Registration 2015

The deadline for 2015 club membership is approaching rapidly and all club members are asked to submit their registration form and fee at their earliest convenience. Some key points to bear in mind:-

· Paid up members will receive preference for tickets to Donegal’s championship matches, including All-Ireland final tickets.

· In order to be entitled to the rights of a full member, a person must have their fees paid to the club on a date before March 31st and be registered by the club on the online system in order to have a vote in the upcoming membership year.

· Only fully registered players on the GAA online registration system are allowed to take the field for the club. If your name is not in this system you are ineligible. That has repercussions in terms of insurance cover for injuries.

· Registration is an important component in meeting the running costs of the club.

· Only fully paid up members will be eligible for the annual draw for tickets to the football and hurling All Ireland finals.

Membership can be paid to Mary Matthews at Shannon’s Corner. Players can also download registration forms from aodhruadh.org and submit this along with the relevant fee directly to their manager.

Aodh Ruadh @ Ballyshannon St Patrick’s Day Parade 2015

Once again Aodh Ruadh are taking part in the annual St Patrick’s day parade. Under 8, 10 and 12 hurlers and boys footballers to assemble at the Gaelscoil for 1.40pm. Girls footballers can also join in with the boys. All players will be supplied with jerseys, but by all means wear something festive too! Marchers to be collected immediately after the parade in the Market Yard. Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!

Football

Packie McGrath’s seniors start their season this Saturday in Father Tierney Park when they host Buncrana at 4pm. That game will be preceded by the reserve game at 2.30pm. Michael McShane is down to ref both fixtures.

The under 16 management and team send their best wishes for a speedy recovery to Pauric Keenaghan who sustained a nasty jaw injury in a challenge on Sunday which is likely to see him miss the remainder of the season.

John Hughes is stepping in as under 14 manager. The first challenge of the season will take place this Saturday, time and opposition will be notified via text and the Aodh Ruadh CLG Facebook page

Indoor training continues for the under 6s and under 8s this Friday in the Mercy Hall at the usual times, under 6s: 6-7pm; under 8s: 7-8pm. Indoor training continues 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. 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.

The draft under 8 schedule has been released. The first named side are hosts.

Friday 8th May @ 6.00pm: Bundoran (hosts), Aodh Ruadh and Saint Naul’s.

Friday 22nd May @ 6.00pm: Aodh Ruadh(hosts), Naomh Conaill, Four Masters and Naomh Bríd.

Friday 12th June @ 6.00pm: Four Masters (hosts), Aodh Ruadh and Dungloe.

Friday 26th June @ 6.00pm: Aodh Ruadh (hosts), Bundoran, Naomh Bríd and Four Masters.

Friday 10th July @ 6.00pm: Bundoran (hosts), Aodh Ruadh, Killybegs and Naomh Bríd.

Friday 21st August @ 6.00pm: Finals day.

It is getting near the end of the time to collect Lucozade codes. We have 166 collected so if anyone if collecting them for the club please send them on to me here. If anyone drinks Lucozade please keep collecting the codes until the 31st March.

Hurling

Hard luck to the Donegal minors who lost to Derry in their first round game in Division 1 of the Ulster League on Saturday in Letterkenny. In a close fought game the Oak Leaf men ran out narrow winners 2-12 to 1-11. Brendan Gillespie and Oisín Rooney (0-1) made the starting 15, Stephen Connolly and Adam Brennan are also on the panel, they play Down in Downpatrick this Saturday.

Well done to Orlaith Gillespie who completed her Foundation Level Hurling Course on Saturday last, hopefully she will put what she learned into practise in her role as a selector with the under 12s.

The underage hurling leagues begin next week with the minors at home to Setanta on Thursday 26th March. The under 14s are away to Setanta, with the date for this game to be confirmed.

Our neighbours Erne Gaels are having a hurling revival day this Saturday and as part of the festivities our under 8s and under 10s will be taking part in a number of exhibition games in Belleek. Details will be circulated during the week.

This Friday we are hosting a fun blitz for the following National Schools, Creevy National School, Gaelscoil Éirne and St Catherine’s National School. These schools have been receiving hurling coaching for the last few months as part of Aodh Ruadh Park Committee’s Coaching Initiative and all schools are looking forward to putting into practise what they’ve learned. Pauric Dowdall of Ulster GAA will be attending this blitz.

The ninth Annual Hurl-a-thon takes place on Saturday 11th April. This is always a great day’s fun and craic so please support this event.

Best wishes to Pauric Keenaghan, who suffered a serious injury on Sunday, hopefully he will make a full recovery and be back in action soon again.

Ladies

Under 12 (born 2003 and 2004) girls training on Mondays 6-7pm in the Mercy Hall. €2 per child to cover cost of hall.

Under 14 Girls training on Mondays 7-8pm in the Mercy Hall also €2 to cover cost of hall.

The senior game was called off this weekend but big congratulations to Tanya O’Shea and Tara Khan on taking part in and completing the Cara Run. Senior training continues Tuesdays and Saturdays.

A date for your diaries. The 2015 Annual Duck Race will be coming up soon. Keep your eyes peeled for more details.

A big double congratulations for Donegal’s under 16 and senior ladies teams on winning their matches at the weekend. The under 16s beat Down on a scoreline of 5-7 to 0-2 while the seniors beat Meath 6-17 to 2-6. Goal central. Maybe they can teach the men a thing or six!

Remember Garda vetting forms to be filled in and returned to Teddy Kane as soon as possible.

Question of sport

Sports quiz in aid of Aodh Ruadh sky dive, hosted by sky jumper Christopher Kelly, in Seán Óg’s Ballyshannon, Friday 27th March 9pm. Lots of team prizes and raffle prizes. Do you know your sport?

Twitter

We are making a concerted effort to boost usage of our Twitter account. Start following @aodhruadh for the very latest news from the club.

Club kit

We now have official club shorts available to order. They are O’Neill’s, so top quality kit. Kids sizes (24 and 26) cost €18, while adult sizes (28, 30, 32, 34, 36 and 38) cost €22. We’ll have samples available shortly, watch the Facebook page for images. Contact Chris Kelly on 0868813553 to place your order. Our navy blue soft shell jackets are also back on salw. We now have three youth sizes available. Ages 7-8 priced €40; ages 9-10 priced €40; and ages 11-12 priced €45. All jackets will have the Aodh Ruadh and GAA crests, plus the child’s initials on the sleeve. We are also able to order Ladies soft shell jackets with pink Aodh Ruadh crest and GAA logo. We are also selling adult jackets. You can check out samples of the jacket on aodhruadh.org. For further details call Chris on 0868813553.

Abbey Centre Bingo

Ann McAndrews of Pettigo was the winner of last week’s big bingo jackpot of €400. Bingo this Friday will be in Coláiste Cholmcille at 9pm due to the Drama Festival. The winter snowball is still waiting to be won, now standing at €675 on 52 numbers or less. Books available priced €10/€5.

Aodh Ruadh Lotto

Lotto results were not to hand at the time of mailing. See aodhruadh.org for this week’s results later in the week. The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra this Saturday is: SENIOR HURLERS.

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