Club Notes Archive - 2013

Box. JUNE
4 June

Football
The senior and reserve fixtures against Saint Naul's were cancelled.

Aodh Ruadh return to division three league action this weekend when we travel to Newtowncunningham to take on Naomh Colmcille. We are still awaiting day and throw in times.

The PJ Roper under 16 tournament took place on Saturday. The weather didn't look great to start, but turned into a perfect day for football as the day went on. As well as Aodh Ruadh there were teams from Dromore in Tyrone and Saint Enda's, Glengormley of Antrim - two sides who will be contending for honours in their respective counties. While there was a small out of teams for the tournament the quality of the sides attending and the football played more than made up for that particular deficit. In the end a fine team performance from the Ballyshannon men secured a well deserved victory over Saint Enda's Glengormley in the final. Many thanks to Niall McCready, Aidan Murray and Terence McShea who officiated. Thanks also to all who helped out with refreshments throughout the day. Thanks in particular to Saint Enda's and Dromore who came a long way to contribute to a very high quality tournament. There is an extended report on the tournament along with a over 60 pictures up on aodhruadh.org.

Aodh Ruadh under 12s won well in the end up on a muggy evening in Father Tierney Park - 9-13 to 4-1 - but they had to earn their win, particularly in the first half when Bundoran matched them stride for stride. The win was a 25 man effort with everyone having to put their shoulder to the wheel at some point. Perhaps worthy of particular mention were Mark McGlynn who covered a serious amount of ground, Senan Rooney and Tiarnan Dolan who went through a lot of ball, Ryan McDonald who was an extremely reassuring presence in nets and Mark Gettins and Harry Howarth were both good outlets in attack, while John Patton scored a goal which was very well-received in the stands. There is a full match report and a few pictures up on aodhruadh.org. The lads are back in action next Monday, 10th June against Saint Naul's in Father Tierney Park. Throw is 6.30pm for that game. Under 12 training continues this Wednesday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 7pm and also on Saturday morning at 11am.

The under 10s second blitz takes place in Mountcharles this Saturday 8th June, with Saint Naul's and Killybegs also taking part. Games are expected to get under way at 11am. We will need assistance with transport to this game. All players, along with anyone available to drive to the blitz, are asked to assemble at Father Tierney Park at 10.15am this Saturday morning. Under 10 training continues this Friday as usual in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 6pm to 7pm.

The under 8s enjoyed successful blitz in Donegal Town last Saturday. We got a good day for it and the competition was very well organised by Four Masters. The A team came out on top in their two games, while the Bs also showed very well. However at this grade it is most vital to remember that the results are not the important aspect, but the learning and experience gained and how that is applied by the players as they develop. Eoghan Kelly, Drew Ryan, Ronan Delahunty, Jack Gallagher, James Gallagher, Ronan Barron, Shane Delahunty, Cian McKenna, Tommy Winters, Ryan Daly, Mary Daly, Aonghus Sweeny, Ben Daly, Aidan Sweeny, Tom Murphy, Shane McGloin, Alan Vaughan, James Monaghan, Darragh Summerville and Michael Clancy represented Aodh Ruadh very well on the day. Many thanks to the parents and supporters who transported the players down the road and also to Four Masters for looking after us so well. Kerry Ryan was on hand to take some shots, which we have up on aodhruadh.org. Under 6 and under 8 training continues this Friday, 7th June from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Father Tierney Park this week.

There is a meeting of the Bord na nÓg committee in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh this Tuesday, 4th June at 9pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

Play your part
As the season approaches its height, there is much to be done in the club in many different ways if we want to reach the goals we set for ourselves. We ask that parents and guardians of children playing underage football please take the time to read the short letter on aodhruadh.org about what aims are, what we need to do to meet them and how you might be able help, It is only with the Aodh Ruadh community pulling together that we can really go places.

Hurling
Aodh Ruadh maintained their unbeaten league record with a 1-9 to 0-12 draw against Setanta in the park last Wednesday. This Wednesday, June 5th Aodh Ruadh are in senior hurling league action once again when they take on Saint Eunan's in O'Donnell Park. Throw in is at 7.30pm.

