W/E 22/02/2015

posted Feb 16, 2015, 10:33 AM by John O'Sullivan   [ updated Feb 16, 2015, 10:34 AM ]
Special Grandparents Mass.
In conjunction with Catholic Schools Week, a mass was celebrated in Ruan School on Monday to acknowledge the role of Grandparents in the lives of their grandchildren.   Invitations went out to the grandparents through the grandchildren and a there was a great turn out of  grandparents from all over Clare and even from Limerick.  They took part in the readings and prayers of the faithful and Fr. Pat O'Neill, in his homily, spoke of the life's experience of the grandparents and the special place they have in the lives of their grandchildren, they're often the best educators and they have the time to give to their grandchildren.  Their role in dropping off and collecting children from school, helping with homework and spending quality time with them was acknowledged and it was a very special day for all involved.

Recent Death.
The death has taken place in St. Joseph's Hospital, Ennis, of John Hehir, late of Drumcavan, Ruan.  John was born and raised in Drumcavan and spent all his life working on the farm.  He married the late Belinda Cassidy and they reared a family of five.   John had a great love of horses, and he bred them over the years.   When compulsory tillage was introduced during "The Emergency", John ploughed twenty five to thirty acres, using a pair of horses.   He also milked a herd of cows, first by hand and, on the introduction of milking machines, he changed over.   He was a man who saw many changes during his lifetime, from the austerity of hard times through to the comforts electricity and transport brought to farming, and he moved seamlessly through it all.  
Due to ill health, John had resided in St. Joseph's Hospital, Ennis for the past four years, and he lost his wife, Belinda, last April.  
His remains reposed in Ruan Church and following concelebrated requiem Mass, he was laid to rest in Ruan Graveyard.
John is survived by his son, Gerard, daughters, Cora, Nora, Evelyn and Imelda, daughter in law, sons in law, grandchildren and  by his sisters Mary Brassil in Newmarket on Fergus, Evelyn Clancy in Dublin and his brother, Michael in England.

The National Camogie Association has chosen the Clare Camogie Board  for the "Best use of Social Media" Award last week.  This award was helped, in no small way, by the efforts of Ruan woman, Brid McNamara, who is PRO for Clare Camogie, and she has brought the profile of camogie to a very large audience, at home and away, during her time as PRO, using local radio, newspapers and social media.  
Her passion for the game shines through in everything she does with the Association.