June events – talks, walks, lunch and more.

The following events are planned for June. Please note that a text message will be sent closer to each event. The Ramblers group will be sent an email outlining the details of the rambles, as soon as they are finalised.

June 3rd (Friday): Social coffee morning, Clayton Silver Springs Hotel, 11 a.m.

June 9th (Thursday): Walk in Ballinspittle Woods, starting at 11 a.m. Lunch in the Speckled Door at 1.00 p.m. Walking Tour of Kinsale for those interested, starting at 3 p.m. (Leader: Dermot Ryan).

June 11th (Saturday): RTAI Cork Branch Spring/ Summer meeting. Oriel House, Ballincollig, at 11 a.m.

  • Our choir will perform
  • There will be an update on current events, from the  committee
  • There will be an address by Mr. Billy Sheehan, General Secretary  RTAI.
  • Lunch. €10 per person. The cost of this lunch is subsidised by the INTO Districts 12 and 16, Cork.


June 15th (Wednesday): Proposed Ramblers walk to Musheramore.

June 20th (Monday):  BLUE: Exhibition of Quilting, Patchwork and Dyeing. This exhibition runs for the month of June at Bishopstown Library, Wilton, Cork. On Monday 20th, Margaret Walsh, who is a member of the group of quilters and also a member of RTAI Cork, will conduct a guided visit to the exhibition at 11 a.m. This exhibition features dyeing techniques, patchwork, quilting and appliqué work, and is a MUST – SEE for those with an interest in needlework and art! Contact Mags McCarthy before Mon 13th to book your place. Due to the nature of the exhibition and the size of the venue numbers are limited. Those attending may decide to go for a cuppa afterwards, at The Wilton Pub.

End of June: Ramblers walk/climb to be notified to the group by email.


Coumduala Loop Ramble

What a wonderful day we had in the Nire Valley!

20 determined ramblers headed off to the Loop most ably led once again by Veronica Curran & gently urged on by Dick Waide. Lots of weather prayers (offered by Veronica’s mother!) ensured the sunshine & we had many stops along the way to appreciate the great views even as far away as the bridge in Waterford. The trek was bookended by early morning tea & scones followed later by delicious sandwiches & home baking in Hanora’s Cottage.

Truly a “la brea brothallach…….”

With thanks to Liam for the group photos here :

The following photos of the beautiful landscape were kindly submitted by Elizabeth and Joe. No doubt the views helped to ease any strain on the muscles – go maire sibh, a spaisteoirí!

Great night out!

On May 23rd, a large group of 46 members of RTAI Cork assembled at Isaac’s restaurant McCurtain St, for an early bird meal in advance of the Simon and Garfunkel Tribute show at the Everyman Palace Theatre. Greetings were exchanged and old friendships renewed, as we took our places at the three long tables which had been reserved for us. The wonderful food and polite service added greatly to the ambiance of the evening.

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Feeling a sense of déjà vu, Mags was back in teacher mode, assigning theatre seats to couples and groups of friends (keeping the “trouble-makers” apart!!!)

The Simon and Garfunkel show was a very professional, musical tribute to the famous duo. Their story,  and  contemporary world events, narrated and projected on screen, brought back memories of the social upheaval of the 1960s.  The influence of current affairs on the music of the time was evident, and cleverly interwoven in the set list.

The lengthy standing ovation and encore calls reflected the immense enjoyment experienced by all in attendance.

If this show ever comes to a theatre near you – bí ann gan teip!


Moulded by Our Past


There will be what promises to be a facinating talk on how the past has influenced and contributed to our lives today, at Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig, on Wednesday May 18th at 11 a.m.

The lecture will be given by Shane Lehane of the Folklore and Ethnology Department of UCC. No doubt his passion for the subject will enthuse and inspire all in attendance.

Please check your text messages for Claire’s number, and reply on or before Monday 15th May.

Refreshments will be served.



Dolmen Loop Ramble

In the village
Lisvarrinane village is the starting point for the Dolmen Loop walk.
What a wonderful hike we had on Wednesday  4th May,  in the Glen of Aherlow! The weather obliged & ensured we had spectacular views of many counties.
We were ably led, guided, minded and assisted by Dick & Helen Waide- mile buiochas libh! To crown it all we had a delicious feed in The Marketplace Restaurant in Mitchelstown.
Thanks to  Clare, Liam and Joe for the words and photos.
Radharc álainn!
You can find out more about the route by clicking Dolmen Loop Walk

Rambling the Seven Heads



On 21st April the Ramblers took to the Seven Heads in iarthar Chorcaí. Here’s a report submitted by Seán Ó Callanáin. Míle buíochas le Seán as an tuairisc, agus le Joe Carroll as na griangrafanna.

A well earned lón beag!


Some ramblers’ walks can have a long planning gestation. Naomh Molaga in the seventh century picked our point of assembly at the site of his monastery in Timoleague.
Keeping with the monastic theme, we adjourned at once under the leadership of Dónal Wooley to “Monks Lane”!!! From there “the wheels of the bus went round and round” until we reached Butlerstown,  where our walking began.

Hearing of how the local children in 1914, had seen the Lusitania sink from the schoolyard, ensured Dónal had our rapt attention from the off. One by one we ticked off the seven headlands, crossing fields newly clad in spring grass, while a short sos on one of the several deserted beaches pointed our minds to summer.


With 37 walkers, we made a happy throng, ambushing the occasional solitary walker who crossed our path. As Ramblers, we were conflicted between enjoying the views and a self-inflicted “threat” that our lunch venue might be shut if we tarried!

There’s a better lunch to come

At Courtmacsherry (with the weather holding dry), the wonderful amenity walk along the old railway line to Tigh Molaga  was taken at a fair clip. Going monastic yet again, we enjoyed a wonderful lunch at “Monks Lane”, a pub and grub spot worthy of many stars.
Ár mbuíochas d’aon, Clare agus Dónal agus don RTAI.

At the Monk’s table!

Tuile ‘snaps’ thíos.

Buíochas le Elizabeth O’ Connell as na griangrafanna seo.

Feelin’ Groovy?

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59th St Bridge Song

The Isaac’s meal and Simon and Garfunkel show are now fully booked. A waiting list will operate. Please check back on your text messages, to get the contact number for Mags McCarthy.

The meal is booked with Isaacs, we should arrive at 5.45 for 6p.m. A 2-course meal with tea or coffee will cost €20.

The Everyman show starts at 8p.m. The price for this show is also €20.

Please bring cash on the evening.

Both events are subsidised by RTAI Cork.