Notes for February

W/E 25/02/2018

posted Feb 20, 2018, 1:19 PM by John O'Sullivan

Art and Craft Classes.

Two local mothers who appreciate the fact that young children are early risers and need to have something to do to keep themselves entertained, besides watching television, on Saturday mornings, have come together to hold Art and Crafts classes in Toonagh Hall. They’ve titled the classes “Cute as a Button” and they’re held in Toonagh Hall on Saturday mornings from 9.15am to 10.45am for children from 4 to 12 years of age. 
Contact Pamela @ 0876224698 or Aisling @ 0863751807 for all the details.

W/E 18/02/2018

posted Feb 16, 2018, 5:25 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Feb 16, 2018, 5:26 AM ]

Medal Presentation.
The Ruan under 15 ‘C’ Championship winning panel were presented with their medals by  special guest, John McGrath, TipperarySenior hurler, on registration night in Toonagh Hall.  He wished the players well for the year ahead and emphasised the need to practice the skills of Hurling, not only at training, but also on their own.
The victorious camogie teams, u12, u13 and u14 were also presented with their medals.   Janet Neilan, who died in 2015, was a stalwart of Ruan Camogie Club, and her memory is held in very high regard and, to this end, the inaugural Janet Neilan memorial trophy was presented to the u14 Feile team.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place, suddenly, of John Mulqueen of Ballygriffey, Ruan. John was born and reared on the farm of his late father and mother, Bernie and Mary, which he continued to farm up until his death.  It became home to his own family when he married Juliette (Finn) from Nenagh thirty years ago and where they reared their family of two boys and two girls.  
John was a man of deep faith and family values, in tune with nature, generous with his time and experience in helping neighbours and friends.   He was a past member of the Parish Council where he was involved in parish development over the years.  He was an avid follower of Clare hurling, travelling to all the games.
The large crowds which attended his reposal in St. Tola’s Church,  Dysart, and the requiem mass where Fr. Pat O’Neill was assisted by John’s brother, Fr. Martin, John’s cousin, Fr. Tony Casey, Fr. Peter O’Loughlin and Fr. Ger Nash, bore teatament to the regard in which he and his family are held.
He is survived by his wife, Juliette, sons Hugh and Justin, daughters Isabel and Emily, sisters Una, Helen and Annette, brothers Fr. Martin, Gerard and Dermot, mother in law,  brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
The death has also occurred of Bridget (Tess) O’Brien, Bansha, Tipperary, formerly of Moyrhee,  Ruan.

W/E 11/02/2018

posted Feb 6, 2018, 3:23 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Feb 6, 2018, 3:26 AM ]

Community Games Art.
The following are the results from the County competition which was held in Scoil Chroist Ri on Saturday morning last -
U8 - Luke Flanagan, came 4th; U 10 - Eryn Moroney came 1st; U 10 – Tomas Barry came 2nd, and in U12 Tara Moroney took 1st and Aoibheann Roughan came 2nd. Eryn & Tara Moroney won gold so they go forward to the National Finals in UL in May.

Local History Group.
Anyone who might have an interest in local history will be welcome to come to the weekly meeting of the local history group which is held in Morty Kelly’s on Tuesday evenings at 8.30pm. Last year the members had a very interesting information night where they exhibited the work they’d gathered to date, pictures and written information, on various townlands around the village.

Craft Mornings.
The craft Mornings held in the kitchen of Toonagh Hall on Wednesday mornings from 11am to 12 noon are proving a great success, with those attending sharing their ideas and hints on crochet and knitting, and enjoying a “cuppa”. 
Last week a number of them showed some children from Toonagh School how to make St. Bridget’s Crosses and were delighted with the enthusiasm shown by the children who made fine specimens of their own.

