Club Notes Archive - 2013

Box. APRIL
2 April

~ FOOTBALL ~
Played in foundering conditions throughout and a strong, biting wind in the first half, Saint Naul's turned in a powerful and effective performance to see off the challenge of a young Aodh Ruadh outfit last Saturday on a scoreline of 1-11 to 1-8. Aodh Ruadh trailed by 0-4 to 1-5 at the end of a first half where they had faced into a stiff breeze and looked to be in good position to mount a serious challenge in the second half with the following wind. However a serious back injury to Saint Naul's Adrian Kennedy meant the commencement of the second half was significantly delayed, during which time the wind dropped greatly and became less of a factor. Ballyshannon won the second half, but couldn't get close enough to really make Mountcharles sweat. There was much for Aodh Ruadh followers to take encouragement from. David McGurrin's 1-4 in his first game of senior football heralded the emergence of a major new talent for the club, while right across the pitch there were promising displays from young Ballyshannon men. We have a full match report and pictures from the game up at aodhruadh.org.

Aodh Ruadh reserves came close to turning over Saint Naul's despite fielding with the bare 15 last Saturday. They played a super game against a considerable breeze in the first half and, thanks to goals from James McIntyre and Fiachra McIntyre, were able to go in at the break leading by 2-1 to 0-6 with the wind at their backs in the second half. Ballyshannon did well on limited possession in the second half, but Saint Naul's were able to introduce second half substitutes who were able to exploit the visitor's weakness in that sector and that was enough to see Mountcharles take the points. James McIntyre had a good game in attack, finishing with a goal and a point. Anthony Coughlin got through a lot of ball and finished with two points to his credit, while Ruairí Drummond was a cut above at half forward and also chipped in with a point. Defensively David McLoone had an excellent outing, while in the half back line Chris Goan was as industrious as ever and Peter Horan's speed was a valuable asset. There are pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

The division three leagues continue this Saturday, 6th April with Aodh Ruadh hosting Naomh Colmcille. The senior game throws in at 6.45pm and is preceded by the reserves at 5.30pm. We also have fixtures for round three of the leagues. These will see Aodh Ruadh travel to Naomh Padraig, Lifford on Saturday 13th April. The reserve game throws in at 5.45pm and is followed by the seniors at 7pm.

The minors lost at home to Dungloe 0-6 to 1-9 last Tuesday. It was a very youthful team with injuries taking a heavy toll on the homesters in recent weeks. Nevertheless many of the younger players drafted in gave very good accounts of themselves. Kevin Warnock was very good in goals while defenders Paddy Gillespie and Ryan Patton were both steady on their return from long term injuries. The irrepressible Niall Harley played a great shift at midfield while up front Oisín Roper and Philip Patton were impressive inside. The minors next fixture is slated for Wednesday 3rd April when Naomh Conaill are down to provide the opposition in Father Tierney Park at 7pm.

The under 14s lost out 3-3 to 4-13 in a game, played in blisteringly cold conditions at Father Tierney Park on Easter Monday. Aodh Ruadh played in patches, but never anywhere near long enough to trouble a decent Naomh Conaill outfit. Mark Gallagher had a good game between the posts for Aodh Ruadh, pulling off a string of excellent saves. Barry Kelly and Conal Sweeny both put in creditable performances while Sean Taylor put in a great shift at midfield and was a great attacking threat too. Meanwhile up front Shane Dorrian was the most dangerous of Ballyshannon's attackers. We have a full match report up on aodhruadh.org. Aodh Ruadh's are at home once again for their next fixture, this time against Saint Naul's on Monday 8th April at 7pm.

Under 6 and under 8 training recommences on Friday, 12th April from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. There is no charge for this training. Parents/guardians are reminded it is an essential insurance requirement all players are registered. As such we cannot allow players who are not registered to take part in the blitzes and will be enforcing this requirement strictly.

Bord na nÓg host a céilí, old time barn dance in the Rock Hall, Ballyshannon this Saturday 6th April at 9.30pm. Music by The Assaroe Céilí Band. Supper Served. Admission €8.

~ HURLING ~
The senior hurlers commence their league with a home game against MacCumhaill's this Wednesday 10th April at 6.30pm at Father Tierney Park. We also have a fixture for round two of the league, that will see Aodh Ruadh at home once more, this time to Strabane Shamrocks on Wednesday 17th April with the throw in at 6.45pm. The full senior and under 21 fixture list has been released and is as follows:

Senior Hurling League Fixtures 2013
Round 1 Wednesday 10th April: Aodh Ruadh V MacCumhaill's
Round 2 Wednesday 17th April: Aodh Ruadh V Strabane Shamrocks
Round 3 Wednesday 24th April: Setanta V Aodh Ruadh
Round 4: Bye
Round 5 Wednesday 8th May: Aodh Ruadh V Saint Eunan's
Round 6 Wednesday 15th May: MacCumhaill's V Aodh Ruadh
Round 7 Wednesday 22nd May: Aodh Ruadh V Strabane Shamrocks
Round 8 Wednesday 29th May: Aodh Ruadh V Setanta
Round 9: Bye
Round 10 Wednesday 19th June: Saint Eunan's V Aodh Ruadh

Senior Hurling Championship Fixtures
Round 1 Wednesday 3rd July: Setanta v Aodh Ruadh
Round 2: Bye
Round 3 Wednesday 24th July: Aodh Ruadh v MacCumhaill's
Round 4 Wednesday 31th July: Burt v Aodh Ruadh
Round 5: Wednesday 21st August: Aodh Ruadh v Saint Eunan's
Final: Saturday 14th September

U21 Championship dates
Quarter-finals: Wednesday 28th August
Semi-finals: Saturday 21st September
Finals: Saturday 12th October

The seventh Annual hurl-a-thon takes place in the Mercy Hall this Saturday with the fun and action beginning at 10am and continuing non-stop throughout the day until 10pm. Along with being the underage hurlers main fund-raiser for the year it is also a great day of craic for all both young and old. As always refreshments will be served throughout the day and there will be a cup of tea for all. So drop into the Mercy Hall this Saturday at any stage to see all the thrills and spills associated with this fun filled event. If you have never tried playing our ancient game, a game unique to Ireland, Saturday is your chance to start. Come along and bring your friends, the more the merrier! Time table for the day is as follows.
10am to 1pm: Under 8s and 10s
1pm to 3pm: Under 12s.
3pm to 6pm: Under 14s
6pm to 10pm: Under 16s, minors, parents, friends and families.
Please support the juvenile hurler's with this fundraiser as they are out and about seeking sponsorship!

The hurling season began last Thursday. Unfortunately the minors saw no action as MacCumhaill's were unable to field. The under 14s travelled to MacCumhaill Park to play the home team. MacCumhaill's had a few very strong players down the middle and got off to a good start and led at half time 1-5 to 0-2. Early season rustiness showed in Aodh Ruadh's play and this young team were unable to take a number of scoring chances in the second half. The physically stronger MacCumhaill's lads were able to take their scores easier and they ran out convincing winners 3-7 to 0-3. Credit to the Aodh Ruadh lads, many of them playing their first game at this level and on a full size pitch they never gave up and continued battling to the end. Many thanks to the parents who drove the squad to this game their efforts in saving the club the expense of a bus are much appreciated.

This Thursday the minors are due to play Setanta in Father Tierney Park with throw in at 6.30pm. The under 14s travel to the Cross to take on Setanta on the same evening with throw-in 6.30pm

The Donegal minors travelled to the Glens of Antrim last Saturday to take on the home team in the Ulster minor league. They were comprehensively beaten, Division 1 is a big step up and the majority of the panel are under age again next season so hopefully playing at this level will improve their game. Aodh Ruadh had three starters on the team Tommy Gillespie, Eugene Drummond and Eddie Lynch, Donal Sweeney and Oisín Rooney came on in the second half. This Saturday they play Armagh in Letterkenny.

We host the first under 12 blitz of the year this Sunday with play beginning at 11am it's hoped that five teams will be taking part on the day.

Training continues for all other age groups at 12 noon we would especially like to see an increase in numbers at under 8 and under 10 level, come along and try this great game of hurling you'll be surprised at the amount of fun you will have and the new friends you'll make. No experience necessary hurls and helmets will be provided for training.

~ LADIES ~
There is a course next Saturday April 6th for anyone interested in reffing ladies football. If you would like to hear more details contact Terence McShea on 087-2360815.

Training for senior ladies continues on Tuesdays at 7pm and Saturdays at 11am.

The under 16 girls got their season off to a good start last Tuesday evening with a home win over Four Masters. This Tuesday they make the trip to Mountcharles to face a strong Saint Naul's team. Throw-in is at 6.30pm.

Training for under 8s, 10s and 12s will be back next week and hopefully the weather will have improved by then so as we can train out-doors.

Well done to Maeve Liston who flew the Aodh Ruadh flag with the Donegal minor ladies on Easter Monday as they beat Tyrone in the championship on a scoreline of 2-13 to 2-6.

~ MEETING ~
There is a full club meeting this Thursday, 4th April at 8.30pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. All committee members are asked to attend.

~ FIGHT NIGHT ~
Club members are requested to make Fight Night returns immediately - sold or unsold - to Mary Matthews at Shannon's Corner Restaurant. As work on the lighting of the Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh training pitch is underway it is vital members co-operate with efforts to finalise accounts.

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9 April

~ FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh registered their first points of season with a 1-11 to 0-10 win over Naomh Colmcille in Father Tierney Park last Sunday. The homesters were slow to start and Newtowncunningham weren't slow to take advantage and eased into a 0-2 to 0-5 half time lead. While converting up front was a problem, strong defence in the first half from Conor Patton, Ronan McGurrin and Ronan Drummond kept Aodh Ruadh in the game. Ballyshannon built up a head of steam across the second half, culminating in a barn-storming closing ten minutes where they closed out the game. The Ernesiders started more brightly in the second half, building well from the back, with players like Ronan Drummond, Anthony Boyle, David Dolan and Ryan Granaghan taking a greater grip of the game. However the plaudits have to go to David McGurrin who took game by the scruff of the neck when it needed to be won. McGurrin finished the game with 1-4, but did much to rally Aodh Ruadh in those vital closing stages. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

The reserves are still awaiting their first points of 2013 following their 1-8 to 3-6 loss to Newtowncunningham opposition. Once again it was a very novel team and there were promising showings from a number of players. The midfield pairing of Niall Harley and Matthew Thompson were both excellent, while up front James Barron was in top form and really finished his goal with some aplomb. Half back Bréanainn Drummond put in his second excellent 60 minutes in a row. He was joined in the half back line by a welcome returnee, Ciaran Slevin, who showed few signs of ring rustiness. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

The division three leagues continue this Saturday, 13th April with Aodh Ruadh traveling to Naomh Padraig, Lifford on Saturday 13th April. The reserve game throws in at 5.45pm and is followed by the seniors at 7pm.

The minors next fixture is down for Tuesday 16th April when Aodh Ruadh make the trip to Annagry to take on Naomh Mhuire at 7pm.

The under 14s were defeated by Saint Naul's on a scoreline of 4-1 to 7-10 in their league encounter on Monday evening. Aodh Ruadh are on the road for their next fixture which sees them take on Kilcar on Thursday 18th April at 7pm.

Under 6 and under 8 training recommences this Friday, 12th April from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. There is no charge for this training. Parents/guardians are reminded it is an essential insurance requirement all players are registered. As such we cannot allow players who are not registered to take part in the blitzes and will be enforcing this requirement strictly.

