Notes for August

W/E 25/08/2019

posted Aug 20, 2019, 5:12 AM by John O'Sullivan

Munster Champions!
Alan Cummins and Brian Reilly have won the 60x30 (Big Alley) Masters B Munster Final. The Toonagh clubmen joined forces this year to represent Clare and accounted for Limerick in the semi-final which then set up a final against Cork. 
The final which was played in Hospital,Co.Limerick on Monday evening saw the pair beat Cork on a scoreline of 21/20,21/12.
They now face Leinster opponents Wexford in the All-Ireland semi-final on the weekend of September 14th/15th.

W/E 18/08/2019

posted Aug 12, 2019, 1:31 PM by John O'Sullivan

Ruan G.A.A. Juniors Win Trophy.
There were great celebrations in Ruan on Sunday evening, Ruan Juniors having taken the silverware in the Junior C Final which was played in Tulla. On their way to the final they won three of their games and had a win over Killenena in the semi-final.  Captain, Mikey Casey was presented with the trophy by Joe Cooney, Clare Co. Board Chairman. 
Great credit is due to the management, team members and all who have supported them all along the campaign.

The wedding took place, last week, of Deirdre McDonnell, daughter of Betty and Dermot, Hillview, Soheen, Dysart and Tim Smythe, son of Maureen and Barry, of Shanaway Road, Ennis. Retired Bishop Willie Walsh, assisted by Fr. Pat O’Neill were celebrants. Bridesmaids were Aine Quinn, Amy Kinnear, Karen Smythe and Orla O’Grady.  
Best man was Paraic Crehan, groomsmen were Damien McDonnell,  Gavin McDonagh and Liam Rynne. Flowergirl was Emily Kearny and Pageboy was Oisin Lynch. The reception was held in the Armada Hotel, Spanish Point and the couple reside in Ennis.

Tour de Munster.
There was great excitement on Friday morning in Ennis as our own local hero, Conrad McCullough led 120 cyclists, including Sean Kelly, Tour de France Champion, to O’Connell Square, where a group of young traditional musicians from the local area provided entertainment for the visitors. 
The charity cycle was raising funds for Munster Down Syndrome, cycling around Munster for the weekend.  Fundraising took place on the day in the county towns for the Clare branch. 
It’s 80 members and the committee are very grateful to all who voluntarily offered their services, and to all who contributed to the cause, as it makes a huge difference to the families, accessing speech therapy, swimming lessons and more.

Yoga Class.
A number of local families enjoyed a free community yoga class with Rosie McMahon in Toonagh Hall on Sunday morning. 
Kids yoga will start in Toonagh Hall from Sunday, Sept 8, at 11am with Collette Nagle, Corofin.

It was a disappointing result for our local girls Rebecca Crowe, Niamh Lyons and Claire and Louise McDonnell and the Clare panel, when they lost out to Kerry in the semi final of the Junior C Championship in Cusack Park. However, they worked hard to get to this stage of the competition and hopefully they will go further next year.

GAA Summer Camp.
Ruan Hurling and Camogie Clubs are hostiing their own Summer Camp in the local GAA field starting Monday, Aug.19 to Thurs, Aug. 22. This popular camp is now in its 4th year and it runs from 10am to 2pm daily. It caters for Primary School children and promises to be a week of great fun, hurling and camogie and an enjoyable way to finish off the summer holidays. Parents who have not done so, may register on the first day of the Camp.

W/E 11/08/2019

posted Aug 6, 2019, 12:04 PM by John O'Sullivan

Set Dancing Classes.
 John Fennell Dance School will start set dancing classes for children at 3.30pm on Wednesday’s, in Toonagh Hall once school resumes in the Autumn. 
Further details may be had from Pamela @0876224698.

Fundraising Dance.
The local Resource Group has been busy over the summer on another phase of the works to bring Toonagh Hall up to a high standard. The kitchen has been painted and the timbers on the veranda have been replaced.
Mike Gardiner and his band with Noreen Ferns will play in the Hall on Saturday August 31 and the organizing committee is hoping for a great turnout on the night.

Recent Death.
The death took place recently of Breda Wilmott (née Galvin), peacefully, at her home in Keswick, Lake District, Cumbria. Breda was born and reared in Ranahan, Ruan and, as a young woman, like many young people of the time, she emigrated to England where she trained as a nurse in London. There she met and married her husband, Len, and they reared a family of three sons John, Paul and Eamon. 
When Breda and Len retired they came to Larchill, near Ennis, where they lived for nearly twenty years, their home there having its own wind turbine, which was ahead of its time in the area and was an interesting topic of conversation.
When Len died his remains were interred in Kyle Cemetery, near Breda’s homeplace in Ranahan and on Thursday last, following requiem mass in Ruan, Breda’s remains were also laid to rest in Kyle. She is survived by her sons and their families, her brother Ger Galvin, nephews, nieces and friends.

