Club Notes Archive - 2011

Box. JULY
1 July

~ ULSTER FINAL TICKETS ~
Ticket prices for the Ulster final have been announced. The match is all ticket and tickets can now be ordered from Aodh Ruadh. Orders for tickets should be e-mailed to info@aodhruadh.org or texted to 087-6431805. Please specify where in the grounds you would like your tickets for. The club will NOT be ordering spare tickets and club members will be prioritised. The deadline for ticket orders is 6pm on Friday 8th July. Pricing is as follows

Terraces
Includes the Hill and the O'Duffy terraces. Please state where you would prefer your tickets for if ordering a terrace ticket.
Adults: €15
Senior citizens and students: €10.

Uncovered stand seating
Includes the Pat McGrane Stand, Eastern stand and the uncovered section of the Gerry Arthurs stand. Please state where you would prefer your tickets for if ordering an uncovered stand ticket.
Adults: €25
Senior citizens: €15
Under 16s: €5

Gerry Arthurs covered stand
All seats: €27
Senior citizens: €15. Availability subject to demand.

Once again the Ulster Council is operating group tickets for the O'Duffy Terrace such as the 50 for 50 offer. This allows a group of 50 people made up of up to 45 under 16s and five adults to attend the Final for €50. Lower rates are available too for smaller group sizes. Any team manager interested in taking players to the final is asked to contact John Hughes on 087-6431805.

~ LADIES ~
Thanks to Donna Martin who took some shots of the under 14 B county final against Urris. We have the pictures from that game up now.

~ COMMUNICATIONS ~
Aodh Ruadh is now on Twitter in the form of @aodhruadh. We'll use this as another avenue to let you know about any snippets of news which come up during the week and generally chronicle the Aodh Ruadh experience in 140 character chunks. We humbly invite you to follow us.

5 July

~ MONTHLY CLUB MEETING ~
The monthly senior club meeting takes place on Thursday 7th July in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 8.30pm. All committee members are asked to attend. Anyone with items for the agenda is asked to mail them to info@aodhruadh.org.

~ ULSTER FINAL TICKETS ~
Ticket prices for the Ulster final have been announced. The match is all ticket and tickets can now be ordered from Aodh Ruadh. Orders for tickets should be e-mailed to info@aodhruadh.org or texted to 087-6431805. Please specify where in the grounds you would like your tickets for. The club will NOT be ordering spare tickets and club members will be prioritised. The deadline for ticket orders is 6pm on Friday 8th July. Pricing is as follows

Terraces
Includes the Hill and the O'Duffy terraces. Please state where you would prefer your tickets for if ordering a terrace ticket.
Adults: €15
Senior citizens and students: €10.

Uncovered stand seating
Includes the Pat McGrane Stand, Eastern stand and the uncovered section of the Gerry Arthurs stand. Please state where you would prefer your tickets for if ordering an uncovered stand ticket.
Adults: €25
Senior citizens: €15
Under 16s: €5

Gerry Arthurs covered stand
All seats: €27
Senior citizens: €15. Availability subject to demand.

Once again the Ulster Council is operating group tickets for the O'Duffy Terrace such as the 50 for 50 offer. This allows a group of 50 people made up of up to 45 under 16s and five adults to attend the Final for €50. Lower rates are available too for smaller group sizes. Any team manager interested in taking players to the final is asked to contact John Hughes on 087-6431805.

~ FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh came off second best in a robust second leg championship encounter with Fanad Gaels in Portsalon last Saturday. Ballyshannon got off to a good start, hitting the first three points before a fortuitous goal kick-started Fanad. Sticky Ward missed a penalty before the break and Aodh Ruadh went in six points down. However they rallied well in the third quarter and goals from Sticky and a composed Ronan McGurrin helped the visitors into a one point lead. Fanad were hungrier for the win though and finished the game with five unanswered points. Best for Aodh Ruadh were Michael and Conor Gurn, Ronan McGurrin, Kerry Ryan and Sticky Ward. There is a full match report and pictures up.

