Club Notes Archive - 2010

Box. JULY
6 July

~ FOOTBALL ~
There were no fixtures scheduled for the seniors or reserves at the time of mailing. The thirds are away to MacCumhaill's this Sunday, 11th July in division five action.

There's a big game for the under 16s this Friday, 9th July, as they take on Naomh Mhuire in the Southern Divisional championship semi-final in Ardara at 7.30pm. A big show of Ballyshannon support would be much appreciated.

The under 14s had a brilliant win against Naomh Conaill on Monday evening. Aodh Ruadh enjoyed wind advantage in the first half and extracted full value from it, boing in 3-3 to 1-2 up at the break. Oisín Roper did the main damage in the first half with three goals. The first was a classy strike into the top corner. The second hopped over keeper and Oisín collected in before finishing to the net. The next goal came moment later when Oisín was fastest to react when a speculative shot hit the Naomh Conaill cross bar. Glenties needed a good start to the second half, but it was the Ernesiders who hit three quick fire points to draw the Blues sting. The Ballyshannon boys ground the game out for the remainder with a ferocious defensive performance. Once again Matthew Maguire was exceptional in defense and Gavin McDaid's kick outs were very effective. Colm Kelly had a superb game, hitting a fine point and directing the Aodh Ruadh challenge from midfield and, latterly, from defence. In a game where every score was like gold dust Conor Kennedy hit two points while Philip Patton, Daniel Mannion and Stephen Thompson also hit vital points. The final score was 2-5 to 3-6 in favour of Aodh Ruadh at the end of one of their toughest challenges this year. Aodh Ruadh's final game of the round robin stage of the league sees them play Ardara in Father Tierney Park next Monday, 12th July at 7.30pm. A win in that match would assure them of a place in the Southern Divisional final. Interestingly that game also serves as a dress rehearsal for the sides' meeting in the championship in early August.

Aodh Ruadh hosted the Mick Shannon blitz in Father Tierney Park last Saturday, 3rd July, in beautiful conditions. As well as Aodh Ruadh, participants included Four Masters, Killybegs, Ardara and Kilcar, all great clubs guaranteeing a high standard of competition. Starting at 11am the A and B competitions ran off well, thanks in no small part to the efficient officiating of Conor Patton, Val Murray, Sylvester Maguire and Terence McShea. The whistle blew on the last game at 3.30pm. The referees awarded the 'A' team of the tournament trophy to Killybegs, and the 'B' team of the tournament trophy to Four Masters. After the presentation of trophies every player was presented with a specially commissioned T-shirt as a memento of the 2010 Mick Shannon blitz. These were very generously sponsored by Billy Cleary at the Abbey Garage, Pearse and Rory O'Neill of the Bridgend, Ballybookies and Joe Roper. There was a great spread laid on in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh throughout the day for all the teams and serious credit must go to the parents who did a lot of work feeding the masses on the day. We have a massive range of pictures from the day's action up on aodhruadh.org.

Under 8 training is in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh for the foreseeable future on Saturdays mornings at 11am. Under 6 training is also in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Saturday mornings at 11am. We have a few pictures from last week's training.

~ 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 ~
Hard luck to Peter Horan, Aidan Begley and Chris Kilgannon Who were part of Donegal panel who were beaten in the Lory Meagher final by Longford on Saturday last.

The under 12s suffered a heavy defeat last Thursday away to a strong Saint Eunan's team in the Donegal league. On a brighter note the under 16s began their Donegal league campaign with a good win at home against Saint Eunan's. We have some pictures from the victory. Our under 8s have a blitz at home this Sunday details will be circulated during the week.

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 ~
Best wishes to Tara Khan, Dearbhaile McNeill and Anna Rafferty and all involved with the Donegal minor ladies team who will take on Laois in the All-Ireland semi-final on Saturday at 3pm in Mullahoran, Cavan. All support welcome is very welcome.

