Notes for September

W/E 27/09/2020

posted Sep 21, 2020, 3:32 AM by John O'Sullivan

Dysart Walk.
Mary O’Halloran is leading another walking tour of Dysart O Dea archaeological sites, starting  and finishing from the Romanesque Church and Round Tower on Sunday, September 27 next, at 12 noon. The walk will cover approximately 5km and will take about three hours. Anyone interested may contact Mary @ 0872830950 to book a place on the walk, as social distancing must be adhered to and places are limited. These walks have been well attended and are a great way to get to know the history of the local area from someone with a deep knowledge of the area.

Toonagh School Cash for Clobber.
Now that children are back at school and the season is changing, people may be sorting out their wardrobes and clearing out household clobber. Toonagh school Parents Association will hold the first clothes collection fundraiser of this school year on Thursday, October 1st to raise much needed funds for the school. The Parents Association will be also be making a donation to Toonagh Hall and Sports Complex, which has no source of income at present due to COVID-19 restrictions,  and the school children get fantastic use from this excellent facility. 
Drop off times on Oct. 1 are 9-10am, 1.45 – 3pm, and 6.30 -7.30pm.
Bags may be dropped any day at Toonagh Hall door, before the above date and they will be taken in each evening. Noreen Cummins (0866030005) may  be contacted, should anyone wish to arrange to leave bags prior to the October 1 outside of school hours. 

Corofin/Ruan under 14 Academy hurlers had a win over Kilkee on Sunday evening in Ruan. This makes it three wins out of three games and has them at the top of their group. Their final group game in against Inagh/Kilnamona next weekend.

Toonagh Walk.
On this Sunday, September 27, from 2pm a socially distanced Toonagh Walk will be held to raise some much needed emergency funds for the heart of the community- Toonagh Hall. For a very reasonable 5 euro each, people can catch up with all their pre-lockdown friends while keeping fit in safe, outdoor and beautiful countryside, and where a fantastic raffle awaits at the finishline. 

W/E 20/09/2020

posted Sep 16, 2020, 1:47 PM by John O'Sullivan

First Holy Communion.
The children of Toonagh N.S. received their First Holy Communion, which had been postponed from May, on Saturday last in St. Mary’s Church, Ruan, at 11am. Fr. Damian Nolan administered the Sacrament to Jessica Burns, Laura Coffey, Lily Considine, Shay Gleeson, Grace Hurley, Paraic Keane, Dylan Lavan, Amelia McInerney, Phelim O’Brien, Ava McInerney, Sarah O’Leary, Grace O’Rorke, Ava Sanders and Aaron Tuttle. 
Monica Morgan, accompanied by Michael Hennessy sang and the teachers involved were Kate Brosnan and Sean Eustace.
In the afternoon, it was the turn of the children from Ruan N.S. Father Ger  Nash was the Celebrant at that Ceremony, and Fiona Lyons sang, accompanied, again, by Michael Hennessy. 
Ms. Niamh Ni Chonghaile was the teacher  who prepared the children, who were Aaron Quirke, Cillian Twomey, Donnacha Ryan, Graham O’Connor, Sean Callinan, Shane Duson, Sophie White, Alannah Quinn, Clodagh Malone, Grace Forde, Katie Curtis, Katie O’Loughlin, Kayla Pilkington, Lila Feighery and Pippa Lordan.
Despite having been out of school for almost six months, the children were well prepared to celebrate their special day and credit must be given to their parents and teachers in bringing them to this day.

Fitness Class.
On Monday evening, Sept. 14, a circuit training fitness class resumed in Ruan Community Centre.  
To help in adhering to HSE guidelines, anyone wishing to join, is required to telephone 0876104357 to book their place in the class.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Kathleen Lordan, Macroom, Co. Cork, mother of Padraig Lordan, Ruan.

W/E 13/09/2020

posted Sep 10, 2020, 1:35 PM by John O'Sullivan

Toonagh Hall and Sports Complex.
The facilities in Toonagh Hall and Sports Complex are ready to come back into use, having been deep cleaned by the local Rural Resource workers. Hand gel dispensers have been installed at the entrance doors. Enquires for bookings may be made to Pamela @ 0876224698.

Ruan had their first win in the U18 Championship last week, beating Clooney/Quin, in very wet conditions in Ruan. They have one more game to play in their group stage against St. Joseph’s/Doora Barefield.

