At our AGM on 22nd November, our new committee was elected. Special tributes were paid to Marie Dennehy (Secretary), Marie Power (Deputy Chairperson), Claire Bradley (Treasurer) and Mags McCarthy, who were stepping down from the committee.
Pictured above are the new committee members, with RTAI President Luke McGinley.
Back Row: L – R: Derry Keogh (Leas Chathaoirleach), Seán McCarthy, Claire Shelley, Pat Crowley, Frank Tobin.
Front Row: L – R: Mary Fitzgerald, Kathleen Lowney (Cisteoir), Pádraig Ó Conaill (Cathaoirleach), Luke McGinley (Uachtarán RTAI), Marian O’Callaghan (Rúnaí), Mary Cahill. Missing from the photograph: Seán Radley.
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!
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.
Club na Muinteoiri
Presentation to Billy Sheehan, by Padraig O Conaill
Dinner with friends
Sharing a joke!
Luas works on O’Connell St.
Derry Keogh proposes Motion 1
Mags McCarthy proposes Motion 5
Old friends, Rosena Jordan, Billy Sheehan, Denis Desmond.
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.
Further information about the Convention can be found in the current edition of Comhnasc.