Amble in Warrenscourt



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.

Zumba Gold with Helen

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

Killavullen Hill Walk

On Tuesday February 13th a brave group of RTAI members travelled to Killavullen for a hillwalk. The walk was led by Mairead Twomey. Despite the extremely cold weather and rather icy roads, a group of 16 braved the elements. We met in O Regan’s shop in the village for a cuppa and facilities prior to the walk. Mairead was a font of information regarding the village. This small sleepy village has been birthplace to at least two famous people-Nano Nagle (no biography necessary) and Richard Hennessy- creator of one of the world’s best known and most-respected Cognac brands.

We set off at 11.30 and the walk proved to be most enjoyable. We experienced the proverbial “4 seasons” in one day. In fact one could well have thought that we were in the Alps as can be seen from the photographs. Snow fell heavily at one stage but the scenery was spectacular.

Afterwards a group retired to the Wild Goose in Dromahane for refreshments. However a number of the walkers had to forego lunch as they had a date with Sir Henry at the Opera House. Well done to Mairead for organising this most enjoyable walk. Next Hillwalk will take place on Mount Hillary on Thursday March 15th. This will be led by Mairead Twomey and Joan McCann. I will send details anon-names to be sent to me -Kathleen Lowney-as Clare Shelly is away.

Spring trip to Birr, Meath and Dublin

The  Spring trip to Co.Offaly and Co.Meath will take place from Monday, April 30th to Friday, May 4th.

Monday April 30th: Depart from Patrick’s Quay, Cork at 10.00.

Visit Roscrea Castle and Damer House followed by lunch in the town of Roscrea.

15.00  Check into the County Arms Hotel, Birr  with dinner at 19.00 hrs.

Tuesday, May 1st: 

10.30 Shannon River Cruise to Clonmacnoise

12.00 Group visit Clonmacnoise Monastic Site

14.00 Back to Birr. Afternoon in Birr town. Visit Birr Castle and Observatory or take an historic walking trail around Birr

Wednesday, May 2nd: 

10.00  Lough Boora Discovery Park

13.00 Tullamore Dew Visitors Centre group visit  followed by lunch

15.00 Depart for Gormanstown, Co.Meath

17.00 City North Hotel check in followed by Dinner

Thursday, May 3rd: 

10.30 Depart hotel heading for Oldbridge House

11.00 Battle of the Boyne Visitors centre visit. Gardens of Oldbridge House and Victorian Walled Garden followed by lunch

14.00 Brú na Bóinne Visitors centre including a visit to Newgrange

19.00 Dinner at hotel followed by music in the bar

Friday, May 4th

10.00 Depart City North heading for Dublin City

11.00 Drop off in Nassau St. for some free time to enjoy local attractions

15.00 Depart Nassau St.

16.00 End of tour dinner in the Westgrove Hotel

22.00 Arrive back in Cork  (approximate time)



Sir Henry at the Opera House

A group of RTAI members went along to see the musical “Sir Henry” at the Opera House on Tuesday evening February 13th. Presented by the Lee Valley Enterprise Board and directed by Cathal McCabe (RTE), this was a most entertaining show.

Sir Henry Brown Hayes (1762-1832) lived at Vernon Mount, near Douglas in Cork city. His story, a musical drama by Cork composers, Alan Kiely and Kevin Connolly, is based on documented fact and Cork legend. Sir Henry (35) was an inveterate gambler and womaniser who created scandal  and uproar while being made Sheriff of Cork city and being awarded a Knighthood.

The story follows the abduction of Mary Pike a wealthy heiress, her imprisonment in Vernon Mount and the eventual capture, conviction and transportation to New South Wales of Sir Henry. The Pikes were  a Quaker family of bankers who lived at Bessborough House. The show abounded with references to well-know Cork places and families.

A stellar cast, brilliant music and singing brought the story of Sir Henry to life in the Opera House. Another great hit for this hugely talented group who last year brought us “Murder at Shandy Hall”.

We had a lovely meal and get-together at Coqbull Restaurant in French Church Street prior to the performance.  Thanks to everyone who came along and helped to make this a very enjoyable evening.



Annual Christmas Lunch

The RTAI Christmas lunch was held in the sumptuous Hayfield Manor Hotel on December 8th. Once again the RTAI Choir enhanced the festive mood with a beautiful performance of seasonal numbers while guests enjoyed a “sup or two” of mulled wine. A very tasty lunch was served and judging by the lively and animated chatter, a great time was had by all. Unfortunately, the event was not recorded due to the absence of Sean Radley with his trusty camera. Hurry back Sean-you were missed!

Thank you to all the organisers but especially to Marie Dennehy for her superb and tasteful skills. A straw poll was conducted and those present voted overwhelmingly to repeat the event next year.

Charity Coffee Morning

The annual December Charity Coffee Morning in the Clayton Silversprings was a huge success. A large crowd enjoyed a very pleasant coffee, scone  and chat followed by a raffle where the numerous donated gifts were chosen by  lucky prizewinners. There was a huge selection of seasonal treats to choose from.

A total of €2,500 was collected at this event. The proceeds were  divided equally between Marymount and Penny Dinners. A huge thank you to all who attended and who contributed to the success of the occasion.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated by the beneficiaries.