First Holy Communion.
The children of Ruan and Toonagh schools who were to receive their First Holy Communion last May, will now celebrate the Sacrament on Saturday, September 12 - Toonagh School children at 11am and Ruan School children at 1pm, both ceremonies in Ruan Church.

XL Ruan Store Opened
The Dalcassian Shop, which had been closed for a number of years, has been brought back to life by Quentin and Emer Rice. The shop with a Deli, Bakery, newspapers, Payzone (where people may purchase phone credit, pay ESB and Phone Bills and T.V.licence) and a coffee dock, has been very busy since the store opened. Between full time and part time workers, twelve people are employed in the business and it is hoped that, with the support of the community, it will go from strength to strength, and continue to breathe life into the village. 

Walk In Dysart.
Local Historian, Mary O’Halloran, will lead a walk to different archaeological sites around Dysart O’Dea on Sunday, September 13, taking in the Soup Kitchen, ring forts and Rath Medieval church. Mary May be contacted on 0872830950 to book a place, so that social distancing may be adhered to.

Ruan GAA Lotto 
Ruan GAA Lotto is resuming this week, with tickets on sale in XL Shop Ruan. The draw will be held on Sunday evening in the shop and will continue in the shop until the pubs reopen. The Jackpots this week are (1) €10,000;  (2) €6,000. 
If the Jackpots are not won, five names will be drawn, each winning €40.

W/E 06/09/2020

posted Sep 1, 2020, 3:16 PM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Sep 1, 2020, 3:16 PM ]

XL Ruan Store Opening.
Apart from Brid McNamara’s visit to Ruan on Friday evening last week, there was also a celebration for the opening of the new XL Store in the village. The iconic Dalcassian Shop, which had been closed for a number of years, has been brought back to life by Quentin and Emer Rice.  XL Stores, with Mace and Spar, are run under the  B.W.G. Network, bringing stores to towns and villages around the Country. 
XL Ruan consists of Petrol, Deli, Bakery, newspapers, Payzone (where people may purchase phone credit, pay ESB and Phone Bills and T.V.licence) and a coffee dock, which has been very busy since the store opened on Friday evening last. Between full time and part time workers, twelve people are employed in the business and it is hoped that, with the support of the community, it will go from strength to strength, and continue to breathe life into the village. 

Grand Finale of Walk.
BridMcNamara, PRO of Clare Camogie, walked into Ruan on Friday evening last amid great cheering from her Clubmates in Ruan and a large crowd of well-wishers. Brid was overwhelmed by the support she received throughout her 515k walk “to Croker  and Back” throughout the county, over the past 29 days, visiting all the Camogie Clubs on route. The ‘grand finale’ of Brid’s walk coincided with the Newmarket on Fergus v Scariff/Ogonelloe game in that park on Sunday, and, after the game, Laura McMahon, Captain of the Clare Senior Camogie team walked the last leg of the walk with Brid.  
To date, Brid has raised over €14,000 for Clare Camogie, monies which will be used to enhance the facilities in Fr. McNamara Park, the home of Clare Camogie.  The ‘go fund me page’ on Clare Camogie Facebook is staying open until the County final between Newmarket on Fergus and Inagh/Kilnamona is played for anyone who might like to support the cause.

School Re-opening.
Toonagh National School reopened on Thursday August 27. The staff and Board of Management had been working very hard to have the school ready for reopening and compliant with the Department of Education guidelines. The children were smiling coming back to the school on Thursday, happy to meet up with their school friends after such a long break, and the staff were delighted to welcome them back. It was also a very special morning for the new Junior Infant children and their parents.

Dysart Archaelogical Walks 
The Dysart Archaelogical Walks guided by local, Mary O’Halloran, have proved very popular, so much so that she has organised two more - one to some different locations such as the Soup School, ring forts and Rath medieval church, on Sunday, Sept. 13, and, on Sun. Sept. 26 Mary will lead a walk on the same route as the first one she led from the Dysart Romanesque Church and Round Tower. 
Mary may  be contacted at 0872830950 to book a place on the walk, as numbers are limited to follow social distancing.

