Club Notes Archive - 2015

Box. FEBRUARY
3 February

Work continues apace in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, and you can play your part
As part of the on-going development and improvement works at our grounds, refurbishment of changing rooms three and four is nearing completion. Work has commenced on refurbishing changing rooms one and two and these will not be available for use for the next two weeks. The Park/Development Committee has been inundated with requests for the use of our playing facilities since Christmas and has helped out where possible. Due to the inclement weather and constant use, access to playing and training fields has to be limited. At club level it has been agreed that, for now, priority for the use of the floodlit training field at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh will be given to the club's adult football and hurling teams. These sessions must be booked in advance with Peter Conlon. Other teams may use the club's floodlit facility at the School Field which is also ideal for team preparations. Priority for playing field space will be given to competitive preparation rather than development. Work on the new fitness trail and hurling wall at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh will continue over the coming weeks, depending on weather conditions, and these new club facilities will be commissioned as soon as possible to ease the pressure on existing training amenities. The Parachute Jump fundraiser being organised by the Park/Development Committee with Conal Gallagher as co-ordinator now has seven committed participants. At least three more volunteers from the club are required urgently. The proceeds will go towards the €50,000 development programme currently underway at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh and if successful, will make a significant contribution to completing the programme of works there this year. These works are benefitting all sectors of the club and each sub-committee is asked to take responsibility for putting two or three participants forward and helping them with their fund-raising. Please make contact directly with Conal Gallagher (0862112812) if you will participate or become part of the support team for one of the participants.

Registration 2015
Club membership for 2015 is now due and all club members are asked to submit their registration form and fee at their earliest convenience. Membership can be paid to Mary Matthews at Shannon's Corner. Players can also download registration forms from aodhruadh.org and submit this along with the relevant fee directly to their manager. Registration sessions will be organised for teams over the coming weeks and it is essential all players are signed up club members. We will also be having a number of open registration sessions throughout February and March to facilitate members in the wider community.

Football
There will be a meeting of the Bord na nÓg committee in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Tuesday 3rd February at 8pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

Indoor training continues this Friday 6th February. The 2015 Under 6s [Born 2009-2011] are in the Mercy Hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm followed by the under 8s [Born 2007-2008] from 7pm to 8pm, also in the Mercy Hall. 2015 under 10s [Born 2005-2006] are training in the new hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm. That session is followed by the 2015 under 12s [Born 2003-2004] from 7pm to 8pm, also in the new hall. Under 16 training continues in the Mercy Hall on Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm and on Friday from 8pm to 9pm. PLEASE NOTE, THERE IS A CHARGE OF €2 PER HEAD TO COVER THE COST OF HALL HIRE. Please bring your own water and wear runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

We have some pictures with a local flavour from the Donegal v Derry NFL Division One opener in MacCumhaill park up on aodhruadh.org.

Ladies
The following appointments were made at the recent Ladies AGM. Chairman, Eoin O'Moore; Secretary, Willie Scott; Fund-raiser (Treasurer), Teddy Kane; Assistant Fund-raiser (Assistant Treasurer), Tara Khan; Lotto Co-ordinator, Tanya O'Shea; Assistant Lotto Co-ordinator, Sarah Patton; PRO, Karol Foley; Assistant PRO, Breege Scott; Registrar, Eoin O'Moore; John Travers, Child Protection Officer; Coach, Terence McShea; Senior management, Teddy Kane; Under 16 management, Barry Ward and Tara Khan; Under 14 management, Paddy Kelly and Sarah Patton; Under 12 management, Donna Mulligan, Gabby McGloin and Claire Flood; and Under 8 and under 10 manager, Louise Foy;

Hurling
Underage hurling training resumes for all ages on Sunday 1st March. Over the last 10 years a huge amount of work has gone into underage hurling in the club allowing us to field teams at all age groups for the last few years. There is a huge workload involved in fielding all these teams and at the moment we only have a handful of people involved. We need more people to come on board and help out if we are to continue fielding at all age groups. We are especially looking for help with our under 14s. Anyone interested in helping out in any way is asked to contact John Rooney 086-2587793, you will be surprised to find out how enjoyable and rewarding it is.

Coaching workshops and courses
Below are coaching workshops and courses in January and February. If you would like to attend any of these please e-mail Emma Gaughan on secretary.aodhruadh.donegal@gaa.ie or text 0863039610.

