Notes for June


W/E 23/06/2018

posted Jun 20, 2018, 12:34 PM by John O'Sullivan

Wedding Bells.
Brid O'Loughlin, daughter of Pat & the late Bridget, married Aidan O'Brien in St. Mary's Church, Ruan recently. 
Bridesmaids were Amiee Ginty, Anne O'Loughlin & Patricia O'Loughlin. Flower girls were Lillie O'Brien, Leah and Alisha O'Loughlin. Donal O'Brien was Bestman and groomsmen were Brendan O'Brien and Oisin O'Brien. Page boy was Fionn O'Brien. Fr. Pat O'Neill was celebrant.
The reception was held at Carrygerry Country House Hotel, Newmarket. 
The wedding also took place in St. Mary's Church, Ruan of Emma O'Halloran, Ruan, daughter of Roberta and P.J. and Liam Flynn, only son of Liam and Nora from Ennis. 
Bestman was Shane Faul and Bridesmaids were Claire and Kate O'Halloran.  Flowergirls were Katie O'Loughlin and Ruby Naden. 
Celebrant was Fr. Pat O'Neill.  The Reception was at the Old Ground Hotel, Ennis and the couple will reside in Corofin.

Ruan School Fun Run.
Over 300 people, made up of joggers, runners and walkers, participated in the annual Fun Run for Ruan School on Thursday, May 31 last.   There was a great atmosphere among the participants, as they enjoyed the rare, brilliant evening sunshine.  The support of the local community and the work of the volunteers who helped out on the evening are greatly appreciated by the School.

Senior Citizens Holiday.
A number of Senior Citizens from the parish have just returned from their annual holiday in Lahinch. This annual holiday was organised by the local Senior Citizens Committee, the members of which  ensured that everyone enjoyed the break.  Despite the inclement weather, they got out for walks on the promenade and lunch in The Shamrock every day and returned home on Monday, refreshed and relaxed after their holiday.

Community Response Group.
Ruan / Dysart Community & GAA Club have 2 AEDs, defibrillators,  one kept at GAA Clubhouse, the other on the external wall of the Parochial House (Fr.Pats house), opposite the Church. The importance of the appropriate maintenance of these potentially life saving devices cannot be underestimated.
With this in mind it is hoped to set up a Community Response Group in the area. Anyone interested in coming on board would be very welcome.
For more information please contact Padraig Lordan on ‭(087) 2975802‬, or Emer O Halloran (086) 1733958 

W/E 17/06/2018

posted Jun 13, 2018, 2:20 AM by John O'Sullivan

Changes to Mass Times in Imeall Boirne.
 Following a recent public meeting of Imeall Boirne Cluster, changes to weekend and weekday masses have been proposed.  All the churches in the Cluster are affected and a sheet with the proposed changes was attached to this past weekend’s newsletters.
The following is what pertains to the churches of Ruan and Dysert - fixed Mass schedule each weekend of the year,
Option 1,  Mass in Ruan on Saturday evenings at 8.00pm:  
Option 2, on the first weekend of every month Mass will be held in Dysert on Saturday evening at 8.00pm. 
As there will be only two priests covering the Imeall Boirne Cluster, Fr. Pat O’Neill and Fr. Damian Nolan, by having ninety minutes from the start of one mass to the start of the next mass, one priest, if required, can celebrate all four masses at the weekend
Over longer, or arranged periods, when a priest is absent, then it is proposed that Eucharistic Services be arranged for some of the mass times.  These may also be arranged for the churches which have no celebration of Mass on any given weekend, once it does not clash with the Mass in the parish.
These proposals will be finalised at the next Cluster meeting which will take place on Wed. July 4, next at 8.00pm in St. Patrick’s Hall in Corofin, and will come into effect on the first Sunday in September, for a trial period of six months, after which it will be reviewed.  It is hoped that people will attend this meeting, as it is important that their views  be aired and listened to, and all are welcome.

