Club Notes Archive - 2019

Box. APRIL
2 April

Football
Sunday sees the return of the senior leagues. Aodh Ruadh are in Division 2 this season under the stewardship of Barry Ward and Philip O'Reilly. They have put in a determined effort in pre-season as they prepare the side for rigours of a second tier that is never anything less than competitive. As is the nature of things, it is a changed panel from the year previous, but results have been promising and the management and squad have set themselves high objectives for the 2019 season. We entertain Buncrana in Father Tierney Park this Sunday with the senior game throwing in at 3pm, preceded by the reserves at 1.30pm. We wish all concerned the very best for the season ahead. We would like to see a good showing of Ballyshannon support on Sunday. More than that, we would really like to see supporters really get behind the team and let them know how much their success really means to this town.

The under 16s were in action on a glorious Sunday morning in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh against a Dungloe side making the long trip from the Rosses. The air miles didn't take too much out of the visitors as they got stuck into the Ernesiders, racing into a 3-1 to no score lead. Aodh Ruadh however pulled themselves together and managed to reel the deficit back to go in leading by two points at the break. Ballyshannon were able to push on in the second half and finished 7-13 to 3-9 victors to register their fourth win in four outings. Aaron Cullen had a sound game between the posts and couldn't be faulted for any of the goals. Kyle McCaffrey continues to catch the eye in defence and develops greater presence with each passing game. Cian Rooney had fabulous game in the centre of the park, while up front Conall Bradshaw put in a sterling shift at wing forward. The team have two games in the coming week. The first is on Wednesday against Naomh Conaill in Father Tierney Park at 6.30pm. The round robin stages of the league are then wrapped up with the return game away to Dungloe next Monday.

The under 12s opened their league action with the visit of Naomh Conaill to Ballyshannon on Friday. Both the seniors and juniors recorded good wins. The juniors had five points to spare at the end of an entertaining tussle with the visitors. Stephen Doran did well in defence with Jun Hui Lin excellent in midfield. Up front Eoin Gallagher put in a starring shift in the attack. The seniors victory was built on an awesome defensive display. Ben Daly made some outstanding, brave saves between the sticks, while he was well served by Liam Doogan, Garreth Brennan, Corey Sheridan and Barry Campbell in the defence. Aodh Ruadh showed their depth by bringing on Sean O'Neill and Tyler Connolly in the second half and the pair rattled up a 1-4 tally between them. Next up for the squad is the long jaunt to Dungloe on Friday. Transport details to this game will be confirmed later in the week.

Ladies
Aodh Ruadh welcomed Saint Naul's to Father Tierney Park on Sunday. It was welcome sight to see an Aodh Ruadh team back representing the town with 26 players togging out on the day. A decent crowd also attended to get behind the team on a beautiful day for football. The first half was evenly balanced fare with Aodh Ruadh doing most of their damage through goals. Elaine Dorrian hit two brilliant efforts with Mary Flora Scott marking her return from injury with a stunning strike. Saint Naul's held a slim advantage on the turnaround and over the third quarter there wasn't much in the way of scoring action for either side. Saint Naul's kicked on in the last quarter to take the victory, but Aodh Ruadh now have a base to build from for the remainder of the season. Roise Keon was the game's stand out player, putting in an display which ranked her head and shoulders the best player on the pitch for either side. Cáit Gillespie put in a huge amount of work around the centre of the pitch while further back Sara Gallagher did well marshalling a stubborn Erneside defence. Aodh Ruadh's next outing is on Sunday 14th April when Killybegs are the guests in Father Tierney Park. Senior and minor ladies training continues on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

Under 16 training continues this Thursday at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 4.15pm to 5.30pm.

The under 14s had two challenge matches in the past week. The team played Bundoran last Wednesday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh and then took on an under 12 boys selection on Sunday evening. We were treated to a great team performance against Bundoran with the game finishing in a draw match. The game on Sunday against the Aodh Ruadh boys was a much more fiesty affair where the sideline support were treated to an end to end game. With courageous tackling and fabulous scores from both sides. Orlaith Gallagher and Orlaith Toland were immense and were well supported by Christina McCaffrey and Dairín Sweeny. A special mention must also go to Cádhla Dolan and Ciara Larkin from the under 12 side who both made an enormous contribution to a skilful, committed and spirited performance. Training continues on Wednesday at 7pm, and Saturday at 4pm.

Under 12 training continues this Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh [Munday's field].

Outdoor training for under 10s commences this Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh [Munday's field].

Under 6 girls training will continue indoors in Creevy Hall from 6pm to 6.45pm on Fridays until Friday 3rd May. That will be the team's first Friday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh (Mundays) with training continuing in the same time slot of 6pm to 6.45pm. There will be no under 6 girls training on Good Friday.

Donegal minors won their recent clash against Tyrone with Cáit Gillespie, Caoimhe Keon and Ana Keon on the team. The county under 15s were in action in Moville on Saturday against a strong Armagh team. Donegal got the better of them on a scoreline of 10-11 to 5-10. Aodh Ruadh's Emer O'Brien had a fantastic game while the club also had Caoimhe Hughes O'Brien and Áine Hill showing well. Meanwhile the Donegal under 14s with Megan Kane on board are contesting the Ulster semi-finals this Sunday against Fermanagh and Monaghan. The sides will be aiming to reach the finals day on April 20th.

A Fundamentals coaching course is coming up next month. Any TY students interested in helping out with training now or during summer camps needs this qualification. Anyone interested should contact Patricia McShea-Hill promptly as places are limited.

Hurling
Aodh Ruadh made a welcome return at adult level as they played their first game in the newly formed junior hurling league on Sunday away to Letterkenny Gaels. The squad have been training for the last seven weeks and had a comprehensive victory over a Gaels squad who were fielding at adult level for the first time in their history. It was a very good all round team performance from this young squad with an average age of 23. They have a bye this weekend before playing Omagh Saint Enda's at home on 12th April. Senior hurling training continues on Fridays at 8pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Thursday last saw our under 14s and minors begin their respective seasons. The under 14s travelled to the Cross to take on Setanta where they proved too strong for the home team and won well 4-4 to 1-0.

The minors made the long trip to Annagry to take on a strong Dungloe team made up of a number of clubs. We fielded nine under 16s on the team and it was a tough night for them as they were well beaten, but they never gave up. The minors were back in action again on the Monday night with another long trip, to Buncrana this time. We only had the bare 15, but they gave it their all and put in a great performance losing narrowly to a strong Inishowen outfit on a 2-9 to 1-10 scoreline.

Underage hurling training continues on Sunday for all teams at 12 noon.

