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posted Jan 31, 2012, 1:43 PM by Unknown user
Retired from Cusack Park.
 
Martin Flanagan, from Ballygriffey, has recently retired from his job as Caretaker at Cusack Park.   Martin has been a familiar face at the Park over the past twenty two years, where he looked after the pitch, ensuring it was in good condition for training and the various games that have taken place there.   He also prepared the County Board  pitches in Ballyline and Clareabbey for games.  He follows gaelic games with a passion that he brought to his work, always ensuring that everything was in good order on the pitch when games were to be played in the Park.   One of the things Martin will enjoy in his retirement is being free on Sundays, when he will be able to indulge his passion to enjoy games as a spectator and spend more time with his family, and it is hoped he will enjoy his retirement for many years to come.
 
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Ruan Tidy Village Fundraiser.
 
The collection of old clothes, bedlinen, footwear and old or broken mobile phones has been extended, due to its success.   It will now be ongoing up to and including the 13th Feb.  They may be left in Ruan Community Centre between 8.30a.m. and 3.30p.m. Mon to Friday and in Toonagh Hall Mon. 6th and Mon 13th Feb, between 9.00a.m. and 12.00p.m.  Cloghing may be worn or town but must be clean.   Funds raised will be used to purchase mowers and machinery for the upkeep of the grounds of both Churches and grassy areas in the parish.
 
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Walk for Special Olympics.
 
This Sunday will see the roads around Toonagh teeming with people who gather annually taking part in the walk organised by the McCullough family.  This year the beneficiaries of the walk will be St. Clare's School, Ennis, Special Olympics fund.   It will start at 12.30.p.m., sharp in Toonagh Hall and finish at the same venue, with refreshments and a raffle for a hamper.  There are routes to suit all levels of fitness, 2 mile, 3 mile and 6.5 miles, and is a lovely way for families to spend a few hours on a Sunday.
 
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Medal Presentation.
 
There was a great crowd in Toonagh Hall on Sat. night last when the underage hurling teams were presented with medals by David Fitzgerald.   Their mentors also received trophies to acknowledge the time they put into preparing and encouraging the boys.   Those who took part in the recent Coaching Course were also presented with Coaching Certificates.   The entertainment was provided by local musicians and refreshments were served.   The G.A.A. Club appreciates the work of all who brought home baking, played music and who helped in any way, making it such a successful and enjoyable evening.
 
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Award for Frank.
 
A huge crowd gathered at Bofey Quinn's in Corofin on Saturday night to pay tribute to three "legends" of Clare, Frank Custy, Paddy Hynes and Chris Droney.   They were each presented with a piece of glass on which their picture was engraved to mark the contribution they have made over the years - in Frank and Chris's case to traditional music, and Paddy for his recitations and songs.   There was a host of talent present on the night and they joined in the singing and music to make it a night to remember.
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