Club Notes Archive - 2018

Box. JULY
3 July

All-Ireland champions
Pride of place this week goes to the Aodh Ruadh under 14 boys who claimed the All-Ireland Féile Division 10 title after a never-to-be-forgotten weekend on the east coast where no team could come near them. The team were hosted by the Saint Joseph's club in Louth and began their campaign on Friday with a 2-7 to 0-4 victory over Louth amalgamation Naomh Fionnbarra / Lannleire. They followed that up with a comprehensive 3-6 to 0-1 defeat of Belfast side Lámh Dhearg. On Saturday morning they defeated their host club 5-7 to 1-1 to make a clean sweep of the group stages and progress to the quarter-finals of the All-Ireland Cup competition. Drogheda based side O'Raghallaigh's supplied the opposition, but Aodh Ruadh continued their barn-storming form with a 5-4 to 0-2 victory to make it to the semi-finals on Sunday.
The final day of competition took place in sweltering conditions at the Louth Centre of Excellence at Darver and saw Aodh Ruadh pitted against Derry side Foreglen for their last four clash. The first half was evenly balanced with the Oak Leafers getting the first score before points from Danny Breen Brosnan and Damian Weber edged the Donegal lads in front. Foreglen levelled before a Danny Breen Brosnan point pushed Aodh Ruadh back in front again. That was cancelled out by a free for the Derry boys, but in the three minutes before the break Aodh Ruadh hit three unanswered points from Damian Weber, Danny Breen Brosnan and Ryan Keenaghan to go into the interval with a double scores cushion. The second half got off to the perfect start when a driving run through the Foreglen defence by Aaron Neilan was finished Damian Weber taking the final pass and lashing to the back of the net. Foreglen refused to lie down though and hit back with 1-1 to make it 1-4 to 1-6 with 19 minutes played. That was as good as it was to get for them though as Ballyshannon took the game by the scruff of the neck and hit an unanswered 4-2 to leave them comfortable 5-8 to 1-4 winners. Aaron Neilan got the rally going with a point after good work by Danny Breen Brosnan. Then Danny showed superb hands to field before turning and smashing to the net. That was followed by goal for Damian Weber and a deserved Shane Delahunty point. Final say went to Danny Breen Brosnan though who hit two goals and responded to the Foreglen umpire's gesture of annoyance at his hatrick score with a Joe Brolly style celebration.
Aodh Ruadh were now 30 minutes from an All-Ireland title. They faced Saint Manchan Gaels, an amalgamation of four Offaly clubs in the decider. The Ballyshannon lads were in no mood to let this opportunity pass them by, but it took them six minutes before they registered their first score of the final. This was created when Jack Gallagher picked out Danny Breen Brosnan with a great pass and he set up Damian Weber to blast to the net. Shane Delahunty was next to turn provider, laying on a chance Ryan Daly applied a stylish finish to as he split the posts. A minute later it was another well worked team score, this time Cian McKenna showing some of his skills before smashing to the net. Danny Breen Brosnan added a long range point before a Saint Manchan's goal a minute into first half added time left it 2-2 to 1-0 at the break. The Ernesiders continued to chip away at the scores at the start of the second half with a Robbie Murphy point shortly after throw-in followed by two Damian Weber frees. With three minutes left any slim hopes the Offaly men might have entertained of an upset were shattered when yet more great build-up play from Shane Delahunty was rewarded with a Danny Breen Brosnan goal. As if to reinforce the point Aaron Cullen denied a Saint Manchan's attacker with a spectacular stop, getting down smartly to his left to deny the goal. Two minutes later Danny Breen Brosnan hit his second goal and with the game in added time Drew Ryan and Robbie Murphy added points to put the seal on a 4-7 to 1-0 victory and bring a first ever All-Ireland Féile title back to Ballyshannon.
The victory was greeted with raucous celebration from the big Donegal support in Darver which included the Aodh Ruadh girls Féile squad. The team were welcomed back into the town at 9pm that night with a reception which matched the magnitude of the achievement. The management of Alan Sweeny, Kerry Ryan and Barry Sweeny deserve huge credit for the triumph which was achieved with a wonderful brand of attacking football. The full panel played their part in the victory and were Aaron Cullen, Danny Breen Brosnan, Eoghan Kelly, Damian Weber, Aaron Neilan, Shane Delahunty, James Gallagher, Aonghus Sweeny, Ryan Daly, Jack Gallagher, Fionn Gallagher, Darragh Flood Dolan, Pauric Daly, Ryan Keenaghan, Cian McKenna, Drew Ryan, Séimí Campbell, Robbie Murphy, Oisin Daly, Oisin McGlinchey, Kenzie Lee Ayres, Troy Killalea, Shane McGloin, Tommy Winters, Aidan Sweeny and David Roper.

Thanks to the parents / guardian's who supported the team over the weekend and to host club Saint Joseph's for their hospitality. Thanks to all who contributed to the team's fund raisers in the lead up to the Féile. Thanks especially to the team's main sponsors the Sandhouse Hotel and also to Kernan's Spar, Cleary's Garage, Kevin Byrne Buses , Kirby Group and Seamless Aluminium for their sponsorship.

