Club Notes Archive - 2009

Box. MARCH
2 March

~ DONEGAL V DUBLIN ~
Donegal play Dublin this coming Sunday, March 8th at 2.30pm in the National Football League. Stewards and programme sellers are asked to assemble in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 12.30pm. Bord na nÓg are running a half time draw and a large turnout of sellers is requested for 1.30.

~ AODH RUADH WELCOMES THE ULSTER CONVENTION ~
There was an excellent turn out last Saturday morning as GAA president, Nickey Brennan arrived at Father Tierney Park to take part in the raising of a special Aodh Ruadh centenary flag and an Ulster GAA 125 flag. Even PJ Buggy made it, but only just! Afterwards the assembled crowd adjourned to Aras Aoidh Ruadh where a special plaque commemorating the hosting of the Ulster Convention in Ballyshannon was unveiled. That was followed by a great spread of tea and scones, while Nickey Brennan made a speech in praise of the clubs and did trojan work posing for photos with club members. The GAA President was in town for a more serious purpose, which was to address the Ulster Convention in Dorrian's Hotel. The event, a significant part of Aodh Ruadh's centenary celebrations, was also addressed by Ulster Council President, our own Tom Daly.

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh travelled to Newbridge in Monaghan in the Ulster League last Sunday. A makeshift Ballyshannon side went down by 2-13 to 1-5 to the Oak Leafers who were assisted by the referee's laissez faire approach to the rather agricultural tackling that went on. Once again Fiachra McIntyre and Kerry Ryan did well in the centre of the park, but other highlights were limited. Next up in the Ulster Club League is another trip, this time to Belleek, where Ardboe of Tyrone will provide the opposition this Saturday, 7th March. The throw-in is set for 2pm. All players to be at Father Tierney Park for 1pm.

Training continues for all adult players at the Lakeside every Tuesday and Thursday from 6.15pm to 8pm.

~ HURLING ~
Training began last Sunday with over 50 young hurlers. It was great to see so many under 8s coming up for the first time.

Training for under 8s, under 10s, under 12s and under 14s continues on Sunday next at 12 noon, it will finish this week at 1pm due to the Donegal v Dublin NFL game in Father Tierney park. The under 12 hurlers will take part in an exhibition game at half time in this game.

Any enquiries about underage training please contact John Rooney on 086-2587793.

A date for your diary. The third annual Hurlathon takes place in the Mercy Hall on Saturday 28th March. Watch out for players and others out selling lines and please support generously.

~ LADIES ~
Good luck to the girls who will play at half time on Sunday in Father Tierney Park as part of the National League fixture between Donegal and Dublin.

Ladies intermediate training continues Saturday on mornings at 10.30am and has now moved outside to the park, so don't forget your boots as well as a pair of runners.

Under 12 and 14 girls continue training this Monday from 6-7pm in The Lakeside centre. The cost is €2 per person and these sessions are open to new members.

Under 10 training is cancelled this coming Wednesday due to the Mock examinations which are taking place in the Mercy Hall. Watch this space for further details.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
The monthly Bord na nÓg meeting takes place in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh tomorrow, Tuesday, 3th March at 9pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

Many thanks to everyone who turned out at last Friday's registration night. Nearly 90 players were registered with the club on the night. Registration sessions for the under 14s, 16s and minors will be scheduled over the next few weeks. Players can register with their manager at any time and registration forms can be downloaded from the website. 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. The membership fee is €12.

Commencing from this week, the training schedule for the under 16s will be Tuesdays, 8pm at the Lakeside and Fridays, 7pm again at the Lakeside.

Circuit training continues this Friday 6.45pm in the Mercy Hall. All are welcome to the circuit training. If you have any kind of gym equipment please bring it along with you. Cost is €2.

Under 12 training continues this Saturday, 7th March at the Lakeside between 11pm and 12 noon. Please note that training is for under 12 panelists only.

As part of the club centenary celebrations members of the under 10 panel will be taking part in a exhibition game at half time during this Sunday's Donegal v Dublin match. Participating players are asked to meet at the Rock Hall at 2pm. Training for under 10s resumes in the New Hall in Colaiste Cholmcille at 6pm sharp this Friday.

