Club Notes Archive - 2018

Box. APRIL
3 April

Football
Aodh Ruadh embarked on their first division 1 league campaign in a decade with a trip to Dunfanaghy to face Saint Michael's on Good Friday. Fittingly County chairman and Aodh Ruadh stalwart Mick McGrath was present among the large attendance for what was a special occasion for the club. In the end it was the hosts who prevailed on a scoreline of 2-14 to 1-10, but the Ernesiders ensured they had to work all the way for the win. A Nathan Boyle point followed by a goal from David McGurrin gave Aodh Ruadh an early lead, but Saint Michael's hit back with 0-2. Diarmaid McInerney added two more points with David Dolan also on the mark. However the home hit an answering 1-4 in a five minute spell to go in leading by 1-8 to 1-5. Aodh Ruadh reduced the deficit with points from McInerney and Shane McGrath before Andrew Kelly struck for his second goal. After that the game ebbed away from Ballyshannon, although Diarmaid McInerney and David McGurrin did strike back with points. The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were: Peter Boyle; Johnny Gallagher, Damien Cleary, Johnny Gethins; Jason Granaghan, Colm Kelly, Eddie Lynch; Conor Patton, David Dolan 0-1; Diarmaid McInerney 0-5, David McGurrin 1-1, Nathan Boyle 0-1; Shane McGrath 0-1, Darren Drummond 0-1, Sean Taylor.
The Easter weekend finished with a second defeat for Aodh Ruadh, but, as with the Dunfanaghy loss, the battling manner of this clash in Father Tierney Park will give James O'Donnell's men much heart for the remainder of the Division 1 league programme. Naomh Conaill played the first half with the benefit of a strong following breeze in the Rock Hospital end of the ground. The made full use of it to rattle over ten points, while Aodh Ruadh could only muster four in response. Aodh Ruadh were much more enterprising in the second half and had brought the game level in the dying moments and were pressing hard for the winning score. However Naomh Conaill turned over possession and Kevin McGettigan kicked what was to be the winning point as the game finished 1-12 to 0-16. Ballyshannon will be disappointed not to have come away without at least a point, but their second half performance indicates that results aren't far away. Damien Cleary and Colm Kelly were very solid in defence while David Dolan and Conor Patton grew into the game the longer it went on. Up front David McGurrin and Diarmuid McInerney made the most of the chances that came their way. We have a full match report and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

The Aodh Ruadh reserves made the long trip down to Dunfanaghy for their first game of the 2018 league programme on Good Friday. They lead at half-time by 0-7 to 0-3 with points from Cian Dolan (3), Anthony Coughlin, Paddy Gillespie, Ryan Granaghan and James Barron. The second half saw Ballyshannon holding a 0-12 to 0-10 as the game moved into injury time. Unfortunately a late goal and point sealed win for the homesters. The second half scorers for Aodh Ruadh were Cian Dolan (2), Dermot Slevin, Dan Warnock and Anthony Coughlin. The reserve team which fielded down in Páirc Naomh Mícheál was Karl O'Brien; Calum O'Halloran, Gary Carty, Chris Goan; Paddy Gillespie, Ronan Drummond, Daniel Warnock; Cian Dolan, Ryan Granaghan; JJ Cassidy, Dermot Slevin, Oisin Kerr; Michael 'Sticky' Ward, Anthony Coughlin, James Barron. Subs Ruairí Drummond for J Barron HT; Aidan Murray for JJ Cassidy 50m.
There was more joy for the reserves on Easter Sunday as they just about got the better of the 2017 reserve county champions in a real ding dong battle. The game got off to a flying start as Anthony 'Waddle' Coughlin palmed in after Niall Murray's rebounded shot fell nicely in his path. That was almost followed up with another three pointer as Michael 'Sticky' Ward's short free was hammered towards goal, but smashed off the post and away to safety. Naomh Conaill pulled level with three points, two of which were well executed frees, but Sticky Ward replied by finishing powerfully into the net to restore the hosts three point cushion. Aidan Murray gave himself a surprise appearance as a late stand in for goalkeeping duties, but was unlucky not to keep out a Glenties goal which pulled them level once more at 2-0 to 1-3. Both teams exchanged a brace of points, Cian Dolan and Sticky Ward for the hosts in a passage of play which saw Dolan also make a goal line block. Two frees then had Glenties in front, but points from Chris 'Spanny' Goan, Niall Murray and a Sticky Ward free gave the hosts the slenderest of leads at half-time, 2-5 to 1-7 the scoreline. Glenties were quickest out of the blocks on the restart and went ahead after scoring their second goal. But the home side produced some fabulous football in the next 10 minutes to take control again. Sticky Ward, a Dermot Slevin free and another from Waddle Coughlin after an excellent 50 metre carry by Gary Carty, followed then by Coughlin's second goal to left the score 3-8 to 2-7. Naomh Conaill again showed their quality, digging out a third goal on 14 minutes which again Murray could do nothing about in nets. Another exchange of points followed with Cian Dolan landing a monster score along with another Sticky free, the game in the balance at 3-10 a piece with 5 minutes to play. Sticky Ward, who showed great leadership throughout, showed his class in landing the winning score as the clock ticked off the 60 minutes. But with plenty of stoppage time played, the visitors kept plugging and sent two efforts wide before the ref blew it up, much to the delight of a decent home crowd. A fine performance by all, Cian McGloin, Gary Carty and Daniel Warnock were superb at the back, as were Cian Dolan and Niall Murray in the middle. Aidan Murray proved a solid replacement for Karl O'Brien in between the posts. So, after the disappointment in Dunfanaghy, it was Aodh Ruadh who came out on the right side of the narrow scoreline 3-11 to 3-10 to claim their first points of 2018. We have a large gallery of pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

