W/E 15/12/2019

posted Dec 16, 2019, 12:52 PM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Dec 17, 2019, 8:50 AM ]
Collection for Missionvale.
Now that building work has been
 completed in Missionvale, South Africa, the task of Sr. Ethel Normoyle and her volunteers is to maintain the services, which include School Buildings, Medical Centre and, most importantly, the feeding of almost 1,000 people daily.
The fragile lifeline that the Care Centre throws to the inhabitants of Missionvale is totally dependent on our financial support, and, as Sr. Ethel says "we invite you to help us to eradicate this poverty through the resources that God has given you, your energy, your prayers, your money. You will not be parting with your security but, rather, sharing in our fruitfulness".
To this end, church gate collections will be held before 8pm Mass on Christmas Eve in Ruan and before 8:30am Mass on Christmas Day in Dysart. The support of the community is hugely appreciated.

Ruan Camogie Club Wren Boys:

The Ruan Camogie Club will be “Hunting the Wren” and calling  to houses in the parish on St Stephens day for its annual fundraiser. Monies raised on that day go towards the running of the Club, which, over the past few years has been very successful in keeping girls together and enjoying the sport.  Their supporters will be calling between 12pm and 2pm, and the support of the community is much appreciated. Anyone that would like to join the group for this fun event and to take part in this old Irish tradition(Lá an Dreoilín) should meet at Ruan school or Toonagh school at 11.45 on St Stephens day. Musicians, Singers, Dancers, Drivers, will be all welcome!

Annual Toonagh Walk.
The annual Toonagh walk for charity takes place on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. This year monies raised will be divided between Huntington’s Disease Association and Motor Neuron Disease Association. Anyone who might like to help may contact Denise @ 0876731966.

Christmas Concert.
The children of Toonagh School staged their annual Christmas Concert on Thursday night last. Every child in the school had a part to play - from recitations, songs, plays and musically. The hall was packed and the audience was highly entertained during the show, with many going home with hampers and prizes, organised by the Parents Association. 
The work in staging this event is deeply appreciated by the parents and those who attended and great credit is due to all involved.

Masses for Christmas.
Christmas Eve mass will be celebrated in Ruan at 8.00pm and Christmas Day mass is in Dysart at 8.30pm
Mass of Anniversaries for the month of January are on Sat. Jan 4, at 8pm  in Dysart and Sat. Jan.18, at 8pm in Ruan.

Christmas Fair.
The Christmas Fair held in Ruan after Mass on Sat. night was very successful. Around €3,000 was raised, which will go towards materials and repairs to machinery used in the upkeep of the village, community areas and parish graveyards. Complementary refreshments were served and the Tidy Towns Comittee appreciates the support it received - from people who donated articles, baked and bought and came to enjoy the festive atmosphere.

Pastoral Development Plan.
Feedback from the recent Imeall Boirne Pastoral, Area 8, meeting which was recently held in Ruan, has been collated by Fr. Ger Nash and will be used as part of the process of developing a Pastoral plan for the Diocese, incorporating the needs of the 15 Pastoral areas. 
Copies of same are available in the Churches, and comments and suggestions are welcome.

Ruan School Play
Ruan School’s Junior and Senior Infants staged their play ‘The 2nd Princess’ and First and Second Class theirs, titled  ‘The Midwife Crisis’ last week in the School Hall for their extended families. Christmas songs and carols were also sung, bringing a festive atmosphere to the gathering. Great credit is due to all who are involved in bringing out the talents of the children. The senior classes will stage their Concert in Ruan Community Centre in the Spring.

Show Jumping Ireland Awards.
Ruan Gymkhana is set to receive ‘Pony Show of the Year’ Award at a ceremony in Mullingar Park Hotel in January. This is a well deserved award for the organisers who have ensured the Gymkhana has grown from strength to strength since it began many years ago.
Banner Equestrian Centre will receive “Centre of the Year”, a fitting accolade for Noel and Simone Barry and the Barry family, whose names have become synonymous with showjumping over the years. 
A member of the third generation of the Barry family, Tomas, will also be presented with an award for getting placed in Mullingar at the National Showjumping Competition, acknowledging the achievements of junior members of SJI throughout the year.

Hall of Fame Award.
The Limerick-Clare branch of SJI, held its Awards night at the Shannon Oaks Hotel on Saturday, Dec. 1.  Eileen Barry of Toonagh was the worthy recipient of the ‘Hall of Fame Award for 2019 for her tireless work over the years involved with showjumping. 
Eileen was presented with the Award by Vanessa Mackey, Secretary and Ivan McDonagh, President of the branch.