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1 August

Aodh Ruadh continued their promotion push with a hard-earned 1-12 to 1-7 victory over Naomh Columba at a sunny Father Tierney Park on Saturday. The hosts missed the influence of David McGurrin and attacking power of Darren Drummond as they struggled to unlock a Glencolumcille side heavily on the defensive. James O'Donnell's men had the greater balance of first half attacking possession, but were only 0-5 to 0-4 at the break. indeed, they could be thankful that Glen hadn't brought their shooting boots, as if they had taken some of their handy scoreable chances in that period they could easily have been ahead. Aodh Ruadh registered early placed balls from Philip Patton and Peter Boyle to get the new half off to a good. These were followed by points from play by David Dolan, Seamus Kane and Shane McGrath, but Naomh Columba continued to hang on to Ballyshannon's coattails. The visitors managed to hit the front after 43 minutes when Paul Doherty raided for a goal, but Eamonn McGrath quickly restored parity. In the last five minutes Aodh Ruadh just had that bit in reserve to push for the win. David Dolan won a penalty which Philip Patton rammed home before further points from Johnny Gethins and Patton (2) sealed the win for the Ernesiders. We have pictures from the game up on

The reserves made light work of their visitors from Glencolumcille on Saturday evening. A blistering Roscommon style start with two goals and two points saw an early lead open up, Dermot Slevin and Kerry Ryan pointing before a strong solo run was finished off by Ronan Drummond quickly followed by an Anthony 'Waddle' Coughlin goal after collecting his own rebound off the bar. Two frees got the visitors off the mark. A pair of points each from Kerry and Waddle along with scores from Marty Larkin and Rory Cullen saw the hosts go in at the break leading 2-8 to 0-3. Gary Carty got proceedings underway in the second half with a well taken score before the visitors clocked three points in reply. However, Aodh Ruadh powered on with points from David Finnerty and Ronan Drummond restoring the lead. Kerry Ryan found the net in the middle of the half to put the result beyond doubt. The highlight of the game was still to come as player manager Aidan Murray made the bold move of dispatching substitute Brian 'Swampy' Dorrian to the forward line. The move paid immediate dividends as Swampy pointed with his first touch and was to add another two before full time, it might prove hard to get him back to the full back line after that. Murray himself came on for a bit of action and managed a score before the final whistle, the end result was 3-14 to 0-8. A satisfactory performance across all areas of the pitch, with Cian McGloin, Darren Gethins and Ronan Drummond all catching the eye.

August Bank Holiday Monday will be Aodh Ruadh's next outing and sees them travel to Glenfin. The reserve game throws in at 1.30pm and is followed by the seniors at 3pm.

Well done to Val Murray and his Donegal Masters charges on a 1-9 to 0-8 victory over Tyrone in Letterkenny last week. Packie McGrath and Kerry Ryan both played their part as Donegal, who lead at half-time 1-4 to 0-6, secured their second win in their second outing. Murray is now planning for a clash with Monaghan in next week, if he hasn't picked up for the vacant county senior post before then.

In the end it was a combination of luck and slightly superior finishing power in the final third which saw Kilcar take victory in their minor championship first round clash with Aodh Ruadh in Father Tierney Park last Wednesday. The Towney side were victorious on a final scoreline of 4-7 to 1-8. Ballyshannon were at their best in the first half, but despite that it was all square at the break 1-5 to 2-2, Dylan Gallagher netting for the hosts. Kilcar, again assisted by some timely goals, edged away over the course of the second half and Aodh Ruadh struggled to make an impact in the attacking sector of the pitch. In the end it was a seven point win for the visitors. Dylan Gallagher was unfortunate to be on the losing side, working hard and taking some sumptuous scores while Shane Dorrian also grafted manfully too. Elsewhere Mark Gallagher made a great stop from Shane Gillespie after 43 minutes and couldn't do much about Kilcar's other goals. We have a full report from the game up on Aodh Ruadh now face trip to Glenties on Wednesday for their next assignment in the championship, taking on Naomh Conaill at 7pm.

The under 16 squad will resume collective training this Wednesday, 2nd August at 7.30pm.

The Aodh Ruadh under 14s division one side got their championship off to a flying start last Wednesday in Glenties. Despite playing against the wind in the first half they had a ten point cushion at the turnaround. They pushed on in the second half to run out 5-10 to 3-2 victors. Ballyshannon were in sparkling form up front with Marty McGarrigle and Danny Breen Brosnan unmarkable and hitting the net at will. Also showing up well in the attack was Jamie McGee Gilmore while Kyle McCaffrey and Aaron Neilan formed an imposing pairing in the centre of the park. Defensively Séimí Campbell, Matt Gillespie and Kyle Murray did very well, with Mitchell McLaughlin also doing well in a more deep lying role than usual. Once again Aaron Cullen was a rock, with another superb outing between the posts. Next up for the division one side is their second round championship game against Dungloe this Wednesday in Father Tierney Park at 7.30pm.
Meanwhile, in Bundoran the division two under 14s were close to pulling off a remarkable win in the B championship in Bundoran. The sides were level at half-time, but despite a tough battle in the second half against a strong and physical Bundoran outfit, the Ballyshannon lads came up two points short. It was 6-7 to 5-8 at the final whistle. Up front Ryan Daly was excellent from frees, while Oisin Daly also cause plenty of problems for the Realt na Mara defence and Cian McKenna grabbed a well-taken goal. Elsewhere Pauric Daly was a rock in defence, with Jack Gallagher putting in another good hard shift. Shane Delahunty was the stand out player for the visitors, really carrying the battle to Bundoran from start to finish. Aodh Ruadh play their second leg quarter-final game against Bundoran this Wednesday in Father Tierney Park at 6.15pm.