The under 14s played Saint Eunan's in a play-off at the Centre of Excellence in Convoy last Thursday to see who would qualify to play Buncrana in the league semi-final. It was a much improved performance from the previous week when Saint Eunan's defeated Aodh Ruadh in the league. The lads upped their work rate and unlike the previous encounter every man took on responsibility and didn't leave it to three or four lads to do all the work. From the off Aodh Ruadh were determined to qualify for the A semi-final and to restore a bit of pride after their poor showing last week. The main difference between the teams was the Ballyshannon lads ability to take their points. Aodh Ruadh ran out convincing winners on a 4-11 to 4-3 score line. They are up against a very strong Buncrana team this Thursday in Buncrana where the lads will have to how the same hunger and work rate.

The under 12s are taking part in an under 12 blitz in Setanta this Sunday.

Training continues for all age groups at 12 noon on Sunday. It's great to see an increase in our numbers at under 8 and under 10s over the last few weeks hopefully this will continue.

Ladies
Senior ladies football is on a break for the duration of the Leaving Certificate examinations. The next assignment for Aodh Ruadh looks like being Kilcar on Saturday 16th June.

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

Under 8 and under 10 girls training continues on Wednesday from 6-7pm and the under 10 girls have a second session on Mondays also from 6-7pm.

Fantasy race for Sam 2013
At the top this week is Gerry Curran's Cluain Barron Utd with a grand total of 85 points. He had Down-10, Kerry-10, Cooper-4 and Heslin-5. In second place and enjoying his first time on the leader board this year is Joe Gillespie with his M team, while Eugene Loughlin's Gum Shield Utd and Majela Gethins' Queen of the Hill and Conal Gallagher's Coolcholly Hurlers round out the top five. At the other end of the spectrum, Gerard McGloin's North West Heat remain rooted to the bottom on a princely two points. Above him there is a group of four players all on seven points. Katie and Trinity's New Yorkers, Aiden Begley's Kilkenny Footballers, Janet Loughlin's Broughin Lane Utd and Steven Perry's Eire Og. The fight at the bottom is set to be just as tightly fought as at the top. With games coming thick and fast, there will be a lot more changes before the end of the competition. The leader board is be available every Tuesday in the Bridgend Bar, Owen Roes and Ballybookies, of course we also publish the leader board weekly on aodhruadh.org.

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11 June

Football
Aodh Ruadh reserves traveled to Downings, with a skeleton squad last Saturday to play a fixture left over from a few weeks back. The visitors were five points down at half time, but rallied strongly in the second half to get back within a point of the table-toppers at full time. Niall Harley put in a great performance in midfield, scoring three points in that second half revivial. Niall Murray continued his current vein of good form and also made the score sheet. Anthony Coughlan was on target with a goal and point for Ballyshannon, while David McGurrin finished the game with six points to his credit. Half forwards, Dermot Slevin and Michael McNeely also contributed scores along with fine personal displays. We have some shots of the action up on aodhruadh.org.

Aodh Ruadh return to division three league action this Saturday when we travel to Newtowncunningham to take on Naomh Colmcille. We are still awaiting day 6.00pm and 7.30pm.

The under 16's opening game of the season will soon be upon us. Aodh Ruadh will be hosting Naomh Columba on Friday 21st June in Father Tierney Park at 7.30pm.

The teams for the 56th annual Bakery Cup competition will be picked tomorrow. This historic competition is open to all under 14 and under 12 boys in the area. We are particularly interested in opening participation up to boys who are currently not playing football. Please let Alan Sweeny (0868052816) or Peter McKenna know by 4pm on Tuesday, 11 June, if you have a child who may be interested in playing and they will be allocated to a team.

Aodh Ruadh under 12s lost narrowly to Saint Naul's on Monday evening on a scoreline of 1-4 to 2-3. It was a game where some hard lessons were learned. Aodh Ruadh were well on top in the first half, but were guilty of wasting some scoring opportunities. In addition to that the homesters also had a goal disallowed. However Ballyshannon still went in at the break leading and looking set fair for the second period. Saint Naul's put in a very gritty 30 minutes and with their keeper in excellent form and making a number of top class saves they were still in the game coming down the stretch. The visitors then hit Aodh Ruadh for two goals in the final five minutes of the game to take the victory. A disappointing defeat then, but there were a number of very encouraging showings from the Ernesiders, particularly in the half back line where Tiernan Dolan, lead the way in the centre, ably assisted on the wings by Mark McGlynn and Philip Cassidy. Senan Rooney proved a sturdy full back when switched there during the game, meanwhile up front Shane Gillespie soldiered hard throughout. The team are back in action next Monday, 17th June when they travel to Ardara. Throw is 6.30pm for that game. Under 12 training continues this Wednesday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 7pm and also on Saturday morning at 11am.

