Club Notes Archive - 2009SEPTEMBER
- 7 September
~ FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh's promotion hopes took a serious dent last Saturday after defeat to Malin in Father Tierney park. Ballyshannon played with the wind in the first half and two well-taken Pauric Buggy goals had them well in control as half-time loomed. However, a hammer blow arrived just before the break when a poorly hit Anthony Kelly free dropped through a forest of flailing hands into the back of the net to leave Aodh Ruadh leading by just a goal. Anthony Boyle played well at the start of the second half and he set up Garreth Blake for a superb goal to restore the six point margin. The Ernesiders conceded a penalty shortly after and Malin once again pulled it back to a one goal game. Thereafter Malin ground the game out as Aodh Ruadh tired playing into the wind and eventually ran out winners by 2-10 to 3-5. See the full match report and pictures. Promotion is still a live possibility, but Aodh Ruadh can't afford any further defeats between now and the end of the season.
The reserves' bid for championship glory ended in O'Donnell park last Sunday when they were defeated by 1-10 to 1-5 by Dungloe in a replay. The sides were relatively evenly matched in the first half with points from David Dolan and Turlough McIntyre and a goal and point from Diarmuid McIntyre sending them in trailing by just two points at half time. But it was Dungloe that kicked on in the second half and only Aodh Ruadh could only add a further two points to their final tally, both from the boot of Barry Mulligan.
The thirds had a challenge against Bundoran last Saturday in Pairc Aoidh Ruaidh. It was a good encounter with the game ending level. There are now some pictures from the game available to view.
There were no senior fixtures available at the time of sending.
The under 14s were made to fight all the way by Buncrana in the county league semi-final last Friday. A James Kelly goal in the first half gave Aodh Ruadh some breathing space, putting them in leading by 1-5 to 0-2 at half time, but facing a strong breeze in the second half. Buncrana got two points in the early stages of the first half, but were denied a goal by a spectacular save from Daniel Kelly. Buncrana's fifth point came half way through the second period, but it was to be their last score as Aodh Ruadh upped their game, with Colm Kelly, Pauric Patton and David McGurrin particularly prominent. David McGurrin's pointed free two minutes from time proved to the final score seeing Aodh Ruadh into the final against Saint Eunan's on a score line of 1-7 to 0-5. See the full match report. The county league final takes place this Friday, 11th September in Convoy at 6.30pm. This is a huge game for the club and big attendance is essential, please make an effort to go along and support this talented young team. Before that though, there is the small matter of a championship quarter final against Ardara. That takes place on Tuesday, 8th September in Dunkineely. Again this is a massive game and a big showing of green and white is vital.
Well done to Philip Patton who qualified for the under 12 Ulster Skills finals last Saturday. Philip finished third in the Donegal finals with the top three only separated by five points. If you want to go along and support Philip the finals take place in Cookstown, County Tyrone this Saturday, 12th September at 10.30pm. Best of luck to Philip, one of our most talented young players.
~ LADIES ~
The senior ladies had a good away win over Ardara last Tuesday. There are three more games left in the league, but no fixtures were available at the time of sending.
~ HURLING ~
Our under 16s beat Setanta at home in the quarter final of the championship by 2-6 to 1-6. The boys put in a great performance to beat a fancied Setanta outfit. They now play Burt away in the semi-final on Thursday, 10th September. All support for the boys is welcome and appreciated.
Our under 12s were beaten in the county A final on Thursday last in Letterkenny by a more physical and stronger Buncrana team. The game was evenly matched for the first ten minutes with the Inishowen boys holding a slender 0-2 to 0-0 lead. Injuries in quick succession to Deva Ayres and Eugene Drummond hit the Aodh Ruadh boys hard and Buncrana led by 3-2 to 0-1 at half time. Buncrana grew stronger as the game went on, but our boys never gave up battling before finally going down by 8-5 to 2-1. It was a great achievement by these young lads to reach the A final and they were a credit to their club and families. They put in a great effort all year in training and matches, playing over 20 games in 2009 and only lost twice, both to Buncrana. thanks to all the parents and supporters who travelled to Letterkenny and made their presence felt. Best wishes to Deva Ayres for a speedy recovery, he broke his wrist in this game.