Aodh Ruadh go into the next round of the intermediate championship thanks to a win based on an exceptional defensive performance. The Ernesiders started well and were three points up shortly after the throw-in. It was a lead Fanad Gaels were unable to reel in despite their best efforts. Thanks mainly to a superb save from Paul Kane just before the break, the half time score was 0-7 to 0-3 in favour of the visitors. After the break Fanad came out with renewed appetite for the battle and threw everything they had at Aodh Ruadh. Thanks to tremendous defending Aodh Ruadh weathered that storm and rifled over a few scores in the final quarter to seal their ticket to the next round. Best for Aodh Ruadh were Paul Kane who was in top form in nets, Barry Travers who did a fine job of nullifying Fanad's danger man in midfield, and Diarmuid McInerney and Garret Blake who picked off some good scores. The defence, as a unit, were outstanding and Rian Treanor was probably the leading candidate for man of the match. We have both panels and pictures from the match up.

Best wishes to David Dolan, Philip O'Reilly and Paul Kane for a speedy recovery from the injuries they sustained over the weekend.

The final round of minor league games have still not been played, with the date being pushed out once again. Naomh Bríd and St John's and Dungloe and Naomh Columba have still not been played. Aodh Ruadh are still waiting for those games to be played so we will know where they stand in relation to the next stage of the league.

The under 16 championship second leg against Four Masters takes place this Tuesday, 5th July in Father Tierney Park. We now have pictures up from the under 16s opening championship win over Four Masters in Donegal town for your viewing pleasure.

The under 14s had an excellent 0-5 to 4-10 away win over Naomh Mhuire in the league last Wednesday. The lads' next game is another trip down the road, this time to the Rosses on Wednesday 6th July to take on Na Rossa. The throw-in is at 7.30pm.

The under 10s had a very enjoyable blitz at Four Masters last Saturday with 29 travelling and enjoying a good day of football with Naomh Conaill were also competing. Under training 10 continues this Saturday at 12 noon in the park and the next competitive action is the Mick Shannon tournament on Saturday 16th July with Four Masters and Kilcar are confirmed as attending.

The under 8s have a challenge this Saturday, 9th July, in Ardara at 11am. The bus leaves the park at 9.45am.

~ HURLING ~
Well done to under 12 hurlers, Barry Kelly, Ryan Ayres, Stephen Anderson, Conal Sweeney and Brian McHenry who were successful in trials held in Letterkenny recently and have been selected to play in Croke Park later this month as part of the Donegal under 12 development squad.

The under 12 and under 16 Donegal leagues began last Thursday and Aodh Ruadh opened their campaign with two wins. The under 12s travelled to Carndonagh and came away winners on a 1-3 to 0-1 score line. It was a gritty performance by this young team.

The under 16s played Carndonagh in Father Tierney Park and despite a slow start ran out convincing winners on a 2-13 to 1-7 score line. It was a very encouraging performance from a young team, only two of whom are over age next year. Both teams are back in action this Thursday with the under 12s at home to Burt and the under 16s making the difficult trip to Burt.

The under 14s reclaimed the Fermanagh under 14 title at Cavancarragh, on Monday night. The game was originally fixed for Brewster Park, Enniskillen, but two hours before throw in the game was changed to Lisbellaw's home pitch at Cavancarragh. Two very evenly matched teams put in a good honest performance which entertained the large and vocal crowd. Aodh Ruadh won the toss and elected to play with the breeze, the lads tore into the game and scored a couple of early goals. That was despite some over fussy referring, with yellow cards being handed out very easily, which didn't allow the play to flow. They kept battling away and led at half time 3-3 to 0-5. It was the first time this year all 15 players battled and fought for every ball and they knew they would have to keep working in the second half to ensure the Rooney Cup made it's way back to Ballyshannon. Despite being reduced to 14 men ten minutes into the second half, Aodh Ruadh continued to fight for every ball as if their lives depended on it. This team lost three finals this year to a strong Buncrana team and were determined not lose their grip of the Fermanagh title. In the closing quarter the boys' overall strength came out on top and they ran out winners by 4-8 to 1-8 thus ensuring the two in a row was complete.

