Notes for June 2017

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

W/E 28/06/2015

posted Jun 22, 2015, 9:46 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Jun 22, 2015, 9:48 AM ]

Hellraisers Fundraiser.
A group of twenty two people left Ruan in the early hours one morning recently and headed to Killruddery, Co. Wicklow to participate in a "to Hell and Back" fundraiser for Ruan N.S.  They returned to the village later that evening and danced their pain away at a barbecue in Purcell's to the music of The Hound Dogs.
Over €2,500 has been raised for the resurfacing of the school yard. 
Their next venture is to Adare in September for the "Adare to Survive" challenge and anyone wishing to join them should contact Loretta O'Connor for details.

County Fleadh .
A large number of talented musicians and singers from the parish took part in the Fleadh which was held in Kilrush at the weekend. Gary Shannon's  Burren u15 Band came 3rd and the Burren u18 Band took 1st place and his Corofin u18 Band came 3rd.  Niamh Whelan, Darragh Shannon and Ross O'Donovan came 2nd in Grupa Ceoil u18. Caimin Whelan came 2nd in mandolin. Tierna Casey came 2nd in slow air on fiddle u12. Moyà Tiernan came 2nd in whistling u12. Eve O'Connor came 1st in fiddle u12, 1st in Irish Harp u12 and 1st in Duets u12 with Eva Carroll. Lily O'Connor came 2nd in concertina 12-15, 1st in Irish Harp 12-15 . She joined Rosa Carroll coming 2nd in duets 12-15 and came 1st in trio with Roisin Carroll and Oisin Egan.
Barry Heagney came 2nd in uileann pipes and 1st in uileann pipes slow air 15-18.  He, Ross O'Donovan and Sean O'Doherty came 2nd in trio 15-18. Shona O'Halloran with Roisin Clancy came 3rd in duets 12-15. Emily Whelan came 2nd in English singing u12, her sister, Zoe came 3rd in English singing u15 and their mother, Denise won the o18 English singing. Jamie Cantillon's and Tierna Casey were members of the Inis Og group which win the Grupa
Ceoil u12 and they were also in the u12 Inis Og Band u12. Eimear and Holly O'Loughlin are members of the  Croisin Grupa Ceoil u12 which came 3rd and Croisin Banna Ceoil u12 which came 2nd and all the above will now go on to represent Clare in the Munster Fleadh in Nenagh on the 18/19 July next.

Feile na nGael.
Twenty three players with their families and mentors travelled to Co. Down at the weekend to represent their Club and County in Feile na nGael.  On their arrival they played their first game against Luke O'Toole's and were beaten by a goal, then they met Carryduff, which they beat and after that game they met their host families in Ballycran.
On Sat. morning they beat Ballycran and reached the quarter final where they beat Easkey, from Sligo. That evening the group were treated to a meal and entertainment in the local Clubhouse.
On Sunday morning they said their 'goodbyes' to their host families and went to Garvaghey, near Omagh, the Centre of Excellence of hurling in the North where they played Blackwater, Wexford. Ruan was winning right up to the end of normal time when Blackwater drew, and after extra time Blackwater emerged as winners by a single point.
Blackwater  were subsequently beaten by Luke O'Toole's in the final.
It was a very enjoyable and exciting weekend for the young players and they were treated really well by the host Club.

Community Games
Well done to all the children who took part in the County Community Games Track & Field in Lees Road, Ennis on Sunday
 The u10 mixed relay made the semi final, team members were Christian Cummins, Saoirse Barry, Cliona Jones, Ethan Ryan, Tadhg Wynne.
 The girls u-12 relay were unlucky not to make the final.  Team members were Aoife Anderson, Maria Jones, Aisling Moloney, Neasa Ni Ainifein, Neasa Ni Lachtnain
 Neasa Ni Ainifein won Bronze in the 600m,  Tara Moroney was won a certificate for 4th in the 60m
Blaithin Barry got to  in the final of 80m.  Aoife Cummins competed in the 60m.
 Amy O'Donoghue and Roise ni Lachtnain, Joshua Ryan Ethan Ryan and Pearce Wynne, Aodhan O'Lachtnain, Danny Saunders, David Droney also competed

W/E 21/06/2015

posted Jun 15, 2015, 10:20 AM by John O'Sullivan

Ruan N.S. Fun Run.
A total of 315 participants took part in, what has now become, an annual event in Ruan last week when they turned out to support the school. There were runners out for the challenge and families out for the walk in the lovely summer's evening. Afterwards refreshments were served at the school and everyone who took part enjoyed the great community spirit which they experienced.
Funds raised on the evening will go towards upgrading the school grounds and the support of all who contributed in any way is much appreciated.

Feile na nGael.
Under 14 players, mentors and supporters will travel to Co. Down to participate in the All Ireland Feile na nGael competition this coming weekend.
It is hoped that they will have an enjoyable time as they represent their local Club and County over the weekend.
A panel of twenty under 8's took part in a blitz in Clarecastle and one in Gurteen, recently, where they played very well.