Lay Led Liturgy
A lay led Liturgy will be held in St. Tola’s Church, Dysart at 10am on this Sunday, August 11.

The amalgamation of Ruan/Crusheen/ Corofin played Broadford/Parteen in the u18B Shield Final in Fr. McNamara Park on Monday evening. Despite the girls showing great determination, they were beaten by the opposition, ending the season of hard work and dedication they and their mentors have put in to reach the final. 
The Liberty Insurance All Ireland semi final will take place in Cusack Park on Saturday, Aug. 10, when Clare takes on Kerry. Our Club members, Louise and Claire McDonnell, Niamh Lyons and Rebecca Crowe and the Clare panel are wished well in the game.

W/E 04/08/2019

posted Jul 30, 2019, 1:58 PM by John O'Sullivan

The wedding took place in Our Lady of the Wayside Church, Lissycasey, recently, of Dermot, son of Anne and John Taaffe, Kells and Kate, daughter of Steven and Frances McGuane, Lissycasey.  The ceremony was officiated by Canon Patrick Taaffe, uncle of the bride with Fr. Joe Hourigan and  Fr. Pat O’Neill. Maid of Honour was Sinead Noonan, Bridesmaid was Mary Garvey. Best man was George Taaffe and John Taaffe was Groomsman.  
Flower girls were Muireann Ryan, Hannah McGuane, Meabhdh Ryan, Roisin McGuane and Anne Garvey and Pageboys were Christopher O’Grady, John and Shane Taaffe. The reception was held in The Bellbridge Hotel, Spanish Point.

The Clare Junior Camogie  team has secured their place in the All Ireland semi final after their win over Tyrone at the weekend. Our club members, Niamh Lyons, Rebecca Crowe, Louise and Claire McDonnell all having a hand in their success to date. The next game will be played at the weekend between Kerry and Wicklow and the semi final will be held on August 10th when Clare will meet either Kerry or Offaly, depending on points on the table at that stage.
Emily Whelan, Aoife Anderson, Sinead Hastings and Kate Forde represented the Ruan Club at the inter All Ireland competition in Dublin at the weekend.

W/E 26/08/2018

posted Aug 22, 2018, 2:05 AM by John O'Sullivan

Farewell to Fr. Seamus.
On Sunday, after the 10am Mass in Ruan people got an opportunity to say their goodbyes to Fr. Seamus Nohilly, a native of Corofin, Co. Galway, who joined the Imeall Boirne Cluster in January, 2014, on the retirement of Fr. Brian Geoghegan.   Fr. Seamus is  priest with the S.M.A. Society since 1969, and served in Nigeria and Ireland.  He lived among the people of Tubber and was very much involved in the pastoral care of the Cluster which includes Crusheen, Ballinruan, Boston, Tubber, Ruan, Dysart, Corofin,  Kilnaboy and Rath.  
He endeared  himself to those he met, such was his kindness and empathy with people.  A large crowd came to Ruan Community Centre to bid their farewells and to wish Fr. Seamus well on his return to the S.M.A. House in Claregalway. Tea and home baking was served by ladies of the parish, and it is hoped that Fr. Seamus will have happy memories of his time here.

Community Games.
The All Ireland Community Games were held in Athlone recently. Neasa Ni Ainifein took Silver in the under 14 girls’ 800m.   Ethan Ryan competed in the Javelin.  

Ruan has joined up with Corofin to make up an under 21 team and they had a win over Tulla last week, taking them into the final which they played on Monday evening in Fr. Mcnamara Park against Broadford/Parteen. 
The Ruan girls on the panel are Michelle Power, Siofra Lawton, Sarah O’Donoghue, Louise McDonnell and Lisa Whelan.  Aoife Stankard from Crusheen is also on the panel.

Ruan G.A.A. Club hosted an u8 Blitz in the Hurling field on Saturday last. The teams taking part were Inagh/Kilnamona, O’Callaghan’s Mills, Bodyke and Ballyea and the host club. Great credit must go to the organisers, mentors and parents for their work in organising the day and providing refreshments enabling the children to play hurling games in an enjoyable atmosphere and to get to meet people from other clubs which they will, no doubt, meet in more competitive games in the future.
The under 12’s visited Semple Stadium last week.  They played games against Dungarven, Erin’s Own (Waterford) and Charleville. Afterwards they met Brendan Maher, Tipperary hurler and Captain of the All Ireland winning team of 2016.  He recounted the history of Semple Stadium to the group and they had a very informative and enjoyable day.

