Notes for September

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.

W/E 23/09/2018

posted Sep 22, 2018, 5:12 AM by John O'Sullivan

Jumping in Belgium.
Local man, Ralph Morgan from Nooan owns a horse which represented Ireland at the World Breeders Championship held in Lanaken, Belgium last week.  Orestus Clover, the five year old horse was ridden by Jessica Burke and acquitted itself very well, coming third out of 150 five year olds in the Consolational final.

Family Fun Bingo.
Ruan GAA Club is hosting a Family Fun Bingo evening in Toonagh Hall on Friday, October 5 as a fundraiser for the Club. It starts at 7.30pm with doors opening at 7.00pm, and a great evening’s entertainment is promised with lots of prizes.

Corofin/Ruan played Clooney/Quin in the u16A semi final in Sixmilebridge at the weekend, with the game going on to extra time. After a thrilling battle, Corofin/Ruan emerged as winners. They now meet Sixmilebridge in the final.
The under 10s participated in a tournament hosted by Wolfe Tones GAA Club in  Shannon at the weekend. This group of boys has made great progress this year, training twice a week and playing games most weekends.  
All the players got game time in the tournament and great credit is due to their mentors and parents for their enthusiasm and persistence over the past months.

Ruan Junior Camogie.
The Juniors beat Wolfe Tones on Sunday evening last in the fourth round of the Championship in Shannon Camogie pitch.
They now play Tulla in the last game of the group. It’s a home game for the Ruan Club on Saturday or Sunday of this week (they don’t have a date yet, unless you’d be able to find out by the time these get in it might be in the sports section?)
The girls in the u13B team had a tough game against Kilmaley at the weekend. Both teams played very well, with Kilmaley coming out on top at the final whistle.

W/E 16/09/2018

posted Sep 22, 2018, 5:10 AM by John O'Sullivan

Presentation of Jerseys.
 Minor Hurling Club Secretary, Anne-Marie O’Donoghue and Chairperson, Micheal O’Se were presented with a set of jerseys for the boys who play in u10’s and u11’s with Ruan GAA Club recently. The presentation was made by Ciaran O’Connor, Soroya Morcher and Ger Cullinan, representing Ruan Gymkhana Committee. The Club had a very busy summer, playing in Blitzes with other Clare Clubs and enjoying their very successful Summer Camp. 

Ruan Scouts, having had a very successful first year, will open three sections this September - Beaver Scouts aged 6 to 8 years, Cub Scouts, aged 9 to 12 years and Scouts, aged twelve to fifteen years.  The group meets on Thursday evenings in Ruan village.  Registration for the new year takes place on Thursday, September 20 at 7pm in Ruan Community Centre.  
The Scouts also may be contacted on, where anyone wishing their child to join, or, indeed, anyone wishing to help as a leader may leave details and they will be contacted by the Scouts.

Clothes Collection.
It’s that time of year when people will be putting away lighter summer clothing and taking out the warmer winter clothes.  Toonagh Parents Association is holding a clothes collection on October 4 next and the members are asking that people might keep that date in mind as they go through their wardrobes. The usual clean clothes,  bed linen, towels, belts, bags and shoes will be very welcome,  as the clothes collection brings in much needed funding for various activities in the school during the year.  Drop off times will be published nearer the time.

Four players from the local camogie club, Sinead Hastings,  Aoife Anderson, Kate Forde and Emily Whelan played for Clare in the All Ireland u14 Blitz in Dublin on Saturday last.  They also took part in the parade of the u14 teams on the hallowed pitch of Croke Park  on Sunday, during half time in the Intermediate Final. They were delighted with the opportunity to represent their County over the weekend.

