Club Notes Archive - 2018

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1 May

Football
Aodh Ruadh made it two successive league victories with a 0-13 to 0-6 home win over Dungloe. Aodh Ruadh did the job with a modicum of comfort, points from Shane McGrath and David Dolan (f) and four from Diarmaid McInerney (3f) helping the homesters to a 0-6 to 0-1 half-time lead. Further points from McInerney and Shane McGrath put Ballyshannon well clear before Dungloe mounted a bit of a rally. However further points from Darren Drummond, McInerney (2) and Nathan Boyle closed out the game for James O'Donnell's men. We will have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. The reserves game against Dungloe was postponed.

Sunday coming sees Aodh Ruadh on their travels again, this time another long trip north to Cloughaneely. The reserves get proceedings under way at 12.30pm and are followed by the seniors at 2pm.

Hard luck to Senan Rooney, Shane Gillespie and the Donegal under 17 team on their defeat to Tyrone in Ulster championship over the weekend.

The under 16s had a great win in their opening game of the championship. They travelled to Buncrana last Tuesday and came away with a 4-10 to 1-8 victory. Aodh Ruadh had the better of the exchanges in the first half and went in at the break with a five point lead. They built on that over the course of the second half to run out 11 point victors with Cian Rooney top scoring on 2-2. Senan Rooney was in dominant mood in the middle third and further back Aaron Neilan was composed and effective at half back, but this was a good all-round team performance as Ballyshannon got their championship campaign off to the perfect start. Their next outing in the competition will be against Naomh Columba, but county action means that fixture is currently on ice.

The under 14s have their first game of the season this Wednesday when they are away to Four Masters. Throw-in is at 7pm, players to be down at Tir Chonaill park for 6.15pm. All support much appreciated.

The under 12s entertained Ardara senior team in Father Tierney Park on Friday. The hosts played very well but came out on the wrong side of the result despite a trojan effort from Tommy Clyne and Killian Bradshaw. The juniors took on Ardara at home on Monday evening and again it was the visitors who took the honours. Morgan McNamee worked his socks off, while Killian McPhelim also had an excellent game and Donagh Kelly hit some good points. The team are away to Naomh Conaill this Friday evening in their next league outing. Players are to be at the park for 4.30pm ahead of departure to Glenties.

Our under 8s and under 10s have been invited to play Saint John's in Sligo town on Wednesday evening. Saint John's GAA club, is at Cuilbeag, out by Carraroe and players are to be at the Saint John's grounds for 6pm with throw-in at 6.30pm. The under 8s will have their first blitz of the season in Glenties on Saturday morning. Under 10 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 are back on their winning streak after their a fine performance over Four Masters on Sunday in Bundoran. Playing through the heat and a blinding sun, the girls powered through to secure a 1-11 to 0-6 victory. The forwards started the match with a few points, but it was the younger girls who really set the tone. Cáit Gillespie landed three points and added a goal towards the end of the first half. Rachel McGee dominated the full forward position and provided her fair share of points with Megan McEniff also chipping in on a bright morning. Meanwhile the impressively consistent Rebecca Gillespie played another blinder. Particularly impressive and key to the final victory was the tight back line display and quick thinking actions from the duo goalie team, Natasha Gormley in the first half and Sarah Daly in the second who ensured the Red Stars kept a clean sheet. The girls will be looking to extend their winning run when they travel to take on Robert Emmet's next Sunday at 11am.

The under 16s chalked up their first win of the season last Tuesday when they entertained Naomh Conaill in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Goals from Sarah Jane Keon and Danielle Gallagher set the side on their way and a Laoise Kelly goal before the break gave the girls a good cushion coming in at half-time. The second half was more evenly contested, but Aodh Ruadh had done enough to earn a merited win. Best for Aodh Ruadh was Caitlin McGarrigle who was outstanding in midfield alongside Caoimhe Keon. Ella Clancy was superb at centre forward, with Danielle Gallagher also in fine form. The half back line of Leah O'Brien, Grainne Maguire and Eilish Gallagher were all excellent while Alicia Clyne was strong between the posts. The girls are at home again this Tuesday when they entertain Termon at 7.30pm. Players to be at the park for 6.30pm. A big Ballyshannon support would be most welcome on the evening.

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

Aodh Ruadh under 12s welcomed Saint Eunan's to Ballyshannon on Saturday. With numbers depleted it was going be tough for the homesters, but both teams did themselves proud with two excellent displays of football. The first game got off to a good start for Aodh Ruadh, but then Saint Eunan's just edged in front. A few changes at half-time saw our girls getting back into it, but Saint Eunan's got a few cheeky goals and ran out deserved winners. Best for Aodh Ruadh were Lauren Foy, Fódhla Sheerin and Aisling Patton. The second game was a tighter affair and the girls worked hard to the bitter end, but again Eunan's took the spoils. Best for Aodh Ruadh were Andrea Moore and Aimee Roper. We wish Leah Caldwell a speedy recovery after injuring her arm. We will have pictures from the day's action up on aodhruadh.org. Training again Wednesday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 5.30 to 7pm. The last league game takes place this Saturday away to Bundoran.

