Trip to Dubrovnik

 

Recently 50 RTA Cork members and friends/spouses spent a week in Dubrovnik , Croatia. Exceptional weather ensured we saw the area at its best and let us partake in so many activities. We stayed at the hotel Valamar Club which had a lovely pool area, near a rocky beach. Nightly entertainment was provided but we made our own, Cork style! More anon.

Our brilliant informative guide, Suzanne took us on a half day tour of the old city of Dubrovnik with its spectacular surrounding walls, harbour area, cafe culture, museums,cable car and quirky shops. Some returned later in the week for concerts and other nightlife.

We had a days boat trip to the Eliphite islands with opportunities for walking, swimming and mighty Craic on board singing along with 2 musicians.

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The breathtakingly beautiful , long and winding bay of Kotor, Montenegro.( 25km)
Sometimes referred to as a fjord , it is in fact a ria..a sunken river.

A tour to Montenegro brought us to the town of Kotor with its dramatic fortified walls protecting the old medieval buildings and squares within. A magical place indeed.

The Cathedral of St Tryphon, Kotor with Lovcen Mountain of the Dinaric Alps range in the background

The camaraderie among the group was extraordinary. No ‘singleton’was left alone. People grouped and regrouped and shared information on places to go, optional activities, taxi sharing etc.   This resulted in exploring Cavtat,a pretty harbour town reached by bus, taxi or ferry, the latter an experience in itself as we sailed into Dubrovnik harbour. A loop walk, swimming, eating and exploring or people watching kept us enthralled.

Some people went kayaking for some hours, others explored the island of Lopud and went on optional day tours to Mostar and Medugorje.

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After a substantial dinner buffet each night, some people went back into the city to attend concerts,listen to musicians outdoors and wander around in total safety. The rest of us made our own music outside a nearby pub and a huge thanks to those who had a vast repertoire of songs.

Hurricane Ophelia seemed so far away as we wallowed in 20 deg pristine clear seawater and 26 deg sunshine but concerns about property/power had to be suspended for the week. We arrived back to Dublin as storm Brian was arriving so reality hit immediately but plans are already being formed for 2018. As go brach linn aris le Cunamh De.

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Our Lady of the Rocks Church, on a man made ‘islet’ in Kotor Bay..(Long local legend)!!)Though it’s a Christian Church it looks somewhat like a mosque, this was so that any maritime invaders would mistake it for a mosque and not attack or destroy it.

 

Here is a slide-show of memories. Thanks to Eileen O’Driscoll and Mary Barnes.

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There Goes the Bell

Paddy O’Brien as Ophelia

The first two performances of the Cork RTAI Drama group’s “There Goes the Bell” are now fully booked out. Thanks to all who have bought tickets for this event. Rehearsals are ongoing and props, costumes, music and background displays are being prepared. Cast and backstage crew are working extremely hard with playwright and director, Helen Hallissey.

We are pleased to announce that two additional performances have been added to the schedule. These will take place on Friday, November 17th and Saturday, November 18th at 8 p.m. in the Cork Arts Theatre, Carroll’s Quay. Early booking is advisable.

Tickets are available at http://www.corkartstheatre.com or from Marian at 0864072037

Hillwalking in Beara

The hillwalkers were active again in October, on another overnight trip, this time to Allihies on the Beara peninsula.

We gathered for the prerequisite tea and scones at The Allihies Copper Mines Museum.

There is an excellent exhibition in the museum of what mining was like during the 60 or so years that the mines were in operation in the 19th century. It’s well worth a visit. And the scones are lovely too!

Our first walk took us past the ruins of the copper mine shafts and over some hills and dips until we reached the tiny village of Urhan. More tea, and a welcome rest, before retracing our steps to Allihies.

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We’re not tired at all!

Dinner that evening was in O’Neill’s in Allihies. We didn’t stay up too late, because we would be on the road again early in the morning.

Day 2 –   “Falling for a Dancer” scene.

We were blessed with blue skies on our second day. This morning we pooled cars and drove to a spot from where we could walk to the old house which was used in the making of the film, “Falling for a Dancer”.

We had spectacular views across Kenmare Bay and out to the Skelligs. On the return journey to Cork, many of the group stopped off at the Dzogchen Beara Retreat Centre.

Thanks to Leo Lowney for all the local knowledge, and to Kathleen Lowney for her meticulous organisation of the two great days.