Notes for May 2016

W/E 29/05/2016

posted May 23, 2016, 8:36 AM by John O'Sullivan

Fun Run.
The family fun run, which has become an annual event for Ruan N. S., takes place on Thurs. 2nd June at 7pm. The route is 6km and participants can run, jog, walk or cycle on the evening. Refreshments will be served in the school afterwards and all levels of fitness are welcome.

Senior Citizens Holiday.
The summer holiday in Lahinch, for Senior Citizens of this parish, has been organised from 27th July to 1st August. Names of those interested in going should be given to Mary (6837989) or Sheila (6837717).
Those who have gone on previous times have been treated royally for the week and entertainment has been thoroughly enjoyed and friendships renewed, making it a week to look forward to over the summer.

Tidy Towns.
The Tidy Towns Committee is urging people to put up their window boxes and do all they can to enhance Ruan and its surroundings, as the annual judging for Tidy Towns will be happening soon.
The support of the local community is vital in making the village and its environs a pleasant place to live and also to ensure it does well in the competition this year.

Toonagh School Book Sale.
Toonagh School Parents Association is holding a book sale on Thurs. June 9th.  They are looking for donations of children's and adult's books, and Toonagh Hall will be open on June 2nd and June 8th to receive books. Monies raised will go towards school supplies.

People who wish to be included for tickets for upcoming Clare games are required to be members of Ruan G.A.A. Club.
The deadline for inclusion is 31st May.  Niall O'Connor, Club Registrar or any Club member will have details.

W/E 22/05/2016

posted May 17, 2016, 12:23 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated May 17, 2016, 12:26 AM ]

Community Games Swimming.
The County finals of Community Games swimming were held on Friday last and Sarah Cantillon from Dysart will be representing the County at the All Ireland finals to be held in Athlone in August, having won Gold in Butterfly swimming.  Her brother, Jamie, came 4th in Breaststroke.  
Others from the parish who swam very well were Julien Travers, Diarmaid Hastings, Sinead Hastings and Emma Cantillon.

Fr. Pat O'Neill administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to thirteen children from Toonagh School on Sat. morning in St. Tola's Church.  
Ellen Barry, Ryan Bliss, Shane Bliss, Jamie Cantillon, Nhi Marrinan, Jack McDonagh, Darragh McInerney, Jamie Moore-Quinlivan, Grace Mulqueen, Molly O'Donoghue, Claire O'Gorman, Sarahjane O'Halloran and Ciara Rees with their families and friends had a beautiful ceremony. The children sang, read prayers and played music which lifted the spirits of all who attended.

The children from Ruan School were also confirmed by Fr. Pat in St. Mary's Church, Ruan on Saturday afternoon.
They were Sarah Quinn, Molly Parnell, Maria Jones, Áíne Shannon, Ylonah Gadd, Gráinne Wynne, Hannah Halpin Fitzpatrick, Chloe Callinan Queally, Katie Duson, Chloe Malone, Róise Ní Lachtnaín, Emma Kelly, Fionn Lyons, Kealan Mounsey, Thomas O'Halloran, Jamie Neilan, Ryan Power, Danny Saunders, Conor Foley and Jason Power.
Afterwards the Parents Association laid on refreshments for the children and their families in the school. It was a memorable day for all those who were confirmed on the day.

W/E 15/05/2016

posted May 9, 2016, 1:00 PM by John O'Sullivan

Crowning of Our Lady.
On this Sat., the 14th May, the statue of Our Lady in the Grotto at Fountain will be crowned, after the rosary, at 8.30pm.
The local community gathers every evening at that time to recite the Rosary together and all are welcome.

Apostolic Works Society.
The local Apostolic Works Society held its annual display of work in Ruan Community Centre. Through the past year the members have been busy knitting, sewing, making crochet pieces, embroidering vestments, making rosary beads and planting up pots of flowers. Many people donated sacred vessels and raffle prizes and the honorary members also contributed.
On the day the display was visited by the local community and by members of Apostolic Societies around the county, including Mary Duggan from Bridgetown, President of the Apostolic Society, and tea was provided to all.
Monies collected, and the sacred vessels go directly to the Missions to help educational and medical needs and the support of all who contributed is very much appreciated.

