Notes for June

W/E 19/06/2022

posted Jun 14, 2022, 2:52 PM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Jun 14, 2022, 2:55 PM ]

Our two Camogie Club representatives, Rebecca Crowe and Aoife Anderson, played with the Clare team which drew with Tipperary on Saturday. Their next outing is against Waterford in two weeks time.

Ruan Intermediates produced a strong performance, away, to Newmarket on Fergus on Saturday evening, winning by six points. They've now had two wins on the run and their last League game is in two weeks time against Clooney Quin.

Toonagh School Book.
Toonagh School Parents Association is putting together a book on Toonagh School and would like to include any photos or articles on its history and its achievements, including sport and music and participation in various activities over the years. If anyone has any photos or articles that they are willing to share, they may be emailed to Lourda Flanagan, Chairperson of the Parents Association at, by the closing date of July 31. Further information may be also had by contacting Lourda by email.

Clothes Collection.
Toonagh School Parents Association also held a very successful clothes collection last week, where they raised €720. These funds will go towards maths and P.E. equipment for the children and some will also be used in the painting of a mural in the main yard, which, it is hoped will be finished before the summer holidays.

Recent Deaths.
The death has taken place of Mary Hogan (nee O'Loughlin), 'St. Anthony's' , Cloughleigh, Ennis, and formerly of Cooga, Ruan, wife of John Hogan. The death has also taken place of Teresa Fahy (nee O'Grady), Westbourne House, Burrin, Co. Clare, sister of Christy O'Grady, Larchill.

W/E 13/06/2021

posted Jun 9, 2021, 3:29 AM by John O'Sullivan

Clothes Collection.
Due to encouragement from the community, Toonagh School Parents Association has decided to have another clothes collection. This fundraiser will take place on next Tuesday, June 15. People may leave bags of clothes, shoes, bed linen, towels, curtains, belts and bags (no duvets, pillows or cushions) at Toonagh Hall on that day between the hours of 9-9.30am, 2-3pm and 6.30-7.30pm. Should anyone need bags collected, they may contact Noreen @ 0866030005, who will be happy to help.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Maura Connellan (née Considine), Lisroe, Kilmaley, mother of Gerry Connellan, Dromore, Ruan.

New Defibrillator in GAA Pitch.
The latest upgrade in the Ruan GAA pitch was installed last week, when the old defibrillator was replaced by an up to date one, which has been placed within the new stand by the pitch. Councillor Joe Garrihy sponsored this life saving piece of technology which has been credited with saving many a life since they were first placed in public areas. It is hoped that courses will begin in the coming weeks for coaches and other people who may be on hand, should the defibrillator be needed.

W/E 30/06/2019

posted Jun 25, 2019, 1:52 PM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Jun 25, 2019, 1:54 PM ]

Successful Gymkhana.
The recent Gymkhana held in Ruan for the 17th year was very successful, with entries up in last year. The Dog Show brought its own competitors and spectators and the local Camogie Club set up a Tuck Shop, raising much needed funds for the Club. Ruan Senior Citizens Group was the beneficiary of a donation from the organisers, which is much appreciated, and helps greatly towards their annual holiday in Lahinch.
Jim Derwin of Derwin’s Equestrian in Athlone was in attendance and he set his eyes on some fine showjumping horses which he purchased, showing the great quality of horses at the Gymkhana.
Great credit is due to the Committee which organises the Gymkhana, bringing people from the equine community from all over the country to Ruan for the day.

Fleadh Cheoil an Chlair 2019.
Many people from the community took part in the Clare Fleadh Cheoil at the weekend. Burren took 1st in the Grupa Ceoil, u12; Burren came 3rd in Ceili Band u15;  Aoibhe Lecathelinias came 3rd in Concertina, u12 and she, with Cliona Jones came 1st in Duet u12;  Liam Jones came 1st in Whistling, o18;  Denise Whelan came 2nd in singing, o18;  Tierna Casey came 2nd in English singing (15-18);  Moya  Tiernan came 3rd in Whistling (12-15);  Maisie O’Connor came 1st in Irish Harp (12-15) and 3rd in Fiddle (12-15);  Eve O’Connor came 1st in Fiddle (15-18);  Holly O’Loughlin came 3rd in Flute (12-15) and 3rd in Whistle (12-15);  Sarahjane O’Halloran came 3rd in Flute (15-18);  Shona O’Halloran came 2nd in Concertina (15-18).

There was a great turn-out for the U14B Final where Corofin/Ruan played Clonlara in the final on Friday evening last in Cusack Park. The boys put on a brave performance, however Clonlara came out with the spoils at the end of a sporting game. This group of boys has brought much excitement throughout the campaign  and it is hoped they might continue onto the next level as the years go by.
In the Junior B League, Ruan qualified for the semi final, where they met The Banner on Saturday in Corofin. The Banner came away with a win on that occasion. 
The Clare footballers, with Conall O’Hainifein, a member of Ruan GAA Club, have progressed to the next round of the All Ireland Qualifiers, having defeated Leitrim in Carrick on Shannon on Saturday last. 

