The Ladies AGM has once again been reconvened for this Sunday 10th January at 6pm in Aras Aoidh Ruaidh.
Ladies football is enjoying large numbers and some success in the club. However the coaching and administrative burden has fallen on a small number of dedicated shoulders.
While we are getting great levels of participation the coaching and administrative manpower which allows that happen is just too small and is endangering our ability to sustain ladies football in the club.
It is not fair to keep asking so much from the people already involved. It is important to understand that Ladies Football is governed by the LGFA which is a separate body to the GAA and our underage girls are not part of Bord na nÓg.
This means we need our own committee and structures. Past players and parents are particularly asked to consider giving even a small part of their time to help us provide football for girls in Ballyshannon, be it on the committee, attending monthly County Board meetings, coaching, helping out with a team, on the lotto or in fund-raising.
If you think you can help in whatever capacity email email@example.com. Garda vetting, child protection course and fundamentals are being organised at the moment to facilitate those interested in getting involved in coaching roles.
Donegal v Cork match programme
Donegal play Cork in Division 1 of the National Football League in Father Tierney Park on Sunday, 7th February. The usual comprehensive match programme is being prepared. Each club committee member is asked to secure an advert and return with copy and payment to Tom Daly by January 20th. Rates are as follows. Quarter page: €35; Half page €60; and Full page: €120.
An immediate vacancy exists on the Aodh Ruadh School’s Coaching Programme for a coach. Anyone from the general area with the relevant skills set and who meets Community Employment Scheme (CES) criteria is asked to contact Tom Daly. Garda Vetting applies. Child protection training and support to undertake appropriate coaching courses and achieve relevant qualifications will be provided. CES criteria include a minimum of 12 months on the Live Register and being over 25-years-of-age. Male or female applicants welcome.
Restricted access to Aras Aoidh Ruaidh
During January refurbishment works will be undertaken at Aras Aoidh Ruaidh which will limit the use of the 2 changing rooms there, as well as the function room upstairs. Please check with Park / Development Committee officers before making any arrangements which will involve the use of the building during January.
The Donegal under 21s were in action in Páirc Aoidh Ruaidh on Saturday as they took on Sligo in the North West Cup. Niall Harley and Colm Kelly both made appearances from the bench as the hosts scored a 2-7 to 0-9 win in the opening game of the campaign.
Colman’s Charity Kickabout
The club thanks all the players who played in the Colman Kerr charity games in such dreadful conditions on Bank Holiday Monday 28th December. Thanks to our match referees Raymie Granaghan and Shane Toolan. We would like to thank Deirdre, Cliodna and Oisin Kerr and the Donagher and Kerr families for their support on the day. Finally thanks to everyone who brought supplies and supported both charities on the day. Despite the conditions people were very generous and we were delighted to raise €1,400. This will be split evenly between GRASP and Hand in Hand. Pictured on aodhruadh.org are Cliodna Kerr speaking after the games, followed by winning captain Simon Gillespie receiving the trophy from Oisin Kerr.
Big Bad Interactive Fun Quiz
Many thanks to everyone who attended the Big Bad Interactive Fun Quiz in Dicey’s Bank Holiday Monday 28th December. Thanks to our sponsors, Gerard Ferguson Jewellers, Mr G’s, Stockhouse Furniture and Dicey Reilly’s. Some 35 teams took part in a great night’s craic which proved a big success. Also many thanks to John Hughes and Michael Liston who set the questions and provided IT support. Pictured on aodhruadh.org are the winning team of Niall McKee, Corey McDermott, Shane Drummond and Richard Gallagher.
GAA National Club Draw 2016
Tickets for the GAA National Club Draw are now on sale. These tickets have some great prizes on offer including a new Opel Corsa, trips to the 216 All-Stars, a €1,500 travel voucher, All-Ireland final corporate packages, All-Ireland final tickets and €1,000 shopping vouchers to name just a few. Tickets are €10 each are now on sale with club members. Revenues from all tickets sold by club members stay with Aodh Ruadh.
Abbey Centre Bingo
The New Year’s Day bingo jackpot of €400 was won by Vincent Keown, Ballyshannon. There was no winner of snowball prize, so it now stands at €525 on 51 numbers or less. Bingo as usual this Friday at 9pm at the Abbey Centre. Books priced at just €10.
Aodh Ruadh Lotto
There was no winner of last week’s Aodh Ruadh Lotto jackpot of €2,600. The winning numbers drawn were 7, 8, 11, 15, 16 and 17. In the lucky dip €20 went to Micky Gahan, Tirchonaill Street; Teresa Herron, Bishop Street; Eamonn Doherty, Erne Dale Heights; Marie Gallagher, Erne Street; and John Gallagher, Erne Street. Next draw is on Sunday in McGinley’s with a Jackpot of €2,700 on Sunday at 8.30pm.
The lotto team for McCosker’s Centra Saturday is: juvenile hurlers.