Notes for October 2016
The Parents Association of Scoil Mhuire, Ruan will host a Halloween Disco for all primary and pre-school children in the parish on this Sat. 29th Oct. from 6-8pm. Children must be accompanied by an adult and fancy dress is optional.
First Holy Communion and Confirmation.
First Holy Communion for both schools in the parish will be held in Ruan and Dysart Churches on Sat. 6th May, 2017.
Confirmation for both schools in the parish will be held in Ruan Church on Sat. 27th May, 2017 at 11am.
Ruan had a good win over Eire Og in the first round of the u15B Championship. They overcame Killaloe in the quarter final. The semi final was held at the weekend against Clooney Quin, a game which Ruan lost, but the boys played well and enjoyed the campaign overall and now look forward to the u16 championship next year.
In the u16 Shield final Cratloe proved too strong for Ruan on the day, however, all but one of the Ruan team are still under 15 so there in there for another shot at it next year.
The death has occurred of Vincent Lahiffe, brother of Maura Flanagan, Ballygriffey, Ruan.
Celebrations at Toonagh N.S.
The new extension and all-weather playing pitch will be officially opened on Friday of next week, 28th Oct. The celebrations will also mark the 50th anniversary of the school in the current building and this joyous occasion will commence with Mass at 12 noon, after which refreshments will be served.
All members of the school, and the wider community are invited to attend where they will receive a 'cead mile failte' on the day.
There was great excitement in the parish last week at the appearance of Paddy O'Halloran of Ruan on the national lottery show 'Winning Streak'. Paddy was surprised and delighted to see the pupils from Ruan N.S. on camera wishing him luck. Paddy, who works in St. Joseph's Hospital, is also involved in training the 6 & 8 year old hurlers in his local club & is a very popular figure in the Club and everyone was delighted with his good fortune.
Both girls and boys football teams in Toonagh N.S. have qualified for their respective semi finals in the Cumann and mBunscol competition.
They have played against Crusheen, Doora, Mol an Oige, Corofin & Connolly on the way to the semi final.
Inter School Showjumping.
The finals of the inter schools Showjumping was held in Ennis Showgrounds recently. Saoirse and Blaithin Barry, Toonagh N.S., Ava McNulty, Lahinch N.S. and Kian Dore, Kilcornan N.S. came 2nd in the team event and Blaithin also came fourth in the primary school's individual event.
The deaths have occurred of Mary Anderson, Ennis, mother of Paschal Anderson, Erinagh, and of Teresa Power, Kilnamona, mother of Veronica Bell, Dromore, Ruan and Geraldine Ryan of Dysart.
U13 Camogie Final.
The final of the u13C camogie Cup was held in Corofin on Sat. last, when Ruan met Crusheen. The Crusheen girls, who were stronger, took the spoils on the day but credit is due to the Ruan girls and their mentors for their commitment during the campaign on getting to the final.
Get-together in Toonagh.
The craft morning held on Thurs. mornings in the kitchen of Toonagh Hall has proved so successful that it will also be held there on Wed. mornings, also from 11am. Anyone interested in learning more about a particular craft is welcome, someone will help -or find help- to get them started.
Patterns, recipes and tips are exchanged in a warm atmosphere & parents with young children wondering if they could attend will be made welcome for a 'chat & a cuppa'.
Tidy Towns Success.
Ruan did very well in this year's Tidy Towns competition, gaining six points above last year's score, to bring them to 305, which is very encouraging for all who are involved in keeping the village and surrounding areas clean and litter-free. The judges commended the energetic and ambitions committee which built on previous years' accomplishments. The approach roads were admired for their hedges, stone walls and colourful planting.
They also applauded the participation of the committee in the new Junior Tidy Towns section and suggested that children can bring another dimension to enhancing the area into the future.
The committee wishes to acknowledge the help of all who help keep their areas neat and especially the work of the Rural Resource organisation for their input into maintaining walls, planting and all the other works they do in the parish.
There was a large gathering of traditional musicians in Glor Saturday night last to pay tribute to Frank Custy. Not only did the audience comprise people who had learned their music from Frank, but many past pupils of his who attended Toonagh School also joined in the celebrations. He and Teresa were joined by family and friends for a very lively and heartwarming evening of music, song and dance.
He was presented with the MORglor award by Una Ui Rochain, wife of the late Muiris, to acknowledge his contribution to the development of traditional music in the county over many years.
A group gets together on Thursday mornings in the kitchen in Toonagh hall from 11am for a 'cuppa', a chat and a sharing of ideas and tips on various crafts, such as children's Halloween crafts, crochet, knitting or any other crafts people might like to learn about.
They hope to have visiting crafts people showing their particular crafts, and anyone who would like to find out more may contact Pamela @ 0876224698.
