Notes for December 2017


W/E 31/12/2017

posted Dec 28, 2017, 8:38 AM by John O'Sullivan

Christmas Ceremonies.
The Churches in Ruan and  Dysart were packed to capacity over Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, with visitors returning to their families for the holidays.  The masses, with Fr. Pat O’Neill as celebrant, were a joyful celebration of the birth of Christ, with the congregation taking part in readings, festive music and singing, bringing cheer to the hearts of all in attendance.

Hunting the Wren.
A number of supporters of the  local camogie club spent a few hours Hunting the Wren on St. Stephen's Day and were made to feel very welcome as they called to many houses in the parish.  Unfortunately, having run out of time, they didn’t get to visit as many houses as they would have wished, and they hope that when the call goes out next year for helpers, they might round up a few more drivers and musicians. 
They are very grateful for all the support they received over the past year and are looking forward to another successful year in 2018.

Missionvale Collection.
John O’Sullivan from Ruan has spent time as a volunteer in Missionvale, South Africa with Sr. Ethel  Normoyle and has seen, at first hand, where monies collected here have been used to help bring hope to the people of the area.  Schools, Centres for food distribution and health care have been built and it is now a case of maintaining these centres and keeping them up and running. 
Church gate collections were held in the parish before the Christmas masses and €985 was generously donated by the community, which is much appreciated.


Confirmation Enrolment.
A Confirmation Enrollment Ceremony for the Imeall Boirne Parishes was held in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan, recently. Sixty eight pupils from sixth  class in each of the schools attended the ceremony, in which they participated fully, with the priests of the parishes,  teachers and parents.

W/E 24/`12/2017

posted Dec 20, 2017, 7:54 AM by John O'Sullivan

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 Dysart on Christmas Eve, and in Ruan on Christmas Morning, and it is hoped that the community will give its usual very generous support, which will be greatly appreciated.


Hunting the Wren.

The old tradition of Hunting the Wren on St. Stephen’s Day, December 26, has become a feature in this parish for the past number of years as a fundraiser for the local camogie club, which people look forward to, and enjoy. The Club goes out this year from 12 noon to 2pm, meeting in Ruan and Toonagh Schools.  They will also go out from 4pm to 5.30pm  in Ennis (meeting point to be confirmed). Volunteers are required as ‘the more the merrier’ to make it a great afternoon of fun and laughter. Car drivers will be very welcome to ferry the performers from house to house. Please confirm availability to Aidan Hastings or any club officials before Saturday December 24.  

The club appreciates the support it received from the community throughout  the year, so far, and also for this fundraising event.  


Lotto Celebration.

Ruan GAA will host a celebration to mark twenty years of Lotto in Morty Kelly’s Bar, Ruan on St. Stephen’s night,  December 26 next, from 9pm.  This social evening is to show appreciation to all who contribute, and continue to support the Lotto each week, and finger food will be served.  All are welcome to join the club in marking this milestone. 


Toonagh Walk.

The Toonagh Walk has become an annual fixture and,  after the excess of Christmas and New Year, it’s one of the first events many people mark up in their new calendars every year.  The beneficiary of this year’s walk is Seeking Vision Sunset Foundation, and the walk takes place on Sunday January 14, 2018 from Toonagh Hall at 12.30pm, with registration at 11am. 

There are three routes, 2k, 5k and 10.5k to suit all level of fitness on quiet scenic roads and all meet back at the hall for well earned refreshments.  Further details from Breda @ 0851947763.


School Concert.

The children of Ruan National School staged their Christmas Concert last week, featuring music, singing, drama and dance to an audience comprised of their families and supporters.  The work put into bringing a show, with so many energetic children involved, to stage has to be commended and the children, teachers and parents should all take a bow.




W/E 17/12/2017

posted Dec 12, 2017, 9:05 AM by John O'Sullivan

Christmas is Coming!
The Christmas Concert staged by the children of Toonagh National School on Thursday night last heralded the beginning of the Christmas season for all those who filled Toonagh Hall to capacity.   All the children were fantastic on the night, showcasing their dramatic and musical talents on stage.  The night was a huge success, largely due to the great efforts the teachers and staff of the school, Peggy O’Reilly, Mary Duffy and the Parents Association.
The local Resource Group had the hall seasonally decorated and the Parents Association organized a raffle which was very well supported.  The generosity of all who donated prizes and helped in any way is appreciated and all funds raised on the night will go towards school resources.