It was a very busy weekend for all involved with the under 14 team as they hosted an under 14 team from Monagea in Limerick for the All-Ireland Féile competition in Derry. On Saturday morning Aodh Ruadh, Monagea, Naomh Bríd and Edenderry, who were hosted by Naomh Bríd, all competed in a blitz in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. On the day Monagea came out on top and so they went on to Convoy where they qualified for, and went on to win, the Division 2 All Ireland Féile final on Sunday. It's worth also giving a shout out to Shauna Ward of Edenderry who won the skills competition at the blitz in Ballyshannon. The Ladies club would like to thank all the families who hosted players over the weekend and everyone else who helped make the weekend the success it was. We have a great range of pictures from the day. The under 14s have finished for this season and hopefully all the girls will be back training in autumn.

An under 10 team called Rocklands from all the way over in New York are coming to Father Tierney Park this Saturday for a match against Aodh Ruadh at 3pm. All under 10s to be up at the park for 2.30pm.

~ SUMMER CAMP ~
The first week of the 19th annual Aodh Ruadh Summer Camp saw 50 children attending in glorious weather and having serious fun. We are still taking registrations for the last two weeks from Monday, 12th July to 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.

~ CAIRDE AOIDH RUAIDH ~
There has been an encouraging uptake for Cairde Aoidh Ruaidh over the past few weeks. The Cairde scheme seeks club members to sign up and donate the equivalent of €5 a week to the club in the form of a monthly standing order. We are appealing for promoters who have outstanding standing order sheets to get them in for the July Finance Committee meeting on Thursday 29th January. To get further 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.

~ SAYONARA SIMON ~
Appropriately enough on US Independence Day, the club bid farewell to our Coaching Officer, Simon Gillespie, in the Bridgend on Sunday evening. He was presented with a Aodh Ruadh jersey, to keep the flag flying when he takes up his three year coaching post in New York in the next few weeks. The reserve team also made a presentation to Simon too. Simon has made a huge impact on the club in a very short period of time and, although he is taking up a dream posting, he will be a huge loss to us. We wish Simon all the very best in the States. There's a couple of shots of the presentations.

~ RTE SEEKING CANDIDATES ~
The club received an e-mail from RTE seeking men for a documentary about men aged 18-25 from a GAA background who are currently unemployed and perhaps contemplating leaving Ireland to find work. The full e-mail with further information and contact details are on aodhruadh.org under the Off The Pitch section, for anyone who might be interested.

~ VOTES OF SYMPATHY ~
There were votes of sympathy for the family of Peter Duffy, Cluain Barron; The family of Cathal Hannigan, Ballybofey; and the family of James Gallagher, Letterkenny.

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13 July

~ FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh went down to a 0-6 to 2-11 defeat against Glenfin last Saturday. It was tough day at the office, but Paul Kane couldn't be faulted in goals. He stood firm under severe pressure and dealt manfully with the situation. Johnny Gallagher also fought hard throughout. The young wing backs, Ronan McGurrin and Conor Patton continue to grow into senior football and didn't let their heads drop, Ronan getting for a good point. Elsewhere Stephen Ward tried hard in midfield, but, generally Glenfin presented too stern a challenge for Aodh Ruadh to deal with. We have pictures from the match up.

The thirds were defeated in Ballybofey last Friday, MacCumhaill's running out 2-15 to 1-10 winners. MacCumhaill's were in control for the majority of the game, but Aodh Ruadh did bring some class to the encounter in the shape of Sean Perry. Perry picked up the ball 30 metres out before dancing through the Ballybofey defence and curling the ball into the top corner of the net for Aodh Ruadh's only goal. Clearly in fine form, Sean also rattled the cross bar shortly after, but thankfully there was no repetition or the soccer scouts would have had him away. Elsewhere there were good performances for the Ernesiders from Martin Gallagher, who continues to be a cut above in midfield and David McLoone who had a good stint in the defence.

This week's senior fixtures start with the reserves playing Glenfin in Father Tierney Park on Tuesday 13th July at 7.30pm. Then this weekend the thirds travel to Glenties a day and time had yet to be settled upon at time of mailing. The seniors and reserves host Fanad Gaels in Father Tierney park this Sunday 18th July. The reserve game throws in at 1.30pm followed by the seniors at 3pm.

