Club Notes Archive - 2015

Box. JUNE
2 June

Football
Aodh Ruadh are down for action this Sunday June 7th when we host Naomh Colmcille in Father Tierney Park. The reserve game will throw in at 1.30pm, followed by the reserves at 3pm.

Congratulations to minor county players Philip Patton and Nathan Boyle and the three Aodh Ruadh mentors, Mick McGrath, Gary Walsh and Anthony McGrath on their impressive 2-14 to 0-7 away victory over Armagh in the Ulster Minor Football Championship quarter-final on Sunday.

Aodh Ruadh under 14s game against Four Masters fell afoul of the unseasonable Bank Holiday weekend weather. Training this Wednesday at 6.30pm.

The under 10s had a successful trip to Kilcar on Saturday, winning all six of their games in the blitz.

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. On Saturday the under 8s have their first home blitz of the season. We will be hosting Naomh Conaill, Four Masters and Naomh Bríd and the action will be getting under way at 11am. Players must be at the park for 10.30am. With around a hundred children expected we need parents / guardians to help out by supplying a loaf of sandwiches, tray of buns or similar refreshments to help feed all present on the day. Also, we would appreciate if parents / guardians could lend a hand in the kitchen on the day.

Hurling
The senior hurlers play Setanta in the Ulster Táin league on Wednesday at 7 30pm away in the Cross. The senior hurlers would also like to thank Diarmuid Whoriskey of Rathmore Mechanical Services Ltd. for his continued sponsorship of senior hurling in Aodh Ruadh.

Donegal minor hurlers suffered a heavy defeat against Derry in the Ulster minor hurling quarter-final on Saturday in Owenbeg. They actually led after 15 mins 2-1 to 1-3. Derry's ability to score goals proved decisive and they led at half time 4-6 to 2-4. The second half was all one way traffic as the Oak Leaf men ran out convincing winners 6-18 to 2-5. Brendan Gillespie and Oisin Rooney (0-1) started at corner back and centre forward respectively. Unfortunately Brendan got injured midway through the first half and was replaced by club colleague Oisin Roper. Stephen Connolly and Adam Brennan were also on the panel.

This Thursday the under 14s play Setanta in the under 14 B championship semi-final in Father Tierney Park throw in 7pm. The under 14's have put a lot of work in this season and hopefully they will overcome the lads from the Cross. All support welcome for this game.

Training every Sunday at 12 noon for all underage groups. For any information required in relation to underage hurling please contact John Rooney 086-2587793.

Ladies
The under 14s took part in an excellent blitz in Father Tierney Park and Páirc Aoidh Ruadh on Saturday morning and afternoon. As well as Aodh Ruadh there were sides from MacCumhaill's, Killybegs, Grange and Drumcliffe / Rosses Point taking part. There was a high standard of football on the day, but the Aodh Ruadh girls delivered four very impressive performances to win all their games and win the competition outright. Many thanks to the parents / guardians who put on a superb spread of food in the Aras. Thanks also to the match officials on the day and Barry Travers for co-ordinating the competition.

Cash for Clothes
Juvenile Hurling Committee are having our annual clothes recycling campaign for the month of June. We are looking for all used clothes, shoes, handbags, bed linen, etc. For any information in relation to this recycling campaign please contact John Rooney 086-2587793, Tara Keenaghan 086-3331903 or Fionnula Gillespie 087-6668634.

Exam best wishes
Best of luck to all students who are starting the Junior and Leaving Certificate exams on Wednesday.

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
David Quinn of Donegal Town won the May Big Bingo jackpot of €800. Bingo as usual this Friday at 9pm in the Abbey Centre. The Summer Snowball is now €325 on 49 numbers or less and we still have our spot prize on 42 to be won!

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9 June

Football
Aodh Ruadh got the points in a blustery Páirc Aoidh Ruadh, but only after weathering a second half storm from the visitors. The final score of 2-11 to 2-10 was built primarily on a dominant first 30 minutes, Newtown putting the hosts to the pin of their collar in the second half. Aodh Ruadh had strong defensive performances from Eamonn McGrath, Cookie O'Halloran and Nathan Boyle. Damian Cleary was excellent at midfield while up front Barry Mulligan oozed class and Ronan Drummond's work ethic exemplified a committed Ballyshannon display. David McGurrin caused huge damage in the first half and in general the Aodh Ruadh attack linked up very fluently. Another plus for the hosts was the quality of subs coming on, Pauric Patton and David Dolan being especially welcome introductions. We have a full match report with pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

Naomh Colmcille were unable to field a reserve team and so Aodh Ruadh were awarded the points.

