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1 August

Our senior side are in league action against Kilcar in Fr. Tierney Park on Bank Holiday Monday, Paddy McBride is the match referee. Throw-in is at 3pm. There is no reserve match. Our ladies team were defeated by St Eunans on Saturday evening but put up a gallant show against a side which are going for 11 championships in a row.

There is a meeting of the Bord na nÓg committee in Aras Aoidh Ruadh on Wednesday, 2nd August at 9pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

It is expected that tickets for the Donegal v Cork match will be distributed on Thursday evening as usual in Aras Aoidh Ruadh. Preference will be given to club members at all times when allocating tickets, orders must be placed in advance since huge amounts of voluntary time are given to collecting and sorting out these tickets. The club makes no apologies to non-members who are unable to get tickets, membership is available at all times by contacting Terence McShea.

Well done to club hurlers, Johnny Dolan, Anthony Coughlan and Peter Horan who are members of the Donegal squad which qualified for the Nicky Rackard Cup final in Croke Park. Major progress is also being made at u-16 and minor hurling grades, the minor hurlers recorded another good win last week.

The lotto jackpot continues to grow, tickets available from all usual outlets, it is now well over 11,000 and represents the club's main fund-raising activity.

The u-10 Blitz scheduled for Mountcharles this Saturday has been cancelled due to the county being in quarter-final action in Croke Park. It will not be rescheduled and u-10 training has concluded for the summer. The next action at u-10 level will be the Jimmy Likely league, which will kick-off when school recommences in September. Check club notes for further information nearer the time.

The u-14's progressed to the first round of the championship proper with an excellent win over Four Masters in Donegal Town last Friday. A scoreline of 2-7 to 1-6 was good enough to see the Ernesiders through to a clash with St Nauls on Wednesday week in Mountcharles. Aodh Ruadh held the advantage from the first leg in a close fought affair where defences were to the fore. Conor Patton in goals, Cillian Doyle at full back and Ronan Drummond at centre half back were resolute in the face of a spirited Four Masters attack. Up front, Peter Boyle at full forward was economical with the opportunities that came his way, making them count against a dogged Donegal defence. Training continues on Fridays at 5pm.

Minor training continues as usual on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 8pm.

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8 August

Our senior and reserve sides are in league action once more this Sunday when they travel to Magerhagallen to take on Gweedore. Throw-in on Sunday is 3pm for the reserves and 1.30pm for the seniors. Paddy McBride will referee the senior game with Seamus Bradley to take charge of the reserve match. Our seniors recorded an impressive 17 point win over Kilcar in Fr Tierney Park on Bank Holiday Monday which lifts them to fifth in division 1A. A report on the game is available on the club website, while league tables can be obtained on the official county board website, Good luck to our four representatives on the county senior hurling panel this Saturday when they travel to Croke Park to face Derry in the Nicky Rackard Cup final. Throw-in is at 2pm, a busload of supporters will be going from the club.

Meanwhile, the county u-16 hurlers lost out to Armagh on Wednesday of last week in the Ulster "C" final in Omagh. The club would like to wish a speedy recovery to the captain, Paul Hughes who sustained a broken collar bone in the first half of the game, our other club players Kieran Kilgannon, Cian Dolan, David Dolan, Darren Gillespie, Ryan O'Brien, Steven Ryan and Peader O'Keefe all featured in the action.

The senior ladies footballers will play their next championship outing this Sunday morning against Four Masters in Donegal Town with throw in at 11am.

All support would be greatly appreciated.

The senior camogie team contiues training every Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm for all interested in playing. So far training has been going well and turnout is great.

U-14 training continues on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 5pm. Minor training continues as usual on Mondays and Fridays at 8pm.

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15 August

Our senior and reserve sides will be aiming to bounce back from defeats in Magheragallen at the weekend with fixtures in Fintra this Saturday evening. The reserves play Killybegs at 6pm, Connie Doherty is match referee, the senior match will go ahead at 7.30pm with Robbie O'Donnell the match official.

The club would like to welcome Niall McCready home from his travels. It is hoped to see him back in club colours very soon.

The hurlers are in championship action in section A of the competition this Sunday afternoon, they face McCumhaills in Donegal Town on Sunday at 3pm, Hugo Wallace is the match referee.

The senior ladies are out of the championship having lost to Four Masters on Sunday. The girls put up a very good fight right to the end but experience stood to the homeside to come away with a win. A word of thanks is due to Barry Ward and Teddy Kane for all their efforts in training and preparation.

The u-14's have had a very congested programme of fixtures over the past week. Last Friday they took on Killybegs with the aim of securing second place in the table. A confident display of football saw the Ballyshannon lads run out six point winners with Stephen Clarke, Peter Boyle, Tommy Patton and Gerard Kelly all giving particularly good accounts of themselves. This victory sets up a tie with Bundoran to see who progress to the county semi-finals as divisional champions. The team was in action again on Monday night, this time against St Nauls in the first round of the championship. It was a rare off-day with the after-effects of the tough game against Killybegs evident. Some profligacy in attack in the first half did not help Aodh Ruadh's cause either. Aodh Ruadh lost by three points. Fortunately this championship is a two legged affair and St Naul's have to travel to Fr Tierney Park this Friday to try and close out the tie. With Aodh Ruadh aiming to win and force a play-off a big show of support would be much appreciated and could prove an important factor in closing stages of the game. Throw-in on Friday, is at 7pm. Minor training continues as usual on Mondays and Fridays at 8pm.

