Club Notes Archive - 2019

Box. JANUARY
1 January

Ladies
Anyone who has an interest in playing with the Aodh Ruadh senior ladies team, as well as anyone interested in helping out with the team is asked to attend an open meeting which will be held on Thursday, 3rd January at 8pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. If unable to attend, please let the ladies committee know if there are any matters you wish to have discussed.

Congratulations to Ana Keon, Cáit Gillespie and Caoimhe Keon who have been named on the extended Donegal minor panel.

Football
Minor and under 16 training takes place on Wednesday at 6pm. New comers welcome. There is a charge of €2 to go towards cost of lights.

Donegal Sports Star Awards
Well done to Nathan Boyle on being nominated in the GAA category for the Donegal Sports Stars. Well done also to Andrea McGlynn who earned a nomination in the basketball category, as well as to Maeve Liston who picked up a nomination in rugby.

Millstone memories
It was a great night last Saturday in Dicey Reilly's with a huge crowd coming out for the Millstone Reunion. Star of the night was a classic playlist from the Millstone days. The Bord na nÓg committee would like to thank all who supported the event. Hugh John Patton for resuming door duties and many thanks to Herman, Aoife and Mary McNelis who attended on the night.

National Club Draw tickets available, now with big local prizes
The club is asking all members, players, former players and supporters at home and abroad to help it maximise the sale of Club National GAA Draw tickets over the coming weeks. There is an array of wonderful prizes in the National Draw. This year they will be complimented by a fantastic array of prizes exclusively for those purchasing from Aodh Ruadh ticket sellers. Many sponsored, these include two overnight stays in a classic room and breakfast with one dinner in The Croke Park Hotel for two people; A trailer load of firewood; A pair of tickets for either 2019 hurling or football finals; Overnight and breakfast in Wellington Park Hotel, Belfast; Two tickets for the 2019 All-Ireland camogie final; A €250 his and hers hamper from Cara Pharmacy; Four tickets for the 2019 Rory Gallagher Festival; Two tickets for the 2019 All-Ireland Ladies Football Final; A White Hotel Group voucher for three nights B&B and two dinners for two people your choice of Lisdoonvarna or the Earl of Desmond, Tralee.
Tickets are €10 each with five in a book. We urgently need people to step forward and push the sale of this draw as ALL proceeds stay within the club. The funds raised will be retained to provide initial partnership funding to match the €100,000 grant aid negotiated for the provision of a new sand-based playing surface on Father Tierney Park, such a central part of GAA life in the northwest.

National Club Draw Committee
The next meeting of the National Club Draw Committee takes place at 9pm in the Bridgend this Thursday. All those selling tickets are asked to make a big effort to intensify the selling effort over the coming days and to begin submitting returns to draw committee members.

Calling Aodh Ruadh exiles
You can still support Aodh Ruadh Club Draw if you are away from Ballyshannon. Club supporters and people with Ballyshannon connections living away from Donegal can support our draw by e-mailing Secretary Lisa McTernan at secretary.aodhruadh.donegal@gaa.ie or Vice-Chairman Tom Daly at ftdaly@hotmail. com. You can set out your own proposal for payment and ticket counterfoils will be scanned and e-mailed to you.

GAA communications
The GAA have issued a handy PDF with simple guides as to the experimental playing rules which are in force for the Dr McKenna Cup and National Football League. It's worth having a look over the document, as the games which have been played so far indicate they will significantly alter how football is played. In addition, the December club newsletter is also available to view on the GAA website. Topics featured in this month's edition include the Club Forum becoming an annual event, the GAA mobile app, uptake of the Club Leadership Programme, the Ireland Lights Up project agus Fhondúireacht Sheosaimh Mhic Dhonncha.

Juvenile Hurling
Test out your expertise as a football pundit with our annual Last One Standing competition for the upcoming National Football League. Get your entry in and you could win €250 and the bragging rights of being the Last One Standing. Forms are available now from any member of the Juvenile Hurling committee.

Aodh Ruadh bobble hats
Thanks to all who have bought the Aodh Ruadh bobble hats to date. We will order one more batch of hats in January for anyone else who would like some. Please leave your name with Alan Sweeny on 086-8052816 with your order. Hats are €20 each or five for €90.

Festive Fun Quiz
Many thanks to all those who came out and supported the quiz in Dicey Reilly's over the festive period.

