Aodh Ruadh GAA Notes
The monthly club executive meeting takes place this Thursday, 26th June in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 8.30pm.
All committee members are asked to attend.
Aodh Ruadh maintained their position at the head of the division three table with a 2-22 to 0-10 victory over a depleted Carndonagh side in Inishowen. Ballyshannon were slow to start and Carn were picking off some lovely long range points, but the visitors were able to forge their way to a 0-9 to 0-5 half time lead. Aodh Ruadh’s first goal was a fine individual effort, Mickey Dolan attacking down the left channel and unleashing a rasper past the Carndonagh net minder. The second goal came when Ballyshannon turned over a Carn attack and the ball was worked to Diarmaid McInerney in space. McInerney was clinical with his finish to the back of the net. In general it was good team performance from the Ernesiders, especially in the second period when fatigue began to tell on the homesters. Conor Patton once again clocked up the kilometers in another indefatigable performance, while Eamonn McGrath led what was an impressive half back display. Also prominent was James O’Donnell who dominated around the centre of the field. We have some pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.
Aodh Ruadh are on the road once next weekend, this time to the next peninsula over. The seniors will be taking on Milford on Saturday evening at 7.30pm. That game will be preceded by the reserves at 6pm.
The under 16s opened their season with a two point away loss to Four Master on a 3-10 to 3-8 scoreline in the league. Aodh Ruadh took their time to get into the game went in at the break four points down, 1-7 to 1-3. However after a few positional shifts the visitors got on top of things in the second half and the result could easily have swung in Ballyshannon’s favour had a few shots been smiled upon by fortune. Oisín Rooney capped a great attacking performance with a well converted goal, while Ryan McKenna nailed a penalty. Aodh Ruadh’s joint captains Nathan Boyle and Shane McGrath both excelled, Boyle in particular took a few heavy knocks, but never stepped back. In defence Jason Granaghan and Conall Sweeny both did very well. A quick story to finish on a light note, an Aodh Ruadh player was pulled down while on the attack. A Ballyshannon supporter called out it was a black card, to which a tablet-toting Four Masters mentor responded, “How was that a black card?” The Aodh Ruadh man shot back, “How about you look it up on your iPad!” Anyway, the under 16s will be back in action this Friday in Father Tierney Park when they host Ardara. That game throws up at 7.30pm.
The under 14s championship hopes came to a very disappointing end last Wednesday night in Ballintra, when they met Four Masters in their championship play-off game. From the very start the lads struggled to find form against a very fit and determined Four Masters side and the absence of a few key players up front really made an impact on the outcome of the game. Half-time saw the Aodh Ruadh lads trailing by two points. Donegal made the better start in the second half and pulled away at a steady pace. With the best efforts of Dylan Gallagher, Odhran McGarrigle and man of the match Senan Rooney all finding the back of the Donegal net in the second half it still was not enough and the Four Masters men finished the game very strong, running out the easy 6-14 to 3-7 winners at the final whistle.
Our under 12s will be hosting Ardara on Tuesday 24th June with the senior game throwing in at 6.30pm. Training on Saturday at 10.45am.
Under 10 training continues on Wednesday at 6.30pm and Saturday at 11pm.
The under 8s traveled to Ardara last Saturday for a blitz also featuring Naomh Bríd. It was an enjoyable day out for the team that travelled down with some good football played too. In the senior game Jack McCadden played brilliantly at full back, with Barry Campbell in goals and later had a great game up front. In the junior game, Liam Doogan worked well at midfield and Hugh Óg Maguire up front scoring a great point stood out. The team who represented Ballyshannon were: Killian Bradshaw, Barry Campbell, Liam Doogan, Stephen Doran, Tommy Clyne, Cormac Finnegan, Donagh Kelly, Hugh Óg Maguire, Seán Maguire, Jack McCadden, Cian McDonald, Garvey Meade, Tom Murphy, Conor O’Mahoney, Dara O’Mahoney, Cillian Slevin and James Ward. Training at the usual time of 6.30pm this Friday.
Under 6 training continues this Friday in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh at 6.30pm.
Double joy for Donegal
Sunday proved a great day as Donegal as seniors and minors booked their places in the biggest day in the Ulster GAA calendar. There was a lot of club interest in Clones on with Niall Harley and Colm Kelly figuring prominently in the minors 2-19 to 1-10 victory over Antrim. Mick McGrath is involved in the minor back room team, while Aodh Ruadh hurler Jamie Brennan is going well. too. The Aodh Ruadh interest didn’t stop there as Anthony Donagher and John Joe Gettins both took part in the half time games, giving a good account of themselves. Ronan Matthews was in Clones on Sunday and he got a great range of shots from the day which can be browsed at aodhruadh.org.