League action continues for Aodh Ruadh this Sunday with a trip to Towney to take on Kilcar. The reserves get the action under way at 1.30pm and are followed by the seniors at 3pm.

The Aodh Ruadh under 16s travel to Pearse Memorial Park this Wednesday for their next league assignment. The throw -in against Ardara is down for 6pm.

The Aodh Ruadh under 14s had a good run out against MacCumhaill's in Ballybofey for a challenge on Monday evening and were beaten by a strong side. The main focus this week is the Bakery Cup finals which take place at 12 noon on Wednesday. The action gets under way with Aaron Neilan's and Danny Breen Brosnan's teams meeting in the Shield Final at 12 noon. That match will be followed by the Cup Final between the teams of Damian Weber and Ryan Keenaghan at 12.45pm.

Under 12 training continues this Tuesday from 5.45pm to 6.45pm. The team have their first league game this Friday at home to Four Masters. Players to be up at the park for 4.45pm with the games throwing in at 5.30pm

The under 10s are away to MacCumhaill's this Wednesday. Players are asked to meet at the Park for 5pm with the games throwing-in at 6pm down in Ballybofey. Training for under 10s continues on Mondays and Fridays in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 7.15pm to 8.15pm.

The under 8s had their first outing of the season last Saturday down in Donegal Town with ten players making their debut in Aodh Ruadh colours. Under 8 training continues on Thursdays from 6.15pm to 7.15pm.

Under 6 training continues on Fridays from 6pm to 6.45pm at Munday's.

Ladies
The under 16s and the Coláiste Cholmcille under 14s had an entertaining challenge on Good Friday. Mammies and daddies probably had a bit of conflict resolution on their hands after it, but it was a good work out for both sides. Training continues this Wednesday at 6.15pm.

Training for under 14 girls will commence on Tuesday 10th April at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh and run from 4.15pm to 5.30pm.

Under 12 girls training continues on Wednesday at the Park at 5.30pm. All girls are asked to attend with the first league game of the season this Saturday at home against MacCumhaill's at 1pm. This year we have two teams so that every girls will get plenty of game time and experience. Good luck girls and enjoy the season.

Well done to the Donegal under 15s on a comfortable victory 6-17 to 2-7 over Down last Saturday. Our own Eilish Gallagher played at corner back with attacker Sarah Jane Keon banging in 1-1 of the Donegal tally. Good luck to the under 14 county girls are playing Antrim on Saturday, especially our own Katie O'Brien, Lucy McGlynn, Aoibhínn McGarrigle, Caoimhe Hughes-O'Brien and Áine Hill.

Hurling
The under 14s continued their impressive start to the season with a convincing win over Saint Eunan's in Letterkenny. On Saturday they headed off bright and early to Burt for the county Féile na nGael competition. They were grouped with Carndonagh and Saint Eunan's. They easily carried the tag of tournament favourites as they had comprehensive wins over Carndonagh and Saint Eunan's. They met old rivals Buncrana in the semi-final and easily accounted for them setting up a rematch with Saint Eunan's in the final. They put in a great performance in the decider to run out easy winners and become Donegal Féile na nGael champions. This squad has put in a lot of work over the last four years under Denis Daly's management and they got their reward on Saturday by becoming only the fourth Aodh Ruadh hurling team to qualify for National Féile na nGael finals and only the second as county champions. Thanks to all the parents who drove the lads to Féile and gave them great support throughout the day and also provided them with refreshments. They are back in league action this Thursday at home to Dungloe at 7pm.

Training for all age groups on Sunday at 12 noon, numbers continue to grow at under 8 and under 10 but we could do with seeing more turning out for the under 12s. For any information contact John Rooney on 086-2587793.

RIP Val Wynne
The club was saddened to hear of the passing of Val Wynne in Dublin last Friday. Resident in Erne Street for many years and a native of Ballybay, he played for Aodh Ruadh and served as secretary in 1962 and was a life-long supporter of the club. There was a minute's silence for him before Sunday's league game between Aodh Ruadh and Naomh Conaill in Father Tierney Park. House private please. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal.

