Club Notes Archive - 2012

Box. JANUARY
3 January

~ LADIES ~
The Ladies AGM was held on Thursday 29th of December in Áras Aoidh Ruaidh. The following appointments were made. Chairman: Terence McShea; Secretary: Sarah Patton; Treasurer: Tanya O'Shea. Assistant Treasurer: Katie Flood; Assistant Secretary: Donna Martin; Registrar: Gabby McGloin; PRO: Fionnuala Gill; Child Protection Officer: Annette Lloyd; Senior management: Terence McShea and Teddy Kane; Under 16 management: Claire Flood and Colman Kerr; Under 14 management: TBC; Under 12, under 10 and under 8 management: Bernie Maguire. The following dates have also been confirmed The Cyclothon will take place on Saturday 24th March. The Duck Race will take place on Easter Saturday 8th April. There will be an open registration night in January.

~ YES WE 'CAN' ~
If you're looking for a New Year Resolution - try recycling! Don't forget to recycle all your aluminium drink cans (soft drinks and alcoholic) to raise much needed funds for Aodh Ruadh and protect the environment. The first collection takes place on Saturday 7th January 2012 at Aras Aoidh Ruaidh in Father Tierney Park from 12noon to 1pm. Save all your aluminium cans and bring them up. It doesn't matter how few or how many you have, they all count, if the whole club and community gets behind this project it's a great opportunity to raise much needed funds for club. Thanks to all the businesses who are supporting this project, any other businesses who wish to come on board please contact John Rooney 086-2587793. Yes we CAN!

~ BIG BAD INTERACTIVE FUN QUIZ ~
Many thanks to all who supported the Big Bad Interactive YouTube fun quiz on Thursday, 29th December, in aid Aodh Ruadh Bord na nÓg. There was a great turn-out with 24 tables taking part and we raised €1,100. It was a great night of fun and craic. It was particularly heartening to see and talk to the many club members back from foreign climes who showed their support on the night. Thanks to Bord na nÓg chair man Shane Toolan who did a great job as quiz master. Thanks to Catherine McKee and Betty McIntyre who marked and Brian Drummond, Paddy Kelly, Sylvester Maguire and Terence McShea who clocked up the miles collecting sheets and selling the raffle. Thanks also to all who sponsored prizes and Dicey Reilly's for hosting the night, especially Brendan for all his help and assistance. We have a few pictures from the evening up.

~ BARN DANCE ~
There is a Céilí Old Time Barn Dance in the Rock Hall Ballyshannon this Saturday, 7th January at 9.30pm with music from the Assaroe Céilí Band. Supper served. Admission is €8 and all proceeds are in support of Ballyshannon Christmas Lights. A great night's craic for a great cause.

~ DONEGAL YEARBOOK ~
Donegal Yearbooks are now on sale in Pearse O'Neill's, priced €10.

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10 January

~ REGISTRATION ~
Club membership for 2012 is now due and all club members are asked to submit their registration form and fee at their earliest convenience. In order to be entitled to the rights of a full member, a person must have their fees paid to the club on a date before March 31st and be registered by the club on the online system in order to have a vote in the upcoming membership year.

A few further points to note.

  • Only fully registered players on the GAA online registration system are allowed to take the field for the club. If your name is not in this system you are ineligible. That has repercussions in terms of insurance cover for injuries.
  • Registration is an important component in meeting the running costs of the club.
  • Paid up members will receive preference for tickets to Donegal's championship matches
  • Only fully paid up members will be eligible for the draw for tickets to the football and hurling All Ireland finals.
  • Club membership will be displayed in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh.

Membership rates are as follows: Adult, €30; Adult Player (Includes insurance cover for the year), €50; Underage (Under 18 years-of-age) €15. Registration can be paid at Shannon's Corner. The club requires a fully registration form with each fee. Registration forms can be downloaded from the administration section of aodhruadh.org. Sub-committees will also be organising registration sessions in the coming weeks.

~ FOOTBALL ~
There is a meeting of the Bord na nÓg committee this Friday, 13th January at 6.15pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. All committee members are asked to attend as is anyone interested in getting involved with underage football in 2012.

