Club Notes Archive - 2015

Box. APRIL
7 April

Football
Aodh Ruadh sustained their first defeat of the season in the compact confines of Crampsey Park in Inishowen last Saturday. Urris got off to the ideal start with a goal two minutes in, but that was to be their only score of the half and Aodh Ruadh reeled off five unanswered points to go into the break with a two point advantage. Urris came out strong in the second half hitting six unanswered points, before a Peter Boyle free staunched the flow. The closing stages were more evenly fought, but the homesters still emerged the victors winning on a scoreline of 1-8 to 0-9. We have a full report and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

The reserves also came unstuck against Urris, coming out on the wrong side of a 4-12 to 0-14 scoreline. It was a topsy turvy game, where Urris made the utmost of two spells of dominance to run out winners. The hosts lead by 0-7 to 0-5 at half time, but Aodh Ruadh came out with renewed vigour and streaked into a three points lead before being hauled back in the latter stages of the game. It was a bitterly disappointing end to a tightly contested game. Best for Aodh Ruadh was Mickey McNeely and the returning duo of Darren Gettins and Christopher Goan. We have a full match report with pictures to come from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

As Donegal have qualified for the NFL Division One semi-final the CCC have brought forward a round of starred fixtures to allow the All-county league go ahead. This sees Aodh Ruadh back on the road to Inishowen, this time to Newtowncunningham on Saturday where they'll face Naomh Colmcille. Throw-in times weren't available at time of mailing

The minors lost their rescheduled game against Naomh Conaill 3-9 to 0-11. The minor league campaign came to an end on Sunday when they faced Naomh Conaill in Glenties. The Aodh Ruadh men started well with everyone putting in a huge performance in the first half with some great work from Philip Patton, Shane McGrath and Connor Kennedy up front. However they suffered a huge blow when Callum 'Cookie' O'Halloran, who was outstanding, got a black card in the dying minutes of the first half. The half time score saw the Ballyshannon men with a three point lead, 0-8 to 0-5, and all to play for. They came out strong again in the second half with another point straight from the throw in but with 45 minutes gone in the game the tables turned with a goal from a quick Naomh Conaill free. From this point on the Aodh Ruadh men just ran out of steam and despite the best efforts of Eugene Drummond, Colm Doyle and Conal Sweeney the Glenties men managed to poke holes in the Ballyshannon defence hitting the back of the net twice more within the space of three minutes. The full time whistle saw Naomh Conaill with a seven point advantage, 3-9 to 0-11 a disappointing end to the game after such a promising first 45 minutes.

The under 16s had a good win over Dungloe on Friday finishing ahead by two points despite conceding a penalty in the last few minutes. Dungloe took their time to settle and Aodh Ruadh got off to a good start. They had a well taken goal by Odhrán O'Neill and four points on the board while Dungloe had only registered a single point. There were great performances all round the field particularly from Odhrán Kennedy, Sean Taylor, Michael McKenna and Ronan McMullin who did a great job in defence. Matteo Rivenna got off to a flying start in midfield where he was involved in the build up to a few scores and got a nice point of his own. His midfield partner Conall Sweeny worked hard, running at the Dungloe defence and contributing three points. Up front Dylan Gallagher gave a class performance in tracking back and helping out in defence while pushing forward when the chances came. Dylan's superb goal effort came off the post at a time when Dungloe could have been finished off, but to their credit they kept going until the end. Conor O'Donnell, Jack Greene and Matthew Rodgers were probably best for Dungloe. Shane Dorrian's confidence in free-taking is growing and he nailed an important score as the game came to a close. This Dungloe team beat this Aodh Ruadh team twice at under 14 level by 11 points and 13 points so the achievement on Friday is something the team should be proud of. The final score was 1-13 to 1-11. Our next game is away to Naomh Mhuire on Sunday.

Under 14 training this Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm and Saturday from 11am to 12 noon. The under 14s will have a challenge match this Friday, 10th April against Naomh Bríd at 5pm. All players to be on the pitch for 4.30pm. The team's first league fixture will be on Saturday, 25th April when they travel to take on Dungloe in the league.

Under 10 and under 12 training continues on Wednesdays from 6pm to 7pm and Mondays from 6pm to 7pm.

Under 8 and under 6 training recommences this Friday, 10th April, running from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh (Munday's Field).

Hurling
The senior hurlers recorded their second win of the season on Monday evening against Saint Eunan's in a sun-drenched O'Donnell Park. The Ernesiders were slow to start and the home side were three points to the good within the first five minutes. Aodh Ruadh eventually found their rhythm and slowly clawed their way back into the game picking off scores, eventually going in at half time with a five point cushion, 0-8 to 0-3. The second half started in much the same vein as the first, with Saint Eunan's quickest out of the blocks. With the aid of a stiff breeze they had erased Aodh Ruadh's lead within five minutes of the restart. Aodh Ruadh dug deep again and with Jack Matthews and Ciaran Kilgannon leading the charge from midfield the Ballyshannon men found their feet and slowly gained the upper hand. In contrast to their previous game against Setanta, Aodh Ruadh had nine players on the score sheet, with Eddie Lynch (0-4) and Paul Teague (0-3) doing their bit in the forward line. This was a much improved team performance from the Ballyshannon men with Barry Farragher, Diarmuid Gillespie and Darragh Cleary all making an impact on the game when they were introduced in the second half. Aodh Ruadh held their nerve to the end and won on a scoreline of 0-14 to 0-11. The senior hurlers are out again next Sunday in Strabane where they take on Strabane Shamrocks.

