September Events

It’s that time of year again. The whole nation seems to be preoccupied with Back-to-School, while we relish the freedom ahead! Here is a list of the planned activities for September:

1st. Friday:  Coffee morning at Clayton Silversprings Hotel. 11 a.m. (Please note: €3)

4th. Monday: Choir practice resumes. New members welcome. SMA Hall, Wilton. 11.20 a.m.

4th. Monday: Drama group resumes. SMA Hall, 4 p.m. Volunteers welcome for backstage work to support our upcoming production.  Contact Marian O’Callaghan 0864072037.

5th & 6th. Tuesday – Thursday: Hillwalking in the Burren. (Fully booked).

8th. Friday: Line dancing classes begin. SMA Hall, Wilton. 11 a.m.

9th. Saturday: Annual BBQ. Lee Valley Golf Club. 8 p.m. till late. Ceol & craic!

14th. Thursday: Amblers’ walk. Ballycotton. Time TBC.

28th. Thursday: Photography group meets. SMA, Wilton. 2 p.m.

All events are subject to confirmation by text message.

Bealtaine 2017

The following events are planned for May 2017

5th. Friday: Social Coffee Morning. Clayton Silversprings Hotel. 11 a.m. (Pádraig Ó Conaill)

11th. Thursday: Amblers’ Walk. Youghal.

16th. Tuesday: Hillwalkers. Hike to Torc Waterfall. Killarney.

23rd – 30th: Best wishes to our Choir which will participate in a festival in San Marino.

31st. Wednesday: Spike Island visit. Departs Kennedy Quay, Cobh, 10.45. Pre-booking essential (see text message).

Please Note! Coffee mornings and walks are subject to confirmation by text message, which will be sent prior to the event. Hillwalkers will receive an email with full details. The Choir will have their own arrangements.

Are you interested in the Arts? The Bealtaine Festival runs throughout the month of May, all over Ireland. Click here to see the full website.

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 !!

New RTAI National Website –

We are delighted to see that RTAI have launched a newly updated website.

This will be our  “go-to” destination for information on all sorts of matters relating to the organisation, as well as up-to-date information on pensions, services and events which are of inerest to our members.

Congratulations to Eithne Uí Chonaill, of our own branch, on receiving a bursary towards her studies. Go n-éirí go geal leat, a Eithne!

You can see the website here.

Drama Group Inaugural meeting


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The first meeting of the RTAI Cork Drama group was held in the SMA Wilton on Monday, February 6th, 2017. Writer/Director Helen Hallissey revealed plans for a production in June in the Cork Arts Theatre of her newly written play.  It is planned to have weekly rehearsals on Mondays from 4 to 6 p.m in the SMA venue.  The emphasis will be on the fun and the social aspect of creating a drama together as a group.                                                                                 download

So if you are  free on Tuesday June 13th  to Saturday June 17th   (and a few weeks beforehand)  please come along and join the fun.

Looking for actors, stage managers, creative design team, PR team, someone very important to be the assistant producer…

No theatre experience necessary. Just being a teacher is more than enough!

Join today.  Information from Marian at


Ardmore – the final Ramble!

On December 1st 2016, the Ramblers had a wonderful walk in Ardmore. The Ardmore Cliff walk is a very popular walk, and it was no surprise that there was a high turn-out of members for the final Ramble of 2016.

Since the RTAI Ambler/Rambler group decided at its January Think-in to re-name the Rambles as Hill Walks, the Ardmore Cliff Walk was actually the last Ramble!

After our climb up from the village of Ardmore, the group split into two; the more energetic opted to extend the walk to Goat Island, while the remainder of the group continued on the shorter route.

After the walk we had an excellent lunch at the Cliff House Hotel. We were very well catered for by the friendly staff, and the views and ambiance were second to none.

At the meal, flowers were presented to Velda as  a token of appreciation for all the work she has done in establishing such active walking groups. So many of our members have had enjoyable experiences on these days out! In reply, Velda acknowledged the contributions of others in helping with the recces, organisation and leading of the various walks, and she wished everyone a Happy Christmas and a Healthy and Active New Year.

Here is a slide-show of the day’s views.

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February calendar

The following are the events and activities planned for February 2017:

February 3rd (Friday): Social Coffee Morning, Clayton Silversprings Hotel, 11 a.m.

February 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th Line Dancing Classes. Final class will be on 24th.

February 7th (Tuesday):  Valentine’s Day Cake Demo and hands-on session. SMA Centre 2p.m. (This event is free of charge, but registration in advance is required. Please respond to the text message when it it issued).

February 8th (Wednesday): Early Spring Treasures. A visit to the garden of Hester Forde, 15, Johnstown Park, Glounthaune. Click here for a map. Hester is renowned for her snowdrops, and hopes there will be a good display today. She will give advice on gardening and answer questions. There will be a charge of €6 per person. Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided. If you wish to travel by train, click here for the timetable.

February 9th (Thursday): Amblers’ Walk, Ballincollig Regional Park.

February 16th (Thursday): Hillwalk. Mount Hillary.An easy C grade walk. Details will be circulated to the Hillwalkers by email.

February 21st (Tuesday): Opera House. “Murder at Shandy Hall”. Details will be circulated by text message, in advance and posted here at a later date.

Please note that all events are subject to verification by text message.