W/E 01/01/2017

posted Dec 28, 2016, 1:27 PM by John O'Sullivan
Taste of Success Champion.
Michele Kilkenny, who is a professional chef based in Galway, running a food van which she brings to markets in Oranmore and Moycullen is this year's winner of RTÉ One's 'Taste of Success' hosted by Daithi O'Se. Her mentor for the show was Chef, J.P. McMahon. Michele lived for a number of years in Toonagh, to where her family relocated from Surrey.
Three years ago she converted a van into a fully functioning kitchen and attends food festivals, caters for birthday parties, First Holy Communion parties, etc and even has her first wedding booked for 2017.
She won a prize worth €100,000 and her cottage type Paddy Pie, now renamed Chef Select Irish Beef Brisket Pie is on sale in all Lidl Stores in Ireland. With her prize, Michele now plans to relaunch her business in February and is looking forward to visiting more locations in her van.

Hunting the Wren.
Members of the  local Camogie Club visited many homes in the parish 'hunting the Wren' on St. Stephen's Day. Not only did they get a great welcome for their music & singing, the weather was very kind to them this year and they raised funds which will be used throughout the year. They appreciate the support they received, from those who actually went out on the day, drivers, parents and benefactors.

Tidy Towns.
The Tidy Towns committee held a very successful Christmas Fair which raised €2,020 before Christmas.
Monies raised go towards the upkeep of the village and graveyards in the parish.

Carol Service.
Ruan Community Childcare Committee and Staff held a beautiful Carol Service in Ruan on the 18th Dec.
They wish to thank all who took part and those who contributed, raising €412 for pre-school and after-school services.

Recent Deaths.
The deaths have taken place of Patrick (Sonny) Kearney, Corofin, Tom Marrinan, Kilnaboy, brother of Claire McMahon, Ruan and Jean O'Connor, mother of Loretta O'Connor, Ruan.