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2 April

Football
Aodh Ruadh sank to a home defeat last Saturday in their league opener. It was a low scoring first half with a penalty netted by Jack Gallagher and points from Shane McGrath and Diarmaid McInerney sufficient to give the Ernesiders a slim half-time advantage 1-2 to 0-4. Directly after the break Aodh Ruadh put themselves in the driving seat with a goal worked from the throw in with David Dolan applying the finish. Points from Doland and McInerney kept three points between the sides, but the loss of Nathan Boyle to a red card helped galvanise the visitor's cause. They pressed hard in the closing stages and a penalty in added time saw them secure a 2-8 to 2-6 victory. The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were as follow: Peter Boyle; Aiden Sweeny, Kyle Murray, Ryan Keenaghan; Johnny Gallagher, Darren Drummond, Darragh Flood-Dolan; Eamon McGrath, Shane McGrath (0-2); Diarmaid McInerney (0-2), David Dolan (1-1), Nathan Boyle; Eddie Lynch, Donagh McIntyre, Jack Gallagher (1-1, penalty). Sub: Matt Gillespie for Jack Gallagher HT. We have a gallery of shots from the game live on aodhruadh.org.

Next up for Aodh Ruadh is their first away fixtures of the season with the seniors and senior development squad travelling to Glenfin this Sunday. The senior development squad are first in action with a 1.30pm throw-in, followed by the seniors at 3pm.

On Monday evening the minor team made the short journey to Ballintra to play Naomh Bríd and came away with the spoils on a scoreline of 2-9 to 1-6. Goals from Garvey Meade and Barry Campbell in either half helped the Aodh Ruadh lads to the six point win. There were seven scorers contributing to Aodh Ruadh's 11 scores which was pleasing, however on a different day we could have been left regretting 10 scoreable chances that went begging during the game. On the night Corey Sheridan gave a brilliant goalkeeping display while helped out be James Ward, and the McCauley brothers in defence, with James Monaghan showing his usual high work-rate. Even though Naomh Bríd were under strength it was a good day's work to come away with a win, in a venue that hasn't always been kind to this group in terms of positive results. The squad have a break until their next fixture which is a trip to Fintra to face Killybegs on Monday, 15th April.

Our under 14s are set to get their competitive season under way tonight, Wednesday with two home games. They host Naomh Conaill at 5.30pm in Father Tierney Park. That game will then be followed in the Park by a clash with Dungloe at 6.45pm.

Our under 8s had an internal blitz in the sunshine in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Saturday. There were some fiercely contested games, with representatives for Armagh, Donegal, Dublin and Kerry all playing each other with a league and championship final at the end for each team! Training continues this Friday with all details in the team WhatsApp group.

Well done to the county under 20s and our own Eoghan Kelly and Aaron Cullen on earning a well-deserved 1-13 to 0-5 win over Fermanagh tonight. Next up for the team is the visit of Armagh to Ballybofey on Wednesday, April 10th. Throw-in at 7.30pm.

Ladies
A big well done to our division 3 ladies who started their season with a good win on the road down at Robert Emmet's on Sunday. There was a great spread of scorers with Cádhla Dolan, Lauren Foy, Aoife Traver and Amanda Mahon all raising green flags. Congratulations also to our senior debutants this week, Cádhla Gillespie and Rebecca McLaughlin.

The adult ladies have a break this weekend, but both sides will be in action on Sunday April 14th. The Division 1 team will be hosting Na Dúnaibh, with the Division 3 team also at home, with Red Hugh's the guests.

The under 16s dug deep to chalk up their second win of the campaign with a one point win over Naomh Conaill in Father Tierney Park on Tuesday evening. Glenties put on an exhibition of point scoring in the first half, but two beautifully taken Megan Murphy penalties, along with goals from Ciara Larkin and Faye Gillespie meant Aodh Ruadh trailed by a point at the break, 4-1 to 1-11. The Shamettes really worked hard in the second half with a great defensive shift featuring some brilliant blocking. Up front there was a good spread of scorers, and with Faye Gillespie bagging another two goals the homesters ran out 6-6 to 4-11 winners. Dungloe are the opposition for the under 16s next Tuesday. That is another home game for the girls with 7pm the throw-in time.

Hurling
Our senior hurlers are due to go into league action this Friday when they host Setanta at Father Tierney Park. Throw-in is at 6.30pm.