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 this Saturday at 2pm. Any parents who still have cards are asked to leave them with Lorraine McPhelim.

Best of luck to the under 15 county ladies who take on Monaghan this Saturday, especially to our own Sarah Jane Keon and Eilish Gallagher. The team have won all their games so far and a win will possibly put them in an Ulster League final.

Good luck also to the under 14 county ladies who play their Ulster semi-final this Saturday against Fermanagh. Aodh Ruadh are represented by Lucy McGlynn, Katie O'Brien, Caoimhe Hughes-O'Brien, Aoibheann McGarrigle and Áine Hill on the squad.

Hurling
The under 14s had another convincing win at home to Four Masters on Thursday last. They have no game this week.

On Monday next we host the inaugural Billy Finn / John Larkin Memorial under 14 tournament. We have had a great response with eight teams confirming their attendance. Tuam (Galway), Tooreen (Mayo), Omagh (Tyrone), Keady (Armagh), Ballycastle (Antrim), Loch Mor Dal gCais (Antrim), Na Magha (Derry) and ourselves. Play gets underway at 10.30am. We'd be delighted to see former colleagues and club mates of these two great characters call in for a cup of tea and a chat throughout the day and enjoy what should be a great day of hurling.

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.

Abbey Centre Bingo
The April Big Bingo super jackpot of €1,000 was won by Margaret Magee of Belleek, congratulations to her. The stand up game prize had a single winner for €160. The snowball had no winner so rises to €625 on 49 numbers or less. Bingo as usual this Friday at the Abbey Centre at 9pm. Books cost just €10 with a €2,450 prize fund up for grabs.

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8 May

Football
Aodh Ruadh put in a battling second half, but it wasn't enough to earn the points in Cloughaneely last Sunday, 0-12 to 0-8 the final scoreline. It was an under par first half which did for the Ernesiders, with just a Cian Dolan point and a Peter Boyle free to show for their efforts in that period. Diarmaid McInerney landed four points in an improved second half with Dylan Gallagher and David McGurrin also on the mark. Ballyshannon came to within two points of the hosts with two minutes remaining, but that was as good as it got.

Perhaps the reserves main triumph was fielding at all this week with many players out between senior call ups and confirmation. The Ernesiders played with the aid of a strong breeze in the first half and got the opening score from Darren Gethins. Then things fell apart with five goals conceded in first 15 minutes. A string of great saves by Karl O'Brien kept it from being any worse. Anthony 'Waddle' Coughlin and Cian McGloin hit points to leave it 5-1 to 0-3 at half-time. There was a much better second half performance, a fine goal from full back Daniel Warnock, four points from Waddle and one from Dermot Slevin won the second half as the game finished 5-8 to 1-8. The Aodh Ruadh team was Karl O'Brien; Dan Warnock, Cian McGloin, David McLoone; Chris Goan, Ronan Drummond, Mickey McNeely; Anthony Coughlin, Darren Gethins; Ryan McKenna, Dermot Slevin, Cáelán Drummond; Raymie Granaghan, Gerard Ferguson, Peter McKenna. Sub: Aidan Murray (after high-tailing it from a win with the Realt Ruadh ladies) for Gerard Ferguson 40m.

With Donegal and Cavan facing off in the Ulster championship this weekend, the next club action is on Sunday, May 20th when Aodh Ruadh have a critical game away to Dungloe. Seniors throw-in at 3pm preceded by the reserves at 1.30pm. We wish the county squad and management all the very best against the Breffni men this Sunday. Those who wish to show their support for the county are invited to get an official Donegal GAA supporters car sticker from Pearse O'Neill's. These are priced €20 with all proceeds going to the running of county teams.

Well done to Senan Rooney and the Donegal under 16 team on their 1-13 to 1-12 victory over Tyrone in Buncrana Cup final. Senan has played a major role in this triumph, Donegal's first win since 2013.

Aodh Ruadh under 16s are back in championship action this Tuesday when they entertain Naomh Columba in Father Tierney Park at 7pm. This was a colourful fixture last year down in Glen, so a big Aodh Ruadh support would be much appreciated as the lads bid to build on a great opening win against Buncrana.

The under 14 boys started their league campaign with a win in Tir Chonaill Park last Tuesday. It was all square at 2-6 at half-time, but a good second half saw Aodh Ruadh finish on top 5-11 to 3-10.

