Notes for May

W/E 31/05/2020

posted May 26, 2020, 1:46 PM by John O'Sullivan

No Summer Camp.
Due to COVID 19, Ruan GAA will not be hosting a Cul Camp this summer, neither will it hold its own local Summer Camp, which, over the past four years has gathered momentum, bringing large crowds of children from Ruan Hurling and Camogie Clubs, between the ages of 6 and 13 years of age, to the local hurling field where they’ve enjoyed practising hurling and Camogie skills with their school friends under the direction of young members of both Clubs.
Anyone wishing to find out where their nearest Cul Camps are this summer, may  do so by checking out Kellogg’s Cul Camps online.

Daily Mass.
Fr. Pat and Fr. Damian take it in turns to celebrate Daily Mass and Spiritual Communion which is broadcast on the Imeall Boirne Parishes Facebook Page from Sunday to Friday at 9.30am and on Saturday evening at 8.00pm.
Signed Mass cards are available every Thursday at the Imeall Boirne office in Crusheen from 10am-2pm, and from Fr. Pat or Fr. Damien at their respective homes, during the week.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place in England of Mary Vaughan, sister of Bridget Vaughan, Toormore, Ruan.

W/E 17/05/2020

posted May 14, 2020, 1:50 PM by John O'Sullivan

Darkness into Light Walk.
Many adult members of the local Camogie Team walked ‘from darkness into light’ on Saturday morning last. They walked in their own localities and shared their pictures on Facebook. They made donations online to Pieta, the organisation which helps people, families and communities affected by suicide and self-harm. Pieta’s three Services are in prevention, intervention and bereavement counselling.  
People have been extraordinarily generous this year, given that the official walk could not take place, and this will help in no small way to bring in valuable funding for the organisation.

Help from Hurling Club.
Due to the fact that children cannot go to the hurling field, or meet their hurling friends in school for a puck around, they’ve been practising at home and, perhaps, didn’t have sliotars, so when Frankie Lyons, Chairman of Ruan Hurling Club, was asked, he delivered sliotars to a number of families. 
Frankie’s mob. no is 0879011945, and, should anyone need a sliotar, he will be delighted to deliver it, thus keeping the children happy and honing their hurling skills while the restrictions are in place.

W/E 10/05/2020

posted May 14, 2020, 1:48 PM by John O'Sullivan

Pride of Place.
It is heartening, during these strange and unprecedented times, to see people taking pride in their localities, while still keeping within the 2km restrictions on movement and on social distancing. A local father and son have stepped up to the mark and taken it upon themselves to ensure that Dysart Graveyard is still kept in immaculate condition, a job usually undertaken by Ruan Dysart Resource Group, which is not operating as normal with the current restrictions in place. 
Meanwhile, on the other side of the parish, three volunteers collected several bags of rubbish on one road in Ruan, observing the same restrictions. Great credit is due to these volunteers for their civic mindedness.

Busy as Bees.
A number of people from the parish have been busy making and delivering laundry bags, face masks and ear savers for hospitals, nursing homes, the Red Cross, community groups, meals on wheels volunteers and similar organisations. They’ve put the time they now have, as they aren’t working at their usual jobs, to good use, and have dusted off their sewing machines and brought them into use doing this very important work. The Facebook page - Knitting for premature Babies has the contacts and details of what has been done to date and patterns for anyone interested in helping out.

Ruan Gymkhana.
Among the casualties of ‘COVID 19’ is the Ruan Gymkhana which has, for the past 17 years, brought great crowds and excitement to the village. The Committee has had to cancel the show, which was to be held on June 7. They have thanked their sponsors and exhibitors for their support over the years and hope that they will be back on track for the  2021 Gymkhana.

Recent Deaths.
The death has taken place of Anna Clohessy, Hermitage, Ennis, mother of Seanie Clohessy, Hazelgrove, Ruan and also of David Wooodford, Drumconora, Barefield, brother of Aidan Woodford, Cloona, Dysart.

W/E 03/05/2020

posted May 14, 2020, 1:46 PM by John O'Sullivan

Tara Breen on Nationwide.

