Club Notes Archive - 2016

Box. JUNE
7 June

Football
The Rory Gallagher festival might have been in progress, but the big action in Ballyshannon on Saturday evening was in Father Tierney Park where Aodh Ruadh had the place rocking with a dominant performance to see off a game Naomh Ultan outfit and make it nine wins in nine games in division three thanks to a 2-15 to 2-7 victory. Considering this was an Aodh Ruadh team shorn of a number of regular starters, it was an impressive display by the hosts. Niall Murray and Jason Granaghan were superb at half back while Conor Patton, Kerry Ryan and Niall Harley all put in serious shifts in the middle third with Pauric Patton offering excellent support. Again the calm influence of Sticky Ward was a decided asset while David Dolan's continues to be a joy to watch play football. David McGurrin and Diarmaid McInerney ensured that Aodh Ruadh never lacked for scoring outlets. We have a full match report and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

The reserves made it two wins on the bounce with a good win over Naomh Ultan, 0-18 to 2-4 the final scorline. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

Ulster Championship takes precedence this weekend so the seniors and reserves have a break until the much anticipated trip to Naomh Bríd on Saturday, 18th June. The reserve game throws in at Páirc Naomh Bríd at 6pm followed by the seniors at 7.30pm. Best wishes to Peter Boyle and the rest of the Donegal panel as they take on Fermanagh this Sunday.

The under 12s had two good games against Saint Naul's last Wednesday. With 28 players up on the night there was plenty of changes to the line-up throughout both games. The reserve team did very well but were behind by a point at the final whistle. The final score in the reserve game was 5-7 to 4-11 The seniors fought well throughout their game and in the end it could have gone either way. The seniors continue their unbeaten run in the league with a 5-9 to 4-7 victory. It was great to see such strong support from the boys' families and friends and many thanks to the parents who provided tea and food afterwards for players, visitors and local supporters. We now top the league table and are targeting a place in the Divisional Final which would be achievable with one win out of our final two games. Naomh Conaill provide the opposition this Wednesday, players and travelling supporters should meet in the park at 6pm to organise transport. Throw in is in Glenties at 7.30pm

With the weekend that's in it, the under 8s are getting into the championship spirit with a Donegal v Fermanagh challenge this Friday. Aodh Ruadh will carry the honour of Donegal, while Erne Gaels will be representing the Fermanagh raiders. Aodh Ruadh players are asked to wear Donegal tops if they have them, or any yellow top if they haven't. The games will start at 7pm, so players are asked to just come at the usual time for training.

Under 10 and under 6 training continues as usual this Friday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Páirc Aoidh Ruadh.

Ladies
The past week saw the under 14s topping the Southern section courtesy of a walk over against MacCumhaill's and a 2-10 to 0-4 win against Bundoran. These results see Aodh Ruadh placed in the A championship section. The meeting with Bundoran was a hard fought contest and the sides were pegged at 0-2 apiece at the break. Caitlin McGarrigle at half back was one of Ernesiders' strongest performers while Eva Moore and Leah O'Brien went well up front. We have a challenge match this Thursday against Glencar Manorhamilton in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 6pm. After that the next assignment will be the county semi-final which will be in Father Tierney Park, date and time to be confirmed. We would like to see a big showing of Ballyshannon to get behind the Shamettes. Training continues on Tuesday evenings at 5.45pm.

