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Welcome to Aodh Ruadh

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There was no winner of the Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €2,300.
Next draw in Dorrian's Hotel with a Jackpot of €2,400 on Sunday, at 8.30pm
Lotto Rota:
Week one
- Reserve Footballers
- Bord na nÓg
Week two
- Senior Footballers
- Ladies
Week three
- Juvenile Hurlers
- Senior Hurlers
The lotto team for the McCosker's Centra on Saturday is:
Bord na nÓg.
The lotto team for the Kernan's Spar on Saturday is:
Reserve Footballers.

In the lucky dip €20 went to: Marie Gallagher, Erne Street; Jimmy Rafferty, Tonragee; Olivia Magee, Assaroe View; Philomena Begley, Finner Avenue; and Shane O'Donnell, Ardfarna.

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What's new

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

    Desperately seeking Sammy. And Tommy
    Best of luck to Jim McGuinness, our own John Duffy, and everyone associated with the Donegal senior set-up as they go in search of a second All-Ireland title in just two years. Ádh mór also to Declan Bonner's minor squad who are looking to create history by bringing a first ever Tommy Markham trophy back to the Hills. It would be a particularly special victory for Aodh Ruadh with Niall Harley captaining, Colm Kelly in the defence and Aodh Ruadh hurler Jamie Brennan in attack. Then of course we have Mick McGrath, Anthony McGrath and Gary Walsh lending their experience to cause too. Once again, please please travel safely to and from Dublin on the big day. Check out Ulster GAA's road safety initiative Live to Play.

    All-Ireland final tickets
    All-Ireland final ticket distribution takes place tonight, Tuesday, 16 September from 8pm to 9pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Successful applicants will be notified by text. Payment must be made in full on the night. Preparing the ticket allocation has been a far from easy task for club officers. The allocation procedure was transparently established and agreed at a club committee meeting last Friday. Those administering the distribution are volunteers giving their time freely and gladly for the development and promotion of Gaelic games and culture in Ballyshannon. While we appreciate that the ticket distribution will not meet with everyone's satisfaction - due in the main to the well-documented issues surrounding the centrally driven All-Ireland final ticketing policy and allocation issues within Donegal - we must insist that our volunteers are treated at all times with respect and courtesy.

    Aodh Ruadh is Up For The Match
    Aodh Ruadh are bringing you a pre-All-Ireland final chat night to remember. We will be in Dorrian's Imperial Hotel, Ballyshannon ahead of the All-Ireland final with Joe Brolly, Brian McEniff, Kevin Cassidy and Brendan Devenney. The peerless Sean Perry will be compere on Thursday, 18th September as the final fever really starts to mount. Ahead of the main event on the night we also have an attractive undercard to get you in the mood. Brian Roper, Niall McCready, Sylvester Maguire and Mick McGrath will be sharing their take on the big games, with Michael Daly posing the questions. Tickets are available priced just €10 in Shannon's Corner, Pearse O'Neill's and McCosker's Centra. Tickets will also be available on the night with doors at 7pm. See you there!

    Catch the games at the Gables
    Well folks the countdown is on. Sunday is All-Ireland Final Day and Backing Ballyshannon in association with Aodh Ruadh, local businesses and the local community are delighted to present an All-Ireland special live from the Gables in Ballyshannon. Come along and enjoy the Minor and Senior games on the big screen followed by music with the Rockhill Ramblers. There will face painting and a few surprises for the kids, so this promises to be a great family day out. Thanks to Billy Grimes for co-ordinating the day's activities. So come on everybody, nothing beats being there except being at the Gables this Sunday! Best of luck to both teams on the day. Donegal Abu!

    Football
    The under 13s season wrapped up last Wednesday evening with a narrow 2-11 to 3-17 defeat to Naomh Muire.

