Notes for November 2016
Ruan GAA Minor Club AGM
Ruan Camogie AGM
End of an Era.
Michael Moloney, proprietor of The Dalcassian, pulled his last pint on the premises, in recent weeks, signalling an end to fifty five years in business, forty eight years in Ruan and, before that, seven years in training. Michael and his late wife, Teresa, as a young couple with vision and an entrepreneurial spirit set about building up a business that was well known, even beyond the county. They not only had a grocery and light hardware business, but supplied farmers with fertiliser, sand and gravel, animal feeds and solid fuels. They also continued the pub business, previously known as McGann's, and in the 80's people came from far and wide, following groups which played there at the weekends.
Teresa also ran the local Post Office, until her untimely death and the premises was a hub and a hive of activity in its time and it heralds the end of an era in the village as its doors closed for the last time, as the family has moved on in their own chosen careers and Michael decided to retire from the business.
It is hoped that, sometime in the future, someone with the same vision and entrepreneurship and hardworking spirit that spurred Michael and Teresa to see the potential in the business, may take it over and inject a vibrancy back into the life of the area.
The death has taken place of Michael Hehir of Ennis, brother of Noreen Cummins of Erinagh, Fountain.
Ruan Tidy Towns & Graveyard maintenance group is running a Christmas Fair again this year, to raise much needed funds to help it continue to keep the village and the four graveyards in the parish maintained to the high standards they have reached in recent years. Ruan came second in Clare in its category in this year's Tidy Towns competition and with the support of the community the group hopes to continue to keep the village and surrounding areas pleasing to residents and visitors alike.
The group would welcome donations of cakes, home produce, vegetables, fowl, timber, turf, animal fodder, farm equipment, books, children's toys, new or good quality used clothing, etc. for the Fair which takes place on Sunday, 6th Dec., next.
Ruan Community Centre.
The 10am gatherings on Tuesday mornings in the local Community Centre is proving a great success - a place for the community to meet for a chat and a cuppa, in warm, and pleasant surroundings. Ideas are discussed and, from the discussions, things are happening - this week Rosie McMahon gave an introductory gentle yoga session, and, should sufficient numbers be interested, she will run a series of classes - Rosie's mob. is 0864547827.
John Conroy, a fitness coach with the H.S.E., who travels all over the county giving classes to over 50's, will also be coming one Tuesday soon, to talk about "Exercise for Fun" and show people that they can exercise, no matter what level of fitness they may have.
Schools Cross Country.
Blaithin Barry, Tara Moroney, Emma Masterson and Cliodhna Jones representing Ruan/Toonagh Schools, came third at the Clare Cross Country finals held in Lee's Road last week.
The A.G.M. of Ruan Camogie Club was held last week. The outgoing Chairperson, Anne O'Regan and outgoing P.R.O. Brid McNamara were thanked for their work with the Club over the past year. Mary Hickey O'Brien was elected Secretary, Mary Wynne and Mary Strand, Treasurers, Carmel O'Dea Mahoney, Child Officer and Niamh Ni Mhuiri, Registrar.
The posts of Chairperson, vice-Chairperson and P.R.O. remain unfilled. In order for the Club to remain viable for the year ahead, the Club needs support, and anyone willing to fill the vacant positions are asked to contact any club officer.
Black Tie Ball
Adam Quirke, son of Jason & Noelle, who attends Ruan N. S. was on hand to welcome guests to the Black Tie Ball in Dromoland Castle recently. Adam also attends the Clare Crusaders Clinic in Barefield and he was delighted to be given this opportunity, where he also introduced special guest, Ann Doyle, former R.T.E. Newsreader.
Cheoil an Gheimhridh.
Local musician, Tierna Casey, is a member of an u13 quartet, comprising Eileen and Eoin Costello and Lily Price, which is going on to represent Clare at the Munster finals in Feb. of next year, after their performance in Cois na hAbhna on Sunday last, representing Clarecastle/Ballyea Ceomhaltais.
Shona O'Halloran from Dysart, won the solo reed competition, u17, and came 2nd in a duet, u17, with Roisin Clancy from Tubber.
Funds for Clare Crusaders.
Shane O'Loughlin from Kilcurrish, recently ran in the Dublin City Marathon to raise funds for the Clare Crusaders Clinic in Barefield, which caters for children with special needs, covering a wide area.
Thanks to all those who supported Shane, the sum of €1,200 was raised and is very much appreciated by the Clinic.