Shane O'Loughlin from Kilcurrish, Fountain and Aidan Lawton from Nooan, Ruan are running in Dublin City Marathon on the Oct. bank holiday Monday.
All monies they raise will go towards the Clare Crusaders Clinic in Barefield to enable it to provide much needed assistance to children with disabilities.
The u13 Camogie team had a victory over Bodyle in the u13 semi final last week and they now meet Crusheed in the final this coming weekend, with time and venue yet to be confirmed.
The support of the community would be welcome.
Plans for Ruan G.A.A.
Ruan G.A.A. has been actively involved in upgrading the facilities in the local Club. Over the past five years a hurling wall has been installed and is available to club players and the pupils in the local primary school. Last year a walking track was installed around the juvenile pitch, with floodlighting, and this provides an opportunity for the local people to walk in a safe environment all year round. The dressing room was modernised three years ago when a new boiler was installed and the shower area upgraded. The area around the hurling pitch also received a makeover, providing extra space for teams to train.
The latest aim of the Club is to provide a covered stand which will enhance the present facilities at the pitch and the Field Committee is at an advanced stage in finalising the plans. The Club is holding a meeting in Ruan School on Sunday next, Oct.9th, at 12 noon where these plans will be on view and all current members are invited to attend.
The clothes collection held last week by the Parents Association of Toonagh School netted €700 which will be used to provide school supplies for the pupils in the school. The support of the community who donated bags of old clothing, shoes, bags, belts, bed & household clothes is hugely appreciated and the Association has asked that people keep in mind that they will be holding another collection in Jan. 2017, so keep those black bags at the ready!
A group of five young Net (National Evangelisation Teams) Ministers are based in Crusheen for the next two years, with the aim of working with young people to share the message of the Gospel. If any family with teenagers would like to invite two or three of the Net Ministers to supper some evening to give them an opportunity to meet with the young people of the parish, they might contact Fr. Pat @0862612124 to make arrangements. The group attended the first Sunday evening mass held in Dysart as part of the changes to mass times. They introduced themselves and received a very warm welcome and are looking forward to working with the youth in the Imeall Boirne Cluster.
The team will be in Ruan Community Centre this Thurs. 6th Oct. at 8 pm, and anyone interested in being involved with the organisational work would be very welcome.
Ruan had a great win in the u-13 Championship final against Cratloe, played in very testing conditions recently. It was a close match, with Ruan's ability to score long range points making the difference, with the final score 11points to 2.4. The Cup was presented to Jack McDonagh and the panel was treated to a meal in The Grove afterwards.
The recent Tractor Run and Family Fun Day held in Toonagh brought many people who were very impressed with the facilities available in the hall & complex, so much so that people are now organising events there.
The first of these is the return of the Craft mornings, where people who knit, crochet, make jewellery, embroider, etc. gather to share tips, help beginners interested in a particular craft over a 'cuppa'.
It will take place on Thursday mornings, starting Thurs. 6th Oct. next at 11am.
The wedding took place last week in St. Mary's Church, Ruan of Noelle Kirwan, daughter of Sean and Sheila, Ardcarney, Ruan and Oliver Callinan, son of Michael and Noreen Callinan, Dromina, Dysart. Celebrant was Fr. Pat O'Neill and Maid of Honour was Pamela O'Malley, with Krystal Vaughan, Bridesmaid. Best Man was Michael Callinan and Groomsman was Gary Kirwan. Maisie O'Malley was flowergirl and Shane Callinan was pageboy.
The reception was held in the Armada Hotel, Spanish Point.
Ruan Tidy Towns.
Ruan has progressed every year since it has taken part in the Tidy Towns Competition, this year it was awarded 299 points, up 7 points on last year, and was placed second in the county in its particular category.
It is a great credit to all who contribute to the enhancement of the area, and particularly to the Rural Resource Group which works tirelessly, keeping all areas with which it is involved, in fine condition.
A large crowd of underage girls, with parents and mentors, converged on Ruan G.A.A. Field on Sun. morning last.
The Burren Club had three teams taking part and they played Ruan , in both clubs' end of season event.
Refreshments were served and the support of all who helped out on the day is deeply appreciated by the club.
Around seventy riders took part in a pre-season run, organised by the Co. Clare Hounds, over the fields around Ruan on Sun. last, with experienced riders introducing young enthusiasts to the pleasures of hunting.
The weather couldn't have suited them better and all enjoyed the day's outing.
Rugby World Cup.
A number of rugby followers from the parish have, over the past few weeks, travelled to England to support Ireland's efforts on their World Cup journey.
They witnessed four great wins for the team and took in sightseeing and shopping on their trip, and joined with the rest of the country on Sunday hoping for a win, which was not to be, however, they have great memories of the build up to yesterday's game.
