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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.