Annual awards night
The annual Aodh Ruadh awards night takes place in the Rock Hall this Saturday, 20th February. There will be all the usual awards with light refreshments served. The event will be free to attend with the action getting under way at 8pm.
All Bord na nÓg managers are asked to attend a meeting this Thursday night in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 8pm to settle training schedules and pitch access for the coming year.
Indoor training returns to normal this week with the under 6s in the Hall at Creevy National School from 6pm to 7pm followed by the under 8s from 7pm to 8pm, also at Creevy. The under 10s are training in the new hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm and that session is followed by the under 12s from 7pm to 8pm, also in the new hall. There is a charge of €2 per head. 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.
As people are aware Aodh Ruadh senior ladies team has depleted somewhat over the years due to work commitments, college, travel, emigration and retirement and in recent years we have depended on minors and under 16s to help us to field a team. Our neighbours in Bundoran have not been so lucky as they have had no senior team for the last three years. With that in mind the two committees have come together over the last couple of months to discuss the possibility of an amalgamation and the motion was brought to the Donegal Ladies County Board meeting on Monday 8th February where the motion was passed unanimously. On foot for that ratification Aodh Ruadh and Bundoran are pleased to announce the return of Saint Joseph’s senior ladies team. The finer details are still under discussion between both committees and these will be sorted over the coming weeks. For now though if you are interested in a manager or Selector role please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Well done to Sarah Patton who came on for the Donegal Ladies on Sunday as they defeated Sligo by 4-17 to 2-4 in the Ladies National Football League.
Ladies Secretary, Willie Scott, would like to remind anyone who still has to submit Garda vetting forms to get in touch with him on 0879538516).
A big thank you to all those who helped out with the club lotto on Saturday at Centra.
Aodh Ruadh will be hurling in Division 2B of the Ulster Táin League this season. Their opponents will be Saint Eunan’s and MacCumhaill’s of Donegal, Naomh Colm Cille from Tyrone, Lurgan Sean Treacy’s from Armagh and Monaghan outfit Castleblayney. Their fixtures commence with a home game against Saint Eunan’s on Easter Monday, 28th March at 4pm. After that the fixtures schedule maps out as follows:
Sunday, 3rd April, 4pm: MacCumhaill’s v Aodh Ruadh
Sunday, 10th April 4pm: Castleblayney v Aodh Ruadh
Sunday, 17th April, 4pm: Aodh Ruadh v Naomh Colum Cille
Sunday, 29th May, 4pm: Sean Treacy’s v Aodh Ruadh
Sunday, 3rd July, 4pm: Saint Eunan’s v Aodh Ruadh
Saturday, 16th July, 4pm: Aodh Ruadh v MacCumhaill’s
Saturday, 23rd July, 4pm : Aodh Ruadh v Castleblayney
Saturday, 30th July, 4pm: Naomh Colum Cille v Aodh Ruadh
Saturday, 6th August, 4pm: Aodh Ruadh v Sean Treacy’s
Well done to Stephen Anderson, Conall Sweeny and Brian McHenry who are on the Donegal minor hurling panel for 2016. They were part of the team that beat Sligo in a challenge game on Sunday.
Training for under 8s, under 10s and under 12s resumes on Sunday March 6th at 12 noon. The following managers are in place for those squads. Under 8: John Rooney 086-2587793; Under 10: Peter Horan 087-1326786; and under 12 Denis Daly: 086-3269550. If you have any queries in relation to any of these age groups contact any of the managers. All are welcome, especially beginners.
Training for under 14s, under 16s and minors will be starting shortly with details to be circulated in due course.
Celebrating our language
With the anniversary of 1916 and Seachtain na Gaeilge fast approaching, there are some events of note coming up in relation to our native language. There is a bilingual workshop taking place in the club house of St Eunan’s GAA club on Saturday 20th February from 11am to 1.30pm. This workshop is set up to help people to try and encourage the Irish language use within clubs. Representatives of Líofa which strives to generate a greater number of fluent Irish speakers, will give a brief talk on the day.
Following on the recent agreement between the GAA and Glór na nGael to work together to increase the use of Irish language in GAA clubs, a representative of Glór na nGael will be present to assist clubs in setting up Irish language related activities such as Ciorcal Comhrá and Oíche Ghaelach. This workshop is open to anyone in the locality to attend and is a bilingual workshop. It would be of interest to anyone who wishes to promote the Irish language in any way and Glór na nGael will provide ongoing assistance in this regard. Anyone looking any further information, please contact Sean O’Mahoney on 0868553245
Also on Friday February 26th at 8pm, the club will participate in Tráth na gCeist in the Mount Errigal Hotel. Teams of four will compete with 100 questions all as Gaelige. The winner will be crowned county champions, with the top three teams going forward to the Ulster finals in Armagh on Friday, 4th March.
Unfortunately our under 11 handball county champion Rachel Patton had no luck in the Ulster finals last Thursday in Belfast. Considering she is only playing the game two months, it is still a great achievement to become the Donegal champion. Thanks to her coach and teacher Mr Byrne at Rockfield national school for all his hard work.
Training times for teams
All training times for Aodh Ruadh teams will be finalised over the coming days. Team managers should ensure that all club property is secured, and lights and heating is switched off before they leave the club grounds. If managers have to leave the premises before their team, they should delegate responsibility to another responsible adult.
Advertising in the Park
Any businesses interested in placing an advertising hoarding at Father Tierney Park should make direct contact with David McLoone, Tom Daly or Cònal Gallagher.
The Addams Family at the Abbey Centre
Ballyshannon Musical Society are presenting The Addams Family – A new musical comedy in the Abbey Arts Centre. Shows will run from Tuesday 23rd February to Saturday 27th February, 8pm nightly, with a matinee on Saturday 27th at 3pm. The booking office opens Thursday 18th February, 1pm-4pm, or call 071-9851375. Tickets are priced €10 or €8 on concession.
Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week’s €400 bingo jackpot winner was Darren Gettins, Finner, Ballyshannon. Bingo as usual this Friday at 9pm at the Abbey Centre. Books priced at just €10.
Aodh Ruadh Lotto
There was no winner of last week’s Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €3,200. The winning numbers drawn were 6, 7, 8, 10, 12 and 16. In the lucky dip €20 went to Declan McGurrin, c/o McGinley’s; Dolores Blake, Cornhill; Mary McGee, Roscor; Lorraine Cooney, Cluain Barron; and Mickey the Coal Man. Next draw is on Sunday in The Bridgend with a Jackpot of €3,300 on Sunday at 8.30pm.
The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra Saturday is: JUVENILE HURLERS.
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