W/E 06/01/2019

posted Jan 2, 2019, 11:40 AM by John O'Sullivan

Ruan GAA Celebrations.

Ruan Intermediate  and  U21A teams who won County Championships in 1978 celebrated  the 40th anniversary of those victories at a well attended  function  in Morty Kelly's  on St Stephen's night. 

There was almost full attendance  from both teams. It was good  to see that all the members of the Intermediate team are  alive and well but, sadly, three members  of the U21 team are no longer with us and they, and the team mentors, were remembered with a silent prayer from all present. 
Joe Keane, a former club coach, presented all the former players with a commemorative team photo, and both captains cut a cake specially decorated  for the occasion with the Ruan GAA Crest, Derek Clune being the captain of the U21A team and Dermot McDonnell, captain of the Intermediate team. 

It was a lively evening of reminiscing and ‘catching up’ with the people who attended. The work of those who organised the event was very much appreciated.

Christmas Masses.

The congregations in Ruan and Dysart Churches contained many people who had returned home to visit their families for the Christmas period, filling both churches to capacity and lending their voices to the joyful singing that lifted the celebrations. It is hoped that, as all go back to their various homes in the New Year, they will travel safely and keep with them the warm feelings they experienced over the festive season.

Recent Death.

The death has taken place of Annie O’Brien of Carhue, Dysart, in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Ennis.  Annie, who was in her mid nineties, became a resident in Cappahard Nursing Home around twenty five years ago, due to ill health, and was cared for there until recently, when she was admitted to St. Joseph’s Hospital.  She was predeceased by her brother, John and sister, Bridget. Following requiem mass in St. Joseph’s on St. Stephen’s Day, Annie was laid to rest in the family grave in Dysart Cemetery. She is survived by her nephews and friends.

Hunting the Wren.

A number of members of the local Camogie Club took to the roads on St. Stephen’s Day to follow the tradition of ‘Hunting the Wren’.  They visited as many homes in the parish as they could, until fading light meant they finished without visiting as many as they would have liked to. The support of the local community for the Club is much appreciated, and it is hoped it will continue into the New Year formthe coming camogie season.

Toonagh Walk.

The annual Toonagh walk, which takes place on Sunday, January 13, will, this year, be a fundraiser for the Huntington’s Disease Association. Registration starts at 11am in Toonagh Hall.  There are three routes, suitable for children and all levels of fitness. Hot and cold refreshments will be served in the hall afterwards and there will be a monster raffle and entertainment. All support will be much appreciated.  Anyone who may not be able to make the walk in the day, may still like to contribute via www.huntingtons.ie or to Huntington’s Disease Association, Account No. 5475771, branch code 90-00-92.