Amid great celebration Fermanagh Hurling Board Chairman presented the cup to the winning Aodh Ruadh captain Eugene Drummond. Eugene in hs acceptance speech thanked Lisbellaw for a great game and called for three cheers for the gallant losers. He also thanked Lisbellaw for the use of the pitch and he also thanked the referee. From there it was back to Ballyshannon for a great cavalcade around the town and back to Aras Aodh Ruaidh for refreshments.

Under 8s are taking part in a Blitz hosted by Letterkenny Gaels this Sunday.

The under 16s renew their rivalry with Lisbellaw this Sunday. The venue and time remain to be confirmed.

Training for all other age groups at 12 noon.

~ LADIES ~
The senior ladies beat Glenfin in the league last Sunday by 2-12 to 0-2 in the 13-a-side league. It was a great all-round performance from the Ballyshannon girls. Donna Martin top scored with two goals and four points. Ciara Thompson, Sarah Patton and Dearbhaile McNeill were also in sharp form, each hitting two point apiece. Maeve Liston and Fionnuala Gill finished out the Ballyshannon scoring with a point each. With the ladies Ulster finals there will be no ladies games this coming weekend.

Aodh Ruadh under 16s traveled to Glencolumbkille and were rewarded with a 11-9 to 1-1 win over Naomh Columba. The Aodh Ruadh scorers were: Aoife McEniff 4-5; Ciara Thompson 3-2; Ruth Flood 2-1; Claudia Coughlan 1-1; and Claire Toolan 1-0. The next assignment for the under 16s is against Four Masters in Father Tierney Park at 7pm next Monday, 11th July. Training as usual on Tuesday and Thursdays at 7pm.

Thanks to Donna Martin who took some shots of the under 14 B county final against Urris. We have the pictures from that game up.

~ SUMMER CAMP ~
The 20th annual Aodh Ruadh Summer Camp commenced on Monday with a good enthusiastic attendance and plenty of craic. The next week of the camp starts on Monday, 11th July and continues until Friday, 22nd 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 have been distributed to local schools, but forms can also be downloaded from aodhruadh.org. These should be returned to Sylvester Maguire at The Mullans Ballyshannon or brought to camp on the first Monday of the week. Enquiries to 071-9858277 or 086-0532495 or check out www.aodhruadh.org or "Aodh Ruadh CLG" on www.facebook.com.

~ SYMPATHIES ~
The club was saddened to learn of the recent passing of Sean Drummond. A tribute to Sean has been published on aodhruadh.org. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.

~ COMMUNICATIONS ~
Aodh Ruadh is now on Twitter in the form of @aodhruadh. We'll use this as another avenue to let you know about any snippets of news which come up during the week and generally chronicle the Aodh Ruadh experience in 140 character chunks. We humbly invite you to follow us.

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12 July

~ ULSTER FINAL TICKETS ~
Aodh Ruadh are no longer taking orders for Ulster final tickets. Those who have ordered tickets will be texted when they are available for collection from Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Tickets MUST be paid for on collection. Ulster final tickets can still be ordered via Ticketmaster.

~ FOOTBALL ~
The senior and reserve games against Naomh Bríd were postponed at the weekend. There will be no senior or reserve games this weekend.

With Saint John's concession of their match to Naomh Bríd Aodh Ruadh minors finally got clarity in their section of the league. As Ballyshannon can no longer be caught at the top, we will be going forward to face the winners of section 2. With only one game remaining to be played in that section Aodh Ruadh's opponents could potentially be any one of Ardara, Kilcar, Naomh Mhuire or Naomh Conaill.

