Retired Staff Association

Retired Staff Association

Latest Retired Staff Association (RSA) Notication:

June 20, 2022 - Notification from Mary Steele, Secretary, UCC Retired Staff Association
A chairde,
A reminder of our final event before the summer break.
Event:      BBQ
Venue:     Tennis Club, The Mardyke
Date:        Thursday, 30 June 2022
Time:        7 00 pm
Cost for members:           10 Euro
Cost for non members:    25 Euro 

Please forward the money to The Secretary, UCC RSA, c/o Department of Human Resources, UCC by Wednesday, 22 June 2022.

Let me know if anyone attending has any special dietary requirements.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Le meas,
Mary    Mary Steele

June 8, 2022 - Notification from Mary Steele, Secretary, UCC Retired Staff Association
A Chairde,
The last Get Together before the summer break will take place on Tuesday, 14 June 2022 at 2 00 pm with a tour of the Hub.  This will be followed by light refreshments in the Staff Dining Room (Staff Restaurant) from 3 00 pm.
Tour of the new Hub in UCC at 2 00 pm on 14 June 2022
Buildings and Estates has kindly agreed to give us a tour of the new Hub prior to our get together on 14 June 2022.  Those attending the tour will meet at the entrance to the Hub.
Let me know immediately but not later that Friday, 10 June if you wish to join the tour as Buildings and Estates need the number.

Summer BBQ on Thursday, 30 June 2022  at the Tennis Club, The Mardyke at 7 00 pm.
Cost:      10 Euro for members
               25 Euro for non members.
The actual cost per person is 31 Euro but the association is subsidising this event. We hope that many of you may be free to attend this summer BBQ on 30 June.  It would be wonderful if those who could not attend the Deferred Christmas lunch were free to attend and, of course, to have the opportunity to welcome new members, in this social setting.  Light entertainment will be provided.  
 
Please send your payment for the BBQ by Wednesday, 22 June 2022 to:
 
Secretary UCC RSA, Department of Human Resources, UCC 
OR
Pay in person on Tuesday, 14 June 2022 at the Get Together. 
 
Please note that no tickets will be issued for this event.  A list of those who paid will be recorded.  Once the caterer has been notified of the number attending, we hope you will understand that no refunds can be made after that. 
 
We are very happy to report that UCC has agreed to allow us to hold our monthly Get Together in the Staff Dining Room (Staff Restaurant), on a pilot basis.  If this works out well, we will be allowed to use it into the future.  We are very grateful to  Pat Cotter, General Services Officer  and Christopher McCarthy, Hospitality Manager for setting this up for us.
 
Looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday.
Le meas,
Mary  
Mary Steele, Secretary to the UCC RSA    Mary Steele
Hattie O'Sullivan, Chair, Eileen O'Brien, Treasurer. Committee Members:  Eileen Barry, Charlie Daly, Liam Cotter,  Anne Kelly, Ann McCann, Ruth McDonnell, Eleanor O'Connor, Esther O'Farrell. 

Application for Membership / Membership Renewal 2022

Applications for membership and membership renewal for 2022 are now due.
Current members will have already received an application form in the post.
You can replicate the application form by providing the following information:
a) Indicate    New Member   or    Existing member renewing
b) Name:        _______________________
c) Address:     _______________________
                      _______________________
                      _______________________
d) EMail:         _______________________
e) Mobile No.:  _______________________
f)  Indicate that you acknowledge your agreement to the UCC Retired Staff Association holding your personal information for UCC RSA purposes only.
g) Signature:   _______________________

Completed application forms together with the €10 (cash or cheque) membership fee can be returned to any committee member or to the Secretary, Retired Staff Association, H.R. Department, UCC.
Cheques should be made payable to 'UCC Retired Staff Association'.

Previous Committee notifications can be found below.

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UCC Retired Staff Association

The Retired Staff Association (RSA) was formed in 2011 to provide a forum for contact among its members, the retired staff of UCC, to represent their interests and to provide recreational activities (see below).

The RSA meet for coffee at 2.30 pm on the second Tuesday of every month in the Staff Common Room in UCC. All retired staff are welcome to attend. There are no meetings in July and August. Additionally, the RSA organises activities, lectures, outings etc. throughout the year. Notifications of events are sent to members by email and are listed on this website. 

The RSA in-person monthly meetings and all RSA activities were suspended in 2020, until UCC re-opened fully.
The committee organised on-line monthly Zoom meetings for the duration of the covid closedown.
These sessions featured a wide variety of activities including talks, discussions, demonstartions, music etc.
On March 8th 2022, the first in-person RSA monthly meeting, following UCC re-opening, took place in the Council Room, UCC. 

