Notes for September

W/E 26/09/2021

posted Sep 20, 2021, 2:27 PM by John O'Sullivan

Last year’s sixth class children from Ruan School were confirmed by Fr. Pat O’Neill in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan on Tuesday evening of last week. Teacher, Mikey O’Neill, attended with the children who have now gone on to various secondary schools on the next leg of their journey through life. 
The children were Ava Casey, Sarah Curtis, Lily-Mae Lyons, Sophie Haugh, Leah O’Brien, Dara Masterson, Aaron Twomey, Jack Lordan, Aodan O’Lachtnain, Jack O’Halloran and Sam Kelly. 
Music and singing, which added so much to the ceremony, was by Damien O’Reilly and Fiona Lyons. 
It was the turn of the sixth class children from Toonagh School to celebrate their Confirmation on Thursday last in St. Tola’s Church, Dysart. They had prepared well with their teacher, Claire Cullinan. Beautiful music and singing was provided by Michael Hennessy and Monica Morgan. Fr. Pat O'Neill conferred the Sacrament on the children and after the ceremony the school provided an ice cream van for all present. The Confirmation Candidates, as part of their Confirmation pledge, made a donation to Slainte an Chlair. They chose this charity to honour the memory of the late Brid Howard, who was a parent with children in the school, who died last April. 
The Confirmation Class was Jack Browne, Joseph Burns, Darragh Casey, Ella Casey, Natasha Denner, Diarmuid Hastings, Tara Lucas, Isabelle McInerney, Kate Moran, Alex O’Loughlin, Amber Roche and Lauren Roche.

The local Camogie Club has been involved in lots of games over the past while - Cliona Jones, Tara Moroney and Aoife Cummins played with the u14 Clare teams in All Ireland games in Offaly on the weekend of Sept. 13.
The u13s beat Inagh/Kilnamona last weekend and they had a tough game against Kilkishen/Bodyke on Saturday evening, just coming up short at the end, however the group is showing great promise for the future.
The u11s played Ballyea on Sunday and got their second win in the u11 league.
The u9s also played Ballyea in the u9 league game, with the children enjoying participating in their matches.
The adult Camogie team secured a win in the first round of the Championship over Scariff/Ogonelloe on Saturday morning in Ruan and they now go on to play Inagh/Kilnamona in the second round in two weeks time.

Mass Returns to Dysart.
The Mass of Anniversaries for Dysart is returning on the first Saturday of each month, starting on Sat. Oct. 2 at 8pm. First Holy Communion for the children of Toonagh School will be celebrated in Dysart at 11am on Sat. Oct. 2 and the children from Ruan School will receive theirs in Ruan Church the same day at 9am.

Ruan Intermediates won their third group game against Newmarket on Fergus and have qualified for the quarter finals of the Intermediate Championships. The u17s were beaten, away, to Clonlara. 
The u17 Academy team was beaten, at home, by Kilmaley and the u13B team lost to Scariff/Ogonelloe in Ruan and will now play in the Shield semi final this week.

W/E 12/09/2021

posted Sep 8, 2021, 2:35 AM by John O'Sullivan

Aoife Cummins, Cliona Jones and Tara Moroney were members of the Clare teams which won the Munster Blitz on Sunday last.​
The under 12s had a win over Doora Barefield on Saturday last, in Ruan, in glorious conditions.

The Ruan Intermediate team beat Bodyke in the second round of the championship at the weekend in Newmarket on Fergus. The under 17s beat Feakle/Killanena, and the under 13 Academy team were beaten by Tulla - a busy time for hurling.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Paddy Hayes, Moyhree, Ruan, peacefully, at his home. Paddy was a man has left people with many good memories. He was skilled at fixing machinery, especially tractors.​ He was always ready to help his neighbours, he used to give them lifts to hurling matches and drag hunts over the years. He was an avid reader and had a great love of horses, so it was fitting that his remains were taken to St. Mary’s Church, Ruan in a horse drawn carriage, where requiem mass was celebrated. His remains were then taken ​ for cremation to Shannon Crematorium.
Paddy is survived by his daughter Geraldine Sherlock (née Vaughan), son in law Patrick, grandchildren Sinead, Leighara, Patrick and Thomas, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and friends.
The death has also taken place of Thomas Leahy, St. Michael’s Villas, Ennis, brother of Michael and Martin, Ruan.

