Aodh Ruadh GAA Club Notes

Oifigeach Na Gaeilge

Bronnadh gradam ar Eva Breen Brosnan agus Daithi Breen i bPáirc an Chrócaigh le déanaí as an iarracht déanta ag Aodh Ruadh chun an Ghaeilge a chur chun cinn sa chlub. Comhghairdeas leis an mbeidh agaibh. Congratulations to Eva Breen Brosnan and Daithi  Breen who received an award recently in Croke Park for Aodh Ruadh’s effort to promote the Irish Language in our club.


Thanks to all who supported the Juvenile Hurling Quiz last Thursday. Well done to the winning team of John Larkin, Ronan Drummond, Mary Hoey and Eleanor Rooney. Thanks to Karl Duggan who set the questions and Eugene Perry who did a great job as quiz master despite a lot of heckling. Many thanks to our generous sponsors of the raffle prizes; The Pill Box, Slevin’s, Seán Ógs, Rooney’s Butchers, Star Bingo, O’Donnell’s Bar, Blown Away Hairdressers, Abbey Garage,  Key Cut Ken Neilan, McGinley’s Bar, Glen Eden Hotel, The Fiddlestone, William Doogan and Kevin Byrne Coach Hire. We would ask everyone to shop local at Christmas and support these businesses. Thanks as always to Belleek Pottery for their continued sponsorship of the winners prizes.

Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee are running their Last One Standing competition again this year. Many thanks to Liam Gallen Mr G’s who is sponsoring this year’s fund-raiser. Cards can be obtained from any member of Juvenile Hurling Committee. Ideal as a stocking filler! Contact John Rooney on 086-2587793 for any information.

Colman’s Charity Kickabout

The annual Kickabout for Colman returns this year and will take place on Thursday 28th December. This year the event is in aid of Donegal Bay Cardiac First Responders ( This is a local group covering Ballyshannon, Creevy and Bundoran which is raising funds to purchase defibrillators. The first game is guaranteed to be high quality with the county title winning under 13 girls merging forces with the all-conquering Southern under 12 champions for a mixed boys and girls game at 1.45pm. That is followed by an

adult Ladies exhibition game at 2.20pm which has already attracted significant interest. The showpiece of the day is the 1992 Ulster club minor champions getting the old team back together again one more time to see if they still have what it takes against the Aodh Ruadh All-Stars at 3pm. Basically anyone who fancies a festive kickabout can pull the boots on for a good cause. If you want to play in the adult men’s game just let John Muldoon, Brian Roper or James O’Donnell (083-0026826) know you are available so we can have an idea of numbers. The games will be followed by refreshments in Aras Aoidh Ruadh kindly provided by the Kerr and Donagher families.

Big Bad and Back

Dicey Reilly’s is the place to be on Thursday evening, December 28th, for some festive craic as Aodh Ruadh’s Big Bad Interactive YouTube Pub Quiz comes blazing back. Using the big screens in Dicey’s there will be five live action rounds on comedy, advertising, music, what happens next and a name that year round. The quiz gets rolling at 9pm and we’ll have big prizes on the night and loads of great spot prizes to be won. All funds go to support the work of Aodh Ruadh.

President Pat

Congratulations are in order for Ballyshannon exile Pat O’Brien who was elected President of Carlow GAA at convention last Friday night.

Bumper Christmas Bingo

The bumper Christmas bingo last Friday was a fantastic giveaway night at the Abbey Centre, with a pay-out of over €2,800 in cash prizes on top of all the spot prizes. The night got off to a flyer as Cuddles found a home for Christmas with Bernie Price of Kinlough checking the first line on 42. The first €500 jackpot was won by Anne Granaghan of Bundoran and the second €500 jackpot won by Rita McGullion of Belleek. Incredibly there was a double check for the snowball game on just 44 numbers, sharing the €250 prize. Evelyn Sheerin of Mountcharles was last on her feet to take the stand up game prize of €170. Eamon Maguire won the headline spot prize of two weekend tickets for the 2018 Rory Gallagher festival worth €120. A huge thank you again to all our local spot prize sponsors, Rooney’s Butchers, Owen Roe O’Neill’s Bar, Centra, Spar, E&J Oil, Ballyshannon Coal, The Limit, Abbey Garage, Fevbre wines, McCaffrey Quarries and Thomas Gallagher picture framing. Please support them and shop local this Christmas. The Bingo committee would like to wish all our patrons a very merry Christmas.

Abbey Centre Bingo

Bingo will be held as usual in the Abbey Centre over the next two weeks. This Friday 22nd December at 9pm will be a normal bingo night, books priced €10 for full book, €5 for half book, and will also see a new winter snowball start off. Our New Year’s Bingo will be held on Friday 29th December. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Inter-county Season Tickets

Season Ticket pricing for 2018 has been confirmed by Croke Park. Adult Club+ season tickets are price €200. Adult season tickets are €120. Juvenile season tickets are €30. As in the season just past, The Club+ season ticket allows the owner to attend club fixtures within the chosen county. The grades and codes of club fixtures covered by the Club+ element of the ticket are determined by the individual county. Once the season ticket is correctly maintained throughout the season, the Club+ version will also guarantee the ticket holder an All-Ireland Final ticket should their county qualify, regardless of their attendance percentage. Clubs will receive €100 for every Club+ season ticket purchased by club members. Renewals and sales are now live.

Nollaig shona

Aodh Ruadh wishes all associated with the club and everyone in the wider Ballyshannon community a happy, peaceful Christmas and a prosperous New Year.

Aodh Ruadh Lotto

There was no winner of last week’s Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €5,900. The winning numbers drawn were 4, 6, 7, 9, 13 and 15. In the lucky dip €20 went to Charlie, c/o Pat’s Bar; Rita McGullion, Belleek; Mary Granaghan, Ernedale Heights; Maura Gallagher, Rossnowlagh Road; and Gerry and Denis Ferguson. Next draw is in The Bridgend Bar with a jackpot of €6,000 on Monday, January 1st at 8.30pm. Tickets are now 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 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.

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