Invitation to Downpatrick with the choir – An exciting opportunity for all

The RTAI Cork Choir are travelling to Downpatrick for weekend of March 10 the to 12 th.
Comfortable coach leaving Cork from Bishopstown GAA club grounds at 9 am on Friday 10 th. Coffee stop at Avoca on the way. On to Sliabh Donard (4* +) hotel in Newcastle where you could enjoy spa and the good life!
Staying in hotel for 2 nights at rate of £ 240 for 2 people sharing, B+B.
( We got special rate)
Cost of bus somewhere around 55 / 60 EURO. On return journey stop at Lawlors hotel in Naas for carvery lunch, or coffee etc.
If anyone would like to come with us and hear us sing in Downpatrick Cathedral and around Saint Patrick’s grave, and enjoy a weekend up north,  call Judy McCarthy on 0868745963.
We’d love company!!!!

Ath-bhliain fé mhaise

We wish all our members a happy, healthy and successful New Year.

Planned events for January 2017:

  • 6th. Friday: Social Coffee Morning. Clayton Silversprings Hotel. 11 a.m.
  • 12th. Thursday: Amblers’ Walk, Mahon. 12.30 p.m.
  • 16th. Monday: Amblers’/Ramblers’ meeting to discuss the activities for 2017. SMA Centre, Wilton. 1.30 p.m.
  • 20th. Friday: Line Dancing Classes begin (6 week course) SMA Hall Wilton. 11 a.m. There was a high demand for places on this course, and it is now full.
  • 26th. Thursday: Camera Group meet SMA Centre, Wilton. 2.00 p.m.

Please note that all activities are subject to confirmation by text message in advance and that outdoor activities are subject to weather conditions.

Féilire na Nollag 2016

Seo thíos na himeachtaí atá beartaithe  ag RTAI Chorcaí do mhí na Nollag:

1st. Thursday. Ramblers Walk. Meet Ardmore beach car park at 11.45 a.m. for 12 start.     Lunch in the Cliff House Hotel.

2nd. Friday. Charity Coffee Morning. Clayton Silversprings Hotel. 11 a.m.

  • Envelopes will be available for your donation.
  • You are invited to bring a gift to be raffled.
  • Raffle tickets will be on sale.
  • A group of RTAI set-dancers will perform.

2nd. Friday. Our Choir will perform at a special concert in aid of Enable Ireland Respite Bus Fund and L’Arche Community. Venue Way of the Cross Church, Togher, 8 p.m. Various choirs and music ensembles will perform at the concert. A voluntary contribution will be accepted.

6th. Tuesday. Photography Group meet at Ballincollig Park (Western entrance) 11 a.m.

10th. Saturday. Christmas Lunch. Hayfield Manor.

  • 12.30 p.m. Our Choir will perform in the foyer. Mulled wine/juice reception.
  • 1.00 p.m. Lunch will be served.

Beannachtaí na Nollag oraibh uilig.


Summer Meeting 2016

The summer meeting of our branch was held at Oriel House on Saturday June 11th 2016.

Our Choir opened the proceedings with a beautiful rendition of “How can I keep from Singing” and the ever-popular “Song for Ireland”. (The Choir is now on summer break, and will be welcoming new members in September).

About 120 members were present at the meeting. We are grateful to INTO Districts 12 and 16 for subsidising the cost of the wonderful meal. We welcomed Mr. John Driscoll CEC rep District 12,  Ms. Emma Dineen, past President INTO and Ms. Kathleen Lowney, acting Chairperson District 12.

The meeting was addressed by Mr. Billy Sheehan, President of RTAI. 

The most recent Comhnasc has news in relation to many pertinent issues. Billy brought us up to date on these and other issues.

  • A summary of the points addressed by Billy is given below:

Public Sector Pension Reduction – restoration scales up to and including 2018.


  • From 1-1-2017 €26,000 exempt from PSPR
  • From 1-1-2018 €34,132 exempt from PSPR


  • There will be a reduction in the amount of PSPR to be paid.


