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Club Notes Archive - 2020

Box. January
7 January

Hurling
A meeting of all interested in playing senior hurling with Aodh Ruadh in 2020 will take place on Friday 10th January 9pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. This will be a short meeting to set out plans for the season. If you intend playing senior hurling, but can't make this meeting please contact John Rooney.

Last One Standing cards are now in circulation. Test your prediction skills to be in with a chance of winning €300.

Ladies
There is training for senior, minor and under 16 ladies in the Mercy Hall on Monday evenings from 8pm to 9pm. Players are asked to bring €2 to cover the cost of hall hire.

Ireland Lights Up
Aodh Ruadh and GAA clubs all over the country will once again be taking part in the Operation Transformation Ireland Lights Up events starting this Wednesday and running for six weeks. Meet at the dressing rooms at Father Tierney Park at 7pm for registration and we will hit the road about 7.15pm. Participants are advised to wear hi visibility clothing if possible. For more information check out the Operation Transformation website.

Aodh Ruadh Academy
In a new initiative for 2020, all Aodh Ruadh underage boys will be a part of the newly established Aodh Ruadh Academy. Each boy will receive a specially designed jersey and an O'Neill's football at a discounted rate. The idea behind this scheme is that every boy brings their own ball to training, and every boy wears their academy jersey to training and games. For boys born from 2008 on the package is priced €35. For boys born between 2007 and 2002 they are priced €40. Vouchers for this package can be purchased from Packie McGrath on 087-9794696, or through any of the team WhatsApp groups. We will be launching the academy, along with a membership drive in January. Jerseys and balls can be collected on launch night. We request the package be purchased by all underage players / parents who will be playing in 2020.

National and Local Draw
All with tickets for the National Draw are asked to begin returning their stubs. There is a lot of work to be done to enter the returns on the National database so it would be helpful to our club officers if everyone could co-operate on this. Proceeds from this draw are ring fenced to build a new playing surface on Father Tierney Park in 2020. Further tickets are available from any member of the draw committee. For those not living locally who wish to support the Father Tierney Park project, tickets can be purchased on the Aodh Ruadh page on Klubfunder.com.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 jackpot was won by Rita McGullion of Belleek. Caroline Boshle of Garrison won the stand-up game prize of €150. Winners of the €100 houses included Leanne McGrath, Teresa Campbell, John McCafferty, Noel Cunningham and two houses shared, whilst the €70 house winners were Mary Donagher, Lisa Coughlin, Peggy Coughlin and Margaret Meehan. There was no claim on the winter snowball so it rolls to €700 this week. Bingo as usual this Friday at the Abbey Centre with a great €2,400 prize fund. Books priced just €10. First game at 9pm.

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14 January

Football
There is a meeting in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh this Saturday at 7pm for all those interested in playing reserve football this year. Please tell anyone you know who may not be on the WhatsApp group about this meeting. It would be great to have a competitive reserve team back in the club as a back-up to our senior team.

With Ballybofey rained off on Saturday, Ballyshannon stepped in at the last minute to host the under 20 Leo Murphy Development League clash between Donegal v Roscommon. Ballyshannon continued its run as a lucky venue for the county with the homesters enjoying a one point win before a decent crowd in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. We have a gallery of pictures from match up on aodhruadh.org.

Hurling
The Juvenile Hurling Committee's presentation night will take place in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Saturday 25th January. This year we're delighted to have the National Hurling Development Manager, Martin Fogarty as our guest. Martin was a selector and coach with Brian Cody's Kilkenny from 2005 to 2013, winning six All-Ireland senior hurling titles in that period. He also managed Kilkenny to two All-Ireland under 21 titles and is recognised as one of the country's top hurling coaches. All welcome to what's sure to be a great night as we recognise the achievements of our underage hurlers.

With just over two weeks to the start of the National Football League be sure and get your entry into Last One Standing for your chance to win €300 and local bragging rights. Entry forms still available from any member of Juvenile Hurling Committee. Thanks to Liam Gallen of Mr G's for sponsoring this competition.

Ladies
There is training for senior, minor and under 16 ladies in the Mercy Hall on Monday evenings from 8pm to 9pm. Players are asked to bring €2 to cover the cost of hall hire. Training also continues at Pro Fitness on Friday evenings from 8.30pm to 9.30pm.

