Club Notes Archive - 2011

Box. APRIL
5 April

~ FOOTBALL ~
A thunderbolt of a goal from Ballyshannon's David Dolan in the middle of a six minute second half purple patch proved the turning point of tough, tense, but fair game in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Saturday. A run of scores before half-time saw Downing go in winning by 0-6 to 0-4, however a 50 metre free from Peter Boyle, David Dolan rocket and point from corner back Michael Ward put Aodh Ruadh four points up. Despite a dramatic last few moments the homesters were able to hold on to the lead and seal the win. There is a full match report and pictures from the game up.

The reserves sit top of the division with Milford on two wins out of two. We don't have an official score, but Aodh Ruadh had at least a goal to spare at the final whistle. It was a dogged battle against a resolute Downings side, but Aodh Ruadh's superior scoring ability saw them take the points after a tough 60 minutes. Barry Travers was immense once again, while Diarmuid McInerney and Pauric Loughlin were in fine form. The return of Garret Blake also added to the Aodh Ruadh threat. We also have pictures from that game.

Confirmation of the throw in times for the Aodh Ruadh seniors and reserve away games against Naomh Mhuire this Saturday. The reserve games throws in at 4.45pm while the senior game gets under way at 6.15pm.

Aodh Ruadh minors lost their first game of the league campaign to Saint John's last Friday by 2-5 to 2-8. Ballyshannon played with the benefit of a strong breeze in the first half, but were slow to get into the groove of the game. A goal for the homesters helped kick start things and by half time they were six points up. Unfortunately, the lead was to prove insufficient playing into the wind, but the lads battled well. Saint John's hit a goal and Aodh Ruadh hit back immediately with a goal from Ruairí Drummond, but once the visitors finally got on top it was always going to be very difficult to peg them back. Some of the best displays were in defence for Aodh Ruadh PJ Gillespie in the corner and Eamon McGrath at full back were both outstanding, while Conor Patton and Ronan McGurrin came more into the game as it wore on. Up front Jamie McDonald did very well until forced off with injury, indeed we wish Jamie a very speedy recovery from that nasty knock. There are pictures from that encounter up. The next fixture for the minors is the visit to Glencolumbkille to face Naomh Columba next Friday. That match throws in at 6.30pm.

Aodh Ruadh's under 16s moved into second in the league with a 0-11 to 2-9 win over Ardara up in Pearse Memorial park. It was a very good team performance, particularly considering they played much of the game with 14 men after Conor Gilmartin was sent off after 10 minutes. The Ernesiders defence was very good Colm Kelly and Conor Kennedy were in exceptional form. Eamon McGrath and James Kelly were superb in midfield. While the promptings of David McGurrin at half forward kept the forward division flowing well. Aodh Ruadh's two goals came in each half, Johnny Gethins and Mickey McNeilly delivering the killer blows. Next up for the under 16s is the visit of Naomh Mhuire. That game throws in at 6.30pm on Monday, 11th April.

Aodh Ruadh's under 12s hosted their opposite numbers from Four Masters in front of the well attended Donegal Antrim NFL game on Sunday. The lads all played really well and treated the crowd to some great football. Many thanks to everyone who helped out with the organisation of the matches. There's pictures from the games up. Outdoor training continues for under 12s and under 13s on Wednesday 6th April and on Monday 11th April in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 4.15pm to 5.15pm. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children no later than 5.30pm.

The under 10s are training on Saturday morning from 11am to 12 noon in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

The under 6s and under 8s are training in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this Friday from 6pm to 7pm.

Donegal put themselves in a good position for a place in the division two league final with a nine point win over Antrim in Father Tierney Park on Sunday. The pitch was in excellent condition and we were blessed with the weather and a good crowd. Donegal played in fits and starts, but it was more than enough to account for an under-strength Saffron outfit. Aodh Ruadh and Four Master's under 12s played in the exhibition game. Huge thanks are due to all those who turned out to help out at the Donegal v Antrim National League fixture last Sunday. Stewards, PA announcers, traffic control, programme sellers, half-time draw sellers, ball-fetchers, half-time games organisers and assistants, catering, and everyone in whatever other support capacity all pulled together to do a powerful job, well done on doing the club proud once again. The €100 prize in the half-time draw was won by Patricia Kelly of Killygordon. Check out the pictures of the day's action, thanks to Ronan Matthews who took some of these pictures.

~ HURLING ~
The underage hurling season got off to a great start for Aodh Ruadh underage hurlers on Thursday last. In Páirc Aoidh Ruadh the under 14 hurlers had a convincing win over MacCumhaill's in a good all round team performance. Meanwhile our minor hurlers travelled to MacCumhaill Park, to take on MacCumhaill's and came away with a two point victory after a good battling performance.

This Thursday our under 14s are away to Saint Eunan's. The bus will be leaving Father Tierney Park at 4.45pm. Our minors are at home to Saint Eunan's. The throw in for both games is 6.30pm.

