Ruan, County Clare

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An Ruán
Dromore Castle
Ruan is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°55′45″N 8°59′25″W / 52.92926°N 8.990326°W / 52.92926; -8.990326Coordinates: 52°55′45″N 8°59′25″W / 52.92926°N 8.990326°W / 52.92926; -8.990326
CountyCounty Clare
Time zoneUTC+0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-1 (IST (WEST))
Irish Grid ReferenceR330871

Ruan (Irish: An Ruán, meaning "reddish land")[1] is a village in County Clare in Ireland and a civil parish by the same name. It is in the Catholic parish of Dysart and Ruan.


Ruan is near the Burren and between Corofin, Crusheen and Ennis. The name "Ruan" (An Ruadhán) is an old Irish term for the alder tree, at one time used to make red dye.[2] The parish contains Dromore Lake.[2] Dromore wood is a wildlife sanctuary, with diverse flora and fauna including badgers, pine martens, squirrels and foxes. There are two self-guiding nature trails. The five lakes of Dromore are rich in fish.[3]

Ruan contains the parish church of St Mary's.[4] The Catholic parish of Dysart and Ruan has its parish office in Ruan.[5] In 1977 a new school was opened on the outskirts of Ruan village, and the old school became a Community Hall used for indoor sports and social events.[2]


In 1837 fairs were held twice yearly at Ruan. The sheep fair of 26 September was one of the most important in the county. At that time the villages of Ruan and Dysert each held a police station and each had a public school, educating about 660 children in all.[6]

Ruan railway station on the West Clare line opened in 1888 and closed on 1 October 1921.[7][3] Early in the morning of 14 October 1920 Ruan barracks was attacked by 32 men of the Irish Republican Army (IRA) Mid-Clare Brigade. One member of the Royal Irish Constabulary (RIC) was killed and two wounded. The IRA men captured 15 rifles and 14 revolvers.[3]

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The civil parish contains the townlands of Addroon, Ballaghboy, Ballyharraghan, Ballymacrogan East, Ballymacrogan West, Ballyteige East, Ballyteige West, Ballyogan Beg, Ballyogan More, Bealickania, Bealnalicka, Caherlough, Cahermacrea, Cloonfeaghra, Cloonnagloghaun, Cooga, Dromeen, Dromore, Drumcavan, Foilrim, Garvillaun, Gorteen, Gregmoher, Kilkee East, Kilkee West, Killeen, Lisduff, Lisheenvicknaheeha, Lismuinga East, Lismuinga West, Lissyline, Loughaunnaweelaun, Moymore, Moyree Commons, Nooan, Ooankeagh, Portlecka, Ranaghan, Rathcahaun, Rathvergin, Rinelea, Rinneen, Ruan Commons, Teermulmoney, Teernea, Teernea Commons, Tonlegee, Toormore, Tullymackan and Tullyodea.[8]


  1. ^ Ruan Placenames Database of Ireland. Retrieved: 2012-05-05.
  2. ^ a b c "Ruan Historical Background". Clare County Library. Retrieved 2014-03-07.
  3. ^ a b c "History of Dysart & Ruan". Ruan GAA. Retrieved 2014-03-07.
  4. ^ "Dysart & Ruan". Diocese of Killaloe. Retrieved 2014-03-31.
  5. ^ "Dysart & Ruan". Killaloe Diocese. Retrieved 2014-03-07.
  6. ^ Lewis, Samuel (1840). A topographical dictionary of Ireland: comprising the several counties, cities, boroughs corporate, market, and post towns, parishes and villages ... : With an appendix describing the electoral boundaries of the several boroughs as defined by the act of the 2d. and 3d. of William IV. Lewis.
  7. ^ "Ruan station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 2007-11-24.
  8. ^ "Map of Ruan Parish showing Townlands". Clare County Library. Retrieved 2014-03-09.

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