Season Planning
Venue: Glenswilly
Date: Monday, 16 February @ 7.30pm
Tutor: Roger Keenan

Hurling Goalie Session
Venue: MacCumhaill Park
Date: Monday, 23 February @ 7.30pm
Tutor: Tom Hennessy

Football Goalie Session
Venue: Ardara
Date: Monday, 2 March @ 7.30pm
Tutor: Pat Shovlin

Coaching Courses
Foundation Award for football
Inishowen - Urris
Friday/Saturday, 30-31st January

Foundation Award for football
South Saint Naul's
Friday/Saturday, 6-7th February

Foundation Award for football
South West - Ardara
Friday/Saturday, 6-7th February

Foundation Award for hurling
All-county - MacCumhaill Park
Friday/Saturday, 13-14th March

Award 1 for football
All-county - Glenswilly
Friday/Saturday, 27-28th February
Friday/Saturday, 6-7th March

Award 1 for hurling
All-county - MacCumhaill Park
Friday/Saturday, 27-28th February
Friday/Saturday, 6-7th March

Ulster Coaching Conference
Saturday, 21st February. 9.00am Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown.

National Go Games Activity Day
Sat/Sun 17-18th August, Croke Park.

Date for your diary
The Aodh Ruadh dinner dance will take place on Saturday 28th February in Dorrian's Hotel. We will have both the Ulster trophies won by Donegal last year present on the night and tickets are on sale now locally priced €25. Music on the night will be supplied by Trutones.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's Bingo Jackpot of €1,000 was spirited across the border to Kinlough. There was no winner of the winter snowball, which now stands at €525 on 51 numbers or less. Bingo continues this Friday night at the Abbey Centre at 9pm. Books priced at €10/€5 for full/half books. See you there!

Darkness into light
A Darkness into Light event will take place in Donegal Town on 9th May. Last year was the inaugural year for the event in the county and this will be the first year that it will be taking place in Donegal Town. Registration will be open soon and we hope that you will all support this very worthwhile event, which we hope will eventually see a Pieta House, suicide and self-harm crisis centre, in the county. For further details see dil.pieta.ie or facebook.com/darknessintolightdonegaltown.

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10 February

Registration 2015
Club membership for 2015 is now due and all club members are asked to submit their registration form and fee at their earliest convenience. Membership can be paid to Mary Matthews at Shannon's Corner. Players can also download registration forms from aodhruadh.org and submit this along with the relevant fee directly to their manager. Registration sessions will be organised for teams over the coming weeks and it is essential all players are signed up club members. We will also be having a number of open registration sessions throughout February and March to facilitate members in the wider community.

Football
Indoor training continues this Friday 13th February. Under 6s, 8s and 16s are asked to remember to bring their registration forms and fees to this week's session where Bord na nÓg secretary Lisa McTernan will be on hand to collect. The 2015 Under 6s [Born 2009-2011] are in the Mercy Hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm followed by the under 8s [Born 2007-2008] from 7pm to 8pm, also in the Mercy Hall. 2015 under 10s [Born 2005-2006] are training in the new hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm. That session is followed by the 2015 under 12s [Born 2003-2004] from 7pm to 8pm, also in the new hall. Under 16 training continues in the Mercy Hall on Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm and on Friday from 8pm to 9pm. PLEASE NOTE, THERE IS A CHARGE OF €2 PER HEAD TO COVER THE COST OF HALL HIRE. Please bring your own water and wear runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

Hurling
Underage hurling resumes on Sunday 1st March. Keep an eye on club website and Facebook page for all information. Anyone looking for any information regarding underage hurling in the club is asked to contact John Rooney 086-2587793.

Coaching workshops and courses
Below are coaching workshops and courses in January and February. If you would like to attend any of these please e-mail Emma Gaughan on secretary.aodhruadh.donegal@gaa.ie or text 0863039610.

