On Thursday 14th March, the Amblers assembled at the National Maritime College, for a most interesting walk led by Angela Foley. Although we were greeted by a downpour, we adopted the motto that there is no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothing!
Angela led us up to Loughbeg, where we saluted the manufacturers of replacement hips at De Puy, hoping we would never need their services, but comforted by the knowledge that spare parts are locally available!
Ambling along, we took a secret delight in passing Ringaskiddy N.S. leaving the torch in the capable hands of the staff within. A little further along the road we came to Tobar Lic. A restful pause can be taken here, while remembering some locals who loved to pass this way.
Angela told us the story of Castle Warren, which we passed a short while later.
Our walk took us back to Ringaskiddy village where we stopped to visit the beautiful oratory. This building which dates from 1923 has been beautifully renovated. The altar itself has been carved from a 250 year old section of sweet chestnut. Interestingly, the bell over the oratory door was salvaged from RMS Celtic in 1933.
Our walk took us back to our starting point, from where we proceeded to Rocky Island, better known today as The Island Crematorium. Angela had done her research and was able to tell us the history of the vaulted building on the island, which served as a gunpowder store in the years before Irish independence.
Angela leads the way.
We enjoyed viewing Cork Harbour from aspects which we hadn’t previously encountered.
Cobh and Haulbowline
Roches Point and Camden
After a bracing walk back to Ringaskiddy, we were welcomed at the N.M.C.I, where we enjoyed a tasty lunch.
Our Camera Group braved the elements on Tuesday 12th, to become tourists in our own town! Starting at St. Finbarr’s Cathedral, the small group explored the frescoes around the portico before moving on to investigate the grounds, all the time looking for new angles and vistas. We discovered the Labyrinth, and the difference between a labyrinth and a maze! The Labyrinth is a recent addition to the gardens, and invites all who enter it to prayer and reflection.
From St. Finbarr’s, we rambled along French’s Quay, and took the steps up to Elizabeth Fort. This is a most interesting structure. We were met by the guide who gave us an introduction, before letting us loose on the ramparts with our cameras.
The views from the ramparts, over the skyline of the city were spectacular, even on a cloudy day that always threatened to rain. We were delighted to meet retired teachers from Singapore. A discussion about our cultures led us to jointly give a rousing rendition of “It’s a Long Way to Tipperary”!!!! We wish our new friends well as they continue their short visit to Ireland.
Retired teachers from Singapore join us for a photo.
View from the ramparts
Soon, it was time for lunch. Exploring on foot, we came upon the wonderful Alchemy Cafe on Barrack St. where we enjoyed delicious food and serious coffee!
Our Camera Group meets on the last Thursday of the month at 2 p.m. in the SMA centre, Wilton. We learn the rudiments of good photography from our mentor, Tony. There are 15 members in the group, and new members are always welcome. You don’t need to have a fancy camera!
We also go out and about on photo shoots during the intervening period between our meetings. Our last outing was to Murphy’s Farm, in Bishopstown.
Spring is in the air, and our walking groups have embraced the outdoors with relish! After the cancellation of the Mount Hilary hike (due to snow), our walkers were eager to get out, come rain or shine.
The amble in Doneraile Park on 14th February was well attended, and it was great to catch up as we walked along, as well as over the welcome lunch. Thanks to Nora Farrissey for leading this amble.
On Tuesday 19th, a group of 20 hillwalkers met at Cuskinny, on Great Island, for a coastal walk, along the shore and through Marlóg Wood. Mary O’Brien was our local guide and with the help of Deirdre Ryan, shared lots of interesting facts about the history and topography of the area. Once again, the company was great and we enjoyed the chat as we trekked along, hardly noticing the rain!
Painting classes will take place on Tuesday afternoon (acrylics), Wednesday evenings (acrylics) and Thursday afternoons (Oils) ; all classes are suited to beginners.
Courses will begin on the week beginning 4th of March. Cost is €130 per 8-week course, each week consisting of a class of 2 hours. There are also beginner, Saturday workshops in various art media, and evening classes during the week. Visions school of art is located at Long’s Yard on Tower Street, Cork City. Parking is available for €1 for classes, and €5 for day-workshops.