GAA Receives Grant.
Ruan GAA has been granted €21,500 under the Sports Capital Programme.  This will go towards the realignment of the playing field due to a stand being erected near the dressing rooms, goalposts, netting and high netting on the side of the pitch facing the road.  This high netting is a necessary safety feature to protect children who would be training in the area beside the pitch while adult training is taking place on the pitch.

Recent Death.
The death occurred recently of Seamus (Jim) Meehan from Newmarket on Fergus, a brother of Nancy Noonan, Fountain.

Guilfoyle Family Eliminated.
The local community was disappointed to see Tracey, Ezra, Sionnach and Fawn Guilfoyle bow out of Ireland’s Fittest Family’s show, aired on Sunday, December 3 last. The ankle injury which knocked Ezra out of the game forced the family into the eliminator, and Tracey, having had to cover Ezra’s classes, as well as her own in their Gym, due to his injury, just ran out of steam in the Hanging Tough round.
However, the popular family, who lived in Toonagh for many years, and where Ezra and Sionnach still reside, so enjoyed the experience that they hope to apply to take part in the show sometime in the future.

Christmas Masses in Parish.
On Sunday, December 24, Christmas Eve Mass will be celebrated in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan at 10am and in St. Tola’s Church, Dysart at 8pm. 
Mass on Christmas morning will be celebrated in Ruan at 10am.  

W/E 10/12/2017

posted Dec 7, 2017, 2:55 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Dec 7, 2017, 2:56 AM ]

Christmas Fair.
Ruan annual Christmas Fair was held in Ruan Community Centre on Sunday last. It was a successful venture, with funds raised on the day going towards the Tidy Towns and Graveyard maintenance. It was a great community effort and the support is much appreciated by the organizers.
The work of the Rural Resource Group, with Senan Coughlan managing it, is visible in the way the village, it’s surroundings and the graveyards in the parish are kept and it is a very valuable group to have in any parish.

Senior Citizens Party.
The Ruan/Dysart Senior Citizens Christmas Party was held in Morty Kelly’s on Sunday last. It was a very enjoyable day out for all who attended, with entertainment provided by Frank Custy and Friends and a group of musicians, singers and dancers put together by Ellen Custy and Mary Wynne.
The meal from The Sherwood got everyone in the festive spirit and everyone came away with a gift.
The local Senior Citizens committee are to be complimented on their efforts to make life more pleasant for the Senior Citizens throughout the year.

W/E 03/12/2017

posted Nov 29, 2017, 3:03 AM by John O'Sullivan

Pope John Paul II Awards.
Four young students from this parish were among those who were presented with the Pope John Paul II Awards at Treacy’s West County Hotel on Thursday night last.
Padraig Casey, Drumeer, Ruan, Scott O’Donovan, Dysart and Rachel O’Loughlin, Kells, all students of St. Flannan’s College and Zoe Whelan, Ballygriffey, a student in Rice College received the award from Bishop Fintan Monahan, in recognition for the active role in their parish and in activities which build social awareness.

Recent Deaths.
The death has taken place, peacefully,  of Mary McDonagh, Ballygriffey, Larchill, wife of the late Joseph McDonagh. Mary and Joseph came to live in  Ballygriffey over forty years ago, where they set up home, rearing their family of three boys and six girls.  She was known as a kind, gentle, quiet-spoken woman, a loving and caring mother to her family, and was always ready to help in any way she could, when people needed her.  A very devout and prayerful woman, Mary was often asked to offer up prayers for special intentions.  While she was able, she loved nothing more than taking walks around her own area, always with her husband by her side. 
Mary’s remains reposed at Daly’s Funeral Home and, following requiem mass in Ennis Cathedral on Saturday, she was taken to Drumcliffe , via her home, in a hearse drawn by four black horses. She is survived by her family Joseph, Pat, Bridget, Ellen, Kathleen, Anne, Mary-Teresa, Michael and Winnie, sons in law, daughters in law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family, neighbours  and friends.

James Whelan from Larchill, who was laid to rest in Ruan Graveyard on Sunday last had strong connections with this parish, having attended Toonagh National School, where he also learned to play the timber flute, banjo and tinwhistle. He won a number of All Ireland titles playing traditional music as a young lad and he handed down this love of traditional music to the next generation, who are now widely using this talent. He was a well known and respected auto mechanic, working with Gus Murphy for many years.  James was predeceased by his father Michael and sister, Olivia.  
He will be greatly missed by his mother, Mary, sisters Mary, Bernadette, Sinead  and Martina, brothers Michael, Noel, Patrick and Paul and his extended family and friends.

