Notes for October


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.

Camogie.
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.
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.

Mission.
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


Camogie. 
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.

Confirmation.
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.

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