The under 10 Camogie players attended a tournament in Clonlara on Saturday, where the girls continued on their ‘winning streak’ doing their Club proud. They put in great performances and beat Sixmilebridge and Truagh/Clonlara. Credit is due to the girls, parents and coaches who encourage the girls throughout the season.

Circus Corvenio.
A surprise attraction came to Ruan recently, when Circus  Corvenio came to town.  Despite the short notice, and the cancellation of the first night because of bad weather, the Big Top was packed on the second night. Mr. Corvenio reminisced that his Grandmother had been in Ruan nearly fifty years ago, when the circus used to regularly come to the ‘Moneen’, and he hopes to return next year, and, who knows, maybe make it an annual event.

W/E 23/06/2019

posted Jun 19, 2019, 4:05 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Jun 19, 2019, 4:06 AM ]

U10 Blitz
The inclement weather didn’t dampen the spirits of all who were involved in the under 10 Blitz competition hosted by Ruan Camogie Club in the GAA field on Saturday last. Teams from Eire Og, Clooney/Quin and The Burren took part.  The Ruan girls led all the way, winning all their games.  Well done to all who took part and great credit must go to parents and mentors who organise these events and provide refreshments, transport, referees and do their best to ensure the future of Camogie thrives in these parishes.

Into The Final.
The amalgamated Corofin/Ruan under 14’s are through to the Final of the ‘B’ Championship having overcome Scariff/Ogonelloe in Killanena on Sunday. The final will be played on Friday evening in Cusack Park @ 7p.m. when they come up against Clonlara                     

Minors through to Munster Final.
Well done to the Clare Minor team which overcame Cork on Sunday last, and now face Limerick in the Munster Final on Sunday, June 30. Six players from the amalgamated Corofin/Ruan minors are on the panel and it is hoped that they continue on their winning ways.

Toonagh Handball.
The under 14 boys from Toonagh Handball Club, Christian Cummins, David Barry, Dara McDonagh, Jimmy Marrinan and Barry Whelan, with their trainer Alan Cummins travelled to Ballydesmond, Co. Cork in Saturday last to take part in a Feile. 
They played teams from Wexford, Kilkenny and Galway and were treated highly and enjoyed their trip to Cork.

Underage Hurling and Camogie Camps.
Ruan G.A.A. has organised its Summer Camp for August 19 to 22 and forms will be delivered to the schools in the parish in the coming week.
The Cul Camp takes place in the local G.A.A. field from Monday, July 8 next.

W/E 16/06/2019

posted Jun 11, 2019, 12:46 PM by John O'Sullivan

Toonagh N.S. Welcomes New Principal.
On Friday last, the teachers and children in Toonagh N.S. welcomed their new Principal, Gearoid Roughan, who has been appointed to replace Donnchadh Kelleher, who is now working in Clonlara N.S. 
Gearoid is no stranger to Toonagh, as he is a former pupil of the school. He has been in Scoil Christ Ri, Cloughleigh, Ennis for the past twenty years, serving as Principal there for the past six years and the community welcomes his appointment.

Fr. Pat O’Neill administered the Sacrament of Confirmation to the children of Ruan and Toonagh National Schools on Saturday last in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan. The children were Roze Barbotin, Paul Bliss, Roisin Cotter, Christian Cummins, Emma Finnucane, Roisin Finnucane, Amy Gibbons, Cathal Hastings, Dara McDonagh, CIllian McInerney, James O’Sullivan, Brian O’Gorman, Brendan O’Halloran, Aoibheann Roughan, Eilis Strand, Barry Whelan, Adam Quirke, Jake Sheehan, Kriston Steigerwald, Oisin d’Abreu, Anna Steigerwald, Chloe O’Loughlin, Ella Forde, Emma Masterson, Katelin O’Loughlin and Rebecca Meaney. 
It was a beautiful ceremony with the children partaking in the music, singing and readings, and it was a very special day for them and their families.
The parents of fifth class in both schools laid on tasty refreshments in Ruan School hall afterwards where families had time to catch up with each other and relax.

Cemetery Masses.
On Thursday last Fr. Pat celebrated Mass in Dysart Graveyard. Masses will be celebrated in Ruan Graveyard this evening (Thursday 13th), the Kyle on Thursday 20th and in Kilcross Thursday 27th.

Imeall Boirne.
The Imeall Boirne office will be closed from June 19 to July 2. All mass intentions and other requests or queries may be made by contacting Monica in the Ruan Parish office (0656827799) or ruan/

Community Games.
Neasa Ni Ainifein took gold in the County Athletics Final of the Community Games  in Lee’s Road on Sunday and now goes forward to represent the county in the National Finals in U.L. in Limerick in August. 
Aisling Moloney and Ethan Ryan won silver, Daniel Guinnane and Kevin Noonan won bronze and  Cathal Noonan came 4th in their events.

