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!

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.

Dew Drop Inn for a Dropeen le Seán Ó Callanáin

For many years I’ve been mildly curious about The Jameson Heritage Centre, Midleton. Recently the RTAI gave me the push I needed to visit. I was hugely impressed and am most grateful to Marie Dennehy for making it possible.

Multi-storied limestone buildings on a grand scale highlight the historical importance of distilling locally. The 18th, 19th and 20th centuries live on in a seamless pursuit of whiskey perfection while the vast complex of new buildings leave little doubt that a profitable future is well in hand.

There was lots for the eye to enjoy and our photographers had an exciting challenge. Our excellent guide pleased the ear and answered our many questions with ease. Our noses were tantalised with the pleasant ambush of whiskey vapour escaping from patient barrels content to lie still for 3/5/12 or 18 years. Clearly our palates were being teased before we tasted the golden dew.

As teachers, in our bones we anticipated the end of tour assessment with confidence. As high achievers, we saw off the challenge……. down to the very last drop!!

Ar m-anam, chuireamar preab san ól !!

April Events

The following events are planned for April:

7th. Friday. Social coffee morning. Clayton Silversprings Hotel. 11 a.m. Contact Pádraig Ó Conaill.

11th. Tuesday. Crawford at the Castle. Guided tour of the exhibition of works from the Crawford, which have been on show at Dublin Castle over the winter months. 11 a.m. Guided tour cost €3. Followed by lunch. Venue TBC (optional). Contact Mags McCarthy.

13th.  Thursday. Amblers walk in Doneraile Park. Lunch. Leader: Mary Fitzgerald.

23rd. Sunday. Three night trip to Westport. Contact Frank or Mary, Travel Committee.

27th. Thursday. Hillwalkers hike in Gougane Barra. Lunch. Leader: Joan McCann.

As with all our activities, details will be notified by text message in advance. 

March Calendar 2017

The following activities are planned for March:

3rd. Friday:

  • Social Coffee Morning. Clayton Silver Springs Hotel. 11 a.m. (Contact Padraig O Conaill)
  • Set Dancing resumes. SMA Hall Wilton. 11 a.m. (Contact Marian O’Callaghan)

7th. Tuesday. Annual Convention. Gresham Hotel 9.30 a.m. Committee members attend.

9th. Thursday: Walking Day

  • Amblers. Meet at Crosshaven Car Park at 12.30 p.m. Walk on the flat along the old Crosshaven/Carrigaline railway. This is a linear walk. (Contact Marie Power)
  • Hillwalkers. Meet at Crosshaven Car Park at 11 a.m. This walk includes a couple of steep ascents, cross-country paths and shoreline. Details have been notified to hillwalkers by email. (Contact Pat Crowley)
  • Both groups to meet at Cronin’s Pub, Crosshaven at 2 p.m. for lunch (Soup, sandwiches, apple crumble, tea/coffee. €10).

13th. Monday:

  • Legal Issues in Retirement. Talk by John Quirke, Solicitor, at Oriel House, 2 p.m. John, a former teacher, will address such issues as the Fair Deal Scheme, Advanced Care Directive, Enduring Power of Attorney, Inheritance Tax. Tea and coffee will be served afterwards. (Contact Mags McCarthy or Claire Bradley)

23rd. Thursday: DATE HAS BEEN CHANGED!!! NOW: 30th MARCH.

  • The Jameson ExperienceMeet at the Jameson Centre, Midleton at 11 a.m. Further details  will be sent by text message as soon as they have been confirmed. (Contact Marie Dennehy).
  • Lunch is booked for the group at  Midleton Park Hotel.

30th. Thursday.

  • Distillery Visit – The Jameson Experience (see above).
  • Camera group meet at SMA Wilton (Room 6). New members are always welcome.

 

Valentine’s Day Cake Decoration Demonstration

2017-02-23-photo-00000006 Mary Cahill presented a wonderful cake decoration demonstration on February 7th in the SMA Hall Wilton.2017-02-23-photo-00000004

Mary had baked a  beautiful cake and proceeded to show us how to ice it for Valentine’s Day with sugar craft icing.

Everyone present joined in a  hands -on session and learned how to make intricate roses in pink and white. Each person then decorated cookies which were supplied by Mary.

Followi2017-02-23-photo-00000005ng this most enjoyable and enlightening event, we marvelled at Mary’s creativity and expertise.

A voluntary contribution of €220 was collected on the day. The proceeds from the event were  donated to the West Cork Air Ambulance Fund.

http://www.westcorkrapidresponse.ie/irelands-air-ambulance-medevac-112/

The much coveted cake was raffled and won by Della Diggins.