Club Notes Archive - 2014

Box. FEBRUARY
4 February

Football
Indoor training continues on Friday 7th February. 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 under 10 skills competition of 2014 will take place at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Saturday 8th February at 2pm. There are five elements to the test.
1. Punt kick accuracy off each foot.
2. Pick up and solo execution off each foot
3. Fist pass accuracy off each hand.
4. Point scoring accuracy off each foot
5. Time to complete test.
We will be playing a game in parallel with the test. Players will be taken out of the game when it is their turn to do the test. Scores will be given to all those who took part in the test at indoor training on Friday 14th February. Medals will also be presented to the those with the top results in each year group. Use the opportunity to over the coming week to practice your skills ahead of next Saturday's test. Indoor training as usual this Friday 7th February.

Senior training is also taking shape and we have some atmospheric shots from last Friday's session up on aodhruadh.org for those interested.

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

Hurling
Aodh Ruadh's senior hurlers will be competing in the Ulster Senior Hurling Táin Club League this season. This is a new competition which sees the domestic leagues of a number of counties amalgamated into one, province-wide league under the auspices of Ulster GAA. It is an attempt to give hurlers more competitive and meaningful games, and contribute to a general raising of standard. Aodh Ruadh will compete in Division 3 which is composed of 12 sides, three from Down, three from Donegal, two from Armagh, two from Louth, one from Derry and one from Tyrone. The programme of league fixtures for the coming season is as follows.

Round 1: 30-03-2014 (Sun)
Strabane Shamrocks V Aodh Ruadh @ Garvaghey Centre, Tyrone
Round 2: 06-04-2014 (Sun)
Aodh Ruadh v Lurgan Sean Treacy's @ Garvaghey Centre, Tyrone
Round 3: 21-04-2014 (Mon)
St Eunan's v Aodh Ruadh
Round 4: 26-04-2014 (Sat)
Aodh Ruadh v Derrynoose @ Garvaghey Centre, Tyrone
Round 5: 24-05-2014 (Sat)
Mattock Rangers v Aodh Ruadh @ Garvaghey Centre, Tyrone
Round 6: 31-05-2014 (Sat)
Aodh Ruadh v Na Magha
Round 7: 07-06-2014 (Sat)
Aodh Ruadh v Warrenpoint @ Garvaghey Centre, Tyrone
Round 8: 25-06-2014 (Wed)
Sean MacCumhaill v Aodh Ruadh
Round 9: 02-07-2014 (Wed)
Aodh Ruadh v Bredagh @ Garvaghey Centre, Tyrone
Round 10: 05-07-2014 (Sat)
Naomh Moninne v Aodh Ruadh @ Garvaghey Centre, Tyrone
Round 11: 19-07-2014 (Sat)
Aodh Ruadh v Ballela @ Garvaghey Centre, Tyrone

Well done to minor hurler Jamie Brennan who picked up the award for Secondary School Sports Boy at the Donegal Sports Star Awards in Letterkenny on Friday night. This is a great achievement for a dedicated and multi-talented sports man.

Underage hurling will be resuming on Sunday 2nd March at 12 noon in Father Tierney Park. We will be fielding teams from under 8s to minors this year. All are welcome from five years of age, especially beginners. Helmets and hurls will be provided for training. Contact any of our managers for more information. Under 8: John Rooney - 086-2587793; Under 10: Dennis Daly - 086-3269550; Under 12: Chris Kelly - 086-8813553 or Dáithí Breen - 086-1533092; Under 14: Michael Ayres - 087-6600879. So camán and give it a try you'll be surprised how much fun you'll have.

Ladies
At the most recent monthly meeting of the Ladies Committee a date was confirmed for our annual quiz night in Owen Roe's. This will take place on Thursday 6th March, so there's plenty of time to round up a team for the night or help us out by buying a line on our quiz night card! As a committee within Aodh Ruadh, we are duty bound to contribute to the general finances of the club and keep things healthy. If your daughter, grand-daughter, niece or friend enjoys our facilities and the game, please do your best to support our fund-raising events.

Training will be kicking off outside this year with a club development squad for under 14s, under 16s and minors on Sunday 16th February at 11am. These three groups will work together at this session. Watch this space for further details.

Indoor training for under 8s, under 10s and under 12s will begin during March as the mid-term break and mock exams will intervene. This will then lead on to outdoor training after Easter. Dates will be confirmed nearer the time.

