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W/E 24/07/2022

posted Jul 20, 2022, 5:08 AM by John O'Sullivan
Down Syndrome Cycle.
The 22nd Annual 600km "Tour de Munster" takes place, this year, from August 4 to August 7, when over 150 cyclists will travel the highways and byways of Munster, raising awareness and funds for the local Clare Branch of Down Syndrome. The Clare committee, its members and supporters will be "bucket shaking" in Ennis on Friday, August 5 and anyone who would like to volunteer to help on the day may contact Laura Cahir at 0872901892, who will be delighted with the help.

Munster Fleadh.
The Munster Fleadh was held in Newcastle West last week and, as usual, there were a number of talented musicians and singers from this parish taking part. Liam Jones, Drumcavan, a member of CCE Cloughleigh, came 1st in Lilting (over 18), Holly O'Loughlin, Larchill, a member of CCE Crusheen, came 1st in Whiltle (15-18). Garry Shannon's Burren came first in the grupa cheoil (12-15). They are all wished well in Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann which will be held in Mullingar from July 31 to August 7.

Cul Camp
Ninety children, evenly mixed between boys and girls, attended the GAA Cul Camp course last week in the Ruan GAA grounds, in ideal weather conditions. Head coach for the week was Criostoir McCaw, assisted by local coaches Shane Punch, Kealan Mounsey, Ryan Power and Ciaran Jones. County stars, Doireann Murphy, Robin Mounsey and Shane Meehan attended during the week, bringing great excitement to the children who look up to these rising stars in camogie and hurling. Everyone who participated had an enjoyable camp, where they picked up tips and were shown the ins and outs of hurling and camogie in a very pleasant and fun atmosphere. 

Recent Death.
Christina (better known as Teena) Meere, nee O'Halloran, who died last week, peacefully, at her home in Ballygriffey, had lived her long life to the full, right up to the very end. Teena was born in Toonagh 91 years ago and in her younger days she worked and lived in Chicago for many years. When she returned home, she met and married Michael Meere and they set up home in Ballygriffey. Michael was very involved in the traditional music circles, in and outside of this parish, playing his tin whistle and singing and Teena played her part, dancing sets and telling 'yarns' bringing her sense of fun and sharp wit to the proceedings. She was a gifted cook and baker and anyone who visited was treated highly, and her hospitality was appreciated by people from home and abroad. Teena loved her garden, collecting seeds, nurturing them until they were of a size to give away to friends and neighbours, and many people have beautiful shrubs , thanks to her generosity in sharing.  She knit and crochet and never used a pattern but created beautiful pieces that were much admired.
Teena enjoyed her annual holiday with the Senior Citizens from a number of parishes in Lahinch and her sense of humour endeared her to all she met. She loved playing cards and going to Bingo and was a voracious reader.
Teena's remains reposed at St. Tola's Church, Dysart, and following requiem mass, she was laid to rest in Templemaley Graveyard. She is survived by her family Mary, Jimmy and Michael, grandchildren, great grandchild, nieces and nephews, neighbours and many friends.

All Ireland Shoot Competition.
Cian O'Donoghue and Noel O'Donoghue, members of Ruan Gun Club, were part of the team which came fifth in the All Ireland Shoot last week. The shoot was held in the National Shooting grounds in Offaly. Thirty two teams from all over Ireland took part, so it was no small feat to come in fifth place.

Rebecca Crowe and Aoife Anderson, from Ruan Camogie Club, will play in the All Ireland semi final against Antrim on Saturday.  The game is in Tullamore at 3.30pm and any support will be much appreciated.
The under 8s participated in a blitz in Eire Og pitch on Saturday last, in glorious sunshine and they enjoyed the hospitality of the host club and the games in which they played.