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Club Lotto

21 June 2014
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There was no winner of the Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €1,500.
Next draw in Pat's Bar with a Jackpot of €1,600 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:
Senior footballers.
The lotto team for the Kernan's Spar on Saturday is:
Ladies.

In the lucky dip €20 went to: Mary O'Malley Daly, College Street; John James McGarrigle, Cashelard; Fionnuala Gillespie, Wardtown; Lisa McTernan, Coolcholly; and JP McPhillips, JP's Bar, Cavan Town.

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What's new

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

    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 tthe 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.


    11 July 2014

    Ladies
    Aodh Ruadh go into intermediate championship action this Sunday, 13th April. They will be facing Ardara at 11am in Father Tierney Park, so we hope to see a big showing of Ballyshannon support there bright and early to get behind the Shamettes.

    Football
    Due to a bereavement in the Four Masters club, the under 8 blitz scheduled for this Saturday in Donegal Town has been postponed. Training on Friday at 6.30pm as usual. We extend our sincere condolences to Ronan Boyle, the Four Masters under 8 manager, for his loss.


    8 July 2014

    Football
    Aodh Ruadh just edged the 0-9 to 1-7 verdict in a contest where both sides fought hard for the spoils, a 45th minute David McGurrin penalty proving the decisive score. Best for Aodh Ruadh were Damien Cleary at full back and Johnny Gallagher at wing back. Ronan McGurrin put the body on the line on more than one occasion while Kerry Ryan gave it everything while he was on. Ronan Drummond was to the fore in the first half too disrupting Naomh Colmcille efforts to impose themselves on the game. However, the winning of the game for Aodh Ruadh was probably being able to introduce Colm Kelly and Eddie Lynch, both of whom are quality players who made their influence felt accordingly. With that win for Ballyshannon the race for automatic promotion from division three has been thrown wide open again. Aodh Ruadh sit on 20 points with 14 games played while Naomh Colmcille are on 16 points with 12 played so the run-in is set to be a real rollercoaster ride for both sides. We have a full match report and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

    Aodh Ruadh had to work all the way to take the points against a determined Naomh Colmcille reserve. As in the senior game, it was a penalty which helped the visitors across the line, Dermot Slevin doing the honours and finishing with 1-4 to his credit. He was joint top scorer with Michael 'Sticky' Ward, who slotted seven points in another productive scoring outing. There were also scores for Calum 'Cookie' O'Halloran, Niall Thomas and a beauty from Ryan Granaghan. Like the senior game it was a real team effort. Chris 'Spanny' Goan never stopped all day, turning over ball and giving Ballyshannon an attacking platform. Defensively Paul Kane between the stick and Chris McCabe and Eugene Drummond were very solid for the Ernesiders. The game was also notable for seeing one of the club's bright prospects for the future making his first senior appearance from the bench. Minor star Philip Patton was sprung from the bench and his introduction helped Aodh Ruadh see the game out with some comfort. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org

    This Saturday Aodh Ruadh will be hosting Burt in Father Tierney Park. The reserve game throws in at 6pm and will be followed by the seniors at 7.30pm. After that meeting with Burt, Aodh Ruadh's outstanding league games are against Urris (26th July, away), Naomh Bríd (5th October, home) and Red Hugh's (Date TBC, home).

    The under 16s game against Naomh Muire scheduled for last Friday was postponed at late notice. The team have three league games left in the season and all will be played in the a week from this Friday, 11th July. The first game, this Friday, will be in Father Tierney Park with Naomh Conaill providing the opposition and throw in at 7.30pm. That will be followed on Monday, 14th July by the trip to take on Dungloe, throw at 7.30pm once again. The rescheduled clash with Naomh Muire will be played on Friday 18th July.

    The Bakery Cup teams have been picked but due to holidays and people being away will not start for another while.
    Captain - Evan McTernan
    Shane Gillespie, Damian Webber, Donagh McGowan, Colm McGloin, Jake Foley, Ciaran Hodgins, Mitchell McLoughlin, Dáire Warren, Calum Ayres, Cian Barden, Eugene Doherty, JJ Goan, Adam Rami and Aaron Peach.
    Captain - Michael McKenna
    Senan Rooney, Frankie McGinley, Ryan McDonald, Mark Gettins, Jack McSharry, Corey Ryan, Shane Brady, Daniel Dolan, Kyle Murray, Adam Clarke, Kyle McCaffrey, Mark McGlynn, Harry Howarth and Owen Doherty.
    Captain - Pauric Keenaghan
    Tiernan Flood-Dolan, David Doherty, Conal Bradshaw, Jack Melly, Dáire Gallagher, Joe Danagher, Daniel Byrne, Shane Duffy, Jack McCaffrey, Aaron Duffy, Matt Gillespie, Cianán Roper, Mark Gallagher and Caolán Flood-Dolan.
    Captain - Dylan Gallagher
    JC McGarrigle, Adam Hoey, Conor Foy, Calum Doherty-Craig, Rory Gettins, Luca Rivenna, Niall Monaghan, Nathan Kelly, Diarmuid Flood-Dolan, Cian Rooney, Marty McGarrigle, Odhrán McGarrigle, Philip Cassidy and Odhrán Kennedy