The under 16s booked their place in the Southern Divisional championship final with a hard-earned 2-8 to 2-13 win over Naomh Mhuire in Ardara last Friday. The Ernesiders started like a house on fire and were soon five points to no score up, but having taken their foot of the pedal in the second quarter Naomh Mhuire battled back well to leave just a point between the sides heading in at the break. Once again Aodh Ruadh came out like a train in the second half and ran into an eight point lead, however, once again they allowed the Annagry boys to reel them in to within a point. Ballyshannon responded well though, and picked off a goal and a point in the dying moments to seal the win and their place in the divisional final against either Kilcar or Killybegs. That game takes place this Friday. Eamon McGrath had a magnificent game at the centre of defence. Aodh Ruadh's man of the match was probably centre half back Alan Finan who played with great heart and really rose to the challenge when Naomh Mhuire were turning up the heat. It was a day when the forwards also delivered in spades, not wasting a chance that came their way. Johnny Gettins was elegance personified with his 1-3 haul, while half forward, Jamie McDonald's fine tally of 1-2 included the clinching goal as time ebbed away. Under 16 training continues every Monday and Wednesday at 7.30pm.

Aodh Ruadh under 14s pulled off a good home win against Ardara to secure their place in the Southern Divisional league final. Ballyshannon started off strongly running into a good lead, but Ardara came more into things and a goal shortly after half time gave them a glimpse of daylight. The Ernesiders were quick to snuff out the challenge though, and ran out worthy 5-9 to 2-4 winners in the end. Niall Harley and Colm Kelly were both very dominant in midfield both and the pair capped fine displays with a goal apiece, Kelly adding two points to his tally. Daniel Mannion showed no small amount of flare as he executed his goal, while Jason Gallagher was also excellent in the corner, chipping in with a point. Oisín Roper and Philip Patton continued their good scoring streaks with a goal apiece, while the lively Shane McGrath with two points and Stephen Thompson with three points also made big contributions. John Ward finished out the scorers with a well-taken point. Defensively Conor Kennedy was very assured at full back, while once again Matthew Maguire performed with considerable aplomb at centre half back and Eddie Lynch at wing back also had a fine 60 minutes.

There is an under 10 blitz in Bundoran this Saturday, 17th July. The bus leaves the Park at 10.30 sharp. All players should take small packed lunch and bottle of water. Please dress appropriately for weather conditions. We hope to see as many parents as possible supporting the lads in Bundoran. Here's a direct link to the pictures of the Mick Shannon blitz on aodhruadh.org. This was overlooked in last week's mailing, apologies.

All parents please note that under 6 and under 8 training has now finished for the summer and will resume in September. Many thanks to all the parents, players and coaches for their help throughout the year.

If you are interested in finding out the latest happenings in New York GAA please keep a look out on the new coaching and games website http://nygaa.blogspot.com/ for all the latest happenings from Gaelic Park.

~ HURLING ~
The senior hurlers are scheduled for two matches this week. On Wednesday, 14th July, they are in Senior Hurling League action away to Setanta. That game throws in at Killygordon at 7.30pm. On Sunday, 18th July, then it is Junior Hurling Championship action with Aodh Ruadh taking on MacCumhaill's in Donegal Town at 6pm.

The under 16s lost away to Strabane by two points in the Donegal league.

The under 14s play Knocks at home in the Fermanagh League on Tuesday at 7.30pm.

On Thursday our under 12s are at home to Buncrana in the Donegal League. Our

The under 10s play Naomh Eoin of Sligo in a challenge game at 6.30pm on Tuesday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Father Tierney Park hosted an under 8 hurling blitz on Sunday 11th July. Participating were Aodh Ruadh, Gaoth Dobhair, Setanta and Saint Eunan's. Aodh Ruadh fielded 2 teams and played nine games, winning seven. Thanks to everyone who helped on the day, especially all the parents who provided refreshments for all the teams, mentors and officials afterwards. Eddie Lynch took some pictures of the day's action.