Well done to all the students in Coláiste Cholmcille who help out with selling the Lotto for the Ladies Committee on the Saturday Lotto Rota. You are volunteering in your community and taking the burden of others. Ní neart go cur le chéile!

Coaching workshops
Down coaching specialist Steven Poacher will be taking a course focused on small-sided games to develop match skills at Father Tierney Park on Saturday morning, 8th February, from 10am. The first section will be a practical on the pitch, with Steven putting our under 21s through their paces. That will be followed by a presentation on small-sided games with a hand-out on game ideas for coaches. We would encourage all Aodh Ruadh coaches to attend this coaching workshop. Many thanks also to Pauric McShea whose generous sponsorship is helping make this workshop happen.

Before that though, an Ulster Council coaching workshop for under 10 and under 12 managers, coaches and mentors takes place on Wednesday night, 5th February from 7.30pm to 9pm in Donegal town on the Ballybofey road in the hall beside Walsh's Butcher and opposite the chapel.

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.

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.

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.

Annual dinner dance
We can exclusively reveal the nominations for the individual award categories at this year's annual Aodh Ruadh CLG Dinner Dance. Drum roll please…

    Senior footballer of the year
  • Kerry Ryan
  • Peter Boyle
  • Anthony Boyle
    Reserve footballer of the year
  • David McLoone
  • Aidan Murray
  • Ciaran Slevin
    Under 21 footballer of the year
  • Conor Patton
  • Ronan McGurrin
  • Gary Carty
    Senior hurler of the year
  • Conor McNeely
  • Tommy Gillespie
  • Shane McNulty
    Ladies player of the year
  • Tanya O'Shea
  • Elaine Dorrian
  • Anna Rafferty

Our young footballer of the year and Young hurler of the year will be announced on the night. The 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. Tickets priced €25 will be available shortly from Shannon's Corner and Pearse O'Neill's.

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 €800 jackpot at last Friday's bingo in was Sharon Connolly, Kinlough. Also winners at the monthly monster bingo were. Gerry McDermott, Mrs McElwaine, Patricia Keenan, Anita Murray, Agnes Hastings, Caroline Finnerty and Mrs McGloin. 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.

The Gingerbread Lady
Ballyshannon Drama Society present Neil Simon's dramatic comedy The Gingerbread Lady in the Abbey Centre Ballyshannon, with shows on February 11th, 12th, 13th, and 15th nightly at 8pm. The production stars Richard Hurst as Jimmy Perry, Conor Beattie as Manuel and Lou Tanner, Trisha Keane as Toby Landau and Rachel O'Connor as Evy Meara.

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11 February

Football
Well done to the under 10s who braved the conditions to take part in the skills competition in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh last Sunday. We will have results for all the hardy participants at this Friday's training. Remember, this is a benchmark score, the aim is to improve on it over the course of the year. We will be recognising the lads who show the most improvement, as well as those with the most points overall at the end of the year. We have pictures from the session up on aodhruadh.org.
Indoor training continues on Friday 14th February. The 2014 Under 6s are in the Mercy Hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm followed by the under 8s from 7pm to 8pm, also in the Mercy Hall. 2014 under 10s are training in the new hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm. That session is followed by the 2013 under 12s 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 Frank O'Neill cup for under 14s and under 16s is currently in progress on Sunday afternoons. We are getting big numbers turning out, with highly entertaining games and great craic. It is open to anyone whether they have played football before or not. Call Alan on 0868052816 for more information and you will be allotted to a team. We have some pictures from last Sunday's action up on aodhruadh.org.

Hurling
Senior inter county hurling returns to Father Tierney Park this Sunday after a long absence. Nicky Rackard Cup holders Donegal begin their Allianz National Hurling League Campaign with a game against neighbours Fermanagh with the throw in at 2pm. Come along and support your county's hurlers and hopefully there also will be some Aodh Ruadh players featuring for Donegal to cheer on.

Underage hurling training for all ages begins on Sunday 2nd March at 12 noon in Father Tierney Park, helmets and hurls will be provided for training. Notes will be distributed through the schools after mid-term break. For any information please contact John Rooney 086-2587793.

Coaching
There is a foundation course this Saturday in Donegal town. As per rule all coaches must have the completed the foundation course in order to be able to coach with the club. For further details on the course contact the coaching officer Shane Ward on 086-8491933.

