Notes for April

W/E 11/04/2021

posted Apr 7, 2021, 3:47 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Apr 7, 2021, 3:47 AM ]

Traffic calming measures in Ruan Village. 

Members of the local community had a meeting last month with Enda MacNamara, Senior Engineer with Clare County Council.  Councillor Joe Killeen attended the meeting on behalf of Cathal Crowe TD.  At the time of the meeting, traffic was busy in the village, therefore, all parties are fully in agreement that something needs to be done to make the village safer. Enda now intends to get plans drawn up and hopefully the issue of funding will be addressed by Cathal and his team. 

It is hoped to get a pedestrian crossing, line markings, signage and possibly an electronic speed detection sign. Enda did mention that this process will take a few months but it is hoped that the outcome will benefit all in the community sooner rather than later. 

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Frances Brodie (née Butler) of Killeen, Corofin and formerly of Station Road, Ennis. Although Francis and her late husband, Sean, lived in Corofin, their connections with Ruan ran deep.  They were involved in church activities in the parish since they moved to Killeen in 1972 where they reared their six young children. Having come from the town to the country, Frances learned to drive, showing the resilience, determination and strength that served her well as she lived with cancer for the past four years. She and Sean gave great support and encouragement to Fr. Pat and to the community over the years. 
Frances was known for her sense of fun and her zest for life and was an inspiration, not only to her children but her grandchildren, who are left with many fond memories of times with her.
Requiem mass for Frances was celebrated in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan and afterwards she was laid to rest in Drumcliffe Cemetery. She is survived by her family Susan, Elizabeth, Anne-Marie, Elaine, Patricia and Michael, grandchildren, great grandchild, brother in law, sister in law, nephews, nieces, neighbours and friends.

Easter Water.
Bottles of Easter water which was blessed at the Easter Masses are available in the churches in the air all Boirne cluster for anyone wishing to take them. Traditionally people used to bless their homes and land with this water at this time of year. 

Clothes Collection.
Toonagh Parents Association is holding a clothes collection on Thursday, April 15, as a fundraiser for the school. Items of unwanted clothing, shoes, belts, bags, towels, sheets, duvet covers and pillowcases (no duvets, cushions or pillows please) may be dropped off at Toonagh Hall on that day between the hours of 9-10am, 1.45-3pm and 6.30-7.30pm. If these times do not suit, Noreen Cummins May be contacted at 0866030005 who will arrange collection. The Association appreciates the support it has received from the community in the past and is hopeful for a good response on the day.

W/E 04/04/2021

posted Mar 30, 2021, 2:25 PM by John O'Sullivan

Archaeology Trail Awarded Grant.
The Dysart O’Dea Archaeology Trail covers a route of 4km, taking in twenty five original field monuments, dating from 1000BC to 1850AD between Dysart and Rath.  It includes two Romanesque churches, a 12th century doorway, the cross of Dysart O’Dea, two 15th century tower houses, a millennium stone, earthen forts, holy wells, fulachta fiadh, proselytising schools, landlords houses and medieval roads.
The Development Association overseeing this trail has been awarded a grant of €16,290 from the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructural Scheme from the Department of Rural and Community Development. It will support marketing, signage, upgrading of visitor facilities and improvements of the trail, which came into being in 1986. It is expected that the works will take place in the summer.
The Manager of Dysart Castle Archaeology Centre, Tommy Moloney, on behalf of the Development Association, has expressed the appreciation of the group for the funding, and also to those who have maintained the walking trail over the past thirty years, including landowners, friends and volunteers and community.