    The under 12s played their fifth league match at home last Saturday against Naomh Muire. Early on the game remained quite tight, but Aodh Ruadh started to take charge mid way through the first half and remained in charge for the remainder of the game. In goals Bridín Maguire was excellent pulling off some great saves. In the full back line Daniel Dolan and Philip Cassidy were rock solid, while our half backs of Daire Gallagher, Senan Rooney and Colm McGloin covered every blade of grass. In midfield Mark McGlynn and Calum Ayres supported both their backs and forwards. In the half forward line Daire Warren, Harry Howarth and Shane Whelan created great space and never stopped working. Up top Cian Rooney and Mitch McLoughlin lead the line with great pace. A number of strong substitutes were made early in the second half with Jake Foley, Diarmaid Flood Dolan, Kyle McCaffrey and Shane Duffy, coming on up front and Conal Bradshaw, Frankie McGinley, Adam Hoey and Nathan Owens Kelly coming on in defence. The final scoreline was 4-15 to 1-5 in favour of Aodh Ruadh. Great work rate and commitment shown from all the players on display. Training this Wednesday 9th July on the beach at Rossnowlagh. Players to be at the surf hut for a fun session from 6pm to 7.30pm. This Saturday we have Willie Rogers Tournament starting at 10.30am and running until approximately 2pm approx in Father Tierney Park. Five team will be competing for the silverware, Aodh Ruadh, Melvin Gaels, Manorhamilton, Derrygonnelly and Naomh Bríd. We will have over 120 kids and adults on the premises so we will need parents and guardians to support with food and refreshments and help out on the day from 11am until 2pm in the Aras. If parents could do a rota it would be very helpful.

    The under 10s were up in Kinlough on Saturday morning and with 20 making the short trip we played two games against Melvin Gaels. Ballyshannon recorded two wins, learning a fair bit in the process in two largely pleasing performances. The best aspect was probably was the improvement shown by those players who haven't been as much to the fore so far this season. The Aodh Ruadh panel who travelled were: Séimí Campbell, Conor Cleary, Oisin Daly, Padraig Daly, Ryan Daly, Michael Doogan, JJ Doran, Darragh Flood Dolan, Finn Gallagher, Aaron Horan, Niamh Hughes, Ryan Keenaghan, Eoghan Kelly, Lorc Mag Fhionnghaile, Art Mag Fhionnghaile, Grainne Maguire, James McGinley, Shane McGloin, Aidan Sweeny and Drew Ryan. Under 10 training continues on Wednesday at 6.30pm and we are hoping to have another game this Saturday, further details at Wednesday training.

    The under 8s have a blitz this Saturday, 12th July in Donegal town. Also competing at the blitz will be Four Masters, Killybegs and Naomh Bríd. Games will be getting underway down in Donegal town at 11am and we will be leaving Father Tierney Park at 10.15am. ALL PLAYERS are asked to text Paddy Kelly on 0873186792 and let him know if they intend to travel or not so we can determine what sort of numbers we will have on Saturday. Where necessary we can also arrange lifts for players. Under 8 and under 6 training continues this Friday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 6.30pm.

    Hurling
    Aodh Ruadh go into championship action this Wednesday, 9th July when they face Setanta in Father Tierney Park. The lads have been training hard all season and especially in the build-up to this match. The game throws in at 7.30pm and we hope to see a good showing of home support up at the Park to shout the boys on.

    The under 12s and under 16s made winning starts to their league campaigns on Thursday last. The under 12s had a comprehensive win at home to Dungloe and will now travel to Carndonagh this Thursday.

    The under 16s had a convincing win over Setanta in Crossroads. Many thanks to the parents who drove the lads to the game your support is much appreciated. The under 16s are at home to Burt this Thursday with throw in at 7pm. All support will be most welcome.

    The minors beat Setanta in the championship quarter-final in Father Tierney Park on Sunday evening, the lads showed a fair bit of rustiness and know they will need a much improved performance in the semi-final this Sunday against either MacCumhaill's or Carndonagh.

    Training as normal at 12 noon on Sunday for all age groups, all welcome especially beginners. Come along and enjoy the fun learning the skills of our ancient game.

    Ladies
    Well done to the under 12 Aodh Ruadh girls who took part in last Saturday's blitz in Donegal town. They played games against Killybegs, and Saint Naul's and two Four Masters teams with some great football from the Erneside girls and good wins to their credit. Featuring for Aodh Ruadh were: Ella Clancy, Alicia Clyne, Síofra Hughes, Laoise Kelly, Caoimhe Keon, Orlaith Keon, Danielle Masterson-Burrows, Sorcha McGonigle, Caitlin McLaughlin and Katie McMullin. We have some pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

    The under 10s will be travelling to Donegal town this Wednesday for a blitz. All players to meet at the Father Tierney Park for 4.45pm

    Summer camp
    Aodh Ruadh Summer Camp 2014 began today, Monday 7th July and will run until Monday 14th July-18th July. The camp runs from 10am to 3pm daily. For further information contact Sylvester Maguire on 0860532495.

    Fantasy race for Sam
    After week eight and the first ten bonus points on offer for Kerry winning a provincial title, it's John Patton Jr and his team, Yes Patsy, who have jumped to the top of the pile. He has amassed 149 points and has taken over from Gerry Gallagher and his team of Belleek Boys who are on 140 points in second place. In third this week we have John Keon and the Lakeside Lads on 134. In fourth place is Niamh and Pauric McGrath with their team, Niamh's Creevy Clubhouse, on 131 points. In joint fifth we have Noel McGrath and his team, The Roofer, along with Pat Gruddy and his team, Mayo This Time, both on 128 points. With the change at the top this week, it's as you were at the bottom. Jim McGrath and his team, I'd Say So, remain rooted to the foot of the table on 41 points. Michael Dolan and his team of Dolan's Dragons are next on 49 points. Patsy Kelly and his team, Return Of The Wallys, along with Pearse O'Neill and his team, Best Cones Around, on 59 points, while one point up the road on 60 are Emma Gaughan and her team, Assaroe Lass, and Aiden Givens and his team, Whiskey Is Best. High score of the week goes to Noel McGrath and his team, The Roofer, who amassed a total of 57 points. (Monaghan-10, Sligo-10, Kerry-20, J Clarke-5, A Marren-2, D Goulding-6 and S Furlong-4). As always tthe 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
    The €400 Bingo jackpot was shared by Anna Daly of Belleek and Shauna Newell of Ballyshannon. There was bo winner of the Game Five Summer Snowball which now stands at a juicy €400 on 55 numbers or less! This Friday's prize fund is a whopping €2,000!


