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.
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)
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.
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.
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!
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.