Club Notes Archive - 2017

Box. JUNE
6 June

RIP Billy Finn
Monday saw the club with the melancholy duty of laying to rest one of our most faithful and stalwart members, Billy Finn. The news of his passing was received with shock and sadness on Friday and in the intervening period we have been reflecting on a life given in service to others, or more specifically in the service of his great sporting love. A true and gentle soul he might have been off the pitch, but as a Kilkenny native the turbulent beauty of hurling was his consuming passion. It was a passion he passed on to generations in Ballyshannon as an ardent advocate and evangelist for the game in the town over a number of decades. He was a great club man, playing a full role in the all aspects of Aodh Ruadh activity. In particular his camerawork has given the club a priceless archive of interviews with great players and other material from the 1980s and 1990s. The steady stream of mourners who made their way from far and near to pay their respects at his home Tonragee, and later to be present at his funeral mass in Saint Patrick's Church, Ballyshannon before he was laid to rest in the Abbey Cemetery was a testament to the affection in which he was held. Indeed no one would have been more surprised by the extent of his fame and the affection in which he was held than Billy himself. We will have an extended obituary for Billy on aodhruadh.org presently, but his long-standing friend, John Rooney, suggested Seamus Redmond's poem, The Hurler's Prayer, summed the man up well.

Grant me O Lord, a hurler's skill,
With strength of arm and speed of limb,
Unerring eye for the flying ball,
And courage to match whate'er befall,
May my stroke be steady and my aim be true,
My actions manly and my misses few,
No matter what way the game may go,
May I rest in friendship with every foe,
When the final whistle for me has blown,
And I stand at last before God's judgement throne,
May the great referee when he calls my name,
Say, you hurled like a man; you played the game.

All our thoughts and prayers are with Billy's family and many friends at this time. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.

Football
Aodh Ruadh's flawless start to life in division two came to an end on Friday evening with Ardara avenging their opening day defeat with a 1-18 to 3-14 win in Father Tierney Park. It seemed like little enough to worry about at the time, but Ardara's quick raid for 1-2 while Aodh Ruadh were feeling their way into the game was to prove a crucial phase of this division 2 clash. From there on Ardara were able to play on the counter, raiding for scores when James O'Donnell's men were getting too close for comfort. The manner of the defeat will be galling for Aodh Ruadh, but it is indicative of the progression in the squad that there is disappointment in not beating Ardara despite fielding minus David Dolan, Colm Kelly, Philip Patton, Johnny Gallagher, and defensive stalwart Michael Ward. Once again there was a lot of good work done by players in white and green. Peter Boyle landed two smashing points for a second game in succession and also made a couple of excellent saves, Damien Cleary and Jason Granaghan fared best in a defence which had plenty of work on their plate. Up front David McGurrin's promptings caused a world of problems for Ardara while Nathan Boyle tore into them with real warrior spirit. Michael 'Sticky' Ward also made a major contribution on his introduction. We have a match report and pictures up on aodhruadh.org.

The reserves fielded a strong team on Saturday afternoon and needed every bit of it to see off a determined Ardara challenge. A Michael 'Sticky' Ward goal helped Aodh Ruadh to a 1-10 to 0-4 interval lead. It was tougher going in the second half for the Ernesiders though and despite Anthony Coughlin finding the net they were made to work all the way for the win. In the proverbial game of two halves, it was the forwards who shone in the first half, Sticky Ward, McInerney and Shane Dorrian simply unstoppable. The second half was all about the half backs and midfield. Kerry Ryan and Eddie Lynch powering throughout, whilst Thomas Anderson and Packie McGrath had a great games in the back line. We have a full match report from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

Aodh Ruadh seniors will be looking to bounce back from last Friday's reversal when they travel to Inishowen on Sunday to take on Malin. The reserves get the action underway in Connolly Park at 1.30pm, with the seniors throwing in at 3pm.

Under 16 training resumes this Friday at 6.30pm.

