W/E 16/12/2012

posted Dec 11, 2012, 9:40 AM by Unknown user
Christmas Concert.
Toonagh Hall rang with Christmas Cheer on Thurs. night last, when the children of Toonagh School staged their annual Concert, to a full house.   The talent on display - from acting, singing, dancing and music was astounding, and the children, their teachers and parents deserve great credit for bringing out this talent and putting on such a professional evening's entertainment.   The Parents Association of the school added to the enjoyment, holding a big raffle on the night, and the support of all who helped in any way is much appreciated.
Advent Tree.
Christmas is a time when we remember in a special way those who are now with us over the Christmas season.   An Advent Branch has been erected in Dysart Church and anyone who would like to remember someone - who has emigrated, passed away, is suffering mental health difficulties, is a hospital patient, is suffering addiction or Alzheimers, or for any other reason, may take a card from the basket at the foot of the branch, put the person's name on it and hang it on the branch.  The cards will be removed from the branch on Christmas Eve and will form part of the Offertory procession at the Vigil Mass.

Recent Death.
The death took place recently of Michael Considine of Moyhree, Ruan, in his 93rd year, at Pairc na Coille Nursing Home, Ennis, where he had spent the past few years.   Michael worked as an Overseer with Clare County Council, for many years, where he was highly regarded.  On his retirement, Michael was able to follow his interest in farming which he loved.  He was also President of Ruan G.A.A. Club, and a recent highlight was when members of the team which has advanced to Senior this year, visited the Nursing Home with the Cup.   He was predeceased, three years ago, by his wife, Mary, and, this year, by his sister, Bridget and brother, Patrick.
His remains were removed from O'Donnell's Funeral Home in Crusheen to St. Mary's Church, Ruan, and, following requiem Mass, he was laid to rest in the adjoining graveyard.   On both days he was honoured with a Guard of Honour of the local G.A.A. Club, which accompanied the cortage to the Church and the Graveyard.   
Michael is survived by his sister, Kathleen, in Lancashire, his sons, Joe, Oliver and John, daughters, Anne, Frances and Sheila, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Camogie News.
The local Camogie Club wishes to thank all who supported their Bingo evening, held in Purcell's, Ruan, on Fri. night last, sponsors, those who gave raffle prizes and those who attended and made it such a fun night.   The Club will be in Dunne's Mall on Sun. 16th Sept. next, from 2-4p.m., and all are welcome to join in bringing Christmas spirit to the shoppers.   The Club also extends its congratulations to Michael O'Regan, one of its stalwarth supporters, on his appointment to Clare Camogie Board.

Off to Missionvale.
John O'Sullivan of Hazelgrove, Ruan spent a number of weeks working in the Missionvale Project in South Africa, with Sr. Ethel's Normoyle early this year.   So impressed was he with the work that is being undertaken by Sr. Ethel and her supporters, that he is travelling out to work there in January.   He is holding a Table Quiz as a fundraiser for the Project in Purcell's Pub on Sat. 22nd Dec. next, at 9.00p.m., and is looking forward to the support of the community.

Victory Dinner Dance.
Tickets are now available for a joint celebration of the local Hurling and Camogie Clubs on their success during the past year.  The Victory Dinner dance will be held in the Auburn Lodge Hotel on Sat. 12th Jan. next, with music by the Riordans.  Contact any member of the local Clubs for information.
Scor Success.
A group of musicians, representing the local G.A.A. Club has qualified to go to the Munster Semi Final of Scor.  
Fergal Breen, Daire Shannon,, Niamh Whelan, Timmy O'Connor and Barry Heagney came out on top in Cois na hAbhna on Sunday last and will travel to Cappamore on Sun. 6th Jan next.