Notes for February 2016

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.

W/E 22/02/2015

posted Feb 16, 2015, 10:33 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Feb 16, 2015, 10:34 AM ]

Special Grandparents Mass.
In conjunction with Catholic Schools Week, a mass was celebrated in Ruan School on Monday to acknowledge the role of Grandparents in the lives of their grandchildren.   Invitations went out to the grandparents through the grandchildren and a there was a great turn out of  grandparents from all over Clare and even from Limerick.  They took part in the readings and prayers of the faithful and Fr. Pat O'Neill, in his homily, spoke of the life's experience of the grandparents and the special place they have in the lives of their grandchildren, they're often the best educators and they have the time to give to their grandchildren.  Their role in dropping off and collecting children from school, helping with homework and spending quality time with them was acknowledged and it was a very special day for all involved.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place in St. Joseph's Hospital, Ennis, of John Hehir, late of Drumcavan, Ruan.  John was born and raised in Drumcavan and spent all his life working on the farm.  He married the late Belinda Cassidy and they reared a family of five.   John had a great love of horses, and he bred them over the years.   When compulsory tillage was introduced during "The Emergency", John ploughed twenty five to thirty acres, using a pair of horses.   He also milked a herd of cows, first by hand and, on the introduction of milking machines, he changed over.   He was a man who saw many changes during his lifetime, from the austerity of hard times through to the comforts electricity and transport brought to farming, and he moved seamlessly through it all.  
Due to ill health, John had resided in St. Joseph's Hospital, Ennis for the past four years, and he lost his wife, Belinda, last April.  
His remains reposed in Ruan Church and following concelebrated requiem Mass, he was laid to rest in Ruan Graveyard.
John is survived by his son, Gerard, daughters, Cora, Nora, Evelyn and Imelda, daughter in law, sons in law, grandchildren and  by his sisters Mary Brassil in Newmarket on Fergus, Evelyn Clancy in Dublin and his brother, Michael in England.

The National Camogie Association has chosen the Clare Camogie Board  for the "Best use of Social Media" Award last week.  This award was helped, in no small way, by the efforts of Ruan woman, Brid McNamara, who is PRO for Clare Camogie, and she has brought the profile of camogie to a very large audience, at home and away, during her time as PRO, using local radio, newspapers and social media.  
Her passion for the game shines through in everything she does with the Association.

W/E 15/02/2015

posted Feb 9, 2015, 2:47 PM by John O'Sullivan

Enrolment for September.
Anyone wishing to enrol their children in Scoil Mhuire, Ruan may get enrolment  forms for this coming September from the office at the school.

Bingo in Toonagh Hall.
Now that Toonagh Hall is up and running again, a Bingo fundraiser will be held there on Sunday, 1st March next, at 4pm.
The organising committee is appealing to the community for its support with this event and would welcome items for spot prizes, etc.
contact Maria for further information at 0860593207.

Recent Death.
The death occurred in England, recently, of Michael Flannery, husband of Susan Pyne, formerly of Tullymacken, Ruan.
Burial has taken place in Mayo.

Community Games.
A number of children from Toonagh N. S. participated in the community games art competition in Rice College on Sat. morning last -
Daniel Clancy came 3rd in his age category and Liam Moran came 2nd in his age category

W/E 08/02/2015

posted Feb 6, 2015, 2:09 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Feb 6, 2015, 2:11 AM ]

Clothes Collection for School.
Over the past few years used clothes collections have been a very valuable source of revenue for organisations. The Parents' Association of Toonagh School will hold one on Thursday, 12th Feb next, to raise funds for school supplies. Clothes, shoes, handbags, belts, curtains, bed linen will all be welcome. Toonagh Hall will be open from 9-10am, 1.45-3pm and 6.30-7.30pm on the day so people can drop off their donations, which will be greatly appreciated.

Club Registration Night.
Registration for the local Camogie Club takes place in Ruan Community Centre on this Fri. 6th Feb. at 7pm.  Adult players and girls aged u6 to u18, with their parents are asked to attend. All players have to be registered in order to train or play with the Club for 2015. New players are always welcome. Contact 0879135525 for any information.
The Minor Hurling Club will also hold its registration at the same time in the same venue, and all boys aged u6 to u18 must register so that they may train and play with the Club for the coming year. This year the Club is promoting a Family Membership rate of €80, which will also include a weekly local lotto ticket. The 'player registration section' on
has all the details.
Refreshments will be served on the night.

School Enrolment.
Application forms for enrolment to Toonagh N.S. for this coming September are available at the school. Closing date is next Mon. 9th Feb.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place in England recently of Mary Kelly, sister of the late Eileen McMahon, Ballytigue and the late Michael O'Sullivan of Dromore.

Bingo in Toonagh Hall.
Now that Toonagh Hall is up and running again, a Bingo fundraiser will be held there on Sunday, 1st March next at 4pm. The organising committee is appealing to the community for its support with this event and would welcome spot prizes, etc. Contact Maria for further information @ 0860593207.

