Notes for January

W/E 24/01/2021

posted Jan 20, 2021, 4:47 AM by John O'Sullivan

Award for Brid.
Local woman, Brid McNamara from Ranaghan, Ruan received huge validation for her work with Clare Camogie Association last week when she was presented with “Sports Volunteer of the Year Award 2020 for Clare”. Brid has been instrumental in raising the profile of camogie, both locally and nationally, over the many years she has been involved, in jobs varying from organising blitzes for under 12’s, making tea for players and mentors, reporting on games for Clare FM, presenting medals -  anything to support the organisation, all the while keeping down the ‘day job’ in Shannon.
Clare Camogie is in a much better place, financially, this year because of the tremendous effort Brid put in last August, in walking 500k, the equivalent of walking from Fr. McNamara Park, the home of Clare Camogie, to Croke Park, and back. In that walk Brid visited all 26 Camogie Clubs in the County and raised €16,000. 
Brid’s local Ruan Club is very proud to have such a dedicated member in their midst and hope she continues to further the interest in Camogie in the years ahead.

Litter at Bottle Banks.
The Bottle Banks in Ruan have been a great asset to the area, enabling people to recycle bottles and cans. However, the area around them has been littered with boxes and bags in recent times and a notice has been affixed to the Banks stating that if this problem persists, Clare County Council may be forced to remove the Banks from the location, which would be a shame, as the majority of people who use them do so respectful of the area.

Recent Deaths.
The death has taken place of Paddy McMahon, Letterkelly, Inagh, formerly of Knockanroe, Dysart, in Ennis General Hospital.  Following requiem mass in Inagh Church, Paddy was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. He is survived by his niece Rose Quinn, nephew Stephen, extended family and friends.
The death has also taken place, tragically, of Fergal Guilfoyle, Galway and formerly of Toormore, Ruan. Fergal’s requiem mass was celebrated in St. Patrick’s Street, Forster Street, Galway, after which he was laid to rest in Templemaley Cemetery. 
Fergal is survived by his father Christy, mother Anne, daughters Kimberly and Natasha, sisters Olivia and Claire, brothers Niall and Graham, extended family and friends. 

W/E 17/01/2021

posted Jan 12, 2021, 1:09 PM by John O'Sullivan

Graveyard Extension.
Plans for an extension to the graveyard in Ruan have been lodged with Clare County for the past few months.  The Council has asked for an Archaeologist’s report and a percolation report, both of which have been furnished to the Council and the local Parish Council is awaiting a response.

Camogie Helping Hands.
The local Camogie Club members would like it to be made known that they are on hand to offer help to elderly or vulnerable people in the community, who may have difficulty getting shopping, medicine, fuel, during the latest restrictions. 
People may contact the Club through the Ruan Camogie Facebook Page or call Rebecca Crowe @0870638554 or Rebecca O’Donoghue @0862489941. All H.S.E. guidelines will be followed.

Welcome for Lambs.
It used to be the case that lambs were one of the signs that spring was on the way - however, that is not the case anymore. A number of farmers have had sheep lambing in recent weeks, more to do with the market than climate change, and it is the good to see that, even in a pandemic, life continues, bringing hope for the future.

Schools Closed.
The children of Ruan school are ‘homeschooling’ during these latest Covid restrictions. Each child in the school had a bag of books collected from the school on Monday, January 11. Homework is sent through an App and the child can send back their work to be corrected, ensuring they will keep some connection with school.

W/E 10/01/2021

posted Jan 4, 2021, 9:42 AM by John O'Sullivan

Delivery Service. 
The owners and staff of the local XL Shop, over the past three months since they came into being, must be credited with bringing much needed ‘life’ back to Ruan village and surrounding areas. They are now offering a delivery service to local vulnerable and isolating customers, so, should anyone need groceries or fuel, they may contact the shop at 0852333939 and it will be delivered, ensuring social distancing and all safety precautions are maintained.

