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5 June

There was no separating Aodh Ruadh and Glenswilly in Father Tierney Park after a hard fought Division 1 encounter. Level at the break and level at the end, with plenty of thrills and spills in between, a share of the spoils was probably the right result come Michael McShane's long whistle. A minute from time a Gary McFadden point looked like it had won it for the visitors. However, two minutes into time added on Oisin Rooney was there to win the Glenswilly kick-out and Aodh Ruadh showed composure to work a shooting chance. Rooney again popped up at the end of the move and, under heavy pressure, leathered over the game's final score from 25 metres. That gave Aodh Ruadh a deserved share of the spoils. A better game of football than the greasy conditions deserved and fair play to the players for dealing with it as well as they did. Oisin Rooney, Philip Patton and David Dolan were the men who kept their cool for Aodh Ruadh when the game was in the melting pot. Colm Kelly and Eddie Lynch also had good outings. We have a full match report on

The reserves recorded a much needed win on their return home following consecutive away losses. A win wasn't looking likely as they trailed 2-4 to 0-2 after 25 minutes with Glenswilly carving open the home defence with ease. A Michael 'Sticky' Ward free and an Oisin Roper point were all that was on the board for the Ernesiders. However, a blazing rout on the visitors returned six goals in 10 minutes of play, three each side of half time. The first came when Sticky Ward shot came off the bar before being collected by Waddle Coughlin who walked it into the open goal. That was followed immediately by a cracking low strike from Martin Gallagher to raise the green flag. Waddle returned the favour to set up Sticky Ward for a tap in with 30 minutes on the clock. Another free and point from play by Ward left the half time score at 3-4 to 2-5.
The home side were quickest out of the blocks on the restart and were playing some scintillating football. Sticky again found the net with a sweet left footed strike, which moments later was bettered by a Coughlin rocket off the left boot into the roof of the net, Chris 'Spanny' Goan instrumental in the build-up play. Spanny then went on the run for goal only to be taken down for a penalty, which was duly slotted away by Dermot Slevin to open up a massive 11 point lead, the score board reading 6-4 to 2-5 with 35 minutes gone. The forecast thunderstorm which had been brewing all day eventually arrived, with the heavens opening to an almighty deluge of rain. The change in conditions hampered the free flowing play of the Erne men and with great credit the Glenswilly men chipped away with five points to reduce the gap before Waddle managed to chalk up the next home score on 52 minutes. The hosts were feeling the pressure and were reduced to 13 men in the final ten minutes as a result of second yellow cards. Glenswilly finished the stronger with five points with Coughlin supplying the solitary answer. But time had run out on the visitors as the Aodh Ruadh men dug deep to for the win by three points, 6-6 to 2-15 the final score.
Matthew Maguire and Conal Sweeney worked tirelessly in defence, whilst Kerry Ryan pulled the strings around the middle. Sticky Ward again brought his experience to the fore when the game was in danger of being lost and Oisin Roper covered the pitch in runs. Karl O'Brien produced a top drawer save at a crucial stage in each half.
Team: Karl O'Brien; Daniel Warnock, Matthew Maguire, Callum O'Halloran; Christopher Goan, Conal Sweeney, Ronan Drummond; Kerry Ryan, Darren Gethins; Mickey McNeely, Dermot Slevin (1-0), Martin Gallagher (1-0); Anthony Coughlin (2-2), Michael Ward (2-3, 2f), Oisin Roper (0-1). Subs: Sean Taylor for Daniel Warnock HT; Cian McGloin for Ronan Drummond HT; David Finnerty for Chris Goan 40m; Cáelán Drummond for Dermot Slevin 40m; David McLoone, Raymie Granaghan, Aidan Murray.

Attention this weekend is centred on the county team who face Down in the Ulster semi-final against Down in Clones on Sunday at 4pm. 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. The next action for the Aodh Ruadh adult footballers is set to be on Sunday 17th June when Aodh Ruadh host Cloich Cheann Fhaola in what will be a huge game at the bottom end of the Division 1 table.

Minor training continues on Friday at 5pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh [Munday's ].

The under 12s played Dungloe last Friday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh winning both games. It was a very good team performance from both squads and well deserved wins after a hard season to date. The next assignment for the lads is away to Ardara on Wednesday. Transport details will be notified nearer the time.