Last Thursday night was a busy night for underage hurling. The minors made the long trip to Burt to take on the famed home team. We travelled with the bare 15 due to injuries and players not making themselves available, but the 15 that travelled certainly gave it their all and were a credit to the club. We started the game well and were seven points up coming towards half-time when the Burt men hit for a brace of goals. The second half was a ding dong battle with both teams going hard at it. Burt fought back and levelled the game, Aodh Ruadh went a point up and despite the best efforts of the Inishowen men we held out for a great victory on a 2-10 to 3-6 scoreline. As any hurling fan knows anytime you claim a victory in Burt is a great achievement. The lads last Thursday showed tremendous character to clinch victory in this great game where both teams gave it everything. The lads are on the road again this Thursday as they make the long trip to Carndonagh to take on the home team.

On the same night in Father Tierney Park, the under 14s started their league campaign with a game against Burt, this team have put in a great effort at training over the last month. They started this game in a whirlwind fashion scoring a goal with the first attack of the game. The game was nip and tuck throughout the first half and both sides were level at half-time. The Burt lads ability to take their scores was the difference between the teams as they ran out winners 4-3 to 2-4. It was an encouraging start for the lads. Only a couple of months ago it looked like we wouldn't be able to field at this age group but through their hard work and perseverance we now have a panel of 18 players. The under 14s have a busy week ahead as they travel to Ballybofey to play MacCumhaill's and on Thursday they are at home to Carndonagh.

On Saturday Donegal finished their division one Ulster League campaign with a disappointing defeat in Letterkenny against Armagh. Donegal were by far the better team but they hit too many wides and there was also some very poor decision making by the home team. Two of our minors started and did very well, Brendan Gillespie was corner back and had a great game with some very tenacious tackling. Oisín Rooney was centre forward and his strong running caused Armagh a lot of problems. He also got on the score board with a brace of points from play. Stephen Connolly and Adam Brennan were also part of the match day squad. Unfortunately Donegal were on the wrong end of the 4-6 to 3-7 scoreline. Donegal are back in action in the Ulster Championship on Saturday, 30th May when they take on Derry.

This Saturday we have our ninth annual Hurl-A-Thon in the Mercy Hall, the fun and craic starts at 10am and continues throughout the day to 10pm. It's always a great day of fun and sport for young and old. Our under 8s are first into action from 10am to 12 noon, the under 10s are next from 12 noon to 2pm, the under 12s are in action from 2pm to 4pm, while the under 14s take to the floor from 4pm to 6pm. From 6pm to 10pm we'll have under 16s and minors. Parents and other adults all are welcome to partake in this fun event. If you're about on Saturday drop in for a cuppa and a bit of craic, please support this event and sponsor the participants.

Ladies
Under 8 and under 10 girls football commences on Monday 13th April in the Mercy Hall from 6-7pm. This will be for three weeks and then outside training will follow in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. €2 per session. Under 8 training is for all girls born in 2007 and 2008; under 10 for those born in 2005 and 2006. If you have any queries please contact Gabrielle McGloin 0872902245; Louise Foy 0876388562; or Donna Meade 0866045094.

Club kit
We now have official club shorts available to order. They are O'Neill's, so top quality kit. Kids sizes (24 and 26) cost €18, while adult sizes (28, 30, 32, 34, 36 and 38) cost €22. We'll have samples available and images on aodhruadh.org. Contact Chris Kelly on 0868813553 to place your order. Our navy blue soft shell jackets are also back on sale. 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 also selling adult jackets. You can check out samples of the shorts and jacket on aodhruadh.org. For further details call Chris on 0868813553.

De La Salle reunion and Tom Cullen Tribute
Running in tandem with our Come Dive With Me event, a De La Salle reunion and Tom Cullen tribute. A get together is planned for all former De La Salle staff and students on Saturday the 18th April. A small memorial plaque will be presented to Tom Cullen's family for his grave in Belleek Cemetery. The projected schedule for the day is as follows.
4.45pm: Placing of plaque at Belleek Cemetery.
5.45pm-6pm: Food and refreshments in the Bridgend.
7pm-7.30pm: Discussion and reminiscences. Collection towards cost of memorial plaque and food.
9.30pm-10pm: Adjourn to Dorrian's Hotel to support Aodh Ruadh Come Dive With Me fund-raiser
Anyone with De La Salle photos or video is asked to forward it to Thomas Gallagher at twgallagher@eircom.net. He will accept emails, photos, newspaper clippings and these will be displayed in The Bridgend on 18th April.

Abbey Centre Bingo
The Game Seven winter snowball at the handsome sum of €725 was won by Chloe McGee-Gilmore, Ballyshannon on just 41 numbers! The summer snowball will be introduced shortly. The €400 jackpot was shared between Margaret McCaffrey, Killeen and Teresa Ward, Assaroe View. Bingo as usual this Friday at 9pm in the Abbey Centre. Books priced at €10, or half books for €5.

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14 April

Sky Dive Fundraiser
This is the final week to make the Skydive fundraiser the success it should be. The 10 club members who will parachute through the skies onto an airfield in Longford on Saturday have made a great personal effort so far. It is up to the rest of us in the club to back them during the final days of the fund-raising efforts. The Skydive team is: Eugene Drummond, Tanya O'Shea, Rossa McCosker, Ciron Whoriskey, Leanne Curran, Conal Gallagher, David McLoone, Chris Kelly, Aiden Murray and Peter McKenna. If you can, please commit to their fund-raising effort by contacting them directly or indeed anyone involved in Aodh Ruadh. The funds raised will go directly towards completing the development of the club's facilities at Páirc Aodh Ruadh where various sectors of the club had approached the Park / Development Committee to provide a small toilet block and a hurling-rebound wall. Completing the running track and fitness trail is also a priority. All of these works will be brought forward over the coming weeks. Where you can really help the fund-raisers is by attending the grand finale of this campaign - the Krazy Night which takes place in Dorrian's Imperial Hotel on Saturday night. Doors open at 8.30pm. Tickets for the night are available from all of the team of ten skydivers or through any of the usual Aodh Ruadh club workers.

