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W/E 21/04/2013

posted Apr 16, 2013, 2:13 AM by Unknown user
Apostolic Works Display.
The local Apostolic Society held its annual display in Ruan Community Centre recently.   There was an array of vestments, altar cloths and rosary beads which the members worked on over the winter and knitted and crochet articles for sale, and baskets planted with annuals, also made by members of the society.   Many people donated sacred vessels in memory of loved family members, and these were also on display. 
Tea and home baking were served and many visitors attended throughout the day, from the local community and also from Apostolic Works Societies throughout the County. 
Ruan Apostolic Society appreciates the help it receives from all who worked to make the day so special and successful.
Recent Death.
The death has taken place, in St. Joseph's Hospital, of Michael Meere, Ballygriffey, Ruan, just a week short of his 89th birthday.   
Michael was a very popular man - he was a forestry worker in England, later returning home where he worked all over Clare, and finally in Ballygriffey Wood until his retirement.  He had a great love of traditional music and set dancing, he played the concert flute and tin whistle, and no Concert in Toonagh Hall - or in later years the Senior Citizens partys - went without him playing a few tunes.  
He won an All Ireland at the Fleadh Cheoil in Sligo, playing the piccolo.   
Michael was also a member of the Toonagh Ceili Band and the groups "Bar Four" and "The Hijackers", travelling all over the country with them, and he was a great musical influence to young musicians over the years.
 He was a founding member and played hurling with the Castle Rovers team, which became Junior B Champions in 1955 and took part in many 7-a side competitions. 
Michael's remains were removed from St. Joseph's to Dysart Church, where a Guard of Honour of the local G.A.A. Hurling Club met the cortege.   During his requiem Mass, Sean Conway sang Michael's favourite ballad, "the May Morning Dew" and members of Michael's family played traditional tunes.   At the graveside in Templemaley where he was laid to rest, Frank Custy, Sean Conway and Mick Nestor played a musical tribute to their friend and colleague.
Michael was predeceased by his first wife, Nancy (McNamara) and his son, Vincent.   
He is survived by his wife, Teena, daughter, Mary, sons Michael and James, grandchildren, great grandchildren and many friends.