    The under 10 season concluded over the weekend just past. On Friday evening we had our third and final skills test of the season, the awards being presented at the Mick Shannon Tournament the following day. Winners in the third skills test were Ryan Daly (100 points), Eoghan Kelly (92 points) and Séimí Campbell (87 points). The overall skills champions for 2014 judged on their best two results were Eoghan Kelly (90.5 points), Ryan Daly (90 points) and Jack Gallagher (82 points). Honourable mention to Shane Delahunty on 81 points who just missed out. Next was the most important award as far as the coaches are concerned. These are the lads who are really working hard at their game and trying to improve it. These were the progress champions, those with the biggest improvement from their lowest score. Oisin Daly (46 point improvement), Aidan Sweeny (44 point improvement), (35 point improvement). Just missing out on the honours were Darragh Flood Dolan (33 point improvement), David Roper (32 point improvement) and Shane McGloin (31 point improvement.)
    For this year's Mick Shannon memorial tournament, We welcomed Glencar Manorhamilton, Saint Naul's, Saint Molaise Grange - the reigning champions, and Melvin Gaels. Along with ourselves, all clubs fielded senior and junior teams, and partook in an afternoon of committed and highly entertaining football.
    Each team played each other on a league basis. In the senior tournament, Aodh Ruadh had narrow wins over Melvin Gaels, Saint Molaise and Saint Naul's, before pipping Glencar Manor by a point in the final league game. That set up what promised to be a thrilling final between the same opposition, Aodh Ruadh and Glencar Manor.
    In the final, a tight battle ensued, but Aodh Ruadh's huge commitment, and flowing football saw them come out on top, and reclaim the Mick Shannon memorial cup. It would be wrong to mention any one player as standing out, as this display was a fine example of team work, desire and full-blooded commitment, mixed with flowing football and eye-catching score-taking.
    The junior competition saw some brilliant games in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, but it was Aodh Ruadh and Saint Molaise who made it through to the final having both won three out of four. Indeed the game played between the two in the round robin stages was a real hum dinger, Aodh Ruadh overcoming Saint Molaise by two points, and another close encounter was on the cards between the two in the final. And so it proved. Again, the two teams played excellent football, with little to choose between them. But Saint Molaise seemed to have one last burst in them as the final whistle neared, and Aodh Ruadh tired in the closing stages, with Saint Molaise running out three point winners.
    Tom Daly was on hand to present the trophy and cup to the respective winning captains, and spoke fondly about Mick Shannon, who had been a manager of underage teams for many years in the late 80s and early 90s.
    Many thanks to Melvin Gaels, Saint Molaise, Glencar Manorhamilton and Saint Naul's for attending and contributing to an excellent day. Thanks also to referees on the day, Val Murray, Barry Ward, David Hoey, Niall McCready and Gerard Ferguson, to all the ladies in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh who kept over 150 people fed and watered, and to all the parents who supplied the sandwiches and treats. Thanks to Sean O'Mahoney who co-ordinated the running of both competitions, and Johnny Gallagher and Louis Boyle who prepared the pitches and dressing rooms. We have a great gallery of pictures from the day up on aodhruadh.org as well as on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page.

    Under 8 training last Friday saw the awards presentation for the 2014 skills competition. The winners in the second skills test were Killian Bradshaw, Tom Murphy and Liam Doogan. The overall winners for 2014 with the best average over the two tests were as follows: Tom Murphy (103.5 points), Finn Coady (101.5 points) and Killian Bradshaw (100.5 points). Next was the most important award as far as the coaches are concerned. These are the lads who are really working hard at their game and trying to improve it. These were the progress champions, those with the biggest improvement from their lowest score. Dylan McGuinness (40 point improvement), Liam Doogan (39 point improvement) and Jack McCadden (32 point improvement). An honourable mention to James Ward who just missed out with a 23 point improvement.

