Samhain 2019

5Seo hiad na heachtraí atá geallta le haghaidh mí na Samhna:

1st. Friday. Social coffee morning. Clayton Silver Springs Hotel. 11 a.m.

7th and 8th. Thursday & Friday. Drama performances at Lee Valley Golf Club. 8 p.m. A few tickets still available!

13th. Wednesday. AGM. ORIEL HOUSE HOTEL. 12.30 p.m.

13th. Wednesday. Drama performance. White Horse Inn, Ballincollig. 8 p.m.

14th. Thursday. Amble. Crosshaven.

20th. Thursday. Hillwalk. Muckross.

28th. Thursday . Camera group. SMA. 2p.m.

29th. Friday. Christmas flower arranging DEMO with Margaret Ahern, AOIFA. SMA. 11a.m. Booking essential. See Text message.

Ongoing activities: Choir, Tuesdays. Dancing, Fridays.


RTAI Drama

RTAI Drama group are busily rehearsing for their upcoming shows in the Lee Valley Golf Club, Ovens and the White Horse in Ballincollig.  November 7th and 8th for the Lee Valley and November 13th for the White Horse. Booking is advised for both venues.

This year’s programme includes the following plays.

Family Affair, by Christopher Owen, is a comedy set in Dilys and Brian’s dining room. The action takes place over Sunday lunch. Dilys played by Marian O’Callaghan and Miriam, played by Kathleen Flynn, are sisters who have always been jealous of each other, especially where men are concerned. Brian, played by Leo Conway, is  Dilys’ husband and is often caught in the middle. However, it turns out he has a few surprises up his sleeve.

Things are seldom what they seem and Brian and Dilys are full of surprises during this fateful Sunday lunch with Miriam. There are a lot of unexpected twists and turns and the play provides the audience with plenty of laughs until the final curtain.

Last year we had a very successful run with four of  the “Deckchairs” series by Jean McConnell. This year we present two more. These two seaside plays with surprising twists feature colourful and animated characters and delicate observations on life that are sometimes humorous, sometimes touching and always compassionate

Late Frost is a drama from this series.  Grace Donovan and Ber O’Sullivan play the parts of two best friends. One of them finds out something about the other that she would rather not have known.

We listen to the story as it evolves and feel the emotion, the shock and the compassion of real life events as they unfold.

“It’s the day to day things. Those are what you need friends for.”

 Short Changed is another one of the “Deckchairs” series and Kathleen Lowney and Ger Shine present a fascinating story of how life can change over time. In this play, a retired school principal tries to peacefully move to the prestigious residential home near where she had been working. Her past comes back to haunt her in the form of the person in charge of her chosen establishment. We watch as the wheels slowly and steadily turn and the balance of power shifts. And we wonder what form will the potential revenge take. Will it be the “nobler species of revenge” …. “To have the power of a severe retaliation and not to exercise it”

Both plays were performed recently at the Ballincollig Drama Festival – a first for Cork RTAI Drama group.

We have a sketch “as Gaeilge” performed by our very experienced Judy and Alice called “An Scéilín Síneach”  and who knows what else will happen on the night as we have Paddy O’Brien, the well known storyteller, as Fear an Tí?   We  know that he could do the whole show himself and have you all going home “in stitches”.

Please come along and enjoy a great night.



Thursday October 10th saw 40 RTA members/friends set off from Knockadoon Head,Ballymacoda Co Cork on a cliff path,seashore and minor road loop walk. Providing easyish conditions underfoot it still afforded a great 12km walk with great views across to Youghal/Ardmore Head in one direction and Ballycotton in the other. While the weather was mixed, we still managed to have a very enjoyable time and were thrilled to have some new retirees in our midst.Bookended by refreshments before and after the walk we’re probably still up significantly in terms of calories consumed but even higher in terms of wellbeing and contentment after a great day ou

Trip to Lake Como

Our annual trip abroad has just come and gone but what memories we have of a most wonderful holiday in this magical place. 44 of us stayed in the Grand Hotel Cadenabbia, on the shores of Lake Como, looking across at Bellagio,Varenna, individual villas and towering mountains, everything you’d imagine romantic Italy to be. Indeed our hotel was Grand,with superb food and gorgeous pool area to return to after a tough day’s sightseeing.