Harty Cup Winners.
Ruan G.A.A. Club members Jack Lyons, Ashley Brohan, Ryan Power and Patrick O’Halloran were presented with their Harty Cup medals in St. Flannan’s College last week. The boys are a credit to the Club and their school and it is hoped that this will be only one of many achievements in their lives.

W/E 05/09/2021

posted Sep 1, 2021, 9:55 AM by John O'Sullivan

Local History Group.
The local history group has reconvened following a long ‘Covid’ break. The group plans to publish a small booklet, in October, commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the taking of the R.I.C. Barracks in Ruan in October 1920. 
Recognition will also be given to members of Cumann na mBan. Further details will be published before the event.

The under 18s made a great start to the under 18 championship, with a win over Sixmilebridge last week. The under 14s reached the county final and met Ballyea on Wednesday of last week. However they lost out to Ballyea after an enthusiastic display of camogie before all their supporters, and battled up to the final whistle.
Rebecca Crowe and Louise McDonnell played with Clare on Saturday last in the All Ireland semi final, unfortunately, they lost to Armagh.

Summer Camp.
Ruan GAA Club held a very successful summer camp, where they had 116 boys and girls participating. Members of the Club coached the children in an atmosphere of fun and enjoyment. They were delighted to receive a visit on Thursday from Tony Kelly, Clare Senior Hurler, who autographed hurleys and jerseys for the children, and Clare Senior Camogie player, Laura McMahon who visited the camp on Wednesday. 
The Ice Cream van proved another big attraction on the last day of the camp.

W/E 27/09/2020

posted Sep 21, 2020, 3:32 AM by John O'Sullivan

Dysart Walk.
Mary O’Halloran is leading another walking tour of Dysart O Dea archaeological sites, starting  and finishing from the Romanesque Church and Round Tower on Sunday, September 27 next, at 12 noon. The walk will cover approximately 5km and will take about three hours. Anyone interested may contact Mary @ 0872830950 to book a place on the walk, as social distancing must be adhered to and places are limited. These walks have been well attended and are a great way to get to know the history of the local area from someone with a deep knowledge of the area.

Toonagh School Cash for Clobber.
Now that children are back at school and the season is changing, people may be sorting out their wardrobes and clearing out household clobber. Toonagh school Parents Association will hold the first clothes collection fundraiser of this school year on Thursday, October 1st to raise much needed funds for the school. The Parents Association will be also be making a donation to Toonagh Hall and Sports Complex, which has no source of income at present due to COVID-19 restrictions,  and the school children get fantastic use from this excellent facility. 
Drop off times on Oct. 1 are 9-10am, 1.45 – 3pm, and 6.30 -7.30pm.
Bags may be dropped any day at Toonagh Hall door, before the above date and they will be taken in each evening. Noreen Cummins (0866030005) may  be contacted, should anyone wish to arrange to leave bags prior to the October 1 outside of school hours. 

Corofin/Ruan under 14 Academy hurlers had a win over Kilkee on Sunday evening in Ruan. This makes it three wins out of three games and has them at the top of their group. Their final group game in against Inagh/Kilnamona next weekend.

Toonagh Walk.
On this Sunday, September 27, from 2pm a socially distanced Toonagh Walk will be held to raise some much needed emergency funds for the heart of the community- Toonagh Hall. For a very reasonable 5 euro each, people can catch up with all their pre-lockdown friends while keeping fit in safe, outdoor and beautiful countryside, and where a fantastic raffle awaits at the finishline. 

W/E 20/09/2020

posted Sep 16, 2020, 1:47 PM by John O'Sullivan

First Holy Communion.
The children of Toonagh N.S. received their First Holy Communion, which had been postponed from May, on Saturday last in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan, at 11am. Fr. Damian Nolan administered the Sacrament to Jessica Burns, Laura Coffey, Lily Considine, Shay Gleeson, Grace Hurley, Paraic Keane, Dylan Lavan, Amelia McInerney, Phelim O’Brien, Ava McInerney, Sarah O’Leary, Grace O’Rorke, Ava Sanders and Aaron Tuttle. 
Monica Morgan, accompanied by Michael Hennessy sang and the teachers involved were Kate Brosnan and Sean Eustace.
In the afternoon, it was the turn of the children from Ruan N.S. Father Ger  Nash was the Celebrant at that Ceremony, and Fiona Lyons sang, accompanied, again, by Michael Hennessy. 
Ms. Niamh Ni Chonghaile was the teacher  who prepared the children, who were Aaron Quirke, Cillian Twomey, Donnacha Ryan, Graham O’Connor, Sean Callinan, Shane Duson, Sophie White, Alannah Quinn, Clodagh Malone, Grace Forde, Katie Curtis, Katie O’Loughlin, Kayla Pilkington, Lila Feighery and Pippa Lordan.
Despite having been out of school for almost six months, the children were well prepared to celebrate their special day and credit must be given to their parents and teachers in bringing them to this day.

