Club Notes Archive - 2019JULY
- 2 July
It took something of a dogfight, but Aodh Ruadh came good in the end against Naomh Columba in Sunday's league clash, running out 0-16 to 0-12 winners at the long whistle. Ballyshannon only took the lead minutes from the end, but when they got their noses in front they kicked strongly for the finish. Aodh Ruadh had a slow start, trailing by 0-4 to 0-1 after 15 minutes, Nathan Boyle with the hosts' lone score. Boyle added two further frees before brother Peter stepped up to lash over a 45. Half-time was almost upon us when the Ernesiders got their first scores from play courtesy of Niall Murray and Cian Dolan to leave it Aodh Ruadh 0-6 Naomh Columba 0-7 at the turnaround. Nathan Boyle quickly leveled matters on the restart, but Naomh Columba hit two quick answering points. A Diarmaid McInerney free and another Peter Boyle 45 got Barry Ward and Philip O'Reilly's men back on terms. The sides swapped scores twice more, Johnny Gethins and Colm Kelly on target for Aodh Ruadh. It was then Ballyshannon pushed for the tape as two Diarmaid McInerney frees and points from Shane McGrath and Nathan Boyle saw the homesters secure a much-needed victory. Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were: Peter Boyle (0-2 45s); Calum O'Halloran, Colm Kelly (0-1), Michael Ward; Paddy Gillespie, Johnny Gallagher, Shane Gillespie; Cian Dolan (0-1), Eamonn McGrath; Johnny Gethins (0-1), Nathan Boyle (0-5, 4f), Diarmaid McInerney (0-3f); Shane McGrath (0-1), Oisin Rooney (0-1), Niall Murray (0-1). Subs: Conor Patton for O'Halloran HT; Michael McKenna for P Gillespie HT; Darren Drummond for Murray 47m; Ryan McKenna for C Dolan 47m.
In the curtain-raiser the reserves ground out a good 2-9 to 0-11 point victory against a determined Glen side. An early exchange of points had the teams level at three points each after 10 minutes with the home scores coming from Chris Goan, Dermot Slevin and Michael 'Sticky' Ward. The visitors then hit a purple patch aided by the strong breeze to stretch out into a 0-6 to 0-3 lead. Aodh Ruadh levelled with a great team goal worked up through the middle. A searching Ryan O'Brien ball in was met by Conall Sweeny who got the flick on to guide the ball over the oncoming keepers head into the net. The visitors got the final score of the half to go in at the break with the slenderest of leads at 1-3 to 0-7. The Glen men restarted stronger and tagged on another two points, which were answered by a Sticky Ward (free) and Dermot Slevin point from play. As the second-half settled Aodh Ruadh got their game going and started to dominate all over the field. The half back and half forward units were winning everything with the ever reliable Sticky Ward orchestrating the forward play and scoring four points. Dermot Slevin added the final score for the hosts to run out four point winners in the end. A very good team performance, with some excellent spells of play. Tiernan Flood-Dolan stood out in his debut game and gave a great account of himself in the middle beside James O'Donnell. The energy of Sweeny, Taylor, O'Brien and McGarrigle against the first half wind made sure the game was tight at half-time, with the experience of McGrath, Slevin and Stick Ward crafting the scores in the second half. First half substitutes Adam Clarke and David McLoone did very well when introduced and got through a lot of work. The victorious Aodh Ruadh team were: Karl O'Brien; Daniel Warnock, Packie McGrath, Conall Sweeny (1-0); JJ Cassidy, Sean Taylor, Ryan O'Brien; James O'Donnell, Tiernan Flood-Dolan; Odhran McGarrigle, Dermot Slevin (0-3), Christopher Goan (0-1); Michael 'Sticky' Ward (0-6, 2f), Anthony Coughlin, Darren McNulty. Subs: Adam Clarke for JJ Cassidy (inj), David McLoone for Daniel Warnock (inj), Philip McLoone for Darren McNulty, Raymie Granaghan.
Aodh Ruadh are in Father Tierney Park once again this Sunday. Glenfin are the guests on Erneside with the reserves going off at 1.30pm followed by the seniors at 3pm.
The minors returned to action after the break for exams last Thursday. They took on Killybegs, but came out on the wrong side of a 1-12 to 1-9 scoreline against the Fishermen.
Last Friday saw Aodh Ruadh under 14s making to Connacht for the annual Féile festival of football. It was a great weekend for the squad who were wonderfully looked after by our hosts in Headford, Galway. The whole town pulled out all the stops when it came to hospitality and it was humbling to see the generosity and enthusiasm with which we were welcomed. The town was decorated in green and white flags and bunting and the club house and school hall filled with school kids artwork with the Aodh Ruadh logo and Gaelic football themed art. Local businesses provided mountains of food, drinks and refreshments and the host families could not have been nicer in how well they treated our players. The team's first two games on the Friday were in Ballindine, where again the hospitality of the Davitt's Club was remarkable. We started off with a good victory against Davitt's, winning 1-12 to 1-7. Next up were Kilcormac-Killoughy of Offaly who won Division 2 in the Hurling Féile in Cork three weeks ago. They were tougher opposition and beat us by two points on a scoreline of 2-3 to 1-8. These boys went on over the next two days to claim the Division 6 title so it was a good achievement to be so close to the eventual winners. Our first game on Saturday, the last of the group stages, saw us beat our hosts with only a two point to spare. However in the quarter-final game the amalgamated Roscommon clubs of Éire Óg and Michael Glavey's had four points over us at half-time and went on to close out the second half and leave us eliminated from the competition. Sunday proved to be a great day on a social level with a morning game between mixed players of Aodh Ruadh and Headford in the morning followed by a lake swim for the brave lads who faced the clod waters of Lough Corrib. Special thanks to James McNamee for keeping us between the ditches, the parents who travelled to support, all those who bought Aodh Ruadh hats and jerseys which covered our Féile expenses, Kernan's Spar for their sponsorship and especially the whole community of Headford who treated Aodh Ruadh to a weekend we will never forget.
Under 11 training continues on Mondays and Friday at 7.15pm. The lads take on Grange in a challenge on Saturday at 10.30am. All players to be at the Park for 10am.
