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Welcome to Aodh Ruadh

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There was no winner of the Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €2,000.
Next draw in The Bridgend Bar with a Jackpot of €2,100 on Sunday, at 8.30pm
Lotto Rota:
Week one
- Reserve Footballers
- Bord na nÓg
Week two
- Senior Footballers
- Ladies
Week three
- Juvenile Hurlers
- Senior Hurlers
The lotto team for the McCosker's Centra on Saturday is:
Bord na nÓg.
The lotto team for the Kernan's Spar on Saturday is:
Reserve Footballers.

In the lucky dip €40 went to: Marie Gallagher, Erne Street. In the lucky dip €20 went to: Gertrude Bolger, Kilkenny; Marcella Loughlin, Dunmuckrim; Majella Gethins, Finner; Tony Larkin, c/o John Larkin; and Mary Morrow.

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What's new

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

    26 August 2014

    Family Fund-raiser
    Some funds are required to complete the fitness trail and provide a Hurling/Rebound Wall for youth coaching of all Gaelic games at Pairc Aoidh Ruaidh. Tom Daly is co-ordinating a small fund-raiser to meet some of the costs of these works. The 'Family Fund-Raiser' is a simple format where a family hosts ten people at a meal in their home for a donation of €20 each. To participate you host your table on a day which suits you or before Saturday September 6th and make a return of €200 on September 8th. Each person who participates and makes a €20 donation will be entered in a draw for two stand tickets for the 2014 All-Ireland final and double room and dinner for two in the Croke Park Hotel on Saturday, September 20th, the night before the final. Further details are available from Tom Daly or email ftdaly@hotmail.com. Aodh Ruadh supporters living away from Ballyshannon are particularly welcome to participate.

    Club meeting
    The monthly club executive meeting takes place this Thursday in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 8.30pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

    Football
    Aodh Ruadh's adult footballers finally return to competitive action this Saturday. They will host Red Hugh's in Father Tierney Park. The reserve game throws in at 5.30pm and is followed by the seniors at 7pm.

    The under 21s face Saint Eunan's in O'Donnell Park in the under 21 A championship quarter-final on Tuesday 2 September, throw in is at 7pm. We hope to have a good showing of Ballyshannon support down at this one.

    It was heartbreak for the under 16s in the Southern Regional Board league final as they narrowly failed to hold off a second half fight back from Ardara to lose by two points despite a full-hearted display. Aodh Ruadh started with the benefit of a strong wind in Killybegs and quickly had two points on the board before passing up a goal-scoring opportunity. The sides then exchanged points before Conall Sweeny hit the net to take the scores to 1-4 to 0-1 in favour of the Ernesiders. A second goal from Nathan Boyle then helped Aodh Ruadh to a half-time scoreline of 2-6 to 0-2. Ardara started the second half like a whirlwind hitting two goals before Aodh Ruadh hit two points to stem their momentum and make it 2-8 to 2-2. After that Ardara started slowly reeled in the Ballyshannon lead, hitting three unanswered points. Shane McGrath hit a free from in front of the posts, but Ardara kept coming, hitting another six points to take the victory on a scoreline of 2-11 to 2-9. In better news the under 16s defeated Dungloe 2-4 to 0-7 in the sides' first round, second leg championship encounter on Friday evening to secure their place in the next round.

    The under 13s lost 2-10 to 0-5 against Saint Naul's last Wednesday. They host Naomh Conaill this Wednesday in Father Tierney Park. Throw in for that game is 6.30pm.

    The under 10s had a good hard blitz in Donegal town on Saturday against Four Masters, Bundoran and Naomh Bríd. We were short a fair few, but the lads that were there gave everything for the Aodh Ruadh jersey. The lads who lined out for Ballyshannon were Daniel Breen, Conor Cleary, Oisin Daly, Padraig Daly, Ryan Daly, Michael Doogan, JJ Doran, Jack Gallagher, James Gallagher, Aaron Horan, Eoghan Kelly, Cian McKenna, James McGinley, Shane McGloin, Ronan McKenna, Art Mag Fhionnghaile, Lorc Mag Fhionnghaile, Drew Ryan, Aidan Sweeny and Aonghus Sweeny. Training will be at the usual time of 6.30pm this Wednesday and 11am Saturday.

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

    Hurling
    Aodh Ruadh sank to a 1-9 to 6-15 defeat against Burt in the latest stage of the senior hurling championship round robin stages. Ciaran Kilgannon got the first point of the game before Burt raced into a 3-2 to 0-1 lead after just five minutes. The Inishowen men were 5-10 to 1-5 to the good by the time the half-time whistle came. The Aodh Ruadh goal was flicked home by Declan Browne in the 15th minute. Ciaran Kilgannon finished as top scorer for Aodh Ruadh with six points, all from frees, with Peter Horan and Danny Hayden each hit a point apiece. The senior hurlers are down to travel to Ballybofey to take on MacCumhaill's in the championship this Saturday. Throw in for that game is 7pm.

    Our under 16s travelled to Letterkenny on Tuesday last to play Saint Eunan's in the league semi-final. It turned out to be a great game between two very committed teams. Saint Eunan's got off to a great start and hit Aodh Ruadh for a number of early goals. Ballyshannon never hurled at all in the first half as Saint Eunans led by ten points at half time 3-6 to 0-5. The lads turned the game around in the second half and hurled like we knew they could, full of commitment taking some great scores. They got the score back to the minimum, but unfortunately they ran out of time just coming up short on a 4-8 to 4-7 scoreline. It was a hard defeat to take, but the lads knew they lost the game in the first half when they put in a very lacklustre performance. Thanks to our very loyal parents who drove the lads to the game. Your efforts are appreciated by all associated with the team. They are due to play Carndonagh in the championship on 4th September.

    On Thursday night our under 12s got a much needed win against Four Masters in Donegal Town. The majority of this team is under 10 and they have had a tough season, but are showing great commitment and were delighted to run out winners 1-8 to 3-0. Thanks to the parents who drove the lads to the game your support as always is much appreciated.

    The long awaited replay of the minor championship final against Buncrana takes place this Thursday at the Centre of Excellence in Convoy, throw-in at 7pm. Again the Buncrana men will be favourites for this game, but hopefully our lads will show the same determination they showed in the first game. If the replay is half as good as the first game it should be a great contest. Best of luck to the lads as they attempt to retain their title.

    All-Ireland blitzes take place in Newry this Saturday. Donegal under 16s are taking part in the B grade and Aodh Ruadh are represented on this squad by Oisín Rooney, Brendan Gillespie and Kieran Daly. The Donegal under 15s are competing in the under 16 C grade and we are represented on this squad by Stephen Anderson, Conall Sweeney and Patrick McCaffrey.

    Ladies
    The Aodh Ruadh Ladies had a busy weekend this weekend, as they took to their bikes bright and early Saturday morning to commence the annual Cyclothon. A huge thank you goes out to all who turned out on the day to pedal on the day. Of course a huge thank you goes out to all the people who supported the Aodh Ruadh Ladies club on the day in their quest to raise funds. We have some shots from the fund-raiser up on aodhruadh.org.

    Fantasy Sam
    John Patton Jr and his team have opened a sizeable lead after the game on Sunday. He has 249 points, but close on his heels is Karol Foley and her team, Biggest Losers, on 225 points. In joint third are Barry Travers and his team, Still The Greatest Reserve and John Keon and his team, Lakeside Lads, on 223 points. In fifth place we have Paul McLoone and his team, Abbey Utd, on 215 points. As always the leader board is available every Tuesday on aodhruadh.org, as well as Ballybookies, The Bridgend Bar, Owen Roe's Bar and upstairs in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh.

    Bingo
    Last week's jackpot winner was Ritchie Newell, Assaroe View. This Friday night is the August Big Bingo, with a prize fund of €2,700, including a €1,000 Jackpot game finale! First game in the Abbey Centre at 9pm, books costs €15 for a full book, €8 for a half, or play a book and a half for €20. See you there!

