Notes for December

W/E 08/12/2019

posted Dec 5, 2019, 9:58 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Dec 5, 2019, 9:59 AM ]

Clare Primary School Handball.
Cathal Noonan (6th class) Toonagh National School was part of the Clare Primary Schools Handball team to win Munster Championship honours on Sunday in Tulla. Following the Clare Primary School Trials, Cathal was selected to represent Clare in Munster. Clare defeated Tipperary, Waterford and Cork in the final to become Munster Champions. Cathal and his team mates will now go on to the All Ireland Representative Tournament in Cavan in the new year.

Confirmation Enrolment.
A Confirmation enrolment ceremony, for all schools in the Imeall Boirne Parishes, will be held in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan, on Friday, Dec. 13 at 7.30. One of the ways  the children are introduced to their communities, during the year leading up to their Confirmation, is taking part in reading the prayers of the faithful in their respective parishes, and this is very much appreciated by the congregations in the various churches.

Christmas Fair.
Ruan Tidy Village and Graveyard Committee will hold its Christmas Fair on Sun. Dec. 14th in Ruan Community Centre, immediately after 8pm mass.
A lot of work has been carried out in Ruan Village, and this is reflected in the National Tidy Town’s Competition, where, year on year, the scores have increased. The upkeep of the graveyards in the parish is a credit to the local Rural Resource Group and volunteers. Proceeds from the Christmas Fair help offset the considerable costs incurred - public liability insurance, replacing and repairing equipment, petrol, diesel, oil, bedding plants, flowers - every year. 
Items for the fair and auction - timber, turf, hay, clothing, home baking, brick a brac, books - may be left in to the Community Centre during the daytime up to Saturday and the committee appreciates the support of the community for their fundraiser.

This year Toonagh is well represented in the Clare Leagues with three adult teams in action. With just over half of the matches already completed it is the Division 3A team that look in the best position to reach the semi-finals while the Division 3B team will need some good performances in the next few matches in order to secure a semi-final place. Both the 3A and 3B team are due to play each other in the next round in what is sure to be a highly entertaining match. At the moment the Division 2 team lies 
just outside the top four so they will be hoping for some strong performances to secure a semi-final spot.
This Friday Toonagh’s Alan Cummins will play Kilkishen’s Aidan Moroney in the County Final of the Masters B Championship in Newmarket at 8pm. Cathal Noonan (U12) and Christian Cummins (U14) will play the in Juvenile A Championship quarter-finals on Saturday in Toonagh and Newmarket venues respectively with both games scheduled for an 11.30 start.

Christmas Party.
On Sunday last, the Senior Citizens of the parish were treated to their annual Christmas party in Morty Kelly’s Bar, Ruan. They were served a festive dinner provided by The Sherwood, and afterwards enjoyed music, singing and dancing provided by Frank Custy, Joe Quinn and friends, Liam Jones and a group of young people under the guidance of Mary Wynne and Ellen Jones.
Mary O’Donnell, on behalf of the Senior Citizens Committee accepted a cheque from P.J. McNulty, of the Ruan Gymkhana Group and this money, as well as the money raised from the church gate collection, goes to the annual holiday in Lahinch and the Christmas party.

Recent Deaths.
The death has taken place of Liam Hickey, Drogheda, husband of Marian Casey, formerly of Rathkeane, Ruan.
The death has also taken place, in Chicago, of Teresa McGuane, formerly of Moycullen, Dysart, sister of Joe and Michael McGuane. 
A memorial mass will be celebrated in St. Tola’s Church, Dysart in Friday, Dec. 6, at 7.00pm.

Lay Led Liturgy.
A lay led Liturgy will be celebrated by the local community in St. Tola’s Church, Dysart on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 10am.

Crucifix Found.
A gold plated crucifix has been found on the Ballygriffey/Curragh Road. Please contact Fr. Pat O’Neill @ 0656827799.

W/E 01/12/2019

posted Nov 26, 2019, 5:36 AM by John O'Sullivan

Advent Trees.
During the season of Advent, as we prepare ourselves to welcome the Baby Jesus into our hearts and our homes, an Advent tree will be in place in St. Tola’s Church, Dysart and St. Mary’s, Ruan.  Cards, on which names of people who will not be “with us” this Christmas - perhaps a loved one who has emigrated, someone suffering mental health difficulties, a hospital patient, someone suffering addiction, or Alzheimer’s disease................ may be taken from the basket and hung from the tree. 
These will be removed and will form part of the Offertory procession in a mass over Christmas.

