Notes for September

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.

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.

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