Club Notes Archive - 2019

Box. SEPTEMBER
3 September

Hurling
Pride of place this week goes to our senior hurlers who came out in top in a thriller of a Junior County final against Carndonagh on Saturday. The win is Aodh Ruadh's fourth junior title and bridges a nine year gap back to our last victory in 2010. Carndonagh came in as league champions and certainly didn't let Ballyshannon have things all their own way in what was an absorbing decider in O'Donnell Park. The Inishowen men had the wind in the first half and got off to a flying start with 1-4 on the board in the opening ten minutes, Cathal Doherty hitting the goal from the penalty spot after three minutes. Rory Cullen finally got Aodh Ruadh off the mark with their opening point on 13 minutes, adding a second shortly after. Carn hit back with two scores, but points from Oisin Rooney (2), Pauric Keenaghan and Ciaran Kilgannon left it 1-6 to 0-6 at the turnaround. Two frees from Oisin Rooney and a point from Ciaran Kilgannon had the Ernesiders back level six minutes into the new half. Pauric Keenaghan then raided for a well taken goal to propel Aodh Ruadh into the lead. From there to the finish Ballyshannon were on top and further points from Kilgannon, Rooney and Keenaghan brought the title back to Ballyshannon, the final whistle sparking raucous celebrations from the Erneside supporters. The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were Ryan O'Brien; Rossa McCosker, Pat Haran, Adam Rami; Conal Sweeny (0-1), Paul Sheridan, Peter Horan; Oisin Rooney (0-5f), Brendan Gillespie; Pauric Keenaghan (1-2), Ciaran Kilgannon (0-4), Gary Loughlin; Stephen Anderson, Cian Duffy, Rory Cullen (0-2). Subs: Stephen Connolly for C Duffy 40m, Ryan Ayers for R McCosker 53m, Thomas Gallagher for P Horan 60m. Aodh Ruadh will now go forward to represent Donegal in the Ulster Championship on Sunday 13th October when their opposition will be the Antrim Junior champions. Aodh Ruadh will have home advantage for the game. See aodhruadh.org for a full match report.

Thursday sees the under 16s resume their league campaign in Father Tierney Park against Setanta.

The under 12s make the long trip to Gaoth Dobhair this Thursday to take on the homesters in the B league final. The lads have had a great season and we wish them the best in the decider. On Saturday they will be heading to Ballinascreen to take part in a prestigious tournament against some of the top teams in Ulster.

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

Football
Aodh Ruadh came agonisingly close to a return to ACFL Division 1 at the first time of asking on Saturday. Ardara came to Ballyshannon already installed as Division 2 champions. That notwithstanding Aodh Ruadh's need was greater and they bossed the first half to go in at the break leading 1-7 to 0-2, Philip Patton netting from the penalty spot. Ardara made a better fist of things in the second half, but Aodh Ruadh still dominated and with the help of a Shane McGrath goal 38 minutes in ran out 2-11 to 0-8 winners. Barry Ward and Philip O'Reilly's men had kept up their side of the bargain and now needed Termon to do them a favour in their clash with Killybegs. With time almost up, it looked like the Burn Road men would do just that with the sides deadlocked at eight points apiece. But then, with the last kick of the game, Hugh McFadden pointed to give Killybegs victory and snatch promotion from Aodh Ruadh's grasp. How cruelly thin the margins can be in sport sometimes. The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were Peter Boyle (0-2 45s); Callum O'Halloran, Colm Kelly, Sean Taylor; Shane Gillespie (0-1), Conor Patton, Niall Murray (0-1); Cian Dolan (0-1), Eamonn McGrath; Philip Patton (1-4, pen, 2f), Michael McKenna (0-1), Diarmuid McInerney; Nathan Boyle, Oisin Rooney, Shane McGrath (1-1). Subs: Ryan McKenna for McInerney 27m; Darren Drummond for Rooney 52m.

The reserves game against Ardara fell by the wayside, so now full focus is on championship action. Seniors and reserves open their group stage schedule this Saturday with an trip to the Banks in Annagry, Naomh Muire the opposition. The reserves throw in at 5.30pm followed by the seniors at 7pm. We wish both teams every success as they commence their bids for championship silverware.

A massive well done to Val Murray and his Donegal masters team on reaching the All-Ireland final after a 1-11 to 1-10 victory over Roscommon. Our own Packie McGrath, Kerry Ryan, Michael 'Sticky' Ward and Dermot Slevin all lined out for Donegal in the win in Collooney. McGrath was in dominant mood in the defence while Ward and Ryan both registered a brace of points. Dublin will be Donegal's opponents in the decider.

