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.
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