Toonagh School Clothes Collection.
There was a huge response to the recent clothes collection for Toonagh School, and the Parent's Association greatly appreciate the support of all who donated bags and helped out collecting bags. €1,000 was raised and this will be used to provide I.T. supplies for classrooms in the school.
Ruan u-13 hurling got a great boost on Saturday last when they won the u-13'C' competition, beating Broadford. In the dying seconds of the game Ruan scored a point which levelled the scores and extra time was played, during which time the Ruan boys really came alive, with the final score reading 5.15 to 4.11. Great credit to both teams for serving up such an exciting game, and also to the Ruan management of Paul Howard, Geraldine Cahir, Cyril Lyons and Dermot Moran, and to the parents who, week in week out, take the boys to training and games.
On the way to the final, Ruan played Broadford, Whitegate, Ennistymon and had a walkover over Cratloe.
Captain, Jack Lyons was presented with the Cup by Tony Brohan of the Minor Co. Board and afterwards the boys were taken to The Grove for a meal to celebrate their win.
Last week two special guests visited the local G.A.A. Club at a training session for underage boys and girls. Local photographer, Eoin Courtney, took team pictures with Colm Galvin and Chloe Morey, and they also mingled with the children, giving them tips and encouraging them.
Credit to the organisers of the event and to all who attended.
In underage hurling, Ruan defeated Ennistymon in their final group match and are now into the County Final where they meet Broadford in the final this weekend.
"Adare to Survive"
A group of eighty supporters of Scoil Mhuire, Ruan, calling themselves "Ruan Misfits" has been fundraising in an effort to resurface and upgrade the school yard. On Sunday last sixty three of them participated in "Adare to Survive" challenge, a 7.5km military style obstacle course, which they all came through, bruised but exhilarated at having faced up to the challenge.
Their supporters welcomed them back to Ruan Sunday evening where celebrations were held in Purcell's Bar, ending up with dancing to music provided by David Howard. Those with sponsorship cards are asked to return them to Loreto O'Connor and the support of the community is much appreciated.
Imeall Boirne Mission.
Each house in the four parishes included in the Imeall Boirne cluster will be issued with an invitation to the Imeall Boirne Mission which will be held from Nov. 2nd to Nov. 7th, and will be based in Corofin.
A service for anointing and healing will take place in Ruan Church on Wed. Nov. 5th and people are invited to attend at any, or all, of the sessions.
The wedding has taken place in St. Mary's Church, Ruan, recently of Shanelle Waring, daughter of Anne and the late Tommy, and Mark Woods, son of Christopher and Joan Woods of Ennis.
Following the ceremony, the couple were joined by family and friends at the reception which was held in the Inn at Dromoland.
The death has occurred of Sean Moroney, of Erinagh, Fountain and Cappahard, Ennis. Sean's remains were removed from Daly's Mortuary to St. Tola's Church, Dysart and, following requiem Mass, burial took place in Drumcliffe Graveyard.
The death has also taken place of Chris Whelan of Main St., Clarecastle, wife of the late Gus Whelan, formerly of Toonagh, at Carrigoran Nursing Home.
Her funeral took place from Carrigoran to Clarecastle Church, and, following requiem Mass, she was laid to rest in Drumcliffe Cemetery.
Running for Clare Crusaders.
Shane O'Loughlin of Kilcurrish, Fountain, is running in the Dublin City Marathon on Bank Holiday weekend. This is Shane's first marathon and he is running it to raise funds for the Clare Crusaders Clinic in Barefield, which provides much needed support for children with special needs. Shane can be supported online onwww.mycharity.ie/event/clarecrusaders or in person.
Strength and Conditioning Workshop
Ruan GAA has organised a "Strength and Conditioning workshop in Ruan NS school on Tuesday, Oct 21st commencing at 7pm.
The workshop will be facilitated by Kelvin Harold who was recently appointed by Clare GAA as their Strength and Conditioning coach.
The workshop is open to anyone interested in this area, especially those already involved in coaching. For further details please contact Ruan GAA coaching officer Francis O’Halloran.
Running for Clare Crusaders.
Local woman, Patricia O'Donnell (Lynch), is running in her first ever Marathon on Mon. 27th Oct. next in the Dublin City Marathon. She has been training on the roads of the parish over the summer in preparation for the run, in which she is raising funds for the Clare Crusaders Clinic in Barefield, which offers much needed therapy, free of charge, to children with Special Needs, in areas such as Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Down Syndrome and other conditions.
Further information from Patricia 0874138757.
The bridge at Kilcurrish, on the Curragh/Ballygriffey road has been repaired and re-opened to traffic. This is a welcome development for people who use this road, as it added a few extra miles on their journeys and caused extra traffic on narrow roads in the vicinity, while it was closed.