  • Nil payable at present


  • PSPR payable since July 2013
  • 1 January 2018 – nil payable



  • Since 29th April 2016 all those teaching in schools must be vetted by the National Vetting Bureau.  A declaration that vetting is pending will no longer suffice.
  • Teaching Council website
  • For  volunteer work Circular 63/2010 still applies.
  • VHI DEDUCTIONS – it is essential to complete and return the authorisation form for deduction at source. From January 1st 2017 the DES will only continue deductions for those retirees who have signed the Authorisation form.
  • MED 1 form for 2015. If you were refunded less than you expected for 2015, this could be because 2015 had a FORTNIGHT 27 in the tax year. If this applies to you, you should contact the Revenue Office telling them that Fortnigt 27 applies in your case. (This occurs in a year when the 1st of January and 31st December fall on a Thursday).
  • Pension parity/Peer Link. The RTAI and INTO continue to fight for the payment of the benchmark award to Principals and Deputy Principals.
  • The legal status of the Association needs to be established. This is being undertaken at present.
  • A Solidarity Fund has been established by the Association.
  • A survey of members in relation to  Comhnasc is being undertaken.
  • The RTAIreland website is due to be reconstructed, following the survey of members.

Pictured at the summer meeting in Oriel House

Front Row L-R: Clare Bradley (Treasurer), Kathleen Lowney (D12), Marie Dennehy (Secretary), Billy Sheehan (General Secretary) Velda Ó Brádaigh (Cathaoirleach), Emma Dineen (outgoing President INTO), John Driscoll (CEC, D12).

Back row L-R: Committee members, Pádraig Ó Conaill, Derry Keogh, Mags McCarthy, Marian O’Callaghan, Frank Tobin, Seán Radley. (Photo: Bridie O’ Brien).

Back to Doh – Re – Mi

Our choir recently participated in the St. Patrick’s festival, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh. Choir member, Seán Ó Callanáin reflects on their experiences…

… I like to think that exposure to choral music in one’s youth is akin to hosting a recurring “bug”. Ever after, we remain vulnerable to a recall to active choral service.

Mary Fitzgerald deserves much praise for offering RTAI Cork members a happy reacquaintance with choral membership. Our early efforts in 2011 were of the “Ar mhaithe leis féin a dheineann an cat crónán”. However, and somewhat to our surprise, invitations began to arrive, asking us to sing in public.

With the appointment of Mary G O’ Brien as conductor, we began to bloom.

The weekend of March 12th 2016 saw the choir embark on its most ambitious challenge to date. We were invited to participate in a televised St. Patrick’s Day Special in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh. In a joint venture with “Cantabile” a leading Cork female choir, we were honoured to give the first performance of our conductor’s commissioned work, “Reflections on Peace“. We also joined the massed choirs for 4 other pieces.

The extra rehearsals required, plus our response to a challenge, brought out in each of us our “Inner Cór – Fhéile – child”, with the expeced adrenaline surge and enhanced performance thankfully delivered.

The long trek to Armagh added to making our choral adventure a tad exotic! To see the inner workings of television content in the making was fascinating. We could but wonder how the overall musical director, John Anderson kept the 450 choral singers at one. Dance, poetry and solo singing were leaven to the choral feast on offer. For RTAI Cork members it was a wonderful opportunity to take part in something bigger than ourselves and be able to hold our heads high.

You can watch us here at Minute 40.

The post-performance  sing-song was epic. Not even the “pipe-bomb” explosion in a nearby street, heard by many of us, managed to dampen our spirits!

The blushes of a choir member who asked the new Archbishop of Armagh, “Are you one of the Singing Priests?” will be spared…. for now!

Somewhere between our “Tosú lag” and now, we have become a happy singing community.

DSC_0012Come Sing with Us!

Go raibh maith agaibh, Derry, Ger agus Edel, as ucht na griangrafanna a sheoladh isteach.

Even more have been added!

Here’s a link to the Cantabile Blog