Notes for August

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.

W/E 13/08/2017

posted Aug 8, 2017, 7:54 AM by John O'Sullivan

Fleadh 2017.
A number of local musicians from the parish are members of Clare Youth Traditional Orchestra which will make its debut in the Shannon Aerodrome on Tue. next, 15th August, in conjunction with the All Ireland Fleadh 2017. 
The Clare Youth Traditional Orchestra is a new county-wide Orchestra for teenage musicians, under the direction of Padraic O'Reilly and is  supported by Clare Arts Office.
Tickets for this event, and all other Fleadh events may be purchased online at

Community Games.
Sinead Hastings from Dysart will represent the County in the Long Puck, and Neasa Ni Ainifein will compete in the 800m event,  at the National Finals of Community Games in  Abbottstown on the weekend of 19th August.
Thanks to all who supported the recent church gate collection for the Community Games, which raised €294. 

U16B Championship.
Ruan has made a good start in this championship, with victories over Eire Og and Wolfe Tones and one defeat to Clooney/Quin. Two more group matches remain and details of the fixtures may be found in the local papers and on Ruan GAA Facebook page to Clare Underage GAA Twitter.
The support of the community for these youngsters is much appreciated.

W/E 28/08/2016

posted Aug 22, 2016, 5:32 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Aug 23, 2016, 4:17 AM ]

Fleadh Fever.
The topic of conversation during the past week, at least in Clare, has not been the goings on in Rio, but 'the Fleadh', which has been deemed a resounding success. It has lifted the spirits of so many people, despite the inclement weather at times.
Our own Tola Custy proved a big hit, bringing a flavour from sessions going on in towns around the county, making his debut as a presenter with Fleadh TV.
Eimear Arkins, from Ruan, is now living near St. Louis in the U.S., where she is studying for a Masters.   Eimear came to Ennis with around eighty representing St.Louis and she was also tutoring at the Fleadh. She came 1st, representing St. Louis Irish Arts Centre, in Sean Nos singing, ladies, over 18.
Liam Jones took 1st in Lilting over 18.  Maria Jones came 1st in Lilting, under 12.
Shona O'Halloran from Dysart, with James Kelly and Roisin Clancy took 1st in Trios (12-15).  Moya Tiernan is a member of both Inis Og Grupai Ceoil which came 1st in u12 and Inis Og Ceili Band  which came 1st in u12.  Lisa Whelan is a member of Cois na hAbhna Ceili Band, which came 3rd (15-18).  Conor Wynne, Ross O'Donovan and Daire Shannon are members of Gary Shannon's Burren Grupa Ceoil which took 1st (15-18).  Eve O'Connor is a member of Tulog Ceili Band (12-15) which came 1st in that section.
Many others from the parish worked as volunteers over the festival and they and all who worked to make the Fleadh such a success are a credit, and great Ambassadors for the county.

Athletics - Community Games.
Neasa Ni Ainifein travels to Athlone this coming weekend to represent Clare in the Community Games finals.  She will run in the 600m final.

Award for Frank.
In conjunction with Fleadh Ceoil na hEireann and Comhaltais,  Frank Custy was one of eight people who received awards on Tue., 16th August last. The "Ceannrodaithe Bardic Awards", for outstanding contributions to traditional music were presented at a dinner at the Auburn Lodge Hotel and Frank and the other recipients joined together afterwards and regaled the assembled guests with a great night's entertainment.  Frank and a group of his friends and past music students were in the Holy Family Hall every morning where young and 'not so young' all joined in a relaxed and very enjoyable session, throughout the Fleadh.

W/E 21/08/2016

posted Aug 22, 2016, 5:29 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Aug 22, 2016, 5:30 AM ]

All Ireland Finals Community Games.
Neasa Ni Ainifein was a member of the Clare team which won Gold in the u13 cross country event at the Community Games finals held in Athlone over the weekend and she came 6th individually.  Sarah Cantillon reached the final in swimming, getting out of her heat and semi final, and got a personal best in the finals.

Training Camp.
Ruan Hurling and Camogie Clubs are holding a training camp in the hurling field in Ruan from  next Tue. 23rd to Fri. 26th August.  All children between the ages of 5 and 13 are welcome to attend, with registration taking place on the Tue. morning.  It promises to be a great week of fun, hurling, camogie, and a great way to finish off the school holidays.

Fitness for Fun.
John Conroy has resumed his exercise classes in Ruan Community Centre on Wednesdays from 1.15. - 2.15pm. It has been found that exercise can reduce the risk of developing some age-related diseases and disabilities,  and people with arthritis, heart disease or diabetes also benefit from regular physical activity. It can also help people with blood pressure, balance problems or difficulty walking. 
Those who have attended at the Community Centre over the year in Ruan have the height of praise for his classes and the benefits they have gained from attending them, and are looking forward to their return with much enthusiasm.  All are welcome.

Holiday in Lahinch.
Nine Senior Citizens from the parish enjoyed a holiday in Lahinch recently, organised by the local Senior Citizens Organisation.  They were looked after by members of the Association over the few days and enjoyed all Lahinch had to offer.  The members are grateful for the support of all who help with the church gate collection and the Ruan Gymkhana for their sizeable donation this year, which means they can continue with the holiday and the annual Christmas party, which the Senior Citizens so look forward to each year.

