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- Senior Footballers
- Ladies
- Juvenile Hurlers
- Senior Hurlers
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In the lucky dip €20 went to: Chris Kelly; The Patton Family; Una Bonner, Assaroe View; Majella Gethins, Finner; and Chrissie Roper, Ernedale Heights.

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23 July 2016
Senior Division 3
Aodh Ruadh return to winning ways
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16 July 2016
Senior hurling
Defeat for Aodh Ruadh, but some improvement
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16 July 2016
Under 16 hurling
Tyrone win fifth Peter O'Keefe Cup
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16 July 2016
Under 12 ladies football
Under 12s crowned county champions
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14 July 2016
Under 18 hurling
Improved minors see off Setanta
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14 July 2016
Under 14 ladies football
Eunan's too sharp in second half
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13 July 2016
Under 10 ladies football
Aodh Ruadh youngsters enjoy challenge at Four Masters
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9 July 2016
Senior Division 3
Winning run comes to an end
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6 July 2016
Under 14 ladies football
Aodh Ruadh girls get good workout against Grange
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5 July 2016
Under 18 ladies football
Minor ladies entertain Mountcharles
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23 June 2016
Under 16 hurling
Winning start for under 16s
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18 June 2016
Senior Division 3
Late Ryan strike leaves Naomh Bríd reeling
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18 June 2016
Senior Reserve Division 3
Dogged Naomh Bríd see off Aodh Ruadh
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14 June 2016
Under 14 hurling
Sponsors get behind the trip to Féile
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11 June 2016
Under 16/14 football
Gallagher claims O'Neill title
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4 June 2016
Senior Division 3
Ten out of ten for Ballyshannon
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4 June 2016
Senior Reserve Division 3
Reserves make their point against Naomh Ultan
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31 May 2016
Under 12 ladies football
Four from four for under 12s
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28 May 2016
Senior Division 3
Ballyshannon extend winning run to eight
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28 May 2016
Senior Reserve Division 3
Reserves on top after tight contest
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22 May 2016
Senior Division 3
Seventh heaven for the Ernesiders
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22 May 2016
Senior Reserve Division 3
Honours even in reserve clash
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14 May 2016
Intermediate Championship Group B
Perfect start to championship campaign
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14 May 2016
Intermediate Reserve Championship Group B
Aodh Ruadh reserves overwhelmed in opener
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8 May 2016
Aodh Ruadh mark Lá na gClub
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7 May 2016
Senior Division 3
Joy of six for Ernesiders
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7 May 2016
Senior Reserve Division 3
Drummond stars a Reserves return to winning ways
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30 April 2016
Senior Division 3
Five star Aodh Ruadh extend winning run
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30 April 2016
Senior Reserve Division 3
Reserves go down fighting in Urris
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24 April 2016
Senior Division 3
Electric Aodh Ruadh go top of table
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17 April 2016
Senior Division 3
Third win on the bounce for Ballyshannon
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17 April 2016
Senior Reserve Division 3
Honours even in Downings
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9 April 2016
Senior Division 3
Ernesiders continue winning run
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9 April 2016
Senior Reserve Division 3
Reserves chalk up first victory
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28 March 2016
Senior Division 3
Aodh Ruadh come from behind to clinch victory in Portsalon
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28 March 2016
Senior Reserve Division 3
Battling reserves impress despite defeat
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28 March 2016
Ulster Táin League Division 2B
Letterkenny take the points in Táin opener
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20 March 2016
Under 14 hurling
Aodh Ruadh book trip to Tipp
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17 March 2016
Aodh Ruadh at the Saint Patrick's Day Parade
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13 March 2013
Under 18 football
Minors off to winning start
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12 March 2016
Under 14 ladies football
First challenge of the season for under 14s
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20 February 2016
Aodh Ruadh stage annual awards night
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19 December 2015
Under 21 A Football Championship
Aodh Ruadh exit despite late rally
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14 November 2015
Under 12 football
Kestrels swoop for victory in under 12 Ballyshannon Shoe Company indoor winter league title
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30 October 2015
Under 10 football
Pumas take top spot in under 10 Ballyshannon Shoe Company indoor winter league title
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26 October 2015
Under 21 A Football Championship
Aodh Ruadh into u21 county semi-final
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24 October 2015
Senior Division 3
Aodh Ruadh impress in win over Burt
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23 October 2015
Under 8 football
Keenly contested first night of under 10 Ballyshannon Shoe Company indoor winter league
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18 October 2015
Under 13 ladies football
Brave Aodh Ruadh come up short in final
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17 October 2015
Senior Division 3
Honours even after N15 derby
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17 October 2015
Senior Reserve Division 3
Naomh Bríd have the edge on reserves
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16 October 2015
Under 8 football
Saints clinch first Ballyshannon Shoe Company indoor winter league title
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4 October 2015
Under 12 hurling
Abbeyknockmoy take the Aodh Ó Dálaigh back to Galway
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3 October 2015
Intermediate Football Championship
Derby disappointment for Aodh Ruadh
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3 October 2015
Under 13 ladies football
Strong second half sees Aodh Ruadh past Naul's
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2 October 2015
Under 16 football
Frank O'Neill competition comes to a climax
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Club News

