Club Notes Archive - 2013

Box. FEBRUARY
5 February

~ ANNUAL AWARDS NIGHT ~
Aodh Ruadh Annual Awards Night takes place on Saturday, 9th February, 2013, with special guest Sam Maguire also in attendance. We will be recognising our back-to-back intermediate reserve championship winners and the minor league champions. The event commences in Dorrian's Imperial Hotel at 9pm with supper served followed by music from The Lone Stars. Tickets are on sale now from usual outlets priced at a recession-busting €15.

~ FIGHT NIGHT ~
Aodh Ruadh Park / Development Committee have announced details of their Fight Night with Killybegs club. The Fight Night will take place in the Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran on Friday 8th March. On the night Aodh Ruadh footballers and hurlers - male and female - will take on opponents from Killybegs in what should be a night of explosive entertainment. Tickets are now on sale and are available from any committee member. As a full house is expected fight fans are advised to purchase early to avoid disappointment. A limited number of fight sponsorship deals remain available contact any committee member for further information.

~ FOOTBALL ~
The underage football fixtures calendar has been released. We've published the Aodh Ruadh fixtures for all teams on aodhruadh.org.

Indoor training continues this Friday 8th February. Under 6s are in the Mercy Hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm followed by the under 8s from 7pm to 8pm, also in the Mercy Hall. Under 10s are training in the new hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm. That session is followed by the under 12s from 7pm to 8pm, also in the new hall. There is a charge of €2 per head to cover the cost of the hall. Please bring runners as no other footwear allowed. Under 8s will also be expected to wear mouth guards as per GAA policy. Any parent who would like to pitch in with traffic control or managing drills is more than welcome and asked to make themselves known to the coaches on the evening. These are primarily fun training sessions so no great coaching expertise is required. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

We will be taking registration at both sessions in both halls this Friday. There will be forms available on the night. The fee for children born from 2003 onwards is €15 and €25 for players born in 2002 or before.

~ LADIES ~
Under 8 and under 10 training continues this Wednesday 6th February at 6.00pm to 6.45pm in Mercy Hall, with under 12 training following from 6.45pm to 7.30pm. There will be a charge of €2 to cover the cost of the hall. All new members will be made most welcome.

The ladies committee are hosting the table quiz in Owen Roe's this Thursday at 9.45pm and we would really appreciate as much support as possible. However if you are unable to make it for some reason, but would like to make a donation or buy tickets for the raffle please contact any committee member or underage coach and they will be happy to help.

~ HURLING ~
Aodh Ruadh play their first competitive senior adult hurling match since the 2010 Donegal junior championship win this Saturday 9th February at 2pm when they travel to Ballymena to take on All-Saints in division 5B of the Táin club hurling league.

Underage hurling for all teams from under 8s to minor will be resuming on Sunday 3rd March at Father Tierney Park. Hurls and helmets will be provided for training, all welcome especially beginners. Schools will be contacted nearer the time. For any information on underage hurling please contact John Rooney on 086-2587793.

Well done to all our lads who have been training with the county minors since Christmas. The lads played Saint Eunan's seniors in a challenge game last Saturday. Tommy Gillespie, Ciaran Rami, Conor Kennedy, Eddie Lynch and Donal Sweeny all played and did very well.

~ YES WE CAN ~
There is now a drop off point for aluminium cans for recycling for Aodh Ruadh at Mace in the Saimer Court Shopping Centre. The next collection day in Father Tierney Park takes place on Saturday 16th February from 12 noon to 1am. Other scrap metal can be brought to Father Tierney Park that day for recycling and to help raise much needed funds for the club. For any information in relation to this campaign please contact John Rooney 086-2587793 or Kieran Drummond 086-2368295.

~ HISTORY ~
We have a significant addition to the history section of aodhruadh.org. It is a club minute book covering the period from 1946 to 1950. The book was donated to the club by Peggy Slevin, widow of club stalwart, Sean Slevin. This valuable record of the club's earlier years can now be browsed on aodhruadh.org.

~ SHAM TV ~
The latest addition to Sham TV is courtesy of Jim Kane. It's the 1986 county semi-final against Kilcar. A very composed, accomplished performance from Ballyshannon seeing them into the final on a scoreline of 2-11 to 1-6.

