Club Notes Archive - 2007

Box. NOVEMBER
5th November

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh coasted to a fifth consecutive win against a strangely off-form Glenfin side. Two goals from Brian Roper as well as a goal a piece from Donagh McIntyre and Sticky Ward helped Aodh Ruadh to a 4-11 to 0-04 win in Father Tierney Park. The Finnsiders were trailing by 2-3 to 0-2 at half time and never really recovered from the two first half goals. Aodh Ruadh acquitted themselves well in what was a great team performance. The final match of Aodh Ruadh's league programme is against Gaoth Dobhair. With all Division 1A teams playing their final league games on the same day that means a lay-off for Ballyshannon of a couple of weeks as other teams complete their programmes.

~ LADIES ~
Under 10 girls indoor training continues in the Mercy Hall on Tuesday at 6pm.

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

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
Indoor training for the 2008 season gets under way on Friday 9th November in the new hall at Colaiste Colmcille. The under 8s and under 10s (i.e. aged nine or under in 2008) will be in between 7pm and 8pm. The under 12s (i.e. aged eleven or under in 2008) will be in between 8pm and 9pm. There is a charge of €2 per head. Please bring runners, no other footwear allowed.

There is a Level One coaching course in Ballybofey on Friday night.

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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12th November

~ LADIES ~
The ladies host a quiz in Owen Roe's on Thursday night, 15th November at 10pm. Parents of younger players in particular are invited to come along and enjoy the night's craic. Under 10 girls indoor training continues in the Mercy Hall on Tuesday at 6pm.

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

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
The Bord na nÓg AGM takes place on Wednesday, 14th November at 8.30pm in Aras Aoidh Ruadh. Everyone interested in the development of underage football in Ballyshannon is invited to attend.

Indoor underage training continues this Friday, 16th November in the new hall at Colaiste Colmcille. The under 8s and under 10s (i.e. aged nine or under in 2008) will be in between 7pm and 8pm. The under 12s (i.e. aged eleven or under in 2008) will be in between 8pm and 9pm. There is a charge of €2 per head. Please bring runners, no other footwear allowed.

Bord na nÓg host a presentation night in Aras Aoidh Ruadh for their under 12 county champions on Saturday, 17th November, starting promptly at 6.30pm. The presentation of southern divisional board and county championship medals will be preceded by a showing of the DVD of the final against Termon in a rain soaked Convoy. The showing of the DVD starts at 6.45pm sharp and players are asked to arrive for 6.30pm as there will be refreshments served. There will also be a presentation to Bord na nÓg sponsors to acknowledge the valuable support they have given to help the development of underage football in Ballyshannon over recent years.

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19th November

~ PJ FERGUSON ~
It was with great sadness that Aodh Ruadh learned of the passing of PJ Ferguson on the afternoon of Monday 19th November. PJ played for Aodh Ruadh and Saint Joseph's and was a classy forward in his day. He also managed a number of Aodh Ruadh teams including the senior side. In recent years PJ was prominent as one of the club's most loyal and staunch supporters. Affectionately known as Elvis, PJ was very much a larger than life character and his ebullient presence will be sorely missed around the club. Aodh Ruadh offer their sincerest condolences to PJ's wife Ann, son Gerard, daughters, Moya and Carla and his brothers and sisters. The Funeral Mass takes place on Thursday, 22nd November at 11am in Saint Joseph's Church on the Rock, Ballyshannon. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.

~ LADIES ~
Under 10 girls indoor training continues in the Mercy Hall on Tuesday at 6pm.

~ HURLING ~
Senior hurling training continues on Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm in Saint Anne's Hall on Church Avenue beside the Church of Ireland. New comers welcome.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
Bord na nÓg host their final fundraiser of the year in the Bridgend bar this Saturday night, 24th November. There is a breathtaking and bewildering bazaar of prizes being raffled off, all to the accompaniment of music from the legend that is John Meehan. Here is a quick taster of some of the prizes on offer: A five hundred euro voucher for windows with Profile Joinery; A Philips DVD player; A radio controlled rally car; two hundred weight of coal from Eugene Dolan; A fifty euro voucher for Brian Campbell Butchers; not to mention polo shirts, kit bags, sports coats and much, much more. There will be three draws on the night with John Meehan providing music and Eunan Doyle the slagging. Parents of underage players in particular are invited to come along and enjoy what should be a rip-roaring night's craic.

Aras Aoidh Ruadh played host to the Bord na nÓg Presentation Night last Saturday. The under 12 Southern Board and County Champions were guests of honour and were treated to a DVD of the County Final in Convoy against Termon on 13th July. Needless to say Johnny Gethins' goal midway through the second half lifted the roof! Many thanks to Termon who kindly gave us a copy of the County Final DVD, which really was an excellent production. The viewing, accompanied by well-received food from Maggie's and drinks from C&C, was followed by the presentation of Southern Board and County winners' medals. The presentations were made by the club's county stars Brian Roper and Niall McCready. It was great to have Brian and Niall available for the occasion and many people took the opportunity to get their pictures taken with the pair. After the presentation of medals there were presentations of certificates to the four Bakery cup captains: Ronan McGurrin, Sylvester Maguire, Martin Larkin and Ruairí Drummond. The next presentation was to recognise and acknowledge sponsorship provided to Aodh Ruadh Bord na nÓg. Jim Kane, Chairman of Bord na nÓg gave a speech emphasizing the crucial role that sponsors played in making things happen in Bord na nÓg and thanked them for their continuing support of underage football in Ballyshannon. Jim then presented framed certificates to James Likely of James Likely Limited, Edmund McIntyre of Centra, Ballyshannon, Charlie O'Donnell of O'Donnell's Bakery, Joe Drummond of ESB Ballyshannon, Brian Drummond of Ballyshannon Credit Union and Brian Roper for Joe Roper. Joe Drummond of the ESB made a presentation of a cheque for €600 to Aodh Ruadh Chairman, Terrence McShea, and Jim Kane of Bord na nÓg, recognising the great achievements of the under 12 team in 2007 as they wore their ESB sponsored jerseys with distinction. Other sponsors who were acknowledged on the night but who unable to attend were Keown Carpets and Flooring, Decorworld, James Cummins, Noel Hoey Wholesale Distribution, Gerry Ferguson, Pearse O'Neill and The Abbey Garage. Many thanks Pat Melaniff, Enda McGurrin, Sylvester Maguire and everyone else who helped out on what was a very enjoyable and memorable night.