The RSA monthly meeting, on Tuesday April 12 2022 at 2:00pm was our latest A.G.M..
The AGM was held in the O'Rahilly Building (ORB), followed by a chat in the Student Centre Cafe.
Further details will follow.

The Officers & Committee elected for the year 2022 are listed below.

* Subscriptions - Retired Staff Association Membership - 2022.
The subscription year begins at the start of the financial year - January 1st. If you would like to join the association or renew your membership for the coming year, please forward your membership fee of €10 together with your name and contact details (address, email address and mobile number) to - Secretary, Retired Staff Association, H.R. Department, UCC.

Cheques should be made payable to 'UCC Retired Staff Association'.

Please Email our secretary, Mary Steele, for further details about the RSA.

Committee Members:

  • Hattie O'Sullivan, Chair
  • Eileen O'Brien, Treasurer
  • Mary Steele, Secretary
  • Eileen Barry
  • Derry Cotter
  • Liam Cotter
  • Charlie Daly
  • Anne Kelly
  • Ruth McDonnell
  • Eleanor O'Connor
  • Esther O'Farrell
  • Paula Rose

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Previous Notifications - 2021/22

May 9, 2022 - Notification from Mary Steele, Secretary, UCC Retired Staff Association
A chairde,
Looking forward to seeing you at our Get Together tomorrow. 
Day and date:   Tuesday, 10 May 2022
Time:                2 00 pm
Venue:              Council Room
Refreshments will be served in the Council Room.
Le meas,
Mary
Mary Steele, Secretary, UCC RSA   Mary Steele

April 18, 2022 - Notification from Mary Steele, Secretary, UCC Retired Staff Association
A chairde,
It was wonderful to meet so many of you at the recent deferred Christmas lunch.  We all agreed it was so nice to meet in person and look forward to a bigger and better lunch in December.  As always, the Student Centre provided a lovely meal and took great care of us.

Tomas Tyner took lots of photos on the occasion which he invites you to view at - https://ttyner.photoshelter.com/gallery/UCC-Staff-lunch-March-2022/G0000XmpnANTDNcg 

If prompted, enter this password: Together88
Best regards
Tomas

Thank you to so many of you who already returned your membership form for 2022.  A reminder that I will finalize the new membership list on 30 April 2022 so if you have not renewed your membership, you will be removed  from the email list on 30 April.  If you are not sure whether you have returned your form, email me and I can confirm this for you.

For your information, at our AGM the current committee were continued for the next year.  We are delighted to say that Eileen Barry has agreed to join the committee. Please think about joining the committee as new members are needed and will be warmly welcomed.
Happy Easter.
Le meas,
Mary
Mary Steele, Secretary, UCC RSA    Mary Steele

April 8, 2022 - Notification from Mary Steele, Secretary, UCC Retired Staff Association
A chairde,
The UCC Retired Staff Association Annual General Meeting will be held as follows: 
Day and Date:   Tuesday, 12 April 2022
Venue:                ORB 255  (O Rahilly Building - Room 255)
Time:                  2 00 pm
Tea/coffee will be served in the Common Room afterwards
A.G.M. AGENDA 
1. (a) Minutes of the meeting of Tuesday, 10 March 2020
    (b) Matters arising from the minutes
2. Chairperson’s Report
3. Financial Report
4. Election of Officers for 2021/2022
5. Election of Committee for 2021/2022
6. Any other business
New members for officer positions and as committee members warmly welcomed.  
Please spread the word.  If you know anyone who would be interested, encourage them to put their name forward. 
Nomination forms have been sent to all RSA members.
If you require a form please email  marysteelecork@gmail.com or create one with the following layout.
NOMINATION FORM   
Officers and Committee Members - UCC Retired Staff Association 12 April 2022
Nominee:                   _______________________________________________________
Proposed by:              _____________________________________________________
Seconded by :             _____________________________________________________
Signature of Nominee: ____________________________________________
 
Looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday.
Le meas,
Mary
Secretary to the UCC RSA
Committee Members:  Hattie O'Sullivan, Eileen O'Brien, Charlie Daly, Derry Cotter, Ruth McDonnell, Anne Kelly, Esther O'Farrell. 

