but they rode their luck at times. Once again Aodh Ruadh's cutting edge shone with David McGurrin and Jamie McDonald working well off each other and running up 2-8 between them. The last line of Peter Boyle, Michael Ward, Ciron Whoriskey and Damien Cleary deserve credit for keeping the Ernesiders in the game when Milford were in the ascendancy for long stretches. There is a full match report and gallery from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

Aodh Ruadh took control of the reserve clash with Milford early on and the half time scores stood at 2-9 to 0-7 in favour of the homesters, David Finnerty and Anthony Coughlan raising the green flags. By the end of the third quarter Aodh Ruadh had pushed it out to 4-13 to 0-7 with Milford simply unable to get their hand to leather. Dermot Slevin slotting a penalty rapidly followed by James O'Donnell with the fourth goal. Milford got a bit more joy in the closing stages, but further goals from Michael 'Sticky' Ward and Val Murray meant there was never any prospect of a comeback. It was one of those games again where Aodh Ruadh looked like a well oiled machine. In defence Ronan Matthews, Ryan Patton and Calum 'Cookie' O'Halloran were well on top. Around the middle David Finnerty, Michael McNeely, Chris McCabe and James O'Donnell got through a mountain of ball while up front Anthony Coughlan, Sticky Ward, Dermot Slevin and Sylvester Maguire were among the scores. We have a full and authoritative match report plus pictures up on aodhruadh.org.

Aodh Ruadh were due to host Naomh Colmcille this Saturday, but that fixture will not be going ahead due to Donegal's participation the NFL division two final and Newtowncunningham's Thomas McKinley being part of the panel.

Best of luck to Niall Harley and Colm Kelly this Saturday when the Donegal minors take on Tyrone in the final of the Ulster minor football league in Brewster Park this Saturday. Throw in is at 12 noon.

The under 16s enjoyed a robust challenge against Glencar Manorhamilton on Monday evening in the park. Quite a bit of good attacking football on show from two committed sides, Aodh Ruadh's sharper forwards just seeing them take the spoils. We should have some pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org later in the week.

Under age football at its best was the way one Glen supporter summed up the meeting of the Aodh Ruadh and Naomh Columba under 14s on Saturday. Aodh Ruadh was first off the mark with a goal in the first minute from Evan McTernan in what was a very tight first half between two very evenly matched sides. With some great football on display it was neck and neck with the half time score reading Aodh Ruadh 2-2 Naomh Columba 1-6. Glen started strongest in the second half with a goal coming straight from the throw in. This took the wind out of the sails of the Ernesiders and the heads went down very quick, a problem that this team needs to overcome. The home side knocked over score after score and left Aodh Ruadh trailing by 12 points at one stage but thanks to man of the match Pauric Keenaghan who turned the game around, the Ballyshannon men found their feet again. This mighty team not only closed the gap, but took a five point lead with just two minutes left on the clock. The last kick of the game was a converted Glen penalty, which gave the Aodh Ruadh lads a two point victory. Once again they proved to themselves that there is nothing beyond them when they put their minds to it. Best performances on the day came from Pauric Keenaghan, Adam Rami and Owen Doherty with Jack McCaffrey, Joe Danagher, Ciaran Hodgins and Ryan McDonald all doing very well when introduced. The next game for the lads is away to Ardara on Wednesday evening with a 7pm throw in.

Under 12 training takes place on Saturday morning from 10.45am to 12 noon and Wednesday evening from 6.15pm to 7.30pm. May we also remind parents that children should be collected promptly after training.

Many thanks to the parents who helped out with our under skills test last Saturday, our second of the season. We were pleased to see that many lads have markedly improved their score from the first test and have clearly been working on their skills. Each participant will get their results slip at Wednesday night training, when we will also be presenting medals. We also hope to have a game for this Saturday, further details at Wednesday training.

Under 8 and under 6 training continues in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this Friday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

Ladies
There was a great turnout for our Annual Duck Race last Saturday with many commenting on the long number of years this novel event is on the go. The ducks competed well and will be well looked after for the next year by their reliable gamekeeper. Many thanks to everyone for supporting this event. Congrats to Shane McLoone, Áine Hill and Patsy McGuckian who won a few euro for themselves. We'll have shots from the day's craic up later in the week.

Our under 14s commenced their campaign with a journey to Four Masters of Donegal town last Tuesday 15th April. Both teams started off well and were neck in neck throughout the first half. There were many battles fought on the pitch proving Donegal town to be tough opponents. In the second half the Aodh Ruadh side kicked it up a gear. With some sharp shooting up front, ruthless defending and hard work around the middle of the field, the Ernesiders eventually pulled away as winners with a score of 5-4 to 3-5 in what was all-round an excellent team performance. Their next game sees them take on our neighbours in Bundoran in what is sure to be an exciting affair. The game is set for Tuesday 22nd April at 6.30pm in Bundoran. All support is welcome and would be greatly appreciated.

Best of luck to our senior ladies who have their first league match at home against Gaoth Dobhair this Thursday 22nd at 7pm. There will be training on Tuesday at 7pm as normal for the ladies.

Hurling
Good luck to our representatives on the Donegal panel as they take on Roscommon, again, this Saturday. They will be contesting the preliminary round in the Nicky Rackard cup in Athleague at 2.30pm

Aodh Ruadh came up short against Saint Eunan's in their Ulster league division three clash in O'Donnell park on Monday evening. Once again goals proved their undoing as the Letterkenny men ran out 4-16 to 1-15 winners. Ballyshannon battled well to make it a two point game at half time, but a sharp start to the second half by the homesters, who shot a goal and series of points, made it an uphill struggle from there in. Nevertheless the Ernesiders did pull the deficit back to four points before Saint Eunan's finished the game out strongly. Paul Sheridan worked hard about the middle while Ciaran Rami and Cian Dolan both delivered creditable displays in the half back line. Up front Mickey Bowering got the Ballyshannon goal and was a good outlet, while Chris Kilgannon was faultless from placed ball. Aodh Ruadh are back in Garvaghey this weekend when they take Armagh side Derrynoose.

The under 14s made the trip to Ballybofey on Thursday last to play MacCumhaill's in the league, the lads were up against it from the start against a physically stronger home team. Too much work is being left to too few on this team which resulted in MacCumhaill's winning convincingly 4-11 to 1-5. Many thanks to the parents who drove the lads to the game your support is much appreciated. The under 14s have another difficult game this Thursday as they play the reigning champions, Buncrana, in Convoy. Hopefully all the team will give their all in this game.

The minors continued their unbeaten run in the league as they overcame Carndonagh in Father Tierney Park also on Thursday. They were slow getting into the game against a very determined Carn team but gradually they got on top of the Inishowen men and ran out easy winners 3-18 to 1-4. Their hard work at training is paying off as they are joint leaders of the league with Buncrana, both teams currently unbeaten. They face a trip to Letterkenny this Thursday to play Saint Eunan's another side who are going well in the league. We should have a some shots from the game up on aodhruadh.org later in the week.

