Notes for September 2016

W/E 25/09/2016

posted Sep 22, 2016, 3:51 AM by John O'Sullivan

Tractor & Vintage Car Run.
Toonagh Hall & Sports Complex and the local area was a hive of activity on Sunday last when the Committee held a very successful and enjoyable Tractor & Vintage Car Run and a family fun day.   In all, eighty drivers displayed their tractors, cars and motorbikes, and the weather even brightened up for the event. 
While the drivers took to the roads, spectators enjoyed the barbecued food, home baking, music & dancing and various fun activities in the Complex, like 'guess the weight of the sheep', 'splat the Rat', and on their return, the tractor drivers tried their hand at tractor balancing. Many people passed the comment that 'you never left Toonagh Hall hungry' and that was proven Sunday, with the fare that was available to everyone.
It was a hugely enjoyable day for everyone and the help and support of all who were involved is very much appreciated. 
Over €3,000 was raised to go towards the ongoing development of the Hall & Sports Complex.

Thanks from Claire.
Local girl, Claire McDonnell from Dysart, with a number of her trainee nursing colleagues, travelled to Tanzania during the summer to work in a hospital in the outback. They met with people living in very difficult conditions, but who were very thankful for the little they had. They worked seven days a week in the hospital and were very impressed at how families took care of their loved ones' personal hygiene there, while the nurses took care of medications and documentation.
The monies raised here at home by Claire, and by her colleagues in their areas, is going towards the new hospital being built in Sinamajiro and will also buy equipment to promote health care.
Claire will have pictures up in Ruan and Dysart Churches over the next few weeks where people can see where the money they so generously donated was used.

Recent Wedding.
Owen, son of Dolores and Jimmy Courtney of Ardcarney, Ruan married Andrea, daughter of Johnny and the late Kitty O'Regan of Cloughleigh, recently.  Celebrants were Fr. Tom Hogan and Fr. Pat O'Neill. Bestman was Aidan Courtney and Groomsmen were Barry O'Mahoney, Brendan Murray, Cathy Loughnane (yes she's female, don't ask), Justin O'Regan & Mark O'Grady.  Bridesmaids were Annette Kenny, Aisling Cleary, Denise Pilkington, Joy Kelly, Sarah McCarthy, Yvonne Scanlon, Meg O'Mahoney. 
Flowergirls were Holly and Hannah Frazer and Abby Fitzpatrick.  Pageboys were Darragh O'Sullivan and Rocco Howard and the reception was held in The Aherlow Wood Hotel in Tipperary.

Recent Deaths.
The death has taken place of Michael O'Brien of Kilkee East, Ruan.  Michael was a farmer and he retired from his position as local postman twenty six years ago.  He was a man known for his deep faith and quiet ways, his honesty and diligence in his dealings with people and  he was a valued member of the local Parish Council for many years.  He was also instrumental in setting up the NFA, the precursor of the IFA, in the parish.
Although Michael never married and had a family of his own, his nieces and nephews benefitted from his kind nature and they had a deep affection for him.
His remains reposed in St. Mary's Church, Ruan and, following requiem mass, he was laid to rest in Dysart graveyard.
He is survived by his sister in law, Maureen, brother in law, Tom Ruane in the U.S., nephews, nieces, extended family and friends.
The death has also taken place, in Melbourne, Australia, of Nonie Kennedy, the last surviving member of the Lyons family of Kilcurrish, Fountain.

W/E 18/09/2016

posted Sep 12, 2016, 9:32 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Sep 12, 2016, 9:33 AM ]

Toonagh Hall Tractor & Vintage Car Run.
There's great excitement being generated in the parish with the Tractor & Vintage Car Run which is to take place on Sun. next, 18th Sept.  Registration is in Toonagh Hall at 12 noon with start off time of 1pm. All drivers will be treated to refreshments before they take to the roads, taking in parts of Ruan as well. 
There will be music, face painting, beat the goalie and other activities in the Hall as people await the return of the participants and more refreshments for all.  It promises to be a great day of fun for all the family and people are asked to support this community event.