Season Planning
Venue: Glenswilly
Date: Monday, 16 February @ 7.30pm
Tutor: Roger Keenan

Hurling Goalie Session
Venue: MacCumhaill Park
Date: Monday, 23 February @ 7.30pm
Tutor: Tom Hennessy

Football Goalie Session
Venue: Ardara
Date: Monday, 2 March @ 7.30pm
Tutor: Pat Shovlin

Coaching Courses
Foundation Award for football
Inishowen - Urris
Friday/Saturday, 30-31st January

Foundation Award for football
South Saint Naul's
Friday/Saturday, 6-7th February

Foundation Award for football
South West - Ardara
Friday/Saturday, 6-7th February

Foundation Award for hurling
All-county - MacCumhaill Park
Friday/Saturday, 13-14th March

Award 1 for football
All-county - Glenswilly
Friday/Saturday, 27-28th February
Friday/Saturday, 6-7th March

Award 1 for hurling
All-county - MacCumhaill Park
Friday/Saturday, 27-28th February
Friday/Saturday, 6-7th March

Ulster Coaching Conference
Saturday, 21st February. 9.00am Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown.

National Go Games Activity Day
Sat/Sun 17-18th August, Croke Park.

Date for your diary
The Aodh Ruadh dinner dance will take place on Saturday 28th February in Dorrian's Hotel. We will have both the Ulster trophies won by Donegal last year present on the night and tickets are on sale now locally priced €25. Music on the night will be supplied by Trutones.

God of Carnage
Ballyshannon Drama Society present the award winning dramatic comedy God Of Carnage in the Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon on February 10th, 11th, 12th and 14th at 8.30pm nightly.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's Bingo Jackpot of €400 was won by Breege Gormley of Belleek. There was no winner of the winter snowball, which now stands at €550 on 51 numbers or less. Bingo continues this Friday night at the Abbey Centre at 9pm. Books priced at €10/€5 for full/half books. See you there!

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17 February

Registration 2015
Club membership for 2015 is now due and all club members are asked to submit their registration form and fee at their earliest convenience. Membership can be paid to Mary Matthews at Shannon's Corner or contact Betty McIntyre on 0872363879. Players Players can also download registration forms from aodhruadh.org and submit this along with the relevant fee directly to their manager. Registration sessions will be organised for teams over the coming weeks and it is essential all players are signed up club members. We will also be having a number of open registration sessions throughout February and March to facilitate members in the wider community.

Football
Aodh Ruadh commenced pre-season preparation with a game of four 20 minute quarters against Melvin Gaels on Sunday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. It wasn't an ideal day for football, being windy, wet, dull and overcast, but there was an encouraging display from the homesters. A few new faces, both returnees and young prospects showed up well as Aodh Ruadh emerged the better of the sides over the 80 minutes, Nathan Boyle, Philip Patton and Callum O'Halloran all catching the eye. A well-drilled Ballyshannon also impressed in the defensive sector as they contained the Leitrim side manfully. We have some pictures from the match up on aodhruadh.org.

Our minors start their 2015 league campaign next Sunday 22nd February, away to Naomh Ultan in Dunkineely with a 12 noon throw in.

With the Mercy Hall unavailable due to mock examinations, under 6 and under 8 indoor training will be taking a three week break as of this Friday. This means there will be no training on Friday 20th February, 27th February and 6th March. Training resumes in the Mercy Hall at the usual times for under 6s and under 8s on Friday 13th March.

Indoor training continues this Friday 20th February for under 10s in the new hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm followed by the under 12s from 7pm to 8pm, also in the new hall. Under 10s and 12s are asked to remember to bring their registration forms and fees to this week's session where Bord na nÓg secretary Lisa McTernan will be on hand to collect. PLEASE NOTE, THERE IS A CHARGE OF €2 PER HEAD TO COVER THE COST OF HALL HIRE. Please bring your own water and wear runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

Ladies
Well done to Sarah Patton played her part as the Donegal ladies defeated Armagh 1-11 to 1-10 in the National League.

Hurling
Underage hurling returns on Sunday 1st March. We'll have full details in next week's notes.

The ninth annual Hurl-a-Thon takes place on Saturday 11th April please support the lads who will be out and about shortly seeking sponsorship for this fun-filled event.

On Saturday 7th March Pauric Dowdall of Ulster GAA will be hosting a Coach The Coaches day in Creevy National School from 3pm to 5pm for all involved in underage hurling coaching. Any parents or others who would like to attend this event and help out with underage hurling in the club are asked to contact John Rooney on 0862587793.