The fifth annual Hurlathon took place in the Mercy Hall, Ballyshannon on Saturday last, play began at 10am and continued nonstop till 10pm. Again this year a great days fun was had by all. Over 100 children took part in the event along with their parents.

The under 8s were first to take to the floor at 10am and indeed some of those lads were still playing at 10pm. They were followed by all the different age groups under 10, 12, 14, 16 and minors. And then the moment all waited for. The Mothers took to the floor, in a great game full of passion we had three mother and daughter combinations taking part. Bernie and Bronagh Kelly, Ellen and Kelly Ward, and Eleanor (fresh from completing the Omagh half marathon) and Meabh Rooney they were joined by experienced Hurlathon mothers Mary Anderson, Jean Sheerin and all the way from Bundoran Jacinta Brennan. The teams were completed by Orla Gillespie who was representing her injured mother and Sinead Drummond who was making her debut in the Mothers Game. There was great passion in this game typified by Bernie Kelly who shed blood in the hope of victory, but this was denied as Mary "the Gooch" Anderson led her team to victory.

Next on the floor were the fathers which saw club secretary John Hughes make his Hurlathon debut in goals where he came under constant attack from deadly finishers Eddie Lynch and Liam Coughlin. Kieran Breslin, Pauric Keenaghan and Frankie Sheerin fought gamely to get back into this game but they were met with stubborn resistance by Michael 'Taz' Ayres and a pair of no nonsense defenders Pat Faherty and John Rooney, that Galway manager John McIntyre could have done with in Salthill the following day.

After these games it was back to the much fitter and more skilful youngsters who continued playing till 10pm where the fifth Hurlathon came to a conclusion and the ever obliging Brian Drummond was on hand to capture the moment, as he was to capture the start at 10am. We have those pictures, as well as some from Eddie Lynch up.

Thanks to all who helped to make the day a great success. All the underage hurling managers, the young hurlers mothers who catered for the crowds throughout the day, Colaiste Cholmcille for the use of the hall, Caretaker Michael Donagher for all his help and all who supported this event. Thanks to Fred Ormston Mace who provided fruit and water for all the competitors, Kernan's Spar who provided tea bags, milk and juices and Pearse O'Neill for crisps for the children.

We're awaiting a number of cards to be returned but at this stage over €6,000 has been raised - a great achievement in these tough economic times and a recognition of all the Juvenile Hurling Committee's hard work over the year. Thanks to all who sponsored this event, all businesses who allowed us put cards in their premises and all who went out collecting sponsorship especially the underage hurlers and their parents.

Aodh Ruadh under 10s took part in their first hurling blitz of the year on Sunday morning. We fielded two teams of seven-a-side. Both teams played matches against our hosts, Setanta, as well as Gaoth Dobhair and Dungloe. The two teams showed some great play, skill and determination with some great goals and sidelines taken by both teams. While our players put on a good show, the Hurl-o-thon had taken some of the sharpness off them. There is still room for improvement and more game play and training should bring the players on a lot. Both teams demonstrated that they have great work rate and will keep playing to the end and this should be a good year for them. We have pictures of the trip to Killygordon. Thanks to Eddie Lynch for those.

Under 8 hurlers are taking part in a blitz in Strabane this Sunday. Dennis Daly will be in touch with all parents.

Training continues as normal on Sunday at 12 noon.

~ LADIES ~
The Aodh Ruadh Ladies had their first taste of senior football this week when they travelled to Moville. While the girls fought hard right to the end, Moville proved too strong on this occasion. The Ladies next encounter in the league will be against Termon, next weekend, time and date not yet confirmed.

Senior and under 16 training will continue in the park on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Under 12 and under 10 girls are training this Wednesday 6th April from 5.30pm to 6.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. The under 12 girls will be training again at 5.30pm next Monday.

~ VOTES OF SYMPATHY ~
There were votes of sympathy at the last Aodh Ruadh monthly meeting for Michael Gurn of Manorhamilton; Grandfather of Warren family of Kildoney; The Crawford family of Coolcholly; The family of Dermot Moriarty; The family of Frank McAnenly of Ballygawley, uncle of Pauric McShea.

The following appreciation was written for Dermot Moriarty.
Dermot Moriarty was born in Boyle, county Roscommon. He came to Ballyshannon as a member of an Garda Síochána in 1950s. Whilst based in Ballyshannon he played on the senior championship winning side of 1951. He attended the 50th anniversary gathering of that team in 2001. He was described by a playing colleague as having, "Strength, great hands and a beautiful left foot." His greatest regret was missing the NFL semi-final against Cork in 1952 through injury. He married Kathleen Flynn, sister of Jim Flynn. The couple had a son, Kieran, two daughters, Joan and Grace, and several grandchildren. Dermot transferred to Sligo on leaving Ballyshannon and spent rest of life there. Kathleen passed to her eternal reward 16 months ago. Dermot was buried on Monday 28th March. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.
JT

