posted Dec 1, 2014, 8:53 AM by John O'Sullivan
"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.

Recent Deaths.

    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.