W/E 05/10/2014

posted Sep 29, 2014, 9:49 AM by John O'Sullivan

Clothes Collection for Toonagh N.S. 
The Parents Association of Toonagh N.S. is holding a clothes collection on Mon. 13th Oct. next where donations of all types of clothes, shoes, belts, bags, curtains, bed linen (excluding duvets and pillows) will be greatefully received.   
Toonagh Hall will be opened to receive the bags from 9am. to 10.30am., from 1.45pm. to 3pm. and from 7pm. to 8pm on the day.  
Funds raised will be used for learning equipment/supplies for the children of the school.

Commemoration Mass.
A special commemoration mass was celebrated in St. Mary's Church, Ruan on Sunday to remember Thomas Christopher O'Shea, who was born and raised in Ruan and later emigrated to the U.S. on the SS Cedric from Queenstown on the 14th May, 1911.  On the 2nd June, 1917, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He began his military life as a Private in the 48th Infantry and was soon promoted to Corporal of the 9th Infantry 2nd Division.  He was later promoted to Sergeant, however, on the 18th July, 1918, he was fatally wounded at Vierzy, France.  He was buried outside the town of Pierrefond in France. 
On the 21st May, 1919, his body was exhumed and reburied in the Military Cemetery in Ploisy, Aisne, France.  On the 20th July, 1921, Catherine O'Shea, Thomas' mother, formally requested her son's remains be returned to Co. Clare and on the 24th May, 1922, Thomas' remains were finally laid to rest in the local graveyard.  Also remembered at the mass was Thomas' brother, Michael, who also joined the U.S. Army, the unit known as "Fighting Irish".  He was severely wounded and having transferred to Co. G of the 146th Infantry, was honourably discharged on the 15th April, 1919.  
Michael died on the 6th September, 1942 and is buried in New York.
The O'Shea brothers were uncles of Tony Meaney, Mary Ann (Casey) and Bridie (Morgan) a well known family in the parish, and they and their families were proud to remember them at this special mass on Sunday, when Fr. Ger Nash blessed the grave.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place, unexpectedly, of Helen Neylon, Tola Park, Shannon and formerly of Mollaneen, Dysart, at her home in Shannon.   Helen lived in Shannon since she started with Boart Hardmetal, where she spent twenty years working, and she had worked for the past eight years with Element Six, in the Accounts Department.   
She was a quiet, gentle lady, who was a popular colleague in her workplaces.  She also taught speech and drama as a sideline, as she was an avid reader and interested in the Arts, and was keen to pass on her passion to those she taught, and indeed to her nieces and nephews, who held a special place in her affections.
Helen's remains reposed at the Church of St. John & Paul, Shannon and, following requiem Mass, she was laid to rest in Dysart Graveyard, less than a mile from where she was born and raised.  Helen is survived by her brothers Liam, David, Tommy and Michael, sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews and friends.

U16 Camogie Championship.
Ruan/Burren played Cratloe/Parteen in the Clooney Quin pitch on Fri. eve. last.  It was a game where the two sides contested every ball with determination, and Ruan/Burren were delighted to come out on top on a score of 5-5 to Cratlow Parteen's 4-4.  
The cup was presented to captain, Muireann Scanlon by Joe Robbins, Clare Camogie Chairperson, who was emphatic in his praise of both teams.  Later in the evening, members of the team travelled through Ruan, Corofin, Lisdoonvarna and Doolin with the cup, bringing great excitement to their home parishes.  
Great credit is due to the girls, their mentors and parents for their committment to training throughout the season.