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Welcome to Aodh Ruadh

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There was no winner of the Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €3,600.
Next draw in McGinley's Bar with a Jackpot of €3,700 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:
Ladies.
The lotto team for the Kernan's Spar on Saturday is:
Senior Footballers.

In the lucky dip €20 went to: Mary Duggan, Cornhill; Seamus Connolly, Moy Road; Mary and Benny Dorrian, College Street; John Hughes, Cornhill; and Ron Sennett, c/o Pat's Bar.

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What's new

7 December 2014
Under 21 championship
Aodh Ruadh exit under 21 championship
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6 December 2014
Underage hurling
Sambo McNaughton guest of honour at Juvenile Hurling Awards Presentation Night
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23 October 2014
Tom Cullen passes to his reward
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15 November 2014
Senior Football Division 2/3 relegation promotion play-off
Aodh Ruadh denied promotion
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9 November 2014
Senior Football Division 3
Aodh Ruadh qualify for play-off
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9 November 2014
Senior Reserve Football Division 3
Reserves finish season with a flourish
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25 October 2014
Intermediate Football Championship
End of the line for Aodh Ruadh
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24 October 2014
Intermediate Reserve Football Championship
Reserves crash out of the championship
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17 October 2014
Under 16 ladies football
Aodh Ruadh claim county title
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12 October 2014
Intermediate Football Championship
Aodh Ruadh progress to quarters despite loss
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12 October 2014
Intermediate Reserve Football Championship
Gaels get the better of reserves
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5 October 2014
Intermediate Football Championship
Honours even in Páirc Naomh Bríd
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5 October 2014
Under 14 football
McKenna claims Bakery Cup title
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4 October 2014
Ballyshannon Carnival delights
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4 October 2014
Under 8 football
Under 8s wrap up the season in style
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4 October 2014
Under 16 ladies football
Aodh Ruadh book their place in the county final
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28 September 2014
Under 12 hurling
Easkey make it four-in-a-row at the Aodh Ó Dálaigh
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27 September 2014
Intermediate Football Championship
Downings downed as Aodh Ruadh open championship account
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22 September 2014
Minors All-Ireland final homecoming
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18 September 2014
Aodh Ruadh has the craic at Up For The Match
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15 September 2014
Get your Aodh Ruadh soft shell jacket
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15 September 2014
Family Fundraiser draw made
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13 September 2014
Under 10 football
Aodh Ruadh reclaim the Mick Shannon
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6 September 2014
Senior Football Division 3
Gut-wrenching defeat for Ernesiders
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6 September 2014
Senior Reserve Football Division 3
League crown must wait for another day
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31 August 2014
All-Ireland Senior Football Championship
Donegal dismantle the Dubs
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31 August 2014
Under 18 football
Aodh Ruadh play their part in historic day for Donegal
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30 August 2014
Senior Football Division 3
Ballyshannon victorious despite ring rust
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30 August 2014
Senior Reserve Football Division 3
Walkover for reserves
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23 August 2014
Cyclothon time!
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12 August 2014
Under 21 football championship
Aodh Ruadh blow a Gael
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3 August 2014
Under 16 football
Under 16s book their place in county semi-finals
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2 August 2014
Farewell Pat Malaniff
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30 July 2014
Under 12 football
Aodh Ruadh fall just short after late rally
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26 July 2014
Under 8 football
Ballyshannon hosts under 8 blitz
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26 July 2014
Under 12 ladies football
Under 12s wrap up season in Killybegs
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20 July 2014
Minors bring the Ulster title back to Ballyshannon
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20 July 2014
Ulster senior football championship
Donegal do the double
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20 July 2014
Ulster minor football championship
Donegal capture Ulster minor title
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19 July 2014
Underage inter-county hurling
Aodh Ruadh host fourth annual Peter O'Keefe inter-county hurling tournament
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18 July 2014
Under 16 football
Aodh Ruadh secure top spot with convincing win
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17 July 2014
Under 12 ladies football
Under 12s perform well in Bundoran blitz
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13 July 2014
Ladies intermediate football championship
Ladies denied by Ardara rearguard action
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12 July 2014
Senior Football Division 3
Aodh Ruadh to the four
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5 July 2014
Senior Football Division 3
Aodh Ruadh take the points in table top clash
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5 July 2014
Senior Reserve Football Division 3
Reserves consolidate top spot with away win
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5 July 2014
Under 12 ladies football
Under 12s travel to Tír Chonaill Park
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29 June 2014
Senior ladies football
Aodh Ruadh host Glenties
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27 June 2014
Senior Football Division 3
Late goal stuns Aodh Ruadh
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27 June 2014
Senior Reserve Football Division 3
Reserves return to winning ways
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22 June 2014
Double joy for Donegal at Clones
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  • 21 June 2014
    Farewell Fionnuala
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    21 June 2014
    Senior Football Division 3
    Scintillating second half seals it for Ernesiders
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    15 June 2014
    Under 10 hurlers visit Donegal Adventure Centre
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    14 June 2014
    Senior Football Division 3
    Aodh Ruadh deliver five star performance to maintain promotion drive
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    14 June 2014
    Senior Reserve Football Division 3
    Reserves sustain second loss of the season
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    13 June 2014
    A summer Friday evening at Aodh Ruadh
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    7 June 2014
    Under 12 football
    Shield honours for under 12s in Enniskillen
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    7 June 2014
    Senior Football Division 3
