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Club Notes Archive - 2020

Box. April
7 April
No notes due to ongoing coronavirus pandemic
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14 April

Standing up to the mark
This week we would just like to acknowledge the great contributions being made by so many club members at this time of crisis. We pay tribute to the people working in our local supermarkets, the Gardaí, those taking care of our refuse, the cleaners, those in public transport, and the countless others in vital supporting roles. Most especially we would like to salute the work of the many club members working in front line roles in our health services and care homes. As a club we are hugely proud of you all, and extend to you our thoughts, prayers and very best wishes in your daily battle against this dreadful disease.

Red Jack Gallagher
March 2020 marked the centenary of the birth of Red Jack Gallagher, an iconic Aodh Ruadh, Donegal and Ulster footballer. His son Sean, who captained Aodh Ruadh seniors, wore the county jersey and was also a talented hurler and handball player, has penned a personal tribute to his late father. It captures well the times during which Red Jack lived, the importance of football to him and the contribution which he made to the game. Sean has shared his tribute with the club and it can be accessed in the History section of aodhruadh.org.

Club facilities
In compliance with Government policy and GAA directives at National level our club grounds and buildings remain closed during the current coronavirus pandemic. Essential maintenance is permitted so the four playing fields continue to be professionally maintained in order to allow a quick return to games and activities whenever that may be. We appreciate the time and effort of those routinely undertaking this work when the country is almost at a standstill.

Health, safety and security of club property
The Park / Development Committee has a rota of seven members in place who do a full daily check on all of our facilities, during the current lock-down. If any issues arise in relation to our facilities during this time please make direct contact with Tom Daly, David McLoone or Conal Gallagher.

Aras Aoidh Ruaidh
There will be activity, including the presence of ambulances, at the Aras building in the coming weeks as the HSE continues to make use of the facilities there for Health Service staff training purposes.

Community Employment Scheme
Our Community Employment Scheme (CES) employs 31 people located in various voluntary organisations in south Donegal. Arrangements are in place to maintain the weekly payment of all participants and these arrangements are robust and secure for the foreseeable future. The CES office in the Day Centre will remain closed for now. Any issues in relation to the CES can be taken up directly with the supervisor or with Tom Daly.

Best foot forward
Despite lockdown our under 8 footballers are leading by example and have been working hard on a daily skill challenge and seeing how each other is getting on through videos. The under 8s also had a virtual question and answer session with county star Jamie Brennan last week which went down well.

We're all in this together
If you find yourself needing assistance - be it collecting and delivering groceries, prescriptions or any other such daily essentials, just let us know and we can arrange help. It doesn’t matter if you are not a member of the club. Contact William Doogan (087-2799855), Lisa McTernan (086-2338636), Sabrina Brosnan (086-8241297), Patricia McShea Hill (087-6874389), John Rooney (086-2587793) or message us on our Facebook page, Aodh Ruadh CLG. If any club member would like to add themselves to the list of volunteers available to lend a hand, just message William or Lisa.

Drugs and alcohol education programme
We would like to thank Foróige, especially Cara, Maura and Josephine for running the Alcohol and Substance Abuse programme with the club. Unfortunately the programme had to be be suspended, despite the participants really benefiting and enjoying the sessions, we do intend to pick it up again later in the year. Please keep an eye on notes for developments on this front.

Votes of sympathy
At the March monthly club executive meeting held via teleconference votes of sympathy were recorded for Sean Gavigan, Paudge Dorrian, Dan Gibbons, Anne Daly, Aidan Ballantyne - brother of Mary Stephens; and Pat Barrett of Bundoran. Condolences also to the family of Peter Gallagher, Cloghore who passed on recently.

Supporting the club
While on-pitch action is on hold, bills and debt repayments continue to fall due for the club. If you are in a position to support the club finances, that would be much appreciated in these difficult times. We are looking are reconfiguring and restarting our lotto offering in the coming weeks, but in the meantime you might consider joining our Cairde Aoidh Ruaidh scheme, which plays a vital role in underpinning the club's finances. Contact Tom Daly, William Doogan or Lisa McTernan for more details.

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 .

