Aodh Ruadh AGM
The Aodh Ruadh AGM took place on Sunday in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. There were over 30 present as we looked back on a successful 2017 and made plans for the coming season. With promotion to division 1 for the senior footballers, an impressive haul of underage silverware in football, hurling and ladies, it was another good a year to look back on for the club. Detailed reports were submitted by all sub-committees and those were followed by an address from Club President, Owen Roe O'Neill. He looked back over the year and paid tribute to what he described as a thriving club. He praised the dedication and commitment of all involved in club activities over the course of the year as well as those who promoted our games in the local national schools and in Coláiste Cholmcille. He congratulated the Park Committee on another year of impressive work providing first rate facilities. The President concluded his address by remembering all those associated with the club in any way who had passed away over the course of 2016. Chairman Gerard Ferguson, made a brief address before the AGM proceeded to the election of officers with the following posts being filled. Patrons: Father Ó Fearrai; President: Owen Roe O'Neill; Vice Presidents: Peter Conlon, PJ Buggy, John Magee, Michael McLoone, Tom Gallagher, John Murphy and Alan Kane; Chairman: Gerard Ferguson; Vice-Chairman: Tom Daly; Secretary: Lisa McTernan; Assistant Secretary: Ronan Drummond; Treasurer Catherine McKee; Assistant Treasurer: Sarah Daly; PRO: John Hughes; Oifigeach na Gaeilge: Alan Sweeny; Substitute County Board Delegates: John Travers and Tom Daly; Health and Well-being Officer: Gerard Ferguson; Child Protection Officer: John Travers; Director of Coaching: Brian Roper.
The Park Committee AGM was also held at the club AGM, with the following officer posts being filled. Chairman: Tom Daly; Secretary: Conal Gallagher; Assistant Secretary: Peter Conlon; Treasurer: David McLoone; Bingo Treasurer: Cathal Gallagher; PRO: Michael Daly.
Motions were then considered with the following motions being passed: Motion one that any team requiring a bus to travel to an away game seek the permission of the treasurer and that each player travelling pay €5. Motion two that the decision to enter or withdraw adult and under 21 teams in hurling competitions rests with the Club Committee.
A successful Bord na nÓg AGM took place last Wednesday at 8.30pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh. Reports were delivered on a very active year on the pitch and appointments were made for the 2018 season. All positions were filled on the night as follows. Chairman, David O'Donnell; Secretary, Lisa McTernan; Under 6 management, Packie McGrath, Ivan O'Mahony and Liam Hassett; Under 8 management Damian Conlon and Niall McCready; Under 10 manager William Doogan with the assistance of Paul Sheridan, Seamus Roper and Nicolas Barton; Under 12 management Paul Gillespie and David O'Donnell, Under 14 manager, Alan Sweeny; Under 16 manager, Kerry Ryan; Under 18 manager Raymie Granaghan with the assistance of Peter McKenna. We wish all those appointed all the very best for next season.
The Juvenile Hurling Annual Fun Christmas Quiz takes place in Owen Roes Thursday 14th December always a great night of craic starting at 9.30pm.
Inter-county Season Tickets
Season Ticket pricing for 2018 has been confirmed by Croke Park. Adult Club+ season tickets are price €200. Adult season tickets are €120. Juvenile season tickets are €30. As in the season just past, The Club+ season ticket allows the owner to attend club fixtures within the chosen county. The grades and codes of club fixtures covered by the Club+ element of the ticket are determined by the individual county. Once the season ticket is correctly maintained throughout the season, the Club+ version will also guarantee the ticket holder an All-Ireland Final ticket should their county qualify, regardless of their attendance percentage. Clubs will receive €100 for every Club+ season ticket purchased by club members. Renewals and sales are now live.
Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was won by Bernie Price of Kinlough. Tom Ayres took the stand up prize of €150. The new winter snowball is up and running and rises to €225 on 45 numbers or less. Bingo as usual this Friday at the Abbey Centre at 9pm, books cost just €10 with a €1,900 prize fund up for grabs.
Festive Lotto Prizes
Aodh Ruadh have teamed up with McCosker's Centra and Kernan's Spar to bring our loyal lotto players some seasonal cheer. We have 10 Christmas vouchers worth €30 and two hampers filled with goodies sponsored by Spar and Centra to give away. Lotto tickets bought in the week commencing Monday 4th will be entered in a draw for the hampers on Sunday 10th.
Aodh Ruadh Lotto
There was no winner of last week's Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €5,700. The winning numbers drawn were 1, 7, 9, 12, 16 and 18. In the lucky dip €20 went to Barry Ward, Askill; Mary McNeilis, Bakers Court; Gerry Quickley, Dunkineely; Pauline McIntyre, The Mall; and Chris Goan, Erne Dale Heights. Next draw is in Dorrian's Hotel with a jackpot of €5,800 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 and weekly bingo in the Abbey Centre. If not in, you can't win!
The lotto team for McCosker's Centra on Saturday is: BORD NA NÓG.
Fitness Trail and Running Track
Many thanks to those who supported last Friday night's Race Night by buying a horse, taking an advert or providing sponsorship. We are grateful to Maurice McLaughlin who hosted, Brendan Gallagher for all of his work and Michael Daly who provided an excellent and entertaining commentary. Thanks also to Anthony Travers and Patsy Kilgannon who took care of the 'bookmaking' duties . This was a very successful fund-raiser which has pushed our take from this series of initiatives to over €10,000, allowing us to proceed with the first stage of works.
Sports Capital Funding
Aodh Ruadh Park / Development Committee got the good news on Friday that its funding submission was successful and grant aid of €96,000 has been allocated. This makes a major inroad to the substantial funding required to build a new playing surface on Father Tierney Park. Subject to the additional funding being raised , this project could proceed in 2019. We wish to sincerely acknowledge the support of our public representatives who supported the application and who were in touch with our key project personnel throughout the process and on Friday last.
Meet Mickey Harte
Enterprise Town takes place in Coláiste Cholmcille this Saturday from 11am to 2pm. Special guest Tyrone manager Mickey Harte will be present and taking questions from the floor.
Reasons to shop local this Christmas
Ballyshannon Business Chamber would like to thank the under 13 girls county champions who turned on the town's Christmas lights last Saturday. Our Christmas shopping bonanza is now underway with many prizes in businesses throughout the Town. There is free entry in participating outlets and prizes are Shop Local Vouchers to the value of €1,000 and two nights bed and breakfast plus a dinner compliments of The White Hotel Group. Keep it local in Ballyshannon this Christmas.
Panto time at the Abbey Centre
Abbey Arts Productions presents Camelot the Panto by Ben Crocker in Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon. The show commences on Sunday 10th December with a 5pm matinee. All tickets are €10 for this opening night special. There will be shows at 8pm nightly from Monday 11th December to Thursday 14th December. On Saturday 16th December there will be shows at 3pm and 8pm. Tickets for these show are available from the Abbey Arts Centre box office, call 071-9851375. Prices are: Adult €12; Concessions €10; Family tickets €40 for two adults and two children. Early booking is advised. Christmas Time is Panto Time at the Abbey Arts Centre!
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