The under 10s are away to Saint Mary's, Sligo for a blitz on Wednesday 2nd August. Players are to meet in the Park for 5.30pm before heading for Sligo town.

Under 8 training continues as usual on Friday 4th August at 6.15pm.

Realt Ruadh's Division 1 League fixture against Glenfin on Sunday was postponed. Next up for team is their Intermediate Championship semi-final against Saint Eunan's in O'Donnell Park this Sunday, 6th August. All support for the team in this big game would be much appreciated.

The under 16s made their Monday night trip to Letterkenny well worthwhile with a 6-8 to 2-10 victory over Saint Eunan's. A lot of the heavy lifting was done in the first half when Aodh Ruadh had worked themselves into a 4-4 to 0-4 lead. The hosts fought back hard in the second-half and cut Ballyshannon's lead back to a goal with ten minutes remaining. However the Shamettes weren't to be overhauled and Anna Rafferty's girls ran out 6-8 to 2-10 winners. Ana Keon was in fine form hitting 1-1, her goal helping halt the Letterkenny girls' late charge, meanwhile Mary Flora Scott was also on the goal trail for the visitors. Elsewhere there were great displays from Briana Maher, Tia McFarland and Bridín Maguire, while Shelly Loughlin put in a Laoch na hImeartha performance.

The under 16s also had a long spin for their match on Saturday, travelling to Moville for their second league game. They played against a strong breeze in the second half and 4th and 11th minute goals from Cáit Gillespie kept them in contention as the hosts went in at the break leading 4-7 to 2-0. It looked like a long way back for the Ernesiders, but they tore into their work with a real will in the second half. Early points from Sara Jane Keon and Ana Keon followed by a 33rd minute goal from Cáit Gillespie which was followed by a point from Brídín Maguire gave Aodh Ruadh early impetus. Another Maguire free then made it 4-8 to 3-4 38 minutes in and shortly after Cáit Gillespie raided for her fourth goal of the game to put four between the sides. Moville struck for their fifth goal and final score of the game 44 minutes in, as the Aodh Ruadh defence completely closed up shop. Ballyshannon responded with points from Sarah Jane Keon and Cáit Gillespie to make it 5-8 to 4-6 with 13 minutes remaining. The pair were on target again in the last ten minutes to take the visitors within a goal of Bun an Phobail and Gillespie grabbed Aodh Ruadh a richly deserved draw with time almost up, lashing home a brilliant goal. A fantastic performance from the Aodh Ruadh girls. Eilish Gallagher was outstanding between the posts and got great cover from the full back line of Aisling Gallagher, Erin McGowan and teak tough Tia McFarland. Caitlin McGarrigle was simply outstanding in the half back line while Caoimhe Keon and Ana Keon formed a dynamic axis at midfield. Cáit Gillespie really rose to the challenge in attack with Sarah Jane Keon proving an effective foil. Under 16 training continues on Thursday at 7.45pm.

Under 13 girls training starts this Wednesday 2nd August from 6pm to 7.15pm and Saturday 5th from 11am to 12pm and continues in those slots. The league is set to start later in the month.

On Thursday last the under 12s travelled to Letterkenny to take on Letterkenny Gaels. The lads put in another good performance to get their second win in succession on a 6-4 to 2-4 scoreline.