Our own Tara Breen from Ruan, a member of The Chieftains, featured on the two part documentary, Nationwide, on RTE 1 last week.  RTE sent reporter, Donal Byrne, to the USA to travel with The Chieftains on their six week tour and to attend the concerts in various US cities such as Nashville, Milwaukee, Chicago, BostonLos Angeles.  The reporter spent time with the band on the road, back stage, and at their concerts, while also conducting interviews with all the band members, including Tara, who told the audience that she hailed from Ruan in Co. Clare!  Both programmes can be viewed on the RTE Player for the next month. Luckily the tour was almost at an end when the Corona virus struck and the band returned to Ireland on March 14, having completed one month of a five week tour.  Unfortunately, they had to cancel the New York, New Jersey and East Coast concerts, however, they were delighted to have returned to Ireland before the USA went into lockdown. They already have plans in place to complete the tour dates which they had to cancel,  and also to visit Canada in 2021.

Tara has been travelling with The Chieftains for the past eight years, and in that time, she has visited many countries including the USA, Canada, Europe and the Far East with the band.

Mass of Anniversaries.

As the nine churches in the Imeall Boirne Cluster are closed, due to COVID 19, the mass of anniversaries for all departed loved ones throughout Imeall Boirne will be celebrated in the third weekend in May, and may be viewed on the Imeall Boirne Parishes Facebook page on Saturday, May 16 at 8pm and on Sunday morning at 9.30am. 

Mass and spiritual communion is celebrated on the same Facebook page by Fr. Pat and Fr.Damian, from Sunday to Friday at 9.30 am and on Saturday evening at 8pm.

Light a Candle.

People in the Imeall Boirne parishes are invited to light a candle and display it on a window on Friday evenings at 8pm to show their support in the fight against COVID 19, to remember those who have lost their lives to the virus.  They are also asked to pray the “Hail Mary” for those currently fighting the virus, and to show our support for all those on the frontline working on our behalf.

Tidy Towns. 

Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring has stated that it is not possible, at this time, for communities to work in Tidy Towns projects, saying “I know that many Tidy Towns Committees have been wondering if the competition will proceed this year, and I believe it is important to provide certainty to all of the committees around the country at this stage.  For me, the health and welfare of the volunteers on the Tidy Towns Committees is paramount. Given the current restrictions around public gatherings, travel and adherence to social distancing, it would not be appropriate to ask voluntary groups to work in Tidy Towns projects in their communities at this time.  I have, therefore, decided that the Tidy Towns competition will not go ahead this year”.

Ruan Tidy Village has achieved much over the past few years, gaining a rising score in the competition year on year. Working together, the community has ensured the hard-won successes. Great credit is due to the committee, the Rural Resource Group and all the volunteers for their hard work. STAY HOME STAY SAFE.

W/E 26/05/2019

posted May 21, 2019, 1:47 PM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated May 21, 2019, 1:49 PM ]

Recent Wedding.
Finola, daughter of Joe and Mary Quinn, Tiernea and  Frankie, son of Frankie and Rhona Lyons, Kelly’s, were married recently. Bridesmaids were Kate Quinn and Linda Haugh. Groomsmen were Martin Lyons and J.J. Fahy.  Lily Mai and Frankie Lyons were flowergirl and pageboy and the couple were joined at the Old Ground Hotel by family and friends for the reception. 

First Holy Communion.
On Saturday last at 11am in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan, Amira O’Grady, Emily Haugh, Grace O’Halloran, Isabelle Quirke, Lorna Casey, Lucy O’Halloran, Maisie O’Malley, Sophie O’Loughlin, Nathan Steigerwald and Max Sheehan received their First Holy Communion from Fr. Pat O’Neill. 
The Parents Association laid on breakfast in the Halla, in Ruan School, and families adjourned there after the ceremony.
At St. Tola’s Church, Dysart at 1pm, on the same day Luke Flanagan, Danny Griffin, Luke Gibbons, Gavin Hassett, Callinan Lynch, Adam Pegg, Shauna Vaughan, Fionn Bane, Tomas Barry, Cathay Brohan, Adam Casey, Liam Clancy, Siofra Moran and Fionn Casey also received the Sacrament, also from Fr. Pat. 
Refreshments were organised  by the Parents Association In Toonagh  Hall afterwards and everyone enjoyed the gathering. 
Great credit is due to the children, their Parents and Teachers, as all the preparation led to a great sense of inclusivity in the community, and the children participated fully in the ceremony, leading to them having very happy memories to store in their minds.