Booked games
Games booked for the coming week are as follows. Thursday: Minor Hurling League, Father Tierney Park, 7pm - Aodh Ruadh v Saint Eunan's. Friday: Faul Cup, Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, 11am - Glenties Comprehensive v Saint Aidan's, Derrylin. Saturday: County Board booking; Under 16 Ladies Challenge, Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, 4pm - Aodh Ruadh v Calry Saint Joseph's. Sunday: Division 2 Football Leagues, Father Tierney Park, 1.30pm - Aodh Ruadh v Buncrana. Pitch bookings and changes to be made with Tom Daly.

OsKaRs action
The cast of The Field for the Aodh Ruadh OsKaRs - Sabrina Breen Brosnan, Daithi Brosnan, Paddy Campbell, Ronan Brennan, Paul Touhy, Denis Daly, Brian Gillespie, Claire Downey, Teresa Davis and Amanda Mahon - are teaming up to host a general knowledge fund-raising quiz in Dicey's this Friday. The questions start flying at 9pm and if anyone is acquainted with this crew, they will know a night of shenanigans and craic is inevitable. Plenty of great prizes on offer in the raffle on the night too, not least of which is tickets to a Manchester United game of your choice kindly sponsored by Brian Gillespie.

Also on Friday the cast of The Snapper are staging a disco in The Breesy Centre for sixth class and upwards. Admission is €8 with minerals and crisps on sale on the night with the flooring fillers pounding out of the sound system from 9pm to 11pm.

Club gear
Chris Kelly will be Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Friday, 5th April, from 6pm to 7pm to take orders for club puff jackets. These are very handsome and functional articles with club crest and initials.

Easter Camp
Aodh Ruadh are hosting their annual Easter Camp from Tuesday 16th April to Thursday 18th April. Camp runs from 10am to 2.30pm on each of the three days. The camp costs €30 per child and €50 for two children. For further information and bookings call Brian Roper on 087-6139065.

Registration
Many thanks to all the almost 600 people who registered with the club for 2019. People can continue to register, however the following provisos apply. Players will not be able to participate in training or games until five days after registration. Adults registered from here on in will not be able to vote at the AGM and will have much diminished entitlement to match tickets. Registration is still available on Klubfunder.com. Click on the link or search for 'Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon' on the Klubfunder.com site. Membership can also be paid to Gerry Ferguson at Ferguson's Jewellers.

Last one standing
Our Last One Standing competition will be decided next weekend as we have eight still in the race to claim the title. The NFL Division 3 Final between Westmeath and Laois is the last game of the competition. We have some well known competitors left in the race, including Galway's three-in-a-row hero Sean Meade and Donegal star Jamie Brennan.

Abbey Centre Bingo
The latest bingo thousandaire is Mary Fletcher of Sligo who scooped the €1,000 big bingo jackpot, well done Mary. The stand-up game prize of €140 was won by Kevin McCallion of Newtownstewart. Winners of the €150 houses included Teresa Campbell, Mary Kane and Jack Monaghan, whilst Molly Kerrigan, Teresa Herron, Jodie Meade, Bridget Quinn and Noreen O’Brien were amongst the €100 house winners. There was no winner of the spring snowball so it rolls up to €325 this week. Bingo as usual this Friday night at 9pm at the Abbey Centre with over €2,000 in the prize fund, books priced just €10.

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9 April

Football
Aodh Ruadh put in a power-packed second half performance to see off the lively challenge of Buncrana in Father Tierney Park on Sunday afternoon. Buncrana got off to the better start, but Ballyshannon came more into things as the half progressed and lead 0-6 to 0-3 at half-time. The Ernesiders faced into the wind on the resumption and seemed a bit wobbly after Buncrana scored an early point and turned the first three kick outs. However Aodh Ruadh quickly settled and hit three fine goals from Johnny Gethins (2) and Darren Drummond to win with a bit to spare, 3-10 to 0-9 the final scoreline. Superb Ballyshannon performances all over the pitch. Michael McKenna was very smooth and composed in defence. Johnny Gethins got through a power of work in midfield and took two clinker goals. Oisín Rooney also made a huge contribution on his introduction. Up front Philip Patton's accuracy was once again a key weapon in the Aodh Ruadh armoury while Dylan Gallagher's tigerish tackling was a sight to behold and he was unlucky to finish without a score to his credit. Darren Drummond also put in a serious shift as the point man for the attack. We have a full match report from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

The reserves didn't fare quite so well against the Inishowen men, Aodh Ruadh coming out on the wrong end of a 2-5 to 0-17 scoreline. The first half was tit for tat thanks to an early Ryan O’Brien free and a well placed penalty, coming after Anthony 'Waddle' Coughlin's shot had been foot blocked following a simply exquisite ball in from Cáelán Drummond. The hosts struggled though towards half time with Conal Sweeny getting the only other score of the half for the homesters as Ballyshannon went in for the break trailing 1-2 to 0-9. Philip McLoone saw a great goal chance go just over the bar, but made no mistake ten minutes later when he side-stepped the keeper before tapping in with the left foot. The hosts played quite well in the second half, and on two occasions were within a score of Buncrana. Odhran McGarrigle marked his senior debut with a well-taken point. However the visitors were powerful through the middle, with Ben Bradley - brother of All-Ireland winner Ryan - coming on in the second half of the senior game.
Team: Sean Taylor; Brian Dorrian, Ronan Drummond, Adam Clarke; Conal Sweeny, Conor Patton, Christopher Goan; Kerry Ryan, Cian McGloin; Ryan O’Brien, Odhran McGarrigle, Philip McLoone; Anthony Coughlin, Gerry Curtis. Subs: JJ Cassidy for Gerry Curtis, James O’Donnell for Cian McGloin, David McLoone for Brian Dorrian.

Aodh Ruadh are back out in Division 2 action this Sunday. This time they make the trip to Killybegs with the reserves going off in Eamonn Byrne Memorial Park at 1.30pm followed by the seniors at 3pm.

The under 16s concluded the round robin league stages in the past week. Naomh Conaill conceded their game last Wednesday and so the only competitive outing was against Dungloe on Monday evening. Aodh Ruadh made the trip to the Rosses knowing Dungloe would be eager to avenge their defeat in the reverse fixture earlier in the league. And so it proved. The hosts established a one goal cushion by the break, leading 1-6 to 1-3. They stretched that out over the course of the second half to run out winners on a scoreline of 2-14 to 2-6. Darragh Flood Dolan did well in a defence which had plenty on it's plate for long stretches. Up front Marty McGarrigle booked himself an excellent goal in a good attacking display. Under 16 action now takes a brief break while the Buncrana Cup concludes with the championship set to get under way on Wednesday 17th April. Training continues as usual on Wednesday at 5.45pm.

The under 12s also made the long trip to Dungloe last week and fared no better than their juvenile counterparts. The side were short a number of players, but fought manfully throughout, especially Barry Campbell who sustained an injury during the second half. The defence was well marshaled by Eoin Cassidy and put in a great display, but the homesters just had a bit too much in hand on the day. The under 12s next outing is against Ardara this Friday evening at 6.30pm in Pearse Memorial Park.

