Welcome to Aodh Ruadh

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There was no winner of the Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €4,600.
Next draw in Dicey Reilly's with a Jackpot of €4,700 on Monday at 8.30pm
Lotto Rota:
- Reserve Footballers
- Bord na nÓg
- Senior Footballers
- Ladies
- Juvenile Hurlers
- Senior Hurlers
The lotto team for the McCosker's Centra on Saturday is:
Senior Footballers.

In the lucky dip €20 went to: O'Donnell, Moy Road; Dolores McWeeney, The Mall; Freddie Henry, Garrison; Marie Gallagher, Erne Street; and Eamon Doherty, Erne Dale Heights.

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What's new

15 February 2015
Senior challenge
Good work-out for Aodh Ruadh seniors
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25 January 2015
Inter-county hurling challenge
Donegal hurlers ease into 2015 with challenge win over Fermanagh
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23 January 2015
Underage football
Underage indoor football training resumes
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22 January 2015
Teanga Thursday
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28 December 2014
Annual Colman Kerr charity match raises funds for good causes
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28 December 2014
Homecoming quiz 2014
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7 December 2014
Under 21 championship
Aodh Ruadh exit under 21 championship
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6 December 2014
Underage hurling
Sambo McNaughton guest of honour at Juvenile Hurling Awards Presentation Night
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23 October 2014
Tom Cullen passes to his reward
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15 November 2014
Senior Football Division 2/3 relegation promotion play-off
Aodh Ruadh denied promotion
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9 November 2014
Senior Football Division 3
Aodh Ruadh qualify for play-off
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9 November 2014
Senior Reserve Football Division 3
Reserves finish season with a flourish
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25 October 2014
Intermediate Football Championship
End of the line for Aodh Ruadh
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24 October 2014
Intermediate Reserve Football Championship
Reserves crash out of the championship
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17 October 2014
Under 16 ladies football
Aodh Ruadh claim county title
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12 October 2014
Intermediate Football Championship
Aodh Ruadh progress to quarters despite loss
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12 October 2014
Intermediate Reserve Football Championship
Gaels get the better of reserves
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5 October 2014
Intermediate Football Championship
Honours even in Páirc Naomh Bríd
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5 October 2014
Under 14 football
McKenna claims Bakery Cup title
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4 October 2014
Ballyshannon Carnival delights
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4 October 2014
Under 8 football
Under 8s wrap up the season in style
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4 October 2014
Under 16 ladies football
Aodh Ruadh book their place in the county final
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28 September 2014
Under 12 hurling
Easkey make it four-in-a-row at the Aodh Ó Dálaigh
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27 September 2014
Intermediate Football Championship
Downings downed as Aodh Ruadh open championship account
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22 September 2014
Minors All-Ireland final homecoming
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18 September 2014
Aodh Ruadh has the craic at Up For The Match
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15 September 2014
Get your Aodh Ruadh soft shell jacket
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15 September 2014
Family Fundraiser draw made
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13 September 2014
Under 10 football
Aodh Ruadh reclaim the Mick Shannon
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6 September 2014
Senior Football Division 3
Gut-wrenching defeat for Ernesiders
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6 September 2014
Senior Reserve Football Division 3
League crown must wait for another day
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Club News

3 March 2015

Open membership sessions
There will be open registration sessions in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Thursday 12th March from 6.30pm to 8pm and Saturday 14th March from 12 to 2pm. The deadline for 2015 club membership is approaching rapidly and all club members are asked to submit their registration form and fee at their earliest convenience. Some key points to bear in mind:-

  • Paid up members will receive preference for tickets to Donegal's championship matches, including All-Ireland final tickets.
  • In order to be entitled to the rights of a full member, a person must have their fees paid to the club on a date before March 31st and be registered by the club on the online system in order to have a vote in the upcoming membership year.
  • Only fully registered players on the GAA online registration system are allowed to take the field for the club. If your name is not in this system you are ineligible. That has repercussions in terms of insurance cover for injuries.
  • Registration is an important component in meeting the running costs of the club.
  • Only fully paid up members will be eligible for the annual draw for tickets to the football and hurling All Ireland finals.