The u14 team has qualified for the u14B final, after a great performance in Shannon on Saturday last, when they overcame Kilmaley.  This was the second time both teams met in the championship. The Ruan girls. Ow go on to play Kilkishen/Bodyke on Sunday, May 26, at 3pm in Fr. McNamara Park.
The Junior Ladies team came out on top Sunday afternoon at home to Whitegate.  This was a good ending to the 2019 Div. 4 League Campaign, and credit to the girls and team management on their participation.

Mass for Exam Students.
On Saturday, May 25, at 8.00 pm in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan, the evening mass will be a special one to remember all those who will be sitting exams this year. Students are invited to take a break from their studies and join the congregation on the evening.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Micheal Lynch of Toormore, Ruan, at his home,  following an illness.  Michael, originally from Crusheen, with his wife, Sheila (nee Tierney) came to live in Ruan over 40 years ago.  He was, for many years, a long distance lorry driver, driving regularly to the Continent and ably navigating the windy roads from Ruan in his big truck. In later years Micheal worked locally, driving a bulldozer and trucks, and his prowess in making arable land of crag was often remarked on. He had an old Massey Ferguson 133, which he tended with great care, and loved attending vintage Tractor Runs on it. He had a great fondness for animals, and kept ponies and donkeys in Ruan. His Friday night’s game of cards at Morty’s with his friends was one of the highlights of his week. 
Micheal’s remains reposed in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan and, following requiem mass, he was laid to rest in the adjoining graveyard. 
He is survived by his wife, Sheila, daughters Martha, Sandra, Janette and sons Sean, Brendan, David and Eugene, his sisters Maureen O’Brien, Connie Loughnane and Pauline McEachern and brothers Cyril and Tomas, grandchildren, relatives and friends.

G.A.A. Club Development.
Ruan G.A.A. Club has now delivered letters to all the homes in the parish outlining their development in the hurling field and fundraising to complete the task. The Club is very grateful to all who have responded to date and, as this is only the beginning of the fundraising campaign, it is hoped that everyone will respond positively, in whatever way they can to bring this development of a new Stand, Gym and Meeting Room to completion, as it will be of huge benefit, not only to the G.A.A. but to the Parish, as a whole.

W/E 19/05/2019

posted May 15, 2019, 4:57 AM by John O'Sullivan

Clothes Collection.
With the change from winter to summer clothing, people might now be thinking of clearing out their wardrobes and donating their clothes to a worthy cause, well, 
Toonagh Parents Association has organised it’s final ‘Cash for Clothes’ for this school year on Thursday, May 23, as a school fundraiser.  
Donations of old, clean clothes, belts, bags, shoes, curtains, bedclothes, towels (no duvets or pillows please) May be left in to Toonagh Hall on the day between the hours of 9-10am, 1.45-3pm or 6.30-7pm. 
There has always been a great response to this fundraiser and the children attending the school have benefitted greatly from this support.

May Devotions.
The Rosary is recited every evening at 8.30pm at Our Lady’s Grotto in Fountain for the month of May.  
On Monday next, May 20, at that time, the Crowning of the statue of Our Lady will take place after the rosary, during which hymns to Our Lady will also be sung.

W/E 12/05/2019

posted May 9, 2019, 2:42 PM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated May 9, 2019, 2:43 PM ]

Important Meeting.
On Thursday, May 16, there will be a very important meeting in Tubber Hall at 8.00pm to discuss the mass times across the churches in the Imeall Boirne Cluster.  It is vital that all parishes in the Cluster are represented, and all are welcome, to have their say in this matter.

Lay Led Liturgy.
There will be a Lay led Liturgy in Dysart Church on Sunday next, May 12 at 10am. 

