Notes for July 2016
Ruan Hurling/Camogie Club is hosting a camp for all primary school players, boys and girls, commencing 23rd August 2016, comprising of games and fun activities. The leaders are from the parish with Cillian Ryan as head coach.
In order to continue this camp, the Clubs are hosting a fundraising dance in Purcells Bar, kindly sponsored by Kieran & Loretta 0'Connor, with 'Break Free Band' on Fri. 27th August 2016. The Clubs appreciate and welcome the continued support of the community in their efforts in promoting healthy pastimes and activities for the youth of the parish.
Tanya Curtin, daughter of Michael & Kathleen, of Fountain and Martin Barry, son of Michael & Anne, of Ahasla, Maurice's Mills were married at St. Tola's Church, Dysart on Fri. last. They returned from Perth, Australia, where they have lived for the past five years and were joined by friends and family from home and abroad for their celebrations. Fr. Sean Sexton was celebrant and Maid of Honour was Rebecca Curtin with Chloe Curtin, Caroline Carmody and Tracey Barry as Bridesmaids. Bestman was Paul Kennedy and Groomsmen were Ray Kennedy, Tony Barry and Stephen Toomey. Katie Carmody and Kayla Cullinan were flowergirls and Tony Og Barry was pageboy. The reception was held in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Limerick and Tanya & Martin are returning to live in Australia.
At the other side of the parish, also on Friday last, in St. Mary's Church, Jean Tierney, daughter of Noel & Monica of Beechgrove, Toonagh married Jerry O'Keeffe, son of Tom & Catherine O'Keeffe of Roslevan, Ennis. Celebrant was Fr. Ger Nash and Bestman was Thomas O'Keeffe, with Groomsmen, Mark Kelly, Sean McMahon, Kieran McAllister and Brian O'Dwyer. Jean's sister, Noelle, was Maid of Honour and Nicole Burns O'Keeffe, Jackie Coffey, Geraldine Hayes and Aisling Moloney were Bridesmaids. Flowergirl was Ellie O'Keeffe and Ushers were Shannon Fox Tierney and Shane Tierney. The reception was held in The Falls Hotel, Ennistymon and the couple will reside in Ennis.
The death has taken place in Galway Regional Hospital of John Joe O'Connell, Drimeen, Ruan, following a short illness. John Joe was born and reared in Drimeen and farmed the family farm, with his brother, Michael, all their lives. He and Michael were well respected farmers, who kept up with the changes in times, and were very helpful and generous with their time and advice to others. Their wisdom and their ability to 'trace' family and local history is much appreciated by their extended family and neighbours. They both supported their local community and loved their Friday nights' game of cards in Morty Kelly's over the years.
John Joe's remains reposed in St. Mary's Church, Ruan and following concelebrated requiem Mass, he was laid to rest in the adjoining graveyard. He is survived by his brother, Michael, many cousins and wonderful neighbours.
The death also occurred last week of Mickey Casey, Turnpike, Ennis and formerly of Ruan, brother of Martin, Tom, Margaret & Marion.
Toonagh Race Nite.
There was a good turnout for the Race Nite held in Woodstock Hotel recently, to raise funds for the works being carried out in the playing field at the rear of Toonagh School, and it was a very enjoyable night. The organisers are very thankful to all who helped in any way during this fundraising campaign.
Currently, in Tesco, Toonagh School Astro Turf is one of three community funds which can be supported. On completion of purchases, blue tokens are given to customers to enter into the community fund of their choice and anything received for Toonagh School will be very much appreciated.
Success in Listowel.
There's growing excitement among people interested in traditional music, singing and dancing as Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann, in Ennis this year, approaches, and the following locals came through the Munster finals held in Listowel at the weekend: Irish Harp, 1st Lily O'Connor. Trios (12-15) 1st Lily O'Connor with Aisling McMahon and Cliona Donnellan, 2nd Shona O'Halloran with James Kelly and Roisin Clancy.
There are a number of local children also involved in the following Ceili bands and groups - Inis Og came 1st and Tulog came 2nd in (u12) Ceili Band. Inis Og came 2nd in Ceili Band (15-18) and Inis Og came 2nd in Grupain Ceoil u12. Neasa Ni Ainifein came 2nd in Scealaiocht, u12
Following a recent club meeting, George Power and Joe O'Donovan have agreed to train the minor girls team for their upcoming matches, on the 13 th July against Eire Og in Ruan, and for their away games on 27 th July and 15th August 2016.
The U12 girls continue to play their games, with the final blitz in their group coming up on weekend of the 22nd July next.
Cash for Clobber.
The Parents Association of Toonagh School have been very active in raising funds for the school over the years. One of the fundraising drives they have done is the 'Cash for Clobber', where the community gathers used clothing, bed linen, etc. and they get paid by weight for what they collect.
They were delighted, recently, to find out that they were the recipients of a prize of €1,500 from the company, for collecting the biggest amount of 'clobber' over the past year for their size of school.
This money will go towards school supplies and it goes without saying that the help of the community plays a big part in all their efforts and is much appreciated.
