June Calendar

Friday 2nd: Social Coffee morning. Clayton Silversprings Hotel. 11 a.m.

Thursday 8th: Amblers walk in Garrettstown. Meet at 11 a.m Speckled Door.

Friday 9th: Spring/summer meeting followed by lunch. Oriel House, Ballincollig. 11.30 a.m.  Billy Sheehan, General Secretary will attend.

Wednesday 21st: Hillwalkers. Hike in Comeraghs. E-mail will issue in advance to Hillwalkers. Contact any committee member for more info.

 Thursday 29th: Garden visit. Hester Forde’s garden is in full bloom! Visit at 2pm. 15, Johnstown Park, Glounthaune, Co. Cork. Donations accepted for the Irish Pilgrimage Trust.

Drama to continue as arranged.

The Choir is on summer holidays.

As usual, all events are subject to confirmation by Text Message.

April Events

The following events are planned for April:

7th. Friday. Social coffee morning. Clayton Silversprings Hotel. 11 a.m. Contact Pádraig Ó Conaill.

11th. Tuesday. Crawford at the Castle. Guided tour of the exhibition of works from the Crawford, which have been on show at Dublin Castle over the winter months. 11 a.m. Guided tour cost €3. Followed by lunch. Venue TBC (optional). Contact Mags McCarthy.

13th.  Thursday. Amblers walk in Doneraile Park. Lunch. Leader: Mary Fitzgerald.

23rd. Sunday. Three night trip to Westport. Contact Frank or Mary, Travel Committee.

27th. Thursday. Hillwalkers hike in Gougane Barra. Lunch. Leader: Joan McCann.

As with all our activities, details will be notified by text message in advance. 

March Calendar 2017

The following activities are planned for March:

3rd. Friday:

  • Social Coffee Morning. Clayton Silver Springs Hotel. 11 a.m. (Contact Padraig O Conaill)
  • Set Dancing resumes. SMA Hall Wilton. 11 a.m. (Contact Marian O’Callaghan)

7th. Tuesday. Annual Convention. Gresham Hotel 9.30 a.m. Committee members attend.

9th. Thursday: Walking Day

  • Amblers. Meet at Crosshaven Car Park at 12.30 p.m. Walk on the flat along the old Crosshaven/Carrigaline railway. This is a linear walk. (Contact Marie Power)
  • Hillwalkers. Meet at Crosshaven Car Park at 11 a.m. This walk includes a couple of steep ascents, cross-country paths and shoreline. Details have been notified to hillwalkers by email. (Contact Pat Crowley)
  • Both groups to meet at Cronin’s Pub, Crosshaven at 2 p.m. for lunch (Soup, sandwiches, apple crumble, tea/coffee. €10).

13th. Monday:

  • Legal Issues in Retirement. Talk by John Quirke, Solicitor, at Oriel House, 2 p.m. John, a former teacher, will address such issues as the Fair Deal Scheme, Advanced Care Directive, Enduring Power of Attorney, Inheritance Tax. Tea and coffee will be served afterwards. (Contact Mags McCarthy or Claire Bradley)

23rd. Thursday: DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED!!! NOW: 30th MARCH.

  • The Jameson ExperienceMeet at the Jameson Centre, Midleton at 11 a.m. Further details  will be sent by text message as soon as they have been confirmed. (Contact Marie Dennehy).
  • Lunch is booked for the group at  Midleton Park Hotel.

30th. Thursday.

  • Distillery Visit – The Jameson Experience (see above).
  • Camera group meet at SMA Wilton (Room 6). New members are always welcome.


Christmas Charity Coffee Morning 2016

The December Coffee Morning in 2016 was held as usual at the Clayton Silver Springs Hotel. This year it was a charity coffee morning in aid of the Sirigu babies’ home in Ghana. Joe Lane tells us the story of the Sirigu Home:

Hannah and I went to Ghana in September 2010. We met Mary Coughlan who was there for three years before us, and is still there. She brought us to the Sirigu babies’ home which was set up to care for abandoned babies. We got involved, and helped to repaint and obtain a permanent water supply to the home.

We continued to support the home on our return, through coffee mornings; here at home, and at Muskerry Golf Club.

The RTAI kindly ran their December Coffee Morning for Sirigu in Hannah’s memory. It was a huge success and I was able to lodge €3210 to Mary’s account. This raised over 12 000 GhCedi.

Mary has been in touch and that money will be used for a few projects she has in mind for the home.

I cannot thank the Retired Teachers enough. Firstly to the Committee for agreeing to come on board, and the members who showed up in such large numbers and were so generous in their support. Míle buíochas ó chroí, Joe.

Indeed, our members were very generous, and a long raffle was held, so numerous were the prizes donated. By way of entertainment a display of set dancing was put on by some recent “graduates” of the set dancing course!

A BIG THANK YOU to the hotel, who donated most of the proceeds of the morning to the charity.

Thanks to Seán Radley for the photographs below.



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.


Meán Fómhair gan cúram!

September is surely the best month to be a retired teacher!

Fad is atá an saol is a mháthair ag filleadh ar scoil, táimidne ag smaoineamh ar chúrsaí caithimh aimsire!

 September events 

1st. Thursday. Ramblers’ walk Kealkil & Gougane.

2nd. Friday. Coffee morning. Clayton Silver Springs. 11 a.m.

8th. Thursday. Amblers’ walk. Ballycotton. Lunch, and hopefully a boat trip to Ballycotton Lighthouse.

12th. Monday. Choir returns to practice at SMA Hall Wilton. New members welcome.

14th/15th Wed & Thurs. Ramblers’ overnight to Sherkin/Baltimore and Sheep’s Head.

24th Saturday.  BBQ at Lee Valley Golf Club. 8.00 p.m.

29th Thursday. Trip to Madeira.



Garden Centre Visit

On Friday 1st July, we moved our usual coffee morning to Griffins Garden Centre, for a “Magical Morning” with an informative talk from Margaret Griffin, followed by lunch.

About 40 RTAI Cork members, with gardening skills varied on a scale from “Plant-food, what’s that?” to the “Gardening Gifted” were well catered for by Margaret’s presentation. Some brave souls dared to answer honestly to challenging questions like “What compost do you use?”, “Should you water roses?” “What do you feed your hanging baskets?” and then were able to pat themselves on the back when Margaret confirmed their practice. Others, wisely sang dumb! Better to take notes quietly.

Margaret advised on the best types of compost for different purposes. She showed us the various forms of plant food and explained their uses. She showed us how to plant trailing plants in baskets or containers. We got lots of tips on the best plants to use in various parts of the garden. We also learned how to help slugs die happy!

Finally, Margaret planted a beautiful window box, and raffled it among those present. Congratulations to the lucky winner, Anne Lande!

After the session with Margaret, we adjourned to the cafe for a delicious lunch, and a long chat into the afternoon!