Club Notes Archive - 2017

Box. MARCH
7 March

Football
Pride of place goes to Coláiste Cholmcille who claimed the Ulster Vocational Schools senior title with an 11 point victory over Coláiste na Carraige last Friday in Irvinestown. The Ballyshannon school were the dominant side and had an early 1-2 to 0-1 advantage thanks to a goal from Jakeb Machunik. A long ball beat home by Dylan Gallagher helped Coláiste Cholmcille to a 2-6 to 0-4 interval lead. Their cause had been dented by the loss of Matthew McClay and Gallagher to black cards, but with keeper Sean Taylor in imperious form and everything the Ballyshannon lads kicking at the posts turning to gold they were well able to weather those departures. Coláiste na Carraige battled hard and got the margin back down to five points, but in the end the Ernesider toughed it out. Late goals from Oisin Rooney and Conall Sweeny meant they were comfortable at the final whistle, winning on a scoreline of 4-11 to 0-12. The victorious team was Sean Taylor; Cian McGloin, Jason Granaghan (0-1), Cáelán Drummond; Conall Sweeny (1-1), Robbie Ryan, Ryan McKenna; Matthew McClay, Dean Carroll (0-5, 2f); Jackeb Machunik (1-0), Shane McGrath, Michael McKenna (0-2); Dylan Gallagher (1-0), Oisin Rooney (1-0), Nathan Boyle (0-1). Subs: Shane Gillespie for McClay (BC) 5m; Seamus Keogh (0-1) for D Gallagher (BC) 19m.

We have some shots of Sean Taylor in action for his county during a recent challenge against Leitrim up in the aodhruadh.org image gallery.

Under 16 training continues this Wednesday at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. There is no charge for this session. Players are reminded to bring their registration forms and fees.

Under 12 training continues this Friday at 5pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Indoor training continues this week for under 6s, 8s and 10s, Friday 10th 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.

There will be a Bord na nÓg meeting this Wednesday, 8th March, at 8.30pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

Ladies
Under 14 training continues on Tuesday evening at 5.30pm and Saturday morning at 11am. Due to the poor weather conditions players should wear a hat, heavy top and if you have one a rain jacket, track bottoms and gloves.

We have some shots of Ana Keon, Cait Gillespie and Caoimhe Keon in action for Donegal against Mayo during a recent series of challenge games in Páirc Aoidh Ruadh up on the aodhruadh.org image gallery now.

Hurling
Well done to the Donegal senior hurlers who continued their winning start to season with a third victory last Sunday. The side, with mentor Paul Sheridan and player Ciaran Rami on duty, defeated Tyrone 2-14 to 0-15 in Letterkenny.

Minor and under 16 hurling training starts on Tuesday, 7th March at 7pm sharp in the Brothers Field. All welcome.

Underage hurling made a welcome return on Sunday and it was great to see good numbers out training especially at under 8 level where we had 20 boys and girls enjoying learning the skills of our ancient game. Training continues for all ages on Sunday at 12 noon. Hurls and helmets are supplied for training and all are welcome, especially beginners.

Donegal minors had a good win over Sligo in a challenge game on Sunday morning. Our three lads Conall Sweeny, Stephen Anderson and Brian McHenry all played their part in a good win.

Youth disco
Surely the social highlight of the St Patrick's weekend, the Aodh Ruadh Ladies Teenage Disco returns to the Breesy Centre, Cashelard on Thursday, 16th March. The night runs from 8pm to 10pm and following the success of our pre-Christmas disco there is sure to be an even bigger crowd out this time round. Tickets priced €7 are available now.

What's the story Rory?
Advance notice of a great night of comedy to look forward to in the Bridgend on Saturday 22nd April. Aodh Ruadh CLG presents Rory's Stories, along with the hilarious Frankie O'Donnell and Jon Dunt for a night of laughter and craic. This is strictly ticket only as space is limited, so buy early. Tickets are on sale now in Pearse O'Neill's, Ferguson's Jewellers, Kernan's Spar or from Packie McGrath on 087-9794696.

Last Man Standing
Derry's defeat to Down over the weekend saw seven people leave our Last Man Standing competition. Clare's surprise win over Cork saw five more leave and one optimistic punter had Roscommon picked. So as we head for week five there are only 25 left 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.

