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Club Notes Archive - 2016

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1 November

Football
It was heartbreak for the Aodh Ruadh under 21s in MacCumhaill Park on Monday afternoon. They had the better of a helter skelter first half to go in leading 2-8 to 1-9. However the Ernesiders only added 1-2 over the course of the second half while Gaoth Dobhair registered ten points, a break away goal with the last kick of the game putting an unfair gloss on the scoreline for the Gaeltacht men. The final score was 3-10 to 2-19, but the pain of defeat will be exacerbated by the knowledge that victory was within grasp. The dismissal of Cian Mulligan on a second yellow with nine minutes left to play should have signalled a turning point in the game, but forced passes in the final third were ultimately to cost Aodh Ruadh dearly. Heartbreak unconfined for anyone from the banks of Erne come the final whistle. Nevertheless it was a highly enjoyable game for the neutrals as Aodh Ruadh insisted on playing the game the way it should be played. The lads can take heart from the knowledge that there are surely bigger days ahead for this group of Aodh Ruadh players. Colm Kelly was fantastic, as effective in front of the opposition goals as he was in front of his own. Jason Granaghan once again showed himself to be a precise, tidy and confident footballer. Niall Harley gave a towering display in midfield with Darren Gethins not far behind. Philip Patton was excellent, especially in the first half and his second point was worth the admission itself. David McGurrin gave it his absolute utmost and, without being overly partial about it, surely he must be on the county radar now. We have a full report and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.
The under 21s made the final courtesy of an emphatic victory over Naomh Conaill in Ardara on Friday evening. The opening stages were evenly enough fought with the sides swapping early points and Glenties just edging exchanges before a second Philip Patton point took Aodh Ruadh in front, 0-4 to 0-3. However after 13 minutes Shane McGrath played in David McGurrin and the Abbey Isle man made no mistake for the first goal of the game. It might have been early in the match, but the writing was already on the wall for Naomh Conaill as Aodh Ruadh cut loose over the remainder of the first half. Niall Harley got a quick point after that opening goal before Shane McGrath showed his soccer teckers to backheel in a ball squared across the face of goal by Philip Patton. McGrath added a point shortly after to put the Ernesiders eight clear with barely a quarter played. A third goal from Eamonn McGrath arrived after he made a charge in from midfield and with McGurrin adding another two points and Daniel Warnock also splitting the posts James O'Donnell's men were 3-8 to 0-4 to the good at the break. Aodh Ruadh eased back on the scoring in the second half, but the result was never in doubt, Oisin Rooney and David McGurrin got early points before Naomh Conaill got what was already merely a consolatory goal. McGurrin landed a free before Nathan Boyle also got his name on the score sheet. Another point for McGurrin saw him finish on 1-6 for the game while the last say went to Darren Gethins with a fine point as Aodh Ruadh secured a 3-16 to 2-6 semi-final victory.

The third week of play in the Bakery Cup took place last Thursday with some great action on show again. The first match saw Eugene Doherty's side losing their first game of the league stages to Senan Rooney's outfit on a scoreline of 9-2 to 4-3. In the second game Mark McGlynn's side made it two wins on the bounce after having the better of exchanges and running out 8-5 to 4-3 victors against Shane Brady's team. With a lot of players away over Halloween the cup takes a break this week. We will have semi-final and final details in next week's notes.

The under 12 Ballyshannon Shoe Company indoor league starts in the new hall at Coláiste Cholmcille this Friday from 6pm to 8pm. Teams will be revealed on the night and the first round of games are used let players get used to the rules of the indoor game and to determine if we need to reallocate players to even the teams out. After that we play a full round of games for league points, with the league being played to a conclusion on Friday 11th November. Because we will be in the hall for two hours each night there will be a charge of €4 per head to cover the cost of the hall. Medals and trophies presented afterwards to all players.

