Notes for July

W/E 28/07/2019

posted Jul 23, 2019, 11:04 AM by John O'Sullivan

Well done to the Clare team and the four girls from our local Club, Louise and Claire McDonnell, Niamh Lyons and Rebecca Crowe on their win over Armagh at the weekend. They now go on to play Tyrone in Tyrone on Saturday next.
The Ruan u15 girls overcame Sixmilebridge last week, in a great game of Camogie, taking them closer to the final. Their next game is this week, against Broadford/Parteen.

Down Syndrome Tour de Munster.
The 10th 600Km annual four day charity cycle will take place from 8-11 August.  This year the cycle is raising funds for the Munster Branches of Down Syndrome Ireland. Treasurer of Clare branch, local lady, Laura Cahir, with the Committee members and supporters will be ‘bucket shaking’ in Ennis on Friday, August 9. Should anyone be interested in helping for an hour on that day, they might contact Laura @ 0872901892.  
The support of all who contribute to the cycle is much appreciated, as these funds go towards providing vital services to children such as speech and language therapy, swimming lessons and various supports.

Munster Fleadh.
There were a number of people from the parish who participated in the Munster Fleadh held in Ennis last week who had success in various competitions.  
Denise Whelan took 1st in English Singing, over 18;  Liam Jones took 1st in Whistling and also in Lilting O18;  Eve O’Connor came 3rd in Fiddle 15-18;  
Lily O’Connor came 3rd in Concertina 15-18 and 1st in Irish Harp 15-18;  Maisie O’Connor came 3rd in Irish Harp u12;  Shona O’Halloran with Roisin Clancy came 1st in duets 15-18;  Holly O’Loughlin came 3rd in Whistle 12-15.
A number of children are also members of grupai ceoil  and ceili bands which have also progressed to the All Ireland which will take place in Drogheda from August 11-18.

Summer Camp.
Ruan GAA and Camogie Clubs are hosting their annual Summer Camp in August in the local pitch.  It’ll be a great four days of hurling and Camogie for the young children in a fun atmosphere. This camp is made possible by the commitment of the coaches and organizing committee of Ruan Club and is looked forward to eagerly by the children.

W/E 14/07/2019

posted Jul 10, 2019, 9:06 AM by John O'Sullivan

Cycling Success.
Imogen Cotter from Lisduff, currently living in Belgium and training with S Bikes Bodhi Cycling Team, took part in the elite woman’s race in Derry last week. 
The event was hosted by Foyle Cycling Club. Imogen came second in the National Road Cycling Championships Elite Ladies race, a great achievement for the young cyclist.

Muireann Ni She visited Kolkata (Calcutta), India
Local girl, Muireann Ni She visited Kolkata (Calcutta), India, with the Hope Foundation and 100 other students recently.  The Hope Foundation works with children living on the streets and slums of Kolkata.  Muireann raised €2,400 (€1,370 of which she raised here in her own community), which went directly to the Foundation and she paid her own travel expenses to India.
While in Kolkata the group visited boys and girls homes, crèches, hospital and a training Centre, all funded by the Charity through the generosity of its Donors.  They met directly with the children and spent time playing and interacting with them. 
Muireann found it a life-changing experience which opened her eyes to the extreme inequality which exists in the world today and she is very grateful to all who contributed to her fundraising, which will make a difference to the lives of children in Kolkata.

St. Tola’s Church, Dysart.
A Lay led Liturgy will be celebrated in Dysart Church on Sunday, July 14, at 10am.

It was disappointing for the Clare Juniors, and our club members Rebecca Crowe, Louise McDonnell, Niamh Lyons and Claire McDonnell on Sunday afternoon when they were beaten by Roscommon in the first round of the Liberty Insurance All Ireland Championship by just one point.
Ruan under 8’s were delighted to be part of the proceedings, providing a guard of honour for the teams coming out on to the field, and playing their own game during the half time break.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Claire McMahon (née Marrinan) , Ruan Village and late of Rineen, Ruan, peacefully at her home. Claire moved to Ruan eleven years ago, following the death of her husband, Paddy.  She was delighted with the move, as her house was so near St. Mary’s Church and she visited it every day. She was also well known on the roads around the village, as she loved to take a stroll while she was able. 
Claire was also predeceased by her daughter, Joan Daly of Ballyea in 2011.
Claire’s remains reposed in Ruan Church and, following requiem mass, she was laid to rest in the adjoining graveyard. She is survived by her daughter Mary, sons Patrick, Michael, Martin and Dermot, sons in law Francie and Kieran, daughters in law Angela and Liz, grandchildren, great-grandchild, relatives and friends.

