The 2018 walking season got off to a great start on 11th January.
The majority of the participants drove from inland regions, through the dense fog, wondering if they would be able to see their noses in front of them on the walk!
The sun was shining in Kinsale with hardly a wisp of fog.
The new year saw 34 hillwalkers stepping it out 9.5 km via the Dock, and Ardkilly, to Sandycove under the leadership of Angela Foley. We stopped on the ridge to admire the view back over Kinsale, and the Archdeacon Duggan bridge. Angela and Seán gave us a fascinating insight into the life of this remarkable man. (You can read more about him here).
8 amblers chose to stay in Kinsale, under the leadership of Clare Shelley, walking around the town and viewing the sights from Compass Hill.
Both groups joined up for lunch. The staff of the Trident Hotel provided delicious soup & sandwiches.
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
This is a very busy week for the RTAI Cork Choir. The choir will sing at the Christmas lunch in Hayfield Manor on Friday, December 8th at 12.15. This is an annual event and the choir’s performance gets the day off to a most enjoyable start.
On Sunday, December 10th they will sing Christmas Carols in Youghal Church at 7.30 p.m. and again on Monday, 11th of December, at 7.30 p.m. in Glounthane.
At our AGM on 22nd November, our new committee was elected. Special tributes were paid to Marie Dennehy (Secretary), Marie Power (Deputy Chairperson), Claire Bradley (Treasurer) and Mags McCarthy, who were stepping down from the committee.
Pictured above are the new committee members, with RTAI President Luke McGinley.
Back Row: L – R: Derry Keogh (Leas Chathaoirleach), Seán McCarthy, Claire Shelley, Pat Crowley, Frank Tobin.
Front Row: L – R: Mary Fitzgerald, Kathleen Lowney (Cisteoir), Pádraig Ó Conaill (Cathaoirleach), Luke McGinley (Uachtarán RTAI), Marian O’Callaghan (Rúnaí), Mary Cahill. Missing from the photograph: Seán Radley.
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.
The first production of the RTAI Cork Drama group has just completed a 4 night run in the Cork Arts Theatre. The show was a tremendous success and played to packed houses each night. Cast, crew, director and production team worked very hard since last February to present a show which was filled with comedy and fun from start to finish. The audience reaction for each performance was heartening and made all the hard work worthwhile.
Helen Hallissey’s briliant writing and direction provided an insight into school life which everyone can relate to.
Comhghairdeas libh go léir! Bhaineamar lán-taitneamh as an dráma aréir!
Every little thing which happens in a school was there and we had a brilliant laugh.
Every part in the play was so well conceived, not just by Helen’s writing, but by the obvious insight, fun and glee brought to the table by every múinteoir in the cast!!!!!
Recently 50 RTA Cork members and friends/spouses spent a week in Dubrovnik , Croatia. Exceptional weather ensured we saw the area at its best and let us partake in so many activities. We stayed at the hotel Valamar Club which had a lovely pool area, near a rocky beach. Nightly entertainment was provided but we made our own, Cork style! More anon.
Our brilliant informative guide, Suzanne took us on a half day tour of the old city of Dubrovnik with its spectacular surrounding walls, harbour area, cafe culture, museums,cable car and quirky shops. Some returned later in the week for concerts and other nightlife.
We had a days boat trip to the Eliphite islands with opportunities for walking, swimming and mighty Craic on board singing along with 2 musicians.
A tour to Montenegro brought us to the town of Kotor with its dramatic fortified walls protecting the old medieval buildings and squares within. A magical place indeed.
The camaraderie among the group was extraordinary. No ‘singleton’was left alone. People grouped and regrouped and shared information on places to go, optional activities, taxi sharing etc. This resulted in exploring Cavtat,a pretty harbour town reached by bus, taxi or ferry, the latter an experience in itself as we sailed into Dubrovnik harbour. A loop walk, swimming, eating and exploring or people watching kept us enthralled.
Some people went kayaking for some hours, others explored the island of Lopud and went on optional day tours to Mostar and Medugorje.
After a substantial dinner buffet each night, some people went back into the city to attend concerts,listen to musicians outdoors and wander around in total safety. The rest of us made our own music outside a nearby pub and a huge thanks to those who had a vast repertoire of songs.
Hurricane Ophelia seemed so far away as we wallowed in 20 deg pristine clear seawater and 26 deg sunshine but concerns about property/power had to be suspended for the week. We arrived back to Dublin as storm Brian was arriving so reality hit immediately but plans are already being formed for 2018. As go brach linn aris le Cunamh De.
Here is a slide-show of memories. Thanks to Eileen O’Driscoll and Mary Barnes.