The second week of play in the under 10 Ballyshannon Shoe Company winter league took place last Friday. Team C captained by Finn Coady recorded their second win of the competition with victory over Team A captained by Micheal Keown. Team C only had a point to spare at the end of a great game of football. In the second game Team D captained Morgan McNamee's won against Team B captained by Eoin Doogan to register their first points of the group stages. This week Team B captained by Eoin Doogan play Team C captained by Finn Coady at 6.45pm. At 7.15pm Team A captained by Micheal Keown play Team D captained by Morgan McNamee. This is the last round of group game with semi-final coming up the following Friday evening. All players are to bring €1 to cover cost of lights and wear weather appropriate clothing.

Ladies
Aodh Ruadh booked their place in the county B final, thanks in large part to a sparkling seven minute spell of football in the second half where they registered 1-5 without reply to leave Urris with too much to do in the final 15 minutes of play. The final score was Aodh Ruadh 2-10 Urris 3-4 in a great win for the girls as they deservedly progressed to the county decider. Brianna Maher, Bronagh Kelly, Rionach Sheerin and Ana Keon were immense in defence rarely putting a foot wrong. Mary Flora Scott finished with 2-5 to her credit and a was a threat throughout. Cait Gillespie showed plenty of energy while Tara Duffy really rose to the challenge in the closing stages, creating the opening of Roisin Meehan's insurance score. We have a full match report and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. Aodh Ruadh's opponents in the final will be Termon, and we await final fixture details.

The under 13 Aodh Ruadh girls are also preparing for a county final after a fantastic 4-6 to 2-6 semi-final win over Killybegs in Fintra. Ballyshannon played with the wind in the first half and kept things ticking over with points at regular intervals from Sara Jane Keon (2), Emer O'Brien, Katie O'Brien (2) and Caitlin McGarrigle. Aodh Ruadh were also unfortunate to have a goal chalked off for square ball. The defence was excellent in that period too, keeping a threatening home attack to two hard-earned points. The Ernesiders faced into the wind for the second half and really knuckled down to the job in hand. Once again Aodh Ruadh were magnificent in defence. The hosts engineered two good goals in the second 30, but after the second goal the Shamettes restricted the hosts to four points. Up the other end Aodh Ruadh continued to create chances thanks to a remorseless work rate around the middle of the field. One chance saw Aoibheann McGarrigle grounded as she went to pull the trigger on a shot and penalty was the only option for referee John McGlanaghey. Caitlin McGarrigle's spot kick rattled off the crossbar, but she was alert to the rebound and ran in to flick home the loose ball. Katie O'Brien then added two more goals, the second a real scorcher of a shot. The insurance score came when Caoimhe Hughes-O'Brien gathered well before laying off to Sara Jane Keon who laced the ball to the back of the net with time all but up. An excellent victory against a well-drilled and determined Killybegs team. Both sides were fully committed in this game which was played in the best spirit with every ball hard won. Just like the quarter-final replay this was a full team effort, with every player leaving all they had on the pitch. However a special word of mention has to go to goalkeeper Áine Hill who played just a day after her grandfather, Terence McShea, was laid to rest and pulled off two brilliant saves. Teddy would have been very proud of her. The team were Áine Hill; Ciara Caldwell, Grainne Maguire, Clodagh O'Connor; Lucy McGlynn, Ella Clancy, Eilish Gallagher; Caitlin McGarrigle, Tia McFarland; Katie McMullin, Danielle Gallagher, Sarah Jane Keon; Aoibheann McGarrigle, Katie O'Brien, Emer O'Brien. Subs Caoimhe Hughes-O'Brien, Lauren McHugh, Lucy Gallagher, Niamh Gallagher, Niamh Hughes, Hannah Gallagher, Laoise Kelly, Dearbhla Hughes-O'Brien, Rachel Patton, Annie Keon, Ciara Gillespie, Lucy Barden and Orla Keon. Aodh Ruadh's opponents in the final will be Downings, and we await final fixture details. Training on Wednesday at 6pm under lights. and again on Friday at 5.15pm. We will need €2 per session to cover the cost of the lights. Wear appropriate gear for the weather conditions.

Abbey Centre Bingo
The October big bingo jackpot of €800 jackpot was won by Evelyn Sheerin of Mountcharles. The snowball makes a return for winter this Friday, starting at €200. Bingo as usual at 9pm on Friday at the Abbey Centre. Books cost just €10 for 11 games.

