Back to Doh – Re – Mi

Our choir recently participated in the St. Patrick’s festival, at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh. Choir member, Seán Ó Callanáin reflects on their experiences…

… I like to think that exposure to choral music in one’s youth is akin to hosting a recurring “bug”. Ever after, we remain vulnerable to a recall to active choral service.

Mary Fitzgerald deserves much praise for offering RTAI Cork members a happy reacquaintance with choral membership. Our early efforts in 2011 were of the “Ar mhaithe leis féin a dheineann an cat crónán”. However, and somewhat to our surprise, invitations began to arrive, asking us to sing in public.

With the appointment of Mary G O’ Brien as conductor, we began to bloom.

The weekend of March 12th 2016 saw the choir embark on its most ambitious challenge to date. We were invited to participate in a televised St. Patrick’s Day Special in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh. In a joint venture with “Cantabile” a leading Cork female choir, we were honoured to give the first performance of our conductor’s commissioned work, “Reflections on Peace“. We also joined the massed choirs for 4 other pieces.

The extra rehearsals required, plus our response to a challenge, brought out in each of us our “Inner Cór – Fhéile – child”, with the expeced adrenaline surge and enhanced performance thankfully delivered.

The long trek to Armagh added to making our choral adventure a tad exotic! To see the inner workings of television content in the making was fascinating. We could but wonder how the overall musical director, John Anderson kept the 450 choral singers at one. Dance, poetry and solo singing were leaven to the choral feast on offer. For RTAI Cork members it was a wonderful opportunity to take part in something bigger than ourselves and be able to hold our heads high.

You can watch us here at Minute 40.

The post-performance  sing-song was epic. Not even the “pipe-bomb” explosion in a nearby street, heard by many of us, managed to dampen our spirits!

The blushes of a choir member who asked the new Archbishop of Armagh, “Are you one of the Singing Priests?” will be spared…. for now!

Somewhere between our “Tosú lag” and now, we have become a happy singing community.

DSC_0012Come Sing with Us!

Go raibh maith agaibh, Derry, Ger agus Edel, as ucht na griangrafanna a sheoladh isteach.

Even more have been added!

Here’s a link to the Cantabile Blog

Financial To Do List in Retirement: Seminar 15th March Oriel House Hotel

There will be a very comprehensive talk, on Financial Planning in Retirement, at Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig on Tuesday 15th March at 2.30 p.m.

The talk will be given by Pádraic O’Connor, of O’Connor Financial Planning.

This practical 1.5 hour presentation addresses common concerns of retired teachers, under the following headings:

  • Taxation
  • Succession planning
  • Budgeting and Cashflow Management
  • Wealth Preservation
  • Long term costs
  • Debt
  • Dependents
  • Behavioural Change

There will be ample time to address questions from the floor!

There is no charge for this seminar!

This is NOT:

  • Sheets of facts and figures!
  • Complicated and full of jargon!
  • Anything new or profound!
  • A get-rich-quick guide!

Refreshments will be served after the seminar (at approximately 4 p.m.)

There has been a lot of interest expressed in this seminar – please respond to the RTAI text message to reserve your place!

Coffee Mornings

One of the most popular events of our group.

One of the most popular events of our group is the monthly coffee morning.

The coffee morning is held on the first Friday of the month at the Clayton Silver Springs Hotel. (Just look to the right in the reception area – you’ll see a large group of retired teachers enjoying a cuppa and a chat!)

Everyone is welcome. Just reply to the text alert so that enough places can be reserved. Even if it’s your first time attending, you are sure to meet someone you know. Come along at 11 a.m. We enjoy tea, coffee and delicious scones served by a very friendly staff. The chat is lively, and it’s common to see people moving about and mingling as the morning goes on, meeting old friends and arranging future meet-ups and connections!

At €2 per head, this event is a sure winner!

Click on any of the photos below to view our gallery.

Painting the Modern Garden: Movie Screening & Early Bird Meal

The Royal Academy of Arts, London has teamed up with the Cleveland Museum of Art to stage

Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse.

This exhibition runs at the Royal Academy of Arts until April 20th.

Those of us who won’t get the chance to travel to London for this exhibition are fortunate that Exhibition On Screen is bringing us a film associated with it. You can read more by clicking here..

For one screening only, The Gate Cinema will show this film on Tuesday April 12th at 6.30p.m. It is a 90 minute film.

Tickets cost €10.50 including booking fee and may be booked directly by  contacting the Gate Cinema. Early booking is advised!

Early Bird meal

If you would like to join a group of RTAI members for an Early Bird meal before the cinema, we have arranged with Currans Restaurant, Adelaide Street, for a meal at 5p.m.

The nearest off-street parking for both venues is Paul Street multi-storey car park, which is open till midnight.



Dialann Márta 2016

The following events are planned for March. Each event will be notified by text message or in the case of Rambles, by email to the Ramblers.

4th – Social coffee morning. Clayton Silver Springs Hotel.

4th – Line dancing classes continue for the group enrolled.

8th – Annual  Convention. Dublin. (Committee to attend).

10th – Amblers walk Monkstown.

12th – RTAI Cork  Choir perform in Armagh. Click to read about the Armagh Festival

15th – “Your Financial to-do list in Retirement.”

(Talk by Padraic O’Connor, O’Connor Financial Planning.)

Oriel House Hotel 2.30 – 4p.m.

16th – Ramblers walk. The Gap of Dunloe.

Lá Féile Pádraig agus Cáisc Shona!





Rambling tale!

IMG-20160218-WA0001On Thursday 18th February 2016, our Ramblers group took to the hills in North Cork. They climbed Sliabh an Iolair (Mount Hillary) in the Boggeraghs. Lá breá gréine a bhí ann, agus bhí radharc breá acu siar chuig Ceann Toirc agus na  bailte eile mórthimpeall.

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Happy Hikers!




Sos beag!



Visit to Crawford Exhibition

On 3rd February 2016 a group visited the Crawford Gallery, Emmet Place, Cork, to have a guided tour of the exhibiton: “The Language of Dreams”.

This exhibition focused on the Irish artists of the 20th Century who were influenced by mysticism and the fantastical. We were guided through the exhibition, from the Theosophists of the Celtic Twilight through the surrealists and the quasi abstract, such as Mary Swanzy, Gerard Dillon, Brian Boydell et al. All present agreed that the guided tour was of great benefit in understanding and contextualising the paintings and sculpture on view.

Due to limit on numbers by the gallery,  not everyone who applied got a place on this tour. Further visits to future exhibitions will be arranged.