Notes for October

W/E 31/10/2020

posted Oct 28, 2020, 2:58 PM by John O'Sullivan

Run for Multiple Scelerosis.
Shane Punch, from Ruan, has been joined by four of his friends, in a fundraising venture to raise much needed money for Multiple Scelerosis (Clare branch). Shane, who is also a member of Ruan G.A.A. Club, and his teammates, Jack McDonagh, Ryan Power, Jason Power and Darragh McInerney are running 100km over ten days (socially distanced and within their 5k limit).​ Anyone wishing to donate, may do so by going online to ​ Ruan GAA page and follow the instructions contained therein.

Ruan Camogie Club will hold its AGM on Wed. November 11, at 8pm, which will take place via Zoom. All members are invited to submit motions to the Club Secretary by emailing for discussion at the meeting. Anyone who is interested in becoming involved in the Club Executive would be made very welcome to attend and submit any motions they may have.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Teresa Larkin of Dromore, Ruan, formerly of Tulla Hill, Loughrea. Her requiem mass was celebrated by Fr. Pat O’Neill in St.Mary’s Church.​ Teresa was described as a bubbly, friendly person, an avid reader, interested in the Arts and Drama. She is survived by her son, Raymond, daughter, Georgina, brothers Jimmy, Tommy, Mickey, P.J., Brendan, Danny and David, sisters, Bridie, Eileen and Josephine, niece’s, nephews and friends. Teresa was laid to rest in Garrybreeda Cemetery, Loughrea

W/E 25/10/2020

posted Oct 20, 2020, 6:52 AM by John O'Sullivan

The Ruan/Dysart History Group would like to thank all those who celebrated the 100th year of the ‘Taking of the Ruan Barracks’ on Sunday last.
A plaque was unveiled and a wreath was laid to commemorate the event, as well as commemorating the work of the Cumann na mBan.​
Fr. O’Neill also blessed the site, to remember all those who lost their lives on both sides during the conflict.​
The History group is indebted to all those who participated and contributed information In bringing this event to fruition and it’s important that this piece of history is now marked by having the plaque in place.

Rebecca Crowe and Louise McDonnell, two players from Ruan Camogie Club, played their part in Clare’s win over Offaly in the first round of the Liberty Insurance All Ireland Championship, which was played at Fr. McNamara Park on Sat. last. They now go forward to the second round when they meet Wexford on Sunday.
The under 8 girls were presented with medals last week, which ended their year. The girls were complimented on their attendance at training during the year. Despite this being a tough year for everyone, the girls high spirits and their parents and mentors dedication brought them together in a very special way and it is hoped this will continue into the future.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place, in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Ennis of Michael McGuane, Moycullen, Dysart. Michael’s remains were laid to rest in Rath Cemetery, following requiem mass in Dysart Church.. He is survived by his brother, Joe, sisters Margaret, Kathleen, Eileen and Monica, sister in law, brother in law, extended family and friends.

W/E 18/10/2020

posted Oct 15, 2020, 2:42 AM by John O'Sullivan

100th Anniversary of the Ruan Barracks Raid.
On Sunday, October 18th, the Ruan/Dysart History Group will be holding a commemorative ceremony at the site of the R.I.C. Barracks where a plaque has been erected to commemorate the taking of the barracks 100 years ago for the fight for Irish Independence. 
The raid was carried out by The Mid-Clare Brigade 1st Western Division 3rd Battalion. Included in this Battalion were volunteers from D Company Toonagh/Dysart (35 members) and B Company Ruan (53 members), as well as other companies from the other divisions. 
Joe Keane and Sean Custy will lay a commemorative wreath at the site. Joe Keane, whose father Frank participated in the raid, will represent the Mid-Clare Brigade. Sean Custy, whose father Tim was on the outer line of defence on the day of the raid, will represent the local volunteers. 
The work of the local Cumann na mBan, who had 26 volunteers in Ruan and 18 volunteers in Toonagh/Dysart, will also be remembered on the day. 
Fr. O’Neill will bless the site, to commemorate all those who lost their lives, on both sides, during the conflict. 
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this will be a closed event. The plaque will be on display from Sunday outside the site of the Barracks. 
The Ruan/Dysart History Group appreciates all the help it received in gathering the information used in putting this commemoration together.