The Aodh Ruadh under 10s were away to Saint Mary's, Sligo last Wednesday. The 2009 team was captained by birthday boys Oisin and Eoin McCadden. They were well down, but put in a great last quarter. The 2008 team was captained by Daithi Sherrin and they had a great challenge of a game. On Monday we travelled with 31 players to Ardara for the Joe Larry tournament and fielded three teams - One 2008 and two 2009 teams. The 2008 team was captained by Eoin Gallagher, while Oisin and Eoin McCadden captained one 2009 team with Darragh McCready captaining the other. The 2009 team and the 2008 Team One were eliminated at the knock out stages. The 2009 Team Two made it to final, but lost out in the decider. All three sides enjoyed some very tough matches. The Ballyshannon players represented both themselves and their club admirably. It was a great day, very well organised and we thank Ardara for the invitation.
Under 10 training takes a break until Wednesday 13th June. Players and management can enjoy a week off. The team's next blitz away to Donegal Town on Saturday 16th June. Times remain to be confirmed. The following Saturday June 23rd sees us stage our annual Mick Shannon tournament. We will have big numbers up at the Park so lots sandwiches and refreshments will be required.

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.

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

Under 14s had good outings against Devenish and Derrygonnelly in the past week. Training continues on Wednesday at 7pm

The under 12s had a busy weekend with two challenges. The first was at home against Glencar Manorhamilton on Saturday. The Leitrim girls put in a very clinical performance, which gave them the win. The next game was in Grange against St Molaise Gaels. This time Aodh Ruadh stood up and learned from their mistakes to take the win. Training for the under 12s continues on Wednesday at 5.30pm.

Two under 10 Aodh Ruadh teams welcomed four teams to a beautifully sunny Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Bank Holiday Monday. Supported by up to 100, Melvin Gaels, Grange, Bundoran and Saint Mary's, Sligo attended for a well-contested blitz. The games were played with great enthusiasm with some great skills on display. Thanks to Cait Gillespie, Patrick Gillespie and Ken Monaghan for refereeing matches. Under 10 girls training continues at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this Tuesday from 7.15pm to 8.15pm.

The under 8s had a blitz on Bank Holiday Monday in Father Tierney Park. The hosts had 20 girls togged out in their Aodh Ruadh Jerseys. Saint Molaise Gaels and St Mary's from Sligo came up and all the teams had great fun in the warm weather. The managers and coaches were super proud of all of the Aodh Ruadh girls who were a force to be reckoned with and ran every blade of grass. Training for the squad continues on Tuesday at 6pm.

Well done to the under 14s who took a step closer to a league and championship double when they overcame Letterkenny Gaels in the championship semi-final on Thursday in Father Tierney Park. They go on now to meet Saint Eunan's in the final.

All roads lead to Skehana this weekend as the under 14s head off to the Féile na nGael National Finals. The lads are in Division 5. They are in a group with Skehana (Galway), Ahascragh (Galway) and Broadford (Kildare). Our under 14s are unbeaten all season and are ready for the challenge of this weekend. We wish Denis, Daithi, Kieran and the whole squad the best of luck for the weekend and hope they all have an enjoyable experience at Féile. We thank everyone for their support with our fund-raising for this weekend especially our generous sponsors, Terry Hughes of Straddle Filling Station, Eugene Gallagher of Nirvana Restaurant and Colin Maguire of Mr Oilman their support is much appreciated.

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.

Coffee and ice cream morning
Dearbhla Gallagher and family are holding a coffee and ice cream morning in the Breezy Centre, Cashelard on Sunday June 10th after 10am Mass. Bouncy Castle, raffle and lots of fun. Proceeds to Creevy National School, Donegal Down Syndrome and Liquid Therapy.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week we saw the €750 snowball taken home by Carl O'Loughlin of Laghey, checking out on only 44 numbers. Well done to him. The €400 jackpot was won by Paddy McDermott of Belleek, whilst Celine McGrath of Ballyshannon took home the stand up prize of €145. The total pay-out on the night was just under €2,500. Bingo as usual this Friday night at the Abbey Centre, first game at 9pm so come along for the enjoyment and great prizes. Books priced just €10.