March 7, 2022 - Notification from Hattie O'Sullivan, Chairperson UCC RSA
A Chairde,
The deferred Christmas Lunch for UCC Retired Staff will be held in Devere Hall, Arus na Mac Leinn on:
             Friday 25 March 2022 at 12:30pm
The cost of the lunch is €10 per person which is made possible by the significant financial support provided by UCC for this event.
If you wish to attend, please provide the following information together with €10 (cash or cheque) to the
Secretary, Retired Staff Association, HR Department, UCC  by  Friday, 18 March 2022.
Information required: Your name and full postal address.
Cheques should be made payable to 'UCC Retired Staff Association'.
For queries and any special dietary requirements please contact one of the following -
           Eileen O'Brien 087 7496949   Liam Cotter 086 2589942
Please note that an Ecumenical Service for Retired Staff / Deceased Members will be held in the
Honan Chapel, UCC at 11:30 am prior to the lunch.

March 5, 2022 - Notification from Mary Steele, Secretary to the UCC RSA
Kate O'Brien advised me that  Kathleen Daly will retire from the  Staff Common Room on  15 March.
You could always be sure of a very warm welcome from Kathleen.  She will be greatly missed.
Kate's email can be seen below. Anyone who would like to attend Kathleen's farewell can let Kate know.
Looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday.
Le meas,
Mary
Secretary to the UCC RSA

Dear all,
Kathleen Daly will retire from the Staff Common Room this month and we would like to mark the occasion with tea and cake and make a presentation to her on  Tuesday, 15th March at 3.00pm. 
In order for us to manage the catering it is important that you RSVP using this  LINK by Friday, 11 th March.
We hope to see some of you then.
Regards
Kate (on behalf of Staff Common Room Committee)

March 5, 2022 - Notification from Mary Steele, Secretary to the UCC RSA
A chairde,
Our next Get Together will be held IN PERSON as follows:
Day:      Tuesday
Date:     8 March 2022
Time:    3 00 pm
Venue:  Council Room
Tea/coffee and cakes will be served

This is the recording of the wonderful talk that Kara gave us on nutrition last month.
 video1413202616.mp4
The HealthFest that Kara mentioned will be held as follows
HealthFest Cork
Radisson Little Island 
Sunday, 6 March 2022 from 10 00 am - 4 00 pm
Entry is 20 Euro

February 6, 2022 - Notification from Mary Steele, Secretary to the UCC RSA
A chairde,  
Our Guest Speaker at the Get Together at 2:00pm Tuesday, 8 February is Kara O'Donnell O'Reilly who will speak about nutrition. 
Please see an introduction from Kara below. 
Details of the Zoom link have been forwarded to R.S.A. members.
At the end of the main Get Together those who are interested in the Folklore Project can remain on for a discussion on the way forward for this project.

“Hello I’m Kara O’Donnell, a qualified Nutritional Therapist based in Midleton, Co Cork.  
I am passionate about personalised nutrition and a functional approach to health. I love educating people about healthy eating and empowering them to make informed choices when it comes to their diet & lifestyle.  
Research is showing that all systems in our body are connected, taking a more holistic look at our bodies and health, and looking at the root cause of conditions, rather than just treating symptoms, makes for sustainable lasting improvements to our health.  
Nutritional Therapy is an evidence based approach to maximising ones health through individualised diet and lifestyle changes.  
I love helping clients to see how enjoyable healthy eating can be and how making simple lifestyle changes can bring amazing benefits.  
If you would like more information, I’d love to hear from you, drop me a line.”  

Looking forward to seeing you on Tuesday.  
Le meas,  
Mary   Secretary to the UCC RSA  

February 3, 2022 - Notification from Mary Steele, Secretary to the UCC RSA
A chairde,
Our next Zoom Get Together will be Tuesday, 8 February 2021 at 2:00pm.
Zoom meeting details will be emailed to RSA members in due course.
Catching Stories Project:
My apologies it has taken me so long to get back about this project.
Following Cliona and Beth's talk for us the following were some areas we can discuss.

1.  Catching stories - we can do this on the website:  catchingstories@corkfolklore.org 
     We can write up any story ourselves directly onto this website or do a group project and then submit it.
2.  The Chronicles of Covid-19 questionnaire. Again we can do this as an individual or as a group
3.  Our own stories particularly about our time in UCC - this is our own project on how we catch our own stories/memories of our time in UCC.

We have our monthly get together on Tuesday next 8 February at 2 00 pm as you know and I thought we could remain on at the end of that Get Together and discuss the next step. I can ask those not interested to leave the meeting.  We normally end around 3 15 to 3 30.  Would that time be ok for you all?

