Club Notes Archive - 2014

Box. APRIL
1 April

Football
Round two of division three sees Aodh Ruadh's seniors and reserves travel to Naomh Columba this Saturday 5th April. The reserve game will mark a return to competitive football for 1992 veteran Sylvester Maguire. Maguire, never far of peak physical condition, has been fine tuning the kicking in the past few weeks and is said to be relishing the opportunity to have a crack at the boys from 'in through.'

The Aodh Ruadh Minors were in action for the second time in a week when they faced Kilcar in Father Tierney Park on Sunday morning. The visitors could only muster 14 players for the away trip and consequently both teams fielded 13 players in near perfect conditions which was fitting for the first official day of summer. Aodh Ruadh had a point to prove after the Houdini act against Bundoran, which saw the Ernesiders squander a nine point lead and have to hang onto the win in the dying minutes. The Ballyshannon men were bolstered by the re-introduction of Matthew Maguire who returned from injury. The young Aodh Ruadh side started well and, unlike their previous game, maintained the momentum throughout the first half. There were fine passages of play with Philip Patton seemingly incapable of missing from any angle. Indeed, Philip managed all eight of Aodh Ruadh's points in the first half and could even afford a missed penalty which forced a fine save from the Kilcar keeper. Niall Harley made some penetrating runs through the heart of the Kilcar defence and was unlucky not to score a goal himself when he saw his shot knocked onto the upright by the Kilcar keeper and eventually scrambled away off the line. Aodh Ruadh led at half time by 0-2 to 0-8. The second half started in a similar vein with Shane McGrath unfortunate to miss a goal opportunity. Oisín Roper worked tirelessly at mid-field and provided both an efficient attack and defence when called upon. The county minor hurling captain Eddie Lynch, was industrious in defence with many a Kilcar forward wondering what they had to do to get past him. Philip Patton, not dwelling on his earlier penalty miss, beat two defenders and scored a beautiful goal to add to his tally. He finished with a personal haul of 1-9 with points from Callum 'Cookie' O'Halloran and Ryan McKenna for good measure. A much improved team performance with the only stain on the game coming from an awkward fall and twisted knee of the unfortunate Matthew Maguire. We wish him well on his recovery. Many thanks to Patrick McShane and Kevin Lyons of Kilcar who assisted in making Matthew comfortable after the incident. The final score was Aodh Ruadh 1-11 Kilcar 0-7. We have a gallery of pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. Next up for the minors is a trip to Ardara on Sunday, 6th April. Throw in scheduled for 12 noon.

Glenties under 14 were taken by storm last Friday evening and they are still scratching their heads wondering where it all went wrong after the Aodh Ruadh lads hit town. Naomh Conaill did make the better start and took control at a very early stage, knocking over point after point with Aodh Ruadh only managing to get the minimum of scores on the board from a Michael McKenna point for the first 25 minutes. Aodh Ruadh then pulled a rabbit out of the hat with the introduction of Man of The match Caolan Dolan into the half back line. This seemed to be the turning point in the game, and the Ernesiders found the back of the Glenties net on the stroke of half time leaving them trailing 1-10 to 1-1 at the break. A huge task lay in front of the Aodh Ruadh, but when the chips were down none better than the Ballyshannon boys to step up to the mark. With huge performances coming from Shane Gillespie and Dylan Gallagher in midfield, JC McGarrigle, Evan McTernan, Odhran McGarrigle, Mark Gettins and supersub Ciaran Hodgins. Up front the Ernesiders started to come back strong. At the back Tiarnan Dolan, Pauric Keenaghan, Senan Rooney, Aaron Peach and Matthew McDonald were nothing short of brilliant. Aodh Ruadh did manage to pull ahead by a point in the dying minutes of the game but the end result was a draw: Naomh Conaill 1-14 Aodh Ruadh 4-5.

Aodh Ruadh under 14s weren't to be denied their win on Monday evening (yesterday), when a businesslike display in the second half saw them take the points. The first half was played in a deluge and not favourable to football of any quality. The sides were very evenly matched at the start. However Aodh Ruadh then started to impose themselves, only to have their kicking let them down with eight wides registered in the first 30 minutes. Dungloe pulled ahead by two points, but the Ballyshannon lads reeled them back in to leave the interval scores at 1-2 apiece. From the throw-in Aodh Ruadh lads capitalised right away with a point from Evan McTernan and remained in control from there on in to finish the game out, winning on a scoreline of 3-7 to 2-8. Once again there were a lot of lads standing up for Aodh Ruadh. Shane Gillespie and Dylan Gallagher gave the homesters a great platform around the middle of the park and once again Caolán Dolan was absolutely brilliant in the half back line. Pauric Keenaghan was fantastic too, but finished the game with a nasty injury, and we wish Pauric a speedy recovery. Odhran McGarrigle showed great fighting spirit and also chalked up two points for his efforts. Michael McKenna got 2-2 and did a great job of stitching together defence and attack, while Evan McTernan continued his rich vein of scoring form with a goal and a point.

The under 14s next league action is against Saint Naul's this Friday. Details are yet to be finalised, but the team will be notified of arrangements in due course.

Under 12 training continues as usual this Saturday from 11am to 12 noon in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh and Wednesdays from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

Well done to the under 10s who gave a great display of football in the half time game during the Donegal v Louth match. Our players were Ronan Barron, Conor Cleary, Oisín Daly, Ryan Daly, Shane Delahunty, Darragh Dolan, JJ Doran, Kian Duncan, Jack Gallagher, James Gallagher, Aaron Horan, Eoghan Kelly, Cillian Meehan, Shane McGloin, Ronan McKenna, David Roper, Aengus Sweeny and Aidan Sweeny. Thanks to Kerry Ryan for refereeing and everyone who helped out on the day. Going forward the under 10s will be training twice weekly this year. Starting this Wednesday, we are training on Wednesdays from 6.30pm to 7.30pm and on Saturdays from 11am to 12 noon. Our second skills test of the year will be taking place in the next couple of weeks so get practicing for that too.

Under 8 and under 6 training goes outdoors this week. We will be in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this Friday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. As ever, anyone who wants to give our great games a go will be made more than welcome, irrespective of skill level or ability.

Ladies
Aodh Ruadh Ladies will have their monthly meeting tomorrow Tuesday 1st April at 8.15pm in the Aras. Please come along if you can - we make progress and keep an eye on the clock! Thanks to those who sold programmes for us on Sunday at the Donegal Match. If you have another hour to spare contact Eoin O'Moore who has our Lotto Rota.

The under 8s, 10s and 12s had their first outdoor training session of 2014 on Monday 31st with a turnout of 40 players attending. Training for all age groups continues as follows: under 8s, under 10s and under 12s - Monday 6-7pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh (Munday's Field); under 14s - Friday 6pm; under 16s, minors and seniors - Tuesday and Thursday 7pm. Many thanks to all our managers and mentors who continue to give their time to our players in the development of their game and the promotion of Peil na mBan.