Bus to Knock
A bus will travel to Knock on this Sat. 9th July, travelling via Toonagh and leaving Ruan Village at 9am. Names, with deposits, may be given to Eileen @ 0656828243 or Sheila @0656837717.
Off to Listowel.
Well done to all the local children who have qualified at the County Fleadh in Kilrush last week to represent Clare at the Munster Fleadh to be held in Listowel from the 15th to 17th July. Many were individual winners and a number were also members of duets, trios and music groups and bands.
They are all hoping they will go further at the Munster Fleadh to represent the county at this year's All Ireland Fleadh to be held in Ennis in August.
The wedding took place on June 10th last in Cohasset, Boston in the United States of Brendan Lynch and Barbara Carrera. Brendan is a son of Kathleen & Pat Lynch, Ballybrody and Barbara is a daughter of Lucie & Oscar Carrera from Connecticut. Witnesses were Tadhgh Kelly and Elias A. Baez.
A number of Brendan's family travelled to celebrate the happy occasion and they enjoyed a reception at The Red Lion Hotel with Brendan and Barbara, who will continue to reside in Boston.
Micheal Callinan, son of Michael and Noreen, Dromina, Dysart married Aishagh Faithful, daughter of Lourde and Martin, of Rushane, Kilnamona in St. Tola's Church, Dysart on Friday last, with Fr. Pat O'Neill, Celebrant. Bestman was Paddy Callinan and groomsmen were Oliver Callinan and Jake Mulcaire. Bridesmaids were Edel Powell, Vikki Browne and Claire Callinan. Michelle Callinan was Flowergirl and Pageboy was Shane Callinan.
The reception was held in The Falls Hotel, Ennistymon.
Toonagh National School will hold a Race Night on Friday, July 8th in Hotel Woodstock at 8:30p.m. It promises to be a great night out. All adults are welcome to attend so bring along friends, neighbours and family! Tremendous work has been done by the Race Night Organising Committee and the parents of Toonagh N.S. to date and all funds raised will be spent on the enhancement of the playing facilities for the children at Toonagh N.S.
The support of the community would be greatly appreciated.
Marian Keane Basketball Finals
Toonagh School girls’ had a very successful campaign in the Marian Keane Memorial Basketball League. They performed extremely well and defeated Ballyea NS in the semi-final before being very narrowly defeated in the final by Gaelscoil Mhíchíl Chíosóg . T
The girls were exceptional in representing the school and can be very proud of their efforts.
They played a number of matches, took part in the parade and enjoyed a BBQ and disco and enjoyed the hospitality of the host Clubs.
Walk in the Woods.
Despite the inclement summer weather, many people are choosing to get outdoors, suitably dressed, enjoying the natural amenities - taking in walks in their own localities. In this parish we are blessed with two woodland walks, one in Ballygriffey and the more well known, Dromore Woods and walks around Dysert O'Dea.
The visitor centre in Dromore Woods is open every day from 10am to 6pm during July and August, providing information on the flora and fauna in the 400 hectare nature reserve, and people walk the different walks all the time. There is a free guided walk starting off from the centre next Sun. at 3pm. They will follow woodland trails with some of the way unsuitable for buggies or wheelchairs, being rough terrain, and suitable footwear is advised.
The deaths have taken place of Mary Keary, Dulick, Gort Road, Ennis, sister of Ollie Meere, Dysart and Caroline O'Connell, Drumbannif, Crusheen, mother of Anne Shannon, Bealacana, Ruan.
Off to Sligo.
A number of talented local people came through from the Munster Finals of Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann which was held in Nenagh at the weekend - Eve O'Connor on fiddle (u12) and Irish Harp (u12) and with Eva Carroll in duets (u12); Lily O'Connor with Rosa Carroll in Duets (12-15); Uileann Pipes (15-18) Barry Heagney; whistling (u12) Moya Tiernan; English Singing (o18) Denise Whelan. There was local participation in Inis Og Grupa Ceoil and Inis Og Ceili Band, in the Burren Ceili Band and in Croisin Band, all of which will now compete in the All Ireland which will be held in Sligo in August.
Cul Summer Camp.
Ninety one children between the ages of 7 and 13 enjoyed the Summer Cul Camp which was held in the local G.A.A. Field in Ruan last week. The young hurlers and camogie players from the local schools were under the direction of Barry Gibbons from Ogonelloe who was head coach, and the showers which fell during the week didn't dampen the spirits of anyone involved. All the children were delighted with the experience and the kit they received at the end of the week.
Election of Pastoral Council.
Parishioners are asked to return the nomination paper which they recently received, where they may nominate themselves or someone from their own area to serve on the Pastoral Council of the parish.
This may be done by putting it with the weekly collection envelope or posting or dropping it in to Fr. Pat O'Neill, Ruan.
There was a sense of shock and disbelief in the parish last week at the sudden death of Ralph Cullinan, Ballybrody, Fountain, at his home. Ralph worked for many years as a bus driver with C.I.E., later Bus Eireann. until his retirement six years ago. He and his wife, Pauline, farmed their lands in Ballybrody and reared their family of two boys and a girl there.