Membership can be paid to Mary Matthews at Shannon's Corner. Players can also download registration forms from aodhruadh.org and submit this along with the relevant fee directly to their manager.

Football
The intermediate championship draw held in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh after the Donegal Cork game on Sunday saw Aodh Ruadh drawn in group one, along with Buncrana, Saint Naul's and Naomh Colmcille. We have sparred with all three regularly enough in the past few years and will look ahead to the group stages with a quiet confidence bolstered by the fact we got home draws against Buncrana and Saint Naul's.

The minors will take on Naomh Columba in Father Tierney Park on Sunday 8th March.

Training continues for the under 14s this Saturday 7th March from 10am-11am in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Well done to the under 10s and 12s who gave a great display of football in the half time game during the Donegal v Cork match. Many thanks to the coaches who marshalled them through the day and our referees Niall McCready and Val Murray.

Indoor training continues this Friday 6th March for under 10s in the new hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm followed by the under 12s from 7pm to 8pm, also in the new hall. Under 10s and 12s are asked to remember to bring in any outstanding registration forms and fees. PLEASE NOTE, THERE IS A CHARGE OF €2 PER HEAD TO COVER THE COST OF HALL HIRE. Please bring your own water and wear runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

With the Mercy Hall unavailable due to mock examinations, under 6 and under 8 indoor training are on a break. Training resumes in the Mercy Hall at the usual times for under 6s and under 8s on Friday 13th March.

The Bord na nÓg quiz takes place on Thursday 5th March in Owen Roe's. Managers are reminded that they are expected to bring along a team on the night.

Hurling
Many thanks to all who helped with our annual bag packing day in Supervalu, Bundoran on Saturday last, we had a very successful day. Special thanks to Des Cosgrove, Tara Gorman and all the staff in Supervalu for their help and continued support for our efforts.

Over the last week all our teams have begun training, we had a great crowd of under 8s, 10s and 12s on Sunday morning, over 40 in total. The most encouraging thing was the amount of new comers who showed up. Training is back to the usual time of 12 noon this Sunday, all welcome.

Coach the Coaches. We are having a coaching session for all involved in underage hurling coaching this Saturday in Creevy National School from 3pm to 5pm. This course is being facilitated by Pauric Dowdall Ulster GAA and should be very informative. There are some places still available if any parent would like to attend please contact John Rooney 0862587793.

Ladies
Training for under 16s, minors and seniors takes place on Tuesday 7pm and Saturday 11am.

Well done to Sarah Patton and the Donegal ladies on another emphatic win in tough conditions defeating Kildare 5-19 to 1-2.

Club shorts
We now have official club shorts available to order. They are O'Neill's, so top quality kit. Kids sizes (24 and 26) cost €18, while adult sizes (28, 30, 32, 34, 36 and 38) cost €22. We'll have samples available shortly, watch the Facebook page for images. Contact Chris Kelly on 0868813553 to place your order.

Donegal v Cork
Special thanks is extended to all the stewards and helpers who worked on Saturday and Sunday in preparation for the NFL game and who assisted during and after the game. The grounds have never looked better and the smooth running of the day was a great credit to all concerned. We have an extensive gallery of pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org featuring the talents Brian Drummond and Ronan Matthews.