Question time
Thanks to everyone who supported last Thursday night's quiz organised by the Park / Development Committee. This was a successful fund-raiser and it was good to see so many from the teams and various sections of the club represented. A special thanks to Owen Roe O'Neill and family and to quiz master Sylvester Maguire. It adds to the funds we are putting together to bring the fitness trail and running track to the next stage. We have a bit to go to realise our final target, but are making progress. With work recommenced a fortnight ago the project got a further boost last week when a substantial delivery of specialised equipment, sponsored through Fergal O'Connell's and Mick McGee's company in England arrived. Both former club men we greatly appreciate their practical support for Aodh Ruadh

Bord na nÓg will be staging a Sports Quiz on Saturday 14th April in the Bridgend Bar at 9.30pm. There will be a raffle on the night and a big turnout of support is needed to help continue the great investment in underage football in recent years.

Féile na nGael Clothes Collection
As our major fund-raiser for our under 14 hurlers heading to Féile we're having our annual Clothes Collection until Friday 18th May. All unwanted clothes, shoes, belts and bed linen will be gratefully accepted. Unfortunately we can't take duvets or pillows. Contact any of the following to arrange collection many thanks. Sabrina Brosnan 086-8241297, Lorraine Kennedy Duffy 087-6874393, Teresa Davis Maguire 086-3983076, Denis Daly 086-3269550 or John Rooney 086-2587793.

Child Protection course
There will be a child protection course in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh this Saturday starting 2pm and running to 5pm. There are 20 places on the course with ten places available for Bord na nÓg coaches and ten for Ladies coaches. Contact Patricia Hill, David O'Donnell or Lisa McTernan to book your place.

Last One Standing
This weekend saw the finale of our Last One Standing competition kindly sponsored by Liam Gallen of Mr G's. 350 entered the competition and at the end of it seven were left standing, these seven correctly forecast the winners of the four finals - Laois, Armagh, Roscommon and Dublin. The seven winners were Mattie Murphy, Andy Brennan, James McGonigle, Aidan Caldwell, Donagh Ryan, Ciaran O'Brien and Gary Breen. I'll be in touch with each winner who gets €30 during the week. Thanks to all who supported this fund-raiser and many thanks again to Liam Gallen.

Registration 2018
We had a late surge in membership just ahead of the deadline and ended up with just over 500 members registered. This doesn't make life easy for the poor souls inputting the registrations so fair play to them for the massive amount of work they ended up having to do in a very short period of time. Thanks to those who have taken on club membership this year. Anyone taking on membership from this point on should be aware of the following. Players will have to wait for five days following their registration before they can play for the club. Anyone registered from this point on will be ineligible to vote at the AGM. In addition, in the event of an All-Ireland, those registered after 31st March will have no automatic entitlement to an All-Ireland ticket. Membership can still be paid at any time to Gerry Ferguson at Ferguson's Jewellers. Thanks once again to Gerry for providing this service for the club.

Duck Race deferred
The Duck Race due to take place on Easter Bank Holiday Monday was postponed due an inclement weather forecast. The Duck Race will now take place on the Bank Holiday Saturday in May at 2pm. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Cycle Against Suicide
Cycle Against Suicide is a national awareness charity striving to break down the barriers around mental health illness. The main cycle taking place from April 28th to May 7th is part of the organisation's awareness campaign in local communities. The cycle will pass through Ballyshannon on 4th May. They are eager to get the people of Ballyshannon involved with the cause. Central to the success of Cycle Against Suicide is the HomeStay Programme. They arecurrently seeking help from local communities to offer shelter to cyclists for one night as they pass through Ballyshannon. Families throughout the route welcome participants on the cycle into their home. Each homestay host provide cyclists with a warm meal, a chance to freshen up and a bed for the night. If you are able to help please email anne.mcgowan@cycleagainstsuicide.com.

Abbey Centre Bingo
The Easter Big Bingo jackpot of €1,000 was won by Sean Keeney of Manorhamilton, congratulations to him. The stand up game prize of €155 and Easter egg hamper was won by Teresa Campbell of Ballyshannon. The winter snowball had no winner so rises to €550 on 48 numbers or less. Bingo as usual this Friday at the Abbey Centre at 9pm, books cost just €10 with a €2,250 prize fund up for grabs.

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10 April

Football
Aodh Ruadh's hunt for a first win on their return to the top flight continues after a 1-20 to 1-6 defeat in Kilcar. The Ernesiders registered just three points from the boot of Diarmaid McInerney in the first half and went in at the break trailing 0-8 to 0-3. David McGurrin hit the first point of the second half, but that was as good as it got for Ballyshannon with Kilcar seizing the initiative. A late goal from Darren Drummond wasn't enough to inject any life into Aodh Ruadh's challenge. The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were Peter Boyle; Johnny Gallagher, Damian Cleary, Michael Ward; Eddie Lynch, Colm Kelly, Jason Granaghan; Conor Patton, Oisin Rooney; Diarmuid McInerney (0-5, 3f), David McGurrin (0-1), Johnny Gethins; David Dolan, Darren Drummond (1-0), Sean Taylor. Subs: Dylan Gallagher for Rooney 37m; Aidan Murray for Gethins, Cian Dolan for Taylor both 49m.

