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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.

Camogie.
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.

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