Club Notes Archive - 2012

Box. NOVEMBER
6 November

~ FOOTBALL ~
History for Aodh Ruadh as the reserves retained their Intermediate title with a scrappy win over Buncrana in the final. The feat is all the more remarkable for the starting team featuring only four starters from the side that defeated Carndonagh in last year's final. Aodh Ruadh were in control for the majority of proceedings, but never looked like cutting loose. The fear of a goal getting Buncrana back into the shake up was there until the very closing stages. The main insurance against that eventuality was an extremely assertive performance by the Ballyshannon defence. All in the back six put in dominant performances and snuffed out any possibility of a Buncrana comeback. Pauric Loughlin and Ronan McGurrin had the better of exchanges in the middle of the park, while Aodh Ruadh showed the better attacking endeavour overall. There is a full match report, over 60 pictures and some video from the final up on aodhruadh.org.

The postponed intermediate championship county final against Termon has been rescheduled for Wednesday evening at 8pm in MacCumhaill Park. A strong showing of Ballyshannon support is vital and we strongly encourage everyone who can get along to Ballybofey to lend their voice to the cause to make a special effort to attend. Should Aodh Ruadh emerge victorious on Wednesday night there won't be long to celebrate as they will be back out in Ulster intermediate club championship quarter final action against the Antrim champions, Aghagallon on Sunday. That game would be in MacCumhaill Park at 2.30pm. The winners are out again the following week in the Ulster semi-final against Warrenpoint.

Under 8 and under 6 training returns this Thursday November 8th and continues for four weeks before breaking for Christmas. Training will be in the New Hall at Coláiste Cholmcille. Under 6s will be in from 6.30pm to 7.15pm, followed by the under 8s from 7.15pm to 8pm. Under 10 training starts on Friday 9th November from 6pm to 7pm. They are followed by the under 12s from 7pm to 8pm. There is a charge of €2 per head to cover the cost of the hall. Please bring runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

~ KIT FOR CHRISTMAS ~
Aodh Ruadh have been working with O'Neill's over the past few weeks and we have come up with a few items of custom designed merchandise available exclusively via the club. You can have a look at these on aodhruadh.org, along with pricing information and sizes. We are currently putting together an order for delivery by Christmas. There is a tight window of availability on this so we need orders in by the close of business this Thursday, 8th November to meet the deadline. If you see any item here that takes your fancy, please e-mail your name, mobile phone number and order details to info@aodhruadh.org.

~ AGM MOTIONS ~
Adult members of Aodh Ruadh are invited to text (0863039610) or email (secretary.aodhruadh.donegal@gaa.ie) motions, along with name of proposer, for AGM. The deadline for motions is Monday, November 12th.

~ YES WE CAN ~
Saturday 10th November from 12 noon to 1pm. is the next date for the collection of aluminium cans for recycling to raise much needed funds for Aodh Ruadh. This recycling campaign has proved very successful so far and we thank all who have supported us in our fund-raising efforts. Any other items of scrap metal are welcome too, for any information in relation to our recycling efforts please contact John Rooney 086-2587793 or Kieran Drummond 086-2368295.

~ BARON OF BALLYSHANNON ~
The Launch of the Baron of Ballyshannon takes place at Seán Óg's Pub this Friday night at 10pm. The candidates will be revealed ahead of the contest to see who will become the Baron of Ballyshannon over the coming weeks of campaigning. Music and food on the night. The Baron of Ballyshannon is organised by Gaelscoil Eirne and Rory Gallagher Festival Committees.

