March Calendar 2017

The following activities are planned for March:

3rd. Friday:

  • Social Coffee Morning. Clayton Silver Springs Hotel. 11 a.m. (Contact Padraig O Conaill)
  • Set Dancing resumes. SMA Hall Wilton. 11 a.m. (Contact Marian O’Callaghan)

7th. Tuesday. Annual Convention. Gresham Hotel 9.30 a.m. Committee members attend.

9th. Thursday: Walking Day

  • Amblers. Meet at Crosshaven Car Park at 12.30 p.m. Walk on the flat along the old Crosshaven/Carrigaline railway. This is a linear walk. (Contact Marie Power)
  • Hillwalkers. Meet at Crosshaven Car Park at 11 a.m. This walk includes a couple of steep ascents, cross-country paths and shoreline. Details have been notified to hillwalkers by email. (Contact Pat Crowley)
  • Both groups to meet at Cronin’s Pub, Crosshaven at 2 p.m. for lunch (Soup, sandwiches, apple crumble, tea/coffee. €10).

13th. Monday:

  • Legal Issues in Retirement. Talk by John Quirke, Solicitor, at Oriel House, 2 p.m. John, a former teacher, will address such issues as the Fair Deal Scheme, Advanced Care Directive, Enduring Power of Attorney, Inheritance Tax. Tea and coffee will be served afterwards. (Contact Mags McCarthy or Claire Bradley)

23rd. Thursday: DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED!!! NOW: 30th MARCH.

  • The Jameson ExperienceMeet at the Jameson Centre, Midleton at 11 a.m. Further details  will be sent by text message as soon as they have been confirmed. (Contact Marie Dennehy).
  • Lunch is booked for the group at  Midleton Park Hotel.

30th. Thursday.

  • Distillery Visit – The Jameson Experience (see above).
  • Camera group meet at SMA Wilton (Room 6). New members are always welcome.


Valentine’s Day Cake Decoration Demonstration

2017-02-23-photo-00000006 Mary Cahill presented a wonderful cake decoration demonstration on February 7th in the SMA Hall Wilton.2017-02-23-photo-00000004

Mary had baked a  beautiful cake and proceeded to show us how to ice it for Valentine’s Day with sugar craft icing.

Everyone present joined in a  hands -on session and learned how to make intricate roses in pink and white. Each person then decorated cookies which were supplied by Mary.

Followi2017-02-23-photo-00000005ng this most enjoyable and enlightening event, we marvelled at Mary’s creativity and expertise.

A voluntary contribution of €220 was collected on the day. The proceeds from the event were  donated to the West Cork Air Ambulance Fund.

The much coveted cake was raffled and won by Della Diggins.

Line Dancing fun


Line Dancers step it out on Friday mornings with dance teacher Helen Conroy. We have  great fun learning lots of  steps and routines to  lively, uplifting music while Helen prompts us as we go.

Dancers dance in lines and all do the steps at the same time while facing a wall.  Among the popular line dancing songs are “Rock me Mama” by Nathan Carter, “Achy Breaky Heart”  by Billy Ray Cyrus and many more familiar  tunes.

This is a very popular activity and gets booked up very quickly.


Mt. Hillary Hike

The first Hill Walk of 2017 took place on February 16th.

Our meeting point was The Wild Goose, Dromahane, where we arranged our car pools, (after the regulation cuppa and scone!).

Our leaders were Máiréad Twomey and Nora Farrissey. Special thanks to them for all the preparation and for ensuring that the walk was paced to suit the needs of the group.

We were blessed with dry weather which afforded us clear views of the surrounding countryside; Kanturk, Lyre, Rylane, Nad and Banteer. After our snack stop atop the hill (309m) we descended along the forest road, passing picturesque woodland until we returned to our starting point, after a loop of 11km.

Thanks to Clare Shelley for the background organisation, which was much appreciated.


Cameras in Cobh

On Tuesday 14th February, some members of the Camera Group went to Cobh for a photo shoot. We were fortunate that the weather improved significantly as the day went on. We started at Cobh Heritage Centre, then proceeded to the town park, followed by the “Deck of Cards” houses and finally St. Colman’s Cathedral, before retiring to Cafe Vega for a tasty lunch.

Garden Visit

On Wednesday 8th February 2017, a group of over 30 RTAI members visited the garden of Hester Forde in Glounthaune, Co. Cork. Hester, who is an RTAI, member is renowned for her garden, in particular her wonderful display of snowdrops.

As soon as the visitors were gathered they became engrossed in the variety of plants all around them. Hester was most helpful in answering questions and giving advice about all aspects of gardening.

We were unlucky with the weather, but fortunately we were welcomed into her home for tea, coffee and cake to warm us up when the rain started. Hester’s husband Paddy was on hand to help too.

Paddy told us that the proceeds of the day would be going to The Irish Pilgrim Trust. Every two years they have a cycle to Lourdes to raise funds. Paddy will be cycling the route in 2018. He was extremely grateful for the donation of €234 by the visitors.

Thanks to Pat Naughton and Mags McCarthy for the photos below.

Christmas Charity Coffee Morning 2016

The December Coffee Morning in 2016 was held as usual at the Clayton Silver Springs Hotel. This year it was a charity coffee morning in aid of the Sirigu babies’ home in Ghana. Joe Lane tells us the story of the Sirigu Home:

Hannah and I went to Ghana in September 2010. We met Mary Coughlan who was there for three years before us, and is still there. She brought us to the Sirigu babies’ home which was set up to care for abandoned babies. We got involved, and helped to repaint and obtain a permanent water supply to the home.

We continued to support the home on our return, through coffee mornings; here at home, and at Muskerry Golf Club.

The RTAI kindly ran their December Coffee Morning for Sirigu in Hannah’s memory. It was a huge success and I was able to lodge €3210 to Mary’s account. This raised over 12 000 GhCedi.

Mary has been in touch and that money will be used for a few projects she has in mind for the home.

I cannot thank the Retired Teachers enough. Firstly to the Committee for agreeing to come on board, and the members who showed up in such large numbers and were so generous in their support. Míle buíochas ó chroí, Joe.

Indeed, our members were very generous, and a long raffle was held, so numerous were the prizes donated. By way of entertainment a display of set dancing was put on by some recent “graduates” of the set dancing course!

A BIG THANK YOU to the hotel, who donated most of the proceeds of the morning to the charity.

Thanks to Seán Radley for the photographs below.