W/E 14/12/2014

posted Dec 8, 2014, 11:28 AM by John O'Sullivan
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).

Parish Graveyard.
    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.