Notes for August 2017

W/E 27/08/2017

posted Aug 24, 2017, 2:28 AM by John O'Sullivan

Clare Stages Rally.
Rally enthusiasts will be delighted to see the Clare Stages Rally take a number of stages through the parish on Sun. 17th September next.
Stages 2, 5 and 8 will take in the roads from the junction at Ballybrody to Drumeer, Kilkee, Drumcavan, Ballaghboy, Tullyodea, Ruan, Cahermacrea, Dromore, Adroon, Moyrhee Commons, Dromeen and Castlequarter to the junction at Tubber.
The co-operation and support of the community is essential on the day and is much appreciated by the organisers, as it would not be possible to run the event without it, and it is hoped that the stewarding on the day and the goodwill of everyone on the route will make it a safe and enjoyable Rally.

All Ireland Fleadh.
The old adage "practice makes perfect" stood the test last week as Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann came to Ennis and by all accounts was the one which attracted more people than any other, to date. The stewarding was remarkable over the week and a number of people from the local GAA Club, and individuals involved in Comhaltais were part of that great volunteering effort.  
Shannen O'Donovan and Conor Wynne from this parish are members of the U18 Burren Grupai Cheoil which got 3rd in that competition. Garry and Majella Shannon also came 3rd with their Burren u18 Band.  Lily O'Connor came 3rd in Concertina (15-18) and she took 1st with Rosa Carroll in Duets (15-18). 
Fergal Breen, with Jennifer Markham and Sinead Mulqueen came 3rd in Trios (O18). 
Eimear and Holly O'Loughlin were in the Inchicronan Grupa Ceoil which came 2nd  (12-15) in that competition.  Maisie O'Connor is a member of the Tulog Ceili Band which came 1st in the u12 competition.
All who participated in the competitions, busking and stewarding, and just in taking in the atmosphere of the week, will have memories to cherish for a long time to come.

W/E 20/08/2017

posted Aug 17, 2017, 3:57 PM by John O'Sullivan

Wedding Bells.

Denis O'Leary, son of Michael and Mary O'Leary, Knockanroe, Dysart, returned from New York, where he has lived for the past twenty three years, to celebrate his marriage to Ceara  O'Leary, daughter of Brian and Josephine O'Leary, New York, at St. Columba' Church, Ballyduff, Co. Wexford with family and friends from home and abroad.   Ceara's cousins, Fr. Gerard O'Leary and Fr. Aidan O'Neill, with Fr. Pat O'Neill were celebrants. Bridesmaids were Miriam O'Leary Moloney, Niamh O'Leary and Mary Kate Sitara.  Bestmen were Kevin O'Leary, Vincent O'Leary and Vincent Cleary. Sarah O'Leary, Kate Connolly & Meave Moloney were Flowergirls, while Cathal Carmody was Pageboy.  
The reception was held in the Ferrycarrig Hotel, Wexford. Following their honeymoon, Denis and Ceara will return to live in New York, where they both work. 

Fleadh 2017.
There was a musical treat for massgoers attending Mass in St. Mary's Church, Ruan on Sunday last, when a group of 9 children from the area, Aedin Wynne, Meabhdh Casey, Aoibhe & Darragh Lecathelinas, who participated at u12 level and got through from Clare to the Munster Finals held in Cork,  and Roise Lawton, Grainne Wynne, Aine Shannon, Maria Jones & Sean Lecathelinas, u15, who in The Burren Group, won in the Munster final and are playing in the All Ireland Grupai Cheoil competition this coming Sat. in Ennis. The u18 group is also competing, on Sunday. 
These are all students of Garry Shannon and are a credit to all involved in bringing their talents in traditional music to the fore.

Summer Camp.
Ruan Hurling & Camogie Clubs, last year, hosted over 100 boys and girls at their own Summer Camp.  It was so successful that they are doing the same again this year, in the G.A.A. Field, from Aug 22-25, and it promises to be a great week of fun, Hurling, Camogie, and a great way to finish off the summer holidays.

Recent Deaths.
The death has occurred, recently of Christine Coughlan, Clonroadmore, Ennis, sister of Mary Griffin, Ruan and Nonie Kelly (nee Cullinan), Tarmon, Gort, formerly of Rineen, Ruan, who was buried in Ruan last week.