    Then on Saturday the under 8s travelled to Ballintra for the Southern finals blitz. They fielded two strong teams and turned in a brilliant performance. All players stepped up to the mark showing the skills they have developed during the year. Playing five games each with the grand finale between Ballyshannon's Team 1 v Team 1A, with the winner being Team Aodh Ruadh. The players who pulled on the Aodh Ruadh jersey were: Killian Bradshaw, Barry Campbell, Eoin Cassidy, Finn Coady, Ronan Delahunty, Eoin Doogan, Liam Doogan, Stephen Doran, Cormac Finnegan, Odhran Gillespie, Tom Holland, Donagh Kelly, Michael Keown, Hugh Óg Maguire, Cian McDonald, Dylan McGuinness, Garvey Meade, James Monaghan, Tom Murphy, Conor O'Mahoney, Daire O'Mahoney, Ted O'Donnell, Cillian Slevin, Darragh Summerville and James Ward.
    Under 8 training continues this Friday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 6.30pm. We will also have a training session on Friday 26th September, but this will be our last training for the year. The last action for the under 8s will be a blitz in Father Tierney Park on Saturday 4th October.

    Please note that under 6 training has now concluded for the year.

    We have a superb gallery of pictures up on aodhruadh.org from Friday evening in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh where the under 6s and under 8s were training and the under 10s were doing their skills test. It was a glorious evening with the weather and wonderful to see so many children enjoying their football.

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

    Hurling
    The senior hurlers season concluded last Saturday with a 4-9 to 0-9 defeat to Saint Eunan's in O'Donnell Park. It has been a curate's egg of a season for the seniors, but full credit to Kevin Loughlin and his back room team for their hard work all year, as well as all the lads who gave it their all on the pitch in 2014.

    On Thursday last the under 16s travelled to Scarvey, Buncrana to play the home team in the semi-final of the Championship, the lads put in their best performance of the year. This Buncrana team have never been beaten up through the age levels, but they came very close to it last week. Aodh Ruadh hurled with great belief and determination and led at half time 0-10 to 1-2. As expected Buncrana started the second half with a bang and got the first five points to level the game. For the last 20 minutes it was tit for tat in a rip-roaring game. With five minutes to go Buncrana led by a point when the ref controversially disallowed an Aodh Ruadh goal. Our lads never gave up and unfortunately lost narrowly 3-9 to 1-12. It was a great display from all the squad who were a credit to the club and themselves with their discipline on the night. They have given great commitment all year, a small panel of only 18 players should be very proud of their achievements this season.

    On the same night the under 12s travelled to Burt to play the home team in the under 12 C final, we had a very young team with seven of the starting 11 being under 10. Try as hard as they might the lads just found the task too much against a fine Burt team who ran out convincing winners on the night. Next up for the under 12s is our annual Aodh Ó Dálaigh tournament which takes place on Sunday 28th September.

    On Sunday morning our under 8s played Four Masters in a number of games in Father Tierney Park. We had a great mornings hurling as we fielded two teams against them and all 25 of our panel played their hearts out and have shown a great improvement week on week learning the basic skills of our ancient game. Many thanks to Four Masters for coming down to play us at such short notice as the all-county blitz scheduled to be played on Sunday was rescheduled late on Friday night. We hope to travel to Four Masters for a return game before the end of the season. Thanks to Andrea Gallagher for all her photography which she put on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page.

    Best wishes to Colm Kelly, Jamie Brennan and Niall Harley who are part of the Donegal panel who play Kerry in the All-Ireland Minor Final on Sunday. Hopefully the lads get their hands on another All-Ireland Medal to go along with the under 14 C hurling medals they won with Donegal in 2010.

    Aodh Ruadh soft shell jackets
    Aodh Ruadh now has a new piece of kit for club members to buy. It is a navy blue soft shell jacket with the Aodh Ruadh crest on the left and the GAA crest on the right. They are priced €49 each with the option of initials on the sleeve for an extra €5. Jackets are available in sizes small, medium, large, XL and XXL. They will be available for viewing and sizing on Tuesday night at All-Ireland final ticket distribution in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh and at the Up For The Match event in Dorrian's on Thursday night. You can view samples of the jacket on aodhruadh.org.