~ HURLING ~
The senior hurlers commence their league with a home game against MacCumhaill's this Wednesday 10th April at 6.30pm at Father Tierney Park. We also have a fixture for round two of the league, that will see Aodh Ruadh at home once more, this time to Strabane Shamrocks on Wednesday 17th April with the throw in at 6.45pm. The full senior and under 21 fixture list can be viewed on aodhruadh.org.

Last Saturday saw the Juvenile Hurling Committee host the seventh annual Hurl-a-Thon in the Mercy Hall, and like all other years it proved a great day's fun for all. The under 8s and 10s were first in action taking to the floor just before 10am and from then till after 10pm it was nonstop action all the way. The sliothar flew around the hall all day and every game was vigorously contested, the young hurlers gave their all in every game. There was lots of thrills and spills as we went through the various age groups which the club fields at underage from under 8s through to minors. The last hour also saw adults taking to the floor where a team of underage coaches in the form of Dennis Daly, Michael Ayres, Peter Horan and John Rooney took on members of the recently reformed senior hurling team led by their manager Kevin Loughlin, Stephen Sheerin, Kevin McDermott and under 14 football mentor Alan Sweeney. After a great battle it was the underage coaches who came out on top by a goal. This game was followed by the annual appearance of the mothers in the guise of Tara Keenaghan, Rosaleen Cummins, Eleanor Rooney, Frances Drummond, Bernie Kelly and Margaret Peach who took on the daughters who included Sarah Drummond, Bronagh Kelly, Meabh Rooney, Stephanie Sharpe and Roisín Daly and as in the previous game it was shown that age is no barrier to skill as the mothers won easily.
Another constant since the Hurl-a-thon started in 2007 is the legendary hospitality of the mothers as everyone who were in the Mercy Hall was fed throughout the day and nobody was left hungry. The boiler was on all day and the sandwiches, buns cakes and other goodies went down a treat. All in all it was another great day for underage hurling enjoyed by all, when the sliothar finally stopped shortly after 10pm all present were exhausted the majority of those present had been on the go since before 10am but already they were eagerly looking forward to the 8th edition of the Hurl-a-thon to be held in 2014!
Thanks to all who helped to make this such an enjoyable day, especially all the underage hurlers who took part on the day, all the members of the Juvenile Hurling Committee, the ladies who manned the kitchen throughout the day, all the mothers who brought food and goodies in huge amounts throughout the day. This event is always well supported by local businesses and the Juvenile Hurling Committee really appreciate this support, we wish to acknowledge those businesses. Fred Ormston's Mace who, as always, provided bottles of water and crisps for everyone; Kieran Barron at Value Centre for all the drinks and goodies; Mary Matthews at Shannon's Corner for her lovely selection of sandwiches; Eleanor McCosker at Centra for the soup which is looked forward to annually and Kernan's for their annual supply of milk, sugar and tea bags. Thanks to Brian Drummond and Tara Keenaghan for all their photography work throughout the day.
Thanks also to Colaiste Cholmcille for the use of the Mercy Hall and special thanks to Michael Donagher for all his help throughout the day. Thanks to all the underage hurlers and their parents, their coaches and supporters who went out in these difficult times seeking sponsorship for this event. There are a number of cards to be returned and we hope to have all in by the weekend when we will know what this event made. Whatever the financial total is there is no price that can be put on the enjoyment that is had by everyone annually at this event. Finally thanks to everyone who sponsored the competitors in this event your continued support for underage hurling in Aodh Ruadh is much appreciated. We have 30 pictures from Brian Drummond up on aodhruadh.org, while Tara Keenaghan also has a gallery of pictures up from the day that is well worth checking out.

On Thursday last our under 14s travelled to the Cross, Killygordon to take on Setanta in the second round of the league. In a much improved performance from the previous week, the Ballyshannon lads ran out easy winners. Many thanks to the parents who drove the lads to this game, your support is much appreciated. It is hoped that they can continue their winning ways in Father Tierney Park this Thursday against Burt. Throw in for that game is at 6.30pm.

The minors again suffered the disappointment of having no game last Thursday as Setanta conceded the game less than two hours before throw in. The lads are looking forward to getting their season started this week away to Burt.

On Saturday last Eddie Lynch and Tommy Gillespie lined out for the Donegal minors against Armagh in O'Donnell Park, Letterkenny in the final Ulster League game, they suffered a narrow defeat after playing for three quarters of the game with 14 men. They play Fermanagh in the championship in Brewster Park, Enniskillen this Friday.

On Sunday we hosted an under 12 blitz in Father Tierney Park, our young team did very well beating Setanta and Drumcliffe/Rosses Point before suffering a narrow defeat to Four Masters in their final game. It was a very encouraging performance by the lads all of whom who had taken part in the Hurl-a-thon the previous day. Thanks again to the parents who catered for all on the day. Thanks also to our referees, Colm Kelly, Eddie Lynch junior, Chris Kelly, Eddie Lynch and John Rooney. We have a picture of the squad below which you can click on for a larger version.

Training as normal this Sunday at 12 noon. We would like to see more under 8s and 10s attend these sessions so spread the word.

~ LADIES ~
Training for under 8 girls has moved outdoors now and will be in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Wednesdays from 6-7pm.

Under 10 girls now train twice a week, on Mondays from 6-7pm and again on Wednesdays at the same time, both these sessions will be in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Under 12 girls training has also moved outdoors and will be on Wednesdays from 7-8pm.

The under 16 girls got an away win in Mountcharles last week and now have to face a very tough Naomh Conaill team today, Tuesday. The game is in Glenties and the throw in is fixed for 6.30pm.

Seniors continue to train on Tuesdays at 7pm and Saturdays at 11am.

~ OPEL KIT FOR CLUBS ~
Aodh Ruadh would like to extend their thanks to Herron Auto in Donegal town and Opel who have provided the club with free gear. Aodh Ruadh's Michael McNeely, Callum O'Halloran, Gregory Sweeney and David McGurrin are pictured receiving the gear from a representative of Herron Auto. You can click on the image for a larger version.

