Club Notes Archive - 2019

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7 May

OsKaRs season
The buzz continues to build ahead of the big OsKaRs night on Saturday, 18th May in the Great Northern. People are really getting into the spirit of things and the glitz and glamour is expected to be off the charts. We want to recognise all the effort guys and gals are putting into looking the part, so the best dressed lady on the night will win a €100 voucher to EJ's Little Sister, with the best dressed gent bagging a €100 voucher to EJ's Menswear. Big thanks to OsKaR sponsor EJs, who also have tuxedo hire for a special rate of €50. There will also be a wide array of special door prizes on offer. 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. We would like to thank our sponsors Kevin Byrne, Seamie McPhelim and Simon Foley for generously supplying the shuttles. Leave the car at home and come a enjoy the night without the hassle of parking and trying to find your way home after the craic. 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. Follow the OsKaRs Facebook page for the latest updates.

Football
The next adult action sees Aodh Ruadh in against Naomh Columba on Sunday down in Glen. The reserves throw in at 1.30pm followed by the senior at 3pm.

Aodh Ruadh under 16s had their last game for a while as they got the better of Gaoth Dobhair 0-12 to 3-7 in Magheragallon last Tuesday to top their group in the championship. They had to do it the hard way. A Cian Rooney goal helped keep the visitors in the hunt as the Ernesiders went in trailing 1-3 to 0-7 at half-time. Aodh Ruadh went up a gear in the second half and goals from Diarmuid Flood Dolan and Aaron Neilan as well as an excellent defensive performance helped secure a four point victory. It was a day where everyone played well, but Oisin McCauley, Shane Delahunty and Kyle McCaffrey deserve special mention for their exertions in defence. Aaron Cullen only had one shot to save, but he showed his great reactions to thwart the chance.

The under 14s had their first competitive outing of the season away to Four Masters on Monday evening. It ended with a 2-12 to 3-4 victory for the homesters after a hard fought and entertaining tussle. There was only a point between them at half-time, Donegal town edging it 1-7 to 2-3. It continued evenly balanced over the course of the second half, with sides deadlocked as full time beckoned. It was Four Masters who pushed for home though and a goal just before the final whistle put a gloss on the game for the victors. There was a great defensive showing from the Ernesiders on the night. Cian McKenna in goals and Tommy Winters at full back showed no ill-effects from their exertions in the Billy Finn / John Larkin tournament, while James Gallagher put in a solid shift at corner back. Drew Ryan had an industrious outing in the middle third, capped with a well taken goal, while Robbie Murphy was in good form in front of the posts also raising a green flag. The team's next fixtures is on Monday, 13th May when Naomh Conaill will be the guests in Father Tierney Park for a 7pm throw in.

It has been a good week for the under 12s. Last Monday they entertained Naomh Columba in the Park. The A team won with plenty to spare while the Bs drew with the men from Glen. Starring for the seniors that day were Barry Campbell and Garreth Brennan with great play from deep providing a good platform for the Ernesiders. On Wednesday Aodh Ruadh were away to Naomh Conaill where there were wins for both the As and the Bs. Garvey Meade put in a man of the match display at half forward for the As, while further back Dara McGloin and Corey Sheridan were at the heart of a teak tough defence. The under 12s will be taking on Dungloe in Father Tierney Park this Friday at 7pm.

The under 8s travelled to Killybegs last Saturday with 33 boys in beautiful sunshine. Aodh Ruadh played three games against Killybegs, with every player getting lots of game time. It was a great day of football and huge thanks to Killybegs for hosting, we were very well looked after. The lads next fixture is at home on Saturday 18th May with Naomh Columba the guests.

Ladies
Aodh Ruadh are delighted to welcome the Ballyshannon Shoe Company back on board as sponsors of the senior ladies football team. Remember to support those who support their own.

The under 16s will open their competitive season on Tuesday June 25th against Saint Naul's in Father Tierney Park. After that games follow week on week against Saint Eunan's (Home), Carndonagh (Away), Termon (Home), Downings (Away), Gaoth Dobhair (Away) and Killybegs (Home). The top following the group stages will qualify for the league semi-finals.

Aodh Ruadh under 14s made it three league wins on the trot as we ran out comprehensive winners against Glenswilly in Father Tierney Park. The Ballyshannon girls were in total control from the first whistle and they remained committed and focused to the very end. We had 28 girls togged out for the game and every person played their part in the victory. The supporters were treated to some wonderful support play and some excellent scores. The girls have shown great improvement with every match and they are a very determined and motivated bunch of girls. We have a gallery of pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. The team have their last home game of the league on Tuesday, 7th May against Saint Michael's at 7pm in Father Tierney Park. With only one further game, away against Burt, remaining after tomorrow, the girls are looking to get another win under their belts as they bid to reach the semi-final stages. It would be great to see a good crowd out to get behind the girls. With two games left in the league against Burt and Saint Michael's we are hoping for two good performances to get us to the business end of the league.

Training continues as usual for the under 12s this Wednesday at 7pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Please note it concludes at the slightly later time of 8.15pm. The team open their league campaign this Saturday with a trip to Buncrana. The junior game throws in at Scarvey at noon followed by the senior game at 1pm. Best of luck to the girls in the league.