Our under 14s had a challenge match against Naomh Conaill on Sunday morning at Coláiste Cholmcille. With a strong panel of players, Aodh Ruadh came out on top in what was a very worthwhile session, giving all players time on the pitch in a game of four 20 minute quarters. Many of these players also represent Coláiste Cholmcille in the Schools Gaelic Competitions under the guidance of their teacher and former County player Ms McKinley.

Well done to Maeve Liston and Roise Keon who continue to represent Aodh Ruadh on the county minor team. Their campaign started recently with a game against Tyrone with Maeve at full back and Roise playing left corner back. Their next game will be against Monaghan on the 12th April. Best of luck to Dearbhaile O'Moore, Briana Maher and Mary Flora Scott who will represent Aodh Ruadh on the county under 14 panel against Antrim this Saturday 5th April at Saint Mary's, Convoy.

Two of our members Tara Khan and Eoin O'Moore attended the FUNdamentals Coaching Course in Glenfin last Saturday. If you would like the opportunity to do this course, please flag up your interest to any committee member and we may be able to hold one in Ballyshannon. We need a minimum of 20 people to apply for this.

Our Annual Duck Race will quack off on Easter Saturday 19th April. The cards are now available for this event, only €2 a line to sponsor a duck!

Hurling
The senior hurlers got their Ulster league campaign off to a cracking start on Sunday evening when they dispatched an below par Strabane Shamrocks side in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Aodh Ruadh were without county star Paul Sheridan, who was ruled out when he picked up an injury in the warm-up, however were they well on top throughout and a 1-8 to 0-8 half-time score did not adequately reflect the Ernesiders superiority. Ballyshannon upped it in the second half and their superior fitness helped them come out on the right side of a 4-14 to 2-13 scoreline. Mickey Bowering hit the back of the net twice, while Paul Hughes and Ciaran Kilgannon also raised green flags for the homesters. A lot of good performances from men in white and green. Ciaran Rami made his senior debut and gave a very assured display at half back. Peter Horan started for Sheridan and did a lot of damage from half forward while Declan Browne showed his quality when sprung from the bench. We have a selection of pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. Aodh Ruadh's next assignment takes them to the venue that will become their second home over the coming few month, the Garvaghey complex in the heart of Tyrone. They will be taking on Sean Treacey's of Lurgan on Sunday evening as they bid to maintain their winning start to the season.

The underage hurling leagues began last week. The under 14s opened their campaign in division one at home to Saint Eunan's. Saint Eunan's were very strong having won the last two under 12 county titles, but for the majority of the opening half the home team matched them and went in at half time only three points behind, 1-4 to 1-1. The greater strength and fitness of the Letterkenny men came to the fore in the second half and they ran out comfortable winners 4-10 to 1-3. It was a hard experience for the lads which,with greater commitment at training, they'll bounce back from. They have a bye this week, but may have a challenge game against Four Masters on Thursday evening, details to be confirmed.

Unfortunately the minors had no game last week as MacCumhaill's could not field. We are away to Setanta this Thursday night.

On Saturday last the Donegal minor team had a great win against Antrim in O'Donnell Park, Letterkenny in division one of the Ulster minor League. The young Donegal team put in a great performance and had a historic victory on a scoreline of 3-10 to 3-6. Aodh Ruadh were well represented with Eddie Lynch captaining the team and Ciaran Rami and Eugene Drummond also starting. Oisín Roper, Brendan Gillespie and Dónal Sweeny were also on the squad, Oisín Rooney couldn't take his place in the starting 15 due to injury. Donegal finish their league campaign this Saturday away to Armagh.

The eighth annual Hurl-a-Thon takes place this Saturday in the Mercy Hall, Ballyshannon this fun event starts at 10am and continues non stop till 10pm. There will be great craic all day for young and old. Please support the underage hurlers who are out and about seeking sponsorship. All funds raised goes towards the promotion and development of underage hurling in Aodh Ruadh. Time table for the day is as follows: Under 8s - 10am to 12 noon; Under 10s - 12 noon to 2pm; Under 12s - 2pm to 4pm; Under 14s 4pm to 6pm; Under 16s, minors, coaches, parents, family and friends 6pm to 10pm. If these times don't suit pop in at anytime and join in the fun. The children can stay as long as they want and there will be a cup of tea for all.

Well done to our under 10 and 12 hurlers who put on a great display of hurling at half time during the Donegal v Louth game in Father Tierney Park on Sunday. Thanks to their coaches Dennis Daly, Orlaith Gillespie, Kerry Ryan, Chris Kelly and Dáithí Breen who had them so well prepared. Thanks to Peter Horan who reffed the game and all who helped put the event together.

Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee would like to acknowledge Councilor Barry O'Neill's great work in securing a Development Grant of €500 for our committee, this allowed us buy a new set of helmets which are a great help to us as the numbers playing hurling now are bigger than ever. We are very grateful for Councilor O'Neill's support.

Training continues for all ages at 12 noon on Sunday it's very encouraging to see so many hurlers taking up the game now at such a young age and hopefully they will continue to play the game.

Father Tierney Park hosts All-Ireland Colleges final
This Saturday all available helpers are asked to be at the park at 1pm to assist with the hosting of the All-Ireland Colleges D football final replay between St Joseph's High School, Crossmaglen and Our Lady's, Belmullet. The game throws in at 2pm.

With the All-Ireland Colleges final in town there is an opportunity for local businesses to advertise at Father Tierney Park before and during the game via the new electronic score board. A limited number of slots are available and these may be booked by contacting the park PRO Michael Daly on 086-9171949 or through any of the following, Conal Gallagher, David McLoone or Tom Daly. Please note a payment of €25 is required at time of booking. A half time draw will be organised during the game, the usual helpers are required and the proceeds from this draw will go towards the cost of the new equipment being provided to the four school coaches.

Donegal v Louth
Special thanks is extended to all the stewards and helpers who worked on Saturday and Sunday in preparation for the NFL game and who assisted during and after the game. We have a gallery of pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. Followers of Aodh Ruadh CLG on Facebook will also be able to see Ronan Matthews shots from the day.

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 €800 jackpot at last Friday's bingo was won by Celia Burns. Bingo as usual in the Abbey Centre this Friday at 9pm. Full books €10, Half books €5.

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8 April

Football
The trip to Glencolumbkille brought mixed results for Aodh Ruadh last Saturday. The seniors were comprehensively beaten by a very highly motivated Naomh Columba outfit, 2-15 to 0-5 the final score. Cathal Maguire was on the scene and we have his pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. The reserves fared rather better, romping to their second win of the season with a glut of goals at Páirc na nGael. It ended Naomh Columba 0-9 Aodh Ruadh 7-5. Again, we have Cathal Maguire's pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

Aodh Ruadh face Carndonagh in Father Tierney Park this Saturday. The reserve game throws in at 5.30pm and is followed by the seniors at 7pm.