    Boyle clinches victory for Aodh Ruadh
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    7 June 2014
    Senior Reserve Football Division 3
    Reserves return to winning ways
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    7 June 2014
    Under 14 ladies football
    Under 12s host Killybegs, Saint Naul's, Four Masters and Bundoran
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    2 June 2014
    Under 12 football
    Under 12s get their season under way
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    25 May 2014
    Ulster Táin Hurling League division 3
    Empathic Táin victory for Aodh Ruadh
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    24 May 2014
    Senior Football Division 3
    Ballyshannon impress in derby win
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    24 May 2014
    Senior Reserve Football Division 3
    First defeat of the season for reserves
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    24 May 2014
    Under 14 football
    Aodh Ruadh claim Sean Slevin trophy
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    23 May 2014
    Under 14 ladies football
    Naomh Conaill too strong for under 14s
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    19 May 2014
    The Race For Sam 2014 Leaderboard
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    The Race For Sam 2014 Draw
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    18 May 2014
    Senior Football Division 3
    Aodh Ruadh back in the promotion race
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    18 May 2014
    Senior Reserve Football Division 3
    Joy of six for reserves
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    5 May 2014
    Senior Football Division 3
    Body-blow for Ballyshannon promotion hopes
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    5 May 2014
    Senior Reserve Football Division 3
    Fine finish from Finnerty secures the points
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    5 May 2014
    Under 16 hurling
    Aodh Ruadh reclaim Ryan cup
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    3 May 2014
    Senior Football Division 3
    Second half collapse sees seniors run come to an end
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  • 3 May 2014
    Senior Reserve Football Division 3
    Reserves maintain 100 percent record
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    26 April 2014
    Senior Football Division 3
    Home comforts continue for Aodh Ruadh
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    26 April 2014
    Senior Reserve Football Division 3
    Reserves register another big win
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    23 April 2014
    Under 18 football
    Minors host Melvin Gaels for a challenge
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    21 April 2014
    Under 16 football
    Under 16s host Glencar Manor for a challenge
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    19 April 2014
    Duck Race 2014
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    18 April 2014
    Senior Football Division 3
    Father Tierney fortress remains unbreached
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    18 April 2014
    Senior Reserve Football Division 3
    Reserves deliver six of the best
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    17 April 2014
    Under 18 hurling
    Minors continue promising start
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    12 April 2014
    Senior Football Division 3
    Ruthless Aodh Ruadh ease past Carn
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    12 April 2014
    Under 12 ladies football
    Under 12 girls open their season
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    12 April 2014
    Under 10/12 football
    Rip-roaring clash between Aodh Ruadh and Naomh Bríd
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    11 April 2014
    Under 8 and under 6 football
    Under 8 and under 6 football training goes outdoors
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    10 April 2014
    Under 18 hurling
    Minors account for Burt
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    5 April 2014
    Senior Football Division 3
    Seniors whither in face of Naomh Columba barrage
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    5 April 2014
    Senior Reserve Football Division 3
    Aodh Ruadh give points difference tally another big boost
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    5 April 2013
    Eighth annual Hurlathon big success
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    30 March 2014
    Ulster Club Hurling League
    Hurlers get 2014 going with a win
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    30 March 2014
    Under 18 football
    Patton points the way against Kilcar
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    27 March 2014
    Under 14 hurling
    Aodh Ruadh fall to strong Eunan's outfit
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    26 March 2014
    Under 18 football
    Minors notch win over Bundoran
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    23 March 2014
    Senior Football Division 3
    Aodh Ruadh get the perfect start to 2014 season
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    23 March 2014
    Senior Reserve Football Division 3
    Reserves open campaign with 12 point victory
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    22 March 2014
    Under 14 football
    Encouraging display from under 14s against Fishermen
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    17 March 2014
    Aodh Ruadh at the Saint Patrick's Day Parade
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    8 March 2014
    Senior take on Erne Gaels challenge
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    2 March 2014
    Under 18 football
    Minors gear up for start of the league
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    1 March 2014
    Big Aodh Ruadh turn out at the Cara Run
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    28 February 2014
    Seven Brides for Seven Brothers at the Abbey Centre
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    22 February 2014
    Awards and glitz at the Aodh Ruadh Dinner Dance
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    22 February 2014
    Under 14 / under 16 football
    Daniel Warnock claims revived Frank O'Neill title
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    16 February 2014
    NHL Division 3A
    Donegal get their NHL campaign off to a winning start
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    9 February 2014
    Under 14 / under 16 football
    Frank O'Neill cup tournament gets under way
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    9 February 2014
    Under 10 football
    First under 10 skills competition of the season
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    31 January 2014
    Aodh Ruadh seniors training under Friday night lights
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    24 January 2014
    Under 16 football
    Underage indoor football training resumes
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    18 January 2014
    Some pictures from the launch of a charity CD single by The Old Church Vets Ballyshannon in conjunction with Donegal Vet Clinic and Grange Vet Clinic. All proceeds from the charity single go towards Irish Guide Dogs For The Blind, Donegal Pet Rescue, Animals In Need, Sligo Animal Rescue, and The Donkey Sanctuary.
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    15 January 2014
    Clare's All-Ireland winning manager Davy Fitzgerald returns to Aodh Ruadh
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    29 December 2013
    Annual Colman Kerr charity match raises funds for good causes
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    15 December 2013
    Drink sensibly this Chrismas
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    13 December 2013
    Aodh Ruadh Ladies Flying The Flag, 'Down the County'
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    Club News

