Notes for March 2016
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.
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.
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
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?).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The recent used clothes' collection organised by the Parents Association of Toonagh School netted €550 for the school.
This will be used to buy teaching aids and supplies for the school and the Association is very grateful to the community for its support.
Bingo for Hall.
It promises to be a fun-filled and entertaining family event with spot prizes galore. Refreshments will be served. Funds go towards the running of the hall and sports complex.
The death has taken place of Ralph Morgan of Toonagh, Fountain, at Mowlam Nursing Home, Ennis. Ralph was very well thought of and respected by his local community. His remains were removed from Daly's Mortuary Chapel to St. Tola's Church, Dysart and following Requiem Mass, he was laid to rest in Dysart Graveyard.
Ralph was predeceased by his wife, Maeve, fifteen years ago and he is survived by his son, David, daughters, Mary and Olivia, sisters Elizabeth and Mary Jo, brother, Tony, grandchildren, extended family and friends.
Registration for 2014 for adult members of Ruan G.A.A. Club will take place on this Fri. March 28th in Ruan Community Centre from 7.30p.m. to 9.30p.m. It is a requirement that all mentors (underage and senior), players and officers are members of the Club.
Regarding intercounty match tickets, a person must be a fully paid adult member of the Club to be eligible to enter the draw for tickets.
Club membership may also be paid to Club registrars Niall O'Connor (0872507292 or Vinny or Halloran (0862788440) or to any Club officer.
The death occurred last week of Patsy Meaney of Kincora Park, Ennis and formerly of Ruan, in St. Joseph's Hospital, at the age of 83.
Patsy had been a resident of St. Josephs for the past seven years, as he suffered from Alzheimers. He was from a family in Nooan, Ruan, that is noted for their love of singing and dancing and when he attended Clarecastle Daycare Centre, the patrons loved to hear him sing.
In his younger days, Patsy hurled with Ruan and won a Minor Medal with Clare, however, his hurling days were cut short when he left to work in England.
On his return, he worked for many years in De Beers factory in Shannon as a Fitter/Turner. His neighbours in Kincora Park held him in great esteem for his neighbourliness. Patsy was predeceased by his wife, Lily, 18 years ago.
Patsy's remains were removed from Kennedy's Funeral Home, Ennis, to Ruan Church and following concelebrated Requiem Mass, he was laid to rest in the adjoining graveyard. He is survived by his sons Archie and Robert, daughters, Carol and Lorraine, grandchildren, his sisters, Mary Ann Casey and Bridie Morgan, brother Tony, extended family and friends.
Ruan G.A.A. Club will hold its registration night for adult members on Fri. March 28th next in Ruan Community Centre, from 7.30p.m. to 9.30p.m. It is a requirement that all mentors (underage and senior), players and officers must be members of the Club. With regard to intercounty match tickets, a person must be a fully paid adult member of the Club to be eligible to enter a draw for tickets.
In the meantime, Club Membership may also be paid to Club registrars, Niall O'Connor (0872507292) or Vinnie O'Halloran (0862788440) or any Club Officer.
Holy Communion Preparation.
First Preparation Ceremony for Holy Communion for children of Toonagh School will take place in Dysart Church on Sat. 22nd March at 6.30p.m. and second preparation Ceremony for the children of Ruan School will take place in Ruan Church on Sun. 23rd March at 10.00a.m.
Ruan Community Childcare.
The organisers of the recent church gate collection appreciates the support it received from the community. It raised €419 on the day and this will go towards providing additonal equipment for the afterschool services in the Centre.
Lent can be a time when we step back from the hustle and bustle of life and, with that in mind, an hour of reflection and meditation based on "The Abundance Prayer" will be held in Dysart Sacristy on Mon. night next 24th March, and all are welcome.
A six week programme of circuit training started in Ruan Community Centre on Fri. 14th and will continue for five more weeks.
Further details from Alice @ 0872768159 for anyone interested in same.
Well done to the girls from Ruan who won Silver in the u-10 Relay at Clare Community Games Cross Country on Saturday last at Lees Road. The girls, Neasa Ni Ainifein, Neasa Ni Lachtnain, Aoife Anderson and Aisling Moloney ran the race of their lives and were only narrowly beaten into second place.
The late Michael Meere, who hailed from Ballygriffey, Ruan, a noted singer and musician will be among those who will be remembered at the re-launch of Ennis Singers Club in The Grove, Tulla Road, Roslevan, on this Fril 14th March at 9.00p.m., where family and friends are invited. The Singers Club intends to meet on the second Friday every month in The Grove Bar, and anyone interested is welcome to join them.
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