Donegal V Kildare
This Sunday’s NFL Division 1 game between Donegal and Kildare is a critical game for both counties as points are badly needed. However, history is on the hosts’ side, as Donegal have an enviable record of chalking up wins in Ballyshannon. It is a big day for Aodh Ruadh and our development team have worked hard in poor weather conditions to prepare for Sunday. We need all local stewards present no later than 12 noon. We need a lot of help with shops and catering, and volunteers helping in that capacity are come by 12 noon. As usual we have worked on a good quality souvenir match programme. We need a good turnout of underage players, boys and girls, to sell. Please report to Willie Scott by 12 noon. The half time draw is our annual fund-raiser to purchase equipment for the primary schools coaching programme managed by the Park / Development Committee in our six local schools. Ticket sellers please report for 12 noon. There will be a meeting in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Tuesday at 8.30pm to discuss arrangements for the game and all involved in preparations are asked to attend.
Traffic and Parking
Parking will be restricted in vicinity of Father Tierney Park on Sunday. Disabled and blue badge holders can be accommodated, but must come early. A map of car parking options throughout the town will go up on both the County Board and Aodh Ruadh websites midweek.
Extended spectator terracing
A further new section of spectator terracing on the school side of the grounds and adjacent to the old score board will come in to use for the first time this Sunday. This is part of the continuing programme to re-build and modernise the facilities at Father Tierney Park.
RTE Sunday Sports Roadcaster
This Sunday’s Programme covering sporting events countrywide will be broadcast in its entirety from the RTE Roadcaster which will be located on the way to Father Tierney Park. We welcome the RTE team to the area.
There will be a club meeting this Thursday at 8.30pm. All club executive members are asked to attend.
Club membership for 2018 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.
Commiserations to Colm Kelly who missed out on an All-Ireland medal by the narrowest of margins. He played a key role as NUIG defeated DIT 2-12 to 0-15 to reach the Sigerson Cup final. There the Connacht college faced hot favourites UCD. Kelly again fielded at wing back, but despite his and his comrades best efforts over a rollercoaster 60 plus minutes it was UCD who came out on the right side of the 1-13 to 2-9 scoreline. Still, it is great to see an Aodh Ruadh man featuring at such a high level of football.
Under 12 training takes place on Monday evenings at the Breesy Centre in Cashelard from 7pm to 8.15pm and Friday evening’s in the Mercy Hall from 7.15pm to 8.15pm. There is a charge of€3 per session.
Indoor underage training for boys continues this Friday,16th February. The under 10s are in the New Hall from 7.15pm to 8.15pm. Under 6 and under 8 training continues on Friday. The under 8s are in the New Hall from 6pm to 7pm. The under 6s are in the Mercy Hall from 6pm to 6.45pm. There is a charge of €3 per head, please note the new rate. 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. Girls underage football resumption will be notified to the relevant age groups in due course.
Under 6 girls training continues in Creevy School Hall this Friday and runs from 6pm to 7pm. There is a charge of €2 per child to cover the cost of the hall. Under 8 girls training continues on Tuesdays in the Mercy Hall and runs from 6pm to 7pm. There is a charge of €3 per child to cover the cost of the hall. Under 10 girls training continues on Tuesdays in the Mercy Hall and runs from 7-8pm. There is a charge of €3 per child to cover the cost of the hall. Any helpers willing to assist managers would be greatly appreciated.
Under 12 girls training will resume this Wednesday in the Mercy Hall from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Please bring €3 to cover cost of hall hire as well as water. We will be registration for 2018 on the night and this can be paid to the manager or you can attend an open registration night in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh or Ferguson’s Jewellers. We are looking forward to the upcoming season and seeing new girls. For any girls who haven’t played before, come along and talk to Karol and she will help you get to involved at your own pace. It is a great way to meet new friends in other schools especially those in sixth class who are going onto secondary in September. Everyone is different and everyone has different abilities. So if you just want to come and watch to see if you’d like it then we will see you then. If anyone is able to give a hand contact Karol on 086-8780164.
Underage hurling resumes on Sunday 4th March as always we could do with some help with our teams. Hopefully some new help will come on board with our teams as the same few volunteers can’t be expected to look after all the teams year after year. Anyone looking to get involved is asked to contact John Rooney 086-2587793.
Last one standing
Sunday’s rearranged games between Monaghan and Kerry and Cavan and Meath saw six more people exit our competition. So as we head for week four of our competition sponsored by Liam Gallen of Mr G’s we have 91 entrants left standing.
Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week’s €400 bingo jackpot was won by Antoinette McKinney of Saimer Drive, Ballyshannon. The stand up game prize of €150 was won by Mary Cleary, Erne Dale Heights. The winter snowball had no winner so rises to €400 on 47 numbers or less. Bingo as usual this Friday at the Abbey Centre at 9pm. Books cost just €10 with a €2,200 prize fund up for grabs.
Aodh Ruadh Lotto
There was no winner of last week’s Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €6,700. The winning numbers drawn were 1, 10, 12, 13, 15 and 16. In the lucky dip €20 went to David McLoone, The Abbey; Pat Melly, c/o Pat’s Bar; Blain Bogle, Behy; Sean Butler, Erne Dale Heights; and Mary Dorrian. Next draw is in McGinley’s Bar with a jackpot of €6,800 on Sunday 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. You have to be in it to win it!
The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra on Saturday is: BORD NA NÓG.