Aodh Ruadh Béal Atha Seanaigh

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Aodh Ruadh and Dungloe will Represent Donegal In Scór Sinsear All Ireland Finals in Castlebar this weekend

Déanfar ionadaíocht ar 34 club ar fad agus ar 18 contae ag na babhtaí ceannais – deich gclub as Cúige Laighean, naoi gclub as Cúige Uladh, ocht gclub as Cúige Mumhan agus seacht gclub as Cúige Chonnacht. This weekend sees the Scór Sinsir 2022 All-Ireland Finals take place in Castlebar’s TF Royal Hotel and Theatre. […]
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Aodh Ruadh are 2022 Tráth na gCeist county champions

Aodh Ruadh’s Tráth na gCeist team got a boost ahead of the National Scór finals in Castlebar next weekend, becoming Donegal 2022 Tráth na gCeist champions last night. In second place were Naomh Columba with Naomh Conaill in third. Go raibh mile maith agaibh to all clubs who participated.
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Congratulations Aodh Ruadh and An Clochán Liath who will represent Donegal at the National Scór finals after winning in the Ulster competitions yesterday

  Aodh Ruadh, Dungloe, Letterkenny Gaels, and Moville represented CLG Dhún na nGall at the Scór Uladh finals yesterday afternoon. Comhghairdeas to the Aodh Ruadh quiz team who are through to the All-Ireland finals and to CLG An Clochán Liath who won the Novelty Act (Nuachleas) and will also represent Donegal and Ulster at  the […]
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Ulster Leagues – Results and Fixtures

Four Masters are the only Donegal representatives left in the Ulster GAA football leagues with Buncrana and Letterkenny Gaels both losing narrowly in the semi-finals last weekend. The Donegal sides play their semi-final this weekend in Ballinascreen following a convincing win against Kiltyclogher in their quarterfinal yesterday.   Ulster GAA Football – Senior Club League […]
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Aodh Ruadh – Club History

Aodh Ruadh Club was founded on Sunday, 24th October 1909 after a public meeting inspired by a call from the local branch of the Gaelic League: “to consider the advisability of having some Irish games started in the town”. The admission fee to the games was fixed at one shilling and a membership fee of one penny per week was levied.

The first hurling and football practices took place in the ‘Workhouse Meadow’, now known as Munday’s Field. Capitalising on the local talent available and particularly on an established hurling tradition, the club since its inception has met with significant success in both hurling and football.

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Football

Aodh Ruadh recorded a famous victory in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Saturday afternoon as they defeated Gaoth Dobhair 2-8 to 0-9. After last year's quarter-final defeat to this side the character of the Ballyshannon men was questioned. This result will send out a rather different message. The breeze was to play a big part in both the senior and reserve games, and, unusually, was blowing southerly giving the team playing up the incline a significant advantage. The visitors played with the assistance of the elements in the first half and used it to good effect initially, sending over their opening score just two minutes in. They added a second five minutes later before Aodh Ruadh opened their account courtesy of a peach of a shot from Conor Patton off the outside of the boot. Gaoth Dobhair answered that with a free, but the lively Michael McKenna fed Shane McGrath to fist over the Ernesiders response. Shortly after Eoghan Kelly was hacked down after a surging run into an undermanned Gaoth Dobhair defence to allow Philip Patton to level the game from the placed ball with 17 minutes played. That was to be Aodh Ruadh's last scoring contribution to the first half, with Gaoth Dobhair tagging on three points without reply to make it 0-3 to 0-6 as the teams retreated to the dressing rooms for half-time. Aodh Ruadh looked a different side on the resumption, retaining the ball much better and moving with much more intent. Six minutes in they made their play. They constructed a strong thrusting move which released Eamonn McGrath into an exposed Gaoth Dobhair defence and he slammed to the back of the net. Gaoth Dobhair won possession from the kick out, but their player was swarmed by Aodh Ruadh players starving for ball. They forced a turn over which was sent directly into the danger area and Darren Drummond had time to work himself some space and blast to the net. Ballyshannon were now in a three point lead and the dynamic of the game had changed radically. A sumptuous point from Michael McKenna stretched the lead and underlined the confidence Aodh Ruadh were now playing with. Cian Rooney then converted a tricky free with 41 minutes played to make it 2-5 to 0-7. Gaoth Dobhair's first score of the half ame with the match already into the final quarter, but Shane McGrath kept the pressure up with a wonderful booming effort. The Magheragallon men did come back with two points, but the Ernesiders came with a strong finish. First Michael McKenna was fouled for Philip Patton to pop over and then, with pretty much the last kick of the game, Cian Rooney pivoted on the spot before splitting the posts with a lovely point. James Connor sounded his whistle immediately to confirm a five point win for John McNulty's men. It was a very strong display by the Ballyshannon men. Peter Boyle's kick outs were exceptional and the whole defensive unit put in a powerful performance right across the 60 minutes. Conor Patton, Michael McKenna and Eamonn McGrath all contributed well when Aodh Ruadh were on the offensive too. Cian Dolan was a steadying influence in the central third, while Shane McGrath built on his match-winning display last day out, with another compelling performance here. Up front Darren Drummond, Cian Rooney and Philip Patton all made good use of the ball and didn't neglect their defensive duties either. The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were as follows. Peter Boyle; Kyle Murray, Conor Patton (0-1), Colm Kelly; Michael McKenna (0-1), Eamonn McGrath (1-0), Niall Murray; Cian Dolan, Shane McGrath (0-2); Eoghan Kelly, Cian Rooney (0-2, 1f), Philip Patton 0-2f); Calum O'Halloran, Darren Drummond (1-0), Eddie Lynch. Subs: David Dolan for Callum O'Halloran HT; Mark McGlynn for Eoghan Kelly 50 minutes; Matt Gillespie for Niall Murray 57 minutes. We have a gallery of pictures from the game live on aodhruadh.org now.