    Semi-final ticket competition
    Highland Radio are giving one lucky listener the chance to win a pair of tickets for the game against Dublin on Sunday 31st August plus an overnight stay the night before the game in the Regency Hotel in Drumcondra. To be in with a chance of winning simply answer the following question. Donegal won their first Sam Maguire Cup in 1992, but who did they beat in the final that year? To enter text GAA plus your answer name and address to 57252. Your entry will cost €2 plus your operators charge. €1 will go to the Donegal Team Training Fund. Lines close at 12 noon on Wednesday 27th August 2014. The winner will be announced that evening on The GAA Programme.


    19 August 2014

    Football
    After securing the under 21 B title last year Aodh Ruadh made an impressive return to the a grade with a convincing 1-14 to 1-6 win over Letterkenny Gaels in Father Tierney Park last Tuesday evening. The homesters faced into a tight wind in the first half and made the most of their opportunities to go in leading by 1-6 to 1-2 at the break. Niall Murray was the man with the goal, a reaction volley from the edge of the area. Aodh Ruadh capitalised on the wind at the start of the second half, playing some smart football to run up seven unanswered points and definitely take the game from the Letterkenny lads' grasp. It was a win built on a fine defensive display with Colm Kelly impressing at full back and Eamonn McGrath and Pauric Patton not far behind. Up front David McGurrin and Ronan McGurrin were the cutting edge, accounting for eight points between them, with Jamie McDonald and Ryan Granaghan also causing considerable problems for the visitors. We have some pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

    A gutsy away win by the Aodh Ruadh minors sees them take Naomh Conaill to a third game in their first round championship contest. Ballyshannon turned over a six point second half deficit to run out 1-15 to 2-9 winners. The Ernesiders goal arrived from the piston-driven boot of Nathan Boyle in a first half where the visitors were well on top until the dying moments. Naomh Conaill hit the net just before the half-time whistle and the managed to goal again directly from the kick-out to leave the half time score 2-6 to 1-6 in their favour. It got worse before it got better for Ballyshannon, Glenties reeling off three points early in the second half to put six between the sides. However Aodh Ruadh took control in the last 20 minutes and hit nine unanswered points to take it to the third game. Shane McGrath initiated the comeback, pointing after a one two with Philip Patton from a free. Patton finished as Aodh Ruadh's top scorer with six points, one of them an exceptional effort just in from the sideline 30 metres out. Oisín Roper and Colm Kelly were among the scorers as the Ernesiders rallied with Conal Sweeny also hitting a point coming off the bench. Cookie O'Halloran put himself in with a good shout for the man of the match accolades. He was industry personified, constantly breaking up Glenties attacks and sending Aodh Ruadh off on the offensive. Eddie Lynch also starred in the defence in a game where every Ballyshannon man showed real bottle to secure the win. As things stand now, it is unlikely that the play-off game will happen before Donegal minors exit the All-Ireland championship, so an extended lay off is in prospect, but the play-off is sizing up to be an epic encounter and we whould

    The under 16s are down to travel to Dungloe in the championship first round second leg this Friday, 22nd August with the throw in at 7.30pm. Ballyshannon already have a 5-11 to 2-15 win from the first leg under their belt. Also on the radar is the divisional league final against Ardara next Monday, venue and time to be confirmed.

    The under 13s have endured a tough start to their season, losing 6-15 to 3-7 against Ardara before going down to Killybegs on a scoreline of 1-6 to 6-16. They will be hoping to turn things around when they host Saint Naul's this Wednesday in Father Tierney Park. Throw in for that game is 6.30pm.

    It was a disappointing night for the Aodh Ruadh under 12s. In poor conditions for football they were unable match a strong Naomh Conaill side in the Southern League final at Davy Brennan Memorial Park. The homesters eventually ran out comfortable winners on a scoreline of 3-20 to 0-2. The juniors continued their rich vein of form however, winning their game well.

    The under 10s blitz in Ardara was postponed so training will be at the usual time of 6.30pm this Wednesday. We will have a blitz in Donegal town this Saturday with Four Masters, Naomh Bríd and Bundoran providing the opposition. We will be looking for parents/guardians to assist with transport. All players and parents/guardians able to help with transport are asked to assemble at Father Tierney Park. We will be departing Ballyshannon at 10.00am sharp.

    The under 8s were in Dunkineely on Saturday at a blitz. The juniors had two good wins against Dungloe and Naomh Ultan. While the seniors mightn't have got the scores their play deserved they put in a really strong committed performance and did themselves huge credit. We had great 22 players down in Dunkineely, but with Dungloe and Naomh Ultan thinner on numbers we weren't able to give all the lads as much football as we would have liked. We will have a few more blitzes before the end of the season and we aim to ensure everyone gets plenty of football before we wrap up. Thanks are due to the Naomh Ultan club for their hospitality on the day too. The Aodh Ruadh team was: Killian Bradshaw, Eoin Cassidy, Tommy Clyne, Ronan Delahunty, Eoin Doogan, Liam Doogan, Stephen Doran, Cormac Finnegan, Tom Holland, Donagh Kelly, Micheál Keown, Hugh Óg Maguire, Jack McCadden, Cian McDonald, Garvey Meade, James Monaghan, Tom Murphy, Ted O'Donnell, Conor O'Mahoney, Daire O'Mahoney, Cillian Slevin and James Ward.

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

    Hurling
    The under 12s suffered another defeat at home to Gaoth Dobhair on Thursday. Still without a number of players for a variety of reasons it was an improved performance against a strong team who pulled away in the second half after a very even first half. They are away to Four Masters this week.

    The under 16s play Saint Eunan's in the league semi-final in O'Donnell Park tomorrow night, Tuesday. The Letterkenny men are a very good outfit and a tough battle lies ahead for our lads, but as always they will give it everything they have, throw in at 7.15pm.

    On Sunday our under 10s took part in the all-county blitz in Convoy. unfortunately only two other teams took part in the blitz and Aodh Ruadh recorded victories over Burt and Setanta. Thanks to all the parents who drove the lads to Convoy your support is much appreciated.

    Unfortunately there was no under 8 blitz as Aodh Ruadh and Burt were the only teams who were going to take part. Hopefully the next blitz on 14th September will be better attended.

    Bingo
    The winner of last week's €400 jackpot was Majella Gethins of Tullyhorky. Bingo this Friday night at the Abbey Centre at 9pm. Books priced at €10 for full book, €5 for a half book.


    12 August 2014

    Football
    Our minors came up short against Naomh Conaill in their first round, first leg meeting in Father Tierney Park on Wednesday, losing out on a scoreline of 3-10 to 0-13. The return leg is down for next Monday, 18th August in Glenties.

    Aodh Ruadh under 16s got their championship going with a first leg victory over Dungloe in Father Tierney Park. The homesters played against the wind in the first half and went in at the break facing a five point deficit. But if the year has told us anything about this group of players it's that such odds mean little to them. They battled hard in the second half, defended well and ground out a four point win. The return leg is down for the 22nd August.

    The under 13s are due to get their league programme under way this Wednesday, 13th August with a trip to Ardara. Throw-in for that game is 7.30pm in Pearse Memorial Park. That fixture is rapidly followed by their first home tie of the season on Saturday 16th August, throw in at 1.30pm with Killybegs the guests.

    The under 10s will be travelling to Ardara this Friday 15th August for a blitz. We will be looking for parents/guardians to assist with transport. All players and parents/guardians able to help with transport are asked to assemble at Father Tierney Park. We will be departing Ballyshannon at 4.45pm sharp.

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

    Hurling
    The minor championship final took place on Tuesday night last between Aodh Ruadh and Buncrana. A healthy rivalry had built up between these two clubs since they first clashed in an under 14 A final in 2009. They have clashed in county finals at all levels since and all games have been ferociously fought with never more than a puck of a ball between the teams, and last week's battle was no different. The Inishowen men raced into an early lead and led 1-2 to no score. Gradually the Aodh Ruadh lads got back into the game and at half time there was only a few points between the teams. Both sides traded points throughout the second half as Buncrana led by four points. Aodh Ruadh got a goal from a 21 yard free which left the minimum between the teams. With only about three minutes to go our lads got an equaliser. The large crowd present were on the edge of their seats as Buncrana had a chance to win it with a difficult free, but luckily for the Ernesiders it drifted wide. Shortly after the full time whistle went with the score board showing both teams tied on 1-10 a piece. It is a credit to both teams that they put on such a great display of hurling on a night when we had heavy rain, thunder and lightening. Great credit is due to Aodh Ruadh who had a bare minimum of 15 players as a number of players were ruled out due to injury and other sporting commitments. The replay is eagerly looked forward to and hopefully it will be just as good a game. Thanks to our small band of very loyal parents who drove the lads to the game.

