Beannachtaí na Féile libh agus athbhliain faoi mhaise dhaoibh go léir

January 2020 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.

Féilire Eanair 2020

Seo thíos na himeachtaí a bheidh ar siúl i Mí Eanair

Friday, January 3rd  Social Coffee Morning Clayton Silversprings hotel                                organised  by Pádraig Ó Conaill

Thursday, January 9th  Amble, Compass Hill, Kinsale organised by Clare Shelly and notified by text.

Friday, January 10th  Visit to Collins Barracks at 2 p.m. organised by Mary  Cahill. Notification by text. Free of charge.

Thursday, January 16th:    2.30 p.m Walking “Think-In” in SMA, Wilton. Ambles and Hillwalks will be planned for 2020

Line Dancing with Helen Conroy will commence at the end of January and a text will issue. Early booking is advised. Seán McCarthy and Mary Cahill are the organisers.

Hillwalkers have been notified by email of the upcoming Hillwalk in Kinsale on Thursday, January 9th led by Angela Foley

Sicily is the destination for the annual RTAI Cork Trip in September 2020. Notification was sent before Christmas and there was great interest in this hugely popular event.  Mary Cahill and Frank Tobin organised and surprised us with an early “reveal”.

Drama, Choir and Camera club will be in contact with members when activities resume. For more information about any of the events/groups  and if, for any reason, you are not in receipt of texts or emails please contact Marian at 0864072037 or


December Dates

The following activities are planned for December:

5th. Thursday. Launch of the Photography Exhibition, Picture That! 6pm – 7.30pm, Bishopstown Library, Wilton. All RTAI members and friends welcome. The exhibition is kindly sponsored by Comhar Linn and continues until 20th December.

6th. Friday. Charity Christmas Coffee morning. Clayton Silversprings Hotel. 11a.m. Bring a prize and you might get lucky!

12th. Thursday. Amble. Ballincollig Regional Park. Leader Anne Durity.

13th. Friday. Christmas Lunch and Choral entertainment. Hayfield Manor. Organiser Kathleen Lowney.

Guímid Nollaig faoi shéan agus ath-bhliain faoi mhaise ar na baill uilig.

Magical Muckross

20191120_121647Adhering to the maxim of Alfred Wrainwright that,  “There’s no such thing as bad weatheronly unsuitable clothing”, 16 hardy souls set out from Cork in torrential rain, on the morning of November 20th to gather in Killarney for the final Hillwalk of the year, in Muckross Park. Cork people often experience feelings of trepidation on crossing the county bounds into Kerry, but on this occasion we were welcomed with open arms and clearing skies!

Suited and booted, we set off, under the capable leadership of Joan McCann and the patient stewardship of sweeper Angela Foley. Our first stop was at Muckross Abbey, sadly in ruins since Cromwellian times. One could easily spend a few hours here exploring the ruins and the adjacent graveyard. It’s the burial place of Eoghan Rua Ó Súilleabháin, Aogán Ó Rathaille and Seathrún Ó Donnchú. Two of our group found the grave of a family member here too. The yew trees are impressive!

Yew tree, Muckross Abbey

From there we crossed Muckross Road and followed the Queen’s Way up to the beautiful woodlands, our path dappled in shades of gold, red, yellow and brown. Someone recalled the “Autumn” essays of our teaching days.





Tar éis sosa bhig, leanamar orainn i dtreo an tsean-bhóthair idir Neidín agus Cill Áirne. Bhí an méid sin cainte is comhrá ar siúl nár airíomar go rabhamar ag déanamh gan mhoill ar eas Toirc. Is fíor an seanfhocal:

Giorraíonn beirt bóthar:




We were so lucky with the weather! Apart from a light mist on the higher ground, we saw nothing of the deluge that afflicted the folks at home. So, with one eye on the sky and a careful eye on the path, we wound or way down to majestic Torc.


After nearly 3½ hours in the hills we were delighted to reach the welcome comfort of the Muckross House Cafe and tuck into warm food. In a throw-back to those aforementioned school essays, I would like to confirm that, “we returned home that evening, tired but happy”.

Christmas at Muckross Cafe

Mags McCarthy.

Stepping into Tír na n-Óg


I wish to acknowledge and praise all in RTAI who so enrich our retirement.  Through their inspiration and hard work, they provide a varied menu of events and activities that add a spice to our older years. Bringing a new energy to us in a fun way is so dependent on getting the right person.

One activity in particular challenges the sean-fhocal ” Ní thagann an óige faoi dhó d’éinne.”

All thanks then to Mary Fitzgerald, who first brought Helen Conroy among us. Helen is simply the Queen of Line Dancing, first rate comedienne and dance teacher of outstanding ability. We teachers are renowned as a difficult audience to please. We always it seems, have the “biro dearg” to hand but Helen’s ability has hushed us, all the better to getting our feet in motion. As we gather for our class, the chat and excitement builds, the music strikes up, and we are off.

It’s probably true to say that how we dance reflects aspects of our personality. Thankfully, all God’s creatures have a place in the line. Some of us bring the proverbial two left feet.  Others, a grace of movement innate to some of our species. Whatever we bring, Helen soon enhances the whole to a sum way higher than the parts might promise. Her humour gets us over the bumps of new steps and novel weaving patterns.

Then the magic begins to happen, the years fall away and the light-hearted carefree folk we can be emerges. When we finish our session, say with “Zorba the Greek”, or “Lord of the Dance”, we step through the door to “Tír na n-Óg” and enjoy visiting a realm of pure fun and laughter. Sadly, it ends all too soon but we head home with a happy buzz, once more amazed that in 60 minutes, our teacher has uplifted us beyond years, cares or ability, to the joy of dance.

Our thanks to Seán Ó Callanáin for putting pen to paper and submitting this informative and entertaining report.

Shooting Deer?

The Camera Group meet on the last Thursday of the month in the SMA Parish Centre. We also go on day trips occasionally.
Our most recent trip was to Killarney on October 21st.
The day was absolutely clear and bright.
We met at the Castlerosse Hotel Car Park at 8:00 a.m. You can see how keen we were, as it takes over an hour to get there.
We had tripods and monopods plus cameras all ready, together with warm wooly hats and gloves and of course our best zoom lenses.
We walked down through Castlerosse Golf and were directed by a local onto the Kileen Course of Killarney Golf Club.
There was still frost on the ground so there were no golfers around.
There were plenty of deer to be seen.
We spent some hours ‘shooting’ the deer who obliged in no small way.
Our day was very successful. Tony, John and I retired to the Castlerosse Hotel where we were treated to Coffee and Scones by the Golden Years reception crew who happened to be on duty.
A great day was had by all.
Joe Lane.
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