Santa this Saturday at SVP
This Saturday 16th from 3pm to 6pm at the Saint Vincent de Paul shop in The Port, Ballyshannon, Santa will be arriving in the new fire brigade jeep. There will be face painting for the kids on the day along with an opportunity for a photo with Santa. This will be €2 per child. We have some home baking to be purchased, along with tea and coffee. Also we have a huge hamper to be won, plus some with fantastic spot prizes from local business. Tickets can be purchased for the hamper in the Saint Vincent de Paul shop for €2 or three for €5.
Pride of place this week goes to our own Mick McGrath who became only the third Ballyshannon man to be elected chairman of Donegal County Board. He was elected unopposed as successor to Sean Dunnion. The honour comes after years of service to the county in various capacities. The post of chairman is a considerable responsibility in the modern GAA, but no better man than Mick for the job and we're proud to have him helming the county's administration. Well done also to David McLoone, County Development Officer, who presented a lucid roadmap to the completion of the County Training Centre in Convoy, and to Referees' Administrator Shane Toolan who reflected on a year where despite only have 42 active referees, only one game was not played due to lack of officials.
The AGM of the Aodh Ruadh Juvenile Hurling committee took place last Monday. A small but enthusiastic crowd reviewed 2017 and made plans for 2018. Another tough year is in store for 2018, but as always the small hard core of workers will do all in their power to keep underage hurling alive in our club. The following positions were filled on the night were as follows. Chairman, John Rooney; Assistant Chairman, John Larkin; Secretary, Denis Daly; Assistant Secretary, Lorraine Duffy; Lotto Co-ordinator, Teresa Maguire; Under 8 Management, Liam Mealiff, Damien Conlan and others to be appointed; Under 10 Management, Peter Horan, Gregory Gallagher, Paul Sheridan and Mark Sheerin; Under 12 Management, Daithi Breen and Kieran Daly; Under 14 Management, Denis Daly and Daithi Breen; Under 16 Management, John Rooney, Peter Horan and Mike Lynch. A meeting of minors will take place in January to see if we are able to field.
This Thursday sees the Juvenile Hurling Annual Fun Quiz in Owen Roes starting at 9.30 pm. Always a great nights fun with lots of raffle prizes to be won. Gather up a team and come along for the craic!
Big Bad and Back
Come to Dicey Reilly's on Thursday December 28th for some festive craic as Aodh Ruadh's Big Bad Interactive YouTube Pub Quiz comes blazing back. Using the big screens in Dicey's there will be five live action rounds on comedy, advertising, music, what happens next and a name that year round. The quiz gets rolling at 9pm and we'll have big prizes on the night and loads of great spot prizes to be won. All funds go to support the work of Aodh Ruadh.
Bumper Christmas Bingo
This Friday is our Bumper Christmas Bingo, with a night of real treats in store and a cash prize fund of €2,800. There will be two €500 jackpot games which must be won on the night, plus each line prize is €40 and house prizes will range from €100 to €150. The winter snowball will play for €250 on 45 numbers. We also have terrific spot prizes to give away with a total value of €600, including a turkey, meal, fuel, picture framing and meat vouchers, drinks bottles and sweet treats, as well as a pair of tickets to the 2018 Rory Gallagher festival. Many thanks to all our generous local spot prize sponsors, Rooney's Butchers, E&J Oil, The Limit, Ballyshannon Coal, Thomas Gallagher picture framing, Spar, Abbey Garage, Bridgend Bar, Owen Roe's Bar, McCaffrey Quarries, Febvre Wines and Centra. Please shop local this Christmas. Of course Cuddles will be sent home with someone in time for Christmas as well! First game at 9pm at the Abbey Centre, books priced €15 for full book or €8 for the half book, or get the book and a half special for just €20. Wear your Christmas hat and jumper, it's sure to be a great night!
Abbey Centre Bingo
Last week's €400 bingo jackpot was won by James Monaghan of Pettigo. Teresa Campbell of Ballyshannon won the stand up prize of €115. There was no claim on the snowball prize of €225.
Reasons to shop local this Christmas
Ballyshannon Business Chamber would like to thank the under 13 girls county champions who turned on the town's Christmas lights last Saturday. Our Christmas shopping bonanza is now underway with many prizes in businesses throughout the Town. There is free entry in participating outlets and prizes are Shop Local Vouchers to the value of €1,000 and two nights bed and breakfast plus a dinner compliments of The White Hotel Group. Keep it local in Ballyshannon this Christmas.
Inter-county Season Tickets
Season Ticket pricing for 2018 has been confirmed by Croke Park. Adult Club+ season tickets are price €200. Adult season tickets are €120. Juvenile season tickets are €30. As in the season just past, The Club+ season ticket allows the owner to attend club fixtures within the chosen county. The grades and codes of club fixtures covered by the Club+ element of the ticket are determined by the individual county. Once the season ticket is correctly maintained throughout the season, the Club+ version will also guarantee the ticket holder an All-Ireland Final ticket should their county qualify, regardless of their attendance percentage. Clubs will receive €100 for every Club+ season ticket purchased by club members. Renewals and sales are now live.
Panto time at the Abbey Centre
Abbey Arts Productions presents Camelot the Panto by Ben Crocker in Abbey Arts Centre, Ballyshannon. There are shows at 8pm nightly from Tuesday 12th December to Thursday 14th December. On Saturday 16th December there will be shows at 3pm and 8pm. Tickets for these show are available from the Abbey Arts Centre box office, call 071-9851375. Prices are: Adult €12; Concessions €10; Family tickets €40 for two adults and two children. Early booking is advised. Christmas Time is Panto Time at the Abbey Arts Centre!
Aodh Ruadh Lotto
There was no winner of last week's Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €5,800. The winning numbers drawn were 4, 5, 7, 12, 15 and 18. Winners of the hampers in the lucky dip were John McNarry, c/o McGinley's Bar; and Jimmy Rafferty, Tonragee. Winners of the €30 vouchers in the lucky dip were Pauline Vaughan, Rossnowlagh Road; Glenn Patton, c/o McGinley's Bar; Caroline McGarrigle, c/o Bridgend Bar; Rose McManus, Garrison; Daithi Breen, Woodlands; Margaret Gahan; Eunan Doyle; Mickey The Coalman. Next draw is in Dorrian's Hotel with a jackpot of €5,900 on Sunday at 8.30pm. Tickets are now available in the following outlets: Seán Óg's, O'Donnell's, Dicey Reilly's, The Limit, Pat's Bar, The Bridgend, Owen Roe's, Fin McCool's, The Lantern, McGinley's, Pearse O'Neill's, McCosker's Centra and Kernan's Spar and at the weekly and weekly bingo in the Abbey Centre. If not in, you can't win!
The lotto team for McCosker's Centra on Saturday is: SENIOR FOOTBALLERS.
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