Notes for May

W/E 26/05/2019

posted May 21, 2019, 1:47 PM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated May 21, 2019, 1:49 PM ]

Recent Wedding.
Finola, daughter of Joe and Mary Quinn, Tiernea and  Frankie, son of Frankie and Rhona Lyons, Kelly’s, were married recently. Bridesmaids were Kate Quinn and Linda Haugh. Groomsmen were Martin Lyons and J.J. Fahy.  Lily Mai and Frankie Lyons were flowergirl and pageboy and the couple were joined at the Old Ground Hotel by family and friends for the reception. 

First Holy Communion.
On Saturday last at 11am in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan, Amira O’Grady, Emily Haugh, Grace O’Halloran, Isabelle Quirke, Lorna Casey, Lucy O’Halloran, Maisie O’Malley, Sophie O’Loughlin, Nathan Steigerwald and Max Sheehan received their First Holy Communion from Fr. Pat O’Neill. 
The Parents Association laid on breakfast in the Halla, in Ruan School, and families adjourned there after the ceremony.
At St. Tola’s Church, Dysart at 1pm, on the same day Luke Flanagan, Danny Griffin, Luke Gibbons, Gavin Hassett, Callinan Lynch, Adam Pegg, Shauna Vaughan, Fionn Bane, Tomas Barry, Cathay Brohan, Adam Casey, Liam Clancy, Siofra Moran and Fionn Casey also received the Sacrament, also from Fr. Pat. 
Refreshments were organised  by the Parents Association In Toonagh  Hall afterwards and everyone enjoyed the gathering. 
Great credit is due to the children, their Parents and Teachers, as all the preparation led to a great sense of inclusivity in the community, and the children participated fully in the ceremony, leading to them having very happy memories to store in their minds.

The u14 team has qualified for the u14B final, after a great performance in Shannon on Saturday last, when they overcame Kilmaley.  This was the second time both teams met in the championship. The Ruan girls. Ow go on to play Kilkishen/Bodyke on Sunday, May 26, at 3pm in Fr. McNamara Park.
The Junior Ladies team came out on top Sunday afternoon at home to Whitegate.  This was a good ending to the 2019 Div. 4 League Campaign, and credit to the girls and team management on their participation.

Mass for Exam Students.
On Saturday, May 25, at 8.00 pm in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan, the evening mass will be a special one to remember all those who will be sitting exams this year. Students are invited to take a break from their studies and join the congregation on the evening.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Micheal Lynch of Toormore, Ruan, at his home,  following an illness.  Michael, originally from Crusheen, with his wife, Sheila (nee Tierney) came to live in Ruan over 40 years ago.  He was, for many years, a long distance lorry driver, driving regularly to the Continent and ably navigating the windy roads from Ruan in his big truck. In later years Micheal worked locally, driving a bulldozer and trucks, and his prowess in making arable land of crag was often remarked on. He had an old Massey Ferguson 133, which he tended with great care, and loved attending vintage Tractor Runs on it. He had a great fondness for animals, and kept ponies and donkeys in Ruan. His Friday night’s game of cards at Morty’s with his friends was one of the highlights of his week. 
Micheal’s remains reposed in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan and, following requiem mass, he was laid to rest in the adjoining graveyard. 
He is survived by his wife, Sheila, daughters Martha, Sandra, Janette and sons Sean, Brendan, David and Eugene, his sisters Maureen O’Brien, Connie Loughnane and Pauline McEachern and brothers Cyril and Tomas, grandchildren, relatives and friends.

G.A.A. Club Development.
Ruan G.A.A. Club has now delivered letters to all the homes in the parish outlining their development in the hurling field and fundraising to complete the task. The Club is very grateful to all who have responded to date and, as this is only the beginning of the fundraising campaign, it is hoped that everyone will respond positively, in whatever way they can to bring this development of a new Stand, Gym and Meeting Room to completion, as it will be of huge benefit, not only to the G.A.A. but to the Parish, as a whole.

W/E 19/05/2019

posted May 15, 2019, 4:57 AM by John O'Sullivan

Clothes Collection.
With the change from winter to summer clothing, people might now be thinking of clearing out their wardrobes and donating their clothes to a worthy cause, well, 
Toonagh Parents Association has organised it’s final ‘Cash for Clothes’ for this school year on Thursday, May 23, as a school fundraiser.  
Donations of old, clean clothes, belts, bags, shoes, curtains, bedclothes, towels (no duvets or pillows please) May be left in to Toonagh Hall on the day between the hours of 9-10am, 1.45-3pm or 6.30-7pm. 
There has always been a great response to this fundraiser and the children attending the school have benefitted greatly from this support.

