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Anyone with underage Christmas tickets are asked to get them to Maria McLaughlin before Friday the 16th of December. The draw will take place on Sunday the 19th of December in St Patrick’s Hall.

This week’s lotto jackpot of €500 wasn’t won. The numbers drawn were 4-2-6-3-7-1-5. The €50 winner was won by Marian Kelly, Drumcarbit. Next week’s jackpot is €550.

The club would like to thank all those who attended our AGM last Friday in the Clubhouse.

The make up this year’s committee was elected on the night with chairperson Pat McLaughlin (F), vice-chair Seamus McLaughlin (Fildara), secretary Elaine McColgan, assistant secretary Linda McColgan, treasurer John Byrne, assistant treasurer Susan Byrne with additional assistant treasurer required, registrar Paul Gallagher, PRO Brendan Monagle with Linda McColgan assisting with Social Media, Minor Board chairperson - Seamus McLaughlin(F), minor Board secretary/children's officer - Danny Lafferty, ladies rep - Maria McLaughlin (F), players Rep - Paul McLaughlin (F),health and wellbeing officer - Kate Kelly, cultural officer – TBC, development officer - Michael McCarron, county board delegates - Pat McLaughlin (F) and Patrick McLaughlin (R), Inishowen board schools coaching committee rep – TBC and club president - Patrick McLaughlin (R)

The senior and reserve team management for 2017 was ratified on the night with the senior and reserve teams this year being looked after by Terence Coulhoun, Anthony Kelly, Eamonn Ryan, Martin Lafferty, Terence McLaughlin, Paco McLaughlin, Stephen Grant and Neil McGilloway.

The list of managers for all underage boys teams for 2017 were confirmed after last week’s Minor board AGM. Under 6 managers will be Danny Lafferty, Aidan Gallagher, Celia Boyce and Catherine McGilloway, Under 8 managers will be Brian McCallion, Liam Lafferty, Brendan McLaughlin (JM) and Patrick Collins, Under 10 managers will be Kevin McGeoghegan, Danny Lafferty, William Mooney and Danny McLaughlin (Shosa), Under 12 managers will be Pat McLaughlin (F), Shaun McGeoghegan, Seamus McLaughlin (Fildara) and Kieran White, Under 14 managers will be Liam O’Neill, John McLaughlin (Shosa) and Eamonn Ward, Under 16 managers will be Michael McCarron, John McLaughlin (Rustard) and Sean McLaughlin (Owen) and minor managers will be Terence McLaughlin (H) and Paul Gallagher.


On Friday night past the club held their 20th anniversary Dinner Dance in the Redcastle Hotel.

The night rounded off what was a truly tremendous year for the club. In the crowd of over 200 we were honoured to have the president of the GAA Aogan O’Fearghail as our guest speaker. In his address he congratulated the club in all our success at both ladies and men levels throughout the year and encouraged us as a club to remain as a heart beat in the community and build on our success going forward in the future. The president also help us launch our magazine that gave a great history of the club from its formation right to the present day and hopefully over the next few years we as a club can write many more pages and make further history.

Also on the night Hugh Devenney chairman of the Donegal ladies county board was present to assist in presenting the senior ladies team the county shield, league and Donegal senior ladies championship trophies. The minor ladies also received their minor championship trophy and medals. For the men it was chairman of the Donegal men county board Sean Dunnion who presented the senior men with the division four league title and medals and the u-16 boys received their Inishowen league winners medals.

After the team awards were complete all individuals who represented the club at county level received a special token for their success and our senior Scor Ballad also received a token for winning the Donegal county Scor.

The top two highlight awards was next on the agenda and the two recipients truly deserved these individual awards. First of all it was the senior ladies player of the year and as voted by her fellow players the winner was Ciara Hegarty who went home with the honour for 2016. Well done Ciara. The final award of the night was the senior men's player of the year and again voted by his fellow teammates it was Danny Murphy who went hope with the title. Well done Danny.

Once again the committee wish to thank everyone who have contributed in anyway that made 2016 such a wonderful year we all should be so proud of ourselves.