Football
A case of a point lost as opposed to a point gained on Sunday as a late Ciaran Bonner goal salvaged a 2-12 to 3-9 draw for Glenswilly against Aodh Ruadh on Sunday. Two well taken Shane McGrath goals helped Aodh Ruadh to a 2-5 to 0-7 half-time advantage. Glenswilly, playing without the black carded Neil Gallagher from 20 minutes in, got back on terms though with a Brian Farrelly goal seven minutes into the new half. With seven minutes left to play it looked like Aodh Ruadh had done the hard work when Oisin Rooney sent Philip Patton through to net. However, Bonner got Glenswilly out of jail and the Ernesiders had to settle for their third draw of the season. Aodh Ruadh's scorers were Shane McGrath (2-1), Diarmaid McInerney (0-5, 2f), Philip Patton (1-0), Peter Boyle (1 45), Damien Cleary (0-1) and Oisin Rooney (0-1).

The reserves came out on the wrong side of their trip to Páirc Naomh Columba, losing to Glenswilly on a scoreline of 3-9 to 0-13.

Aodh Ruadh's next outing in the league is the visit of Saint Eunan's this Sunday to Father Tierney Park, senior game at 2pm, preceded by the reserves at 12.30pm.

Well done to Ronan Matthews on winning Donegal Town Festival 10K on Sunday morning in just under 36 minutes.

The minors have a league game this Wednesday away to Killybegs. Training continues on Mondays from 6.30pm to 7.45pm.

Under 10 training continues on Wednesday and Friday at 7.15pm, subject to weather.

Ladies
Best wishes to Caoimhe Keon, Caitlin McGarrigle and the Donegal under 16s this Wednesday in their All-Ireland semi-final against Galway at the Owenmore Gaels club in Collooney, Sligo this Wednesday. Throw in is at 7.30pm.

The under 16s have training this Wednesday at 7.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. We play Saint Eunan's at home next Tuesday. We are hoping to take a selection of the 2002 and 2003 girls to a nine-a-side tournament in Carryduff on Saturday 4th August.

The under 14s set out for Féile on Friday with a squad of girls determined to do the club proud. Their Féile experience began with the parade ahead of the opening round of games at Ratoath. Despite throwing in at 6pm the weather was still very hot for the first game against Ratoath. The Ballyshannon girls made light of the conditions though and ran out convincing 6-6 to 2-2 winner with Aoibhínn McGarrigle, Niamh Hughes, Ciara Gillespie, Shauna O'Mahoney, Katie O'Brien, Evelyn Rose Gallagher, Emer O'Brien and Caoimhe Hughes-O'Brien all getting on the score sheet.
Next up were Roscommon side Naomh Bríd. This was a tightly fought game where Aodh Ruadh just failed to convert their chances. Naomh Bríd won 3-4 to 0-4, but the balance of play was much closer and the Donegal girls knew it was one that got away. Lucy McGlynn, Ciara Gillespie and Katie O'Brien were our scorers in that game.
On Saturday morning they faced their hosts, Blackhall Gaels at their Batterstown pitch. Aodh Ruadh dominated the game and were more comfortable winners than the 4-3 to 3-3 scoreline would suggest with Ciara Gillespie, Katie O'Brien and Aoibhínn McGarrigle all scoring and Evelyn Rose Gallagher netting a crucial brace of goals.
That result put Ballyshannon into the Division 3 Cup All-Ireland last eight and after a break for refreshments it was off to the magnificent facilities in Trim where Aodh Ruadh took on Saint Ergnat's Moneyglass in the All-Ireland quarter-finals. With the punishing heat continuing to be the meteorological theme Aodh Ruadh gave it all they had, but came up short against the Antrim champions. The key moment came in the second half as Ballyshannon were beginning to mount a comeback following a brilliant Katie O'Brien goal which cut the margin between the sides to five points. Grainne Maguire was hauled unceremoniously to the ground as she advanced into the opposition's last third. Inexplicably the referee elected to award a free the other way. Saint Ergnat's, bolstered by getting off the hook with the full complement of players on the pitch pushed on to win the game 1-12 to 1-3. Aodh Ruadh's other scorers in the quarter-final were Niamh Hughes and Ciara Gillespie. Saint Ergnat's went on to win the competition outright.
The girls represented the club and county with pride throughout and enjoyed the full Féile experience, wrapping up the weekend by cheering on the Blackhall Gaels girls in their Shield semi-final before travelling to get behind the Aodh Ruadh boys in their final Féile games. They returned late on Sunday for a deserved meal in Nirvana Restaurant. The panel who travelled to Meath and gave such a good account of themselves were Aine Hill, Ciara Caldwell, Grainne Maguire, Hannah Gallagher, Clodagh O'Connor, Lucy McGlynn, Lauren McHugh, Caoimhe Hughes-O'Brien, Emer O'Brien, Aoibhínn McGarrigle, Katie O'Brien, Evelyn Rose Gallagher, Niamh Hughes, Ciara Gillespie, Cara Davitt, Rhiana Masterson Burrows, Megan Kane, Shauna O'Mahoney, Catherine Browne, Kelly Irwin, Niamh Irwin, Niamh McGloin, Fódhla Sheerin. Annie Keon missed the trip with holidays.
Huge credit has to go to Paul Gillespie, Patricia Hill and Sylvester Maguire who did so much work to make sure the trip went off smoothly and ensure it was an enjoyable experience for all. Thanks to our Royal hosts, Blackhall Gaels, who treated us like royalty right through the weekend. Thanks to all the team sponsors and the people of Ballyshannon who helped finance the event. Thanks to Seamie McPhelim who calmly piloted us up and down the highways, and a fair few of the byways of Meath and Louth. Finally a very special thank you must go to the parents / guardians who travelled and supported the team. They were absolutely brilliant right through the course of the weekend and, just as much as the girls, they represented their club, their town and their county with real class, panache and no small amount of humour. Memories never to be forgotten.

