Notes for October 2017

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. 

W/E 08/10/2017

posted Oct 4, 2017, 6:43 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Oct 4, 2017, 6:47 AM ]

Tractor Run for Toonagh Hall.
Major refurbishments have been undertaken in the Sports Alleys in Toonagh Hall over the past few months. These include steps from the Hall down to the Sports area, AstroTurf surface in the football alley, new windows, toilets, wet room, steps, new kitchen and shower and toilet in the Handball alley.
New firedoors have been hung and wheelchair access has also been installed. This work was enabled by the hard work of the committee in securing a Grant from the National Lottery Sports Partnership Fund, and the monies raised by last year's tractor Run went a long way towards securing that Grant.
The floor in the Handball alley is the next phase of the work and in order to get the funds in place for this, a Tractor and Vintage Vehicle Run will be held in Toonagh on Sun. 15th Oct. with registration at 12 noon and taking to the roads at 1pm. 
Music, entertainment and refreshments will be on hand in the hall following the Run, and all are welcome.
A meeting will be held in Toonagh Hall on Mon. night 9th Oct. at 8pm to organise the tractor Run, anyone interested in helping out will be welcome.

U16 Camogie News.
Ruan u16 Camogie team played a superb match on Friday night in the B championship Quarter-Final when they travelled to Broadford/Parteen. The match was played at a very high standard with fabulous skills on show. A very early goal by Broadford failed to subdue Ruan and they fought their way back into the match reeling off some beautiful points and then started to stamp their authority on the match with a goal after 15 minutes. With their confidence up the Ruan girls got their running and passing game going and pressed their advantage to build up their lead. Even another goal by Broadford just before half time did not dampen their resolve, the fighting spirit from the Ruan girls was fantastic. The half time whistle saw Ruan lead 1:7 to 2:1.
In the second half Broadford upped their challenge, however, the effort and work-rate by the Ruan Girls made sure they stayed on top. The display of tackles, hooks and block by the Ruan girls throughout the match lifted them, and ensured they rallied every time Broadford attacked. As the half progressed Ruan picked off some more beautiful points and had a 6 point lead as the time was running out. A late goal by Broadford evened the scoreline but Ruan were the better team on the night and the deserving winners on a final score of 1:12 to 3:3.
Well done to all the girls on an excellent performance, fantastic effort, skills and determination shown on the day.

U13 Championship.
Ruan u13 Camogie team continued their good form in the B championship campaign on Saturday evening. Playing Bodyke in Eire Og pitch saw the girls dominate from start to finish. Bodyke had no answer to the running game from Ruan.
The girls showed fabulous skills on the foundation of superb effort, winning on a score line of 5:7 to 1:0. Well done to all the girls on their outstanding display.

Men’s Walking Club
Men’s walking club starting on Monday 9th October, and on every Monday, Wednesday and Friday night at 8 pm. Meeting Point: Entrance to Dromore Wood, walk includes the main road in and Rabbit Island – a distance of 3.4 miles. All Men welcome and all fitness levels. Please bring a torch and suitable clothing.

Coaching Workshop.
Martin Fogarty, National Hurling Development Manager and former selector/coach with the Kilkenny team from 2005-2013, during which time they won six All Ireland, seven Leinster and Five National League titles will visit Ruan over next weekend. 
It is a huge honour to have Martin give this coaching workshop in Ruan, on this Fri. evening 6th Oct. from 7-10pm and Sat. 7th from 10.30am-12.30pm, and any parent, player or coach with an interest in Ruan Hurling and Camogie is encouraged to attend this once off chance to attend an excellent coaching workshop.
Club members from all over Clare are attending.

W/E 01/10/2017

posted Sep 27, 2017, 3:04 PM by John O'Sullivan

Ruan u13 Camogie team continued their good form in the B championship campaign on Saturday afternoon when they travelled to Clooney-Quin. The match was played at a very high standard with fabulous skills on show.  With a stiff cross field breeze slightly in their favour Ruan girls were on top from the start but failed to convert it to scores, only leading 0:2 to no score at halftime. However in the 2nd half, as space opened up Ruan got their scores going, winning 2:5 to 1:3. Well done to all the girls on an excellent performance. Fantastic effort, skills and determination was shown by the girls. 

Coaching Workshop.
Martin Fogarty, National Hurling Development Manager, is holding a workshop on Fri. 6th Oct., next from 7-9pm and Sat. 7th Oct. from 10.30am-12.30pm in Ruan G.A.A. Field and the adjoining school.  This workshop is open to all club Hurling and Camogie coaches, new and developing coaches, as well as people who are considering getting involved in coaching, from within and outside of the parish. 
It is hoped that all coaches will attend and anyone else interested will be welcome.  There is no charge for the workshop.

Clothes collection for Toonagh School.
The Parents Association of Toonagh School will hold a clothes collection to raise much needed funds for school activities on Thursday 5th Oct.  Old, clean clothes, bed linen (no duvets or pillows), curtains, towels, bags, belts, shoes will be welcome.
These may be left to Toonagh Hall from 9-10am, 1.45-3pm and 6.30-7pm on the day, or can be collected, if need be, any day before that by contacting Claire @ 0870547646.

A talk for parents of children who will make their Confirmation next year will be held in Ruan Community Centre on Tue. 3rd Oct., at 8.00pm.

Seniors Alert Scheme.
This Pobal funded scheme encourages community support for vulnerable people in the community through the provision of personal monitored alarms, which enables older persons to continue to live securely in their homes with confidence, independence and peace of mind. Grants are available for the cost of the alarm installation through Pobal. The applicant is only responsible for payment of the annual monitoring charge. 
Contact Family Carers Ireland 065686651 who will have all the information.

W/E 30/10/2016

posted Oct 26, 2016, 2:09 AM by John O'Sullivan

Halloween Disco.
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.

Underage Hurling.
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.

Recent Death.
The death has occurred of Vincent Lahiffe, brother of Maura Flanagan, Ballygriffey, Ruan.

W/E 23/10/2016

posted Oct 18, 2016, 3:42 AM by John O'Sullivan

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.

Winning Streak.
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.

School's Football.
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.

Recent Deaths.
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'.

W/E 16/10/2016

posted Oct 10, 2016, 3:26 PM by John O'Sullivan

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.

MORglor Tribute.
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.

Craft Morning.
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.

Clare Crusaders.
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.

W/E 09/10/2016

posted Oct 3, 2016, 10:48 AM by John O'Sullivan

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.

Clothes Collection. 
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!

Net Ministers.
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.

U-13 Champions.
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. 

W/E 02/10/2016

posted Sep 27, 2016, 9:43 AM by John O'Sullivan

Craft Mornings.
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.

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