    On Thursday the under 16s renewed their rivalry with Buncrana as they played them in the league at Father Tierney Park. The Buncrana lads' ability to hit the back of the net was the difference between the teams as they ran out winners 4-5 to 2-3. Aodh Ruadh tired near the end as the majority of the team had played their fourth game in five days, showing the great commitment these lads give to the club, and the efforts they make to be dual players which hopefully are appreciated. The league is now over and as a result of finishing third we face a difficult trip to Letterkenny on Thursday night to play a very strong Saint Eunan's team in the county semi-final.

    Unfortunately the under 12s run of defeats continued on Thursday night as they lost away to Burt. It was a much improved performance from the previous week and hopefully we will see an upturn in fortunes when a number of injuries clear up. They play Gaoth Dobhair this Thursday in Father Tierney Park with the throw in at 7pm.

    On Saturday Donegal minors played out a very exciting game with Roscommon in the All-Ireland Minor B quarter final in Athleague in Roscommon. They led by a point two minutes into injury time when Roscommon levelled the game with a free, leaving the score 2-19 to 2-19. The stage was now set for extra-time. Donegal were reduced to 14 men early in the extra time and the Roscommon men finished the stronger to win 2-25 to 2-22. Roscommon dual player Noel Gately got the two goals to add to the goal he scored in the football quarter-final the previous week against Donegal. Aodh Ruadh were well represented on this team with Ciaran Rami playing at full back, Eugene Drummond (0-1) Eddie Lynch (0-3) and Oisin Rooney (0-1) made up an all Aodh Ruadh half forward line and got through a mountain of work. This is a very good minor team and it is great to see Aodh Ruadh players playing such an integral role in it. Ten of this team are underage again next, unfortunately Brendan Gillespie missed out on the game due to injury while Oisin Roper wasn't available due to soccer commitments.

    The county under 15s took part in a blitz at Garvaghey in Tyrone and Aodh Ruadh were represented on this team by Stephen Anderson who did very well playing at corner back.

    On Sunday we had our annual trip to the All-Ireland semi-final. Twenty nine underage hurlers and seven adults made the trip and were treated to two great games between Kilkenny and Waterford in the minor which Kilkenny won after extra time, and an amazing game between Kilkenny and Limerick in the senior where Brian Cody's men ran out two point winners after one of the greatest games ever played in Croke Park in atrocious conditions. Another highlight of out trip was the appearance of under 12 hurler Senan Rooney wearing the famous number three Kilkenny jersey representing Creevy National School in the Cumann na mBunscoil half time game which Kilkenny also won.

    The penultimate all-county blitzes at under 8 and under 10 take place this Sunday in Convoy, details will be circulated during the week.

    Fantasy Sam
    With only three games remaining barring a draw, points are getting harder to come by. So at the top this week is John Patton Jr and his team, Yes Patsy, on a total of 227 points. Keeping very close to him is John Keon and his team of Lakeside Lads on 218. In third place this week we have Barry Travers and his team, Still The Greatest Reserve, on 212, with Karol Foley and her outfit, The Biggest Losers, on 208 in fourth place. In joint fifth we have Philip Patton and his team, County Colours, along with Noel McGrath and his team, The Roofer, both on 204. High score of the week with 20 points goes to Barry Travers and his team, Still The Greatest Reserve (Donegal-10, Dublin-10) and Yvonne Patton and her team of Donegal Dreamers (Dublin-10, B Brogan-10).

    Bingo
    The winner of last week's €400 jackpot was Mary Summers of Manorhamilton. Bingo this Friday night at the Abbey Centre at 9pm. Books priced at €10 for full book, €5 for a half book.


    4 August 2014

    All-Ireland quarter-final tickets
    Distribution details for All-Ireland quarter-final tickets had not been finalised at time of mailing, but will be circulated in due course.

    Football
    Well done once again to Niall Harley and Colm Kelly and Aodh Ruadh hurler Jamie Brennan on booking their place in the All-Ireland semi-finals with a hard fought 0-10 to 1-5 victory over Roscommon in Markievicz park on Saturday. Well done also to Mick McGrath, Anthony McGrath and Gary Walsh who are involved in the back room team.

    Aodh Ruadh have been drawn to face Letterkenny Gaels in the under 21 A championship on Tuesday 12th August in Father Tierney Park, throw in 7pm.

    The minors are set to commence their championship journey this Wednesday, 6th August when they face Naomh Conaill in the first round, first leg match at Father Tierney Park. Throw in is at 7.30pm and we'd like to see a good turn-out getting behind the Ballyshannon boys.

    The under 16s delivered a commanding performance to book their place in the league county semi-finals with a 2-15 to 1-10 victory over Naomh Conaill on Sunday afternoon. An early goal from Gareth Sheerin settled Aodh Ruadh and with wind advantage the homesters added 10 points from six different scorers in the first half. That attacking invention was complimented by a solid performance in defence, where the Ernesiders restricted Glenties to no score from play in the first half. The half time score stood at 1-9 to 0-3. Gareth Sheerin worked hard, creating some great combination play and finishing with a goal and two points to his own personal tally. Joint captains Shane McGrath and Nathan Boyle showed inspirational leadership from open play and also from dead-ball. McGrath was man of the match, finishing with 1-4, while Boyle ran him very close for that accolade with another exhibition of quality point taking. Sean Taylor had a great game in goals, stopping shots, picking out men with a variety of kick-outs and calling shots off the woodwork to ensure defenders' reactions were fully focused. Cian McGloin showed a variety of skills in defence, Shane Gillespie had a great debut for the under 16s deputising for the injured Brendan Gillespie. The half back and half forward lines had a great taking-care-of-business approach. All these boys demonstrating great inter-play and desire to attack and track back throughout the game. There was a lot of good movement from Dylan Gallagher, Shane Dorrian and Michael McKenna up front. The subs, Oisín Kerr, Matteo Rivenna, Odhran O'Neill and James Sheerin, all made effective contributions on their introduction. In general there was great teamwork, a fine mixture of hand-passing and kick-passing and passing combinations as the Ballyshannon lads backed each other up and worked hard throughout. Another heartening aspect of the performance was the discipline of the Aodh Ruadh team in every regard. Next up for the under 16s is the Southern Regional Board league final against Ardara, date, time and venue to be confirmed. We will have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org

    A second half comeback from Aodh Ruadh was not enough to take the win against Four Masters in the sides' under 12 league meeting on Wednesday evening. Aodh Ruadh started the better of the two sides, rapidly going two points up. However Four Masters quickly got to grips with the visitors and launched a barrage on the Ballyshannon posts which soon saw them race into a substantial lead. Aodh Ruadh restructured at half time and managed to staunch the flow of scores. Then a magnificent solo goal from Kyle Murray gave the Ernesiders the glimmer of a chance. The net-buster seemed to shake the Donegal town side's confidence and they also seemed to flag a little as their earlier exertions started to take their toll. Aodh Ruadh then launched a concerted assault which had Four Masters penned in front of their goals for much of the final quarter as the visitors steadily ate into the deficit. Had the game gone on another five minutes there is little doubt Aodh Ruadh would have taken the spoils, but they just left themselves with too much work to do in too little time and came up short on a scoreline of 3-11 to 4-5. Best for Aodh Ruadh was Colm McGloin who put in a magnificent and brave performance despite clearly struggling with a leg injury. He gave a real leader's performance. Cian Rooney provided an effective link between defence and attack. Jake Foley did well around the centre of the field, as did Eugene Doherty when he came on. Meanwhile Kyle Murray was superb in the second half, proving the catalyst and focal point for Aodh Ruadh's late revival. Aodh Ruadh enjoyed more success in the junior game, running out good winners. Jake Foley and Cian McGloin featured strongly again, while Corey Ryan, Frankie McGinley, Bridín Maguire and David Doherty all delivered good displays. We have some pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