The under 16s started their 2024 season on Easter Saturday with a trip to Owenbeg, Derry to take part in a blitz for the start of the Táin Óg competition. This team won the tournament last year so were rewarded with a promotion to Division 1 and find themselves among such illustrious names as Kevin Lynch's, Carrickmore, Slaughtneil and Glengariffe. The boys played two games against two strong Antrim teams - Glenarrife and Naomh Pádraig and although they lost both games, they showed they belong in the top tier of the competition. Their next outing will be just as tough against Robert Emmet's, Slaughtneil on Monday 15th April - venue to be confirmed.

The 2024 hurling league starts this week and will see our under 16s, under the management of Paul Sheridan and Mark Sheerin, travel to Ballybofey on Thursday evening to take on our old rivals, MacCumhaills. Our under 12s, unfortunately, have had a delay to the start of their season and will have to wait another week before the start of their action. Going forward, the under 12s and under 16s will play their games on the same week and the following week our minors will be out. The minors, under the management of Daithi and Danny Breen, will also start their season with a game against their main rivals, MacCumhaill's, when they welcome them to Father Tierney Park on Thursday 11th April. Straight back with a bang!

The County under 17 development squad had a great win over Louth on Easter Saturday. Thanks to some great scoring from our own Corey Sheridan, they won out on a scoreline of 5-13 to 1-5. They remain unbeaten as they prepare for their final, crunch game against neighbours, Tyrone, in Convoy at 7.30pm on Wednesday 3rd April and the chance to win the 2024 Ulster League. The very best of luck to the impressive Aodh Ruadh representation of Joe Gibbions, Corey Sheridan, Liam Doogan, Jun Hui Lin, Sean Maguire, Lennon Canny, Daithi Sheerin, Shay Winters, Antoin O'Loughlin and Rory Cullen.

Following on from their Ulster League title, the county under 20 team moved into the All-Ireland under 20 B Championship. They were drawn to play Mayo at home in O'Donnell Park in this knock-out tournament. Donegal went into the half-time break with a two point lead. However, Mayo came back stronger and eventually won the game on a scoreline of 2-10 to 0-14. That ends the season for this fine team of young hurlers. Congratulations to the team and management under Adie Gaffey for clinching the Ulster title and progressing to the All-Irelands, and of course, a big shout out to our own Cian McDonald, representing Aodh Ruadh.

The juvenile hurling and camogie committees came together last Saturday to invite established and potential junior players to a fun hurling inspired sports day in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Blessed with a beautiful day, the boys and girls all had a great time and were treated to some Easter eggs at the end. We're really hoping to see all the players back on the pitch next Sunday, April 7th when training resumes at 11am for under 6s, under 8s, and under 10s. Thanks are extended to all who helped out on the day; John Larkin, Martin Larkin, Ciara Roper, Melissa McGee, Stephen Sheerin and Hannah McGarrigle. Thanks also to Kernan's Spar and Owen Roe's for supplying all the yummy Easter eggs.

Training continues this week for our minors, u16s and u12s - see WhatsApp groups for details. We're delighted to announce the return of our junior training this Sunday, 7th April, with the u6s, u8s and u10s returning to training at 11am. All boys new and old, as such, are welcome to attend and all equipment is supplied, so it's easy to come and try it out. Anyone looking to join in the fun can contact John Larkin on 086-1076883 (under 8s), or Martin Larkin 086-8033596 (under 10s).

American Tours
In 2024 we will again host over 100 American tour groups at Father Tierney Park where they learn about the GAA role at community level and experience Gaelic games. We need two or three more people to train as Tour Guides and to take the pressure off the small number of volunteers who are carrying the workload at present. It involves about four hours of voluntary time for each tour. If interested speak directly to Patsy Kilgannon, Michael Daly or Tom Daly.

Online shop
Our online club shop with O'Reilly's sports is now open until Sunday, 7th April. Orders placed will take four weeks for delivery after the online shop closes. Head along to oreillysofficial.com to check out the merch on offer.

Last one standing
Following the panic of what might happen with 31 players making it through to the final round of the Juvenile Hurling Committee's Last Man Standing competition, sponsored by Liam Gallen Mr G's, the competition was decided even before the last two games were played. Only two players backed Westmeath to beat Down and unfortunately for Eddie Grimes he also backed Leitrim. The other player, however, backed Laois to win Division 4 and proved that she has the smarts that obviously have helped her to her current position as Chairwoman of our club! Congratulations Lisa McTernan - you are the Last One Standing for 2024!

Egg-cellent Easter Camp!
Well done to all the kids who joined us for the Aodh Ruadh Easter camp. Over 80 children took part in what was an enjoyable three day camp. Also a huge thank you to all the coaches who helped out.

