Club Notes Archive - 2017

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2 May

Football
Aodh Ruadh delivered another stellar performance in Father Tierney Park as they saw off the challenge of Killybegs to make it five wins in five outings. The opening stages were even enough, but Ballyshannon assumed the ascendancy midway through the half and a 1-4 strike moving into the second quarter gave them a cushion they never looked like relinquishing. An exceptional team performance from the hosts, with Peter Boyle pulling off two exquisite fingertip saves to ensure the clean sheet as it finished 4-14 to 0-13. This win, combined with Naomh Columba's draw against MacCumhaill's, sent Aodh Ruadh clear at the top of the division two table. Jason Granaghan and Eamonn McGrath were excellent at half back while David Dolan was once again unmarkable in the middle of the pitch. Philip Patton pulled the strings with consummate acumen while Nathan Boyle and Seamus Kane were real fonts of creativity in the attack. Man of the match goes to Shane McGrath whose 3-3 haul was a testament to some nerveless finishing. We have pictures and a full report from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

The reserves made light works of Killybegs in a one sided affair at Father Tierney Park on Sunday. A brace from Mickey McNeely and scores from Eddie Lynch, Dermot Slevin and Gary Carty saw the home team race into an early lead. An exchange of points followed as further scores from Lynch and McNeely along with Cáelán Drummonds and Rory Cullen's first of the game made it 0-9 to 0-3 as the game passed the midpoint of the half. Carty, Lynch and Cullen all pointed again to leave Aodh Ruadh in a strong position of 0-12 to 0-4 at the interval. The Erne men completely dominated the second half as the small travelling squad tired, and incredibly Killybegs didn't muster a single score in the entire second half. McNeely and Slevin added to their tally before Emmet Cheshire got his fist score. Aodh Ruadh welcomed Michael Lawless back to the fold after a spell away and he duly added a neat point to make to 0-16 to 0-4. A hat-trick of McNeely points followed, along with a Slevin brace and another from Cáelán Drummond. The icing on the cake came when Emmet Cheshire slotted past the hapless Killybegs keeper late on, before Eddie Lynch completed the scoring in added time, leaving it 1-23 to 0-4 at the long whistle. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

This Saturday championship takes centre stage as Aodh Ruadh begin their quest for that elusive first ever intermediate football title. It's a trip to Moyle Park as we take on a Milford side plying their trade in division one. The reserves are first up at 5.30pm and they are followed by the seniors at 7pm. It promises to be an almighty battle, but it would be a brave man betting against the Ernesiders in their current free-scoring form.

The under 16s got their first win of the league campaign with a hard earned one point victory over Naomh Ultan at Father Tierney Park last Wednesday. Despite being comfortably ahead at the break, they were pushed all the way in the second half by a resilient Dunkineely outfit. However, Aodh Ruadh had just about enough damage done on the score board to weather a late rally by the visitors. Man of the match was Tiernan Flood-Dolan who did a marvellous job of stitching play together and turning over ball. Not far behind was Eugene Doherty who really rose to the challenge when moved to midfield. His partner there, Eoin Doherty was excellent also in a demanding roving role which saw him amass a tally of 1-6 as well as covering the pitch. Adam Clarke raided up for a collector's item of a point to crown another good outing and his first as the team captain. Up front Shane Brady was superb for the Ernesiders, providing an excellent outlet and punishing every defensive slip by the visitors. Nathan Owens-Kelly also did well on his kick outs and is maturing between the sticks. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org now.

The division 2 under 14 team played Bundoran on Monday evening and recorded a 10-10 to 2-3 victory with quite a number of under 12s also seeing game time. Well done Gavin Timoney who accounted for five of the ten goals. Others to catch the eye included Conall Bradshaw, Daniel Breen Brosnan and Padraig Daly. The division 1 lads face Naomh Conaill in Glenties in their first outing this season on Friday, time to be confirmed. Under 14 training continues this Wednesday at 6.15pm.

The under 12 Division 1 team are away on Wednesday 3rd May to Glenties. Players going straight down should meet in Glenties at 6pm. If anyone needs help organising a lift down please let the management know. The Division 2 team have no game on Wednesday so it is training as normal from 5pm to 6.15pm. The next under 12 games will be on Monday 8th May. Both Division 1 and Division 2 teams will be playing against Four Masters. The Division 1 team will be at home while the Division 2 team will be heading for Donegal Town.

The under 10s had a busy weekend starting off in Derrygonnelly on Friday evening. They played two very competitive games, winning both. It was a shorter trip on Saturday morning, this time to our neighbours in Bundoran who were hosting a blitz with Killybegs also in attendance. The under 10s played four matches, winning all four. Despite communion commitments there was a great turn out players on both occasions with every player getting game time. Many thanks to the parents for all their help with transport. Training continues on Friday and Monday from 6.15pm to 7.15pm.

Under 6 and under 8 training continues this Friday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. The under 8 session will run from 6.15pm to 7.15pm. The under 6 session is slightly shorter, running from 6.15pm to 7pm. Parents are asked to please collect children promptly at the end of the session.