Ireland Lights Up
It's week two of Operation Transformation Ireland Lights up. We will meet this Thursday at 6.55pm for registration and head off shortly after 7pm. Participants are advised to wear hi visibility clothing. It is the same route as last week with two laps of the mall track added for those who want to do it. It's around 4.5k - or 3.8k without the two laps. Winners of the Healthy Ireland goodie bags were Ann Drummond, Bridie Killalea and Robyn Matthews. Collect them at registration this Thursday. Keep an eye on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page for updates on how our three leaders, Cyril Brennan, Aidan Murray and Susanna Brennan are getting on. For more information check out the Operation Transformation website.

Well done Joe!
Big congratulations to one of our absent sons, Joe Donagher, who has been awarded the Damian Meehan Memorial award by Donegal New York. Joe is a proud member of the Donegal Association and Donegal New York football club. A successful restaurateur in the city, he has helped many young Irish along the way in his business. He has also been a generous sponsor of Donegal New York down through the years. He will receive his award at the Donegal New York dinner dance on January 25th.

Win a house
We invite our members to support Donegal GAA's house draw. You could win a four bed semi-detached home in Dublin with Club Donegal. With over 134 square metres of living space, this four bed semi-detached home is located in Brownsbarn, adjacent to Citywest. On 9th May one very lucky person will win this brand new house in our capital. Second prize in the draw is a brand new Mazda 2. Tickets, priced €100, are available to buy online now at winyourhouseindublin.com.

Aodh Ruadh Academy
In a new initiative for 2020, all Aodh Ruadh underage boys will be a part of the newly established Aodh Ruadh Academy. Each boy will receive a specially designed jersey and an O'Neill's football at a discounted rate. The idea behind this scheme is that every boy brings their own ball to training, and every boy wears their academy jersey to training and games. For boys born from 2008 on the package is priced €35. For boys born between 2007 and 2002 they are priced €40. Vouchers for this package can be purchased from Packie McGrath on 087-9794696, or through any of the team WhatsApp groups. We will be launching the academy, along with a membership drive in January. Jerseys and balls can be collected on launch night. We request the package be purchased by all underage players / parents who will be playing in 2020.

National and Local Draw
All with tickets for the National Draw are asked to begin returning their stubs. There is a lot of work to be done to enter the returns on the National database so it would be helpful to our club officers if everyone could co-operate on this. Proceeds from this draw are ring fenced to build a new playing surface on Father Tierney Park in 2020. Further tickets are available from any member of the draw committee. For those not living locally who wish to support the Father Tierney Park project, tickets can be purchased on the Aodh Ruadh page on Klubfunder.com.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 jackpot was won by Sheena Newell of Ballyshannon. Sharon Kelly won the stand-up game prize of €150. Winners of the €100 houses included Karen Gallagher, Helen Coughlin, Marion Matthews, Teresa McCaffrey and Kathleen O’Connor, whilst €70 houses went to Monica Quinn, Vincent Keown and Michael Maguire. There was no winner of the winter snowball so it rolls to €750 this week. Bingo as usual this Friday night at 9pm at the Abbey Centre with a great €2,400 prize fund. Books just €10.

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21 January

Club registration
We ask all club members to submit their registration form and fee at their earliest convenience. To facilitate registration we have an online option on Klubfunder.com available. Click on the link or search for 'Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon' on the Klubfunder.com site. Membership can also be paid to Gerry Ferguson at Ferguson's Jewellers. Players can also download registration forms from aodhruadh.org and submit this along with the relevant fee directly to their manager. It is essential all players are signed up club members. Non members are not covered by the GAA's injury insurance scheme and cannot line out for the club. Adult members will receive first priority for the club's allocation of All-Ireland final tickets in the event of Donegal contesting the decider. Only adult members registered by 31st March may vote at the club AGM.

