Club Notes Archive - 2014

Box. NOVEMBER
4 November

Football
The minors lost to Naomh Conaill 0-8 to 1-6 in their championship play-off game last Wednesday in Convoy. It was a very evenly contested match, but Glenties just about got over the line in the end. Aodh Ruadh were down Colm Kelly, Oisín Rooney and Matthew Maguire, but gave a good account of themselves. Calum O'Halloran got the Ernesiders off the mark after nine minutes, before Nathan Boyle sent over a 45 off the deck. Philip Patton added two further points in a first half where Kevin Warnock also pulled off a penalty save to make the half-time score 1-2 to 0-4 in favour of Naomh Conaill. There were further scores from Shane McGrath and Philip Patton in the second half, but Aodh Ruadh just couldn't reel their opponents in. They were also unlucky in the end to see an number of goal chances coming back off the framework. Some of Aodh Ruadh's best performances came in defence with Colm Doyle going well at corner back and Eddie Lynch doing an excellent job on Naomh Conaill danger man Ethan O'Donnell. Also doing well for Ballyshannon were the four substitutes introduced over the course of the game, Jason Granaghan, Conal and Dónal Sweeny and Sean Taylor.

Hurling
The senior hurlers have their table quiz in Owen Roe's this Thursday, 13th November. Come on out and bring a team with you! The action throws-in at 9.30pm.

Park/Development Committee
The 2013/2014 Community Employment Scheme was completed recently and a new scheme has just commenced. This will provide resources to Aodh Ruadh for the Schools Coaching Initiative, completing the development works at Pairc Aoidh Ruaidh which commenced in 2007, and continuing with the upgrading of Father Tierney Park to meet modern player and spectator requirements.

Schools Coaching Initiative
Anyone in the locality interested in participating in the Aodh Ruadh Schools Coaching Initiative as either a football or hurling coach should contact Tom Daly immediately. Department of Social Protection criteria for community employment schemes must be complied with, including a minimum age of 25 years and at least 12 months on unemployment allowances. Garda Vetting applies and appropriate child protection and coaching training will be provided.

Aodh Ruadh soft shell jackets now available in kids' sizes
With Christmas coming up we have the perfect stocking filler for your football or hurling mad youngsters. We now have three youth sizes of our navy blue soft shell jacket available. Ages 7-8 priced €40; ages 9-10 priced €40; and ages 11-12 priced €45. All jackets will have the Aodh Ruadh and GAA crests, plus the child's initials on the sleeve. We are still selling adult jackets. These would make an ideal present for club members returning for foreign lands for the festive period. Orders for all jackets will need to be in by the second week of November at the latest to ensure Christmas delivery. Keep an eye on notes and Aodh Ruadh text for details of fitting sessions. You can check out samples of the jacket on aodhruadh.org.

Abbey Centre Bingo
The €800 bingo jackpot was won by Anne Granaghan of Bundoran. Bingo this Friday will be held at Coláiste Cholmcille as the Allingham Arts Festival are holding events at the Abbey Centre. This Friday sees the return of the snowball, starting at €200 on game six. Books priced at €10 for full book, €5 for a half.

Allingham Festival
This week the Allingham Festival will be in full swing Take a look at www.allinghamfestival.com to check out the schedule of events and reserve your seats and join in the feast of fun and entertainment. Questions? Ring 0876044099, e-mail allinghamfest@gmail.com, or stop by the Abbey Centre box office from 1-3pm this week for tickets or the latest updates on the 2014 Allingham Festival.

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11 November

Club AGM
The Aodh Ruadh AGM will take place on Sunday 7th December at 3pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Nomination papers have now been circulated to all adult members whose e-mail details are on the online registration system. For those who did not receive nomination papers, they are also available to print and download from aodhruadh.org. The deadline for receipt of nominations is midnight Friday, 28th November. Anyone who requires nomination papers to be posted to them is asked to contact Emma Gaughan on 0863039610, to make arrangements. The deadline for receipt of motions passed at midnight, Monday, 17th November.