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12 June

Congratulations to Donegal on their demolition of Down in the Ulster semi-final. It sets up a derby decider against our neighbours in Fermanagh and there should be plenty of craic ahead of the final on Sunday 24th June in Clones. Ticket orders for the Ulster Senior Football Championship Final can now be texted to club secretary Lisa McTernan on 086-2338636. Deadline is 9pm on Thursday and NO orders can be taken after this. 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.

Donegal were also in winning form in Greenford, London on Saturday evening where Val Murray's Masters made it three wins from three games to maintain their unbeaten start to the season with a ten point win over London. There was heavy Aodh Ruadh representation on the team with Packie McGrath and Kerry Ryan up the spine, but the plaudits went to Michael 'Sticky' Ward who hit eight points in the 0-15 to 0-5 victory. The side's next outing is against Down on the Saturday before the Ulster final.

Aodh Ruadh adult footballers return to action this Sunday when Cloich Cheann Fhaola are the visitors to Father Tierney Park for what is a huge game at the bottom end of the Division 1 table. The senior game is at 3pm and is preceded by the reserves at 1.30pm.

Since the last under 14 update the side have played Ardara. Aodh Ruadh lead the game by two points at half-time on a scoreline of 2-4 to 1-5. The second half was tightly contested, but Ardara got the last three scores of the match, three goals, one of which was a questionable penalty to snatch a draw. Danny Breen Brosnan and Robbie Murphy got two goals each with Ryan Keenaghan, Jack Gallagher and Damian Weber finding the range with points. Further out the pitch there was good play from Pauric Daly on his debut as a midfielder. Following that a severely under strength side travelled to Dungloe on Wednesday last with just the bare 13 players. This was a case where Aodh Ruadh needed to show different qualities, and they did so manfully. Despite losing 5-12 to 2-6 they kept the heads up and played to the very end. The character and manner they played was very pleasing to the management and the players were all a credit to the jersey. On Monday Dungloe were the guests in Father Tierney Park. This time Aodh Ruadh were back to the full compliment and they turned over the previous result to win by 3-11 to 2-8. Shane Delahunty was absolutely superb in the middle of the field while Jack Gallagher was very good at half forward. Danny Breen Brosnan got a lot of joy full forward. Pauric Daly and Aaron Neilan both put in big shifts for the team in defence. The next assignment for the team is next Monday against Four Masters in Ballyshannon at 7.30pm. Training continues on Friday at 4.45pm. There was a minute of silence ahead of Monday evening's game for Conor Morgan, a player with Dundalk Gaels who died in Cyprus recently who has links with the Aodh Ruadh club.

The under 10s have a challenge against Derrygonnelly on Wednesday. Time is still to be confirmed. Training returns this Friday at 7.15pm. The team's next blitz away to Donegal Town on Saturday. Times remain to be confirmed. The following Saturday June 23rd sees us stage our annual Mick Shannon tournament. We will have big numbers up at the Park so lots sandwiches and refreshments will be required.

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.

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

Under 14s played Robert Emmet's in their first league outing of the year on Monday evening. Aodh Ruadh delivered a fine team performance with nine different players getting on the score sheet on the way to a good victory. Many thanks to Emmet's for their post match hospitality. The side's next outing is on Tuesday 19th June away to Gaeil Fhánada. The under 14 Community Games side captured the county title on Friday evening following a sporting contest against a lively Buncrana outfit. Aoibhínn McGarrigle was player of the match, while Megan Kane and Annie Keon both put in star turns. Lucy McGlynn, Niamh McGloin, Rihanna Masterson Burrows were also in fine form. There is under 14 training on Thursday at 7pm. Thanks to all the players and parents who helped out last Saturday for the bucket collection at the bridge in Ballyshannon. Special thanks to Paul, Dolores and Ciara Gillespie who covered multiple slots. Thanks also to the generous people of the town and area who really got behind our trip to Féile on the day, your contributions are deeply appreciated.

The under 12s have training on Wednesday at 5.30pm. We are awaiting blitz fixtures and confirmation from the county board meeting. As soon as we know more we will text parents.

The under 10 girls have a game against Four Masters at home this Tuesday, 12th June. Players are to be at the park for 6pm.

The under 8s are also taking on Four Masters in a challenge on Tuesday at 6.30pm. The girls are really looking forward to the game. Girls are to be up at 6.15pm and don't forget gum shields.