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8 November

Football
The club extends their best wishes to Kerry Ryan, Ronan Matthews and Johnny Gethins who are going overseas on a tour of duty with the Army in the coming week. There is a farewell party for them and colleagues in the Bridgend at 5pm this Saturday and all are welcome to come along and wish the lads the best for a safe tour.

The semi-finals and final of the 2016 Bakery Cup take place this Sunday 13th with the action getting under way at 11am as teams captained by Eugene Doherty, Senan Rooney, Shane Brady and Mark McGlynn battle it out for this historic piece of silverware.

The under 12 Ballyshannon Shoe Company indoor league concludes in the new hall at Coláiste Cholmcille this Friday with medals and trophies presented afterwards to all players. Action gets under way at 6pm.

The third week of play in the under 10 Ballyshannon Shoe Company winter league took place last Friday and, after two great games of football, the semi-finals pairings have now been decided. In the first semi-final Team C captained by Finn Coady will play Team B captained by Eoghan Doogan. That game will throw in at 6.15pm. Players should be up at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh for 6pm. The second semi-final sees Team A captained by Michael Keown play Team D captained by Morgan McNamee. That game throws in at 7pm, with players to be up at 6.45pm. Remember, all players are to bring €1 to cover the cost of the lights. Players are really enjoying the unique atmosphere with a big turn out every Friday night.

There will be a short meeting this Wednesday at 8.30pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh to organise the underage presentation night. All underage coaches are asked to attend.

Ladies
It was to be heartbreak for Aodh Ruadh under 16s in the B county final at MacCumhaill Park on Sunday afternoon. A penalty which wasn't given, and a goal which shouldn't have been left plenty of room for ifs, buts and maybes. Aodh Ruadh got off to the perfect start when Mary Flora Scott drilled home a precision shot to the bottom left corner from outside the penalty area to leave Ballyshannon a goal to the good with just 28 seconds on the clock. However Aodh Ruadh could only add two more first half points and 1-2 from Mya Alcorn helped Termon to a 1-6 to 1-2 interval lead. Aodh Ruadh had early claims for a penalty for a foul on Andrea McGlynn turned down early in the second half, but points from Mary Flora Scott and Saoirse McDevitt left just a goal between them. A controversial 46th minute goal from Termon gave them just about enough breathing space to reach the final whistle in the lead. Despite the best efforts of a resurgent Aodh Ruadh attack, 1-9 to 2-8 was the final score. Every single player in the defence was magnificent right through the game. Bridín Maguire's kicking was excellent from restarts, while Briana Maher was a class apart at number three. The half back line of Ana Keon, Síofra Hughes and Bronagh Kelly were very assured and showed they had plenty of football in them. Dearbhla O'Moore and Saoirse McDevitt could be very pleased with their displays at midfield. Up front Mary Flora Scott was, once again a great scoring outlet and had good help from the brave Tara Duffy and Caoimhe Keon. A tough one to take, but Anna Rafferty's girls can be proud of what they have achieved over the course of this year and the manner in which they played their football. We have a full match report up on aodhruadh.org.