A few dates for the diaries over the coming weeks the annual New Year’s Seven a side will take place on December 31st.Then on the 8th January 2017 our Agm will be held as we prepare to make 2017 an even more memorable year.

Well done to the Moville instrumental group who performed brilliantly at the Donegal final of Scor in Glenfin last Sunday unfortunately they were pipped at the post by a point and ended in second place. Also well done to the ballad group who performed really well on the night. Keep it all going guys you have made the club extremely proud.

The lotto jackpot was not won last week. The €50 winner was Lauren McDonald. The numbers drawn were 1,2,8,17. Next weeks jackpot is €9,600.


B'iad 3, 4, 15 agus 19 a huimhireacha a lotto a tarraingíodh ag deireadh na seachtaine agus níor baineadh póta óir an lotto. Beidh €2600 sa phóta óir don seachtain seo.

Bhain na daoine seo leanas €20 an ceann: Patricia Molloy - Glenties, Brian J O Donnell - Brockagh, Kitty Patterson - Glen Rd, Declan Martin - Belcruit agus Dianne Duffy - Burtonport

The agm of CLG An Clochan Liath takes place this Sunday 18th December at 2pm in the Clubhouse. All members are invited to attend. Officer nomination forms are available in Dungloe Post Office or online via our social media outlets. All forms to be returned to Club Secretary, Adrian Alcorn before Sunday.

Saturday marked the final night of the skills class for 2016. Many thanks to Charlie Ferry, manager of Supervalu in Ballybofey for sponsoring selection boxes for all the kids and a few big kids too!

Congratulations to the U 8 boys who got through to the national schools indoor 5 a side county final. The panel is made up of John O'Sullivan, Mark Brennan, Luke Clerkin, Ethan McCafferty, Micheal O'Donnell, Patrick O'Donnell, Keanan McDaid and Killian Gillespie. They now play in the County Final in Finn Valley this Monday.


CLG Seán Mac Cumhaills are inviting applicants for the position of senior football manager for the 2017 season. Any interested parties are asked to forward their application to the club secretary by email or in writing to Club Rúnaí, Alan Martin, Sessiaghoneill, Ballybofey or by no later than the 16th of December 2016. Please contact the club secretary on 086 172 3899 with any queries.

There was no winner of this week's Lotto. The numbers drawn were 9, 26, 27 and 28. There were no match three winners so three names were drawn. They were Lisa Patton, Ciaran Gilhooley and Jack Galvin who receive €40 each.

This week’s jackpot is still a massive €10,000. Gary Dunnion’s team is selling this week.

Congratulations to the St. Columba’s Under-16 Boys team on winning the Arthurs Cup Ulster final against Holy Cross College on Wednesday, in Celtic Park, Derry. There’s a strong Mac Cumhaills contingent and well done to them all.


The lotto winning numbers for December 6th were 6-5-2-7-1-4-8-3. The. jackpot was not won so it rises to €4850 this week.

Handball training on Mondays for children born 2004-2008.

Underage training for children born in 2009,2010 and 2011 on Wednesday nights.

The senior board agm GM is on Sunday the 18th of December at 3 pm. Any club member or manager wanting to put information into the Club notes can do so by sending it to


There is a special club meeting this Friday at 8:30pm in Áislann Chill Chartha all club members are asked to attend, thanks.

Week seven winners in ten week draw were: €1,000 - Edel Byrne, Largymore; €500 - Fiona O’Shea, Killybegs; €300 - Noel McGinley, Cashlings; €200- Pauric Lynch, Falcarragh, Adrian Byrne, Byrnes Stores and Bridie Molloy, Stragar, Killybegs. We are having a double draw next Sunday which will complete our draw, we ask all our ticket sellers to ensure all outstanding monies are collected before the draws on Sunday night.

