Aodh Ruadh GAA Club Notes


Aodh Ruadh came up short against Dungloe on Sunday in a big game at the foot of the Division 1 table. The sides were level pegging at three points apiece at the end of the first quarter with David Dolan, Cian Dolan and Diarmuid McInerney on the mark for the Ernesiders. Then Daniel Ward struck for a goal, but that was answered by points from Diarmuid McInerney (2) and David McGurrin to level the game five minutes from the break. Dungloe kicked on again though and held a 1-6 to 0-6 lead at the turnaround. Damian Cleary got the first point of the new half, but a series of scores from Dungloe raced them into a decent lead. Further points from Diarmuid McInerney, who finished with 0-8 to his credit, weren’t sufficient for Aodh Ruadh to take anything from Páirc na Rossan. The reserves fared little better, going down to a 2-17 to 1-4 defeat at the hands of the homesters.

The next outing for Aodh Ruadh is down for Sunday, 3rd June when Glenswilly are the visitors to Father Tierney Park. The reserve game gets matters under way at 1.30pm and is followed by the seniors at 3pm. In the meantime, good luck to Donegal who take on Derry in their Ulster quarter-final this Sunday in Celtic Park at 4pm.

The Aodh Ruadh under 16s season came to a close last Tuesday with a 2-14 to 4-4 away defeat against Convoy.

Under 14 boys training continues on Wednesdays and Fridays from 4.45pm to 6pm.

The under 12 boys have a league match at home against Naomh Columba this Friday evening. Players to be at the Park for 5.15pm with games throwing in at 6pm. Training continues next Monday from 6pm to 7.15pm.

Note change in training day for under 10s. Training will now be every Wednesday at 5.45 pm as well as our usual Friday session at 7.15 pm. Last Saturday we hosted our first home blitz. Four Masters brought three teams, while Saint Naul’s and Bundoran each brought two teams. We were down on numbers due to communions locally so we just had nine players for each team. Conor Greenan captained the 2009s and all the lads played strong gutsy football. The 2009 boys played well in all three games and showed great improvement. In particular, their third game against  Four Masters was a great team effort.

Under 8 training continues on Thursdays from 6.15pm until 7.15pm. Under 6 training continues on Fridays from 6pm to 6.45pm at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.


The under 16s took on Saint Naul’s last Tuesday. It was frustrating outing from a number of perspectives for the Ernesiders. Sarah Jane Keon and Katie McMullan registered the game’s opening points. However Saint Naul’s hit 2-2, before Niamh Hughes got the visitors back in the game with a goal. There were additional points from Tia McFarland and Caoimhe Keon, but Mountcharles got a further 1-2 to lead at half-time by two goals. Aodh Ruadh massively upped their game in the second half, but just couldn’t get the scores to reflect their dominance of possession. Caoimhe Keon and Sarah Jane Keon were again on the mark, but despite outscoring the hosts in the second half, victory went to the homesters. As ever Caitlin McGarrigle was one of the stars for Aodh Ruadh. Alicia Clyne made some great saves, and we wish her a speedy recovery from the ankle injury she sustained as a result of a poor tackle. Another stand out player who was on the receiving end of a very poor challenge was Ella Clancy, the midfielder sustaining rib damage after being bodily thrown to the ground. That both players finished the game was a real tribute to their attitude and spirit. Elsewhere Ciara Caldwell put in a fine shift on her introduction at corner back in her first game of under 16 football. The girls have training this Wednesday at 7.30pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruiadh.

The under 14 girls have training this Tuesday from 4.15pm to 5.30pm. The girls have a game on Thursday away to Four Masters. Players are to be at the Four Masters pitch in Donegal Town for 5pm for throw in at 5.45pm.

The under 12s have a challenge this Wednesday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh against Ardara. We are awaiting further fixtures from county board.

Under 10 girls training continues at Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh this Tuesday from 7.15pm to 8.15pm. The girls have a blitz this Saturday in Bundoran. Players are to be in Gaelic Park, Bundoran for 10.30am.

Under 8 and under 6 training continues on Tuesday at 6pm in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh.

Good luck to the under 15 county ladies, especially to our own Sarah Jane Keon and Eilish Gallagher, as they take on Down in the Ulster A final this Sunday. That game will be a double header with Donegal’s Ulster under 14 C final against Tyrone. Again we have good representation on that team with Katie O’Brien, Lucy McGlynn, Aoibhínn McGarrigle, Caoimhe Hughes-O’Brien and Áine Hill all part of the panel. The under 15 final will throw in first at 2pm and will be followed by the under 14 final at 3.45pm. The games will be at the Drumragh Sarsfield’s grounds, a few miles before Omagh on the A32.


The under  14s continued their rich vein of form, comprehensively beating Buncrana in Scarvey on Thursday last. The lads have won all their games well and meet Saint Eunan’s in the A League Final this Thursday in Father Tierney Park. Throw in is at 7pm and all support would be most welcome.

On Sunday we hosted an under 8 hurling blitz. Other teams who took part included MacCumhaill’s and Setanta. We fielded two young teams, and out of a squad of 13 nine of them were under 6. Most of the squad are only hurling since March and they did well against older and stronger squads. Thanks to all the mammies for providing refreshments for everyone and helping in the kitchen.

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.

Car wash at Cleary’s

The Aodh Ruadh under 14 footballers will be holding a Féile fund-raising car wash at Cleary’s Garage all day this Saturday.

Féile na nGael Clothes Collection 

As part of the Juvenile Hurling Committee’s major fundraiser for Féile we’re collecting bags of clothes. 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 any of the following: Sabrina Brosnan 086-8241297, Lorraine Kennedy Duffy 087-6874393, Teresa Davis Maguire 086-3983076, Denis Daly 086-3269550, John Rooney 086-2587793. Only a couple of weeks left to get rid of your unwanted items.


Aodh Ruadh extends condolences to Paula Keon and her family on the passing of her mother, Mrs Maureen Beatty, on Sunday past. Wake in the funeral home beside Holy Family Church, Mervue, Galway from 5pm to 7pm on Tuesday. Funeral mass on Wednesday in Holy Family Church at 11am.

Play on

Ballyshannon Drama Society presents Rick Abbot’s hilarious comedy Play On, directed by Rachel O’Connor. The play runs on 22nd, 23rd, 24th and 26th May at 8.30pm nightly. Call the Abbey Centre box office on 071-9851375 for bookings.

Abbey Centre Bingo

Last week’s €400 bingo jackpot was won by Nuala McGowan of Kinlough, whilst the stand up game prize of €130  was won by Nuala McDermott of Ballyshannon. The winter snowball had no winner so rises to €725 on 49 numbers or less. The May 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 €3,400 prize fund up for grabs.

Aodh Ruadh Lotto

There was no winner of last week’s Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €1,200. The winning numbers drawn were 5, 6, 7, 9, 15 and 16. In the lucky dip €20 went to Ann Kelm, Acres, Belleek; Marie Gallagher, Erne Street; John Gallagher, Erne Street; Thomas Loughlin, Ballyshannon; and Martin Flanagan, Brollagh. Next draw is in Pat’s Bar with a jackpot of €1,300 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: SENIOR FOOTBALLERS.

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