~ OFF THE PITCH ~
Ballyshannon Drama Society will be staging Snake In The Grass by Alan Ayckbourn in the Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon on February 12th, 13th, 14th and 16th. Curtain up is at 8pm on each night. Ticket bookings can be made in the box office, 071-9851375.

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12 February

~ ANNUAL AWARDS NIGHT ~
There was a fine crowd in attendance for the rather more informal edition of the Aodh Ruadh Annual Awards Night staged in Dorrian's Imperial Hotel last Saturday night. Sean Perry, once again took masterful control of proceedings which got underway with the presentation of medals to the intermediate reserve championship (2012) and league (2011) winners. They were followed by the minor league champions receiving their medals for their exploits in 2012. Young player of the year was drawn from the minor ranks. Another season of heavy scoring was crowned by inclusion in the minor panel for the year ahead for David McGurrin and his award should mark just the beginning of a very special career. There was a joint award for the young hurlers of the year. Colm Kelly and Jamie Brennan who represented club, county and province with enormous distinction in 2012 and they will be the bedrock of hurling for years to come in Aodh Ruadh. The ladies player of the year was the peerless Tara Khan. A star with club, college and county she played with great flair across the course of the year. Damien Cleary was named reserve team player of the year. He returned to playing action in 2012 and quickly established himself as a dynamic presence in the midfield. He also lined out with the seniors towards the end of the year and, still a young man, he has a bright future ahead of him. The Ciaran Keon Senior Player of the year award went to Anthony Boyle. His dedication and work rate has been impressive this year and his contribution in the attacking stakes was a valuable boon to Aodh Ruadh. Much unseen work was rewarded as Sean O'Mahoney was the recipient of the Sean Slevin Club Man of the Year award. With countless hours ploughed into the club in various capacities Sean was a natural choice for this prestigious award. Probably the highlight of the night was the standing ovation afforded our inductee to the hall of fame, Peter Conlon. There can be few roles that Peter has not filled for the club in all his years in Ballyshannon, having served as chairman and secretary at various points and always there when called upon. A richly deserved recognition for one of the true gentlemen of the club. Sam Maguire was also in attendance on the night, with many taking advantage of the opportunity to get their picture taken with trophy. We have pictures from the night up.

~ FIGHT NIGHT ~
The Aodh Ruadh v Killybegs Fight Night takes place in the Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran on Friday 8th March. On the night Aodh Ruadh footballers and hurlers - male and female - will take on opponents from Killybegs in what should be a night of explosive entertainment. Tickets are now on sale and available from any committee member. All fight sponsorships are now filled, however if you would like to have your business advertised on the night please contact Conal Gallagher (0862112812) for full details. There will be a press night for the event on Thursday 21st February in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 8pm. All are invited to attend and refreshments will be served. The weekly Fight Night meeting takes place on Tuesdays at 8.30pm.

~ FOOTBALL ~
We are close to the beginning of the season now with our minors and under 14s due to go into action shortly. The minors first league game is a trip to Killybegs on Saturday, 2nd March when they take on Saint John's at 12 noon. The under 14s go into action the following day, Sunday 3rd March, when they host Four Masters in Father Tierney Park at noon.

There is no training for under 6s or under 8s this Friday. Training for this group will resume on Friday 1 March. Under 10s are training in the new hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm. That session is followed by the under 12s from 7pm to 8pm, also in the new hall. There is a charge of €2 per head to cover the cost of the hall. Please bring runners as no other footwear allowed. Under 8s will also be expected to wear mouth guards as per GAA policy. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

~ LADIES ~
Ladies training for seniors, minors and any under 16s playing and training with the seniors takes place on Monday nights at 6.30pm and Saturdays at 11am at the Park. On Saturdays bring footwear for indoors and outdoors as a call will be made on whether to train in or outdoors based on the prevailing weather conditions. The league programme is expected to get underway in just over a month so a good turnout is essential.

Under 8 and under 10 training continues this Wednesday 13th February at 6.00pm to 6.45pm in Mercy Hall, with under 12 training following from 6.45pm to 7.30pm. There will be a charge of €2 to cover the cost of the hall.