Down coaching specialist Steven Poacher took a very useful coaching workshop last Saturday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Thanks to the players who let Steven put them through their paces and also to the coaches who were present. Many thanks also to Pauric McShea whose sponsorship helped make this event happen and also to our recreational footballers who underwrote the cost of the workshop. We will have a video of the outdoor session up on aodhruadh.org shortly for internal viewing. We also have some handouts on with great ideas for small sided games for anyone who might be interested in introducing them in their sessions. Just e-mail info@aodhruadh.org to get a copy.

Social in support of Jim
Thank you to everyone who supported the social night for Jim Kane in the Bridgend last Saturday. The night was a great success with Brian O'Sullivan keeping the socialisers well entertained throughout the evening.

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.

Annual dinner dance
Ray Durack, manager of the Nicky Rackard winning Donegal senior hurlers has been announced as special guest for our Dinner Dance on Saturday, 22nd February. The event commences at 8pm with a banquet in Dorrian's Hotel, followed by awards and music from The TLs. Tickets priced €25 are now on sale in Pearse O'Neill's.

Scrap Metal Recycling
As Spring is now here if you're tidying up about the house save yourself the cost of hiring a skip and help your local club fund-raise. Father Tierney Park will be open this Saturday from 12 noon to 2pm. to drop off scrap metal for recycling to raise much needed funds for Aodh Ruadh and to help protect the environment. If you have any scrap metal such as gates, washing machines, cookers, car batteries or the like, please bring them to Father Tierney Park this Saturday. For any information regarding this recycling initiative please contact John Rooney 086-2587793 or Kieran Drummond 086-2368295.

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. We can always do with extra hands to help out with running the bingo. It is a heavy burden on the few people currently involved, so if you can help lighten the load even once in a while it would be a major help. Please contact David McLoone on 087-760172 if you can help out.

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18 February

Annual dinner dance
Ray Durack, manager of the Nicky Rackard winning Donegal senior hurlers has been announced as special guest for our Dinner Dance on Saturday, 22nd February. The event commences at 8pm with a banquet in Dorrian's Hotel, followed by awards and music from The TLs. A reminder of the nominations for the individual award categories. Senior footballer of the year: Kerry Ryan, Peter Boyle and Anthony Boyle. Reserve footballer of the year: David McLoone, Aidan Murray and Ciaran Slevin. Under 21 footballer of the year: Conor Patton, Ronan McGurrin and Gary Carty. Senior hurler of the year: Conor McNeely, Tommy Gillespie and Shane McNulty. Ladies player of the year: Tanya O'Shea, Elaine Dorrian and Anna Rafferty. Our young footballer of the year and young hurler of the year will be announced on the night. Tickets priced €25 are now on sale in Pearse O'Neill's. It promises to be a great night's craic so looking forward to seeing you there.

Football
The Frank O'Neill cup continues to attract good interest and deliver some fine football. Last weekend saw the semi-final line-up confirmed with Oisín Kerr's team to meet Daniel Warnock's team, while Jason Granaghan's team will take on Gareth Sheerin's. Notification on semi-final dates and times will follow in due course. Under 16 training continues at 7pm this Friday.

Our under 14s will become the first side in the club to kick a ball in anger during the 2014 season when they travel to Glencolumbkille to take on Naomh Columba this Sunday at 12 noon. Players to assemble at the Park for a 10am departure to Glen. Preparatory to that game, the under 14s will be playing a challenge at the Lakeside this Wednesday evening at 6.30pm against Naomh Bríd. As they gear up for the season the under 14 management invites anyone interested in joining the squad to come along, new players will always be made welcome.

With last week's training having been cancelled, we will have results for the skills test on Friday's training. Remember, this is a benchmark score, the aim is to improve on it over the course of the year. We will be recognising the lads who show the most improvement, as well as those with the most points overall at the end of the year. Indoor training continues on Friday 21st February. The under 6s are in the Mercy Hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm followed by the under 8s from 7pm to 8pm, also in the Mercy Hall. The under 10s are training in the new hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm. That session is followed by the under 12s from 7pm to 8pm, also in the new hall. There is a charge of €2 per head. Please bring runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

NFL tickets
Donegal supporters are reminded to purchase early to avail of the excellent value ticket offers for this year's Allianz Leagues. For all NFL division one and two matches tickets cost €10 in advance of match day and €15 at the venue on match day. Tickets are available from selected SuperValu and Centra stores nationwide - you can find a full listing at gaa.ie/tickets. Tickets also available from county boards and gaa.ie.