Next Sunday the first of the all county blitzes takes place in the Centre of Excellence in Convoy with the action starting at 11am, our under 8s and under 10s will be taking part in this blitz. It promises to be a great day of hurling. Both these panels have been working very hard since the beginning of March and we look forward to seeing them in action on Sunday, many of them representing their club for the first time.

Scór Sinsear
All the best to our Trath na gCeist team of PJ Buggy, Peter Campbell, Sylvester Maguire and Paddy Kelly as they bid for All-Ireland Scór Sinsear honours this Saturday in Castlebar.

Aodh Ruadh Bingo
The €400 jackpot at last Friday's bingo was won by Sean Cunningham of Kinlough. This Friday it's our monthly Monster Bingo in the Abbey Centre with a €2,700 prize fund and a big jackpot of €1,000 up for grabs - Full books €15, Half books €8.


17 April 2014

Football
Our ACFL division three fixtures this weekend against Milford have been reversed, meaning we will be hosting them in Father Tierney Park this Friday. Reserves throw in at 5.30pm, seniors at 7pm.


15 April 2014

Football
Aodh Ruadh maintained their 100 percent home record with a convincing 4-19 to 1-1 win over a makeshift Carndonagh selection in Father Tierney Park last Saturday. Jamie McDonald was man of the match with a dynamic attacking display. As well as scoring 1-5, all from play, he also set up a number of other scores. He stood out in a performance were every man in white and green had a game they could be very happy with. We have a full match report and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.
Aodh Ruadh are on the road this Good Friday, travelling to take Milford in the league. The reserve game throws in at 5.30pm and is followed by the seniors at 7pm.

After losing their previous game against Ardara, the Aodh Ruadh minors had a point to prove against a strong, physical Four Masters side on Wednesday evening in Father Tierney Park. Once again, Aodh Ruadh started well and maintained this momentum throughout the first half. They played with a slight breeze and made full use of this advantage, running up a nine point to two advantage over the Donegal Town men. Philip Patton, Shane McGrath, Colm Kelly and Oisín Rooney all getting on the scoreboard. Indeed, the young Oisín Rooney worked tirelessly throughout the first half aided by the industrious Oisín Roper and Ryan McKenna. The second half was always going to be more difficult task against the ever increasing breeze. Dónal Sweeny replaced the injured Niall Harley at full forward and Eugene Drummond at full back was instrumental in providing leadership when the Donegal Town men staged their comeback. Aodh Ruadh could only manage one score from play and two from frees in the second half to Four Masters seven points. Ryan McKenna was also unlucky to receive a straight red card after a fracas occurred in mid-field with a number of players from both side getting involved in a game of 'Handbags At Dawn.' Aodh Ruadh managed to hold out for a deserved win on a final scoreline of Aodh Ruadh 0-12 Four Masters 0-9, with Nathan Boyle, Jack Darban and Eddie Lynch all performing well on the day. The scorers were Philip Patton 0-5, Shane McGrath 0-3, Colm Kelly, Oisín Rooney and Nathan Boyle 0-1 apiece. Saint Naul's conceded the game due for Sunday, so that concludes the minors league programme leaving them currently second in the section one table and waiting on the results of Dungloe/Na Rossa's final two games to establish their final standing. Further league action notwithstanding the next competitive action will be in the championship against Naomh Columba at the end of May.

The under 14s are down to travel to Glencolumbkille this Saturday to take on Naomh Columba at 12 noon. Training continues on Wednesdays from 4.30pm to 5.45pm.

There is a slight change to under 12 training times. Training takes place on Saturday morning from 10.45am to 12 noon and Wednesday evening from 6.15pm to 7.30pm. May we also remind parents that children should be collected promptly after training.

The under 10s had their first game of the season last Saturday when they took on Naomh Bríd. Erne Gaels had been forced to withdraw at short notice due to a death in the club, for which we record our sincere condolences. Naomh Bríd were great to step in at short notice, although crossed wires meant they sent up their under 12s. Still both sides entered into the game in the right spirit and both squads learned lot from the experience. There were a lot of gutsy, brave performances from Aodh Ruadh in what was a very encouraging outing. The team were Kenzie Ayres, Daniel Breen, Conor Cleary, Oisín Daly, Padraig Daly, Ryan Daly, Shane Delahunty, Michael Doogan, JJ Doran, Darragh Flood Dolan, Jack Gallagher, James Gallagher, Aaron Horan, Eoghan Kelly, James McGinley, Shane McGloin, Cian McKenna, Cillian Meehan, Aaron Neilan, Tom Murphy, David Roper and Eoin Summerville. Also worth a mention was the Naomh Bríd goalkeeper who pulled off a series of super stops. We have some shots of the action up on aodhruadh.org. Midweek training takes place on Wednesday night this week from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Also, note that we will be doing our second skills test of the year this Saturday, so get your practicing your pick-ups, solos, hand-passing, punt passing and shooting, all off the left and right. Results and awards at Wednesday training the week following.

Under 8 and under 6 training continues in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this Friday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. We have some shots from last Friday's session up on aodhruadh.org.

Ladies
It's that quacking time of year again for Aodh Ruadh Ladies, families and friends. Clare has the eggs bought in and the ducks will be lapping it up at McKenna's Brook in the East Port this Saturday 19th April at 2pm. Looking forward to seeing you all there! Players please remember to return your cards to your coaches before Saturday. Ducks can be bought for only €2 this week from any of our players.

There has been a great response to selling the lotto from our senior players - maith sibh. We still need more volunteers from the parents of our underage players. You may only have to do one slot if everyone gives it a go, so please give your name to Eoin O'Moore who has the rota.

Our under 12s played their first match of the season against a very strong Glencar Manorhamilton team on Saturday. Well done to everyone involved. We look forward to more games ahead for this young under 12 team. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. Training continues for under 8s, under 10s and under 12s on Mondays from 6-7pm.

Good luck to our under 14s who play their first competitive game away today, Tuesday, against Four Masters. Next week they will be away again, this time to Bundoran.

There has been great interest throughout many clubs in the County in the FUNdamentals Coaching Course. The next course is taking place on Saturday 26th April in a venue to be confirmed in the middle of the county. We hope to have some representation on this course. If you are interested please give your name to any committee member. We may organise a car pool.

Hurling
Well done to Donegal on clinching promotion to NHL Division 2B with a 2-16 to 0-8 victory over Fingal, especially our five representatives on the panel, Paul Sheridan, Stephen Sheerin, Ciaran Kilgannon, Chris Kilgannon and Paul Hughes. Sheridan started in midfield while Ciaran Kilgannon was introduced as a second half sub.

Aodh Ruadh's first outing in Garvaghey in the Ulster Hurling league saw a below par performance from the Ernesiders as they lost out to Sean Treacey's of Lurgan, 3-11 to 0-5. Ballyshannon were let down by their accuracy with the wides getting into double figures, while the defence will not have been happy with any of three goals conceded. Eddie Lynch hit a point with Ciaran Kilgannon making an instant impression when he was introduced late on, notching two points. Elsewhere Thomas Anderson gave an honest performance in defence, but Aodh Ruadh will be looking for a much improved display this Bank Holiday Monday when they travel to O'Donnell park to take on Saint Eunan's. Throw in for that Ulster League game will be 4pm, with players departing the park at 2pm.

