Notes for October

W/E 27/10/2019

posted Oct 23, 2019, 8:18 AM by John O'Sullivan

Tidy Towns Results

Ruan was delighted with the recent Tidy Towns Report - they achieved 324 points, an increase of eight points on last year's competition. A number of projects were praised, in particular the initiatives to support nature and biodiversity in the area.
The adjudicators were very impressed with the amount of work that a small community is getting through in the year and credit to the local Resource Group of workers and the volunteers who take pride in their work in keeping the village, graveyards, community centres and housing estates looking their best throughout the year.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Phil Cunningham (née Burrell), mother of Carmel Foley, Ruan.

Under 16A Hurling.
Following in their recent win with the Corofin/Ruan Minor A Team, many of the boys participated in the Under 16A Championship which was played in Clarecastle at at the weekend. They played Sixmilebridge who came out on top by two points. The boys have put in great work over the season and credit to them, their parents and mentors.

Camogie Shield Final.
The Ruan Camogie team lost out, narrowly, to Sixmilebridge in the under 16 Shield Final which was played in Fr. McNamara Park, in a very competitive game. 
This brings an end to their season and all who were involved throughout the season are to be credited for their enthusiasm and passion.

W/E 13/10/2019

posted Oct 10, 2019, 5:41 AM by John O'Sullivan

Minors into Final.
The amalgamation of a group of under 18 hurlers from Corofin and Ruan has proven to be a very successful venture. They are now into the hurling final of the Kerry Group U18 Minor A, having overcome Clonlara on Saturday.  The final will be played in Cusack Park on Sunday, before the Senior Hurling Championship game, and is looked forward to eagerly by all who have followed them through the summer. 

Under 13’s Final.
Ruan under 13 hurling team won the Fr. McNamara Memorial Cup on Sunday, defeating Ennistymon in a very competitive game. This was a great finish to the season for the boys, their mentors and parents who support them.

Trad Music Sessions.
The informal group sessions for teenagers/adults have resumed in Ruan Community Centre on Sunday evenings from 7.30-8.30pm. Anyone wishing to play music with this group while learning new tunes is welcome. All music notes will be displayed making it easy for all ages. Further details from Mary at 0863149261.

Lay Led Liturgy.
Members of the local community will hold a Lay Led Liturgy in Dysart Church on Sunday at 10am. All are welcome.

The under 11 girls won the final of their tournament in Crusheen on Sunday, in Crusheen. Both teams showed great skill and passion and it bodes well for the future seeing so many girls happy to be involved in Camogie. Credit goes to parents and mentors who are behind the teams.
The under 16’s we’re defeated by Clooney/Quin at the weekend in the semi final played in Eire Og. They worked well to get to this stage and hopefully will continue next season.

W/E 06/10/2019

posted Oct 2, 2019, 2:14 PM by John O'Sullivan

Cash for Clobber.
Last year Toonagh School received a bonus of €1,500 for having the heaviest clothes per child in their two clothes collections during the year. The Parents Association’s first Collection this school year will be held in next Thursday, Oct. 10. 
Bags of clothes may be left in Toonagh Hall on the day, at the following times 9-10am, 1.45-3pm and 6.30-7.30pm. 
The  contributions of the community are hugely appreciated.

Lay Led Liturgy.
A group will lead a Lay Led Liturgy in Ruan Church on Sunday morning at 10am.
Mass of Anniversaries will be celebrated in Dysart Church on this Saturday night at 8pm.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place recently in New York of John Cotter, late of Loughville, brother of Stephen, Damian and Finola Forde.

Imeall Boirne meeting.
A meeting of the Pastoral area with Bishop Fintan, Fr. Ger Nash and Maureen Kelly takes place on this Thursday, Oct. 3 in Ruan Community Centre at 7.30pm.   This will be a reflection together on the life of the Pastoral area now and into the future. All are welcome.

