Notes for March 2017


W/E 26/03/2017

posted Mar 20, 2017, 10:20 AM by John O'Sullivan

St. Patrick's Day Festivities.
Vigil Mass for St. Patrick's Day was celebrated in Dysart Church on Thursday eve., with the congregation involved in a celebration of our culture with traditional music, dancing, presentation of the gifts at the Offertory and appropriate hymns.
On the day itself, Mass was celebrated in Ruan Church.
Later that morning members of the under 6, 8 & 10 hurlers from  Ruan G.A.A. Club marched in the Parade in Ennis and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Tidy Towns.
Ruan Tidy Town & Graveyard Group is fundraising to buy new grass-cutting equipment and is appealing to people to bring bags of clean, used clothing, bed linen, shoes, bags, belts, curtains to Ruan Community Centre, which will be open every weekday, until Sat. 25th March next.

Recent Deaths.
The death has taken place of Peggy Roughan (nee Leahy), Kilcross, Fountain in Cahercalla Nursing Home, where she had resided for two years. Peggy spent her life farming the family farm, living in the home where she was born and reared. She was married to Paddy Roughan for 37 years until his death in 2001. Peggy's love of fashion was acknowledged by all who knew her, she loved nothing more than taking a trip to the town to keep herself up with the style.
She was a valued member of the local branches of I.C.A. and Apostolic Works Society and was known for the wit and humour she brought to these organisations.
Peggy's remains reposed in Cahercalla Community Hospital and, following requiem mass, she was laid to rest in Drumcliffe Graveyard. She is survived by her daughters Edel and Ruth, son in law, Brendan, grandchildren Padraig and Roisin, sister, Mary Lynch, Clarecastle, nephews and friends.

The deaths have also taken place of Maureen Frawley (nee Hogan), New Road, Ennis and formerly of Ruan;  Evelyn Keane, Kilnamona, mother of Aine Cotter, Fountain; Patsy O'Callaghan, Feakle, sister of Pauline Cullinan, Toonagh, Patrick Sheedy, Newmarket on Fergus, brother of Tommy Sheedy,Sheila Callinan, Dromellihy, Cree, niece of Michael Callinan, Dromina, Dysart and Frank Winters, brother of Teresa Cullinan, Ruan.

Apostolic Works.
The local branch of the Apostolic Works Society held their display in Ruan Community Centre recently and wishes to thank all who worked over the past months to make it a very successful day, and also those who supported them on the day.
Members came from branches all over Clare to show their support for the foreign missions and meet up over a 'cuppa' and home baking.

Grandparents Mass.
A great crowd turned up to Toonagh Hall on Thursday last to celebrate a special 'Grandparents Mass' with Fr. pat O'Neill and the children and teachers in Toonagh N.S.
The children participated in the Mass singing, reading and playing music, while grandparents also did readings and the Parents Association laid on tea in the kitchen afterwards, making it a memorable day for all.

Handball.
The recently resurrected Handball Club in Toonagh made great strides as they reached the semi finals of Division 4 of the County Handball Leagues which were played in Newmarket last week.
They were beaten by Clooney on the night but their hopes are up that they might go even further next year.

W/E 19/03/2016

posted Mar 15, 2017, 5:10 AM by John O'Sullivan

St. Patrick's Day.
Vigil Mass for St. Patrick's Day will be celebrated in Dysart at 7pm this Thursday eve., and mass on the day itself will be celebrated in Ruan at 10am.

Tidy Towns.
Ruan Tidy Town & Graveyard Group is fundraising to buy new grass-cutting equipment and is appealing to people to bring bags of clean, used clothing, bed linen, shoes, bags, belts, curtains to Ruan Community Centre, which will be open every weekday, until Sat. 25th March next.