Aodh Ruadh now aim to extend their winning run to six games as they travel to Downings this Saturday. The senior game throws in at 7.30pm and is preceded by the reserves at 6pm.

The under 14s will hope Monday night marked a turning point in their season as they recorded a convincing victory over Saint Naul's. Ryan McDonald kept a clean sheet, thanks in large part to a solid defence that limited the Mountcharles men chances to get any kind of momentum going. With centre half back Adam Clarke absent, the number six jersey was worn by Eugene Doherty and he played a blinder turning over ball after ball in the Saint Naul's attack. Harry Howarth's well taken goal in the first half was a result of some great combination play and Aodh Ruadh led 1-5 to 0-4 at half time. With a soft breeze favouring them in the second half Aodh Ruadh brushed aside Saint Naul's, who are better than they showed in Father Tierney Park. Shane Gillespie put in a great shift and scored two goals in the second half bringing his total for the night to 2-6. Eoin Doherty contributed 1-2 while Mark McGlynn and Senan Rooney also got on the score sheet. The workload for the night was shared evenly throughout the team; tackling strongly, maintaining possession and moving the ball well all over the field. Training this Wednesday at 6.30pm.

The under 8s hosted a blitz last Saturday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh with sides from Four Masters, Naomh Conaill and Naomh Bríd also taking part. Conditions were less than ideal with high winds and some rain putting a dampener on things. Still, it was good to see many of our players getting their first game of the season under their belt. Hopefully the next day out conditions will be more clement. The parents / guardians played a blinder upstairs in the Aras where there was a super spread of food put on for the ravenous masses. Thanks also to our match official's on the day, especially Barry Travers, Sylvester Maguire and Bord na nÓg chairman David O'Donnell. We have pictures from the blitz up on aodhruadh.org.

Training continues this Friday for the under 8s and under 6s from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Hurling
Aodh Ruadh play Saint Eunan's in the Ulster Táin league in Father Tierney Park this Sunday 14th June. Throw-in time has not yet finalised been finalised. This is a rare opportunity to see our senior hurlers on home turf, so come out and give them a big Ballyshannon backing.

On Thursday last our under 14s qualified for the under 14 B championship final, defeating Setanta in the semi-final in Father Tierney Park. It was our best performance of the year as every one of the 15 lads gave their all for the cause. The lads have put in a great effort all year and were determined to make this final. They put in a convincing performance and ran out comfortable winners 4-9 to 1-2. At the start of the season it looked like we wouldn't be able to field at this age group. We only had eight players at our first session. Huge work by the players and management saw our panel rise to 17. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. Injuries hit us hard, but we stuck at it and on Thursday evening we got our reward. The lads are up against a very strong Dungloe / Gaoth Dobhair amalgamation in the final this Thursday which will be played in O'Donnell Park, Letterkenny. Throw in 6.30pm. We wish them well.

On Saturday our under 12s had their first outing of the season as they travelled to the Tyrone Centre of Excellence in Garvaghey to take part in a Tyrone blitz. They were in a group with Naomh Colmcille, Éire Óg Carrickmore and Saint Enda's, Omagh. The lads performed very well winning two games and losing narrowly to Saint Enda's. It was a great experience for the lads and very good preparation for their league which starts on 25th June. Many thanks to the parents who drove the lads to Garvaghey, your support is much appreciated.

On Sunday morning in bright sunshine Páirc Aodh Ruadh was a hive of activity as we hosted a blitz for under 8s and under 10s. We had 33 under 8s and fielded four teams and competed against Saint Joseph's Ederney and Four Masters. All our teams did very well and all the players got loads of game time. At under 10 we hosted Erne Gaels and Four Masters. The under 10s won all three of their games. After the games we all adjourned to Aras Aoidh Ruaidh for some welcome refreshments. Thanks to all the ladies for the food and their help in the kitchen.

Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee are delighted to announce Loughlin Heating and Plumbing as the sponsors of our under 8 team. At the blitz on Sunday morning Kevin Loughlin representing the company presented a new set of jerseys for the lads to Juvenile Hurling chairman John Rooney. We are very grateful for this sponsorship which is much appreciated, it is very encouraging to see a local business put their money where their mouth is and show their support for the efforts of this very enthusiastic panel of players.

Training every Sunday at 12 noon for all underage groups. For any information required in relation to underage hurling please contact John Rooney 086-2587793.

Ladies
Under 14 training continues on Tuesdays and Thursday from 6pm to 7pm. We are still awaiting the championship draw to decide the next set of fixtures.

The under 12 girls have been busy in the past week with two fixtures. The first was last Wednesday when they faced Drumcliffe / Rosses Point at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Then on Sunday morning they travelled to Tir Chonaill park where they took on Four Masters. The Shamettes put in a great display in both games to record convincing victories.

Under 12, under 10 and under 8 training continues on Mondays from 6pm to 7pm.

Cash for Clothes
Juvenile Hurling Committee are having our annual clothes recycling campaign for the month of June. We are looking for all used clothes, shoes, handbags, bed linen, etc. For any information in relation to this recycling campaign please contact John Rooney 086-2587793, Tara Keenaghan 086-3331903 or Fionnula Gillespie 087-6668634.

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
The winner of last week's €400 jackpot was Mary Kerrigan of Ballyshannon. Bingo as usual this Friday at 9pm in the Abbey Centre. The summer snowball is now €350 on 49 numbers or less. Plus we still have our spot prize on 42 to be won!

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16 June

Football
A 3-11 to 0-13 win over Downings in Páirc na nDunaibh took Aodh Ruadh top of the division three table for the first time this season. Aodh Ruadh played into a stiff breeze in the first half but a Barry Mulligan goal ensured the sides turned over at the break level 1-3 to 0-6. Aodh Ruadh dominated the third quarter, outscoring Downings 1-3 to 0-1 in that period. Ballyshannon men finished strongly with a goal from Michael 'Sticky' Ward, and points from Diarmaid McInerney. Calum 'Cookie' O'Halloran did very well on Downings star man Lorcan Connor. Johnny Gallagher was brilliant in defence and caused problems all day for Downings with his attacking runs, Damien Cleary dominated midfield, and the forwards as a whole worked tirelessly for the 60 minutes, and took their chances well. We have and extended match repart and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

The reserves also got the better of Downings, coming away with a 1-13 to 0-10 victory. Downings were a very determined and competitive outfit and favoured a physical game. However the Ernesiders dealt with that well and emerged with a six point win. Eugene Drummond and Ryan Patton were excellent in defence. While in a game that went from end to end Oisin Roper really emptied the tank for Aodh Ruadh. Elsewhere Seamus Kane did well in his first game back after a number of years away. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

Aodh Ruadh are now looking to take their winning run to seven games as they travel to tackle Buncrana this Saturday. The senior game throws in at 7.30pm and is preceded by the reserves at 6pm.

The under 14s wrapped up their league programme with a win over Four Masters. The exchanges were nip and tuck in the first 30 minutes, but an excellent Odhran McGarrigle goal before the interval sent the hosts in leading 2-4 to 1-4. The second half was a more expansive affair and Aodh Ruadh's eye for goal got them across the line for an 8-6 to 2-13 victory. Best for Ballyshannon across the 60 minutes were Mark McGlynn and Odhran McGarrigle who showed great appetite for the battle and used the ball intelligently while Cian Barden really shone at full back. The second half saw Senan Rooney come to life and he banged in four goals to stretch Aodh Ruadh into the lead. Tiernan Flood Dolan was also among the goals in the second half, flourishing when moved around the centre of the pitch. Eoin Doherty also worked hard as ever, while Mark Gettins consistently drove well out of defence. It has been a tough campaign, but much progress has been made along the way and sights are set on making a real go of the championship. There is a special training session this Wednesday at 6.30pm, so a full attendance is requested.