Changes to Mass Times.
Starting from Oct. 1st next, changes to Mass times in the Imeall Boirne Cluster Group, of which this parish is a member, will come into place, as Fr. Ger Nash will be moving from Crusheen.  6.30pm Mass on Sat. evenings will alternate between Ballinruan & Tubber;  8pm Sat. evenings Mass will alternate between Kilnaboy and Rath;   10am Sun. Mass will be in both Ruan and Boston;   11.30am Sun. Mass will be in both Corofin and Crusheen;  7pm Sun. evening Mass will be in Dysart. This change was agreed at a meeting last week and will be reviewed in six months time.

Recent Deaths.
The death has occurred of Patricia O'Halloran, nee O'Halloran, Tullyodea, Ruan, formerly of Belharbour,matter an illness. Patricia & her husband set up home in Ruan where they reared their two sons. She devoted herself to her family and, in recent times the addition of her grandson, Jack, was a source of great happiness for her.  She had a great interest in horse racing & enjoyed the odd 'flutter' on a race.
Patricia's remains reposed at St. Mary's Church, Ruan, and following Requiem Mass, she was laid to rest in the adjoining graveyard. She is survived by her husband,John, sons, Shane and Paul, Shane's partner, Breda and grandson, Jack, her sisters, Martina & Christina, brothers, Michael, Steven & Bernie, extended family and friends.

The death has also taken place of Bridie McDonnell, nee O'Halloran, of Soheen, Dysart, at Cahercalla Nursing Home. Bridie was 93 years of age and, was still living at her home until nearly two years ago.  She was the tenth of eleven children in the O'Halloran family from Kilnamona and, at 93 years of age, still read 'The Clare Champion' from cover to cover every week, without reading glasses and was an avid reader.  She was a resident in Cahercalla for nearly two years and lived in her own home until then.
Bridie trained and worked as a nurse in England during World War 2, and, indeed lost a brother, Lott O'Halloran, when his plane was shot down during that war, in the 1940's.  When she returned home, she nursed in Our Lady's Hospital and Cahercalla hospital and left to rear her family when she married Joe McDonnell. When her family was reared she returned again to work in Our Lady's. She had a great knack of 'tracing' and loved looking at old photos with her grandchildren, who had a very happy and warm relationship with her as she kept up to date with the changes in life that came her way.
Bridie's remains reposed inSt. Tola's Church, Dysart and following concelebrated Requiem Mass, she was laid to rest in Dysart Graveyard.   She is survived by her sons, Kevin and Dermot, daughters Una Cherriman and Caroline McDonnell Barry, sister, Teresa Power, daughters in law, sons in law, grandchildren, extended family and friends.

W/E 11/09/2016

posted Sep 6, 2016, 3:40 AM by John O'Sullivan

Cupid Strikes.
Claire Hayes, daughter of Joe & Anne Hayes of Kilkee East, Ruan married Kevin Corey, son of Delia & the late John Corey of Loughville, Ennis on Friday last in St. Mary's Church, Ruan.  Fr. Pat O'Neill was celebrant and  Bestman was Darren Lawlor, with Groomsmen Mike Hayes, Nick Turner and Colm Frawley.   Bridesmaids were Noelle Hayes, Caroline Hayes, Aisling Quirke and Claire Neylon. 
The bride's nieces, Lucia Hayes, Heather Daly-Hayes, Aoibhinn  & Sabhdh Hayes-Ryan, Isuelt Jordan and Claire Hayes were flowergirls and Pageboys were Laurence Hayes and Jack Gallagher. The reception was held in Dromoland Castle.

Hospice Coffee Morning.
A coffee morning will be held in Ruan Community Centre on Thurs. 15th Sept., next, from 9.30am to 12.30pm, joining with coffee mornings all over the country, in raising funds for the Hospice in their own areas.
Toonagh Parents Association will hold the Coffee morning in Toonagh Hall on the same date and same times.
All funds raised locally will go to support Cahercalla Hospice. The support of the community will be much appreciated.