Fitness Class.
On Monday evening, Sept. 14, a circuit training fitness class resumed in Ruan Community Centre.  
To help in adhering to HSE guidelines, anyone wishing to join, is required to telephone 0876104357 to book their place in the class.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Kathleen Lordan, Macroom, Co. Cork, mother of Padraig Lordan, Ruan.

W/E 13/09/2020

posted Sep 10, 2020, 1:35 PM by John O'Sullivan

Toonagh Hall and Sports Complex.
The facilities in Toonagh Hall and Sports Complex are ready to come back into use, having been deep cleaned by the local Rural Resource workers. Hand gel dispensers have been installed at the entrance doors. Enquires for bookings may be made to Pamela @ 0876224698.

Ruan had their first win in the U18 Championship last week, beating Clooney/Quin, in very wet conditions in Ruan. They have one more game to play in their group stage against St. Joseph’s/Doora Barefield.

First Holy Communion.
The children of Ruan and Toonagh schools who were to receive their First Holy Communion last May, will now celebrate the Sacrament on Saturday, September 12 - Toonagh School children at 11am and Ruan School children at 1pm, both ceremonies in Ruan Church.

XL Ruan Store Opened
The Dalcassian Shop, which had been closed for a number of years, has been brought back to life by Quentin and Emer Rice. The shop with a Deli, Bakery, newspapers, Payzone (where people may purchase phone credit, pay ESB and Phone Bills and T.V.licence) and a coffee dock, has been very busy since the store opened. Between full time and part time workers, twelve people are employed in the business and it is hoped that, with the support of the community, it will go from strength to strength, and continue to breathe life into the village. 

Walk In Dysart.
Local Historian, Mary O’Halloran, will lead a walk to different archaeological sites around Dysart O’Dea on Sunday, September 13, taking in the Soup Kitchen, ring forts and Rath Medieval church. Mary May be contacted on 0872830950 to book a place, so that social distancing may be adhered to.

Ruan GAA Lotto 
Ruan GAA Lotto is resuming this week, with tickets on sale in XL Shop Ruan. The draw will be held on Sunday evening in the shop and will continue in the shop until the pubs reopen. The Jackpots this week are (1) €10,000;  (2) €6,000. 
If the Jackpots are not won, five names will be drawn, each winning €40.

W/E 06/09/2020

posted Sep 1, 2020, 3:16 PM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Sep 1, 2020, 3:16 PM ]

XL Ruan Store Opening.
Apart from Brid McNamara’s visit to Ruan on Friday evening last week, there was also a celebration for the opening of the new XL Store in the village. The iconic Dalcassian Shop, which had been closed for a number of years, has been brought back to life by Quentin and Emer Rice.  XL Stores, with Mace and Spar, are run under the  B.W.G. Network, bringing stores to towns and villages around the Country. 
XL Ruan consists of Petrol, Deli, Bakery, newspapers, Payzone (where people may purchase phone credit, pay ESB and Phone Bills and T.V.licence) and a coffee dock, which has been very busy since the store opened on Friday evening last. Between full time and part time workers, twelve people are employed in the business and it is hoped that, with the support of the community, it will go from strength to strength, and continue to breathe life into the village. 

Grand Finale of Walk.
BridMcNamara, PRO of Clare Camogie, walked into Ruan on Friday evening last amid great cheering from her Clubmates in Ruan and a large crowd of well-wishers. Brid was overwhelmed by the support she received throughout her 515k walk “to Croker  and Back” throughout the county, over the past 29 days, visiting all the Camogie Clubs on route. The ‘grand finale’ of Brid’s walk coincided with the Newmarket on Fergus v Scariff/Ogonelloe game in that park on Sunday, and, after the game, Laura McMahon, Captain of the Clare Senior Camogie team walked the last leg of the walk with Brid.  
To date, Brid has raised over €14,000 for Clare Camogie, monies which will be used to enhance the facilities in Fr. McNamara Park, the home of Clare Camogie.  The ‘go fund me page’ on Clare Camogie Facebook is staying open until the County final between Newmarket on Fergus and Inagh/Kilnamona is played for anyone who might like to support the cause.

