Club Notes Archive - 2012

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1 May

~ FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh went on a goal-scoring spree in the final 15 minutes of their tie with Urris on Saturday evening to clinch an important home win. The visitors started off the better when they went into a four point lead, including a goal by corner forward Mark McLaughlin who with Alan Friel (0-2) was causing Aodh Ruadh a few headaches. Dean Kelly also got on the score sheet for Urris with two converted frees. But Aodh Ruadh came from behind thanks to scores from Michael Ward (1-1), Diarmuid McInerney (0-2,1f), David Dolan (0-2) and Ciron Whoriskey (0-1) to draw level 1-6 a piece at half-time. Urris went into to the lead in the opening minutes of the second half with a free from Dean Kelly, but it wouldn't be until the 45th minute that the next score of the game would come. Kelly also went on to score the only other two points for his side in the second half. Substitute Niall McCready scored the goal which proved to mark the turnaround for Aodh Ruadh as two more goals followed from Conor Patton, who gave an outstanding performance, and another substitute Shane Ward, yes that Shane Ward, who scored the fourth goal and sealed the deal for Aodh Ruadh. We have pictures from the game and a list of scorers up.

Playing 13-a-side Aodh Ruadh overcame Urris in a rather stop start affair. Despite struggling with the 13-a-side dynamic, Aodh Ruadh dominated the first half with Damien Cleary, Dermot Slevin and Steven Perry firing over points to help Aodh Ruadh to a 0-7 to no score lead by half time. Honours were shared in the second half, but the points remained on Erneside as Ballyshannon returned to the top of the division three reserve table. We have some pictures from the game up. We will also be adding extra pictures taken by Cathal Maguire at the senior and reserve games later in the week.

There is no game currently scheduled for this weekend, but Aodh Ruadh will definitely be back in action the following weekend when we are on our travels to Carndonagh.

The minors recorded their third win of the league with a 0-9 to 2-11 away win over Naomh Conaill. The Ernesiders played against the breeze in the first half and were doing well to only be two points down at half time - 0-7 to 1-2. David McGurrin hit a free and James Kelly hit a nice point from play, while Michael McNeely got goal, drawing on the ball after it landed into a scramble in the square. Aodh Ruadh made good use of the breeze in the second half. David McGurrin added to his tally and Jamie McDonald came on fired over a few Jamie specials to give Aodh Ruadh the lead. The decisive score came when Michael McNeely collected a long diagonal ball, swiveled and rifled the ball in the top corner for a real cracker of a goal. Ryan Granaghan added further scores as Ballyshannon secured the points. Eamonn McGrath was very staunch at the back, while Thomas Anderson who came on for PJ Gillespie also had a great game in defence. The lads are back on the road this week, and the trips aren't getting any shorter. This time it's away to Dungloe on Friday with Martin Coll throwing the ball in at 7pm.

A busy bank holiday weekend coming up for the under 16s. First on the order of business is the Southern Minor League final against Killybegs. That takes place this Saturday 5th May at 12 noon in Dunkineely. This promises to be an epic game of football so a good showing of Ballyshannon support would be much appreciated. Next up after that is the preliminary round second leg game away to Four Masters on Monday, 7th April. That game throws in at Tir Chonaill park at 7pm. Thanks to Cathal Maguire we have some pictures from the under 16s Southern Minor Board league semi-final win over Naomh Conaill in Dunkineely last Monday up. Aodh Ruadh had strong representation at the Buncrana cup and under 17 inter-county games staged in Ballyshannon last Saturday. We have a report on the Buncrana cup game and some pictures of the action.

Aodh Ruadh missed out on Féile by the narrowest of margins, losing to Saint Eunan's 2-0 to 0-7 at MacCumhaill Park last Wednesday. Playing with the benefit of the breeze, Ballyshannon were a point up at half time. First Jimmy Ward dispatched a goal and then a long ball in from a Shane Dorrian free ended up in the net. Aodh Ruadh fought a valiant rearguard action in the second half, but eventually a free and a point from play saw Eunan's get the scores they needed to go through to the national competition. The full back line of Brendan Gillespie, Nathan Boyle, Shane Gillespie deserve special credit for the defensive work they got through, as does Caolán Drummond. Up front Michael McKenna was the most dangerous of the Ballyshannon attackers on show. The under 14s now get their league campaign for the year under way with the visit of Ardara to Father Tierney Park on Wednesday, 2nd May with the game throwing in at 7.30pm.

The under 12s final Go Games blitz of the year took place on Monday evening. Saint Naul's and Naomh Ultan came to Ballyshannon and contributed to a great evening of football. Under 12 training continues this Friday at 4.15pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, concluding at 5.20pm. The formal under 12 league starts next Monday, 7th April, with a game against Ardara. All players are to be up at the Park for 5.45pm. Throw in at 6.30pm with Mark Granaghan refereeing.

Under 10 training resumes this Thursday, 3rd May in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 6pm to 7pm. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

Under 6 and under 8 training continues this Friday 4th April from 6pm to 7pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Can all parents please ensure that young children attending training bring warm clothing to training sessions as the weather is very changeable at the moment. Children are also asked to bring their own water bottles with them to training.

~ HURLING ~
On Thursday last the under 14s made the long journey to Carndonagh to play Carn in the league. Due to injuries we just had the bare 15 players and it is to their credit that they made this trip, many of them coming straight from school. On a terrible night of wind and rain the boys stuck to the task in hand and after a very tough battle in a game full of passion and commitment they ran out winners on a 5-9 to 3-4 score line. Next up for the lads is another long trip to Inishowen on Thursday to play the very strong Buncrana team who competed in division one of the Ulster Féile on Saturday last winning two of their three games.

The under 14 hurlers will be competing in division five of Féile na nGael in Dublin from 5th July to 7th July. We are being hosted by Saint Maur's in Rush in north county Dublin. As part of the fund-raising for this trip we are bag packing in Mace in Ballyshannon this Saturday. Please support the lads in their efforts.

The minors are back in action this Thursday with a home game against Buncrana.

Commiserations to Colaiste Cholmcille's under 14 and a half team who were beaten in the Ulster C final against Abbey CBS Newry on Tuesday last. The boys got off to a terrible start and found themselves behind 5-1 to 0-2. They fought back well in the second half, but had left themselves too much work to do and lost on a 5-4 to 2-4 score-line.

The majority of Hurlathon cards are in now and we are glad to say that €6,862 has been raised to date for the promotion and development of juvenile hurling in the club well done to all concerned.

Our under 8s travelled to Killygordon on Sunday morning to take part in an all-county blitz hosted by Setanta, they put on a great show beating Burt, Letterkenny Gaels, Carndonagh and drawing with Gaoth Dobhair. Thanks to Pauric Keenaghan and Michael Ayres who managed the lads and special thanks to all the parents who drove the lads to Killygordon.

