The following events are planned for April:
5th. Friday: Coffee morning. Clayton Silversprings Hotel. 11 a.m.
9th. Tuesday: Camera group shoot. Cobh. 10 a.m.
11th. Thursday: Amble. Fermoy. Details by text message.
16th. Tuesday: Legal Talk with Tim Bracken. Oriel House, Ballincollig. 2.30 p.m. Please register beforehand! See your text message of 7th.
24th. Wednesday: Hillwalk. Kenmare. Details by email.
25th. Thursday. Camera group meet SMA Centre. 2 p.m.
Choir rehearsals continue on Mondays.
To register for Hillwaking emails, please contact any committee member.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.