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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