Club Notes Archive - 2008

Box. MARCH
3 March

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
There is a meeting of the Aodh Ruadh Senior Club Committee in Aras Aoidh Ruadh on Thursday 6th March at 9pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

Aghyaran were the visitors to Father Tierney Park last Sunday in the Ulster League. Aodh Ruadh lost out, but put in an industrious performance. Eamon O'Donnell did very well when moved to full back whilst Ronan Matthews also put in a good performance in defence. Eoin McNeill was typically tenacious against a well-drilled Tyrone outfit. David Dolan had another good game in the forwards, while Ciron Whoriskey took the score of the match with a point driven over into the teeth of a difficult breeze.

Senior training continues on the all-weather pitch at the Lakeside every Monday and Wednesday from 9pm to 10pm. There will also be senior training at the Lakeside on Fridays from 6pm - 7pm commencing on 7th March.

Third team training continues on the all-weather pitch at the Lakeside every Wednesday from 5.45pm to 7pm. New members welcome.

~ WHO WANTS TO BE A THOUSANDAIRE ~
Tickets are now available for a night not to be missed: Who Want's To Be A Thousandaire? This is a slick, professional show which will be staged in the Great Northern, Bundoran on Thursday 27th March. The night is a fundraiser for Aodh Ruadh's Centre of Excellence and is expected to generate huge interest, with a great night's craic guaranteed. Contact Terrence McShea on 087-2360815 for ticket details.

~ HURLING ~
Underage hurling training continues in Father Tierney Park on Sunday at 12 noon for under 10s, 12s and 14s. For any enquiries contact John Rooney (086-2587793) or Billy Finn (9851289).

The second annual Aodh Ruadh Hurlathon will take place in the Mercy Hall on Saturday, 29th March. All hurlers from under 10 to seniors will be taking part in this special event. A new feature this year sees 'The Legends' making their debut. This outfit will be made up of the junior team who won the championship in 1994 and other former hurling greats. Anyone wanting to take part as a Legend should contact John Rooney (086-2587793). Last year's event was a great success and players will be out with sponsorship cards shortly and we ask everyone to support them.

~ LADIES ~
There is an underage player registration night in Aras Aoidh Ruadh from 6.30pm to 8.00pm this Thursday 6th March. See Bord na nÓg notes for full details

Under 10 girls indoor training continues in the Mercy Hall on Tuesday night from 6pm to 7pm. Under 12 training continues on Tuesdays in the Mercy Hall from 7pm to 8pm.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
Aodh Ruadh Bord na nÓg will be hosting a player registration night for boys and girls playing on the under 10, under 12 and under 14 teams in Aras Aoidh Ruadh from 6.30pm to 8.00pm this Thursday 6th March. All players are required to attend. Please note the following: only registered players can play for Aodh Ruadh; also, only registered players are covered by the Aodh Ruadh Injury Insurance Scheme. Please bring your membership fee of 12 euro.

The under 16s have a challenge against Erne Gaels at the Lakeside this Thursday 6th March. Players should be at the Lakeside by 7.15pm sharp. The under 16s will be the first underage team into competitive action when they take on Dungloe this Sunday 9th March in Father Tierney Park at 12 noon.

The minors commence outdoor training at the Lakeside this Tuesday 4th March from 7-8pm; continuing every Tuesday until further notice. The last night of minor indoor training takes place in the New Hall at Colaiste Cholmcille this Thursday, 6th March from 7pm-8pm.

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10 March

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh are due to play their first game league game of the year at home against Killybegs on Easter Sunday. Senior training continues on the all-weather pitch at the Lakeside every Monday and Wednesday from 9pm to 10pm and on Fridays from 6pm to 7pm.

Third team training continues on the all-weather pitch at the Lakeside every Wednesday from 5.45pm to 7pm. New members welcome.

~ WHO WANTS TO BE A THOUSANDAIRE ~
The build up to Who Want's To Be A Thousandaire is well under way. This is a fun event which will be staged in the Great Northern, Bundoran on Thursday 27th March. The night is a fundraiser for Aodh Ruadh's Centre of Excellence and is generating huge interest, with a great night's craic guaranteed. Contact Terrence McShea on 087-2360815 for ticket details.

There is a meeting in Aras Aoidh Ruadh on Tuesday 11th March at 8pm for those involved in selling adverts for Who Wants To Be A Thousandaire. Adverts need to be confirmed and payment received so that receipts and complimentary tickets can be issued.

~ HURLING ~
Underage hurling training continues in Father Tierney Park on Sunday at 12 noon for under 10s, 12s and 14s. For any enquiries contact John Rooney (086-2587793) or Billy Finn (9851289).