Ladies
The wet weather took its toll on the minors' programme last week. Their game with Ardara was called off with the team at the pitch ready to play. The game on Friday against Saint Eunan's also fell afoul of the weather, but was played on Sunday. Aodh Ruadh played really well in the first half and a fantastic 1-1 from Emer O'Brien had the Ballyshannon girls in touch at the break after playing against the wind. Caoimhe Hughes O'Brien cracked home a well taken goal, while Cáit Gillespie added a point, but unfortunately Aodh Ruadh couldn't build on their good work in the first half and the hosts ran out 3-12 to 2-2 winners. The Ernesiders had a number of excellent performances in the defence. Bridín Maguire was outstanding between the posts, with Síofra Hughes, Ciara Caldwell, Caitlin McGarrigle and Eilish Gallagher getting through a heap of work. Up front Emer O'Brien was Ballyshannon's most effective performer.

The under 13s opened their league campaign with a win over Four Masters last Thursday. Aodh Ruadh got to half-time with a good lead and after the break goals from Jodie Meade, Orlaith Gallagher and points from Cádhla Dolan helped secure the victory. Ciara Larkin was absolutely immense in midfield with good support from Dairín Sweeny. Further back Jessica O'Mahoney read the play beautifully with Pearl McHugh, Fódhla Sheerin and Emer McDevitt also doing well to break up attacks. It was good to get that first win under our belt and whilst we know we have a lot of work to do, it was a positive start to the league with some very promising performances. The girls are back out on Tuesday evening with another training game against Bundoran, details to follow through WhatsApp.

Kane flying the flag in the Far East!
Ballyshannon and former Aodh Ruadh player Jason Kane went to Vietnam in 2017 to work with a film company, staying on to do documentaries with a TV company, he also teaches English and coaches football in schools. Jason and his friend Ian from Belmullet started a Gaelic Club where they now have over 40 men and women of different nationalities at the coaching and training sessions. They play both Gaelic and Australian Rules football. In June this year they took part in the Asian Gaelic Games. Over 40 teams took part and they were narrowly beaten in the final. Jason met his friend and former Aodh Ruadh player Francis McShea who flew in from Saigon with his team-mates to play in the games. A couple of weeks ago the Vietnam Swans AFL asked him to play for them in Asian AFL. He was delighted to make the starting 15, and even more delighted they went on to win the Asian AFL and with Kane playing in all the games.

Aodh Ruadh schools coach
Any person interested in this post and who meets the Community Employment Scheme entry criteria is asked to please contact Tom Daly. Training will be provided and there's an immediate start.

Pitch bookings
Confirmed pitch bookings this week are as follows.
Tuesday
Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, 6pm. Under 13 ladies football challenge - Aodh Ruadh v Bundoran
Thursday
Father Tierney Park, 7pm. Under 16 hurling - Aodh Ruadh v Setanta
Saturday
Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, 11am to 3pm. Under 8 end of year football blitz - Six clubs participating
Six changing rooms and Aras Aoidh Ruaidh fully booked up until 4pm.

Final replay tickets
For anyone wanting to be entered into draw for All-Ireland Football Final replay tickets, please text Lisa by 5pm today, Tuesday. Only fully paid up members will be included in draw.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Margaret McCaffrey of Killeen is the August Big Bingo Thousandaire having scooped the €1,000 jackpot, well done to Margaret. Agnes Ryder of Belleek also had a good night taking the €155 stand-up prize and a €150 house. Other house winners included Mary Butler, Sandra Rooney, Teresa Anderson and Pat Treacy. The snowball survived another week so rolls to €1,250 on 50 numbers or less this week. Bingo again this Friday night at 9pm at the Abbey Centre with a massive €2,900 prize fund. Books priced just €10, hope to see you there.

Our club lotto is now online!
We have just launched our online lotto to make it easier for Aodh Ruadh faithful near and far to support their club. Play on your computer, laptop, tablet, phone and make a difference to your club. You chose when you support; How long you support; How much to support. Draws take place weekly on Sunday for a rolling jackpot of up to €10,000. If the jackpot doesn't go, you are in with a chance of winning one of five €20 lucky dips. To play it's €2 per entry or three entries for €5. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3. 1. Log onto klubfunder.com .2. Search for and select Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon. 3. Play, support and be in with a chance to win ALL monies raised go to Aodh Ruadh. Your details are not shared with third parties. Your account registration details are fully secure.

