~ CPR AND DEFIBRILLATOR ~
The CPR and defibrillator course will take place in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh on Wednesday 25th July from 6.30pm-9.30pm. There will be four instructors present on the night so we need to ensure we have all places filled, otherwise the number of instructors will be reduced. As we have a AED on site it is important that as many people as possible know how to use this in case it is needed. It could literally be a matter of life and death. Also, it is important that those have done the course previously ensure their skill and knowledge are up to date. Liam Thomas and the other instructors are donating their time free. The €10 charge for the course will be donated to Irish Heart Foundation. As there has been a low uptake by members so far, the date for members to book a place is extended to Thursday, 12th July after which the course will be available to everyone on a first come first served basis. Club members are encouraged to attend this course. To book a place please contact Tracey on 086-1764998, booking is confirmed on receipt of €10.
~ ULSTER FINAL TICKETS ~
Ulster final ticket orders must be place with Aodh Ruadh club secretary Emma Gaughan ()0863039610 by 12 noon next Thursday, 12th July. Orders can not be accepted after the deadline. Prices are as follows:
Gerry Arthurs stand
Adult: €27; Senior Citizen: €15; Under 16s: €5.
Pat McGrane and Eastern Stand open seating
Adult: €25; Senior Citizen: €15; Under 16s: €5.
The Hill and O’Duffy Terrace standing
Adult: €15; Senior Citizen and Students: €10; Under 16s: €5.
Note that tickets can also be purchased at Supervalu in Bundoran.
~ FOOTBALL ~
The seniors and reserves are back in action this weekend when Naomh Columba visit Father Tierney Park on Saturday. The reserve game throws in at 6pm, with the seniors following at 7.30pm.
The division one minor final is down to take place this Wednesday, 11th July at 7.30pm. Aodh Ruadh will take on one of either St John's, Kilcar or Four Masters. The venue awaits confirmation, but a good showing of Ballyshannon colour is important in what we anticipate will be good hard game.
The under 16 Southern Regional Championship Final Division 1 takes place this Friday, the glorious 13th July at Naomh Ultan's ground in Dunkineely. Our final opponents are a Dungloe side who turned over a fancied Ardara outfit to reach the decider. Throw in is 6.30pm with Connie Doherty refereeing. Once again a good vociferous Ballyshannon crowd is sought as we try to take home silverware for the second time in three days.
Aodh Ruadh's next game in the championship sees them up against Dungloe on Wednesday 18th July with the throw in at 7.30pm.
Aodh Ruadh brought the Willie Rogers trophy back to the banks of the Erne last Saturday. They progressed to the final with three round robin wins over Erne Gaels, Bundoran and Devenish. It was evidence of how evenly matched the competition was that the other three teams were all tied on two wins apiece and could only be separated by scoring difference. In the Devenish were the team that progressed to the decider, a game which proved to be a mighty battle. Devenish were on fire in the first half and went in at half time winning by 2-4 to 0-1. After a rousing half team speech Aodh Ruadh tore into the Garrison boys in the second half. It was an end-to-end second period with lots of thrills and spills, but it was Aodh Ruadh who had the lion’s share of the scoring and they emerged four point winners. The tournament win was truly a team effort and one of those occasions where it would be wrong to separate any player out for special mention. Bord na nÓg chairman Shane Toolan was compere for the presentations with Willie Rogers' sons, Barry and Gavin, stepping up to present the Willie Rogers trophy to the Aodh Ruadh captain Dylan Gallagher. Dylan thanked all the participating teams, referees, the parents for the spread of the food and concluded with three cheers for a gallant Devenish outfit. We have pictures from the tournament up on aodhruadh.org.
The under 10s will be travelling to a blitz in Mountcharles this Saturday 14th July. Teams taking part include ourselves, Saint Naul's and Four Masters. We will be looking for parents to assist with transport to this game. All players and parents able to help with transport are asked to assemble at Father Tierney Park for 9.30am. Games will be getting under way at 10.30am in Mountcharles. Under 10 training continues this Thursday, 12th July in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh from 6pm to 7pm.
