Notes for April 2017
Successful Tractor Run.
Over 100 vehicles, including tractors, trucks and vintage cars converged on Ruan village on Easter Sunday. Starting off the proceedings the kiddies run in their toy tractors circled the church and, following a 'cuppa' in the Community Centre the adults took off on the route from the village to Kells Cross, Corofin and back to Ruan, where refreshments were served in Morty Kelly's Bar.
Monies raised on the day from the run and the sale of planters made by members of the local CE scheme will go towards replacing old & worn out machinery for the upkeep of the graveyards, village and Community centres in the parish.
Parish History Group Display.
Over the winter of 2014 a group of like-minded individuals came together to undertake what they considered to be a very important local history initiative. Concerns had been expressed by some members of the group that the local history and folklore of the parish would be lost with the passage of time, so the group set out to record, townland by townland, the local landscape details, families who resided in them, local characters, events, traditions and so on, in an effort to pass the information on to future generations.
Students of local history may, in the future, benefit from such data and, perhaps, even make possible family connections.
The group has, to date, compiled information on a number of townlands and will display a sample of eight of them in Marty Kelly's Bar on Tue. 2nd May from 8-10pm. These townlands are Ruan Commons (village), Bealnalicka, Nuan, Lisduff, Caherclancy, Erinagh, Ballynagonnaghtagh and Kilcurrish.
All are welcome to visit and, perhaps, to share snippets of detail or get answers to queries they may have.
If anyone has old family photos they may wish to include in this project the group will gladly scan them and return them with great care.
A reminder to all interested children of the parish, from u8 to u16 to attend Ruan G.A.A. field on this Sat. at 3pm for the Community Games athletics area finals.
Michelle O'Connor, daughter of Jerry & Mary of Ardcarney, Ruan and Barry Meehan, son of John & Mary of Newmarket on Fergus were married on Saturday last in St. Mary's Cathedral, Killarney. The Celebrant was Fr. Pat O'Neill and Bridesmaids were Aishling Roche and Siobhan O'Connor.
Bestmen were Dave Gannon and Robert Meehan. The reception was held in The Molton Hotel, Killarney.
The Ruan girls got off to a great start in the first round of the U14C Championship when they met Parteen at the weekend. They came away with a scoreline of 4.7 to 1 point after a match played in great spirit on a beautiful spring morning.
Local Camogie player, Louise McDonnell from Dysart scored 1 goal 2 points on Sun. last when Clare played Roscommon in the Littlewoods Div. 3 League in Athleague. They are now through to the semifinal on Easter Sun. when they meet Dublin.
The ladies who attend the Craft mornings in Toonagh Hall on Wed. mornings have taken a two week break for Easter and will return on Wed. 26th April. On Fri. last they presented a Banner to Toonagh School which members made for the children to take to school and parish games in the future.
Miriam Strands' sewing skills are very much in evidence on the Banner which depicts Hurling/Camogie, basketball and music, with the school crest organised by Laura Cahir, and the children were delighted to receive it and hope to give it an outing in the very near future.
Community Games Athletics.
Ruan G.A.A. Field is the venue for the Community Games Athletics on Sat. 29th April next at 3pm.
Events will be arranged for boys and girls aged from u8 to u16, living in the parish and fun races will also be held on the day.
Tidy Towns Tractor Run.
A reminder to all that the tractor/truck run for all types, and vintage vehicles, will be held in Ruan on this Easter Sunday, with the kiddies tractor run starting at 12 noon and the senior run at 12.15pm. The members of the local CE scheme have made wooden planters which will be on sale in the local Community Centre, refreshments will also be served and all are invited to support this event.
Funds go towards replacing old & worn out machinery for the upkeep of the graveyards, the village and community areas in the parish.
Ann Marie Cullinan, daughter of John & Teresa of Ballytigue, Ruan married Paul Madden, son of Geraldine & Pat Madden, Ennis on Saturday last in St. Mary's Church, Ruan, with Fr. Pat O'Neill celebrating the nuptials. Best man was Kevin Dilleen and Groomsman was David Delahunty.
Ann Marie's sisters Claire and Liz Cullinan were bridesmaids.
The reception was held in the Inn at Dromoland and the couple will reside in Ennis.
The death has taken place in Birmingham, following an illness, of P.J. Ballinger, formerly of Laurel Vale, Ruan. He would have celebrated his 72nd birthday on Saturday last. P.J. left Ireland, as many young people did, at 18 years of age, to look for work in England and settled in Birmingham. He worked in various jobs, mostly delivery driving, and he made many friends with whom he socialised during his years there. He returned home to celebrate various family occasions - Christmas time, weddings, funerals and his family looked forward to, and loved those visits.
P.J.'s ashes were interred in the family grave in Dysart Graveyard, following a memorial mass celebrated by Fr. Pat O'Neill on Sunday last.
He is survived by his sisters Sheila, Mary, Nuala & Sarah, sister in law Noreen, brothers in law Willie, Jim and Pat, many nieces, nephews and friends.
Holy Week & Easter Ceremonies.