Training for under 8s, under 10s, under 12s and under 14s resumes this Sunday at 12 noon. Any enquires to John Rooney on 086-2587793.
~ CLUB MEMORABLIA ~
Aodh Ruadh's Centenary Celebration Night takes place in the Abbey Centre and Dorrian's on Sunday, 25th October. As part of the night there will be an exhibition of photographs and memorabilia in the Abbey. Anyone who might have photographs or items that they might like to see included in the display are asked to contact John Hughes by e-mail on email@example.com or by mobile at 087-6431805.
~ CLUB JACKETS ~
Due to phenomenal demand Barry Ward is putting together another order for club jackets. If you would like to get your hands one of the swish new jackets you might have seen around the town, give Barry a call quick on 087-6443710, because he'll be submitting his order shortly.
~ BINGO ~
There is Bingo every Friday night in the Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon at 9pm sharp. A prize fund of €1,650 must go on the night and books will be available priced as follows: Double book, €15; Double / Double, €25; and Single €8. A night not to be missed.
- 14 September
~ FOOTBALL ~
The seniors received a considerable thumping in Pairc Ghleann Fhinne last Saturday. The Ernesiders were minus seven players and had no answer as Glenfin went on the rampage for the duration. Aodh Ruadh managed only four points in the first half and three in the second as Glenfin ran out 5-13 to 0-7 victors. A second league defeat on the trot means there is no further room for error if Aodh Ruadh are to be in with a chance of making the promotion play-off.
With the All-Ireland final on there are no senior or reserve fixtures this weekend, but the thirds are expected to be in action against Malin in Father Tierney Park this Saturday, 19th September at 6pm. Keep an eye on local press for details nearer the time.
The under 14s beat Saint Eunan's by 0-12 to 1-7 in the county league final at Convoy last Friday. Aodh Ruadh were the better side, but were made to battle for the title by a dogged Saint Eunan's outfit. Letterkenny got the opening two scores of the game, but Ballyshannon took command from there on taking a 0-6 to 0-3 lead in at half time. A penalty miss just before the break meant Aodh Ruadh could have been ahead by even more. The Ernesiders were punished for a number of further goal misses when Conor Tourish goaled for Eunan's five minutes from time to give them the lead. Aodh Ruadh showed great guile and composure to see the game out. David McGurrin leveled the game and Jamie McDonald put Aodh Ruadh back in the lead before David McGurrin fisted over the clincher. Colm Kelly was man of the match at centre back while David McGurrin, Jamie McDonald, Johnny Gethins and Pauric Patton also put in big performances. There is a match report on aodhruadh.org.
The under 14s were in action again on Monday, 14th September, when they took on Ardara for a place in the Southern Regional Championship semi-final. They booked their place in the final against Dungloe with a 5-17 to 0-3 win at Dunkineely. Many of the most eye-catching performances were necessarily in the forward division with David McGurrin and Jamie McDonald playing significant leadership roles. The regional final against Dungloe takes place in Glenties next Monday, 21st September
The under 13s had a fine 9-15 to 2-0 win over Bundoran in their first match of the year. Fresh from their county league winning exploits Colm Kelly at centre back and Niall Harley in midfield gave great displays while up front John Ward was in fine scoring form. An excellent all-round team performance. They are in action again this Saturday, 19th September against Four Masters in Donegal town at 11am
Well done to Philip Patton who gave a good display at the under 12 Ulster Skills finals in Cookstown last Saturday. He overcame some early nerves to perform strongly, but just missed out on the placings.