W/E 29/09/2019

posted Sep 25, 2019, 2:27 PM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Sep 25, 2019, 2:28 PM ]

Coffee Mornings.
The Hospice Coffee morning was very well supported in the parish last Thursday. Toonagh Parents Association revived the event in Toonagh Hall and raised €560.  In Ruan Community Centre a number of local ladies hosted the coffee morning and raised €305. 
The organisers are grateful to those who did lovely home baking, helped out and those who donated and attended the event, the monies raised all going to Cahercalla Hospice.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Mary Wall, Willow Park, Ennis and Ballyea, sister of Bernie O’Loughlin, Kilcurrish, Fountain.

The u11 girls participated in a Blitz in Gurteen at the weekend, meeting Eire Og and The Banner and taking the spoils in both games. 
They now look forward to their next Blitz in Eire Og at the weekend.
The u13’s played Tulla on Friday evening and Wolfe Tones on Sunday, and winning both those games. 
Great credit goes to all involved in having so many young girls involved in sports at this level and it is hoped they will continue well into their teens.

W/E 22/09/2019

posted Sep 16, 2019, 2:48 PM by John O'Sullivan

Flu and Pneumonia Vaccine.
The flu and pneumonia vaccinations are now available at the Corofin Medical Centre.  Walk-in Clinics will run on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 2-3pm, and outside of these times by appointment. House visits can be arranged if required.

GAA Fundraising.
The organisers of the recent fundraiser have been very heartened at the response to their appeal. The object of the campaign is to raise funds to complete the development of the new Stand, meeting room and gym on the local pitch. The Club is nearing the end of the fundraiser and is appealing to people to donate to help it reach its target figure to complete the works.  Anyone wishing to donate may contact any Club Officer or follow the instructions on the letter delivered to all parishioners over the summer. The development is a wonderful facility for the club and the wider community and it is hoped people will respond to this final push to finish the job.

The death has taken place of Nora Tiernan, Louisburg, Co. Mayo, mother of Tim Tiernan, Ballygriffey, Ruan.

Pastoral Meeting.
A pastoral area meeting will be held in Ruan Community Centre on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 8pm in Ruan Community Centre. All are welcome.

Date for your Diary.
A meeting of the Pastoral Area with Bishop Fintan and the Pastoral Development Team will be held in Ruan Community Centre on Thurs. Oct. 3, at 7.30pm.  

W/E 15/09/2019

posted Sep 10, 2019, 11:51 AM by John O'Sullivan

Crafts Back in Toonagh.
The very popular Craft mornings have resumed in Toonagh Hall on Wednesday mornings from 11am, where an array of crafts are worked on by the people who attend. The ‘cuppa’ with home baking was much looked forward to and those who attended were delighted to catch up with each other after the summer break. Anyone interested is invited to pop in,  to see what it’s all about and even just to  join the group for their elevenses on the Wednesday mornings.

Recent Death.
The death has occurred of Michael Flanagan, Ashbrook Gardens, Ennis Road, Limerick, formerly of Ballygriffey, Ruan. Michael was a brother of Martin, Ballygriffey and Brid Flanagan and Mary Corey, Loughville, Ennis.

Clare under 14 Camogie team took part in an All Ireland Blitz in Dublin on Saturday, as part of the All Ireland Camogie Final weekend. Ruan Camogie Club was ably represented by Neasa Ni Lachtnain, Aisling Moloney and Niamh Glass, who were a credit to their Club. Clare reached the semi finals on the day. 
They were also involved in the parade around Croke Park on Sunday, with the developmental squads from other counties, at half time in the Intermediate final, cheered on by the forty four members of Ruan Camogie Club who travelled in support of the girls to celebrate their participation.

W/E 08/09/2019

posted Sep 2, 2019, 2:25 PM by John O'Sullivan

Fundraising Success.
Mike Gardiner and Noreen Ferns played in Toonagh Hall on Friday night, bringing out the dancers of the area for a very enjoyable night out. The event enabled the organisers to display the latest improvements to the kitchen and outside canopy carried out by the Ruan Dysart Resource Group workers.  The tables were laden with appetizing treats and refreshments were served. 
The support of the community and all who sponsored prizes, baked and publicised the night is very much appreciated.

Lay Led Liturgy.
A lay led Liturgy will be celebrated in St. Tola’s Church, Dysart on Sunday, September 8 at 10.00am.

