Club Notes Archive - 2012

Box. AUGUST
1 August

~ ALL-IRELAND QUARTER FINAL TICKETS ~
Tickets for Sunday's All-Ireland quarter-final between Donegal and Kerry will be distributed in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh this Thursday, 2nd August from 8pm-9pm. All tickets must be paid for on collection. Orders for All-Ireland quarter-final tickets via the club are now closed. Tickets should still be available via Supervalu and Ticketmaster.

~ FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh fell to a bunch of sixs last Saturday in division three. For Naul's it was their sixth win on the bounce, for Ballyshannon, our sixth defeat. The homesters were 1-12 to 0-5 winners. The Aodh Ruadh scorers were Anthony Boyle with two frees, Michael 'Sticky' Ward with two points and Kerry Ryan with a point. The team was: Paul Kane; Michael Dolan, Ciron Whoriskey, David Finnerty; PJ McGee, Anthony Boyle, Niall McCready; Kerry Ryan (0-1), Padraig Loughlin; David Dolan, Conor Patton, Donagh McIntyre; Diarmaid McInerney, Michael Ward (0-2), Brian Roper.

The reserves came from behind to earn a 0-15 to 2-4 win over Saint Naul's. Aodh Ruadh found themselves a point down at half time after the homesters hit a goal just before the break. However, the Ernesiders got back into it thanks to a couple of good scores from Ryan Granaghan, Fiachra McIntyre and Christopher 'Spanny' Goan. Still, Naul's put up a good battle right to the end and it took a good defensive effort from Ballyshannon to secure the points. Thomas Anderson was excellent, while Bréanainn Drummond was very good in the corner. Wing backs Francis McShea and Stephen McGrath also put in an impressive shift. Kudos too to David Finnerty who played both games and played a starring role at midfield for the reserves.

The division one minor final finally took place last Wednesday in Dunkineely. It was a fascinating contest and one where Aodh Ruadh will have learned a great deal ahead of the sides' first round, first leg championship meeting this Wednesday, 1st August, down in Kilcar. Aodh Ruadh ultimately lost 1-20 to 2-13, but it was a below par first half that ultimately cost Ballyshannon the game. Kilcar started very strong in Dunkineely, scoring 1-6 in the first 10 minutes with most of the threat coming from half back and midfield. Aodh Ruadh got back into the game thanks to scores from David McGurrin and Ryan Granaghan, but Kilcar finished half strongly, hitting eight points without reply to send Aodh Ruadh in down by nine at half time. The Ernesiders outscored in the Towney men in the second half and finished the stronger of the two sides. Colm Kelly coming in at half time put in a big performance, scoring a great goal to bring Aodh Ruadh back into the game. David McGurrin and Johnny Gethins struck a number valuable points throughout the game. Ryan Patton worked hard to control the defence, while Alan Finan and Kieran Keown worked hard in the middle of the field. That result gave Kilcar the Southern Board league title, but it also set up a mouth-watering championship rematch where Aodh Ruadh will be eager to give a better account of themselves. If you like good football, you are highly advised to get along and see this contest. The throw in is at 7.30pm this Wednesday and a big travelling support would be a considerable lift to the lads.

The under 16s finished their year with a battling defeat to a physically very strong Gaoth Dobhair side in the county championship semi-final at Glenties. It has been a good year for the lads with a lot of good results and fine performances and lots of promise for the future. Thanks to Cathal Maguire we have pictures from the semi-final game up on aodhruadh.org.

Under 8 training continues this Friday from 6pm to 7pm.

~ HURLING ~
On Thursday last the under 12s suffered a disappointing defeat at home to Four Masters in a local derby. The lads got off to a great start with an early goal but for whatever reason the Aodh Ruadh lads seemed to go to sleep and Four Masters came back strongly. Four Masters eventually ran out winners on a 4-4 to 2-3 score line. Aodh Ruadh will hope for a big improvement in their next game away to Setanta this Thursday. There are pictures from the Four Masters game up.

