Club Notes Archive - 2010

Box. MARCH
1 March

~ FOOTBALL ~
The minors had a good run out against Four Masters in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh in what was a dry run for the championship. Check out some pictures of the shadow boxing.

Under 8 training continues Saturday in the school field weather permitting at 11am this Saturday. Parents are encouraged to collect their children at 11.50pm up at the pitch. Well done to Harry this week's player of the week.

Under 6 training resumes this Friday, 5th March at 6pm in the Mercy hall. All newcomers welcome and any parents who wish to help out and get involved are more than welcome. Remember also to bring your registration forms and €15 membership fee.

~ COACHING CORNER ~
There will be a child protection course up in Aras Aodh Ruadh on Friday evening 19th March. Anyone inovlved with a team in the club who does not hold a completed child protection certificate for GAA coaches must attend. Congratulations to all who took part in the Foundation Award Coaching Course which the club hosted last Saturday.

~ HURLING ~
Well done to Aidan Begley and Peter Horan who were part of the Donegal panel which enjoyed their second of the national league with a victory over Louth in Letterkenny last Sunday.

There is a meeting of the juvenile hurling committee in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh this Thursday, 4th March at 8.30pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

Underage hurling training for under 8s to under 14s begins at 12 noon on Sunday 7th March. All players welcome, especially beginners. Notes will be distributed through the local schools in the coming weeks along with registration forms which can be returned when training starts.

The fourth annual Hurl-a-thon will be held in the Mercy Hall on Saturday 27th March, 2010 from 10am to 10pm. Watch out for further details nearer the event.

~ LADIES ~
Senior Ladies training will take place Tuesday evening at 7.30pm and Thursday evening at 7.30pm. Please bring outdoor gear. Membership must be paid in full to Karol Foley by Saturday March 13th. Registration forms can be downloaded from aodhruadh.org and only fully paid up members will be allowed to play. All new members will be made most welcome.

Under 10 and under 12 training continues this Wednesday, 17th February in the New Hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm. There is a charge of €2 per head. Please bring runners, no other footwear allowed. Remember also to bring your registration forms and €15 membership fee.

~ CONGRATULATIONS TOM ~
Tom Daly concluded his three year term as president of the Ulster Council at the convention held in Cavan last Saturday. Aodh Ruadh congratulates Tom on a highly successful term of office, he has been a true ambassador for the club. We also extend our best wishes to Tom's successor Cavan's Aogán Farrell. See some pictures of farewell reception held for Tom in Stormont last week taken by Seamus O'Donnell.

~ VOTES OF SYMPATHY ~
There was a vote of sympathy at the last Aodh Ruadh monthly club meeting for Rosaleen Carron, Ernedale Heights late wife of Danny Carron.

~ REGISTRATION ~
Club membership for 2010 is now due and all club members are asked to submit their registration form and fee at their earliest convenience. The GAA has radically overhauled its membership system and this has meant some dramatic changes. The GAA membership year now runs from March 31st to April 1st. In order to be entitled to the rights of a full member, a person must have their fees paid to the club on a date before March 31st and be registered by the club on the online system in order to have a vote in the upcoming membership year.

A few further points to note.

  • Only fully registered players ON THE GAA ON-LINE REGISTRATION SYSTEM are allowed to take the field for the club. If your name is not in this system you are ineligible. That has repercussions in terms of insurance cover for injuries.
  • Registration is an important component in meeting the running costs of the club.
  • Only fully paid up members will be eligible for the draw for tickets to the football and hurling All Ireland finals.
  • As per the motion passed at AGM, club membership will be displayed in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh.

Membership rates are as follows: Adult, €30; Adult Player (Includes insurance cover for the year), €50; Underage (Under 18 years-of-age) €15. Registration can be paid to Mary Matthews at Shannon's Corner, Ballyshannon. David O'Donnell in Mojo's is now also taking registrations. The club requires a fully completed club registration form with each fee. Sub-committees will also be organising registration sessions in the coming weeks. Members will receive a specially commissioned membership card and wallet when they submit their registration.

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8 March

~ FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh played host to East Tyrone side, Galbally in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh last Saturday. The Ernesiders had a good first half and went in on top at half time. Galbally took the honours in the second half in what was a match played in good, friendly spirit. Some pictures of the exchanges.