Aodh Ruadh's planned under 10 blitz in Pettigo for Saturday did not materialise, so Naomh Bríd and Bundoran agreed to convene in Father Tierney Park for a rescheduled blitz. It was a great morning's football with the Ballyshannon lads giving an excellent account of themselves, many having come on in leaps and bounds in the past year. Massive credit to the parents and guardians who produced once again produced a great spread of grub at short notice. Thanks also to the referees on the day. We have pictures from the blitz live on aodhruadh.org.

Our second under 8 blitz of the year takes place this Saturday in Donegal Town. The games get under way at 11am. As many parents / guardians as possible should come along to ensure we have lifts for all the players. We will be leaving the park at 10am.

Training continues this Friday for the under 8s and under 6s from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Hurling
Aodh Ruadh took the Donegal derby bragging rights in the Ulster Táin League with a 2-13 to 2-5 victory over Saint Eunan's in Father Tierney Park on Sunday morning. The hosts were slow out of the blocks but Aodh Ruadh went in leading at half time on a scoreline of 2-7 to 0-3. Aodh Ruadh took the foot off the pedal near the end and allowed Saint Eunan's in for two late goals to leave the final score 2-13 to 2-5. This win lifts Aodh Ruadh to third in the table and four points behinds the leaders, with four games remaining. This was a good overall team performance with Ciaran Rami, Stephen Sheerin in defence, Eddie Lynch and Ciaran Kilgannon in midfield and Conor McNeely and Christopher Kilgannon putting in very good performances. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

The under 14s came up against a very strong amalgamation of Dungloe / Gaoth Dobhair in the B Championship final on Thursday last in O'Donnell Park, Letterkenny. As was so often the case this season we had no sub and just had 14 players, but credit to the lads they gave their all in this game. We actually opened the scoring, but a brace of goals for the Gaeltacht men early in the first half left us chasing the game. Try as hard as we could we couldn't match the fitness and physicality of the Dungloe / Gaoth Dobhair lads. We trailed at half time 2-6 to 1-1, but the exertions of the first half took their toll in the second half as Dungloe / Gaoth Dobhair ran out convincing winners 5-12 to 1-3. At our first training session this year we had eight players. The lads deserve great credit for getting together a panel of 17 players. A lot of work was put in by the players and management and we did very well fielding for every game and making this final. Hopefully the lads enjoyed the season and realise the amount of work they have to put into their game on and off the field to improve and make the step up to under 16 level. Thanks to the players and their parents for their support all season.

The under 12s travelled to Irvinestown on Monday evening to take part in a blitz organised by the Fermanagh Hurling Board. A squad of nine made the trip and performed very well winning both their games against Saint Joseph's and Erne Gaels. Their hard work in training stood to them in these games which should prove useful as they continue their preparations for the beginning of the league on 25th June with a home game against Four Masters.

The second all county blitz for under 8s and under 10s takes place in the Centre of Excellence in Convoy this Sunday. Details will be circulated during the week.

Training every Sunday at 12 noon for all underage groups. For any information required in relation to underage hurling please contact John Rooney 086-2587793.

Ladies
Under 14 training continues on Tuesdays and Thursday from 6pm to 7pm.

The under 12 girls are away to Killybegs this Wednesday at 7pm. Please note that we will need parents / guardians to assist with transport to this game.

Under 12, under 10 and under 8 training continues on Mondays from 6pm to 7pm.

Cash for Clothes
Juvenile Hurling Committee are having our annual clothes recycling campaign for the month of June. We are looking for all used clothes, shoes, handbags, bed linen, etc. For any information in relation to this recycling campaign please contact John Rooney 086-2587793, Tara Keenaghan 086-3331903 or Fionnula Gillespie 087-6668634.

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.

Dermot Earley Youth Leadership Initiative
Applications are being invited for the Dermot Earley Youth Leadership Initiative. This is a GAA programme designed to develop leadership qualities in youngsters, using the late Dermot Earley as a role model. Earley played at the highest level with Roscommon and rose to Chief of Staff in the army. The programme is targeted at 15-18 year old males and females. On completion graduates will get a certificate accredited by NUIG. Those interested can apply or can be nominated. The programme consists of two modules that of 15 hours each. At the end there is a community action project where participants use the skills they have acquired to affect the community in a positive manner. The first two modules are mainly activities and discussion. Sessions will be split between Aodh Ruadh and Four Masters. For further information read more on the GAA website.