Football
A fine first half performance was enough to see Aodh Ruadh defeat Naomh Bríd 2-13 to 0-9 to conclude their division three season on 26 points. A win for Naomh Columba in the last round league games saw them finish as league champions with 27 points. But a draw between Naomh Colmcille and Milford meant they finished on 25 points and so Aodh Ruadh can now look forward to a promotion / relegation play-off against Glenfin. Aodh Ruadh led by 2-8 to 0-6 at the break with the decisive move coming in the final eight minutes of the half, when they added a second goal against an understrength Naomh Bríd. They started very well and led by 1-5 to 0-1 after 18 minutes. David McGurrin, as usual, was to the fore but the goal was the highlight of the opening quarter, Barry Mulligan taking the ball on the run, turning and blasting to the corner of the Naomh Bríd net on 14 minutes. The second goal from McGurrin on 26 minutes gave Aodh Ruadh a great cushion and despite some good points from David Walsh, the result was more or less decided by the break. The second half saw Kerry Ryan dominate the game from midfield, spraying passes like a veteran while young Philip Patton was showing really well and he finished the game with a personal tally of 0-6. David McGurrin retired at half-time with a shoulder injury, while Niall Harley had replaced James O'Donnell after just five minutes and made a useful contribution. We have a full team list and some pictures from the game up at aodhruadh.org.

Aodh Ruadh reserves finished their season with a flourish, a 5-10 to 1-9 victory over Naomh Bríd sealing their division three league title. Once again Michael 'Sticky' Ward lead the line well getting on the end of a goal and running up a fine tally of points. Also showing well in the forwards was Jason Gallagher. Gallagher worked like a dog throughout and had a couple of points to his credit, and was unfortunate to have a goal disallowed. Tom Hope was played in at corner forward and got a himself a great goal in the first quarter to set the Ernesiders on their way. The win was built on an excellent display by Niall Thomas in the middle of the field and Ryan Granaghan also contributed well when moved into the engine room. The half back line were immense, Calum 'Cookie' O'Halloran a ball of energy while Ciaran Slevin and Christopher McCabe gave straight and honest effort on the wings. The subs also worked well for Ballyshannon, especially Daniel Kelly came on and hoovered up a lot of ball around the central area. A word too for Jason Granaghan made his debut in senior football off the bench, coming in at corner forward. Well done to Jim Kane, Raymie Granaghan and everyone who helped and lined out for the reserves over the course of the season on bringing some welcome silverware back to the club. We have some pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

The Bord na nÓg AGM will be held shortly. Anyone interested in getting involved in coaching or committee please contact Shane Ward, Shane Toolan or Tracey Flood.

Many thanks to those who have been supporting us with the Lucozade Kit Out Project. We are not asking people to start buying Lucozade, but could anyone who does drink it please note the code on the bottle under the wrapper and pass it to Tracey Flood. Codes will be added to our account and we get some free kit. Please pass this on to your friends or anyone you know that drinks Lucozade and ask them to keep codes for the club. The more codes we collect the more gear we can get.

Hurling
The senior hurlers have their table quiz in Owen Roe's this Thursday, 13th November. Come on out and bring a team with you! The action throws-in at 9.30pm.

Schools Coaching Initiative
Anyone in the locality interested in participating in the Aodh Ruadh Schools Coaching Initiative as either a football or hurling coach should contact Tom Daly immediately. Department of Social Protection criteria for community employment schemes must be complied with, including a minimum age of 25 years and at least 12 months on unemployment allowances. Garda Vetting applies and appropriate child protection and coaching training will be provided.

Aodh Ruadh soft shell jackets with pink crest
With Christmas coming up our navy blue soft shell jackets are the perfect stocking filler for your GAA mad youngsters. We now have three youth sizes available. Ages 7-8 priced €40; ages 9-10 priced €40; and ages 11-12 priced €45. All jackets will have the Aodh Ruadh and GAA crests, plus the child's initials on the sleeve. We are also able to order Ladies soft shell jackets with pink Aodh Ruadh crest and GAA logo. We are still selling adult jackets and these would make an ideal present for club members returning from foreign lands for the festive period. Orders for all jackets will need to be in by the second week of November at the latest to ensure Christmas delivery. You can check out samples of the jacket on aodhruadh.org. For further details call Chris on 0868813553.