On Bank Holiday Monday next, 7th May, we have a feast of under 16 hurling with the hosting of the annual Alan Ryan/Seamus Grimes tournament, this tournament has been running since 1998 and this year's event promises to be the best yet with quality teams such as Ballycastle (Antrim) Kevin Lynches (Derry) and Carrickmore (Tyrone) among the eight teams committed to this year's tournament. The action gets under way at 10.30am. all are welcome to see some serious hurling.

Training as normal on Sunday at 12 noon all welcome especially beginners any queries please contact John Rooney (086-2587793).

~ LADIES ~
There is no Senior fixture this weekend. The next game for the senior ladies will take place Sunday week against Four Masters.

The under 14s played their third league game of the year hosting Bundoran in a truly gripping game which could have gone either way. Both teams put on a great performance, trading scores throughout the first half. A couple of goals by the Bundoran girls left the Aodh Ruadh side trailing by two points at half time. The start of the second half showed the Ballyshannon girls in excellent form and taking their scores to secure the lead. Another goal put the visiting side in front with only a couple of minutes left on the clock. The home team battled hard and put a goal and a couple of points on the board to come out on top by the narrowest of margins at the final whistle. This was an excellent team performance by all the girls to win their first match of the season. We have a few pictures from the game up.

Under 12 training will take place this Wednesday evening from 5pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Under 10 and under 8 training will take place in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 6pm on Wednesday evening to 6.45pm.

~ COACHING COURSE ~
We had a very successful coaching workshop last Saturday in Pairc Aodh Ruadh. All participants enjoyed the session and thanks to Sylvester Maguire and Brendan Drummond for giving their time to deliver course. Thanks also to all the young boys who came along to do the demos: Colm McGloin, Mark McGlynn, Cian Rooney, Seosamh and Liam McGee, Mark and Rory Gettins, John Patton and Dylan Gallagher. Due to high interest on the day another workshop will be run shortly. We have a few pictures from this session up and hope to have some video at a later date.

~ FIRST AID COURSE ~
A course in basic first aid is being organised for Tuesday, 22nd May. Course will be delivered by Liam Thomas, further details will follow soon.

~ YES WE CAN ~
The next collection of aluminium cans for recycling will take place at Father Tierney Park this Saturday 5th May from 12 noon to 1pm. we've got a great response from the local community and from local businesses and we ask all to support this project to help raise much needed funds for Aodh Ruadh and to help protect the local environment.

~ COMMUNITY GAMES ~
Father Tierney Park played host to the Community Games last Friday. There were a huge number of children present to compete in the various sprinting, hurdle and longer distance events. Needless to say there was a strong Aodh Ruadh representation present on the day. Well done to everyone who took part and those who organised. We have a few pictures from the day's action up.

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8 May

~ FOOTBALL ~
The seniors and reserves had no game last, but we are back in action this Saturday when we are on our travels to a Carndonagh team in a fine vein of form. The reserve game throws in at 6pm with Paul Clifford taking charge. That will be followed by the senior game at 7.30pm when Convoy's Ciara Foy will be refereeing.

The minors maintained their unbeaten progress through the league with a 0-6 to 1-7 away win over Dungloe. They travelled to Dungloe missing a lot of players, and with the homesters in customarily tenacious form the first half, played into a strong breeze, was a real contest of wills. Nevertheless Aodh Ruadh were 0-3 to 0-2 up at half time with David McGurrin and Johnny Gethins on the score sheet. The real heroes of the first half however were the back line of PJ Gillespie, Eamon McGrath and Ryan Patton. They were exceptional throughout the game, but particularly in the first half when Dungloe were really pounding the ball in on top of them. In the second half it was Ballyshannon's turn to lorry the ball in, and they did so to profitable effect. The forwards were given a great platform by the powerful work being done around the centre of the field. Alan Finan upped the game in second half and with Pauric Storey, Kieran Keown and Pauric Patton foraging ravenously and showing some great reading of the game there was a plentiful supply of ball for the forwards to work with. The goal came from a ball won in midfield, a diagonal ball was swung out to James Barron who let on to Johnny Gethins. He rampaged through and unleashed a left foot rocket to give the visitors some breathing space. David McGurrin added further scores as Aodh Ruadh put themselves two points clear at the top of the league table. The minor's last game of the round robin stages sees them take on Saint Naul's in a welcome home fixture. The downside is that there will be a seven week wait for that game due to the leaving certificate examinations. The game will be at Father Tierney Park on Wednesday 27th June with the throw in at 7.30pm.

Aodh Ruadh claimed the Southern Minor Board under 14 League title with a three point victory over Killybegs in another epic encounter between the teams last Saturday. The sides matched each other score for score in the first half. The problem for Ballyshannon was that most of Killybegs scores were raising green flags. Aodh Ruadh got the first four points, but then Conor Kennedy was injured releasing a pass. The disruption to the Aodh Ruadh defensive alignment allowed Eoin Bán Gallagher the opportunity to dominate the middle third for what was left of the half and his driving runs were the key factor as the Fishermen proceeded to outscore Ballyshannon 3-2 to 0-1 in the remainder of the half. At half time the score was Aodh Ruadh 0-5 Killybegs 3-2. The sides exchanged points early in the second half to take the score to 0-8 to 3-4. Then came the breakthrough Aodh Ruadh had been threatening. Oisín Rooney or Niall Harley goaled and then Philip Patton followed up with a point to cut the deficit to the minimum. Killybegs had stretched the gap out to a goal with five minutes remaining when Philip Patton goaled. Aodh Ruadh poured forth and Shane McGrath and then Eddie Lynch hit the points which took the Southern divisional title back to the banks of the Erne. In goal Kevin Warnock was excellent. The defence played well as a unit. Once again Cookie O'Halloran distinguished himself with another eye-watering effort. Colm Kelly was immense in midfield, but once again Niall Harley played a captain's part really driving Aodh Ruadh on to the title. Up front the forwards acquitted themselves well. On this occasion Philip Patton was the pick, while Eddie Lynch covered every inch of the park. There is a full match report and pictures by Cathal Maguire from the game up. The county semi-final against Burt takes place this Friday at Red Hugh's with a throw in of 7pm. We would appeal for a big Ballyshannon crowd to make the trip down to Killygordon for this one.