A meeting will be held in the Parochial house in Ruan on this Thurs. eve 12th Nov. at 7.30pm when anyone interested in having Eucharistic Adoration in Dysart Church is invited.
Those already involved in it in Ruan Church are also welcome, and a Eucharistic Adoration team will be on hand to offer advice and assistance.
Adam at The Ball.
On Friday last, local boy, Adam Quirke from Ruan welcomed guests to The Black Tie Ball in Dromoland Castle.
Adam attends the Clare Crusaders Clinic, which hosted the event, and he was delighted to be given the opportunity, where he also introduced the special guest, Ann Doyle, former newsreader with RTE, who acted as M.C. for the occasion.
The wedding took place last week of Patrick, son of Eileen & Tom Roughan of Kilcurrish, Fountain and Maura, daughter of Eileen & Kevin Barry of Killeedy, Co. Limerick in Ashford Church. Celebrant was Fr. John Keating, assisted by Fr. Pat O'Neill. Bestman was Gearoid Roughan and Groomsmen were Darragh and Brian, the groom's three brothers.
Bridesmaids were Noreen Barry, Lorraine Doyle and Sheila Dore. Muireann Barry was flowergirl. The reception was held in The Listowel Arms Hotel.
NOTICE of Ruan GAA AGM 2015
Club members are invited to submit nominations for club officers and executive committee members to Runai - Kevin O’Regan in advance of the meeting.
Blessing of Graves.
Fr. Pat O'Neill was joined by large crowds on Monday, All Souls Day, in Ruan, and later in Dysart Graveyard for Mass and blessings of graves. The autumnal sunshine was welcomed by all who were able to take part in prayers for families and friends who have died. The work of the local Rural Resource Group which keeps the graveyards in the parish neat and easily assessable for all is to be highly commended.
The death has occurred, in England, of Kitty Kearney, sister of Claire McMahon, Ruan.
Call for a Cuppa.On Tuesday mornings, at 10am, there will be a cup of tea/coffee and a chat in Ruan Community Centre. All are welcome.
Ruan Community Centre.
The kitchen and meeting rooms in the Community Centre in Ruan have been refurbished and are now open to be used by the community. The local Rural Resource Group, with some local tradesmen, have used their varied skills to put in a new kitchen which is fully operational and a warm and bright meeting room with new chairs.
The facilities must be pre-booked with one of the following - Fr. Pat O'Neill, 0862612124; Mary O'Halloran, 0872057019 or Senan Coughlan, 0864475400.
Trip to Croke Park.
Piaras O'Se from Ballygriffey, Ruan recently won a trip to Croke Park for forty children and ten parents from his local G.A.A. Club, sponsored by Centra. On Monday, 19th Oct. last they left Lynch's Centra in Ennis, accompanied by two Centra employees, Mary & Catherine, armed with their hurleys, boots and helmets and a healthy goodie bag each. On arrival they were met by their guide, Morgan, who looked after them for the day.
They met county and inter county players, including Pat Donnellan, Conor Lehane and, retired great, Henry Shefflin, who joined them in a training session on the hallowed grounds of Croke Park.
They were treated to lunch and having played games and done some souvenir shopping, they returned tired but thrilled with their day's outing.
Blessing of Graves.
On Mon., 2nd Nov. blessing of the graves will take place in Ruan at 10am and in Dysart at 11am, and on Sat. 7th Nov. in Kyle at 11am and Kilcross at 12 noon.
The death has taken place, in Canada, of Eileen Marchildon, sister of the late Paddy (the Red) Crowe, late of Drummina, Dysart.
Confirmation Enrolment Night.
The children, from the Imeall Boirne Parishes, who will make their Confirmation next year, with their parents, are expected to attend the Confirmation enrolment night to be held in Ruan Church in Fri. 13th Nov. next, at 8pm.
Minor Club Meeting.
A very important meeting of the underage club will be held in Ruan Community on Thurs. 4th Nov., next to put in place mentors for the next year.
The Minor Club A.G.M. will then be held the following week.
Anyone interested in helping out with the underage team is invited to contact Claire McDonagh, Sec. at 0870547646.
Christmas Sale of Work
A Christmas sale of work will be held in Ruan on Sunday 7th December after 10 a.m. Mass to raise much needed funds for the Tidy Towns and graveyards maintenance. On sale will be timber/turf/cakes/Christmas flower arrangements & decorations/2nd hand designer clothes/books/bric a brac, face painting for the children – something for everybody.