Football
Aodh Ruadh sustained a second defeat on the road on Saturday evening and once again the scoreline was 1-8 to 0-9. This time Naomh Colmcille were the victors with a goal four minutes into added time. Once again Aodh Ruadh controlled the game for long spells and went in at the break leading by 0-4 to 0-2. They continued to set the pace in the second half, although not as forcefully as they might have hoped given the following win. Still they were a point to the good when a Daniel Clarke denied Packie McGrath's men what would have been two hard earned points. We have a full report with pictures to come from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

The reserves were slightly more fortunate. Trailing by 2-1 to 0-9 at half-time they reeled the homesters back in over the course of the second half to gain a share of the spoils, 2-6 to 0-12 the scoreline in Newtowncunningham. We have a full match report with pictures to come from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

This weekend Aodh Ruadh are back on home turf and playing host to Downings. The reserve games throws in at 5pm, and is followed by the seniors at 6.30pm.

Aodh Ruadh minors had a good win last Wednesday against Four Masters with a scoreline of 3-13 to 1-12. Outstanding on the day was Oisín Rooney in the middle of the field along with Shane McGrath who covered a huge amount of ground over the course of the game. Daniel Warnock at wing back had his scoring boots on again with 1-2 to his credit. This win qualifies Ballyshannon for a shield final against Ardara on Wednesday evening with the venue and time yet to be decided.

Naomh Mhuire failed to field for the under 16 league game against Aodh Ruadh on Sunday and so have forfeited the points for the fixture. The next outing is against Four Masters on Wednesday 22nd in Tir Chonaill Park in the final round of the group stages. Throw in is 12 noon.

There was a good showing from the under 14s on Friday evening in the park where they hosted Naomh Bríd for a challenge. With it being 13-a-side it was pretty much two different sides for each half. Every man showed he is capable of doing a job. Our team this evening was Cian Barden, Shane Brady, Philip Cassidy, Adam Clarke, David Doherty, Eoin Doherty, Eugene Doherty, Daniel Dolan, Shane Duffy, Tiernan Flood Dolan, Mark Gettins, JJ Goan, Harry Howarth, Donagh Mac Gabhann, Jack McCaffrey, Ryan McDonald, Odhran McGarrigle, Mark McGlynn, Niall Monaghan and Adam Rami. We have some pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. Thanks also to Terence Kilpatrick of Naomh Bríd who officiated for us. The under 14s will have a challenge away against Belcoo on Wednesday at 7pm. As many parents as possible should come along to ensure we have lifts for all the players. We will be leaving the park at 5.30pm. The team's first league fixture will be on Saturday, 25th April when they travel to take on Dungloe in the league. Throw-in time will be 12 noon.

Under 10 and under 12 training continues on Wednesdays from 6pm to 7pm and Mondays from 6pm to 7pm.

Outdoor training has resumed for the under 8s and under 6s and we have a great gallery of pictures on aodhruadh.org of our first week on the pitch. Training continues this Friday for the under 8s and under 6s from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh (Munday's Field). Any new faces who want to join in the craic are more than welcome.

Hurling
The senior hurlers travelled to Strabane to play Na Seamróga in the Táin League on Sunday. The Ernesiders had a depleted squad due to injuries to several players. In the first half the Ballyshannon men played with the aid of a slight breeze and remained in contention throughout. Despite missing a lot of chances from the dead ball, they went in at half time three points down 0-8 to 0-5. Strabane got off to a good start in the second half and managed to get the upper hand after scoring a goal despite the best efforts of the Ballyshannon keeper Shane McNulty. Aodh Ruadh failed to find their rhythm and the final score in Strabane was Aodh Ruadh 0-9 Strabane Shamrocks 1-14. The next fixture for Aodh Ruadh is next Sunday against Louth outfit Saint Fechin's with a 1pm throw-in.

Our under 14 hurlers had a busy week last week. On Tuesday they travelled to MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey to take on the home team. From the start of the game it was obvious that the Twin Towns lads were a much physically stronger outfit, but our lads put up a great show. The team have shown great commitment since the start of March, putting in a lot of hard work at training. On a very warm evening the lads gave it everything in a great game of hurling which saw MacCumhaill's run out winners on a 3-10 to 2-4 scoreline. Thanks to all the parents who drove the lads to this game, your support is much appreciated. The lads were back in action on Thursday evening in Father Tierney Park against Carndonagh. Again they put in a great display, full of work and effort. We were well on top from the start and ran out convincing winners on a 5-12 to 2-3 score line. Hopefully this result will give the lads belief to push on for the rest of the league. We wish Senan Rooney well. Unfortunately he picked up a nasty hand injury late on in the game, we hope to see him back in action in the next few weeks. The under 14s play Four Masters in Donegal Town this Thursday.