Football
Indoor football training will begin shortly for under 6 boys [2014 and 2015], under 8 boys [2012 and 2013] and under 10 boys [2010 and 2011]. For the first two weeks, Friday 7th February and Friday 14th February, the details are as follows.
The under 6s are in the new hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 6.50pm. Text Ivan O'Mahoney on 086-1714701 to join the under 6 WhatsApp group.
The under 8s are in the new hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 7pm to 8pm. Text Packie McGrath on 087-9794696 to join the under 8 WhatsApp group.
The under 10s are in the new hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 8pm to 9pm. Text Damian Conlon on 087-2750986 to join the under 8 WhatsApp group.
For the six weeks from Friday 21st February onwards, the details are as follows.
The under 6s are in the Mercy hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 6.50pm. The under 8s are in the new hall from 6pm to 7pm. The under 10s are in the new hall from 7pm to 8pm.
Please note, there is a €3 charge for indoor training, to cover the cost of the halls.
Training for under 12 boys commences on Thursday 23rd January at the Breesy Centre, Cashelard at 7pm and continues weekly at the same time and venue. Text Stephen Ward on 087-64437778 to join the under 12 WhatsApp group. Please note, there is a €3 charge to cover the cost of the Breesy Centre pitch.
We would love to see all players from previous years and would particularly welcome any new players who would like to come and try football for the first time. We would also love to welcome back any boys who have played in the past, but have left football for whatever reason.
On Friday 31st January at 7pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh - upstairs at the club rooms, we will be having the launch of our new academy Óige Aodh Ruadh. We are inviting every Aodh Ruadh underage player and their parents / guardians to come along and hear about the new academy and collect their O'Neill's football and Academy jersey. This is €35 for under 6 to under 12 boys, and €40 for under 14 to minor. Membership can also be paid on the night. Two lucky players will receive their ball and jersey for free in a lucky dip draw for all boys who turn up on the night to collect their gear. This give-away has been kindly sponsored by long time club supporter KJ Graham in Canada. We hope to see as many players as possible at this special event.

A child protection and foundation level coaching course will take place on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th January. Contact Packie McGrath 087-9794696 for further details.

Hurling
The Juvenile Hurling Committee's presentation night will take place in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Saturday at 7.30pm. This year we're delighted to have the National Hurling Development Manager, Martin Fogarty as our guest. Martin was a selector and coach with Brian Cody's Kilkenny from 2005 to 2013, winning six All-Ireland senior hurling titles in that period. He also managed Kilkenny to two All-Ireland under 21 titles and is recognised as one of the country's top hurling coaches. All welcome to what's sure to be a great night as we recognise the achievements of our underage hurlers.

With less than a week to the start of the National Football League be sure and get your entry into Last One Standing for your chance to win €300 and local bragging rights. Entry forms still available from any member of Juvenile Hurling Committee. Thanks to Liam Gallen of Mr G's for sponsoring this competition.

Ladies
There is training for senior, minor and under 16 ladies in the Mercy Hall on Monday evenings from 8pm to 9pm. Players are asked to bring €2 to cover the cost of hall hire. Training also continues at Pro Fitness on Friday evenings from 8.30pm to 9.30pm.

Coaching workshop
A workshop for all club coaches tutored by Anthony McGrath will take place on Saturday 1st February from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. The first hour of the course takes place in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh and will look at the mental skills required for underage coaching. It will provide an insight into skills that can be applied in coaching sessions to develop culture, confidence and player development. The second hour will take place on the pitch and will look at the art of defending and focus on how to coach defensive skills from age six to 18. This will break down the skills required at senior level and how they are coached at underage level. All coaches in all codes in the club are invited to attend.

Represent the club at Scór
We are looking for people to represent Aodh Ruadh in Scór Sinsir this year. Scór aims to promote Irish culture and tradition in areas such as music and drama and we’re hoping the club will be represented in as many disciplines as possible. It is open to any club member over the age of 17 and the Donegal semi-finals will be held this year on Saturday 8th February in Clonmany Hall and Saturday 15th February in the Bluestack Centre in Drimarone. We are looking for acts to represent the club in Rince Fóirne (Céilí Dancing), Rince Seit (Set Dancing), Amhránaíocht Aonair (Solo Singing), Aithriseoirecht / Scealaíocht (Recitation / Storytelling), Bailéad Ghrúpa (Ballad Group), Ceol Uirlise (Instrumental Group) and Léiriú (Historical Presentation). The deadline for entries is 31st January so if anyone’s interested or has any queries, please contact Eamonn Martin Maguire at eamonnmartinmaguire@gmail.com.

Win a house
We invite our members to support Donegal GAA's house draw. You could win a four bed semi-detached home in Dublin with Club Donegal. With over 134 square metres of living space, this four bed semi-detached home is located in Brownsbarn, adjacent to Citywest. On 9th May one very lucky person will win this brand new house in our capital. Second prize in the draw is a brand new Mazda 2. Tickets, priced €100, are available to buy online now at winyourhouseindublin.com.

