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posted Jun 30, 2014, 2:12 PM by John O'Sullivan
Principal Retires.
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.
Fleadh Success.
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.
Recent Death.
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.