Notes for February

W/E 24/02/2019

posted Feb 18, 2019, 1:00 PM by John O'Sullivan

Junior Camogie Players.
Rebecca Crowe, Niamh Lyons, Louise and Claire McDonnell, four Camogie players with the Ruan Club are on the Clare Junior Camogie team panel. This team overcame Limerick in the Littlewoods National League, in a tense and exciting game on Sunday last.  
Clare dominated almost the entire game, holding the lead to the end in a 2.10 to 0.13 victory over Limerick.

Rural Development.
Ruan is one of the communities which has been chosen by the Board of Clare Local Development Company, through its Leader Rural Development Programme, to participate in both community and biodiversity training for 2019.
An official launch of the biodiversity programme to be delivered by BurrenBeo took place in Dromore Woods on Monday, Feb. 11 last. 

Basketball Final.
Holly O’Loughlin, Larchill, a former pupil of Toonagh School, is a member of Colaiste Muire’s Basketball team which won the All Ireland U15B final in the National Arena on Friday last. They beat Colaiste Brid, Clondalkin in the semi final and met Causeway Comprehensive in the final. 
They will now play in the “A” competitions next year.

W/E 17/02/2019

posted Feb 12, 2019, 4:16 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Feb 12, 2019, 4:16 AM ]

Community Games Art Final.
A number of children from the parish participated in the County Finals of the Community Games Art competitions on Saturday in the CBS School, Ennis. 
Eryn and Tara Moroney both got first place in their respective competitions and will represent Clare in Athlone in the National Finals.  
Blaithin Barry and Emma Cantillon took Silver and Abby Cantillon and Jack Browne took Bronze. 
Well done to all who took part in the competition, which brings out the creative side in so many children throughout the country.

Ruan Camogie.
The recent registration night for the local Camogie Club was very well attended. The girls on the U13B and U18C were presented with their medals by Clare Camogie Star, Chloe Morey, and refreshments were served. It bodes well for the coming season that there is such interest in Camogie in the parish and the commitment of all involved is invaluable to the success of the Club.
The new Ruan Camogie gear, provided by Intosport Ireland,  is now available and it will be displayed in Ruan Community Centre on this Saturday, Feb. 16, at 7pm, where people may purchase any of the items. The gear may also be seen on the Ruan Camogie Facebook page.

The death has occurred of Breid Ryan (Post) , née Cahir, Knockane, Newport, Co. Tipperary, formerly of Larchill, sister of Sean and Frank Cahir, Larchill and the late Michael Cahir, Ballygriffey, Ruan. The death has also taken place of Michael Cahir, Wexford, formerly of Kells.

Clothes Collection.
The recent clothes collection for Toonagh School took in €800, which will be put to good use for the benefit of the children in the school. The members of the Parents Association are very thankful to all who continually support them in their fundraising efforts for the school.

Ruan Scouts held Church Gate collections recently, making €120 in Dysart and €60 in Ruan. These funds will go towards purchasing a new tent and to cover training. The Beavers have started back last week, and meet at a new time of 6.30pm in Ruan Community Centre. 
The Club is planning a Bingo Nite in Toonagh Hall in April, more details nearer the time.

W/E 10/02/2019

posted Feb 6, 2019, 8:55 AM by John O'Sullivan

Walk for Huntington’s Association.
The Toonagh Walk which was held on Sunday, Jan. 13 last attracted walkers from all over the county, and beyond. Despite the wet conditions on the day, there was a great response to the appeal for support and, as a result, Denise Whelan has lodged €7,500 to the Huntington’s Disease Association account.  These, much needed, funds go to support families impacted by the disease, and the walk was to create awareness about the disease which affects hundreds of people all over the country. Great credit is due to all who organized the walk, put up signs, baked, gave raffle prizes and helped out on the day, in whatever capacity, their support is hugely appreciated.

Toonagh Hall and Sports Complex.
Due to the disappointing turnout at the A.G.M. of Toonagh Hall and Sports Complex on Friday, Feb. 1, it was not possible to elect a new committee.  A final meeting will be held on this Thursday, Feb. 7, at 8pm in Toonagh Hall. As the present committee members are stepping down, if a new committee is not elected, the facility will, unfortunately, have to close down.  It is imperative that a representative from each of the groups and clubs which use the Complex are present at this meeting. The closure of the facility would be a huge loss to the school, local clubs and the wider community.