The second annual Aodh Ruadh Hurlathon will take place in the Mercy Hall on Saturday, 29th March. This is the hurling committee's major fund raiser for the year and money raised will be used for the promotion and development of hurling in Aodh Ruadh. A great day's fun in guaranteed with this unique event involving hurlers aged from seven right up to the veteran level! Players are now out and about with their sponsorship cards and we ask everyone to support them generously.

~ LADIES ~
Under 10 girls indoor training continues in the Mercy Hall on Tuesday night from 6pm to 7pm. Under 12 training continues on Tuesdays in the Mercy Hall from 7pm to 8pm.

The annual Ladies Duck race takes place on Easter Saturday, 22nd March at 4.00pm on the now legendary McKenna's Brook course. As usual, a large turn out is expected with cash and novelty prizes galore on offer. All lady footballers are out and about now selling lines for ducks so make sure you buy yours and get along to McKenna's Brook. You'd be quackers to miss it!

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
Many thanks to the players and parents who turned up to the registration night last Thursday. Great numbers were brought in for under 10, 12 and 14.

For those who failed to make it along it is not too late. Registration forms can be downloaded from www.aodhruadh.org or obtained from your team manager. Please note the following: only registered players can play for Aodh Ruadh, UNREGISTERED PLAYERS WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO FIELD; also, only registered players are covered by the Aodh Ruadh Injury Insurance Scheme. Please return your completed form and membership fee of 12 euro to your team manager as soon as possible.

Under 16 training continues at the Lakeside this Thursday from 8pm to 9pm. The under 16s will be the first underage team into competitive action when they travel to Killybegs in the League. Date and time have yet to be arranged, but the match will take place before Easter.

Minor training continues at the Lakeside this Tuesday from 7-8pm. The minors are scheduled to take on Naomh Bríd this Saturday 15th March at 11am, although this may change depending on circumstances. Please check with the management nearer the time for the latest details.

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17 March

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh are due to play their first game league game of the year at home against Killybegs on Easter Sunday. The throw in is at 3pm in Father Tierney Park. The reserve team will open the action on Sunday in the park at 1.30pm when they take on Killybegs reserves. Senior training continues on the all-weather pitch at the Lakeside every Monday and Wednesday from 9pm to 10pm and on Fridays from 6pm to 7pm.

Third team training continues on the all-weather pitch at the Lakeside every Wednesday from 5.45pm to 7pm. New members welcome.

~ WHO WANTS TO BE A THOUSANDAIRE ~
The build up to Who Want’s To Be A Thousandaire is well under way. This is a fun event which will be staged in the Great Northern, Bundoran on Thursday 27th March. The night is a fundraiser for Aodh Ruadh’s Centre of Excellence and is generating huge interest, with a great night’s craic guaranteed. Contact Terrence McShea on 087-2360815 for ticket details or any other club member.

~ HURLING ~
Underage hurling training continues in Father Tierney Park on Sunday at 12 noon for under 10s, 12s and 14s. For any enquiries contact John Rooney (086-2587793) or Billy Finn (9851289).

The second annual Aodh Ruadh Hurlathon will take place in the Mercy Hall on Saturday, 29th March. This is the hurling committee’s major fund raiser for the year and money raised will be used for the promotion and development of hurling in Aodh Ruadh. A great day’s fun in guaranteed with this unique event involving hurlers aged from seven right up to the veteran level! Some of the legends taking part include Ulster Council President, Tom Daly, former Donegal hurlers Mickey Dolan and Liam Bromley. Other former county hurlers taking part are Gerry and Maurice McLaughlin, Patsy Kilgannon and Father Frank McManus. Players are now out and about with their sponsorship cards and we ask everyone to support them generously.

~ LADIES ~
The annual Ladies Duck race takes place on Easter Saturday, 22nd March at 4.00pm on the now legendary McKenna's Brook course. As usual, a large turn out is expected with cash and novelty prizes galore on offer. All lady footballers are out and about now selling lines for ducks so make sure you buy yours and get along to McKenna's Brook. You'd be quackers to miss it!

Under 10 girls indoor training continues in the Mercy Hall on Tuesday night from 6pm to 7pm. Under 12 training continues on Tuesdays in the Mercy Hall from 7pm to 8pm.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
Under 14 training commences this Saturday 22nd March at 2.30pm in the Lakeside.