Boys under 8 football training will commence on Friday 18th September at 6pm in the Mercy Hall at Colaiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon. Any boys aged 5-8 are welcome to join come along. Cost is €2 per session. Any boys who have not attended training before are welcome to come along and join in. Training finishes at 7pm promptly, please collect the boys then.
~ LADIES ~
The intermediate Ladies continued their winning ways when they recorded an emphatic victory 5-10 to 2-2 over the Glencolmcille on Sunday, 13th September in Fr. Tierney Park. The home side were convincing winners and now continue their hunt for silverware in their league campaign.
~ HURLING ~
A busy weekend for underage hurling began last Thursday with the under 16 hurlers being comprehensively beaten by Burt in the county semi-final in Burt. The only consolation for this team is the fact the majority of the boys are underage again next year.
The under 10 hurlers took part in a blitz hosted by Lisbellaw on Saturday, this young team won all their three games in a very enjoyable event.
Aodh Ruadh hosted an under 8 county hurling blitz on Sunday morning four clubs were represented: Saint Eunan's, Letterkenny Gaels, Four Masters and Aodh Ruadh. Nine seven-a-side teams competed with 73 hurlers in all taking part in the blitz. Well done to Eddie Lynch and all his helpers especially the ladies who did a great job with the catering.
The final action of the weekend was an under 12 challenge game in the park against Coolera/Strandhill, the boys lost by a point, 2-2 to 1-4, in a very poor performance. The lack of effort by some of the team was very disappointing.
The local skills competition for all age groups under 8s, under 10s, under 12s and under 14s takes place this Sunday at 12 noon. We would ask for a good showing of parents to help with this fun event. Contact to John Rooney on 086-2587793 if you can help out.
~ CLUB MEMORABLIA ~
Anyone who might have photographs or memorabilia they might like to see included in the Centenary Celebration exhibition in the Abbey is invited to bring them to Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Tuesday 15th September between 9pm and 10pm. Items will be scanned and returned there and then. The Aodh Ruadh Centenary Celebration Night takes place in the Abbey Centre and Dorrian's on Sunday, 25th October. If you would like to e-mail on your photos, send them along to firstname.lastname@example.org.
On a related note, why not have a glimpse at what Aodh Ruadh was like 50 years ago by browsing the Donegal Democrat archive for 1959 on aodhruadh.org.
~ BINGO ~
There is Bingo every Friday night in the Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon at 9pm sharp. A prize fund of €1,650 must go on the night and double books are priced €10, half books €5.
- 21 September
~ FOOTBALL ~
The senior footballers are back in division two action this Saturday when they host Saint Naul's in Father Tierney park at 6pm. There is no reserve game this weekend.
Aodh Ruadh thirds had their first league game in over two months last Saturday when they entertained Malin in Father Tierney park. It was the Inishowen side who emerged with the points, winning by 3-5 to 1-2. Defeat against Malin is not the end of the world though, as Aodh Ruadh can still level with Pettigo at the top of the group if they win their remaining games in hand. There was no third team fixture available at time of sending.
The under 14s maintained their fine run of form with a 1-5 to 5-8 win over Dungloe at Glenties in the divisional championship final on Monday evening. Aodh Ruadh opened the scoring with a point, but Dungloe struck back quickly and a penalty goal meant they took an early 1-1 to 0-1 lead. The rest of the first half was a tight battle between the sides and Aodh Ruadh went in leading by 3-1 to 1-3 at half time. The Ernesiders found their groove in the second half with Jamie McDonald, David McGurrin and Johnny Gethins in the forwards proving very difficult for the Dungloe defence to handle. McGurrin in particular picked off some great points from distance. Dungloe presented a lively threat throughout and Eamon McGrath gave an exceptional display at full back. Paddy Gillespie also did a fine job in the corner, damping down the influence of Dungloe's key danger man. Colm Kelly also stood out, with yet another quality defensive performance. Victory over Dungloe means that Aodh Ruadh once again renew acquaintances with the Saint Eunan's side they recently defeated in the county league final. This time it's a place in the county championship final at stake. The game takes place this Saturday, 26th September, in MacCumhaill Park at 12 noon. This is another huge game for this fine group of players and the club. We appeal for Ballyshannon people to get behind them as they bid to book their place in the county final. Aodh Ruadh car flags are now available in the club shop, contact Terence McShea in order to show your support for the club in this trendy, green (and white) and practical way.
