1. “Brilliant servant”, Leo, retires from inter-county football
  2. Meath welcome Donegal for Páirc Tailteann Battle this Sunday
  3. Two League Double Headers with the Ladies team in store
  4. Club Officer Training Jan 30th
  5. Allianz Football Roinn 1 – Encouraging Donegal performance

Aodh Ruadh Béal Atha Seanaigh

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Aodh Ruadh Senior Ladies 2019

Latest Aodh Ruadh Club Notes

Óige Aodh Ruadh launch

This Friday in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh, we will be launching our Aodh Ruadh Academy, Óige Aodh Ruadh. All underage footballers are invited to attend with their parents / guardians for a short chat about the Academy, and each child can pick up their jersey and O’Neill’s football. There are a limited number of each jersey size, so it’s important to get up on the night to collect. Another order will go be made later for those who miss out. Prices are €35 for jersey and ball for players from under 6 to under 12, and €40 for jersey and ball for players from under 14 to minor. There will be a free draw for two packages, for those present on the night, one under 6 to under 12, and one under 14 to minor. This draw is kindly sponsored by long time club supporter, KJ Graham in Canada. Parents can also register their child for membership on the night. We would love to see all underage boys attending,  with training up and running in the following weeks.


Indoor football training will begin shortly for under 6 boys [2014 and 2015], under 8 boys [2012 and 2013] and under 10 boys [2010 and 2011]. For the first two weeks, Friday 7th February and Friday 14th February, the details are as follows.
The under 6s are in the new hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 6.50pm. Text Ivan O’Mahoney on 086-1714701 to join the under 6 WhatsApp group.

The under 8s are in the new hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 7pm to 8pm. Text Packie McGrath on 087-9794696 to join the under 8 WhatsApp group.

The under 10s are in the new hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 8pm to 9pm. Text Damian Conlon on 087-2750986 to join the under 8 WhatsApp group.

For the six weeks from Friday 21st February onwards, the details are as follows.

The under 6s are in the Mercy hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 6.50pm. The under 8s are in the new hall from 6pm to 7pm. The under 10s are in the new hall from 7pm to 8pm.

Please note, there is a €3 charge for indoor training, to cover the cost of the halls.

Training for under 12 boys commences this Thursday at the Breesy Centre, Cashelard at 7pm and continues weekly at the same time and venue. Text Stephen Ward on 087-64437778 to join the under 12 WhatsApp group.  Please note, there is a €3 charge to cover the cost of the Breesy Centre pitch.

We would love to see all players from previous years and would particularly welcome any new players who would like to come and try football for the first time. We would also love to welcome back any boys who have played in the past, but have left football for whatever reason.


National Hurling Development Coach Martin Fogarty was guest of honour in Ballyshannon over the weekend. On Saturday morning he took over 30 under 14 hurlers in hand for a fantastic training session in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Later in the evening a big crowd assembled in the Aras to listen to Martin speaking after presenting the awards to the juvenile hurlers. He held the audience spellbound with his tales and wisdom and proved to be one of the most inspiring guests we’ve ever had at our annual underage hurling awards evening. Many thanks to everyone who helped make the whole day such a success. We should have pictures from the event online later in the week.


Training continues for senior, minor and under 16 ladies in the Mercy Hall on Monday evenings from 8pm to 9pm. Players are asked to bring €2 to cover the cost of hall hire. Training also continues at Pro Fitness on Friday evenings from 8.30pm to 9.30pm.

Under 14s girls training starts on Tuesdays in Rockfield Community Hall from 7pm to 8pm. Girls needs to wear runners, take their own water bottle and €2 to cover cost of hall. All under 14 girls intending to play football this year need to attend every training session. The first league game takes place on 1st March.


Coaching workshop

A workshop for all club coaches tutored by Anthony McGrath will take place this Saturday from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. The first hour of the course takes place in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh and will look at the mental skills required for underage coaching. It will provide an insight into skills that can be applied in coaching sessions to develop culture, confidence and player development. The second hour will take place on the pitch and will look at the art of defending and focus on how to coach defensive skills from age six to 18. This will break down the skills required at senior level and how they are coached at underage level. All coaches in all codes in the club are invited to attend.


Represent the club at Scór 

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’re hoping the club will be represented in as many disciplines as possible. It is open to any club member over the age of 17 and the Donegal semi-finals will be held this year on Saturday 8th February in Clonmany Hall and Saturday 15th February in the Bluestack Centre in Drimarone. We are looking for acts to represent the club in Rince Fóirne (Céilí Dancing), Rince Seit (Set Dancing), Amhránaíocht Aonair (Solo Singing), Aithriseoirecht / Scealaíocht (Recitation / Storytelling), Bailéad Ghrúpa (Ballad Group), Ceol Uirlise (Instrumental Group) and Léiriú (Historical Presentation). The deadline for entries is this Wednesday, so if anyone’s interested or has any queries, please contact Eamonn Martin Maguire at eamonnmartinmaguire@gmail.com.