Hurling
The under 12s opened their league campaign with a trip to Letterkenny to take on Saint Eunan's. In sweltering heat a young team fielding a number of under 10s battled hard, but came up short against a strong Saint Eunan's side. They are playing Buncrana this Thursday in Father Tierney Park.

Well done to the under 14 football squad on their success at Féile over the weekend.

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 commenced 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.

Celebration of Sports and Parish Picnic Day
Kilbarron Parish invites all sports groups and families to join in the fun at the Lakeside on Sunday 8th July at 2.30pm. The event commences with a welcome address followed by a blessing of the sports groups. Lots of fun and games, face painting, children's playground, entertainment and possibly a surprise guest!

Renewing home insurance?
Just a scheme to bring to the attention for those it might interest. AIB will give €50 to your nominated GAA club when you purchase a new home insurance policy with the company. So while you protect your home, you can also help support your Aodh Ruadh. Just purchase a new AIB Home Insurance policy and complete the Reward my Club form. Full details on the scheme are available on the AIB website. The last disbursal from AIB saw Aodh Ruadh secure €250.

Club meeting
The postponed June monthly club executive has been rescheduled for the end of July.

Abbey Centre Bingo
The June Big Bingo super jackpot of €1,000 was won by Margaret Meehan of Belleek. The stand up game prize of €160 was won by Gareth Brennan of Ballyshannon. The summer snowball had no winner so rises to €300 on 45 numbers or less. Bingo as usual this Friday at the Abbey Centre at 9pm, books cost just €10 with a €2,000 prize fund up for grabs.

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10 July

Football
Sunday saw another draw for the Ernesiders. Once again it was more a case of a point lost than one salvaged. Aodh Ruadh were the better team for long stretches of this game, but Saint Eunan's managed to snipe off enough scores to keep themselves in contact. The introduction of Conall Dunne was key to keeping Saint Eunan's in the game, the ex-county man hitting three points after Darren Drummond had netted the game's only goal for the homesters. Aodh Ruadh had two late goal chances to kill the game altogether, but could convert neither. When Conor Gibbons slotted a close range free three minutes into added time it was another case of honours even for Aodh Ruadh, this their fourth draw of the league on a scoreline of 1-9 to 0-12. Aodh Ruadh have been playing a lot of good football this season, but converting the draws into two pointers is becoming a more pressing concern with a gap opening between the bottom two and the mid-table pack. Nevertheless, with this sort of display you have to feel that the wins aren't far away. Fine displays all over the pitch for Aodh Ruadh. Peter Boyle had a couple of saves to make and hit two cracking dead balls. Darren Drummond was dominant at number six, Damian Cleary and Oisin Rooney took increasing control in the middle third as the game wore on. Shane McGrath was invention itself in the attack and he complimented the direct style of Diarmaid McInerney well. We have a full match report up at aodhruadh.org.

The reserves were overpowered by an impressive Saint Eunan's side in Sunday's curtain raiser, the Letterkenny men running out 4-20 to 1-4 winners.

Attention this weekend returns to the county scene as Donegal tackle the Dubs in Croke Park this Saturday at 7pm. 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 Aodh Ruadh's adult footballers is down for Saturday 21st July when Aodh Ruadh make the return trip to Gaoth Dobhair. Senior game throws in at 7pm with the reserves going off at 5.30pm.

Under 10 training continues on Mondays and Fridays at 7.15pm. Please note the change from Wednesdays to Monday evenings for next few weeks. The under 10s hosted Derrygonnelly on Friday evening for a challenge game. Aodh Ruadh fielded three teams with all the Ballyshannon players performing very well. We may travel away for a game this Friday evening. Details to follow during the week.

Ladies
The Realt Ruadh ladies lost out to Naomh Conaill in their Intermediate Championship clash.

The under 16s take on Saint Eunan's in Father Tierney this Tuesday at 7pm. All players to be at the park for 6.15pm at the latest.

The under 14s return to domestic league action this Wednesday when they host Ardara in Ballyshannon at 7pm. All players to be at the park for 6.15pm. A good showing of support for the girls would be much appreciated.

The under 12 football season has come to an end. We hosted the last blitz of the season on Saturday 30th June on a very hot summer day. Realt na Mara, Naomh Bríd / Pettigo and MacCumhaill's as well as ourselves all togged out. It was a warm day for football, but all the girls played well with plenty of water breaks and maybe a little water fight too. A big thank you to Ciara Larkin, Hannah Downey and Rebecca Downey from the under 10s who helped us field a team on the day. They all played well and will do well next year when they move up to the next level. Also thank you to their parents for bringing them up after the late night call. Also, we cannot forget Doreen Patton, Kelly Coughlin and Antoin McGloin for all their help on the day, especially the dash to the shop for the supplies for refreshments. Thank you to Celine and Liam Travers, Karen Doherty, Damien and Nicola Conlon, Roisin Finnegan, Louise Foy and Audrey O'Mahoney for all their help with washing jerseys, umpiring and helping out behind the hatch upstairs in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. It was much appreciated. Finally thank you to Gabby McGloin, Sandra Sheerin and Brian Roper for all their help with the girls. All 29 of them came on so well from the beginning of the year and showed great teamwork and skills in their games. Keep working hard over the summer girls. Manager Karol is confident there's some future county stars in the making.

