Next Branch Meeting
The AGM of the branch was held in Club na Múinteoirí on Tuesday November 26th, 2019. Details of the spring/summer meeting 2020 will be posted here as soon as they become available.
Results of our Pension Restoration Campaign
Note 1. In June Branch Committee wrote to each T.D. in our Branch area. We supplied the T.D’s with information on the number of RTAI members in their constituency. We asked the T.D. to contact us to arrange a meeting.
This table shows their responses.
|R. McAdam for Min. P. Donohoe (F.G.)||Yes|
|M.L. McDonald (S.F.)||Yes|
|M. OSullivan (Ind.)||Yes|
|Dublin Nth. West|
|N. Rock (F.G.)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|R. Shortall (Ind)|
|D. Ellis (S.F.)|
|Dublin Bay North|
|T. Broughan (Ind)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|R. Bruton (F.G.)||Yes|
|S. Haughey (F.F.)||Yes|
|F. McGrath (Ind)||Yes|
|D. Mitchell (S.F)|
|L. Varadkar (F.G)||Yes|
|J. Chambers (F.F)||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|J. Burton (Lab)||Yes|
|R. Coppinger (Ind)|
|A. Farrell (F.G)|
|B. Ryan (Lab)|
|C. Daly (Ind)|
|L. O’Reilly (S.F)||Yes|
|D. O’Brien (F.F)||Yes|
Branch Committee wishes to thank all of our members for their fantastic response to our campaign.
Your letters and emails to your local T.D’s had the desired effect. When we met them, they knew exactly who we were, and, more importantly, that we were speaking for their constituents.
While this part of the campaign is complete, the campaign itself continues. The table shows you the response of your local T.D. to our letter and our request for a meeting. Please use this information when your local representative next knocks on your door.
REPORT OF SOCIAL ACTIVITIES 2018/2019
Branch Committee: The Branch Committee has met on 5 occasions this year. We dealt with members’ correspondence, with ordinary Branch matters and made preparations for the Branch meetings and Annual Convention.
Book Clubs: We now have 6 Book Clubs in the Branch. North Dublin (1), Dublin 15 (2), Malahide/Portmarnock (1) Nth County Dublin (1) and Dublin Central (1). Each group has an Organiser and make their own arrangements. Each Book Club receives €250 per year.
Mid-Week Break: 44 members travelled to Budapest in May 2019 for 5 days. Marathon Coaches organised. We packed a lot into our 5 days…… panoramic tour of Budapest incl. Hosok Tere, Mathias Sq and a tour of the Hungarian Parliament. Then to Godolla Royal Castle and Lazar equestrian school. Finally we travelled towards the Danube Bend, visiting Esztergom, Visegard and Szentendre. We returned to Budapest by taking a river cruise.
Day Trip: : 53 members travelled on June 11th 2019 to Wicklow Jail and on to Kilmacurragh Botanical Gardens. Marathon Coach organised. A really good day was had by all. The sun shone all day. While the jail was mainly self-guiding the staff in Kilmacurragh were excellent. The Parkview Hotel and Arklow Hotel took very good care of us.The RTAI (Dublin Branches) Annual Bridge Competition was held on Saturday afternoon, Dec 1st. 2018. 15 pairs played in the Master/A competition. 11 pairs played in the Novice/B competition. (At least one member of each pair must be a member of the RTAI). Prizes were awarded in each competition. A Christmas dinner was served. The entry fee (€25 per pair) covers the cost of administration and prizes. The 2 Dublin Branches pay for the dinner. Photos published on Branch website.
Pilates: Members attended 2 Pilates Classes in 2018/19. Claire McGlynn is the Organiser and teacher. The courses were held in Club na Múinteoirí. Another course has been organised for January 2020.
Walks/Cycle: South Dublin Branch organise the walks and cycles. If you are interested in either or both of these activities, contact Olive Horgan at email@example.com or text to 087 668 6568. You will then be contacted with the relevant times and dates.
Miscellany: These sessions are arranged by South Dublin Branch and held in Club na Múinteoirí. The Christmas Miscellany 2019 be held in Club na Múinteoirí on Tuesday Dec 3rd @11.30am. There is a charge of €5 towards the cost of Christmas nibbles. No booking required but places are limited so come early.
