Any business interested in taking an advert in the match programme for the Donegal v Monaghan NFL programme should contact Michael Daly, David McLoone, Conal Gallagher or Tom Daly. All club committee members are asked to assist with sourcing advertisements.
Call for Stewards
A call has been put out by CLG Dún na nGall for new match stewards for county and inter-county matches. Each club has been asked to put forward a number of people interested in becoming stewards. With the upcoming NFL fixture in Father Tierney Park, we are also looking to increase our own number of qualified stewards. There is a training course being held on the evening of Friday March 10th and morning of Saturday March 11th, at Aras Aoidh Ruaidh, Ballyshannon, each lasting two and a half hours. All of the Aodh Ruadh stewards who steward at Father Tierney Park are asked to register. Those who complete the training will be certified for a three year period. Renewal then requires just a short refresher course. Anybody interested should contact either Lisa McTernan or David McLoone.
The schedule for training and coaching until the end of March was agreed at last week’s meeting between Park and Development Committee Officers and team managers. Due to the large numbers attending underage grades it is essential sessions start and finish on time so that the subsequent session can proceed on schedule. The roster will be re-visited at the end of March when the time changes.
Best of luck to Coláiste Cholmcille in their Markey Cup Final. The match will take place in Mac Cumhaill Park, Ballybofey this Friday 3rd March at 12.30pm.
With the commencement of competitive football almost upon us minor fixtures for the coming season have been released and are as follows.
Minor League – Section 2
Round 1 – Friday, 17th March: Dungloe v Aodh Ruadh
Round 2 – Wednesday, 22nd March: Aodh Ruadh v Naomh Conaill
Round 3 – Wednesday 29th March: Naomh Columba v Aodh Ruadh
Round 4 – Wednesday 5th April: Aodh Ruadh v Naomh Bríd
Round 5 – Wednesday 12th April: Saint Naul’s v Aodh Ruadh
Under 16 training continues this Wednesday at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 1.30pm to 2.30pm. There is no charge for this session. The lads have their first challenge of the season when they entertain Grange on Friday. We’ll have full details on Friday. Players are reminded to bring their registration forms and fees to ensure they are eligible to play. League fixtures have also been released and are outlined below.
Round 1 – Friday, 31st March: Naomh Bríd v Aodh Ruadh
Round 2 – Friday, 7th April: Aodh Ruadh v Bundoran
Round 3 – Friday, 14th April: Naomh Muire v Aodh Ruadh
Round 4 – Saturday, 22nd April: Aodh Ruadh v Naomh Ultan
Round 5 – Monday, 24th April: Naomh Columba v Aodh Ruadh
Round 6 – Saturday, 29th April: Aodh Ruadh v Kilcar
Round 7 – Wednesday, 3rd May: Saint Naul’s v Aodh Ruadh
There was a good turn out from players, parents, guardians and supporters for the launch of our new under 12 jerseys in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. We were delighted to welcome jersey sponsor Michael Cleary of Michael Cleary Cars, Belleek Road, Ballyshannon to the event. We admired the new kit before discussing plans for our first ever campaign in both Southern Board divisions one and two, an enterprise which will see us fielding three teams and giving an unprecedented number of Ballyshannon players the chance to play competitive football. The following afternoon saw the lads play their second challenge of the season in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh, facing off against a Four Masters side also competing in both divisions. The game was a good quality challenge, giving the players an idea of the sort of standard to expect in the upcoming league campaign. We havepictures of the jersey launch up on aodhruadh.org. The under 12s will be training this Friday at 5pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.
Indoor training continues this week for under 6s, 8s and 10s, Friday 3rd March. The under 6s are in the New Hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 7pm, followed by the under 8s from 7pm to 8pm, also in the New Hall, they are followed by the under 10s from 8pm to 9pm, also in the New Hall. There is a charge of €2 per head. Please bring your own water and wear runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished.
Under 14 training continues on Tuesday evening at 5.15pm and Saturday morning at 11am. Tomorrow evening is the last fitting session for Féile gear. Barry Ward will be at the park at 5pm with samples. Once the evenings get bright training will be fixed at 5.45pm Tuesday and Thursday and Saturday mornings at 11am.
Underage hurling makes a welcome return this Sunday at 12 noon. Boys and girls from 5 years of age welcome. Come along and learn the skills of our ancient game in a fun-filled environment with fully qualified coaches. Hurls and helmets are provided for training for any details please contact John Rooney 086-2587793.
Last Man Standing
Monaghan’s one point win saw six people leave our Last Man Standing fund-raiser, along with two who had picked Dublin. With five rounds remaining there are now 38 still standing.
There will be a memorial service for former De La Salle and Aodh Ruadh player Martin Williamson on Friday 10th March in Rossnowlagh Friary at 7.30pm. All past pupils and club members welcome.
Club membership for 2017 is now due and all club members are asked to submit their registration form and fee at their earliest convenience. Membership can 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. Registration sessions will be organised for teams over the coming weeks and it is essential all players are signed up club members. We will also be having a number of open registration sessions over coming weeks to facilitate members in the wider community.
Oifigeach na Gaeilge
Beginners Irish Lessons continue in Gaelscoil Éirne on Mondays from 7pm to 8pm. Bíonn Ciorcal Comhrá gach Luan ag a h-ocht a chlog san áit céanna.
Well done to our senior Scór quiz team of Sylvester Maguire, Eamonn Martin Maguire, Paddy Kelly and John Hughes who claimed the Scór Sinsear Tráth na gCeist county title last Saturday in Glenswilly. They were the last category of the night in the great facilities at Glenswilly and with two rounds played Fanad Gaels held a two point lead, leaving Aodh Ruadh needing to pull out all the stops and hope for a few slips by the perennial Donegal champions. They rose to the challenge and delivered a ten out of ten round, while Fanad dropped two points, sending the final into tiebreaker territory. Another round of ten questions couldn’t separate the sides, and a sudden death tie breaker left them deadlocked too. It took a moment of inspiration from Eamon Martin Maguire on the third tie breaker to decide the night when he correctly identified James Reilly as the Fine Gael deputy leader. That sealed victory and the probably unique distinction of a Fine Gael politician’s name being warmly saluted in the Maguire household. Aodh Ruadh now progress to represent Donegal at the All-Ireland finals. Many thanks to Glenswilly for their hospitality on the night.
The €800 big bingo jackpot was won by Donna Timoney of Belleek, well done to Donna. The stand up round was won by Mary Cleary of Ballyshannon who collected the prize pot of €190. There was no winner of the winter snowball so it rolls up to €625 on 49 numbers or less. Bingo this Friday will be held at Coláiste Cholmcille as the musical will be on at the Abbey Centre. Books priced at just €10. See you Friday night at 9pm.
Aodh Ruadh Lotto
There was no winner of last week’s Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €1,700. The winning numbers drawn were 1, 2, 7, 9, 14 and 15. In the lucky dip €20 went to Nellie Blake, Parkhill; Delores Blake, Cornhill; Bridget Quinn, Knather Road; Teresa Herron, Bishop Street; and Pat Gruddy & TJ O’Mahoney, c/o Pat’s Bar. Next draw is in The Bridgend Bar with a jackpot of €1,800 on Sunday at 8.30pm. Tickets are now available in the following outlets: Seán Óg’s, The Market House, 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 and weekly bingo in the Abbey Centre. If not in, you can’t win!
The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra on Saturday is: LADIES.