Aodh Ruadh under 8s hosted the MacCumhaill under 7 boys on Friday evening, with our under 8s playing an in-house game. Our three games against MacCumhaill's saw our boys compete brilliantly, with every boy showing great improvements as the year progresses. We had 42 boys up playing in total, with all boys getting maximum game time. Many thanks to David Downey and Damian Conlon for reffing. The squad have no game this week, with training continuing as normal on Friday from 6pm to 7pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. The next scheduled under 8 game is a home fixture against Killybegs on Saturday 13th July.
The senior ladies had a convincing win over Killybegs in Fintra last Thursday. It was a great team performance from the Ernesiders on one of the hottest days of the year. Bridín Maguire was called upon to make some important saves between the posts and got great cover from sister Grainne at full back. Cáit Gillespie and Caoimhe Keon dominated in midfield while Aodh Ruadh were in great form up front where Áine Gilmore, Terri Gallagher and Mary Flora Scott and Méabh Rooney all took some lovely scores. They are in action again this Sunday against Four Masters in Father Tierney Park at 11am.
The under 16's season got under way against Saint Naul's last Tuesday. The visitors had the better of the early exchanges with only and Aoibhínn McGarrigle point answering 1-3 rattled in by the Mountcharles girls. A well taken individual point from Orla Keon helped kick-start Aodh Ruadh's challenge, and 1-2 from Katie O'Brien followed by another McGarrigle point left the hosts marginally ahead 1-5 to 1-3 at the turnaround. Saint Naul's got the first point on the resumption, but from there to practically the final whistle Aodh Ruadh took charge. Orla Keon, Aoibhínn McGarrigle, Tia McFarland, Ciara Gillespie, Eilish Gallagher and Katie O'Brien all got on the score sheet as Aodh Ruadh ran out 2-12 to 1-5 winners. Áine Hill had a great second half between the posts while Ciara Caldwell was a real rock in defence. Caitlin McGarrigle worked like a dog in the middle third, while Danielle Gallagher also had a fine game up front. This week Saint Eunan's are the guests in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Players to at the park for 6.15pm. Throw-in at 7pm.
Under 13 training takes place on Tuesdays in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 5.30pm to 6.45pm.
Under 12 training as usual this Wednesday at 7pm when we will have results from the first round of the skills test.
The under 10s had a busy week. On Wednesday they welcomed teams from Saint Naul's and Four Masters to a blitz in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Over 60 girls played in the evening sun before enjoying some lovely refreshments in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Many thanks to Gabby McGloin and Caoimhe Keon for reffing the matches as well as to the many parents who supported on the night. On Saturday two Aodh Ruadh teams headed to Derrygonnelly. The girls had an exceptional day out, playing teams from Belcoo, Tempo and Derrygonnelly. We'll be finishing up the season with a fun session this Wednesday, 3rd July, from 5.45pm to 6.45pm. Much progress has been made this season and the coaches would like to wish those moving up to under 12 next year the very best and look forward to working with another great group of young footballers in under 10s next year.
The under 8s also have their final training session this Wednesday at 5.45pm with a fun session followed by goodies.
Under 6 training finished for the year last Friday with a great final session. The coaches are very proud of the girls for how far they have come over the season. Thanks to all the parents who supported and encouraged the girls to continue to develop their skills each week. Thanks to Patricia McShea and Sabrina Brosnan for their ongoing support throughout the year. They made the running of everything look effortless even though we know so much goes into maintaining the development of the girls teams. Massive thanks to John and Denise, as I think we've made a great trio. Most importantly, thanks to our wee team that gave 100 percent to each session. They have made it easy for us this year. Best of luck to all the little ladies moving up to under 8s next year, making room for all new little ladies hoping to become part of the team.
The senior hurlers were in Championship action in Father Tierney Park on Saturday against Carndonagh. This was their opening game in the Junior Championship and after suffering two defeats in the league against the Carn men the lads were keen to avoid a third defeat. Aodh Ruadh hurled very well and put in a great team performance to run out convincing winners on a 1-19 to 1-4 scoreline. We have a great gallery of pictures from the game live now on aodhruadh.org.
Our under 16s opened their league campaign away to Letterkenny Gaels on Thursday with a comprehensive victory.
On the same evening the under 12s had a titanic battle with Burt in Father Tierney Park. Both teams gave it their all in a tough hard hitting encounter which the Burt lads won 6-7 to 6-4. The lads are at home again this Thursday against Carndonagh.
On Sunday morning our under 8s hosted a blitz with Naomh Molaise Gaels and Four Masters. We had a panel of 13 and they all got loads of hurling. Many thanks to the parents who put on a great spread of goodies in the Aras afterwards.
Underage hurling training continues on Sunday for all teams at 12 noon.
The 28th annual Aodh Ruadh Summer Camp commenced on Monday, 1st July and runs to Friday, 12th July. There's loads to do with football, hurling, swimming, rounders, obstacle courses and plenty of other fun and games. Each week of the camp concludes with a sports day on Friday. The camp runs from 10am to 3pm and is open to all children from 6 to 14 years-of-age. Apart from being great fun, the camp represents excellent value with family concessions available. Children should bring a packed lunch as no one will be allowed to leave the camp during the day. No nuts are allowed as some of the children attending have a severe allergy. Remember sun cream for your child. Even in overcast weather burns can happen.
An external accessible defibrillator box being erected this week beside the Give Respect Get Respect sign in Father Tierney Park. This will allow quicker access to this life-saving equipment when it is needed. This initiative has been made possible by profits from sale of club gear by Chris Kelly. Many thanks to Chris for all his efforts with club gear and thanks to the Park / Development committee workers for erecting the box.
Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, 6.30pm. Under 8 and 10 girls
Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, Top Pitch, 7pm. Under 12 hurling league - Aodh Ruadh v Carndonagh.