W/E 04/09/2016

posted Aug 30, 2016, 9:58 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Aug 30, 2016, 10:02 AM ]

Successful Summer Camp.
The Ruan GAA and Camogie Club Summer Camp saw 110 boys and girls enjoy a great week of hurling and camogie last week August 23rd to 26th.  The camp was run from 10am to 2pm daily with the children being divided into groups from Under 6 to Under 14. This was the first year of the camp and it proved to be a hugely successful week. Killian Ryan was the head coach ably assisted by 12 excellent local coaches. 
A fun day for all the age groups was organised on the last day, where each child had the chance to take part in orienteering, treasure hunts and a very popular obstacle course race and there was great excitement as a team of Mothers from Ruan school raced against a team of mothers from Toonagh School on the obstacle course with Toonagh being victorious. 
The camp concluded with each child being presented with a certificate of participation before a visit from an ice-cream van. Special guest at the camp was Clare Senior Hurler David McInerney. Due to its success, plans are already in place to run the camp in 2017.  The highlight of the week for the adults involved was the, very well attended,fundraising dance in Purcells Ruan where the money raised will go towards the cost of running the 2016 and 2017 Summer Camp.

Imeall Bourne Cluster Meeting.
At a recent meeting of the Imeall Boirne Cluster, in which this parish is included, it was proposed that weekend Masses in the nine churches will be reduced to seven Masses and two lay led liturgies each weekend. No decision has been made on the organisation of this and parishioners are asked to discuss it among themselves over the coming weeks and a final decision will be made at a follow-up meeting on Wed. Sept. 7th next at 8.00pm in Crusheen.
It is hoped to set up a group which would be able to lead liturgies and Eucharistic Services in the parish and anyone interested in this may contact Fr. Pat @ 0862612124 Matt @0871757577 or Rose @ 0870610212.

Toonagh Hall Tractor Run.
The roads around Toonagh will host a Tractor Run on Sun. 18th Sept., next, when tractors, vintage cars and motorcycles will all be welcome, with proceeds going towards Toonagh Hall. Refreshments and entertainment will be provided in the Hall afterwards and further details will be given nearer the time.

Recent Deaths. 

The death has taken place of Sean Brodie, Killeen and formerly of St. Patrick's Terrace, Turnpike Road, Ennis, peacefully at his home. He reposed at St. Mary's Church, Ruan and following requiem mass, he was laid to rest in Drumcliffe. 

Sean and his wife, Frances, moved to Killeen in 1972. He worked for the Mid Western Health Board in R.E.T.O.S. in Shannon and later in Teach Boru in Ennis, until his retirement. He was involved with the Ennis Musical Society for a number of years, he was active in the local churches in this parish, and was also a keen spectator of sport.
He is survived by his wife, Frances, daughters Susan, Elizabeth, Anne Marie, Elaine & Patricia, son Micheal, sons in law, daughter in law, grandchildren, extended family & friends. 

The death has taken place, recently, of Micheal Smyth, Stillorgan, Dublin, formerly from Ruan, brother of Kevin Smyth and Carmel Kelly and the late Jimmy Smyth.  The death also occurred of Mary Kelly, McHugh Villas, Ennis, formerly of Scoole, and sister of Morty Kelly, Ruan.

Minor Camogie Final.
Ruan Minor camogie team played Whitegate in the Minor Final in Tulla on a lovely sunny evening on Sunday and despite putting in a great effort, Whitegate came out winners. Captain for Ruan was Roisin O'Loughlin.

W/E 20/09/2015

posted Sep 14, 2015, 7:08 AM by John O'Sullivan

Wedding Bells.
The unending rain on Friday last did little to dampen the spirits of a local girl, Anne O'Regan on her marriage to Paul Drumm, the many umbrellas used adding a spectacle of great colour to the celebrations. The local Camogie Club, of which Anne is a very popular member and Chairperson,  had a Guard of Honour outside the Church. 
Anne is a daughter of Michael and the late Margaret O'Regan of Dromore, Ruan and Paul is a son of John and Maria Drumm of Drumcondra, Dublin.  Celebrant was Fr. Pat O'Neill and Bridesmaids were Maureen Cleary and Mai-Ling Drumm.  Bestman was Gary Craig and Groomsmen were Kevin Drumm and Declan Flynn.  Hailey and Jeyan Drumm were flowergirls and Pageboy was Sebastian Drumm. 
The reception was held at the Castle Oaks Hotel, Castleconnell and the couple will live in Crusheen.