Christmas Fair.
The fundraising Christmas Fair and Auction for Ruan Tidy Towns and the maintenance of the Graveyards in the parish will take place in Ruan Community Centre on Sat. Dec. 7, after 8pm mass in Ruan. Donations of timber/turf/farm supplies, home baking, brick a brac in good condition and books will be welcomed.

Ruan Hurling Club will hold its AGM on Monday, Dec. 2 at 7.00pm in Ruan Community Centre. 
Everyone involved in the Club is invited to make a big effort to attend.

The death has taken place of Mary Whelan, Dundalk, formerly of Larchill, daughter of Mary Whelan and sister of Bernie, Martina, Sinead, Micheal, Pat, Noel and Paul.

Camogie A.G.M.
At the recent A.G.M. of Ruan Camogie Club the following officers were elected for the coming year - 
Chairperson Aidan Hastings;  Secretary Ellen Jones;  Assistant Sec. Niamh Ni Mhuiri; Treasurer - to be filled at a later date; Assistant Treas. Rebecca O’Donoghue, Child Welfare Officers Grainne Barry and Geraldine Anderson; P.R.O. Rebecca Crowe;  Registrars Alice Casey and Natasha Hynes. The work of all involved in the running of the Club over the past year was commended, as was the involvement of parents and mentors.

W/E 30/12/2018

posted Dec 26, 2018, 11:15 AM by John O'Sullivan

Christmas Concert.
The children of Toonagh School put on a great night’s entertainment for their families to welcome in the Christmas last week. Toonagh Hall was packed to capacity as the children played music, sang, danced and performed sketches. There was a huge raffle, organised by the Parents Association, and those who donated prizes, the teachers and children, and all involved in making the evening so successful, are to be highly commended.

Crafts Group.
The Crafts group which meets in Toonagh Hall on Wednesday mornings has taken a break for Christmas and will return in the New Year. The last day saw members bring samples of their work to show to the senior classes of Toonagh School.  The children were also show how to make Christmas table arrangements, which they went on to make for themselves on Wednesday afternoon, and showed great talent and imagination in their creations.

Successful Fundraiser.
The Bric a Brac sale held in Ruan Community Centre recently raised over €2,000 for the Tidy Towns and Graveyard Group.  This will be used to provide grass cutting equipment to keep the village and graveyards trim and neat.  
The contributions of all who donated articles for the sale, and those who supported the fundraiser in any way, is much appreciated

W/E 23/12/2018

posted Dec 17, 2018, 6:17 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Dec 17, 2018, 6:17 AM ]

Collection for Missionvale.

Located on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth in South Africa, Missionvale is a township of 25,000 people. Like much of Africa, Missionvale has been ravaged by disease, unemployment and malnutrition with the HIV/Aids virus affecting 70% of its population, including children.

Yet amidst the apparent hopelessness, the amazing Sr. Ethel Normoyle has been bringing hope and comfort to the inhabitants of this shantytown for the past thirty years. All the available space has been used up at this stage with a school, clinic, feeding centre and vegetable gardens having been built by Irish volunteers during the past few years.

The fragile lifeline that the Centre throws to the inhabitants of Missionvale is totally dependent on financial support, and Sr Ethel is finding the cost of providing this lifeline to be extremely difficult at this time. Her Irish volunteers, having seen, at first hand, the positive effect their fundraising has had for the people of Missionvale, are enthusiastic in their support of Sr. Ethel and her project.

To this end, there will be a Church Gate collection in Ruan on Christmas Eve, before mass at 8pm, and in Dysart on Christmas Day before 9.30am Mass, and it is hoped that the community will give its usual very generous support, which will be greatly appreciated.  

Entertained Residents.
A group of pupils from Ruan Primary School who are learning traditional music with Lourda Roseingrave in the school, joined with her students from other areas last week to entertain residents of St. Joseph’s Hospital. They brought Christmas spirit to the residents who were very appreciative of their talents.

40th Celebrations.
The Ruan Intermediate and under 21A Championship winners of 1978 are being honoured at a function to be held in Morty Kelly’s Bar, Ruan on St. Stephen’s night, from 9pm.  All are welcome.

Masses for Christmas.
Masses in the parish for Christmas will be in Ruan on Monday, Christmas Eve at 8.00pm and on Christmas morning  in Dysart at 9.30am. 

Hunting the Wren.
The local camogie club is preparing to go out hunting the Wren on St. Steven’s Day. This is a valuable source of income for the club for various activities during the year and the members are hoping for a good response. 
Any volunteers who wish to go out on the day with the club may contact any of the officers. Meeting points are Ruan School and Toonagh School at 12 noon.