Ladies
Realt Ruadh training continues this Wednesday and Friday at 7pm.

Donegal minors, having narrowly lost their previous two games against Monaghan and Armagh, finished on a high with a 1-12 to 0-7 win over Fermanagh. Well done to Aodh Ruadh's representatives on the team Briana Maher, Shelley Laughlin, and Mary Flora Scott.

The Aodh Ruadh under 14s lost out to Saint Eunan's last Saturday. It was tough outing for the Ernesiders with the tackling of the hosts preventing them from putting much together in the way of sustained possession. With the benefit of a stiff breeze Aodh Ruadh led by 2-3 to 2-0 at the break. Despite a magnificent defensive display in the second half Saint Eunan's finally managed to edge in front an emerged 3-5 to 2-5 winners after a tough battle. Best for Aodh Ruadh was Grainne Maguire with good help from Ciara Caldwell in a hard-working defence. Around the centre Ella Clancy gave as good as she got in a very physical battle. Up front Sarah Jane Keon was immense, getting a well deserved goal, while Aoibheann McGarrigle also worked hard and grabbed a excellent goal. Under 14 training continues Tuesday at 5.45pm.

The under 12s play Killybegs on Tuesday 2nd May, all players are to be at the pitch in Fintra for 6pm.

Girls under 8 and under 10 training continues in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Mondays from 6.15pm to 7.15pm.

Hurling
Aodh Ruadh enjoyed a 4-14 to 0-10 victory over MacCumhaill's in an ill-tempered meeting at Father Tierney Park on Friday evening. This Friday Setanta are the guests in Father Tierney Park at 7pm in round five of the league.

Our minors made the long trip to Dungloe on Tuesday last and after a great battle with the home team came home with the two points. The strong wind made it a game of two halves, we had the advantage of the wind and built up a great lead going in at half time leading 1-11 to 0-3. The much bigger Dungloe team threw everything at us in the second half, but great credit to the 14 lads that made the trip, they fought for every ball and at the full time whistle we led 3-12 to 2-9. This was a great performance by this hard working team who had to make this long and difficult trip straight after school. Their commitment to the cause is much appreciated.

On Thursday our under 14s played Saint Eunan's in Father Tierney Park. There was nothing between the teams throughout the game, and with both defences on top scores were at a premium. Two evenly matched teams couldn't be separated over the hour leaving the full time result Aodh Ruadh 1-2 Saint Eunan's 0-5. The under 14s are at home again this week to Burt on Thursday evening in Father Tierney Park.

Donegal minor hurlers had a huge victory over Monaghan in the Ulster Shield semi-final in Ballybofey on Friday night, 6-25 to 1-3. Stephen Anderson captained the team from the half forward line and helped himself to 0-8 over the hour from play and frees. Conal Sweeny also performed very well throughout the game. Unfortunately Brian McHenry missed out due to injury. They play Tyrone in the final this Friday.

Saturday saw a number of inter county blitzes taking place in Ulster. The under 14 development squad were in action in Owenbeg where they won their three games against Derry, Tyrone and Armagh. Our own Shane Duffy did very well in all the games. The Donegal under 16s were in action in Garvaghey and despite losing all their games to Derry, Armagh and Tyrone our representatives on the squad Adam Rami and Adam Clarke performed well in all the games.

Training as normal on Sunday.

Cash for Clothes
We've had a great response to our clothes collection and as a result we're keeping it going for the month of May. Thanks to all who have donated clothes so far. For any information regarding this campaign or to arrange collection of clothes contact any of the following Lorraine Duffy 087-6874393, Denis Daly 086-3269550, Sabrina Brosnan 087-9287965 or John Rooney 086-2587793.

Question time
Thanks to all who supported the recent Quiz Night organised by our Park development committee in Owen Roes which was very successful. The support of those who donated raffle prizes, entered teams and helped on the night is much appreciated. Special thanks to Sylvester Maguire who set the questions and was quiz master, some of our neighbouring GAA clubs who supported the night and the O'Neill family.
Good luck to Sylvester Maguire, Paddy Kelly and Eamon Martin Maguire and John Hughes who will represent the Donegal at the All-Ireland Scór Tráth na gCeist final in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast this Saturday.

A Funny Kind Of Day
Ballyshannon Drama Society presents John McIntyre's hilarious comedy A Funny Kind Of Day at the Abbey Arts Centre. There will be showings at 8.30pm nightly on 23rd, 24th, 25th and 27th May. All tickets are €10 on opening night. For the remainder of the run tickets are priced €12 or €10 on concession. Group rates are available and tickets can be booked by calling 071-9851375.

Bingo
The April big bingo jackpot of €800 was won by Sarah Keaney. The stand-up prize of €180 was won by Gareth Brennan of Ballyshannon. There was no winner again of the snowball, so it rolls up to €850 on 51 numbers or less. Bingo as usual this Friday at 9pm, books priced just €10.