The reserves hosted Four Masters for a challenge in Father Tierney Park on early Sunday afternoon. There was a good display from a very young side which was augmented by a few Donegal town lads. Despite the lack of numbers Aodh Ruadh were only shaded by a point at the final whistle, a good result in trying circumstances. Bulletpoint. Some pictures from the game.

Aodh Ruadh are pleased to announce that local Texaco oil supplier, TEXOIL, have come on board as new jersey sponsors for the Aodh Ruadh minor football team. Aodh Ruadh are delighted to have Texoil linked with one of the clubs most promising and prominent teams. See is a picture of the official presentation of the new jerseys.

The under 16s are the first underage team out in competitive action for 2010. They take on Dungloe in the first round of the league in Father Tierney Park at 12 noon on Sunday, 14th March.

The under 14s are taking part in a tournament co-hosted by Erne Gaels and Devenish this Saturday 13th March. Aodh Ruadh will be based in Garrison for the group stages where they will be in a group with the hosts, Garrison, Belcoo and Naomh Bríd. The first game throws in at 10am. The bus will leave park at 9.15am. Refreshments will be provided, but players are advised to bring a packed lunch also.

Under 10 training goes out doors this week. Players are to be up at Father Tierney park for 11.45am the Saturday. Training runs from 12 noon to 1pm and children should be collected promptly following training.

Under 8 training continues on Saturday morning at 11am in the school field at Colaiste Cholmcille. Well done to our player of the week Mark McGlynn.

Under 6 training continues this Friday evening in the Mercy Hall from 6.00pm to 6.45pm. Well done to this week's Star of the Week Seamí Campbell. As always, all newcomers are most welcome.

~ COACHING CORNER ~
There will be a child protection course up in Aras Aodh Ruadh on Friday evening 19th March. Anyone involved with a team in the club who does not hold a completed child protection certificate for GAA coaches must attend.

~ HURLING ~
Thomas Schillachi Gallagher's charges got their season off to an ideal start when they comprehensively defeated Fermanagh side, Knock Grattan's, 5-19 to 0-2 in the first round of games in Group 5A of the Ulster Hurling League. Check out some pictures of the action. Next up for the seniors is a trip to take on Glencar / Manorhamilton on Saturday 13th April. That game throws in at 4.30pm.

Sunday morning last saw the start of underage hurling training for 2010. Over 70 young hurlers descended on Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, all keen to learn new skills. Training continues this Sunday at 12 noon for under 8s to under 16. We also had nine under 12 hurlers taking part in the all-county trials in Letterkenny where they all did very well. There will be further trials this Sunday and details will be passed on to lads during the week.

The fourth annual Hurlathon takes place on Saturday 27th March. Over the years this has been a great day of fun and a great fundraiser for the promotion and development of hurling in Aodh Ruadh especially, underage hurling. Anyone who wants to try their hand at our ancient game is welcome in the Mercy Hall from 10am to 10pm for a great days fun and sport. Hurlers are out and about with their sponsor cards so please support this unique fund raiser!

~ LADIES ~
Well done to Donna Martin who was in action for Donegal against Sligo last weekend. She picked off two points as Donegal romped home 6-19 to 1-8 winners. Well done also to Maeve Liston and Katie McCafferty who were part of the Donegal under 14 team who beat Tyrone last Saturday.

Senior Ladies training will take place Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7.30pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. There will be outdoor training on Saturday at 5.30pm in the park. Membership must be paid in full to Karol Foley by Saturday March 13th. Registration forms can be downloaded from aodhruadh.org and only fully paid up members will be allowed to play. All new members will be made most welcome.

Under 14 and under 16 training commences at the Lakeside on Wednesday evening from 7pm to 8pm. Everyone welcome.

Under 10 and under 12 training continues this Wednesday, 10th March in the New Hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm. There is a charge of €2 per head. Please bring runners, no other footwear allowed. If you haven't already done so, remember also to bring your registration forms and €15 membership fee.

~ REGISTRATION ~
Club membership for 2010 is now due and all club members are asked to submit their registration form and fee at their earliest convenience. The deadline for club membership is 31st March, so time is getting short. In order to be entitled to the rights of a full member, a person must have their fees paid to the club on a date before March 31st and be registered by the club on the online system in order to have a vote in the upcoming membership year.