The Reserves took on Gaoth Dobhair in the curtain raiser and, a bit like the senior game, paid the price for not making the most of the elements in the first half. Jack Gallagher proved to be the marquee Erneside player on show in this contest, and he opened the scoring 36 seconds in. Gaoth Dobhair levelled with a free, but a great score from play followed by a well struck dead ball, both from Jack Gallagher, handed the impetus back to Aodh Ruadh. The visitors notched a free ten minutes in, but Ballyshannon hit back in style when a raking move on the opposition goal finished with Colm McGloin teeing up Gary Carty to palm home. That score came in the 17th minute, and it was to prove Aodh Ruadh's last of the half. Meanwhile Gaoth Dobhair chipped away at the scores and hit the equaliser two minutes into first half added time to leave it 1-3 to 0-6 at the turn-around. Gaoth Dobhair took the lead just 12 seconds into the new half, but Jack Gallagher hit a sensational point three minutes later to square things up again. The Gaeltacht men profited from slack work in the Aodh Ruadh attack to hit a turn-over point, but again Jack Gallagher fired over another wonder score to keep his side in it. However, in the next five minute spell the game was carried away from the hosts. First Gaoth Dobhair edged into the lead again, then they punished another turn-over with a point and then hit the net, although Aodh Ruadh had a valid shout that it should have been a free out. A Jack Gallagher free kept four points between the sides, but with Gaoth Dobhair hitting an answering dead ball with just seven minutes left, the clock was against Aodh Ruadh. Jack Gallagher landed another free with a minute remaining, but the last say went to Gaoth Dobhair, who once again punished some poor play from the host to find the back of the net. It finished Aodh Ruadh 1-7 Gaoth Dobhair 2-11. The Magheragallon men were very strong, but Aodh Ruadh will know they should have been closer at the end. Colm McGloin was in fine form in the middle of the pitch and never took the foot off the gas all day. Gary Carty did a lot of work too and was effective in breaking the Gaoth Dobhair line. Star of the show though was Jack Gallagher who Gaoth Dobhair really struggled to contain throughout and was full value for his seven point return. The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers was as follows: Aaron Cullen; Johnny Gallagher, Michael Ward, Luke Carr; Tiernan Flood Dolan, Dan Warnock, Aidan Sweeny; Colm McGloin, Odhran McGarrigle; Darragh Flood Dolan, Damian Weber, Gary Carty (1-0); Jack Gallagher (0-7, 3f), Michael Sticky Ward, David McGurrin. Subs: Cathal Kelly for Michael 'Sticky' Ward HT, Aonghus Sweeny for Odhran McGarrigle 39 minutes; Harry Howarth for Tiernan Flood Dolan 56 minutes. We have a gallery of pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org now.

The third round draw of the championship saw Aodh Ruadh paired with Killybegs. Those games will take place in Eamonn Byrne this Saturday, with the reserve curtain raiser at 4.30pm followed by the senior clash at 6pm.

 

The minors have a break this week as they wait to see if they are graded in the Cup or Shield competitions, with their next outing slated for Monday, 4th September.

Our under 15 boys travelled to MacCumhaill Park last Friday night to face Termon in the Division 2 Cup shield final. These teams met in the group stages of the championship, with Termon running out easy winners, so our lads knew the enormity of the task that lay ahead. Conditions were wet, which led to handling errors and mistakes by both teams in the early stages. There were no scores in the opening ten minutes, with Termon sending several scoring chances wide, and Aodh Ruadh having difficulty getting over the half way line. Termon then sent over two quick fire points, and looked in full control. However a sweeping move up the pitch and some absolutely brilliant, quick one-twos and a shot to the top corner of the net by full forward MJ Ward put Aodh Ruadh a point up. It was as good a goal as you would see anywhere. Termon continued to dominate the possession stakes, and fired over two more points, before another Aodh Ruadh goal rocked Termon, a quick turn on the edge of the small square and a smart finish to the net, this time by pacy corner forward Callum Dorrian. Termon finished the half with another point, leaving Aodh Ruadh fortunate to be going in at half time a point to the good, 2-0 to 0-5. The second half was a different story, with Aodh Ruadh finally getting to grips with their physically stronger opponents. The Ernesiders defended bravely, and as a team, frustrated Termon time after time with some great blocking. Our forwards were also starting to dominate proceedings, and with Termon losing their discipline, Ballyshannon won many frees in the scoring zone. Aodh Ruadh would outscore Termon seven points to two in that second half, with a great display of fitness and desire helping to win the match on a score line of 2-7 to 0-7. Captains Corey Sheridan and Garreth Brennan received the shield from county board representative David McLoone, to round off a very successful year for this group. 

 

Under 13 training continues on Mondays from 7pm to 8pm and Fridays from 6pm to 7.15pm. The team will be travelling to Ballybofey on Wednesday for a challenge game against MacCumhaill's with the action throwing-in at 6.30pm.