    16 December 2014

    Hurling
    A senior hurling meeting to review 2014 and plan for 2015 will take place on Thursday 18th December in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 8pm. Anyone interested in senior hurling in Ballyshannon is welcome to attend.

    Coláiste Cholmcille played Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana in their Ulster semi-final in Convoy last Thursday. On a terrible day for hurling, both teams produced a very competitive game. The Buncrana side's greater physicality and ability to deal with the conditions proved the difference between the teams as they ran out worthy winners 3-7 to 1-4.

    The juvenile hurlers annual table quiz takes place this Thursday in Owen Roe's. Karl Duggan as usual will act as quiz master and the fun begins at 9.45pm. As always there will be lots of prizes in the raffle, a great night's craic is guaranteed, please support this event.

    Congratulations
    Congratulations to Terence McShea on being appointed Development Officer and Mick McGrath on being returned as Children's Officer at Donegal County Convention over the weekend.

    Home-Coming quiz
    Please make some room in your festive diary for our Home-Coming Quiz on Sunday December 28th at 9pm in Dicey Reilly's. Funds go to support the work of Aodh Ruadh.

    Abbey Centre Bingo
    The winner of last week's €400 was Mary Anne Horan. This Friday night will be the December big bingo with a €2,950 prize fund, including the €1,000 jackpot game and the game seven snowball, which now stands at €350 on 50 numbers or less. Books for big bingo are priced at €15 for full book, €8 for a half, or get your book and a half for €20. Christmas spot prizes included! See you there!


    9 December 2014

    AGM
    There was a good turnout in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Sunday afternoon as Aodh Ruadh members assembled to reflect on the season past and plan for 2015. The following appointments were made during the election of officers. Patrons: Father Ó Fearraí and Monsignor Connolly; President: Owen Roe O'Neill; Chairperson: Diarmaid Keon; Vice Chair: Tom Daly; Secretary: Emma Gaughan; Assistant Secretary: Betty McIntyre; Treasurer: Catherine McKee; Assistant Treasurer: Sean O'Mahoney; PRO: John Hughes; Oifig na Gaeilge: Vacant; County Board Delegate: John Travers; Health & Wellbeing Officer: Gerard Ferguson; Child Protection Officer: John Travers; Director of Coaching: Vacant. Also elected to the committee were Mike Lynch, Eamonn McGrath Sr, Pat McGrath, John McGee, John Patton, Sylvester Maguire, John Keon, Terence McShea, Stephen Ward, Dinny Loughlin, Mick McGrath as well and the senior team representative and members of Park Committee and sub-committees. We thank all those who served during the season past for all their efforts on behalf of the club and wish all incoming office holders the very best for a productive and successful 2015.

    The following motions were debated and decided upon.

    When the county is involved in an All-Ireland final club tickets will be allocated as follows.
    - Current members of Cairde Aoidh Ruaidh - one ticket.
    - If sufficient tickets are available fully paid up members at the cut off point for the issue if tickets from Croke Park - one ticket.
    - Notwithstanding 1 and 2 above the club executive (Chair, secretary and treasurer) reserve the right to allocate tickets to applicants in exceptional circumstances and to have a draw for a limited number of tickets in respect of club members joining after the above mentioned cut off point.
    Passed with amendments

    Reduce membership by €10 per person.
    Amendment made, but voted down

    That in light of the ongoing absence of a hard copy of the club constitution, a sub-committee be delegated to draft a club constitution based on the GAA club constitution template, and augmented with such successful club AGM motions as we have written record of. The constitution to be presented and approved at the first appropriate monthly meeting of the club executive.
    Ruled out of order

    That the AGM elect one only Club Assistant Secretary.
    Withdrawn

    That the AGM reduce the price of Club Membership for Year 2015 and review at Club AGM in Year 2015.
    Proposed membership for 2015: Adult Playing member €50; Adult Non-Playing member €30; Youth Membership €20 and €10 according to current age structures.
    Withdrawn

    That a meeting of Club Committee is held every month of year except for month of AGM.
    Passed

    Football
    Fortune has once again eluded Aodh Ruadh in a big match. They trailed by 0-4 to 0-3 in their under 21 championship quarter-final against Saint Eunan's, but the Letterkenny goal had lead a charmed life as a number of chances for majors were denied. When Conor Patton's goal finally did arrive in the second half it was unfortunately too little too late as the Saint Eunan's ran out winner on a scoreline of 0-12 to 1-6. We have a full match report and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

    Hurling
    On Saturday last we had our annual Juvenile Hurling Presentation night, and in keeping with other years, this years guest was another legend of the hurling world the great Terence 'Sambo' McNaughton from Antrim. Sambo enjoyed a 17 year playing career with Antrim. He played in the All Ireland Final in 1989 and won an All-Star in 1991, he is widely regarded as one of Ulster's greatest ever hurlers. The regard in which he is held in the hurling world is shown by his inclusion on the Hurling Review Committee set up by President of the GAA Liam O'Neill last year. Juvenile Hurling Chairman John Rooney welcomed all to this year's event especially all the players and their families. He was delighted to welcome the great Sambo to Aodh Ruadh. He also welcomed Donegal Hurler Paul Sheridan to the event and congratulated him on being awarded Donegal Hurler of the year for 2014.
    Sambo gave a great talk which young and old learned a lot from, he covered topics such as his difficulties as a child with a speech impediment and weight issues, how he overcame these difficulties to go on and become the greatest hurler he could. He spoke of the last line in his much acclaimed autobiography All Or Nothing which was, "No regrets." He advised all present to have no regrets, he said in his work in the pub business he hears plenty of bar room regret stories and advised the boys to give of their best in everything they do. He spoke of his love of hurling and of the great game it is, and he thanked the club for inviting him to our presentation night.
    While we didn't win any county titles this year we had competed at all levels from under 8s to minors with varying degrees of success. All of our teams achievements were recognised on the night and all players up to under 14 were awarded certificates as a recognition of their efforts all year. Sambo presented the certificates to all and posed for photos with everyone. Special guests also on the night were Creevy National School who recently won the Cummann na mBunscoil county final defeating Tooban National School, and claiming the title for the first time in the school's history. Principal of the school Ms Aoibhinn Kelly along with teachers Geraldine Thomas, Carmel McGee and Paula Gibson were present and Ms Kelly proudly called her team forward to receive their medals from Sambo.
    We then had a number of individual presentations, firstly to Declan Breslin, Nathan Owens Kelly, and Gavin McGarrigle recognising their participation with the Donegal under 12 development squad in the Activity Day in Croke Park, hopefully the first of many appearances for them on the hallowed turf. Senan Rooney received a presentation for playing in the INTO exhibition game at half time in the All-Ireland semi-final between Limerick and Kilkenny. Next to receive awards were our representatives on the county under 14 team Pauric Keenaghan, Aaron Peach and Liam O'Sullivan, three All Ireland medallists Stephen Anderson, Conall Sweeney and Paddy McCaffrey were next to be honoured, these three lads were on the Donegal under 15 squad who won the under 16 C All-Ireland title. We had three representatives on the Donegal under 16 squad Oisin Rooney (captain) Brendan Gillespie and Kieran Daly. Our next three award winners represented Ulster this year, Oisin Rooney and Brendan Gillespie were selected for the Ulster camp held in Jordanstown in July while Orlaith Gillespie was selected for the camogie camp also held in Jordanstown. Unfortunately Brendan was injured for the game against the Galway under 15s. Oisin made the team and scored two goals and was one of only three players outside of Antrim and Down who made the team. Orlaith is training away with the Ulster squad and hoped to make the team for a game against Dublin early in the new year, it was a great achievement by these three players to reach this standard. We had seven representatives on the Donegal minor squad who narrowly lost to Derry in the Ulster championship and lost after extra time to Roscommon in the All-Ireland B quarter-final, they were Eddie Lynch (captain) Ciaran Rami, Oisin Roper, Eugene Drummond, Oisin Rooney, Brendan Gillespie and Donal Sweeny.
    The final presentation of the night was made by Club President Owen Roe O'Neill who presented Sambo with a memento of his visit to the club. There followed the usual great refreshments supplied by the parents where there was loads of food for everyone. Sambo then conducted a very open question and answer session with everyone and all got a great insight into his career, the difficulties keeping hurling alive in Ulster and many other issues.
    On Sunday morning in poor conditions he conducted a very good training session for the under 16s and minors and from there he headed back to the Glens of Antrim, a very genuine man and a true GAA legend.
    Thanks to Peter McIntyre of the Allingham Arms Hotel for his help with Sambo's visit, Peter's support is much appreciated. Thanks to Sean Cassidy who set up the TV in the Aras, thanks to Ronan Mathews for all his photography on the night and to John Hughes for his slide show, finally thanks to all who turned up on the night to meet this great character. You can see Ronan Mathews pictures from the night up on aodhruadh.org.