The underage leagues continued last Thursday as both Aodh Ruadh teams recorded great victories over traditional Donegal kingpins Burt. The under 14s made the long trip to Hibernian Park for their game and the young squad, majority of whom are underage again next year put on a great performance full of heart and determination and they ran out convincing winners on a 4-4 to 1-3 scoreline. They are away to MacCumhaill Park this Thursday where they will face a difficult game against the home side.

The minors continued their good start to the league with a huge victory over Burt in Father Tierney Park. Despite missing a number of players due to their involvement with the county minor football team and injuries, the reigning league champions played very well, in a display full of passion and skill. They managed to keep Burt scoreless and scored 4-14 themselves. One of the most pleasing aspects of this performance was the introduction of three under 15s to minor hurling. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. The two results last Thursday are an indication of the hard work and dedication being put in by players and management over the last few years, well done to all. The minors continue their league campaign against an unbeaten Carndonagh side this Thursday in Father Tierney Park. This game has an earlier throw in time of 6pm.

In preparation for the upcoming season the under 10s had an enjoyable run out against Four Masters in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Sunday. The lads played very well showing no rustiness in their first game of the year and they ran out easy winners against their neighbours. Thanks to the most enthusiastic parents who turned out to support the lads.

Numbers are continuing to increase every Sunday morning at our weekly training sessions which is great to see. Training continues as normal this Sunday at 12 noon.

On Sunday 27th April the under 8s and under 10s will take part in the first all-County blitz of the year which will be held in Convoy.

Club Hoodies
We have most of the hoodies from the first order distributed at this stage. I'll be in contact with those who have yet to collect over the next while to make arrangements to get them their hoodies. Reaction has been very positive and we already have a fair few bookings for the next order. If you would like to order a club hoodie contact John on 0876431805 or email info@aodhruadh.org. They are stylish, comfortable and great value with adult sizes €26 and kids sizes €22. Trying on a sizing sample is recommended as they are a large fit and people are often taking a size smaller than they would usually go for.

Final push for Farrah
With Farrah Bogle in the Glór Tíre final on TG4 she needs one final push to take her to the top spot. We have been privileged to have Farrah deliver stylish renditions of the anthem in the Park in recent years so now it's our turn to give her a hand along. You can show your support for Farrah by texting; GLOR7 to 53307 or from the six counties to 60999. Remember you can vote as often as you like up until mid-day on Wednesday.

Aodh Ruadh Bingo
The €800 jackpot at last Friday's bingo was shared between Linda Fay and Ann Mulhern of Donegal Town. Bingo as usual in the Abbey Centre this Friday at 9pm. Full books €10, Half books €5.


8 March 2014

Football
The trip to Glencolumbkille brought mixed results for Aodh Ruadh last Saturday. The seniors were comprehensively beaten by a very highly motivated Naomh Columba outfit, 2-15 to 0-5 the final score. Cathal Maguire was on the scene and we have his pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. The reserves fared rather better, romping to their second win of the season with a glut of goals at Páirc na nGael. It ended Naomh Columba 0-9 Aodh Ruadh 7-5. Again, we have Cathal Maguire's pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

Aodh Ruadh face Carndonagh in Father Tierney Park this Saturday. The reserve game throws in at 5.30pm and is followed by the seniors at 7pm.

Aodh Ruadh minors took a sizeable support down the road with them to Ardara on Sunday afternoon, and while they showed a number of flashes of brilliance, they came out on the wrong end of a 1-10 to 1-5 scoreline. Ballyshannon started well, hitting three points before Ardara made their first impact on the score board, with one effort from Shane McGrath an especially fine score. Ardara then fought their way back into the tie and, despite a cracking goal from the boot of Oisín Roper, they went in with the lead at the interval. The first half pattern was replicated in the second, with the Ernesiders getting off to a good start only for Ardara to get back on top with a five point cushion at the final whistle. Aodh Ruadh could take a number of positives from the game. The team held their shape well and played some excellent football, with some great kicking, movement and tackling. Defensively, Colm Kelly and Eddie Lynch engineered a number of turnovers, while Daniel Warnock was very sound in the backline. Kevin Warnock was in good form between the sticks too. Elsewhere, it was another energy-packed performance from Ryan McKenna while Oisín Rooney was introduced in the second half and dealt well with the rough and tumble that came his way. Next up for the minors is a trip to Donegal town to play Four Masters this Wednesday, 9th April. Throw in 6.30pm.

The under 14s have a undeserving, disappointing performance in the game against Saint Naul's on Friday evening in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. They looked tired from the start, probably as a direct result of four games in eight days. The side never came near to playing to their capabilities. Saint Naul's dominated from the start, leaving the Aodh Ruadh lads playing catch up for the duration of the match. Best for Aodh Ruadh on the night was captain Dylan Gallagher leading by example and Senan Rooney with his never-say-die attitude. If there was anything good to take out of this game it was the performance of substitutes Ciaran Hodgins, Donagh McGowan, Niall Monaghan, Mark Gettins and Joe Danagher all having great games when introduced. The final scoreline was Aodh Ruadh 0-8 Saint Naul's 4-10. The next outing for the lads is away to Ardara on Wednesday night with the throw in at 6.30pm.

Under 12 training continues as usual this Saturday from 11am to 12 noon in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh and Wednesdays from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

The under 10s have a challenge game this Saturday at 11am in the Park against Erne Gaels. All players to be up to the park for 10.30am. Midweek training takes place on Tuesday night this week from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

Under 8 and under 6 training continues in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this Friday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

Hurling
Well done to Donegal on claiming the NHL Division 3A final title, especially our five representatives on the panel, Paul Sheridan, Stephen Sheerin, Ciaran Kilgannon, Chris Kilgannon and Paul Hughes. The Ulster League clash with Sean Treacey's was rescheduled for this Saturday at 1pm in Garvaghey. The team will be leaving park at 10.45am. The seniors weren't inactive last weekend either, travelling to Mayo outfit Tooreen for a worthwhile and testing challenge. The homesters, reigning Mayo senior champions, won 1-18 to 1-7, but there were a lot of pleasing displays from the Ernesiders.

On Thursday last the under 14s played Four Masters in a challenge game in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. In a much improved performance from their previous game against St Eunan's, they ran out easy winners. They are back in league action this Thursday as they make the trip to the traditional home of Donegal hurling to take on Burt.

The minors opened the defence of their league title with a trip to Killygordon last Thursday. On a very heavy pitch the lads took a while to get into their stride against a determined Setanta team, but the longer the game went on the more the Ballyshannon men took control and ran out convincing winners. This week they are in action against Burt in Father Tierney Park.

