W/E 15/12/2019

posted Dec 11, 2019, 12:54 PM by John O'Sullivan
Christmas Fair.
The Christmas Fair in Ruan Community Centre was postponed from last Sat. to this coming Sat. Dec. 14, after 8pm mass.
The Tidy Towns Committee is hoping for a big turnout where they will have home baking, timber, turf, farm supplies, brick a brac and books, with all monies raised going towards the Tidy Towns and Graveyards fund.

Christmas Dance.
Toonagh Hall is being decorated and will be full of festive cheer for the visit of Mike Gardiner and Noreen Ferns who will play there on Sat. Dec. 14 to raise funds for the ongoing improvements. A great night’s entertainment is promised, with refreshments and a festive raffle and the committee is looking forward to the support of the community.

Recent Deaths.
The death has taken place of Pat Cullinan, Ballybrody, Fountain, suddenly, at his home. Pat was born and raised in Ballybrody, and lived, for a number of years in Sleveen with his uncle, Jack Fitzpatrick. When he married his wife, Mary, in 1990, they made their home back in Ballybrody, where they reared their family of three sons.
As a young man Pat worked with Ryan’s Quarries, then he joined C.I.E where he drove the Guinness lorry throughout the county for around twenty years. He also drove a cattle truck and was known, far and wide, driving between cattle marts, factories and farms. Pat loved his vegetable garden and his sons helped him tend it in recent years. He was a great neighbour, ready to help or advise anytime it was needed. ​
He was a staunch member of Fine Gael and his cortège was flanked by a Guard of Honour on the start of its journey to St. Tola’s Church, Dysart following reposal in Daly’s Mortuary Chapel, and after concelebrated requiem mass, Pat was laid to rest in Drumcliffe Graveyard. He is survived by his wife Mary, sons Niall, Eoin and ​ Ronan, brothers Johnny and Tom, sisters Nancy and Joan, mother-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, friends and neighbours.
        The death has also taken place, in University Hospital, Limerick of Mona Cassidy (née Morris), Toormore, Ruan, following an illness. Mona came to Ruan when she married Ollie forty six years ago and there they raised their family of six. Monica worked in Tesco, Ennis for seven years until her first grandson, Cian, arrived. She then devoted her life, full time, to her family, minding the grandchildren as they came along.​ Her dog, Charlie, was her constant companion. Mona loved cooking, knitting and her mobile phone, which enabled her to keep in touch her family, for whom she was a huge support in their lives. Theirs was a very lively home, with music always on in the background, and she was an avid follower of the local and County GAA and rugby games.
Mona’s reposal was in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan and following requiem mass, she was laid to rest in the adjoining graveyard. She is survived by her husband, Ollie, daughters Eileen, Veronica and Fidelma, sons Tony, Adrian and David, eleven grandchildren, sister Teresa, brothers Brendan and Pat, sons in law, daughters in law, extended family and friends.
      A memorial mass to celebrate the life of Teresa McGuane who died recently in Chicago was held in St. Tola’s Church, Dysart on Friday evening. Teresa was born in Moycullen, Dysart in September 1936. As many others did in those days, she emigrated to the U.S. in 1954 to join her sister, Margaret. She worked hard and spent the past forty three years as a Manager in Glen View Golf Club, just outside Chicago.
Teresa loved to return home to visit her family and, before returning to the States, her family would host a ‘house dance’ where neighbours and friends would gather to meet and enjoy an night of music, song and dance.
In later years, when travel became easier, Teresa came in March every year to visit and she was particularly close to the nieces and nephews as they came along. She’s spent lots of time with them playing cards and reminiscing.​
Teresa was laid to rest in Chicago and she is survived by her brothers Joe and Michael, sisters Sr. Flannan, Kathleen. Monica and Eileen, nephews, nieces, extended family and friends.