The under 13s chalked up a second win on the bounce when they beat a resilient Four Masters side by 1-12 to 1-7 in Tir Chonaill park last Saturday. The sides were well matched in the first half and went in level at half time. However Ballyshannon took charge of the second half to secure the win, helped by a second half goal. Colm Kelly had a fine game both defensive and in the scoring stakes. Philip Patton was another who gave a notable performance, weighing in with a good number of Aodh Ruadh's scores. Niall Harley continues to impress in the centre of the park, but a lot of the best work in this win was done in defence. Matthew Maguire was outstanding as was Conor Kennedy and Eddie Lynch at half back. That win puts Aodh Ruadh joint top of the table with Killybegs on four points. This means the meeting of the pair at Fintra in Killybegs this Sunday, 27th September will be a decider to see who tops the group. The game throws it at 11am.
Well done to all those who attended under 8 training last Friday. A massive total of 64 boys turned up for under 8 training, which was a great boost with many new faces in attendance. With such large numbers however it is vital that more coaches come on board to assist with training. Anybody who is willing to lend a hand is asked to come to training this Friday 25th September, about five minutes prior to training this at 6pm in the Mercy Hall/School Field. Big thanks to all those who helped on the day and a big mention to our players of the week Mark, Conor, Oisín and Jamie. This Saturday there is a challenge match for ALL players against Dromore of Tyrone. All players are asked to be up at the Father Tierney Park at 12 noon. Weather permitting the game will take place at the park, however if the weather is not good it the matches will take place in either the Mercy Hall or the new school hall.
~ LADIES ~
The intermediate ladies recorded a good win on Sunday, 20th September when they overcame the challenge of a feisty Saint Michael's side in Father Tierney park. The home side secured their victory on a scoreline of 3-10 to 1-8. The return leg of the league campaign will be played in Dunfanaghy in two weeks time.
~ HURLING ~
Our annual underage skills day took place on Sunday morning last. Again it was a great success with over 60 young hurlers taking part. Results in each category were as follows:
Under 8. First: Conor Monahan; Second: Ryan McDonald; Third: Jack Monahan; Fourth: Matthew McDonald; Fifth: Naoise McHenry; Sixth: Peader McHenry.
Under 10. First: Barry Kelly; Second: Stephen Anderson; Third: Ryan Ayres; Fourth: Meabh Rooney; Fifth: Liam O'Sullivan; Sixth: Brian McHenry.
Under 12. First: Oisín Rooney; Second: Kieran Kelly; Third: Shane McGrath; Fourth: Conor Kennedy; Fifth: Brian Ward; Sixth: Deva Ayres.
Under 14. First: Eddie Lynch; Second: Colm Kelly; Third: James Kelly; Fourth: Eamonn McGrath; Fifth: Shane Mulhern; Sixth: Jamie McDonald.
There will be images from the skills competition published on aodhruadh.org during this week. Thanks to all parents who helped in the running of this event. Thanks also to BWG foods and in particular Gerry Lally for sponsoring all the goodie bags for all the competitors. This is the end of underage hurling training for the year. Thanks to all the parents for their support during the year and thanks to all the young hurlers who trained each week in all kinds of weather. Look forward to seeing you all again in March 2010.
The final action of our underage hurling season takes place this Sunday with our annual under 12 Aodh O Dalaigh tournament, with a number of visiting teams taking part. Play begins at 11am. All players are to be up at the park for 10.30am. This has always been a great days hurling and a big show of support would be very welcome for the last tournament of what has been a very successful year for underage hurling in the club.