I shared Cliona's email with all the websites etc in my email of 11 November headed Follow Up UCC RSA Get Together of 9 November  Catching Stories and Hill Walking.

Please let me know if this is not suitable to you. Otherwise, see you Tuesday.
Le meas,
Mary

December 24, 2021 - Notification from Mary Steele, Secretary to the UCC RSA
A chairde,
For those of you who may not have seen the email from the Chaplaincy, we thought you would like to view this beautiful Rememberance event for the students and staff who died during the past year.
"The chaplaincy team have recorded a remembrance event which was filmed in the Honan Chapel to honour the 28 members of the student and staff community at UCC who have died during the past year. The video is an opportunity for all of us to remember them and thank them for their contribution to the life of UCC."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85Y-pu7glsM
Please note that there will not be a Zoom Get Together in January.
Our next Zoom Get Together will be Tuesday, 8 February 2021.
For those who are interested in taking part in our Folklore project, I will be in touch with you early in the New Year.
Wishing you all a safe and Happy Christmas and a better New Year for all.
Le meas,
UCC RSA Committee:  Hattie, Eileen, Esther, Anne, Derry, Eleanor, Paula, Ruth, Charlie, Liam, Mary

December 15, 2021 - Notification from Mary Steele, Secretary to the UCC RSA

Maeve McManamon's painting demonstration can be viewed here

December 13, 2021 - Notification from Mary Steele, Secretary to the UCC RSA

Mary Steele is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Contact email: Mary Steele
Zoom information has already been sent to R.S.A. members. 
Topic: Mary Steele's Zoom Meeting
Time: 2 00 pm Tuesday, 14 December 2021
Guest Speaker for the 14 December Get Together - Artist -  Maeve McManamon 
Maeve will give us a talk on her work and show us how to get started.  A great project for the New Year I think you will agree.  For those of you who may not know Maeve - she is an artist and a UCC colleague who is part of the Retired Staff Association.
Maeve McManamon was born in Sligo and moved to Cork in 1976.  Maeve always loved painting and made many friends through her art.  She initially worked primarily with oils and soon transitioned to watercolours.  Today, she continues to work in both mediums.  The beauty of nature inspires her greatly and it's clear to see in her work.  Themes of sky and reflections on water are prevalent in her painting.  Maeve has exhibited in the Lavitt Gallery, Henchy's of St. Lukes, Dungarvan Gallery, Ballyvolane House, Cappoquin Kinsale Arts Festival, Schull Arts Festival and Carrigaline Art Studio.  Maeve has also exhibited further afield in Apremont, France and in Chennai, India.

November 11, 2021 - Notification from Mary Steele, Secretary to the UCC RSA
A chairde,
We had a very interesting get together last Tuesday and Dr Cliona O'Carroll kindly attended again.  We discussed the idea of doing a project on "Catching Stories" with some other ideas too to think about.  Those present at the meeting all agreed to take part in the project.  Anyone else who might be interested in being part of this project, please email me (click Mary Steeleand I will then be in touch about our next step.

Dr Cliona O'Carroll (c.ocarroll@ucc.ie) has provided the link to the ‘Catching Stories’ website: www.catchingstories.org 
The link to the questionnaire for text contributions to ‘Catching Stories’: https://cacsss.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3fJEyPaH3syDBbM 

Hill Walking Group organised by Martin Hayes, hopes to revive itself following the Covid restrictons. 
The group walks  -  (fairly easy grade - eg The Paps, Torc....) on the 3rd Wed of the month. Nice exercise, great company. 
Interested persons should contact Sue Aylwin at s.aylwin@ucc.ie 

Guest Speaker for the 14 December Get Together - Artist -  Maeve McManamon 
Maeve will give us a talk on her work and show us how to get started.  A great project for the New Year I think you will agree.  For those of you who may not know Maeve - she is an artist and a UCC colleague who is part of the Retired Staff Association.
Maeve McManamon was born in Sligo and moved to Cork in 1976.  Maeve always loved painting and made many friends through her art.  She initially worked primarily with oils and soon transitioned to watercolours.  Today, she continues to work in both mediums.  The beauty of nature inspires her greatly and it's clear to see in her work.  Themes of sky and reflections on water are prevalent in her painting.  Maeve has exhibited in the Lavitt Gallery, Henchy's of St. Lukes, Dungarvan Gallery, Ballyvolane House, Cappoquin Kinsale Arts Festival, Schull Arts Festival and Carrigaline Art Studio.  Maeve has also exhibited further afield in Apremont, France and in Chennai, India.