Theatre: As you know, we have an arrangement with the Abbey and Peacock Theatres. Members of the Dublin Branches receive a discount on tickets to the theatre by quoting the promo. Code: RTAI. Some members have had difficulty accessing the discount. Our code is available to use only on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. It is very important that we use this code in order to retain it.
Walk and Cycling Schedule 2019 - 2020 (courtesy of Dublin South Branch)
Guidelines for walkers
Walking, especially hill walking, is an activity with a certain amount of risk of personal injury. Therefore, participants should accept these risks voluntarily and be responsible for their own actions.
Walk leaders consider the following recommendations to be good practice:
Wear suitable outdoor trousers or shorts but not denim jeans. Denim, once wet, becomes heavy and will not dry quickly; Walking boots, (not shoes or trainers) with good ankle support are essential for the longer hill walks.
The leaders of the easier, flatter walks, will indicate what type of footwear is advisable.
Carry a waterproof jacket and trousers as well as a hat and gloves.
Bring sufficient food and liquids appropriate for the level and duration of the walk.
It’s a good idea to have a change of clothing in the car, should you need to change after your walk
We walk as a group, so it is a good idea to keep within sight of the leader unless the leader indicates otherwise.
Walk Schedule for 2019/20. Olive Horgan, South Dublin, has forwarded this schedule. If you are interested in any or all of these walks, please contact Olive at firstname.lastname@example.org or 087 668 6568 to put your name on the list.
Nov 13th 2019 Phoenix Park Pat Hogan
Nov 20th Powerscourt Deirdre McGloughlin/Mary Lyons
Dec 4th Dodder Walk Una McDonald
Dec 18th Dublin Mountains Margaret O’Neill
Jan 15th 2020 Bohernabreena Mick Griffin
Jan 29th Maulin Betty Hogan
Feb 12th The Royal Canal Mick Shanley
Feb 26th Howth Mary Lyons/Betty Behan
Mar 11th Poolbeg Lighthouse Katherine Bonner
Mar 25th Glendalough Tim McKenna
April 8th Clontarf Kathleen O’Grady/Sheila Dennehy
April 22nd Glenmalure Helen Rohan
May 13th Bluebell Walk Deirdre Lohan
May 20th Lough Bray Mary Lyons
June 10th Vartry Reservoir Helen Rohan/Una McDonald
June 24th Slieve Blooms Carmel Dempsey
While every effort will be made to keep to this schedule, there could be changes due to unforeseen circumstances/ weather conditions.
- The cycling group meet on alternate Tuesdays. It is very weather dependent i.e wind/rain.
- The routes are mainly between Malahide and Bray and the Phoenix Park.
- Each route is on average 25-30km. The cycles begin at 11am and end at 3.30pm.
As with the walks, contact Olive Horgan to put your name on the list.
Further details are always available from:
Name Phone Number
Walter Cullinane 087 2505537
Pat Fitzgerald 087 2739694
Mick Griffin 087 1390034
Trip to the Basque Country May 13 - 17 2020
Wednesday May 13th : Check in Dublin airport at 14.15pm. (Ryanair FR7152.) 10Kgs hand luggage free. 20Kgs check-in case €50. (this price is valid only at time of booking. Price for late bag check-in is €80-€100 )
Depart at 17.30pm.
Arrive in Santander at 20.40pm local time. Coach transfer to the Barceló Bilbao Nervión Hotel, Bilbao. We are staying on a B&B basis. 2 evening meals included in the quoted price. Dinner in hotel.
Thursday May 14th: Breakfast in hotel. 09.30am: Coach pick-up for a Panoramic tour of Bilbao and it’s highlights. 11.30am Guided walking tour of the Old Town, the river and outside of the Guggenheim Museum. Lunch, at own expense. After lunch we visit the Guggenheim Museum for a 90 minute tour. Rest of the day to explore/shop.
Friday 15th: Breakfast in hotel. 09.30am Coach pick-up. We travel to Vitoria/Gasteiz. Guided tour of Santa Maria Cathedral. I hour walking tour of the Old Quarter. Lunch break 1.00pm-2.00pm. We travel to the old town of Pamplona. Guided walking tour of the city, taking in the highlights. Return to hotel, arriving 18.30pm.