Ring of Kerry Cycle.
Cycling enthusiasts, Breda, Brendan and Conrad McCullough are facing the challenge of cycling the Ring of Kerry on the 4th of July.
This is Breda's sixteenth, Brendan's twelfth and Conrad's ninth time doing this cycle and this year funds they raise will go towards Enable Ireland, a very worthy cause.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place, at St. Joseph's Hospital, Ennis of Kitty Purcell of Toormore, Ruan and formerly from Ballygriffey.
Kitty was a well known and respected woman who, with her late husband, P.J. ran "Purcell's Bar" in Ruan for many years until her retirement.
She was an astute and capable businesswoman and enjoyed the interaction with customers in the shop and pub.
In recent times she lived with, and was cared for,  by her nephew, Gerry and his family in Ballygriffey.  She had a great interest in horse racing and hurling and also in fashion.
Her funeral was in St. Mary's Church and following concelebrated requiem mass, she was laid to rest in the adjoining graveyard.
Kitty is survived by her sisters, Nonie Kelly of Tarmon, Ita Cullinan of Derrula, sisters in law Nancy Casey and Eileen Purcell, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

W/E 14/06/2015

posted Jun 10, 2015, 3:18 PM by John O'Sullivan

Feile Preparations
The under 14 team continue their preparations for their trip to Down  representing their Club in Feile na nGael. They played a well-contested challenge against Kilmaley last week, and this week they'll meet Clonlara. 
In the Feile games in Co Down Ruan will meet Luke O'Tooles (Wicklow), Carryduff (Down) and Ballycran (Down).
Two of their matches will be played on Friday 19th June with the other group game and knockout matches taking place on Sat. and Sun.

Fundraising activities for the trip are continuing and books of tickets may still be purchased from the local G.A.A. club, with the draw being held Thurs. 18th June next.

W/E 29/06/2014

posted Jun 23, 2014, 1:48 PM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Jun 23, 2014, 2:41 PM ]

Recent Wedding.
Carol Meere and Philip Murphy, from Waterford, were married recently in St. Tola's Church, Dysart.   Carol is the youngest daughter of Angela and Ollie Meere of Dysart.  Celebrant was Fr. Pat O'Neill.  Bridesmaids were Brid and Maura Murphy and Claire Case and Bestmen were Eoin Murphy and Kevin Dingley.  
When the couple return from honeymoon in Rome and Sardinia, they will reside in Dublin, where they both work.
Midsummer Monster Draw.
This fundraising draw for Toonagh Hall & Sports Complex took place on Sat. night last in Purcell's, Ruan.   The winner of the first prize of €1,500, generously sponsored by Ryan Bros. (Ennis) Ltd., Toonagh Quarries, was Caroline Griffin of Cusack Road, Ennis.   The success of the draw was due to the generosity of the people of the parish (and indeed outside of the parish) who purchased tickets.  

Results of the MidSummer Monster Draw
€1,500 Cash
Caroline Griffen, Cusack Rd, Ennis
Hotel Break
Francis Howard, Ruan
Hotel Break
Caimin Cullinan, Ballybrody, Dysart
Hotel Break
Gerry Foley, Ardoon, Ruan
Hotel Break
Vincent Moloney, Miltown, Tulla
Hotel Break
Paddy Courtney, Ballygriffey, Ruan
Freezer Ready Fat Lamb
Geroid Roughan, Fountain, Ennis
Freezer Ready Fat Lamb
Dermot Hegarty, Kilcurish, Fountain
Freezer Ready Fat Lamb
Geraldine O'Brien, Ruan
Freezer Ready Fat Lamb
Nancy Scahill, Fountain, Ennis
Freezer Ready Fat Lamb
Siobhan McKenna, Lahinch Rd, Ennis
Home Heating Bundle
Colette Healy, Beechgrove, Toonagh
Home Heating Bundle
Tony Tuttle, Toonagh, Fountain
Home Heating Bundle
John Mulqueen, Ballygriffey
Home Heating Bundle
Meabh Hanly, Carranmore, Galway
Home Heating Bundle
Brid McNamara, Ranahan, Ruan
Meal for Two
Michael Moroney, Erinagh, Fountain
Meal for Two
Miriam Strand, Cloona, Dysart
Meal for Two
Patrick Galvin, Ross Ruan
Meal for Two
Pat Guthrie, Ballytigue
Meal for Two
Nuala Harrington, Killoo, Clarecastle

The Committee is also very grateful to all those who sold tickets and to all who sponsored the prizes. Phase 1 of the project is progressing at the moment.
Graveyard Details.
Full details and photographs of each grave in the New Graveyard in Ruan have now been uploaded on to the Clare Library webside (  
Details of the old graveyard were uploaded on that site last year, when the book "Transcriptions of Gravestones In Ruan Old Graveyard & The Coille" was published.
Well done to the boys on the Ruan/Toonagh Primary Schools team which had a great win over Scariff in the final which was played in Cusack Park last week. 
G.A.A. News.
Ruan/Corofin under 14 side were defeated by Kilmaley in the semi final, after a great fun in the championship.  Credit to the u14 players and their management which made the knockout stages in u14C and u14A championships.  
They now look forward to playing in the u13A championship later in the summer.

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