Club Notes Archive - 2014

Box. JANUARY
7 January

Football
Indoor training resumes on Friday 17th January. The 2014 Under 6s [Born 2008-2010] are in the Mercy Hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm followed by the under 8s [Born 2006-2007] from 7pm to 8pm, also in the Mercy Hall. 2014 under 10s [Born 2004-2005] are training in the new hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm. That session is followed by the 2013 under 12s [Born 2002-2003] from 7pm to 8pm, also in the new hall. There is a charge of €2 per head. Please bring runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

It is mandatory to use a mouth guard in all football matches and training sessions from 1st January 2014 for ALL age grades. Players will not be allowed to field without mouth guards so it is essential that all ensure they make themselves compliant with this rule at their earliest convenience. For those who wish to avail of the service, Eugene Loughlin (071-9851394) will provide personally fitted mouth guards at reduced rates for Aodh Ruadh club members. We have a full information sheet detailing the GAA's mouth guard policy.

Hurling
The annual Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Presentation night will take place in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Wednesday the 15th January, presentations will be made to our various teams from under 8 to minor. Pride of place will go to the minors who achieved the league and championship double in 2013, there will also be a number of individual awards. As in previous years this promises to be a great night. Full details later in the week.

Ladies
The senior ladies panel gathered in Dicey Reilly's last Saturday for a presentation of their runners-up county medals. Chairman Eoin O'Moore and senior managers, Teddy Kane and Terence McShea, presented the medals. Captain Niamh Gallagher presented the management team with a token of appreciation. The ladies now look forward to the coming season with renewed enthusiasm.

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14 January

Hurling
This year's juvenile hurling presentation night will take place in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Wednesday evening when we are delighted to say the special guest is RTE manager of the year and Clare's All-Ireland winning manager the great Davy Fitzgerald. The proceedings will start at 6pm with a viewing of Behind The Banner, the behind the scenes story of Clare's All-Ireland triumph. You are advised to get there early as a large crowd is expected. It is hoped to get the presentations underway at 7pm. All are welcome to what should be a great night!

Football
Indoor training starts on Friday 17th January. The 2014 Under 6s [Born 2008-2010] are in the Mercy Hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm followed by the under 8s [Born 2006-2007] from 7pm to 8pm, also in the Mercy Hall. 2014 under 10s [Born 2004-2005] are training in the new hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm. That session is followed by the 2013 under 12s [Born 2002-2003] from 7pm to 8pm, also in the new hall. There is a charge of €2 per head. Please bring runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

It is mandatory to use a mouth guard in all football matches and training sessions from 1st January 2014 for ALL age grades. Players will not be allowed to field without mouth guards so it is essential that all ensure they make themselves compliant with this rule at their earliest convenience. For those who wish to avail of the service, Eugene Loughlin (071-9851394) will provide personally fitted mouth guards at reduced rates for Aodh Ruadh club members. We have a full information sheet detailing the GAA's mouth guard policy.

We have some shots from Donegal's Dr McKenna cup victory over Armagh up on aodhruadh.org.

Scrap metal recycling
As we begin 2014 we are starting another scrap metal recycling scheme to raise much needed funds for Aodh Ruadh, we will accept all forms of scrap metal such as fridges, washing machines, gates, car batteries etc for any information contact John Rooney 086-2587793 or Kieran Drummond 086-2368295

GAA National Club Draw / Crannchur Náisiúnta na gClubanna
The GAA have launched a National Club Draw to help clubs with fund-raising. Croke Park have pulled together an array of prizes far beyond that which most clubs could hope to assemble themelves for such a draw. The prizes are listed below and I think you'll agree there are a right few crackers there. Clubs sell tickets for the draw and retain ALL proceeds. Aodh Ruadh are taking part in this initiative. Tickets are €10 each and are printed in books of 10. We have received an initial allocation of 50 books of tickets, but have the option to request further books should sales go well. Anyone who wants to buy a ticket or sell books is asked to contact either Diarmaid Keon or Emma Gaughan (0863039610) or email info@aodhruadh.org.The ticket stubs and all unsold tickets for each club must be returned to the GAA National Finance Office by Friday, 7th March 2014 together with a list of subscribers. The draw takes place on Monday, 17th March 2014 in Croke Park.