Handball Success.
Toonagh hosted the Clare GAA Handball Division 4 Singles final on Monday recently, when Kevin Hassett (Toonagh) took on Brian Griffin (Toonagh). In what was a thrilling game with great passages of play it was Kevin Hassett who emerged as County Champion. It was a great achievement for Toonagh GAA Handball Club having both players in the final, and it comes on the back of winning the Clare Division 4 Club League earlier this year.  
Well done to all involved in the Club.

Clothes Collection.
The Parents Association of Toonagh School appreciates the response it got from the community in its latest appeal for the clothes collection it held recently.  

It raised €1,120, which will be used for the benefit of the schoolchildren.

Cumann na mBunscoil Camogie.
Ruan/Toonagh Schools' camogie team won the final of the Cumann na mBunscoil Games in Cusack Park against Kilmurray, on Tuesday, June 12.  On the way to the final, the girls met Ennis National School, Kilmurray, Tulla and Sixmilebridge.  They were very well supported on the day and came away with a victory over Kilmurray on a scoreline of 9-5 to 8-4 in a game that was played in a very sporting manner.  Credit to both Principals, Cyril Lyons, Ruan and Donnchadh Kelleher, Toonagh and to all involved in bringing the girls to the final.The plaque was presented to joint captains, Aine Jones and Niamh Glass.


Children’s Book Sale.
The children’s book sale which was to be held in Toonagh Hall on Tuesday, June 12, has now been postponed until next Tuesday, June 19, from 9am to 12 noon, as many of the children attended the Cumann an mBunscoil final to support their classmates and friends. Children’s books may still be left into the school until that date.

W/E 10/06/2016

posted Jun 8, 2018, 9:19 AM by John O'Sullivan

Camogie Replay.
Well done to the girls on the u14 camogie team who put in a tremendous effort last week in the u14A final against Truagh/Clonlara, which resulted in a draw, each team scoring 3 goals 6 points.  The girls were delighted with the level of support they received from their local community and are looking forward to the replay, the date of which is yet to be confirmed. 

Children’s Book Sale.
The Parents Association of Toonagh Hall has organised a Children’s Book Sale to be held in Toonagh Hall on Tue. June 12 next, from 9am to 12noon.  The Association is asking for donations  of children’s books, which may be left in the school during school hours.  

Outing to Knock.
A trip to Knock, from Ruan, is being organised for Sat. June 30. Further information from Eileen 6828243 or Sheila 087 6546637.

Toonagh Hall.
A meeting will be held in Toonagh Hall this evening, Thurs. June 7, at 9.00pm to discuss grants and further refurbishments of the Hall. 
All are welcome.

W/E 03/05/2018

posted May 31, 2018, 3:35 PM by John O'Sullivan

Confirmation.
Bishop Fintan Monahan conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation on twenty six children from the parish in St. Mary’s Church,  Ruan on Thursday of last week.
The children from Ruan School were Frankie Lyons, Niamh Glass, Nicole Daffy, Summer O’Brien, Mya O’Malley, Meabhdh Casey, Joey Lyons, Tadhg Wynne,  Conor Ryan, Conor Lyons, Dean Meaney, Darragh Lecathelinais and Adam Brohan. 
The children from Toonagh School were Kate O’Donoghue, Jimmy Marrinan, Lilly Roelants, Aedin Wynne, Aine Jones, Erin Hassett, Emma Cantillon, David Barry, Saoirse Barry, Anna Browne, Aoibhe Moran, Pippa-Skye Rushton and Vincent Darmach. 
Bishop Fintan was assisted by Fr. Pat O’Neill, Fr. Damian Nolan and Fr. Seamus Nohilly, the priests in the Imeall  Boirne Cluster. All of the children participated in Readings, Prayers of the Faithful, Offertory Procession, choir and music. The children, their parents, teachers and all who helped in making the ceremony such a special one are to commended. 
The Parents Association of Ruan School laid on refreshments in the ‘halla’ at the school,  which gave those who attended an opportunity to chat over a cuppa.