Recent Deaths.
The death has taken place of Peggy Roughan (nee Leahy), Kilcross, Fountain in Cahercalla Nursing Home, where she had resided for two years. Peggy spent her life farming the family farm, living in the home where she was born and reared. She was married to Paddy Roughan for 37 years until his death in 2001.
Peggy's love of fashion was acknowledged by all who knew her, she loved nothing more than taking a trip to the town to keep herself up with the style.
She was a valued member of the local branches of I.C.A. and Apostolic Works Society and was known for the wit and humour she brought to these organisations.
Peggy's remains reposed in Cahercalla Community Hospital and, following requiem mass, she was laid to rest in Drumcliffe Graveyard.
She is survived by her daughters Edel and Ruth, son in law, Brendan, grandchildren Padraig and Roisin, sister, Mary Lynch, Clarecastle, nephews and friends.
 
    The deaths have also taken place of Maureen Frawley (nee Hogan), New Road, Ennis and formerly of Ruan;  Evelyn Keane, Kilnamona, mother of Aine Cotter, Fountain; Patsy O'Callaghan, Feakle, sister of Pauline Cullinan, Toonagh and Patrick Sheedy, Newmarket on Fergus, brother of Tommy Sheedy.


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W/E 12/03/2017

posted Mar 6, 2017, 2:56 PM by John O'Sullivan

Community Games.
Tara Moroney, a pupil of Toonagh N.S. came 3rd in the recent Art competition in the County finals of Community Games held in Ennis C.B.S.

Apostolic Works Display.
A reminder that this Sun. 12th March, all will be welcome at Ruan Community Centre to view the works done by the members over the winter months to raise funds for the foreign missions.
The hall will be open after 10am Mass and continue until 5pm., with tea and home baking on offer throughout the day.

Community Games Cross Country.
Neasa ni Ainifein from Ruan is a member of the u13 Cross Country CLarge team which will compete in Athlone later this month.

W/E 05/03/2017

posted Feb 28, 2017, 3:10 AM by John O'Sullivan

National Tree Planting Week.
Ruan Tidy Village will launch National Tree Week for County Clare on Monday next, 6th March at 3pm. Cathaoirleach of Clare Co. Council, Bill Chambers will be in attendance to mark the occasion.
Members of the Junior Tidy Towns from the local school will also be involved and anyone who would like to attend is welcome.

Apostolic Works Display.
The members of the Apostolic Works Society in the parish are busy putting the finishing touches to their works for the annual display and sale which will take place in Ruan Community Centre Sunday 12th March next.
They will have crochet and knitted pieces, hanging baskets and potted plants for sale and they look forward to meeting their supporters for a chat over 'a cuppa' with home baking.

Camogie
Local girl, Aoife Corey from Ballygriffey, a member of Ruan Camogie Club, is on the Clare Development panel which was to play Tipperary in the u16A Munster Camogie semi final in Whitegate on Sun. last, however, due to the heavy rain which had fallen overnight, the pitch was unplayable. This game will now be played at a later date.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place, in England, of Sean Hickey, formerly of Toonagh and Sleveen.

Tidy Village.
All interested in the future plans for Ruan Village and its surrounding areas are invited to a meeting in Marty Kelly's Bar on next Wed. 8th March at 8.30pm. The three year plan for the area will be discussed and it is important that local people support what is planned, as the  community's participation and support is invaluable.

W/E 27/03/2016

posted Mar 23, 2016, 9:33 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Mar 23, 2016, 9:34 AM ]

Wedding Bells.
Patricia, daughter of John and Nancy Noonan of Kilcurrish, Fountain married Dermot, son of Catherine and Gerry McMorrow from
Sligo in St. Tola's Church, Dysart on Saturday last. Chief Bridesmaid was Margaret Coffey and Bridesmaids were Maria Hanrahan and Frances
Browne. Bestman was Darragh McMorrow and Groomsmen were Shane McMorrow and Kieran Lawlor. Pageboys were Conor Coffey and Jack
Browne. The reception was held in The Armada Hotel, Spanish Point.