Under 8 training continues this Friday from 6pm to 7pm.
~ HURLING ~
Last Thursday morning our under 14s headed off to Dublin to take part in Féile na nGael it was a very excited group that met at Father Tierney Park at 7am that morning. After a lovely breakfast in Monaghan the lads were ready for the challenges that lay ahead in Rush. We landed in Rush on a lovely day. The St Maur's club had a great reception laid on for us. Our first game was against the host club St Maur's. Despite the long trip and the early start the lads really tore into the Dublin lads. They showed no ill effects of their early start, the lads settled into the game and soon got into their stride playing some lovely hurling. In a very close game with both teams going hell for leather the large Ballyshannon support got the boys over the line in a great game winning out 2-7 to 2-3. Straight after the game the host club laid on a great feed for both teams and supporters and after meeting the host families the stage was now set for the trip to Croke Park for the parade. It was a proud bunch of lads who took their seats in the Hogan Stand ready for the parade. We made our way down to O'Connell Street where the great Mícheál Ó Muircheartaigh gave the Aodh Ruadh boys a great introduction to the huge crowds, again it was wonderful for the lads to see so many parents cheering them along the route. From O'Connell Street it was back to Rush and the lads went to the host families for a well deserved night's sleep.
Bright and early on Friday morning we all met up at Rush all four teams in our division paraded onto the field in Rush led by a band, our lads proudly stood for Amhrán na bhFiann ready for the next game knowing that they were well up for the challenges that lay ahead. We played another Dublin team Good Counsel who were playing for their Féile survival. In one of the best performances of the season the lads played some brilliant passionate hurling, they led throughout the game and all 17 players gave a great display full of commitment passion and skill and ran out convincing winners on a score line of 2-7 to 0-3 in atrocious conditions. So with two games under our belt and two wins recorded the boys were delighted to have the lovely lunch laid on by St Maur's and to get some rest from the terrible weather. St Maur's had some great entertainment laid on to lift the spirits on what was now a terrible day weather wise, an inflatable five-a-side soccer pitch. There were some great games as vigorously contested as any of the hurling matches.
That night there was more great food laid on by St Maur's with all the children and parents being looked after brilliantly by their hosts, St Maur's main Feile organiser Peter Monks thanked the Aodh Ruadh club for making it such a great weekend and thanked all the teams for the great hurling that was played. On behalf of Aodh Ruadh juvenile Hurling Committee John Rooney thanked St Maur's for their hospitality over the weekend and invited them to Ballyshannon for the Alan Ryan/Seamus Grimes under 16 tournament next May and made a presentation to them on behalf of Aodh Ruadh. All the parents had a great night and let their hair down on the dance floor in Tamango's rolling back the years with all the disco classics. On Saturday morning we all met up again at the club house and all the lads said goodbye to their host families where once again the Rush people were at pains to point out that not alone were the Aodh Ruadh lads well able to hurl they were very well behaved and were a credit to their club and families. So a great weekend came to an end and we all learned a lot and our squad will be the stronger for it. On behalf of the panel we want to thank all the parents who made a great effort to make it to the Féile taking time off work to support the lads, their support proved very valuable and was much appreciated by the panel and management. We will have pictures from Tara Keenaghan up on aodhruadh.org later this evening.
Under 12s and under 16s begin their league campaign this Thursday night away to Dungloe and Burt respectively.
On Sunday last the minors suffered a very disappointing defeat away to St Eunan's in the championship. This was very disappointing after such a good league campaign.
~ LADIES ~
The senior ladies travelled to Letterkenny to take on Saint Eunan’s in the 13-a-side league last Wednesday evening. Travelling with just the bare 13 players it was never going to be an easy task for the visitors on the evening. Saint Eunan's started off very strong with three goals before the Aodh Ruadh girls started to play. By half time the girls had a deficit of 3-6 to make up. While the second half saw the Aodh Ruadh Ladies outscore the girls from Letterkenny, with goals coming from Katie Gallagher and Elaine Dorrian. Unfortunately it wasn't enough to counter the score the Letterkenny girls had built up in the first half.