On aodhruadh.org
Bulletpoint. Match report from the 1951 final
Bulletpoint. Pictures of the 1951 team

~ OFF THE PITCH ~
Donegal Creameries have announced details of their new GAA competition offer as part of their Great Token Round-Up promotion! You can get the chance to meet the Donegal senior team before their Ulster Championship match against Antrim on Sunday May 15th. Winners will also get an official Donegal GAA kit and four tickets. To be in with a chance of winning collect 50 tokens and post them, along with your name, age, address and contact telephone number to GAA Competition, Donegal Creameries, Crossroads, Killygordon, Co. Donegal. In addition official Donegal GAA jerseys are available at the special price of €30 along with promotional tokens. Tokens are now available on all Donegal Creameries milk products. See www.daisi.ie for further details and a full list of Daisi catalogue options. the closing date for entries is Friday 6th May.

On Saturday last the TY class of Colaiste Cholmcille organised a fund raising cycle to Laghey in support of the TY activity programme. This includes, first aid, fire safety, road safety, law course, drama, sport coaching course and trip to Delphi Adventure Centre. It's an excellent programme run with the support of the parents and teachers. Well done to all. We have pictures of the spin.

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12 April

~ FOOTBALL ~
Heartbreak for Aodh Ruadh on Saturday evening in Annagry. After leading for much of the match the Ernesiders were hit by a late Naomh Mhuire goal to lose on a score line of 2-11 to 0-15. Ballyshannon overcame a quick start by Naomh Mhuire to level the game up, before pushing on to go in leading by two points at the break. Aodh Ruadh were in control of the game for much of the second half, but a desperate assault from the homesters in the dying moments saw them crack home a goal and secure the points. There is a match report from the game up.

The reserves made it three wins on the bounce against Naomh Mhuire on Saturday night. They traveled light on numbers, but came away with a hard-earned 0-8 to 3-11 win which puts them top of the table. Anthony Boyle, Martin Larkin and Pauric Loughlin were the men who delivered the goals, but there was a lot of good work done in defense too, where Kieran Keon and Barry Travers were to the fore. Midfield worked well again for Aodh Ruadh with Matthew Thompson and Martin Gallagher proving a very combative pairing.

The seniors and reserves are penciled in to host to Buncrana this weekend. No day or time has been confirmed for these fixtures, but they will be circulated as soon as we receive them.

Aodh Ruadh minors game against Naomh Columba last Friday was postponed due to county fixtures. As yet, a refixture for that game has not been made. The minors are in action again this Friday 15 April when they host Dungloe in Father Tierney Park. Throw in is at 6.30pm.

Monday night saw Aodh Ruadh notch their second win over Naomh Mhuire in the course of three days. This time it was the under 16s who emerged victorious in Father Tierney Park. Despite hitting the woodwork on a number of occasions the homesters found themselves 1-6 to 0-2 up at half time. They built on that advantage in the second half and clinched two valuable league points with a 3-10 to 0-6 final score. The win was based on a strong defensive foundation with Ryan Patton solid as always and Matthew Maguire also demonstrating some skilful touches. In front of them Darren Gethins was smooth and assertive at centre back while Colm Kelly put in an excellent shift on the wing. Once again Pauric Patton and Eamon McGrath were very solid at midfield where the pair have built a great partnership. Johnny Gethins was always dangerous at full forward and caused the Annagry outfit endless headaches. David McGurrin and Mickey McNeely were both excellent at half forward, while Eddie Lynch scored two super points in the second half. Kudos too to Stephen Thompson who came on in second half and scored a fantastic goal. Oisín Roper was another substitute who came on and made a significant contribution. Next up for the under 16s is the visit of Kilcar. That game throws in at 6.30pm on Monday, 18th April. The team are looking to get a new set of jerseys and they will be bag packing in Supervalu in Bundoran on Easter Saturday from 9pm to 4pm to help raise funds for them. We ask you to support this fund-raiser generously.

The under 14s will play a challenge game against Grange in Father Tierney Park on Wednesday 13th April at 7pm.

The activity programme for the under 12s for the remainder of April, through May to the end of June has been distributed to players and is also available on aodhruadh.org. Outdoor training continues for under 12s and under 13s on Wednesday 13th April and on Monday 18th April in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 4.15pm to 5.15pm. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children no later than 5.30pm.

The under 10s are training on Saturday morning from 11am to 12 noon in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

The under 6s and under 8s are training in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this Friday from 6pm to 7pm.

Donegal might have succumbed to their first defeat of their division two campaign in Laois in the last round of games, but they still booked their place in the division two final, not to mention division one football in 2012. The division two final will take place as part of a double header with the division one final between Dublin and Cork in Croke park on Sunday 24th April. Donegal and Laois will throw in at 2pm, with extra time if necessary. That will be followed by the division two final at 4pm. Details on tickets for the final will be announced Donegal County Board later in the week. The club will be prioritising paid members for tickets.