    6 July 2014

    Ulster final ticket information
    Ticket prices have been released for the Ulster final between Donegal and Monaghan and are as follows.

    Gerry Arthur Stand: Adult €30, Senior Citizen €18.
    Pat McGrane and Eastern Stand: Adult €30, Senior Citizen €18, Under 16 €5
    Hill and O'Duffy Terrace: Adult €18, Senior Citizen or Student €13, Under 16 €5

    Orders must be texted to Emma on 0863039610 by midnight on Monday July 7th, please include your name and your preferred stand.
    Please note there are a limited number of Gerry Arthur stand tickets available.


    1 July 2014

    Football
    A late and controversial Milford goal followed by a quickfire point saw Aodh Ruadh leaving with nothing to show for a solid performance. Both sides were cagey from the start, with not too many scoring chances in the opening stages. However Aodh Ruadh worked well and made the most of their opportunities and a Jamie McDonald goal sent the sides in with the visitors holding the advantage, 0-5 to 1-4 at the break. Ballyshannon were the dominant side in the second half and in the dying moments of the match held a three point advantage. But a harshly awarded late goal for the homesters, followed rapidly by a clinching point saw Aodh Ruadh leaving empty-handed. There were some fine Aodh Ruadh performances, with the two Pattons, Conor and Pauric, along with Damian Cleary and Eamonn McGrath in the spine of defence, getting a real hold on the game for long spells. We have pictures from the game up and a full match report on aodhruadh.org

    The Aodh Ruadh reserves travelled to Milford on Friday evening with a young and energetic team. It was a game where a number of players were asked to slot into new positions, notably Mickey McNeely into midfield, Cookie O'Halloran into corner forward, and Daniel Kelly getting a rare opportunity to vacate the goals by going to corner back. All three put in commendable performances and enjoyed the challenge presented to them. They, along with the rest of the team, had their resolve tested on a number of occasions, particularly close to the end as Milford mounted a late rally. As well as the solid performances from Cookie and Dano, there were also good shifts put in by Bradley, Matthews and Patton in defence. Aodh Ruadh used their bench well to mitigate the heat of the evening sun, and welcomed Eugene Drummond onto the scene as he made his reserve debut in the second half. We have a full match report and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

    The way results have fallen mean that this Saturday's game against Naomh Colmcille in Newtowncunningham is likely to have a decisive impact on the promotion race. Aodh Ruadh currently have a much superior scoring difference, +73 to Naomh Colmcille's +31, but the other metric that may come into the equation if there is a tie at the top at the end of the table is head-to-head results and Newtown currently have the edge here, having beaten Ballyshannon 1-13 to 0-7 in Father Tierney Park back in May. A win for Aodh Ruadh is essential. The senior game throws-in this Saturday at 7.30pm and is preceded by the reserves at 6pm and a large showing of Ballyshannon support would be most welcome down in Inishowen for this crucial match.

    The under 16s enjoyed a 3-18 to 2-9 victory over a physically very imposing Ardara side in Father Tierney Park on Friday evening. The first half was a case of getting to know you, and the ref for that matter, as he was quick to give frees for both sides. Aodh Ruadh went in at the break leading by a point and a hard-fought second half seemed to be in prospect. As things transpired a combination of superior play from the Ernesiders and the rub of the green saw Aodh Ruadh home with some comfort. Ardara battled well and kept in touch for much of the half, but the main turning point came when they won a penalty about 45 minutes in. The place kick would have put a point between the sides and made for a frenetic closing quarter. However it was put wide and Aodh Ruadh sped the kick out up the pitch for a point which essentially represented a four point turnaround. After that the homesters put the squeeze on and eased away from Ardara. Man of the match for Aodh Ruadh was Nathan Boyle. He never stopped all day, was at the heart of everything and scored probably the point of the day into the bargain, a real peach from distance. His midfield partner Oisín Rooney was also in fine form with some classy fetching. Shane Dorrian's steady place kicking and scoring economy ensured that every Ardara lapse was punished to the full, while Michael McKenna squeezed home a late goal to cap an impressive outing. Shane McGrath went well too, hitting a fine goal and a few points. Defensively Sean Taylor's kick out's were spot on and Jason Granaghan was excellent, with a really eye-catching shift at number three. Dan Warnock drove forward with regularity and great effective, bagging himself an excellent goal. Gareth Sheerin was another who had an excellent game. Aodh Ruadh will be at home once again this Friday when they host Naomh Muire with the throw-in set for 7.30pm.

    Aodh Ruadh under 12s hosted Ardara in our fourth league game in Father Tierney Park on Tuesday evening. In our first game we got off to a good start with Harry Howarth hitting the onion bag early on, three points followed from Mark McGlynn with all the lads playing well. Senan Rooney struck over two great 45s and a point from play before Cian Rooney stepped up and hit the back of the net. In the second half though Ardara came back strong hitting two goals and a point without reply. The lads rallied with Mark McGlynn hitting a goal and Cian Rooney, Harry Howarth and Senan Rooney hitting a point a piece. The game finished 3-8 to 2-6 in a hard fought battle. In goals Bridín Maguire was in total charge with Kyle Murray and Matt Gillespie in very good form in the full back line. Eugene Doherty marshaled the half back line and Philip Cassidy worked tirelessly in midfield. Up front Calum Ayres and Daire Gallagher played very well linking up with their midfield and other forwards.
    In our second game we started with a strong line out, Shane Whelan back from injury played a great game in goals. In the full back line David Doherty and Adam Hoey were very solid. In the half back line Nathan Owens-Kelly, Daire Warren and Conal Bradshaw were excellent closing down all attacks. In midfield Kyle McCaffrey and Shane Duffy dominated play, linking up with their forwards. Up front Frankie McGinley took a great goal and was unlucky not to get a second, Mitch McLaughlin hit a fine goal too while Jake Foley and Diarmaid Dolan put in a great shift taking some good scores also.
    Training as usual Wednesday 6.15pm to 7.30pm.

