This week’s latest in news and notes from GAA clubs around Donegal and from abroad.
There was no jackpot winner this week. The winning numbers were 6, 8, 11, 13. The €50 runner-up prize goes to Anne McGonagle. Next week’s jackpot will be €4,500.
Underage football is on a break now for the summer and will return in September. The U-8 boys go games will be on in Malin on Saturday 26th July and the U-8 go games final will be in Malin on 27th July.
There is a Quiz in aid of Donegal training fund on this Friday night at 9 pm and at a cost of €5 per person in the Trawlerman Bar.
Best wishes to Tony McClenaghan and Ciaran Diver who will line out for Donegal in the Ulster minor final against Armagh.
Best wishes to the Donegal senior team who are contesting their fourth Ulster senior final in a row Jim McGuinness’s side will be hoping to make it three out of four.
The senior reserves travelled to Lifford on Sunday in their second game of the Junior B championship with an under strength team and unfortunately were defeated, but battled hard throughout the game.
The minors played Carndonagh last Monday night at home hoping to banish the memories of last season’s championship where it took three games to decide this fixture and it finished in Carndonagh’s favour. This year’s encounter was equally tense with Moville coming out as victors by the narrowest of margins on a 2-07 to 1-9 score.
The ladies had a good win Wednesday night in the 13 a side against Glenfin. They played Glenfin again on Sunday morning with an under strength team in 15 a side. Although the ladies did not come away with the victory they put in a tremendous effort in the second half and gave a great account of themselves.
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Sympathy is extended to the family and friends of the late Peggy Noone, Cloontagh, mother of our senior player Johny Noone . Our thoughts and prayers are with Dan, Johny and family circle at this sad time. Ar dheis de do raibh a anam.
Well done to our U-14 girls who defeated Milford in the B County final in Killygordon last Friday night. The final score was Urris 4-12, Milford 2-6. A great achievement for the girls their coaches, John Farren and Grace Hession.
The Urris girls came into the final as slight favourites as they had beaten Milford earlier in the campaign. However their preparations had been hindered during the week by a hamstring injury to playmaker Saoirse Farren in a friendly against Moville. Otherwise Urris were at full strength for probably the first time this season.
The Doherty sisters, Cathy and Mary had almost complete control around the middle of the field with their excellent handling and positional sense. Ciara Parke in nets was finding them regularly with her accurate kick-outs. The first half was a tight affair, only one point separating the teams at half time, Urris leading 1-7 to 1-6. Milford lost their full-back early on and this allowed full-forward Saoirse to get some relatively easy scores. Mary got a point from play in the first half.
The second half was almost completely controlled by Urris whose fitness paid off. The defence was well controlled by Caoimhe Devlin while her sister Caitlin was pulling the strings at centre half forward. Clare McCarron was dominant at full back and she was given great cover by her corner backs, Rachel Devlin and Sorcha Hession. Aileen Doherty was steady at wing back and Ciara Duffy who is probably the most improved player this season, had an excellent second half. Cathy Doherty used her long kicks to great affect launching a series of attacks from midfield and she chipped in with a goal and a point. Enya Dillon at right half forward cut off the Milford supply from kick outs which had caused Urris some problems in the first period. The defence restricted Milford to one goal in the second half. “Find of the season”, Katelyn McDaid had an excellent second 30 minutes carrying the ball into the heart of the opposition’s defence. Corner forwards Jackie Ivers and Emma Harkin were a constant threat to the Milford rear guard with their movement up front. Urris substitutes Jessie Coyle, Ella Devlin and Shannon Doherty were unfortunate not to have started the game but had contributed well during the campaign. Erin and Chloe Doherty were ready for battle when the referee blew the final whistle.
The large Urris support celebrated with the team as captain Cathy collected the trophy. The team and scorers were Ciara Parke, Sorcha Hession, Clare McCarron, Rachel Devlin, Aileen Doherty, Caoimhe Devlin, Ciara Duffy, Mary Doherty (0-1),Cathy Doherty(1-1),Enya Dillon, Caitlin Devlin(0-2), Katelyn McDaid, Emma Harkin,Saoirse Farren(3-8),Jackie Ivers.Subs:Ella Devlin, Shannon Doherty, Jessie Coyle, Chloe Doherty, Erin Doherty.