NFL Programme
Any business interested in taking an advert in the match programme for the Donegal v Monaghan NFL programme should contact Michael Daly, David McLoone, Conal Gallagher or Tom Daly. All club committee members are asked to assist with sourcing advertisements.

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 on the evening of Friday March 10th and morning of Saturday March 11th, at Aras Aoidh Ruaidh, Ballyshannon, each lasting two and a half hours. All of the Aodh Ruadh stewards who steward at Father Tierney Park are asked to register. 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.

Training times
The schedule for training and coaching until the end of March was agreed at last week's meeting between Park and Development Committee Officers and team managers. Due to the large numbers attending underage grades it is essential sessions start and finish on time so that the subsequent session can proceed on schedule. The roster will be re-visited at the end of March when the time changes.

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
Beidh Lá Peil trí mhéan na Gaeilge againn ag ceiliúradh Seachtain na Gaeilge ar an gCéadaoin (8ú) ag 11 a chlog. Beidh Gaelscoil Éirne, Scoil Chaitríona, Gaelscoil na gCeithrí Máistrí agus Holy Family, Ballyshannon ag glacadh páirt. Join us for a fun day of football for local schools where the Irish language will feature to the best of everyone's ability. Bigí linn.

Bingo
For the second week running the €400 bingo jackpot went to Belleek, this time in favour of Evelyn Timoney. The stand up game was won by Regina Dolan in the amount of €145, her second win in three weeks. The snowball still waits to be won, now standing at €650 on 49 numbers or less. Bingo returns to the Abbey Centre this Friday at 9pm. Books priced just €10.

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14 March

Saint Patrick's Day
This year the theme of Aodh Ruadh's participation in the Saint Patrick's Day parade will be the 60th Anniversary of the Bakery Cup. All Bord na nÓg and players and Juvenile hurlers are invited in the parade this Friday. Players to assemble at Gaelscoil Éirne at 1.40pm. Jerseys will be provided. Parents / guardians can collect players at the Market Yard after the parade.

Time to get your membership sorted
In order to facilitate payment of club membership there will be a registration session on Wednesday evening in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Club membership for 2017 is now due and registration forms and fees need to be submitted by the March 31st deadline. 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.

Football
The last time Aodh Ruadh played division two football was 31 October 2010, when Fanad Gaels consigned them to the third tier. It has been a long wait since then, but Ballyshannon finally returned to the second division on Sunday, and did so with a bang. The Ernesiders overturned a 0-7 to 0-3 half-time deficit to run out 0-11 to 0-10 with Michael 'Sticky' Ward rolling back the years and David McGurrin rattling over 0-6. Eamonn McGrath was also outstanding as a gutsy second half performance gave Ballyshannon victory and a precious two away points in the season opener. We have a full match report and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

Rather less luck for the reserves who were on the wrong end of a 2-19 to 0-3 scoreline against an impressive Ardara second string. The opening exchanges were positive as the Erne men looked to have control of the middle third and spurned a few chances before Anthony Coughlin opened the scoring account for 2017 with a nicely taken left foot free to put Aodh Ruadh in front. However, once the hosts found their feet after 10 minutes they pulled level and soon pulled out of sight, taking full advantage of the wind and playing with much more pace and intensity. The score was 1-8 to 0-1 before Spanny Goan scored a nice point just before the break. Despite the wind advantage in the second half Aodh Ruadh could not get into their stride and Ardara kept the score board ticking over and added a second goal late on. A well taken point by Emmet Cheshire was the sole score of the half for the visitors, leaving the homesters 19 point victors. A lot to be done to be competitive at this level. We have pictures and a team sheet from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