Due to unforeseen circumstances the 2016 club presentation night which was to be held on December 28th has been postponed until a later date. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

There was no winner of the Club Lotto Jackpot so next week’s Jackpot is €3,500. This week’s numbers were: 2, 3, 7 and 21 and the winners were: €50 - Hannah Carr, Church; €30 - Rebecca Cassidy, Enniskillen; €20 - Teresa Hegarty, Teelin and Micky McGinley,Meenaneary.


The lotto numbers drawn on December 8th were 13, 15, 17 and 24. The jackpot was not won.

The €25 lucky dip winners were PJ Rattigan, c/o The 3 Wishes; Hugh Cunningham, TCG; Ashley & Maura, c/o The 3 Wishes; Keith Hanley, c/o The 3 Wishes

Jackpot this week is £3,000.


The following awards were presented at the recent club dinner dance. Senior player of the year: Gerard Melaugh, Young player of the year: Odhran Doherty; Reserve player of the year: Shane McGuire; minor player of the year: Jason Woods; minor most improved player:Jason Callaghan; club person of the year: Kevin Melaugh; hall of fame: Bernard Devine; special commemoration: 1991 senior team.

The lotto numbers drawn at the weekend were 2,4,5,8,6,7,3,1.

The winning sequence was 2,4,5 Helen Bradley, €50.

Next week’s jackpot is €2175.

This week’s winner of the 100+ Club was number 19 Sean Brolly Raphoe, €100.

The clubs bazaar will take place in the parish hall this Sunday the 11th of December at 4.30pm.


The agm will now take place on Monday 19th December at 7.30 pm in the clubhouse.

Come along to the St. Nauls Family Fun Run, taking place around the shore on St. Stephen's Day. Registration, at the clubhouse, from 10.30am. €10 per adult or €20 per family. With the walkers setting off at 11am and Runners 11.30pm run, jog, or walk around this scenic route and enjoy some light refreshments on return.

Congrats to Ann Marie Sheerin, Mountcharles, who received 'Services to Cultural' Award at the Donegal GAA banquet.

Application are invited for the following positions: senior manager; reserve manager; U21 manager. If interested, please contact Joe Brennan 0871202900 or Mary Coughlan 0868330202 or email

The minor board agm will take place on 16th December at 8pm in the Clubhouse. Membership for 2017 is now open.

The dinner dance will take place on Saturday 28th January in the Millpark Hotel. Tickets will be available in the coming weeks.


The weekly lotto draw took place on Monday 12th December 2016. The numbers drawn were 5, 13, 16 and 18. There was no jackpot winner, a number of people matched two numbers. Following a draw, the five winners of €20 each were Kathleen Gamble, Rossgier, Frankie McIntyre, Rateen, Margaret O'Hagan, Argary, Terry Breslin, Porthall and Kevin Tourish, Lifford. This was the last Lotto draw of 2016. The next draw will take place on 9th January 2017. The Jackpot will resume at €3350.

Sales and renewals commenced on Monday 10th October for the GAA season tickets.


The lotto numbers drawn last Wednesday, night were 10,12,15,16,19,20. There was no jackpot winner so this week’s jackpot is €4,100. We had one match 5 who wins €100- congratulations to Màire Doohan, Curransport. Due to the season that's in it we will have extra prize money up for grabs for the next two draws (Dec 14th and Dec 21st). In addition to the weekly €100 given out (if jackpot doesn't go!!) we will also hold a draw where out of all tickets sold four will be drawn each week to win €50 each. Tickets are on sale in various outlets throughout the parish and prior to the bingo each Wednesday evening.

Many thanks to all who attended the minor board agm last week. The election of officers for the minor board for 2017 were as follows: Chairman: Martin Terry; asst. chairman: John Joe McGeever; secretary: Joe Casey

asst secretary: Stephen Doohan; county board officers: Denis Doohan (Dandy) and Dan Doohan; managers: U-6s - Chris Smyth; U-10's - John Joe McGeever; U-12s - Stephen Doohan; U-14s - Kevin Scanlon

minors - Dan Doohan.

The role of U-8 and U-16 manager are yet to be filled. Many thanks to outgoing U-8 manager John Joe McGeever and U-16 manager Shaun McGarvey for their services to those teams in 2016. If anybody is interested in taking up these roles please contact Martin Terry on 087-6699208.