The under 16s received another walkover last week when Carndonagh were unable to field, so far this league has been very disappointing for the lads who have been unable to get any regular games in the league. They play Easkey in a challenge game on Tuesday night which should be a close encounter. We are due to play Setanta at home in the league this Thursday.

The latest under 16 and under 12 tables can be viewed in the divisional tables section of this mailing.

During the family fun day on Sunday last Aodh Ruadh Chairperson Betty Mc Intyre made a presentation to the under 14 Féile na nGael squad who performed so well in the National Finals in Dublin recently where they were unbeaten, on behalf of the club. Each member of the squad were presented with a beautiful framed team photograph, the lads were delighted with this token of appreciation from the club. The squad and parents then made a presentation to the management thanking them for all the work they put in with the lads.

The annual trip to Croke Park takes place on Sunday 12th August for the eagerly awaited All-Ireland semi-final clash between Galway and Cork. Anyone looking for information in relation to this trip please contact John Rooney 086-2587793.

~ LADIES ~
Last Sunday morning, after a long wait the Aodh Ruadh ladies commenced their championship campaign. In adverse weather conditions, the Ladies knew that it was never going to be an easy task to overcome the women from Termon. While the homesters fought hard throughout and were well on top of things for the first 20 minutes, two goals against the run of play from Termon saw Aodh Ruadh heads drop. In truth the girls were fighting an up hill battle from then on. Two second half goals from Donna Martin and Elaine Dorrian were too little too late as the opposition managed to find the net with little difficulty on numerous occasions in the second half. This game ended the senior championship of 2012 for the Aodh Ruadh Ladies, and while they have suffered a heavy defeat with a little bit more experience this young team will be hoping for bigger and better things in the coming years. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

Hard luck to Maeve Liston and Roise Keon and the Donegal under 16s who were beaten by the narrowest of margins against Tyrone in the Ulster final on Saturday last.

~ FAMILY FUN DAY ~
Big thanks to everyone who attended the Aodh Ruadh Family Fun day last Sunday. The weather wasn't exactly on our side, but it was a great day out all the same, made all the better thanks to the welcome visit of the recently reacquired Anglo Celt. Thanks also to everyone involved in the setting up and running of the day, which was a sizeable cast of people, too many to name here. Thanks to everyone who made donations of bric-a-brac as well as items for the bake sale. Thank also to our vintage cars owners, people who organised the games on the pitch and everyone who took part, those in charge of the burger stand, everyone behind photographic exhibition, the face painters, the tea makers, the stall attendants and anyone who helped in way, shape or form. Of course we couldn't forget the lady herself, the cow who delivered the goods in Father Tierney Park, under the watchful eye of her handsome assistants. Congratulations to the winners in the Cow Pat competition who were Peter Horan: €100; John Rooney, Eoghan Kelly, Darren Sharpe, and Marie Dowdican: €50 each. The photographic exhibition will remain up in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh until Friday 10th August. We will be distributing photographs ordered at the Family Fun Day between 7.30pm to 8.30pm on that day, and those seeking to purchase pictures or make other orders are more than welcome to come along and make them then. We have a large selection of pictures from the Family Fun Day so we've decided to publish them to aodhruadh.org in batches. The first batch is almost 50 images from the Anglo Celt's trip to Ballyshannon, including visits to Aras Aoidh Ruaidh and the Rock Hospital. The rest of the pictures will be published later in the week. Keep an eye on the Aodh Ruadh Facebook page to find out when the pictures are live. If you aren't a member of our Facebook group, then why aren't you!

