05/05/2013

posted Apr 30, 2013, 7:53 AM by Unknown user
First Holy Communion.
 
Eleven children from Ruan N.S. received their First Holy Communion from Fr. Pat O'Neill in St. Mary's Church on Sat. last.  They were Colm Howard, Darren Punch, David Droney, Joey Lyons, Amy Mulqueen, Aoife Glass, Caoimhe O'Toole, Aoife O'Loughlin, Laura Saunders, Kate Forde and Neassa Ni Lachtnain.  The children, along with the pupils from the school participated fully in the Ceremony, in Readings, Prayers of the Faithful, Offertory Procession and singing in the choir and playing music.   
The Parents Association later hosted tea and refreshments for the children and their families in the school.

May Devotions.
 
It is twenty years since Our Lady's Grotto in Fountain was built by the local community in the area, and the Rosary is recited there every Thursday evening.   Traditionally, the month of May is dedicated to Our Lady, so each evening at 8.30p.m. for the month, the Rosary will be recited, and all are welcome.

Local History Meeting.
 
The Local History Group has been meeting over the winter and have had some very interesting and informative evenings.   They have gathered a lot of history and stories about townlands and the families living in them throughout the years.  Their next meeting, which will be the last meeting before the summer break, on Wed. 8th May at Morty Kellys at 9.00p.m. will deal with Allotment Tithes and how to source information from them.   
All are welcome to attend.

Tidy Towns.
 
The Spring "Litter Pick" which was held in Ruan recently yielded sixty bags of rubbish, and is a credit to all who took part.  They worked with great enthusiasm over two evenings, and earned the refreshments provided at Morty Kelly's after their trojan work.  As this is now the Tidy Towns' Season, it is hoped that people will continue to pick up the litter around their own areas and keep them tidy.  
The local Tidy Towns Association appreciates the support it received from all who took part.

G.A.A. Draw.
 
Ruan G.A.A. Club is now selling tickets for the annual draw organised by the County Board.  Tickets are €60 each, with the Club retaining €30.  There are four draws, one in June, July, August and September, with valuable prizes, including a car.  For a contribution of €150, there is a pass available to all Club games in Clare for 2013, as well as a draw ticket.  As this Draw and the annual Flag Day are the only fundraising ventures in the parish to help run the adult teams for the year, the support of the community is vitally important.  
Funds from the local G.A.A. lotto are used for field development and running underage and school teams.
 
Alzheimers Tea Day.

A reminder that the Alzheimers Tea Day will be held in Ruan Community Centre on Wed. 8th May next, from 10.00 to 12.30.  
The organisers will welcome all support on the day, as all monies raised in Clare will be used in the County.

Community Games.

The children of the parish are reminded that the Track and Field Community Games will be held in Ruan G.A.A. field on this Sat. 4th May at 3 p.m. Ages u8 to u16 as at 31st July, 2013.

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