Abbey Centre Bingo
The winner of last week's €400 jackpot was Marian Deakon of Belleek. Bingo as usual this Friday at 9pm in the Abbey Centre. The summer snowball is now €375 on 49 numbers or less. Plus we still have our spot prize on 42 to be won!

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.

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23 June

Football
Aodh Ruadh extended their unbeaten league run to seven games in Buncrana, but it required some late heroics from Diarmaid McInerney to secure the points. The hosts were in good form and put up a good battle especially in the first half where they ran Ballyshannon ragged. Aodh Ruadh had opened the scoring with a goal from Barry Mulligan, but after that the Scarvey men took ownership of the game and the interval scores were 1-10 to 1-2 in their favour. The visitors had the wind behind them in the second period and a Seamus Kane goal provided Aodh Ruadh with the ideal start to the half. The Ernesiders confined the homesters to just one point in the second 30, while steadily eating into their lead. Diarmaid McInerney got the equaliser with a few minutes of normal time left, before stepping up to nail a tricky 30 metre dead ball to give Aodh Ruadh full points. We have a team sheet and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

Aodh Ruadh have one of their biggest games of the season to date this Sunday when they host promotion rivals Milford in Father Tierney Park. The senior game throws in at 3pm and is preceded by the reserves at 1.30pm.

Under 14s continue their build-up to the championship game against Dungloe on July 7th. Training this Wednesday at 6.30pm with challenge game for the coming weekend

The under 12s play Four Masters this Wednesday in Father Tierney Park at 6.30pm. The is the last game of the round robin stages of the league and will determine which of the sides enjoys home advantage for the Southern Minor Board league final so a large Aodh Ruadh support for this one would be much appreciated

Our sincere condolences to under 10 coach James Bradshaw on the untimely passing of his brother Stephen. Our thoughts are with the family at this time.

The under 8s had a good outing last Saturday in Donegal town. The As and Bs both had good wins over Dungloe. The Bs maintained their good start to the season with a draw against Four Masters. The As played really well against Four Masters, growing into the game as it went on. Our panel on the day was: Che Barron, Ben Daly, Stephen Doran, Anton Duffy, Cormac Finnegan, James Gallagher, Joseph Gibbons, Tom Holland, Sadhbh Hughes, Toirleach Hughes, Donagh Kelly, Tomás Keown, Sean Maguire, Jayden McGrath-Clyne; Dara McGloin, Garvey Meade, Bobby Melly, Ted O'Donnell, Dara O'Mahoney, Sean O'Neill, Corey Sheridan, Dathai Sheerin, Corey Sheridan, Alan Vaughan and Shay Winters. We are down a couple jerseys, so if you happen to turn up one in your young fella's gear, let us know! Training continues this Friday for the under 8s and under 6s from 6.30pm to 7.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Karl Lacey will be head coach at the Lenovo Skills Hub football camp which commences on Tuesday, June 23rd and runs to Thursday June 25th from 10.30am to 2.30pm in Tír Chonaill Park, Donegal town. The camp is open to 13-16 year olds. Along with playing the games and expert coaching, a section of each day will be used to show best practice in Lifestyle choices such as nutrition, fitness levels, preparation for games, sun smart, and general advice from the inter-county players present. The camp costs €50 for one child with a reduced rate for second, third, and fourth. This can be paid on the day. We encourage all players to attend this camp as it has proven a useful developmental experience for players in the past. If anyone needs a lift contact Alan Sweeny on 0868052816.

Euro-Shot Challenge
Sheets will be going out over the next week to all underage players for Bord na nÓg's inaugural Euro-Shot Challenge. The concept is simple, points win prizes. The more points your team scores, the more chance they have of winning a special team prize. There are three prizes on offer. The under 8s and under 10s will be competing for a team trip to Castle Adventure Open Farm. The under 12s and under 14s will face off for a team outing to Bundoran Cineplex. Meanwhile the under 16s and under 18s are competing for a beach party and barbecue sponsored by Kernan's Spar. Shots are a €1 a go with the Euro-Shot Challenge taking place on Sunday 12th July in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. The more lines you sell, the more shots you get. But the important thing is putting the shots over the bar, which makes this fund-raiser a great way to hone one of the most important aspects of our games. All players will have to take a minimum number of shots, so even if you only score one point, it could be the one that wins that wins your team the prize. There are individual prizes for the top scorers in each team, while the overall highest scoring team will take home the handsome Euro-Shot Challenge Plate. To make it easier to sell lines, there are also two tickets to the Ulster final up for grabs, with the winners being drawn on the day of the Euro-Shot Challenge, a week before the final. Our special thanks to Kernan's Spar, Eclipse Cinemas, Castle Adventure Open Farm and the Donegal Democrat for their sponsorship of this fund-raiser. Euro-Shot Challenge sheets can be downloaded directly from aodhruadh.org.

