Notes for August

W/E 30/08/2020

posted Aug 27, 2020, 2:41 AM by John O'Sullivan

The Minor Camogie team had a tough game against Truagh/Clonlara last week, in Ruan GAA field. Despite spirited and committed play by the Ruan girls, it was the visitors who won out on the night.
Local woman and P.R.O. Of Clare Camogie, Brid MacNamara, will return to her Club on Friday evening, Aug. 28, when she finishes her ‘Croke Park to Clare’ walk. All members of the Club, and anyone who would like to walk the last of the 500km with Brid, are asked to be at Ruan GAA Field at 7.30 to cheer Brid on in her fundraiser for Clare Camogie. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Club asks people attending to form a socially distanced line on both sides of the road from The Dalcassian to the GAA field.

W/E 23/08/2020

posted Aug 17, 2020, 2:24 PM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Aug 17, 2020, 2:24 PM ]

The under 16 girls met, and overcame, Newmarket on Fergus at the weekend. This is a great panel of girls, passionate about their game and showing fine skills, turning an 8 point deficit into a 7 point win and allowing their opponents to score only once in the second half. 

Archaeology Walks.
The walks around the archaeological sites in Dysart O’Dea have proved very popular and local woman, Mary O’Halloran will guide a further walk on Sun. Aug.30. 
This walk will start at 12 noon at Dysart Romanesque Church and Round Tower and return there, taking in around 4 miles and lasting approximately 3/4 hours. Mary may be contacted at 0872830950, and booking is essential so that social distancing may be adhered to.
She will lead another walk on September 13, taking in different t monuments.

To Croke Park and Back.
Brid MacNamara’s fundraising walk is gaining momentum, as she visits Camogie Clubs around the County, covering the length from Clare to Croke Park and back, to raise monies for Clare Camogie. She has had an enthusiastic welcome from the Clubs she has visited, to date, with members accompanying her on some of the fundraiser. 
Over the next two weeks Brid will visit thirteen more Clubs, including her own, Ruan, on Fri. August 28, and it is hoped a large crowd will turn out to welcome and support her and Clare Camogie.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place, following an illness, of Fiona Colleran Quinn, Johnstownbridge, Co. Kildare, formerly Of Loughrea, Co. Galway, wife of Declan Quinn, Tierna, Ruan.

W/E 16/08/2020

posted Aug 12, 2020, 1:27 AM by John O'Sullivan

Confirmation was administered to the children of Ruan School on Saturday August 8, in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan at 11am. The children who received the Sacrament from Fr. Pat  O’Neill were Conor Parnell, Cormac Ryan, Evan O’Donoghue, Joe Meaney, Joshua Ryan, Lee White, Oisin Punch, Pearce Wynne, Rory Meaney, Javier Gomez, Aoibheann Le Cathelinais, Aoibheann O’Toole, Ava Quirke, Ciara Punch, Cliodhna Jones and Kya Mounsey.  Principal, Cyril Lyons, was their teacher.
At two o’clock Saturday afternoon it was the turn of the children from Toonagh School,  Blaithin Barry, Sarah Browne, Ronan Barry, Daniel Clancy, Grace Corcoran, James Cullinan, Alice Cummins, Clarissa Gilmore, Leah Griffin, Daniel Guineans, Sean Healy, Ethan Lucas, Billy Marrinan, Tara Moroney, Cathal Noonan, Ellen O’Leary, Lennon Rushton and Jamie Ryan. Their teacher was Claire Cullinan. 
Monica Morgan and Michael Hennessy provided the singing and music for both ceremonies, after which the school had laid on an ice-cream van, which went down a treat with everyone, given that the weather was so beautiful on the day.