Donegal booked their place in the Buncrana Cup final with a 4-11 to 4-4 win over Cavan in Convoy on Saturday. Star of the show was our own Cian Rooney who bagged himself 3-2 from open play. What a hugely exciting young talent he is. Kyle Murray also played a big role in the win at centre back before having to exit the fray with injury. We wish Kyle the very best for a speedy recovery. Donegal now face Derry in the final next Saturday in Buncrana. The under 17s also returned to winning ways at the weekend against the Breffni men with Senan Rooney, contributing two points as Donegal emerged 3-13 to 0-8 victors.

Ladies
Aodh Ruadh senior ladies' next league outing is on Sunday when Killybegs are the guests in Father Tierney Park, throw-in 11am. Senior and minor ladies training continues on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

Under 16 girls have a challenge against Saint Naul's Wednesday in the Park. Players to be at the dressing room for 5.45pm with throw in at 6.30pm. Training continues this Thursday at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 4.15pm to 5.30pm. Players are reminded to bring gloves and gum shields.

The under 14s have an away match on Tuesday against Letterkenny Gaels with a 6.30pm throw in. The team are to meet at Father Tierney Park for 4.45pm.

We had the first round of our under 12 mini league in glorious conditions on Saturday. We had two really well contested games with all the girls really getting stuck in. On the day the Tigers got the better of the Pumas, while the Lions came out on top against the Jaguars. However it looks like this is going to be a very closely contested league with very little between any of the teams. We have been able to secure the Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 4pm for the next three Saturdays. Our thanks goes to the Park Committee for giving us that window to run the league off. The plan is play the remaining round robin games over the next two Saturdays - Tigers v Lions and Pumas v Jaguars, then Tigers v Jaguars and Pumas v Lions. If there is a tie in places after the round robin, we will resolve it with a free kick competition. The third Saturday we will play finals and do presentations. Training as usual this Wednesday at 7pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. The teams are as follows.
Pumas: Abbie Gallagher, Cádhla Dolan, Emer McDevitt, Louisa McCosker, Maura O'Sullivan, Nessa Mitchell, Niamh Duffy, Rihanna Reynolds, Sara Begley.
Tigers: Ava Duncan, Ellie Brennan, Ellie Rae Lilly, Jessica O'Mahoney, Katie McCaffrey, Leah Melly, Megan Murphy, Nessa Warren, Orlaith Gallagher.
Jaguars: Andrea Moore, Ciara Larkin, Emily McNamee, Lucy Byrne, Molly Begley, Niamh McNulty, Pearl McHugh, Rebecca Downey, Sadhbh Hughes.
Lions: Aine Neilan, Aoife Travers, Ella Willshire, Grace Dolan, Hannah Downey, Katie McGowan, Lauren Foy, Lucy Cleary, Roise Conlon.

Training for under 10s continues this Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh [Munday's field].

Under 8 girls training continues this Wednesday at 5.45pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh [Munday's].

Under 6 girls training continues in Creevy Hall from 6pm to 6.45pm on Fridays until Friday 3rd May. That will be the team's first Friday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh [Munday's] with training continuing in the same time slot of 6pm to 6.45pm. There will be no under 6 girls training on Good Friday.

Congratulations to Megan Kane and the under 14 Donegal girls. The side had victories over Fermanagh and Monaghan to book their place in the Ulster final against Armagh on Saturday April 20th. Megan put in a great display at half back in Donegal's win over Fermanagh. Good luck to the under 15 county girls who take on Tyrone in Castlederg this Saturday at 3pm. Áine Hill, Caoimhe Hughes O'Brien and Emer O'Brien are our representatives on the squad.

Hurling
Adult hurling makes a welcome return to Father Tierney Park on Friday evening as we take on Omagh Saint Enda's in the Junior Hurling League. Throw in is at 7.15 pm and all support would be most welcome.

Our minors had a great battle with Saint Eunan's in the league last Thursday in Father Tierney Park. We fielded nine under 16s in the starting 15. From start to finish the lads fought for every ball before losing out 2-7 to 1-6. The under 14s made the long trip to Carndonagh on the same evening. It was certainly a case of goals winning games in Inishowen as the physically stronger Carn lads won 8-6 to 4-6. Both teams are in action again this Thursday as the minors take on Burt in Father Tierney Park, while the under 14s travel to Ballybofey to take on MacCumhaill's.

On Sunday the under 12's had an enjoyable challenge game with Manorhamilton. Our young enthusiastic squad had a good win over the visitors.

Underage hurling training continues on Sunday for all teams at 12 noon.

Booked games
Booked games for the coming week are as follows.
Wednesday
Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, 6.30pm
Under 16 ladies football - Aodh Ruadh v Saint Naul's
Thursday
Father Tierney Park, 7pm
Minor hurling league - Aodh Ruadh v Burt
Friday
Father Tierney Park, 7.15pm
Junior Hurling League - Aodh Ruadh v Omagh Saint Enda's
Saturday
Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, 4pm
Under 12 Ladies Football League
Sunday
Father Tierney Park, 11am
Ladies Football Division 2 Shield South - Aodh Ruadh v Killybegs

Park Committee Annual Table Quiz
This annual Park Committee table quiz takes place in Owen Roe's on Holy Thursday night, 18th April. There has been a lot of refurbishment works at our club buildings over the past few months and this is an important fund-raiser to meet some of the costs involved. As there is daily use of our facilities by hundreds of players across all codes in the club, this is an opportunity to help meet costs by putting in a team of four. It is always a good night as we get a lot of people coming back for Easter. Please confirm participation ASAP by texting David McLoone, Tom Daly or Conal Gallagher.

Pictures
We have great galleries from the minor hurlers games against Saint Naul's, the under 16s clash with Dungloe, the senior ladies league opener against Saint Naul's, and the senior and reserve league openers against Buncrana in the works for this week. Keep an eye on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page where will let you know when they are live.

Easter Camp
Aodh Ruadh are hosting their annual Easter Camp from Tuesday 16th April to Thursday 18th April. Camp runs from 10am to 2.30pm on each of the three days. The camp costs €30 per child and €50 for two children. For further information and bookings call Brian Roper on 087-6139065.

Last one standing
Congratulations to our three winners of Last One Standing competition who correctly picked Westmeath to win the Division 3 title. The football experts were Brian McGill of Ardara, and Marcella Loughlin and John Magee from Ballyshannon. Many thanks to Liam Gallen for sponsoring this fund-raiser and thanks to all who supported it.

GAA Manifesto
Monday saw the launch of the new GAA Manifesto, a celebration of our GAA – of our shared values and of all the people who make our GAA what it is. It is an affirmation of our GAA mission, vision and values, regardless of your role within the organisation, and is built around the statement: ‘GAA – Where We All Belong’ / CLG – Tá Áit Dúinn Uilig Ann’. The Manifesto is based on feedback sought from more than 8,000 people. This research revealed that the sense of belonging the GAA gives is of utmost importance to them. The Manifesto will be available to view on the club's website and social media channels in coming days.