Last Tuesday we had a Féile send off in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh for the under 14s. The squad were presented with the gear for their trip to Féile na nGael and wished the best of luck for their weekend in Galway. Another important feature of this event was to recognise our generous sponsors and acknowledge the support they gave the squad. On behalf of the Juvenile Hurling Committee chairman John Rooney thanked the local businesses who came on board and sponsored the gear for the squad. Terry Hughes of Straddle Filling Station sponsored the quarter zips, Eugene Gallagher, Nirvana Restaurant sponsored the bags while Colin Maguire, Mr Oilman sponsored the T Shirts. Rooney acknowledged the importance of the support of the sponsors and called on all present to support these businesses. As always the mothers provided refreshments for all present. There are photos of the event on Facebook.
Early on Friday morning Denis Daly, Daithi Breen and Kieran Daly headed off for Skehana, Galway with their talented squad to begin what was an unforgettable weekend. The lads arrived in Fohenagh, Galway for their opening games in Division 5 of National Finals Féile na nGael. The beautiful sunshine of the previous few days had been replaced by heavy rain and lightening, but thankfully the rain cleared for their opening game against Ahascragh. Aodh Ruadh got off to a brilliant start and led by a goal midway through the first half. The local lads realised they were in for a battle and upped their game and got a couple of goals within a few minutes. Our lads heads dropped and the effects of the long trip took effect in the second half as Ahascragh ran out comfortable winners 4-7 to 1-5.
The lads were disappointed with their performance in the second half and were determined to put it right in the second game. Before that game the great Galway hurlers Padraic and Cathal Mannion spoke to the lads about their careers and how important it is to continually work at your game. For the second game against Broadford of Kildare it was a more determined Aodh Ruadh team that took the field. As the Kildare lads had also lost their opening game there was a lot at stake in this game. Scores were at a premium as they both sides gave it their all. There was never more than a score between the teams, as the game headed into injury time we led by a point, but a controversial free gave Broadford lads the opportunity to equalise which they did. As the ball was pucked out the final whistle went leaving the full time score Aodh Ruadh 2-4 Broadford 1-7. At this stage the lads headed to Skehana with their host families, a long day came to an end, but all thoughts were on the following morning's game with their hosts which all expected to be a close affair.
On a beautiful Saturday morning the lads lined up against their hosts, interestingly this game was preceded by the meeting of Skehana and Burt in a camogie match which Skehana won, but fair play to Burt who stayed on to support our lads. Those who predicted this was going to be a close affair were proved right as both teams gave it their all to make the cup quarter-finals. At this stage of the competition Aodh Ruadh were playing a good direct style of hurling, and their physicality was proving a handful for the Galway lads and their ability to score long range points proved to be the main difference between the teams as they ran out winners on a 0-8 to 1-3 scoreline, ensuring we qualified for the cup quarter-final.