Father Tierney Park, 7pm. Under 18 hurling championship - Aodh Ruadh v Saint Eunan's
Father Tierney Park, 7pm. Under 16 football league county semi-final - Aodh Ruadh v Milford
Father Tierney Park, 10.30am. Under 11 football challenge - Aodh Ruadh v Grange
Father Tierney Park, 11am. Senior Ladies - Aodh Ruadh v Four Masters
Father Tierney Park, 1.30pm. ACFL Reserve Division 2 - Aodh Ruadh v Glenfin
Father Tierney Park, 3pm. ACFL Division 2 - Aodh Ruadh v Glenfin
Abbey Centre Bingo
Well done to Margaret Meehan of Belleek who is the latest Big Bingo thousandaire after taking home the June Super Jackpot of €1,000. Winners of the €150 houses included Bridie Corr and Kevin O'Connor, while €100 house winners included Denis Sheerin, Marian Matthews, Helen Coughlin, Mark Granaghan and James Monaghan. The stand-up game prize of €135 was won by Noelle Donnelly of Tyrone. The summer snowball remains unclaimed so rolls on to €800 on 48 numbers this week. Bingo as usual at 9pm this Friday night at the Abbey Centre, Ballyshannon, with €2,500 in the prize fund. Books priced just €10.
- 9 July
Aodh Ruadh's scheduled senior and reserve games against Glenfin were postponed. Aodh Ruadh reserves return to action this Saturday when they play Four Masters in the league at 6pm. The seniors will take on the Donegal town men the following Saturday, 20th July, down in Tir Chonaill Park.
It wasn't to be for Gerald McGloin's charges on Sunday evening as they took on Gaoth Dobhair in the under 16 county decider in Letterkenny. Aodh Ruadh were clearly showing the weariness of playing a bruising county semi-final which went to extra-time just 48 hours previously. In addition Gaoth Dobhair were not in charitable mood. Aodh Ruadh trailed by two goals at the break, but looked far from out of it. The Ernesiders did close to within four points of the Gaeltacht lads, but a couple of sucker punch goals ended Ballyshannon's chances, not to mention putting an unwarranted gloss on the final scoreline for the victors. The game ended Aodh Ruadh 2-7 Gaoth Dobhair 4-12, but nevertheless the lads can carry their heads high. Making a county final is a feat in itself, and there's no doubt this squad will have their day in the sun yet. Huge credit to keeper Aaron Horan for flying home early from his holidays to do nets. There was absolutely nothing he could have done about any of the goals. Colm McGloin put in a great shift in the defence, while the midfield pairing of Matt Gillespie and Aaron Neilan worked tirelessly. Some of Aodh Ruadh's best performances came in the attack with Marty McGarrigle, Danny Breen Brosnan and Damian Weber all giving their markers their fill of it. Mitchell McLaughlin also impressed on his introduction. We have a full final match report up on aodhruadh.org. The under 16s booked their place in the final courtesy of a rollercoaster one point extra-time over against Milford in Father Tierney Park on Friday, 6-14 to 2-23 was the final score. We have a great gallery of pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.
The under 14s made one of the longest intra-county journeys in the GAA when they travelled to tackle Malin on Monday evening. Unfortunately the 260km round trip won it on this occasion. There was just a point between the sides at half-time with the scores pegged at 2-6 to 1-8. Unfortunately the Inishowen men got goal-happy in the second half and the Ernesiders lost out on a 7-11 to 4-9 scoreline.
The under 11s hosted Grange on Saturday morning. Aodh Ruadh ran out winner's in the end of a good competitive contest. The boys really put in a team performance, with all 16 lads working very hard on the pitch. A very positive team performance. Training continues Monday and Fridays at 7.15pm. The team should have a game this coming Saturday also. Details will be notified to players in due course.
Under 8 training continues as normal on Friday from 6pm to 7pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. The team have a home game against Killybegs this Saturday.
Aodh Ruadh under 16s made it two from two with a hard earned win over a determined Saint Eunan's outfit last Tuesday. The first half was evenly fought. Katie O'Brien settled the homesters with a point five minutes in, but Saint Eunan's levelled a couple of minutes later. A Sarah Jane Keon point was also quickly cancelled out. Points from Danielle Gallagher and Katie O'Brien (2) were then answered by a trio of scores from Eunan's to make it all square with the interval looming. A well taken point from Sarah Jane Keon gave the Ernesiders the slimmest of half-time leads. The Letterkenny girls got back to parity just three minutes into the new half. Aoibhínn McGarrigle clipped over two points, but the O'Donnell park outfit continued to battle back and going into the final quarter they pointed to leave the minimum in it. Aodh Ruadh upped the tempo heading to the final whistle and two quick fire identikit goals helped give the hosts a cushion they would maintain to the end. Lucy McGlynn laid off to Niamh Hughes after a blistering run and Hughes released Aoibhínn McGarrigle to blast to the back of the net. Unanswered points from Katie O'Brien and Caitlin McGarrigle and Aoibhínn McGarrigle wrapped up the Aodh Ruadh scoring, leaving them ten points to the good. Saint Eunan's did finish with a good rally of points, but the win went the way of the homesters after an absorbing and sporting contest, Aodh Ruadh 2-11 Saint Eunan's 0-11. Áine Hill had another fine game between the posts, while in front of her Eilish Gallagher was in exceptional defensive form. Caitlin McGarrigle put in another polished display in the middle third. Up front Danielle Gallagher tied things together really well. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. This Tuesday sees the girls' first game on the road. They travel to Inishowen to take on Carndonagh, throw-in at 7pm.
Under 13 training takes place on Tuesdays in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 5.30pm to 6.45pm.
The under 12s had a very enjoyable training session on Tullan Strand on Saturday morning. They are in Belleek this Wednesday for a challenge. The game gets going at 7pm and players are to be in Belleek for 6.15pm. The next league game is this Saturday against Gaoth Dobhair in Father Tierney Park. All players to be up to the park for 11.15am.
The senior hurlers take on Saint Eunan's in the Junior Championship this Saturday in Father Tierney Park. Throw in is at 7pm and all support would be very welcome.
Aodh Ruadh minors are also due out in championship action this week. They are down to take on Dungloe / Gaoth Dobhair in Father Tierney Park this Thursday at 7.30pm.
The under 12s were in action at home again last Thursday against Carndonagh. The lads hurled really well against a physically strong Carn team and ran out worthy winners on a 3-7 to 2-5 scoreline. This enthusiastic squad have being working hard all season and it is encouraging to see such good numbers at this age level. They are away to Four Masters this week.
