Notes for March


W/E 25/03/2018

posted Mar 20, 2018, 2:55 PM by John O'Sullivan

Friends of Toonagh Concert.
All roads lead to Toonagh Hall on this Saturday, March 24, for a concert featuring traditional music, singing, step-dancing and set dancing.  The concert starts at 8pm and monies raised will be split between the purchase of a defibrillator for the area and the Heart and Lung Appeal at the Mater Hospital. 
Among those featuring on the night are the Toonagh Kitchen Session Group, the Whelan Family, Toonagh; Colm Nestor with the winners of Munster Ceol an Gheimhridh; Gliondar, a teenage trad group with our own Tierna Casey;  Geraldine Carrig, renowned  singer and harpist;  Ellen Custy, Liam Jones, Brian Morgan, Nuala Hehir and Kevin Finucane;  Frank Custy and friends.
There has been a great response for prizes and a big raffle will be held on the night. Anyone who may not make the concert and would like to contribute may contact Anne Marie Jones 0879827086 or Rose Foudy 0870610212.


Tractor Run
The annual Tractor Run Fundraiser for Ruan Tidy Towns and Graveyards maintenance will be held on Easter Sunday April 1. Registration will be at Morty Kelly's bar from 11.15 am.  Senior Run will commence at 12.15pm with kiddies run at 12 mid-day. The support of the community will be much appreciated. 

Pamela on Winning Streak.
The Craft Group which meets in Toonagh Hall was buzzing with excitement on Wednesday last when Pamela Vaughan shared all her news from her appearance on Winning Streak, the show in which she won €43,000 on last Saturday week. Members of the group had knit and crochet a Banner with her name and Denise and Rita, two members, held it up during the show.  It was the first time such a banner appeared on Winning Streak and Marty and Sinead, the hosts, praised it highly. 
Pamela had a memorable day with her family and friends and all who know her were delighted at her good fortune.

W/E 18/03/2018

posted Mar 13, 2018, 10:54 AM by John O'Sullivan

Prizewinning Stockbreeder.
Local farmer and stockbreeder, Michael Whelan of Toonagh, figured in the winners list at Clare Co-Operative Marts Spring Show & Sale at Ennis Mart recently when his pedigree limousine heifer took first prize in the heifer class.   Michael was presented with a trophy and rosette and a very generous animal feeds prize from Liffey Mills Farm Supplies, Ennis.

Successful Fundraiser.
Two student teachers, Louise McDonnell from Dysart and Claire Kearney from Corofin, joined forces recently to hold a fundraising walk in Dromore Woods, raising €740. They represented Mary Immaculate College in Limerick in a nationwide colleges fundraising effort, entitled “Walk for Jailbreak”, Ireland’s largest student-run charity, which raised €56,000 to be split equally between Amnesty International and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
The girls are very grateful for the support they received from the community.
Date for the Diary.
It’s been a number of years since a “Friends of Toonagh” Concert was held in Toonagh Hall, so people are looking forward to Saturday March 24 next, when local musicians, singers and dancers will take to the stage in the Hall at 8pm sharp.
This concert is a fundraiser for a Defibrillator for the area and the Heart and Lung Appeal for the Mater Hospital, and the support of the community will be much appreciated. 

Recent Deaths.
The death has taken place of Geraldine O’Brien of Ruan Village and Coothill, Co. Cavan in Parc an Coille Nursing Home, Ennis.  Geraldine trained as an Optician and practiced for a number of years before turning to teaching, a profession which she retained a passion for, until her retirement, when she returned to live in Ruan. She was an intrepid traveller, loved her game of golf, cultivated great friendships and was an avid reader, a pastime which served her well in recent years.  
Geraldine’s remains reposed in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan and private cremation followed requiem Mass, celebrated by Fr. Pat O’Neill.
She is survived by her sister, Clare, nieces Angela and Fidelma, nephews Ronan, Maurice and Conor, extended family and friends. 

The death has also taken place in Carrigoran House, Newmarket on Fergus of John O’Sullivan, Fountain. John, a former member of An Garda Siochana, and since he and his wife, Maura, came to live in Fountain, was a great supporter of Toonagh Hall.
He willingly gave of his talents, singing and playing guitar, at various events in Toonagh Hall over the years, and their support was very much appreciated in the community.

W/E 04/03/2018

posted Feb 27, 2018, 2:11 PM by John O'Sullivan

‘Be my Witness’
Children from Toonagh and Ruan National Schools who will make their Confirmation this year, together with children from all the schools in the Imeall Boirne Cluster, took part in a programmer titled “Be my Witness” in St. Patrick’s Hall, Corofin, over the past four Sunday evenings, which has now concluded. This programme aims to encourage, challenge and invite the children and their parents to take an active part in the preparation for their upcoming Confirmation.

Grandparents Masses.
Fr. Pat O’Neill recently celebrated Grandparents masses in Ruan School, for the schoolchildren, and in  Toonagh Hall for the children of Toonagh School.  The children and their grandparents took an active part in the celebration, reading, bringing up gifts, singing and playing music. All were treated to refreshments afterwards. 
The teachers and students had put a lot of thought and preparation into making the celebrations special for all who attended.

Recent Deaths.
The death has taken place, following an illness, in University Hospital, Limerick of Mary Griffin (nee Coughlan) of Ruan. Mary worked in Our Lady’s Hospital, Ennis and she, with her husband, Kevin, came to Ruan in 1977, where they raised their family of three boys and three girls. She was known for her sense of style and love of fashion, and her home-making skills and love of family brought great warmth to the family home.   Over the two days of her funeral, the family took great consolation from the many stories they heard from neighbours and friends and those who knew Mary.
Mary’s remains reposed in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan and following concelebrated requiem mass, she was laid to rest in the adjoining graveyard.
She is survived by her husband, Kevin, sons Pat, Kevin and Gerard, daughters Helena, Orla and Mairead, sons in law, daughter in law, brothers, sisters, grandchildren, extended family and friends.

The death has also occurred of Nancy Long of Ballyea, Inagh, mother of Brid Long, Ballygriffey, Ruan.

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.

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