Under 8 training resumes this Friday night at 6pm in the Mercy Hall. Newcomers are more than welcome.

~ SCÓR SINSEAR ~
There was hard luck for the Aodh Ruadh quiz team as they came second at Scór Sinsear in Glenswilly last Saturday. Paddy Kelly, PJ Buggy and Peter Campbell were ultimately pipped by Letterkenny by two points.

~ PARK COMMITTEE ~
So far the Club Centenary Draw has taken in €14,000. Clearly a lot of selling remains to be done. Members are reminded that tickets should be sold and returned urgently in order to keep the work at new GAA grounds at Munday's field progressing and to the ensure that the grounds can be reopened as soon as possible. A full and enthusiastic effort is essential from all Aodh Ruadh members and players. Sold tickets and returns can be brought back to Tom Daly, Conal Gallagher, John Magee and Terence McShea. Frances Daly and Kerry Ryan were the winners in the promoters draw.

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9 March

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
Last Saturday's Ulster Club League match against Ardboe was postponed. This week Derry's Ballinascreen are scheduled to visit Father Tierney Park this Sunday, 15th March. The throw-in time was still to be decided at the time of writing. With Aodh Ruadh opening their Division 2 campaign against Naomh Mhuire the following Sunday, 22nd March, this should prove an interesting encounter.

Training continues for all adult players at the Lakeside every Tuesday and Thursday from 6.15pm to 8pm.

~ DONEGAL V DUBLIN ~
Thanks to everyone who helped out at the Dublin game. Thanks to the ladies for selling the programmes and thanks also to the members of Bord na nÓg who helped out with the half time draw, and congratulations to Tony Harkin an Ardara man adrift in Letterkenny who won €100 in the draw.

~ HURLING ~
Many thanks to Kevin Byrne Coach Hire for his very generous sponsorship of a set of jerseys for the under 12 hurlers.

Well done to all the young hurlers who took part in the half time exhibition game during the Donegal v Dublin match on Sunday last. It was brilliant to see Billy Finn back on the sideline for this game, keeping true to his word that he would be back this year.

Underage hurling training continues on Sunday at 12 noon for under 8s, under 10s, under 12s and under 14s. All are welcome, especially beginners. Any enquiries to John Rooney on 086-2587793.

Our Centenary year Hurlathon takes place in the Mercy Hall on Saturday 28th March. All former hurlers are invited to take part in this fun day with all monies raised going towards the promotion and development of hurling in Aodh Ruadh, especially at underage. Watch out for players and others out selling lines and please support generously.

~ LADIES ~
Congratulations to the under 12 girls who participated in the mini game at half time last Sunday in Father Tierney park. Massive thanks also to those who helped out at the league fixture in any way.

Ladies intermediate training continues Saturday on mornings at 10.30am and has now moved outside to the park, so don't forget your boots as well as a pair of runners.

Under 12 and 14 girls continue training this Monday from 6-7pm in The Lakeside centre. The cost is €2 per person and these sessions are open to new members.

Under 10 training is back this coming Wednesday 11th March in the Mercy Hall and starts at 6pm.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
The under 16s are the first Aodh Ruadh underage team in competitive action this year. They take on Bundoran in Father Tierney park this Sunday, 15th March at 12 noon. Players are to be at the park for 11.15am. Training for under 16s continues Tuesdays, 8pm at the Lakeside and Fridays, 7pm again at the Lakeside.

Circuit training continues this Friday 6.45pm in the Mercy Hall. All are welcome to the circuit training. If you have any kind of gym equipment please bring it along with you. Cost is €2.

Under 12 training continues this Saturday, 14th March at the Lakeside between 11pm and 12 noon. Please note that training is for under 12 panelists only.

Training for under 10s continues in the New Hall in Colaiste Cholmcille at 6pm sharp this Friday.

Under 8 training continues this Friday at 6pm in the Mercy Hall. Parents are encouraged to attend and participate in the coaching. Training will remain indoors for the foreseeable future. A special well done to our players of the week Colm, Ryan and Adam who are all showing fantastic skills as footballers. All players are encouraged to attend under 8 hurling training which is on at 12 noon in Father Tierney Park.