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 ~
Many congratulations to Tara Khan, Dearbhaile McNeill and Anna Rafferty who are all involved with the Donegal minor ladies team who will defeated Laois by 3-8 to 3-12 in the All-Ireland semi-final last Saturday. Their opponents in the All-Ireland final will be Galway, who defeated Cork by two points last weekend.

An under 10 girls team called Rockland came to Ballyshannon from all the way over in New York. They came to Father Tierney Park last Saturday, 10th July and took on the Aodh Ruadh under 10s. The match reinforced the strong links between Aodh Ruadh and New York football. The Rockland under 10 girls manager, a former Ballyshannon resident, Pat McGovern is now the chairman of the Gaelic For Girls programme. Famously Niall McCready lined out for Donegal New York and the New York Senior Football team. Brian McCaffrey now plays his football with Donegal New York while Katie Flood is playing for the summer with Na Fianna. Newly appointed New York Games Development Officer, Simon Gillespie, is also a member of the club so it was great for all involved to be part of the occasion. We have some pictures from the day.

~ SUMMER CAMP ~
The second week of the 19th annual Aodh Ruadh Summer Camp saw over 80 children attending in glorious weather and having serious fun. We are still taking registrations for the last two weeks from Monday, 12th July to 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 Mullans Ballyshannon. Enquiries to 071-9858277 or 086-0532495.

~ CAIRDE AOIDH RUAIDH ~
There has been an encouraging uptake for Cairde Aoidh Ruaidh over the past few weeks. The Cairde scheme seeks club members to sign up and donate the equivalent of €5 a week to the club in the form of a monthly standing order. We are appealing for promoters who have outstanding standing order sheets to get them in for the July Finance Committee meeting on Thursday 29th January. To get further 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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19 July

~ FOOTBALL ~
A late goal from Anthony Boyle earned Aodh Ruadh maximum points from their meeting with Fanad Gaels in Ballyshannon yesterday afternoon. The visitors led by two points at the break and when Paul Coyle added a second goal shortly after the re-start things looked good for Fanad. However, with Brian Roper, Michael 'Sticky' Ward and Barry Mulligan all prominent the Ernesiders slowly but surely worked their way back into the contest. Two goals from Anthony Boyle helped make sure of a much needed home win. We have a full report and pictures.

It was a mixed week for the reserves. They were defeated by 0-6 to 1-10 by Glenfin on Tuesday night last, but they turned that around with a magnificent win over Fanad Gaels on Sunday. They ran out 3-14 to 0-3 winners. It was a great team performance with Matthew 'Turkey' Thompson dominant at midfield and demonstrating some great high fielding. Aodh Ruadh were particularly impressive up front with great movement off the ball. Younger players like Ronan Drummond, Ruairí Drummond, Niall Murray, Stephen Clarke and Turlough 'The Bomber' McIntyre all made substantial contributions. 'The Bomber' also contributed two cracking goals that helped break the Fanad challenge. Ronan Matthews had a fine shift at full back, while the more seasoned Barry Travers played some great stuff, moving the ball well and linking up play deftly from midfield. We have pictures from the Fanad game and the Glenfin game up.

With Philip O'Reilly and Anthony McGrath both tying the knot this weekend (not to each other!), there is no football for any of the three adult male teams. The club wishes Philip, Anthony and their brides all the very best for their nuptials as well as a long and happy married life.

The minors travel to Donegal town this Wednesday to take on Four Masters in the first leg of their first round championship tie. Throw in is at 7.30pm.

The Aodh Ruadh under 16s take on Kilcar in the Southern Divisional championship final in Mountcharles on Friday, 23rd July, throw in at 7.30pm. The club appeals for a good show of green and white to get behind this great bunch of players. It promises to be a fantastic game of football and a vocal support could make all the difference.

The Aodh Ruadh under 14s will face Killybegs in the southern divisional league final. Date, venue and time yet to be confirmed.

The under 10s have finished up for the year. The season ended on a high in Bundoran as both teams competed very well against opposition from Bundoran, Pettigo, and Glenties. The under 10 management would like to wish all the best to the lads who are moving up to under 12 next season and we would hope to see everyone else back next season. Enjoy the rest of the summer holidays.