Recent Death.
The death took place last week of Martin Flanagan of Ballygriffey, Ruan, at his home, a man who has left an indelible mark on all who ever came across him, either in his neighbourhood or during his working life, as is attested to by the tributes people paid to him on hearing of his death. Some of the qualities mentioned were his sense of humour, his kindness, his smile and infectious laugh, honesty, his professionalism going over and above what was required of him, his love of nature and the land and his optimistic nature. He set a standard for himself which, by example, caused those in his presence to give of their best, at whatever job was being done.
Martin met his wife, Maura, at a dance in Ennis and they married in 1969. He worked in Rippon and Lana Knit in Shannon, and later in Ennis with  Magnet Wicksteed and Fergus Design. In the late 80's Martin started working in Cusack Park, where he was very quickly appointed to the role of caretaker and groundsman of Cusack Park, Ballyline and Clareabbey, a role he held for 22 years. During that time he endeared himself to players of all codes in the GAA, managers and followers of the games.
Martin was, first and foremost, a family man and his grandchildren were precious to him. He has left a great legacy to them instilling in them a love and respect for people, animals and nature.
Martin’s funeral mass was celebrated in St. Tola’s Church, Dysart and he was laid to rest in Templemaley Graveyard. He is survived by his wife Maura, son Patrick, daughter in law Lourda, grandchildren Luke, Orlaith and Kate, sisters Mary and Brid, nephews, nieces, extended family and friends.
The death has also taken place of Ada Power, Clarecastle, sister of George Power, Drumcavan, Ruan.

Easter Ceremonies.
Fr. Pat and Fr. Damian are ensuring that people can feel involved in the celebration of Holy Week. There is a booklet available in all the churches which may be picked up to follow the ceremonies. At the vigil Mass at 8pm on Saturday evening in Ruan Church and on Sunday morning at 11am in Corofin Church, bottles of holy water will be blessed and people may collect it afterwards and maybe deliver a bottle to a neighbour or someone who is housebound. 
On Holy Thursday evening at 8pm Mass will be from Crusheen Church, on Good Friday ceremonies will be in Crusheen at 12 noon, Ruan at 3pm and Corofin at 8pm. All these ceremonies are available to follow on the Imeallboirne Facebook page.

W/E 28/04/2019

posted Apr 23, 2019, 1:58 PM by John O'Sullivan

Fundraising Launch.
Ruan G.A.A. will launch its fundraising campaign to complete all the remaining works in the new stand,  in Ruan Hurling Field on Sunday, April 28 at 3pm.  Ruan Intermediate team will play Tubber in a challenge game, which should prove an exciting match between two neighboring parishes. Half time entertainment will be provided by the young and upcoming hurlers and Camogie players from the Ruan Club.
Refreshments will be served after the game in the new Clubhouse meeting room.  All Club members, players (past and present), parishioners and families are invited. A great day’s fun is assured and this is also a good opportunity to see what is hoped to be accomplished with this fundraising drive.

Community Games.
Ruan Community Games will hold its competitions on Sunday, April 28 in Ruan G.A.A. field immediately following the fundraising launch by the G.A.A. Club. Registration is at 5.30pm sharp, with the first race beginning at 6pm sharp.  Events are for boys and girls from the ages of under 8 to 16 years, and also tiny tots fun races. The competitions are open to all children living in the Ruan/Dysart parish. 

Active Schools Week.
The children in Toonagh School marked “Active Schools’ Week” from April 8-12 taking part in many activities. They tried Dance Aerobics, Boxercise, Circuits, a dance blitz, ‘step it up challenge’, Gymnastics, Skipathon, Basketball, Parachute Games, Rounders, Dodgeball, Hockey, Yoga and they finished off with their annual “Mile an Tamhnaigh’ walk.  Great credit is due to all who helped out with the various activities which the children thoroughly enjoyed.

Tractor Run for Tidy Towns.
There was a great turn-out in Ruan on Easter Sunday when the beautiful weather drew out young and old to support the Tractor Run, raising funds for the Tidy Towns and Graveyard Group. Around seventy tractors of all shapes and sizes and twenty vintage cars and trucks. They left Ruan village and took the road to Kell’s Cross and Corofin, returning to Ruan where refreshments were served at Morty Kelly’s Bar. A group of children also drove their vehicles around Ruan Church with great enthusiasm and it was a very enjoyable day. 
The organisers are very grateful for the support they received for this fundraiser and will use the funds for maintenance of machinery used in keeping the village and graveyards in the parish in top shape.

