Notes for November

W/E 25/11/2018

posted Nov 20, 2018, 3:39 PM by John O'Sullivan

60th Anniversary Celebrations.
Ruan Apostolic Works Society will celebrate sixty years in existence on Friday, November 30 next.  The evening will begin with a Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan at 6.30pm, followed by refreshments and reminiscences in the Community Centre afterwards. All are invited to see the contribution this group has made to the Missions over the years.

First Holy Communion Preparation.
The children from Ruan and Toonagh Primary Schools, who are making their First Holy Communion next summer, will have their first preparation Mass in Ruan Church on this Saturday, November 24, at 8.00pm. 

Recent Deaths.
The death has taken place of P.J. Howard of Toormore, Ruan, peacefully, at his home.  P.J. was a son of the late Christopher and Maura Howard of Ruan and, like many of his generation, travelled to England where he worked for many years. On one of his trips home he met Mary Haugh from West Clare and after getting married they lived for ten years in England, where their four children were born. They always had a longing to come home and they returned to Ruan in 1975. 
Outside of his working life, driving heavy machinery and carpentry, P.J. had a great love of traditional music and he played the  accordion with a band in England. On their return to Ireland he joined his brothers Chris and Francis in their group. 
He was a skillful hurler in his day, hurling with the Ruan team of the time. One of his proudest memories were being honoured as a member of the Ruan hurling team of 1959-1962 in April 1986 by the, then, President of the G.A.A. Dr. Mick Loftus.  He also had medals for running and was considered a very good 100m sprinter.  His great love of music led him to buying musical instruments for his three older grandchildren and it was a proud moment for his family when they played a tribute at his requiem mass, which was concelebrated by Fr. Pat O’Neill and Fr. Peter O’Loughlin. Afterwards, he was late to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
P.J. was predeceased by his son, Frank, and he is survived by his wife Mary, son Mark, daughters Caroline and Helen, daughter in law, sons in law, brothers Gerard, Chris and Francis, sisters Sr. Kathleen, Anna and Mary, grandchildren, extended family and friends.

The death has also occurred of Michael Lyons, Larchill, Ennis, brother of Sean Lyons, Dromore, Ruan.

W/E 18/11/2018

posted Nov 14, 2018, 2:01 PM by John O'Sullivan

Defibrillator Course.
Now that a defibrillator is being installed outside Toonagh Hall, it is important that there are facilitators who may be contacted regarding its use. There is a course being run in Ruan Community Centre and people, particularly from the Toonagh/Dysart/Larchill areas, are invited to attend. 
Further details may be had from Ger Barry @ 0866066888.

Parent and Toddler Group.
Ruan Community Childcare Centre hosts a Parent and Toddler Group on Tuesdays, from 9.45-11.15am, where parents/guardians and their toddlers meet up and chat in a relaxed and fun atmosphere, over a ‘cuppa’. Derryn @ 0894080368 or Anne Marie @ 0868142246 have all the details.

Recent Death.
The death occurred last week of Eilish Mannion, Kilcolgan, formerly Turkenagh, Scariff, sister of Ita McDonnell, Dysart and Frances  Heagney, Ruan.

Service of Remembrance.
Among those remembered at the Service of Remembrance held in the Clare Peace Park on Sunday last were Thomas Christoper and Michael O’Shea, who were born and reared in Nooan, Ruan.  Historian, Dr. Keir McNamara, paid tribute to all those who lost their lives in World War 1 and wreaths were laid at the base of the glass memorials. 
Thomas Christopher O’Shea, who, as a Sergeant in the U.S. Army, was fatally wounded at Verzy, France and was buried outside the town of Pierrefond, in France. His body was exhumed on May 21,  1919 and  required in the Military Cemetery in Polish, Aisne, France. He was remembered by his nephew, Tony Meaney and nieces Mary Anne Casey and Bridie Morgan and members of their families, at the service. Thomas’ mother, Catherine O’Shea, formally requested that her son’s remains be returned home and, on May 24, 1922, Thomas was laid to rest in Ruan Graveyard. 
They also remembered his brother,  Michael, who had also served in the U.S.Army. He had been severely wounded and was honorably discharged in April, 1919. He died on September 6, 1942 and is buried in New York.

W/E 11/11/2018

posted Nov 7, 2018, 1:00 PM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Nov 7, 2018, 1:00 PM ]

Wedding Bells.
Liz Cullinan, Ballytigue, Ruan, daughter of John and Teresa, married John O’Reilly of Kildare, son of Miley and Mary O’Reilly in St. Mary’s Church recently.  Celebrant was Fr. Pat O’Neill and Liz’s three sisters, Claire Cullinan, Marie Madden and Teresa Loughnane were bridesmaids. Best man was John’s brother, Myles, and groomsmen were Omar Dunne and Colin O’Shea. Emily Loughnane, Liz’s niece, was  Flowergirl.  
The couple with their families and friends enjoyed a reception at Bunratty Hotel.