Allingham Festival
This Allingham Festival was a great success over the weekend and we have a fine gallery of pictures from some of the events up on aodhruadh.org.

Abbey Centre Bingo
The €400 jackpot was shared by two winners. Bingo this Friday returns to the Abbey Centre at 9pm, books priced at €10 full book, €5 half book. The snowball prize has returned for winter, and stands at €225 on 46 numbers or less.

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18 November

Football
Aodh Ruadh's bid for promotion to division two was dashed with a defeat 1-9 to 2-7 to Glenfin in Convoy. The better of the sides across the course of the game, this was a very difficult defeat for Aodh Ruadh to take. Aodh Ruadh can be proud of their performance in this game where their battling spirit and determination to play the game the right way did them great credit. It is profoundly disappointing to see this promising group denied promotion in this manner. From one to 15 and right down through the bench they tried their hearts out for the cause. They do not deserve to be playing their football in division three next year, but hopefully they will draw strength from this experience and come back stronger and wiser. Many thanks to Maurice McLaughlin, Shane Ward, Greg Sweeney, Anthony Donagher and everyone who helped with the team across the year and thanks also to everyone who lined out in the senior jersey this year for their efforts. After the great strides made this year hope is strong that 2015 will be the year of the breakthrough. We have a full match report and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

The PJ Roper Memorial under 16 tournament took place on Saturday 15th November with four teams taking part; Aodh Ruadh, Fermanagh champions Derrygonnelly, Leitrim champions Fenagh and Dromore from Tyrone. There was great weather for the time of year which was a God-send and made the day all the more enjoyable. In the end Aodh Ruadh had enough hunger and football skill to put the final game beyond a quality Dromore side. As often happens in these tournaments the highlights of the day can come from impact subs. Odhran Kennedy's superb goal on his u-16 debut stand out as the biggest cheer of the day. Another under 16 debutante Mark Gallagher in goals has matured quickly into a great shot stopper who also found his players consistently with quality kick-outs. James Sheerin scoring 1-1 against Derrygonnelly and Paddy McCaffrey's skill and determination in defence left them both in the running for Young Player of the Tournament. Oisín Rooney dominated midfield in every game and Captain Ryan McKenna literally ran himself into the ground with a work-rate that is exemplary for anyone in green and white. Conall Sweeny, Michael McKenna and Gareth Sheerin scored lovely points and contributed well throughout the day while Jason Granaghan and Dan Warnock produced some rock-solid defending to finish out games and ensure Aodh Ruadh ended on top of the pile. There was no big crowd of supporters on the day but it was nonetheless a great way to end the year for the under 16s. We are very grateful to the three teams who travelled to Ballyshannon for the competition, to Greg McGrory and Brian Roper for volunteering their time as referees, to Johnny Gallagher who spent the whole afternoon there making sure that everything ran smoothly, to the Roper family and to Cafe Beag and all the family members who were kind enough to provide sandwiches, buns and refreshments for everyone who came. We have received fantastic support for this team during the year from Annette Granaghan who washed the jerseys all year in Persil and Holy Water. Thanks to all parents who provided transport to the games and contributed to our fund-raising efforts, from Marlboro house, Donegal Adventure Centre, the O'Neill Family, East Port and McMullin Solicitors. The team management would like to sincerely thank the club, the players families and all those who sponsored us for all you have done this year.

The Bord na nÓg AGM will be held shortly. Anyone interested in getting involved in coaching or committee please contact Shane Ward, Shane Toolan or Tracey Flood.

Many thanks to those who have been supporting us with the Lucozade Kit Out Project. We are not asking people to start buying Lucozade, but could anyone who does drink it please note the code on the bottle under the wrapper and pass it to Tracey Flood. Codes will be added to our account and we get some free kit. Please pass this on to your friends or anyone you know that drinks Lucozade and ask them to keep codes for the club. The more codes we collect the more gear we can get.