Under 11 training continues as normal on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5.45pm to 6.45pm Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. On Saturday at 12.15pm, there will be a home game against Glencolmcille in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. There is also the possibility of a game against Naomh Conaill at 1.30pm and if confirmed, further details and team lists will be posted on the team WhatsApp group. 

  

Ladies  

Aodh Ruadh matched Naomh Conaill score for score in Sunday evening's senior championship opener in Glenties, but it was goals which made the difference, and, unfortunately for Ballyshannon, they went the way of the hosts. It was first blood to the Shamettes just a minute in with Eimear McMahon belting over a monster free from almost 40 metres. Naomh Conaill responded two minutes later to level though and establish the template for the game. Aodh Ruadh edged in front again in the fourth minute with a good move finished by Eimear McMahon and shortly after Cáit Gillespie stretched the lead with a good effort from play. With the game moving into the second quarter Naomh Conaill won a penalty, which Brídín Maguire did well to get down to, but it just squeezed in. Ballyshannon levelled the game up again with eight minutes left in the half, Lauren Foy taking some heavy treatment before finally winning her free which Eimear McMahon converted. Two minutes later Foy split the posts for her first senior championship point, but Glenties quickly square matters up. Eimear McMahon then nosed the Ernesiders in front again only for Naomh Conaill to restore parity once, but Cáit Gillespie registered again on the stroke of half time to give the visitors a slim interval advantage. The scoring rate slowed in the second half, but it was Glenties who were to have the better of it with two points in the 35th minute taking them into the lead. Eimear McMahon finished a great Aodh Ruadh move ten minutes later to make it all square again, but three minutes later Naomh Conaill rattled in 1-1 in less than a minute to effectively decide the game. Aodh Ruadh worked hard to get back into the contest and Eimear McMahon did hit a free with a minute left to leave a goal in it, but Naomh Conaill shut up shop and the Ernesiders couldn't manufacture a way through. A tough defeat for Aodh Ruadh after playing so well for long stretches of this game. Small errors cost dearly though, which is as should be expected at senior championship level. For a second game in succession Annalisa Rabbitte put in a storming performance, with Lauren Foy another to really rise the physicality of the contest. Anna Rafferty was phenomenal in the defence and did a great job organising and motivating those around her. Kate Cunningham and Caitlin McGarrigle were neat and controlled in possession, while Caoimhe Keon made some useful runs despite being just off the plane. Up front Eimear McMahon did well with Terri Gallagher giving great energy and Cáit Gillespie battling hard. The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were as follows: Brídín Maguire; Saoirse McDevitt, Anna Rafferty, Hannah Doherty; Kate Cunningham, Caitlin McGarrigle, Lauren Foy (0-1); Aoibhinn McGarrigle, Orla Keon; Annalisa Rabbitte, Gillian Dufficy, Cáit Gillespie (0-2); Eimear McMahon (0-6, 4f), Terri Gallagher, Caoimhe Keon. Sub Ciara Larkin for Terri Gallagher 59 minutes.

The Junior ladies bounced back from a tough defeat to Kilcar last week with a resounding win over Termon 2 in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Sunday morning. Termon were game, but only managed one point over the course of the game, with the Shamettes dominating in every sector. Still it took seven minutes for the hosts to register on the score board with Donna Martin winning and converting a free before then setting up Mary Flora Scott to pick out a lovely goal. Scott then added two further points from play as Aodh Ruadh started to take control of matters. At the end of the quarter Roisin McGloin won a penalty which Donna Martin tucked home on the rebound and a couple of minutes later Amanda Mahon raised a fourth white flag for the Ernesiders. Termon then notched their first point, but Katie McGowan more than cancelled that out with a shot which looped into the net. Mary Flora Scott then followed that with a quick 1-1 and that left Aodh Ruadh leading by 4-5 to 0-1 at the interval. The second half saw the homesters shooting into the 'scoring' goals and they were quickly making that advantage count with Scott landing her hat-trick goal seconds after the throw-in. She then added two quick-fire points before turning provider for Amanda Mahon who showed great presence of mind to steer to the net. Donna Martin then added to her tally before sub Emily McNamee teed up Fiona McGonigle for a collector's item point from the tenacious defender. Mary Flora Scott  was then on target again with sub Hannah McGuinness firing over to become her side's sixth scorer. Another sub, Ciarde Sheerin, then set up Niamh Hoey to drill home goal number seven. Megan Murphy then released Hoey to launch over the last score of the game as it finished Aodh Ruadh 7-13 Termon 0-1. It was a complete team performance from the Shamettes with Mary Flora Scott in flying form. Donna Martin and Niamh Hoey supplied great movement in the forward line and took some lovely scores. In midfield Dáirín Sweeny and Fiona McGonigle did brilliantly with some great tackling and link up play. Further back Aodh Ruadh gave their opposition precious few opportunities, with Roisin McGloin, Shauna Dolan and Shelly Loughlin leading the effort. The Aodh Ruadh team and scorers were as follows: Roisin Maguire; Shauna Dolan, Megan McGee, Megan Murphy; Roisin McGloin, Shelley Laughlin, Meabh McCloskey; Fiona McGonigle (0-1), Dairin Sweeny; Katie McGowan (1-0), Mary Flora Scott (3-6), Amanda Mahon (1-1); Aoife Bromley, Donna Martin (1-2, 1f), Niamh Hoey (1-0). Subs: Emily McNamee for Shelly Loughlin 34 minutes; Hannah McGuinness (0-1) for Aoife Bromley 40 minutes; Ciarde Sheerin for Roisin McGloin 43 minutes. Check out aodhruadh.org for a gallery of shots from the game. 

