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22nd September 2019
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There was no winner of the lotto jackpot of €8,200.
Next draw is Sunday at 8.30pm in Dorrian's Hotel with a jackpot of €8,300
Lotto Rota:
- Reserve Footballers
- Bord na nÓg
- Senior Hurlers
- Senior Footballers
- Ladies
- Juvenile Hurlers
The lotto team for the McCosker's Centra on Saturday is:
Senior Footballers.

In the lucky dip €20 went to Andrea Gallagher, Margaret Meehan, Daniel O'Mahoney, Pat Melly, and Noelle Downey.

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25 July 2019
Intermediate Football Championship Group B
Brilliant Boyle drives Aodh Ruadh to victory
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6 September 2019
Under 14 football
Aodh Ruadh take under 14 title
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5 September 2019
Under 12 hurling
Aodh Ruadh and Gaoth Dobhair hurlers serve up a cliff-hanger
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31 August 2019
Junior Hurling Championship
Aodh Ruadh claim Junior Hurling crown
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25 July 2019
Senior Division 2
Aodh Ruadh burn off Glenfin with sprint finish
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20 July 2019
Senior Division 2
Aodh Ruadh see off Four Masters with sensational second half
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7 July 2019
Under 18 football
Decider proves a bridge to far for Aodh Ruadh
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2 July 2019
Under 16 ladies football
Under 16 girls make it two from two
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25 May 2019
Senior Division 2
Aodh Ruadh see off determined Termon challenge
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6 May 2019
Under 14 hurling
Ballinascreen take Finn Larkin title back to Derry
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3 May 2019
Junior Hurling League
Ernesiders too strong for Letterkenny Gaels
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30 April 2019
Under 14 ladies football
Three on the trot for under 14 girls
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19 April 2019
Senior Division 2
Good Friday for Ballyshannon as they get the better of Naul's
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7 April 2019
Senior Division 2
Aodh Ruadh up and running with convincing win
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8 July 2018
Senior Division 1
Deadlock again for Ernesiders
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2 June 2018
Senior Division 1
Rooney gets Aodh Ruadh deserved share of the spoils
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29 April 2018
Senior Division 1
Aodh Ruadh earn important win against Dungloe
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28 April 2018
Under 12 ladies football
Aodh Ruadh entertain Letterkenny
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15 April 2018
Senior Division 1
Economical Gaoth Dobhair take the spoils in Ballyshannon
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14 April 2018
Under 8 football
Aodh Ruadh host Four Masters for blitz
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7 April 2018
Under 12 ladies football
Aodh Ruadh girls get league off to a great start
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1 April 2018
Senior Division 1
Late McGettigan strike snatches point from Ballyshannon
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1 April 2018
Senior Reserve Division 1
Reserves chalk up first win of the new season
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22 March 2018
Under 14 hurling
Aodh Ruadh hurlers get off to the perfect start against Setanta
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17 March 2018
Aodh Ruadh at the Saint Patrick's Day Parade
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20 January 2018
Celebrating a year to remember with a night to remember at the Aodh Ruadh Dinner Dance
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28 December 2017
Annual Colman Kerr matches raise cash for charity
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25 November 2016
Aodh Ruadh celebrates a year of underage football
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25 November 2017
Great turn out for Billy Finn Memorial Concert
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12 November 2017
Under 16 football
Aodh Ruadh do it at the death to take county title
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10 November 2017
Under 10 football
Winter League finals bring curtain down on a successful season
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5 November 2017
Under 21 Football
Aodh Ruadh well adrift of hungrier Naomh Conaill
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5 November 2017
Under 16 football
Super second half sends Aodh Ruadh into championship decider
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4 November 2017
Under 13 football
MacCumhaill's take county title
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15 October 2017
Under 13 ladies football
Back-to-back titles for the Ballyshannon girls
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1 October 2017
Senior Division 2
Division one, here we come!
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1 October 2017
Senior Reserve Division 2
Reserves too hot for Malin
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1 October 2017
Under 16 hurling
Easkey take Alan Ryan Cup as Aodh Ruadh claim the Seamus Grimes trophy
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24 September 2017
Under 12 hurling
Keady claim Aodh Ó Dálaigh title
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10 September 2017
Underage football
Euro-Shot Challenge 2017
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2 September 2017
Under 14 football
Ballyshannon book semi-final spot
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17 September 2019