~ HURLING ~
The past week has been extremely busy on the playing fields for Aodh Ruadh underage hurlers, with teams at four different age groups in action. Thursday as always sees hurling being played all over Donegal with the under 14 and minor leagues now in full swing.

The under 14s had a good win away to Saint Eunan's in O'Donnell Park, Letterkenny. They were very slow to get going and lacked the necessary determination and battling qualities required at this level early on, but gradually they got into the game, and a better all round team performance in the second half saw them run out winners against a skillful Saint Eunan's team.

The minors continued their good early season form with a victory at home to a strong Saint Eunan's team in Father Tierney Park, the boys played well throughout and ran out comfortable winners in the end leaving them, like the under 14s, on two wins after the opening two games of the league. This minor game saw recent lotto winner and club stalwart Terence McShea add hurling to the other Gaelic games which he referees and he acquitted himself very well in his maiden hurling game.

Both teams are in action again this Thursday with the under 14s at home to Setanta in Father Tierney Park while the minors make the trip to Killygordon for what promises to be a mouth watering clash.

The under 14s were back in action in Fr. Tierney Park on Saturday evening for a challenge game with West Sligo outfit Easkey, this game was a ding dong affair and credit to both teams it was only a challenge game in name as both teams tore into each other and the game was played with championship intensity, in the end the home team ran out winners by a point. Plans are already under way for a return game in Easkey. Thanks to Chris Kelly who refereed this game, and did very well.

The next action for the under 14s is the Donegal county Féile which is being held on Saturday 16th April in Letterkenny. Travel arrangements will be given to the lads at training during the week.

On Sunday morning last our youngest and one of our most enthusiastic set of players, our under 8s, made their hurling debut at a blitz in Strabane in Tyrone. Strabane, MacCumhaill's and Setanta were the other teams taking part. Fourteen youngsters went away making up two teams and all showed great heart and commitment. All had a great day and gave a great account of themselves. Many thanks to Dennis Daly for taking charge of the team and thanks to all the enthusiastic parents who made the trip and helped out on the day. We have a picture of the team up.

The last hurling action of the week saw the under 16s make the trip to Lisbellaw to take on the home side. This team's performance lacked everything that the under 8s showed earlier that day. It was a gutless, spiritless, and very disappointing performance, the lack of training by the majority of the team was punished by the Fermanagh men, who destroyed the Ballyshannon boys who really let themselves and hurling in the club down. These lads need to realise that their victories in 2009 at under 14 are in the past and if they don't address it and commit to training they will not fulfill their potential and they will be remembered as a good under 14 team that didn't achieve what they should have. Over the years this team has always bounced back and it is hoped they remember the words of Davy Fitzgerald who told them in November, "It's the next ball that counts."

Our under 12s are hosting a blitz this Sunday in Father Tierney Park, at 11am. The visiting teams are Four Masters, Setanta, MacCumhaill's and Easkey. Michael Ayres and Kevin McDermott will contact the players with the arrangements.

Training for all other age groups as normal at 12 noon.

~ LADIES ~
The senior ladies game against Termon at the weekend was postponed and will be played at a later date in the during the year. This Sunday the ladies will face Four Masters in their second outing of the season. The game throws in at 12 noon in Father Tierney Park.

This Wednesday evening the under 14s will travel to Drumcliffe to take on Drumcliffe / Rosses Point in a challenge game.

All players are reminded that Cyclothon cards must be returned by the end of this week.

Under 12 and under 10 girls are training this Wednesday 13th April from 5.30pm to 6.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. The under 12 girls will be training again at 5.30pm the following Monday.

~ FIVE YEAR PLAN ~
The second meeting regarding the club's five year plan takes place on Monday, 18th April at 7pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Everyone interested in the future of the club is welcome to attend.

~ PUNT ON PACKIE ~
Packie McGrath hung up his boots on senior football last season, but he's still Aodh Ruadh to the core. He's taking part in this year's Belfast Marathon on 2nd May this year and he's raising funds for the club. There is a top prize of an 18 speed mountain bike valued at €200 on offer if you can guess what time Packie will do the course in, plus there's runners-up prizes of Donegal GAA polo shirts on offer too. The closest time wins. He'll be fitted with an electronic tag which will time him to within hundredths of a second so there will be no room for argument! Current guesses to date range from three and a half hours to, "Will pull his hammy in the first mile!" Lines can be bought for €2 each or three for €5. There are forms around the town in several pubs, shops and businesses and Packie and Sean O'Mahoney are also taking lines now so don't miss your chance to have a punt on Packie!

~ UMPIRE TRAINING ~
A course for umpires is being run shortly and the club is seeking representatives to attend. If anyone would like to go along, please indicate your interest to John Hughes 087-6431805.