A few further points to note.

  • Only fully registered players ON THE GAA ON-LINE REGISTRATION SYSTEM are allowed to take the field for the club. If your name is not in this system you are ineligible. That has repercussions in terms of insurance cover for injuries.
  • Registration is an important component in meeting the running costs of the club.
  • Only fully paid up members will be eligible for the draw for tickets to the football and hurling All Ireland finals.
  • As per the motion passed at AGM, club membership will be displayed in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh.

Membership rates are as follows: Adult, €30; Adult Player (Includes insurance cover for the year), €50; Underage (Under 18 years-of-age) €15. Registration can be paid to Registrar, Marita Maguire, Mary Matthews at Shannon's Corner; and David O'Donnell in Mojo. The club requires a fully completed club registration form with each fee. Members will receive a specially commissioned membership card and wallet when they submit their registration.

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15 March

~ FOOTBALL ~
Well done to Peter Boyle who made a second half appearance for Donegal minors as they defeated Fermanagh 2-6 to 0-6 in their first game of the Ulster League.

The under 16s got their league campaign off to the perfect start with a 3-10 to 2-5 win over Dungloe last Sunday in Father Tierney Park. Dungloe weathered the long trip down the road very well and the game was a very tight, competitive affair until the last ten minutes when a Pauric Patton goal finally helped turn matters in Aodh Ruadh's favour. Elsewhere Eamonn McGrath had a fine game at full back while wing backs Darren Gethins and Colm Kelly both impressed as Aodh Ruadh soaked up the pressure. Up front James Barron at centre forward pulled the strings to great effect while Ryan Granaghan picked off a good goal. Pauric Patton's outstanding second half performance was key to Aodh Ruadh securing the two points. The next round of the league sees the under 16s travel to Killybegs on Sunday, 21st March for a throw in of 12 noon. Training as usual on Tuesdays and Fridays.

The under 14s had their first outing of the year in the Erne Gaels/Devenish tournament last Saturday. They beat Belcoo, Devenish and drew with Naomh Bríd in their group games to secure a semi-final spot. There where they were defeated by a strong Kilcar outfit and Dromore ran out ultimate winners.

Under 10 training continues at Father Tierney park this Saturday at 11.45am. Training runs from 12 noon to 1pm and children should be collected promptly following training.

Under 8 training continues this Saturday morning at 11am at the school field in Colaiste Cholmcille. There will be game against Bundoran on Saturday 27th March at 11pm in Pairc Aoidh Ruaidh. Well done to our players of the week Keith Greene and Martin McGarrigle.

Under 6 training continues this Friday evening from 6pm to 6.45pm. All newcomers welcome any parents who wish to lend a hand coaching are more than welcome. Well done to our star player of the week Jack Gallagher.

All managers are reminded that challenge games must be notified to club secretary John Hughes (087-6431805) in good time in order to allow the necessary documentation to be processed.

~ COACHING CORNER ~
The child protection course for coaches who attended the foundation coaching course will take place this Friday evening, 19th March at 6.30pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Anyone involved with a team in the club who does not hold a completed child protection certificate for GAA coaches must attend.

~ HURLING ~
The senior hurlers suffered a one point loss to Glencar/Manorhamilton in the second round of games in Group 5A of the Ulster Hurling League. The final score was 3-4 to 2-6 in favour of the Leitrim men. Next up for the seniors is a Woodford Gaels of Cavan who visit Ballyshannon this Saturday 20th April. That game throws in at 4.30pm.

Hard luck to Aiden Begley, Peter Horan and Chris Kilgannon who were on the Donegal team that lost to Fingal last Sunday and also to Paul Sheridan who played for Cavan against Fermanagh.

Congratulations to six of our under 12 hurlers who have been selected for the county under 12 panel and will take part in a blitz in Croke on Tuesday 6th April. Brendan Gillespie, Oisín Rooney, Shane McGrath, Garreth Sheerin, Patrick Haran and Cian Duffy. This is a great honour for the boys, their families and the club.

There has been great numbers at underage hurling training for the past two Sunday. That should continue this Sunday at 12 noon when again there will be training for under 8s to under 16.