Football
After a lacklustre first half, you would have got good odds on Aodh Ruadh coming out of their intermediate championship clash with Saint Naul's with the win. After a tentative opening period the homesters trailed by four points. They faced into the breeze for the second half, but whatever was said in the dressing room at the turnaround worked a treat. Aodh Ruadh scored four points in the third quarter with Saint Naul's only able to hit one in response. A Niall Murray goal then gave Barry Ward and Philip O'Reilly's men breathing space which they were able to maintain to the end. Saint Naul's never gave up the fight, but Aodh Ruadh weathered the storm through six minutes of added time to secure a deserved second win IFC Group B win on a scoreline of 1-12 to 1-11. Nathan Boyle was right at the heart of the Ballyshannon revival, injecting real drive into the attack. Further back Peter Boyle hit some sublime kick outs and had no chance from Peadar Mogan's goal shot. Johnny Gallagher had a magnificent outing, turning over a sight of ball and always willing to drive forward. Eamonn McGrath, Johnny Gethins and Conor Patton gave a great platform around the centre of the pitch. In the first half Michael McKenna was excellent when Aodh Ruadh were finding the going toughest. Finally Philip Patton's reliability from placed ball is a huge asset in his side's locker. We have a full match report from the game on aodhruadh.org.

It was a tough outing for the reserves in Saturday's curtain raiser where they came off second best against a more clinical Saint Naul's outfit. Mountcharles had the backing of a swirling breeze in the first half, but exchanges were even enough. It was only in the last ten minutes of the half that the visitors managed to make whatever slim advantage the elements afforded count. Aodh Ruadh had points from Eoin Doherty (2) and Dermot Slevin, but their spurt just before the break meant Saint Naul's lead 0-6 to 0-3 at the turnaround. The second half was hard watching from a home perspective, with a lot of poor shooting and sloppy play giving Saint Naul's plenty of possession to work on. It started well with Anthony 'Waddle' Coughlin slinging over a trademark effort from the throw-in. However after that Saint Naul's responded with three unanswered counter-attack points over the course of a muted second half. Aodh Ruadh got only their second score of the half 23 minutes after their last, Michael 'Sticky' Ward smashing over a point from close range. He followed that up 90 seconds later, picking up a long ball in and drilling over from close range. There were just four points in it at that stage and there was the lingering possibility of a smash and grab. However, a well struck free two minutes into added time settled any Naul's nerves and saw it finish Aodh Ruadh 0-6 Saint Naul's 0-11. Best on a fairly dismal day for the homesters was the outstanding JJ Cassidy, who looked like real class any time he had the ball. Patrick McCaffrey was really solid at full back with Pauric Keenaghan doing a lot of unseen work tracking up and down the pitch. Eoin Doherty had two well taken points in the first half, and Saint Naul's had to work hard to close off supply to him. The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were Karl O'Brien; Adam Clarke, Patrick McCaffrey, JJ Goan; JJ Cassidy, Dan Warnock, Pauric Keenaghan; Kerry Ryan, Conall Sweeny; Eoin Doherty (0-2), Anthony Coughlin (0-1), Christopher Goan; Peter McKenna, Dermot Slevin (0-1), Gary Anderson. Subs: Michael 'Sticky' Ward (0-2)for Gary Anderson 35m; Niall McCready for JJ Goan 35m; Philip McLoone for Dermot Slevin 42m; Aidan Murray for Niall McCready (Inj) 47m.

Sunday sees the last game of the IFC Group B programme with Downings coming to Father Tierney Park. The seniors throw-in at 2.30pm with the reserves getting matters underway at 1pm. Both teams will have strong hopes of making the knock out stages of their respective championships so we'd love to see a big vocal Ballyshannon support up at the Park this Sunday afternoon.

The under 13s are back out in action this Friday when Naomh Columba are the visitors to Ballyshannon. Throw-in at the Park is 7pm.