    Family Fund-raiser winner drawn
    Thanks to everyone who so generously supported our family Fund-Raiser initiative. Club President Owen Roe O'Neill made the draw in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Monday evening and whose number did he draw out only Owen Rua O'Neill! Well done Rui, you are now they proud possessor of two stand tickets for the 2014 All-Ireland Final and Double Room and dinner for two in the Croke Park Hotel on Saturday September 20th, the night before the Final. See pictures from the draw up on aodhruadh.org.

    Television theft
    The television in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh was stolen from the premises last week. This significantly reduces the amenity of the hall in Aras as it was used for presentations, displays of pictures after blitzes, videos during wet days in the summer camp, and various other purposes. The door into the Aras was vandalised in the process, but has thankfully been restored to a decent state of repair. The theft is a disheartening loss of a valuable social amenity which was put in place as a significant cost. Wherever it is now, it won't be doing quarter as much good. Any information which leads to its return will be gratefully received. Contact any club committee member, or the local Garda station.

    Bingo
    Bingo continues as usual this Friday night at 9pm in the Abbey Centre, with a €1,700 prize fund. Books priced at €10 for a full book, €5 for a half.

    National Coaching Forum
    The 11th National Coaching Forum entitled "Fun to Full Potential, Coaching the Whole Athlete" takes place on 26th-27th September in the Institute of Technology, Sligo. The Forum will celebrate the impact good coaching makes at all levels to individuals, clubs, communities and nations and will challenge and inspire coaches to implement best practice and continue to raise the standard of coaching. The title of the Forum "Fun to Full Potential, Coaching the Whole Athlete" reflects these overall aims. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the challenges in providing a holistic approach to coaching, to examine the notion that coaching is not about developing sport alone, but developing individuals also. There will be a specific emphasis on a child centred approach for young people and an athlete centred approach as the person gets older. To register visit: www.coachingforum2014.com.


    9 September 2014

    Aodh Ruadh is Up For The Match
    Aodh Ruadh are staging the chat night to end all chat night's ahead of the All-Ireland final with Joe Brolly, Brian McEniff, Kevin Cassidy and Brendan Devenney heading up the bill in Dorrian's Imperial Hotel on Thursday, 18th September. Sean Perry will be your host as the experts assess Donegal's chances of All-Ireland glory. We also have an undercard shaping up nicely with Niall McCready and Sylvester Maguire already signed up and Donegal Democrat Editor Michael Daly putting the searching questions. Doors are at 7pm and a great night's entertainment is assured. Tickets priced just €10 are available in Shannon's Corner, Pearse O'Neill's and McCosker's Centra.

    Family Fund-raiser
    Some funds are required to complete the fitness trail and provide a Hurling/Rebound Wall for youth coaching of all Gaelic games at Pairc Aodh Ruadh. Tom Daly is co-ordinating a small fund-raiser to meet some of the costs of these works. The Family Fund-raiser is a simple format where a family hosts ten people at a meal in their home for a donation of €20 each. With the prize of two stand tickets and Saturday night accommodation & dinner in Croke Park Hotel available - there has been good interest in the Family Fundraiser which gives each person who participates at €20 the opportunity to win this super prize. The draw will be made at Áras Aodh Ruadh on Monday 15th at 9pm. All returns should be made to Tom Daly by lunch-time on Monday the 15th.
    Club members have undertaken this event in different ways, with some hosting their group of ten in smaller groups over two or three nights. The format can be varied to suit individual needs. €20 in respect of a minimum of 10 participants (€200) should be returned to Tom Daly together with a list of those who participated as their individual names can be entered in the draw. Each person who participates and makes a €20 donation will be entered in a draw for two stand tickets for the 2014 All Ireland Final and Double Room and dinner for two in the Croke Park Hotel on Saturday September 20th, the night before the Final. Details from Tom Daly or email ftdaly@hotmail.com. Aodh Ruadh supporters living away from Ballyshannon are particularly welcome to participate.