Tour de Munster.
Down Syndrome Clare's annual Tour De Munster cycle fundraiser was another huge success thanks to the wonderful people who helped and supported it over the weekend. A very special mention to some fantastic young musicians Eimear and Holly O'Loughlin, Aoife Mcinerney, Tierna Casey, Sarah Jane O Halloran, Rachel Mahoney, Niamh Lynch, Mary Hanrahan and Lily Price, along with their organiser Geraldine Cahir, who entertained the cyclists and crowds at O’Connell Square in Ennis on the day. The support of all who contributed, in any way, to the fundraiser is hugely appreciated, as these monies will be used throughout the year for various activities for children with Downs Syndrome such as speech therapy, horse riding classes, home tutoring, mother and toddler group, music therapy and informative talks for parents.

The local Camogie teams, u14s, u18s and the adult team were on the losing side of their games last week, however, they were happy to be out, meeting their friends, playing their games in the fresh air. During this pandemic, it’s these occasions that bring a sense of ‘normality’ to life for which everyone is grateful.

Ruan Intemediate team 
On Sunday last, the Ruan Intemediate team bowed out of the championship after a spirited display against an impressive Smith O’Briens. 
Well done to all players and management for the commitment they showed in difficult circumstances this year. 

W/E 09/08/2020

posted Aug 4, 2020, 12:23 PM by John O'Sullivan

Clare Camogie Fundraiser.
P.R.O. of Clare Camogie, and local woman, Brid McNamara of Ranahan, Ruan has taken to the roads of the county to raise funds for Clare Camogie. Brid started on her quest on August 1 and will finish on August 29, with a visit to her own Club, Ruan. She intends to walk 430k, which is the distance from Clare to Croke Park and back again. Over the month Brid will visit every Camogie Club in the County and each Club will have members walking some of the way. 
Ruan Club will be the last Club to be visited, on August 29, and all the members are fully behind Brid, supporting her in her fundraiser. 

Recent Deaths.
The death has taken place of Anne Whelan (née Finn) Of Ardcarney, Ruan, in Cahercalla Hospital.  Anne was married to her husband, Des, for fifty one years.  She had worked in Considine’s Bar in the Turnpike, Ennis and was very well liked by all who knew her. She has lived with Multiple Scelerosis for the past forty years, and for the past fifteen years, Anne has had many visits to hospitals, nursing homes and has received great care from those she came into contact with. Her husband, Des, has been her constant companion over those years and she loved being at home, content in being with her family and enjoying her garden and her home.
Anne’s requiem mass was celebrated in St.Mary’s Church, Ruan and she was laid to rest in the adjoining graveyard.  
She is survived by her husband, Des, son Mike, daughter Martina, brothers Michael and John, sisters Patsy and Peggy, son in law, brothers in law, sisters in law, grandchildren, extended family and friends. 

The death has also taken place of Michael Craven, in the Galway Clinic. Michael was well known around the roads of the area from his years working with Clare County Council. Following requiem mass in Crusheen Church, Michael was laid to rest in Ruan Cemetery. He is survived by his neighbours and friends.

The death has also occurred of Carmel Kelly (née Smyth), Strandhill, Co. Sligo and formerly of Ruan, in the care of her daughter, Siobhan, her husband Tom and their daughters, at their Nursing Home in New Ross, Co. Wexford. Carmel was predeceased by her parents Jim and Mary Kate Smyth, her brothers Micheál, Gerard and Jimmy, and, two years ago, by her husband of 53 years, Eddie. 
She is survived by her daughter, Siobhan, sons Eamon, Brian and Paul, brother Kevin in Birmingham, son in law, daughters in law, sisters in law, grandchildren and a wide circle of friends. 