On Thursday the minors made the long trip to Carndonagh to take on the home team. For a variety of reasons we only had 11 players, but the commitment these 11 lads showed on Thursday was a credit to them and something others could learn from. We set out from Father Tierney Park at 4.30pm and returned at 11pm. The dedication shown by these 11 lads is to be admired. They put in a great performance against a strong Carndonagh team who were really up for the challenge. At half time we led 0-6 to 1-2. The lads got well on top in the second half and they really played as a team and ran out convincing winners 1-13 to 2-3. It's been a very difficult season for the minors for a variety of reasons, but this victory on Thursday night meant as much to us as any county title we won over the years. The lads face another very difficult game this Thursday at home to a strong Saint Eunan's team, one thing is for sure our lads won't be found wanting commitment wise anyway.

On Saturday last we held our ninth Annual Hurlathon, and again it was a great day of fun and craic for all the family. The action got under way just before 10am with the under 8s, none of whom were born when we had our first Hurlathon in 2007. From 10am to 10pm it was nonstop action, fun and craic. As the sliothar flew about the hall there was some great displays of skill from young and old, as the action played out on the court all day, all supporters were treated to a cuppa and some goodies in the kitchen. Thanks to all the parents who brought so much food to this year's event. As always everyone was fed and watered throughout the day. Over 100 people took to the floor throughout the day. Over the years some great traditions have developed on Hurlathon day, none more so than the Mothers' Match. This year saw the return to action of some former camogie greats in the form of Orla Winters and Andrea Gallagher and they showed they hadn't lost the skills of our great game. They were joined by Carmel McCadden, Katrina Daly, Tara Keenaghan, Aisling McGrath and daughters Orlaith Gallagher and Roisín Daly, and two very brave goalies in the form of the McCadden twins, Oisin and Eoghan. After a titanic battle the bragging rights went to Tara, Katrina, Orla and young Orlaith. Well done to all the mothers who were great sports to take part. We then had another great battle where a Dads Army in the form of coaches Mike Lynch, Gregory Gallagher, Pauric Keenaghan, Peter Horan, Kenny McDonald and John Rooney took on a team of Young Guns laden down with county players Jamie Brennan, Ciaran Rami, Oisin Rooney, Brendan Gillespie, Stephen Connolly and Brian McHenry. Denis Daly took up the whistle to ref this game and despite some intimidation from the younger players he did a great job. The Young Guns took off at a great pace but forgot that it was marathon and not a sprint and Dads Army won out after a great battle 11-10. The night finished off with a replay of this game where the Young Guns got some small token of revenge winning by a goal, this brought us till after 10pm and the curtain came down on another great days hurling, fun and craic. Thanks to all who helped on the day in the kitchen, and those who supplied food. Over the nine years we've had some great traditions none more so than Eleanor McCosker's soup and Shannon's Corner's Sandwiches which went down a treat again this year. Thanks to Kernan's Spar who again this year generously donated coffee, tea and milk for the day and William Doogan for all the drinks. Thanks to all the underage coaches who were present all day and kept the games moving. Coláiste Cholmcille have always been great supporters of this event and again we thank them and Sylvie Maguire for organising the use of the Mercy Hall, thanks also to Michael Donagher who again this year had everything sorted out in the hall for us. Annually this has been our main fund-raiser and allows us develop underage hurling in the club, but it's also a very important day socially for all our young and not so young hurlers and their families. Thanks to all who took part in this event, those who sought sponsorship and those who sponsored the competitors your continued support is much appreciated. Check out Aodh Ruadh CLG for loads of pictures from Hurlathon 2015.

Training for all ages at 12 noon on Sunday.

Ladies
Well done to Sarah Patton who once again lined out for Donegal ladies in their 6-13 to 0-8 demolition of Westmeath. The ladies went unbeaten through NFL Division Two campaign.

Under 8 and under 10 girls football commenced on Monday 13th April in the Mercy Hall from 6-7pm. This will continue inside for another two weeks before going outside training to Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. €2 per session. Under 8 training is for all girls born in 2007 and 2008; under 10 for those born in 2005 and 2006. If you have any queries please contact Gabrielle McGloin 0872902245; Louise Foy 0876388562; or Donna Meade 0866045094.

Many congratulations to ladies legend Naimh Gallagher on tying the knot over the weekend with Peadar McKeever.

De La Salle reunion and Tom Cullen Tribute
Running in tandem with our Come Dive With Me event, a De La Salle reunion and Tom Cullen tribute. A get together is planned for all former De La Salle staff and students on Saturday 18th April. A small memorial plaque will be presented to Tom Cullen's family for his grave in Belleek Cemetery. The projected schedule for the day is as follows
4.45pm: Placing of plaque at Belleek Cemetery.
5.45pm-6pm: Food and refreshments in the Bridgend.
7pm-7.30pm: Discussion and reminiscences. Collection towards cost of memorial plaque and food.
9.30pm-10pm: Adjourn to Dorrian's Hotel to support Aodh Ruadh Come Dive With Me fundraiser
Anyone with De La Salle photos or video is asked to forward it to Thomas Gallagher at twgallagher@eircom.net. He will accept emails, photos, newspaper clippings and these will be displayed in The Bridgend on 18th April.

Dancing in the Rock Hall
Céilí, Old Time, Barn Dance and Set Dancing in Dorrian's Imperial Hotel Ballyshannon Saturday 25th April at 9pm. Music by the Assaroe Céilí Band with the proceeds in aid of Baby Rory's Will To Walk. Set dancing music by Owen Maguire and Catherine Mulligan. Admission is €8 with supper served.