GAA National Club Draw Prizes

  1. Trip to the 2014 International Rules series in Australia.
    (2 persons. Match tickets, airline tickets and accommodation.)
  2. The Ultimate Football package 2014.
    (2 persons. All-Ireland Football Final tickets, All-Stars banquet & tour tickets to Boston.)
  3. 2 Corporate Box concert tickets with pre-concert hospitality in Croke Park in 2014.
  4. Travel voucher to the value of €1,500.
  5. All-Ireland Football Final package 2014.
    (2 persons. Corporate Box tickets, corporate hospitality and 2 nights accommodation.)
  6. All-Ireland Hurling Final package 2014.
    (2 persons. Corporate Box tickets, corporate hospitality & 2 nights accommodation.)
  7. Shopping voucher to the value of €1,000 at a retailer of your choice.
  8. All-Ireland Football & Hurling Final package 2014.
    (2 Premium tickets & overnight accommodation for both.)
  9. 2 Croke Park Premium concert tickets in 2014.
  10. Trip to New York for St. Patrick's Day 2015.
    (2 persons. Airline tickets & 3 nights accommodation.)

Aodh Ruadh Bingo
The winner of the €400 jackpot at last Friday's bingo in was Theresa Anderson. Bingo every Friday at 9pm in the Abbey Centre. Full books €10, Half books €5. Monster bingo the last Friday of every month with €1,000 jackpot - Full books €15, Half books €8.

Charity Single CD Launch
Old Church Vets Ballyshannon in conjunction with Donegal Vet Clinic and Grange Vet Clinic announce a charity single CD launch by Marion Fitzgerald on Saturday 18th January at 9.30pm in Dicey Reilly's. There will be music by the Strawberry Jammers featuring Craig McMorrow - who will be appearing on The Voice - Brian Sweeney and Shane Rooney. All proceeds from the charity single go towards Irish Guide Dogs For The Blind, Donegal Pet Rescue, Animals In Need, Sligo Animal Rescue, and The Donkey Sanctuary.

5K run/walk
Ballyshannon Rugby Club is hosting a 5K run/walk on Saturday January 25th at 2pm in Ballyshannon. The run will cater for runners and walkers with categories of senior men, senior women, veterans, junior male and female (under 18) and spot prizes for walkers. The event will start at the Abbey Cinema and finish at the Lakeside Centre. Registration on the day from 1pm at the Lakeside centre or pre-register at ballyshannon5k@gmail.com or contact Martin at 086-8035335.