Large crowds turned out to pay their respects and support the family over the days of the funeral, with removal taking place from Daly's Funeral Home to St. Tola's Church, Dysart, and, following requiem mass, burial in Drumcliffe Graveyard.
Ralph is survived by his wife, Pauline, sons Ralph and Caimin, daughter Karol, son in law, Dermot Frawley, two grandchildren, brothers P.J., Michael and Tony, sisters in law, extended family and friends.
Outing to Knock.
On Saturday last a group of parishioners travelled to Knock, as they have done for many years, and joined with people from all over the country.
It was the St. Joseph's Young Priests Society pilgrimage and was very well attended.
It was a case of 'Gold for Jade' last week when young Jade Marrinan from Ruan won a gold medal at the county finals of the Community Games Gymnastics competition.
Jade now goes on to represent Clare at the finals which will be held in Athlone in August.
Jordan Purtill and Tara Hogan from Ennis were married recently in St. Tola's Church, Dysart. Jordan is son of Mary and P.J., and Tara is daughter of Marian and the late Tim. Celebrant was Fr. Pat O'Neill.
Hazel Hogan, Christine Lynch, Nicola McNamara and Jade Purtill were Bridesmaids and Bestmen were Patrick Sheehan, Darren Purtill and Kenneth Hogan. Shauna Purtill was flowergirl.
The couple's reception was held in the Auburn Lodge Hotel, Ennis.
The local Community Games group has put in a lot of work over the years in encouraging children from the parish to take part in community games, and, indeed, have had children taking part in the National Finals many times in swimming, athletics and art.
They recently collected €240 in a Church Gate collection and are grateful to the community for its support.
Local children Lisa Whelan and Jamie Cantillon are members of the Inis Og u12 Band which came 2nd in Killarney at the Munster Finals at the weekend. Eimear and Holly O'Loughlin are through with their Crusheen group and Shona O'Halloran from Dysart came 1st in concertina, so all concerned will have their next outing in Sligo when they will represent their county at the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in August.
The death has taken place recently of Mrs. Margaret Bluett of Kilbrin, Co. Cork, mother of Jimmy Bluett of Cloona, Dysart.
There was an emotional leave-taking in Toonagh School last week when Joe Carmody, Principal of the school since September, 1999, retired.
A large gathering made up of pupils - past and present, teachers - past and present, parishionsers, representatives of the Board of Management and Parents Association, joined with Joe, his wife, Myriam and daughter, Sinead, to pay tribute to Joe and wish him well in his retirement.
Joe, in his time, was Secretary of the local branch of the I.N.T.O. and Treasurer of the District branch of I.N.T.O., and past President, Declan Kelleher, with whom he worked closely, paid tribute to him.
Principal of Ruan National School, Cyril Lyons, said that, due to Joe's lifetime involvement in the I.N.T.O., he was often the first point of contact to advise school Principals on many school matters and was highly regarded in that respect. Fr. Pat O'Neill praised the Christian Ethos which was in the school, which was down, in no small way, to Joe's running of the school.
The Parents Association laid on refreshments which were enjoyed by all.
A number of children from the parish participated in Fleadh Competitions in Killaloe recently.
Lisa Whelan and Jamie Cantillon are members of the Inis Og Band which took 1st place in the u12 section; Ciara Rees is a member of the Burren Group which came 2nd in the u12 Group competition. Sarah Cantillon, Zoe Whelan and Nora Tiernan are in the Inis Og U15 group which came 3rd.
Community Games - Athletics Finals.
Aoife Anderson, Nease Ni Ainifein, Aisling Moloney, won silver medals in their events at the Community Games Athletics finals. Fiofra Ni Leachtnain was narrowly beaten into 5th place in her event.
Nease Ni Leachtnain also competed, as did Jamie Neilan, Maria Jones, Keelan Mounsey and Liam Moran.
The death has taken place in St. John of God's Convent, Kilkenny of Sr. Baptiste Casey, formerly of Rineen, Ruan and Ballymote, Co. Sligo. Sr. Baptiste or (Vera) was the last remaining member of the Casey family of Rineen. She entered the Sisters of St. John of God when she was twenty-four and over her sixty eight years in the Order she has worked in Ballinamore, Co. Mayo, Subiaco in Australia, the Irish College in Rome, Cahercalla Nursing Home, and Ballymote, Co. Sligo. She retired to Kilkenny two years ago and enjoyed good health until recently.
The Mass in Thanksgiving for her life was celebrated in St. Patrick's Church, Kilkenny, followed by burial in Foulkstown Cemetery, and was attended by her colleagues and her sisters-in-law Mary Ann Casey, Drumeer, Martha Casey, Ruan, and her many nephews, nieces and friends.
Slainte an Chlair.
A Benefit Dance will be held in Magowna House, Inch with Larry McEvoy providing the music, on Fri. next, July 4th.
Proceeds will go towards the Clare Cancer Support Centre in Kilnamona.