Don't forget to let me know, (click  Mary Steele) if you would like to be part of the Folklore project.
Le meas,
Mary, Secretary to the UCC RSA
 
November 08, 2021 - Notification from Mary Steele, Secretary to the UCC RSA
A chairde,
Our next Zoom Get Together meeting is scheduled as follows -
Topic: UCC RSA Get Together
Time: 2 00 pm Tuesday, 9 November 2021
(Zoom meeting link and details have been emailed to RSA members. These can also be requested from Mary Steele)
It has been proposed that the RSA do a project on  "Catching Stories" (see  http://catchingstories.org)  for the retired staff in UCC.  The meeting on 9 November will discuss how we can plan this and who would be interested in taking part.
A date for your diary in 2022.  The Student Centre confirmed that they hope to accommodate us for our annual lunch on 21 January 2022, public health guidelines permitting.  The President has accepted our invitation to attend.  Fingers crossed it can go ahead.
Le meas,
Mary
Secretary to UCC Retired Staff Association

October 07, 2021 - Notification from Mary Steele, Secretary to the UCC RSA
A reminder that our next Zoom Get Together is on Tuesday October 12 at 2:00pm with a talk entitled: 
'Catching Stories: Bringing Oral Testimony Together with an Immunologist's Perspective' 
Presented by Dr Clíona O'Carroll and Dr Elizabeth Brint (teaching permitting). 
Please note that I will email the Zoom Invitation to RSA members on Monday next, October 11th.
I have also been asked, by Mary O’Rourke (Co-Chair of UCC LGBT+ Staff Network) to bring the following to your attention -
UCC: “Improving Services for LGBT+ People With Dementia
"The UCC LGBT+ Staff Network has organised a talk on Wednesday October 13 as part of UCC Community Week 2021:
“Improving Services for LGBT+ People With Dementia”.
The talk will be online and details (including registration link) are available at - https://www.ucc.ie/en/civic/open/communityweek/wednesday/servicesforlgbtqdementia/ 
Also, a reminder from Lauren O Mahony (Research Assistant SOLARBIOME project) to anyone who would be willing to volunteer for the SOLARBIOME Project: What are your views on healthy diets for ageing?
Researchers at UCC are currently conducting a study to explore middle-aged and older adults’ knowledge and views on a healthy diet and what makes people choose certain foods.
They are interested in the views of anyone aged 55 years or older and would very much welcome more volunteers for this project.
If you are interested, you can email the researcher Lauren O'Mahony laurenomahony@úcc.ie to find out more details.
Le meas,
Mary
Secretary to UCC Retired Staff Association

September 12, 2021 - Notification from Mary Steele, Secretary to the UCC RSA
A reminder that we are back in action, on zoom for the moment, for the Autumn and our first get together will take place next Tuesday, 14 September 2021 at 2 00 pm. 
Our guest for this meeting is Philip Brennan who will play his choice of music and give us information on the background to the music he has selected.  Philip is a member of the RSA and has presented music programmes on CUHFM for several years.  You can check him out at Philip Brennan Library on utube.
Le meas,
Mary
Secretary to UCC Retired Staff Association

July 7, 2021 - Notification from Mary Steele, Secretary to the UCC RSA
A chairde,
I hope you enjoy listening again to Professor John Cryan's talk ""A Gut Feeling about Happiness and Healthy Aging".
Link https://vimeo.com/567860301 
Hope you are all enjoying the summer.
Le beannacht,
Mary

May 26, 2021 - Notification from Mary Steele, Secretary to the UCC RSA
A chairde,
A reminder that our next Get Together will be on Tuesday, 8 June 2021 and our
guest will be Professor John Cryan, Vice President for Research and Innovation.
John's talk will be:  "A Gut Feeling about Happiness and Healthy Aging".
Zoom meeting details will be emailed to RSA members closer to the date of the meeting.
Hope you are enjoying our new found freedom as much as I am.
Le meas,
Mary
Secretary to UCC Retired Staff Association

May 26, 2021 - Notification from Mary Steele, Secretary to the UCC RSA
I received the email below which may be of interest to some of you.