Aodh Ruadh had a real ding dong battle with Ardara in their opening game of the under 14 league. The visitors got off to a blinding start with and were 2-2 to 0-3 up with 10 minutes gone. Aodh Ruadh stabilised their position after the initial burst of scores and started to assert themselves around the middle of the park, Oisín Rooney in particular helping to steady things. For the remaining 20 minutes the Ernesiders restricted Ardara to a single point from Oisín Brennan, whilst adding a further 1-3 themselves. The closing stages were evenly enough matched, but Aodh Ruadh were more clinical about taking their chances. It was perhaps Aodh Ruadh's better spread of finishers which saw them over the line. Ardara's central pairing had a great battle with Oisín Rooney and Shane McGrath, but Rooney had an outstanding game. He got 1-4 from play, but his general contribution was excellent also. He was run close for man of the match by Jason Granaghan whose precision tackling repeatedly frustrating burgeoning Ardara attacks. Jimmy Ward hit three fine points while Shane Dorrian took his goal and a point with the absolute conviction of a born finisher. We have a full match report and pictures from the game up. Next up for Aodh Ruadh is the trip to Glenties on Wednesday night where Naomh Conaill will be providing just a stern a test. The game throws in at 7.30pm.

The under 12 league started with the visit of Ardara to Father Tierney Park on Bank Holiday Monday. Aodh Ruadh delivered a good performance to take the points in trying circumstances. The full back line were excellent with Ciaran Meehan constantly out in front and Pauric Keenaghan very secure under the high ball and Caolan Dolan treating every ball like a prisoner. Shane Gillespie at centre half back was another who had a good 60 minutes. The midfield pairing of Dylan Gallagher and Michael McKenna were excellent. Gallagher in particular covered every inch of the park and notched up 1-4, with a further two efforts coming back off the crossbar. Up front Evan McTiernan proved a difficult presence for Ardara to deal with, as was the industrious Nathan McNeely. We have a full match report and pictures up. The under 12s are training this Friday at 4.15pm and next Monday, also at 4.15pm.

Under 10 training continues this Thursday, 10th May in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 6pm to 7pm. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

Our first under 8 blitz of the year takes place this Saturday 12th May in Father Tierney Park at 12 noon. All players are asked to bring club shorts and socks and be at the pitch for 11.15am.

Under 6 training continues this Friday 11th May from 6pm to 7pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Can all parents please ensure that young children attending training bring warm clothing to training sessions as the weather is very changeable at the moment. Children are also asked to bring their own water bottles with them to training.

~ HURLING ~
Last Thursday night was a great night for underage hurling in Aodh Ruadh. Our under 14s were on the road again making the long trip to Buncrana to play the strong local team. In a great game two evenly matched teams gave their all and the Aodh Ruadh boys recorded their first win at this level in Buncrana and won out by the slimmest of margins on a score line of 2-2 to 1-3, that maintains the lads 100 percent record as we head to Inishowen again this Thursday to play our last game in the league section against Burt.

Meanwhile in Father Tierney Park Buncrana and the host club went into battle in the minor league. Both these teams have dominated the under 14 and under 16 leagues in Donegal over the last few years and as a result it was two very young minor teams who went into battle in this game. Aodh Ruadh got off to great start but the Buncrana men battled back and narrowed the game coming up to half time setting up what promised to be a close second half. Again Aodh Ruadh were quick out of the blocks in the second half, but as the game neared it's finished Buncrana scored two late goals. Aodh Ruadh held on and ran out winners on a 4-6 to 3-4 score line. We have pictures from the game up. This Thursday the lads play Burt in their final game of the league stages in Father Tierney Park.

On Monday Aodh Ruadh hosted the annual Alan Ryan / Seamus Grimes under 16 tournament. This tournament has been in existence since 1998 and it is fair to say that this year's tournament attracted the best collection of teams yet. The following teams took part McQuillan's Ballycastle of Antrim, Kevin Lynch's Dungiven from Derry, Eire Óg Carrickmore of Tyrone, Coolera/Strandhill from Sligo, Moytura of Mayo, Tuam from Galway and host club Aodh Ruadh. Conditions were difficult with heavy rain throughout the day, the draw threw up two groups. One based in Father Tierney park and the other in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.
In the opening games of the day Ballycastle played Tuam in the Park and Aodh Ruadh played Coolera/Strandhill in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. The famed Antrim team ran out convincing winners and the host club easily defeated Coolera / Strandhill, but were not very impressive in doing so.
The next set of games had two of Ulster's top under 16 teams, Kevin Lynch's and Ballycastle, in opposition in the Park, while across the road Moytura from south Mayo faced the famed Carrickmore. The Mayo men ran out easy winners while Kevin Lynch's came out on top against Ballycastle in a tempestuous affair. The next set of games were very important for the final group placings, in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh Aodh Ruadh faced Carrickmore while in the Park Tuam played Kevin Lynch's. After a poor first half Aodh Ruadh upped their performance in the second and ran out convincing winners against the Tyrone men. Meanwhile in Father Tierney Park Tuam and Kevin Lynch's put on a great show and the Derry men won after a very close game and as a result topped group one.
The scene was now set for the final round of games. In group two with Aodh Ruadh facing Moytura and Coolera / Strandhill facing Carrickmore in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Aodh Ruadh missed a number of chances to put away the Mayo men, and due to poor finishing and a spirited Mayo team Aodh Ruadh found them themselves two points down with seconds remaining on the clock they played the ball up the field and with only a goal on their mind they got it with the last puc of the game to beat the Mayo men by a point. It was tough on the Mayo men who fought so well to put themselves in a winning position, but for the first time that day the Aodh Ruadh men showed their renowned never say die attitude to get the goal at the end, and by doing so top group two.
Meanwhile over in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh the Tyrone men ran out easy winners against the Yeats men.
The stage was now set for the Alan Ryan semi-finals. First up were Kevin Lynch's against Moytura, this is a very talented Mayo team with a great attitude to the game of hurling. They contested every ball with the Derry men and there was only two points in it at the end. Over in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh the Seamus Grimes final was played between Tuam and Carrickmore, and the men from the West saved their best performance till last and much to the joy of their large travelling support they ran out easy winners to add another new name to the list of winners of the Seamus Grimes memorial trophy.
Over in Father Tierney Park Aodh Ruadh were facing Ballycastle, both teams were evenly matched in the first half, but in the second half the local lads began to pick off long range points and they ran out winners by six points. The stage was now set for the Alan Ryan final between Kevin Lynch's and an Aodh Ruadh team going for two-in-a-row in this tournament. It was clear from the early stages that Aodh Ruadh were up for the battle against a team who hammered them by over 40 points less than a month ago, the young Aodh Ruadh team fielding seven under 14s found themselves two points down at half time. For the second half Aodh Ruadh threw everything at the Derry men and after a fierce battle got themselves back level in a low scoring game and with less than a minute to go they scored the winning point to record an historic victory for the home team on a 0-7 to 1-3 score line.
From the field it was up to Aras Aoidh Ruaidh for the presentation and a feast of food prepared by the Ryan and Grimes families and the mothers of the Aodh Ruadh under 16s. Martin 'Kerry' Ryan opened proceedings by welcoming all to this year's tournament and thanked all the teams who had come he then called on John Rooney to say a few words. John spoke of the important role both the Alan Ryan and Seamus Grimes played in keeping hurling alive in Ballyshannon, they were both great club men who unfortunately left this world too early. He spoke of the great player Alan was and that he was part of a youth policy which Seamus Grimes among others had pioneered in the 80s in Ballyshannon. He thanked the families for their support and thanked all clubs who travelled and thanked all the managers who brought the lads to Ballyshannon. Eddie Grimes spoke on behalf of the Grimes family and thanked the local juvenile hurling committee for organising this tournament, he spoke of the high standard of hurling that had been played and he called on the Tuam captain Jonathon Ward to come forward to accept the Seamus Grimes trophy. The winning captain thanked the Aodh Ruadh club for inviting them and thanked all involved in running the event. Martin spoke of how proud he was that Aodh Ruadh had retained the title, thanked the local club and all the sponsors who had supported this event, thanked all the ladies who had catered for all and called forward his daughter Caroline to present the Alan Ryan trophy to winning captain Colm Kelly.
Colm thanked all the clubs who had travelled he thanked John Rooney and Peter Horan who have managed this team since they were under 10. John Rooney finished proceedings by thanking all the juvenile committee who had helped on the day and especially thanked referees Eddie Lynch and Peter Horan who did a great job in very difficult conditions, he hoped to see all back in 2013.
We have pictures from the tournament up.