The seniors and reserves had disappointing weekend in the Junior A and B championship, both lost at home. In Junior A Urris 0-14 Naomh Ultan 3-09. Junior B Urris 3-02 Red Hughs 4-14.
The ladies were beaten by a strong Cloughaneely side at home last Monday night.
The MATCH “n” WIN for July 10th. The jackpot was not won the numbers drawn were 1,3,17 and 22. The €15 winners were Ruairi Donaghey, Magheramore, Neil Devlin, Altahalla, Mary Mc Eleney, Ballintrieve, Johnny Noone, Cloontagh and Eliza Kearney, Leenan. Jackpot next week is €1,820.
The club is hosting a Race Night on Friday August 1st in the Square Bar, Clonmany. Horses are now on sale for €10 from committee members and the ladies and men’s teams.
The seniors game against Buncrana didn’t go ahead while the reserves played out a draw against the same opposition.
The reserves match against Buncrana ended in a high-scoring draw, 4-11 apiece.
The minors were unable to field at home to Glenfin on Monday. The U-16s recorded a fantastic home win against Termon on Friday evening. Termon lead from the start but Naomh Colmcille managed to keep in touch, and two late goals and a stunning save from the home keeper saw the lads take victory on a full time scoreline of Naomh Colmcille 4-11 3-12 Termon. Naomh Colmcille: Caolan McAuley, James Duffy, Conor Doherty, Oran Downey, Mark Friel, Michael Devine, Keenan Diver, Jordan McDaid, Peter Scott, Jack Hazlett, P.J. McBrearty, Mark McDaid, Louis Cole, David McNamee, Kevin Gallagher. Subs: Hugh O’Donnell, Jason Fitzpatrick, Ian Fitzpatrick, Sean Boland, Sean Mitchell.
The U1-2s hosted Convoy on Monday night. The older team put in a great performance in drawing with the visitors, while the younger team acquitted themselves well in their match. Fanad Gaels travelled to Newtown on Friday evening for the group semi-final, and the Naomh Colmcille team recorded a great victory to progress to the group final.
The U8s travelled to St. Eunans for a blitz on Saturday. Well done to all the kids who took part, and thanks to St. Eunans for hosting.
Gaelic training for girls aged 12-16 starts Monday (14th) at 5:30 pm. All levels welcome. Further details from Gerard McFadden 0872494908
Over 80 kids took part in this year’s Cul Camp. Well done to Sharon, Darina and everyone who helped out throughout the camp.
The Naomh Colmcille Sports Day is taking place on Sunday 10th August. The club is again registered for the Sainsbury’s Active Kids scheme so please hand in the collected vouchers so they can be sent away.
Congratulations to Ryan McKinley and Nicola Byrne on the birth of their baby boy.
Check out the club’s new Facebook page (Naomh Colmcille CLG – Donegal) for latest updates on training, match times etc.
The senior reserves were in action in their second leg of the championship away in Urris on Saturday. There were some brilliant individual performances none other than Justin McBride making his senior debut and scoring a personal tally of 4 -3. The final score was Red Hughs 4-14, Urris 3-2.
The under 21 championship is due to start next Tuesday with a home match in the preliminary round against Lifford at home.
The senior ladies were in action against Lifford on Friday evening past. They also put in a terrific performance to win the game.
The under 8 boys and girls played in Letterkenny on Saturday morning in their blitz. Again the young boys and girls played some great football and really enjoyed their day out. The Under 10 boys and girls have a blitz this Saturday in O’Donnell Park,Letterkenny.
Well done to the U-12 boys who were crowned group C shield champions after Fanad Gaels failed to travel to challenge them in the final on Monday night.