Apostolic Works Society.
The local Apostolic Works Society, which raises funds and helps the foreign missions, are working towards their annual display of works which will be held in Ruan Community Centre on April 15, 2018. Anyone wishing to donate a sacred vessel in memory of someone they wish to commemorate, or on their own, or their family’s account may contact Eileen Roughan, Mary Marrinan or Eileen Hannon.
The support of the community is much appreciated by the members and the recipients of their aid

W/E 04/02/2018

posted Jan 30, 2018, 5:53 AM by John O'Sullivan

Ruan GAA.
Ruan GAA Club will hold a Hurling and Camogie Registration night in Toonagh Hall Friday, February 2nd.  Registration for all Players (Adult and Underage) takes place from 7 to 8 pm. 
Medal presentations to the victorious Camogie U12, U13 and U14 Teams and to the U15C boys who won the County final will take place at 8pm sharp. 
The inaugural Janet Neilan memorial trophy will be presented to the U14 Feile Camogie Team,and Janet,  and her significant contribution to Ruan and Clare camogie will be remembered. 
There will be refreshments & party bags afterwards - donations of home baking will be much appreciated on the night.

Enrolment at Toonagh National School.
Toonagh National School is now accepting enrolment of Junior Infants for September 2018. Please contact the school on 065-6820143 or at

Recent Deaths.
The deaths have taken place of Patrick (Paddy) Real, Thomondgate, Limerick, uncle of Fr. Pat O’Neill, Ruan;  Mrs. Eileen Dinan, Ennis, mother of Noel Dinan, Beechgrove, Toonagh and Josie Bowes (nee Lynch), Surrey, England and formerly of Gortaficka, Crusheen, sister of Micheal Lynch of Toormore, Ruan.

Blessing of Throats.
The traditional blessing of throats for the feast of St. Blaise will take place at Ruan mass on Sunday morning at 10am and at Dysart mass on Sunday evening at 7pm.  Candles for home and church use will also be blessed at both masses and anyone wishing to have candles blessed may leave them on the Altar.


posted Feb 21, 2017, 12:56 PM by John O'Sullivan

Zumba Comes to Toonagh.
A Zumba fitness class starts in Toonagh Hall Thurs. 23rd Feb. 8pm. Anyone wishing to take up this fun fitness class is welcome to come to the hall on the night to see if they would like it.

Activities Resume.
The yoga classes will resume in Toonagh hall on Mon. morning next at 11am and Tue. eve. at 7pm after taking a break for mid-term.
The craft morning returns on Wed. am next, 1st March at 11am, where people can come and show whatever  crafts they're interested in, sharing tips and ideas over a 'cuppa'.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Joe Murphy, Maghera, husband of the late Bridie Courtney
Ardcarney, Ruan.

Clothes Collection.
The recent clothes collection held for Toonagh School raised €730, which will be used to buy jerseys for the school. The next collection will be the last one for this year, on  7th May next, when the Parents Association will 'go all out'  to win the bonus prize of €1,500 and they're asking their supporters to be putting old clothes, shoes, bed linen, towels, belts, bags, etc. aside for this collection


posted Jan 31, 2017, 4:42 AM by John O'Sullivan

Annual Apostolic Display.
The annual Display by the local Apostolic Works Society will take place on Sun. 12th March next. Anyone wishing to donate a sacred vessel should contact Eileen Roughan, Mary Marrinan or Eileen Hannon.
The price list is on notice boards in both churches.

Yoga classes continue in Toonagh Hall - pay as you go class on Monday mornings 11am to 12.15pm. Classes are also held on Tuesday evenings from from 7 to 8.30pm. Contact 0858507227 for details.

Recent Deaths.
The death has taken place of Mary King (nee Kierse), Laghtagoona, Corofin, formerly of Dromina, Dysart, at the age of 97 years. Mary was the last surviving sibling of a family of eight.  She met her late husband, Mick King, from Kilmihil, when he came to work in Ballycashin and they set up home in Dromina in 1958, where they raised their 8 children.
In 2005 she relocated to Corofin with her daughter, Mary, Mary's husband Martin &  family, however she maintained a strong bond with her friends made in Dromina over the fifty years she had lived there.  She enjoyed nothing more than family get-togethers where her talented family sang and played music, indeed her son, P.J. even penned a special tune for her 'Mary from Whitemount', which he played on the 'box'.
Her interests were wide and varied, when she lived in Dromina, she was a member of the Toonagh Cumann of Fianna Fáil, she had a great love of animals and of flowers and her sense of style was greatly admired. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren held a very special place in her heart.
Mary's remains reposed in St. Tola's Church, Dysart and, following concelebrated requiem mass, she was laid to rest in Dysart Graveyard. She is survived by her daughters Anna (Purcell), Mary (Hansen O'Donoghue), Aileen (McMahon), sons Michael, P.J., Noel, Martin and John, sons in law, daughters in law, 21 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, extended family and friends.
    The death also occurred last week of Michael Fitzgibbons, aged 86, of Ballygriffey, in Cahercalla Nursing Home. Michael was the youngest of four boys, including Denis, Donal and Thomas born to Daniel and Delia, all of whom have predeceased him. He farmed the home farm in Ballygriffey until ill health forced him to retire.  He was a great follower of the G.A.A.  and he drove to Cusack Park on his tractor to watch games over the years.  He had been a resident of Cahercalla Nursing Home in later years.
Michael's remains were removed from Kennedy's Funreal Home, Ennis to St. Tola's Church, Dysart and following requiem mass, he was laid to rest in Drumcliffe Graveyard.
He is survived by his sister in law, May, nieces, nephew, extended family and friends.