The cup quarter final was fixed for Four Roads in Roscommon against Kilconerion from east Galway. This was going to be another step up for the boys against the table toppers from Group 2, who were unbeaten in their three group games, but the boys were looking forward to the challenge. In sweltering heat on a big pitch the lads played their hearts out. Kilconerion opened up an early two point lead and were threatening to pull away. The Ballyshannon backs threw their bodies into tackles and gradually Aodh Ruadh's midfield began to get a grip on the game, ensuring more ball for the forwards and we began registering some nice points. A goal early in the second half for Aodh Ruadh proved the decisive score of the game and put Aodh Ruadh into the lead for the first time. Try as hard as they could Kilconerion couldn't break down the Ballyshannon lads and they held on for a famous victory on a score line of 1-6 to 0-7. There were great scenes of jubilation at the end for Aodh Ruadh and their supporters while there was heart break for the Galway lads who very sportingly acknowledged the better team had won.
After defeat in their opening game the lads had battled their way through to the cup semi-final which was to be played on Sunday morning in The Downs, Mullingar. Another long trip lay ahead for the lads as they headed back to their host families for dinner and then onto Menlough Hall for the traditional Féile disco. By the look of the lads their fancy footwork was being saved for the hurling field. Following the disco Skehana and Aodh Ruadh clubs exchanged mementos of a great weekend. Skehana also accepted Aodh Ruadh's invitation to travel to our tournaments in September.
Bright and early on Sunday morning our trusty bus driver Kevin Byrne headed for Mullingar with a determined squad hoping to become the first Aodh Ruadh hurling team to make an All-Ireland final, they were up against a strong amalgamation of Mullagh / Kiltormer from the hurling heartland of east Galway. As chance would have it, Kiltormer is the home club of the late John Larkin RIP who was a great worker for hurling in Aodh Ruadh. There was a large and vocal crowd present for this game. This was hurling in its truest form, hard fair hits, bodies thrown into tackles excellent blocking and hooking everything you would expect of an All-Ireland semi-final. We got off to a great start with an early goal by our captain Danny Breen Brosnan. At half time we led by the minimum 1-2 to 0-4. There was a serious battle taking place at this stage, as the clock ticked towards the final whistle and you had two teams and their supporters contesting every ball in an effort to make the All-Ireland final. As the clock headed for the end of normal time we led by a point. Due to a number of injuries there was close to five minutes injury time played and the Galway lads dug out victory in a wonderful game 0-7 to 1-3. The lads were devastated as they had given it everything they had. They were out on their feet, they had come within minutes of making an All-Ireland final, it was heart breaking for them, but the large travelling support know the lads put in a huge effort, they were a credit to themselves, their families and Aodh Ruadh. They gave it everything and no one could have asked for any more. Sport is wonderful and also cruel, but these lads should hold their heads high. Along with showing some great skill, passion and effort, they also showed tremendous sportsmanship. They were a credit on and off the field. Huge credit to Dennis, Daithi, Kieran and the lads themselves for all their work this season. The parents who travelled over the weekend also played their part in the great journey as they encouraged the boys every step of the way. All in all a great weekend of joy, sadness, laughs and tears, and new friendships formed. I don't think anyone that was in Galway, Roscommon and Westmeath with the lads this weekend will ever forget their trip West as the well known saying goes Up Skehana!
The lads are back in action this week where they will be hoping to complete the league and championship double as they play Saint Eunan's in the championship final on Thursday, time and venue to be confirmed.