Well done to the U 12 girl that competed in the U-12 Development Blitz in St Marys Convoy on Saturday morning. As always the girls put in their best effort and got some great scores with two draws and one win. The team was Aimee Callaghan, Maddison White, Daniella Jansen, Caitlin Geary, Zara Gibson, Orla Mc Elchar, Eadoin Whyte, Lauren Mc Menamin, Elin Gallen O’Dwyer, Tiffany Marley, Latisha Rowan
The Under 16 Girls suffered defeat in their opening game of the league away to a very strong MacCumhaills. The U-16s lost out to Letterkenny Gaels on Wednesday evening in Letterkenny but bounced back on Friday evening with a great win over Glenfin at home. They now await the result of Glenfin versus Letterkenny Gaels to find out their fate. The local league is in full swing now with ten teams taking part. The third round of game is on this Wednesday at 7 pm sharp.
The lotto numbers drawn were 8,3,4,5,7,6,2,1. Congratulations to Lucy and Jane Catterson who matched four numbers and won €50. Next week’s jackpot is €4,175. Brid Gallagher, Meenlougher was this weeks lucky winner of the 100+ Club draw.
The lotto numbers drawn for Jackpot of €3500 were 4, 8, 2, 3, 1, 6, 7 and 5. The jackpot was not won. Next week’s jackpot is €3550. The all county general knowledge quiz will be taking place in Harkin’s Bar, on Friday 18th of July at 9pm.
The reserves and seniors both got good wins over Killybegs last Sunday.
Hard luck to the third team who were narrowly beaten by Ardara in the Junior B championship last Friday night. The club would like to wish Frank and the rest of the Donegal team the best of luck in the Ulster final against Monaghan this coming Sunday
The seniors and reserves both had good victories over Glenswilly on Saturday evening.
You can now stay in touch with latest club events via our new free mobile app which was launched last week. Best of luck to Donegal senior and minor teams in the Ulster finals this Sunday and especially to the five lads from the club who will be representing their county.
A general knowledge quiz will take place this Friday night in John Joes at 9.30 in order to help raise much needed funds for all our county squads please support.
We have teamed up with Rooneys Super Valu, Killybegs to help our club receive a free O’Neill’s training equipment kit. Every time you spend €20 in a single transaction in SuperValu, you will receive 1 voucher. The till-operator will hand you this pre-printed voucher along with your till receipt at time of payment. Drop this voucher in the club entry box located in store. When 1000 vouchers have been collected – SuperValu will send our Club the kit for free. We would like to encourage all our members to help us collect these vouchers.
The Under 10 Blitz this Saturday 19th in Towney. The Under 12s maintained their one hundred percent record after beating Bundoran last Wednesday evening final score Cill Chartha 6-5 Bundoran 2-5.
Hard luck to our gallant Under 14s who were defeated by Robert Emmetts last Saturday in the county semi-final the final. There was no winner of the Club Lotto Jackpot so next week’s Jackpot is €6,200. This week’s numbers were 14, 15, 22 and 23 The consolation prize winners were €50 -Stephen McCloskey, Towney, €30- Kevin Arthurs c/o Paddy O’Donnell, Derrylaghan, €20 - Jason Shovlin. Lotto Plus numbers 1, 9, 15 and 16 there was no winner.
You can now win up to €19,000 with MacCumhaills. The lotto jackpot has reached €10,000 and our bingo snowball jackpot is an incredible €9,000.
There were no winners of this week’s lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 8,18,27 and 30. There was one match 3 winner, Helen Mc Laughlin who receives €150. Next week’s Jackpot is €10,000.
The U-16 lads recorded a great victory over Convoy on Friday evening in Convoy. The early stages of the game had a world Cup feel to it as Convoy lead 2 goals to one. Our lads finished the half very strongly and went into halftime on a scoreline of 2-5 to 2-0. Convoy came out a different team after the interval and scored 1-02 without reply to draw level. Despite this our lads showed great character and reserve to fight back and went on to record a 3-8 to 3-5 victory.
The ladies U16 team got off to a great wining start on Tuesday evening when they beat Red Hughs on a scoreline of 8-11 to 1-0.
The girls took time to settle but once they got into their rhythm they played some excellent football,they fought for every ball and worked well
The scorers were Ellen Keegan, Demi Buchanan, Courtney O’Brien, Aine Bogle, Aoife Gillespie and Cliodhna Kelly.
The U-14 boys played Killybegs in the county semi-final in Mountcharles on Saturday. Killybegs started better and it wasn’t long until they were 1-1 up to no score.
