Notes for January

W/E 28/01/2018

posted Jan 23, 2018, 3:19 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Jan 23, 2018, 3:21 AM ]

Ruan and Dysart Cilins (children’s burial grounds).
It is hoped to identify all the Cilins  in our parish to commemorate the unbaptised babies who were buried in them.  Some are marked on the Ordnance Survey Maps, but it is likely that there are others known only to people who live in a townland where they are located. 
Anyone with any information on the location of a Cilin, and would like to share this information, may contact Linda @ 0868748845 or Frances @0876575578.

Successful Fundraiser.
While Tony O’Malley from Ardcarney, Ruan, underwent treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia over the past three years, he and his wife, Pamela, and their family were on the receiving end of a huge amount of advice and support from the Irish Cancer Society.  Tony and Pamela, with great help from Alan and Olivia O’Grady of The Lady Gregory Hotel, and their management and staff organized a “New Year’s Eve Shindig” to show their appreciation for the Society’s help, and to enable it to continue to help other families who find themselves facing a cancer diagnosis.
They raised €6,100 for the Irish Cancer Society and are very grateful to all who supported the event, in any way whatsoever.

End of an Era.
Over the past sixteen years Breda and Brendan McCullough from Dysart have organized a walk in Toonagh early in the New Year. They have raised thousands of euro for various charitable organisations over those years.  Her raffles were legendary and a testament to the regard in which she is held by those whom she asked for prizes throughout the year.  The refreshments served in the hall after the walk were always plentiful and tasty, thanks to her friends, locally, and the walking clubs  of which she, Brendan and Conrad are members. 
It was a family affair, with Brendan’s signage always ensuring everyone walked the roads safely and Conrad helping with parking around the hall and school.  Breda, herself, acknowledges that the help and support she received from walkers, helpers in the kitchen, hall and on the roads, from the Board of Management of Toonagh School and Toonagh Hall Committee for the use of its facilities ensured the success of the walk over the years.
This year one hundred and thirty walkers were registered on the day, and €2,500 was raised for Seeking Vision Sunset Foundation. 
A fitting end to sixteen years of fundraising by the McCullough family, who have now decided to make this their last  time organising the Toonagh walk. 

Enrollment for Toonagh School.
Junior Infants enrollment is now taking place for September 2018.  Anyone wishing to send their child to  Toonagh School should contact the school now on 0656820143 or on

Ruan Community Games Art.
The county Final of the Art and Model Making competition will take place in Rice College, Ennis at 9.30am on Saturday, February 3, 2018. Competitors must supply all their own materials.  The following children have qualified for the County Finals - 
Girls under 8 - 1, Emily Noonan; 2, Siofra Moran.  Boys under 8 - 1, Luke Flanagan; 2, Shay Gleeson.  Girls under 10 - 1, Eryn Moroney; 2, Isabelle McInerney.  Boys under 10 - 1, Jack Browne;  2, Tomas Barry.  Girls under 12 - 1, .aoibheann Roughan;  2, Tara Moroney.  Boys under 12 - 1, Billy Marrinan;  2, Ronan Barry.  Model Making under 12 - Daniel Clancy.  Girls under 14 - 1, Saoirse Barry;  2, Anna Browne.  Boys under 14 - 1, Brian O’Gorman;  2, P.J. Bliss.
The under 6 winners (who do not go to the County finals) were 1, Grace Hurley;  2, Maria Hurley.   Boys - Jack Casey.

Recent Deaths.
The deaths have taken place, recently, of Rita Keating (née Brody) of Cahunagrawn, Corofin and Ballaghboy, Ruan, peacefully at Ennis Hospital;  
Imelda Micks, The Crescent, Ennis, sister of Teresa Custy, Toonagh, and John Corless of Lissyline, Ruan who died suddenly at his home.

W/E 14/01/2018

posted Jan 9, 2018, 6:20 AM by John O'Sullivan

Charity Walk in Toonagh.
Seeking Vision Clare Sunset Foundation, the non-profit registered charity, which provides services and support to people who are vision impaired, will be the recipient of monies raised by the Toonagh Walk on this coming Sunday, January 14, 2018, at 12.30pm. 
Registration is from 11.00am in Toonagh Hall. 
There are three routes to suit all level of fitness, 2k, 5k and 10.5k, on quiet, scenic back roads around Toonagh and children are welcome. 
Start and finish is in Toonagh Hall and refreshments will be served afterwards.  Further information from Breda @ 0851947763.        

