Club Notes Archive - 2013

Box. JULY
2 July

Football
Aodh Ruadh go into senior and reserve intermediate championship this Saturday in Father Tierney Park. The opponents in both these quarter-final first leg encounters will be Buncrana. The reserve game throws in at 6pm and is followed by the senior game at 7.30pm. It's a big day for the club and a good showing of home support would be a big lift to both sides.
Ballyshannon / Bundoran Primary Care Team and Community Health Forum in partnership with Aodh Ruadh invite everyone attending the championship games to avail of a free personal health screening. The event takes place this Saturday July 6th between 5.30pm and 8.30pm in a specially erected marquee in Father Tierney Park. The screening will be performed by local HSE professionals and will only take a few minutes of your time and you will have your results immediately. Testing will take place for high blood pressure, body mass index (BMI) as well as high blood sugars for diabetes. Just to reiterate, this screening is FREE of charge and a great opportunity to check everything is in perfect working order. This initiative is supported through Donegal Local Development Company Ltd's, Goal One of the Local and Community Development Programme 2013. Further details on this health initiative are available on aodhruadh.org.

Bord na nÓg are running a Guess The Ulster Final Score competition. All underage players will be given cards at this week's training to sell. There will also be a seller's prize for all full cards returned.

The under 16's match against Glenties has been postponed. We await confirmation on the fixture against Killybegs, who the lads are down to face in the next round of the league.

The under 12s chalked up a 4-7 to 0-9 win over Dungloe in the Father Tierney Park on Monday evening. It was game won in a first half when Aodh Ruadh played a lot a good football and built up a healthy lead. That cushion was needed in the second half when the visitors got the bit between their teeth and carried the game to Ballyshannon, but the homesters had enough in reserve to see out the game. In attack Tiarnan Dolan, Mark McGlynn and Eoin Doherty were all in sharp form, each contributing 1-1 to Aodh Ruadh's final tally. Mark Gettins got in on the scoring act with a well taken goal while Harry Howarth knocked over two points. Senan Rooney had another excellent outing in midfield and accounted for the balance of Aodh Ruadh's points. Defensively Aodh Ruadh had it put up to them in the second half and they held their nerve mainly thanks due to a good showing by Ryan McDonald between the posts and a rugged and impressive defensive display from Matthew McDonald and Cian Barden. The team are back in action this Saturday, 6th July when they make the trip to Naomh Mhuire. Throw is 6.30pm for that game. Under 12 training continues this Wednesday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 7pm.
Our under 12 team were asked to select a player to go Croke Park on Tuesday, 9th July as part of a skills day. The names of all those players who made a commitment to the team and training were put into an open draw after the Dungloe game and Mark McGlynn was selected as the lucky man to head to Croke Park next Tuesday. This is a great opportunity to and we hope he has a great day out and look forward to hearing about the experience.

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.

Under 6 and under 8 training continues this Friday, 5th July from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this week. This will be the last week of under 6 training as we break for the summer.

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. We encourage a good crowd to head to the Crossroads for this game and get behind the team.

Pride of place this week goes to the minors who won the minor league on Thursday night defeating Buncrana in the final. As has been the norm between these two teams who have contested finals at under 14, under 16 and now minor since 2009 it was a tough battle with every ball vigorously contested. The sides gave their all on a lovely evening for hurling. Both teams were slow to get going as there was a lot of nerves. Slowly but surely Aodh Ruadh began to take control in the first half and led at half time, 3-4 to 1-1. We were aware of the great battling qualities of this Buncrana team and we expected them to come storming back into the game in the second half and they certainly did. They closed the gap to 2 points at one stage but the Aodh Ruadh lads dug deep and finished strongly to win on a 3-9 to 2-8 score line. It's a great achievement for this very young squad, only two of whom are overage next year, to win this county title. Great credit is due to the lads for the effort they've put in over the years and sticking with it when others didn't make themselves available. Thanks to the parents who drove the squad to the match and thanks to all our loyal supporters who attended the game and gave great support to the lads. County senior manager Ray Durack presented the cup to Aodh Ruadh's captain Eddie Lynch. Ray spoke of the great display of hurling put on by both teams and he said he had no doubt that many of the players would go on and represent Donegal at senior level. Eddie thanked the Aodh Ruadh management for all their work and concluded by thanking Buncrana for a great game. We have a shot of the winning team and captain up on aodhruadh.org.
Next up for the minors is the championship semi-final against Burt in Father Tierney Park on Sunday 7th July. The time to be confirmed.

The under 12 and under 16 leagues begin this Thursday with the under 12s at home to MacCumhaill's and the under 16s making the trip to Ballybofey to take on MacCumhaill's.

Well done to under 12s Ciaran Rami, Shane Gillespie and Eoin Doherty who will take part in an activity day in Croke Park on Tuesday 9th July. It'll be a great day for the lads as they will get to play on the hallowed turf and also take in a tour of the stadium.

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

Annual Cash for Clothes Collection
There has been a very good response to the Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee collection and they have extended the closing date to Monday 8th July, so you've another few days to get rid of any unwanted clothes, shoes, handbags you might have lying about the house. For any information contact Tara Keenaghan 086-3331903, Fionnuala Gillespie 087-6668634 or John Rooney 086-2587793.

Ladies
Aodh Ruadh ladies had a hard fought challenges with their counterparts in Glencar Manorhamilton last Tuesday night. We have some pictures from that clash up on aodhruadh.org.

The Aodh Ruadh under 14s played their New York counterparts in a novel pairing in Father Tierney Park last Tuesday. The homesters lost to a very well drilled Big Apple outfit, but bounced back on Wednesday to draw with Bundoran. Next up for the girls is a trip to Killybegs on Tuesday, 9th July. We have pictures from the meeting with New York up on aodhruadh.org. We also have bonus material from the lens of Thomas Gallagher up on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page.

