Drama- November 8th and 9th Deckchairs by Jean McConnell

Cork RTAI  Drama group are busily rehearsing for their shows in the Lee Valley Golf Club on November 8th and 9th. Four short plays from the Deckchairs series by Jean McConnell feature in this year’s performance. These plays are written for a two woman cast and share a common setting – somewhere by the seaside on a sunny day.

The twist in the tail short plays which were selected by the cast include:

Shoppers starring Alice Barry and Kathleen Lowney  Two well to do shopaholics reveal  a surprising secret  in this very funny and entertaining piece.

Early Blight  starring Judy McCarthy and Ber O’Sullivan is an exploration of a doomed mother – daughter relationship

Doggies  presented by Grace Donovan and Gerardine Shine  (and their two dogs) is a hilarious tale of two very different dog owners with two very different dogs.

Last Post  presented by Margaret Walsh and Kathleen O’Flynn features the widow of a recently deceased and well respected gentleman who receives an unexpected letter.

Expect the unexpected in each of these playlets. Directed by Marian O’Callaghan, each play is approximately 15-20 minutes long.

 

 

 

Golf Outing at Muskerry.

Thursday 7th June  saw a new venture of a Golf Outing in Muskerry Golf Club.
The idea was conceived in Dubrovnik and we had a “reunion” outing after that.
Many people there expressed a desire to have another such outing.
There was a good turnout of 29 people taking part, divided almost straight down the middle between men and women.
Joe made up teams of three, based on the relative handicaps of the players. There were 10 teams as Joe press-ganged a Muskerry member to join the last team!
We played a scramble which meant that everyone was involved irrespective of their handicap. This form of competition lends itself to the social aspect of the outing.
The winning team was made up of Albert Groarke, John Purcell and Kathleen Long. They had a great score of 65 which won by a shot.
The prizes, which were subsidised by the R. T. A. I, were bought from Fred Twomey who has just recently taken up the position of Professional in Muskerry.
After the Golf most, if not all, of the players enjoyed the Catering in the Clubhouse and consequently were present for the Prize-giving.
The feedback was most positive and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Everybody expressed an interest in playing such a format again and Joe says he would have no problem organising it.
Here is a selection of photos taken on the day by Mags McCarthy.

 

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Sir Henry at the Opera House

A group of RTAI members went along to see the musical “Sir Henry” at the Opera House on Tuesday evening February 13th. Presented by the Lee Valley Enterprise Board and directed by Cathal McCabe (RTE), this was a most entertaining show.

Sir Henry Brown Hayes (1762-1832) lived at Vernon Mount, near Douglas in Cork city. His story, a musical drama by Cork composers, Alan Kiely and Kevin Connolly, is based on documented fact and Cork legend. Sir Henry (35) was an inveterate gambler and womaniser who created scandal  and uproar while being made Sheriff of Cork city and being awarded a Knighthood.

The story follows the abduction of Mary Pike a wealthy heiress, her imprisonment in Vernon Mount and the eventual capture, conviction and transportation to New South Wales of Sir Henry. The Pikes were  a Quaker family of bankers who lived at Bessborough House. The show abounded with references to well-know Cork places and families.

A stellar cast, brilliant music and singing brought the story of Sir Henry to life in the Opera House. Another great hit for this hugely talented group who last year brought us “Murder at Shandy Hall”.

We had a lovely meal and get-together at Coqbull Restaurant in French Church Street prior to the performance.  Thanks to everyone who came along and helped to make this a very enjoyable evening.

 

 

Annual Christmas Lunch

The RTAI Christmas lunch was held in the sumptuous Hayfield Manor Hotel on December 8th. Once again the RTAI Choir enhanced the festive mood with a beautiful performance of seasonal numbers while guests enjoyed a “sup or two” of mulled wine. A very tasty lunch was served and judging by the lively and animated chatter, a great time was had by all. Unfortunately, the event was not recorded due to the absence of Sean Radley with his trusty camera. Hurry back Sean-you were missed!

Thank you to all the organisers but especially to Marie Dennehy for her superb and tasteful skills. A straw poll was conducted and those present voted overwhelmingly to repeat the event next year.

Charity Coffee Morning

The annual December Charity Coffee Morning in the Clayton Silversprings was a huge success. A large crowd enjoyed a very pleasant coffee, scone  and chat followed by a raffle where the numerous donated gifts were chosen by  lucky prizewinners. There was a huge selection of seasonal treats to choose from.

