Amble in Warrenscourt



For our March 8th Amble,17 Cork RTA members met near Lissarda on the main Macroom road (L3428) at the Warrenscourt Forest amenity area, a hidden gem with a gravelly pathway meandering alongside a small river and several strategically placed picnic benches.


The walk gradually sloped  upwards around a loop offering lovely views over the countryside and nearby Kilmurry village with its local museum. About 6.5 Kms in total, I’d highly recommend this walk to any group, families or individuals.
We returned to Mai Fitz’s pub/restaurant in Lissarda for lunch, again highly recommended. We’ll definitely come back to both places  in the future.
Thanks to Elizabeth O’Connell for the wonderful photographs.

Beannachtaí na Féile libh agus athbhliain faoi mhaise dhaoibh go léir

January 2018 is here and RTAI Cork members have a number of activities to look forward to. Wishing you all a very happy New Year and hoping that you will join us for some of our events during the coming year.  You will receive a text about each activity as it occurs and you will be asked to confirm interest/attendance by return text.

January 2018 Events 

Friday, Jan. 5th  Social coffee morning Clayton Silversprings

Thursday, Jan 11th:  Amble from Trident, Kinsale and

Hillwalk to Sandycove and Kinsale

Thursday, Jan 18th:  Walkers’ Think In, Room 6, SMA Wilton at 2 p.m. – you will get a text about this

Friday, Jan 26th:  Line dancing/Jiving begins in SMA Wilton at 11.00 a.m.

Art classes, Choir and Photography will continue as usual

Mill Cove Ramble

Our final hill walk for 2017 was held on 14th November. 30 enthusiastic walkers gathered at the Celtic Ross Hotel in the morning, before setting out for the walk to Mill Cove. Our leader for the day was Seán McCarthy, whose local knowledge knew no bounds! We were regaled with stories, some historic, some more legendary as we made our way along the paths. When we returned to Rosscarbery we gathered at the monument commemorating three Irish patriots who had associations with the town: O’Donovan Rossa, Michael Collins and Tom Barry.

Look out for details of the January meeting. We will gather to discuss plans for the walks in 2018.

Hillwalking in Beara

The hillwalkers were active again in October, on another overnight trip, this time to Allihies on the Beara peninsula.

We gathered for the prerequisite tea and scones at The Allihies Copper Mines Museum.

There is an excellent exhibition in the museum of what mining was like during the 60 or so years that the mines were in operation in the 19th century. It’s well worth a visit. And the scones are lovely too!

Our first walk took us past the ruins of the copper mine shafts and over some hills and dips until we reached the tiny village of Urhan. More tea, and a welcome rest, before retracing our steps to Allihies.

We’re not tired at all!

Dinner that evening was in O’Neill’s in Allihies. We didn’t stay up too late, because we would be on the road again early in the morning.

Day 2 –   “Falling for a Dancer” scene.

We were blessed with blue skies on our second day. This morning we pooled cars and drove to a spot from where we could walk to the old house which was used in the making of the film, “Falling for a Dancer”.

We had spectacular views across Kenmare Bay and out to the Skelligs. On the return journey to Cork, many of the group stopped off at the Dzogchen Beara Retreat Centre.

Thanks to Leo Lowney for all the local knowledge, and to Kathleen Lowney for her meticulous organisation of the two great days.

Events: October to Christmas 2017

October Events

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)

6th  (Friday)

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.


November Events

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.


December Events

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!


Ar Bhealach an Bhoirinn

On September 5th, a group of approximately 30 RTAI Cork members arrived in Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare at lunchtime. Having checked in to our accommodation at the Hylands Hotel, we were ready to head out for our first walk. A short drive took us to Fanore Beach, where we assembled, and after the “Rolla” we set out. After a short walk on road and path we followed our guide Marty Holland, into the Caher Valley. Interestingly, the Caher is the only river in the Burren that runs entirely above ground.

Leaving Cert Geography was brought to mind, as we remembered terminology we hadn’t heard in oh, so many years! The clints and grikes were scattered with erratics! We recalled transhumance, on hearing that cattle are wintered in the Burren to get the benefit of the limestone grazing. Later on we saw plenty of fossils of coral, too.

We almost escaped the rain! Fortunately for us, we were beside an old ruin when the heavens opened, so we could huddle together for a bit of shelter! The views across to the Aran Islands left a lot to the imagination, but we could just make them out through the mist. On our final turn downhill, we had a fine view of Fanore below us.

Back in Ballyvaughan, we were glad of a hot shower. Some of us wondered if we would be able to get out of bed the following morning – but never fear, the full compliment of hikers were up bright and early to tackle Mullagh More.



Mullagh More

On Wednesday, we drove out to Kilnaboy, passing the Poulnabrón Dolmen. From here we entered the Burren National Park, and began our steep ascent of Mullagh More. The terrain was much more demanding today, with loose stone and grikes to watch out for.  There were areas near the summit that required a bit of scrambling. With the support of each other we all managed it, though. The views were wonderful. We paused occasionally to take in the vistas below us; lakes, green patches and grey, grey stone. Some sharp-eyed members of our group spotted Fr. Ted’s house in the distance.

There was a palpable sense of achievement as we approached the final kilometre. Some hardy souls considered that a swim in the sea would be a fitting way to celebrate! With time to spare before dinner, some people went to visit the nearby Caherconnell Fort, others to the Dolmen, others enjoyed some retail therapy.

Mary, Angela and Claire at Bishop’s Quarter.

The Flaggy Shore

On the third morning, a leisurely walk was planned along a stretch of coast known locally as the Flaggy Shore. Seamus Heaney’s poem Postscript is all you need to read if you want to know more about this beautiful place.

Thank You

Marty Holland (retired lecturer MICE) was our guide for the two days hiking in the Burren. He has indepth knowledge of the area as he walks there frequently. Marty has walked the coast of Ireland in an effort to raise funds for cancer research. You can read more about that amazing journey here.

Mary Cahill was the organiser of the entire Burren Experience. Hotel, meals, guide, walks and detailed advance information were all co-ordinated efficiently and without fuss. Go raibh míle maith agat, a Mháire.

Clare Shelley supported Mary in the advance preparations, and didn’t forget the whistle! Maith thú, a Chláir.

Go raibh maith agaibh, Pádraig Keating agus Helen Kiely as na griangrafanna a sheoladh isteach.

Teas crua ar Chruachán!

The summer hillwalk took us up to Cruachán in the Comeraghs, just north of Dungarvan. After meeting to car-pool, we were all assembled, counted and given our “marching orders” by Clare Shelley, before heading for the hills, ably led by Veronica Curran.

It was a hot day! The tecchies among us recorded 27C at the base, and 19C at the summit. Plenty of water and frequent rests were essential, as was liberal application of sunblock. But the views were worth the hard work.  Veronica pointed out An Fear Bréige and an older telecommunications mast on the distant hills. From the top of Cruachán we had a 360 degree view of the surrounding hills and coastline.

Thanks to Liam McGrath for the wonderful photos.

Well-earned rest.
Happy hikers.
Higher, much higher than the mast!
Make sure to cover up well!
On the descent.