May Devotions.
The Rosary is recited every evening at 8.30pm at Our Lady’s Grotto in Fountain for the month of May.  
On Monday next, May 20, at that time, the Crowning of the statue of Our Lady will take place after the rosary, during which hymns to Our Lady will also be sung.

W/E 12/05/2019

posted May 9, 2019, 2:42 PM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated May 9, 2019, 2:43 PM ]

Important Meeting.
On Thursday, May 16, there will be a very important meeting in Tubber Hall at 8.00pm to discuss the mass times across the churches in the Imeall Boirne Cluster.  It is vital that all parishes in the Cluster are represented, and all are welcome, to have their say in this matter.

Lay Led Liturgy.
There will be a Lay led Liturgy in Dysart Church on Sunday next, May 12 at 10am. 

Holiday in Lahinch.
This year, the Senior Citizens annual holiday in Lahinch is taking place from June 6 to June 11. Anyone wishing to avail of a place may contact Mary (0879776583), Sheila (0876546637) or Linda (0868748845).

Bus to Bloom. 
A bus is being organised by Toonagh Craft Group to Bloom on the May Bank Holiday,Friday May 31. Anyone interested in travelling should contact Denise (0876731966) as soon as possible, so that numbers may be finalised.

W/E 05/05/2019

posted May 1, 2019, 3:40 PM by John O'Sullivan

Tractor Run for Tidy Towns.
There was a great turn-out in Ruan on Easter Sunday when the beautiful weather drew out young and old to support the Tractor Run, raising funds for the Tidy Towns and Graveyard Group. Around seventy tractors of all shapes and sizes and twenty vintage cars and trucks. They left Ruan village and took the road to Kell’s Cross and Corofin, returning to Ruan where refreshments were served at Morty Kelly’s Bar. A group of children also drove their vehicles around Ruan Church with great enthusiasm and it was a very enjoyable day. The organisers are very grateful for the support they received for this fundraiser and will use the funds for maintenance of machinery used in keeping the village and graveyards in the parish in top shape.

Poker Classic a Success.
The recent Poker Classic held by Ruan Gymkhana in Morty Kelly’s Bar raised funds for the upcoming Gymkhana in July and was well supported. The Committee gave a portion of the funds raised to the Senior Citizens Group to go towards their annual trip to Lahinch and the Christmas party for the senior citizens of the parish. The support of all who helped in any way is deeply appreciated.

Retreat in Donegal.
Last week 38 young people from the Imeall Boirne Cluster went on Retreat to Donegal to take time away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, for the purpose of reconnecting with each other through various activities, including prayer. They also had fun attending a surf camp on both days. The Retreat was organised by the Net Ministeries, who are young missionaries sharing the Gospel message with the youth across Ireland. All who took part thoroughly enjoyed their time away.
The group will finish for this year with a Mass for all exam students in the Cluster on Friday, May 3, at 7pm in Ruan Church.

Well done to Ethan Lucas on coming 4th in the Community Games County Final recently, for which he received a certificate.

Holiday in Lahinch.
This year, the Senior Citizens annual holiday in Lahinch is taking place from June 6 to June 11. Anyone wishing to avail of a place may contact Mary (0879776583), Sheila (0876546637) or Linda (0868748845).

Bus to Bloom. 
A bus is being organised by Toonagh Craft Group to Bloom on the May Bank Holiday,Friday May 31. Anyone interested in travelling should contact Denise (0876731966) as soon as possible, so that numbers may be finalised.

May Devotions.
The rosary will be recited in Ruan Church every evening for the month of May at 7pm and at Our Lady’s Grotto in Fountain at 8.30pm each evening.

GAA Fundraising Launch.
The clouds lifted just in time on Sunday last to ensure that all who attended the launch of the fundraiser in Ruan pitch was an enjoyable evening for everyone. Tubber got the better of Ruan in a challenge match, while the Ruan underage hurlers and camogie players entertained at halftime. There were refreshments afterwards and many stayed on to watch the Community Games events in which many of the children participated.

W/E 27/05/2018

posted May 23, 2018, 1:56 PM by John O'Sullivan

Local camogie players Sinead Hastings, Emily Whelan, Aoife Anderson and Kate Ford have been selected to join the Clare u14 camogie panel.  They play with Ruan Camogie Club and are looking forward to gaining more experience and meeting new friends.

