Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon club notes 02/02/2015

Work continues apace in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, and you can play your part

As part of the on-going development and improvement works at our grounds, refurbishment of changing rooms three and four is nearing completion. Work has commenced on refurbishing changing rooms one and two and these will not be available for use for the next two weeks. The Park/Development Committee has been inundated with requests for the use of our playing facilities since Christmas and has helped out where possible. Due to the inclement weather and constant use, access to playing and training fields has to be limited. At club level it has been agreed that, for now, priority for the use of the floodlit training field at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh will be given to the club’s adult football and hurling teams. These sessions must be booked in advance with Peter Conlon. Other teams may use the club’s floodlit facility at the School Field which is also ideal for team preparations. Priority for playing field space will be given to competitive preparation rather than development.

Work on the new fitness trail and hurling wall at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh will continue over the coming weeks, depending on weather conditions, and these new club facilities will be commissioned as soon as possible to ease the pressure on existing training amenities.

The Parachute Jump fundraiser being organised by the Park/Development Committee with Conal Gallagher as co-ordinator now has seven committed participants. At least three more volunteers from the club are required urgently. The proceeds will go towards the €50,000 development programme currently underway at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh and if successful, will make a significant contribution to completing the programme of works there this year. These works are benefitting all sectors of the club and each sub-committee is asked to take responsibility for putting two or three participants forward and helping them with their fund-raising. Please make contact directly with Conal Gallagher (0862112812) if you will participate or become part of the support team for one of the participants.

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. 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.


There will be a meeting of the Bord na nÓg committee in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Tuesday 3rd February at 8pm. All committee members are asked to attend.

Indoor training continues this Friday 6th February. The 2015 Under 6s [Born 2009-2011] are in the Mercy Hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm followed by the under 8s [Born 2007-2008] from 7pm to 8pm, also in the Mercy Hall. 2015 under 10s [Born 2005-2006] are training in the new hall at Colaiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm. That session is followed by the 2015 under 12s [Born 2003-2004] from 7pm to 8pm, also in the new hall. Under 16 training continues in the Mercy Hall on Wednesday from 7pm to 8pm and on Friday from 8pm to 9pm. 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.

We have some pictures with a local flavour from the Donegal v Derry NFL Division One opener in MacCumhaill park up on


The following appointments were made at the recent Ladies AGM. Chairman, Eoin O’Moore; Secretary, Willie Scott; Fund-raiser (Treasurer), Teddy Kane; Assistant Fund-raiser (Assistant Treasurer), Tara Khan; Lotto Co-ordinator, Tanya O’Shea; Assistant Lotto Co-ordinator, Sarah Patton; PRO, Karol Foley; Assistant PRO, Breege Scott; Registrar, Eoin O’Moore; John Travers, Child Protection Officer; Coach, Terence McShea; Senior management, Teddy Kane; Under 16 management, Barry Ward and Tara Khan; Under 14 management, Paddy Kelly and Sarah Patton; Under 12 management, Donna Mulligan, Gabby McGloin and Claire Flood; and Under 8 and under 10 manager, Louise Foy;


Underage hurling training resumes for all ages on Sunday 1st March. Over the last 10 years a huge amount of work has gone into underage hurling in the club allowing us to field teams at all age groups for the last few years. There is a huge workload involved in fielding all these teams and at the moment we only have a handful of people involved. We need more people to come on board and help out if we are to continue fielding at all age groups. We are especially looking for help with our under 14s. Anyone interested in helping out in any way is asked to contact John Rooney 086-2587793, you will be surprised to find out how enjoyable and rewarding it is.

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

Coaching Workshops

Season Planning

Venue: Glenswilly

Date: Monday, 16 February @ 7.30pm

Tutor: Roger Keenan

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 football

South Saint Naul’s

Friday/Saturday, 6-7th February

Foundation Award for football

South West – Ardara

Friday/Saturday, 6-7th February

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

Friday/Saturday, 6-7th March

Award 1 for hurling

All-county – MacCumhaill Park

Friday/Saturday, 27-28th February

Friday/Saturday, 6-7th March

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 €1,000 was spirited across the border to Kinlough. There was no winner of the winter snowball, which now stands at €525 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!

Darkness into light

A Darkness into Light event will take place in Donegal Town on 9th May. Last year was the inaugural year for the event in the county and this will be the first year that it will be taking place in Donegal Town. Registration will be open soon and we hope that you will all support this very worthwhile event, which we hope will eventually see a Pieta House, suicide and self-harm crisis centre, in the county. For further details see or

Aodh Ruadh Lotto

There was no winner of last week’s Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €4,200. The winning numbers drawn were 4, 5, 6, 14, 15 and 16. In the lucky dip €20 went to: Maureen Gerry Quigley, Dunkineely; Teresa Herron, Bishop Street; Claire Harte, c/o Rock Welfare Home; Catriona Mullaney, Mullnasole; Tracey Flood, Higginstown. Next draw in Dorrian’s Hotel with a Jackpot of €4,300 on Sunday at 8.30pm.

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

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

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