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Ballyshannon GAA NOTES 23/09/2014

By Sinéad Breen Donegal PRO Tue 23rd Sep

Proud of our lads

Commiserations to Jim McGuinness, our own John Duffy, and everyone associated with the Donegal seniors on Sunday’s All-Ireland disappointment. Hard luck also to the minor squad and their sizeable Aodh Ruadh contingent on coming up just short. It was heartening to see a good turnout in the Market Yard to welcome the minor team home after creating history by becoming the first Donegal team to reach an All-Ireland final. We have a gallery of pictures from the homecoming up on


There were no senior or reserve fixtures available for the upcoming weekend at the time of sending.

Aodh Ruadh under 10s have received an invitation to take part in Melvin Gaels end of year tournament this coming Saturday. Play gets under way in Kinlough at 12 noon and players are to assemble at Father Tierney Park for 11am ahead of traveling to the blitz. We will be having a training session this Friday at 6.30pm in order to prepare for the tournament.

The last under 8 training session of the year takes place this Friday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 6.30pm. The last action of the season for the under 8s will be a blitz in Father Tierney Park on Saturday 4th October with Corofin visiting Ballyshannon.

We have signed up to Lucozade Kit Out Project. We are not asking people to start buying Lucozade, but could anyone who does drink it please note the code on the bottle under the wrapper and pass it to your manager or to Tracey Flood. Codes will be added to our account and we get some free kit. Please pass this on to your friends or anyone you know that drinks Lucozade and ask them to keep codes for the club. The more codes we collect the more gear we can get.


Things were quiet on the hurling field this week, with the only action being a number of challenge games for the under 8s against Erne Gaels in Father Tierney Park on Saturday morning, this very young squad have trained enthusiastically all season and have shown great improvement every week. Numbers have been very encouraging with this squad all year. Thanks to Andrea Gallagher for all her photography work which she posted on the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page.

The annual under 12 Aodh Ó Dálaigh tournament takes place this Sunday. Inaugurated in 1982, this is always a great day’s hurling. Easkey are going for a four-in-a-row, while Tuam are back to defend their Primary Shield. The action gets underway at 11am.


The lotto rota for the year has finished and a big thanks is due to the 60 people who took part. A new rota is now being put together for the coming year and it is hoped to repeat last year’s approach and everyone’s support would once again be much appreciated.

Aodh Ruadh on the run

Aodh Ruadh Bord na nÓg are launching our first annual fund-raising run. The date for your diaries is Sunday October 12th with route details to follow shortly.

Club crest soft shell jackets

Aodh Ruadh now has a new piece of kit for club members to buy. It is a navy blue soft shell jacket with the Aodh Ruadh crest on the left and the GAA crest on the right. They are priced €49 each with the option of initials on the sleeve for an extra €5. Jackets are available in sizes small, medium, large, XL and XXL. They will be available for viewing and sizing on Tuesday night at All-Ireland final ticket distribution in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh and at the Up For The Match event in Dorrian’s on Thursday night. You can view samples of the jacket on

Angela Nicholson was the winner of last week’s €400 jackpot. This Friday night is the September big Bingo with a €2,700 prize fund including a €1,000 jackpot game. Books cot €15/€8, or buy that book and a half for €20.

Up For The Match

Many thanks to everyone who helped out at our Up For The Match. The night was a great success and perfect build-up for the All-Ireland final. We will have a gallery of images up from the event later in the week.

National Coaching Forum

The 11th National Coaching Forum entitled “Fun to Full Potential, Coaching the Whole Athlete” takes place on 26th-27th September in the Institute of Technology, Sligo. The Forum will celebrate the impact good coaching makes at all levels to individuals, clubs, communities and nations and will challenge and inspire coaches to implement best practice and continue to raise the standard of coaching. The title of the Forum “Fun to Full Potential, Coaching the Whole Athlete” reflects these overall aims. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss the challenges in providing a holistic approach to coaching, to examine the notion that coaching is not about developing sport alone, but developing individuals also. There will be a specific emphasis on a child centred approach for young people and an athlete centred approach as the person gets older. To register visit:

The lotto draw for a jackpot of €2,400 was postponed to Tuesday at 8.30pm in Dorrian’s bar on account of the minor’s homecoming. Check for results.

The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra this Saturday is: SENIOR FOOTBALLERS.

The lotto team for Kernan’s Spar this Saturday is: LADIES.

By Sinéad Breen Donegal PRO Tue 23rd Sep

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