Recent Deaths.
The deaths have recently taken place of Alphonsus Tubridy, Mullagh Village, Ennis, brother of Lucy Leahy, Ballaghboy, Ruan and Nancy Hehir, Ard na Greine, Ennis, mother of Noreen Cummins, Erinagh.

Ruan GAA Lotto.
Ruan GAA had resumed its lotto draw and it had run for two weeks, however, due to the recent restrictions brought in by the upsurge in COVID 19 cases, the draws have been cancelled again. It will resume as soon as restrictions are lifted.

W/E 11/10/2020

posted Oct 7, 2020, 8:31 AM by John O'Sullivan

Ruan bowed out of the u-18C Camogie championship, having reached the semi-final, with a spirited performance in a close and exciting match on Wednesday evening of last week, losing, on the narrowest of margins of one point, to Eire Og.
The girls, their trainers and parents had put in great commitment over the season, to reach this point, and, although it was very disappointing to lose, they should take consolation in the fact that their games up to the semi final showed great improvement in skills, fitness and effort, which will stand to them in the future.
The u-14 girls played Parteen on Saturday in Parteen, in the semi-final of the championship. The Parteen girls came out on top on the day, however, the Ruan girls have played some great games getting to this stage, and if they stay together, the future of Ruan Camogie looks very bright.

Ruan has two teams in u-12, one playing in the Gavin League and one playing in the Bennett League. The two teams were in action at the weekend, with matches against two Crusheen/Tubber teams. Ruan progressed to the next stage, having come out on top. Great credit is due to all involved in these competitions.

Flu/Pneumonia Vaccine.
The flu/pneumonia vaccines are now available in Corofin Medical Centre. Anyone wishing to avail of same may contact the surgery. Home visits can be arranged, if required.

Clothes Collection.
The recently held clothes collection organised by the Parents Association of Toonagh School brought in €960. The Association is giving €300 of this to Toonagh Hall Committee, for the use of the facilities by the schoolchildren, and the remainder goes towards school supplies.​ The support of all who gave bags ​ and helped in any way is deeply appreciated.

Cyril Lyons retires
When Cyril Lyons arrived at Ruan School on Friday morning last, he was greeted by a Guard of Honour of his students holding hurleys, under which he walked to a huge outpouring of appreciation and gratitude from all involved in the school. Cyril was welcomed by Niamh Ni Chonghaile, who has been appointed Principal, in his place. Niamh outlines what Cyril meant to the school and the children and among the attributes the children cited were his ​ fairness,kindness,trustworthiness, respect and ‘sportiness’.​
Cyril was presented with a cheque by Leah and Tola O’Brien on behalf of the schoolchildren and the wider school community of €1,700 to go towards the Jack and Jill Foundation, which is dear to Cyril’s heart.​
On behalf of Ruan Hurling Club, Frankie Lyons and John Bell also made a presentation to Cyril for his contribution to hurling, not only to his parish, but to the County, highlighting Cyril's participation in the team of 1995, which brought so much joy to the County.
5 girls from Cyril’s sixth class sang ‘The Foggy Dew’, one of his favourite songs and all the children then performed their own version of a tribute to Cyril, to the tune of ABBA’s ‘Thank you for the Memories’ which was very moving.
The celebrations continued throughout the day in the various classrooms, culminating with a ‘drive-by’ of parents and well-wishers, which lasted almost 10 minutes, with cars bearing flags, bunting + hurleys, amid great cheering. The teachers, staff and children wished Cyril, his wife, Aileen and their family many happy years in the next chapter of their lives.

W/E 04/10/2020

posted Sep 29, 2020, 2:28 AM by John O'Sullivan

In Camogie, the u-14 Camogie team are now through to the semi final in their competition, when they will meet Parteen.  They overcame Cratloe in a tough test at the weekend, and show improvements every time they go out to play. 
The u-12s had a brilliant game against Newmarket on Fergus in the last round of the league in Ruan.
Two of Ruan Camogie Club’s stalwarts, Louise McDonnell and Rebecca Crowe were on the Clare team which beat Limerick on Sunday, winning the LIT Cup, in their first competitive game. 

County Champions.
Corofin/Ruan Minor Hurling played Feakle/Killanena in the Minor A Final in Sixmilebridge on Saturday last.  In an intense game where the result could have gone either way, it was Corofin/Ruan who came out on top, winning the Willie Chaplin Cup, which was presented to team joint captains, Shane Punch and Diarmuid Cahill by Neil O’Brien, Chairperson of Bord na nOg Iomaint. 

