W/E 15/01/2012

posted Jan 9, 2012, 11:17 AM by Unknown user   [ updated Jan 10, 2012, 2:24 AM ]

Nollaig na mBan.
There was a great crowd in Toonagh Hall on Fri. evening for the annual Mass and party for the local community.   Fr. Pat O'Neill celebrated the Mass, with children and adults participating in Readings, Music and Choir.   Afterwards, the local ladies served up 'high tea', with plenty of home baking.   The night continued with singing, dancing and music by young and old, and it was a very lively gathering.   
The G.A.A. Club held its weekly lotto draw during the party.  
The new mural which was painted by Shane and Mary Gilmore (and their children who attend school in Toonagh) attracted many favourable comments.   
Shane is renowned for his sculpture, and pieces like the Hands the Cathedral in Ennis, the sculptures outside the Library and in various public places throughout the County are well known,  and this community is very fortunate and privileged to have some of his and his family's work on show in the Hall.
Recent Death.
The death has taken place in Kilcolgan Nursing Home of Jill Clarke (nee McGann) of Carrowkeel, Crusheen.   Although her postal address was Crusheen, Jill lived in this parish since she came from Belharbour, having married the late Henry Clarke.   They worked on the family farm all their lives and, as Jill drove a car, which was unusual enough for a woman sixty years ago, it was she brought the milk to the creamery.  
Not only did she work outside on the farm, but she was known for her baking skills and her kind hospitality to all.  
She was a lifelong member of the local Apostolic Works Society and sang in Ruan Church Choir, and she recently donated new hymn booklets to the church.  She loved style and fashion and always liked to look well, even in the Nursing Home, her clothes had to be co-ordinated.
Forty five years ago, Michael Craven came to live with Jill and Henry, and he was great company for Jill when her husband died, indeed, his companionship enabled her to live in her own home up to two years ago, when her health declined.
She had a keen interest in her extended family and kept up to date with their comings and goings throughout their lives.  
Jill is survived by her brother, Martin McGann, in Dublin, her nieces, nephews, Michael Craven, extended family, friends and neighbours. 

Minor Club A.G.M.
The A.G.M. of Ruan G.A.A. Minor Club was held in the local Community Centre on Monday night.   A large crowd attended and among the items discussed were the successful year in 2012, winning the u12 "Bennett" League, the u14 "D"  Championship and the u15 "C" Championship, 
the weekend spent in Armagh with the Feile team and the enjoyable Family Fun Day held in the Hurling Field during the summer.
The Officers elected for the coming year - Chairperson, Gearoid Roughan;  Vice Chairperson, John Punch;  Sec., Flan Lyons;  
Assist Sec., Alfie Jones;  Treas., John O'Sullivan;  Child Protection Officer, Donal o'hAinifein;  P.R.O. Susan Rice. 
The Club will host a presentation of medals to the u12, u14 and u15 teams in Toonagh Hall on Sat. 28th Jan. (please note change of date) 
from 8.00 to 9.30p.m.   
There will be a Guest Speaker in attendance and refreshments will be served.   Team photographs will also be taken on the night.