Dinner Dance
The annual club dinner dance in Dorrian's took place on Saturday. On the night the individual awards were distributed as follows. Hall of Fame: Teddy Kane, Club person of the year: Conal Gallagher; Senior player of the year: Michael Dolan; Reserve player of the year: Ciaran Slevin; Hurler of the year: Jack Matthews; Ladies player of the year: Tanya O'Shea; Young footballer of the year: Pauric Patton; and Young hurler of the year: Oisín Rooney. Also recognised on the night were our representatives on the Ulster MFC winning side - Niall Harley and Colm Kelly, our reserve football league champions, and our representatives on Donegal's Division 3A league winning side. We would also like to acknowledge the generosity of these great local businesses for their generous support of the raffle at the dinner dance; Centra; Slevin's; Ballyshannon Shoe Company, Zuba, Nirvana, Essence Of Beauty; Erne Enterprise, Gerry Ferguson's Jewellers and Ballyshannon Musical Society. Once again Sean Perry did an assured job as master of ceremonies and we will have his quips on the night preserved for posterity for you later in the week. In the meantime, you can browse a gallery of pictures from the evening's craic in the Image Gallery on aodhruadh.org.

GAA national draw results
The draw was made at last Thursday's executive committee meeting for the Aodh Ruadh element of the GAA National Draw. The winners were as follows: €100 Mick Melly; €50 Donal Buggy; €50 John Feely; €20 Johnny Gallagher; €20 Michael Ward; €20 John McGuinness; €20 Simon Gillespie; amnd €20 Paula Keon. Unfortunately Aodh Ruadh club members drew a blank in both the the national draw at last weekend's GAA congress in the Slieve Russell and in the Donegal county draw. We thank everyone who put their hands in their pockets and supported the draw and provided greatly appreciated funds for Aodh Ruadh at a time of year when there are many outgoings pressing on club finances.

Coaching workshops and courses
Below are coaching courses in March. If you would like to attend any of these please e-mail Emma Gaughan on secretary.aodhruadh.donegal@gaa.ie or text 0863039610.

Foundation Award for hurling
All-county - MacCumhaill Park
Friday/Saturday, 13-14th March

National Go Games Activity Day
Sat/Sun 17-18th August, Croke Park.

Abbey Centre Bingo
James Gettins was the winner of last week's big bingo jackpot of €800. Bingo this week is in Coláiste Cholmcille due to the musical, Hello Dolly, being staged in the Abbey Centre. The winter snowball is still waiting to be won, now standing at €625 on 52 numbers or less. Books available priced €10/€5.


23 February 2015

Dinner Dance 2015
It's the club's biggest social night of the year as the Aodh Ruadh dinner dance takes place this Saturday 28th February in Dorrian's Hotel. We will have both the Ulster trophies won by Donegal last year present on the night and tickets are on sale now locally priced €25. Music on the night will be supplied by Trutones.

Club meeting
The monthly club executive meeting takes place this Thursday at 8.30pm. All committee members are asked to attend. Club registration can be paid between 7.30pm and 8.30pm before the meeting.

Open registration session this Thursday
There will be an open registration session this Thursday between 7.30pm and 8.30pm in Arás Aoidh Ruaidh. Anyone who wishes to sign up for club membership is warmly invited to attend. Club membership for 2015 is now due and all club members are asked to submit their registration form and fee at their earliest convenience. Membership can also be paid to Mary Matthews at Shannon's Corner or contact Betty McIntyre on 0872363879. Players can also download registration forms from aodhruadh.org and submit this along with the relevant fee directly to their manager. It is vital all players are signed up club members.

Football
There is a Bord na nÓg meeting this Tuesday, 24th February at 8pm. It is absolutely essential we have all committee members present at this meeting.