Underage hurling training continues on Sunday for all teams at 12 noon.
OsKaRs Show Night
Relive the glitz and excitement of the Aodh Ruadh OsKaRs this Saturday when we stage an OsKaRs Show Night in the Abbey Centre. We will be showing all seven films with the screenings getting under way at 7.30pm sharp. Tickets, priced €10 are only available at the Abbey Centre Box Office, so call now on 071-9851375 to book yours.
Father Tierney Park, 6pm. Under 14 ladies football challenge - Aodh Ruadh v Glencar / Manorhamilton
Father Tierney Park, 7.15pm. Senior ladies football league - Aodh Ruadh v Four Masters
Father Tierney Park, 7.30pm. Under 18 hurling championship - Aodh Ruadh v Dungloe / Gaoth Dobhair
Father Tierney Park, 12 noon. Under 12 ladies football league - Aodh Ruadh v Gaoth Dobhair
Father Tierney Park, 7pm. Junior Hurling Championship - Aodh Ruadh v Saint Eunan's
Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh Fitness Trail
It is great to see so many people using the new fitness trail facility at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. It is being used regularly now by all age-groups. For health and safety reasons dogs are not permitted in our grounds. This message has not got through to a small number of people. In the interests of everyone who uses our facilities and the people who work hard seven days a week to cope with all the activity and maintain the grounds, we are asking again that everyone complies with the no dogs rule.
The Aodh Ruadh Summer Camp continues this week. There's loads to do with football, hurling, swimming, rounders, obstacle courses and plenty of other fun and games. Each week of the camp concludes with a sports day on Friday. The camp runs from 10am to 3pm and is open to all children from 6 to 14 years-of-age. Apart from being great fun, the camp represents excellent value with family concessions available. Children should bring a packed lunch as no one will be allowed to leave the camp during the day. No nuts are allowed as some of the children attending have a severe allergy. Remember sun cream for your child. Even in overcast weather burns can happen.
Could you be king or queen of the Erne?
Ballyshannon and District Museum are holding a Medieval Day on Sunday August 4th this year at the Holy Family School. We are looking for any fit young men or women over 14 years of age to take part in a series of medieval events of skill, strength and speed with the winners to be crowned King of the Erne and Queen of the Erne. For further details contact Proinsias Mag Fhionnghaile at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was won by Mary Cleary of Ballyshannon. The stand-up game prize of €125 was won by Caitlin O'Brien. Winners of the €100 houses included Mary McGonigle, Teresa Ward, Kathleen Curran, Teresa Campbell and Caroline Walsh. The summer snowball keeps climbing and sits on €850 this week. Bingo as usual this Friday night at the Abbey centre with a €2,350 prize fund, first game at 9pm. Books priced just €10.
- 16 July
The reserves were the only adult football side in action this week. They sustained a reversal in their recent run of good form when Four Masters were comfortable 4-13 to 1-6 winners in Donegal town on Saturday evening. The seniors will take on the same opposition on Saturday in Tir Chonaill Park at 6pm.
The minors are in action on Wednesday evening when they take on Four Masters in the league in Father Tierney Park. Throw in is at 7pm, so come up and get behind the lads.
Congratulations to our under 15s who won the Southern Regional under 15 Óg Sport competition. After a tough tournament in Ardara, Ballyshannon got the better of Naomh Ultan in the final with captain Séimí Campbell lifting the trophy. This is a very testing format so well done the management of Daithi Breen, Stephen Gallagher and Ken Neilan, and the panel of Aaron Neilan, Padraig Daly, Aaron Horan, Ryan Keenaghan, Damian Weber, Jack Gallagher, Robbie Murphy, Danny Breen-Brosnan, Séimí Campbell and Shane Delahunty.
Under 11 training continues on Mondays and Fridays at 7.15pm.
Aodh Ruadh under 10s have a blitz against Naomh Conaill this Saturday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 11am.
The under 8 boys had a home match against Killybegs last Saturday. It was a glorious day with over 30 Aodh Ruadh players taking to the field and every player progressing well. We have a great spread of pictures from the blitz up on aodhruadh.org. Training continues as normal this Friday from 6pm to 7pm.
Congratulations to our own Michael 'Sticky' Ward who has been called up to the Irish Masters Compromise Rules squad. Ireland will take on Australia on Saturday at Denn's pitch in Cavan at 3 pm. Players from 16 counties have been selected to join the 32 man squad.
There is training for seniors, minors and under 16s on Wednesday from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.
Aodh Ruadh under 16s have racked up two good wins in the past week. The first came last Tuesday when the team ground out a magnificent victory in Inishowen against Carndonagh. It was a tough, physical game, but Aodh Ruadh were six points up at half-time. The Ernesiders extended the margin out to 16 points across the course of the second half, but the loss of two players to yellow cards in quick succession turned the closing stages into a test of Aodh Ruadh's resolve and they passed it with flying colours. On the night precious little got past the half back line of Tia McFarland, Caitlin McGarrigle and Eilish Gallagher. In midfield Emer O'Brien and Niamh Hughes made a formidable pairing. Up front Danielle Gallagher won a lot of primary possession, but player of the match was Sarah Jane Keon whose scoring and appetite for the battle was a real example to the players around her. On Monday evening the girls were back out again, this time against Termon in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Ballyshannon had things their own way for much of this game with Tia McFarland given little to do between the posts. Full back Grainne Maguire was sound under the high ball, with Lucy McGlynn in fine form at half back. Niamh Hughes had a trojan battle with her Termon midfield opponent, while the half forward line of Chantelle Timoney, Aoibhínn McGarrigle and Emer O'Brien were superb. Once again Sarah Jane Keon lead the line in exemplary fashion as Aodh Ruadh made it four wins from four on a scoreline of 6-15 to 0-6. This Tuesday sees the girls on the road to the Rosguill peninsula where they play Downings at 7pm.
The under 13 girls played the under 11 boys on Monday evening. It was a competitive game and an enjoyable spectacle for the many parents who came up to support the girls and boys, with some households enjoying sibling rivalries. Thanks to Paul Sheridan, Seamus Roper and William Doogan for the game and thanks to the 20 girls who turned up and put in a great shift as the build up continues to the start of the under 13 league in August.
