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W/E 29/05/2022

posted May 24, 2022, 9:58 AM by John O'Sullivan
Booklet Launch.
On Friday afternoon, the children in the senior classes in Ruan school, were the recipients of a booklet which is dedicated to "the schoolchildren of Ruan district, their parents and teachers." It was compiled by Michael O'Loghlen who lives in Australia and whose great, great, grandfather, Sir Michael O'Loghlen​ who, in January 1837, was appointed the Master of the Rolls for Ireland, one of the most senior of the Irish Judges, the first Catholic Judge in England or Ireland since the 1680s.​
The Mausoleum in Ruan Graveyard, built around 1845, is dedicated to Sir Michael, and was erected by the people of Clare as a mark of the esteem in which he was held. The O'Loghlen family had connections with Cahermacrea, Port, Rockview and Drumconora, townlands around Ruan. A statue of Sir Michael, wearing the robes of Master of the Rolls, still stands in the Courthouse in Ennis.​
The launch of the booklet was addressed by Frances O'Halloran, with Linda Hogan showing slides relevant to the O'Loghlen family and Edward O'Loghlen from Athenry, a cousin of the O'Loghlen family also addressed the gathering, calling attention to particular parts of the booklet.
It was a very interesting and entertaining afternoon, enjoyed by the children and a number of adults.

Recent Wedding.
The wedding has taken place in St. Mary's Church, Ruan of Rachel, daughter of Sean and Marian Lyons of Ballytigue, Ruan and Conor, son of Bernard and Marie Mullan from Ennis. Celebrant was Fr. Pat O'Neill. Bridesmaids were Annette Lyons, Lisa Conlon, Orla Keane, Aisling Dillon and Michaela Lyons. Best man was Dylan Casey and groomsmen​ were Tom Mullan, David Russell, James Leonard and Daniel Sexton. Laura Mullan was flowergirl and pageboys were Harry Mullan and Conor and Jack Lyons.​ The reception was held in Hotel Doolin and the couple will reside in Ennis.

Recent Death.
There was widespread sadness last week when it was announced that Michael Moloney had died, after a short illness, in University Hospital, Galway.​ Michael was one of life's true gentlemen - a kind and generous friend to many and a man who loved being among people.
Michael started out as a barman in the Diamond Bar in Ennis, following which he worked in The Galway Arms. When the opportunity arose, he bought McGann's Pub in Ruan in 1967 and he and his wife, Teresa,​ began trading as The Dalcassian in 1968. They then opened a small supermarket and petrol station and, as the business grew, in the 1980s he knocked down the shop and built the larger supermarket, which still stands today. He loved big events and brought the Dublin City Ramblers to play at the official opening. He and Teresa gave employment to many local people over the years, they​ made a huge contribution to the Parish and they always acknowledged that their success was owed to the support of the people of the parish and surrounding areas. Michael retired from business in​ 2015 having spent forty seven years in the trade.
He was a great supporter of the local GAA Club, and the Club formed a Guard of Honour at his funeral, as a mark of respect. He played through all levels with the Club and played Minor for the County. In 1986 Michael organised a reunion where the five Senior Hurling teams of Ruan (1948-1962 were reuinted and honoured. He managed the Senior Ruan team up to the County Final in 1988 and sponsored a trip to Spain for them, something which was talked about over the days of his funeral, which is remembered fondly by those who travelled at that time. He also enjoyed golf and he won many competitions over the years. The location of the Boy Scouts Jamboree in Nooan was due to Michael's efforts, having shown them many sites, he convinced them that Nooan was their best option.
Michael was an active member of the Vintners Federation of Ireland and was elected President in 1995. In this position, he travelled the highways and byways of Ireland to meet with other VFI members. Michael loved to travel and he organised an annual golfing holiday for years, for golfers and non-golfers alike, where the mark of its success lay in the fact that the same people travelled with him year after year.
Michael's reposal took place in St. Mary's Church, Ruan and, following concelebrated requiem Mass on Monday, he was laid to rest in the adjoining Cemetery. He was predeceased by his wife, Teresa and is survived by his partner, Mary, daughters Marcella, Bernie (Cassidy), Ursula and Eilish (Duffy), sons in law Mark and Michael, the Brooks family, grandchildren, sisters in law, brothers in law, nieces, nephews relatives and many.

Camogie Success.

Aoibhinn O'Toole, Tara Moroney, Cliona Jones and Ciara Punch, members of Ruan Camogie Club,​ played with the Colaiste Muire camogie team which had a victory over St. Flannan's College in the Clare Junior A final. This game was played in Fr. McNamara Park on Monday afternoon. Joe Cooney, President of Clare Camogie presented the Cup to the winning team.
Rebecca Crowe and Aoife Anderson played with Clare when they beat Mayo in the 1st round of the Championship at the weekend.​ The next round will be in two weeks time in The Ragg against Tipperary.
Ava Casey, Sophie Haugh, Aoibheann O'Toole and Isabelle McInerney were part of the Clare panel which played their first blitz in Eire Og on Saturday last. Its great to see so many young girls doing so well in camogie, a credit to all involved.

Clothes Collection.​
Toonagh School Parents Association will hold a clothes collection on Thursday, June 9. Toonagh hall will be open from 9-10am, 2-3pm and 6.30-7.30pm for drop off, so with the change in the season coming, people are encouraged to think of what their bags of clothing would mean to the fundraising efforts for the school.​