Notes for May 2017

W/E 28/05/2017

posted May 23, 2017, 2:52 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated May 23, 2017, 2:54 AM ]

G.A.A. Summer Camp:
Ruan Hurling & Camogie Clubs are holding their own Summer Camp from August 22-25. The camp is for Primary School children and promises to be a great week of fun, hurling, camogie and a great way to finish off the summer holidays. 
The Registration nights will take place in Ruan GAA Field on Mon May 29th & Wed May 31st from 7.00 to 8.00. All children must be registered by May 31st at the latest. 

G.A.A. School of Excellence: 
Ruan Hurling & Camogie Clubs are running a School of Excellence from July 5-7 . It is for Secondary School students and the head coach will be leading GAA Coach Kevin Brennan. The Registration nights will take place in Ruan GAA Field on Mon May 29th & Wed May 31st from 7.00 to 8.00. All players must be registered by May 31st at the latest. 
For any other information contact a member of the organising committee: Mike Noonan, Paddy O’Halloran, Gearóid Roughan, Ellen Jones, Miriam Strand, Ann Marie O’Donoghue, Claire McDonagh or Paul Howard. 

Ruan Fun Run. 
Ruan School and its Parents Association have organised a 6km Fun Run on Thursday June 1st next. This is the 4th year of the event which has seen more competitors take part every year. It's open to all levels of fitness, and none, and people can walk, jog or run.
Registration takes place on the evening of the Run from 5.30pm or by contacting the school. It's a fun event, and refreshments will be served to all in the school afterwards.

Senior Citizens Holiday.
The annual holiday, where the Senior Citizens of the parish spend a week in Lahinch, is taking place, this year, from the 20th - 25th June.  Anyone interested in taking a place is invited to contact Sheila 0876546637 or Mary 0879776583.

Monster Bingo Nite.
The Committee of Toonagh Hall & Sports Complex is currently selling tickets for a Bingo Nite to be held in Tracy's West County Hotel on this Sat. 27th May at 8.00pm.  This fundraiser benefits the hall, only if tickets are purchased from Committee members ahead of the event, and Moira O'Loughlin, Ger Barry and Mikey Casey have all the details.

W/E 21/05/2017

posted May 16, 2017, 8:58 AM by John O'Sullivan

Monster Bingo Night.
The Committee members of Toonagh Hall & Sports Complex are currently selling tickets for a Monster Bingo Nite which will be held in Tracy's West County Hotel on Sat. 27th May at 8.00pm, as a fundraiser for the Hall and Sports Complex.
Tickets must be purchased from committee members, for the hall to benefit, as tickets bought on the door will not go towards the Hall. Moira O'Loughlin, Sinead Noonan, Mikey Casey or Ger Barry may be contacted for further details and for tickets.

Septic Tank Desludging.
Dysart Toonagh Group Water Scheme is taking part in a Desludging of Septic Tanks Programme in conjunction with the National Federation of Group Water Schemes and the E.P.A.  Initially the focus was on dwellings located within the catchment area of Ballycullinan Lake:  this has now been extended to all the Shareholders of the Scheme. 
Shareholders are being offered a reduced rate if they wish to have their septic tanks emptied as part of this programme. Further information may be had from Noel Tierney @ 0868245173.

Successful Fundraiser.
The Parents Association of Toonagh N.S. held a very successful clothes collection recently. Thanks to all who contributed to the event, the sum of €810 was raised, which will be used to the benefit of the children in the school.

Four teams took part in an u15 Camogie Blitz in Ruan G.A.A. field on Sunday last.  The Ruan girls had wins over Parteen and Whitegate and, in a very good game, lost by a point to Cratloe. The enthusiasm and sportsmanship shown by all the teams, and their mentors,  augurs well for the future of Camogie in the County.

W/E 14/05/2017

posted May 10, 2017, 2:34 PM by John O'Sullivan

First Holy Communion.
Thirteen children from Toonagh N.S. received their First Holy Communion in Dysart Church on Saturday last from Fr. Pat O'Neill. They were Jack Browne, Joseph Burns, Darragh Casey, Ella Casey, Natasha Denner, Diarmuid Hastings, Tara Lucas, Isabelle McInerney, Kate Moran, Alex O'Loughlin, Amber Roche, Lauren Roche and Julian Travers. The schoolchildren participated in all aspects of the ceremony, reading, singing and music, and the First  Communion Class displayed their art work specially prepared for the day, with their teacher Sean Eustace. 
The children and their families enjoyed a breakfast organised by the Parents Association in Toonagh Hall after the Mass, making it a memorable day for all.
The children of Scoil Mhuire, Ruan also celebrated their First Holy Communion in a beautiful ceremony at St. Mary's Church, Ruan, also with Fr. Pat, on Saturday morning. Teachers, Ms. de Brun and Ms. Corbett prepared the boys and girls, who read and sang, making it a very special occasion for them and their families.
They enjoyed refreshments in the school, afterwards, arranged by the Parents Association and the occasion was a credit to all involved.

May Devotions.
The Crowning of the Statue of Our Lady in the Grotto in Fountain will take place on Monday evening, 15th May,  after the recitation of the Rosary at 8.30pm.
The Rosary is also in Ruan Church at 7.00pm for the month of May.

Community Games.
Neasa Ni Ainifein won individual Gold at the Community Games National Finals of the u13 Cross Country on Sat. last.  She was also a member of the Clare team which won Gold on the day.