On the 13th of April Holy Thursday Mass of the Eucharist will be celebrated in Ruan at 8.00pm.
The Good Friday ceremony will be in Dysart at 3pm.
Saturday 15th April the Easter Vigil Mass will be celebrated in Ruan at 9.00pm, and on Easter Sunday a Dawn Mass will be held in Rath Cemetery and there will be 10am Mass in Dysart Church.
Ruan Tidy Village & Graveyard Maintenance Group is holding a fundraising Tractor Run on Easter Sunday 16th April next. Tractors and Trucks of all types and vintage vehicles are all welcome.
A kiddies tractor run starts at 12 noon and the senior run will start at 12.15pm, with registration having taken place in Ruan Community Centre..
There will be a sale of garden planters, made by the local C.E. group and a raffle will also be held on the day.
Tea and home baking will be available in the Community centre for the duration of the run.
The death has taken place last week, of Tom Carmody, formerly of Ballyoganmore, Ruan.
Noelle Hayes, daughter of Joseph and Ann from Kilkee, Ruan and Matthew Moloney, son of Donal and Kathleen from Kerry were married in St. Mary's Church, Ruan recently, with Fr. Pat O'Neill celebrant. Chief bridesmaid was Caroline Hayes and bridesmaids were Jennifer Hayes and Aideen Fitzgerald.
Bestman was David McCarthy and groomsmen were Brian and Cathal Moloney. Heather Hayes Daly, Claire Hayes, Aoidheann Hayes Ryan, Isuelt Jordan and Catelyn Moloney were all flowergirls and pageboys were Jack Gallagher and Laurence Hayes.
The reception was held in the Armada Hotel, Spanish Point.
The Ruan Gymkhana and Ruan/Dysart Senior Citizens have joined forces to raise funds in a Poker Classic on this Fri. 15th April at 9.30pm in Purcell's Bar, Ruan. The Gymkhana has been running for fourteen years and goes from strength to strength each year, bring big crowds to Ruan where there are competitions for various classes of showjumping and this year it is on the 12th June.
The Senior Citizens organisation is a valuable asset in the parish which organises a holiday in Lahinch every summer and the Christmas party and their only funds come from church gate collections so they're hoping for a generous response to the Poker Classic, where there is a prize of €1,500 pro rata and many spot prizes on the night.
Alzheimer's Tea Day.
Every day another 11 people are diagnosed with dementia, and there are 48,000 people living with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia right now. Every €25 raises provides one hour of Home Care, every €50 funds five hours at a Day Care Centre and €200 pays for an overnight stay in Respite Care.
This year's Alzheimer's Tea Day is Thurs. 5th May and if there is anyone in the parish who would be interested in organising one in Toonagh Hall they may contact the Society at www.teaday.ie or call 0870610212.
Ruan Community Centre Activities.
Every Tuesday morning in Ruan Community Centre there is an opportunity to come and meet neighbours and friends at the weekly coffee/tea morning.
John Conroy, an experienced fitness coach for older adult fitness holds a class every Wed. From 1.15pm to 2.15 pm which is gaining numbers due to its popularity and effectiveness.
People with arthritis, heart disease or diabetes benefit from regular exercise and it can also help people with blood pressure, balance problems or difficulty walking.
National Spring Clean Week.
Ruan Tidy Towns group will be out on Tue. Eve next, 5th April, for a litter pick-up and general clean up of the village and surrounding area.
The members would welcome help from the local community and will meet in the village at 7pm.
Ennis Singers Club which meets once a month has, this month, invited singers Mary Ann Casey, Drumeer, Ruan and Bridie Morgan, Willbrook, ( the Meaney sisters, originally from Nooan, Ruan) to join them at The Grove, Roslevan on Fri. 8th April next. All are welcome.
The Easter Ceremonies in the parish were well attended. This year's Dawn Mass was celebrated by Fr. Pat O'Neill in the old graveyard, Ruan.
The congregation which had gathered in the ruins of the old church also heard the Dawn Chorus as the birds came to life in the morning.
Ruan Juniors play Bodyke in their final Group game in the League in the coming weeks. With 2 wins from 2 so far for Ruan, this game will be the decider as to who tops the group.
A win would see Ruan contest the semi final and also play in the Junior A Championship.
Senior Citizens Holiday.
It's that time of year again when the local Senior Citizens Committee is organising the annual holiday to Lahinch. This year it takes place from July 10th to 15th.
Anyone wishing to go on this break may contact Mary (6837989) or Sheila (6837717).
Residents, young and old, are asked to join the Tidy Towns group in a clean-up of Ruan village and its surrounds on Mon. and Tue. evenings, 27th and 28th April next.
Gloves and bags will be provided and disposal of litter will be taken care of by the Committee who hope for a good turn-out.
Confirmation will take place in Dysart on Sat. 23rd May at 12 noon, the vigil of Pentecost, and in Ruan on Sun. 24th May at 10.00a.m., the feast of Pentecost.