The under 12s were in Glenties on Friday for their latest league outing. The seniors were under strength as illness ruled out a number of starters. Naomh Conaill took full advantage to win well, but Micheál Keown and Morgan McNamee played really well on being brought into the senior squad. The juniors once again played well with Donagh Kelly star of the show and James Ward adding another fine performance to his portfolio. Under 12 training continues this Tuesday from 6pm to 7.15pm. The team's next game is away to Four Masters on Friday. All players are to be at the pitch in Donegal Town for 5pm with the games throwing in at 5.30pm

The under 10s travelled to Saint John's, Sligo last Wednesday evening for a challenge game. Ballyshannon travelled light on numbers, but fielded two teams of 11 each. The under 10 team won well in a strong physical contest. Goals came from Corey Sheridan, Eoghan Gallagher, Max Roper, Finn Doogan and Sean O'Neill. Bobby Melly put in a solid performance in goals. The under 9 team started well and was well ahead in the first two quarters. We lost shape in the third quarter and left a lot to do in the last quarter. A great team performance from the all the boys. The team have a game on Saturday at 12 noon in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh against our neighbours from Erne Gaels. Our home blitz is pencilled in for Saturday 19th May and parents / guardians are asked to let management know if this clashes with first communion. Training continues at 7.15pm on Monday and Friday.

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 continued their winning streak this weekend with a powerful 7-10 to 0-4 away win against Robert Emmet's. The ladies started strongly with Megan McEniff and the forward line landing some nice points. Two early goals from Meabh Rooney also helped the Red Stars settle to their task. Tanya O'Shea Dunne and Briana Maher held up the shape in the centre while Anna Rafferty swept up every ball before it reached the back line ensuring the visitors dominated possession. It was 4-6 to 0-3 at the break. A blistering sun saw the introduction of fresh legs in the second half with the subs making a great impact. In the first few minutes Realt Ruadh hit two more goals, one of those an Amanda Mahon a penalty, and the ladies maintained their pole position from there to secure the win. The girls will be home this Friday at 7.30pm for their next league clash against Killybegs.

The under 16s entertained Termon last Tuesday in their third game of the league programme. Aodh Ruadh were slow to get out of the traps and allowed Termon to build up a cushion they were able to protect for the remainder of the game. It was 5-5 to 2-2 at half-time, but Aodh Ruadh were getting to grips with matters by that point. Termon's second half scoring was curtailed, but while Aodh Ruadh worked hard up front, the visitors defended well to ensure they took the points as the game finished 5-8 to 3-6. Ella Clancy was player of the match for the hosts, giving everything from the first minute to the last. In defence Síofra Hughes was strong at full back with Aisling Gallagher flying too. Caoimhe Keon and Caitlin McGarrigle soldiered hard in midfield with Captain Caoimhe finishing a class second half team goal. Sarah Jane Keon was good form, finishing with 1-1 despite being double marked much of the game. Katie McMullan hit a fine point and Tia McFarland and Grainne Maguire both made big impacts on their introduction. The girls next outing is a crucial away game to Saint Naul's on Tuesday 15th May.

The under 14 girls have training and Féile gear fitting at this Tuesday's training from 4.15pm to 5.30pm. The girls are also training on Thursday from 4.15pm to 5.30pm.

The under 12 girls had their final league game away to Bundoran last Saturday. The first game threw in at 11am with the girls playing against the breeze. It was a brilliant show of football from both sides, but Aodh Ruadh just had the edge right through to the final whistle. Dairín Sweeny, Aoife Travers, Cameron Gallagher and Jodie Meade all contributing towards the final score. They played well as a team with all girls giving everything, but especially Cádhla Dolan and Jodie Meade who covered every blade of grass and kept their markers busy. In the back line Fódhla Sheerin and Orlaith Toland were solid and cleared everything that came their way, but the manager's player of the match goes to Jessica O'Mahoney who, in the absence of both our goalies, stood in and played brilliantly. She made some great saves and even better clearances. Well done and thank you Jessica. The second game was a very even affair. With the wind in our favour in the first half our girls took the lead with Andrea Moore scoring 1-5 and giving Bundoran's defence a shaking. Jessica O'Mahoney playing midfield for this game played brilliantly carrying the ball and letting it forward. Special mention to Ella Wilshire who scored her first point and then followed it with a goal. Congrats and well done Ella. Bundoran took the victory, but we couldn't have been prouder of those girls who played well as a team. We will have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org when we get our gallery issues resolved. In other news Eugene Gallagher from Nirvana recently presented the under 12 jerseys to the team at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Thanks to Sharon and Eugene for sponsoring our jerseys. Why not support Nirvana and pop in for some fabulous food. Under 12 training continues on Wednesday 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 continues this Tuesday at 6pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Under 6 training continues on Friday evenings in Creevy National School at 6pm.

