Notes for April 2016
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.
Ruan Playgroup Fundraiser.
Ruan Playgroup has been fortunate to get a bag packing slot in Dunnes Stores on Fri. 2nd May from 4p.m. and Sat. 3rd May, from 9a.m. to 7p.m. The organisers would greatly appreciate help from anyone aged 16 yrs to active grandparents, and anyone that could spare an hour might contact the Playgroup on 6827791 after the Easter holidays or Martina (0868555014), where they will be warmly welcomed.
The organisers of the Draw being held to raise funds for repairs to Toonagh Hall appreciate the reception they are getting as they visit houses in the parish with tickets over these few weeks. Top prize in this draw is €1,500 cash and there are 5 prizes of holiday breaks, 5 prizes of freezer ready fat lambs, 5 prizes of heating bundles and 5 prizes of meals for two.
It is expected that work will commence shortly on the old school roof, so the support of the community is very much appreciated.
Alzheimers Tea Day.
This year is the 40th Anniversary of the Alzheimers Tea Day, and this parish has, over the years, supported this worthy cause by hosting tea days, however, this year, due to the closure of Toonagh Hall, it will only be held in Ruan Community Centre on Thurs. next. 1st May from 9.30a.m. to 12.30p.m. All monies raised in Clare are spent in the county for the services offered by the local Alzheimers Association, so the support of the community will be much appreciated.
Junior training has been underway for a number of weeks, with early morning sessions and circuit training taking place on Fri. evenings. This year the girls on the team have been joined by new talent, including girls from North Clare.
The u14 girls have gotten off to a good start, with wins over Eire Og and Broadford. The panel, managed by John O'Connor and George Power, has been strengthened by the addition of some players from Crusheen this year.
Under 14A Ruan/Corofin will play Doora Barefield in Gurteen on this Fri. and the u14C will play in Parteen at the weekend (see Clare Champion for times and dates). The u8s had their first matches this year last week in Clarecastle, with twenty young Ruan hurlers taking to the field and doing very well.
The death has occurred in England of Tom O'Brien, formerly of Bealnalicka, Ruan, brother of Kevin and Joe O'Brien and Martina Murphy of Bealnalicka. The death has also taken place of Peggy Carroll, mother of Bernadette Kelly, Dromina, Dysart.
The girls of Toonagh School basketball team are through to the semi final of the Marion Keane Memorial Basketball Tournament. Last year's champions met Knockanean in the quarter final, having beaten Gaelscoil Mhicil Ciosog, Clarecastle and Tubber/Boston.
Gold for Conrad.
Local athlete, Conrad McCullough, from Dysart, swept the boards at the Munster Championships Gymnastics which were held in Cork at the weekend. He won Gold in the floor exercises, pommel horse, vault, parallels, high bar and rings and he also won Gold for the best overall athlete.
He has already qualified for the Special Olympic Games which will be held in Limerick in June.
Draw for Hall Funds.
In the next few weeks, people representing Toonagh Hall & Sports Complex, will visit every house in the parish selling tickets for a draw which will be held on June 21st next. The Midsummer Monster Draw top prize is €1,500 cash; 2nd to 6th prizes are hotel breaks; 7th to 11th are freezer ready fat lambs; 12th to 16th are home heating bundles; 17th to 21st are meals for two. The organisers are very grateful to their sponsors - Ryan Bros.(Ennis) Toonagh Quarries, Armada & Doolin Hotels, Treacy's West Co. Hotel, Paul Rees, Frank & Teresa Custy, Pat Neylon, Anthony Roughan, Michael Lynch, Eoin Barry, Pat Foudy & Daughter, Dan McInerney's, Galvin Bros., The Grove, Templegate Hotel, Auburn Lodge Hotel, Bofey Quinn's, McCullough Fuels & Liddy's Gala, Mill Road.
The Hall Committee will be hoping for support for this draw, as work on the Centre will commence shortly. Should anyone be interested in helping with the fundraising, or in any other way, please contact Rose Foudy (0870610212).
Mass of the Eucharist will be held in Ruan on this Thursday at 8.00p.m. Good Friday Ceremonies in Dysart at 3.00p.m. and Ruan at 8.00p.m. Easter Vigil Masses, Dysart 6.30p.m., Ruan 9.00p.m. and Easter Sunday Dawn Mass in Ruan Old Graveyard 6a.m. and in Ruan Church, 10.00a.m.
Confessions will be heard on Holy Thursday after 8.00p.m. Mass in Ruan and on Good Friday after the 3.00p.m. ceremony in Dysart.