Fundraiser for Irish Cancer Society.
Three years ago Tony O’Malley from Ardcarney, Ruan  was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Since then, and throughout his treatment in Limerick Oncology Department and St. James’ Hospital, Dublin, Tony and his family have received huge support, information and advice from the Irish Cancer Society.  In order to show their appreciation to the Society, Tony and his wife, Pamela, with support of the Lady Gregory Hotel in Gort, have organized “A New Year’s Eve Shindig” at the hotel on December 31 next.
There will be a Band, D.J., spot prizes and food on the night and Tony or Pamela may be contacted for further details at (0857550544).

W/E 25/12/2016

posted Dec 19, 2016, 5:17 AM by John O'Sullivan


The Burren Cycling Club
Dysart man, Conrad McCullough, an avid sportsman, was made an honorary member of The Burren Cycling Club at its annual Christmas Party last week.  He was presented with a set of An Post Cycling gear and a certificate by renowned cyclist, Sean Kelly for his participation in cycles over the past couple  of years and he was really delighted with the surprise.

Camogie Club hunts the Wren.
The local Camogie Club will continue the tradition of 'Hunting the Wren' on St. Stephen's Day, when they will bring good cheer with music and singing to parishioners, while the funds raised will help in the continuance of the Club. They will meet at Ruan N.S. and Toonagh N.S. at 12 noon and finish around 2pm (weather permitting). The organisers invite Camogie players, parents and musicians to join them.
The Club also wishes to acknowledge the support it has received over the past year and the response to their recent church gate collection. Contact Noelle 0868145482, Mary 0879135529 or Miriam 0879503962 for details on hunting the Wren.

Collection for Missionvale.
Now that building work has been nearly completed in Missionvale, South Africa, the task of Sr. Ethel Normoyle now 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 financial support,
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".
A church gate collection will be held before 8pm Mass on Christmas Eve in Ruan and before 10am Mass on Christmas Day in Dysart.

Toonagh Walk.
People are invited to get the New Year off to an active start after the excesses of .Christmas by taking part in the annual Toonagh Walk which will take place on Sun. 15th Jan. next. All monies raised will go to assist Seeking Vision Clare Sunset Foundation, the non profit registered charity in Clare set up to provide support and services to people who are blind or vision impaired. It also provides aids and appliances to those who need them, and information on a wide range of issues. There will be more details nearer the date of the Walk.

Recent Deaths.
The deaths have taken place of Thomas O'Sullivan, father of Pamela Vaughan, Cappanakilla; Brendan Leigh, brother of Anne Dinan, Beechgrove, Toonagh and Nelly McNamara (nee Cooney) mother of Gussie McNamara, Cloona, Dysart.

Christmas Masses.
Mass on Christmas Eve will be celebrated in Ruan Church at 8pm and Christmas Day Mass it's in Dysart at 10am.

W/E 04/12/2016

posted Dec 5, 2016, 10:33 AM by John O'Sullivan

Minor G.A.A.
The local G.A.A. Club held its Minor Club A.G.M. recently where the outgoing Chairperson, Paul Howard and Secretary, Claire McDonagh gave comprehensive reports on the year's activities and they were complimented on the excellent work they are doing for the Club.  The successful u13 winning panel was congratulated and they will be presented with their medals  at a function on Jan. 27th in Toonagh Hall. Registration will also take place on that night. The meeting heard that the inaugural Ruan G.A.A. & Camogie Club summer camp proved very popular, with 110 children taking part, and it is hoped that it will take place again in August 2017.
The following were elected for 2017 - Paul Howard, Chairperson;  Claire McDonagh, Secretary;  Gearoid Roughan, P.R.O.;  Geraldine Cahir, Registrar.  
The Coaching Pathways manual was distributed to all present and it is hoped that mentors of each age group will follow this programme closely in 2017.

Senior Citizens Christmas Party.
There was a great turnout at Morty Kelly's Bar in Ruan on Sunday last for the annual Senior Citizens Christmas Party. The committee pulled out all the stops to ensure that the party was a great success, with a tasty festive dinner, music, singing & dancing.  
All who attended were fulsome in their praise of the work the committee puts into making the day so enjoyable for everyone.

Carol Service.
An Advent Carol Service will be held in Ruan Church on Fri. Dec. 9th featuring the creative talents of the youth in the Imeall Boirne Cluster, organised by the NET team.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of John Punch, Feakle, father of John Punch, Dromore, Ruan.

