1. Six changes for Monaghan v Donegal in Dr McKenna Cup final
  2. Donegal GAA Academy adds Physiotherapy and Nutrition Expertise
  3. Registration for Upcoming Ulster GAA Virtual Coaching Workshops
  4. The Bank of Ireland McKenna Cup Final – Donegal v Monaghan – broadcast by TG4 tomorrow Saturday at 5pm
  5. Congratulations to Paul Burns and Adie Gaffey, new managers of the u-20 and u-17 Hurling Development Squads

Aodh Ruadh Béal Atha Seanaigh

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Latest Aodh Ruadh Notes


Aodh Ruadh Junior Hurling Champions 2019


FootballWe at Aodh Ruadh would like to welcome everybody back to Underage training for the 2022 season. We would especially like to invite newcomers to attend our sessions. Why not come and give it a go, in a fun and inclusive environment.

The following information is for Boys football only. Girls football and hurling information will be sent out in due course.
All Boys are asked to bring their own ball to training. Gus Culkin from Ballyshannon Shoe Company will be at the first training for each age group, with the age appropriate balls for sale, for those needing to purchase one.
Under 5 Boys (Born in 2017 only please)
Starting Friday 11th February, Mercy Hall, 6pm to 6.45pm, Manager: Ivan O’Mahony (086-1714701).
Under 7 Boys (Born 2016 and 2015)
Starting Monday 24th January, Mercy Hall, 6pm to 7pm, Manager: Philip O’Reilly (086-8955141).
Under 9 Boys (Born 2014 and 2013)
Starting Friday 18th February, New Hall, 6pm to 7pm, Manager: Barry Travers (086-1927823).
Under 11 Boys (Born 2012 and 2011)
Starting Monday 31st January, The Lakeside, 6pm to 7pm, Managers: Packie McGrath (087-9794696) and Liam Hassett (086-8262120)
Under 13 Boys (Born 2010 and 2009)

Starting Monday 31st January, The Lakeside, 6pm to 7pm, Managers: Damian Conlon (087-2750986), Niall McCready (087-2115790) and Michael Ward (087-6169765)



Congratulations to Ciara Larkin and Megan Murphy who made their county debut with the Donegal under 14s as they scored a comfortable win over Sligo in a challenge at Bundoran over the weekend. Ciara was at wing back, while Megan anchored the defence at full back.

Last Man Standing 


The Juvenile Hurling committee with the support of Mr G’s are challenging you to test your football knowledge by picking a winning team for each of the seven rounds of the upcoming National League. There’s €250 up for grabs, but the only catch is that you can only pick each team once! So, if you’d like to test your football smarts, just contact any member of the committee, or text or WhatsApp John Larkin on 0861076883. There are a number of ways to take part and pay electronically using Revolut, KlubFunder, and as always you can pay in cold hard cash. Closing date for entries is Friday, 28th January. Thanks as ever to Mr G’s Liam Gallen for his sponsorship and his tireless support over the years. It’s massively appreciated.

Club registrationWe hope that 2022 will be a less disrupted season than we have had for the past two years. With that in mind we ask all club members to start thinking about submitting their club registration. To facilitate registration we have an online option on Klubfunder.com available. Click on the link or search for ‘Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon’ on the Klubfunder.com site. Membership can also be paid to Gerry Ferguson at Ferguson’s Jewellers. Players can also download registration forms from aodhruadh.org and submit this along with the relevant fee directly to their manager. It is essential all players are signed up club members. Non members are not covered by the GAA’s injury insurance scheme and cannot line out for the club. Adult members will receive first priority for the club’s allocation of All-Ireland final tickets in the event of Donegal contesting the decider. Only adult members registered by 31st March may vote at the club AGM.