Hospice Coffee Morning.
Toonagh School Parents Association will host a Coffee Morning in Toonagh Hall on Thursday, Sept. 20. from 9.15 am to 11 am.  This is usually a hugely successful and social occasion in the parish, and it isn’t hoped the community will be as generous as they always have been for this worthy cause.  
The Coffee Morning will also be held in Ruan Community Centre on the same morning, from 10am to 12 noon.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Patrick Cahir, Terenure, Dublin and formerly of Larchill, Ennis, brother of Sean and Frank Cahir, Larchill and the late Michael Cahir of Ballygriffey. 

W/E 09/09/2018

posted Sep 4, 2018, 8:21 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Sep 4, 2018, 8:23 AM ]

School is Back.
Schools are the lifeblood of a community, and this parish is very fortunate in having two primary schools and two pre-schools catering for the children of the area. Toonagh  School had fourteen children start in Junior Infants this term.  It earned an Active Schools Flag in June, which now flies proudly outside the school, and fibre broadband has been installed in the school, which is of huge benefit to the students and teachers alike.
Ruan also had fourteen children come into Junior Infants, bringing the total students in the school to 102.  There are four classroom teachers and two support teachers in the school.  In June, before that year’s sixth class left for pastures new, they, under the guidance of artist, Aisling Moloney from Ennis, painted a mural along a wall in the schoolyard, depicting scenes and people from the parish, the county and the world.  A nature trail was also established in the schoolyard, where the children can interact with the flora and fauna of the area and which provides much enjoyment to all. 
Fifteen children attend Ruan Community Childcare, which caters for pre-school children, for children with special needs and also facilitates primary school children, before and after school.  It is a modern facility with indoor and outdoor areas well suited to the enquiring minds of young children. Gai Hardy runs the Centre and she may be contacted at 0868839132.
Teach Spraoi in Toonagh, run by Nora Custy, is a ‘Nature Kindergarten’ preschool which, this year,  has introduced the two-year ‘Access and Inclusion’ programme. It promotes well-being and self-confidence through nature, sensory, creativity, art, physical activity and outdoor activities.  As well as children from the locality, children from Miltown Malbay, Kilfenora and Lisdoonvarna attend and there are three staff in the Centre.

Craft Mornings in Toonagh.
Now that the summer holidays are over, people are getting back to routine, and part of that routine here is the Wednesday morning Craft gatherings in Toonagh Hall. They resume on Wednesday, September 12, from 11am. People are welcome to come to share tips on knitting, crochet or any craft they may be interested in, or even join the group for a ‘chat and a cuppa’ in a warm and genial atmosphere.

Exercise Classes.
The exercise classes for over 55’s resume in Ruan Community Centre on Wednesday at 1.15pm, under the capable guidance of John Conroy.  These classes have been of great benefit to those who have attended them over the past year or so and people look forward to their weekly gathering where they learn exercises which help with mobility and with their health, in general.

Ruan Camogie
A great year for the Ruan u14 Camogie team saw them reach the county u14 A championship final, which ended in a draw. Unfortunately the replay which was held in Clareabby last week did not go Ruan’s way, and Truagh/Clonlara came out on top on the day. However it was a wonderful achievement to get to the final and the girls acquitted themselves very well all throughout the competition.
Four girls from the Ruan Camogie Club, Aoife Anderson, Kate Forde, Sinead Hastings and Emily Whelan will be representing our parish  on Saturday 8th September, when they line-out for Clare in Dublin, at the inter-county all Ireland u14 Camogie Blitz, and the support of the community is fully behind them.

W/E 02/09/2018

posted Aug 28, 2018, 12:42 PM by John O'Sullivan

Ruan/Dysart Community First Responder (CFR) Group
At a meeting on July 19 last, it was decided to plan a follow-on meeting on Monday 3rd September in Ruan Hall 7:30pm to get a CFR group up and running in the parish.  The National Ambulance Service support organisations in setting up and running these groups so this will be a great opportunity for anyone wishing to be in this group who will be first responders in conjunction with the Defibrillator in Ruan and the one which will shortly be installed outside Toonagh Hall.

