Notes for July

W/E 19/07/2020

posted Jul 14, 2020, 11:47 AM by John O'Sullivan

Friends of Toonagh Hall + Sports Complex.
The facilities in Toonagh Hall and Sports Complex have been closed, as have all community centres, over the past few months, because of COVID 19. However, there are still costs involved in keeping the place maintained and insured, so that it will be ready when the restrictions are lifted. 
The Committee has set up a Go Fund Me Page on its Facebook page and the community is encouraged to support it with a donation, however small, as it will be much appreciated.
It is also hoped to hold a Car Boot sale in the near future and people are asked to donate items for this. 
Further information may be had from Pamela Vaughan (0876224698) or Mairead Culliney (0863620688).

Rescheduled Sacraments.
Confirmation for Toonagh schoolchildren will take place on Aug. 8 at 2pm. Confirmation for Ruan will take place on the same day at 11am. Both ceremonies will take place in Ruan Church. These are the rescheduled dates following the postponement of the Confirmation ceremony which was due to take place for both schools on Friday April 24th. 
Ceremonies will adhere to social distance guidelines and for space reasons Toonagh First Holy Communion will also take place in Ruan Church.
The rescheduled dates for First Holy Communion are September 12th in Ruan Church, Toonagh NS at 11am and Ruan NS at 2pm. 

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Colin Barry, Newhall, Ennis, nephew of Pete Barry, Dysart.

Mass Times.
Fr. Pat and Fr. Damian would encourage those who are able, to attend weekday masses in Dysart on Wednesdays at 9.30am and Ruan on Thursday mornings, 
also at 9.30am so that the numbers at masses at the weekend are manageable, keeping in mind social distancing.

W/E 12/07/2020

posted Jul 11, 2020, 1:53 PM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Jul 11, 2020, 1:53 PM ]

Mass Times in Parish.
Fr. Damian and Fr. Pat celebrate Mass in the Imeall Boirne Cluster and have a schedule put in place to encourage people back to attending Mass again in the churches. The following are the locations of Masses, all celebrated at 9.30am - Monday, Corofin;  Tuesday, Crusheen;  Wednesday, Crusheen and Dysart; 
Thursday, Corofin and Ruan;  Friday, Corofin and Tubber;  First Friday Masses in Tubber and Corofin at 9.30am. 
Weekend masses are broadcast live on the Imeall Boirne Facebook page - Saturdays 8pm from Ruan Church and Sunday’s 11am from Corofin Church. The July Mass of Anniversaries Will be celebrated in Ruan Church on Sat. July 18 at 8pm.
People are being encouraged to attend weekday masses where they can, and to  allow those who cannot attend during the week attend the Masses on Saturday evening and Sunday morning, if that is possible, 
Hand sanitisers are in all the churches for use on entering and leaving.

Re-opening of local GAA pitch.
The gates of the Ruan GAA pitch opened again last week, following the relaxing of Covid-19 restrictions. The adult hurling and camogie teams returned to training, followed by all juvenile teams returning last week. All necessary precautions are being taken by players, mentors and parents to ensure the safety of everyone involved, and the Club Officers are very grateful to everyone for their cooperation on this matter. Hand sanitisers are located around the grounds and people are reminded to use these entering and exiting the grounds.
For any further information please contact Senior Club Secretary, Claire McDonagh or Minor Club Secretary, Patricia O'Donnell. 
Membership 2020: Membership for this year is still due for some players and members of the club. This can be paid to Sandra Punch, Aidan Lynch or any club officer at your earliest convenience.

Return to Camogie.
Ruan Camogie players will be back on the pitch this week after a long absence. The pitch is in super condition and the girls are excited to be back training, while adhering to all new covid19 regulations. 
The Club appreciates the generous donation from Top Industrial Solutions, Shannon, of hand sanitiser, dispensers and alcohol spray to the Camogie and Hurling clubs, these are located on the grounds and at the entrance, and people are urged to use them.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place, following a short illness, of Bernadette Ruane (née Lynch), Woodhaven, Kilrush Road, Ennis, sister of Pat Lynch, Ballybrody.

Dysart Castle.
Dysart Castle was refurbished and reopened in 1986, and is one of twenty five original Archaeological field monuments which have drawn large numbers of visitors to the area over the past thirty years. These have included family reunions of the O’Dea family which has historical connections with the castle. 
This year, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Castle has remained closed and it is hoped that it will reopen in May 2021. 

W/E 05/07/2020

posted Jul 1, 2020, 2:33 PM by John O'Sullivan

Reopening of local GAA pitch.
The gates of the Ruan GAA pitch were opened again last week with Covid-19 restrictions having been eased. The adult hurling and camogie teams returned to training last week and this will be followed by all juvenile teams returning to training this week. All necessary precautions are being taken by players, mentors and parents to ensure the safety of everyone involved and the Club Officers are very grateful to everyone for their cooperation on this matter. 

Membership 2020: Membership for this year is still due for some players and members of the club. This can be paid to Sandra Punch, Aidan Lynch or any club officer at your earliest convenience. 

Ruan School ‘Goodbye to 6th Class’.
On Thursday, June 25, Scoil Mhuire, Ruan hosted a school graduation in the school grounds for its departing Sixth Class, in compliance with the social distancing guidelines. On a beautiful morning, the children, who were accompanied by their families, were presented with certificates and gift bags. 6th class students were Evan O Donoghue,  Ciara Punch,  Cliona Jones, Conor Parnell,  Rory Meaney,  Ava Quirke,  Aoibhinn O’Toole,  Joe Meaney,  Kya Mounsey,  Josh Ryan,  Oisin Punch, Pearce Wynne,  Aoibhe Lecathelinais,  Cornac Ryan, Lee White and Wiktoria Gajola. Principal, Cyril Lyons, taught this class.
The occasion was also marked with a tree planting ceremony and a wonderful address by Fr. Pat On Neill, P.P.  
To provide a fitting conclusion to the morning's events, a "drive by goodbye" was provided by all the other school children and their families, making it an occasion to remember for all those involved.

Return to Camogie.
Ruan Camogie players will be back on the pitch this week after a long absence. The pitch is in super condition and the girls are excited to be back training, while adhering to all new covid19 regulations. 
The Club appreciates the generous donation from Top Industrial Solutions, Shannon, of hand sanitiser, dispensers and alcohol spray to the Camogie and Hurling clubs.

Toonagh N.S. says Farewell to 6th Class.
On Friday June 26th at 2pm all the parents and children of the school gave 6th class a send off to remember when they drove by in their cars in a parade, to beep at 6th class who were lined up outside the school with social distancing being obeyed. There was was a huge turn out of families for the parade of cars to salute 6th class, and the pupils were wished well as they now embark on their next stage of life through Secondary School. 
The children also received special graduation packs which included a signed Toonagh NS hoodie and a personalised engraved pen and key ring. Graduating in 6th Class were: Bláithín Barry, Ronan Barry, Sara Browne, Daniel Clancy, Grace Corcoran, James Cullinan, Aoife Cummins, Clarissa Gilmore, Leah Griffin, Daniel Guinnane, Sean Healy, Ethan Lucas, Billy Marrinan, Tara Moroney, Cathal Noonan, Ellen O'Leary, Lennon Rushton and Jamie Ryan. Their teacher was Claire Cullinan. 

Recent Deaths.
The death has occurred, after a short illness, of May Browne (née Lynch) of Newmarket on Fergus, mother of Bernadette Browne, who is a teacher in Toonagh N.S. May was well known to many from the parish who shop in Dunnes Stores, where she greeted everyone in a gentle and helpful manner, always having a smile and pleasant words to exchange with customers.

The death has taken place last week of Paschal Courtney, Ardcarney, Ruan, in U.H.L.
Paschal was a well known man in the area, having worked in Clare County Council for many years. He was a quiet gentleman, supportive and caring, and blessed with good humour and a ready smile for all he came into contact with. 
Paschal was laid to rest in Ruan Graveyard, following requiem mass and he is survived by nephews, nieces, extended family and great friends and neighbours.
The death has also taken place of Jimmy Derham, Newmarket on Fergus, father of Helen Mounsey, Ballygriffey.

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. 

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