~ HELPINGS HANDS ~
Aodh Ruadh are putting together a panel which would be available to help out in various capacities around the club. A small group take on many of the jobs that need done, but there are often those who would like to help out, but who can only do so on a sporadic basis. The jobs we need relief help on include bingo, lotto, taking the gate at matches, helping with refreshments and the like. A few hours here and there would really help spread the load and relieve the burden which currently falls very heavily on a few people. Anyone who might have an hour or two to spare here or there and who would be interested in helping rebuild their club is invited to e-mail club secretary Emma Gaughan at secretary.aodhruadh.donegal@gaa.ie or text her on 0863039610 to be included on the panel.

~ QUIZ ~
The Park Development will be hosting a quiz in Owen Roe's on Thursday 18th April to assist in fund-raising for the switch-on of the floodlighting on the training pitch at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. This project is now at an advanced stage and your support would be greatly appreciated for this fund-raiser.

~ GAELTACHT GRANTS ~
CLG Dhún na nGall will be awarding four grants of €300 to club members who complete Gaeltacht Summer courses in 2013. Written applications can be submitted through your own club secretary to Con Ó Domhnaill, Eleven Ballyboes, Greencastle or via email irishculturalofficer.donegal@gaa.ie not later than Tuesday 30th April. Application forms are obtained by e-mailing Emma Gaughan at secretary.aodhruadh.donegal@gaa.ie.

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16 April

~ FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh delivered a strong performance to take the points from Lifford on a scoreline of 2-7 to 0-5 last Saturday. Ballyshannon's cause wasn't helped when Michael Sticky Ward went off after five minutes with hamstring injury. However, playing with the wind in the first half, Aodh Ruadh settled well after than blow. David McGurrin scored a penalty and then turned provider for Donagh McIntyre to drive home a second goal which saw the visitors go in at the break leading by 2-5 to 0-3. The Ernesiders switched to defensive mode for the second half and fought a successful rearguard action. David Dolan was exceptional excellent in the second half, sweeping in around the half back line and doing much to alleviate the pressure. It was a great all-round team display. The returning pair of Peter Boyle in goals and Johnny Gallagher at full back were both superb also, Boyle also getting on the score board with a 45. Aodh Ruadh were also well served by a fine centre field performance from Stephen Ward and James O'Donnell. Ronan McGurrin's excellent start to the season continued while up front Diarmaid McInerney with two points and Ryan Granaghan with a point both made valuable contributions. We have some pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

It was a match to forget for the reserves as they were whitewashed by Lifford. Aodh Ruadh played with the breeze for the first half, but failed to trouble the score board and were 1-9 down by half time. It got little better in the second half. Best for Aodh Ruadh was Dermot Slevin who never stopped plugging away while Chris Goan was outstanding at centre back and Anthony Coughlin also put in a decent shift. We have some pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

The division three leagues continue this Saturday, 20th April with Aodh Ruadh hosting Naomh Columba in Father Tierney Park. The reserve game throws in at 5.45pm and is followed by the seniors at 7pm.

The minors next fixture is down for Tuesday 16th April when Aodh Ruadh make the trip to Annagry to take on Naomh Mhuire at 7pm.

The under 14s next fixture which sees them take on Kilcar on Thursday 18th April at 7pm.

Under 12 training takes place this Wednesday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 7pm.

Under 10 training continues this Friday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 6pm to 7pm.

Under 6 and under 8 training continues this Friday, 12th April from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Please note will be back in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this week. There is no charge for this training.

~ HURLING ~
Aodh Ruadh opened their competitive account for 2013 with a 0-13 to 0-11 win over MacCumhaill's in Father Tierney Park. It wasn't a vintage Aodh Ruadh performance, with some nervy play, but the homesters did enough to fend off a MacCumhaill's side fielding without their county contingent. Ballyshannon took a three point lead into the break, and extended it to ix points with eight minutes to go. However Aodh Ruadh had to weather a late fight back from the Ballybofey side before they could claim the points. Chris Kilgannon worked well at centrefield and was probably best for Aodh Ruadh. Damien Cleary was going well in the half back line until he had to go off with a bad foot injury. Up front Aidan Begley did well, particularly from placed ball, while Peter Horan, Michael Bowering and David Downey also managed to get on the score sheet. The next fixture for Aodh Ruadh is against Strabane Shamrocks this Wednesday, 17th April at 6.30pm in Father Tierney Park.

The minors finally got their season under way on Thursday also making the long trip to Burt, it was a very young minor team that took to the field with only one full minor on a team which contained 11 under 16s. The lads got off to a great start and dominated the first half turning over at the break leading 1-10 to no score. We couldn't keep that pace up in the second half, but we more than matched the much physically stronger Burt team. All 19 got playing as we ran out convincing winners 2-14 to 1-5. It was a great start to the league for this very young team to travel to the traditional strong hold of Donegal hurling and return home with two points.

The under 14s continued their winning ways last Thursday against Burt, they got off to a great start and raced into an early lead. The Burt lads never gave up and true to their great tradition they battled their way back into the game in the second half. Aodh Ruadh's ability to take their points was the key to their victory and they ran out winners on a 2-7 to 3-2 score line. This team has improved greatly from the first game of the season. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

The leagues continue this Thursday with the under 14s again playing in Father Tierney Park. This week's opposition takes the form of Dungloe with a 6.30pm throw in. The minors are again on the road and this week they make the long trip to Carndonagh to take on the home team.

The county minor hurlers play Tyrone in the Ulster B championship semi-final in MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey this Friday night. We expect to have a good Aodh Ruadh representation on this team.

Training continues for all age groups on Sunday at 12 noon.

~ LADIES ~
The intermediate ladies team beat Four Masters on Sunday in Father Tierney park. It was a good team performance in stormy conditions which means that the Aodh Ruadh girls now have two league wins out of two. This weekend they are on the road with an away game against Dungloe. Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.30pm and Saturday at 11am.