Recent Deaths.
The death has occurred of Ann Rose ((Nancy) Keane, Cusack Road, Ennis, mother of Mary Keane and Patrick Keane who live in Dysart.  The death has also taken place of Maura Hitchen, England, sister of Joe Keane, Ruan.

W/E 03/02/2019

posted Jan 30, 2019, 1:26 PM by John O'Sullivan

Toonagh Hall and Sports Complex.
Toonagh Hall and Sports Complex Committee is holding its A.G.M. in Toonagh Hall on this Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, at 8.30pm.  As the present members of the Committee are stepping down, it is imperative that a new committee is elected, as the community depends on the facility,  which is used by the schoolchildren of Toonagh School, Toonagh Handball Club, the local G.A.A. Club, Crafts group, children’s dancing classes, Zumba dance classes and meetings of various groups, remaining open. All interested are invited to attend.

Local Scouts.
Ruan Scouts began its second year in existence with an outing to Fosset’s Circus in September last.  Thirty Beavers, twenty nine Cubs and a new Scouts section, with ten Scouts now make up the numbers in the local group.
The first few months of this term have been busy and the committed volunteer leaders run weekly meetings, providing fun-filled activities for the children where the aim is to achieve ‘Adventure Skills Badges’.
At Halloween the three sections joined up for Bonfire night, with a spooky treasure hunt, building campfires and enjoying a night hike. On the weeks leading up to Christmas the children worked on earning their ‘Air Badges’. Beavers visited Lufthansa and Shannon Air Adventure Centre and the Cubs visited Galway Airport. Scouts enjoyed caving in the Burren Outdoor Activity Centre, and all these outings were hugely enjoyed by all who travelled.
The Scouts have already resumed for the new year, the Cubs were back on Jan. 24, and the Beavers will be back on Feb.7.
Church gate collections will be held to support the Scouts on this Sat. Feb. 2 before 8.00pm Mass in Dysart and on next Sat. Feb. 9 before 8.00pm Mass and the support of the community will be much appreciated.

Camogie A.G.M.
The local Camogie Club has appointed the following to head the Club going into the 2019 season - Chairman, Aidan Hastings, Sec., Anne Marie Jones, Assistant Sec., Ellen Jones, Treasurer, Miriam Strand, P.R.O., Rebecca Crowe, Registrars, Tasha Hynes and Alice Casey and Child Protection Officers, Grainne Barry and Geraldine Burke.

Camogie & Gaa Registration.
Ruan Camogie Gaa Clubs registration night will take place in Toonagh Hall on February 1, at 7pm. A special guest will make a presentation to the U13B and U18C Shield winners and refreshments will be served afterwards. All donations of home baking will be very welcome on the night.

W/E 25/02/2018

posted Feb 20, 2018, 1:19 PM by John O'Sullivan

Art and Craft Classes.

Two local mothers who appreciate the fact that young children are early risers and need to have something to do to keep themselves entertained, besides watching television, on Saturday mornings, have come together to hold Art and Crafts classes in Toonagh Hall. They’ve titled the classes “Cute as a Button” and they’re held in Toonagh Hall on Saturday mornings from 9.15am to 10.45am for children from 4 to 12 years of age. 
Contact Pamela @ 0876224698 or Aisling @ 0863751807 for all the details.

