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.

Events: October to Christmas 2017

October Events

2nd (Monday)   Choir practice 11.20 a.m.  SMA, Wilton.       Mary Fitzgerald

Drama rehearsal 4 – 6 p.m. SMA, Wilton.    Marian O’Callaghan

3rd (Tuesday)   Drama rehearsal 4 – 6 p.m. SMA, Wilton.                           

4th(Wednesday)  Art Class.   11.00     SMA, Wilton.        Claire Bradley

4th & 5th    Hill walkers:  2 days walking in Allihies, Beara Peninsula.  (Committee)

6th  (Friday)

Social Coffee morning: 11.00  Clayton Silversprings Hotel.    Padraig  O Conaill

Line dancing.      11.00  SMA, Wilton.     Marie Power

9th (Monday)    Choir a.m.       Drama 4/6 p.m. 

10th (Tuesday)   Drama 4pm /6pm

11th (Wednesday)  Art Class

12th (Thursday)  Amblers walk. Rostellan.  (Time to be notified by SMS)

13th  (Friday)     Line dancing.

Oct 13 /20  (Friday/Friday ) Dubrovnik Trip.   Frank Tobin/ Mary Cahill

13th (Friday)      Line dancing.

16th  (Monday)   Choir a.m.       Drama 4/6 p.m.

17th  (Tuesday)   Drama  4/6pm 

 18th (Wednesday)  Art Class

21st (Saturday)  Dinner and Show: Niamh Kavanagh (Eurovision winner) and her band The Illegals, play the  Hotel California album (The Eagles), as well as the Rumours album (Fleetwood Mac) in the Everyman Palace at 8p.m. Group rate €23 per person.

Early Bird options at Isaacs 5.30p.m.

Those attending may choose from 2-course (€23) or 3-course (€26) menu, or a la carte. To be paid directly at Isaacs.

Contact Mags McCarthy

23rd (Monday)   Choir a.m.            Drama 4/6 p.m.

24th (Tuesday)   Drama 4pm /6pm 

 25th (Wednesday)  Art Class

26th (Thursday)  Photography Group. SMA, Wilton. 2 – 4 p.m.   Mags McCarthy

27th (Friday)        Line dancing.

30th (Monday)  Choir a.m.         Drama 4/6 p.m. 

31st (Tuesday)  Drama 4 p.m. /6 p.m.

 

November Events

3rd (Friday)  Social Coffee morning  in Clayton Silversprings Hotel Padraig  O Conaill

3rd (Friday)  Set Dancing  Class 1. SMA, Wilton.   Marie Power

6th (Monday)   Choir a.m.     Mary Fitzgerald

7th (Tuesday) 8 p.m.    “There Goes the Bell.” Performance by our Drama Group, at Cork Arts Theatre (CAT CLUB), Carroll’s Quay, Cork.

8th  Wednesday         Drama “There goes the Bell.” Second performance.

8th  (Wednesday)      Art Class. Claire Bradley

9th  (Thursday)   Amblers’ walk. Ballincollig Regional Park  Marie Power/ Claire Bradley

10th  (Friday)        Set Dancing    Marie Power

10th (Friday)      Insurance Talk by Dermot Goode.

                              LEE VALLEY GOLF CLUB.      2 – 4 p.m.   Marie Dennehy

 13th (Monday)   Choir

14th (Tuesday)   Hill walkers. Mill Cove Walk.    Rosscarbery.    Committee

15th (Wednesday)       Art Classes

17th (Friday)              Set Dancing

22nd (Wednesday)    MASS OF REMEMBRANCE 11 a.m.  ORIEL HOUSE HOTEL

                                      AGM 12.30 p.m.  ORIEL HOUSE HOTEL

                                      LUNCH 1.30 p.m.  ORIEL HOUSE HOTEL

23rd (Thursday )      Photography Group. SMA. 2 – 4 p.m.    Mags McCarthy

24th (Friday)              Set Dancing

27th (Monday)          Choir

29th (Wednesday)     Art Class

 

December Events

1st  (Friday)  Social Coffee morning.  Clayton Silversprings  Padraig  O Conaill

1st                   Set Dancing    Marie Power

6th (Wednesday)     Art Classes   Claire Bradley

8th  (Friday)            Christmas Lunch. Hayfield Manor.   Marie Dennehy

14th (Thursday)     Amblers’ walk. Bishopstown.   Marian O Callaghan

15th  (Friday)        Set Dancing.

Nollaig Shona agus Ath-bhliain fé mhaise!

 

Drama at RTAI Cork There Goes the Bell

There Goes the Bell      

Cork RTAI Drama group are busily rehearsing for their upcoming debut performance in Cork Arts Theatre. The dates are Tuesday, November 7th and Wednesday, November 8th, 2017.

The play is newly written by Helen Hallissey and is a hysterical look behind the scenes of a fictional country school in Ireland. There’s a very large cast and plenty of action throughout.

Helen and the cast have put in hours of hard work and preparation for this production and would appreciate  your support. If the laughter at rehearsals is anything to go by you won’t be disappointed.