19 July 2016

Football
It was a great week for the club in many areas, but pride of place has to go to Nathan Boyle, Shane McGrath and Oisin Rooney, plus Mick McGrath in the back room team on claiming the Ulster minor title. Nathan Boyle started and grabbed a crucial goal, while Shane McGrath came on early in the second half and played a big part as Donegal earned a more comfortable win than the scoreline 2-10 to 1-11 final scoreline suggested. Injury interrupted Oisin Rooney's participation in the panel, but it is great for the club to have had such strong representation on the championship winning squad. Fortune didn't smile on Peter Boyle and his senior county colleagues, but life goes on for them and they have two weeks to lick their wounds before facing the challenge of Cork with the minors again providing the curtain raiser for that Croke Park clash on Saturday 30th July.

In the interim Aodh Ruadh are scheduled to host Downings this Sunday 24th July when Division 3 league action returns to Father Tierney Park. The reserves get the action under way at 1.30pm with the seniors throwing in at 3pm.

Last Wednesday saw the Aodh Ruadh under 14s earn their place in the Southern Divisional final with a second leg victory over Saint Naul's in Father Tierney Park. Trailing at half-time, the boys battled hard in the second half winning by three points on a final scoreline of 4-6 to 2-9 to set up a final meeting with Ardara. The Divisional Final took place on Monday evening in Tir Chonaill Park, but Ardara proved that bit stronger on the day, getting to the break with a 2-8 to 1-2 cushion and extending that over the course of the second half to run out 4-11 to 2-3 victors. We have pictures from the Saint Naul's game up on aodhruadh.org.

Aodh Ruadh under 12s played a big part in making it a weekend to remember for the club as they claimed the Southern Divisional title after a tightly fought game against Dungloe on their home turf. Despite the distance Ballyshannon supporters travelled en masse and probably out-numbered the home supporters pitch-side in Dungloe. Some 31 players made the journey and despite the difficulty of only playing 11-a-side all boys shared game-time and got a good run out. The reserves victory last week in the county finals tournament is a testament to their achievement this year. The development of skill levels and teamwork among this group is fantastic. They had a strong first half performance and survived a late resurgence by An Clochán Liath to claim a 2-8 to 4-5 draw with points count as two scores.
Dungloe would have fancied their chances in the senior match having beaten our boys twice this year already, but a more disciplined and determined performance by Ballyshannon on Saturday caught the hosts off guard. Aodh Ruadh were behind at half-time 1-3 to 0-4 but their determination - evident in a diving block by Eoghan Kelly and well taken point by Damian Weber, indicated there was enough fight in the dog to take this game to the wire. An early second half goal by Ryan Daly lifted the spirits, but Dungloe were knocking the two pointers over the bar and straining the tension for the Aodh Ruadh support. Captain Ryan Keenaghan, suffering from travel sickness, had to be withdrawn but quickly returned to the field and playing up front hammered two goals into the Dungloe net wthin a few minutes of each other. Darragh Flood-Dolan playing at full back marshaled the defence expertly and both Shane Delahunty and Eoghan Kelly read the game astutely with vital interceptions and turnovers. Points by Aaron Neilan and Eoghan Kelly settled the nerves. Both teams pushed hard in the dying minutes but the momentum was with Aodh Ruadh. Heroics in goals by Aaron Cullen and Ryan Daly's final point left us on the right side of a nail-biting conclusion. The final score was 3-7 to 2-8 (23 to 22). Cue the celebrations - the joy of winning - Champions. A massive shout out is due to the parents and families whose presence in Dungloe was a huge boost to the players and without whom there would have been none of the craic of parading the cup around the town on our arrival home. The under 12 panel who secured the honours were Aaron Cullen, Darragh Flood-Dolan, Pauric Daly, Shane Delahunty, Eoghan Kelly, Aaron Neilan, Ryan Keenaghan, Séimí Campbell, Jack Gallagher, Damian Weber, Ryan Daly, Cian McKenna, Troy Killilea, Oisín Daly, Gerry Warren, David Roper, JJ Doran, Aidan Sweeny, James Gallagher, Drew Ryan, Aonghus Sweeny, Kensie Lee Ayers, Lorc Mag Fhionnghaile, James McGinley, Cillian Meehan, Robbie Murphy, Fionn Gallagher, Shane McGloin, Jack Lyons, Michael Doogan, Oisín McGlinchey and Cian Hunter.