W/E 13/08/2017

posted Aug 8, 2017, 7:54 AM by John O'Sullivan

Fleadh 2017.
A number of local musicians from the parish are members of Clare Youth Traditional Orchestra which will make its debut in the Shannon Aerodrome on Tue. next, 15th August, in conjunction with the All Ireland Fleadh 2017. 
The Clare Youth Traditional Orchestra is a new county-wide Orchestra for teenage musicians, under the direction of Padraic O'Reilly and is  supported by Clare Arts Office.
Tickets for this event, and all other Fleadh events may be purchased online at

Community Games.
Sinead Hastings from Dysart will represent the County in the Long Puck, and Neasa Ni Ainifein will compete in the 800m event,  at the National Finals of Community Games in  Abbottstown on the weekend of 19th August.
Thanks to all who supported the recent church gate collection for the Community Games, which raised €294. 

U16B Championship.
Ruan has made a good start in this championship, with victories over Eire Og and Wolfe Tones and one defeat to Clooney/Quin. Two more group matches remain and details of the fixtures may be found in the local papers and on Ruan GAA Facebook page to Clare Underage GAA Twitter.
The support of the community for these youngsters is much appreciated.

W/E 28/08/2016

posted Aug 22, 2016, 5:32 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Aug 23, 2016, 4:17 AM ]

Fleadh Fever.
The topic of conversation during the past week, at least in Clare, has not been the goings on in Rio, but 'the Fleadh', which has been deemed a resounding success. It has lifted the spirits of so many people, despite the inclement weather at times.
Our own Tola Custy proved a big hit, bringing a flavour from sessions going on in towns around the county, making his debut as a presenter with Fleadh TV.
Eimear Arkins, from Ruan, is now living near St. Louis in the U.S., where she is studying for a Masters.   Eimear came to Ennis with around eighty representing St.Louis and she was also tutoring at the Fleadh. She came 1st, representing St. Louis Irish Arts Centre, in Sean Nos singing, ladies, over 18.
Liam Jones took 1st in Lilting over 18.  Maria Jones came 1st in Lilting, under 12.
Shona O'Halloran from Dysart, with James Kelly and Roisin Clancy took 1st in Trios (12-15).  Moya Tiernan is a member of both Inis Og Grupai Ceoil which came 1st in u12 and Inis Og Ceili Band  which came 1st in u12.  Lisa Whelan is a member of Cois na hAbhna Ceili Band, which came 3rd (15-18).  Conor Wynne, Ross O'Donovan and Daire Shannon are members of Gary Shannon's Burren Grupa Ceoil which took 1st (15-18).  Eve O'Connor is a member of Tulog Ceili Band (12-15) which came 1st in that section.
Many others from the parish worked as volunteers over the festival and they and all who worked to make the Fleadh such a success are a credit, and great Ambassadors for the county.

Athletics - Community Games.
Neasa Ni Ainifein travels to Athlone this coming weekend to represent Clare in the Community Games finals.  She will run in the 600m final.

Award for Frank.
In conjunction with Fleadh Ceoil na hEireann and Comhaltais,  Frank Custy was one of eight people who received awards on Tue., 16th August last. The "Ceannrodaithe Bardic Awards", for outstanding contributions to traditional music were presented at a dinner at the Auburn Lodge Hotel and Frank and the other recipients joined together afterwards and regaled the assembled guests with a great night's entertainment.  Frank and a group of his friends and past music students were in the Holy Family Hall every morning where young and 'not so young' all joined in a relaxed and very enjoyable session, throughout the Fleadh.

W/E 21/08/2016

posted Aug 22, 2016, 5:29 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Aug 22, 2016, 5:30 AM ]

All Ireland Finals Community Games.
Neasa Ni Ainifein was a member of the Clare team which won Gold in the u13 cross country event at the Community Games finals held in Athlone over the weekend and she came 6th individually.  Sarah Cantillon reached the final in swimming, getting out of her heat and semi final, and got a personal best in the finals.

Training Camp.
Ruan Hurling and Camogie Clubs are holding a training camp in the hurling field in Ruan from  next Tue. 23rd to Fri. 26th August.  All children between the ages of 5 and 13 are welcome to attend, with registration taking place on the Tue. morning.  It promises to be a great week of fun, hurling, camogie, and a great way to finish off the school holidays.

