Visit to Camden Fort Meagher

On Tuesday, 11th September 2018, forty four RTAI members & friends enjoyed a thoroughly memorable visit to Camden Fort Meagher.

The fort is situated on 45 acres, 65% of which is underground.  Camden Fort Meagher was occupied by British Forces until 11/7/1938 when it was handed over to the Irish Defence Forces. In 1989 it was handed over to Cork County Council and for over 2 decades it remained closed and fell into disrepair.  Members of Crosshaven community formed a “Rescue Camden” group and, as a result of trojan work, the fort opened to the public in September 2010.  Extensive restoration works are ongoing.

As we experienced for ourselves, Camden Fort Meagher’s location is spectacular.  Situated at the mouth of Cork Harbour it overlooks, for example, Roches Point Lighthouse, Fort Carlisle/Davis, Spike Island and Fort Mitchel, Whitegate Oil Refinery, the Great Island of Cobh and St. Coleman’s Cathedral.  

Some of the highlights of our visit included:

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The hand-cut granite spiral stairway which offered soldiers rapid access to the adjacent magazine2018-09-15 13.19.12

The majestic Monterey Cypress planted by British soldiers prior to their departure to fight in the Crimean War (1853)

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The exhibition rooms, packed with memorabilia and information

 

 

 

 

The knowledge and enthusiasm of our four amazing guides/volunteers which was truly inspiring.

 

 

 

We retreated to the tea rooms where we were treated royally.  To cap it all, the sun shone and we enjoyed tea/coffee and dessert on the outdoor decking while enjoying panoramic views of Cork Harbour.

 

 

 

What a day!

Míle buíochas to the RTAI for subsidising the day’s outing. Thanks to James Doolan and Elizabeth O’Connell for the selection of photos. And special thanks to Seán McCarthy for his help on the day.   P.C.

Glenbeigh, Rossbeigh, on Our Way!

Tuesday 4th of September was the day to catch up with retired friends for our two day outing in Glenbeigh, Rossbeigh beach and hills around to be precise. Meeting up in the afternoon with the group was tricky, as most were so bronzed and fit after our amazing Summer, they were barely recognisable…. Anyhow, we had a super sunny walk around Rossbeigh beach, full of fascinating facts supplied by our great guide and photographer, James!

A very reasonably priced and enjoyable dinner in the Towers Hotel that night allowed for more catch-up and anticipation for the next morning’s trek over the mountain around the bay.

           Again, James guided us around our much longer walk with skill and learning opportunities, giving us frequent ministops for photo ops. The mist which had threatened to obscure the stunning views finally lifted and a rainbow beckoned us to look over the bay to Inch beach away in the distance. Sustenance was provided by wonderful conversation and stuffing our faces with blackberries, (at least I did!) on the road downwards and home to the Rossbeigh beach below.
          This walker feels energised and ready for more enjoyable gatherings this Autumn , in the friendly company of the RTAI Amblers and Hillwalkers. Go raibh maith agaibh go leir…..
A.D.

Meán Fómhair 2018

Cuirimid fáilte roimh na baill nua, agus fáilte ar ais roimh ár gcairde go léir ag an tráth seo den bhliain. Seo hiad na himeachtaí a bheidh againn i mí Mheán Fómhair:

4th & 5th Tues/Wed, Amble and Hillwalk in Glenbeigh.

4th Tues, Drama group resumes.

6th Thurs, Camera group planning meeting. SMA, 2 p.m.

7th Fri, Coffee morning, Clayton Silversprings Hotel, 11 a.m.

10th Mon, Choir practice resumes.t

 11th Tues, Guided tour of Fort Camden, 11 a.m.

12th Wed, Camera group outing to Ballycotton.

13th Thurs, Amble in Castlemartyr Woods. 11.30 a.m.

21st Friday, Line dancing resumes.

27th Thurs, Camera group meeting, SMA, 2 p.m.

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Red sky at night, “snappers” delight!