Aodh Ruadh recorded another good win in Ulster Táin league division three on Sunday evening. They defeated Louth outfit Mattock Rangers on a scoreline of 5-11 to 3-10 to third in the ten team table behind Ballela of Down and Sean Treacy’s from Lurgan. Ballyshannon got off to a flyer with two earlier goals, Chris Kilgannon instrumental in both, and enjoyed a half time cushion of five points. However Mattock contribute a sizeable contingent to the Louth senior team and weren’t for lying down. Two goals after the break saw the Leinster men edge into a one point lead. Aodh Ruadh responded well and battled back to run out seven point winners. The most encouraging aspect of the performance was the grit shown by the youthful Aodh Ruadh full back line of Tommy Anderson, Tommy Gillespie and Jack Matthews who were under huge pressure in the second half.
The under 16s open their league campaign with a home game against MacCumhaill’s on Thursday evening. Throw in at Father Tierney Park is at 7 pm and all support will be most welcome.
Best of luck to Brendan Gillespie and Oisín Rooney as they attend the Ulster Academy in Jordanstown next Monday and Tuesday, it’s a great honour for the lads and a well deserved reward for their years of dedication to hurling.
Our under 8s and under 10s take part in the third all county blitz this Sunday in Convoy, details will be sent out during the week.
Aodh Ruadh said farewell to Fionnuala Gill at the weekend. The Gaelscoil Éirne teacher has made a great contribution to the club since coming to the town almost a decade ago. She soldiered with the senior team, winning an intermediate championship title, and helped coach a number of underage Aodh Ruadh teams too. The ladies team staged a farewell bash for Fionnuala in Dicey Reilly’s where she was presented with a few mementos to remember us by when she gets settled in down in Cork. Always available to lend a hand, it’s fair to say we’ll all miss the Mayo múinteoir about the place. Slán agus go raibh céad maith agat. We have a few pictures from the presentation up on aodhruadh.org.
Our under 8s, under 10s and under 12s continue to train on Mondays at 6pm. Best of luck to the under 12s who travel to Mountcharles this Saturday 28th for a blitz. The following Saturday 5th July they will be playing at a blitz in Donegal Town.
Hard luck to the under 14s who lost their play-off game against Termon last Tuesday in Killygordon. The girls had a great year, topping their group in the first round and finishing up in a play-off situation in Division A in the county.
Training continues for under 16s, minors and seniors on Tuesday and Thursday at 7pm.
Aodh Ruadh Summer Camp 2014 runs on Monday 7th July-11th July and Monday 14th July-18th July. The camp runs from 10am to 3pm daily.
Cash for Clothes
Cash for Clothes for the month of June the Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee are having their annual Cash for Clothes fund-raising collection. We’re collecting unwanted clothing in good condition, shoes, belts and handbags, we’re also collecting blankets, sheets, curtains once they’re bagged separately. This is a good chance to clean out your wardrobes and help us raise funds for the promotion and development of underage hurling in Aodh Ruadh. Contact any of the following who will arrange collection of your unwanted clothing etc Tara Keenaghan 086-3331903, Fionnuala Gillespie 087-6668634 and John Rooney 086-2587793.
Fantasy race for Sam
After eight games this weekend, the double act that is the two Gerry Gallaghers sees one replace the other at the top of the leaderboard. Its Gerry Gallagher and his team of Belleek Boys who are top this week on 107 points. Hot on his heels is Philip Patton and his team, County Colours, on 105 points. Conal Gallagher and his team, The Concrete Cs, are in third place with 102 points. The other team to break the 100 point barrier are Niamh and Pauric McGrath and their team, Niamh’s Creevy Clubhouse on 100 points which leaves them in fourth place overall. Rounding out the top this week is John Patton Jr and his team, Yes Patsy, on 98 points. In last place on his own this week is Jim McGrath and his team, I’d Say So, with a measly 17 points. He has opened a sizable lead on Sean O’Mahoney and his team of Rathmore Rebels who have 24 points. On 28 points is Michael Dolan and his team, Dolans Dragons, with Dan Warnock and his team, Dan’s Ur Man’ on 29 points. Rounding out the bottom five is Pearse O’Neill and his team, Best Cones Around, on 31 points. Joint high score of the week on 44 points is John Meehan with his team, The Last Mayor (Donegal-10, Limerick-10, Wicklow-10, Marren-4, McNamee-10) along with Trevor O’Mahoney and his team, Coolsense (Galway-10, Cork-10, Wicklow-10, Martin-2, Ryan-8, Mc Cormack-4). As always the leader board is available every Tuesday on aodhruadh.org, as well as Ballybookies, The Bridgend Bar, Owen Roe’s Bar and upstairs in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh.
Community Employment Scheme Vacancies
Two employment places are currently available on the Community Employment Scheme organised by the Committee for Aodh Ruadh and other local community organisations. Applicants must meet the minimum criteria for a CES placement including a minimum age of 25 years and a minimum period of 12 months on unemployment benefit/allowances. One position is for an Administrative role supporting the CE Scheme operations, based in the office in the Day Centre, College Street, Ballyshannon. The second place is for a person with the skills to function as a Hurling Coach to enhance the current Aodh Ruadh Schools Coaching Initiative. Garda Vetting will apply to this latter position. Contact Tom Daly for further information. Anyone interested should first check with the Department of Social Protection that they meet the eligibility criteria.
