Notes for April

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.

W/E 01/04/2018

posted Mar 27, 2018, 5:35 AM by John O'Sullivan

Friends of Toonagh Concert.
The walls of Toonagh Hall resounded with the finest of traditional music, singing, step dancing, set dancing and sean nos dancing on Saturday night last at a Friends of Toonagh Concert. The generosity of the people, young and old, who gave of their talents on the night is hugely appreciated, as is the generosity of those who donated prizes for the raffle, helped with sound, video, selling tickets, in the kitchen, parking and any other way. 
It was a huge community effort and by next week it will be known what monies were raised to purchase a defibrillator and make a contribution to The Heart and Lung Appeal at the Mater Hospital.

Handball Champions.
There was great excitement in Toonagh last week when the Handball Club won the Clare GAA Handball Division 4 League. It was a fantastic achievement for the reformed Club in just its second year back playing competitively and great credit is due to all the players for their efforts over the past two years since it came back into existence.
The players are Eoghan Hynes, Michael Casey, Michael Callinan, Senan Hehir, Noel Barry, Kevin Hassett, Alan Cummins, Philip Lucas, Declan Vaughan, Shane Griffin, Brian Griffin and Anthony Conlon.

Cillini in Ruan/Dysart Parish.
The following Cillíní are indentified on the Ordanance Survey map:  Killeen, Rinneen, Druminshin and the one beside Dysart church (see map at the back of both Churches).  According to the Antiquities of Co Clare published in 1839 there are also burial grounds in Mucanais, Garryvohill, Knocknakille, Killeacan, Tirnea, Rannahan, Kilkee and Carrowkeele.
If anybody has local knowledge of any of these and can identify them, it would be appreciated if they would contact Frances on 087 6575578 or Linda on 086 8748845.  The intention is to record and commemorate those buried in these unmarked graves.

Recent Deaths.
The death has taken place of Peter Fox, Clareabbey, Clarecastle, father of Patricia Breen, Killkee, Ruan and Sinead Rees, 
Dysart.  The death has also occurred, suddenly, John Gerard McNamara, Doolin and Tuam, brother of our postwoman, Anne McNamara, Kilnaboy.

Easter Ceremonies.
On Holy Thursday Mass will be celebrated in Ruan at 8.00pm;  Good Friday Celebration of the Passion will be held in Dysart at 3.00pm;  
Easter vigil Mass will be in Ruan at 9.

W/E 24/04/2017

posted Apr 18, 2017, 1:07 PM by John O'Sullivan

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.

Parish Athletics.
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.

W/E 16/04/2017

posted Apr 11, 2017, 4:46 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Apr 11, 2017, 4:50 AM ]

Wedding Bells.
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.

Craft Mornings.
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.

W/E 09/04/2017

posted Apr 10, 2017, 3:07 PM by John O'Sullivan

Wedding Bells.
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.

Recent Death.
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.

W/E 02/04/2017

posted Mar 28, 2017, 2:38 AM by John O'Sullivan

Tractor Run
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.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place last week,  of Tom Carmody, formerly of   Ballyoganmore, Ruan.



W/E 17/04/2016

posted Apr 11, 2016, 5:39 AM by John O'Sullivan

Wedding Bells.
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.

Poker Classic.
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 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.

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