Saint Molaise Gaels hosted an under 10 mini blitz in Grange on a Sunny Bank Holiday Saturday. We had a great turn out of girls and managed to field two teams. It was a morning of non-stop action with great performances throughout. Rachael Gillespie played with the heart of a lion while Lauren Gallagher made her debut performance playing for Aodh Ruadh scoring 2-2 from play. Under 10 training continues on Wednesdays from 5.45pm to 6.45pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

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

Well done to Caoimhe Keon, Cáit Gillespie and the Donegal minor ladies who defeated Armagh in the Ulster A semi-final. They will now take in Monaghan in the Ulster final this weekend.

Hurling
Aodh Ruadh's senior hurlers maintained their good run in the junior league with a comfortable win over Letterkenny Gaels in Father Tierney Park on Friday evening. The visitors put up some tough resistance early on, but Cian Duffy and Pauric Keenaghan pointed in quick succession seven minutes in to give the hosts an edge in the contest. And when Sean Maguire hit the net with ten minutes on the clock it really was advantage Ernesiders. Ballyshannon pushed on and another Keenaghan point was followed by goals from Brendan Gillespie and Adam Rami. Aodh Ruadh raised further white flags courtesy of Keenaghan, Gillespie, Sean Maguire (3) and Stephen Connolly to take a 3-10 to no score half time lead. The Gaels came out with a real purpose in the second half and registered the first score of a more evenly contested 30 minutes through their corner forward. However, Aodh Ruadh continued to dominate and Ryan Ayres landed a 1-1 followed by a Pauric Keenaghan free before Stephen Anderson hit the net for hosts fifth major of the day. Letterkenny Gaels managed to slow the flow of scores in the final quarter, but were unable to claw back any of the deficit and points from Adam Rami (2), Stephen Connolly, Brendan Gillespie, Ryan O'Brien and Ryan Ayres gave the homesters a comfortable victory at the long whistle. Aodh Ruadh are now on four wins from five outings, while Letterkenny Gaels are still to get off the mark. We have a gallery of pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. Aodh Ruadh next fixture is slated for Friday 17th May in Omagh.

Our minors travelled to Hibernian Park to take on Burt last Thursday. Our young squad put in their best performance of the season winning comfortably 3-15 to 0-13. Next up for the minors is Dungloe / Gaoth Dobhair on 16th May in Father Tierney Park.

The under 14s kept up their winning run with a comprehensive victory over Letterkenny Gaels on Thursday last in Father Tierney Park winning by 6-11 to 3-3. They play Buncrana at home this Thursday. Well done to our under 14 captain Tommy Winters who came 3rd in the county skills competition.

Bank Holiday Monday saw Aodh Ruadh host the annual Billy Finn / John Larkin under 14 tournament. Five teams took part in this year's competition Annaghdown (Galway), Tooreen (Mayo), Ballinascreen (Derry), Saint Eunan's and Aodh Ruadh. It was played on a round robin basis with some great displays of hurling throughout the day. Aodh Ruadh had great victories over Annaghdown, Ballinascreen and Saint Eunan's in the group stages. After the league section the pairings for the two finals were confirmed. The cup final saw the host club up against a strong Ballinasceen team while the shield final saw a Connacht derby between Annaghdown and Tooreen. The Derry lads proved worthy winners of the cup final. They were able to call on a panel of 27 so fatigue was no problem for them, while the huge efforts the 17 Aodh Ruadh lads put in over four games caught up with them in the decider. The shield final was a much closer affair and after a tough battle the title headed down the N17 to Annaghdown who were two point winners. The whole day was a fitting tribute to the memory of two former legends who kept hurling alive in Aodh Ruadh for a long number of years. We have a huge gallery of pictures from the tournament live on aodhruadh.org now.

Aodh Ruadh under 14 hurlers are heading to Cork for the Féile na nGael National Finals on the weekend of 7th to 9th June. Our main fund-raiser for this trip will be our annual clothes collection. All unwanted clothes, shoes, bags and belts are welcome. No duvets or pillows please. To arrange collection contact any of the following please: Lorraine Duffy 087-6874393, Teresa Maguire 086-3983076, Denis Daly 086-3269550 or John Rooney 086-2587793.

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

Aodh Ruadh gear
Chris Kelly will be holding a sizing session for this Thursday from 6pm to 7pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh for anyone who would like to order the black puff jacket. This will be your last opportunity to place an order for this fetching piece of club apparel.
The first batch of orders for the Aodh Ruadh O'Neill's training tops have gone in. Payment is required before delivery so please remit any outstanding fees to Alan Sweeny, Kerry Ryan or Barry Sweeny. Thanks to everyone who bought a jersey. All funds raised will be going to the under 14 footballers trip to Féile.
Remember, we also have a wide range of club gear available on the O'Neill's website.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was shared. The stand-up game prize of €110 was won by Denis Sheerin. Winners of the €100 houses included Margaret O'Connor, Mary Patton and Agnes Ryder, with €70 houses going to Richie Newell, Packie Johnson, Amanda Byrne and Chrissie Roper. There was no winner of the snowball so it rolls to €450 this week. Bingo as usual at the Abbey Centre at 9pm this Friday, books priced just €10.

