Club Notes Archive - 2018

Box. JANUARY
2 January

Happy New Year
Aodh Ruadh would like to wish all our players, mentors, administrators and members the very best for a successful, prosperous and happy 2018.

Pitches closed
Aodh Ruadh's three playing fields are now closed for vertidraining, re-sodding and other maintenance works. No bookings are being taken until further notice. The position regarding pitch access will be reviewed during February.

Hurling
With inter-county football returning this week don't forget to get your entry in for Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurlers' Last One Standing competition. Many thanks to Liam Gallen Mr G's who is sponsoring this year's fund-raiser. Cards can be obtained from any member of Juvenile Hurling Committee. Contact John Rooney on 086-2587793 for any information.

Dinner Dance diary date
The annual club awards dinner dance is on Saturday 20th January in Dorrian's Hotel. Thankfully the club had a successful 2017, so we have much to celebrate as well as our usual individual awards on the night with music afterwards. See next week's notes for full ticket details.

Colman's Charity Kickabout
Many thanks to all who took part in whatever capacity in our annual Kickabout for Colman on 28th December. The weather was good and plenty of craic was had as Aodh Ruadh came out to help raise funds for Donegal Bay Cardiac First Responders. The showpiece clash of the 1992 Ulster Club Minor Champions and the Aodh Ruadh All-Stars finished honours even and the prestigious Colman Kerr trophy was raised jointly by captains John Muldoon and Seamus Kane with Colman's brother, Gerard Kerr, making the presentation. We would like to thank the Donagher and Kerr families for providing refreshments on the day and thanks to our match referee Shane Toolan. Thanks also to everyone who brought supplies on the day. As ever, people were very generous and there was a great lift for the good causes. We have pictures from the craic up on aodhruadh.org.

Christmas quiz
Many thanks to everyone who attended the Big Bad Interactive Fun Quiz in Dicey's over Christmas. Thanks everyone who helped out on the night and our prize sponsors. Once again a big turn out of teams took part in a great night's craic which proved a big success. Congratulations to Barry Ward's team who were overall winners on the night. Also many thanks to our Master of Ceremonies Shane Toolan, Niall McKee who provided IT support and John Hughes who set the questions.

National Draw 2018
Sales of National Club Draw tickets are nearing an end and those with returns are asked to make them to Lisa McTernan or Gerard Ferguson at their earliest convenience. The prizes are, as ever, spectacular. They include a new Renault Dynamique, a €2,000 travel voucher, various All-Ireland final ticket packages, and shopping vouchers ranging from €1,000 to €250 in value. To increase your chances of winning further there is also a Donegal County Board draw and an Aodh Ruadh draw for €100. Once again, Aodh Ruadh keeps 100 percent of monies raised by the club. Tickets are available from Lisa McTernan and Gerard Ferguson and committee members.

Inter-county Season Tickets
Season Ticket pricing for 2018 has been confirmed by Croke Park. Adult Club+ season tickets are price €200. Adult season tickets are €120. Juvenile season tickets are €30. As in the season just past, The Club+ season ticket allows the owner to attend club fixtures within the chosen county. The grades and codes of club fixtures covered by the Club+ element of the ticket are determined by the individual county. Once the season ticket is correctly maintained throughout the season, the Club+ version will also guarantee the ticket holder an All-Ireland Final ticket should their county qualify, regardless of their attendance percentage. Clubs will receive €100 for every Club+ season ticket purchased by club members. Renewals and sales are now live.

Abbey Centre Bingo
The last bingo of 2017 was the December Big Bingo which was held last Friday night. The €800 jackpot went to Con Burke of Frosses, whilst Patsy Dowds of Pettigo took the stand up game prize in the amount of €160. There was no claim on the winter snowball so it rises to €250 on 46 numbers or less. All from the Bingo want to thank all our bingo goers for their support in 2017 and wish everybody a very happy New Year. We look forward to normal bingo this Friday at 9pm at the Abbey Centre with a €2,000 prize fund, books priced just €10.

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9 January

Social evening
There will be a social gathering in the Bridgend this Friday, 12th January, at 9.30pm, in recognition of Mick McGrath becoming county chairman. All welcome.

Hurling
Anyone interested in playing senior hurling in 2018 is asked to attend a meeting this Saturday at 7pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. It is essential all intending to play this season attend.

Underage hurling training begins for 2018 on Sunday, 4th March. We could still do with help with some of the teams. If you would like to get involved and help out a team please contact John Rooney on 086-2587793.