Hello Mary
We would like to let you know about FitLine, a free Age & Opportunity initiative that your members might be interested in.
Age & Opportunity is the national organisation that provides a range of opportunities for older people who want to get more involved in arts and culture, sport and physical activity, civic engagement and personal development.
FitLine, is a volunteer peer-led telephone based motivation line which encourages older adults to introduce physical activity into their daily lives.  FitLine is designed to help people who want to feel a bit healthier but just don’t have the motivation, confidence or information on where and how to take that first step.  Participants receive a friendly check-in phone call every 2 weeks from our volunteer mentors. 
FitLine is funded by the HSE and Sport Ireland and is part of the Keep Well campaign.
FitLine volunteer mentors provide encouragement and ideas about how older adults can do simple physical activities as part of their day to day routine to suit their own lifestyle, and to provide information about clubs, groups and facilities in their own communities.
If you or any of your members would like more information, or would like to sign up for FitLine, please call Freephone, 1800 303 545 or email fitline@ageandopportunity.ie.
Kind Regards
Caroline
Caroline Eldridge| Active Programme FitLine Administrator| Age & Opportunity
St. Patrick’s Hall | Marino Institute of Education | Griffith Avenue | Dublin 9 | D09 K4P6
DD: +353 (0)1 853 5171 | E:Caroline.Eldridge@ageandopportunity.ie
ageandopportunity.ie

May 10, 2021 - Notification from Mary Steele, Secretary to the UCC RSA
A chairde,
Zoom Get Together - Tuesday, 11 May 2021 at 2 00 pm.
Joan Lenihan a member of Toastmasters, will give a speech called "The Teapot".
Anne Kelly will give a talk called "Gardening Spring into Summer".
Zoom meeting details have been sent out to RSA members by email.
If you wish to participate in the meeting and require the link/details, please contact Mary Steele (marysteelecork@gmail.com)
Looking forward to catching up with you all during the meeting.
Le meas,
Mary
Secretary to UCC Retired Staff Association

April 8, 2021 - Notification from Mary Steele, Secretary to the UCC RSA
Invitation to join the UCC Retired Staff Association
A chairde,
We would like to invite retired staff to join the Retired Staff Association.
The association was formed in 2011 to provide a forum for contact among its members, to represent their interests and to provide
recreational activities.
These activities are not available at present but we get together for chat on zoom and invite guest speakers.
Our next meeting on Tuesday 13 April is to discuss the new IT Benefits that UCC is providing for retired staff.
Our meetings take place on the second Tuesday of each month from September to June.
These meetings are held on zoom for the moment.
We very much welcome new members and if you and your spouse/partner are interested in joining, please let me know and I will forward the application form to you.  The cost of membership is 10 Euro for the year.
Stay safe and well.
Le meas,
Mary ( marysteelecork@gmail.com )

Mary Steele, Secretary to the UCC Retired Staff Association
Committee members:  Hattie O’Sullivan, Chair; Eileen O’Brien, Treasurer; Derry Cotter, Liam Cotter,  Charlie Daly, Ann Kelly, Ruth McDonnell, Eleanor O’Connor, Esther O’Farrell, Paula Rose

March 31, 2021 - Notification from Mary Steele, Secretary to the UCC RSA
A chairde,
I am very sad to have to advise you that our colleague Ferdie O'Halloran died on Sunday 28 March 2021.   
May he rest in peace.
Death Notice of Joseph Ferdinand (Ferdie) O'Halloran (rip.ie)
Le meas,
Mary

March 22, 2021 - Notification from Mary Steele, Secretary to the UCC RSA
A Chairde,
It was great seeing you on Tuesday, 8 March at our get together.
I got very positive feedback following the get together and members really enjoyed both the recital and the talk.
We feel that we are off to a great start.
Note: Just to let you know that Michael O'Halloran from IT will attend the next get together on Tuesday, 13 April and will take us through the IT Benefits document and any queries can be discussed there.  I received two comments on the document and these have been passed on to Barry O'Brien for discussion.  If there are any other specific questions that you would like raised, let me know and I can pass them on to Michael before the meeting.  Otherwise, we can take any questions arising on the day.