Hurling
Senior inter-county hurling returned to Father Tierney Park last Sunday and it saw Donegal earn a handsome 2-19 to 1-13 win over Fermanagh. A modest but enthusiastic ground were present on an ideal day for hurling and the Tir Chonaill men made the most of it. Aodh Ruadh had five representatives on the Donegal squad. Paul Sheridan started at midfield with Ciaran Kilgannon coming on at wing half forward. Ankle injury meant Ciaran's spell on the pitch was brief, but he did manage to register a point in that period. Stephen Sheerin, Paul Hughes and Chris Kilgannon were also on the panel. We have some pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org

Well done to Eddie Lynch who has been appointed captain of the Donegal Minor Hurling team for 2014. This is a great honour for Eddie and the club.

Underage hurling training for all ages begins on Sunday 2nd March at 12 noon in Father Tierney Park, helmets and hurls will be provided for training. Notes will be distributed through the schools after mid-term break. For any information please contact John Rooney 086-2587793.

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.

Aodh Ruadh Bingo
The winner of the €400 jackpot at last Friday's bingo in was Majella Gettins. Monster bingo this last Friday of every month with €1,000 jackpot - Full books €15, Half books €8. We can always do with extra hands to help out with running the bingo. It is a heavy burden on the few people currently involved, so if you can help lighten the load even once in a while it would be a major help. Please contact David McLoone on 087-760172 if you can help out.

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25 February

Monthly club meeting
The monthly club meeting will take place on Thursday, 27th February in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 8.30pm. All members of the club executive are asked to attend. All ticket books for the GAA National Draw should be brought back to this meeting, sold or unsold.

Football
It has been noted that there is less than full compliance with GAA regulations on mouth guards. These are now mandatory for training and games and referees can dismiss players who are not wearing them. All players are instructed to make themselves compliant with these regulations at their earliest convenience

Well done to Niall Harley who starred at midfield as the Donegal minors got their season off to an excellent start with a 5-9 to 3-11 win over Mayo in Ballina last Saturday.

The under 16/14 Frank O'Neill cup competition concluded with finals day last Saturday afternoon. The weather was a typical February day, but the action on the pitch served to light up the afternoon.
The first semi-final saw Daniel Warnock's side take on Oisín Kerr outfit. Possibly the finest game over the course of the tournament saw Oisín Kerr's team deliver a fine first half performance to go in leading at the interval. Daniel Warnock rallied his troops and half time though and delivered a power-packed second half display to run out five point winners and become the first team into the 2014 Frank O'Neill final. The second semi-final saw Gareth Sheerin's side up against Jason Granaghan's team. Another pulsating encounter saw Gareth Sheerin's men come out on top to complete the final line-up. Shane Toolan took charge of the Frank O'Neill final, and it is perhaps worth noting that chose to forego the Ireland England game to take charge of the match, a testament of Shane's commitment to the young players of the club. In the final it was Daniel Warnock's well-balanced and consistent outfit which emerged victorious over a gallant Gareth Sheerin side.
After the action was concluded on the pitch it was up to the Aras where a magnificent spread of food was laid on. Raymie Granaghan praised the quality of play across the tournament and introduced club President, Owen Roe O'Neill, to make the presentations. Before the presentations Owen Roe spoke about the O'Neill family's pleasure at seeing the Frank O'Neill trophy being revived after a long period in abeyance. It was inaugurated in 1976 to commemorate Owen Roe's father Frank and Owen Roe noted it was fitting that Alan Sweeny was among those bringing the old trophy back into circulation as his grandfather, Barney, and Frank were close colleagues and had played a significant role in the club in former days. The O'Neill family sponsored beautiful individual trophies for the team captains and medals for the winning team. They also sponsored a player of the tournament trophy, which was awarded to Daniel Warnock's goalkeeper Matteo Rivenna.
This drew the curtain down on a great few weeks of football. Thanks to the players and referees who took part over the course of the competition and the parents who put on lovely spread of food after the final. Special thanks also to the O'Neill family for supplying an impressive array of silverware for finals day. Thanks to the combined efforts of Tara Keenaghan and Cathal Maguire we have a great range of pictures from the day up on aodhruadh.org.

As a break from training this Friday the under 16s will be taking part in the Cara 5K run. Players are to assemble at the park for 5.45pm to head out to Bundoran.

Our under 14s didn't play last weekend, instead taking in a challenge against Naomh Bríd. They are due to go into league action on Sunday 9th March when they host Dungloe in the park. As they gear up for the season the under 14 management invites anyone interested in joining the squad to come along, new players will always be made welcome.