The only under 14 action last week saw the division two side lose out to Kilcar 4-11 to 2-5 down in Towney. The team are at home this Friday when Naomh Muire are the visitors, the game getting under way at 6.15pm. That game will be followed at 7.30pm by the division one clash between Aodh Ruadh and Saint Naul's, also in Father Tierney Park.

The division one under 12s are due to host Ardara this Wednesday at 7.30pm in Father Tierney Park.

Ladies
Under 16 training continues on Sundays at 7.30pm and Thursdays at 7.45pm. New faces welcome.

The under 14 girls started a busy week with a good win over a brave Naomh Conaill side Wednesday. The full panel saw game time with a lot of good performances right across the pitch. Much of the play was concentrated in the attack and Aodh Ruadh took their chances well with Sarah Jane Keon, Ella Clancy, Niamh Hughes, Danielle Gallagher, Laoise Kelly, Katie McMullan, Aoibhínn McGarrigle and Grainne Maguire all finding the net. On Saturday the team travelled to Fintra for a crucial game against Killybegs. The girls saved their best game of the year with this clash. They used the breeze well in the first half to go in leading 3-6 to 0-2, Danielle Gallagher, Aoibhínn McGarrigle and Sarah Jane Keon all finding the net. The Shamettes started the second half playing into the breeze brilliantly with Aoibhínn McGarrigle netting early. The defence and midfield really rose to the challenge with Caitlin McGarrigle, Ella Clancy and Tia McFarland all playing out of their skin. In the defence Grainne Maguire, Ciara Caldwell and Katie O'Brien did an ocean of work, while Aine Hill made a number of important saves. Further goals from Sarah Jane Keon and Tia McFarland helped Ballyshannon to the win on a scoreline of 6-12 to 1-4.

Under 12 training resumes this Tuesday, 6th June.

There will be an under 8 and under 10 girls blitz in Mountcharles this Tuesday, 6th June at 6.30pm. Meet at the park at 5.30pm. Please let David know if you are available to drive on 0863974352. Remember, it is mandatory for all players in all grades to wear mouthguards. A referee will refuse to allow a child to play a game without one. Please ensure your child has one for the blitz on Tuesday. Training continues in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh next Mondays from 6.15pm to 7.15pm.

Hurling
On Friday last we lost our dear friend, Ballyshannon's Mr Hurling, Billy Finn RIP. The Kilkenny native kept hurling alive in this area for over 30 years, he had a great love of the game which he passed on to generations of Ballyshannon hurlers. We laid him to rest on Monday morning and the club provided him with a great send-off.

The senior hurlers are down to travel Setanta this Friday for their next league outing. That game throws-in at the Crossroads at 7.30pm.

The Donegal minors had a great win over Armagh in the Ulster Minor Championship quarter-final on Saturday in Ballybofey winning by 4-24 to 1-8. Stephen Anderson captained the team and helped himself to 1-7. They now play Derry in the semi-final on 2nd July in Owenbeg.

Training continues as normal on Sunday.

Cash for Clothes
Please note that the clothes collection campaign ends on Friday, 9th June. 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.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was won by Kathleen Gavigan, Cloughbally. The stand-up game prize was €150 with one winner. The snowball survived yet another week, so it climbs to €975 on 52 numbers or less. Bingo as usual this Friday at 9pm at the Abbey Centre where the prize fund will be a massive €2,700. Books priced at just €10.

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13 June

Football
Aodh Ruadh made the 280km round trip to Malin on Sunday afternoon and came back from a three goal deficit to earn a 1-15 to 3-9 draw. Malin had by far the better of the exchanges in the first half and 1-1 from Seamus Kane and points from David McGurrin and Philip Patton saw the visitors going in trailing 0-9 to 1-3. Malin didn't hold back in the third quarter and piled on the scores and they strode nine points clear when a Brendan McLaughlin shot for point dropped into the net. Ballyshannon rose to the challenge commendably, responding with points from Philip Patton and Seamus Kane before a drilled goal by Shane McGrath. Malin stretched the lead back out again before Aodh Ruadh hit 1-3 in the last ten minutes to grab the draw. Seamus Kane pointed before Michael 'Sticky' Ward netted and then Philip Patton landed two frees. The reserves were unable to field for the trip to Malin, so the Inishowen men got the points for that one.

