Club Notes Archive - 2010

Box. JUNE
1 June

~ FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh overcame a bright opening by MacCumhaill's to run out 1-14 to 1-6 winners against Ballybofey in Father Tierney Park. A well-worked goal from Ciron Whoriskey helped Aodh Ruadh overcome MacCumhaill's early flurry to go in with a six point cushion at half time. Defensively, Johnny Gallagher was in typically composed form, while Fiachra McIntyre got through an ocean of work at midfield. Turlough McIntyre had a fine match in the forward line and worked very hard as Sticky Ward was his ever consistent self. We have some pictures from the game.

Aodh Ruadh had a fine 5-21 to 3-3 win over Malin in Senior Football Division 5 last Saturday. While Liam Devanney scored no fewer than three of the homesters' goals, Ballyshannon's man of the match was probably Martin Gallagher who was very dominant in midfield. Elsewhere Val Murray very accurate up front while David O'Donnell was very secure at full back. Check out the action.

The fixtures for the coming weekend are still being teased out, but all involve trips to Glenfin. There will be a mail when we have confirmation on days and times. One date for the diary though. The seniors and reserves are in first round, second leg championship action on Saturday, 12th June against Saint Eunan's. The reserve game will throw in at 5.30pm, followed by the senior game at 7pm.

Aodh Ruadh won a memorable play-off victory over Ardara in the under 16 championship first round last Wednesday. Played in Dunkineely, the Ballyshannon boys secured their place in the Southern divisional semi-final on a score line of 1-15 to 1-8. Ardara got off to a great start with an early goal, but Aodh Ruadh clawed back the difference to level the game up at 1-3 to 0-6. Defender Colm Kelly was exceptional in the first half cutting out a lot of ball to help keep Aodh Ruadh in the tie. The tide started to turn in Ballyshannon's favour in the second half when they got on top in the middle third. James Barron, in particular, delivered a career best performance which he garnished with two points. Pauric Patton also picked up a lot of ball at midfield and fired over a point. James Kelly top scored for Aodh Ruadh with a goal and three points to his credit, while David McGurrin with three points and Johnny Gettins with two also made big contributions. There was a great spread of scorers in the game with Fergal Meehan and Alan Finan also getting on the score sheet with a point apiece. At the back Kieran Keown and Eamon McGrath showed a good understanding and Keown capped his performance with a point. All in all it was a powerful team effort from Aodh Ruadh and one of the highlights of the year to date. They will play Naomh Mhuire in that semi-final on Friday, 9th July, in a straight knock out game in a neutral venue.

The under 14s are in league action this Wednesday when they take on Four Masters in Father Tierney park at 7.30pm. Players to be up at the park for 6.30pm.

Training for under 12s takes place this Wednesday and Friday at 4.30pm up at the park.

Under 8 training continues this Saturday at 11am at the school field. Well done to our players of the week Michael Doogan and Tiernan Carron. On Saturday 12th June have an under 8 game against Saint Eunan's from 11.30am to 12.30pm in O'Donnell park, Letterkenny. Players to be at Colaiste Cholmcille for 9.45am as the bus is leaving promptly at 10am. We should be back at Colaiste Cholmcille for 1.45pm. Players should have their club colours socks and shorts as well as a rain jacket.

~ HURLING ~
A provision fixture has been made in the Secondary Hurling League for Wednesday 9th June between Aodh Ruadh and Saint Eunan's. Throw in is set for 7.15pm.

Good luck to Peter Horan, Aidan Begley and Chris Kilgannon who are part of the Donegal panel who play Longford in the Nicky Rackard cup in Letterkenny this Saturday.

Under 14 hurlers had a great win at home in the county semi final on Thursday last against their great rivals Buncrana. In a great team performance the boys ran out winners by 2-8 to 0-6 to set up a meeting with Burt in the county final in O'Donnell park, Letterkenny this Thursday. Preparations are well underway for our under 14s trip to Clare for Féile na nGael any business or individual who would like to make a donation to this historic trip please contact John Rooney on 086-2587793.

Well done to Tommy Gillespie, Eamon McGrath and Conor Gilmartin who were part of the Donegal under 15 development squad that took part in a blitz in Belfast on Saturday.

The under 12s had a brilliant game with Lisbellaw in terrible conditions on Monday night. All games between the two teams are always very close and this was no different. The Fermanagh men were seven points up at half time, but the Aodh Ruadh boys battled back and gained a valuable draw in this Fermanagh League game.

Our under 8s played a number of challenge games with Lisbellaw in Father Tierney park on Sunday. It was a very enjoyable blitz and thanks to all the parents who supported the young hurlers and catered for all afterwards.

Training for all ages continues on Sunday at 12 noon. Any parent of any underage hurler who wishes to buy a subsidised helmet can contact any underage manager or John Rooney on 086-2587793.

~ LADIES ~
The Intermediate Ladies had a good win in the first round of the championship on Saturday evening in Glencolmcille. After a very tough game the final score was 2-10 to 1-03. However the score line didn't reflect how close match was. Naomh Columba squandered a number of scoreable chances and it is was Aodh Ruadh's precision in front of the posts that made the difference. Elaine Dorrian was in excellent form at full forward and she in got one of the Ballyshannon goals, Donna Martin got the other from centre half forward. Dearbhaile McNeill was another who had her shooting boots with her in the forward line. The spine of the team played particularly well with Sarah Patton at midfield, Tara Khan at centre back and captain Niamh Gallagher at full back all giving fine performances. Marita Maguire made a number of good saves which also contributed to the handsome score line. Given that the victory came in the absence of Tanya O'Shea and Anna Rafferty it is all the more creditable. The home leg of the championship is set for the weekend of the 26th June. The club wants to wish Katie Flood all the best as she heads of to the States on her travels for three months. Hopefully she'll be back for the final! Training continues every Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm.