Registration
Many thanks to all who registered with the club for 2019. People can continue to register, however the following provisos apply. Players will not be able to participate in training or games until five days after registration. Adults registered from here on in will not be able to vote at the AGM and will have much diminished entitlement to match tickets. Registration is still available on Foireann.com. Membership can also be paid to Gerry Ferguson at Ferguson's Jewellers.

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9 April

Football
Aodh Ruadh earned their first point of the league campaign with a late 45 from Peter Boyle against Glenfin on Sunday afternoon. That saw the tie finish level on eight points apiece in what was a low scoring contest. The Páirc Taoibhoige visitors had opened the scoring in this encounter with a Matt Gillespie counter-attack effort. A Diarmaid McInerney free extended the advantage before Glenfin finally opened their account. The hosts levelled, but Jack Gallagher and Diarmaid McInerney fired Aodh Ruadh back into a two point advantage. Glenfin notched the last score of the half though to see the sides going in at the break with the minimum between them. The Ernesiders opened the scoring in the new half thanks to Matt Gillespie, but Glenfin repaid that with interest, hitting four points on the spin to move into the lead for the first time in the game. Jack Gallagher and Diarmaid McInerney came back with answering scores to level matters, but a point from sub Ross Marley looked like it might prove decisive with time running out. Thankfully Aodh Ruadh engineered one more scoring opportunity and ice-cool Boyle stepped up to stroke over the equaliser and give his side a valuable away point. The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were as follows: Peter Boyle (0-1 45); Aidan Sweeny, Jason Granaghan, Ryan Keenaghan; Kyle Murray, Niall Murray, Darragh Dolan; Shane McGrath, Donagh McIntyre; Colm McGloin, Diarmaid McInerney (0-3, 2f), Matt Gillespie (0-2); Eddie Lynch, Jack Gallagher, James Gallagher (0-2, 1m). Subs: Johnny Gethins for Colm McGloin (50), Conor Foy for Shane McGrath (50).

The senior development team came up short in their clash with Glenfin Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon. The hosts lead 2-6 to 1-4 at the break and pushed on over the course of the second-half to run out victors on a scoreline of 3-10 to 1-7.

Round three of the league sees Aodh Ruadh taking on Saint Michael's in Father Tierney Park this Sunday. The action starts with the senior development squad's game at 1.30pm, followed by the senior match at 3pm.

After a short break, our minors return to action on Monday, 15th April with a trip to Fintra to face Killybegs.

The under 16s played host to Ardara in Father Tierney Park on Monday evening. The hosts were slow out of the traps, allowing the Pearse Park lads to run up a 2-3 lead over the course of the first 17 minutes. Aodh Ruadh finally got off the mark in the 18th minute when MJ Ward darted through the cover and drilled to the net. Ward followed that up with a free four minutes later when Eoghan Gallagher was fouled. Callum Dorrian then struck for the last two points of the half, one from dead ball, the other his side's first from open play after good link up play with MJ Ward. Joe Gibbions landed a lovely free after another foul on Eoghan Gallagher on the restart to make it 1-4 to 2-3. However Ardara were awarded a penalty two minutes later and although Anthony Duffy pulled off a top drawer save Ardara were more alert for the rebound and hit the net to extend their lead back out to five points. The visitors added a point before the Ernesiders responded with a Joe Gibbions free following a shunt on MJ Ward. Ward then added a free before Aodh Ruadh struck for their second goal of the game, Callum Dorrian squaring across the face of goal for Corey Sheridan to palm home and make it 2-8 to 4-4 in the 51st minute. The game was in the melting pot now, but Ardara weathered the Aodh Ruadh pressure and tagged on two late points to make the game safe, final score Aodh Ruadh 2-8 Ardara 4-6. The slow start and Ardara's eye for goal cost Aodh Ruadh dear in this one, but there were a lot of encouraging performances from the Ballyshannon lads. Joe Gibbions was excellent in the middle of the pitch, while further back Ethan Kerrigan got on some good ball. Up front Eoghan Gallagher worked his socks off and took some punishment for his troubles, while MJ Ward and Callum Dorrian caused plenty of trouble. A shout out too for Anthony Duffy's magnificent penalty save. The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were as follows. Corey Sheridan (1-0); Ethan Kerrigan, Sean O'Neill, Fionn Hartin; Oisin McCadden, Garreth Brennan, Eoghan 'Blake' Gallagher; Antoin Duffy, Joe Gibbions (0-3f); Eoghan Gallagher, Eoghan McCadden, Finn Doogan; Max Roper, MJ Ward (1-3, 3f), Callum Dorrian (0-2, 1f). Subs: Anthony Duffy, Antoin O'Loughlin, Bobby Melly, Dara Vaughan, Joey Daly, Conor Greenan, Turlough Hughes. Under 16 training continues as usual on Wednesday and Friday from 5.30pm to 7pm. The next outing for the under 16s is slated for Friday 26th April when they are due to take on Bruncrana, down at the Inishowen venue. Throw-in at 7.30pm.