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14 May

OsKaRs night!
The countdown is well and truly on to the OsKaRs gala night this Saturday in the Great Northern Hotel. Tickets are really starting to fly now. They are priced €25 and cover the cost of entry, a complimentary drink on arrival and free shuttle service to and from Ballyshannon, Creevy and Cashelard. There's only so many we can take in the venue, and demand is unprecedented, so we would really urge people to secure tickets early to avoid disappointment. You can buy your 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 would like to thank our sponsors Kevin Byrne, Seamie McPhelim and Simon Foley for generously supplying the shuttles. Leave the car at home and come a enjoy the night without the hassle of parking and trying to find your way home after the craic. Follow the OsKaRs Facebook page for the latest updates.

Football
It was double deadlock down in Glen as the seniors and reserves both drew with the hosts. It was frustration for the seniors as a late score for the hosts denied them victory. They had the better of things in the first half and points from Shane McGrath and Nathan Boyle helped Aodh Ruadh to a 0-7 to 0-2 half-time lead. Daniel Warnock pointed shortly after the resumption, but five unanswered points from Naomh Columba made it game on with Ballyshannon's lead now down to just a point. Barry Ward's men responded well with Diarmaid McInerney, Darren Drummond and Nathan Boyle firing over to lead with time running out. However Gavin McGinley hit for an equalising point and the Ernesiders had to settle for a share of the spoils. The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were: Peter Boyle; Calum O'Halloran, Colm Kelly, Michael Ward; Daniel Warnock (0-1), Johnny Gallagher, Johnny Gethins; Cian Dolan, Eamonn McGrath; Diarmuid McInerney (0-1), Niall Murray, Nathan Boyle (0-6, 3f, 1 45); Michael McKenna, Darren Drummond (0-1), Shane McGrath (0-2). Sub: Paddy Gillespie for Niall Murray.

The reserves travelled with the bare minimum to Glen on Sunday and the 13 men put up a gallant display to come away with a hard earned point. First half scores from Michael 'Sticky' Ward, Oisin Roper along with a 1-1 from Anthony 'Waddle' Coughlin had the visitors in front as half time approached, but Glen raided for a good goal of their own to lead 1-5 to 1-4 at the turnaround. Aodh Ruadh responded to that reversal well and a penalty dispatched by Ward along with points from Kerry Ryan and Ryan McKenna had the visitors back in front by three. Glen kept within reach and made the most of a full bench to bring on fresh legs. When Sticky Ward found the net again with a tight angled shot in off the butt of the post, it looked like enough was done to win the match. However Glen finished the stronger and pulled back a goal with ten minutes to play and hit two late points to level the game at 2-12 to 3-9 as tiredness took its toll on the Ballyshannon men. Trojan work done by all for the 60 minutes. Kerry Ryan and Philip McLoone covered the entire field from midfield, whilst Sticky Ward's clinical finishing got the scores needed. Adam Clarke did an immense job at the back and halved the average age of the back two in the process! Chris Goan, Oisin Roper and Ryan O'Brien also worked their socks off. All in all a very satisfactory trip west. The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were: Karl O'Brien; Adam Clarke, David McLoone; Christopher Goan, Ryan O'Brien, Oisin Roper (0-1); Kerry Ryan (0-2), Philip McLoone; Ryan McKenna (0-1), Dermot Slevin, Aiden Murray; Anthony 'Waddle' Coughlin (1-1), Michael 'Sticky' Ward (2-4).

Aodh Ruadh have a break again this weekend and are back out in action on Saturday, May 25th when Termon are the visitors to Father Tierney Park. Reserves go off at 5.30pm followed by the seniors at 7pm

Aodh Ruadh under 12s entertained Dungloe on Friday evening with both sides earning wins against the visitors. The Bs edged the verdict by three points in an entertaining battle. Stephen Doran and Dara O'Mahoney had great games in defence, while Shay Winters and Max Roper played really well in midfield. Up front Donagh Kelly and Finn Doogan were in accurate form for the homesters. Aodh Ruadh won the A game convincingly with Jun Hui Lin and Tyler Connolly coming off the bench to score three goals between them. Next up is another home fixture this Friday, this time against Ardara. Players are to be up at the park for 6pm.

The under 8s next fixture is at home this Friday with Naomh Columba the guests in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. There will be four games on the go with the action getting under way at 7pm so why not come up and give the lads your support?

Ladies
Best of luck to the senior ladies who are back out in competitive action when they make the trip to take on Gaeil Fhánada this Sunday.

The under 14 girls enjoyed another victory in the all Donegal League last Tuesday when they entertained Saint Michael's Dunfanaghy in Father Tierney Park. The Ballyshannon girls were the better team from the first whistle, but despite their dominance on the ball they failed to capitalise on their possession and only went in three points ahead at half time. The second half began in a similar fashion with the Ernesiders putting relentless pressure on the Saint Michael's defence, but failing to capitalise on the numerous chances they created. That said the large home support were treated to some fantastic support play, some creative passing and a strong and robust defence. The young Ballyshannon team remained focused and resilient against a very physically strong visiting side who became increasingly frustrated with the hosts determination as the game drew to a close. A wonderful free from Annie Keon about 10 minutes from the end found its way to the back of the net to give Aodh Ruadh some breathing space as they eventually ran out 2-8 to 2-1 winners on the night. A county board meeting on Monday night will decide how the remaining fixtures are played, but in the mean-time the girls will travel to Donegal Town on Tuesday evening to play Four Masters in a challenge match with a 6.15pm throw-in. Players are to meeting at park at 5.15pm to arrange transport.