The under 14s had a good win against Naomh Columba last Friday evening. We have some pictures from the game. They are due to play their last league game this Friday at home against Naomh Bríd / Pettigo. Well done to Maeve Liston who lined out for Donegal under 14s in the All Ireland semi-final against Kildare on Saturday, unfortunately they were defeated on the day.

Under 12 training continues on Wednesday evening at 7pm. Well done to the girls who travelled to Glenties to take part in the last of the Go Games blitz.

~ CAIRDE AOIDH RUAIDH ~
the club has launched their major fund raising initiative for 2010. The scheme, entitled Cairde Aoidh Ruaidh, asks club members to sign up and donate the equivalent of €5 a week to the club in the form of a monthly direct debit. We are appealing to club members to get behind the scheme. It is essential for the club's financial welfare, which is in a precarious state. To get some information on the scheme you can download the brochure. This brochure also includes the standing order form for the scheme. If anyone needs any further information don't hesitate to contact us on info@aodhruadh.org or call 087-6431805.

~ PUB QUIZ ~
Many thanks to everyone who turned out for last week's pub quiz in Owen Roe's. It was a great night's craic and we raised over €400 for the club. Thanks once again.

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8 June

~ FOOTBALL ~
A shadow Aodh Ruadh senior team took on a strong Glenfin side last Saturday evening. Despite a valiant effort Aodh Ruadh were bested by 2-12 to 0-10. Best for Aodh Ruadh were the Michael Wards - Michael at corner back continues to impress, while Sticky lead the line up front with his customary élan. The reserves face Glenfin this Tuesday, 8th June, at 7.30pm up in Páirc Ghleann Fhinne. After that it's all about the championship action this Sunday. Both our reserves and seniors go into their meetings with Saint Eunan's needing a win to keep their championship hopes alive. The reserve game throws in at O'Donnell park, Letterkenny at 1.30pm followed by the seniors at 3pm. These are massive games for our marquee teams so we would appreciate a big show of green and white at O'Donnell park to get behind the boys.

The thirds goaled their way to a play-off game against Glenfin last Saturday. They got off the mark early with two quick goals within minutes of the throw in leaving the homesters playing catch-up for the remainder of the game. Stephen Perry was in particularly rapacious form and Glenfin just couldn't cope with him. He notched up a goal and a few points. The other goal scorers were Sean Perry, Val Murray and David Downey. Martin Gallagher and Paddy Kelly both had good strong games in the middle of the field while in defence David McLoone got through a power of work. In the end Aodh Ruadh ran out 0-10 to 4-7 winners to force a first round play-off tie. There has been no fixture slated for the third team this weekend.

Aodh Ruadh's under 14s got their season off to a winning start with victory over Four Master in Father Tierney park on Wednesday evening. The first half was a tight enough affair as the teams tried to work each other out. Aodh Ruadh got the better of that process, going in leading by 2-4 to 1-1 at the half time break. In the second half the Ernesiders took command of the tie to run out convincing winners by 4-9 to 1-2. We have an extended report and lots of pictures from the match. The long trip to Dungloe on Bank Holiday Monday proved rather more challenging with the Ernesiders slipping to a 3-8 to 1-6 defeat. Aodh Ruadh traveled with a somewhat depleted team, but despite an early own goal fought their way back into the game to be still in contention at half time. In the second half Aodh Ruadh's weaker cutting edge told against them and Dungloe were able to see the game out. Aodh Ruadh's best performances came in defence where Matthew Maguire and Eddie Lynch both played with great heart and conviction. A special mention also to Jack Darban who deputised in nets and did a did a fine job in tricky circumstances. The next match for the under 14s is a home game against Kilcar next Monday, 14th June at 7.30pm. There is training this Wednesday at 6pm.

The Under 12 Willie Rogers takes place this Saturday in Father Tierney Park and Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Confirmed participants include Aodh Ruadh, Erne Gaels, and Bundoran. Action throws in at 11am. Training for under 12s takes place this Wednesday and Friday at 4.30pm up at the park.

Under 10 training continues this Saturday up at the park at 11.45am. The next competitive action will be the Mick Shannon blitz on, 26th June with Killybegs, Ardara, Kilcar and Four Masters due to travel to Ballyshannon.

Our under 8s travel to O'Donnell park, Letterkenny this Saturday. The bus leaves Colaiste Cholmcille at 10am. Please have children present at 9.45am. Our game will take place at 11.30am in O'Donnell Park against Saint Eunan's. The games will finish at 12.30. We should be back in Ballyshannon between 1.45pm and 2.00pm. Players should have their club shorts and socks as well as a rain jacket in case of bad weather. If you have any queries please contact Simon on 086-1082554.

Under 6 training continues as usual from 11am to 12noon on Saturday. Well done to last week's players of the week Gavin and Michael.

~ HURLING ~
There is Secondary Hurling League this Wednesday 9th June between Aodh Ruadh and Saint Eunan's in Father Tierney Park. Throw in is set for 7.15pm.

Congratulations to Peter Horan, Aidan Begley and Chris Kilgannon were part of the Donegal panel that beat Longford 3-13 to 1-15 in the Nicky Rackard cup in Letterkenny last Saturday.

Our under 14s completed the league and championship double for the second year in a row by beating Burt in the championship final in O'Donnell Park, Letterkenny on Thursday last by 5-9 to 1-3. This was a great win for this hard-working, dedicated team. On a perfect evening for hurling, the boys made a great start and all players gave their all. Aodh Ruadh got off to a great start and led at halftime 2-7 to 0-0. Typical of Burt and their great tradition they made a great start to the second half and the first ten minutes was end-to-end stuff with some great play by both teams. Eventually the Aodh Ruadh men wore down the Inishowen men and ran out comfortable winners by six goals. All credit to the Burt men who battled right to the end. One of the most pleasing aspects of this victory was the fact that all 20 Aodh Ruadh players got playing in the game.