Aodh Ruadh under 16s booked their passage into the Southern Divisional championship final at Naomh Ultan. The Ernesiders faced a Dungloe side they had endured a tough battle against in the Southern League final earlier this year. Ballyshannon got off to a good start and raced into an early lead with an early goal by James Kelly helping settle the team. Aodh Ruadh went in with a nine point lead at half time, but Dungloe are a never-say-die outfit and they fought hard in the second half. The damage had been done in the first half though and when Pauric Patton tagged on the last two points of the game they were to prove the insurance scores in a 1-14 to 1-8 win for Aodh Ruadh. Also on the score sheet for Aodh Ruadh were David McGurrin with seven points and Jamie McDonald who hit two. Both forwards were in excellent form for the white and green. The final will be on next Monday 18th July against either Naomh Mhuire or Ardara. That semi-final is being played on Tuesday, 12th July in Dunkineely.

The under 14s continued their fine run of form with a manful 3-8 to 3-6 win away to Na Rossa. The next fixtures sees Aodh Ruadh on the road yet again for what is, thankfully, the last trip of the league campaign. This time Ballyshannon travel to Ardara on Wednesday 13th July to take on their close rivals at second in the league. Needless to say this is a huge game for our lads and any support that can make it down to cheer on our boys in Ardara would be much appreciated. The throw-in is at 7.30pm. After this we finish out the league season with three home games, against Dungloe, Four Masters and Naomh Conaill.

The under 10 Mick Shannon tournament throws in this Saturday at 1pm. Ballyshannon will be hosting teams from Four Master, Kilcar, Pettigo and MacCumhaill's. All Aodh Ruadh players to be at the park for 12.30pm.

Our youngest team has a great trip to Ardara last Saturday. The under 8s gave a super account of themselves, with a lot of great skill on show and some very polished football. Well done to all the lads, they have showed massive progress over the season. The under 8s have a game again this Friday when they travel to Mountcharles. The bus will be leaving the park at 5.45pm. This game will be the last action of the season for the under 8s. There may possibly be another game or two organised over the remainder of the summer, but the next official action will be when training resumes indoors in the winter. There is a picture of the squad up. Many thanks to Bernie Kelly for the snap.

~ HURLING ~
Thursday night last produced a mixed bag of results for Aodh Ruadh underage hurlers in the Donegal Leagues against Burt. Despite the best efforts of the under 12s they were beaten at home 2-4 to 0-1. The under 16s made the long journey to Burt and put in a great all round team performance and came home victorious on a score line of 3-15 to 1-2 making it two wins from two in the Donegal League.

The under 12s are at home to MacCumhaill's this Thursday while the under 16s are on the road again, as they head to play Strabane.

On Sunday the under 8s travelled to Letterkenny Gaels to take part in a blitz. There is great work being done at this age group and increased numbers at training allowed us to have two teams taking part in this blitz. Our teams took part in games against Saint Eunan's, Letterkenny Gaels, Setanta and Four Masters and they teams performed quite well. All enjoyed the day and had a great time. Thanks to Padraic Keenaghan and all the parents who travelled and helped out on the day.

The under 16s travelled to Maguiresbridge on Sunday morning to play Lisbellaw in the Fermanagh League Final. After Aodh Ruadh having brought the under 14 Fermanagh title to Donegal on Monday, Lisbellaw were determined not to have the under 16 title following the same route. Lisbellaw were well up for this game and, a la Tipperary, blitzed Aodh Ruadh with three goals in the first five minutes. Aodh Ruadh changed their formation to deal with this early onslaught and slowly began to settle into this game and gradually clawed their way back into the match by calmly striking over a number of points. Lisbellaw added a fourth goal shortly before half time, but our lads got a great goal for themselves just before half time that left the half-time score Lisbellaw 4-4 Aodh Ruadh 1-7. There was a great atmosphere at the game as the large crowd were expecting a thrilling second half, and credit to both teams they didn't disappoint. Aodh Ruadh fought back brilliantly with a performance full of pride and guts to leave themselves one point behind entering the last five minutes, but the physically stronger Fermanagh men tacked on three points to run out winners on a score line of 4-9 to 2-11.
This was a fantastic game of hurling that had everything that makes hurling such a wonderful game, passion, skill, commitment and bravery. The game couldn't be let pass without mention of the wonderful display of refereeing by Jason McManus of Lisnaskea who reffed this game in the same manner as he played the game. Aodh Ruadh were naturally disappointed at losing but we take a lot of positives from this performance most notably the fact that 11 of the starting 15 are underage in 2012, and that in the opening game of the Fermanagh League this year these two teams clashed and the Fermanagh men ran out winners by 47 points. The commitment, passion and spirit of our under 16s was questioned then and since that performance the lads have shown that their spirit and commitment to the cause is second to none and these young players can hold their heads high knowing they have taken part in one of the best games of hurling in Donegal and Fermanagh for a long number of years.