Hurling
Aodh Ruadh senior hurlers returned to Ulster Táin League action on Friday evening against Setanta at the Cross. Lying second and third respectively in the league there was a lot to play for and the Aodh Ruadh men made their presence known from the outset with a well taken point from play by Kieran Kilgannon. Both teams traded points with Conor McNeeley and Jack Matthews getting on the scoreboard before Kevin Loughlin deflected a long range free into the back of the net to give the Ballyshannon men a three point lead going into half time on a scoreline of 1-6 to 0-6. The Aodh Ruadh men found it difficult to maintain the free flowing hurling of the first half and an early goal by the home side drew the sides level. Both sides fought tirelessly throughout the game until a fortuitous goal by Setanta near the end of the game proved the decisive score. Setanta emerged victors at the end of an evenly contested game on a scoreline of 2-10 to 1-10. Despite the loss the Aodh Ruadh men can take a lot of pride in the way they performed on the day. There was some excellent performances from Barry Farragher in defence, Kieran Kilgannon in mid-field and Jack Matthews in attack. Next game is against Strabane's Ná Seamroga on July 5th.

Last Sunday the second All-County blitz for the under 8s and under 10s was held in the Centre of Excellence in Convoy. Once again we had the largest numbers of all clubs present. We had 24 under 8s and fielded three teams. Each of the teams did very well winning the majority of their games. The hard work being put in at training is being reflected in the blitzes this year. All of the squad is doing very well and the improvement over this year is very evident. We had nine under 10s and again they did very well with a very young team the majority in their first year at this level. They won three of their five games. It was the under 8s first time wearing their new jerseys sponsored by Loughlin Heating and Plumbing and they played as well as they looked. All in all it was a great day despite the poor weather. Many thanks to all the parents who brought the lads and lassies to the blitz and gave them great support throughout the day. We have pictures from the blitz up on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page.

The under 12 and under 16 leagues begin this Thursday with both teams in action at home. The under 12s take on neighbours Four Masters while the under 16s play Letterkenny Gaels.

Training every Sunday at 12 noon for all underage groups. For any information required in relation to underage hurling please contact John Rooney 086-2587793.

Ladies
The under 14s commence their A championship campaign this Tuesday, 23rd June in Father Tierney Park against Naomh Conaill. Throw in is at 7pm, all players to be at the park for 6.15pm. This team has gone unbeaten this year and this game will be a good test of the side's progress. We would like to see a big showing of Ballyshannon support up at the park to cheer the girls on. Under 14 training continues on Tuesdays and Thursday from 6pm to 7pm.

The under 12s hosted Killybegs in Father Tierney Park last Wednesday for an enjoyable game. We have pictures from the match up on aodhruadh.org.

Under 12, under 10 and under 8 training continues on Mondays from 6pm to 7pm.

Summer Camp
Aodh Ruadh Summer Camp 2015 runs on Monday 6th July-10th July and Monday 13th July-17th July. The camp runs from 10am to 3pm daily. Each week the camp will cater for all ages from 6 to 14, both BOYS and GIRLS. Activities include skills training, fun and games, Gaelic football, camogie, rounders, hurling and swimming. Applicants should bring a packed lunch as no one will be allowed to leave camp during the day. The camp runs from 10am to 3pm. Cost is as follows: One child €70; Two children €120; Three children €180; Four children €200. For further information contact Sylvester Maguire on 0860532495.