Tour De Munster Success.
The Tour De Munster that cycled through the Banner County on the 10th of August was a hugh success, raising much appreciated funds and awareness for Down Syndrome Clare and its seventy four members. All funds raised goes towards paying for services of speech therapy, swimming and horse riding lessons, home tutoring,  with music lessons to follow that list shortly, for their members. 
The Down Syndrome Clare committee wishes to thank everyone who contributed, and also acknowledges Geraldine Cahir who organised some of our most talented, local, young musicians to welcome over 100 cyclists, and entertain the crowds in Ennis on the day - Eoin Hassett, Martin Crawley, Brendan O'Halloran, Shona O' Halloran, Tierna Casey, Ruth Kearney, Emer O'Loughlin, Holly O'Loughlin, Aoife McInerney, Caitlin McInerney and Sarah Jane O'Halloran- an amazing group of teenagers who gave their time, talent and kindness and created  a real buzz on O’Connell Square, for the event.

W/E 19/08/2018

posted Aug 14, 2018, 9:57 AM by John O'Sullivan

Toonagh Hall.
The heating system in Toonagh Hall is the latest phase of work being undertaken over the summer and  the boiler house is also being brought up to an acceptable standard for public buildings. When this work is completed the defibrillator will be attached to the outside wall of the boiler house and people will be made aware of its location and how to use in in the event of it being needed.

GAA Summer Camp.
Ruan Hurling and + Camogie Clubs are holding their own Summer Camp starting Monday August 20 until Thursday August 23, from 10.00am each morning. 
The Camp is for primary school children and promises to be a great week of fun, Hurling and camogie and a good way to finish off the summer holidays. 
Last year over one hundred children attended and a similar number is expected this summer. Children may be registered on the morning of the camp.

W/E 12/08/2018

posted Aug 6, 2018, 2:04 PM by John O'Sullivan

Tour de Munster.
On this Friday, the Tour de Munster cycle will pass through Ennis, rising much needed funds for Down Syndrome Ireland. There are fourteen members in Clare Down Syndrome - Parents all working voluntarily, raising funds to provide services such as speech therapy, home tutoring, music lessons and life skills for children with Down Syndrome. The main aim of the group is to ensure that each child with Down Syndrome develops to his/her potential and makes their future as independent as possible.
Laura Cahir from Ballygriffey is Treasurer of Clare Down Syndrome and will be among those in Ennis tomorrow, Friday, collecting donations during the cycle. A group of local children will provide music at The Square to welcome the cyclists and provide entertainment to the crowds in town on the day, and it promises to be a lively event.

Recent Deaths.
The death has taken place of Mary O’Sullivan, Drumcliffe, mother of James, Christy, Monica and Regina, all of whom live in Ballygriffey, and a sister of Monica Cassidy, Nooan, Ruan.  
The death has also taken place of James Synott, Barefield, father of Denise Whelan, Ballygriffey. 
Tommy Peoples, Donegal and Beechgrove, Toonagh,  renowned musician, singer and composer also died last week in Donegal. 
Predeceased by his son Tommy, junior, Tommy is survived by his wife Maria, partner Julie, daughters Siobhan, Neasa and Grainne, sons Cronin and Lochlann, grandchildren and one great-grandchild. 

Summer Camp.
Ruan GAA Club is hosting a Hurling and Camogie Camp in the local Hurling field from Monday, August 20 to Thursday, August 23. The camp will finish with a Family Fun Day in the final day. 
Children may still register and may do so on the first day of camp also.  Ann Marie @ 086369235 or Grainne @0878560636 have all the details.

W/E 05/08/2018

posted Jul 30, 2018, 12:08 PM by John O'Sullivan

Community Games.
The local committee who runs the Community Games in Ruan and Dysart has done great work over the years promoting Community Games, through the schools and in the parish.  Children have taken part in Athletics, Art and Crafts, swimming, and other activities over the years and a number of them have gone on to represent the County at the All Ireland finals.
The committee appreciates the support of the community for the church gate collections held at the weekend, which raised €300, which will be used to defray costs associated with running the Comminity Games.

Munster Fleadh.
The Clare Traditional Orchestra, under the direction of Paraic O’Reilly,  which played in Glor for the  Fleadh,  featured a number of local talented musicians, some of whom also had success at the Munster Fleadh competitions.  Eve O’Connor took first in Fiddle (12-15), Lily O’Connor came third in Concertina (15-18) and first in Harp (15-18), Maisie O’Connor came first in Harp u12, Moya Tiernan came third in Whistling (12-15), Liam Jones came first in Whistling and Lilting (018). Garry Shannon’s grupa Ceoil came second in the u12 section and his Burren Ceili band come third in (15-18) Ceili Band Competition. Inis Og took first in Ceili Band (12-15). The All Ireland Fleadh will be held in Drogheda over the weekend of Aug. 18/19.

New Mass Schedule.
The changes in the weekend mass times which will pertain to this parish are that Mass will be celebrated on Saturday evenings in Ruan at 8.00pm, except for the first Saturday of the month when it will be at 8.00pm in Dysart.  This will come into effect from September 1, when Mass will be in Dysart at 8.00pm on that evening. These changes will be reviewed after six months.

