Sheep’s Head and Sherkin

On Wednesday and Thursday, 14th & 15th September, the Ramblers had an overnight outing to Sherkin Island and the Sheep’s Head Peninsula.

The hike on Sherkin was part of the Taste of West Cork festival and we joined a larger group of hikers on the day. We had a calm crossing from Baltimore, followed by tea and scones at The Islander’s Rest, for an early taste of West Cork! Suitably fortified, we set out under the watchful eyes of Gary Minihane and Don Davis, our guides for the day.


It was a varied hike, over paths, road, rocks, grass and beach. We stopped at various points for photos, and to get orientation from our guides. It was interesting to see Baltimore and the Beacon from a new angle! Also, Oileán Chléire was clearly visible from our vantage point above the beach.

We didn’t escape the rain, but we were well insulated! The great feed of mussels (and more) at the Islander’s Rest on our return was just what we needed to warm us up and send us merrily on our return to Baltimore.

Later that evening, a few group members took a boat trip up the Ilen River, and reported very enthusiastically to the rest of the group, over dinner.

Some people stayed overnight in Baltimore, some stayed in Bantry, and others joined the group the following morning for the Sheep’s Head hikes.

Although the morning was misty, the sky cleared over Sheep’s Head and another great day was had by all.

Meán Fómhair gan cúram!

September is surely the best month to be a retired teacher!

Fad is atá an saol is a mháthair ag filleadh ar scoil, táimidne ag smaoineamh ar chúrsaí caithimh aimsire!

 September events 

1st. Thursday. Ramblers’ walk Kealkil & Gougane.

2nd. Friday. Coffee morning. Clayton Silver Springs. 11 a.m.

8th. Thursday. Amblers’ walk. Ballycotton. Lunch, and hopefully a boat trip to Ballycotton Lighthouse.

12th. Monday. Choir returns to practice at SMA Hall Wilton. New members welcome.

14th/15th Wed & Thurs. Ramblers’ overnight to Sherkin/Baltimore and Sheep’s Head.

24th Saturday.  BBQ at Lee Valley Golf Club. 8.00 p.m.

29th Thursday. Trip to Madeira.



New event for our July Calendar

A new walk has been added to the July Calendar. This will be for Amblers and Ramblers, on Tuesday 26th July.

There will be a visit to the Sky Garden at Liss Ard Estate in West Cork.

Also on the day there will be a guided environmental walk around Lough Hyne. For some information about Lough Hyne, here’s a link to Skibbereen Heritage Centre .

There will be a text with more information closer to the event.

Financial To Do List in Retirement: Seminar 15th March Oriel House Hotel

There will be a very comprehensive talk, on Financial Planning in Retirement, at Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig on Tuesday 15th March at 2.30 p.m.

The talk will be given by Pádraic O’Connor, of O’Connor Financial Planning.

This practical 1.5 hour presentation addresses common concerns of retired teachers, under the following headings:

  • Taxation
  • Succession planning
  • Budgeting and Cashflow Management
  • Wealth Preservation
  • Long term costs
  • Debt
  • Dependents
  • Behavioural Change

There will be ample time to address questions from the floor!

There is no charge for this seminar!

This is NOT:

  • Sheets of facts and figures!
  • Complicated and full of jargon!
  • Anything new or profound!
  • A get-rich-quick guide!

Refreshments will be served after the seminar (at approximately 4 p.m.)

There has been a lot of interest expressed in this seminar – please respond to the RTAI text message to reserve your place!