Hard luck to Caoimhe Keon, Caitlin McGarrigle and the Donegal under 16s who lost out to a strong Galway side in their All-Ireland semi-final last Wednesday.

Hurling
The Donegal under 21s had a good win over Tyrone in the All-Ireland B Championship on Saturday defeating the Red Hand men on a 3-13 to 2-5 scoreline. Oisin Rooney was centre forward scoring four points and our own Brendan Gillespie is also on the squad. Donegal play Sligo in Father Tierney Park on the evening of Tuesday July 17th in the under 21 hurling championship.

On Sunday morning our under 8s and under 10s headed to MacCumhaill Park for an all-county blitz. Our under 8s are very young with seven of the squad under 6. Despite being up against older sides they tried their hearts out in every game. The under 10s are developing into a fine squad working hard every week at training and again winning all their games at this blitz.

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.

Schools Coaching
Congratulations to Stephen McGurrin who has worked as a schools coach in our club area for the past few years and who has left to take up a full time coaching position with Leitrim County Board. This coaching scheme was put in place five years ago by our Park / Development Committee and many of our current players from under 16 down have benefitted from it. Anyone interested in taking up this role and who meets the criteria for Community Employment should contact Tom Daly as soon as possible, having first checked with Department of Social Protection that they are eligible. Garda vetting applies . We have supported our coaches in the past to undertake Foundation, Level 1 and Level 2 coaching courses and this support will also apply to this position. An interest in coaching football, hurling and handball to both boys and girls is important.

Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh access
Work is continuing at the entrance and car park area of Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh to divert pipe work prior to resurfacing. Users are asked to exercise care in this area until all works are completed in the early part of August.

Renewing home insurance?
A scheme which may interest some club members AIB will give €50 to your nominated GAA club when you purchase a new home insurance policy with the company. So while you protect your home, you can also help support Aodh Ruadh. Just purchase a new AIB Home Insurance policy and complete the Reward My Club form. Full details on the scheme are available at the AIB website. The last disbursal from AIB saw Aodh Ruadh secure €250.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was won by Ann McGowan of Kinlough. The stand up game prize of €130 was shared. The snowball had no winner so rolls to €325 on 45 numbers or less. Bingo as usual this Friday at the Abbey Centre at 9pm. Books cost just €10 with a €2,000 prize fund up for grabs.

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17 July

Football
Commiserations to Donegal on defeat to Dublin in the first round of the Super 8s. Victory in Saturday's game against Roscommon in Dr Hyde Park is now crucial if Donegal are to progress to the All-Ireland semi-finals. Tickets for the game can be ordered from the club by texting Lisa McTernan on 0862338636. The deadline for orders is 2pm on Tuesday. 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 Aodh Ruadh's adult footballers is this Sunday when Aodh Ruadh make the return trip to Gaoth Dobhair. Senior game throws in at 3pm with the reserves going off at 1.30pm.

The under 14s recent run of trophy success continued on Monday evening when they were crowned Southern Divisional champions. Holding a seven point interval lead, they defeated rivals Dungloe 2-9 to 1-4 in a pulsating final in Ardara. The victory was built on a resolute, tenacious and unwavering defensive performance which saw the Ballyshannon backs take everything Dungloe could to throw at them and then come back ready for more. There was an exhibition of blocking from Séimí Campbell and Aaron Cullen showed off his full array of shot-stopping brilliance. Darragh Flood Dolan was a rock at full back while Aaron Neilan directed play astutely from number six. In midfield Aodh Ruadh were served by wonderful performances from Ryan Keenaghan and Pauric Daly. Up front the twin threats of Damian Weber and Daniel Breen Brosnan made every chance count. The county quarter-finals are expected to take place next Monday. Keep an eye on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page for fixture details over the course of the week. Under 14 training continues on Friday from 4.45pm to 6pm.

The under 11s had a game against MacCumhaill's on Saturday morning, winning in a high scoring encounter with a good team performance. Training continues on Mondays from 6pm to 7pm

The under 10s were away to Kilcar last Friday evening. We had two teams and had two hard games with all the players enjoying the trip to Towney. Under 10 training continues on Mondays and Fridays at 7.15pm. Please note the change from Wednesdays to Monday evenings for next few weeks. We are going to the Roscommon v Donegal game on Saturday and intend to play a game locally prior to the big match in the Hyde. We will have more details on travel details and cost across the course of the week.

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

The Realt Ruadh ladies were back in league action this week, losing out to Milford on a scoreline of 6-8 to 1-5. This Sunday they are in Donegal town to take on Four Masters.

The curtain came down on the under 16 ladies league campaign last Tuesday with a battling defeat to a Saint Eunan's side who finished the round robin stages top of the Division 1 table. The Letterkenny side were deserved winners on the day, but Aodh Ruadh showed a lot of character in defeat. Áine Hill stepped up from under 14 to do a super job between the sticks. In front of her Síofra Hughes was in defiant form with Alana Gallagher well on top of her opposite number while Aideen Walsh was strong in her corner too. Caoimhe McCauley had one of her best games of the year at wing back. Up front Laoise Kelly hit 1-1, putting on the cap on what was a fine scoring season for the Rossnowlagh ace. Beside her Kelly Eves put in a strong shift. Player of the match though was Katie McMullin who showed huge reserves of guts and fighting spirit, constantly taking the game to the opposition. The end of a disappointing season for the team, but the focus now turns to the Carryduff tournament on August 4th when the squad will be looking to finish the season on a high. Training for this competition continues on Thursday at 7pm.