Our adult sides are on a break this week with Donegal bidding to book their place in the Ulster final with victory over Tyrone in Clones this Sunday. We wish Peter Boyle and everyone else associated with the county team ádh mor ort against the Red Hands. We also wish Eamonn McGrath a speedy recovery from the injury he sustained in training with the county.

Under 16 training continues this Wednesday and this Friday at 6.30pm.

Our division 1 under 14s ascended to the top of the table with 7-10 to 5-9 away victory over Killybegs on Monday evening. It was a well contested game with Aodh Ruadh leading by 3-5 to 1-8 at break. The Ernesiders put the pedal to the metal in the second half and two late goals put a better complexion on the final scoreline for the Fishermen. There was a great defensive display with some great blocking by Calum Doherty Craig, elsewhere Kyle Murray fought hard and Darragh Dolan did very well. Up front injury returnee Kyle McCaffrey had a good outing, hitting the net despite being well marked. Cian Rooney was really in scoring mood and smashed home two good goals, while the leathal Marty McGarrigle also raised green flags. Meanwhile Mitch McLaughlin did really well on his introduction. Saint Naul's conceded the points for the division 1 game due to be played last Friday, that coming after Aodh Ruadh had earned a 3-7 to 1-4 win over Naomh Conaill the Monday previous. The division 1 side will now face Four Masters this Wednesday, 14th June in Donegal Town, all players to be at Tir Chonaill Park for 6.45pm. The division 2 under 14s had a well deserved victory last Friday against Naomh Muire winning 4-10 to 1-7. It was an excellent team performance and an entertaining game of football. Conall Bradshaw was very good between the posts and the defence played well in general. Ryan Keenaghan and Aaron Neilan were very effective around the middle of the park, while Robbie Murphy was a good outlet up front. The game also saw a great contender for goal of the season. A long ball in was met with the deftest of touches by Ryan Daly, the Doobally man showing incredible vision to flick it into the path of Oisin Daly who rampaged through on goal before smashing an unstoppable shot to the net. The team's last remaining fixture is against Ardara.

The under 12 division 1 seniors had a good home win over Ardara on Wednesday night. Ardara are a good side and had beaten the hosts by six points in April. At half-time they were ahead by five points and playing good football. At the break the Aodh Ruadh boys resolved to give it everything in the second half and fought for every ball. They squeezed up on the Ardara kick outs and kept them pinned in their own half for good spells. There was some great point taking, catching and blocking and Ardara just couldn't hit their stride in the second half at all. Great to see our lads doing the simple things right, taking their points and finishing with an impressive 1-16 to Ardara's 3-4. The reserve side were overpowered by stronger opposition, but showed great character in keeping within touching distance right to the end. All three under 12 teams are in action this Friday. The division 1 senior and reserves travel to take on Dungloe away. Meanwhile the division 2 side will take on Na Rossa in Father Tierney Park. Training continues on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5pm to 6.15pm.

The under 10s have a game against Grange this Wednesday evening in Father Tierney Park. Players are to be up at the dressing rooms for 6.30pm. Management ask that parents please bring some biscuits, buns, sandwiches, etc., for refreshments afterwards. Training continues on Friday on 6.15pm - 7.15pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. The team are also due to have a blitz against Four Master on Saturday, full details to be confirmed over the course of the week.

Aodh Ruadh under 8s are hosting Grange on Wednesday 14th June. All players should be up for 6.40pm. Games are due to throw-in at 7pm. The under 8s will play their games in the park, while the under 10s will play in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. All games should be finished around 8pm. Thank you to all you who helped out at our last blitz on Saturday 3rd June, when we had five clubs taking part. We had 14 teams competing, 24 football matches played and a total of over 100 players participating. We will have training as usual on Friday at 6.15pm.