Religious Services.
During this latest lockdown due to the rising numbers of those testing positive for Covid 19, Fr. Pat and Fr. Damian are playing their part in keeping religious services available to the public. Although the masses are celebrated behind closed doors, in the interest of public health, daily masses and spiritual communion is available on the Imeall Boirne Facebook page, Monday to Friday at 9.30am from Ruan Church, Saturday at 8pm and Sunday at 11am from Corofin Church. 
Months minds, First Anniversaries and the Mass of Anniversaries will be celebrated on Saturday evenings at 8pm from St.Mary’s Church, Ruan for Ruan, Dysart, Tubber and Boston parishes, and from St. Bridget’s Church, Corofin on Sunday mornings at 11am for Corofin, Kilnaboy, Rath and also for Crusheen and Ballinruan parishes.

W/E 02/01/2021

posted Jan 1, 2021, 10:26 AM by John O'Sullivan

Senior Citizens.
The annual Senior Citizens party which has always been held in Morty Kelly’s Bar fell victim to the Coronavirus restrictions this year. However, the committee ensured that those who usually attended were not forgotten, as they were sent Christmas Greetings, just to keep in contact, and, hopefully, by next Christmas things will be back to normal.

Christmas Masses.
Just before the school holidays two classes from Ruan National School attended Mass in Ruan where they hung cards from the Advent Tree located in the church, to remember people who would not ‘be here’ for Christmas, whether they were living away from home, in hospital or nursing homes or suffering from addictions. Fr. Pat O’Neill celebrated Mass on Christmas Eve in Ruan Church, and also in Dysart Church on Christmas morning, where all the cards from the Advent trees were placed in baskets on the Altars of both churches to be remembered during the masses. 
It was heartening to have had masses in the parish over Christmas, as, following the latest restrictions all masses have gone back online, which leaves Dysart Church out of the loop again, due to lack of internet cover.

Hunting the Wren.
Ruan Camogie Club held its annual fundraiser ‘Hunting the Wren’ in a novel and fun way this year. Supporters, young and old, and members of the Club send video clips in to the Club P.R.O. Rebecca Crowe. There was a huge variety of talent on view, with singers, musicians, dancers, comic clips, artistic skills,  checking up on the animals on the farm, and even cats playing camogie. 
People donated online and in buckets located in the local XL Shop in Ruan and the Club received tremendous support which helped them reach their fundraising target. The organising committee is very grateful to all who took part and helped in any way, and they look forward to the coming season with great enthusiasm.

Schools Christmas Festivities.
The classes in Ruan National School performed their Christmas plays both in the school and online this year. Juniors and Seniors performed a Nativity Play ‘Bundle of Joy’ on Friday, December 18, really enthusiastically. The story is relayed from the perspective of Grumble, the donkey, who is really cranky and grouchy until the sight of Baby Jesus melts his heart. Although the video was sent home to the parents, the atmosphere of a live audience and the excitement generated from that was missed. The older children also put on their dramas, with children and teachers rising to the challenges this year posed, and all had lots of fun.
The children in Toonagh School also embraced technology in sending their production of Christmas singing, dancing and artwork to their parents online. The innovation and imagination of the children and teachers in the parish is to be admired, as it brought much needed laughter and enjoyment to all who watched their presentations online.

G.A.A. Lotto.
Ruan GAA lotto draw has now gone online to enable the weekly draw to take place. The organisers are indebted to the patrons and supporters who continue to support the Club and are happy that the draw can continue. 
Patrons may go on to the Ruan GAA Facebook Page and follow the instructions to play.

W/E 26/01/2020

posted Jan 22, 2020, 3:01 AM by John O'Sullivan

Medal Presentation.
The victorious Ruan Adult Junior team will be presented with their medals on this Saturday night the 25th of January at Morty Kelly’s Bar Ruan. 
This promises to be a great night with music and refreshments being provided from 9pm onwards,  as well as the presentation of the medals. 
All are welcome!! 