~ STRICTLY COME DANCING ~
Strictly Ballyshannon served up a spectacular night's entertainment for the capacity audience in the Great Northern Hotel in Bundoran as 20 dancers put on a hell of a show. Every couple put in a magnificent performance. In the end it was David O'Donnell and Emer McShea who took the top prize, but it would be fair to say that dancing was the ultimate winner! Well done to all the other dancers who also put in show-stopping performances; Caroline McLoone and Micheál Donagher, Rionach McKee and Corey McDermott, Pauric Fannon and Julianne Murphy, Teresa Davis and Shane Toolan, Dolores McWeeney and Alan Sweeny, Dolores Gillespie and Brendan Travers, Libby Duffy and Kevin Lilly, Sinead Drummond and Thomas Gallagher and Jayne Orr and Patsy Meehan. Aodh Ruadh's intermediate championship winning reserves even made a special guest appearance. Thanks to all dancers for their time and effort, the judges Barry Gallagher, Conor Gallagher and Marianne Fitzgerald, the sponsors and not to forget everyone who came out on the night and supported the event. We have over 100 pictures from the night up.

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13 November

~ FOOTBALL ~
It's was so near, but so far for Aodh Ruadh after last Wednesday's Intermediate Championship final one defeat to Termon. Ballyshannon went into the game as outsiders, but gave Termon more than their fill of it and, indeed, were tantalisingly within touching of the club's first ever intermediate championship title, 1-7 to 0-10 the final score. In an error-strewn game the Ernesiders just made fractionally more mistakes than Termon. Johnny Gallagher could be well pleased with his personal performance, despite the disappointing result. Stephen Ward gave everything he had while on the pitch and Barry Mulligan's invention troubled Termon on a number of occasions. Michael Ward and Brian Roper did well on the ball that came in, but it didn't come in with anywhere near the frequency or quality it had in the impressive semi-final win over Naomh Colmcille. Nevertheless there were many positives to take from the display, with young players gaining valuable experience and Aodh Ruadh's performance belying their lowly position in division three. The omens for 2013 look good, despite what was a gutting defeat. There is a full match report, campaign statistics and pictures up.

In the context of Wednesday night's championship defeat Aodh Ruadh's gutsy 1-15 to 1-12 win over table toppers Carndonagh was even more commendable. The full back line were extremely assured, with Johnny Gallagher standing out once again. Barry Ward and James O'Donnell dominated proceedings in the first half and broke even in the second. Probably the winning of the game was in the Aodh Ruadh full forward line where every ball that went in was won by Ward, Roper or McIntyre. With all three on their game the scores flowed for Ballyshannon and with Carndonagh being made to work much harder for their scores Aodh Ruadh were well in control of the game and full value for their win. That victory puts Aodh Ruadh clear of the drop zone with Urris unable to catch us with only one game of their league programme remaining. There is a full match report and pictures up from the Carndonagh game.

Under 8 and under 6 training continues this Thursday November 15th. Training will be in the New Hall at Coláiste Cholmcille. Under 6s will be in from 6.30pm to 7.15pm, followed by the under 8s from 7.15pm to 8pm. Under 10 training continues on Friday 16th November from 6pm to 7pm. They are followed by the under 12s from 7pm to 8pm. There is a charge of €2 per head to cover the cost of the hall. Please bring runners as no other footwear allowed. Also remember to hydrate well before coming to training. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

~ HURLING ~
The Annual Juvenile Hurling Presentation night will take place on Wednesday 21st November in Aras Aodh Ruaidh, our underage hurling teams had a very successful year and all are on welcome to this event to recognise their achievements. Further details nearer the event.

~ KIT FOR CHRISTMAS ~
After some wrangling, O'Neill's have agreed to extend the deadline for our Kit for Christmas to Thursday, 15th November. For those who missed last week's notes the story is this. Aodh Ruadh have been working with O'Neill's over the past few weeks and we have come up with a few items of custom designed merchandise available exclusively via the club. You can have a look at these up on aodhruadh.org, along with pricing information and sizes. We are currently putting together an order for delivery by Christmas. There is a tight window of availability on this so we need orders in by the close of business this Thursday to meet the deadline. If you see any item here that takes your fancy, please e-mail your name, mobile phone number and order details to info@aodhruadh.org.