~ COACHING CORNER ~
There will be a coaching seminar run by the Ulster Council in Glenswilly GAA ground on Saturday, 10th October. The seminar will demonstrate various drills and games appropriate to all age groups from under six to minor. Anyone with an interest in coaching would be advised to attend. The seminar will spend an hour on each age group and should provide current and prospective coaches with many new ideas. The seminar starts at 9am.
~ CLUB MEETING ~
The monthly club meeting takes place this Thursday 24th September at 8.30pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. All committee members are asked to attend.
~ MEMORABLIA ~
Anyone who might have photographs or memorabilia they might like to see included in the Centenary Celebration exhibition in the Abbey is invited to bring them to Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Tuesday 22nd September between 9pm and 10pm. Items will be scanned and returned there and then. The Aodh Ruadh Centenary Celebration Night takes place in the Abbey Centre and Dorrian's on Sunday, 25th October. If you would like to e-mail on your photos, send them along to email@example.com.
~ BINGO ~ There is Bingo every Friday night in the Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon at 9pm sharp. A prize fund of €1,650 must go on the night. Double books are priced €10, half books €5.
- 28 September
~ FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh drew 2-15 to 3-12 with Saint Naul's last Saturday in Father Tierney park, but they could regard it as one point lost after they conceded a 12 point margin to Saint Naul's with ten minutes left on the clock. Ballyshannon were dominant for much of the game and generally made good use of their possession, but two debatable goals in the closing stages of the game gave Saint Naul's a lifeline. The back line was very secure with Darren Drummond, Conor Gurn and Packie McGrath dealing well with most that came their way. Kerry Ryan had a good outing in centre field. Up front Pauric Buggy was excellent from placed ball, while Garreth Blake emptied the tank and proved a very creative force. Sticky Ward and Barry Ward made hay against a Mountcharles back line that found them very difficult to handle. The pair racked up 1-5 and 1-1 respectively. The turning point came ten minutes from time when Saint Naul's netted with what looked like a square ball. That was quickly followed by what could best be described as a soft penalty. After that Mountcharles had their tails up and they battered a shell-shocked Aodh Ruadh and managed to secure what had seemed a very unlikely draw just moments earlier. There is a full match report on aodhruadh.org. The seniors are back in action this Saturday, 3rd October, when they travel to Annagry to take on Naomh Mhuire. Throw for that game is at 5.30pm.
Aodh Ruadh thirds also drew. This time the Ernesiders were away to Ardara and managed a 1-11 to 2-8 tie in Pearse Park. Aodh Ruadh are still in contention for a place in the Division five league final, but they are now hoping for Glenties and Malin to slip-up.
The under 14s booked their place in the county championship final with a magnificent 4-4 to 0-13 win over Saint Eunan's in MacCumhaill park. Johnny Gethins gave Aodh Ruadh a dream start when he flicked the ball to the net from a James Kelly pass straight from the throw-in. However Saint Eunan's then rattled off eight points before Ballyshannon next troubled the scoreboard. That was a point from David McGurrin and that was followed by a classic Pauric Patton jinking run and drive to the net to leave Aodh Ruadh just a point down at the break. McGurrin leveled after the break and that was followed by the second of Johnny Gethins fisted efforts to put Aodh Ruadh a goal ahead. Eunan's pulled back a point but McGurrin fed Pauric Patton for his second goal and James Kelly put five points between them after that. Saint Eunan's battled hard, but a Paddy Dixon point sealed a great win for the Ernesiders. There will be a full match report on aodhruadh.org later in the week. The team details were Aodh Ruadh: Daniel Kelly; Matthew Maguire, Eamon McGrath, Paddy Gillespie; Darren Gethins, Colm Kelly, Niall Harley; James Kelly (0-1), Pauric Patton (0-2); Jamie McDonald, David McGurrin (0-2, 1f), Matthew Gettins; Conor Gilmartin, Johnny Gethins (2-0), Paddy Dixon (0-1). Sub: Philip Patton for Gilmartin (37 mins). St Eunan's: Jordan McBride; Brian Hannigan, Conor O'Donnell, Conor O'Boyle; David Tyrell (0-1), Oisín Carr, Thomas Grant; Sean Hume (0-9, 8f), Christopher Flanagan; Owen Barrett, Barry McGeehin, Evan O'Sullivan; Kevin O'Donnell, Conor McEniff (0-2), Daniel Gillespie. Subs: Conor Morrison for Gillespie (half-time); Michael Miller (0-1) for K. O'Donnell (41 mins); John Russell for Flanagan (54 mins).