The under 16s lost away to Glenties last week in the last game of the first round, however two wins in their previous games were enough to see them through to the 'A' section of the second round. We don't yet have the fixtures for this phase of the competition.

Under 14 girls training takes place on Tuesdays from 5.45-7pm. The under 12 girls are also training at this time.

Under 10 and under 8 girls training takes place on Wednesdays from 6-7pm, with the under 10s having a second session on Mondays from 6-7pm.

Well done to Mary Flora Scott who has been representing Aodh Ruadh on the Donegal under 14 squad. The team finished as runners-up in the Ulster Blitz recently where Mary Flora played at centre forward. They have also beaten Fermanagh in the last few weeks and on Saturday last they were beaten by a very strong Antrim team in Belfast. Mary Flora is certainly making the most of her chance as she has scored 1-4 in the last two games, keep up the good work Mary Flora.

~ YES WE CAN ~
The next collection for our aluminium fund raiser takes place on Saturday 20th April from 12 noon to 1am. All other scrap metal is welcome at this session 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.

~ SHAM TV ~
We have a new addition to Sham TV this week. On 27th December 2012 we paid tribute to the memory of Colman Kerr with our inaugural Colman Kerr Charity Match. An Aodh Ruadh selection took on the Rest of the World for three quarters, with the ladies taking over for the final quarter. The day raised over €3,000 for the Bluestacks Special Needs Foundation. Sean Perry and Billy Grimes supplied the take-no-prisoners commentary, while Cathal Maguire was on the video.

~ HELPING HANDS ~
Aodh Ruadh are putting together a panel which would be available to help out in various capacities around the club. A small group take on many of the jobs that need done, but there are often those who would like to help out, but who can only do so on a sporadic basis. The jobs we need relief help on include bingo, lotto, taking the gate at matches, helping with refreshments and the like. A few hours here and there would really help spread the load and relieve the burden which currently falls very heavily on a few people. Anyone who might have an hour or two to spare here or there and who would be interested in helping rebuild their club is invited to e-mail club secretary Emma Gaughan at secretary.aodhruadh.donegal@gaa.ie or text her on 0863039610 to be included on the panel.

~ PARK / DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE ~
All club members are asked to support the Quiz in Owen Roe's at 9pm this Thursday night April 18th to provide support towards the major Floodlighting Project at the Club's Training Pitch at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Teams of four are needed. Please confirm participation to Tom Daly, David McLoone or Conal Gallagher.

Substantial work has taken place on the major floodlighting project for Aodh Ruadh over the past number of weeks. ESB Networks have built a new three phase line to provide the power source to our grounds. The two switch rooms required have been constructed to a high standard by our own workforce. The main switch room will incorporate a video-camera stand. The new sports floodlights have been fitted and all of the ducting and cabling work finished. Club members will be notified by text of the official switching-on ceremony as this will take place as soon as the final electric connection is put in place.

This important and positive project for Aodh Ruadh faced many obstacles, but they have been successfully overcome by the enthusiasm and energy of the club's workforce, players and Park/Development Committee Officers. This excellent new facility will hopefully motivate our players to new heights in the coming months and years as they have waited for a long time to have a floodlit facility of this quality made available to them. Their own efforts in supporting and participation in the Fight Night made a significant contribution to the project.

The number of places on the Aodh Ruadh Community Employment Scheme which is run by the Park/Development Committee has been increased by one to 25. This place has been allocated to Saimer Childcare.

~ GAELTACHT GRANTS ~
CLG Dhún na nGall will be awarding four grants of €300 to club members who complete Gaeltacht Summer courses in 2013. Written applications can be submitted through your own club secretary to Con Ó Domhnaill, Eleven Ballyboes, Greencastle or via email irishculturalofficer.donegal@gaa.ie not later than Tuesday 30th April. Application forms are obtained by e-mailing Emma Gaughan at secretary.aodhruadh.donegal@gaa.ie.

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23 April

~ FOOTBALL ~
It was back to earth for Aodh Ruadh after two successive wins were followed by home loss to Naomh Columba in division three last Saturday. Ballyshannon weren't firing on all cylinders in the first half, but they still managed to go in leading 1-4 to 0-5 at half time, Donagh McIntyre showing great strength to finish the goal. In the second period the visitors had the better of the play and made it count. Aodh Ruadh were playing catch up in the closing stages and had an excellent David Dolan shot not come back off the crossbar they might have pulled off a great escape. It wasn't to be though and Glen held on for the win on a scoreline of 2-6 to 1-11. The forward line of Donagh McIntyre, David McGurrin and Diarmaid McInerney did well on the possession that came their way, but too often the ball was a of middling quality. Stephen Ward was a great presence in the first half, while Johnny Gallagher soldiered well throughout. There is a full match report the game up on aodhruadh.org, we'll also have pictures from the game up on Tuesday evening.

There was better news for the reserves who earned their first win of the season with a hard fought 1-11 to 1-9 win over Naomh Columba. It was a gutsy performance from Ballyshannon and they had to work hard for their victory against a determined Glen outfit. The lead changed hands during the second half, but once Daniel Kelly kicked over a towering effort to put the Ernesiders in the lead they never looked back. Two final ice-in-the-veins frees from Dermot Slevin converted in difficult kicking conditions were enough to ensure the points would be staying on home turf. There were a lot of good performances for the homesters. Daniel Kelly showed his ball handling is just as good up the pitch as it is between the posts. David McLoone gathered up a sight of ball in defence, with Bréanainn Drummond and Michael Ward also putting in good shifts. Up front Jamie McDonald capped a good display with a well- taken goal. We will also have pictures up from this game on Tuesday evening and we'll put up a note on the Facebook group when they are live.

The division three leagues continue this Saturday, 27th April with Aodh Ruadh making the trip to Fanad Gaels. The reserve game throws in at 4.30pm and is followed by the seniors at 6pm.