MacCumhaills came back with good points from McSorley, Gallen and Bruton. Killybegs pushed ahead again with good points from Ryan Cunningham. Both teams exchanged points to go in level at half time 1-6 each.
MacCumhaills started the second half brighter with points from McSorely, Keegan and Gallen but Killybegs hit back with another goal. A great pass by Joel Bradley Walsh saw Daire McCafferty collect the ball in front of goals and slot in into the net.
You would of thought it was game over at that stage but Killybegs came back again with a Ryan Cunningham point and a goal to leave the MacCumhaills down by a point down with a few minutes left. But MacCumhaills won the kick out and a long ball in to Joel saw him tuck away a goal and Chad McSorley add a point for a four point win.
The U-12 girls took part in the county blitz held in St. Marys, Convoy, on Saturday last. Twenty 20 teams took part in the blitz and our girls were placed in a strong group against Termon, Killybegs, St. Michaels and Carndonagh. The girls drew one game and performed very well. The experience will stand to the girls in the future. And a very enjoyable day was had by all in what was a very well-organised event. The panel: Kelly Lyons, Ava Martin, Holly Gillespie, Sinead Harkin, Derbhla Dunnion,Leah Gallen, Roisin Lillis, Kamila Jedrusik, Emma Murphy, Magan McClean, Rachel Lawne, Caitlin Thompson, Charlene Patton, Aimee McGurk, AmyLee Henderson.
The thirds lost the second leg in this Junior B championship match. They bowed out on a score line of MacCumhaills 1-7, St Mary’s Convoy 1-17. The seniors travelled to Bundoran with a severely depleted squad. County duty, injuries and family commitments meant we had seven regular first team players were missing. This was reflected in the scoreline, with Realt Na Mara scoring two late goals to win.
The ladies team’s championship did not get off to the best of starts with defeat away to Naomh Connail in the first leg. Hopefully, with a full team the girls can turn things around in the second leg.
The senior men had a tricky game at home to Milford on Sunday and did well to finish strongly, to win by 2 points. This win keeps the side near the top of the division behind Aodh Ruadh.
The U-8 teams gave another great set of performances last Saturday against Ardara, despite the slightly damp conditions. Many thanks to all the parents who brought in food on the day, it was greatly appreciated.
The U-10s are in action this Saturday in Towney at 11am with Kilcar, Killybegs and Ardara providing the opposition.
Good luch to Paddy Byrne and the rest of the county minor panel in the Ulster final this Saturday.
Tickets for the upcoming Ulster final can be collected between 8. 30 pm and 9 pm this Wednesday in the clubhouse.
The minor board’s 10k Family Fun walk/run will take place on Sunday 27th July , starting at 2pm in Carrick, this is the minor boards biggest fund-raiser of the year and we would like to see as many as possible on the day, bigí linn!
The club will be holding a table quiz in aid of the county minor and senior training fund this Friday evening at 9 pm in Hegarty’s Bar Carrick, a fun night guaranteed with question master Clement O’Gara.
Everyone in the club would like to congratulate Laura McGuire and Christopher Cunnea on their recent wedding.
The club is hosting the GAA Cúl camp starting next Monday 21st, for any more info contact David 086 0748846. A review and update of the history of Clg Naomh Columba is being planned, with a launch later in the year. Anyone interested in being part of this review is invited to a public meeting at Pairc na nGael, to be held on Thursday 17th July at 8 pm sharp. Any information or documentation that anyone may have, that would be relevant to this review would be appreciated. Contact Barney Cunningham or David Gillespie, all documents and pictures will be returned promptly to owners.
There was no winner of our lotto this week the numbers were 2 - 8 - 16 - 22. The €50 went to Yvonne Doherty Station Road and Philomena McCallig, Lacklea. Next week’ss jackpot is €8,100.
Congratulations to the senior ladies who got their championship off to a great start with a great victory on Sunday
Congratulations also goes to our reserves and senior teams who both won their league games with Gaoth Dobhair, on Sunday.
We would also like to send out massive congratulations to the U 14 team who got a great victory over Buncrana and are now in the county final and face McCools on Saturday.