The fourth annual Hurlathon takes place on Saturday 27th March. Over the years this has been a great day of fun and a great fundraiser for the promotion and development of hurling in Aodh Ruadh especially, underage hurling. Anyone who wants to try their hand at our ancient game is welcome in the Mercy Hall from 10am to 10pm for a great days fun and sport. Hurlers are out and about with their sponsor cards so please support this unique fund raiser!

~ LADIES ~
The Aodh Ruadh Ladies hold their Annual Duck Race at McKenna's Brook, East Port on Easter Saturday, 3rd April at 2pm. The girls are out and about now with their cards selling lines so make sure to help them out in whatever way you can. With lots of Easter Eggs to be won, it promises to be a great day out for all the family.

Well done to Donna Martin who lined out for Donegal on Saturday in Páirc Aodh Ruadh and scored a point as the Tir Chonaill girls came out on top against Clare. Check out some shots of the game.

Best wishes to the Ladies senior team who will be taking part in a seven-a-side tournament in Killeavy, county Armagh on Saturday.

This week's senior training will take place on Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm. Players are asked to bring gear for training outdoors. There is a final call for membership to be paid in full to Karol Foley by Wednesday March 24th. Registration forms can be downloaded from aodhruadh.org and only fully paid up members will be allowed to play. All new members will be made most welcome.

There is NO underage training this week. Training will recommence on the Wednesday, 24th March in Father Tierney Park and on Friday 26th March from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. All players are asked to return the cards for the Duck Race on Wednesday 24th March.

~ REGISTRATION ~
There will be a special registration evening for anyone who wants to renew or sign-up for club membership on Thursday 25th March in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh from 8pm to 9pm. Club membership for 2010 is now due and all club members are asked to submit their registration form and fee at their earliest convenience. The deadline for club membership is 31st March, so time is getting short. In order to be entitled to the rights of a full member, a person must have their fees paid to the club on a date before March 31st and be registered by the club on the online system in order to have a vote in the upcoming membership year.

A few further points to note.

  • Only fully paid up members will be automatically eligible for Donegal championship match tickets.
  • Only fully paid up members will be eligible for the draw for tickets to the football and hurling All Ireland finals.
  • As per the motion passed at AGM, club membership will be displayed in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh.
  • Only fully registered players ON THE GAA ON-LINE REGISTRATION SYSTEM are allowed to take the field for the club. If your name is not in this system you are ineligible. That has repercussions in terms of insurance cover for injuries.
  • Registration is an important component in meeting the running costs of the club.

Membership rates are as follows: Adult, €30; Adult Player (Includes insurance cover for the year), €50; Underage (Under 18 years-of-age) €15. Registration can be paid to Club Registrar, Marita Maguire; Mary Matthews at Shannon's Corner; or David O'Donnell in Mojo. The club requires a fully completed club registration form with each fee. Members will receive a specially commissioned membership card and wallet when they submit their registration.

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22 March

~ REGISTRATION ~
With the March 31st deadline for club registrations looming, Aodh Ruadh is hosting two special registration evenings for anyone who wants to sign-up or renew club membership. These take place on Thursday 25th March in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh from 8pm to 9pm and on Friday 26th March also from 8pm to 9pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh.
In order to be entitled to the rights of a full member, a person must have their fees paid to the club on a date before March 31st and be registered by the club on the GAA's online system. A few further points to note.

  • Only fully paid up members will be automatically eligible for Donegal championship match tickets.
  • Only fully paid up members will be eligible for the draw for tickets to the football and hurling All Ireland finals.
  • As per the motion passed at AGM, club membership will be displayed in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh.
  • Only fully registered players ON THE GAA ON-LINE REGISTRATION SYSTEM are allowed to take the field for the club.
  • Registration is an important component in meeting the running costs of the club.
Membership rates are as follows: Adult, €30; Adult Player (Includes insurance cover for the year), €50; Underage (Under 18 years-of-age) €15. Registration can be paid to Club Registrar, Marita Maguire; David O'Donnell in Mojo; or Mary Matthews at Shannon's Corner. The club requires a fully completed club registration form with each fee. Members will receive a specially commissioned membership card and wallet when they submit their registration.