W/E 23/02/2014

posted Feb 18, 2014, 2:34 PM by John O'Sullivan

Bingo Nite for Hall.
It's "all systems go" for the first fundraiser to repair damage to Toonagh Hall & Sports Complex following the storm at Christmas.  A Bingo Nite will take place at Purcell's, Ruan on this Fri. night, 21st Feb. at 7.00p.m.  There will be lots of spot prizes on offer and finger food will be served on the night.   All support will be warmly welcomed.
Clothes Collection.
The second fundraiser for Toonagh Hall is a clothes collection on Thurs. 27th Feb., outside Toonagh Hall.   People will be on hand to take bags of clothes at 9a.m., 2p.m. 3p.m. and between 6-8p.m.  All types of clean clothing - towels, curtains, hats, belts, shoes, handbags, bed-linen (sheets, pillowcases, duvet covers) NO duvets or pillows please.  Bags are available in the porch of Dysart Church or black bin bags may be used.   Should anyone need bags to be collected, please contact Rose (0870610212) who will arrange collection. 
Adult Dancing Classes:
Maggie Hutten will return to Ruan Community Centre on Thursday nights, starting this Thurs. 20th Feb., at 8.30p.m.  Anyone wishing to learn waltzes, jives, quick-steps and set dancing is welcome.
The Clare G.A.A. Annual 2013 is now available and features a full colour spread on Ruan Minor and Senior Clubs, also a tribute to the late Jimmy Smyth.
Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Frank O'Dea late of Clarefield, Kilkee and formerly of Nooankeogh, Ruan.

W/E 16/02/2014

posted Feb 10, 2014, 9:30 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Feb 10, 2014, 9:31 AM ]

Thefts in Dysart.
In a very upsetting and unsettling incident on Sat. evening last, while people attended Mass in St. Tola's Church, Dysart, two cars were broken into and some contents were stolen.  The Gardai are investigating the matter and people are asked to be vigilant and careful not to leave valuables in their cars. Anyone who noticed anything strange or suspicious around the area on Sat. evening last, 8th Feb., are asked to contact the Gardai.
Recent Death.
The death has taken place, last week, of Michael McCarthy of Drumdigus, Kilmurray McMahon, father of Martina O'Donoghue of Ballygriffey, Ruan. 
Back from Missionvale.
John O'Sullivan, Ruan and former Ruan native, Liam Kerwin, were members of the most recent group of volunteers giving of their time and expertise to help Sr. Ethel Normoyle to provide assistance to the people of Missionvale in South Africa.  They worked on completing a shelter on the Missionvale Campus where up to 800 people queue for hours every day in the searing heat, where they receive half a loaf of bread and a scoop of soup powder to provide a meal for their families. Water being so scarce and expensive, they also dug drains so that, when it rains, water can be collected in an unused septic tank and pumped to the allotments which are provided by Sr. Ethel for the locals, helping them to help themselves. 
John and Liam are very grateful to all who contributed towards this very worthy cause and, seeing at first hand how the monies raised were used, they are confident that it will make a big difference in the lives of many people in Missionvale.
Toonagh Hall on Facebook.
A Facebook page has been set up to advertise fundraising events to try to get Toonagh Hall and Sports Complex up and running since its closure due to storm damage at Christmas.  It can be found at Toonagh Hall & Sports Complex - the "likes" are adding up and the support of the community is very much appreciated. Mark on the calendar the first fundraising event - Fri. night 21st Feb. 7.30p.m. a Bingo Nite in Purcell's, Ruan, more details nearer the date!
Community Games - Art. 
Well done to all the children who took part in the Community Games - Art - finals at the weekend.  Aisling Moloney, Toonagh, a pupil of Toonagh N.S. received a Certificate for 4th place.

W/E 09/02/2014

posted Feb 9, 2014, 4:29 AM by John O'Sullivan

Registration Night.
Ruan Minor Club holds its official registration night in Ruan Community Centre on this Fri. 7th Feb. at 8p.m.  All boys from u6 to u18 need to register on this night, in order to train and play with the Club for 2014.  The registration fee is €5 per child, up to a maximum of €10 per family.  Adult membership of €20 will also be taken up on the night.   Refreshments will be served afterwards.
Toonagh Hall.
A Facebook Page has been set up to keep people up to date on what is happening with regard to Toonagh Hall and people can find it on facebook - Toonagh Hall & Sports Complex.  Anyone with old photographs of of the old school at Toonagh and events which were held in the Hall and alleys over the years is invited to contact Breda @0851947763.
Recent Death.
The death has taken place of David O'Brien of Roslevan, Ennis, brother of Geraldine and Claire O'Brien of Ruan Village.  Burial took place to Ruan Graveyard on Monday, following concelebrated requiem Mass.
Local History Group.
The local History Group meets this Thurs. night (6th Feb.) in Morty's Bar at 8.30p.m.  Those who have been working on identifying house in the various townlands of the parish are asked to attend to share their findings.  All are welcome.
Kitchen Sessions.
The Kitchen Sessions which were such a success in Toonagh Hall over the past three years will now be held in Cois na hAbhna, starting on this Fri. 7th Feb., from 8 to 9p.m.  It is hoped that they will resume in Toonagh Hall as soon as the storm damage to the roof has been repaired.  All musicians, singers and dancers are invited to attend.

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