Aodh Ruadh and Downings met on a decidedly chill Saturday night in Ardara to decide the destination of the county under 13 title and the identity of Donegal's representatives at Féile 2017. Aodh Ruadh took time to get going in the first half, but once they did they rattled off five unanswered points. It was only a late goal which saw Downings going in with the lead at the break with the scores 1-3 to 0-5. Aodh Ruadh showed their full character in the second half as they came back from a second goal which left them four points adrift to dominate the last ten minutes and run out 2-8 to 2-5 victors and secure the A county title. After the final whistle joint captains Ella Clancy and Caitlin McGarrigle collected the trophy. They called for three cheers for a valiant Downings side and after that it was off to the Nesbitt Arms where the Clancy clan had set up a superb spread of food for the newly crowned county champions. Then it was back up the road to Ballyshannon where the cavalcade left the town in no doubt was to who the night's victors were. A truly deserved end to the season for a special group of players. A special mention has to go to Tia McFarland who high-tailed it from the Ulster Irish Dancing Championship where she was dancing a four hand for the McCarney School and won seventh place in the teams. She showed no ill-effects from her dash across the province, but freezing rain in Ardara probably did her tan no favours! The defence were magnificent with Eilish Gallagher giving an absolute exhibition of desire and hunger combined with great handling. Grainne Maguire's reading of the game at full back was a pleasure to watch while Aine Hill was assurance itself as Downings closed in on a late goal chance. Lucy McGlynn was fantastic in her marking assignment while Ciara Caldwell and Clodagh O'Connor were very safe on a tricky night for ball handling. Tia McFarland's midfield partner Caitlin McGarrigle was, once again, brilliant in those tough exchanges in the middle third. The pair had plenty of help from Ella Clancy who gave one of her best displays of the season. Up front Sarah Jane Keon, Katie O'Brien, Emer O'Brien, Aoibheann McGarrigle, Danielle Gallagher, Caoimhe Hughes-O'Brien and Katie McMullin all did well as Aodh Ruadh had to work for every score against a committed Downings defence. We have a full match report up on aodhruadh.org.

Hurling
A date for your diary's with the winter nights closing in. The senior hurlers are staging their table quiz in Owen Roe's on Thursday November 17th. A good night of craic guaranteed.

The Best of the Musicals
Ballyshannon Musical Society wish to bring to our readers attention a north west musical extravaganza - The Best of the Musicals. This is taking place t the Great Northern Hotel, Bundoran this Saturday at 8pm. The evening features international soprano performer Ann Jennings with special guest performances by Bel Canto and Cór Craobhaigh directed by Angela Currid. There will be popular solos, duets and choruses from the musicals with accompaniment by Niamh Currid. This will be a fun-filled evening with can can dancers featuring some of the greatest hits from Broadway. The programme includes numbers from Phantom of the Opera, The Merry Widow, Show Boat, The Sound of Music and many others. Tickets priced €15 are available from the Great Northern Hotel reception, call 071-9841204.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 jackpot was won by Kathleen Mitchell of Bundoran. There was no winner of the winter snowball so it now stands at €225 on 45 numbers or less. Bingo as usual at 9pm on Friday at the Abbey Centre. Books cost just €10 for 11 games.

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15 November

Football
The Ulster championship and league winning county minors are being honoured at a function this Friday night at the Villa Rose Hotel in Ballybofey where Donegal County Board will host a presentation night for the squad. Tickets for Friday's event are priced at €25 and available to order from the club or through the County Administrator, Noreen Doherty, at administrator.donegal@gaa.ie.

There was a big crowd present at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Sunday for the closing stages of the 2016 Bakery Cup. The semi-finals saw some great football being played. Eugene Doherty's team got the better of Shane Brady's side on the bottom pitch, while on the top pitch Mark McGlynn's side prevailed against Senan Rooney's men. The final saw Eugene Doherty's side delivering an excellent team performance to take victory against Mark McGlynn's outfit and claim the Bakery Cup, one of the oldest underage trophies in the country. There was a great spread upstairs in the Aras afterwards where presentations were made and some of the competition's long history relived. We have a great gallery of pictures from the Bakery Cup up on aodhruadh.org.

The fourth week of play in the under 10 Ballyshannon Shoe Company winter league took place last Friday and, after two great games of football, the finals pairings were decided. In the Plate final Team B captained by Eoin Doogan will play Team D captained by Morgan McNamee. That game will throw in at 6.15pm. Players should be up at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh for 6pm. The Cup Final sees Team A captained by Michael Keown play Team C captained by Finn Coady. That game throws in at 7pm, with players to be up at 6.45pm. We will have presentations up in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh afterwards so parents / guardians are asked to help by supplying refreshments and behind the hatch in the Aras. Remember, all players are to bring €1 to cover the cost of the lights.

Advance notice of the Bord na nÓg AGM which will take place on Wednesday, 23rd November at 8pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh.