Our under 8 squad made the trip to Pettigo for a Go Games match on Saturday. Conditions could best be described as, 'Not ideal,' but our youngsters had a great afternoon of games regardless. We had four teams in action, with each team getting to play four games, two against the hosts and two games against another Aodh Ruadh team. Each player got to play the full amount of all the games. Next up we face up to near neighbours Four Masters on Saturday. We have a full programme of games, running until June, with all details available in the team WhatsApp.

Best of luck to the county under 20s and our own Eoghan Kelly and Aaron Cullen as they take on Armagh in Ballybofey this Wednesday at 7.30pm.

Ladies
The adult ladies return to action this Sunday, April 14th with both games in Father Tierney Park. The Division 1 team take on Na Dúnaibh at 12 noon, with the Division 3 side facing off against Red Hugh's at 10.30am.

The under 16s host Dungloe this Tuesday in their next league outing with the action getting under way at 7pm.

Well done to Ciara Larkin and Katie McGowan who were in action for the county under 16s and Faye Gillespie who lined out for the county under 14s over the weekend. The under 16 game was in Father Tierney Park on Saturday and we have a gallery of shots live from that on aodhruadh.org.

Hurling
Our senior hurlers entertained Setanta in their season opener on Friday. The visitors had the better of exchanges over the course of the 60 minutes to run out 1-4 to 2-23 winners. Gareth Sheerin (2) and Daniel Breen were on the mark for the Ernesiders in the first half as the sides turned around at 0-12 to 0-3. A goal five minutes after the resumption did inject a bit of spirit into the Aodh Ruadh cause, but the homesters could only add another Gareth Sheerin point after that, as Setanta ran out comfortable winners in the end. The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were as follows: Tommy Clyne; Ciaran Rami, Kyle McCaffrey; Cian McKenna, Kenzie Lee Ayres, Adam Clarke; Ryan Ayres, Daniel Breen (0-1); Dara Cleary (1-0), Martin Larkin, Gareth Sheerin (0-3, 1f); Jack McCadden, Daniel Downey. Next up for Aodh Ruadh in round two of the senior hurling league is a trip to Buncrana this Friday, with the throw-in at Scarvey set for 8pm.

The minors have had their opening league clash with MacCumhaill's postponed so will have to wait until Thursday, 25th April to commence their season. Training will continue on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The Donegal League started last week for our under 16s with the first game an away match against MacCumhaill's in Ballybofey. Over the past number of years a healthy rivalry has built up between these two teams and with MacCumhaills being the only team to get the better of Aodh Ruadh last season, a hotly contested battle was expected. Our boys didn't disappoint and led from the off, to eventually win out a scoreline of 3-15 to 0-9 with some great team play and a few impressive individual performances from Joey Daly, Shaun McGarrigle, Shay Winters and Joe Gibbions. Next up for these lads is a Táin Óg match against the might of Derry's Slaughneil Robert Emmet's on Monday, 15th April in Omagh.

The under 12s were disappointed to see the start of their League get off to a false start as their game against Dungloe / Gaoth Dobhair was called off. They now await a new fixture schedule. Training will continue On Sundays in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

It was great to see our junior hurlers back out in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Sunday morning. The under 6s, under 8s, and under 10s all took to the pitch and enjoyed a great session in what were rather blustery conditions. It was great to see so many youngsters and new-comers taking up our ancient sport. It was fantastic to see so many new faces up at Munday's. Training will continue for all these groups next Sunday at 11.45am with all equipment provided and new members always welcome. Details of a programme of Go Games fixtures should be out this week, and all details will be posted in the relevant team WhatsApp groups. Anyone looking to join in the fun can contact Stephen Sheerin 08-68616927 (under 6), John Larkin on 086-1076883 (under 8s), or Martin Larkin 086-8033596 (under 10s).

The Donegal under 17 Development team had a busy week, clocking up two games and two wins. Last Wednesday they bagged a 3-18 to 1-10 win over Tyrone in Convoy. This saw them top the Ulster League following an unbeaten run. It was a very enjoyable clean game with some fantastic hurling and a dream outing for our own Corey Sheridan who excelled throughout the game and also chalked up a personal tally of 1-13. The team moved quickly on to the Celtic Challenge competition and welcomed Sligo to a very windy Convoy on Sunday. In what proved to be very difficult playing conditions, Donegal took an early lead and managed to hang on throughout the whole game, to eventually run out 2-9 to 1-7 winners. Congratulations to all the Aodh Ruadh lads involved over the two games; Corey Sheridan, Daithi Sheerin, Liam Doogan, Shay Winters, Joe Gibbions, Antoin O'Loughlin, Jun Hui Lin, Sean Maguire and Rory Cullen.