On Saturday the Donegal minors completed their division one Ulster Minor League campaign with a trip to Middletown to take on Armagh, an understrength Donegal team battled gamely for most of the match. They were only one point behind at half time, but an eight minute spell midway through the second half where they conceded three goals was to prove very costly. The final score line of 4-10 to 0-12 in favour of the Orchard men was not a true reflection of the game. Donegal performed well in division one this year and the focus is now on their clash with Derry in the Ulster Championship at the end of May. Eddie Lynch and Ciaran Rami started for Donegal, Oisín Roper and Dónal Sweeny came on during the second half, Brendan Gillespie was also on the match day squad, unable to take their place in the starting 15 due to injury were Eugene Drummond and Oisín Rooney.

The eighth annual Hurl-a-Thon took place in the Mercy Hall on Saturday and, just like all the previous ones, it was a great day of fun for all the family, as young and old played their part. The action started bang on 10am with the under 8s taking to the floor and for the next 12 hours the sliotar flew around the Mercy Hall, every ball was vigorously contested and all our teams battled hard throughout the day. There were great crowds in the hall all day adding to the excitement during the games. As is now the norm for this event one of the highlights of the day was the Mothers v Daughters game. For the second year in a row the mothers team comprising of experienced players Jean Sheerin, Tara Keenaghan, Eleanor Rooney, Bernie Kelly, Mary Anderson and debutants Sinead Ayres and Lorraine Ryan had a comfortable victory over the younger ladies team of Orlaith Gillespie, Meabh Rooney, Bronagh Kelly, Roisín Daly, Ciara Gillespie and Alannah Ryan. Later it was the turn of the older males to take to the floor as Pat Faherty led his team of Stephen Sheerin - on the eve of winning an NHL division three league medal with Donegal, Peter Horan, Chris Kelly and debutant Kieran Barron to a controversial victory due in no small part to their pressurising young referee Caelán Drummond throughout the game over Frankie Sheerin's team of Alan Sweeney. Michael Ayres, Kevin Loughlin and John Rooney.
Well over 100 players took part on the day, and great credit goes to the brilliant mothers of our young hurlers who catered for everyone throughout the day. The ladies manned the kitchen and prepared beautiful food for all to enjoy during the day. Since the inception of this event we've had great support from the local community and again this year it was no different, special thanks to Kieran Barron for all the sweeties and goodies, we all gave up Lent for the day, William Doogan for all the drinks, Mary Matthews Shannon's Corner for her sandwiches and generous donation, Eleanor McCosker of Centra for her beautiful soup and as always Kernan's Spar for providing generous amounts of tea bags, milk and other goodies that ensured the tea flowed all day.
There are a lot of people to be thanked for making this day such a success, Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee, all the coaches present on the day who reffed the games, kept the teams picked ensuring that the action was non-stop. Thanks to all the mothers who brought food and helped out in the kitchen all day, thanks to Ronan Matthews and Tara Keenaghan for all their photography work, to Thomas Gallagher of the Donegal Democrat for covering this event and Daragh Cox of Ocean FM sport for promoting the Hurl-a-Thon. Tara's pictures can be seen on aodhruadh.org, while Ronan Matthew's gallery is up on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page. Many thanks to Coláiste Cholmcille for use of the Mercy Hall and Michael Donagher for all his help on the day. Finally thanks to all our underage hurlers and their parents who showed up on Saturday, to all the lads who went out with their sponsor cards looking for money in these difficult times, thanks to all the people who sponsored them and for their continued support of our efforts promoting underage hurling in the club. Aside from the fundraising element of the Hurl-a-Thon there is no price that can be put on the enjoyment our young hurlers get annually from the Hurl-a-Thon and as we left the Mercy Hall on Saturday night after over 12 hours of hurling already the youngsters were asking when is the next Hurl-a-Thon on, Roll on 2015 for the ninth edition of this fun event.

Club Hoodies
There will be a distribution session for club hoodies this Wednesday from 7.45pm to 8.45pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. If anyone isn't able to make the sessions let me know and I will make alternative collection arrangements. This is also an opportunity for people who might have missed out on the first order to get a look at the real thing and see if they would fancy one. We already have a few requests in, so a second order is pencilled in for the end of April.

Park/Development Committee
Team Managers/sub-committees are reminded to put forward possible Tournament or Blitz dates as soon as possible to Peter Conlon to improve co-ordination of these events within the club and to ensure that adequate playing fields and changing rooms are available for each event.

A decision will be made over the next ten days about the re-seeding of the training field at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh which has suffered from heavy traffic during the flood-lit training sessions over recent months.

Any local businesses wishing to advertise on the Electronic Message Board for all of Aodh Ruadh's home senior football games this season should make contact directly with Park/Development Committee Officers - Michael Daly, Conal Gallagher, David McLoone or Tom Daly.

Thanks to those who helped to prepare the grounds and who came along to work at last Saturday's All-Ireland D Colleges Final between Our Lady's, Belmullet and Saint Josephs High School, Crossmaglen. Belmullet proved to be the stronger team on the day but the young Crossmaglen side, who had held out for a draw previously, pushed them all the way. Cathal Maguire was on hand to capture some shots of the action.

Suicide awareness workshop
On Monday 14th April Aodh Ruadh will host a safeTALK workshop from 7-10pm in Aras Aodh Ruadh. The target group within the club are administrators, managers, coaches and any person who would interact frequently with teenagers and young adults. Anyone who would like to participate is welcome. This programme prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resource. A certificate on suicide alert will be issued to each participant. Please confirm your attendance by texting 0863039610 before Wednesday 9th April.

Operation Ballyshannon
April is National Spring Clean month and following on from previous year's success and as part of the Backing Ballyshannon initiative, Operation Ballyshannon will be held on Saturday 12th April in conjunction with the on-going work of the Ballyshannon Regeneration Group.
This one-day spring clean blitz will focus in on some problem areas and improve the physical appearance of the town. Everything from painting, power-washing, weeding, strimming, planting flowers and litter collection will be organised on the day.
We are asking local builders, painters, carpenters, labourers, sporting and community groups, business people, local schools and the general public to come out and give this one day to your town and instill some civic pride in the community.
Work will commence at 10 am. If you would like to take part please contact Ballyshannon Town Council on 071-9858270 or email mdaly@donegalcoco.ie to register. Meeting point on Saturday morning at 9.30 a.m. will be Ballyshannon Town Council Offices, Abbeyview. Gloves, bags, high visibility jackets and so on. will be supplied. Please bring along your own tools if possible. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
Ballyshannon is set in an idyllic setting which looks out over the Erne estuary and has panoramic views of nearby mountains. Be proud of the town you live in, this is your chance, your town needs you, so please give it this one day. Taking part will really make a difference, so why not come out for a while on Saturday morning to help in some way with this clean up. We promise you'll enjoy it!
If you are unable to come out on Saturday 12th April, don't forget the Ballyshannon Regeneration Group meet up every Monday evening at the Bridgend at 6.30pm for weekly clean-ups, everyone always welcome.

