Notes for January

W/E 27/01/2019

posted Jan 23, 2019, 4:45 AM by John O'Sullivan

Leader is offering  a Community Declopment Planner to 20 Communities.
This person will work with our community, if selected, to develop a three year progression plan encompassing our development in economic, social, 
environmental and culture.
A meeting will take place to discuss this in Ruan Community Center on Tuesday January 29, 2019 at 8.00pm. 
Anyone intersted in the progression of our community is welcome to attend.

Pony Centre of the Year Award 2018.
Banner Equestrian Centre was one of five Equestrian Centres nominated for the Pony Centre of the Year Award, 2018. The nominees were Barnadown E.C., Ballinamona E.C., Cavan E.C., Maryville E.C. and Banner E.C. It was up to the public to vote for the winner and, with the help of all the support from Munster and Clare members, and people from Ennis and great local support, Banner Equestrian Centre came out in top. They received the Award on Saturday last at the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone, when Simone Barry accepted it on behalf of the Centre. 
Local rider, Tomas Barry, Soheen, Toonagh, received two National Awards in the under 10 section.

Apostolic Works Society.
The local branch of the Apostolic Works Society will hold its annual display on March 9 and 10. Anyone wishing to donate sacred vessels to the display may contact Eileen Roughan, Mary Marrinan or Eileen Hannon.

Recent Deaths.
The death took place, on New Years Day, in England of Pat Meere, first cousin of the late Michael Meere, Ballygriffey and whose mother was Lizzie Crowe from Dromina, Dysart.  The death also took place, in England, of Mary Crowe, niece of Paddy (Tul) Crowe, Dromina. The deaths have also occurred of Philomena Barrow (née Curry), Drumcliffe, Ennis, mother of Aidan Barrow, Fountain;  Michael Collins, Curracloin, Feakle, brother of Pauline Cullinan, Ballybrody, Toonagh;  Maureen Fehin, Freemount, Cork, mother of Margaret O’Brien, Toonagh and Dawn Croke, sister of Ethan Croke, Ruan, who was laid to rest in Donegal last week.

Local History Group.
The local history group has resumed its meetings in Morty Kelly’s on Tuesday evenings at 8.30pm. This year the members are looking at the history of the old Ruan R.I.C. Barracks, which would be 100 years old on October 20, 2020.

Clothes Collection for Toonagh School.
The fundraising clothes collection for Toonagh School takes place on Thursday, Jan.31 next. Bags of clean clothes, bed linen, towels, curtains, shoes, bags, belts may be left to Toonagh Hall from 9-10am, 1.45-3pm and 6.30-7.30pm on the day. The contribution of the community is very much appreciated.

Camogie Registration.
Ruan Camogie Club registration night will take place in Toonagh Hall on February 1, at 7pm. A special guest will make a presentation to the U13B and U18C Shield winners and refreshments will be served afterwards. All donations of home baking will be very welcome on the night.

W/E 20/01/2019

posted Jan 16, 2019, 4:16 AM by John O'Sullivan

School Enrolment.
Enrolment for Junior Infants (September 2019) has now begun. Anyone wishing to enrol their child should contact the school. Please phone (065)6820143 or email Enrolment packs will be distributed in February.

Exercise Classes.
The term “use it or lose it” is very relevant as one ages, and to that end, the Active Adult Group Exercise classes for over 55’s, led by John Conroy are very popular, with a group of people going through a series of light exercises, suitable to each individual’s ability every week in various parishes. The classes have now resumed in Ruan Community Centre on Wednesdays from 1.15pm - 2.15pm,  and anyone wishing to improve their health, come for a chat and a bit of fun, is welcome. Contact John @ 087666692 for details.

W/E 13/01/2019

posted Jan 7, 2019, 3:27 PM by John O'Sullivan

Maria Captains Volleyball Team.
Local girl, Maria Jones, daughter of Liam Jones and Ellen Custy, was captain of the Irish Volleyball u16s team which competed in the European Championships Qualifying Tournament over the weekend. The tournament was held in the Faroe Islands, and it was the first time ever that Ireland had a juvenile team competing in an International competition. They beat Iceland and are now in fifth place. Maria plays with the Ennis Volleyball Club.