The loss of three key players to injury during the game was the main factor in Coláiste Cholmcille bowing out of the All-Ireland semi-final in Breffni Park 3G pitch. The Ballyshannon college exited the competition to Presentation De La Salle, Bagenalstown on a scoreline of 1-15 to 2-10. Dean Carroll exited the fray after 20 minutes, while a dislocated finger ended Conall Sweeny's involvement just before half-time. Then with the winning post in sight and three points ahead, Nathan Boyle suffered a back injury with 10 minutes left. After an absorbing first 30 minutes Coláiste Cholmcille trailed by 0-8 to 1-6, a Danny Doyle goal giving the Carlow side the edge. The Ernesiders turned on the style in the third quarter with a penalty from Dylan Gallagher and another major from Cian McGloin netting to give them a four point lead with 44 minutes played. The loss of Nathan Boyle was a body blow though and Bagenalstown hit four late points on the spin to book their All-Ireland final ticket. Outstanding for Coláiste were Shane McGrath, Sean Taylor, Cian McGloin, Conal Sweeney and Nathan Boyle. A tough one to take, but in capturing an Ulster title the lads can rest assured they have more than done the town proud. Coláiste Cholmcille team: Sean Taylor; Cian McGloin, Robbie Ryan, Shane Gillespie; Conal Sweeny, Jason Granaghan, Cáelán Drummond; Matthew McClay, Dean Carroll (0-2, 1f); Ryan McKenna, Shane McGrath (0-3, 2f), Michael McKenna (0-2), Dylan Gallagher (1-0), Oisin Rooney, Nathan Boyle (0-3, 1f). Subs: Seamus Keogh for Carroll 20m; Cathal McSharry for McClay 24m; Patrick McCaffrey for Sweeny 28m; Shane Dorrian for Boyle 49m; Matthew McClay for Drummond 59m.

The minors are the first underage side in league action when they travel to Dungloe this Saint Patrick's Day for a noon throw-in. Good luck to all involved for this tie and the season ahead.

Under 16 training continues this Wednesday at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 1.45pm to 2.45pm. There will be a challenge game against Four Masters on Friday, Saint Patrick's morning at 10.30am at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. All players to be on the pitch for 10am. It is essential all players have submitted registration forms and fees before Friday's challenge.

Under 14 training commences next Monday, running from 6.15pm to 7.30pm and Wednesday from 6.15pm to 7.30pm. The Bakery Cup competition starts at the beginning of April so we need to see good numbers at training to ensure all players are allocated to teams appropriately.

Under 12 training continues this Friday at 5pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

This Saturday there will be an internal under 10 blitz at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh (Munday's). All players to be ready action at 12 noon.

Indoor training take a break this Friday for under 6s, 8s and 10s due to the Saint Patrick's celebrations.

Ladies
Aodh Ruadh ladies are having a bag pack fund-raiser in SuperValu, Bundoran on Saturday 18th March between 9am and 5pm. This money is needed to equip each team with footballs, cones, bibs and buses, when needed. Aodh Ruadh ladies starts at under 6 and field at under 8, under 10, under 12, under 14, under 16, minors and seniors. We are looking for volunteers to help on the day. Parents of players from under 6 up to under 12s and girls from under 14s upwards can help. Please text Patricia Hill on 0876874389 if you can give some of your time. Any time you can contribute would be gratefully appreciated.

Under 14 girls training takes place this week on Tuesday at 5.30pm and Saturday at 11am. Could everybody ensure that they get membership paid.

Hurling
The minor hurlers are due to open their league campaign at home this Saturday against Letterkenny Gaels in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, at 5pm.

Underage hurling continues this Sunday at 12 noon for all age groups. Numbers have been very encouraging so far this season.

Youth disco
Surely the social highlight of the St Patrick's weekend, the Aodh Ruadh Ladies Teenage Disco returns to the Breesy Centre, Cashelard on Thursday, 16th March. The night runs from 8pm to 10pm and following the success of our pre-Christmas disco there is sure to be an even bigger crowd out this time round. Tickets priced €7 are available in Coláiste Cholmcille or you can also pay on the door.

NFL Programme
Any business interested in taking an advert in the match programme for the Donegal v Monaghan NFL programme should contact Michael Daly, David McLoone, Conal Gallagher or Tom Daly. All club committee members are asked to assist with sourcing advertisements.

What's the story Rory?
Advance notice of a great night of comedy to look forward to in the Bridgend on Saturday 22nd April. Aodh Ruadh CLG presents Rory's Stories, along with the hilarious Frankie O'Donnell and Jon Dunt for a night of laughter and craic. This is strictly ticket only as space is limited, so buy early. Tickets are on sale now in Pearse O'Neill's, Ferguson's Jewellers, Kernan's Spar or from Packie McGrath on 087-9794696.