Tickets for the Ulster final to be collected Thursday between 7 pm and 9.30pm all tickets must be collected.
On Sat 12th July, eleven U12 girls from Four Masters were selected to take part in a Development Blitz in Convoy. Although we were playing in a very difficult group with St Eunans, Glenfin, Milford and Cloughaneely, the girls played extremely well in four very closely fought games. They beat Milford and Glenfin but were narrowly beaten by Cloughaneely and St Eunan’s. Well done to all the girls selected for Four Masters who are as follows: Allana Murray, Ciara McHugh, Katie Timoney, Eabha Morrow-Hayden, Aoife Mackle, Sophie Carr, Hannah Crawford, Lucy McGowan, Tamara McBrearty, Aine Ward and Aine Byrne. Next up for the U12 girls is a blitz in Bundoran on Thursday 17th July. Best Wishes from all at the Club to Karl, Paul, Luke and Daire in the senior and minor finals next Sunday 20th July in Clones
The Academy for young footballers and hurlers continues on Saturday 12th from 11am- 12.30pm. The Academy is open to all 4-7 year olds. For further information please contact Pauric Harvey on 086 052 3905. Good luck to the Under 10 boys who will be travelling to Dunkineely for a blitz on Saturday 19th. Throw in 11am.
Good luck to the Under 12 boys who will be playing two matches this week, Glenties on Tuesday and Naomh Muire on Saturday.
Registration for the famous Kellogg’s Cúl Camp is now open. The camp is open to boys and girls aged 6-13 years of age. The club will host the camp on 21st-25th July. Registration for the camp is €55 for first child, €45 for second child and €40 for third/fourth child. Each child will receive a Cúl Camp jersey and bag. Registration night on Friday 18th July in Tir Conaill Park at 7pm - 8pm. Parents may also register online on the Keloggs Cúl Camp. Contact Pauric Harvey (0860523905).
Tickets are being distributed currently for the club development draw and are available from members. The draw is to raise monies to help service loans for our new training pitch. Tickets are €5 each or 5 for €20. The prizes are as follows, 1st Prize: All- Ireland Football Final 2014 Package 2 x Lower Cusack Stand tickets plus €250 cash. 2nd Prize: Break in The Hydro Hotel, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare which includes 2 nights B&B & 1 dinner for two people; 3rd Prize: 32” Widescreen Smart TV;4th Prize: €250 Supervalu Shopping Voucher; 5th Prize : €250 Home heating Oil; 6th Prize : Gourmet Dinner for two in Cedars Restraunt at the Soils Lough Eske Castle. Draw will take place on Thursday 18th September 2014 @9pm in Dom’s Pier One, Quay Street.
Cloich Cheann Fhaola
Bhí bua maith ag an fhoireann tacaíochta Dé Domhnaigh in éadan an Chlochán Liath agus chaill an fhoireann sinsear ar an Domhnach.
The ladies were defeated on Sunday by Carndonagh. The Kellogs GAA Cúl camp starts on Monday names should be given to Declan McGarvey on 086 100 9467, €55 for one child, second child is €45 and €40 for each for third/fourth/fifth child.
The club will have their Fun Field Day once again this year and we hope that parents can help out during the day. The Zumo Wrestling competition will take place on Saturday at 5 pm come out and enjoy the fun during the festifál.
The Club will host All County General Knowledge Quiz in the Rising Tide, Inver on Friday 18th July from 9.30 pm in aid of County team training fund. The next Club Meeting will take place in the Clubrooms on Monday 28th July at 9pm.
The U-12 boys defeated Dungloe in Mountcharles on Monday evening. Well done to Brian, Caroline and all the boys on a great team performance.
Registration for the famous Kellogg’s GAA Cúl Camps is now open. The Camp is open to boys and girls aged 6-13 years. he Club will host the camp in Mountcharles on August 11th - 15th, 10.00am to 2.30pm. Registration for the camp is €55 for first child, €45 for second child and €40 for third/fourth child. Any enquiries, please contact Brian McCabe on 087 7567036. Also any parent who has registered online could they please text the Club number 087 6767005 in order to give the organisers an idea of numbers attending.