~ COACHING CORNER ~
Notice of Ulster Council coaching courses coming up in the next while. 'Games to Develop Football from under 14 to Senior' is a course with Terence McWilliams which takes place in McCumhaill Park, Ballybofey this Thursday, 12th March at 7.30pm.'Adapting Fun Games for under 12 football' is a course with Tony Scullion which takes place in McCumhaill Park, Ballybofey on Tuesday, 14th April at 7.30pm. Further details on all workshops are available from Seamus McAnaw Donegal Coaching Officer on 085-1742434.

New to the website are two presentations from the Ulster Council Coaching conference in Cookstown at the end of January. The first is a presentation on how to make the fitness and skill aspect fun in training and appealing to children. The next presentation from current Leitrim coach and former Donegal coach John Morrison is on how to build up and break down basic skills using the head, hands and feet technique.

~ PARK COMMITTEE ~
Members are reminded that Club Centenary Draw tickets should be sold and returned urgently in order to keep the work at new GAA grounds at Munday's field progressing and to the ensure that the grounds can be reopened as soon as possible. Sold tickets and returns can be brought back to Tom Daly, Conal Gallagher, John Magee and Terence McShea.

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16 March

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh concluded their involvement in the Ulster Club League last Saturday with a 0-5 to 0-12 defeat to Ballinascreen. Now the main show in town is the visit of Naomh Mhuire to Father Tierney park this Sunday, 22nd March to open the Division 2 campaign. The reserve game throws in at 1.30pm and is followed by the senior game at 3pm. All senior players to be at the park for 2pm. There is a preparatory training session on Saturday 21st March at 4.30pm in Father Tierney Park. Apart from that, regular training continues for all adult players at the Lakeside every Tuesday and Thursday from 6.15pm to 8pm.

~ HURLING ~
Underage hurling training continues on Sunday at 12 noon for under 8s, under 10s, under 12s and under 14s. All are welcome, especially beginners. Any enquiries to John Rooney on 086-2587793.

Our Centenary year Hurlathon takes place in the Mercy Hall on Saturday 28th March. All former hurlers are invited to take part in this fun day with all monies raised going towards the promotion and development of hurling in Aodh Ruadh, especially at underage. Watch out for players and others out selling lines and please support generously.

~ LADIES ~
Good luck to the girls representing the club at county level. Tara Khan will line out for the minor panel while Dearbhaile McNeill and Anna Rafferty take their place on the under 16 team. Both teams will face Tyrone this Saturday with the venue yet to be decided.

Ladies intermediate training continues Saturday on mornings at 10.30am and has now moved outside to the park, so don't forget your boots as well as a pair of runners.

Under 12 and 14 girls continue training this Monday from 6-7pm in The Lakeside centre. The cost is €2 per person and these sessions are open to new members.

Under 10 training is back this coming Wednesday 11th March in the Mercy Hall and starts at 6pm.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
The minors have a challenge match this Wednesday, 18th March against Kinlough. Players to be up at the Lakeside for 8.30pm.

The under 16s beat Bundoran by 6-8 to 0-10 in Father Tierney Park last Saturday. Up front Niall Murray with 2-2 and Martin Larkin with 4-4 were both in sparkling form taking some fine goals. As a six the defense were extremely solid with Kieran Keown causing plenty of trouble for the Seasiders with his attacks from full back. Once again Martin Gallagher delivered a fine performance between the posts, pulling off an excellent save as Bundoran made a bid for a comeback in the closing stages. The under 16s next assignment is a trip to Mountcharles this Saturday, 21st March to take on Saint Naul's at 1pm. Training continues Tuesdays, 8pm at the Lakeside and Fridays, 7pm again at the Lakeside.

Circuit training continues this Friday 6.45pm in the Mercy Hall. All are welcome to the circuit training. If you have any kind of gym equipment please bring it along with you. Cost is €2.