The county under 14s played New York in the park last Wednesday in Father Tierney Park. Donegal won by four points with our own Mary Flora Scott in action for Donegal. Also down to fly the Aodh Ruadh flag on that team was Briana Maher, a Pettigo girl originally, but now playing her football with Ballyshannon. She missed out through injury so our commiserations go out to Briana. Refreshments were served afterwards in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh and presentations were made to the New York team by the Donegal manager, Dermot Foy. We have pictures from that game up on aodhruadh.org.

The under 12s are hosting a blitz, tomorrow, Tuesday 2nd July at 6.30pm. Bundoran, Saint Naul's and Four Masters will be taking part in a packed evening of action. Aodh Ruadh players are asked to be at the park for 6pm and are reminded to bring sandwiches, buns, scones, biscuits and the like to help with post match refreshments.

Fantasy race for Sam 2013
There was plenty of GAA action this weekend with round one of the qualifiers and four provincial semi finals. Moment of the weekend must go to London after they qualified for the Connacht final. Indeed London are the top team so far in the Fantasy race for Sam with 25 points courtesy of their 2 wins and a draw. Back at the top this week is Gerry Curran and Cluain Barron FC, courtesy of a 29 point haul. (London-10, Louth-10, Mulligan-1, Heslin-8). We have a new man in second place with the legendary Jim Kane and his Aodh Ruadh Dynamos. Their 40 point haul (London-10, Meath-10, Clarke-9, Marran-3, Heslin-8) sees him romping up the table. In joint 3rd place we have Caoimhin McAoidh's An Giotoz and Mick Melly's King of the Hill. In fifth place we have Philip Patton and his team Fenian Teletubbies. His haul of 35 points (Monaghan-10, London-10, Louth-10, Meehan-2, Munnelly-3) has seen him in the top five for the first time this year. High score of the week went to Michael Clancy and his team Clyhore who amassed a total of 48 points. (Tyrone-10, London-10, Meath-10, McManus-6, Marran-3, Newman-9).
At the foot of the table is Bobby Murphy and his Chunky Chips. His three points from Ben Brosnan this week, keeps him rooted to the bottom of the table on 25 points. On 27 points is Gregory Sweeney and his Milky Kid side. Their haul of 17 points this week (Tyrone-10, Marran-3, Brogan-4) shifts him from last place. On 30 points is Shauna O'Mahoney and her team Girls Rule, with Janet Loughlin's Broughin Lane Utd sharing fourth last place with Sean Perry and his team, Bring back the Tommy Murphy Cup. This weekend sees four more qualifiers and the Munster final between Cork and Kerry. With a bonus 25 points on offer to whatever team wins the provincial decider, there should be more changes in the leader board next week. 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.

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.

A summer of dancing
Sunday night dancing for July and August. Starting this Sunday 7th July at 9pm in Dorrian's Imperial Hotel, Ballyshannon. Music by the Assaroe Céilí Band. Admission is €5 and supper is served.

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9 July

Football
After ten minutes, when Aodh Ruadh were reeling having been hit for 2-3 for just a point in reply, it looked like Buncrana were set to ease to a comfortable first leg intermediate championship victory. However it was an action packed quarter-final last Saturday where Aodh Ruadh showed great character to fight back and even take an injury time lead. A draw was probably a fair result over the 60 minutes of this good-spirited encounter which, remarkably, only saw one score from placed ball. Aodh Ruadh will be most pleased with the appetite they showed for the challenge and the manner they went about their work once they finally woke up to the game in the second quarter. Best for Aodh Ruadh were Johnny Gallagher who did well to shore up defence after Buncrana's early barrage, Ronan McGurrin who got through a lot of work, took a right bit of punishment and hit two big points. Seamus Kane's work in the third quarter was instrumental to getting Aodh Ruadh back into the game, while the front three all gave good accounts of themselves against a withering Buncrana defence. All Ballyshannon's subs contributed well. A full match report and pictures from the game can be viewed on aodhruadh.org.

The Aodh Ruadh and Buncrana reserves fought out an entertaining, helter skelter intermediate reserve championship quarter final which saw six goals and the fortunes of war ebb and flow between two evenly matched sides. As in the senior game Aodh Ruadh had to come back from a ropey start and went into the closing stages leading by a point only for Buncrana to get a late leveler. Best for Aodh Ruadh were Paddy Gillespie who hared up and down the pitch remorselessly and got a goal-of-the-season effort to crown his day; Niall Murray, classy, assertive and unfussy in defence and the attacking duo of Dermot Slevin and Anthony Coughlan who between them supplied experience, accuracy and no small modicum of swash-buckling style to the Aodh Ruadh offence. We have a match report and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

Aodh Ruadh returns to league action this weekend when they travel to take on Naomh Columba this Saturday. The reserves are on at 6pm and will be followed by the seniors at 7.30pm.

Wednesday night, 10th July is a big night for the club as our minors commence their championship campaign. They face the Killybegs / Naomh Ultan combination, Saint John's, in Father Tierney Park at 7.30pm. These sides have enjoyed some mighty tussles over the past couple of years, so we would appeal for a big showing of Ballyshannon support to come out and get behind this team as they start out on what we hope will be the beginning of a long campaign.

