Killavullen Hill Walk

On Tuesday February 13th a brave group of RTAI members travelled to Killavullen for a hillwalk. The walk was led by Mairead Twomey. Despite the extremely cold weather and rather icy roads, a group of 16 braved the elements. We met in O Regan’s shop in the village for a cuppa and facilities prior to the walk. Mairead was a font of information regarding the village. This small sleepy village has been birthplace to at least two famous people-Nano Nagle (no biography necessary) and Richard Hennessy- creator of one of the world’s best known and most-respected Cognac brands.

We set off at 11.30 and the walk proved to be most enjoyable. We experienced the proverbial “4 seasons” in one day. In fact one could well have thought that we were in the Alps as can be seen from the photographs. Snow fell heavily at one stage but the scenery was spectacular.

Afterwards a group retired to the Wild Goose in Dromahane for refreshments. However a number of the walkers had to forego lunch as they had a date with Sir Henry at the Opera House. Well done to Mairead for organising this most enjoyable walk. Next Hillwalk will take place on Mount Hillary on Thursday March 15th. This will be led by Mairead Twomey and Joan McCann. I will send details anon-names to be sent to me -Kathleen Lowney-as Clare Shelly is away.

Out of the Mist and into the Blue. Kinsale walks in January.

The 2018 walking season got off to a great start on 11th January.

The majority of the participants drove from inland regions, through the dense fog, wondering if they would be able to see their noses in front of them on the walk!

The sun was shining in Kinsale with hardly a wisp of fog.

The new year saw 34 hillwalkers stepping it out 9.5 km via the Dock, and Ardkilly, to Sandycove under the leadership of Angela Foley. We stopped on the ridge to admire the view back over Kinsale, and the Archdeacon Duggan bridge. Angela and Seán gave us a fascinating insight into the life of this remarkable man. (You can read more about him here).

8 amblers chose to stay in Kinsale, under the leadership of Clare Shelley, walking around the town and viewing the sights from Compass Hill.

Both groups joined up for lunch. The staff of the Trident Hotel provided delicious soup & sandwiches.

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