Notes for December


W/E 29/12/2019

posted Dec 29, 2019, 1:10 PM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Dec 29, 2019, 1:17 PM ]

Craft Morning.
The craft group which meets in Toonagh Hall on Wednesday mornings broke up last week for the Christmas holidays. On Wednesday last children from the nearby Toonagh School visited the hall to see the work done by the group over the past weeks. 
They were shown how to make various Christmas arrangements and were a very attentive and enthusiastic audience. 

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Paddy Courtney, Attyterilla, Ruan, at his home, following an illness. Paddy was born and raised in Ardcarney, Ruan and lived in the parish all his life. His wife, Sarah (Killeen), to whom he was married for nearly forty three years,  predeceased him around five years ago.
In his younger days Paddy played hurling with Ruan and, indeed, was pictured in the Clare Champion only last week, in a picture remembering the  Minor A team of 1968 which reached the County Final that year.
Paddy worked with Clare County Council and when he left that job he used his skills as a talented  stonemason  building walls and facing buildings with stone. His legacy in stonework lives on in various places - the grottos in Loughville, Inch, Clarecastle and Ennis and the apartments on Mill Road in Ennis. He also worked as security in Mullaghmore and was delighted to be working outdoors, as he had a great affinity with nature and animals and loved his garden. He loved playing cards, and especially the social aspect of meeting people. In later years his fifteen grandchildren brought great joy and fun into his life.
Paddy is survived by his sons Christopher, Peter, Alan and Sean, daughters Olivia and Aine, daughters in law, sons in law, grandchildren, brothers Desmond, Jimmy and Michael, sisters Pauline, Yvonne and Hilda, extended family and friends.
Paddy was laid to rest in Ruan Graveyard, following concelebrated requiem mass in St. Mary’s Church.

Christmas Ceremonies.
Over thirty teenagers from the local Youth Club joined the congregation at Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan  on Saturday evening Dec. 21. They provided music, read prayers of the faithful and a Christmas reflection which added to the ceremony. A number of them also played at the Christmas Eve Mass, when the church was packed to capacity. 
 Mass on Christmas morning was celebrated in St. Tola’s Church, Dysart, again a large crowd attended, with family members who had returned home for the holidays adding to the congregation. 

All Ireland.
Munster GAA organised a function at the Kilmurray Lodge Hotel, Limerick to honour the Munster Wheelchair Hurling Team which won the 2019 All Ireland. On the way to the final they defeated Connaught and Ulster before meeting Leinster in the final, when they came away with the trophy. 
One of the members on the team is Caroline O’Halloran, from Ruan. 

Hunting the Wren.
Members of the local Camogie Club were hunting the wren on St.Stephen’s Day and were overwhelmed by the welcome they received on visiting the homes they managed to get to - time didn’t allow them to visit every house in the parish. 
The monies raised are vital to the functioning of the Club for the coming year and the Club appreciates the support of the community.

W/E 15/12/2019

posted Dec 16, 2019, 12:52 PM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Dec 17, 2019, 8:50 AM ]

Collection for Missionvale.
Now that building work has been
 completed in Missionvale, South Africa, the task of Sr. Ethel Normoyle and her volunteers is to maintain the services, which include School Buildings, Medical Centre and, most importantly, the feeding of almost 1,000 people daily.
The fragile lifeline that the Care Centre throws to the inhabitants of Missionvale is totally dependent on our financial support, and, as Sr. Ethel says "we invite you to help us to eradicate this poverty through the resources that God has given you, your energy, your prayers, your money. You will not be parting with your security but, rather, sharing in our fruitfulness".
To this end, church gate collections will be held before 8pm Mass on Christmas Eve in Ruan and before 8:30am Mass on Christmas Day in Dysart. The support of the community is hugely appreciated.