Well done to everyone who turned up for the Duck Race on Saturday on a lovely day at McKenna's Brook. Special thanks to Gabby McGloin, Louise Foy, Sabrina Brosnan, Linda Clyne and all who helped in any way with the event. Also thanks to the duck man Sylvie Maguire, his helpers in the water Shane McGloin, John Hughes and Paddy Kelly. A big thank you to you the parents of the under 6s, under 8s, under 10s and under 12s who sold the lines and made this fund-raiser a great success.

Good luck to the under 16 county ladies, in particular our own under 16 captain Caoimhe Keon and Caitlin McGarrigle in this Saturday's Ulster final against Cavan in Augher. Throw-in is 1pm and it would be good to see local support down there for the girls.

Congratulations to the under 15 county ladies who defeated Monaghan 7-10 to 0-9 on Saturday, especially to our own Sarah Jane Keon and Eilish Gallagher. The team have won all four of their games so far to ensure an Ulster final place. They face Armagh this coming weekend.

Well done also to the Donegal under 14s who defeated Fermanagh on Saturday in the Ulster C semi-final in Irvinestown. Our own Aoibhinn McGarrigle, Caoimhe Hughes O'Brien, Lucy McGlynn and Aine Hill all featured strongly in the win, with Katie O'Brien also on the panel.

Hurling
The sun shone brightly on Father Tierney Park and Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Bank Holiday Monday as we hosted the inaugural Billy Finn / John Larkin under 14 hurling tournament. Six teams took part on the day. Ballycastle (Antrim), Loch Mor Dal gCais (Antrim), Na Magha (Derry), Tooreen (Mayo), Omagh Saint Enda's (Tyrone) and ourselves. The tournament was played in a round robin format and at the end of league section Ballycastle and Aodh Ruadh qualified for the cup final while Na Magha and Tooreen were set to meet in the plate final. They were two great finals with only a puck of a ball between the teams in both games. In Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh Na Magha and Tooreen had a great battle before the Derry lads came out on top 2-3 to 1-3 to claim the inaugural Billy Finn / John Larkin Shield. The Cup final was a thrilling affair in Father Tierney Park before a large and enthusiastic crowd. From the throw in Ballycastle and Aodh Ruadh tore into each other as they were both determined to claim the title. The effort by both teams after such a long day was a credit to both sides. It was end to end stuff with some great passages of play. At half time it was the Glensmen who led 1-2 to 0-4, the second half continued in the same vein. With each passing minute the excitement grew as this titanic battle grew in intensity. It was score for score in the second half, but at the long whistle it was the Antrim lads who claimed the cup by the minimum, 2-5 to 1-7 leading to scenes of great celebration.
The presentation took place out on the field where John Rooney thanked all the teams who had travelled to take part in the tournament. He welcomed the Finn and Larkin families and thanked them for their support of the tournament. He spoke of the huge loss Billy and John were to the club and to the town of Ballyshannon. He spoke of the huge efforts both men had put into keeping hurling alive in this area. The large crowd of former players and club members present were a testament to the esteem both men were held in. Berni Finn and Teresa Larkin presented the shield runners up medals to Tooreen before presenting the inaugural Billy Finn / John Larkin Shield to the Na Magha captain. Rooney spoke of the great cup final that we had witnessed and how Billy and John would have really enjoyed it, before calling the Aodh Ruadh team forward to accept their medals from Billy and Teresa. A delighted Ballycastle captain came forward to accept the Billy Finn / John Larkin Cup. He thanked Aodh Ruadh for a great game. Rooney thanked all who had helped make the day such a success he thanked referees Aidan Ferguson, Peter Horan and Sylvester Maguire, he thanked all who had helped with the catering . There was still time for one last presentation, Thomas Gallagher a former underage and senior hurler with Aodh Ruadh put together a lovely compilation of photographs of Billy and John beautifully framed which he presented to Club President Owen Roe O'Neill and Club Chairman Gerard Ferguson to hang proudly in their memory in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Owen Roe paid a lovely tribute to both Billy and John speaking of their contribution to the club as players and coaches before all headed up to the Aras for a great spread of refreshments bringing an end to a great day that was a fitting tribute to two great Gaels.

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.

Féile na nGael Clothes Collection
As part of the Juvenile Hurling Committee's major fundraiser for Féile we're collecting bags of clothes. 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 any of the following: Sabrina Brosnan 086-8241297, Lorraine Kennedy Duffy 087-6874393, Teresa Davis Maguire 086-3983076, Denis Daly 086-3269550, John Rooney 086-2587793. Only a couple of weeks left to get rid of your unwanted items.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was won by Josie Lynch of Ballyshannon. The stand up game prize of €145 was won by Sarah O'Shea of Belleek. The snowball had no winner so rolls on to €675 on 49 numbers or less. Bingo as usual this Friday at the Abbey Centre at 9pm, books cost just €10 with a €2,400 prize fund up for grabs.