~ HURLING ~
The seniors had a fine win over Sean MacCumhaill's in Tir Chonaill Park, Donegal Town last Sunday. Aodh Ruadh started very well and after an early goal and a points blitz they were in a comfortable position. However MacCumhaill's hit back with two goals of their own. Ballyshannon responded well though, they upped their game and won every position and demonstrated some great team play to send the Ernesiders in winning by 3-3 to 3-9 at half time. Aodh Ruadh did very well defensively, with Darren Gillespie exemplifying that at centre back and Kevin McDermott who played through the pain barrier between the posts. Paul Sheerin ran the show in midfield and pulled off a couple of outstanding full-stretch blocks. He was complimented by Chris Kilgannon who just showed that bit of county class. Up front Jack Matthews and Mickey Bowering were both in very clinical form, while Johnny Dolan knocked over a number super points from play. In the end Aodh Ruadh ran out 3-17 to 3-4 winners. The next action for the senior hurlers is in Senior Hurling league action again this Wednesday 21st July at 7.45pm when they take on Strabane Shamrocks in Father Tierney Park.

The under 16s are away to Setanta this Thursday in the Donegal league.

The under 14s had a convincing win at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Tuesday last against Knocks in the Fermanagh league. It was a much improved performance by the lads who showed good hunger in this game. Their next game in the Fermanagh league is at home to Lisbellaw on Monday next.

The under 12s had a ding dong battle in atrocious conditions against their great rivals Buncrana in Father Tierney Park on Thursday last, before finally coming out on the wrong end of a 1-6 to 2-2 score line. They matched the strong Inishowen lads throughout the game and their work rate and determination was much improved from their previous games. Their next game in the Donegal league is at home to Setanta this Thursday.

The under 10s play Four Masters in a challenge game in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Wednesday. All players to be up for 6.30pm. The lads are also travelling to Gaoth Dobhair on Sunday for a blitz.

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.

~ SUMMER CAMP ~
The third and final week of summer camp is under way with over 50 children attending. The weather has been fabulous and the craic has been serious. Check out some pictures from last week's camp.

~ LADIES ~
The senior ladies had another good win over Naomh Columba on Sunday in the League. We have pictures from the game up. This will serve the girls well in preparation for the upcoming county final against Malin. A date and venue for this game has yet to be confirmed. Watch aodhruadh.org for updates.

Good Luck to Tara Khan, Dearbhaile McNeill and Anna Rafferty who are all part of the Donegal minor ladies team who will take on Galway in the All-Ireland final next Saturday in Ballinamore, Leitrim at 3.00pm. We encourage everyone from the club to travel down and get behind the girls.

~ MEETING ~
The July Finance Committee meeting takes place at 9pm on Thursday 29th January in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Promoters who have outstanding standing order sheets are asked to have them in for this meeting.

~ CAIRDE AOIDH RUAIDH ~
There has been an encouraging uptake for Cairde Aoidh Ruaidh over the past few weeks. The Cairde scheme seeks club members to sign up and donate the equivalent of €5 a week to the club in the form of a monthly standing order. To get further 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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26 July

~ MEETING ~
The monthly senior club meeting takes place on Thursday 29th July in Aras Aoidh Ruadh 8.30pm. All committee members are asked to attend. Cairde Aoidh Ruaidh promoters who have outstanding standing order sheets are asked to have them in for this meeting.

~ FOOTBALL ~
The minors host Four Masters town this Wednesday to take on Four Masters in the first leg of their first round championship tie. Throw in is at 7.30pm. The club appeals for a big show of green and white to get behind this our players in their biggest game of the year so far.