Community Games.
Roise Ni  Lachtnain, Nooan, Ruan is a member of the Clare Community Games Marathon team which took Bronze at the Community Games National Championships in U.L. on Saturday last.  Eryn and Tara Moroney competed in the Arts Section.

Hall Meeting.
Toonagh Hall Committee is holding a general meeting in the Hall on Thursday, June 7, at 9pm.
Items to be discussed are grants and the continued refurbishment of the Hall and all are welcome.

W/E 25/06/2017

posted Jun 19, 2017, 3:27 PM by John O'Sullivan

National School Wins Final.
Congratulations to Ruan/Toonagh National Schools' team on winning the Clare Primary Schools Camogie final, Roinn 3, played in Cusack Park on Tuesday, beating Ballyea in the final.
The panel was Meabhdh Casey, Niamh Glass, Sinead Hastings (Captain), Emily Whelan, Aisling Moloney, Aoife Anderson, Kate Forde, Alice Glass, Neasa Ni Lachtnain, Aimee McDonagh, Aoife O'Loughlin, Aine Jones, Nicole Daffy, Saoirse Barry, May O'Malley, Aoibhe Moran, Summer O'Brien, Kate O'Donoghue, Aldine Wynne, Amy Gibbons, Eilis Strand.
Cyril Lyons, Donnchadh Kelleher, Sean Eustace and Alice Ni Cheallaigh manage the team.

U14C Camogie Champions.
Well done also to the Ruan Camogie team which took another title when they beat Broadford in the u14C Cup final on Wed. last in Shannon.
This team was Meabhdh Casey, Maria Jones, Emily Whelan, Sinead Hastings, Ciara O'Grady and Eve O'Connor (joint Captains), Niamh Glass, Neasa Ni Ainifein, Aisling Moloney, Kate Forde, Alice Anderson, Aoife Glass, Neasa Ni Lachtnain and the subs were Alanna Mulqueen, Aine Jones, Aimee McDonagh, May O'Malley, Summer O'Brien, Nicole Daffy, Chloe Callinan Queally, Grainne Wynne and Alanna Bolger.
The mentors are Aidan Hastings, Alfie Jones, Pat Casey and Aidan Lawton.

Bus to Knock.
A bus to Knock Shrine is being organised for  Sat.15th July next. Anyone wishing to travel should contact Sheila @ 0876546637 or Eileen @ 0656828243.


W/E 18/06/2017

posted Jun 12, 2017, 1:24 PM by John O'Sullivan

County Basketball Champions:
The girls of Toonagh N.S., coached by Ms. Barry, became the County Basketball Champions for the second time in the competition’s history when they won the Marion Keane Memorial Cup. To claim the title, the girls defeated Corofin, Inagh, Lisdoonvarna, Mol an Óige, Gaelscoil Uí Choimún (Kilrush), Kilrush N.S. and in the final, Crusheen. This amazing achievement was brought about by many, many hours of practice by all the girls – during sos, during lunch, before school and at P.E. time. Their enthusiasm, their commitment, their ability and willingness to learn will stand them in good stead for the future.

Camogie Final:
The Ruan/Toonagh school camogie team have reached the Cumann na mBunscol final. The final will take place in Cusack Park on Tuesday, June 13th at 2p.m. Our opponents on the day will be Ballyea N.S. (Gerry, I won't be around till Wed so if I hear the result Tue u can put in this, but it'll be fine for next week if you don't)

Successful Bingo Nite.
The Committee of Toonagh Hall & Sports Complex appreciates the support of all those who helped make the recent Bingo Nite a success. They received €1,000 which will go towards the continuing upkeep and improvements in the Centre.

