Notes for December 2016
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.
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.
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.
Mass on Christmas Eve will be celebrated in Ruan Church at 8pm and Christmas Day Mass it's in Dysart at 10am.
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.
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.
The death has taken place of John Punch, Feakle, father of John Punch, Dromore, Ruan.
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.
Mass will be celebrated for Christmas Eve at 7pm in Ruan Church and at 9pm in Toonagh.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Limerick Clare S.J.I. hosted an interschool competition at Ennis Showgrounds on Sat. last. Representing Toonagh School, Saoirse and Blaithin Barry, Claire O'Gorman and Ava McNulty came fourth overall. Blaithin won the primary school individual section, Ava came fourth and Claire, fifth. Saoirse had a double clear in the competition.
Eucharistic Adoration is held every Wednesday in Ruan Church from 3pm to 7pm.
The first hour has sufficient numbers, so if anyone is free to join in from 11am to 12 noon or 12 noon to 1pm, where there is space for more, they might contact Fr. Pat (0862612124) as soon as possible.
Senior Citizens Christmas Party.
The annual Christmas party for Senior Citizens will be held at Morty Kelly's on Sun. 13thDec.
Dinner will be served at 2pm, with music and dancing to follow All parishioners and friends welcome.
Calendar for Underage Club.
Ruan Minor hurling club has put together a Calendar for 2016 featuring photos of the under 6 to under 14 teams as a fundraiser for the Club, and the support of the community will be much appreciated.
These would make a lovely Christmas gift and are available in Ruan and Toonagh Schools or from Claire McDonnell or Paddy O'Halloran.
Items on offer will include home baking, vegetables, turf, timber, farm equipment, books, toys, good quality used clothing. Anyone wishing to donate items may leave them in to the hall on Sat. Evening or before the fair on Sunday.
Fun Bingo Nite for Playschool.
Purcell's in Ruan is the place to be on this Fri. night, 4th Dec. at 7.30pm for a fundraising bingo nite for the local Playschool.
As well as spot prizes for various games, there will be a raffle, with hampers. Refreshments will also be served and a great night's entertainment is guaranteed
Toonagh Walk for Seeking Vision.
The McCullough family of Dysart has, once again, organised the annual "Toonagh Walk" on Sunday 11th Jan., 2015 at 12.30p.m. This walk, which has been held for the past twelve years, has now become traditional, with many people looking forward to meeting up with people they may have met on the previous walk, especially as they enjoy the tea and home baking afterwards in Toonagh hall where the walk starts and ends.
There are three routes, 10.5k, 5k and 3k and is suitable for all ages and all levels of fitness, indeed, many families have built it into their Christmas seasonal activities. Further info. from Breda 0851947763. Monies raised this year will go towards Seeking Vision, Clare Sunset Foundation.
Christmas Mass Times.
Christmas Eve Mass will be held in Dysart at 7.00p.m. and in Ruan at 9.00p.m. and on Christmas Day Mass will be in Ruan at 10.00a.m.
Ruan G.A.A. Minor Club.
The hurlers in the local Minor Club this year made good progress when they contested the under 14A and Minor A Championship semi finals, losing both narrowly. They are now looking forward to making further progress in 2015 and acknowledge the input of players, coaches, parents and supporters over the past year.
Anthony O'Halloran Car Sales has sponsored a set of jerseys for the u6's and u8's, which were presented to the Club last week in Toonagh Hall, where Santa also met with the children.
The parents of the children attending Toonagh N.S. were treated to their children's annual Christmas Concert recently, This Concert has, for years, been the marker for the start of the Christmas Season in the area and, once again, it showcased the huge amount of talent which each and every child in the school possesses - from acting, dancing, singing, recitations and music - the audience was enthralled. The Parents Association ran a raffle and great credit is due to children, teachers, parents and the local FAS workers who had the hall looking so festive.