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15 May

Football
Aodh Ruadh return to league action this Sunday they have a critical game away to Dungloe. Seniors throw-in at 3pm preceded by the reserves at 1.30pm.

Hard luck to Shane Gillespie, Eoin Doherty and Senan Rooney and the Donegal minors on the team's narrow defeat to Monaghan.

The under 16s came up just short against Naomh Columba in their second game in Division 1B section one of the county championship, 2-7 to 3-8 the final scoreline. The Ernesiders started brightly with Danny Breen lashing home a cracker of a goal after collecting a great ball in from Cian Rooney. After that exchanges evened out and the sides went in deadlocked at 2-4 apiece. Aodh Ruadh found the going harder in the second half and missed a number of opportunities, while Naomh Columba were just that bit more economical. Best for Ballyshannon were Kyle Murray at full back and Eugene Doherty in the middle third. Cian Rooney worked well around midfield too, while Calum Doherty Craig was impressive at corner back. Their final game of the group stages is a big match against Convoy down at St Mary's Park on Tuesday at 7.45pm. This is a big game for the team so a big showing of support would be appreciated.

The under 14 boys training continues on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4.45pm to 6pm.

The under 12s boys have a challenge game against Melvin Gaels this Thursday evening. Players are to be at the Park for 6pm. No training this Friday due to first communions. Training continues next Monday from 6pm to 7.15pm.

Under 10 training continues on Mondays and Fridays from 7.15pm to 8.15pm. There will be a game on Thursday evening for the 2008 boys. All players are to be up in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh for 6.45pm. Our first home blitz is on Saturday morning at 12 noon in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. All players to be up for 11.30am. All boys MUST have gum shields to play. Parents are asked to bring a loaf of sandwiches, tray of buns or similar for refreshments afterwards.

Under 8 training continues on Thursdays from 6.15pm until 7.15pm. 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 managers are asked to submit reports.

Realt Ruadh drew with Killybegs in their last league outing.

The under 16s had a break in the league last week and so had a challenge against Bundoran. It was a good run out with Lauren McHugh, Grainne Maguire, Roisin Daly, Orla Keon and Laoise Kelly all putting in good performances. The girls next outing is a crucial away game to Saint Naul's this Tuesday. Throw in is at 6.30pm in Mountcharles, players to be down there for 5.40pm. A good showing of Ballyshannon support would be great.

The under 14 girls have training this Thursday from 4.15pm to 5.30pm. The under 14s had a useful challenge against their county counterparts on Saturday afternoon. Annie Keon, Aoibhinn McGarrigle and Ciara Caldwell were among the star performers for Aodh Ruadh with Katie O'Brien, Megan Kane and Ciara Gillespie kicking some good scores.

Under 12 training continues on Wednesday 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 continues this Tuesday at 6pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Under 6 training continues on Friday evenings in Creevy National School at 6pm.

Well done to the under 16 county ladies, in particular our own Caoimhe Keon and Caitlin McGarrigle and team mentor Barry Ward on their convincing 4-10 to 0-5 win in last Saturday's Ulster final over Cavan. This is Donegal's first win at this grade in nine years and we are all very proud of the girls and Barry.

Congratulations also to the under 15 county ladies who defeated Armagh 4-11 to 4-9 on Saturday, especially to Aodh Ruadh stars Sarah Jane Keon and Eilish Gallagher. That is five wins from five for the team, a trend they will hope to continue next week when they host Tyrone. They will contest the Ulster final on May 27th.

Hurling
This Sunday Aodh Ruadh will be hosting an under 8 blitz. Full details will follow during the week.

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.

Car wash at Cleary's
The Aodh Ruadh under 14 footballers will be holding a Féile fund-raising car wash at Cleary's Garage all day on Saturday May 26th.

Féile na nGael Clothes Collection
As part of the Juvenile Hurling Committee's major fundraiser for Féile we're collecting bags of clothes. 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 any of the following: Sabrina Brosnan 086-8241297, Lorraine Kennedy Duffy 087-6874393, Teresa Davis Maguire 086-3983076, Denis Daly 086-3269550, John Rooney 086-2587793. Only a couple of weeks left to get rid of your unwanted items.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 jackpot went to Susanna Cassidy of Belleek. The stand-up prize was won at €140. The snowball had no winner this week so rolls to €700 on 49 numbers or less. Bingo as usual this Friday at the Abbey Centre at 9pm, books cost just €10 with a €2,400 prize fund up for grabs.

