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 toonaghschool@gmail.com.

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.