Training as normal on Sunday at 12 noon all welcome especially beginners any queries please contact John Rooney (086-2587793).

~ LADIES ~
The senior ladies play Four Masters this Sunday at 12 noon in Father Tierney Park.

Under 12 training will take place this Wednesday evening from 5pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Under 10 and under 8 training will take place in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 6pm on Wednesday evening to 6.45pm.

~ FIRST AID COURSE ~
A course in basic first aid is being organised for Tuesday, 22nd May. Course will be delivered by Liam Thomas, further details will follow soon.

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15 May

~ FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh had a frustrating trip to Carndonagh on Saturday. Playing with the benefit of a strong wind Ballyshannon went in at the break level 0-6 to 0-6. Playing into the breeze in the second half it looked like a tall order. And that it proved as the Inishowen men pulled clear with a strong performance to win on a score line of 2-12 to 0-9. Michael 'Sticky' Ward, Anthony Boyle, and Diarmuid McInerney all hit two points apiece while David Finnerty and David Dolan also registered points. There is a more detailed match report and pictures up.

Aodh Ruadh made hay with the backing of a powerful wind to overwhelm Carndonagh challenge in the first 30 minutes of this match, and left them chasing their shadows in the second. Aodh Ruadh hit 1-12 in the first period which was a sufficient cushion to see the visitors comfortably through second half playing into the breeze. Turlough McIntyre was very good in the middle of the park for the Ernesiders fetching an ocean of ball. The main beneficiary was brother Fiachra McIntyre who bagged 2-2 in a real fox in the box exhibition. With only the bare 15 travelling co-manager Val Murray pulled on the boots and got five points, form is temporary, and all that. Dermot Slevin and Ryan Granaghan were also on song getting 0-4 and 0-3 respectively. The defence also got in on the act with Ronan Matthews hitting a point and Danno Kelly had a very profitable trip up the park for a point at the expense, not just of his marker, but of Niall Murray, allegedly. Also in defence David McLoone had a particularly good game at left back while Ryan Patton also had a fine 60 minutes. We have pictures from the game up.

This weekend Aodh Ruadh once again face Inishowen opposition, this time in the shape of Burt, who will be visiting Father Tierney Park this Saturday. The reserve game throws in at 6pm followed by the seniors at 7.30pm.

Aodh Ruadh came through a physical encounter with Burt to book their place in the league final against Gaoth Dobhair on Friday evening last. Burt are a strong side with a number of players on the county under 16 panel so a tight game was expected and that was exactly what played out, but Ballyshannon prevailed on a score line of 1-11 to 1-8. It was a gutsy display from Aodh Ruadh and that was best exemplified by Matthew Maguire's defiant performance. Eddie Lynch was massive in the attack, linking play up and mastering his opposite number, a starting member of the county under 16 team. Shane McGrath also put in a solid shift, while Philip Patton's haul of 1-5 was key to seeing Aodh Ruadh over the line. We have a full match report and pictures up. Next up is the county league decider and the challenge of Gaoth Dobhair who defeated Killybegs in the other semi-final. As yet we don't have a firm date for the final.

Aodh Ruadh under 14s had a sobering trip to Glenties last Wednesday, where they lost 5-12 to 2-6. Playing against the breeze in the first half Ballyshannon were down 1-4 to no score after 10 minutes. A goal by Shane Mc Grath gave us a start however Naomh Conaill went straight up the pitch and scored a goal. Glenties dominated the first 20 minutes of the game until some great work by Oisín Rooney saw the Ernesiders start to get some traction in midfield and the Corker man added two points before the break. A good start to the second was needed, but it didn't materialise. Naomh Conaill added a number of further scores to stretch into an unbridgeable lead. Oisín Rooney, who battled throughout, was Aodh Ruadh's man of the match. The under 14s next assignment is this Wednesday, 16th May when they will be on their travels to Annagry where the throw in against Naomh Mhuire will be at 7.30pm.

The under 12s are training this Friday at 4.15pm. Next Monday, 21st May they will be taking on Four Masters in the park at 6.30pm, players are to be up at the park for 5.45pm.

Under 10 training continues this Thursday, 17th May in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 6pm to 7pm. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

Aodh Ruadh's under 8s took part in their first blitz of the year in Father Tierney Park last Saturday. We hosted Four Masters and Naomh Bríd for what was a great day's craic. Aodh Ruadh's teams, featuring the talents of Eoghan Kelly, Drew Ryan, Michael Doogan, Tommy Winters, James Gallagher, Ronan Barron, Aengus Sweeny, David Roper, Darragh Dolan, Shane McGloin and James Monaghan acquitted themselves very well on the day. It was amazing to see how much the lads' skills came on across the course of the afternoon. Thanks to Kerry Ryan, Terence McShea and Sylvester Maguire for officiating on the day. Thanks to Colm McGloin for his invaluable work on the day! Thanks also to Fred Ormston and Mace for supplying crisps and minerals, which went down a treat after a hard day's football. Finally thanks to Cathal Maguire and Ronan Matthews who captured some great images of the day.

Under 8 and under 6 training continues this Friday 18th May from 6pm to 7pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Can all parents please ensure that young children attending training bring warm clothing to training sessions as the weather is very changeable at the moment. Children are also asked to bring their own water bottles with them to training.

The monthly Bord na nÓg meeting takes place this Friday 18th May at 9pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. All committee members are asked to attend.

The quiz in Owen Roe's this Thursday, 17th May, is in aid of Aodh Ruadh Bord na nÓg. All support on the night would be greatly appreciated. It gets under way at 10pm with plenty of prizes and craic on offer.

