Club Notes Archive - 2007

Box. OCTOBER
1st October

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh bought themselves a Division 1A lifeline when they beat Killybegs in a real relegation 'four pointer' in Fintra last Saturday. Ballyshannon held the initiative for much of the match and went in four points up at half time. Killybegs managed to level the match with time nearly up, but Aodh Ruadh battled back and were awarded a 13 metre free which Pauric Buggy coolly converted to make sure of the win on a scoreline of 0-11 to 0-12.

The reserve's fixture against Killybegs was called off.

There will be a senior club meeting on Thursday, 4th October at 8.30pm. With the draw date drawing ever closer a full attendance is essential at this meeting.

The date for the Centre of Excellence draw has been slated for Sunday 28th October. Tickets for the draw, which is to fund the redevelopment of Munday's Field as a top class training facility, are currently on sale. There is an impressive line-up of prizes with something for everyone. Tickets priced €30/£20 each or €50/£35 for two are out now, ask any club member.

~ HURLING ~
Aodh Ruadh hosted a very successful under 12 blitz last Sunday. Despite the terrible weather, eight teams took part with 104 youngsters showing off their skills, with no less than 31 players from Aodh Ruadh taking part. Breege Daly Scott presented the Primary League Shield on behalf of the local national schools to Letterkenny Gaels. The runners up in the Shield were a south Donegal team made up of Aodh Ruadh and Four Masters players. The Ulster Council President, Tom Daly, presented the Aodh O Dalaigh shield in memory of his late father, Hugh, to the winning captain from Knocks, County Fermanagh. The runners up were Coolera / Strandhill of county Sligo. Local players Conor Kennedy and Brendan Gillespie received medals for outstanding performances on the day for our two teams. Thanks go to all who helped to make the blitz a great success. This ends a very enjoyable and busy season for the under 10s and 12s. The club thanks the hurlers and their parents for their commitment throughout the year.

~ LADIES ~
The under 10 girls host Four Masters in the Park at 11am on Saturday, 6th October. Under 10 training is underway on Tuesdays from 6pm to 7pm in the Park.

The minors had good win in Dunfanaghy when they overcame the challenge of Saint Michael's to progress to the first round proper of the championship where they take on Saint Naul's. That game will be in Father Tierney park this weekend, but the precise date and time have yet to be confirmed. Minor training at 6.30pm on Wednesdays.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
There will be a meeting of the Bord na nÓg committee on Wednesday, 10th October at 8.30pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

The under 12s had a good win over The Loup of Derry in a challenge match last Saturday. The under 12s will be on their travels this Saturday 6th October when they go to a blitz in Scotstown, County Monaghan in what should be their last competitive action of the year. The tournament starts at 10.00am. Players are asked to assemble at the park for 7.30am and to bring a packed lunch. The bus leaves the park at 7.45am sharp.

The quarter finals of the Bakery Cup are scheduled for Saturday, 13th October with the semi-finals on Saturday, 20th October and the finals on Sunday, 28th October, coinciding with the Centre of Excellence Draw. As this is the fiftieth anniversary of the Bakery Cup Aodh Ruadh are inviting everyone who played in the competition since 1957 to come along to the fiftieth final on Sunday 28th October at 2pm in Father Tierney Park. We expect to have the first winning captain there to get the ball rolling. Presentations will take place afterwards in Aras Aoidh Ruadh along with the unveiling of a plaque with the winning captains names. The ceremonials will be followed by light refreshments in the Aras. On Sunday evening there will be a trip down memory lane in Dorrian's Hotel. If you are in touch with any team player let him know what's happening and pass the word about. Any queries about who played on your team or what team you played on, you can contact me jimckane@eircom.net.

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8th October

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
It was back to back wins for Aodh Ruadh in Father Tierney Park last Sunday when the Ernesiders beat Naomh Conaill by 2-10 to 0-11. Two spectacular goals were the difference between the sides with the first coming from Brian Roper midway through second half. Roper latched onto a long ball from Stephen Ward and crashed it into the Glenties net with some aplomb. The second came with only a couple of minutes remaining when Pauric Buggy drilled a placed finish past the Naomh Conaill keeper after some skilful and intricate approach play.