 

The senior ladies are away again next week with a trip to Mountcharles to take on Saint Naul's at 10.30am. Meanwhile, the junior ladies have a break next weekend ahead of their final group game, an away fixtures against MacCumhaill's on Sunday, 10th September at 10.30am.

The minors ladies recorded a good win last Tuesday after an entertaining encounter with Kilcar in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. The visitors made the early running with two points, and the Shamettes had to wait until the ninth minute for Faye Gillespie to kick their first point. Two minutes later Aodh Ruadh were propelled into the lead after a surging run from Lauren Foy ended with the midfielder laying off for Emily McNamee to hit the net. Kilcar had the game level as the game moved into the second quarter with a free followed by a point from play. With ten minutes remaining in the half though Lauren Foy came rampaging through again and drilled home a fantastic individual goal. A minute later Faye Gillespie stretched the lead with a point, only for Kilcar to respond with a quickfire 1-1 to square the game up at 2-2 to 1-5. The last say of the half went to Hannah McGuinness though, as she smartly clipped over a point to give her side a narrow interval advantage. The second half proved a great spectacle for the crowd in Munday's, with Aodh Ruadh getting off to a whirlwind start. Straight from the throw-in Rachel Gillespie set up cousin Faye to hit the net. Then Hannah McGuinness turned provided for Rachel Gillespie to pop over a point. Rachel then set up Faye again for another point to put two goals between the sides. Kilcar came back with a point, but Rachel Gillespie answered with her second point of the game. Ciara Larkin then fired over from play with the Ernesiders putting together some lovely football. The sides went blow for blow then pretty much to the full time whistle. Kilcar pointed a free, but Ciara Larkin cancelled that out with a dead ball of her own before Aoife Travers hit a good score from play. As the game moved into the last ten minutes Kilcar sent over a point, but again Ciara Larkin raised a white flag in response. The visitor finished with a flourish, hitting 1-1, but Ballyshannon had done enough to secure a deserved victory. Andrea Moore put in a player of the match display, snuffing out the Kilcar danger-woman and getting up the pitch to contribute well in the attack too. Lauren Foy has being playing outstanding football of late and this was no exception, with her influential first half a big factor in the win. In the attack Faye Gillespie ran riot with good support from cousin Rachel in the second half. Ciara Larkin had a fantastic game, taking some good scores, while Emily McNamee and Hannah McGuinness also caused the opposition defence plenty of bother. Further back Katie McGowan read the game like a book with the ever-dependable Megan Murphy marshalling the rearguard impeccably. Next up for the minors is the trip to Glencolumcille this Tuesday to take on Naomh Columba.

Under 14s are still awaiting details for their refixed Division 1 Shield decider, but it is likely to take place this Thursday. Keep an eye on the club's social media output for updates.

 

Hurling 

The build up and preparations for our minors' county championship final continues unabated this week. The big match has been scheduled for a 12 noon throw-in at The Cross, Killygordon. These lads have had a fantastic season to date with two titles already under their belts. Hopefully we'll have a large and noisy group of travelling supporter to get behind the boys.

The under 15s had their home match against Setanta postponed last week due to a congested fixture schedule. The game has yet to be re-scheduled. They also have a further break this week as they have a bye in the league. Next up for the lads is an away game against MacCumhaill's on Thursday, 7th September.

Huge congratulations go out this week to the 11 under 15 Aodh Ruadh players who were part of the Donegal team who ran out over-all winners in the Peter O'Keefe memorial tournament. The tournament took place in the Sligo Centre of Excellence in Scarden in some brutal weather conditions on Saturday. The Donegal lads gave two great performances, firstly against Mayo in the semi-final and then against Sligo in the final and it was fitting to see an Aodh Ruadh player, Garreth Brennan, as captain of the team lift the Peter O'Keefe cup and bring it back to Donegal for the first time in a number of years. The boys received a hero's welcome back in Ballyshannon and were invited to be guests of honour at half-time in the senior football match in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh where their coaches, Daithi Roberts and Paul Sheridan were interviewed by Michael Daly. Daithi spoke about how the size of the representation from Aodh Ruadh on the county team was testament to the strength and skills of hurling in Aodh Ruadh and he congratulated all involved in the club. He also paid tribute to the fact that the captain, Garreth Brennan and the winner of the Man of the Tournament award, Corey Sheridan, both hailed from Aodh Ruadh as well. The 11 Ballyshannon players on the panel on the day were: Garreth Brennan, Corey Sheridan, Daithi Sheerin, Joseph Gibbions, Sean Maguire, Finn Doogan, Shay Winters, Antoin Duffy, Tómas Keown, Antóin O'Loughlin and Jayden McGrath Clyne. We have a gallery of shots from the presentation up on aodhruadh.org now. Despite the sore bones, all these lads appeared out on Sunday morning to the junior training session with their cup in tow and had a great fun training session with the under 11s. Well done to all the lads.

 
Our under 11s are nearing the end of their season, and made the long trip to Buncrana on Sunday morning. Conditions weren't ideal for hurling, but the players enjoyed a great morning of hurling. Training continues on Tuesday at 6pm, and on Thursday we are travelling to Convoy to take on Setanta.
 