Commiserations to the Gaelscoil Éirne Cumann na mBuscol boys team who won their first two games on finals day before losing out in a winner takes all clash against Downings by a solitary point.

Ladies
Under 16 training continues on Sundays at 7.30pm and Thursdays at 7.45pm. New faces welcome.

The under 14 Aodh Ruadh girls showed class and character to book their place in the county final with a 2-11 to 3-6 win against Saint Eunan's in O'Donnell Park. It was a superb performance by Ballyshannon girls who lead at half-time by 1-4 to 0-4 after playing against the breeze. Saint Eunan's went four ahead at one point in the second half, but Aodh Ruadh fought back for a deserved two point win. Sarah Jane Keon, Aoibhínn McGarrigle and Tia McFarland all hit great scores, but Danielle Gallagher's intelligence and direct running, Niamh Hughes's strength and ball winning and Emer O'Brien's tireless harrying were all intrinsic to an outstanding offensive effort. Once again Caitlin McGarrigle was a rock in midfield, cutting out ball and setting Aodh Ruadh on the attack. Lucy McGlynn was a good shout for player of the match as time after time she snuffed out Saint Eunan's attacks in their infancy. Eilish Gallagher was in typically uncompromising form while Orla Keon had one of her best games of the year and Ella Clancy put in an huge shift tracking back. The back three were magnificent with Grainne Maguire in simply unmarkable form, Clodagh O'Connor and Ciara Caldwell were both coolness itself against very dangerous opponents. In nets Aine Hill made a number of great stops and cleared her lines well. Meanwhile Katie O'Brien provided a great injection of energy on her introduction. The girls opponents in the county final will be Downings who were victorious in their semi-final against Termon. If the sides' meeting in the under 13 final last year is anything to go by, it should be an exciting game between two good footballing sides. Training continues on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 5.45pm.

The under 12 girls will be hosting a blitz this Saturday 17th June at 11am. All players are to be at park for 10.15am to meet in the dressing rooms. The club house will be open for parents / guardians dropping off food. We ask that everyone brings a loaf of sandwiches, tray of buns or similar to help with refreshments with the big crowd due on the day. Thank you in advance, all help is much appreciated. The girls are all looking forward to a bit of football. Training continues this week as usual on Tuesday and Thursday from 5pm to 6pm.

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

Hurling
The senior hurlers league outing against Setanta has been rescheduled to this Wednesday at the Crossroads for 7.30pm. Aodh Ruadh are also due to face Castleblayney in Ulster Táin Hurling League Division 2 this Saturday at 4pm in Garvaghey.

The under 14s had a comfortable win over Four Masters in the B championship semi-final on Thursday last. They now take on Saint Eunan's in the B Championship Final this Thursday. This game will be a repeat of the recent league clash where Aodh Ruadh came from nine points down at half time to win by six points. The final is due to be played in Donegal Town with the time still to be confirmed. All support most welcome.

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

Ofigeach na Gaeilge
Congratulations to Eva Breen-Brosnan and Mary Flora Scott have been appointed as Irish Language Youth Officers. We will be running a five day Irish Language Summer Camp at the beginning of August. Watch club notes for details.

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.

Abbey Centre Bingo
The jackpot prize of €400 and the stand up prize of €130 went to Mr and Mrs Francie Coyle of Belleek. A good night for them! The snowball survived yet another week so it rolls on to a whopping €1,000 on 52 numbers or less. Bingo as usual on Friday at 9pm at the Abbey Centre with a mighty €2,700 prize fund, books priced only €10.