Fitness for Fun.
John Conroy has resumed his exercise classes in Ruan Community Centre on Wednesdays from 1.15. - 2.15pm. It has been found that exercise can reduce the risk of developing some age-related diseases and disabilities,  and people with arthritis, heart disease or diabetes also benefit from regular physical activity. It can also help people with blood pressure, balance problems or difficulty walking. 
Those who have attended at the Community Centre over the year in Ruan have the height of praise for his classes and the benefits they have gained from attending them, and are looking forward to their return with much enthusiasm.  All are welcome.

Holiday in Lahinch.
Nine Senior Citizens from the parish enjoyed a holiday in Lahinch recently, organised by the local Senior Citizens Organisation.  They were looked after by members of the Association over the few days and enjoyed all Lahinch had to offer.  The members are grateful for the support of all who help with the church gate collection and the Ruan Gymkhana for their sizeable donation this year, which means they can continue with the holiday and the annual Christmas party, which the Senior Citizens so look forward to each year.

The wedding has taken place, in Rath Church, of Paddy, son of Michael and Noreen Callinan, Dromina, Dysart and Mairead, daughter of John and Margaret Murphy from Tulla.  Fr. Damian Nolan was celebrant and Bestman was Alan Ryan, while the Groomsmen were Oliver and Micheal Callinan and Darragh Hynes.  Matron of Honour was Fiona Rouine and Bridesmaids were Fiona Burke, Anna O'Connor, Aisling Rouine and Emer Murphy.  Shane Callinan was Pageboy and flowergirls were Katie and Lily Murphy. The reception was held in Bunratty Castle Hotel.

W/E 30/08/2015

posted Aug 25, 2015, 5:51 AM by John O'Sullivan

Traditional Music & Dancing Classes.

Traditional music classes will resume on Tuesday Sep 1st  in the Teach Ceoil, Corofin at 6.45pm (beginner whistle). 
Last year’s pupils should please attend half an hour later than usual.  
 Details at 086 8094407).
 Irish Dancing classes resume at Teach Cheoil, Corofin on Thur & Fri 3rd and 4th September, with beginners on Friday 4th at 4.00pm. 
Irish Dancing Classes will be held in Ruan Community Centre on Mondays from  5.30pm,  beginners are also welcome. 
Times will be notified to other pupils by text. Details at 
086 6030339 .

W/E 23/08/2015

posted Aug 17, 2015, 5:37 AM by John O'Sullivan

Success at R.D.S.
Young rider, Noelle Barry, from Toonagh is rapidly making a name for herself in Equestrian circles and at the Dublin Horse Show recently she came out on top in the 1.35-1.40cm Young Rider Class. Noelle rode Yvonne Meaney's horse "Norway Venture" and was awarded an International Training Bursary in Florida, having been chosen by Eddie Macken for the prestigious award. She  deferred Bursaries she had won last year to Florida and Germany,  as she was sitting her Leaving Certificate and as she has taken a year out this year she will take up these Bursaries. She  also won the Michael Meller Stylish Award at the Dublin Horse Show.
Noelle also came 3rd, riding "Norway Venture" in Class 111B and came 8th in Class 110A and 15th in 110B riding Tom Barry's horse, "Fountain Willow"
Another young rider from this area, Philip McGuane, riding Barry O'Connor & Martin O'Dea's horse "LVS Wizard"  came 2nd in Class 106A and 4th riding "Gerona" also owned by Barry & Martin. He came 10th, riding "Gerona" in Class 106C.
Philip rode "Kilderry Joint Venture", also owned by Barry and Martin, in Class 105A, coming 8th and came 4th riding the same horse in Class 105C.
These are two young riders who enjoy competing in Equestrian events and work hard at every aspect it entails and it is hoped they will continue to be successful in the future.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Frank Howard of Toormore, Ruan, peacefully, at Beaumont Hospital, aged 50. Frank was very well known and well thought of in the parish and many people depended on him as a reliable and dependable 'taxi service' in the community. In his younger days he was a valued member of the local Youth Club, winning awards with the Club and he also loved to play badminton.
Frank returned from England in the '90's and ill health over the past number of years meant his pastimes became more leisurely - he loved to work with wood, art and doing jigsaw puzzles. He had recently moved into his own home in Toormore.
Frank's remains reposed in Ruan Church and following requiem Mass, he was laid to rest in the adjoining graveyard. He is survived by his father, P.J., mother, Mary, brother Mark, sisters Caroline and Helen, brothers In law, sister in law, extended family and friends.

Ruan G.A.A. Club has organised a 6km family run/walk from the local hurling field on Fri 28th Aug. next at 7pm., with registration from 5.30pm.
Anyone trying to beat their personal best, or anyone just out to enjoy a stroll in the lovely countryside are encouraged to join.

