The news and notes from Donegal GAA Clubs at home and abroad.
In these times of financial constraints on families please take a few minutes to look at the idea of introducing-old football boots in good condition that children have out grown them. They can be dropped in or exchanged for a bigger/smaller pair as required. A minimum donation of €5 to the club for the boots that are taken away. Please contact Nichola Lagan on 0866030736 for further information. The club Urris winners for March were €50-Sean Mc Daid, Shandrum, €30-Barney Friel, Boston, €20 -David and Grace Hession, Roxtown.
MATCH “N”WIN numbers drawn for March 27th were; 17, 18, 19, & 21.The jackpot was not won the €15 winners were Sean Paul Doherty, Square Bar, Benny Donaghey, Magheramore, Valerie Harkin, Altahalla, Sadie Porter, C/o Bingo, Thomas Comiskey Jr, Annabella’s, Clonmany.
The club offers its sympathy to the McLaughlin (Mooney) family on the death of Patrick Mc Laughlin, father of club chairman Patrick McLaughlin. Ar dheis de do raibh a anam. As a result the opening game of Division 3 between Urris and Carndonagh was cancelled. Tickets on sale now for our Easter Draw. The tickets are €2 or book of 12 for €20. Proceeds of draw for the development of under-age football in the club.
St Mary’s (Convoy)
Lotto letters drawn for March 27 th, LS, KY, WH, FH. Two people matched three, Bernie Morris Raphoe, Hugo O’Kane.Next weeks jackpot €2900.The U-14 boys had a great win over neighbours Lifford 4-13 to 2-2 a fine over all team performance with good displays from P J McDaid Joey Mc Gill and Connor Bonner. Well done to our ladies Erica Wilson,Zoey Mc Gylnn,Victoria Kelly,Niamh Mailey,Kelly Wilson and Cathy De Ward who all represented the club on the Donegal ladies team. Another fantastic Schools Day on March 25th with 144 children taking part. Thanks to all teachers, assistants, tea ladies, Coaches and of course the children from Glenmaquinn, Raphoe Central, St Eunan’s Raphoe, Convoy joint,St Bridget’s, Convoy and St Patrick’s, Drumkeen. Congratulations and best wishes to Laurence McMullan and Sheena McNamee on their recent marriage from all at the club.
The Club are now taking Registrations for adults, family, senior and underage players. The deadline for registration is fast approaching. Contact Mark Ferry (087 9154559) or Breda Friel (087 6393503).The senior and reserve teams had no league fixtures this weekend. Home fixtures for both teams are scheduled against Red Hughs next weekend.
The minors took on Buncrana at the Scarvey last Monday evening, and were extremely unlucky to lose to the county champions by the narrowest of margins.The u14s match at home to Letterkenny Gaels was deferred.
Fun Fridays Gaelic concluded last Friday (28th). Well done to all the kids who came along and thanks to all the coaches and helpers who helped out throughout the series. The club is again registered for the Sainsbury’s Active Kids scheme so please start collecting the vouchers on behalf of the club.
Well done to Daniel Clarke, Michael Friel and their St. Eunan’s College team mates on their McLarnon Cup and All-Ireland quarter final successes. Unfortunately they were defeated in the semi-final by St. Aidan’s CBS (Dublin) at Iniskeen. Best of luck to Willie Gillespie and the Donegal U21 team in the Ulster championship semi-final against Armagh.
Last week’s numbers were 1, 13, 14, 8, 21 and the three most correct winners were Eugene Coyle, Ernie Duncan and Marian Kelly, who won €25 each. This week’s numbers are 2, 17, 13, 6, 20 and the most correct winner (matching four numbers) is Michael Friel who wins €75. Next week’s jackpot €5,000.
Tir Chonaill Gaels
The junior team play Shalloe Pearses in round three of the McArdle Cup on Saturday 5th April with the game to be played in Greenford with a 2.30pm throw-in. On Sunday 6th the seniors lock horns with Parnells in round three of the Tipperary Cup also at Greenford with a 12noon start. The club would like to congratulate long serving player Gary Kane and his wife Mel on the recent arrival of new baby daughter Isla. Anyone who has not paid their membership yet please do it this week. Please contact Stephen Mc Loughlin 07788723922 or Michael Mullan 07531680619 to pay your membership.