Trip to Tipp!
The Ruan u12 panel enjoyed a great day out recently when they, and their team mentors, travelled by bus to play Burgess GAA Club u12 in a challenge match.  After a closely contested game they continued on to Thurles where they watched the Clare v Waterford drawn game in the League final.
It was a very enjoyable and exciting day out for all who travelled.

Alzheimer's Tea-Day.
This annual fundraising event was held in Ruan Community Centre recently, when Martha Casey & Mary O'Donnell hosted a very successful tea morning.
With generous donations of home baking, plenty of tea and coffee, all who attended enjoyed the get-together and €200 was raised for this worthy cause.   

Recent Death.
The death took place, recently, of Frank O'Halloran of Lisduff, Ruan, at his home. Frank was born and raised on the family farm in Lisduff and worked all his life on the land, until he became ill almost three years ago. His passions in life, apart from his family, were the land, nature and mementos of the past, he valued vintage and took part in vintage tractor runs with his Massey Ferguson.  He was a valued member of the local History Group.
He loved to travel and prior to his illness he had travelled to many countries.
His remains reposed in St. Mary's Church, Ruan and following concelebrated Requiem Mass he was laid to rest in the adjoining graveyard.  
The newly renovated kitchen in the local Community Centre was a hive of activity on both days, as locals provided refreshments to all who gathered from near and far to reminisce and recollect memories they had of times with Frank.
Frank is survived by his wife, Frances, sons Vincent and Michael, daughter Helen, sister Florence Hill, daughter in law, son in law, grandchildren, extended family and friends

W/E 08/05/2016

posted May 2, 2016, 10:29 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated May 9, 2016, 1:01 PM ]

Wedding Bells.
The wedding took place, on Saturday last, of Aine Courtney, daughter of Paddy and the late Sarah Courtney of Ballygriffey, Ruan and James Murphy, son of Joe and the late Bridie Murphy of Tulla, at St. Mary's Church, Ruan, with Fr. Pat O'Neill, Celebrant.
Bridesmaids were Olivia O'Toole, Audrey Courtney, Shannen Courtney and  Rachel Murphy.
Bestmen were Christopher Courtney, Sean Lavery, Shane Murphy and Damian Murphy. Shauna Murphy and Aoibhinn O'Toole were flowergirls.
The reception was held in The Lady Gregory Hotel in Gort.

W/E 01/05/2016

posted Apr 25, 2016, 8:45 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Apr 25, 2016, 1:39 PM ]

Wedding Bells.
The wedding took place, on Friday last, of Oliver Foudy and Meabhdh Hanley at the Church of the Assumption & St. James, in Claregalway. Oliver is a son of Michael & Rosemary Foudy, Ballygriffey North, Ruan and Meabhdh is the only daughter of Micheal & Geraldine Hanley, Carranmore, Claregalway.  Fr. Ian O'Neill was celebrant.
Bestmen were Eddie Casey and Ruairi Carey and Bridesmaids were Laura Hanley and Shelley Coss.   Teagan Foudy and Aoibhe Ni Liathain were flowergirls and pageboy was Michael Cahir.   The reception was held in The Claregalway Hotel.

May Devotions.
The traditional May Devotions will take place at Our Lady's Grotto in Fountain every evening at 8.30pm during the month of May, when the Rosary will be recited.  On Sat. 14th May the statue of Our Lady will be crowned and hymns will be sung.