The under 12s entertained a strong Killybegs outfit in Father Tierney Park last Tuesday. The first game saw Aodh Ruadh emerge 7-12 to 1-2 winners. The second game was a good, evenly fought contest. It was level at 0-9 to 3-0 at half time, but the girls turned in a brilliant display in the second half against the wind to win 3-14 to 5-3. This was a real 25 girl performance with every player making a big contribution. The panel was Lucy Barden, Ciara Caldwell, Cara Davitt, Hannah Gallagher, Evelyn Rose Gallagher, Lucy Gallagher, Niamh Gallagher, Ciara Gillespie, Áine Hill, Caoimhe Hughes-O'Brien, Niamh Hughes, Megan Kane, Annie Keon, Rhiana Masterson Burrows, Lucy McGlynn, Aoibhínn McGarrigle, Emily McHugh, Lauren McHugh, Emer O'Brien, Katie O'Brien, Clodagh O'Connor, Shauna O'Mahoney, Rachel Patton, Cora Rooney and Fódhla Sheerin. Many thanks to Patricia Mc Shea-Hill, Orla McGlynn, Paul Gillespie, Marty Kane and Sylvester Maguire for their help with the team on the day. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. We face Kilcar in our last game of the league stages this Thursday evening at Father Tierney Park. The game throws-in at 7.30pm and all players are to be at the park no later than 7pm. Training as usual on Saturday at 10am.

Under 8 and under 10 training continues at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Mondays from 6-7pm.

Hurling
On Thursday last our under 14s took on Setanta in the Division 2 League Final in the Centre of Excellence in Convoy. This was one of the best under age hurling games seen in Donegal in recent years. Both teams gave it their all in blistering heat. We got off to a perfect start against our physically stronger opponents with an early goal. Setanta hit back for a point followed by a goal and a couple of points. We had plenty of possession, but couldn't make it count on the score board. Setanta hit for another goal, but we finished the half strongly with a goal and a couple of points to leave the half-time score Setanta 2-5 Aodh Ruadh 2-2. The large and enthusiastic crowd were treated to a rip roaring second half. Our young team, six of whom are under 12, grew into the game the longer it went on. Scores were traded throughout the second half, we were two points behind with a couple of minutes to go when we struck for a goal to put us a point ahead entering the final stages. We learned a harsh by not defending the puck out and Setanta hit straight back for a goal. But the lads didn't give up and replied with a great point to leave the minimum between the sides deep into injury time. There was heartbreak with the last puck of the game as an Aodh Ruadh free hit the post and went wide, with that the final whistle went. These lads were a credit to the club on the night we couldn't be any prouder of them even if they had won. The effort they put in was tremendous even more so when you think that seven of them had already contested Cumann na mBunscol county finals earlier that day with Creevy National School and Gaelscoil Éirne. We learned some hard lessons in this game and we've no doubt the lads will come back stronger from this defeat. Many thanks to the parents who drove the lads to the game and gave great support throughout the game. Next up for the lads is the championship semi-final away to Letterkenny Gaels this Thursday.

Well done to the Donegal under 17s who beat Leitrim on Saturday in the Celtic Challenge Cup 2-13 to 1-8. Stephen Anderson and Conall Sweeny both started and Brian McHenry came on early in the second half. All three of the lads did well and played their part in the victory.

Well done to Creevy National School who won the Cumann na mBunscol county final on Thursday and Gaelscoil Éirne who came second in the county on the same day.

Cash for clubs
We all know there's plenty of Ballyshannon money going into Bundoran, so it's about time we got a bit back out of them! Lidl, as sponsors of Ladies Gaelic Football, have a new in-store competition which started on Thursday 26th May and runs until Sunday, 10th July inviting customers to nominate their local Ladies Gaelic Football Club to win cash prizes. Using the nomination card offered at the till with every purchase - two cards given for over €20 spent, customers can vote for their local club from the list of clubs on the in-store competition unit. €1,000 is available to be won in each store. Obviously we'd prefer people kept their trade in Ballyshannon as much as possible, but if you are shopping abroad make sure that Aodh Ruadh gets your vote at the Lidl check out.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was won by Nora Dawson. There was no winner of the summer snowball so next week's snowball prize will be €225 on 45 numbers or less. Bingo as usual at 9pm this Friday at the Abbey Centre. Books priced at just €10.

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14 June

Football
The Aodh Ruadh seniors and reserves have the much anticipated trip to Naomh Bríd this Saturday, 18th June. The reserve game throws in at Páirc Naomh Bríd at 6pm followed by the seniors at 7.30pm.