The reserves had a tough trip to Towney too. They started well and were 0-2 to 0-1 up after five minutes thanks to tidy scores from Michael 'Sticky' Ward and Cian Dolan. That was it however for the visitors until two minutes from the break when Sticky Ward landed a free. Unfortunately Ballyshannon had conceded 1-6 by that stage, and were struggling with the counter attacking of a very defensive Kilcar team. In the second half Kilcar added four points before Cian Dolan palmed in Ronan Drummond's cross-field shot on 11 minutes. Kilcar hit back with their second goal minutes after though. Anthony 'Waddle' Coughlin managed another two points before the final whistle, but it ended Kilcar 3-14, Aodh Ruadh 1-5 on the final whistle. The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were Karl O'Brien; Calum O'Halloran, Packie McGrath, Daniel Warnock; Gary Carty, Ronan Drummond, Cian McGloin; Darren Gethins, Cian Dolan (1-1); JJ Cassidy, Dermot Slevin, Ryan Granaghan; Michael 'Sticky' Ward (0-2, 1f) Anthony Coughlin (0-2), Jason Gallagher. Subs: Cáelán Drummond for JJ Cassidy HT; Oisin Kerr for Gary Carty; Ruairí Drummond for Dermot Slevin (BC); Rory Cullen for Jason Gallagher; David McLoone for Cáelán Drummond; Raymie Granaghan.

Aodh Ruadh will be hoping for more joy this weekend when they host Gaoth Dobhair this Sunday in Father Tierney Park. The reserves get the action under way at 1.30pm and are followed by the seniors at 3pm.

The under 16s hosted Ardara last weekend in the league and lost out to the visitors, paying the price for a poor first half. While the lads played much better in the second half the visitors had too much in hand and held on for the win. Attention now turns to the championship in two weeks time. In anticipation of that, training continues on Wednesday at 5.30pm and Friday at 6.30pm.

Congratulations to Damian Weber whose side edged out Ryan Keenaghan's outfit to claim the 2018 Bakery Cup last Wednesday. Although Damian's side had six points to spare at the final whistle, this was a closely contested game of football right the way through. The curtain raiser was another high quality game, the Shield final between Daniel Breen-Brosnan's side and Aaron Neilan's team. After a tightly contested tussle it was Danny's outfit which took the Shield honours.

The under 12's season got going last Friday with the visit of a very strong Four Masters team. The visitors overpowered Aodh Ruadh in the first half of the A game and, while Ballyshannon did better in the second half, it wasn't enough to reel in the deficit. Best for Aodh Ruadh on the day were Barry Campbell and Eoin Doogan. The B game saw the visitors win comfortably again, with James Ward taking the player of the match award for the homesters. The side's next assignment in the league is Monday 16th April when they are away to Naomh Columba. Under 12 training continues this Friday from 5.45pm to 6.45pm.

Training for under 10s continues on Mondays and Fridays in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 7.15pm to 8.15pm.

Under 8 training continues on Thursdays from 6.15pm to 7.15pm.

Under 6 training continues on Fridays from 6pm to 6.45pm at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Ladies
Well done to Realt Ruadh who opened their season with a comprehensive victory over Gaoth Dobhair in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Sunday morning. The team are at home again next Sunday against Glenswilly with throw-in down for 11am.

The under 16s had a good outing against Kinawley last Friday. Many thanks to the parents / guardians for helping with transport on the day. The girls commence their league campaign this Friday when they travel to Downings. The bus will depart from the New Hall at Coláiste Cholmcille after school and the game throws in at Downings at 6.30pm. Players to bring €5 to go to the hire of the bus. Training continues this Wednesday at 6.15pm.

Training for under 14 girls will commence this Tuesday, 10th April, at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh and runs from 4.15pm to 5.30pm.

The under 12s had their first league outing on Saturday, welcoming visitors MacCumhaill's. With 28 girls togging out this year Aodh Ruadh have two teams entered into the league. In the first game of the day Aodh Ruadh took the victory with a final score of 6-4 to 2-8. Goals were the difference in this well contested match and all 22 girls played their hearts out. Best for Aodh Ruadh were net-minder Ava Doherty, Fódhla Sheerin in defence and Cameron Gallagher in midfield also Cadhla Dolan who seemed to cover every blade of grass. The second game saw MacCumhaill's take the spoils with a final score of 1-3 to 5-6 again goals were the difference. The girls fought right to the end and never bowed their heads. Best for Aodh Ruadh were net-minder Shauna McGloin who made some fantastic saves and injured her hand in the process, also Roise Conlon in midfield who as always gave 100 percent. A special mention for Eadaoin Finnegan who scored her first point in the Aodh Ruadh colours. A big thank you to MacCumhaill's management for their respect and courtesy and assistance in making the day run smoothly. Also to the parents for providing food for everyone and especially those who stayed on to help afterwards. We have a big gallery of pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. Under 12 girls training continues on Wednesday at the Park at 5.30pm.

The Donegal under 14s played Antrim on Saturday in Glengormley with Aodh Ruadh's Caoimhe Hughes-O'Brien outstanding with Katie O'Brien and Áine Hill also making the trip. The county minors played Antrim afterwards with Aodh Ruadh's Ana Keon, Cáit Gillespie and Briana Maher in action for the Tir Chonaill ladies.