    The under 10s had an effective work out against a Four Masters side they are likely to be seeing a lot of in big games in the coming years. The senior game finished in a draw, while the Donegal town men came out on top in the junior game. Thanks are due to Jack Gallagher and Danny Breen who bolstered the junior challenge after a rocky first third. The Aodh Ruadh team who travelled to Tír Chonaill park were: Daniel Breen Brosnan, Conor Cleary, Séimí Campbell, JJ Doran, Padraig Daly, Ryan Daly, Shane Delahunty, Michael Doogan, Darragh Flood Dolan, Jack Gallagher, Aaron Horan, Niamh Hughes, Eoghan Kelly, Gráinne Maguire, James McGinley, Shane McGloin, Aaron Neilan, David Roper, Drew Ryan, Aonghus Sweeny and Aidan Sweeny. Under 10 training returns to its usual time of 6.30pm this Wednesday and 11am on Saturday morning.

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

    Ladies
    Best of luck to our own Terence McShea who will be taking charge of the All-Ireland minor final today between Cork and Galway in Birr at 5.45pm. You can follow his performance live on TG4.

    Aodh Ruadh travelled to Ardara for their championship second leg tie on Saturday with a team shorn of six starters. Management had to go down the ranks to put together a side and were met with a good response from the under 16s. The opening whistle saw no fewer than four girls making their senior debut for the club. In the circumstances it was an outstanding performance from the Shamettes. They may have lost on a scoreline of 0-13 to 1-2, but they can take great pride in the never-say-die attitude they fought their corner with. The defensive performance was particularly gratifying. Our girl of the game, Grainne McCosker, marshaled a magnificent rearguard action which ensured that Niamh Toolan's goal remained unbreached across the 60 minutes. Meanwhile Lauren Moore was repurposed from attack to full back and gave a great account of herself, getting forward for a point into the bargain. Aodh Ruadh managed to break even in the second half, with an Elaine Dorrian goal a just reward for a lot of hard work in the attack. The Aodh Ruadh team were. Niamh Toolan; Lauren Moore (0-1), Orla Gillespie, Sarah Timoney; Hannah Doherty, Grainne McCosker, Shelly Loughlin; Tanya O'Shea, Claudia Coughlin; Aimie McCafferty Dearbhaile McNeill, Katie McCafferty; Elaine Dorrian (1-1), Ailbhe Treanor, Ruth Flood. Substitutes: Niamh Gallagher for Ruth Flood; Ciarde Sheerin for Lauren Flood; Anna Rafferty for Aimie McCafferty. There are seven league games remaining in the ladies programme. When these are played will depend on how Donegal in their qualifier later today, with decision to be made at tonight's county board meeting.

    Hurling
    As things stand Aodh Ruadh face MacCumhaill's in their second senior championship match this Saturday.

    Pat Malaniff RIP
    We laid Pat Malaniff to rest on Tuesday past. While it was a sad day for the club, there will be much pride in the manner in which we were able assist him on his final journey. There is an extended tribute to the life of Pat on aodhruadh.org. Aodh Ruadh once again extend our sincerest sympathies to the Malaniff family, his wife Ursula, his daughter Denise and sons Pauric, Bernard, Sean and Kevin and his sister Peg on their personal loss. We should also thank the family for loaning us Pat for all those years, for behind a man like Pat there is a family keeping the show on the road, allowing him to make his contribution to the wider community. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.

    Cúl camp
    Aodh Ruadh will be hosting a Cúl Camp for the week commencing Monday 11th August. The camp runs from Monday to Friday, 10am to 2.30pm. Attendance is open to primary school children aged 6 years to 13 years. The camps are structured so that a different aspect of the game is worked on each day. The programme involves coaching specific skills of the game and the offers opportunity for children to put into practice what they have learned through small-sided games. On the last day of the camp a blitz will be organised to provide each child with an introduction to competitive games. Attendees at the camp will need to bring a packed lunch and drink, a hurley and helmet for hurling and camogie, a mouth guard for football, a weather appropriate clothing. The cost of the first child is €55, with the second subsequent child €45 and the third and fourth €40 each. You can register online for the camp at www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie. For further information contact Shane Ward on 0868491933.

    Fantasy race for Sam
    After another four games this weekend, its John Patton Jr and his team, Yes Patsy, who have jumped to the top of the pile on 212 points. Hot on his heels is John Keon and his team, Lakeside Lads, on 208 points. In joint third is Philip Patton with his team, County Colours, and Noel McGrath and his team, The Roofer, both on 194 points. In fifth place this week we have Pat Gruddy and his team, Mayo This Time, on 193 points. High score of the week goes to Paul McLoone and his team, Abbey Utd, with 29 points (Kerry-10, Mayo-10, J Clarke-1 and J O'Donoghue-8). As always the leader board is available every Tuesday on aodhruadh.org, as well as Ballybookies, The Bridgend Bar, Owen Roe's Bar and upstairs in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh.

    Fitness Trail fund-raiser
    Over the next two weeks or so work will resume at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, concentrating on completing the Fitness Trail and providing a Hurling/Rebound Wall for Youth Coaching of all Gaelic Games. Tom Daly is coordinating a small fund-raiser to meet some of the costs of these works. The Family Fund-raiser is a simple format where a family hosts 10 people at a meal in their home for a donation of €20 each. To participate you complete a Registration Form which is returned to Tom Daly, host your table on a day which suits you or before Saturday August 30th and make a return of €200 on September 1st. Each person who participates and makes a €20 donation which will be entered in a draw for two stand tickets for the 2014 All-Ireland Final and a double room and dinner for two in the Croke Park Hotel on Saturday September 20th, the night before the Final. Details from Tom Daly or e-mail ftdaly@hotmail.com. Aodh Ruadh supporters living away from Ballyshannon are particularly welcome to participate.

    Ballyshannon Live
    Backing Ballyshannon presents Ballyshannon Live from August 4th to August 10th. It's a series of great events around the town with something there for all tastes and ages. Also Ballyshannon Business Chamber summer promotion runs this week with fantastic special offers throughout the town. You can download/view the full action-packed programme for the Festival from aodhruadh.org.

    Congratulations
    Many congratulations to senior football team captain Ciron 'Cecil' Whoriskey on his engagement to Lorraine Stuart last Saturday. Congratulations also to Kevin Loughlin and Charlene Curran who tied the knot last Saturday.


    31 July 2014

    Football
    All the best to Niall Harley and Colm Kelly as they take on Roscommon in the All-Ireland quarter-final in Markievicz park this Saturday at 3pm. Good luck too to Aodh Ruadh hurler Jamie Brennan who is also on the squad, and also to Mick McGrath, Anthony McGrath and Gary Walsh who are involved in the back room team.

    Aodh Ruadh will face Letterkenny Gaels in the under 21 A championship on Tuesday 12th August in Father Tierney Park, throw in 7pm.

    The under 16 league Southern regional league semi-final between Aodh Ruadh and Naomh Conaill will be take place in Farther Tierney Park this Sunday with the throw-in at 4pm. This is a very important game for the under 16s and large and vocal Ballyshannon support would be greatly appreciated.