~ RACE FOR SAM ~
Johnny Gallagher and Falcarragh Shamrocks have increased their lead this week with 15 points (Kildare-10, A Marren-2 and D Tubridy-3) but he now has only 2 teams left, his days at the top could be numbered. Rory O'Neill and Ice Cream Rovers stayed in second place despite scoring nothing this week. He is also down to two teams left. Declan O'Mahoney and Team Tinnakill with 27 points this week (Kerry-10, Laois-10 and C Cooper-7) is in joint third along with Michael Doherty and The Docs. Stephen Ward and Woodland Warriors round out the top five for this week. Only eight teams left now in the championship, points are getting harder to come by and the leader board will see more changes by the time the third Sunday in September comes around. High score of the week went to Betty McIntyre and Macalla's Mates with 31 points (Down-10, Kerry-10, Laois-10, S Bray-1). The picture at the bottom is clearer. Brian Boyle and The Apprentice haul of 4 points (D Tubridy-3, S Bray-1) was not enough to get him off the bottom. Finbar Gethins and Finner Forever are just two points in front, but has no teams or scorers left. Indeed Brian only has Conor Mortimer left and he has decided to leave the Mayo panel, but whether he stays away is another thing. All Finbar can do is hope that he comes back and scores more than 2 points to push him into last place. Rumour has it that Finbar spent some time on the phone yesterday to both Conor Mortimer and James Horan the Mayo manager trying to solve the impasse between the 2. Only time will tell which of them will have the distinction of finishing last.. View the week 11 leader board on aodhruadh.org or in The Bridgend Bar every Tuesday.

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8 August

~ ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINAL TICKETS ~
We do not yet have details regarding tickets for the All-Ireland semi-final between Donegal and Cork. These will follow in due course. Tickets are also available via Supervalu and Tickets.ie.

~ FOOTBALL ~
As things currently stand Aodh Ruadh are due to be in championship action this Sunday, 12th August, against Naomh Bríd down in Ballintra. However the CCC have been asked to put back the championship until after Donegal's participation in the All-Ireland championship concludes. Donegal CCC are presenting proposals to Ulster GAA on the matter and we await final confirmation on what sort of competitive action we will have this weekend. This confirmation will be passed on in an addendum.

Aodh Ruadh lost out to Kilcar on a scoreline of 3-14 to 1-13 at Towney in the first leg, first round of the minor championship. It was a much improved performance from the league final by the Ballyshannon men, but the Ernesiders were undone by a sequence of Kilcar goals, some verging on the freakish. Aodh Ruadh got the first two scores from David McGurrin with Johnny Gethins, Ryan Granaghan also chipping in with points. After that it was tit for tat as the sides sounded each other out, but Aodh Ruadh went in four down at half time as a result of the second of Kilcar's first half goals. After half time David McGurrin again hit the two opening points to cut the lead to two points. However another high ball from Kilcar freakishly found its way to the back of the net. Aodh Ruadh did manage to get the game back to a three point game, but fortune was clearly smiling on the homesters and Ballyshannon's efforts went unrewarded. Nevertheless Aodh Ruadh have good grounds to be confident about taking the tie to the third game. Eamon McGrath and Alan Finan had a fine shift in midfield as half back Pauric Patton in his first game this season. Kieran Keown started many forward drives up the field from centre back and was ably assisted by wing back Darren Gethins. Ryan Patton was excellent at full back and got great help from Thomas Anderson and Paddy Gillespie junior. The throw for the much anticipated second leg is slate as 7.30pm on Wednesday 22nd August in Father Tierney Park.

Under 8 training continues this Friday from 6pm to 7pm. We are organising a blitz against Melvin Gaels for either this Saturday morning or the following Saturday. Details will follow via text and e-mail when we have them.

~ HURLING ~
The under 12s and under 16s played Setanta in the Donegal League last Thursday, both teams recorded comprehensive wins in two very good performances. This Thursday the under 12s are at home to Saint Eunan's while the under 16s travel to the Cathedral Town to take on Saint Eunan's.

We wish Jamie Brennan a speedy recovery after picking up a bad hand injury playing for Donegal under 16 footballers last Saturday.

Well done to Eddie Lynch, Ciaran Rami and Deva Ayres who were on the Donegal under 16 team who took part in a tournament in Newry recently. They had good wins over Armagh, Tyrone and Laois and suffered narrow defeats to Antrim and Down.