W/E 21/04/2019

posted Apr 17, 2019, 2:35 PM by John O'Sullivan

Farewell to Principal.
Donnchadh Kelleher, Principal of Toonagh School is moving to pastures new, taking up a post in Clonlara School after the Easter holidays.​ His time in Toonagh School was celebrated last week, when the Board of Management and Parents Association held a celebration where the staff, children and all involved in the school all came together to say their goodbyes and wish Donnchadh well in his new position. The staff and children from Teach Spraoi pre-school also visited the school to give their good wishes, in the form of specially made cards and wildflowers.​

Successful Fundraiser.
Toonagh Hall was packed to capacity on Friday night last for a Family Fun Bingo organised by Ruan Scouts, as a fundraiser.​ Families, with members from 5/6 years of age, played together, with the children showing a great understanding of the concept of the game and having fun in the process.​ The donations of prizes, home baking for the tea and all who supported the event is hugely appreciated by the organisers. ​ €2,600 was raised for the Scouts which will be used for equipment and tents.


posted Apr 12, 2019, 4:45 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Apr 12, 2019, 4:46 AM ]

Holy Week in the Parish.
Good Friday’s ceremony will be held in Ruan Church at 3pm.  
Easter Vigil Mass will be celebrated in Ruan on Saturday, April 20 at 8pm and Easter Sunday Mass in Dysart Church at 9.30am.

Mass of Anniversaries.
This month’s Mass of Anniversaries in Ruan will be celebrated on Sat. April 27, due to the third Saturday falling on Easter Saturday.

Tractor Run. 
Ruan/Dysart Tidy Village and Graveyards Maintenance Group will hold its annual Tractor Run in Ruan on Easter Sunday at 12 noon. 
Registration is at Morty Kelly’s from 11am, featuring vehicles of all kinds.  Children’s vehicles will also be welcomed.

The Clare  Camogie team, including Ruan Camogie players Rebecca Crowe, Louise and Claire McDonnell and Niamh Lyons lost out to Limerick in the National League semi-final on Sunday. They now look ahead to the Munster Championship in three weeks time against Waterford.

Corofin/Ruan had a win over Crusheen/Tubber in Corofin at the weekend and Ruan beat Eire Og  in round 3 of the Division 2 League in Ruan.
Ruan GAA Club is at an exciting stage of its latest Club Development, namely  the completion of a 300 seater stand, meeting room and gym. 
Money from the club lotto fund has been used to finance the works, and this is due to the dedication and hard work of the Club officers, lotto teams and loyal supporters.  
The Club will be launching a major fundraising campaign in the coming weeks to complete the development.  To raise the funds needed it is intended to sell seats in the new stand for €100 each. Families, players (past and present), supporters and individuals are invited to buy a seat, to enable the Club to finish the project this year, debt free.  
The development will be of huge benefit to the community and the Club, and the support of the community will be greatly appreciated.

Family Fun Bingo.
The local Scouts group is holding a Family Fun Bingo in Toonagh Hall this Friday evening, April 12, at 7.30pm to raise funds for all the activities the Beavers, Cubs and Scouts will partake in this year. It is hoped that there will be a good turnout, as there is a large number of children involved in the Scouts here in the parish and it is a great experience for the children involved.

W/E 07/04/2019

posted Apr 3, 2019, 5:51 AM by John O'Sullivan

Well done to Cathal Noonan (Toonagh) who, with his doubles partner Cathal Leamy (Clooney-Quin) won the U12 Munster Devel­opment Tournament for Clare on Sunday. They overcame Kerry in the semi-final bef­ore accounting for Tipperary in the fi­nal.​
The adult Division 4 team recently rea­ched the league final and lost out narro­wly to Kilkishen aft­er having been level going into the last game. Team members included Philip Luca­s, Noel Barry, Senan Hehir, Michael Call­inan, Declan Vaughan, Brian Reilly and Pat Lynch.