Aodh Ruadh's under 10s had a productive outing in scorching conditions down in Mountcharles last Saturday. The A team won their opening game against Killybegs, however the lack of subs, not having a break between games and the oppressive heat told in the game against Killybegs. Nevertheless the day was a great experience for all the players with the Ballyshannon lads playing some great stuff. In particular Cian Rooney, Colm McGloin, Kyle Murray, Danny Breen all did very well on the day. Tara Keenaghan took some pictures at the blitz which can be viewed on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page. Under 10 training continues this Friday as usual in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 6pm to 7pm.

Under 6 and under 8 training continues this Friday, 14th June from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Father Tierney Park this week.

Hurling
Aodh Ruadh will have to overcome MacCumhaill's on their home patch if they are to claim the county league title. The Ernesiders could have clinched the title with victory over Saint Eunan's last Wednesday, but there was a hint of complacency about Aodh Ruadh's play and the Letterkenny men took full advantage to run out 2-13 to 1-9 winners. Cian Dolan, Stephen Sheerin and Chris Kilgannon carried the game to Eunan's, but they lacked support from their colleagues. With four weeks to championship the onus will be on players to lift things. Before that though is the last game of the league programme, which takes place next Wednesday in MacCumhaill park with the throw-in at 7.30pm. A win is necessary in that game to give Aodh Ruadh the league title, which would be the club's first senior grade silverware since 1977.

Well done to Ray Durack and his Donegal squad, especially Paul Sheridan who made a big difference on his introduction early in the second half. They had a great victory over Roscommon in the Nicky Rackard final in Croke Park on Saturday. It was a great moment for hurling in Donegal and they now proudly take their place in the Christy Ring Cup, the second tier hurling competition.

Our under 14s finished their league campaign with a heavy and disappointing defeat away to Buncrana in the league semi-final. The lads did well to qualify for the A semi-final in the league but on this performance they are a long way behind this fine Buncrana team and the lads are going to have to work very hard at their game to close this gap.

On Sunday our under 12s took part in a very enjoyable blitz hosted by Setanta. We lost our opening game narrowly to MacCumhaill's but had two convincing wins over Four Masters and Setanta. Thanks to the parents who drove the lads to the blitz, your help is very much appreciated. Thanks to Setanta for their hospitality. Tara Keenaghan took some pictures at the blitz which can be viewed on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page.

Congratulations to Senan Rooney and Nathan Owens Kelly who after their exploits at the under 12 blitz headed to the County Community Games finals in Milford and finished in first and second place respectively in the long puc.

Well done to Eugene Drummond who made the Ulster under 16 Elite Hurling Squad who will have a two day training camp in Jordanstown in July and will also play Connacht in a game in July.

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

Annual Cash for Clothes Collection
Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee are holding their annual cash for clothes collection for the month of June, any unwanted clothes, shoes, handbags, belts, bed linen and the like are more than welcome. Anyone with any items to donate to this fundraiser are asked to contact Tara Keenaghan 086-3331903, Fionnuala Gillespie 087-6668634 or John Rooney 086-2587793.

Ladies
Senior ladies football is on a break for the duration of the Leaving Certificate examinations. The next assignment for Aodh Ruadh looks like being Kilcar on Saturday 16th June.

Aodh Ruadh under 14s started their league campaign last week with a victory at home over Four Masters. They will be hoping to keep that winning trend going this Wednesday when they travel to MacCumhaill's for their next league fixture. Under 12 and under 14 girls training continues on Tuesdays and Fridays at 5.45pm.

The under 10s and under 8s are hosting Four Masters next Monday. We will have word with times and further details nearer the event. Training on Wednesday following will be the last session of the year. Under 8 and under 10 girls training continues this Wednesday from 6-7pm, however the session on Wednesday, 19th June, marks the conclusion of the season for these two groups.

The very best wishes to Aodh Ruadh alumni, Ciara Buggy, on her impending nuptials this Thursday.

Fantasy race for Sam 2013
With only two games played this weekend, it has made for very little change on the leader board. The top five remain unchanged with Gerry Curran's Cluain Barron FC on top with the chasing pack of Joe Gillespie's M Team, Eugene Loughlin's Gum Shield Utd, Majella Gethins' Queen of the Hill and Conal Gallagher's Coolcholly Hurlers all continuing in the same positions as last week. The bottom of the table has seen some change, with Janet Loughlin's Broughin Lane Utd now in last place with seven points. Gregory Sweeney's Milky Kid is on 10 points with Gerard McGloin's North West Heat, Pat McCafferty's The Hot Heads and last year's last place man, Brian Boyle's Plumbers Utd all on 11 points. With four games down for this weekend, there should be changes at the top and the bottom next week. The leader board is be available every Tuesday in the Bridgend Bar, Owen Roes and Ballybookies, of course we also publish the leader board weekly on aodhruadh.org.