At the final whistle our loyal supporters were over the moon that the lads completed the double double and there were great scenes of celebration as Emma Gaughan, on behalf of the Donegal Hurling Board, presented the cup to winning captain Ciaran Rami. Ciaran made a great speech thanking Saint Eunan's for use of the pitch and Gavin Craig who did a great job refereeing. He also thanked the management team of Peter Horan and John Rooney and called for three cheers for the gallant Burt team.

From O'Donnell park it was back to Ballyshannon for a huge victory cavalcade around the town which was made all the more special by the great reception the boy received from the Rory Gallagher revelers. The lads and their families made their way to Aras Aodh Ruadh for some well deserved refreshments.

This squad began as under 10s in 2006 and a tremendous effort has been put in by the boys and their management to get where they are today. The boys have a great work ethic on and off the field and hopefully this will stay with them throughout their careers. The discipline and never say die attitude of this panel has won them much praise wherever they have played and thankfully they have got their just rewards by claiming an unprecedented double double. There is a great trust and respect between the panel and the management team. Well done to Peter Horan, manager, and his back room team of John Rooney, Johnny Browne and Eddie Lynch. Well done also to Billy Finn who put in a lot of work with the lads in their first couple of years in under 10 and under 12 and is still a loyal supporter of the team. Eddie Lynch took lots of pictures of the historic event, which are now available to view.

The next outing for these lads is the much awaited Féile na nGael in Parteen, which the whole panel and management are eagerly looking forward to. They set their goal in 2006 to qualify for Féile in 2010 now that they have achieved that goal, they intend to enjoy every minute of it. On the subject of Féile na nGael Aodh Ruadh juvenile committee would like to acknowledge the tremendous donation of US$500 which the under 14 panel received from James 'Freddie' Grimes formally of Erne Street and now resident in Boston. James was the captain of the Aodh Ruadh hurling team which won the junior championship in 1994. He was a great hurler who learnt all the skills from his late father, Seamus. Though resident in Boston for a number of years James keeps up to date on all Aodh Ruadh matters and has a great interest in the underage hurling set-up and he wished to be associated with the historic trip to Féile. On behalf of the management and players we offer him our sincere thanks. Preparations are well underway for our under 14s trip to Clare for Féile na nGael any business or individual who would like to make a donation to this historic trip please contact John Rooney on 086-2587793.

The under 12 hurlers are away to Four Masters in the first game of the Donegal league this Thursday. The bus leaves the park at 6pm.

The under 8s are taking part in a blitz in O'Donnell park this Sunday. Arrangements will be distributed to the panel during the week.

Training as normal for all others on Sunday at 12 noon. Any parent of any underage hurler who wishes to buy a subsidised helmet can contact any underage manager or John Rooney on 086-2587793.

~ LADIES ~
The under 14 girls had a good win over Pettigo/Naomh Bríd on Saturday. This was the final league game and they are now through to the semi-final stages which will take place next Thursday. The other semi-finalists have not yet been confirmed. They will play Four Masters in a challenge game this Wednesday at 7pm in Father Tierney park.

Under 12 training continues on Wednesday evening at 7pm.

This Wednesday at 5.30pm the Willie Rogers under 10 tournament will take place in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. All support would be greatly appreciated. The teams taking part are Four Master, Erne Gaels, Saint Naul's and Aodh Ruadh.

Aodh Ruadh ladies would like to wish Creevy National School girls team all the best when they take on Moville in the county final this Thursday evening.

~ CAIRDE AOIDH RUAIDH ~
the club has launched their major fund raising initiative for 2010. The scheme, entitled Cairde Aoidh Ruaidh, asks club members to sign up and donate the equivalent of €5 a week to the club in the form of a monthly direct debit. We are appealing to club members to get behind the scheme. It is essential for the club's financial welfare, which is in a precarious state. To get some information on the scheme you can download the brochure. This brochure also includes the standing order form for the scheme. If anyone needs any further information don't hesitate to contact us on info@aodhruadh.org or call 087-6431805.

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15 June

~ FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh put up a valiant battle against Saint Eunan's on their home turf last Saturday in the senior championship. But in the Letterkenny side were able to do just about enough to keep Ballyshannon at bay. The Ernesiders had gone in level at the break, but the game slipped away from Aodh Ruadh over the course of the second half. We have a full match report and a couple of pictures.

Aodh Ruadh's reserves went down fighting against Saint Eunan's in the championship. They gave it everything in the first half and went in at the break with the tie level. They opened the second half with a fantastic effort and a Niall Murray point after ten minutes put the Ernesiders into the lead. However Saint Eunan's fired over a series of unanswered points to secure their passage into the next round on a score line of 1-10 to 1 - 6. The Aodh Ruadh team was: Paul Kane; Stephen Bradley, Simon Gillespie, Gary Carty; Aidan Murray, Mickey Dolan, Eoin McNeill; Matthew Thompson, Pauric Loughlin; John McIntyre (0-1), James McIntyre, Joe Watson (0-3); Niall Murray (0-1), Turlough McIntyre (1-1), Brian McGuinness. Substitutes: James O'Donnell, Barry Leonard.

MacCumhaill's had five points to spare over Aodh Ruadh's thirds in Father Tierney Park last Saturday. Best for Ballyshannon were Niall Thomas who capped his performance with a fine goal, while Martin McGlynn and Gerald McGloin also fired over some quality points. The pick in defence was Maurice Kane who had another solid shift at wing back.