Indoor training resumes on Friday 27th January. The Under 6s are in the Mercy Hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 6.45pm followed by the under 8s from 6.45pm to 7.30pm, also in the Mercy Hall. 2012 under 10s are training in the new hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm. That session is followed by the 2012 under 12s from 7pm to 8pm, also in the new hall. There is a charge of €2 per head. Please bring runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

A late rally of points from CJ McGourty helped Jordanstown to a surprise win over the Ulster champions in O'Donnell park last Sunday. Our own Peter Boyle was between the sticks for the homesters and gave his accustomed polished performance. We have some pictures from the match.

~ HURLING ~
Bon Voyage and best wishes to Peter Horan who heads for Perth this week. Peter was a great worker for Aodh Ruadh over the last few years. A fine player, he was also a referee and helped out in many fund-raising events for the club. But it was as an underage hurling coach that Peter did Trojan work. He coached teams to county titles at under 14 and under 16 and also led Aodh Ruadh under 14s to their first Donegal Féile in 2010 and to a great performance in the National Feile in Clare. He was also involved in county management for the last two years and along with all these commitments he still found time to play county hurling for Donegal and was part of the historic county squad that won the Lory Meagher title this year. Unfortunately like so many young people in the current economic climate he has to head Down Under for employment we wish him well and thank him for his hard work over the years.

The following underage management appointments were confirmed at a recent Juvenile Hurling meeting:
Minor: Aidan Begley (manager) assisted by David Downey.
Under 16: John Rooney (manager) assisted by Paul Sheridan.

~ LADIES ~
Indoor training resumes on Wednesday 25th January. Under 8s and under 10s are in the Mercy Hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 6.45pm followed by the under 12s from 6.45pm to 7.30pm, also in the Mercy Hall. There is a charge of €2 per head. Please bring runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

~ YES WE CAN ~
Our first aluminium can collection took place on Saturday last, it went very well. We thank all of the local community who brought their drink cans to Father Tierney Park for recycling. This venture will continue throughout the year to help raise much needed funds for Aodh Ruadh and to protect the environment. We would like to thank the following Ballyshannon businesses who have supported us with this fund-raiser including Shannon's Corner, Sean Óg's, JR's Cafe, Cafe Beag, The Bridgend Bar, Pat's Bar and also Bundoran's Conor McEniff of Paris/Fusion night club. Any other businesses who want to come on board are most welcome. Our next collection is on Saturday the 21st January at Fr. Tierney Park from 12noon to 1pm. anyone who wants to join this recycling campaign or wants any information contact John Rooney (086-2587793) Kieran Drummond (086-2368295) Pauric Keenaghan (086-8491540) Michael Ayres (087-6600879) or Eddie Lynch (087-7583171) remember every can helps!

~ DINNER DANCE ~
Advance notice of the club dinner dance which will take place on Saturday 11th February in Dorrian's Imperial Hotel Ballyshannon. The intermediate reserve championship winning team will be honoured on the night. Tickets go to print soon and will be available to purchase shortly from the usual sources.

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17 January

~ FOOTBALL ~
The video of the 2011 under 16 county final between Aodh Ruadh and Naomh Mhuire is now available on the club's YouTube channel.

Indoor training resumes on Friday 27th January. The Under 6s are in the Mercy Hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 6.45pm followed by the under 8s from 6.45pm to 7.30pm, also in the Mercy Hall. 2012 under 10s are training in the new hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm. That session is followed by the 2012 under 12s from 7pm to 8pm, also in the new hall. There is a charge of €2 per head. Please bring runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

~ LADIES ~
Indoor training resumes on Wednesday 25th January. Under 8s and under 10s are in the Mercy Hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 6.45pm followed by the under 12s from 6.45pm to 7.30pm, also in the Mercy Hall. There is a charge of €2 per head. Please bring runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

~ YES WE CAN ~
We have another collection aluminium drink cans for recycling to help raise much needed funds for Aodh Ruadh at Father Tierney Park this Saturday 21st January from 12 noon to 1pm. We're running this fund-raiser all year so get into the habit of putting aside your aluminium cans for Aodh Ruadh instead of putting them in the bin. We can only take drink cans - soft or alcoholic drinks cans. Thanks to all who have supported our recycling campaign so far. We would also like to thank the following Ballyshannon businesses who have supported us with this fund-raiser including Shannon's Corner, Sean Óg's, JR's Cafe, Cafe Beag, The Bridgend Bar, Pat's Bar and also Bundoran's Conor McEniff of Paris/Fusion night club. Any other businesses who want to come on board are most welcome. Anyone who wants to join this recycling campaign or wants any information contact John Rooney (086-2587793) Kieran Drummond (086-2368295) Pauric Keenaghan (086-8491540) Michael Ayres (087-6600879) or Eddie Lynch (087-7583171) remember every can helps!

