Garden Visit II

On Thursday 29th June, a group of avid gardeners visited the garden of Hester Forde in Glounthaune. Summer arrived early for Hester’s garden and she explained how that affects one’s colour display. Hester was more than helpful and was on hand to answer all kinds of questions.

Her garden has featured in many publications, including Irish Garden magazine,  May 2017. The photos below give a little flavour of the wonderful views.  Many a tip was shared, and notes compared over the cuppa agus cáca!



Our choir have recently returned from a very successful and enjoyable trip to San Marino! Don’t they look swell in those summer outfits? A picture is worth a thousand words. Pictures can’t capture the beautiful music, but we know they did us proud!

In full voice.


Bello San Marino


Time to explore.


Checking out the “negozii”.
You are here!


They also serve who only stand and wait!
Fame at last!

Thanks to Mary Fitzgerald for the lovely photos.

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.

National Convention 2017

National Convention 2017 was held in the Gresham Hotel, Dublin, on March 7th.

Our branch was represented by 10 delegates, who travelled to Dublin the evening before. We were hosted at Club na Múinteoirí that evening, so we had the opportunity to meet delegates from other branches.

The Convention was addressed by Dr. Mark Morgan (formerly of St. Patrick’s College/DCU) on the topic of Wellness and Resilience in Retirement. It was a most uplifting and encouraging presentation.

Our branch had submitted motions relating to pension restoration and the payment of the outstanding benchmarking award to principals and deputies. Derry Keogh and Mags McCarthy (respectively) proposed these motions.

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Cork Delegates

Further information about the Convention can be found in the current edition of Comhnasc.

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.

Education Mobile Phone Offer

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