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19 April

~ FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh won a very tight, see-saw game against Buncrana which could have gone either way last Saturday. In the end the difference came down to a man-of-the-match display from David Dolan and a number of players really rising to the challenge in the last ten minutes. Probably Dolan's most telling contribution didn't even see him finish with a score. With the sides level ten minutes into the second half, Dolan went on a surging run which took him into the Buncrana penalty area where he was hauled to the ground with pronounced lack of ceremony. Michael 'Sticky' Ward converted the penalty to give Aodh Ruadh a three point cushion, but the Inishowen side battled back well to level up the game with ten minutes left to play. Ryan Bradley was doing very well for Buncrana in the first half, but Aodh Ruadh came to grips with him in the second period. And Aodh Ruadh really showed their mettle in the last ten minutes. Niall McCready helped steady the ship while Turlough McIntyre and Donagh McIntyre got on the ball and used it well to help steer Aodh Ruadh to a valuable 1-13 to 0-14 win. Other players who put in good shifts were Ruairí Drummond, who was good up front, and Ronan McGurrin at wing back. Both played a significant role in helping to earn what was a very good result for Aodh Ruadh.

The reserves continued their undefeated progress through the division with a 5-9 to 2-7 win over Buncrana. Aodh Ruadh started well with a couple of early goals. They allowed the Inishowen men back into the game after that, before imposing themselves more on the game in latter stages. Donagh McInerney continued his fine vein of form with another good display and well-taken goal. Garret Blake was a very busy and effective presence up front and he also contributed a goal. Defensive colossus Barry Travers is another having a fine season and the Buncrana game saw him continue that form. Martin Gallagher went well once again in the middle and pitched in with a goal too.

The next fixtures for the Aodh Ruadh senior and reserve are away against Milford this Saturday. The reserve games throws in at 5.45pm while the senior game gets under way at 7.15pm.

Aodh Ruadh minors got their first win of the league campaign with a convincing 4-13 to 0-6 win over Dungloe in Father Tierney Park last Friday. It was a fine game from a Ballyshannon perspective, one where everyone played well. James Barron raised the homesters' first green flag of the match, while Ryan Granaghan was another forward in excellent form, striking two goals of his own. County minor, Ronan McGurrin was superb in midfield. Defensively Pauric Storey caught the eye with a dynamic performance, which saw him finishing the game with a goal to his credit. There are pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. The minors are in action on Tuesday when they travel to Glencolumbkille to face Naomh Columba and again this Friday 22 April when they travel to Donegal town to take on Four Masters. Throw in for both those games is at 6.30pm.

The under 16s enjoyed a 30 point margin of victory over the visitors from Kilcar in their league clash on Monday evening past. Aodh Ruadh were very dominant and all the lads played extremely well. Defensively, Niall Harley and Colm Kelly were superb. Eamon McGrath was exceptional in midfield once again. With the final score 7-19 to 1-7 there were naturally a number of excellent performances in attack. Jamie McDonald at wing forward was extraordinarily active and took two very good goals. James Kelly showed his killer instinct again in this campaign with another two goals. Johnny Gethins had another fine game and ended up with a goal to his credit. David McGurrin and Mickey McNeely grabbed the other goals in a good day at the office for Aodh Ruadh. Next up for the under 16s is the trip to Tir Chonaill park and a meeting with Four Masters. That game, the final in the round robin stages of the league, throws in at 6.30pm on Monday, 25th April. We now have some pictures from the teams recent win over Naomh Mhuire up on the website. Thanks to Cathal Maguire for those. The team are looking to get a new set of jerseys and they will be bag packing in Supervalu in Bundoran on Easter Saturday from 9pm to 4pm to help raise funds for them. We ask you to support this fund-raiser generously.

The under 14s won their challenge against Grange well last Wednesday. Hopefully that is a good omen ahead of the regional under 14 Féile blitz on Saturday 23 April when Aodh Ruadh travel to Bundoran to take on sides from Naomh Bríd, Four Masters, Killybegs and Bundoran. The action gets under way at 10.30am.

The under 12s suffered two defeats in the James Gallagher memorial tournament, going down to Ardara and Naomh Conaill. However the lads improved greatly over the course of the game against Glenties and the signs are positive. Many thanks to Saint Eunan's for opportunity to compete in the James Gallagher. It is much appreciated. The under 12s have their first Go Games blitz of the season this Wednesday, when they travel to Kilcar. The bus for that blitz leaves the park at 4.15pm. Outdoor training continues for under 12s and under 13s on Monday 25th April in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 4.15pm to 5.15pm. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children no later than 5.30pm.

The under 10s are training on Saturday morning from 11am to 12 noon in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

The under 6s and under 8s are training in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this Friday from 6pm to 7pm.

Tickets have been ordered for the league final and all those who have ordered will be contacted in the coming days to arrange collection of the tickets. Purchasers are reminded payment is required on receipt of the tickets.

~ HURLING ~
On Tuesday last we hosted the visit of National Hurling Director Paudie Butler, he conducted two coaching sessions one in Gaelscoil Eirne and one in Colaiste Cholmcille. They were very enjoyable sessions. Paudie's enthusiasm was infectious and thoroughly enjoyed by all the children. Thanks to Brian Drummond who was on hand as usual and took some great shots of the session in Colaiste Cholmcille, thanks also to Sean Nugent who attended this session and presented a set of jerseys to the under 16 hurlers. Brian also got some photos of this presentation.