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9 May

Football
Aodh Ruadh continued their blistering start to the year with a 1-10 to 2-15 away victory against first division Milford in their opening game of the intermediate championship. The half was book-ended by Milford''s points, but in the interim Aodh Ruadh held total dominance with a well taken poacher's goal from Shane McGrath as the Ernesiders helped themselves to a 1-10 to 0-2 interval advantage. Ballyshannon played into the wind in the second half, but that didn't seem to meaningfully impede their control of the game, at least until the dismissal of Callum O'Halloran. James O'Donnell's men had failed to net a first half penalty, but Philip Patton made no mistake at the second time of asking after Colm Kelly was pulled down. Patton also hit an important point as Milford looked to get back into the game late on using their numerical advantage. That saw the attacker finish on 1-3 and helped Aodh Ruadh seal a well merited eight point victory. Ballyshannon had exceptional performances all over the park especially with Eamon McGrath (0-1), Colm Kelly, David Dolan (0-4, 3f) and Conor Patton calling the shots up the middle. In defence the pace and intelligence of Daniel Warnock and Jason Granaghan were too much for Milford to contend with, Granaghan capping his outing with a well taken point. Up front David McGurrin hit 0-4 and continued his fine early season form with another impressive display of offensive orchestration while Nathan Boyle hit a point and put in an all-action 60 minutes and Shane McGrath added a point to go with his 18th minute goal.

The reserves didn't fare quite as well coming out on the wrong end of a one point defeat, losing 2-9 to 1-12 against the Milford men.

With the championship off to the best possible start, attention returns to the league this Sunday. The opponents will be fellow division two pace setters Naomh Columba. The reserves get the action going at Glencolumcille's Páirc na nGael at 1.30pm with the seniors throwing-in at 3pm.

Under 16 training continues this Wednesday at 6.30pm.

The under 14 division one team lost out to a well drilled Naomh Conaill side 4-11 to 3-11 in Glenties last Friday. The hosts got in for three first half goals, but Ballyshannon still managed to get in at half time just trailing by three points. Aodh Ruadh worked hard over the second half, but couldn't close the gap. Danny Breen Brosnan played very well up front, but had to exit the action with an injured ankle. Damian Weber also played well at right half forward while Ryan Keenaghan put in a great shift at midfield and Aaron Cullen was very steady between the posts. The division two team didn't have a game with Four Masters conceding their fixture. Under 14 training continues this Wednesday at 6.15pm. Both sides are back in action this Friday with 7.30pm throw-in times. The division one team travel to Mountcharles to take on Saint Naul's while the division two team play Naomh Columba in Father Tierney Park.

Aodh Ruadh division one under 12s could consider their 4-7 to 1-8 defeat against Four Masters on Monday evening very harsh indeed. The game turned on a ludicrous decision to award a goal midway through the second half which effectively tipped the game in Four Masters favour. The first half was evenly contested with Aodh Ruadh more than matching their taller opponents. Two points from Aonghus Sweeny, a point apiece from Robbie Murphy and Ryan Daly, and a brilliant individual goal by Shane Delahunty saw the hosts in Father Tierney Park going in level on scores, but trailing 1-4 to 2-3. The sides traded points again throughout the second half with Ryan Daly, Jack Gallagher and Shane Delahunty all on the mark as the scores stood at 1-7 to 2-6 with the game moving into the final quarter. Then the referee inexplicably elected to award Four Masters a goal where (a) the goalkeeper was fouled to the ground holding the ball and (b) the ball failed to cross the line. That decision understandably shook Aodh Ruadh's resolve and Four Masters pushed on for a 4-7 to 1-8 win, Shane Delahunty adding a further point. Best for a brave Aodh Ruadh team on the night was Shane Delahunty who fought for every ball and scored a brilliant 1-2. Also good were keeper Cian McKenna, Fionn Gallagher and Eoghan Kelly. There was no better luck for the division one reserves or the division two team who also lost to Four Masters on Monday evening. Next Monday the division two team will host Kilcar in Father Tierney Park with the game getting going at 7.30pm while the division one team will be on a break from league action until the following Friday.

The under 10s take on Four Masters this Tuesday 9th May. Players are to meet at the park for 6.30pm. Training continues on Friday from 6.15pm to 7.15pm.

Under 6 and under 8 training continues this Friday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. The under 8 session will run from 6.15pm to 7.15pm. The under 6 session is slightly shorter, running from 6.15pm to 7pm. Parents are asked to please collect children promptly at the end of the session.

Ladies
The under 14 girls have a challenge match on Tuesday, 9th May in Ballyshannon at 7pm against Drumcliffe Rosses Point. Players are at the dressing rooms for 6.15pm. Training continues on Thursdays at 5.45pm.

The county under 13s travelled to Emyvale on Saturday with Aoibheann McGarrigle, Lucy McGlynn, Emer O'Brien and Katie O'Brien on board. Emer and Lucy started as they defeated Monaghan by two points to book their place in the provincial final.