The ladies are back training at Greenford for the upcoming season. New members are very welcome to join, for more details contact Fiona Campbell on 07795211059 or email email@example.com
Lotto results for 27/03 for Jackpot of £1,700. The numbers drawn were 9-15-18-22. There was no jackpot winners. The £25 lucky dip winners were J J Whelan, c/o T O’Connor, Duggie, Berkeley Avenue, Connor Cunningham, c/o TCG, Steve Maguire, c/o D Boyle.
This week’s jackpot will be £1,750 with the draw taking place in the clubhouse on Thursday 3 rd. Last Friday saw 250 primary school children from Cork and Harrow take part in a gaelic tournament at Greenford. It was a wonderful days play with the good weather being an added bonus. London and TCG player Philip Butler (who has Cork roots) presented the medals to the enthusiastic participants.
The visiting children from Cork had an extremely full itinerary which included sight-seeing in London and a trip to Wembley Stadium. The adults were able to enjoy the club’s hospitality on the Saturday night with a meal and social get-to-gether. Thanks go to Mark Digney, Lisa Redmond, Judy Butler and Maureen Vaughan for their organisational skills and looking after visitors on the clubs behalf, to refrees Ollie Hayes and Eoin Higgins, special thanks to Tony Griffin (London Youth Chairman) for his assistance on the day, to Maurice Carr and finally to Lois for the wonderful meal. The club are staging a youth quiz on Friday at 8.15 pm.
The Royal Flush Draw results for the weekend of 30/03/2014 were 48, 13, 16 & 17. There was no winner of the jackpot of €3,060. Consolation prizes went to Brendan Kennedy, Dunkineely. Heather Graham, Killaghtee and Roy Adair, Gilberstown. Next week’s draw will take place in McIntyres and the jackpot now stands at €3100. The senior and reserve teams kick off their respective seasons in three weeks on April 15th they will both be home to Na Rossa. Times yet to be confirmed. The next monthly meeting will take place on Monday April 7th at 8.30pm upstairs in the clubhouse.
The club’s lotto jackpot has reached €9,400 and the bingo Snowball is now stands at €8,750. Two incredible chances to win over €18,150. Good luck to the county U-21s in the Ulster semi-final on Wednesday night. Also best of luck to the county hurlers who take on Roscommon in the league final,in Markievicz Park, Sligo at 2 pm.
The U-14s played Castlefin, in MacCumhaill Park on Sunday morning. This was the first real test for these lads but with a midfield pair of Chad McSurley and Luke Gavigan, Castlefin found it hard to get up the field but did score four great points to some fine goals and points from a rampant Mac Cumhaills who led 4-5 to 0-4 at half time.The second half was more of the same with some great moves to win 6-10 to 2-7.
Well done to the Under 16 girls who made it two from two on Friday evening. They took on Na Magha from Derry. This was another very impressive display from the girls. The Minors suffereda disappointing loss to Glenfin at the weekend. See match report at www.seanmaccumhaills.com
There were no winners of this week’s Jackpot. The numbers drawn were 01, 6, 12 and 25. There were five match 3 winners Conor+Daniel Lynch, Saoirse Doherty Dolan, Hugh McDermott, PJ Gallagher, Daire Donaghy and Michelle Murray receive €30 each. Peter Moloney and Barry Dowds teams selling next week. We still need an U-16 hurling and minor Hurling manager/ Please contact Darren Collins if you are interested.
An Clochan Liath
Bad aid 1,4,6 agus 8 na huimhireacha lotto a tarraingeadh ag deireadh na seachtaine seachtaine agus nior baineadh póta óir an lotto. Beidh €4,100 sa phóta óir don seachtain seo. Bhain na daoine seo leanas €20 an ceann Eamonn Gallagher, Drimlaughdrid, Emma Sharkey, St. Peter’s Tec, Marcella Gallagher, Meenmore, Ann Davidson, Meenbanad, agus Sean and Cian Whyte, Ardara.