The reserve's were beaten by Glenties by 2-05 to 0-13 despite a much improved all-round performance from the Ballyshannon outfit. Goals from Gary Anderson and Barry Gallagher kept the pressure on Naomh Conaill. Disappointingly, withdrawals meant Aodh Ruadh could only field the bare fifteen and that took its toll as Glenties forged on for the win.

The Centre of Excellence draw will take place on Sunday 28th October. Tickets for the draw, which is to fund the redevelopment of Munday's Field as a top class training facility, are currently on sale. There is an impressive line-up of prizes with something for everyone. Tickets priced €30/£20 each or €50/£35 for two are out now, ask any club member.

The club is preparing its submission for the annual county yearbook, anyone with pictures they would like to see included are asked to forward them to info@aodhruadh.org.

Aodh Ruadh's annual general meeting takes place on Saturday 1st December in Aras Aoidh Ruadh. All club subcommittee's should have held their own AGMs before that date with reports submitted to John Magee at aodh-ruadh@donegal.gaa.ie on or before 24th November.

~ LADIES ~
The under 10 girls hosted Four Masters last Saturday, 6th October for an entertaining day's football with over 50 girls taking part. Under 10 training is on Tuesdays from 6pm to 7pm in the Park.

The minors had a good win against an understrength Saint Naul's side in the first round proper of the championship last Sunday. The win puts Aodh Ruadh through to a second round match-up with Termon. That game will be at a neutral venue this weekend, but the precise place, date and time have yet to be confirmed. Minor training continues at 6.30pm on Wednesdays.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
There will be a meeting of the Bord na nÓg committee on Wednesday, 10th October at 8.30pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

Aodh Ruadh under 12s concluded their season with a trip to Scotstown, County Monaghan for an Ulster Under 12 Blitz. The As recorded wins against Errigal Ciaran of Tyrone and Truagh from Monaghan, but lost to Laragh of Cavan who went through to the semi-finals on points difference. The Bs also did well only to be pipped by Laragh.

The quarter finals of the Bakery Cup are scheduled for Saturday, 13th October with the semi-finals on Saturday, 20th October and the finals on Sunday, 28th October, coinciding with the Centre of Excellence Draw. As this is the fiftieth anniversary of the Bakery Cup Aodh Ruadh are inviting everyone who played in the competition since 1957 to come along to the fiftieth final on Sunday 28th October at 2pm in Father Tierney Park. We expect to have the first winning captain there to get the ball rolling. Presentations will take place afterwards in Aras Aoidh Ruadh along with the unveiling of a plaque with the winning captains names. The ceremonials will be followed by light refreshments in the Aras. On Sunday evening there will be a trip down memory lane in Dorrian's Hotel. If you are in touch with any team player let him know what's happening and pass the word about. Any queries about who played on your team or what team you played on, you can contact me jimckane@eircom.net.

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15th October

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
It was a shadow of the championship winning Saint Eunan's side that visited Father Tierney Park last Sunday. Nevertheless a Letterkenny outfit minus many marquee names and liberally scattered with reserves battled manfully in the first half against an Aodh Ruadh side looking for its third win on the bounce. The sides were level at four points apiece at half time, but a scoring blitz by Aodh Ruadh directly after the break rocked Saint Eunan's back on their heels and left them playing catch-up for the rest of the match. Aodh Ruadh's first goal came shortly after half time. It was a good move with Pauric Buggy popping up a precision pass for Niall McCready to run on to and drill emphatically to the net. The second goal came from Brian Roper midway through the second half. The county star cut in from the end line and managed to rifle a shot past the keeper. Roper has been enjoying good form in his recent return to Aodh Ruadh colours and he capped it with a second goal near the death. The final score was 3-10 to 0-07 to Aodh Ruadh. The reserve match was called off as Saint Eunan's fielded a weakened senior side with one eye on their Ulster Club championship outing next Sunday.

Once again Father Tierney Park will be the venue on Sunday 21st October when Aodh Ruadh will be looking to make it four wins in a row. Ardara will provide the opposition and they will have revenge on their minds after Aodh Ruadh ended their Championship campaign earlier in the year. Throw in is at 3pm. The senior match is preceded by Aodh Ruadh against Ardara in a Division 1A Reserve match at 1.30pm.