Walk for Huntington’s Disease Association.
Next Sunday, Jan. 13, the roads around Toonagh will be alive with walkers of all ages taking part in the annual Toonagh Walk, which, this year, raises funds for Huntington’s Disease Association. Registration is at 11am and there are three routes, suitable for children and adults of all levels of fitness (or none). There will be refreshments in the hall afterwards and a raffle for many prizes. It is hoped it will be well supported on the day.

Cash for Clobber.
The Parents Association of Toonagh School is holding a clothes collection on Thursday, Jan. 31 next. Bags of clean clothing, bed linen, towels, belts, bags, shoes, curtains may be left in to Toonagh Hall, times will be given nearer the date. This is a valuable means of fundraising for the school, and all contributions will be appreciated.

Turkey Trotters Outing.
Over forty horses and their riders rode out in the annual Turkey trotters Hunt in Ruan on New Year’s Day. Having had a safe and enjoyable run, many of them and the followers adjourned to Morty Kelly’s for refreshments. It was a great day’s outing, in very pleasant conditions.

Missionvale Collection.
John O’Sullivan, who has spent time in Missionvale, helping Sr. Ethel Normoyle in her efforts to look after the poor of Missionvale, held a church gate collection at both masses in the parish on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. 
The sum of €1,192 was made,  and this amount would pay a teacher for four months in the school set up by Sr. Ethel, or feed the pupils and fund a ‘Feeding Centre’ for the same amount of time. John hugely appreciates the contributions made by all who supported the collection, as he has seen, at first hand, the difference the money raised by the volunteers here in Clare makes to the lives of the people in that area, having worked there with Sr. Ethel for a time.

Lay Led Liturgy.
A group of parishioners will hold  a lay led liturgy in St. Tola’s Church, Dysart on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 10am. All are welcome.

Burren Youth Connect.
Every Friday night in Ruan Community Centre, from 7.30-9.00pm, a group of secondary school youth from the Imeall  Boirne Cluster meet. They enjoy time together, meet new people of their own age and have “gadget free” time, as phones are not allowed. One of their outings last year was to the RNLI Lifeboat Station in Galway to see the important contribution of volunteers to the service. The Club is based on the values of NET Ministries ( 
At Easter, every year, the group goes on a Surfing Retreat to Donegal, which the participants have found to be a very special time. 
Mary Wynne or Ellen Jones are the people to contact if anyone wishes to find out more about the Club. 

W/E 06/01/2019

posted Jan 2, 2019, 11:40 AM by John O'Sullivan

Ruan GAA Celebrations.

Ruan Intermediate  and  U21A teams who won County Championships in 1978 celebrated  the 40th anniversary of those victories at a well attended  function  in Morty Kelly's  on St Stephen's night. 

There was almost full attendance  from both teams. It was good  to see that all the members of the Intermediate team are  alive and well but, sadly, three members  of the U21 team are no longer with us and they, and the team mentors, were remembered with a silent prayer from all present. 
Joe Keane, a former club coach, presented all the former players with a commemorative team photo, and both captains cut a cake specially decorated  for the occasion with the Ruan GAA Crest, Derek Clune being the captain of the U21A team and Dermot McDonnell, captain of the Intermediate team. 

It was a lively evening of reminiscing and ‘catching up’ with the people who attended. The work of those who organised the event was very much appreciated.

Christmas Masses.

The congregations in Ruan and Dysart Churches contained many people who had returned home to visit their families for the Christmas period, filling both churches to capacity and lending their voices to the joyful singing that lifted the celebrations. It is hoped that, as all go back to their various homes in the New Year, they will travel safely and keep with them the warm feelings they experienced over the festive season.

Recent Death.

The death has taken place of Annie O’Brien of Carhue, Dysart, in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Ennis.  Annie, who was in her mid nineties, became a resident in Cappahard Nursing Home around twenty five years ago, due to ill health, and was cared for there until recently, when she was admitted to St. Joseph’s Hospital.  She was predeceased by her brother, John and sister, Bridget. Following requiem mass in St. Joseph’s on St. Stephen’s Day, Annie was laid to rest in the family grave in Dysart Cemetery. She is survived by her nephews and friends.