Walk for Toonagh Hall.
As it’s so difficult for community facilities to raise funds during these trying times, the Committee of Toonagh Hall and Sports Complex appreciate the support their walk attracted on Sunday last. The weather was ideal for the walk around the roads of Toonagh, and families and individual walkers enjoyed the event. Between the walk, a raffle and sale of bric a brac, €1,025 was raised, which will keep the hall open for the next two months. 

U-14 Hurlers.
The u-14 Corofin/Ruan academy team played Inagh/Kilnamona on Sunday evening in Inagh, in the last game of the competition. Inagh/Kilnamona proved the stronger team on the day, making this game the first Corofin/Ruan have lost. They go on to play in the final next weekend, when they will meet Ballyea.

W/E 27/10/2019

posted Oct 23, 2019, 8:18 AM by John O'Sullivan

Tidy Towns Results

Ruan was delighted with the recent Tidy Towns Report - they achieved 324 points, an increase of eight points on last year's competition. A number of projects were praised, in particular the initiatives to support nature and biodiversity in the area.
The adjudicators were very impressed with the amount of work that a small community is getting through in the year and credit to the local Resource Group of workers and the volunteers who take pride in their work in keeping the village, graveyards, community centres and housing estates looking their best throughout the year.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Phil Cunningham (née Burrell), mother of Carmel Foley, Ruan.

Under 16A Hurling.
Following in their recent win with the Corofin/Ruan Minor A Team, many of the boys participated in the Under 16A Championship which was played in Clarecastle at at the weekend. They played Sixmilebridge who came out on top by two points. The boys have put in great work over the season and credit to them, their parents and mentors.

Camogie Shield Final.
The Ruan Camogie team lost out, narrowly, to Sixmilebridge in the under 16 Shield Final which was played in Fr. McNamara Park, in a very competitive game. 
This brings an end to their season and all who were involved throughout the season are to be credited for their enthusiasm and passion.

W/E 13/10/2019

posted Oct 10, 2019, 5:41 AM by John O'Sullivan

Minors into Final.
The amalgamation of a group of under 18 hurlers from Corofin and Ruan has proven to be a very successful venture. They are now into the hurling final of the Kerry Group U18 Minor A, having overcome Clonlara on Saturday.  The final will be played in Cusack Park on Sunday, before the Senior Hurling Championship game, and is looked forward to eagerly by all who have followed them through the summer. 

Under 13’s Final.
Ruan under 13 hurling team won the Fr. McNamara Memorial Cup on Sunday, defeating Ennistymon in a very competitive game. This was a great finish to the season for the boys, their mentors and parents who support them.

Trad Music Sessions.
The informal group sessions for teenagers/adults have resumed in Ruan Community Centre on Sunday evenings from 7.30-8.30pm. Anyone wishing to play music with this group while learning new tunes is welcome. All music notes will be displayed making it easy for all ages. Further details from Mary at 0863149261.

Lay Led Liturgy.
Members of the local community will hold a Lay Led Liturgy in Dysart Church on Sunday at 10am. All are welcome.

The under 11 girls won the final of their tournament in Crusheen on Sunday, in Crusheen. Both teams showed great skill and passion and it bodes well for the future seeing so many girls happy to be involved in Camogie. Credit goes to parents and mentors who are behind the teams.
The under 16’s we’re defeated by Clooney/Quin at the weekend in the semi final played in Eire Og. They worked well to get to this stage and hopefully will continue next season.

W/E 06/10/2019

posted Oct 2, 2019, 2:14 PM by John O'Sullivan

Cash for Clobber.
Last year Toonagh School received a bonus of €1,500 for having the heaviest clothes per child in their two clothes collections during the year. The Parents Association’s first Collection this school year will be held in next Thursday, Oct. 10. 
Bags of clothes may be left in Toonagh Hall on the day, at the following times 9-10am, 1.45-3pm and 6.30-7.30pm. 
The  contributions of the community are hugely appreciated.

Lay Led Liturgy.
A group will lead a Lay Led Liturgy in Ruan Church on Sunday morning at 10am.
Mass of Anniversaries will be celebrated in Dysart Church on this Saturday night at 8pm.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place recently in New York of John Cotter, late of Loughville, brother of Stephen, Damian and Finola Forde.