There was a great day of hurling in Ballyshannon on Saturday with the annual Peter O'Keefe under 16 tournament. Six teams took part in this inter-county tournament to honour the memory of the late Peter O'Keefe who was a tireless worker for underage hurling in Donegal and Ulster.
Mayo, Sligo, Roscommon, Tyrone and Donegal - who entered two teams were the competing counties. Group 1 comprising of Mayo, Tyrone and Donegal under 15s were based in Father Tierney Park while Group 2 featuring Roscommon, Sligo and Donegal under 16s competed in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. A very stylish Tyrone team defeated Donegal under 15s and Mayo to emerge as the top team in Group 1. The games were closer affairs in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh and Donegal emerged narrow victors against Sligo and Roscommon to top the group.
The final took place in a sun-drenched Father Tierney Park and Donegal really turned on the style and played some great hurling. They played with the aid of a strong breeze in the first half and built up an early lead and never let Tyrone into the game. The most pleasing thing about the performance was the fact that they kept up the intensity in the second half against the breeze to run out convincing winners 4-12 to 0-5 and reclaim the cup last won in 2015.
Aodh Ruadh were delighted to have three representatives on the winning squad Adam Rami, Senan Rooney and Adam Clarke and all three lads did very well throughout the day.
The presentation took place in Father Tierney Park and Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Chairman John Rooney opened proceedings by thanking all the teams who had made the effort to attend the tournament and complimented them all on the high standard of hurling they put on. He spoke of the late Peter O'Keefe and the important contribution he made to hurling over the years and he also remembered the late Billy Finn who was a regular attendee at this event. He thanked Ulster GAA and Donegal Games Development Manager Michael Murphy for all their support with this tournament since 2011. He thanked the small band of local helpers on the day, Peter Horan, Danny Breen and Sabrina Brosnan who did a great job catering for everyone all day in the kitchen.
Rooney also thanked the Aodh Ruadh Club for the use of their great facilities and club photographer Brian Drummond who was on hand all day and who always does a great job capturing all the day's action. He called on Donie O'Keefe son of the late Peter to come forward and present the cup. Donie spoke of how proud the family were of this tournament in memory of his Father and he thanked all involved in making it happen before presenting the cup to Donegal captain Ciaran McGroary, Maeve O'Keefe, Peter's daughter, presented each member of the squad with a medal to completed the ceremonials and bring a great day of hurling to an end. We have a huge gallery of pictures from the tournament up on

While this tournament was taking place in Ballyshannon an under 14 inter-county blitz was taking place in the Tyrone Centre of Excellence at Garvaghey. Shane Duffy was the sole Aodh Ruadh representative on the squad and he did very well in all his games against Derry A and B and Tyrone A and B, with Donegal winning all their games.

It is great to see Aodh Ruadh players on these successful teams and hopefully more lads will make the step up in the future.

Our annual trip to Croke Park takes place this place this Sunday for the eagerly awaited All Ireland semi-final between Galway and Tipperary. For any information regarding the trip contact John Rooney 086-2587793.

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

Abbey Centre Bingo
The July Big Bingo Jackpot of €1,000 was won by Anne Gallagher of Erne Street, checking out on 49 numbers. Patsy Dowds of Pettigo took the last man standing prize of €200. There was no winner of the summer snowball so it now rolls onto €350 on 47 numbers or less. There will be an added spot prize for this week's stand-up game of a free ride for four on the big Ferris wheel at the Bundoran Adventure Park who are frequent spot prize sponsors of our games. Bingo will be held this Bank Holiday Friday at the Abbey Centre, as all Folk Festival activities are being held in the marquee at the Market Yard, first game at 9pm. There'll be a great prize fund of over €2,000 so come along and play. Books priced just €10.

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8 August

Aodh Ruadh chalked up their 11th win in 14 league outings when they earned a 1-10 to 2-13 away win against Glenfin. The Ernesiders had to play into the wind in the first half, but points from Philip Patton (3f), Seamus Kane, Michael 'Sticky' Ward and Shane McGrath ensured they reached the break levelling pegging with the hosts at 0-6 apiece. Glenfin struck with a goal early in the second, but Aodh Ruadh were unfazed and hit back with a green flag of their own thanks to Johnny Gethins. A goal from Seamus Kane shortly after put the visitors firmly on the front foot as they out-scored the hosts 2-7 to 1-4 in the second 30 to take the points and go five clear at the top of the division 2 table. Philip Patton finished the day with seven points to his credit, five from dead balls, while David Dolan, Michael 'Sticky' Ward and Shane McGrath chipped in a brace apiece.

Slightly less luck for the reserves down in Glenfin, with the hosts taking points on the back of a 2-15 to 1-15 win.

A potential return to top flight football is beginning to look like a real possibility now for Aodh Ruadh, although the side still require six points from their remaining four games to absolutely guarantee promotion. Ballyshannon last graced the top flight in 2007 and the interim has seen the club spend six seasons languishing in division 3 before last year's promotion. James O'Donnell's men will be hoping to take another step towards making division 1 football a reality when they take on MacCumhaill's in early September. Before then intermediate championship takes priority on Sunday, 20th August when Naomh Ultan are the guests and then Ballyshannon travel to Carndonagh on Saturday 26th. This weekend though is a free weekend for Aodh Ruadh and a welcome opportunity to recharge batteries ahead of an intense finish to the season.

The minors championship aspirations ended with a 3-14 to 0-10 defeat to Naomh Conaill in Glenties last Wednesday. Their last game in the round robin stages is set to be a trip to Dungloe on Tuesday, 15th August.

Under 16 training continues this Wednesday, at 6pm and on Friday at 6.30pm.

The under 14s carved out a 2-14 to 4-6 victory in their championship clash with Dungloe in Father Tierney Park last Wednesday.

Under 10s training continues on Friday from 6.15pm to 7.15pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. The team's next blitz is an away jaunt to Trillick in Tyrone on Saturday 19th August. We'll be organising a bus for the trip and all intending to travel should notify team management at Friday training so that we get an idea of numbers.

Under 8 training continues as usual on Fridays at 6.15pm.

