RTAI Cork members are welcome to submit material for inclusion on the blog. We’re interested in hearing from you if you have a story to share, a poem to inspire us, photographs related to events, or indeed photographs you would like to share.
Maybe you know of events in the region that would be of interest to retired teachers. Why not send us the information (preferably with an internet link).
April will be a busy month for the members of RTAI Cork.
You can see a list of planned activities below.
Please note! All activities will be notified by text in advance.
April 1st (Friday); Social Coffee morning in Clayton Hotel (formerly Silversprings)
April 12th (Tuesday) Early meal in Currans (Adelaide St) at 5 p.m. followed by movie in the Gate Cinema:
Exhibition on Screen; Monet to Matisse. Painting the Modern Garden. at 6.30 p.m.
April 14th (Thursday) Amblers’ Walk–Blarney Castle. Leader: Mairead Twomey
PLEASE NOTE DATE FOR SOCIAL MEDIA TALK!
April 20th (Wednesday): Talk on ‘Social media awareness’by our committee members, Marian O’Callaghan and Sean Radley in Oriel House at 11.00. All you ever wanted to know about Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and whatever the latest trend is (but were too confused to ask!!)
Numbers in this session will be limited and waiting list compiled, if interest warrants, for a further workshop. Keep an eye out for the text alert!
April 21st (Thursday); Ramblers walk–Seven Heads– Leaders; Donal Whooley and Angela Foley. Lunch to follow. After lunch those interested will be given a guided tour of Timoleague Abbey (Tig Molaga) and if time permits, the local churches.
April 23/24; Millstreet Walking Festival. Details here. No doubt our Amblers and Ramblers will make plans, as they r/amble along! It’s nice to meet other walking groups and share experiences.
The Ramblers took to the Black Valley on Wednesday 16th March.
Thanks to Claire Shelley for the report, and to Elizabeth O’Connell and Derry Keogh for the pictorial evidence!
A great day was had by all -29 of us walked through the Black Valley (my first time) & it stayed dry! A bus took us from Kate Kearney’s cottage to Derrycunnihy Church, where we began our descent through undergrowth to lunch at Lord Brandon’s Cottage, arriving just ahead of a large group of French students. Then on through the Black Valley where we met fear an phoist & later hassled a poor teacher of the Black Valley school, which was just about to close for the Easter hols, by telling her we had arrived to inspect the place! After a 15km hike we had well earned refreshments in Kate Kearney’s.
There is keen interest in the planned trip to Madeira in September. The Info-sheet is available to view by clicking on the link below. For further information, and to book please phone Peter Murphy at the Travel Department, 01-6371606, by April 1st.
Our choir recently participated in the St. Patrick’s festival, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh. Choir member, Seán Ó Callanáin reflects on their experiences…
… I like to think that exposure to choral music in one’s youth is akin to hosting a recurring “bug”. Ever after, we remain vulnerable to a recall to active choral service.
Mary Fitzgerald deserves much praise for offering RTAI Cork members a happy reacquaintance with choral membership. Our early efforts in 2011 were of the “Ar mhaithe leis féin a dheineann an cat crónán”. However, and somewhat to our surprise, invitations began to arrive, asking us to sing in public.
With the appointment of Mary G O’ Brien as conductor, we began to bloom.
The weekend of March 12th 2016 saw the choir embark on its most ambitious challenge to date. We were invited to participate in a televised St. Patrick’s Day Special in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh. In a joint venture with “Cantabile” a leading Cork female choir, we were honoured to give the first performance of our conductor’s commissioned work, “Reflections on Peace“. We also joined the massed choirs for 4 other pieces.
The extra rehearsals required, plus our response to a challenge, brought out in each of us our “Inner Cór – Fhéile – child”, with the expeced adrenaline surge and enhanced performance thankfully delivered.
The long trek to Armagh added to making our choral adventure a tad exotic! To see the inner workings of television content in the making was fascinating. We could but wonder how the overall musical director, John Anderson kept the 450 choral singers at one. Dance, poetry and solo singing were leaven to the choral feast on offer. For RTAI Cork members it was a wonderful opportunity to take part in something bigger than ourselves and be able to hold our heads high.