The under 16s maintained their 100 percent start to the season with a 6-15 to 0-2 victory over Killybegs last Friday night. It was one of those games where Aodh Ruadh were very dominant and every man in white and green who featured offered up a good account of themselves. They are slated to take on Dungloe in Father Tierney Park this Friday, 12th July, throw-in is at 7.30pm

The under 12s said farewell to Father Tierney Park with a flourish when they dispatched Four Masters 6-11 to 1-0 in their final home game of the league campaign. It was a solid performance from the homesters who played well throughout and dealt well with the hot conditions. An early goal from John Patton set down a marker and although Four Masters also hit the net early Aodh Ruadh dominated the game from there on. A lot of credit for the victory has to go to the half forward line where Odhran McGarrigle and Eoin Doherty showed a massive work rate. Senan Rooney and Shane Gillespie in midfield were dominant and Gillespie's outing was gilded by two well-taken goals. Once again there were fine displays from Mark McGlynn and Tiarnan Dolan, while elsewhere Harry Howarth was very busy in attack and Ryan McDonald kept the house safe and sound. The team are due back in action next Monday, 15th July when they make the trip to Naomh Conaill. Throw is 6.30pm for that game. Under 12 training continues as usual on Wednesday and Saturday.

It was a beautiful day as Father Tierney Park played host to the annual Mick Shannon under 10 tournament on Saturday. The senior competition Aodh Ruadh faced Glencar Manorhamilton in the first game. This was a hotly fancied Glencar team with the keen managerial expertise of Sham-In-Exile Dee Dee Drummond on board the Ernesiders were taking the challenge very seriously. And they were right to, as a ding dong battle of the game was tied in the closing moment only for Cian Rooney to goal in the last minutes to secure a 4-3 to 3-3 for Ballyshannon. The second game against Erne Gaels was another tight fought contest, this time Aodh Ruadh emerged four point winners to set up a final against Saint Molaise Gaels of Grange.
The Sligo outfit had shown themselves to be an extremely skilful outfit across the course of the day and the first half of the final was toe-to-toe stuff with the sides level at half time, 2-4 apiece. Grange's greater attacking threat told in the second half though as they ran in an unanswered 2-1 to claim the Mick Shannon trophy. For Aodh Ruadh Calum Doherty-Craig was outstanding in defence throughout the day. Ryan Keenaghan was another who caught the eye. He played back in the first two games and was transferred up front for the final where he was unfortunate to see two efforts come back off the woodwork. Elsewhere Kyle McCaffrey in midfield and Kyle Murray in defence covered a hell of a lot of ground. Colm McGloin played corner back throughout and gave a number of great defensive performances. Daragh Gallagher was strong and forceful at the back. Daragh Dolan ran the game from midfield and Oisín Daly was excellent in attack.
In the junior competition Aodh Ruadh's first game was close fought encounter against Glencar Manorhamilton which the homesters won by a goal. The second league game was a nip and tuck affair with the men from Grange with the Gaels taking the win by a point. Ironically Grange and Aodh Ruadh were to meet again in the final. This time Aodh Ruadh reversed the result winning by a point. Bord na nÓg chairman Shane Toolan compèred the presentation ceremonies after having reffed all the senior games. He maintained the tournament had produced the highest standard of football he had ever seen at this age grade. He presented winners trophies to the captain of the Grange senior team and Jake Foley, captain of the Aodh Ruadh junior side to conclude a magnificent day of football. Many thanks to all the parents for putting on a great spread of food at the tournament, to all the match officials and also to the great support which came out for the day. We have a large gallery of pictures from the tournament up on aodhruadh.org. Under 10 training continues this Friday as usual in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 6pm to 7pm.

The under 8s will be travelling to Belleek this Friday, 12th July for a blitz against Erne Gaels. The games throw in at 6.30pm and we are asking parents to provide transport directly to the game. Anyone who is unable to travel to the game but who has a young player who needs a lift is asked to contact John Hughes on 0876431805. Players are asked to be at the grounds in Belleek for 6.15pm at the latest. The grounds are located on the Kesh Road out of Belleek. Take the first left after the chapel into Rockfield Park and the pitch is on the left at the end of this road. Please note, under 6 training has concluded for the year. Thanks to all the players for their efforts across the year and the parents for their support, it is very much appreciated.

Aodh Ruadh's young footballers are out and about at the moment selling lines for our guess the Ulster Final score competition. We ask you to support this fund-raiser generously.

Recreational football
Recreational football gets under way this Saturday when the first game gets under way at the park. Players are asked to be at the park for 6.30pm for a 7pm throw-in with the emphasis very much on the craic.
Peter McKenna and Alan Sweeny are organisers for this initiative and if you want assigned to a team for Saturday night, just text or call Peter (0879755466) or Alan (0868052816).

Hurling
Aodh Ruadh lost out in the first round of the senior championship to Setanta on a scoreline of 1-17 to 0-9. It was a below par performance from Ballyshannon, but a valuable learning experience for the outing in the championship.

The under 12s and under 16s started their league campaigns with two good victories against MacCumhaill's. The under 12s were at home and despite conceding an early goal they ran out convincing winners on a score line of 5-1 to 2-3. It was a good all round team performance from this very young team, who have improved as their season has gone on. We have a picture of the squad below which you can click on for a larger version.

The under 16s played MacCumhaill's in Convoy. While they were very slow to get going against a physically stronger MacCumhaill's, they gradually got into their stride and ran out worthy winners 3-16 to 0-8. All the panel got to play their part and it was encouraging to see some under 14's coming into the squad. Thanks to all the parents who drove the lads down to the game, your support is much appreciated. They play Setanta in Father Tierney Park this Thursday throw in is at 7pm.

On Friday night the under 8s travelled to Tir Chonaill Park in Donegal town and played two challenge games against Four Masters and Na Magha of Derry. After the games the lads had a very enjoyable picnic thanks to all the parents who brought the lads down to Donegal Town.