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10 September

Football
Aodh Ruadh's opening Group B intermediate championship game will have left a sour taste in the mouth. Barry Ward and Philip O'Reilly were without a number of regular starters for the trip to the banks, and there cause was certainly not helped by red cards to Niall Murray, Sean Taylor and Cian Dolan. Murray's came in the first half with Taylor and Dolan exiting midway through the second. Perhaps the less said about those the better. The hosts started the brighter and raced into a 0-4 to 0-1 lead, Philip Patton hitting Ballyshannon's answer with a free. Aodh Ruadh knuckled down and started to carry the fight to Naomh Muire with scores from Philip Patton (2), Peter Boyle, Diarmaid McInerney, and Shane McGrath seeing them overhaul the hosts to lead 0-6 to 0-4 at the turnaround. The third quarter was tough going with the Gaeltacht men closing to within a point despite scores from Philip Patton and Conor Patton. Now down to 12 men the introduction of Johnny Gethins and Paddy Gillespie helped rally Aodh Ruadh and points from Shane Gillespie and Philip Patton saw the Ernesiders take an unlikely three point lead with time running out. However fortune was not on Aodh Ruadh's side on this occasion and Naomh Muire raided for a late goal which saw this championship opener finish 0-10 to 1-7. The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were Peter Boyle (0-1f); Calum O'Halloran, Colm Kelly, Sean Taylor; Michael Ward, Johnny Gallagher, Shane Gillespie (0-1); Cian Dolan, Conor Patton (0-1); Diarmaid McInerney (0-1), Michael McKenna, Niall Murray; Ryan McKenna, Philip Patton (0-5, 3f), Shane McGrath (0-1). Subs: Johnny Gethins for Michael Ward 39m; Paddy Gillespie for R McKenna 44m.

The reserves got the better of Naomh Muire in a competitive battle at the Banks on Saturday despite missing a number of regulars to injuries. The absentees included Kerry Ryan and Michael 'Sticky' Ward, along with others either called up to senior duty or otherwise unavailable. However the experienced duo of Packie McGrath and David McGurrin were available and made a valuable contribution. Early scores from Dermot Slevin (f), McGurrin and Eoin Doherty settled the Aodh Ruadh men before the hosts had managed to make any great impression on the score board. Adam Clarke found himself in a sweeping role and enjoyed the freedom supporting play from the back afforded him to get forward for a good point. Another from Slevin, a brace for McGurrin and a JJ Cassidy point had Aodh Ruadh ahead by 0-8 to 0-7 at the turnaround having played into the light breeze. The second half saw an exchange of points from both sides with the Aodh Ruadh scores coming from McGurrin and Doherty, but it wasn’t until Peter McKenna blasted a goal from close range that the visitors had some comfort on the score board. Some stern defending from McGrath and McLoone in the back line kept the hosts at bay as they searched for a goal, with further points from Clarke, McGurrin and Doherty in the final quarter securing a very good four point win at the end. Ballyshannon had some very good performances throughout the 60 minutes. Chris Goan and JJ Cassidy at half back did trojan work, McGurrin, Slevin and Philip McLoone all put in a tight shift at half forward. Aaron Brennan showed well as a constant outlet and Doherty's direct running created many of the scoring chances. The team was Karl O’Brien; David McLoone, Packie McGrath, Adam Clarke (0-2); Chris Goan, James O’Donnell, JJ Cassidy (0-1); Conal Sweeny, Anthony Coughlin; Dermot Slevin (0-2, 1f), David McGurrin (0-5, 1f), Philip McLoone; Eoin Doherty (0-3, 1f), Peter McKenna (1-0), Aaron Brennan. Subs: R O’Brien for O’Donnell, Michael Ward.

This Saturday we have what is likely to be a pivotal game in IFC Group B with Saint Naul's the visitors to Father Tierney Park. The seniors throw-in at 3.30pm with the reserves getting matters underway at 1.45pm. There's a lot riding on this game so we'd really appreciate a particularly big showing of Ballyshannon support up at the park on Saturday afternoon.