Good luck to Conal Sweeny and Dylan Gallagher who will be playing in the half time exhibition game on Sunday in Kingspan Breffni Park. The boys will be representing their schools, Gaelscoil Éirne and Creevy, in the Cumann na mBunscoil mini sevens.

~ HURLING ~
On Thursday last for the third week in a row the under 14s made another long trip to Inishowen. This time to take on traditional Donegal kingpins Burt. On a miserable evening the home team could only field 12 players and were physically stronger than the Aodh Ruadh lads. Aodh Ruadh were a tired looking team and were very slow getting out of the blocks. Burt got off to a good start scoring an early goal and maintained that lead throughout the game. Despite never getting into their rhythm Aodh Ruadh never gave up and battled hard for the evening but unfortunately they suffered their first defeat of the league on a score line of 3-5 to 2-5. They play Saint Eunan's this Thursday evening in the league semi-final in Father Tierney Park. We would urge all to come along and support this small panel of only 17 players who have given their all for Aodh Ruadh this season.

Burt conceded the minor game on the same night and as a result our minors have qualified for the minor league final where they will face Setanta. This young team have only suffered one defeat in the league away to Setanta so the final should be a close affair. The date remains to be confirmed.

Hard luck to Colaiste Cholmcille's under 14 and a half side who lost the Ulster colleges B quarter final against Coleraine in Cookstown on Tuesday last on a score line of 6-7 to 4-9. The lads put in a great effort, but the exertions of the previous day in winning the Alan Ryan/Seamus Grimes took its toll on the team. Thanks to Colaiste Cholmcille who supported our efforts in promoting underage hurling this year by entering all the school competitions. It was much appreciated and gave our lads the opportunity to test themselves against different opposition they wouldn't normally meet.

Well done to Colm Kelly, Jamie Brennan, Eddie Lynch, Eugene Drummond, Donal Sweeney and Paul Cummins who were part of the Donegal under 16 panel who took part in an Ulster GAA under 16 blitz in Owenbeg. Despite losing to Antrim, Derry and Down all the lads did well.

On Saturday last over a dozen of our young hurlers and their coaches took part in a very enjoyable Centra sponsored fun day event in MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey. Dublin stars Conal Keaney and Liam Rush conducted a coaching session for the young hurlers from all over the county. The two lads were great ambassadors for the game and happily answered all questions and posed for photographs with all. After the coaching session all enjoyed the lovely Barbeque provided by Centra and a great day was had by all. We have some shots from the Fun Day up, thanks to Peter Horan and John Rooney.

Training as normal on Sunday at 12 noon all welcome especially beginners any queries please contact John Rooney (086-2587793).

~ LADIES ~
Donegal's senior ladies took part in a challenge match with Sligo in Father Tierney Park on Saturday morning. There was local interest with the participation of our own Tara Khan. She lined out at half back and gave an excellent account of herself on home turf. Thank's to Ronan Matthews for the pictures which we have up.

This Sunday the seniors are due to play Glenfin in Glenfin at 12 noon.

There are no under 14 fixtures available to date, but the next game should be played early next week.

Under 12 training will take place this Wednesday evening from 5pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Under 10 and under 8 training will take place in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 6pm on Wednesday evening to 6.45pm.

~ FANTASY CHAMPIONSHIP ~
Aodh Ruadh are running a fantasy football competition to run in parallel with the provincial and All-Ireland championships. It works like this. We have two pots, one has the leading attacker in each of the 31 remaining counties in the football championship, the second has the corresponding manager for each county. Each entrant has a manager / attacker combination drawn for them. Managers and attackers then accumulate points across the course of the championship and the combination which has gathered the most points at the end of the season wins a big cash prize. The closing date for the competition is close of business this Saturday. If you are interested in taking part, e-mail info@aodhruadh.org or text 0876431805. We will have more details on the competition on the website and in addendums later in the week.

~ YES WE CAN ~
Thanks to all who continue to support the above campaign. Our next collection day of aluminium cans for recycling is Saturday 26th May from 12 noon to 1pm in Father Tierney Park. So help do your bit for the club and the environment by recycling your aluminium cans. For any queries regarding this campaign please contact John Rooney (086-2587793) or Kieran Drummond (086-2368295).

~ FIRST AID COURSE ~
A course in basic first aid is being organised for Tuesday, 22nd May. Course will be delivered by Liam Thomas, further details will follow soon.

~ OFF THE PITCH ~
Weekend Tickets for Rory Gallagher International Tribute Festival Big Top Concerts are NOW on Sale in Ballyshannon at O'Neill's Next Door Off-Licence and at Kernan's Spar Supermarket at Just €50 for the three Nights. Tickets are selling fast, so if you would like to be a part of these special gigs, secure your tickets ASAP. We expect the big top nightly festival concerts to sell out in advance of the Festival. Horslips, the Mick Taylor Band, Doctor Feelgood, Sinnerboy, Johnny Gallagher and Boxtie, Moonchild and more will be performing from Thursday 31st May to Sunday 3rd June 2012. Night Tickets also available at €30. All details on www.goingtomyhometown.com.

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22 May

~ FOOTBALL ~
A double hat trick from David Dolan helped Aodh Ruadh to a seven point win that seemed highly unlikely after the homesters found themselves five points down with just five minutes of the game played. However when Aodh Ruadh finally did click into action the midfield of Donagh McIntyre and Damien Cleary were key. McIntyre in particular had an exceptional game winning first phase ball and using it intelligently. Michael Dolan had a solid 60 minutes at corner back. Anthony Boyle's free-taking was impeccable and he made a commendable contribution in general play too. Niall McCready showed his footballing intelligence on numerous occasions, while another legend, Brian Roper, helped vary the threat in the Aodh Ruadh attack in the second half, his own point a peach. Critically all Aodh Ruadh's substitutes made a telling contribution, and none more so than Diarmuid McInerney who hit two points to take the Ernesiders beyond Burt to a 3-11 to 2-7 victory. We have pictures and a full match report from the game up.

Aodh Ruadh reserves played within themselves as they went to a four point 1-14 to 1-10 win over Burt last Saturday. Ballyshannon had been threatening goal for a much of the match, but if finally came from substitute Garrett Blake who followed up a near miss minutes earlier with a convincing drive to the net. Michael Ward and Ryan Patton ran a tight-fisted defence, notwithstanding the bizarre sight of a Burt attacker who was barely fit to walk due to an ankle injury. Stephen McGrath had a superb game at centre half back and made it extremely difficult for Burt to get any forward momentum. Darren Gethins, Turlough McIntyre and substitute Matthew 'Turkey' Thompson ensured the homesters had a secure midfield platform. Michael McNeely distinguished himself with an aggressive performance at half forward while Steven Perry finished the game with a slew of well taken points. We have a full team sheet and pictures from the game up.

