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Ard An Ratha / Ardara

Pairc an Phiarsaigh map courtesy of GAAPitchLocator.net

Review of the Decade 2010-19

 

Following a heady decade at the start of the new millennium which saw the Club win two senior championships in 2000 and 2004 in addition to three Senior Division 1 League Titles, the next decade saw a period of transition for the club, A huge effort was put into development which saw our new pitch, Clubhouse and stand developed into one of the top grounds in the county, Culminating with the hosting of Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta for the first time in 2015 – a huge occasion for the Parish.

 

The club also picked up a Ulster Presidential award for coaching in 2013, the Donegal and Ulster Ground of the Year Award in 2015 and the Gold Club Maith award in 2012. On the playing fields, a County Minor Division 1 League title in 2011, The U14 Division 1 League in 2013, The Ladies Intermediate Championship win in 2015 were a few of the main highlights. Paddy McGrath also blazed a trail with the County Senior team becoming the third Ardara player to win a Celtic Cross as part of the Donegal Team in 2012 that won the All Ireland. Paddy, along with Conor Classon and Peter McNelis had also won Ulster U-21 medals in 2010 with the County team.

 

There was sadness also in the decade for the Club as Senior Player Tomas Maguire and former underage star Conal Gildea were killed in separate accidents, while in 2017 we lost our well known goalkeeping coach Pat Shovelin to illness at the tender age of 41. We are looking forward with anticipation to the next decade and in particular, to the year 2021 when we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of our foundation as a club.

Ainm an Chlub: Ard An Rátha
Dathanna an Chlub/Club Colours: Glas agus Ór
Alternative Colours: Ór agus Glas
Club Ground: Pairc an Phiarsaigh Website: www.ardaragaa.ie

Ard an Ratha – Senior Board

Oifigeach/Officer Ainm/Name Seoladh/address
Cathaoirleach Sean Mac Conaill john@jmac.ie
Eadar Gabhaill, Ard an Rátha
087 7620045
Rúnaí Maire Ní Cheallaigh secretary.ardanratha.donegal@gaa.ie 087 6878614
Cisteoir Mabel Nic Aodha
Eibhlean Ni hEigheartaigh
Mabelmchugh@gmail.com
eileenhegarty62@gmail.com

mabelmchugh@gmail.com

086 6076911
087 3148097
Oifigeach Caidreamh Poiblí Seoirse O'Dochartaigh seoirse_doherty@yahoo.com 087 9547595
Oifigeach Oiliúna Seamus Mac Aodha jamesmchugh10@gmail.com 087 2222277
Oifigeach Coimirce Leanaí Seamus Mac Briartaigh jamesmcbrearty@eircom.net 087 9819685
Oifigeach Club Sláinte TBC
Oifigeach Cultúr TBC
Ball an Bhord Contae 1: Sean Mac Conaill John@jmac.ie 087 7620045
Ball an Bhord Contae 2: Maire Ní Cheallaigh Dromore Lower, Mountcharles 087 6878614

Ard an Ratha – Bord na nÓg

Oifigeach/Officer Ainm/Name E-Seoladh nó Seoladh/Address Fón/Telephone
Cathaoirleach Terence Molloy 087 9839345
Rúnaí Caroline Breslin carolleo@eircom.net 087 6108297
Oifig Caidreamh Poiblí Saoirse Doherty seoirse_doherty@yahoo.com 087 9547595
Board Delegates Caroline Breslin
Terence Molloy
carolleo@eircom.net 087 6108297
087 9839345
Faoi 6 Pauric Brennan 087 8160734
Faoi 8 Shaun Whyte 087 2890118
Faoi 10 Patrick Gallagher 087 2654400
Faoi 12 Damien Diver 087 9481066
Faoi 13 David Hennigan 087 2784170
Faoi 14 James McHugh jamesmchugh10@gmail.com 087 2222277
Faoi 16 Stephen McKelvey 086 0807650
Faoi 18 Joe McLaughlin 086 3309895

Club Year – 2019

 

2019 saw another year on an upward curve in the fortunes of CLG Ard an Ratha. The return of the Senior team to Division 1 after a 3 year absence, The Under-12 Boys winning the Club second Div 1 title in the grade and the first in any Division 1 grade since 2006, Our U-12, 13 and 14 girls competing at the top end in their competitions only a few of the highlights of what was a very busy and eventful year for the Club.

 

The seniors capturing the Division 2 League title, was always the target for 2019, and Adrian Brennan’s team proved to be the best team in the Division, putting together a string of good displays and a consistency that saw them deserve a place back in the top flight. Unfortunately, a string of injuries to key players, saw them fall short in the ‘Group of Death in the Championship eventually needing a brilliant comeback v Malin in the relegation play-off final in October to save our Senior Championship status for the year.

 

The club hosted two big charity events in 2019, the Owen McConnell Fund match which saw Ulster Champions Gaoth Dobhair play the Donegal u-20 team in January where a huge crowd turned out to support the fund for Owen – who has stage 4 cancer in the US. The second was the Pat Shovelin Memorial Match which saw some of the greats of the GAA come to Ardara on April 6th last to take on the Donegal 2012 team. It was a really memorable occasion with a hugely entertaining game between the two teams and was, in particular, a day to remember for Pat’s extended family. The younger people who attended were able to mix with the likes of Michael Murphy and Conor McManus to name a few of the stars there on the day. A total of €16,200 was raised for local charities on the day. Congratulations also to our county star, Paddy McGrath on reaching the milestone of 100 games for Donegal back in March of this year.

 

Our “One Day” tournaments at U-8, 10 and 12 level which sees clubs from all over the county compete at the highest level against each other in a  festival of football which all clubs now look forward to each year. The U-12 Boys under the management of former County  and  Club star Damian Diver and his team of coaches, were  always fancied to compete at the high end of the competition this year and as a result of their hard work and commitment, they came out as County Champions at the County finals day in Buncrana, defeating Four Masters on a score of 4-10 to 0-6 in the final to spark great scenes of celebration at the clubs first title in the grade since 1999. Not to be out-done by the boys, our young girls teams under Martin Shovlin and his coaches, finished undefeated in Division 1 in the County, and reached the U-13 and 14 Division 1 finals only to go down to Dungloe and Fanad Gaels respectively. No doubt the girls will do their utmost to take that extra step in years to come. Other notable achievements by our Under-Age teams included the U-8s winning our own Tomas Maguire U-8 cup against all the top teams in the county and the Patsy Furey Memorial cup in Glenties, the U-10 boys winning the Michael Doherty Cup in Kilcar, while the Minor Boys won the Southern Division 2 league.

 

With the club only over a year away from its centenary in 2021, We look forward to going from strength to strength as we move into our second century.

 

2019 Roll of Honours

Seniors – Division 2 League Champions

U-8s – Thomas Maguire Cup, Patsy Furey Memorial Cup

U-10s  – Michael Doherty Cup

U-12s – County Champions

Minors – SRB Division 2