“Go for Life”
The exercise classes with John Conroy have resumed in Ruan Community Centre on Wednesdays at 1.15pm. These classes have been very popular over the past few years with people attending valuing, not only the exercise programme, but the companionship generated in the group.

Community Based Education.
Michelle Bradley is Tutor for a course sponsored, by Limerick and Clare Education Training Board, on Mindfulness, which begins in Ruan Community Centre on Tuesday, September 17, from 10am to 12 noon. 

Toonagh Hall Activities.
Set dancing classes for children, with John Fennell, will be held in the hall on Wednesday’s during school term, at 3.30pm. Pamela @0876224698 has details.
Traditional dancing classes are also back in the hall, with Tony Smith, on Monday and Friday evenings. Details from 0879002787

Ruan Hurling and Camogie Camp
Despite the wet conditions during the recent Ruan Hurling and Camogie Camp, the spirits of all involved were not dampened, in fact, the group seemed to rise above the weather to make it a very enjoyable experience. 
Eimear Considine who plays rugby for Munster and Ireland, Laura McMahon who plays for Newmarket on Fergus and is Captain of Clare Senior Camogie team and Peter Dugan, Clare hurling star, visited the camp and imparted some important and life-long tips to the children in attendance.
The camp wouldn’t exist without the input of the committee, parents, mentors and coaches who go ‘all out’ to make it such a success and an enjoyable week for the children. 


posted Aug 26, 2019, 7:30 AM by John O'Sullivan

All Ireland Fleadh Success.
Shona O'Halloran, from Dysart, with Roisin Clancy took first place in Duets (15-18) at the All Ireland Fleadh in Drogheda last week. Denise Whelan from Ballygriffey came 2nd in English Singing, over 18 and Liam Jones, Ruan, came 3rd in Lilting, over 18. 

RNLI Cruise to Inis Oirr
Conrad McCullough from Dysart, not content with leading the cyclists into Ennis in the recent Tour de Munster, for Down Syndrome,  was at the helm again on Friday evening when he led the musicians and singers on board for the RNLI Cruise to Inis Oirr. Conrad’s enthusiasm brought a joyous atmosphere to the cruise. His next adventure is cycling in the third round of the Skoda Celtic Series, starting in Drogheda on Saturday, where he will take in roads around Louth and Meath in the Tour de Boyne Valley and there is no doubt Conrad will enjoy every minute of it, with his parents Breda and Brendan also in the saddle.

W/E 30/09/2018

posted Sep 24, 2018, 12:07 PM by John O'Sullivan

Coffee for Cahercalla.
On Thursday last, this parish joined with parishes all over the country in raising monies to help the Hospices which are a valuable resource for families who need their services. Toonagh Parents Association raised €525 in Toonagh Hall and the ladies in Ruan Community Centre raised €245. The support of all those who helped in any way - donating home baking, milk and helping out on the day and all those to attended the Coffee mornings is much appreciated. 

Flu/Pneumonia Vaccinations. 
These vaccinations are now available at the Corofin Medical Centre. Walk in clinics will run on Tuesday’s, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 3pm, and by appointment at other times.  House visits, if required, may be arranged.

Clothes Collection.
Toonagh Parents Association has organised a clothes collection for Thursday, Oct. 4.  The usual items - clothes, bed linen, curtains, towels, belts, bags, shoes may be dropped off at Toonagh Hall from 9-10am, 1.45-3pm and 6.30-7.30pm. These collections raise much needed funding for various activities for the schoolchildren and the support of all who help in any way is hugely appreciated.

Ruan Community Childcare.
The A.G.M. of Ruan Community Childcare, which caters for pre-school children and also provides pre and after-school care for children attending Ruan National School will hold its A.G.M. on Tuesday Oct. 4.  All are welcome.

Traditional Music Sessions.
A lively traditional music session is held in Ruan Community Centre on Monday nights from 8-10pm. Teenagers and adults who are reasonably able to play reels and jigs are welcome, and the notes are displayed on a screen. Mary @ 0863149261 has all the details.

Family Bingo Nite.
Bingo in aid of Ruan G.A.A. Club will be held in Toonagh Hall on Fri. Oct. 5 from 7.30pm. There are lots of prizes on the night and all support will be welcome.

Recent Death.
The death has occurred of Rita Keane (née Kitson) of Loughville, Ennis and formerly of Toonagh, sister of Willie Kitson.

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