The club agm will be held on January 8th at 5 pm in Óstan Loch Áltan. All members eligible to nominate should have received their nomination forms and letters at this stage. Please ensure these are returned only to the Club secretary Martin Duggan by this Thursday December 15th!

The pitch will be closed for all use until further notice due to ongoing works on the pitch itself.

November 100 Club winners were €500 - Pat McNickle

€100 - Cormac McGarvey, Michael McFadden, Tom Feeney, Margaret Mulhern, Murt Collins!

Congratulations Conor Ó Gallachóir who is through to the Ulster Final of Scór na nÓg in the aithriseoireacht after a great performance in Swatragh at the weekend. Great to see our GAA family grow by two this past week with the arrival of baby Hugh Maguire (son of club senior player Shaun Maguire and his wife Martina) and baby Maria Hamer (daughter of our Health & Wellbeing Officer Helena and her husband Gerard Hamer).

Best of luck to PCC U-14.5 aelic team who play in the Ulster final on Friday 16th at 12noon in Owenbeg,Co.Derry.

A workshop will be delivered by the Ulster LGFA Development Officer Ciaran Murtagh which will be a practical guide for ladies football coaches working in their clubs.

It is a practical indoor session-where a squad of U10/U12 Girls,10 to 15 players will be put through a short session/games demonstrations.

Possible date for the Workshop run in Donegal would be Wed. 25th January (Time 7.30 to 9pm-Venue to be confirmed). Numbers are required to ensure there is enough uptake and interest to go ahead with the Workshop so please contact Desiree on 086-0874395.


There was no winner of this week’s Bunotto Jackpot. The winning numbers were 1 2 9 18 19. The €50 winners were Cian McEniff, Tullan Strand Road; Kathleen O’Neill, Carrickboy, Ballyshannon; Roisin Chapman, Sheil Avenue, Bundoran. Next week’s jackpot will be €4850.

CLG Realt na Mara Bundoran are seeking applicants for the position of senior team manager for 2017.All applications must be submitted in writing to Gerry Breslin, Secretary, Church Road, Bundoran or via email secretary.

Closing date for applications is Friday 16th December 2016.

The agm of Bord na nOg will take place next Friday night December 16th at 7.30pm in the Holyrood Hotel. It is very important that anyone with a genuine interest in the welfare of underage football in Bundoran attend.

Everyone welcome especially parents of children intending to play football with the club in 2017.

The following were positions were ratified at our recent club meeting assistant secretary Geraldine Walsh and Health and Wellbeing Officer, Therese Barrett .

Well done to club senior players Paul and Jamie Brennan on their fine performances in the Donegal jersey last Sunday and also Rhona McEniff who has been selected for the Donegal U-16 Ladies squad for 2017.

All the best to senior player Diarmuid McCaughey who is currently preparing to take part in the 24 hour gaelic match in aid of the Cancer Focus NI and the Michaela Foundation.All donations welcome on the following link .

Club membership is now due and can be paid to new club registrar Tommy Hourihane.

Tickets are on sale now for the National Club Draw priced €10.


Congratulations to Eamonn McGrath who made his county debut against Sligo in a challenge match at the weekend. Eamonn, along with Peter Boyle, was a second half sub.

Our annual quiz takes place in Owen Roe's on Thursday 15th December.

The annual Kickabout for Colman returns this year and will take place on Wednesday 28th December with the first games throwing in at 1.30pm as Aodh Ruadh once again takes on the Rest of the World. Anyone interested in lining out for the Rest of the World Football Selections is asked to email Simon Gillespie or text him on 0019145738761 so we can get an idea of numbers. This year it is in aid of two charities. First is the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA), the only organisation of its kind providing care and support to people with Motor Neurone Disease, their families, friends and carers. As some of you may know, John Larkin gets his care through this great organisation. The second good cause is Cancer Care West, a charity dedicated to providing support to anyone affected by a cancer diagnosis in a safe, nurturing and accessible environment. There will be buckets doing the rounds on the day so please give generously.