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21 January

Hurling
Last Wednesday night saw the return of the great Davy Fitzgerald to Aodh Ruadh as he was the special guest at the annual Juvenile Hurling Presentation night. The RTE manager of the year and All-Ireland winning manager brought the Liam MacCarthy cup with him as he kept his word on a promise he made to John Rooney after Clare won the All-Ireland that he would return to Aodh Ruadh.
Davy again showed himself to be a really genuine character as he spent over four hours in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh where he kept the audience of over 200 entertained for the evening. You could hear a pin drop as Davy delivered an inspiring speech. He covered topics including friendship, respect, looking out for each other, bullying, drinking, nutrition and of course the inside story on Clare's historic win last September. Hopefully all present will take on board what he said on these very important issues.
Nothing was too much for Davy as he presented medals to all our underage squads, the highlight of which were the double winning minor team.
Our representatives on the county minor team that won the Ulster minor shield, Tommy Gillespie, Colm Kelly, Eddie Lynch, Jamie Brennan, Eugene Drummond, Oisin Rooney, Ciaran Rami and Donal Sweeny received their medals from the Clare legend.
Individual awards were made to Adam Rami, Owen Doherty and Shane Gillespie. The trio were part of the Donegal under 12 development squad who played in Croke Park last year. Meanwhile Eugene Drummond who made the Ulster Under 16 development squad was also recognised.
John Rooney then called on newly elected club President Owen Roe O'Neill to present Davy with a club jersey as at this stage he is an honorary Aodh Ruadh man. Owen spoke of his delight at seeing Davy in the Aras and spoke of the great player he was and of Clare's great win, he said he was honoured to present him with a club jersey. John, then on behalf of the Juvenile Hurling Committee presented Davy with a lovely piece of Belleek Pottery.
After the presentations Davy had a word for everyone as he signed autographs for all and got photographs taken with all present. No request was too much for Davy as he chatted away to all both young and old. Ray Durack, manager of the Nicky Rackard winning Donegal squad was present and history was made as both cups were present at this function.
Our ladies, as always, put on a great feast for all. Many thanks to all who baked, and yet again to Kieran Barron at Value Centre, Letterkenny and William Doogan of MCM. Ballyshannon were more than generous supplying goodies and Davy's favourite Miwadi many thanks to the lads. Thanks to John Hughes who put together a great slide show highlighting Davy's career and many thanks to Brian Drummond for his great photography work on the night. His work, over 150 pictures can be viewed on aodhruadh.org.
Young and old were then treated to over an hour of questions and answers with the great Davy, what journalists such as Martin Breheny and Vincent Hogan would have given to have been in that room, as again Davy showed how genuine he is as all questions were answered and no issues were dodged. We all got a great insight into Clare's preparations for the All-Ireland, modern day training methods and lots of other issues. As the clock ticked towards 11 pm the great Davy began his trip back to Sixmilebridge, he still posed for more photos before he left and gave more advice to our young hurlers. All agreed it was a brilliant night and that the great Clare man is a brilliant role model for youth. As he left Father Tierney Park let's hope it's not the last we see of this unique man in Ballyshannon.

Football
There is a meeting of under 16 footballers in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh this Wednesday 22nd January. The meeting is open to anyone born 1998 or 1999 irrespective of whether they have played football in the past or not.

Indoor training continues on Friday 24th January. The 2014 Under 6s [Born 2008-2010] are in the Mercy Hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm followed by the under 8s [Born 2006-2007] from 7pm to 8pm, also in the Mercy Hall. 2014 under 10s [Born 2004-2005] are training in the new hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm. That session is followed by the 2013 under 12s [Born 2002-2003] from 7pm to 8pm, also in the new hall. There is a charge of €2 per head. Please bring runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

It is mandatory to use a mouth guard in all football matches and training sessions from 1st January 2014 for ALL age grades. Players will not be allowed to field without mouth guards so it is essential that all ensure they make themselves compliant with this rule at their earliest convenience. For those who wish to avail of the service, Eugene Loughlin (071-9851394) will provide personally fitted mouth guards at reduced rates for Aodh Ruadh club members. We have a full information sheet detailing the GAA's mouth guard policy.

Recreational Football
Recreational football is back this Saturday at 7pm under the lights at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh and once again the emphasis is very much on the craic. It's excellent value at just €5 for the session. Text or call Alan on 0868052816 if you need any further information.

Ladies
Congratulations and best wishes to Terence McShea who will be heading out to Abu Dhabi at the end of the month to referee the ladies championships out there.

Scrap metal recycling
This Saturday Father Tierney Park will be open from 12pm to 1pm for people to bring their scrap metal for recycling to raise funds for Aodh Ruadh. If you require any information in relation to this recycling scheme please contact John Rooney 086-2587793 or Kieran Drummond 086-2368295.