Aodh Ruadh minors completed their league programme with a 3-10 to 1-7 win over Naomh Conaill in Father Tierney park on Monday evening. Ballyshannon played with the breeze at their back for the first half and made full use of it, going in leading at the break on a scoreline of 2-6 to 0-1. David McGurrin got the first of the Ernesiders goal, while the second came when the Glenties net-minder misjudged a dropping ball and it ended up in the net. Ballyshannon were reduced to 14 men in the second half, but saw the game out with great composure. The third goal arrived when Jamie McDonald hit a 45 which rebounded off the upright and James Kelly was first on the ball and struck it home. Naomh Conaill's goal came towards the end of regulation time, but it couldn't eclipse what was an outstanding defensive performance from Aodh Ruadh. The half back line of Paddy Gillespie, Colm Kelly and Cookie O'Halloran were is scintillating form, with the full back line of Matthew Maguire, Eamonn McGrath and Conor Kennedy not far behind in the plaudits. At midfield Niall Harley put in his finest performance of the year, while Darren Gethins was motoring well until he took an enforced rest after his second yellow. Up front Jason Gallagher showed up very well in a very effective forward division

Three of Aodh Ruadh's five games in the league were played in the past week. On Friday last, the minors registered a perfunctory 3-18 to 1-1 win over the Naomh Bríd/Pettigo combination. That game was preceded on Wednesday night by the trip to Naomh Mhuire, Aodh Ruadh's opponents in the 2011 under 16 county final. This was always going to be a tough game, but Ballyshannon went in three points up at half time. Eddie Lynch hit home a cracking goal, and was in outstanding form across all three of Aodh Ruadh's games in the past week. Naomh Mhuire came out all guns blazing in the second half and rattled in 1-2 in first five minutes. Aodh Ruadh trailed until five minutes from the end when an excellent Philip Patton point pulled them level. Mickey McNeely then put the Ernesiders in front with a point, before winning a free as he drove through on goal which David McGurrin tapped over to leave the final scores 1-10 to 1-12 in favour of Aodh Ruadh.

The past week's results see Aodh Ruadh finish joint top of Minor league section one, but having lost in the head to head with Dungloe, they will play no further part in the league shake-up.

Eamonn McGrath and Colm Kelly helped Donegal defeat Down 1-10 to 1-8 in the Ulster Minor Football league semi-final. They will now face Monaghan who accounted for Tyrone in the other semi-final. That game takes place in Brewster Park, Enniskillen this Saturday at 12 noon.

The under 14s showed huge heart in the game against Kilcar, however they were unlucky to come up short last Thursday on a scoreline of 3-12 to 3-9. The next fixture for the under 14s is a trip to Dungloe on Sunday, 5th May. Throw-in for that game is 7.30pm.

Under 12 training takes place this Wednesday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 7pm.

Under 10 training continues this Friday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 6pm to 7pm.

Under 6 and under 8 training continues this Friday, 26th April from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

~ HURLING ~
The under 14s and minors continued their winning ways last Thursday. The under 14s were at home to Dungloe, from the off the lads were well in control of this game and won convincingly in the end. They know stiffer challenges lie ahead, starting this Thursday when they are at home again to Carndonagh.

The minors made the long 85 mile trip to Carndonagh to take on the home side. The game was played on a quagmire of a pitch which was no way conducive to good hurling being played. Carndonagh were very physical but a very young team Aodh Ruadh team that contained no full minor battled away for the hour and ran out easy winners on a score line of 2-10 to 1-3. The lads who made this trip deserve great credit as they were away from 4.45pm to 11pm. They are at home to St Eunan's this Thursday.

On Saturday last the Donegal under 16 development squad took part in a blitz organised by the Ulster Council in Downpatrick. Aodh Ruadh were represented by Eugene Drummond, Donal Sweeney, Oisín Rooney and Garret Sheerin, Donegal beat Armagh easily in their opening game, they put up a great performance in their second game against Carlow before they lost by two points. They lost to Antrim and Down by five points in two very competitive games before they suffered a heavy defeat against Derry in their last game where the Donegal lads were out on their feet after a long day's hurling. All the Aodh Ruadh lads did very well. We wish Eugene Drummond and Donal Sweeney a speedy recovery from injuries received.

On Sunday our youngest group of hurlers, our under 8s travelled to Setanta to take part in their first blitz of the year. The lads many of whom were playing their first games of hurling for Aodh Ruadh did very well, they played five games in all, beating Gaoth Dobhair, drawing with Setanta and Dungloe and losing to Four Masters and Gaoth Dobhair. Many thanks to Dennis Daly and all the lads who travelled to Setanta, a huge thanks to all the parents who drove to the blitz and brought the lads, your support in saving the club the expense of a bus is much appreciated. Thanks to under 16 hurler Kieran Daly who reffed a number of games and did very well. Thanks to Setanta for a well run blitz and for all the goodies for all the players and their parents. We will have pictures from this blitz up on aodhruadh.org on Tuesday evening and we'll put up a note on the Facebook group when they are live.

The Ulster minor shield final takes place this Friday night when Donegal play Monaghan venue to be confirmed, we expect to have a number of Aodh Ruadh players involved in this game.

Training for all age groups on Sunday at 12 noon, we've seen an increase in our under 8s and 10s over the last few weeks and this is very welcome and hopefully it will continue.

~ LADIES ~
The ladies team were away to Dungloe last weekend and had to settle for a draw in what turned out to be one of the more physical encounters they've played in for some time. So while they're probably a little disappointed it was good to take at least one of the points home. For those interested a 'blow-by-blow', literally, account can be found on the relevant thread on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page. The ladies train on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.30pm.

The under 16 second round draw has been made and our girls find themselves in a group with Ardara and Glenties. The Aodh Ruadh girls have no game this week, but next Tuesday must travel to Dungloe and will host Ardara the following Tuesday. Training for under 16s this week is on Friday at 5.30pm.