Bhain Mary Boyle as Annagry €200, Peter Begley, Cois Locha €150, Mary Kennedy as Glenties agus Mary Gallagher as Meenbanad €100 ag an bhingo.The winners of the club 200 draw are Naul McCole, Burtonport €1,000, Edward Wallace, Chapel Rd €500, Mary McDevitt, Cronashallog €300, Noreen Coyle, Meenmore €100 & Frank Kelly, Carnmore Rd €100.
The minor B team was in league action away to neighbors Naomh Mhuire and were defeated by three points. Good solid performance from the entire team where Ryan Connors, Conor and Aidan McCahill, Mark Curran, Ryan McGonagle, Christy Greene and Darragh McGlynn led by example. U14 Hurling League commenced on Thursday 27th March against a fancied Four Master’s team. Dungloe started well and had the best of the opening twenty minutes with some good attacking play. Four Masters slowly began to get a grip in the middle third and at half time the game was four points to two in favour of Four Masters. Dungloe should have led at the break and had some good chances in the first half and some score able frees missed.
The second half was unfortunately a different story with Four Masters dominant in the middle and Dungloe under pressure from puck outs and finding it difficult to get the ball into scoring territory. Four Masters added six point without reply during this period. In the last few minutes Dungloe conceded two goals to put any come back beyond doubt.
This was a difficult first game and one that overall the Dungloe team can be proud of in terms of their performance and which can be built on over the next seven league games. David Hanlon was outstanding at full back with Nicholas Wherely covering good ground on a lively half forward. Thomas Hartnett had a strong second half and his brother James Hartnett was responsible for a lot of attacks and scores in the first. Harry Noble won a lot of possession in the half forward line and John Boyle, Andoran McGonigle look impressive in their first games. Kyle Wiggins was also impressive when he came on and marked his player very well. Brendan Boyle and Michael McNulty battled hard in their corner forward positions and were unlucky not to score goals in the first half, Gerard Glackin, Joseph Greene and Patrick Hunter also did well when they came on in the second half. Pierce Quinn and Joseph Doyle were also part of the team and will be keen to start next week. Next game v Setanta at home onThursday.
If any club members are interested in club Donegal membership this year please contact Adrian Sweeney (086 1704556). Costs are €200 each which includes free admittance into club senior & championship games and new style club jacket. These monies go towards the club levies which are now due.
The seniors qualified for the county Gaeltacht finals in May following a 0-16 to 0-08 win over Naomh Naille on Saturday morning last. The U-14s made it three wins out of three in the league following a 4-10 to 3-6 win in Naomh Muire and a 4-13 to 1-5 win over Bundoran. The minors who had a few players missing were defeated 1-10 to 0-7 away to Aodh Ruadh on Sunday morning.
The minor board presents Stars in their Eyes in the Blue Haven on 20th April featuring local artists. Doors open at 7pm first act on stage at 8pm, tickets at €10 available from any minor board member or Breege McShane, Sharon Love or Sarah Molloy.We would like to wish Kenneth Kennedy and his new wife Lisa Fernandez who got married last weekend all the best for the future and congratulate them both.There was no Jackpot winner. Numbers were 1, 6, 7 and 14 winners were: €50 Con Haughey, Kilbeg, €30 Sarah Molloy, Churchtown and €20 Roseann Ellis, Glen. Lotto Plus numbers 12, 21, 23 and 28 there was no winner the Jackpot next week is €4,700.
Starting off with underage this week. Well done to our U-14 side who had a good win over St Nauls last Friday evening in Pairc na nGael and also to the minor team who beat Naomh Brid on Sunday. Unfortunately our adult sides did not have positive results at the weekend, with both teams losing away to Burt in the league. On a positive note, these games saw many of our younger players making their adult debuts and we wish them good luck for many years to come. Seniors and reserves are home to Aodh Ruadh this Saturday, check local press for times. There will be a senior board meeting this Wednesday at 9 pm.
The lotto numbers for March 25 for jackpot of €2800 were 7, 8, 5, 6, 3, 2, 1, 4. There were no winners. Next week’s jackpot is €2850.
Great result for our reserves on Saturday. They defeated Fanad 2-3 to 0-7 in the Gaeltacht.