    The club extends our congratulations to Paul Sheridan on being named Donegal hurler of the year for 2014. Well deserved for all his efforts with club and county over the past few years. Paul received his award at the Annual Donegal GAA Awards in the Abbey Hotel last Saturday.

    Date for your diary annual Juvenile Hurling table quiz will take place in Owen Roes on the 18th December a great nights craic with lots of raffle prizes is guaranteed.

    Park / Development committee AGM
    The AGM of the Park/Development Committee took place on Sunday in association with the Club AGM. Officers elected for 2015 were Chairman: Tom Daly; Vice Chairman: John Magee; Secretary: Conal Gallagher; Treasurer: David McLoone; Assistant Secretary and Facilities Booking: Peter Conlon; Bingo Treasurer (Joint): Cathal Gallagher and David McLoone; PRO: Michael Daly.
    Comprehensive Reports were presented to the meeting on activity in 2014, and on planned works and activity in 2015. The reports presented were unanimously adopted including the statement of accounts. The comprehensive coaching initiative which involves 13 structured weekly coaching sessions in the six primary national schools in the club area, and the impressive development work programme undertaken in 2014 at both Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh and Father Tierney Park were highly commended.
    In order to complete the Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh developments in 2015 a further five volunteers are needed for the April 2015 Skydive. If you are willing to take part please contact co-ordinator Conal Gallagher by this weekend. A briefing will be held with all 10 participants over the Christmas period to give them a good opportunity to commence their fund-raising.

    Bord na nÓg AGM
    The Bord na nÓg AGM took place on Tuesday evening, 2nd December with a large attendance present in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh for proceedings. The following appointments were made. Chairman: Vacant; Secretary: Lisa McTernan; Under 6 management: Niall McCready; Under 8 management: Vacant; Under 10 management: Vacant; Under 12 management: Brian Roper; Under 14 and Under 13 management: Vacant; Under 16 management: Raymie Granaghan and Alan Sweeny; Minor management: Peter McKenna, David O'Donnell and Raymie Granaghan. We thanks outgoing officers for all their hard work over the past year and extended our best wishes to the in-coming officer holders for a successful 2015. If anyone is interested in any of the vacant positions, please contact a member of the committee. We would encourage parents in particular, to get involved in Bord na nÓg throughout the year either in the committee or by helping out with lotto, transport, laundry, refreshments, umpiring or in any small way they can.

    Abbey Centre Bingo
    The bingo jackpot of €400 was won by Mary Kilfeather of Grange. There was no winner of the winter snowball which now stands at €325 on 50 numbers or less. Many thanks to the parish of Saint Joseph's for use of the Rock Hall last Friday night. Bingo this weekend returns to the Abbey Centre at 9pm, books costing €10 for a full book, €5 for a half.


    5 December 2014

    Quarter-final rescheduled
    Aodh Ruadh's under 21 championship quarter-final against Saint Eunan's has been rescheduled. It will now take place this Sunday 7th December at 12 noon in Convoy. Needless to say, this is a big game for the club and we'd appreciate a big showing of Ballyshannon support for this one.


    3 December 2014

    AGM motions
    The Aodh Ruadh AGM takes place on Sunday 7th December at 3pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. All club members, and indeed anyone with an interest in Gaelic games and culture in Ballyshannon, are warmly invited to attend as we reflect on the year past and plan for 2015. The following motions will be presented for consideration.

