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.

Fun-Run.
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).

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