This Sunday Aodh Ruadh travel north to Castlefinn where they take on namesakes Red Hugh's. The reserve game throws in at 1.30pm followed by the seniors at 3pm.

The under 16s take on Gaoth Dobhair in what promises to be a very tight, hard fought county league final on Monday 29th May at 7.15pm. The venue has yet to be decided and will be notified in due course. This is a big day for the team and the town. A big showing of Ballyshannon support would be a much needed 16th man and very much appreciated. There will be extra time in this game, if required.
Last Saturday saw Aodh Ruadh welcome Lámh Dhearg of Belfast, Glencar Manorhamilton of Leitrim, Saint Enda's of Glengormley and Killybegs to the 2012 edition of the PJ Roper under 16 tournament. It was a warm dry, day which made for good conditions for football. The tournament was played on a round robin basis and with Saint Enda's winning all their games they were into the final with a match to spare. That meant the final game between Aodh Ruadh and Glencar Manorhamilton would decide who made the final. Ballyshannon prevailed over the 20 minutes by 1-5 to 0-3 to book their place in the final. The scene was set for a fascinating encounter with Aodh Ruadh having lost to Saint Enda's earlier, but having come into the game the more it went on. Saint Enda's again got a good start in the final, but Aodh Ruadh pulled themselves back into the match and went in trailing by the minimum at half time 1-2 to 1-1. In the second half the long day told on all concerned and although the Ernesiders added a further two points, Glengormley extended their score to 2-5 to claim the PJ Roper. After the final the presentations were made on the pitch with tournament overseer Sean Perry taking to the mic. He introduced Brian Roper, whose father PJ the tournament was in memory of, and invited Brian to present the PJ Roper trophy to the Saint Enda's captain, Ruairí Scott. Scott had played a captain's part all day for the Glengormley men and it was fitting he should be the man to lift the famed old trophy. Medals were then presented to the defeated finalists from Aodh Ruadh. Sean Perry thanked all the teams for travelling so far to contribute to what had proved an excellent tournament. He thanked everyone who officiated on the day, all the sponsors and the parents for once again providing a great spread of food and drink throughout the day. We have pictures from the tournament up, with a few more to come later in the week.

Aodh Ruadh got a deserved 2-8 to 0-11 win over Naomh Mhuire at the Banks last week. Started slowly, however a goal from Conall Sweeny gave a 1-3 to 0-1 lead half way through the first half. A great point from Oisín Rooney helped to extend the lead to eight points by half time. Naomh Mhuire started the second half strongly, but another goal from Conall Sweeny restored the eight point lead. At this stage Aodh Ruadh took their foot off the pedal somewhat and allowed Naomh Mhuire to hit five unanswered point. However the Ernesiders held strong to see seal a three points. Best for Aodh Ruadh were corner backs Oisín Kerr and Cian McGloin, while Jimmy Ward topped a fine performance with three points. The under 14s next assignment is this Wednesday, 23rd May when they host Dungloe in Father Tierney Park at 7.30pm.

The under 12s beat Four Masters 4-6 to 3-5 in a tight contest on Monday evening. There were outstanding performances throughout the team, with Ciaran Meehan, Michael McKenna and Nathan 'Shovels' McNeely all putting in particularly good shifts. The under 12s are training this Friday at 4.15pm. Next Monday, 28th May they travel to Glenties to take on Naomh Conaill at 6.30pm. Players are to be up at the park for 4.15pm. We are looking for parents to assist with transport to this game and anyone available to help is asked to contact Sylvester Maguire on 086-0532495.

Under 10 training continues this Thursday, 24th May in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 6pm to 7pm. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

Under 8 and under 6 training continues this Friday 25th May from 6pm to 7pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Can all parents please ensure that young children attending training bring warm clothing to training sessions as the weather is very changeable at the moment. Children are also asked to bring their own water bottles with them to training.

~ HURLING ~
Aodh Ruadh under 14s played Saint Eunan's in the league semi-final in Father Tierney Park on Thursday last. The lads opened very slowly and appeared very tired due to their exertions over the last few weeks. After 20 minutes they found themselves six points to no score behind. They eventually got to the pace of the game and finished the half strongly to go in level at half time 0-6 to 1-3. The second half was a real ding dong affair with both teams playing with great intensity, throughout the second half there was never more than a score between the teams, entering the last five minutes the teams were level, but the efforts Aodh Ruadh made to get back into the game took its toll and Eunan's finished the stronger with two late goals putting a gloss on the final score line of Saint Eunan's 3-10 Aodh Ruadh 2-6. The lads realise the required work rate wasn't put in against Burt the week before leaving us facing this difficult semi-final and again we failed to get a full team performance against Saint Eunan's. The lads have now got to focus on the difficult championship quarter-final away to Carndonagh on the 31st May. We have pictures from the game up.

On Sunday morning Aodh Ruadh hosted an under 12 all-county blitz in Father Tierney Park. Setanta, Letterkenny Gaels and Saint Eunan's joined the host club for a very entertaining days hurling. Aodh Ruadh comfortably defeated Setanta and Letterkenny Gaels before losing by one point to Saint Eunan's in the final game. Thanks to all the teams who travelled to Ballyshannon. Thanks to the referees, Colm Kelly and Eddie Lynch, who did very well. Many thanks as usual to all the mothers who put on a great spread of food for all. We have pictures from the game up.

Commiserations to Eamon McGrath and Jamie Brennan who started for the Donegal minors in the Ulster Championship on Saturday evening, unfortunately Donegal suffered a heavy defeat.

Aodh Ruadh under 14s are doing a Cash for Clothes Collection as a fundraiser for the Féile na nGael in Dublin in July. We would greatly appreciate any bags of old clothes, belts, handbags and shoes. We will also take blankets and curtains as long as they are kept separate from the other clothes. Spread the word to family, friends and neighbours, we will be getting the clothes weighed in early June so get clearing out your closets thanks! For any queries regarding this fund-raiser please contact John Rooney 086-2587793, Eileen McCaffrey 087-3172920 or Tara Keenaghan 086-3331903.

Training as normal on Sunday for all age groups at 12 noon.

~ LADIES ~
Donegal's senior ladies took part in a challenge match with Sligo in Father Tierney Park on Saturday morning. There was local interest with the participation of our own Tara Khan. She lined out at half back and gave an excellent account of herself on home turf. Thanks to Ronan Matthews for the pictures which we have up.