Commiserations to Realt Ruadh who lost out in their Intermediate Championship semi-final against Saint Eunan's on Sunday.

The under 16s host Termon in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this Saturday in their third league game at 7pm. All players are to be up at the park for 6pm. Under 16 training continues on Thursday at 7.45pm.

The under 13s have their first challenge game of the season on Wednesday at 7pm against Grange in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh (Munday's). All players are to be at the dressing rooms for 6.15pm. We will have another challenge on Saturday against Glencar Manorhamilton. The games are in Manorhamilton at 11.30am. We will meet at Father Tierney Park at 10am to arrange lifts prior to travelling to down to Manorhamilton.

We had our annual trip to Croke Park on Sunday and what a day of hurling we were treated to. Thirty eight of us made the trip and saw three great games, the highlight being the senior game where Galway dethroned All-Ireland Champions Tipperary with former juvenile hurling guest Joe Canning claiming the winning point with a magnificent strike in the last seconds of the game. We had a long, but very enjoyable day.

The under 16s are due to take on Four Masters in the league this Tuesday at 7pm in Donegal town. Meanwhile the under 12s are set to host MacCumhaill's in Father Tierney Park on Thursday at 7pm.

Training for all ages at 12 noon on Sunday.

Aodh Ruadh gear
Chris Kelly has a new range of club gear available now. There are images available to view on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page. where the post is currently pinned at the top. There's some amazing value for the stuff you're getting and there should be something there for everyone. Chris is holding a sizing session this Wednesday 9th August from 5pm to 7pm up in the club house, Aras Aoidh Ruaidh, with a additional sizing sessions on Sunday 13th and Monday 14th August. Times for those second session will be confirmed nearer the time. Sizes available are as follows. Hoodies run from 7-8 to 2XL and are available in ladies sizes. Quarter zip tops run from 7-8 to 2XL. Skinny bottoms run from 5-6 to XL. Polo Shirts run from S to 2XL. Green / lime green Tees run from 5-6 to 2XL. Anyone looking for more information on the gear can reach Chris at 086-8813553.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 jackpot was won by Joe Smith of Bundoran. The stand up prize of €170 and the big Ferris wheel spot prize went to Mary Feely of Manorhamilton. Next week's spot prize will be a €25 sheet of ride tokens sponsored by Bundoran Adventure Park. There was no winner of the snowball so it rolls up to €375 on 47 numbers or less. Bingo as usual this Friday at 9pm in the Abbey Centre.

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15 August

Intermediate championship takes centre stage this Sunday, 20th August when Naomh Ultan are the guests in Father Tierney Park. The reserve games throws in at 1.30pm and is followed by the seniors at 3pm. It goes without saying we would like to see a big crowd up to get behind the teams as they continue their bid to bring a first every intermediate championship title to the club.

Under 16 training continues this Wednesday at 6pm. The PJ Roper Tournament takes place on Saturday in Father Tierney Park and commences at 11am. All players are to be at the park for 10am. We will have four teams taking part on the day so we need a good spread of food for the post tournament refreshments. A loaf of sandwiches, tray of buns or similar from ALL PLAYERS is absolutely essential. Help will also needed with catering in Aras. Commiserations to under 16 panel members Shane Gillespie and Eoin Doherty on just missing out on Buncrana Cup silverware. The pair played their part as Donegal earned a 2-8 to 1-10 win against Monaghan, however Tyrone were 1-6 to 1-9 victors in the final, with the Aodh Ruadh pair again both early subs from the bench.

The under 14s chalked up a 5-26 to 1-8 win over Killybegs to at Dunkineely on Monday evening to set up another Southern Divisional final meeting with Four Masters. It was a magnificent team performance by the Ernesiders, but a special word of mention has to go to man of the match Cian Rooney on a stand-out personal display of play-making in the half forward line. The Southern Divisional final will take place this Friday at 7pm with venue to be confirmed and a big, vocal showing of Ballyshannon support would be much appreciated. Elsewhere our young under 14 division 2 side showed immense reserves of steel and resolve to win their third leg play-off game against Bundoran and progress to the next round of the championship.

Under 10 training continues from 6.15pm to 7.15pm on Mondays and Fridays. The team are heading to Trillick this Saturday for an invitational blitz. We will meet at the Park at 8.45am and will be travelling to the Tyrone venue via bus.

Under 8 training continues as usual on Fridays at 6.15pm.