Wedding Bells.
Johnathan Clohessy, son of Seanie and Marie from Hazelgrove,  Ruan, married Michelle Enright, daughter of Mike and Kay from Crecora, Limerick, in Holy Trinity Abbey, Adare on December 30 last.  Fr. Richard  Davern was Celebrant.   Hugh O’Donnell was Bestman and Groomsmen were Shane O’Donnell, Niall O’Connor and Ronan Fitzpatrick. Bridesmaids were Cathy Enright, Nicola Quinn, Christina Quinlivan, Marina Enright and Gabrielle Enright.  Michelle’s nieces and nephews were flowergirls and pageboys.
The reception was held in Adare Manor. The couple reside in Ruan.

Community Games.
The closing date for the Ruan Community Games Art entries is January 17, 2018.  Children aged under six to under sixteen (as of July 31, 2018) are invited to send their entries to Bernadette Kelly or Moira O’Loughlin, with €2 entry fee per person.  The subject this year is “any Community Games sport”, and all winners, except those under six, go forward to the County Finals.

Camogie Awards. 
Two young camogie players from the Ruan Club were presented with Awards at the Clare Camogie Awards night at Treacy’s West County Hotel on Friday night last, Kate Forde received hers for the overall achievement in under 13B and Eve O’Connor was the recipient of the the u-14C Award.

W/E 07/01/2018

posted Jan 2, 2018, 12:43 PM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Jan 9, 2018, 6:20 AM ]

Christmas Wedding.
The wedding took place, in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan, recently, of Louise Kirwan, daughter of Sean and Sheila Kirwan, Ardcarney, Ruan and Niall O’Sullivan, son of John and Flora O’Sullivan from Ennis. Fr. Pat O’Neill was celebrant.  Best man was Michael Fitzgibbon, groomsmen were Tom Ryan and Niall’s brothers Shane and Paul.  Bridesmaids were Sharon Hassett, Ciara Hayes, Eileen O’Dea and Emma O’Brien. 
Oisin O’Sullivan was pageboy and his sisters, Kayla and Cliodhna were flowergirls.  The reception was held in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Limerick.

Turkey Trotters Hunt.
A large crowd of intrepid hunting enthusiasts turned out for the annual Turkey Trotters Hunt in Ruan on New Year’s Day.  The last of the heavy showers had just fallen as  the horses were leaving the village, and they spent the next few hours going through the fields around the area, having plenty of jumps on the way.
It was an envigorating and enjoyable afternoon for all who took part.

W/E 29/01/2016

posted Jan 24, 2017, 6:20 AM by John O'Sullivan

Successful Walk.
The walk organised by the McCullough family, held in Toonagh on the 15th Jan. last brought in €2,675 to aid Seeking Vision Sunset Foundation, a local organisation which provides support and services to people who are blind or vision impaired. There was a turnout of 182 registered walkers and many children. After the walk they were treated to tea and home baking in the hall, provided by volunteers.
The help of all who supported the walk in any way is much appreciated.

Registration Night.
A reminder that the underage local G.A.A.  Hurling and Camogie Club will hold its registration night tomorrow, Fri. 27th in Toonagh Hall at 7.15pm.  Adult and family membership will also be taken up on the night. 
The successful panels will be awarded medals by a special guest and refreshments will also be served.

School Clothes Collection.
The Parents Association of Toonagh School is organising a 'Cash for Clobber' collection, on Thurs. 9th Feb. next. As they have over the past few years, people will be on hand in Toonagh Hall to receive bags of clean, used clothing, bed linen, towels, belts, bags & shoes from 9-10am, 1.45-3pm and from 6.30-7.30pm on that day.
Monies raised will be used for school supplies and sports equipment.

Missionvale Collection.
The church gate collection for Sr. Ethel Normoyle's project in Missionvale, South Africa, taken up on Christmas Day took in €956, for which Sr. Ethel extends her thanks and good wishes to all the people who contributed on the day.

W/E 22/01/2016

posted Jan 17, 2017, 11:56 AM by John O'Sullivan

Underage Hurling & Camogie.
Ruan Hurling & Ruan Camogie Clubs will hold a joint registration night in Toonagh Hall on Fri. 27th Jan. at 7.15pm for underage players (u6 to u18). All players need to register on this night in order to train or play with the Club. 
Medals will be presented, by a special guest, to girls u11, u12 and u14 and to the boys u13 who had successes during the year.
Adult membership for the Club will also be taken up on the same night. Refreshments will also be served.