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24 March

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh drew 0-7 to 0-7 with Killybegs in their Division 1B opener with Killybegs on Easter Monday. Aodh Ruadh gave a strong all round team performance in a very competitive and evenly balanced match. In the backline, Ronan Mathews and Eoin McNeill performed well on their senior debuts and young David Dolan showed some neat touches at corner forward. Brian Roper brought his county form to the club jersey and showed great leadership in his role as captain in the absence of Niall McCready. The next fixture for Ballyshannon is against Fanad Gaels on Sunday 30th March. The throw in is at 3pm in Father Tierney Park. The reserve team will open the action on Sunday in the park at 1.30pm when they take on Fanad Gaels reserves.

Aodh Ruadh reserves, showing all the signs of a team that had wintered well, were defeated by Killybegs by 1-5 to 2-9. As this was their first get together of the year we look forward to seeing improved performances from this outfit

Senior and reserve training continues on the all-weather pitch at the Lakeside every Monday and Wednesday from 8.30pm to 10pm.

Third team training continues on the all-weather pitch at the Lakeside every Wednesday with a new time from 5.45pm to 8pm. As always new members are most welcome.

~ WHO WANTS TO BE A THOUSANDAIRE ~
Who Want's To Be A Thousandaire is almost upon us. Taking place in the Great Northern, Bundoran on Thursday 27th March this is a night not to be missed. Not only will it be a great night's craic but, you could make it an Easter to remember by winning yourself a eggs-traordinary €1,000! Tickets are available at the door on the night or can bought in advance from any club member. Contact Terrence McShea on 087-2360815 for further ticket details. The night is a fundraiser for Aodh Ruadh's Centre of Excellence.

~ PARK COMMITTEE ~
Bookings for the use of Father Tierney Park for competitive games must be made in advance to Peter Conlon (087-6838024). This is critical in the absence of Munday's field. Training must be undertaken in the Lakeside or the school field on the Rock.

A meeting of the Park Development Committee will take place in Aras Aoidh Ruadh at 9pm on Monday 31st March. A full attendance is requested. Principal agenda items are arrangements for the Donegal v Laois NFL match and funding arrangements for the final phase of work to complete the new Aodh Ruadh Centre of Excellence at Munday's field.

A new, secure trophy display cabinet is being provided in Aras Aoidh Ruadh to display old Aodh Ruadh and GAA artifacts in the run up to the club's centenary year, 2009. AS a first step the return of old cups and trophies is a priority. Those who know the location of the following trophies are asked to contact Tom Daly at 071-9852595: The Frank O'Neill Cup, The Gold Flake Cup, The James Daly Memorial Cup for hurling and the Agnes O'Neill Cup for camogie.

A new supply of Aodh Ruadh senior and junior club kit bags are now available from the club shop, contact Jimmy Gallagher (086-1581152).

~ HURLING ~
The second annual Aodh Ruadh Hurlathon will take place in the Mercy Hall this Saturday, 29th March. This is the hurling committee's major fund raiser for the year and money raised will be used for the promotion and development of hurling in Aodh Ruadh. A great day's fun in guaranteed with this unique event involving hurlers aged from seven right up to the veteran level! Some of the legends taking part include Ulster Council President, Tom Daly, former Donegal hurlers Mickey Dolan and Liam Bromley. Other former county hurlers taking part are Gerry and Maurice McLaughlin, Patsy Kilgannon and Father Frank McManus. Players are now out and about with their sponsorship cards and we ask everyone to support them generously.

Underage hurling training continues in Father Tierney Park on Sunday at 12 noon for under 10s, 12s and 14s. For any enquiries contact John Rooney (086-2587793) or Billy Finn (9851289).

~ LADIES ~
A fantastic crowd braved the cold on Easter Saturday to turn out at McKenna's Brook for the annual duck race. There was six heats followed by the grand final. First prize of €100 went to Darragh Dolan of Higginstown. The second prize of €60 was won by Ted O'Donnell, Cavangarden. Three prizes of €30 were shared between Mark O'Hanlon, c/o Ciara O'Hanlon, The Rock; Ronan McGonigle, Creevy; and Eunan McGrath of Ernedale Heights. There were Easter eggs a plenty awarded as spot prizes and everyone went home happy, just in time to get in out of the rain. Many thanks to everyone who bought lines and made the event such a success. Also big thanks to those who sold lines and everyone who helped make sure everything went so smoothly on the day.

There is a meeting of the Senior Ladies team on Wednesday 26th March at 8.30pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. All panel members are asked to attend.