Ruan played Broadford in the u14C campaign at the weekend. Broadford got off to a dream start with a quick goal shortly after throw-in. Both sides were evenly matched, and the Ruan defence was under a lot of pressure. Shannen O'Donovan was moved back into goal for Ruan inh the 2nd half, a move which proved decisive, as Broadford made numerous advances, but Shannen defended the goal well. With only minutes remaining, it looked like a draw was going to be the outcome, but an Amy O'Donoghue goal in the final minute left the scorline Broadford 6-4 Ruan 8-1. This performance saw all on the Ruan team step up to the mark, with defence once again battling extremely hard, midfield ensuring the ball was sent through to the forwards swiftly and, once in possession, the forwards were always going to be difficult to keep from scoring.
Successful Book Sale.
The Parents Association of Toonagh School held a very successful childrens and adults book and uniform sale in the school last week and raised €500 for the Resource Room in the school. The organisers wish to thank all those who donated books, bought books and helped out in any way to make it such a successful venture.
Ruan G.A.A. underage teams are back training in the local hurling field for the 2014 season. Under 6 and under 8 on Thursdays at 6.30p.m. Under 10 and under 12 Mon. & Wed. at 7.00p.m.
Under 14 Monday (Ruan) and Wed. (Corofin) at 7.00p.m. Under 16 and Minor to be arranged.
Cycling for Croi.
Kevin O'Regan and Anthony O'Halloran, both from Dromore, Ruan, along with twenty more cyclists, are cycling from Mizen Head (Ireland's most southerly point) to Malin Head (Ireland's most northerly point) from the 2nd to the 4th May, next, an average of 200 kms per day. They are raising funds for Croi, the heart and stroke charity dedicated to pursuing and attaining the highest level of Cardiovascular Health Care for people in the West of Ireland.
Anyone wishing to support them may contact Kevin or Anthony personally, and they will welcome all the help they get.
The Ruan u14 team got their u14 campaign off to a winning start last Wed. 2nd April, when they recorded a win over Eire Og. Whilst the scoreline of 5-3 to 4-2 depicts a close game, Ruan led for all the game, and it was only in the dying minutes that Eire Og managed to snatch a few late goals. Ruan used all their substitutes and had scores from Sinead Mullins, Amy O'Donoghue, Sarah O'Donoghue and Shannon O'Donovan. All the girls acquitted themselves very well and look forward to their next game against Broadford.
Kitchen Sessions Concert.
Denise Whelan hosted a great night's entertainment in Cois na hAbhna on Sat. night last at the Kitchen Sessions Variety Concert, in aid of storm damage repairs to Toonagh Hall. The audience was treated to a feast of traditional music, singing and dancing from the children (and some parents) who've been attending the Sessions since last September.
The support of all who helped in any way is greatly appreciated by the Hall Committee.
Claire at Singers Club.
The Ennis Singers Club will hold its April session at The Grove Bar in Roslevan on this Fri. 11th April at 9.30p.m.
Claire McDonnell, from Dysart, a talented singer, is guest on the night.
Toonagh Hall Fundraising Raffle.
Promoters of the latest fundraiser for repairs to Toonagh Hall and Sports Complex will shortly visit each house in the parish, selling raffle tickets for a Monster Midsummer Draw which will take place in Toonagh on June 21st next. Further details will follow in next week's edition, and it is hoped the community will show its support, as the closure of the Hall and Complex since the 18th Dec. last, is a huge loss to the whole parish.
Alzheimer's Tea Day.
Its that time of year again, when the Alzheimer Society holds its countrywide annual Tea Day on the 9th May next.
This community will be doing its bit to raise funds for this worthy cause, when it hosts two Tea Mornings. The first will be in Toonagh Hall on Thursday, 16th May, from 9.30a.m. to 12.30 p.m., and the second will be in Ruan Community Centre on Wednesday, 8th May, from 10.00a.m. to 12.30p.m.
As all monies raised in Clare will be used in the county to alleviate the plight of people who have Alzheimers Disease, the support of the community is very much appreciated.
Community Games Track & Field.
Ruan G.A.A. pitch is the venue for the Community Games Track & Field competitions which will be held on Sat. 4th May next at 3.00p.m.
Children of the parish, aged u8 to u16 as at 31st July, 2013 are invited to take part.
First Holy Communion.
Fifteen children from Toonagh N.S. received their First Holy Communion at St. Tola's Church, Dysart on Saturday last. Fr. Pat O'Neill, assisted by Fr. Kevin Boyle, celebrated the Mass, during which all the children participated, reading prayers, singing and playing music, with the children from other classes in the school singing in the Choir.
The children making their Communion were Emily Whelan, Aimee McDonagh, Aoife Anderson, Tom O'Halloran, Leah Ryan, Paul Rees, Aishling Moloney, Shauna O'Callaghan, Darragh Meere, Michael Barry, Cody Egan, Alan Woodford,, Holly O'Loughlin, Sinead Hastings and Nhi Marrinan. Afterwards, the children and their families enjoyed breakfast laid on by the Parents Association in Toonagh Hall.
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