    There was further good news for the under 12s with Kernan's Spar coming on board as jersey sponsor for the team. Pictured at the official presentation of the jerseys to the club are under 12 team were manager Martin McGlynn and David O'Donnell who is an under 12 mentor and manager of Kernan's Spar Ballyshannon. The presentation image can be viewed on aodhruadh.org. Kernan's are great supporters of the club, hosting one of our weekly lotto sales outlets every Saturday.

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    Under 10 training continues on Wednesday at 6.30pm and we are hoping to have a game this Saturday, further details at Wednesday training so a good turn out important.

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

    Hurling
    Aodh Ruadh are back in Ulster Táin hurling league division three action this Saturday when they will be taking on Killeavy at 4pm.

    The third all county hurling blitz for under 8s and 10s took place in Convoy on Sunday morning. Again Aodh Ruadh were well represented. We fielded three teams at under 8 with 23 players in total, while we had 13 under 10s. The under 8s did very well in all games winning, losing and even managing a couple of draws, the main thing was all the boys and girls had great fun and have shown continued improvement since the start of the season. The under 10s continued their rich vein of form as this very talented squad won all eight games at the blitz and they played some lovely hurling throughout the day. Thanks to all the parents of both squads who brought the players to Convoy and gave them great support throughout the day.

    Hopefully this Thursday the under 12s and under 16s will begin their league campaigns. They had no games last week as MacCumhaill's were unable to field. The under 12s are due to play Dungloe in Father Tierney Park while the under 16s are away to Setanta.

    Ladies
    Aodh Ruadh hosted Naomh Conaill in Father Tierney Park on Sunday. We have some pictures from the match up on aodhruadh.org and on our Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page.

    The Aodh Ruadh under 12s were in Mountcharles last Friday for their first blitz of the season. The girls played games against Saint Naul's, Bundoran, Killybegs and Four Masters, playing some super football over the course of the competition. The Aodh Ruadh that travelled were: Eva Breen-Brosnan, Ella Clancy, Alicia Clyne, Aisling Gallagher, Síofra Hughes, Laoise Kelly, Caoimhe Keon, Orlaith Keon, Ciara Lynch, Bridín Maguire, Danielle Masterson-Burrows, Katie McMullin, Caitlin McLaughlin and Leah O'Brien.

    Summer camp
    Aodh Ruadh Summer Camp 2014 runs on Monday 7th July-11th July and Monday 14th July-18th July. The camp runs from 10am to 3pm daily. For further information contact Sylvester Maguire on 0860532495.

    Cash for Clothes
    We've had a great response to this campaign so far and it continues till the 7th July, it's a great chance to get rid of any unwanted clothes, shoes, hand bags, bed linen etc and also raise funds for Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee. To arrange collection of bags please contact Fionnuala Gillespie 087-6668634, Tara Keenaghan 086-3331903 or John Rooney 086-2587793.

    Fantasy race for Sam
    After another seven games this weekend, it's the two Gerrys show. Gerry Gallagher and his team Belleek Boys who are top this week on 126 points with the other Gerry Gallagher and his team, Ardara Forever hot on his tail with 123 points. It's hardly the last time we will see these 2 fighting it out for top spot. In third place this week is John Patton Jr and his team Yes Patsy on 118 with Michael Clancy and his team Clyhore Champs on 113 points. Rounding out the top five is Pat Gruddy and his team Mayo this time on 111 points. Pride of last place this week is Jim McGrath and I'd say so on 31 points. The gap has narrowed somewhat to Dan Warnock and his team Dan's Ur Man on 33, with Michael Dolan and his team of Dolan's Dragons on 35 points. Jean and Eoin and their team The Royal Blues on 40 points. Rounding out the bottom five for this week is Pearse O'Neill and his team, Best Cones Around, on 42 points. High score of the week goes to Kevin and Catherine McKee and their team Lola Zola with 31 points. (Down-10, Carlow-10, Mc Curry-6, Mulligan-5). 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
    The winner of the June Big Bingo €800 jackpot was Denis Sheerin, Rossinver. Normal bingo returns on Friday at 9pm in the Abbey Centre, €10 books and €5 half book, with a total prize fund of over €2,000. The Game Five summer snowball is still waiting to be won, sitting at €380 on 54 numbers or less.


    26 June 2014

    Football
    Aodh Ruadh clash with Milford has been brought forward to Friday evening at 7.30pm. That game will be preceded by the reserves at 6pm.

    Aodh Ruadh under 12s hosted Ardara in our fourth league game in Father Tierney Park on Tuesday evening. In our first game we got off to a good start with Harry Howarth hitting the onion bag early on, three points followed from Mark McGlynn with all the lads playing well. Senan Rooney struck over two great 45s and a point from play before Cian Rooney stepped up and hit the back of the net. In the second half though Ardara came back strong hitting two goals and a point without reply. The lads rallied with Mark McGlynn hitting a goal and Cian Rooney, Harry Howarth and Senan Rooney hitting a point a piece. The game finished 3-8 to 2-6 in a hard fought battle. In goals Bridín Maguire was in total charge with Kyle Murray and Matt Gillespie in very good form in the full back line. Eugene Doherty marshaled the half back line and Philip Cassidy worked tirelessly in midfield. Up front Calum Ayres and Daire Gallagher played very well linking up with their midfield and other forwards. In our second game we started with a strong line out, Shane Whelan back from injury played a great game in goals. In the full back line David Doherty and Adam Hoey were very solid. In the half back line Nathan Owens-Kelly, Daire Warren and Conal Bradshaw were excellent closing down all attacks. In midfield Kyle McCaffrey and Shane Duffy dominated play, linking up with their forwards. Up front Frankie McGinley took a great goal and was unlucky not to get a second, Mitch McLaughlin hit a fine goal too while Jake Foley and Diarmaid Dolan put in a great shift taking some good scores also.
    There was further good news for the under 12s with Kernan's Spar coming on board as jersey sponsor for the team. Pictured at the official presentation of the jerseys to the club are under 12 team manager Martin McGlynn and David O'Donnell who is an under 12 mentor and manager of Kernan's Spar Ballyshannon. The image can be viewed in full resolution on aodhruadh.org. Kernan's are great supporters of the club, hosting one of our weekly lotto sales outlets every Saturday, which brings us neatly on to the next topic of conversation...