Ruan Camogie.
The U14 Ruan Camogie team represented its Club in Kilmaley on Sunday March 31, in the Division 2 Fei­le final against Kil­maley, where they we­re beaten, at the en­d, by a puck of the ball. They now look forward to the U14B championship in the next few weeks.​ ​ ​ The Ruan team inc­ludes Aedin Wynne, Mya O Malley, Summer O Brien, Meabhdh Cas­ey, Áine Jones, Aisl­ing Moloney, Alanagh Mulqueen, Neasa Ní Lachtnáin, Aoibhe Mo­ran, Saoirse Barry, Anna Steigerwald, Ei­lís Strand, Tara Moroney, Blaithín Bar­ry, Ciara Punch, Cli­ona Jones, Keelin Mu­lqueen, Amy Gibbons, Emma Masterson, Ala­nna Bolger, Ella For­de, Niamh Glass, Reb­ecca Meaney and Ava Quirke.​ 
Kilmaley now go forw­ard to represent Cla­re in the Division 2 Feile in Cork in Ju­ne and it is hoped they do well in the competition.

This weekend saw 150 Beavers converge on the Ruan Scouts Cam­psite In Nooan, where a County Emergency Day was held. The children, and adults, who were there were addressed by a Para­medic, outlining how and when to make em­ergency calls, how to put someone in the recovery position, how to deal with injuries and how to put together a First Aid Box. The Coastgu­ard Helicopter, based in Shannon, did a ‘fly-over’ which was enthusiastically gr­eeted by all at the camp.​
The Beavers will take part in a Scavenge­rs hunt in Dromore Wood on Thursday eve.​
At the weekend ​ Cubs from all over the county will attend the campsite for anot­her day of fun activ­ities.​
As a fundraiser for the Ruan Scouts a Fa­mily Fun Bingo will be held in Toonagh Hall on Friday, April, 12 next, at 7.30pm and the organisers are hoping for huge support from the Com­munity, which will benefit from the acti­vities of the Scouts well into the fut­ure.

W/E 29/04/2018

posted Apr 24, 2018, 5:24 AM by John O'Sullivan

Funding for Defibrillator.
Last week, Anne Marie Jones, Denise Whelan, Frank Custy and Rose Foudy presented a Cheque for €1,600, the proceeds of the recent Friends of Toonagh Concert, to Ger Barry, Moira O’Loughlin, Michael Casey and Eoghan Hynes, representing Toonagh Hall and Sports Complex, who intend to purchase a Defibrillator with the monies raised. 
The defibrillator will be available to all the groups which use the hall and sports complex, the nearby school and the surrounding areas, in the event that it’s ever needed. 
€600 from the same Concert went to the Mater Hospital Heart & Lung Appeal which will be used in the Family Heart Screening clinic for families of those who’ve had sudden adult death syndrome (SADS) and some will go towards funding chairs for the transplant patients’ waiting room.

May Devotions.
The Rosary will be recited every evening at Our Lady’s Grotto in Fountain at 8.30pm for the month of May,  and on Monday, May 14, the Crowning of the Statue of Our Lady will take place.

Eucharistic Adoration.
Eucharistic Adoration takes place on Wednesday’s in Ruan Church from 3pm to 7pm and in Dysart on Thursday’s from 10am to 1pm. Anyone who would like to volunteer an hour of their time once a week, in Dysart, particularly between 12 noon to 1pm, may contact Bernadette 0879086209.

Holiday in Lahinch.
This year the Senior Citizens of the parish will be decamping to Lahinch from June 13 to June 18, inclusive. This week is usually very much enjoyed by those who go for the break and they’re looked after very well by the ladies of the Senior Citizens Committee.
Anyone wishing to travel should contact Mary 0879776583, Sheila 0876546637 or Linda 0868748845. 

Recent Deaths.
The deaths have taken place of Monica Brooks, Drumcaran, Fountain and also of Betty Mullins, Poundtown, Kilnaboy, sister of Mary Conroy, Beechgrove, Toonagh.