The under 12s started their league in Buncrana on Saturday. The juniors got the show on the road, giving their all against a strong home side, but just came up short. Ellie Lilly was star of the show in nets with some great saves and excellent kick outs. In midfield Nessa Warren was outstanding and really got through a mountain of work, ably assisted by Katie McCaffrey. In defence Nessa Mitchell and Niamh McNulty both did really well under a lot of pressure. The seniors were impressive in their game and came away with a good win. Great displays all over the pitch. Jessica O'Mahoney deserves special mention for a simply sensational exhibition of football at full back. Further up the pitch Andrea Moore was handed a tough task, but delivered a display of great authority. Elsewhere scores from Cádhla Dolan, Lauren Foy, Pearl McHugh, Orlaith Gallagher and Roise Conlon kept the score board ticking over while Áine Neilan was a real warrior in the attack. Thanks a million to the parents for getting 25 players down the road, to Mairead Gallagher for taking care of the dressing room and to Claire and the Buncrana club for looking after us so well. Training as usual this Wednesday from 7pm to 8.15pm. We are at home this Saturday when Saint Eunan's are the visitors to Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Junior game throws in at 12 noon followed by the senior game at 1pm.

Under 10 training continues on Wednesdays from 5.45pm to 6.45pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

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

Commiserations to Caoimhe Keon, Cáit Gillespie and the Donegal minor ladies who lost out to a late rally from Monaghan in the Ulster final on Sunday. Donegal lead 1-6 to 0-7, but Monaghan hit six unanswered points to take the title. The Donegal under 14 girls were in action on Saturday in Cavan, taking on Monaghan, Laois and Kildare. They drew against Monaghan and defeated Laois in a cracking game, but just ran out of steam against Kildare. Aodh Ruadh's Megan Kane was playing full back. The side are in action again in two weeks when the All-Ireland series commences.

Hurling
The Aodh Ruadh senior hurlers are in Junior League action this Friday when they travel to take on Omagh Saint Enda's at 7.30pm.

The under 14s continued their good form with a comprehensive victory over Buncrana on Thursday in Father Tierney Park. They are in second place in the league and travel to Inishowen to take on Burt in their final league game this Thursday.

Our young minor team are up against a very strong Dungloe / Gaoth Dobhair amalgamation in the B league final in the Cross this Sunday, time to be confirmed.

Well done to Aaron Neilan, Aaron Cullen, Troy Killalea, Danny Breen Brosnan, Pauric Daly and Kyle McNulty who were part of the Donegal under 15 team who had a big win over Tyrone in the Hibernian Cup on Saturday. Our own Denis Daly is also part of the squad management. The Donegal under 14s also had a big win over Tyrone and we were represented on this panel by Cian McKenna, Tommy Winters, Mickey Doogan, James Gallagher and Kenzie Lee Ayres.

Aodh Ruadh under 14 hurlers are heading to Cork for the Féile na nGael National Finals on the weekend of 7th to 9th June. Our main fund-raiser for this trip will be our annual clothes collection. All unwanted clothes, shoes, bags and belts are welcome. No duvets or pillows please. To arrange collection contact any of the following please: Lorraine Duffy 087-6874393, Teresa Maguire 086-3983076, Denis Daly 086-3269550 or John Rooney 086-2587793.

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

Pitch bookings
Friday
Father Tierney Park, 7.15 pm. Under 12 boys football league - Aodh Ruadh v Ardara.
Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, 6pm. Under 8 boys blitz - Aodh Ruadh v Naomh Columba.
Saturday
Father Tierney Park, 12 noon to 3pm. County Board booking.
Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, 12 noon to 2pm. Under 12 girls football league - Aodh Ruadh v Saint Eunan's.
Sunday
Father Tierney Park, Afternoon - Community Games athletics
Monday 20th May
Father Tierney Park, 7.30pm - Under 14 boys football league - Aodh Ruadh v Ardara
Tuesday 21st May
Father Tierney Park, 7pm. Minor boys football league - Aodh Ruadh v Dungloe.

Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh fitness trail
The Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh fitness trail is almost complete. From now on vehicles are not allowed to Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh to ensure a safe environment for all users of the facilities there, young and old. The track is 630m in length and will have marker boards to indicate various distances. The club appeals to dog owners to respect the club's request not to bring dogs into our grounds at any time of the day or night.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was won by Regina Dolan of Ballyshannon. Margaret Meehan of Belleek took the stand up game prize in the amount of €110. The €100 house winners included Teresa McCafferty, Madeline Gibbions, Monica Quinn and Kevin O'Connor of Belleek. Angela Nicholson and John McFadden both took home a house and a line. Jean Sheerin and Mary Gallagher were amongst the €70 house winners. There was no winner of the snowball so it rolls on to €475 this week. Bingo as usual this Friday at 9pm at the Abbey Centre with a fine €2,200 in the prize fund. Books priced just €10.