Well done to Maeve Liston who lined out at full back for Donegal under 16s and Roise Keown who was part of the Ulster semi-final panel when they became the third team from Donegal to conquer Tyrone in the Ulster championship this year.
~ SUMMER CAMP ~
The 21st annual Aodh Ruadh Summer Camp, sponsored by McDevitt and McGlynn Certified Accountants and Registered Auditors, is now underway and continues until Friday, 20th July. There's loads to do with football, hurling, swimming, rounders, obstacle courses and plenty of other fun and games. You can check out some of the pictures from last year's camp on aodhruadh.org. Each week of the camp concludes with a sports day on Friday. The camp runs from 10am to 3pm and is open to all children from six to 14 years-of-age. This year prices remain unchanged for the eighth year in a row and represent excellent value. The cost per week is €70 per child. Family concessions are as follows: €130 for two children; €180 for three children; and €200 for four children. Children should bring a packed lunch as no one will be allowed to leave the camp during the day. Applications have been distributed to local schools, but forms can also be downloaded from aodhruadh.org. These should be returned to Sylvester Maguire at The Mullans Ballyshannon or brought to camp on the first Monday of the week. Enquiries to 071-9858277 or 086-0532495 or check out www.aodhruadh.org or "Aodh Ruadh CLG" on www.facebook.com.
~ FAMILY FUN DAY ~
Aodh Ruadh are hosting a family fun day on Sunday July 29th. It is set to be a day packed with fun, craic and excitement with events planned including Wacky Triathlon, Novelty Races, Vintage Cars, Face Painting, Home Bake Sale, Photo Exhibition, Penalty Competition, Bric-A-Brac sale and lots, lots more. If you have any unwanted books football boots, pictures or the like in good condition that you have no use for any more why not donate them to our bric-a-brac sale? Items for sale can be left up to the park from Monday 23rd July. Also if we will be welcoming donations of home baking between 10am and 12 noon on Sunday 29th July at Father Tierney Park.
~ RACE FOR SAM ~
With the extra 25 bonus points on offer for Cork winning their provincial title along with the 10 points for winning the game, it propels any man/woman with Cork up the leader board. So we have a new leader in Philip Boyle and his team The Toshers although Kevin Loughlin and Leaks are only one point behind. At the bottom this week is Finbar Gethins and his team Finner Forever and Philip's brother Brian Boyle and his team The Apprentice only one point in front. With nine games on this weekend and 25 bonus points on offer for either Sligo or Mayo, there is sure to be a new leader again next week. And with nine teams currently out of the race for Sam and another eight departing the scene this weekend, points are going to be a lot harder to collect after this weekend. View the week eight leader board on aodhruadh.org or in The Bridgend Bar every Tuesday.
~ OFF THE PITCH ~
Gaelscoil Eirne are celebrating their 10th anniversary with a concert by John Spillane in Dicey Reilly’s on Friday 27th July. Not only is Spillane a noted advocate of the language, but he is one of the country’s most compelling, vivid and original song writers and performers. His set in the intimate surroundings of Dicey Reilly’s is not to be missed. Tickets are available from Dicey Reilly’s now priced €10.
~ LOTTO ~
There was no winner of the €1,700 Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot last Sunday. The numbers drawn were 1, 2, 9, 10, 17 and 18. In the lucky dip €20 each went to: John Thomas Hughes, Cornhill; Geraldine Galligan, Brollagh, Belleek; Ann Kelly, Ardlongfield; Regina O’Connor, Belleek; and Ron Sennett, c/o Pat’s Bar. Next draw is in the Dicey Reilly’s Bar on Sunday at 8.30pm. The jackpot is €1,800 so get out there and buy your ticket; if you’re not in, you can’t win!
The lotto team for the Saimer Court this Saturday is: BORD NA NÓG.
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