Our under 16s are taking part in an under 16 tournament in Keady, Armagh this Saturday hosted by the local Ceide Lámh Dearg club. Also represented at this tournament will be teams from Antrim, Down, Derry, Tyrone and Meath.

This Sunday our underage hurlers are making their annual trip to Croke Park for the much anticipated clash of Galway and Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final the bus will be leaving the Market Yard at 8am. If you have any enquiries about this trip please contact John Rooney 086-2587793.

~ LADIES ~
The senior ladies host Glenfin in Father Tierney Park this Wednesday, 8th August, at 7pm.

We would also like to wish Tara Khan and the Donegal ladies the best of luck as they play Kildare in the All-Ireland qualifiers at the weekend.

~ FAMILY FUN DAY ~
The second batch of images from the Family Fun Day are now up. Check 'em out and see if you were snapped. The photographic exhibition mounted at the Fun Day remains up in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh until Friday 10th August. We will be distributing photographs ordered at the Family Fun Day between 7.30pm to 8.30pm on that day. Those seeking to purchase pictures or make other orders are more than welcome to come along and make them then.

~ RACE FOR SAM ~
Johnny Gallagher and Falcarragh Shamrocks are still top of the pile after his ten points for Donegal's win. His lead is down to six though after Rory O'Neill and Icecream Rovers picked up 20 points this week (Donegal-10, Mayo-10). Declan O'Mahoney and Team Tinnakill remain in third place after scoring 14 points this week (Mayo-10,C Cooper-4). Michael Doherty and "The Docs" are in 4th place while Moya Ferguson and "Magic Hands" are in 5th place. High score of the week goes to Niall Patton and Fishy's Folly who scored 31 points this week (Mayo-10, Dublin-10, A Carr-7, B Brogan-4). This has pushed him into 9th place and into contention for the overall first place. Nothing has changed at the bottom with Brian Boyle and The Apprentice still rooted to the bottom. The next update will be after the first semi-final on the 26th August. View the week 12 leader board on aodhruadh.org or in The Bridgend Bar every Tuesday.

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15 August

~ COLMAN KERR ~
On Sunday it was our sombre duty to lay Colman Kerr to rest. It has been a hard few days for everyone in the club, and there are hard days ahead yet. The club's small tribute to the memory of a man who enriched the lives of so many of us has been published on aodhruadh.org. The club would like to thank everyone who helped, in whatever capacity, at the wake and funeral. We thank also those in the county board, and in clubs across Donegal, especially Fanad Gaels, and those in the wider GAA community for their kind words of support and sympathy in the past few days. These are truly appreciated.

~ ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINAL TICKETS ~
All-Ireland Orders to be placed by TEXT with Emma Gaughan on 0863039610 before 8pm on Tuesday 14th August. Ticket prices are €40 for adults and €5 for children. Tickets are also available via Supervalu and Tickets.ie.

~ FOOTBALL ~
At the time of mailing we have no confirmation on senior and reserve fixtures for Aodh Ruadh this coming weekend. Details will follow in an addendum when they come to hand.

The throw for the much anticipated first round second leg minor championship game between Aodh Ruadh and Kilcar is slated for 7.30pm on Wednesday 22nd August in Father Tierney Park.

Congratulations to Colm Kelly and Niall Harley who played a key part in Donegal's Buncrana Cup triumph. Kelly was posted at full back, while Harley came on to hit the point which put Donegal into the lead. There is a full match report and a picture of Niall in full flow on aodhruadh.org.

Aodh Ruadh will be in under 15 Óg Sport action on Saturday, 18th August against Na Rossa and Kilcar up at the Annagry venue. Aodh Ruadh are in action first against Na Rossa at 11.30am that game is followed by the clash with Kilcar at 12.15pm.

In view of the sad passing of Colman Kerr Aodh Ruadh's under 13 league opener away to Naomh Conaill which was scheduled for this Friday has been postponed. We would like to take the opportunity to publicly thank the Southern Minor Board not only for their understanding at this time, but for the very kind words they sent to the club on Colman's passing. These were very deeply appreciated.