Water Scheme Meeting
The A.G.M of Dysart/Toonagh Group Water Scheme will be held in Toonagh Hall on this Thurs. eve. at 8.30pm.  All members of the scheme are Shareholders and are entitled to have a say in the running of the scheme, and the A.G.M. provides an opportunity to share views and discuss the future of the scheme. 
 Joe Gallagher of the National Federation of Group Water Schemes will attend and will address any issues shareholders may have in relation to subsidies, grants and Irish water. All Shareholders are invited to attend.
The Board of Management of the Scheme at present are: Ronan Mulqueen, Chairman; Pat O'Reilly, Secretary ; Michael Gillespie, Treasurer;  Board Members are Michael O'Brien, Michael Strand, Ger Barry, Paul Girr and Fr. Pat O'Neill.

Clothes Collection.
Due to the success of the last clothes collection held in early Spring by Toonagh School Parents Association, it was decided to hold another one on Thursday, 5th May.  People will be at Toonagh Hall from 9-10am, 1.45-3pm and 6.30-7.30pm to take in bags of clothing and sheets, pillowcases, duvet covers, shoes, bags, belts, etc. 
Anyone who would like bags to be collected from them may contact the school or any of the parents.

Alzheimer's Tea Day.
Thursday 5th May is Alzheimer's Tea Day and like parishes all over the country, this parish will host a Tea morning in Ruan Community Centre from 10am to 1.00pm and the organisers would greatly appreciate the support of the community in their efforts to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association.
A new Alzheimer's Daycare Centre and offices are now located in the grounds of Cahercalla Community Hospital and people are invited to call in there on Wed. 4th May for a cuppa and also to have a look around at the facilities, for which much of the funding has come from ordinary people supporting their Tea Days.

Community Games.
On this Sat. 30th April the local Community Games will take place in Ruan GAA field at 2pm. 
All the athletic events are open to children u8 to u16 who are living in the parish.  There will also be fun and extra games for tiny tots.

W/E 31/05/2015

posted May 25, 2015, 7:18 AM by John O'Sullivan


Fr. Pat O'Neill administered Confirmation to children from both schools in the parish at the weekend. On Saturday in Dysart Church Aoife McInerney, Lisa Whelan, Tierna Casey, Eimear O'Loughlin, Sadie Keane, Aoife Meere, Kate O'Halloran and Conor Corcoran from Toonagh N.S. and on Sunday morning in Ruan Church Cian Cassidy, Niall Foley, Patrick Mulqueen, Sean LeCathelinais, Shane Punch, Aisling Murray, Amy O'Donoghue, Chloe Greene and Niamh d'Abreu received the Sacrament.
The children, helped by their teachers and Fr. Pat, ensured that it was a very special celebration for themselves and their families, with their participation in readings, singing, music, Offertory procession and Art work marking their rite of passage onto another chapter in their lives.

Induction Day.

Toonagh N.S. will hold an Induction Day for parents and their Junior Infant children  who will be starting in Toonagh this coming September on Fri. 5th June next, when they can meet teachers and be familiar with the school before the 'Big Day'.

Tidy Towns.

This year's Tidy Town Competition is imminent and people are being asked by the local Tidy Town's organisation to do their bit to make the village, estates and their environs look their best for the summer months in keeping them litter and weed free. People who put up hanging baskets and window boxes are also being encouraged to do so as soon as possible so that everything will be ship-shape when the competition gets underway.


Ruan School Fun Run takes place on Thursday 4th June at 7p.m. Pre registration available at school and on evening from 5.30pm. This has become an annual event with people of all fitness levels running,  and with families walking the course, and refreshments will be served afterwards.

W/E 24/05/2015

posted May 18, 2015, 6:41 AM by John O'Sullivan

Alzheimer's Tea Day.
Mary O'Donnell and Martha Casey hosted the Alzheimer's Tea Day in Ruan Community Centre recently. 
The ladies are grateful to all who supported the fundraiser which brought in €318, and this has been forwarded to the Clare branch of the Alzheimer Association, as all monies raised in Clare stay in the county to help alleviate the plight of families affected by Alzheimer's.