Also, well done young Aodh Ruadh hurler, Éanna Redden, who gave a good account of himself at the Community Games in Carlow on Saturday morning. He was delighted with his pucks and really enjoyed the experience.
 
This Sunday we host the Aodh Ó Dalaigh Tournament. This year it is being played as a Go Games blitz, and we look forward to hosting seven teams, Sylane from Galway, Keady from Armagh, Tooreen from Mayo, Tourlestrane from Sligo as well as our neighbours Saint Molaise Gaels, Four Masters, and Cluainín Manorhamilton. We look forward to remembering a great Gael, and a busy day of hurling action.  
 
Our under 7s travelled to Convoy for an all county blitz on Friday evening, taking part in four games. As ever, thank you to all the parents for travelling, your efforts are always appreciated.
 

Our underage training on Sunday morning had some special guests as the Aodh Ruadh members of the Donegal team who won the Peter O'Keefe Cup on Saturday came up to help out at training. We started off with some questions from the youngsters about how to improve their skills and all the under 15s had the same answer, practice. We then had some fun games, followed up with a skills section all coached by the under 15s. They stayed around to referee the games at the end of training and give some pointers too. Thanks to all of these young stars for coming up and giving the younger players something to aspire to!

 

 

Camogie

We are hoping to keep training going up to the end of October with both underage and senior as numbers are improving each week. Training continues this week with the senior ladies training at the Coláiste Cholmcille pitch on Wednesday at 7.15pm and Saturday at 11am. Underange training will be moved to the Coláiste Cholmcille pitch this Sunday at 11.45am to facilitate a hurling tournament taking place in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.
 

With the return of school not far off we are hoping to see Camogie reintroduced into PE activities in the local schools in the new year.

Scór Sinsir 

We are looking for people to represent Aodh Ruadh in Scór Sinsir this year. Scór aims to promote Irish culture and tradition in areas such as music and drama and we are hoping the club will be represented in as many disciplines as possible. Entry is open to any club member over the age of 17. The county final is scheduled for Sunday, 17th September in Letterkenny. We are looking for acts to represent the club in the following categories:- 

• Céilí Dancing 

• Set Dancing 

• Recitation / Storytelling 

• Ballad Group 

• Instrumental Group 

• Historical Presentation 

If you're interested in taking part or have any queries, please contact Eamonn-Martin Maguire at eamonnmartinmaguire@gmail.com.

Monthly club executive committee meeting

The monthly meeting of the club executive committee takes place this Thursday, 31st August, at 9pm in Aras Áoidh Ruaidh. All committee members are asked to attend. Any items for Any Other Business should be with club secretary Lisa McTernan by 2pm on Wednesday.

 

Aodh Ruadh 2023 Golf Classic  

What a day we had at the Aodh Ruadh - Connect Mental Health Golf classic on Friday! 42 teams took part in the competition at Bundoran Golf Club. The winners were as follows:

1st: Elizabeth McIntyre, Tony Ryan, Peter McIntyre, Michael Cahalane - 106 points.

2nd: Robert Barnes, David Barnes, Turlough Craig, Pat Rooney - 97 points.
3rd: Declan Madden, Aidan McAleer, Steve Togher, Philip Maguire - 96 points.
4th: Darren McGuinness, Rory O'Neill, Philip McLoone, Michael McLoone - 96 points.
5th: Peter Campbell, John Magee, Aidan McGourty, Gerry Mawn - 96 points.
6th: Peter McGowan, Eamon Maguire, Colm Maguire, Benny Mitchell - 94 points.
7th: Pauric Murphy, Fergal McGowan, Mark Foley, Christy Barry - 93 points.
8th: Aidy Dunmore, Paul McGurrin, Packie Hill, Sean Hanrahan 93 points.
Nearest the pin - 3rd hole: Elizabeth McIntyre 18.75 inches.
Nearest the pin - 16th hole: Benny Mitchell 7 foot 3 inches.
Longest drive - 11th hole. Bernie Gillespie.
Longest drive - 15th hole. Donie McCole.

There are a lot of thank yous after an event like this. Thanks to all who played on Friday and a particular thanks to all our sponsors, especially our main sponsor McCosker's Painting Contractors and the McCosker family. Thanks to all at Bundoran Golf Club for helping the day run off so smoothly. Thanks to Terence McShea and green keeping staff for the excellent condition of the course and to David Robinson, Matthew and Robert in the Pro Shop for their help and patience with us. Also thanks to Pat in the Club House for the refreshments. Thanks to Sean Crawford, Jim Gavigan and Terence for sorting the cards on the evening. Thanks to Diarmaid McInerney and Cian Dolan, for the help setting up, as well as Peter Gallagher and Johnny for all the assistance. Also Lisa McTernan and Eva Breen Brosnan for their work in the shop. Aodh Ruadh were very proud as a club to run the Classic in association with Connect Mental Health and we would like to thank Ciaran McLoone for agreeing to run the event jointly.  