The under 14s had a week to remember, capturing the Division 1A shield title against a typically competitive Termon outfit. It was a good performance all round from the Ernesiders. They lead by three points ahead at half-time and withstood an early onslaught in the second half where Termon almost hit three goals, only to be denied by the solid defending of Tommy Winters at full back and a penalty save by Cian McKenna. Kian Duncan had a big game in midfield, while Drew Ryan worked hard at half forward and Robbie Murphy gave a top class finishing display in the full forward line. Oisin McGlinchey's progress was evident in what was a fine personal outing. Shane McGloin who was captain on foot of his consistent effort and development over the year made a great speech when presented with the shield. Next up for the lads will be the Bakery Cup.

A big squad of under 13s made the trip to Towney on Monday evening and came home with a well-deserved four point win. Killian Bradshaw had a great game between posts, while James Monaghan, Liam Doogan and Rian Doogan gave him plenty of cover in the defence. The midfield pairing of Tommy Clyne and Caolan McCauley gave Ballyshannon a strong platform around the middle third which allowed Dara McGloin and Oran Gillespie to cause plenty of mayhem in the attack. The lads next outing is due to be at home this Saturday, but details remain to be confirmed.

Our under 8s hosted a very successful end of season blitz on Saturday, with 20 teams from Aodh Ruadh, Glenswilly, Naomh Bríd, Realt na Mara, Saint Molaise Gaels and Four Masters taking part, on eight pitches in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Glenswilly, Saint Molaise Gaels, Aodh Ruadh and Four Masters won silverware in their various grades. Some great football was on display from all teams, and all boys really enjoyed their day. All invited clubs commented how well things ran, which was down to chief organiser Damian Conlon, and his team Anthony Coughlin, Seamus Roper and William Doogan. A huge thanks to our eight referees on the day, Stephen Ward, John Hughes, Eamon O'Donnell, Paddy Kelly, David Downey, Danny Breen, Martin McGarrigle and Matt Gillespie. All 150 kids and management were then treated to a tea, sandwiches and home bakes in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh, supplied by our parents and guardian. Huge thanks to all parents who supplied a wonderful spread, and especially the mothers who served and cleaned up. Everybody pulled together to help on what was a great day. Training is now finished for this season. Management would like to thank all the boys for their efforts, and the parents who helped with transport and support all year. Hope to see all the boys back next season.

Ladies
The minor ladies are in league action this Friday against Saint Naul's. Players to be at the park for 5.45pm with throw-in at 6.30pm.

Our under 16 girls are bidding for a place in the Division 1 county final this Tuesday. They have a home semi-final against Saint Eunan's so come on up to Father Tierney Park and help cheer our girls on! Throw-in at 6.45pm.

Under 13 training continues this week on Tuesday and Friday from 5.45 to 7pm. We would welcome any new under 13 players to join us at training. Our next league outing is next Tuesday 17th September at home to Naomh Conaill at 6.30pm. Congratulations to Dairín Sweeney and Fódhla Sheerin who lined out for the under 13 county team at a successful Ulster blitz in Cookstown last Saturday.

Hurling
The under 16s continued their rich vein of form with a comprehensive victory over Setanta in Father Tierney Park on Thursday. The lads have qualified for the under 16 A League Final. That sees them take on Saint Eunan's this Thursday in Father Tierney Park. All support for the lads would be much appreciated on the evening. The game throws-in at 6.30pm. This Sunday we have the Alan Ryan / Seamus Grimes under 16 hurling tournament. Teams confirmed for this year's event are Abbeyknockmoy and Annaghdown from Galway, Tooreen from Mayo, Keady of Armagh, while representing Donegal are Setanta and Aodh Ruadh. The action gets underway at 10.30am.