Bingo
Last week's €400 jackpot was shared, with Kathleen Flanagan taking half the share to Belleek. The stand up round was won by Majella Gettins of Finner, collecting the prize pot of €130. There was no winner of the winter snowball so it rolls up to €675 on 49 numbers or less. Saint Patrick's day Bingo this Friday will be held at Coláiste Cholmcille due to the drama festival taking place at the Abbey Centre. Books priced at just €10. See you Friday night at 9pm.

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21 March

Donegal v Monaghan
We require a full turn-out of club stewards and helpers for Sunday's Division 1 National League game between Monaghan and Donegal at Father Tierney Park for what will be a high profile match with a large attendance of spectators.
All stewards must be at the grounds for 12 noon. The half time draw will be co-ordinated by Bord na nÓg with proceeds going to the Aodh Ruadh schools coaching programme. Sellers report to Lisa McTernan at 12.30pm.
Those helping in the shops and with catering should be present for 12.30pm and report to Catherine McKee.
Those selling match programmes should be present for 12.30pm and report to Willie Scott.
On Saturday morning club members are asked to come to Father Tierney Park from 10am to 12 noon to assist with final preparations for the game.
The current phase of development works at the Father Tierney Park has been suspended in order to prepare for this National League game.
Works will resume the week after this game and the spectator embankment on the school side of the grounds will not be available for the reminder of the year as development works will be concentrated in that area.

Jimmy Gallagher RIP
Last Thursday Aodh Ruadh laid to rest one of the club's great servants, Jimmy Gallagher. We provided a guard of honour on the short trip from Jimmy's home on Erne Street to Saint Patrick's church as he made his final journey. Jimmy had invested much of his life in making Aodh Ruadh the great club it is, having served as treasurer, secretary and numerous other roles during his many years of stalwart devotion to the Ballyshannon cause. He was honoured as the Centenary Club Person of the Year in 2005, an honour his years of selfless service fully merited. His working life was spent as caretaker at Ballyshannon Vocational School and later at Coláiste Cholmcille, but nearly all of his spare time was dedicated to Aodh Ruadh. Requiem Mass was concelebrated by Father Hugh Hanlon, Father Gerard Hicks (Jimmy's cousin from Liverpool), Father Dermot Burke and Father Herbie Bromley. Father Gerard spoke about his memories of Jimmy when he came to visit Ballyshannon in his youth and the welcome he always received. Afterwards Jimmy was laid to rest in the Abbey Cemetery. He is survived by his brother Michael; sisters Antoinette and Marian; brother-in-law John; sister-in-law Margaret; nephews and nieces and a large circle of friends.

Time running out to get your membership sorted
Only 180 members are currently listed as having submitted registration for 2017. This means somewhere in the order 300 plus people have yet to pay club membership. Only club members can line out for Aodh Ruadh and only adult club members will be eligible for All-Ireland tickets, should Donegal contest a final. Registration forms and fees need to be submitted by March 31st deadline. 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. Keep an eye on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page and @aodhruadh Twitter feed for information on registration sessions over the coming ten days.

Football
Aodh Ruadh are making a habit of second half comebacks. They overturned a half-time deficit last week against Ardara to win by a point and repeated the trick here against MacCumhaill's in a feisty encounter in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. The hosts had the preponderance of play over the first 30, and raced into a 0-5 to 0-1 lead by the end of the first quarter. However they found themselves trailing 1-4 to 0-6 at the turnover thanks to MacCumhaill's being that bit more economical in front of the posts. David McGurrin, David Dolan, Philip Patton and Nathan Boyle were the men on the mark for Ballyshannon in the first half, while an Aaron Kelly goal and three points from Stephen Mulligan were the key contributions for the Twin Towners. Three points in five minutes from Jason Granaghan, David Dolan and Darren Drummond turned the game in Aodh Ruadh's favour at the start of the second half. County star Martin O'Reilly was introduced for the visitors and three unanswered MacCumhaill's points put them back in front with the game edging into the final quarter. Darren Drummond almost netted, but had to be satisfied with a point, his shot going just over. Mulligan again replied, but Aodh Ruadh struck back again with Cian McGloin levelling matters once more. It fell to David Dolan to cap a man of the match performance by hitting the winner with a minute of normal time left to play and maintain Aodh Ruadh's 100 percent start to the season. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

