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!
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.
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 !!
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.
The following activities are planned for March:
- 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).
- 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 Experience. Meet 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.
- Distillery Visit – The Jameson Experience (see above).
- Camera group meet at SMA Wilton (Room 6). New members are always welcome.
Mary Cahill presented a wonderful cake decoration demonstration on February 7th in the SMA Hall Wilton.
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.
Following 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.
The much coveted cake was raffled and won by Della Diggins.
On Wednesday 8th February 2017, a group of over 30 RTAI members visited the garden of Hester Forde in Glounthaune, Co. Cork. Hester, who is an RTAI, member is renowned for her garden, in particular her wonderful display of snowdrops.
As soon as the visitors were gathered they became engrossed in the variety of plants all around them. Hester was most helpful in answering questions and giving advice about all aspects of gardening.
We were unlucky with the weather, but fortunately we were welcomed into her home for tea, coffee and cake to warm us up when the rain started. Hester’s husband Paddy was on hand to help too.
Paddy told us that the proceeds of the day would be going to The Irish Pilgrim Trust. Every two years they have a cycle to Lourdes to raise funds. Paddy will be cycling the route in 2018. He was extremely grateful for the donation of €234 by the visitors.
Thanks to Pat Naughton and Mags McCarthy for the photos below.