Minor Hurling.
Ruan under 14's had a good win over Clooney Quin in this Championship recently. They played Wolfe Tones in the quarter final at the weekend when they were, unfortunately, beaten by one point.  Ruan was missing two key players, due to illness, but despite that it was a very well contested game, played in Shannon.
Ruan boys now focus on their participation in Feile na nGael which will be held in Down in June.
The under 10's and under 8's took part in a blitz in Tubber where they played Tubber, Ennistymon and Sixmilebridge. The under 10's played Ennistymon and Eire Og recently in Ennistymon.
Both age groups attend training in Ruan pitch two evenings each week and it's heartening to see large numbers coming.

Recent Death.
The death has occurred, recently, of Tim O'Connell of Crusheen, father of Anne Shannon, Bealacana, Ruan.

Confirmation takes place in Dysart on this Sat., 23rd May, at 12 noon for the children of Toonagh N. S. 
and in Ruan on Sun. 24th May at 10.00am for the children of Ruan N. S.

W/E 17/05/2015

posted May 11, 2015, 12:33 PM by John O'Sullivan

Munster Championship.

Clare will take on Limerick in the Munster Hurling championship on Sunday May 24th in Thurles and the previous evening in Ennis in the Munster Football championship.

Tickets for these games including a dual ticket package option for both games are available through a number of outlets including on line at ; at selected Centra stores including Lynch’s (formerly Sheils) on the Gort Rd or for club members through the club by contacting club secretary Kevin O’Regan or club treasurer John O’Sullivan. 


Recent Deaths.

  Eileen Moroney (nee Roche), Hazelgrove, Ruan,  passed away peacefully at her home on May 2nd on her 91st birthday. 

Originally from Lavalla, Ballynacally, Eileen worked as a Psychiatric Nurse in Our Lady's Hospital, Ennis, where she met the love of her life, her late husband, Simon and they came to live in Ruan in 1975. They settled into their community where Eileen, a devout woman, became actively involved in church activities and she was a founding member of Ruan Apostolic Society. She and Simon, who were married for sixty years at the time of his death, enjoyed set dancing and traditional Irish music.

Eileen is remembered with great fondness by patients and colleagues from Our Lady's - she was instrumental in setting up a stimulating programme in the Occupational Therapy Unit in the hospital.

Age held no limits for Eileen, she learned to drive at the age of fifty, and to swim at seventy, and was a familiar figure on her daily walks around Ruan well into her eighties. 

Her removal took place from her home to Ruan Church and, following requiem mass, she was laid to rest in the adjoining graveyard. Eileen will be missed by her six daughters, extended family and friends.

The death also occurred of Kitty O'Connell, nee Hogan, of Drumgloon, Barefield and formerly of Ruan, of Maureen Leonard of Dublin, mother of Edel Bluett, Dysart and Philomena Bohan, nee Flanagan, sister of Martin Flanagan, Ballygriffey, Ruan.

Annual Retreat.

Twenty Seven Confirmation Children from Toonagh, Ruan and Crusheen National Schools travelled to Knock with Fr. Pat O'Neill and adult helpers last week, on what has now become, an annual retreat day.

They visited the Basilica which has been newly renovated and the museum and enjoyed their outing.

W/E 10/05/2015

posted May 4, 2015, 12:16 PM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated May 4, 2015, 12:29 PM ]

Wedding Bells.
Orla Foudy and Steven Heffernan returned home from Perth, Western Australia to celebrate their wedding with family and friends at St. Tola's Church, Dysart on Friday last, with Fr. Pat O'Neill, Celebrant. Orla is the daughter of Michael and Rosemary Foudy of Ballygriffey North, Ruan and Steven is a son of Jimmy and Annette Heffernan of Newtowncommons, New Ross, Co. Wexford. Steven's brother was Bestman and Groomsmen were Andrew Rae and Dermot Cashin. Bridesmaids were Marie Reidy, Jenny Griffin and Alanna Morgan and Flowergirl was Teagan Foudy, the Bride's niece. 
A Guard of Honour from the New Ross hurling Club, where Steven played hurling, greeted the Bride and Groom as they exited the Church.  The reception was held in The Inn at Dromoland. 
The happy couple will return to Perth after a short honeymoon in Kerry.