    A second half comeback from Aodh Ruadh was not enough to take the win against Four Masters in the sides' under 12 league meeting on Wednesday evening. Aodh Ruadh started the better of the two sides, rapidly going two points up. However Four Masters quickly got to grips with the visitors and launched a barrage on the Ballyshannon posts which soon saw them race into a substantial lead. Aodh Ruadh restructured at half time and managed to staunch the flow of scores. Then a magnificent solo goal from Kyle Murray gave the Ernesiders the glimmer of a chance. The net-buster seemed to shake the Donegal town side's confidence and they also seemed to flag a little as their earlier exertions started to take their toll. Aodh Ruadh then launched a concerted assault which had Four Masters penned in front of their goals for much of the final quarter as the visitors steadily ate into the deficit. Had the game gone on another five minutes there is little doubt Aodh Ruadh would have taken the spoils, but they just left themselves with too much work to do in too little time and came up short on a scoreline of 3-11 to 4-5. Best for Aodh Ruadh was Colm McGloin who put in a magnificent and brave performance despite clearly struggling with a leg injury. He gave a real leader's performance. Cian Rooney provided an effective link between defence and attack. Jake Foley did well around the centre of the field, as did Eugene Doherty when he came on. Meanwhile Kyle Murray was superb in the second half, proving the catalyst and focal point for Aodh Ruadh's late revival. Aodh Ruadh enjoyed more success in the junior game, running out good winners. Jake Foley and Cian McGloin featured strongly again, while Corey Ryan, Frankie McGinley, Bridín Maguire and David Doherty all delivered good displays. We have some pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

    Ladies
    Aodh Ruadh senior ladies play the postponed second leg of their intermediate championship tie against Ardara this coming Saturday. Throw in at Pearse Memorial Park is 8pm.

    Cúl camp
    Aodh Ruadh will be hosting a Cúl Camp for the week commencing Monday 11th August. The camp runs from Monday to Friday, 10am to 2.30pm. Attendance is open to primary school children aged 6 years to 13 years. The camps are structured so that a different aspect of the game is worked on each day. The programme involves coaching specific skills of the game and the offers opportunity for children to put into practice what they have learned through small-sided games. On the last day of the camp a blitz will be organised to provide each child with an introduction to competitive games. Attendees at the camp will need to bring a packed lunch and drink, a hurley and helmet for hurling and camogie, a mouth guard for football, a weather appropriate clothing. The cost of the first child is €55, with the second subsequent child €45 and the third and fourth €40 each. You can register online for the camp at www.kelloggsculcamps.gaa.ie. For further information contact Shane Ward on 0868491933

    Fitness Trail fund-raiser
    Over the next two weeks or so work will resume at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, concentrating on completing the Fitness Trail and providing a Hurling/Rebound Wall for Youth Coaching of all Gaelic Games. Tom Daly is coordinating a small fund-raiser to meet some of the costs of these works. The Family Fund-raiser is a simple format where a family hosts 10 people at a meal in their home for a donation of €20 each. To participate you complete a Registration Form which is returned to Tom Daly, host your table on a day which suits you or before Saturday August 30th and make a return of €200 on September 1st. Each person who participates and makes a €20 donation which will be entered in a draw for two stand tickets for the 2014 All-Ireland Final and a double room and dinner for two in the Croke Park Hotel on Saturday September 20th, the night before the Final. Details from Tom Daly or e-mail ftdaly@hotmail.com. Aodh Ruadh supporters living away from Ballyshannon are particularly welcome to participate.

    Ballyshannon Live
    Backing Ballyshannon presents Ballyshannon Live from August 4th to August 10th. It's a series of great events around the town with something there for all tastes and ages. Also Ballyshannon Business Chamber summer promotion runs this week with fantastic special offers throughout the town. You can download/view the full action-packed programme for the Festival from aodhruadh.org.

    Congratulations
    Many congratulations to senior football team captain Ciron 'Cecil' Whoriskey on his engagement to Lorraine Stuart last Saturday.


    29 July 2014

    Pat Malaniff RIP
    On Saturday afternoon Aodh Ruadh learned of the sad passing of our friend Pat Malaniff. As a mark of respect the club will perform a guard of honour ahead of his funeral mass in Saint Joseph's, The Rock, assembling at his home at 11.15am on Tuesday morning. Aodh Ruadh extend our sincerest sympathies and condolences to the Malaniff family on their loss. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.

    Club meeting
    The monthly club executive meeting takes place this Thursday, 31st July at 8.30pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Allcommittee members are asked to attend.

    Football
    The under 16 Southern Minor Board league semi-final between Aodh Ruadh and Naomh Conaill takes place on Friday 1st August in Father Tierney Park, throw in at 7.30pm. We hope to see a large showing of home town support out to get behind the lads in this big game for the club.

    Aodh Ruadh put in a strong showing in the Southern Minor Board under 15 Óg Sport finals in Donegal town last Saturday. Ballyshannon won their opening game against Dungloe 3-5 to 4-10. They then had a good battle with Bundoran losing by 8-5 to 3-5. Then Aodh Ruadh beat Naomh Bríd 7-4 to 1-11 in the final round robin game. That series of results was sufficient to see Ballyshannon through to the semi-finals as best runner up after the group stages. The Ernesiders then faced Kilcar in the semi-final where the men from in through eventually prevailed by the odd point in a 5-6 to 6-2 scoreline. Kilcar then proceeded to defeat Ardara by a point in the final. The Aodh Ruadh Óg Sport squad was Conall Sweeny, Ronan McMullin, Cian McGloin, Matteo Rivenna, Paddy McCaffrey, Michael McKenna, Shane Dorrian, Pauric Keenaghan, Dylan Gallagher and Sean Taylor. The lads deserve huge credit for the way they played across the whole day. They fought to the bitter end and really did the club proud with their attitude and determination. The day was a great developmental experience for this group of players. We have some pictures from the day's activities up on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page.

    The under 12s travelled to Kinlough last Wednesday evening for a challenge match with Melvin Gaels. A great game of football was played by both teams in wet and difficult conditions. Very little separated the sides during the game, but at the final whistle Aodh Ruadh edged the game 3-12 to 3-10. The following squad travelled - Bridín Maguire, David Doherty, Kyle Murray, Daire Warren, Eugene Doherty, Daire Gallagher, Daniel Dolan, Matt Gillespie, Shane Duffy, Colm McGloin, Cian Rooney, Jake Foley, Kyle McCaffrey, Frankie McGinley, Corey Ryan and Conal Bradshaw. We play Four Masters in the league in Donegal Town next Wednesday evening 30th July. All players meet at Father Tierney Park at 5.15pm sharp. Don't forget club shorts, socks and mouth guards. We are looking for parents to assist with travel arrangements to the match. Please contact manager to confirm availability to drive. Training continues on Saturday morning from 10.45am till noon.

    In a change from the usual arrangements, Under 10 training takes place on Tuesday at 6.00pm. We expect to have a game against Four Masters on Saturday. The under 10s will be travelling to Donegal town this Saturday 2nd August for a series of games with Four Masters. We will be looking for parents/guardians to assist with transport. All players and parents/guardians able to help with transport are asked to assemble at Father Tierney Park. We will be departing Ballyshannon at 10.00am. Games will be getting under way at 11am in Tír Chonaill Park.

    Father Tierney Park and Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh played host an excellent under 8 blitz on Saturday morning. Teams from Bundoran, Four Masters and Saint Naul's were in attendance with a high standard of football on display from all the young footballers. Many thanks to the Aodh Ruadh parents / guardians who once again excelled themselves with a great spread of food upstairs afterwards. Thanks also to our match officials Aidan Murray and Niall Murray who ensured the games were all played in a good spirit. The 25 young players who pulled on the Aodh Ruadh jersey on the day were: Killian Bradshaw, Barry Campbell, Eoin Cassidy, Tommy Clyne, Ronan Delahunty, Eoin Doogan, Liam Doogan, Stephen Doran, Cormac Finnegan, James Gallagher, Joshua Gallagher, Tom Holland, Donagh Kelly, Michael Keown, Hugh Óg Maguire, Jack McCadden, Cian McDonald, Ted O'Donnell, Garvey Meade, Tom Murphy, Conor O'Mahoney, Daire O'Mahoney, Cillian Slevin, Darragh Summerville and James Ward. We have some pictures from the blitz up on aodhruadh.org.

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

    Hurling
    On Thursday last our under 16s travelled to Letterkenny to play Saint Eunan's. We were short a number of players due to holidays and injuries the game was played at 14-a-side. On a very hot evening it was hard on the lads with no subs, but they gave it their all. Goals were the difference in this game as the strong Saint Eunan's team were able to find the net easier and ran out convincing winners 9-8 to 3-9, credit to our 14 players who never let the heads drop and battled away to the end. This Thursday the under 16s are at home to Letterkenny while the under 12s make the trip to Setanta.

