Ardmore – the final Ramble!

On December 1st 2016, the Ramblers had a wonderful walk in Ardmore. The Ardmore Cliff walk is a very popular walk, and it was no surprise that there was a high turn-out of members for the final Ramble of 2016.

Since the RTAI Ambler/Rambler group decided at its January Think-in to re-name the Rambles as Hill Walks, the Ardmore Cliff Walk was actually the last Ramble!

After our climb up from the village of Ardmore, the group split into two; the more energetic opted to extend the walk to Goat Island, while the remainder of the group continued on the shorter route.

After the walk we had an excellent lunch at the Cliff House Hotel. We were very well catered for by the friendly staff, and the views and ambiance were second to none.

At the meal, flowers were presented to Velda as  a token of appreciation for all the work she has done in establishing such active walking groups. So many of our members have had enjoyable experiences on these days out! In reply, Velda acknowledged the contributions of others in helping with the recces, organisation and leading of the various walks, and she wished everyone a Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Active New Year.

Here is a slide-show of the day’s views.

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February calendar

The following are the events and activities planned for February 2017:

February 3rd (Friday): Social Coffee Morning, Clayton Silversprings Hotel, 11 a.m.

February 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th Line Dancing Classes. Final class will be on 24th.

February 7th (Tuesday):  Valentine’s Day Cake Demo and hands-on session. SMA Centre 2p.m. (This event is free of charge, but registration in advance is required. Please respond to the text message when it it issued).

February 8th (Wednesday): Early Spring Treasures. A visit to the garden of Hester Forde, 15, Johnstown Park, Glounthaune. Click here for a map. Hester is renowned for her snowdrops, and hopes there will be a good display today. She will give advice on gardening and answer questions. There will be a charge of €6 per person. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided. If you wish to travel by train, click here for the timetable.

February 9th (Thursday): Amblers’ Walk, Ballincollig Regional Park.

February 16th (Thursday): Hillwalk. Mount Hillary.An easy C grade walk. Details will be circulated to the Hillwalkers by email.

February 21st (Tuesday): Opera House. “Murder at Shandy Hall”. Details will be circulated by text message, in advance and posted here at a later date.

Please note that all events are subject to verification by text message.


Ramblers no more!

A very lively and positive meeting of Amblers and Ramblers was held at SMA centre, Wilton, on Monday 16th January 2017.

The meeting was attended by 33 people, with apologies from quite a few others. It was felt that the names “Amblers” and “Ramblers” are possibly confusing, with the result that the walks are sometimes being “blended” as well.

It was agreed that the Amblers will be the walks which are held over mostly flat ground, with some inevitable slopes, and that they will generally be of 1.5 to 2 hours duration. These walks will be notified by text message.

The new name agreed for  the Ramblers is the Hillwalkers. These walks will be more strenuous, but generally Grade C or D walks, of up to 4 hours duration . These walks will be notified by email. If you weren’t at the meeting and you haven’t already done so, please email Clare Shelly, to be included in the Hillwalkers list.

Hillwalks will be notified by email in order that details of the walks can be elaborated on. It was agreed that details of all walks will be sent to Mags McCarthy for inclusion on the blog in advance of the walk.

There were plenty of suggestions as to where we might walk,  and when, so it was agreed that two sub committees would be formed: a Hillwalkers and an Amblers.

The Hillwalkers  committee comprises: Pat Crowley, Kathleen Lowney, Joan McCann, Sean McCarthy, Mags McCarthy, Clare Shelly.

The Amblers  committee comprises: Bart Bambury, Mary Fitzgerald, Marie Power.

Christmas Lunch at Hayfield Manor

On 10th December 2016 the ever-popular Christmas Lunch was held at Hayfield Manor. Thanks to Marie Dennehy  for organising this event.

Our choir entertained us with a lively selection of songs, as we sipped a warm drink in the foyer, on arrival. We were welcomed before the meal by Marie Power who wished a Happy Christmas to one and all. A guest pianist provided the seasonal backdrop to our afternoon, inspiring some of our choir members to burst into song!

Once again the meal was of a very high standard, and the staff were attentive to all our needs.

Here is a selection of photos taken at the lunch.

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AGM and Annual Remembrance Mass

The Annual Mass of Remembrance was held in the Church of Christ Our Light, Ballincollig on Wednesday 23rd November 2016. Fr. Micheál Ó Loingsigh celebrated the Mass with us. The hymns were sung beautifully by our choir. Those attending the Mass were invited to light  a candle in remembrance of those they wished to pray for.

Later, at the AGM, it was agreed that the Mass and AGM would be held in the same building next year.

The incoming Committee for 2017 elected at AGM is as follows:

Chairperson: Pádraig Ó Conaill, Deputy Chairperson: Marie Power, Secretary: Marie Dennehy, Assistant Secretary/Treasurer: Claire Bradley. Committee Members: Mary Fitzgerald, Derry Keogh, Mags McCarthy, Marian O’Callaghan, Seán Radley, Frank Tobin.

Annual Convention: The committee members and Claire Shelley were delegated to attend Annual Convention in March 2017.

Thanks to Seán Radley for the photographs below.

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The Mass


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Ath-bhliain fé mhaise

We wish all our members a happy, healthy and successful New Year.

Planned events for January 2017:

  • 6th. Friday: Social Coffee Morning. Clayton Silversprings Hotel. 11 a.m.
  • 12th. Thursday: Amblers’ Walk, Mahon. 12.30 p.m.
  • 16th. Monday: Amblers’/Ramblers’ meeting to discuss the activities for 2017. SMA Centre, Wilton. 1.30 p.m.
  • 20th. Friday: Line Dancing Classes begin (6 week course) SMA Hall Wilton. 11 a.m. There was a high demand for places on this course, and it is now full.
  • 26th. Thursday: Camera Group meet SMA Centre, Wilton. 2.00 p.m.

Please note that all activities are subject to confirmation by text message in advance and that outdoor activities are subject to weather conditions.