Craft Class Returns.
The Wednesday morning craft class has returned to Toonagh Hall, after the Christmas break.   All are welcome to come and bring their knitting, crochet or any craft work from 11am- 12.30 pm, even if it’s only for the company and the ‘cuppa’. 

The death has taken place, in Milford Care Centre, of Angela Donnellan (née Casey), Bealicana, Corofin. Angela was predeceased by her mother and father, Ann and Joe, and her sister Maureen. She was well known in her taxi business in Ennis and surrounding areas, and was always a very obliging person. She was devoted to her family and while in Milford she kept herself busy taking part in Art classes and knitting. 
Angela’s remains reposed in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan and, following requiem mass on Monday, she was laid to rest in the adjoining graveyard.
She is survived by her husband Con, sons Darren and David, daughter in law, Laura, grandchildren Ava and Odran, relations and friends.

Toonagh Walk.
This year’s walk in Toonagh was held to raise funds for Huntington’s and Motor Neuron Disease Associations. Over 400 walkers registered and many children also took part. The weather on the day brought out the best in people and ensured a very generous outcome for both Charities, with €9,500, so far, raised.
The support of all who helped out - baking, parking, in the kitchen, registration, raffle ticket selling, water distribution, signage and all who donated prizes is hugely appreciated.

W/E 19/01/2020

posted Jan 15, 2020, 2:54 PM by John O'Sullivan

Cash for Clobber.
Toonagh Parents Association is holding a clothes collection on Thursday, Jan. 30 next to raise funds for the school. As usual, clean clothes, bed linen,  belts, bags, shoes, towels, curtains are acceptable - NO duvets, pillows, cushions please, as those have then to be taken to the Recycling Centre, and paid for to be disposed by the Association, which eats into the funds which are so necessary for the school. 
Toonagh Hall will be opened from 9-10am, 1.45-3pm and 6.30-7.30 on that day when bags may be dropped off. The support of the community is much appreciated.

Junior Infant Enrolment.
Toonagh N.S., located just 5 km from Ennis, is now open for enrolment of Junior Infants for September, 2020. Anyone interested may contact the school @ 0656820143 or for an application form. These forms may also be downloaded from the school website Closing date is Feb.28.

Healthy Club Walk.
A six-week initiative started in Ruan GAA pitch on Thursday evening last and will continue for five more weeks. Last week around 140 people took part. This is a free activity for young and old, where, from 7-8pm, a walk is held in the hurling field with the motto ‘Get Out and Get Active’.

Harty Cup.
Three local boys from Ruan GAA Club are on the St. Flannan’s panel for the Harty Cup, Ashley Brohan, Jack Lyons and Patrick O’Halloran. St. Flannan’s defeated Tulla, on Wednesday of last week, in the quarter final played in Cusack Park.  St. Flannan’s  now go on to meet  Our Lady’s, Tullamore in the semi final, on the last weekend of January.

Dance Attack Stage Academy.
Toonagh Hall is the venue for a new venture in the area where children learn new skills, build confidence and have fun as Dance Attack Stage Academy begins classes. They teach all areas of performing arts in a fun and encouraging environment, including hip hop, musical theatre, drama and singing. On Friday afternoons classes for Junior and Senior Infants are from 2.15-3.15pm, and for 1st class to Sixth class from 3.15-4.15pm. Please contact Yvonne  @0868059074 

Christian Cummins won the U14A County Championship (40x20) on Saturday in Tuamgraney. There was great excitement within the locality as this was the first juvenile A title for a Toonagh player in 20 years. 
Great credit must go to the committee, coaches, players and parents for reviving the club within the parish after such a long absence.
In County League action the Division 3A team, following an unbeaten run of ten rounds, lost out narrowly in their semi-final against Newmarket on Fergus. The Division 3B team failed to reach the semi-final stage but put in some strong performances throughout the season to finish sixth. The Division 2 team won their last round (Rd.14) against Clooney-Quin on Wednesday last to finish fifth overall.
Alan Cummins and Brian Reilly are both in Munster quarter-finals this week with Alan taking on Limerick opposition in Cappagh on Friday evening and Brian meeting a Cork opponent at home on Sunday.