School Re-opening.
Toonagh National School reopened on Thursday August 27. The staff and Board of Management had been working very hard to have the school ready for reopening and compliant with the Department of Education guidelines. The children were smiling coming back to the school on Thursday, happy to meet up with their school friends after such a long break, and the staff were delighted to welcome them back. It was also a very special morning for the new Junior Infant children and their parents.

Dysart Archaelogical Walks 
The Dysart Archaelogical Walks guided by local, Mary O’Halloran, have proved very popular, so much so that she has organised two more - one to some different locations such as the Soup School, ring forts and Rath medieval church, on Sunday, Sept. 13, and, on Sun. Sept. 26 Mary will lead a walk on the same route as the first one she led from the Dysart Romanesque Church and Round Tower. 
Mary may  be contacted at 0872830950 to book a place on the walk, as numbers are limited to follow social distancing.

W/E 29/09/2019

posted Sep 25, 2019, 2:27 PM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Sep 25, 2019, 2:28 PM ]

Coffee Mornings.
The Hospice Coffee morning was very well supported in the parish last Thursday. Toonagh Parents Association revived the event in Toonagh Hall and raised €560.  In Ruan Community Centre a number of local ladies hosted the coffee morning and raised €305. 
The organisers are grateful to those who did lovely home baking, helped out and those who donated and attended the event, the monies raised all going to Cahercalla Hospice.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Mary Wall, Willow Park, Ennis and Ballyea, sister of Bernie O’Loughlin, Kilcurrish, Fountain.

The u11 girls participated in a Blitz in Gurteen at the weekend, meeting Eire Og and The Banner and taking the spoils in both games. 
They now look forward to their next Blitz in Eire Og at the weekend.
The u13’s played Tulla on Friday evening and Wolfe Tones on Sunday, and winning both those games. 
Great credit goes to all involved in having so many young girls involved in sports at this level and it is hoped they will continue well into their teens.

W/E 22/09/2019

posted Sep 16, 2019, 2:48 PM by John O'Sullivan

Flu and Pneumonia Vaccine.
The flu and pneumonia vaccinations are now available at the Corofin Medical Centre.  Walk-in Clinics will run on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 2-3pm, and outside of these times by appointment. House visits can be arranged if required.

GAA Fundraising.
The organisers of the recent fundraiser have been very heartened at the response to their appeal. The object of the campaign is to raise funds to complete the development of the new Stand, meeting room and gym on the local pitch. The Club is nearing the end of the fundraiser and is appealing to people to donate to help it reach its target figure to complete the works.  Anyone wishing to donate may contact any Club Officer or follow the instructions on the letter delivered to all parishioners over the summer. The development is a wonderful facility for the club and the wider community and it is hoped people will respond to this final push to finish the job.

The death has taken place of Nora Tiernan, Louisburg, Co. Mayo, mother of Tim Tiernan, Ballygriffey, Ruan.

Pastoral Meeting.
A pastoral area meeting will be held in Ruan Community Centre on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 8pm in Ruan Community Centre. All are welcome.

Date for your Diary.
A meeting of the Pastoral Area with Bishop Fintan and the Pastoral Development Team will be held in Ruan Community Centre on Thurs. Oct. 3, at 7.30pm.  

W/E 15/09/2019

posted Sep 10, 2019, 11:51 AM by John O'Sullivan

Crafts Back in Toonagh.
The very popular Craft mornings have resumed in Toonagh Hall on Wednesday mornings from 11am, where an array of crafts are worked on by the people who attend. The ‘cuppa’ with home baking was much looked forward to and those who attended were delighted to catch up with each other after the summer break. Anyone interested is invited to pop in,  to see what it’s all about and even just to  join the group for their elevenses on the Wednesday mornings.

Recent Death.
The death has occurred of Michael Flanagan, Ashbrook Gardens, Ennis Road, Limerick, formerly of Ballygriffey, Ruan. Michael was a brother of Martin, Ballygriffey and Brid Flanagan and Mary Corey, Loughville, Ennis.

Clare under 14 Camogie team took part in an All Ireland Blitz in Dublin on Saturday, as part of the All Ireland Camogie Final weekend. Ruan Camogie Club was ably represented by Neasa Ni Lachtnain, Aisling Moloney and Niamh Glass, who were a credit to their Club. Clare reached the semi finals on the day. 
They were also involved in the parade around Croke Park on Sunday, with the developmental squads from other counties, at half time in the Intermediate final, cheered on by the forty four members of Ruan Camogie Club who travelled in support of the girls to celebrate their participation.

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