W/E 09/06/2019

posted Jun 5, 2019, 3:16 PM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Jun 5, 2019, 3:17 PM ]

Bus to Bloom.
On Friday last a bus, organised by the Toonagh Craft Group, left Toonagh at 7am with a number of garden enthusiasts, to visit the Bloom Festival in Phoenix Park, Dublin. They took a break at the Galway Plaza on the way up and in .athlone on the return journey. All who travelled were delighted with the trip, some coming home with bulbs and flowers to brighten up their own gardens. 

Children from Ruan and Toonagh National Schools will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan at 11am.  This year it is Fr. Pat O’Neill who will administer the Sacrament. 
Next year, on Friday, April 24, 2020,  it is Bishop Fintan Monahan who will attend confirming the children in Ruan at 11am and Corofin at 3pm.

Student of the Year.
 At St.Flannans graduation awards, Padraig Casey, Drumeer, Ruan was selected as “Student of the Year” for his involvement of various school activities, charity work, hard work ethic and determination throughout his six years in St.Flannans College. He was involved in all aspects of school life, from being PRO on the young SVP conference, receiving a papal cross as part of the John Paul II awards and chairperson on the student council. This year along with his fellow council members, he set up a leaving Cert lounge which gave students, in their final year, a place to relax before and after school study. Fr. Ignatius presented Padraig with his award!

Clothes Collection.
The Parents Association of Toonagh School had a very successful fundraiser recently and, thanks to all who donated to the cause, they raised over €600 which will go towards the schoolchildren’s activities.

Ruan School Fun Run.
Over 300 people took part in the Ruan School Fun Run on Thursday evening last. The weather looked kindly on all the participants and it was a very enjoyable evening out for all. Funds raised go towards the school and the organisers are very grateful to all who took part.

W/E 02/06/2019

posted May 27, 2019, 1:49 PM by John O'Sullivan

Texaco Art Competition Winner.
Local girl, Aoibheann Roughan from Fountain, who is in sixth class in Toonagh National School was presented with a Special Merit Award at the finals of the 64th Texaco Art Competition 2019, last Wednesday, when she and her family were invited to afternoon tea at the Johnstown Estate in Enfield at an awards ceremony hosted by Ryan Tubridy, who gave the winners a warm welcome and stated that the talent at the ceremony was outstanding.  
Aoibheann received a certificate and a box of Art supplies,  when out of 25,000 entries for the whole competition, she was one of eighteen who received merit awards in the 12-13 age group category, for her painting of Ed Sheerin. 
This painting will now go on tour of many counties with the rest of the winning entries, and all in Toonagh School and the community are delighted with her success.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Kevin O’Brien, Bealnalicka, Ruan, at his home.  Kevin and his late wife, Bridget O’Rourke from Boston, farmed the land he had inherited from his uncle, Pake and raised their family there.   Kevin also worked at the Quarry in Toonagh, and continued working there when Ryan’s took it over, graduating from shovel to crusher to tractor, until he retired in 2001 after working there for forty years. 
He and his neighbour, Josie Hayes travelled the length and breath of the country in their younger days following the dance bands at dance halls and marquees.  He also enjoyed playing the game of cards and bingo, and he avidly followed the GAA matches on television, as ill health prevented him from getting out and about in later years.
Kevin’s remains reposed in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan and, following concelebrated Requiem Mass by his three cousins Fr. Martin, Fr. Michael O’Brien and Fr. Peter O'Loughlin and Fr. Pat O’Neill, he was laid to rest in the adjoining graveyard. Kevin is survived by his son David, his daughter Grainne, daughter in law Denise, sister Martina (Murphy), brother in law, sister in law, extended family and friends.

Ruan Camogie had a very active and successful weekend - the u8’s fielded two teams at a blitz in Eire Og where they played six matches against Eire Og and St. Joseph’s, and came out on top in all six games.
In the Sharon Walsh Memorial tournament in Tulla, the u11’s were victorious over Scariff/Ogonelloe and Smith O’Briens. This is their second year winning this tournament. 
In the U14B Championship Final, the Ruan girls lifted the Cup after a nail biting game, played with great skill and determination by both sides on Sunday in Fr. McNamara Park.  After the game Clare Camogie Chairperson, Joe O’Donnell, presented the Cup to Aisling Moloney, Ruan Captain.
It is heartening to see the enthusiasm shown by these girls, their mentors, parents and supporters who have shown great passion for the game, and it bodes well for the future of Camogie in the parish.

Toonagh Hall.
At a recent meeting, a new committee was elected for the running of Toonagh Hall and Sports Complex, comprising of Chairperson, Camilla Roelants;  Secretary, Catherine Douglas;  Treasurer, Mairead Culliney and, in charge of bookings Pamela Vaughan  (0876224698).
The previous committee were thanked for their hard work, dedication and committment over the past four years.

Team Building Day.
The u12 hurling boys played a challenge match against Fenians, Johnstown on Saturday, when they travelled to Kilkenny.  After the match and the experience of playing against a team who comes from a club which holds fifty two All Ireland Senior Hurling Medals, the boys and their mentors enjoyed a team building day in Castlecomber Activity Centre where they participated in a wide number of activities. Great credit is due to the organisers and helpers who are with this group of boys encouraging them in these formative years, which should be of great benefit to them as they mature.

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.

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