All Ireland Fleadh Ceoil.
A number of people from the parish were successful at the All Ireland Fleadh Ceoil held in Drogheda recently. Eve O’Connor came first in Fiddle (12-15), her sister, Lily O’Connor came first in Irish Harp (15-18) and their sister Maisie O’Connor is in Tulog Ceili Band u12 which came first.   
Tierna Casey was presented with the Cup on behalf of Inis Og Ceili Band which come first in (12-15) section. 
Gary Shannon’s Burren Group came second in under 12’s. Liam Jones come second In Whistling (o18) and first in Lilting (o18).

Summer Camp.
The local GAA field was a hive of activity last week as one hundred and twenty children took part in a coaching camp organised by the Ruan Club.  They enjoyed a very high standard of coaching, but, more importantly, they had great fun over the week.  On the last day an Ice-Cream Van visited, they had a Dunk Tank, which provided great hilarity and a Bouncing Castle which was a big hit with the children and adults alike.
There were a number of leagues played, with the senior league final proving very exciting. Each child was presented with a certificate by Clare Senior Hurling Star, Peter Duggan. Peter was very generous with his time, signing every jersey and teaching the children skills. 
The Club is very grateful to Noel O’Donoghue who made and donated twenty Hurleys for a raffle. 
Sean Cullinan was head coach, very ably assisted by a coaching team of  Louise McDonnell,  Aoife Griffin, Barry Heaney, Alice Casey, Rebecca Crowe, Gerry Fox, Robin Mounsey, Cian O’Donoghue, Anne McMahon, Brian Roughan, Noel O’Donoghue, George Pilkington, Alan McDonnell and Shane O’Loughlin, and hard-working Minor Club Secretary, Anne Marie O’Donoghue.

The u14A Camogie final replay will be held in Fr. McNamara Park on this Friday, Aug. 31 at 6.30pm. The girls would be delighted with the support of the community as they take on Truagh/Clonlara in the final.

Under 15 County Hurling.
Darragh McInerney, a member of Ruan GAA Club, played with the Clare u15 hurlers which overcame Tipperary in the All Ireland Arrabawn Championship at the weekend.  Ryan Power, Shane Punch and Jack Lyons are so on the panel.

Mass Times.
The first Mass in the new schedule for Imeall Boirne Cluster will be celebrated in Dysart on Saturday, September 1st at 8pm and will be the Mass of Anniversaries.  Weekend Masses for the rest of the month in this parish will be in Ruan on Saturday evenings at 8pm. 
This will be the pattern for the next six months, when it will be reviewed, in conjunction with the other parishes in the Cluster.

W/E 24/09/2017

posted Sep 20, 2017, 1:09 PM by John O'Sullivan

Talk for Parents.
All parents of First Holy Communion children in the  parish are invited to a talk by Fr. Ger Fitzgerald in Ruan Community Centre on Tue. next, 26th Sept., at 8pm.

Wedding Bells.
The wedding took place in St. Mary's Church, Ruan on Friday last of Niamh Daffy, daughter of the late Gerry and Maura Daffy of Ruan, and Warren McDonald, son of Catherine McDonald and the late Christopher McDonald of Bray, Co. Wicklow. Bridesmaids were Hazel Byrne and Leona Doherty, while groomsmen were Mark Hind and Philip Ryan. Junior groomsmen were Niamh & Warren's son, Gerry, and Niamh's nephew, Aaron Quirke.
The celebrant was Fr. Tom Fitzpatrick. The reception was held in Bunratty Castle Hotel. Following their honeymoon,  the couple will reside in Tralee, Co. Kerry where they have been based for a number of years.