Aodh Ruadh minors took a sizeable support down the road with them to Ardara on Sunday afternoon, and while they showed a number of flashes of brilliance, they came out on the wrong end of a 1-10 to 1-5 scoreline. Ballyshannon started well, hitting three points before Ardara made their first impact on the score board, with one effort from Shane McGrath an especially fine score. Ardara then fought their way back into the tie and, despite a cracking goal from the boot of Oisín Roper, they went in with the lead at the interval. The first half pattern was replicated in the second, with the Ernesiders getting off to a good start only for Ardara to get back on top with a five point cushion at the final whistle. Aodh Ruadh could take a number of positives from the game. The team held their shape well and played some excellent football, with some great kicking, movement and tackling. Defensively, Colm Kelly and Eddie Lynch engineered a number of turnovers, while Daniel Warnock was very sound in the backline. Kevin Warnock was in good form between the sticks too. Elsewhere, it was another energy-packed performance from Ryan McKenna while Oisín Rooney was introduced in the second half and dealt well with the rough and tumble that came his way. Next up for the minors is a trip to Donegal town to play Four Masters this Wednesday, 9th April. Throw in 6.30pm.

The under 14s have a undeserving, disappointing performance in the game against Saint Naul's on Friday evening in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. They looked tired from the start, probably as a direct result of four games in eight days. The side never came near to playing to their capabilities. Saint Naul's dominated from the start, leaving the Aodh Ruadh lads playing catch up for the duration of the match. Best for Aodh Ruadh on the night was captain Dylan Gallagher leading by example and Senan Rooney with his never-say-die attitude. If there was anything good to take out of this game it was the performance of substitutes Ciaran Hodgins, Donagh McGowan, Niall Monaghan, Mark Gettins and Joe Danagher all having great games when introduced. The final scoreline was Aodh Ruadh 0-8 Saint Naul's 4-10. The next outing for the lads is away to Ardara on Wednesday night with the throw in at 6.30pm.

Under 12 training continues as usual this Saturday from 11am to 12 noon in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh and Wednesdays from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

The under 10s have a challenge game this Saturday at 11am in the Park against Erne Gaels. All players to be up to the park for 10.30am. Midweek training takes place on Tuesday night this week from 6.30pm to 7.30pm.

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

Hurling
Well done to Donegal on claiming the NHL Division 3A final title, especially our five representatives on the panel, Paul Sheridan, Stephen Sheerin, Ciaran Kilgannon, Chris Kilgannon and Paul Hughes. The Ulster League clash with Sean Treacey's was rescheduled for this Saturday at 1pm in Garvaghey. The team will be leaving park at 10.45am. The seniors weren't inactive last weekend either, travelling to Mayo outfit Tooreen for a worthwhile and testing challenge. The homesters, reigning Mayo senior champions, won 1-18 to 1-7, but there were a lot of pleasing displays from the Ernesiders.

On Thursday last the under 14s played Four Masters in a challenge game in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. In a much improved performance from their previous game against St Eunan's, they ran out easy winners. They are back in league action this Thursday as they make the trip to the traditional home of Donegal hurling to take on Burt.

The minors opened the defence of their league title with a trip to Killygordon last Thursday. On a very heavy pitch the lads took a while to get into their stride against a determined Setanta team, but the longer the game went on the more the Ballyshannon men took control and ran out convincing winners. This week they are in action against Burt in Father Tierney Park.

On Saturday the Donegal minors completed their division one Ulster Minor League campaign with a trip to Middletown to take on Armagh, an understrength Donegal team battled gamely for most of the match. They were only one point behind at half time, but an eight minute spell midway through the second half where they conceded three goals was to prove very costly. The final score line of 4-10 to 0-12 in favour of the Orchard men was not a true reflection of the game. Donegal performed well in division one this year and the focus is now on their clash with Derry in the Ulster Championship at the end of May. Eddie Lynch and Ciaran Rami started for Donegal, Oisín Roper and Dónal Sweeny came on during the second half, Brendan Gillespie was also on the match day squad, unable to take their place in the starting 15 due to injury were Eugene Drummond and Oisín Rooney.

The eighth annual Hurl-a-Thon took place in the Mercy Hall on Saturday and, just like all the previous ones, it was a great day of fun for all the family, as young and old played their part. The action started bang on 10am with the under 8s taking to the floor and for the next 12 hours the sliotar flew around the Mercy Hall, every ball was vigorously contested and all our teams battled hard throughout the day. There were great crowds in the hall all day adding to the excitement during the games. As is now the norm for this event one of the highlights of the day was the Mothers v Daughters game. For the second year in a row the mothers team comprising of experienced players Jean Sheerin, Tara Keenaghan, Eleanor Rooney, Bernie Kelly, Mary Anderson and debutants Sinead Ayres and Lorraine Ryan had a comfortable victory over the younger ladies team of Orlaith Gillespie, Meabh Rooney, Bronagh Kelly, Roisín Daly, Ciara Gillespie and Alannah Ryan. Later it was the turn of the older males to take to the floor as Pat Faherty led his team of Stephen Sheerin - on the eve of winning an NHL division three league medal with Donegal, Peter Horan, Chris Kelly and debutant Kieran Barron to a controversial victory due in no small part to their pressurising young referee Caelán Drummond throughout the game over Frankie Sheerin's team of Alan Sweeney. Michael Ayres, Kevin Loughlin and John Rooney.
Well over 100 players took part on the day, and great credit goes to the brilliant mothers of our young hurlers who catered for everyone throughout the day. The ladies manned the kitchen and prepared beautiful food for all to enjoy during the day. Since the inception of this event we've had great support from the local community and again this year it was no different, special thanks to Kieran Barron for all the sweeties and goodies, we all gave up Lent for the day, William Doogan for all the drinks, Mary Matthews Shannon's Corner for her sandwiches and generous donation, Eleanor McCosker of Centra for her beautiful soup and as always Kernan's Spar for providing generous amounts of tea bags, milk and other goodies that ensured the tea flowed all day.
There are a lot of people to be thanked for making this day such a success, Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee, all the coaches present on the day who reffed the games, kept the teams picked ensuring that the action was non-stop. Thanks to all the mothers who brought food and helped out in the kitchen all day, thanks to Ronan Matthews and Tara Keenaghan for all their photography work, to Thomas Gallagher of the Donegal Democrat for covering this event and Daragh Cox of Ocean FM sport for promoting the Hurl-a-Thon. Tara's pictures can be seen on aodhruadh.org, while Ronan Matthew's gallery is up on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page. Many thanks to Coláiste Cholmcille for use of the Mercy Hall and Michael Donagher for all his help on the day. Finally thanks to all our underage hurlers and their parents who showed up on Saturday, to all the lads who went out with their sponsor cards looking for money in these difficult times, thanks to all the people who sponsored them and for their continued support of our efforts promoting underage hurling in the club. Aside from the fundraising element of the Hurl-a-Thon there is no price that can be put on the enjoyment our young hurlers get annually from the Hurl-a-Thon and as we left the Mercy Hall on Saturday night after over 12 hours of hurling already the youngsters were asking when is the next Hurl-a-Thon on, Roll on 2015 for the ninth edition of this fun event.