The wedding has taken place, in Rath Church, of Paddy, son of Michael and Noreen Callinan, Dromina, Dysart and Mairead, daughter of John and Margaret Murphy from Tulla.  Fr. Damian Nolan was celebrant and Bestman was Alan Ryan, while the Groomsmen were Oliver and Micheal Callinan and Darragh Hynes.  Matron of Honour was Fiona Rouine and Bridesmaids were Fiona Burke, Anna O'Connor, Aisling Rouine and Emer Murphy.  Shane Callinan was Pageboy and flowergirls were Katie and Lily Murphy. The reception was held in Bunratty Castle Hotel.

W/E 30/08/2015

posted Aug 25, 2015, 5:51 AM by John O'Sullivan

Traditional Music & Dancing Classes.

Traditional music classes will resume on Tuesday Sep 1st  in the Teach Ceoil, Corofin at 6.45pm (beginner whistle). 
Last year’s pupils should please attend half an hour later than usual.  
 Details at 086 8094407).
 Irish Dancing classes resume at Teach Cheoil, Corofin on Thur & Fri 3rd and 4th September, with beginners on Friday 4th at 4.00pm. 
Irish Dancing Classes will be held in Ruan Community Centre on Mondays from  5.30pm,  beginners are also welcome. 
Times will be notified to other pupils by text. Details at 
086 6030339 .

W/E 23/08/2015

posted Aug 17, 2015, 5:37 AM by John O'Sullivan

Success at R.D.S.
Young rider, Noelle Barry, from Toonagh is rapidly making a name for herself in Equestrian circles and at the Dublin Horse Show recently she came out on top in the 1.35-1.40cm Young Rider Class. Noelle rode Yvonne Meaney's horse "Norway Venture" and was awarded an International Training Bursary in Florida, having been chosen by Eddie Macken for the prestigious award. She  deferred Bursaries she had won last year to Florida and Germany,  as she was sitting her Leaving Certificate and as she has taken a year out this year she will take up these Bursaries. She  also won the Michael Meller Stylish Award at the Dublin Horse Show.
Noelle also came 3rd, riding "Norway Venture" in Class 111B and came 8th in Class 110A and 15th in 110B riding Tom Barry's horse, "Fountain Willow"
Another young rider from this area, Philip McGuane, riding Barry O'Connor & Martin O'Dea's horse "LVS Wizard"  came 2nd in Class 106A and 4th riding "Gerona" also owned by Barry & Martin. He came 10th, riding "Gerona" in Class 106C.
Philip rode "Kilderry Joint Venture", also owned by Barry and Martin, in Class 105A, coming 8th and came 4th riding the same horse in Class 105C.
These are two young riders who enjoy competing in Equestrian events and work hard at every aspect it entails and it is hoped they will continue to be successful in the future.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Frank Howard of Toormore, Ruan, peacefully, at Beaumont Hospital, aged 50. Frank was very well known and well thought of in the parish and many people depended on him as a reliable and dependable 'taxi service' in the community. In his younger days he was a valued member of the local Youth Club, winning awards with the Club and he also loved to play badminton.
Frank returned from England in the '90's and ill health over the past number of years meant his pastimes became more leisurely - he loved to work with wood, art and doing jigsaw puzzles. He had recently moved into his own home in Toormore.
Frank's remains reposed in Ruan Church and following requiem Mass, he was laid to rest in the adjoining graveyard. He is survived by his father, P.J., mother, Mary, brother Mark, sisters Caroline and Helen, brothers In law, sister in law, extended family and friends.

Ruan G.A.A. Club has organised a 6km family run/walk from the local hurling field on Fri 28th Aug. next at 7pm., with registration from 5.30pm.
Anyone trying to beat their personal best, or anyone just out to enjoy a stroll in the lovely countryside are encouraged to join.

Toonagh School.
Plans for an extension to Toonagh N. S. have been appealed to An Bord Pleanala. The project was opposed by a number of local residents who have complained of traffic chaos, however,  permission was granted by Clare County Council in July, with seven conditions attached, which included a re-design as a result of 'limited car parking' in the vicinity of the school. This decision has now been appealed to An Bord Pleanala, with their decision expected in December.

Fleadh Success.
A number of local artists took part in the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Sligo last week.  Tierna Casey, Jamie Cantillon and Moya Tiernan were members of the Inis Og Grupa Cheoil, u12, which came 1st and of Inis Og Ceili Band,u12, which came 3rd.   Gary Shannon's Burren, u18, Grupa Cheoil won their competition, his Burren Band, 15-18, came 3rd and his band, Corofin, 15-18, came 2nd.   Shona O'Halloran is a member of the Crusheen  group, u15, which came 2nd. Eimear Arkins came 1st in Senior Lilting.   Eve O'Connor came 2nd in Fiddle, u12 and is a member of the Tulog Ceili Band, u12, which won that competition.
All the participants enjoyed the experience and are eagerly looking forward to next year's All Ireland which will be hosted here in Clare.

Heritage Week.
A guided walk organised by the National Parks & Wildlife Service will take place in Dromore Woods and Visitor Centre on next Sun. 23rd Aug. as part of Heritage Week (22nd - 30th Aug).

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