Clare Stages Rally.
There was a great turnout at vantage points in the parish over the various stages in the Clare Stages Rally on Sunday last. Local interest was spurred on by the participation a number of local rally drivers in the Rally. Anthony O'Halloran with his co-pilot Charlie McEnery came 3rd overall in Class 14,driving a Ford Escort;  Declan O'Regan with Larry O'Halloran as co pilot came 10th in Class 11f and Adrian Hynes had  hard luck having to retire due to engine trouble.
The weather on the day meant that the crowds came out in large numbers and to finish off the day, Michael Flavin provided the entertainment in a marquee in Ruan.

Cahercalla Hospice Coffee Morning.
A number of ladies from Toonagh Parents Association hosted the Coffee Morning in Toonagh Hall on Thursday last, raising €587. The contribution of the children in Toonagh school, the teachers and locals, and all who baked and helped out on the day is much appreciated. 
The Coffee Morning was also held in  Ruan Community Centre, where €120 was raised. 
This is a great contribution from the parish and it is much appreciated by the Hospice in Cahercalla.


W/E 17/09/2017

posted Sep 12, 2017, 2:28 AM by John O'Sullivan

Ruan u13 Camogie team got their B championship campaign off to a winning start when they hosted St Josephs last week. The match was played at a very high standard with excellent skills on show. 
Ruan was on the up from the start and steadily build a commanding lead throughout the 1st half, leading 3:3 to no score at halftime.  With the aid of a light breeze in the 2nd half St Josephs girls raised their game, however Ruan never looked in any danger, displaying great effort, skills and determination, coming out in top on a shoreline of 5:5 to 1:3. 

County U16B Final.

Sixmilebridge hosted the U16B county final held on Sunday 10thSeptember between Ruan and Clooney Quin. The sides already met in the second round when Clooney won 1-17 to 2-11. Ruan got off to a good start getting the first score of the game, a goal from corner forward Jack McDonagh. Clooney Quin hit right back with a goal off their own followed up by 3 points. Patrick O Halloran got a point back for Ruan before Clooney Quin hit another 2 goals leaving the score 3-3 to 1-1 in favour of Clooney. Another goal came late in the first half by Ruan full forward Shane Punch but Clooney had the last say before half time getting 3 points before the break.Half time score saw Clooney leading 3-6 to 2-1.

Ruan needed a good start to the second half and they did just that by scoring 3 points, 2 frees from Shane Punch and 1 from play by Ashley Brohan Kavanagh. Then Clooney hit 3 of their own leaving the score 3-9 to 2-5. Ruan captain Robin Mounsey got 2 points while Clooney Quin got another score to leave it 3-10 to 2-6. With Ruan needing a goal they got it through Robin Mounsey leaving 4 points in it with 5 minutes to go. But thats as good as it got for Ruan as Clooney Quin scored 1-1 without reply to leave it 4-11 to 3-6. Neither team scored for the remainder of the game which saw Clooney Quin crowned county champions.

The Ruan team line out was Cian O Donoghue, Liam Moran, Jack Lyons, Jason Power, Patrick O Gorman, Robin Mounsey(capt), Patrick Healy, Patrick O Halloran, Michael Barrow, Darragh Mc Inerney, Ashley Brohan Kavanagh, Jonathan Barry, Jack Mc Donagh, Shane Punch, Ryan Power, Rory O Loughlin, Niall Foley, Patrick Mulqueen, Thomas O Halloran, Conor Foley, Jamie Neilan, Kealan Mousney.

Management- Cyril Lyons, Petey Barry, Dermot Moran, John Punch.

John and Veronica Bell presented the team with new hurleys before Sunday’s final, which were very much appreciated.

Ruan Tidy Towns.

The Tidy Towns Committee has organised a clothes collection in October. Any old clothes, curtains, bed linen (no duvets), shoes, belts and bags may be left in to Ruan Community Centre during the week or telephone 0864475400 to arrange collection.

Clare Stages Rally.

Rally enthusiasts will be out in force on this Sunday, 17th, when the Clare Stages Rally will go through the parish and will be cheering on our local rally drivers Anthony O'Halloran, Declan O'Regan and Adrian Hynes.