How would you like to be doing your tricking and treating in a brand new Nissan Almera this Halloween? Well you could be doing just that if you happen to scoop top prize in the Aodh Ruadh Centre of Excellence draw which takes place in Dorrian's Hotel, Ballyshannon on Sunday, October 28th at 9pm. Club members are out and about now selling tickets priced €30/£20 each or €50/£35 for two so be sure to nab them if you see them around. Also, Terry McShea will be happy to sort you out for tickets if you give him a call on 087-2360815. Make sure you come along to the draw night where the final few tickets will be sold before the lucky winners are drawn. One way or another there's sure to be quite a party afterwards! The action kicks off at Dorrian's Hotel at 9pm. Don't miss it.

The club is preparing its submission for the annual county yearbook, anyone with pictures they would like to see included are asked to forward them to info@aodhruadh.org.

Aodh Ruadh's annual general meeting takes place on Saturday 1st December in Aras Aoidh Ruadh. All club subcommittee's should have held their own AGMs before that date with reports submitted to John Magee at aodh-ruadh@donegal.gaa.ie on or before 24th November.

~ LADIES ~
The under 10 girls have their last day of outdoor training this Tuesday, 16th October at 6pm in the Park. After that there will be a break until indoor training begins in the Mercy Hall on 6th November at 6pm.

The minor ladies lost to Termon in a tough semi-final Championship encounter last Sunday in Father Tierney Park. Aodh Ruadh were outgunned by a strong Termon outfit, but never stopped fighting and indeed had the better of things in the second half. The final score was 3-8 to 2-4 in favour of the northerners.

~ HURLING ~
The hurling committee's Annual General Meeting takes place on Friday 19th October at 8.30pm in Aras Aoidh Ruadh. Everyone with an interest in hurling in Ballyshannon is invited to attend.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
Bord na nÓg host a quiz night in Owen Roe's on Thursday, 25th October. The questions start flying at 9.30pm. Be sure to come along for a great night's craic.

The Bakery Cup finals semi-finals are on Saturday, 20th October with the finals on Sunday, 28th October, coinciding with the Centre of Excellence Draw. As this is the fiftieth anniversary of the Bakery Cup Aodh Ruadh are inviting everyone who played in the competition since 1957 to come along to the fiftieth final on Sunday 28th October at 2pm in Father Tierney Park. We expect to have the first winning captain there to get the ball rolling. Presentations will take place afterwards in Aras Aoidh Ruadh along with the unveiling of a plaque with the winning captain's names. The ceremonials will be followed by light refreshments in the Aras. On Sunday evening there will be a trip down memory lane in Dorrian's Hotel. If you are in touch with any team player let him know what's happening and pass the word about. Any queries about who played on your team or what team you played on, you can contact jimckane@eircom.net.

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22nd October

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh edged past Ardara last Sunday to notch up their fourth league win on the bounce. The final score was 0-11 to 0-10 as Father Tierney Park continues to prove a happy hunting ground for the Ernesiders. The game was a tight encounter and Aodh Ruadh were a point down at half time. Ardara had the better of the third quarter and were two points to the good heading into the closing stages. Aodh Ruadh, who were without Barry Ward through illness, held their cool and worked their way back. Sticky Ward got the final two scores of the match from frees to take the points for Aodh Ruadh. Once again Brian Roper made a big contribution with five points to his credit.

A battling display saw the reserves lose to Ardara by 0-9 to 2-7. Aodh Ruadh held the lead at half time and were motoring well. However, midway through the second half, goal keeper Paul Kane upended an Ardara attacker in the area. Paul saw the line and Ardara slotted away the resultant penalty. A goal just as time elapsed served to put a somewhat deceptive gloss on the result for Ardara. James McIntyre had a great game with four points at corner forward. His brother John and cousin Turlough McIntyre also caused problems in the Ardara defence; whilst John Gillespie gave a staunch performance in the backs.