Come to Dicey Reilly's on Wednesday December 28th for some festive craic as Aodh Ruadh's Big Bad Interactive YouTube Pub Quiz comes blazing back.

The semi-final of Scór Sinsear will be taking place in early February. Any interested parties are asked to contact Sean O'Mahoney.

'Wreckreational' football will return shortly. A WhatsApp group is being set up to establish numbers and most suitable day and time for a regular session. If you'd like to dust off the old boots or your just looking to keep things ticking over on the off season and get some exercise just let John, David or Alan know and we'll add you to the group.

The 2016 Donegal yearbook is now available to purchase online.

There was no winner of last week's Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €7,500. The winning numbers drawn were 7, 10, 11, 15, 16 and 17. In the lucky dip €20 went to Arwen Killilea, Donegal Road; Brigid McDermott, Belleek; Helen Donagher, College Street; Elaine McLoone, Abbeylands; and Alison McCrea, Ballintra. Next draw is in McGinley's with a jackpot of €7,600 on Sunday at 8.30pm


Well done to Michael Langan who made his senior debut for Donegal on Sunday last against Sligo in Letterkenny. Michael had an impressive debut scoring seven points as Donegal won the match.

Congratulations to Liam McElhinney who was elected to as the Ulster Council Representative at the county Convention, on Sunday.

The Donegal Yearbook is now on sale. There was no Jackpot winner in the mini lotto on Sunday. The numbers drawn were 6,9,11,13,17,20. The Match 5 winners were Tina Brady and Michael Curran c/o Rose’s Bar who won 50 each. This week’s jackpot is €2500.

Good luck to PCC, Falcarragh in the Ulster final on Friday 16th December in Owenbeg , Co. Derry.

Club officials will be selling the annual National Draw tickets door to door in the Dunfanaghy and Creeslough areas over the next few weeks. Tickets are priced at €10 and included in this is a local, County and National Draw.

Sales and renewals of GAA Season tickets commenced on Monday 10th October.


Due to the death of Danny Murphy, Ulster GAA, we had to postpone the Official opening of our Club’s new Fitness and Administration Centre on the first floor of our clubhouse. This will now take place on Saturday 17th December at 2.00pm. The official opening will be performed by an tUactarán CLG Aogán Ó Fearghail.

The Senior board AGM is in the Tara Hotel on Sunday the 18th of December at 5pm. This week's Kilotto numbers were 17,18,26,30. There was no Jackpot winner. Next weeks Jackpot is at €8,300. There was one match 3 winner this week, Brian Campbell, Riverdale Heights.

The Donegal GAA Yearbook can be bought locally in Hegarty’s Centra and Sweetnews or on line on donegal for €15.

The senior board presentation will take place in the Bayview Hotel on Friday the 30th Dec, more info to follow.

The club are having lots of interest and people enquiring about Operation Reformation. The good news is that we'll be back in January. More information to come. We hope to follow similar guidelines as last year. If there is anyone with suggestions or improvements from last year, let me know.


The annual presentation night will take place on Thursday the 29th December at 8.30pm in Arena 7.

The club agm will be held on Sunday 8 January 2017 at 2pm in the Gaels Club Room.

Club Members are invited to submit Nominations for the various Club Officer Positions and Motions to Jim McGlynn by 6pm on Friday, 30 December 2016.

We are looking for singers, dancers, actors and musicians from the club to represent us in the Scór Sinsear competition which will be held in the New Year. We need a ballad group, traditional music group, ceilí or set dancers and anyone interested in putting a short play together. Please contact Bairbre on 089 4218215 if you are interested.

Letterkenny Gaels Ladies are delighted to announce their Winter Ladies Football Training program. During the winter months the Circuit based training will take place indoors at the Gaels Clubroom on the Thorn Road. The training for 16s to adult continues every Friday evening. Training is open to all and new members are especially welcome.