    On Friday the annual game between Ulster under 16s and Galway under 15s took place at the Connacht Centre of Excellence in Ballyhaunis, Mayo. Aodh Ruadh were represented on the Ulster squad by Brendan Gillespie and Oisín Rooney. Unfortunately due to injury Brendan could play no part in the game. Oisín was the only the Donegal player to start on the Ulster A team and was one of only three players not from Antrim or Down to make the starting 15. He scored two goals as Ulster were very unlucky to lose a great game 2-19 to 2-18. It was a great experience for both lads to have been selected for the Ulster Squad and to have attended the Elite Camp in Jordanstown and three training sessions since. We have some shots of the lads up on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page.

    The fourth all-county blitz for under 8s and under 10s took place in Convoy on Sunday, once again Aodh Ruadh had the largest number of players at this blitz as they had 26 under 8s and 16 under 10s. The under 8s entered 3 teams and they all played seven games with varying degrees of success, showing great improvement since the start of the season and more importantly all had lots of fun. The under 10s continued their rich vein of form as they won all of their six games. Many thanks to all the parents who drove the players to the blitz, your support is much appreciated.

    The fourth annual Peter O'Keefe took place in Ballyshannon on Saturday 19th July. This year's tournament was organised by Ulster GAA assisted by Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee and without doubt it was the best tournament yet and a fitting tribute to the late Peter. Seven teams took part in Saturday's competition Sligo (holders), Mayo, Roscommon, Derry, Tyrone, Donegal and South Ulster - a combination team from Cavan, Monaghan and Fermanagh. Donegal played South Ulster in their opening game and had a convincing win, they lost their second game to a very physical Roscommon team. They played their best hurling of the day in their third game against Sligo they turned over a four point deficit at half time to run out convincing winners. The host county topped their group due to their superior scoring difference. That set up a final against a very impressive Derry team. Donegal matched Derry in the early exchanges before the fresher Derry team, who only played two group games, ran out convincing winners. There was some great hurling played throughout the day. After the hurling Peadar O'Keefe presented the Peter O'Keefe cup to the winning Derry captain. The tournament is now firmly established on the Ulster hurling calendar. The Ulster GAA Hurling Committee has plans to make it a bigger tournament in 2015. Aodh Ruadh were represented on the Donegal team by Oisín Rooney (captain) Brendan Gillespie and Kieran Daly with all three lads playing very well.

    Ladies
    Aodh Ruadh senior ladies second leg intermediate championship tie against Ardara was postponed as mark of respect to the Malaniff family.

    The under 12 girls wrapped up their year with a blitz in Killybegs. Well done girls on a promising season. Alicia Clyne, Chloe Connolly, Síofra Hughes, Laoise Kelly, Ciara Lynch, Caitlin McLaughlin, Ruth McNulty, Bridín Maguire, Danielle Masterson-Burrows and Leah O'Brien. We have some shots from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

    Fantasy race for Sam
    Despite only two games at the weekend, we have a new leader this week in the form of Johnny Patton and his team, Yes Patsy. He has a total of 189 points. Hot on his heels is John Keon and his of team Lakeside Lads with 188 points with Last week's leader Barry Travers and his team, Still The Greatest Reserve, on 187 points. In fourth place this week is Philip Patton and his team, County Colours, on 184 while Pat Gruddy and his team, Mayo This Time, round out the top five on 183 points. High score of the week goes to Trevor O'Mahoney and his team, Coolsense. He scored 23 points this week. Cork-10, Galway-10, Martin-3. With only six points separating the top five places, it will ensure a competitive run to the end of the competition. As always the leader board is available every Tuesday on aodhruadh.org, as well as Ballybookies, The Bridgend Bar, Owen Roe's Bar and upstairs in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh.

    Weddings bells
    Best wishes to our senior hurling manager Kevin Loughlin who is marrying Charlene Curran this Saturday in Garrison.

    Training field back in action
    The training field at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh has now reopened for use following the completion of repair works.

    Bingo
    The July Big Bingo Jackpot was shared between Helen Lawne of Cluain Barron, and Ciaran Patton of Creevy, taking home €400 each. As Ballyshannon hosts the annual folk and traditional music festival, bingo this Friday will be held at Coláiste Cholmcille. First game at 9pm. Books priced at €10 for a full book, €5 for half book.


    22 July 2014

    Double joy for Donegal
    Congratulations to Niall Harley and Colm Kelly as they claimed the Ulster Minor title in great style, defeating Armagh on a scoreline of 2-12 to 0-10. Well done also to Aodh Ruadh hurler Jamie Brennan who scored 1-2 in the win, and also to Mick McGrath, Anthony McGrath and Gary Walsh who were involved in the back room team. Congratulations are due as well to the senior team and management too on recapturing the Anglo Celt for the third time in four years. Well done in particular to Aodh Ruadh alumnus John Duffy on playing his part in the success. We have three galleries of photos from a Sunday of marvelous memories on aodhruadh.org. We have a gallery of pictures from the minor game, then a gallery of images from the senior game which includes shots of Ballyshannonites on the Saint Tiernach's sward during the presentation, then finally we have a superb gallery of images from a super homecoming at the Bridgend. A great day for club and county.

    Football
    Aodh Ruadh return to league action this weekend when they make the trip to Inishowen for another crucial game in the promotion race. The reserves take on their Urris counterparts this Saturday at 6pm, with the senior game following at 7.30pm.

    The under 16s were 4-17 to 2-8 victors over Naomh Muire on Friday evening in Father Tierney Park. The game was a dead rubber for Naomh Muire as they were already confined to bottom place in the division, so the Annagry players and management deserve great credit for making the long trip and playing the fixture and giving over 40 players football. They gave the homesters a good test too in a game which was played in a good spirit. Shane McGrath and Daniel Warnock both stood out for the Ernesiders and got among the goals too, as did Cáelán Drummond. Shane Dorrian also proved a handful in the attack for an over-stretched Annagry rearguard. Defensively it was very disciplined display with Ryan McKenna, Cian McGloin, Brendan Gillespie and Jason Granaghan. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. Ballyshannon now top the Southern Minor Board division one table and await the result of Tuesday evening's clash between Naomh Conaill and Dungloe to determine who their opponents will be in the Southern semi-final. At the time of mailing it looked like that game would be happening sometime early next week.

    The under 12s have a challenge match this Wednesday evening against Melvin Gaels in Kinlough. Players and parents/guardians to meet at 6pm at Father Tierney Park. We are looking for parents/guardians to help with transport. Text Martin on 0862588796 to let him know whether or not your player will be attending and if they will need a lift to the game. Training continues on Saturday from 10.45am to 12 noon.

    The under 10s had a successful and enjoyable trip to Dunkineely on Saturday morning. On a hot, close day they played five games against mixed ability Four Masters teams, winning all but one of the games. There was some super football played by the Ballyshannon lads throughout the competition against a committed Donegal town outfit. Pulling on the white and green for Aodh Ruadh on Saturday were: Daniel Breen Brosnan, Conor Cleary, Oisín Daly, Ryan Daly, Shane Delahunty, Darragh Dolan Flood, JJ Doran, Finn Gallagher, Jack Gallagher, Aaron Horan, Eoghan Kelly, Art Mag Fhionnghaile, Lorc Mag Fhionnghaile, Grainne Maguire, James McGinley, Ronan McKenna, Cian McKenna, Cillian Meehan, Aaron Neilon, David Roper, Drew Ryan, Aidan Sweeny and Aonghus Sweeny. Training as usual on Wednesday at 6.30pm and Saturday from 11am to 12 noon.