Under 10 girls indoor training continues in the Mercy Hall on Tuesday night from 6pm to 7pm. Under 12 training continues on Tuesdays in the Mercy Hall from 7pm to 8pm.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
The under 12s had their first competitive match of the year on Easter Monday when they travelled to Ardara. They were very unlucky to lose by 3-7 to 1-10. The half time score was 1-4 to 1-7 in favour of the homesters, but Aodh Ruadh put in a barn-storming display in the second half to bring the match back to a draw with two minutes to go. Unfortunately Ardara found the net and Aodh Ruadh ran out of time to make up the loss. Two goals disallowed for square ball did not help Ballyshannon's cause. Adam Irwin was exceptional in goals, blocking out a number of dangerous shots. Conor Kennedy starred in the centre of what was a very strong backline, which also featured Thomas Watters and Conor McShea. Colm Kelly and Matthew Maguire did well in midfield, Kelly capping his performance with two well taken pointed frees. Other scorers were Garreth Ferguson, Michael Kelly, Oisín Roper and John Ward who all chipped in with a point a piece. Philip Patton did well throughout and claimed three points. Although still under 10 Shane McGrath top scored with a goal and a point. There is under 12 training at 6pm on Wednesday 26th March in the School Field on the Rock. The next match for the under 12s is this Friday 28th March at 5pm against Naomh Conaill in Father Tierney Park.

The under 14s have a challenge match against Erne Gaels this Wednesday 26th March at the Lakeside at 6pm. Under 14 training continues this Saturday at 2.30pm in the Lakeside.

The under 16s got their league programme off to a fantastic start when they beat Killybegs 1-7 to 8-5 on their home patch last Tuesday 18th March. The first half was a tight enough affair with Aodh Ruadh going in with a six point cushion at the break. Ballyshannon really pushed on after half time though, and a couple of early goals ended the match as contest. Conor Patton really shone as did Peter Boyle who bagged four goals. Niall Thomas also took an excellent goal in what was a very gratifying all round performance.

Team morale was on a high for the trip to Bundoran on Easter Monday, but Aodh Ruadh beaten by 3-11 to 2-6. Bundoran fielded a very strong, tall, physical side and played with the benefit of the breeze in the first half. They made the most of it to score two early goals and went in at the break leading by 3-5 to 0-2. It took Ballyshannon a while to find their groove in the second half, but they were well on top in the final quarter and the eight point winning margin flattered the seasiders in the end. Once again Peter Boyle had a good game, scoring two goals. Ruairí Drummond started at half back and moved to half forward and gave it his all for the duration. Conor Patton did well at half back as did Ronan McGurn who gave a very complete and accomplished performance. Paddy Meehan at corner back performed with a great deal of tenacity and determination.

The next match for the under 16s will be on Monday 31st March when Aodh Ruadh play host to Ardara in Father Tierney Park at 6.30pm. Under 16 training continues at the Lakeside this Thursday from 8pm to 9pm.

The minors go into competitive action on Wednesday 2nd April when they travel to Bundoran. The game throws in Gaelic Park at 7pm. Minor training continues as usual at the Lakeside this Tuesday 25th March from 7-8pm and in the New Hall at Colaiste Colmcille on Thursday 27th March from 7-8pm.

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31 March

~ DONEGAL V LAOIS ~
Donegal play Laois this coming Sunday, April 6th at 2.30pm in the Allianz NFL Division 1. Stewards are asked to assemble in Aras Aoidh Ruadh at 12.45pm. Bord na nÓg are running a half time draw and a large turnout of sellers is requested. The club asks that as many stewards as possible make themselves available for what is likely to be a significant crowd. Help is needed in every aspect of the day, particularly in assisting people to get parked in and around the town.

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
With the Tyrone v Donegal game in Omagh postponed to Sunday the planned league programme did not go ahead. This meant that the Aodh Ruadh v Fanad Gaels game was postponed. The next fixture for Ballyshannon is a trip to Termon on Saturday 5th April. The throw in is at 3pm. The reserve team will open the action on Saturday at 1.30pm when they take on Termon reserves. Senior and reserve training will take place at the Lakeside on Monday 31st April and Wednesday 2nd May at 8.30pm

Third team training continues on the all-weather pitch at the Lakeside every Wednesday with a new time from 6.45pm to 8pm. As always new members are most welcome.

~ SENIOR BOARD ~
There will be a meeting of the senior club committee on Thursday, 3rd April at 8.30pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. All committee members are asked to attend.

