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W/E 08/08/2021

posted Aug 2, 2021, 2:25 PM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Aug 2, 2021, 2:28 PM ]
Tour de Munster.
The 21st annual 600km “Tour de Munster” takes place this year from August 5 to August 8. Over 150 cyclists will travel the length and breath of Munster raising awareness and funds for the local Down Syndrome Clare branch. The committee of Down Syndrome, its members and supporters will be “bucket shaking” in Ennis on Friday August 6, when the cyclists arrive. There will be music in The Square to welcome everyone. People may also donate by entering the raffle at​, where the prize is a fantastic racing bike valued at €1,599 sponsored by Planet-Tri in Killaloe. All support will be greatly appreciated as the funds raised will be put to good use to provide children with speech therapy, essential therapeutic services, occupational therapy, home tutoring, sports and social activities.

Walking Tour.
Following on to her last walk in July, Mary O’Halloran will lead another walk around the archaeological sites of Dysart O’Dea on Sunday, August 8. This walk will take in the Soup School, Rath Medieval Church and a hill fort. Mary may be contacted at ​ 0872830950 or​, for further information.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Dolores Courtney (née Donnellan) Ardcarney, Ruan, formerly of Coore, Doonogan, Mullagh at U.H.G. Dolores came to Ruan in 1979, when she and Jimmy were married. She endeared herself to all who know her with her sense of humour, her outgoing personality and good nature. She worked with FAS in the community and in later years worked with Clarecare where she became a home help to a number of parishioners. She brought lightheartedness and encouragement to the families she worked with and they, in turn, looked forward to her visits.
Dolores lived for her family, and during her illness over the past eighteen months she remained positive, always looking forward, keeping busy knitting, baking and making the best of the time they had together.​
Fr. Pat O’Neill celebrated her funeral mass after which she was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. Dolores is survived by her husband, Jimmy, sons Aidan and Owen, daughters Donna, Martha and Lisa, their partners, grandchildren, her sisters Mary, Josephine, Ann and Teresa, brothers Gerard, Michael, Frank, James and Damien, brothers in law, sisters in law, extended family, neighbours and friends.
The death has also occurred of Mary Rock (née Quinn) Cregboy, Gort and formerly of Tiernea House, Ruan, sister of Joe Quinn.

The u12s on their game against Clooney on Saturday last. The u14s progress to the u14 semi final in the next few weeks. The adult team finished strong beating Feakle/Killanena last week. Louise McDonnell and Rebecca Crowe played with the Clare team who beat Roscommon and they now go on to play Kildare at the weekend. Cliona Jones, Aoife Cummins and Tara Moroney play with the Clare u14 Development squad, and they played Limerick. Aisling Moloney played midfield with Clare u16s who met Waterford on Monday afternoon in Toomevara in the u16A shield final, however it was Waterford who came away with the spoils on the day.

Defibrillator Training.
Denmack Safety will run a defibrillator training evening in Toonagh Hall on Monday, August 9, from 6-7pm. Twenty five people may attend and anyone interested is asked to contact Pamela @ 0876224698 or Grainne @ 0878560636.

Toonagh Hall Fundraiser.
The sale of Toonagh School uniforms and cakes brought in €276 last week, for which the committee is very grateful, and this goes towards the running costs of the hall. There are a number of uniforms, in perfect condition, and children’s books still available and if anyone is interested they should ring Pamela @0876224698.

Wedding Bells.
The wedding has taken place of Barry Mahoney, Ruan, son of John Joe and Christina and Melissa Quinn, daughter of Jimmy and Sharon, Ruan. Bridesmaids were Melissa’s sisters Sarah and Alannah and the groomsmen were Barry’s brothers Ronan, Karl and John. Fr. Pat O’Neill was celebrant and the reception was held in The Inn at Dromoland.

Graveyard Extension.
Now that planning permission has been granted, work is progressing in the extension to Ruan Graveyard. The site has been dug, rocks removed and soil refilled to a depth of six feet. The graveyard will also have a Columbarium, a wall where cremated remains will be interred. This is a very much needed asset for the parish at this time, as the graveyard was full and it is to the credit of Fr. Pat O’Neill and the parish team involved that the project is now being developed.