The senior ladies travelled to Glenfin on Sunday morning hoping to come home with the points. After a good start the ladies were seven points ahead 15 minutes into the game. However this lead was short lived as the Glenfin girls decided they meant business and turned the score line around by the break of play when they went in seven points up. They continued in a similar fashion throughout the second half with the county star Karen Gutherie proving too much for the Aodh Ruadh ladies to handle. On a day when the girls travelled with the bare minimum 15 players, even after calling up the young Ruth Flood to make her debut at senior level, they fought hard from beginning to end but it was never going to be an easy task without a number of the key senior players. Next weekend it will be Saint Eunan's turn to travel to Ballyshannon for the next league fixture. The time and day for this fixture will be confirmed later in the week.

This Tuesday evening will see the under 14 girls make the trip to Glenfin. This league game is due to be thrown in at 7pm on Tuesday, 22nd May.

Well done to Orlaith Gillespie who ended her season with the county under 14s on Saturday when they took part in an all-Ireland blitz. After a long season of hard work this was the final get together for the girls. There's no doubt however it's only a matter of time before Orlaith lines out in the county colours again.

On that note, it's about time our two budding under 16s got a mention. Maeve Liston and Roise Keon have been kept very busy over the past few months in preparation for the under 16 championship which will be taking place in June. In their most recent challenge game they came out on top against the Mayo under 16s.

Under 12 training will take place this Wednesday evening from 5pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Under 10 and under 8 training will take place in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 6pm on Wednesday evening to 6.45pm.

~ RACE FOR SAM ~
The Race For Sam 2012 is finally up and running. The draw took place on Saturday night in the Bridgend and with over 100 entrants it took over an hour. You can check out who you drew - and what the opposition got - on our runners and riders page. There were a few spare entries drawn on the night with no names put to them and anyone who missed the deadline can still avail of a team up until Saturday 26th May. Please contact John Hughes on 0876431805 before Saturday to put your name down for one of the few remaining sealed entries. Anyone yet to pay for their entry, is asked to do so as soon as possible. You might also want to have a look over the rules and scoring too. One additional note on the rules: All player scores will be taken from the Game At A Glance section in the Irish Independent. And so, with the first weekend of championship over - and Donegal safely into the quarter-finals - we bring you the full leader board after the first week.

~ YES WE CAN ~
Our next aluminium can collection for recycling to raise much needed funds for Aodh Ruadh and to help protect the environment will take place on Saturday the 26th May at Father Tierney Park from 12 noon to 1pm. We have had a great response from the local community and local businesses and after this Saturday we should have another load to go for recycling. Any queries please contact John Rooney 086-2587793 or Kieran Drummond 086-2368295.

~ FIRST AID COURSE ~
A course in basic first aid takes place this Tuesday, 22nd May from 7pm to 9.30 pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. This free course will be delivered by Liam Thomas and is open to all who wish to attend. This is a great opportunity to get a basic understanding of first aid. It is essential that anyone working with teams should have first aid knowledge.

~ PRO ~
Many thanks to Mick McGrath of the Bridgend whose kindly donated flat screen television made its debut in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh during the PJ Roper tournament on Saturday. Thanks also to Cathal Maguire whose donation purchased the mounting for the screen. We continue to look at ways of improving the presentation upstairs in the Arás and we intend that this is just the first phase of that process.

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29 May

~ MONTHLY MEETING ~
Please note that the monthly club meeting has been postponed from this Thursday to the following Thursday June 7th.

~ FOOTBALL ~
Two early goals were a hammer blow which Aodh Ruadh never quite recovered from as they went down by 2-6 to 0-8 away to Red Hugh's. The homesters were 2-1 to 0-0 up after ten minutes, indeed it was 20 minutes into the game before Aodh Ruadh got their first score. It was all Red Hugh's and Aodh Ruadh seemed to be showing very little appetite for the fight, although it should be acknowledged that the visitors were playing into a very strong breeze. Philip O'Reilly rang the changes at half time and the introduction of Kerry Ryan, Shane Ward and Brian Roper saw a very different Aodh Ruadh side take the field for the second half, in every respect. They tore into the game with championship intensity and this saw things getting a bit fractious, with a lot of stoppages and almost 10 minutes of added time. The Ernesiders constrained Killygordon to a single second half point and at one stage every member of the Aodh Ruadh team, apart from young Michael Ward and Paul Kane were in the opposition half. Although Kerry Ryan and James O'Donnell dominated the middle of the field it was poor free taking and shooting which proved to be Aodh Ruadh's ultimate undoing. It was a downbeat note upon which to bid farewell to Johnny Gallagher who was captain for the day prior to his departure to America. Nevertheless Aodh Ruadh can take much solace from a hugely impressive performance in second half. We have pictures from the game, with more from Cathal Maguire to come later in the week.

Aodh Ruadh reserves got a rigorous test from their opposite numbers in red and black. Ballyshannon were leading 0-7 to 1-1 at the break, but Red Hugh's really threw everything at them in the second half. Aodh Ruadh dominated for much of the half but Killygordon's never say die attitude saw the closing stages set up for a frenetic finish. Aodh Ruadh were relieved to be on the right side of a two point margin on a score line of 2-9 to 2-7. Joe Watson and Darren Gethins got both Ballyshannon's goals in the second half while Ryan Granaghan also got four valuable points. Defensively Ryan Patton and David McLoone did a good steadying job in defence. We have pictures from the game, with more from Cathal Maguire to come later in the week.

Aodh Ruadh go on extended hiatus now before embarking on the second half of the league programme. Our next game will be on Saturday June 23rd away to Termon with the reserves throwing in at 6pm followed by the seniors at 7.30pm. The week after we host Downings in Father Tierney park on Saturday 30th June. Again the throw in times are 6pm and 7.30pm.

Many thanks to all who sponsored races, placed bets and helped out at Aodh Ruadh senior footballers night at the races. It was a great night's craic with over €2,500 raised, all told. A special word of thanks to senior team sponsor John Patton of Ballybookies who won the auction race and then donated his winnings back. A great gesture.

Aodh Ruadh's under 16s were defeated in the county league semi-final 1-10 to 4-6 by Gaoth Dobhair. Ballyshannon gave a fine account of themselves, but the Gaeltacht side's confounding habit of finding the net made the difference. The Ernesiders got off to the better start, going into a 0-5 to 1-0 lead in the first quarter. After that though Gaoth Dobhair took over and rattled in 2-3 to take a 3-3 to 0-6 lead at the break. Aodh Ruadh battled hard in the second half, getting back to within a goal of Gaoth Dobhair, but the northern side always seemed able to pull away. Hard luck to all the lads and their mentors. The team distinguished themselves with their flair and bottle all the way through the league and while this defeat will be hard to absorb it could yet prove a valuable learning experience.