W/E 18/02/2018

posted Feb 16, 2018, 5:25 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Feb 16, 2018, 5:26 AM ]

Medal Presentation.
The Ruan under 15 ‘C’ Championship winning panel were presented with their medals by  special guest, John McGrath, TipperarySenior hurler, on registration night in Toonagh Hall.  He wished the players well for the year ahead and emphasised the need to practice the skills of Hurling, not only at training, but also on their own.
The victorious camogie teams, u12, u13 and u14 were also presented with their medals.   Janet Neilan, who died in 2015, was a stalwart of Ruan Camogie Club, and her memory is held in very high regard and, to this end, the inaugural Janet Neilan memorial trophy was presented to the u14 Feile team.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place, suddenly, of John Mulqueen of Ballygriffey, Ruan. John was born and reared on the farm of his late father and mother, Bernie and Mary, which he continued to farm up until his death.  It became home to his own family when he married Juliette (Finn) from Nenagh thirty years ago and where they reared their family of two boys and two girls.  
John was a man of deep faith and family values, in tune with nature, generous with his time and experience in helping neighbours and friends.   He was a past member of the Parish Council where he was involved in parish development over the years.  He was an avid follower of Clare hurling, travelling to all the games.
The large crowds which attended his reposal in St. Tola’s Church,  Dysart, and the requiem mass where Fr. Pat O’Neill was assisted by John’s brother, Fr. Martin, John’s cousin, Fr. Tony Casey, Fr. Peter O’Loughlin and Fr. Ger Nash, bore teatament to the regard in which he and his family are held.
He is survived by his wife, Juliette, sons Hugh and Justin, daughters Isabel and Emily, sisters Una, Helen and Annette, brothers Fr. Martin, Gerard and Dermot, mother in law,  brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
The death has also occurred of Bridget (Tess) O’Brien, Bansha, Tipperary, formerly of Moyrhee,  Ruan.

W/E 11/02/2018

posted Feb 6, 2018, 3:23 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Feb 6, 2018, 3:26 AM ]

Community Games Art.
The following are the results from the County competition which was held in Scoil Chroist Ri on Saturday morning last -
U8 - Luke Flanagan, came 4th; U 10 - Eryn Moroney came 1st; U 10 – Tomas Barry came 2nd, and in U12 Tara Moroney took 1st and Aoibheann Roughan came 2nd. Eryn & Tara Moroney won gold so they go forward to the National Finals in UL in May.

Local History Group.
Anyone who might have an interest in local history will be welcome to come to the weekly meeting of the local history group which is held in Morty Kelly’s on Tuesday evenings at 8.30pm. Last year the members had a very interesting information night where they exhibited the work they’d gathered to date, pictures and written information, on various townlands around the village.

Craft Mornings.
The craft Mornings held in the kitchen of Toonagh Hall on Wednesday mornings from 11am to 12 noon are proving a great success, with those attending sharing their ideas and hints on crochet and knitting, and enjoying a “cuppa”. 
Last week a number of them showed some children from Toonagh School how to make St. Bridget’s Crosses and were delighted with the enthusiasm shown by the children who made fine specimens of their own.

Apostolic Works Society.
The local Apostolic Works Society, which raises funds and helps the foreign missions, are working towards their annual display of works which will be held in Ruan Community Centre on April 15, 2018. Anyone wishing to donate a sacred vessel in memory of someone they wish to commemorate, or on their own, or their family’s account may contact Eileen Roughan, Mary Marrinan or Eileen Hannon.
The support of the community is much appreciated by the members and the recipients of their aid

W/E 04/02/2018

posted Jan 30, 2018, 5:53 AM by John O'Sullivan

Ruan GAA.
Ruan GAA Club will hold a Hurling and Camogie Registration night in Toonagh Hall Friday, February 2nd.  Registration for all Players (Adult and Underage) takes place from 7 to 8 pm. 
Medal presentations to the victorious Camogie U12, U13 and U14 Teams and to the U15C boys who won the County final will take place at 8pm sharp. 
The inaugural Janet Neilan memorial trophy will be presented to the U14 Feile Camogie Team,and Janet,  and her significant contribution to Ruan and Clare camogie will be remembered. 
There will be refreshments & party bags afterwards - donations of home baking will be much appreciated on the night.

Enrolment at Toonagh National School.
Toonagh National School is now accepting enrolment of Junior Infants for September 2018. Please contact the school on 065-6820143 or at

Recent Deaths.
The deaths have taken place of Patrick (Paddy) Real, Thomondgate, Limerick, uncle of Fr. Pat O’Neill, Ruan;  Mrs. Eileen Dinan, Ennis, mother of Noel Dinan, Beechgrove, Toonagh and Josie Bowes (nee Lynch), Surrey, England and formerly of Gortaficka, Crusheen, sister of Micheal Lynch of Toormore, Ruan.