Toonagh School.
Plans for an extension to Toonagh N. S. have been appealed to An Bord Pleanala. The project was opposed by a number of local residents who have complained of traffic chaos, however,  permission was granted by Clare County Council in July, with seven conditions attached, which included a re-design as a result of 'limited car parking' in the vicinity of the school. This decision has now been appealed to An Bord Pleanala, with their decision expected in December.

Fleadh Success.
A number of local artists took part in the All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Sligo last week.  Tierna Casey, Jamie Cantillon and Moya Tiernan were members of the Inis Og Grupa Cheoil, u12, which came 1st and of Inis Og Ceili Band,u12, which came 3rd.   Gary Shannon's Burren, u18, Grupa Cheoil won their competition, his Burren Band, 15-18, came 3rd and his band, Corofin, 15-18, came 2nd.   Shona O'Halloran is a member of the Crusheen  group, u15, which came 2nd. Eimear Arkins came 1st in Senior Lilting.   Eve O'Connor came 2nd in Fiddle, u12 and is a member of the Tulog Ceili Band, u12, which won that competition.
All the participants enjoyed the experience and are eagerly looking forward to next year's All Ireland which will be hosted here in Clare.

Heritage Week.
A guided walk organised by the National Parks & Wildlife Service will take place in Dromore Woods and Visitor Centre on next Sun. 23rd Aug. as part of Heritage Week (22nd - 30th Aug).

W/E 16/08/2015

posted Aug 10, 2015, 10:50 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Aug 17, 2015, 5:38 AM ]

Community Games.
 Aoife Anderson an Neasa Ni Ainifein are members of the Clare Mixed Distance relay team which will compete in Athlone in the Community Games Finals this coming week-end.  Sarah Cantillon competes in swimming in the finals on Sunday.

On the Road Again.
Local athlete, Conrad McCullough from Dysart is a 23 year old who doesn't let the grass grow under his feet. Not alone has he represented his country in Gymnastics in Rome at the World Championships, but he has medals from competing in swimming and many gymnastic competitions here at home.
 A few years ago he joined the Burren Cycling Club, of which his mother and father, Breda and Brendan, are also members, and he has cycled the Ring of Kerry for the ninth year last June. On Friday last, Conrad joined the Tour de Munster charity, cycling on the route between Killaloe and Kilrush in the company of cycling legend, Sean Kelly and 120 cyclists, cycling for Down Syndrome.
He was supported by three members of The Burren Cycling Club and is an inspiration  - particularly to families who have children with Down Syndrome, showing them that with the right support this condition need not limit them.


W/E 09/08/2015

posted Aug 3, 2015, 1:09 PM by John O'Sullivan

Underage Hurling.
The u12 team recently had wins over Eire Og and The Banner in a competition focussing on the development of skill. All clubs are being invited to a final's day to be held in Cusack Park in the near future.
Ruan/Corofin Minors had a well earned win over Doora/Barefield in the Minor B championship.
They need to overcome Scariff/Ogonnelloe in their final group game to progress to the quarter final.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Conor O'Brien of Kells, father of Michael of Ballaghboy.

W/E 02/08/2015

posted Jul 27, 2015, 2:34 PM by John O'Sullivan

Wedding Bells.
The wedding took place, on Friday last, of Noreen Mullins and John Kennedy, at St. Tola's Church, Dysart. Noreen is a daughter of John and Margaret Mullins of Drumcavan, Dysart and John is an only son of John and Mary Rose Kennedy from Monkstown, Dublin.
Fr. Pat O'Neill was Celebrant and Bridesmaids were Sinead and Maura, Noreen's sisters, and Ethel O'Neill. Bestman was Kieran Doherty and Groomsmen were David Shakespeare and Mark O'Reilly. The Groom's niece, Keelin Kennedy was flower girl and his nephew, Dan Farrell was pageboy.
The reception was in The Fall's Hotel, Ennistymon and on return from their honeymoon the couple will reside in Dublin, where they both work.


Ruan u12 camogie team was one of the four teams which entertained the crowd gathered to support Clare camogie team in Cusack Park on Sunday last, during the half time break. They also formed a Guard of Honour for the Clare and Derry teams coming out onto the field.
Having been beaten by Ballyea on Wed. eve this was something the girls were delighted to participate in and was made more exciting when Clare won on the day.

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