The minors qualified for the championship final on Monday night as a result of beating Burt in the semi-final in Father Tierney Park. On a very hot evening for hurling the lads never really hurled on all cylinders. After a very sluggish opening they finally began to play some open hurling and started picking off their points. Credit to Burt who never gave up and battled gamely throughout as Aodh Ruadh ran out comfortable winners 4-13 to 1-7. The stage is now set for a repeat of the league final as Aodh Ruadh and Buncrana meet in another final, the lads know that they will have to show a marked improvement if they are to beat their great rivals. We will have pictures of the minors win up on aodhruadh.org later in the week.

The under 14s play Buncrana who finished runners up in Division 4 of the All-Ireland Féile in Limerick on Sunday in the championship final this Sunday.

Yes we can
The next collection for our aluminium fund raiser takes place on Saturday 13th July 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
There has been a very good response to the Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee collection and they have extended the closing date to Monday 8th July, so you've another few days to get rid of any unwanted clothes, shoes, handbags you might have lying about the house. For any information contact Tara Keenaghan 086-3331903, Fionnuala Gillespie 087-6668634 or John Rooney 086-2587793.

Fantasy race for Sam 2013
After four qualifier games where we lost another four teams: Down, Roscommon, Clare and Waterford. With that and the Munster final we have a new leader in the Fantasy race for Sam 2013. Sean McKenna and his team McKenna's Machine with the weekly high score of 68 points (Tyrone-10, Kerry-35, Laois-10, O'Hare-7, Cooper-6) has seen him propelled from the pack to the top with a total of 170 points. Long time leader, Gerry Curran and his Cluain Barron FC have fallen to second place on 161 points, with Mick Melly and King of the Hill in third place on 157. In fourth place we have Jim Kane and his Aodh Ruadh Dynamo's on 154. Rounding out the top five for this week is Philip Patton with his team of Fenian Teletubbies with 151. At the opposite end of the table it's looking increasingly likely that Bobby Murphy has had his chips. His team, Chunky Chips, only recorded four points this week (Keilt-2, Hurney-2) which leaves him on a total of 29 points. On 32 points is Shauna O'Mahoney who scored two points thanks to Gary Hurney of Waterford. Patricia McGrath and her team The Bhoys O' Boys have joined the action with a total of 38 points. Gregory Sweeney and his team Milky Kid are on 39 points with Philip Mulrone and Undertakers are Go also joining the battle with 44 points. Another big weekend ahead sees four qualifiers and also the Leinster final where there is the bonus of 25 points for winning the provincial title on offer. 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.

Ulster final traffic
Donegal GAA supporters will welcome the fact that arrangements are to be put in place to open the N2 Road between Emyvale and Monaghan (where road works are currently in progress) for traffic travelling to and from the Ulster Final on July 21st.
From 9.00am on Sunday July 21st the N2 will be open for southbound traffic to allow those travelling to the match from Emyvale, Derry, Donegal, Tyrone, etc. (one lane)
From 4.00pm the N2 will be open for traffic travelling northwards to Emyvale, Tyrone, Donegal, Derry, etc. (one lane)
Stewards and Gardaí will be in place at key points to ensure traffic runs smoothly. We wish to thank Monaghan County Council for their assistance on this matter.

A summer of dancing
Sunday night dancing for July and August. Starting this Sunday 7th July at 9pm in Dorrian's Imperial Hotel, Ballyshannon. Music by the Assaroe Céilí Band. Admission is €5 and supper is served.

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16 July

Football
The club seniors leap-frogged Naomh Columba in the league table with a fine away win on Saturday evening last. Former AFL star, Seamus Kane was again to the fore taking up where he left off the previous week making life difficult for the Glen defence. Unfortunately, our reserves were defeated in the same fixture.

Aodh Ruadh return to league action this weekend when they travel to take on Fanad Gaels this Saturday in Father Tierney Park. The reserves are on at 6pm and will be followed by the seniors at 7.30pm.

Aodh Ruadh were full value for a nine point win over Saint John's in a sun-soaked Father Tierney Park on Wednesday evening. The signs of ring rust were there for both sides, but forward David McGurrin was in very slick form and full value for his eight point haul. Jamie McDonald was excellent and his contribution was broad ranging and belay his two point return. Michael McNeely was very economical with his opportunities. Defensively Ryan Patton was in fine form while further out Colm Kelly and Paddy Gillespie had impressive outings. The return leg takes place in Killybegs this Wednesday, 17thJuly with the throw in at 7.30pm. Please support this side who are playing football with a swagger and style. We have pictures and a full match report on aodhruadh.org.

The under 16s maintained their unbeaten percent start to the season with a 2-12 to 2-12 draw with Dungloe last Friday night in Father Tierney Park. They are down to take on Naomh Mhuire up in Annagry this Friday, 19th July, throw-in is at 7.30pm

The under 12 team are in action this Monday, 15th July when they make the trip to Naomh Conaill. Throw is 6.30pm for that game. Under 12 training continues as usual on Wednesday and Saturday.

Three lucky hurlers and one footballer - Adam Rami, Shane Gillespie, Eoin Doherty and Tiernan Flood Dolan all travelled to Croke Park last Tuesday to represent their club at an u-12 activity day. The boys enjoyed a tour of Croke Park and then played a game on the ‘hallowed turf’. Here’s hoping that it’s the first of many trips to play in Croke Park for the thrilled quartet. The feeling of excitement among them was contagious and it is great to see our youth getting these unforgettable opportunities. Many thanks to the Donegal County Board and Croke Park for organising these special days.