Ruan N.S. had a visit from a very special person last week - Santa arrived at the school in great style, zooming up through the village to the school in a sleigh, pulled with great gusto by a Reindeer. He received a warm welcome from the children, teachers and parents and he distributed selection boxes to the children. The visit was organised by the Parents Association, and by each child giving €2, Santa raised a tidy sum which he is donating to Temple Street Hospital for Sick Children.
The death has taken place of Creena Kelly, formerly of Bealnalicka, Ruan and Kincora Park, Ennis, at the home of her niece, Mary Carmel and her husband Pat Doohan, in Birmingham, just two days short of her 94th birthday. Three years ago, after the death of her sister, Becky, Creena moved to Birmingham, where she settled with great enthusiasm - she continued her gardening and crochet and still followed Ireland's exploits on the rugby field, well able to discuss the team's performances after their games. She was the kind of person who always saw the good in people, and one would come away from meeting her feeling better for their encounter. She was the last surviving member of the six Kelly family reared in Bealnalicka.
Her cousins, Fr. Tony Casey and Fr. Michael Casey, assisted by Fr. Pat O'Neill, concelebrated her requiem Mass, at which Monica Morgan and the children of Toonagh N.S. provided the beautifully, fitting music and singing. Creena was laid to rest in Dysart Graveyard.
Local musician, Fergal Breen, who has a Diploma in Piano and was awarded a Scholarship last year from Ennis Cathedral, will hold choir practice for Christmas with the choir of Dysart Church after 6.30p.m. Mass this Sat. evening, 20th Dec. All singers who are interested in joining are most welcome.
Award for Anne.Our local postwoman, Anne King (McNamara) from Kilnaboy and her nominator, Marie Casey from Rathkeane, Ruan, had a most exciting and enjoyable day at the Today FM and Bord Gais Energy Best in Ireland awards, on Friday last in Dublin. There were mixed emotions listening to stories about all the nominees - not just who do a job - but who provide that little extra that makes such a difference to their communities. They were delighted to bring the trophy for best postman/woman back to the Banner County. Anne has been working for An Post since she was 17 and has been on her current route in Ruan for 24 years, she's not just the person who delivers the post but is a vital social connection for the likes of Marie's mother, and all the people living in the Ruan area.
One of the stories Anne told Marie was that on her first Christmas delivering post to Ruan, Marie's late father, Paddy (Darby) Casey came out to wish her a Happy Christmas and insisted that she take the bottle of stout he'd brought out for her, he told her no postman ever came to his house at Christmas without taking a Christmas drink, so he told her to bring the bottle with her and she could have it at home when she'd finished her round, and that it's a lovely memory of her introduction to the Ruan area which she has served so well over the past 24 years.
Old School Roll Books.
The school roll books for Ruan N.S. have been digitised, and are now available to view on the Clare Library website. The girls roll from 1871-1939 and boys from 1890-1939.
Further information may be had from Frances O'Halloran (0876575578) or Linda Hogan (0868748845).
The parish graveyard situation has now become critical as there are only one or two more graves available in Ruan and Dysart Graveyards. From now on, people without existing graves will have to be buried in nearby graveyards - the Kyle or Drumcliffe, or Corofin, if spaces are available in those graveyards. The community has, to date, been unable to obtain an alternative site for a Parish Graveyard, and local landowners are being earnestly asked to consider making land available to alleviate this situation. Fr. Pat O'Neill (0862612124) may be contacted should anyone be able to help.
Hunt in Ruan.
The hardy riders and their horses took to the fields around Ruan over the past two Sundays - a large number rode out with the Clare Hunt on the 30th Nov. last and on last Sunday, it was the turn of the Turkey Trotters. Athough the weather this past Sunday was more challenging, all enjoyed their day's outing.
Aoibheann off to Disneyland!
The winner of the Clare FM "Christmas Card" competition this year was 8 year old Aoibheann Roughan from Erinagh, Fountain, a pupil of Toonagh N.S. Aoibheann won a trip for two adults and two children to Disneyland, Paris with her Christmas card featuring Santa Claus 'spinning' records as his reindeer wait outside the window.