Unfortunately Setanta failed to field at home against our minor team on Thursday last. As a result Aodh Ruadh have qualified for the county league final against Burt. No date set for that final as yet. The next action for the minor team is the championship semi-final away to Saint Eunan's on Thursday, 28th April.

Our under 14 hurlers had a good win at home to Setanta on Thursday last. The lads continued their good form of late with their third win in the league. There is no game this week, their next action is at home in the league to Letterkenny Gaels on Thursday, 28th April.
The under 14s took part in the county Féile in Letterkenny on Saturday, they opened the defence of their title with a win against Burt in a good team performance, they followed this up with a less than convincing display against Saint Eunan's which ended in a draw. This necessitated a play-off against Saint Eunan's to see who would play Buncrana in the final. The boys upped their work rate and came out on top and set up a repeat of the 2010 Féile final with a rematch against Buncrana. Unfortunately on this occasion the physically stronger Inishowen men came out on top and were worthy winners of the final despite our best efforts, and will go forward to represent Donegal in the National Féile finals in Galway in June. Thanks to all parents who travelled to Letterkenny to support the boys. Eddie Lynch got a couple of shots of the day and these are up on aodhruadh.org.

The under 12s played Easkey in challenge games on Sunday morning in Páirc Aodh Ruadh. They put in a good effort but came up short against the west Sligo boys. It's hoped that we will travel to Easkey later in the year for a return game.

The under 16s play a challenge game away to Strabane on Wednesday evening. The bus is leaving the park at 5.30pm.

Training continues as normal on Sunday at 12 noon.

~ LADIES ~
Aodh Ruadh were unlucky to be beaten by Four Masters on Sunday last. After a very strong second half performance and a Four Masters' goal against the run of play the Ladies were beaten by 3 points. The final score 1-12 to 2-6.

The annual duck race will take place this Easter Saturday at McKenna's Brook at 2pm. With plenty of Easter eggs to be won it promises to be a fun day out for all the family!

Best wishes to Maeve Liston and the Donegal under 16 ladies team who will take on Monaghan this Wednesday in the first round of the Ulster under 16 championship.

Under 12 and under 10 girls are training this Wednesday 20th April from 5.30pm to 6.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. The under 12 girls will be training again at 5.30pm the following Monday.

~ OFF THE PITCH ~
Congratulations to Ballyshannon Drama Society on winning their fourth All-Ireland drama title in Wexford Opera House on Saturday night last, with their production of Robert Harling's Steel Magnolias.

As well as the overall prize, Patricia Keane won best actress, Anne McHugh won Best Director, Sinead Luke was awarded the Gormanstown Summer School Scholarship and Aodh Ruadh's own John Travers accepted the Best Presentation Award on behalf of the Stage Crew. It was unique achievement in that all six cast members were nominated for best actress: Patricia Keane, Aisling Finn, Edel McNally, Ailis McIntyre, Raquel O'Connor and Sinead Luke. Well done to all concerned. See aodhruadh.org for a wee bit more on a great achievement for the town.

Donegal Creameries have announced details of their new GAA competition offer as part of their Great Token Round-Up promotion! You can get the chance to meet the Donegal senior team before their Ulster Championship match against Antrim on Sunday May 15th. Winners will also get an official Donegal GAA kit and four tickets. To be in with a chance of winning collect 50 tokens and post them, along with your name, age, address and contact telephone number to GAA Competition, Donegal Creameries, Crossroads, Killygordon, Co. Donegal. In addition official Donegal GAA jerseys are available at the special price of €30 along with promotional tokens. Tokens are now available on all Donegal Creameries milk products. See www.daisi.ie for further details and a full list of Daisi catalogue options. the closing date for entries is Friday 6th May.

~ PUNT ON PACKIE ~
Packie McGrath hung up his boots on senior football last season, but he's still Aodh Ruadh to the core. He's taking part in this year's Belfast Marathon on 2nd May this year and he's raising funds for the club. There is a top prize of an 18 speed mountain bike valued at €200 on offer if you can guess what time Packie will do the course in, plus there's runners-up prizes of Donegal GAA polo shirts on offer too. The closest time wins. He'll be fitted with an electronic tag which will time him to within hundredths of a second so there will be no room for argument! Current guesses to date range from three and a half hours to, "Will pull his hammy in the first mile!" Lines can be bought for €2 each or three for €5. There are forms around the town in several pubs, shops and businesses and Packie and Sean O'Mahoney are also taking lines now so don't miss your chance to have a punt on Packie!