The under 12s got their season off to a flyer on Monday afternoon with wins over Bundoran in the A and B games. The A team won by 6-11 to 4-2. Kieran Kelly was exceptional throughout at right half back letting very little past the half back line. Also in defence Eugene Drummond gave an excellent display in goals. There was a good spread of scorers in what was an satisfying team display, but Daniel Warnock, Garret Sheerin and Shane McGrath all picked off some nice scores. For the B team Naoise Patton was first class in the nets. Next up for the under 12s is the trip to Pettigo this Saturday, 21st March. The throw-in is set for 12 noon. Under 12 training continues this Wednesday, 18th March at the Lakeside between 7-8 noon. Please note that training is for under 12 panelists only.

Training for under 10s continues in the New Hall in Colaiste Cholmcille at 6pm sharp this Friday.

Under 8 training continues this Friday at 6pm in the Mercy Hall. Parents are encouraged to attend and participate in the coaching. Training will remain indoors for the foreseeable future. A special well done to our players of the week Caonan, Jodie and Kyle who are all showing fantastic skills as footballers. Remember to keep practicing what you were training on Friday night, that's kick passing and soloing.

~ CLUB CENTENARY DRAW ~
Members are reminded that Club Centenary Draw tickets should be sold and returned urgently in order to keep the work at new GAA grounds at Munday's field progressing and to the ensure that the grounds can be reopened as soon as possible. Sold tickets and returns can be brought back to Tom Daly, Conal Gallagher, John Magee and Terence McShea.

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23 March

~ MEETING ~
The monthly senior club meeting takes place on Thursday 26th March in Aras Aoidh Ruadh 8.30pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

~ SENIOR FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh got their division two campaign off to a winning start with a 2-11 to 0-3 victory over Naomh Mhuire in Father Tierney Park. There was plenty of action in the first half as Ballyshannon played against the breeze. Naomh Mhuire got off to a determined start and Paul Kane made an excellent save at a vital stage in the first half to put Aodh Ruadh on the front foot. A great move by the Ernesiders saw Barry Ward finishing to the net with a diving fist to give Aodh Ruadh a cushion going in at half time of 1-4 to 0-2. Ballyshannon shut up shop in the second half thanks to excellent defensive displays by Kyron Whoriskey and Conor Gurn in the full back line and Michael Gurn at half back. Fiachra McIntyre and Kerry Ryan became increasingly dominant around the middle and provided an ocean of good possession for the forwards. Garret Blake and Anthony Boyle in particular thrived on the good ball up front.

The reserves made it a double for Ballyshannon as they also recorded a win. They had five points to spare, beating Naomh Mhuire on a scoreline of 1-10 to 1-5. There was a significant scattering of minors in the reserve side giving impressive and encouraging performances. David Dolan showed some flashes of brilliance as he partnered Padraig Loughlin in middle of the park. Padraig was also in fine form against the Gaeltacht side. Francis McShea picked off a good point from corner forward and Spanny Goan also caused Naomh Mhuire plenty trouble when he came on. Youth is usually at its best when blended with experience, and so Val Murray roamed the park pulling the strings while his son, Aidan, gave a good display at half forward.

The next business for Aodh Ruadh is the visit of MacCumhaill's to Father Tierney park this Saturday, 28th March. The reserve game throws in at 4.00pm and is followed by the senior game at 5.30pm. Senior training continues for all adult players at the Lakeside every Tuesday and Thursday from 6.15pm to 8pm.

~ HURLING ~
The third annual Hurlathon takes place in the Mercy Hall on Saturday 28th March. Play begins at 10 am with the under 8s taking centre stage. The action continues all day till 10pm. All former hurlers are invited to take part in this fun day with all monies raised going towards the promotion and development of hurling in Aodh Ruadh, especially at underage. All are invited to come and enjoy this fun event. Any enquires contact John Rooney on 086-2587793.

~ LADIES ~
Congratulations to Tara Khan, Dearbhaile McNeill and Anna Rafferty who represented the under 16 and minor county panels respectively at the weekend when they took on Tyrone in the league. The minor panel put in a strong display to come out on top while the under 16s were held to a draw

Good luck to Niamh Gallagher, Annette Lloyd and Catherine Lloyd who will take part in the All Ireland college football finals this weekend in Belfast. Niamh will be representing Saint Mary's College, Annette will take her place in midfield with TCD, while Catherine will line out with a determined RCSI side. Saint Mary's have been drawn against Liverpool Hope, TCD face DCU while RCSI will take on Queen's University.