Local History Display.
The local history group which has been meeting over the winter, researching families who lived in various townlands in the parish displayed photographs and information gathered, to date, in Morty Kelly's Bar in Ruan on Tuesday night of last week.  Parishioners still living in the areas, and many who had moved elsewhere, met up to share their memories and enjoyed reminiscing over the photos.
The group is still seeking information or photos, which will be carefully scanned and returned to their owners, on the townlands of Ruan Commons (the village), Bealnalicka, Nuan, Lisduff, Caherclancy, Erinagh, Ballynagonnaghta and Kilcurrish.

W/E 07/05/2017

posted May 3, 2017, 2:02 PM by John O'Sullivan

Crafts Mornings Break.
The Craft Mornings which have been held in Toonagh Hall since Oct. last have had a very beneficial impact on the community. The group which met every Wed. morning, not only enjoyed a chat and a 'cuppa', shared tips on knitting, crochet, sewing, etc. but the €2 each person paid, over the weeks, made up a kitty which paid for paint which the local Community Employment Scheme used to paint the kitchen, hall and alley in the Complex.
The group held demonstrations on how to make Christmas wreaths, Christmas table arrangements, St. Bridget's Crosses and plant window boxes. A Banner was made for Toonagh School and Ruan/Toonagh for school and parish events. Tea Cozys and  Easter chicks were made.  Hats, blankets and baby outfits were made for a neonatal unit and, on the last day, two window boxes planted by Miriam Strand were raffled and won by Martina O'Donoghue and Mary Cahir.
The group has now taken a break until next September.

Janet Remembered.
On Saturday last, Ruan Camogie Club hosted the inaugural Janet Neilan Memorial Feile C Competition in honour of their late friend, and secretary, Janet Neilan, in Ruan G.A.A. Field.  Cratloe, The Banner and Ruan played three very competitive and sporting games, with the home team emerging as winners. 
The Neilan family presented the trophy to the Ruan joint captains, Ceara O'Grady and Eve O'Connor and it was a very enjoyable day for everyone involved.

Community Games.
The parish Community games were held in Ruan on Sat. last and the following are the results:
Girls u8 60m - 1 Molly McGibney, 2 Eryn Moroney, 3 Abby Cantillon.
Girls u8 80m - 1 Eryn Moroney, 2 Molly McGibney, 3 Abby Cantillon, 4 Emma O'Connor.
Girls u10 100m - 1 Tara Moroney, 2 Orla Cusack, 3 Blaithin Barry, 4 Sophie Haugh.
Girls u10 200m - 1 Tara Moroney, 2 Orla Cusack, 3 Blaithin Barry, 4 Ceara Punch.
Girls u12 100m  and girls u12 600m - 1 Anna Steigerwald, 2 Saoirse Barry, 3 Summer O'Brien.
Girls u12 Ball Throw - 1 Summer O'Brien, 2 Meave Casey, 3 Anna Steigerwald.
Girls u14 100m - 1 Neasa Ni Ainefein, 2 Aisling Moloney, 3 Neasa Ni Lachtnain.
Girls u14 800m - 1 Neasa Ni Ainefein, 2 Neasa Ni Lachtnain, 3 Aisling Moloney.
Girls u14 Long Puck - 1 Neasa Ni Ainefein, 2 Sinead Hastings, 3 Meave Casey, 4 Aisling Moloney.
Girls u14 Javelin - 1 Aisling Moloney, 2 Sinead Hastings, 3 Neasa Ni Ainefein, 4 Neasa Ni Lachtnain.
Girls u16 100m and  u16  1500m - 1 Rosie Ni Lachtnain.
Boys u8 60m - 1 Sam Sheehan, 2 Kevin Noonan, 3 Tomas Barry, 4 Nathan Steigerwald.
Boys u8 80m - 1 Kevin Noonan, 2 Sam Sheehan, 3 Tomas Barry, 4 Luke Curtin.
Boys u10 100m - 1 Daniel Guinnane, 2 Sean Healy, 3 Aidan O'Lachtnain, 4 Diarmuid. Hastings.
Boys u12 100m - 1 Brian O'Gorman, 2 Frankie Lyons, 3 Daragh Lecathelinais, 4 James Cullinan.
Boys u12 600m - 1 Frankie Lyons, 2 James Cullinan, 3 Daragh Lecathelinais, 4 Christian Steigerwald.
Boys u12 Ball Throw - 1 Evan O'Donoghue, 2 Diarmuid Hastings, 3 Aidan O'Lachtnain.
Boys u12 Long Puck - 1 James Cullinan, 2 Evan O'Donoghue, 3 Diarmuid Hastings, 4 Frankie Lyons.
Boys u14 100m - 1 Jamie Cantillon, 2 Darren Punch, 3 Darren Saunders, 4 David Droney.
Boys u14 800m - 1 Jamie Cantillon, 2 David Droney, 3 Darren Punch.
Ryan Power and Jason Power came 1st in the boys u16 100m, 200m and 1500m respectively.
Besides the competitive games, the County finals of which will be held in Lee's Road on June 11th next, there were a number of races which generated great fun and  excitement among those who participated, making the day a very enjoyable family day for all who attended.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Val Hogan, Morrissey Avenue, Ennis, husband of Joan Galvin, formerly of Ruan.

Tractor Run
The Tractor Run which was held on Easter Sunday to raise funds for the supply and maintenance of grass cutting equipment,  used in  the parish graveyards and the village and surrounding areas, was a huge success with €3,265 raised, plus €400 from Toormore Residents and €550 fro Hazelgrove Residents.
The Tidy Towns Committee appreciates the support of all involved in organising and taking part in the event.

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.

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