With inter-county football returning this week don't forget to get your entry in for Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurlers' Last One Standing competition. Many thanks to Liam Gallen Mr G's who is sponsoring this year's fund-raiser. Cards can be obtained from any member of Juvenile Hurling Committee. Contact John Rooney on 086-2587793 for any information.

Ladies
Congratulations to Briana Maher who won the under 17 player of the year award at the county underage presentation night at the Clanree last Friday.

Bus bookings
All managers and mentors are notified that any requests for bus bookings must now go through club secretary Lisa McTernan.

Dinner Dance time
The annual Aodh Ruadh Dinner Dance takes place on Saturday, 20th January in Dorrian's Hotel. Thankfully the club had a successful 2017, so we have much to celebrate as well as our usual individual awards on the night. The event commences at 8pm with a banquet, followed by presentation of awards and then music from The Trutones. Tickets, priced €30, will be available from Wednesday in Gerry Ferguson's and Pearse O'Neill's.

National Draw 2018
The deadline for sales of National Club Draw tickets is this Friday, 12th January. Those with outstanding returns are asked to make them to Lisa McTernan or Gerard Ferguson at their earliest convenience. The prizes are, as ever, spectacular. They include a new Renault Dynamique, a €2,000 travel voucher, various All-Ireland final ticket packages, and shopping vouchers ranging from €1,000 to €250 in value. To increase your chances of winning further there is also a Donegal County Board draw and an Aodh Ruadh draw for €100. Once again, Aodh Ruadh keeps 100 percent of monies raised by the club. Tickets are available from Lisa McTernan and Gerard Ferguson and committee members.

Inter-county Season Tickets
Season Ticket pricing for 2018 has been confirmed by Croke Park. Adult Club+ season tickets are price €200. Adult season tickets are €120. Juvenile season tickets are €30. As in the season just past, The Club+ season ticket allows the owner to attend club fixtures within the chosen county. The grades and codes of club fixtures covered by the Club+ element of the ticket are determined by the individual county. Once the season ticket is correctly maintained throughout the season, the Club+ version will also guarantee the ticket holder an All-Ireland Final ticket should their county qualify, regardless of their attendance percentage. Clubs will receive €100 for every Club+ season ticket purchased by club members. Renewals and sales are now live.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was won by Ellen Maguire of Ballintra. The stand up game prize of €130 was shared by Una McGarrigle and Molly Kerrigan. The winter snowball had no winner so rises to €275 on 46 numbers or less. Bingo as usual this Friday at the Abbey Centre at 9pm. Books cost just €10 with a €2,000 prize fund up for grabs.

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16 January

Dinner Dance time
The annual Aodh Ruadh Dinner Dance takes place this Saturday, 20th January in Dorrian's Hotel. Thankfully the club had a successful 2017, so we have much to celebrate as well as our usual individual awards on the night. The event commences at 8pm with a banquet, followed by presentation of awards and then music from The Trutones. Tickets, priced €30, are available now Wednesday in Gerry Ferguson's and Pearse O'Neill's.

Football
Indoor underage training commences on Friday, 26th January. The under 12s [2006 and 2007] are in the Mercy Hall from 7.15pm to 8.15pm. The under 10s [2008 and 2009] are in the New Hall from 7.15pm to 8.15pm. Under 6 and under 8 training will commence in early February. There is a charge of €2 per head. Please bring your own water and wear runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.

Hurling
Underage hurling training begins for 2018 on Sunday, 4th March. We could still do with help with some of the teams. If you would like to get involved and help out a team please contact John Rooney on 086-2587793. With inter-county football returning this week don't forget to get your entry in for Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurlers' Last One Standing competition. Many thanks to Liam Gallen Mr G's who is sponsoring this year's fund-raiser. Cards can be obtained from any member of Juvenile Hurling Committee. Contact John Rooney on 086-2587793 for any information.

National Draw 2018
The deadline for sales of National Club Draw tickets is now overdue. Those with outstanding returns are asked to make them to Lisa McTernan or Gerard Ferguson at their earliest convenience.

Inter-county Season Tickets
Season Ticket pricing for 2018 has been confirmed by Croke Park. Adult Club+ season tickets are price €200. Adult season tickets are €120. Juvenile season tickets are €30. As in the season just past, The Club+ season ticket allows the owner to attend club fixtures within the chosen county. The grades and codes of club fixtures covered by the Club+ element of the ticket are determined by the individual county. Once the season ticket is correctly maintained throughout the season, the Club+ version will also guarantee the ticket holder an All-Ireland Final ticket should their county qualify, regardless of their attendance percentage. Clubs will receive €100 for every Club+ season ticket purchased by club members. Renewals and sales are now live.