Any RiverRock drinkers out there?...
The Deep RiverRock #ThirstForBetter campaign is working alongside Community Groups all over Ireland, helping them raise funding so they can continue to follow their pursuits and passions. Anyone who purchases a promotional Deep RiverRock product will find a unique code on the inside of the label. This code can be typed into the #ThirstForBetter website (https://deepriverrock.ie/thirstforbetter), or alternatively be entered into the messenger Chatbot on the Deep RiverRock Facebook page. Once entered, a donation of 10p (or 10 cents in ROI) will be sent Aodh Ruadh. These donations can fund the club and keep us going and growing.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was won by Mark Granaghan of Bundoran, who also shared a house. The stand-up game prize was €110 and was won by Teresa Campbell. Winners of the houses included Mary Patton, Julie Kane, Angela Nicholson, Patrick Boyle, Marion Deacon and Philip Patton. There was no winner of the spring snowball so it rolls to €350 this week. Bingo as usual on Friday night at the Abbey Centre, first game at 9pm, books priced just €10.

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16 April

Football
Following a fine win over Buncrana, Aodh Ruadh were brought back to earth with a bump on Sunday. After scorching out into a 1-3 to no score lead against Killybegs, the Fishermen reeled the visitors back in to lead at the break. They preserved their lead over the second half to run out 2-12 to 1-9 victors. There was less between the sides in the reserve game, but Killybegs still ran out winners, 0-12 to 2-2 the final score there.

It's a double-header weekend ahead for senior and reserves. On Good Friday Saint Naul's are the guests in Father Tierney Park. The reserves get things going at 5pm and are followed by the seniors at 6.30pm. Then on Easter Sunday Aodh Ruadh travel to Ardara. The reserves throw-in at 1.30pm with the seniors going off at 3pm. It's early days, but these double header weekends can have a big say in the final league table so come out and support the team.

Championship takes centre stage at under 16 level now. Aodh Ruadh have two big games in quick succession. The first is against Termon this Wednesday at 6.45pm in Father Tierney Park. A good vocal showing of Ballyshannon support would be much appreciated for that one. Then on Easter Monday the team are down to travel to Carndonagh for a 6.45pm throw-in.

The under 12s are in action this Friday at 6.30pm against Four Masters. Players to be at the Park for 5.45pm.

Commiserations to Donegal, Cian Rooney and Kyle Murray on narrow defeat to Derry in the Buncrana Cup Ulster final.

Ladies
Killybegs traveled south to Father Tierney Park on a cold and blustery Sunday morning for the latest round of the Ladies Football Division 2 Shield South competition. It was 13-a-side as Killybegs had the bare minimum, but that didn't stop them dominating the first 15 minutes. They looked like they were in for a goal three minutes in, but a great stop from Orlaith Gillespie who was in nets for the day denied them. As the game moved into the second quarter the visitors lead 0-5 to no score. Aodh Ruadh finally got off the mark with two successive points from Áine Gilmore and Elaine Dorrian. Then with ten minutes to go to the break a foul on 21 metre line was brought forward to the 13. Killybegs took their free quickly and hit the net. In the last few minutes of the first half the sides swapped scores, but it was the visitors who lead 0-3 to 1-7 at the turnaround. After a hectic first half the second was a bit of a slow burner. Aodh Ruadh had three changes and Killybegs lost a player through injury. The first few scores went the way of Killybegs and then with Aodh Ruadh breaking through a strong defensive screen Elaine Dorrian scored a fine goal to make it 1-3 to 1-10. However, three minutes later Killybegs struck back with a goal of their own to keep them arm's length from the chasing Ballyshannon side. The full time score was Aodh Ruadh 1-5 Killybegs 2-11. Best for Aodh Ruadh was Orlaith Gillespie in goals who pulled off some great saves. Up front Anna Rafferty, Mary Flora Scott and Áine Gilmore who covered every blade of grass. The team's next outing is the long trip to take on Saint Michael's in Dunfanaghy on Easter Monday. Senior and minor ladies training continues on Wednesday at 7.30pm.

The under 16 girls had a good run out against Derrygonnelly on Monday evening. In defence Dearbhla Hughes-O'Brien was very strong, Niamh Hughes did some good work around the middle of the pitch and up front Katie McMullin and Laoise Kelly were good outlets. Training resumes on Easter Monday.

The under 14s played Letterkenny Gaels away last Tuesday. Despite a big effort from all the girls, we met a very good and well drilled Letterkenny side and they ran out winners in the end. We were ahead by a point with 10 minutes to go, but the hosts rallied back and their determination together with a match winning performance from their free taker saw them take the victory and the points. Aodh Ruadh are at home for our third game in the league this Tuesday with a 5.30pm throw-in against Moville in Father Tierney Park. All support would be greatly welcomed.

If the first round of the under 12 mini league was played in glorious conditions the second was played in a rather less favourable set of meteorological circumstances. Once again we had two really well contested games. The Jaguars needed two late Pearl McHugh points to get the better of the Pumas. Meanwhile the Tigers prevailed against the Lions after an entertaining clash. As things stand the Tigers are on four points, the Loins and Jaguars are on two points and the Pumas are yet to get off the mark. This Saturday at 4pm is the last of the group games with the Tigers v Jaguars and Pumas v Lions. If there is a tie in places after the round robin, we will resolve it with a free kick competition. The third Saturday we will play finals and do presentations. Training as usual this Wednesday at 7pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Training for under 10s continues this Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh [Munday's field].

Under 8 girls training continues this Wednesday at 5.45pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh [Munday's field].

A reminder that there will be no under 6 girls training on Good Friday.

Good luck to Megan Kane and the under 14 Donegal girls on Saturday when they contest the Ulster final on Saturday against Armagh in Lurgan.

Hurling
Aodh Ruadh returned to competitive adult hurling in fine style with a convincing 4-17 to 1-6 win over Omagh Saint Enda's on Friday evening. The team will be looking to continue their good run of form in the Junior Hurling League going when they make the trip to Inishowen this Easter Saturday to take on Carndonagh. Throw-in down it Carn is at 6.30pm.

Last Thursday saw our minors claim their first win of the season after a great battle with Burt in Father Tierney Park. Victories over Burt are rare for Aodh Ruadh and this was one to be savoured as our young team ran out winners on a 3-16 to 2-8 scoreline. The lads have another tough game this Thursday at home to a strong Setanta team.

The under 14s traveled to Ballybofey and had a comfortable victory over MacCumhaill's. Thanks to the parents who drove the lads to the game. The under 14s have a busy week ahead. On Tuesday they are at home to neighbours Four Masters and on Thursday they head for Letterkenny to take on table toppers Saint Eunan's.