A total of €2,500 was collected at this event. The proceeds were  divided equally between Marymount and Penny Dinners. A huge thank you to all who attended and who contributed to the success of the occasion.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated by the beneficiaries.

Events: October to Christmas 2017

October Events

2nd (Monday)   Choir practice 11.20 a.m.  SMA, Wilton.       Mary Fitzgerald

Drama rehearsal 4 – 6 p.m. SMA, Wilton.    Marian O’Callaghan

3rd (Tuesday)   Drama rehearsal 4 – 6 p.m. SMA, Wilton.                           

4th(Wednesday)  Art Class.   11.00     SMA, Wilton.        Claire Bradley

4th & 5th    Hill walkers:  2 days walking in Allihies, Beara Peninsula.  (Committee)

6th  (Friday)

Social Coffee morning: 11.00  Clayton Silversprings Hotel.    Padraig  O Conaill

Line dancing.      11.00  SMA, Wilton.     Marie Power

9th (Monday)    Choir a.m.       Drama 4/6 p.m. 

10th (Tuesday)   Drama 4pm /6pm

11th (Wednesday)  Art Class

12th (Thursday)  Amblers walk. Rostellan.  (Time to be notified by SMS)

13th  (Friday)     Line dancing.

Oct 13 /20  (Friday/Friday ) Dubrovnik Trip.   Frank Tobin/ Mary Cahill

13th (Friday)      Line dancing.

16th  (Monday)   Choir a.m.       Drama 4/6 p.m.

17th  (Tuesday)   Drama  4/6pm 

 18th (Wednesday)  Art Class

21st (Saturday)  Dinner and Show: Niamh Kavanagh (Eurovision winner) and her band The Illegals, play the  Hotel California album (The Eagles), as well as the Rumours album (Fleetwood Mac) in the Everyman Palace at 8p.m. Group rate €23 per person.

Early Bird options at Isaacs 5.30p.m.

Those attending may choose from 2-course (€23) or 3-course (€26) menu, or a la carte. To be paid directly at Isaacs.

Contact Mags McCarthy

23rd (Monday)   Choir a.m.            Drama 4/6 p.m.

24th (Tuesday)   Drama 4pm /6pm 

 25th (Wednesday)  Art Class

26th (Thursday)  Photography Group. SMA, Wilton. 2 – 4 p.m.   Mags McCarthy

27th (Friday)        Line dancing.

30th (Monday)  Choir a.m.         Drama 4/6 p.m. 

31st (Tuesday)  Drama 4 p.m. /6 p.m.

 

November Events

3rd (Friday)  Social Coffee morning  in Clayton Silversprings Hotel Padraig  O Conaill

6th (Monday)   Choir a.m.     Mary Fitzgerald

7th (Tuesday) 8 p.m.    “There Goes the Bell.” Performance by our Drama Group, at Cork Arts Theatre (CAT CLUB), Carroll’s Quay, Cork.

8th  Wednesday         Drama “There goes the Bell.” Second performance.

8th  (Wednesday)      Art Class. Claire Bradley

9th  (Thursday)   Amblers’ walk. Mahon. Marie Power

10th (Friday)      Insurance Talk by Dermot Goode.

                              ORIEL HOUSE HOTEL.     1.45 p.m.  Marie Dennehy

 13th (Monday)   Choir

14th (Tuesday)   Hill walkers. Mill Cove Walk.    Rosscarbery.    Committee

15th (Wednesday)       Art Class.

17th (Friday) Camera group shoot in Kinsale.

17th & 18th (Friday & Saturday) Drama. Saved by the Bell, C.A.T. Club. 8 p.m.

22nd (Wednesday)    MASS OF REMEMBRANCE 11 a.m.  ORIEL HOUSE HOTEL

                                      AGM 12.30 p.m.  ORIEL HOUSE HOTEL

                                      LUNCH 1.30 p.m.  ORIEL HOUSE HOTEL

27th (Monday)          Choir

29th (Wednesday)     Art Class

30th (Thursday) Photography group. SMA, Wilton. 2 – 4 p.m.

 

December Events

1st  (Friday)  Social Coffee morning.  Clayton Silversprings  Padraig  O Conaill

6th (Wednesday)     Art Classes   Claire Bradley

8th  (Friday)            Christmas Lunch. Hayfield Manor.   Marie Dennehy

14th (Thursday)     Amblers’ walk. Regional Park, Ballincollig.   Marian O Callaghan

Nollaig Shona agus Ath-bhliain fé mhaise!

 

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!