The latest in news and notes from GAA clubs around Donegal.
The Donegal Year Book is now available price only €10, contact Paul Timoney on 087 2791305. They can also be purchased at Conway’s newsagents and Liam Mullen’s shop. The Southern Board year book of all under age activities is available from Lee Jordan 0861077688 , McIntyre’s Filling Station and Centra.
Tickets are now available for the GAA National Club Draw. They are priced at €10 each and there are some excellent prizes to be won including a trip to Australia for two people to the International Rules series and All-Ireland Hurling and Football packages, trip to Boston and more. All money raised will go directly to our club. Contact Maeve Espey 0868730610 or any executive member. The annual general meeting of the club took place in Dom’s Pier One on Friday December 27th 2013. Secretary Deborah Dunnion gave an excellent comprehensive report on all club activities for the past year while treasurer Maeve Espey presented her financial report and provided breakdown of all finances. Eamonn Gorrell gave his address as chairman before the election of officers.The following officers and executive were duly elected for the coming year 2014 -president, Walter Espey; vice - president, Paddy Gildea; chairman, Eamonn Gorrell; vice -chairman, Paddy Muldoon; secretary, Deborah Dunnion ; assistant secretary, Shauna Meehan; treasurer, Maeve Espey; assistant treasurer, Paul Timoney ; PRO, Jim Mc Laughlin; registrar, Michael Martin, Oifig na Gaeilge, Ann McGonagle Meehan/ Pauline O’Gara; coaching officer football, Pauric Harvey; coaching officer hurling, Laurence Doherty; medical welfare officers, Dr Austin O’ Kennedy / Deborah Lacey; players representative , Ryan O’ Donnell; Alcohol & Substance Abuse Officer, vacant; child protection officer, Seamus McAnaw; executive committee:- Eamonn Gorrell, Paddy Muldoon, Deborah Dunnion, Maeve Espey, Seamus McAnaw, Jim Mc Laughlin, Ryan O’Donnell, Laurence Doherty, Deborah Lacey, Enda Nolan, Emlyn Hughes, Tommy Brennan, Gerry Molloy, Maria Gorrell, Shauna Meehan. Club Membership is now due at €50.00 per adult over 18 years of age and should be paid to Michael Martin, registrar (087) 6198905 as soon as possible for 2014 season.
A huge well done to the organisers of the fundraising walk which took place on St Stephen’s Day. It was a huge success. Thanks to all who came along on the day to support the senior teams.
There was no jackpot winner this week. The weekly winners were Damien Timoney, Castle Street and Edmund Cassidy, Ballyraine, Letterkenny. Both will receive €50 each. The numbers drawn were 6, 7, 13 and 18. The jackpot now stands at €3300.
The second annual Kickabout for Colman takes place on Friday, 27th December. Sean Perry and guest stars will be calling the action as assorted Aodh Ruadh teams take on the Rest of the World (ROW - aka returnees, retirees, blow-ins and dark horses). The running order is as follows ; Under 16 girls and boys @ 1.30pm; Hurlers v ROW @ 2.00pm – Anyone interested in fielding for the ROW hurlers contact Aidan Begley. Ladies v ROW @ 2.30pm – Anyone interested in fielding for the ROW ladies contact Louise Foy. Footballers v ROW @ 3.00pm – Anyone interested in fielding for the ROW footballers contact Sylvester Maguire or Simon Gillespie (email@example.com). All proceeds from the day’s activities will be divided among the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Rock Hospital and Sheil Hospital Comfort Funds and the RNLI. The winners of the final game will be presented with the beautiful Colman Kerr Memorial Trophy, which was inaugurated last year thanks to the kind sponsorship of the Kerr family. Once again we will have Farah Bogle on hand to lend a bit of wow factor to the anthem. Also there on the day will be hot drinks, club merchandise, Aodh Ruadh’s 2013 in pictures upstairs in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh, the video of last year’s kickabout, face painting and various entertainments for the wee ones. Anyone willing to help with catering on the day is asked to contact Emma Gaughan or Tracey Flood ahead of time. This is where Aodh Ruadh comes together to remember a great club volunteer and do our small bit for those who could do with our help, so please come out on the day and support these good causes generously.