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
Congratulations to Margaret McCaffrey of Killeen who cleaned up at the bingo last week, scooping not only the €400 jackpot, but also the €140 stand up game, plus a €50 line to cap it off - a nice belated birthday present for Margaret. Other €100 winners on the night were Mary Butler, Vincent Keown, Gerry Monaghan, Molly Kerrigan and Mary McGonigle, with €70 winners; Josie Lynch, Mary B Kerrigan, Breege Gormley and Marian Matthews. There was no winner of the new summer snowball, so it rises to €225 this week. Bingo as usual this Friday night at the Abbey Centre at 9pm, so come along for a good night of craic and excitement and your chance to win our great prizes. Books priced just €10.

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19 June

Aodh Ruadh and Cloich Cheann Fhaola locked horns in Father Tierney Park in a crucial meeting in the bottom half of Division 1 on Sunday. There was nothing to separate the sides with Aodh Ruadh recording their second consecutive home draw. Cloich Cheann Fhaola were first off the mark in a very tightly contested first half with a free put over by Denis Boyle on the third minute. Jason McGee extended the lead shortly after with another placed ball. It took until the 14th minute before the hosts registered their first, a fisted score from David McGurrin. McGee and McGurrin again exchanged points in an open spell of play midway through the half. A fine free from Diarmaid McInerney out at the sideline on the 45 drew the game level at three points a piece on the 20th minute. Johnny McGarvey went through for a good score to restore the visitors lead. A strong 29th minute run from Damien Cleary was ended when he was pulled back on the 20 metre line, McInerney equalising again from the resulting free. There was still time for scores as referee Mark Dorrian added seven minutes of time. In a real tit for tat exchange, Boyle put over his second, only for another distance free from McInerney to again draw level. A tight angled shot from David Dolan put Aodh Ruadh in front for the first time on the 35th minute, but McGee levelled again with a free just before the interval whistle.
If the first half was an edgy affair the second was going to be tighter. David McGurrin restored the hosts' lead, but a menacing ball by Denis Boyle into the danger area went untouched and bounced over the bar. Shane McGrath, a first half sub for Niall Murray, made a direct run for goal and was dragged down in the square on the third minute of the half. McInerney stood over the penalty, but his well struck shot drew a fine save by Sean McClafferty. Jason McGee's 45 was then cancelled out by a good Oisin Rooney point. Cloich Cheann Fhaola were dangerous in attack with Jason McGee spending much of the second half in at full forward, and had a great chance on goal only for the ball to come off the bar, the rebound pointed by Denis Boyle. McGurrin drew the sides level for the fifth time, only for a McGee free to again put the visitors in front. Then another big moment of the game came in the 14th minute as Jason McGee plucked a high ball in the square and drew the foul, with Denis Boyle making no mistake as be buried the penalty low past Peter Boyle. With a four point lead the visitors dropped very deep, making scoring chances hard come by. It proved effective as the hosts kicked six wides in a row, and by the 25th minute the four point lead was still intact. But great credit has to go to the young Aodh Ruadh lads, they started to play with much more patience and were eventually rewarded when Phillip Patton split the posts. Patton then added a close range free as the gaps were starting to show. Oisin Rooney and Shane McGrath pulled the Erne men level, who at this stage had all the momentum. Conor Patton won the next McClafferty kick out and fed the ball through to Philip Patton who incredibly put Aodh Ruadh in the lead as the game entered added time. But with five minutes of injury time there was to be another twist, Denis Boyle equalising with a close range free three minutes later to leave it 0-14 to 1-11 at the long whistle. A share of the spoils was a fair outcome in a very competitive game, Jason McGee having a huge influence as did Martin Maguire and O'Brien for the visitors. David McGurrin and Conor Patton were immense for the hosts, McInerney, Cleary, Rooney and Gallagher drawing the eye for working tirelessly for the full game.
Aodh Ruadh: Peter Boyle; Johnny Gallagher, Damien Cleary, Michael Ward; Johnny Gethins, Colm Kelly, Eddie Lynch; Conor Patton, Oisin Rooney (0-2); David McGurrin (0-4); Diarmaid McInerney (0-3f); Niall Murray, Nathan Boyle, Cian Dolan, David Dolan (0-1). Subs: Shane McGrath (0-1) for N Murray 18m; Phillip Patton (0-3), Paddy Gillespie, Sean Taylor, Eamonn McGrath.
Cloich Cheann Fhaola: Sean McClafferty; Ciaran Scanlon, Martin Ferry, Kevin Mulhern; Ciaran McGeady, Mark Harley, Lee O'Brien; Martin Maguire, Aiden Doohan; Jason McGee (0-5, 4f), John McGarvey (0-1); Denis Boyle (1-5, 2f), Sean Maguire, John Harley. Subs: Cillian Gallagher for J McGarvey HT; Cian McFadden for Martin Ferry, Michael Mulhern, Declan McGarvey, Sean McBride, Donal Curran.
Ref: Mark Dorrian

The reserves came out on the wrong side of at 1-11 to 2-15 scoreline against in their Cloich Cheann Fhaola.

There will be a hiatus in league football for the Ulster final next weekend. Aodh Ruadh's next outing will be away to Glenswilly on 1st July, senior game at 3pm, preceded by the reserves at 1.30pm.

On that note, those who have bought Ulster final tickets through the club are notified that they will be available for collection between 7.15pm and 8.15pm on Wednesday at Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Best of luck to Declan Bonner and his charges in Clones on Sunday against our neighbours as they bid to bring the Anglo Celt back to the Hills for the first time since 2014. Good luck also to Val Murray and the strong Aodh Ruadh contingent who will be playing Down in the Masters Championship this Saturday. 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.

Minor training continues next Monday at 6.30pm.

The under 14s recorded a comprehensive 9-14 to 1-6 victory over Four Masters in the Park on Monday evening. Aaron Cullen had a great game between the posts, saving a penalty. Further out the pitch there were fine displays from Shane Delahunty in midfield and Danny Breen Brosnan in the final third. The next assignment for the team in the league is scheduled to be after their return from Féile. They are down to travel to Glenties to take on Naomh Conaill on Monday, 2nd July. Training continues on Friday at 4.45pm.