The under 16s had an absorbing tussle with Termon on Sunday evening. The game was hard fought throughout, but Aodh Ruadh's determination ensured it was a battle right to the very end. Aodh Ruadh missed a number of chances before Brídín Maguire opened the scoring with a point five minutes in. The hosts continued to waste opportunities, while Termon made the most of theirs to net in the 12th and 14th minutes before adding a point nine minutes from the break to take a two goal lead. Aodh Ruadh halved the deficit when Caoimhe Keon hit the net with a blistering effort. A Brídín Maguire free and point from Cáit Gillespie were answered by points from Termon to leave it 1-3 to 2-3 at the break with all to play for. The game was evenly balanced again in the second half with Aodh Ruadh defence truly outstanding, particularly as the exchanges became progressively more physical. Termon tagged on three hard earning points before Caoimhe Keon got Ballyshannon's first point of the half on 48 minutes. Unfortunately Termon's response, which came five minutes from time, was a goal. Aodh Ruadh did add a Cáit Gillespie point, but it was Termon's shooting efficiency which saw them emerge winners on a 1-5 to 3-6 scoreline. The game represents another big step forward for the team with some truly heroic performances. Síofra Hughes marshalled the back line well with Aideen Walsh and Alicia Clyne magnificent. Once again Caitlin McGarrigle was simply different class at half back with Ana Keon giving it her all despite severe nail damage! Meanwhile both Eva Moore and Caoimhe Keon played through the pain barrier, epitomising the spirit of the team. Cáit Gillespie, Orla Keon and Leah O'Brien emptied the tank at half forward with Brídín Maguire, Sarah Jane Keon and Katherine McClay working hard in a congested Termon rearguard. Dearbhla McGuckin made a great contribution on her introduction with Laoise Kelly and Kelly Eves also playing their part. Milford is the next match on the schedule with fixture details to be confirmed. Before that we host Derrygonnelly for a challenge in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Thursday at 7.30pm, players are to be at the park for 6.45pm.

The under 13 schedule has been released and Aodh Ruadh are in Division 1 along with Ardara, Buncrana, Dungloe, Fanad Gaels and Saint Eunan's. Our fixtures for the league section are as follows:
Saturday 26th August, 12 noon: Aodh Ruadh v Ardara
Saturday 2nd September, 12 noon: Buncrana v Aodh Ruadh
Saturday 9th September, 12 noon: Dungloe v Aodh Ruadh
Saturday 16th September, 12 noon: Aodh Ruadh v Saint Eunan's
Friday 22nd September, 7pm: Aodh Ruadh v Fanad Gaels
The team had their first challenges of the season over the past week, with good run outs for the large panel against Grange and Glencar / Manorhamilton. On Wednesday Cara Davitt and Evelyn Rose Gallagher were both very sporting and donned the Grange jersey to help even the numbers, going so far as to hit three points of the Saint Molaise's final total. In Manorhamilton younger players again showed up well with Anna McCaffrey, Ellie Danagher and Kelly Irwin performing promisingly, and Christina McCaffrey finishing with three points to her credit. The pre-season programme continues on Tuesday when the team take on Devenish in Garrison. The team will meet at the Park at 6pm before heading off. We will be taking cars to this one and we would appreciate the assistance of parents to help us get the team to the venue. No training on Wednesday.

The under 12s suffered a disappointing defeat at home to MacCumhaill's on Thursday evening 3-5 to 1-2. They are at home again this Thursday against Burt throw in 7pm.

The under 16s have a busy week with two difficult games down for decision on Tuesday they are at home to Setanta throw in 7.30pm. On Thursday they entertain league leaders Saint Eunan's in Father Tierney Park, throw in 7pm. All support for this very young squad is much appreciated.

Training as normal for under 8s, under 10s and under 12s on Sunday at 12 noon.

Aodh Ruadh gear
Chris Kelly has a new range of club gear available now. There are images available to view on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page where the post is currently pinned at the top. There's some amazing value for the stuff you're getting and there should be something there for everyone. Chris is holding a sizing session this Wednesday 16th and Thursday 17th August from 5.30pm to 7pm up in the club house, Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Please note that a 50 percent deposit is required with the balance to be paid on delivery. Sizes available are as follows. Hoodies run from 7-8 to 2XL and are available in ladies sizes. Quarter zip tops run from 7-8 to 2XL. Skinny bottoms run from 5-6 to XL. Polo Shirts run from S to 2XL. Green / lime green Tees run from 5-6 to 2XL. Anyone looking for more information on the gear can reach Chris at 086-8813553.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was won by Siobhan Lyons of Belleek. The stand up prize of €180 plus the Bundoran Adventure Park spot prize tokens was shared by Angela Nicholson and Susan Sheridan. There was no winner of the snowball prize so it climbs to €400 on 47 numbers or less. Bingo as usual this Friday at 9pm at the Abbey Centre, with a great €2,100 prize fund. Books priced just €10.

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22 August

All-Ireland ticket draw
Anyone wishing to have their name included in the draw for an All Ireland Hurling Final Ticket is asked to please contact Lisa Mc Ternan by Thursday, 9pm.