    When the county is involved in an All-Ireland final club tickets will be allocated as follows.
    - Current members of Cairde Aoidh Ruaidh - one ticket.
    - If sufficient tickets are available fully paid up members at the cut off point for the issue if tickets from Croke Park - one ticket.
    - Notwithstanding 1 and 2 above the club executive (Chair, secretary and treasurer) reserve the right to allocate tickets to applicants in exceptional circumstances and to have a draw for a limited number of tickets in respect of club members joining after the above mentioned cut off point.
    Peter Conlon

    Reduce membership by €10 per person.
    Mary Matthews

    That in light of the ongoing absence of a hard copy of the club constitution, a sub-committee be delegated to draft a club constitution based on the GAA club constitution template, and augmented with such successful club AGM motions as we have written record of. The constitution to be presented and approved at the first appropriate monthly meeting of the club executive.
    John Hughes

    That the AGM elect one only Club Assistant Secretary.
    Conal Gallagher

    That the AGM reduce the price of Club Membership for Year 2015 and review at Club AGM in Year 2015.
    Proposed membership for 2015: Adult Playing member €50; Adult Non-Playing member €30; Youth Membership €20 and €10 according to current age structures.
    Conal Gallagher

    That a meeting of Club Committee is held every month of year except for month of AGM.
    Conal Gallagher

    Congratulations
    The club extends our congratulations to Paul Sheridan on being named Donegal hurler of the year for 2014. Well deserved for all his efforts with club and county over the past few years. The Annual Donegal GAA Awards night takes place in the Abbey Hotel Donegal Town on Saturday 6th December. Along with the Annual Club Awards there is the presentation of Ulster and All-Ireland runners-up medals in football and county hurling league medals. Tickets are available priced €40. Please contact any Aodh Ruadh committee member if interested in attending this function.

    Bord na nÓg AGM
    The Bord na nÓg AGM took place on Tuesday evening, 2nd December with a large attendance present in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh for proceedings. The following appointments were made. Chairman: Vacant; Secretary: Lisa McTernan; Under 6 management: Niall McCready; Under 8 management: Vacant; Under 10 management: Vacant; Under 12 management: Brian Roper; Under 14 and Under 13 management: Vacant; Under 16 management: Raymie Granaghan and Alan Sweeny; Minor management: Peter McKenna, David O'Donnell and Raymie Granaghan. We thanks outgoing officers for all their hard work over the past year and extended our best wishes to the in-coming officer holders for a successful 2015. If anyone is interested in any of the vacant positions, please contact a member of the committee. We would encourage parents in particular, to get involved in Bord na nÓg throughout the year either in the committee or by helping out with lotto, transport, laundry, refreshments, umpiring or in any small way they can.

    1 December 2014

    AGM Season
    The Aodh Ruadh AGM takes place on Sunday 7th December at 3pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. All club members, and indeed anyone with an interest in Gaelic games and culture in Ballyshannon, are warmly invited to attend as we reflect on the year past and plan for 2015. The deadline for receipt of nominations and motions has passed.

    The Bord na nÓg AGM will be held on Tuesday, 2nd December at 8.30pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. There are a number of vacant positions this year. Anyone interested in getting involved in coaching or on the committee please contact Shane Ward, Shane Toolan or Tracey Flood. Anyone with an interest in underage football is welcome to attend.

    The Juvenile Hurling Committee held a well attended AGM on Thursday night. There was a full review of a reasonably successful 2014 and plans were put in place for 2015. The following positions were filled on the night. Chairman, John Rooney; Assistant Chairperson, Fionnula Gillespie; Secretary, Eddie Lynch; Assistant Secretary, Paul O'Sullivan. The following managerial appointments were made: Under 8, John Rooney; under 10, to be filled at January meeting; under 12, Denis Daly; under 14, to be filled at January meeting; under 16, John Rooney, Peter Horan and Mike Lynch; and minor, Peter Horan, John Rooney and Mike Lynch. If there is anyone interested in the under 10 and under 14 positions they are asked to contact John Rooney 086-2587793 or Eddie Lynch 087-7583171.

    Football
    Aodh Ruadh face Saint Eunan's in Convoy this Saturday 6th December in the quarter-final of the under 21 championship. Needless to say, this is a big game for the club and we'd appreciate a big turnout of Ballyshannon support for this one.

    Hurling
    Our seventh annual Juvenile Hurling Presentation night will take place this Saturday night in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 7pm. This year's guest is Antrim legend Sambo McNaughton. The former All-star is one of Ulster's greatest hurlers, he managed his home club Cushendall to this year's Antrim's county title. His views on hurling are widely respected and presently he sits on the Hurling Review Committee set up by GAA President Liam O'Neill. All are welcome to what promises to be a great night.

    Awards gala
    The Annual Donegal GAA Awards night takes place in the Abbey Hotel Donegal Town on Saturday 6th December. Along with the Annual Club Awards there is the presentation of Ulster and All-Ireland runners-up medals in football and county hurling league medals. Tickets are available priced €40. Please contact any Aodh Ruadh committee member if interested in attending this function.

    Blue sky thinking for Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh Fund-raiser
    Planning ahead for 2015 further funding will be required to do a number of things to complete the Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh Centre of Excellence Development Plan adopted by the Club in 2006. A workforce is in place to undertake all of the necessary works. The funding is required to purchase materials and so on. Amenity lighting is required to supplement the Training Pitch Floodlight Scheme which was funded and undertaken in 2012. Those involved in underage coaching have sought the provision of a toilet block at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Those involved in hurling wish to see the hurling rebound wall fully completed and floodlit. There is a lot of club and community interest in the new Fitness Trail which is nearing completion. Current provision has been made for the future floodlighting of this facility. Additional funds are required to achieve this. With a view to seeing all of these projects well advanced or completed during 2015 club members are asked to support the Skydive For Aodh Ruadh penciled in for April 2015. A minimum of 10 volunteers to 'take the jump' for the Club and to raise €1,000 each through their own fund-raising initiatives are required. The skydive will be professionally organised. So far five club members have come forward to participate. As the work at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh is central to how the club's teams perform in all grades and codes a good joined-up club effort is sought on this one. A quick visit to Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh any day will demonstrate the positive and progressive impact that these small initiatives can have in providing the best by way of facilities and amenities for our players and wider community. Please participate by either signing up for the skydive or by working with a friend or club colleague to make their participation worthwhile. To move this forward make contact as soon as possible with Conal Gallagher 0862112812; David McLoone 0877760177; Michael Daly 0869171949 or Tom Daly 0872390410.

