W/E 23/09/2012

posted Sep 18, 2012, 5:08 AM by Unknown user
County Final.
Ruan/Corofin u16s played Eire Og in Div. 1 County Final in Clarecastle on Sunday last.   It was a well contested game of hurling which saw Eire Og emerge as winners on a scoreline of 3-8 to 1-8.   It was a great achievement for the team to have reached the final, and they were disappointed with the result, however, great credit must be given to the boys who trained hard all season, and also to their mentors, Ambrose Heagney, Flan Lyons, Gerry Heagney, Peter Lyons, Kieran Carkill and Donal o'hAinifein.   Afterwards they were treated to a meal in The Grove, which is no more than they deserved for all their hard work and dedication.
The Flag Day which was held in Ennis on Sat. last was a great success, and the support of all who helped in any way is greatly appreciated by the local G.A.A. Club.
It is heartening for the future of hurling in Clare to see the quality of hurling served up by the Clare u21s on Sat. last, when they overcame Kilkenny, in a game played with great skill and fitness.   Cillian Ryan, a member of our local Club was a valuable member of that team, and it is hoped they will continue to enjoy the game they give so much of their time to play.
Clare Stages Rally
A number of roads in the parish were closed off on Sunday for the Clare Stages Rally.   Anthony O'Halloran, with Charlie McEnery as co-driver, came 9th overall and 3rd in his Class, driving a Mitsubishi, Martin O'Halloran with Declan O'Regan as co-driver, came 48th overall and 12th in his class, driving a Ford Escort, while Adrian Hynes with Dermot Ryan co-driver, bowed out at Stage 2.   In the Junior category Martin Casey with Olivia McCarthy as co-driver, came 5th overall and 5th in his Class, driving a Honda Civic.   There were many spectators along the route to cheer the local drivers, and, despite a number of showers, the day was an enjoyable one for spectators and participants and the route was very well marshalled throughout the rally.
The u14s and u16s continue to train on Monday evenings at 6.30p.m. in Ruan.   Peter Casey, County Trainer/Coach, attended this week's sessions.   The u14s had their first outing with a win last week, their next game is on Fri. 21st Sept. when they meet Whitegate at 6.15p.m. The final game in this group is on Wed. 26th Sept. when they travel to Lisdoonvarna to take on the Burren.
The All Ireland u14 blitz took place last week, on the eve of the All Ireland Camogie Finals.   49 teams were represented.   Clare had four teams, one in Div. A, one in Div B and two in Div. C.   Louise McDonnell, Roisin O'Loughlin, Eimear O'Brien and Laura Neilan represented the Ruan Club.   The squads have enjoyed a great year of success and have made great progress in their camogie skills.
Tidy Towns.
Ruan fared very well in the National Tidy Towns Competition, gaining 13 points from last year, scoring 8 out of 10 for the general impression, with 277 points out of 400 in total.   This is due in no small way to the work of the  local Tidy Towns Group, the Rural Resource Group and many individuals who play a part in keeping the area litter free and looking its best with well thought out planting of flowers and shrubs.  The lack of signposts showing Ruan was highlighted by the adjudicators, who stated the difficulty in finding the village, and it is hoped that this will be rectified in the very near future.