Aodh Ruadh under 14s delivered an underpowered performance and duly paid the price against a persistent Dungloe outfit last Wednesday evening. It was a remarkable game. Aodh Ruadh seemed to toy with Dungloe and give them hope when a more clinical side might have had them out of sight. The 1-7 to 3-2 score line was decided in the last play of the game, deep in injury time when Aodh Ruadh were two points up. A hit and hope ball into the area was buried in the net by a Dungloe substitute to give the visitors their first league points of the years. It was sore lesson for Aodh Ruadh, but one this team is especially well equipped to learn from. You had to feel for Caelán Drummond who could do nothing about any of the goals and did the best he could with his kick outs in a situation where midfield was being lost. The full back line of Nathan Boyle, Shane Gillespie and Michael McKenna were truly outstanding. Jason Granaghan would have been a candidate for Aodh Ruadh's man of the match with his honesty and work ethic. Brendan Gillespie and Odhran O'Neill both soldiered hard. Indeed it was a shame for any of the defensive unit to finish on the losing side. Up from Aaron Clarke was probably the pick of the forwards, with two well taken points, while Ryan Ayres made a good impact when he came on. There is a full match report up. Aodh Ruadh host Four Masters in Father Tierney Park in the under 14 league this Wednesday 30th May. Throw in is at 7.30 with Joe Alvey to ref.

The under 12s lost to a very good Naomh Conaill outfit on Monday evening. There was a great defensive performance, with goalkeeper Mark Gallagher deserving a special mention. Up front Dylan Gallagher's probing runs were a great outlet. There is training this Friday at 4.15pm. The next game in the under 12 programme is at home to Killybegs next Monday 4th June. The game throws in at 6.30pm, all players to be up at the park for 5.45pm.

There will be an under 10 blitz this Saturday 2nd June in Father Tierney Park. We will be hosting Saint Naul's and Naomh Bríd. Players are to be up at the park for 9.45am, with the first game throwing in at 10.30am. Players are also asked to bring club shorts and socks. We ask for each family with players to supply a loaf of sandwiches to help with the catering on the day. Parents / guardians are also asked to ensure their children have appropriate sun protection and their own water bottle as the forecast at this stage is for another hot weekend. Parents are most welcome to watch the day's action, however it that is not possible games should be coming to a conclusion around 12.30am

Under 8 and under 6 training continues this Friday 1st June from 6pm to 7pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

~ HURLING ~
Congratulations and well done to under 16 hurlers Colm Kelly, Eddie Lynch and Jamie Brennan who have made the Ulster under 16 panel. This is a great achievement by the lads and a just reward for all their hard work over the years. They head to Jordanstown in July to take part in an Elite Hurling Camp.

On Saturday last two of Creevy National School students and Aodh Ruadh hurlers Stephen Anderson and Meabh Rooney took part in the Cumann na mBunscoil exhibition game held at half time in the Donegal v Louth Nicky Rackard Semi Final which unfortunately Donegal lost. We have a picture of Stephen and Meabh below, which you can click on for a larger version.

The under 14 hurlers face a difficult trip to Carndonagh this Thursday to play the home team in the championship.

Aodh Ruadh under 14s are doing a Cash for Clothes Collection as a fundraiser for the Féile na nGael in Dublin in July. We would greatly appreciate any bags of old clothes, belts, handbags and shoes. We will also take blankets and curtains as long as they are kept separate from the other clothes. Spread the word to family, friends and neighbours, we will be getting the clothes weighed in early June so get clearing out your closets thanks! For any queries regarding this fund-raiser please contact John Rooney 086-2587793, Eileen McCaffrey 087-3172920 or Tara Keenaghan 086-3331903.

Aodh Ruadh's under 10 hurlers took part in a blitz hosted by Setanta, playing five games in all, against teams from Gaoth Dobhair, Saint Eunan's and Burt. All the players put in a great effort winning three, drawing one and losing one of their games. It was one of the warmest days of the year so far and after getting off to a slow start they pulled themselves together and showed what they could do when they put in the effort. Thanks to all who help with the transport and during the blitz, all the players had a great day. We have a picture of the players, Corey Ryan, Grace O'Sullivan, Ryan Keenaghan, Senan Rooney, Aaron Horan, Callum Ayers, and Peader McHenry.

Training as normal on Sunday for all age groups at 12 noon.

~ LADIES ~
The ladies were at home this weekend to a strong Saint Eunan's side. After a delay in the start of play due to a pitch invasion of a canine nature, the game got underway in very hot conditions shortly after 12noon. While the Ladies have been beaten in all but one game this season, this young side are definitely improving greatly with each game. The first half saw Aodh Ruadh make things difficult for the girls from Letterkenny. With Katie Flood controlling the full back line aided by Tara Khan and the young Roise Keon at half back scores did not come easy for the Letterkenny girls. Up front two Donna Martin frees helped to settle the girls, this along with the return of Anna Rafferty and Emma McPhelim saw an injection of both confidence and experience in the forward line. Qualities which the Erneside ladies were lacking in their earlier games. At half time while the girls were down, they had every right to be happy with their performance. They had fought hard and done all they could to contain the visitors. The second half saw Ballyshannon start in a similar fashion with a Sarah Patton point. However, as the heat intensified things were made almost impossible Aodh Ruadh and luck deserted them altogether. After two Saint Eunan's goals confidence dropped and the girls began to struggle. While it was not meant to be for the Aodh Ruadh Ladies, if they take nothing else from the game they should be happy with the fact that this young team have made huge improvements since the beginning of the season and will certainly be a force to be reckoned with before very long. We have pictures from the game up.

The under 14s play Bundoran in Father Tierney Park this Tuesday evening at 7.30pm.

Under 12 training will take place this Wednesday evening from 5pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Saturday week, 9th June, should see the under 12s first blitz of the year, away to Mountcharles. More information on that nearer the time.

Under 10 and under 8 training will take place in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 6pm on Wednesday evening to 6.45pm.

~ RACE FOR SAM ~
Match week two sees no change at the top of the Race For Sam 2012. After a tough weekend doling out the ice-creams Rory O'Neill will be chuffed to check out the leader board on aodhruadh.org and see he is still perched on top. Meanwhile at the other end of the board there are still any number of unfortunates with an interest in the €100 prize for last place. The last remaining envelopes have gone and we now have our completed runners and riders page. Anyone yet to pay for their entry, is asked to do so as soon as possible. You might also want to have a look over the rules and scoring too. We will be updating this page with the scores for counties and players later in the week.

~ FIRST AID ~
Many thanks to Liam Thomas who ran a first aid course last Tuesday night. Liam has offered to do a CPR and defibrillator course, if there is sufficient interest. This is a four hour course with one night of two hours concentrating on CPR and another night of two hours focused on the defibrillator. We are charging €10 to book place on course with all proceeds being donated to the Irish Heart Foundation. Please call or text Tracey Flood on 086 1764998 to book your place.

~ BARN DANCE ~
There is a FREE Céilí Old Time and Barn Dance in the Rock Hall Ballyshannon this Saturday, 2nd June at 9.30pm with music from the Assaroe Céilí Band. Supper served and a great night's craic guaranteed.

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