Recreational Football
Recreational football returns this Saturday at 7pm after a bit of an early season hiatus. Great craic and excellent value at just €5 for the session. Text or call Alan on 0868052816 if you need any further information.

Aodh Ruadh Bingo
The €800 jackpot at last Friday's bingo was shared with Aaron Horan being one of the lucky winners. Bingo as usual in the Abbey Centre this Friday at 9pm. Full books €10, Half books €5.


1 April 2014

Football
Round two of division three sees Aodh Ruadh's seniors and reserves travel to Naomh Columba this Saturday 5th April. The reserve game will mark a return to competitive football for 1992 veteran Sylvester Maguire. Maguire, never far of peak physical condition, has been fine tuning the kicking in the past few weeks and is said to be relishing the opportunity to have a crack at the boys from 'in through.'

The Aodh Ruadh Minors were in action for the second time in a week when they faced Kilcar in Father Tierney Park on Sunday morning. The visitors could only muster 14 players for the away trip and consequently both teams fielded 13 players in near perfect conditions which was fitting for the first official day of summer. Aodh Ruadh had a point to prove after the Houdini act against Bundoran, which saw the Ernesiders squander a nine point lead and have to hang onto the win in the dying minutes. The Ballyshannon men were bolstered by the re-introduction of Matthew Maguire who returned from injury. The young Aodh Ruadh side started well and, unlike their previous game, maintained the momentum throughout the first half. There were fine passages of play with Philip Patton seemingly incapable of missing from any angle. Indeed, Philip managed all eight of Aodh Ruadh's points in the first half and could even afford a missed penalty which forced a fine save from the Kilcar keeper. Niall Harley made some penetrating runs through the heart of the Kilcar defence and was unlucky not to score a goal himself when he saw his shot knocked onto the upright by the Kilcar keeper and eventually scrambled away off the line. Aodh Ruadh led at half time by 0-2 to 0-8. The second half started in a similar vein with Shane McGrath unfortunate to miss a goal opportunity. Oisín Roper worked tirelessly at mid-field and provided both an efficient attack and defence when called upon. The county minor hurling captain Eddie Lynch, was industrious in defence with many a Kilcar forward wondering what they had to do to get past him. Philip Patton, not dwelling on his earlier penalty miss, beat two defenders and scored a beautiful goal to add to his tally. He finished with a personal haul of 1-9 with points from Callum 'Cookie' O'Halloran and Ryan McKenna for good measure. A much improved team performance with the only stain on the game coming from an awkward fall and twisted knee of the unfortunate Matthew Maguire. We wish him well on his recovery. Many thanks to Patrick McShane and Kevin Lyons of Kilcar who assisted in making Matthew comfortable after the incident. The final score was Aodh Ruadh 1-11 Kilcar 0-7. We have a gallery of pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. Next up for the minors is a trip to Ardara on Sunday, 6th April. Throw in scheduled for 12 noon.

Glenties under 14 were taken by storm last Friday evening and they are still scratching their heads wondering where it all went wrong after the Aodh Ruadh lads hit town. Naomh Conaill did make the better start and took control at a very early stage, knocking over point after point with Aodh Ruadh only managing to get the minimum of scores on the board from a Michael McKenna point for the first 25 minutes. Aodh Ruadh then pulled a rabbit out of the hat with the introduction of Man of The match Caolan Dolan into the half back line. This seemed to be the turning point in the game, and the Ernesiders found the back of the Glenties net on the stroke of half time leaving them trailing 1-10 to 1-1 at the break. A huge task lay in front of the Aodh Ruadh, but when the chips were down none better than the Ballyshannon boys to step up to the mark. With huge performances coming from Shane Gillespie and Dylan Gallagher in midfield, JC McGarrigle, Evan McTernan, Odhran McGarrigle, Mark Gettins and supersub Ciaran Hodgins. Up front the Ernesiders started to come back strong. At the back Tiarnan Dolan, Pauric Keenaghan, Senan Rooney, Aaron Peach and Matthew McDonald were nothing short of brilliant. Aodh Ruadh did manage to pull ahead by a point in the dying minutes of the game but the end result was a draw: Naomh Conaill 1-14 Aodh Ruadh 4-5.

Aodh Ruadh under 14s weren't to be denied their win on Monday evening (yesterday), when a businesslike display in the second half saw them take the points. The first half was played in a deluge and not favourable to football of any quality. The sides were very evenly matched at the start. However Aodh Ruadh then started to impose themselves, only to have their kicking let them down with eight wides registered in the first 30 minutes. Dungloe pulled ahead by two points, but the Ballyshannon lads reeled them back in to leave the interval scores at 1-2 apiece. From the throw-in Aodh Ruadh lads capitalised right away with a point from Evan McTernan and remained in control from there on in to finish the game out, winning on a scoreline of 3-7 to 2-8. Once again there were a lot of lads standing up for Aodh Ruadh. Shane Gillespie and Dylan Gallagher gave the homesters a great platform around the middle of the park and once again Caolán Dolan was absolutely brilliant in the half back line. Pauric Keenaghan was fantastic too, but finished the game with a nasty injury, and we wish Pauric a speedy recovery. Odhran McGarrigle showed great fighting spirit and also chalked up two points for his efforts. Michael McKenna got 2-2 and did a great job of stitching together defence and attack, while Evan McTernan continued his rich vein of scoring form with a goal and a point.

The under 14s next league action is against Saint Naul's this Friday. Details are yet to be finalised, but the team will be notified of arrangements in due course.

Under 12 training continues as usual this Saturday from 11am to 12 noon in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh and Wednesdays from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

Well done to the under 10s who gave a great display of football in the half time game during the Donegal v Louth match. Our players were Ronan Barron, Conor Cleary, Oisín Daly, Ryan Daly, Shane Delahunty, Darragh Dolan, JJ Doran, Kian Duncan, Jack Gallagher, James Gallagher, Aaron Horan, Eoghan Kelly, Cillian Meehan, Shane McGloin, Ronan McKenna, David Roper, Aengus Sweeny and Aidan Sweeny. Thanks to Kerry Ryan for refereeing and everyone who helped out on the day. Going forward the under 10s will be training twice weekly this year. Starting this Wednesday, we are training on Wednesdays from 6.30pm to 7.30pm and on Saturdays from 11am to 12 noon. Our second skills test of the year will be taking place in the next couple of weeks so get practicing for that too.

Under 8 and under 6 training goes outdoors this week. We will be in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this Friday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. As ever, anyone who wants to give our great games a go will be made more than welcome, irrespective of skill level or ability.

Ladies
Aodh Ruadh Ladies will have their monthly meeting tomorrow Tuesday 1st April at 8.15pm in the Aras. Please come along if you can - we make progress and keep an eye on the clock! Thanks to those who sold programmes for us on Sunday at the Donegal Match. If you have another hour to spare contact Eoin O'Moore who has our Lotto Rota.