~ UNDERAGE MANAGEMENT ~
Are you interested in coaching, managing, mentoring or helping with an underage Aodh Ruadh football team? If so please contact Shane Toolan on 0876888789. You don't need to have any previous experience, just an interest in the game and developing young people. Aodh Ruadh will provide top quality Ulster Council training to get you up to speed and help develop your coaching on an ongoing basis. All are welcome.

~ AGM SEASON ~
The club AGM is provisionally down for 9th December. Further details nearer the time.

The Bord na nÓg AGM has provisionally been penciled in for Thursday 29th November at 7pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. All with any interest in underage football in Ballyshannon will be very welcome to attend.

~ COUNTY BANQUET ~
The County Banquet will be held in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny on Saturday 8th December. Tickets are priced €40. If anyone is interested in attending please text Emma Gaughan (0863039610) or email (secretary.aodhruadh.donegal@gaa.ie). The deadline is Friday, 16th November.

~ BARON OF BALLYSHANNON ~
The Baron of Ballyshannon was launched in Sean Óg's last Friday night when the six candidates revealed. Bidding to be Baron are Maurice McLaughlin, Kathleen Brennan and Raymond Gallagher for Gaelscoil Eirne and Patrick McGahern, Cyril Brennan and Yvonne McCabe for the Rory Gallagher Festival Committee. The battle for the title of Baron has now commenced and candidates will be seeking support from all-comers and holding a number of fund-raising events over the next couple of months. Keep an eye out for details over the coming weeks. We have some pictures from the launch up.

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20 November

~ FOOTBALL ~
If ever a game had the feeling of end of season about it Aodh Ruadh's 5-9 to 2-2 win over Red Hugh's on Saturday. The win over Carndonagh last week left Aodh Ruadh safe, while Red Hugh's nursed only a slim hope of making the promotion play-off mix. It was a day when all the best performances came from the players in white and green. The whole defence was very slick, with not a single yellow card picked up by any of them, something worth considering in what was an ill-tempered game at times. David Dolan was in sublime form and it was between himself and Brian Roper for man of the match. All of the front six got on the score sheet, and in fact Niall McCready was the only one who failed to raise a green flag. The season ended with Aodh Ruadh three points off their final total for 2011, a tally which saw them in a promotion play-off. After a tough spell there is a lot of optimism about 2013 and the possibilities it might offer. We have a full match report and pictures up.

Under 8 and under 6 training continues this Thursday November 22nd. Training will be in the New Hall at Coláiste Cholmcille. Under 6s will be in from 6.30pm to 7.15pm, followed by the under 8s from 7.15pm to 8pm. Under 10 training continues on Friday 23rd November from 6pm to 7pm. They are followed by the under 12s from 7pm to 8pm. There is a charge of €2 per head to cover the cost of the hall. Please bring runners as no other footwear allowed. Also remember to hydrate well before coming to training. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

~ HURLING ~
The Juvenile Hurling presentation night will take place in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Wednesday night starting at 6.45pm sharp. This year's special guest is one of the country's best hurlers and current All-star Galway's Damien Hayes. It is a great honour for our underage hurlers to have Damien come to our special night. Our underage hurlers have had a very successful year and all are welcome to this event to recognise their achievements as usual there will be refreshments for everyone on the night.

The Juvenile Hurling AGM will take place on Tuesday 27th November at 8pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. We would encourage all parents to attend to get an insight into what actually goes on in underage hurling in the club. There is no obligation on anyone to take on any job but meeting gives all a chance to express opinions and have their view.

~ YES WE CAN ~
Saturday 1st December from 12 noon to 1pm is the next date for the collection of aluminium cans for recycling to raise much needed funds for Aodh Ruadh. This recycling campaign has proved very successful so far and we thank all who have supported us in our fund-raising efforts. Any other items of scrap metal are welcome too, for any information in relation to our recycling efforts please contact John Rooney 086-2587793 or Kieran Drummond 086-2368295.