St Mary’s, Convoy
The counties drawn in the weekend lotto were ww, oy,ck ld. Thirteen people matched 2. The five drawn winners were Ed McGurk, Peter Blake, Emily McBride, John Ryan, Convoy and Lisa McElchar, Ballybofey. The jackpot next week is €3650.
Congratulations to the reserve and minor teams who have qualified for the quarter finals of their respective championships.
Ulster Final tickets will be distributed Tuesday and Thursday evening at 7.15 and 7.45 pm at the Clubhouse.
The General Knowledge Quiz is on Friday night in the Central Hotel, Raphoe, in aid of the county team training fund.
Good luck to Colm, Christy and Martin and the rest of the Donegal team and management in their Ulster Final against Monaghan in Clones on Sunday.
The club would like to thank everyone who took part in the Runegal in Donegal around Hornhead on Saturday last.
There was no Jackpot winner in the Mini Lotto on Sunday night. The numbers drawn were 3,4,5,7,10, 16. The match 5 winners were John Parry Hornhead and Patsy McGee Derryherriff. This weeks jackpot will be €6200.
The club will host a heat of the All County General Knowledge Quiz in the Clubhouse. This event has been deferred and will now be held on Friday 25th July in aid of the Donegal team in the Ulster Final.
The Annual St. Michael’s Kellogs Cul Camp will be held at the Bridge from the 28th July until the 1st August. For more information contact Liam McElhinney on 0868611097.
Saturday August 9th marks the 40th anniversary celebrations of CLG Naomh Ultan. Meetings will take place every Thursday from now on upstairs in the clubhouse at 8:30pm. There is a large amount of work involved for the celebrations, therefore we would ask for as much help as possible to make it a success.
We have teamed up with Rooney’s SuperValu, Killybegs and Kavanagh’s SuperValu, Donegal Town to help our club receive a free O’Neill’s training equipment kit through SuperValu Kits for Clubs.
Every time you spend €20 in a single transaction in the above two stores you will receive 1 voucher. The till operator will hand you this pre-printed voucher along with your till receipt at time of payment. Drop this voucher in the Club entry box located at the customer service desk in store. When 1,000 vouchers have been collected, SuperValu will send our Club the kit for free.
As valued club members, we would ask all to part-take in this initiative to ensure our club reaches the target of 1,000 vouchers and is awarded a new training kit. Please be sure to let your friends and family know about this promotion.
The club would like to thank all the children who attended our Cúl camp a fortnight ago, thanks must go out also to the coaches, the very helpful parents and to all who helped in any way to make the camp a success.
The clubs next monthly meeting will be held on Monday July 28th at 9 pm. The seniors and reserves both suffered narrow defeats away to Kilcar last Saturday evening. The Thirds had a comfortable win at home to Robert Emmetts on Sunday afternoon.The Ladies team lost out to Naomh Mhuire in the championship. The under 12 boys finished of their season with a fine victory over Naomh Colmcille on Monday July 14th.The under 16 boys are at home to Red Hughs this Friday 18th July at 7.30 in the league quarter final.
The annual over 40s match v Termon will take place in Termon this Wednesday 16th at 7.30pm . The boys will be under the guidance of Joe Devine and Brendan Walsh so for a chance to see some club legends in action come along on Wednesday evening.
The lotto numbers this week are 10, 18, 20, 22, match 3 winner is Paul McCool.
An Clochán Liath
Bad aid 5, 15, 16 agus 22 a huimhireacha lotto a tarraingíodh ag deireadh na seachtaine agus níor baineadh póta óir an lotto. Beidh €5,600 sa phóta óir don seachtain seo. Bhain na daoine seo leanas €20 an ceann Mary Gallagher, Diamond, Neillie Harley, Loughanure, Nora O’Brien, Annagry, Ella-Marie Ferry, Meenlaragh agus Daniel Bonner, Main St. Dungloe.
Both senior and reserve teams were in action on Sunday. The reserves were well beaten by Cloughaneely and the seniors won.
Well done to our under 8 footballers who traveled to Glenties on Saturday last for a very enjoyable blitz. Special thanks to Naomh Conaill for the refreshments afterwards. U-6 Hurling training has now finished for the summer.