July 2018 The recent spell of warm weather has brought many delights to our country, not least of which are the beautiful sunsets each evening. Our Camera Group members have been very excited about this, and can be seen at sunset, wherever a vantage point can be found. Here are some of the sunsets they […]

July 2018

The recent spell of warm weather has brought many delights to our country, not least of which are the beautiful sunsets each evening.

Our Camera Group members have been very excited about this, and can be seen at sunset, wherever a vantage point can be found. Here are some of the sunsets they have captured to date. The featured image for this blog post is by Peggy O’Brien, taken in North Cork.

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Enjoying the Bere Essentials June 2018

Memories of our 2-day walking trip to Glengarriff and Bere Island.

The long awaited and much anticipated two day walking trip to the Beara took place on 20th and 21st June. We are fortunate to have generous and talented members in RTAI Cork, who will plan behind the scenes, take the initiatives, take the photos and record their memories to share with us all. Here you are presented with a selection of stunning photos by Joe Carroll and James Doolan. The entertaining stories were kindly contributed by Derry Keogh and Seán Ó Callanáin.

 

Blessed with ideal hiking weather, the motley crew under the guidance of Angela Foley, gathered at Jim’s Café, Glengarriff, for the obligatory pickmeup before heading off for the first of two hour and a half gentle walks in the woods outside the town. The views from Lady Bantry’s Lookout were magnificent but best for me was the easy camaraderie along the way as we slipped in and out of each other’s company and conversations, regaling one another with stories short and tall of schooldays, colleagues, history, legends or anything that came to mind, crowning it all with a few songs that would have charmed Lady Bantry herself.
A few of us squeezed in a visit to Garnish Island later in the afternoon and it did not disappoint. Apart from the formal gardens, the Martello Tower on the island is now accessible and worth the effort of climbing up to it. Bryce House has been magnificently and faithfully restored and has a wonderful free guided tour. The group was joined by a few colleagues for the meal in Beara Lodge later that evening which concluded with an all too brief sing-song. Why is it that the singers only get going when the bus arrives?


Day 2 involved getting over 40 of us on the 10am ferry to Bere Island. No problem for leaders Kathleen and Leo Lowney who had every logistical detail sorted- even finding room for two of our cars to be ferried over as well. Leo’s deep local knowledge made for many interesting stops as we traversed the more difficult terrain of the island before stopping at Ardnakinna Lighthouse for our picnic. Once again, there are magnificent views across to Sheeps Head and Mizen. No wonder the Irish Times lists Ardnakinna as one of its top picnic spots on the coast. This was my first visit to Bere Island but it certainly won’t be my last. There is much to be seen on the eastern side of the island where the military fort is situated. Well done to the trip organisers and walk leaders for arranging two wonderful days walking. D. K.

 

Put your trust in Kathleen and Leo Lowney! Recently they led almost 40 of us in a two-day outing. Like the best of generals they were lucky, picking perfect weather many months in advance.
We came under starter’s orders on Day 1 in a welcoming coffee house in Glengarriff. Two short walks followed in the nearby woods, and within sight of Lady Bantry’s view the group burst into spontaneous song. For most, Day 1 was a réamh-rá for our overseas adventure of Day 2.
Our mini cruise to Bere Island in such perfect conditions could have been to a sunny Greek isle. Our west end walk always in sight of the ocean, was uplifting. Our picnic was eaten with the sea to infinity, down below us. Climbing up the steep hill to the ruined Martello tower gave a worthy sense of achievement to our outing.


Walking my first return to Bere Island since 1969 I remembered the U.S moon landing and our climbing of Hungry Hill on the very same day. Conspiracy theorists have their doubts about the moon trip…..
Bere and hungry as ever, Hungry Hill beckoned us back to the mainland…. The end of a perfect adventure.
Thus ends our walking programme until September. Clare Shelley, Mary Cahill and Coiste leave us much in their debt. S. Ó. C.

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