~ WHO WANTS TO BE A THOUSANDAIRE ~
There was a great night's craic in the Great Northern Hotel in Bundoran last Thursday when 'Who Want's To Be A Thousandaire' came to town. There was a good crowd in attendance on the night, all with a chance of getting up on stage to win €1,000. The Donegal Democrat editor Michael Daly got proceedings under way in the first round of the night. Michael played for the Sheil Hospital Comfort Fund, winning €150 for his worthy cause. There was plenty of fun over the following rounds with Colman Kerr doing best on the night, winning €500 when he played on behalf of Deirdre Donagher. The night was closed with an auction round. John Patton stumped up the winning bid and elected to put Mary Matthews in to play. Many thanks to the main sponsors: Profile Windows; the round sponsors: Sopranos Sports Bar, Castle Interiors, Decorworld, Duffy's Fitted Furniture and Electrical, HGD Plant Hire, Jim Owen Car Sales, Heitons, Prunty Pitches; and all our other sponsors for helping make the night such a success. Thanks also to everyone who helped with the organisation of the night in any capacity and, of course, everyone who attended and created such a great atmosphere.

~ PARK COMMITTEE ~
Bookings for the use of Father Tierney Park for competitive games must be made in advance to Peter Conlon (087-6838024).

A new, secure trophy display cabinet is being provided in Aras Aoidh Ruadh to display old Aodh Ruadh and GAA artifacts in the run up to the club's centenary year, 2009. AS a first step the return of old cups and trophies is a priority. Those who know the location of the following trophies are asked to contact Tom Daly at 071-9852595: The Frank O'Neill Cup, The Gold Flake Cup, The James Daly Memorial Cup for hurling and the Agnes O'Neill Cup for camogie.

~ HURLING ~
The second annual Aodh Ruadh Hurlathon took place on Saturday last. It proved a great success with over 50 underage hurlers and 40 adults taking part in the event. Thanks to everyone who took part and those who put their hands in the pocket. All monies are not in yet, but it is expected to exceed last year's haul of €5,000. Check out aodhruadh.org over the next week for a full report and pictures.

The under 14s are in league action against Buncrana at the Lakeside on Thursday 3rd April at 6pm.

Underage hurling training continues in Father Tierney Park on Sunday at 12 noon for under 10s, 12s and 14s. For any enquiries contact John Rooney (086-2587793) or Billy Finn (9851289).

~ LADIES ~
The Senior Ladies team are training at the Lakeside on Saturday 5th April at 6.45pm. There is a charge of €2.

Donegal play in the Division 2 semi-final against Waterford this Sunday. Aodh Ruadh players Aoife Buggy and Katy Flood are part of the panel and the club would like to wish them and the team the best of luck against the Deise. A time and venue for the match has yet to be confirmed. Keep an eye on local media for information.

The under 10 girls commence outdoor training in Father Tierney Park this Tuesday 1st April from 6pm to 7pm.

The under 12 training also goes outdoors this Tuesday from 7pm to 8pm.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
Under 10 and under 8 training recommences this Saturday 5th April in the Lakeside from 11pm to 12 noon. The first under 10 blitz will take place on Saturday 3rd May in Ballintra.

Aodh Ruadh lost out to Glenties in the second round of the league last Friday. Naomh Conaill won on a scoreline of 1-6 to 4-4. There was a stiff gale in the first half which heavily influenced proceedings with Glenties bagging three goals in that period. The wind promptly dropped away in the second half. Unassisted by the elements, Aodh Ruadh continued put up a good fight, but they weren't helped by the loss of midfielder Colm Kelly to injury. Kelly had been having a great game up until he had to go off and his performance was capped with a couple of pointed frees. The highlight of the second half was a well-worked team goal which was decisively finished by John Ward who drilled it to the net. There is under 12 training at 6pm on Wednesday 2nd April in the School Field on the Rock. The next match for the under 12s is this Friday 4th April at 6.15pm away to Dungloe.

Under 14 training continues this Saturday at 2.30pm in the Lakeside.

The under 16s recorded their second win of the league campaign against Ardara. They notched up a handsome 3-12 to 3-3 victory over Ardara. Once again Conor Patton gave a good display at half back, whilst Tommy Patton made short work of everything that came his way in the back line. Luke Toland took a while to get into the game at midfield, but once he found his rhythm he gave a fine performance that he will be well pleased with. Peter Boyle continues to impress up front and his play is improving with every game. The next match for the under 16s will be on Monday 7th April when Aodh Ruadh play host to Naomh Conaill in Father Tierney Park at 6.30pm. The result of this game will have a significant impact on the final complexion of the league and a big show of support would be much appreciated. Under 16 training continues at the Lakeside this Thursday from 8pm to 9pm.

The minors go into competitive action on Wednesday 2nd April when they travel to Bundoran. The game throws in Gaelic Park at 6.15pm. Their next match following that will be at home to Killybegs on Monday 9th April, with the throw in again at 6.15pm.

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