W/E 28/10/2018

posted Oct 22, 2018, 2:10 PM by John O'Sullivan

Tractor Run.
The Tractor and Vintage Vehicle run held in Toonagh on Sunday last was a tremendous success.  It brought great crowds to the area, and a great community spirit ensured it was a very enjoyable family fun day. It raised in excess of €2,500, which will be used to bring the boiler room in the Hall up to a high standard, with fireproofing and a fireproof door. 
The Hall committee hugely appreciates all the help and support it received in making the day so successful.

Tidy Towns.
The A.G.M. of the Tidy Towns Committee will be held in Ruan Community Centre on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 8.30pm in Ruan Community Centre.  Anyone interested in volunteering some of their free time to help keep the village and surrounding areas clean, litter free and a more pleasant place to live, is invited to attend.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Vera Smyth (née Gleeson) of Clontarf, Dublin and formerly of Coore, Co. Clare.  Vera was married to the late Jimmy Smyth of Ruan. The family has always had great ties with Ruan, visiting the area often over the years.    She was reared in a farm in Coore with eight siblings.  Her family also ran a shop and bar, Gleeson’s, which was a renowned watering hole and traditional music pub in West Clare.
    At the age of eighteen Vera left Clare, as did many of her generation, and worked, for a couple of years, in England, and later for three years in New York.  On her return to Ireland in 1957, Vera met Jimmy Smyth in Ennis,  and they were married in 1959.  They had four children when they moved to Clontarf in 1965, Jimmy taking up a position  in Croke Park with the G.A.A. Vera was a lady of great humility and resilience and she made good friends in Dublin. She took great pleasure and joy in her twelve grandchildren.
Vera is survived by her daughters Ann, Patricia  and Brighid, her son Peter, partners Bill, Bernard, Mark and Georgina, grandchildren,  brothers in law, sisters in law, extended family and friends. 
She was laid to rest, following requiem Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan, in the adjoining cemetery 

W/E 21/10/2018

posted Oct 16, 2018, 1:33 PM by John O'Sullivan

Tractor and Vintage Vehicle Run 2018.
On next  Sunday, Oct. 21, the annual Toonagh Tractor and Vintage Vehicle Run will bring great excitement to the parish. Registration  is from 11am, with the Run leaving the Hall at 12 noon. Refreshments will be served before the Run and when they return, there will be music, entertainment and food served in the Hall. There will also be a raffle with great prizes. It is a really enjoyable family fun-day with lots of activities planned,  and all are welcome.

Recent Deaths.
The deaths have occurred of Martin McGrath, Barefield, brother of Tom McGrath, Cloona, Dysart and Anne O’Loughlin (née Burke), Peacehaven, Sussex, England, formerly of Dunsallagh, Miltown Malbay, sister of Teresa O’Donoghue, Beechgrove,  Toonagh.

Bus to R.D.S.
The Toonagh Crafts Group is organising a bus to travel to the Knit and Stitch Show at the R.D.S. on Thursday, November 8.  The bus will leave  from Toonagh Hall.  Anyone interested in travelling should contact Pamela (0876224698) for all the details.

Under 15B Championship.
Ruan played Newmarket on Fergus in the under 15B championship in Ruan on Sunday. It was a very exciting game with the two teams having nothing between them at half time. Newmarket started well in the second half, going up by five points, however Ruan fought back with some lovely hurling and drew level again. Either team could have won coming up to the final whistle when Ruan had scored 17 points and Newmarket 1-14. Ten minutes a side extra time was played but that couldn’t separate the teams. 
The game ended a draw, 1-20 each. There was some excellent hurling displayed by both teams and the replay will be in Newmarket on Sat next at 4p.m.