Ruan Camogie Club Wren Boys:

The Ruan Camogie Club will be “Hunting the Wren” and calling  to houses in the parish on St Stephens day for its annual fundraiser. Monies raised on that day go towards the running of the Club, which, over the past few years has been very successful in keeping girls together and enjoying the sport.  Their supporters will be calling between 12pm and 2pm, and the support of the community is much appreciated. Anyone that would like to join the group for this fun event and to take part in this old Irish tradition(Lá an Dreoilín) should meet at Ruan school or Toonagh school at 11.45 on St Stephens day. Musicians, Singers, Dancers, Drivers, will be all welcome!

Annual Toonagh Walk.
The annual Toonagh walk for charity takes place on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. This year monies raised will be divided between Huntington’s Disease Association and Motor Neuron Disease Association. Anyone who might like to help may contact Denise @ 0876731966.

Christmas Concert.
The children of Toonagh School staged their annual Christmas Concert on Thursday night last. Every child in the school had a part to play - from recitations, songs, plays and musically. The hall was packed and the audience was highly entertained during the show, with many going home with hampers and prizes, organised by the Parents Association. 
The work in staging this event is deeply appreciated by the parents and those who attended and great credit is due to all involved.

Masses for Christmas.
Christmas Eve mass will be celebrated in Ruan at 8.00pm and Christmas Day mass is in Dysart at 8.30pm
Mass of Anniversaries for the month of January are on Sat. Jan 4, at 8pm  in Dysart and Sat. Jan.18, at 8pm in Ruan.

Christmas Fair.
The Christmas Fair held in Ruan after Mass on Sat. night was very successful. Around €3,000 was raised, which will go towards materials and repairs to machinery used in the upkeep of the village, community areas and parish graveyards. Complementary refreshments were served and the Tidy Towns Comittee appreciates the support it received - from people who donated articles, baked and bought and came to enjoy the festive atmosphere.

Pastoral Development Plan.
Feedback from the recent Imeall Boirne Pastoral, Area 8, meeting which was recently held in Ruan, has been collated by Fr. Ger Nash and will be used as part of the process of developing a Pastoral plan for the Diocese, incorporating the needs of the 15 Pastoral areas. 
Copies of same are available in the Churches, and comments and suggestions are welcome.

Ruan School Play
Ruan School’s Junior and Senior Infants staged their play ‘The 2nd Princess’ and First and Second Class theirs, titled  ‘The Midwife Crisis’ last week in the School Hall for their extended families. Christmas songs and carols were also sung, bringing a festive atmosphere to the gathering. Great credit is due to all who are involved in bringing out the talents of the children. The senior classes will stage their Concert in Ruan Community Centre in the Spring.

Show Jumping Ireland Awards.
Ruan Gymkhana is set to receive ‘Pony Show of the Year’ Award at a ceremony in Mullingar Park Hotel in January. This is a well deserved award for the organisers who have ensured the Gymkhana has grown from strength to strength since it began many years ago.
Banner Equestrian Centre will receive “Centre of the Year”, a fitting accolade for Noel and Simone Barry and the Barry family, whose names have become synonymous with showjumping over the years. 
A member of the third generation of the Barry family, Tomas, will also be presented with an award for getting placed in Mullingar at the National Showjumping Competition, acknowledging the achievements of junior members of SJI throughout the year.

Hall of Fame Award.
The Limerick-Clare branch of SJI, held its Awards night at the Shannon Oaks Hotel on Saturday, Dec. 1.  Eileen Barry of Toonagh was the worthy recipient of the ‘Hall of Fame Award for 2019 for her tireless work over the years involved with showjumping. 
Eileen was presented with the Award by Vanessa Mackey, Secretary and Ivan McDonagh, President of the branch.



W/E 15/12/2019

posted Dec 11, 2019, 12:54 PM by John O'Sullivan

Christmas Fair.
The Christmas Fair in Ruan Community Centre was postponed from last Sat. to this coming Sat. Dec. 14, after 8pm mass.
The Tidy Towns Committee is hoping for a big turnout where they will have home baking, timber, turf, farm supplies, brick a brac and books, with all monies raised going towards the Tidy Towns and Graveyards fund.