The Frank O'Neill Memorial tournament final took place last Saturday and was was won by Dylan Gallagher's team who defeated Michael McKenna's side in a hard fought game which saw some excellent passages of football from both teams. JC Mc Garrigle, Pauric Keenaghan, and Nathan Owens-Kelly all had excellent games for the winning team. Captain of the team Dylan Gallagher played a captain's role and deservely got man of the match. The sides were evenly matched in the first quarter being level on a number of occasions, but Dylan's team upped the pace and scored a couple of goals before half-time. McKenna hit back after the break and Dylan Gallagher and Senan Rooney traded goals as did Pauric Keenaghan and Michael McKenna. Whatever chance McKenna had was put to bed when Dylan Gallagher hit two goals and a few points. Michael McKenna did get a goal back, but a couple of excellent points from the left boot of Jack McSherry put the game beyond reach and Dylan Gallagher lifted the Frank O'Neill cup. Thanks to Referee David Hoey who did an excellent job and also thanks to David O'Donnell of Kernan's Spar for the crisps and drinks after the game. We have pictures from the final up on aodhruadh.org.

Aodh Ruadh secured their place in the under 12 divisional final last Wednesday when they defeated Naomh Conaill up in Glenties. The senior game was open and free flowing and the Ballyshannon boys were well in control winning 6-16 to 4-12. The Reserves came out on top in their game too with only two points to spare. There were some lovely football skills on show in both games and the lads showed great character and teamwork in overcoming two good Glenties teams. On Saturday we welcomed Saint Eunan's to the park for a challenge match. The reserves had a great battle with the Letterkenny Junior side while the seniors overcame a slow start to play with style and fluidity. Great support play and improved passing in the second half made the difference and our boys won it well. We are grateful to the Letterkenny mentors and players for making the trip up and to the parents of our boys who laid on the hospitality afterwards in the club house. This Wednesday, 15th June, the under 12s play the last round of the league against Dungloe at home. Throw-in for the Reserves is at 7pm.

On Thursday evening 15 Aodh Ruadh and Realt na Mara players from local schools participated in our qualification round for the Donegal Creameries sponsored skills competition. Mairtín McGarrigle came out on top with 95 points and went on to the County Final in MacCumhaill Park the next night. Mairtín, representing Gaelscoil Éirne and Aodh Ruadh came fourth out of 33 in the county final skills competition. There was very little between the scores of the first five boys with only the bare minimum of points and fractions of seconds separating them. Martín scored 105 out of a possible 130 and did the club, his school and his family proud. Maith thú a Mhairtín.

Congratulations to Aaron Neilan, Ryan Keenaghan and Damian Weber who saw action for Donegal during the half-time games in the Ulster SFC quarter-final in MacCumhaill Park on Sunday.

Under 10, under 8 and under 6 training continues as usual this Friday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Páirc Aoidh Ruadh.

Ladies
The under 14 girls A county semi-final originally scheduled for Tuesday has fallen foul of board room maneuverings. We await the outcome of Tuesday night's Ladies County Board meeting for further clarity. There will be training as usual on Tuesday from 5.45pm to 7pm.

The under 12 girls wrapped up their Southern league campaign with five wins from five against a brave Kilcar outfit in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh last Thursday. Lucy Barden was excellent at half back while Cara Davit was also very effective at corner back. Up front Aoibhínn McGarrigle was on fire while Annie Keon, Áine Hill, Lucy Gallagher, Clodagh O'Connor and Emer O'Brien all scored heavily. There is a change to under 12 girls training for coming week. We are going Wednesday 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Then we are going Friday 5.30pm. After this we revert to the usual Thursday and Saturday slots.

Under 8 and under 10 training continues at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Mondays from 6-7pm.

Hurling
The Aodh Ruadh hurlers registered a good win the Ulster Táin League Division 2B when they saw off Tyrone outfit Naomh Columcille on a 1-13 to 1-8 scoreline on Sunday.