The under 12s lost out to Killybegs by a point last Tuesday in Fintra. Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5pm to 6pm .

Girls under 8 and under 10 training continues in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Mondays from 6.15pm to 7.15pm.

Hurling
Aodh Ruadh seniors lost out to Setanta on Friday on a 1-6 to 1-12 scoreline. The hosts started brightly, but weren't clinical enough in their shooting. Billy Ryan netted a first half goal, but the Killygordon men outscored the hosts 1-9 to 1-3 in the first 30 to hold the initiative at the turn over. Ballyshannon battled better in the second half, but after passing up a number of goal chances they couldn't make enough headway into Setanta's cushion to really put them under any pressure. Aodh Ruadh were best served by Eddie Lynch and Jack Matthews in midfield while up front Billy Ryan was most effective with good support coming from Ciaran Kilgannon. This Friday Aodh Ruadh travel to take on Buncrana for their next fixture in the league. Throw in is 7.30pm with the venue to be confirmed.

Saturday was a historic day for hurling in the club as Stephen Anderson captained the Donegal minor hurlers to the Ulster Shield title. They had a very convincing win 3-19 to 0-5. They now go forward to play Armagh in Ulster Championship in June, Aodh Ruadh are also represented on this squad by Conall Sweeny and Brian McHenry.

Our minors have an important game against Saint Eunan's this Thursday in Father Tierney Park at 7pm. The prize on offer for the winners is a place in the County A final against Buncrana. This small squad has put in a huge effort all season and hopefully they get their rewards on Thursday.

We are hosting a blitz on Sunday for our under 6s, under 8s and under 10s. MacCumhaill's and Four Masters are the visitors. Full details will be circulated by text and Facebook during the week.

Cash for Clothes
We've had a great response to our clothes collection and as a result we're keeping it going for the month of May. Thanks to all who have donated clothes so far. For any information regarding this campaign or to arrange collection of clothes contact any of the following Lorraine Duffy 087-6874393, Denis Daly 086-3269550, Sabrina Brosnan 087-9287965 or John Rooney 086-2587793.

Question time
The Aodh Ruadh Tráth na gCeist team came in 16th at the All-Ireland Scór final in Belfast following a good tough quiz. The team thanks Sean O'Mahoney and Gerard Ferguson for all their support.

A Funny Kind Of Day
Ballyshannon Drama Society presents John McIntyre's hilarious comedy A Funny Kind Of Day at the Abbey Arts Centre. There will be showings at 8.30pm nightly on 23rd, 24th, 25th and 27th May. All tickets are €10 on opening night. For the remainder of the run tickets are priced €12 or €10 on concession. Group rates are available and tickets can be booked by calling 071-9851375.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was won by Vincent Keown of Ballyshannon. The last person on their feet for the stand-up game was Noelle Gillen of Ballyshannon, collecting €120. There was no winner of the spring snowball, so it climbs to €875 on 51 numbers or less, our biggest snowball yet! Bingo as usual this Friday night at the Abbey Centre and there'll be a great prize fund of €2,600. Books priced just €10 - see you there.

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16 May

Football
Aodh Ruadh travelled to Glencolumcille on Sunday for what was marked down as their biggest game of the season to date. Naomh Columba and Aodh Ruadh have been setting the early pace in division two and an away win for Aodh Ruadh would be a priceless early season fillip towards the end of the first round of league games. The game started with a bit of probing from both sides. Colm Kelly, Jason Granaghan, Damian Cleary and Philip Patton all found the range with early points, before Aodh Ruadh mounted a determined charge for the front. That got under way when Philip Patton laced in a great ball to Shane McGrath who fed across the face of goal for Darren Drummond to palm home. Naomh Columba struck back with a point, to make it 0-3 to 1-4, but James O'Donnell's men were beginning to ease away. Philip Patton raided for another point before a fisted score from Conor Patton. Then with another flowing, raking move, Aodh Ruadh cut through the Glencolumcille cover and hit the net with another palmed goal, this time it was Philip Patton applying the finish. Another point from the Dunmuckrim ace and one from Colm Kelly left the visitors well in command at the break, 2-8 to 0-4. The Ernesiders picked up where the left off in the first half, with points from Shane McGrath, Jason Granaghan and Philip Patton (2) moving them out of reach at 2-12 to 0-5. The sides swapped scores, with Johnny Gallagher splitting the posts for Ballyshannon, before Karl O'Brien was called upon to produce an outstanding stop down low to his right 11 minutes from time to put the tin hat on a day to forget for Naomh Columba. Eamonn McGrath got through on goal late on, but his shot went over the bar and when Colm Kelly fisted over it was to seal an impressive 2-15 to 0-9 win as Aodh Ruadh's flawless start to the season continues. Just one point of the Ernesiders haul came from placed ball. Colm Kelly with his three points and Philip Patton with 1-6 lead the way both on the score board an in the manner of their play, while Jason Granaghan, Conor Patton and Karl O'Brien all played big roles in the win.