3 organised trips around the lake itself, a day in Milan and up to St Moritz by train gave people options on other days to use the various buses/ferries to Como itself,other lakeside villages and the Greenway walk.

There were so many highlights on the trip including the Villa Carlotta and it’s amazing gardens, passing glaciers on the way to St Moritz,watching a rehearsal in La Scala Opera house Milan. Going up the funicular in Como,having coffee in Varenna, listening to our excellent guides, making our own entertainment by night with singing, quizzing, card playing and catching up with each other. And all too soon we were winging our way back to Dublin airport wondering where 2020 will bring us.

October Events

The following events are planned for October:

4th. Friday. Social Coffee morning. Clayton Silver Springs Hotel. 11 a.m.

9th. Wednesday. Health Insurance talk, by Dermot Goode. Oriel House Hotel, 2.30 p.m. Advance booking essential. Please register with Pádraig by 6th October.

10th. Thursday. Hillwalk in Knockadoon, led by Mary Cahill. 11 a.m. See email for details.

11th. Friday. Camera group outing to Killarney for dawn shoot. Weather permitting.

14th. Monday. Historical Guided walk in Fermoy. St. Colman’s College. 2 p.m.

24th. Thursday. Amble in Ardmore led by Helen Waide. Notification by text.

31st. Thursday. Camera group meeting. S.M.A. 2 p.m.

Ongoing activities:



Dance classes

The Maharees walking trip

Thanks to Aidan Buckley for a wonderful few days in the Maharees and for the following report

A group in excess of 40 travelled to the Maharees on Tuesday Sept 3rd for two days of walking and exploration.
The Maharees Peninsula is a place of flower rich sandunes, offshore islands and coastal grassland. Having lunched in Harbour House, Fahamore, adjacent to Inis Tuaisceart behind which the Aud ( with Roger Casement aboard) dropped anchor on Holy Thursday 1916, we assembled at Beal Geal, Maharabeg, to commence our beach walk.
We traversed Scairt Beach at first, admiring the views across Tralee Bay to Fenit, Banna Beach and Ballyheigue. This beach is home in Winter time to a significant number of Brent Geese. We then skirted the village of Kilshannig to arrive at the local graveyard where we viewed the ruins of the 7th Century St Seanach’s Church which was a parish church up until the 13th Century. Within the walls can be found a Chi-Rho Cross slab. We then walked across the beach at Port an Cathasaigh. From nearby Scraggane Pier cows were obliged to swim 1 Kilometre to Illauntannig for Summer grazing. Here a small monastery was founded by St Seanach in the 6th Century containing 3 beehive huts, 2 oratories and a Celtic Cross nearly 2 metres in height.
Onward then to walk the beach at Corrlougha which merges with Clocha Dubha Beach. Here there were spectacular views over Atlantic breakers across Brandon Bay to majestic Mt Brandon where in 1868 an estimated 20,000 pilgrims attended mass on the summit celebrated by the then Bishop of Kerry, David Moriarty.
The crews of several Allied aircraft perished on the slopes of Mt Brandon during World War 2. However, the crew of a German aircraft which crashed in August 1940 had a miraculous escape. They subsequently spent the rest of the war in the Curragh Camp where two of the crew would meet their future wives.
The extent of the ongoing coastal erosion was only too apparent as we neared the end of our walk on this more exposed beach. In the distance towards Killiney we could see the spot where the Port Yarrock, a 3 masted barque, floundered in mountainous seas in January 1897 with the loss of its 20 strong crew.
We returned to the car park at Beal Geal across grassy fields close to ponds which are home to the Natterjack Toad, one of only 3 native amphibians.

On Wednesday September 4th we explored the Loch a Duin Valley, guided by Daithi O Conaill who worked as a Principal in the North Monastery Primary School for 15 years, and is now domiciled in Tralee. This valley contains a remarkable number of monuments from the Bronze Age (2000BC- 500 BC). There are 89 stone structures including wedge tombs, standing stones, rock art, Fulach fia, a fortified island and over 12 kilometres of prehistoric pre-bog  field walls. The head of the valley is dominated by a spectacular waterfall with waters from 3 small , mountain-top lakes cascading downward into the valley below.
Bhuaileamar an bothar ansin go teach tabhairne Mullally’s in aice le Ce Bhreanainn, ait a raibh bia den scoth againn roimh filleadh duinn ar an mbaile.


With thanks to Elizabeth O’Connell for the photographs.