Club Notes Archive - 2017

Box. FEBRUARY
7 February

Football
Indoor training continues this Friday 10th February. The 2017 Under 6s [Born 2011-2012] are in the New Hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm, followed by the under 8s [Born 2009-2010] from 7pm to 8pm, also in the New Hall, they are followed by the 2017 under 10s [Born 2007-2008] from 8pm to 9pm, also in the New Hall. Please bring your own water and wear runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished. Mocks in the Mercy Hall mean that there will be no under 11 or under 12 training this week. Indoor training for these grade will continue the following Friday, 17th February, in the New Hall. Full details in next week's notes.

Ladies
Not long to go now to our Boston Tea Party. The big night is this Friday 10th February in Coláiste Cholmcille with plenty of quality grub, music and craic guaranteed on the night. Tickets for this fine dining experience are a bargain at €20. Contact Barry Ward, Siobhan McGarrigle, Mairead Caldwell or Orla McGlynn to book your spot or for any further information on the event. This is a fund-raiser for the under 14 team's trip to Féile later this year and we would particularly ask parents to support this strongly. Féile requires significant financial outlay between, gear, transport and innumerable other expenses and we hope the Boston Tea Party will go a significant distance to meeting those demands.

Aodh Ruadh will be hosting several Donegal county ladies teams this weekend for challenge matches against neighbouring counties. Aodh Ruadh will be represented by players in all three squads and we invite club members to come out and support them. The schedule of games is as follows. On Saturday the under 14 Donegal ladies will take on Sligo at 11.30pm. That game will be followed at 1pm by the Donegal under 13 ladies who will face Leitrim. On Sunday at noon the Donegal minor ladies will play Sligo. Get behind the Donegal girls!

Coláiste Cholmcille, Ballyshannon's senior Ladies Gaelic team lost out in a high-scoring Ulster under 20 girls final at Garvaghey last week. Saint Louise's, Belfast won by 6-7 to 4-19, but not before being pushed all the way by the Ernesiders. Coláiste Cholmcille were a point ahead at the break, 3-5 to 1-9 and were level with 43 minutes on the clock, but the Belfast girls then hit 1-6 on the trot to take the title. But this was a very good performance from the Ballyshannon College, who had strong performances from Shelly Loughlin, Mary Flora Scott and especially Brianna Maher at full-forward, who notched four goals for his side. Coláiste Cholmcille's first half scorers were Mary Flora Scott with 1-2, Brianna Maher 2-0, Megan McEniff and Amy Hyndman 0-1 each. In the second half there were points from Méabh Rooney, Niamh Hoey and Mary Flora Scott while Brianna Maher chipped in with two more goals. The team was Bridín Maguire; Rionach Sheerin, Lorna Matthews, Bronagh Kelly; Hilary Francis, Shelly Loughlin, Tia McFarland; Anna Keon, Cáit Gillespie; Amy Hyndman (0-1), Mary Flora Scott (1-3), Megan McEniff (0-1); Méabh Rooney (0-1), Brianna Maher (4-0), Niamh Hoey (0-1). Sub: Dearbhla O'Moore.

Hurling
Underage hurling returns for all age groups on Sunday 5th March at 12 noon in Páirc Aodh Ruaidh. All welcome from 5 years up, new comers especially welcome. Hurls and helmets provided for training come along and learn the skills of our ancient game in a fun-filled environment. For any information contact John Rooney 086-2587793.

Last Man Standing
We had a great response to our Last Man Standing fund-raiser, with 275 entries. following Mayo's defeat and Derry's draw in Celtic Park we had a lot of fallers. So as we head for a difficult to predict week two we still have 163 standing in this fund-raiser. Thanks to all bought and sold cards for our new annual fund-raiser.

Recreational Football
There was a good turn out for recreational football last weekend with a great spread of young and not so young showing off their skills. We are back again this Saturday at 7pm under the lights at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh (Munday's). Anyone, and we mean anyone, who fancies a bit of peil agus craic is more than welcome. If you'd like to keep up to date on the latest kickabout information contact Alan Sweeny, David McLoone or John Hughes and they will add you to the WhatsApp group.

Registration 2017
Club membership for 2017 is now due and all club members are asked to submit their registration form and fee at their earliest convenience. Membership can be paid to Gerry Ferguson at Ferguson's Jewellers. Players can also download registration forms from aodhruadh.org and submit this along with the relevant fee directly to their manager. Registration sessions will be organised for teams over the coming weeks and it is essential all players are signed up club members. We will also be having a number of open registration sessions over coming weeks to facilitate members in the wider community.

