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Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon Club Notes 17/02/2015

By Sinéad Breen Donegal PRO Tue 17th Feb

Registration 2015

Club membership for 2015 is now due and all club members are asked to submit their registration form and fee at their earliest convenience. Membership can be paid to Mary Matthews at Shannon’s Corner or contact Betty McIntyre on 0872363879. Players can also download registration forms from and submit this along with the relevant fee directly to their manager. Registration sessions will be organised for teams over the coming weeks and it is essential all players are signed up club members. We will also be having a number of open registration sessions throughout February and March to facilitate members in the wider community.


Aodh Ruadh commenced pre-season preparation with a game of four 20 minute quarters against Melvin Gaels on Sunday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. It wasn’t an ideal day for football, being windy, wet, dull and overcast, but there was an encouraging display from the homesters. A few new faces, both returnees and young prospects showed up well as Aodh Ruadh emerged the better of the sides over the 80 minutes, Nathan Boyle, Philip Patton and Callum O’Halloran all catching the eye. A well-drilled Ballyshannon also impressed in the defensive sector as they contained the Leitrim side manfully. We have some pictures from the match up on

Our minors start their 2015 league campaign next Sunday 22nd February, away to Naomh Ultan in Dunkineely with a 12 noon throw in.

With the Mercy Hall unavailable due to mock examinations, under 6 and under 8 indoor training will be taking a three week break as of this Friday. This means there will be no training on Friday 20th February, 27th February and 6th March. Training resumes in the Mercy Hall at the usual times for under 6s and under 8s on Friday 13th March.

Indoor training continues this Friday 20th February for under 10s in the new hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm followed by the under 12s from 7pm to 8pm, also in the new hall. Under 10s and 12s are asked to remember to bring their registration forms and fees to this week’s session where Bord na nÓg secretary Lisa McTernan will be on hand to collect. PLEASE NOTE, THERE IS A CHARGE OF €2 PER HEAD TO COVER THE COST OF HALL HIRE. Please bring your own water and wear runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.


Well done to Sarah Patton played her part as the Donegal ladies defeated Armagh 1-11 to 1-10 in the National League.


Underage hurling returns on Sunday 1st March. We’ll have full details in next week’s notes.

The ninth annual Hurl-a-Thon takes place on Saturday 11th April please support the lads who will be out and about shortly seeking sponsorship for this fun-filled event.

On Saturday 7th March Pauric Dowdall of Ulster GAA will be hosting a Coach The Coaches day in Creevy National School from 3pm to 5pm for all involved in underage hurling coaching. Any parents or others who would like to attend this event and help out with underage hurling in the club are asked to contact John Rooney on 0862587793.

Coaching workshops and courses
Below are coaching workshops and courses in February. If you would like to attend any of these please e-mail Emma Gaughan on or text 0863039610.

Coaching Workshops

Hurling Goalie Session

Venue: MacCumhaill Park

Date: Monday, 23 February @ 7.30pm

Tutor: Tom Hennessy

Football Goalie Session

Venue: Ardara

Date: Monday, 2 March @ 7.30pm

Tutor: Pat Shovlin

Coaching Courses

Foundation Award for hurling

All-county – MacCumhaill Park

Friday/Saturday, 13-14th March

Award 1 for football

All-county – Glenswilly

Friday/Saturday, 27-28th February

Award 1 for hurling

All-county – MacCumhaill Park

Friday/Saturday, 27-28th February

Ulster Coaching Conference

Saturday, 21st February. 9.00am Glenavon Hotel, Cookstown.

National Go Games Activity Day

Sat/Sun 17-18th August, Croke Park.

Date for your diary

The Aodh Ruadh dinner dance will take place on Saturday 28th February in Dorrian’s Hotel. We will have both the Ulster trophies won by Donegal last year present on the night and tickets are on sale now locally priced €25. Music on the night will be supplied by Trutones.

Abbey Centre Bingo

Last week’s Bingo Jackpot of €400 was won by Frances McPhelim of Creevy. There was no winner of the winter snowball, which now stands at €575 on 51 numbers or less. Bingo continues this Friday night at the Abbey Centre at 9pm. Books priced at €10/€5 for full/half books. See you there!

Aodh Ruadh Lotto

There was no winner of last week’s Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €4,400. The winning numbers drawn were 3, 6, 11, 13, 15 and 17. In the lucky dip €20 went to: Mary Conlon, Cornhill; Pearse O’Neill, Bridgend; Declan McGurran c/o McGinley’s; Caroline Patton, The Mall; and Joan Gallagher, West Port. Next draw in Owen Roe’s with a Jackpot of €4,500 on Sunday at 8.30pm.

The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra this Saturday is: BORD NA NÓG.

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

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By Sinéad Breen Donegal PRO Tue 17th Feb

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