Coaching workshops and courses
A schedule for coaching workshops and courses in February has been released by Donegal GAA. These are listed below. If you would like to attend any of these please e-mail Emma Gaughan on secretary.aodhruadh.donegal@gaa.ie or text 0863039610.

Coaching Workshops

Hurling Goalie Session
Venue: MacCumhaill Park
Date: Monday, 23 February @ 7.30pm
Tutor: Tom Hennessy

Football Goalie Session
Venue: Ardara
Date: Monday, 2 March @ 7.30pm
Tutor: Pat Shovlin

Foundation Award for hurling
All-county - MacCumhaill Park
Friday/Saturday, 13-14th March

Award 1 for football
All-county - Glenswilly
Friday/Saturday, 6-7th March

Award 1 for hurling
All-county - MacCumhaill Park
Friday/Saturday, 6-7th March

Ulster Coaching Conference
Saturday, 21st February. 9.00am Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown.

National Go Games Activity Day
Sat/Sun 17-18th August, Croke Park.

Date for your diary
The Aodh Ruadh dinner dance will take place on Saturday 28th February in Dorrian's Hotel. We will have both the Ulster trophies won by Donegal last year present on the night and tickets are on sale now locally priced €25. Music on the night will be supplied by Trutones.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's Bingo Jackpot of €400 was won by Frances McPhelim of Creevy. There was no winner of the winter snowball, which now stands at €575 on 51 numbers or less. Bingo continues this Friday night at the Abbey Centre at 9pm. Books priced at €10/€5 for full/half books. See you there!

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24 February

Dinner Dance 2015
It's the club's biggest social night of the year as the Aodh Ruadh dinner dance takes place this Saturday 28th February in Dorrian's Hotel. We will have both the Ulster trophies won by Donegal last year present on the night and tickets are on sale now locally priced €25. Music on the night will be supplied by Trutones.

Club meeting
The monthly club executive meeting takes place this Thursday at 8.30pm. All committee members are asked to attend. Club registration can be paid between 7.30pm and 8.30pm before the meeting.

Open registration session this Thursday
There will be an open registration session this Thursday between 7.30pm and 8.30pm in Arás Aoidh Ruaidh. Anyone who wishes to sign up for club membership is warmly invited to attend. Club membership for 2015 is now due and all club members are asked to submit their registration form and fee at their earliest convenience. Membership can also be paid to Mary Matthews at Shannon's Corner or contact Betty McIntyre on 0872363879. Players can also download registration forms from aodhruadh.org and submit this along with the relevant fee directly to their manager. It is vital all players are signed up club members.

Football
There is a Bord na nÓg meeting this Tuesday, 24th February at 8pm. It is absolutely essential we have all committee members present at this meeting.

The minors got their 2015 campaign off to a good start on Sunday with a 5-15 to 1-2 win over Naomh Ultan. The team has joint captains this year, Eugene Drummond and Calum 'Cookie' O'Halloran. Cookie was the first to have the honour of taking the toss and certainly lead by example throughout the game. In terrible conditions the football was scrappy on both sides for the first ten minutes and midway through the first half the sides were level at 1-2 apiece. The Aodh Ruadh lads then stepped it up a gear with Philip Patton, Shane McGrath and Garreth Sheerin showing their class with some fine scores. Half-time saw the Ballyshannon men go in with a comfortable lead of 2-7 to 1-2. The second half started with much better football coming from the Aodh Ruadh men, but unfortunately man of the match Nathan Boyle and Ryan McKenna, two of the real work horses on the day had to be subbed off due to injury. The next man down was wing forward Dónal Sweeny who spent a long evening in Sligo hospital with a suspect fracture to his shoulder. We wish Dónal all the best for a speedy recovery. The younger members of the panel Conal Sweeny and Sean Taylor gave great performances when introduced. Jason Gallagher had a great game at full forward and along, with Cáelán Drummond, did all that was asked from them. The back line of Eugene Drummond, Jack Darbon and Jason Granaghan had a quiet second half with most of the play in the other end of the field, but they were very quick to respond to the occasional threat. Oisín Rooney was outstanding in the middle of the field, linking up very well with Daniel Warnock and Oisín Roper. The next outing and the first big test for the minors is at home to Naomh Columba on Sunday 8th March.