The under 12s had a busy week, starting with a challenge against the Erne Gaels under 14s in Belleek. As expected, it was a tough contest, but our girls measured up to it well. There were good defensive displays from Andrea Moore, Rebecca Downey and Maura O'Sullivan. Ciara Larkin and Orlaith Gallagher worked hard in midfield with Abbie Gallagher and Tara Gallagher also impressing, while up front Áine Neilan was very lively. On Saturday Gaoth Dobhair were the guest in Father Tierney Park for the latest round of league games. The junior game was a cracking contest with Aodh Ruadh racing out into a big first half lead. Nessa Mitchell was on fire, bagging three goals, with Lucy Cleary and Hannah Downey chipping in with points. Ellie Brennan was also going well until she had to exit with an injury. Fulcrum of the display was the excellent Louisa McCosker in midfield. In the second half the Gaeltacht girls put in a massive effort and grabbed the winning point with the last kick of the game. The senior game was a titanic contest. Gaoth Dobhair slightly edged the first half to take a one goal lead in at the break. Aodh Ruadh came storming back over the course of the second half and were a shade unlucky not to win the game outright, but maybe a draw was the fair result given the commitment exhibited by both sides. Jessica O'Mahoney continues to be worth the admission money, giving a lesson in how to read the play. The half back line of Ciara Larkin and Andrea Moore were really something else, with both taking some fine points. Just back from holidays Lauren Foy was simply outstanding, all the skills combined with physique, intelligence and, most importantly work ethic. Orlaith Gallagher replicated those attributes further up the pitch and took some lovely scores. Up front Cádhla Dolan picked off a number of delightful points with Niamh Duffy working her socks off and Áine Neilan putting in her second outstanding attacking display of the week. We have a gallery of images from both of the games up on aodhruadh.org.
The senior hurlers had a good win over Saint Eunan's in the Junior Championship in Father Tierney Park on Saturday night. The final scoreline was Aodh Ruadh 2-26 Saint Eunan's 2-8. As they head into the final round of the round robin stage of the Championship they have six points from three games and sit on top of the table. Training continues on Wednesdays from 7.30pm to 8.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.
The minors season came to an end last Thursday after a fierce battle with Dungloe / Gaoth Dobhair in the championship semi-final. With the aid of a strong breeze our young team made a great start against a physically stronger Gaeltacht amalgamation and led 0-9 to 0-1 in the first half. A few scores before half time brought the visitors back into contention and the scene was set for a great second half as the half time score read 0-9 to 0-5. Aodh Ruadh worked hard to keep the lead in the second half, and as the wind grew stronger this game became a real battle. With five minutes to go the scores were level at 0-10 a piece, then the Dungloe / Gaoth Dobhair men hit the game's crucial score - a goal - to give them the lead for the first time. They followed that major up with a couple of points. As the game entered injury time the lads kept battling to get back into the game and a goal from the homesters set up a tense finish to the game. However, it was the west Donegal lads who hit the two final points of the game to leave the final score 1-14 to 1-10. Our very young squad, only six of whom are over-age next year, did very well this season, fielding for all games with very small numbers and winning the B league in the process. We have a gallery of pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.
The under 16s host Burt in the league in Father Tierney Park this Thursday at 7pm.
The under 12s continued their rich vein of form with a comprehensive win over Four Masters last Thursday in Donegal town. The lads are having a great season and are heading to Buncrana next week.
Underage hurling training continues on Sunday for all teams at 12 noon.
Due to the reserve and senior teams playing Glenfin on Thursday 25th July, this month's Club Executive Meeting will take place on Wednesday 24th July at 9pm in Aras Aoidh Ruadh. All committee members are asked to attend.
OsKaRs Show Night
The OsKaRs show night drew a great crowd to the Abbey Centre on Friday to relive one of the club's best ever social events. We have a great spread of pictures from the night up on aodhruadh.org.
Father Tierney Park, 7pm. Under 18 football league - Aodh Ruadh v Four Masters
Father Tierney Park, 7pm. Under 16 hurling league - Aodh Ruadh v Burt
Father Tierney Park, 7pm. Under 12 ladies football league - Aodh Ruadh v Saint Eunan's
Father Tierney Park, 8pm. Junior Hurling Challenge - Aodh Ruadh v Glencar / Manorhamilton
Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, 11am. Under 10 football blitz - Aodh Ruadh v Naomh Conaill
Father Tierney Park and Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, 1.30pm. Under 15 Hibernian Cup hurling tournament - Roscommon, Donegal and Fermanagh
Stewards will be needed to help with logistical arrangements. Please text Tom Daly to confirm your availability.
Father Tierney Park, 6pm. ACFL Reserve Division 2 - Aodh Ruadh v Four Masters
Father Tierney Park, 7.30pm. ACFL Division 2 - Aodh Ruadh v Four Masters
The defibrillator has now been mounted on the wall outside Dressing Room 4. The access code for the container is 1650.
Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was won by Ryan Sharpe of Bundoran. The stand-up game prize of €120 was shared. The summer snowball remains unclaimed so sits on €900 this week. Bingo as usual this Friday night at the Abbey Centre with a €2,600 prize fund, first game at 9pm. Books priced just €10.
- 23 July
Aodh Ruadh picked up a handsome four goal win over derby opponents Four Masters on Saturday evening in Father Tierney Park. The first half saw Barry Ward and Philip O'Reilly's men pass up three clear goaling chances, while Four Masters gave as good as they got to go in trailing by just two points, 1-7 to 1-5. As the visitors started to tire over the course of the second half they faded badly in the middle third. Aodh Ruadh capitalised to stride out into a healthy lead, eventually finishing winners on a scoreline of 3-14 to 1-8. Sean Taylor had a fine game in his sweeping commission, while the half back line of Johnny Gethins, Johnny Gallagher and Michael McKenna were a real hive of industry. Up front Diarmaid McInerney was effective from play and placed ball, but in Nathan Boyle and Shane McGrath up front Aodh Ruadh had the difference makers. There is a full match report from the game up on aodhruadh.org.