Christmas Dance.
Toonagh Hall is being decorated and will be full of festive cheer for the visit of Mike Gardiner and Noreen Ferns who will play there on Sat. Dec. 14 to raise funds for the ongoing improvements. A great night’s entertainment is promised, with refreshments and a festive raffle and the committee is looking forward to the support of the community.

Recent Deaths.
The death has taken place of Pat Cullinan, Ballybrody, Fountain, suddenly, at his home. Pat was born and raised in Ballybrody, and lived, for a number of years in Sleveen with his uncle, Jack Fitzpatrick. When he married his wife, Mary, in 1990, they made their home back in Ballybrody, where they reared their family of three sons.
As a young man Pat worked with Ryan’s Quarries, then he joined C.I.E where he drove the Guinness lorry throughout the county for around twenty years. He also drove a cattle truck and was known, far and wide, driving between cattle marts, factories and farms. Pat loved his vegetable garden and his sons helped him tend it in recent years. He was a great neighbour, ready to help or advise anytime it was needed. ​
He was a staunch member of Fine Gael and his cortège was flanked by a Guard of Honour on the start of its journey to St. Tola’s Church, Dysart following reposal in Daly’s Mortuary Chapel, and after concelebrated requiem mass, Pat was laid to rest in Drumcliffe Graveyard. He is survived by his wife Mary, sons Niall, Eoin and ​ Ronan, brothers Johnny and Tom, sisters Nancy and Joan, mother-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and neighbours.
        The death has also taken place, in University Hospital, Limerick of Mona Cassidy (née Morris), Toormore, Ruan, following an illness. Mona came to Ruan when she married Ollie forty six years ago and there they raised their family of six. Monica worked in Tesco, Ennis for seven years until her first grandson, Cian, arrived. She then devoted her life, full time, to her family, minding the grandchildren as they came along.​ Her dog, Charlie, was her constant companion. Mona loved cooking, knitting and her mobile phone, which enabled her to keep in touch her family, for whom she was a huge support in their lives. Theirs was a very lively home, with music always on in the background, and she was an avid follower of the local and County GAA and rugby games.
Mona’s reposal was in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan and following requiem mass, she was laid to rest in the adjoining graveyard. She is survived by her husband, Ollie, daughters Eileen, Veronica and Fidelma, sons Tony, Adrian and David, eleven grandchildren, sister Teresa, brothers Brendan and Pat, sons in law, daughters in law, extended family and friends.
      A memorial mass to celebrate the life of Teresa McGuane who died recently in Chicago was held in St. Tola’s Church, Dysart on Friday evening. Teresa was born in Moycullen, Dysart in September 1936. As many others did in those days, she emigrated to the U.S. in 1954 to join her sister, Margaret. She worked hard and spent the past forty three years as a Manager in Glen View Golf Club, just outside Chicago.
Teresa loved to return home to visit her family and, before returning to the States, her family would host a ‘house dance’ where neighbours and friends would gather to meet and enjoy an night of music, song and dance.
In later years, when travel became easier, Teresa came in March every year to visit and she was particularly close to the nieces and nephews as they came along. She’s spent lots of time with them playing cards and reminiscing.​
Teresa was laid to rest in Chicago and she is survived by her brothers Joe and Michael, sisters Sr. Flannan, Kathleen. Monica and Eileen, nephews, nieces, extended family and friends.

W/E 08/12/2019

posted Dec 5, 2019, 9:58 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Dec 5, 2019, 9:59 AM ]

Clare Primary School Handball.
Cathal Noonan (6th class) Toonagh National School was part of the Clare Primary Schools Handball team to win Munster Championship honours on Sunday in Tulla. Following the Clare Primary School Trials, Cathal was selected to represent Clare in Munster. Clare defeated Tipperary, Waterford and Cork in the final to become Munster Champions. Cathal and his team mates will now go on to the All Ireland Representative Tournament in Cavan in the new year.

