Notes for April


W/E 24/04/2022

posted Apr 25, 2022, 8:58 AM by John O'Sullivan

10 for Tadhg Fundraiser.
There has been a huge outpouring of support for two charities selected by the Lynch family of​ Ruan to raise awareness of Sudden Infant Death. This came about as a result of the death of their 8 month old, healthy, happy and fun-loving baby, Tadhg on Christmas Eve 2012. To remember Tadhg, on what would have been his tenth birthday in April, and to raise funds for Feileacain and Children's Ark UHL, his family organised a 10K walk/run which took place in Ruan on Sunday. There were 500 runners/walkers in attendance and it was a huge community success, with a festive atmosphere, balloons were let off just before the event and, when everyone returned to Ruan GAA field, there was a barbeque, teas, coffees and an ice cream van in situ, where everyone who had garnered an appetite after the walk/run, was highly treated.​
The first back from the 10K run was Brian Sheedy in 37.04 minutes , Ennis Track, and the first lady back was Anne Marie Conlon in 39.33 minutes. On the day €6,445.00 was raised in registration and donations and on the surprise auction, so, between the online donations and what came in Sunday, €22,600 has already been collected. The idonate page, "idonate/ierainbow10fortadhg" will remain open until Tadhg's birthday, where he would have been 10 the 21st April, after which the monies will be divided between the two charities. The Lynch family hugely appreciates the support they have received from family, friends, work colleagues and communities and are happy to know that Tadhg made such an impression on all who met him during his eight months, he will ever be remembered as the blonde haired, happy little boy he was.

Volleyball.
Maria Jones, a student at Colaiste Muire, Ennis, captained the Irish Volleyball team which finished second at the u19 Small Countries Volleyball Championship in Luxembourg at the weekend. This runners up place is the best performance Ireland has ever recorded at this level, and the girls had a very enjoyable weekend in Luxembourg.

Tidy Village and Graveyards.
The Tractor/Truck Run organised by the committee for the Tidy Village and Graveyards will take place on Easter Sunday, with registration from 11.15am at the XL Shop in Ruan Village. The Junior Tractor run will be at 12 noon and the Senior Tractor/Truck/Vintage Run begins at 12.15. Refreshments will be served afterwards at Morty Kelly's.
Due to the previous "Cash for Clobber" collection not going ahead, the committee, is also holding a clothes collection on Wednesday, April 27, so they would ask people doing a spring clear out of winter clothes to keep them in mind. Bags of clothes, shoes, bags, belts,, sheets, towels, duvets, pillow covers (note - no duvets/pillows) may be dropped in to Ruan Community Centre any morning between 9.30am and 12 noon, Monday to Friday.

Toonagh Craft Classes.
The Craft Classes took a break last Wednesday, when they invited Junior and Senior Infants up to the hall where they presented each child with a little easter egg chicken. They return on Wednesday, april 27, from 11am to 1pm and on Thursday, April 28, from 7 to 9pm.

Camogie.
The Adult camogie team beat Feakle at the weekend in the League.​ They have recorded two wins from two games so far and are looking forward to their next game which will be held in two weeks time.

Hurling.
The u15B Corofin/Ruan team was beaten by Scariff/Ogonelloe in Ogonelloe at the weekend and the Academy A, round two, Sixmilebridge had a win over the Corofin/Ruan team.

Recent Death.
The death has occurred of Mary Ellen Healy (nee Tierney) Turkenagh. Mary was predeceased by her husband, Frank and infant son, Francis. She is survived by her daughters Mary and Dympna, son in law, Richard, grandchildren, great grandchildren, extended family and friends. Reposal was in St. Mary's Church, Ruan and, following requiem mass, she was laid to rest in Kilraghtis Cemetery, Barefield.

Toonagh School Spring Clean.
On Thursday, March 31, all classes in Toonagh School took part in a clean up of the local community area. The school registered with An Taisce and the children were supplied with spring clean hi-vis jackets, bibs, litter pickers, recycling waste and general waste bin bags.
​ Pupils and staff each took an area to collect litter and waste around the school, community and environment. Ms. Garrihy's class cleaned up around the Beechgrove Estate, Mr. Eustace's class took the length of road outside the school and Toonagh Hall and Ms. Cullinan's class cleaned up all along the road from the school to Magowna Cross. The children really enjoyed participating in the clean up and were delighted to help the local community.​ All the litter collected was then brought to the Inagh Landfill and Recycling facility.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Samuel Roninson,​ Ruan and formerly of London and Belfast, father of Marion Norton, Ballymacrogan, Ruan.