The reserves pulled off the comeback of the season to overturn a ten point half time deficit, snatching victory with a last minute goal against Four Masters. The visitors had a blistering opening 20 minutes putting 4-4 on the board to Aodh Ruadh's 1-3, with JJ Cassidy, Dermot Slevin and Anthony Coughlin getting the points and Ryan O'Brien with the goal. O'Brien added the final score of the half to leave it 4-5 to 1-4 and a seeming mountain to climb for the home side. A well delivered team talk, a few positional changes with Kerry Ryan now spearheading the attack had the desired impact as Aodh Ruadh began their comeback. Kerry Ryan and Ryan O'Brien hit the first scores of the half which were quickly cancelled out by the visitors. Kerry Ryan came into his own in the next ten minutes with three goals, the first two from deserved penalties both beautifully dispatched, first to the bottom left, the second to the top right. The fourth goal was opportunistic from Ryan, as an effort from Cassidy hung in the air with Ryan getting on the end of it to put beyond the goalie. At this stage the lead was down to three points at 4-9 to 4-6, but again Four Masters stretched that out to five. The next goal was majestic, again from Kerry Ryan, his lofted shot dipping over the keeper into the top corner from a tight angle, when the point seemed the obvious score despite the game heading for added time. Then, with the last of the two minutes of added time played, Ryan O'Brien dropped a free into the square which the keeper could only parry onto the bar, with Anthony Coughlin making a determined fist to put it into net to seal the most unlikely of victories by the slenderest of margins at 6-6 to 4-11. A cracking second half performance through every position of the field, one that the lads can be justly proud of particularly given the result of the reverse fixture just last week. David Dorrian pulled off a couple of outstanding saves in goal (yes, in goal!) and was solid with his distribution. JJ Goan had a sound debut at the back alongside Adam Clarke. O'Donnell and Flood-Dolan got hold of midfield in the second half, whilst player manager Aiden Murray was the most determined man on the field with some great moments of leadership when most needed. The team was: David Dorrian; Adam Clarke, JJ Goan; JJ Cassidy (0-1), James O'Donnell, Ryan O'Brien (1-2); Kerry Ryan (4-1), Tiernan Flood-Dolan; Darren McNulty, Dermot Slevin (0-1), Philip McLoone; Aiden Murray, Anthony Coughlin (1-1). Subs: Raymie Granaghan for McNulty (Inj), David McLoone.
Aodh Ruadh have a double round of games coming up over the course of the next week. They are back in action on Thursday when Glenfin are the visitors to the Rock. The reserve game throws-in at Father Tierney Park at 6.30pm with the senior game following at 8pm. Then on Sunday Aodh Ruadh make the trip north to take on Termon. The senior game goes off at 3pm, with the reserve curtain-raiser throwing in at 1.30pm.
Last Wednesday saw a real rollercoaster of a minor league game being played out in the Park between Aodh Ruadh and Four Masters. It finished in a draw, 5-7 to 2-16, with Ballyshannon perhaps getting the raw end of a few officiating decisions. Senan Rooney put in an exceptional shift right across the pitch and finished with 2-3 to his credit. Shane Brady banged home two goals in a typically economical performance. A number of younger players were called into the squad and they really stood up to the mark on the day. Damian Weber was foremost of the Young Turks, capping an eye-catching display with a well-taken goal. We have a great gallery of shots from the game up on aodhruadh.org. Aodh Ruadh's attentions now turn to championship on Wednesday 31st July when they take on Naomh Conaill down in Glenties.
The under 11s have a challenge match on Friday at 7.30pm against MacCumhaill's in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.
The under 8s are in Ardara this Saturday to take part in the club's annual blitz. Aodh Ruadh have four teams entered. Players are to be in Ardara for 10am at the latest. Training for the squad continues as normal on Friday from 6pm to 7pm.
Well done to Michael 'Sticky' Ward and his Ireland International Rules team-mates who beat Australia 87 to 29 in Cavan last weekend. Sticky was in sharp shooting form, finishing with a number of overs. He will be back in league action for the Donegal Masters tomorrow, Tuesday, against Antrim, and again on Saturday when Cavan are the guests in Ballybofey.
Aodh Ruadh senior ladies take on Naomh Mhuire this Friday. Players to meet at park at 5.15pm ahead of the trip to Annagry.
Aodh Ruadh under 16s are on the road to the Rosguill peninsula on Tuesday evening where they play Downings at 7pm.
Under 13 training continues on Tuesdays in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 5.45pm.
It was another busy week for the under 12s. The girls trip to Ardara was very much overshadowed by a broken collarbone sustained by Áine Neilan, and all the team and management wish Áine the very best for a full and speedy recuperation. On the night we had especially good displays from Ciara Larkin and Maura O'Sullivan around the middle of the field and Katie McGowan between the posts. Andrea Moore also did a great job of carrying the game to the opposition. On Saturday Aodh Ruadh entertained an understrength Saint Eunan's side. The juniors registered their first win of the season with an emphatic display of football. Abbie Gallagher put on an exhibition of attacking football with Ava Duncan, Nessa Warren, Lucy Cleary, Leah Melly and Louis McCosker also among the scorers. The seniors played very well in their game, taking a well deserved win. Orlaith Gallagher and Lauren Foy were in dominant form with Andrea Moore reprising her all-action outing from Wednesday and taking some lovely points. Maura O'Sullivan's continued hard work was rewarded with a 3-1 haul. Aoife Travers, Emer McDevitt and Roise Conlon all did superbly in transition play. Thanks to Anton McGloin and Paddy Kelly for reffing the games. Thanks to Saint Eunan's for travelling. Thanks to the parents and guardians for the post-match refreshments, especially those who worked behind the hatch upstairs in the Aras. We have our second skills test on Wednesday evening, then Urris are the guests in Father Tierney Park for the final league match of the under 12 season on Saturday.
Well done to Caoimhe Keon on being selected for the summer County under 17 Development programme.
Aodh Ruadh seniors play the final game of the league section of the Junior Championship this Friday. The lads head to MacCumhaill Park to take on MacCumhaill's at 7.30pm.
The under 16s were in action on Thursday in Father Tierney Park against Burt. The lads were on top from the start and were convincing winners at the finish. This Thursday they are at home to Saint Eunan's in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh with a 7pm throw-in.