Camogie News.
The Camogie season is well on its way again after the enforced delay due to COVID 19. The u12 girls had a win over Ballyea in Ruan last week. The Girls on the u16B Team continued on good form with a win over Crusheen Banner in very wet and slippery conditions in Ruan last week.
The Junior ladies lost out to Broadford, in Broadford, on Friday evening in a fast paced game.  
They meet Inagh Kilnamona this coming weekend in their 2nd game of the Championship in Ruan.


posted Jul 27, 2020, 9:39 AM by John O'Sullivan

New School Appointments.
The Board of Management of Ruan N.S. has announced two new school appointments. Ms. Niamh Ní Chonghaile has been appointed to the position of Principal to replace Mr. Cyril Lyons who is retiring from teaching, having held this position since 1996. Ms. Ni Chonghaile is an existing staff member and Deputy Principal since 2003. 
Mr. Michael O'Neill has been appointed as a mainstream class teacher to fill the vacancy that has been created. Mr. O'Neiil is from Kilmaley and is well known in GAA circles as an outstanding dual player. Both appointments take effect from October 5th. 
Niamh and Michael are wished the very best in their new roles.

Walk in Dysart.
Mary O’Halloran, a native of Dysart, with a great interest in, and love for local history, is leading a walking tour of Dysart O Dea archaeological sites, starting  and finishing from the Romanesque Church and Round Tower on Monday August 3 next. The walk will cover approximately 5km and will take about three hours. Anyone interested may contact Mary @ 0872830950 to book a place on the walk, as social distancing must be adhered to and places are limited. 
Mary also hopes to lead walks on other dates if Monday doesn’t suit.

The girls in the local Camogie club are delighted to be back in action over the past week. The under 16's kicked off their Championship with a win over St. Joseph’s.  The under 14's were victorious over The Banner on Wednesday last and the under 8's played their first blitz in Ruan against Crusheen on Sunday morning. 
Both teams put on a great display of the skills they’ve been learning and finished on two goals apiece.

W/E 25/08/2019

posted Aug 20, 2019, 5:12 AM by John O'Sullivan

Munster Champions!
Alan Cummins and Brian Reilly have won the 60x30 (Big Alley) Masters B Munster Final. The Toonagh clubmen joined forces this year to represent Clare and accounted for Limerick in the semi-final which then set up a final against Cork. 
The final which was played in Hospital,Co.Limerick on Monday evening saw the pair beat Cork on a scoreline of 21/20,21/12.
They now face Leinster opponents Wexford in the All-Ireland semi-final on the weekend of September 14th/15th.

W/E 18/08/2019

posted Aug 12, 2019, 1:31 PM by John O'Sullivan

Ruan G.A.A. Juniors Win Trophy.
There were great celebrations in Ruan on Sunday evening, Ruan Juniors having taken the silverware in the Junior C Final which was played in Tulla. On their way to the final they won three of their games and had a win over Killenena in the semi-final.  Captain, Mikey Casey was presented with the trophy by Joe Cooney, Clare Co. Board Chairman. 
Great credit is due to the management, team members and all who have supported them all along the campaign.

The wedding took place, last week, of Deirdre McDonnell, daughter of Betty and Dermot, Hillview, Soheen, Dysart and Tim Smythe, son of Maureen and Barry, of Shanaway Road, Ennis. Retired Bishop Willie Walsh, assisted by Fr. Pat O’Neill were celebrants. Bridesmaids were Aine Quinn, Amy Kinnear, Karen Smythe and Orla O’Grady.  
Best man was Paraic Crehan, groomsmen were Damien McDonnell,  Gavin McDonagh and Liam Rynne. Flowergirl was Emily Kearny and Pageboy was Oisin Lynch. The reception was held in the Armada Hotel, Spanish Point and the couple reside in Ennis.

Tour de Munster.
There was great excitement on Friday morning in Ennis as our own local hero, Conrad McCullough led 120 cyclists, including Sean Kelly, Tour de France Champion, to O’Connell Square, where a group of young traditional musicians from the local area provided entertainment for the visitors. 
The charity cycle was raising funds for Munster Down Syndrome, cycling around Munster for the weekend.  Fundraising took place on the day in the county towns for the Clare branch. 
It’s 80 members and the committee are very grateful to all who voluntarily offered their services, and to all who contributed to the cause, as it makes a huge difference to the families, accessing speech therapy, swimming lessons and more.