    The Aodh Ruadh under 8s fielded two strong mixed ability teams at a blitz in Donegal town on Saturday morning. The first team put in a good all round team performance, competing well in both games with Jack McCadden scoring some good points. The other Aodh Ruadh team again produced a good all round team performance, but at midfield Barry Campbell and Tommy Clyne were exceptional with Barry scoring three goals and Tommy taking some great long range points. Taking the field for Aodh Ruadh were: Killian Bradshaw, Neil Brown, Barry Campbell, Tommy Clyne, Ronan Delahunty, Liam Doogan, Stephen Doran, Tom Holland, Micheál Keown, Donagh Kelly, Jack McCadden, Kian McDonald, Garvey Meade, Ted O'Donnell, Conor O'Mahoney, Dara O'Mahoney, Cillian Slevin and James Ward. There will be an under 8 blitz on Saturday 26th August in Father Tierney Park. We will be hosting Bundoran, Saint Naul's and Four Masters. Players are to be up at the park for 10.20am, with the first game throwing in at 11.00am. Players are also asked to bring club shorts and socks. With close on 100 players expected at the park we ask each family with players to supply a loaf of sandwiches, tray of buns or similar to help with the catering on the day. Also, if you can offer any help with the serving up of the food and drinks in the Aras all assistance will be welcomed. Under 8 and under 6 training continues this Friday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 6.30pm.

    Hurling
    Aodh Ruadh came up short against Ballela in the Ulster Táin League last Saturday, the Ards outfit running out 4-13 to 0-10 winners.

    On Thursday night last an under-strength under 12 team suffered a heavy defeat at home against Buncrana. They have no game this week.

    The under 16s made the long trip to Carndonagh and came away with a well deserved win against the Carn men. They are on the road again this week as they play Saint Eunan's in Letterkenny.

    Aodh Ruadh hosted the fourth annual Peter O'Keefe under 16 Ulster/Connacht tournament last Saturday with teams from Derry, Tyrone, South Ulster, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo and Donegal taking part. We have some pictures from the tournament up on aodhruadh.org.

    Ladies
    Ronan Matthews has a couple of galleries up on the Aodh Ruadh CLG page from ladies games in the past week. The first is the meeting of the Donegal and Sligo ladies in Father Tierney Park last Wednesday. The second is the Aodh Ruadh under 16s clash with Saint Naul's in Mountcharles also last Wednesday.

    Well done to the under 12 girls who had another good showing on Thursday evening. They won five out of six halves in Bundoran when they took on Killybegs, Bundoran and Saint Naul's. Featuring for Aodh Ruadh were: Eva Breen Brosnan, Chloe Connolly, Alicia Clyne, Danielle Gallagher, Siofra Hughes, Laoise Kelly, Caoimhe Keon, Orla Keon, Ciara Lynch, Bridín Maguire, Danielle Masterson-Burrows, Laoise McGee, Sorcha McGonigle, Katie McMullin, Ruth McNulty and Leah O'Brien. We have some shots from the blitz up on aodhruadh.org.

    Training for under 8s, under 10s and under 12s is now on its summer break.

    Summer camp
    The Summer Camp established by the Park/Development Committee over 20 years ago, and led since then by Sylvester Maguire, has been very well attended over the past two weeks with the highest numbers for some time. The value to the club of the Schools Coaching Initiative, established earlier this year, was clear to be seen with many of the children benefiting from that Scheme, following-through and participating in the Summer Camp. Well done to all involved. There are some pictures from the summer camp by Ronan Matthews up on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page.

    Fitness Trail fund-raiser
    Over the next two weeks or so work will resume at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, concentrating on completing the Fitness Trail and providing a Hurling/Rebound Wall for Youth Coaching of all Gaelic Games. Tom Daly is coordinating a small fund-raiser to meet some of the costs of these works. The Family Fund-raiser is a simple format where a family hosts 10 people at a meal in their home for a donation of €20 each. To participate you complete a Registration Form which is returned to Tom Daly, host your table on a day which suits you or before Saturday August 30th and make a return of €200 on September 1st. Each person who participates and makes a €20 donation which will be entered in a draw for two stand tickets for the 2014 All-Ireland Final and a double room and dinner for two in the Croke Park Hotel on Saturday September 20th, the night before the Final. Details from Tom Daly or e-mail ftdaly@hotmail.com. Aodh Ruadh supporters living away from Ballyshannon are particularly welcome to participate.

    Fantasy race for Sam
    After another great weekend on the pitch in Clones, we now have all four provincial winners. With the ten bonus points on offer for the team winning their provincial finals, it is Barry Travers and his team, Still The Greatest Reserve, who are on top this week with 187 points. The 40 points he collected this week, which also got him highest score of the week, from Donegal and Dublin ensure he takes his place at the top for the first time this year. In second place is John Patton Jr and his team, Yes Patsy, on 179 points. John Keon and his team, Lakeside Lads, are in third place on 178, with Pat Gruddy and his team, Mayo This Year, a further point behind on 178. Conal Gallagher and his team The Concrete Cs are in 5th place with 171 points. At the opposite end of the table, its all over. Michael Dolan and his team Dolans Dragons have all four of his teams and players out of the All-Ireland series for this year and his paltry return of 50 points leaves him rock bottom and €100 better off. As always the leader board is available every Tuesday on aodhruadh.org, as well as Ballybookies, The Bridgend Bar, Owen Roe's Bar and upstairs in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh.

    Bingo
    Congratulations to Mary O'Reilly of Belleek, winner of the summer snowball in the handsome amount of €420, won on 51 numbers. Last weeks €400 jackpot winner was Celia Burns, Garrison. This Friday night is the July Big Bingo, with a prize fund of €2,700, including a €1,000 Jackpot game finale! Bingo will be held in the Abbey Centre at 9pm, books costs €15 for a full book, €8 for a half,or play a book and a half for €20. See you there!


    15 July 2014

    Ulster final
    All the best to Niall Harley and Colm Kelly as they go for glory this Sunday in the Ulster Minor final. Good luck too to Aodh Ruadh hurler Jamie Brennan who is also on the squad, and also to Mick McGrath who is involved in the back room team. Of course best wishes also go to the Donegal senior team as they prepare to take on Monaghan in the showpiece on Sunday.

    Football
    Aodh Ruadh made light of a greasy surface and tricky ball-handling to emerge with their second win over tough Inishowen opposition in as many weeks. They saw off the challenge of Burt on a scoreline of 4-8 to 1-6 in Father Tierney Park and secured another two important points for the promotion push. It was a real team effort from Aodh Ruadh. Defensively Ciron Whoriskey was in very assertive mood, while Johnny Gallagher was show-casing all the best aspects of his game. Conor Patton and Eamonn McGrath became progressively more dominant as the game went on, while the midfield partnership of Ronan McGurrin and James O'Donnell were in control throughout. Up front David McGurrin finished the game with 2-2 to his credit and his contribution was a big factor in the Ballyshannon win. David Dolan's ball winning qualities were once again in evidence, and he set up a number of scores, as well as finishing with two points. There is a full match report and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

    Aodh Ruadh are on a break from league action this weekend.

    The under 16s delivered an exceptional second half performance against Naomh Conaill in Father Tierney Park last Wednesday to take the points. Five points behind at half time Aodh Ruadh really turned on the style to eventually run out 4-13 to 2-7 victors. The midfield pairing of Nathan Boyle and Oisín Rooney were key to the win. Boyle in particular put in as fine an individual display of football as has been seen at any level in the club for a number of years, an audacious penalty crowning the performance. Rooney's strong fielding was combined with intelligent off-loading to devastating effect. Conal Sweeny, Oisín Kerr and Dan Warnock covered well as Naomh Conaill tried vainly to counter with limited success in the second period. Up front Michael McKenna, Shane Dorrian and Dylan Gallagher again went well for the Ernesiders.
    That success was replicated on Monday evening when Aodh Ruadh made the long trip to Dungloe and came back with a 3-18 to 2-9 victory under their belts. Ballyshannon went six points up in the early exchanges and by half-time the margin was pushed out to 0-12 to 0-4 in favour of the Ernesiders. A notable characteristic of this team is their work-rate, focus and commitment for the full 60 minutes, and they brought that to bear in the second half as they eased away from Dungloe. It was another excellent team performance to reflect upon. Daniel Warnock put in a good evening's work, foraging two goals from wing back. The third goal came from Dylan Gallagher, and he ultimately finished the night with 1-3 to his credit. The move of the game saw Nathan Boyle put a precision ball into the path of Garreth Sheerin which was then swept over the bar with great élan. Elsewhere Cáelán Drummond got two good points from full forward while Ryan McKenna, Oisín Rooney and Conal Sweeny all covered a serious amount of ground over the course of the game.
    The under 16s will conclude their league programme with the rescheduled clash against Naomh Muire this Friday 18th July, throw in at 7.30pm.