The minors got their 2015 campaign off to a good start on Sunday with a 5-15 to 1-2 win over Naomh Ultan. The team has joint captains this year, Eugene Drummond and Calum 'Cookie' O'Halloran. Cookie was the first to have the honour of taking the toss and certainly lead by example throughout the game. In terrible conditions the football was scrappy on both sides for the first ten minutes and midway through the first half the sides were level at 1-2 apiece. The Aodh Ruadh lads then stepped it up a gear with Philip Patton, Shane McGrath and Garreth Sheerin showing their class with some fine scores. Half-time saw the Ballyshannon men go in with a comfortable lead of 2-7 to 1-2. The second half started with much better football coming from the Aodh Ruadh men, but unfortunately man of the match Nathan Boyle and Ryan McKenna, two of the real work horses on the day had to be subbed off due to injury. The next man down was wing forward Dónal Sweeny who spent a long evening in Sligo hospital with a suspect fracture to his shoulder. We wish Dónal all the best for a speedy recovery. The younger members of the panel Conal Sweeny and Sean Taylor gave great performances when introduced. Jason Gallagher had a great game at full forward and along, with Cáelán Drummond, did all that was asked from them. The back line of Eugene Drummond, Jack Darbon and Jason Granaghan had a quiet second half with most of the play in the other end of the field, but they were very quick to respond to the occasional threat. Oisín Rooney was outstanding in the middle of the field, linking up very well with Daniel Warnock and Oisín Roper. The next outing and the first big test for the minors is at home to Naomh Columba on Sunday 8th March.

The first training session of the year for under 14s takes place this Saturday 28th February from 10am-11am in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

With the Mercy Hall unavailable due to mock examinations, under 6 and under 8 indoor training are on a break. Training resumes in the Mercy Hall at the usual times for under 6s and under 8s on Friday 13th March.

Indoor training continues this Friday 27th February for under 10s in the new hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm followed by the under 12s from 7pm to 8pm, also in the new hall. Under 10s and 12s are asked to remember to bring in any outstanding registration forms and fees. PLEASE NOTE, THERE IS A CHARGE OF €2 PER HEAD TO COVER THE COST OF HALL HIRE. Please bring your own water and wear runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

A date for your diaries. The Bord na nÓg quiz takes place on Thursday 5th March in Owen Roe's

Ladies
Congratulations to our 2014 under 16 Ladies who won the County Championship in their section. The girls were presented with their county medals on Friday night. Many of these players are under 16 again this year. Thanks to managers Teddy Kane and Terence McShea for their work with the girls.


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Training for under 16s, minors and seniors takes place on Tuesday 7pm and Saturday 11am.

The under 14 ladies team of 2014 were also presented with certificates on Friday night also by their manager, Tara Khan. This was to mark the team's achievement in the County A Section Championship where the girls finished as the top third team in the county.

Congratulations to Sarah Patton and the Donegal Senior Ladies who had a very comprehensive win over Clare at the weekend.

Hurling
The fixtures for the 2015 Ulster Senior Táin Club Hurling League have been released. This year sees Aodh Ruadh graded in division 2B along with Saint Eunan's, Setanta, Strabane Shamrocks, and Knockbridge and Saint Fechin's - both from Louth. The fixtures programme works out as follows:

Sunday 29th March: Aodh Ruadh v Setanta
Monday, 6th April: Saint Eunan's v Aodh Ruadh
Sunday 12th April: Strabane Shamrocks v Aodh Ruadh
Sunday 19th April: Aodh Ruadh v Saint Fechin's
Sunday 26th April: Knockbridge v Aodh Ruadh
Sunday 31st May: Setanta v Aodh Ruadh
Sunday 14th June: Aodh Ruadh v Saint Eunan's
Sunday 7th July: Aodh Ruadh v Strabane Shamrocks
Saturday 18th July: Saint Fechin's v Aodh Ruadh
Saturday 25th July: Aodh Ruadh v Knockbridge

Underage hurling makes a welcome return this Sunday at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Due to the Donegal v Cork game, training will start at the earlier time of 10.30 am and will finish at 11.45am. From next week on training will be at its normal time of 12 noon. All are welcome from five years and upwards, especially beginners. Hurls and helmets will be provided for training, all coaches are qualified. Emphasis will be on fun and learning the skills of our great game. For any details contact any of the following managers: Under 8 John Rooney 086-2587793; under 10 Peter Horan 087-1326786; and under 12 Denis Daly 086-3269550.