Under 10 and under 8 training continues this Friday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. The main focus of under 8 training this week will be the second skills test of the year, so make sure you are practising your pick up, soloing, kicking and shooting off both feet, as well as your hand passing off both hands. We need a parent / guardian to give a hand marking each station, so please feel free to put yourself forward. Don't worry, it's all very straightforward and full training will be given! There are three skills test in the year and players need to have completed at least two to be eligible for the end of season skills prizes. The last test will take place at the end of September or start of October.

There will be a Bord na nÓg meeting this Wednesday, 20th July, at 9pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

Ladies
Realt Ruadh travelled to Gaoth Dobhair for the second leg of the intermediate championship going into the game with a four point deficit after last week's loss. The visitors had the benefit of the wind in the first half, but it was first blood to Gaoth Dobhair who rifled over the first two points of the game. Realt Ruadh finally got off the mark with a Rachel McGee point as the tie moved into the second quarter. Tara Khan leveled matters, before the Red Stars won the kick out and Hannah Doherty swept over the lead point. Realt Ruadh won the next kick out too and this saw Tara Khan finishing to the net. Points from Cáit Gillespie, Elaine Dorrian, Meave Liston and Sarah Patton helped the south Donegal outfit to a 0-2 to 1-7 interval lead. At the start of the second half the girls knew that working against the wind was going to be tough but they dug deep with Meave Liston, Tara Khan and Hannah Doherty getting through a lot of leg work. Tanya O'Shea and Danika Doherty felt the brunt of a very physical game. With a lot of stoppages the game seemed to go on forever, but Realt Ruadh held on to progress to the semi-finals on a scoreline of 6-8 to 3-5. Realt Ruadh now face Buncrana in the county semi-final with date, time and venue to be confirmed. The team which fielded in Gaoth Dobhair was as follows: Orlaith Gillespie; Lauren O'Moore, Sarah Gallagher, Shelly Loughlin; Hannah Doherty (0-1), Meave Liston (0-1), Roise Keon; Megan McGee, Sarah Patton (1-1); Danika Doherty, Tara Khan (2-2), Cáit Gillespie (2-1); Rachel McGee (0-1), Elaine Dorrian (1-2), Tanya O'Shea. Subs: Roisin McGloin for Tanya O'Shea (inj); Mary Flora Scott for Tara Khan.

Aodh Ruadh under 14 girls bowed out of the championship on Thursday evening after a valiant effort against a very strong Saint Eunan's side. Aodh Ruadh matched the visitors in the first half thanks to the hard running of midfielders Caoimhe Keon and Ella Clancy and good finishing from the inside forwards. However the effort exerted in the first half took its toll and Saint Eunan's began to pull away from the home side early in the second half and ran out deserved winners. We have some pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

