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!

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!

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