Aodh Ruadh reserves picked their first league points in Division 2 at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh in a real rollercoaster of a game against MacCumhaill's. The visitors raced into a 3-3 to 0-1 lead, but a Shane Dorrian penalty and a Rory Cullen goal helped cut the deficit to just four by the break at 3-4 to 2-3. The second half fortunes tilted one way and then other. Goals from Oisin Rooney and another Dorrian penalty put Aodh Ruadh 4-8 to 4-5 ahead with time running out. However Aodh Ruadh needed a Karl O'Brien penalty save and a defiant defensive performance to secure the full two points. There were some big performances throughout, particularly in the second half with Gary Carty putting up huge miles, Ronan Drummond and Diarmaid Slevin controlling play and Oisin Kerr, Eugene Drummond and Ryan Patton relieving a lot of pressure from half back. The contribution of Shane Dorrian was massive, tallying a fine score of 2-3 in his first senior game. We have pictures and a full match report from the game up on aodhruadh.org

The next round of league games are down for Sunday 9th April when Aodh Ruadh renew acquaintances with Termon up in the north Donegal venue.

The minors had a hard earned draw in Dungloe in their first league outing on Saint Patrick's Day. They are back in action this Wednesday when they take on Naomh Conaill in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh with a 6pm throw-in.

Aodh Ruadh under 16s entertained Four Masters on a dreadful Saint Patrick's Day morning for their first competitive outing of the season. With a number of players unavailable it was a good opportunity for lads to put their hands up for places. While Four Masters were too strong on the day a number of players rose to the challenge well. Senan Rooney gave it his absolute all, Mark Gettins took some nice scores and Harry Howarth was another who worked hard for the team. Man of the match was David Doherty who worked like a demon all game long despite the awful conditions. Much work to be done ahead of the first game of the season at the end of the month, and that will commence at training this Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

Under 14 training continues on Mondays from 6.15pm to 7.30pm. The Bakery Cup competition starts at the beginning of April so we need to see good numbers at training to ensure all players are allocated to teams appropriately.

Under 12 training continues this Friday at 5pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

There will be no under 10 training on Friday night. Our internal under 10 blitz continues on Saturday at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. All players to be ready action at 12 noon.

Indoor training returns this Friday for under 6s and 8s. 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.

Ladies
There will be a ladies committee meeting this Wednesday, 22nd March, at 7.30pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh.

Realt Ruadh ladies training takes place in Ballyshannon this week at 5pm.

Aodh Ruadh Ladies will be providing programme sellers for the Donegal v Monaghan game this Sunday. The support of as many players as possible would be appreciated.

Under 14 girls training continues on this Tuesday and Thursday from 5.45pm to 7pm. There is no training this Saturday. There will be a challenge match against Glencar / Manorhamilton on Tuesday 28th March at 6pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. The team's first league match is provisionally fixed for Sunday 2nd April, away to Downings. It is important that all players attend challenge match as it will probably be our only game before the league starts. Everybody should ensure they have membership paid before the challenge match.

Aodh Ruadh Ladies Football will commence for under 8s and under 10s in the Mercy Hall (Old Hall) this Friday, 24th March from 7-8pm. The price is €2 to cover the cost of the hall. All players need to be members of the club, so if your child has not paid the registration fee of €15 then you can pay on the night or in Gerry Ferguson's Jewellers at any time. Players should wear runners and bring a bottle of water with them.

Thanks to all who attended and who helped out with the Aodh Ruadh Ladies Teenage Disco at the Breesy Centre. Again another great night had by all. Many thanks also to everyone who helped with the bag pack fund-raiser at SuperValu in Bundoran last Saturday and made it such a great success.