W/E 22/04/2018

posted Apr 17, 2018, 2:30 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Apr 17, 2018, 2:30 AM ]

First Holy Communion.
The First Holy Communion class in Toonagh Primary School celebrated the ceremony in St. Tola’s Church, Dysart on Saturday last with their families and friends. The children, Eimhin Bane, Abby Cantillon, Conor Coffey, Jack Considine, Cillian Cummins, Julia Darmach, Lauren Gibbons, Jemma Guinnane, Sara Lavan, Eryn Moroney, Kevin Noonan, Chloe O’Gorman, Chloe O’Sullivan and Colm Whelan, all had an active role in the celebration, reading, singing, presentation of gifts and playing music.
Fr. Pat O’Neill, with the congregation that had gathered, we’re full of praise for the children, their parents and teachers, who ensures the ceremony was a meaningful and memorable one. After the ceremony everyone was invited to Toonagh Hall where the Parents Association had laid out tea, coffee and a variety of home baking, giving people the chance to have a chat over a ‘cuppa’. 

Well done to the Ruan Camogie U14 team on their two superb victories in the U14A Championship. First up was Inagh-Kilnamona on Monday April 9, where a great display by the Ruan girls saw them come out victors on a score line of 6:10 to 1:3. Heart, skill and great determination were shown on the night. The second match, on Friday last,  in Ruan, against the 2018 Feile winners, Truagh-Clonlara, saw a fabulous second-half comeback by Ruan, delivering a hard fought victory on a score line of 0:6 to 1:2. Excellent skills and tenacity were shown throughout. 
They have two more games to play, the next one is against Kilkishen/Bodyke on Wednesday, May 2nd next.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Angela Moylan, née Linnane, Ballymahony, Kilfenora, formerly Aran View, Doolin, in her 100th year, mother of Mary O’Connor, Cloona, Dysart.

Clothes Collection.
With the promise of more clement weather on the way, people may be going through their wardrobes in the next few weeks, sorting out their ‘summer clothes’. The Parents Association of Toonagh National School is asking that people might keep in mind the Clothes Collection which will be held on Thursday, May 31. As usual bed linen, clean clothes, curtains, towels, belts, bags and shoes will be accepted and the times will be published nearer the date. 
The funds generated by the clothes collections over the years have been invaluable in supporting various activities the children take part in at the school and the Parents Association appreciates the help of the community in its efforts. 

Boirne Youth Connect Activities.
The BYC attended a presentation about Missionvale by Fr. Donough O’Meara and John O’Sullivan in Ruan Community Centre on Friday night last. 
A large number of youth came to the talk, which was very informative, and gave everyone great insight into the work of Sr. Ethel Normoyle and all the volunteers in the project.  Their next outing is to climb Croagh Patrick on Bank holiday Monday, May 7.

Annual Spring Clean and A.G.M.
In association with An Taisce, the annual spring clean takes place all over Ireland during the month of April. Ruan Tidy Towns Association will hold its clean-up on Tuesday next, April 24 and appeals to locals and volunteers to give an hour of their time to help.  The focus will be on the approach roads, starting at Ruan Community Centreat 7pm. Volunteers are asked to wear hi-viz vests and gloves.
The A.G.M. of Ruan Tidy Towns will be held on Monday, April 30, in the Community Centre at 8.30pm.  New members are needed and all help will be much appreciated

Trad Music Session/Lesson
An informal traditional music session/lesson for adults and teenagers (minimum age 1st year in Secondary School) begins next Monday, April 23, in the meeting room in Ruan Community Centre, from 8.30-9.30pm.  This is a six-week trial run for those who are competent at playing jigs and reels and is aimed at giving musicians an opportunity to play in a group in a relaxed ‘session’, to enhance existing tunes and to learn new ones (all notes will be displayed by a projector).  It promises to be an enjoyable gathering and, perhaps, a means of lifting the mind out of the pressure of study for an hour or so in the week.