There is a great turnout at the under 8 training which takes place in the local hurling field on Mondays and Thursday's at 6.30pm.
Both Ruan and Clonlara have qualified to represent Clare in Feile na nGael which will take place in Down over the weekend of June 20th next.  
Ruan defeated Eire Og in the semi final and Clonlara beat Ruan in the final, however they both go through, and are looking forward to the experience.

The death has occurred, following a long illness, of Janet Neilan, nee Hynes, of Tullyodea, Ruan, a young mother, which has saddened the whole community. Janet was an 'all-rounder' - she and her husband, Patrick, worked on the family farm, she was an accomplished cook and gardener. She loved sport, and her children's participation in hurling and camogie with their local Ruan Club, brought her great joy. She was a willing voluntary worker for the school, parish and the sports clubs. She also had a great interest in traditional music and dancing , and her family, neighbours and friends ensured her Funeral mass reflected the passion she had for life. 
Greeting the funeral cortège as it entered Ruan Village were Guards of Honour from Colaiste Muire, Ennis and Ruan  Camogie Club.  Janet was laid to rest in Ruan Graveyard. She is survived by her husband, Patrick, daughters Laura and Eimear, son, Jamie, mother Maura, extended family and friends.

W/E 03/05/2015

posted Apr 27, 2015, 6:45 AM by John O'Sullivan

Wild Atlantic Way Cycle

30 cyclists from the Burren Cycling Club including local Ruan cyclists Anthony O’Halloran, Richard Casey, Michael Daffy and Kevin O’Regan,  will complete the entire 2,300km of the Wild Atlantic Way from the tip (Kinsale) to the top (Derry) over the course of 5 days from Thurs Apr 30th to Mon May 4th. The McCullough family, Breda, Brendan and Conrad from Dysart will also cycle in parts of the relay on the route and are delighted to be part of the challenge.  Each day consists of a approx 500km relay to be completed by 5 relay teams in sequence with the first team leaving at 6am each morning.

The relay team cycling each day’s final leg will complete it in the dark. It is a enomorous logisitical undertaking between cyclists, drivers, team cars and food stops and you might wonder why are they doing it.....”because it’s there”.

In fact the Burren Cycling club will be the first to take on the challenge to cycle the Wild Atlantic Way from “tip to top”.       

First Holy Communion.

On Saturday last Fr. Pat O'Neill administered the sacrament of First Holy Communion to children from Toonagh N. S. in Dysart Church. They were Barry Whelan, Brendan O'Halloran, James O'Sullivan, Brian O'Gorman, Aoibheann Roughan, Eilis Strand, Paul Bliss (P.J.), Roisin Cotter, Christian Cummins, Cillian McInerney, Dara McDonagh, Roisin Finucane, Emma Finucane, Daniel McInerney, Cathal Hastings and Amy Gibbons. 

In Ruan Church, on Sunday morning it was the turn of children from Ruan N. S. - Jake Sheehan, Ben Kelly, Adam Quirke, Oisin d'Abreu, Chloe O'Loughlin, Ella Forde, Emma Masterson, Isabelle Maleady, Katelin O'Loughlin and Rebecca Meaney. 

On each day the children read, played music, sang and brought up the gifts, making it a memorable occasion for all in attendance and credit goes to the children, their parents and teachers for their participation in the ceremony.

The Parents Associations of both schools laid on breakfast for everyone afterwards.

Alzheimer's Tea Day.

This year Alzheimer's Tea Day takes place on Thursday 7th May next. It will take place in Ruan Community Centre from 9.30 am to 12 noon on the day, with home baking and all are invited to support this worthy cause.

All funds raised in Clare are used in the county to alleviate the plight of families affected by Alzheimer's disease.

May Devotions.

The rosary will be recited every evening for the month of May at Our Lady's Grotto in Fountain at 8.30p.m., starting this Fri.  

On Thurs. 14th May the Crowning of the statue of Our Lady will take place, with the community gathering in the special way it has since the Grotto was erected 22 years ago.

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