U15B Quarter-final.
Ruan was defeated by  Crusheen/Tubber in the quarter final of the u15B  championship played in Tubber on Bank Holiday Monday, despite a gallant performance by the Ruan boys, Crusheen/Tubber advanced on the day.

Recent Deaths.
Lott O’Halloran of Ballyalla, Barefield, who died recently,  was a well known and liked man who had great ties with this parish. He was born and reared in Ballygriffey, Ruan and in his early years was a noted athlete who won many medals in cross country running with St. Michael’s A.C. He also played hurling with Ruan, and in a pen picture of 1959-‘60 era appearing in The Clare Champion, when Ruan won  the 1960 Championship, Lott was described as follows - “ a member of the Ruan team for the past number of years and was a member of the team which recently won the Senior Championship for the second year in succession. A nippy forward, he always seems to be in the right place at the right time”. Through his work with Ryan’s Quarries delivering building materials, Lott was known far and wide. He was predeceased by his wife, Margaret, and is survived by his son’s Anthony, Patrick and Martin, daughters Marie and Mairead, daughters in law, sons in law, grandchildren, extended family and many friends.
The death has occurred of Teresa Hayes (née Kelly) of Kilmaley and formerly of Scoole. Teresa was a sister of Morty Kelly, Ruan, John in Scoole, James and Tony in Ennis and Pat in England.   The death has also taken place of Mrs. Kathleen Downes, Marian Avenue, Ennis, mother of Caroline Murray, Ruan.

Family fun Bingo.
Ruan G.A.A. has organised a family fun bingo as a fundraiser in Toonagh Hall on this Friday, November 9, starting at 7.30pm with doors opening at 7pm.   They have a great array of prizes and look forward to the support of the community on the night.

Blessing of Graves.
A large number of people turned out to the blessing of the graves in the parish on Sunday last, with Fr. Pat O’Neill leading the prayers. The clement weather meant that people were able to visit the graveyards in comfort and at ease, making it almost a social occasion, with people meeting and reminiscing about those whom they came to remember. 

Christmas Party.
The annual Senior Citizens Christ as Party will be held in Morty Kelly’s on Sunday, December 2. This is usually a very festive gathering with a sit-down meal, music, singing and dancing and many gifts given out. All are welcome.

W/E 04/11/2018

posted Oct 31, 2018, 4:01 AM by John O'Sullivan

Blessing of Graves.
The blessing of the graves in the parish take place on Sunday, Nov. 4 as follows - Ruan at 12 noon, Kyle at 12.30pm and Dysart at 1.30pm.

Halloween Party.
Halloween celebrations started on Thursday last with a disco in Ruan for the schoolchildren which was enjoyed hugely by all. On Friday night a Halloween party was held in Toonagh Hall.  Funds raised on the night went towards Toonagh School and Down Syndrome Clare, and all members of Down Syndrome Clare  were invited. Ghosts and ghouls abounded on the night and a great fun night was had by all.

“Jack in the Box grows Legs”
Erika Lucas, daughter of Nellie Kelly Lucas of Ruan village has published a children’s book “Jack in the Box grows Legs” - a book which conveys the message of hope and positivity and the importance of following your dreams. Erika graduated from New York University and she was inspired by world travels while she was working as an International fashion model with Ford and Elite Model Agencies.  The book may be purchased from Amazon either in E book or paperback. It would be appreciated if anyone who reads the book might write a review.

 Inter-schools Showjumping
A number of children from Toonagh took part in the Inter-schools Showjumping held in the Clare Equestrian Centre in Doora recently. Saoirse Barry, riding Fountain Willow came third overall for Rice College; Blaithin and Tomas Barry were in the Toonagh team which came fourth overall, out of eighteen teams in Munster. Blaithin also came third in the individual section, riding Toymistress.  Aoife and Christian Cummins, Tara Lucas, Ellie Carroll and Ellen O’Leary also competed for Toonagh School, receiving medals and rosettes.

W/E 26/11/2017

posted Nov 21, 2017, 10:28 AM by John O'Sullivan

Successful Fundraiser.

The extended Baker and Lordan families would like thank all who supported the Coffee Morning/Cake Sale which was held in Ruan Community on Sunday last, in aid of the Irish Lung Fibrosis Association.
€1261 was raised from donations on the day and through the online donation page.  

Victory for Ruan in u13B Championship.