Reunion for 1990 Community Games champions
There will be a reunion on Saturday 29th August in Bridgend Bar for the 1990 Donegal and All-Ireland winning Community Games team of Aodh Ruadh. The team who won the county title that year were Stephen Ward, Paul Rafferty, Kenneth McGurren, Martin Gallagher, Sean Maguire, Anthony Sheerin, Gavin Rogers, David Greene, James Shannon, Brendan Boyle, Dermot Fox, David Hoey, Sean Perry, Matthew Hughes, Christy Coughlin, Barry Travers and Jamie McCauley. Michael 'Sticky' Ward was captain while Jim Kane was manager. Contact Sean Perry (0879105013) or Jim Kane (0862849425) for further details regarding this event.

Cash for Clothes
Juvenile Hurling Committee are having our annual clothes recycling campaign for the month of June. We are looking for all used clothes, shoes, handbags, bed linen, etc. For any information in relation to this recycling campaign please contact John Rooney 086-2587793, Tara Keenaghan 086-3331903 or Fionnula Gillespie 087-6668634.

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.

Folk Festival launch
All are invited to a free concert in the Abbey Centre on Thursday 25th June at 8.30pm to launch the 38th Annual Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival. Come along and enjoy a night of music, song agus craic with one of Ireland's most vibrant bands from Belfast - the Rapparees. Enjoy a glass of wine, some refreshments and a great night of entertainment - all brought to you by Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival.

Abbey Centre Bingo
The winner of last week's €400 jackpot was Mrs Foley of Kinlough. This Friday is the June Big Bingo at 9pm in the Abbey Centre with a massive €3,000 prize fund Books priced at €15 for full book, €8 for a half bookor get the book and a half summer special for €20. The game seven summer snowball is now €400 on 49 numbers or less. Plus we still have our spot prize on 42 to be won!

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.

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30 June

Football
Aodh Ruadh's winning run in division three was brought to an end in Father Tierney Park, after a powerful Milford side took the honours winning by four points. Aodh Ruadh lead by a point at the interval, but Milford were the more economical side in the second half and punished every Ballyshannon error. A disappointing 1-7 to 0-14 defeat for the hosts, but there were good performances from Johnny Gallagher at centre back where he got good defensive cover from Michael Ward and Callum O'Halloran. Meanwhile Diarmaid McInerney and Sticky Ward both worked hard front. There is a full report and pictures from the game upp on aodhruadh.org.

There was better news for the reserves who easily disposed of the Milford challenge in the first game. They lead 2-7 to 1-2 at the turn-over and made light of the facing wind in the second half to leave the final scores Aodh Ruadh 7-12 Milford 2-5. Best for Aodh Ruadh were Matthew Maguire who impressed on his return to club colours. Ryan Patton and Darren Gethins also starred in the defence. At midfield Aidan Murray and Niall Thomas were totally dominant and the whole Aodh Ruadh attack with in fine form. We have a full report and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

Aodh Ruadh's next round of fixtures will be on Wednesday 8th July when they travel to take on Naomh Bríd. The senior game throws in at 8pm and is preceded by the reserves at 6.30pm.

Monday evening's minor championship game against Saint Naul's had to be abandoned after Philip Patton was taken to hospital with a suspected collapsed lung. All in the club wish Philip the very best for a speedy recovery.

The under 14s will be travelling to a match in Grange this Wednesday 1st July. We will be looking for parents to assist with transport to this game. All players and parents/guardians able to help with transport are asked to assemble at Father Tierney Park for 6.15pm. Game at 7.30pm. This is an important game as it's our last before championship. Text John on 087-6431805 if help with transport is required. Training on Saturday at 11am.

Aodh Ruadh take on Four Masters in the under 12 Southern Divisional Board League Final this Friday. The game is in Tír Chonaill Park, Donegal Town, with the throw-in at 7pm. Please come along and get behind our boys and help to support them. The more voices of encouragement they hear, the better their performance will be. The two sides played a very closely contested game in Father Tierney Park last Friday, so this entertaining game could go either way.

Training continues this Friday for the under 8s and under 6s from the earlier time of 5.30pm to 6.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. This is to give people a chance to attend the under 12 divisional final in Donegal town at 7pm.