Coffee Weekend.
Clare 250 Centre in Ballygriffey, Ruan will host a ‘Coffee Weekend’ in the Centre on Saturday and Sunday, July 13 and 14 from 10am - 5pm. 
An exhibition of photos celebrating forty years of the 250 cycle will be on display, and everyone is welcome.

W/E 06/07/2019

posted Jul 1, 2019, 2:51 PM by John O'Sullivan

Schools out for Summer.
The schools in the parish are now closed for the summer holidays, and there was a novel and exciting treat for the children of the community on Thursday evening last, when Toonagh Hall Committee held a Movie Night in the Hall. The film ‘The Secret Life of Pets’ was shown and children enjoyed the ‘cinema’ experience, with popcorn, candy floss and drinks on hand. It was a resounding success, and the committee is very appreciative of all who helped and to Donnellans Centra,  Lakefield Store in Corofin and Copystop for their sponsorship.  Funds raised will go towards painting and repair of the canopy outside the hall.
The next community event which will be held in the hall is ‘Family Yoga with Rosie’  on Sunday, July 21 at 2.30pm. Contact Pamela @ 0876224698 for details.
The Mike Gardiner Band with Noreen Ferns are playing in the Hall on August 31, as a fundraiser, more details nearer the date.

Summer Tours.
Before closing up for Summer the children in Ruan School  had their school tours - to NUIG and to the Burren Nature Sanctuary in Kinvara. Toonagh schoolchildren went toMoher Hill Activity Farm, U.L. Activity Centre, Ben’s Surf School in Lahinch and St. Tola’s Goats Farm in Inagh. 

Dance Summer Camp.
Should sufficient numbers be interested a Dance Summer Camp will be held in Toonagh Hall from Wed. July 24 to Fri. July 26. Anyone interested should call Tony @ 0879002787.

Set Dancing Classes.
John Fennell Dance will hold set dancing classes for children from September, if sufficient numbers are interested. Please contact Pamela @0876224698 as soon as possible so that plans may go ahead.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Thomas Neylon, Ballykinvaraga, Kilfenora, brother of Ann Taaffe, Kells.

Under 14 Feile
Local girl, Saoirse Barry, who plays football with Banner Ladies Football Club, played with them in the Under 14 Feile Division 2 Shield Final in Cong, Co. Mayo on Sunday. They beat Killeavy, a team from Armagh in the final after a semi final against Tinahely, Co. Wicklow, where both teams were level at full time, level after extra time, had five free kicks each and finally ‘sudden death’ which the Banner won. 
It was a very exciting weekend for the girls, and they, their parents and mentors had a great time in Mayo. 

W/E 29/07/2018

posted Jul 27, 2018, 7:54 AM by John O'Sullivan

Support for Zara.
A large number of adults and children turned out to show their support for Dysart girl, Zara Cronin, who is facing lifesaving neurosurgery in Barcelona in September, at a fundraising walk in Ruan on Saturday last.  Clare Senior Hurling team managers, Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor, together with Jack Browne, Tony Kelly, Podge Collins, David McInerney, Peter Duggan, Conor Cleary, David Reidy, Michael O’Malley and Ryan Taylor mingled with the crowd, patiently standing in for photos, signing hurleys and jerseys, before going to the starting line of the walk/run. They brought a great ‘buzz’ to the event, lifting the spirits of all they met on the day. 
When people returned to Ruan Community Centre, which was given to the organizers for the day, they were treated to refreshments, and there was also a Barbecue selling hot dogs and burgers, with all monies made on it also going to Zara’s fund. 
The work of all involved in organizing and running the walk and all that went with it, advertising, helping out in the Hall, directing traffic and allowing land to be used for parking is deeply appreciated by Zara and her mother, Anne, who were humbled by the numbers who attended the walk and all who helped out in any way whatsoever. The good news is that €12,000 was raised in this venture, bringing the total raised, so far, to €67,000.  
Their next event is a Poker Classic to be held in Templegate Hotel tomorrow night, Fri.July 29, at 9.30pm and tickets for this are selling well.

Recent Death.
The death has occurred, following a short illness, of Rita Crowe, née Looby, of Woodstock, Ennis and formerly of Ballyogan More.  Rita, originally from Templetuohy, Tipperary, came to Ballyogan when she married Tom Crowe, who was a Garda, based in Tipperary.
Rita became adept at farming, and was equally at home driving a tractor, wielding a chainsaw, to knitting, baking and cooking.  She had the happy knack of making friends wherever she found herself and made deep friendships in Ruan, which stood the test of her moving to Ennis when, a few years after her husband’s death, she sold the farm in Ballyogan More and moved to Ennis.
Rita’s remains reposed at her home in Woodstock and, following concelebrated requiem mass in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan, she was laid to rest in Coill Graveyard not far from her earlier home in Ballyogan More. As the cortège left the church, Rita’s friends provided a Guard of  Honour to show their respect to their friend.   She is survived by her daughters Anne, Susan and Rita, brother Michael, sisters Frances and Mary, sisters in law Christina and Sr. Maura Crowe, sons in law Patrick Hogan and Mervyn Moroney, grandchildren Tom, Jane, James and Annalise, extended family and friends.