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22 May

Football
Aodh Ruadh came up short against Dungloe on Sunday in a big game at the foot of the Division 1 table. The sides were level pegging at three points apiece at the end of the first quarter with David Dolan, Cian Dolan and Diarmuid McInerney on the mark for the Ernesiders. Then Daniel Ward struck for a goal, but that was answered by points from Diarmuid McInerney (2) and David McGurrin to level the game five minutes from the break. Dungloe kicked on again though and held a 1-6 to 0-6 lead at the turnaround. Damian Cleary got the first point of the new half, but a series of scores from Dungloe raced them into a decent lead. Further points from Diarmuid McInerney, who finished with 0-8 to his credit, weren't sufficient for Aodh Ruadh to take anything from Páirc na Rossan. The reserves fared little better, going down to a 2-17 to 1-4 defeat at the hands of the homesters.

The next outing for Aodh Ruadh is down for Sunday, 3rd June when Glenswilly are the visitors to Father Tierney Park. The reserve game gets matters under way at 1.30pm and is followed by the seniors at 3pm. In the meantime, good luck to Donegal who take on Derry in their Ulster quarter-final this Sunday in Celtic Park at 4pm.

The Aodh Ruadh under 16s season came to a close last Tuesday with a 2-14 to 4-4 away defeat against Convoy.

Under 14 boys training continues on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4.45pm to 6pm.

The under 12 boys have a league match at home against Naomh Columba this Friday evening. Players to be at the Park for 5.15pm with games throwing in at 6pm. Training continues next Monday from 6pm to 7.15pm.

Note change in training day for under 10s. Training will now be every Wednesday at 5.45 pm as well as our usual Friday session at 7.15 pm. Last Saturday we hosted our first home blitz. Four Masters brought three teams, while Saint Naul's and Bundoran each brought two teams. We were down on numbers due to communions locally so we just had nine players for each team. Conor Greenan captained the 2009s and all the lads played strong gutsy football. The 2009 boys played well in all three games and showed great improvement. In particular, their third game against Four Masters was a great team effort.

Under 8 training continues on Thursdays from 6.15pm until 7.15pm. Under 6 training continues on Fridays from 6pm to 6.45pm at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Ladies
The under 16s took on Saint Naul's last Tuesday. It was frustrating outing from a number of perspectives for the Ernesiders. Sarah Jane Keon and Katie McMullan registered the game's opening points. However Saint Naul's hit 2-2, before Niamh Hughes got the visitors back in the game with a goal. There were additional points from Tia McFarland and Caoimhe Keon, but Mountcharles got a further 1-2 to lead at half-time by two goals. Aodh Ruadh massively upped their game in the second half, but just couldn't get the scores to reflect their dominance of possession. Caoimhe Keon and Sarah Jane Keon were again on the mark, but despite outscoring the hosts in the second half, victory went to the homesters. As ever Caitlin McGarrigle was one of the stars for Aodh Ruadh. Alicia Clyne made some great saves, and we wish her a speedy recovery from the ankle injury she sustained as a result of a poor tackle. Another stand out player who was on the receiving end of a very poor challenge was Ella Clancy, the midfielder sustaining rib damage after being bodily thrown to the ground. That both players finished the game was a real tribute to their attitude and spirit. Elsewhere Ciara Caldwell put in a fine shift on her introduction at corner back in her first game of under 16 football. The girls have training this Wednesday at 7.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruiadh.

The under 14 girls have training this Tuesday from 4.15pm to 5.30pm. The girls have a game on Thursday away to Four Masters. Players are to be at the Four Masters pitch in Donegal Town for 5pm for throw in at 5.45pm.

The under 12s have a challenge this Wednesday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh against Ardara. We are awaiting further fixtures from county board.

Under 10 girls training continues at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this Tuesday from 7.15pm to 8.15pm. The girls have a blitz this Saturday in Bundoran. Players are to be in Gaelic Park, Bundoran for 10.30am.

Under 8 and under 6 training continues on Tuesday at 6pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Good luck to the under 15 county ladies, especially to our own Sarah Jane Keon and Eilish Gallagher, as they take on Down in the Ulster A final this Sunday. That game will be a double header with Donegal's Ulster under 14 C final against Tyrone. Again we have good representation on that team with Katie O'Brien, Lucy McGlynn, Aoibhínn McGarrigle, Caoimhe Hughes-O'Brien and Áine Hill all part of the panel. The under 15 final will throw in first at 2pm and will be followed by the under 14 final at 3.45pm. The games will be at the Drumragh Sarsfield's grounds, a few miles before Omagh on the A32.