Underage hurling training continues on Sunday for all teams at 12 noon.

OsKaRs
There is a Texas Hold 'em Poker night in McGinley's bar on Good Friday at 9pm Tickets are €30 with buy backs and top ups available. There is also a raffle on the night with mega prizes to be won.

Booked games
Booked games for the coming week are as follows.
Tuesday
Father Tierney Park, 5.30pm
Under 14 ladies football - Aodh Ruadh v Moville
Father Tierney Park, 7pm
Under 14 hurling - Aodh Ruadh v Four Masters
Wednesday
Father Tierney Park, 6.45pm
Under 16 football championship - Aodh Ruadh v Termon
Thursday
Father Tierney Park, 7pm
Minor hurling league - Aodh Ruadh v Setanta
Friday
Father Tierney Park, 5pm
Division 2 Reserve Football League - Aodh Ruadh v Saint Naul's
Father Tierney Park, 6.30pm
Division 2 Football League - Aodh Ruadh v Saint Naul's
Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, 6.30pm
Under 12 Football League - Aodh Ruadh v Four Masters
Saturday
Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, 9.30am to 2.30pm
Football Skills Event
Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, 4pm
Under 12 Ladies Football League

Easter Camp
Aodh Ruadh are hosting our annual Easter Camp from this Tuesday to Thursday 18th April. Camp runs from 10am to 2.30pm on each of the three days. The camp costs €30 per child and €50 for two children. For further information and bookings call Brian Roper on 087-6139065.

Park Committee Annual Table Quiz
This annual Park Committee table quiz takes place in Owen Roe's this Holy Thursday. There has been a lot of refurbishment works at our club buildings over the past few months and this is an important fund-raiser to meet some of the costs involved. As there is daily use of our facilities by hundreds of players across all codes in the club, this is an opportunity to help meet costs by putting in a team of four. It is always a good night as we get a lot of people coming back for Easter. Please confirm participation ASAP by texting David McLoone, Tom Daly or Conal Gallagher.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was won by Sarah O’Shea. The stand up game prize of €120 was won by Regina Dolan. House winners included Molly Kerrigan, Margaret Meehan, Angela Gaye, Teresa Campbell, Julie Kane, Mary B Kerrigan and Monica Quinn. There was no winner of the spring snowball so it rolls to €375 this week. We’ll have our Easter Bingo this Good Friday at 9pm with an Easter Egg give away during the night! Books priced just €10.

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23 April

Club meeting
The monthly meeting of the club executive takes place in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh this Thursday at 9pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. All committee members are asked to attend.

OsKaRs update
Aodh Ruadh OsKaRs fund-raisers are in full swing around the town. You are invited to keep an eye on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page for updates on upcoming events and support as and when you can. Filming is also underway and the action is looking very promising! The night itself takes place on Saturday, 18th May in the Great Northern. Tickets priced €25 are now available to buy in Gerry Ferguson's Jewellers. Tickets are also available from Lisa McTernan via messager, text or WhatsApp, or from any of our participating actors. Tickets are also available to buy from our page on Klubfunder.com priced €26 to cover online processing fees. Follow the OsKaRs Facebook page for the latest updates.

Football
Aodh Ruadh were well worth their six point victory on a sun-splashed Good Friday evening in Father Tierney Park. Philip Patton was the architect of the win, pulling the strings in the attack throughout as well as finishing with a personal tally of 1-5. The hosts had their three goals netted with barely five minutes played and they reached the break with an eight point cushion. Saint Naul's continued to battle hard in a second half where they put Aodh Ruadh to the pin of their collar. However the loss of John Rose to injury going into the last quarter and the lengthy delay required by his treatment took the wind out of their sails and Ballyshannon finished the game comfortably in control winning 3-11 to 1-11. Aodh Ruadh had great displays right across the park. Philip Patton we have already mentioned for his star turn. Further back Peter Boyle had to be in top form too, pulling off a string of second half stops to deny Saint Naul's a way back into the game. Michael Ward, Nathan Boyle and Shane Gillespie were in the best traditions of rugged Aodh Ruadh defenders. In the centre of the pitch Johnny Gethins had an outstanding 60 minutes. Up front there were six superb showings, but Michael McKenna's hard work and willingness to put his body on the line deserve mention, while Shane McGrath was really in his element. We have a full match report and gallery live on aodhruadh.org.
There was less good fortune on Easter Monday as Aodh Ruadh made the trip to Ardara. Ballyshannon led 0-8 to 0-7 at half-time and the second half evolved into a contest of wills at a breezy Pearse Memorial Park. An Eamonn McGrath point made it 0-10 apiece with four minutes left to play, but the last two scores of the game went the way of the hosts, Aodh Ruadh not being helped by the late black card dismissals of Colm Kelly and Johnny Gethins. Team and scorers were as follows: Peter Boyle; Callum O'Halloran, Colm Kelly, Michael Ward; Johnny Gallagher, Shane Gillespie, Nathan Boyle (0-1); Johnny Gethins, Eamonn McGrath; Michael McKenna, Cian Dolan (0-1), Oisin Rooney (0-1); Philip Patton (0-3f), Shane McGrath (0-3) Darren Drummond (0-1). Subs: Conall Sweeny for Nathan Boyle 50m; Diarmaid McInerney for Michael McKenna 52m, Daniel Warnock for Colm Kelly (BC) 56m, Paddy Gillespie for Johnny Gethins (BC) 59m.