Parents Association Fundraiser.
Members of the Parents Association of Toonagh School will be in Toonagh Hall on Thursday, May 31, between the hours of 9-10am, 1.45-3pm and 6.30-7.30pm so that people may leave in the bags of old, clean clothes, curtains, towels, bed linen, shoes, belts and bags. 
This is a fundraiser for the school which will help in providing various activities for the schoolchildren.

Local G.A.A. News.
Robin Mounsey and Ashley Brohan, both members of Ruan Hurling Club, were on the panel of the Clare Minor Hurling team, which played in the first round of the Munster Minor Championship against Cork on Sunday last. 
Cork got the better of Clare on the day after a game of tight scoring up the end, when Cork were victorious by 3 points.
Conal O’hainifein, a member of Ruan G.A.A. Club, who plays football with Eire Og, featured on the Clare Football team which had a victory over Limerick on Saturday evening last, scoring a point when he was brought on as a substitute. 
The Ruan under 14 Hurling team had an exciting day on Sunday - they and a number of parents, left Ruan on a bus at 8am and travelled to Crosshaven GAA Club where, at 11.30am, they played Crosshaven under 14s. The Ruan boys were delighted to come out on top on a score line of 8-5 to 3-4. They then proceeded to Pairc Ui Chaoimh to watch the Clare v Cork games and, on their way home, they stopped at Supermacs  in Mallow.  They arrived back in Ruan at 11pm, tired but having had a fabulous day out.  The children and their parents  were full of  praise for Francis Lyons and Caroline McDonnell who organised the trip. 

Scoil  Mhuire Walk.
A 6k fun run/walk will be held on Thursday, May 31 next, for Ruan School.  Registration is at the school from 5.30pm and the run/walk starts at 7pm.
All are welcome to join in the evening’s exercise in a fun atmosphere.

Recent Death.
The death has occurred of Mrs. Mary Malone (née O’Connor), Rathkeale, daughter of the late Seanie O’Connor, formerly of Ardcarney, Ruan and Rathkeale.

Mass for Exam Students.
The 10am mass in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan on Sunday, May 27, will be offered for students sitting exams around this time. 
All exam students are invited to attend this special celebration.

W/E 20/05/2018

posted May 15, 2018, 2:38 PM by John O'Sullivan

Traditional Music Class.
The traditional music classes held in Ruan Community Centre on Monday evenings are proving very popular. The classes which are held between 8.30-9.30pm aim to encourage interested teens and adults to enjoy playing popular ‘session’ tunes, with the help of an overhead projector.
All musicians are welcome. Mary Wynne @ 0863149261 has further information.

Community Games Athletics.
Ruan Community Games Athletics will be held in Ruan G.A.A. Field on this Sunday, May 20, with registration from 12 noon. The first event will be held at 12.30pm. Competitions are for boys and girls aged under eight to under sixteens and are open to call children of those ages living in the parish. 
There will also be fun activities for tiny tots and for children who are not taking part in the competitions.

BYC Youth Activities:
On next Thursday, May 17, Dr Maureen Griffin, will present a talk on Safe Internet/Social Media Usage to Imeall Boirne Youth, 1st Year to 3rd Year in Ruan Community Centre from 8.15 pm to 9.30pm. All youth from the cluster are invited to attend, and parents are asked to encourage their young people to attend the talk which will help equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary in today’s world. This talk will be followed up with a presentation for the adults of the cluster on Thursday June 7th in Ruan Community Centre.
Last Saturday morning, a large group from Ruan BYC, and their families, took part in Darkness into Light walk in Ennis to raise awareness and funds for Pieta House. It was an uplifting experience for all those who sacrificed a few hours sleep to unite with people in New York, Perth, Sydney and other far-flung places all walking for the cause.

Re-Enactment of Battle of Dysert O’Dea.
A large crowd came to Dysert in Saturday last to see a re-enactment of the Battle of Dysert O’Dea, in which local historical and dramatic groups came together to commemorate the battle which took place in 1318, when the Normans were defeated by local Clans led by Chieftain Conor O’Dea and his Allies. A number of the O’Dea family were invited to join in the ‘Battle’ and it added another dimension to the 10th International O’Dea Clan gathering, for which over 200 members converged in Clare over the past week.
Apart from the re-enactment of the battle, which was dramatised in three parts, there was a medieval pageant and various crafts on show - archery, butter-making, copper work, wood-turning, spinning and weaving, thatching and basket-making and the Crafts Class which takes place in Toonagh Hall Wednesday mornings had a stand showing their knitting and crochet work.
It was a very enjoyable day and the visitors enjoyed mingling with ‘the locals’, finding they had much in common, even though they lived in different continents.