W/E 12/01/2020

posted Jan 8, 2020, 3:02 PM by John O'Sullivan

Annual Toonagh Walk.
There is a lot of talk, at the start of the New Year, of people making changes in their lives, getting fitter and getting out in the fresh air. Plans are now almost finalised for the annual Toonagh Walk/Run which happens on Sunday, Jan. 12, with registration at 11am in the hall. Walkers of all abilities, and none, are invited to take part as well as families. Helpers will ensure that there are home baked goodies with tea and coffee for everyone, and there is also a big raffle for hampers. With funds being divided between Huntington’s Disease Association and Motor Neuron Disease Association, all contributions will be greatly appreciated.

Church Gate Collection for Missionvale.
Local man, John O’Sullivan, who has been a member of a team helping Sr. Ethel Normoyle in her work in the Missionvale Township in South Africa, held a church gate collection before masses in Ruan and Dysart on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. €1,167 was raised, which will go to Sr. Ethel, and the support of all who contributed is much appreciated. 

Despite the inclement weather on St. Stephen’s Day, the local GAA field was a hive of activity, with over forty men togging out to play four competitive games of hurling. They were supported by their families and friends, with Ruan South coming out on top this year. 
Refreshments were served by volunteers and great fun was had by all.

W/E 27/01/2019

posted Jan 23, 2019, 4:45 AM by John O'Sullivan

Leader is offering  a Community Declopment Planner to 20 Communities.
This person will work with our community, if selected, to develop a three year progression plan encompassing our development in economic, social, 
environmental and culture.
A meeting will take place to discuss this in Ruan Community Center on Tuesday January 29, 2019 at 8.00pm. 
Anyone intersted in the progression of our community is welcome to attend.

Pony Centre of the Year Award 2018.
Banner Equestrian Centre was one of five Equestrian Centres nominated for the Pony Centre of the Year Award, 2018. The nominees were Barnadown E.C., Ballinamona E.C., Cavan E.C., Maryville E.C. and Banner E.C. It was up to the public to vote for the winner and, with the help of all the support from Munster and Clare members, and people from Ennis and great local support, Banner Equestrian Centre came out in top. They received the Award on Saturday last at the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone, when Simone Barry accepted it on behalf of the Centre. 
Local rider, Tomas Barry, Soheen, Toonagh, received two National Awards in the under 10 section.

Apostolic Works Society.
The local branch of the Apostolic Works Society will hold its annual display on March 9 and 10. Anyone wishing to donate sacred vessels to the display may contact Eileen Roughan, Mary Marrinan or Eileen Hannon.

Recent Deaths.
The death took place, on New Years Day, in England of Pat Meere, first cousin of the late Michael Meere, Ballygriffey and whose mother was Lizzie Crowe from Dromina, Dysart.  The death also took place, in England, of Mary Crowe, niece of Paddy (Tul) Crowe, Dromina. The deaths have also occurred of Philomena Barrow (née Curry), Drumcliffe, Ennis, mother of Aidan Barrow, Fountain;  Michael Collins, Curracloin, Feakle, brother of Pauline Cullinan, Ballybrody, Toonagh;  Maureen Fehin, Freemount, Cork, mother of Margaret O’Brien, Toonagh and Dawn Croke, sister of Ethan Croke, Ruan, who was laid to rest in Donegal last week.

Local History Group.
The local history group has resumed its meetings in Morty Kelly’s on Tuesday evenings at 8.30pm. This year the members are looking at the history of the old Ruan R.I.C. Barracks, which would be 100 years old on October 20, 2020.

Clothes Collection for Toonagh School.
The fundraising clothes collection for Toonagh School takes place on Thursday, Jan.31 next. Bags of clean clothes, bed linen, towels, curtains, shoes, bags, belts may be left to Toonagh Hall from 9-10am, 1.45-3pm and 6.30-7.30pm on the day. The contribution of the community is very much appreciated.