Donal Kingston, who is our contact person, is unavailable on 13 April so Michael very kindly agreed to attend instead.
I'll send an email with the Zoom link to you all before the next meeting.
Happy Easter and see you all on 13 April.
Le meas,
Mary
Secretary to the UCC RSA

March 8, 2021 - Notification from Mary Steele, Secretary to the UCC RSA
A chairde,
We look forward to our second zoom get together on Tuesday, 9 March from 2 00 - 3 00 pm.
Zoom meeting details have been sent out to RSA members by email.
If you wish to participate in the meeting and require the require link/details, please contact Mary Steele (marysteelecork@gmail.com)
Ruth McDonnell is our first guest and the title of her performance is:
Adventures with my harp - from Carolan to Covid 
This will be followed by a talk on gardening by our Chairperson, Hattie O'Sullivan.
Hattie has provided some useful information below:
Bord Bia has a list of garden centres and growers who will post plants and seeds to Ireland. Www.bordbia.ie
The Irish Specialist Nurseries Association (ISNA) have also got a list of their members willing to post plants to anywhere in Ireland
www.irishspecialistnurseriesassociation.
Mr. Middleton Garden Shop (Dublin) has had a very good mail order service for years.
www.mrmiddleton.com A link from their website will take you to a Polish supplier of seeds which arrived 2 – 3 weeks after I ordered.
GIY (Grow it Yourself) for growing fruit and vegetables advice. Www.giy.ie
RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) www.rhs.org.uk
RHSI Royal Horticultural Society Ireland www.rhsi.ie

February 24, 2021 - Notification from Mary Steele, Secretary to the UCC RSA
A chairde,
We are delighted to say that we have received very positive feedback following our first zoom get together.  It was wonderful that those who are living outside of Ireland could join us.  A great bonus.  We look forward to the next one.

I received an email from Barry O'Brien, Director of HR UCC with some changes and IT supports they are proposing for retired staff.  These changes and IT Supports were contained in an email attachment which has been circulated to all members of the RSA. Please let me know by Monday, 1 March if you have any comments or concerns that I can share with Barry.  Donal Kingston is our contact person.  Donal was always so helpful when I worked in UCC and I think it is great that we have a named person to contact now should we need help.

Next Zoom Get-together: will be on Tuesday, 9 March 2021 from 2 00 - 3 00 pm.  

Ruth McDonnell has kindly agreed to give a short recital at the beginning of the meeting 
Hattie O’Sullivan will give a short talk on gardening. 
We would welcome volunteers for future meetings. 

Suggestions: Some of our members suggested at the last get together:
Sport
I have been screening www.sportireland.ie senior strength for over70s video series 3 short workout each session (6 videos in total).   
Books recommended: 
Audio books from the Library
Life Sentences  Billy O'Callaghan
The Power of Now  Eckhart Tolle
Where the Crawdads Sing  Delia Adams
Irish Classes
Sean O Laoi is offering classes in Irish at different levels in UCC. For information contact Sean at s.olaoi@ucc.ie 

Le meas,
Mary
Secretary to the UCC RSA

February 12, 2021 - Notification from Mary Steele, Secretary to the UCC RSA
Following the February 5 notification, below, the RSA get together was held over Zoom on Tuesday February 9th, 2021.
The committee was delighted that there were 28 attendees from various locations including France and Scotland.
It is planned to have Zoom get-togethers on a monthly basis on the second Tuesday of the month.
As outlined in the notification, all ideas & suggestions for the agenda would be very welcome. Please send these to our secretary.
An email notification will be sent out, prior to the next get-together, to RSA members which will contain details of the information required to join the Zoom meeting.
If you are not on the RSA emailing list, and wish to be included, please email our secretary -
Mary Steele  at  marysteelecork@gmail.com

February 5, 2021 - Notification from Mary Steele, Secretary to the UCC RSA
A chairde,
We hope that you are all keeping well during these difficult times.
As we are unable to attend meetings in person at present, the committee thought we would pilot a zoom get together for tea and chat on our usual Tuesday afternoon.
We look forward to catching up with anyone who may be free to attend.
We would welcome ideas as to how we could make this get together interesting and can have a chat about this on Tuesday.
Perhaps we could share stories, interesting books, TV shows, Poetry etc etc  All ideas/suggestions welcome.
The zoom invitation is below (not shown now) and you just need to click on the link to join.  No password is required.
Looking forward to catching up on Tuesday, 9 February from 2 00 pm - 3 00 pm.
Le beannacht,
Hattie, Eileen, Anne,Charlie, Derry, Eileen, Eleanor, Esther, Liam, Ruth, Paula, Mary

Previous Notifications - 2020

December 16, 2020 - Notification from Mary Steele, Secretary to the UCC RSA
A chairde,
Nollaig Shona/Happy Christmas to you all.  