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~ CLUB MEETINGS ~
The monthly senior club meeting takes place on Thursday 1st April in Aras Aoidh Ruadh 8.30pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

The monthly Bord na nÓg meeting takes place on Tuesday 30th March in Aras Aoidh Ruadh 9pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

~ FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh seniors and reserves get their league campaign under way this weekend with a trip to Kilcar on Sunday. The reserve games throws-in at 1.30pm and is followed by the seniors at 3pm. The thirds have a challenge against Erne Gaels this Saturday in Father Tierney Park at 5pm and will be out in division five of the league over Easter weekend.

Best of luck to Peter Boyle who will be hoping to make an appearance for Donegal under 21s as they take on Armagh in the Ulster under 21 championship. The game takes place in Brewster Park, Enniskillen on Wednesday, 24th March and throws in at 8.00pm.

Aodh Ruadh minors continued their pre-season preparation with a challenge game against Naomh Bríd on Wednesday, 17th March. Here's a few shots of the game.

The under 16s match against Killybegs was postponed. The next round of the league sees the under 16s make the short trip to Bundoran on Sunday, 28st March for a throw in of 12 noon. Training as usual on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Under 10 training continues at Father Tierney park this Saturday at 11.45am. Training runs from 12 noon to 1pm and children should be collected promptly following training. Any player not already registered should do so at their earliest convenience.

Our under 8s have their first match of the year against neighbours Bundoran this Saturday. All players must be up in Father Tierney Park for 11am and are expected to wear club colours. The games gets underway at 11.15am. Please come up and support the boys in what will be for many their first game for the club. Players not already registered should remember to bring their registration forms and €15 fee.

Under 6 training continues this Friday evening from 6pm to 6.45pm this Friday evening in the Mercy hall. All newcomers welcome. Well done to this week's player of the week Kyle Murray. Those not already registered should remember to bring their registration forms and €15 fee.

All managers are reminded that challenge games must be notified to club secretary John Hughes (087-6431805) in good time in order to allow the necessary documentation to be processed.

~ COACHING CORNER ~
Due to demand for the child protection course, the club will host another child protection course in late April or early May. Remember child protection courses are limited to 18 in number so please register early if you want to attend this course. Any coaches or parents looking to assist with teams should complete this course.

~ HURLING ~
The senior hurlers had a good win over Woodford Gaels in the third round of games in Group 5A of the Ulster Hurling League. The final score was 4-15 to 0-2. Next up for the seniors is a the return trip to Knock Grattans on Saturday 27th April. That game throws in at 4.30pm.

The fourth annual Hurlathon will take place this Saturday 27th March. Play begins at 10am with under 8s and under 10s taking to the floor. They are followed at 2pm by our under 12s and under 14s. At 6pm under 16s, parents and seniors finish off proceedings. The above times are a guideline and players are free to come in at any stage. Who will ever forget the mothers match last year! It is hoped to repeat it and to also have a Fathers game. All welcome to this event and a great days craic is assured. Please support this fundraiser for the promotion and development of hurling in Aodh Ruadh especially underage hurling.

Our under 14s play MacCumhaill's in first round of league at home on Thursday. All players to be at park at for 4.30 pm

Well done to all the young hurlers who took part in Saint Patrick's Day parade. Thanks also to Peter Horan and Michael Ayres who organised the players for the day.

~ LADIES ~
The Aodh Ruadh Ladies hold their Annual Duck Race at McKenna's Brook, East Port on Easter Saturday, 3rd April at 2pm. The girls are out and about now with their cards selling lines so make sure to help them out in whatever way you can. With lots of Easter Eggs to be won, it promises to be a great day out for all the family.

The senior ladies team had an early start on Saturday morning when they travelled to Killeavy in Armagh for the senior ladies 7s. On reaching the quarter-final they were narrowly defeated by a strong side from Derrynoose Saint Mochua GAC. Well done to all involved on the day! Check out these few pictures of what the girls got up to on their travels. Senior ladies training will take place Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm in the park and on Saturday at 6pm. The Ladies play their first match of the season on Good Friday, 2nd April in Father Tierney park against Malin at 6.30pm.

Congratulations to Katie Flood, who lined out for DCU on Friday when they won the Donaghy shield. Another All-Ireland success for the Aodh Ruadh Ladies!

The Ladies club are now taking entries for the 'Whose Got Talent?' competition in aid of the of the Donegal Ladies County Board. Application forms are now available from all club officers. The closing date for applications is Friday the 9th April, and entry fee is €50. The first heat takes place in the Abbey Hotel in Donegal Town on Friday the 30th April with €1,500 for first place.