The first league match is fixed away to Robert Emmetts on Saturday 12th April. Thanks to Deirdre Diver and all that baked and helped out with the successful cake sale last weekend. The winner of the Gaels raffle cake was John Melvin. Thanks to Big Mals Frozen Food for donating the cake.Lotto numbers for week ending the 31st March were 1, 7, 10 and 17. Match 3 winner was Raymond Doherty, New Line Road. This week’s jackpot is €2250. The numbers in our club lotto will be increasing to 28 from April 4th. Any members of Friends of the Gaels wishing to change their weekly numbers should contact John McDermott or Sharon Harnett.
Club members wishing to avail of Club Donegal should contact Jim on 0862271435. Membership includes free admission to all Club League & Championship games in the county for 2014.
With regard to home and car insurance we have teamed up with Liberty Insurance who will give €50 to the club for every new policy taken out with them before 30th April. All you have to do is nominate Letterkenny Gaels. Both the U14 and minor lads played St. Eunan’s last weekend. The U14’s had a good win while the minors were defeated.
Minor Board are holding a quiz night on Saturday 5th of April in the Harbour Bar at 9pm.Any businesses interested in advertising at the Eamon Byrne Memorial Park for 2014 please contact Sarah Tully on 0863311733. Club Donegal is now available. The Club Donegal card enables the card holder to enter into any adult league or championship club match in the county. Purchase your adult membership and the Club Donegal card for €170. Purchase your family membership and the card for €200. Alternatively purchase two cards and your family membership for €330.There was no Killotto jackpot winner this week. This weeks numbers were 5, 6, 19, 29. Next week’s Killotto jackpot is €1250. There was one winner of the match 3 - Kevin Boyle - winning €60.
The Reserves were defeated by Ardara in the Junior Gaeltacht Championship on Saturday losing on a scoreline of Ardara 3-16 St. Michael’s 3-6. The St. Michael’s scorers were Raymond McLaughin 2-2, Terence Wilkinson 1-0, Michael Langan 0-2 and Ciaran Kelly and Chris McElhiney 0-1 each.
Following a ‘Special Club Meeting’ on the Thursday the 20th March the St Michael’s officers and committee for 2014 are as follows: chairman Liam McElhinney, secretary; Nicola Ferry, treasurer; Brian Dolan, vice-chairman: Cairns Witherow, Assistant secretary; Patricia Kelly, assistant treasurer; Brid Gallagher, P.R.O: Moses Alcorn, registrar; Neil McGinley, oifigeach cultúr/teanga; Shane Trearty, development officer; Cairns Witherow, assistant development officer Aidan Durning, coaching officer; Hugh O’Donnell, ASA officer: Ronan Jack Murphy, senior team manager; Tony Wilkinson, U-21 manager; Dominic Carr, reserve management team Hughie McGee, William Sheridan, Shane McFadden and Joe Horan.
The committee members Neil McGinley, Bridget Sweeney, Charlie McFadden, Danny Langan, Brian McGinley and Shaun Langan, Ann Marie Kelly, Susie Roarty and Manus Friel.
There was no Jackpot winner in the St Michael’s mini lotto on Sunday night. The numbers drawn were 1,2,6,8,9,16. There were two match 5 winners, Ciana Doyle c/o Log Cabin Bar and Frances Griffin Massinass, Creeslough who won €50 each.This weeks jackpot will be €5450. If anyone is interested in training as an underage referee for the GAA please contact Manus on 0876470532.
Round two of division three sees Aodh Ruadh’s seniors and reserves travel to Naomh Columba this Saturday 5th April. The reserve game will mark a return to competitive football for 1992 veteran Sylvester Maguire. Maguire, never far of peak physical condition, has been fine tuning the kicking in the past few weeks and is said to be relishing the opportunity to have a crack at the boys from ‘in through.