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

Aodh Ruadh under 8s travelled to Belleek on Friday evening where Erne Gaels hosted us for two most enjoyable games played in beautiful summer conditions. There were two Aodh Ruadh teams in action with both sides giving very good accounts of themselves. Thanks to all who helped out with travel to the games and thanks also to Erne Gaels officials and those who put on the great spread of refreshments afterwards. There are pictures from the blitz up on aodhruadh.org. Please note, there will be no training this Friday. The under 8s have a blitz in Killybegs this Saturday 20th June, with Naomh Mhuire 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 9.45am this Saturday morning.

Guess the Score
Bord na nÓg players are all selling lines for Guess the Score for the Ulster Final. Please support the boys when they are selling. All cards must be returned this week to your manager or can be left in Pearse O'Neills. Managers please get cards and money back to Shane Ward.

Bakery Cup
There has been a change to the dates for semi-final and final dates due to holiday season. Semi-finals take place this Wednesday at 4.30pm. The draw will take place for semi-final pairings as Sean Taylor and Shane Dorrians' teams are level so will be drawn to see who plays against Patrick McCaffrey and Conal Sweeneys' teams. The final takes place on Sunday 28th and we are hoping to see plenty of support up for the semi-finals and finals. So put the dates in your diary now and come along to spot the future stars for Aodh Ruadh.

Recreational football
Recreational football continues this Saturday. Players are asked to be at the park for6.30pm for a 7pm throw-in with the emphasis very much on the craic. Peter McKenna and Alan Sweeny are organisers for this initiative and if you want assigned to a team for Saturday night, just text or call Peter (0879755466) or Alan (0868052816).

Hurling
On Thursday, the under 16's played Setanta in the 2nd round of the league, the lads got off to a great start getting a number of early scores but after about 20 minutes went asleep. Setanta battled back and were physically stronger than our lads and a couple of quick goals in the second half gave them great belief and for a while, a shock victory for the Killygordon men looked on the cards. But great credit to the Aodh Ruadh lads who upped their game for the last quarter and ran out convincing winners 4-15 to 3-7. Next up for the under 16's is a long trip to Burt this Thursday for what's sure to be another close encounter.

The under 12's had a bye last week and are at home to Carndonagh this Thursday.

We hosted an under 10 blitz on Sunday morning where Four Masters and Setanta visited Fr Tierney Park, the lads played very well and won both their games. Thanks to all the parents who helped out with the food on the day.

The under 14's played all Ireland Feile runners up Buncrana in the county championship final in O'Donnell Park, Letterkenny on Sunday evening. It was a game where nothing went right for our lads as they came up against a great team on top of their game. Buncrana ran out convincing winners in what was a very difficult evening for the lads. We hope that this experience will make the lads work harder at their game and they will come back stronger from it. They did very well to qualify for this final and there were seven other teams who would have loved to have qualified for this game. Thanks to all the parents who drove the lads to the game and supported them throughout the day.

While the curtain raiser in O' Donnell Park didn't go well for Aodh Ruadh on Sunday, the main event the minor championship final between the same two clubs couldn't have gone any better for the Ernesiders. A very young minor team with only two players overage next year and containing nine under 16's put on a brilliant performance of everything that is so good in our national game. The Buncrana lads got the first two points of the game but our lads some of whom are playing together since under 10's in 2006 never panicked and put all their hard work into practise and gradually started getting on top of their physically stronger opponents. They chased every ball as if their lives depended on it and were determined that Aodh Ruadh were not going to be denied a league and championship double. They finished the half strongly and led at half time 2-9 to 1-6.

The lads remained calm and focussed at the break and vowed that the title was coming back to Ballyshannon for themselves and for the under 14's. There is no doubt that anyone who watched the second half would say there was only one team in it as the longer the game went on the better the lads got. They chased, harried and fought for every ball and supported each other, their discipline was excellent. The lads’ love of hurling shone out as they hurled away and never dropped their high levels of intensity. At the final whistle the score board read Aodh Ruadh 5-14 Buncrana 1-8, an indication of the lads superiority. It was a very proud captain Eddie Lynch who accepted the cup from Hurling Board Vice Chairman Paddy Lennon.

The enormity of the lads’ achievements needs to be highlighted, the lads have won league and championship doubles at under 14 in 2009, under 16 in 2011 and now minor in 2013. Many lads have left the panel over the years while others didn't make themselves available but the 21 lads who achieved the double on Sunday stuck with it throughout and never complained. They trained religiously throughout and always displayed a great attitude and willingness to learn. In an age where there is a lot of talk of burn-out, fatigue and of course the strain or the twinge these lads showed last week that courage, character and commitment can overcome all as on Sunday last the majority of the team were playing their fourth game of the week for their club - and some actually their fifth but they never once complained and showed amazing commitment to their club. The dual player is now a great addition to the club and should be encouraged at all levels.

From O'Donnell Park it was back to Ballyshannon for a great cavalcade and tour of the town about the only time that evening that the lads lost their shape. Refreshments afterwards up in the Aras as the squad were happy in the knowledge that they had achieved another first in their hurling careers, that being the first Aodh Ruadh team to qualify for the annual Ulster Minor Championship tournament later in the year to be hosted by Ballinascreen in Derry. This victory owes as much to the parents as the lads who have supported management and the boys since they set out on their hurling careers in 2006 together.

On Saturday, Fr Tierney Park plays host to the annual Peter O'Keefe Ulster/Connacht Under 15 hurling tournament, dedicated to the late Peter who was a great worker for underage hurling in Aodh Ruadh and Donegal. It is hoped that this tournament now in its third year will be a fitting tribute to a tireless worker for our game.

Our under 8's are due to take part in a blitz to be hosted by Four Masters this Friday evening.

Training continues for all ages at 12 noon on Sunday.

Annual Cash for Clothes Collection
There has been a very good response to the Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee collection and they have extended the closing date, so you've another few days to get rid of any unwanted clothes, shoes, handbags you might have lying about the house. For any further information, contact Tara Keenaghan 086-3331903, Fionnuala Gillespie 087-6668634 or John Rooney 086-2587793.