Dublin City Marathon.
Last year local man, Shane O'Loughlin from Kilcurrish, Fountain, ran in the Dublin City Marathon, raising funds for the Clare Crusaders Clinic in Barefield, so encouraged was he by the support he received, he's in training for this years marathon with renewed vigour. He welcomes any donations to aid the fundraising for this very valuable asset in the County, which is such a help to families with children with special needs.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Joe O'Brien of Bealnalicka, Ruan, Ennis General Hospital.  Joe had endured poor health for the past few years, which led him to retiring from working on his farm, which he loved.  He was always known for his work with sheep and cattle  and he kept sheepdogs and beagles and when the sheepdogs had pups, there were always eagerly given homes by farmers who appreciated their nature. 
Over the years Joe was a member of Ruan and Dysart Harriers,and regularly won the Dysart Harriers Cup, he was on the local hurling team of the '60's with which he won a championship medal and he also ran Cross Country with the Athletics Club. One of his passions was card playing, and, on the circuit, he was keenly aware of the strengths and weaknesses of his opponents.  Joe will also be remembered for his wit and sense of fun and his ability to always have time for a chat.
His remains were removed from Kennedy's Funeral Home to Ruan Church and, following requiem Mass concelebrated by his cousins Fr. Martin and Fr. Mike O'Brien with Fr. Pat O'Neill, he was laid to rest in the old Graveyard.  He is survived by his sister Martina, brother, Kevin, brother in law, sister in law, nieces, nephews and friends.
The death also took place last week of Tom Kelly.  Tom was the  last surviving member of the Kelly family from Morty Kelly's Public House in Ruan Village.  He emigrated to England at a young age and worked there until his retirement when he returned to live in Barefield where he spent his last years, enjoying the company of extended family. He was laid to rest in Ruan Graveyard with his family.

W/E 13/09/2015

posted Sep 7, 2015, 8:38 AM by John O'Sullivan

Clothes Collection.
Now that the children are back in school, the Parents Associations are back in action fundraising for various needs of the schools.
Toonagh Parents Association is holding a clothes collection on Thurs. 17th Sept.
Collection bags are available at the school, or black bags may be used. They can be dropped off at Toonagh Hall on the day fro 9-10.30am, 1.45-3.00pm, 6.30-7.30pm. By now people know all kinds of clothing, belts, bags, shoes, curtains, sheets, duvet covers, etc. may be included, but no duvets, pillows or cushions. The monies raised will go towards getting I.T. supplies for the school.

Hospice Coffee Morning.
This community will be one of many, all over the country, who will host coffee mornings in aid of their local Hospice on next Thurs. 17th Sept.
Mary Hanrahan will host one in her home in Drumcavan from 10am-1pm and Mary O'Donnell & Martha Casey will be the hostesses in Ruan Community Centre fro 9.30am-1pm.
There will be fresh home baking on offer and the support of the community will be very welcome.

Ruan Minor Hurling.
Ruan recently hosted an u8 blitz in the hurling field. Visiting Clubs were Inagh, Kilnamona and  Tulla. Ruan did very well, fielding three teams. There was great support from the parents and mentors who organised the day which ended with refreshments being enjoyed by all who took part.
The Minor Club is holding a Flag Day in Ennis on this Sat.12th Sept., and anyone who might have an hour or so to spare is asked to contact any member of the Club, who will be delighted with the offer to help out on the day.

Recent Deaths.
The deaths have occurred of Michael Murphy of Coolmeen, Cranny, father of Moira Roughan, Fountain and John Slattery of Newmarket on Fergus, father of Mary McMahon, Ballytigue, Ruan.

Confirmation Talk.
A talk for parents of all children to be confirmed in the Imeall Boirne parishes in 2016  will be held in Ruan Community Centre on Tue. 15th Sept. at 8.00pm.