There was no fixtures for the seniors or reserves at the time of mailing, however the thirds are down to host Pettigo this weekend, day and time to be confirmed.

Aodh Ruadh's under 14s had a fine win over Kilcar on Monday evening when they won by 2-10 to 1-2. The next match for the under 14s is an away game against Killybegs in Fintra next Monday, 21st June at 7.30pm. There is training this Wednesday at 6pm.

Last Saturday the under 12s of Aodh Ruadh, Bundoran, Melvin Gaels and Erne Gaels came to Ballyshannon to compete in the Willie Rogers tournament. And once again the tournament was favoured with both great weather and great football. After a tight and competitive round robin section Erne Gaels and Aodh Ruadh topped the table, putting the pair through to the 'A' final. After stumbling in the first game against Melvin Gaels, Aodh Ruadh, had won the final round robin game against Erne Gaels with a powerful display. By contrast the Belleek side had been in flying form in the other two games. That set it up for a great final. Aodh Ruadh opened well enough, but a big, strong Erne Gaels side had more left in the tank after the round robin stages and they were able to create and take their chances with greater ease than the hosts. There were great scenes of celebration at the final whistle with Erne Gaels winning by 4-4 to 2-6. Willie Rogers' son, Barry, presented the defeated finalists, captained by Daniel Warnock, with their runners up medals, before presenting the Willie Rogers trophy to the Erne Gaels joint captains, Michael Herron and Dara Dolan. We have a full report, plus dozens of pictures from the tournament. The next action for the under 12s is a Go Games blitz against Naomh Conaill this Wednesday 16th June at 6pm .

Under 10 training continues this Saturday up at the park at 11.45am.

On Saturday 12th June our under 8 team travelled to Letterkenny to take on Saint Eunan's in a prelude to our senior teams championship games later in the evening. In all 29 players travelled to take on a well drilled Eunan's outfit. Our three teams were very evenly matched and great credit must go to each player. They really gave the blitz their best. A large number of parents travelled as well which really helped our boys perform on the day. Thanks also to Saint Eunan's who very graciously supplied each and every person with sandwiches, buns and juice. Best on the day for Aodh Ruadh was Shane Whelan with two fantastic penalty saves, Daniel Breen who covered every blade of grass for his team and Daniel Dolan who got two superb points. Many thanks to Martin McLaughlin and Tracey Flood who took pictures on the day. Have a wee look at their shots.

Under 6 and under 8 training continues as normal on Saturday at 11am at Colaiste Cholmcille. The following Saturday we are hoping to host Saint Eunan's in a return fixture. Each player will be provided with a note on Saturday with more details. We would greatly appreciate the help of any parents who can assist with refreshments on the day. Items such as sandwiches, fruit and juice would be most welcome.

~ SUMMER CAMP ~
The 17th annual Aodh Ruadh Summer Camp commences on Monday, 5th July and continues until Friday, 23rd July. There's loads to do with football, hurling, swimming, rounders, obstacle courses and plenty of other fun and games. Each week of the camp concludes with a sports day on Friday. The camp runs from 10am to 3pm and is open to all children from 6 to 14 years-of-age. This year prices remain unchanged for the seventh year in a row and represent excellent value. The cost per week is €70 per child. Family concessions are as follows: €130 for two children; €180 for three children; and €200 for four children. Children should bring a packed lunch as no one will be allowed to leave the camp during the day. Applications to be returned to Sylvester Maguire at the Mullins Ballyshannon. Enquiries to 071-9858277 or 086-0532495 or check out www.aodhruadh.org.

~ HURLING ~
There is Secondary Hurling League this Wednesday 16th June between MacCumhaill's and Aodh Ruadh in Ballybofey. Throw in is set for 7.45pm.

The under 16s are at home to Lisnaskea in the Fermanagh league on Tuesday, 15th June.

The day we've all being waiting for has nearly arrived and for the first time in the history of Féile na nGael, Aodh Ruadh will be representing Donegal hurling in the National finals. we are competing in division four and it will be a serious test for this hard working team. They will be competing against two Clare teams, Parteen and Scariff, and their final game is against Swatragh from Derry. The bus will be pulling out from Father Tierney park at 7am on Friday morning and heading for the Banner. Thanks to all who have supported this team over the years and who have passed on best wishes for our trip to Féile na nGael, including former member of this team, Niall Cullen who emigrated to Australia and who has emailed his best wishes to the lads. Thanks also to Maurice McLaughlin who donated €100 for this trip. There is an informal send off for the boys in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Tuesday night beginning at 8.30pm. All are welcome to come up and show their support for the lads.

The under 12s got off to a good start in the Donegal league last week with a comfortable win away to Four Masters. They are at home to Letterkenny Gaels this Tuesday, 15th June, with throw in at 7 pm. all panel members to be up for 6.30pm.
Well done to our under 12 hurlers who took part in the community games long pus in Milford on Sunday last. Meabh Rooney collected the silver medal in the under 14 girls event while Conal Sweeney claimed silver in the boys under 12 event while Brian McHenry came fourth.

Many thanks to Brian McHenry of Whitemaple Developments who sponsored a set of jerseys for our under 8 and under 10 hurlers. This sponsorship is very much appreciated by the Aodh Ruadh juvenile hurling committee.

Our under 8s travelled to Letterkenny on Sunday last and took part in a great blitz there. We fielded two eight-a-side teams and they played a total of seven games winning five. Thanks to all the parents who travelled to the blitz. Thanks also to Eddie Lynch, Michael Ayres and Jonathon Browne who travelled with the team. We have some pictures taken on the trip by Eddie Lynch.

Training for under 8s and under 10s on Sunday at 12 noon. Any parent of any underage hurler who wishes to buy a subsidised helmet can contact any underage manager or John Rooney on 086-2587793.