Confirmation Enrolment.
A Confirmation enrolment ceremony, for all schools in the Imeall Boirne Parishes, will be held in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan, on Friday, Dec. 13 at 7.30. One of the ways  the children are introduced to their communities, during the year leading up to their Confirmation, is taking part in reading the prayers of the faithful in their respective parishes, and this is very much appreciated by the congregations in the various churches.

Christmas Fair.
Ruan Tidy Village and Graveyard Committee will hold its Christmas Fair on Sun. Dec. 14th in Ruan Community Centre, immediately after 8pm mass.
A lot of work has been carried out in Ruan Village, and this is reflected in the National Tidy Town’s Competition, where, year on year, the scores have increased. The upkeep of the graveyards in the parish is a credit to the local Rural Resource Group and volunteers. Proceeds from the Christmas Fair help offset the considerable costs incurred - public liability insurance, replacing and repairing equipment, petrol, diesel, oil, bedding plants, flowers - every year. 
Items for the fair and auction - timber, turf, hay, clothing, home baking, brick a brac, books - may be left in to the Community Centre during the daytime up to Saturday and the committee appreciates the support of the community for their fundraiser.

Handball.
This year Toonagh is well represented in the Clare Leagues with three adult teams in action. With just over half of the matches already completed it is the Division 3A team that look in the best position to reach the semi-finals while the Division 3B team will need some good performances in the next few matches in order to secure a semi-final place. Both the 3A and 3B team are due to play each other in the next round in what is sure to be a highly entertaining match. At the moment the Division 2 team lies 
just outside the top four so they will be hoping for some strong performances to secure a semi-final spot.
This Friday Toonagh’s Alan Cummins will play Kilkishen’s Aidan Moroney in the County Final of the Masters B Championship in Newmarket at 8pm. Cathal Noonan (U12) and Christian Cummins (U14) will play the in Juvenile A Championship quarter-finals on Saturday in Toonagh and Newmarket venues respectively with both games scheduled for an 11.30 start.

Christmas Party.
On Sunday last, the Senior Citizens of the parish were treated to their annual Christmas party in Morty Kelly’s Bar, Ruan. They were served a festive dinner provided by The Sherwood, and afterwards enjoyed music, singing and dancing provided by Frank Custy, Joe Quinn and friends, Liam Jones and a group of young people under the guidance of Mary Wynne and Ellen Jones.
Mary O’Donnell, on behalf of the Senior Citizens Committee accepted a cheque from P.J. McNulty, of the Ruan Gymkhana Group and this money, as well as the money raised from the church gate collection, goes to the annual holiday in Lahinch and the Christmas party.

Recent Deaths.
The death has taken place of Liam Hickey, Drogheda, husband of Marian Casey, formerly of Rathkeane, Ruan.
The death has also taken place, in Chicago, of Teresa McGuane, formerly of Moycullen, Dysart, sister of Joe and Michael McGuane. 
A memorial mass will be celebrated in St. Tola’s Church, Dysart in Friday, Dec. 6, at 7.00pm.

Lay Led Liturgy.
A lay led Liturgy will be celebrated by the local community in St. Tola’s Church, Dysart on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 10am.

Crucifix Found.
A gold plated crucifix has been found on the Ballygriffey/Curragh Road. Please contact Fr. Pat O’Neill @ 0656827799.

W/E 01/12/2019

posted Nov 26, 2019, 5:36 AM by John O'Sullivan

Advent Trees.
During the season of Advent, as we prepare ourselves to welcome the Baby Jesus into our hearts and our homes, an Advent tree will be in place in St. Tola’s Church, Dysart and St. Mary’s, Ruan.  Cards, on which names of people who will not be “with us” this Christmas - perhaps a loved one who has emigrated, someone suffering mental health difficulties, a hospital patient, someone suffering addiction, or Alzheimer’s disease................ may be taken from the basket and hung from the tree. 
These will be removed and will form part of the Offertory procession in a mass over Christmas.