Hurling
The under 14s continued their rich vein of form, comprehensively beating Buncrana in Scarvey on Thursday last. The lads have won all their games well and meet Saint Eunan's in the A League Final this Thursday in Father Tierney Park. Throw in is at 7pm and all support would be most welcome.

On Sunday we hosted an under 8 hurling blitz. Other teams who took part included MacCumhaill's and Setanta. We fielded two young teams, and out of a squad of 13 nine of them were under 6. Most of the squad are only hurling since March and they did well against older and stronger squads. Thanks to all the mammies for providing refreshments for everyone and helping in the kitchen.

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.

Car wash at Cleary's
The Aodh Ruadh under 14 footballers will be holding a Féile fund-raising car wash at Cleary's Garage all day this Saturday.

Féile na nGael Clothes Collection
As part of the Juvenile Hurling Committee's major fundraiser for Féile we're collecting bags of clothes. 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 any of the following: Sabrina Brosnan 086-8241297, Lorraine Kennedy Duffy 087-6874393, Teresa Davis Maguire 086-3983076, Denis Daly 086-3269550, John Rooney 086-2587793. Only a couple of weeks left to get rid of your unwanted items.

Condolences
Aodh Ruadh extends condolences to Paula Keon and her family on the passing of her mother, Mrs Maureen Beatty, on Sunday past. Wake in the funeral home beside Holy Family Church, Mervue, Galway from 5pm to 7pm on Tuesday. Funeral mass on Wednesday in Holy Family Church at 11am.

Play on
Ballyshannon Drama Society presents Rick Abbot's hilarious comedy Play On, directed by Rachel O'Connor. The play runs on 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 26th May at 8.30pm nightly. Call the Abbey Centre box office on 071-9851375 for bookings.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was won by Nuala McGowan of Kinlough, whilst the stand up game prize of €130 was won by Nuala McDermott of Ballyshannon. The winter snowball had no winner so rises to €725 on 49 numbers or less. The May 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 €3,400 prize fund up for grabs.

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29 May

Club meeting
There is a club executive committee meeting this Thursday at 8.30pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. All committee members are asked to attend.

Football
There was a strong Aodh Ruadh contribution in Celtic Park as Donegal under 20s tore apart Cavan on a scoreline of 2-21 to 0-10 in their Ulster preliminary round game. A Nathan Boyle goal five minutes from half-time helped the Tir Chonaill men to a massive half-time lead. Shane McGrath lined out at corner forward and was on target with two points. Oisin Rooney is also part of the panel with Brian Roper contributing his not inconsiderable knowledge in the back room team. Good luck to the lads as they prepare for the Ulster quarter-finals this Sunday where they will face Derry in Omagh. Congratulations also to their senior counterparts who dismantled a sorry Derry outfit on Sunday 2-16 to 0-16 to cruise into the Ulster semi-final. That last four clash will take place on Sunday, June 10th in Clones at 4pm with Down supplying the opposition. Those who wish to show their support for the county are invited to get an official Donegal GAA supporters car sticker from Pearse O'Neill's. These are priced €20 with all proceeds going to the running of county teams.

It is back to domestic fare this Sunday when Glenswilly are the visitors to Father Tierney Park. The reserve game gets matters under way at 1.30pm and is followed by the seniors at 3pm.

Minor training commences on Friday at 5pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh [Munday's ]. This is the first session of the new season and a blank slate so all players eligible for minor football are warmly invited to attend.

The Aodh Ruadh under 14s extend their sincere thanks to the Clearys and the Abbey Garage and all the parents, players and punters who contributed to Saturday's car wash fund-raiser. Training continues on Wednesday from 4.45pm to 6pm. There will be no training this Friday.

The under 12s took on Naomh Columba on Friday evening, but came up short against a strong visiting contingent. Glen had built up a sizeable cushion by the break. However the Ernesiders showed great character over the second half to reel them in and leave five points between the sides at full time. Liam Doogan was man of the match for the homesters, standing tall in an over-worked defence. Tommy Clyne worked hard in midfield while the talented Barry Campbell shone up front. The team are at home to Dungloe this Friday. Players are to be up at park for 5.45pm with throw-in at 6.30pm. Then on Saturday the team travel to St Mary's, Sligo for an under 12 tournament. Times will be confirmed over the course of the week.

Saturday saw Aodh Ruadh under 10s hosting their counterparts from Ardara. Ballyshannon fielded three teams of nine with the sides captained by Thomas Keown, Sam Davitt and Cole Connolly. There were three competitive games played with the Ballyshannon lads giving a good account of themselves in all three matches. The under 10 and under 8 squads are away to St Mary's, Sligo on Wednesday evening. Players are asked to be at the St Mary's grounds for 6.30pm. The under 10s will be on the road again on Bank Holiday Monday when they travel to Ardara for the Joe Larry tournament. Further details on the arrangements for that competition will be supplied over the course of the week. Also, a date for the diary. The Mick Shannon Tournament will take place on Saturday 23rd June. Under 10 training continues on Wednesdays at 5.45pm and Fridays at 7.15pm.