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18 June

Football
Aodh Ruadh were defeated in Newtowncunningham last Saturday, going down on a scoreline of 1-14 to 1-6. The game was a rather closer contest than the final score might suggest, but Naomh Colmcille had greater hunger and firepower and deserved their victory. We have some pictures of the action up on aodhruadh.org thanks to Cathal Maguire.

A badly depleted reserve side came out on the wrong side of a 4-16 to 0-7 scoreline against Naomh Colmcille. We have pictures of the game from Cathal Maguire up on aodhruadh.org.

Aodh Ruadh's league programme continues apace this weekend. Next up are Naomh Pádraig, Lifford, who visit Father Tierney Park this Saturday in what has become an important tie in the relegation battle. The reserves are on at 6pm and will be followed by the seniors at 7.30pm.

The under 16's opening game of the season will see Aodh Ruadh hosting Naomh Columba this Friday 21st June in Father Tierney Park at 7.30pm.

The teams for the 56th annual Bakery Cup competition were selected last Wednesday. Conal Sweeny, Sean Taylor, Patrick McCaffrey and Shane Dorrian were appointed captains for the 2013 running of this historic competition. Games are expected to commence on the week commencing 24th June and continue over the course of the following month, with the final to take place as curtain raiser for a home Aodh Ruadh adult fixture. The Bakery Cup is open to all under 14 and under 12 boys in the area. Any one not listed who wishes to play is invited to contact: Alan Sweeny on 0868052816, Peter McKenna on 0879755466 or Jim Kane on 0862849425 and you will be allocated to a team. The full Bakery Cup team lists drawn can be viewed on aodhruadh.org.

Aodh Ruadh under 12s lost to Ardara on Monday evening on a scoreline of 4-11 to 2-11. The homesters started strong in the first half, but Aodh Ruadh fought back in second and played some excellent football at stages. However the superior counterattacking penetration of Glenties was the difference and they were able hold out for the win. The half back line of Mark McGlynn, Tiernan Dolan and Philip Cassidy put up a great battle, and the midfield of Senan Rooney and Shane Gillespie also grafted hard. Matthew McDonald had a good outing in defence, while up front Adam Clarke was tireless at half forward. The team are back in action next Monday, 24th June when they host Killybegs. Throw is 6.30pm for that game. Under 12 training continues this Wednesday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 7pm and also on Saturday morning at 11am.

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

Under 6 and under 8 training continues this Friday, 21st June from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this week. The under 8s have a blitz this Saturday 22nd June in Father Tierney Park, with Naomh Bríd and Erne Gaels also taking part. Games are expected to get under way at 11am. Players should be at the Park for 10.30am. Parents / Guardians are asked to supply a loaf of sandwiches or similar to help with the refreshments afterwards.

There is a meeting of Bord na nÓg next Tuesday, 25th June in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 8pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

Hurling
For the first time since 1977, when men the calibre of Josie Boyle and Pat Fox were swinging the ash, senior hurling silverware has returned to the banks of the Erne. Aodh Ruadh defeated MacCumhaill's in Ballybofey tonight on a scoreline of 2-17 to 0-13 to secure the county league title. In an evenly contested first half an Aidan Begley 65 managed to elude all defensive efforts to find its way to the back of the MacCumhaill's net. However, despite that goal it was still a draw game at half time, with everything to play for in the second half. And it proved the Ernesiders who were the hungrier for the challenge. Once again Aidan Begley hit the net, this time creating and finishing his own opportunity to give the visitors a decisive edge. Overall it was a dramatically improved performance on last week's outing against Saint Eunan's, with Ballyshannon contesting strong and hard for those 50 50 balls and putting their bodies on the line all over the pitch. The team which claimed the county league title for 2013 was: Kevin McDermott; Tommy Gillespie, Shane McNulty, Kieran Breslin; Stephen Sheerin, Cian Dolan, Damien Cleary; Kieran Kilgannon, Paul Sheridan; Gary Loughlin, Christopher Kilgannon, Paul Hughes; Liam Coughlan, Aidan Begley, Conor McNeely. Substitutes: Mickey Bowering, Peter Horan, Danny Hayden, David Downey. The team is managed by Kevin Loughlin. When you consider that when Aodh Ruadh last fielded in senior hurling they lost to MacCumhaill's by 25 points, this result underlines the turnaround in the club's hurling fortunes. That turnaround is down to the hard work and good attitude of players. The result is the perfect fillip ahead of the senior championship on 3rd July which sees Aodh Ruadh take on Setanta at The Cross. Ronan Matthews was on hand to record the occasion and his pictures can be viewed on aodhruadh.org as well as the club Facebook page.