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21 April

Aodh Ruadh lotto
The Aodh Ruadh lotto is now back up and running with a jackpot of €1,900. There will be two lucky dip prizes of €25 each week. Given the guidance on social distancing we encourage club members to play the lotto online at klubfunder.com. The usual lotto envelopes can however also be obtained in Kernan's Spar and Pearse O'Neill's. Just leave the ticket in the shop and these will be collected prior to the weekly draw. The club appreciates all support members can offer during this ongoing pandemic.

Cairde Aoidh Ruaidh
While on-pitch action is on hold, bills and debt repayments continue to fall due for the club. If you are in a position to support the club finances, that would be much appreciated in these difficult times. In particular we ask members to consider joining our Cairde Aoidh Ruaidh scheme, which plays a vital role in underpinning the club's finances. Contact Tom Daly, William Doogan or Lisa McTernan for more details.

Supporting Chef Aid
Aodh Ruadh are delighted to support Chef Aid by volunteering and donating funds towards the initiative. This donation comes from the club's OsKaRs fund-raising drive in 2019. We will be giving Chef Aid vouchers from the local shops that supported our OsKaRs event last year, indeed these businesses support Aodh Ruadh always. Twelve months ago the OsKaRs brought a huge feeling of community to the area, 12 months later we are in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. Initiatives like Chef Aid show that immense community togetherness has only grown stronger. Hats off to all involved.

Ruby reminiscences for De La Salle
Monday marked 40 years since De La Salle, Ballyshannon claimed the All Ireland Colleges B title in Croke Park. Despite drawing on a roll of less than 100 pupils they defeated the Leinster champions, a fancied St Mary’s CBS side from Portlaoise, by 2-10 to 1-6. The De La Salle goals were scored by Brian Murray and second half sub, PJ Ward. The team winning team was as follows: Thomas Cleary; Pauric McLoone, Paschal McTernan, Conor Boyle; Thomas Gallagher, Tommy McDermott, Paul Tuohy; Brian Tuohy (Capt.), Matt Gallagher; Martin Williamson, Michael McHugh, Tom McMahon; John Lee, Brian Murray, Pauric Bromley. Subs: PJ Ward for John Lee; Eunan Gallagher, Eunan Doyle, Conor Maguire, Tommy McLoughlin, Declan Gallagher. We thoroughly recommend heading along to the Daly's Donegal page on Facebook for more in depth reflections and some fascinating perspectives from what was a historic day for the town and the county.

Red Jack Gallagher
We got a great reaction to Sean Gallagher's tribute to his Father, Red Jack Gallagher, in last week's notes. If you missed this great read you can see it in the History section of aodhruadh.org.

Club facilities
In compliance with Government policy and GAA directives at National level our club grounds and buildings remain closed during the current coronavirus pandemic. Essential maintenance is permitted so the four playing fields continue to be professionally maintained in order to allow a quick return to games and activities whenever that may be. We appreciate the time and effort of those routinely undertaking this work when the country is almost at a standstill.

Health, safety and security of club property
The Park / Development Committee has a rota of seven members in place who do a full daily check on all of our facilities, during the current lock-down. If any issues arise in relation to our facilities during this time please make direct contact with Tom Daly, David McLoone or Conal Gallagher.

Aras Aoidh Ruaidh
There will be activity, including the presence of ambulances, at the Aras building in the coming weeks as the HSE continues to make use of the facilities there for Health Service staff training purposes.

Community Employment Scheme
Our Community Employment Scheme (CES) employs 31 people located in various voluntary organisations in south Donegal. Arrangements are in place to maintain the weekly payment of all participants and these arrangements are robust and secure for the foreseeable future. The CES office in the Day Centre will remain closed for now. Any issues in relation to the CES can be taken up directly with the supervisor or with Tom Daly.

Win a house draw deferred
As a result of the unprecedented worldwide coronavirus pandemic, Donegal GAA and Club Donegal have taken the decision to put back the Win Your House In Dublin draw until 4th December. All tickets purchased to date will remain valid for the draw on the new date. Tickets for the draw will still be available for purchase from www.winyourhouseindublin.com or through the ticket hotline on 086-6047089 with the ticket being posted out to you. Thanks to everybody who has helped with the promotion and sale of the draw tickets to date.