Ruan N.S. Fun Run.
300 participants walked, jogged and ran in the recent Fun Run organised as a fundraiser for Ruan N.S. The inclement weather on the evening didn't deter the enthusiasm of those who took part in a spirit of community, fun and togetherness. Great credit is due to all who turned out, made a financial contribution and volunteered in stewarding, making it a very successful event.

Success in Ennistymon.
Jade Marrinan from Ruan, took first place in Art at the recent Ennistymon Show.

Football.
Alan Woodford, a 6th class pupil in Toonagh N.S. who plays football with Corofin,  played with Clare in the Primary Game at half time in the Clare v Kerry Football Game in Cusack Park on Sunday. 


Community Games Track & Field.
Children from the parish who competed in the Community .Games Track & Field County Finals in Lee's Road on Sunday were - 
Neasa Ni Ainifein who won Gold in the 800 metres;  Sinead Hastings who won Gold in Long Puck and they go on to the National Finals in August.  Aisling Moloney won Silver in the Javelin;  Neasa Ni Lachtnain took Bronze in the Long Jump.   Orla Cusack, Daniel Guinnane, Sean Healy and Aidan O'Lachtnain made it to the semi final in the u10 relay.
Others who competed were Aidan O'Lachtnain, Aoife Anderson, Anna Steigerwald, Brian O'Gorman, Jamie Cantillon and James Cullinan.

Gymkhana.
Despite torrential showers on Sunday, a large crowd turned out to take part in the 14th annual Ruan Gymkhana. From early morning, horse enthusiasts came from all parts of Clare, and beyond, to participate in the various competitions. After the event a donation was made to the local Senior Citizens Club, the members of which are off to Lahinch in the coming weeks for their annual summer holiday.

W/E 11/06/2017

posted Jun 6, 2017, 1:33 PM by John O'Sullivan

Confirmation.
On Saturday, 27th May last,  in St. Mary's Church, Ruan, Emily Whelan, Holly O'Loughlin, Aisling Moloney, Leah Ryan, Sinead Hastings, Aimee McDonagh, Kodi Egan, Aoife Anderson, Alan Woodford, Paul Rees, Darragh Meere, Michael Barry and Tom O'Halloran from Toonagh School and Aoife Glass, Kate Forde, Amy Mulqueen, Laura Saunders, Aoife O'Loughlin, Neasa Ni Lachtnain,  Andrew Malone, Colm Howard, Darren Punch and David Droney, from Ruan School, were administered the Sacrament of Confirmation.  The children participated in the ceremony, reading, singing, music and in the Offertory procession, making it a memorable day for them, their families and teachers.

Girls in Final.
The Ruan Camogie team is into the final of the u14C Championship, having come through the competition playing some very competitive games. The girls play Broadford in Wolfe Tones Camogie pitch in Shannon on Wed. 14th June next at 7.30pm and look forward to having the support of the community at the game.

Zumba.
The Zumba classes held in Toonagh hall over the past several months have proven to be such a success, they will continue throughout the summer, so for a fun way to exercise Toonagh Hall at 8pm on Thursday evenings is the place to be!

Hurling Blitz.
Teams from Kilmaley, Barefield, Feakle/Killanena and Tubber played in an u8 Hurling blitz in Ruan on Sat. last. After the games the host Club provided refreshments and everyone had a very enjoyable day.

Lay Led Liturgies.
Anyone interest in learning about Lay Led Liturgies is invited to attend a meeting in Ruan Community Centre on this Thurs. 8th June at 8.00pm, where Maureen Kelly, Pastoral worker with the Diocese of Killaloe will speak on the matter.

W/E 19/06/2016

posted Jun 15, 2016, 9:37 AM by John O'Sullivan

Camogie.
The u14 camogie team won the County u14C Shield Final in Newmarket on Fergus, overcoming Ballyea in the final. The u11's took part in the Tulla Tournament 2016, Division 2, recently in Clooney, playing Truagh/Clonlara in the semi final and emerging as winners against Scariff/Ogonnelloe in the final.
The u12 girls were just beaten on Sunday evening in Ruan, by Crusheen who scored a late goal.