Hurling
Well done to Creevy National School who won the Cumann na mBunscoil county final against Tooban National School last Tuesday in the Centre of Excellence in Convoy. In a great display the lads captured the title for the first time ever on a 4-7 to 2-0 score line. It was a great display by the whole squad which saw them run out convincing winners against the Inishowen school who are the feeder club for the famed Burt club. The school had a squad of 23 players and all of them got game time in the match. The majority of the squad play hurling with Aodh Ruadh, but there are a number who haven't played with the club yet and we hope to see them start training with in March 2015. The history making squad returned to a great welcome at the school from staff and pupils. Thanks to Principal Aoibhínn Kelly, and teachers Brendan Boyle and Ciaran Slevin for their help and support in preparing the team for this competition.

Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee's AGM takes place in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Thursday 27th November at 8pm. We will be reviewing 2014 and planning ahead for 2015, we invite everyone with an interest in underage hurling in Aodh Ruadh to attend this meeting, don't worry nobody will be forced into taking a 'job'.

Park/Development Committee
Father Tierney Park. To coincide with the end of the Club's playing season Father Tierney Park is now closed for maintenance works and to allow various grounds improvements progress safely. All activity at Páirc Aodh Ruaidh must be booked in advance with Peter Conlon as pitch maintenance works are also required at both playing fields there.

New club facilities
Over recent weeks significant progress has been made on constructing a 650 yard long Fitness Trail around the perimeter of Páirc Aodh Ruaidh. This was part of the original plan adopted by the club in 2006, but which has moved slowly due to funding shortages. The Fitness Trail will be finished to a high standard and will incorporate a five lane 100 metre sprint section with a run-off area. This project is being advanced in parallel with the provision of a rebound wall for youth hurling, football and handball coaching. So far all of the funding for these important Aodh Ruadh developments has been raised by the Club's Park/Development Committee with the Summer Family fund-raiser being an important contributor. Thanks again to all who helped. A further fund-raiser to assist with completing this work will be announced in next week's club notes. If current progress can be maintained and if club members row-in behind the fund-raising efforts, there is every chance that the Fitness Trail can be brought into use over the Christmas period. Anyone interested in helping with these efforts should contact Tom Daly, Conal Gallagher or David McLoone.

Aodh Ruadh soft shell jackets
There will be an opportunity to try on youth and adult sizes of our navy blue soft shell jacket this Friday 21st November, from 6pm to 7pm. With Christmas coming up they are the perfect stocking filler for your GAA mad youngsters. We now have three youth sizes available. Ages 7-8 priced €40; ages 9-10 priced €40; and ages 11-12 priced €45. All jackets will have the Aodh Ruadh and GAA crests, plus the child's initials on the sleeve. We are also able to order Ladies soft shell jackets with pink Aodh Ruadh crest and GAA logo. We are still selling adult jackets and these would make an ideal present for club members returning from foreign lands for the festive period. Orders for all jackets will need to be in by the second week of November at the latest to ensure Christmas delivery. You can check out samples of the jacket on aodhruadh.org. For further details call Chris on 0868813553.

Club AGM
The Aodh Ruadh AGM will take place on Sunday 7th December at 3pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Nomination papers have now been circulated to all adult members whose e-mail details are on the online registration system. For those who did not receive nomination papers, they are also available to print and download from aodhruadh.org. The deadline for receipt of nominations is midnight Friday, 28th November. Anyone who requires nomination papers to be posted to them is asked to contact Emma Gaughan on 0863039610, to make arrangements. The deadline for receipt of motions passed at midnight, Monday, 17th November.

Abbey Centre Bingo
The €400 jackpot was shared by Gerry Quigley, Dunkineely and Sharon Connolly, Kinlough. Bingo this Friday returns to the Abbey Centre at 9pm, books priced at €10 full book, €5 half book. The snowball prize has returned for winter, and stands at €250 on 46 numbers or less.