Abbey Centre Bingo
The December Big Bingo took place on Friday with John Martin of Manorhamilton taking home the €1,000 super jackpot, a nice late Christmas present. Kathleen Hunter took the €170 stand-up game prize. Winners of the €100 houses included Kevin O'Connor, Noleen O'Brien, Helen Lawne and Denis Sheerin. The €150 house winners included Deirdre Clarke, Antoinette McKinney and Rosanne Martin, who also took a €40 line. The snowball had no winner so rises to €650 on 48 numbers or less. Bingo as usual this Friday at 9pm in the Abbey Centre. We wish to thank all our bingo goers for their continued support throughout the year and wish all a very happy and prosperous - with some bingo fortune! - New Year!

Happy New Year
Wishing all in the club and the wider Ballyshannon community a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year.

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8 January

Time to get National Club Draw tickets back
All with tickets for the National Draw are asked to return their stubs as soon as possible. There is a lot of work to be done to enter the returns on the National database so it would be helpful to our club officers if everyone could co-operate on this. The draw committee meets at 9pm in the Bridgend next Monday, 14th January. There is a lot of work to be done yet to make this a success and we need everyone working on it. Officers of all committees and a representative of each adult team should attend Monday's meeting to provide a report on the progress of their particular unit. Further tickets are available from any member of the draw committee.
You can still support the draw if you are away from Ballyshannon. Club supporters and people with Ballyshannon connections living away from Donegal can support our draw by e-mailing Secretary Lisa McTernan at secretary.aodhruadh.donegal@gaa.ie or Vice-Chairman Tom Daly at ftdaly@hotmail. com. You can set out your own proposal for payment and ticket counterfoils will be scanned and e-mailed to you.
There is an array of great prizes in the draw. This year they will be complimented by a fantastic array of prizes exclusively for those purchasing from Aodh Ruadh ticket sellers. Many sponsored, these include two overnight stays in a classic room and breakfast with one dinner in The Croke Park Hotel for two people; A trailer load of firewood; A pair of tickets for either 2019 hurling or football finals; Overnight and breakfast in Wellington Park Hotel, Belfast; Two tickets for the 2019 All-Ireland camogie final; A €250 his and hers hamper from Cara Pharmacy; Four tickets for the 2019 Rory Gallagher Festival; Two tickets for the 2019 All-Ireland Ladies Football Final; A White Hotel Group voucher for three nights B&B and two dinners for two people your choice of Lisdoonvarna or the Earl of Desmond, Tralee.
Tickets are €10 each with five in a book. All proceeds stay within the club and channelled towards providing initial partnership funding to match the €100,000 grant aid negotiated for the provision of a new sand-based playing surface on Father Tierney Park.

Ladies
The Aodh Ruadh senior ladies held a productive meeting last Thursday. The team are looking forward to the 2019 season and once again wearing the Aodh Ruadh jersey with pride. An open invitation is extended to anyone interested in managing or helping out with the team to register their interest with Ladies chairwoman Patricia Hill on 087-6874389 or any other member of the ladies committee executive by Friday 18th January. With the team returning after a few years under the Realt Ruadh banner, we are determined to see the senior side established on a firm footing. The club has done well at underage level in recent years, and we are well represented on county sides in all the youth grades. However it is essential that our young players have senior players lining out for Aodh Ruadh who they can aspire to emulate and learn from. Long term ambitions are big, but we all understand it is vital we get the foundations right. With this in mind we urge anyone who feels they may be able to play a part to register their interest.

Congratulations to Ana Keon, Cáit Gillespie and Caoimhe Keon who have made the 2019 Donegal minor panel.

Juvenile Hurling
There will be meetings in Aras Aodh Ruaidh this Tuesday, 8th January, to decide if the club will be fielding at under 14 and under 18 level this season. The under 14 meeting commences at 7pm and is open to all players born 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005 as well as their parents. The meeting will only last about 20 minutes. Anyone who wishes to play under 14 should attend. If interested in playing but unable attend meeting, please register your interest with John Rooney on 086-2587793. The under 18 meeting will commence at 7.30pm and is open to all players born 2004, 2003, 2002 and 2001, as well as their parents. Again, the meeting will last about 20 minutes and anyone interested in playing minor should attend or contact John Rooney on 086-2587793 if they can't make it.

Test out your expertise as a football pundit with our annual Last One Standing competition for the upcoming National Football League. Get your entry in and you could win €250 and the bragging rights of being the Last One Standing. Forms are available now from any member of the Juvenile Hurling committee.