The senior ladies had a good win on Sunday against Kilcar at home.
The seniors and reserves (men)lost to Glenfin on Sunday and the U-16 boys against Naomh Brid on Monday evening.
Good Luck to Hugh McFadden and Eoin “Ban” Gallagher and the Donegal in the Ulster finals on Sunday.There was no Killotto jackpot winner this week. This weeks numbers were 12,17,18,21. There was No match 3. Next weeks Killotto jackpot is €2,000. Match 3 in €120. The club would like to thank those who buy the killotto each week. The all county general knowledge quiz will take place this Friday 18th in the Tara Hotel. Teams of 4 @ €5 per person. The winning team will go on to represent the Club @ the County Final quiz.
The ladies team are organising a 5k on Friday 8th August (Festival weekend) Watch this space for more info.
All the best to Niall Harley and Colm Kelly as they go for glory this Sunday in the Ulster Minor final. Good luck too to Aodh Ruadh hurler Jamie Brennan who is also on the squad, and also to Mick McGrath who is involved in the back room team.
The under 16s delivered an exceptional second half performance against Naomh Conaill in Fr Tierney Park last Wednesday to take the points.
Five points behind at half time Aodh Ruadh really turned on the style to eventually run out 4-13 to 2-7 victors. The midfield pairing of Nathan Boyle and Oisín Rooney were key to the win. Boyle in particular put in as fine an individual display of football as has been seen at any level in the club for a number of years, an audacious penalty crowning the performance.
Rooney’s strong fielding was combined with intelligent off-loading to devastating effect. Conal Sweeny, Oisín Kerr and Dan Warnock covered well as Naomh Conaill tried vainly to counter with limited success in the second period. Up front Michael McKenna, Shane Dorrian and Dylan Gallagher again went well for the Ernesiders.
That success was replicated on Monday evening when Aodh Ruadh made the long trip to Dungloe and came back with a 3-18 to 2-9 victory under their belts.
Ballyshannon went six points up in the early exchanges and by half-time the margin was pushed out to 0-12 to 0-4 in favour of the Ernesiders. Daniel Warnock put in a good evening’s work, foraging two goals from wing back. The third goal came from Dylan Gallagher, and he ultimately finished the night with 1-3 to his credit. The move of the game saw Nathan Boyle put a precision ball into the path of Garreth Sheerin which was then swept over the bar with great élan. Elsewhere Cáelán Drummond got two good points from full forward while Ryan McKenna, Oisín Rooney and Conal Sweeny all covered a serious amount of ground over the course of the game.
The annual Willie Rogers under 12 tournament was staged on Saturday with five teams taking part, Derrygonnelly Harps, Melvin Gaels, Glencar / Manorhamilton, Killybegs and Aodh Ruadh. The Ballyshannon lads were slow to start, but improved as the day progressed. However they were unable to make the knock-out stages of the competition. Derrygonnelly won all their round robin games to reach the final and Glencar / Manorhamilton played some great football to join them in the decider. The Fermanagh and Leitrim sides fought bravely and made for a very good final with nothing between the teams until the last few minutes. Then Derrygonnelly found an extra kick and hit a goal and two points to win by five. Many thanks also to the Rogers Family for coming up and presenting medals to both teams and the cup to Derrygonnelly Harps. The Aodh Ruadh panel were: Bridín Maguire, Matt Gillespie, Kyle Murray, Daire Gallagher, Calum Ayres, Daniel Dolan, Colm McGloin, Mark McGlynn, Philip Cassidy, Daire Warren, Harry Howarth, Jake Foley, Cian Rooney, Kyle McCaffrey, Conor Foy, Diarmaid Dolan, Adam Hoey, Nathan Owens-Kelly, Shane Duffy, Cian Barden, Mitch McLoughlin, Frankie McGinley and Conal Bradshaw. Under 12s are back training Wednesday 6.15pm to 7.30pm and Saturday 10.45pm to 12 noon this week.