Under 8 training continues on Thursdays from 6.15pm until 7.15pm. Under 6 training continues on Fridays from 6pm to 6.45pm at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Ladies
The under 16s have training this Wednesday at 7.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

There will be no under 14 training this Tuesday due to exams. The girls have a game on Thursday away to Devenish. Players are to be meet at the Park at 6pm to arrange lifts. Throw in at Garrison is at 7pm.

Under 12 training continues on Wednesdays from 5.30pm to 6.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Players are reminded to please be on time. We have two challenges lined up for the Bank Holiday weekend. The first is home against Glencar / Manorhamilton at 3pm on Saturday. The second is away to Naomh Molaise Gaels in Grange at 5pm on Monday. Well done to all the under 12 girls who participated in the Community Games Finals this week. What a brilliant achievement to make the National Finals.

The Aodh Ruadh under 10s travelled to Bundoran last Saturday. Ballyshannon fielded 16 players and played three games, winning two in an impressive display against a physically imposing Bundoran selection. Ciara Larkin and Niamh Duffy were both excellent around the centre of the park while Cadhla Gillespie rattled in three goals as she marked herself out as a bright prospect for the future. The under 10 and under 8 girls have a home blitz on Monday 4th June at 11am. Players are to be up for 10.30am with games getting under way at 11am. We will have a large number of visiting teams taking part on the day so we need a good spread of food for the post tournament refreshments. Parents / guardians are asked to provide a loaf of sandwiches, tray of buns or similar. Help will also needed with catering upstairs in Aras and parents / guardians are asked to please lend a hand. Under 10 girls training continues at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this Tuesday from 7.15pm to 8.15pm.

Under 8 and under 6 training continues on Tuesday at 6pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

It was a great Sunday for our club players lining out with the county in their respective Ulster finals. Eilish Gallagher and Sarah Jane Keon played their part as Donegal defeated Down 5-17 to 1-5 in the Ulster A final. Meanwhile Aodh Ruadh had heavy representation on the Donegal's side which won the Ulster under 14 C title against Tyrone on a scoreline of 3-11 to 2-9. Áine Hill was in goal with Lucy McGlynn anchoring the defence at number six. Caoimhe Hughes O'Brien steered the midfield while Aoibhinn McGarrigle tortured the Red Hands from wing forward. Katie O'Brien was also part of the panel.

Well done to our under 16 and under 14 players on their success at the Community Games National Finals in Limerick last weekend. Cora Rooney won gold in the 50 metre butterfly. Niamh Hughes won a fourth place medal in the 50 metre freestyle. The under 16 relay team of Clodagh O'Connor, Anna McCaffrey, Cora Rooney, Katie McMullin, Niamh Hughes and Caoimhe McCauley won national gold in an outstanding swim. Congratulations also to Catherine Browne and her quiz team who performed well in Limerick.

Hurling
The under 14s took on Saint Eunan's in the A league final last Thursday. The lads were determined to keep their unbeaten run going and claim their first silverware of the season. Saint Eunan's put up a good battling performance, but overall the Ballyshannon lads were much too strong for them. Aodh Ruadh's ability to hit the net when needed was the difference as they ran out comfortable winners 7-12 to 2-11. It was a delighted winning captain Danny Breen Brosnan who accepted the trophy, Aodh Ruadh's first silverware of 2018, from Marc Brown. Well done to all the parents who gave the lads great support during the game and provided refreshments for both teams afterwards.

There were two very special guests in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Thursday last as the Liam MacCarthy and Irish Press Cup visited the club. Many thanks to Karen Summerville for all her help with this visit.

Well done to Danny Breen Brosnan, Aaron Neilan, Ryan Keenaghan and Kyle McNulty who were part of the Donegal under 14 Development squad who took part in a blitz in Garvaghey on Saturday. The lads did very well, winning against Tyrone and Monaghan before losing narrowly to St Gall's of Belfast. Well done also to Denis Daly who is part of the management of this squad.

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.

Abbey Centre Bingo
The May Big Bingo super jackpot of €1,000 was won by Patrick McGlinchey of Ballintra. Congratulations to him. The stand-up game prize of €160 was won by Mary McNelis of Ballyshannon. The snowball had no winner so rises to €750 on 50 numbers or less. Bingo as usual this Friday at the Abbey Centre at 9pm, books cost just €10 with a €2,450 prize fund up for grabs.

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