Quiz
The fund-raising quiz in Owen Roe's this Thursday is for the Donegal Bay Community First Responders. Action gets under way at 9.30pm. Entry is €20 per team of four. Please encourage family, friends and neighbours to enter teams. Entries to any of the committee members.

Ballyshannon Squash Club
Ballyshannon Squash Club relaunched last Saturday in the court located alongside the Mercy Hall on the grounds of Coláiste Cholmcille. The Ballyshannon Squash Club Facebook page (facebook.com/bshannonsquash/) is helping to promote the game and raise awareness locally. The club currently has a pre-registered membership of 30 and it is hoped this number will grow through the clubs Come and Try Night every Wednesday from 7 -9pm. Played in 175 countries by an estimated 20 million people on approximately 50,000 courts, Ballyshannon is proud to add to these ever-increasing numbers. The value of squash to any individual who commits to it is vast. Given there are no age, size or physical strength limitations, it is a life-long sport and the club looks forward to providing this opportunity locally.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was won by Amanda Byrne of Ballyshannon. The stand up game prize of €150 was won by Teresa McDermott of Fermanagh. The winter snowball had no winner so rises to €300 on 46 numbers or less. Bingo as usual this Friday at the Abbey Centre at 9pm. Books cost just €10 with a €2,000 prize fund up for grabs.

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23 January

Dinner Dance
Saturday saw the largest crowd in a number of years beating a path to the Aodh Ruadh Annual Dinner Dance in Dorrian's Imperial Hotel, with Sean Perry, once again at the helm for evening. Proceedings got underway with the presentations to the three-in-a-row 2017 All-Ireland under 21 C Hurling Championship Andrew O'Neill Cup winners. Aodh Ruadh's Eddie Lynch, Ciaran Rami, Oisin Rooney and Conor Kennedy were all members of the panel with Kevin Loughlin the back room team as Donegal defeated Sligo 1-14 to 0-12 in the final. The evening then moved on to the individual awards section. Young ladies player of the year was Rebecca Gillespie while Anna Rafferty scooped the Ladies player of the year award. The Young hurler of the year went to Aaron Duffy. The first of the football awards went to Karl O'Brien who was named reserve footballer of the year. The Ciaran Keon senior player of the year went to David McGurrin. The Sean Slevin club person of the year caught James O'Donnell well off guard, but it was richly deserved for a great deal of selfless work on behalf of the club above and beyond his senior team management. Next came two team awards. First up were the men's League Division 2 winners collecting their medal after restoring the club to top flight football in the county for the first time in ten years. Arguably the highlight of the night was the presentation to the guests of honour, our Ulster club minor football championship winning side of 1992. That was followed by presentations to our representatives on the team of those other immortal heroes of 1992, the All-Ireland senior football champions. Gary Walsh, Niall Murray on behalf of Brian Murray, Sylvester Maguire and Matt Gallagher were all called forward for awards with a special presentation also made to the mastermind of the triumph, Brian McEniff. With the evening drawing to a close tokens of appreciation were presented to the outgoing senior hurling managers Aidan Begley and Kevin Loughlin and to out-going county referees' administrator, Shane Toolan. With the night's ceremonials complete it was time for The Trutones to take the stage and supply the music as Aodh Ruadh continued to mark the year past in appropriate style. We will have pictures and video from the evening's festivities up on aodhruadh.org over the course of the week.

Monthly Meeting
The first meeting of the 2018 Aodh Ruadh club executive committee meeting takes place this Thursday at 8.30pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. All committee members are asked to attend.

Football
Indoor underage training for boys commences on Friday, 26th January. The under 12s [2006 and 2007] are in the New Hall from 7.15pm to 8.15pm. The under 10s [2008 and 2009] are in the Mercy Hall from 7.15pm to 8.15pm. Under 6 and under 8 training will commence on Friday, 9th February. The under 8s [2010 and 2011] are in the New Hall from 6pm to 7pm. The under 6s [2012 and 2013] are in the Mercy Hall from 6pm to 6.45pm. There is a charge of €3 per head, please note the new rate. Please bring your own water and wear runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished. Girls underage football resumption will be notified to the relevant age groups in due course.

A date for your diaries. The annual Bord na nÓg quiz in Owen Roes takes place on Thursday, February 8th and we'd like to see a good turn out for this fund raiser as we gear up for the new season.

Hurling
There will be a meeting for anyone interested in playing or in the promotion of adult hurling this Saturday at 7pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh.