"Best in Ireland" Awards.
A few weeks ago Marie Casey of Rathkeane nominated Anne McNamara (King) in the "Best Postman/woman" category for the Today FM and Bord Gáis Energy Best In Ireland Awards. From the 1,000's that were nominated in each category, Anne was shortlisted by Today FM for the judging panel made up of Derval O'Rourke, Conor Pope, Colm O'Gorman, Evelyn Cusack, Irene Gowing and Tony Fenton. The awards seek to reward the helpful people in Ireland.
Last Friday Today FM contacted Marie and Anne to say she has been selected by the judges as one of the final four in the category and the full awards shortlist will be revealed across this week with the winners announced live on the Ray Darcy show from Dublin's Bord Gáis Energy Theatre this coming Friday so Marie and Ann will be driving to Dublin Friday morning for the awards. Whether Anne wins the Award or not, its a really great achievement that she has made it to the final four in Ireland and the whole community to which she delivers mail supports and applauds her inclusion in the final, as they are at the receiving end of her pleasant and helpful nature on her mail rounds.
Christmas Sale of Work.
Its the final countdown towards the Christmas Sale of Work which will be held in Ruan this Sun. after 10a.m. Mass to raise funds for the Tidy Towns & Graveyards maintenance. On sale will be timber, turf, cakes, christmas flower arrangements and decorations and pre-lived designer clothes, books and bric a brac. Anyone who might have donations of any of the above could contact Linda on 0868748845 or Mary on 0879776583.
The death occurred last week of Mary Shannon (nee Garry) of Bealacana, Ruan and formerly of Burren, Ballynacally at Ennis General Hospital. Mary came to live in Ruan when she married I.J. in 1962, and they set up home on the farm in Bealacana, where they raised their four children. Prior to her marriage, Mary worked in the Agricultural Office in Ennis, she left that job to rear the children and after twelve years, when the children were well settled in school, Mary returned to work in Inland Motors, until she retired in 1987. Her interests were wide and varied from gardening, to music and singing, reading and driving. In later years, she delighted in the exploits of her 11 grandchildren.
Mary's concelebrated funeral mass was a very moving occasion, with her daughter, Sharon's band, The Kilfenora Ceili Band, of which her son Gary is a member, Myra Shannon, Monica Morgan, Joe Quinn and Don Stiffe providing the music and song. The President's Aide de Camp also attended as did her many friends. Following the mass, Mary was laid to rest in Ruan Graveyard. She is survived by her husband, I.J., son Gary, daughters Majella, Sharon and Mary, sister, Sr. Teresa Ann in Perth, grandchildren, extended family and friends.
The death has also taken place of Patricia (Patrice) McNamara (nee Conway) of Ballygriffey South, Ruan and formerly of Cloughleigh, Ennis, at Milford Hospice, following a long illness. Following requiem mass in Barefield Church, Patricia was laid to rest in Templemaley Graveyard. She is survived by her husband, Jimmy, daughters, Amanda, Grace and Chloe, son, Shane, four brothers and a sister, and extended family and friends.
The death also occurred of James O'Gorman of Willbrook, father of Catherine Casey, Drumeer, Ruan.
(Gerry I know there's a lot in that but I've been talking to the families and they're looking forward to reading the little tribute to their loved ones in the local Notes!)
Senior Citizens Christmas Party.
The annual party for the Senior Citizens of the parish will be held at Morty Kelly's on this Sunday. Dinner is served at 2p.m., followed by music, singing and dancing.
Toonagh Hall & Sports Complex.
An A.G.M. to elect a committee to run Toonagh Hall & Sports Complex will be held on next Wed. 10th Dec. at 9p.m. in the Hall. This is an earnest plea to individuals and representatives of groups who wish to use the hall, handball and football alleys, and kitchen over the winter to attend, as the facility may not reopen if a committee is not formed.
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