Under 10 girls training goes outside to Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh [Munday's field] from this Tuesday 10th April from 7.15pm to 8.15pm. This is the team's training slot going forward. Remember, all players are required to wear gum shields.

Under 8 training resumes this Tuesday, 10th April at 6pm in the Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh [Munday's field]. Under 6 training continues on Friday evenings in Creevy National School at 6pm.

Any club members at least 17-years-old and interested in refereeing Ladies Football up to under 14 is invited to take part in a Level 1 Grab your Whistle Course at the beginning of May. Just let any member of the Ladies Committee know you are up for it.

Hurling
The under 14s continued their impressive start to the season with a facile win over Dungloe at home on Thursday last. The lads make the trip to Letterkenny this Thursday to take on Letterkenny Gaels.

Training for all age groups on Sunday at 12 noon, numbers continue to grow at under 8 and under 10 but we could do with seeing more turning out for the under 12s. For any information contact John Rooney on 086-2587793.

Question time
Bord na nÓg will be staging a Sports Quiz this Saturday in the Bridgend Bar at 9.30pm. There will be a raffle on the night and a big turnout of support is needed to help continue the great investment in underage football in recent years.

Féile na nGael Clothes Collection
As our major fund-raiser for our under 14 hurlers heading to Féile we're having our annual Clothes Collection until Friday 18th May. All unwanted clothes, shoes, belts and bed linen will be gratefully accepted. Unfortunately we can't take duvets or pillows. Contact any of the following to arrange collection many thanks. Sabrina Brosnan 086-8241297, Lorraine Kennedy Duffy 087-6874393, Teresa Davis Maguire 086-3983076, Denis Daly 086-3269550 or John Rooney 086-2587793.

Cycle Against Suicide
Cycle Against Suicide is a national awareness charity striving to break down the barriers around mental health illness. The main cycle taking place from April 28th to May 7th is part of the organisation's awareness campaign in local communities. The cycle will pass through Ballyshannon on 4th May. They are eager to get the people of Ballyshannon involved with the cause. Central to the success of Cycle Against Suicide is the HomeStay Programme. They are currently seeking help from local communities to offer shelter to cyclists for one night as they pass through Ballyshannon. Families throughout the route welcome participants on the cycle into their home. Each homestay host provide cyclists with a warm meal, a chance to freshen up and a bed for the night. If you are able to help please email anne.mcgowan@cycleagainstsuicide.com.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was shared by Aishling Mulhern, Ballyshannon and Mrs Kyles of Bundoran. The stand up game prize of €150 was won by Julie Kane of Belleek. The snowball had no winner and so rises to €575 on 48 numbers or less. Bingo as usual this Friday at the Abbey Centre at 9pm, books cost just €10 with a €2,300 prize fund up for grabs.

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17 April
Football
Ballyshannon continue their hunt for a first win in the top flight since their return after Gaoth Dobhair dominated proceedings in Father Tierney Park on a chilly Sunday afternoon in Father Tierney Park to run out deserved winners. The half-time score was 1-3 to 0-11 and while James O'Donnell's men put in a much better shift in the second half, the visitors matched them and a late Eamon McGee goal put a nice gloss on the final scoreline for them as it finished up 2-7 to 1-18. Diarmaid McInerney carried the flag bravely for Aodh Ruadh in the attack with Dylan Gallagher supplying good support, while Damien Cleary worked hard around the centre of the pitch. Further back Peter Boyle's kick outs were a real asset and he made a couple of top drawer stops. We have a full match report and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

The reserve game was postponed with Gaoth Dobhair unable to travel.

This Sunday Aodh Ruadh head to Moyle Park as they continue their search for a maiden Division 1 win. The reserves take on Milford at 1.30pm and are followed by the seniors at 3pm.

Under 16 training continues on Wednesday at 5.30pm and Friday at 6.30pm.

Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh hosted an under 15 county development squad challenge match on Saturday evening with a number of Aodh Ruadh players turning out for the Southern side. We have a gallery of pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

The under 12s travelled with 25 players to Glencolumcille on Monday evening for their latest league outing. The Ballyshannon boys never really got to grips with the wind and hit a lot of woodwork as Naomh Columba ran out 2-7 to 1-4 victors in the senior game. Jack McCadden starred for the Ernesiders in goal while Barry Campbell was once again excellent in the centre of the pitch. The junior team won their game with James Ward taking the man of the match honours and Hugh Óg Maguire not far behind, while Donagh Kelly hit some lovely points. Under 12 training continues this Friday from 5.45pm to 6.45pm. Next Monday sees the side on their travels again with another long trip, this time to Dungloe with throw-in at 6pm. Players are to meet at Father Tierney Park for 4pm with the bus departing at 4.15pm sharp.

Under 10 training continues on Mondays and Fridays from 7.15pm to 8.15pm. The squad were away to Four Masters last Saturday and fielded three teams. All players performed very well. This Friday we are away to Ardara. Players are to be at Father Tierney Park for 5.15pm. We are taking lifts to the game and any parents who can travel are asked to let team management know.

