Garden Visit II

On Thursday 29th June, a group of avid gardeners visited the garden of Hester Forde in Glounthaune. Summer arrived early for Hester’s garden and she explained how that affects one’s colour display. Hester was more than helpful and was on hand to answer all kinds of questions.

Her garden has featured in many publications, including Irish Garden magazine,  May 2017. The photos below give a little flavour of the wonderful views.  Many a tip was shared, and notes compared over the cuppa agus cáca!

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.




Our choir have recently returned from a very successful and enjoyable trip to San Marino! Don’t they look swell in those summer outfits? A picture is worth a thousand words. Pictures can’t capture the beautiful music, but we know they did us proud!

In full voice.


Bello San Marino


Time to explore.


Checking out the “negozii”.
You are here!


They also serve who only stand and wait!
Fame at last!

Thanks to Mary Fitzgerald for the lovely photos.

June Calendar

Friday 2nd: Social Coffee morning. Clayton Silversprings Hotel. 11 a.m.

Thursday 8th: Amblers walk in Garrettstown. Meet at 11 a.m Speckled Door.

Friday 9th: Spring/summer meeting followed by lunch. Oriel House, Ballincollig. 11.30 a.m.  Billy Sheehan, General Secretary will attend.

Wednesday 21st: Hillwalkers. Hike in Comeraghs. E-mail will issue in advance to Hillwalkers. Contact any committee member for more info.

 Thursday 29th: Garden visit. Hester Forde’s garden is in full bloom! Visit at 2pm. 15, Johnstown Park, Glounthaune, Co. Cork. Donations accepted for the Irish Pilgrimage Trust.

Drama to continue as arranged.

The Choir is on summer holidays.

As usual, all events are subject to confirmation by Text Message.

Trek to Torc

Another most successful hike was held on 16th May. The Trek to Torc was ably led by Pat Crowley & his team of Joe Carroll & Padraig Keating. Plan B came into action at the 11th hour when Pat discovered that the road to Lord Brandon’s Cottage was under water and we had to cancel our boat trip & hoof it back to Muckross – 17.1km hike in total! But it was well worth the effort – blue sky, breathtaking scenery, tumbling waterfalls, delicious food in The Jarvey’s Rest & great company.
Thanks to all who turned up full of energy despite the awful weather. It’d have been no fun without you. Well done, everyone!
Thanks to Frank Roche and Pat Crowley for capturing these moments!

Drama with Helen – There goes the Bell

The drama group are busily rehearsing the newly written play “There goes the bell” every Monday in the SMA Hall from 4 to 6 p.m. November 7th and 8th, 2017  are the new dates for performance of the play in the CAT club.

The emphasis is on fun and participation and each rehearsal provides plenty of opportunity for a good laugh while learning a lot about script writing, acting and stage  production from the very experienced and talented Helen Hallissey. Watch this space for updates on progress and make sure that  November the 7th and 8th are marked on your calendar.

Rehearsals will continue until mid -June and will resume after the Summer.  We look forward to your support for our inaugural performance in November.


‘There is a green island in lone Gougane Barra’

Our third Hill Walk took place in beautiful Gougane Barra, on Thursday 27th April. We were led by Joan McCann, with assistance from Angela Foley and Mags McCarthy.

After the fires the previous weekend, the upper part of the park was devastated, and it was chilling to walk alongside charred grassland and trees. We shared our path with some sheep who had been fortunate to escape the fires. Happily, the lower regions of the park were not touched by the fire and it was possible for us to enjoy its beauty, as we rambled along.

After a three-and-a-half hour hike, we were delighted with the lunch laid on at the Gougane Barra Hotel. During lunch, Seán Ó Callanáin treated us to a wonderful recitation of ‘Gougane Barra’ by his namesake, JJ Callanan.

Could this be the start of a trend for the Hillwalkers?!