Fantasy race for Sam 2013
After round 9 of the Fantasy race for Sam, where we lost another 4 teams - Fermanagh, Louth, Longford and Leitrim - we have joint leaders. Joe Gillespie and "M Team" and Mick Melly and his team "King of the Hill" both on 172 points. Falling to third place this week is last weeks leader, Sean McKenna and "McKenna's Machine" on 170, while in 4th is Caoimhin MacAoidh and "An Giotoz" with 164. In joint 5th we have Jim Kane and "Aodh Ruadh Dynamo's" along with Kate McGrath and her team "The Lucky Ladies" both on 163. At the foot of the table, Bobby Murphy and his team "Chunky Chips" remain lodged to the bottom of the table on 32 points but his cushion over Shauna O'Mahoney and her team "Girls Rule" in down to a solitary point. Gregory Sweeney with "Milky Kid" remains in contention for the coveted last place prize on 40 points, while Patricia McGrath and "The Boys O Boys" along with Philip Mulrone and his team "Undertakers are Go" are on 47 points. High score of the week of 54 points is shared with Thomas O’Brien and his team "Saimer Blazers" (Armagh-10, Dublin-35, J Clarke-9) with Seamus O'Neill and "Super Swimmers" also recording the same score (Armagh-10, Dublin-35, M Dunne-6, B Brosnan-3). The leader board is available every Tuesday in the Bridgend Bar, Owen Roes and Ballybookies. Of course we also publish the leader board weekly on aodhruadh.org.

Ulster final traffic
While the trip to St Tiernach’s Park should be a relatively straightforward and familiar one for Gaels travelling from Ballyshannon through Fermanagh, we do have a traffic update for Aodh Ruadh members travelling from the north of the county.

Arrangements are to be put in place to open the N2 Road between Emyvale and Monaghan (where road works are currently in progress) for traffic travelling to and from the Ulster Final on July 21st.

From 9am on Sunday July 21st the N2 will be open for southbound traffic to allow those travelling to the match from Emyvale, Derry, Donegal, Tyrone, etc. (one lane)

From 4pm, the N2 will be open for traffic travelling northwards to Emyvale, Tyrone, Donegal, Derry, etc. (one lane)

Stewards and Gardaí will be in place at key points to ensure traffic runs smoothly. We wish to thank Monaghan County Council for their assistance on this matter.

Anniversary mass
Colman Kerr’s anniversary mass will take place on Thursday August 8th at 7pm in Saint Patrick’s church, Ballyshannon.

A summer of dancing
Sunday night dancing takes place during July and August. It starts 9pm in Dorrian's Imperial Hotel. Music by the Assaroe Céilí Band. Admission is €5 and supper is served.

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23 July

Meeting
The monthly club meeting takes place this Thursday night in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 8.30pm. All members are asked to attend.

Football
The seniors and reserves both came up short against Fanad Gaels last weekend. The seniors went down on a scoreline of 2-10 to 1-15 in a high intensity game played at championship pace. The reserves lost 1-8 to 3-8 in their clash with the Portsalon outfit.

Hurling
Aodh Ruadh return to senior championship action this Wednesday when they host MacCumhaill's at Father Tierney Park. Throw in is at 7.30pm so get up there and support our boys.

The under 12's and under 16's continued their winning start to the leagues last Thursday with the under 12's playing very well in Fr Tierney Park against Carndonagh. The whole team put in a very committed performance and ran out convincing winners, they face a difficult trip to Buncrana this Thursday.

The under 16's travelled to Burt, they put in a very lack lustre performance and seemed to be still basking in the glory of the great championship win for the minors the previous Sunday. None of the team played to their potential against a determined Burt team, we were relieved to get out of Burt with a nine point win, 4.6 to 2.3. This Thursday we are at home to Carndonagh, it's hoped that the lads will put in an improved performance.

Our under 8's continued with their busy Summer as they travelled to Tir Conaill Park, Donegal Town on Friday evening to take part in a blitz with Four Masters, Setanta and Gweedore. We fielded two teams each winning 2 games and losing 1. Thanks to all the parents who drove the lads down to the blitz.

On Saturday the Peter O' Keefe Under 15 Connacht/Ulster tournament was played in Fr Tierney Park between Sligo and Donegal, with the Yeats County winning 4.12 to 2.11. Aodh Ruadh were well represented on the day with 7 lads on the panel Kieran Daly, Jason Granaghan, Caelan Drummond, Brendan Gillespie, Oisin Rooney (captain), Shane Mc Grath and Garret Sheerin, all of the lads played very well and after a poor start Donegal fought back well but just left themselves too much to do. Donie O' Keefe presented the Corn Peadar O Cuiv Cup to Sligo captain Mikey Gordon. Rosaleen O' Keefe (Peter's wife) thanked all who had helped make the day such a success, she thanked the Aodh Ruadh Club for hosting the game. John Rooney Chairman Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee spoke of his disappointment at how this years event was organised by the Donegal Games Developmemt Manager Michael Murphy, and assured the O'Keefe family that there would be more teams taking part in next years's event. He spoke of the late Peter O' Keefe's work for underage hurling in Aodh Ruadh, Donegal and Ulster and how it wouldn't be forgotten. He thanked Sligo for coming to play the final, he also thanked Donegal manager Ray Durack for attending the event and bringing the Nicky Rackard Cup with him, he also thanked the Donegal Captain Joe Boyle and team mate Danny Cullen who came with Ray to show their respect for the late Peter O'Keefe. Both Ray and Danny spoke to all about how important a tournament this is and how important it is to honour such great workers as Peter.