Question time
The pub quiz in Owen Roe's this Thursday is in aid of Aodh Ruadh Bord na nÓg. Action gets under way at 9.30pm, so come along for the craic and support the great work being done in underage football in the club.

Time to get those National Draw tickets back
Those with ticket GAA National Draw tickets to return are asked to get them to either Lisa McTernan or Gerard Ferguson as soon as possible. The deadline is for all returns is closing rapidly. Lisa can be contacted on 086-2338636 to arrange returns. Please note, ALL tickets must be returned, whether sold or unsold.

Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was won by Mrs O'Reilly of Station Road, Ballyshannon. Last week also saw the introduction of the stand up bingo round at the Abbey Centre, with Mary Butler the last person standing to take the prize pot of €130. The snowball continues to grow and now stands at €550 on 48 numbers or less. Bingo as usual, with stand up round, this Friday at 9pm at the abbey centre. Books priced just €10.

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14 February

Park / Development Committee
A meeting to roster the use of club facilities for training will take place in the next week or so. Club team managers will be contacted directly. All three club pitches are being verti-drained on Monday and Tuesday of this week. It is expected the work will be completed on Tuesday. Team managers are urged to exercise caution when accessing the facilities during this work.

Two conditions attach to use of the floodlit training field. First, advanced booking with and permission from Peter Conlon is mandatory. Second, the team manager booking the facility is responsible for collecting the fee on the night. There are no exceptions to this for anyone or any team.

Last Man Standing
Our Last Man Standing fund raiser is proving to be as competitive as the National League itself. Those who had predicted wins for Monaghan, Dublin, Tyrone and Cork were the big losers this week, as the field has now been whittled down to 46. There is a break for a fortnight now before the battle to claim the Last Man Standing title resumes.

Ciorcal Comhrá
Beidh ranganna Gaeilge ar siúl anocht, agus gach Luan, i nGaelscoil Éirne ag a 7 a chlog agus Ciorcal Comhrá ag a 8. There are beginners classes at Gaelscoil Éirne at 7pm and 8pm for those with conversational Irish. Tonight and every Monday. Fáilte roimh gach duine.

Give Blood
The opportunity to give blood will be available this coming Thursday, 16th February in the Holyrood Hotel, Bundoran from 3-5pm and again from 7-9.30pm. New donors are always welcome

The Real Things
Ballyshannon Drama Society's run of The Real Thing by Tom Stoppard commenced in the Abbey Arts Centre on Valentine's Night. The show continues on Wednesday 15th, Thursday 16th and Saturday 18th at 8.30pm nightly. Tickets are available on the night or at the box office (0719851375) priced €12, or €10 on concession.

Scór Sinsear
Huge congratulations to our senior Scór quiz team of Sylvester Maguire, Eamonn Martin Maguire, Paddy Kelly and John Hughes who have qualified for the county final which takes place on 25th February in Glenswilly. Aodh Ruadh came joint first on the old with old sparring partners Glenfin.

Registration 2017
Club membership for 2017 is now due and all club members are asked to submit their registration form and fee at their earliest convenience. Membership can be paid to Gerry Ferguson at Ferguson's Jewellers. Players can also download registration forms from aodhruadh.org and submit this along with the relevant fee directly to their manager. Registration sessions will be organised for teams over the coming weeks and it is essential all players are signed up club members. We will also be having a number of open registration sessions over coming weeks to facilitate members in the wider community.

Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was won be Teresa Herron, Ballyshannon. The last person left standing on the stand-up game was Ann Granaghan of Bundoran to take the €140 pot, rounding off a great week for her after her golden wedding anniversary celebrations. There was a close call on the snowball with the game checked on 49 numbers, but it survives another week so rises to €575 now on 48 numbers or less. Bingo as usual this Friday at 9pm in the Abbey Centre. Books are priced just €10, so see you there.

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21 February

Monthly Meeting
The February meeting of the club executive takes place this Thursday in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 8.30pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

Football
Under 16 training commences this Wednesday under lights at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. The session runs from 6pm to 7pm and there will be a €2 charge to go towards the lights. Training also on Friday from 7pm to 8pm, again there is a €2 charge for the lights. Players are reminded to bring their registration forms and fees.

This Friday 24th February the under 12s have an in-house mini league starting at 4.45pm at the Park. This will be followed by an important pre-season meeting for all parents / guardians and players in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh, Father Tierney Park at 6.30pm. This is to launch our new kit sponsored by Michael Cleary Cars and to discuss major changes to the league structure, plus other issues. On Saturday we have two more challenge matches, both played at same time against Four Masters' senior and reserve under 12s. These are home games and all players should be up for 3.45pm.