Don't forget that our annual Ladies Duck Race will be held on Easter Saturday, April 11th, at McKenna's brook. Ducks can now be bought for €2 each. A great day of family fun is guaranteed with cash prizes and spot prizes of Easter eggs on the day!

Ladies intermediate training continues on Saturday morning at 10.30am in Father Tierney park.

Under 12 and 14 girls continue training this Monday from 6-7pm in Father Tierney Park. The cost is €2 per person and these sessions are open to new members.

Under 10 training continues this Wednesday 25th March in the Mercy Hall and starts at 6pm. The cost is €2 per child.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
There will be Bord na nÓg meeting in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 9pm on Tuesday, 31st March. All committee members are asked to attend.

The Southern Minor Board will shortly be running referees courses in Killybegs. Anyone interested in taking part is asked to contact John Hughes on 087-6431805. It's worth bearing in mind that referees are entitled to expenses of €25 per match.

Minor training continues on Wednesday's at the Lakeside for 8.30pm.

It was two wins on the bounce for the under 16s when they defeated Saint Naul's in Mountcharles last Saturday. Their 0-4 to 4-14 victory sees them as the early pace setters in the division alongside with Kilcar on four points. Braonán Drummond had a great day at the office in corner forward running up a goal and three points. The defence was particularly strong with Tommy Patton impassable at centre back and Sylvester Maguire delivering a classy exhibition of half back play on the right wing. However the match was very much a solid team performance with players delivering the goods all over the pitch. Next up for the under 16s is a match at home to Glenties. This is currently penciled in for Saturday 4th April, but that could yet be subject to change so watch out for further developments. Training continues Tuesdays, 8pm at the Lakeside and Fridays, 7pm again at the Lakeside.

Circuit training continues this Friday 6.45pm in the Mercy Hall. All are welcome to the circuit training. If you have any kind of gym equipment please bring it along with you. Cost is €2.

Following a number of uneven encounters in the first round of matches in the under 12 league the Southern Minor Board decided to restructure the competition. Unfortunately this means that Aodh Ruadh's loses the points from their opening victory against Bundoran. The under 12's opening game in the restructured competition takes place this Friday 27th March in Father Tierney Park against Ardara with the throw in at 5.30pm. Players are asked to be at the park for 5pm. There is under 12 training on Wednesdays at the Lakeside from 7pm to 8pm.

Indoor training for under 10s has concluded. Outdoor training commences on Saturday 4th April at 11.45am in Father Tierney Park. Children can be collected after training at 1pm sharp.

Under 8 training continues this Friday at 6pm in the Mercy Hall, or possibly the school field, depending on if the weather is fine. A special well done to our players of the week Oisín, Mark and Joe who are all showing real promise. Remember to keep practicing what you were training on Friday night. All new comers will be made most welcome

~ CLUB CENTENARY DRAW ~
Members are reminded that Club Centenary Draw tickets should be sold and returned urgently in order to keep the work at new GAA grounds at Munday's field progressing and to the ensure that the grounds can be reopened as soon as possible. Sold tickets and returns can be brought back to Tom Daly, Conal Gallagher, John Magee and Terence McShea.

~ CLUB HISTORY ~
The Donegal Democrat archive for 1957 is now available to view in the history section.

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30 March

~ CLUB CENTENARY DRAW ~
Members are reminded that Club Centenary Draw tickets should be sold and returned urgently in order to keep the work at new GAA grounds at Munday's field progressing and to the ensure that the grounds can be reopened as soon as possible. Sold tickets and returns can be brought back to Tom Daly, Conal Gallagher, John Magee and Terence McShea.

~ HURLING ~
Many thanks to Brendan Whoriskey of the Traveller's Rest, Cashelard for his generous sponsorship of a set of helmets.

The third annual Hurlathon took place in the Mercy Hall last Saturday with a group of under 8s getting the show on the road at 10am sharp. The action continued non-stop until 10pm that night with the undoubted highlight being the mothers' game. Sincere thanks to our sponsors: BWG foods, Britvic Ireland, Fred Ormston's Mace, Pearse O'Neill and Gaelic Life. Thanks also to Eleanor McCosker of Maggie's for the catering. A full report and pictures will follow shortly.