 

Sunrise4Stop walk

Aodh Ruadh proudly supported the North West STOP-Suicide Prevention Sunrise4Stop walk on Saturday morning at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Thanks so much to everyone who came out to support this fantastic cause, which started out just before 6am on what was a dark and wet morning. We are so privileged to have access to this service here in the Northwest and are grateful to everyone behind the scenes who has worked so tirelessly to ensure this important service continues. Thank you to Yoga with Zia who kindly offered her services of a gentle warm up before the walk and also to our amazing volunteers Lisa, Sabrina and Linda for the hot cuppas afterwards. Unfortunately there may be a time in almost all our lives when we will be affected by suicide and the impact that this has extends to families, friends, towns and whole communities. We would like to raise awareness that there is help out there through the free counselling call service on 0818 444 000.

Ballyshannon Bingo  

Well done to Patsy Quinn on taking home last week's Jackpot at the Tuesday, 22nd August, Ballyshannon Bingo. The house winners were Kathleen Jones, Suzanna Cassidy and Caroline Finnerty who shared Game 2, Majella Gettins, Margaret Meehan, Lisa Marley, Mary Roper, Teresa Campbell, Rosemary Roper and Madeline Gibbions. The Line winners were Kathleen McGroary, Ann Patterson, Jack McCadden, Mary Faith, Mary Donagher, Brenda Carty, Mary Alice Patton, Mary Donagher and Mary McGonigle shared a lucky number doubler, Teresa Hannon, Kathleen Keown and Jean Murray. Senan Ward was the last person standing to scoop €130 on the stand up game. The new €1,000 Autumn Snowball survived its first week as we play again this week for a prize fund of €2,800, including the €500 50/50 Jackpot and €300 lucky numbers game. Doors open at 7.45pm Tuesday at the Abbey Centre with eyes down 8.30pm. Books only €10 !

Aodh Ruadh lotto 

There was no winner of the Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €10,000. The winning numbers drawn were 2, 6, 10, 11, 16 and 17. In the lucky dip prizes of €20 were won by Fiona O'Doherty, Donna Martin, Phyllis Sweeney, Darragh Sweeny and Teresa Campbell . The next draw is for a jackpot of €10,000 on Sunday in Owen Roe's. Lotto tickets are available in Kernan's Spar and Pearse O'Neill's. You can play also play the lotto online. Log onto klubfunder.com and then search for and select Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon. Users can now avail of the auto-renew option to play the same line every week until they decide to stop when they pay using Stripe. If you're not in, you can't win! 

 

The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra on Saturday is: SENIOR HURLERS. 

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John Hughes, PRO, Aodh Ruadh GAA, Ballyshannon, County Donegal.

Eoin Ó hAodha, OCP, Aodh Ruadh CLG, Béal Átha Seanaigh, Contae Dhún na nGall.

H: 071-9852843 

M: 087-6431805 

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Hurling

It was honours even on Friday evening in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh after a closely fought contest between Aodh Ruadh and Burt. The Ernesiders had trailed for much of the second half, but a brilliant solo goal by Aaron Cullen with time almost up raised a big cheer from the home support and thrust his side into a one-point lead. Burt had made good use of the game’s final play though and hit a levelling point to leave the final score reading Aodh Ruadh 3-11 Burt 2-14. Ballyshannon had got off to a great start with a goal from Aaron Cullen helping the side to a six-point lead at one stage. Aaron Neilan also raised a green flag as Aodh Ruadh held a slim 2-6 to 1-7 half-time advantage. Burt enjoyed the preponderance of possession in the second half and used it well to forge what looked like it would be a winning position. That was until Aaron Cullen came charging through the Burt cover and lashed to be back of the net. As it turned out Burt had the last say and, on the balance of play, a draw was probably the fair result. We have a gallery of pictures from the game live now on aodhruadh.org. The senior hurlers have a break from competitive action this week.

Our under 17s face Dungloe this Thursday away from home. Best of luck to the team and management. Well done to Mickey Doogan, Cian McDonald, Tommy Clyne and Matthew Tierney, who all lined out for Donegal in their win in the Celtic Challenge quarter-final against Cavan. Best of luck to all the Donegal panel, and mentors in the semi-final against Kildare.

The under 15s were in action in the Táin Og league Monday evening in Páirc Aodh Ruadh. The final whistle saw the lads celebrating a convincing win against Éire Óg Carrickmore. A strong first-half performance from Aodh Ruadh meant the homesters went in at the break leading by 2-9 to 1-4. All 28 players got game-time and there were some excellent performances from goalkeeper right through to the full forward line. Our backs worked hard and executed some great hooks and blocks in a great display of defending. The midfield lads worked their socks off, giving the forwards plenty of good ball to work with, while not neglecting to help out the backs too. The Aodh Ruadh forwards took some great scores throughout the game with some really well worked moves up through the lines too. As the second-half went on Ballyshannon continued to make the most their scoring opportunities and went on to win out on a scoreline of 4-15 to 3-3. The lads played magnificently and could be really proud of their performance.

Our under 13s were due to play Carndonagh in the Convoy Centre of Excellence, but due to the combination of a school tour and confirmation rehearsal, this game has been postponed. This Thursday they take on Setanta in the Donegal League, and follow this up with a meeting against our neighbours Erne Gaels in the Táin Og league on Monday evening.

Training continues every Sunday morning for our younger ages groups. Anyone looking to join up and take part can contact John Larkin on 086-1076883.

Ladies

The next round of adult league games takes place this coming Sunday. The Division 2 team will be taking on Saint Naul’s, while the Division 3 team with be facing off against Dungloe, with both games away fixtures.

The under 16s return to action this week with a league clash with Four Masters on Thursday evening.