~ LADIES ~
The Senior Ladies will play Drumcliffe / Rosses Point in Drumcliffe this Tuesday, 15th July, in a challenge game. Their next competitive outing will take place the weekend of 26th of June when the play Naomh Columba. The time and day has not yet been confirmed.

As part of the All-Ireland football Féile in Derry, Aodh Ruadh will be hosting Limerick side, Monagea, for the weekend commencing Friday, 2nd July. There is also a possibility that Aodh Ruadh under 14s could qualify for the All-Ireland Féile also. There will be further details closer to the time. The under 14s are due to play the league semi-final this week. However they are awaiting the outcome of the league play offs to find out who they are playing and when this game will take place.

The under 12s will play Four Masters in a challenge this Wednesday evening, 16th June, at 6.45pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

The under 10s won the Willie Rogers girls tournament on Wednesday evening past. Participating teams were Aodh Ruadh, Erne Gaels and Saint Naul's, but in the end the Ernesiders came away with the spoils. Among the best for Aodh Ruadh on the day were Dearbhaile O'Moore, Tara Duffy, Mary Flora Scott, Roisín Meehan and Valerie Harley, but it really was a great team effort. That is the end of the year for the under 10s except for a challenge match in July against a team from New York. Watch club notes for further details.

Well done to all the girls who played in the county final for Creevy National School last Thursday evening. It was a hard fought battle and every player gave their best, but unfortunately the girls were defeated by two points. Well done to all involved on reaching the final.

~ COACHING CORNER ~
A course on Child Protection will take place on Wednesday 16th June in Jackson's Hotel Ballybofey at 7.00pm. Please e-mail administrator.donegal@gaa.ie if interested.

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22 June

~ ARMAGH V DONEGAL ~
Ticket prices are as follows for the first round qualifier between Armagh and Donegal. Under 16s - €5; Terrace €10; Stand €20. The total stand allocation for Donegal is 100 tickets, so priority must be given to people with a disability, older people, etc. Ticket orders must be in by mid-day on Tuesday 22nd July at the latest.

~ MEETING ~
The monthly senior club meeting takes place on Thursday 24th June in Aras Aoidh Ruadh 8.30pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

~ FOOTBALL ~
With the seniors and reserves out of action this past couple of weeks, the thirds have been carrying the Aodh Ruadh flag on the adult football front. They had 3-10 to 1-13 over Pettigo in division five last Saturday. That win was built around a fine performance by David Downey in the middle of the field and the silky skills of evergreen/veteran/stalwart (delete as appropriate) attacker Martin McGlynn. The thirds were down to 14 men early in the second half, but they battled well to secure a deserved two points. That win is just the fillip ahead the Junior B Championship play-off against Glenfin. That is down for this 3.30pm this Sunday in Tir Chonaill park. The thirds are the last of our adult footballers still in the championship chase so make the short trip to Donegal town and get behind our boys.

The next match for the under 14s is an away game against Killybegs in Fintra next Friday, 25th June at 7.30pm, followed by a home fixture against Naomh Mhuire on Monday 28th June, also at 7.30pm. There is training this Wednesday at 6pm.

Under 10 training continues this Saturday up at the park at 11.45am.

Our under 8s have a blitz this Saturday from 10am to 11am in Páirc Aoidh Ruadh. Saint Eunan's, Letterkenny will provide the opposition. All players are to be up and togged out at the field for 9.30am. The blitz will finish before 11am. There will be refreshments served afterwards in the club house for all players and parents. We would greatly appreciate the help of any parents who can assist with refreshments on the day. Items such as sandwiches, fruit and juice would be most welcome.

Under 6 training continues as normal this Saturday in the school field at 11am. Well done to our player of the week Jamie Gilmore who was fantastic at all our games.

~ HURLING ~
Our under 14s performed brilliantly at Féile last weekend. Our bus with our panel of 21 pulled out of Ballyshannon on Friday morning at 7am and headed for Parteen, county Clare. From the moment we landed at Parteen the host club looked after our every need. it was a proud moment for all the boys when a lone piper led the Aodh Ruadh and Parteen teams out onto the field and we all stood for Amhrán na bhFiann, happy in the knowledge that history was being made as the first Aodh Ruadh hurling team were about to take part in the national finals of Féile na nGael.

Our boys played the hurling we knew they were capable of and matched the Banner men in every aspect of the game. We began to get on top and built up a lead of four points. As anyone who knows anything about hurling knows, Clare people are passionate about their hurling and we expected a comeback from them. They rattled the net and brought the game back to a one point game, at this stage the Ballyshannon men stood tall and their determination evident over the years came to the fore and they ran out winners by 3-6 to 1-7. This was a great start to Féile after our long trip. Our boys were determined to prove to everyone that they were able to hurl with the best of them.

After a lovely meal provided by the Parteen club it was onto Cusack park, Ennis to begin the parade through the streets of Ennis. As we lined up with all the leading hurling teams in the country it was a very proud and deserved moment for these boys. It was a great thrill for the boys as we made our way up O'Connell street, Ennis to see Aodh Ruadh's Mr. Hurling, Billy Finn, clapping them on their way to meet with GAA president, Christy Cooney. It was another very proud moment for all involved in hurling in Aodh Ruadh to see GAA president Christy Cooney present Aodh Ruadh captain Ciaran Rami with the Féile na nGael pennant. From Ennis it was another long trip on the bus back to Parteen to our host families and the end of a very long and historic day for the boys and their families.