Our under 8s hosted Four Masters last Saturday. The 23 players made up three seven-a-side teams. All games were competitive with players Darragh McCready, Jack and Luise Hasset, Manus Conlon, and Senan Ward among those who impressed for Aodh Ruadh. A big thank you to the parents and all who helped out on Saturday, those who helped with the teams on the pitch, brought up refreshments, helped in the kitchen and those who stayed on to clean up afterwards. We have a great gallery of images from the game up on aodhruadh.org. Training continues on Thursdays from 6.15pm until 7.15pm. All boys born in 2010 and 2011 are welcome to come up and join in.

Under 6 training continues on Fridays from 6pm to 6.45pm at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Ladies
There will be a Ladies committee meeting on Thursday at 8.30pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. All committee members are asked to attend.

Realt Ruadh entertained Glenswilly on Sunday and made it back to back wins. It was a tight game all the way through, with the hosts only having a one point cushion at half-time. An early sin bin in the second half for a Glenswilly player gave Realt Ruadh a injection of energy and that helped them prevail on a final scoreline of 1-7 to 1-5. Realt Ruadh had good performances from Briana Maher and Cáit Gillespie in the middle of the field with Ana Keon standing out defensively at wing back. Next up for the Red Stars is a trip to Milford on Sunday with an 11am throw-in at Moyle View Park.

The under 16s opened their season with the long trip to Downings on Friday evening. It was game where goals counted. In the first half Aodh Ruadh hit five, three from the boot of Laoise Kelly and one apiece from Danielle Gallagher and Sarah Jane Keon to take a five point cushion in at the break. In the second half Ballyshannon's intensity around the middle third dropped and counter-attacking into space Downings were able to hit five goals of their own to take the victory on a final scoreline of 6-7 to 8-9. Some good positives to take from the game, especially Laoise Kelly's predatory impact up front and a robust showing from Roisín Daly, the defending of Caitlin McGarrigle and Eilish Gallagher, and Orla Keon putting in another starring shift at the Downings venue. But there's plenty to work on ahead of the girls' second game of the league against Naomh Conaill next week. Training continues this Wednesday at 6.15pm.

Training for under 14 girls continues this Tuesday and Thursday at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh and runs from 4.15pm to 5.30pm.

The under 12s had a week off in the league this week, but are away to Muff this Sunday. As it is a long journey we are getting a bus to the venue. We are meeting at the Abbey Garage at 10.45am with the bus departing at 11am. Training continues on Wednesdays at 5.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Under 10 girls training continues at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this Tuesday from 7.15pm to 8.15pm. Remember, all players are required to wear gum shields.

Under 8 training continue this Tuesday at 6pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Under 6 training continues on Friday evenings in Creevy National School at 6pm.

The under 16 county team has qualified for a home Ulster semi-final in Letterkenny on Sunday against Tyrone. Congratulations to the team especially the Aodh Ruadh contingent of players Caoimhe Keon and Caitlin McGarrigle and coach Barry Ward.

The under 14 county team are playing Leitrim in a challenge match in Ballyshannon on Sunday at 12pm. Aodh Ruadh's Katie O'Brien, Aoibheann McGarrigle, Lucy McGlynn, Caoimhe Hughes-O'Brien and Áine Hill are on the panel so come up and lend your support.

Hurling
The under 14s made the trip to Páirc na nGaeil in Letterkenny on Thursday evening to take on Letterkenny Gaels. While not as impressive as previous performances the lads still won comfortably 6-9 to 3-6. They are on the road again this Thursday as they make the long trip to Carndonagh.

The draw for Féile na nGael was made last week and we are in Division 5 being hosted by Skehana of Galway. Other teams in our group are Ahascragh / Fohenagh and a team from Kildare yet to be confirmed.

On Bank Holiday Monday 7th May we are hosting the inaugural Billy Finn and John Larkin under 14 Memorial Tournament. Sadly these two great characters passed away in 2017 and we intend honouring their memory and their contribution to keeping the game of hurling live in Aodh Ruadh with this tournament. Details of competing teams will be in next week's notes.

Training for all age groups on Sunday at 12 noon. For any information contact John Rooney on 086-2587793.

Gaeltachta scholarships
Beidh 6 dheontas de luach €250 an ceann ar fáil ó CLG Dhún na nGall fa choinne baill de chlubanna atá ag freastail ar Choláistí Gaelige i nDún na nGall. CLG Dhún na nGall will sponsor six part scholarships to the value of €250 each to members of GAA clubs in the county in 2018. The six successful applicants will be drawn at the Donegal GAA county committee meeting in May. Completed application forms are available from Lisa McTernan and must be returned to Fergus Mac Aoidh, Oifigeach Chultúrtha agus Teanga CLG Dhún na nGall on or before Friday 27th April. Please send the completed application form by e-mail to fermcgee@gmail.com or irishculturalofficer.donegal@gaa.ie or by post to Fergus McGee, 43 Lisnennan Court, Letterkenny to arrive not later than the 27th April 2018.