Christmas Fair.
The fundraising Christmas Fair and Auction for Ruan Tidy Towns and the maintenance of the Graveyards in the parish will take place in Ruan Community Centre on Sat. Dec. 7, after 8pm mass in Ruan. Donations of timber/turf/farm supplies, home baking, brick a brac in good condition and books will be welcomed.

A.G.M.
Ruan Hurling Club will hold its AGM on Monday, Dec. 2 at 7.00pm in Ruan Community Centre. 
Everyone involved in the Club is invited to make a big effort to attend.

Death.
The death has taken place of Mary Whelan, Dundalk, formerly of Larchill, daughter of Mary Whelan and sister of Bernie, Martina, Sinead, Micheal, Pat, Noel and Paul.

Camogie A.G.M.
At the recent A.G.M. of Ruan Camogie Club the following officers were elected for the coming year - 
Chairperson Aidan Hastings;  Secretary Ellen Jones;  Assistant Sec. Niamh Ni Mhuiri; Treasurer - to be filled at a later date; Assistant Treas. Rebecca O’Donoghue, Child Welfare Officers Grainne Barry and Geraldine Anderson; P.R.O. Rebecca Crowe;  Registrars Alice Casey and Natasha Hynes. The work of all involved in the running of the Club over the past year was commended, as was the involvement of parents and mentors.

W/E 30/12/2018

posted Dec 26, 2018, 11:15 AM by John O'Sullivan

Christmas Concert.
The children of Toonagh School put on a great night’s entertainment for their families to welcome in the Christmas last week. Toonagh Hall was packed to capacity as the children played music, sang, danced and performed sketches. There was a huge raffle, organised by the Parents Association, and those who donated prizes, the teachers and children, and all involved in making the evening so successful, are to be highly commended.

Crafts Group.
The Crafts group which meets in Toonagh Hall on Wednesday mornings has taken a break for Christmas and will return in the New Year. The last day saw members bring samples of their work to show to the senior classes of Toonagh School.  The children were also show how to make Christmas table arrangements, which they went on to make for themselves on Wednesday afternoon, and showed great talent and imagination in their creations.

Successful Fundraiser.
The Bric a Brac sale held in Ruan Community Centre recently raised over €2,000 for the Tidy Towns and Graveyard Group.  This will be used to provide grass cutting equipment to keep the village and graveyards trim and neat.  
The contributions of all who donated articles for the sale, and those who supported the fundraiser in any way, is much appreciated

W/E 23/12/2018

posted Dec 17, 2018, 6:17 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Dec 17, 2018, 6:17 AM ]

Collection for Missionvale.

Located on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth in South Africa, Missionvale is a township of 25,000 people. Like much of Africa, Missionvale has been ravaged by disease, unemployment and malnutrition with the HIV/Aids virus affecting 70% of its population, including children.

Yet amidst the apparent hopelessness, the amazing Sr. Ethel Normoyle has been bringing hope and comfort to the inhabitants of this shantytown for the past thirty years. All the available space has been used up at this stage with a school, clinic, feeding centre and vegetable gardens having been built by Irish volunteers during the past few years.

The fragile lifeline that the Centre throws to the inhabitants of Missionvale is totally dependent on financial support, and Sr Ethel is finding the cost of providing this lifeline to be extremely difficult at this time. Her Irish volunteers, having seen, at first hand, the positive effect their fundraising has had for the people of Missionvale, are enthusiastic in their support of Sr. Ethel and her project.

To this end, there will be a Church Gate collection in Ruan on Christmas Eve, before mass at 8pm, and in Dysart on Christmas Day before 9.30am Mass, and it is hoped that the community will give its usual very generous support, which will be greatly appreciated.  

Entertained Residents.
A group of pupils from Ruan Primary School who are learning traditional music with Lourda Roseingrave in the school, joined with her students from other areas last week to entertain residents of St. Joseph’s Hospital. They brought Christmas spirit to the residents who were very appreciative of their talents.

