Corrin Amble

Our latest amble walk took the group of 24 through Corrin Woods ending up at the large stone cross at the summit. This cross was erected in 1933 and nearby is the historical site of the mound ‘Carn Thiernagh’ which dates back to the Bronze age. From there we had a fantasic view of Fermoy town and the surrounding countryside on this lovely day in April. Then it was back to Corrin Event Centre for refreshments and a quick view of the centre. Our thanks to Ber O’Sullivan who led the walk and for the  brief insight to Fermoy’s historical past.

Thanks to Liam MacCraith for this report.

Class of 1969 Celebrating their 50th Anniversary Year

Join the class of 1969 on Friday, 23rd of August 2019

DCU St. Patrick’s Campus

A chairde,

I am on the organising committee for this class reunion of former students who graduated from St.Patrick’s T.C.( as it then was) in 1969.

We are celebrating our 50th anniversary on 23rd August, 2019 in St. Patrick’s College Campus.

Jim Kavanagh

Contact: dcu.ie/alumnievents

Volunteers wanted For information follow the link below

www.thenextstepcork.org.

Next step is a voluntary organisation and registered charity supporting people who experience depression and mental health difficulties in their lives. They hold a variety of activities and workshops 5 days a week in the Unitarian Church on Princes Street.  They are looking for volunteers to work with them. Anyone interested please contact 086 8257650.

Vincent Murphy, Chairperson of The Next Step

Life Long Learning Festival

The week of 7th – 14th April is packed full of interesting events in Cork City and County.

We received an invitation from Dr. Grace Neville, UCC, to the interesting lecture at the Nano Nagle Centre, to be given by Emeritus Professor Áine Hyland:

Subject: Talk: ‘Education for All? The Legacy of Free Post-Primary Education in Ireland’ – 9 April @ 1pm

For the full list of events in Cork City click here

For the catalogues for County Cork click here.

 

Calendar for April 2019

The following events are planned for April:

 5th. Friday: Coffee morning. Clayton Silversprings Hotel. 11 a.m.

9th. Tuesday: Camera group shoot. Cobh. 10 a.m.

11th. Thursday: Amble. Fermoy. Details by text message.

16th. Tuesday: Legal Talk with Tim Bracken. Oriel House, Ballincollig. 2.30 p.m. Please register beforehand! See your text message of 7th.

24th. Wednesday: Hillwalk. Kenmare. Details by email.

25th. Thursday. Camera group meet SMA Centre. 2 p.m.

Choir rehearsals continue on Mondays.

To register for Hillwaking emails, please contact any committee member.

 

Spring Steps in Ballinaboola

The only motivation we needed was “Anois teacht an Earraigh”, for our 10km walk in Ballinaboola, near Ballyhea, led by Helen Waide. Helen exudes an uaisleacht, such that I suspect we would follow her to the Gates of Hell and a step beyond, if she made to go on.

Coming the week after Cheltenham the early indications were that the going would be soft to yielding. We need not have worried. The pathways proved firm, and wide enough to walk in twos and threes.

As we gradually climbed the 200m to the top, the faraway fleshpots of Charleville/Rath Luirc lay clear to view in a golden vale.

20190320_114235The pace was expertly set by our leader, while Marie Power as sweeper ensured that nobody peeled off the back.

As picnic thoughts began to gnaw our innards – Helen promised a large log that would serve as our table, just around the next bend. The only “picnic log” that greeted us, five bends later, had the circumference of a half-pint beer bottle. Mar a dúirt Pat C. –          “Lag iarracht”.

A strength of our association is that due to a commonality of training and working life, we can absorb new members almost instantly, in shared past experience. I was in Pats with John K. and Kath. Kath taught with Ann whose Dad was a pal of mine, etc.

Admittedly nobody asked, nor perhaps is interested, but the number of men was a modest if magnificent seven of 25.

With the measuring statistic of a 4% chance of rain, nobody was surprised that the minute we stopped for grub, the first drops located us. Post picnic it was all downhill, not re our enjoyment, just the gravity induced race to the bottom. The dry main road back to  Corbett Court mocked the rain sodden locks of the hat-less.

The soup was warm, tasty and comforting, full marks indeed. The huge and colourful dessert plates seemed to me the size of some of our off-shore islands. A quick calculation confirmed that 18.75 plates would tile an average bathroom. Given the loud yellows and reds, and early morning shower might indicate the wearing of sunglasses.

20190320_144849As we finished our grub, the lively chat proved the perfect leaven.

The insistent piped country music at Corbett Court distracted this scribe. Thoughts of line-dancing in Wilton a whole 48 hours away with the incomparable Helen had my weary walking feet twitching to dance.

Travelling out and back with Clare, Mary and Ann, the minute planning and pains taken to offer our members a fun and safe outing struck me forcibly, as the plans for Cape Clear etc were discussed. The vitality of our association is dependant on those who go the extra mile that others may partake in and enjoy our wide range of events.                        Go mba fada iad faoi bhláth.

le Seán Ó Callanáin.

Ringaskiddy rings a Bell

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.

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Angela told us the story of Castle Warren, which we passed a short while later.

20190314_112244Our 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.

We enjoyed viewing Cork Harbour from aspects which we hadn’t previously encountered.

After a bracing walk back to Ringaskiddy, we were welcomed at the N.M.C.I, where we enjoyed a tasty lunch.

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