On Friday last Donegal player Paul Sheridan along with a number of underage coaches brought the Nicky Rackard cup on a tour of the local national schools, Paul got a great reception in all the schools.

Under 14s are in action this Thursday in the championship semi-final. The draw to decide the opposition is to be made tomorrow night at the monthly hurling board meeting.
On Saturday they are taking part in Féile Uladh. Aodh Ruadh are based at Lavey in Derry and are up against Lavey, Tir na nÓg of Antrim, Naomh Colm Cille of Tyrone and Castleblayney of Monaghan.

Well done to the under 10s who had a very successful outing at a blitz on Sunday in Dungloe, they performed very well, showing great skill and commitment and won their three games against Dungloe, Setanta and Gaoth Dobhair. Thanks to Pauric Keenaghan, Chris Kelly and all the parents who brought the lads to the blitz. Tara Keenaghan took a picture of the team at the blitz which can be viewed on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page.

Well done to Colm Kelly who came on for the Donegal under 21s against Fermanagh in the Ulster Shield semi-final on Wednesday and scored 1-2. Jamie Brennan is also part of this squad but could take no part in the game due to injury. They play Tyrone in the Ulster Final in Celtic Park, Derry this Wednesday.

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

Yes we can
The next collection for our aluminium fund raiser takes place on Saturday 23rd June from 12 noon to 1pm. All other scrap metal is welcome at this session. For any information in relation to this campaign please contact John Rooney 086-2587793 or Kieran Drummond 086-2368295.

Annual Cash for Clothes Collection
Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee are holding their annual cash for clothes collection for the month of June, any unwanted clothes, shoes, handbags, belts, bed linen and the like are more than welcome. Anyone with any items to donate to this fundraiser are asked to contact Tara Keenaghan 086-3331903, Fionnuala Gillespie 087-6668634 or John Rooney 086-2587793.

Ladies
The senior ladies defeated Kilcar on Friday evening in Father Tierney Park. The homesters got off to a flying start, easing into a seven point lead. However Kilcar reeled them back in to leave just a point in it at half time. The first ten minutes of the second half were tightly fought, but then Aodh Ruadh found an extra gear and kicked on in the final third to seal a convincing 11 point win over the Towney outfit. Donna Martin lead the Aodh Ruadh attack with great conviction and finished with 3-3 to her credit. Elaine Dorrian was also in clinical form, firing in a hat trick of goals and two points. Sarah Patton crowned an industrious outing with a goal, while Áine Duffy also made the score sheet with a well taken point. Defensively Tara Khan was immense and enjoyed a good duel with her marker, while Niamh Gallagher was composed at full back. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. The girls hope to face Manorhamilton in a challenge match on Thursday evening, time and venue TBC. Training continues Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.30pm.

Well done to Aodh Ruadh's Roise Keon, Orlaith Gillespie, and Megan McGee were part of the county under 16s which took on Monday last week. Donegal came out on the wrong side of the result, but valuable experience for the girls nonetheless.

Aodh Ruadh under 14s showed some character to earn a draw against MacCumhaill's in Ballybofey last Wednesday night. The homesters had the better of the scoring in the first half and went in at the break leading by two goals. Aodh Ruadh, coming into this game on the back of a victory over Four Masters, launched a determined fight back in the second half. Goals from Roisín Maguire and Mary Flora Scott helped Ballyshannon earn a share of the points at the final whistle. Briana Maher had a good game at midfield, while Lorna Matthews put in a shift in defence. Meabh Rooney, Dearbhla O'Moore and Roisin Meehan also starred for Aodh Ruadh. The girls game next week will see them host Naomh Conaill, with date and time yet to be confirmed. The following week they will be taking on Killybegs. We have some shots of the game up on aodhruadh.org from the camera of Ronan Matthews. Under 12 and under 14 girls training continues on Tuesdays and Fridays at 5.45pm.