Indoor training resumes this week for under 6s, 8s and 10s, Friday 24th February. The under 6s are in the New Hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm, followed by the under 8s from 7pm to 8pm, also in the New Hall, they are followed by the under 10s from 8pm to 9pm, also in the New Hall. There is a charge of €2 per head. Please bring your own water and wear runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

Ladies
The under 14s start back this Tuesday 21st February, from 5pm to 6pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. There is also training on Saturday 25th February at 11am. The first league game is usually in the first week of April.

Hurling
Congratulations to Ciaran Rami who was a second half sub for Donegal in their NHL Division 3A clash with Monaghan in Castleblayney over the weekend. The Tir Chonaill men lost out in a high scoring encounter 1-21 to 3-14 and will be looking to return to winning ways this Sunday against Tyrone in Omagh.

Underage hurling returns for all age groups on Sunday 5th March at 12 noon in Páirc Aodh Ruaidh. All welcome from 5 years up, new comers especially welcome. Hurls and helmets provided for training come along and learn the skills of our ancient game in a fun-filled environment. For any information contact John Rooney 086-2587793.

Call for Stewards
A call has been put out by CLG Dún na nGall for new match stewards for county and inter-county matches. Each club has been asked to put forward a number of people interested in becoming stewards. With the upcoming NFL fixture in Father Tierney Park, we are also looking to increase our own number of qualified stewards. There is a training course being held for new stewards this Friday evening and Saturday morning, each lasting two and a half hours. Those who complete the training will be certified for a three year period. Renewal then requires just a short refresher course. Anybody interested should contact either Lisa McTernan or David McLoone.

Registration 2017
Club membership for 2017 is now due and all club members are asked to submit their registration form and fee at their earliest convenience. Membership can be paid to Gerry Ferguson at Ferguson's Jewellers. Players can also download registration forms from aodhruadh.org and submit this along with the relevant fee directly to their manager. Registration sessions will be organised for teams over the coming weeks and it is essential all players are signed up club members. We will also be having a number of open registration sessions over coming weeks to facilitate members in the wider community.

Oifigeach na Gaeilge
Beginners Irish Lessons continue in Gaelscoil Éirne on Mondays at 7pm. Bíonn Ciorcal Comhrá gach Luan ag a h-ocht a chlog san áit céanna.

Scór Sinsear
Good luck to our senior Scór quiz team of Sylvester Maguire, Eamonn Martin Maguire, Paddy Kelly and John Hughes as they contest the county final this Saturday in Glenswilly.

Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was won by Sarah O'Shea of Belleek. The last person standing on the stand-up game was Regina Dolan, scooping the €155 pot. There was no winner of the winter snowball, so it climbs to €600 on 48 numbers or less. It's Big Bingo time again, with the February Big Bingo taking place this Friday at 9pm at the Abbey Centre. There'll be a massive prize fund of €3,400, so come along to have your chance to win. Books priced at €15 for full book, €8 for half book, or get the book and a half special deal for €20. See you there!

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28 February

Football
Best of luck to Coláiste Cholmcille in their Markey Cup Final. The match will take place in Mac Cumhaill Park, Ballybofey this Friday 3rd March at 12.30pm.

With the commencement of competitive football almost upon us minor fixtures for the coming season have been released and are as follows.
Minor League - Section 2
Round 1 - Friday, 17th March:
Dungloe v Aodh Ruadh
Round 2 - Wednesday, 22nd March
: Aodh Ruadh v Naomh Conaill
Round 3 - Wednesday 29th March:
Naomh Columba v Aodh Ruadh
Round 4 - Wednesday 5th April:
Aodh Ruadh v Naomh Bríd
Round 5 - Wednesday 12th April:
Saint Naul's v Aodh Ruadh

Under 16 training continues this Wednesday at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. There is no charge for this session. The lads have their first challenge of the season when they entertain Grange on Friday. We'll have full details on Friday. Players are reminded to bring their registration forms and fees to ensure they are eligible to play. League fixtures have also been released and are outlined below.
Round 1 - Friday, 31st March:
Naomh Bríd v Aodh Ruadh
Round 2 - Friday, 7th April:
Aodh Ruadh v Bundoran
Round 3 - Friday, 14th April:
Naomh Muire v Aodh Ruadh
Round 4 - Saturday, 22nd April:
Aodh Ruadh v Naomh Ultan
Round 5 - Monday, 24th April:
Naomh Columba v Aodh Ruadh
Round 6 - Saturday, 29th April:
Aodh Ruadh v Kilcar
Round 7 - Wednesday, 3rd May:
Saint Naul's v Aodh Ruadh