W/E 22/07/2018

posted Jul 19, 2018, 1:58 PM by John O'Sullivan

Dysart/Toonagh Group Water Scheme.
On the recommendation of Clare County Council, the Scheme has implemented a hose-pipe ban with immediate effect until this is in line with the National Water Conservation Order and the support of all users on the scheme is appreciated.

Wedding Bells.
David, son of Caroline  Quirke of Hazelgrove, Ruan married Emma, daughter of Jimmy and Mary Meehan of Kilmaley at Hotel Doolin recently.  Bridesmaids were Ciara Mangan and Louise Shanahan. Best man was David Lynch and Groomsmen were Leon Quirke and Conor Quirke.  Roisin Quirke was flowergirl. 
The couple and their family reside in Ennis.

Walk/Run for Zara
There will be a great opportunity for people to meet members of the Clare Senior Hurling team in Ruan on this Saturday, July 21, when they take part in a fundraising walk/run for Zara Cronin’s lifesaving surgery which will, hopefully, go ahead in September in Barcelona. Registration will be in Ruan Community Centre at 9.15am and the walk starts at 10am sharp.  A large crowd is expected on the day and there will be marshals and traffic management in place to ensure everything runs smoothly.   Tea/coffee and home baking and a barbecue will ensure everyone is well treated after the walk.
A further fundraiser is a CD featuring Monica Morgan singing “Feel the magic of the Saffron and Blue”, written by Josephine Cotter, with music by Michael Sexton and piano accompaniment by Fiona Walsh. This CD is on sale at Custy’s, O’Connell Street, Tierney’s, Abbey Street, Dysert Castle and also will be available at the walk.
Zara and her mother, Anne, are overwhelmed and hugely encouraged by the support they’ve received to date, and they are hopeful that the funds needed will be in place by September, thanks to the generosity of people of all ages who have been touched by Zara’s story.

Recent Death.
The death has occurred of Patrick (Pat) O’Loughlin of Kells, formerly of Ballygireen, Newmarket on Fergus, at Limerick University Hospital, following a short illness.  Pat was a quiet and gentle man, who, with his late wife, Bridget (who predeceased him three years ago) reared their family of three boys and four girls on the family farm.  He worked for thirty eight years with the ground staff in Shannon Airport.  He loved the land and the animals and the camaraderie of farmers he used to meet at the Mart in Ennis. His family meant the world to him and he had a great rapport with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Although he was a life-long Pioneer and never smoked, Pat was a regular for many years at Morty Kelly’s for the gamble on Friday nights.  The only holidays he and his late wife took were to their daughter in Ballina, Co. Mayo, where they enjoyed the scenery of the county.
Pat’s remains reposed at Kennedy’s Funeral Home, Ennis and following requiem mass in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan, he was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. He is survived by his family Gerard, Frances, Noel, Anne, Patricia, Michael and Brid, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, sons in law, daughters in law, brothers John, Noel, Kevin and Michael, sister Eileen, brother in law, sisters in law, extended family and friends.

Summer Camp. 
The beautiful weather last week meant that the one hundred and twenty boys and girls who attended the Kellogg’s Cul Camp spent a very enjoyable week in the sun in Ruan Hurling Field. They honed  different Hurling/Camogie skills under the tuition of coaches and all were delighted with the Camp.
The local G.A.A. Club will be hosting its own skills camp in the Hurling field from August 20 to 23, with coaches from the Club leading it. 
On the last day (Thursday) a Fun Day for all the family is being organised. Ninety one children have already registered and anyone wishing to still enrol may contact Anne Marie  @ 0863692135 or Grainne @ 0878560636 for further details.

W/E 15/07/2018

posted Jul 14, 2018, 1:13 PM by John O'Sullivan

Community Response Group.
Anyone interested in in being part of a Community Response Group is invited to a meeting facilitated by Mr. Mark Callahan, Community Engagement Officer with the National Ambulance Service on Thursday, July 19, at 7.30pm in Ruan Community Centre. This meeting should take approximately thirty minutes where it is hoped the information and support needed on setting up this group and facilitating its running into the future will be provided. 
Further information may be had from Padraig Lordan @ 0872975802 or Emer O’Halloran @ 0861733958.

Recent Death.
The death has occurred of Mary (Maud) Hynes, née Howard, Aughrimkelly, Ruan, peacefully, at University Hospital Limerick. She was predeceased by her husband, Michael, her son, Patrick and her sister, Eileen.   Mary’s remains reposed at Kennedy’s Funeral Home, Ennis and Fr. Pat O’Neill celebrated Requiem Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan, during which among the gifts brought to the Altar for the Offertory to what was important in Mary’s life - her rosary beads representing her deep faith, a nurses uniform, representing her life in that caring profession, a kitchen utensil to represent her homemaking skills. 
She is survived by her daughter, Mary, son, Michael, sister in law, nephews, extended family and friends. Mary was laid to rest in the adjoining graveyard.

W/E 08/07/2018

posted Jul 5, 2018, 3:58 PM by John O'Sullivan

Scouts in Ruan.
Ruan Scouts provides children and adults with the opportunity to try out a whole range of outdoor pursuits, such as Hiking, Camping, Kayaking and Surfing, and to gain skills in the pastimes which they most enjoy. Having had a very successful first year, Ruan Scouts will be opening three sections in September 2018 - Beaver Scouts, aged 6 to 8, Club Scouts, aged 9 to 12 and Scouts, aged 12 to 15. 
The groups generally meet on Thursday evenings in a venue in Ruan Village. Anyone who would be interested in volunteering or anyone who has a child who would like to try out all kinds of new and fun activities should text Amanda Callan at 0872076351 with the child’s name, age and address and your own phone contact details and she will get in touch over the summer to confirm availability of places, and give details of registration costs.

Recent Death.
The death occurred last week of Mrs. Margaret (Peggy) Lynch, Kilmaley, mother of Pat Lynch, Laurel Vale, Ruan. 

W/E 01/07/2018

posted Jun 28, 2018, 3:25 PM by John O'Sullivan

Community Games Success. 
There was a great turn out at O’Sullivan Park, Lees Road on Sunday last and all the children involved did really well in wide range of events, including ball throw, long puck, javelin, relays, sprints and long distance running. Four medals were won by children from this parish. Neasa ni Ainefein took gold by an impressive distance in the girls u14 800m. Aisling Moloney took gold in u14 Javelin .
Both girls will go on to compete in the national finals in August .
Ethan Ryan took silver in the boys u14 Javelin and Róise ni Lachtnain took bronze in the girls u16 1500m.

Recent Death.
The death has occurred, recently, of Denis Finucane, Lack West, Kilmihil, brother of Kevin Finucane, of Ballygriffey South, Ryan.

Fundraising Walk for Zara.
By now, the plight of ten year old Zara Cronin, from Dysart is well known, having been recently diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome. She has had special scans in London and is due to have lifesaving surgery in the coming months in Barcelona.  All these treatments will cost up to €100,000 and, to date, funding has not been forthcoming from the Government, although Health Minister, Simon Harris, is due to meet with Zara and her mother, Anne, who has been relentless in fundraising, while at the same time, caring for Zara.
A fundraiser is taking place in Ruan on Saturday, July 21, where members of the Clare Senior Hurling Team will join walkers and runners on a fundraising venture for Zara’s treatment and rehabilitation. 
It starts at 10am in Ruan village and there are two routes, 2k and 6k. 
Further information may be had by visiting

W/E 30/07/2017

posted Jul 25, 2017, 1:52 PM by John O'Sullivan

Kellogg's Cul Camp.
A great turnout of young Hurling and Camogie players, between the ages of 6 and 13 attended the Kellogs Cul Camp held in Ruan G.A.A. Field recently, made up of sixty eight boys and forty eight girls. Coaching g staff were Tom Hannon, Jack Hannon, Michael Moloney, Helen Marrinan, Orlaith Cotter, Eva White, Saoirse Warren, Sarah Redmond, Kieran Tynan and the Clare goalkeeper, Andrew Fahy.
Andrew was very impressed to see the field full of players when he visited on the last day of camp and felt there was a great spirit among the  children.

G.A.A. Summer Camp.
All children will have an opportunity to attend another summer camp from August 22-25, run by Ruan G.A.A. & Camogie Clubs.
This is the second year the Clubs have run this camp, which was attended by over one hundred children last year and looks to be as successful this year.

W/E 23/07/2017

posted Jul 17, 2017, 3:32 PM by John O'Sullivan

Cul Camp in Ruan.
One hundred and twelve children between the ages of 6 and 13 took part in a Cul Camp in Ruan Hurling Field last week, playing Hurling and Camogie.
They had a visit from Andrew Fahy, the Clare Senior Hurling Team goalie on Friday.
They had great fun during the week and all came away with a Kellogg's GAA gear bag and kit. 

U12 Hurling.
The u12 Hurling team will play in the finals of the Bennett League in Cusack Park on this coming Sun., 23rd July. 
They meet O'Callaghan's Mills in the final and would welcome support on the day.

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