Yoga Class.
A number of local families enjoyed a free community yoga class with Rosie McMahon in Toonagh Hall on Sunday morning. 
Kids yoga will start in Toonagh Hall from Sunday, Sept 8, at 11am with Collette Nagle, Corofin.

It was a disappointing result for our local girls Rebecca Crowe, Niamh Lyons and Claire and Louise McDonnell and the Clare panel, when they lost out to Kerry in the semi final of the Junior C Championship in Cusack Park. However, they worked hard to get to this stage of the competition and hopefully they will go further next year.

GAA Summer Camp.
Ruan Hurling and Camogie Clubs are hostiing their own Summer Camp in the local GAA field starting Monday, Aug.19 to Thurs, Aug. 22. This popular camp is now in its 4th year and it runs from 10am to 2pm daily. It caters for Primary School children and promises to be a week of great fun, hurling and camogie and an enjoyable way to finish off the summer holidays. Parents who have not done so, may register on the first day of the Camp.

W/E 11/08/2019

posted Aug 6, 2019, 12:04 PM by John O'Sullivan

Set Dancing Classes.
 John Fennell Dance School will start set dancing classes for children at 3.30pm on Wednesday’s, in Toonagh Hall once school resumes in the Autumn. 
Further details may be had from Pamela @0876224698.

Fundraising Dance.
The local Resource Group has been busy over the summer on another phase of the works to bring Toonagh Hall up to a high standard. The kitchen has been painted and the timbers on the veranda have been replaced.
Mike Gardiner and his band with Noreen Ferns will play in the Hall on Saturday August 31 and the organizing committee is hoping for a great turnout on the night.

Recent Death.
The death took place recently of Breda Wilmott (née Galvin), peacefully, at her home in Keswick, Lake District, Cumbria. Breda was born and reared in Ranahan, Ruan and, as a young woman, like many young people of the time, she emigrated to England where she trained as a nurse in London. There she met and married her husband, Len, and they reared a family of three sons John, Paul and Eamon. 
When Breda and Len retired they came to Larchill, near Ennis, where they lived for nearly twenty years, their home there having its own wind turbine, which was ahead of its time in the area and was an interesting topic of conversation.
When Len died his remains were interred in Kyle Cemetery, near Breda’s homeplace in Ranahan and on Thursday last, following requiem mass in Ruan, Breda’s remains were also laid to rest in Kyle. She is survived by her sons and their families, her brother Ger Galvin, nephews, nieces and friends.

Lay Led Liturgy
A lay led Liturgy will be held in St. Tola’s Church, Dysart at 10am on this Sunday, August 11.

The amalgamation of Ruan/Crusheen/ Corofin played Broadford/Parteen in the u18B Shield Final in Fr. McNamara Park on Monday evening. Despite the girls showing great determination, they were beaten by the opposition, ending the season of hard work and dedication they and their mentors have put in to reach the final. 
The Liberty Insurance All Ireland semi final will take place in Cusack Park on Saturday, Aug. 10, when Clare takes on Kerry. Our Club members, Louise and Claire McDonnell, Niamh Lyons and Rebecca Crowe and the Clare panel are wished well in the game.

W/E 04/08/2019

posted Jul 30, 2019, 1:58 PM by John O'Sullivan

The wedding took place in Our Lady of the Wayside Church, Lissycasey, recently, of Dermot, son of Anne and John Taaffe, Kells and Kate, daughter of Steven and Frances McGuane, Lissycasey.  The ceremony was officiated by Canon Patrick Taaffe, uncle of the bride with Fr. Joe Hourigan and  Fr. Pat O’Neill. Maid of Honour was Sinead Noonan, Bridesmaid was Mary Garvey. Best man was George Taaffe and John Taaffe was Groomsman.  
Flower girls were Muireann Ryan, Hannah McGuane, Meabhdh Ryan, Roisin McGuane and Anne Garvey and Pageboys were Christopher O’Grady, John and Shane Taaffe. The reception was held in The Bellbridge Hotel, Spanish Point.

