Notes for March

W/E 15/03/2020

posted Mar 9, 2020, 4:47 AM by John O'Sullivan

All Ireland Champions.
Two young members of Toonagh Handball Club brought All Ireland honours to their Club and, indeed, their parish, when they won all their games against very strong opponents on Saturday last. Ella Casey and Tara Lucas travelled to Kingscourt where they took the honours at the National Cumann an mBunscoil Day 2020, both students in Toonagh National School.

Tractor Run Cancelled.
It was with great disappointment that the Committee of Toonagh Hall and Sports Complex committee called off the Tractor Run and Family Fun Day which was due to take place on Sunday last.  The Committee took the decision due to the Covid 19 virus. 
It is hoped that another family fun day will be held sometime in the near future.

Apostolic Display.
Ruan/Dysart Apostolic Society will hold its annual Display in Ruan Community Centre on Saturday, March 14, after 8pm Mass and again on Sunday, March 15, from 12 noon. The members of the group have been busy over the winter so look forward to a good turnout, where refreshments will be served.

W/E 08/03/2020

posted Mar 5, 2020, 6:48 AM by John O'Sullivan

Toonagh Tractor Run 2020

All roads lead to Toonagh on Sunday, March 8, where the Committee of Toonagh Hall and Sports Complex has organised a Tractor, Truck and Vintage Car/Motorbike Run, with registration taking place from 11.30am and the run departing from Toonagh Hall at 1pm.  Contact Ollie 0876039955.

Refreshments, raffle, local produce stalls, bric-a- brac, poster competition, children’s games will take place in the hall and should anyone wish to set up a stall selling local produce or crafts, they may do so for €10 per stall. Chill a @ 0874641253 has all the details.

 There will be a second hand toy and book stall and donations of toys, puzzles, books that are in decent condition may be left in at Toonagh school.  Donations  of home baking will also be welcome.

Children are invited to bring their own pedal tractors, cars and diggers to have a ride around and take part in races.

It promises to be a great community Family Fun Day, with all the proceeds going towards the ongoing improvements to Toonagh Hall,

W/E 01/03/2020

posted Feb 24, 2020, 6:41 AM by John O'Sullivan

Lenten Practice.
During this Lent people are invited to spend 30 minutes in St. Tola’s Church, Dysart on Friday evenings, where they can leave behind the hustle and bustle of the busy lives they are leading.
The Stations of the Cross and the Chaplet of Divine Mercy will be led on six Friday evenings, at 7.30pm, starting Friday, Feb. 28, ending on April 6. All are welcome.

Apostolic Display.
Ruan/Dysart Apostolic Society will hold its annual Display in Ruan Community Centre on Saturday, March 14, after 8pm Mass and again on Sunday, March 15, from 12 noon. Anyone wishing to donate a sacred vessel in memory of a family member should contact Eileen Roughan, Mary Marrinan or Eileen Hannon. Tea and home baking will be served.

Recent Deaths. 
The death has taken place of Bridget Cullen, Sligo, mother of Eileen Hannon, Dromore, Ruan.  The death has also taken place of Sr. Pauline (Mary) Cahir, Sisters of Mercy, England, sister of Sean and Frank Cahir, Larchill,  Pauline Coughlan, Dublin, Fr. Jerry Cahir, Brazil, the late Patrick Cahir, Dublin and the late Michael Cahir, Ballygriffey.

Community Games Art.
A number of children from the parish participated in the Community Games Art competition recently.  Erin and Tara Moroney and Jack Browne received Bronze medals.  Rachel Pegg came 4th in her category. Well done to all the children who took part.

W/E 31/03/2019

posted Mar 25, 2019, 4:30 PM by John O'Sullivan

World Down Syndrome Day.
The children of Toonagh National School raised €163 on World Down Syndrome Day last Thursday, March 21, by bringing a euro to school and wearing their odd socks in celebration of how unique and different everyone is, and to mark this important day. All money raised was given to the Down Syndrome Clare Branch which offers essential services like speech therapy, home tutoring, swimming lessons and so much more for its seventy three members. 
Great credit goes to the staff and students of the school who really ‘rocked their socks’ for Down Syndrome Clare.