W/E 06/089/2015

posted Aug 31, 2015, 8:33 AM by John O'Sullivan

Fun Run for G.A.A. Club
Over 170 people turned up at the local G.A.A. field in Ruan on Fri. evening last to take part in a fundraiser for the Club which took them on a route on the roads surrounding the village, ending up at the Clubhouse where refreshments were served. Jamie Fitzgibbon from Crusheen came in ahead of two locals Declan O'Regan and Gerard Keating and the first lady home was Sinead Heagney from Ruan, followed by Miriam Darcy from Ennis and  Neasa Ni Hainifein, also from Ruan. 

Recent Deaths.

The death has taken place, following an illness, of Marie Mulqueen, (nee McComisky) of Ballygriffey, Ruan, Kevin Barry Avenue, Ennis and formerly from Barna, Co. Galway. Removal was from Kennedy's Funeral Home to Ennis Cathedral, where requiem mass was celebrated, followed by private cremation.  Marie is survived by her husband Gerard, son Ultan, daughter Niamh, brothers, sisters, extended family and friends.
The death also occurred, suddenly, of Gerry Sheridan, Toormore, Ruan, Dalcassian Park & Marian Avenue, Ennis, partner of Ann Mitchell. Gerry was the painter on the Ruan/Dysart Resource Group C.E. Scheme during which time he was involved in the painting of Ruan Community Centre, Toonagh Hall and  Dysart Castle, and he will be missed, not only by his family and friends, but also by his colleagues and those in this community who knew him.

Vintage Tractor Run.
A very colourful spectacle passed through Ruan on Sunday as over 120 vehicles, tractors, motor bikes and cars, vintage and modern, took part in a fundraising event for Clare Crusaders Clinic in Barefield. Their route took them from Barefield through Ruan, Tubber, Crusheen and back to Barefield where they enjoyed a BBQ, all in aid of the Clinic, which provides much needed services to children with special needs.

Underage Hurling.
Ruan played the opening game in the u13 competition away to Whitegate last week, with Ruan emerging as winners. They now meet Cratloe in Ruan in this coming Sat., at 12 noon.
Craobh Rua Club from Camlough, Co. Armagh visited Clare on the weekend of the 22nd Aug. last, when they played a challenge match against Ruan.  Five years ago the Ruan Club hosted Craobh Rua during that year's Feile na nGael and Ruan has also visited Camlough since 2010, showing the value of Feile in fostering valuable links between Clubs throughout the country.

W/E 28/09/2014

posted Sep 23, 2014, 6:13 AM by John O'Sullivan

Tidy Towns Competition.
Ruan did very well in this year's competition, up 9 points on last year.  The feedback from the adjudicators was also very positive and they also gave some very helpful advice to take into account in the future.   The Tidy Towns Committee acknowledges that, without the help and involvement of so many people in the area, this success would not be possible.  
It is already planning for next year and is hoping the community will get behind whatever work has to be done to keep the area a clean, litter-free and pleasant place to live.

Parish Graveyard.
At a recent Parish Council meeting, the need to develop the parish graveyards in Dysart and Ruan was discucssed.  In the absence of acquiring suitable land close to the existing graveyards, a site located midway, which would be accessible to both sides of the Parish, would also be welcome.  
If anyone has a suitable plot, and would be interested in donating or selling same to the Parish, please contact Fr. Pat (0862612124) or any member of the Parish Council, or  email to

Clare Stages Rally 2014.
A number of local rally enthusiasts took part in this year's Clare Stages Rally, a stage of which was run over roads in the Dysart side of the parish.  Anthony O'Halloran, in his Opel Mantra 400, with Ciara O'Connell as co-driver, had the misfortune of a shaft axle breaking just 2k short of the finish line;  Declan Courtney, in a Citroen C2, with Tara Courtney as co-driver came 54th overall;  Tim Casey was navigator with Keith Naughton, driving a Peugeot, who came 59th overall;  Declan O'Regan, with Joe Dunne as co-driver and Adrian Hynes with Dermot Ryan as co-driver, both pulled out with engine trouble.  
In the Junior section, Martin Casey, driving a honda civic, with Jared Gill as co-driver, came in 8th