How would you like to be doing your tricking and treating in a brand new Nissan Almera this Halloween? Well you could be doing just that if you happen to scoop top prize in the Aodh Ruadh Centre of Excellence draw which takes place in Dorrian's Hotel, Ballyshannon on Sunday, October 28th at 9pm. Club members are out and about now selling tickets priced €30/£20 each or €50/£35 for two so be sure to nab them if you see them around. Also, Terry McShea will be happy to sort you out for tickets if you give him a call on 087-2360815. Make sure you come along to the draw night where the final few tickets will be sold before the lucky winners are drawn. One way or another there's sure to be quite a party afterwards! The action kicks off at Dorrian's Hotel at 9pm and there will be music from the Assaroe Ceili Band. Don't miss it.

The club is preparing its submission for the annual county yearbook, anyone with pictures they would like to see included are asked to forward them to info@aodhruadh.org.

Aodh Ruadh's annual general meeting takes place on Saturday 1st December in Aras Aoidh Ruadh. All club subcommittee's should have held their own AGMs before that date with reports submitted to John Magee at aodh-ruadh@donegal.gaa.ie on or before 24th November.

~ LADIES ~
There is a break in under 10 girls training until indoor training begins in the Mercy Hall on 6th November at 6pm.

~ HURLING ~
Aodh Ruadh's minor hurlers claimed their second county championship title in succession last Sunday in Donegal town's Tir Chonaill Park. Things had looked ominous at half time when Ballyshannon went in on the wrong end of a 0-1 to 0-6 scoreline and contemplating the prospect of playing into a strong wind. However the Ernesiders came out a transformed outfit in the second half. Chris Kilgannon and Paul Hughes lead the way at midfield and were well supported by Peader O'Keefe and David Dolan on the half back line. Gary O'Brien, Gary Loughlin and Liam Cullen did the main damage scoring four second half goals between them to put Aodh Ruadh in the driving seat. Ciaran Kilgannon was also impressive at centre forward and Gerard Kelly made a great impact at half forward when he came on in the second half. Ashley Mulhern had a great match at full back, thwarting many Letterkenny attacks. However, it was Ballyshannon's superior threat in front of goals that proved the difference in the end and a final score of 4-07 to 2-10 meant that it was Aodh Ruadh's Stephen Ryan who held the minor county championship trophy aloft. Congratulations to all the players, as well as the mentors on the day: Peter O'Keefe and Dennis Doherty as well as Emma Gaughan with first aid. There are pictures on aodhruadh.org.

The under 12 hurlers enjoyed a great trip to McCumhaill park last Saturday for the M. Donnelly interprovincial games in Ballybofey. The highlight of the night was the presentation of the under 12 county blitz medals to the panel by Galway and Connacht star Alan Kerins. Alan gave the boys a talk about hurling and wrapped up with a question and answer session. He presented the medals individually to Tommy Gillespie, captain, and his squad. Go to aodhruadh.org for pictures from the night.

The Hurling Committee held their AGM last Friday and there was a good, healthy attendance present. Officers appointed on the night were: Dennis Doherty, Chairman; Emma Gaughan, Secretary; David Downey, Finance Officer; Joint Senior Managers, Johnny Dolan and Aidan Begley; Minor Manager, Thomas 'Schillaci' Gallagher; Under 12 Manager Peter Horan; and Under 10 Manager John Rooney.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
Bord na nÓg host a quiz night in Owen Roe's on Thursday, 25th October. The questions start flying at 9.30pm. Be sure to come along for a great night's craic.

The final of the Bakery Cup takes place on Sunday, 28th October. The action commences with a match between Ruairí Drummond and Martin Larkin's teams at 1pm. That game is followed by the final between the teams of Ronan McGurn v Sylvester Maguire at 2pm. As this is the fiftieth anniversary of the Bakery Cup Aodh Ruadh are inviting everyone who played in the competition since 1957 to come along to the fiftieth final on Sunday 28th October at 2pm in Father Tierney Park. We expect to have the first winning captain there to get the ball rolling. Presentations will take place afterwards in Aras Aoidh Ruadh along with the unveiling of a plaque with the winning captain's names. The ceremonials will be followed by light refreshments in the Aras. On Sunday evening there will be a trip down memory lane in Dorrian's Hotel. If you are in touch with any team player let him know what's happening and pass the word about. Any queries about who played on your team or what team you played on, you can contact jimckane@eircom.net.