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25 November

Football
The Bord na nÓg AGM will be held on Tuesday, 2nd December at 8pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. There are a number of vacant positions this year. Anyone interested in getting involved in coaching or on the committee please contact Shane Ward, Shane Toolan or Tracey Flood. Anyone with an interest in underage football is welcome to attend.

Many thanks to those who have been supporting us with the Lucozade Kit Out Project. We are not asking people to start buying Lucozade, but could anyone who does drink it please note the code on the bottle under the wrapper and pass it to Tracey Flood. Codes will be added to our account and we get some free kit. Please pass this on to your friends or anyone you know that drinks Lucozade and ask them to keep codes for the club. The more codes we collect the more gear we can get.

Hurling
Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee's AGM takes place in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Thursday 27th November at 8pm. We will be reviewing 2014 and planning ahead for 2015, we invite everyone with an interest in underage hurling in Aodh Ruadh to attend this meeting, don't worry nobody will be forced into taking a 'job'.

The annual juvenile hurling presentation night will take place in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Saturday 6th December full details in next week's notes.

Blue sky thinking for Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh Fund-raiser
Planning ahead for 2015 further funding will be required to do a number of things to complete the Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh Centre of Excellence Development Plan adopted by the Club in 2006. A workforce is in place to undertake all of the necessary works. The funding is required to purchase materials and so on. Amenity lighting is required to supplement the Training Pitch Floodlight Scheme which was funded and undertaken in 2012. Those involved in underage coaching have sought the provision of a toilet block at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Those involved in hurling wish to see the hurling rebound wall fully completed and floodlit. There is a lot of club and community interest in the new Fitness Trail which is nearing completion. Current provision has been made for the future floodlighting of this facility. Additional funds are required to achieve this. With a view to seeing all of these projects well advanced or completed during 2015 club members are asked to support the Skydive For Aodh Ruadh pencilled in for April 2015. A minimum of 10 volunteers to 'take the jump' for the Club and to raise €1,000 each through their own fund-raising initiatives are required. The skydive will be professionally organised. So far five club members have come forward to participate. As the work at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh is central to how the club's teams perform in all grades and codes a good joined-up club effort is sought on this one. A quick visit to Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh any day will demonstrate the positive and progressive impact that these small initiatives can have in providing the best by way of facilities and amenities for our players and wider community. Please participate by either signing up for the skydive or by working with a friend or club colleague to make their participation worthwhile. To move this forward make contact as soon as possible with Conal Gallagher 0862112812; David McLoone 0877760177; Michael Daly 0869171949 or Tom Daly 0872390410.

Aodh Ruadh soft shell jackets
There will be an opportunity to try on ladies, adult and youth sizes of our soft shell jacket on Tuesday, 25th November from 8pm to 9pm. Please bear in mind that the 30th November deadline for orders approaching shortly. With Christmas coming up they are the perfect stocking filler for your GAA mad man, woman or child. All jackets will have the Aodh Ruadh and GAA crests, plus kids jackets will have the child's initials on the sleeve. You can check out samples of the jacket on aodhruadh.org. For further details call Chris on 0868813553.

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Club AGM
The Aodh Ruadh AGM will take place on Sunday 7th December at 3pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Nomination papers have now been circulated to all adult members whose e-mail details are on the online registration system. For those who did not receive nomination papers, they are also available to print and download from aodhruadh.org. The deadline for receipt of nominations is midnight Friday, 28th November. Anyone who requires nomination papers to be posted to them is asked to contact Emma Gaughan on 0863039610, to make arrangements. The deadline for receipt of motions passed at midnight, Monday, 17th November.

Passing of Tom Cullen
Tom Cullen, who was laid to rest recently in Belleek, had huge connections with Ballyshannon and made a significant contribution to Aodh Ruadh through his work in the De La Salle. We have a tribute to his memory on aodhruadh.org.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Noel Cunningham Jr was the winner of the €400 jackpot. The November big bingo is this Friday at nine at the Abbey Centre. €1,000 jackpot game. The winter snowball stands at €275 on 48 numbers or less. Books priced at €15 full book, €8 half book, or book and a half for €20.

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