Training for all ages on Sunday at 12 noon.

Fantasy Race For Sam
After a disappointing weekend for the Donegal team in the Ulster final, its Sean McKenna and his team "McKenna's machine" that are cheering this week, as he sits top of the league this week on 226 points. Keeping pace with him on 223 is Mick Melly and "King of the Hill". A small gap has opened then to Joe Gillespie and his oufit "M Team" in 3rd on 207. Monaghan's victory in the Ulster final has helped propel Niall Clancy and his team "Run Forest Run" into his first appearance in the top 5 of the leaderboard in 4th place on 201, while Tommy McCafferty and "Foaling around" also benefited too, coming in 5th place with 200 points. Indeed the top 5 this week all had Mayo in their selections. At the opposite end of the table, Shauna O'Mahoney and her team "Girls Rule" have traded places with Bobby Murphy and his team "Chunky Chips". Shauna has 34 points while Bobby has 36. It looks as if it will be a see saw battle between them, with Philip Mulrone and "Undertakers are go" on 50 points, as has Gregory Sweeney and his team "Milky Kid". Joining the last place battle this week is Shane Ward and "Wardy" on 55 points. High score of the week went to the man in 4th, Niall Clancy and his team "Run Forest Run". He amassed a total of 77 points (Monaghan-35, Mayo-35, J Keilt-3, M Meehan-4). He was closly followed by both Shane Kavanagh and "Pettigo FC" with 73 points (Monaghan-35, Mayo-35, C McManus-3) and Tommy McCafferty and "Foaling Around" (Monaghan-35, Mayo-35, J Keilt-3). 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.

Park/Development Committee
Since the mid 1960s the weekly bingo organised by the Clubs Park/Development Committee in the Abbey Centre has provided the funding needed to run the clubs facilities and also support the Abbey Centre. With the expansion of our facilities including Áras Aoidh Ruaidh and Pairc Aoidh Ruaidh and the massive increase in usage and activity, running costs continue to escalate.

In order to maintain this vital source of income for Aodh Ruadh, club members willing to give 4 to 12 Friday nights a year to assisting at the Bingo are asked to text to Park/Development Committee Officers David McLoone (Treasurer), Conal Gallagher (Secretary) or Tom Daly (Chairman). A roster has been prepared for the next 6 weeks and will be displayed in Áras Aoidh Ruaidh and regularly updated. We wish to increase the current number of callers from 3 to 8 and helpers from 4 to 12 so that the workload is spread more evenly.

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30 July

Football
We have no details on adult fixtures for the coming weekend at time of sending.

The minors booked their place in the Southern Regional Board final with Four Masters with a 2-9 to 1-11 victory over Dungloe in Dunkineely on Monday evening. It was a game Aodh Ruadh could have had no complaints about losing if they had come out on the wrong side of the result, but key players stood up and were counted in the closing stages to ensure Ballyshannon progress to the regional decider. Aodh Ruadh got off to a flying start with Johnny Gethins finding the net and a series of rapid fire points putting them into and early 1-3 to no score lead. However Dungloe fought back, hitting hard and fair and were leading going into the break only for Colm Kelly to come raiding forward and get a goal on stroke of half time to send the sides in at 2-5 to 1-6. The second half was a gritty affair, but Aodh Ruadh showed character to make it over the line. Ballyshannon were well served by Darren Gethins and Niall Harley in midfield. Daniel Kelly was in good form between the sticks, while in front of him Eugene Drummond and Matthew were both excellent in the corners. The Southern Regional Final against Four Masters will take place this Wednesday 31st July at 7.30pm in Bundoran, and we would encourage a good crowd to make their to that game to get behind the lads.

A day of marvelous weather set the stage perfectly for the 56th Bakery cup with the finals commencing with the traditional parade around the town of Ballyshannon by the opposing teams. First to take the field of play were the teams of Patrick McCaffrey and Sean Taylor. It was an exciting start with Taylor's team looking very strong for the first ten minutes and knocking up a few early scores, but McCaffrey's net worked hard with Michael McKenna hitting the back of the net with a 45 which proved the turning point of the game. More scores soon came from Odhran O'Neill and a beautiful goal from John Patton which left McCaffrey's team well ahead at half time. McCaffrey's side started strong again in the second half with scores from James Sheerin and Caolán Dolan. The last five minutes saw a huge push from Taylor's lads as Mark Gettins, Cianán Roper and Sean himself did all they could to mount a comeback, but the final whistle sounded and left McCaffrey's side winners of the plate final. The second game saw Conal Sweeny take on Shane Dorrian. Sweeny was the strong favourite to lift the cup from early in the tournament, but was very slow to start, leaving Dorrian's men coming out of the blocks like men on a mission, scoring 1-1 very quickly. Dylan Gallagher took the wind from their sails hitting the back of Dorrian's net and another goal soon followed for Sweeny. It was score for score through the first half and Sweeny led by two points at half time. The second half started as the first had ended, score for score with nothing between the teams. Liam O'Sullivan was in top form up front for Sweeny, while Padraig Keenaghan and Tiarnan Dolan worked tirelessly at the back. For Dorrian Cian McGloin, Shane Gillespie and Ryan McDonald put in a huge effort, but it was not to be for the underdogs with Conal Sweeny's lads coming out well deserved winners at the final whistle. After the finals presentations took place with Conal Sweeny becoming the 56th captain to lift the Bakery Cup. There were special presentations of a trophy to each captain and a player of the tournament trophy which was awarded Tiarnan Dolan. Thanks to the large crowd who supported at Bakery Cup finals. Special thanks are due to referees, photographers and all those who were responsible for preparing and serving a great spread of food afterwards. Many thanks to Kernan's Spar who sponsored the medals and trophies and also to McCaffrey's Quarries who laid on the lorries for the parade. We have a great range of pictures from the day up on aodhruadh.org.