Underage hurling training begins for 2018 on Sunday, 4th March. We could still do with help with some of the teams. If you would like to get involved and help out a team please contact John Rooney on 086-2587793.

With inter-county football returning this week don't forget to get your entry in for Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurlers' Last One Standing competition. Many thanks to Liam Gallen Mr G's who is sponsoring this year's fund-raiser. Cards can be obtained from any member of Juvenile Hurling Committee. Contact John Rooney on 086-2587793 for any information.

National Draw 2018
The deadline for sales of National Club Draw tickets is now overdue. Those with outstanding returns are asked to make them to Lisa McTernan or Gerard Ferguson by this Friday at the latest.

Inter-county Season Tickets
Season Ticket pricing for 2018 has been confirmed by Croke Park. Adult Club+ season tickets are price €200. Adult season tickets are €120. Juvenile season tickets are €30. As in the season just past, The Club+ season ticket allows the owner to attend club fixtures within the chosen county. The grades and codes of club fixtures covered by the Club+ element of the ticket are determined by the individual county. Once the season ticket is correctly maintained throughout the season, the Club+ version will also guarantee the ticket holder an All-Ireland Final ticket should their county qualify, regardless of their attendance percentage. Clubs will receive €100 for every Club+ season ticket purchased by club members. Renewals and sales are now live.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was won by Margaret Byrne of Ballyshannon. The stand up game prize of €165 was won by Sheila Killalea of Ballyshannon . The winter snowball had no winner so rises to €325 on 46 numbers or less. The January Big Bingo takes place this Friday at the Abbey Centre at 9pm. Note there is an increase in Big Bingo prizes, where the €1,000 jackpot must be won every month! Books still cost €15 or a book and half special deal for €20, with a €3,000 prize fund up for grabs.

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30 January

Football
Indoor underage training for boys continues this Friday, 2nd February. The under 12s [2006 and 2007] are in the New Hall from 7.15pm to 8.15pm. The under 10s [2008 and 2009] are in the Mercy Hall from 7.15pm to 8.15pm. Under 6 and under 8 training will commence on Friday, 9th February. The under 8s [2010 and 2011] are in the New Hall from 6pm to 7pm. The under 6s [2012 and 2013] are in the Mercy Hall from 6pm to 6.45pm. There is a charge of €3 per head, please note the new rate. Please bring your own water and wear runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished. Girls underage football resumption will be notified to the relevant age groups in due course.

Ladies
Well done to Aine Hill, Caoimhe Hughes O'Brien and Lucy McGlynn who played for the Donegal under 14s against Derry on Sunday with Aoibhínn McGarrigle and Katie O'Brien also part of the panel.

Under 12 girls training will be resuming indoors in February. If anyone is around to give a hand for an hour for the first few weeks so we can get it up on running as soon as possible contact Karol Foley on 086 8780164. Karol knows the girls are eager to get back together after the winter break and prepare for the 2018 Season. She would appreciate if parents / guardians of under 12s [2006 and 2007] could send her a text with their names and name of their daughter to set up a WhatsApp Group for team communications about training, matches and so on.

Hurling
Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee have had a great response to their Last One Standing competition sponsored by Mr G's. Some 350 entrants started out in the competition, a number of shock results including defeats for Cork and Tyrone and a couple of draws saw the field whittled down to 199 as we head to week two.

We are still looking for help with our underage teams especially our under 8s. Training begins on Sunday, 4th March and anyone interested in getting involved is asked to contact John Rooney on 086-2587793.

Registration 2018
Club membership for 2018 is now due and all club members are asked to submit their registration form and fee at their earliest convenience. Membership can be paid to Gerry Ferguson at Ferguson's Jewellers. Players can also download registration forms from aodhruadh.org and submit this along with the relevant fee directly to their manager. Registration sessions will be organised for teams over the coming weeks and it is essential all players are signed up club members. We will also be having a number of open registration sessions over coming weeks to facilitate members in the wider community.

National Draw 2018
The deadline for sales of National Club Draw tickets is now overdue. Those with outstanding returns are asked to make them to Lisa McTernan or Gerard Ferguson by this Friday at the latest.

Abbey Centre Bingo
The January Big Bingo was held last Friday night. Under the increased prize format, the €1,000 jackpot went to Susan Cassidy of Belleek, whilst Margaret McCaffrey took the stand up game prize in the amount of €165. There was no claim on the winter snowball so it rises to €350 on 47 numbers or less. We look forward to normal bingo this Friday at 9pm at the Abbey Centre with a €2,050 prize fund, books priced just €10.

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