Hurling
Our minor team opened their league campaign at home to Letterkenny Gaels on Saturday. We fielded a young team and due to injuries only had the bare 13 players. The game was played in atrocious conditions and we were up against a physically stronger Gaels outfit. However our boys deserve great credit for the effort they put in. We were hit with a goal in the opening minute, but we clawed our way back into the game getting some lovely long range scores. Another Gaels goal just before half-time left the interval score at 1-4 to 2-1. Aodh Ruadh faced a tough second half playing into the gale force wind. We played some great hurling in this half though and were leading 1-7 to 2-1 going into the last minute when Letterkenny again hit the back of the net, followed shortly by the full time whistle to leave the final score Aodh Ruadh 1-7 Letterkenny Gaels 3=1. It was a great team performance full of hard work and great discipline. The lads know they are in for a difficult season due to the small numbers, but as they've shown over the years they will give everything they have to ensure we field for all our games. Next up is another tough encounter against last year's league runners up, MacCumhaill's, on 30th March in Father Tierney Park.

The under 14s open their league campaign this Thursday away to Four Masters. We wish them well for the season ahead.

Training for all ages continues on Sunday at 12 noon. All are welcome from 5-years-old upwards. Hurls and helmets are provided for training. Come along and learn the skills of our ancient game in a fun filled environment.

Table quiz
Club members are asked to note that the annual table quiz organised by the Park / Development Committee will take place in Owen Roe's on the Thursday before Easter, April 13th, at 9.30pm. Please put this date in your diary and we are appealing to members to take on responsibility and get a team of four to participate in what is always a good social night. Funds raised will go towards further work on the 650m Fitness Trail at Páirc Aodh Ruaidh which we would like to move forward with in 2017. Having completed the Prunty playing fields, floodlighting scheme, toilet block and the hurling / rebound wall, this is really the final element of the major €1m re-development of the former Munday's Field site. Please confirm if you intend to organise a team or sponsor a prise for the night by texting to Tom Daly, David McLoone, Conal Gallagher or Michael Daly ASAP.

Saint Patrick's Day
It might have poured and blown on Saint Patrick's Day but that didn't deter our young footballers and hurlers who came out in larger numbers than ever for the annual Saint Patrick's Day Parade last Friday. Well done to all who endured the awful conditions and did so with a smile. Thanks to all those who helped pull together a great display by the club. We have pictures from the sodden festivities up on aodhruadh.org.

Last Man Standing
It was certainly unlucky for the 13 who picked Mayo to win on Sunday, along with two who had Cork and Clare to win. So as we head for week six there are ten in the race to be the Last Man Standing. Those left in with a chance of winning the title are Sean & John, Niamh Duffy, Maureen Keenaghan, Pauric Keenaghan, Shane Cronin, Gerard Ferguson, Edel Sheerin, Sean O'Mahoney, Stephen Lynch and Tanya O'Shea.

Bingo
Last week's €400 jackpot was won by Mary Coughlin of Erne Street, Ballyshannon. The stand up round was won by Denise Carroll of Saimer Drive, Ballyshannon, collecting the prize pot of €110. There was no winner of the winter snowball so it rolls up to a juicy €700 on 49 numbers or less. Bingo returns to the Abbey Centre this Friday night at the normal time of 9pm. Books are priced at just €10, a small outlay to be in with a chance to get your hands on part of a €2,400 prize fund.

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28 March

Time running out to get your membership sorted
There will be a final open registration session this Wednesday 29th March in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. Only 250 members are currently listed as having submitted registration for 2017. This means somewhere in the order 300 people have yet to pay club membership. Only club members can line out for Aodh Ruadh and only adult club members will be eligible for All-Ireland tickets, should Donegal contest a final. Registration forms and fees need to be submitted by March 31st deadline. 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. Keep an eye on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page and @aodhruadh Twitter feed for information on registration sessions over the coming ten days.

Donegal v Monaghan
Thanks to everyone in the club who assisted with the running of Sunday's NFL Division 1 game between Donegal and Monaghan which brought close to 7,000 people to town. A lot of effort went into the preparations and this is much appreciated. A special word of thanks to Sergeant Stuart Doyle and his Garda team for their co-operation. The club member who found a season ticket in the grounds might please contact Tom Daly as the owner has been in touch with the club. We have an absolutely huge gallery of pictures from the day up on aodhruadh.org. Some of these courtesy of Fintan McTiernan, official Monaghan GAA photographer.

Football
The next round of adult league games are down for Sunday 9th April when Aodh Ruadh renew acquaintances with Termon up in the north Donegal venue.