The reserves took a small squad to the Glen but made full use of a combination of youth and experience to win out 2-13 to 0-17 in a tight encounter on a breezy afternoon. Playing with the wind in the first half, the Erne men went in at the break 0-10 to 0-7 to leave it difficult to make a second half comeback. A massive 50 metre free from Diarmaid McInerney, a fine 45 from 'keeper Karl O'Brien and long direct solo run from player manager Anthony Coughlin were the highlight scores of the half. Other first half points came from McInerney, Shane Dorrian and Dermot Slevin. An exchange of points opened the second half, before a delightful chipped effort from McInerney raised the green flag that Aodh Ruadh were always going to need to win this match. Further points from Gary Carty, McInerney, Dorrian and Martin Larkin kept the game on a knife edge as the visitors held a one point lead with 10 minutes to play. However, a late flurry from Naomh Columba saw that lead switch to the home side as the game entered the closing minutes. As the rain started falling, Marty Larkin's point cum goal effort somehow crept past the unfortunate goalie who will be haunted by this game for some time to put Aodh Ruadh back in front and secure the two points. Some stellar performances throughout the team. Shane Dorrian spear-headed the attack, yet again Gary Carty had an immense game in the middle, whilst Cian McGloin, Eddie Lynch and Mickey McNeely worked tirelessly from half back all game. McInerney's experience settled play when needed and got some crucial scores at critical times.

Our adult footballers take a well deserved break this weekend, with Ulster Championship taking precedence. We wish the senior and minor squads the very best in the provincial quarter-finals against Antrim, especially the Aodh Ruadh club men involved. The next round of club fixtures should be on Friday, 26th May, with Aodh Ruadh to travel to Termon.

Congratulations to the inimitable Val Murray who been appointed manager of the Donegal Masters team.

Last Friday saw the under 14s earn a good 3-6 to 4-10 away win against Saint Naul's in division one. Meanwhile the division two fought hard against a physically stronger Naomh Columba side, but lost out by 1-6 to 3-15 in Father Tierney Park. Under 14 training continues this Friday at 5.45pm. The division one side are back in action this Wednesday, 17th May when they take on Dungloe in Father Tierney Park. All players to be at the park for 6.45pm.

The under 12 Division 2 team lost on Monday evening to Kilcar. There was some good work, especially from Shane McGloin, Morgan McNamee and Tommy Clyne, but we will need to see improvement in taking our scoring chances for the next three games. Training continues on Friday from 5.45pm to 6.15pm with games on Friday 19th. The Division 1 side are at home against Saint Naul's and the Division 2 side are away to Naomh Ultan in Dunkineely.

Last Tuesday saw the under 10s taking on Four Masters, with 31 players pulling on the Aodh Ruadh jersey. There were three games going with two games of 10-a-side and one of 11-a-side and all players playing the whole time. All the games were very competitive with only a few point separating the sides in each game. Next up for the under 10s is a game this Friday evening against Derrygonnelly. Players are to be on the pitch for 6.15pm with games getting underway at 6.30pm. Parents / guardian should note there is a blitz coming up on Saturday 27th May when we will be entertaining Bundoran, Saint Naul's and Four Masters. Training continues on Friday and Monday from 6.15pm to 7.15pm

The under 8s took part in a blitz in Donegal Town on Saturday. Many thanks to Four Masters who organised this blitz very well. Under 6 and under 8 training continues this Friday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. The under 8 session will run from 6.15pm to 7.15pm. The under 6 session is slightly shorter, running from 6.15pm to 7pm. Parents are asked to please collect children promptly at the end of the session.

Ladies
The Donegal under 16s ladies had a great win in the Ulster Final last weekend and Aodh Ruadh were delighted to have three players on the squad; Cáit Gillespie, Anna Keon and Caoimhe Keon. Well done to all concerned.

The county action doesn't stop there. The under 14s play Armagh in the Ulster B final at 3pm this Saturday at Watty Graham's Glen Maghera in Derry. Once again Aodh Ruadh are proud to be represented by Sarah Jane Keon and Orla Keon on the panel.

Also in action at Maghera this Saturday are the county under 13s. They will play Antrim in the Ulster Development League Final at 1pm. This is the youngest Donegal team to reach a provincial final and we are thrilled to have five representatives on the panel, Aoibheann McGarrigle, Emer O'Brien, Katie O'Brien, Lucy McGlynn and Aine Hill.

We wish both teams the best of luck this Saturday as they bid to bring provincial honours back to the county.

The under 14s will be in league action this Sunday when they will take on Saint Naul's in Father Tierney Park at 7pm. Training continues on Thursday at 5.45pm.

Girls under 8 and under 10 training continues in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Mondays from 6.15pm to 7.15pm.

We were saddened to learn the news of the passing of Fionnuala Gill's father recently. His funeral will took place today, Tuesday. There is a book of condolences on RIP.ie.

Hurling
This Friday Aodh Ruadh are set to host Saint Eunan's for their next fixture in the league. Throw in is 7.30pm in Father Tierney Park.