Friday saw a number of our younger under 16s pull on the green and yellow jersey for the first time to represent Donegal at under 15 level with an inter-county blitz at the Tyrone Centre of Excellence in Garvaghey. These lads have been travelling to Convoy and training with the Hibernian Cup team for a number of months now and Friday was their first team outing. A number of our boys were unable to attend on the day, but big congratulations to twinners, Eoghan and Oisin McCadden, Antoin Duffy, Joey Daly and Ethan Kerrigan who flew the flag for Aodh Ruadh.

Floodlight users
As the evenings have stretched we ask all units who had flood lit training sessions on the top pitch to settle up on their contributions towards the costs of running the lights. Payment can be made to any of the Park Committee officers.

Ballyshannon Bingo
Well done to the winners at last week's bingo on Tuesday, 2nd April. Anthony Mulhern scooped the Jackpot game. The House winners were Bill McGonigle, Gerard Cullen, Bridget McDermott, Karen Coughlin (twice and with two lines!), Margaret Meehan, Teresa Campbell and Mary Coughlin, with Tia Kane taking the €100 house on game six. The line winners were Elish O'Doherty (twice!), Kathleen Fallon, Rita Touhy, Anne Lowther, Leah Roper and Tracey Gallagher shared, Rosemary Treacy and Anthony Reynolds, whilst Chloe Kane won both the single line and €50 double line on game ten! Tom Flanagan was the last man standing to take the €150 stand-up game. The €1,000 Spring Snowball escaped another week so rolls to 51 numbers or less this week, as again we have €2,800 in the prize fund to play for including the €500 50/50 Jackpot and €300 Lucky Numbers game. Bingo at the usual time of 8.30pm Tuesday at the Abbey Centre, door open 7.45pm. Come along for an enjoyable night out, great value with books just €10!

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16 April

Football
Aodh Ruadh's eye for goal made the difference at a blustery Father Tierney Park as they got the better of a game St Michael's outfit on Sunday afternoon. The first half got off to a barn-storming start with Aodh Ruadh winning the throw-in and lacing it into the square where David Dolan collected and blasted to the net as he was being upended. Eoghan Kelly opened St Michael's account a couple of minutes later, but Ballyshannon responded in style, racing the ball up the pitch where Shane McGrath was picked out in the square with a lateral kick pass and he scrambled the ball to the net. Kelly answered that with another booming shot, Michael McGinley following with another score to put four between them. Jack Gallagher replied with his side's first point of the game, but points from Paddy McGinley and Michael McGinley had the visitors back to within two points with the game moving into the second quarter. Shane McGrath notched a point in the 20th minute, probably his side's best move of the game to that stage. The last three scores of the half went the way of the Gaeltacht men though, with Michael Connor, Colin McFadden and Eoghan all finding the range to make it honours even 2-2 to 0-8 at the turn around.
Martin McElhinney edged his side in front for the first time with opening score of the second half. There was an eight minute hiatus before the next score, but it was worth the wait, Shane McGrath's dancing feet taking him through the St Michael's rearguard before he guided to the net. The Ernesiders could have had a fourth goal two minutes later, but Johnny Gethins thundering shot could only rattle the crossbar. Jack Gallagher did send over a graceful shot from play, but a Michael McGinley free kept the visitors well in it at 3-3 to 0-10 with 46 minutes played. Jack Gallagher then stepped up to land score of the game, a tremendous free from the deck by the terrace sideline behind the 45. Another McGinley free kept his side in the hunt, but David Dolan thumped over a point three minutes from time to give his side some breathing space with the clock running down. The final say went the way of the Reds, Eoghan Kelly converting a free, but the homesters had done enough to secure their first win of the season. In Shane McGrath and Jack Gallagher Aodh Ruadh had the difference-makers, with David Dolan, Darragh Flood Dolan and Eamonn McGrath getting through a lot of hard yards. The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were as follows: Peter Boyle; Aidan Sweeny, Ryan Keenaghan, Calum O'Halloran; Michael McKenna, Niall Murray, Darragh Dolan; Shane McGrath (2-1), Eamon McGrath; Johnny Gethins, David Dolan (1-1), Kyle Murray; Eddie Lynch, Jack Gallagher (0-3, 1f), Nathan Boyle. Sub: Donagh McIntyre for Nathan Boyle 46 minutes. Head along to aodhruadh.org where we've a gallery of pictures from the game.

