W/E 24/`12/2017

posted Dec 20, 2017, 7:54 AM by John O'Sullivan
Collection for Missionvale.

Located on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth in South Africa, Missionvale is a township of 25,000 people. Like much of Africa, Missionvale has been ravaged by disease, unemployment and malnutrition with the HIV/Aids virus affecting 70% of its population, including children.

Yet amidst the apparent hopelessness, the amazing Sr. Ethel Normoyle has been bringing hope and comfort to the inhabitants of this shantytown for the past thirty years. All the available space has been used up at this stage with a school, clinic, feeding centre and vegetable gardens having been built by Irish volunteers during the past few years.

The fragile lifeline that the Centre throws to the inhabitants of Missionvale is totally dependent on financial support, and Sr Ethel is finding the cost of providing this lifeline to be extremely difficult at this time. Her Irish volunteers, having seen, at first hand, the positive effect their fundraising has had for the people of Missionvale, are enthusiastic in their support of Sr. Ethel and her project.
To this end, there will be a Church Gate collection in Dysart on Christmas Eve, and in Ruan on Christmas Morning, and it is hoped that the community will give its usual very generous support, which will be greatly appreciated.

Hunting the Wren.

The old tradition of Hunting the Wren on St. Stephen’s Day, December 26, has become a feature in this parish for the past number of years as a fundraiser for the local camogie club, which people look forward to, and enjoy. The Club goes out this year from 12 noon to 2pm, meeting in Ruan and Toonagh Schools.  They will also go out from 4pm to 5.30pm  in Ennis (meeting point to be confirmed). Volunteers are required as ‘the more the merrier’ to make it a great afternoon of fun and laughter. Car drivers will be very welcome to ferry the performers from house to house. Please confirm availability to Aidan Hastings or any club officials before Saturday December 24.  

The club appreciates the support it received from the community throughout  the year, so far, and also for this fundraising event.  

Lotto Celebration.

Ruan GAA will host a celebration to mark twenty years of Lotto in Morty Kelly’s Bar, Ruan on St. Stephen’s night,  December 26 next, from 9pm.  This social evening is to show appreciation to all who contribute, and continue to support the Lotto each week, and finger food will be served.  All are welcome to join the club in marking this milestone. 

Toonagh Walk.

The Toonagh Walk has become an annual fixture and,  after the excess of Christmas and New Year, it’s one of the first events many people mark up in their new calendars every year.  The beneficiary of this year’s walk is Seeking Vision Sunset Foundation, and the walk takes place on Sunday January 14, 2018 from Toonagh Hall at 12.30pm, with registration at 11am. 

There are three routes, 2k, 5k and 10.5k to suit all level of fitness on quiet scenic roads and all meet back at the hall for well earned refreshments.  Further details from Breda @ 0851947763.

School Concert.

The children of Ruan National School staged their Christmas Concert last week, featuring music, singing, drama and dance to an audience comprised of their families and supporters.  The work put into bringing a show, with so many energetic children involved, to stage has to be commended and the children, teachers and parents should all take a bow.