Ruan played Ballyea in the Eire Og pitch on Sunday last In the final of the u13B Championship.  It was a great game played at high championship intensity with the  Ruan girls coming out on top of a low scoring, hard fought match, 2:2 to 2:1. Conditions were not conducive to a flowing game but the girls from both teams showed some great skills and determination. Ruan showed great spirit and fought hard for every ball all over the pitch which meant their opponents got no easy plays. 

Throughout the match scoring chances were being cut out by great defensive covering from both sides, which should be commended. A fantastic display of camogie was given by both teams, which served up a match deserving of a final.  Well done to the girls, their mentors and parents for their commitment throughout the year. 

Senior Citizens.

The Senior Citizens committee collected €412 at the recent church gate collection and the support of the community is very much appreciated. The Christmas party will be held on Sunday 3rd Dec. in Morty Kelly's Bar, Ruan and any member of the committee may be contacted for further information.

Christmas Fair.

The annual Christmas Fair will be held in Ruan Community Centre on Sun. Dec. 3rd after 10.00am Mass.  items for sale include timber, turf, Christmas wreaths, cakes, timber window boxes, brick a brac, with an auction and raffle.  The organisers are still in the look out for trees (standing or fallen) which the Resource group will cut and collect. If anyone wishes to donate please contact Joe 0872902552 or Senan 0864475400.

W/E 19/11/2017

posted Nov 15, 2017, 10:01 AM by John O'Sullivan

Coffee Morning/Cake Sale:
On this Sunday,  19th November, at 10.30am all are invited to a Coffee Morning and cake sale which will be held in Ruan Community Centre.  This is a fundraiser in memory of Gary Baker of Carrowkeal Beg, organised by his family.  All proceeds will go to the ILFA (Irish Lung Fibrosis Association) which supports patients and families living with IPF (Idiomatic Pulmonary Fibrosis).
For further information contact Susan Meaney and Podge Lordan @ 087 4175745

Minor G.A.A.
Ruan u15's had a great win in the final of the Championship against Broadford recently, on a scoreline of 5-15 to 4-11. Jack Lyons, Captain, was presented with the Cup by Tony Brohan of Coiste na nOg. Great credit is due to this group of boys, their management  team of John Punch, Gerry Heagney, Frankie Power and Dermot  McInerney.
The Ruan/Corofin minors defeated Scariff/Ogonelloe in the Minor B Shield, on a scoreline of 2-19 to 4-9. Again, the boys with their mentors Aidan Lynch, Michael Vaughan, Michael Neylon, Frankie Lyons, John Fitzgerald and Joe Cahill deserve great credit for the time and dedication they've put into training, matches, etc. 
Ruan Minor Club will hold its AGM on Wed. 22nd Nov. at 8pm in Ruan Community Centre. Nominations for Secretary and Chairperson, and any motions, need to be with the Club Secretary, Claire McDonagh by Fri. Nov. 17th. The meeting is open for anyone interested to attend.

W/E 12/11/2017

posted Nov 7, 2017, 2:00 AM by John O'Sullivan

Halloween Party for Hospital.
The Halloween Party held in Toonagh Hall was a huge success and raised €1,095 for Temple Street Hospital.  Pamela Vaughan, who organised the event, hugely appreciates all the help she received, in sponsorship, preparing and clearing up the hall, providing games, etc and helping out on the night, at which the children had great fun.

Recent Death.
There was widespread shock and sadness last week at the sudden and unexpected death of Frank Cantillon, Soheen, Dysart, formerly of Ballyheigue, Co. Kerry.   Frank and his wife Ethna (O'Gorman) worked and lived in London for a number of years. They returned to Ireland and settled in  Soheen seventeen years ago, where they were busy rearing their family of four. Frank retained his love of Kerry football and has imbued this passion in his children, attending many of their games.
He was Senior Vice President Operational Controllership with G.E.C.A.S. - part of G.E. His no nonsense approach to any challenge always exemplified the right way to do things. His colleagues will remember him as a leader, teacher, mentor and friend.
Frank's remains reposed at St. Tola's Church, Dysart and, following concelebrated requiem mass, he was laid to rest in Dysart Graveyard, and the huge attendances on both days were evidence of the esteem in which Frank and his family are held. 
Frank is survived by his wife Ethna, son Jamie, daughters Sarah, Emma & Abby, mother Eileen, father Francie, brothers T.J. and Keith, sisters in law, brothers in law, mother in law, extended family and friends. 

Minor Hurling.
Ruan minor hurling club will hold its AGM on Wednesday 22nd November 2017 at 8pm in Ruan community Hall. All nominations for Minor club secretary and minor club chairperson, and any motions, need to be with club secretary Claire McDonagh by Friday 17th November.  All welcome to attend.

Vacancy for Office Administrator.

Ruan and Dysart Resource Group has a vacancy for an Office Administrator. Duties will include wages, banking, Revenue returns, etc.