Roads from the junction with R476 at Ballybrody to Drumeer to Kilkee to Drumcavan to Ballaghboy to Tullyodea to Ruan to Cahermacrea to Dromore to Adroon to Moyrhee Commons to Dromeen to Castlequarter to the junction at Tubber will be closed for Stages 2/5/8 from 9.40am to 18.00pm. 

The stewards look forward to the cooperation of those living on those roads to make the rally a safe and successful event.

W/E 10/09/2017

posted Sep 11, 2017, 9:01 AM by John O'Sullivan

Underage Hurling.

Michael Barrow and Jack Lyons, two young Hurling players from Ruan G.A.A. Club, play with the u15 Clare Development squad. 

They played in Caherlohan the last weekend in August, gaining great experience from their participation in the annual tournament.

They both played with  Ruan, on the team which beat Wolfe Tones at the weekend in the semi final of the under 16B competition. 

They now play Clooney Quin in the final which takes place in Sixmilebridge next Sunday.

Lay Led Liturgy Training.

A large group gathered in Ruan Community Centre on Monday night  for the first night's training for lay led liturgy in the Imeall Boirne parishes. People involved in all aspects of liturgy, Readers, Eucharistic Ministers, choirs, those interested in liturgical music and those who are interested in the future of the Church attended.   Fr. Ger Nash and Maureen Kelly lead the training,  and the next session will be on Thursday 14th Sept., at 8.00pm, again, in Ruan Community Centre, and for the following four Thursday nights, and anyone interested in lay led liturgy is in

W/E 03/09/2017

posted Aug 28, 2017, 11:27 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Aug 28, 2017, 11:29 AM ]

40th Anniversary Celebrations.
A huge crowd gathered in Toonagh Hall on Sat. last to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Dysart Toonagh Group Water Scheme.  Among those who attended were Joe Gallagher from the National Federation of Group Water Schemes, his family and past Committee members of the scheme.  Joe paid tribute to the founding members of the scheme and those who have made it into one of the leading, and most successful, schemes in the Country. Special mention was made of Noel Tierney, who has managed the scheme for the past nine years, having voluntarily ran it for twenty eight years previously.   Noel had display boards on show, charting the scheme from the beginning right up to today, and great interest was shown in following its progress through the years. 
Michelle White, formerly from Toonagh and winner of R.T.E.'S 'Taste of Success' was on hand with her Boxty Van providing food, and teas, coffees & refreshments were also provided by the group which organised the celebrations. 
Denise Whelan and her young musicians were joined by Frank Custy,  Ian Keane and Noel Dinan, and local dancers which brought great life to the gathering.
 Toonagh Hall committee was on hand running games and fun activities for the children, bouncy castle, obstacle course, face painting, etc., and Toonagh School was also involved, providing car-parking and use of the school facilities. All in all, it was a day for the community, by the community, and, as usual, when people get together in the spirit of co-operation and goodwill, it ensures that the event is thoroughly enjoyed and a complete success. 

Ruan National School is hosting an Internet safety talk by forensic psychologist Dr Maureen Griffin. The talk "Social Media: Challenges and Tips for Parents" is on Thursday Sept. 7th in the school hall at 7.30pm. It promises to very informative for all parents/ guardians of children, from tots to teens.

Underage Hurling.
A number of boys from Ruan Hurling club represented the County at the weekend in the annual inter-county underage Hurling tournaments.   Ryan Power, Kealan Mounsey and Darragh McInerney,  played in the u14B, Sonny Murphy Cup, All Ireland final in Waterford, and went down to Cork in the final.
Jack Lyons was on the u15 panel which played in Caherlohan.  Robin Mounsey, Ashley Brohan and Cian O'Donoghue were on the team which got to the semi final with the u16B team in Tipperary. 