The under 12s completed a remarkable competitive season in style at O'Donnell Park last Saturday. The girls took on Buncrana, Dungloe and Saint Eunan's in the division 1 finals blitz at the Letterkenny venue having come top after five games in the south. Ballyshannon were without Emily and Lauren McHugh, Cora Rooney, Lucy Barden and Fodhla Sheerin who all played significant roles in getting the Ernesiders a place in the top graded blitz. Aodh Ruadh travelled with a panel of 22 with every player getting at least a half of football. The wind was a factor on the day with all sides having to work hard against it. First up for the Shamettes were Buncrana. The Inishowen girls, playing with just the bare nine made a real go of it and had bagged a couple of goals by the break to make it nervy enough. Katie O'Brien rose to the challenge though and her 2-2 combined with 1-2 from Emer O'Brien helped Aodh Ruadh to a first win. Next up were Dungloe who had lost their opener to the hosts, Saint Eunan's. This proved the hardest fought game of the blitz with the Rosses girls showing real team spirit to go with a good sprinkling of talent. Aodh Ruadh played against the wind in the first half and trailed by two goals at the turnover, not unbridgeable with the aid of the breeze. Dungloe played their hand well though and it took some exceptional scoring from Lucy McGlynn (2-2) and Aoibhínn McGarrigle (1-1) in that second period, not to mention some gritty defending from the likes of Grainne Maguire to earn a draw on a scoreline of 3-5 to 4-2. There was huge evidence of the Ballyshannon girls commitment in that game when Hannah Gallagher and Cara Davit both shipped heavy injuries in their determination to win the ball. With Saint Eunan's two wins from two that left the game between Aodh Ruadh and the Letterkenny girls effectively the decisive game of the blitz. Eunan's needed a win or a draw, while only a win would do for the Shamettes. This turned out to be the girls best display of the day. Facing into the breeze, Aodh Ruadh delivered a power-packed first half of football which the hosts simply couldn't contain. Aoibhínn McGarrigle was in explosive form and had bagged two goals before her bravery saw her having to leave the fray with an injured foot. The indefatigable Emer O'Brien showed the exactly what she was all about in this game and capped a phenomenal blitz with a first half 1-1 against Eunan's. Áine Hill created lots of problems and her point left it Aodh Ruadh 3-2 to 0-0 at the turnover. The second half saw the Ernesiders peppering the Eunan's posts, but with the backing wind proving tricky to judge they could only add a beautifully taken effort from Clodagh O'Connor to their first half tally to leave the final score 3-3 to 0-0 and Aodh Ruadh county champions.
When the result was confirmed it set off huge jubilation. The presentation commenced with Greg Harkin commending all the teams on the day's football before presenting captain Lucy McGlynn with the county trophy. Lucy hoisted the trophy to a rapturous reception before paying tribute to the coaches, parents and opposition on the day. There was a poignant moment in the dressing rooms afterwards as we made a presentation to, Megan Kane, who had played her last game for Aodh Ruadh, before heading off to Cork. But doubtless she'll never forget the last day she pulled on the white and green. Great credit has to go to Saint Eunan's who organised the blitz to the highest standard. All ran smoothly on the day and there was a great spread of grub in the club house afterwards which was very welcome after the hard day's football. Aodh Ruadh extend their gratitude to Greg, Agnes and all their helpers who looked after us on the day. Thanks are due too to our own Shane Toolan who represented our club with distinction as referee on the big day. It was great to be able to say we did our part on the officiating front and we're grateful to Shane for stepping up. After that it was back to Ballyshannon where Thomas O'Brien lead off the convoy around the town which was met with a great reception. The Aodh Ruadh Ladies Board made a well received contribution for some celebratory snacks at Father Tierney Park where we also took a special team shot to mark this achievement and bring the curtain down on a never to be forgotten day. Of course we have to thank the parents / guardians of this great bunch of players for their help and support all year, not least with the transport to the game on Saturday. We mentioned the some of the scorers in the brief match reports, but this was honestly a 22 player performance on the day and a 27 player achievement over the course of the season. The panel who played their hearts out on the day for Aodh Ruadh were Ciara Caldwell, Cara Davitt, Evelyn Rose Gallagher, Hannah Gallagher, Lucy Gallagher, Niamh Gallagher, Ciara Gillespie, Áine Hill, Niamh Hughes, Caoimhe Hughes-O'Brien, Megan Kane, Annie Keon, Grainne Maguire, Rhiana Masterson-Burrows, Aoibhínn McGarrigle, Kaitlyn McGarrigle, Lucy McGlynn, Emer O'Brien, Katie O'Brien, Clodagh O'Connor, Shauna O'Mahoney and Rachel Patton. Important also to salute the contribution made by past coaches like Clare Flood and Paddy Kelly in helping to develop this great bunch of players.

The under 10s had their first blitz of the season in Donegal town last Wednesday and gave a great account of themselves against a competitive Four Masters outfit. The Ballyshannon girls played some great football. The panel who travelled to Tir Chonaill Park were Aimee Roper, Alicia McGowan, Ava Doherty, Ava Duncan, Cádhla Dolan, Cameron Gallagher, Ciara Larkin, Dairín Sweeny, Jessica O'Mahoney, Katelyn Matthews, Lauren Foy, Maura O'Sullivan, Michala McGavigan, Nessa Mitchell, Orla Gallagher, Raegan Fitzpatrick, Roise Conlon, Sadhbh Hughes and Tara Gallagher. Many thanks to Four Masters for a well-organised and enjoyable challenge. We have some pictures from the blitz up on aodhruadh.org. Under 8 and under 10 training continues at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Mondays from 6-7pm.