Club kit
We now have official club shorts available to order. They are O'Neill's, so top quality kit. Kids sizes (24 and 26) cost €18, while adult sizes (28, 30, 32, 34, 36 and 38) cost €22. We'll have samples available and images on aodhruadh.org. Contact Chris Kelly on 0868813553 to place your order. Our navy blue soft shell jackets are also back on sale. 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 also selling adult jackets. You can check out samples of the shorts and jacket on aodhruadh.org. For further details call Chris on 0868813553.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Theresa McAleer of Omagh won the €400 jackpot. Bingo as usual this Friday at 9pm in the Abbey Centre. Books priced at €10, or half books for €5.

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21 April

Football
Aodh Ruadh saw off a dogged Downings outfit to climb to third place in the division three table, just two points behind the early pace-setters Milford. Aodh Ruadh remain unbeaten at Father Tierney Park this season. The young guns, Shane McGrath and Nathan Boyle, were among Ballyshannon's best performers on the day Johnny Gethins, Conor Patton and Michael Dolan all put in eye-catching shifts while David Dolan made a welcome return to senior football, helping steady the ship in the closing stages. Man of the match was Diarmaid McInerney who contributed well from open play and showed great polish from placed ball. We have a full match report and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

The reserves enjoyed less success against the visitors, coming out on the wrong end of a six goal goalfest, 2-5 to 3-8 the scoreline in favour of Downings. Aodh Ruadh played the first half with the wind at their backs and James Kelly and Michael McNeely shot two goals in that period to help the homesters to a 2-3 to 1-3 half-time lead. However Downings got off to a great start in the second half and despite a third goal from Jamie McDonald Ballyshannon simply couldn't reel the Rosguill peninsula side in. We have a full match report and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

This weekend Aodh Ruadh are at home again with Red Hugh's the visitors. The reserve games throws in at 4.30pm, and is followed by the seniors at 6pm.

The under 16s are in action this Wednesday 22nd April at 6.30pm when they travel to Tir Chonaill Park to take on Four Masters.

Under 14 training this week is at 6.15pm on Wednesday. Election of our captain for 2015 will take place at this session. The team's first league fixture is this Saturday when they travel to take on Dungloe. Throw-in time will be 12 noon. As many parents as possible should come along to ensure we have lifts for all the players. Assemble at the park for 9.30am, departing at 9.45am.

Under 10 and under 12 training continues on Wednesdays from 6pm to 7pm and Mondays from 6pm to 7pm.

Training continues this Friday for the under 8s and under 6s from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Any new faces who want to join in the craic are more than welcome.

Hurling
Aodh Ruadh made the trip to Garvaghey in Tyrone for their fixture against Louth outfit Saint Fechin's in the Táin League on Sunday last. This game epitomised the phrase, 'a game of two halves.' The tie was very evenly balanced throughout the first half with the Ballyshannon men squandering a lot of chances to capitalise on their 3-4 to 1-4 half time cushion. Saint Fechin's slowly chipped away and with Aodh Ruadh only managing two points in the second half, they relinquished their lead and eventually the game on a score line of 3-6 to 2-11. Aodh Ruadh are back in action next Sunday against Louth's Knockbridge in Garvaghey at 1pm.

On Thursday last the minors faced a strong Saint Eunan's in Father Tierney Park. We've a very small squad this year and again this week we just had the bare 15, but what a performance the lads put in. Saint Eunan's got off to a great start and led 1-2 to no score after about 10 minutes. The lads slowly clawed themselves back into the game and began to get more belief in themselves. They finished the first half strongly and went into the break two points down 1-5 to 0-6 in favour of the Letterkenny men. The lads put in a great second half, putting in huge work-rate and began to dominate the more the game went on. All 15 played their part and the workload was evenly shared and it was encouraging to see some players stepping up and taking responsibility. At the end of a great match between two very committed teams Aodh Ruadh won out 1-13 to 1-8. The lads deserve great credit for winning their opening four games, we haven't had a sub in any of the games and once again the effort the boys are putting in must be admired. They play Strabane this Thursday in Father Tierney Park, throw in 7pm. All support for this hard working team is most welcome.

On the same night the under 14s played Four Masters in Donegal Town. A number of injuries seemed to affect the team and they never got going in the first half and Four Masters were allowed dominate. The second half saw the boys put in a much improved performance, but unfortunately the damage was done in the first 30. Four Masters were convincing winners on a 5-12 to 2-2 score line. The most disappointing aspect to this game was the lack of effort and work rate shown by some of the team, an area that will have to be improved on.

On Sunday the under 14s were in action again this time they travelled to Killygordon to take on Setanta. They got off to a bad start and Setanta had 2-1 on the board before our lads got their first score. Thankfully the work rate and effort was much improved from the previous game and the lads thundered back into the encounter. Tt was a great game between two teams who gave it their all. There was nothing between the teams in the second half and when the final whistle was blown the game was level at 3-3 apiece, a fair result. The lads showed a far better work ethic in this game and hopefully that will continue for the rest of the league campaign. After the game Donegal star Danny Cullen spoke to the lads and gave them some very good words of advice. They face a difficult task this Thursday when they entertain table toppers Saint Eunan's.

We had great numbers of under 8s, under 10s and under 12s at training on Sunday, all worked very hard and are coming along well, hope to see them all again this Sunday at 12 noon.

Ladies
Well done to Sarah Patton and the Donegal ladies who have topped division 2 with victory over Cavan at the weekend and are still undefeated in the league.

The ladies training schedule for the coming week is as follows.
Under 8 (born 2007/2008) Training Mondays 6-7pm in the Mercy Hall.
Under 10 (born 2005/2006) Training Mondays 6-7pm in the Mercy Hall.
Under 12 (born 2003/2004) Training Mondays 6-7pm at the Park.
Under 14 Training Tuesdays and Thursdays 6-7pm.
Under 16, minor and senior training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays 7.30-8.30pm.