Tickets are €15 and are available online at the CAT club website

http://www.corkartstheatre.com/whatson.html or from Marian O’Callaghan at 0864072037

If any member would like to help out backstage or with promotional work or in any way, please contact Marian. Looking forward to seeing you all.

 

Ar Bhealach an Bhoirinn

On September 5th, a group of approximately 30 RTAI Cork members arrived in Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare at lunchtime. Having checked in to our accommodation at the Hylands Hotel, we were ready to head out for our first walk. A short drive took us to Fanore Beach, where we assembled, and after the “Rolla” we set out. After a short walk on road and path we followed our guide Marty Holland, into the Caher Valley. Interestingly, the Caher is the only river in the Burren that runs entirely above ground.

Leaving Cert Geography was brought to mind, as we remembered terminology we hadn’t heard in oh, so many years! The clints and grikes were scattered with erratics! We recalled transhumance, on hearing that cattle are wintered in the Burren to get the benefit of the limestone grazing. Later on we saw plenty of fossils of coral, too.

We almost escaped the rain! Fortunately for us, we were beside an old ruin when the heavens opened, so we could huddle together for a bit of shelter! The views across to the Aran Islands left a lot to the imagination, but we could just make them out through the mist. On our final turn downhill, we had a fine view of Fanore below us.

Back in Ballyvaughan, we were glad of a hot shower. Some of us wondered if we would be able to get out of bed the following morning – but never fear, the full compliment of hikers were up bright and early to tackle Mullagh More.

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Après-hike!

 

Mullagh More

On Wednesday, we drove out to Kilnaboy, passing the Poulnabrón Dolmen. From here we entered the Burren National Park, and began our steep ascent of Mullagh More. The terrain was much more demanding today, with loose stone and grikes to watch out for.  There were areas near the summit that required a bit of scrambling. With the support of each other we all managed it, though. The views were wonderful. We paused occasionally to take in the vistas below us; lakes, green patches and grey, grey stone. Some sharp-eyed members of our group spotted Fr. Ted’s house in the distance.

There was a palpable sense of achievement as we approached the final kilometre. Some hardy souls considered that a swim in the sea would be a fitting way to celebrate! With time to spare before dinner, some people went to visit the nearby Caherconnell Fort, others to the Dolmen, others enjoyed some retail therapy.

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Mary, Angela and Claire at Bishop’s Quarter.

The Flaggy Shore

On the third morning, a leisurely walk was planned along a stretch of coast known locally as the Flaggy Shore. Seamus Heaney’s poem Postscript is all you need to read if you want to know more about this beautiful place.

Thank You

Marty Holland (retired lecturer MICE) was our guide for the two days hiking in the Burren. He has indepth knowledge of the area as he walks there frequently. Marty has walked the coast of Ireland in an effort to raise funds for cancer research. You can read more about that amazing journey here.

Mary Cahill was the organiser of the entire Burren Experience. Hotel, meals, guide, walks and detailed advance information were all co-ordinated efficiently and without fuss. Go raibh míle maith agat, a Mháire.

Clare Shelley supported Mary in the advance preparations, and didn’t forget the whistle! Maith thú, a Chláir.

Go raibh maith agaibh, Pádraig Keating agus Helen Kiely as na griangrafanna a sheoladh isteach.

September Events

It’s that time of year again. The whole nation seems to be preoccupied with Back-to-School, while we relish the freedom ahead! Here is a list of the planned activities for September:

1st. Friday:  Coffee morning at Clayton Silversprings Hotel. 11 a.m. (Please note: €3)

4th. Monday: Choir practice resumes. New members welcome. SMA Hall, Wilton. 11.20 a.m.

4th. Monday: Drama group resumes. SMA Hall, 4 p.m. Volunteers welcome for backstage work to support our upcoming production.  Contact Marian O’Callaghan 0864072037.

5th & 6th. Tuesday – Thursday: Hillwalking in the Burren. (Fully booked).

8th. Friday: Line dancing classes begin. SMA Hall, Wilton. 11 a.m.

9th. Saturday: Annual BBQ. Lee Valley Golf Club. 8 p.m. till late. Ceol & craic!

14th. Thursday: Amblers’ walk. Ballycotton. Time TBC.

28th. Thursday: Photography group meets. SMA, Wilton. 2 p.m.

All events are subject to confirmation by text message.

Call for new Choir Members

Are you recently retired? Retired a while but didn’t get a chance to join our  choir yet? Do you love to sing? Would you like to make some new friends, have fun and exercise those lungs? Well, now is the time to get involved.

Our choir accepts new memebrs in September and January. They practice in the SMA Hall in Wilton on Mondays, from 11.20 to 12.50. The first meeting will be on Monday 4th September 2017.

The choir has a wide repertoire. They sing for us at RTAI gatherings, such as the AGM, summer meeting and Christmas lunch. They also perform at various local events, including charity  concerts. They have performed at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Armagh. Last May they travelled to San Marino for a choral festival!

The choir is a mixed voice choir, and all are welcome. For further information conatct Mary Fitzgerald 0868301195.

“I don’t sing because I’m happy,

I’m happy because I sing.”

William James.