    Abbey Centre Bingo
    The big bingo jackpot of €800 was won by Cassie Granaghan of Ballinacarrick. Bingo this Friday will be held at the Rock Hall, Ballyshannon due to the events organised at the Abbey Centre and Coláiste Cholmcille. The winter snowball continues to grow, now standing at €300 on 49 numbers or less.


    25 November 2014

    Football
    The Bord na nÓg AGM will be held on Tuesday, 2nd December at 8pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. There are a number of vacant positions this year. Anyone interested in getting involved in coaching or on the committee please contact Shane Ward, Shane Toolan or Tracey Flood. Anyone with an interest in underage football is welcome to attend.

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

    Hurling
    Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee's AGM takes place in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Thursday 27th November at 8pm. We will be reviewing 2014 and planning ahead for 2015, we invite everyone with an interest in underage hurling in Aodh Ruadh to attend this meeting, don't worry nobody will be forced into taking a 'job'.

    The annual juvenile hurling presentation night will take place in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Saturday 6th December full details in next week's notes.

    Blue sky thinking for Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh Fund-raiser
    Planning ahead for 2015 further funding will be required to do a number of things to complete the Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh Centre of Excellence Development Plan adopted by the Club in 2006. A workforce is in place to undertake all of the necessary works. The funding is required to purchase materials and so on. Amenity lighting is required to supplement the Training Pitch Floodlight Scheme which was funded and undertaken in 2012. Those involved in underage coaching have sought the provision of a toilet block at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Those involved in hurling wish to see the hurling rebound wall fully completed and floodlit. There is a lot of club and community interest in the new Fitness Trail which is nearing completion. Current provision has been made for the future floodlighting of this facility. Additional funds are required to achieve this. With a view to seeing all of these projects well advanced or completed during 2015 club members are asked to support the Skydive For Aodh Ruadh pencilled in for April 2015. A minimum of 10 volunteers to 'take the jump' for the Club and to raise €1,000 each through their own fund-raising initiatives are required. The skydive will be professionally organised. So far five club members have come forward to participate. As the work at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh is central to how the club's teams perform in all grades and codes a good joined-up club effort is sought on this one. A quick visit to Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh any day will demonstrate the positive and progressive impact that these small initiatives can have in providing the best by way of facilities and amenities for our players and wider community. Please participate by either signing up for the skydive or by working with a friend or club colleague to make their participation worthwhile. To move this forward make contact as soon as possible with Conal Gallagher 0862112812; David McLoone 0877760177; Michael Daly 0869171949 or Tom Daly 0872390410.

    Aodh Ruadh soft shell jackets
    There will be an opportunity to try on ladies, adult and youth sizes of our soft shell jacket on Tuesday, 25th November from 8pm to 9pm. Please bear in mind that the 30th November deadline for orders approaching shortly. With Christmas coming up they are the perfect stocking filler for your GAA mad man, woman or child. All jackets will have the Aodh Ruadh and GAA crests, plus kids jackets will have the child's initials on the sleeve. You can check out samples of the jacket on aodhruadh.org. For further details call Chris on 0868813553.

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    Club AGM
    The Aodh Ruadh AGM will take place on Sunday 7th December at 3pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Nomination papers have now been circulated to all adult members whose e-mail details are on the online registration system. For those who did not receive nomination papers, they are also available to print and download from aodhruadh.org. The deadline for receipt of nominations is midnight Friday, 28th November. Anyone who requires nomination papers to be posted to them is asked to contact Emma Gaughan on 0863039610, to make arrangements. The deadline for receipt of motions passed at midnight, Monday, 17th November.

    Passing of Tom Cullen
    Tom Cullen, who was laid to rest recently in Belleek, had huge connections with Ballyshannon and made a significant contribution to Aodh Ruadh through his work in the De La Salle. We have a tribute to his memory on aodhruadh.org.

    Abbey Centre Bingo
    Noel Cunningham Jr was the winner of the €400 jackpot. The November big bingo is this Friday at nine at the Abbey Centre. €1,000 jackpot game. The winter snowball stands at €275 on 48 numbers or less. Books priced at €15 full book, €8 half book, or book and a half for €20.


    18 November 2014

    Football
    Aodh Ruadh's bid for promotion to division two was dashed with a defeat 1-9 to 2-7 to Glenfin in Convoy. The better of the sides across the course of the game, this was a very difficult defeat for Aodh Ruadh to take. Aodh Ruadh can be proud of their performance in this game where their battling spirit and determination to play the game the right way did them great credit. It is profoundly disappointing to see this promising group denied promotion in this manner. From one to 15 and right down through the bench they tried their hearts out for the cause. They do not deserve to be playing their football in division three next year, but hopefully they will draw strength from this experience and come back stronger and wiser. Many thanks to Maurice McLaughlin, Shane Ward, Greg Sweeney, Anthony Donagher and everyone who helped with the team across the year and thanks also to everyone who lined out in the senior jersey this year for their efforts. After the great strides made this year hope is strong that 2015 will be the year of the breakthrough. We have a full match report and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