The under 14s were away to Letterkenny Gaels in the Championship semi-final on Thursday last. The lads were much too strong for the Gaels lads and were convincing winners. They are now through to the B championship final where they will play the strong amalgamated Dungloe / Gaoth Dobhair team. Date and venue are yet to be confirmed. After a couple of months planning the under 14s are away to Tipperary this weekend for the National Finals of Féile na nGael, it promises to be a great weekend for the lads on and off the field. We are being hosted by the Fethard club in South Tipperary. We are in a group with Fethard, Carrick Davin's of Tipperary and Ballyvarley from Down. We leave early on Friday morning and that evening will play two games in Carrick-on-Suir at the home of the first GAA President Maurice Davin. After the games we return to Fethard to our host families. On Saturday morning we play our last group game in Fethard, the rest of Saturday's programme is dependent on where we finish in the group. On Sunday we are heading to Semple Stadium for the Munster Senior Hurling Championship semi-final between Tipperary and Limerick which is sure to be a great game to finish what should be a great weekend for the lads. We have got great support from local businesses towards this trip and all will be acknowledged on social media during the week.

Raise a cup for MND
We encourage club members to come out and support the coffee morning in Kilbarron House this Saturday 18th June. It runs from 10am to 4pm and is a fund-raiser for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association. The association supports people with motor neurone disease, their families and carers through advocacy, home and professional support, and research into the condition. John Larkin has recently being diagnosed with MND, he has been a tireless worker for the Aodh Ruadh club for a long number of years and we would encourage all club people and others in the locality to support this worthwhile event.

Pieta House
In aid of Pieta House North West two men, on June 17th, 18th and 19th will, for the for the first time every attempt to cycle from Mountcharles to Burtonport; Walk the islands of Arranmore, Gola and Tory ending in Downings; and walk for 24 hours from Downings to Mountcharles over Meenaroy and the Bluestacks. You can donate by texting PH4 to 50300 to donate €4 or go to www.idonate.ie/Go4Pieta. There will also be bucket collections across Donegal on Saturday 18th June. To find out more and Donate on www.go4pieta.ie

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21 June

Football
The Aodh Ruadh seniors went into the lion's den otherwise known as Páirc Naomh Bríd on Saturday evening and came away with two hard won league points. They had to fight every inch of the way for them. Aodh Ruadh went in trailing at the break by 0-8 to 0-5. A David McGurrin goal and free leveled matters in the second half at 1-8 to 0-11, but Naomh Bríd pushed on again and they lead by two points with time all but up. Then up stepped Kerry Ryan to stab home the goal which handed Ballyshannon victory with the last kick of the ball. That win now takes Ballyshannon seven points clear at the top of division three as they made it ten wins from ten with promotion edging ever-closer to Aodh Ruadh's grasp. We have a full match report up on aodhruadh.org with some cracking pictures also going live on that page over the course of the week.

The reserves made the short trip to neighbours Naomh Bríd with a small, yet strong enough squad which included a welcome return to action for Niall McCready. The hosts enjoyed the better of the opening exchanges keeping a narrow lead early on. The opening scores for the visitors came from Anthony Coughlin and Cian Dolan, keeping the score at 0-3 to 0-2. Aodh Ruadh then hit a purple patch in the middle third of the half as two solid free kicks from Murray followed by another Coughlin point and one from McCready had the vistors in a commanding position. However, a recurrence of a shoulder injury ended Murray's involvement in the game and allowed momentum switch back to Naomh Bríd. The hosts went on to score a further two points and also saw a fortuitous effort for point drop short into the top corner of the net to leave Naomh Bríd leading by 1-4 to 0-6 at the break. The hosts added the next two scores with Chris Goan responding for Ballyshannon with a short free kick. Naomh Bríd then hit a sucker punch. With the Erne men pressing high upfield a point attempt dropped short only for the hosts to turnover and break downfield to bury a goal past Warnock to stretch their lead to five. This increased to six before Aodh Ruadh really sparked into life for the half, with a goal from Cian Dolan along with points from Coughlin and another from Spanny Goan bringing the game back to a single score at 2-9 to 1-9 with five minutes to play. However, the Erne men couldn't get enough possession in the final stages and it was Naomh Bríd who finished the stronger adding the final two points, with most of their damage being done by Shane Rooney at full forward. Best for Aodh Ruadh was Cian Dolan who had a good outing in midfield and took his scores well. Chris McCabe was solid in defence and PJ Gillespie carried a lot of ball and linked play well. Niall McCready showed no signs of a player intent on hanging up the boots just yet. We wish Aiden Murray a speedy recovery from his latest shoulder ordeal and no doubt he soon be back to at least bark the orders from the sideline. We will have team details and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org over the course of the week.