Aodh Ruadh under 10s were in Derrygonnelly last Wednesday evening, travelling along with the under 10 girls. The Ballyshannon lads had two very hard games and both teams played at a high level. That outing was to be followed by a blitz in Donegal Town last Saturday, but this was cancelled due to a bereavement. Four Masters will be in Ballyshannon to play Aodh Ruadh on Wednesday at 7pm. The team train again on Friday evening at 7.15pm. The following day, Saturday, sees the club stage its annual Mick Shannon tournament. In attendance along with Aodh Ruadh will be Saint Naul's, Ardara and Saint Mary's Sligo. All players are to be at the park for 10.30pm with games starting at 11 am sharp. We will have around 100 kids at the Park on Saturday, so parents / guardians are asked to help with tea and make sandwiches and help staff the hatch upstairs in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. All these clubs entertain us very well when we travel. So please make an extra 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.

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

The under 14s made the long trip north to take on Gaeil Fhánada on Tuesday evening. The girls made the trip worthwhile recording a comfortable win with a fine team performance and every player getting plenty of game time. Many thanks to the parents who assisted with transport on the night. The girls focus now turns to Féile and the trip to Blackhall Gaels in Meath on Friday week.

Aodh Ruadh under 12s will be involved two blitzes at the end of the month. We will split into two teams so every girl can get more playing time. Good luck to everyone. Big congrats to a few of the girls who were involved in the Community Games Athletics finals and the Junior Duathalon in Mullaghmore at the weekend.

The under 10 girls attended a blitz in Ardara on Monday evening. Four Masters and Dungloe were also in attendance. Aodh Ruadh fielded two strong teams who played some great football. The managers agreed that every girl put in their best performance so far this season and are very pleased with the progress the team has made. Thanks also to the supporters who attended. The team's next outing is on Tuesday 26th June away to Four Masters.

The under 12 and under 16 leagues begin this Thursday with the under 12s at home to Letterkenny Gaels and the under 16s making the trip to Letterkenny to take on the same opposition.

Our under 8s and under 10s took part in an all-county blitz at the Centre of Excellence in Convoy on Sunday. We fielded ten players in both age groups and they all played their hearts in difficult conditions. Many thanks to the parents who brought the children to the blitz .

Best of luck to Mickey McCann and the Donegal squad who play Warwickshire in the Nicky Rackard Cup Final in Croke Park on Saturday.

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.

Big thanks
Dearbhla Gallagher and family would like to say thanks to all who supported and assisted them at their recent fund-raiser in the Breezy Centre. Thanks to friends and family who baked and helped at the Breezy Centre. Thanks also to our raffle prize sponsors, Cara Pharmacy, Mr Oilman, Ocean View Beauty and Teresina Barrett and thanks to Brendan Whoriskey for his assistance. The total amount raised for Donegal Down Syndrome, Liquid Therapy and Creevy National School was €1,715. Special thanks to the under 14 hurlers who did a collection and presented it to Dearbhla before their trip to Féile.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was won by Kathleen McGroary of Ballintra. The stand up game prize of €140 was won by Majella Gettins of Ballyshannon. The snowball had no winner so it rolls on to €250 this week. Bingo as usual this Friday at the Abbey Centre at 9pm, books cost just €10 with a €1,950 prize fund up for grabs.

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26 June

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

Congratulations to the Donegal team and management on winning the county's ninth ever Ulster title. To win from the preliminary round hasn't been done too often. To do it with an average score per game of 2-18 must surely be an even rarer feat. We now look ahead to the Super Eights where we hope they can push on again. 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.

Aodh Ruadh's next outing in the league is away to Glenswilly this Sunday, senior game at 3pm, preceded by the reserves at 1.30pm.

Minor training continues on Mondays from 6.30pm to 7.45pm.

The under 14s are all set for Féile this weekend. Prior to the off on Friday, the squad are hosting a night on Wednesday at 7pm for team sponsors, especially the Sandhouse Hotel. The team are heading for the St Joseph's club in Louth on Friday afternoon with the bus leaving promptly at 12 noon. Also in Aodh Ruadh's group are Belfast outfit Lámh Dhearg and the Naomh Fionnbarra / Lann Léire combination from Louth. The next assignment for the team in the league is after their return from Féile. They are down to travel to Glenties to take on Naomh Conaill on Monday, 2nd July.