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20 June

Football
Aodh Ruadh return to league action on Sunday, travelling to Scarvey to take on Buncrana. Reserves get us going at 1.30pm, with the senior clash throwing in at 3pm

Under 16 training continues this Wednesday at 1.30pm. The side are due to take on Naomh Columba in the last round of the league stages this Saturday down in Glencolumcille. Time and travel details to be confirmed.

The division 1 under 14s took on Four Masters twice in the past week. Unfortunately the honours went to the Donegal town men on both occasions. Last Wednesday Four Masters were 3-9 to 4-4 victors in Tir Chonaill Park, improving on that scoreline with a 3-10 to 2-4 win over the homesters in Father Tierney Park on Monday evening. Ardara conceded the points for the division 2 sides last remaining league fixture.

The division 1 under 12 side overcame Dungloe 4-10 to 3-5 away in the league. Meanwhile the division 2 side's clash with Na Rossa was postponed. Training continues on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5pm to 6.15pm.

Ladies
Under 16 training continues on Sundays at 7.30pm and Thursdays at 7.45pm.

Goals were to prove the difference in the under 14 county decider played in good conditions at an immaculate MacCumhaill Park on Saturday afternoon. Aodh Ruadh outscored Downings 16 to 13, but they failed to find the net and had they done so the match could have taken a dramatically different complexion. The final score was 0-16 to 4-9. Despite defeat Aodh Ruadh still had a number of excellent displays across the park, Aine Hill made two superb stops while Grainne Maguire was the best defender on show on either side. Lucy McGlynn didn't let her athletic exertions of the morning or the cross-province trip from Belfast dent her efforts one iota. In midfield there were two great performances from Ella Clancy and Caitlin McGarrigle, both fighting every inch of the way. Downings packed out their defence so Aodh Ruadh's scoring return was all the more creditable. Captain Sarah Jane Keon broke her holidays in Portugal to jet back for the game and created a lot of difficulty for the Downings defence. She converted six frees to finish as Aodh Ruadh's top scorer on the day. Elsewhere Aoibhínn McGarrigle took three quality points from play and Emer O'Brien got through a sight of work. We have a full match report up on aodhruadh.org. Thankfully the girls have the prospect of Féile this coming weekend to raise spirits. The girls leave by bus from Father Tierney Park on Friday at 12.45pm. All players to wear Féile gear. Each player to bring change of clothes, a packed lunch for Friday and two pairs of Aodh Ruadh socks and shorts. Good luck on the All-Ireland stage. Training continues Tuesday and Thursday at 5.45pm.

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

Hurling
Aodh Ruadh lost out to Castleblayney in the Táin League on Saturday afternoon, the Monaghan men running out 3-15 to 2-5 winners.

The under 14s suffered a disappointing defeat against Saint Eunan's in the B Championship Final on Thursday last. The lads struggled to get into the game and missed a number of scoring opportunities. They battled hard, but couldn't get the better of the Letterkenny lads and lost on a 4-4 to 1-6 scoreline.

The under 12s had an entertaining challenge game against Erne Gaels on Monday in Belleek and were comfortable winners on the night.

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

Summer Camp
The annual Aodh Ruadh Summer Camp returns on Monday, 3rd July and runs to Friday, 14th July.

Folk Festival
The official launch of the 40th anniversary Ballyshannon Folk and Traditional Music Festival takes place on Thursday, 22nd June in the Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon at 8pm. There will be music by Tenekee Station, Seamie O'Dowd, Dave Carty, Eddie Lynch, Kenny Donagher and Peter Gallagher. There will be a reception followed by free concert. Early bird weekend tickets are available on the night for just €75. For more information check out www.ballyshannonfolkfestival.com.

Abbey Centre Bingo
At last the snowball was won at the Abbey Centre, Wilamena Lynch from Inver taking home a juicy €1,000, checking out on just 46 numbers. Majella Gettins took the stand up prize of €155, whilst John McFadden took the €400 jackpot prize to Pettigo to round off a great night. Bingo as usual this Friday at 9pm at the Abbey Centre, books priced just €10.

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27 June
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