No one could pretend Sunday's fare in Ballyshannon was particularly appetising, but it was capped with a moment of magic when Philip Patton nailed a last minute free to grab Aodh Ruadh the win. The final scoreline of Aodh Ruadh 0-13 Naomh Ultan 2-6 sees the Ernesiders on full points as they prepare to take on winless Carndonagh in the last round of fixtures. Long swaths of the game against Dunkineely were turgid stuff, with Naomh Ultan deploying defensive formation which at times saw the front 65 metres entirely devoid of amber and black jerseys. It mightn't have been pretty, but it almost proved effective as an Alan Lyons point with seconds of normal time left put the sides level. However Patton's point earned Ballyshannon they deserved on the balance of play over the 60 minutes. It was a game where every score was hard won, but once again the experience, strength and footbally brain of Sticky Ward was priceless, eking out openings where there seemed to be none. Philip Patton also showed well hitting some great passes and really standing up to the mark with his last gasp free. In midfield Darren Drummond was in his element in the uncompromising exchanges, while further back Nathan Boyle and Damian Cleary expended serious energy for the cause. We have a full match report and pictures from the game up on

The Naomh Ultan reserves also embraced a defensive philosophy. Aodh Ruadh's reserves proved rather more adept at penetrating them though and were worthy 2-15 to 2-4 winners. That result sees Aodh Ruadh now well placed to progress, sitting top of the table on three points. We have pictures from the game up on

This weekend a long trip to Carndonagh beckons as the round robin stages of the intermediate championship conclude. The games are on Saturday with the senior game at 7pm. We are still waiting for confirmation on the throw-in for the reserve match.

The Rock played host to the PJ Roper Tournament on Saturday afternoon. Remarkably, after an atrocious week of weather, PJ pulled a few strings and we were blessed with a great day for the tournament. In addition, despite the downpours, the pitches were in great condition. Kilcar, Derrygonnelly and a Naomh Bríd, Bundoran and Pettigo amalgamation were the guest. After the round robin fixtures Aodh Ruadh faced up to Derrygonnelly in the final. Senan Rooney got the hosts off to a great start with a lovely point, but then Derrygonnelly hit an answering 1-1. A Shane Brady free was the only other Aodh Ruadh score of the half, but the Harps added a further two points to go in leading 0-2 to 1-3. This game proved more evenly balanced than the round robin game which the Erne men won convincingly. This time out though Aodh Ruadh showed their improvement to win the second half. Derrygonnelly got the opening two points of the half, but Aodh Ruadh dominated from there to then end with Shane Brady and Senan Rooney (2) on the mark for Ballyshannon. It wasn't quite enough though as Derrygonnelly held on to take the PJ Roper trophy on a scoreline of 0-5 to 1-5. Presentations were made afterwards in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Aodh Ruadh manager John Hughes thanked the teams who took part in a great day of football. He paid tribute to the people behind the hatch who had put a great spread of food and refreshments. He spoke about PJ Roper and his contribution to the club before introducing his son, Brian Roper, to make the presentation to the winning Derrygonnelly captain. They are the second successive Fermanagh team to win the trophy after Enniskillen Gaels in 2015. Indeed it was double delight for the Fermanagh men with the Harps centre half forward, Micheál Glynn, also picking up the player of the tournament award. With that the curtain came down on an enjoyable tournament and a great tribute to the memory of PJ Roper. We have a full report from the tournament and pictures up at Under 16 training continues this Wednesday at 6.30pm.

The under 14 division one side completed the league and championship double last Friday after an enthralling game of football. It was Aodh Ruadh who lead 1-4 to 0-5 at the interval, and they pushed on in the second half to look best placed to finish it in regulation time. However a well-struck goal by Four Masters' Mark Jordan three minutes from the long whistle forced an extra 20 minutes. The Ballyshannon lads fitness and physique stood to them in that period as they hit an unanswered 1-2 to clinch the Southern league and championship double. There were great celebrations at the final whistle by the large Ballyshannon contingent present and Aodh Ruadh captain Kyle Murray collected the championship trophy to add to the league cup claimed against the same opposition in Ardara earlier this season. Cian Rooney was Ballyshannon's man of the match, but he was run very close by Aaron Horan with Aaron Neilan, Kyle Murray, Ryan Keenaghan and Darragh Flood-Dolan also playing out of their skins for Gerald McGloin's side. We have a full match report and some pictures up on The Aodh Ruadh under 14 division 2 team were in championship action on Monday when they travelled to the Rosses to take on Naomh Mhuire. Getting a result was always going to be a tall order for the Ernesiders, but they battled gamely despite the odds and played with great character despite coming up short at the final whistle. Jamie McGee-Gilmore had a great game, battling hard around the midfield before being moved to centre back where he did some of his best work. Padraig Daly did well in the central third through and continues to show good promise. Meanwhile the multi-talented Aaron Horan did well in goals, before switching to the attack in the second half and picking off some nice points.

The under 13 league is due to start this Saturday with Aodh Ruadh making the trip to Dungloe. The games throws in at Rosses Park at 12 noon.

The under 10s were in Trillick last Saturday for a well-run tournament. Aodh Ruadh put in a number of great team performances to win the shield competition with captain Donagh Kelly raising the trophy. Thanks Trillick for the invitation and great hospitality on the day. This Saturday the team are away to Four Masters for another blitz. Players are to be in Donegal town for 10.30pm. Under 10 training continues from 6.15pm to 7.15pm on Mondays and Fridays.

Under 8 training continues as usual on Fridays at 6.15pm.