The under 11 boys have a game against Melvin Gaels in Kinlough on Thursday at 6.30pm. Players to be in Kinlough for 6pm.

Last Saturday we hosted the annual under 10 Mick Shannon Tournament. Saint Naul's attended with one team, Saint Mary's Sligo brought two teams, Ardara had two teams, and Aodh Ruadh fielded three teams.
Aodh Ruadh was captained by Max Roper in the cup. They won two out of their three group games and went into the final. They played extremely well as a team unit with Bobby Melly excellent in goals. Having met Saint Mary's already and lost they knew the Sligo lads were very hard opposition. It was end to end in the final with Saint Mary's coming out just the right side, although it was not without a great effort and fight by the lads.
We had two teams in the shield competition. The Aodh Ruadh Shield B team was captained by Aaron McLoone. Sean Maguire in goals was excellent and all the lads played their hearts out. The best game of the day probably was the third / fourth place play off against Ardara. It was level at half and full time. The lads pulled away in extra time to win with great spirit. Daragh McCready was excellent over the four games.
The Aodh Ruadh Shield A team was captained by Cole Connolly with a top drawer game by Jaden McGrath Clyne in goals. Aodh Ruadh A won all three games and played Saint Mary's in the final. The Sligo boys were hard opposition, but we were up by two at half time. The lads pushed on and won well. All four games were highly entertaining for all on the sidelines.
Seamus Roper thanked all the clubs for travelling, for help from the referees and the parents / guardians for making food and helping out upstairs in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. He then presented Cole Connolly with Mick Shannone Shield and the Aodh Ruadh lads with their winners medals. He then presented the Mick Shannon cup to St Mary's, Sligo.
Under 10 training continues on Wednesday and Friday at 7.15pm.

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

The under 14s focus is now all on Friday and the trip to Féile. We meet at the Park at 11.15am with the bus leaving promptly at 11.30am. The girls first game will be against Ratoath at their home grounds at 5.45pm. Our second game will follow at 7.15pm against Saint Brigid's of Roscommon. After that it is back to our host club, Blackhall Gaels, for the evening. We play Blackhall Gaels on Saturday morning at 10.45am before progressing to the knock out stages of the competition. We wish the girls all the very best for the weekend and hope they enjoy the full Féile experience which is about a lot more than just the football.

Under 12s training takes place on Wednesday from 5.30pm to 6.30pm on Rossnowlagh Beach between the Sandhouse Hotel and the Surf Shop. Girls who are taking part in the blitz this Saturday are to meet in the Park for 10.30am. As usual, can parents / guardians bring some food and snacks for everyone participating.

Under 10 girls have a game this Tuesday against Four Masters. Players to be in Donegal town for 6.30pm.

The under 16s opened their league campaign on Thursday last with a trip to Letterkenny Gaels. Aodh Ruadh were well on top and won convincingly, but the lads know there will be much tougher battles in the weeks ahead.

The under 12s begin their league campaign this Thursday with a trip to Saint Eunan's.

Well done to Mickey McCann and the Donegal senior squad on claiming the Nicky Rackard Cup in Croke Park on Saturday. They now go on to play in the Christy Ring Cup in 2019. Unfortunately Aodh Ruadh had no involvement with the squad, but hopefully that will change in the not too distant future.

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.

Summer Camp
The 27th annual Aodh Ruadh Summer Camp returns on Monday, 2nd July and runs to Friday, 13th July. There's loads to do with football, hurling, swimming, rounders, obstacle courses and plenty of other fun and games. Each week of the camp concludes with a sports day on Friday. The camp runs from 10am to 3pm and is open to all children from 6 to 14 years-of-age. Apart from being great fun, the camp represents excellent value. The cost per week is €70 per child. Family concessions are as follows: €120 for two children; €170 for three children; and €200 for four children. Children should bring a packed lunch as no one will be allowed to leave the camp during the day.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was won by Sheena Newell of Ballyshannon, whilst the stand up game prize of €140 was won by Maeve Conway of Cliffoney. The summer snowball had no winner so rises to €275 this week. The June Big Bingo takes place this Friday at the Abbey Centre at 9pm. With the increased Big Bingo prizes, the €1,000 super jackpot must be won every month! Books cost €15 or a book and half special deal for €20, with a €3,000 prize fund up for grabs.

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