Tech-talk! Social media awareness for Seniors.

A most informative, interesting  and pertinent talk was given to our members, by our members in April 2016.

In response to a demand for help with social media, committee members Seán Radley and Marian O’Callaghan gave an excellent presentation to a large group of members, at Oriel House, Ballincollig.

Those attending had various levels of skill in IT, and the presentation catered for all, with ample scope for questions from the floor. From e-mail to Twitter via Facebook, Instagram et al,  we were helped to navigate our way around our devices with advice on the  benefits and possible pitfalls along the way.

All in all, it was a most helpful talk. For many attending, it whet the appetite for more. Due to the positive response, Seán and Marian are looking into putting on Cuid a dó in the autumn.

3RTAI Cork Branch 2016
Enjoying a cuppa while passing on more tips!
2RTAI Cork Branch 2016
“Beginners and experts”, ye know who ye are 😉



BLUES at Wilton Library – catch it before it’s gone!

On Monday 20th June, a small group of interested RTAI Cork members and friends visited BLUES the Dyeing,  Patchwork and Quilting exhibition at the Bishopstown Library, Wilton Shopping Centre.

The exhibition on show is the work of a group of local craftswomen: Mary Palmer, Moya Geraghty, Kay O’Sullivan, Ailbhe O’Callaghan and Margaret Walsh (Mags). Each piece is unique, and the styles in the work reflect the individual taste and talent of each member of the group.

We were fortunate to have Mags Walsh, RTAI Cork member, to guide us and to explain the techniques that were used in the process from start to finished work-of-art.

Most of the fabric is dyed by the members themselves. The impetus for the current exhibition came from a dyeing workshop, a year previously, when the members learned the practice of Japanese dyeng called Shibori. The dye used is obtained from the indigo plant. For further information on Japanese dyeing processes, see the Wikipedia link here.

When the fabrics had been dyed, the quilters took inspiration from the patterns produced, and incorporated them into some of their quilts.

The exhibition includes other techniques of patchwork; traditional and contemporary. Some patterns have amusing names, such as the Drunkard’s Path!

Some quilts are small – suitable as wall hangings, but the majority on show are full-sized quilts which will no doubt become family heirlooms for future generations.

Click on the images for a larger view.


Having Mags to explain how the pieces were assembled, highlighted for us the painstaking work involved in each one. However, she also brought along some smaller pieces, to encourage us to “start small.”

Mags showing us a smaller piece, for starters!
The RTAI visitors with Mags Walsh.

If you couldn’t attend on the 20th, it’s not too late!

The exhibition runs until 29th June 2016.

Click Bishopstown Library for more information on upcoming events.

Musheramore Ramble

On Wednesday 15th June the Ramblers headed for the hills again. This time it was to Musheramore, in Millstreet Country Park. The Ramble was led by local guide Denis O’Mahony. Walking conditions were pleasant, with just the odd shower. The first photo below is of one of three holy wells on the mountain.

At the summit, there is a cairn of stones, topped by a cross. The summit is at 644m altitude.

Maith sibh a chairde! Nár laga Dia sibh!

Thanks to Helen Waide and Pádraig Keating for the photos.


Holy well


Still smiling
Noreen on duty!
Buena vista!


Interesting Mobile Phone Offer from Three

RTAI Cork has received an offer of a choice of mobile phone packages from Three. These are exclusive to the Education Sector:

Monthly tarriff:

€28.91 – unlimited calls and texts to all mobiles, unlimited landlines,  5GB data, choice of free Smartphone, 100 international minutes plus 100 international texts.

€46.00 – unlimited calls and texts to all mobiles, unlimited landlines, 7GB data, free iPhone 5S 16GB, 100 international minutes plus 100 international texts.

€19.99– unlimited calls and texts to all mobiles, unlimited landlines, 5GB data – SIM only ( no free Smartphone)

A full range of Smartphones to choose from, including the

Huawei Ascend G7, reduced to €29

and Huawei P8 for €49

Friends and family of RTAI members may avail of the offer.

Please call 01-2021662 to enquire. This offer is exclusive and not available in any Three stores.


Click HERE for more details about the Education Mobile Phone Offer.

June events – talks, walks, lunch and more.

The following events are planned for June. Please note that a text message will be sent closer to each event. The Ramblers group will be sent an email outlining the details of the rambles, as soon as they are finalised.

June 3rd (Friday): Social coffee morning, Clayton Silver Springs Hotel, 11 a.m.

June 9th (Thursday): Walk in Ballinspittle Woods, starting at 11 a.m. Lunch in the Speckled Door at 1.00 p.m. Walking Tour of Kinsale for those interested, starting at 3 p.m. (Leader: Dermot Ryan).

June 11th (Saturday): RTAI Cork Branch Spring/ Summer meeting. Oriel House, Ballincollig, at 11 a.m.

  • Our choir will perform
  • There will be an update on current events, from the  committee
  • There will be an address by Mr. Billy Sheehan, General Secretary  RTAI.
  • Lunch. €10 per person. The cost of this lunch is subsidised by the INTO Districts 12 and 16, Cork.


June 15th (Wednesday): Proposed Ramblers walk to Musheramore.

June 20th (Monday):  BLUE: Exhibition of Quilting, Patchwork and Dyeing. This exhibition runs for the month of June at Bishopstown Library, Wilton, Cork. On Monday 20th, Margaret Walsh, who is a member of the group of quilters and also a member of RTAI Cork, will conduct a guided visit to the exhibition at 11 a.m. This exhibition features dyeing techniques, patchwork, quilting and appliqué work, and is a MUST – SEE for those with an interest in needlework and art! Contact Mags McCarthy before Mon 13th to book your place. Due to the nature of the exhibition and the size of the venue numbers are limited. Those attending may decide to go for a cuppa afterwards, at The Wilton Pub.

End of June: Ramblers walk/climb to be notified to the group by email.