The first training session of the year for under 14s takes place this Saturday 28th February from 10am-11am in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

With the Mercy Hall unavailable due to mock examinations, under 6 and under 8 indoor training are on a break. Training resumes in the Mercy Hall at the usual times for under 6s and under 8s on Friday 13th March.

Indoor training continues this Friday 27th February for under 10s in the new hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm followed by the under 12s from 7pm to 8pm, also in the new hall. Under 10s and 12s are asked to remember to bring in any outstanding registration forms and fees. PLEASE NOTE, THERE IS A CHARGE OF €2 PER HEAD TO COVER THE COST OF HALL HIRE. Please bring your own water and wear runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

A date for your diaries. The Bord na nÓg quiz takes place on Thursday 5th March in Owen Roe's

Ladies
Congratulations to our 2014 under 16 Ladies who won the County Championship in their section. The girls were presented with their county medals on Friday night. Many of these players are under 16 again this year. Thanks to managers Teddy Kane and Terence McShea for their work with the girls.


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Training for under 16s, minors and seniors takes place on Tuesday 7pm and Saturday 11am.

The under 14 ladies team of 2014 were also presented with certificates on Friday night also by their manager, Tara Khan. This was to mark the team's achievement in the County A Section Championship where the girls finished as the top third team in the county.

Congratulations to Sarah Patton and the Donegal Senior Ladies who had a very comprehensive win over Clare at the weekend.

Hurling
The fixtures for the 2015 Ulster Senior Táin Club Hurling League have been released. This year sees Aodh Ruadh graded in division 2B along with Saint Eunan's, Setanta, Strabane Shamrocks, and Knockbridge and Saint Fechin's - both from Louth. The fixtures programme works out as follows:

Sunday 29th March: Aodh Ruadh v Setanta
Monday, 6th April: Saint Eunan's v Aodh Ruadh
Sunday 12th April: Strabane Shamrocks v Aodh Ruadh
Sunday 19th April: Aodh Ruadh v Saint Fechin's
Sunday 26th April: Knockbridge v Aodh Ruadh
Sunday 31st May: Setanta v Aodh Ruadh
Sunday 14th June: Aodh Ruadh v Saint Eunan's
Sunday 7th July: Aodh Ruadh v Strabane Shamrocks
Saturday 18th July: Saint Fechin's v Aodh Ruadh
Saturday 25th July: Aodh Ruadh v Knockbridge

Underage hurling makes a welcome return this Sunday at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Due to the Donegal v Cork game, training will start at the earlier time of 10.30 am and will finish at 11.45am. From next week on training will be at its normal time of 12 noon. All are welcome from five years and upwards, especially beginners. Hurls and helmets will be provided for training, all coaches are qualified. Emphasis will be on fun and learning the skills of our great game. For any details contact any of the following managers: Under 8 John Rooney 086-2587793; under 10 Peter Horan 087-1326786; and under 12 Denis Daly 086-3269550.

Under 14 training will take place at 5pm sharp on Saturday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Coach The Coaches takes place on Saturday 7th March when Pauric Dowdall of Ulster GAA will carry out a workshop in Creevy National School from 3pm to 5 pm for all involved in underage hurling coaching. Any parents who would like to attend this event or help out in any way with underage hurling are asked to contact John Rooney 086-2587793.

Coaching Workshops
Below are coaching workshops and courses in February. If you would like to attend any of these please e-mail Emma Gaughan on secretary.aodhruadh.donegal@gaa.ie or text 0863039610.

Football Goalie Session
Venue: Ardara
Date: Monday, 2 March @ 7.30pm
Tutor: Pat Shovlin

Foundation Award for hurling
All-county - MacCumhaill Park
Friday/Saturday, 13-14th March

Award 1 for football
All-county - Glenswilly
Friday/Saturday, 6-7th March

Award 1 for hurling
All-county - MacCumhaill Park
Friday/Saturday, 6-7th March

National Go Games Activity Day
Sat/Sun 17-18th August, Croke Park.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Anne Granaghan of Bundoran was the winner of last week's €400 jackpot. This Friday is the February big bingo with a €3,200 prize fund, including the €1,000 jackpot game. The winter snowball now stands at €600 on 51 numbers or less. Big bingo books priced at €15, €8 half book, or a book and half for €20.

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