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W/E 27/03/2022

posted Mar 21, 2022, 3:01 PM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Mar 21, 2022, 3:01 PM ]
Cumann na mBunscoil Handball.
Colm Whelan (u13 Singles) and Conor Coffey with Cillian Cummins (u13 Doubles) represented Toonagh N.S. at the Clare Cumann na maBunscol Finals last week. Conor and Cillian defeated a strong side from Scariff N.S., Daithi Madden and Charlie Collins, pairing to win the u13 Doubles title. 
They now go forward to the Munster Final against the County Champions from the other schools in the province.

The adult camogie team had a win over Clooney Quin in the first round of the League at the weekend, which was played in Clooney.

World Down Syndrome Day.
World Down Syndrome Day is celebrated annually on day 21 of the third month of the year, as an awareness day that has been officially observed by the United Nations since 2012. This date symbolises the extra copy of the triplication (trisomy) of the twenty-first chromosome that people with Down Syndrome are born with. This year the theme is "What does inclusion mean?"
 Local woman, Laura Cahir from Ballygriffey, featured on Clare FM's  "Morning Focus" on Monday morning, representing Down Syndrome's Clare branch Committee as did Louise Craig, organiser of the "Odd Socks Cycle" which takes place on Sunday, April 24. Laura spoke eloquently of the difference this volunteer organisation has made to the lives of children with Down Syndrome, and their families, in the County, stating the their main aim is to enable these children to become valuable members of society. 
This they try to achieve by fundraising to cover the costs of various therapies the children need, such as physical, speech and language and occupational therapies, therapeutic horse riding and swimming which strengthens the muscles which can be weak in children with Down Syndrome. They also take part in singing and music groups to enable the children to feel included and to bolster their self esteem. 
The cycle which takes place in April is a fundraiser for the Clare branch of Down Syndrome and all information may be found on Down Syndrome Clare facebook page, where links are provided for anyone wishing to donate to this worthy cause.

"A Hurling Life".
Ennisman, Ollie Byrnes, launched his tenth hurling book last week, and the subject was the legendary hurler, the late Jimmy Smyth. It covers Jimmy's exploits on the hurling field with his Ruan Club, St. Flannan's College, Clare and Munster hurling teams from 1947 to 1971. The launch was celebrated in the Templegate Hotel and was attended by members of Jimmy's family, former players and club members and hurling enthusiasts, who reminisced with stories of Jimmy and his hurling prowess.

Under 17 League Hurling.
Ruan under 17s did not get off to the best start in this league, having been defeated by Scariff Ogonelloe on St. Patrick's Day in Ruan and losing to Crusheen Tubber on Sunday in Corofin, however, they are missing three of their county minors and, once the championship starts later in the year, they will be more competitive.