W/E 16/12/2018

posted Dec 12, 2018, 2:04 PM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Dec 12, 2018, 2:07 PM ]

Bring and Buy Sale.
Ruan/Dysart Graveyards and Tidy Town group is holding a Bring and Buy Sale in Ruan Community Centre after 8pm Mass in Ruan on this Saturday December 15.
Items on sale will include timber, turf, hay, silage, books, brick a brac, cakes and home baking and there will be spot prizes and a raffle for a Christmas Hamper.  Items for the sale may be left into the Community Centre on Friday from 6-7pm and on the day of the sale between 12 noon and 2pm. 
The support of the community will be much appreciated as this is an important means of fundraising for the group which has been to the fore in the upkeep of the graveyards in the parish and in keeping the village and its environs looking well and gaining marks in the Tidy Town Competition year on year.

Date for your Diary.
Sunday January 13, 2019 - the annual Toonagh Walk will take place around the quiet roads of Toonagh, three routes, suitable for families and all levels of fitness. Registration will be at 11am and there will be hot/cold refreshments and treats in the hall afterwards, with a raffle for great prizes. 
This year the funds go towards The Huntington’s Disease Association. Please contact Denise Whelan @ 0876731966 for further details.

Surprise Visit.
Adam Quirke from Ruan turned 13 recently and is a very popular pupil in Ruan National School. He is an avid fan of the singer, Gavin James, having seen him perform at Electric Picnic this year, which he attended with his family. Imagine Adam’s, and indeed all the pupils’ excitement and delight when, on Monday of last week, as they were in the school ‘halla’ the door opened and in walked Gavin James.  The level of excitement was a sight to behold while Gavin mingled with the children and staff, sang and signed autographs. 
He made it a day to remember for so many people, and great credit must go to Ms. McArdle and all in the school who arranged the very special visit.

W/E 09/12/2018

posted Dec 3, 2018, 2:23 PM by John O'Sullivan

Top Marks.
Nineteen year old Caoimhe Roughan from Fountain was awarded a Medal and Certificate for achieving exceptional standards in the 2018 State Examinations in Technology, in the female category, having achieved the highest marks in Ireland in the subject in the Leaving Certificate.   Caoimhe, a former pupil of Toonagh N.S. and Colaiste Muire, Ennis, with her teacher, Aidan Lawton, and her family were  all present at the Conference and A.G.M. of the Engineering and Technology Teachers Association Awards Ceremony, where Mr. Ronan McBrearty, National Chairperson, presented the awards, sponsored by Wriggle and Microsoft.  Caoimhe is now studying Architecture in U.L. and thoroughly enjoying the course.

Confirmation Enrolment.
A confirmation Enrolment ceremony for all confirmation candidates in the Imeall Boirne parishes will take place in St, Mary’s Church, Ruan on this Friday, December 7, at 7.30pm.

Senior Citizens Party.
The Senior Citizens of the Parish enjoyed a festive afternoon in Morty Kelly’s Pub in Ruan on Sunday, when the local Senior Citizens Committee organised the annual Christmas party. A sumptuous meal was delivered by the Sherwood Inn and, afterwards, Frank Custy, Joe Quinn and friends, together with a group of young musicians and dancers from the parish entertained the gathering. There were spot prizes galore and all who attended were delighted with the annual “catch up” with people they may not have met since last year’s party. 
Great credit is due to the organisers and to Morty and Sadie Kelly, as this is a date in the Senior Citizens’ calendar to which they look forward every year.

Apostolic Works Celebrations.
Ruan/Dysart Apostolic Works Society celebrated sixty years in existence on Friday evening last, beginning with concelebrated mass in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan.  The people then adjourned to the local Community Centre, where the members had laid on “high tea” for all. Members of various Societies from around the county attended and the President of the Killaloe Society, Mrs. Mary Duggan, thanked the local branch for their work over the years, in helping priests who are working on the missions, by making vestments, providing chalices and other necessities for their mission, and by their monetary donations.
Marcella Kelly of Porte, the last surviving founding member of the local branch, attended, and the current President of this branch, Eileen Roughan, presented a framed certificate to her, in recognition of her contribution to the Apostolic Works Society over the past sixty years.  Eileen also thanked everyone for their continued support over the years, and it was a lovely evening of sharing reminiscences with  the families of deceased members, who had come to celebrate the occasion.

W/E 02/12/2018

posted Nov 27, 2018, 3:58 AM by John O'Sullivan

Imeall Boirne Prayer Book.
Earlier this year parishioners were asked to submit their favourite prayers and reflections to the Imeall Boirne office, which many did, and this has led to the publication of the “Imeall Boirne Prayer Book”. The book has been very well received by all who have already purchased it, and copies of it are still available from Monica or Sheila in Ruan or Anne at the Imeall Boirne office in Crusheen.