Saturday morning bright and early at 8.30 a.m. we began the trip to Scariff in the middle of east Clare and the home of Clare hurling for a clash with host club. In soaring temperatures this Aodh Ruadh team put on an exhibition of hurling that was like nothing ever seen from an Aodh Ruadh team and ran out easy winners 2-5 to 0-3. After the game we met with Clare Legend Mike McNamara who was Ger Loughnane's right hand man for Clare's two All-Ireland wins in '95 and '97. He spoke with the boys and their mentors and complemented them on their style of play and their determination and passion for the game of hurling. At this stage our travelling supporters were in great voice and the Donegal flags were flying in the banner, our next game was against Swatragh who were fighting for their Féile lives. It was a tough, competitive low scoring affair, but once again the Aodh Ruadh boys proved they could hurl with the best of them and represented Donegal well, running out winners by 1-4 to 0-3.

After three wins the unthinkable had happened. The Donegal representatives had topped the division four section a with maximum points. It was the talk of Scariff, the heat at this stage was unbearable and fatigue was setting, in but the boys were ready to give it one last lash in the All-Ireland semi-final against Crusheen/Tubber. Again we had to take to the hills of Clare and make the journey to Bodyke, home of Clare hurling legend Liam Doyle. The game was only seconds old when Colm Kelly ran the length of the field from centre half back and put the ball over the bar and let everyone know Aodh Ruadh were ready for the challenge. In a low scoring first half Aodh Ruadh were ahead throughout. A goal against the run of play before half time put the amalgamated team from the north Clare/south Galway border two points ahead. Ballyshannon pulled a point back before half time and made it a one point game. The worried expressions on the Clare mentors showed the closeness of the game, Crusheen/Tubber got a controversial goal shortly after half time and built up a commanding lead of six points. The Ballyshannon boys dug deep again and got the next three points of the game. With ten minutes to go and the heat stifling, the Aodh Ruadh boys were four points down and out on their feet, but they never gave up. The Banner men hit for a goal and Aodh Ruadh goalkeeper Adam Irwin was forced to go off as a result of his brave attempt to save the goal. Again the Ernesiders came back and got a goal but two goals in stoppage team for the Clare men put a gloss on the score board for them and they ran out winners by 7-4 to 2-8.

Our lads were devastated the three energy sapping games that day had finally caught up with them, many tears were shed by the lads, the management and our loyal supporters who made the long trip to Clare. After the disappointment reality set in and we realised the enormity of what we had achieved being the only team to achieve maximum points in division four and putting a top Clare hurling team to the pin of their collar. it was back to Parteen for the barbecue and disco. The boys realise how close they came to becoming the first ever Donegal hurling team to qualify for the division four hurling final. The hard work put in by the squad got results and will have to be built on.

Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Chairman John Rooney made a presentation to the Parteen club and invited them to Ballyshannon. Parteen Féile officer Derek Kenny spoke of the pleasure it was for them to host Aodh Ruadh and spoke of the boys hurling skill and their excellent behaviour with all the host families. He said they were a credit to their families, their management, their club and their town and he accepted the invitation to Aodh Ruadh. From there it was more hurling and Clare legend and corner forward on the Clare team of the millennium Nassy Jordan gave the boys and exhibition of drills on Parteen's hurling wall and he hopes to repeat these drills in Ballyshannon on the hurling wall we aim to build.

After mass and a great welcome for the boys from Father Tom we made our way back to Ballyshannon, happy that we gave it our best and represented our club our family and our town with pride and quite possibly achieved the highest finish in the National Féile na nGael by a Donegal team. After listening to Sharon Shannon and her band the whole way up the N17 our boys were surprised and delighted at the great reception at Father Tierney park where our families and supporters came out to give our young heroes a fabulous homecoming. After speeches by John Rooney, Town Mayor, Eugene Dolan, in one of his last official roles, Peter Horan and captain Ciaran Rami the boys made their way home after an unforgettable weekend, where we laughed together, fought together and cried together and put Donegal underage hurling firmly on the map. As Clare legend Nassy said to us you can buy trophies but you can't buy memories!

Many thanks to all our sponsors who helped finance our trip to Clare previously mentioned on the web site and new sponsors including Rossa McCosker, Centra, Ballyshannon who sponsored beautiful hoodies for the panel and who provided ice creams for all the boys on our arrival home; Kevin Byrne Coach Hire who sponsored kit bags for panel and management, Fin McCool's who donated €50, Gerry Ferguson who donated a lovely statue which we presented to Parteen and all those who wish to remain anonymous who made donations from €20 to €200 it was much appreciated by us all. Thanks to all who travelled to Clare to support the boys, texted or called to wish good luck and see how we got on. Thanks to MacCumhaill's and Letterkenny Gaels who contacted us to congratulate us and finally thanks to all who turned out to welcome the boys home. Keep an eye on aodhruadh.org over the course of the week as we will uploading pictures from the trip in due course.

The under 14s have their first game in the Fermanagh League next week. Further details will be supplied at training.

The under 16s play MacCumhaill's in the first round of the Donegal league this Thursday in Father Tierney park. We have pictures from the under 16's game against Knocks last Tuesday.

The under 12s had a hard fought win in the second round of the county league last week in Ballyshannon. The under 12 Fermanagh league final against Lisbellaw is on this Thursday. The venue and time have yet to be confirmed.

The under 10s have a blitz this Sunday. Arrangements will be circulated during the week.

Well done to Holy Family National School on their historic win in Letterkenny on Monday, 21st June in the Roinn 3 Cummann na mBunscoil County final where they had a comfortable victory over Carndonagh. This is a great result for the school and the efforts of principal Conor Carney.

Once again many thanks to Brian McHenry of Whitemaple Developments who sponsored a set of jerseys for our under 8 and under 10 hurlers. This sponsorship is very much appreciated by the Aodh Ruadh juvenile hurling committee. We have some pictures of Brian presenting the new set of jerseys to the team management along with the coverage of the leaving bash for the hurlers as they set off to make history at the Féile in Clare.