Club Hoodies
There will be a distribution session for club hoodies this Wednesday from 7.45pm to 8.45pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. If anyone isn't able to make the sessions let me know and I will make alternative collection arrangements. This is also an opportunity for people who might have missed out on the first order to get a look at the real thing and see if they would fancy one. We already have a few requests in, so a second order is pencilled in for the end of April.

Park/Development Committee
Team Managers/sub-committees are reminded to put forward possible Tournament or Blitz dates as soon as possible to Peter Conlon to improve co-ordination of these events within the club and to ensure that adequate playing fields and changing rooms are available for each event.

A decision will be made over the next ten days about the re-seeding of the training field at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh which has suffered from heavy traffic during the flood-lit training sessions over recent months.

Any local businesses wishing to advertise on the Electronic Message Board for all of Aodh Ruadh's home senior football games this season should make contact directly with Park/Development Committee Officers - Michael Daly, Conal Gallagher, David McLoone or Tom Daly.

Thanks to those who helped to prepare the grounds and who came along to work at last Saturday's All-Ireland D Colleges Final between Our Lady's, Belmullet and Saint Josephs High School, Crossmaglen. Belmullet proved to be the stronger team on the day but the young Crossmaglen side, who had held out for a draw previously, pushed them all the way. Cathal Maguire was on hand to capture some shots of the action.

Suicide awareness workshop
On Monday 14th April Aodh Ruadh will host a safeTALK workshop from 7-10pm in Aras Aodh Ruadh. The target group within the club are administrators, managers, coaches and any person who would interact frequently with teenagers and young adults. Anyone who would like to participate is welcome. This programme prepares participants to identify persons with thoughts of suicide and connect them to suicide first aid resource. A certificate on suicide alert will be issued to each participant. Please confirm your attendance by texting 0863039610 before Wednesday 9th April.

Operation Ballyshannon
April is National Spring Clean month and following on from previous year's success and as part of the Backing Ballyshannon initiative, Operation Ballyshannon will be held on Saturday 12th April in conjunction with the on-going work of the Ballyshannon Regeneration Group.
This one-day spring clean blitz will focus in on some problem areas and improve the physical appearance of the town. Everything from painting, power-washing, weeding, strimming, planting flowers and litter collection will be organised on the day.
We are asking local builders, painters, carpenters, labourers, sporting and community groups, business people, local schools and the general public to come out and give this one day to your town and instill some civic pride in the community.
Work will commence at 10 am. If you would like to take part please contact Ballyshannon Town Council on 071-9858270 or email mdaly@donegalcoco.ie to register. Meeting point on Saturday morning at 9.30 a.m. will be Ballyshannon Town Council Offices, Abbeyview. Gloves, bags, high visibility jackets and so on. will be supplied. Please bring along your own tools if possible. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
Ballyshannon is set in an idyllic setting which looks out over the Erne estuary and has panoramic views of nearby mountains. Be proud of the town you live in, this is your chance, your town needs you, so please give it this one day. Taking part will really make a difference, so why not come out for a while on Saturday morning to help in some way with this clean up. We promise you'll enjoy it!
If you are unable to come out on Saturday 12th April, don't forget the Ballyshannon Regeneration Group meet up every Monday evening at the Bridgend at 6.30pm for weekly clean-ups, everyone always welcome.

Recreational Football
Recreational football returns this Saturday at 7pm after a bit of an early season hiatus. Great craic and excellent value at just €5 for the session. Text or call Alan on 0868052816 if you need any further information.

Aodh Ruadh Bingo
The €800 jackpot at last Friday's bingo was shared with Aaron Horan being one of the lucky winners. Bingo as usual in the Abbey Centre this Friday at 9pm. Full books €10, Half books €5.

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15 April

Football
Aodh Ruadh maintained their 100 percent home record with a convincing 4-19 to 1-1 win over a makeshift Carndonagh selection in Father Tierney Park last Saturday. Jamie McDonald was man of the match with a dynamic attacking display. As well as scoring 1-5, all from play, he also set up a number of other scores. He stood out in a performance were every man in white and green had a game they could be very happy with. We have a full match report and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.
Aodh Ruadh are on the road this Good Friday, travelling to take Milford in the league. The reserve game throws in at 5.30pm and is followed by the seniors at 7pm.

After losing their previous game against Ardara, the Aodh Ruadh minors had a point to prove against a strong, physical Four Masters side on Wednesday evening in Father Tierney Park. Once again, Aodh Ruadh started well and maintained this momentum throughout the first half. They played with a slight breeze and made full use of this advantage, running up a nine point to two advantage over the Donegal Town men. Philip Patton, Shane McGrath, Colm Kelly and Oisín Rooney all getting on the scoreboard. Indeed, the young Oisín Rooney worked tirelessly throughout the first half aided by the industrious Oisín Roper and Ryan McKenna. The second half was always going to be more difficult task against the ever increasing breeze. Dónal Sweeny replaced the injured Niall Harley at full forward and Eugene Drummond at full back was instrumental in providing leadership when the Donegal Town men staged their comeback. Aodh Ruadh could only manage one score from play and two from frees in the second half to Four Masters seven points. Ryan McKenna was also unlucky to receive a straight red card after a fracas occurred in mid-field with a number of players from both side getting involved in a game of 'Handbags At Dawn.' Aodh Ruadh managed to hold out for a deserved win on a final scoreline of Aodh Ruadh 0-12 Four Masters 0-9, with Nathan Boyle, Jack Darban and Eddie Lynch all performing well on the day. The scorers were Philip Patton 0-5, Shane McGrath 0-3, Colm Kelly, Oisín Rooney and Nathan Boyle 0-1 apiece. Saint Naul's conceded the game due for Sunday, so that concludes the minors league programme leaving them currently second in the section one table and waiting on the results of Dungloe/Na Rossa's final two games to establish their final standing. Further league action notwithstanding the next competitive action will be in the championship against Naomh Columba at the end of May.

The under 14s are down to travel to Glencolumbkille this Saturday to take on Naomh Columba at 12 noon. Training continues on Wednesdays from 4.30pm to 5.45pm.

There is a slight change to under 12 training times. Training takes place on Saturday morning from 10.45am to 12 noon and Wednesday evening from 6.15pm to 7.30pm. May we also remind parents that children should be collected promptly after training.