We're here to help
If you find yourself needing assistance - be it collecting and delivering groceries, prescriptions or any other such daily essentials, just let us know and we can arrange help. It doesn’t matter if you are not a member of the club. Contact William Doogan (087-2799855), Lisa McTernan (086-2338636), Sabrina Brosnan (086-8241297), Patricia McShea Hill (087-6874389), John Rooney (086-2587793) or message us on our Facebook page, Aodh Ruadh CLG. If any club member would like to add themselves to the list of volunteers available to lend a hand, just message William or Lisa.

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28 April

Football
All underage managers now have challenges set up for their teams, beginning this week through their groups. These will be a fun way for players to continue to interact, challenge each other and themselves. It will be an important way for our managers to keep in contact with the players, and good to keep the players continuing to practice their skills in a fun way. The Aodh Ruadh Academy has sponsored prizes for each manager to award participants as part of this initiative. These include O'Neill's T shirts and tops, football gloves, shorts, base layer gear, etc. We encourage all players, parents and guardians to get involved in what we hope is a stop gap until we get back out on the field.

On the run for Billy and John
Unfortunately due to the coronavirus pandemic we are unable to hold our annual Billy Finn / John Larkin under 14 Memorial Tournament on Monday 4th May. The Juvenile and Senior Hurling Committees are coming together to undertake a huge challenge in memory of these two characters whose contribution to hurling in Aodh Ruadh will never be forgotten. They are undertaking a 1,000 kilometre run / walk / crawl in over the course of 72 hours from 9am on Friday 8th May to 9am on Monday 11th May. We are raising money for the following local charities: Donegal Wheelchair Association, Liquid Therapy, Donegal Alzheimer's Association and the Patient Comfort Fund Shiel Hospital. We will have a Go Fund Me page for contributions in operation shortly. The challenge will consist of people walking / running or any amount of kilometres in accordance with the Government regulations in relation to coronavirus, exercise within two kilometre radius of your home and only with people from your own household. This challenge will allow us honour the memory of Billy and John, raise money for local charities and provide fun and exercise for all the family. For any information in relation to this challenge please contact John Rooney on 086-2587793. Come on, 1,000 kilometres in 72 hours, are you up for it!

Monthly club meeting
There will be a teleconference meeting of the club executive on Thursday at 9pm. Secretary Lisa McTernan will circulate details to executive committee members in due course.

Aodh Ruadh lotto
There was no winner of last week's Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €1,900. The winning numbers drawn were 5, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16. In the lucky dip €25 went to Ronan Matthews and Caroline Patton. The next draw is for a jackpot of €2,000 on Sunday at 8.30pm. Given the guidance on social distancing we encourage club members to play the lotto online at klubfunder.com. The usual lotto envelopes can however also be obtained in Kernan's Spar and Pearse O'Neill's. Just leave the ticket in the shop and these will be collected prior to the weekly draw. The club appreciates all support members can offer during this ongoing pandemic.

Health, safety and security of club property
The Park / Development Committee has a rota of seven members in place who do a full daily check on all of our facilities, during the current lock-down. If any issues arise in relation to our facilities during this time please make direct contact with Tom Daly, David McLoone or Conal Gallagher.

Community Employment Scheme
Our Community Employment Scheme (CES) employs 31 people located in various voluntary organisations in south Donegal. Arrangements are in place to maintain the weekly payment of all participants and these arrangements are robust and secure for the foreseeable future. The CES office in the Day Centre will remain closed for now. Any issues in relation to the CES can be taken up directly with the supervisor or with Tom Daly.

We're here to help
If you find yourself needing assistance - be it collecting and delivering groceries, prescriptions or any other such daily essentials, just let us know and we can arrange help. It doesn’t matter if you are not a member of the club. Contact William Doogan (087-2799855), Lisa McTernan (086-2338636), Sabrina Brosnan (086-8241297), Patricia McShea Hill (087-6874389), John Rooney (086-2587793) or message us on our Facebook page, Aodh Ruadh CLG. If any club member would like to add themselves to the list of volunteers available to lend a hand, just message William or Lisa.

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