On 8th February a group of about 20 amblers had a pleasant walk along the banks of the Curraheen River, behind the old Tennis Village to the Mardyke, via the Lee Fields. Leader Mags McCarthy regaled the group with memories of childhood escapades in the area. The walk passed the point at which the River Lee divides into its north and south channels, just west of the Mardyke. Some of the group climbed up on the Shaky Bridge, to experience the “shake” for possibly the last time before its refurbishment.
We returned to the Tennis Village, now known as The Model Farm, for a very tasty lunch.
For our March 8th Amble,17 Cork RTA members met near Lissarda on the main Macroom road (L3428) at the Warrenscourt Forest amenity area, a hidden gem with a gravelly pathway meandering alongside a small river and several strategically placed picnic benches.
The walk gradually sloped upwards around a loop offering lovely views over the countryside and nearby Kilmurry village with its local museum. About 6.5 Kms in total, I’d highly recommend this walk to any group, families or individuals.
We returned to Mai Fitz’s pub/restaurant in Lissarda for lunch, again highly recommended. We’ll definitely come back to both places in the future.
Thanks to Elizabeth O’Connell for the wonderful photographs.
On 9th March, nearly 40 members began Zumba dance/exercise classes in the SMA hall in Wilton with dance teacher Helen Conroy. She very expertly took the group through a number of dance moves and ensured a great energetic workout over the course of an hour. A few stiff muscles were guaranteed for the following day but no pain, no gain, it’ll be worth it. This session will continue for 6 weeks in total and is a hugely important activity in the Cork RTA calendar