Notes for July

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.

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.

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