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W/E 08/03/2015

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