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W/E 20/03/2020

posted Mar 14, 2022, 4:04 PM by John O'Sullivan
Up the Banner.
Banner Equestrian Centre was awarded Centre of the Year 2021 at the Mullingar Park Hotel recently. Despite the upheaval of the past two years, Banner Equestrian Centre faced up to the challenges it encountered and its supporters are delighted for the Barry family winning this Award.

Members of the local Club were in action at the weekend. Aoife Anderson and Aisling Moloney played with the Clare Minors which lost to Waterford in the Tesco Minor A Championship.
Sinead Hastings and Aisling Moloney started, and Kate Forde came on as a substitute, with Colaiste Muire in the All Ireland Final against Colaiste Bhride, however, they were beaten by a stronger side on the day. It was a great achievement to get to the final, representing, not only their school, but their families and club.

The u14's  played against Newmarket on Fergus in the first round of that grade in Ruan on Saturday, with Newmarket coming out on top. This was the first game of the season for these girls and they gave it their all, however, Newmarket were stronger on the day

Munster Champions.
Ella Casey and Tara Lucas, members of Toonagh Handball Club, were crowned Munster Champions on Sunday. They defeated a Tipperary duo in the under 13 Munster Final and are a credit to their club.

Recent Death.
The death has occurred of Sean Cotter, Dysart, Maurice's Mills. The huge crowds which attended his funeral was testament to the esteem in which he was held by all who knew him. Sean is survived by his mother Mary, father John, brothers Michael, Oliver, Declan, Padraig and Donal, his sisters Mary, Pauline, Sinead and Noelle, sisters and brothers in law, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. Following requiem mass in Inagh Church, Sean was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.

The death has taken place of Mary O'Leary (nee Hand) of Knockanroe, Dysart and formerly of Collops, Kingscourt, Co. Cavan, peacefully at her home in Dysart, only three months following the death of her husband, Michael. They would have been married sixty years on Shrove Tuesday, having met in Holloway Road, in England,  where they were both working in the 1960s. They married in Islington in 1962 and returned to Dysart in 1964, when Michael took over the family farm and they lived in the home they built while they were in England, while his parents lived in the original farmhouse. They looked after Michael's parents and they reared their family on the farm.
Mary was a very stylish woman, loved fashion and loved meeting people. She had a flower garden that she worked and took great pride in, as she did in her home. When her family moved out, a number of them moved to New York and she enjoyed travelling to the Big Apple and also to England where the couple had many friends from their time working there. Mary had a great rapport with her grandchildren and great grandchildren and she enjoyed her time spent in their company, as they did in hers.
Mary's remains reposed in St. Tola's Church, Dysart and, following requiem mass, she was laid to rest in Dysart Graveyard. She was predeceased by her son Brendan, and is survived by John, Michael, Vincent, Dennis, Kevin, Mary, Kathleen, Carmel, Eileen and Caroline, brother John Hand in Luton, grandchildren,, great grandchildren, brother in law, sisters in law, sons in law, daughters in law,, extended family and friends.

Toonagh Handball Club.
Members of Toonagh Handball Club were busy over the weekend competing in various competitions. In the County Juvenile B Championships sixteen club members took part, with many reaching quarter-final, semi-final and final stages.  Four members have reached the County B Finals, including Darragh Casey (u13), Jack Browne (u14), Daniel McInerney (u15) and Jimmy Marrinan (u17). The final dates are to be fixed in the coming days.
 Two Club members were on the teams representing Clare in Ballydesmond, Co. Cork on Sunday. Christian Cummins was part of the u16/u17 Clare GAA Handball team which lost, in a closely contested Munster semi-final, to Cork, who were the eventual Munster Final winners, Cathal Noonan played on the Clare GAA Handball u14/u15 team which beat Cork in the semi-final and defeated Tipperary in the Munster Final. Cathal's team now progresses to the All-Ireland series on March 26, where they will take on the other provincial winners.

Mass Times.
Vigil Mass for St. Patrick's Day will be celebrated in St. Mary's Church, Ruan at 8pm on Wednesday evening. The Mass of Anniversaries for the parish will be celebrated on Saturday evening at 8pm.