Holiday in Lahinch.
This year, the Senior Citizens annual holiday in Lahinch is taking place from June 6 to June 11. Anyone wishing to avail of a place may contact Mary (0879776583), Sheila (0876546637) or Linda (0868748845).

Bus to Bloom. 
A bus is being organised by Toonagh Craft Group to Bloom on the May Bank Holiday,Friday May 31. Anyone interested in travelling should contact Denise (0876731966) as soon as possible, so that numbers may be finalised.

W/E 05/05/2019

posted May 1, 2019, 3:40 PM by John O'Sullivan

Tractor Run for Tidy Towns.
There was a great turn-out in Ruan on Easter Sunday when the beautiful weather drew out young and old to support the Tractor Run, raising funds for the Tidy Towns and Graveyard Group. Around seventy tractors of all shapes and sizes and twenty vintage cars and trucks. They left Ruan village and took the road to Kell’s Cross and Corofin, returning to Ruan where refreshments were served at Morty Kelly’s Bar. A group of children also drove their vehicles around Ruan Church with great enthusiasm and it was a very enjoyable day. The organisers are very grateful for the support they received for this fundraiser and will use the funds for maintenance of machinery used in keeping the village and graveyards in the parish in top shape.

Poker Classic a Success.
The recent Poker Classic held by Ruan Gymkhana in Morty Kelly’s Bar raised funds for the upcoming Gymkhana in July and was well supported. The Committee gave a portion of the funds raised to the Senior Citizens Group to go towards their annual trip to Lahinch and the Christmas party for the senior citizens of the parish. The support of all who helped in any way is deeply appreciated.

Retreat in Donegal.
Last week 38 young people from the Imeall Boirne Cluster went on Retreat to Donegal to take time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, for the purpose of reconnecting with each other through various activities, including prayer. They also had fun attending a surf camp on both days. The Retreat was organised by the Net Ministeries, who are young missionaries sharing the Gospel message with the youth across Ireland. All who took part thoroughly enjoyed their time away.
The group will finish for this year with a Mass for all exam students in the Cluster on Friday, May 3, at 7pm in Ruan Church.

Well done to Ethan Lucas on coming 4th in the Community Games County Final recently, for which he received a certificate.

Holiday in Lahinch.
This year, the Senior Citizens annual holiday in Lahinch is taking place from June 6 to June 11. Anyone wishing to avail of a place may contact Mary (0879776583), Sheila (0876546637) or Linda (0868748845).

Bus to Bloom. 
A bus is being organised by Toonagh Craft Group to Bloom on the May Bank Holiday,Friday May 31. Anyone interested in travelling should contact Denise (0876731966) as soon as possible, so that numbers may be finalised.

May Devotions.
The rosary will be recited in Ruan Church every evening for the month of May at 7pm and at Our Lady’s Grotto in Fountain at 8.30pm each evening.

GAA Fundraising Launch.
The clouds lifted just in time on Sunday last to ensure that all who attended the launch of the fundraiser in Ruan pitch was an enjoyable evening for everyone. Tubber got the better of Ruan in a challenge match, while the Ruan underage hurlers and camogie players entertained at halftime. There were refreshments afterwards and many stayed on to watch the Community Games events in which many of the children participated.

W/E 27/05/2018

posted May 23, 2018, 1:56 PM by John O'Sullivan

Local camogie players Sinead Hastings, Emily Whelan, Aoife Anderson and Kate Ford have been selected to join the Clare u14 camogie panel.  They play with Ruan Camogie Club and are looking forward to gaining more experience and meeting new friends.

Parents Association Fundraiser.
Members of the Parents Association of Toonagh School will be in Toonagh Hall on Thursday, May 31, between the hours of 9-10am, 1.45-3pm and 6.30-7.30pm so that people may leave in the bags of old, clean clothes, curtains, towels, bed linen, shoes, belts and bags. 
This is a fundraiser for the school which will help in providing various activities for the schoolchildren.