Under 14 training will take place at 5pm sharp on Saturday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Coach The Coaches takes place on Saturday 7th March when Pauric Dowdall of Ulster GAA will carry out a workshop in Creevy National School from 3pm to 5 pm for all involved in underage hurling coaching. Any parents who would like to attend this event or help out in any way with underage hurling are asked to contact John Rooney 086-2587793.

Coaching Workshops
Below are coaching workshops and courses in February. If you would like to attend any of these please e-mail Emma Gaughan on secretary.aodhruadh.donegal@gaa.ie or text 0863039610.

Football Goalie Session
Venue: Ardara
Date: Monday, 2 March @ 7.30pm
Tutor: Pat Shovlin

Foundation Award for hurling
All-county - MacCumhaill Park
Friday/Saturday, 13-14th March

Award 1 for football
All-county - Glenswilly
Friday/Saturday, 6-7th March

Award 1 for hurling
All-county - MacCumhaill Park
Friday/Saturday, 6-7th March

National Go Games Activity Day
Sat/Sun 17-18th August, Croke Park.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Anne Granaghan of Bundoran was the winner of last week's €400 jackpot. This Friday is the February big bingo with a €3,200 prize fund, including the €1,000 jackpot game. The winter snowball now stands at €600 on 51 numbers or less. Big bingo books priced at €15, €8 half book, or a book and half for €20.


17 February 2015

Registration 2015
Club membership for 2015 is now due and all club members are asked to submit their registration form and fee at their earliest convenience. Membership can be paid to Mary Matthews at Shannon's Corner or contact Betty McIntyre on 0872363879. Players Players can also download registration forms from aodhruadh.org and submit this along with the relevant fee directly to their manager. Registration sessions will be organised for teams over the coming weeks and it is essential all players are signed up club members. We will also be having a number of open registration sessions throughout February and March to facilitate members in the wider community.

Football
Aodh Ruadh commenced pre-season preparation with a game of four 20 minute quarters against Melvin Gaels on Sunday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. It wasn't an ideal day for football, being windy, wet, dull and overcast, but there was an encouraging display from the homesters. A few new faces, both returnees and young prospects showed up well as Aodh Ruadh emerged the better of the sides over the 80 minutes, Nathan Boyle, Philip Patton and Callum O'Halloran all catching the eye. A well-drilled Ballyshannon also impressed in the defensive sector as they contained the Leitrim side manfully. We have some pictures from the match up on aodhruadh.org.

Our minors start their 2015 league campaign next Sunday 22nd February, away to Naomh Ultan in Dunkineely with a 12 noon throw in.

With the Mercy Hall unavailable due to mock examinations, under 6 and under 8 indoor training will be taking a three week break as of this Friday. This means there will be no training on Friday 20th February, 27th February and 6th March. Training resumes in the Mercy Hall at the usual times for under 6s and under 8s on Friday 13th March.

Indoor training continues this Friday 20th February for under 10s in the new hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm followed by the under 12s from 7pm to 8pm, also in the new hall. Under 10s and 12s are asked to remember to bring their registration forms and fees to this week's session where Bord na nÓg secretary Lisa McTernan will be on hand to collect. PLEASE NOTE, THERE IS A CHARGE OF €2 PER HEAD TO COVER THE COST OF HALL HIRE. Please bring your own water and wear runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

Ladies
Well done to Sarah Patton played her part as the Donegal ladies defeated Armagh 1-11 to 1-10 in the National League.

Hurling
Underage hurling returns on Sunday 1st March. We'll have full details in next week's notes.

The ninth annual Hurl-a-Thon takes place on Saturday 11th April please support the lads who will be out and about shortly seeking sponsorship for this fun-filled event.

On Saturday 7th March Pauric Dowdall of Ulster GAA will be hosting a Coach The Coaches day in Creevy National School from 3pm to 5pm for all involved in underage hurling coaching. Any parents or others who would like to attend this event and help out with underage hurling in the club are asked to contact John Rooney on 0862587793.