Community Games
The parish was well represented at the Community Games Athletic Track & Field events in Lee's Road at the weekend. Neasa Ni Ainifein had the honour of reading the Community Games Pledge 'as gaeilge' at the event. She also won Gold in the 600m goes on to represent the County in August at the finals to be held in Athlone.
Aisling Moloney and Summer O'Brien reached the final of the ballthrow.  The u12 girls' relay team made the final, and James Cullinan reached the semi final of the sprint.
The work of the parents who organised the track & field event in Ruan GAA field recently  and those who contributed to the church gate collection, held in the parish this past weekend,  raising €260, is very much appreciated by the Committee.

Ruan Gymkhana.
The 13th annual Ruan Gymkhana was held on Sunday last and proved to be the most well attended to date. There were large numbers of entries for all the classes and the day ended with refreshments and a disco in Purcell's Bar in the village later on in the evening.
A presentation of €800 was made to Ruan Senior Citizen's organisation, which is organising the annual holiday in Lahinch from 27th July to 1st August.
Names may still be given to Mary O'Donnell or Sheila Lynch as there are still places available.

W/E 12/06/2016

posted Jun 6, 2016, 3:47 PM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Jun 7, 2016, 9:09 AM ]

Community Games.
The members of the local Community Games committee have, over the years, ensured that any child in the parish who wishes to take part in any of the activities included in Community Games, is encouraged to participate in the various competitions throughout the year.
A collection for Community Games will be held this coming weekend before both masses in Dysart and Ruan and the support of the community will be much appreciated.

Fun Run.
There was a great turn-out in Ruan on Thurs. eve last for the Fun Run. The beautiful weather on the evening encouraged 250 people to take part.  The run was very well supported by the school and the local community.
Afterwards the participants were treated to refreshments in the school hall at a very enjoyable gathering and the support of all who participated, donated and volunteered is very much appreciated.

Recent Death. 
Patricia Hanrahan of Drumcavan, Corofin, died, peacefully, last week, after months in Intensive Care in Peamount Hospital.  Requiem mass,  attended by Staff and Residents, was celebrated in Peamount on Friday last.  Patricia's remains were interred in the family grave, following requiem mass in St. Mary's Church, Ruan, officiated by Fr. Pat O'Neill, on Saturday.
The family is very thankful to the Staff of Peamount and to their good neighbours and friends who were with them during this time.

Race Nite for Toonagh School.
Representatives from the Board of Management and the Parents Association of Toonagh School will be calling to businesses in the local and surrounding areas in the coming weeks, looking for support for a fundraising Race Nite which will be held in Hotel Woodstock on the 8th July next. 
While acknowledging that people in business have a lot to contend with in these challenging times, nevertheless it is hoped that there will be a good response to the fundraiser. 
The project being undertaken is to convert the grass playing pitch at the school, which is waterlogged over the winter months,  to a facility that can be used all year round by the children, so that they may use it for various activities conducive to a fit and healthy lifestyle.




W/E 05/06/2016

posted May 30, 2016, 11:09 AM by John O'Sullivan

Local Athletics.
A number of local athletes competed in the Munster Athletics Final in Lee's Road at the weekend.  The standard was very high and they all performed very well.
Neasa Ni Ainefein finished 6th I the 600m and 60m, u 13.  Aodain O'Lachtnain and his team-mate from Ennis Track Athletic Club, James Rochford, narrowly missed out on the medals in the 2x300m, u9, team event.
Aisling Moloney finished 3rd in Javelin, 4th in Shot putt and 6th in the u12  600m, qualifying for the All Ireland final in Tullamore in July, in Javelin and Shot putt.  Neasa Ni Lachtnain competed, and did very well, in the u12 long jump and high jump, and also finished very strongly in the 600m, u12.

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