The reserves clinched their first win of 2024 with a one point win over Saint Michael's in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Sunday. Aodh Ruadh led from the get-go, making the most of a following breeze in the first half to run up a 3-4 to 2-2 half-time lead. However, the Reds never gave up the ghost and by full time the Ernesiders had just a point to spare, 5-7 to 5-6 the final score. Paul O'Loughlin's men got the action going in some style, Colm McGloin winning the throw-in and dropping a beauty of a kick pass right into the path of Aengus Sweeny who gathered, raced 20 metres and then slammed to the back of the net. The Saint Michael's keeper was obviously flustered by that early concession and fluffed his subsequent kick out. Jake Foley latched on to the loose ball and lobbed keeper to send the ball to the back of the net for the second time in a mere moments. Aodh Ruadh then raised a third first half green flag when the tireless Colm McGloin found the back of the net. The second half saw Odhran McGarrigle getting in on the goal scoring action, and he also fired off one of the scores of the game, a huge effort from well outside the 45. The homesters final goal came from the boot of Damian Weber who had also landed wonderfully struck 45 earlier in the game. There were a number of good displays in defence, notably Karl O'Brien who was called upon to make some crucial saves, and the back two in this 13-a-side encounter of Michael Ward and Shane McGloin. Best wishes for a speedy recovery go to Luke Carr who had to exit the fray after 20 minutes. The Aodh Ruadh team were as follows: Karl O'Brien; Michael Ward, Shane McGloin; Conor Foy, Luke Carr, James Gallagher; Aengus Sweeny, Odhran McGarrigle; Colm McGloin, Damian Weber, Oisin Kerr; Cian McKenna, Jake Foley. Subs: Ryan Daly, Dermot Slevin, Mitchell McLoughlin, Kerry Ryan, Rory Gettins. The gallery for this game is live now on aodhruadh.org.

The next round of the league sees Aodh Ruadh making the trip to Magheragallon to face Gaoth Dobhair on Sunday. The action starts with the senior development squad's game at 1.30pm, followed by the senior match at 3pm.

Our minors will finally return to action this Wednesday with a trip to Fintra to face Killybegs.

Our under 16 boys will be playing Melvin Gaels in a challenge match on Tuesday evening. All players should be up at the Park for 4.15pm. Training continues as normal Wednesday and Friday.

The under 10s continued their busy start to the season by welcoming Four Masters to Páirc Aodh Ruadh on Friday evening. 34 boys played over three matches with some fabulous talent on show. Training continues on Tuesday evening at Coláiste Cholmcille from 7pm to 8pm. Our next fixture is at home to Bundoran on Saturday. Further details will be posted on the WhatsApp group.

Well done to our under 8s who made the short trip down to Four Masters taking on both Na Rossa as well as the hosts Four Masters. We had two teams in action on the day, with each team getting three games each. Conditions ranged from Baltic, torrential rain, and lovely sunshine, but the boys had a great time anyway. Training continues on Friday evening, as we prepare to host Dungloe on Saturday.

Big congratulations to Eoghan Kelly, Aaron Cullen and the Donegal under 20s who secured their place in the Ulster semi-finals last Saturday with a 1-6 to 0-7 win over Armagh. Well done also to Barry Ward and his minor charges as Donegal recorded an impressive 2-12 to 1-8 win at a blustery Father Tierney Park on Saturday. MJ Ward was another Aodh Ruadh man in county action over the weekend. He had a prominent role as the under 15 development squad got the better of Monaghan. The game, played at the Monaghan Centre of Excellence in Cloghan, finished 3-17 to 5-8, with an injury time goal from Ward sealing it for the Tir Chonaill lads. The Erneside attacking ace finished with 1-4 in total.

