W/E 22/11/2015

posted Nov 17, 2015, 4:03 AM by John O'Sullivan
Christmas Fair.
Ruan Tidy Towns & Graveyard maintenance group is running a Christmas Fair again this year, to raise much needed funds to help it continue to keep the village and the four graveyards in the parish maintained to the high standards they have reached in recent years. Ruan came second in Clare in its category in this year's Tidy Towns competition and with the support of the community the group  hopes to continue to keep the village and surrounding areas pleasing to residents and visitors alike.
The group would welcome donations of cakes, home produce, vegetables, fowl, timber, turf, animal fodder, farm equipment, books, children's toys, new or good quality used clothing, etc. for the Fair which takes place on Sunday, 6th Dec., next. 

Ruan Community Centre.
The 10am gatherings on Tuesday mornings in the local Community Centre is proving a great success - a place for the community to meet for a chat and a cuppa, in warm, and pleasant surroundings. Ideas are discussed and, from the discussions, things are happening - this week  Rosie McMahon gave an introductory gentle yoga session, and, should sufficient numbers be interested, she will run a series of classes - Rosie's mob. is 0864547827. 
John Conroy, a fitness coach with the H.S.E., who travels all over the county giving classes to over 50's, will also be coming one Tuesday soon, to talk about "Exercise for Fun" and show people that they can exercise, no matter what level of fitness they may have.

Schools Cross Country.
Blaithin Barry, Tara Moroney, Emma Masterson and Cliodhna Jones representing  Ruan/Toonagh Schools, came third at the Clare Cross Country finals held in Lee's Road last week.

The A.G.M. of Ruan Camogie Club was held last week. The outgoing Chairperson, Anne O'Regan and outgoing P.R.O. Brid McNamara were thanked for their work with the Club over the past year. Mary Hickey O'Brien was elected Secretary, Mary Wynne and Mary Strand, Treasurers, Carmel O'Dea Mahoney, Child Officer and Niamh Ni Mhuiri, Registrar. 
The posts of Chairperson, vice-Chairperson and P.R.O. remain unfilled. In order for the Club to remain viable for the year ahead, the Club needs support, and anyone willing to fill the vacant positions are asked to contact any club officer.

Black Tie Ball
Adam Quirke, son of Jason & Noelle, who attends Ruan N. S. was on hand to welcome guests to the Black Tie Ball in Dromoland Castle recently. Adam also attends the Clare Crusaders Clinic in Barefield and he was delighted to be given this opportunity, where he also introduced special guest,  Ann Doyle, former R.T.E. Newsreader.

Cheoil an Gheimhridh.
Local musician, Tierna Casey, is a member of an u13 quartet, comprising Eileen and Eoin Costello and Lily Price, which is going on to represent Clare at the Munster finals in Feb. of next year, after their performance in Cois na hAbhna on Sunday last, representing Clarecastle/Ballyea Ceomhaltais. 
Shona O'Halloran from Dysart, won the solo reed competition, u17, and came 2nd in a duet, u17,  with  Roisin Clancy from Tubber.