Scór Sinsir
We're looking for people to represent Aodh Ruadh in Scór Sinsir this year. Scór aims to promote Irish culture and tradition in areas such as music and drama and we're hoping the club will be represented in as many disciplines as possible. It's open to any club member over 17 and the two Donegal semi-finals will be held this year in Muff on 25th January or Burtonport on 1st February, both starting at 7.30pm. We already have a team for Tráth na gCeist so the remaining events are céilí or figure dancing, solo singing, recitation and storytelling, instrumental music, historical presentation, ballad group, and set dancing. The deadline for entries is next Thursday 17th January so if anyone is interested or has any queries, contact Eamonn-Martin Maguire at eamonnmartinmaguire@gmail.com.

Closed season
During the closed season repair work will continue on our playing fields and buildings. There will be limited access until works are completed. All activity must be pre-booked.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was shared by Josie Lynch of Ballyshannon and Christine Keon of Belleek. The stand-up game prize of €150 was also shared. The snowball had no winner so rolls on to €575 next week. Winners of the €100 houses included Anna Daly, Teresa Hoey, Angela Gaye, Patricia Cox, Bridie Corrigan and Mrs Foley. The €70 house winners included Margaret Meehan and Teresa Anderson. Bingo as usual this Friday at 9pm in the Abbey Centre, with €2,300 in the prize pot. Books priced just €10.

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15 January

Strictly Dinner Dancing!
The social night of the year takes place this Saturday when Aodh Ruadh host their annual dinner dance in Dorrian's Imperial Hotel. Attendees will be greeted with a complementary glass of fizz on arrival before proceedings formally get under way with the banquet at 7.30pm sharp. After the fine dining, Master of Ceremonies Sean Perry will take to the rostrum to introduce the presentation of awards. As well as our usual individual presentations we will be honouring our members of Donegal ladies panel which won Ulster in 1993 and 1994, and our intermediate reserve championship winning footballers. We will also be making a special tribute to the late Seamus Grimes, a great club servant. With the silverware distributed the fabulous Trutones will take to the stage to entertain the crowd into the small hours. Tickets priced €35 are now available to buy in Gerry Ferguson's, Pearse O'Neill's or by contacting Lisa McTernan on 086-2338636. Don't delay, get yours today!

Club registration event
This year we are getting our annual club membership drive going with a bang. We are having a special registration event in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Friday at 7pm. Ryan McHugh and Peter Boyle will be giving a talk and chatting with the youngsters. We will also have the Anglo Celt cup in attendance for anyone who would like pictures with the famous old trophy. As ever, we ask all club members to submit their registration form and fee at their earliest convenience, and Friday is a great, fun opportunity to do that. If you can't make the event in the Aras, membership can be paid to Gerry Ferguson at Ferguson's Jewellers. Players can also download registration forms from aodhruadh.org and submit this along with the relevant fee directly to their manager. Registration sessions will be organised for teams over the coming weeks and it is essential all players are signed up club members. Non members are not covered by the GAA's injury insurance scheme and cannot line out for the club. Adult members will receive first priority for the club's allocation of All-Ireland final tickets in the event of Donegal contesting the decider. Club members can also avail of some great discount offers locally. Brian McGuinness's Progressive Fitness offers a 20 percent discount for playing members and a 10 percent discount for club members. Elsewhere, under 23 playing members can also avail of a discounted monthly membership rate of €25 at Ballyshannon Leisure Centre on production of their GAA membership number at the reception. Coaches are also eligible for a discounted monthly membership rate of €35. Only adult members registered by 31st March may vote at the club AGM.

Time to get National Club Draw tickets back
The Draw Committee meet this Wednesday in the Bridgend at 9pm. Please call in with your sold tickets to this meeting to help us make progress with the database as there is a lot of work in this for a few people in the club. We are looking to get all tickets back by this weekend linking in with our awards function on Saturday night. There is a lot of work to be done yet to make this a success and we need everyone working on it. Further tickets are available from any member of the draw committee.
You can still support the draw if you are away from Ballyshannon. Club supporters and people with Ballyshannon connections living away from Donegal can support our draw by e-mailing Secretary Lisa McTernan at secretary.aodhruadh.donegal@gaa.ie or Vice-Chairman Tom Daly at ftdaly@hotmail. com. You can set out your own proposal for payment and ticket counterfoils will be scanned and e-mailed to you.
There is an array of great prizes in the draw. This year they will be complimented by a fantastic array of prizes exclusively for those purchasing from Aodh Ruadh ticket sellers. Many sponsored, these include two overnight stays in a classic room and breakfast with one dinner in The Croke Park Hotel for two people; A trailer load of firewood; A pair of tickets for either 2019 hurling or football finals; Overnight and breakfast in Wellington Park Hotel, Belfast; Two tickets for the 2019 All-Ireland camogie final; A €250 his and hers hamper from Cara Pharmacy; Four tickets for the 2019 Rory Gallagher Festival; Two tickets for the 2019 All-Ireland Ladies Football Final; A White Hotel Group voucher for three nights B&B and two dinners for two people your choice of Lisdoonvarna or the Earl of Desmond, Tralee.
Tickets are €10 each with five in a book. All proceeds stay within the club and channelled towards providing initial partnership funding to match the €100,000 grant aid negotiated for the provision of a new sand-based playing surface on Father Tierney Park.