The under 8s and under 10s finished their season off on Monday evening with a mini blitz against Four Masters in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Great fun was had by all with the girls using the opportunity to showcase the skills they have been working on since January. Training will resume in the Autumn. A big thanks to all who helped the evening run off so smoothly. We have pictures from the blitz up on aodhruadh.org.

Fantasy race for Sam 2013
We have a new leader this week with Brian Campbell and his aptly named team Ram Balls Utd, after amassing 34 points (Cavan-10, Mayo-10, Cork-10, McGrath-4). Indeed that point haul was not the biggest of the week. That honour goes to Steven Sheerin and the West Port Warriors with 35 (Mayo-10, Cork-10, Meath-10, Dunne-5). It is enough to propel him in second place on the leader board, only one point behind Campbell. In third place is the leader from the last two weeks, Gerry Curran and Cluain Barron Utd who are three points from the top. Joe Gillespie and his M Team are in fourth, while in joint fifth are Jimmy Keogh's Team Spirit and Eugene Loughlin with Gum Shield Utd. At the other end of the table Janet Loughlin and Broughin Lane Utd remain rooted to the bottom on seven points. Above her are Gregory Sweeney's Milky Kid on 10 points and Pat McGrath's Cashelard Gaels on 13 points. There is a raft of five players on 16 points. Trevor O'Mahoney with On the Run, Brian Boyle's Plumbers Utd, Gerry Gallagher with Ardara Utd, Donagh Keon's Milky bar Kids and Charlie Haughey with the Chelsea Daggers. There are only two games on this weekend coming with a mouth watering 11 games the following weekend, so there will be changes galore in the next few weeks. Anyone who has yet to pay for their team, is asked to do so promptly. The leader board is be available every Tuesday in the Bridgend Bar, Owen Roes and Ballybookies, of course we also publish the leader board weekly on aodhruadh.org.

Ballyshannon 400 launch
As part of our Ballyshannon 400 celebrations, Ballyshannon Town Council together with Backing Ballyshannon have launched a promotional DVD and YouTube channel BallyshannonTV. This 26 minute piece hopes to give the viewer a snapshot into life in Ballyshannon, shorter chapters are also available on line including one on Sporting Traditions. Please take a look and share with family and friends - especially those abroad. The Ballyshannon 400 Gathering week takes place from the 5th to the 11th August with a host of events planned.

Thanks for the support
Dearbhla Gallagher and family would like to thank everyone who attended their coffee morning and HB Ice Cream Funday in the Breesy Centre, Cashelard last Sunday June 9th. The event raised €1,130 for Down Syndrome Ireland.

Killybegs 5K road race
Killybegs are staging a 5K Road Race on Saturday 29th June. Registration and changing facilities are in Saint Catherine's Vocational School, located on the right hand side entering Killybegs coming from Donegal Town. Registration is from 1pm, with the race commencing at 2pm. Entry is €10 for adults and €5 for juveniles. Refreshments will be served in the Vocational School after the race. There are cash prizes for first, second and third in each category.

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25 June

Club meetings
The monthly senior club meeting takes place on Thursday 27th June in Aras Aoidh Ruadh 8.30pm. All committee members are asked to attend. Apologies should be notified in advance to club secretary, Emma Gaughan.

There is a meeting of Bord na nÓg next Tuesday, 25th June in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 8pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

Football
Aodh Ruadh got a badly needed league win over Naomh Padraig, Lifford last Saturday, running out 0-13 to 1-7 victors. It was a edgy performance from the homesters, but they always looked like they had the beating of their northern rivals. Among the most influential performers for Aodh Ruadh were Damien Cleary who put in an all-action stint at full back, Ronan McGurrin who got through a lot of ball and took an important score, the industrious Diarmaid McInerney and forwards Sticky Ward and David McGurrin who both served as good outlets on a poor day for attacking football. We have a full match report and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

The reserves had James Kelly to thank for earning a share of the spoils against Lifford. He kept his nerve well to take a late point from play in a low-scoring encounter which ended at 1-5 apiece. Aodh Ruadh got the first score of the game, a Mickey McNeely special, cutting in and driving over off the left boot. Aodh Ruadh played against the wind in the first half and the sides were hard separated in the first period. The scores were pegged at two points apiece for a lengthy spell before Lifford hit the homesters for goal and a point just before the half time whistle. The second half was just as doggedly fought with Aodh Ruadh battling hard to reel in Naomh Padraig, only succeeding in the very last moments of the game, thanks to Kelly. Also on the mark for Ballyshannon were Jamie McDonald with two points and Paddy Gillespie with a point. Gillespie had to go off with what looked like a serious injury, but thankfully he was able to return to training on Monday evening. It was a never-say-die performance from the Ernesiders and unsurprisingly some of the best displays were in defence where David McLoone had an excellent 60 minutes, while Niall Murray had a great game at full back. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

There were no senior or reserve fixtures available for the coming weekend at the time of writing.