Best wishes to Tara Khan as she captains her college team, Sligo IT against Mary Immaculate College Limerick in an All-Ireland league final this Thursday. The game takes place in Ballyhaunis at 4pm.

Many thanks to all who came out to support our table quiz in Owen Roe's last week.

~ HURLING ~
Aodh Ruadh gave Antrim opponents All Saints a stiff test in their first senior match in nearly three years. The sides were tied at 0-5 apiece at half before Aodh Ruadh assumed the ascendancy in the third quarter and coming into the closing stages they were two points to the good. Ballymena rallied and hit the visitors for a goal which gave them a one point edge that Ballyshannon couldn't get clawed back. The sides went point for point in the dying moments, with the long whistle seeing the sides finish on a scoreline of 1-10 to 0-12. Ring rustiness made itself felt in the form of profligacy from placed ball, Aodh Ruadh left to rue two missed penalties. Full back Kieran Kilgannon and Thomas Anderson both gave good accounts of themselves in the defensive exchanges. Paul Sheridan soldiered well at midfield, also picking off a few frees. David Downey, Aidan Begley, Shane McNulty, Johnny Dolan all got in on scoring act too, while Conor McNeely's attacking play was impressive. All in all an encouraging display and much to learn from ahead of this Saturday's game. That tie takes place at 2pm when Aodh Ruadh host south Armagh outfit Craobh Rua at Father Tierney Park in Division 5B of the Táin club hurling league.

Underage hurling for all teams from under 8s to minor will be resuming on Sunday 3rd March at Father Tierney Park. Hurls and helmets will be provided for training, all welcome especially beginners. Schools will be contacted nearer the time. For any information on underage hurling please contact John Rooney on 086-2587793.

~ YES WE CAN ~
There is now a drop off point for aluminium cans for recycling for Aodh Ruadh at Mace in the Saimer Court Shopping Centre. The next collection day in Father Tierney Park takes place on Saturday 16th February from 12 noon to 1am. Other scrap metal can be brought to Father Tierney Park that day for recycling and to help raise much needed funds for the club. For any information in relation to this campaign please contact John Rooney 086-2587793 or Kieran Drummond 086-2368295.

~ OFF THE PITCH ~
Ballyshannon Drama Society will be staging Snake In The Grass by Alan Ayckbourn in the Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon on February 12th, 13th, 14th and 16th. Curtain up is at 8pm on each night. Ticket bookings can be made in the box office, 071-9851375.

Ballyshannon Musical Society bring a production of The King And I to the stage in the Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon on February 26th, 27th, 28th, March 1st and March 2nd. There will also be a children's matinee on Saturday March 2nd at 3pm. Special offers for group bookings. Full ticket details in the Abbey Centre box office 071-9851375 on Thursday 21st February from 1pm to 4pm.

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19 February

~ FIGHT NIGHT ~
With only two weeks to go now until the Aodh Ruadh v Killybegs Fight Night in the Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran on Friday 8th March The official press/launch night takes place this Thursday in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 8pm. All are invited to attend and refreshments will be served. On the night Aodh Ruadh footballers and hurlers - male and female - will take on opponents from Killybegs in what should be a night of explosive entertainment. Tickets are now on sale and available from any committee member. All fight sponsorships are now filled, however if you would like to have your business advertised on the night please contact Conal Gallagher (0862112812) for full details. There will be a press night for the event on Thursday 21st February in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 8pm. The weekly Fight Night meeting takes place on Tuesdays at 8.30pm.

~ START REFFING ~
A beginners referees course for hurling and football will be held in Jackson's Hotel Ballybofey at 10am on Saturday 23rd February. This course is open to all from underage to adult.

~ FOOTBALL ~
The championship draws at the weekend have seen the seniors and reserved penciled in to meet the winners of Naomh Mhuire and Downings in the intermediate championship quarter-finals. Aodh Ruadh were first out of the hat and so will enjoy home advantage in the first leg. The under 21s will compete in the B championship in 2013 and face the trek to Carndonagh for their winner takes all tussle.

Monthly Bord na nÓg meeting this Wednesday at 7.30pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. All managers and committee members asked to attend.