The minors were in action for the second time in a week when they faced Kilcar in Fr Tierney Park, on Sunday morning. The visitors could only muster 14 players for the away trip and consequently both teams fielded 13 players. The final score was Aodh Ruadh 1-11 Kilcar 0-7. We have a gallery of pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org. Naomh Conaill U-14s were taken by storm last Friday evening and they are still scratching their heads wondering where it all went wrong after the Aodh Ruadh lads hit town. Naomh Conaill 1-14 Aodh Ruadh 4-5. Well done to the U-10s who gave a great display of football in the half time game during the Donega, Louth match. Our players were Ronan Barron, Conor Cleary, Oisín Daly, Ryan Daly, Shane Delahunty, Darragh Dolan, JJ Doran, Kian Duncan, Jack Gallagher, James Gallagher, Aaron Horan, Eoghan Kelly, Cillian Meehan, Shane McGloin, Ronan McKenna, David Roper, Aengus Sweeny and Aidan Sweeny. Thanks to Kerry Ryan for refereeing and everyone who helped out on the day.
The ladies will have their monthly meeting tomorrow Tuesday 1st April at 8.15pm in the Aras.
The U-14s had a challenge match against Naomh Conaill on Sunday morning at Coláiste Cholmcille. Aodh Ruadh came out on top in what was a very worthwhile session, giving all players time on the pitch in a game of four 20 minute quarters. Well done to Maeve Liston and Roise Keon who continue to represent Aodh Ruadh on the county minor team.Two of our members Tara Khan and Eoin O’Moore attended the FUNdamentals Coaching Course in Glenfin, last Saturday.
The annual duck race will quack off on Easter Saturday 19th April. The cards are now available for this event, only €2 a line to sponsor a duck. The senior hurlers got their Ulster league campaign off to a cracking start on Sunday evening when they dispatched an below par Strabane Shamrocks side in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh. Aodh Ruadh were without county star Paul Sheridan, who was ruled out when he picked up an injury in the warm-up, however were they well on top throughout and a 1-8 to 0-8 half-time score did not adequately reflect the Ernesiders superiority. Ballyshannon upped it in the second half and their superior fitness helped them come out on the right side of a 4-14 to 2-13 scoreline. Mickey Bowering hit the back of the net twice, while Paul Hughes and Ciaran Kilgannon also raised green flags for the homesters. Ciaran Rami made his senior debut and gave a very assured display at half back. Peter Horan started for Sheridan and did a lot of damage from half forward while Declan Browne showed his quality when sprung from the bench. Aodh Ruadh’s next assignment takes them to the venue that will become their second home over the coming few month, the Garvaghey complex in the heart of Tyrone. They will be taking on Sean Treacey’s of Lurgan on Sunday evening as they bid to maintain their winning start to the season.
The underage hurling leagues began last week. The under 14s opened their campaign in division one at home to St Eunan’s. St Eunan’s were very strong having won the last two U-12 county titlees. The greater strength and fitness of the Letterkenny men came to the fore in the second half and they ran out comfortable winners 4-10 to 1-3.
On Saturday last the Donegal minor team had a great win against Antrim in O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny in division one of the Ulster minor League. The young Donegal team put in a great performance and had a historic victory on a scoreline of 3-10 to 3-6. Aodh Ruadh were well represented with Eddie Lynch captaining the team and Ciaran Rami and Eugene Drummond also starting. Oisín Roper, Brendan Gillespie and Dónal Sweeny were also on the squad, Oisín Rooney couldn’t take his place in the starting 15 due to injury. Donegal finish their league campaign this Saturday away to Armagh. The eighth annual Hurl-a-Thon takes place this Saturday in the Mercy Hall, Ballyshannon this fun event starts at 10am and continues non stop till 10pm. Well done to our under 10 and 12 hurlers who put on a great display of hurling at half time during the Donegal,Louth game in Fr Tierney Park on Sunday. Thanks to their coaches Dennis Daly, Orlaith Gillespie, Kerry Ryan, Chris Kelly and Dáithí Breen who had them so well prepared. Thanks to Peter Horan who reffed the game and all who helped put the event together. Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee would like to acknowledge Councilor Barry O’Neill’s great work in securing a Development Grant of €500 for our committee.
This Saturday all available helpers are asked to be at the park at 1pm to assist with the hosting of the All-Ireland Colleges D football final replay between St Joseph’s High School, Crossmaglen and Our Lady’s, Belmullet. The game throws in at 2pm.