Imeall Boirne meeting.
A meeting of the Pastoral area with Bishop Fintan, Fr. Ger Nash and Maureen Kelly takes place on this Thursday, Oct. 3 in Ruan Community Centre at 7.30pm.   This will be a reflection together on the life of the Pastoral area now and into the future. All are welcome.

W/E 28/10/2018

posted Oct 22, 2018, 2:10 PM by John O'Sullivan

Tractor Run.
The Tractor and Vintage Vehicle run held in Toonagh on Sunday last was a tremendous success.  It brought great crowds to the area, and a great community spirit ensured it was a very enjoyable family fun day. It raised in excess of €2,500, which will be used to bring the boiler room in the Hall up to a high standard, with fireproofing and a fireproof door. 
The Hall committee hugely appreciates all the help and support it received in making the day so successful.

Tidy Towns.
The A.G.M. of the Tidy Towns Committee will be held in Ruan Community Centre on Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 8.30pm in Ruan Community Centre.  Anyone interested in volunteering some of their free time to help keep the village and surrounding areas clean, litter free and a more pleasant place to live, is invited to attend.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Vera Smyth (née Gleeson) of Clontarf, Dublin and formerly of Coore, Co. Clare.  Vera was married to the late Jimmy Smyth of Ruan. The family has always had great ties with Ruan, visiting the area often over the years.    She was reared in a farm in Coore with eight siblings.  Her family also ran a shop and bar, Gleeson’s, which was a renowned watering hole and traditional music pub in West Clare.
    At the age of eighteen Vera left Clare, as did many of her generation, and worked, for a couple of years, in England, and later for three years in New York.  On her return to Ireland in 1957, Vera met Jimmy Smyth in Ennis,  and they were married in 1959.  They had four children when they moved to Clontarf in 1965, Jimmy taking up a position  in Croke Park with the G.A.A. Vera was a lady of great humility and resilience and she made good friends in Dublin. She took great pleasure and joy in her twelve grandchildren.
Vera is survived by her daughters Ann, Patricia  and Brighid, her son Peter, partners Bill, Bernard, Mark and Georgina, grandchildren,  brothers in law, sisters in law, extended family and friends. 
She was laid to rest, following requiem Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan, in the adjoining cemetery 

W/E 21/10/2018

posted Oct 16, 2018, 1:33 PM by John O'Sullivan

Tractor and Vintage Vehicle Run 2018.
On next  Sunday, Oct. 21, the annual Toonagh Tractor and Vintage Vehicle Run will bring great excitement to the parish. Registration  is from 11am, with the Run leaving the Hall at 12 noon. Refreshments will be served before the Run and when they return, there will be music, entertainment and food served in the Hall. There will also be a raffle with great prizes. It is a really enjoyable family fun-day with lots of activities planned,  and all are welcome.

Recent Deaths.
The deaths have occurred of Martin McGrath, Barefield, brother of Tom McGrath, Cloona, Dysart and Anne O’Loughlin (née Burke), Peacehaven, Sussex, England, formerly of Dunsallagh, Miltown Malbay, sister of Teresa O’Donoghue, Beechgrove,  Toonagh.

Bus to R.D.S.
The Toonagh Crafts Group is organising a bus to travel to the Knit and Stitch Show at the R.D.S. on Thursday, November 8.  The bus will leave  from Toonagh Hall.  Anyone interested in travelling should contact Pamela (0876224698) for all the details.

Under 15B Championship.
Ruan played Newmarket on Fergus in the under 15B championship in Ruan on Sunday. It was a very exciting game with the two teams having nothing between them at half time. Newmarket started well in the second half, going up by five points, however Ruan fought back with some lovely hurling and drew level again. Either team could have won coming up to the final whistle when Ruan had scored 17 points and Newmarket 1-14. Ten minutes a side extra time was played but that couldn’t separate the teams. 
The game ended a draw, 1-20 each. There was some excellent hurling displayed by both teams and the replay will be in Newmarket on Sat next at 4p.m.

Ruan Junior camogie team lost out to Corofin in the final on Sunday, but the under 13 girls had a win over Doora Barefield in their final which led to great celebrations, also on Sunday. 
Well done to all, girls, mentors and parents for putting in great effort throughout the year, attending training, transport to and from games and all that goes with keeping a club going

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