We are close to the beginning of the season now with our minors and under 14s due to go into action shortly. The minors first league game is a trip to Killybegs on Saturday, 2nd March when they take on Saint John's at 12 noon. The under 14s go into action the following day, Sunday 3rd March, when they host Four Masters in Father Tierney Park at noon.

There is no training for under 6s or under 8s this Friday. Training for this group will resume on Friday 1 March. Under 10s are training in the new hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm. That session is followed by the under 12s from 7pm to 8pm, also in the new hall. There is a charge of €2 per head to cover the cost of the hall. Please bring runners as no other footwear allowed. Under 8s will also be expected to wear mouth guards as per GAA policy. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

~ LADIES ~
Well done to Orlaith Gillespie and Roise Keon who have made it onto the county under 16 panel for the 2013 season and also to Bundoran girl Megan McGee who will be playing under 16 football with us here in Aodh Ruadh this year as there isn't an under 16 team in Bundoran.

Indoor training for under 8s, under 10s and under 12s now takes a two week break as the Mercy Hall is unavailable due to mock exams. Training will recommence on Wednesday March 6th.

Congratulations to Tara Khan who captained Sligo IT to All Ireland league glory last Thursday.

~ HURLING ~
Aodh Ruadh found themselves on the end of another one point defeat in their second outing in Division 5B of the Táin Ulster club hurling league. They lost out to Craobh Rua on a scoreline of 1-5 to 0-9. Ballyshannon dominated the first half and played much of the best hurling. Paul Sheridan with points from placed ball and play and a brilliant individual goal from Peter Horan had Aodh Ruadh four points to the good late in the first half, but the south Armagh men pulled a point back before the break and that was to prove crucial in the end as the homesters turned to face the breeze. Despite a determined and disciplined Ballyshannon defensive effort, with Gary Loughlin and Thomas Gallagher leading by example, Craobh Rua added six points to their tally in the second half, mainly from long range placed ball. The Errnesiders did hit two late points, one coming from Kieran Breslin, but ultimately finished the tie empty-handed. Aodh Ruadh were well able to create chances with Chris Kilgannon and Sheridan to the fore in the promptings, but shooting was again an issue, but one certainly not beyond resolution and which further game-time will go a long way to addressing. Aodh Ruadh will be on the road once again for their next outing in the Táin league as they travel to Portstewart to take on Coleraine on March 2nd at 2pm.

Underage hurling starts for all age groups on Sunday 3rd March at 12 noon in Father Tierney Park. All welcome especially beginners from six years of age. Hurls and helmets will be provided for training. We will be fielding teams from under 8s to minors this year. Notes will be distributed to all national schools. There will be lots of fun for all. So camán and try your hand at the fastest field game in the world! For any information on underage hurling please contact John Rooney on 086-2587793.

~ YES WE CAN ~
There is now a drop off point for aluminium cans for recycling for Aodh Ruadh at Mace in the Saimer Court Shopping Centre. For any information in relation to this campaign please contact John Rooney 086-2587793 or Kieran Drummond 086-2368295.

~ OFF THE PITCH ~
Ballyshannon Musical Society bring a production of The King And I to the stage in the Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon on February 26th, 27th, 28th, March 1st and March 2nd. There will also be a children's matinee on Saturday March 2nd at 3pm. Special offers for group bookings. Full ticket details in the Abbey Centre box office 071-9851375 on Thursday 21st February from 1pm to 4pm.

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26 February

~ FIGHT NIGHT ~
It's only a week to go now until the Aodh Ruadh v Killybegs Fight Night in the Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran on Friday 8th March. On the night Aodh Ruadh footballers and hurlers - male and female - will take on opponents from Killybegs in what should be a night of explosive entertainment. Tickets are now on sale and available from any committee member. All fight sponsorships are now filled, however if you would like to have your business advertised on the night please contact Conal Gallagher (0862112812) for full details. The weekly Fight Night meeting takes place on Wednesday at 9.30pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Ticket and advertising monies should be brought to this meeting. Mary Matthews will accept ticket returns at Shannon's Corner. Also Margaret Peach will also take returns at the club rooms from Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 11am.