And now attention turns to the county final against Buncrana. The game takes place this Saturday, October 3rd, with throw-in scheduled for 1.30pm, but a venue had not been announced at time of mailing. The word is that Convoy is the most likely candidate, but keep an eye on the local press for the definitive word. This is the pinnacle of the year for a bunch of players who have brought enormous credit to themselves and Aodh Ruadh. We appeal for Ballyshannon people to really get behind them as they bid to bring back major county silverware and give the club a massive boost in its centenary year. Make sure and show your colours on the way down to the match with an Aodh Ruadh car flag. These flags are now available in the club shop, contact Terence McShea in order to show your support for the club in this trendy, green (and white) and practical way.
The under 13s went down by 6-9 to 2-6 against Killybegs in Fintra on Sunday evening. The result put Aodh Ruadh second in their group, but it will be Killybegs who progress to the next stage of the competition. That defeat concludes what has been an encouraging season for the under 13's.
Well done to all those players and coaches of our under 8s who took part in training last Friday night. Special praise must go to our players of the week Aaron, Harry, Calum and Joshua. Last Saturday was another big day for our under 8s as we welcomed Dromore of Tyrone to Father Tierney Park. Our five teams played exceptionally well with huge performances from Daniel Byrne, Ryan McDonald and Keith Greene. In all 56 players from both teams participated in the games which was great to see. Photos will be up on aodhruadh.org soon.
PLEASE NOTE: To accommodate such large numbers training will be divided between under 6s and under 8s. Under 6 training will take place on a Friday evening from 6-7pm in Mercy Hall or School Field. Under 8 training, i.e. any players aged seven or eight, will now take place on a Saturday morning from 11-12 pm in Father Tierney park.
Aodh Ruadh and Dromore under 8s who played recently in Father Tierney park. Click to see a larger version of this image.
~ LADIES ~
The Intermediate Ladies will face the challenge of St Michael's in Dunfanaghy this Saturday evening in a bid for league glory. This is a big game for the girls and as much traveling support as possible would be much appreciated.
Under 8 and under 10 girls commence indoor training in the Mercy Hall this Wednesday 30th September at 6pm. Runners only. A charge of €2 ahead will apply to cover the cost of the hall.
~ HURLING ~
The curtain came down on a very successful and busy season of underage hurling on Sunday last with the hosting of the Aodh O Dalaigh under 12 tournament. Five teams took part in this tournament: Naomh Eoin and Coolera/Strandhill, both from Sligo, Letterkenny Gaels and host club Aodh Ruadh fielding two teams. The tournament was played off on a round robin basis with each team getting four games. After these games Aodh Ruadh's 2009 team finished on top with Naomh Eoin ensuring that they played off in the Aodh O Dalaigh final. Coolera/Strandhill and Aodh Ruadh's 2010 team finished third and fourth ensuring they played off in the primary league final. The large crowd was looking forward to both finals with great interest in the Naomh Eoin v Aodh Ruadh clash as they had drawn their round robin encounter. Both teams were evenly matched in the first half but the physically stronger and more skillful Naomh Eoin team won comfortably in the end by seven points. Coolera/Strandhill easily beat the younger Aodh Ruadh team in the primary league final but the 2010 Aodh Ruadh youngsters never gave up and kept battling to the end offering good hope for this age group again next year.
