Notes for December


W/E 27/12/2020

posted Dec 23, 2020, 2:14 AM by John O'Sullivan

Women of Influence in Irish Sport.
Niamh Daffy, a native of Ruan, a graduate of I.T. Tralee is one of the 50 Women of Influence in Irish Sport, who was selected to receive an an award given by Sports for Business, in collaboration with Liberty Insurance. Niamh has always been passionate about sport, particularly Camogie, which she played with her Ruan Camogie Club and, underage, intercounty. 
Niamh, who now lives in Tralee, was instrumental in the creation of CARA, which coordinates, develops and delivers inclusive training and educational workshops across the Sport, Fitness, Adventure and Education sectors, and as CEO of the organisation, is well deserving of this award.

Hunting the Wren.

Ruan Camogie Club is going virtual this St Stephens Day and Musicians, Singers, Dancers and Entertainers are invited to help Ruan Camogie Club with this vital, annual fundraiser. 

Anyone interested is asked to submit their video clips and tictoks showing their talent. These may be sent to Ruan Camogie Club PRO, Rebecca Crowe, on 0870638554.  

Recent Death.
The death has occurred of Mary Hogan (née O’Halloran), Caherblonic North, Kilnaboy, mother of John Hogan, Ruan.

W/E 20/12/2020

posted Dec 14, 2020, 1:54 PM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Dec 15, 2020, 6:55 AM ]

Food Appeal.
The Imeall Boirne Christmas Food appeal has been very well supported in the shops in the parishes making up the Imeall Boirne Cluster. The boxes will be collected by Fr. Pat and Fr. Damian on Friday, December 18, and distributed throughout the Imeall Boirne parishes, making Christmas a little bit brighter for families who need a lift during these times. The support of all who contributed is much appreciated.

Hurling Club A.G.M.
Ruan Hurling Club held its AGM on Monday December 7, via Zoom. It was the first time that the club held its AGM via Zoom and the executive committee was delighted with how it went, and it appreciates the effort people made to attend online.
The new incoming committee is as follows:  Chairperson Ger Lyons, Vice chairperson Conor Reeves, Secretary Patricia Lynch, Asst secretary Niall O’Connor, Treasurer John Bell, Asst treasurer Francis Lyons, P.R.O. Mattie McDonagh.

Christmas Mass in the Parish.
Fourteen masses will be celebrated in the Imeall Boirne Cluster over Christmas, giving people the opportunity to celebrate the Eucharist during those days. The masses may also be viewed online from the safety of people’s own homes on the Imeall Boirne Facebook page. The maximum attendance at Mass is 50 people, as per COVID-19 regulations and masses cannot be celebrated if this number is exceeded. 
In Ruan, Mass will be celebrated at 8.00pm on Christmas Eve and again on Saturday, December 26, St. Stephen’s Day/Eve of the Feast of the Holy Family at 8.00pm, while Mass will be celebrated in Dysart Church on Christmas morning at 9.30am. Fr. Pat and Fr. Damien have asked that people celebrate the feast of Christmas either on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day, or at the masses on December 26 and 27. 
The work of the sacristans in our churches, in keeping the areas sanitised, to protect the health of those attending, and those involved in the transmission of the mass online for all who cannot attend is to be commended, as are the efforts Fr. Pat and Fr. Damien who have ensured that parishioners have had access to their Masses online, during the times of restrictions due to COVID 19.


Hunting the Wren.

Ruan Camogie Club is going virtual this St Stephens Day and Musicians, Singers, Dancers and Entertainers are invited to help Ruan Camogie Club with this vital, annual fundraiser. 

Anyone interested is asked to submit their video clips and tictoks showing their talent. These may be sent to Ruan Camogie Club PRO, Rebecca Crowe, on 0870638554. 