Great Day Out.
The Clare Accessable Bus gives a great service to the community. On Tuesdays it takes people from the parish to the Day Centre in Lisdoonvarna and on Saturdays to Ennis. On Tuesday last, those who avail of the bus services were treated to a day trip, which included  a visit to The Rock Shop in Liscannor,  a walk on the promenade in Lahinch and a meal at The Armada Hotel, which was much enjoyed by all who travelled.

W/E 27/08/2017

posted Aug 24, 2017, 2:28 AM by John O'Sullivan

Clare Stages Rally.
Rally enthusiasts will be delighted to see the Clare Stages Rally take a number of stages through the parish on Sun. 17th September next.
Stages 2, 5 and 8 will take in the roads from the junction at Ballybrody to Drumeer, Kilkee, Drumcavan, Ballaghboy, Tullyodea, Ruan, Cahermacrea, Dromore, Adroon, Moyrhee Commons, Dromeen and Castlequarter to the junction at Tubber.
The co-operation and support of the community is essential on the day and is much appreciated by the organisers, as it would not be possible to run the event without it, and it is hoped that the stewarding on the day and the goodwill of everyone on the route will make it a safe and enjoyable Rally.

All Ireland Fleadh.
The old adage "practice makes perfect" stood the test last week as Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann came to Ennis and by all accounts was the one which attracted more people than any other, to date. The stewarding was remarkable over the week and a number of people from the local GAA Club, and individuals involved in Comhaltais were part of that great volunteering effort.  
Shannen O'Donovan and Conor Wynne from this parish are members of the U18 Burren Grupai Cheoil which got 3rd in that competition. Garry and Majella Shannon also came 3rd with their Burren u18 Band.  Lily O'Connor came 3rd in Concertina (15-18) and she took 1st with Rosa Carroll in Duets (15-18). 
Fergal Breen, with Jennifer Markham and Sinead Mulqueen came 3rd in Trios (O18). 
Eimear and Holly O'Loughlin were in the Inchicronan Grupa Ceoil which came 2nd  (12-15) in that competition.  Maisie O'Connor is a member of the Tulog Ceili Band which came 1st in the u12 competition.
All who participated in the competitions, busking and stewarding, and just in taking in the atmosphere of the week, will have memories to cherish for a long time to come.

W/E 20/08/2017

posted Aug 17, 2017, 3:57 PM by John O'Sullivan

Wedding Bells.

Denis O'Leary, son of Michael and Mary O'Leary, Knockanroe, Dysart, returned from New York, where he has lived for the past twenty three years, to celebrate his marriage to Ceara  O'Leary, daughter of Brian and Josephine O'Leary, New York, at St. Columba' Church, Ballyduff, Co. Wexford with family and friends from home and abroad.   Ceara's cousins, Fr. Gerard O'Leary and Fr. Aidan O'Neill, with Fr. Pat O'Neill were celebrants. Bridesmaids were Miriam O'Leary Moloney, Niamh O'Leary and Mary Kate Sitara.  Bestmen were Kevin O'Leary, Vincent O'Leary and Vincent Cleary. Sarah O'Leary, Kate Connolly & Meave Moloney were Flowergirls, while Cathal Carmody was Pageboy.  
The reception was held in the Ferrycarrig Hotel, Wexford. Following their honeymoon, Denis and Ceara will return to live in New York, where they both work. 

Fleadh 2017.
There was a musical treat for massgoers attending Mass in St. Mary's Church, Ruan on Sunday last, when a group of 9 children from the area, Aedin Wynne, Meabhdh Casey, Aoibhe & Darragh Lecathelinas, who participated at u12 level and got through from Clare to the Munster Finals held in Cork,  and Roise Lawton, Grainne Wynne, Aine Shannon, Maria Jones & Sean Lecathelinas, u15, who in The Burren Group, won in the Munster final and are playing in the All Ireland Grupai Cheoil competition this coming Sat. in Ennis. The u18 group is also competing, on Sunday. 
These are all students of Garry Shannon and are a credit to all involved in bringing their talents in traditional music to the fore.

Summer Camp.
Ruan Hurling & Camogie Clubs, last year, hosted over 100 boys and girls at their own Summer Camp.  It was so successful that they are doing the same again this year, in the G.A.A. Field, from Aug 22-25, and it promises to be a great week of fun, Hurling, Camogie, and a great way to finish off the summer holidays.

Recent Deaths.
The death has occurred, recently of Christine Coughlan, Clonroadmore, Ennis, sister of Mary Griffin, Ruan and Nonie Kelly (nee Cullinan), Tarmon, Gort, formerly of Rineen, Ruan, who was buried in Ruan last week.

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