Cash prize for big bad interactive fun quiz winners. The best excuse to get out of the house over Christmas is back. Aodh Ruadh are once again running their Big Bad Interactive YouTube Pub Quiz in Dicey Reilly’s on Friday 27th December. And this time the winning team will claim a cash prize of €100. This is an important fund-raiser for the club at this time of year so we hope to see a good turnout. The action gets under way at 9pm. The GAA have launched a National Club Draw to help clubs with fund-raising. Croke Park have pulled together an array of prizes far beyond that which most clubs could hope to assemble themselves for such a draw. Clubs sell tickets for the draw and retain all proceeds. Aodh Ruadh are taking part in this initiative. Tickets are €10 each and are printed in books of ten. We have received an initial allocation of 50 books of tickets, but have the option to request further books should sales go well. Anyone who wants to buy a ticket or sell books is asked to contact either Diarmaid Keon or Emma Gaughan (0863039610) or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The draw takes place on Monday, 17th March 2014 in Croke Park.
We have published a leaflet produced by the Alcohol Forum on practical tips for making the most of the festive season on aodhruadh.org. It’s a time of year when alcohol misuse can cause much misery, so please take a moment to consider the points in this leaflet. Aodh Ruadh wishes all associated with the club and everyone in the wider Ballyshannon community a happy, peaceful Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
There was no winner of the €6,900 Lotto jackpot last Sunday. The numbers drawn were 1, 3, 7, 11, 13 and 17. In the lucky dip €20 each went to: Declan O’Mahoney, Rathmore; Ann Patterson, Erne Dale Heights; Kathleen Lawless, Portnason; Chris Kelly, Cashelard; and Maurice McLaughlin, c/o Seán Óg’s. Next draw is in McGinley’s Bar on Sunday at 8.30pm. The jackpot is €7,000.
The clubs annual general meeting will be held in the Creeslough Day Centre on Saturday 11th January at 6pm. There was no Jackpot winner in the Mini Lotto on Sunday night Sunday. The numbers drawn were 8,9,10,12,13,15; there were no match 5 winners; 20 people matched 4 and their names were drawn. The winner of the €100 was Geraldine O’Donnell, Ards This weeks jackpot will be €4750. The winner of the Christmas Hamper in the St. Michael’s draw was Marjorie Rodden, Creeslough. The club would like to thank everyone who bought and sold lines for the draw and everyone who helped in any way to make it so successful.The names of the St. Michael’s Lotto sellers: Dunfanaghy - 21st December Nicola Ferry and Andrea Boyce, Creeslough - Suzi Roarty and Ann Marie Kelly; 28th December,Dunfanaghy Bridget Sweeney and Andy Hanlon, Creeslough Ollie Rodden and Don Langan.
DVD’s of the Battle of the Bridge Big Fight Night are now available from Brid Gallagher, in the Dunfanaghy Post Office priced €10. The club is hoping to start training for U-14 girls at the new astro turf pitch in Creeslough in January 2014. If you are interested in coming along please contact Geraldine O’Donnell – 0873132255 or Sally Trearty – 0871213821. Copies of the 2013 Donegal GAA Yearbook are on sale in the shops and Post Offices locally.
The Club Iorras Christmas Draw 2013 winners were €100-Sean McDaid, Shandrum. €100-Michael Farren, Ballyliffin/Letterkenny. €100-John Joe and Kathleen Doherty, Tiernasligo. €50-Mary & Patsy Devlin, Annaugh. €50-Paul Friel, Dunaff/Boston. €50-Jim Kelly, Dunaff. €50-Colm Toland, Fahan.
Match “N” Win December 19th. There was no jackpot winner. The numbers drawn were 9, 17, 21 and 22. The €15 winners were Sadie Mc Laughlin, Tullagh. Mary Gallagher, Tervoil, Carndonagh. Josephine Diver, Tullagh. John Canny, Dunaff and Kathleen Comiskey, Urrismana. Jackpot next week’s is €660.