The under 12s made the long trip to Scarvey on Thursday to take on Buncrana. Like all games against Buncrana it was a tough battle. The first half was a close affair, but the Ballyshannon lads dominated the second half and ran out worthy winners 2-6 to 1-4. Next up is an away game against Letterkenny Gaels on Thursday at 6.30pm.
This Sunday we have our annual trip to Croke Park for the All-Ireland Semi Final. This year we are taking in the eagerly awaited meeting of Wexford and Tipperary.
Underage hurling training continues on Sunday for all teams at 12 noon.
The monthly club executive meeting takes place on Wednesday at 9pm in Aras Aoidh Ruadh. All committee members are asked to attend.
Father Tierney Park, 7pm. Under 18 football challenge match
Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, 7pm. Under 16 hurling league - Aodh Ruadh v Saint Eunan's
Father Tierney Park, 6.30pm. ACFL Reserve Division 2 - Aodh Ruadh v Glenfin
Father Tierney Park, 8pm. ACFL Division 2 - Aodh Ruadh v Glenfin
Father Tierney Park, 7pm. Under 14 football league - Aodh Ruadh v Naomh Conaill
Father Tierney Park, 12 noon and 1pm. Under 12 Ladies football league - Aodh Ruadh v Urris
Best wishes for a speedy recovery to our hard working secretary Lisa McTernan after her recent accident.
July Big Bingo
The July Big Bingo takes place this Friday at the Abbey Centre, with a massive €3,700 prize fund which includes the €1,000 super jackpot which must be won. This week's snowball sits on €950 euro. First game at 9pm. Books priced €15, or get a book and a half special for just €20.
Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 jackpot was won by Julie Kane of Belleek. The stand-up game prize of €130 was won by Tara Sheridan. Winners of the €100 included Kay Gilvarry, Paddy McDermott, Stephen Doran and Patsy McShea, whilst €70 house winners were Vincent Keown, Jackie Spratt, Celine McGrath and Cathy Ferns. There was no winner of the €900 snowball so it rolls on another week.
- 30 July
A double round of fixtures for the seniors began on Thursday evening where Aodh Ruadh were worthy winners at a well attended Father Tierney Park. Barry Ward and Philip O'Reilly's charges defeated Glenfin 2-10 to 0-10, however the hosts were perhaps guilty of keeping the visitors alive in the contest a little longer than strictly necessary. Aodh Ruadh dominated possession in the first half, but some casual play in the attack saw them going in at half-time with just a three point lead. Over the course of the third quarter the Ernesiders passed up chances and took some poor shooting options and despite owning the ball for long stretches it was Glenfin who opened the second half scoring. That served as a shot in the arm for Ballyshannon and they upped the tempo over the closing ten to 15 minutes to register two goals and secure two valuable league points. Oisin Rooney was probably man of the match with a hard working and effective shift up front. Diarmaid McInerney was superb in the first half. Unusually Shane McGrath finished scoreless, but regular fouls on the attacker provided a rich seam of scoreable frees for Aodh Ruadh to exploit. Brother Eamonn was in dominant form out in the middle third. Further back Sean Taylor got through a lot of work, with Michael McKenna again showing himself to be a neat, stylish footballer. In defence Colm Kelly was immense, with a polished, unfussy display at number three. We have a full match report and pictures live on aodhruadh.org.
On Sunday Aodh Ruadh made the journey to Termon's Burn Road grounds for their second game in four days. Ballyshannon created a lot of scoring chances in the first half, but luck, wayward shooting and some good defending combined to see them only score five points in the first 30 minutes. Diarmaid McInerney and Cian Dolan hit early points before Termon raided for a goal. Shane McGrath answered with a point before a Philip Patton free and a Michael McKenna score made it 1-4 to 0-5 at the turnaround. Aodh Ruadh drew first blood in the new half with Cian Dolan fisting over. Dolan then added his third of the game before Nathan Boyle landed a magnificent long range score. Johnny Gethins pointed after a rapid counter attack before Nathan Boyle edged Aodh Ruadh into the lead with an exquisite shot. Termon got back level, but Conor Patton fisted over to restore the lead. That was to be the Ernesiders last score though as Termon hit 1-2 in the last five minutes to run out 2-10 to 0-12 winners. The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were Peter Boyle; Johnny Gethins (0-1), Colm Kelly, Michael Ward; Shane Gillespie, Sean Taylor, Michael McKenna (0-1); Eamonn McGrath, Cian Dolan (0-2); Niall Murray, Diarmaid McInerney (0-1), Philip Patton (0-1); Nathan Boyle (0-2), Oisin Rooney, Shane McGrath (0-1). Subs: Darren Drummond, Paddy Gillespie, Conor Patton (0-1).
The reserves were also in action last Thursday. Once again, goals were the big scores, but unfortunately this time they went the way of the visitors from Glenfin as they ran out winners on a scoreline of 1-11 to 4-11. We have pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.
Aodh Ruadh are on their travels north again this week, this time the opposition are Buncrana. The senior game goes off in Scarvey at 3pm, with the reserve curtain-raiser throwing in at 1.30pm.
Aodh Ruadh minors are in championship action this Wednesday 31st July when they take on Naomh Conaill down in Glenties. Throw in is at 7.30pm and we urge supporters to make the trip and get behind the lads.
The under 14s are also in championship action this week. They travel to Glenswilly for a 7.30pm throw in.
The under 13 boys travelled to take on Letterkenny Gaels on Monday evening, enjoying two good competitive games. In the first game Eoin Doogan worked hard in defence, while the McCauley brothers, Caolan and Rian, also worked their socks off. Tommy Clyne put in a great shift at midfield, while up front Dara McGloin had definitely brought his shooting boots with him. In the second game Ben Daly had a sterling game between the posts with James Ward putting in an eye-catching stint in the defence. Matthew Fox played really well in the middle third, while Darragh O'Mahoney and Stephen Doran chipped in with some nice scores.
Our under 8 boys travelled to the Ardara blitz with four teams on Saturday. The Ardara club ran a brilliant tournament, hosting 54 teams in total, with proceedings running like clockwork. The Ballyshannon lads did really well all round, but special mention to the Aodh Ruadh C team who collected the C competition plate, and the Aodh Ruadh B team who won their group. Under 8 training continues as normal on Friday evening from 6pm to 7pm. Our next game will be posted on the parents group as soon as the fixture is confirmed.