~ AGM SEASON ~
The club AGM is provisionally down for 9th December. Further details nearer the time. Managers and committee's should have their reports returned to the secretary by Friday 30th November.

The Bord na nÓg AGM takes place this Thursday 29th November at 8pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. All with an interest in underage football in Ballyshannon will be very welcome to attend.

~ SAM MAGUIRE ~
Sam Maguire is due to visit Ballyshannon on Tuesday December 4th to Thursday 6th. Further details in next week's notes.

~ UNDERAGE MANAGEMENT ~
Are you interested in coaching, managing, mentoring or helping with an underage Aodh Ruadh football team? If so please contact Shane Toolan on 0876888789. You don't need to have any previous experience, just an interest in the game and developing young people. Aodh Ruadh will provide top quality Ulster Council training to get you up to speed and help develop your coaching on an ongoing basis. All are welcome.

~ BINGO ~
This Friday, 23rd November, and every two weeks from now to Christmas, 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. The action gets under way at 9pm with books priced €15. Bring a friend for a great night of craic and prizes.

~ WINE TASTING ~
A note for your diary. Aodh Ruadh are hosting a Christmas wine tasting night in Dicey Reilly's on Saturday 8th December from 8pm-10.30pm. Come along and try some new wines for Christmas and get some seasonal gift ideas. Music after with John Meehan. Tickets are available now priced €10.

~ BARON OF BALLYSHANNON ~
Fun Quiz on Saturday night, 24th November at 9pm, followed by disco in Sean Óg's. Hosted by Maurice McLaughlin as part of his Baron of Ballyshannon bid.

~ CAKE AND BOOK SALE ~
There will be cake and book sale in Gaelscoil Eirne on Sunday morning, 25th November from 11am - 1.30pm. Good variety and quality of children and adults books to chose from and lots of baked goods on offer.

~ MIXED DOUBLES ~
Ballyshannon Drama Society cordially invites you to Mixed Doubles an entertainment on marriage by Alan Ayckborn, John Bowen, Lyndon Brook, David Campton, Alun Owen, Harold Pinter, James Saunders, Fay Weldon, Michael Bullock and George Melly. The service will be held in the Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon on Wednesday 21st November, Thursday 22nd November and Saturday 24th November. Curtain up at 8pm prompt. Admission is €10. This amateur production by kind permission of Samuel French is directed by Catherine Breslin and acted by Richard Hurst, Jim McIntyre, Sinead Luke, Kevin Lilly, Tony Liston, Terence McEneaney, Celina Muldoon, Carl Duggan, Edel McNally, John Travers, Mary Daly, Michael Daly, Ailis McIntyre, Paul McGonigle, Moya Ferguson, Michael McLoone, Paddy Campbell, Rachel O'Connor, Hugh McGuire, Trish Keane, Pat Sweeny and Michael McMullin.

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27 November

~ FOOTBALL ~
Under 8 and under 6 training continues this Thursday November 29nd. Training will be in the New Hall at Coláiste Cholmcille. Under 6s will be in from 6.30pm to 7.15pm, followed by the under 8s from 7.15pm to 8pm. This is the last indoor session for the under 8s and under 6s this year. Training will recommence late January or early February, keep an eye on notes closer to the time. Under 10 training continues on Friday 30th November from 6pm to 7pm. They are followed by the under 12s from 7pm to 8pm. There is a charge of €2 per head to cover the cost of the hall. Please bring runners as no other footwear allowed. Also remember to hydrate well before coming to training. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

~ HURLING ~
A General Meeting of the Aodh Ruadh Senior Hurling committee will be held on Monday 3rd December at 8pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Everyone with an interest in hurling most welcome to attend.

