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


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.


RTAI Drama

RTAI Drama group are busily rehearsing for their upcoming shows in the Lee Valley Golf Club, Ovens and the White Horse in Ballincollig.  November 7th and 8th for the Lee Valley and November 13th for the White Horse. Booking is advised for both venues.

This year’s programme includes the following plays.

Family Affair, by Christopher Owen, is a comedy set in Dilys and Brian’s dining room. The action takes place over Sunday lunch. Dilys played by Marian O’Callaghan and Miriam, played by Kathleen Flynn, are sisters who have always been jealous of each other, especially where men are concerned. Brian, played by Leo Conway, is  Dilys’ husband and is often caught in the middle. However, it turns out he has a few surprises up his sleeve.

Things are seldom what they seem and Brian and Dilys are full of surprises during this fateful Sunday lunch with Miriam. There are a lot of unexpected twists and turns and the play provides the audience with plenty of laughs until the final curtain.

Last year we had a very successful run with four of  the “Deckchairs” series by Jean McConnell. This year we present two more. These two seaside plays with surprising twists feature colourful and animated characters and delicate observations on life that are sometimes humorous, sometimes touching and always compassionate

Late Frost is a drama from this series.  Grace Donovan and Ber O’Sullivan play the parts of two best friends. One of them finds out something about the other that she would rather not have known.

We listen to the story as it evolves and feel the emotion, the shock and the compassion of real life events as they unfold.

“It’s the day to day things. Those are what you need friends for.”

 Short Changed is another one of the “Deckchairs” series and Kathleen Lowney and Ger Shine present a fascinating story of how life can change over time. In this play, a retired school principal tries to peacefully move to the prestigious residential home near where she had been working. Her past comes back to haunt her in the form of the person in charge of her chosen establishment. We watch as the wheels slowly and steadily turn and the balance of power shifts. And we wonder what form will the potential revenge take. Will it be the “nobler species of revenge” …. “To have the power of a severe retaliation and not to exercise it”

Both plays were performed recently at the Ballincollig Drama Festival – a first for Cork RTAI Drama group.

We have a sketch “as Gaeilge” performed by our very experienced Judy and Alice called “An Scéilín Síneach”  and who knows what else will happen on the night as we have Paddy O’Brien, the well known storyteller, as Fear an Tí?   We  know that he could do the whole show himself and have you all going home “in stitches”.

Please come along and enjoy a great night.

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:



Dance classes

September Events

There’s something special about September, when you’re a retired teacher. Here’s a few ideas for activities you might like to enjoy this month:

3rd and 4th: Tuesday and Wednesday. Hillwalkers trip to Castlegregory. Leader Aidan Buckley.

6th: Friday. Social coffee morning. Clayton Silver Springs Hotel. 11 a.m.

12th: Thursday. Amble in Garnish Island. Details will be announced by text.

12th: Thursday. Camera group planning meeting. SMA centre. 2p.m.

22nd-29th: Trip to Lake Como with the Travel Department

27th – 29th: Friday to Sunday. Flower display, and concert. Cobh cathedral. Organised by RTAI member, Mary O’Brien (AOIFA National Chairperson) See earlier post.

CHOIR. Members have been notified of rehearsal arrangements. New members welcome! Contact Mary Fitzgerald 086 830 1195 as soon as possible.

DRAMA. Rehearsals are ongoing. New members welcome, for all theatrical roles, onstage and backstage. Contact Marian O’Callaghan. 086 407 2037 or

Dráma 2019

Tá Grúpa Drámaíochta an RTAI ag eagrú seó an Fhomhair faoi láthair. Taréis roinnt cruinnithe san SMA i Wilton I Mí na Bealtaine, tá an clár nach mór socraithe anois. Bheadh fáilte is fiche roimh bhaill nua, idir aisteoirí, scríobhnóirí nó éinne gur mhaith  bheith leo  bheith bainteach i slí ar bith leis an ngrúpa. Téigh i dteagmháil le Marian má tá suim agat bheith linn- 0864072037.

Ba bhreá linn dráma aon-ghníomh nó sceits as Gaeilge a léiriú  i mbliana. An bhfuil script  nó smaoineamh do script agat? An scríofá sceits nó dráma dúinn?

Slí iontach isea an drámaíocht chun cairde nua a dhéanamh, bíonn an chraic go diail ar fad agus is mór an sásamh bheith ar stáitse. Is iontach an rud é an lucht féachana a shásamh agus go deimhin táimíd fíor-bhuíoch as an dtacaíocht  dhílis a thugann sibh dúinn.

Táimíd ag tnú go mór   le Mí Dheireadh Fomhair agus Mí na Samhna 2019 le  seó úrnua.

Deckchairs by Jean McConnell

RTAI Cork Drama group at the Lee Valley Golf Club. Thanks to John Quaid for the photo. 

This year’s presentation by the Cork RTAI Drama group was “Deckchairs” by Jean McConnell. The group performed three shows in all. Two were in the Lee Valley Golf Club followed by one night upstairs in the White Horse Inn.

The shows were sold out for the three nights and a great night’s entertainment was enjoyed by capacity audiences.Directed by Marian O’Callaghan, each of the four short plays was enacted by two characters and each story had an unexpected twist in the tail.  

Kathleen sets the scene.

Shoppers” starring Kathleen Lowney and Alice Barry opened the show. Set on a park bench in the city  centre, it tells the tale of two shopaholics who have a surprising secret.  Alice and Kathleen got the show off to an exciting start each night and delighted audiences with their exploits. 

Early Blight was the second show and starred Judy McCarthy and Ber O’Sullivan. It told the story of a fraught mother/daughter relationship which was very vividly portrayed by the two actors. 

Judy and Ber in action

Thanks to Seán Radley for the wonderful photos which capture the drama so effectively. 

Last Post 

Last Post starring Margaret Walsh and Kathleen Flynn features the widow of a recently deceased and well-respected gentleman who receives an unexpected letter. Mystery and intrigue are part of the unfolding story of the two ladies whose relationship is based on a very successful con artist’s scheming. 


Doggies with Gerardine Shine and Grace Donovan and their dogs is a hilarious tale of two different dog owners and two very different dogs. Robbie and San San and their owners ended the night on a note of laughter and action. 

Sincere thanks to all who came to see the shows. Full houses make all the efforts worthwhile. Thanks also to everyone who helped out on the nights.  Particular thanks to Pat Lehane who did the lighting in the Lee Valley and to Willie Barrett and Deirdre who built the stage. They were helped by Jack and Leo. The staff of the Lee Valley and the White Horse  were extremely helpful and facilitated us with the production in every way possible and we are very grateful to them.  We appreciate your support and hope to see you again next year.