Hurling
The senior hurlers are staging their table quiz in Owen Roe's this Thursday November 17th. A good night of craic guaranteed.

Juvenile Hurling AGM will take place on Tuesday 29th November at 8pm. It will be a review of 2016 and a look forward to 2017. All interested in underage hurling are asked to attend. At the moment we are fielding six underage teams. There is a lot of work involved for the small, hard-working committee and we would encourage some new blood to get involved. Nobody needs to be afraid of being forced to take a job. Come along on the night and hear how the underage hurling season went in 2016. You never know you, might want to get involved. As the saying goes, many hands make light work. Anyone who can't make the meeting, but feels like getting involved is asked to contact John Rooney 086-2587793.

Our annual Christmas quiz will take place in Owen Roe's on Thursday 15th December. Always a good night of fun and craic.

Ladies
The Ladies AGM takes place this Saturday 19th November at 6pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. We will be looking back over the year just past and making plans for 2017. All with an interest in Ladies football in Ballyshannon are invited to attend.

Scór na nÓg
Best of luck to all club members taking part in the county semi-final of Scór na nÓg this Friday in the St John Bosco Centre in Donegal town. Competiton starts at 7.30pm. Amy Carney will be taking part in the Aithriseoireacht / Scéalaíocht section under the guidance of her teacher Áine Roper. Beth Flood, Laoise Kelly, Clodagh O'Connor and Lauren McHugh are joining forces for the Tráth na gCesiteanna and have been well coached by Eamon Martin Maguire. Our Ceol Uirlise group will also be taking part led by Seamus Sweeney. They include Fódhla Sheerin, Daithí Sheerin, Eoin Summerville, Sean Branley and Elyssa Finnegan. Many thanks to those who have helped the children get ready for what promises to be a great night, and hopefully qaulification for the county final.

RIP
The club note with sadness the tragic passing of Martin Williamson recently in the United States. Martin played on the 1980 All-Ireland winning De La Salle team. He also played county minor football for Donegal as well as lining out with Aodh Ruadh. A memorial service will be held when his ashes return home at some point in the New Year. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.

2017 National Club Draw
Tickets are on sale now for the National Club Draw priced €10. Once again there's a serious line-up of prizes. Donegal County Board is also making a prize fund of €2,500 available which will stay within the county. All funds raised by club members go to Aodh Ruadh. The club will also have prizes for those who buy tickets from club members and we will details of those in due course. The full list of national prizes is detailed below.
1. A new Opel Corsa.
2. Trip with the 2017 All-Stars.
(Two persons, All-Ireland Football Final tickets, All-Stars banquet tickets, tour and airline tickets and accommodation.)
3. Travel voucher to the value of €1,500.
4. All-Ireland Hurling and Football Final Corporate Package 2017.
(Two persons. Corporate hospitality and Two nights accommodation with one evening meal for both weekends.)
5. All-Ireland Hurling and Football Final Package 2017.
(Two persons. Premium tickets and overnight accommodation.)
6 . All-Ireland Hurling and Football Final Package 2017.
(Two persons. Premium tickets and overnight accommodation.)
7. All-Ireland Hurling and Football Final Package 2017.
(Two persons. Premium tickets and overnight accommodation.)
8. All-Ireland Hurling and Football Final Package 2017.
(Two persons. Premium tickets and overnight accommodation.)
9. Shopping voucher to the value of €1,000 at a retailer of your choice.
10. Shopping voucher to the value of €1,000 at a retailer of your choice.
11. All-Ireland Hurling Final Corporate Package 2017.
(Two persons. Corporate hospitality and Two nights accommodation with one evening meal.)
12. All-Ireland Football Final Corporate Package 2017.
(Two Persons. Corporate hospitality and Two nights accommodation with one evening meal.)
13. All-Ireland Hurling Final Package 2017.
(Two persons. Premium tickets, overnight accommodation with an evening meal.)
14. All-Ireland Football Final Package 2017.
(Two persons. Premium tickets, overnight accommodation with an evening meal.)
Remember, all funds raised will be retained by Aodh Ruadh. The draw takes place on Wednesday 8th March 2017. For further details, terms and conditions see www.gaa.ie/nationalclubdraw.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 jackpot was won by Mary B Kerrigan of Ballyshannon. There was no winner of the winter snowball so it now stands at €250 on 45 numbers or less. Bingo as usual at 9pm on Friday at the Abbey Centre. Books cost just €10 for 11 games.