~ DINNER DANCE ~
Advance notice of the club dinner dance which will take place on Saturday 11th February in Dorrian's Imperial Hotel Ballyshannon. The intermediate reserve championship winning team will be honoured on the night. Tickets go to print soon and will be available to purchase his week from the usual sources.

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24 January

~ MEETING ~
The monthly senior club meeting takes place on Thursday 26th January in Aras Aoidh Ruadh 8.30pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

~ FOOTBALL ~
Indoor training resumes this Friday 27th January. The Under 6s are in the Mercy Hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 6.45pm followed by the under 8s from 6.45pm to 7.30pm, also in the Mercy Hall. 2012 under 10s are training in the new hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm. That session is followed by the 2012 under 12s from 7pm to 8pm, also in the new hall. There is a charge of €2 per head. Please bring runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

In anticipation of an earlier start to the season than usual Aodh Ruadh's under 14s are being put through their paces at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh by Barry Ward. We have some shots of the lads in action. Can you spot the county champions in the making yet?

~ HURLING ~
Colaiste Cholmcille lost a very exciting under 15 and a half Ulster final on Monday in the mid Ulster Sports Arena in Cookstown against Abbey CBS, Newry. Despite conceding two early goals to the physically stronger Newry team who were selecting players from six clubs, Colaiste Cholmcille never gave up and slowly clawed their way back into the game. All the Colaiste panel hurl with Aodh Ruadh, they showed great heart and determination to match the Down men, but in the end the concession of the two early goals left them with a mountain to climb. The young Colaiste team, 10 of whom are underage next year, fought to the bitter end, and can be very proud of the part they played in a great game of hurling which was played in a very sporting manner. The greater fitness and sharpness of the Newry men saw them claim the Ulster title on a 4-5 to 1-5 score line. The lads were a credit to their school and club and we thank Colaiste Cholmcille and Mr Conlan for promoting hurling in the school.

~ LADIES ~
Senior and minor training will commence this Tuesday evening at 7.30pm in the Mercy Hall. All players are asked to bring €2 to cover the cost of the hall. There is also senior and minor training this Saturday at 10am at the Park.

Under 14 training will take place from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in the Mercy Hall also this Tuesday evening. Again all players are asked to bring €2 to cover the cost of the hall.

Indoor training resumes this Wednesday 25th January. Under 8s and under 10s are in the Mercy Hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 6.45pm followed by the under 12s from 6.45pm to 7.30pm, also in the Mercy Hall. There is a charge of €2 per head. Please bring runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

~ DINNER DANCE ~
Advance notice of the club dinner dance which will take place on Saturday 11th February in Dorrian's Imperial Hotel, Ballyshannon. The intermediate reserve championship winning team will be honoured on the night. Tickets go to print soon and will be available to purchase his week from the usual sources.

~ YES WE CAN ~
Again last Saturday we got a great response to our aluminium can recycling campaign. We thank all the community who are helping us raise much needed funds for Aodh Ruadh and also helping to tidy up the local area and protect the environment. On Saturday last two welcome additions were added to the list of supporters of this campaign. Liam Gilmartin of the Wellington Bar, Kinlough and Transition Year, Colaiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon both of whom are giving very welcome support to our project. So join our recycling campaign and remember every can helps. Saturday 4th February is our next collection day for aluminium drink cans only - soft drinks and alcoholic - so put your cans for recycling aside till then. Spread the word to family and friends. cans. Anyone who wants to join this recycling campaign or wants any information contact can John Rooney 086-2587793.

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31 January

~ FOOTBALL ~
There will be a registration and information night for underage boys and girls football, i.e. aged 18 and under, next Wednesday, 1st February, from 6pm to 8pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Registration forms can be downloaded from the administration section of aodhruadh.org. The membership fee for under 18s is €15.