~ MEETING ~
The monthly senior club meeting takes place on Thursday 28th February in Aras Aoidh Ruadh 8.30pm. All committee members are asked to attend. Remember, as per club rule attendance is noted. Apologies should be notified to club secretary, Emma Gaughan.

~ FOOTBALL ~
Due to technical irregularities the intermediate championship had to be redrawn. This has seen the seniors and reserved penciled in to meet Buncrana in the intermediate championship quarter-final. Aodh Ruadh were first out of the hat and so will enjoy home advantage in the first leg. The under 21s remain the unchanged and Aodh Ruadh still face the trek to Carndonagh for their opener.

Congratulations to Johnny Gallagher who was a member of the Sigerson cup winning DIT panel last weekend.

We are close to the beginning of the season now with our minors and under 14s due to go into action shortly. The minors first league game is a trip to Killybegs on Saturday, 2nd March when they take on Saint John's at 12 noon. The under 14s go into action the following day, Sunday 3rd March, when they host Four Masters in Father Tierney Park at noon.

The indoor training programme resumes as normal this Friday 1st March. Under 6s are in the Mercy Hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm followed by the under 8s from 7pm to 8pm, also in the Mercy Hall. Under 10s are training in the new hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm. That session is followed by the under 12s from 7pm to 8pm, also in the new hall. There is a charge of €2 per head to cover the cost of the hall. Please bring runners as no other footwear allowed. Under 8s will also be expected to wear mouth guards as per GAA policy. Any parent who would like to pitch in with traffic control or managing drills is more than welcome and asked to make themselves known to the coaches on the evening. These are primarily fun training sessions so no great coaching expertise is required. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished. We are also running a second-hand clothing collection fund raiser at these sessions to help defray coaching costs. Players will be given a bag at the end of this week's session and asked to bring it back for next week's session. Details of acceptable items are printed on the bags. Parents/Guardians help with this fund raiser would be greatly appreciated.

There is an Award One Coaching Course taking place on Friday March 1st and Saturday March 2nd. All managers should have completed this course and the club would encourage as many mentors as possible to also complete the course. For further details please contact Tracey Flood on 0861764998

Advance notice of a Bord na nÓg fund raiser. There will be a céilí, old time barn dance in the Rock Hall, Ballyshannon on Saturday 6th April at 9.30pm. Music by The Assaroe Céilí Band. Supper Served. Admission €8.

~ LADIES ~
Indoor training for under 8s, under 10s and under 12s is still on break this week as the Mercy Hall is unavailable due to mock exams. Training will recommence on Wednesday March 6th.

~ HURLING ~
Aodh Ruadh travel to Portstewart for their next outing in the Táin league to take on Coleraine on Saturday March 2nd at 2pm.

Underage hurling starts for all age groups on Sunday 3rd March at 12 noon in Father Tierney Park. All welcome especially beginners from six years of age. Hurls and helmets will be provided for training. We will be fielding teams from under 8s to minors this year. Notes will be distributed to all national schools. There will be lots of fun for all. So camán and try your hand at the fastest field game in the world! For any information on underage hurling please contact John Rooney on 086-2587793.

The under 14 and minor league begins on Thursday 28th March with the minors at home to MacCumhaill's and the under 14s making the trip to Ballybofey.

~ YES WE CAN ~
The next collection for our aluminium fund raiser takes place on Saturday 9th March at the usual times. There is now a drop off point for aluminium cans for recycling for Aodh Ruadh at Mace in the Saimer Court Shopping Centre. For any information in relation to this campaign please contact John Rooney 086-2587793 or Kieran Drummond 086-2368295.

~ OFF THE PITCH ~
There will be a céilí, old time barn dance in the Rock Hall, Ballyshannon on Saturday 6th April at 9.30pm in support of the Saint Patrick's Day parade. Music by The Assaroe Céilí Band. Supper Served. Admission €8.

Ballyshannon Musical Society bring a production of The King And I to the stage in the Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon on February 26th, 27th, 28th, March 1st and March 2nd. There will also be a children's matinee on Saturday March 2nd at 3pm. Special offers for group bookings. Full ticket details in the Abbey Centre box office 071-9851375 on Thursday 21st February from 1pm to 4pm.

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