Proclamation Day Celebrations.
On Tuesday of last week both National Schools in the parish celebrated 'Proclamation Day'. In Toonagh, almost forty children and a number of
parents 'walked to school through the fields', meeting at Ballygriffey Castle and taking the route trekked by their parents in the days
before the arrival of a bus on the route. Gerry Cullinan, who organised the walk is grateful to the landowners who allowed their
lands to be crossed.
Children also walked from Soheen in Dysart and, of course, the good weather brought out the high spirits in all who took part. Later in
the morning a gathering took place in Toonagh Hall where children read their own Proclamation and celebrated with song and music. At noon,
they raised the Tricolour, bringing to an end a memorable day for all who attended.
In Ruan, children and teachers donned clothes in the style of those worn one hundred years ago and walked to Ruan Church where Fr. Pat
O'Neill celebrated Mass with them. They then raised the Tricolour at the school and held a presentation in the school hall featuring music,
song and dance. A historical presentation of old family photos and artefacts were on display and a large crowd gathered to celebrate this
momentous period in Irish history.

Easter Ceremonies.
Holy Thursday Mass will be celebrated in Ruan at 8 pm. Good Friday ceremonies will take place in Dysart Church at 3pm and in Ruan Church
at 8pm. The Vigil Mass will be celebrated in Dysart at 6.30pm on Saturday and in Ruan at 9pm.
Dawn Mass will be in the old Graveyard in Ruan on Easter Sunday at 6.30am and there will also be Mass at 10am in Ruan.

Looking for Old Photos.
Ruan/Dysart Local History Group has almost completed work on about a dozen townlands in the parish, with a view to holding an open
exhibition later in the year. Anyone who might have old photos of people and places in the parish is asked to contact any of the group,
who will copy them and return the originals.

Recent Deaths.
The deaths have taken place of Steven Clancy, Lavalla, Ballynacally, father of Rose Keane, Toonagh and brother of Mary Whelan of Larchill
and also of Michelle Dundass, Connemara, niece of Chris Whelan of  Dysart.

Community Games Swimming.
Children living in the parish, who may not attend either school in the area, are eligible to take part in the Community Games Swimming.
Anyone under 8, 10, 12, 14, 16 as at 31st July, 2016, who is interested should contact Bernadette Kelly at 0872496621 and must be
available on a date between 4th - 7th April.

Easter Cake Sale.
Claire McDonnell from Dysart and her friend, Aisling Sweeney, two trainee nurses, held a very successful Bingo Nite in Ruan recently and
raised €2,500, which goes towards their trip to Tanzania in May. There they will work in a hospital in the Outback, helping to treat
patients and learning about the culture. They are very grateful for all the support they received.
They are holding a further fundraiser, a Cake Sale, after 6.30p.m. Mass in Dysart on Easter Saturday and after 10a.m. Mass in Ruan on
Easter Sunday morning, where they will have home baking and tasty treats for Easter, and they look forward to the support of the
community.

W/E 20/03/2016

posted Mar 14, 2016, 12:29 PM by John O'Sullivan

Cumann na mBunscol.
Girls from 4th, 5th & 6th classes in Toonagh School participated in Cumann in mBunscol football mini sevens football in Kilfenora last week, winning against Kilfenora, and losing to Miltown. They also played in the same competition, in camogie, in Ruan. Inch won on the day and Ruan and Toonagh schools drew.
The boys fromToonagh School played Ennis Gaelscoil in the football mini sevens on Monday of this week (that's today so I have no results from that, so if u just want to say they played & I'll have results next week?).

Memorial Mass.
A memorial Mass will be celebrated for the late Michael Finucane, of St. Alban's, Herts., England, where burial has taken place in St. Tola's Church, Dysart on Sat. eve, 19th March at 6.30pm (Palm Sunday Eve.)
Michael was a brother of Mattie Finucane of Ballybrody.