The club lotto jackpot continues to grow and is now well over 10,000, tickets on sale at all usual outlets.

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22 August

Our seniors and reserves travel to Malin on Sunday afternoon for their championship first round, second leg encounters. Robbie O'Donnell will referee the senior match which starts at 3pm, the reserve match will get underway at 1.30pm with Tony Gallagher the match official. All support for this trip would be appreciated. The club is organising a supporters bus to leave the Market Yard, for further information contact Jimmy Gallagher. Our senior side played out a challenge match against Aghyaran of Tyrone on Friday evening, a couple of points separated the sides in the end in Fr Tierney Park.

A club meeting has been provisionally arranged for Wednesday evening of next week, August 30th. All committee members are requested to attend, the meeting starts at 9pm sharp.

Aodh Ruadh u-14's took on St Nauls in Ballyshannon last night, Wednesday, needing to win to stay in the championship. The result came too late for print deadlines. A date is yet to be set for the divisional play-off with Bundoran. U-14 training continues on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5pm.

The minors travelled to Killybegs last night, Wednesday, for their championship first round, first leg tie. The result came too late for print deadlines. The second leg takes place on Wednesday coming in Fr Tierney Park at 7pm. Everyone who can make it is urged to come along and show their support for this promising team as they aim to progress to the next stage in the championship. Minor training continues as usual on Mondays and Fridays at 8pm.

A report on Aodh Ruadh's 2-8 to 1-4 win over Setanta in the u-16 hurling league has been published on the Aodh Ruadh website, Meanwhile, the u-16 hurlers recorded an impressive 4-10 v 2-11 league win over Sean MacCumhaills on Monday night with Richard McDevitt giving a man of the match performers.

Meanwhile, the senior hurlers will be hoping to bounce back from their championship defeat to MacCumhaills on Sunday afternoon when they take on Setanta in Donegal Town on Wednesday of next week, August 30th. Throw-in in Tir Chonaill Park is at 7pm.

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29 August

There was bitterdisappointment for our senior footballers in Malin on Sunday last as they exited the championship in the first round. The reserves also lost but are in a playoff match in Lifford this Saturday evening at 6.30pm, training continues at the usual times, anyone unable to attend should contact Barry Travers. A word of thanks to the sizeable Aodh Ruadh support which travelled to Malin.

The third team are also in championship action this weekend, they face Four Masters at Pairc Naomh Brid at 2pm on Sunday.

The senior footballers were scheduled to travel to Killybegs for a league fixture on Tuesday night, the hurlers were in action in the championship against Setanta last night, (Wednesday) needing a win in Donegal Town.

There is a meeting of the Bord na nÓg committee in Aras Aoidh Ruadh on Wednesday, 6th September at 9pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

Dunshaughlin u-8's and u-10's come to Ballyshannon on Saturday, September 9th. With games starting at 11am, all u-8's and u-10's are asked to be at the Park for 10.30am. The Jimmy Likely League is scheduled for the following Saturday, September 16th. Again, action commences at 11am and players are asked to be at the Park for 10.30am.

Aodh Ruadh u-14's were the beneficiaries of a last gasp goal against St Naul's last Wednesday to maintain their challenge for championship honours. They needed a win to force a play-off to progress to the next round. Heading into the last seconds of the match, Aodh Ruadh were a point down and applying serious pressure to the St Naul's goal when Peter Boyle broke through with a chance on goal. The keeper made a great stop from Boyle, but the ball came back out to Gary Carty and he lost no time in slotting the ball to the net. In an absorbing game, Aodh Ruadh players stood up and were counted all over the park, with Nathan McGarrigle in particular giving a great performance at wing back. There is little rest for the u-14's. They took on Bundoran in the Southern Divisional League Final in Ballintra on Tuesday night with the result of that fixture deciding who they face in the county league semi-finals. The county semi-finals take place tomorrow, Friday. Venues and times are yet to be decided. U-14 training continues on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 5pm.

The minors hosted Killybegs in Fr Tierney last night, Wednesday. They needed a win to ensure their further participation in the minor championship, after losing in the first leg. The result of the second leg game came too late for print deadlines. A fantastic team performance from the minors proved insufficient against Killybegs in the first leg game last Wednesday week. Matthew Thompson and Donagh McIntyre gave fine performances at midfield whilst Nicky Sheerin, Jason Kane and Diarmuid McInerney shone in the forwards, picking off a number of quality scores. The half back unit of Stephen McGrath, Stephen Bradley and Kieran Slevin produced some slick phases of football.

Camogie training continues every Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30. All newcomers welcome. The club will be taking part in a tournament this weekend in Killygordon but details will be given to players at training.

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