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.

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

Garden Visit

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.

Christmas Charity Coffee Morning 2016

The December Coffee Morning in 2016 was held as usual at the Clayton Silver Springs Hotel. This year it was a charity coffee morning in aid of the Sirigu babies’ home in Ghana. Joe Lane tells us the story of the Sirigu Home:

Hannah and I went to Ghana in September 2010. We met Mary Coughlan who was there for three years before us, and is still there. She brought us to the Sirigu babies’ home which was set up to care for abandoned babies. We got involved, and helped to repaint and obtain a permanent water supply to the home.

We continued to support the home on our return, through coffee mornings; here at home, and at Muskerry Golf Club.

The RTAI kindly ran their December Coffee Morning for Sirigu in Hannah’s memory. It was a huge success and I was able to lodge €3210 to Mary’s account. This raised over 12 000 GhCedi.

Mary has been in touch and that money will be used for a few projects she has in mind for the home.

I cannot thank the Retired Teachers enough. Firstly to the Committee for agreeing to come on board, and the members who showed up in such large numbers and were so generous in their support. Míle buíochas ó chroí, Joe.

Indeed, our members were very generous, and a long raffle was held, so numerous were the prizes donated. By way of entertainment a display of set dancing was put on by some recent “graduates” of the set dancing course!

A BIG THANK YOU to the hotel, who donated most of the proceeds of the morning to the charity.

Thanks to Seán Radley for the photographs below.



November Events

The following events are planned for November:

4th. Friday: Social Coffee Morning. 11 a.m. Clayton Silver Springs Hotel.

Set Dancing class SMA Centre, Wilton.

10th. Thursday: Amblers’ Walk. Aghada & Rostellan. 12 p.m. Meet at Rosie’s. There will be lunch after the walk at Rosie’s. Please respond to text message to book.

11th. Friday: Set Dancing. (As above).

17th. Thursday: Health Insurance talk, by Dermot Goode. Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig at 2 p.m.

18th. Friday: Set Dancing. (As above).

23rd. Wednesday.

  • Remembrance Mass. 11.30 a.m. Church of Christ Our Light, Ballincollig followed by
  • 12.30 p.m. AGM at Oriel House, followed by
  • 1.45 p.m. Lunch at Oriel House.  €20. (BOOKING ESSENTIAL FOR LUNCH. Please reply to text when you receive it, if you wish to have lunch. ).

24th. Thursday: Camera Group meeting. SMA Centre, Wilton. 2.30 p.m.

24th. Thursday: Ramblers hike to Mangerton.

25th. Friday: Final Set Dancing Class.

26th. Saturday: Ballet evening. The Nutcracker by Ballet Ireland at Everyman Theatre, price €23.  Pre-theatre dinner at Gourmet Burger Bistro 5.45p.m. €20, plus gratuity.

All events are subject to confirmation, and will be notified by text message.

Our Set Dancing classes are proving very popular!



Annual End of Summer Barbecue

The Lee Valley Golf and Country Club was the venue for our end of summer barbecue on Saturday, September 26th.  From 8 p.m. on, RTAI  Cork members gathered and enjoyed a social evening together in a relaxed and very pleasant atmosphere. It was great to catch up with friends and to chat, dance and partake of the delicious food on offer.

Thanks to Lisa and staff at the Lee Valley for  ensuring that this event was such an enjoyable one and to all who attended and contributed to the conviviality of the occasion.