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W/E 06/05/2018

posted May 11, 2018, 10:20 AM by John O'Sullivan
Award for Teach Spraoi.
Teach Spraoi, the Toonagh preschool, run by Nora Custy, entered their garden in the Community pop-up section at the Ennis Garden Festival. The theme this year was ‘Gardening For Mental Wellbeing’, and the brief laid down to schools’ who entered was to interpret “Gardeners’ Friends’ Garden”. Teach Spraoi set up an interactive sensory garden, where worms, butterflies, ladybirds and honey bees are ‘best friends’ and the children are ‘best friends’ as they plant, water, talk nice to the plants and weed the garden.  With great help from the parents, the children were encouraged to plant in the Dome at the preschool in February, and given the slow growth that has taken place this year, they had to have great patience and look after the seedlings very well.  Their hard work paid off and, with great delight, they’ve seen their seedlings sprout in recent days.
When they entered the competition the garden had to be inspected, then they had to take it into the show on Sunday last.  Gary Graham from Bloom was very impressed with the children’s efforts and everyone was thrilled and delighted when they were awarded first prize in the Schools’ section.
Nora  appreciates the help they received from parents who gave of their time and ideas for the garden, and the preschool and after-school children who enthusiastically looked after it.

First Holy Communion.
First Holy Communion was celebrated in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan on Saturday last.  The theme of the ceremony centered on “God’s Beautiful World”.  Fr. Pat O’Neill facilitated a beautiful ceremony with the children - Isabella Baxter, Luke Curtis, Orla Cusack, Jack Duson, Paige Linnane, Molly McGibney, Emma O’Connor, Ross O’Connor, Anna O’Halloran, Ciaran Parnell, Gerard C. Queally, Isabel Ryan and Sam Sheehan. He encouraged the children and their parents to be active in the life of the church and to be present at mass as much as possible. 
 All the children participated in singing, reading and prayers and were ably prepared by Ms. de Bruin and Ms. Corbett. The choir was led by Ms. Ni  Chonaighle. Mr. Lyons, Principal and Assumpta, school secretary were also thanked for their help and support with the ceremony. The Parents Association laid on a fabulous tea in the school afterwards. It was a memorable and very happy day for all who participated.

Wedding Bells.
On Saturday last, in St. Tola’s Church, Dysart, Sinead, daughter of John and Mary Cotter of Knockreagh, Maurice’s Mills married John,  son of the late James and Mary Whelan of Barefield, Ennis.  Bridesmaid was Noelle Cotter and Bestman was Aidan Whelan.  The reception was held at The Bellbridge Hotel, Spanish Point. 

Fundraiser for Zara.
Local girl, Zara Cronin, from Dysart and a pupil at Toonagh National School, was recently diagnosed with a rare condition, Ehlers Danilo’s syndrome, which is a genetic connective tissue disorder, and she is currently in a wheelchair.   Zara is on a waiting list to attend the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dublin.  Her mother, Ann O’Gorman, and friends of the family, have embarked on a fundraising campaign to help defray costs which Zara will incur in travelling to London for a specialist MRI and for further treatments. The local community has gotten fully behind her cause, as Zara has touched the hearts of everyone whom she’s ever come into contact with, she’s a happy, content girl with a positive outlook, which has gained her many friends of all ages.  
There’s a huge night planned for Treacy’s Hotel on Friday, May 4, from 8pm, when ‘Twice Shy’ will provide music, followed by a disco. Tickets are available locally, and from Donnellan’s Centra, Loughville, Minihan’s Centra, Corofin and Lynch’s Centra, Gort Road, Ennis.