W/E 15/04/2018

posted Apr 11, 2018, 1:57 PM by John O'Sullivan

A Day in the Park.
A group of young hurlers from the under 12 panel of the local Hurling club, with some of their mentors and a number of parents, travelled to Croke Park in Dublin on Friday last. They had been drawn to play in three games as part of the Go Games Provincial days.  Twenty four Clubs were represented on the day, and Ruan played St. Mary’s from Waterford, Youghal from Cork and Carrick Davins from Tipperary. 
They also had a tour of the Stadium and Museum and were delighted with their day out.

Recent Deaths.
The death has taken place of Sr. Ailbe Morgan, Convent of Mercy, Tipperary Town and formerly of Dysart. She is survived by her brother Jim Joe, sister Margaret and extended family and friends.
The death has also occurred of Anna McGowan, née Galvin, Castlerea, Co. Roscommon, sister of Ger Galvin,  Ranahan, Ruan.

Boirne Youth Connect Activities.
Last Thursday, 26 teenagers from our Cluster (Ruan) went on a Retreat to Donegal for two days with the Net Ministries. This Retreat involved Surfing on Rossnowlagh beach each day. 
NET stands for National Evangelisation Teams. These teams are young missionaries who share the gospel message with Youth in schools/parishes across Ireland. The retreat experience was structured to meet the needs of this age group and they thoroughly enjoyed their time in Donegal.
On Friday April 13,  in Ruan Community Centre, the BYC youth group will attend a  presentation about the Missionvale project in South Africa, by Fr. Donough O'Meara and local volunteer, John O'Sullivan.  All youths in the cluster are welcome to attend.

Craft Morning.
The Craft mornings in Toonagh Hall have resumed after the Easter break, and anyone who would like to attend to learn about knitting, crochet, sewing, or even to enjoy a chat over a ‘cuppa’ would be most welcome.

W/E 08/04/2018

posted Apr 3, 2018, 3:35 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Apr 5, 2018, 1:06 PM ]

Easter Tractor Run.
There was great excitement on Sunday when around 80 vehicles, including tractors/trucks/motor bikes & vintage vehicles arrived in Ruan to take part in a Tractor Run which ran from the village vis Kelly’s, Corofin and back to the village.  Hot food was served in Morty's afterwards and an enjoyable day was had by all involved. 
It was a very enjoyable family day out and the kiddies tractor run was great fun. Over €1,700 was raised and this will be used for the upkeep of the village and graveyards, the improvements to which have been commented on since Ruan has been involved the Tidy Towns and Villages.

Easter Ceremonies.
Large crowds attended the ceremonies in the parish, which started with Mass in Ruan on Thursday evening last. The community was involved in the liturgies over the Easter Weekend, and Dawn Mass was celebrated in the hallowed and sacred ruins of the old church in Dysart Graveyard at 6am on Easter Sunday morning, with Fr. Pat O’Neill, Celebrant.  

Apostolic Works Society.
All those involved in the local Apostolic Works Society are heading to the finishing line now with the work they have been doing since last year’s display. This year the Display will be held on Sunday, April 15, in Ruan Community Centre, which is undergoing upgrading works,  and all who visit on that date should find the Centre very inviting and warm, as some of the works taking place there include insulation and heating.

World Dancing Championships
Local girl, Aoife Bane, from Ballygriffey, Ruan, represented Ireland at the World Dancing Championships which were held in Glasgow over the weekend.  Aoife was recalled and finished in thirty-third place, which was a great achievement in this prestigious competition.  She dances with the MacGabhann Academy, which hold classes every week in Toonagh Hall and she, her sister Ailbhe and brother, Fionn, were  among the dancers who supported the Friends of Toonagh Concert recently.

Recent Death.
The month’s mind mass for the late Seanie O’Connor, Castlematrix, Rathkeale, Co. Limerick and formerly of Attyterilla, Ruan, brother of Christy, P.J. and  Jerry, will be held in Ruan Church on this Saturday, April 7, at 5pm.

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