    Football
    Aodh Ruadh made their fifth and final trip to Inishowen for this division three league campaign to play their penultimate game at Urris. Both teams had much to play for but for very different reasons, Aodh Ruadh looking to win promotion out of the league, and Urris needing the points to make sure they avoided the drop down from it. In the end Urris's need proved the greater as they emerged 0-10to 0-8 winners after a tough encounter. Despite the defeat, there were some solid performances, especially in the third quarter when the lads turned the game and were on top, during which we also saw two goal attempts come off the woodwork. Kerry Ryan did particularly well in the middle, as did Johnny Gallagher and Mickey Dolan at the back. The lads must now pick themselves up to make sure they can finish out the league campaign with a win in the final game at home to Naomh Bríd. Aodh Ruadh can still finish top of the league to ensure automatic promotion, but this defeat means we now need other results to go our way. We have pictures from the game and a full match report from David McLoone up on aodhruadh.org.

    Aodh Ruadh reserves made the long trip to Clonmany on Saturday afternoon for the final away league game of the season. The Erne men knew that a win would wrap up the league title, but following Urris's 0-7 to 0-6 victory Aodh Ruadh will have to wait a wee while longer before laying hold of the league honours. Urris clung on to win by the narrowest of margins. The wide count for Aodh Ruadh was at least 16, and in a day where there was so little between the sides, a bit more composure in front of goal would have won this game. The Aodh Ruadh defensive unit were solid keeping the hosts to a low score, and there was good energy in the middle and half forward lines. Nicky Sheerin won a sight of ball when he moved out to the half forward line. We have a full match report by David McLoone up on aodhruadh.org.

    Aodh Ruadh's under 16 championship dreams ended with a 1-14 to 1-10 defeat to Naomh Conaill in Glenties on Monday evening. It was a sorely disappointing evening for players and management, having been two points down at half time there was the real chance of forcing the contest to the third game. Unfortunately for Ballyshannon poor passing in the final third of the field proved our downfall and Glenties managed to get a good few turnovers on the back of this. Aodh Ruadh were without Dylan Gallagher who was injured, but Glenties had their injury problems too so there are no excuses offered on that account. Shane Dorrian was unlucky to see a gallant goal effort come back off the post and had that score gone in it would have drawn the game level with 10 minutes to go and the closing stages could have taken a different complexion. There were encouraging performances from Ronan McMullin and Gareth Sheerin, but beating Saint Eunan's in the league county semi-final will require more intelligent and precise passing and better decision making in the final third of the field.

    The Bakery Cup starts this Saturday 4.30pm - 5.30pm with a light training session.

    The under 13s are back in action this Wednesday when they host Naomh Muire at 6.30pm in Father Tierney Park.

    Under 10s did very well down in Ardara on the finals day last Friday and were unlucky not to come away with the spoils. This is the last week of the official season. We will be having the final skills test of the season on Friday evening at 6.30pm. Just to remind players of the four stations so they can be practicing ahead of the test. 1: Hand pass between poles off left and right. 2: Pick up and solo off left and right. 3: Kick pass between poles off left and right. 4: Point score and goal score. There will also be a mark for speed around the course. We will need some parents / guardians to help out with marking at stations, so if you are free we'd love to have your help. Then on Saturday we will be hosting senior and junior teams from Glencar Manorhamilton, Melvin Gaels, Grange and Saint Naul's for the annual Mick Shannon under 10 tournament. The clubs will be competing for the two trophies up for grabs on the day and we will also be presenting the skills awards for the season too. With around a hundred children expected we need parents / guardians to help out by supplying a loaf of sandwiches, tray of buns or similar refreshments to help feed all present on the day. Also, we would appreciate if parents / guardians could lend a hand in the kitchen on the day.