The under 8s, 10s and 12s had their first outdoor training session of 2014 on Monday 31st with a turnout of 40 players attending. Training for all age groups continues as follows: under 8s, under 10s and under 12s - Monday 6-7pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh (Munday's Field); under 14s - Friday 6pm; under 16s, minors and seniors - Tuesday and Thursday 7pm. Many thanks to all our managers and mentors who continue to give their time to our players in the development of their game and the promotion of Peil na mBan.

Our under 14s had a challenge match against Naomh Conaill on Sunday morning at Coláiste Cholmcille. With a strong panel of players, Aodh Ruadh came out on top in what was a very worthwhile session, giving all players time on the pitch in a game of four 20 minute quarters. Many of these players also represent Coláiste Cholmcille in the Schools Gaelic Competitions under the guidance of their teacher and former County player Ms McKinley.

Well done to Maeve Liston and Roise Keon who continue to represent Aodh Ruadh on the county minor team. Their campaign started recently with a game against Tyrone with Maeve at full back and Roise playing left corner back. Their next game will be against Monaghan on the 12th April. Best of luck to Dearbhaile O'Moore, Briana Maher and Mary Flora Scott who will represent Aodh Ruadh on the county under 14 panel against Antrim this Saturday 5th April at Saint Mary's, Convoy.

Two of our members Tara Khan and Eoin O'Moore attended the FUNdamentals Coaching Course in Glenfin last Saturday. If you would like the opportunity to do this course, please flag up your interest to any committee member and we may be able to hold one in Ballyshannon. We need a minimum of 20 people to apply for this.

Our Annual Duck Race will quack off on Easter Saturday 19th April. The cards are now available for this event, only €2 a line to sponsor a duck!

Hurling
The senior hurlers got their Ulster league campaign off to a cracking start on Sunday evening when they dispatched an below par Strabane Shamrocks side in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Aodh Ruadh were without county star Paul Sheridan, who was ruled out when he picked up an injury in the warm-up, however were they well on top throughout and a 1-8 to 0-8 half-time score did not adequately reflect the Ernesiders superiority. Ballyshannon upped it in the second half and their superior fitness helped them come out on the right side of a 4-14 to 2-13 scoreline. Mickey Bowering hit the back of the net twice, while Paul Hughes and Ciaran Kilgannon also raised green flags for the homesters. A lot of good performances from men in white and green. Ciaran Rami made his senior debut and gave a very assured display at half back. Peter Horan started for Sheridan and did a lot of damage from half forward while Declan Browne showed his quality when sprung from the bench. We have a selection of pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. Aodh Ruadh's next assignment takes them to the venue that will become their second home over the coming few month, the Garvaghey complex in the heart of Tyrone. They will be taking on Sean Treacey's of Lurgan on Sunday evening as they bid to maintain their winning start to the season.

The underage hurling leagues began last week. The under 14s opened their campaign in division one at home to Saint Eunan's. Saint Eunan's were very strong having won the last two under 12 county titles, but for the majority of the opening half the home team matched them and went in at half time only three points behind, 1-4 to 1-1. The greater strength and fitness of the Letterkenny men came to the fore in the second half and they ran out comfortable winners 4-10 to 1-3. It was a hard experience for the lads which,with greater commitment at training, they'll bounce back from. They have a bye this week, but may have a challenge game against Four Masters on Thursday evening, details to be confirmed.

Unfortunately the minors had no game last week as MacCumhaill's could not field. We are away to Setanta this Thursday night.

On Saturday last the Donegal minor team had a great win against Antrim in O'Donnell Park, Letterkenny in division one of the Ulster minor League. The young Donegal team put in a great performance and had a historic victory on a scoreline of 3-10 to 3-6. Aodh Ruadh were well represented with Eddie Lynch captaining the team and Ciaran Rami and Eugene Drummond also starting. Oisín Roper, Brendan Gillespie and Dónal Sweeny were also on the squad, Oisín Rooney couldn't take his place in the starting 15 due to injury. Donegal finish their league campaign this Saturday away to Armagh.

The eighth annual Hurl-a-Thon takes place this Saturday in the Mercy Hall, Ballyshannon this fun event starts at 10am and continues non stop till 10pm. There will be great craic all day for young and old. Please support the underage hurlers who are out and about seeking sponsorship. All funds raised goes towards the promotion and development of underage hurling in Aodh Ruadh. Time table for the day is as follows: Under 8s - 10am to 12 noon; Under 10s - 12 noon to 2pm; Under 12s - 2pm to 4pm; Under 14s 4pm to 6pm; Under 16s, minors, coaches, parents, family and friends 6pm to 10pm. If these times don't suit pop in at anytime and join in the fun. The children can stay as long as they want and there will be a cup of tea for all.

Well done to our under 10 and 12 hurlers who put on a great display of hurling at half time during the Donegal v Louth game in Father Tierney Park on Sunday. Thanks to their coaches Dennis Daly, Orlaith Gillespie, Kerry Ryan, Chris Kelly and Dáithí Breen who had them so well prepared. Thanks to Peter Horan who reffed the game and all who helped put the event together.

Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee would like to acknowledge Councilor Barry O'Neill's great work in securing a Development Grant of €500 for our committee, this allowed us buy a new set of helmets which are a great help to us as the numbers playing hurling now are bigger than ever. We are very grateful for Councilor O'Neill's support.

Training continues for all ages at 12 noon on Sunday it's very encouraging to see so many hurlers taking up the game now at such a young age and hopefully they will continue to play the game.

Father Tierney Park hosts All-Ireland Colleges final
This Saturday all available helpers are asked to be at the park at 1pm to assist with the hosting of the All-Ireland Colleges D football final replay between St Joseph's High School, Crossmaglen and Our Lady's, Belmullet. The game throws in at 2pm.

With the All-Ireland Colleges final in town there is an opportunity for local businesses to advertise at Father Tierney Park before and during the game via the new electronic score board. A limited number of slots are available and these may be booked by contacting the park PRO Michael Daly on 086-9171949 or through any of the following, Conal Gallagher, David McLoone or Tom Daly. Please note a payment of €25 is required at time of booking. A half time draw will be organised during the game, the usual helpers are required and the proceeds from this draw will go towards the cost of the new equipment being provided to the four school coaches.

Donegal v Louth
Special thanks is extended to all the stewards and helpers who worked on Saturday and Sunday in preparation for the NFL game and who assisted during and after the game. We have a gallery of pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. Followers of Aodh Ruadh CLG on Facebook will also be able to see Ronan Matthews shots from the day.

Recreational Football
Recreational football continues this Saturday at 7pm under the lights at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh and once again the emphasis is very much on the craic. It's excellent value at just €5 for the session. Text or call Alan on 0868052816 if you need any further information.

Aodh Ruadh Bingo
The €800 jackpot at last Friday's bingo was won by Celia Burns. Bingo as usual in the Abbey Centre this Friday at 9pm. Full books €10, Half books €5.


28 March 2014

Hurling
Aodh Ruadh seniors are set to get their Ulster League under way campaign this Sunday when they host Strabane Shamrocks in Father Tierney Park at 5pm. This is one of a small number of home games the seniors have this year, so a big showing of local support staying on after the Donegal Louth game would be much appreciated.