Our under 14s played a challenge game on Tuesday last in Donegal Town against Four Masters. Four Masters dominated the first half and really rattled the visitors. The girls looked rocked at half time, but after half time talks with management produced more of a team performance in the second half. There was just a point in it with five minutes to go, unfortunately Four Masters raided for two late goals and it wasn’t to be for the girls. There were some top scores from Laoise Foy, Katie McGowan and Katie McCaffrey. Emma O’Donnell was spectacular in the middle of the field while Molly Begley, Rebecca Downey and Aodhbha O’Donnell were in great form in the defence. Under 14 training continues on Tuesday evening at 7pm at the Coláiste Cholmcille school pitch. Training also on Friday evening at 6pm at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

The under 13s made the trip to Dungloe on Friday evening, but unfortunately it was to be a fruitless one. Ballyshannon were down a few key players, while a number of others were playing their second game of the day, having lined out with Coláiste Cholmcille earlier in the afternoon. Their opponents were extremely physical and dominated the first half. At half-time the team gathered themselves and over the course of the second half played their hearts out. In the end though Dungloe had already done enough to secure the points, despite the best efforts of the Aodh Ruadh girls. The team’s next assignment is in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this Thursday at 6pm against Bundoran. Players are to be at the changing rooms for 5.20pm sharp.

This Tuesday the under 12 girls have a challenge against Grange at 7pm at Coláiste. Players should be at the pitch for 6.15pm. Remember to bring gum shields and water. Training continues on Thursday from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.

Training commences for our under 8 and under 6 girls this Tuesday at the pitch in Coláiste Cholmcille. The session runs from 5pm to 6pm and all are welcome, bring a friend!

Big Ballyshannon Bingo news!

We’re really looking forward to our Bingo returning to the Abbey Centre this Friday night after more than two years away. We will be running a hybrid game of online and in person bingo, with the online bingo called from the Abbey Centre stage. Bingo will start at 9pm for the summer months. Online players can buy their books as normal on Klubfunder.com. Doors open at 8pm and players can buy on the night or purchase in advance on Klubfunder. We’re delighted to be welcoming all our players back! Spread the word and bring a friend!

Aodh Ruadh lotto

There was no winner of the Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €5,800. The winning numbers drawn were 4, 5, 6, 12, 15 and 18. In the lucky dip prizes of €25 were won by William Doogan, Jim Ferguson and Vivienne McCabe. The next draw is for a jackpot of €5,900 on Sunday at 9pm in Pat’s Bar. Lotto tickets are available in Kernan’s Spar and Pearse O’Neill’s. You can play also play the lotto online. Log onto klubfunder.com and then search for and select Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon. Users can now avail of the auto-renew option to play the same line every week until they decide to stop when they pay using Stripe. If you’re not in, you can’t win!

The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra on Saturday is: RESERVE FOOTBALLERS.

John Hughes, PRO, Aodh Ruadh GAA, Ballyshannon, County Donegal.
Eoin Ó hAodha, OCP, Aodh Ruadh CLG, Béal Átha Seanaigh, Contae Dhún na nGall.
H: 071-9852843
M: 087-6431805

Club review of the decade 2010-19

2009 saw Aodh Ruadh celebrating their centenary year. In terms of senior football it has been a tale of fall and rise. Aodh Ruadh were relegated to Division 3 in 2010. A cruel blow for a club which has been one of the county’s bluebloods from its earliest days. Much of the decade was spent fruitlessly attempting to climb out the third tier. Assiduous work at underage saw the club win the minor league in 2012 and an under 21 B title in 2013. Then, in 2016, the culmination of that underage talent and determined management saw the club finally earn promotion. We immediately followed that up with a return to the topflight for the first time in a decade in 2017. We won the league title in 2016 and 2017. Intermediate Reserve championships in 2011 and 2012 indicated strength in depth too.

We are a proud dual club and won the county senior league title in 2013 and junior championship titles in 2010 and 2019. Minor A championships in 2012 and 2013 were just the highlight of 13 underage county titles the club won in the past decade.

Ladies football has developed apace in the club. We won the intermediate championship in 2010, but there is great excitement about the young players coming through. An under 16 A county title captured this year was the first ever won by the club and with the teams coming behind this group every bit as competitive there is great hope for the future.

Infrastructural development has continued steadily. Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh had developed from a rude field in 2007 to an excellent facility with two Prunty pitches, hurling wall, fitness trail, toilets and parking. Meanwhile Father Tierney Park has been augmented by concrete terracing and the pitch is now set for its first full overhaul since it was laid in 1954.

AODH RUADH – SENIOR BOARD 2023

Oifigeach/Officer Ainm/Name E-mail Address Fón/Telephone
Cathaoirleach William Doogan william@mcmspirits.com 087 2799855
Runaí Lisa NicThiarnán secretary.aodhruadh.donegal@gaa.ie 086 1061456
Cisteoir Sabrina Brosnan treasurer.aodhruadh.donegal@gaa.ie 086 8241297
Oifigeach Caidreamh Poiblí John Hughes pro.aodhruadh.donegal@gaa.ie 087 6431805
Oifigeach Oiliúna Brian Gillespie
Packie McGrath
b.g.gillespie@outlook.com
packiemcgrath@hotmail.com
083 0466699
087 9794696
Oifigeach Coimirce Leanaí Josephine McNulty childrensofficer.aodhruadh.donegal@gaa.ie 087 1740826
Oifigeach Club Sláinte Maura Gallagher MauraGallagher1@hotmail.com 086 3840099
Oifigeach Cultúr Eamonn Martin Maguire eamonnmartinmaguire@gmail.com 087 4100863
Ball an Bhord Contae 1 William Doogan william@mcmspirits.com 087 2799855
Ball an Bhord Contae 2 Diarmuid Keon DK@DKProperties.ie 086 8047415