Ruan Junior camogie team lost out to Corofin in the final on Sunday, but the under 13 girls had a win over Doora Barefield in their final which led to great celebrations, also on Sunday. 
Well done to all, girls, mentors and parents for putting in great effort throughout the year, attending training, transport to and from games and all that goes with keeping a club going

W/E 14/10/2018

posted Oct 8, 2018, 1:29 PM by John O'Sullivan

Toonagh Hall and Sports Complex.
Last November the committee of  Toonagh Hall and Sports Complex was allocated a grant of €4,000 towards the handball area, which is still being processed.  In April 2018, following a fundraising concert, €1,700 was presented to the Committee to purchase a defibrillator, and the balance, to provide a temperature-controlled box, will be funded by the Hall Committee. When this is installed outside the Complex training will be provided.
The boiler in the Hall has also been replaced and the boiler room is to be fire-proofed, and fire doors are to be installed. 
The Committee members, Ger Barry, Michael Casey, Eoghan Hynes, Moira O’Loughlin and Sinead Noonan are very grateful for the support they have received from the community, to date, and it is hoped that the upcoming Tractor and Vintage Car Run 2018, which is to be held on Sunday, Oct. 21 will bring in the funding to put the finishing touches to the facility. 

Community First Responders Group.
The next meeting to get the Ruan Dysart Community First Responders Group up and running takes place in Ruan Community Centre on Monday, October 22 at 8.30pm.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Eugene Casey, Drumeer, Ruan, peacefully, in University Hospital, Limerick.  Eugene lived all his life in Drumeer, where he worked on the family farm.  He was a very obliging neighbour and would be first to offer help where it was needed, he was an adept ploughman and ploughed many gardens over the years. He was known for his knowledge of sheepdogs, and had a great interest in cattle and sheep, and he loved to attend the Mart, meeting other farmers. His neighbours will miss meeting him on the road, as Eugene always had time for a chat. His Friday night game of cards at Murty’s was a great pastime for him.  Even though he lived with diabetes and heart complaints for the past forty seven years, he never complained, just took life as it came and with the help of his family, enjoyed his life.
Eugene was predeceased by his brothers Liam and Declan, and his father, Paddy.  He is survived by his mother, Mary Anne, his sisters Yvonne (Ross), Frances (McMahon), Ann Marie and Michelle, brothers Timmy, Pat, Gregory and Michael, brothers in law, sisters in law, aunt, uncle, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.  His removal was from Kennedy’s Funeral Home to St. Mary’s Church, Ruan, and, following concelebared requiem mass, he was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. 

GAA Bingo.
RuaN GAA Fun Bingo was cancelled last Friday night, as a mark of respect to the Casey family, Drumeer. It has now been rescheduled for Friday November 9 next.

W/E 07/10/2018

posted Oct 1, 2018, 7:58 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Oct 1, 2018, 8:04 AM ]

Tidy Towns Competition 2018.
Ruan increased its Tidy Towns marks this year by 5 up to 316 marks, keeping us second in Clare in Category A (population under 200). The stone walls, wildlife amenities, the church and school were all commended as were the various efforts at sustainability, and the judges concluded that continued hard work and attention to detail has made Ruan a lovely place to visit. 
Credit must go to the workers in the Rural Resource Scheme and all those in the locality who put the work into keeping the area looking good.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Pat Hynes, Clare Road, Ennis, husband of the late Mary O’Leary of Knockaunroe, Dysart.

First Holy Communion..

First Holy Communion will be held in Ruan at 11am and in Dysart (for the children of Toonagh School) at 1pm on Saturday, May 18, 2019. A meeting for the parents of the children will be held in Ruan Community Centre on Wed. Oct. 10 at 7.30pm.

Confirmation will be held in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at 11am, for the children of Ruan and Toonagh Schools. A meeting for the parents of these children will be held in Ruan Community Centre on Thurs. Oct. 11 at 7.30pm.

Cash for Clobber.
Scoil Mhuire, Ruan will hold its first collection of the year before Halloween. By now people are aware of the type of ‘clobber’ that is useful for these collections and they are asked to drop off bags to the School ‘Halla’ any day before then. Donations will be much appreciated. 

Under 16A Champions.
There was great excitement on Sunday last when Corofin/Ruan claimed the under 16A Championship final, beating Sixmilebridge  by 2-17 to 3-7 in Gurteen. 
The team, mentors and supporters arrived back in the village to a huge bonfire and a warm welcome from the many people that had gathered to greet them. 
They then carried on to Corofin with the cup, where they received a great  reception on the main street.