Training continues at 12 noon on Sunday.

~ SUMMER CAMP ~
The 20th annual Aodh Ruadh Summer Camp continued on Monday with a good enthusiastic attendance and plenty of craic. The next week of the camp starts on Monday, 18th July and continues until Friday, 22nd 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 have been distributed to local schools, but forms can also be downloaded from aodhruadh.org. These should be returned to Sylvester Maguire at The Mullans Ballyshannon or brought to camp on the first Monday of the week. Enquiries to 071-9858277 or 086-0532495 or check out www.aodhruadh.org or "Aodh Ruadh CLG" on www.facebook.com.

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19 July

~ FOOTBALL ~
Many congratulations to Donegal on reclaiming the Anglo Celt after 19 long year, especially to our representative on the panel, Peter Boyle. We have nearly 50 pictures from what was a wonderful and memorable day up. See if you can spot the Shams!

We had no fixture for Aodh Ruadh seniors and reserves at time of mailing.

The minors are awaiting the outcome of the last round of game in section two of the minor league establish whether they will face Kilcar or Ardara in the Southern Regional final. The Southern Regional final will take place on Monday 25th July with the county semi-final slated for Friday 29th July.

Aodh Ruadh had to hit a late point to secure a Southern Divisional final replay against Naomh Mhuire in Dunkineely on Monday evening. Despite the Ernesiders holding a nine point half time lead Naomh Mhuire, backed by a driving breeze, tore into Ballyshannon in the second half and held a one point lead going into the closing stages. With the last movement of the game Aodh Ruadh won a 13 metre free at an awkward angle to the posts, but David McGurrin stepped up and calmly popped it over to take the game to a replay. The final score was Aodh Ruadh 2-8 Naomh Mhuire 1-11. Daniel Kelly did really well in nets, he made one exceptional save in the second half and his kick outs were spot on. Defensively Colm Kelly was his usual polished self as was Matthew Maguire. In what was a hard-fought game, Darren Gethins delivered a strong display while Paddy Gillespie scored 1-1, both his scores of a very high quality. Dave McGurrin's frees kept Aodh Ruadh afloat while Jamie McDonald hit a cracking goal from Jamie McDonald. Pauric Patton showed his habitual flair at midfield and contributed two great scores to the Ballyshannon cause. It looks like the replay will take place this Friday, but that has yet to be confirmed. Many thanks to Cathal Maguire who took some pictures of the under 16s earlier championship win over Dungloe.

The under 14s had a fantastic win away against Ardara last Wednesday night. Philip Patton led the way up front converting two penalties in a great performance, Shane McGrath was also in very dangerous form, indeed it was McGrath who won the two penalties. Ryan Gallagher tortured his marker and scored a brilliant individual goal. The midfielders, Jason Gallagher and Conor Kennedy had good strong games especially Kennedy in the second half when the game was in the melting pot. The game was won in the second half and a lot of credit can go to an granite-hard defensive performance. Oisín Rooney was outstanding in a half back line also featuring impressive displays Colm Doyle and Cookie O'Halloran. The full back line as a unit, Nathan Boyle, Eugene Drummond and Kieran Kelly, were phenomenal in the face of wilting Ardara pressure. Probably the top contender for man of the match in what really was a great team performance was goal keeper Gavin McDaid, his penalty save at the start of the second half really gave Aodh Ruadh the belief to push on. The next action for the under 14 is on Friday 25th July when they host Four Masters in Father Tierney Park, throw-in is at 7.30pm. We have been told that the under 14 Southern Regional semi-finals will take place on Friday 12th August, the Regional final on Monday 15th August and the county semi-final on Friday 19th August.