40th Celebrations.
The Ruan Intermediate and under 21A Championship winners of 1978 are being honoured at a function to be held in Morty Kelly’s Bar, Ruan on St. Stephen’s night, from 9pm.  All are welcome.

Masses for Christmas.
Masses in the parish for Christmas will be in Ruan on Monday, Christmas Eve at 8.00pm and on Christmas morning  in Dysart at 9.30am. 

Hunting the Wren.
The local camogie club is preparing to go out hunting the Wren on St. Steven’s Day. This is a valuable source of income for the club for various activities during the year and the members are hoping for a good response. 
Any volunteers who wish to go out on the day with the club may contact any of the officers. Meeting points are Ruan School and Toonagh School at 12 noon.

W/E 16/12/2018

posted Dec 12, 2018, 2:04 PM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Dec 12, 2018, 2:07 PM ]

Bring and Buy Sale.
Ruan/Dysart Graveyards and Tidy Town group is holding a Bring and Buy Sale in Ruan Community Centre after 8pm Mass in Ruan on this Saturday December 15.
Items on sale will include timber, turf, hay, silage, books, brick a brac, cakes and home baking and there will be spot prizes and a raffle for a Christmas Hamper.  Items for the sale may be left into the Community Centre on Friday from 6-7pm and on the day of the sale between 12 noon and 2pm. 
The support of the community will be much appreciated as this is an important means of fundraising for the group which has been to the fore in the upkeep of the graveyards in the parish and in keeping the village and its environs looking well and gaining marks in the Tidy Town Competition year on year.

Date for your Diary.
Sunday January 13, 2019 - the annual Toonagh Walk will take place around the quiet roads of Toonagh, three routes, suitable for families and all levels of fitness. Registration will be at 11am and there will be hot/cold refreshments and treats in the hall afterwards, with a raffle for great prizes. 
This year the funds go towards The Huntington’s Disease Association. Please contact Denise Whelan @ 0876731966 for further details.

Surprise Visit.
Adam Quirke from Ruan turned 13 recently and is a very popular pupil in Ruan National School. He is an avid fan of the singer, Gavin James, having seen him perform at Electric Picnic this year, which he attended with his family. Imagine Adam’s, and indeed all the pupils’ excitement and delight when, on Monday of last week, as they were in the school ‘halla’ the door opened and in walked Gavin James.  The level of excitement was a sight to behold while Gavin mingled with the children and staff, sang and signed autographs. 
He made it a day to remember for so many people, and great credit must go to Ms. McArdle and all in the school who arranged the very special visit.

W/E 09/12/2018

posted Dec 3, 2018, 2:23 PM by John O'Sullivan

Top Marks.
Nineteen year old Caoimhe Roughan from Fountain was awarded a Medal and Certificate for achieving exceptional standards in the 2018 State Examinations in Technology, in the female category, having achieved the highest marks in Ireland in the subject in the Leaving Certificate.   Caoimhe, a former pupil of Toonagh N.S. and Colaiste Muire, Ennis, with her teacher, Aidan Lawton, and her family were  all present at the Conference and A.G.M. of the Engineering and Technology Teachers Association Awards Ceremony, where Mr. Ronan McBrearty, National Chairperson, presented the awards, sponsored by Wriggle and Microsoft.  Caoimhe is now studying Architecture in U.L. and thoroughly enjoying the course.

Confirmation Enrolment.
A confirmation Enrolment ceremony for all confirmation candidates in the Imeall Boirne parishes will take place in St, Mary’s Church, Ruan on this Friday, December 7, at 7.30pm.

Senior Citizens Party.
The Senior Citizens of the Parish enjoyed a festive afternoon in Morty Kelly’s Pub in Ruan on Sunday, when the local Senior Citizens Committee organised the annual Christmas party. A sumptuous meal was delivered by the Sherwood Inn and, afterwards, Frank Custy, Joe Quinn and friends, together with a group of young musicians and dancers from the parish entertained the gathering. There were spot prizes galore and all who attended were delighted with the annual “catch up” with people they may not have met since last year’s party. 
Great credit is due to the organisers and to Morty and Sadie Kelly, as this is a date in the Senior Citizens’ calendar to which they look forward every year.