W/E 21/09/2014

posted Sep 16, 2014, 8:31 AM by John O'Sullivan

Toonagh Hall & Sports Complex.
At a recent meeting held in Toonagh Hall it was agreed that the Hall & Sports Complex be closed to the public until such time  as a complete management committee has been formed, therefore, an E.G.M. (extraordinary general meeting) will be held on next Sun. 21st Sept at 6 o'clock in the Hall. This E.G.M. had been called to discuss a number of serious issues still outstanding from the ongoing works at the Centre.  
It has been decided that a management committee needs to be formed, and this requires the input of the local community and cannot wait until the A.G.M. 
It is crucial that individuals, groups and organisations wishing to use the facilities must attend, or send a representative, as the Hall & Sports Complex cannot open until the committee is formed, and this will be a big inconvenience to the local schoolchildren and the community at large. Further information from Paul Rees, Chairman (0872166288)

Clare Stages Rally 2014.
Roads in some areas of Dysart will be closed for a time on Sun. next, 21st Sept., from 8.20a.m. to 5.20p.m.  This is to facilitate the 2014 Clare Stages Rally.  The areas affected are Caherbannagh/Magowna/Soheen/Ahaun Bridge/Killeenan/Mollaneen/Dysart/Poulbawn, going into Corofin.   People are asked to be aware and alert on the roads in the vicinity, as there will be extra traffic on all roads, due to crowds following the Rally.

Flu Season.
Many from the parish use Corofin Medical Centre and the flu and pneumonia vaccines are now available at the Centre.  
Walk in clinic Monday, Tuesday and Friday 2-3p.m., and at other times by appointment.  House visits, if required, can be arranged on request.

Coffee Morning for Cahercalla.
Please note that the annual coffee morning in aid of Cahercalla Hospice will not be held in Toonagh Hall on this Thursday.  
It has been postponed until the hall is reopened.


posted Sep 8, 2014, 9:18 AM by John O'Sullivan

Wedding Bells.
The wedding has taken place of Shane Mulqueen, son of Mary and Brian of Adroon, Ruan and Sandra Henry, daughter of John and Gretta Henry, Sagura, Curry, Co. Sligo at Curry Church.  Fr. Leo Henry was chief celebrant, assisted by Fr. Pat O'Neill and Fr. Sean Noone.  Bestman was Rory Mulqueen and Groomsmen were Enda Garvey and John Henry.  Bridesmaids were Connie Seery, Teresa Henry and Marie Henry.  Many of the guests travelled from London and Australia to join in the celebrations. The reception was held in Mulranny Park Hotel and, following a honeymoon spent in Sorrento, Italy, the couple will return to Perth, Australia, where they both work.

New Principal.
Following the retirement, in June, of Joe Carmody, Principal of Toonagh N.S. a new Principal has been appointed. Donnchadh Kelleher takes over the reins, having taught for seven years in Dublin - St. Brigid's Boys N.S. in Killester and Scoil Assaim Boys N.S. in Raheny.  
He is currently completing a Masters in Education and is looking forward to working with the teachers and pupils in Toonagh School.

Toonagh Hall.
A meeting will be held in Toonagh Hall on this Thurs. night, 11th Sept., at 8.30p.m. to bring people up to date on the work that has been completed to date on the buildings and what has to be completed before the hall reopens for winter activities.   
Any individuals and groups who wish to use the hall and/or sports facilities in the future are asked to attend.

Irish Dancing Classes.
Irish dancing classes with Scoil Ni Nuallain (Nolan School of Dancing) are held every Friday from 3.30p.m. to 4.30p.m. in Ruan Community Centre.   
Children are welcome to join throughout the year and further details may be had from Michelle Enright T.C.R.G. @ 0872548993.

Kilcurrish Bridge.
Kilcurrish Bridge has been closed since July, when Clare County Council uncovered significant structural problems.  Works have commenced this week to repair the bridge and it is estimated that they will take up to six weeks to complete before it will be reopened.

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