The minors are down to play their second league game this Wednesday against Naomh Columba in Glencolmcille.

The under 16s will host Melvin Gaels for a challenge in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this Wednesday at 5.30pm. All players are to be togged and ready to go at 5pm. The team get their league programme underway this Friday when they take on Naomh Bríd / Pettigo.

Under 14 training continues on Mondays from 5.45pm to 7pm and Wednesdays at the same time. There will be a challenge match for the team this Friday in Ballyshannon against Grange at 5.30pm.

Under 10 boys are training this Friday from 6pm to 7pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh (Munday's). All players are to be up on Saturday morning at 12 noon for a match against Four Masters in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. A big thank to all the players who took part in Sunday's half-time games.

This Friday under 6 and under 8 training goes outdoors in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh (Munday's). The under 8 session will run from 6pm to 7pm. The under 6 session is slightly shorter, running from 6pm to 6.45pm. Parents are asked to please collect children promptly at the end of the session.

There is a Bord na nÓg meeting tomorrow night, Tuesday, at 8.30pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh.

Ladies
The under 14 girls have their first league match this Sunday. The game is in Downings with throw-in at 3pm. Everyone travelling to the game is asked to meet at the park at 12.15pm. Our last training session ahead of that game takes place on Thursday at 5.45pm. Drumlane of Cavan are our host club for Féile weekend 23rd-25th June.

Under 12 girls training commences on Tuesday 28th March and Friday 1st March from 5-6pm at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh (Munday's). Players should remember to bring gum shields. Our first game takes place next Tuesday 4th April at home to Bundoran.

Training continues for under 8s and under 10s in the Mercy Hall this Friday, 31st March from 7-8pm. The price is €2 to cover the cost of the hall. All players need to be members of the club, so if your child has not paid the registration fee of €15 then you can pay on the night or in Gerry Ferguson's Jewellers at any time. Players should wear runners and bring a bottle of water with them.

The ladies committee would like to extend a well done and a big thank you to all the programme sellers at Sunday's county game.

Hurling
The under 14s opened their league campaign with a comfortable win at home to Four Masters last Thursday. The lads showed plenty of rustiness in this game, while the result was never in doubt the team know they face tougher challenges in the weeks ahead. The full time score was Aodh Ruadh 7-5 Four Masters 2-1. We play Setanta in the Cross this Thursday in what is sure to be a tough encounter.

The minors are at home to MacCumhaill's on Thursday. Our young squad will be up against it with the Ballybofey lads, but one thing's for sure with this minor team they won't be found wanting for effort.

Well done to the under 12s and under 14s who took part in the half-time exhibition game during the Donegal v Monaghan game yesterday. It was a great experience for the boys to play in front of such a large crowd. Thanks to all involved in organising and facilitating the game.

Training continues for all ages on Sunday at 12 noon.

Table quiz
Club members are asked to note that the annual table quiz organised by the Park / Development Committee will take place in Owen Roe's on the Thursday before Easter, April 13th, at 9.30pm. Please put this date in your diary and we are appealing to members to take on responsibility and get a team of four to participate in what is always a good social night. Funds raised will go towards further work on the 650m Fitness Trail at Páirc Aodh Ruaidh which we would like to move forward with in 2017. Having completed the Prunty playing fields, floodlighting scheme, toilet block and the hurling / rebound wall, this is really the final element of the major €1m re-development of the former Munday's Field site. Please confirm if you intend to organise a team or sponsor a prise for the night by texting to Tom Daly, David McLoone, Conal Gallagher or Michael Daly ASAP.

Last Man Standing
As we head to week seven we have seven entrants left in Last Man Standing. The lucky seven are Sean & John, Niamh Duffy, Maureen Keenaghan, Pauric Keenaghan, Shane Cronin, Edel Sheerin and Tanya O'Shea. Note we have four ladies left. We may have to rename it Last Person Standing for 2018!

Bingo
Last week's €400 jackpot was won by Bernie McShea of Belleek. There was no winner of the winter snowball so it rolls up to a juicy €725 on 49 numbers or less. It is the March big bingo this Friday at Abbey Centre at 9pm. There is a huge prize fund of €3,500 up for grabs with books available priced just €15 for the book, €8 for half, or there's the book and a half deal for €20.

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