Indoor training continues this Friday 3rd February. The Under 6s are in the Mercy Hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 6.45pm followed by the under 8s from 6.45pm to 7.30pm, also in the Mercy Hall. 2012 under 10s are training in the new hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm. That session is followed by the 2012 under 12s from 7pm to 8pm, also in the new hall. There is a charge of €2 per head. Please bring runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

Our under 16s had an exceptional run last year, winning the Southern Divisional league and championship, and crowned the season with a first county title at this grade since 1997. Those achievements were recognised in a medal presentation in Dicey Reilly's function room last Saturday. Team manager Shane Ward was compere as Donegal stars David Walsh and our own Peter Boyle were on hand to present the medals. David gave a short speech to the team afterwards urging them to continue to work at their game and target a place in the Donegal squad in years to come as a goal. Darren Gethins got the player of the year award, an accolade all the more prestigious as it was voted for by the team. Many thanks to all the parents who turned up and Dicey Reilly's for hosting the event. We have pictures from the evening.

~ HURLING ~
Underage hurling training for all ages from 6 years will begin on Sunday 4th March at 12 noon. Everyone welcome, especially beginners. For any information contact John Rooney 086-2587793 or Eddie Lynch 087-7583171.

~ LADIES ~
Why not come along to Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this Sunday and cheer on the Donegal ladies as they take on Cork? This opening round clash of the Ladies NFL division throws in at 2pm. Donegal have been coming strong in recent years, while Cork are the reigning All-Ireland champions so it promises to be a mighty battle. Come along and support our girls!

The quiz in Owen Roe's this Thursday, 2nd February, is in aid of Aodh Ruadh Ladies. All support on the night would be greatly appreciated. It gets under way at 10pm with plenty of prizes and craic on offer.

There will be a registration and information night for underage boys and girls football, i.e. aged 18 and under, next Wednesday, 1st February, from 6pm to 8pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Registration forms can be downloaded from the administration section of aodhruadh.org. The membership fee for under 18s is €15.

Senior, minor and under 16 training continues this at a slightly earlier time this Tuesday of 7.30pm in the Mercy Hall. All players are asked to bring €2 to cover the cost of the hall. There is also senior, minor and under 16 training this Saturday at 10am at the Park.

Under 14 training will take place from the slightly earlier time of 6pm to 7pm in the Mercy Hall this Tuesday evening. Again all players are asked to bring €2 to cover the cost of the hall.

Indoor training continues this Wednesday 1st February. Under 8s and under 10s are in the Mercy Hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 6.45pm followed by the under 12s from 6.45pm to 7.30pm, also in the Mercy Hall. There is a charge of €2 per head. Please bring runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

~ DINNER DANCE ~
Tickets are now on sale for the annual Aodh Ruadh dinner dance. Priced at €28, a 6.6 percent reduction on last year price, they can now be bought in Shannon's Corner, Pearse O'Neill's and Kernan's Spar or through club members. The big night is on Valentine's weekend, Saturday 11th February, in Dorrian's Imperial Hotel, Ballyshannon. Along with our club awards we will be honouring our intermediate reserve championship winning team on the night.

~ YES WE CAN ~
Our next aluminium can collection is on this Saturday 4th February from 12 noon to 1pm. We've had a great response to our campaign so far from the local community and businesses and we ask everyone to bring aluminium cans only for recycling to raise much needed funds for Aodh Ruadh and to protect the environment again this Saturday. Any information contact John Rooney 086-2587793 or Kieran Drummond 086-2368295.

~ OFF THE PITCH ~
There is a Céilí, Old Time and Barn Dance with music by the Assaroe Céilí Band in the Rock Hall, Ballyshannon this Saturday, 4th February, at 9.30pm. Admission is €8, supper served. Proceeds are in aid of Aodh Ruadh Ladies Football.

