Notes for January 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The death has taken place of Frances Greaney, nee Hogan of Limerick and formerly of Tullyodea, Ruan.
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.
The death has taken place of Angela Normoyle, Kilmihil, sister of Pete Barry, Dysart.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Kevin O'Regan, son of Michael and the late Margaret O'Regan of Dromore, Ruan married Kathleen O'Rourke, daughter of Seamus and Bridie O'Rourke of Glenfarne, Co. Leitrim recently, at St. Mary's Church, Glenfarne. Celebrant was Fr. John Quinn, P.P.
Bestman was Kevin's brother, Declan and groomsman was Francis O'Halloran.
Bridesmaids were Nora O'Brien and Majella Darcy. Kathleen's niece, Molly O'Brien was flowergirl and pageboy was Kathleen's nephew, Jack O'Brien.
The reception was held in The Landmark Hotel, Carrick-on-Shannon.
Following a reconvened A.G.M. of the local G.A.A. Club, Flan Lyons was elected as Secretary, with Niall O'Connor taking on the role of assistant Secretary.
The positions of child protection officer and wellbeing officer have yet to be filled.
Over sixty horses took to the roads around Ruan on Wed. of last week, as members of the Clare Hunt rode out, and on New Year's Day the it was the turn of the Turkey Trotters, when sixty five turned up.
Despite the inclement weather, they enjoyed the day's outing, following which many of them retired to the local pub for refreshments.
Hunting the Wren.
The poor weather conditions on St. Stephen's Day did nothing to deter the girls, members of the local camogie club, from hunting the wren on Sunday. They divided into three groups which visited different areas of the parish bringing music and songs to lift the spirits and they were warmly welcomed at the doors of homes they visited. The Club appreciates the support they received on the day.
Aoife Bane from Ballygriffey, Ruan, the current Munster u18 Champion, is travelling to Glasgow next March, to take part in the World Dancing Championship. Aoife, who attends Colaiste Muire in Ennis and is a pupil of the Minogue School of Irish Dancing has worked hard to achieve this success and she is wished well in Glasgow.
Successful Toonagh Walk.
On Sunday last, despite the inclement weather, 164 people registered to walk the roads of Toonagh in what has now become an annual event. Apart from the registered walkers, they were joined by as many children, who, wrapped up well, enjoyed the challenge of the day out, in the knowledge that, at the end of it, they would be treated to refreshments and home-baking back at Toonagh Hall. "Seeking Vision Clare Sunset Foundation" is the beneficiary of funds raised by the walk and a raffle which was held, and, in due course, the McCullough family will hand over the funds to the charity.
The death has taken place of Francie Cahir of Kells, Corofin, at Ennis General Hospital, following a short illness. Francie was a retired farmer and a gentleman. He was heavily involved in his own parish of Tubber/Boston, on the parish council and he also gave of his time to his neighbouring parish of Corofin, where he helped out with the annual Corofin Show. He travelled to the Ploughing Championships every year and, once a week, he headed off in the bus to the Stella Maris Daycare Centre in Lisdoonvarna. He was a mine of information on local history, and he delighted in passing on his knowledge to anyone who wished to learn about the subject. He loved to travel abroad, and visited many countries with his family and he was a voracious reader.
Francie's funeral took place from Kennedy's funeral home to Ruan Church and, following concelebrated requiem Mass, he was laid to rest in the adjoining graveyard.
He is survived by his brother, James in the U.S., Michael and John, sisters Myra (Hannon), Bridie (Nagle) and nephews and nieces, and his neighbours and friends.
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