Lifelong Learning Festival 11th – 17th April 2016

Such a wonderful 8 days ahead!

No excuses for not trying something new this week with the Cork Lifelong Learning  Festival happening throughout Cork City, with fringe events in Midleton, Clonakilty, Cobh, Skibbereen, Beara, Mallow, Carrigaline and Ballincollig.

Activities are too  numerous to mention! Music, dance, crafts, languages, travel, computers, art, history, lichens, DNA, karate, volunteering, photography, psychology, the Alexander Technique, kurling, writing. … Have a look at the website here or  check with your local library for more details of events in your area.

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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).


Activities for April

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’ WalkBlarney Castle. Leader: Mairead Twomey


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.



Ag Spaisteoireacht i gCiarraí

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.

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Madeira in September

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.

Cork RTA, Scenic West Madeira 4 Star 29 Sept 2016

A quick summary:

  • 4* Hotel Golden Residence, Funchal.
  • Half Board (breakfast and dinner each day)
  • 7 nights
  • Half day city tour
  • Full day West Island Tour
  • Half day guided walk
  • Traditional Madeiran evening with dinner and entertainment

An RTAI Cork member who has visited Madeira, kindly submitted these photos, to whet your appetite!

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