Underage training recommences this week at Father Tierney Park on Wednesday and Friday from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. All players are asked to return their cards for the duck race as well as their membership forms and €15 membership fees. Under 14 and under 16 training will take place at the Lakeside on Wednesday at 7pm.

~ SAINT PATRICK'S PARADE ~
Congratulations to all who helped out and participated in the Saint Patrick's day parade. See some pictures of the Aodh Ruadh participants in the parade.

~ SUICIDE AWARENESS WORKSHOP ~
Dungloe are hosting a suicide awareness workshop on Monday 29th March from 7pm to 10pm in Rosses Community School in Dungloe. This night will benefit all people involved in club committees, team management, coaching and players at all levels. In the current climate it is important to know and be aware of the signs of suicide. Anyone interested should call Angela Boyle on 087-6538173 by Tuesday, 23rd March.

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29 March

~ CLUB MEETING ~
The monthly senior club meeting takes place on Wednesday 31st March in Aras Aoidh Ruadh 8.30pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

~ REGISTRATION ~
With the March 31st deadline for club registrations hours away, this is the very last call for club membership. Registration can be paid to Club Registrar, Marita Maguire; David O'Donnell in Mojo; or Mary Matthews at Shannon's Corner. Registrations will also be taken at Aras Aoidh Ruaidh from 8pm to 8.30pm this Wednesday, 31st March, just before the monthly club meeting. Membership rates are as follows: Adult, €30; Adult Player (Includes insurance cover for the year), €50; Underage (Under 18 years-of-age) €15. The club requires a fully completed club registration form with each fee. Members will receive a specially commissioned membership card and wallet when they submit their registration. A few further points to note.

  • Only fully paid up members will be automatically eligible for Donegal championship match tickets.
  • Only fully paid up members will be eligible for the draw for tickets to the football and hurling All Ireland finals.
  • As per the motion passed at AGM, club membership will be displayed in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh.
  • Only fully registered players ON THE GAA ON-LINE REGISTRATION SYSTEM are allowed to take the field for the club.
  • Registration is an important component in meeting the running costs of the club.

~ FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh made the trip to Towney last weekend to take on Kilcar in the first round of the league last Sunday. Last year Kilcar were a point off a division one league final play-off, instead they ended up in a relegation dog-fight which they lost. So a tough game was in prospect, but it was Aodh Ruadh that had the better of the opening half and if it hadn't been for a goal which took two wicked deflections they would have been going in two points to the good at half time rather than a point down. Kilcar upped it in the second half, but there was much to take heart from in the performance. Michael Ward at corner back gave a fine display of how to keep the game simple while Barry Mulligan was an energizing force around the centre of the park. Up front Sticky Ward showed a lot of leadership in a new look attack. In the end it was Kilcar who took the points on a score line of 2-10 to 0-10.

The reserves also went down in a battling display, this time the score was 2-9 to 1-7. It was a very young Aodh Ruadh team which took to the pitch, but they played with considerable endeavour and determination. Joe Watson was an endlessly creative presence while Donagh McIntyre finished with 1-4 to his credit.

Next Easter Sunday the seniors and reserves face MacCumhaill's in Father Tierney Park. The reserve game throws-in at 1.30pm and is followed by the seniors at 3pm. The draw for the 2010 county championships take place this Tuesday 30th March in the Raidió na Gaeltachta studios at 4.30pm.

The thirds have their first game in division five of the league against Ardara in Father Tierney Park this Good Friday at 6pm.

The monthly Bord na nÓg meeting takes place on Tuesday 30th March in Aras Aoidh Ruadh 9pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

Well done to Peter Boyle as he kept yet another inter-county clean sheet while making his debut for the county under 21s last Wednesday. Donegal defeated Armagh 1-9 to 0-9 to book their place in the Ulster semi-final against Derry in Healy Park, Omagh on Wednesday 31st March at 8pm. Once again the very best of luck to Peter as the under 21s chase a place in the Ulster final. Also in inter-county action was Ronan McGurrin who played the first half of the Donegal v Tyrone Ulster Minor League game at Father Tierney Park last Saturday. Here's a few shots of the action in that game.