With the All-Ireland Colleges final in town there is an opportunity for local businesses to advertise at Father Tierney Park before and during the game via the new electronic score board. A limited number of slots are available and these may be booked by contacting the park PRO Michael Daly on 086-9171949 or through any of the following, Conal Gallagher, David McLoone or Tom Daly. Special thanks is extended to all the stewards and helpers who worked on Saturday and Sunday in preparation for the Donegal game and who assisted during and after the game.
There was no winner of the €8,300 Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot last Sunday. The numbers drawn were 8, 9, 12, 14, 16 and 17. In the lucky dip €20 each went to: Cathleen McGloin, Highfield Park; Louis Boyle, St Benildus Avenue; Teddy and Anne McShea, Tully; Gerard Maguire, Parkhill; and V Brennan, Lawne Park. Next draw is in the Lantern Bar on Sunday at 8.30pm. The jackpot is €8,400.
Last week’s Lotto numbers drawn were 7, 11, 18, 19, 20 Bonus number 14.The jackpot was not won. The €100 winner was B McElwaine, Rinmore and Sharon Hunter, Ramelton won €50. The eserves were unlucky to get defeated away to Glenfin in the Gaeltacht last Saturday evening. The U-14 boys had a great game away to Gaoth Dobhair last Wednesday evening, great team effort from all our boys. The April monthly meeting will take place this Thursday night 3rd of April at 8.30p.m. in Fanad Lodge. It is very important that all committee members attend. The Cúl Camp is being held this year on the third week in July. Fiona Shiels is co-ordinator this year. If you would like to register early and pay in as suits you.
The minor board had a terrific day out last Saturday as they took the three local schools to the Donegal minor match versus Tyrone in Convoy. Donegal with Christian Bonner and John McDyre part of the squad had an excellent win and now play Derry this weekend. After the match we travelled to Letterkenny for a meal. Thanks to all supervisors that travelled on the day and gave up their time .
The minor second team lost out to Naomh Muire at the weekend 0-12 to 0-9 and this weekend they host Naomh Columba in Dooey with a 12 pm throw in. They have already qualified for the division 2 final. The lotto jackpot of €9,000 was not won last Monday night. Two lucky dip winners receive €50 Joe McCready Corr and Ciara and Jason Hanlon Toome. The numbers drawn were 4,23,25,26.
The club’s 50 draw took place last Monday evening in the hall. Well done to prize winners, John McMonagle(€300 euro), Jamsie Melly(€100), Kevin McCready (€50 euro) and Brid Melly (Easter hamper).
There was no winner of the jackpot this week. Lucky dip winners were, Terence McGinley, Dunkineely and David Waters, c/o Michael Kelly. The numbers drawn were 5, 6, 22 and 24. Next weeks jackpot stands at €1500. To play the lotto please visit www.fourmastersgaa.com.For further information contact Paul on 087 2791305. The hugely popular football and hurling academy is back in Tirchonaill Park. This extremely positive Academy caters for 4, 5, 6 and 7 year olds and will give kids the foundations to play Gaelic games. It runs on Saturday from 11am until 12.30pm. For further information or if you are able to help out please contact Pauric Harvey 086 0523905.
This weeks lotto match three winner was Dan McDaid with winning numbers of 3,7,10,20. The Jackpot now sits at €4,160. Next weeks sellers are Dan McDaid and Peter McConnell.A big congratulations to our boys from 5th and 6th class who had victories over Dooish and Kilmacrennan National School,s in Cumman Na mBun Scoil and now advance to the next round of the competition. Also congratulations to Michaela McMonagle who is through to Ulster for Handball in the same competition. The senior team had a three point victory over Gaoth Dobhair in the Comartas Peil na Gaeltachta. The U-14s were in action last Sunday morning against a very strong Buncrana team but were unfortunate to come out on the wrong end of a heavy defeat.The club would like to thank Ger O’Connor who attended the club Coaching Seminar on Friday evening last.Club Donegal Cards are still available at €120 for 2014. Anyone interested should contact Bryan Faul on 086 7887774. The Clubs annual 5K will take place on Wednesday June 25th so plenty of time to get of the couch and start training. A big thank you to Cathal Gallagher for organising a ‘Dart’s Night’ in Mc Claffertys Bar.