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.

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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.