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Minor Board – BORD na nÓG 2023

Cathaoirleach Michael McGrath aodhruadhbordnaong@gmail.com 086 877 1300
Rúnaí Brian Gillespie aodhruadhbordnaong@gmail.com 083 0466699
Oifigeach Caidreamh Poiblí John Hughes Pro.aodhruadh.donegal@gaa.ie 087 6431805
Regional Board Delegates Michael Mcgrath
Brian Gillespie
odhruadhbordnaong@gmail.com
odhruadhbordnaong@gmail.com
086 877 1300
083 0466699
Faoi 7 Ivan O’Mahony 086 171 4701
Faoi 9 Philip O’Reilly 086 895 5141
Faoi 11 Barry Travers barrytravers@hotmail.com 086 192 7823
Faoi 13 Philip Mc Loone 086 405 3008
Faoi 15  Packie Mc Grath packiemcgrath@hotmail.com 087 979 4696
Faoi 17 Daniel McGullion

Aidan Murray

087 0078166

086 890569

1st Twelve 2nd Fifteen
1 Conor Patton 7 Kyle Murray 1 Mark McGlynn 9 Senan Rooney
2 Colm Kely 8 Oisin Rooney 2 Ryan Granaghan 10 Calum O’Halloran
3 Jason Granaghan 9 Eamonn McGrath 3 Diarmuid McInerney 11 Aaron Cullen
4 Eddie Lynch 10 Michael McKenna 4 Donagh McIntyre 12 Pater Boyle
5 Nathan Boyle 11 Cian Rooney 5 Johnny Gallagher 13 Cathal Kelly
6 Darren Drummond 12 Shane McGrath 6 Cian Dolan 14 Gary Carty
7 Ryan McKenna 15 Matt Gillespie
8 Niall Murray

Aodh Ruadh Senior Team April 2019

Review of the Year 2019

One of the highlights of the Aodh Ruadh year has to be the Senior Hurlers winning the Junior County Final. Another hightlight for the club was the running of our fundraiser The OsKaRs. This fundraiser was a huge success and this was due to the hard working OsKaRs committee and the dedicated people who gave four months of commitment making 7 ten minute films.

2019 was a very busy year within the club. Across all codes, we fielded from U6 to Minor level and had a very high number of underage members. For the first time in a few years, we also fielded at adult level in football, ladies football and hurling. We began the year playng host to Donegal v Kildare in the National Football League in Fr Tierney park. Both our pitches seen a record high number of competitve games being played throughout the season.

Aodh Ruadh once again held their annual Easter Camp and Summer Camp which as always proved to be very successful. In May the Aodh Ruadh club presented a night at The OsKaRS in The Great Northern Hotel with almot 700 people in attendance. We bring 2019 to an end with our underage presentation night on Saturday 26th October and our annual Dinner Dance on December 6th.

Ladies: Our senior ladies returned to playing as Aodh Ruadh this year and had good numbers from the start. The ladies committee within Aodh Ruadh continue to do fantastic work to be able to field at all levels in ladies football.

Footballers: This year our senior footballers were joint managed by Barry Ward and Philip O’Reilly. The league came down to the wire and we were unlucky to not gain promotion to Division One. Straight into Championship, we reached the semi finals where we were beaten in the semi final replay by Cloughaneely.

Hurlers: After having no senior hurling team in the club for a number of years, the executive was approached by a player who wanted to look at getting a team together. So after electing a senior hurling committee and John Rooney to take on the management, a team was put together. The team had a very succesful and competitive year playing at Junior level and the hard work of all involved paid off on 31st August when they brough the Junior Championship Trophy back to Ballyshannon.

Footballers: 2019 was another very good year for Aodh Ruadh Bord na nŌg. Large numbers attended at every age group throughout the year, averageing 30 players per age group from U6 – U12’s. Our U15’s travelled to the regional Og sport’s day coming out winners on the day. Our U16’s reached the County semi final where they were beaten by a very strong Gaoth Dobhair team. We continue to host a number of blitzes annually, including the Mick Shannon and the Willie Rodgers Tournaments.

Hurling: Underage hurling has gone from strenght to strenght in the club, with us now having teams from U6 right up to minor level. At U16 level, Aodh Ruadh won the league and at U14 level, the hurlers were County Champions as well as being County Feile winners, with players on both these teams also being involved in the Ulster Og Sport win.

Ladies: For the 2nd year in a row we have been able to independantly field ladies teams from U6 up to minor, with large numbers attending all age groups throughout the year. We had success with the U16 girls winning the Couny final and also just last Sunday, the minor girls winning Aodh Ruadh’s first ever Minor County Title.

2019 Roll of Honour

Senior Hurlers – Junior County Champions

U14 Hurlers – County Feile Winners & County Championship winners

U16 Hurlers – League Winners & Ulster Og Title

U14 Footballers – Div 1A Shield Winners

U15 Footballers – Regional Og Sport Winners

U16 Girls – County Champions

U18 Girls – County Champions