The under 16s earned a 1-9 to 2-4 win over a committed Naomh Columba side last Friday. Ballyshannon edged into a narrow early lead and were able to hold it throughout. It was a game where Aodh Ruadh enjoyed the lion's share of possession, but some loose shooting meant they had to dig deep for the win. There were some magnificent performances in defence. The composed Conor Kennedy was called upon to make a number of timely interventions and he was very ably assisted at the back by Daniel Warnock and Caolán Drummond. Ryan McKenna worked hard and turned over a lot of ball. Aodh Ruadh were well served in midfield where Eugene Drummond and Oisín Rooney were in dominant form. In the attack Shane McGrath showed great industry. The under 16's next match sees them travel to Glenties to take on Naomh Conaill next Monday 1st July at 7.30pm.

The under 12s went down on a scoreline of 1-1 to 6-7 against Killybegs on Monday evening. Ballyshannon found it hard going against a physically much stronger Killybegs side. Aodh Ruadh's scores came from Shane Gillespie who put away a penalty and Eoin Doherty who got in for a point, but Adam Clarke also deserves a mention for persisting in carrying the fight to the Fishermen up front. Senan Rooney did well in the centre of the field in trying conditions, while Matthew McDonald was strong and determined at full back. The team are back in action next Monday, 1st July when they host Dungloe. Throw is 6.30pm for that game. Under 12 training continues this Wednesday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 7pm and also on Saturday morning at 11am.

The annual under 10 Michael Shannon tournament takes place this Saturday, 6th July at 11am in Father Tierney Park. Senior and junior teams from Aodh Ruadh, Grange, Glencar / Manorhamilton and Erne Gaels will be competing for the two trophies up for grabs on the day. With around a hundred children expected we need parents / guardians to help out by supplying a loaf of sandwiches, buns or similar refreshments to help feed all present on the day. Also, we would appreciate if parents / guardians could lend a hand in the kitchen on the day. Under 10 training continues this Friday as usual in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 6pm to 7pm.

Father Tierney Park played host to under 8 sides from Aodh Ruadh, Naomh Bríd and Erne Gaels last Saturday. We had a great couple of hours of football and managed to avoid the majority of the showers that blighted the day. Aodh Ruadh's young lads showed great progression and gave a fine account of themselves. They were almost as tasty as the football on show were the refreshments served up afterwards in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh and great credit has to go to everyone in the kitchen for pulling together a great spread. Thanks also to our refs on the day, Kerry Ryan, Ken Monaghan and Peter McKenna. Pulling on the white and green of Ballyshannon last Saturday were: Ronan Barron, Garreth Brennan, Ben Daly, Ryan Daly, Ronan Delahunty, Shane Delahunty, Jack Gallagher, James Gallagher, Eoghan Kelly, Jack Lyons, Shane McGloin, Cian McKenna, James Monaghan, Tom Murphy, Drew Ryan, Cillian Slevin, Darragh Summerville, Aonghus Sweeny and Tommy Winters. We have pictures from the blitz up on aodhruadh.org. Under 6 and under 8 training continues this Friday, 28st June from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this week.

Recreational football
Peter McKenna and Alan Sweeny are organising a recreational football league. It is aimed at anyone in the Ballyshannon locality who would class themselves as casual players or those who haven't pulled on the boots in a few years and would be interested in getting out for a bit ball and a bit craic. The league is expected to commence shortly once teams have been finalised. If you are interested in entering a team or want to put your name down to be allocated to a team just text or call Peter (0879755466) or Alan (0868052816) with your details. Watch notes and the club Facebook page for further updates.

Hurling
Aodh Ruadh go in to Senior Championship action on Wednesday 3rd July when they travel to Setanta for their first round clash. Throw in for that game will be 7.30pm.Ballyshannon warmed up for that with a match last Saturday against Cootehill Celtic on the 3G pitch at Kingspan Breffni Park in Cavan. Aodh Ruadh ran up 5-13 with Spanny McGarrigle on the mark with a cracking goal effort, while the Celts were kept to 4-8 in a useful challenge.