Saturday 16th h: Breakfast in hotel. 09.30 coach pickup for a day trip to San Sebastian. Panoramic tour of the city from the bus. Walking tour of the port, the beach, the Old Town and the market. Free time for lunch, at own expense. Depart San Sebastian at 15.30pm to return to hotel. On the way we will visit, Getaria, a little traditional fishing village. Dinner in hotel.
Sunday 17th h: Breakfast in hotel and check out. Free time in Bilbao. Depart hotel at 14.00pm.for Santander. 16.00pm Guided tour of Centro Botin in Santander. 19.30pm Meet coach and transfer to the airport. Check in for flight FR7153. 22.35 pm depart from Santander. Arrive back in Dublin at 23.25.
The fact that we are travelling on Wednesday and returning on Sunday is New. I hope it still suits.
N.B. I will share your contact details with Marathon Travel, who are our partners in this trip. Incidental photographs taken during this trip may be posted on the Branch website. Please let me know if you would prefer not to appear on the website and bear it in mind yourself if a group photo is being taken.
As flights need to be booked early, you need to reserve a place NOW or Dec 7th at the latest.
The following costings are based on 41 people travelling:
Flights, hotel, 4 breakfasts, 2 dinners and all tours and entrance fees.
Sharing: €895 per person Single: €1,095 (single sup. = €50 per night)
This price also includes Priority Boarding, allocated seats and tips for guides, drivers and hotel staff.
Note: Booking Form has been circulated with your AGM notice.
Pilates - from January 2020
Claire McGlynn is organising another class in the New Year in Club na Múinteroirí.
Who is it for? It is perfect for all ages and for people who suffer from any niggles, weaknesses or injuries. Total beginners are welcome as are all fitness levels. She can accommodate everybody. For anyone with any specific problems/ back issues/ asthma/other conditions, Claire should know about, please drop her an e-mail to email@example.com, so that she is aware of the issue before you start the classes.
What should I wear? Gym/sports-wear and runners/sports shoes. Ladies wear sports bras.
What should I bring with me? An exercise mat, a bottle of water and a sweat towel. When? Starting on Tuesday Jan 7th – Ap.7th 2020 for 13 weeks, (excl. St. Patrick’s Day.) from 10.15 – 11.15am each week.
Cost? €130 (€10X13) for the 13 week course. Cheques should be made payable to CMG Fit and should be given to Claire on Day 1. N.B. This course is organised for members of the RTAI. If you intend to do this course, apply to Claire by e-mail and please let me know (text, post, phone or e-mail)
Golf Lessons for Beginners Spring 2020
If there is sufficient interest, we will organise golf lessons for Beginners in Elm Green Golf Club, Dunsink Lane. Maximum number per class is 8. The teacher is Gillian Burrell. The course will run for 6 weeks.
Dates: January 28th. February 11th: 18th; and 25th. March: 3rd and 10th
Time: 10.30 – 11.30am.
Cost is €80. Golf balls, bought by each individual player, are not included.
Please respond to the Branch Rúnaí, by November 22nd 2019. Cheques, payable to RTAI.
Dublin Branches Annual Bridge Competition Winners 2018
Report on the Dublin Branches' Lisbon Trip - May 2018
Wednesday brought us to Fatima. The peace and beauty of the grounds delighted us all. Within the “old” basilica we saw the final resting place of the “children”. The simplicity of the “new” Basilica, interrupted only by the mural on the back wall is refreshing.
On our way back to Lisbon we detoured to see the Unesco Heritage, walled town, of Obidos. It’s winding, cobbled streets and spectacular views were delightful.
Thursday was an easier day with a visit to the National Palace of Sintra. The 1,000 year old palace was the residence of the monarchs in the middle ages. The Swan room and the Magpie room are unique. The palace also houses the largest collection of glazed tiles in the world.
Cascais, once a traditional fishing village, became a fashionable seaside resort in the 19th century. The sea and sandy beaches are still popular with tourists, and retired teachers! A stroll through the town and a small glass of Port was the perfect way to wind down after a hectic few days.
Marathon Travel provided the logistics and Kevin O’Neill, guide, made it a memorable trip. Our local guide, Bertha, was a mine of information and kept us going with her good humour and kindness.