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21 May

OsKaRs - What a night!
If ever an occasion lived up to its billing it was Saturday night's OsKaRs extravaganza in the Great Northern. Such a turn out, such style and such entertainment! The event would not have been the success it is without the help of so many people. The OsKaRs committee of William Doogan, Lisa McTernan, Sabrina Brosnan, Paul Gillespie, Andrea Gallagher, Gerard Ferguson and Siobhan McGarrigle would like to take this opportunity to express their sincerest gratitude and thanks to the following. First and foremost, our unbelievably talented group of actors and actresses. Their commitment, dedication and hard work has been immense from the very beginning of this project. It has not always been easy, but it has always been a great laugh. Many new lifelong friendships have been made. To the families of the actors for their support and patience. To all the extras who stepped into the various films. Many thanks to our main sponsor, EJ's Menswear. To Kevin Rowe events, working with Kevin, Rachel, Gemma, Conor, Chris and Anthony has been a pleasure throughout this whole experience. To all our sponsors, whether big or small, your support of the actors and the Aodh Ruadh club has been immeasurable. We greatly appreciate all your support, from sponsoring actors, donating raffle prizes to allowing our actors use of premises for fund-raisers. To our three judges, Maura Logue, Andrea Gilligan and Ryan McHugh. We thank them for giving us their time to be there. To all who allowed our film crews and actors into their homes and premises and to those who lent us some very realistic props. ErnePrint for their help and patience in getting the brochure ready for the event and to Linda Clyne for her help with the brochure. To all who helped out in various roles, either leading up to the big night or on the night itself. We thank James Warnock who DJed the after-party. Thanks to Karen and all the staff at the Great Northern Hotel for all their assistance. To Pauric Bromley, Ocean FM, Michael Daly and Michael McHugh for their help with the press releases. Thank you to Kevin Byrne, Seamie McPhelim and Simon Foley for providing transport for our actors and guests. Finally, last but not least, to all who attended our OsKaRs night, a sincere thank you and we hope you all thoroughly enjoyed what was an unforgettable night of entertainment.
The award winners on the night were as follows. Best Supporting Actress - Cathy McVeigh as Megan from Bridesmaids; Best Supporting Actor - Jon Dunt as Paul from Misery; Best Actor - Paul Touhy - The Bull McCabe in The Field; Best Actress - Caroline Freeman Roper as Siobhan in Love / Hate; Highest Grossing Actor - Amanda Mahon - The Field; Highest Grossing Film - The Snapper; Best Production - The Shawshank Redemption; Best Scene - The Hangover; Best Film - The Field.
For the record the film casts and co-ordinators were as follows.
MISERY: Jon Dunt, Roisín Lee, Catherine McKee. Co-ordinator: Siobhan McGarrigle
THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION: Ken Monaghan, Gerard Ferguson, Cian Dolan, Daniel Grimes, Diarmaid McInerney, Damian Conlon, Kenny Vaughan. Co-ordinator: Gerard Ferguson
THE SNAPPER: Sarah Daly, Eunan Doyle, Dolores Gillespie, Aaron Brennan, Terry Hughes, Carol Devanney, Teresina Mitchell, Janette McTernan, Natasha Gormley, Danika Doherty, Gaby McGloin, Tanya Dunne, Catherine Doogan, Geraldine Rodgers. Co-ordinator: Andrea Gallagher
BRIDESMAIDS: Kathy McEniff, Audrey Hannigan, Áine Cronin, Sarah O'Reilly, Aoife McLoone, Cathy McVeigh, Catriona Doogan. Co-ordinator: Lisa McTernan.
THE FIELD: Paul Touhy, Paddy Campbell, Teresa Maguire, Daithi Breen, Amanda Mahon, Claire Downey, Ronan Brennan, Denis Daly, Brian Gillespie. Co-ordinator: Sabrina Brosnan.
THE HANGOVER: Brian McGuinness, Eamonn McGrath, Chris McHale, Jason Granaghan, William Doogan. Co-ordinator: William Doogan.
LOVE / HATE: Seamus McHugh, Andy Brennan, Caroline Freeman Roper, Diarmaid McInerney, Packie McGrath, Maria McGee, Marie McCready, Geraldine Killalea, Paul Gillespie, Ronan McShea, Donagh McInerney, Jackie Lilly, Sandra Hughes, Cathal Gallagher. Co-ordinator: Paul Gillespie.
You can relive what was truly a wonderful night by having a browse through our gallery of almost 500 images on aodhruadh.org. Well done to one and all, you really did the club proud.

Football
Aodh Ruadh return to adult action this Saturday when Termon are the visitors to Father Tierney Park. Reserves go off at 5.30pm followed by the seniors at 7pm.

Aodh Ruadh opened their minor league on Monday evening with a convincing 6-11 to 1-7 win over Dungloe. A squad of 30 players were on duty as the side christened their new jerseys, kindly sponsored by CJ Farrell International, in some style. Aaron Cullen's kick outs were on point and the whole team worked the restarts well. Adam Clarke and Kyle Murray marshalled the full back line with great confidence and aggression, while there were powerful performances from the half back line of Mark McGlynn, captain Shane Gillespie and Aaron Neilan. As ever Odhran McGarrigle worked hard and foraged well around half forward and was a constant thorn in Dungloe's side. The partnership of Tiernan Flood Dolan and Matt Gillespie also gelled well together while Eoin Doherty and Cian Rooney linked well in the attack and caused plenty of problems for the Gaeltacht men. We have pictures from the game, and the new jerseys, up on aodhruadh.org.

The under 16s just had too much for Naomh Conaill when the sides met in the Southern Divisional semi-final in Father Tierney Park on Friday. The Ernesiders had the game more or less wrapped up by half-time and went on to run out winners on a scoreline of 7-9 to 1-5. Ryan Keenaghan at full back and Aaron Neilan at half back ensured there weren't too many crumbs falling Glenties' way. Kyle Murray and Matt Gillespie very much got the better of things in the middle third while in the attack there were nice scores from Cian Rooney and Mitch McLaughlin. We have a gallery of pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. Next up is the Southern Divisional final against Four Masters. That takes place this Sunday at 7pm in Ballintra's Páirc Naomh Bríd. The Ulster SFC quarter-final in Enniskillen notwithstanding, we'd like to see a good Ballyshannon support there to cheer the lads on.