The under 14s recorded two good wins in the past week. The first was against Ardara last Wednesday in Father Tierney Park and saw the visitors put up a strong fight in the opening quarter, but Aodh Ruadh took a grip on the game to run out deserved winners. Katie O'Brien, Ciara Gillespie and Niamh Hughes were all in fine scoring form. Aoibhínn McGarrigle was superb at half forward while full back Grainne Maguire capped an excellent 60 minutes with a well taken point. On Sunday Killybegs were the visitors to Ballyshannon. Aodh Ruadh rose to their task from the off and controlled matters from early on, Lucy McGlynn sending over the first point seconds in. Nevertheless Killybegs came out with real purpose in the second half and made a right battle of things. It was good to see different players putting their hands up to take on responsibility in this game. Defensively Cara Davitt and Hannah Gallagher were immense with Ciara Caldwell cool as ever. Megan Kane sealed a great display with a blaster of a goal. In midfield Caoimhe Hughes - O'Brien was simply different class, with Niamh Hughes offering good support in the middle third too. Up front Katie O'Brien was unmarkable with Shauna O'Mahoney netting for the second game in a row and Evelyn Rose Gallagher a great outlet. Both games saw Áine Hill in unflappable form. Next up for Aodh Ruadh is the last game of the round robin section. That is against Saint Eunan's this Friday at 7pm in O'Donnell Park. Training continues from 6pm to 7pm on Wednesday.

The ladies county board have sent each club five cards to sell. There are 30 lines in each card with each line €5. The seller who sells a card will automatically get a county ladies jersey and those buying the lines will, when card is full be in a draw for a county ladies jersey, so each card will have two ladies jerseys up for grabs. Please contact Patricia Hill if you wish to buy a line or sell a card.

Hurling
The under 12s travelled to the Cross last Thursday to take on Setanta. Numbers at this age group are good and they are a young enthusiastic squad. They were in complete control of this game and were convincing winners 3-5 to 0-2. There will be tougher challenges ahead beginning with MacCumhaill's at home this Thursday. Thanks to all the parents and guardians who drove the lads to the game. Your support is much appreciated.

The under 16s had an entertaining challenge game against Ben Bulben Gaels in Father Tierney Park. Up against a physically stronger team the lads ran out winners on a 4-22 to 6-10 scoreline. Many thanks to Chris Kelly who did a great job as ref.

Donegal take on Sligo in the All-Ireland under 21 B quarter-final in Father Tierney Park on Tuesday at 7.30pm. Oisin Rooney and Brendan Gillespie are the Aodh Ruadh representatives on the 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.

Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh access
Work is continuing at the entrance and car park area of Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh to divert pipe work prior to resurfacing. Users are asked to exercise care in this area until all works are completed in the early part of August.

Renewing home insurance?
A scheme which may interest some club members AIB will give €50 to your nominated GAA club when you purchase a new home insurance policy with the company. So while you protect your home, you can also help support Aodh Ruadh. Just purchase a new AIB Home Insurance policy and complete the Reward My Club form. Full details on the scheme are available at https://aib.ie/our-products/insurance/home-insurance/gaa-home-insurance. The last disbursal from AIB saw Aodh Ruadh secure €250.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was won by Dorothy McGarrigle. The stand up game prize of €140 was won by Patsy McShea of Ballintra. The snowball had no winner so rolls to €350 on 45 numbers or less. With refurbishment works going on at the Abbey Centre, bingo will take place at Coláiste Cholmcille on College Street, Ballyshannon at 9pm this Friday. Books cost just €10 with a €2,000 prize fund up for grabs.

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24 July

Club meeting
There will be a club executive meeting this Thursday at 9pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. All committee members are asked to attend.

Football
Aodh Ruadh lost out to Gaoth Dobhair 2-9 to 0-9 on Sunday. The Ernesiders made a good start to the game, hitting five points in ten minutes with Conor Patton, Diarmaid McInerney (3) and Peter Boyle on the mark. However, fielding a strong side with three of their county panellists, the hosts responded with interest and an Odhran McFadden Ferry goal helped them to a 1-5 to 0-5 interval lead. Ballyshannon continued to make a battle of things in the second half with Darren Drummond getting on the score sheet, but Cian Mulligan scrambled home a second goal for the Gaeltacht men to give them breathing space to the finish.

The reserves were well beaten in Magheragallon, 2-23 to 0-5 the final score.

Aodh Ruadh are at home against Milford next Sunday in what is a critical fixture for the club with just seven games of the league programme remaining. The senior game throws in at 3pm, with the reserve curtain raiser at 1.30pm. A large and vocal support to get behind the lads in what is sure to be a hotly contested game would be a major asset on Sunday.

Congratulations to Donegal on victory over Roscommon in the Super 8s on Saturday. That win makes the meeting with Tyrone in Ballybofey on Sunday 5th August a straight shoot out with Tyrone for a place in the All-Ireland semi-finals. Tickets for the Donegal v Tyrone game can now be ordered by texting club secretary Lisa McTernan on 086-2338636. The deadline for orders is Wednesday, 25th July at 8pm. Due to high demand no orders can be accepted after the deadline.