The under 10s had their first game of the season last Saturday when they took on Naomh Bríd. Erne Gaels had been forced to withdraw at short notice due to a death in the club, for which we record our sincere condolences. Naomh Bríd were great to step in at short notice, although crossed wires meant they sent up their under 12s. Still both sides entered into the game in the right spirit and both squads learned lot from the experience. There were a lot of gutsy, brave performances from Aodh Ruadh in what was a very encouraging outing. The team were Kenzie Ayres, Daniel Breen, Conor Cleary, Oisín Daly, Padraig Daly, Ryan Daly, Shane Delahunty, Michael Doogan, JJ Doran, Darragh Flood Dolan, Jack Gallagher, James Gallagher, Aaron Horan, Eoghan Kelly, James McGinley, Shane McGloin, Cian McKenna, Cillian Meehan, Aaron Neilan, Tom Murphy, David Roper and Eoin Summerville. Also worth a mention was the Naomh Bríd goalkeeper who pulled off a series of super stops. We have some shots of the action up on aodhruadh.org. Midweek training takes place on Wednesday night this week from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Also, note that we will be doing our second skills test of the year this Saturday, so get your practicing your pick-ups, solos, hand-passing, punt passing and shooting, all off the left and right. Results and awards at Wednesday training the week following.

Under 8 and under 6 training continues in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this Friday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. We have some shots from last Friday's session up on aodhruadh.org.

Ladies
It's that quacking time of year again for Aodh Ruadh Ladies, families and friends. Clare has the eggs bought in and the ducks will be lapping it up at McKenna's Brook in the East Port this Saturday 19th April at 2pm. Looking forward to seeing you all there! Players please remember to return your cards to your coaches before Saturday. Ducks can be bought for only €2 this week from any of our players.

There has been a great response to selling the lotto from our senior players - maith sibh. We still need more volunteers from the parents of our underage players. You may only have to do one slot if everyone gives it a go, so please give your name to Eoin O'Moore who has the rota.

Our under 12s played their first match of the season against a very strong Glencar Manorhamilton team on Saturday. Well done to everyone involved. We look forward to more games ahead for this young under 12 team. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. Training continues for under 8s, under 10s and under 12s on Mondays from 6-7pm.

Good luck to our under 14s who play their first competitive game away today, Tuesday, against Four Masters. Next week they will be away again, this time to Bundoran.

There has been great interest throughout many clubs in the County in the FUNdamentals Coaching Course. The next course is taking place on Saturday 26th April in a venue to be confirmed in the middle of the county. We hope to have some representation on this course. If you are interested please give your name to any committee member. We may organise a car pool.

Hurling
Well done to Donegal on clinching promotion to NHL Division 2B with a 2-16 to 0-8 victory over Fingal, especially our five representatives on the panel, Paul Sheridan, Stephen Sheerin, Ciaran Kilgannon, Chris Kilgannon and Paul Hughes. Sheridan started in midfield while Ciaran Kilgannon was introduced as a second half sub.

Aodh Ruadh's first outing in Garvaghey in the Ulster Hurling league saw a below par performance from the Ernesiders as they lost out to Sean Treacey's of Lurgan, 3-11 to 0-5. Ballyshannon were let down by their accuracy with the wides getting into double figures, while the defence will not have been happy with any of three goals conceded. Eddie Lynch hit a point with Ciaran Kilgannon making an instant impression when he was introduced late on, notching two points. Elsewhere Thomas Anderson gave an honest performance in defence, but Aodh Ruadh will be looking for a much improved display this Bank Holiday Monday when they travel to O'Donnell park to take on Saint Eunan's. Throw in for that Ulster League game will be 4pm, with players departing the park at 2pm.

The underage leagues continued last Thursday as both Aodh Ruadh teams recorded great victories over traditional Donegal kingpins Burt. The under 14s made the long trip to Hibernian Park for their game and the young squad, majority of whom are underage again next year put on a great performance full of heart and determination and they ran out convincing winners on a 4-4 to 1-3 scoreline. They are away to MacCumhaill Park this Thursday where they will face a difficult game against the home side.

The minors continued their good start to the league with a huge victory over Burt in Father Tierney Park. Despite missing a number of players due to their involvement with the county minor football team and injuries, the reigning league champions played very well, in a display full of passion and skill. They managed to keep Burt scoreless and scored 4-14 themselves. One of the most pleasing aspects of this performance was the introduction of three under 15s to minor hurling. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. The two results last Thursday are an indication of the hard work and dedication being put in by players and management over the last few years, well done to all. The minors continue their league campaign against an unbeaten Carndonagh side this Thursday in Father Tierney Park. This game has an earlier throw in time of 6pm.

In preparation for the upcoming season the under 10s had an enjoyable run out against Four Masters in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Sunday. The lads played very well showing no rustiness in their first game of the year and they ran out easy winners against their neighbours. Thanks to the most enthusiastic parents who turned out to support the lads.

Numbers are continuing to increase every Sunday morning at our weekly training sessions which is great to see. Training continues as normal this Sunday at 12 noon.

On Sunday 27th April the under 8s and under 10s will take part in the first all-County blitz of the year which will be held in Convoy.

Club Hoodies
We have most of the hoodies from the first order distributed at this stage. I'll be in contact with those who have yet to collect over the next while to make arrangements to get them their hoodies. Reaction has been very positive and we already have a fair few bookings for the next order. If you would like to order a club hoodie contact John on 0876431805 or email info@aodhruadh.org. They are stylish, comfortable and great value with adult sizes €26 and kids sizes €22. Trying on a sizing sample is recommended as they are a large fit and people are often taking a size smaller than they would usually go for.

Final push for Farrah
With Farrah Bogle in the Glór Tíre final on TG4 she needs one final push to take her to the top spot. We have been privileged to have Farrah deliver stylish renditions of the anthem in the Park in recent years so now it's our turn to give her a hand along. You can show your support for Farrah by texting; GLOR7 to 53307 or from the six counties to 60999. Remember you can vote as often as you like up until mid-day on Wednesday.

Aodh Ruadh Bingo
The €800 jackpot at last Friday's bingo was shared between Linda Fay and Ann Mulhern of Donegal Town. Bingo as usual in the Abbey Centre this Friday at 9pm. Full books €10, Half books €5.

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22 April

Monthly club meeting
The monthly club meeting will take place on Thursday, 24th April in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 9pm. All members of the club executive are asked to attend.

