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 (www.netministry.ie). 
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.