National and Local Draw
All with tickets for the National Draw are asked to begin returning their stubs. There is a lot of work to be done to enter the returns on the National database so it would be helpful to our club officers if everyone could co-operate on this. Proceeds from this draw are ring fenced to build a new playing surface on Father Tierney Park in 2020. Further tickets are available from any member of the draw committee. For those not living locally who wish to support the Father Tierney Park project, tickets can be purchased on the Aodh Ruadh page on Klubfunder.com.

Sigerson Cup
Hard luck to Aodh Ruadh's Benji Drummond, Nathan Boyle, Shane McGrath and Sean Taylor of IT Sligo who lost out to Letterkenny IT on a scoreline of 1-14 to 1-8 in the Sigerson Cup quarter-finals on Sunday. Best of luck to Letterkenny IT as they fly the flag for Donegal in the semi-finals this Wednesday against IT Carlow in Inniskeen, Monaghan at 7pm.

Final best wishes
Best of luck to the Coláiste Cholmcille boys who take on Castletroy College, Limerick in the under 16 All-Ireland Final in the National Basketball Arena this Tuesday.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 jackpot was won by Angela Nicholson of Sligo. James Monaghan of Pettigo won the stand-up game prize of €135. There was no winner of the winter snowball so it rolls to €800 this week. Bingo as usual this Friday night at 9pm at the Abbey Centre with a great €2,500 prize fund. Books just €10.

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28 January

Óige Aodh Ruadh launch
This Friday in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh, we will be launching our Aodh Ruadh Academy, Óige Aodh Ruadh. All underage footballers are invited to attend with their parents / guardians for a short chat about the Academy, and each child can pick up their jersey and O'Neill's football. There are a limited number of each jersey size, so it's important to get up on the night to collect. Another order will go be made later for those who miss out. Prices are €35 for jersey and ball for players from under 6 to under 12, and €40 for jersey and ball for players from under 14 to minor. There will be a free draw for two packages, for those present on the night, one under 6 to under 12, and one under 14 to minor. This draw is kindly sponsored by long time club supporter, KJ Graham in Canada. Parents can also register their child for membership on the night. We would love to see all underage boys attending, with training up and running in the following weeks.

Football
Indoor football training will begin shortly for under 6 boys [2014 and 2015], under 8 boys [2012 and 2013] and under 10 boys [2010 and 2011]. For the first two weeks, Friday 7th February and Friday 14th February, the details are as follows.
The under 6s are in the new hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 6.50pm. Text Ivan O'Mahoney on 086-1714701 to join the under 6 WhatsApp group.
The under 8s are in the new hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 7pm to 8pm. Text Packie McGrath on 087-9794696 to join the under 8 WhatsApp group.
The under 10s are in the new hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 8pm to 9pm. Text Damian Conlon on 087-2750986 to join the under 8 WhatsApp group.
For the six weeks from Friday 21st February onwards, the details are as follows.
The under 6s are in the Mercy hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 6.50pm. The under 8s are in the new hall from 6pm to 7pm. The under 10s are in the new hall from 7pm to 8pm.
Please note, there is a €3 charge for indoor training, to cover the cost of the halls.
Training for under 12 boys commences on Thursday 23rd January at the Breesy Centre, Cashelard at 7pm and continues weekly at the same time and venue. Text Stephen Ward on 087-64437778 to join the under 12 WhatsApp group. Please note, there is a €3 charge to cover the cost of the Breesy Centre pitch.
We would love to see all players from previous years and would particularly welcome any new players who would like to come and try football for the first time. We would also love to welcome back any boys who have played in the past, but have left football for whatever reason.

Hurling
National Hurling Development Coach Martin Fogarty was guest of honour in Ballyshannon over the weekend. On Saturday morning he took over 30 under 14 hurlers in hand for a fantastic training session in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Later in the evening a big crowd assembled in the Aras to listen to Martin speaking after presenting the awards to the juvenile hurlers. He held the audience spellbound with his tales and wisdom and proved to be one of the most inspiring guests we've ever had at our annual underage hurling awards evening. Many thanks to everyone who helped make the whole day such a success. We should have pictures from the event online later in the week.

Ladies
There is training for senior, minor and under 16 ladies in the Mercy Hall on Monday evenings from 8pm to 9pm. Players are asked to bring €2 to cover the cost of hall hire. Training also continues at Pro Fitness on Friday evenings from 8.30pm to 9.30pm.

