Aodh Ruadh GAA Club Notes

Club meeting

The monthly club executive meeting takes place this Thursday night at 8.30pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. All executive committee members are asked to attend.


Aodh Ruadh recorded their maiden win in top flight football since their return with a 3-11 to 1-9 away victory over Milford. Playing against a significant breeze in the first half they went in trailing by a point with David Dolan, Nathan Boyle, Cian Dolan and David McInerney all on the mark. Ballyshannon hit the front heading into the final quarter and then David Dolan struck for goal only for Milford to hit back almost immediately with one of their own. However the Ernesiders added further goals from Dylan Gallagher and David Dolan to see out the victory.

The reserves had rather less luck, coming out on the wrong side of a 4-11 to 0-3 pounding to the Moyle View Park men.

This Sunday Aodh Ruadh will be aiming to build on last weekend’s victory when they host Dungloe. The reserves take on the Gaeltacht men at 1.30pm and are followed by the seniors at 3pm.

Under 16 training continues on Wednesday at 5.30pm and Friday at 6.30pm.

Congratulations to Senan Rooney who turned in a man of the match display as the Donegal under 16s booked their place in the Buncrana Cup final with a 4-10 to 0-8 victory over Monaghan.

The under 12s made the long trip to Dungloe on Monday evening. The seniors battled hard and once again hit a lot of woodwork, but lost out by seven points. Man of the match was Dara McGloin who fought hard in midfield. Barry Campbell was a rock again in defence while Oran Gillespie hit some well struck frees. The juniors fared better, emerging seven point winners with Eoin Cassidy, Garvey Meade and Ronan Delahunty all putting in sterling shifts for the Ernesiders. The team are back in action this Friday when they entertain Ardara in Father Tierney Park. Players are to be up for 5.30pm.

The under 10s travelled to Ardara last Friday evening. Despite being well down on numbers we fielded three teams. The lads won all three games, but a special mention should go to the younger players who were excellent on the night. We are pencilled in for our first blitz this Saturday in Bundoran with time to be confirmed. We will send out all blitz dates when they are confirmed. Training continues on Mondays and Fridays  from 7.15pm to 8.15pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Under 8 training continues on Thursdays from 6.15pm until 7.15pm. All boys born in 2010 and 2011 are welcome to come up and join in.

Under 6 training continues on Fridays from 6pm to 6.45pm at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.


Realt Ruadh made the long trip to Milford on Sunday. Unfortunately it proved a fruitless journey as the hosts ran out 2-15 to 1-4 victors.

The under 16s face Naomh Conaill this Tuesday at 7pm in Father Tierney Park. Players to be at the park for 6pm. All support most welcome on the evening.

Training for under 14 girls continues this Thursday at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 4.15pm to 5.30pm.

The under 12 girls had a long trek up to Naomh Pádraig in Muff on Sunday. The first game threw in at 1pm and from the start the Naomh Pádraig girls showed a hunger which our girls could not match. Not taking away from our girls efforts right to the final whistle but it just wasn’t meant to be and Naomh Pádraig took the victory. Best for Aodh Ruadh were Jodie Meade and Ava Doherty. The second throw in was 2pm and again Naomh Pádraig took the first two scores, but our girls stood tall and strong and took control of the game. The half backs Maura O’Sullivan and Aoife Travers were solid and not many balls got past them with the midfield of Roise Conlon and Aisling Patton tirelessly carrying the ball forwards. Shauna McGloin ensured Naomh Pádraig didn’t score again making some great saves in goals. Best for Aodh Ruadh were Aoife Travers and Aisling Patton and congrats to Aisling who scored her first goal. We also got a goal in the second half where the ball became loose in the small square and two girls got their boots to it and the ball hit the back of the net. Both girls Ellie Brennan and Ellie Lilly took the credit so manager Karol told them they could have a point and a half each. Training Wednesday at 5.30pm. The team’s next game is Saturday at home to Saint Eunan’s. Players are to be up at park for 12.15pm and if parents could bring some sandwiches or similar for the travelling team it would be most appreciated. Congratulations to the girls on the under 12 team who were involved in the Community Games Ulster Finals over the weekend. Especially in basketball, art and draughts.

Under 10 girls training continues at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this Tuesday from 7.15pm to 8.15pm. Remember, all players are required to wear gum shields.

Under 8 training continues this Tuesday at 6pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Under 6 training continues on Friday evenings in Creevy National School at 6pm.

A reminder that the rescheduled Duck Race takes place on Saturday 5th May at 2pm. Any parents who still have cards are asked to leave them with Lorraine McPhelim.

Hard luck to the Coláiste Cholmcille under 14s who lost out in their Ulster semi-final by a point in extra-time at Garvaghey.

