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W/E 14/08/2022

posted Aug 22, 2022, 3:31 PM by John O'Sullivan
Wedding Bells.
The wedding took place in St. Tola's Church, Dysart on Friday of Brendan O'Leary and Kerry McMenamin, who, along with family and friends, returned from England to marry in Brendan's home parish. Brendan is a son of Michael and Cathy O'Leary of Dysart and Kerry is a daughter of Tracey and Michael McMenamin from Dunstable in England and Fr. Pat O'Neill officiated at the ceremony. Bridesmaids were Jess Downes, Rachel O'Meara, Aisling Mortimer, Emma Ditzle and Kelley and Collette O'Leary. Bestman was Kieran O'Leary and Groomsmen were Caimin Haukes, Michael Caulfield, Tadgh Kelly, Stephen Burke, Timmy Haugh and David Clancy. Flowergirl was Saoirse O'Leary and pageboy was Darragh Haugh.
The reception was held in the Falls Hotel, Ennistymon. The couple will return to England, where they both work.

New Doctor.
Many people from this parish attend the Burren Medical Centre in Corofin. Dr. Tom Daly has now joined the team there and will work on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Dr. Paraic will continue to work on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Dr. Marese will work on Mondays and Tuesdays and Dr. Elaine works there on Thursdays.

Success at All Ireland Fleadh.
A number of locals took part in the All Ireland Fleadh held in Mullingar last week. Liam Jones took the spoils in the over 18 lilting and whistling  competition. The Burren group came 2nd in their category, and amongst them were local musicians Aoibhe Lecathelinais, Leah Griffin, Cliodhna Jones, Sara and Jack Browne, Anna O'Halloran, Rory Meaney and Colm Whelan. Great  credit must go to Garry and Majella Shannon for this wonderful achievement, with help from Sinead Heagney and Aine Griffin.

O'Dea Clan Gathering.
The triennial O'Dea Clan Gathering took place in Dysart O'Dea Castle from July 8 to July 11 when they celebrated the twelfth such International coming together since the Clan was revived by Risteard (Dick) Croinin in 1990, with restoration work having been completed on the old  Castle of the O'Dea family since 1987.
The delegates, who hailed from all over the globe, including the U.S.A. and Australia, were treated to a Civic reception by the Mayor of Clare, Cllr Claire Colleran Molloy on the Friday evening, followed by a talk on medieval life given by Kate O'Brien. Dick spoke on the history of the O'Dea Clan and Dysart, and Shane O'Dea of Dublin and Ennis was installed as the incoming Chieftain with Kevin O'Dea from the U.S. installed as the Tanaiste.
The weekend events included Mass at Ennis Cathedral, trips to Corofin, Bunratty, Ballyvaughan,  Corcomroe and Ennis. The evenings ended with a visit to O'Dea's Pub on O'Connell Street in Ennis and the event proved to be a very enjoyable and lively weekend and it is hoped plans to organise the July 2025 Gathering will progress in due course.

The Minor Academy team drew with Kilmaley last week and they play Bodyke/Mills on Friday next. The Intermediate team lost to Parteen in Newmarket on Fergus and they go on to play Sixmebridge on Sunday.

The under 18 team beat Feakle/Killanena in the championship last week. They meet Sixmilebridge in the next round, details yet to be confirmed.
A bus travelled to Dublin on Sunday to the All Ireland Camogie Finals. Three young camogie players from the Club  paraded with Clare Camogie at half time in the Intermediate game. They were Ava Casey, Isabelle McInerney and Aoibhinn O'Toole, who also played with the inder 14 inter county competition. All who travelled had a really enjoyable day and  credit must go to the organisers who ensured everything  went smoothly.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Rita Ryan  nee Meehan, of Summerhill, Ennis, who was a sister of Mary Byrt, Ruan

Summer Camp.
The Camogie and Hurling Camp hosted by Ruan GAA was a huge success last week, with 100 children participating. The coaches were all young enthusiastic and passionate members of the Club who passed on their knowledge and skills in a fun and enjoyable way to the children over the week, which was bathed in sunshine. Rebecca Crowe from Dysart, Kate O'Gorman, Niamh Mulqueen, Sinead Hogg, Muireann Scanlon, Ciara Grogan and Caoimhe Carmody, members of the Clare Junior and Senior Camogie teams and Paul Flanagan, Clare hurler, visited the Camp, showing what can be achieved by persistence and passion and they received an enthusiastic reception from the children. Great credit is due to the organisers and those who, voluntarily, give of their time and expertise and it bodes well for the future of GAA in the parish.

Ruan Juniors had a win over Truagh in the first round of the championship last week. They are away to Scariff/Ogonelloe on Saturday August 27.

The under 17 Academy team lost, away, to Bodyke/Mills and the Intermediate team lost in Clarecastle to Sixmilebridge, by the narrowest of margins,1 point, at the weekend.