Hunting the Wren.

A number of members of the local Camogie Club took to the roads on St. Stephen’s Day to follow the tradition of ‘Hunting the Wren’.  They visited as many homes in the parish as they could, until fading light meant they finished without visiting as many as they would have liked to. The support of the local community for the Club is much appreciated, and it is hoped it will continue into the New Year formthe coming camogie season.

Toonagh Walk.

The annual Toonagh walk, which takes place on Sunday, January 13, will, this year, be a fundraiser for the Huntington’s Disease Association. Registration starts at 11am in Toonagh Hall.  There are three routes, suitable for children and all levels of fitness. Hot and cold refreshments will be served in the hall afterwards and there will be a monster raffle and entertainment. All support will be much appreciated.  Anyone who may not be able to make the walk in the day, may still like to contribute via or to Huntington’s Disease Association, Account No. 5475771, branch code 90-00-92.

W/E 28/01/2018

posted Jan 23, 2018, 3:19 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Jan 23, 2018, 3:21 AM ]

Ruan and Dysart Cilins (children’s burial grounds).
It is hoped to identify all the Cilins  in our parish to commemorate the unbaptised babies who were buried in them.  Some are marked on the Ordnance Survey Maps, but it is likely that there are others known only to people who live in a townland where they are located. 
Anyone with any information on the location of a Cilin, and would like to share this information, may contact Linda @ 0868748845 or Frances @0876575578.

Successful Fundraiser.
While Tony O’Malley from Ardcarney, Ruan, underwent treatment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia over the past three years, he and his wife, Pamela, and their family were on the receiving end of a huge amount of advice and support from the Irish Cancer Society.  Tony and Pamela, with great help from Alan and Olivia O’Grady of The Lady Gregory Hotel, and their management and staff organized a “New Year’s Eve Shindig” to show their appreciation for the Society’s help, and to enable it to continue to help other families who find themselves facing a cancer diagnosis.
They raised €6,100 for the Irish Cancer Society and are very grateful to all who supported the event, in any way whatsoever.

End of an Era.
Over the past sixteen years Breda and Brendan McCullough from Dysart have organized a walk in Toonagh early in the New Year. They have raised thousands of euro for various charitable organisations over those years.  Her raffles were legendary and a testament to the regard in which she is held by those whom she asked for prizes throughout the year.  The refreshments served in the hall after the walk were always plentiful and tasty, thanks to her friends, locally, and the walking clubs  of which she, Brendan and Conrad are members. 
It was a family affair, with Brendan’s signage always ensuring everyone walked the roads safely and Conrad helping with parking around the hall and school.  Breda, herself, acknowledges that the help and support she received from walkers, helpers in the kitchen, hall and on the roads, from the Board of Management of Toonagh School and Toonagh Hall Committee for the use of its facilities ensured the success of the walk over the years.
This year one hundred and thirty walkers were registered on the day, and €2,500 was raised for Seeking Vision Sunset Foundation. 
A fitting end to sixteen years of fundraising by the McCullough family, who have now decided to make this their last  time organising the Toonagh walk. 

Enrollment for Toonagh School.
Junior Infants enrollment is now taking place for September 2018.  Anyone wishing to send their child to  Toonagh School should contact the school now on 0656820143 or on

Ruan Community Games Art.
The county Final of the Art and Model Making competition will take place in Rice College, Ennis at 9.30am on Saturday, February 3, 2018. Competitors must supply all their own materials.  The following children have qualified for the County Finals - 
Girls under 8 - 1, Emily Noonan; 2, Siofra Moran.  Boys under 8 - 1, Luke Flanagan; 2, Shay Gleeson.  Girls under 10 - 1, Eryn Moroney; 2, Isabelle McInerney.  Boys under 10 - 1, Jack Browne;  2, Tomas Barry.  Girls under 12 - 1, .aoibheann Roughan;  2, Tara Moroney.  Boys under 12 - 1, Billy Marrinan;  2, Ronan Barry.  Model Making under 12 - Daniel Clancy.  Girls under 14 - 1, Saoirse Barry;  2, Anna Browne.  Boys under 14 - 1, Brian O’Gorman;  2, P.J. Bliss.
The under 6 winners (who do not go to the County finals) were 1, Grace Hurley;  2, Maria Hurley.   Boys - Jack Casey.

Recent Deaths.
The deaths have taken place, recently, of Rita Keating (née Brody) of Cahunagrawn, Corofin and Ballaghboy, Ruan, peacefully at Ennis Hospital;  
Imelda Micks, The Crescent, Ennis, sister of Teresa Custy, Toonagh, and John Corless of Lissyline, Ruan who died suddenly at his home.

W/E 14/01/2018

posted Jan 9, 2018, 6:20 AM by John O'Sullivan

Charity Walk in Toonagh.
Seeking Vision Clare Sunset Foundation, the non-profit registered charity, which provides services and support to people who are vision impaired, will be the recipient of monies raised by the Toonagh Walk on this coming Sunday, January 14, 2018, at 12.30pm. 
Registration is from 11.00am in Toonagh Hall. 
There are three routes to suit all level of fitness, 2k, 5k and 10.5k, on quiet, scenic back roads around Toonagh and children are welcome. 
Start and finish is in Toonagh Hall and refreshments will be served afterwards.  Further information from Breda @ 0851947763.        

Wedding Bells.
Johnathan Clohessy, son of Seanie and Marie from Hazelgrove,  Ruan, married Michelle Enright, daughter of Mike and Kay from Crecora, Limerick, in Holy Trinity Abbey, Adare on December 30 last.  Fr. Richard  Davern was Celebrant.   Hugh O’Donnell was Bestman and Groomsmen were Shane O’Donnell, Niall O’Connor and Ronan Fitzpatrick. Bridesmaids were Cathy Enright, Nicola Quinn, Christina Quinlivan, Marina Enright and Gabrielle Enright.  Michelle’s nieces and nephews were flowergirls and pageboys.
The reception was held in Adare Manor. The couple reside in Ruan.

Community Games.
The closing date for the Ruan Community Games Art entries is January 17, 2018.  Children aged under six to under sixteen (as of July 31, 2018) are invited to send their entries to Bernadette Kelly or Moira O’Loughlin, with €2 entry fee per person.  The subject this year is “any Community Games sport”, and all winners, except those under six, go forward to the County Finals.

Camogie Awards. 
Two young camogie players from the Ruan Club were presented with Awards at the Clare Camogie Awards night at Treacy’s West County Hotel on Friday night last, Kate Forde received hers for the overall achievement in under 13B and Eve O’Connor was the recipient of the the u-14C Award.

W/E 07/01/2018

posted Jan 2, 2018, 12:43 PM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Jan 9, 2018, 6:20 AM ]

Christmas Wedding.
The wedding took place, in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan, recently, of Louise Kirwan, daughter of Sean and Sheila Kirwan, Ardcarney, Ruan and Niall O’Sullivan, son of John and Flora O’Sullivan from Ennis. Fr. Pat O’Neill was celebrant.  Best man was Michael Fitzgibbon, groomsmen were Tom Ryan and Niall’s brothers Shane and Paul.  Bridesmaids were Sharon Hassett, Ciara Hayes, Eileen O’Dea and Emma O’Brien. 
Oisin O’Sullivan was pageboy and his sisters, Kayla and Cliodhna were flowergirls.  The reception was held in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Limerick.

Turkey Trotters Hunt.
A large crowd of intrepid hunting enthusiasts turned out for the annual Turkey Trotters Hunt in Ruan on New Year’s Day.  The last of the heavy showers had just fallen as  the horses were leaving the village, and they spent the next few hours going through the fields around the area, having plenty of jumps on the way.
It was an envigorating and enjoyable afternoon for all who took part.

W/E 29/01/2016

posted Jan 24, 2017, 6:20 AM by John O'Sullivan

Successful Walk.
The walk organised by the McCullough family, held in Toonagh on the 15th Jan. last brought in €2,675 to aid Seeking Vision Sunset Foundation, a local organisation which provides support and services to people who are blind or vision impaired. There was a turnout of 182 registered walkers and many children. After the walk they were treated to tea and home baking in the hall, provided by volunteers.
The help of all who supported the walk in any way is much appreciated.

Registration Night.
A reminder that the underage local G.A.A.  Hurling and Camogie Club will hold its registration night tomorrow, Fri. 27th in Toonagh Hall at 7.15pm.  Adult and family membership will also be taken up on the night. 
The successful panels will be awarded medals by a special guest and refreshments will also be served.

School Clothes Collection.
The Parents Association of Toonagh School is organising a 'Cash for Clobber' collection, on Thurs. 9th Feb. next. As they have over the past few years, people will be on hand in Toonagh Hall to receive bags of clean, used clothing, bed linen, towels, belts, bags & shoes from 9-10am, 1.45-3pm and from 6.30-7.30pm on that day.
Monies raised will be used for school supplies and sports equipment.

Missionvale Collection.
The church gate collection for Sr. Ethel Normoyle's project in Missionvale, South Africa, taken up on Christmas Day took in €956, for which Sr. Ethel extends her thanks and good wishes to all the people who contributed on the day.

W/E 22/01/2016

posted Jan 17, 2017, 11:56 AM by John O'Sullivan

Underage Hurling & Camogie.
Ruan Hurling & Ruan Camogie Clubs will hold a joint registration night in Toonagh Hall on Fri. 27th Jan. at 7.15pm for underage players (u6 to u18). All players need to register on this night in order to train or play with the Club. 
Medals will be presented, by a special guest, to girls u11, u12 and u14 and to the boys u13 who had successes during the year.
Adult membership for the Club will also be taken up on the same night. Refreshments will also be served.

School Enrolment.
Enrolment for Junior Infants, September 2017, has begun in Toonagh School. Anyone who wishes to enrol a child should contact the school office @ 0656820143 as soon as possible.

Used Reading Glasses.
Glasses are being sent to the Missions by the Apostolic Works Society. Baskets will be left in both churches in the parish and people are asked to donate their old reading glasses. More details may be had from Des Ryan @ 0863634146.

The deaths have occurred recently of  Pauline Scanlan-West of Clarecastle, sister of Tricia Mulqueen, Kilcurrish, Fountain; Padraig Winters, Loughrea, brother of Teresa Cullinan, Ruan; 
Noel Courtney, Shannon, brother of Paddy, Dessie and Jimmy Courtney, Ruan and Thomas Madden, Clarecastle, father of Christina Madden, Rathkeane, Ruan.

W/E 15/01/2015

posted Jan 9, 2017, 12:02 PM by John O'Sullivan

Annual Toonagh Walk.
The Toonagh Walk in aid of Seeking Vision Clare Sunset Foundation is on this Sunday, 15th January at 12.30pm with registration taking place in the hall from 11.30am. There are three routes 2k, 5k and 10.5k, starting and finishing in the hall, to suit all levels of fitness. Children are welcome as the routes are on quiet, scenic country roads. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
This is always a great event supported both inside & outside the parish and it is hoped this will be the case also this year. Further details from Breda @0851947763.

Nollaig na mBan.
Although the crowd was smaller than it has been in past years, the annual mass in Toonagh Hall for the Feast of the Epiphany brought together neighbours and friends to the hall on Thursday night last to bring an end to Christmas celebrations for another year in the community.

Toonagh Handball Club AGM
The Annual General Meeting for Toonagh Handball Club will be held on Monday 16th of January at 8.30pm in Toonagh Hall. Anyone interested in playing or taking up handball for the first time is more than welcome to come and find out more about the game.  Those who play hurling or Camogie can also benefit from playing handball, enhancing the skills used in both codes. 
Currently the club only caters for adults but it is hoped to have a juvenile club up and running by the end of 2017.

Fitness 4 Fun.
The fitness and exercise classes with John Conroy, for men and women, will resume after the Christmas break on Wed. 18th Jan. next in Ruan Community Centre. The classes which are from 1.15pm to 2.15pm have proved a big success with up to twenty people, at times, availing of this exercise programme which have been very beneficial to those who attend.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Frances Greaney, nee Hogan of Limerick and formerly of Tullyodea, Ruan.

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