Bord na nÓg had their AGM took last Wednesday in Aras Aoidh Ruadh. There was a good attendance and lots of constructive work done. The following positions were filled for 2008: Jim Kane, Chairman; Vice Chairman, Sylvester Maguire; John Hughes, Secretary and PRO; Finance Officer, Eunan Doyle; Under 10 Manager, Colman Kerr; Under 12 Manager; Terrence McShea with Adrian Keown, Barry Travers and John Larkin junior; Under 14, Jim Kane; Under 16, Barry Gallagher. The only positions not filled were those of Minor Manager and Southern Board delegate, but there is optimism these should be filled by the end of the year.

Indoor underage training continues this Friday, 16th November in the new hall at Colaiste Colmcille. The under 8s and under 10s (i.e. aged nine or under in 2008) will be in between 7pm and 8pm. The under 12s (i.e. aged eleven or under in 2008) will be in between 8pm and 9pm. There is a charge of €2 per head. Please bring runners, no other footwear allowed.

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26th November

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
The seniors concluded their league programme with a loss away to Gaoth Dobhair. The Gaeltacht side got off to a blinding start going into a 1-3 to no score lead in the first ten minutes, but Aodh Ruadh steadied the ship to go in only a goal down at half time with the scores at 1-5 to 0-5. Ballyshannon enjoyed the better of the second half, but couldn't quite find the key to unlock the win. Gaoth Dobhair won on scoreline of 1-11 to 0-12. Aodh Ruadh's scorers were: Val Murray 0-5, Barry Mulligan 0-2, Seamus Kane 0-1, Brian Roper 0-1, Stephen Ward 0-1, Niall McCready 0-1 and John Duffy 0-1. The defeat sees Aodh Ruadh facing a relegation playoff with Glenfin, Kilcar or Naomh Conaill as potential opponents. The opposition will only become clear after the final round of league games.

Aodh Ruadh's annual general meeting takes place on Saturday 1st December in Aras Aoidh Ruadh at 5pm. Everyone with an interest in Gaelic games and culture in Ballyshannon is invited to attend.

~ LADIES ~
Under 10 girls indoor training continues in the Mercy Hall on Tuesday at 6pm.

~ HURLING ~
Many congratulations to Emma Gaughan on her appointment as Donegal County Hurling Secretary!

Senior hurling training continues on Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm in Saint Anne's Hall on Church Avenue beside the Church of Ireland. New comers welcome.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
John Meehan was in typically tuneful form on Saturday night as he set the beat at the Aodh Ruadh Bord na nÓg bazaar in Bridgend bar, Ballyshannon. The bazaar was held to mark the end of a busy year of fundraising for Bord na nÓg. With a number of functions on in the town, the crowd was late into the Bridgend, but the craic was ninety as the ticket sellers went round the patrons. With the late start there was only one draw on the night with a wide variety of prizes on offer. Finbar Gettins, Thomas Gallagher, Alice Bowring, Anne Marie Dolan and Danny Brennan were among the lucky winners on the night. After the draw for prizes Mick McGrath, proprietor of the Bridgend pub, made a presentation of a cheque for €8,700 to Bord na nÓg committee members. The cheque included the proceeds of the bottle draw and the hugely successful pig race from earlier in the year and the bazaar on the night. Along with Ballyshannon Town Council Chairman, Eunan Doyle, Mick took a leading role in conceiving and organising these fund raisers. They have helped make a significant contribution to the club at a time when it is in the midst of a programme of works set to upgrade its playing facilities to top class standards. That process is most visible at the moment at the Centre of Excellence development in Munday's Field. After the presentation of the cheque the Chairman of Bord na nÓg, Jim Kane, presented a framed certificate in acknowledgement of sponsorship and fundraising work to Mick McGrath. Presentations concluded, John Meehan took to the stage to rock the rest of the night away. A great night had by all. Many, many thanks to everyone who contributed and helped out on the night and to every one who helped at our fundraisers throughout year. Without the unstinting help of those who turned out time and again, our fundraisers would not be have had been anywhere near so successful.

Indoor underage training continues this Friday, 30th November at Colaiste Cholmcille. The under 8s will train in the Mercy Hall and under 10s will be in the New Hall (i.e. aged nine or under in 2008), both between 7pm and 8pm. The under 12s (i.e. aged eleven or under in 2008) will be the New Hall between 8pm and 9pm. There is a charge of €2 per head. Please bring runners, no other footwear allowed.

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