The county under 16s had a nine point win over Tyrone at O’Donnell Park in the Ulster semi-final on Sunday. This takes them into the Ulster A final on May 12 or 13. Again well done to our representatives on the panel, Caoimhe Keon and Caitlin McGarrigle.

The under 15 league county ladies team beat Antrim in Belfast on Saturday. The team have won all the games so far against Derry, Down and Antrim. Next game is home to Monaghan on Saturday 5th, May.  Well done to Sarah Jane Keon and Eilish Gallagher who representing the club in fine style on this team.

The under  14 county ladies had challenge match against Leitrim in Ballyshannon on Sunday.  This was a tough game ahead of their semi-final on next Saturday against Fermanagh.  Thanks to the local parents who provided food after the match.  Aodh Ruadh were represented by Lucy McGlynn, Katie O’Brien, Caoimhe Hughes-O’Brien, Aoibheann McGarrigle and Áine Hill.


The under 14s continued their winning run last Thursday. They made the long trip to Carndonagh and had a comfortable win. They are at home to Four Masters this Thursday with the throw-in 7pm, all support welcome.

The inaugural Billy Finn and John Larkin under 14 Memorial Tournament takes place on Monday 7th May. These two great characters sadly passed away in 2017. The two lads put in a huge effort over a long number of years keeping hurling alive in the club. Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee have organised this tournament to honour Billy and John’s memory and their passion and commitment to hurling in the club. The following teams have committed to taking part in this tournament Tuam (Galway), Tooreen (Mayo), Na Magha (Derry), Omagh Saint Enda’s (Tyrone), Keady (Armagh), Loch Mor Dal gCais (Antrim), Ballycastle (Antrim) and ourselves. It promises to be a great day of hurling. All former players, friends and club mates of the lads are welcome to come along on the day.

Our clothing collection for Féile na nGael is ongoing. This is a great chance to clear out your wardrobes, all unwanted clothes, shoes, belts and bed linen will be gratefully accepted. Unfortunately we can’t take duvets or pillows. Many thanks to those who have supported this campaign so far. For any information contact Sabrina Brosnan 086-8241297, Lorraine Kennedy Duffy 087-6874393, Teresa Davis Maguire 086-3983076, Denis Daly 086-3269550 or John Rooney 086-2587793.

Training for all age groups on Sunday at 12 noon. All are welcome from 5 years upwards. For any information contact John Rooney on 086-2587793.

Gaeltachta scholarships

Beidh 6 dheontas de luach €250 an ceann ar fáil ó CLG Dhún na nGall fa choinne baill de chlubanna atá ag freastail ar Choláistí Gaelige i nDún na nGall. CLG Dhún na nGall will sponsor six part scholarships to the value of €250 each to members of GAA clubs in the county in 2018. The six successful applicants will be drawn at the Donegal GAA county committee meeting in May. Completed application forms are available from Lisa McTernan and must be returned to Fergus Mac Aoidh, Oifigeach Chultúrtha agus Teanga CLG Dhún na nGall on or before Friday 27th April. Please send the completed application form by e-mail to [email protected] or [email protected] or by post to Fergus McGee, 43 Lisnennan Court, Letterkenny to arrive not later than the 27th April 2018.

Colleges Final

Derrylin and Ballinamore schools play in an under 14 girls Ulster Colleges final at 11am on Tuesday 24th April in Father Tierney Park.

The Big Spring Clean

The Big Spring Clean organised by Ballyshannon Regeneration Group takes place this Saturday. Anyone who wants to help spruce up the town is asked to meet at the library for 10am. Lunch is provided at 1pm with the afternoon shift getting under way at 2pm. Come along and bring a friend, but remember that children must be accompanied by an adult.

Abbey Centre Bingo

Last week’s €400 bingo jackpot was won by Richie Newell of Ballyshannon, whilst the stand up game prize of €150  was won by Noelle Gillen. The winter snowball had no winner so rises to €625 on 48 numbers or less. The April Big Bingo takes place this Friday at the Abbey Centre at 9pm. Note the increase in Big Bingo prizes, where the €1,000 super jackpot must be won every month. Books cost €15 or a book and half special deal for €20, with a €3,300 prize fund up for grabs.

Aodh Ruadh Lotto

There was no winner of last week’s Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €7,600. The winning numbers drawn were 1, 4, 12, 13, 14 and 18. In the lucky dip €20 went to Mary Butler, Erne Dale Heights; Anne Buggy, The Abbey; Patricia McShea-Hill; Linda Gillespie, Creevy; and Martin O’ Halloran. Next draw is in The Lantern Bar with a jackpot of €7,700 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 bingo in the Abbey Centre. You have to be in it to win it!

The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra on Saturday is: JUVENILE HURLERS.

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