The under 14s and under 12s train on Tuesdays at 5.45pm.

The under 8 and under 10 girls train on Wednesdays from 6-7pm. The under 10s have a second session on Mondays from 6-7pm.

Well done to Maeve Liston who booked a place in this year's Ulster Final with the Donegal minor team when they beat Cavan last Saturday on a scoreline of 4-11 to 1-11. Maeve is playing very well at full back and doing her club proud so keep up the good work Maeve.

This Saturday we'll get a chance to support the county under 16 girls when they take on Roscommon. The game is to be played in either Ballyshannon or Bundoran at 5pm, and we have Orlaith Gillespie, Roise Keon and Bundoran girl Megan McGee representing us. Megan is playing her football in Ballyshannon this season as Bundoran don't have an under 16 girls team.

~ BINGO ~
This Friday 26th April the Abbey Centre plays host to a monster 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.

~ PARK / DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE ~
The floodlighting project at the training field, Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh was completed on Monday this week. Club President, Jim Gallagher will perform the official switching-on ceremony at 9.15pm. tomorrow, Tuesday night, April 23rd. All club members and friends of Aodh Ruadh are welcome to attend. This project has been delivered and 100 percent of the funding for the project has been sourced on behalf of Aodh Ruadh by the club's Park / Development Committee. During the next four to five weeks our club workforce will stay working at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh to complete landscaping and other finishing works, now that all of the underground ducts have been laid.

~ GAELTACHT GRANTS ~
CLG Dhún na nGall will be awarding four grants of €300 to club members who complete Gaeltacht Summer courses in 2013. Written applications can be submitted through your own club secretary to Con Ó Domhnaill, Eleven Ballyboes, Greencastle or via email irishculturalofficer.donegal@gaa.ie not later than Tuesday 30th April. Application forms are obtained by e-mailing Emma Gaughan at secretary.aodhruadh.donegal@gaa.ie.

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30 April

~ FOOTBALL ~
Aodh Ruadh got nothing from Portsalon at the weekend going down on a scoreline of 3-8 to 1-10. Aodh Ruadh were leading at the break 1-5 to 1-4, but a brace of second half goals for the homesters sealed the affair. Indeed, if it hadn't been for a couple of fine saves from Peter Boyle there could have been a few more Fanad goals. In the absence of Michael 'Sticky' Ward, Johnny Gallagher was Aodh Ruadh captain for the day and he showed real leadership, getting up the field for the first half goal. Kerry Ryan was lined out at full forward, where he played very well, hitting two cracking long range points in the first half and generally setting up play. David Dolan was also once again in fine form in the Ballyshannon attack. Corner back Gary Carty had a great game turning over a lot of ball, until he had to go off with a pulled hamstring. Matthew 'Turkey' Thompson went well in the middle of the field where he paired up with Stephen Ward, and didn't look out of place in the heat of the engine room. After the game there was a presentation in memory of Colman Kerr with members of the Kerr family and Johnny Gallagher on hand. Thanks to Cathal Maguire we have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org

The reserves also came up short at against Fanad, losing on a scoreline of 2-14 to 2-12. It was a case of an encouraging display with a lot of the right things happening, but no points to show for it. Aodh Ruadh played well and were ahead at half-time. They pushed on after then break and were three points up when the referee awarded Fanad Gaels a penalty. The shot came off the crossbar, but Karl O'Brien was very unlucky to have the rebound go back in off his head. That gave the homesters a new lease of life and the battled on for the two point win. There were good defensive performances from Paddy Gillespie and David McLoone, while Darren Gethins had a superb game in midfield. In the attacking sector Jamie McDonald created a lot of problems for the Gaels and helped himself to 1-6 in the process. Anthony Coughlin caught the eye too, firing over a couple of crackers. Cathal Maguire was also at this game and we will have his pictures up tomorrow evening, watch Facebook for the white smoke.

The division three leagues continue this Saturday, 4th May with Aodh Ruadh hosting Red Hugh's in Father Tierney Park. The reserve game throws in at 6pm and is followed by the seniors at 7.30pm.

The under 14s lost to Bundoran on Monday evening in the championship round robin stages on a scoreline of 8-5 to 8-10 in Father Tierney Park. It was a fantastic, nail-biting game of football, which was closely fought throughout with the great local support really adding to the occasion. There were a lot of excellent performances from Aodh Ruadh, foremost among them being Conall Sweeny who switched between midfield and number six as circumstances required. His midfield partner, Sean Taylor was also in great form and got in for one of the octet of Ballyshannon three pointers. Shane Dorrian was in unmarkable form in attack and got among the goals, while Dylan Gallagher also helped himself to two goals. Michael McKenna and Caolán Dolan also raised green flags, but Aodh Ruadh just came on the wrong side of the result despite a mighty battle. The under 14s next fixture is in the league where they travel to Dungloe this Wednesday, 1st May, with that game throwing in at 7.00pm.

Under 12 training takes place this Wednesday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 7pm and also on Saturday morning at 11am.

Under 10 training continues this Friday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 6pm to 7pm.

Under 6 and under 8 training continues this Friday, 3rd April from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this week.

Bord na nÓg monthly meeting will be tomorrow, Tuesday 30th April at 8.30pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. This will be followed by the first Football Committee meeting which is a short meeting for all coaches and mentors.

~ CAKE SALE ~
Bord na nÓg are holding a cake sale on Saturday, 11th May in Saimer Court starting at 10am. We would greatly appreciate contributions of cakes, breads, pies, tarts, muffins and buns. These can be dropped off on the morning or contact Tracey on 086-1764998 to arrange another drop off time.

~ HURLING ~
All the cards from the seventh Annual Hurl-a-thon have now been returned and we are very pleased to announce that this year's event raised €6,079.53, a great achievement in these tough economic times. We thank all who sponsored the lads. We thank all the lads who sought sponsorship. Thanks to the local community for their continued support of under-age hurling in the club and all who took part on the day and supported our annual fun filled fund raiser.