Coaching workshops and courses
A schedule for coaching workshops and courses in February has been released by Donegal GAA. These are listed below. If you would like to attend any of these please e-mail Emma Gaughan on secretary.aodhruadh.donegal@gaa.ie or text 0863039610.

Coaching Workshops

Hurling Goalie Session
Venue: MacCumhaill Park
Date: Monday, 23 February @ 7.30pm
Tutor: Tom Hennessy

Football Goalie Session
Venue: Ardara
Date: Monday, 2 March @ 7.30pm
Tutor: Pat Shovlin

Foundation Award for hurling
All-county - MacCumhaill Park
Friday/Saturday, 13-14th March

Award 1 for football
All-county - Glenswilly
Friday/Saturday, 6-7th March

Award 1 for hurling
All-county - MacCumhaill Park
Friday/Saturday, 6-7th March

Ulster Coaching Conference
Saturday, 21st February. 9.00am Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown.

National Go Games Activity Day
Sat/Sun 17-18th August, Croke Park.

Date for your diary
The Aodh Ruadh dinner dance will take place on Saturday 28th February in Dorrian's Hotel. We will have both the Ulster trophies won by Donegal last year present on the night and tickets are on sale now locally priced €25. Music on the night will be supplied by Trutones.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's Bingo Jackpot of €400 was won by Frances McPhelim of Creevy. There was no winner of the winter snowball, which now stands at €575 on 51 numbers or less. Bingo continues this Friday night at the Abbey Centre at 9pm. Books priced at €10/€5 for full/half books. See you there!


10 February 2015

Registration 2015
Club membership for 2015 is now due and all club members are asked to submit their registration form and fee at their earliest convenience. Membership can be paid to Mary Matthews at Shannon's Corner. Players can also download registration forms from aodhruadh.org and submit this along with the relevant fee directly to their manager. Registration sessions will be organised for teams over the coming weeks and it is essential all players are signed up club members. We will also be having a number of open registration sessions throughout February and March to facilitate members in the wider community.

Football
Indoor training continues this Friday 13th February. Under 6s, 8s and 16s are asked to remember to bring their registration forms and fees to this week's session where Bord na nÓg secretary Lisa McTernan will be on hand to collect. The 2015 Under 6s [Born 2009-2011] are in the Mercy Hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm followed by the under 8s [Born 2007-2008] from 7pm to 8pm, also in the Mercy Hall. 2015 under 10s [Born 2005-2006] are training in the new hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm. That session is followed by the 2015 under 12s [Born 2003-2004] from 7pm to 8pm, also in the new hall. Under 16 training continues in the Mercy Hall on Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm and on Friday from 8pm to 9pm. PLEASE NOTE, THERE IS A CHARGE OF €2 PER HEAD TO COVER THE COST OF HALL HIRE. Please bring your own water and wear runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

Hurling
Underage hurling resumes on Sunday 1st March. Keep an eye on club website and Facebook page for all information. Anyone looking for any information regarding underage hurling in the club is asked to contact John Rooney 086-2587793.

Coaching workshops and courses
Below are coaching workshops and courses in January and February. If you would like to attend any of these please e-mail Emma Gaughan on secretary.aodhruadh.donegal@gaa.ie or text 0863039610.

Season Planning
Venue: Glenswilly
Date: Monday, 16 February @ 7.30pm
Tutor: Roger Keenan

Hurling Goalie Session
Venue: MacCumhaill Park
Date: Monday, 23 February @ 7.30pm
Tutor: Tom Hennessy

Football Goalie Session
Venue: Ardara
Date: Monday, 2 March @ 7.30pm
Tutor: Pat Shovlin

Coaching Courses
Foundation Award for football
Inishowen - Urris
Friday/Saturday, 30-31st January

Foundation Award for football
South Saint Naul's
Friday/Saturday, 6-7th February

Foundation Award for football
South West - Ardara
Friday/Saturday, 6-7th February

Foundation Award for hurling
All-county - MacCumhaill Park
Friday/Saturday, 13-14th March

Award 1 for football
All-county - Glenswilly
Friday/Saturday, 27-28th February
Friday/Saturday, 6-7th March

Award 1 for hurling
All-county - MacCumhaill Park
Friday/Saturday, 27-28th February
Friday/Saturday, 6-7th March

Ulster Coaching Conference
Saturday, 21st February. 9.00am Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown.