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26 April

~ FOOTBALL ~
The seniors worked a great win on the road against Milford last Saturday. They left Moyle Park with two points after a 1-6 to 2-15 victory. It was a very impressive performance against a young Milford outfit. The full back line was excellent with Michael Dolan, Ciron Whoriskey and Philip O'Reilly dealing with everything that came their way with a minimum of fuss. Ronan McGurrin had a good match in the half back line and Michael Gurn was very strong around the middle. Up front David Dolan was in excellent form as was Ruairí Drummond who hit three tidy points and contributed a lot with his running. Another who showed a healthy work ethic was Donagh McIntyre, helping to settle Aodh Ruadh particularly in the first 30. There's pictures from the match up, courtesy of Cathal Maguire.

The reserves maintained their impressive form this season defeating Milford by 1-6 to 1-12. The side have yet to drop a point this season and are clear on top of the division. Aodh Ruadh were the better side throughout. There was a characteristically strong and effective performance from Martin Gallagher in the middle of the field. Garret Blake showed great class up front. Defensively, David Finnerty and Brian Dorrian were the pick of a very solid back six, while Karl O'Brien provided Ballyshannon a great launch pad with his rangy kick outs. Thanks again to Cathal Maguire who took some shots of the game for us.

Aodh Ruadh have no game this weekend at senior or reserve level.

The minors have had a profitable past week, registering league wins over Naomh Columba and Four Masters. On Tuesday last they match the trip to Glencolumbkille. Aodh Ruadh minors earned a valuable 5-12 to 1-5 win against Naomh Columba on Tuesday last. The Ernesiders played with a stiff breeze in the first half and took a while to settle. An injury to Alan Finan which resulted in him having to be taken off in the first two minutes didn't help. Two goals by Ruairí Drummond mid way through the first half got Ballyshannon on track helped by Ronan McGurrin and James Barron taking control at midfield. James Barron in particular had a very good hour. Further points from Jamie McDonald and David McGurrin gave Aodh Ruadh an eight point margin at half. The question was, would it be enough playing into the breeze in the second half? As it happened Ballyshannon got off to a great start in the second 30, scoring 2-2 in the first five minutes with goals from Ryan Granaghan and Martin Larkin. Conor Patton at centre half back exerted a big influence on the game in the second half. All the forwards got on the score sheet and there was a goal from half back James Kelly who continued his impressive form this season once more. Best for Aodh Ruadh were Ciaran Keon, James Kelly, Conor Patton, Ronan McGurrin, Martin Larkin and David McGurrin with James Barron putting in a man of the match display at midfield.
The team were back in action on Friday last. This time the opposition were Four Master in Tir Chonaill park. After conceding a number of early goals Aodh Ruadh took command of proceedings to claim a 3-7 to 1-21 victory. There are pictures from this contest up now.
The next action for the minors will be when they host Naomh Bríd in Father Tierney Park. Date and time remain to be confirmed.

Aodh Ruadh's under 16s gave a masterful display against Four Masters to book their place in the Southern Regional League final. Ballyshannon were on top from the early moments when Johnny Gethins blasted home an early goal. It was a game were the Ernesiders defence wasn't particularly challenged, but anything that came their well was well dealt with. Daniel Kelly did have to make two excellent saves and Eamon McGrath showed a lot of quality at full back. Niall Harley was very strong at half back and he shut down a lot of Four Masters attacking attempts. Colm Kelly had been hurling earlier in the day and showed signs of his exertions, but he soldiered well and got up for a point. Darren Gethins and Pauric Patton dominated in midfield each hitting a point apiece. The forwards were very impressive putting in a lot of work to turn the ball over in the opposition half. Johnny Gethins gave a very polished performance hitting 2-2 from play. James Kelly was another who oozed class. He hit a penalty and another goal, but he made a huge contribution with his running and keen work ethic. David McGurrin did well also, finishing with 1-4, while Jamie McDonald ended the match top scorer with 3-6 to his credit. There were some eye-catching contributions from the bench also, with Paddy Gillespie, Eddie Lynch and Cookie O'Halloran all showing well when they came on. We have some pictures from the clash. Next up for the under 16s is the Southern League final, but they will have to await the result of the final round of league games next Monday to see which side they will face. Dungloe, Bundoran and Ardara are all in with a shout of making the final. Thanks to everyone who supported the lads when they were bag packing in Supervalu in Bundoran on Easter Saturday.

The under 14s had wins over Four Masters and Ardara in their regional Féile blitz in Father Tierney park last Saturday to book their place in the regional final. The team did very well with a good all-round team performance seeing the lads through. There was a downbeat note though as Oisín Kerr broke his arm during a game. The team and management extend their very best wishes to Oisín for a speedy recovery. We don't have a date, time or venue for the regional final just yet.

Aodh Ruadh under 12s took on Kilcar last Wednesday in a Go Games blitz. The Ernesiders were beaten by the Towney lads, but Shane Dorrian and Dylan Gallagher both gave good performances. The next action for the under 12s is a Go Games blitz on Tuesday 26 April against Dungloe in Father Tierney Park. The matches start at 6pm, players to be up for 5.30pm. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly afterwards.