Well done to Coláiste Cholmcille first and second year hurling team who took part in the Donegal Secondary Schools Tournament in the Centre of Excellence in Convoy on Tuesday last. The lads did well and were unlucky to lose their first game against Crana College, Buncrana. They followed that up with victories over Saint Eunan's College and Scoil Mhuire, Buncrana. They met Saint Eunan's College again in the B Final. Tiredness had set in at this stage, but the lads won a close fought battle by a point. All the squad bar were one were Aodh Ruadh club men and hopefully some of them will return to hurling for the club for the under 16 league campaign which begins at the end of June.

Possibly one of the most entertaining hurling matches take place in years took place in Father Tierney Park last Thursday. Aodh Ruadh were up against Saint Eunan's in the minor league. Aodh Ruadh had to win this game to give themselves any chance of making the A League Final. They were up against a well drilled Saint Eunan's team which contained a number of county minors. On a beautiful evening for hurling both teams served up a thriller. It was nip and tuck in the first half and both sides went in level Aodh Ruadh 1-8 St Eunan's 2-5. A point would have guaranteed the Letterkenny men their place in the final, but our young minor team were not going to be denied the victory. Aodh Ruadh hurled out of their skins in the second half and contested every ball as if their lives depended on it. The large and vocal crowd made their presence felt as the game entered the closing stages, Aodh Ruadh's intelligent use of the ball and ability to score from long range proved the difference as the home team recorded a famous victory Aodh Ruadh 2-19 St Eunan's 3-11. We have to make the long trip to Carndonagh this Thursday evening to play the home team and a draw or win will see us qualify to play the highly rated Buncrana team in the Minor A Final on Sunday.

The under 14s had no game last week. They travel to Letterkenny on Thursday to play Letterkenny Gaels in an important final league game which if they win will see them qualify for the B League Final.

On Sunday morning we hosted an enjoyable blitz for under 6s, under 8s and under 10s, Four Masters and MacCumhaill's travelled to Father Tierney Park and there was a great mornings hurling where all the boys and girls put in a great effort. Well done to our young hurlers and Ryan McDonald and Aaron Duffy who did a great job as referees. Thanks to all the parents who provided a huge amount of goodies for all the hungry young hurlers and their parents afterwards in Aras Aodh Ruaidh.

On Sunday afternoon the under 14 Féile na nGael Skills competition took place in the Centre of Excellence in Convoy. JJ Doran, Mickey Doogan and Senan McCauley represented Aodh Ruadh. Congratulations to Senan who came third out of a field of 20 competitors.

Inter-county hurling returns to Father Tierney Park this Wednesday in the form of the Celtic Challenge Cup, an under 17 competition, where Donegal are up against Sligo.

Training continues as normal on Sunday.

Oifigeach na Gaeilge
Aodh Ruadh are appointing Oifigeach na Gaeilge Youth Officers to help with a few initiatives to promote the use of Irish in the club. This could be individuals or a group of two or three people aged 18 or younger. They need to have an interest in Irish and are prepared to play a support role in two or three projects. This is a nice opportunity for anyone interested in building their CV, using social media, gaining project management experience or further study of Irish. For more information contact Alan Sweeny on 086-8052816.

Eoghan loses his head, for a good cause
This Sunday, 21st May, in Whoriskey's Traveller's Rest, Cashelard, one of the club's brightest, and most recognisable, young stars, Eoghan Kelly, will be getting his hair cut and donating it to Rapunzel Foundation. This will contribute towards making a wig for someone fighting against cancer. He is also hoping to raise money which will go to the LauraLynn Children's Hospice for terminally ill children. There will be live music in Whoriskey's from 5pm and a bouncy castle for all. Eoghan will be getting his hair cut around 6.30pm.

Keeping the peace
Best Wishes to Niall Murray and Cian Dolan as they go overseas on peacekeeping duties this week. The club also welcome back Kerry Ryan, Johnny Gethins and Ronan Matthews from their recent tour of duty.

Cash for Clothes
We've had a great response to our clothes collection and as a result we're keeping it going for the month of May. Thanks to all who have donated clothes so far. For any information regarding this campaign or to arrange collection of clothes contact any of the following Lorraine Duffy 087-6874393, Denis Daly 086-3269550, Sabrina Brosnan 087-9287965 or John Rooney 086-2587793.

Summer Camp
A date for those plotting out their summer diaries. The annual Aodh Ruadh Summer Camp returns on Monday, 3rd July and runs to Friday, 14th July.

A Funny Kind Of Day
Ballyshannon Drama Society presents John McIntyre's hilarious comedy A Funny Kind Of Day at the Abbey Arts Centre. There will be showings at 8.30pm nightly on 23rd, 24th, 25th and 27th May. All tickets are €10 on opening night. For the remainder of the run tickets are priced €12 or €10 on concession. Group rates are available and tickets can be booked by calling 071-9851375.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was shared by three players. The last person on their feet for the stand-up game was Patsy McShea of Ballintra, scooping a €160 pot. There was no winner of the snowball, so it climbs to a record €900 on 51 numbers or less, it's sure to go soon! Bingo as usual this Friday at 9pm at the Abbey Centre where the prize fund will be a massive €2,600. Books priced at just €10.