The minors hosted Kilcar in the championship last Thursday and after a hard fought game it was the Towney men who emerged victorious. The final scoreline was 3-9 to 0-23, but Aodh Ruadh will know this was a game where they could have pulled out a result. They registered in the opening minute with a point from Caolán Flood Dolan before Kilcar reeled off four unanswered points. Senan Rooney finally got the hosts back on the score board with a well-struck score, before a rasping Shane Gillespie goal shot them into a 1-2 to 0-4 lead with the game moving into the second quarter. Kilcar did hit back with a quick point, but Aodh Ruadh took over from there to the break. Points from Michael McKenna and Mark McGlynn were followed by a well-finished goal by Eoin Doherty. An exchange of points before half-time, Dylan Gallagher firing over the Ernesider's score, left it Aodh Ruadh 2-5 Kilcar 0-6 at the turn around. Kilcar came out with a renewed purpose and hit six points in six minutes to push out into a one point lead. An Eoin Doherty free levelled matters again, but Kilcar responded with another two point salvo. A fine score from Odhran McGarrigle was likewise answered with a brace of points for the visitors. As the game moved into the final quarter another Eoin Doherty point was cancelled out by a Kilcar score. Aodh Ruadh were well in the game though and when Shane Gillespie scrambled the ball home with 12 minutes left to play to make it a draw game at 3-8 to 0-17 the homesters were well worth that scoreline. An answering Kilcar point was cancelled out by a Tiernan Flood Dolan point with nine minutes left. That, however, was to be as good as it got for Aodh Ruadh as Kilcar reeled off the last five points of the game to take victory. Best on the day for Aodh Ruadh was Odhran McGarrigle who contributed to a lot of good link up play and took a good point. Shane Gillespie, Michael McKenna, Senan Rooney, Eoin Doherty and Tiernan Flood Dolan all did well. Aodh Ruadh are on the road for their next outing in Section 2 of the Championship when they face Letterkenny Gaels on Wednesday at 7pm.

The under 14s booked their place in the county semi-final with a last eight victory over Glenfin in Father Tierney Park on Sunday evening. Aodh Ruadh were without the considerable services of Danny Breen Brosnan, but still had too much in hand for the visitors, finishing 5-14 to 2-6 victors. Damian Weber opened Ballyshannon's account with an early point and that was quickly followed by a goal from man of moment, Robbie Murphy. Murphy, Drew Ryan and Damian Weber each hit a brace of points before Aaron Neilan landed the second goal of the game for the Ernesiders. Eoghan Kelly then got on the scoreboard before Robbie Murphy smashed home his second goal. Further points for Damian Weber and Robbie Murphy were followed by a goal for Shane McGloin as Aodh Ruadh eased to the win. Shane Delahunty was, as ever, excellent, covering every blade of grass, while Jack Gallagher was part of a lot of good play for the homesters.

Under 11 training continues on Mondays from 7pm to 8pm.

The under 10s travelled to Roscommon Gaels on Saturday with 29 lads making the trip. The team played three competitive games with all the lads playing well. After the action on the pitch the squad were exceptionally well looked after by the Gaels with refreshments. The young Aodh Ruadh lads then went on to the Donegal v Roscommon game where the result put the seal on great day out. The lads were very well behaved so on way back they were treated to ice cream in Sligo. There they met up with the Donegal team bus and got some great photos with their county heroes. A great end to a great day out and thanks to all the parents and guardians who travelled to Roscommon and lent a hand. All the managers and coaches were very proud of the mannerly way this bunch of players conducted themselves all day. Under 10 training continues on Mondays and Fridays at 7.15pm. The team may have a blitz in Donegal town on Saturday, but further details on this will be supplied during the week.

Ladies
The under 16s have training this Wednesday at 6.30pm.

The under 14s made it five wins from five against Saint Eunan's last Friday to finish the league stages of the competition top of Division 1. The Ernesiders took their time to get to the pace of the game in O'Donnell Park over the course of a hard fought first half. Goals from Emer O'Brien and Katie O'Brien helped the visitors to a 2-6 to 0-5 half-time advantage. Ballyshannon went up a gear in the second half to finish well deserved winners. Aoibhínn McGarrigle, Evelyn Rose Gallagher, Niamh Hughes, Annie Keon, Caoimhe Hughes O'Brien and Ciara Gillespie also got on the score sheet as Ballyshannon powered their way to victory. Áine Hill made a brilliant penalty save to keep a clean sheet while in front of her Grainne Maguire and Hannah Gallagher were rocks in defence. Clodagh O'Connor manned the number six slot diligently while Caoimhe Hughes O'Brien and Niamh Hughes formed a great partnership in the middle of the field. Up front Katie O'Brien was on fire with good support from Annie Keon, Evelyn Rose Gallagher and Aoibhínn McGarrigle. Coming off the bench Rihanna Masterson Burrows was unlucky not to get her name on the score sheet too. Aodh Ruadh are now preparing for a county semi-final against either Ardara or Fanad Gaels. The team have training this Wednesday at 6.30pm.

The ladies county board have sent each club five cards to sell. There are 30 lines in each card with each line €5. The seller who sells a card will automatically get a county ladies jersey and those buying the lines will, when card is full be in a draw for a county ladies jersey, so each card will have two ladies jerseys up for grabs. Please contact Patricia Hill if you wish to buy a line or sell a card.

