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.