Football
Aodh Ruadh maintained their 100 percent home record with this win on a sun-soaked Good Friday evening, but not before Milford gave them a thorough test of their mettle. The final score on Jimmy White's long whistle read Aodh Ruadh 3-13 Milford 0-10. Ballyshannon were value for that win on their second half performance, but they rode their luck at times. Once again Aodh Ruadh's cutting edge shone with David McGurrin and Jamie McDonald working well off each other and running up 2-8 between them. The last line of Peter Boyle, Michael Ward, Ciron Whoriskey and Damien Cleary deserve credit for keeping the Ernesiders in the game when Milford were in the ascendancy for long stretches. There is a full match report and gallery from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

Aodh Ruadh took control of the reserve clash with Milford early on and the half time scores stood at 2-9 to 0-7 in favour of the homesters, David Finnerty and Anthony Coughlan raising the green flags. By the end of the third quarter Aodh Ruadh had pushed it out to 4-13 to 0-7 with Milford simply unable to get their hand to leather. Dermot Slevin slotting a penalty rapidly followed by James O'Donnell with the fourth goal. Milford got a bit more joy in the closing stages, but further goals from Michael 'Sticky' Ward and Val Murray meant there was never any prospect of a comeback. It was one of those games again where Aodh Ruadh looked like a well oiled machine. In defence Ronan Matthews, Ryan Patton and Calum 'Cookie' O'Halloran were well on top. Around the middle David Finnerty, Michael McNeely, Chris McCabe and James O'Donnell got through a mountain of ball while up front Anthony Coughlan, Sticky Ward, Dermot Slevin and Sylvester Maguire were among the scores. We have a full and authoritative match report plus pictures up on aodhruadh.org.

Aodh Ruadh were due to host Naomh Colmcille this Saturday, but that fixture will not be going ahead due to Donegal's participation the NFL division two final and Newtowncunningham's Thomas McKinley being part of the panel.

Best of luck to Niall Harley and Colm Kelly this Saturday when the Donegal minors take on Tyrone in the final of the Ulster minor football league in Brewster Park this Saturday. Throw in is at 12 noon.

The under 16s enjoyed a robust challenge against Glencar Manorhamilton on Monday evening in the park. Quite a bit of good attacking football on show from two committed sides, Aodh Ruadh's sharper forwards just seeing them take the spoils. We should have some pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org later in the week.

Under age football at its best was the way one Glen supporter summed up the meeting of the Aodh Ruadh and Naomh Columba under 14s on Saturday. Aodh Ruadh was first off the mark with a goal in the first minute from Evan McTernan in what was a very tight first half between two very evenly matched sides. With some great football on display it was neck and neck with the half time score reading Aodh Ruadh 2-2 Naomh Columba 1-6. Glen started strongest in the second half with a goal coming straight from the throw in. This took the wind out of the sails of the Ernesiders and the heads went down very quick, a problem that this team needs to overcome. The home side knocked over score after score and left Aodh Ruadh trailing by 12 points at one stage but thanks to man of the match Pauric Keenaghan who turned the game around, the Ballyshannon men found their feet again. This mighty team not only closed the gap, but took a five point lead with just two minutes left on the clock. The last kick of the game was a converted Glen penalty, which gave the Aodh Ruadh lads a two point victory. Once again they proved to themselves that there is nothing beyond them when they put their minds to it. Best performances on the day came from Pauric Keenaghan, Adam Rami and Owen Doherty with Jack McCaffrey, Joe Danagher, Ciaran Hodgins and Ryan McDonald all doing very well when introduced. The next game for the lads is away to Ardara on Wednesday evening with a 7pm throw in.

Under 12 training takes place on Saturday morning from 10.45am to 12 noon and Wednesday evening from 6.15pm to 7.30pm. May we also remind parents that children should be collected promptly after training.

Many thanks to the parents who helped out with our under skills test last Saturday, our second of the season. We were pleased to see that many lads have markedly improved their score from the first test and have clearly been working on their skills. Each participant will get their results slip at Wednesday night training, when we will also be presenting medals. We also hope to have a game for this Saturday, further details at Wednesday training.

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

Ladies
There was a great turnout for our Annual Duck Race last Saturday with many commenting on the long number of years this novel event is on the go. The ducks competed well and will be well looked after for the next year by their reliable gamekeeper. Many thanks to everyone for supporting this event. Congrats to Shane McLoone, Áine Hill and Patsy McGuckian who won a few euro for themselves. We'll have shots from the day's craic up later in the week.

Our under 14s commenced their campaign with a journey to Four Masters of Donegal town last Tuesday 15th April. Both teams started off well and were neck in neck throughout the first half. There were many battles fought on the pitch proving Donegal town to be tough opponents. In the second half the Aodh Ruadh side kicked it up a gear. With some sharp shooting up front, ruthless defending and hard work around the middle of the field, the Ernesiders eventually pulled away as winners with a score of 5-4 to 3-5 in what was all-round an excellent team performance. Their next game sees them take on our neighbours in Bundoran in what is sure to be an exciting affair. The game is set for Tuesday 22nd April at 6.30pm in Bundoran. All support is welcome and would be greatly appreciated.

Best of luck to our senior ladies who have their first league match at home against Gaoth Dobhair this Thursday 22nd at 7pm. There will be training on Tuesday at 7pm as normal for the ladies.

Hurling
Good luck to our representatives on the Donegal panel as they take on Roscommon, again, this Saturday. They will be contesting the preliminary round in the Nicky Rackard cup in Athleague at 2.30pm

Aodh Ruadh came up short against Saint Eunan's in their Ulster league division three clash in O'Donnell park on Monday evening. Once again goals proved their undoing as the Letterkenny men ran out 4-16 to 1-15 winners. Ballyshannon battled well to make it a two point game at half time, but a sharp start to the second half by the homesters, who shot a goal and series of points, made it an uphill struggle from there in. Nevertheless the Ernesiders did pull the deficit back to four points before Saint Eunan's finished the game out strongly. Paul Sheridan worked hard about the middle while Ciaran Rami and Cian Dolan both delivered creditable displays in the half back line. Up front Mickey Bowering got the Ballyshannon goal and was a good outlet, while Chris Kilgannon was faultless from placed ball. Aodh Ruadh are back in Garvaghey this weekend when they take Armagh side Derrynoose.

The under 14s made the trip to Ballybofey on Thursday last to play MacCumhaill's in the league, the lads were up against it from the start against a physically stronger home team. Too much work is being left to too few on this team which resulted in MacCumhaill's winning convincingly 4-11 to 1-5. Many thanks to the parents who drove the lads to the game your support is much appreciated. The under 14s have another difficult game this Thursday as they play the reigning champions, Buncrana, in Convoy. Hopefully all the team will give their all in this game.

The minors continued their unbeaten run in the league as they overcame Carndonagh in Father Tierney Park also on Thursday. They were slow getting into the game against a very determined Carn team but gradually they got on top of the Inishowen men and ran out easy winners 3-18 to 1-4. Their hard work at training is paying off as they are joint leaders of the league with Buncrana, both teams currently unbeaten. They face a trip to Letterkenny this Thursday to play Saint Eunan's another side who are going well in the league. We should have a some shots from the game up on aodhruadh.org later in the week.