    The PJ Roper Memorial under 16 tournament took place on Saturday 15th November with four teams taking part; Aodh Ruadh, Fermanagh champions Derrygonnelly, Leitrim champions Fenagh and Dromore from Tyrone. There was great weather for the time of year which was a God-send and made the day all the more enjoyable. In the end Aodh Ruadh had enough hunger and football skill to put the final game beyond a quality Dromore side. As often happens in these tournaments the highlights of the day can come from impact subs. Odhran Kennedy's superb goal on his u-16 debut stand out as the biggest cheer of the day. Another under 16 debutante Mark Gallagher in goals has matured quickly into a great shot stopper who also found his players consistently with quality kick-outs. James Sheerin scoring 1-1 against Derrygonnelly and Paddy McCaffrey's skill and determination in defence left them both in the running for Young Player of the Tournament. Oisín Rooney dominated midfield in every game and Captain Ryan McKenna literally ran himself into the ground with a work-rate that is exemplary for anyone in green and white. Conall Sweeny, Michael McKenna and Gareth Sheerin scored lovely points and contributed well throughout the day while Jason Granaghan and Dan Warnock produced some rock-solid defending to finish out games and ensure Aodh Ruadh ended on top of the pile. There was no big crowd of supporters on the day but it was nonetheless a great way to end the year for the under 16s. We are very grateful to the three teams who travelled to Ballyshannon for the competition, to Greg McGrory and Brian Roper for volunteering their time as referees, to Johnny Gallagher who spent the whole afternoon there making sure that everything ran smoothly, to the Roper family and to Cafe Beag and all the family members who were kind enough to provide sandwiches, buns and refreshments for everyone who came. We have received fantastic support for this team during the year from Annette Granaghan who washed the jerseys all year in Persil and Holy Water. Thanks to all parents who provided transport to the games and contributed to our fund-raising efforts, from Marlboro house, Donegal Adventure Centre, the O'Neill Family, East Port and McMullin Solicitors. The team management would like to sincerely thank the club, the players families and all those who sponsored us for all you have done this year.

    The Bord na nÓg AGM will be held shortly. Anyone interested in getting involved in coaching or committee please contact Shane Ward, Shane Toolan or Tracey Flood.

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

    Hurling
    Well done to Creevy National School who won the Cumann na mBunscoil county final against Tooban National School last Tuesday in the Centre of Excellence in Convoy. In a great display the lads captured the title for the first time ever on a 4-7 to 2-0 score line. It was a great display by the whole squad which saw them run out convincing winners against the Inishowen school who are the feeder club for the famed Burt club. The school had a squad of 23 players and all of them got game time in the match. The majority of the squad play hurling with Aodh Ruadh, but there are a number who haven't played with the club yet and we hope to see them start training with in March 2015. The history making squad returned to a great welcome at the school from staff and pupils. Thanks to Principal Aoibhínn Kelly, and teachers Brendan Boyle and Ciaran Slevin for their help and support in preparing the team for this competition.

    Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee's AGM takes place in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Thursday 27th November at 8pm. We will be reviewing 2014 and planning ahead for 2015, we invite everyone with an interest in underage hurling in Aodh Ruadh to attend this meeting, don't worry nobody will be forced into taking a 'job'.

    Park/Development Committee
    Father Tierney Park. To coincide with the end of the Club's playing season Father Tierney Park is now closed for maintenance works and to allow various grounds improvements progress safely. All activity at Páirc Aodh Ruaidh must be booked in advance with Peter Conlon as pitch maintenance works are also required at both playing fields there.

    New club facilities
    Over recent weeks significant progress has been made on constructing a 650 yard long Fitness Trail around the perimeter of Páirc Aodh Ruaidh. This was part of the original plan adopted by the club in 2006, but which has moved slowly due to funding shortages. The Fitness Trail will be finished to a high standard and will incorporate a five lane 100 metre sprint section with a run-off area. This project is being advanced in parallel with the provision of a rebound wall for youth hurling, football and handball coaching. So far all of the funding for these important Aodh Ruadh developments has been raised by the Club's Park/Development Committee with the Summer Family fund-raiser being an important contributor. Thanks again to all who helped. A further fund-raiser to assist with completing this work will be announced in next week's club notes. If current progress can be maintained and if club members row-in behind the fund-raising efforts, there is every chance that the Fitness Trail can be brought into use over the Christmas period. Anyone interested in helping with these efforts should contact Tom Daly, Conal Gallagher or David McLoone.

    Aodh Ruadh soft shell jackets
    There will be an opportunity to try on youth and adult sizes of our navy blue soft shell jacket this Friday 21st November, from 6pm to 7pm. With Christmas coming up they are the perfect stocking filler for your GAA mad youngsters. We now have three youth sizes available. Ages 7-8 priced €40; ages 9-10 priced €40; and ages 11-12 priced €45. All jackets will have the Aodh Ruadh and GAA crests, plus the child's initials on the sleeve. We are also able to order Ladies soft shell jackets with pink Aodh Ruadh crest and GAA logo. We are still selling adult jackets and these would make an ideal present for club members returning from foreign lands for the festive period. Orders for all jackets will need to be in by the second week of November at the latest to ensure Christmas delivery. You can check out samples of the jacket on aodhruadh.org. For further details call Chris on 0868813553.

    Club AGM
    The Aodh Ruadh AGM will take place on Sunday 7th December at 3pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Nomination papers have now been circulated to all adult members whose e-mail details are on the online registration system. For those who did not receive nomination papers, they are also available to print and download from aodhruadh.org. The deadline for receipt of nominations is midnight Friday, 28th November. Anyone who requires nomination papers to be posted to them is asked to contact Emma Gaughan on 0863039610, to make arrangements. The deadline for receipt of motions passed at midnight, Monday, 17th November.

    Abbey Centre Bingo
    The €400 jackpot was shared by Gerry Quigley, Dunkineely and Sharon Connolly, Kinlough. Bingo this Friday returns to the Abbey Centre at 9pm, books priced at €10 full book, €5 half book. The snowball prize has returned for winter, and stands at €250 on 46 numbers or less.