There will be another break in adult action until after the Ulster semi-finals between Donegal and Monaghan. The next club games are scheduled for Saturday 2nd July when we are down to travel to second placed Buncrana. In the meantime we wish Peter Boyle, Nathan Boyle, Shane McGrath, Oisin Rooney and the Donegal senior and minor teams all the very best as they take on Monaghan for Ulster final places this Saturday in Breffni Park. Minors throw-in at 5pm followed by the seniors at 7pm.

The under 12 seniors lost out in the last game of the league stages to a quality Dungloe outfit. This gives the northern lads home advantage in the Divisional Final which will take place on July 2nd. Aodh Ruadh has also qualified for the County Finals day on July 9th. This will see the county semi-finals and final played on the same day. Both these finals include senior and reserve games. There will be training as usual on Friday from 5.15pm to 6.30pm.

The under 8s travel to Glenties for a blitz this Saturday. Throw in for the games is 11am. We will need assistance with transport from parents / guardians. We will be meeting at the park at 9.25am to arrange lifts for any players who need them and departing for Glenties at 9.40pm

Under 10, under 8 and under 6 training continues as usual this Friday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Páirc Aoidh Ruadh. There will also be under 10 training this coming Monday between 5.30pm and 6.30pm.

The underage footballers will be filling their Euroshot Challenge cards over the coming weeks as the days count down to the big event on Saturday July 10th. Please support generously.

Ladies
The monthly Ladies committee meeting takes place Tuesday at 8.30pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. All committee members are asked to attend. We would especially welcome parents and volunteers who would be able to help out with our under 16 team this year.

Play-offs in the north mean we still are unsure of when the under 14 county semi-final will be scheduled. Under 14 training will take place on Tuesday at 5.45pm. There will be a challenge match against Grange on Wednesday at 7pm. We are travelling to Grange for this one and we will need assistance with transport to the game. We are meeting at the park for 5.40pm and departing at 5.50pm.

The under 12 girls training reverts to their usual times this week of Thursday 6pm and Saturday 10am. The county finals blitz has now been rescheduled for Saturday, July 16th.

Under 8 and under 10 training continues at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Mondays from 6-7pm.