The long awaited minor league final between Aodh Ruadh and Buncrana takes place this Thursday in Convoy throw in at 7.30 pm. The lads will be up against a much fancied Buncrana team in this game. We wish them well in their efforts to capture the county title.

Hard luck to the Donegal under 21 hurlers who lost the Ulster Shield Final to Tyrone last Wednesday in Celtic Park, Derry on a 0-16 to 2-8 score line. Aodh Ruadh's Colm Kelly scored 2-1 while Jamie Brennan was also part of this panel.

The under 14s played MacCumhaill's in the semi-final of the championship last Thursday in Convoy. The boys put in their most impressive performance of the year to date and ran out convincing winners on a 6-6 to 4-6 score line. It was a display full of spirit and fight and the boys realise more of the same will be needed in the final on the 14th July against Buncrana or Saint Eunan's. Thanks to all the parents who drove the lads to the game.

On Saturday the under 14s then travelled to Lavey in Derry to take part in the Féile Uladh tournament. They had convincing wins over Naomh Colmcille of Tyrone, Castleblayney of Monaghan and Tir na nÓg of Antrim. Their only defeat was in very controversial circumstances against host club Lavey. The lads did very well and were very unlucky to miss out on an appearance in an Ulster final.

The great work going on recently with the under 8s recently was reflected last Sunday morning in horrendous weather conditions when we fielded two teams in a blitz in Fr Tierney Park where we hosted Four Masters and Cappagh Gaels of Tyrone. All the children had a great morning's fun putting their new found hurling skills into practise. Thanks to all the parents who helped with the refreshments, thanks to all the clubs who took part and to Dennis Daly who organised the blitz.

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

Annual Cash for Clothes Collection
Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee are holding their annual cash for clothes collection for the month of June, any unwanted clothes, shoes, handbags, belts, bed linen and the like are more than welcome. Anyone with any items to donate to this fundraiser are asked to contact Tara Keenaghan 086-3331903, Fionnuala Gillespie 087-6668634 or John Rooney 086-2587793.

Ladies
The Ladies team play Manorhamilton on Tuesday evening at 8pm in the park.

The girls under 14 team scored a good win at home against Naomh Conaill on Wednesday night last week on a scoreline of 4-6 to 1-2. This week the girls travel to Killybegs. The date and time for that game is yet to be confirmed.

Ladies
Many thanks and congratulations to Marion and Edel Matthews who raised over €1,000 recently for the Ladies training fund. We have a picture of the presentation below which you can click on for a larger version.

As many of you know Exiled Sham, Simon Gillespie is a big shot in New York GAA now and he's bringing over a group of US parents and children on a trip to Ballyshannon and Derry for the All-Ireland Féile. His team will be playing Aodh Ruadh on 5.30pm this Tuesday, 25 June in Father Tierney Park. They will then be on the road straight away to take on Bundoran at 6.30pm. We would like to see a good crowd up on the day to encourage all the players on as international football comes to Erneside. We have a picture of the New York team below which you can click on for a larger version.

Under 12 and under 14 training continues on Tuesdays and Fridays at 6pm.

Fantasy race for Sam 2013
With only two games played in the championship this weekend, it's almost as you were from last week. Brian Campbell's Ram Balls Utd remain top this week despite only scoring six points courtesy of Donal O'Hare of Down. Three points behind in second place is Gerry Curran's Cluain Barron FC. We have a new face in third place this week with PJ Buggy and Abbey Hero's. London's fine run so far is providing the Abbey man with plenty of points that he didn't expect to come his way at the start of the season. In fourth place we have Steven Sheerin and West Port Warriors only seven points from the leader. At the opposite end of the leader board we have Gregory Sweeney's Milky Kid in last place this week, with Janet Loughlin's Broughin Lane Utd two points ahead. Also languishing near the bottom is Pat McGrath's Cashelard Gaels, Donagh Keon's Milky Bar Kids and Brian Boyle's Plumbers Utd. High score of the week went to Peter Conlon's Cornhill Harps who amassed 21 points (Donegal-10, London-5, O'Hare-6). With a monster 12 games on this coming weekend, there are a lot of points on offer and we will also say goodbye to the eight teams who lose their qualifier games. Please note: Anyone who has yet to pay for their team, is asked to do so promptly. The leader board is be available every Tuesday in the Bridgend Bar, Owen Roes and Ballybookies, of course we also publish the leader board weekly on aodhruadh.org.

Bingo
This Friday 29th June 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.

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