    13 November 2014

    Aodh Ruadh soft shell jackets
    There will be an opportunity to try on youth and adult sizes of our navy blue soft shell jacket this Friday (tomorrow) from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. With Christmas coming up they are the perfect stocking filler for your GAA mad youngsters. We now have three youth sizes available. Ages 7-8 priced €40; ages 9-10 priced €40; and ages 11-12 priced €45. All jackets will have the Aodh Ruadh and GAA crests, plus the child's initials on the sleeve. We are also able to order Ladies soft shell jackets with pink Aodh Ruadh crest and GAA logo. We are still selling adult jackets and these would make an ideal present for club members returning from foreign lands for the festive period. Orders for all jackets will need to be in by the second week of November at the latest to ensure Christmas delivery. You can check out samples of the jacket on aodhruadh.org. For further details call Chris on 0868813553.

    PJ Roper tournament
    This Saturday sees the Father Tierney Park and Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh host the under 16 PJ Roper Tournament with games throwing in at 11am. As usual we have a strong line-up of teams attending. This year we have Leitrim champions Fenagh, Fermanagh champions Derrygonnelly, Last year's Roper finalists Dromore and our own Aodh Ruadh side. It promises to be a super day of quality football, so come along for this end of season extravaganza and shout our boys on.


    11 November 2014

    Club AGM
    The Aodh Ruadh AGM will take place on Sunday 7th December at 3pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Nomination papers have now been circulated to all adult members whose e-mail details are on the online registration system. For those who did not receive nomination papers, they are also available to print and download from aodhruadh.org. The deadline for receipt of nominations is midnight Friday, 28th November. Anyone who requires nomination papers to be posted to them is asked to contact Emma Gaughan on 0863039610, to make arrangements. The deadline for receipt of motions passed at midnight, Monday, 17th November.

    Football
    A fine first half performance was enough to see Aodh Ruadh defeat Naomh Bríd 2-13 to 0-9 to conclude their division three season on 26 points. A win for Naomh Columba in the last round league games saw them finish as league champions with 27 points. But a draw between Naomh Colmcille and Milford meant they finished on 25 points and so Aodh Ruadh can now look forward to a promotion / relegation play-off against Glenfin. Aodh Ruadh led by 2-8 to 0-6 at the break with the decisive move coming in the final eight minutes of the half, when they added a second goal against an understrength Naomh Bríd. They started very well and led by 1-5 to 0-1 after 18 minutes. David McGurrin, as usual, was to the fore but the goal was the highlight of the opening quarter, Barry Mulligan taking the ball on the run, turning and blasting to the corner of the Naomh Bríd net on 14 minutes. The second goal from McGurrin on 26 minutes gave Aodh Ruadh a great cushion and despite some good points from David Walsh, the result was more or less decided by the break. The second half saw Kerry Ryan dominate the game from midfield, spraying passes like a veteran while young Philip Patton was showing really well and he finished the game with a personal tally of 0-6. David McGurrin retired at half-time with a shoulder injury, while Niall Harley had replaced James O'Donnell after just five minutes and made a useful contribution. We have a full team list and some pictures from the game up at aodhruadh.org.

    Aodh Ruadh reserves finished their season with a flourish, a 5-10 to 1-9 victory over Naomh Bríd sealing their division three league title. Once again Michael 'Sticky' Ward lead the line well getting on the end of a goal and running up a fine tally of points. Also showing well in the forwards was Jason Gallagher. Gallagher worked like a dog throughout and had a couple of points to his credit, and was unfortunate to have a goal disallowed. Tom Hope was played in at corner forward and got a himself a great goal in the first quarter to set the Ernesiders on their way. The win was built on an excellent display by Niall Thomas in the middle of the field and Ryan Granaghan also contributed well when moved into the engine room. The half back line were immense, Calum 'Cookie' O'Halloran a ball of energy while Ciaran Slevin and Christopher McCabe gave straight and honest effort on the wings. The subs also worked well for Ballyshannon, especially Daniel Kelly came on and hoovered up a lot of ball around the central area. A word too for Jason Granaghan made his debut in senior football off the bench, coming in at corner forward. Well done to Jim Kane, Raymie Granaghan and everyone who helped and lined out for the reserves over the course of the season on bringing some welcome silverware back to the club. We have some pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

    The Bord na nÓg AGM will be held shortly. Anyone interested in getting involved in coaching or committee please contact Shane Ward, Shane Toolan or Tracey Flood.

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

    Hurling
    The senior hurlers have their table quiz in Owen Roe's this Thursday, 13th November. Come on out and bring a team with you! The action throws-in at 9.30pm.

    Schools Coaching Initiative
    Anyone in the locality interested in participating in the Aodh Ruadh Schools Coaching Initiative as either a football or hurling coach should contact Tom Daly immediately. Department of Social Protection criteria for community employment schemes must be complied with, including a minimum age of 25 years and at least 12 months on unemployment allowances. Garda Vetting applies and appropriate child protection and coaching training will be provided.

    Aodh Ruadh soft shell jackets with pink crest
    With Christmas coming up our navy blue soft shell jackets are the perfect stocking filler for your GAA mad youngsters. We now have three youth sizes available. Ages 7-8 priced €40; ages 9-10 priced €40; and ages 11-12 priced €45. All jackets will have the Aodh Ruadh and GAA crests, plus the child's initials on the sleeve. We are also able to order Ladies soft shell jackets with pink Aodh Ruadh crest and GAA logo. We are still selling adult jackets and these would make an ideal present for club members returning from foreign lands for the festive period. Orders for all jackets will need to be in by the second week of November at the latest to ensure Christmas delivery. You can check out samples of the jacket on aodhruadh.org. For further details call Chris on 0868813553.

    Allingham Festival
    This Allingham Festival was a great success over the weekend and we have a fine gallery of pictures from some of the events up on aodhruadh.org.

    Abbey Centre Bingo
    The €400 jackpot was shared by two winners. Bingo this Friday returns to the Abbey Centre at 9pm, books priced at €10 full book, €5 half book. The snowball prize has returned for winter, and stands at €225 on 46 numbers or less.


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