Beannachtaí na Féile libh agus athbhliain faoi mhaise dhaoibh go léir

January 2020 is here and RTAI Cork members have a number of activities to look forward to. Wishing you all a very happy New Year and hoping that you will join us for some of our events during the coming year.  You will receive a text about each activity as it occurs and you will be asked to confirm interest/attendance by return text.

Féilire Eanair 2020

Seo thíos na himeachtaí a bheidh ar siúl i Mí Eanair

Friday, January 3rd  Social Coffee Morning Clayton Silversprings hotel                                organised  by Pádraig Ó Conaill

Thursday, January 9th  Amble, Compass Hill, Kinsale organised by Clare Shelly and notified by text.

Friday, January 10th  Visit to Collins Barracks at 2 p.m. organised by Mary  Cahill. Notification by text. Free of charge.

Thursday, January 16th:    2.30 p.m Walking “Think-In” in SMA, Wilton. Ambles and Hillwalks will be planned for 2020

Line Dancing with Helen Conroy will commence at the end of January and a text will issue. Early booking is advised. Seán McCarthy and Mary Cahill are the organisers.

Hillwalkers have been notified by email of the upcoming Hillwalk in Kinsale on Thursday, January 9th led by Angela Foley

Sicily is the destination for the annual RTAI Cork Trip in September 2020. Notification was sent before Christmas and there was great interest in this hugely popular event.  Mary Cahill and Frank Tobin organised and surprised us with an early “reveal”.

Drama, Choir and Camera club will be in contact with members when activities resume. For more information about any of the events/groups  and if, for any reason, you are not in receipt of texts or emails please contact Marian at 0864072037 or o.marian23@gmail.com

 

Stepping into Tír na n-Óg

 

I wish to acknowledge and praise all in RTAI who so enrich our retirement.  Through their inspiration and hard work, they provide a varied menu of events and activities that add a spice to our older years. Bringing a new energy to us in a fun way is so dependent on getting the right person.

One activity in particular challenges the sean-fhocal ” Ní thagann an óige faoi dhó d’éinne.”

All thanks then to Mary Fitzgerald, who first brought Helen Conroy among us. Helen is simply the Queen of Line Dancing, first rate comedienne and dance teacher of outstanding ability. We teachers are renowned as a difficult audience to please. We always it seems, have the “biro dearg” to hand but Helen’s ability has hushed us, all the better to getting our feet in motion. As we gather for our class, the chat and excitement builds, the music strikes up, and we are off.

It’s probably true to say that how we dance reflects aspects of our personality. Thankfully, all God’s creatures have a place in the line. Some of us bring the proverbial two left feet.  Others, a grace of movement innate to some of our species. Whatever we bring, Helen soon enhances the whole to a sum way higher than the parts might promise. Her humour gets us over the bumps of new steps and novel weaving patterns.

Then the magic begins to happen, the years fall away and the light-hearted carefree folk we can be emerges. When we finish our session, say with “Zorba the Greek”, or “Lord of the Dance”, we step through the door to “Tír na n-Óg” and enjoy visiting a realm of pure fun and laughter. Sadly, it ends all too soon but we head home with a happy buzz, once more amazed that in 60 minutes, our teacher has uplifted us beyond years, cares or ability, to the joy of dance.

Our thanks to Seán Ó Callanáin for putting pen to paper and submitting this informative and entertaining report.

Samhain 2019

5Seo hiad na heachtraí atá geallta le haghaidh mí na Samhna:

1st. Friday. Social coffee morning. Clayton Silver Springs Hotel. 11 a.m.

7th and 8th. Thursday & Friday. Drama performances at Lee Valley Golf Club. 8 p.m. A few tickets still available!

13th. Wednesday. AGM. ORIEL HOUSE HOTEL. 12.30 p.m.

13th. Wednesday. Drama performance. White Horse Inn, Ballincollig. 8 p.m.

14th. Thursday. Amble. Crosshaven.

20th. Thursday. Hillwalk. Muckross.

28th. Thursday . Camera group. SMA. 2p.m.

29th. Friday. Christmas flower arranging DEMO with Margaret Ahern, AOIFA. SMA. 11a.m. Booking essential. See Text message.

Ongoing activities: Choir, Tuesdays. Dancing, Fridays.

 

October Events

The following events are planned for October:

4th. Friday. Social Coffee morning. Clayton Silver Springs Hotel. 11 a.m.

9th. Wednesday. Health Insurance talk, by Dermot Goode. Oriel House Hotel, 2.30 p.m. Advance booking essential. Please register with Pádraig by 6th October.

10th. Thursday. Hillwalk in Knockadoon, led by Mary Cahill. 11 a.m. See email for details.

11th. Friday. Camera group outing to Killarney for dawn shoot. Weather permitting.

14th. Monday. Historical Guided walk in Fermoy. St. Colman’s College. 2 p.m.

24th. Thursday. Amble in Ardmore led by Helen Waide. Notification by text.

31st. Thursday. Camera group meeting. S.M.A. 2 p.m.

Ongoing activities:

Drama 

Choir

Dance classes

March 2019

The following events are planned for March:

1st. Friday. Social coffee morning. Clayton Silver Springs Hotel. 11 a.m.

(Reminder! Over 50s Expo at City Hall. 9th & 10th March)

12th. Tuesday. Camera Group outing. St. Finbarr’s Cathedral and Elizabeth fort.

14th. Thursday. Amble. Ringaskiddy. 10.30 a.m. National Maritime College. Followed by lunch.

14th. Thursday. Cork Opera House. “Leeside Story”, 8 p.m. and dinner at Luigi Malone’s from 6 p.m.

20th. Wednesday. Hillwalk. Ballyhoura. Details will be sent by email, to those on the hillwalking mailing list.

28th. Thursday. Camera Group meeting. SMA. 2 p.m.

Our Choir continues to rehearse on Monday afternoons.

Line dancing continues on Friday mornings.

 

Ath-bhliain faoi mhaise!

We wish all our members and their families the very best of happiness and health in 2019. Here is the list of events planned for January.

4th. Friday. Coffee morning at Clayton Silversprings Hotel. 11 a.m.

17th. Thursday. Annual planning meeting for walkers and hillwalkers. SMA centre, Wilton. 2 p.m. All those interested in walks for 2019 are invited to attend.

31st. Thursday. Photography group meeting. SMA centre. 2 p.m.

Choir, art and dance groups will resume this month. Notification will be given to the members of each group.

October calendar

3rd – 10th Trip to the sights of Ancient Greece.

5th Social coffee morning. Clayton Silver Springs Hotel. 11 a.m.

 11th Amble in CobhHeritage Centre 11.30 a.m.

17th Hillwalk, Knockmealdowns.

18th Camera group outing to Gaggin.

19th Dermot Goode. Health Insurance talk. Midleton Park Hotel. 1.30 p.m.

25th Camera group meeting, SMA, Wilton. 2 p.m.

Ongoing events: Choir, Drama rehearsals, Line dancing, Art classes.