Our under 8s and under 10s played Saint John's of Sligo last Saturday on four pitches. Thanks to the Transition Year students who refereed the games and the parents and guardians who helped in providing refreshments in the Aras after the games. Our under 10s train as usual on Tuesday evening from 5.30pm to 6.45pm. Good luck to our three teams who will travel to Ardara on Friday evening for the Southern Regional Board end of year tournament.

Ladies
The minor ladies had a good win over Saint Naul's on perfect evening for football in the Park last Friday. The win was built on simply superb first half of football with brilliant passing and support play seeing Ballyshannon playing some of their best football of the year. Andrea McGlynn and Aoibhínn McGarrigle did huge damage up front in that opening period, with plenty of quality ball to work with. McGlynn netted two early goals and McGarrigle got a point followed by a score from Caoimhe Keon to shoot Aodh Ruadh into a 3-1 lead with ten minutes gone. Points from McGarrigle (2), McGlynn and Tia McFarland saw the Shamettes leading by 3-5 to 0-1 at the break. Saint Naul's made a determined effort in the second half and had the better of exchanges overall. However Ballyshannon were able to do enough to sustain their lead. A Mountcharles point on the restart was cancelled out by a well taken score from the hugely influential Caoimhe Hughes O'Brien. Chantelle Timoney and Caoimhe Keon added further points before Saint Naul's started to enjoy their most productive spell of the game. With normal time almost up birthday girl Cáit Gillespie drove through and smashed home a beautifully struck goal to ease any incipient nerves and it finished Aodh Ruadh 4-8 Saint Naul's 1-6. A lot of fine performances right around the park. Bridín Maguire was superb between the posts while sister Grainne had everything well under control at full back. Further out the pitch Caoimhe Hughes O'Brien, Caoimhe Keon, Síofra Hughes and Caitlin McGarrigle were dominating exchanges. Up front Andrea McGlynn and Aoibhínn McGarrigle were in unmarkable form. Orla Keon and Chantelle Timoney both made excellent contributions on their introduction.

Our under 16 girls also had a successful outing last week, coming through their county semi-final against Saint Eunan's on Tuesday evening to book their place in the A decider against Saint Naul's. Aodh Ruadh were on top from the off, getting into an early lead and maintaining the pressure pretty much throughout, although Saint Eunan's did come into the game more as it wore on. Ballyshannon played a lot of fluent entertaining football, especially in the first half with some great passing moves. Katie O'Brien put in a sensational shift in the attack hitting 2-2, all really well taken scores. Also in lethal form was Chantelle Timoney, delivering a dynamic display in the attacking third and finishing with a well-deserved 2-1. In around the middle third Emer O'Brien was truly superb and was full value for her 1-2 haul too. Points from Aoibhínn McGarrigle (3) and Tia McFarland saw it finish 5-9 to 1-2 in favour of Aodh Ruadh. Defensively the Ernesiders were well served by Eilish Gallagher, Caitlin McGarrigle and Lucy McGlynn with Demi McFarland also catching the eye with some nice work. The final is expected to be the weekend of Saturday 28th, Sunday 29th.

There will be minor and under 16 training this Wednesday at 6.30pm.

The under 13s are at home to Naomh Conaill this Tuesday. Players are to be at Father Tierney Park for 5.20pm with the match throwing in at 6.30pm. The team will also have an away game against MacCumhaill's on Saturday at 11am. All support for the girls at both fixtures would be very welcome.

Hurling
Well done to the under 16s who won the County A league title last Thursday in Father Tierney Park. The lads were up against a much improved Saint Eunan's team in the final. The first half was a close affair with never more than a score between the teams. A goal early in the second half gave Aodh Ruadh some breathing space and they finished the game strongly to win on a 1-13 to 0-8 scoreline. Tom Daly presented the shield to the winning captain Conor Foy on behalf of the Donegal Hurling Board. It was the first time since 2012 that Aodh Ruadh has won this title. The focus now switches to championship as the lads prepare to take on Buncrana in the semi-final in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Sunday, time to be confirmed.