National Go Games Activity Day
Sat/Sun 17-18th August, Croke Park.

Date for your diary
The Aodh Ruadh dinner dance will take place on Saturday 28th February in Dorrian's Hotel. We will have both the Ulster trophies won by Donegal last year present on the night and tickets are on sale now locally priced €25. Music on the night will be supplied by Trutones.

God of Carnage
Ballyshannon Drama Society present the award winning dramatic comedy God Of Carnage in the Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon on February 10th, 11th, 12th and 14th at 8.30pm nightly.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's Bingo Jackpot of €400 was won by Breege Gormley of Belleek. There was no winner of the winter snowball, which now stands at €550 on 51 numbers or less. Bingo continues this Friday night at the Abbey Centre at 9pm. Books priced at €10/€5 for full/half books. See you there!


3 February 2015

Work continues apace in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, and you can play your part
As part of the on-going development and improvement works at our grounds, refurbishment of changing rooms three and four is nearing completion. Work has commenced on refurbishing changing rooms one and two and these will not be available for use for the next two weeks. The Park/Development Committee has been inundated with requests for the use of our playing facilities since Christmas and has helped out where possible. Due to the inclement weather and constant use, access to playing and training fields has to be limited. At club level it has been agreed that, for now, priority for the use of the floodlit training field at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh will be given to the club's adult football and hurling teams. These sessions must be booked in advance with Peter Conlon. Other teams may use the club's floodlit facility at the School Field which is also ideal for team preparations. Priority for playing field space will be given to competitive preparation rather than development. Work on the new fitness trail and hurling wall at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh will continue over the coming weeks, depending on weather conditions, and these new club facilities will be commissioned as soon as possible to ease the pressure on existing training amenities. The Parachute Jump fundraiser being organised by the Park/Development Committee with Conal Gallagher as co-ordinator now has seven committed participants. At least three more volunteers from the club are required urgently. The proceeds will go towards the €50,000 development programme currently underway at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh and if successful, will make a significant contribution to completing the programme of works there this year. These works are benefitting all sectors of the club and each sub-committee is asked to take responsibility for putting two or three participants forward and helping them with their fund-raising. Please make contact directly with Conal Gallagher (0862112812) if you will participate or become part of the support team for one of the participants.

Registration 2015
Club membership for 2015 is now due and all club members are asked to submit their registration form and fee at their earliest convenience. Membership can be paid to Mary Matthews at Shannon's Corner. Players can also download registration forms from aodhruadh.org and submit this along with the relevant fee directly to their manager. Registration sessions will be organised for teams over the coming weeks and it is essential all players are signed up club members. We will also be having a number of open registration sessions throughout February and March to facilitate members in the wider community.

Football
There will be a meeting of the Bord na nÓg committee in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Tuesday 3rd February at 8pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

Indoor training continues this Friday 6th February. The 2015 Under 6s [Born 2009-2011] are in the Mercy Hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm followed by the under 8s [Born 2007-2008] from 7pm to 8pm, also in the Mercy Hall. 2015 under 10s [Born 2005-2006] are training in the new hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm. That session is followed by the 2015 under 12s [Born 2003-2004] from 7pm to 8pm, also in the new hall. Under 16 training continues in the Mercy Hall on Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm and on Friday from 8pm to 9pm. PLEASE NOTE, THERE IS A CHARGE OF €2 PER HEAD TO COVER THE COST OF HALL HIRE. Please bring your own water and wear runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

We have some pictures with a local flavour from the Donegal v Derry NFL Division One opener in MacCumhaill park up on aodhruadh.org.