Local G.A.A. News.
Robin Mounsey and Ashley Brohan, both members of Ruan Hurling Club, were on the panel of the Clare Minor Hurling team, which played in the first round of the Munster Minor Championship against Cork on Sunday last. 
Cork got the better of Clare on the day after a game of tight scoring up the end, when Cork were victorious by 3 points.
Conal O’hainifein, a member of Ruan G.A.A. Club, who plays football with Eire Og, featured on the Clare Football team which had a victory over Limerick on Saturday evening last, scoring a point when he was brought on as a substitute. 
The Ruan under 14 Hurling team had an exciting day on Sunday - they and a number of parents, left Ruan on a bus at 8am and travelled to Crosshaven GAA Club where, at 11.30am, they played Crosshaven under 14s. The Ruan boys were delighted to come out on top on a score line of 8-5 to 3-4. They then proceeded to Pairc Ui Chaoimh to watch the Clare v Cork games and, on their way home, they stopped at Supermacs  in Mallow.  They arrived back in Ruan at 11pm, tired but having had a fabulous day out.  The children and their parents  were full of  praise for Francis Lyons and Caroline McDonnell who organised the trip. 

Scoil  Mhuire Walk.
A 6k fun run/walk will be held on Thursday, May 31 next, for Ruan School.  Registration is at the school from 5.30pm and the run/walk starts at 7pm.
All are welcome to join in the evening’s exercise in a fun atmosphere.

Recent Death.
The death has occurred of Mrs. Mary Malone (née O’Connor), Rathkeale, daughter of the late Seanie O’Connor, formerly of Ardcarney, Ruan and Rathkeale.

Mass for Exam Students.
The 10am mass in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan on Sunday, May 27, will be offered for students sitting exams around this time. 
All exam students are invited to attend this special celebration.

W/E 20/05/2018

posted May 15, 2018, 2:38 PM by John O'Sullivan

Traditional Music Class.
The traditional music classes held in Ruan Community Centre on Monday evenings are proving very popular. The classes which are held between 8.30-9.30pm aim to encourage interested teens and adults to enjoy playing popular ‘session’ tunes, with the help of an overhead projector.
All musicians are welcome. Mary Wynne @ 0863149261 has further information.

Community Games Athletics.
Ruan Community Games Athletics will be held in Ruan G.A.A. Field on this Sunday, May 20, with registration from 12 noon. The first event will be held at 12.30pm. Competitions are for boys and girls aged under eight to under sixteens and are open to call children of those ages living in the parish. 
There will also be fun activities for tiny tots and for children who are not taking part in the competitions.

BYC Youth Activities:
On next Thursday, May 17, Dr Maureen Griffin, will present a talk on Safe Internet/Social Media Usage to Imeall Boirne Youth, 1st Year to 3rd Year in Ruan Community Centre from 8.15 pm to 9.30pm. All youth from the cluster are invited to attend, and parents are asked to encourage their young people to attend the talk which will help equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary in today’s world. This talk will be followed up with a presentation for the adults of the cluster on Thursday June 7th in Ruan Community Centre.
Last Saturday morning, a large group from Ruan BYC, and their families, took part in Darkness into Light walk in Ennis to raise awareness and funds for Pieta House. It was an uplifting experience for all those who sacrificed a few hours sleep to unite with people in New York, Perth, Sydney and other far-flung places all walking for the cause.

Re-Enactment of Battle of Dysert O’Dea.
A large crowd came to Dysert in Saturday last to see a re-enactment of the Battle of Dysert O’Dea, in which local historical and dramatic groups came together to commemorate the battle which took place in 1318, when the Normans were defeated by local Clans led by Chieftain Conor O’Dea and his Allies. A number of the O’Dea family were invited to join in the ‘Battle’ and it added another dimension to the 10th International O’Dea Clan gathering, for which over 200 members converged in Clare over the past week.
Apart from the re-enactment of the battle, which was dramatised in three parts, there was a medieval pageant and various crafts on show - archery, butter-making, copper work, wood-turning, spinning and weaving, thatching and basket-making and the Crafts Class which takes place in Toonagh Hall Wednesday mornings had a stand showing their knitting and crochet work.
It was a very enjoyable day and the visitors enjoyed mingling with ‘the locals’, finding they had much in common, even though they lived in different continents.

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