There is Bord na nÓg meeting on Tuesday at 8pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. All committee members are asked to attend.

Under 16 training continues on Thursday at 7.45pm.

Aodh Ruadh under 13 get their league campaign up and running this Saturday when they entertain Ardara in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. All players are to be up at the park for 11am with the game throwing in at 12 noon. Training continues this Wednesday at 7.15pm.

The under 16s had a busy week with two games. First up on Tuesday was a game at home to Setanta. It was the first time all season we had our full squad of 15 available to us. On a terrible evening for hurling this young squad with seven under 14s on the panel of 15 gave it their all. They battled for every ball as if their lives depended on it. At half time they trailed by two points 1-3 to 0-4. Both teams gave it their all in the second half and we came out on top 1-7 to 1-5 to claim a great win. We have pictures from the game up on The lads were in action again on Thursday evening when table toppers Saint Eunan's came to town. The Eunan's lads were a physically strong team and they played some great hurling to lead at half-time by 2-6 to 1-1. Credit to the lads they kept battling throughout the second half although the result was never in doubt as Saint Eunan's won 4-13 to 1-3. Great credit is due to this squad for continuing to field for their games which is a great achievement considering the small panel available.

On Thursday the under 12s were up against Burt. Goals proved the difference in this game as the Inishowen lads got eight of them to run out winners on an 8-0 to 5-3 scoreline. Like the under 16s, the under 12s have small numbers, but they're very keen and give it their all in every game.

On Sunday the under 14s had an entertaining challenge game against Erne Gaels which the visitors won by a couple of goals.

The All-Ireland development squad blitzes are on this Saturday. Best of luck to our representatives on these squads: Under 16s Adam Rami, Adam Clarke and Senan Rooney; and under 14 Shane Duffy. The lads have been dedicated to training and it's a great honour for them make these squads.

The under 8s and under 10s have a blitz in Convoy this Sunday. Full details will be circulated during the week.

Training as normal for under 8s, under 10s and under 12s on Sunday at 12 noon.

Sheerin class at Community Games final
Well done to young club members Dáithí and Fódhla Sheerin on winning All-Ireland Community Games gold medal winners in the traditional music category at the finals in the National Sports Campus in Dublin. Dáithí on the banjo and bodhrán and Fódhla on the fiddle impressed the judges with their renditions of Biddy's a Darlin and Tobin's Favourite.

Aodh Ruadh gear
Chris Kelly has a new range of club gear available now. There are images available to view on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page where the post is currently pinned at the top. There's some amazing value for the stuff you're getting and there should be something there for everyone. Please note that a 50 percent deposit is required with the balance to be paid on delivery. Sizes available are as follows. Hoodies run from 7-8 to 2XL and are available in ladies sizes. Quarter zip tops run from 7-8 to 2XL. Skinny bottoms run from 5-6 to XL. Polo Shirts run from S to 2XL. Green / lime green Tees run from 5-6 to 2XL. Anyone looking for more information on the gear can reach Chris at 086-8813553.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was won by Paddy McAndrews of Pettigo. There was no winner of the summer snowball which is now up to €425 on 47 numbers or less. Bernie Foley of Kinlough took the stand-up game of €150. The August Big Bingo is this Friday at 9pm at the Abbey Centre has a mighty €3,200 prize fund which includes the €1,000 jackpot game. Books priced €15 or get the book and a half deal for €20.

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29 August

Club meeting
The monthly club executive meeting takes place this Thursday at 8.30pm in Aras Aoidh. All committee members are asked to attend.

Aodh Ruadh just had too much in the tank for their division 4 opponents on Saturday afternoon. The Ernesiders quickly skipped into 2-8 to 0-1 lead with 10 minutes on the clock. Johnny Gethins and Johnny Gallagher were the men raising the green flags. The scoring pace slowed slightly in the second quarter, but another two goals were tagged on. First Darren Drummond palmed in after a sweeping move. Then Seamus Kane added the fourth giving Ballyshannon a 4-9 to 0-6 lead at half-time. Aodh Ruadh took a while to get going in the second half, but were back in business when Johnny Gallagher hammered home his second goal after David Dolan played him in. David Dolan went on to blast home a sixth goal to give Aodh Ruadh at 6-14 to 0-8 victory as the Ernesiders made it three wins from three in the intermediate championship group stages. A facile win for Aodh Ruadh in the end in a fixture which raises some questions about championship structures. The Ernesiders won all their individual battles with Johnny Gallagher, Johnny Gethins and Damien Cleary the stand out performers in a one sided affair. The game was also notable for seeing our wrecking ball player manager James O'Donnell make his first appearance of season as second half substitute. We have a full report and pictures from the game up on