Indoor training continues in the new hall at Coláiste Cholmcille this Friday 28th February. The under 10s are training from 6pm to 7pm with that session is followed by the under 12s from 7pm to 8pm. The Mercy Hall is currently laid out for mocks and so is unavailable. This means there will be no under 6 or under 8 training this Friday. We apologise for any inconvenience caused last week when last week's under 6 and under 8 training did not take place. Training for these two groups resumes as normal on Friday, March 7th.

Hurling
Underage hurling makes a welcome return this Sunday. Training for all ages from five years up will begin at 12 noon. Hurls and helmets will be provided for training, all our coaches are qualified and the children will be fully supervised. All are welcome especially beginners for any information in relation to the training please contact John Rooney on 086-2587793.

Well done to Eddie Lynch who picked up the award for Young Hurler of the year at the Dinner Dance on Saturday night, this award recognised his achievements in 2013 where he captained Aodh Ruadh to a minor league and championship and also starred for the county picking up an Ulster Shield medal. Eddie is one of many talented dual players which the club is now producing and hopefully will continue to produce.

Seven underage coaches completed a very enjoyable and informative Foundation Coaching Course in Ballybofey on Saturday last, the lads picked up a lot of useful information which they will be putting into practice over the next few months with our underage hurlers. Our newly qualified coaches are Denis Daly, Michael Ayres, Peter Horan, Dáithí Breen, Chris Kelly, Mark Sheerin and John Rooney, thanks to all the lads for giving up their time to complete this course.

Tea and Coffee Morning
The residents of Saint Benildus Avenue, as a gesture of good will, are holding a tea and coffee morning in Kilbarron Parish Pastoral Centre This Thursday 27th February from 10 am to 4 pm to raise funds to assist Sarah Ferris in adapting her home for her needs. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers takes to the stage this week at The Abbey Arts Centre from Tuesday 25th February to Saturday 1st March. The lead roles are played by Donagh Keon who plays Adam, the eldest brother and Farrah Bogle who plays Milly whom he charms and convinces to marry him. The other brothers are Ronan Drummond, Corrie McDermott, Niall McKee, Kevin Cassidy, Michael Liston and Kevin Lily. The brides are played by Moya Ferguson, Gráinne Gallagher, Aoife Cox, Aobhínn Gallagher, Alanah Doyle and Lauren Kelly. This Ballyshannon Musical Society production also sees a host of other club members play significant roles like the townsfolk, suitors singers and dancers. This show is full of excitement music, song and dance. A great night's entertainment in other words. Shows commence at 8.30pm on each night of the run. Ticket enquiries to the Abbey Centre Box Office on Thursday 20th February from 1pm to 4pm. All tickets for the show on Tuesday February 25th and Wednesday 26th are priced €10; For the Thursday February 27th show they are €15 and €10 on concession; And for the Friday February 28th and March 1st shows all tickets are €15.

Recreational Football
Recreational football resumes 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.

Aodh Ruadh Bingo
The €400 jackpot at last Friday's bingo was split with one half heading up the country to Glenties and Jean Murray keeping the other half in the town! There is a change of venue for our monthly monster bingo this Friday, as we relocate to the Assembly Hall in the main building at Coláiste Cholmcille. However the winnings are just as attractive with a €2,700 prize fund and a big jackpot of €1,000 up for grabs - Full books €15, Half books €8.

Annual dinner dance
There was a fine crowd in attendance for the Aodh Ruadh Annual Dinner Dance staged in Dorrian's Imperial Hotel last Saturday night, with Sean Perry, once again taking the tiller for evening. Proceedings got underway with the presentation of medals to the under 21B championship winners. They were followed by the senior hurling league champions receiving their medals for their exploits in 2013. Paul Sheridan then received an award for his part in Donegal's Nicky Rackard winning campaign. The young player of the year was Eamonn McGrath. The young hurler of the year went to Eddie Lynch Jr, just confirmed as county minor captain for the coming season. The ladies player of the year was the peerless sharpshooter Elaine Dorrian. The hurler of the year was Conor McNeely, who distinguished himself as Aodh Ruadh made a successful return to the senior ranks after a hiatus. The under 21 player of the year award had a number of worthy candidates, with full back Gary Carty scooping the honours. Dependable corner back David McLoone was named reserve team player of the year. The Ciaran Keon Senior Player of the year award went to Kerry Ryan. Finally, much unseen work was rewarded as Tracey Flood was the recipient of the Sean Slevin Club Person of the Year award. We have Sean Perry's full script from the night plus presentation pictures up on aodhruadh.org.