W/E 28/02/2016

posted Feb 22, 2016, 5:10 AM by John O'Sullivan

Indoor Athletics.
The Indoor Munster Athletic Championships were held in Nenagh over the past two weekends. Aisling Moloney from Toonagh did really well, finishing second in u12 girls 600m.

Cheoil an Gheimhridh.
Shona O'Halloran from Dysart, with Roisin Clancy, (CCE, Croisin) came first in the u17 Duet section at the Munster final of Cheoil an Gheimhridh held in Dromcollogher recently. Tierna Casey, with Lily Price, Eileen and Eoin Costelloe,(CCE, Clarecastle Ballyea) came second in the quartet u 13.

Apostolic Works Society.
The members of the local Apostolic Works Society are busily preparing for their annual display which will be held in Ruan Community Centre on Sun. 10th April. Anyone wishing to donate a sacred vessel to the Missions in memory of a loved one, which would be much appreciated, may contact Eileen Hannon, Eileen Roughan or Mary Marrrinan.

Bingo Nite.
Dysart trainee nurse, Claire McDonnell and her friend Aisling Sweeney from Connemara are travelling to the outback in Tanzania in May to work with people in need, in hospitals there. To fund their venture, they are holding a Bingo Nite in Purcell's Ruan on this Fri. 26th Feb at 7.30pm and look forward to the support of the community on the night. There will be lots of prizes and a raffle, and a fun night is guaranteed.

Holy Communion Preparation.
The first Preparation Ceremony for First Holy Communion will take place in Ruan Church on Sun. 28th Feb. at 10am mass and in Dysart Church on Sat. 5th March at 6.30am mass.

Recent Deaths.
Mass will be celebrated in St. Tola's Church, Dysart on this Sat. 27th Feb. at 6.30pm for the Month's Mind of Kitty Bond (nee Crowe) formerly of Dysart, who died recently in Canada.
The death has also taken place of Michael Finucane, in England, brother of Mattie of Ballybrody.

W/E 21/02/2016

posted Feb 15, 2016, 11:26 AM by John O'Sullivan

Mick Dunne Memorial Awards.
Clare Camogie has been selected for an award for 'Best Match Programme' category in the Mick Dunne Memorial Awards which will be held on this coming Sat. night at Croke Park as part of Volunteer of the Year Awards.  This award is a fitting tribute to Ruan Club woman, Brid McNamara, who was PRO of Clare Camogie at the time and was programme editor for the P.K. Clare Senior Camogie Championship final 2015.

Handball has been revived in the parish, after an absence of a number of years, with the setting up of a Handball Club at the Toonagh Sports Complex. Adults interested in playing this game are invited to come to the Complex any Monday and Friday evenings from 8pm, and beginners will be very welcome. Contact Eoghan Hynes @ 0838125591 for further details.