Ladies
The following appointments were made at the recent Ladies AGM. Chairman, Eoin O'Moore; Secretary, Willie Scott; Fund-raiser (Treasurer), Teddy Kane; Assistant Fund-raiser (Assistant Treasurer), Tara Khan; Lotto Co-ordinator, Tanya O'Shea; Assistant Lotto Co-ordinator, Sarah Patton; PRO, Karol Foley; Assistant PRO, Breege Scott; Registrar, Eoin O'Moore; John Travers, Child Protection Officer; Coach, Terence McShea; Senior management, Teddy Kane; Under 16 management, Barry Ward and Tara Khan; Under 14 management, Paddy Kelly and Sarah Patton; Under 12 management, Donna Mulligan, Gabby McGloin and Claire Flood; and Under 8 and under 10 manager, Louise Foy;

Hurling
Underage hurling training resumes for all ages on Sunday 1st March. Over the last 10 years a huge amount of work has gone into underage hurling in the club allowing us to field teams at all age groups for the last few years. There is a huge workload involved in fielding all these teams and at the moment we only have a handful of people involved. We need more people to come on board and help out if we are to continue fielding at all age groups. We are especially looking for help with our under 14s. Anyone interested in helping out in any way is asked to contact John Rooney 086-2587793, you will be surprised to find out how enjoyable and rewarding it is.

Coaching workshops and courses
Below are coaching workshops and courses in January and February. If you would like to attend any of these please e-mail Emma Gaughan on secretary.aodhruadh.donegal@gaa.ie or text 0863039610.

Season Planning
Venue: Glenswilly
Date: Monday, 16 February @ 7.30pm
Tutor: Roger Keenan

Hurling Goalie Session
Venue: MacCumhaill Park
Date: Monday, 23 February @ 7.30pm
Tutor: Tom Hennessy

Football Goalie Session
Venue: Ardara
Date: Monday, 2 March @ 7.30pm
Tutor: Pat Shovlin

Coaching Courses
Foundation Award for football
Inishowen - Urris
Friday/Saturday, 30-31st January

Foundation Award for football
South Saint Naul's
Friday/Saturday, 6-7th February

Foundation Award for football
South West - Ardara
Friday/Saturday, 6-7th February

Foundation Award for hurling
All-county - MacCumhaill Park
Friday/Saturday, 13-14th March

Award 1 for football
All-county - Glenswilly
Friday/Saturday, 27-28th February
Friday/Saturday, 6-7th March

Award 1 for hurling
All-county - MacCumhaill Park
Friday/Saturday, 27-28th February
Friday/Saturday, 6-7th March

Ulster Coaching Conference
Saturday, 21st February. 9.00am Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown.

National Go Games Activity Day
Sat/Sun 17-18th August, Croke Park.

Date for your diary
The Aodh Ruadh dinner dance will take place on Saturday 28th February in Dorrian's Hotel. We will have both the Ulster trophies won by Donegal last year present on the night and tickets are on sale now locally priced €25. Music on the night will be supplied by Trutones.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's Bingo Jackpot of €1,000 was spirited across the border to Kinlough. There was no winner of the winter snowball, which now stands at €525 on 51 numbers or less. Bingo continues this Friday night at the Abbey Centre at 9pm. Books priced at €10/€5 for full/half books. See you there!

Darkness into light
A Darkness into Light event will take place in Donegal Town on 9th May. Last year was the inaugural year for the event in the county and this will be the first year that it will be taking place in Donegal Town. Registration will be open soon and we hope that you will all support this very worthwhile event, which we hope will eventually see a Pieta House, suicide and self-harm crisis centre, in the county. For further details see dil.pieta.ie or facebook.com/darknessintolightdonegaltown.


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