School Enrolment.
Enrolment for Junior Infants, September 2017, has begun in Toonagh School. Anyone who wishes to enrol a child should contact the school office @ 0656820143 as soon as possible.

Used Reading Glasses.
Glasses are being sent to the Missions by the Apostolic Works Society. Baskets will be left in both churches in the parish and people are asked to donate their old reading glasses. More details may be had from Des Ryan @ 0863634146.

The deaths have occurred recently of  Pauline Scanlan-West of Clarecastle, sister of Tricia Mulqueen, Kilcurrish, Fountain; Padraig Winters, Loughrea, brother of Teresa Cullinan, Ruan; 
Noel Courtney, Shannon, brother of Paddy, Dessie and Jimmy Courtney, Ruan and Thomas Madden, Clarecastle, father of Christina Madden, Rathkeane, Ruan.

W/E 15/01/2015

posted Jan 9, 2017, 12:02 PM by John O'Sullivan

Annual Toonagh Walk.
The Toonagh Walk in aid of Seeking Vision Clare Sunset Foundation is on this Sunday, 15th January at 12.30pm with registration taking place in the hall from 11.30am. There are three routes 2k, 5k and 10.5k, starting and finishing in the hall, to suit all levels of fitness. Children are welcome as the routes are on quiet, scenic country roads. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
This is always a great event supported both inside & outside the parish and it is hoped this will be the case also this year. Further details from Breda @0851947763.

Nollaig na mBan.
Although the crowd was smaller than it has been in past years, the annual mass in Toonagh Hall for the Feast of the Epiphany brought together neighbours and friends to the hall on Thursday night last to bring an end to Christmas celebrations for another year in the community.

Toonagh Handball Club AGM
The Annual General Meeting for Toonagh Handball Club will be held on Monday 16th of January at 8.30pm in Toonagh Hall. Anyone interested in playing or taking up handball for the first time is more than welcome to come and find out more about the game.  Those who play hurling or Camogie can also benefit from playing handball, enhancing the skills used in both codes. 
Currently the club only caters for adults but it is hoped to have a juvenile club up and running by the end of 2017.

Fitness 4 Fun.
The fitness and exercise classes with John Conroy, for men and women, will resume after the Christmas break on Wed. 18th Jan. next in Ruan Community Centre. The classes which are from 1.15pm to 2.15pm have proved a big success with up to twenty people, at times, availing of this exercise programme which have been very beneficial to those who attend.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Frances Greaney, nee Hogan of Limerick and formerly of Tullyodea, Ruan.

W/E 08/01/2017

posted Jan 3, 2017, 9:21 AM by John O'Sullivan

Mass in Toonagh Hall.
On this Thurs. 5th Jan, the vigil Mass for the Feast of the Epiphany will be celebrated, not in Dysart Church, as advertised, but in Toonagh Hall at 7pm.
It will be a community celebration, with refreshments served after Mass and a session of music, singing and dancing, bringing the Christmas Season to a close in the parish. On Friday, mass will be celebrated in Ruan Church at 10am.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Angela Normoyle, Kilmihil, sister of Pete Barry, Dysart.

Turkey Trotters.
Conditions were perfect on Sunday for the annual Turkey Trotters Hunt held in Ruan. Over seventy horses, with riders and followers, took to the fields and roads around the village, getting the year off to a great start for all those involved.
The farmers who allow the horses through their lands are to be commended and the conditions this year meant it was possible to go through the land safely and without leaving much impact.

W/E 01/01/2017

posted Dec 28, 2016, 1:27 PM by John O'Sullivan

Taste of Success Champion.
Michele Kilkenny, who is a professional chef based in Galway, running a food van which she brings to markets in Oranmore and Moycullen is this year's winner of RTÉ One's 'Taste of Success' hosted by Daithi O'Se. Her mentor for the show was Chef, J.P. McMahon. Michele lived for a number of years in Toonagh, to where her family relocated from Surrey.
Three years ago she converted a van into a fully functioning kitchen and attends food festivals, caters for birthday parties, First Holy Communion parties, etc and even has her first wedding booked for 2017.
She won a prize worth €100,000 and her cottage type Paddy Pie, now renamed Chef Select Irish Beef Brisket Pie is on sale in all Lidl Stores in Ireland. With her prize, Michele now plans to relaunch her business in February and is looking forward to visiting more locations in her van.