Next Sunday the first of the all county blitzes takes place in the Centre of Excellence in Convoy with the action starting at 11am, our under 8s and under 10s will be taking part in this blitz. It promises to be a great day of hurling. Both these panels have been working very hard since the beginning of March and we look forward to seeing them in action on Sunday, many of them representing their club for the first time.

Scór Sinsear
All the best to our Trath na gCeist team of PJ Buggy, Peter Campbell, Sylvester Maguire and Paddy Kelly as they bid for All-Ireland Scór Sinsear honours this Saturday in Castlebar.

Aodh Ruadh Bingo
The €400 jackpot at last Friday's bingo was won by Sean Cunningham of Kinlough. This Friday it's our monthly Monster Bingo in the Abbey Centre with a €2,700 prize fund and a big jackpot of €1,000 up for grabs - Full books €15, Half books €8.

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29 April

Football
Home comforts continue for Aodh Ruadh, with last Saturday seeing another victory for the Ernesiders as they went clear at the top of the ACFL division three table. Urris were down some players, a car having broken down on the long trip from Inishowen, however they didn't let that unduly hamper them as they went in leading by a point at half time, 0-7 to 1-5. Aodh Ruadh settled to their task at the start of the second half and were four points clear with ten minutes to go when the visitors were awarded a penalty. Dean Kelly's spot kick came back off the crossbar and the Aodh Ruadh defence were alert and cleared the danger rapidly. After getting off the hook Ballyshannon powered it out to the final whistle, winning on a score line of 0-18 to 1-9, ten points of the home tally coming from the boot of David McGurrin. Ronan Matthews was another man worthy of mention, having fielded in both the reserve and senior games. We hope to have a full match report to go with the gallery of pictures currently live on aodhruadh.org by Tuesday evening.

Aodh Ruadh reserve's blistering start to the season continues. They dispatched a determined Urris side with a second half goal blitz, Anthony Coughlin bagging himself his second successive hat-trick of the season. Ballyshannon eased themselves into the game, going in leading by 1-7 to 0-3 at the break before turning on the turbo in the second half and hitting the visitors with a power-packed performance of scoring in the third quarter that left the ultimate result in no doubt, Aodh Ruadh 4-13 Urris 1-9 the final scoreline. We have a full match report, team sheet and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

Round six of ACFL division three sees Aodh Ruadh travel to Killygordon for the traditionally tough encounter with Red Hugh's this Saturday. The reserve game throws in at 6pm with the seniors following at 7.30pm.

Well done to the Donegal minors on winning the Ulster league with a 1-15 to 2-7 win over Tyrone in Brewster park on Saturday. Special congratulations to the Aodh Ruadh representatives on the squad, captain Niall Harley and Colm Kelly. Bundoran's Jamie Brennan who lined out at full forward also hurls with Aodh Ruadh too. Ulster league form has been a good predictor of championship prospects so an important result as the summer beckons.

The Aodh Ruadh minors had a useful challenge against Melvin Gaels on Wednesday evening in Father Tierney Park. Ballyshannon were well on top for much of the game, leading by 2-11 to 2-3 at the 45 minute mark, but Melvin Gaels rallied in the final quarter to put a more even complexion on the final scoreline. There were some fine passages of play from the Ballyshannon men with Oisín Roper, Philip Patton, Cookie O'Halloran and Kevin Warnock - on a roving commission for this one - all impressing. There are a few pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

The under 16 footballers have continued to impress in their pre-season preparations. They had a good win over Melvin Gaels last Friday in unseasonably cool conditions, the shots from that game can be seen in the aodhruadh.org Image Gallery. The conditions were slightly more temperate on Monday evening when they enjoyed a comprehensive win against Killybegs. We'll have pictures from the clash with Fishermen up on Tuesday evening.

Aodh Ruadh under 14s took a 13 point win from Ardara on Monday evening to book their place in the Southern Regional semi-finals this Saturday. The Ernesiders were slow to get to the pace of the game, but despite hitting seven first half wides they gradually got on top of things, Dylan Gallagher striking a goal to send them in leading by 1-6 to 1-7 at the break. In the second half Ballyshannon stepped it up a gear. Evan McTernan was key in the half forward line creating some great play with Dylan Gallagher also executing some great scores. His partner in the midfield Michael McKenna provided a great platform, fielding some marvelous ball. Ardara struggled with the pace and intelligence of that Aodh Ruadh attack, in particular Odhran McGarrigle, who bagged a hat-trick of goals and JC McGarrigle whose running into space and jinking runs saw him finish with a fantastic a goal and a point. However, possibly the man of the match was Mark Gallagher between the posts who was absolutely brilliant in this 6-13 to 3-9 win. The regional semi-final will see Aodh Ruadh play Killybegs on Saturday. Time is expected to be noon, but both that and the venue are awaiting confirmation. Check out Aodh Ruadh CLG on Facebook for Tara Keenaghan's team shot of the lads after their win.

Under 12 training takes place on Saturday morning from 10.45am to 12 noon and Wednesday evening from 6.15pm to 7.30pm. May we also remind parents that children should be collected promptly after training.

The under 10s hosted Erne Gaels on Saturday morning for two well contested games with everyone getting plenty of ball. Aodh Ruadh edged the senior game by two points with Ryan Keenaghan, Eoghan Kelly and Darragh Dolan all putting in good shifts. Congratulations to the medal winners our second skills competition. Overall placings 1. Eoghan Kelly, 2. Jack Gallagher, 3. Ryan Daly, 4. Shane Delahunty, 5. Daniel Breen Brosnan. Most improved 1. Oisín Daly, 2. Drew Ryan, 3. Shane McGloin. Remember, the scores are benchmarks to improve upon, not rest upon. Training continues this week, Wednesday 6.30pm and Saturday 11pm.

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

The monthly Bord na nÓg meeting will take place on Wednesday, 30th April in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 8pm. All members of are asked to attend.

Ladies
The weather has been great and the ladies are all busy training and playing games. Our seniors had a good start to their league campaign with a win against a robust Gaoth Dobhair outfit last Thursday, 4-11 to 3-3 was the final score in that one. Ronan Matthews has a great gallery of shots from the game up on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page. Training for seniors, minors and under 16s is on Tuesday and Thursday this week at 7pm.

The under 14s played Bundoran in Gaelic Park last Tuesday and put in another strong performance, coming away the victors with every player on the panel making a contribution. They play their first home game this evening, Tuesday, against Saint Naul's at 6.30pm.

Next week the under 8s, 10s and 12s will train at 6pm on Tuesday instead of on the Bank Holiday Monday.