Hurling
On Tuesday last we had the presentation of gear to the under 14 squad travelling to the Féile na nGael National Finals. We are grateful to the three main sponsors who came on board for this tournament and we were delighted that all the sponsors attended this event. Club Chairman Gerard Ferguson addressed the crowd and wished the lads a successful tournament. Juvenile Hurling Chairman John Rooney spoke of the history of Féile na nGael and of how this is Aodh Ruadh's third time to qualify for the festival of hurling following on from 2010 and 2012. The Juvenile Hurling Committee are very grateful to Kevin Loughlin, Loughlin Heating and Plumbing who sponsored tops and T-shirts for the squad, Liam Gallen of Mr G's who sponsored bags for the lads and Philip Rooney of PK Motors who sponsored a new set of jerseys for the team. Other sponsors who made donations to the trip acknowledged on the night were Ballyshannon Credit Union and TSB Bank Sligo. We will have pictures from the presentations up on aodhruadh.org over the course of the week. Bright and early on Friday morning our under 14 squad made the long trip to Carrick-on-Suir on the Waterford / Tipperary border for their opening games in Féile na nGael. We stopped in Tullamore on the way down for a puc about and a hearty breakfast. We landed in Carrick-on-Suir and made our way to Davin Park, named in honour of the first GAA President Maurice Davin to take on the home side, Carrick Davin's. It was great to see a number of the parents present when we arrived and also former Aodh Ruadh player and coach Denis Doherty and his wife Ethel who made the trip from Cork to support the lads which was much appreciated. The lads hit the ground running and ran out worthy winners on a 1-9 to 1-2 scoreline. It was a good opening performance after such a long trip. The only worry in this game was a dangerous and reckless tackle on our captain Senan Rooney which left him with a sore shoulder. We were in action straight away against Ballyvarley from Down. It was a very close game but a couple of lucky goals for the Down lads proved the difference as they ran out winners 3-3 to 1-2. We knew we were well able to compete at this level and as we made our way back to Fethard we had already achieved our target of one win over a Tipperary team. The welcome we got from the Fethard club on our arrival was unbelievable and our team and supporters were all fed and watered as we got to meet the host families. The squad had an enjoyable table quiz with their hosts and at the end of the quiz all the lads received a back pack containing a base ball hat, sliotar and grip. So we came to the end of a long day and the lads headed off to their host families. Saturday morning saw us in action against our hosts Fethard. Unfortunately our inspirational captain Senan Rooney could play no further part in this tournament due to his shoulder injury. We were no match for the strong Fethard team, but battled as best we could, coming out on the wrong side of a 6-9 to 0-0 scoreline. We were on the road again as we headed for Carrick-on-Suir to take on Saint Saviour's from Waterford in the Shield quarter-final. It was a hard fought team, but our young squad couldn't physically match the Waterford lads and lost out 4-8 to 2-1. While the lads were disappointed they can they be very proud of how they performed for such a young squad containing seven under 12s. We made our way back to Fethard and supported our hosts in the cup semi-final against Ferrybank from Waterford, Fethard enjoying a comfortable win. Again that night Fethard catered for our team and supporters with a beautiful barbecue. There was an abundance of food and new friendships were made with our Tipperary hosts. John Rooney presented Fethard Juvenile Chairman Mike O'Mahoney with a lovely piece of Belleek Pottery while the Fethard man presented Rooney with a lovely framed photograph of both teams taken after their game earlier in the day. There was a disco then and our lads had a great time with their hosts and it was great to see how well the lads got on together. Sunday morning saw us heading to 11am mass in Fethard where Fr Tom Breen gave the lads a great welcome to the Church, as mentor Pauric Keenaghan remarked it was like Italia 90 when Jack Charlton brought his squad to meet the Pope. From Fethard it was on to Thurles. Despite the terrible weather conditions the lads enjoyed the atmosphere in the town before the game, visiting Hayes Hotel and the GAA Museum. We then headed to Semple Stadium for the Munster semi-final between Tipperary and Limerick. After the game the lads got to meet a number of players from both teams and had a good walk about this famous stadium. We set off for Ballyshannon stopping off in Roscommon for tea and arriving home at 11.30pm. All tired and exhausted but full of memories of a brilliant trip to Tipperary, we hope our new friends in Fethard will take up our invitation to come visit us in Ballyshannon where we will attempt to return their hospitality. Check out the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page where you can find a great selection of pictures from the trip.

On Saturday the Donegal minors bowed out of the Ulster Minor Championship to Armagh losing 3-14 to 3-7. Stephen Anderson was our lone representative on the team and scored 1-2.

We were delighted to have a shooting session on the new hurling wall before heading off to Féile on Thursday evening we wish to thank and acknowledge Aodh Ruadh Park Committee for all their support with this project which is sure to be of great benefit to current and future generations of hurlers in the club.

The under 12 and under 16 leagues are due to start this week with the under 12s heading to Carndonagh on Friday and the under 16s at home to Letterkenny Gaels on Thursday. These games will be confirmed during the week.

Training as normal at 12 noon on Sunday for all age groups.