Two registration sessions remaining
There are just two remaining registration sessions taking place upstairs in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh.

  • Friday from 7pm to 9pm
  • Saturday from 1pm to 3pm.
Membership can also be paid at any time to Mary Matthews at Shannon's Corner. As noted earlier in the week, it is particularly important players make the effort to get registered by the March 31st deadline.

Club hoodie order being finalised
We will be finalising a first order for club hoodies on Monday. If you would like to get a hoodie in this order, please call up to either of the last two remaining registration sessions to place your order.

Football
The minors were in action on Wednesday in their second game of the league. This time against old adversaries Bundoran. The Ballyshannon side were somewhat depleted with a number of the squad nursing injuries. A panel of just 17 made the short away trip.
Nevertheless, Aodh Ruadh made a blistering start to the game and were up by five points in as many minutes. Shane McGrath and Philip Patton scoring a brace with Eddie Lynch also getting on the score sheet. Indeed, Philip Patton struck a beautiful goal just minutes later after a sublime pass from Nathan Boyle, which left the Bundoran keeper helplessly stranded on his own.
It seemed the Ballyshannon men were going to have it all their own way but eventually Bundoran clawed their way back into the game. Two fortunate goals, one coming from the penalty spot, allowed the energetic Bundoran side some respite from the onslaught of the Ballyshannon attack and it finished 1-11 to 2-2 at half time.
Aodh Ruadh played against the breeze in the second half and managed to increase their lead to nine points with fifteen minutes remaining. Predictably, Bundoran raised their game as the Ernesiders began to wane and loose the fluidity that was evident at the start of the half. Bundoran scored two more goals to leave just two points between the teams in the dying minutes. Aodh Ruadh held on for a deserved victory but made hard work of a game that should have been sewn up by half time. The final score read Aodh Ruadh 1-16 Bundoran 4-5. Aodh Ruadh scorers: Philip Patton 1-7, Shane McGrath 0-3, Nathan Boyle 0-2, Eddie Lynch 0-1, Donal Sweeny 0-1, Ryan McKenna 0-2. Aodh Ruadh face Kilcar in their next game on Sunday in the park at 11am. All support would be much welcome.


24 March 2014

IMPORTANT: FINAL WEEK FOR REGISTRATION
Club membership for 2014 is now due and all club members are asked to register for the season at their earliest convenience. We will be having a number of open registration sessions throughout the coming week to facilitate members. Our next sessions takes place this Thursday, 27th March from 8pm to 9pm, Friday from 7pm to 9pm and Saturday from 1pm to 3pm. All those sessions take place upstairs in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Membership can also be paid at any time to Mary Matthews at Shannon's Corner. Players must note that anyone registered after the March 31st deadline is subject to a five day moratorium from the point membership is paid, meaning they will be unable to play in that period. Therefore it is absolutely essential that ALL PLAYERS in ALL CODES and ALL GRADES have their registration paid this week!!!
Membership rates are as follows: Adult, €40; Adult Player (Includes insurance cover for the year), €60; Youth (Born 1996-2003 inclusive): €25; Youth (Born 2004-2014 inclusive): €15. This year we also have family packages which are priced as follows: Two adults and all children under 18: €120; One adult and all children under 18: €100 The club requires a registration form with each fee. Registration forms can be downloaded from aodhruadh.org.

Club hoodies
We will once again have our hoodie samples at the registration sessions this Thursday, Friday and Saturday in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh and will be taking orders at these sessions. It will be full payment up front to secure your hoodie. Youth sizes are priced €22, with sizes available including: 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13. Adult sizes are priced €26, with sizes available including: extra small, small, medium, large, extra large and XXL. See the aodhruadh.org homepage for a visual mock-up of the hoodie. For further information e-mail info@aodhruadh.org.

Give your club an hour
As a new season throws in and membership is being renewed we would like to take this opportunity to ask all members to get involved and take part in the club and its various activities such as lotto, bingo and so on. Members are being asked to sign up and give an hour to the club. At registration there will be an opportunity for all interested to sign up and you can let us know if there is any particular activity you are interested in helping out with.

Monthly club meeting
The monthly club meeting will take place on Thursday, 27th March in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 9pm. All members of the club executive are asked to attend.

Leitrim under 21s reach Connacht final
Congratulations to Shane Ward, Greg Sweeney and Benjy Drummond on steering 33/1 outsiders Leitrim under 21s to their first championship win since 1998, against reigning All-Ireland champions Galway, no less. Leitrim turned around a 0-3 to 0-6 half time deficit to run out 0-9 to 0-8 winners and now face Roscommon in the Connacht final in Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturday 5th April.

Football
Aodh Ruadh got their division three campaign off to the perfect start with a 1-11 to 0-12 win over Buncrana in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Sunday afternoon. The home side lead by 0-6 to 0-2 at half-time and a second half goal from Ronan Drummond in the second half helped ensure that Ballyshannon had a cushion on the visitors from Inishowen. There were good defensive showings from Colm Kelly and Eamonn McGrath, with Ronan and David McGurrin and Conor Patton also going well for the homesters. We have team sheets, scorers and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

The Aodh Ruadh reserves opened their 2014 campaign with a comfortable win over Buncrana on a fine spring afternoon. Despite what the score line might suggest, it was Buncrana who started the brighter, opening with the first two points of the game. The homesters reeled the Inishowen back in by half time though and went in leading at the break 1-7 to 1-4. Aodh Ruadh proceeded to pile on the scores after the break while Buncrana could only add 1-2, a goal and a point of that coming late in the game. Best for the home team were Daniel Kelly, who had a string of fine saves to keep the visitors at bay. At the back Jason McMenamin was solid, whilst the energy of Finan, Matthews and Finnerty over ran the opposition through the centre. The Buncrana keeper was also kept busy, doing well to keep the home team to a score of just two goals. The only sour note for Ballyshannon was a recurrence of a shoulder injury to Aiden Murray, who had started putting his mark on the midfield before having to go off early in the second half. We wish Aiden a speedy recovery and look forward to having him back in the team soon. We have an extended match report and pictures up on aodhruadh.org.

The next outing for Aodh Ruadh's seniors and reserves is scheduled to be a trip to Naomh Columba on Saturday 5th April.

Aodh Ruadh's minors clash with Bundoran now takes place this Wednesday, 26th March in Gaelic Park. Throw in is at 5pm.