Hunting the Wren.
Members of the  local Camogie Club visited many homes in the parish 'hunting the Wren' on St. Stephen's Day. Not only did they get a great welcome for their music & singing, the weather was very kind to them this year and they raised funds which will be used throughout the year. They appreciate the support they received, from those who actually went out on the day, drivers, parents and benefactors.

Tidy Towns.
The Tidy Towns committee held a very successful Christmas Fair which raised €2,020 before Christmas.
Monies raised go towards the upkeep of the village and graveyards in the parish.

Carol Service.
Ruan Community Childcare Committee and Staff held a beautiful Carol Service in Ruan on the 18th Dec.
They wish to thank all who took part and those who contributed, raising €412 for pre-school and after-school services.

Recent Deaths.
The deaths have taken place of Patrick (Sonny) Kearney, Corofin, Tom Marrinan, Kilnaboy, brother of Claire McMahon, Ruan and Jean O'Connor, mother of Loretta O'Connor, Ruan.

W/E 24/01/2016

posted Jan 18, 2016, 1:29 PM by John O'Sullivan

All-Star Award.
Neasa Ni Ainifein from Ruan was among the athletes who were presented with awards by the Clare Athletics Association at the Auburn Lodge Hotel on Fri. night last.
Neasa, who is a member of the Ennis Track Club, won the award for her achievements in the under 12 category.

Clothes Collection for Toonagh School.
Now that people are back into a routine after the holidays, they may be organising the wardrobes in readiness for Spring. Toonagh School will be holding a clothes collection on Feb. 11th and would appreciate donations of used, clean clothing, bed linen, towels, curtains, belts, bags and shoes. 
Monies raised will be used for classroom supplies.

Recent Deaths.
The death has occurred, tragically, of Michael Vaughan of Moyhree, Ruan, aged 65.   Michael was a farmer who lived all his life on the home farm.  He had been missing for a number of days and family, neighbours, friends and Clare Civil Defence mounted a search for him and the family were very thankful that his body was recovered in neighbouring lands on the third day of the search.  Over the days of his funeral neighbours spoke of his willingness to help them out when it was needed and his cheerful disposition.
His remains reposed in St. Mary's Church, Ruan and, following requiem mass he was laid to rest in the adjoining graveyard. He is survived by his sisters Bridget in Ruan, Mary in England and Ann in the U.S., nephews, nieces, extended family and friends.

The death also took place of Tom O'Gorman, Dysart, at his home,  following a short illness. Tom, a retired farmer,  who would have reached the age of 88 years in February, was, until a short while ago, a familiar figure on the roads around Dysart, as he took his daily exercise. He was a man with a deep faith and a great supporter of his local community and parish activities, and, with his friend, Joe, he went to The Galway Races every year for the past 25 years.
His remains reposed at St. Tola's Church, Dysart and, following con celebrated requiem mass, he was laid to rest in Dysart Graveyard.
Tom was predeceased by his son, Paddy and is survived by his wife, Eithne, sons Martin, Joe and Tommy, daughters Kay,  Mary, Anne, Ethna and Ita, grandchildren, extended family and friends.  

 Pat McGrath, Corofin, brother of Tom McGrath, Cloona, also died recently.

 The funeral mass and burial of ashes of the late Kevin O'Halloran of Ruan, will take place on this Sat. 23rd Jan., at 11am.

W/E 17/01/2016

posted Jan 13, 2016, 4:40 AM by John O'Sullivan

School Enrolment.
Anyone wishing to enrol a child for Junior Infants in Toonagh N. S. this coming September is asked to contact the school office on 065-6820143 or email as soon as possible.

Nollaig na mBan.
The local community gathered in Toonagh Hall on the eve of Nollaig na mBan to celebrate Mass and catch up with people they may not have met in a while for a chat over a cuppa and home baking.
Fr. Pat O'Neill celebrated the mass and all enjoyed the gathering which ended with a great session of music, dancing and singing.

Walk for Seeking Vision.
All roads lead to Toonagh on this Sunday, 17th Jan., when the Toonagh Walk will take place. This year funds raised will go to Seeking Vision, the non-profit registered charity in Clare which provides support and services to people who are vision impaired, or blind.
The walk starts at 12.30pm, starting and finishing in Toonagh Hall.
There are three routes to suit all levels of fitness, and none,  and children are welcome (no entry fee for children) Breda @ 0851947763 has all the information.

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