The under 12s hosted Ardara for an intensely contested couple of games in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Friday evening. The senior game saw both sides fully committed in a match which ebbed and flowed. Ted O'Donnell was superb for the hosts in the centre of the field while up front Oran Gillespie took some really nice scores. Further back Corey Sheridan and Liam Doogan were both very steady in the defence. Ballyshannon would have been good value for the win, but it wasn't to be and the visitors emerged victors on a scoreline of 1-11 to 3-8. Aodh Ruadh fared better in the junior game where they had too much for the Pearse Park lads. Jun Hui Lin continued his fine vein of form with another strong outing while Dara O'Mahoney did a good job of carrying the game to the visitors. We have a gallery of pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. Next up for the team is a challenge against Saint Mary's, Sligo this Tuesday in Father Tierney Park. Players are to be at the park 6.15pm. The lads are back out in league action this Friday when they travel to Donegal town to take on Four Masters, first game getting underway at 7pm.

Our under 8 boys team hosted Naomh Columba on Friday evening. We had a panel of 45 boys, and four games were played simultaneously. There were some great displays of skill and determination which were enjoyed by the large turn-out of parents and supporters. The weather was superb and made it a great evening of football enjoyed by all. We have a great gallery of pictures of the action up on aodhruadh.org. Training continues this Friday at 6pm.

Ladies
The senior ladies lost out to Gaeil Fhánada in the Intermediate championship on Sunday.

The under 12s had their second league outing on Saturday when Saint Eunan's were the guests in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. The juniors got proceedings under way. Once again Ellie Lilly was excellent in goals pulling off some fine saves. The half-back line featured two contenders for player of the match. Lucy Byrne was really outstanding with Ellie Brennan giving good assistance. In the attack Lucy Cleary was immense with her determined tackling a real treat to see. Sadhbh Hughes contributed well when moved back out to midfield while Rihanna Reynolds took her score well. The seniors enjoyed an excellent, well-balanced contest with the O'Donnell Park girls. We faced the wind in the first half and Saint Eunan's made good use of the elements to take a nine point lead in at the interval. The Letterkenny girls hit a further 2-1 in the second half, but Aodh Ruadh launched a strong come-back with some score-taking of the highest order. In the end it finished honours even, Aodh Ruadh 3-14 Saint Eunan's 6-5. Katie McGowan, Jessica O'Mahoney and Andrea Moore worked relentlessly in defence, particularly in the first half when the pressure was on. Strong scoring from Lauren Foy, Orlaith Gallagher and Pearl McHugh helped secure the Ernesiders a share of the spoils. Training as usual this Wednesday from 7pm to 8.15pm.

Under 10 training continues on Wednesdays from 5.45pm to 6.45pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

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

Commiserations to Caitlin McGarrigle, Eilish Gallagher and Orla Keon and the Donegal under 16 ladies who lost out Tyrone in their Ulster final on Saturday. Good luck to Megan Kane and the under 14 Donegal team who are in action this weekend in Annaghdown, Galway in the All-Ireland series where they will be taking on Fermanagh, Waterford and Tipperary.

Hurling
Aodh Ruadh seniors travelled to Omagh on Friday evening to take on Saint Enda's in the Junior Hurling League. This was a gripping encounter where the lead changed hand on numerous occasions and where the sides were level a number of times. As we headed into the closing stages of the game there was nothing to separate the sides, but the Aodh Ruadh lads got the last score to run out winners on a 2-13 to 2-12 scoreline. This was a tough, hard hitting and fair encounter where our young squad stood up to the physical challenge posed by the Tyrone men. We are up against table toppers Carndonagh in Father Tierney Park this Friday. Throw-in is at 7.45pm.

The minors travelled to the Cross on Sunday to play Dungloe / Gaoth Dobhair in the B league final. When these sides met in the opening game of the league the west Donegal lads inflicted a 31 point trouncing on our very young squad. Lesser teams would have thrown in the towel at that stage, but the lads fielded week after week with small numbers and continued to work hard and improve. They had some good performances along the way including a couple of great wins over Burt which saw them make the final. Of the 17 lads who travelled on Sunday nine of them were under 16. They were determined to give it all they had to claim the title. We trailed at half time by five points, 2-5 to 0-6, but the lads still believed they could claim the silverware. They put in a storming second half and fought for every ball and never gave up and after five agonising minutes of injury time they claimed the league title 3-12 to 2-13. There were great celebrations among the players and the loyal supporters who stood by the lads all year. County Hurling Secretary Paddy Lennon presented the cup to captain Adam Rami who gave a rousing speech to match his performance on the field.

The under 14s travelled to Burt for their final league game last Thursday and came home with the points to secure their place in the A final against Carndonagh. The final is on Thursday evening in Carn where the lads will be hoping to retain their league title.

Well done to John Larkin and his under 8 squad who did very well at their second blitz of the year in Convoy on Sunday.