GAA National Club Draw / Crannchur Náisiúnta na gClubanna
The GAA have launched a National Club Draw to help clubs with fund-raising. Croke Park have pulled together an array of prizes far beyond that which most clubs could hope to assemble themelves for such a draw. The prizes are listed below and I think you'll agree there are a right few crackers there. Clubs sell tickets for the draw and retain ALL proceeds. Aodh Ruadh are taking part in this initiative. Tickets are €10 each and are printed in books of 10. We have received an initial allocation of 50 books of tickets, but have the option to request further books should sales go well. Anyone who wants to buy a ticket or sell books is asked to contact either Diarmaid Keon or Emma Gaughan (0863039610) or email info@aodhruadh.org.The ticket stubs and all unsold tickets for each club must be returned to the GAA National Finance Office by Friday, 7th March 2014 together with a list of subscribers. The draw takes place on Monday, 17th March 2014 in Croke Park.

GAA National Club Draw Prizes

  1. Trip to the 2014 International Rules series in Australia.
    (2 persons. Match tickets, airline tickets and accommodation.)
  2. The Ultimate Football package 2014.
    (2 persons. All-Ireland Football Final tickets, All-Stars banquet & tour tickets to Boston.)
  3. 2 Corporate Box concert tickets with pre-concert hospitality in Croke Park in 2014.
  4. Travel voucher to the value of €1,500.
  5. All-Ireland Football Final package 2014.
    (2 persons. Corporate Box tickets, corporate hospitality and 2 nights accommodation.)
  6. All-Ireland Hurling Final package 2014.
    (2 persons. Corporate Box tickets, corporate hospitality & 2 nights accommodation.)
  7. Shopping voucher to the value of €1,000 at a retailer of your choice.
  8. All-Ireland Football & Hurling Final package 2014.
    (2 Premium tickets & overnight accommodation for both.)
  9. 2 Croke Park Premium concert tickets in 2014.
  10. Trip to New York for St. Patrick's Day 2015.
    (2 persons. Airline tickets & 3 nights accommodation.)

Charity Single CD Launch
Old Church Vets Ballyshannon in conjunction with Donegal Vet Clinic and Grange Vet Clinic launched a charity CD single last Saturday and we have a few shots from the evening up on aodhruadh.org. All proceeds from the charity single go towards Irish Guide Dogs For The Blind, Donegal Pet Rescue, Animals In Need, Sligo Animal Rescue, and The Donkey Sanctuary.

Aodh Ruadh Bingo
The winner of the €400 jackpot at last Friday's bingo in was Gerry Quigley. Bingo every Friday at 9pm in the Abbey Centre. Full books €10, Half books €5. Monster bingo the last Friday of every month with €1,000 jackpot - Full books €15, Half books €8.

Meeting
The monthly club meeting will take place on Thursday, 30th January in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 8.30pm. All members of the club executive are asked to attend. This will be preceded by a Park/Development committee meeting with team managers to determine the pitch booking schedule for training in the coming year.

5K run/walk
Ballyshannon Rugby Club is hosting a 5K run/walk on Saturday January 25th at 2pm in Ballyshannon. The run will cater for runners and walkers with categories of senior men, senior women, veterans, junior male and female (under 18) and spot prizes for walkers. The event will start at the Abbey Cinema and finish at the Lakeside Centre. Registration on the day from 1pm at the Lakeside centre or pre-register at ballyshannon5k@gmail.com or contact Martin at 086-8035335.

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28 January

Meeting
The monthly club meeting will take place this Thursday, 30th January in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 8.30pm. All members of the club executive are asked to attend. Anyone with tickets stubs to bring back for the GAA Club National Draw is asked to return them at this meeting. This will be preceded by a Park/Development committee meeting at 8pm with team managers to determine the pitch booking schedule for training in the coming year. It is important all managers attend to ensure smooth running pitch access.

Football
Indoor training continues on Friday 31st January. We have big groups in both the Mercy and New Halls at Colaiste Cholmcille and there are some shots from the action up on aodhruadh.org. New-comers are still very much welcome. The 2014 Under 6s [Born 2008-2010] are in the Mercy Hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm followed by the under 8s [Born 2006-2007] from 7pm to 8pm, also in the Mercy Hall. 2014 under 10s [Born 2004-2005] are training in the new hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm. That session is followed by the 2013 under 12s [Born 2002-2003] from 7pm to 8pm, also in the new hall. There is a charge of €2 per head. Please bring runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

The first Bord na nÓg meeting of the year takes place on Wednesday 5th February at 8.30pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. All managers and mentors are asked to attend.