Fitness 4 Fun.
John Conroy will be back in Ruan Community Centre on Wed. next, 6th September, from 1.15-2.15pm, with his fitness programme. These classes are aimed at men and women in the community who wish to exercise in a supervised setting.  Exercise can reduce the risk of developing some age-related diseases and disabilities.  People with arthritis, heart disease or diabetes benefit from regular physical activity and it can also help people with blood pressure, balance problems or difficulty walking. 
There was a great turn-out at these classes all over last winter and it is hoped people will again avail of the opportunity of having such classes in their own locality.

W/E 25/09/2016

posted Sep 22, 2016, 3:51 AM by John O'Sullivan

Tractor & Vintage Car Run.
Toonagh Hall & Sports Complex and the local area was a hive of activity on Sunday last when the Committee held a very successful and enjoyable Tractor & Vintage Car Run and a family fun day.   In all, eighty drivers displayed their tractors, cars and motorbikes, and the weather even brightened up for the event. 
While the drivers took to the roads, spectators enjoyed the barbecued food, home baking, music & dancing and various fun activities in the Complex, like 'guess the weight of the sheep', 'splat the Rat', and on their return, the tractor drivers tried their hand at tractor balancing. Many people passed the comment that 'you never left Toonagh Hall hungry' and that was proven Sunday, with the fare that was available to everyone.
It was a hugely enjoyable day for everyone and the help and support of all who were involved is very much appreciated. 
Over €3,000 was raised to go towards the ongoing development of the Hall & Sports Complex.

Thanks from Claire.
Local girl, Claire McDonnell from Dysart, with a number of her trainee nursing colleagues, travelled to Tanzania during the summer to work in a hospital in the outback. They met with people living in very difficult conditions, but who were very thankful for the little they had. They worked seven days a week in the hospital and were very impressed at how families took care of their loved ones' personal hygiene there, while the nurses took care of medications and documentation.
The monies raised here at home by Claire, and by her colleagues in their areas, is going towards the new hospital being built in Sinamajiro and will also buy equipment to promote health care.
Claire will have pictures up in Ruan and Dysart Churches over the next few weeks where people can see where the money they so generously donated was used.

Recent Wedding.
Owen, son of Dolores and Jimmy Courtney of Ardcarney, Ruan married Andrea, daughter of Johnny and the late Kitty O'Regan of Cloughleigh, recently.  Celebrants were Fr. Tom Hogan and Fr. Pat O'Neill. Bestman was Aidan Courtney and Groomsmen were Barry O'Mahoney, Brendan Murray, Cathy Loughnane (yes she's female, don't ask), Justin O'Regan & Mark O'Grady.  Bridesmaids were Annette Kenny, Aisling Cleary, Denise Pilkington, Joy Kelly, Sarah McCarthy, Yvonne Scanlon, Meg O'Mahoney. 
Flowergirls were Holly and Hannah Frazer and Abby Fitzpatrick.  Pageboys were Darragh O'Sullivan and Rocco Howard and the reception was held in The Aherlow Wood Hotel in Tipperary.

Recent Deaths.
The death has taken place of Michael O'Brien of Kilkee East, Ruan.  Michael was a farmer and he retired from his position as local postman twenty six years ago.  He was a man known for his deep faith and quiet ways, his honesty and diligence in his dealings with people and  he was a valued member of the local Parish Council for many years.  He was also instrumental in setting up the NFA, the precursor of the IFA, in the parish.
Although Michael never married and had a family of his own, his nieces and nephews benefitted from his kind nature and they had a deep affection for him.
His remains reposed in St. Mary's Church, Ruan and, following requiem mass, he was laid to rest in Dysart graveyard.
He is survived by his sister in law, Maureen, brother in law, Tom Ruane in the U.S., nephews, nieces, extended family and friends.
The death has also taken place, in Melbourne, Australia, of Nonie Kennedy, the last surviving member of the Lyons family of Kilcurrish, Fountain.

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