On Sunday we hosted the Alan Ryan / Seamus Grimes under 16 Tournament. In existence since 1998 this is a very prestigious event with six teams taking part on Sunday. Abbeyknockmoy and Annaghdown from Galway, Tooreen from Mayo, Keady of Armagh, and Setanta and Aodh Ruadh from Donegal. The tournament commenced in a league format with all teams getting loads of hurling. In the round robin section Aodh Ruadh had good wins over Tooreen and Keady. They lost out narrowly to Annaghdown by two points and to a very strong Abbeyknockmoy by six points. The pairings were now set for the finals, the Alan Ryan Final saw the meeting of the Galway clubs while the Donegal clubs battled it out in the Seamus Grimes final. Abbeyknockmoy, who were managed by Leitrim's Lory Meagher cup winning captain Declan Molloy and former Galway hurler Cathal Moran, played some great hurling all day and were worthy winners of the Alan Ryan Cup.
The Seamus Grimes final was a tighter affair with little between the Donegal rivals, but at the final whistle it was the home side who won out by two points.
The presentations then took place on Father Tierney Park. Chairman of Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee John Rooney thanked all the clubs who had attended, and extended his gratitude to the Ryan and Grimes families for their continued support of the tournament. He spoke of the great condition the pitches were in and thanked Aodh Ruadh Park Committee for the use of the facilities. He thanked all who had helped to make the day such a success, he spoke of the great job the referees, Aidan Ferguson and James Callaghan, had done all day and complimented them on their common sense approach.
Eddie Grimes spoke on behalf of the Grimes Family, thanking the Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee for organising the competition. He spoke of how proud the family are of this tournament. His sister Elaine presented Setanta with their runner-up medals before presenting the Seamus Grimes trophy to winning Aodh Ruadh captain Conor Foy.
Martin 'Kerry' Ryan spoke on behalf of the Ryan family and endorsed Eddie Grimes' sentiments. He thanked all the clubs who had taken part and all who had helped out with the event. He also spoke of how much the tournament means to the Ryan family. His grand-son William Ryan presented the Annaghdown team with their runner-up medals before a delighted Abbeyknockmoy captain Lennon Doyle accepted the Alan Ryan Cup from Kerry's grand-daughter Nicole Ryan. From there it was up to Aras Aoidh Ruaidh where the Ryan and Grimes families catered for all present.

Underage hurling training continues on Sunday for all teams at 12 noon.

Schools Coach
We are keen to fill the schools coaching post before the end of September. Community Employment Scheme eligibility criteria apply. Contact Tom Daly if interested.

Pitch bookings
Confirmed pitch bookings this week are as follows.
Tuesday
Father Tierney Park, 6.30pm. Under 13 ladies football league - Aodh Ruadh v Naomh Conaill
Sunday
Father Tierney Park, 1.30pm. Intermediate Reserve Football Championship - Aodh Ruadh v Downings
Father Tierney Park, 3pm. Intermediate Football Championship - Aodh Ruadh v Downings
Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, Time TBC. Under 16 Hurling Championship semi-final - Aodh Ruadh v Buncrana

A celebration of Scór
A celebration of Scór in Donegal over the last 50 years takes place at An Grianán Theatre on September 29th. It is hosted by Donegal GAA and sponsored by Donegal Connect. It will include past Donegal, All-Ireland and Ulster winners. Our very own Pat Sweeny, an All-Ireland winner in 1991 in the recitation category, will be performing. A good night is assured. Admission is €100 and tickets can be purchased online directly from An Grianán or on the door.

Building mental resilience
A course delivered by Shane Martin entitled The Psychology Of 'Bouncibility': How To Build Resilience Within Ourselves' will take place on Thursday 26th September from 7pm to 9pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. The event is been ran in partnership with Connect Mental Health and more information on the course can be found at their website, connectmentalhealth.ie. We would be love to see as many of our members and members of the wider community attend for what promises to be very interesting evening.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was won by Frances Brennan of Donegal Town. The stand-up game prize of €150 was won by Caroline Finnerty of Ballyshannon. Winners of the €100 houses included Helen Lawn, Ava Mulligan, Agnes Ryder, Roseann Martin and Mary McKenna. Winners of the €70 houses included Angela Gaye and Mary Gallagher. There was no winner of the summer snowball so it rolls again to sit on a hefty €1,350 this week. Bingo as usual at the Abbey Centre this Friday night at 9pm. Books priced just €10.


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