Apostolic Works Celebrations.
Ruan/Dysart Apostolic Works Society celebrated sixty years in existence on Friday evening last, beginning with concelebrated mass in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan.  The people then adjourned to the local Community Centre, where the members had laid on “high tea” for all. Members of various Societies from around the county attended and the President of the Killaloe Society, Mrs. Mary Duggan, thanked the local branch for their work over the years, in helping priests who are working on the missions, by making vestments, providing chalices and other necessities for their mission, and by their monetary donations.
Marcella Kelly of Porte, the last surviving founding member of the local branch, attended, and the current President of this branch, Eileen Roughan, presented a framed certificate to her, in recognition of her contribution to the Apostolic Works Society over the past sixty years.  Eileen also thanked everyone for their continued support over the years, and it was a lovely evening of sharing reminiscences with  the families of deceased members, who had come to celebrate the occasion.

W/E 02/12/2018

posted Nov 27, 2018, 3:58 AM by John O'Sullivan

Imeall Boirne Prayer Book.
Earlier this year parishioners were asked to submit their favourite prayers and reflections to the Imeall Boirne office, which many did, and this has led to the publication of the “Imeall Boirne Prayer Book”. The book has been very well received by all who have already purchased it, and copies of it are still available from Monica or Sheila in Ruan or Anne at the Imeall Boirne office in Crusheen.

Ruan/Dysart Graveyards and Tidy Town Fundraiser.
A monster Bring ‘n Buy Sale will be held in Ruan Community Centre on Saturday, Dec. 15, after 8pm mass.  Items for the fundraiser may be left at the Centre on Fri. Dec. 14 from 6-7pm or Sat. Dec. 15 from 12 noon to 2 pm. Joe Arkins (0872902552) or John Bell (0879139704) have further information.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Ellen O’Connor, Ennis, mother of John O’Connor, Ballygriffey, Ruan.

Under 6 and Under 8 Training.
Under 6 and under 8 boys hurling training started back on Tuesday, Nov. 27 and continues for four weeks in Toonagh Hall and Alley from 6.30-7.30pm.  The boys will learn new skills in a fun environment. Boys born  in 2011 through to 2015 are invited to attend (boys who have not hurled before and would like to try it out will be welcome). 
On the final night, Tue. Dec. 18, Santa will pay a visit and will have a small gift for each boy who is taking part in the training.
Great credit must go to the committed coaches and officers who organise this winter training for the young hurlers, and,  of course,  to the parents who ferry the children to and from the hall for the duration. All the boys are asked to bring a hurley and helmet, and €2 to help pay for Alley rental and lighting.

 Rememberance Tree.
During the season of Advent, which starts on Sunday,  people who wish to remember family and friends  for any particular reason - someone who is ill; someone who will not be at home for Christmas because they are living abroad or away from home;  who is addicted to a habit; who is suffering in some way, or who has died, is invited to write the persons name on a card which they then hang on a Rememberance Tree which is situated on the sanctuary in Dysart Church and Ruan Church. People may also take a card from the box with any of the Gifts they would like to possess - joy, patience, peace, compassion, kindness, happiness or courage, which they also hang from the tree.  
These cards will then be placed at the Altar for Christmas and be part of Christmas ceremonies. This has become a well-liked tradition in the parish since it began a number of years ago and the community has embraced the sentiment of rememberance it provokes.

Family Fun Bingo Night
Ruan GAA club held a most enjoyable Family Fun Bingo Night in Toonagh Hall, recently. it was great to see full attendance and everyone enjoying themselves. The Club appreciates the contributions from all the business and local members who sponsored spot prizes, and all who made the night so successful, especially Loretta and Siobhan, who ran the Bingo in such a fun and entertaining way.

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