Training for all ages on Sunday at 12 noon. Any parent of any underage hurler who wishes to buy a subsidised helmet can contact any underage manager or John Rooney on 086-2587793.

~ LADIES ~
The Senior Ladies are out in the Championship this Saturday against Naomh Columba at 7.30pm in Father Tierney Park.

The under 14 girls took on MacCumhaill's in the county semi-final on Monday evening. It was a great battle between two determined sides, but their strong spine saw the Ballybofey side through. Aodh Ruadh were the more clinical in the first half though, the forwards lived on crumbs, but they executed their chances well while MacCumhaill's were more profligate in front of the posts. Half time saw the Ernesiders leading by 0-4 to no score. MacCumhaill's rearranged their troops in the second half and it had the desired effect as they converted their chances with greater conviction. Nevertheless they were flattered by a score line which was glossed by a goal with the last kick of the ball. The goalkeeper Niamh Toolan gave a fine performance in nets and in front of her Cliodhna Kerr was also in uncompromising form. Meadh McCloskey really gave it everything in the middle of the field while up front Maeve Liston made every ball that came her way count. She did the lion's share of the scoring with Katy McCafferty also notching up a point. The game ended 0-5 to 2-3, but the Ballyshannon girls can be very proud of the manner in which they played the game and the effort they put in. We have some pictures of the game.

The under 12s will travel to Cavan this Saturday to take part in the Ulster Community Games where they will face a team from Armagh in the semi-final.

~ SUMMER CAMP ~
The 17th annual Aodh Ruadh Summer Camp commences on Monday, 5th July and continues until Friday, 23rd July. There's loads to do with football, hurling, swimming, rounders, obstacle courses and plenty of other fun and games. Each week of the camp concludes with a sports day on Friday. The camp runs from 10am to 3pm and is open to all children from 6 to 14 years-of-age. This year prices remain unchanged for the seventh year in a row and represent excellent value. The cost per week is €70 per child. Family concessions are as follows: €130 for two children; €180 for three children; and €200 for four children. Children should bring a packed lunch as no one will be allowed to leave the camp during the day. Applications to be returned to Sylvester Maguire at the Mullins Ballyshannon. Enquiries to 071-9858277 or 086-0532495 or check out www.aodhruadh.org.

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29 June

~ FOOTBALL ~
There was heartbreak for the Aodh Ruadh thirds as they went down to a one point extra-time defeat in the Junior B Championship against Glenfin. Aodh Ruadh started the game brightly and quickly took control of the game scoring freely and keeping Glenfin at arm's length. After half time the Ballyshannon men upped the ante considerable. They hit two goals and with ten minutes left they were ten points up. With the game seemingly there for the taking the Ernesiders snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. First a penalty got Glenfin back into the game then they got a cruelly deflected injury time goal with the last kick of normal time to force the tie in to extra time. The game was nip and tuck in extra time, but Glenfin were the ones a point ahead when the final whistle went - the final score line reading, Aodh Ruadh 4-13, Glenfin 4-14. It was hard blow to take for a team that has battled so well, and indeed Glenfin are unlikely to face many harder challenges in this championship. Among the best for Aodh Ruadh the brothers Perry, Sean and Steven who both goaled and Val Murray who also raised a green flag. Martin McGlynn gave another fine display at corner forward, while David Downey was excellent once again at midfield and also rattled in a goal. The Aodh Ruadh team was: Gary Walsh, David McLoone, Kevin Lawless, David O'Donnell; Gerard Ferguson, Ken Monaghan, Ronan Matthews; Barry Gallagher, David Downey; Dermot Slevin, Damien Conlon, Steven Perry; Sean Perry, Val Murray, Martin McGlynn. Substitutes: Paul Lawless, Conor Thomas, Liam Devanney, Gerald McGloin, Patrick Kelly, Raymond Granaghan, David Finnerty. We have some pictures from the game up.

There were no fixtures scheduled for the seniors, reserves or thirds at the time of mailing. If you desperately need a fix of senior action you can check out the lads training.

Aodh Ruadh under 14s had a good away win over table-toppers Killybegs last Friday. They their fine run of form when they ran out winners by 7-12 to 1-4 over Naomh Mhuire in Father Tierney Park on Monday evening. The early stages of the game were tightly fought and it was a draw game after 20 minutes. However two goals, the first coming from Colm Kelly, broke Naomh Mhuire's resistance and after that the flood gates seemed to open. Colm Kelly had a superb game at midfield and finished with 2-2. Terry Ward continued his good form, finishing with 2-1 while Daniel Mangan also chipped in a brace of goals. The remainder of the scoring was shared among Stephen Thompson (0-4), Oisín Roper (1-1), Shane McGrath (0-2), Philip Patton (0-1), and Ellis McGuinness (0-1). Jason Gallagher had yet another sound game at full back while Matthew Maguire was exceptional at centre half back and Shane McGrath also shone in a defensive capacity. A special mention too for Gavin McDaid improves his game with every outing in an Aodh Ruadh shirt, his kick outs, in particular, are proving a real bonus. The next match for the under 14s is an away game against Naomh Conaill next Monday, 5th July at 7.30pm. There is training this Saturday at 7pm.

Four Masters, Killybegs, Kilcar and Ardara are all confirmed for the annual under 10 Mick Shannon blitz this Saturday, 3rd July. All help would be greatly appreciated with the event, in particular with refreshments upstairs for the large numbers expected to attend. A huge thank you to all who helped with the purchase of T-Shirts for all participants in the blitz. The first game begins at 11am sharp. Aodh Ruadh players should be at the park for 10.15am.