Basketball.
Emma Cantillon and Aoife Meere, two past pupils of Toonagh N.S. are on the Basketball team of Colaiste Muire which has qualified for the regional finals of the second year's regional finals to be held in Ballybunion after Easter.
They played basketball for Toonagh School and had success in the Marian Keane Memorial Basketball tournament during their time in Toonagh.

Marian Keane Basketball.
On Thursday of last week, for the first time ever, there was a sufficient numbers of boys in Toonagh school to make up a boy's basketball team, and they won all three of their games in this year's tournament, which were held in Corofin G.A.A. Hall.
The girls have also played, and won, the first round of the tournament and both teams are now through to the quarter finals which will be played after Easter.

Recent Deaths.
The death has taken place of Laura Winters, niece of Teresa Cullinan, Ballytigue, Ruan and Frank Kelly, Tarmon, Gort, son of Nonie Cullinan formerly of Ballygriffey, Ruan  and nephew of Ita Cullinan, Derula, Fountain and the late Kitty Purcell, Ruan.

W/E 13/03/2016

posted Mar 7, 2016, 6:38 AM by John O'Sullivan

Community Games Athletics.
Kilnaboy hosted the community games cross country running recently.  In a very exciting race in the u13 girls, 1200m, Ruan girls came out on top, winning gold. Neasa Ni Ainifein coming first, Aisling Moloney, ninth, Neasa Ni Leachtnain, 11th, Aoife Anderson, fourteenth and Kate Forde, nineteenth.  Neasa Ni Ainifein, as overall winner, will now represent Clare at the National Finals. 
This was a great achievement for the parish, as all five girls were under age this year, giving great hope for the future.

Clothes Collection.
The recent clothes collection held for Toonagh School brought in €730, for which the Parents Association of the school is very grateful. The support of the community is very much appreciated, as these monies go towards classroom supplies for the schoolchildren.

Volunteering for Nurture Africa.
Becky Curtin, a young trainee nurse from Fountain, held a Sale of Work & Cake Sale in Toonagh Hall recently.  Funds raised will go towards her upcoming trip to Uganda with nine other trainee nurses, to help local orphaned children with healthcare.
She thanks all who baked and donated items for the fundraiser and welcomed all the support she received.

All Ireland Medal.
Local hurler with the Ruan team, Brian Roughan from Kilcurrish, Fountain was a member of the Mary Immaculate College panel which beat U. L.  in the very exciting Fitzgibbon Cup final recently.
One of the selectors with Mary I is Francis O'Halloran also from Ruan, and this was a great achievement for both Brian and Francis.

W/E 29/03/2015

posted Mar 23, 2015, 10:47 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Mar 23, 2015, 10:52 AM ]


Wedding Bells.
Declan O'Regan, son of Michael and the late Margaret, of Dromore, Ruan married Catherine Nugent, daughter of Sean and Maureen of Galbally, Tyrone in Bundoran recently. Fr. Pat O'Neill was celebrant and Bridesmaids were Aideen Nugent, Noelle McGuane and Chloe Nugent.
Best men were Kevin O'Regan, Paddy O'Halloran and Martin O'Halloran.  Flowergirls were Enya and Kristen Nugent
 The reception was held in The Great Northern Hotel and the couple will reside in Crusheen.

Camogie.
The local Junior camogie team got its league off to a good start on Sunday, when they had a one point win over St. Joseph's in Gurteen.

Parish Graveyard.
The last double grave has been taken in Ruan Graveyard, so there are no new family graves available in the parish. If anyone has suitable land, between Ruan and Dysart, who would be willing to make it available for the development of a parish graveyard, they might contact Fr. Pat O'Neill.