Afterwards presentations took place in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh and refreshments were served. John Rooney, Aodh Ruadh hurling chairman, welcomed all clubs to the tournament he spoke of the late Hugh Daly, in whose honour the tournament is held, and the great GAA legacy he left which is being carried on by all his family. He welcomed all the guests and remarked how glad he was to see Billy Finn back at this year's event. Conor Carney principal of the Holy Family National School on behalf of the local national schools presented the shield to the Coolera/Strandhill captain. Special guest on the day John Crossey, former Antrim and Ulster hurler and hurling development officer for Donegal spoke of the high level of skill and commitment displayed in the tournament. Tom Daly, Ulster Council President on behalf of the Daly family thanked everyone involved with the running of the tournament. He spoke of the long history of hurling in the club and recalled, as the club celebrates its centenary in October 2009, that the first competitive game the club played was a hurling match against Manorhamilton. He presented the Aodh O Dalaigh shield to the winning Naomh Eoin captain. John Rooney finished off by thanking referees on the day Jonathon Browne, Michael Ayres, and Kevin McDermott. He thanked Peter Horan for all his help with coaching the under 12s and he especially commended the wonderful display of catering put on by the mothers of the Aodh Ruadh players. He thanked all the young hurlers and looked forwarded to seeing everyone back in 2010!
There will be images from the Aodh O Dalaigh tournament and the skills competition published on aodhruadh.org during this week.
~ COACHING CORNER ~
There will be a coaching seminar run by the Ulster Council in Glenswilly GAA ground on Saturday, 10th October. The seminar will demonstrate various football drills and games appropriate to all age groups from under six to minor. Anyone with an interest in coaching would be advised to attend. The seminar will spend an hour on each age group and should provide current and prospective coaches with many new ideas. The seminar starts at 10am and finishes at 4pm.
~ CENTENARY CELEBRATION NIGHT ~
Tickets are now available for Aodh Ruadh's Centenary Celebration Night, a very special event to celebrate 100 years of Gaelic Games in Ballyshannon. The event begins with an multi-media exhibition and awards presentation ceremony in the Abbey Centre, which is followed by a Gala Banquet in Dorrian's Imperial Hotel. The night finishes up with music from The Mucky Ducks. Admission will be by ticket only and third party security will be in place to ensure no exceptions. Capacity is limited and with interest very high in this centenary event it is important to secure your ticket early. Tickets, priced €40, are available from Shannon's Corner or Mojo's or you can also contact Terence McShea 087-2360815 or John Magee 086-2263105. The Underage presentations take place on 26th October, Bank Holiday Monday afternoon in the Abbey Centre, admission to this event will be free.
Anyone who might have photographs or memorabilia they might like to see included in the Centenary Celebration exhibition in the Abbey is invited to bring them to Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Thursday 1st October between 9pm and 10pm. Items will be scanned and returned there and then. If you would like to e-mail on your photos, send them along to firstname.lastname@example.org.
~ CARNIVAL ~
Anyone who might be available to do some stewarding at the Carnival on Saturday, 3rd October is asked to assemble at the Abbey centre for 6pm.
~ MEETING ~
The monthly club Bord na nÓg meeting takes place this Tuesday 29th September at 9pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. All committee members are asked to attend.
~ CONGRATULATIONS ~
Congratulations to Aodh Ruadh and Saint Joseph's legend, Josie Boyle, now officially over the hill and getting about on the bus pass having recently celebrated his 65th birthday.
~ BINGO ~
There is Bingo every Friday night in the Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon at 9pm sharp. A prize fund of €1,650 must go on the night. Double books are priced €10, half books €5.