Ladies
The senior ladies entertained Na Dúnaibh on Sunday afternoon in Father Tierney Park. As expected it was a hard-fought affair, but a forceful second half showing from the hosts was sufficient to secure a deserved 3-10 to 2-6 victory. Aodh Ruadh got off to a good start with Eimear McMahon proving deadly accurate from placed ball. The homesters were moving really well and creating some great attacking opportunities which Gillian Duficy, Caoimhe Devine, Cáit Gillespie and Eimear McMahon were all able to capitalise on with white flags. Although Aodh Ruadh were looking good value for their lead, Downings kept in the game and when they enjoyed a purple patch just before half-time they made full use of it. A brace of goals wrought a big turn-around on the score board and as the half-time whistle sounded it was the visitors who were the happier, Aodh Ruadh 1-7, Na Dúnaibh 2-5. In the second half the Shamettes had whatever benefit the blustery breeze might be offering, and they made full use of it. Highlight of the second 30 minutes though was probably an almost complete defensive shut-out by the well-drilled homesters. Every single defensive player put in an enormous effort as a doughty Downings attack continued to prove dangerous. However, despite the best efforts of the Rosguill girls they could only register one further point in the second half. Up the other end of the pitch Aodh Ruadh's disciplined attacking probes started to yield strong results. Gillian Dufficy finished a delight of a goal, while Orla Keon raised her second green flag of the afternoon, the imperious Eimear McMahon contributing further points from play and dead ball. Ballyshannon kept up an eye-watering work-rate right to the end and were merited 3-10 to 2-6 winners at the long whistle. Impossible to pick out any one player for praise as this was very much a victory built on a committed, not to say stylish team effort. The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were as follows: Elaine Dorrian; Sara Gallagher, Anna Rafferty, Roisin McGloin; Aoibhínn McGarrigle, Caitlin McGarrigle, Lauren Foy; Orla Keon (2-0), Annalisa Rabbitte; Síofra Hughes, Cáit Gillespie (0-1), Gillian Dufficy (1-2); Eimear McMahon (0-6, 4f), Terri Gallagher, Caoimhe Devine (0-1). Subs: Saoirse McDevitt for Terri Gallagher, Cadhla Dolan for Annalisa Rabbitte, Niamh Barrett for Caoimhe Devine. We have a gallery of pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.

The Division 3 game was something of a nerve shredder with Aodh Ruadh having to come from behind to get the better of a 14-woman Red Hugh's. The Ballyshannon girls had the backing of the breeze in the first half and two well taken frees and a point from play by Elaine Dorrian helped her side into an early lead. The Killygordon girls came back strongly though and started to pick off scores of their own. A goal from Niamh Hoey was a big lift as Aodh Ruadh looked to stay in the contest. Red Hugh's cause took a big set-back 15 minutes in though when they lost a player for a collision with keeper Gráinne Maguire. With half-time closing in Megan Murphy raided up to fire a over a lovely point before Aoife Bromley dropped a shot into the net to send the Shamettes for the half-time oranges with a slim 2-4 to 1-6 advantage. The second half was a titanic struggle between the sides, and with the breeze against them the Ernesiders needed a huge shift from their defence. They delivered in spades with Rebecca McLoughlin putting in a colossal display along with Fiona McGonigle, Niamh Barrett and Kyra McNulty. Red Hugh's did get their nose in front with three points, but hard-earned scores from Fiona McGonigle and Dairín Sweeny meant it was a level game going into the closing minutes. Niamh Hoey was the one who came up on the end of a patient Ballyshannon move to slip over the winner as it finished Aodh Ruadh 2-7 Red Hugh's 1-9. The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were as follows: Gráinne Maguire; Shauna Dolan, Niamh Barrett, Kyra McNulty; Rebecca McLoughlin, Hannah Doherty, Megan Murphy (0-1); Fiona McGonigle (0-1), Andrea Moore; Aoife Bromley, (1-0), Dairín Sweeny (0-1), Aoife Travers; Niamh Hoey (0-1), Elaine Dorrian (0-3, 2f), Amanda Mahon. Subs used: Katie Gallagher, Caitlin Gallagher, Niamh McGloin, Aodhbha O'Donnell, Cadhla Gillespie, Ciarde Sheerin. Check out aodhruadh.org for a gallery of shots from the game.

Next weekend sees both sides in league action once again. The Division 1 team enjoy home comforts as Glenfin make the trip to Father Tierney Park, while the Division 3 team travel to Ballybofey to take on MacCumhaill's. Throw-in for both games at 10.30am.

The under 16s took on a strong Dungloe outfit in Father Tierney Park last Tuesday. The visitors secured a good victory, but the Ballyshannon girls put in a really gutsy performance over the course of the 60 minutes. Dungloe did much of their damage in the early stages, but Aodh Ruadh came into the game defensively as the match wore on. Lily O'Donnell was superb in the first half, while in the second half Aine Neilan and Erin Gallagher were magnificent as the Ernesiders prevented Dungloe raising a green flag in the second 30. Megan Murphy and Éabha Rogers also put in a good shift in the defensive sector. Further out the pitch Rachel Gillespie picked off a well-deserved score while Katie McCaffrey got through a lot of work in the middle third. Next up for the under 16s is another home game this Tuesday, with Buncrana the opposition at 7pm.