Ireland Lights Up
Aodh Ruadh will be taking part in the Operation Transformation Ireland Lights Up events starting this Thursday and running for six weeks, from 7pm. GAA clubs all over the country will be taking part in this and it's particularly important for us to take part this year as we support local man Cathal Gallagher. As last Saturday's walk demonstrated, Cathal's journey has really captured people's imagination and hopefully we can build on that this Thursday. Meet at the dressing rooms at Father Tierney Park at 7pm for registration and we will hit the road about 7.15pm. A 3.8km loop of the town with good lighting has been mapped out. Some hills but some nice flats, so it's a good mix. We leave the club and head down the Port around by The Limit and over the pedestrian bridge past Nirvana, around the Mall, back past Spar, through Erne Dale Heights, past the Mercy Hall, over the Aodh Ruadh bridge and back to the club via the West Port. Participants are advised to wear hi visibility clothing if possible. Some will be available on the night, but supplies are limited. It goes without saying that everyone is very welcome. For more information check out the Operation Transformation website.

Ladies
There is still time for anyone interested in managing or helping out with the Aodh Ruadh senior ladies team to register their interest with Ladies chairwoman Patricia Hill on 087-6874389 or any other member of the ladies committee executive. The final deadline is Friday 18th January. With the team returning after a few years under the Realt Ruadh banner, we are determined to see the senior side established on a firm footing. The club has done well at underage level in recent years, and we are well represented on county sides in all the youth grades. However it is essential that our young players have senior players lining out for Aodh Ruadh who they can aspire to emulate and learn from. Long term ambitions are big, but we all understand it is vital we get the foundations right. With this in mind we urge anyone who feels they may be able to play a part to register their interest.

Many congratulations to Megan Kane who has been selected for the county under 14 panel.

Juvenile Hurling
Following a meeting last week the following management teams were put in place. The under 14s will be taken by Denis Daly, Daithi Breen and Kieran Daly. The minors will be managed by John Rooney, Peter Horan and Mike Lynch. We wish management and teams the very best for the coming season.

With less than two weeks to go to the start of the National Football League it's nearly time to test your expertise as a football pundit with our annual Last One Standing competition. Get your entry in and you could win €250 and the bragging rights of being the Last One Standing. Forms are available now from any member of the Juvenile Hurling committee.

Football
Minor and under 16 training continues on Wednesdays at 6pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruadh. Remember to bring€2 for the lights.

Scór Sinsir
We're looking for people to represent Aodh Ruadh in Scór Sinsir this year. Scór aims to promote Irish culture and tradition in areas such as music and drama and we're hoping the club will be represented in as many disciplines as possible. It's open to any club member over 17 and the two Donegal semi-finals will be held this year in Muff on 25th January or Burtonport on 1st February, both starting at 7.30pm. We already have a team for Tráth na gCeist so the remaining events are céilí or figure dancing, solo singing, recitation and storytelling, instrumental music, historical presentation, ballad group, and set dancing. The deadline for entries is next Thursday 17th January so if anyone is interested or has any queries, contact Eamonn-Martin Maguire at eamonnmartinmaguire@gmail.com.

Ballyshannon Squash Club
Ballyshannon Squash Club are hosting a Come And Try night this Wednesday and the following Wednesday, 23rd January from 8pm till 10pm. Squash is a great way of keeping fit and both nights are open to all, whether you have played before or not. All racquets will be provided on the night. The squash court is located in the Mercy Hall at Coláiste Cholmcille.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was won by Rita McGullion of Belleek. The stand-up game prize of €130 was won by Marie Magee. Amongst the house winners were Mary B Kerrigan, Sheena Newell, Teresa Campbell and Noelle Gillen. The snowball had no claim on it, so it rolls on to a handsome €700 this week. Bingo as usual this Friday night at the Abbey Centre, first game at 9pm. There'll a great prize fund of €2,400 to play for, books priced just €10 so why not come along for your chance to win.

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29 January
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