Ballyshannon Drama Society presents Shelagh Stephenson's comedy, The Memory Of Water, in the Abbey Centre at 8.30pm on Tuesday 7th, Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th, and Saturday 11th February. The production is directed by Anne McHugh with a cast of Ailis McIntyre, Rachel O'Connor, Aisling Finn, Trisha Keane, Richard Hurts and Terence McEneney

~ BINGO ~
There is a Bingo special with a prize fund of over €2,000 in the Abbey Centre Ballyshannon this Friday, 3rd February. The action gets under way at 9pm with books priced €15 and prizes are as follows:

GAMELINEHOUSE
1€40€100
2€40€100
3€40€150
4€40€100
5€40€150
6€40€100
7€40€100
8€40€150
9€40€100
10€40€150
11€100€1,000
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Box. FEBRUARY
7 February

~ FOOTBALL ~
Under 16 training this week in the Lakeside Centre is Thursday @ 7pm and Friday @ 6pm. Please contact Packie McGrath on 087-9794696 or Peter Gallagher on 087-9794280 if for any reason you cannot attend. New members very welcome on the night.

Indoor training continues this Friday 10th February. The Under 6s are in the Mercy Hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 6.45pm followed by the under 8s from 6.45pm to 7.30pm, also in the Mercy Hall. 2012 under 10s are training in the new hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm. That session is followed by the 2012 under 12s from 7pm to 8pm, also in the new hall. There is a charge of €2 per head. Please bring runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

~ HURLING ~
Underage hurling training for all ages from 6 up resumes on Sunday 4th March at 12 noon at Father Tierney Park. We look forward to another very enjoyable season. All welcome especially beginners, notes will be distributed through the local national schools shortly. For any further information contact John Rooney 086-2587793 or Eddie Lynch 087-7583171.

~ LADIES ~
Donegal, a much weakened force since last year due emigration and departures, were beaten by 11 points by All-Ireland champions Cork on their NFL visit to Ballyshannon. The score line is deceptive as the game was far from one way traffic. Donegal passed up two clear goal opportunities in the first half and put a third off the cross bar in the second. Geraldine McLaughlin ran up 1-4 for the Tir Chonaill girls, but Cork's experience and goals proved the difference. The Cork manager, Eamonn Ryan, was very gracious after the game complimenting the club the venue and hospitality. We have pictures from the game.

Senior, minor and under 16 training continues this Tuesday at 7pm in the Mercy Hall. All players are asked to bring €2 to cover the cost of the hall. There is also senior, minor and under 16 training this Saturday at 10am at the Park.

Under 14 training will take place from 6pm to 7pm in the Mercy Hall this Tuesday evening. All players are asked to bring €2 to cover the cost of the hall.

Indoor training continues this Wednesday 8th February. Under 8s and under 10s are in the Mercy Hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 6.45pm followed by the under 12s from 6.45pm to 7.30pm, also in the Mercy Hall. There is a charge of €2 per head. Please bring runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

~ DINNER DANCE ~
The club's biggest social night of the year is almost upon us and final preparation for our annual dinner dance are well under way. Sean Perry will be master of ceremonies and music on the night will be provided by John Meehan and band. Tickets are now on sale priced at €28, a 6.6 percent reduction on last year price, and can be bought in Shannon's Corner, Pearse O'Neill's and Kernan's Spar or through club members. The big night is Saturday 11th February, Valentine's weekend, in Dorrian's Imperial Hotel, Ballyshannon. Along with our club awards we will be honouring our intermediate reserve championship winning team on the night. Don't miss it!

~ YES WE CAN ~
Thanks to all who supported our aluminium can collection on Saturday last, it was our busiest collection day yet. We wish to thank the following businesses who have joined our campaign: Max Bar and Kate's Kitchen in Ballyshannon, The Pantry in Laghey and Jumpin' Jacks of Bundoran. Thanks to all the businesses and members of the community who are supporting this novel fundraiser. Thanks also to Ballyshannon Regeneration Group for their support. Keep on collecting, the next collection day is Saturday 18th February from 12 noon to 1pm at Father Tierney Park. All enquiries to John Rooney 086-2587793.

~ OFF THE PITCH ~
Ballyshannon Drama Society presents Shelagh Stephenson's comedy, The Memory Of Water, in the Abbey Centre at 8.30pm on Tuesday 7th, Wednesday 8th, Thursday 9th, and Saturday 11th February. The production is directed by Anne McHugh with a cast of Ailis McIntyre, Rachel O'Connor, Aisling Finn, Trisha Keane, Richard Hurts and Terence McEnaney

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