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29th October

~ CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE DRAW ~
Paudie Murphy scooped first prize in Aodh Ruadh's Centre of Excellence draw. Paudie will have a long trip up from Ballydesmond in County Cork to collect the keys for his new runabout, but enjoying the trip back to the Rebel County in the comfort of a brand new Nissan Almera should make it all worth while. The winners of the other prizes were: Second prize of €3,000 went to Donal Buggy, Kilanerin, County Wexford; Third prize of a two week sunshine holiday for two valued at €1,500 went to Ann Gilfeather, Davog Drive, Belleek; Fourth prize of a 32 inch LCD Television and DVD player went to Cahal Sheridan, C/M Embroidery, Letterkenny; Fifth prize of a golf weekend for two at the Slieve Russell Hotel went to Sean O'Mahoney, Moy Road, Ballyshannon; Sixth prize of a weekend for two in the Camden Court Hotel, Dublin with two All Ireland tickets went to Chris O'Donnell, Creevy; Seventh prize of a weekend for two with the White Group went to Ciaran Slevin, Abbeylands; Eighth prize of €250 worth of household goods from Slevin's went to Stephen Ward, Woodlands; Ninth prize of a €250 shopping voucher sponsored by Mace went to Joe Winston, Letterkenny and Tenth prize of €200 in cash went to Annie McHugh, Roscor, Belleek. The draw raised in the region of €45,000 which will go to the Centre of Excellence Development at Munday's field in Ballyshannon. The completed facilities will feature a regulation sized GAA pitch with two junior cross fields and a floodlit training field encircled by a running track. The pitches have been seeded out in the past couple of weeks and the grass is showing already. It is expected the facility will be ready for use in September 2008. Huge thanks are due to the many ticket sellers who tramped the highways and byways with tickets, a very tough job. A note of appreciation also to Dorrian's Hotel who hosted the draw function. Thanks also to Jim Owen of Donegal Town who provided the first prize of a 1.5, four door, Nissan Almera.

Aodh Ruadh's annual general meeting takes place on Saturday 1st December in Aras Aoidh Ruadh. All club subcommittee's should have held their own AGMs before that date with reports submitted to John Magee at aodh-ruadh@donegal.gaa.ie on or before 24th November.

~ LADIES ~
There is a break in under 10 girls training until indoor training begins in the Mercy Hall on 6th November at 6pm.

~ HURLING ~
Senior hurling training begins on Thursday 1st November at 7.30pm in Saint Anne's Hall on Church Avenue beside the Church of Ireland. New comers welcome.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
Fifty years after its inception Ronan McGurn's team won the Bakery cup in Father Tierney Park last Sunday. His side overcame Sylvester Maguire's team to take the Cup on a scoreline of 3-8 to 2-7. A full match report is available on aodhruadh.org. The presentation took place in Aras Aoidh Ruadh with Club Chairman Terence McShea opening proceedings before the winning Bakery Cup captain of 1957, Padraig McGarrigle, presented to the trophy to the winner of 2007, Ronan McGurn. After the presentation Bord na nÓg Chairman, Jim Kane, presented certificates to players who had taken part in the Bakery cup since its inauguration in 1957. The function concluded with a few words from the Chairman of Ballyshannon Town Council, Eunan Doyle and pictures. Many of those present were able to continue their reminiscences at the culmination of the Centre of Excellence in Dorrian's Hotel later in the evening, where, no doubt a few fine yarns were spun. Many thanks are due to all who attended and to Jim Kane and Gerry McIntyre who did so much to make the day happen.

Six weeks of indoor training gets under way on Friday 9th November in the new hall at Colaiste Colmcille. The under 8s and under 10s will be in between 7pm and 8pm. The under 12s will be in between 8pm and 9pm. There is a charge of €2 per head. Further information will be circulated to the national schools in due course.

Bord na nÓg hosted a quiz night in Owen Roe's last Thursday with eight teams pitting their wits against the combined brains of Sylvester Maguire and Eunan Doyle. The music rounds were hard on everyone's ears, but scores were still impressively high. Despite the disappointing turnout there was a great night's craic had by all and €400 raised for Bord na nÓg.

The Bord na nÓg AGM takes place on Wednesday, 14th November at 8.30pm in Aras Aoidh Ruadh. Managers are reminded to submit their reports for the year to John Hughes. Everyone interested in the development of underage football in Ballyshannon is invited to attend.

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