Last Saturday our under 8s competed in a blitz against Saint Eunan's Letterkenny in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. It was a great occasion with over 30 Aodh Ruadh players getting to play in the blitz. All matches were very close with the Saint Eunan's boys and girls showing some great skill and determination after the long journey from O'Donnell Park. There were stars all over the field in green and white however, and the practice and hard work of the boys was on show for everyone to see. In our first game Cian Rooney showed why people are already comparing him to a young Paul Finlay with some superb scores and passes. Jake Foley put in a great hours work not only as tough tackling defender but as a excellent shot stopping goalie while Gavin Timoney has proved to be the find of the year with some great long distance scores. Great credit also to all the parents, coaches and referees who ensured the smooth running of the event. Afterwards it was up to the club house for a lovely feed of sandwiches, fruit, crisps and buns. Many thanks to all the parents and Pat Malaniff for providing the food. We have some really outstanding pictures of the day's action.

All parents and coaches are invited to attend the Bon Voyage/American Wake this Sunday 4th July for Simon Gillespie at the Bridgend bar in Ballyshannon. It wouldn't be an overstatement to say Simon has helped revolutionise underage training in the club and his move to the States is a serious loss to Aodh Ruadh. Our loss is New York's gain, for now, but hopefully he'll steer clear of the Sex in the City girls and we might see him back here coaching and playing again at some point in the future.

Under 8 training moves to Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh for the foreseeable future on Saturdays mornings at 11am at the top pitch where the blitz was on. Please inform any parents you may know of the change.

Under 6 training will also move to Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Saturday mornings at 11am. Well done to our players of the week James Monaghan and Michael Doogan.

~ MEETING ~
The monthly Bord na nÓg meeting takes place on Tuesday 6th July in Aras Aoidh Ruadh 9pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

~ HURLING ~
Best of luck to our under 14 manager, Peter Horan, who is part of the Donegal squad who play Longford in Lory Meagher final in Croke Park on Sunday. Best wishes also to Aidan Begley and Chris Kilgannon who are also part of the squad.

The senior Aodh Ruadh hurlers take on Four Masters in the Secondary Hurling League at 7.45pm this Wednesday 30th June in Father Tierney Park.

The promised pictures from the highly successful Aodh Ruadh trip to Féile are now up. Our under 14s suffered a heavy defeat away to Lisbellaw in the first round of the Fermanagh league. In a totally spineless and heartless performance they lost out 5-1 to 0-6.

Aodh Ruadh's under 12 hurlers maintained their stranglehold on the Fermanagh league with a second successive title victory. They beat Lisbellaw in a very exciting final on Thursday, 24th June, on a score line of 2-2 to 1-4. Fermanagh hurling chairman, Peter Bogue presented the Fermanagh Shield to the winning captain, Brendan Gillespie, and then it was back to Aras Aoidh Ruaidh for the celebrations. We have pictures from the team, the presentation and the celebrations. The under 12s followed-up that title triumph with a good win away to MacCumhaill's in the Donegal league on Sunday.

The under 12s and under 16s play Saint Eunan's in the Donegal league this Thursday. Details will be supplied to players during the week.

Our under 10s took part in a blitz at Letterkenny Gaels on Sunday. Aodh Ruadh had two teams taking part and all put in a great effort winning four out of their six games. Well done to Michael Ayres and Kevin McDermott who travelled with the team.

Training for all ages on Sunday at 12 noon. Any parent of any underage hurler who wishes to buy a subsidised helmet can contact any underage manager or John Rooney on 086-2587793.

~ LADIES ~
The Senior Ladies had an excellent win over Naomh Columba on Saturday evening in Father Tierney Park. The game finished with a score line of 2-16 to 0-3. It was a pleasing all-round performance. There was a great display from the full forward line of Dearbhaile McNeill, Donna Martin and Elaine Dorrian, Donna and Elaine both coming up with fine goals. They were well supported by Anna Rafferty at half back. Tanya O'Shea at midfield and Tara Khan at centre did a serious amount of work and gave Ballyshannon a great platform to build on. The senior ladies are now officially, the only adult football team still in the hunt for championship honours! The ladies will face either Ardara or Malin in the intermediate county final which is due to be played in August.

There is under 16 training this Friday at 5pm.

The under 12s traveled to Cavan on Saturday and played in the Ulster Community Games semi-final. All the girls put in a huge effort but unfortunately they were beaten on the day by a very strong Armagh side.

~ SUMMER CAMP ~
The 17th annual Aodh Ruadh Summer Camp commences on Monday, 5th July and continues until Friday, 23rd July. There's loads to do with football, hurling, swimming, rounders, obstacle courses and plenty of other fun and games. Each week of the camp concludes with a sports day on Friday. The camp runs from 10am to 3pm and is open to all children from 6 to 14 years-of-age. This year prices remain unchanged for the seventh year in a row and represent excellent value. The cost per week is €70 per child. Family concessions are as follows: €130 for two children; €180 for three children; and €200 for four children. Children should bring a packed lunch as no one will be allowed to leave the camp during the day. Applications to be returned to Sylvester Maguire at the Mullins Ballyshannon. Enquiries to 071-9858277 or 086-0532495 or check out www.aodhruadh.org.

~ CAIRDE AOIDH RUAIDH ~
The club have launched their major fund raising initiative for 2010. The scheme, entitled Cairde Aoidh Ruaidh, asks club members to sign up and donate the equivalent of €5 a week to the club in the form of a monthly direct debit. We are appealing to club members to get behind the scheme. It is essential for the club's financial welfare, which is in a precarious state. To get some information on the scheme you can download the brochure. This brochure also includes the standing order form for the scheme. If anyone needs any further information don't hesitate to contact us on info@aodhruadh.org or call 087-6431805.

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