Aodh Ruadh Summer Camp
The 25th Aodh Ruadh summer camp takes place during the first two weeks of July. Week 1 runs from Monday 4th to Friday 8th July. Week 2 runs from Monday 11th to Friday 15th July.Each week the camp will cater for all ages from 6 to 14, boys and girls. Activities include skills training, fun and games, football, camogie, rounders, hurling and swimming. Applicants should bring a packed lunch as no one will be allowed to leave the camp during the day. The camp runs from 10am to 3pm. Cost per week. One child €70; Two children €120; Three children €170; Four children €200. For further information contact Sylvester Maguire 086-0532495.

Ice Cream Fun Day
We would encourage a big crowd to come out and support the Ice Cream Fun Day and Coffee Morning in aid of Down's Syndrome and Creevy National School at the Breezy Centre, Cashelard this Sunday from 11am to 2pm. There will be all the usual fun and games plus a bouncy castle. There will be a raffle with prizes including a Cara Pharmacy hamper, meal for two in the Sandhouse Hotel, and family swims for Finn Valley Leisure Centre.

Raise a cup for MND
The Larkin family would like to thank the great crowd who came out to support the coffee morning in Kilbarron House last Saturday and raised a great sum for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Congrats Emma
Congratulations to our erstwhile club secretary, Emma Gaughan and her husband Aidan on the newest addition to the family, Patrick.

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28 June

Football
Well done to the Donegal minors and our representatives on the team, Nathan Boyle, Shane McGrath and Oisin Rooney, on a convincing 3-15 to 2-12 victory in the Ulster MFC semi-final in Breffni Park on Saturday evening. They will face Derry in the Ulster final on Sunday July 17th. We also wish Peter Boyle and his senior colleagues the very best of luck when they look to finish the job against the Farney men back in Breffni this Saturday, throw-in 7pm.

Aodh Ruadh were down to face Naomh Ultan this Saturday, but with the Ulster SFC replay on Saturday that will be rescheduled. Keep an eye on the club Facebook page for updates on that one.

Aodh Ruadh under 21s are out in the first round of the championship this Wednesday at 7.30pm away to Cloughaneely. Good luck to manager James O'Donnell and the team. All support would be very much appreciated.

The minors will be out against Kilcar in their first round, first leg championship opener next Monday, 4th July. Throw in at Towney will be 7.30pm.

The under 12 Southern Board League Final against Dungloe takes place on Saturday morning in Dungloe with the first game throwing in at 11am. Players and parents / guardian are to meet at the Park at 9am to arrange transport with departure for Dungloe at 9.15am. We'd encourage as big a Ballyshannon support as possible to make the trip down to get behind the boys as the bid bring silverware back Erneside. Training on Friday will just be from 5.15pm to 6.15pm.

Under 10, under 8 and under 6 training continues as usual this Friday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. This Friday's session will be the last under 6 training session of the year and will go ahead irrespective of weather conditions. This will be followed by prize-giving so we'd like to have all players present.

Donegal Children's Board invite all members who wish to have an input to be part of the upcoming Workshops. These will be set up in the next few weeks to identify areas for restructure and modification for all youth games and activities in Donegal from 2017 to 2022. The areas identified for consideration so far are: 1 Competitions; 2 Coaching; 3 Administration; 4 Public Relations; and 5 Recruitment of referees. If any Children's Board members wish to become involved in any of the proposed Workshops please notify Chairman Mick McGrath as soon as possible.

A referee training course has been fixed for Friday 8th July. The course lasts three hours from 7pm to 10pm. The Southern Board are having difficulties with the shortage of referees so we urge to club members to consider attending this course.

The underage footballers will are busy filling their Euroshot Challenge cards and honing their shooting as the days count down to the big event on Saturday July 10th. Please support generously.

Ladies
There will be an under 14 challenge match against Glenfin on Tuesday at 7.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Players are to be at the dressing rooms for 6.45pm.

Under 12 girls training continues this Thursday 6pm and Saturday 10am.

Under 8 and under 10 training continues at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Mondays from 6-7pm.