Recent Deaths.
The death has taken place of Frankie Leahy of Erinagh, Fountain, in St. Joseph's Hospital where he had been for a short time. Frankie lived all his life in his home where he farmed the land, as well as having worked with Clare County Council. He was a member of the Castle Rovers hurling team which was in the parish in the 1950's. He also loved to play the drums and he played many sessions in Cruises' in Ennis and in Toonagh Hall.
Frankie's remains were removed from Kennedy's Funeral Home to Ennis Cathredal, and, following requiem mass, he was laid to rest in Drumcliffe Graveyard.
He is survived by his brothers Mickey in Cork, Paddy in Limerick, sisters Loretta in Limerick and Madeline in England, many nephews and nieces and extended family and friends.

The death has also occurred of Margaret (Peig) Cullinan , nee Barrett, of Ballygriffey, Ruan, in St. Joseph's Hospital, Ennis. Peig had been confined to bed for the past number of years in her own home, where she was cared for by her son, Gerry and his wife, Nora, however she never lost her sense of humour and fun, and always had a great welcome for visitors. Peig was a talented seamstress and she was also a very talented fiddle player, and loved nothing more than joining in with many musicians over the years at sessions wherever music was played. She and her late husband, James, always had an open door, where neighbours and friends converged 'on cuairt' to play cards or music. She was a familiar figure on her bicycle  cycling to Ennis, or to visit friends and neighbours, until ill health forced her to stop cycling.
Peig's remains reposed in Kennedy's Funeral home and requiem mass was celebrated in St. Tola's Church, Dysart, during which traditional music was played by her friends. She also had a rousing 'send-off' at her graveside in Templemaley Graveyard.
She was the last surviving member of the Barrett family from Kilnamona.
She is survived by her son, Gerry, daughter in late, Nora, grandson, James, nieces, nephews and many friends.

Died in the U. S.

The death has taken place in the U. S. of Sr. Mary Ita (Nora) Guthrie of Ballytigue, Ruan in her 101st year. Sr. Ita outlived all of her siblings, of whom there were nine, born to Patrick and Nora Guthrie (nee Brew). She went to London, having completed her education in Ireland, and there she joined The Sisters of the Holy Child. At the end of her Novitiate, she volunteered for the American Missions in 1936. She served for almost eighty years in different parts of the U. S. with her sister Anne (Sr. Brendan), who died in 2002. They both enjoyed many visits home over the years.
Sr. Ita's last big celebration was her 100th birthday in August of last year, when many of her nephews and nieces were welcomed by herself and her community. She will be missed by her family and her community in Rye, New York and Rosemount, Pennsylvania, where she is laid to rest.
Memorial mass will be held in St. Mary's Church, Ruan this Sun. 29th March at 10am for Sr. Ita.

W/E 22/03/2015

posted Mar 16, 2015, 4:21 AM by John O'Sullivan

Hurling Story Continues
The hurling story of the late, legendary Jimmy Smyth saw another chapter written recently when his grandson, Darragh Kelleher togged out for Rochestown College in Cork in their debut in the Harty Cup Championship against Thurles CBS, who, narrowly, emerged winners on the day. While Jimmy lined out as an outstanding forward, Darragh lines out in wing-back.
Darragh also plays football with the College who played in the Corn Ui Mhuiri Championship, drawing with Corca Dhuibhne in the final, before losing out in the replay, giving Corca Dhuibhne a 4-in a row win.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Sarah Courtney, Ballygriffey, Ruan (nee Killeen, formerly of Inch). Sarah was the youngest of a family of twelve and she came to Ruan when she married Paddy Courtney forty four years ago. Sarah was devoted to her family - she and Paddy reared a family of four boys and two girls and, in later years her grandchildren brought her much joy.
The Clare coast held a particular place in her heart, and she loved nothing more than the outings she and Paddy took around the coast.
Sarah's remains reposed at Kennedy's Funeral Home and, following requiem mass in St. Mary's Church, Ruan, she was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. She is survived by her husband, Paddy, sons Christopher, Peter, Alan and Sean and daughters Olivia and Aine, grandchildren, brothers Teddy, Frank, Gerry and Joe and her sisters Pauline, Imelda and Rita, extended family and friends.