Social in support of Jim
Aodh Ruadh are hosting a social night in support of Jim Kane in the Bridgend bar, Ballyshannon on Saturday 8th February. There will be music by the Lone Stars and plenty of craic on the night. If you are unable to attend, but would still like to make a donation, please contact either Diarmaid Keon or Emma Gaughan (0863039610) or email info@aodhruadh.org.

Recreational Football
Recreational football continues this Saturday at 7pm under the lights at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh and once again the emphasis is very much on the craic. It's excellent value at just €5 for the session. Text or call Alan on 0868052816 if you need any further information.

Scór
Donegal Scór semi-finals are coming up shortly with the southern semi-final taking place in Donegal on Friday 14th February. Aodh Ruadh is seeking expressions of interest from any groups or individuals who would like to represent the club in any of the following categories at the semi-final: Léiriú (Presentation), Céilí, Solo Singing, Recitation, Instrumental Music, Ballad Group or Set Dancing. Please notify club secretary Emma Gaughan on 0863039610. Adult Scór is for persons aged 17 years and over.

Annual dinner dance
A date for your diary. The Annual Aodh Ruadh CLG Dinner Dance takes place on Saturday, 22nd February. Commencing 8pm with a Banquet in Dorrian's Hotel, followed by awards and music from The TLs. In a departure from previous year we will have three nominees for each of the individual awards to be presented on the night. Details of the nominations to follow in coming club notes. Tickets priced €25 will be available shortly from Shannon's Corner and Pearse O'Neill's.

GAA National Club Draw / Crannchur Náisiúnta na gClubanna
The GAA have launched a National Club Draw to help clubs with fund-raising. Croke Park have pulled together an array of prizes far beyond that which most clubs could hope to assemble themelves for such a draw. The prizes are listed below and I think you'll agree there are a right few crackers there. Clubs sell tickets for the draw and retain ALL proceeds. Aodh Ruadh are taking part in this initiative. Tickets are €10 each and are printed in books of 10. We have received an initial allocation of 50 books of tickets, but have the option to request further books should sales go well. Anyone who wants to buy a ticket or sell books is asked to contact either Diarmaid Keon or Emma Gaughan (0863039610) or email info@aodhruadh.org.The ticket stubs and all unsold tickets for each club must be returned to the GAA National Finance Office by Friday, 7th March 2014 together with a list of subscribers. The draw takes place on Monday, 17th March 2014 in Croke Park.

GAA National Club Draw Prizes

  1. Trip to the 2014 International Rules series in Australia.
    (2 persons. Match tickets, airline tickets and accommodation.)
  2. The Ultimate Football package 2014.
    (2 persons. All-Ireland Football Final tickets, All-Stars banquet & tour tickets to Boston.)
  3. 2 Corporate Box concert tickets with pre-concert hospitality in Croke Park in 2014.
  4. Travel voucher to the value of €1,500.
  5. All-Ireland Football Final package 2014.
    (2 persons. Corporate Box tickets, corporate hospitality and 2 nights accommodation.)
  6. All-Ireland Hurling Final package 2014.
    (2 persons. Corporate Box tickets, corporate hospitality & 2 nights accommodation.)
  7. Shopping voucher to the value of €1,000 at a retailer of your choice.
  8. All-Ireland Football & Hurling Final package 2014.
    (2 Premium tickets & overnight accommodation for both.)
  9. 2 Croke Park Premium concert tickets in 2014.
  10. Trip to New York for St. Patrick's Day 2015.
    (2 persons. Airline tickets & 3 nights accommodation.)

Aodh Ruadh Bingo
The winner of the €400 jackpot at last Friday's bingo in was Marie McGee. Monster bingo this last Friday of every month with €1,000 jackpot - Full books €15, Half books €8.