Ruan/Dysart Graveyards and Tidy Town Fundraiser.
A monster Bring ‘n Buy Sale will be held in Ruan Community Centre on Saturday, Dec. 15, after 8pm mass.  Items for the fundraiser may be left at the Centre on Fri. Dec. 14 from 6-7pm or Sat. Dec. 15 from 12 noon to 2 pm. Joe Arkins (0872902552) or John Bell (0879139704) have further information.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Ellen O’Connor, Ennis, mother of John O’Connor, Ballygriffey, Ruan.

Under 6 and Under 8 Training.
Under 6 and under 8 boys hurling training started back on Tuesday, Nov. 27 and continues for four weeks in Toonagh Hall and Alley from 6.30-7.30pm.  The boys will learn new skills in a fun environment. Boys born  in 2011 through to 2015 are invited to attend (boys who have not hurled before and would like to try it out will be welcome). 
On the final night, Tue. Dec. 18, Santa will pay a visit and will have a small gift for each boy who is taking part in the training.
Great credit must go to the committed coaches and officers who organise this winter training for the young hurlers, and,  of course,  to the parents who ferry the children to and from the hall for the duration. All the boys are asked to bring a hurley and helmet, and €2 to help pay for Alley rental and lighting.

 Rememberance Tree.
During the season of Advent, which starts on Sunday,  people who wish to remember family and friends  for any particular reason - someone who is ill; someone who will not be at home for Christmas because they are living abroad or away from home;  who is addicted to a habit; who is suffering in some way, or who has died, is invited to write the persons name on a card which they then hang on a Rememberance Tree which is situated on the sanctuary in Dysart Church and Ruan Church. People may also take a card from the box with any of the Gifts they would like to possess - joy, patience, peace, compassion, kindness, happiness or courage, which they also hang from the tree.  
These cards will then be placed at the Altar for Christmas and be part of Christmas ceremonies. This has become a well-liked tradition in the parish since it began a number of years ago and the community has embraced the sentiment of rememberance it provokes.

Family Fun Bingo Night
Ruan GAA club held a most enjoyable Family Fun Bingo Night in Toonagh Hall, recently. it was great to see full attendance and everyone enjoying themselves. The Club appreciates the contributions from all the business and local members who sponsored spot prizes, and all who made the night so successful, especially Loretta and Siobhan, who ran the Bingo in such a fun and entertaining way.

W/E 31/12/2017

posted Dec 28, 2017, 8:38 AM by John O'Sullivan

Christmas Ceremonies.
The Churches in Ruan and  Dysart were packed to capacity over Christmas Eve and Christmas morning, with visitors returning to their families for the holidays.  The masses, with Fr. Pat O’Neill as celebrant, were a joyful celebration of the birth of Christ, with the congregation taking part in readings, festive music and singing, bringing cheer to the hearts of all in attendance.

Hunting the Wren.
A number of supporters of the  local camogie club spent a few hours Hunting the Wren on St. Stephen's Day and were made to feel very welcome as they called to many houses in the parish.  Unfortunately, having run out of time, they didn’t get to visit as many houses as they would have wished, and they hope that when the call goes out next year for helpers, they might round up a few more drivers and musicians. 
They are very grateful for all the support they received over the past year and are looking forward to another successful year in 2018.

Missionvale Collection.
John O’Sullivan from Ruan has spent time as a volunteer in Missionvale, South Africa with Sr. Ethel  Normoyle and has seen, at first hand, where monies collected here have been used to help bring hope to the people of the area.  Schools, Centres for food distribution and health care have been built and it is now a case of maintaining these centres and keeping them up and running. 
Church gate collections were held in the parish before the Christmas masses and €985 was generously donated by the community, which is much appreciated.

Confirmation Enrolment.
A Confirmation Enrollment Ceremony for the Imeall Boirne Parishes was held in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan, recently. Sixty eight pupils from sixth  class in each of the schools attended the ceremony, in which they participated fully, with the priests of the parishes,  teachers and parents.

W/E 24/`12/2017

posted Dec 20, 2017, 7:54 AM by John O'Sullivan

Collection for Missionvale.

Located on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth in South Africa, Missionvale is a township of 25,000 people. Like much of Africa, Missionvale has been ravaged by disease, unemployment and malnutrition with the HIV/Aids virus affecting 70% of its population, including children.

