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.