The under 8s have a blitz against Melvin Gaels on Saturday 18th August in Father Tierney Park. Players are asked to be at the park for 10am. Parents / Guardians are asked to supply a loaf of sandwiches or similar to help with the refreshments afterwards. Under 8 training continues this Friday from 6pm to 7pm.

~ HURLING ~
Deepest sympathies to Deirdre, Cliodhna and Oisín Kerr and the extended Kerr and Donagher families on the sudden passing of Colman RIP, he was a great character, a true gentleman and will be sadly missed by all in Aodh Ruadh CLG and the wider community of Ballyshannon.

The under 16s comprehensively defeated Saint Eunan's in O'Donnell Park Letterkenny in a good team performance.

Our under 12s suffered defeat at the hands of Saint Eunan's in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh last Thursday in a close game. The better team work of the Letterkenny lads saw them run out winners on a 4-4 to 3-3 scoreline. Thanks to Shane Toolan for refereeing this game. The under 12s are away to Letterkenny Gaels this week.

The under 12 and under 16 table can be viewed at the end of this mail.

On Sunday the underage hurlers made their annual trip to Croke Park for the All-Ireland semi-final. It was the sixth year of our trips and our first time to see the Galway senior hurlers in action. They did not disappoint and put on a great performance full of passion, steel and determination to run out worthy winners and qualified for their first All-Ireland final since 2005. Before the games there were lots of activities laid on by Centra and all the lads got a chance to have their photograph taken with the Liam MacCarthy Cup and some of the lads met the great Ken McGrath Waterford's legendary player. We had 46 juvenile hurlers in total and all thoroughly enjoyed their day and their behaviour was a credit to the club.

Best wishes to under 12 joint manager Kevin McDermott who gets married to Ciara McKinney this Thursday. We hope they have a great day and enjoy a long and a happy life together.

~ LADIES ~
Congratulations to Tara Khan who made a substitute appearance in Donegal's 3-13 to 0-13 win over Kildare in the Ladies Senior Championship. Donegal now face a tough All-Ireland quarter-final assignment against Cork on Saturday 25th August. Once again we wish Tara and her Donegal colleagues all the best as Tir Chonaill try to topple the Rebels on two fronts on the same weekend.

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21 August

~ ALL-IRELAND SEMI-FINAL ~
The club extends best wishes to Donegal as they take on Cork in the All-Ireland semi-final. Tickets for the game ordered through the club will be available for collection on Wednesday evening between 8pm and 9pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. There will be a quiz in aid of the Donegal squad training fund this Friday 24th August in Owen Roe's. The entry fee is €5 per person and the winning team will progress to represent Ballyshannon in the county final in the Abbey Hotel on Thursday 20th September. All support appreciated. We have some important travel advice for those travelling down. Dublin City Triathlon takes place on the morning of the game and consequently there will be some travel restrictions in place. The main point to note is that some roads in the Phoenix Park and the Chapelizod Road between the Chapelizod and Islandbridge gates will be closed between 8.30am-1.30pm. Full details of the traffic restrictions can be found under the FAQ tab at www.dublincitytriathlon.com. We also take this opportunity to urge anyone from the area going to the game to travel safely and sensibly on both legs of the journey. As the Ulster GAA slogan says, Live To Play.

~ FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh stopped the rot with a long-awaited a richly deserved league win on a score line of 2-13 to 0-12. Buncrana were the visitors to Father Tierney Park, and with Ryan Bradley sitting this one out, they were vulnerable. It was as good a team performance as Aodh Ruadh have given all year, but the win was driven from half back where Ciron Whoriskey had a big say in proceedings. Michael Dolan was very assertive as was Eamonn McGrath, who was making his senior debut. The homesters held the initiative from start to finish, with the Inishowen men never able to close the gap. Michael 'Sticky' Ward and Brian Roper were in fine form up front with Roper delivering the coup de grace, a fine goal in the dying moments of the game to finish Buncrana off. Other players to catch the eye were the influential Kerry Ryan, Martin Gallagher at half forward and Conor Patton who was steady as a rock at full back. We have pictures from the game up.