We have great hope now for a much better 2021.
UCC held a beautiful service of remembrance in the Honan Chapel for staff and students who died during the past year. 
You can watch it here:  http://youtu.be/tTBPbtlUAas
We remember: 
Edwin McCarthy
Dan Hyde
Matthew Healy
Robert Daly
John Barry
Donal Humphreys
Henry Michael Snow
Tim O'Connor
Sverre Lidholm
David Harold Cox
Niamh Lynch
Eugene Ryan
Brendan O'Mahony
Hilary Doonan
John Sweeney
Anne Egar
We very much look forward to returning to our live service next year.
We will be in touch again in the New Year.
Le beannacht,
Hattie, Eileen, Liam, Anne,Charlie, Derry, Ruth, Esther, Eleanor, Paula, Mary

November 16, 2020 - Notification from Mary Steele, Secretary to the UCC RSA
A chairde,
As you know, our year had got off to a great start with the decluttering talk in January which came in very useful during the lockdown frenzy of tidying.  Professor Philip O'Kane explained at our February talk how the flooding problem in Cork could be solved by constructing a tidal barrier which would be much cheaper than the scheme proposed by the OPW, still a very controversial issue. On 2nd March we had a film outing to the Triskel Cinema to see "Parasite", an Oscar winning film, preceded by an Early Bird Dinner in Jacobs on the Mall.  We were lucky to have our AGM on 10 March before all our activities ceased from 13 March due to the Covid19 restrictions.
Pensioners Christmas Lunch and Ecumenical Service
You will have seen the message on your October payslip that the pensioners Christmas lunch 2020 has been cancelled. The note on the payslip was the most straight forward way of letting all the UCC pensioners know this.   We are grateful to the Payroll Office for facilitating us as we only have contact details for those who are members of the RSA.  Some pensioners may not have spotted the message on the payslip so please let your UCC retiree friends and colleagues know. We are all very disappointed but hopefully we will be back to organising our social activities sometime in 2021.
The Ecumenical Service for Pensioners/Retired Staff/Deceased Members has also been cancelled.
Subscriptions
At the Committee’s recent ZOOM meeting it was decided to carry forward the 2020 subscriptions paid to 2021. Under the constitution, the final decision on this will need to be taken at the AGM in March.  We will be in touch about the AGM in the new year when we see how matters are unfolding. 
Hilary Doonan RIP
The Committee were saddened to hear of the sudden death of Hilary Doonan RIP, a former member of the Committee. Hilary was a very hard-working member, and we wish to acknowledge her commitment, contribution and support of the association and especially for the setting up the “Short Walks Group”.   A vote of sympathy will be conveyed to Hilary’s family.
Lastly, please mind yourselves and stay safe and well and hope we’ll all meet in the not too distant future.
RSA Committee:
Hattie O’Sullivan, Chairperson; Mary Steele, Secretary; Eileen O’Brien, Treasurer; Liam Cotter, Derry Cotter, Charlie Daly, Anne Kelly, Eleanor O'Connor, Esther O'Farrell, Ruth McDonnell, Paula Rose.

September 28, 2020 - Notification from Mary Steele, Secretary to the UCC RSA
A chairde,
Today we learned about the sad death of our dear friend and colleague Hilary Doonan RIP.
The Retired Staff Association would like to offer our deepest sympathies to her family, especially to her daughters Francesca and Rachel, at this time.  Hilary was a wonderful colleague and friend.  She was a tremendous support to the Retired Staff Association which she joined on retiring from UCC in 2009.  She served on the committee for several years and went on to set up the Short Walks Group in 2010 which has continued with great success every week since then.
Hilary was a hugely talented person and leaves behind an amazing legacy of kindness, knowledge ,friendship and fun with so many people across all walks of life. 
I think you will agree, we are all the better for having known Hilary.
Ní bheidh a leithéad ann arís.
RSA Committee
Hattie O'Sullivan, Eileen O'Brien, Derry Cotter, Liam Cotter, Charlie Daly, Anne Kelly, Ruth McDonnell, Eleanor O'Connor, Esther O'Farrell, Paula Rose, Mary Steele

June 26, 2020 - Notification from Mary Steele, Secretary to the UCC RSA
A chairde,
We hope that you are all managing well during this very strange time.
We wanted to let you know that we have been in touch with UCC to see whether they could give us any idea of when we will be able to resume our monthly get together.  Barry O'Brien, Director, HR said that it will take a few more weeks before they can advise us on this.  
We are aware that classes will commence for students on 28 September 2020 and the staff are expected to return to their offices in August. 
We will keep you informed of any further update from UCC.
It is wonderful to have more freedom to travel further now.   
We hope that you all enjoy the rest of the summer and very much look forward to getting together again as soon as possible.
Le beannacht,
Hattie, Eileen, