Week 31/07/2011

posted Jul 25, 2011, 3:33 PM by Unknown user
Centenary of St. Mary's Church.
 
A great community gathering took place in Ruan on Sunday last, when the centenary of St. Mary's Church was celebrated.   The Church was first dedicated on the 23rd July, 1911, and it and the grounds surrounding the Church have been renovated and restored to its former glory.   
Three priests native to the parish, Fr. Martin Mulqueen, Fr. Peter O'Loughlin and Fr. John Neylon were co-celebrants with Bishop Kieran O'Reilly 
and Fr. Pat O'Neill, present Parish Priest of Ruan and Dysart and priests who had served in the Parish and the Imeall Boirne Priests were also 
in attendance.   
Members of the local community brought their talents to the celebration, in the choir, with traditional music and in decorating the Church beautifully with flowers. 
The gifts at the Offertory included a trowel used in the original building of the Church presented by Gerry O'Connor, local Building Contractor, original photos of the Church taken as it was built, presented by Joe Curtin, a grandson of Henry Keller, the Building Contractor involved in the original building.   
The bread and wine were presented by Alice Casey and Eoin McMahon, representing the youth of the parish, and Marie Clohessy and 
Agnes O'Sullivan, representing the local Apostolic Society, presented a Vestment to the Parish.  
Members of the Howard family of Ruan also presented a Ciborium, in memory of the late Johnny Howard, who gave so much of his time to his local church.
In the Community Centre, afterwards, the ladies of the parish had laid out "high tea", and it provided a great opportunity for people to chat, as many former parishioners had returned to the village for the celebrations, and they were delighted to meet people they may not have met for years.  
 It was a great day for the parish and it showed the importance of the Church as a gathering place for people, and it is hoped that in the next hundred years it will still feature highly in the lives of the people in the community.
 
G.A.A. News.
 
The u12 hurling team have been participating in the Bennett u12 Div. 3, hurling league and they topped their group, which led to a play off against Whitegate in Cusack Park on Sat. last.   Ruan emerged as winners after a nail-biting finish.   
The u16 Ruan/Banner team went down to Corofin on Sunday, in the u16 League.
 
    
Camogie.
 
The u12 camogie team beat Eire Og in the u12C Championship on Thursday last, and their next game is against Corofin.   The u18 girls were beaten by Ballyea in a challenge match last week.
 
Trocaire Collection.
 
A Church collection will take place in the parish this coming weekend and monies raised will be used by Trocaire to send aid to the people suffering in the famine in the countries in the Horn of Africa - Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia.   
The contributions may be placed in the baskets,  in an envelope marked "Trocaire", all donations will be deeply appreciated. 
 
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