Yet amidst the apparent hopelessness, the amazing Sr. Ethel Normoyle has been bringing hope and comfort to the inhabitants of this shantytown for the past thirty years. All the available space has been used up at this stage with a school, clinic, feeding centre and vegetable gardens having been built by Irish volunteers during the past few years.

The fragile lifeline that the Centre throws to the inhabitants of Missionvale is totally dependent on financial support, and Sr Ethel is finding the cost of providing this lifeline to be extremely difficult at this time. Her Irish volunteers, having seen, at first hand, the positive effect their fundraising has had for the people of Missionvale, are enthusiastic in their support of Sr. Ethel and her project.
To this end, there will be a Church Gate collection in Dysart on Christmas Eve, and in Ruan on Christmas Morning, and it is hoped that the community will give its usual very generous support, which will be greatly appreciated.

Hunting the Wren.

The old tradition of Hunting the Wren on St. Stephen’s Day, December 26, has become a feature in this parish for the past number of years as a fundraiser for the local camogie club, which people look forward to, and enjoy. The Club goes out this year from 12 noon to 2pm, meeting in Ruan and Toonagh Schools.  They will also go out from 4pm to 5.30pm  in Ennis (meeting point to be confirmed). Volunteers are required as ‘the more the merrier’ to make it a great afternoon of fun and laughter. Car drivers will be very welcome to ferry the performers from house to house. Please confirm availability to Aidan Hastings or any club officials before Saturday December 24.  

The club appreciates the support it received from the community throughout  the year, so far, and also for this fundraising event.  

Lotto Celebration.

Ruan GAA will host a celebration to mark twenty years of Lotto in Morty Kelly’s Bar, Ruan on St. Stephen’s night,  December 26 next, from 9pm.  This social evening is to show appreciation to all who contribute, and continue to support the Lotto each week, and finger food will be served.  All are welcome to join the club in marking this milestone. 

Toonagh Walk.

The Toonagh Walk has become an annual fixture and,  after the excess of Christmas and New Year, it’s one of the first events many people mark up in their new calendars every year.  The beneficiary of this year’s walk is Seeking Vision Sunset Foundation, and the walk takes place on Sunday January 14, 2018 from Toonagh Hall at 12.30pm, with registration at 11am. 

There are three routes, 2k, 5k and 10.5k to suit all level of fitness on quiet scenic roads and all meet back at the hall for well earned refreshments.  Further details from Breda @ 0851947763.

School Concert.

The children of Ruan National School staged their Christmas Concert last week, featuring music, singing, drama and dance to an audience comprised of their families and supporters.  The work put into bringing a show, with so many energetic children involved, to stage has to be commended and the children, teachers and parents should all take a bow.

W/E 17/12/2017

posted Dec 12, 2017, 9:05 AM by John O'Sullivan

Christmas is Coming!
The Christmas Concert staged by the children of Toonagh National School on Thursday night last heralded the beginning of the Christmas season for all those who filled Toonagh Hall to capacity.   All the children were fantastic on the night, showcasing their dramatic and musical talents on stage.  The night was a huge success, largely due to the great efforts the teachers and staff of the school, Peggy O’Reilly, Mary Duffy and the Parents Association.
The local Resource Group had the hall seasonally decorated and the Parents Association organized a raffle which was very well supported.  The generosity of all who donated prizes and helped in any way is appreciated and all funds raised on the night will go towards school resources.

GAA Receives Grant.
Ruan GAA has been granted €21,500 under the Sports Capital Programme.  This will go towards the realignment of the playing field due to a stand being erected near the dressing rooms, goalposts, netting and high netting on the side of the pitch facing the road.  This high netting is a necessary safety feature to protect children who would be training in the area beside the pitch while adult training is taking place on the pitch.

Recent Death.
The death occurred recently of Seamus (Jim) Meehan from Newmarket on Fergus, a brother of Nancy Noonan, Fountain.

Guilfoyle Family Eliminated.
The local community was disappointed to see Tracey, Ezra, Sionnach and Fawn Guilfoyle bow out of Ireland’s Fittest Family’s show, aired on Sunday, December 3 last. The ankle injury which knocked Ezra out of the game forced the family into the eliminator, and Tracey, having had to cover Ezra’s classes, as well as her own in their Gym, due to his injury, just ran out of steam in the Hanging Tough round.
However, the popular family, who lived in Toonagh for many years, and where Ezra and Sionnach still reside, so enjoyed the experience that they hope to apply to take part in the show sometime in the future.

Christmas Masses in Parish.
On Sunday, December 24, Christmas Eve Mass will be celebrated in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan at 10am and in St. Tola’s Church, Dysart at 8pm. 
Mass on Christmas morning will be celebrated in Ruan at 10am.  

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