While Kilkenny were impressive in Croke Park, probably the performance of the weekend was in Ballyshannon where Anthony Coughlan tore apart the Buncrana reserves with a 3-3 tally that will surely have given Jim McGuinness some food for thought. Aodh Ruadh ran out 3-15 to 2-8 winners over the northern visitors in what was a good win for the homesters. Ahead by four points at half time, Ballyshannon forged on in the second half to secure the two points. Once again the half back line were very impressive with Stephen McGrath and David Finnerty on form with Kieran Keown getting forward a lot and firing over the score of the game, a monster point from over 50 yards out. Damien Cleary and Aidan Murray had a good solid outing in the centre of the field and had the better of exchanges. Johnny Gethins and Ryan Granaghan were introduced after half time and their scoring contribution gave Aodh Ruadh a healthy cushion. Michael McNeely hit three points in an excellent performance. Anthony Coughlan was subbed before the end so he could enjoy the adulation from the adoring fans for his virtuoso performance and his replacement, Val Murray, wasn't long showing them that he still knew where the posts where. We have pictures from the game up.

There are no senior or reserve fixtures this weekend.

The throw for the much anticipated first round second leg minor championship game between Aodh Ruadh and Kilcar is slated for 7.30pm on Wednesday 22nd August in Father Tierney Park. This is big game and the team have prepared hard and well for it. A big, raucous Ballyshannon support would be a great asset on the day as the lads look to take the tie to a third game. The minors will be in county minor semi-final action on Friday, 24th August when they take on Saint Eunan's in MacCumhaill Park at 7.30pm. Once again, we will be looking for good support at that game.

Congratulations to Colm Kelly, Niall Harley and Matthew Maguire who were part of the under 16 Donegal team which played an inter-county blitz in Father Tierney Park and Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh last Saturday. Donegal continued the good form from their Buncrana cup win, with Aodh Ruadh's representatives playing leading roles. We have pictures from the blitz up.

Aodh Ruadh's under 13s face Bundoran in their league opener in Father Tierney Park on Friday, 31st August.

Aodh Ruadh hosted Melvin Gaels under 8s for a very enjoyable blitz last Saturday morning. Well done to all our players who gave excellent accounts of themselves: Aaron Cullen, Pauric Daly, Ryan Daly, Shane Delahunty, Darragh Dolan, Niamh Hughes, James Gallagher, Eoghan Kelly, Jack Lyons, Cillian Meehan, James McGinley, Shane McGloin, Fergal McGowan, Cian McKenna, James Monaghan, David Roper, Drew Ryan. Thanks to Chris Kelly and Kerry Ryan who reffed the games. Thanks to Melvin Gaels for two good tough challenges which brought all the players on. Big thanks too to the parents who put on a great spread afterwards in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. We have a load of pictures from the blitz up. Under 8 training continues this Friday from 6pm to 7pm.

~ HURLING ~
The under 12s had a comprehensive win away to Letterkenny Gaels last week with two games remaining away to Carndonagh and home to Burt a top four place is still very much achievable for this squad. The latest available league table is at the end of this mail

The under 16s topped their league and they now play Setanta in the semi-final in Father Tierney Park this Thursday. Throw in is at 7pm and all support would be appreciated.

On Sunday last an under-strength under 10 panel travelled to a blitz hosted by Letterkenny Gaels. The lads performed very well in their four games beating host club Letterkenny Gaels, drawing with Saint Eunan's and losing narrowly to Setanta and Gaoth Dobhair. Many thanks to Chris Kelly and Tara Keenaghan who drove to the game and brought the squad with them, their efforts are greatly appreciated.

Congratulations and well done to the Marlins Swimming Club on their great achievement in Athlone last weekend securing many All Ireland medals, special congratulations to under 8 player Gero Gilmartin and under 14 player Patrick McCaffrey who won All Ireland medals on Sunday.