W/E 27/12/2015

posted Dec 21, 2015, 2:08 PM by John O'Sullivan

Walk for Seeking Vision.
Seeking Vision is a non-profit registered charity in Clare, set up in April, 2005, to provide support and services to people who are blind and visually impaired. It also supports Clare Talking Social Club which operates a telephone service to maintain links with people who may feel cut off from the local community.
It's aims are to combat loneliness  by, every week, talking by telephone to over one hundred and seventy people living in isolation. 
This year, the Toonagh Walk, which takes place on Sun. 17th Jan at 12.30pm, will raise funds for this very deserving charity, and it is hoped that it will be well supported. The walk will start and finish at Toonagh Hall and there are three routes on quiet country roads, suitable for all levels of fitness.

Christmas Masses.
Mass will be celebrated for Christmas Eve at 7pm in Ruan Church and at 9pm in Toonagh.

Camogie Club.
The supporters of the local camogie club will 'hunt the wren' on St. Stephen's Day. Players, parents, musicians, singers and dancers are welcome to join in the fun, which is also a fundraiser for the club.  They will start off from Toonagh School and Ruan School from 12 noon and will be out until 2pm, hoping to visit many houses in the parish.

Minor Hurling.
A Christmas party for the u6s and u8s was held in Toonagh Hall last week, when Santa visited and caused great excitement. Thanks to the parents, coaches and all involved in underage hurling,  great numbers have been attending training from u6 to u12 years of age, and it bodes well for the future of hurling in the parish.

Church Gate Collection for Missionvale.
Twenty five people are travelling, at the end of Jan., to extend and improve the water collection project which has proved to be of tremendous benefit to the community in Missionvale.
Local man, John O'Sullivan, will be among them, and a church gate collection will be held before Masses in Ruan and Dysart Churches on Christmas Eve., and support will be much appreciated.



W/E 20/12/2015

posted Dec 14, 2015, 12:06 PM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Dec 15, 2015, 2:16 AM ]

Christmas is Coming.
The festive season has begun in the parish with Santa visiting Ruan N.S. last week in his sleigh. The children waited for him and the excitement, when he rolled up the road to the school, was palpable.  Each child got a little gift and the monies raised on the occasion go to Temple Street Hospital.
On Thursday night last the children of Toonagh School staged their annual Christmas Concert in the local hall, which was filled to capacity.
It was a very entertaining evening and all agreed that the talent in the parish is something to encourage and treasure.
On Sunday the Senior Citizens' party was held at Morty Kelly's.
Around fifty people enjoyed Christmas dinner with all the trimmings, after which Frank Custy and friends, Joe Quinn and Garry & Darragh Shannon entertained the gathering.


Ruan G.A.A.
The AGM of the local G.A.A. Club was held recently and the following officers were elected: President, Mick Leahy; vice-Presidents, Fr. P O'Neill, C O'Connor;  Chairman, Frankie Lyons;  Treasurer, John O'Sullivan; assistant Treasurer, Vincent O'Halloran; PRO, Declan Cassisy; assistant PRO, Gearoid Roughan; Registrars, N O'Connor, P Keegan, P Howard, V O'Halloran; Co Board Delegate, Ger Lyons; Coaching Officer, F O'Halloran; Irish Officer, G Heagney.
Due to the fact that the meeting failed to elect a secretary, child protection officer and wellbeing officer, a reconvened AGM will be held on Monday night next, 21st Dec. at 8pm in Ruan Community Centre, and anyone interested in helping out is welcome to attend.

W/E 13/12/2015

posted Dec 7, 2015, 3:01 AM by John O'Sullivan

Christmas Fair.
There was a great turn-out at the Christmas Fair held in Ruan Community Centre after Mass on Sunday.  The 'calm after the storm' helped the atmosphere which brought out the crowds to raise money for the Ruan Tidy Towns & Graveyard Group. 
The group is grateful to all who supported the fundraiser, those who baked, donated items and helped out in any way, making it a very successful day.

Fitness4Fun.
John Conroy, founder of Fitness4Fun, is an experienced and qualified fitness coach for older adult fitness. 
He is in Ruan Community Centre on Wednesday's from 1.15pm to 2.15pm and  all are welcome.

Christmas Cards.
Christmas cards featuring Ruan Church are now available and anyone wishing to purchase them may contact Fr. Pat or the Sacristan.

Toonagh Hall & Sports Centre.
The facilities at Toonagh Hall & Alleys are once again up and running. A new committee is holding a meeting on Thurs. 17th next at 8pm and would welcome anyone who has an interest in using the hall or alleys in the future to share ideas on bringing life back to the Centre for the community.

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