Com Baun Hike

On Thursday 5th April, a group of 16 hillwalkers took to the Galtees, ably led by Joan McCann.

We met for carpooling and coffee at the Firgrove Hotel, and then drove a few kilometres to the trailhead, near Anglesboro.

Our walk was through Com Baun wood, skirting the western side of Temple Hill. We were fortunate that the day remained dry, although it was windy at times. There were wonderful views across to the Ballyhouras and back to Corrin. The effect of the recent storms was evident in a few places, where we came across fallen trees and banks of snow. All the better to help us appreciate the beauty and power of nature. All credit to Joan, who had done numerous “recces” in advance. We had no obstacle on our path.

Later, we returned to the Firgrove for a very welcome tasty lunch and convivial chat.

Our May hillwalk is planned for Glenshillane, near Capoquin, on 16th May, when we will be in the capable hands of Helen and Dick Waide.

Leeside Amble

On 8th February a group of about 20 amblers had a pleasant walk along the banks of the Curraheen River, behind the old Tennis Village to the Mardyke, via the Lee Fields. Leader Mags McCarthy regaled the group with memories of childhood escapades in the area. The walk passed the point at which the River Lee divides into its north and south channels, just west of the Mardyke. Some of the group climbed up on the Shaky Bridge, to experience the “shake” for possibly the last time before its refurbishment.

We returned to the Tennis Village, now known as The Model Farm, for a very tasty lunch.

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.