Playing Fields
With over 20 club teams now involved in training, coaching and competitive action early notification of official fixtures to Peter Conlon is essential. Not all team managers are doing this and it will cause double bookings. All training and coaching to take place for all teams at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh and the school field as necessary. Father Tierney Park is reserved for official fixtures - no exceptions.

Question time
Congratulations to the winners of the Bord na nÓg quiz in the Bridgend last night, David Dolan, Brian Gillespie, Stephen McGrath and Barry McLaughlin. It was a great night of craic and a great turn out. Well done to question setter Packie McGrath on a good range of posers and to quiz master Sean O'Mahoney and to all who pulled the evening together.

Féile na nGael Clothes Collection
As our major fund-raiser for our under 14 hurlers heading to Féile we're having our annual Clothes Collection until Friday 18th May. This week bags can be dropped off at Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Saturday between 2pm and 3pm. All unwanted clothes, shoes, belts and bed linen will be gratefully accepted. Unfortunately we can't take duvets or pillows. Contact any of the following to arrange collection many thanks. Sabrina Brosnan 086-8241297, Lorraine Kennedy Duffy 087-6874393, Teresa Davis Maguire 086-3983076, Denis Daly 086-3269550 or John Rooney 086-2587793.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was won by Margaret Gilmartin of Kinlough. The stand up game prize of €145 was won by Martina Kilfedder, bringing the prize to Belleek for the second week running. The snowball had no winner so rolls to €600 on 48 numbers or less. Bingo as usual this Friday at the Abbey Centre at 9pm, books cost just €10 with a €2,300 prize fund up for grabs.

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24 April

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

Football
Aodh Ruadh recorded their maiden win in top flight football since their return with a 3-11 to 1-9 away victory over Milford. Playing against a significant breeze in the first half they went in trailing by a point with David Dolan, Nathan Boyle, Cian Dolan and David McInerney all on the mark. Ballyshannon hit the front heading into the final quarter and then David Dolan struck for goal only for Milford to hit back almost immediately with one of their own. However the Ernesiders added further goals from Dylan Gallagher and David Dolan to see out the victory.

The reserves had rather less luck, coming out on the wrong side of a 4-11 to 0-3 pounding to the Moyle View Park men.

This Sunday Aodh Ruadh will be aiming to build on last weekend's victory when they host Dungloe. The reserves take on the Gaeltacht men at 1.30pm and are followed by the seniors at 3pm.

Under 16 training continues on Wednesday at 5.30pm and Friday at 6.30pm.

Congratulations to Senan Rooney who turned in a man of the match display as the Donegal under 16s booked their place in the Buncrana Cup final with a 4-10 to 0-8 victory over Monaghan.

The under 12s made the long trip to Dungloe on Monday evening. The seniors battled hard and once again hit a lot of woodwork, but lost out by seven points. Man of the match was Dara McGloin who fought hard in midfield. Barry Campbell was a rock again in defence while Oran Gillespie hit some well struck frees. The juniors fared better, emerging seven point winners with Eoin Cassidy, Garvey Meade and Ronan Delahunty all putting in sterling shifts for the Ernesiders. The team are back in action this Friday when they entertain Ardara in Father Tierney Park. Players are to be up for 5.30pm.

The under 10s travelled to Ardara last Friday evening. Despite being well down on numbers we fielded three teams. The lads won all three games, but a special mention should go to the younger players who were excellent on the night. We are pencilled in for our first blitz this Saturday in Bundoran with time to be confirmed. We will send out all blitz dates when they are confirmed. Training continues on Mondays and Fridays from 7.15pm to 8.15pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Under 8 training continues on Thursdays from 6.15pm until 7.15pm. All boys born in 2010 and 2011 are welcome to come up and join in.

Under 6 training continues on Fridays from 6pm to 6.45pm at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Ladies
Realt Ruadh made the long trip to Milford on Sunday. Unfortunately it proved a fruitless journey as the hosts ran out 2-15 to 1-4 victors.

The under 16s face Naomh Conaill this Tuesday at 7pm in Father Tierney Park. Players to be at the park for 6pm. All support most welcome on the evening.

Training for under 14 girls continues this Thursday at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 4.15pm to 5.30pm.

The under 12 girls had a long trek up to Naomh Pádraig in Muff on Sunday. The first game threw in at 1pm and from the start the Naomh Pádraig girls showed a hunger which our girls could not match. Not taking away from our girls efforts right to the final whistle but it just wasn't meant to be and Naomh Pádraig took the victory. Best for Aodh Ruadh were Jodie Meade and Ava Doherty. The second throw in was 2pm and again Naomh Pádraig took the first two scores, but our girls stood tall and strong and took control of the game. The half backs Maura O'Sullivan and Aoife Travers were solid and not many balls got past them with the midfield of Roise Conlon and Aisling Patton tirelessly carrying the ball forwards. Shauna McGloin ensured Naomh Pádraig didn't score again making some great saves in goals. Best for Aodh Ruadh were Aoife Travers and Aisling Patton and congrats to Aisling who scored her first goal. We also got a goal in the second half where the ball became loose in the small square and two girls got their boots to it and the ball hit the back of the net. Both girls Ellie Brennan and Ellie Lilly took the credit so manager Karol told them they could have a point and a half each. Training Wednesday at 5.30pm. The team's next game is Saturday at home to Saint Eunan's. Players are to be up at park for 12.15pm and if parents could bring some sandwiches or similar for the travelling team it would be most appreciated. Congratulations to the girls on the under 12 team who were involved in the Community Games Ulster Finals over the weekend. Especially in basketball, art and draughts.