Aodh Ruadh went into hurling championship action against a very physical Setanta outfit in Fr Tierney Park last Wednesday. The visitors were 0-3 to 1-5 up at half time and delivered the same sort of intensity in the second period to run out 0-5 to 2-10 winners. It was a game where Aodh Ruadh lost many of the individuals battles with Cian Dolan and Jack Matthews among the few who could feel they came out on top. The management will be looking for senior players to reflect on what went wrong in this match and make those lessons count in the remaining games this season. Aodh Ruadh have a massive game this Saturday in Garvaghey at 5.30pm when they face Ards outfit Ballela in the Ulster Táin League. A win in this game will put Ballyshannon in with a great shout of earning promotion to division two.
The under 12s made the long journey to Carndonagh last Thursday and came away with a convincing win, this is the third win of the campaign for this young team. They are at home this Thursday night to our great Inishowen rivals Buncrana, throw in is at 7pm and all support will be most welcome.
The under 16s were to play Burt in Fr Tierney Park on the same night However, most disappointingly, Burt contacted us just over an hour before throw in to say they weren’t travelling.
Another example of how serious the decline of underage hurling is in Donegal was shown on Saturday when MacCumhaill’s contacted us to say they wouldn’t be fielding the following day for the minor championship semi-final in MacCumhaill Park.
The fourth annual Peter O’Keefe under 16 Ulster/Connacht tournament takes place in Father Tierney Park and Páirc Aodh Ruaidh this Saturday. Thankfully this year Ulster GAA have taken over the organising of this tournament, assisted by Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling Committee. Play is due to get underway at 11am, teams confirmed are Derry, Tyrone, South Ulster, Mayo, Roscommon, Sligo and Donegal.
There are a number of inter-county tournaments on this Saturday. Donegal will be fielding teams at under 14, under 15 and under 16 level and Aodh Ruadh will be well represented in each squad.
Thanks to all who supported this year’s annual Cash for Clothes collection for Aodh Ruadh Juvenile hurling it was a great success as we raised €1,100.
Aodh Ruadh’s senior ladies came up short against a disciplined Ardara outfit in Fr Tierney Park on Sunday morning in their opening intermediate championship tie. Ballyshannon had possession of the ball for long stretches, but only rarely found their way through a massed Ardara rearguard and came out on the wrong side of a 0-7 to 2-4 scoreline. A tough loss to take for Aodh Ruadh and there is an argument that playing with wind advantage in the first half would have made all the difference. Best for the Shamettes was Maeve Liston, who took the tie by the scruff of the neck when the game looked like passing Aodh Ruadh by altogether. Tara Khan did well before being sidelined by a hand injury. Roise Keon was excellent too, battling right to the end and looking very sharp. Grainne McCosker was very adept at reading and robbing Ardara kick-outs. Áine Duffy got on a lot of ball up front and on a different day could have finished with a big haul. We have a full match report and pictures from the game up on aodhruadh.org.
After week nine of the fantasy race for Sam 2014, we have a titanic tussle developing at the top of the leader board. We have Gerry Gallagher with his Belleek Boys, John Patton Jr with Yes Patsy, Declan Rooney with Monaghan Utd and Pat Gruddy and his team Mayo This Time. In joint fifth place, only four points off the top of the table on 153 points is Niamh and Pauric McGrath and their team Niamh’s Creevy Playhouse along with Michael Clancy and his team of Clyhore Champs. At the opposite end of the table we have Michael Dolan and his outfit, Dolan’s Dragons, taking over at the foot of the table on 50 points. Jim McGrath and his team, I’d Say So are two points furthar up the table on 52, with Patsy Kelly and his team, Return Of The Wallys, on 62. Mark Loughlin and his team, CMH, are on 65, the same score as Lorraine O’Mahoney and her team, Little Fluffy. High score of the week goes to David McCadden and his team, The Big Breakfast, who scored 54 points this week.
There was no winner of the €1,400 Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot last Sunday. The numbers drawn were 7, 8, 9, 10, 12 and 15. In the lucky dip €20 each went to: Steven Waved, Wardtown; Marie Gallagher Erne Street; Donagh Keon, Askill; Gerry Gallagher, Belleek; and K McLoughlin Cashelard. Next draw is in the Dicey Reilly’s Bar on Monday at 8.30pm. The jackpot is €1,500.