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23 May

Club meeting
The monthly club executive meeting takes place this Thursday, 25th May at 9pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. All committee members are asked to attend.

Football
Well done to Peter Boyle, Eamonn McGrath and the Donegal seniors on a comfortable Ulster Championship victory over Antrim. Hard luck to Sean Taylor and the minor team on just being pipped by the Saffrons.

Aodh Ruadh are back in league action this Sunday when we welcome Buncrana to Father Tierney Park. The reserves get us going at 1.30pm with the senior game throwing in at 3pm.

The division 1 under 14s had a highly entertaining free flowing clash with Dungloe in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh last Wednesday. Aodh Ruadh were on top for much of the 60 minutes, but Dungloe mounted a fine comeback to leave it jittery at the end as the Ernesiders secured a 6-12 to 6-9 victory. Man of the match for Aodh Ruadh was Ryan Keenaghan whose smart football play a big role in the win. Also shining for the hosts were Cian Rooney and Marty McGarrigle up front and Aaron Cullen between the posts who pulled off some really outstanding, and ultimately match-winning stops. Jake Foley also enjoyed some nice spells of football. The team followed that up with an impressive 10-9 to 1-11 victory over a weakened Killybegs side in Father Tierney Park on Monday evening. Conor Foy played very well in defence while Daire Gallagher was his usual assured self at corner back. Midfielder Corey Ryan is growing with every game while Séimí Campbell was excellent at half forward, showing well for the ball, laying on scores, and getting on the score sheet himself with some well taken efforts. Get well soon to Ryan Keenaghan who sustained a head injury in the match. The division 2 team had less luck in their game on Monday, sinking to a 7-17 to 2-3 defeat in Dunkineely. The division one side are back in action this Friday, 26th May when they travel to take on Four Masters for a top of the table clash, while the division two side entertain Naomh Bríd / Pettigo in Father Tierney Park, both games at 7.30pm. Under 14 training continues this Wednesday at 5.45pm.

The under 12 Division 1 team enjoyed a comprehensive 6-11 to 2-5 win against Saint Naul's in Father Tierney Park last Friday. The Division 2 team had a tough outing in Dunkineely also on Friday where they lost 9-7 to 1-6. Nevertheless this young Aodh Ruadh team battled bravely, with Tommy Clyne working very hard and Killian Bradshaw proving effective out the pitch. Training continues on Wednesday and Friday from 5pm to 6.15pm. All sides have games next Monday. The division 1 side and reserves are away to Killybegs, with the division 2 side away to Pettigo.

The under 10s are playing Grange on Wednesday evening. We are travelling for this game, meeting at park at 6pm to be in Grange for 6.30pm. There will be no training this Friday as we have our first blitz at home on Saturday with Bundoran, Saint Naul's and Four Masters coming to Father Tierney Park. Games will start at 11am sharp we need to have all players up for 10.15am as we are getting a team photograph taken before games. Could parents please bring a loaf of sandwiches, tray of buns or similar to help with refreshments. We would also appreciate if some parents could help out behind the hatch. Under 10 training on Mondays from 6.15pm to 7.15pm

The under 8s are travelling to Grange this Wednesday, 24th May. Parents / guardians are asked to have players at the Grange pitch for 6.45pm. Under 6 and under 8 training continues this Friday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. The under 8 session runs from 6.15pm to 7.15pm. The under 6 session runs from 6.15pm to 7pm.

Ladies
There will be a Ladies Committee Meeeting this Wednesday at 8.30pm.

Commiserations to our county representatives Sarah Jane Keon, Orla Keon, Aoibhinn McGarrigle, Emer O'Brien, Katie O'Brien, Lucy McGlynn and Aine Hill. Silverware eluded them at Maghera last Saturday, but we are proud to have these players wearing the county colours with pride and pushing for provincial honours.

There will be a meeting and fitness test on Sunday, 28th May for players interested in playing under 16 ladies football this year. Players to be togged out and ready at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh for 6pm for the fitness element. Meeting will take place afterwards in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh and should conclude by 7.30pm.