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    Liam's on cloud nine
    Pictured right receiving his winning Aodh Ruadh lotto cheque for €9,300 is Clyhore man Liam McGowan. Aodh Ruadh Treasurer, Catherine McKee, and Chairman, Diarmaid Keon, were on hand to do the honours. The image can be viewed in full resolution on aodhruadh.org. Liam is one of the hundreds of people every week who help sustain our club by playing the lotto.
    Aodh Ruadh provides high quality coaching and sports facilities to everyone in Ballyshannon. We train and develop over 20 different football and hurling teams, for boys and girls, men and women. We provide an outlet for all aspects of Irish culture. We help bind our wider community together. We highlight the importance of lifestyle issues to our young people. We produce talented and dedicated footballers and hurlers who go on to represent our county. We build team and community spirit. We work hand in hand with all our local community groups.
    We can only do this because of the support provided by those who regularly play club lotto. So many thanks once again to all those who play every week and help make Aodh Ruadh the vibrant community resource it is. Míle buíochas!

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    24 June 2014

    Club meeting
    The monthly club executive meeting takes place this Thursday, 26th June in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 8.30pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

    Football
    Aodh Ruadh maintained their position at the head of the division three table with a 2-22 to 0-10 victory over a depleted Carndonagh side in Inishowen. Ballyshannon were slow to start and Carn were picking off some lovely long range points, but the visitors were able to forge their way to a 0-9 to 0-5 half time lead. Aodh Ruadh's first goal was a fine individual effort, Mickey Dolan attacking down the left channel and unleashing a rasper past the Carndonagh net minder. The second goal came when Ballyshannon turned over a Carn attack and the ball was worked to Diarmaid McInerney in space. McInerney was clinical with his finish to the back of the net. In general it was good team performance from the Ernesiders, especially in the second period when fatigue began to tell on the homesters. Conor Patton once again clocked up the kilometers in another indefatigable performance, while Eamonn McGrath led what was an impressive half back display. Also prominent was James O'Donnell who dominated around the centre of the field. We have some pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

    Aodh Ruadh are on the road once next weekend, this time to the next peninsula over. The seniors will be taking on Milford on Saturday evening at 7.30pm. That game will be preceded by the reserves at 6pm.

    The under 16s opened their season with a two point away loss to Four Master on a 3-10 to 3-8 scoreline in the league. Aodh Ruadh took their time to get into the game went in at the break four points down, 1-7 to 1-3. However after a few positional shifts the visitors got on top of things in the second half and the result could easily have swung in Ballyshannon's favour had a few shots been smiled upon by fortune. Oisín Rooney capped a great attacking performance with a well converted goal, while Ryan McKenna nailed a penalty. Aodh Ruadh's joint captains Nathan Boyle and Shane McGrath both excelled, Boyle in particular took a few heavy knocks, but never stepped back. In defence Jason Granaghan and Conall Sweeny both did very well. A quick story to finish on a light note, an Aodh Ruadh player was pulled down while on the attack. A Ballyshannon supporter called out it was a black card, to which a tablet-toting Four Masters mentor responded, "How was that a black card?" The Aodh Ruadh man shot back, "How about you look it up on your iPad!" Anyway, the under 16s will be back in action this Friday in Father Tierney Park when they host Ardara. That game throws up at 7.30pm.

    The under 14s championship hopes came to a very disappointing end last Wednesday night in Ballintra, when they met Four Masters in their championship play-off game. From the very start the lads struggled to find form against a very fit and determined Four Masters side and the absence of a few key players up front really made an impact on the outcome of the game. Half-time saw the Aodh Ruadh lads trailing by two points. Donegal made the better start in the second half and pulled away at a steady pace. With the best efforts of Dylan Gallagher, Odhran McGarrigle and man of the match Senan Rooney all finding the back of the Donegal net in the second half it still was not enough and the Four Masters men finished the game very strong, running out the easy 6-14 to 3-7 winners at the final whistle.

    Our under 12s will be hosting Ardara on Tuesday 24th June with the senior game throwing in at 6.30pm. Training on Saturday at 10.45am.

    Under 10 training continues on Wednesday at 6.30pm and Saturday at 11pm.

    The under 8s traveled to Ardara last Saturday for a blitz also featuring Naomh Bríd. It was an enjoyable day out for the team that travelled down with some good football played too. In the senior game Jack McCadden played brilliantly at full back, with Barry Campbell in goals and later had a great game up front. In the junior game, Liam Doogan worked well at midfield and Hugh Óg Maguire up front scoring a great point stood out. The team who represented Ballyshannon were: Killian Bradshaw, Barry Campbell, Liam Doogan, Stephen Doran, Tommy Clyne, Cormac Finnegan, Donagh Kelly, Hugh Óg Maguire, Seán Maguire, Jack McCadden, Cian McDonald, Garvey Meade, Tom Murphy, Conor O'Mahoney, Dara O'Mahoney, Cillian Slevin and James Ward. Training at the usual time of 6.30pm this Friday.