Camogie Registration.
Ruan Camogie Club registration night will take place in Toonagh Hall on February 1, at 7pm. A special guest will make a presentation to the U13B and U18C Shield winners and refreshments will be served afterwards. All donations of home baking will be very welcome on the night.

W/E 20/01/2019

posted Jan 16, 2019, 4:16 AM by John O'Sullivan

School Enrolment.
Enrolment for Junior Infants (September 2019) has now begun. Anyone wishing to enrol their child should contact the school. Please phone (065)6820143 or email Enrolment packs will be distributed in February.

Exercise Classes.
The term “use it or lose it” is very relevant as one ages, and to that end, the Active Adult Group Exercise classes for over 55’s, led by John Conroy are very popular, with a group of people going through a series of light exercises, suitable to each individual’s ability every week in various parishes. The classes have now resumed in Ruan Community Centre on Wednesdays from 1.15pm - 2.15pm,  and anyone wishing to improve their health, come for a chat and a bit of fun, is welcome. Contact John @ 087666692 for details.

W/E 13/01/2019

posted Jan 7, 2019, 3:27 PM by John O'Sullivan

Maria Captains Volleyball Team.
Local girl, Maria Jones, daughter of Liam Jones and Ellen Custy, was captain of the Irish Volleyball u16s team which competed in the European Championships Qualifying Tournament over the weekend. The tournament was held in the Faroe Islands, and it was the first time ever that Ireland had a juvenile team competing in an International competition. They beat Iceland and are now in fifth place. Maria plays with the Ennis Volleyball Club.

Walk for Huntington’s Disease Association.
Next Sunday, Jan. 13, the roads around Toonagh will be alive with walkers of all ages taking part in the annual Toonagh Walk, which, this year, raises funds for Huntington’s Disease Association. Registration is at 11am and there are three routes, suitable for children and adults of all levels of fitness (or none). There will be refreshments in the hall afterwards and a raffle for many prizes. It is hoped it will be well supported on the day.

Cash for Clobber.
The Parents Association of Toonagh School is holding a clothes collection on Thursday, Jan. 31 next. Bags of clean clothing, bed linen, towels, belts, bags, shoes, curtains may be left in to Toonagh Hall, times will be given nearer the date. This is a valuable means of fundraising for the school, and all contributions will be appreciated.

Turkey Trotters Outing.
Over forty horses and their riders rode out in the annual Turkey trotters Hunt in Ruan on New Year’s Day. Having had a safe and enjoyable run, many of them and the followers adjourned to Morty Kelly’s for refreshments. It was a great day’s outing, in very pleasant conditions.

Missionvale Collection.
John O’Sullivan, who has spent time in Missionvale, helping Sr. Ethel Normoyle in her efforts to look after the poor of Missionvale, held a church gate collection at both masses in the parish on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 
The sum of €1,192 was made,  and this amount would pay a teacher for four months in the school set up by Sr. Ethel, or feed the pupils and fund a ‘Feeding Centre’ for the same amount of time. John hugely appreciates the contributions made by all who supported the collection, as he has seen, at first hand, the difference the money raised by the volunteers here in Clare makes to the lives of the people in that area, having worked there with Sr. Ethel for a time.

Lay Led Liturgy.
A group of parishioners will hold  a lay led liturgy in St. Tola’s Church, Dysart on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 10am. All are welcome.

Burren Youth Connect.
Every Friday night in Ruan Community Centre, from 7.30-9.00pm, a group of secondary school youth from the Imeall  Boirne Cluster meet. They enjoy time together, meet new people of their own age and have “gadget free” time, as phones are not allowed. One of their outings last year was to the RNLI Lifeboat Station in Galway to see the important contribution of volunteers to the service. The Club is based on the values of NET Ministries ( 
At Easter, every year, the group goes on a Surfing Retreat to Donegal, which the participants have found to be a very special time. 
Mary Wynne or Ellen Jones are the people to contact if anyone wishes to find out more about the Club. 

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