The reserves enjoyed a good Easter weekend getting their first points of the season on the board with a draw on Good Friday against Saint Naul's and recording their first win in four at Ardara on Easter Sunday. Friday's game was played in very warm conditions at Father Tierney Park. Anthony 'Waddle' Coughlin opened the scoring but Saint Naul's enjoyed a dominant spell putting three unanswered points on the board as well as seeing a smashing shot rebound off the bar. It took until the 24th minute before until the hosts scored again, the start of a three point run by Michael 'Sticky' Ward which brought the teams in at 0-4 a piece at the break. A brace from Sticky Ward after the break opened a two point lead only for Saint Naul's to pull level. However, a fine JJ Cassidy point and another from Ward re-established the two point lead. Then came a moment of class from the hosts as Conor Patton went on a strong run and played in Kerry Ryan, who duly slotted home into a tight corner for the game's first goal. Naul's replied swiftly and managed to scuff home a goal of their own to bring it back to two points. It was certainly advantage Aodh Ruadh as Ward put another over and the visitors were reduced to 14 men, but credit to Naul's who dug deep to finish with three unanswered points to level the game at 1-9 each at the final whistle. A decent performance in all, with a really good shift put in by some younger lads, with Adam Clarke catching the eye, and Oisin Roper, JJ Cassidy and Ryan McKenna working tirelessly throughout. Team: Karl O'Brien; Daniel Warnock, Adam Clarke, Christopher Goan; Oisin Roper, Niall Murray, Ryan O'Brien; Kerry Ryan (1-0), Conor Patton; Odhran McGarrigle, Anthony Coughlin (0-1), Ryan McKenna; Cáelán Drummond, Michael Ward (0-7, 1f), JJ Cassidy (0-1). Subs: Martin Gallagher for Cáelán Drummond, Ronan Drummond for Niall Murray, Jack Darbin for Anthony Coughlin, Dermot Slevin for Odhran McGarrigle, James O'Donnell for Ryan O'Brien (BC), Aaron Brennan for JJ Cassidy, Gary Ward, Darren McNulty, David McLoone, Raymie Granaghan.
A strong reserve team travelled to Ardara on Easter Sunday determined to get their first win. Playing with a strong first half wind, Sticky Ward opened proceedings with a brace, but two quick fire goals in response from the hosts turned the game in their favour. Kerry Ryan pointed in reply, follow by a great palmed goal from Ward after Paddy Gillespie played a deep ball to JJ Cassidy who laid on the opportunity to draw level. Cassidy then got a point for himself before three points from Ward made it 2-1 to 1-7. Sticky Ward was in the mood for this one, and as the ball broke loose on the floor he had the speed of mind dribble past two Ardara backs to bury a low shot to the net, a quality goal more likely seen at the Lakeside. Two more Ward frees, a good score from Eoin Doherty and a Ryan McKenna point had Aodh Ruadh in control at the break at 2-3 to 2-11. It could have been more had Paddy Gillespie not twice been denied a goal by the post. The Ernesiders controlled the game well into the second half against the wind with Paddy Gillespie and JJ Cassidy pointing. An Ardara goal looked to have brought them back into the tie, but Waddle Coughlin made no mistake with his second attempt at goal to make it 3-4 to 3-13. Ardara rallied to within four points as Aodh Ruadh tired against the wind, but Cáelán Drummond's late score settled it as the visitors held out for a 3-10 to 3-14 win. A great result in all, Adam Clarke again solid at the back along with Cian McGloin, Kerry Ryan and Conor Patton labouring hard in the middle and Sticky Ward unstoppable landing a whooping 2-7. Team: Karl O'Brien; Christopher Goan, Cian McGloin, Adam Clarke; Paddy Gillespie (0-1), Niall Murray, Ryan O'Brien; Kerry Ryan (0-1), Conor Patton; Eoin Doherty (0-1), Anthony Coughlin (1-0), Ryan McKenna (0-1); Oisin Roper, Michael Ward (2-7), JJ Cassidy (0-1). Subs: Dermot Slevin for Niall Murray, Odhran McGarrigle for Eoin Doherty, Gerry Curtis for Anthony Coughlin, Cáelán Drummond (0-1) for Paddy Gillespie, David McLoone for Christopher Goan, Aaron Brennan, Jack Darbin, Gary Ward, Aiden Murray.

There is a bit of a break in adult action. In the seniors case it is a rather lengthy one, with their next outing on Sunday, 12th May away to Naomh Columba. The reserves don't have to wait quite so long with Termon the guests in Father Tierney Park on Saturday, 4th May.

Aodh Ruadh under 16s got their Division 1A Championship group off to a great start in Father Tierney Park last Wednesday, defeating Termon 4-10 to 2-9. This was a highly entertaining clash between two good sides in front of a big crowd in the Park. Aodh Ruadh needed a goal of the season from Marty McGarrigle to go in level at the break, 2-3 to 1-6. He picked the ball up deep in his own defence before going the length of the field and sticking the ball in the top corner of the net. Things were evenly balanced in the second half, but going into the closing stages a goal shot Termon into a two point lead. Aodh Ruadh were composed though and a couple of coolly taken Marty McGarrigle points restored parity before Mitch McLaughlin released Cian Rooney with a delightful dink pass to smash past the Termon netminder. With Matt Gillespie and Aaron Neilan working hard around the middle of the pitch Aodh Ruadh pushed on for the win. Then on Easter Monday the team made the long trip to Inishowen to face Carndonagh. Again it was another rollercoaster encounter with Ballyshannon facing into a strong wind in the first half. Aodh Ruadh made light of it though to go in leading 2-5 to 1-4. The second half turned into something of a shoot out with Eoghan Kelly, Colm McGloin and Aaron Neilan having to be at their very best to parry the hosts attacking thrusts. Cian Rooney was strong up front with Mitch McLaughlin once again providing excellent support and Marty McGarrigle chipping in with some timely scores to keep the Ernesiders in the ascendant. It finished 8-10 to 4-10 in Inishowen to all but secure Aodh Ruadh's place in the semi-final stages of the competition. Aodh Ruadh's last game of the round robin stages is against Gaoth Dobhair on Tuesday, 30th April in Magheragallon at 7pm.

The under 12s are in action this Wednesday at 7pm for a challenge against Robert Emmet's. Players to be at the Park for 6.30pm.

Congratulations to Cian Rooney and Kyle Murray who have been called up into the Donegal minor team. We wish Cian, Kyle, Senan Rooney and the rest of the Donegal team the very best as they take on Tyrone this Saturday in the first round of the minor championship in Ballybofey at 6pm.

Ladies
The Aodh Ruadh senior ladies had a break over the Easter weekend, but they have two games this coming week. The first is away to Four Master on Friday at 7pm. That is followed by a home game against Naomh Mhuire on Sunday at 11am.

The under 16 girls made the trip to Mayo on Easter Monday for a tournament in Knockmore. The girls gave a great account of themselves, beating Westport and then Caherlistrane, both by a point. In their third game they lost to an excellent Lucan outfit to reach the Cup semi-finals. There the girls lost out to Corofin. Best for Aodh Ruadh on the day was Áine Hill who was excellent between the posts. In front of her Dearbhla Hughes-O'Brien and Ciara Caldwell were super in defence. Caitlin McGarrigle got through a heap of work in midfield while Tia McFarland was in good form up front. Training continues on Monday at 7pm.

It was back to the good weather last Saturday for the last round of group games in the under 12 mini league. With everything still to play for the Lions defeated the Pumas, while the Tigers made it three wins from three as they got the better of the Jaguars. That leaves the pairings for the finals clear with the Tigers taking on the Lions in the senior final and Jaguars taking on the Pumas in the junior final. Finals day takes place this Saturday at 4pm in Father Tierney Park. We have trophies for both winning teams, a player of the competition trophy and medals for winners and runners-up. We are doing the presentations up in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh and parents / guardians are asked to bring some refreshments for after the finals. Training continues as usual this Wednesday at 7pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Training for under 10s continues this Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Under 8 girls training continues this Wednesday at 5.45pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Hard luck to Megan Kane and the under 14 Donegal girls who lost out narrowly in their Ulster final against Armagh.