The under 12s opened their Fermanagh League campaign with a gutsy 3-2 to 3-2 draw against Lisbellaw. A great team effort saw Ballyshannon emerge with a share of the spoils.

Underage hurling training resumes on Sunday at 12 noon for under 8s, under 10s, under 12s and under 14s. All are welcome, especially beginners. Any enquiries to John Rooney on 086-2587793.

~ LADIES ~
Congratulations to Niamh Gallagher and her pardners at the Ranch on an impressive win last weekend. St Mary's defeated Dublin Institute of Technology to capture the Lynch Cup at Jordanstown last weekend.

Don't forget that our annual Ladies Duck Race will be held on Easter Saturday, April 11th, at McKenna's brook. Ducks can now be bought for €2 each. A great day of family fun is guaranteed with cash prizes and spot prizes of Easter eggs! We're hoping for a great turnout on the day. The Intermediate ladies will have their fundraiser at a later date. It promises to be an even better night than last year's 70s themed bash!!

Well done to the Ladies Intermediate team who secured a win at the weekend in their clash against south Armagh side Silverbridge, in Bundoran. Ladies intermediate training continues on Saturday morning at 10.30am in Father Tierney park.

Congratulations to the county minors and under 16 girls who both sealed victories at the weekend, ensuring their progression into the Ulster semi finals. Particular congrats to the Aodh Ruadh girls who took part.

Next Tuesday will see the under 14 girls in action with their first league match of the season. They face Naomh Chonaill away in Glenties.

Under 14 and under 12 girls continue training on Mondays from 6-7pm in Father Tierney Park.

Under 10 training continues this Wednesday 1st April in the Mercy Hall and starts at 6pm. The cost is €2 per child.

~ BORD NA NÓG ~
There is a Bord na nÓg meeting in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 9pm on Tuesday, 31st March. All committee members are asked to attend.

The Southern Minor Board will shortly be running referees courses in Killybegs. Anyone interested in taking part is asked to contact John Hughes on 087-6431805. It's worth bearing in mind that referees are entitled to expenses of €25 per match.

Well done to Peter Boyle who impressed as he kept nets for Donegal minors in their 2-10 to 0-8 win over Derry last Saturday. That win is the side's second win on the trot in the Ulster minor league. He showed his class to deny Ciaron Diamond after he had broken through the Donegal defence half way through the second half with the Oak Leafers searching for a way back. Minor training continues on Wednesday's at the Lakeside for 8.30pm.

Under 16 training continues Tuesdays, 8pm at the Lakeside and Fridays, 7pm again at the Lakeside. The next match for the under 16s is against a strong Kilcar side up in Towney on Monday 6th April with the throw in at 6pm.

The under 14s are heading to Galway for a blitz in Salthill this Sunday.

The under 12s lost their first match in the restructured under 12 tournament by 4-1 to 6-6 against Ardara in Father Tierney Park last Friday. The match was played in extremely poor conditions with a stiff breeze proving a significant factor. Aodh Ruadh went in two points to the good at the break, but simply hadn't built up enough of a lead to hold off the Ardara onslaught in the second half. Four goal efforts being blocked on the line by a resolute Ardara defence also helped sabotage Ballyshannon's chances. Nevertheless, there were a number of good displays and plenty of cause for optimism. The next action for the under 12s is this Friday 3rd April against Naomh Chonaill with the throw in at 6pm. Players are asked to be at the park for 4.35pm with the bus leaving for Glenties at 4.45pm. There is under 12 training on Wednesdays in the park from 5.30pm to 7pm.

Outdoor training commences for under 10s this Saturday 4th April at 11.45am in Father Tierney Park. Children can be collected after training at 1pm sharp.

Under 8 training continues this Friday at 6pm in the Mercy Hall. A special well done to our players of the week Colm, Cian and Niall - keep up the good work! Remember to keep practicing what you were training on Friday night. All new comers will be made most welcome

~ PITCH BOOKINGS ~
With increased demand on facilities it is essential that bookings for the use of Father Tierney Park and the De La Salle field are made in advance to Peter Conlon (087-6838024).

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