Notes for July 2017

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.

W/E 16/07/2017

posted Jul 11, 2017, 3:24 PM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Jul 11, 2017, 3:25 PM ]

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Primary Go Games.
Two members of Ruan G.A.A. Club we're delighted to represent their schools at the Primary Go Games played at half time during the Munster Senior Hurling Final in Semple Stadium on Sunday. Alan Woodford, a pupil in Toonagh N.S. played in the Hurling and Aoife Glass from Ruan N.S. played in the camogie game. 
Despite feeling disappointed at the losses incurred by Clare on the day, all the children who took part were delighted with the opportunity to play on such hallowed ground and it is a memory that will stay with them for a long time.

Bus to Knock.
A bus will travel to Knock Shrine on this Sat. 15th July, leaving Ruan (outside the graveyard) at 8.30am, travelling through Toonagh.
There are a few seats still available, contact Eileen @ 0656828243 or Sheila @ 0876546637 for further details.

Ruan u15 Camogie team took part in a blitz hosted by The Banner Club last week. They played Cratloe and The Banner, winning both games.
All the girls and their mentors had a very enjoyable day.

Community Mass.
The 7pm Mass on this Sunday evening will be a special 'Community' Mass.  Anyone who would like to take part in Readings, singing, music or the Offertory procession is invited to a meeting in Dysart Church this (Thursday) evening at 8pm where arrangements will be finalised.

W/E 09/07/2017

posted Jul 5, 2017, 4:41 AM by John O'Sullivan

Community Mass Celebration.
Looking to the future of our churches in this parish, as in many parishes around the country, communities will have to come together and participate in their local churches if they wish to keep them open for christenings, weddings, funerals, etc. On Monday, 3rd July, a large group of parishioners met in Ruan Community Centre to discuss this and came away feeling heartened and enthusiastic about the idea of Lay Led liturgy and, hopefully, this enthusiasm will permeate through the community and lead to a vibrant church going into the future.
Training will begin in September and more information will be available before then.
The Sunday evening Mass at 7pm in Dysart on Sun. 16th July will be a special celebration of 'Community' with members of the community  participating in readings, music, singing and the Offertory procession. A meeting will be held in Dysart Church on Thurs. 13th July at 8pm and if anyone wishes to play a part, they will be most welcome.

U12 Hurling.
Ruan u12s played their first game in the Bennet League six weeks ago. They didn't get off to a good start with losses to Smith O'Briens and Whitegate. However, after some touch training sessions, they began to perform better and gain confidence.
They had convincing wins over O'Callaghan's Mills, Broadford, The Banner and Bodyke. The final game in this league is on this Fri. (7th July) when they play Feakle/Kilanena in Ruan and, hopefully, they will have a day out in Cusack Park in the next two weeks.

W/E 02/07/2017

posted Jun 28, 2017, 2:38 AM by John O'Sullivan

Holiday in Lahinch.
A number of Senior Citizens from the parish have returned from their annual holiday in Lahinch, organised by the very capable and 'fun-providing' members of the Local Senior Citizens Club.
They enjoyed walks, good dining, entertainment and even featured on Clare FM, meeting Ger Sweeney, with Marie Clohessy winning a bicycle and Rita Crowe a trip around the Aran Islands on the show.

Lay Led Liturgies.
An information night will be held in Ruan Community Centre on Mon. 3rd July next at 8.30pm. Eucharistic Ministers, Readers, Sacristans and Choir members are all invited to attend, together with anyone else interested in being involved in the liturgy.

Ruan u12's played the 1st round in the u12 competition in Kilkishen last week, playing two games and  defeating Bodyke and Kilkishen. On Monday eve of this week they played Feakle/Killanena, winning the game, however they lost to Crusheen, both games played in very wet conditions.
Aoife Glass, representing Scoil Mhuire, Ruan, has been selected to play in the Primary game, during half time in the Munster final in Thurles

Minor Hurling.
Ruan bowed out at the semi-final stage to a very strong Eire Og side in the u14B competition recently. Ruan were the u13C Champions last year and it was a great achievement to step up to 'B' this year and progress to the semi-final.
Along the way they defeated Kilmaley, The Banner, Wolfe Tones, drew with Crusheen/Tubber and met Wolfe Tones in the quarter final, whom they defeated, in a thrilling game, after extra time.
Throughout the championship they showed great promise and the management, mentors and coaches, and the boys themselves, deserve great credit, as they improved steadily as the competition progressed.

Wedding Bells.
Gary Bell of Dromore, Ruan and  Sarah Power of Clarecastle were married in the church of Saints Peter & Paul, Clarecastle at the weekend. Celebrant was Fr. Pat Malone, assisted by Fr. Connie Kelleher and Fr. Pat O'Neill.  Bridesmaids were Gillian Lougheedy, Clodagh McAllister, Niamh Kennelly and Joan McCarthy. Best man was Alan Bell and groomsmen were Damian Brohan, Damian O'Reilly and Nigel Desmond.
Flower girl was Neasa McInerney and Pageboys were Ross McInerney, Nathan Lougheedy and Aidan McAllister.
The reception was held in The Falls Hotel, Ennistymon.

W/E 31/07/2016

posted Jul 25, 2016, 7:31 AM by John O'Sullivan

Summer Camp.
Ruan Hurling/Camogie Club is hosting a camp for all primary school players, boys and girls, commencing 23rd August 2016, comprising of games and fun activities. The leaders are from the parish with Cillian Ryan as head coach.
In order to continue this camp, the Clubs are hosting a fundraising dance in Purcells Bar, kindly sponsored by Kieran & Loretta 0'Connor, with 'Break Free Band' on Fri. 27th August 2016. The Clubs appreciate and welcome the continued support of the community in their efforts in promoting healthy pastimes and activities for the youth of the parish.

Tanya Curtin, daughter of Michael & Kathleen, of Fountain and Martin Barry, son of Michael & Anne, of Ahasla, Maurice's Mills were married at St. Tola's Church, Dysart on Fri. last. They returned from Perth, Australia, where they have lived for the past five years and were joined by friends and family from home and abroad for their celebrations. Fr. Sean Sexton was celebrant and Maid of Honour was Rebecca Curtin with Chloe Curtin, Caroline Carmody and Tracey Barry as Bridesmaids. Bestman was Paul Kennedy and Groomsmen were Ray Kennedy, Tony Barry and Stephen Toomey. Katie Carmody and Kayla Cullinan were flowergirls and Tony Og Barry was pageboy. The reception was held in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Limerick and Tanya & Martin are returning to live in Australia.
At the other side of the parish, also on Friday last, in St. Mary's Church, Jean Tierney, daughter of Noel & Monica of Beechgrove, Toonagh married Jerry O'Keeffe, son of Tom & Catherine O'Keeffe of Roslevan, Ennis. Celebrant was Fr. Ger Nash and Bestman was Thomas O'Keeffe, with Groomsmen, Mark Kelly, Sean McMahon, Kieran McAllister and Brian O'Dwyer. Jean's sister, Noelle, was Maid of Honour and Nicole Burns O'Keeffe, Jackie Coffey, Geraldine Hayes and Aisling Moloney were Bridesmaids. Flowergirl was Ellie O'Keeffe and Ushers were Shannon Fox Tierney and Shane Tierney. The reception was held in The Falls Hotel, Ennistymon and the couple will reside in Ennis.

Recent Deaths.
The death has taken place in Galway Regional Hospital of John Joe O'Connell, Drimeen, Ruan, following a short illness. John Joe was born and reared in Drimeen and farmed the family farm, with his brother, Michael, all their lives. He and Michael were well respected farmers, who kept up with the changes in times, and were very helpful and generous with their time and advice to others. Their wisdom and their ability to 'trace' family and local history is much appreciated by their extended family and neighbours. They both supported their local community and loved their Friday nights' game of cards in Morty Kelly's over the years.
John Joe's remains reposed in St. Mary's Church, Ruan and following concelebrated requiem Mass, he was laid to rest in the adjoining graveyard. He is survived by his brother, Michael, many cousins and wonderful neighbours.
The death also occurred last week of Mickey Casey, Turnpike, Ennis and formerly of Ruan, brother of Martin, Tom, Margaret & Marion.

W/E 24/07/2016

posted Jul 18, 2016, 2:57 PM by John O'Sullivan

Toonagh Race Nite.

There was a good turnout for the Race Nite held in Woodstock Hotel recently, to raise funds for the works being carried out in the playing field at the rear of Toonagh School, and it was a very enjoyable night.  The organisers are very thankful to all who helped in any way during this fundraising campaign.

Currently, in Tesco, Toonagh School Astro Turf is one of three community funds which can be supported. On completion of purchases, blue tokens are given to customers to enter into the community fund of their choice and anything received for Toonagh School will be very much appreciated.

Success in Listowel.

There's growing excitement among people interested in traditional music, singing and dancing as Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann, in Ennis this year, approaches, and the following locals came through the Munster finals held in Listowel at the weekend:   Irish Harp, 1st Lily O'Connor.  Trios (12-15) 1st Lily O'Connor with Aisling McMahon and Cliona Donnellan, 2nd Shona O'Halloran with James Kelly and Roisin Clancy.

There are a number of local children also involved in the following Ceili bands and groups  - Inis Og  came 1st and Tulog came 2nd in (u12) Ceili Band.  Inis Og came 2nd in Ceili Band (15-18) and Inis Og came 2nd in Grupain Ceoil u12.  Neasa Ni Ainifein came 2nd in Scealaiocht, u12

W/E 17/07/2016

posted Jul 11, 2016, 2:33 PM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Jul 11, 2016, 2:34 PM ]

Following a recent club meeting, George Power and Joe O'Donovan have agreed to train the minor girls team for their upcoming matches, on the 13 th July against Eire Og in Ruan, and for their away games on 27 th July and 15th August 2016.
The U12 girls continue to play their games, with the final blitz in their group coming up on weekend of the 22nd July next.

W/E 09/07/2016

posted Jul 4, 2016, 6:04 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Jul 4, 2016, 6:05 AM ]

Cash for Clobber.
The Parents Association of Toonagh School have been very active in raising funds for the school over the years. One of the fundraising drives they have done is the 'Cash for Clobber', where the community gathers used clothing, bed linen, etc. and they get paid by weight for what they collect. 
They were delighted, recently, to find out that they were the recipients of a prize of €1,500 from the company, for collecting the biggest amount of 'clobber' over the past year for their size of school. 
This money will go towards school supplies and it goes without saying that the help of the community plays a big part in all their efforts and is much appreciated.

Bus to Knock
A bus will travel to Knock on this Sat. 9th July, travelling via Toonagh and leaving Ruan Village at 9am. Names, with deposits, may be given to Eileen @ 0656828243 or Sheila @0656837717.

Off to Listowel.
Well done to all the local children who have qualified at the County Fleadh in Kilrush last week to represent Clare at the Munster Fleadh to be held in Listowel from the 15th to 17th July. Many were individual winners and a number were also members of duets, trios and music groups and bands.
They are all hoping they will go further at the Munster Fleadh to represent the county at this year's All Ireland Fleadh  to be held in Ennis in August.

W/E 03/07/2016

posted Jun 27, 2016, 3:58 PM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Jun 27, 2016, 4:00 PM ]

The wedding took place on June 10th last in Cohasset, Boston in the United States of Brendan Lynch and Barbara Carrera.   Brendan is a son of Kathleen & Pat Lynch, Ballybrody and Barbara is a daughter of Lucie & Oscar Carrera from Connecticut.  Witnesses were Tadhgh Kelly and Elias A. Baez.
A number of Brendan's family travelled to celebrate the happy occasion and they enjoyed a reception at The Red Lion Hotel with Brendan and Barbara, who will continue to reside in Boston.
Micheal Callinan, son of Michael and Noreen,  Dromina, Dysart married Aishagh Faithful, daughter of Lourde and Martin, of Rushane, Kilnamona in St. Tola's Church, Dysart on Friday last, with Fr. Pat O'Neill, Celebrant.  Bestman was Paddy Callinan and groomsmen were Oliver Callinan and Jake Mulcaire. Bridesmaids were Edel Powell, Vikki Browne and Claire Callinan. Michelle Callinan was Flowergirl and Pageboy was Shane Callinan.
The reception was held in The Falls Hotel, Ennistymon.

 Race Night

Toonagh National School will hold a Race Night on Friday, July 8th in Hotel Woodstock at 8:30p.m. It promises to be a great night out. All adults are welcome to attend so bring along friends, neighbours and family! Tremendous work has been done by the Race Night Organising Committee and the parents of Toonagh N.S. to date and all funds raised will be spent on the enhancement of the playing facilities for the children at Toonagh N.S.

The support of the community would be greatly appreciated.


Marian Keane Basketball Finals

Toonagh School girls’ had a very successful campaign in the Marian Keane Memorial Basketball League. They performed extremely well and defeated Ballyea NS in the semi-final before being very narrowly defeated in the final by Gaelscoil Mhíchíl Chíosóg . T

The girls were exceptional in representing the school and can be very proud of their efforts.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Maureen Kitson, wife of Willie Kitson, Marian Avenue, Ennis,  and mother of Aileen Lyons, Rita Moran and Sean Kitson of Toonagh.

Feile Participants.
Jamie Cantillon, Jack McDonagh and Oisin Madigan, who play u14 football with Corofin, were part of a panel of 22 players who travelled to Cork at the weekend to participate in Feile.

They played a number of matches, took part in the parade and enjoyed a BBQ and disco and enjoyed the hospitality of the host Clubs.


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