On Saturday afternoon in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh the under 14s gave what can only be described as a show of exhibition football in their game against a very strong Killybegs team. They were huge underdogs going into the game but made the perfect start with a beautiful point coming from the boot of Michael McKenna straight from the throw-in. Evan McTernan soon followed up with another point and had a third on the score sheet before Killybegs managed to open their account. Most of the play was in the Killybegs half of the field for the first 30 minutes of the game with Caolán Dolan, Owen Doherty, Adam Clarke and Michael McKenna playing out of their skins up front. With a combination of great support play and precision passing the Aodh Ruadh lads had a two point lead at the break. The second half started with a Killybegs goal, but this did not dampen the spirit of the Ballyshannon men. Pauric Keenaghan, as usual gave a great performance at centre half back along with Tiarnan Dolan, Senan Rooney and Aaron Peach were flawless in defence. Despite the best efforts of the Ernesiders, Killybegs had luck on their side and scored two more goals in the second half and did enough to see them coming out on top at the final whistle. The development game also went very well, with all of the Aodh Ruadh lads giving great performances. Some of the best in this game were Ciaran Hodgin's scoring two beautiful long range points, Donagh McGowan working hard on the wing and Joe Danagher had a good game at the back. We have a large gallery of images from the game up on aodhruadh.org. The next outing for the lads is away to Naomh Conaill possibly on Friday evening. Details are yet to be finalised, but the team will be notified of arrangements in due course.

Under 12 training outdoor training commences this Saturday 29th March, running from 11am to 12 noon in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh (Munday's Field). As of Wednesday 2nd April there will also be training on Wednesdays from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

Under 10 training moves outdoors this Saturday 29th March, running from 11am to 12 noon in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh (Munday's Field). On Sunday the under 10s will be playing the half time game during the Donegal v Louth National League match in Father Tierney Park. Arrangements will be supplied to players at training this Saturday.

Indoor training for the under 6s and under 8s concludes this Friday 28st March. Training at the usual times in the Mercy Hall for both groups. Details of outdoor training times will be supplied this Friday.

Hurling
Donegal minors suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Down in the Ulster Minor Hurling League in O' Donnell Park, Letterkenny on Saturday last, Donegal began well and were actually leading by a point after 27 minutes. In the space of a minute the whole game changed as Down struck for two goals from which Donegal never recovered and the Mourne men ran out easy winners 5-14 to 1-7. Division one hurling is a big step up for Donegal, the standard should bring them on as hurlers and hopefully they will put in a better performance this Saturday against Antrim in O'Donnell Park, Letterkenny. Eddie Lynch, Ciaran Rami and Oisín Rooney started for Donegal, while Brendan Gillespie and Oisín Roper came on mid way through the second half.

Well done to our under 10s who took part in an indoor blitz in Fintona on Saturday. They had a great day's hurling winning all their games against Fintona, Cappagh and St Enda's. Thanks to all the parents who drove the lads to the blitz and thanks to manager Denis Daly who arranged for the boys to take part in this event.

The hurling leagues swing into action this Thursday as the under 14s and minors begin their campaigns, the under 14s are at home to Saint Eunan's while the minors are away to MacCumhaill's. Throw in for both games is 6pm. We wish both squads well.

The under 10s and under 12s are taking part in an exhibition game this Sunday at half time in the Donegal v Louth National League game in Father Tierney Park, managers will be in contact with their squads during the week details.

Numbers are continuing to grow each Sunday for the underage training which is great to see. It continues as normal this Sunday at 12 noon.

The eighth annual Hurl-A-Thon takes place on Saturday 5th April in the Mercy Hall, begining at 10am and continuing nonstop till 10pm, please support the lads as they are out and about seeking sponsorship for the promotion and development of underage hurling in the club.

Ladies
Training for under 8s, 10s and 12s begins on Monday 31st March at 6pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh (Munday's Field). Please dress for the weather on the day. Training continues for under 14s, under 16s, minors and seniors with good numbers attending. The times are as follows: Under 14s on Friday at 6pm; Under 16s, minors and seniors on Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm. New members are always welcome. Registration has to be completed this week so please check elsewhere in the notes for details of registration times. The Annual Duck Race will be held on Saturday 19th April so please make sure to get your sponsorship card from your team manager.

The under 14s will have their first match of the season this Sunday 29th March at 12pm on the pitch at Coláiste Cholmcille. Our girls will play Naomh Conaill and are asked to meet at the Mercy Hall at 11.30am bringing club colours and mouth guards. Congratulations to Dearbhla O'Moore, Briana Maher and Mary Flora Scott who were selected for the county under 14 panel at the weekend.

Thanks to the 36 people who have so far done their slot selling the Lotto this year for the Ladies. If you haven't done your slot please give your name to your team manager or to Eoin O'Moore who has organised the rota.

The FUNdamentals Coaching Course in Glenfin this Saturday is full up. If enough people are interested in doing this course we may be able to hold one in Ballyshannon. We can only do this if you give your name to any committee member. Our County Development Officer, Donal Sharkey will then help us to arrange it. If you are 16 years or older you are eligible to apply.

Donegal v Louth
The Park / Development Committee Officers have been working hard for several weeks now to ensure all necessary arrangements are in place. A full turn-out of Aodh Ruadh stewards, programme sellers and half-time draw sellers is required. The throw-in is at 3pm and all helpers must be at the grounds two hours beforehand, that is no later than 1pm. Bibs will be distributed and must be worn at all times. A 32-page souvenir match programme will be on sale.

Tournament and blitzes
Please forward suggested dates to Peter Conlon urgently. We will be trying to avoid clashes with multiple home fixtures - every second weekend our 2 adult football teams will be at home. The senior hurlers also have a number of home fixtures in the Ulster Senior Hurling League. Dates can only be confirmed when the proposals are reviewed against already committed fixtures so committee officers and managers need to deal promptly with this.

Father Tierney Park Development
The 60th Anniversary Project at Father Tierney Park, continues apace. The ground was officially opened in 1954. It will be late in the year when all of the work is completed but the first phase finishes this week in order to prepare for the Donegal v Louth National Football League game.

All-Ireland Colleges Game
Thanks to those who came to the Father Tierney Park on Saturday last to help with organising the Ulster Second Level Schools Provincial play-off between Carrick Vocational School, the Vocational Schools champions, and Saint Eunan's College, Letterkenny, the Ulster Colleges champions. Saint Eunan's College won and now go on to represent Ulster in the All-Ireland semi-final level.

Schools Coaching Initiative
Our four coaches are doing a very good job with a good reaction so far from the six Primary schools in the area, especially from the children. The scheme will complete its first month of operation this week and will be reviewed to see if it can be improved. Any comments can go directly to Tom Daly or to John Rooney (Hurling) or Shane Toolan (Football). The objective is that every Primary School child in the six Primary schools in the club area gets the opportunity to be coached in football and hurling, for both boys and girls and in all age groups/classes. New coaching gear has been distributed to the club coaches this week and the proceeds of the half-time draw on Sunday will go towards funding same.

Recreational Football
Recreational football continues this Saturday at 7pm under the lights at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh and once again the emphasis is very much on the craic. It's excellent value at just €5 for the session. Text or call Alan on 0868052816 if you need any further information.

Aodh Ruadh Bingo
The €400 jackpot at last Friday's bingo was won by Noel Cunningham of Ballyshannon. This Friday it's our monthly Monster Bingo in the Abbey Centre with a €2,700 prize fund and a big jackpot of €1,000 up for grabs - Full books €15, Half books €8.


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