Well done to our under 15 girls who got their Féile tilt off to a great start with a two point win in Killybegs on Saturday afternoon. It was a very competitive game between two well-matched sides, with the elements playing a big part in proceedings. Aodh Ruadh had the wind in the first half and were 0-4 to 0-0 ahead by half-time. The game's critical score was a second half Rachel Gillespie goal which helped her side to a 1-5 to 1-3 win. Next up for the girls is a clash with Saint Naul's, fixture details to be confirmed.

Hurling
Aodh Ruadh made the long trip to Inishowen on Friday evening for their second outing in the Senior Hurling League. The Ernesiders delivered a much improved performance, but the hosts still had too much in hand and ran out winners on a scoreline of 5-15 to 1-5. Buncrana had the game's first scores from a brace of frees, but Ballyshannon hit back with their best spell of play of the season so far. Darragh Cleary got it going with an eighth minute goal to propel his side into the lead. That was followed by points from Daniel Breen and Cian McKenna as Aodh Ruadh enjoyed a purple patch. Buncrana hit back with a goal of their own 12 minutes in though, and further scores from the Scarvey men helped them to a 3-8 to 1-3 interval advantage. Buncrana went up a gear in the second half, and, although Danny Breen and Cian McKenna managed to grab further points, the hosts were finding their scores easier, and ran out deserved winners. The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were as follows: Tommy Clyne; Adam Rami, Kyle McCafferty; Daniel Downey, Cian McKenna (0-2), Adam Clarke; Ciaran Rami, Ryan McCormack; Daniel Breen (0-3), Tommy Winters, Martin Larkin; Darragh Cleary (1-0), Killian Bradshaw. Subs used: Nathan Kelly, Callum Ayres.

The under 16s have a busy week ahead with two games on the cards. First up on Monday evening they travelled to Strabane to play a neutral venue game against Robert Emmet's, Slaughtneil from Derry in the second round of the Táin Óg competition. They put in a phenomenal performance in atrocious conditions to take the spoils on a scoreline of 3-13 to 3-11. That result will be a great fillip ahead of Thursday evening when the team will welcome Burt to Father Tierney Park for their second round game in the All-County League. Best of luck to Paul, Mark and all the boys.

The under 12s see the start of their season this week as they travel to Ballybofey to take on MacCumhaill's on Thursday evening. Best of luck to Patrick McGarrigle, Rob Knott and all the panel.

On Saturday, another sizeable number of Aodh Ruadh players were involved a the county minors took on a strong Mayo side in a very windy Convoy. In tough conditions, Donegal went into the half-time break ahead by three points. That lead wasn't enough, however and Mayo came out stronger in the second half to eventually win out on a scoreline of 1-13 to 1-8. Regardless, there was some fine hurling and good teamwork at times from Donegal and a number of impressive individual performances, in particular from our own Jun Hui Lin and Liam Doogan. Next up for these lads is a third round assignment against Westmeath in Castlepollard on Saturday.

Training continues for our under 6s, under 8s and under 10s on Sunday mornings at 11.45am in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. The boys are excited and busy getting ready for their first all–county blitz of the year at the end of April. Anyone looking to join in the fun can contact Stephen Sheerin 086-8616927 (under 6s), John Larkin on 086-1076883 (under 8s), or Martin Larkin 086-8033596 (under 10s) for more information on getting your child involved.

Win Coldplay tickets
Our senior footballers are currently running a fund-raiser for two Premier Level Coldplay tickets. This is a great chance to get your hands on a pair of tickets for what promises to be one of the hottest sold out gigs of the summer. Tickets are €20 and are available from Klubfunder.com right now. The draw will take place on Thursday, 25th April. Best of luck folks!

Key care
We ask that managers, mentors, team helpers, etc. who use the key box provided at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh are diligent in returning the keys immediately after use. The keys have been taken off the premises on a number of occasions recently. This can have various unwelcome repercussions, foremost of which is impeding smooth access to the pitch in the event of an injury to a player. So we ask all those who use the keys to please be mindful of the importance of promptly returning keys to the box after use.

Ballyshannon Bingo
Teresa Campbell was the big winner at last week's bingo, taking the €500 Jackpot, €100 House and €50 double line prize. The other house winners were Caroline Murphy, Mary McGonigle, Josie Lynch, Aiden Duffy, Jacqui Egan, Maureen Connolly, Collette Smith and Anne Granaghan. Brendan Hoey was the last man standing to take the €130 prize. The €1,000 snowball runs another week and will be in play on 52 numbers this week as again there is €2,800 to play for. Come along for a great night of fun at the Abbey Centre on Tuesday nights at 8.30pm, door open 7.45pm. Books just €10.

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