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

    Double joy for Donegal
    Sunday proved a great day as Donegal as seniors and minors booked their places in the biggest day in the Ulster GAA calendar. There was a lot of club interest in Clones on with Niall Harley and Colm Kelly figuring prominently in the minors 2-19 to 1-10 victory over Antrim. Mick McGrath is involved in the minor back room team, while Aodh Ruadh hurler Jamie Brennan is going well. too. The Aodh Ruadh interest didn't stop there as Anthony Donagher and John Joe Gettins both took part in the half time games, giving a good account of themselves. Ronan Matthews was in Clones on Sunday and he got a great range of shots from the day which can be browsed at aodhruadh.org.

    Hurling
    Aodh Ruadh recorded another good win in Ulster Táin league division three on Sunday evening. They defeated Louth outfit Mattock Rangers on a scoreline of 5-11 to 3-10 to third in the ten team table behind Ballela of Down and Sean Treacy's from Lurgan. Ballyshannon got off to a flyer with two earlier goals, Chris Kilgannon instrumental in both, and enjoyed a half time cushion of five points. However Mattock contribute a sizeable contingent to the Louth senior team and weren't for lying down. Two goals after the break saw the Leinster men edge into a one point lead. Aodh Ruadh responded well and battled back to run out seven point winners. The most encouraging aspect of the performance was the grit shown by the youthful Aodh Ruadh full back line of Tommy Anderson, Tommy Gillespie and Jack Matthews who were under huge pressure in the second half.

    The under 16s open their league campaign with a home game against MacCumhaill's on Thursday evening. Throw in at Father Tierney Park is at 7 pm and all support will be most welcome.

    Best of luck to Brendan Gillespie and Oisín Rooney as they attend the Ulster Academy in Jordanstown next Monday and Tuesday, it's a great honour for the lads and a well deserved reward for their years of dedication to hurling.

    Our under 8s and under 10s take part in the third all county blitz this Sunday in Convoy, details will be sent out during the week.

    Ladies
    Aodh Ruadh said farewell to Fionnuala Gill at the weekend. The Gaelscoil Éirne teacher has made a great contribution to the club since coming to the town almost a decade ago. She soldiered with the senior team, winning an intermediate championship title, and helped coach a number of underage Aodh Ruadh teams too. The ladies team staged a farewell bash for Fionnuala in Dicey Reilly's where she was presented with a few mementos to remember us by when she gets settled in down in Cork. Always available to lend a hand, it's fair to say we'll all miss the Mayo múinteoir about the place. Slán agus go raibh céad maith agat. We have a few pictures from the presentation up on aodhruadh.org.

    Our under 8s, under 10s and under 12s continue to train on Mondays at 6pm. Best of luck to the under 12s who travel to Mountcharles this Saturday 28th for a blitz. The following Saturday 5th July they will be playing at a blitz in Donegal Town.

    Hard luck to the under 14s who lost their play-off game against Termon last Tuesday in Killygordon. The girls had a great year, topping their group in the first round and finishing up in a play-off situation in Division A in the county.

    Training continues for under 16s, minors and seniors on Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm.

    Summer camp
    Aodh Ruadh Summer Camp 2014 runs on Monday 7th July-11th July and Monday 14th July-18th July. The camp runs from 10am to 3pm daily.

    Cash for Clothes
    Cash for Clothes for the month of June the Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee are having their annual Cash for Clothes fund-raising collection. We're collecting unwanted clothing in good condition, shoes, belts and handbags, we're also collecting blankets, sheets, curtains once they're bagged separately. This is a good chance to clean out your wardrobes and help us raise funds for the promotion and development of underage hurling in Aodh Ruadh. Contact any of the following who will arrange collection of your unwanted clothing etc Tara Keenaghan 086-3331903, Fionnuala Gillespie 087-6668634 and John Rooney 086-2587793.

    Fantasy race for Sam
    After eight games this weekend, the double act that is the two Gerry Gallaghers sees one replace the other at the top of the leaderboard. Its Gerry Gallagher and his team of Belleek Boys who are top this week on 107 points. Hot on his heels is Philip Patton and his team, County Colours, on 105 points. Conal Gallagher and his team, The Concrete Cs, are in third place with 102 points. The other team to break the 100 point barrier are Niamh and Pauric McGrath and their team, Niamh's Creevy Clubhouse on 100 points which leaves them in fourth place overall. Rounding out the top this week is John Patton Jr and his team, Yes Patsy, on 98 points. In last place on his own this week is Jim McGrath and his team, I'd Say So, with a measly 17 points. He has opened a sizable lead on Sean O'Mahoney and his team of Rathmore Rebels who have 24 points. On 28 points is Michael Dolan and his team, Dolans Dragons, with Dan Warnock and his team, Dan's Ur Man' on 29 points. Rounding out the bottom five is Pearse O'Neill and his team, Best Cones Around, on 31 points. Joint high score of the week on 44 points is John Meehan with his team, The Last Mayor (Donegal-10, Limerick-10, Wicklow-10, Marren-4, McNamee-10) along with Trevor O'Mahoney and his team, Coolsense (Galway-10, Cork-10, Wicklow-10, Martin-2, Ryan-8, Mc Cormack-4). As always tthe 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.

    Community Employment Scheme Vacancies
    Two employment places are currently available on the Community Employment Scheme organised by the Committee for Aodh Ruadh and other local community organisations. Applicants must meet the minimum criteria for a CES placement including a minimum age of 25 years and a minimum period of 12 months on unemployment benefit/allowances. One position is for an Administrative role supporting the CE Scheme operations, based in the office in the Day Centre, College Street, Ballyshannon. The second place is for a person with the skills to function as a Hurling Coach to enhance the current Aodh Ruadh Schools Coaching Initiative. Garda Vetting will apply to this latter position. Contact Tom Daly for further information. Anyone interested should first check with the Department of Social Protection that they meet the eligibility criteria.