Tickets are now on sale for our annual Dinner Dance in the Ballyliffin Lodge & Spa Hotel on Friday 10th January 2014. Our big development draw will also take place on the night. Tickets are €20 and can be purchased from any club member. The new clubhouse is looking superb and it will be a huge asset to the parish for generations to come.
Tickets are now on sale at €5 a ticket or three tickets for €10, great prizes to be won.
Naomh Colmcille and Fanad Gaels are holding a Fight Night fundraising event at The Silver Tassie, Letterkenny on 16 March 2014. We’re now looking for 18 male and 4 female fighters (15 Fights).
Training two nights a week for six weeks in Letterkenny, starting January 2014. Please contact Alison (087 9154559).
The GAA has launched a National Club Draw as a fundraiser for local clubs, with the draw taking place on 17th March 2014. Prizes with a total value of €30,000 are being provided by GAA Central Council. The proceeds from all tickets sold by the club will go directly to the club.
Tickets are priced €10 each are now available from Alison Ferry, Paul Callaghan, Adrian Marsh, or any committee member. Gaelstart for all boys and girls under the age of 10 starts on Friday January 17th. Fun activities for all. There was no Lotto draw this week due to the special Christmas draw that took place last week. The club are seeking volunteers to act as Lotto sellers and join the existing rota. The Lotto is the main regular source of fundraising for the club so if you can spare some time to help out it would be greatly appreciated. Contact Breda Friel if you’re able to help.
The 2014 agm will take place on Saturday 4th of January in the Parish Hall at 8pm. All members are asked to attend, it’s your views that will help make us stronger. It was a busy weekend with both senior and minor board functions taking place. On Friday night the U-21 team collected their county championship medals. Then on Sunday it was time for the young boys and girls to celebrate their year. Saturday seen some of our older lads take to the field in the over 40’s charity match in Fintra, the team which was co-managed By Ian Hegarty and Kilcar were represented By Michael Carr, Christy Gillespie, Bill Vaughan, Kevin Lyons, John O’Donnell, Seamus ‘Ban’ Cunningham, Michael McShane, David Cannon, Maurice Hegarty and Paddy Carr.
The weekend lotto numbers were 7, 20, 24, 27 and lotto plus 7, 26, 27, 30. There was no winner. The consolation prizes went to Gareth O’Donnell, €50, Eamonn Doherty,€30, Cealan Curran, €20. The Jackpot next week is €3,400
Congratulations to Georgina Hobern from Surrey, England who won the Bingo Jackpot of €1,700 on Sunday night.
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The club hosted their annual minor board presentation evening in the Parochial Hall on Friday last. There was a great turn out on the night, which was great to see for all, the manager’s, boys and girls who put in so much effort all year round. The guest of honor there on the night was county star Marty O’Reilly. Pride of place on the night went to our U-16 team who received their regional and county medals. The senior board annual social/presentation night followed in the Stepping Stone Inn, Dungloe. The guest of honour was Aodh Mairtin O’Fearraigh. The following awards were presentated on the night: Senior Player of the Year went to Raymond Sweeney, Young Senior Player of the Year went to Conor Greene, Reserve Player of the Year went to Conor Carr, Young reserve player of the year went to Ryan Rodgers and Club person of the year went to Eugene McGarvey. Senior Ladies player of the year went to Zaria Boyle and most improved player of the year went to Dawn Croke. Hall of Fame Award went to Naul McCole. The U-14 county championship team of 1963 were also honoured on the night.
The club has started to draft a strategic plan to be implemented from 2014 onwards; this plan will have a time scale of three years taking the club up to 2017. The idea is that within this three year window the club move forward in four key areas based on best practice within the GAA. In order to get everyone’s opinions and thoughts the club will hold workshops to the following audiences: (1) senior board, (2) minor board, (3) ladies; (4) Wider community not associated with the running of the club. These workshops will last no longer than one hour and we will encourage everyone from the community to attend and give there feedback. If you can’t attend then there will be online questionnaires where you can give your feedback. Once all the data is gathered, action areas will be identified and a steering committee will be formed using a cross section of the club from areas such as the senior board, minor board, ladies board, hurling and a senior/reserve player. These actions items can be targeted for completion within the three year window.