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22 November
Football
The Annual General Meeting of Aodh Ruadh CLG takes place on Sunday 4th December in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 6pm. Members are invited to email nominations and motions to secretary.aodhruadh.donegal@gaa.ie or text them to 086-2338636, along with the name of the proposer, for consideration at AGM. The deadline for receipt of motions and nominations is 9pm, Friday, November 25th. Nomination and motion papers are available to download from aodhruadh.org. Club membership can be paid for 2017 on the night.

The county banquet takes place in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town on Saturday 3rd December at 7.30pm Being honoured on the night are retiring players from the All-Ireland winning team of 2012, the All-Ireland C Hurling Champions, Gradam Shémuis Mhic Géidigh urraithe ag RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta as well as club and individual award winners. Tickets are available from club officers priced €40.

Aodh Ruadh will be staging an underage football awards presentation evening in the Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon on Saturday 3rd December at 5pm. Donegal legend Michael Murphy will be joining us as we celebrate a year of underage football in Aodh Ruadh. There will be presentations to all players in Bord na nÓg and to the ladies under 12, under 13 and under 16 teams.

There was a big crowd at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh for finals night in the under 10 Ballyshannon Shoe Company winter league last Friday. The shield final was won by Morgan McNamee's Team D who got the better of Eoin Doogan's Team B in a tight competitive match. Team B were unfortunately deprived of their captain Eoin through illness. The cup final was won by Finn Coady's Team C in another exciting game with Michael Keown's Team A never giving up right to the final whistle. We had all weather conditions, and at times it made the 1939 Thunder and Lightning Final look like a walk in the park, but that didn't stop our young players from giving it their all. Many thanks to Ballyshannon Shoe Company for sponsoring the medals and trophies and to Gus Culkin for making presentations in the Aras afterwards. Thanks to Val Murray for reffing the finals. Special thanks to all the parents / guardians who laid on the much welcome tea and refreshments in the Aras afterwards. This was a great league with 44 players taking part over the five weeks.

The Bord na nÓg AGM takes place on Wednesday, 23rd November at 8pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. We will be reflecting on a packed 2016 and planning for 2017. Underage football has been making great strides in the club and it is great to part of a project that is really going places. Fresh energy and ideas are always welcome though and anyone who has an interest in underage football in Ballyshannon is more than welcome to attend. There will be a short meeting before the AGM at 7pm to discuss the running of the presentation evening.

Ladies
The Ladies AGM took place in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Saturday evening. The meeting being quorate, detailed team reports were read. These may be obtained by members from the Ladies Secretary at wsargyll@gmail.com. This was followed by election of officers. Eoin O'Moore, as he had previously indicated, declined to stand for re-election as Chairperson. Having carried out these duties for several years, he felt that it was time that someone else assume the responsibility to carry forward Ladies Football in Aodh Ruadh. He indicated his willingness to assist his successor if called upon. He was thanked for all his work on behalf of Aodh Ruadh Ladies. Patricia McShea-Hill accepted re-election to the post of vice-chairperson and was duly appointed. Other appointments made were as follows: Secretary: Willie Scott; Fund-raising: Teddy Kane; PRO: John Hughes; Child Protection Officer: John Travers; County Reps: Willie Scott, Teddy Kane, Sara Gallagher (players representative); Lotto Organisation: Siobhan McGarrigle; LGFA Registration: Linda Clyne, Siobhan McGarrigle and Eoin O'Moore. The AGM was then adjourned until early January 2017 with a date to be notified in due course. Given that so many of our players are at underage grades the secretary is reminding parents that, like all sports organisations, we depend on parents being active in helping to organise and urged a big attendance at the reconvened AGM where we will be appointing a chairperson.