The under 10s are training on Saturday morning from 11am to 12 noon in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

The under 6s and under 8s are training in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this Friday from 6pm to 7pm.

~ HURLING ~
Our under 16 hurlers have had a busy week with games away to Strabane and Knocks. The lads travelled to Strabane on Wednesday night last and had very exciting challenge game with the Tyrone men. The lads gave of their all and were determined to prove that their poor performance in their opening game of the season against Lisbellaw was a one off. In a very committed work-man-like performance the boys came home with a good win after a tough encounter.
On Bank Holiday Monday the lads travelled to Donagh to play Knocks in their second game of the Fermanagh League. We've a very young side this year with only two players in their final year of under 16 playing against the Fermanagh men, despite this the whole team gave another good all-round performance and again improved on earlier games. After a poor first half which had the teams level at Aodh Ruadh 1-6 to Knocks 2-3, the boys upped their performance and answered their critics running out convincing winners on a score line of 4-14 to 3-3. This squad have addressed their poor early season form and have applied themselves at training.
The five dual players showed great commitment to the Aodh Ruadh, travelling to Donagh to play this game and then going from there straight to Tir Conaill Park, Donegal to line out in the under 16 gaelic football match against Four Masters. The lads themselves know they are capable of better and the encouraging thing for all is how they have applied themselves after their opening game drubbing away to Lisbellaw. They are showing the commitment and passion which the management know they have.
The next action for the under 16s is the annual Alan Ryan/Seamus Grimes tournament hosted by the Aodh Ruadh juvenile hurling committee on Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May. Five teams have committed to taking part in this year's event Na Magha (Derry), Strabane (Tyrone), Lisbellaw (Fermanagh), Coolera/Strandhill (Sligo) and host club Aodh Ruadh. A great day of hurling is expected and the action starts at 11am, as always, everyone is welcome.

Our minor hurlers are away to Saint Eunan's in the championship semi-final this Thursday. We wish the lads well in this game.

The under 14 hurlers are back in league action with a home game against Letterkenny Gaels this Thursday, throw in is at 7pm. On Saturday they travel to Lissan in Fermanagh to take part in the Ulster Féile. Aodh Ruadh are graded in division four this year, continuing our steady year-on-year progress. We are grouped with strong hurling teams from Carrickmore (Tyrone), Newry Shamrocks (Down), Lisbellaw (Fermanagh), and Middletown Na Fianna and Cúchulainn's (Armagh) for what promises to be another great day of hurling.

In the month of May we are hosting an all-county under 8 blitz on Sunday, 8th May. There will be an under 12 blitz on Sunday 29th May. Our under 10s will be taking part in an all-county blitz in Dungloe on Sunday 22nd May.

Training continues for all ages on Sunday at 12 noon.

~ LADIES ~
There was a glorious day on Easter Saturday and it brought out a good crowd for the spec-quackular spectacle of Aodh Ruadh's ladies' annual Duck Race. Teddy Kane and Terence McShea had the ducks under starter's orders and Sylvester Maguire on hand to scoop the winning ducks out of the brook. A raffle was held for Easter eggs after each race and there were over 30 children went home with an egg-stra special surprise. The final race decided the winners of the cash prizes on offer. First duck home belonged to Tiernan Dolan winning him €100. Second was Matt Donaghy who won €50. They were followed by Doreen Rooney who won €30. Many thanks to all who attended the event, as well as everyone who helped out on the day and made it such a success. We have pictures from the day's quack up.

~ OFF THE PITCH ~
Donegal Creameries have announced details of their new GAA competition offer as part of their Great Token Round-Up promotion! You can get the chance to meet the Donegal senior team before their Ulster Championship match against Antrim on Sunday May 15th. Winners will also get an official Donegal GAA kit and four tickets. To be in with a chance of winning collect 50 tokens and post them, along with your name, age, address and contact telephone number to GAA Competition, Donegal Creameries, Crossroads, Killygordon, Co. Donegal. In addition official Donegal GAA jerseys are available at the special price of €30 along with promotional tokens. Tokens are now available on all Donegal Creameries milk products. See www.daisi.ie for further details and a full list of Daisi catalogue options. the closing date for entries is Friday 6th May.

~ PUNT ON PACKIE ~
Packie McGrath hung up his boots on senior football last season, but he's still Aodh Ruadh to the core. He's taking part in this year's Belfast Marathon on 2nd May this year and he's raising funds for the club. There is a top prize of an 18 speed mountain bike valued at €200 on offer if you can guess what time Packie will do the course in, plus there's runners-up prizes of Donegal GAA polo shirts on offer too. The closest time wins. He'll be fitted with an electronic tag which will time him to within hundredths of a second so there will be no room for argument! Current guesses to date range from three and a half hours to, "Will pull his hammy in the first mile!" Lines can be bought for €2 each or three for €5. There are forms around the town in several pubs, shops and businesses and Packie and Sean O'Mahoney are also taking lines now so don't miss your chance to have a punt on Packie!

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