Hurling
The under 12s made the trip to MacCumhaill Park on Thursday to take on the homesters. It was a close game throughout as our lads battled away against the league leaders. In the end it was the Ballybofey boys who took the points on a 2-3 to 1-1 scoreline. The boys are the road again this Thursday as they make the long trip to Carndonagh.

On Saturday there were a number of inter-county development squad blitzes held in Owenbeg and Garvaghey. Aodh Ruadh were well represented at these tournaments. The under 14 squad played in Owenbeg and our representatives on this squad were Aaron Cullen, Aaron Neilan, Ryan Keenaghan, Danny Breen Brosnan, Troy Killalea and Kyle McNulty. The under 16 blitz was held in Garvaghey and Senan Rooney was our sole representative on this squad.

Next Sunday we head to Croke Park on our annual All-Ireland semi-final trip. This year we are going to the Cork v Limerick All-Ireland last four game. As a result there will be no underage training on Sunday.

Think you know soccer?
The English Premiership season is almost upon us again and the senior and reserve footballers are challenging you to put your EPL knowledge to the test. You could win €500 in their Premiership Killers competition. It is €20 to enter and each competitor begins with three lives. Each week you select a team to win their match from the fixture list. If the team doesn't win, you lose a life. You can only select a team once. Each entrant is responsible for keeping a record of teams submitted. A team may be selected for you by the organising committee if you enter a team you have previously chosen. Entries for games on Saturday and Sunday must be submitted by 7pm on the preceding Friday. Entries for games on Tuesday and Wednesday must be submitted by 7pm on the preceding Monday. Failure to submit a team will result in the organising committee selecting a team for you. This will be the highest ranking team available in the league on that date. If a game is abandoned you will not lose a life and you will be able to select that team again should you wish to do so. You can enter by contacting any senior or reserve footballer, or through the entry cards in Pearse O’Neill's, The Bridgend, O’Donnell's Bar, Seán Ógs, and Spar.

Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh access
Work is continuing at the entrance and car park area of Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh to divert pipe work prior to resurfacing. Users are asked to exercise care in this area until all works are completed in the early part of August.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was won by Noreen O'Brien of Batchelors Walk, Ballyshannon. The stand up game prize of €120 was won by Roisin McGlanaghan, Bundoran. The snowball had no winner so rolls to €375 on 45 numbers or less. With refurbishment works still going on at the Abbey Centre, bingo will take place again at Coláiste Cholmcille on College street Ballyshannon at 9pm, books cost just €10 with a €2,100 prize fund up for grabs.

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31 July

Football
Aodh Ruadh sank to a 1-11 to 0-12 defeat in Father Tierney Park on Sunday, a result which puts a big hole in the club's hopes of retaining Division 1 status. As has been the story for so much of this season, manager James O'Donnell has been dealing from a diminished hand. An injury to Philip Patton at Thursday training saw him miss out, while Darren Drummond, Johnny Gallagher and Oisin Rooney were also unavailable. It was a tense game with both sides knowing what was at stake. It was 1-8 to 0-7 at the break, and while Aodh Ruadh won the second half, they just couldn't find the scores which would put them in a position to challenge for victory. The visitors had the foundation for the win built in the first ten minutes, Darragh Black being the first to react to a loose ball to net and help the visitors to a 1-3 to 0-1 lead. Two points from Diarmaid McInerney and a single from Niall Murray helped Aodh Ruadh keep in touch, but Milford were able to hit for answering scores. McInerney, Nathan Boyle and David McGurrin all pointed in the run to half-time, but the homesters went in trailing by four. Damien Cleary got the first point of the new half and Peter Boyle knocked over a 45, but scores were hard worked in a dogged second 30. A David Dolan point put two between them, but, frustratingly, Milford hit two points in reply and while Nathan Boyle and Shane McGrath hit late points, Aodh Ruadh just couldn't close with Milford.

The reserves had no better luck, losing out to Milford on a scoreline of 2-8 to 1-16. Ballyshannon started well and went into a 1-3 to 0-1 lead after 12 minutes, with scores coming from Michael 'Sticky' Ward, a David Finnerty goal, and points from Dylan Gallagher and Mickey McNeely. That was the end of the hosts scoring though as Milford got their shape, and recovered to lead 0-8 to 1-3 at half time. Aodh Ruadh struggled to stay with them in second half and were out-scored 1-8 to 1-5. The homesters scores came from Sticky Ward, Ronan Drummond, Dylan Gallagher, Anthony 'Waddle' Coughlin and David Finnerty, with the goal coming from Darren Gethins late in the half.

With four games remaining, Aodh Ruadh travel to O'Donnell Park on August Bank Holiday Monday knowing a win is absolutely critical. Throw-in against Saint Eunan's is at 5pm with the reserve curtain-raiser going off at 3.30pm.

Keep an eye on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page for information on the distribution of tickets for Sunday's Donegal v Tyrone Super Eights game.