Aodh Ruadh were defeated in the under 16 southern divisional final last Friday by 1-8 to 1-9, but although they were down to 14 men for much of the game they fought every inch of the way. James Barron might have gone off half way through the first half, but Aodh Ruadh remained in control of the game right up until the dying moments. Ahead by 1-4 to 0-4 at half time they were a still point ahead with two minutes to go. Then Kilcar fired over an equaliser and shortly after Aodh Ruadh had a clear call for a penalty rejected by the referee. Kilcar then got their winning point two minutes into injury time, but Aodh Ruadh were allowed no opportunity to level the game, handing victory to the Towney side. Ballyshannon can be proud of the valiant effort the players made though. Eamon McGrath was a rock at full back, while behind him emergency goal keeper, Jamie McDonald left his normal berth at right half forward and had a great game between the sticks. PJ Gillespie had storming game at right half forward. Aodh Ruadh were well served by Alan Finan and Marcus Harley in the middle of the field, Finan probably just edging it for Ballyshannon's man of the match plaudits. Ryan Patton and Johnny Gettins ran the 40 tirelessly and really emptied the tank, Johnny firing over two quality points. At full forward David McGurrin made maximum use of the limited possession that came his way, his haul including Aodh Ruadh's first half goal. Ronan Matthews got some fine pictures of the game. The under 16s are now into county semi-final action this Friday when they take Saint Eunan's in Convoy at 7pm. This promises to be another cracker of a game and with the incentive of another lash at Kilcar in the county final there's a lot riding on it for Aodh Ruadh so we're calling for a big travelling Ballyshannon support to get behind our boys this Friday.

There was further heartache for Aodh Ruadh when they also pipped by a point by Killybegs in under 14 Southern League final by a point in Donegal town on Monday evening. The final score line was 4-7 to 3-11, with the Killybegs winner coming in injury time after the sides had matched each other score for score nearly whole way through. Aodh Ruadh probably had the slower start and that was reflected in the half time score which was 2-4 to 3-4 in favour of the Fishermen. They battled well in the second half and only for a small lack composure could well have won the game. Among the best for Aodh Ruadh were Jason Gallagher at full back, Matthew Maguire and Eddie Lynch at half back and Colm Kelly who played with his customary polish at midfield. Up front Ryan Gallagher played bravely as always and consequently drew a lot of frees from his markers. Shane McGrath was very busy and garnished his contribution with a goal. Philip Patton scored four points after slow start and was a creative influence in the attack. Next up for the under 14s is Saint Eunan's in the county semi-final. Date, time and venue have yet to be confirmed.

An Tánaiste Mary Coughlan visited on the last day of the Aodh Ruadh summer camp. She's handier with a hurl than Sylvester Maguire anyway, and we have the proof.

~ HURLING ~
The seniors had a drew with Strabane Shamrocks 1-8 apiece last Wednesday in the senior hurling league.

Fifteen under 10s took part in a blitz in Gaoth Dobhair on Sunday along with the host club and Saint Eunan's. They played four games winning two and losing two. Well done to Michael Ayres and Kevin McDermott who travelled.

The under 12s are at home to Carndonagh in the Donegal league on Thursday with the time yet to be confirmed.

The under 14s are at home to Lisbellaw in the Fermanagh league on Tuesday. All players to be up for 6.45pm. The lads are then away to Knocks on Monday next.

The under 16s lost away to a strong Setanta team on Thursday last.

The annual underage hurlers trip to Croke Park takes place on 15th August. The lads are going to watch the much anticipated All-Ireland semi-final between Waterford and Tipperary. Another highlight of the day will be under 12 and 14 Aodh Ruadh hurler Brendan Gillespie's participation in the half time exhibition game. This is a great honour for Brendan and the club. Any queries about this trip please contact John Rooney on 086-2587793.

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 ~
Hard luck to Donegal minor ladies who were defeated by Galway in Ballinamore on Saturday. We can be proud of the Aodh Ruadh contingent who represented the club on county panel. Tara Khan, who played at corner back on the day, and Dearbhaile McNeill and Anna Rafferty. We have pictures of the action and some of the Ballyshannon spectators.

Well done to Terence McShea who refereed the Ladies Minor Football All Ireland Shield Final between Mayo and Westmeath. Mayo will be very happy with his performance because they ran out 3-10 to 1-5 winners.

Aodh Ruadh ladies will play Saint Naul's in the league this Tuesday evening at 7pm in Father Tierney park.

Anybody who has yet to return county board tickets and money please do so before 3rd August to Karol Foley.

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