Aodh Ruadh under 14 hurlers are heading to Cork for the Féile na nGael National Finals on the weekend of 7th to 9th June. Our main fund-raiser for this trip will be our annual clothes collection. All unwanted clothes, shoes, bags and belts are welcome. No duvets or pillows please. To arrange collection contact any of the following please: Lorraine Duffy 087-6874393, Teresa Maguire 086-3983076, Denis Daly 086-3269550 or John Rooney 086-2587793.

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

Pitch bookings
Tuesday
Father Tierney Park, 7pm. Under 12 boys football challenge - Aodh Ruadh v Saint Mary's, Sligo.
Wednesday
Father Tierney Park, 7pm. Under 12 boys football challenge.
Father Tierney Park, 8.15pm. Adult football challenge - Aodh Ruadh Reserves v County Masters.
Friday
Father Tierney Park, 7.15pm. Junior Hurling League - Aodh Ruadh v Carndonagh.
Saturday
Father Tierney Park, 1pm - Under 15 regional League - Derry A v Mayo A.
Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, 1pm - Under 15 regional League - Derry B v Mayo B.
Father Tierney Park, 5.30pm. ACFL Reserve Division 2 - Aodh Ruadh v Termon.
Father Tierney Park, 7pm. ACFL Division 2 - Aodh Ruadh v Termon.
Monday 27th May
Father Tierney Park, 7pm. Under 14 boys football league - Aodh Ruadh v Four Masters.

May Big Bingo
The May big bingo takes place a week early this Friday at the Abbey Centre. There will be a mighty prize fund of €3,200 including the €1,000 super jackpot which must be won. The snowball is €500. Books are priced €15 or get the book and a half special for €20. First game at 9pm.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was won by Pat Treacy of Belleek. The stand up game prize of €110 was won by Madeline Gibbions of Ballyshannon. There was no claim on the snowball prize so it rolls up to €500 this week.

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28 May

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

Football
Aodh Ruadh got back to winning ways in the league last Saturday in a real game of two halves. The first saw the lion's share of the scoring, the second the preponderance of the drama. The first 30 didn't give referee Anthony McCallig too many problems as Aodh Ruadh made the most of their chances to go in leading 2-9 to 1-6. Nathan Boyle and Shane McGrath hit the goals with the Ballyshannon lads played some lovely flowing football. The scoring tailed off significantly in the second half, but that wasn't for want of passion and effort from either side. Aodh Ruadh had to weather a fierce Termon drive to get back on terms and lost Niall Murray to two yellows in the process. However the visitors' advantage didn't last long with Shaun O'Donnell being lined on a straight red. From there to the conclusion Ballyshannon pushed on to secure hard earned, but deserved points. Darren Drummond scrambled home a late goal to leave the final score 3-12 to 1-12, probably a fair reflection of the exchanges. Aodh Ruadh had to dig deep for this victory and there were a number of strong contributions across the pitch. Peter Boyle made a vital stop at a crucial stage late in proceedings. In the half back line Nathan Boyle and Johnny Gallagher both had phenomenal games. Philip Patton's accuracy was once again a vital weapon in Ballyshannon's armoury. Also in attack Shane McGrath, Darren Drummond and Oisin Rooney gave a determined Termon rearguard plenty of problems. We have a full match report on pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

The reserves got the better of a typically competitive Termon outfit on Saturday evening. Two first half goals from the visitors had them in control as they held a 2-5 to 1-6 lead at the break. A well worked goal palmed in by JJ Cassidy and a brace from both Michael 'Sticky' Ward and Anthony Coughlin along with a Cassidy point kept the hosts within reach. A cracking effort from distance by Conal Sweeny after a strong run before the break was the score of the half. The second half was to be all Aodh Ruadh. Cassidy raised the green flag again with a rocket to the roof of the net shortly after the restart. A mighty shift by the home back line kept Termon to just three points in the half despite the visitors having the slight wind advantage. Sticky Ward pointed and later found the net after a good ball in from Coughlin to stretch the lead to four points. Termon responded, but Coughlin hit his third point for Aodh Ruadh to see out the win at 3-8 to 2-8. All 17 men used put in a tremendous shift and fully deserved the win. Gary Ward in nets had a great game and couldn't be faulted for the goals. Adam Clarke and David McLoone controlled the back with great cover from James O'Donnell and Ryan O'Brien. Martin Gallagher contested everything and bossed the middle with Ronan Drummond, while up front Darren McNulty and Sticky Ward were telepathic in reading each other's moves. Cassidy was immense and took his 2-1 well. We have full team and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

Aodh Ruadh will be hoping to follow up those positive results this Sunday when they travel to Tir Chonaill Park to take on Four Masters. Seniors go off at 3pm and are followed by the reserves at 4.30pm.

The minors are on their travels this Tuesday, 28th May. They are making the trip to Glen to take on Naomh Columba at 7pm in the side's last outing before a break for the exams.

Aodh Ruadh under 16s lost out by the bare minimum in the Southern Regional League final in Ballintra on Sunday. Four Masters dominated the opening stages and hit ten unanswered points to take a commanding lead. However goals from Marty McGarrigle and Daniel Breen Brosnan and point from Ballyshannon in the run up to the interval meant there was just a goal in it at the turnaround. Aodh Ruadh out-scored Four Masters in the second half and goals from Marty McGarrigle and Diarmaid Flood Dolan saw the Ernesiders leading by two with time running out. However a string of five late frees saw the game finish 4-4 to 0-17 in favour of Four Masters. Despite the defeat it was good showing from Aodh Ruadh, particularly the half back line of Colm McGloin, Damian Weber and Aaron Neilan. Further back Eoghan Kelly was outstanding at corner back with Ryan Keenaghan steady as ever at full back. Up front Mitch McLaughlin worked hard throughout. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. Next game on the under 16s' radar is the county championship semi-final against Milford which will be played in Father Tierney Park some time towards the end of June.