    Prizes for the second under 8 skills test will be presented at this Friday's training which will be at the usual time of 6.30pm. There was a great display from the 26 players who took part. Part of the point of doing the skills test is to benchmark players' progression over the season. For the first test the average points scored per player was 70.9. In last Friday's test the average score was 80.7, which is great to see. On Saturday the under 8s will be taking part in the Southern Minor Board Finals day. The blitz takes place in Ballintra with Aodh Ruadh, Naomh Bríd, Naomh Ultan and Bundoran taking part. We will need assistance with transport to this game. All players, along with anyone available to drive to the blitz, are asked to assemble at Father Tierney Park at 9.30am this Saturday morning.

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

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

    Hurling
    The senior hurlers final competitive game of the season is down for this Saturday in O'Donnell Park, where they take on Saint Eunan's in the championship, throw-in 6.30pm

    The under 16s had a good win against Carndonagh in the Centre of Excellence in Convoy on Thursday. We were very slow to settle and only led at half time by four points. A much improved all round performance in the second half saw us run out convincing winners 3-15 to 2-6. The lads now play old rivals Buncrana this Thursday in the championship semi final in Buncrana. It is a big challenge for our lads against the very strong Inishowen men, but as always we're sure our boys will give it everything they have. Thanks to our very loyal parents who once again drove the lads to the game as always your support is much appreciated. Thanks to Tara Keenaghan for the photographs she put up on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page.

    The under 12s had a narrow win over Letterkenny Gaels in Father Tierney Park on Thursday, this very young team have had a tough campaign, but it was encouraging to finish the league with a win. They have now qualified for the C final which they play this Thursday against Burt in Hibernian Park, Burt. Another tough challenge faces the lads we wish them all the best in this game and hope they can build on recent encouraging form.

    On Saturday last our under 8s made the short trip to Belleek to play Erne Gaels in a couple of challenge games. We had 20 players and fielded two teams. All had great fun, it's great to see our neighbours taking up the caman again, there has always being a great hurling tradition in Belleek and thankfully the ancient game has returned to Erne Gaels. Many thanks to them for their great hospitality afterwards to young and old. We hope to have a return game in Ballyshannon before the end of the season. Thanks to all the parents who gave our youngest team great support and encouragement in Belleek, thanks to Andrea Gallagher for all the photographs she put on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page.

    This Sunday sees the final all-county blitz for the season for the under 8s and under 10s at the Centre of Excellence in Convoy.

    Donegal Social night
    There will be a Donegal-themed social night in The Bridgend this Saturday 13th September with a viewing of the All-Ireland minor and senior semi-final victories over Dublin. There will be a few special guests present who will be able to give an inside view on how the minor game went! There will also be a draw for an All-Ireland final ticket with raffle tickets being sold on the night and all proceeds going to Aodh Ruadh.

    Know your sport?
    There will be a Know Your Sport quiz in Melly's Bar this Friday 12th September in support of the Donegal GAA training fund. The action gets under way at 9pm so get yourself a team, pull on your county colours and test your sporting knowledge against the best quiz master Peter Gallagher can throw at you!

    Bingo
    The €400 bingo jackpot last Friday was shared between three winners. Bingo continues as usual this Friday night at 9pm in the Abbey Centre, with a €1,700 prize fund. Books priced at €10 for a full book, €5 for a half.


    2 September 2014

    Double delight for Donegal
    What an afternoon for Donegal in Croke Park it was! Aodh Ruadh extends their congratulations to everyone involved in the senior and minor panels on what is an outstanding and historic achievement. Well done in particular to Niall Harley and Colm Kelly and Aodh Ruadh hurler Jamie Brennan on booking their place in the All-Ireland finals with an epic 1-12 to 1-11 victory over Dublin. Well done also to Mick McGrath, Anthony McGrath and Gary Walsh who are involved in the back room team. Of course we can't forget John Duffy who is playing a valuable role in Jim McGuinness's back room team. Congratulations all round and the very best of luck in the weeks to come. There is no news on ticket arrangements just yet, but we will be doing our best to keep members informed. There will be an open training day and press event this coming Saturday afternoon with further details to be announced over the course of the week. We should have some shots from the day's craziness up on aodhruadh.org over the course of the week.