Euro-Shot Challenge
Sheets will be going out over the next week to all underage players for Bord na nÓg's inaugural Euro-Shot Challenge. The concept is simple, points win prizes. The more points your team scores, the more chance they have of winning a special team prize. There are three prizes on offer. The under 8s and under 10s will be competing for a team trip to Castle Adventure Open Farm. The under 12s and under 14s will face off for a team outing to Bundoran Cineplex. Meanwhile the under 16s and under 18s are competing for a beach party and barbecue sponsored by Kernan's Spar. Shots are a €1 a go with the Euro-Shot Challenge taking place on Sunday 12th July in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. The more lines you sell, the more shots you get. But the important thing is putting the shots over the bar, which makes this fund-raiser a great way to hone one of the most important aspects of our games. All players will have to take a minimum number of shots, so even if you only score one point, it could be the one that wins that wins your team the prize. There are individual prizes for the top scorers in each team, while the overall highest scoring team will take home the handsome Euro-Shot Challenge Plate. To make it easier to sell lines, there are also two tickets to the Ulster final up for grabs, with the winners being drawn on the day of the Euro-Shot Challenge, a week before the final. Our special thanks to Kernan's Spar, Eclipse Cinemas, Castle Adventure Open Farm and the Donegal Democrat for their sponsorship of this fund-raiser. Euro-Shot Challenge sheets can be downloaded directly from aodhruadh.org.

Hurling
Last Thursday saw a great evening of hurling in the park as both the under 12s and under 16s made winning starts to their league campaigns. The under 12s beat Four Masters 1-3 to 1-0 and the under 16s defeated Letterkenny Gaels 4-9 to 1-1. We have pictures from the under 12 match up on aodhruadh.org.

Training every Sunday at 12 noon for all underage groups. For any information required in relation to underage hurling please contact John Rooney 086-2587793.

Ladies
The Aodh Ruadh under 14s lost out in their A championship clash with Naomh Conaill last Tuesday. Aodh Ruadh started well, Cáit Gillespie striking the first goal of the game, but Naomh Conaill came back strongly and were winning at half-time. Aodh Ruadh made some positional switches at half time and they sparked a come-back. The hosts shot five goals to take themselves back into the lead, Eva Moore, Melissa McGowan and Cáit Gillespie among those finding the net. However Naomh Conaill finished the final quarter the stronger of the sides and went on to secure the win. Best for Aodh Ruadh on the day were Bridín Maguire who made a number of magnificent saves and used her kick outs well. Ella Clancy was superb at wing back, while Caoimhe Keon did very well in midfield and up front Shona Slevin put in a fine shift. The Aodh Ruadh team was: Bridín Maguire; Leah Travers, Alicia Clyne, Erin McGowan; Katherine McClay, Síofra Hughes, Ella Clancy; Leah O'Brien, Caoimhe Keon; Shona Slevin, Melissa McGowan, Roisín Daly; Alana Gallagher, Cait Gillespie, Dearbhla McGuckin. Substitutes: Eva Moore, Chloe Connolly. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

The under 12 girls have a game this Thursday in Killybegs with the throw-in at 6.30pm. The team will leave the park at 5pm.

This Wednesday the under 10 girls will be travelling to MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey for a challenge match against MacCumhaill's. We will be leaving the Park at 5pm. Anyone who needs a lift should contact Gaby or Louise.

Under 12, under 10 and under 8 training continues on Mondays from 6pm to 7pm.

Summer Camp
Aodh Ruadh Summer Camp 2015 runs on Monday 6th July-10th July and Monday 13th July-17th July. The camp runs from 10am to 3pm daily. Each week the camp will cater for all ages from 6 to 14, both BOYS and GIRLS. Activities include skills training, fun and games, Gaelic football, camogie, rounders, hurling and swimming. Applicants should bring a packed lunch as no one will be allowed to leave camp during the day. The camp runs from 10am to 3pm. Cost is as follows: One child €70; Two children €120; Three children €180; Four children €200. For further information contact Sylvester Maguire on 0860532495.

Cash for Clothes
Juvenile Hurling Committee are having our annual clothes recycling campaign for the month of June. We are looking for all used clothes, shoes, handbags, bed linen, etc. For any information in relation to this recycling campaign please contact John Rooney 086-2587793, Tara Keenaghan 086-3331903 or Fionnula Gillespie 087-6668634.

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.

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