Hurling
The senior hurlers suffered their first defeat of the season on Saturday against Carndonagh in Fodden. We travelled with the bare 15 and our cause wasn't helped when five minutes into the game when we lost goalkeeper Paul Cummins with a broken wrist. The fired up Carn team proved too strong and ran out 5-12 to 2-10 winners. Next up in the league is a game against MacCumhaill's in Fr Tierney Park this Friday at 7.15pm.

Our under 14s had a great win over Saint Eunan's in O'Donnell Park last Thursday. The lads fought for every ball and ran out convincing winners 7-9 to 3-8. They are up against Dungloe this Thursday in Father Tierney Park and then on Saturday they are taking part in the County Féile in Letterkenny.

On the same evening our minors were up against a strong Setanta team. Our young squad were unable to match the physicality of the lads from the Cross and we suffered a 2-19 to 0-5 defeat. We have a gallery of pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

Well done to our under 8s who took part in an all-county blitz in Convoy on Easter Monday. They had three games and did well in all of them. Well done to John Larkin and Liam Mealiff who looked after the squad and thanks to all the parents who brought the lads down.

Underage hurling training continues on Sunday for all teams at 12 noon.

Fitness Trail safety notice
From Wednesday this week and extending into next week heavy vehicles and plant will be accessing and working at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh to lay the final surface layer on the new Fitness Trail. Over the past few months the club's Park / Development Committee has been pushing this work forward with extra drainage works and kerbing now fully completed. The 630m long trail will be a significant addition to the club's facilities, both for team training and individual fitness. Until these works are completed those organising training sessions or games during the working day are asked to co-operate in ensuring the safety of all using the grounds. With the commissioning of this new amenity no cars will be admitted to Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. The co-operation of everyone with this new arrangement would be appreciated.

Aodh Ruadh gear
Chris Kelly will be up in the Aras Aoidh Ruaidh this Thursday between 6pm and 7pm for anyone interested in ordering a puff jacket. Chris also have club shorts available. Sizes 24 and 26 are €19 euro. Size 28 to 38 are €24.
Also, you can now order Aodh Ruadh O'Neill's training tops. Kids sizes are €39 with adults price€49. These are suitable for boys, girls and adults. Name or initials on back is optional for €8 extra. To see a sample or place an order message Alan Sweeny, Kerry Ryan or Lisa McTernan on Facebook.

Booked games
Booked games for the coming week are as follows.
Wednesday
Father Tierney Park, 7pm
Under 12 football - Aodh Ruadh v Robert Emmet's
Thursday
Father Tierney Park, 7pm
Under 14 hurling league - Aodh Ruadh v Dungloe
Friday
Father Tierney Park, 7pm
Junior Hurling League - Aodh Ruadh v MacCumhaill's
Saturday
Father Tierney Park, 4pm
Under 12 Ladies Football League finals
Sunday
Father Tierney Park, 11am
Ladies Football Division 2 Shield South - Aodh Ruadh v Naomh Mhuire
Monday 29th April Father Tierney Park, 7pm
Under 13 Táin Hurling League - Saint Eunan's v Glencar / Manorhamilton
Tuesday 30th April Father Tierney Park, 6.30pm
Under 14 Ladies Football - Aodh Ruadh v Glenswilly

Coaching and training
Where a team manager wishes to fit in an extra or unscheduled training or coaching session please use the school field so as not to impinge on the arrangements agreed for other teams in the club. We have a lot of competitive games running on the same nights, and with many teams training at the present time all three pitches are busy and any departure from the agreed rota causes disruption.

Park / Development Committee quiz
Thanks to those who supported the Table Quiz last Thursday night in Owen Roe's and also to those who donated prizes. Thanks to quiz master Sylvester Maguire and to the O'Neill family for their customary hospitality.

April Big Bingo
The April Big Bingo takes place this Friday night at the Abbey Centre with a mighty €3,100 in the prize fund including the €1,000 jackpot which must be won. The snowball this week will be €400. Books priced just €15, or get a book and a half special at just €20. First game at 9pm.

Abbey Centre Bingo
The Easter bingo was held on Good Friday with Easter eggs galore making it a good nights fun! The €400 jackpot was taken by Denise McGlinchey of Ballyshannon, whilst the stand up game prize of €130 and a Lilly O'Brien's hamper went to Teresa Campbell. There was no snowball winner. Winners of the €100 houses included Molly Ferguson, Angela Nicholson, Marian Matthews, Carl O'Loughlin (2 houses!) and Noelle Gillen. Winners of the €70 houses included Vincent Keown and Margaret Meehan.

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30 April

OsKaRs season
A big well done to the six movies in our OsKaRs event which have now completed filming. Only one more movie to get in the can now before the big night on Saturday, 18th May in the Great Northern. We have a few advertising slot remaining in our programme for the night. Any business looking to get a spot can do so for €50 for a half page or €100 for a full page. Contact Sabrina Brosnan if interested in taking a slot. The deadline is 6th May, but probably best to be quick off the mark as we really only have limited space left in the programme at this stage. Tickets priced €25 are available now and cover the cost of entry, a complimentary drink on arrival and free shuttle service to and from Ballyshannon, Creevy and Cashelard. You can buy tickets in Gerry Ferguson's Jewellers, from Lisa McTernan via Facebook messenger, text or WhatsApp, or from any of our participating actors. Tickets are also available to buy from our page on Klubfunder.com priced €26 to cover online processing fees. We have a few advertising spaces remaining in our programme for the night. Any business looking to get a spot can do so for €50 for a half page or €100 for a full page. Contact Sabrina Brosnan if interested in taking a slot. The deadline is 6th May, but probably best to be quick off the mark as we really only have limited space left in the programme at this stage. Follow the OsKaRs Facebook page for the latest updates.

Football
The next adult action sees the reserves taking on Termon this Saturday at 5.30pm in Father Tierney Park. The seniors next outing is against Naomh Columba on Sunday, 12th May.

Aodh Ruadh under 16s play the last game of their Division 1A Championship group stages against Gaoth Dobhair on Tuesday in Magheragallon at 7pm.

The under 12s are due to take on Naomh Conaill in Glenties this Friday at 7pm.

The under 8 season is set to get under way this Saturday when the team travel to Killybegs. Games throwing in at Fintra for 11am.

Hard luck to Senan Rooney, Kyle Murray, Cian Rooney and the Donegal minors on their narrow 1-8 to 1-12 defeat to Tyrone in the Ulster minor championship last Saturday. Donegal will now face the loser of the Armagh v Antrim qualifier in Ballybofey on Saturday 11th May.