    Aodh Ruadh is Up For The Match
    Aodh Ruadh will be staging a chat night ahead of the All-Ireland final with Joe Brolly and Kevin Cassidy heading up the bill in Dorrian's Imperial Hotel on Thursday, 18th September. We will be bringing you announcements of more big name guests and event details in coming days. Tickets will available before the end of the week in Shannon's Corner, Pearse O'Neill's and McCosker's Centra.

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

    Football
    The seniors eventually returned to action on Saturday evening following an unwanted seven week summer break, their last game being the win over Burt when they visited the Park on July 12th. Aodh Ruadh had to overcome a tricky first half, having gone in trailing back 1-1 to 0-7. They turned on the style in the second half to run out 1-12 to 1-9 winners. There were strong performances from all the lads in the second half, with the hard work of Mickey Dolan, Eamonn McGrath and James O'Donnell catching the eye. We have an excellent match report and selection of pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org

    Aodh Ruadh reserves got the points after Red Hugh's were only able to field 11 players for the curtain-raiser last Saturday. The sides decided to play a game anyway, with a few Ballyshannon lads pulling on Red Hugh's jerseys to help take the Killygordon men up to a full compliment. It was an entertaining match, played in a good spirit, with the Aodh Ruadh lads on the Red Hugh's team playing suspiciously well. In any event Aodh Ruadh won on a scoreline of 2-12 to 1-8. We have some pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

    The under 21s face Saint Eunan's in O'Donnell Park in the under 21 A championship quarter-final on Tuesday 2 September, throw in is at 7pm. Talking to the Aodh Ruadh lads ahead of this they are in determined form so we hope to have a good showing of Ballyshannon support down at this one.

    The under 16s went down to a heavy loss in their first round first leg tie against Naomh Conaill in Father Tierney Park. The lads now face the prospect of having to get a win in Glenties next Monday, 8th September in order to keep their championship hopes alive.

    Captains and fixtures have been announced for the 2014 Bakery cup. Details are as follows.

    Teams
    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 & 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 & 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, Cianan Roper, Mark Gallagher & 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 & Odhrán Kennedy

    Fixtures
    September Saturday 13th - Training (Get to know your team)
    September Wednesday 17th - Round 1
    Evan McTernan V Michael McKenna
    Pauric Keenaghan V Dylan Gallagher
    September Saturday 20th - Round 2
    Evan McTernan V Pauric Keenaghan
    Michael McKenna V Dylan Gallagher
    September Wednesday 24th - Round 3
    Evan McTernan V Dylan Gallagher
    Pauric Keenaghan V Michael McKenna
    September Saturday 27th - Semi-Finals
    First V Fourth
    Second V Third
    October Sunday 5th ­ FINAL.

    Under 10 training will be at the usual time of 6.30pm this Wednesday. This Saturday we will be travelling to the Southern Minor Board finals blitz in Ardara. Full details will be supplied at training on Wednesday evening, so it is essential we get a full attendance at this session.

    The second under 8 skills test of the year takes place at this Friday's training. Just to remind players of the four stations so they can be practicing ahead of the test. 1: Hand pass between poles off left and right. 2: Pick up and solo off left and right. 3: Kick pass between poles off left and right. 4: Point score and goal score. There will also be a mark for speed around the course. Training at the usual time of 6.30pm. We will need some parents / guardians to help out with marking at stations, so if you are free we'd love to have your help.

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

    Hurling
    Aodh Ruadh were defeated 6-17 to 1-5 by MacCumhaill's in the championship last Saturday. That result puts Aodh Ruadh definitively out of the championship reckoning, with only a dead rubber against Saint Eunan's remaining to be played.

