This Friday we will be collecting membership at underage training in the various halls. We would appreciate if parents / guardians could use this opportunity to ensure membership is in order. Currently we have only 60 members registered out of the roughly 550 members usually registered each year, so we have some distance to go yet. Membership can be paid at any time to Gerry Ferguson at Ferguson's Jewellers. Players can also download registration forms from aodhruadh.org and submit this along with the relevant fee directly to their manager. Further registration sessions will be organised over the coming weeks and it is especially important all players are signed up club members.
Peter Boyle announced his decision to step down from the county panel over the weekend. While it certainly won't have been an easy decision for Peter to make, the county's loss should very much be Aodh Ruadh's gain.
Kerry Ryan's under 16s will become the first club side to field in competitive action in 2018 when they entertain Ardara in Father Tierney Park at 12 noon this Sunday. We wish the team and management all the very best for the coming season.
Congratulations to our under 14s on the receiving the news last week that they are to represent the county at Féile this year.
Under 12 training takes place on Monday evenings at the Breesy Centre in Cashelard from 7pm to 8.15pm and Friday evening's in the Mercy Hall from 7.15pm to 8.15pm. There is a charge of €3 per session.
Indoor underage training for boys continues this Friday. The under 10s are in the New Hall from 7.15pm to 8.15pm. Under 6 and under 8 training continues on Friday. The under 8s are in the New Hall from 6pm to 7pm. The under 6s are in the Mercy Hall from 6pm to 6.45pm. There is a charge of €3 per head, please note the new rate. Please bring your own water and wear runners as no other footwear allowed. Parents/Guardians are asked to please collect children promptly after their session is finished. Girls underage football resumption will be notified to the relevant age groups in due course.
There will be a meeting of the ladies committee this Wednesday in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh at 7pm. All committee members are asked to attend.
Under 6 girls training continues in Creevy School Hall this Friday and runs from 6pm to 7pm. There is a charge of €2 per child to cover the cost of the hall. Under 8 girls training continues on Tuesdays in the Mercy Hall and runs from 6pm to 7pm. There is a charge of €3 per child to cover the cost of the hall. Under 10 girls training continues on Tuesdays in the Mercy Hall and runs from the later time of 7.15pm to 8.15pm. There is a charge of €3 per child to cover the cost of the hall.
Under 12 girls training continues this Wednesday in the Mercy Hall from 5.30pm to 6.30pm. Please bring €3 to cover cost of hall hire as well as water. You can pay registration on the night to the manager. We are still welcoming new girls. For any girls who haven't played before, come along and talk to Karol and she will help you get to involved at your own pace. If anyone is able to give a hand contact Karol on 086-8780164.
Underage hurling started last Sunday morning. On a fresh morning it was great to see so many enthusiastic hurlers out. Boys and girls from 5 years of age are welcome hurls and helmets provided for training. Training for all ages continues this Sunday at 12 noon. For any enquiries contact John Rooney on 086-2587793.
Donegal v Tyrone
The county under 17 team get their Ulster League campaign under way in Father Tierney Park this Saturday at 12 noon. We need our usual key stewards at the Park for 10.30am . Please text confirmation of availability to Tom Daly or Conal Gallagher by Thursday evening.
Due to unforeseen circumstances the Saint Patrick's Day Quiz fixed for Owen Roe's this Thursday has been cancelled. A fund raising quiz for Rockfield School will take place instead this Thursday with the action getting under way at 9.45pm
A date for your diary. Bord na nÓg will be staging a Sports Quiz on Saturday 14th April in the Bridgend Bar at 9.30pm. There will be a raffle on the night and a big turnout of support is needed to help continue the great investment in underage football in recent years.
Commiserations to the Trath na gCeist team of Sylvester Maguire, Paddy Kelly, Eamonn Martin Maguire and John Hughes who came up just short in the county final against Gaeil Fhánada. Aodh Ruadh scored 23 out of 30 to finish second, but Gaeil Fhánada racked up 25 to take the county title. Good luck to them as they go on to represent Donegal in the All-Ireland finals.
After an unbroken run of 113 consecutive Fridays of bingo, we were unfortunately unable to hold bingo at Coláiste Cholmcille due to the red weather alert last week. The last Friday where bingo was missed was Christmas night 2015. We return to normal service this Friday at 9pm at the Abbey Centre, with a mighty €2,150 prize fund including the €450 snowball and €400 jackpot. Books priced just €10.
Aodh Ruadh Lotto
There was no winner of last week's Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €6,900. The winning numbers drawn were 2, 3, 4, 10, 13 and 15. In the lucky dip €20 went to Marie Askin; Finbar Tonery, c/o McGinley's Bar; Aaron Brennan, Higginstown; Phena Drummond, Dunmuckrim; and Margaret Campbell, Camlin. Next draw is in Dicey Reilly's with a jackpot of €7,000 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 bingo in the Abbey Centre. You have to be in it to win it!
The lotto team for McCosker's Centra on Saturday is: LADIES.