Ballyshannon BingoWell done to our winners at Friday night’s bingo. Collette Roper won €250 on the Jackpot game, along with a line. The house winners were Sean Coughlin, Mark Newell, Laura Gilfedder, Rosaleen O’Brien, Regina O’Connor, Ella O’Driscoll, Marie Gallagher, Bernadette Gallagher and Sally Burrows. The line winners were Mary Griffin, Sharon McDonald, Theresa Richardson, Marie Gallagher, Teresa Campbell, Grace Martin, Rebecca Rouse, Michael Kerrigan, Ellen Cullen, Sally Burrows, Sarah O’Shea and Kathleen McGee. We had nine free book winners as well, who will all be emailed a free book for bingo next week. The Snowball survived so rolls to €600 next week!We’re looking forward to doing it all again this Friday night at the same time of 8.30pm with a total of over €2,500 up for grabs. Be sure to follow our like and share competition during the week to be in with a chance to win free books! We will play 10 games of bingo including our snowball, jackpot and lucky numbers games. Books are now available and can be purchased up to 4.30pm on Friday.

Click this link to buy a SINGLE BOOK for €10.

Click this link to buy a DOUBLE BOOK for €15.

As before, books bought by 9am Thursday morning will be emailed at lunchtime on Thursday. Books bought by 9am Friday will be emailed at Friday lunchtime. Books then bought before the 4.30pm deadline will be emailed by 6pm Friday. The Zoom invite will be circulated with your books. The Zoom call will open at 8pm with the first game starting at 8.30pm. Make sure to check your spam or junk folder if you don’t think you received your books. We’re looking forward to meeting you all again and thank you as always for your continued support!

Aodh Ruadh lotto

There was no winner of the Christmas Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €4,200. The winning numbers drawn were 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 12. In the lucky dips prizes of €25 were won by Brian McGuinness and Doreen McGee. The next draw is for a jackpot of €4,300 on Sunday at 9pm. 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. Give it a go, you never know!


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





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.

Ainm an Chlub:
Aodh Ruadh, Béal Atha Seanaigh
Dathanna an Chlub/Club Colours:
Bán agus Glas, White and Green
Alternative Colours:
Glas agus Bán, Green & White
Club Ground:
Fr Tierney Park

Aodh Ruadh – Senior Board

Oifigeach/Officer Ainm/Name Seoladh/Address Fón/Telephone
Cathaoirleach William Doogan william@mcmspirits.com 087 2799855
Rúnaí 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
083 046 6699
087 979 4696
Oifigeach Coimirce Leanaí Paul Touhy childrensofficer.aodhruadh.donegal@gaa.ie 086 0763358
Oifigeach Club Sláinte Phillip McLoone philipmcloone13@gmail.com 086 4053008
Oifigeach Cultúr TBC
Ball an Bhord Contae: 1 William Doogan william@mcmspirits.com 087 2799855
Ball an Bhord Contae: 2 John Travers johnbtravers@gmail.com 086 3743207

Aodh Ruadh – Bord na nÓg

Oifigeach/Officer Ainm/Name E-Seoladh nó Seoladh/Address Fón/Telephone
Cathaoirleach Packie McGrath packiemcgrath@hotmail.com 087 9794696
Rúnaí Lisa Nic Thiarnán mctlisa@hotmail 0862338636
Oifigeach Caidreamh Poiblí John Hughes john@killcasa.com 0876431805
Toscairí an Bhoird Réigiúnaigh David O'Donnell
Paul Gillespie
Lisa McTiernan
pgillespie@bwg.ie davemojoodonnell@gmail.com 0877972101
Faoi-8 Packie McGrath
Liam Hassett
packiemcgrath@hotmail.com 0879794696
Faoi-10 Damien Conlon
Niall McCready
dconlon@ccbs.ie 0872799855
Faoi-11 Brian Roper
William Doogan
Faoi-12 David O'Donnell
Paul Gillespie
pgillespie@bwg.ie davemojoodonnell@gmail.com 0860430045
Faoi-14 Alan Sweeney alanjsweeny@gmail.com 0868052816
Faoi-16 Gerald McGloin gerald@nrs.ie 0872363877
Faoi-18 Peter Boyle peter-boyle2011@hotmail.com 087 6296480

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.

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