    Bingo
    The June Big Bingo will be held this Friday, with a total prize fund of nearly €3000, including a €1000 jackpot game. Winner of last week's €400 jackpot was Ann McAndrew of Pettigo. The Game Five summer snowball is still growing and now stands at €360 on 53 numbers or less. Books for the big bingo are priced at €15 for a full book, €8 for a half book, or buy a book and a half for a discounted €20. See you there!

    Donegal supports safe driving
    The County Health and Wellbeing Committee of CLG Dhún na nGall and the Donegal Road Safety Working Group have launched a campaign to encourage all road users to change their behavior and make these changes part of their lives in the future, which will save lives and reduce serious injuries on our roads.
    Our message is simple - make smart choices about how you use the roads: never ever drink or drug drive, strictly keep to the speed limits and reduce your speed, make sure you and your passengers are wearing seatbelts before you set off on a journey, no matter how short and never use your mobile phone for any purpose while driving.
    The campaign is fully backed by Donegal GAA and Donegal Road Safety Working Group with Donegal senior team player, Ryan McHugh as its Ambassador. Footballers and management will be encouraging people to make their pledge to decide every time they sit in a vehicle before they turn the key, that they will make smart choices about how they use the roads. The hope is that everyone takes note and thinks road safety when using the roads.
    This Road Safety campaign for the football season is being co-ordinated by Brian O'Donnell, Road Safety Officer, Donegal County Council and Sean Dunnion, County Chairman, Donegal GAA as part of their road safety education and casualty reduction strategy.
    At the launch at MacCumhaill Park on Saturday June 7th, Brian O'Donnell, Road Safety Officer opened by saying, "This is another opportunity to remind football fans about their road safety responsibilities. Fans should ensure the enjoyment of the game isn't followed by tragedy on the roads. Individuals and organisations should follow their football team's example and make a commitment to support this campaign and ask all their family members to adhere to the rules of the road at all times and lead by example. It is also important to factor in a rest break on your journey from Donegal to the game".
    Sean Dunnion, County Chairman said, "The new County Health and Wellbeing Committee formed earlier this year immediately identified that Road Safety should be a focus area for their plan for 2014 so we are delighted now to partner with the Donegal Road Safety Working Group in delivering a campaign for our members and supporters as they travel to venues across Ulster and indeed hopefully outside the province later in the season as they support the Donegal minor and senior football teams."
    Ryan McHugh said, "It was a great honour for him to be selected as the Donegal GAA Road Safety Ambassador and looked forward to working with both the County Health and Wellbeing Committee and the Donegal Road Safety Working Group in promoting a safe driving culture for both young and older drivers. He also appealed to everybody, both drivers and passengers, to heed the many safe driving messages that will be delivered particularly over social media channels in the coming months."


    17 June 2014

    Football
    Aodh Ruadh secured a massive win on Saturday evening when they recorded a 5-8 to 0-12 victory over Naomh Columba in Father Tierney Park. The result is a major fillip to the club's promotion drive as games start to run out. Goals were the key and with a 3-7 to 0-5 cushion at half-time testament to a dominant performance in the opening 30. The second half was rather more tightly fought, with Ballyshannon only managing to add 2-1, but by that stage Naomh Columba's prospects of catching Aodh Ruadh were considerably reduced. David McGurrin was man of the match for the Ernesiders. His precision football was a pure joy to behold. There was a lot of drive from defence with Johnny Gallagher, Ciron Whoriskey and Conor Patton as often in the opposition's half as their own. Kerry Ryan was dominant in the middle of the pitch and made four vital interceptions to disrupt Naomh Columba attacking movements. Up front the physicality and accuracy of Ronan McGurrin, Pauric Patton and David Dolan proved too much for Glen to deal with. We have a full match report from the game and pictures up on aodhruadh.org.

    With David Finnerty away getting married Aodh Ruadh were a little under strength for this game. However, while they gave a decent showing for most of this game, they could have few complaints about the final scoreline of 0-14 to 1-14 in favour of Naomh Columba. 16 different players got their names on the score sheet which gives an indication of the end-to-end action served up to the patrons in Father Tierney Park. Aodh Ruadh actually went in at the break leading 0-8 to 0-7 thanks to a lovely Cookie O'Halloran point. However Glen got the goal as the game moved into the final quarter and with time running out it was always going to be an uphill battle after that. Best for Aodh Ruadh on the day were the full back line of Cookie O'Halloran, Ryan Patton and Chris McCabe. Further out the pitch Niall Thomas got on a lot of ball, while up front James Kelly and Sticky Ward worked hard and Nicky Sheerin got himself a nice point. We have a full match report pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org

    Aodh Ruadh seniors are on the road next weekend into the heart of Inishowen. They will be taking on Carndonagh on Saturday evening at 7.30pm. There is no reserve fixture this weekend.

    The under 16s opening game of the season take place next Monday evening in Donegal Town. That clash with Four Master throws in at 7.30pm, Eugene McHale refereeing.