Hurling
Juvenile Hurling AGM will take place on Tuesday 29th November at 8pm. It will be a review of 2016 and a look forward to 2017. All interested in underage hurling are asked to attend. At the moment we are fielding six underage teams. There is a lot of work involved for the small, hard-working committee and we would encourage some new blood to get involved. Nobody needs to be afraid of being forced to take a job. Come along on the night and hear how the underage hurling season went in 2016. You never know you, might want to get involved. As the saying goes, many hands make light work. Anyone who can't make the meeting, but feels like getting involved is asked to contact John Rooney 086-2587793.

Our annual Christmas quiz will take place in Owen Roe's on Thursday 15th December. Always a good night of fun and craic.

Scór na nÓg
There was a large crowd in attendance in the Saint John Bosco Centre in Donegal town on Friday night for the last of the Scór na nÓg semi-finals and Aodh Ruadh were well represented on the night.
Our young quiz team of Beth Flood, Laoise Kelly, Clodagh O'Connor and Lauren McHugh were up against eight other clubs with only the top two qualifying for the Tráth na gCesiteanna final. While some of the questions were quite tough, never the less, our girls put up a brave performance, but failed to break into the top two. Hopefully this young quiz team will come back stronger next year. Many thanks to their teacher Eamon Martin Maguire for all his help with the girls' preparation.
Next up was our instrumental music group of Elyssa Finnegan, Fódhla Sheerin, Eoin Summerville, Sean Branley and Daithí Sheerin. Despite a great performance of their two tunes, Tripping up the Stairs and Merry Blacksmith, and a glowing report from the adjudicator, they failed to qualify for the Ceol Uirlise finals. This is a young group of talented musicians and hopefully we will see them winning county finals in the very near future. They were well coached for the night by Seamus Sweeney.
Our final competitor Amy Carney was taking part in the Aithriseoireacht / Scéalaíocht - Recitation / Storytelling competition. She chose to recite the William Allingham poem, Abbey Assaroe. A confident performance on the stage, saw another glowing report from the adjudicator and qualification for the county final. Many thanks to her teacher Áine Roper who had Amy well prepared for the night. We wish Amy all the best for the county final which will be held in Glenfin on a date yet to be decided.
Finally many thanks to all the parents and friends who drove all our competitors to Donegal town on what was a very poor night weather wise. Also thanks to all our supporters who also made the journey.

2017 National Club Draw
Tickets are on sale now for the National Club Draw priced €10. Once again there's a serious line-up of prizes. Donegal County Board is also making a prize fund of €2,500 available which will stay within the county. All funds raised by club members go to Aodh Ruadh. The club will also have prizes for those who buy tickets from club members and we will details of those in due course. The full list of national prizes is detailed below.
1. A new Opel Corsa.
2. Trip with the 2017 All-Stars.
(Two persons, All-Ireland Football Final tickets, All-Stars banquet tickets, tour and airline tickets and accommodation.)
3. Travel voucher to the value of €1,500.
4. All-Ireland Hurling and Football Final Corporate Package 2017.
(Two persons. Corporate hospitality and Two nights accommodation with one evening meal for both weekends.)
5. All-Ireland Hurling and Football Final Package 2017.
(Two persons. Premium tickets and overnight accommodation.)
6 . All-Ireland Hurling and Football Final Package 2017.
(Two persons. Premium tickets and overnight accommodation.)
7. All-Ireland Hurling and Football Final Package 2017.
(Two persons. Premium tickets and overnight accommodation.)
8. All-Ireland Hurling and Football Final Package 2017.
(Two persons. Premium tickets and overnight accommodation.)
9. Shopping voucher to the value of €1,000 at a retailer of your choice.
10. Shopping voucher to the value of €1,000 at a retailer of your choice.
11. All-Ireland Hurling Final Corporate Package 2017.
(Two persons. Corporate hospitality and Two nights accommodation with one evening meal.)
12. All-Ireland Football Final Corporate Package 2017.
(Two Persons. Corporate hospitality and Two nights accommodation with one evening meal.)
13. All-Ireland Hurling Final Package 2017.
(Two persons. Premium tickets, overnight accommodation with an evening meal.)
14. All-Ireland Football Final Package 2017.
(Two persons. Premium tickets, overnight accommodation with an evening meal.)
Remember, all funds raised will be retained by Aodh Ruadh. The draw takes place on Wednesday 8th March 2017. For further details, terms and conditions see www.gaa.ie/nationalclubdraw.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 jackpot was won by Margaret McCaffrey, Killeen, Ballyshannon. There was no winner of the winter snowball so it now stands at €275 on 45 numbers or less. This Friday is the November big bingo, with a massive €2,900 prize fund including the €1,000 jackpot game. Books cost just €15 or get the book and a half special for €20! First game at 9pm at the Abbey Centre.