Skydive rescheduled for this Saturday
For safety reasons the eagerly awaited Aodh Ruadh, Ballyshannon Come Dive With Me Skydive due to take place last Saturday 18th April did not go ahead. Although Saturday was a fabulous day at ground level the gusty conditions at 10,000 feet were a very different matter and the operators at Abbeyshrule Airport in Longford could not give the go-ahead due to the wind speeds. There was fantastic support for the eleven divers at the airport, more than 30 family and friends had travelled to offer their support and encouragement to the jumpers. The Skydive has been rescheduled for this coming Saturday 25th April when hopefully weather conditions will be more favourable. If you wish to sponsor any of the Skydivers contact Tom Daly on 0872390410, Conal Gallagher at 0862112812, David McLoone on 0877760172, or any of the Aodh Ruadh Park/Development Committee, or any of the Skydive Team. We have a picture of the jumpers down in Longford on aodhruadh.org.


The Skydive team with Tom Daly, Vice-Chairman Aodh Ruadh, at Abbeyshrule Airport last Saturday. Left to right, David McLoone, Aiden Murray, Ciron Whoriskey, Eugene Drummond, Oisín Kerr, Tanya O'Shea, Conal Gallagher, Peter McKenna, Leanne Curran, Chris Kelly, Rossa McCosker and Tom Daly.
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Operation Ballyshannon
April is National Spring Clean month and following on from previous year's success, Operation Ballyshannon will be held on Saturday 25th 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 instil some civic pride in the community. Work will commence at 10am. Meeting point on Saturday morning at 9.30am will be Ballyshannon Public Service Centre Offices, Abbeyview. Gloves, bags, high visibility jackets, etc. 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 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!

God of Carnage
Ballyshannon Drama Society's production of Yasmina Reza's God Of Carnage will stage its last two shows before the All-Ireland finals on Monday 27th April and Tuesday 28th April. Shows commence 8.30pm nightly and tickets are available priced €12 or €10 on concession. The play is directed by Anne McHugh and features the acting talents of Trisha Keane, Rachel O'Connor, Richard Hurst and Tony Liston.

Dancing in the Rock Hall
Céilí, Old Time, Barn Dance and Set Dancing in Dorrian's Imperial Hotel Ballyshannon Saturday 25th April at 9pm. Music by the Assaroe Céilí Band with the proceeds in aid of Baby Rory's Will To Walk. Set dancing music by Owen Maguire and Catherine Mulligan. Admission is €8 with supper served.

Club kit
We now have official club shorts available to order. They are O'Neill's, so top quality kit. Kids sizes (24 and 26) cost €18, while adult sizes (28, 30, 32, 34, 36 and 38) cost €22. We'll have samples available and images on aodhruadh.org. Contact Chris Kelly on 0868813553 to place your order. Our navy blue soft shell jackets are also back on sale. 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 also selling adult jackets. You can check out samples of the shorts and jacket on aodhruadh.org. For further details call Chris on 0868813553.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Michael Feely of Kinlough won the €400 jackpot. The April Big Bingo is this Friday at 9pm in the Abbey Centre with a massive prize fund of €2,700, including the €1,000 jackpot. Books priced at €15 for a full book, or half books for €8, or get the book and a half special for €20. See you there.

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22 April

Skydive rescheduled for this Saturday
As reported in the notes earlier Skydive has been rescheduled for this coming Saturday 25th April. We have some pictures from last Saturdays trip to Longford up on aodhruadh.org to view. If you wish to sponsor any of the Skydivers contact Tom Daly on 0872390410, Conal Gallagher at 0862112812, David McLoone on 0877760172, or any of the Aodh Ruadh Park/Development Committee, or any of the Skydive Team.

Football
Aodh Ruadh wish minor player Philip Patton and the three Aodh Ruadh mentors Mick McGrath, Gary Walsh and Anthony McGrath all the best in the Ulster Minor football League Final when Donegal play Derry in Omagh on Saturday 25th April at 12 noon.

Aodh Ruadh under 16s defeated Four Masters in Donegal Town on a scoreline of 5-9 to 2-12 on Wednesday evening. The next game for the team will be against Naomh Muire at home next Wednesday at 7pm.

Congratulations to Eoin Doherty who was elected under 14 captain by his fellow players at Wednesday training.

A revised schedule for under 10 blitzes has been released. Details are as follows.
Saturday 30th May @ 11.00am: Kilcar (hosts), Killybegs, Aodh Ruadh and Saint Naul's.
Saturday 13th June @ 11.00am: Pettigo (hosts), Aodh Ruadh, Bundoran and Naomh Bríd.
Saturday 27th June @ 11.00am: Naomh Ultan (hosts), Bundoran and Aodh Ruadh.
Saturday 25th July @ 11.00am: Ardara (hosts), Na Rossa, Naomh Muire and Aodh Ruadh.
Saturday 15th August @ 11.00am: Four Masters (hosts), Saint Naul's, Aodh Ruadh and Bundoran.
Finals Day on Saturday 29th August @ 11.00am.

A revised schedule for under 8 blitzes has been released and sees blitzes moved from Fridays to Saturdays. Details are as follows.
Saturday 9th May @ 11.00am: Bundoran (hosts), Aodh Ruadh and Saint Naul's.
Saturday 6th June @ 11.00am: Aodh Ruadh (hosts), Naomh Conaill, Four Masters and Naomh Bríd.
Saturday 20th June @ 11.00am: Four Masters (hosts), Aodh Ruadh and Dungloe.
Saturday 11th July @ 11.00am: Aodh Ruadh (hosts), Bundoran, Naomh Bríd and Four Masters.
Saturday 8th August @ 11.00am: Bundoran (hosts), Killybegs, Naomh Bríd and Aodh Ruadh.
Finals Day on Friday 28th August @ 6.00pm.