Aodh Ruadh under 13s have challenge this Wednesday against Bundoran in Father Tierney Park at 7.30pm. Eligible players for this grade are those born in years 2000, 2001 or 2002. All players to be at the park for 6.45pm.

The under 12s traveled to the Banks to take on Naomh Mhuire in the Southern Minor Board under 12 league plate final on Monday evening. The homesters proved to be in a determined form and although Ballyshannon were down a few players they had no excuses as Naomh Mhuire delivered a commanding performance to take the honours. The Annagry outfit got a couple of early goals and that set the tone for the ensuing 60 minutes. Aodh Ruadh kept going to the end though and managed to finish the game brightly. The final item in the under 12 schedule for 2013 is the Willie Rogers tournament which is being held on Friday 9th August as part of the Ballyshannon 400 celebrations. There will be no training this Wednesday on account of the under 13s challenge with Bundoran the same day, but the under 12s will be back training as usual on Saturday.

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

Under 8 training continues this Friday, 2nd August from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this week. The under 8s are scheduled to travel to Mountcharles for their next blitz on Saturday 10th August.

Hurling
The senior hurlers second championship outing saw them fall to a 1-8 to 2-8 defeat against MacCumhaill's in Father Tierney Park last Wednesday. The first half represented a much improved performance on the previous defeat to Setanta with the Ernesiders hurling with great conviction. They trailed by a point at the break, but with Ciaran Masterson seeing red for Ballybofey just before the short whistle it was poised for a promising second half. Aodh Ruadh started well and when Aidan Begley hit the net they moved two points into the lead. However MacCumhaill's dug deep an managed to grind out a three point win. It was a disappointing second half for Ballyshannon with conviction found wanting in certain quarters when the game was in the melting pot. Best for Aodh Ruadh were Stephen Sheerin and Tommy Gillespie who put in a magnificent defensive effort and Damien Cleary who soldiered well in midfield. The seniors are away to Carrickmore this Saturday with the next outing in the championship away to Burt on Wednesday 7th August, a critical fixture as the loser will go out of the championship reckoning. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

The under 16s continued their winning start to the league last Thursday with a comprehensive win at home to Carndonagh. They have a difficult game this Thursday when Saint Eunan's make the trip to Father Tierney Park. Games over the years with Saint Eunan's have always being close and this game is likely to be no different. Throw in is at 7pm for this encounter.

The under 12s made the long trip to Buncrana last Thursday and unfortunately came home empty handed. There was little between the teams but the Scarvey boys ability to score goals was the difference between the sides. The under 12s have no fixture this Thursday.

Our annual trip to the All-Ireland semi-final this year will take place on Sunday 18th August when we will attend the clash of Limerick and Clare, with what should be a great battle in store.

Training continues as normal on Sunday at 12 noon.

We will have over 50 pictures from the O'Keefe cup up shortly on aodhruadh.org.

Fantasy race for Sam 2013
After week 11 in the fantasy race for Sam, we are down to the quarter finals and only eight teams remain. The top two in the leaderboard remain unchanged from last week, with Sean McKenna (Mc Kenna's Machine) increasing his lead to seven points. His total is now 236 points, ahead of Mick Melly (King of the Hill) on 229. In third place is Niall Clancy (Run Forest Run) on 210, with Tommy McCafferty (Foaling Around) in fourth on 208. Joint fith sees Joe Gillespie (M Team) and Caoimhin MacAoidh (An Giotoz) on 207 points each.
The bottom two also reamin unchanged from last week with Shauna O'Mahoney (Girls Rule) on 34 points with Bobby Murphy (Chunky Chips) on 36 points. Philip Mulrone (Undertakers are go) remains in the bottom three with 50 points. Patrica McGrath (The Bhoys o boys) remains in contention on 59 with Ciaran McLoone (Buckfast Athletic GFC) and Conor Gilmartin (Conor's Heros) both on 60 points.
High score of the week was shared between eigth players, each with 29 points.
Ronan Drummond (Average Joes) Cavan-10, M Dunne-6, M Meehan-9, R Munnelly-4
Mick Conoulty (Ardee Bakers) Cavan-10, M Murphy-2, M Meehan-9, M Newman-8
Brian McCarty (Moy Maulers) Donegal-10, Cork-10, M Meehan-9
Packie McGrath (You can do its) Tyrone-10, M Murphy-2, M Meehan-9, M Newman-8
Owen Roe O'Neill (Vintage Team) Donegal-10, Cork-10, M Meehan-9
Cormac McCusker (The Fiddler) Tyrone-10, Cork-10, M Meehan-9
Aiden Cauldwell (Four Masters) Cavan-10, Cork-10, M Meehan-9
Katie O'Brien (Grandy OOO's) Donegal-10, Cork-10, M Meehan-9
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.

Annual Cash for Clothes Collection
There has been a very good response to the Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee collection and they have extended the closing date to Monday 8th July, so you've another few days to get rid of any unwanted clothes, shoes, handbags you might have lying about the house. For any information contact Tara Keenaghan 086-3331903, Fionnuala Gillespie 087-6668634 or John Rooney 086-2587793.

Yes we can
The next collection for our aluminium fund raiser takes place on Saturday 3rd August 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.

Recreational football
Recreational is up and running with a good interest so far. The next run out is this Saturday 6pm so if you're interested in getting out for a bit ball and a bit of craic head along to the Park for a game. For more information just text or call Peter (0879755466) or Alan (0868052816).

Anniversary mass
Colman Kerr's anniversary mass will take place on Thursday August 8th at 7pm in Saint Patrick's church, Ballyshannon.

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