    On Thursday last we had the replay of the Minor Hurling Championship final. Replays normally don't live up to the first game, but this one was different, as the replay was equally as good a game. On an atrocious night it's a credit to both teams that they put on such a great display of whole-hearted hurling full of commitment and passion. Aodh Ruadh played with the aid of a strong breeze in the first half, but unfortunately didn't use it to their advantage. There was nothing between the teams when mid-way through the half Aodh Ruadh suffered two bad blows. Brendan Gillespie had to leave the play due to injury and Buncrana scored a fortunate goal direct from a 65. Aodh Ruadh finished the first half strongly but went in trailing at half time 1-6 to 0-5. The weather got worse with the rain getting heavier and the wind rising, but both teams battled away in front of a large enthusiastic crowd. The Ballyshannon lads needed a goal and we nearly got it midway through the second half, but the Buncrana goalie pulled off a brilliant save. Our lads never gave up and two points in injury time for Buncrana put a gloss on the final score line which read 1-11 to 0-7 in favour of the Inishowen men. There was disappointment all round for our lads, but they should be very proud of their achievements this year losing the league final by two points and going to a replay in the Championship final, considering we were missing a number of our main players due to other sporting commitments. We had a very young squad with only two players over age next year. There is no shame losing to a very strong Buncrana team where every one of their 15 players play for the county under 15s, under 16s or minors. Thanks to all our supporters who braved such terrible conditions at a venue which wasn't suitable for such a prestigious game. The officials who fixed the game for this venue with a pitch not lined, no proper dressing rooms, no shelter for subs or supporters showed very little respect to both teams and their supporters.

    On the same night our under 12s lost to Saint Eunan's in Letterkenny. The majority of this team is under 10, they tried very hard, but their difficulty in getting scores was the difference between the teams, as the table topping Letterkenny lads ran out winners 2-9 to 1-1. They are at home to Letterkenny Gaels this Thursday evening.

    The under 16s play Carndonagh this Thursday in the championship, venue to be confirmed.

    On Saturday the All-Ireland blitzes took place in Newry. We were well represented in all the squads and three All-Ireland medals were earned by Aodh Ruadh players. The Donegal under 15s entered the under 16 C competition. They drew with South Ulster in their opening game, beat Leitrim in the next game and they claimed the title beating Longford in the final, a result which saw Conal Sweeney, Stephen Anderson and Paddy McCaffrey winning All Ireland medals. The under 14s took part in the B competition where the standard was very high. They played Derry, Roscommon and Westmeath losing all three games, but gaining invaluable experience and an insight into the skills needed to play at that level. We were represented on that squad by Pauric Keenaghan, Aaron Peach and Liam Sullivan.
    The under 16s were also competing in the B competition and again they met opponents of a higher standard in the form of Down and Kildare and lost both games. They were unfortunate to lose to Sligo by a point in their last game. We were represented on this squad by Oisín Rooney who captained the team and Kieran Daly. Brendan Gillespie was unable to take his place due to injury.
    All our players gained great experience playing at this level and well done to them all on making the various squads.

    Fantasy Sam
    After the All-Ireland final line-ups have been completed, it is John Patton Jr and his team, Yes Patsy, who have an almost unasailable lead over the chasing pack on 285 points. Although we all know what can happen to huge odds-on favourites after last weekend's game in Dublin! In second place is Karol Foley and her team, Biggest Losers, on 248, with Barry Travers and his team, Still The Greatest Reserve, on 244 points. In fourth place is Paul McLoone and his team, Abbey Utd, with 237 points followed in fifth place by John Keon and his Lakeside Boys on 233 points.As always the leader board is available every Tuesday on aodhruadh.org, as well as Ballybookies, The Bridgend Bar, Owen Roe's Bar and upstairs in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh.

    Bingo
    The big bingo jackpot was shared between Marie Ward, Legaltion €400 and Mary Butler, Erne Dale Heights €400. Bingo as usual this Friday at the Abbey Centre, €10 full book, €5 half book. See you there!

    Farewell Father Frank
    Aodh Ruadh extends our best wishes to Club Patron Father Frank McManus as he departs Saint Joseph's for his new posting in Ederney.


    26 August 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    19 August 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    12 August 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    4 August 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


    31 July 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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