The Mick Shannon under 10 tournament was played last Saturday in Father Tierney park. It was a very enjoyable day with visiting teams from Kilcar, Four Masters, Pettigo and MacCumhaill's. The lads all had a good day of football and fun. Thanks to all the referees, officials, coaches, parents and everyone who helped on the day, in whatever capacity. Training continues this Saturday at 11am.

Our promising under 8s traveled to Mountcharles last Friday and participated in a very successful blitz. Many thanks to Bernie Kelly who took some pictures at that blitz and which we now have up.

~ HURLING ~
There was disappointment for the under 16s on Thursday last when Strabane failed to field in the under 16 league. The under 12s game with MacCumhaill's didn't go ahead either as MacCumhaill's failed to show for their game.

This Thursday the league continues and the under 16s are at home to Saint Eunan's while the under 12s make the trip to Letterkenny to take on Saint Eunan's. Throw in for both games at 7pm.

The minors opened their Fermanagh League campaign with a heavy defeat at home to Lisbellaw, they are away to Knocks in their next game and it's hoped there will be a big improvement in their performance.

Monday was another great day for underage hurling in Aodh Ruadh when five club under 12 players played on the hallowed turf of Croke Park, they were part of the Donegal under 12 development squad. The five who made their first and hopefully not their last appearance in Croke Park were Barry Kelly, Stephen Anderson, Conal Sweeney, Brian McHenry and Ryan Ayres. Well done to all the lads and also their manager Michael Ayres who also made his debut on the sideline in Croke Park as part of the management of this squad.

We are hosting an under 10 blitz this Sunday with games begining at 11am. Eddie Lynch will notify all players of arrangements.

A date for your diary the annual underage hurlers trip to the All-Ireland semi-final in Croke Park will take place on Sunday 7th August where they will watch Kilkenny take on the winners of this Sunday's quarter final between Galway and Waterford. More details on the trip in the coming weeks.

We have updates on some items from Monday nights notes. First of all thanks to Alan Sweeny who sent on pictures from the under 8 blitz in Letterkenny. Secondly we have full match reports, panels and scorers for the under 14s Fermanagh League final win and the under 16's heroic Fermanagh League final defeat.

Training for all ages will continue at 12 noon on Sunday.

~ SUMMER CAMP ~
The 20th annual Aodh Ruadh Summer Camp concludes this week. There was a good attendance over the course of the camp with close on 200 taking part over the three weeks.

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21 July

~ CLUB NOTES ~
Anyone with items for the club notes over the next two weeks is asked to send them on to Sean Perry at sean.perry@oceanfm.ie.

~ ALL-IRELAND QUARTER FINAL TICKETS ~
Depending on the draw following this weekend's qualifier games Donegal could very well be in All-Ireland quarter final action this coming August Bank Holiday weekend. Anyone who has ticket requests for this game is asked to get them in as soon as possible as the club won't have very long to take orders. John Magee is coordinating the club's ticket order. Text your order to 086-2263105 or e-mail tickets@aodhruadh.org. Please do not call this number, communication by text only. Be as precise as possible in your order stating how many adult, student, senior citizen or under 16 tickets you may be looking for. Please be advised we have no foreknowledge of what concession prices there may be for this game, so requests for student, senior citizen and under 16 tickets are subject to there being concession rates for these tickets.

~ FOOTBALL ~
The under 16 Division 1 Southern regional championship final relay between Aodh Ruadh and Naomh Mhuire takes place this Monday, 25th July at 7.30pm in Dungloe. Connie Doherty is down to referee this game. Thanks to Cathal Maguire who took pictures of the first match last Monday.