~ LADIES ~
Last Friday evening the Aodh Ruadh ladies faced the might of Four Masters. As a mark of respect to the late Colman Kerr, a minutes silence was observed before the game. Having suffered a number of heavy defeats in previous games this season, as well as seeking revenge for last year's championship defeat, the Ladies decided that they were not going to leave Father Tierney Park without the points on Friday evening. A goal from the young Ailbhe Treanor towards the end of the first half saw the Aodh Ruadh Ladies go in with a three point advantage at the break of play. The homesters continued to widen that gap in the second half as they went six points up. While the visitors on the evening did make a come-back, it was too little too late as the Aodh Ruadh Ladies kept them to three point margin. The final score 3-9 to 3-6. We have pictures from the game up.

The under 16s will commence their league campaign this Tuesday evening when they will face Four Masters at 7pm in Father Tierney Park.

Aodh Ruadh Ladies wish Tara Khan and the Donegal ladies the best of luck as they face Cork in the All-Ireland quarter-final in Carrick-on-Shannon on Saturday at 12.30pm.

~ COMMUNITY GAMES NATIONAL SWIMMING FINALS ~
Congratulations to Marlins Swimming Club on their great success last weekend in Athlone at the Community Games National Swimming finals. Cian Rooney, Cora Rooney, Emma Rooney, all won individual golds, while there was also success in the relay. Dearbhla O'Moore, Mary Flora Scott, Roisín Maguire, Emma Rooney and Una Britton who won gold in the girls under 13 relay, while Caolán Dolan, Jack Scott, Odhran O'Neill, Paddy McCaffrey and Neil McCarty came fourth in the boys under 13 relay. Well done too to Ruby Hurst who came fourth in the under 14s backstroke and to Aodh Ruadh club members Cian McGloin, Bridín Maguire and Ronan McMullan who also took part in the finals.

~ STRICTLY COME DANCING ~
Once again Aodh Ruadh and Ballyshannon Musical Society are hooking up to bring you a Strictly Come Dancing extravaganza. Many of you will remember the great night we had last year in the Great Northern and the wonderful dancing we were treated to. We are now looking to find the new dancing stars of Ballyshannon. If you might be interested please give Emma Gaughan a call or text on 0863039610.

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28 August

~ ALL-IRELAND FINAL ~
Many congratulations to Donegal on making the All-Ireland final with a superb performance against Cork. We have some pictures from the match up. We do not expect full details on ticket allocation until after the second semi-final between Mayo and Dublin. In anticipation of the demand for tickets the following two points should be noted. Full payment of any outstanding membership fees is a precondition of any ticket allocation. Secondly, the club insists that all interactions with members of the club executive in relation to tickets are conducted respectfully. Any use of foul or threatening language, or any appeal to unfair methods of persuasion to a member of the club executive will prompt immediate disqualification from any consideration for a ticket allocation.

~ MEETING ~
The monthly senior club meeting takes place on Thursday 30th August in Aras Aoidh Ruadh 8.30pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

~ FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh continue their battle against relegation this Saturday with an important trip to Burt. The reserve game throws in 5.30pm and is followed by the seniors at 7pm.

The minors failed in their bid to take their championship contest with Kilcar to a third game last Wednesday. Aodh Ruadh held a 1-6 to 1-3 advantage at half time, but it was never going to be sufficient playing into a significant breeze in the second half. Kilcar reeled off six unanswered points at the start of the second half to effectively seal the win. It was a disappointing performance from Ballyshannon, with the team seeming strangely out of sorts. Among the best for Aodh Ruadh were Daniel Kelly in nets who had little chance with the goals, made a number of fine saves and did the best he could with the kick outs while Colm Kelly lead the way, showing the kind of aggression that the game demanded. There is a full match report and pictures up. The minors will be in county minor semi-final action on Friday, 31st August when they take on Saint Eunan's in MacCumhaill Park at 7.30pm. Once again, we will be looking for good support at that game.