    The under 14s played a real rollercoaster of a game in Tír Chonaill park on Wednesday last as they kept their championship dream alive. Aodh Ruadh were on fire in the first half and really gave an exhibition of football, at one point going into a ten point lead. The homesters had that brought back to eight points by half-time, but Ballyshannon still looked in well control. Four Masters came out in the second half with all guns blazing hitting two goals and then pushing into a four point lead. A shell-shocked Aodh Ruadh finally rallied and clawed their way back into game to put a point in it with five minutes to go. The final nerve-shredding five minutes saw the Ernesiders shoot four wides, but then up stepped captain Dylan Gallagher to fire over a magnificent leveler. That point was the icing on the cake of a great performance from Gallagher. Elsewhere Senan Rooney, Shane Gillespie and Michael McKenna were all outstanding, while there were exceptional displays from the two corner backs, Adam Clarke and Adam Rami. Local Sport Donegal carried a substantial gallery of images from the game. Four Masters' subsequent defeat to Naomh Columba means that they finish the group level on points with Aodh Ruadh and a play-off is now required. That play-off game takes place in Ballintra at 7.15pm this Wednesday, 18th June. We hope to see a substantial Ballyshannon support in Páirc Naomh Bríd to get behind the team. The winner of this match will progress to the regional semi-final against Killybegs.

    Our under 12s traveled to Mountcharles on a balmy Monday evening and won both games with the lads playing some decent football. Aodh Ruadh will be hosting Ardara on Tuesday 24th June with the senior game throwing in at 6.30pm. Training on Wednesday evening at 6.15pm and on Saturday at 10.45am. We now have a report from the under 12s shield win in Enniskillen up on aodhruadh.org.

    Under 10 training continues on Wednesday at 6.30pm and Saturday at 11pm. We are aiming to host a blitz on Saturday 28th June.

    The results from the first under eight skills test of the year were distributed at training last Friday. The top five standings were: 1st: Finn Coady; 2nd: Tom Murphy; 3rd: Tommy Clyne; 4th: James Monaghan; and 5th: Killian Bradshaw. The crucial thing for players to understand is that the first skills test is a benchmark which tells them where their skills are at right now and allows management to target our coaching over the rest of the season. We will be doing a second skills test at the end of the season and this will tell the players how far they have come across the course of the year. The main awards after that test will go to the players who have managed the biggest improvement in their score across the year. The purpose of empowering players with the full breakdown of their scores for the skills test is to let them know the areas where they did well and where they can improve ahead of the final skills test. There are some shots from last Friday's session up on aodhruadh.org. Training at the usual time of 6.30pm this Friday.

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

    Hurling
    Aodh Ruadh are back in Ulster Táin league division three this action this Sunday. They are away to Garvaghey to take on Louth outfit Mattock Rangers at 6pm.

    Creevy National School made a welcome return to Cumann na mBunscol competition last Thursday. They were beaten by Tooban National School in Convoy. Creevy put on a great show against this famed school which is the main nursery for Burt. A very young Creevy team, which contained only two sixth class boys, battled hard throughout and lost a great game 8-2 to 4-4. Despite losing the lads showed great character fighting right to the end. It is hoped that some of the lads will now start hurling with Aodh Ruadh. Creevy's return to competition is very welcome and is a result of Aodh Ruadh's coaching initiative and the work being done at underage hurling in the club.

    Well done to under 12 hurler Declan Breslin who represented Creevy National School at the INTO mini game at half time in the Donegal v Down Ulster Hurling Championship quarter-final in Clones on Sunday. Declan played very well and did school and club proud.

    Under 12s and under 16s start their league campaigns next Thursday against MacCumhaill's.

    Under 8s and under 10s have their next all-county blitz in Convoy on Sunday 29th June. Training has been going well at these age groups.

    Ladies
    Our under 12s didn't have a blitz at the weekend, but are training hard for the next blitzes. These will be away blitzes and are coming up on 28th June and 5th July. Thanks again to all the parents who helped with the refreshments when we had our home blitz, to our refs on the day, Sylvie, Terence McShea and Eoin O'Moore. We hope Roisin Daly, who sustained a broken finger, is recovering well and send her all our best wishes.

    Best of luck to our under 14s who are in a play-off game against Termon in Killygordon this evening at 7pm.

    Summer camp
    Aodh Ruadh Summer Camp 2014 runs on Monday 7th July-11th July and Monday 14th July-18th July.

    Cash for Clothes
    Cash for Clothes for the month of June the Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee are having their annual Cash for Clothes fund-raising collection. We're collecting unwanted clothing in good condition, shoes, belts and handbags, we're also collecting blankets, sheets, curtains once they're bagged separately. This is a good chance to clean out your wardrobes and help us raise funds for the promotion and development of underage hurling in Aodh Ruadh. Contact any of the following who will arrange collection of your unwanted clothing etc Tara Keenaghan 086-3331903, Fionnuala Gillespie 087-6668634 and John Rooney 086-2587793.

    Fantasy race for Sam
    This week sees the 'other' Gerry Gallagher - Ardara Forever - take over the top spot with 81 points. I'm sure if he wins the competition, there will be a cup of tea taken to celebrate. Hot on his heels is Michael Clancy's Clyhore Champs on 80 point, with last week's leader, the 'other' Gerry Gallagher and his Belleek Boys in third place on 75 points. John Magee makes his first appearance of the year in the top five with fourth spot on 72 points. We have three teams then in joint fifth place all on 71 points. John Patton Jr with Yes Patsy, Pat Gruddy and Mayo This Time and Cailin McInerney's The West Porters. In joint last place this week, we have Pearse O'Neill and his Best Cones Around and Jim McGrath's I'd Say So. Both are on 17 points. Michael Dolan and the Dolans Dragon are on 18 points and Dan Warnock with Dan's Your Man is on 19 points. Shane Drummond and his Coolcholly Crew is a point further up the road on 20 points. Joint high score of the week with 27 points scored goes to Eugene Loughlin (Monaghan-10, McManus-6, Newman-11) along with Niamh and Pauric McGrath (Monaghan-10, Clare-10, McManus-6, Tubridy-1). As always tthe 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
    Bingo continues this Friday night in The Abbey Centre at 9pm sharp, books priced at €10 for a full book, €5 for half book. Winner of last week's €400 jackpot was Helen Lawne of Cluain Barron. The Game Five Summer Snowball continues to grow and now stands at €340 on 52 numbers or less.


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