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