Aodh Ruadh's under 13s face Bundoran in their league opener in Father Tierney Park on Friday, 31st August.

Under 8 training continues this Friday from 6pm to 7pm.

~ HURLING ~
The under 16s qualified for the county league final on Thursday last by defeating Setanta in the semi final in Fr. Tierney Park. The lads put in a good all round team performance and ran out convincing winners. They meet their Inishowen rivals Buncrana in the final, they have had some great battles over the last few years at under 14 and 16 level. The final on the 6th of September is sure to be another hard fought encounter.

The under 12s made the long trip to Carndonagh on Thursday last and came away with a narrow victory on a 5-3 to 4-3 scoreline. They have their final game in the league at home to Burt this Thursday, throw in at 7pm. a victory in this game would ensure a top four finish in the league for the lads.

Good luck to all under 14s and under 16s involved with the county squads who are taking part in the All-Ireland Blitzes on Saturday.

~ YES WE CAN ~
Our third load of aluminium cans left Father Tierney Park for recycling on Monday, we thank all the community and business section who have supported our recycling efforts to raise much needed funds for Aodh Ruadh. Our recycling campaign continues and the next day for collection of aluminium cans for recycling will take place at Father Tierney Park on Saturday 8th September from 12 noon to 1 p.m. Anyone who wants any information in relation to this campaign or who have other items of scrap they wish to dispose of please contact John Rooney 086-2587793 or Kieran Drummond 086-2368295.

~ LADIES ~
Last Tuesday evenings saw the under 16 girls take to the field for the first time this season against Saint Naul's. It was a difficult task for both players and manager Claire Flood, who had come together for the first time since the loss of their much loved manager Colman Kerr, RIP. A minutes silence was observed in his memory before the throw in. In true testament to Colman the girls pulled and dug deep to come out on top with a comprehensive win over the visitors. On Thursday evening the girls traveled to Ardara, where they continued they're winning form, with another big win over the homesiders. On both evenings conditions were difficult but the girls pulled through with ease and displayed true heart and dedication, with great all round team performances. We have pictures from the Saint Naul's match up. This Tuesday evening the girls will face Four Masters at home at 7pm.

Aodh Ruadh ladies would like to congratulate Tara Khan who played at corner back for the Donegal senior ladies last Saturday in the All-Ireland quarter-finals against Cork. In what was always going to be an uphill battle for the girls, without some key players the ladies struggled and were defeated on the day.

~ BINGO ~
This Friday the Abbey Centre plays host to a bumper bingo with a jackpot prize of €1,000 in last game on 50 numbers or less and six games with house prize of €100 and four games with house of €150. All lines are €40. Bring a friend for a great night of craic and prizes.

~ RACE FOR SAM ~
Very little change at the top this week. Johnny Gallagher and Falcarragh Shamrocks have hung onto their six point lead after getting 10 points this week as did Rory O'Neill and Ice Cream Rovers. Michael Doherty and The Docs have jumped up to third after getting 13 points (Donegal-10, M Murphy-3). Bernard Drummond and Barney the bookie scooped the same score to move himself into fourth position, only one point ahead of both Moya Ferguson and her Magic Hands and Declan O'Mahoney's Team Tinakill. The position at the bottom remains unchanged with Brian Boyle and The Apprentice in last place with Finbar Gethins Finner Forever two points ahead of him. With only two game weeks left, it is all going to come down to the All Ireland final. View the week 13 leader board on aodhruadh.org or in The Bridgend Bar every Tuesday.

~ STRICTLY COME DANCING ~
Once again Aodh Ruadh and Ballyshannon Musical Society are hooking up to bring you a Strictly Come Dancing extravaganza. Many of you will remember the great night we had last year in the Great Northern and the wonderful dancing we were treated to. We are now looking to find the new dancing stars of Ballyshannon. If you might be interested please give Emma Gaughan a call or text on 086-3039610.

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