~ SUMMER CAMP ~
The annual Aodh Ruadh Summer Camp was once again a marvelous success. We have some pictures from the final week of camp up.

~ PIG RACE ~
The Aodh Ruadh pig race is back on Saturday August 20th. Pigs are available to buy at €30 each. Each race has six pigs with a prize of €50 on offer for the owner of the winning pig. We are also taking adverts for the race card. This is always a wild night of craic, so don't miss your chance to get on board. If you want buy a pig or take an advert in the card, e-mail info@aodhruadh.org or text 086-6431805

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26 July

~ FOOTBALL ~
The senior side join the reserves in the next round of the Intermediate championship with a hard-fought win over Fanad Gaels on Saturday night last. Michael Ward led the line in the scoring stakes with a wonderful exhibition of kicking while Darren Drummond also proved his worth since his return with another honest performance.

Meanwhile, the u-16s are the Southern divisional champions after a comprehensive 14 point victory over Naomh Mhuire on Monday night last in Dungloe on a scoreline of Aodh Ruadh 4-10; Naomh Mhuire 1-6. The Ballyshannon side played superbly and demonstrated their quality, playing the ball out of defence at speed and building coherent and incisive attacks. Congratulations to the players and management and thanks to the supporters who travelled the long journey to match their vocal Naomh Mhuire counterparts.

Regarding the u-8 footballers, the club would like to thank all the parents that helped out in a hugely encouraging season, especially the management team of Declan Rooney, Gerry Foy, Pauric Keenaghan and Gerard McGloin. There was a fantastic turnout all year which began last November and finished up on the 15th July with a successful trip to St Naul's, preceeded by fantastic games against Four Masters at home and an away trip to Ardara. There were in excess of 30 keen and budding young stars of the future at training every week. Indoor training will start again in the winter. The u-6s have also finished up and were ably managed by Kenneth Monaghan and Kenneth Roper with various parents helping out from week to week. The numbers turning out for this particular age group was also very heartening with more than 20 talented and determined youngsters presenting themselves for training.

~ HURLING ~
The u-16 hurlers continued their unbeaten run in the Donegal league on Thursday last with a convincing win at home to St Eunan's, they face a difficult trip to Buncrana this Thursday to play a strong home team in what should be a closely fought contest.

Again in hurling, the u-12s travelled to Letterkenny last Thursday to play St Eunan's in the league, they lost out by a point in a great game 3-1 to 2-3, they are at home to Buncrana this Thursday, throw-in is at 7pm.

The annual underage hurlers trip to Croke Park is on Sunday, August 7th to see Davy Fitzgerald's Waterford take on the Mighty Cats in the All-Ireland semi-final, all enquires in relation to this trip please contact John Rooney at 086-2587793.

Training as normal is at 12 noon on Sunday.

~ LADIES ~
The ladies are playing Four Masters in senior championship county semi-final on Monday, August 1st in Mountcharles at 12 o'clock.

~ ALL-IRELAND QUARTER FINAL TICKETS ~
Depending on the draw following this weekend's qualifier games Donegal could very well be in All-Ireland quarter final action this coming August Bank Holiday weekend. Anyone who has ticket requests for this game is asked to get them in as soon as possible as the club won't have very long to take orders. John Magee is coordinating the club's ticket order. Text your order to 086-2263105 or e-mail tickets@aodhruadh.org. Please do not call this number, communication by text only. Be as precise as possible in your order stating how many adult, student, senior citizen or under 16 tickets you may be looking for. Please be advised we have no foreknowledge of what concession prices there may be for this game, so requests for student, senior citizen and under 16 tickets are subject to there being concession rates for these tickets.

~ FUND RAISING ~
The Aodh Ruadh pig race is back on Saturday, August 20th. Pigs are available to buy at €30 each. Each race has six pigs with a prize of €50 on offer for the owner of the winning pig. We are also taking adverts for the race card. This is always a hectic night of fun, so don't miss your chance to get on board. If you want buy a pig or take an advert in the card, e-mail info@aodhruadh.org or text 086-6431805

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