Recent Deaths.
The death has taken place of Joseph McDonagh of Ballygriffey, Larchill at his home, at the age of 84. Joseph and his wife, Mary, set up home in Ballygriffey over forty years ago where they reared a family of six daughters and three sons. He had a great love of horses and always looked after them very well. He loved the outdoors and always had a kind word with those he'd meet on his walks.
He had been ill for a short time and, following a spell in Ennis General Hospital, he was taken care of at his home by his family until he passed away. His remains were removed from Daly's Funeral Home to Ennis Cathedral and following requiem mass,  were brought to Drumcliffe Graveyard passing by his home in a horse drawn hearse, which was a fitting tribute to him.
He is survived by his wife, Mary, daughters Ann, Winnie, Mary Teresa, Ellen, Kathleen and Bridget, sons Pat, Michael and Joseph, sons in law, daughters in law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, extended family and friends.
The death has also taken place of Maura O'Connor, Knockreagh, Dysart and also of Teresa Swanson, nee Kenny, of Schoole, in the U.S.

Ruan Tidy Towns.
The AGM of Ruan Tidy Towns will be held in Morty Kelly's Bar on tonight, Thursday 18th, at 8.30pm. The committee would welcome anyone interested in helping the area to maintain the high marks which it has been getting in the competition over the years and making it a pleasant place to live.

Sale of Work & Cakes.
Toonagh Hall is the venue for a fundraising sale on this Sun. 21st Feb. between 12 noon and 4pm. Becky Curtin, Fountain, who is one of ten general nursing students travelling to Uganda this summer volunteering with the Irish Charity, Nurture Africa, where they will provide healthcare and education to local orphaned children, has organised this fundraiser. She would be delighted to receive unwanted goods or home baking to help with the fundraiser, and these may be left in at her home before Sunday.

Ruan G.A.A.
The Ruan u13 'C' Championship winning panel of hurlers were presented with their medals at a very well attended function in Toonagh Hall recently. Special guests on the night were Clare Senior Hurlers David Reidy and David Fitzgerald, who presented the medals.

W/E 14/92/2016

posted Feb 8, 2016, 8:35 AM by John O'Sullivan

Ruan N.S. Board of Management.

The Board of Management for Ruan N.S. is as follows:

Teacher’s Nominee - Niamh Ní Chonghaile

Patrons Nominee – Carrie Droney

Chairperson – Linda Hannon

Community Nominees – Gai Hardy & Mortimer O’Sullivan

Parents’ Nominees – Keith Kelly & Olivia O’Toole

Principal – Cyril Lyons.

Parents wishing to enrol a child for this coming September may call to the school for application form or telephone the school at 6037301.

February Fitness.

A walking/running group has been set up in Ruan where all levels of fitness, and none, are welcome. It meets in the local hurling field, under lights, on Tue. & Thurs. evenings at 7.20pm. Loreto @ 0872855680 has all the details.

Youth Club.

A meeting will be held in Toonagh Hall & Sports Complex  tomorrow, Fri. 12th Feb., at 8pm, to discuss the possibility of getting a Youth Club up and running in the parish.  A speaker from Clare Youth Services will attend in the night to give information on what it entails. Youth Clubs cater for young people from 1st year through to Leaving Cert. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer or youth club leader, and parents/guardians interested in getting their children involved are invited.

Community Games Art.

Aoibheann Roughan of Fountain, a pupil at Toonagh N.S. scooped a gold medal at the county final of the Community Games, Art competition in Ennis on Sat. last, and will now represent the County at the All Ireland Finals in Athlone next August.

Jack Browne came 3rd in the u8 section,  Ryan Bliss came 2nd and his brother, Shane, came 3rd in the u8 section .

Fitness 4Fun.

Fitness 4 Fun exercise classes for men and women continue in Ruan Community Centre on Wednesdays from 1.15 to 2.15pm. John Conroy, who runs the class, is an experienced and qualified fitness coach for older adult fitness. People with arthritis, heart disease or diabetes benefit from regular physical activity, and exercise can also help people with blood pressure, balance problems or difficulty with walking. All are welcome to these classes which are proving very popular with those attending.

Recent Death.

The death has taken place of Brid Cahill, Caherbulane, Corofin, mother of Anne Foley, Adroon, Ruan.

W/E 07/02/2016

posted Feb 1, 2016, 8:26 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Feb 1, 2016, 8:29 AM ]

New Board of Management Toonagh N.S. 

The following are the members of the Board of Management of Toonagh School, which will serve a four year term which commenced on the 1st. Dec., 2015.