The under 12s were home and away to Four Master over the course of the past week. The sides played out a good tussle on Friday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh with the visitors earning a four point win. On Monday evening Four Masters made the most of home advantage to record a good victory. This Friday sees the team playing the last game of the round robin league stages. Players are to meet at the park at 4.45pm ahead of the trip to Glencolumcille to take on Naomh Columba.

Under 8 boys training continues this Friday from 6pm to 7pm. On Saturday morning the lads will have a series of in-house games in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 10am.

Ladies
The under 16 girls will have a challenge against Four Masters next Monday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 6pm.

Commiserations to the under 14s who came up just short in their county semi-final in Glencolumcille on Monday evening. This last four clash with Naomh Columba was very much a game of two halves. The Ballyshannon girls played with the wind in the first half and went in six points down. They came out like demons in the second half and played brilliantly. The defence was superb, especially captain for the night Cara Davitt who was immense. In the middle of the park Lauren Foy was fabulous and when the pressure was on Michaela McCaffrey scored a great goal. There were many other great performances across the team, too many to mention individually, but the heart the team showed in the second half was something to be very proud off. Unfortunately the end came too soon and just when Aodh Ruadh had got a stranglehold on the game the final whistle blew. Sad to have lost the match, but exceptionally proud of the performance as Naomh Columba ran out three point winners.

There will be no under 12 training this Wednesday. The team have their third league outing of the season this Thursday when we travel to Inishowen to take on Muff. The bus departs from Father Tierney Park at 4pm and players are asked to assemble at 3.45pm. We expect games to get going down there at 6.30pm.

The under 10s and under 8s are playing Naomh Molaise Grange this Wednesday at 7pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

The Donegal under 14 girls played Waterford, Tipperary and Fermanagh in Galway at the weekend. Tipperary beat Donegal, but the Tir Chonaill girls bounced back to beat Waterford and Fermanagh with Aodh Ruadh's Megan Kane playing at full back. Next week they play in an All-Ireland quarter-final, fixture details to be confirmed.

Congratulations to Catherine Lloyd and Dave Carroll who tied the knot last weekend in Tipperary from all her former Aodh Ruadh team-mates.

Hurling
On Friday the seniors took on Carndonagh in the Junior Hurling League in Father Tierney Park. It was a tough physical encounter between two evenly matched teams. There was never more than the puck of a ball between the sides. At the final whistle the hungrier and physically stronger Carn lads came out on top 1-12 to 0-11.

Last Thursday our under 14s made the long trip to Carndonagh to take on the home team in the county league final. This was a game that ebbed and flowed and had plenty of action to entertain the large crowd. At the final whistle it was the Inishowen lads who ran out winners 6-8 to 5-4. The lads were back in action on Sunday as they took on Setanta in Father Tierney Park in the Championship quarter-final. It was a tough battle which the Ernesiders won 6-5 to 6-0. Next up for the lads is the long trip to Buncrana to take on the hosts in the county semi-final. The under 14s are heading to Cork for the Féile na nGael National Finals on the weekend of 7th to 9th June. Our main fund-raiser for this trip will be our annual clothes collection. All unwanted clothes, shoes, bags and belts are welcome. No duvets or pillows please. To arrange collection contact any of the following please: Lorraine Duffy 087-6874393, Teresa Maguire 086-3983076, Denis Daly 086-3269550 or John Rooney 086-2587793.

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

Pitch bookings
Wednesday
Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, 7pm. Under 8 and under 10 girls blitz - Aodh Ruadh v Grange
Saturday
Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, 9.30am - Under 8 internal blitz.
Monday 3rd June
Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, 6pm. Under 16 ladies challenge - Aodh Ruadh v Four Masters.

Father Tierney Park access
Please note that Father Tierney Park will be closed on Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th May for maintenance works. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

Training sessions
As the season has progressed there has been a lot of changes to training and coaching schedules. All team managers are asked to confirm June sessions by text directly to Tom Daly before Thursday night's club executive committee meeting. This is to ensure continuing good co-ordination so that the 24 individual club groups using our facilities get the access they need to bring our teams on.

Rory Gallagher Festival
There will be some limited use of our facilities this weekend as part of the Rory Gallagher Festival and signage will be in place.

Abbey Centre Bingo
The latest bingo thousandaire is Noelle Gillen who scooped the Big Bingo €1,000 super jackpot. Well done Noelle. The stand-up game prize of €140 was won by Mary B Kerrigan. Winners of the €150 houses included Mary Monaghan, Marian O'Connell and Denis Sheerin, whilst €100 houses were won by Agnes Hastings, Annie McGloin, Sheena Newell, Bridie Corr, Therese Costello, Mary McGonigle and Margaret McCaffrey. There was no winner of the summer snowball so it rolls up to €550 on 47 numbers. Bingo as usual this Friday night at the Abbey Centre with a juicy €2,250 prize fund. First game at 9pm, books priced just €10.

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