Donations are needed of all of these items.
Contact Linda Hogan on 086 8748845 or Mary O’Donnell on 087 9776583, the support of the community will be much appreciated.
On the Catwalk for Camogie.
Niamh Lawton, Eimear Neilan, Sandra O'Halloran and Louise McDonnell from Ruan Camogie Club will join models from other camogie clubs in Clare to take to the Catwalk at Treacy's West County Hotel on this Sat. 22nd Nov., at 7.30p.m. to raise funds for Clare Camogie development of "Fr. McNamara Camogie Park".
They will showcase style available in shops in The Banner County and they would welcome support.
Tickets may be had from Eimear at 0873143893.
The death has taken place of Maureen Hume (nee Hayes), wife of the late George, of Pine Grove, Ennis and formerly of Cappinakella, Dysart. Removal took place from Kennedy's Funeral Home to St. Tola's Church, Dysart, and following requiem Mass, she was laid to rest in Dysart Graveyard.
She is survived by her daughters Valerie and Mary, stepson, Norman, brothers, Morty and Gerry, nephews, extended family and friends.
Senior Citizens Christmas Party.
Final arrangements are now being made for the annual Christmas Party which will be held on Sun. 7th Dec., next. Music, singing and dancing will follow the festive dinner which will be served at 2 p.m., and this is an open invitation to all Senior Citizens of the parish to come and enjoy the day.
Dromore Woods Walks.
Walks have started back in Dromore Woods every Mon., Wed. and Fri. at 8.00p.m.
Walkers meet at the entrance to the woods and all levels of fitness are welcome to come and enjoy the evening's exercise.
Toonagh N.S. Parents Association.
The parents and friends of Toonagh N.S. came up trumps recently, when they contributed to the Clothes Collection organised by the Parents Association.
€610 was raised and this will go towards educational supplies for the school, and the support of the community is very much appreciated.
Clare Crusaders fundraiser.
Local man, Shane O'Loughlin, who ran his first marathon on the Oct. Bank holiday weekend in Dublin, is extremely grateful for the generosity of those who supported him. He raised almost €600 for the Clare Crusaders Clinic in Barefield.
Winter training for the Ruan u14s takes place on Wed. nights in Lees Road All Weather Pitch and on Sat mornings at Ruan hurling wall. There is a great turn out of players at the sessions which are overseen by Paul Howard, Cyril Lyons and Killian Ryan.
Coaches from the Minor and Senior Clubs recently participated in a "strength and conditioning" training course given by Kelvin Harold, Clare G.A.A. Coach, organised by Francis O'Halloran.
The A.G.M. of Ruan Hurling Club will take place in the Community Centre, Ruan at 4p.m. on Sun. 7th Dec. next.
Club members are invited to submit nominations for club officers and executive committee members to Runai, Kevin O'Regan, in advance of this meeting.
The death has taken place of Martin (Martie) Whelan, Mollaneen, Dysart and late of Dromelihy, Cree, peacefully, at his home, in the care of his family. Martin and his family returned from England in 1980 and settled back in Clare. He was well known in the building trade, having worked for many years with Brian McCarthy, Builders. He was a gentle, hardworking man.
Martin's remains were removed from his house in Dromelihy to St. Mary's Church, Cree, and, following concelebrated requiem mass, he was laid to rest in Clohanes Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Chris, daughter, Margaret, son, Martin, brother,Michael, sisters,Mary, Rita and Anne, grandchildren, son in law, Derek, Marie, extended family and friends.
Blessing of Graves.
Fr. Pat O'Neill will bless the graves in Kyle graveyard at 10.00a.m. and Kilcross at 11.30a.m. on this Sat, 15th Nov.
New CD from, The Trí-Tones
The Ennis Trad Fest which is being held this coming weekend will see the launch of a new CD from the Tri-Tones, in the Old Ground Hotel, at 7.00p.m.
This new traditional music group features Tara Breen on fiddle, Conor Moriarty, accordion and Stephen Rooney on guitar and vocals.
Tara is a well known musician from Ruan, currently playing with The Chieftains, among other musical ensembles, and she has just returned from a tour in Italy. Conor Moriarty hails from Co. Kerry, and is no stranger to great music, with several recordings to his name. Stephen Rooney is from Co. Down, and was a member of Tara’s last band, Cirrous.