Football kit for clubs
Aodh Ruadh have teamed up with Kavanagh’s SuperValu in Donegal Town to help the club receive a free O’Neill’s training equipment kit. What is included in the kit? This SuperValu/O’Neills training equipment kit includes:
· 10 training footballs
· 20 gear bags
· 24 water bottles with 4 carriers
· 20 training bibs
· 2 ball sacks
So how does it work?
1. Every time you spend €20 in a single transaction in Kavanagh’s SuperValu Donegal Town, you will receive one voucher. The till operator will hand you this pre-printed voucher along with your till receipt at time of payment.
2. Drop this voucher in the club entry box located at the customer service desk in store.
3. When 1,000 vouchers have been collected, SuperValu will send Aodh Ruadh the kit for free. It is a simple as that!
We are asking club members who shop in Kavanagh’s SuperValu to take part in this initiative to help Aodh Ruadh reach the target of 1,000 vouchers. Let your friends and family know about this promotion. SuperValu are proud sponsors of the GAA All-Ireland football championship, helping to promote and develop the game of football throughout Ireland. SuperValu stores are truly local, owned and managed by entrepreneurs living in the community in which they operate. Last year, SuperValu stores nationwide provided €2.8 million in community assistance by supporting local clubs and local charities.
The June Big Bingo will be held this Friday, with a total prize fund of nearly €3000, including a €1000 jackpot game. Winner of last week’s €400 jackpot was Ann McAndrew of Pettigo. The Game Five summer snowball is still growing and now stands at €360 on 53 numbers or less. Books for the big bingo are priced at €15 for a full book, €8 for a half book, or buy a book and a half for a discounted €20. See you there!
Donegal supports safe driving
The County Health and Wellbeing Committee of CLG Dhún na nGall and the Donegal Road Safety Working Group have launched a campaign to encourage all road users to change their behavior and make these changes part of their lives in the future, which will save lives and reduce serious injuries on our roads.
Our message is simple – make smart choices about how you use the roads: never ever drink or drug drive, strictly keep to the speed limits and reduce your speed, make sure you and your passengers are wearing seatbelts before you set off on a journey, no matter how short and never use your mobile phone for any purpose while driving.
The campaign is fully backed by Donegal GAA and Donegal Road Safety Working Group with Donegal senior team player, Ryan McHugh as its Ambassador. Footballers and management will be encouraging people to make their pledge to decide every time they sit in a vehicle before they turn the key, that they will make smart choices about how they use the roads. The hope is that everyone takes note and thinks road safety when using the roads.
This Road Safety campaign for the football season is being co-ordinated by Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer, Donegal County Council and Sean Dunnion, County Chairman, Donegal GAA as part of their road safety education and casualty reduction strategy.
At the launch at MacCumhaill Park on Saturday June 7th, Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer opened by saying, “This is another opportunity to remind football fans about their road safety responsibilities. Fans should ensure the enjoyment of the game isn’t followed by tragedy on the roads. Individuals and organisations should follow their football team’s example and make a commitment to support this campaign and ask all their family members to adhere to the rules of the road at all times and lead by example. It is also important to factor in a rest break on your journey from Donegal to the game”.
Sean Dunnion, County Chairman said, “The new County Health and Wellbeing Committee formed earlier this year immediately identified that Road Safety should be a focus area for their plan for 2014 so we are delighted now to partner with the Donegal Road Safety Working Group in delivering a campaign for our members and supporters as they travel to venues across Ulster and indeed hopefully outside the province later in the season as they support the Donegal minor and senior football teams.”
Ryan McHugh said, “It was a great honour for him to be selected as the Donegal GAA Road Safety Ambassador and looked forward to working with both the County Health and Wellbeing Committee and the Donegal Road Safety Working Group in promoting a safe driving culture for both young and older drivers. He also appealed to everybody, both drivers and passengers, to heed the many safe driving messages that will be delivered particularly over social media channels in the coming months.”
There was no winner of the €1,100 Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot last Sunday. The numbers drawn were 1, 5, 7, 9, 13 and 17. In the lucky dip €20 each went to: John Flaherty, Portnason; Ellen Ward, Tonery; Colum Ward; Sean O’Mahoney, Rathmore; and Ronan Drummond, Abbeylands. Next draw is in The Bridgend on Sunday at 8.30pm. The jackpot is €1,200 so get out there and buy your ticket; if you’re not in, you can’t win!
The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra this Saturday is: BORD NA NÓG.
The lotto team for Kernan’s Spar this Saturday is: RESERVE FOOTBALLERS.
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