Medal Presentation.
The under 8’s finished their training in Ruan G.A.A. Field last week, and every boy and girl was presented with a medal and a goodie bag. Cian O’Donoghue, a regular with Clare Underage Development Squad, Ashley Brohan and Robin Mounsey, from this year's Clare Minor team and panel, and who were also coaches at the summer camp this year, made the presentations. 
The mentors -Mikie Casey, Jason Quirke, Francis O’Halloran, Mark Brohan and Brendan Casey did great work with the children during the year.

W/E 29/10/2017

posted Oct 24, 2017, 2:57 PM by John O'Sullivan

Accolade for "Witches Belle".
When Edel Twomey, nee O'Regan, formerly of Dromore, Ruan had their first baby, her husband, Liam presented her with, not diamonds, but a greyhound named Witches Belle.  They greyhound has brought with it great success, as Witches Belle was nominated, and won, Bitch of the Year 2016, at the I.G.B. National Greyhound Racing Awards, sponsored by Galway Crystal, which were held in the Killashee Hotel, Naas, Co. Kildare on Sunday last.
This was a great accolade for Edel and her husband who live in Cork, where Liam is a greyhound at his kennels.

U10's Trip to Tipp.
On Sun. 8th Oct. last, the u10 Hurling squad was invited to represent Clare in a very competitive tournament in Cappawhite GAA Club, Co. Tipperary. They were beaten by one point in the "A" semi final and, as a result, qualified for the"B" final, when they defeated the host Club.  Every boy got to play Hurling on the day and every boy got some game time.
Ruan also fielded an u9 team which also did very well in the day, playing Cappawhite, Co. Tipperary, Murrow Boher, Limerick and Harps, Laois. In all twenty seven boys travelled to the tournament and had a very enjoyable outing, thanks to parents and mentors who accompanied the boys on the trip.

Running for Clare Crusaders.
Shane O'Loughlin from Kilcurrish and Aidan Lawton from Nooan are running in the Dublin City Marathon at the weekend to raise funds for the Clare Crusaders Clinic.   They look forward to the support of the community in their efforts.

W/E 22/10/2017

posted Oct 17, 2017, 1:11 PM by John O'Sullivan

Wedding Bells.
Ailish Hansen, formerly of Dromina, Dysart, daughter of Mary and the late Roger Hansen married Steven Ruane, son of Claire and the late Noel Ruane from Ennis, at St. Tola's Church, Dysart on Saturday last. 
Fr. Tom Hogan was Celebrant and Maid of Honour was Samantha Brennan with Bridesmaids Jenny Griffin, Sheila Kelly and Mary Glynn. Best man was Steven's brother, Paul, and groomsmen were Edmund O'Dwyer, Gerard O'Brien and Ronan Eade. 
Flowergirls were Aoife Carey and Leah Ruane. The reception was held in The Armada in Spanish Point.

Tractor Run Success.
Huge crowds turned up in Toonagh on Sunday last, making the Tractor Run and Family Fun Day a huge success, bringing in €3,500 to continue works in the Sports Complex, which was officially reopened on the day.  Chairperson, Ger Barry gave an outline of the works that have been done to date, thanking Alan Cummings, the main contractor who won the tender for the works;   the members  local Handball Club who gave several hours voluntarily painting the Complex;  Ruan Resource Group which is on call for anything that needs doing throughout the year and he also paid tribute to the various committees over the years. 
Nearly 100 tractors, vintage cars and motorbikes, and even a few trucks departed the hall at 1pm and took in a circle encompassing several town lands in the parish, arriving back at the hall at 2pm for refreshments.
There were fun competitions for young and not so young and, all who helped out preparing for the day, baking, providing food, coffees & teas, manning fun events, traffic management, the drivers who entered their vehicles, etc. are much appreciated as their participation  is vital for events like this to be a success. 

Christmas Fair.
The Ruan Christmas Fair will be held in the Community Centre on Sun. 3rd December to raise funds for Ruan Tidy Village and Graveyards.  The group is looking for donations of trees (standing or fallen) which Ruan Resource Group will cut up and prepare for sale, and also donations of fuel/hay/silage. 
Contact Senan (0864475400) or Joe (0872902552) who will be very happy to arrange collection.