Blessing of Throats.
The traditional blessing of throats for the feast of St. Blaise will take place at Ruan mass on Sunday morning at 10am and at Dysart mass on Sunday evening at 7pm.  Candles for home and church use will also be blessed at both masses and anyone wishing to have candles blessed may leave them on the Altar.


posted Feb 21, 2017, 12:56 PM by John O'Sullivan

Zumba Comes to Toonagh.
A Zumba fitness class starts in Toonagh Hall Thurs. 23rd Feb. 8pm. Anyone wishing to take up this fun fitness class is welcome to come to the hall on the night to see if they would like it.

Activities Resume.
The yoga classes will resume in Toonagh hall on Mon. morning next at 11am and Tue. eve. at 7pm after taking a break for mid-term.
The craft morning returns on Wed. am next, 1st March at 11am, where people can come and show whatever  crafts they're interested in, sharing tips and ideas over a 'cuppa'.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place of Joe Murphy, Maghera, husband of the late Bridie Courtney
Ardcarney, Ruan.

Clothes Collection.
The recent clothes collection held for Toonagh School raised €730, which will be used to buy jerseys for the school. The next collection will be the last one for this year, on  7th May next, when the Parents Association will 'go all out'  to win the bonus prize of €1,500 and they're asking their supporters to be putting old clothes, shoes, bed linen, towels, belts, bags, etc. aside for this collection


posted Jan 31, 2017, 4:42 AM by John O'Sullivan

Annual Apostolic Display.
The annual Display by the local Apostolic Works Society will take place on Sun. 12th March next. Anyone wishing to donate a sacred vessel should contact Eileen Roughan, Mary Marrinan or Eileen Hannon.
The price list is on notice boards in both churches.

Yoga classes continue in Toonagh Hall - pay as you go class on Monday mornings 11am to 12.15pm. Classes are also held on Tuesday evenings from from 7 to 8.30pm. Contact 0858507227 for details.

Recent Deaths.
The death has taken place of Mary King (nee Kierse), Laghtagoona, Corofin, formerly of Dromina, Dysart, at the age of 97 years. Mary was the last surviving sibling of a family of eight.  She met her late husband, Mick King, from Kilmihil, when he came to work in Ballycashin and they set up home in Dromina in 1958, where they raised their 8 children.
In 2005 she relocated to Corofin with her daughter, Mary, Mary's husband Martin &  family, however she maintained a strong bond with her friends made in Dromina over the fifty years she had lived there.  She enjoyed nothing more than family get-togethers where her talented family sang and played music, indeed her son, P.J. even penned a special tune for her 'Mary from Whitemount', which he played on the 'box'.
Her interests were wide and varied, when she lived in Dromina, she was a member of the Toonagh Cumann of Fianna Fáil, she had a great love of animals and of flowers and her sense of style was greatly admired. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren held a very special place in her heart.
Mary's remains reposed in St. Tola's Church, Dysart and, following concelebrated requiem mass, she was laid to rest in Dysart Graveyard. She is survived by her daughters Anna (Purcell), Mary (Hansen O'Donoghue), Aileen (McMahon), sons Michael, P.J., Noel, Martin and John, sons in law, daughters in law, 21 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren, extended family and friends.
    The death also occurred last week of Michael Fitzgibbons, aged 86, of Ballygriffey, in Cahercalla Nursing Home. Michael was the youngest of four boys, including Denis, Donal and Thomas born to Daniel and Delia, all of whom have predeceased him. He farmed the home farm in Ballygriffey until ill health forced him to retire.  He was a great follower of the G.A.A.  and he drove to Cusack Park on his tractor to watch games over the years.  He had been a resident of Cahercalla Nursing Home in later years.
Michael's remains were removed from Kennedy's Funreal Home, Ennis to St. Tola's Church, Dysart and following requiem mass, he was laid to rest in Drumcliffe Graveyard.
He is survived by his sister in law, May, nieces, nephew, extended family and friends.

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