W/E 03/12/2017

posted Nov 29, 2017, 3:03 AM by John O'Sullivan
Pope John Paul II Awards.
Four young students from this parish were among those who were presented with the Pope John Paul II Awards at Treacy’s West County Hotel on Thursday night last.
Padraig Casey, Drumeer, Ruan, Scott O’Donovan, Dysart and Rachel O’Loughlin, Kells, all students of St. Flannan’s College and Zoe Whelan, Ballygriffey, a student in Rice College received the award from Bishop Fintan Monahan, in recognition for the active role in their parish and in activities which build social awareness.

Recent Deaths.
The death has taken place, peacefully,  of Mary McDonagh, Ballygriffey, Larchill, wife of the late Joseph McDonagh. Mary and Joseph came to live in  Ballygriffey over forty years ago, where they set up home, rearing their family of three boys and six girls.  She was known as a kind, gentle, quiet-spoken woman, a loving and caring mother to her family, and was always ready to help in any way she could, when people needed her.  A very devout and prayerful woman, Mary was often asked to offer up prayers for special intentions.  While she was able, she loved nothing more than taking walks around her own area, always with her husband by her side. 
Mary’s remains reposed at Daly’s Funeral Home and, following requiem mass in Ennis Cathedral on Saturday, she was taken to Drumcliffe , via her home, in a hearse drawn by four black horses. She is survived by her family Joseph, Pat, Bridget, Ellen, Kathleen, Anne, Mary-Teresa, Michael and Winnie, sons in law, daughters in law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, extended family, neighbours  and friends.

James Whelan from Larchill, who was laid to rest in Ruan Graveyard on Sunday last had strong connections with this parish, having attended Toonagh National School, where he also learned to play the timber flute, banjo and tinwhistle. He won a number of All Ireland titles playing traditional music as a young lad and he handed down this love of traditional music to the next generation, who are now widely using this talent. He was a well known and respected auto mechanic, working with Gus Murphy for many years.  James was predeceased by his father Michael and sister, Olivia.  
He will be greatly missed by his mother, Mary, sisters Mary, Bernadette, Sinead  and Martina, brothers Michael, Noel, Patrick and Paul and his extended family and friends.

Fundraiser for Irish Cancer Society.
Three years ago Tony O’Malley from Ardcarney, Ruan  was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Since then, and throughout his treatment in Limerick Oncology Department and St. James’ Hospital, Dublin, Tony and his family have received huge support, information and advice from the Irish Cancer Society.  In order to show their appreciation to the Society, Tony and his wife, Pamela, with support of the Lady Gregory Hotel in Gort, have organized “A New Year’s Eve Shindig” at the hotel on December 31 next.
There will be a Band, D.J., spot prizes and food on the night and Tony or Pamela may be contacted for further details at (0857550544).