Hurling
Round two of the senior hurling championship saw Aodh Ruadh sinking to a second defeat albeit with a marginally improved performance on their first outing against Buncrana. The Ernesiders lost out to Setanta on a scoreline of 1-10 to 0-18 on Saturday evening in Father Tierney Park. Aodh Ruadh played with the aid of the breeze in the first half, but a continuation of their poor form from Scarvey the previous week saw them going in trailing 0-4 to 0-8. The Ernesiders delivered an improved display in the second half and managed to get the game back level with the aid of an Eddie Lynch goal. However poor handling too often saw possession given away cheaply and with Kevin Campbell and Danny Cullen in clinical form, especially from dead ball, Setanta were able to pull away in the last ten minutes. The performance of the full back line was a bright spot for Ballyshannon, but again it was Paul Sheridan, deployed at centre half back, who was the star man. Further up the pitch Damien Cleary increasingly came in to things as the game went on. Aodh Ruadh now have a second successive home game where they will be hoping to develop some of the good play on show against Setanta. That sees them return to Ulster Táin League action with Castleblayney the visitors to Father Tierney Park this Saturday at 4pm. Then the following Saturday the Ernesiders are out again in championship action with the clash against Burt in Father Tierney Park throwing in at 7.30pm.

Having booked their place in the under 21 C All-Ireland final with a 4-11 to 1-10 victory over Louth two weeks ago, the Donegal under 21s now know their final opposition. This Saturday will see them taking on Fermanagh in Healy Park, Omagh at 3pm. There is a heavy Aodh Ruadh representation on this team with Kevin Loughlin in the management and Matt Ahern, Tommy Gillespie, Eddie Lynch, Stephen Connolly and Ciaran Rami all members of the panel. We wish all the lads the very best as they bid to bring the Andrew O'Neill Cup back to the Hills.

The minor replay with Setanta took place on Thursday last in Father Tierney Park and a much improved performance by Aodh Ruadh saw them run out convincing winners 2-13 to 0-2. The lads approached this game with a much better attitude and that was the main reason why they won so well. They now play Burt in the final with details to be confirmed. We have pictures from the semi-final victory live on aodhruadh.org.

The under 12s continued their great start to the season with a hard fought win away to Saint Eunan's on Thursday. In a close game throughout the lads ran out worthy winners on a 4-9 to 4-6 score line. They are away to Four Masters this week.

On Saturday we hosted the Peter O'Keefe under 16 Ulster / Connacht Tournament. In existence since 2011 to honour the memory of the late Peter and the contribution he made to hurling locally and throughout the province, this was one of the most competitive tournaments yet. Six counties took part with Donegal, Roscommon and Leitrim in Group A in Father Tierney Park while in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh we had Tyrone, Mayo and Sligo. Donegal beat Roscommon and Leitrim in their group and qualified to play Tyrone in the final. It was one of the most hard fought finals yet as the Red Hand lads battled ferociously to claim this title for the first time. Their physicality and ability to field the ball were the main differences between the teams and they ran out comfortable winners 6-6 to 3-5. So it turned out to be an omen for the following day's Ulster Final. John Rooney on behalf of the local juvenile hurling committee acted as MC for the presentation. He thanked the Ulster GAA for organising the tournament and specifically Kevin Kelly. He paid tribute to all the teams who attended and he spoke of the late Peter O'Keefe and the great worker he was for under age hurling. He welcomed Peter's wife Rosaleen and his sister Marilyn to the event and called on Marilyn to present the runners-up medals to Donegal captain John Vaughan. Rosaleen O'Keefe spoke on behalf of the family and thanked all involved in organising the day and spoke of how proud the family are to see Peter's memory being honoured with this tournament before presenting the cup to the winning Tyrone captain. Aodh Ruadh were represented on the team by Eoin Doherty and he did very well in all the games.

The under 14 county blitz took place in Sligo on Saturday and Aodh Ruadh were represented on the squad by Nathan Owens-Kelly. Donegal beat Sligo and Longford and lost out to Mayo and Roscommon. Nathan acquitted himself well in all games.

Training as normal at 12 noon on Sunday for all age groups.

Abbey Centre Bingo
The €400 jackpot was won again by Edmund Brennan of Mountcharles for the second time in three weeks. There was no winner of the summer snowball so it now stands at €375 on 46 numbers or less. See you at the usual time of 9pm on Friday at the Abbey Centre. Books cost just €10 for 11 games.


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