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28 April

Monthly meeting
The monthly club executive meeting takes place this Thursday 30th April at 8.30pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. All committee members are asked to attend

Football
Aodh Ruadh made it two wins on the trot with a comprehensive 5-13 to 0-7 victory over Red Hugh's in Father Tierney Park. It was a very young, but very talented Ballyshannon team which took to the field and they showed just how effective they can be with an amazing team performance, overwhelming the men from Killygordon. Once again Shane McGrath was superb, engineering scores as well as taking them. Philip Patton ran riot in front of the posts, Colm Kelly was all industry and Conor Patton really dominated the defence. Considering that Anthony Boyle was the only man over 23 on the starting 15, it was a most encouraging performance. We have a full match report and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

Red Hugh's reserves could not field, but both reserve teams had a kick about and we have a few pictures from that up on aodhruadh.org.

Aodh Ruadh's next assignment should prove rather more testing as they travel to take on the early pacesetters in ACFL division three, Milford. The reserve games throws in at 1.30pm, and is followed by the seniors at 3pm.

Congratulations to Aodh Ruadh minor player Philip Patton and the three Aodh Ruadh mentors Mick McGrath, Gary Walsh and Anthony McGrath involved the Donegal's 2-14 to 1-11 Ulster Minor Football League victory Derry in Omagh last Saturday.

Aodh Ruadh under 16s defeated Four Masters in Donegal Town on a scoreline of 5-9 to 2-12 on Wednesday evening. The under 16s are playing Naomh Muire at 7pm this Wednesday in Father Tierney Park. Aodh Ruadh have already qualified for the divisional semi-finals, so why not come up and see this fine young team in action.

Aodh Ruadh under 14s travelled to Dungloe on Saturday for their opening fixture of the league. It was a game where the wind played a significant part and Ballyshannon had it in the first half. Eoin Doherty opened the scoring followed by points from Adam Rami and Shane Gillespie. However Dungloe hit for an important goal eight minutes in. Two more points from Eoin Doherty and another white flag from Gillespie made it 1-1 to 0-6 in favour of Aodh Ruadh at half-time, but with the facing wind to come, it was unlikely that was going to be enough against the homesters. That proved the case as Dungloe made much better use of the breeze to keep the score board ticking over. The Ernesiders kept battling, registering points through Rami and Gillespie, with Rami also poking home a goal, but the hosts were well worth their 5-6 to 1-8 victory. Best for Aodh Ruadh were Mark Gettins and Philip Cassidy who showed great intelligence and perseverance in defence, the unflappable Shane Gillespie in midfield and hard-working Adam Rami at full forward. Many thanks to those who helped transport the team on the long trip to Dungloe. The team are back on the road again this Friday when they travel to Glenties take on Naomh Conaill. Throw-in time will be 12 noon. As many parents as possible should come along to ensure we have lifts for all the players. Assemble at the park for 5.15pm, departing at 5.30pm. Match throws in at 7pm. Congratulations to Eoin Doherty who was elected under 14 captain by his fellow players at Wednesday training.

Under 10 and under 12 training continues on Wednesdays from 6pm to 7pm and Mondays from 6pm to 7pm. A revised schedule for under 10 blitzes has been released. Details are as follows.
Saturday 30th May @ 11.00am: Kilcar (hosts), Killybegs, Aodh Ruadh and Saint Naul's.
Saturday 13th June @ 11.00am: Pettigo (hosts), Aodh Ruadh, Bundoran and Naomh Bríd.
Saturday 27th June @ 11.00am: Naomh Ultan (hosts), Bundoran and Aodh Ruadh.
Saturday 25th July @ 11.00am: Ardara (hosts), Na Rossa, Naomh Muire and Aodh Ruadh.
Saturday 15th August @ 11.00am: Four Masters (hosts), Saint Naul's, Aodh Ruadh and Bundoran.
Finals Day on Saturday 29th August @ 11.00am.

Training continues this Friday for the under 8s and under 6s from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Any new faces who want to join in the craic are more than welcome. A revised schedule for under 8 blitzes has been released and sees blitzes moved from Fridays to Saturdays. Details are as follows.
Saturday 9th May @ 11.00am: Bundoran (hosts), Aodh Ruadh and Saint Naul's.
Saturday 6th June @ 11.00am: Aodh Ruadh (hosts), Naomh Conaill, Four Masters and Naomh Bríd.
Saturday 20th June @ 11.00am: Four Masters (hosts), Aodh Ruadh and Dungloe.
Saturday 11th July @ 11.00am: Aodh Ruadh (hosts), Bundoran, Naomh Bríd and Four Masters.
Saturday 8th August @ 11.00am: Bundoran (hosts), Killybegs, Naomh Bríd and Aodh Ruadh.
Finals Day on Friday 28th August @ 6.00pm.

There will be Bord na nÓg meeting this Tuesday at 8.30pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. All committee members are asked to attend.

