Aodh Ruadh club notes

January 08, 2019

Time to get National Club Draw tickets back

All with tickets for the National Draw are asked to return their stubs as soon as possible. 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. The draw committee meets at 9pm in the Bridgend next Monday, 14th January. There is a lot of work to be done yet to make this a success and we need everyone working on it. Officers of all committees and a representative of each adult team should attend Monday’s meeting to provide a report on the progress of their particular unit. Further tickets are available from any member of the draw committee.

You can still support the draw if you are away from Ballyshannon. Club supporters and people with Ballyshannon connections living away from Donegal can support our draw by e-mailing Secretary Lisa McTernan at [email protected] or Vice-Chairman Tom Daly at [email protected] com. You can set out your own proposal for payment and ticket counterfoils will be scanned and e-mailed to you.

There is an array of great prizes in the draw. This year they will be complimented by a fantastic array of prizes exclusively for those purchasing from Aodh Ruadh ticket sellers. Many sponsored, these include two overnight stays in a classic room and breakfast with one dinner in The Croke Park Hotel for two people; A trailer load of firewood; A pair of tickets for either 2019 hurling or football finals; Overnight and breakfast in Wellington Park Hotel, Belfast; Two tickets for the 2019 All-Ireland camogie final; A €250 his and hers hamper from Cara Pharmacy; Four tickets for the 2019 Rory Gallagher Festival; Two tickets for the 2019 All-Ireland Ladies Football Final; A White Hotel Group voucher for three nights B&B and two dinners for two people your choice of Lisdoonvarna or the Earl of Desmond, Tralee.

Tickets are €10 each with five in a book. All proceeds stay within the club and channelled towards providing initial partnership funding to match the €100,000 grant aid negotiated for the provision of a new sand-based playing surface on Father Tierney Park.



The Aodh Ruadh senior ladies held a productive meeting last Thursday. The team are looking forward to the 2019 season and once again wearing the Aodh Ruadh jersey with pride. An open invitation is extended to anyone interested in managing or helping out with the team to register their interest with Ladies chairwoman Patricia Hill on 087-6874389 or any other member of the ladies committee executive by Friday 18th January. With the team returning after a few years under the Realt Ruadh banner, we are determined to see the senior side established on a firm footing. The club has done well at underage level in recent years, and we are well represented on county sides in all the youth grades. However it is essential that our young players have senior players lining out for Aodh Ruadh who they can aspire to emulate and learn from. Long term ambitions are big, but we all understand it is vital we get the foundations right. With this in mind we urge anyone who feels they may be able to play a part to register their interest.


Congratulations to Ana Keon, Cáit Gillespie and Caoimhe Keon who have made the 2019 Donegal minor panel.


Juvenile Hurling

There will be meetings in Aras Aodh Ruaidh this Tuesday, 8th January, to decide if the club will be fielding at under 14 and under 18 level this season. The under 14 meeting commences at 7pm and is open to all players born 2008, 2007, 2006 and 2005 as well as their parents. The meeting will only last about 20 minutes. Anyone who wishes to play under 14 should attend. If interested in playing but unable attend meeting, please register your interest with John Rooney on 086-2587793. The under 18 meeting will commence at 7.30pm and is open to all players born 2004, 2003, 2002 and 2001, as well as their parents. Again, the meeting will last about 20 minutes and anyone interested in playing minor should attend or contact John Rooney on 086-2587793 if they can't make it.


Test out your expertise as a football pundit with our annual Last One Standing competition for the upcoming National Football League. Get your entry in and you could win €250 and the bragging rights of being the Last One Standing. Forms are available now from any member of the Juvenile Hurling committee.


Scór Sinsir

We’re 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’s open to any club member over 17 and the two Donegal semi-finals will be held this year in Muff on 25th January or Burtonport on 1st February, both starting at 7.30pm. We already have a team for Tráth na gCeist so the remaining events are céilí or figure dancing, solo singing, recitation and storytelling, instrumental music, historical presentation, ballad group, and set dancing. The deadline for entries is next Thursday 17th January so if anyone is interested or has any queries, contact Eamonn-Martin Maguire at [email protected]


Closed season

During the closed season repair work will continue on our playing fields and buildings. There will be limited access until works are completed. All activity must be pre-booked.


Abbey Centre Bingo

Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was shared by Josie Lynch of Ballyshannon and Christine Keon of Belleek. The stand-up game prize of €150 was also shared. The snowball had no winner so rolls on to €575 next week. Winners of the €100 houses included Anna Daly, Teresa Hoey, Angela Gaye, Patricia Cox, Bridie Corrigan and Mrs Foley. The €70 house winners included Margaret Meehan and Teresa Anderson. Bingo as usual this Friday at 9pm in the Abbey Centre, with €2,300 in the prize pot. Books priced just €10.


Aodh Ruadh Lotto

There was no winner of last week's Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €4,500. The winning numbers drawn were 5, 7, 8, 10, 11 and 15. In the lucky dip €20 went to Gerry Quigley, Dunkineely; Margaret Gahan, Tirconaill Street; Pauric O'Faherty; Kevin O'Connor, Cliffoney; and Sandra Laird, Cashelard. Next draw is in the Lantern Bar with a jackpot of €4,600 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: RESERVE FOOTBALLERS.


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