Feile Camogie Champions.
The under 15 camogie team, captained by Cliona Jones and Ciara Punch,​ took part in the Division 2 Feile competition over the Easter Weekend. They showed great teamwork and determination during their matches and they reached the final where they had a tough game against Crusheen. Both teams provided an entertaining game, with Ruan coming out on top at the final whistle. Ruan now goes on to represent Clare at the regional Feile at the end of May. Great credit is due to this group of girls, their mentors, trainers and parents who have put in so much time and effort into bringing the girls to this stage.

Tractor Run.
There was a great turn-out for the Tractor and Vintage Car run raising funds for Ruan Tidy Village and Graveyards organisation, on Easter Sunday. The event got off to a great start when the young boys and girls had a drive in their toy tractors around Ruan Church. The rain stayed off, easter eggs and treats were distributed to those in attendance and over fifty tractors and around twelve vintage cars took part, making it a very enjoyable and entertaining afternoon. On the return to the village, the participants were treated to refreshments in Morty Kellys. The organisers are very grateful to all those who supported the event and appreciate the involvement of those who brought their tractors, cars and helped out in any way.

W/E 10/04/2022

posted Apr 6, 2022, 2:14 PM by John O'Sullivan

Camogie.
The under 14 girls drew in their game against Scarriff/Ogonelloe on Wednesday last in a tough game, where both teams gave of their all right up to the final whistle.
The under 18 girls won the John Collins Memorial Tournament which was organised and hosted by Newmarket on Fergus on Sunday. They played five games and made it to the final, which they won. The teams which participated in the tournament were fulsome in their praise of the host Club, Newmarket on Fergus, which pulled out all the stops to ensure everyone had an enjoyable day.
The adult team plays the next round of the league in Ruan on Saturday at 11.30am, when they meet Feakle.
The members of the local Club will be out, in force, walking to support the Lynch family who are holding a fundraising walk on Sunday in rememberance of their son, Tadgh who died at the age of eight months from Sudden Infant Death and who would have celebrated his 10th birthday this April. The 10K walk/run starts at 10am from the local GAA field and monies raised will be divided between two very worthy causes, Feileacain, which supports people affected by the death of a baby during or after pregnancy and Children's Ark Paediatric Unit in U.H.L. The support of the community will be much appreciated.

Handball.​
Darragh Casey, a member of Toonagh Handball Club, won the u13B County Final at the weekend. He played against Eoin O'Connor, Clooney/Quin Club. Jimmy Marrinan narrowly lost out in the third game of his u17B final against Clooney/Quin's Adam McMahon. Jack Browne (u14) and Daniel McInerney (u15) will play their rescheduled finals this week against Tulla and Clooney/Quin opponents. Tara Lucas was a member of the Munster Team which took part in the Interprovincial finals at the weekend. Munster beat Leinster in the semi final and lost narrowly to Leinster in the final. Conor Coffey and Cillian Cummins travelled to Kingscourt, Co. Cavan last Saturday and represented Toonagh NS in the National Cumann na mBunscol finals. Cathal Noonan is a member of the u14/u15 Clare GAA Handball team which will travel to Beragh, Co. Tyrone on Saturday to play the All Ireland Final against the semi finalists Monaghan or Kilkenny.

Hurling.
Corofin/Ruan drew with Clonlara in an entertaining game in Ruan last week in the first round of the u15B Championship. Corofin/Ruan Academy u15A team also drew with Eire Og in Ruan at the weekend.
The u21A team captains Cian O'Donoghue and Gearoid Cahill, presented the u15A Academy team captains Charlie McCarthy and Liam Heffernan with gear bags for the u15 hurling championship. The gear bags were sponsored by Teach Spraoi Nature Kindergarten in Toonagh.

Ruan Tidy Village and Graveyards.
A Tractor, Truck, Vintage vehicle Run will be held on Easter Sunday, with registration from 11.15am at the XL Shop in the village. A junior tractor run will start at 12 noon. The Senior Run will take off from the village at 12.15pm and tea, coffee and hot food will be served at Morty Kellys afterwards. It is hoped there will be a good turnout for this event, as monies raised will be used in the upkeep of the environs around the village and in all the graveyards in the parish.

Yoga.
Yoga classes will be held in Ruan Community Centre, starting on Thursday, April 14, from 7.30 to 8.30pm. Deirdre at 0878112084, will have further information for anyone who is interested.

Easter Ceremonies.
The Easter Ceremonies in the parish are as follows - Holy Thursday Mass 8pm in Ruan Church,
Good Friday Stations of the Cross in Dysart Church at 12 noon, Saturday Easter Vigil Mass in Ruan at 8pm and Mass in Dysart on Easter Sunday morning at 9.30am.

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.

14/04/2019

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.

Camogie.
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.

G.A.A.
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

Handball
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.

Scouts.
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’. 

 Camogie.
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.

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