Under 10 girls training continues at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this Tuesday from 7.15pm to 8.15pm. Remember, all players are required to wear gum shields.

Under 8 training continues this Tuesday at 6pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Under 6 training continues on Friday evenings in Creevy National School at 6pm.

A reminder that the rescheduled Duck Race takes place on Saturday 5th May at 2pm. Any parents who still have cards are asked to leave them with Lorraine McPhelim.

Hard luck to the Coláiste Cholmcille under 14s who lost out in their Ulster semi-final by a point in extra-time at Garvaghey.

The county under 16s had a nine point win over Tyrone at O'Donnell Park in the Ulster semi-final on Sunday. This takes them into the Ulster A final on May 12 or 13. Again well done to our representatives on the panel, Caoimhe Keon and Caitlin McGarrigle.

The under 15 league county ladies team beat Antrim in Belfast on Saturday. The team have won all the games so far against Derry, Down and Antrim. Next game is home to Monaghan on Saturday 5th, May. Well done to Sarah Jane Keon and Eilish Gallagher who representing the club in fine style on this team.

The under 14 county ladies had challenge match against Leitrim in Ballyshannon on Sunday. This was a tough game ahead of their semi-final on next Saturday against Fermanagh. Thanks to the local parents who provided food after the match. Aodh Ruadh were represented by Lucy McGlynn, Katie O'Brien, Caoimhe Hughes-O'Brien, Aoibheann McGarrigle and Áine Hill.

Hurling
The under 14s continued their winning run last Thursday. They made the long trip to Carndonagh and had a comfortable win. They are at home to Four Masters this Thursday with the throw-in 7pm, all support welcome.
The inaugural Billy Finn and John Larkin under 14 Memorial Tournament takes place on Monday 7th May. These two great characters sadly passed away in 2017. The two lads put in a huge effort over a long number of years keeping hurling alive in the club. Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee have organised this tournament to honour Billy and John's memory and their passion and commitment to hurling in the club. The following teams have committed to taking part in this tournament Tuam (Galway), Tooreen (Mayo), Na Magha (Derry), Omagh Saint Enda's (Tyrone), Keady (Armagh), Loch Mor Dal gCais (Antrim), Ballycastle (Antrim) and ourselves. It promises to be a great day of hurling. All former players, friends and club mates of the lads are welcome to come along on the day.

Our clothing collection for Féile na nGael is ongoing. This is a great chance to clear out your wardrobes, all unwanted clothes, shoes, belts and bed linen will be gratefully accepted. Unfortunately we can't take duvets or pillows. Many thanks to those who have supported this campaign so far. For any information contact Sabrina Brosnan 086-8241297, Lorraine Kennedy Duffy 087-6874393, Teresa Davis Maguire 086-3983076, Denis Daly 086-3269550 or John Rooney 086-2587793.

Training for all age groups on Sunday at 12 noon. All are welcome from 5 years upwards. For any information contact John Rooney on 086-2587793.

Gaeltachta scholarships
Beidh 6 dheontas de luach €250 an ceann ar fáil ó CLG Dhún na nGall fa choinne baill de chlubanna atá ag freastail ar Choláistí Gaelige i nDún na nGall. CLG Dhún na nGall will sponsor six part scholarships to the value of €250 each to members of GAA clubs in the county in 2018. The six successful applicants will be drawn at the Donegal GAA county committee meeting in May. Completed application forms are available from Lisa McTernan and must be returned to Fergus Mac Aoidh, Oifigeach Chultúrtha agus Teanga CLG Dhún na nGall on or before Friday 27th April. Please send the completed application form by e-mail to fermcgee@gmail.com or irishculturalofficer.donegal@gaa.ie or by post to Fergus McGee, 43 Lisnennan Court, Letterkenny to arrive not later than the 27th April 2018.

Colleges Final
Derrylin and Ballinamore schools play in an under 14 girls Ulster Colleges final at 11am on Tuesday 24th April in Father Tierney Park.

The Big Spring Clean
The Big Spring Clean organised by Ballyshannon Regeneration Group takes place this Saturday. Anyone who wants to help spruce up the town is asked to meet at the library for 10am. Lunch is provided at 1pm with the afternoon shift getting under way at 2pm. Come along and bring a friend, but remember that children must be accompanied by an adult.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was won by Richie Newell of Ballyshannon, whilst the stand up game prize of €150 was won by Noelle Gillen. The winter snowball had no winner so rises to €625 on 48 numbers or less. The April Big Bingo takes place this Friday at the Abbey Centre at 9pm. Note the increase in Big Bingo prizes, where the €1,000 super jackpot must be won every month. Books cost €15 or a book and half special deal for €20, with a €3,300 prize fund up for grabs.

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