The under 12s had a busy and successful week. First up for the lads on Thursday was the long trip to Gaoth Dobhair to take on hosts in the under 12 B final. It was a real ding dong affair with the Ernesiders getting off to a great start with two early goals. The home side never gave up and the game went down to the wire before we claimed the title on a 2-2 to 1-4 scoreline. This led to great celebrations among the large crowd that travelled from Ballyshannon for the game. The traditional 'beeping' took place around the town before the lads had a well deserved feed of burgers and chips in the Aras. Thanks to the parents who drove the lads to the game. The Aodh Ruadh team was: Ben Daly; Garrett Brennan, Callum Tierney, Joseph Gibbions, Liam Doogan, Eoghan McCadden, Jun Hui Lin, Dara McGloin, Garvey Meade, Lennon Canny, Sean O'Neill, Daithi Sheerin, Corey Sheridan (2-2). Subs: Finn Doogan, Rian McCauley, Sean Maguire, Oisin McCadden, William Ryan, Shane Donagher, PJ McGee, Joey Daly, James Gallagher, Shaun McGarrigle, Eoghan Gallagher, Jayden McGrath Clyne, Shay Winters, Antoin Duffy.
Bright and early on Saturday morning the lads were on the road again, this time to Ballinascreen for the Barrie McBride tournament. Some of the top clubs in Ulster were taking part in the tournament. In the first game we played host club Ballinascreen and they narrowly beat us 1-2 to 0-3. In our second match it was another slimline defeat to Oak Leaf opposition, this time Slaughtneil were the winners on a 1-3 to 1-1 scoreline. It was more of the same in the third game when a big physical Carrickmore team ran out 2-2 to 1-2 winners. Ballyshannon finally got the win their efforts deserved in their fourth match against Glenariffe, 1-4 the final result 0-2. The day was wrapped up and semi-final against Dungannon which the Tyrone side won 3-4 to 1-2. It was a great day of hurling and the lads really enjoyed it. Their focus now is on the Aodh Ó Dálaigh tournament on Sunday, 29th September.

The under 8s took part in an all county blitz in Convoy last Sunday. They played four games beating Buncrana, drawing with Letterkenny Gaels and losing out to Burt and MacCumhaill's.

It was great to see the late Peter O'Keefe being recognised at the National Level of the GAA with an All-Ireland Academy Cup being named after him. Longford beat Leitrim in the under 15 Hibernian competition final in Cavan. Peter's wife Rosaleen O'Keefe and his daughter Maeve were on hand to present the Peter O'Keefe Cup and medals to the winners Longford. A fitting tribute to a man who worked tirelessly to keep hurling alive in the club and county. Well done to Tommy Winters, Mickey Doogan, Cian McKenna, Ryan Kane, James Gallagher and Kenzie Ayres who were on the Donegal under 14 team that lost out to Sligo in the Peter O'Keefe Shield Final in Monaghan over the weekend.

Well done to Pauric Keenaghan who made the Gaelic Life Team of the Week on the back of a great performance in Junior County final against Carndonagh. To cap a great week for hurling in the club Pauric went on to win the vote for Gaelic Life Player of the Week.

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

Schools Coach
We are keen to fill the schools coaching post before the end of September. Community Employment Scheme eligibility criteria apply. Contact Tom Daly if interested.

Pitch bookings
Confirmed pitch bookings this week are as follows.
Tuesday
Father Tierney Park, 6.30pm. Under 16 ladies football county semi-final - Aodh Ruadh v Saint Eunan's
Thursday
Father Tierney Park, 6.30pm. Under 16 hurling league county final - Aodh Ruadh v Saint Eunan's
Friday
Father Tierney Park, 6.30pm. Minor ladies football league - Aodh Ruadh v Saint Naul's
Saturday
Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, 7pm. Under 13 football league - Aodh Ruadh v Naomh Columba
Father Tierney Park, 1.45pm. Intermediate Reserve Football Championship - Aodh Ruadh v Saint Naul's
Father Tierney Park, 3.30pm. Intermediate Football Championship - Aodh Ruadh v Saint Naul's
Sunday
Father Tierney Park and Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, 10.30am. Alan Ryan / Seamus Grimes under 16 hurling tournament

Wedding bells
Big congratulations to Katie Flood and Javier Vicente who were married in Madrid over the weekend.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's big winner was Teresa Ward who scooped the €400 jackpot as well as the stand-up game prize of €120. Winners of the €100 houses included Molly Kerrigan, Peggy Coughlin, Sheena Newell and Glenn Matthews, with Vincent Keown amongst the €70 house winners. The summer snowball remains unclaimed and rolls to a massive €1,300 on 50 numbers this week. Bingo as usual this Friday at 9pm in the Abbey Centre, books priced just €10.

Our club lotto is now online!
We have just launched our online lotto to make it easier for Aodh Ruadh faithful near and far to support their club. Play on your computer, laptop, tablet, phone and make a difference to your club. You chose when you support; How long you support; How much to support. Draws take place weekly on Sunday for a rolling jackpot of up to €10,000. If the jackpot doesn't go, you are in with a chance of winning one of five €20 lucky dips. To play it's €2 per entry or three entries for €5. It's as easy as 1, 2, 3. 1. Log onto klubfunder.com .2. Search for and select Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon. 3. Play, support and be in with a chance to win ALL monies raised go to Aodh Ruadh. Your details are not shared with third parties. Your account registration details are fully secure.

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