The Clare Junior Camogie  team has secured their place in the All Ireland semi final after their win over Tyrone at the weekend. Our club members, Niamh Lyons, Rebecca Crowe, Louise and Claire McDonnell all having a hand in their success to date. The next game will be played at the weekend between Kerry and Wicklow and the semi final will be held on August 10th when Clare will meet either Kerry or Offaly, depending on points on the table at that stage.
Emily Whelan, Aoife Anderson, Sinead Hastings and Kate Forde represented the Ruan Club at the inter All Ireland competition in Dublin at the weekend.

W/E 26/08/2018

posted Aug 22, 2018, 2:05 AM by John O'Sullivan

Farewell to Fr. Seamus.
On Sunday, after the 10am Mass in Ruan people got an opportunity to say their goodbyes to Fr. Seamus Nohilly, a native of Corofin, Co. Galway, who joined the Imeall Boirne Cluster in January, 2014, on the retirement of Fr. Brian Geoghegan.   Fr. Seamus is  priest with the S.M.A. Society since 1969, and served in Nigeria and Ireland.  He lived among the people of Tubber and was very much involved in the pastoral care of the Cluster which includes Crusheen, Ballinruan, Boston, Tubber, Ruan, Dysart, Corofin,  Kilnaboy and Rath.  
He endeared  himself to those he met, such was his kindness and empathy with people.  A large crowd came to Ruan Community Centre to bid their farewells and to wish Fr. Seamus well on his return to the S.M.A. House in Claregalway. Tea and home baking was served by ladies of the parish, and it is hoped that Fr. Seamus will have happy memories of his time here.

Community Games.
The All Ireland Community Games were held in Athlone recently. Neasa Ni Ainifein took Silver in the under 14 girls’ 800m.   Ethan Ryan competed in the Javelin.  

Ruan has joined up with Corofin to make up an under 21 team and they had a win over Tulla last week, taking them into the final which they played on Monday evening in Fr. Mcnamara Park against Broadford/Parteen. 
The Ruan girls on the panel are Michelle Power, Siofra Lawton, Sarah O’Donoghue, Louise McDonnell and Lisa Whelan.  Aoife Stankard from Crusheen is also on the panel.

Ruan G.A.A. Club hosted an u8 Blitz in the Hurling field on Saturday last. The teams taking part were Inagh/Kilnamona, O’Callaghan’s Mills, Bodyke and Ballyea and the host club. Great credit must go to the organisers, mentors and parents for their work in organising the day and providing refreshments enabling the children to play hurling games in an enjoyable atmosphere and to get to meet people from other clubs which they will, no doubt, meet in more competitive games in the future.
The under 12’s visited Semple Stadium last week.  They played games against Dungarven, Erin’s Own (Waterford) and Charleville. Afterwards they met Brendan Maher, Tipperary hurler and Captain of the All Ireland winning team of 2016.  He recounted the history of Semple Stadium to the group and they had a very informative and enjoyable day.

Tour De Munster Success.
The Tour De Munster that cycled through the Banner County on the 10th of August was a hugh success, raising much appreciated funds and awareness for Down Syndrome Clare and its seventy four members. All funds raised goes towards paying for services of speech therapy, swimming and horse riding lessons, home tutoring,  with music lessons to follow that list shortly, for their members. 
The Down Syndrome Clare committee wishes to thank everyone who contributed, and also acknowledges Geraldine Cahir who organised some of our most talented, local, young musicians to welcome over 100 cyclists, and entertain the crowds in Ennis on the day - Eoin Hassett, Martin Crawley, Brendan O'Halloran, Shona O' Halloran, Tierna Casey, Ruth Kearney, Emer O'Loughlin, Holly O'Loughlin, Aoife McInerney, Caitlin McInerney and Sarah Jane O'Halloran- an amazing group of teenagers who gave their time, talent and kindness and created  a real buzz on O’Connell Square, for the event.

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