Hurling
Aodh Ruadh's Ulster league division three clash with Derrynoose was postponed with Donegal down to take on Roscommon in the Nicky Rackard cup at the same time. In that game Chris Kilgannon and Paul Sheridan played the full 70 with Kilgannon impressing around the middle before being shifted up front and Sheridan mopping up from wing back. Despite their efforts Donegal came out on the wrong side of a one point defeat on a tricky Athleague pitch. Aodh Ruadh now face a break in their Ulster league programme until the conclusion of the Nicky Rackard. Training continues as normal on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Last Thursday night O'Donnell Park, Letterkenny hosted one of the best hurling matches seen there in years as Aodh Ruadh and Saint Eunan's did battle in the minor league. It was a great game where both teams gave it their all throughout. The attitude and commitment of both teams was a credit to both clubs. There was never more than a puc of a ball between them for most of the game, Aodh Ruadh leading 0-8 to 0-6 at half time. The Ray Durack coached Letterkenny team never gave up and fought for every ball. The second half was a mirror image of the first as Aodh Ruadh held off the strong Eunan's men. Aodh Ruadh led the game throughout and dug deep in the last 10 minutes to hold on for a great victory on a 0-17 to 0-11 score line. Every man played their part in this win and it was pleasing that when some of the more established players didn't perform as they could, others stood up to mark. It was a great advertisement for hurling and a credit to both clubs. The minors have a bye this week.

The under 14s played Buncrana last Thursday in the Centre of Excellence in Convoy. This was always going to be a difficult assignment as this is a very strong Buncrana team. Our lads battled to the best of their ability, but they suffered a heavy defeat against the Inishowen men. Thanks to the parents who drove the lads to the game.

The under 12s are due to take part in a blitz in Manorhamilton this Sunday.

The growth in underage hurling and the hard work being put in was reflected last Sunday morning at the Centre of Excellence in Convoy as the first of the All-County blitzes at under 8 and under 10 took place. We fielded three teams at under 8 with most of the players representing Aodh Ruadh for the first time, all doing very well and enjoying the experience. We had one under 10 team who did very well winning all their games. It was a great days hurling and very encouraging that we had 36 players under 10 lining out for the club. After over two hours of hurling all the lads enjoyed the picnic afterwards. Many thanks to all the parents who drove to Convoy and supported the lads so enthusiastically. Already the lads are looking forward to the next blitz on the 18th May.

This Bank holiday Monday we host our annual Alan Ryan/Seamus Grimes tournament to honour two of our former club men and their families, this tournament started in 1998 and has grown from strength to strength over the years and now attracts some of the leading clubs in Ulster and Connacht. Taking part in this year's tournament are Ballycastle (Antrim), Cushendall (Antrim), Keady (Armagh), Four Roads (Roscommon), Padraig Pearse's (Roscommon), Tooreen (Mayo), holders Ballinascreen (Derry) and host club Aodh Ruadh. It is a reflection of the standing of this tournament that teams of this standard are willing to take part in it. There have been some great battles in this tournament over the years and this year's one promises to be another great day's hurling. The action gets underway at 11am with presentation and refreshments taking place afterwards at approximately 4pm.

We nearly have all the cards returned from the Hurlathon and should be in a position to have a final figure next week which will be in excess of €5,000, thanks to all who supported this event. Many thanks to the Recreational Footballers who donated €250 to the Hurlathon this is much appreciated.

We wish under 10 coach Orlaith Gillespie a speedy recovery from a hand injury which she received playing camogie for Donegal in Derry last Saturday.

Donegal under 16s are taking part in a blitz in Garvaghey, Tyrone this Saturday with Tyrone and Louth we expect a number of Aodh Ruadh players to feature for Donegal.

Training as normal this Sunday at 12 noon, all welcome especially newcomers at under 8 and 10.

Fantasy Race For Sam
Entry forms for the third annual Fantasy Race For Sam are now available in The Bridgend, Owen Roe's, Seán Óg's and Ballybookies as well as from any committee member. The winner will pocket €500, with the entrant in last place receiving €100. The rules are as follows. All entrants names and monies to be in by Friday 16th May. The draw for teams and players will take place on Saturday 17th May. Each entrant will get a team from each province. Each entrant will get a forward from each province. All games including the qualifiers will be included. The Mayo v New York takes place on 4th May so any entrant who gets either Mayo or their forward will have the points added to their score. New York are not included on the player or team list. All entrants teams and players will be randomly selected. Entry costs €20 per entry. You can enter as often as you like. The scoring works like this. Your team get 10 points for a win and five points for a draw. In the event of extra time in a match, the scoring will reflect the result at the end of extra time and not 70 minutes. Your player gets a point for every point scored. Goal counts as three points. Your team gets a bonus of 10 points for winning their provincial title. Your team gets a bonus of 10 points for winning the All-Ireland final. In the event of joint winners/losers prizes will be shared. The committee's decision is final. The updated league table will be available on aodhruadh.org every Tuesday.

Club hoodies
This Saturday will be the last opportunity to get an Aodh Ruadh hoodie before we close on this order. We will be upstairs in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh - the main building in Father Tierney Park - from 12.30pm to 3pm on Saturday afternoon. We will have the last few hoodies still waiting for collection, as well as our sizing samples on hand to try on. There are no plans to get a third order so don't miss your chance this time around. The order will be placed on May Bank Holiday Monday so we'll still be taking orders up to then, but Saturday represents a last chance to try before you buy.

Quiz for kit
There is a quiz in Owen Roe's on Thursday, 8th May to assist with the purchase of equipment and gear for the Aodh Ruadh Schools Coaching Scheme. Club coaches are attending all schools in the Ballyshannon catchment weekly coaching the skills of football and hurling to the youth of the area. Parents and supporters are urged to come along to Owen Roe's and show their support.

Scór Sinsear
Well done to our quiz team of PJ Buggy, Sylvester Maguire, Paddy Kelly and Peter Campbell who finished in the top half of the table of 32 competitors in the All-Ireland finals of Scór Sinsear Trath na gCeist. In a tough contest in Castlebar the honours ultimately went to Kerry.

Aodh Ruadh Bingo
The €800 jackpot at last Friday's bingo was shared by Ann Gallagher of Kiltyclogher and Roisín Lee of Ballyshannon. Next Friday sees the introduction of the summer snowball. Game five will have a €200 snowball prize, going up by €20 per week until the snowball won! Bingo as usual in the Abbey Centre this Friday at 9pm. Full books €10, Half books €5.

The Gingerbread Lady
Ballyshannon Drama Society present a last chance to see the award winning play, The Gingerbread Lady, in the Abbey Arts Centre before its performance in the RTE All-Ireland Finals in Athlone on May 2nd. Sponsored by the Ballyshannon Town Council and The Sandhouse Hotel, these performance of Neil Simon's play take place on Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th April. Curtain goes up at 8pm on Tuesday night with tickets to that performance priced at €12. The performance on Wednesday evening will be preceded by a pre-show reception and buffet at 7.30pm with curtain up at 8.30pm. Ticket's for Wednesday's Special Gala Performance are priced at €20.

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