The under 16s gave a fine display in their second game of the season to chalk up their second win. They defeated Bundoran by 0-3 to 5-16 in Gaelic Park. It was a victory driven from half back where Colm Kelly and Darren Gethins were very impressive, James Kelly at midfield and James Barron centre forward were both also key in driving Aodh Ruadh forward. James Kelly capped a fine performance with a well taken goal, while Johnny Gethins was in sparkling form and showed it with two fine goals. Ryan Granaghan and David McGurrin also raised green flags in a game where there wasn't an Aodh Ruadh performance under eight out ten. The next game for the under 16s should be in Fintra against Killybegs on Wednesday 7th April at 6.30pm. Training as usual on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Under 10 training continues at Father Tierney park this Saturday at 11.45am. Training runs from 12 noon to 1pm and children should be collected promptly following training. Any player not already registered should do so at their earliest convenience.

Well done to all those who participated in our under 8 blitz against Bundoran on Saturday 27th March. There were 29 Aodh Ruadh players in action against the neighbours. Some were pulling on the green and white jersey for the very first time, making this a very special occasion. A special word of thanks to all those who helped out on the day with goalposts, cones, refereeing, first aid, jerseys and managing and to all the parents who came up and supported both teams. The football on show from both teams was exceptional with star performances from Aodh Ruadh's Cian Bardon, Ryan Keenaghan and Colm McGloin. Browse nearly 50 pictures from a great morning's football. With Easter next Saturday there will be no Football but we will return to action the following Saturday April 10th.

Under 6 training will not take place for the next two weeks with the Easter break. Training will resume on Friday 16th April in the Mercy hall at 6pm. Well done to this week's star player of the week Shane McGloin.

All managers are reminded that challenge games must be notified to club secretary John Hughes (087-6431805) in good time in order to allow the necessary documentation to be processed.

~ COACHING CORNER ~
Due to demand for the child protection course, the club will host another child protection course in late April or early May. Remember child protection courses are limited to 18 in number so please register early if you want to attend this course. Any coaches or parents looking to assist with teams should complete this course.

~ HURLING ~
The senior hurlers had a good win over Knock Grattan's in the fourth round of games in Group 5A of the Ulster Hurling League. The final score was 1-5 to 3-12 in favour of the Ernesiders.

The fourth annual Hurlathon took place in the Mercy Hall on Saturday last. Over 100 young and not so young hurlers took part in this event. Our under 8s got proceedings under way at 10am. Play continued through the day until 10pm. One of the highlights of the day was the couples match where the Townies beat Cashelard. Despite a great performance in goals by Caroline Irwin there was no stopping Frankie Sheerin and his crew. Thanks to all the parents who brought food and catered for the crowds all day.
Thanks to all who sponsored the refreshments which were served throughout the day - Western Wholesale (Paul Gillespie), Fred Ormston (Mace), Pearse O'Neill, Kernan's and Mary Matthews of Shannon's Corner. Thanks to all the hurlers and their families who supported this event. Thanks to Ocean FM and the Donegal Democrat for promoting the Hurlathon. Thanks to Michael Donagher for all his help on the day and Colaiste Cholmcille for the use of the Mercy Hall. Finally thanks to all who sponsored the hurlers taking part. Thanks finally to all those who worked so hard gathering sponsorship. Check out these pictures of the action.

Our under 14s are playing Letterkenny Gaels on Thursday evening. The bus leaves the park at 5 pm. Underage training continues on Sunday at 12 noon.

~ LADIES ~
The Aodh Ruadh Ladies hold their Annual Duck Race at McKenna's Brook, East Port on Easter Saturday, 3rd April at 2pm. The girls are out and about now with their cards selling their last few lines so make sure to help them out in whatever way you can. With lots of Easter Eggs to be won, it promises to be a great day out for all the family. All players are asked to return their cards for the Duck Race as soon as possible.

The senior ladies commence their league campaign on Good Friday at 6pm in the park against Malin. All support would be much appreciated.

The under 14 girls play Naomh Conaill in Father Tierney Park this Good Friday at 11am. A good show of support for the first game of the season would be much appreciated.

Underage training will continue on Wednesday and Friday at 5.30pm in the park. The under 14s and under 16s will continue on Wednesdays at 7pm in the Lakeside.

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