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29 November

Football
A reminder that the Annual General Meeting of Aodh Ruadh CLG takes place on Sunday 4th December in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 6pm. Club membership can be paid for 2017 on the night.

The countdown is on to the Aodh Ruadh underage football awards presentation evening in the Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon this Saturday 3rd December at 5pm. Donegal legend Michael Murphy will be joining us as we celebrate a year of underage football in Aodh Ruadh. There will be presentations to all players in Bord na nÓg and to the ladies under 12, under 13 and under 16 teams.

The county banquet takes place in the Abbey Hotel, Donegal Town on Saturday 3rd December at 7.30pm Being honoured on the night are retiring players from the All-Ireland winning team of 2012, the All-Ireland C Hurling Champions, Gradam Shémuis Mhic Géidigh urraithe ag RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta as well as club and individual award winners. Tickets are available from club officers priced €40.

The Bord na nÓg AGM took place last Wednesday in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Reports were read and a useful discussion about the year past took place. One of the most encouraging aspects was a determined commitment to also field teams in division 2 at younger grades to give as many players as much football as possible. It will take increased manpower to make this a reality so anyone who is able help is invited to make contact with the relevant managers. Appointments were then made for the 2017 season with the all posts being filled on the night. Post holders for 2017 are as follows: Chairman, David O'Donnell; Secretary, Lisa McTernan; Southern Divisional Board Delegate, Lisa McTernan; Under 6 management, Ivan O'Mahoney and Packie McGrath; Under 8 management, Niall McCready and Damian Conlon; Under 10 management, Paul Gillespie and David O'Donnell; Under 12 management, Alan Sweeny and James Bradshaw; Under 14 management, Paddy Gillespie and Gerald McGloin; Under 16 management, John Hughes and Martin McGlynn; Under 17 and under 18 management, Raymie Granaghan.

Hurling
Juvenile Hurling AGM will take place this Tuesday, 29th November, at 8pm. It will be a review of 2016 and a look forward to 2017. All interested in underage hurling are asked to attend. At the moment we are fielding six underage teams. There is a lot of work involved for the small, hard-working committee and we would encourage some new blood to get involved. Nobody needs to be afraid of being forced to take a job. Come along on the night and hear how the underage hurling season went in 2016. You never know you, might want to get involved. As the saying goes, many hands make light work. Anyone who can't make the meeting, but feels like getting involved is asked to contact John Rooney 086-2587793.

Our annual Christmas quiz will take place in Owen Roe's on Thursday 15th December. Always a good night of fun and craic.

Ladies
The Ladies committee would like to encourage senior ladies and members who are parents of underage players to attend the Club AGM as there will be matters to be decided regarding Ladies Football within the club and it is important those affected are present to have their say.

Scór na nÓg
Best of luck to Amy Carney who will be representing the club at the Scór na nÓg county final which takes place this Sunday in Glenfin at 3pm. She will be competing in the Aithriseoireacht / Scéalaíocht - Recitation / Storytelling section, reciting the William Allingham poem, Abbey Assaroe.

Abbey Centre Bingo
The November big bingo jackpot of €800 jackpot was won by Kathleen McGroary of Ballintra. There was no winner of the winter snowball so it now stands at €300 on 46 numbers or less. Bingo as usual at 9pm on Friday at the Abbey Centre. Books cost just €10 for 11 games.

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