Training will be provided. Interested applicants need to be on some form of Social Welfare payments and can contact Senan Coughlan on 086-447540 for further details.

W/E 05/11/2017

posted Oct 31, 2017, 12:57 PM by John O'Sullivan

Ireland's Fittest Family
Over the next few Sunday evenings, on RTÉ 1, we'll find out if the Guilfoyle family become Ireland's fittest family. Tracy, her daughter Fawn, sons Ezra and Sionnach are participating in the programme. 
Tracy and her husband, George and their family, who now live in Ennis, previously lived in Toonagh, where the children attended Toonagh N.S. Tracy also ran fitness classes in the local hall for many years and Sionnach and Ezra still live in the family home.
The local community will be avidly watching their progress in this tough competition and hoping they go all the way to the final.

Marathon for Crusaders.
Shane O'Loughlin was delighted to finish the Dublin City Marathon in a time of 3:29:33 and Aidan Lawton in a time of 3:30:00 on Sunday last and were delighted with their times.  They ran it to raise funds for the Clare Crusaders Clinic and appreciate the support they have received for their efforts.

Imeall Boirne Notice.
From Sunday evening, 5th Nov. until Thursday 9th Nov. all Imeall Boirne priests will be away and there will be no resident priest in the Cluster.
For extreme emergencies only, please contact the Ennis Parish Office @ 0656824043.


W/E 27/11/2016

posted Nov 25, 2016, 7:40 AM by John O'Sullivan

Bingo Night
Purcell's Bar, Ruan is the place to be on Saturday the 3rd of December at 7pm as a fundraising bingo night is being held for Ruan Community Playgroup. With great spot prizes for the various games a fun night is guaranteed.

Christmas Fair
The annual Tidy Towns and Graveyard Christmas Fair fundraiser will be held after 10 o’clock Mass in Ruan on Sunday 4th Dec. We would welcome any donations of cakes, timber, turf, clothing, hay, silage, fresh farm produce as well as items for the auction and the raffle (no toys or brick-a-brac). All monies raised will go towards the replacement, repair and maintenance of equipment. We look forward to your support.

Ruan GAA Minor Club AGM
This was cancelled last week and will now take place in Ruan Community Centre on this Thursday 24th November at 8.00 pm. We would encourage anyone interested in developing hurling in our parish to attend this very important meeting. Also due to the large numbers of children that are training more adult help is urgently required at these training session. If you are interested in helping out with training sessions for the 2017 season please let Claire McDonagh 087 0547646 know. All are welcome to attend.

Ruan Camogie AGM
The Club AGM was held on 9th November in Toonagh hall. Club reviewed an eventful year with the underage teams to minor level; going forward the club requires full commitment from all players and parents at training sessions and matches. More parents are asked to become more involved in running the club and should contact any of the club officers. The following committee were elected: Chairperson: Aidan Hastings, Secretary: Mary Hickey O Brien, Treasurers: Miriam Strand and Mary Wynne, Club Registrar: Niamh Ni Mhuiri, PRO: Noelle Quirke. The following position is vacant: Child Welfare Officer. Club wishes to announce we will be out on the annual Wren day on 26th December 2016 - date for diary.

History Group
The local history group have resumed meeting again after the summer break and are now undertaking to gather old photographs of the people and places of the parish. These photographs will be copied and returned immediately to the owners on a day to be fixed in the next few weeks. This is a great opportunity to pass on local knowledge and old images to the younger generation and the wider community. New members are always welcome at the meetings on Tuesday nights at 8.30 in Morty’s bar.

W/E 29/11/2015

posted Nov 24, 2015, 2:29 AM by John O'Sullivan

End of an Era.
Michael Moloney, proprietor of The Dalcassian, pulled his last pint on the premises, in recent weeks, signalling an end to fifty five years in business, forty eight years in Ruan and, before that, seven years in training. Michael and his late wife, Teresa, as a young couple with vision and an entrepreneurial spirit set about building up a business that was well known, even beyond the county. They not only had a grocery and light hardware business, but supplied farmers with fertiliser, sand and gravel, animal feeds and solid fuels. They also continued the pub business, previously known as McGann's, and in the 80's people came from far and wide, following groups which played there at the weekends.  
Teresa also ran the local Post Office, until her untimely death and the premises was  a hub and a hive of activity in its time and it heralds the end of an era in the village as its doors closed for the last time, as the family has moved on in their own chosen careers and Michael decided to retire from the business. 
It is hoped that, sometime in the future, someone with the same vision and entrepreneurship and hardworking spirit that spurred Michael and Teresa to see the potential in the business, may take it over and inject a vibrancy back into the life of the area.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Michael Hehir of Ennis, brother of Noreen Cummins of Erinagh, Fountain.

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