Under 14s girls training starts on Tuesdays in Rockfield Community Hall from 7pm to 8pm. Girls needs to wear runners, take their own water bottle and €2 to cover cost of hall. All under 14 girls intending to play football this year need to attend every training session. The first league game takes place on 1st March.

Coaching workshop
A workshop for all club coaches tutored by Anthony McGrath will take place on Saturday from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. The first hour of the course takes place in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh and will look at the mental skills required for underage coaching. It will provide an insight into skills that can be applied in coaching sessions to develop culture, confidence and player development. The second hour will take place on the pitch and will look at the art of defending and focus on how to coach defensive skills from age six to 18. This will break down the skills required at senior level and how they are coached at underage level. All coaches in all codes in the club are invited to attend.

Represent the club at Scór
We are looking for people to represent Aodh Ruadh in Scór Sinsir this year. Scór aims to promote Irish culture and tradition in areas such as music and drama and we’re hoping the club will be represented in as many disciplines as possible. It is open to any club member over the age of 17 and the Donegal semi-finals will be held this year on Saturday 8th February in Clonmany Hall and Saturday 15th February in the Bluestack Centre in Drimarone. We are looking for acts to represent the club in Rince Fóirne (Céilí Dancing), Rince Seit (Set Dancing), Amhránaíocht Aonair (Solo Singing), Aithriseoirecht / Scealaíocht (Recitation / Storytelling), Bailéad Ghrúpa (Ballad Group), Ceol Uirlise (Instrumental Group) and Léiriú (Historical Presentation). The deadline for entries is this Wednesday, so if anyone’s interested or has any queries, please contact Eamonn Martin Maguire at eamonnmartinmaguire@gmail.com.

Club registration
We ask all club members to submit their registration form and fee at their earliest convenience. To facilitate registration we have an online option on Klubfunder.com available. Click on the link or search for 'Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon' on the Klubfunder.com site. Membership can also be paid to Gerry Ferguson at Ferguson's Jewellers. Players can also download registration forms from aodhruadh.org and submit this along with the relevant fee directly to their manager. It is essential all players are signed up club members. Non members are not covered by the GAA's injury insurance scheme and cannot line out for the club. Adult members will receive first priority for the club's allocation of All-Ireland final tickets in the event of Donegal contesting the decider. Only adult members registered by 31st March may vote at the club AGM.

Last one standing
Our Last One Standing competition sponsored by Liam Gallen Mr Gs got underway this weekend with 414 entrants this year. The dreaded draw proved costly as a lot of entrants had picked Roscommon. Scores by David Clifford and James Durcan ended the hopes of those who picked Dublin and Donegal. RTE's Jaqui Hurley has reason to smile as she picked Galway while Marty Morrissey went out after picking the Dubs. Thanks to all who supported this fund-raiser. Best of luck to the 268 entrants still standing in round two this weekend.

Win a house
We invite our members to support Donegal GAA's house draw. You could win a four bed semi-detached home in Dublin with Club Donegal. With over 134 square metres of living space, this four bed semi-detached home is located in Brownsbarn, adjacent to Citywest. On 9th May one very lucky person will win this brand new house in our capital. Second prize in the draw is a brand new Mazda 2. Tickets, priced €100, are available to buy online now at winyourhouseindublin.com.

National and Local Draw
All with tickets for the National Draw are asked to begin returning their stubs. There is a lot of work to be done to enter the returns on the National database so it would be helpful to our club officers if everyone could co-operate on this. Proceeds from this draw are ring fenced to build a new playing surface on Father Tierney Park in 2020. Further tickets are available from any member of the draw committee. For those not living locally who wish to support the Father Tierney Park project, tickets can be purchased on the Aodh Ruadh page on Klubfunder.com.

January Big Bingo
This Friday night is the January Big Bingo at the Abbey Centre. There'll be a massive €3,500 prize fund including the €1,000 jackpot which must be won, as well as that €850 snowball. All houses either €150 or €100. Books priced just €15 or get the book and a half special for just €20. First game at 9pm.

Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 Bingo Jackpot was shared between Roseanne Martin and Margaret O’Connor. The €140 stand-up game prize of €140 was won by Mary Connolly. The €100 house winners included Regina Dolan, Kathleen Flanagan, Deirdre Clarke, Agnes Ryder and Ann O’Neill, with €70 houses going to Chloe McGee Gilmore, Teresa Anderson, Kevin O'Connor and Marie Gormley. The winter snowball survived another week so rolls to €850 next week.

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