First Holy Communion will be celebrated in Dysart on this Sat. at 11a.m. and in Ruan on Sun. 26th at 10.00a.m.
The wedding has taken place of Rosaleen Finn, daughter of John and Bridie Finn of Ardcarney, Ruan and Michael James Malone, son of Seamus and Kathleen Malone of Ballinacarra, Kilfenora at St. Mary's Church, Ruan on Friday last, with Fr. Pat O'Neill, celebrant.
Bridesmaids were Alice Casey, Caroline McNulty, Deirdre Breathnach and Sinead Shannon, Maid of Honour was Corinne Mulcahy. Bestman was Gavin Crowe and Groomsmen were Killian Malone, Aidan Malone and John McGrath and Rosaleen's nephews, Robbie and Ajay Finn were pageboys. The reception was held in The Falls Hotel.
Shane Sheedy, son of Tommy and Ann Sheedy of Bealnalicka, Ruan married Maria Tuffy, daughter of Tom and Vera Tuffy of Killasser, Swinford, Co. Mayo, also on Friday last in All Saints Church, Killasser. Maria's sisters Fiona Tuffy, Sandra Tighe and Kara McNulty were Bridesmaids while Bestman was James Cusack and Groomsmen were Gary Meehan and Eamonn Liddy. Darragh Tuffy was Pageboy and Flowergirl was Isabelle Quirke.
Celebrant was Fr. John Durkan and the reception was held in the Diamond Coast Hotel, Iniscrone, Co. Sligo.
The under 14's opened their campaign with a hard fought win over Feakle/Kilanena last week and the next game will be at home to Ballyea this coming weekend.
The u8s took part in a blitz held in Ennistymon at the weekend. Ruan had 21 players and fielded three teams who played matches against Ennistymon, Ballyea and Crusheen.
Afterwards adults and players enjoyed refreshments laid on by the Ennistymon Club and the children enjoyed the outing.
Grand Prix coming to Toonagh.
Those interested in showjumping are very excited at the news that Showjumping Ireland will hold a Gran Prix in Banner Equestrian, Toonagh this year. This competition will feature leading names and top competitors in the sport.
Noel and Simone Barry, who run the Centre, are holding a Poker Classic in Woodstock Golf Club on this Friday night at 8.30p.m.
The proceeds of which will go towards the prize fund for the Gran Prix, and all are welcome.
A large group walked the pilgrim path of Clare as part of Ireland's National Pilgrim Paths Day, over Easter weekend. The route took walkers to St. Tola's 8th century hermitage in Dysart from St. Blathmac's church in Rath, taking in the ancient roadway, Bealach Arsa, the present day Dysart Church, the holy well or Tobar Oireachta with which St. Tola is associated.
They continued to St. Tola's Diseart, Hermitage, where the famous Romanesque doorway is still clearly seen.
In the field beside the graveyard they took in the 12th century High Cross and returned to the castle of Dysert O'Dea where they had parked.
Large crowds attended the Easter ceremonies in both churches over the weekend.
The Dawn Mass in Dysert graveyard was a special celebration and those present felt very privileged to hear The Dawn Chorus as the birds awoke and joined with the choir as dawn broke.
Apostolic Works Display.
The annual display of work by the local Apostolic Society will be held in Ruan Community Centre this coming Sunday after 10am mass in Ruan Church.
There will be knitted and crochet items on sale as well as plants and tea and home baking will be served all are welcome.
CLub membership is now due for renewal and may be paid to any member of the Club Executive or Club Registrar, Niall O'Connor (0879497896).
The Club is also finalising the collection of scrap metal and anyone who might have scrap metal to give may contact Vinny O'Halloran (0862788440), Kevin McDonnell (0868460284) or Tom Roughan (0851734204).
Under 8 training is held on Monday and Thursday evenings in the local pitch at 6.30pm. Under 6 training is on Thursdays at 6.30pm.
New players are always welcome.
In under 14's Ruan played good hurling in the group stages of Feile na nGael in Newmarket on Fergus recently.
They have qualified for the semi final against Eire Og. The teams in Ruan's group were Clonlara, Feakle/Kilanena and Clooney Quin.
Mass of the Eucharist will be celebrated in Ruan Church on Holy Thursday at 8pm. Good Friday ceremony is in Dysart at 3pm and Ruan at 8pm. Easter Vigil Mass Saturday evening in Dysart at 6.30pm and in Ruan at 9pm.
A Dawn Mass will be celebrated in Dysart Graveyard on Easter Sunday morning at 6am and Mass is at the usual time of 10am in Ruan.
Apostolic Works Display.
The local Apostolic Society have been busily sewing, knitting, doing crochets making vestments and other crafts over the winter months and these will be on display next Sun. 12th April, in Ruan Community Centre after 10am Mass and will run until 5pm.
Tea and home baking will be served and a welcome is extended to all.
Following on from their 1st round win, the Junior team will play Clooney Quin in round 2 of the PK Travel League on this Thursday evening in Ruan G.A.A. Field at 6.30pm.
The u14's who were promoted to the 'B' division are progressing competitively through the championship.
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