    The annual Willie Rogers under 12 tournament was staged on Saturday with five teams taking part, Derrygonnelly Harps, Melvin Gaels, Glencar / Manorhamilton, Killybegs and Aodh Ruadh. The Ballyshannon lads were slow to start, but improved as the day progressed. However they were unable to make the knock-out stages of the competition. Derrygonnelly won all their round robin games to reach the final and Glencar / Manorhamilton played some great football to join them in the decider. The Fermanagh and Leitrim sides fought bravely and made for a very good final with nothing between the teams until the last few minutes. Then Derrygonnelly found an extra kick and hit a goal and two points to win by five. The day was notable for the great support from parents from all clubs attending. Many thanks to the parents / guardians of our kids who provided food and refreshments for everybody and looking magnificently in the Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Many thanks also to the Rogers Family for coming up and presenting medals to both teams and the cup to Derrygonnelly Harps. Thanks to the referees who made sure everything ran smoothly on the day. Finally thanks to all the players who represented their clubs so well. The Aodh Ruadh panel were: Bridín Maguire, Matt Gillespie, Kyle Murray, Daire Gallagher, Calum Ayres, Daniel Dolan, Colm McGloin, Mark McGlynn, Philip Cassidy, Daire Warren, Harry Howarth, Jake Foley, Cian Rooney, Kyle McCaffrey, Conor Foy, Diarmaid Dolan, Adam Hoey, Nathan Owens-Kelly, Shane Duffy, Cian Barden, Mitch McLoughlin, Frankie McGinley and Conal Bradshaw. Under 12s are back training Wednesday 6.15pm to 7.30pm and Saturday 10.45pm to 12 noon this week.

    The under 10s will be travelling to a blitz in Dunkineely this Saturday 19th July. The other teams competing will be Naomh Ultan, Four Masters and Bundoran. We will be looking for parents to assist with transport to this game. All players and parents able to help with transport are asked to assemble at Father Tierney Park. We will be departing Ballyshannon at 9.45am. Games will be getting under way at 11am in Killybegs. Training as usual on Wednesday at 6.30pm.

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

    Hurling
    Aodh Ruadh went into championship action against a very physical Setanta outfit in Father Tierney Park last Wednesday. The Killygordon men clearly had a superior understanding of the difference between league and championship and got stuck in from off. The visitors were 0-3 to 1-5 up at half time and delivered the same sort of intensity in the second period to run out 0-5 to 2-10 winners. It was a game where Aodh Ruadh lost many of the individuals battles with Cian Dolan and Jack Matthews among the few who could feel they came out on top. The management will be looking for senior players to reflect on what went wrong in this match and make those lessons count in the remaining games this season. Aodh Ruadh have a massive game this Saturday in Garvaghey at 5.30pm when they face Ards outfit Ballela in the Ulster Táin League. A win in this game will put Ballyshannon in with a great shout of earning promotion to division two, so Saturday will represent an excellent opportunity to apply the lessons so sorely learned against Setanta.

    The under 12s made the long journey to Carndonagh last Thursday and came away with a convincing win, this is the third win of the campaign for this young team. They are at home this Thursday night to our great Inishowen rivals Buncrana, throw in is at 7pm and all support will be most welcome.

    Our under 16s were to play Burt in Father Tierney Park on the same night However, most disappointingly, Burt contacted us just over an hour before throw in to say they weren't travelling. It is sad for our ancient game that the once all powerful Burt were unable to field for this game.

    Another example of how serious the decline of underage hurling is in Donegal was shown on Saturday when MacCumhaill's contacted us to say they wouldn't be fielding the following day for the minor championship semi-final in MacCumhaill Park. Underage hurling is in serious decline in Donegal with too many clubs and officials only paying lip service to our ancient game and not willing to put in the hard work necessary to keep our game alive.

    The under 16s are making the long trip to Carndonagh this Thursday for what is expected to be a tough battle against the home team.

    The fourth annual Peter O'Keefe under 16 Ulster/Connacht tournament takes place in Father Tierney Park and Páirc Aodh Ruaidh this Saturday. Thankfully this year Ulster GAA have taken over the organising of this tournament, assisted by Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee. Play is due to get underway at 11am, teams confirmed are Derry, Tyrone, South Ulster, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo and Donegal. It is hoped that this year's tournament will be the best so far and a fitting tribute to the late Peter who was a tireless worker for underage hurling in Aodh Ruadh, Donegal and Ulster. All are welcome for what should be a great day of hurling.

    There are a number of inter-county tournaments on this Saturday. Donegal will be fielding teams at under 14, under 15 and under 16 level and Aodh Ruadh will be well represented in each squad.

    Thanks to all who supported this year's annual Cash for Clothes collection for Aodh Ruadh Juvenile hurling it was a great success as we raised €1,100.

    Ladies
    Aodh Ruadh's senior ladies came up short against a disciplined Ardara outfit in Father Tierney Park on Sunday morning in their opening intermediate championship tie. Ballyshannon had possession of the ball for long stretches, but only rarely found their way through a massed Ardara rearguard and came out on the wrong side of a 0-7 to 2-4 scoreline. A tough loss to take for Aodh Ruadh and there is an argument that playing with wind advantage in the first half would have made all the difference. Best for the Shamettes was Maeve Liston, who took the tie by the scruff of the neck when the game looked like passing Aodh Ruadh by altogether. Tara Khan did well before being sidelined by a hand injury. Roise Keon was excellent too, battling right to the end and looking very sharp. Grainne McCosker was very adept at reading and robbing Ardara kick-outs. Áine Duffy got on a lot of ball up front and on a different day could have finished with a big haul. We have a full match report and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. The under 12s have a blitz in Bundoran this Thursday, 17th July. Bundoran, Saint Naul's, Killybegs and Four Masters will all be competing. Players are to meet in Gaelic Park in Bundoran for 5.30pm. Training continues every Monday from 6pm to 7pm for under 8s, under 10s and under 12s. Any girls interested in giving football a try and making new friends will be made more than welcome.

    Fantasy race for Sam
    After week nine of the fantasy race for Sam 2014, we have a Titanic tussle developing at the top of the leader board. No less than than players sit joint top in first place this week, all on 157 points. We have Gerry Gallagher with his Belleek Boys, John Patton Jr with Yes Patsy, Declan Rooney with Monaghan Utd and Pat Gruddy and his team Mayo This Time. In joint fifth place, only four points off the top of the table on 153 points is Niamh and Pauric McGrath and their team Niamh's Creevy Playhouse along with Michael Clancy and his team of Clyhore Champs. With two provincial titles on the line this coming weekend, there should be some sorting out done at the top of the leaderboard this time next week. At the opposite end of the table we have Michael Dolan and his outfit, Dolan's Dragons, taking over at the foot of the table on 50 points. Jim McGrath and his team, I'd Say So are two points furthar up the table on 52, with Patsy Kelly and his team, Return Of The Wallys, on 62. Mark Loughlin and his team, CMH, are on 65, the same score as Lorraine O'Mahoney and her team, Little Fluffy. High score of the week goes to David McCadden and his team, The Big Breakfast, who scored 54 points this week. (Armagh-10, Mayo-20, Tipperary-10, Cillian O'Connor-8, Barry Grogan-6). As always the leader board is available every Tuesday on aodhruadh.org, as well as Ballybookies, The Bridgend Bar, Owen Roe's Bar and upstairs in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh.

    Bingo
    Winner of the €400 jackpot was John McFadden of Pettigo. Regular bingo continues this Friday at 9pm in the Abbey Centre. The Game Five Summer Snowball is still waiting to be won and now stands at €420 on 56 numbers or less.


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