1. Update Return to Play Guidelines Released
  2. Comghairdeas to Donegal’s three new appointments to National Committees
  3. Nominations for Translink Ulster GAA Community Support Award is midnight Sunday, 18 April 2021
  4. McGinley Motors Sponsor Kit Van For CLG Dhún na nGall
  5. Donegal is looking for Cúl Camp Coaches

Aodh Ruadh Béal Atha Seanaigh

Link to AodhRuadh.org
Fr Tierney Park map courtesy of GAAPitchLocator.net
Aodh Ruadh Senior Ladies 2019

Latest Aodh Ruadh Notes

Membership deadline extended

We have been informed that the GAA have extended their club membership deadline to May 31st. This is welcome news, however we continue to encourage all players to pay their membership as soon as possible. The club does not permit non-members to participate in any form of on-field activity, and this includes training. Membership can be paid online at our Klubfunder page.


Ballyshannon Bingo  

We had another great night of bingo last Friday with 35 different winners and €2,250 going home in prizes! Congratulations to our house winners on the night: Martina Hennessy, Colin Doogan, Ashley Cox, Mary McShea, Grainne Hoey, Áine McMahon, Tanya Dunne, Bridie Killalea, Ailish Ward, Geraldine O’Mahoney, Shauna Hastings, Ann McGlinchey and Niall Murray. The prize pot will be a whopping €3,000 this coming Friday with a jackpot prize of €500! Our €800 snowball survived and will rise to €850 next week on 46 numbers. Once again we will be back broadcasting to the world from Bingo HQ via Zoom at our new time of 8.30pm. There will be single line, double line and house prizes on all games. If you haven’t already played, you can find full details on the Ballyshannon Bingo Facebook page. Books are available to buy on our Klubfunder.com page right now. Remember, if you don’t have access to a printer, Mary in A Novel Idea will be happy to print your book for a small fee.

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

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

Please note, we have revamped the delivery schedule for Ballyshannon Bingo books as follows:

  • Books bought by 4pm on Wednesday will be emailed by lunchtime Thursday.
  • Books then bought by 8am on Friday morning will be emailed before lunchtime on Friday.
  • Books bought by Friday’s final 4pm deadline will be emailed before 6pm on Friday.

It is very important players enter the email address they need the book to be sent to. Late changes are problematic and we cannot guarantee they will be facilitated.

Look forward to seeing you all again this Friday evening!

National Club Draw deadline

Sold or unsold we need all draw tickets returned by this Friday as we want to proceed with the local element of the draw as soon as possible. Please make returns to Tom Daly, David McLoone or Michael Daly. A pick up at any of the local shops can also be arranged via text with any member of the draw co-ordination team. Remember, you can still make a purchase online via our Klubfunder page.

Return to play

With the welcome news that underage players can return to training in the week commencing Monday April 26th a schedule has been finalised for all underage teams in football, ladies football and hurling. This will be forwarded by the Park / Development Committee to the various club units over the course of the coming days.

Coaching course

Donegal Coaching workshop webinars for coaches conclude this week. These webinars provide support to coaches for planning their sessions when they return to on-field activity, both football and hurling. This week’s webinar takes place on Thursday, 15th April, at 8pm via Zoom. The focus this week, the last in the programme, is on under 15 and under 17 coaches and includes:

 • Return to play skills, games and activities

 • Coaching session framework for future sessions

 • Sample sessions for coaches to take home and use

Registration for week three is open now.

Covid Restrictions

With the exception of the Walkway and Fitness Trail all club property remains out of bounds under current restrictions.


Huge thanks to everyone who supported the Lidl club rebate initiative using their Lidl Plus app over these past few weeks. We secured three sets of jerseys and a €2,000 cash bonus thanks to all of your efforts. Bualadh bos!

Supporting North West Hospice

Aodh Ruadh Chairman William Doogan and lotto committee representative, Catherine McKee presented a €500 cheque to Bernie McNeely and Eileen McIntyre of North West Hospice at last week’s lotto draw. The donation was made in memory of our Vice-President Alan Kane and all deceased members of Aodh Ruadh in the last year. Many thanks to everyone who played the lotto last week and made this lovely gesture possible.

A big welcome back for Rock residents

On Easter Saturday Aodh Ruadh Chairman William Doogan and Lotto Committee representative Catherine McKee called into Ballyshannon community nursing home with some Easter treats. We had the Sheerin family to thank for putting on a magnificent show of traditional music on the day. All the staff and residents really enjoyed it. “It was great to see the Rock Home back functioning again with residents enjoying the revamped Unit, really part of Aodh Ruadh community on the Rock,” said William.

Garda vetting reminder 

Our Children’s Officer, Paul Tuohy, reminds all club members involved with the club’s teams in any capacity that they must complete their Garda Vetting as soon as possible in order to be permitted to undertake their role in 2021. The vetting system has now gone online and is more streamlined. It can be accessed at gaa.flowforma.com. Two forms of identification are requested during the vetting process. People can either scan and upload direct their documentation directly or they can take a picture on their phone and send this to Paul Tuohy or Lisa McTernan, who will then process this as appropriate. If you have any other issues or would like assistance, please contact an executive member of your relevant sub-committee.


Aodh Ruadh lotto

There was no winner of last week’s Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €6,900. The winning numbers drawn were 2, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16. In the lucky dip cash prizes of €25 went to Kathleen Hoy and Mark McGlynn. Thanks to Bernie McNeely and Eileen McIntyre, representing North West Hospice, for doing a great job with the draw, and thanks and to all who played the lotto last week. The next draw is for a jackpot of €7,000 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: RESERVE FOOTBALLERS.



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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


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 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