Meath Branch

The branch currently has in the region of 300 members and has grown from small beginnings to its present vibrant state. Members engage in various courses and activities during each year.Recently these have included ipad training, art and genealogy.  Travel, both home and abroad, has featured strongly in recent years. Trips have included York and Berlin abroad and several  more local adventures to Wexford, Patrick Kavanagh country, Dublin theatres etc. Plenty more voyages are being considered!

Some of the more senior members of the branch will flesh out the story of its earlier days on this site at a later date.

Next Branch Meeting
The Meath Branch AGM took place on Mon. 25th Nov.2019 in the Ardboyne Hotel Navan:
Details of the summer 2020 meeting will be posted here as soon as they become available.
Latest News

Meath Branch AGM. was held on Monday 25th Nov. in Ardboyne Hotel Navan.
70 members attended which was a terrific turn out. Great to see new faces among old friends.
Guest speakers were Minister Regina Doherty and Gen Sec. RTA  Billy Sheehan.
Seasonal entertainment was provided by the Sweet voices of Giovanna Feeley and 4 of her singing students from Mercy Navan accompanied on piano by her husband Ephram.
Following our Christmas Raffle many members enjoyed lunch and a chat together.
On 1st Dec. we enjoyed Eimear Quinn in concert in Solstice Navan .
WATCH THIS SPACE for news of trips , classes, outings, coffee mornings and meetings in 2020.

Upcoming Events Winter 2019 and Advance Notice of 2020 Trips
A choir consisting of serving and retired teachers conducted by Giovanna  Feeley will rehearse on Tue. Nights in Ed.Centre from November.
1st December: Dinner and show in Solstice Navan featuring Eimear Quinn.
Coffee morning: Mon.11th Dec.
Look out for details of our Trip to Tipp in Spring
and Trip to Vienna in Autumn in Autumn 2020!
Recent events / outings /classes/trips June - October 2019
Ist Aid classes June
4th July trip to the Dail
17th July guided tour of Christchurch Cathedral followed by recital by Yellow Rose Singers.
28th Aug.    Day Trip to Hillsborough Castle,  Ulster Linen museum Lisburn and Ulster Aviation Museum.
Sept. 2nd Coffee morning Ed.Centre.Navan
Sept.20th commence computer classes
1st Oct. Tour to Seville ,Granada and Cordoba.
Below is a representative selection of photos of our activities:
To enlarge a photo, simply click on it!

Summer Activities and Upcoming events in Autumn 2019

Summer Activities:

We in the Meath branch have been busy bunnies all Summer.

We went Bell Ringing and enjoyed a very interesting guided tour  in Christchurch cathedral   on 17th July.

The 28th Aug. found the intrepid trippers from Meath Branch in Hillsborough castle , The Ulster Linen museum in Lisburn and the Ulster Aviation Museum.

Earlier, we enjoyed a lovely day in Dáil Éireann on July 4th last. Below are members of the branch, together with Damian English TD and Minister Helen McEntee:

Visit to Galway and Clifdon, May 2018

Meath RTA On Tour.

Pictured outside Glengowla Mines Galway May 2019

Trip to Armagh

“On Thursday 25th Oct. 37, Meath Branch members enjoyed a Day Trip to the beautiful city of Armagh. Below are some photos of the event:

Branch Trip to Belgium, September 2018
Members of Meath branch took part in a very enjoyable trip to Belgium in the latter days of September. Places visited included the European Parliament in Brussels, Ghent and Ypres, site of the Ypres War Museum and the battlefields where many Irish soldiers from both parts of the island gave their lives during the 1914-18 war. .Below are some photographic memories of the visit.

 

 

 

Presentation to retiring Committee Members

The new committee made a presentation to Maura Norris,Tony Wallace and( Mary Redmond absent from picture) to thank them for all their hard work as members of Meath Branch RTA committee.

Photos of the West Cork Trip - 24th April 2018
 

Members of Meath Retired Teachers Association pictured at Béal na mBláth in West Cork, scene of the Michael Collins assassination in August 1922. The group visited many points of interest including Skibbereen, Clonakilty, Sherkin Island and Spike Island.

Photos of the Lake District Trip, May 2017

Over 40 members of Meath Retired Teachers’ Association spent five days touring the Lake District and its environs in Cumbria, Northwest England in May 2017.

This trip included trips to Windermere, Wordsworth’s Dove Cottage, Grasmere and Keswick.

The touring party then ventured further north to Carlisle and across the border to Gretna Green in Scotland. Two of the members partook in a ‘wedding’ ceremony. Their names will remain confidential to protect the innocent! Suffice to say a wonderful time was had by all. The weather was a most benign 20 degrees which facilitated panoramic views of the landscape at its stunning best.

The pictures above show the group and committee members Maura, Tony and Mary getting into the spirit of their environment at Gretna Green!

Photos of the trips to Wexford and Derry
 

Branch members recently visited Wexford and Derry. 

Hook Head:    Members of Meath Retired Teachers Association pictured coping with the elements at Hook Head Lighthouse on September 16th 2016. The trip also encompassed visits to the National 1798 Rebellion Centre and to the Dunbrody Famine Ship.

Above: Committee members Mary Redmond, Tony Wallace and Maura Norris at the Seamus Heaney Home Place in April 2017. This centre displays many exhibits on the life and works of the poet and gave the Meath group an oppportunity to explore the background to his many celebrated works in greater detail.

 Group Picture Derry:   Meath Retired Teachers at the Heaney Centre in Bellaghy, Co.Derry. The group visited the Siege Museum, City Walls and had a walking tour of the Bogside with its evocative murals. An evening stroll over the Peace Bridge was particularly memorable. Day Two concentrated on the literary legacy of Nobel Prize Winner Seamus Heaney visiting many places associated with the great poet and his works including Mossbawn, Magherafelt and his final resting place at Bellaghy Graveyard.

Branch Officers

Seamus P. O'Neill

Cathaoirleach

Catherine Ann Abbott

Secretary

Eileen Kirwan

Treasurer

Contact Us

Catherine Ann Abbott

087-9770603

E-Mail: c.a.abbott@hotmail.com