On Wednesday last Aodh Ruadh juvenile hurlers held their fifth annual presentation night in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh and, as in previous years, it was a great night for the big crowd who attended, both young and old. This year's special guest was one of the game's leading forwards Galway great and current All-Star Damien Hayes, he was accompanied on the night by one of the leading underage coaches in Galway, Francis Larkin. Juvenile Hurling Chairman John Rooney acted as master of ceremonies and he welcomed the large crowd to the event. John said that 2012 was another great year for juvenile hurling in the club and he pointed out to the crowd trophies they won during the year. The under 12s won the Primary League Shield beating a strong Na Magha from Derry in the final. The under 16s won the Alan Ryan / Seamus Grimes tournament beating Ballycastle of Antrim in semi-final and Kevin Lynch's of Derry two of the top teams in Ulster. The under 16s also won the championship and the minors won the League. There is a full report and pictures from what was a most memorable night up.

The Juvenile Hurling AGM will take place on Tuesday 27th November at 8pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. We would encourage all parents to attend to get an insight into what actually goes on in underage hurling in the club. There is no obligation on anyone to take on any job but meeting gives all a chance to express opinions and have their view.

~ LADIES ~
Best of luck to Terence McShea who takes charge of the All-Ireland club junior ladies football championship final between Thomas Davis of Dublin and Boherbue of Cork in Birr this coming Saturday at 1.30pm.

~ OFF THE PITCH ~
There was a good smattering of Aodh Ruadh faces performing in Mixed Doubles up in the Abbey Centre on Saturday night. We have a few pictures of the entertainment up.

~ YES WE CAN ~
Saturday 1st December from 12 noon to 1pm is the next date for the collection of aluminium cans for recycling to raise much needed funds for Aodh Ruadh. This recycling campaign has proved very successful so far and we thank all who have supported us in our fund-raising efforts. Any other items of scrap metal are welcome too, for any information in relation to our recycling efforts please contact John Rooney 086-2587793 or Kieran Drummond 086-2368295.

~ AGM SEASON ~
The club AGM is provisionally down for 9th December. Further details nearer the time. Managers and committee's should have their reports returned to the secretary by Friday 30th November.

The Bord na nÓg AGM takes place this Thursday 29th November at 8pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. All with an interest in underage football in Ballyshannon will be very welcome to attend.

~ SAM MAGUIRE ~
Sam Maguire is due to visit Ballyshannon on Tuesday December 4th to Thursday 6th. The trophy will be on display in the Abbey Centre on the Thursday from 9.30am to 10.30am. Further details in next week's notes.

~ UNDERAGE MANAGEMENT ~
Are you interested in coaching, managing, mentoring or helping with an underage Aodh Ruadh football team? If so please contact Shane Toolan on 0876888789. You don't need to have any previous experience, just an interest in the game and developing young people. Aodh Ruadh will provide top quality Ulster Council training to get you up to speed and help develop your coaching on an ongoing basis. All are welcome.

~ BINGO ~
On Friday, 7th December, and every two weeks from now to Christmas, 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. The action gets under way at 9pm with books priced €15. Bring a friend for a great night of craic and prizes.

~ WINE TASTING ~
A note for your diary. Aodh Ruadh are hosting a Christmas wine tasting night in Dicey Reilly's on Saturday 8th December from 8pm-10.30pm. Come along and try some new wines for Christmas and get some seasonal gift ideas. Music after with John Meehan. Tickets are available now priced €10.

~ COMMUNITY NETWORKING EVENT ~
Tyrone, Derry and Donegal Action (TDDA) is organising a Community Networking Event which is due to take place on Wednesday 28th November 2012 from 2-5pm in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town.This is an informal, free event for the public in order to showcase a variety of community stakeholder organisations and agencies who work to provide support to local rural residents, businesses, villages and the farming community in the South Donegal area and also those working to provide support in a wider regional and national level. For more info, please contact Sinead or Stephanie on 074-9144762 / 074-9173747 or e-mail sinead.tdaction@gmail.com / stephanie.tdaction@gmail.com.

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