Last Thursday saw Father Tierney Park hosting a double header of under-age hurling, first up were the under 14s who took on Carndonagh. They won the toss and elected to play with the strong breeze and got off to a great start scoring a couple of quick goals. Ballyshannon were on top throughout the game. They showed great team work and played with great heart and skill and ran out convincing winners securing their fourth win in a row in the league.

Next up were the minors who were facing Saint Eunan's. Like the under 14s they won the toss and elected to play with the by now gale force wind. They started well scoring a number of points but fell asleep for 10 minutes or so playing very poorly and taking the wrong options on a number of occasions. But they sprung into life for the last 15 minutes of the half scoring a couple of goals and going in leading at half time on a 2-9 to 0-0 scoreline. The lads put on a great battling display in the second half and chased and harried for every ball. It was a ding dong battle throughout the second half and the lads continued their winning ways on a score line of 2-14 to 0-5.

Friday night was a great night for under-age hurling in the club as we had eight lads on the Donegal minor panel who won the Ulster Shield defeating Monaghan at the Tyrone Centre of Excellence at Garvaghey. The game was played in very blustery conditions and Donegal appeared to be very nervous early on and it seemed that the favourites tag had them under pressure. It was nip and tuck throughout the first half and Donegal went in at half time leading 0-5 to 0-4. Two of the point scorers in the first half were Colm Kelly and Jamie Brennan, they were joined in the starting 15 by Tommy Gillespie and Eddie Lynch. Donegal had the aid of the strong breeze in the second half and slowly began to get on top, a pair of goals by Jamie Brennan put Donegal in a strong position but Monaghan never gave up and kept battling away. Oisín Rooney came on as a sub and increased our representation to five on the team. He got on the score sheet with a point and Colm Kelly followed up with another point. Donegal ran out convincing winners on a 2-8 to 0-5 scoreline. Ciaran Rami and the injured pair of Eugene Drummond and Donal Sweeney completed our representation on the panel. Our large representation on the panel is a reflection on the amount of work put into under-age hurling in the club over the last few years. Seven of our representatives are under-age again next year. The Ulster medals are a just reward for the boys dedication to county training which began on 28th December 2012. Aodh Ruadh were also represented on the night by Donegal's Children Officer Mick McGrath. Peter Horan took some pictures of the celebrations and we have these up on aodhruadh.org.

The under 14s have a bye in the league this Thursday while the minors are at home to Strabane.

We host two very important events this coming week end. On Saturday we host the County Féile where teams will battle it out to see who represents Donegal in Féile na nGael which will be held in Limerick in July. We wish Michael, Kevin and all the squad all the best on the day and hope all their hard work pays off.

On Bank Holiday Monday we host the annual Alan Ryan/Seamus Grimes under 16 tournament. This tournament is in existence since 1998 to honour two former club men. Eight teams have confirmed their participation for what promises to be a great day's hurling. Teams set to take part are Padraig Pearse's (Roscommon) Tuam (Galway) Tooreen (Mayo) Easkey (Sligo) Na Magha (Derry) Ballinascreen (Derry) and Ballycastle (Antrim). Play begins at 10.30am and all are welcome for what should be a great day's hurling.

Training for all age groups on Sunday at 12 noon.

~ LADIES ~
The Ladies team played Cloughaneely last Sunday at home and enjoyed a good win over the visitors on a scoreline of 2-13 to 3-4. Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday at 6.30pm.

The under 16 girls travel to Dungloe this evening, Tuesday, for the first of their two second round games. Next week they'll play at home against Ardara and only one of the three will progress to the third round.

The under 14 and under 12 girls train on Tuesdays and Fridays at 5.45pm.

Under 8 and under 10 girls train on Wednesday's from 6-7pm and the under 10 girls have a second session on Mondays also from 6 to 7pm. However as next Monday is a bank holiday there will be a break on the Monday.

The Duck Race has been re-scheduled for Saturday May 18th so buy your ducks early to be sure of a place at the starting line.

~ FANTASY RACE FOR SAM 2013 ~
It's that time of year again and the championship is only weeks away. The fantasy race for Sam 2013 is about to begin in earnest too.

The rules are simple. For your €20 entry fee you will receive a team and a scorer from each province. Every time your team wins you earn 10 points. Also every time your player scores a point you will get a point. There are bonus points on offer for county's which win the provincial title as well as the All-Ireland. The winner will receive €500 with a consolation prize of €100 for whoever finishes in last place. The deadline for entry is the 17th May and the draw for teams/players will take place in the Bridgend Bar on Saturday 18th May. A league table will appear on the website every Tuesday morning.

Entries are available from most committee members as well as in the following outlets.

  • Bridgend Bar
  • Owen Roe's Bar
  • Sean Ogs
  • Ballybookies

If anyone wishes to enter online, drop an email to info@aodhruadh.org. Come on and see if you can beat the reigning champion Rory O'Neill and his team of Ice Cream Rovers!

~ OFF THE PITCH ~
Donegal Creameries 5K Fun run / jog / walk in aid of Special Olympics Ireland takes place at Crossroads, Killygorodon on Tuesday 28th May 2013 at 7pm. Register via e-mail at dc5kfun@gmail.com or register at Donegal Creameries up to 6.30pm on Tuesday. Entry fee of €5 payable on registration which includes entry into a prize draw. Refreshments will be served.

Ballyshannon Drama Society present their award-winning Snake In The Grass by Alan Ayckbourn in the Abbey Centre on Tuesday 7th and Wednesday 8th May at 8.30pm. These will be the last local performances before the Ulster Finals which take place in Newtownabbey on 14th May.

Gaelscoil Eirne will be hosting a céilí, old time barn dance in the Rock Hall, Ballyshannon on Saturday 11th May at 9.30pm. Music by The Assaroe Céilí Band. Supper Served. Admission €8.

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