The minors put their opening day defeat to Kilcar behind them with a magnificent display against Letterkenny Gaels last Wednesday. It was a massive Letterkenny team facing them in Páirc na nGael and the hosts got off a flying start, working a goal straight from the throw-in. Aodh Ruadh refused to be intimidated though and once the Ernesiders got going after about ten minutes they took control of the game and never relinquished it. Shane Gillespie was outstanding throughout and netted a first half goal to help Aodh Ruadh to a six point half time advantage. Gillespie's midfield partner, Senan Rooney, showcased some intelligent link up play and, along with Dylan Gallagher and Michael McKenna, turned over a lot of ball as Letterkenny struggled to break out of their own half. Eoin Doherty and Dylan Gallagher got goals in the second half to help kill off the game while Eugene Doherty, Harry Howarth and Odhran McGarrigle did really well on the opposition kick out, helping to keep them penned in. Further back Matt Gillespie's distribution from goal was first class while in front of him Kyle Murray gave an exhibition at full back. Man of the match though was probably David Doherty with a typically high energy display which Letterkenny had no answer to. All-in-all a brilliant team performance to secure a 3-14 to 2-7 victory. The next game in the championship group stages takes place this on Saturday in Glenfin at 6.30pm.

Congratulations to our Óg Sport team of Daire Gallagher, Matt Gillespie, Aaron Neilan, Kyle McCaffrey, Marty McGarrigle, Calum Doherty Craig, Ryan Keenaghan, Kyle Murray and Danny Breen Brosnan on reaching the Southern Board semi-finals on Saturday in Saint Naul's. Well done also to mentors David O'Donnell and Paul Gillespie.

It wasn't to be for the under 14s in their semi-final on Monday evening, MacCumhaill's progressing on a scoreline of 4-10 to 2-8. The Ballybofey lads lead by five points at the interval and were worthy winners at the final whistle. Despite the defeat Aodh Ruadh played some great football and fought to the end. Management were particularly pleased by the discipline and composure of the team in testing circumstances. With the league programme concluded, attention now turns to August 10th and the first game of the championship. Training for that continues on Friday from 4.45pm to 6pm.

Under 11 training continues on Mondays from 7pm to 8pm.

Last Saturday the under 10s travelled to Donegal town to take part in an under 9 competition. We were tight on numbers, but played seven games over the morning. The team gave some great performances, but some decisions went against us and we failed to make make the finals. Nevertheless the lads really improved from game to game and it was a great day out for the boys. There will be no under 10 training this Friday, but training will continue on Monday at 7.15pm. A date for your dairies. We are planning to travel to Castlebar on Saturday 25th August.

There will be a Bord na nÓg meeting this Tuesday, 31st July at 9pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. All committee members are asked to attend.

Ladies
The under 16s have training this Wednesday at 6.30pm. This is the last session before Saturday's trip to the Carryduff nine-a-side tournament. The bus leaves the Market Yard at 6.30am. Best wishes to the girls for a successful tournament.

The under 14s will take on Fanad Gaels in the county semi-final in Father Tierney Park this Tuesday at 7pm. Players are to be at the Park for 6.15pm and to bring sandwiches, buns or similar to help with post-match refreshments. It would be great to see a big Ballyshannon support there to shout the girls on.

The ladies county board have sent each club five cards to sell. There are 30 lines in each card with each line €5. The seller who sells a card will automatically get a county ladies jersey and those buying the lines will, when card is full be in a draw for a county ladies jersey, so each card will have two ladies jerseys up for grabs. Please contact Patricia Hill if you wish to buy a line or sell a card.

Hurling
We had our annual trip to Croke Park on Sunday for the All Ireland semi-final and we were treated to a classic between Limerick and Cork with the Shannonsiders coming out on top much to the delight of our bunch especially mentor Mike Lynch who was a very proud Limerick man on the way home. Thanks to all on Juvenile Hurling Committee who made this trip possible.

The under 12s made the long trip to Carndonagh on Thursday. Fielding a young team, they had a close exciting game against the Carn lads before losing narrowly 3-3 to 2-3. They are on the road again this week as they head to Gaoth Dobhair.

The under 16s are at home to Dungloe / Gaoth Dobhair on Thursday with a 7pm throw-in.

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.

Think you know soccer?
The English Premiership season is almost upon us again and the senior and reserve footballers are challenging you to put your EPL knowledge to the test. You could win €500 in their Premiership Killers competition. It is €20 to enter and each competitor begins with three lives. Each week you select a team to win their match from the fixture list. If the team doesn't win, you lose a life. You can only select a team once. Each entrant is responsible for keeping a record of teams submitted. A team may be selected for you by the organising committee if you enter a team you have previously chosen. Entries for games on Saturday and Sunday must be submitted by 7pm on the preceding Friday. Entries for games on Tuesday and Wednesday must be submitted by 7pm on the preceding Monday. Failure to submit a team will result in the organising committee selecting a team for you. This will be the highest ranking team available in the league on that date. If a game is abandoned you will not lose a life and you will be able to select that team again should you wish to do so. You can enter by contacting any senior or reserve footballer, or through the entry cards in Pearse O'Neill's, The Bridgend, O'Donnell's Bar, Seán Ógs, and Spar.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was won by Eamonn McCann, on holiday from Carrickmacross. The stand up game prize had a single winner in the amount of €135. The snowball had no winner so rolls to €400 and moves up to 46 numbers or less. Other big winners included John McFadden of Pettigo who landed €170 for two houses. With refurbishment works still going on at the Abbey Centre, Bingo will take place again at Coláiste Cholmcille on College Street, Ballyshannon at 9pm, books cost just €10 with a €2,100 prize fund up for grabs.

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