Hurling
Aodh Ruadh made the familiar trip to Tyrone's Centre of Excellence in Garvaghey on Sunday to play Louth side, Knockbridge. With only one sub at their disposal, the Ballyshannon men took ten minutes to settle into the game until eventually they found their rhythm and started to play with confidence which resulted in a plethora of well taken points by the majority of the forwards. Rory Cullen was in fine form with a personal tally of 0-4 in the first half alone. Cian Dolan was a solid presence in the half back line and the Ernesiders went in with a half time lead of 2-15 to 0-5. The second half continued in much the same vein with Christopher Kilgannon looking every bit the county hurler at full forward. He managed an impressive 5-3 in total for the day, with his opposite number bemused at the tenacity and ease Chris displayed whilst bearing down on goal. Overall it was an impressive team display from Aodh Ruadh with fine performances from Conor McNeeley, Stephen Sheerin, Ciaran Kilgannon and Barry Farragher. The Ballyshannon men won on a scoreline of 5-27 to 1-6. The seniors have a month long break before their next outing.

Thursday last saw contrasting fortunes for our under 14s and minors in their respective games. The under 14s were in action in Páirc Aodh Ruaidh against a strong Saint Eunan's team. Aodh Ruadh never got into the game against a physically stronger and much slicker team. The Letterkenny lads killed the game off early on with a number of goals. An encouraging sign was despite being well beaten the lads never gave up and tried their best till the end. Saint Eunan's ran out easy winners. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. The lads have another difficult game this Thursday against Buncrana. On Sunday we entertained Manorhamilton in a challenge game and had an easy win.

The minors played Strabane in Father Tierney Park and as has been so often the case this year we just had the bare 15 players. The lads started the game in whirlwind fashion had five points on the board in the opening five minutes. It was obvious from early on that we were much too strong for the Tyrone lads. We ran out easy as winners as we continued our unbeaten start to the season. Aodh Ruadh are joint top of the league with Buncrana and it is already clear these two teams will contest the A League Final. The lads deserve great credit for reaching the final with such a small squad. We have pictures from the Strabane game up on aodhruadh.org.

Over the last three weeks development Donegal squads have been picked from trials held in Convoy. The development squads are being run in a very professional manner this year and the first county blitzes are being held this Saturday. We are delighted to have the following players make the development squads: Under 16 Conal Sweeny, Brian McHenry and Stephen Anderson; Under 15 Liam O'Sullivan. The under 14 squad is to be selected during the week and hopefully we will have a number of lads on this panel also. The under 16s are in action this Saturday in Owenbeg where they are grouped with Antrim, Derry and Down. The under 15s are playing in Inniskeen and are grouped with South Ulster and Armagh. This is a good standard of hurling and it's great to see our players make these squads.

On Bank Holiday Monday we are hosting the annual Alan Ryan / Seamus Grimes under 16 hurling tournament. This tournament is in existence since 1998 to honour two former club men and their families. It is one of the most prestigious tournament's at this age in Ulster. Again this year we have attracted some very good teams. Teams confirmed to date are Antrim's Cushendall, Keady from Armagh, Tooreen of Mayo, Padraig Pearse's from Roscommon, Galway's Abbeyknocmoy, Carrickmore of Tyrone and Easkey from Sligo. Play gets underway at 11am and we would encourage everyone to drop in at some stage during the day to watch some great hurling and more importantly to remember the two lads and their families.

We wish all our players well on Sunday as they make their confirmation, we hope they have a great day.

Training for all on Sunday at 12 noon.

Ladies
The Duck Race has been confirmed for Saturday 9th May at 3pm at McKenna's Brook, East Port. We hope to see a big crowd out for this annual fun event.

Hard luck to senior ladies who lost to Convoy on Sunday, it was a tough fought battle against a physically stronger team.

The under 14s have an away match against Killybegs this week. The girls are going well this season, most recently scoring a 3-10 to 1-6 victory over Bundoran.

Under 8 and under 10 training is moving outdoors now to Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh (Munday's) from 6-7pm on Mondays.

Well done to Sarah Patton and the Donegal ladies who are through to the division 2 final against Armagh after defeating Westmeath 3-10 to 1-4.

Club kit
We now have official club shorts available to order. They are O'Neill's, so top quality kit. Kids sizes (24 and 26) cost €18, while adult sizes (28, 30, 32, 34, 36 and 38) cost €22. We'll have samples available and images on aodhruadh.org. Contact Chris Kelly on 0868813553 to place your order. Our navy blue soft shell jackets are also back on sale. 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 also selling adult jackets. You can check out samples of the shorts and jacket on aodhruadh.org. For further details call Chris on 0868813553.

Come Dive With Me
All cards in relation to the Skydive should be returned ASAP to Conal Gallagher, Tom Daly or David McLoone. Weather conditions continue to thwart the actual dive but all 11 are keen to go and it is planned all will get their skydive completed, when safe to do so, over the next two to three weeks.

Abbey Centre Bingo
The winner of the big April Bingo jackpot was Eileen Maguire of Donegal town who took home €800. Bingo as usual this Friday at 9pm in the Abbey Centre. The snowball makes a return for the summer this week starting at €200 on game seven. Books priced at €15 for a full book, or half books for €8, or get the book and a half special for €20. See you there!

Congratulations
Well done to Shane Ward and wife Gráinne on the new addition to the family, Eanna.

God of Carnage
Ballyshannon Drama Society's production of Yasmina Reza's God Of Carnage will stage its last two shows before the All-Ireland finals on Monday 27th April and Tuesday 28th April. Shows commence 8.30pm nightly and tickets are available priced €12 or €10 on concession. The play is directed by Anne McHugh and features the acting talents of Trisha Keane, Rachel O'Connor, Richard Hurst and Tony Liston.

Give blood
You can give blood in the Holyrood Hotel, Bundoran on Thursday 30th April between 3-5pm and 7-9.30pm. New donors are always welcome. See www.giveblood.ie for more information on this important campaign.

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