Hurling
Aodh Ruadh sank to a morale sapping 1-3 to 3-14 in defeat Ulster Táin League Division 2B against Sean Treacy's on a wet Sunday morning in Garvaghey. Aodh Ruadh trailed by 0-6 to 0-2 coming up to the interval, but a sloppy goal left the Ernesiders playing catch-up. Things fell apart in second half as many players let the game pass them by and there was considerable wastefulness in front of the posts. Anthony Coughlin was Ernesider's most economic player and he struck for goal in the second half. Ballyshannon fielded short a number of players, but the team available on the night will be disappointed with their performance. This Sunday sees Aodh Ruadh on the road yet again as they travel to Letterkenny to take on Saint Eunan's at 4pm in the Ulster Táin League. That will be the last game ahead of the senior championship opener Buncrana the week following.

Congratulations to Paul Sheridan and the Donegal senior hurlers who beat Monaghan 5-13 to 2-14 to win the Ulster SHC Shield final.

Best of luck to the Donegal under 21s who are out against Tyrone in Letterkenny on Saturday in the All-Ireland C Hurling Championship. Aodh Ruadh are well represented in the squad with Kevin Loughlin involved in the management and Tommy Gillespie, Ciaran Rami, Eddie Lynch Jr, Stephen Connolly and Matt Ahern all part of the panel. Throw-in is at 2pm in Letterkenny.

The under 12 and under 16 leagues began last week. On Thursday the under 16s were at home to Letterkenny Gaels. Injuries and holidays meant we only had the bare minimum of 11 players. But these 11 lads showed great commitment and fought for every ball and despite being up against a physically stronger Letterkenny team they ran out worthy winners 1-10 to 0-4. We'll have pictures from this game up on aodhruadh.org over the course of the week. With such a small panel we are in for a difficult season, but hopefully we'll field for all the games. This Thursday we're away to a strong Four Masters team.

The under 12s travelled to Carndonagh on Friday evening with a panel of 17. Seven of these lads have been playing with the under 14s this season and the experience they gained from that showed and was a great benefit to the squad as they ran out convincing winners over the Carn lads.

Training as normal at 12 noon on Sunday for all age groups.

Aodh Ruadh Summer Camp
The 25th Aodh Ruadh summer camp takes place during the first two weeks of July. Week 1 runs from Monday 4th to Friday 8th July. Week 2 runs from Monday 11th to Friday 15th July.Each week the camp will cater for all ages from 6 to 14, boys and girls. Activities include skills training, fun and games, football, camogie, rounders, hurling and swimming. Applicants should bring a packed lunch as no one will be allowed to leave the camp during the day. The camp runs from 10am to 3pm. Cost per week. One child €70; Two children €120; Three children €170; Four children €200. For further information contact Sylvester Maguire 086-0532495.

Ice Cream Fun Day
The organisers thank everybody who attended the Ice Cream Fun Day and Coffee Morning in aid of Down's Syndrome and Creevy National School on Sunday. Despite the poor weather it was the most successful Ice Cream Funday so far. Thanks to Breesy Centre, Whoriskey's Cashelard, McGrath Bouncy Castles, and to our raffle sponsors, Sandhouse Hotel, Teresina Barrett, Finn Valley Leisure Centre and to Gabrielle Doyle for the wonderful cake. Thanks also to all the 'crew' who worked hard on the morning and all those who donated home baking. The total raised so far is a wonderful €1,340.

Barry has bottle
Barry Travers won the Donegal jersey correctly guessing there was €514 in The Bridgend bottle. Thanks to everyone who contributed to the bottle and those that bought lines. Thanks also to Mick McGrath and Sean O'Mahoney for their assistance and running this fund-raiser.

Abbey Centre Bingo
The June big bingo jackpot of €800 was won by Mary Butler, Ballyshannon. Bingo as usual at 9pm this Friday at the Abbey Centre. There was no winner of the game seven summer snowball, so it now stands at €300 on 46 numbers or less. Books priced at just €10.

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