Clothes Collection.
People still have a chance to clear out old clothes, bed linen, towels, shoes, belts, bags (no duvets or pillows) as the clothes collection for Ruan Tidy Village & Graveyards is ongoing for two more weeks. The work of Ruan Resource Group is clearly visible in the area, their work is invaluable in keeping the village and its surrounds stick & span and the graveyards are a credit to them, as people can walk through them since the grass is always cut and pathways kept neat and tidy, so the support of the community will be much appreciated.

Just a reminder that Mission ceremonies will be held in Ruan at 8pm from next Sun. 22nd to Thurs. 26th Oct. Morning masses will be in Crusheen and Corofin at 7am and Boston and Tubber at 10am on each of those mornings. All are welcome.

Ruan Camogie U13  in County Final.
Ruan  u13 Camogie team played a superb match on Saturday in the B championship Semi-Final when they travelled to Kilmaley. The match was played at a very high standard with fabulous skills on show.  The Ruan girls got into the game from the start and dominated  the play, however, without putting scores on the board. After 5 minutes a Ruan goal direct from a long range free got the scores flowing. Ruan continued to dominate and added a point before Kilmaley rallied, getting 3 points from frees and a point from play before Ruan got their 2nd goal of the half, to leave the half time score 2:1 to 4 points.
The 2nd half started at a furious pace and saw Kilmaley add 2 more points. The Ruan girls then dug deep, and with a superb 5 minutes of defending, battleed themselves back into dominance, getting a goal from play and 2 points from frees. Kimaley were not done and responded with 2 more points. However Ruan got their confidence up and pressed their advantage, scoring 2 goals from short range after playing in long balls.
The effort and work-rate by the Ruan girls made sure they stayed on top to see out the match as the deserving winners on a final score of 5:3 to 0:8.
Well done to all the girls on an excellent performance and the fantastic  effort, skills and determination shown.

W/E 15/10/2017

posted Oct 10, 2017, 3:20 PM by John O'Sullivan

Tractor Run for Toonagh Sports Complex.
All roads lead to Toonagh on this coming Sunday, 15th Oct. when a tractor and vintage vehicle run will travel the highways and byways of the parish to raise funds to continue the next phase of works in the sports complex in Toonagh Hall, which is the flooring of the Handball alley.  Registration is at 12 noon, leaving the hall at 1.00pm. Music and entertainment and food will be served in the hall after the run and there will be lots of fun for the whole family. It will also provide an opportunity for people to view the fantastic new facilities in the sports complex, which will be opened on the day. 
The support of the community will be very much appreciated.

Bus to Knitting & Stitching Show.
Due to the numbers wishing to travel to the Knitting & Stitching Show in the R.D.S. on Thurs. 9th Nov. the organisers have now booked a bigger bus, so there are seats available. Anyone wishing to travel on the day should contact Miriam @ 0879503962 or Pamela @ 0876224698 before 17th October.

Tidy Towns.
Ruan got a very positive report from the Tidy Towns judges and scored an additional six points over last year.  The landscaping, flowerbeds, stone walls and graveyard in the village were highly praised, as were all the well presented residences.
It is a great credit to all who work at keeping their areas neat and tidy and to the Senan Coughlan and the workers in the Ruan Resource Group.

Mission for Imeall Boirne.
An Imeall Boirne Cluster Mission will take place from Sunday 22nd to Thursday 26th October next.  It will be based in Ruan, with Mission ceremonies at 8pm every night in Ruan Church. There will be morning masses in  Crusheen and Corofin at 7am and  Boston and Tubber at 10am.  The Missionaries, who are the American Friars and one Brother, based in Limerick, will also visit all the schools in the Cluster and the housebound, and anyone else who would like them to visit.
There will also be a special youth night in Ruan Community Centre on one of the nights while the ceremony is on in Ruan Church. 
It is hoped that this Mission will help to renew and refresh the community in its faith and be a time of reflection and 'time out' for people in their busy lives. 

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