Ard a' Ratha

There was no winner of our weekly flotto, the numbers drawn were: 15, 16, 20 and 23. Nearest were Vincnt McConnell, Edergole and Joseph McGill, Aighe. Jackpot now stands at €8,500.

Anyone who attends all club matches and county matches can avail of the Club Plus Season Card for €200.00. It covers all adult club games within the control of Donegal GAA, all National league games for your county, 1st round of the Ulster championship, the option to purchase a ticket for the championship should your county progress and the option to purchase an All-Ireland final ticket should your county qualify. No attendance record is required. The cards can be purchased online through tickets. If anyone has any difficulty in ordering you can contact Club Secretary Mary who can assist you.

There is also a club card, which is for club adult league and championship games only in the county and they can be purchased for €149.00. The Club AGM takes place on Sunday 8th January at 5pm in the GAA club house. Nomination forms are in Divers and can be completed and left there for collection. All nominations to be in by Sunday, 1st January, 2017.

The annual presentation awards night will take place in the GAA clubhouse on Wednesday 28th December at 8.30pm. Hot food will be served followed by the yearly awards and presentations to the 1991 U14 and minor championship winning teams of 25 years ago.

Dancing will follow afterwards to Shaun McMonagle. We hope that everyone will join with us for some food and dancing. No tickets required.

On St Stephen’s Day a 5k Run (chipped timing), walk or cycle for all the family will take place. Registration from the clubhouse at 12noon with the event starting at 1pm. Everybody welcome. Refreshments afterwards.

The Club are running an ‘Operation Motivation’. Start 2017 the right way - be healthy - lose weight. This is an eight-week fitness/weight loss programme starting in January, 2017. Registration night will be held on Monday 9th January at 7pm in the GAA Clubhouse to include weigh in etc. €5 per night with Proceeds to Pieta House and CLG Ard an Ratha. An exercise class will be held every Monday night (time tbc) and the walk/run every Thursday night (time tbc) for the eight weeks.

This will be a fun way to exercise and an opportunity to get the New Year off to a good start. This is opened to everyone and more information will follow.

The club are currently rehearsing for a comedy play ‘Widow’s Paradise’. It involves all characters from the Ardara and Portnoo areas. It is extremely funny and will give you loads of laughs. The play will be staged on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th January 2017 at 8pm and Sunday 29th at 4pm in the GAA clubhouse.

Tickets are priced at €10 and are on sale in Divers for each show. These would make an ideal Christmas Gift. Demand will be strong so it is advisable to buy early.

Naomh Brid

There was a great turnout on Friday night in the Community Centre for the Naomh Brid variety concert. The local talent that performed on the night were Barry Breslin and friends, three generations of the Mc Grory family, The Ballinakillew Dancers, Sadhbh Rooney, Barbara Edwards and the new Youth Choir, Stephen Anderson, plus Laghey and Ballintra school groups. Well done to all who took part on the night.

The club are running the GAA draw with a car as the star prize. Tickets are priced £10 and available from our club volunteers.

There was no overall winner of this week’s lotto draw. The jackpot now stands at £3,300. The numbers drawn were 5, 6, 11, 12, 24. The £25 winners were Mary Ward, Mc Grane family, Liam Walls, Damien (twin) Timoney. Next draw takes place in the Country Inn, Laghey, on the 19th December.

Minor pre- season training starts on Wednesday 11th January at 6-45 to 8-00 pm in the astro turf Termon Centre for a seven week cycle.


The club would like to extend its sincere condolences to Desmond and the family of Jackie Bonner, Derryhenny who sadly passed away last weekend. Jackie was a true Gael and a supporter of not just our senior team but right through the age grades. Their wasn't a game that Jackie would miss when her son's Eamon, Conor, Keelin and Mark would tog out in the black and white. A huge testament to Jackie and her family on the large attendance at both the wake and funeral. May she rest in peace.

The lotto draw took place last Monday evening in the hall. Numbers drawn were 2,3,9 and 26. There was no jackpot winner on the night. Two lucky dips receive €50 Liz and Jim Fintown and Ryan McCready, Corr Point.