October Trip to the North

4 night trip to Donegal / Belfast departing Cork October 24th.

2 nights Silver Tassie Hotel Letterkenny and 2 nights Malone Lodge Hotel Belfast.

Dinner, BnB each day.

Cronin’s Coach from Cork.

Entertainment on 2 nights.

3 day trips to local attractions to be decided, entrance fees not included.

Rates: €349 pps if 20 go…….€336 pps if 25 go…….€299 if 35 go.

€86 additional single supplement rate.

Further enquiries and bookings to Mary Cahill 087 2396758 or Frank Tobin 087 2222129

Family and friends are most welcome.

Booking deposit of €50 pp by cheque made payable to Select Hotels of Ireland will be required by July 26th. Post to Mary Cahill, St Mary’s, 21 Bernadette Way, Boreenmanna Road, Cork.

If less than 20 book the trip will have to be cancelled and cheques will be returned.

Tigh Molaga

The Amblers were blessed with bright sunshine for their trip to Timoleague (Tigh Molaga) on Thursday 14th July.

Meeting below the Abbey, we were greeted by our knowledgeable guide, local RTAI member Dónal Whooley. Dónal is a veritable fount of knowledge about the area and its history. He told us the heritage of the Barry and McCarthy families in the area – some lively stories!

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Our walk took us out of Timoleague in the direction of Ummera (well known for its smoked foods). On our way we passed Argideen Lawn Tennis Club, with its immaculately maintained courts for both tennis and croquet.

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As we ambled along, Dónal drew our attention to the various points of interest, which could be seen in the distance. The old railway line followed the path of the Argideen river, but is now overgrown in places.

At Inchy Bridge we saw the original railwayman’s cottage. More interesting, at Inchy Bridge, was the specially developed space for disabled anglers. This peaceful spot is wheelchair accessible, and is further enhanced by a beautiful sculpture of a heron.

 

Following further ambling uphill, we were rewarded with stunning views across the Argideen Valley, and Dónal pointed out certain features of the landscape visible from various viewpoints as we walked along.

Returning to Timoleague, we first of all visited the Catholic church of the Nativity of the Virgin Mary, to view the Harry Clarke windows and the replica of a chalice. The original chalice dates from the 17th century, and had probably been removed by the monks for safe keeping. It was found some centuries later on Cape Clear Island!

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Next we visited the Anglican Church of the Ascension, to view the amazing mosaics and interesting stained glass windows.

Our next port of call was the Abbey of Timoleague. Once more, Dónal gave a detailed guided tour, pointing out unique architectural features and relating the history of the abbey for us. All in all, it was a most interesting and enjoyable walk.

After all that walking and talking we retired for a tasty lunch at Monks Lane!

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New event for our July Calendar

A new walk has been added to the July Calendar. This will be for Amblers and Ramblers, on Tuesday 26th July.

There will be a visit to the Sky Garden at Liss Ard Estate in West Cork.

Also on the day there will be a guided environmental walk around Lough Hyne. For some information about Lough Hyne, here’s a link to Skibbereen Heritage Centre .

There will be a text with more information closer to the event.

Garden Centre Visit

On Friday 1st July, we moved our usual coffee morning to Griffins Garden Centre, for a “Magical Morning” with an informative talk from Margaret Griffin, followed by lunch.

About 40 RTAI Cork members, with gardening skills varied on a scale from “Plant-food, what’s that?” to the “Gardening Gifted” were well catered for by Margaret’s presentation. Some brave souls dared to answer honestly to challenging questions like “What compost do you use?”, “Should you water roses?” “What do you feed your hanging baskets?” and then were able to pat themselves on the back when Margaret confirmed their practice. Others, wisely sang dumb! Better to take notes quietly.

Margaret advised on the best types of compost for different purposes. She showed us the various forms of plant food and explained their uses. She showed us how to plant trailing plants in baskets or containers. We got lots of tips on the best plants to use in various parts of the garden. We also learned how to help slugs die happy!

Finally, Margaret planted a beautiful window box, and raffled it among those present. Congratulations to the lucky winner, Anne Lande!

After the session with Margaret, we adjourned to the cafe for a delicious lunch, and a long chat into the afternoon!

July Events

Although the schools are on holidays, the retired teachers never get a break!

Here is the list of events for July:

1st. Friday. Gardening talk and lunch at Griffins Garden Centre 12 noon. Please note time.

14th. Thursday. Amblers’ Walk. Timoleague. See text for details.

26th. Tuesday. Ramblers and Amblers Walk. A  visit to the Sky Garden in Liss Ard followed by a guided environmental walk around Lough Hyne. Further details will be sent by text.