Club registration

We ask all club members to submit their registration form and fee at their earliest convenience. 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.

Last one standing

Our Last One Standing competition sponsored by Liam Gallen Mr Gs got underway this weekend with 414 entrants this year. The dreaded draw proved costly as a lot of entrants had picked Roscommon. Scores by David Clifford and James Durcan ended the hopes of those who picked Dublin and Donegal. RTE’s Jaqui Hurley has reason to smile as she picked Galway while Marty Morrissey went out after picking the Dubs. Thanks to all who supported this fund-raiser. Best of luck to the 268 entrants still standing in round two this weekend.


Win a houseWe invite our members to support Donegal GAA’s house draw. You could win a four bed semi-detached home in Dublin with Club Donegal. With over 134 square metres of living space, this four bed semi-detached home is located in Brownsbarn, adjacent to Citywest. On 9th May one very lucky person will win this brand new house in our capital. Second prize in the draw is a brand new Mazda 2. Tickets, priced €100, are available to buy online now at www.winyourhouseindublin.com.


National and Local Draw

All with tickets for the National Draw are asked to begin returning their stubs. There is a lot of work to be done to enter the returns on the National database so it would be helpful to our club officers if everyone could co-operate on this. Proceeds from this draw are ring fenced to build a new playing surface on Father Tierney Park in 2020. Further tickets are available from any member of the draw committee. For those not living locally who wish to support the Father Tierney Park project, tickets can be purchased on the Aodh Ruadh page on Klubfunder.com.

January Big Bingo

This Friday night is the January Big Bingo at the Abbey Centre. There’ll be a massive €3,500 prize fund including the €1,000 jackpot which must be won, as well as that €850 snowball. All houses either €150 or €100. Books priced just €15 or get the book and a half special for just €20. First game at 9pm.


Abbey Centre Bingo

Last week’s €400 Bingo Jackpot was shared between Roseanne Martin and Margaret O’Connor. The €140 stand-up game prize of €140 was won by Mary Connolly. The €100 house winners included Regina Dolan, Kathleen Flanagan, Deirdre Clarke, Agnes Ryder and Ann O’Neill, with €70 houses going to Chloe McGee Gilmore, Teresa Anderson, Kevin O’Connor and Marie Gormley. The winter snowball survived another week so rolls to €850 next week.

Aodh Ruadh Lotto

There was no winner of last week’s Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €1,100. The winning numbers drawn were 1, 3, 4, 6, 9 and 11. In the lucky dip €20 went to Thomas A Laughlin; John Gallagher; Margaret McCauley; Eoghan McKee; and Ann Kirwan. Next draw is in Owen Roe’s Bar with a jackpot of €1,200 on Sunday at 8.30pm. Tickets are available in the following outlets: Seán Óg’s, O’Donnell’s, Dicey Reilly’s, The Limit, Pat’s Bar, The Bridgend, Owen Roe’s, Fin McCool’s, The Lantern, McGinley’s, Pearse O’Neill’s, McCosker’s Centra and Kernan’s Spar and at the weekly bingo in the Abbey Centre. You have to be in it to win it! You can play also play the lotto online. Log onto klubfunder.com and then search for and select Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon.


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


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Aodh Ruadh Junior Hurling Champions 2019

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 2338636
Cisteoir Sabrina Brosnan sabrina.s.brosnan@aib.ie 086 8241297
Oifigeach Caidreamh Poiblí John Hughes pro.aodhruadh.donegal@gaa.ie 087 6431805
Oifigeach Oiliúna Brian Roper 087 6139065
Oifigeach Coimirce Leanaí John Travers johnbtravers@gmail.com 086 3743207
Oifigeach Club Sláinte Phillip McLoone philipmcloone13@gmail.com 086 4053008
Oifigeach Cultúr Alan Sweeny alanjsweeny@gmail.com 086 8052816
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 David O'Donnell davemojoodonnell@gmail.com 0877972101
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
Faoi-8 Packie McGrath packiemcgrath@hotmail.com 0879794696
Faoi-10 Damien Conlon
Niall McCready
dconlon@ccbs.ie 0872799855
Faoi-11 Brian Roper
William Doogan
seamusroper@icloud.com william@mcmspirits.com 0876421206
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