There was a good turn out from players, parents, guardians and supporters for the launch of our new under 12 jerseys in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. We were delighted to welcome jersey sponsor Michael Cleary of Michael Cleary Cars, Belleek Road, Ballyshannon to the event. We admired the new kit before discussing plans for our first ever campaign in both Southern Board divisions one and two, an enterprise which will see us fielding three teams and giving an unprecedented number of Ballyshannon players the chance to play competitive football. The following afternoon saw the lads play their second challenge of the season in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, facing off against a Four Masters side also competing in both divisions. The game was a good quality challenge, giving the players an idea of the sort of standard to expect in the upcoming league campaign. We have pictures of the jersey launch up on aodhruadh.org. The under 12s will be training this Friday at 5pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Indoor training continues this week for under 6s, 8s and 10s, Friday 3rd March. The under 6s are in the New Hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm, followed by the under 8s from 7pm to 8pm, also in the New Hall, they are followed by the under 10s from 8pm to 9pm, also in the New Hall. There is a charge of €2 per head. Please bring your own water and wear runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

Ladies
Under 14 training continues on Tuesday evening at 5.15pm and Saturday morning at 11am. Tomorrow evening is the last fitting session for Féile gear. Barry Ward will be at the park at 5pm with samples. Once the evenings get bright training will be fixed at 5.45pm Tuesday and Thursday and Saturday mornings at 11am.

Hurling
Underage hurling makes a welcome return this Sunday at 12 noon. Boys and girls from 5 years of age welcome. Come along and learn the skills of our ancient game in a fun-filled environment with fully qualified coaches. Hurls and helmets are provided for training for any details please contact John Rooney 086-2587793.

Last Man Standing
Monaghan's one point win saw six people leave our Last Man Standing fund-raiser, along with two who had picked Dublin. With five rounds remaining there are now 38 still standing.

Memorial Service
There will be a memorial service for former De La Salle and Aodh Ruadh player Martin Williamson on Friday 10th March in Rossnowlagh Friary at 7.30pm. All past pupils and club members welcome.

Call for Stewards
A call has been put out by CLG Dún na nGall for new match stewards for county and inter-county matches. Each club has been asked to put forward a number of people interested in becoming stewards. With the upcoming NFL fixture in Father Tierney Park, we are also looking to increase our own number of qualified stewards. There is a training course being held for new stewards this Friday evening and Saturday morning, each lasting two and a half hours. Those who complete the training will be certified for a three year period. Renewal then requires just a short refresher course. Anybody interested should contact either Lisa McTernan or David McLoone.

Registration 2017
Club membership for 2017 is now due and all club members are asked to submit their registration form and fee at their earliest convenience. Membership can be paid to Gerry Ferguson at Ferguson's Jewellers. Players can also download registration forms from aodhruadh.org and submit this along with the relevant fee directly to their manager. Registration sessions will be organised for teams over the coming weeks and it is essential all players are signed up club members. We will also be having a number of open registration sessions over coming weeks to facilitate members in the wider community.

Oifigeach na Gaeilge
Beginners Irish Lessons continue in Gaelscoil Éirne on Mondays from 7pm to 8pm. Bíonn Ciorcal Comhrá gach Luan ag a h-ocht a chlog san áit céanna.

Scór Sinsear
Well done to our senior Scór quiz team of Sylvester Maguire, Eamonn Martin Maguire, Paddy Kelly and John Hughes who claimed the Scór Sinsear Tráth na gCeist county title last Saturday in Glenswilly. They were the last category of the night in the great facilities at Glenswilly and with two rounds played Fanad Gaels held a two point lead, leaving Aodh Ruadh needing to pull out all the stops and hope for a few slips by the perennial Donegal champions. They rose to the challenge and delivered a ten out of ten round, while Fanad dropped two points, sending the final into tiebreaker territory. Another round of ten questions couldn't separate the sides, and a sudden death tie breaker left them deadlocked too. It took a moment of inspiration from Eamon Martin Maguire on the third tie breaker to decide the night when he correctly identified James Reilly as the Fine Gael deputy leader. That sealed victory and the probably unique distinction of a Fine Gael politician's name being warmly saluted in the Maguire household. Aodh Ruadh now progress to represent Donegal at the All-Ireland finals. Many thanks to Glenswilly for their hospitality on the night.

Bingo
The €800 big bingo jackpot was won by Donna Timoney of Belleek, well done to Donna. The stand up round was won by Mary Cleary of Ballyshannon who collected the prize pot of €190. There was no winner of the winter snowball so it rolls up to €625 on 49 numbers or less. Bingo this Friday will be held at Coláiste Cholmcille as the musical will be on at the Abbey Centre. Books priced at just €10. See you Friday night at 9pm.

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