W/E 09/09/2018

posted Sep 4, 2018, 8:21 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Sep 4, 2018, 8:23 AM ]
School is Back.
Schools are the lifeblood of a community, and this parish is very fortunate in having two primary schools and two pre-schools catering for the children of the area. Toonagh  School had fourteen children start in Junior Infants this term.  It earned an Active Schools Flag in June, which now flies proudly outside the school, and fibre broadband has been installed in the school, which is of huge benefit to the students and teachers alike.
Ruan also had fourteen children come into Junior Infants, bringing the total students in the school to 102.  There are four classroom teachers and two support teachers in the school.  In June, before that year’s sixth class left for pastures new, they, under the guidance of artist, Aisling Moloney from Ennis, painted a mural along a wall in the schoolyard, depicting scenes and people from the parish, the county and the world.  A nature trail was also established in the schoolyard, where the children can interact with the flora and fauna of the area and which provides much enjoyment to all. 
Fifteen children attend Ruan Community Childcare, which caters for pre-school children, for children with special needs and also facilitates primary school children, before and after school.  It is a modern facility with indoor and outdoor areas well suited to the enquiring minds of young children. Gai Hardy runs the Centre and she may be contacted at 0868839132.
Teach Spraoi in Toonagh, run by Nora Custy, is a ‘Nature Kindergarten’ preschool which, this year,  has introduced the two-year ‘Access and Inclusion’ programme. It promotes well-being and self-confidence through nature, sensory, creativity, art, physical activity and outdoor activities.  As well as children from the locality, children from Miltown Malbay, Kilfenora and Lisdoonvarna attend and there are three staff in the Centre.

Craft Mornings in Toonagh.
Now that the summer holidays are over, people are getting back to routine, and part of that routine here is the Wednesday morning Craft gatherings in Toonagh Hall. They resume on Wednesday, September 12, from 11am. People are welcome to come to share tips on knitting, crochet or any craft they may be interested in, or even join the group for a ‘chat and a cuppa’ in a warm and genial atmosphere.

Exercise Classes.
The exercise classes for over 55’s resume in Ruan Community Centre on Wednesday at 1.15pm, under the capable guidance of John Conroy.  These classes have been of great benefit to those who have attended them over the past year or so and people look forward to their weekly gathering where they learn exercises which help with mobility and with their health, in general.

Ruan Camogie
A great year for the Ruan u14 Camogie team saw them reach the county u14 A championship final, which ended in a draw. Unfortunately the replay which was held in Clareabby last week did not go Ruan’s way, and Truagh/Clonlara came out on top on the day. However it was a wonderful achievement to get to the final and the girls acquitted themselves very well all throughout the competition.
Four girls from the Ruan Camogie Club, Aoife Anderson, Kate Forde, Sinead Hastings and Emily Whelan will be representing our parish  on Saturday 8th September, when they line-out for Clare in Dublin, at the inter-county all Ireland u14 Camogie Blitz, and the support of the community is fully behind them.