Visit to Camden Fort Meagher

On Tuesday, 11th September 2018, forty four RTAI members & friends enjoyed a thoroughly memorable visit to Camden Fort Meagher.

The fort is situated on 45 acres, 65% of which is underground.  Camden Fort Meagher was occupied by British Forces until 11/7/1938 when it was handed over to the Irish Defence Forces. In 1989 it was handed over to Cork County Council and for over 2 decades it remained closed and fell into disrepair.  Members of Crosshaven community formed a “Rescue Camden” group and, as a result of trojan work, the fort opened to the public in September 2010.  Extensive restoration works are ongoing.

As we experienced for ourselves, Camden Fort Meagher’s location is spectacular.  Situated at the mouth of Cork Harbour it overlooks, for example, Roches Point Lighthouse, Fort Carlisle/Davis, Spike Island and Fort Mitchel, Whitegate Oil Refinery, the Great Island of Cobh and St. Coleman’s Cathedral.  

Some of the highlights of our visit included:

The magazine, with vaulted ceiling, which stored munitions and gunpowderIMG_0148 (Medium)

The hand-cut granite spiral stairway which offered soldiers rapid access to the adjacent magazine2018-09-15 13.19.12

The majestic Monterey Cypress planted by British soldiers prior to their departure to fight in the Crimean War (1853)

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The exhibition rooms, packed with memorabilia and information

 

 

 

 

The knowledge and enthusiasm of our four amazing guides/volunteers which was truly inspiring.

 

 

 

We retreated to the tea rooms where we were treated royally.  To cap it all, the sun shone and we enjoyed tea/coffee and dessert on the outdoor decking while enjoying panoramic views of Cork Harbour.

 

 

 

What a day!

Míle buíochas to the RTAI for subsidising the day’s outing. Thanks to James Doolan and Elizabeth O’Connell for the selection of photos. And special thanks to Seán McCarthy for his help on the day.   P.C.

Glenbeigh, Rossbeigh, on Our Way!

Tuesday 4th of September was the day to catch up with retired friends for our two day outing in Glenbeigh, Rossbeigh beach and hills around to be precise. Meeting up in the afternoon with the group was tricky, as most were so bronzed and fit after our amazing Summer, they were barely recognisable…. Anyhow, we had a super sunny walk around Rossbeigh beach, full of fascinating facts supplied by our great guide and photographer, James!

A very reasonably priced and enjoyable dinner in the Towers Hotel that night allowed for more catch-up and anticipation for the next morning’s trek over the mountain around the bay.

           Again, James guided us around our much longer walk with skill and learning opportunities, giving us frequent ministops for photo ops. The mist which had threatened to obscure the stunning views finally lifted and a rainbow beckoned us to look over the bay to Inch beach away in the distance. Sustenance was provided by wonderful conversation and stuffing our faces with blackberries, (at least I did!) on the road downwards and home to the Rossbeigh beach below.
          This walker feels energised and ready for more enjoyable gatherings this Autumn , in the friendly company of the RTAI Amblers and Hillwalkers. Go raibh maith agaibh go leir…..
A.D.

Meán Fómhair 2018

Cuirimid fáilte roimh na baill nua, agus fáilte ar ais roimh ár gcairde go léir ag an tráth seo den bhliain. Seo hiad na himeachtaí a bheidh againn i mí Mheán Fómhair:

4th & 5th Tues/Wed, Amble and Hillwalk in Glenbeigh.

4th Tues, Drama group resumes.

6th Thurs, Camera group planning meeting. SMA, 2 p.m.

7th Fri, Coffee morning, Clayton Silversprings Hotel, 11 a.m.

10th Mon, Choir practice resumes.t

 11th Tues, Guided tour of Fort Camden, 11 a.m.

12th Wed, Camera group outing to Ballycotton.

13th Thurs, Amble in Castlemartyr Woods. 11.30 a.m.

21st Friday, Line dancing resumes.

27th Thurs, Camera group meeting, SMA, 2 p.m.

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