The under 14 girls had a busy week of things starting with a trip to Sligo to take on Calry Saint Joseph's. It was a good work out for the full panel with Niamh Hughes, Lauren McHugh and Ella Clancy, all performing well. On Sunday evening they entertained a determined Saint Naul's side in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh for their latest league fixture. Aodh Ruadh did really well against the breeze, going in leading 5-4 to 1-4, a number of players came in over the course of the second half and helped see Ballyshannon to a 6-9 to 5-5 victory. Sarah Jane Keon and Caoimhe Hughes-O'Brien were in exceptional form up front, with Katie O'Brien, Aoibhinn McGarrigle and Emer O'Brien also among the scorers. In midfield Lucy McGlynn and Ella Clancy worked hard, while in defence Orla Keon, Ciara Caldwell and Caoimhe McCauley all did well. Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5.45pm.
The girls have learned their fixtures for Féile na nÓg at the end of June. They are in Division 3, Group B. Also in the group are Aghadrumsee of Fermanagh, Clonee of Wexford our host club in Cavan, Drumlane. The group fixtures are as follows.
Friday 23rd June
Aodh Ruadh v Clonee @ Aghadrumsee, 4pm
Aghadrumsee v Aodh Ruadh @ Aghadrumsee, 5pm
Saturday 24th June
Drumlane v Aodh Ruadh @ Drumlane, 10am
Quarter-final game @ Venue TBC, 3.30pm
Sunday 25th June
Semi-finals @ Bailieborough, 12 noon
Final @ Kingscourt, 3.30pm.

The under 12 girls have a challenge against Naomh Bríd / Pettigo on Tuesday, 23rd May, at 5pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. This Saturday the team will be on their travels to Red Hugh's for a blitz. Players are to be at the venue in Killygordon for 11am.

Girls under 8 and under 10 training continues in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Mondays from 6.15pm to 7.15pm.

Hurling
Saint Eunan's were unable to field against Aodh Ruadh last Friday so the Ernesiders got the points for that one without a sliotar struck in anger. The seniors next assignment is a jaunt to Garvaghey this Saturday where they take on Saint Fechin's in their first game of the 2017 Ulster Táín League Division 2 at 4pm.

On Thursday last the minors made the long trip to Carndonagh for their final league game. Due to study commitments and injuries only 12 players could make the trip. Knowing they had to win to make the A League Final the lads began the game with real purpose and ran out convincing winners. The lads showed great dedication making this trip, leaving Ballyshannon at 5pm and returning at 11pm. Such commitment is to be much admired and a testament to this particular group of players.

On the same night the under 14s travelled to Letterkenny Gaels and lost by the minimum on a scoreline of Letterkenny Gaels 2-6 Aodh Ruadh 3-2. They have qualified for the B League Final this Thursday against Saint Eunan's.

On Sunday the minors played Buncrana in the Minor A League Final at Setanta's pitch in the Cross. This was always going to be a big ask for the lads. Unfortunately we were against a strong breeze and the hill in the first half and the lads never got a foothold in the game. Buncrana, showing all the skills that had them going for a four-in-a-row of league titles, punished every mistake by our young team in the first half and led at half-time by 5-10 to 0-2. The boys had only the bare 15 and tiredness was setting in, but they put in a great effort in the second half, actually winning it leaving the full time score Buncrana 6-16 Aodh Ruadh 1-9. Buncrana were deserving and convincing winners, but the brilliant second half performance put in by our lads was great to see and they never gave up. Starting out in our first game of the league with only 11 players our target this year was to field for all games, but the lads exceeded all expectations winning five of their seven league games and qualifying for the A League Final. There is a break now for the state exams and hopefully we will be out in the championship in early July. We would like to thank our loyal supporters who gave the lads great support during a difficult game and throughout the season and for bringing the lads to the game. It was very disappointing to see there were no linesmen or umpires for such an important game, this lack of respect shown to both clubs and hurling in general was disappointing and doesn't reflect well on those tasked with looking after our games and players.

Training continues as normal on Sunday.

Oifigeach na Gaeilge
Aodh Ruadh are appointing Oifigeach na Gaeilge Youth Officers to help with a few initiatives to promote the use of Irish in the club. This could be individuals or a group of two or three people aged 18 or younger. They need to have an interest in Irish and are prepared to play a support role in two or three projects. This is a nice opportunity for anyone interested in building their CV, using social media, gaining project management experience or further study of Irish. For more information contact Alan Sweeny on 086-8052816.

Cash for Clothes
We've had a great response to our clothes collection and as a result we're keeping it going for the month of May. Thanks to all who have donated clothes so far. For any information regarding this campaign or to arrange collection of clothes contact any of the following Lorraine Duffy 087-6874393, Denis Daly 086-3269550, Sabrina Brosnan 087-9287965 or John Rooney 086-2587793.

Summer Camp
A date for those plotting out their summer diaries. The annual Aodh Ruadh Summer Camp returns on Monday, 3rd July and runs to Friday, 14th July.

A Funny Kind Of Day
Ballyshannon Drama Society presents John McIntyre's hilarious comedy A Funny Kind Of Day at the Abbey Arts Centre. There will be showings at 8.30pm nightly on 23rd, 24th, 25th and 27th May. All tickets are €10 on opening night. For the remainder of the run tickets are priced €12 or €10 on concession. Group rates are available and tickets can be booked by calling 071-9851375.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 jackpot was won by Isla Rose McTernan of Ballyshannon. Gareth Brennan took the last man standing prize of €150, his second in a month. There was no winner of snowball so it now stands at €925 on 51 numbers or less. This Friday is the May Big Bingo, with a massive €3,700 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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30 May
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