Guest musicians on the new CD are, Jim Higgins, percussion, Ciara McCrickard, vocals, Sean Óg Graham, bass, and James Blennerhasset on bass.
Christmas Sale of Work.
Ruan Tidy Town & Graveyard Committee is holding a Christmas Sale of Work on Sun. 7th Dec. next in Ruan Community Centre after 10.00a.m. Mass. To organise this fundraising venture, from which it is hoped to raise much needed funds to maintain the village and parish graveyards to a high standard, an open meeting will be held in the Community Centre on this Thurs night. 6th Nov. at 9p.m.
The organisers would hope that people would come to this meeting to volunteer to help with the event.
On the day bags of timber, cakes, flower arrangements, books and bric a brac will be on sale, and anyone who can make donations of the above will also be very welcome.
Returning to Missionvale.
John O'Sullivan from Hazelgrove, Ruan is making a return journey, in January of next year, to Missionvale, the project set up by Sr. Ethel Normoyle. This will be John's fourth trip to the South African Township and he is currently holding a Christmas draw to aid the project. Tickets will be on sale shortly, and the support of the community will be very much appreciated.
The recent meeting to organise the reopening of Toonagh Hall was postponed, and has been rescheduled to take place in the Hall on next Wed. 12th Nov. at 9p.m. Any individuals and representatives of groups wishing to use the hall and sports complex over the winter must attend.
Imeall Boirne Mission.
The Imeall Boirne Cluster Mission is being held all this week. On this Thursday night at 8p.m. the theme of the Mission being held in Corofin is "Aspire to the future/Shoulder to Shoulder" and on Friday night, 7th Nov. the theme is "Come and See/Go and Tell.
Mid morning mass will be held for the rest of the week in Ruan at 9.30a.m. and people are asked to take some time out in this special week.
All Ireland Champion.
Ruan Dysart Resource Group.
At the recent A.G.M. of the Ruan & Dysart Resource Group Johnny O'Donoghue of Toonagh, retired as Chairman, a position he has held for over 22 years. Those present expressed their gratitude to Johnny for the efficient handling of the scheme, and complimented him on his work for the good of the parish and his honesty and courtesy in his dealings with all he met in the course of the voluntary work he undertook in the scheme over the years.
Officers elected for the coming year were:- Chairman, Fr. Pat O'Neill; Vice Chairman, Risteard Ua Croinin; Secretary, Mary O'Halloran; Treasurer, Noel Tierney and P.D.O. John Bell.
A great crowd turned up, in fancy dress, to the Kitchen Sessions Halloween Party on Fri. night last. Having taken a break for Halloween, the Sessions will resume on Fri. 7th Nov., from 7p.m. to 9p.m. every Friday night.
All musicians, singers and dancers are invited to come along, where they can join in a fun way of keeping these traditions alive in the parish, learn new tunes and sean nos and set dances.
Blessing of Graves.
Fr. Pat O'Neill will bless the graves in Ruan on Sat. 8th Nov. at 9.30a.m. and in Dysart at 11.00a.m. and on Sat. 15th Nov. in Kyle at 10.00a.m. and Kilcross at 11.30a.m.
Mass for the Feast of All Saints on Sat. 1st Nov.. will be in Ruan at 10.00a.m. and Dysart at 6.30p.m.
The meeting which was to be held on this Wed. 29th Oct. has now been postponed until Wed. 12th Nov. at 9.00p.m. in the Hall. Any individuals, and representatives of groups wishing to use the hall and sports complex over the winter must attend, where they will find out who to contact for keys, etc.
Local rally driver, Anthony O'Halloran with co-driver Charlie McEnery, driving an Opel Mantra 400, came 6th overall and first in Class 14 in the Baltinglass Garda Siochana Mini Stage rally recently. Declan O'Regan and Joe Dunne in a Peugeot 205 came 47th overall and second in Class 10, Martin O'Halloran, with Timmy Casey co-driver, came 52nd overall.
Natural Bodybuilding Federation of Ireland
31year old Jason Morris of Toonagh has come second in his class in the Natural Bodybuilding Federation of Ireland competition, which was held in Cork recently. Jason had been in training for this competition for five months beforehand, and was delighted that the rigorous regime he practiced stood to him in the competition.
In the future he hopes to get his own personal training company up and running, as he is very interested in helping anyone wishing to make healthy changes to their lifestyle.