Marie Slattery            (Patron’s Nominee & Chairperson)

Ger Barry                    (Patron’s Nominee)

Denise Whelan           (Parents’ Nominee)

Philip Lucas                 (Parents’ Nominee)

Seán Eustace              (Teachers’ Nominee)

Donnchadh Kelleher  (Principal & Secretary)

Ita Hastings                (Community Representative)

Seán Ryan                   (Community Representative)

Bingo Nite.

Dysart girl and young trainee nurse, Claire McDonnell, with her student pal, Aisling Sweeney from Connemara are travelling to Tanzania in May to work with people in need in hospitals in the outback. They will help in treating people and learn about their culture and how they can learn to help each other.                          The girls are holding a Bingo Nite to raise funds for this worthy cause in Purcell's Bar, Ruan on Fri. 26th Feb. at 7.30pm. and they are hoping for good support on the night.

Recent deaths.

The death has taken place of Kitty Quinn (nee O'Dwyer) of Kells, at Carrigoran Nursing Home. Kitty, originally from Kilrush,  as a young woman, came to work at Our Lady's Hospital, Ennis and it was here she met her late husband, Paddy. They settled in Kells where they raised three daughters and where Kitty indulged her love of home-making, gardening and her day trips to Lahinch and around the county.                                                                                                                                           Her remains were removed from Carrigoran to St. Mary's Church, Ruan where, following requiem mass, she was laid to rest in the adjoining graveyard.                    Kitty is survived by her daughters Geraldine Meehan, Collette Kelly and Majella Nolan, sons in law, grandchildren, extended family, neighbours  and friends.

Community Games

A large number of children participated in Community Games Art 2016. FIRST and SECOND place in each age group, (EXCEPT UNDER 6) boys and girls go forward to Community Games Art County Final at CBS School, Ennis on Saturday 6 February, 2016 at 09.30am. 

The parish results are as follows:
               U-14                                                                U 16

Emily Whelan                                                  Ryan Bliss 

Molly O’Donoghue                                          Shane Bliss 

 U-12                                                                U 12

Aoibhe Moran                                                 Christian Cummins 

Shauna O’Callaghan                                       PJ Bliss 

Saoirse Barry                                                  Brian O’Gorman 

Emma Finuncane                                            Brendan O’Halloran 

 U-10                                                                U 10

Aoibheann   Roughan                                      Ronan Barry 

Roisín Cotter                                                   James O’Sullivan 

Blaithín Barry                                                  Barry Whelan 

Clarissa                                                           James Cullinan 

 U-8                                                                  U 8

Ella Casey                                                        Jack Brown 

Isobel McInerney                                            Colm Whelan 

Chloe O’Sullivan                                              Kevin Noonan 

Chloe O’Gorman                                             Darragh Casey 

 U-6                                                                  U6

Síofra Moran                                                   Fionn Bane 

                                                                        Adam Pegg 

                                                                        Luke Flanagan 

                                                                        Shay Gleeson 

G.A.A. & Camogie Club registration.

The local Minor hurling club has teamed up with the local camogie club this year in holding a joint registration night in Toonagh Hall on this Fri. night, 5th Feb. at 7.30pm. All boys from under 6 to under 18 need to register on the night in order to train and play with the club during 2016.                                                                  Family Club membership is being promoted and details will be available on Fri. night.
All players and parents involved in the camogie club are requested to attend for registration.

Medal presentation.
The Ruan u13 championship winning panel will receive their medals during the registration evening in Toonagh Hall on Fri. night at 7.30pm. Refreshments will be served  and all are welcome.

County Indoor Athletics Championships

Local children did very well on Sunday in the County Indoor Athletics Championships in Nenagh.  Neasa Ni Ainifein won her u13, 600m in a very fast time of 1.52.25.
Aisling Moloney won the u12, 600m in a time of 1.58.14 and she also won the u12 shot putt with a throw of 5.82metres.                                                                                   Aoife Anderson and also Aodain, Neasa and Roisa Ni Lachtnain  all performed very well, just missing out on the medals.    

Recent Deaths

The death has taken place, in Canada, of Kitty Crowe, sister of the late Paddy (Red) Crowe, Dromina, Dysart and Brid Cahill, Caherbulane, Corofin, mother of Anne Foley, Adroon, Ruan.

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