The Aodh Ruadh reserves were much too strong for Carndonagh on Saturday evening in their third round championship clash. Two Dermot Slevin points and a Sean Taylor score put the visitors in front before Carn managed their first score. Kerry Ryan restored the three point lead, but for all Aodh Ruadh's possession the hosts managed to bring it back to 0-4 to 0-3 by the middle of the half. However, a late flurry in the last seven minutes opened up a 0-10 to 0-3 half-time lead, the points coming from Rory Cullen, a pair from Oisin Rooney, a second from Taylor and one each from Cáelán Drummond and Martin Larkin. The blitz continued in the second half as Aodh Ruadh stormed another 3-8 to just a single score at the end from the hosts to see the game out comfortably at 3-18 to 1-3. The first of the goals came from Diarmaid McInerney after being played through by Taylor seven minutes into the half. The second came minutes later from Oisin Roper after Rooney did well to turn two men to set up the goal. Rooney then got his reward of a goal five minutes from the end. The win sees Aodh Ruadh second in the group on five points based on Milford's superior score difference, but safely through to the knock out stages. We have pictures from the game up on

The championship draws took place on Monday evening and saw Aodh Ruadh drawn against Buncrana in both the senior and reserve quarter finals. Before that though, it is back to league fare this weekend with the trip to Ballybofey on Saturday. The reserve match throws in at 6pm with the senior going off at 7.30pm.

The under 16s had a useful outing against Devenish on Monday evening as they prepared for their championship opener against Naomh Ultan next week. David Doherty was exceptional, with Fermanagh county net minder and Devenish mentor Thomas Treacy picking him out as our man of the match. Another who worked his socks off was Niall Monaghan, with Shane Brady a pleasure to watch from frees and Shane Gillespie going beyond the call of duty to do major damage in the forward line. Thanks to Devenish for the challenge. Next up for the lads in their pre-championship preparation is a game against Drumcliffe Rosses Point this Friday down at their Oxfield grounds. We leave Ballyshannon at 5.40pm to be in there for a 7pm throw in.

The under 14s have a challenge this Tuesday, 29th August at 7pm in Father Tierney Park against St Mary's, Sligo. That game is in preparation for the team's biggest game this season so far. They take on Malin this Friday, 1st September at 7pm in Father Tierney Park in the county championship quarter-final. It would be great to see a big showing of vocal Ballyshannon support for this great team of lads on the night.

On Saturday the under 13s are due to host Naomh Conaill at 12 noon.

This Saturday the under 10s are on their travels once more as they head to Castlebar for a blitz. Players are to be in at Father Tierney Park for 7.30am for the bus down to Mayo. With the trip to Castlebar there'll be no under 10 training this Friday. Training continues from 6.15pm to 7.15pm on Monday.

The under 16s have a challenge match this Thursday against Derrygonnelly at 7pm. All players are to be at the park for 6.15pm.

Aodh Ruadh under 13s got their league campaign off to a positive start last Saturday against a good and spirited Ardara side. A goal from Annie Keon followed by a Niamh Hughes point got Aodh Ruadh off the mark. After that a string of scores from the strike force of Ciara Gillespie and Evelyn Rose Gallagher helped the hosts to a 3-5 to 0-1 interval lead. Ardara used the wind well in the second half and got more joy in the attack. Aodh Ruadh continued to score well too though with Aoibheann McGarrigle and Áine Hill also getting on the score sheet with Michaela McCaffrey capping a fine second half display with the closing score of the game, a well struck goal. The final whistle saw it end 6-10 to 2-3. The Shamettes had fine displays all over the pitch. Emer O'Brien was back to some of her best form, turning over an amount of ball and was typically unselfish in her distribution. Ciara Gillespie's unerring accuracy was a serious asset while Evelyn Rose Gallagher scoring instincts will see her trouble many a defence this year yet. Aoibheann McGarrigle also shone brightly at half forward. Grainne Maguire was an absolute rock in the defence with Ellie Danagher growing with every game. The subs played a big role with Lucy Barden, Niamh McGloin and Michaela McCaffrey among those making big impacts on their introduction. Next up for Aodh Ruadh is training on Tuesday, 28th August and Thursday at 7pm. On Saturday, 2nd September we travel to Buncrana for our second league match. We will need parents to drive to the game. We will be convening at Father Tierney Park at 3.30pm to arrange lifts down to Buncrana with the game throwing in down at Scarvey at 6.30pm. Anyone not on the WhatsApp group should contact John Hughes on 087-6431805 to be added.

Well done to Adam Clarke, Senan Rooney and Adam Rami who were on the Donegal under 16 team who did well at the All-Ireland Blitzes in Westmeath on Saturday. They defeated Wicklow and Roscommon and lost to Antrim in the group stages. They qualified for the Shield Final where they lost narrowly to Kildare. It was a very good standard of hurling and interestingly some of the Donegal games were refereed by top senior inter-county referee James McGrath.

The under 16s are away to Burt this Thursday in the league.

The under 12s got back to winning ways with a comfortable win on Sunday away to Setanta.

Abbey Centre Bingo
The August Big Bingo jackpot of €800 went to Claudia McCrea of Ballintra. The stand up prize of €190 won by Aisling Patton of Ballyshannon. There was no claim on the snowball prize so it rises to €450 on 48 numbers or less. Bingo as usual this Friday at 9pm at the Abbey Centre, with a great €2,200 prize fund. Get your book priced just €10.

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