Val Murray's Masters defeated Antrim and Cavan over the past week to keep their hopes of an All-Ireland semi-final berth alive. Antrim were easily disposed of and Murray's Tir Chonaill charges were similarly dominant against Cavan on Saturday. They defeated the Breffni men 2-15 to 0-9 in Ballybofey with Kerry Ryan on duty in midfield scoring two points and Michael 'Sticky' Ward banging in 1-1. Donegal will now play the winners of Galway and Laois, with the winners of that game joining Dublin, Tyrone and Roscommon in the All-Ireland last four.
Aodh Ruadh senior ladies are in action this Friday in the Donegal LGFA Division 2 Shield and League competitions. They play Naomh Muire with 7pm throw-in, venue to be confirmed.
Aodh Ruadh under 16s made it five wins from five with a good win away win over Downings. It was a hot evening on the Rosguill peninsula but that didn't deter Eilish Gallagher who ran her heart out up and down pitch in a player of the match performance. The similarly energetic Aoibhínn McGarrigle top scored for Aodh Ruadh with 2-3, while Emer O'Brien capped a fine personal display with a haul of 1-2. Katie O'Brien finished with five points to her credit, with Chantelle Timoney and Demi McFarland bagging a goal apiece, and Niamh Hughes, Caitlin McGarrigle, Sarah Jane Keon and Laoise Kelly adding points to complete a convincing victory for the visitors. Elsewhere, keeper Áine Hill made fine stop in the closing stages of the game, while further up the pitch Lucy McGlynn and Tia McFarland got through a sight of work. Next up for the under 16s is the penultimate game of the league programme on Tuesday evening away to Gaoth Dobhair at 7pm.
Under 13 training continues on Tuesdays in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 5.45pm.
The Aodh Ruadh under 12 girls wrapped up their competitive season with two good games against a sporting Urris outfit on Saturday. There was serious heat and it was exhausting even watching the girls play, but they gave all they had, and more in many cases. The junior game was nine-a-side which made it harder again for them. Katie McCaffrey ran herself into the ground in midfield and was at the centre of much of the side's best play. Nessa Warren took two brilliant scores. Up front Ellie Brennan and Leah Melly worked hard. Player of the match was probably Laura Crossan, who swept up everything that came her way, ably supported by Cora McGowan McGinley. The senior game was a tensely fought game of football. Aodh Ruadh edged in front with points from Abbie Gallagher and Andrea Moore, before Urris levelled the game. Points from Ciara Larkin and then 1-1 from Lauren Foy gave the Shamettes a two point half-time lead. The toll of the hot weather told on both sides in the second half, and it really was amazing to watch these two groups of girls continuing to go at it hard despite the conditions. Aodh Ruadh had points from Niamh Duffy and Abbie Gallagher and a second goal from Lauren Foy to just about edge the win against a determined and skilful Urris outfit. Special mention to Ava Duncan, Roise Conlon and Lucy Byrne who did a great job in the defence and Megan Murphy who was safe as houses between the posts. Thanks to the parent and guardians who brought refreshments and especially those who helped behind the hatch and tidied up afterwards. Thanks to Val Murray and Sylvester Maguire for reffing. The under 12s are wrapping up the season with the challenge and fun games against the under 11 boys this Wednesday with things getting going at 7pm.
The annual Aodh Ruadh Ladies Duck race will now take place on Saturday, 10th August at 11pm. All cards should be returned to Patricia Hill, Sabrina Brosnan or the relevant team manager as soon as possible.
Aodh Ruadh senior hurlers recorded their third win in the Donegal Junior Championship against a resilient MacCumhaill's in Ballybofey on Friday evening. Aodh Ruadh withstood a strong second half effort by the home side, but finished with a flourish of late scores to secure the win on a scoreline of 1-18 to 1-3. Aodh Ruadh have now qualified for the championship semi-final. That is due to take place on Friday 9th August, with opposition and venue to be confirmed.
Last Thursday saw two more wins for our under 12s and under 16s
The under 16s were at home to Saint Eunan's they continued their rich vein of form to maintain their 100 percent start to the league with a 2-10 to 1-5 victory. They sit proudly on top of the league. We have a large gallery of pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. The lads will be bidding to keep their run going this Thursday as they make the long trip to Carndonagh for a 7.30pm throw-in.
The under 12s made their way to Letterkenny to take on Letterkenny Gaels. The lads played well and ran out comfortable winners. They are joint second in the league and are at home this Thursday at 7pm to table toppers MacCumhaill's. It promises to be a close battle and all support is welcome.
Best of luck to Aaron Cullen, Aaron Neilan and Danny Breen who have made the Ulster under 15 squad. This is a great achievement for the lads. They take on the Dublin under 15 team in Abbotstown on Tuesday.
A full bus of 38 adults and children made their way to Croke Park on Sunday for the Juvenile Hurlers annual trip All-Ireland hurling semi-final trip. This year we witnessed another classic match where Tipperary narrowly defeated Wexford.
Underage hurling training continues on Sunday for all teams at 12 noon.
The level of club activity continues at an all time high. The month of July will have seen the hosting of 33 matches in Father Tierney Park and Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Advance booking in good time is critical to leave adequate preparation time to have the playing fields in top order. Thanks to our workforce for their continuing efforts. Confirmed bookings this week are as follows.
Father Tierney Park, 7pm. Under 12 girls v under 11 boys
Father Tierney Park, 7pm. Under 12 hurling league - Aodh Ruadh v MacCumhaill's
Relive the OsKaRs magic!
Aodh Ruadh OsKaRs DVDs are now on sale! Remember a great night of craic and savour those spectacular acting talents once again in the comfort of your own home! DVDs are only €10 each. You can message or text Lisa McTernan (086-2338636) or Sabrina Brosnan (086-8241297) to book your copy!
Abbey Centre Bingo
The newest bingo thousandaire is Gerry Quigley who scooped the €1,000 big bingo jackpot, well done to Gerry. There was no claim on the snowball so it hits the €1,000 mark this week. Bingo as usual at 9pm this Friday at the Abbey Centre.