W/E 13/12/2020

posted Dec 8, 2020, 1:50 PM by John O'Sullivan

Meitheal’s Merry Mission.
Local University of Limerick Student, Padraig Casey from Drumeer, Ruan and Scott O’Donovan, Dysart, a student in Mary Immaculate College, Limerick, are members of Meitheal, which is a youth leadership programme under the guidance of the Diocese of Killaloe, where college leaders train Transition Year students in secondary school to become leaders in their own schools and communities. Usually this would entail taking part in a week of activities and challenges, however, because of the restrictions due to COVID-19, this will not be possible this January.
The team has now decided, in the spirit of Meitheal, this Christmas, to create a week of activities and challenges online, with all the proceeds going to Clare Haven Services and Happy Feet Happy Mind. Dubbed ‘Meitheal’s Merry Mission’ activities range from sports challenges to music sessions from leaders, with prizes also to be won. 
The events may be followed on Instagram and Facebook @ meithealmerrymission, and the team is looking forward to the support of the community.

Recent Deaths.
The death has taken place, suddenly, of Josephine McGrath (née Cowan) of Dysart and French Court, Ennis and formerly of Tynagh, Portumna, Co. Galway. Josephine was predeceased by her daughter, Miriam Woodford. 
Josephine’s  funeral mass was celebrated in St.Tola’s Church, Dysart and she was laid to rest in Laghtagoona Cemetery, Corofin. 
She is survived by her husband Tom, son Adrian, daughter in law, son in law, grandchildren, extended family and friends.

The death has taken place, at his home, of Charlie Kenny, Aughrim Kelly, Ruan and formerly of Carmody Street, Ennis. Charlie was a very well known and respected Veterinarian Surgeon, who operated from his Clinic in Carmody Street. His empathy with animals, big and small, has widely been commented on and he has made many friends through the business. He was esteemed by his colleagues with whom he worked for over forty years in his career.
Charlie’s close friend Fr. Pat O’Neill celebrated his requiem mass, where he described Charlie and himself as being like brothers- they shared a love of vintage motorbikes and tractors and attended many Rallys over the years, a passion Charlie’s wife, Lottie, also shared. He described Charlie as a true gentleman, coming from a long tradition faithful to the church. He said he was a vet who loved animals and loved his own place, keeping it well. One of the memories Fr. Pat shared was how the ruins of an old church was found on their land in Aughrim Kelly, which Charlie, his family and friends preserved, and how on Easter Sunday morning a few years ago the Dawn Mass was celebrated there.
He said Charlie had travelled the world and was widely read and was known for his integrity and honesty.
Charlie is survived by his wife, Lottie, sons Eoin and Aidan, brother Rory, sister Geraldine, brother in law, nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and neighbours. Following requiem Mass Charlie was laid to rest in Drumcliffe Graveyard.

W/E 06/12/2020

posted Dec 2, 2020, 7:31 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Dec 8, 2020, 1:51 PM ]

Advent Trees.
Over the season of Advent, in anticipation of the celebration of the Birth of Jesus,  and Advent tree has been placed on the Altars of St. Tola’s Church, Dysart and St. Mary’s Church, Ruan where people may take a card from the basket underneath the tree, write the name of a loved one who will not be ‘with us’ this Christmas either because they have died, suffer from an addiction, are living away from home or are in hospital or nursing home. 
They then hang the card on the tree and, on Christmas Eve these cards will form part of the Offertory procession. These people will be remembered in all the masses which will be celebrated in both churches. 

Recent Deaths.
The death has occurred of Sr. Flannan (Margaret) McGuane, in Chicago.  Margaret , formerly of Moycullen, Dysart, left her home in Ireland in 1950, bound for the U.S.A. She entered the Dominican Congregation in 1957 and she managed the Mother House kitchen and bakery from 1960 to 2003. One of her specialities was baking Mound Cinnamon bread which was to become a favourite of the Sisters, their guests and people all around the world. She often oversaw the catering for up to 300 to 400 people, with great efficiency.  She loved to come home to Dysart on holiday to her family, while she was able to travel.
Margaret’s wake and funeral mass were streamed to her family back here in Ireland. She is survived by her sisters, Kathleen Brady and Monica McGuane in Chicago, Eileen O’Donoghue, Bray and brother, Joe, in Scoole, nieces, nephews, extended family and  her Sisters in the Dominican Congregation.
The death has also taken place of Tom Crowe, Swindon, England and formerly of Drummina, Dysart, uncle of Pat Crowe, Drummina.

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

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