Ladies
It was a very one sided affair in Tir Chonaill Park on Friday evening as the Aodh Ruadh ladies recorded their first league win of the season, defeating Four Masters 7-13 to 1-8. The first ten minutes started with a flurry of scores for Aodh with points from Áine Gilmore and 1-1 apiece from Ana Keon and Cáit Gillespie. Four Masters were unable to keep pace, scoring two points in reply. The visitors were edging matters with a great work rate from the industrious half-back line. A few more points and a goal from Méabh Rooney put further daylight between the teams. Then just before half-time Orlaith Gillespie suffered a knee injury and had to be helped off the field as Aodh Ruadh went in leading 3-8 to 0-3 at the break. At half-time Grainne Maguire came on for Orlaith Gillespie and Ciarde Sheerin for Méabh Rooney who also sustained an injury. From the throw in Aodh Ruadh won the ball and Grainne Maguire fed the ball in for Elaine Dorrian to goal. Ballyshannon pushed on from there with more goals from Terri Gallagher and Elaine Dorrian making it 6-11 to 0-3. Tia McFarland then joined the fray and no sooner was she on the pitch than she hit the net. Aodh Ruadh took the foot off the pedal in the closing stages and a brave Four Masters side took advantage to put in a late rally. Aodh Ruadh's scorers were Elaine Dorrian 2-5, Cáit Gillespie 1-3, Áine Gilmore 0-4, Ana Rooney 1-1 Méabh Rooney 1-0, Terri Gallagher 1-0, and Tia McFarland 1-0.

Under 16 training continues on Mondays at 7pm.

The under 12 league concluded last Saturday with a couple of great games in a bright if blustery Father Tierney Park. In the Junior final the Jaguars had a good tussle with the Pumas. Pearl McHugh, Andrea Moore, Ciara Larkin, Sadhbh Hughes and Rebecca Downey scored for the Jaguars while Maura O'Sullivan, Rihanna Reynolds, Niamh Duffy, Nessa Mitchell, Louisa McCosker Cádhla Dolan and Eimear McDevitt were on the mark for a well-balanced Pumas outfit. In the senior final a strong Lions side went through the competition victorious with a convincing win over a brave Tigers side. Orlaith Gallagher and Leah Melly scored for the Tigers while Aoife Travers, Áine Neilan, Lauren Foy, Roise Conlon and Hannah Downey found the range for the Lions. Afterwards it was upstairs to the Aras where the parents and guardians had excelled themselves with the refreshments. The junior player of the tournament trophy went to Ciara Larkin for a great team display across all four games of the competition. The senior player of the tournament went to Roise Conlon who also showed herself to be an outstanding team player right across the league. The award for most improved of the league went to Lucy Byrne, a player who has really come on over the past four weeks. Training continues as usual this Wednesday at 7pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Training for under 10s continues this Wednesday from 6pm to 7pm at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Under 8 training continues this Wednesday at 5.45pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Well done to the Donegal minors, especially our own Caoimhe Keon who played midfield and Cáit Gillespie who came on as a sub, as they defeated Antrim 2-13 to 1-8 to book their place in the Ulster semi-finals. It wasn't to be for the Donegal under 15s against Down at the weekend. Commiserations to our three representatives on the panel, Emer O'Brien, Caoimhe Hughes-O'Brien and Áine Hill, who played their hearts out in difficult conditions.

Hurling
The senior hurlers got back to winning ways in round four of the junior league with a convincing 3-15 to 1-3 win over MacCumhaill's in Father Tierney Park on Friday evening. They are at home to Letterkenny Gaels this Friday, throw-in at 7.30pm in Father Tierney Park.

Pride of place this week goes to our under 14s who won the County Féile title on Saturday in Letterkenny. Played in atrocious conditions, the lads put in some great performances on the day. They won both their group games against Letterkenny Gaels and Buncrana. That set them up for a semi-final against Saint Eunan's. This was a very tough game and the lads came out on top to set up a final meeting with Carndonagh. They had qualified for National Féile at this stage, but the lads were determined to win the county title and head to Cork as Donegal's number one team. They had a convincing win over Carndonagh to the delight of the large group of parents and supporters who gave the lads great encouragement throughout the day. Well done to all the squad and the manager Kieran Daly assisted by Denis Daly.
The under 14s had a convincing 8-5 to 4-5 win over Dungloe / Gaoth Dobhair last Thursday in Father Tierney Park. The lads are still joint second in the league. They are at home to Letterkenny Gaels this Thursday.
Bank Holiday Monday sees the staging of the Billy Finn / John Larkin under 14 tournament. We have six teams confirmed for this event to honour these two former legends who kept hurling alive in the club for nearly 40 years. Teams taking part this year are Annaghdown (Galway), Tooreen (Mayo), Ballinascreen (Derry), Keady (Armagh), Saint Eunan's and Aodh Ruadh. The action gets underway at 10.30am and all welcome.

Our minors suffered a heavy defeat away to Setanta last Thursday. The lads have another tough game this Thursday away to Burt.

Underage hurling training continues on Sunday for all teams at 12 noon.

Fitness Trail safety notice
From Wednesday this week and extending into next week heavy vehicles and plant will be accessing and working at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh to lay the final surface layer on the new Fitness Trail. Over the past few months the club's Park / Development Committee has been pushing this work forward with extra drainage works and kerbing now fully completed. The 630m long trail will be a significant addition to the club's facilities, both for team training and individual fitness. Until these works are completed those organising training sessions or games during the working day are asked to co-operate in ensuring the safety of all using the grounds. With the commissioning of this new amenity no cars will be admitted to Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. The co-operation of everyone with this new arrangement would be appreciated.

Aodh Ruadh gear
You can now order Aodh Ruadh O'Neill's training tops. Kids sizes are €39 with adults priced €49. These are suitable for boys, girls and adults. Name or initials on back is optional for €8 extra. To see a sample or place an order message Alan Sweeny, Kerry Ryan or Lisa McTernan on Facebook.

Abbey Centre Bingo
The latest bingo thousandaire is Mary Gallagher of Loughgiel, County Antrim and Belleek after winning the big bingo €1,000 jackpot. The stand-up game was won by Angela Nicholson for €175. Winners of the €150 houses included Doreen Patton, Damian McGurran and Roseanne McManus. Winners o the €100 houses included Margaret McGinley, Angela Gaye and Marian Matthews. Bridie Killalea doubled her €40 line checking on nine numbers. There was no winning the snowball so it climbs to €425 this week on 46 numbers. Bingo as usual at 9pm on Friday night at the Abbey Centre. Books just €10.

The importance of being earnest
On Monday 6th May Ballyshannon Drama Society will perform their award winning production Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest one more time before they head off for the RTE All-Ireland Drama Finals. Let's all come out and show our support to this fantastic talented group of actors and give them the send off to the All-Irelands that they deserve. There will be a wine and finger food reception at 7.45pm with curtain up at 8.30pm. The box office is now open for you to book your tickets. Call 071-9851375. Tickets are priced €12 or €10 on concession.

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