W/E 13/05/2018

posted May 11, 2018, 10:23 AM by John O'Sullivan

Battle of Dysert O’Dea
This year is the 700th anniversary of the Battle of Dysert O’Dea, which took place in 1318, when a gathering of the Clans of North Clare, led by local Chieftan, Conor O’Dea defeated an Anglo-Norman invasion led by Richard de Clare. 
Over three hundred  O’Dea’s who are direct descendants of the O’Dea family of the Castle,  will travel from all over the world, celebrating their heritage and join in the commemoration on this coming Saturday, May 12, when the re-enactment of the battle will take place at the Castle at 12 noon.  A medieval pageant will take place and Crafts on show will include butter churning, woodturning, pottery, thatching, basketmaking, a working blacksmith will attend and there will be many more attractions on the day. It promises to be a very entertaining and informative family event.

In the final round of the u14A Championship Ruan played Scariff/Ogonelloe on Wednesday of last week.  Ruan put in a determined second half which delivered a hard-fought victory over their opponents.
Ruan is now top of the table and proceeds straight to the final, which is yet to be confirmed by the County Board as a semi final is to be played to determine Ruan’s opponents in the final which is set for May 30.

Our Lady’s Grotto
The Crowning of the Statue of Our Lady at the Grotto in Fountain takes place on Monday evening,  May 14, at 8.30pm.
The local community comes together to recite the Rosary at the Grotto every evening for the month of May.

W/E 06/05/2018

posted May 11, 2018, 10:20 AM by John O'Sullivan

Award for Teach Spraoi.
Teach Spraoi, the Toonagh preschool, run by Nora Custy, entered their garden in the Community pop-up section at the Ennis Garden Festival. The theme this year was ‘Gardening For Mental Wellbeing’, and the brief laid down to schools’ who entered was to interpret “Gardeners’ Friends’ Garden”. Teach Spraoi set up an interactive sensory garden, where worms, butterflies, ladybirds and honey bees are ‘best friends’ and the children are ‘best friends’ as they plant, water, talk nice to the plants and weed the garden.  With great help from the parents, the children were encouraged to plant in the Dome at the preschool in February, and given the slow growth that has taken place this year, they had to have great patience and look after the seedlings very well.  Their hard work paid off and, with great delight, they’ve seen their seedlings sprout in recent days.
When they entered the competition the garden had to be inspected, then they had to take it into the show on Sunday last.  Gary Graham from Bloom was very impressed with the children’s efforts and everyone was thrilled and delighted when they were awarded first prize in the Schools’ section.
Nora  appreciates the help they received from parents who gave of their time and ideas for the garden, and the preschool and after-school children who enthusiastically looked after it.

First Holy Communion.
First Holy Communion was celebrated in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan on Saturday last.  The theme of the ceremony centered on “God’s Beautiful World”.  Fr. Pat O’Neill facilitated a beautiful ceremony with the children - Isabella Baxter, Luke Curtis, Orla Cusack, Jack Duson, Paige Linnane, Molly McGibney, Emma O’Connor, Ross O’Connor, Anna O’Halloran, Ciaran Parnell, Gerard C. Queally, Isabel Ryan and Sam Sheehan. He encouraged the children and their parents to be active in the life of the church and to be present at mass as much as possible. 
 All the children participated in singing, reading and prayers and were ably prepared by Ms. de Bruin and Ms. Corbett. The choir was led by Ms. Ni  Chonaighle. Mr. Lyons, Principal and Assumpta, school secretary were also thanked for their help and support with the ceremony. The Parents Association laid on a fabulous tea in the school afterwards. It was a memorable and very happy day for all who participated.

Wedding Bells.
On Saturday last, in St. Tola’s Church, Dysart, Sinead, daughter of John and Mary Cotter of Knockreagh, Maurice’s Mills married John,  son of the late James and Mary Whelan of Barefield, Ennis.  Bridesmaid was Noelle Cotter and Bestman was Aidan Whelan.  The reception was held at The Bellbridge Hotel, Spanish Point. 

Fundraiser for Zara.
Local girl, Zara Cronin, from Dysart and a pupil at Toonagh National School, was recently diagnosed with a rare condition, Ehlers Danilo’s syndrome, which is a genetic connective tissue disorder, and she is currently in a wheelchair.   Zara is on a waiting list to attend the National Rehabilitation Hospital in Dublin.  Her mother, Ann O’Gorman, and friends of the family, have embarked on a fundraising campaign to help defray costs which Zara will incur in travelling to London for a specialist MRI and for further treatments. The local community has gotten fully behind her cause, as Zara has touched the hearts of everyone whom she’s ever come into contact with, she’s a happy, content girl with a positive outlook, which has gained her many friends of all ages.  
There’s a huge night planned for Treacy’s Hotel on Friday, May 4, from 8pm, when ‘Twice Shy’ will provide music, followed by a disco. Tickets are available locally, and from Donnellan’s Centra, Loughville, Minihan’s Centra, Corofin and Lynch’s Centra, Gort Road, Ennis.

W/E 28/05/2017

posted May 23, 2017, 2:52 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated May 23, 2017, 2:54 AM ]

G.A.A. Summer Camp:
Ruan Hurling & Camogie Clubs are holding their own Summer Camp from August 22-25. The camp is for Primary School children and promises to be a great week of fun, hurling, camogie and a great way to finish off the summer holidays. 
The Registration nights will take place in Ruan GAA Field on Mon May 29th & Wed May 31st from 7.00 to 8.00. All children must be registered by May 31st at the latest. 

G.A.A. School of Excellence: 
Ruan Hurling & Camogie Clubs are running a School of Excellence from July 5-7 . It is for Secondary School students and the head coach will be leading GAA Coach Kevin Brennan. The Registration nights will take place in Ruan GAA Field on Mon May 29th & Wed May 31st from 7.00 to 8.00. All players must be registered by May 31st at the latest. 
For any other information contact a member of the organising committee: Mike Noonan, Paddy O’Halloran, Gearóid Roughan, Ellen Jones, Miriam Strand, Ann Marie O’Donoghue, Claire McDonagh or Paul Howard. 

Ruan Fun Run. 
Ruan School and its Parents Association have organised a 6km Fun Run on Thursday June 1st next. This is the 4th year of the event which has seen more competitors take part every year. It's open to all levels of fitness, and none, and people can walk, jog or run.
Registration takes place on the evening of the Run from 5.30pm or by contacting the school. It's a fun event, and refreshments will be served to all in the school afterwards.

Senior Citizens Holiday.
The annual holiday, where the Senior Citizens of the parish spend a week in Lahinch, is taking place, this year, from the 20th - 25th June.  Anyone interested in taking a place is invited to contact Sheila 0876546637 or Mary 0879776583.

Monster Bingo Nite.
The Committee of Toonagh Hall & Sports Complex is currently selling tickets for a Bingo Nite to be held in Tracy's West County Hotel on this Sat. 27th May at 8.00pm.  This fundraiser benefits the hall, only if tickets are purchased from Committee members ahead of the event, and Moira O'Loughlin, Ger Barry and Mikey Casey have all the details.

W/E 21/05/2017

posted May 16, 2017, 8:58 AM by John O'Sullivan

Monster Bingo Night.
The Committee members of Toonagh Hall & Sports Complex are currently selling tickets for a Monster Bingo Nite which will be held in Tracy's West County Hotel on Sat. 27th May at 8.00pm, as a fundraiser for the Hall and Sports Complex.
Tickets must be purchased from committee members, for the hall to benefit, as tickets bought on the door will not go towards the Hall. Moira O'Loughlin, Sinead Noonan, Mikey Casey or Ger Barry may be contacted for further details and for tickets.

Septic Tank Desludging.
Dysart Toonagh Group Water Scheme is taking part in a Desludging of Septic Tanks Programme in conjunction with the National Federation of Group Water Schemes and the E.P.A.  Initially the focus was on dwellings located within the catchment area of Ballycullinan Lake:  this has now been extended to all the Shareholders of the Scheme. 
Shareholders are being offered a reduced rate if they wish to have their septic tanks emptied as part of this programme. Further information may be had from Noel Tierney @ 0868245173.

Successful Fundraiser.
The Parents Association of Toonagh N.S. held a very successful clothes collection recently. Thanks to all who contributed to the event, the sum of €810 was raised, which will be used to the benefit of the children in the school.

Four teams took part in an u15 Camogie Blitz in Ruan G.A.A. field on Sunday last.  The Ruan girls had wins over Parteen and Whitegate and, in a very good game, lost by a point to Cratloe. The enthusiasm and sportsmanship shown by all the teams, and their mentors,  augurs well for the future of Camogie in the County.

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