We ask all club members to submit their registration form and fee at their earliest convenience. To facilitate registration, we have an online option on Klubfunder.com available. Click on the link or search for ‘Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon’ on the Klubfunder.com site.
Membership can also 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. It is essential all players are signed up club members.
Non members are not covered by the GAA’s injury insurance scheme and cannot line out for the club.
Adult members will receive first priority for the club’s allocation of All-Ireland final tickets in the event of Donegal contesting the decider. Only adult members registered by 31st March may vote at the club AGM.
Indoor football training will begin shortly for under 6 boys [2014 and 2015], under 8 boys [2012 and 2013] and under 10 boys [2010 and 2011]. For the first two weeks, Friday 7th February and Friday 14th February, the details are as follows.
The under 6s are in the new hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 6.50pm. Text Ivan O’Mahoney on 086-1714701 to join the under 6 WhatsApp group.
The under 8s are in the new hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 7pm to 8pm. Text Packie McGrath on 087-9794696 to join the under 8 WhatsApp group.
The under 10s are in the new hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 8pm to 9pm. Text Damian Conlon on 087-2750986 to join the under 8 WhatsApp group.
For the six weeks from Friday 21st February onwards, the details are as follows.
The under 6s are in the Mercy hall at Coláiste Cholmcille from 6pm to 6.50pm. The under 8s are in the new hall from 6pm to 7pm. The under 10s are in the new hall from 7pm to 8pm.
Please note, there is a €3 charge for indoor training, to cover the cost of the halls.
Training for under 12 boys commences on Thursday 23rd January at the Breesy Centre, Cashelard at 7pm and continues weekly at the same time and venue. Text Stephen Ward on 087-64437778 to join the under 12 WhatsApp group. Please note, there is a €3 charge to cover the cost of the Breesy Centre pitch.
We would love to see all players from previous years and would particularly welcome any new players who would like to come and try football for the first time. We would also love to welcome back any boys who have played in the past, but have left football for whatever reason.
On Friday 31st January at 7pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh – upstairs at the club rooms, we will be having the launch of our new academy Óige Aodh Ruadh.
We are inviting every Aodh Ruadh underage player and their parents / guardians to come along and hear about the new academy and collect their O’Neill’s football and Academy jersey.
This is €35 for under 6 to under 12 boys, and €40 for under 14 to minor. Membership can also be paid on the night.
Two lucky players will receive their ball and jersey for free in a lucky dip draw for all boys who turn up on the night to collect their gear. This give-away has been kindly sponsored by long time club supporter KJ Graham in Canada. We hope to see as many players as possible at this special event.
A child protection and foundation level coaching course will take place on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th January. Contact Packie McGrath 087-9794696 for further details.
The Juvenile Hurling Committee’s presentation night will take place in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Saturday at 7.30pm.
This year we’re delighted to have the National Hurling Development Manager, Martin Fogarty as our guest. Martin was a selector and coach with Brian Cody’s Kilkenny from 2005 to 2013, winning six All-Ireland senior hurling titles in that period. He also managed Kilkenny to two All-Ireland under 21 titles and is recognised as one of the country’s top hurling coaches.
All welcome to what’s sure to be a great night as we recognise the achievements of our underage hurlers.
With less than a week to the start of the National Football League be sure and get your entry into Last One Standing for your chance to win €300 and local bragging rights. Entry forms still available from any member of Juvenile Hurling Committee. Thanks to Liam Gallen of Mr G’s for sponsoring this competition.
There is training for senior, minor and under 16 ladies in the Mercy Hall on Monday evenings from 8pm to 9pm. Players are asked to bring €2 to cover the cost of hall hire. Training also continues at Pro Fitness on Friday evenings from 8.30pm to 9.30pm.
A workshop for all club coaches tutored by Anthony McGrath will take place on Saturday 1st February from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.
The first hour of the course takes place in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh and will look at the mental skills required for underage coaching. It will provide an insight into skills that can be applied in coaching sessions to develop culture, confidence and player development.
The second hour will take place on the pitch and will look at the art of defending and focus on how to coach defensive skills from age six to 18. This will break down the skills required at senior level and how they are coached at underage level. All coaches in all codes in the club are invited to attend.
Represent the club at Scór
We are looking for people to represent Aodh Ruadh in Scór Sinsir this year. Scór aims to promote Irish culture and tradition in areas such as music and drama and we’re hoping the club will be represented in as many disciplines as possible.
It is open to any club member over the age of 17 and the Donegal semi-finals will be held this year on Saturday 8th February in Clonmany Hall and Saturday 15th February in the Bluestack Centre in Drimarone.
We are looking for acts to represent the club in Rince Fóirne (Céilí Dancing), Rince Seit (Set Dancing), Amhránaíocht Aonair (Solo Singing), Aithriseoirecht / Scealaíocht (Recitation / Storytelling), Bailéad Ghrúpa (Ballad Group), Ceol Uirlise (Instrumental Group) and Léiriú (Historical Presentation).
The deadline for entries is 31st January so if anyone’s interested or has any queries, please contact Eamonn Martin Maguire at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Win a house
We invite our members to support Donegal GAA’s house draw. You could win a four-bed semi-detached home in Dublin with Club Donegal. With over 134 square metres of living space, this four-bed semi-detached home is located in Brownsbarn, adjacent to Citywest.
On 9th May one very lucky person will win this brand-new house in our capital. Second prize in the draw is a brand-new Mazda 2. Tickets, priced €100, are available to buy online now at www.winyourhouseindublin.com.
National and Local Draw
All with tickets for the National Draw are asked to begin returning their stubs. There is a lot of work to be done to enter the returns on the National database so it would be helpful to our club officers if everyone could co-operate on this.
Proceeds from this draw are ring fenced to build a new playing surface on Father Tierney Park in 2020. Further tickets are available from any member of the draw committee.
For those not living locally who wish to support the Father Tierney Park project, tickets can be purchased on the Aodh Ruadh page on Klubfunder.com.
Hard luck to Aodh Ruadh’s Benji Drummond, Nathan Boyle, Shane McGrath and Sean Taylor of IT Sligo who lost out to Letterkenny IT on a scoreline of 1-14 to 1-8 in the Sigerson Cup quarter-finals on Sunday. Best of luck to Letterkenny IT as they fly the flag for Donegal in the semi-finals this Wednesday against IT Carlow in Inniskeen, Monaghan at 7pm.
Final best wishes
Best of luck to the Coláiste Cholmcille boys who take on Castletroy College, Limerick in the under 16 All-Ireland Final in the National Basketball Arena this Tuesday.
Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week’s €400 jackpot was won by Angela Nicholson of Sligo. James Monaghan of Pettigo won the stand-up game prize of €135. There was no winner of the winter snowball so it rolls to €800 this week. Bingo as usual this Friday night at 9pm at the Abbey Centre with a great €2,500 prize fund. Books just €10.
Aodh Ruadh Lotto
There was no winner of last week’s Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €1,000. The winning numbers drawn were 1, 2, 4, 5, 6 and 10. In the lucky dip €20 went to Caroline Patton, Ciaran Patton, Paul McManus and Bernie Kelly, Daniel O’Mahoney, and Seamie McPhelim.
Next draw is in Pat’s Bar with a jackpot of €1,100 on Sunday at 8.30pm. Tickets are 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! You can play also play the lotto online. Log onto klubfunder.com and then search for and select Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon.
The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra on Saturday is: SENIOR HURLERS.Tags: