Notes for January

W/E 26/01/2020

posted Jan 22, 2020, 3:01 AM by John O'Sullivan

Medal Presentation.
The victorious Ruan Adult Junior team will be presented with their medals on this Saturday night the 25th of January at Morty Kelly’s Bar Ruan. 
This promises to be a great night with music and refreshments being provided from 9pm onwards,  as well as the presentation of the medals. 
All are welcome!! 

Craft Class Returns.
The Wednesday morning craft class has returned to Toonagh Hall, after the Christmas break.   All are welcome to come and bring their knitting, crochet or any craft work from 11am- 12.30 pm, even if it’s only for the company and the ‘cuppa’. 

The death has taken place, in Milford Care Centre, of Angela Donnellan (née Casey), Bealicana, Corofin. Angela was predeceased by her mother and father, Ann and Joe, and her sister Maureen. She was well known in her taxi business in Ennis and surrounding areas, and was always a very obliging person. She was devoted to her family and while in Milford she kept herself busy taking part in Art classes and knitting. 
Angela’s remains reposed in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan and, following requiem mass on Monday, she was laid to rest in the adjoining graveyard.
She is survived by her husband Con, sons Darren and David, daughter in law, Laura, grandchildren Ava and Odran, relations and friends.

Toonagh Walk.
This year’s walk in Toonagh was held to raise funds for Huntington’s and Motor Neuron Disease Associations. Over 400 walkers registered and many children also took part. The weather on the day brought out the best in people and ensured a very generous outcome for both Charities, with €9,500, so far, raised.
The support of all who helped out - baking, parking, in the kitchen, registration, raffle ticket selling, water distribution, signage and all who donated prizes is hugely appreciated.

W/E 19/01/2020

posted Jan 15, 2020, 2:54 PM by John O'Sullivan

Cash for Clobber.
Toonagh Parents Association is holding a clothes collection on Thursday, Jan. 30 next to raise funds for the school. As usual, clean clothes, bed linen,  belts, bags, shoes, towels, curtains are acceptable - NO duvets, pillows, cushions please, as those have then to be taken to the Recycling Centre, and paid for to be disposed by the Association, which eats into the funds which are so necessary for the school. 
Toonagh Hall will be opened from 9-10am, 1.45-3pm and 6.30-7.30 on that day when bags may be dropped off. The support of the community is much appreciated.

Junior Infant Enrolment.
Toonagh N.S., located just 5 km from Ennis, is now open for enrolment of Junior Infants for September, 2020. Anyone interested may contact the school @ 0656820143 or for an application form. These forms may also be downloaded from the school website Closing date is Feb.28.

Healthy Club Walk.
A six-week initiative started in Ruan GAA pitch on Thursday evening last and will continue for five more weeks. Last week around 140 people took part. This is a free activity for young and old, where, from 7-8pm, a walk is held in the hurling field with the motto ‘Get Out and Get Active’.

Harty Cup.
Three local boys from Ruan GAA Club are on the St. Flannan’s panel for the Harty Cup, Ashley Brohan, Jack Lyons and Patrick O’Halloran. St. Flannan’s defeated Tulla, on Wednesday of last week, in the quarter final played in Cusack Park.  St. Flannan’s  now go on to meet  Our Lady’s, Tullamore in the semi final, on the last weekend of January.

Dance Attack Stage Academy.
Toonagh Hall is the venue for a new venture in the area where children learn new skills, build confidence and have fun as Dance Attack Stage Academy begins classes. They teach all areas of performing arts in a fun and encouraging environment, including hip hop, musical theatre, drama and singing. On Friday afternoons classes for Junior and Senior Infants are from 2.15-3.15pm, and for 1st class to Sixth class from 3.15-4.15pm. Please contact Yvonne  @0868059074 

Christian Cummins won the U14A County Championship (40x20) on Saturday in Tuamgraney. There was great excitement within the locality as this was the first juvenile A title for a Toonagh player in 20 years. 
Great credit must go to the committee, coaches, players and parents for reviving the club within the parish after such a long absence.
In County League action the Division 3A team, following an unbeaten run of ten rounds, lost out narrowly in their semi-final against Newmarket on Fergus. The Division 3B team failed to reach the semi-final stage but put in some strong performances throughout the season to finish sixth. The Division 2 team won their last round (Rd.14) against Clooney-Quin on Wednesday last to finish fifth overall.
Alan Cummins and Brian Reilly are both in Munster quarter-finals this week with Alan taking on Limerick opposition in Cappagh on Friday evening and Brian meeting a Cork opponent at home on Sunday.

W/E 12/01/2020

posted Jan 8, 2020, 3:02 PM by John O'Sullivan

Annual Toonagh Walk.
There is a lot of talk, at the start of the New Year, of people making changes in their lives, getting fitter and getting out in the fresh air. Plans are now almost finalised for the annual Toonagh Walk/Run which happens on Sunday, Jan. 12, with registration at 11am in the hall. Walkers of all abilities, and none, are invited to take part as well as families. Helpers will ensure that there are home baked goodies with tea and coffee for everyone, and there is also a big raffle for hampers. With funds being divided between Huntington’s Disease Association and Motor Neuron Disease Association, all contributions will be greatly appreciated.

Church Gate Collection for Missionvale.
Local man, John O’Sullivan, who has been a member of a team helping Sr. Ethel Normoyle in her work in the Missionvale Township in South Africa, held a church gate collection before masses in Ruan and Dysart on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. €1,167 was raised, which will go to Sr. Ethel, and the support of all who contributed is much appreciated. 

Despite the inclement weather on St. Stephen’s Day, the local GAA field was a hive of activity, with over forty men togging out to play four competitive games of hurling. They were supported by their families and friends, with Ruan South coming out on top this year. 
Refreshments were served by volunteers and great fun was had by all.

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.

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