Award for Paul.
Paul Kelly of Ruan was among a number of people who received 'People of the Year' Awards from the parish of Ennis last week, in recognition for his voluntary work. Bishop Willie Walsh presented the awards at a function in the new Parish Centre.
 Paul, over the years, has been involved in fundraising for various causes - he was a member of the committee which turned the old school in Ruan into the Community Centre, he cycled in the 250 mile cycle for twenty five years, and he is currently involved in fundraising for Cuain an Chlair Daycare Centre.
He worked for fifteen years as caretaker in Ennis Cathedral, and, following his retirement three years ago, still works there in a voluntary capacity.

Ruan G.A.A. Meeting
An executive meeting of Ruan G.A.A. Club will be held in Ruan Community Centre at 9pm on Wed. 25th March next. Any executive member who cannot attend should contact Club Runai, Kevin O'Regan in advance of the meeting.

Community Games.
Children from the parish who would like to take part in Community Games swimming are invited to Ennis Leisure Centre on Tue. 24th March at 4.30pm. Ages are u8 to u16 as of 31st July, 2015.

Book Sale for School.
Toonagh School Parents Association is holding a book sale in the school on Tue. 24th March next from 9.15am to 2.30pm and from 7 to 8pm. Donations of childrens' books, only, would be very welcome and may be left in to the school during school hours.
Adult books will also be on sale on the day and funds raised will be used for school supplies.


W/E 08/03/2015

posted Mar 2, 2015, 7:42 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Mar 2, 2015, 8:17 AM ]

Missionvale.
Local man, John O'Sullivan from Hazelgrove has returned from his fourth trip to Sr. Ethel Normoyle's Missionvale project. John is very grateful for the support received from within this parish and the surrounding areas for the Christmas draw which he organised to generate much needed funds for Missionvale. This year's group of workers, comprising twenty eight adults and eleven transition year students, mostly from County Clare,  arrived back from South Africa in February. This year's main works were the roofing of a large store room, the extension of the water collection project and general maintenance of all the units which have been built during previous visits.
Water is a very scarce and expensive commodity in the Port Elizabeth area and the rain water collected is used to water the vegetable gardens during the dry summer months.
The shelter which the volunteers built last year has been hugely beneficial - sheltering the people who have to queue for food each day from the tremendously heavy rain that fell for up to four hours, as witnessed by this year's volunteers one day. A vast improvement can be seen in the health and wellbeing of the residents of the area, due in no small way to the services offered in the medical centre built by Irish workers and staffed by volunteer doctors.

Successful Fundraiser.
Despite clashing with the Ireland v England rugby match on Sunday last, a large crowd gathered in Toonagh Hall for a fundraising game of Bingo. It was a very lively and fun-filled afternoon with refreshments served.
Funds raised will go towards running costs of the hall and sports complex, and the committee is very grateful for the support it received for the event.

Apostolic Works Display
The annual display of Ruan & Dysart Apostolic Works Society will be held on Sun. 12th April next.
Anyone wishing to donate a sacred vessel to the missions in memory of a loved one may do so by contacting Eileen Roughan, Eileen Hannon or Mary Marrinan.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Bridget O' Loughlin of Kells, at her home. Bridget and her husband, Pat, were married almost fifty years and they reared their family of  three boys and four girls on the family farm, where Bridget busied herself with homemaking - including keeping hens, knitting, baking, gardening.  She had been ill for the past eight years and was taken care of at home by her family, and her grandchildren which were a great source of happiness to her.
Bridget's remains reposed at Kennedy's Funeral Home and, following requiem Mass in St. Mary's Church, Ruan, she was laid to rest in the adjoining graveyard.
She is survived by her husband, Pat, sons Gerard, Noel and Michael, daughters France's, Anne, Patsy & Brid, grandchildren, great grandchildren, extended family and friends.



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