Recent Death.
The death took place recently, in Cork, of Michael Leahy, formerly of Erinagh. Michael was a former President if Ruan G.A.A. Club and, even though he resided in Cork, he was a staunch supporter of the Club and County over the years. 
A Memorial Mass for Michael will be celebrated this Saturday, March 30, in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan, at 12 noon. 

The Ruan under 14 team took part in the Feile Competition in Eire Og Club grounds on Saturday last. They were up against teams from Kilmaley, Eire Og, and Feakle/Killanena. Showing great teamwork, skill and determination, the girls won two of their three games and they now progress to the next round.
Louise and Claire McDonnell, Niamh Lyons and Rebecca Crowe were on the Clare team which lost out to Kildare on Sunday last in  the Littlewoods Division 3 League in a tough and physical game, however due to their wins in previous games, they have already qualified for the semi-final in two weeks time, with the time and venue yet to be decided.

Bus to Bloom.
The members of the Toonagh Craft Group will organise a bus, from Toonagh, to Bloom in Dublin on Friday, May 31 (Bank Holiday weekend), should sufficient numbers be interested in travelling. Please contact Denise (0876731966) who will have all the details.

History Group.
The Local History Group which meets in Morty Kelly’s Bar at 8.30pm on Tuesday evenings is busily researching the history of the Ruan Barracks for the commemoration in 2020. The members would like to hear from anyone who may have any stories or connections with the Barracks or the people who were stationed in them, and they would be very welcome to call in any Tuesday evening, or drop anything they may have to Morty. 

W/E 17/03/2019

posted Mar 13, 2019, 3:54 AM by John O'Sullivan

Apostolic Works Display.
The local branch of Apostolic Works Society held its annual display in Ruan Community Centre on Saturday night and Sunday last. The work shown by the members included Priests vestments which had been embroidered and sewn, rosary beads, vessels which have been donated by members of the community and items for sale in crochet and knitting. Hanging baskets and plants were also on sale. Refreshments were served and people enjoyed the get-together over a cuppa. On Sunday,  Bishop Fintan Monahan attended and people were delighted to meet him. 
Great credit is due to all who use their talents to help the Missions, and those who help out on the day, providing food and serving it and in the many other ways which made the dIsplay such a success.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place, in Cahercalla Hospital, of Brendan McMahon, Knockreagh, Dysart.  Brendan, as many of his generation, travelled to England for work in his younger days. He worked on the railways there until he returned to run the family farm.   Two of the main characteristics mentioned over the days of his funeral were his kindness and generosity. He had a great rapport with his nephews and nieces, and shared a great love of traditional music with them,  he played the flute and was well known in Corofin where he could often be found playing a few tunes.
Brendan’s remains reposed in St. Tola’s Church, Dysart and at his requiem mass on Thursday last, his family participated fully, in readings, Prayers of the Faithful, Offertory Gifts, and his nephew and two grand nieces provided beautiful music throughout the ceremony. He was laid to rest in Dysart Graveyard, where a musical tribute was also played at his graveside. 
Brendan is survived by his sisters Sarah O’Halloran, Bridie Byrnes, Nonie Wallace and Mai Rynne, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbors and friends.

W/E 10/03/2019

posted Mar 6, 2019, 8:26 AM by John O'Sullivan

First Communion Dates.
First Communion for the children in this parish will be celebrated on Saturday, May 18, at 11am in Ruan Church for the children of Ruan School and at 1.00pm in Dysart Church for the children of Toonagh School.

Confirmation 2019.
Confirmation will be administered in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan on Saturday, June 8, at 11am for the children of Ruan and Toonagh Schools. The final preparation programme “You shall be my Witness” concluded in Corofin last week, for all the seventy children from the schools in the Imeall Boirne Cluster who will receive the Sacrament in June. 

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Fr. Patrick Carmody, retired Parish Priest of Cooraclare.  Fr. Carmody was appointed to Ruan, as a curate, on his return from England, where he had spent five years. He served in Ruan from July 1961 to April 1972, when he was appointed to Miltown Malbay. He made many friends in Ruan, many of whom attended his removal and requiem Mass in Cooraclare last week. Fr. Carmody’s positive input into the schools, churches, graveyards and Community Centres in the parishes in which he worked was remarked on at the requiem Mass, at which Bishop Fintan Monahan was chief celebrant. 
Fr. Patrick is survived by his brother, James, sister, Sr. Joy, sister in law, Anne, niece, nephews, extended family and friends. 

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.

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.

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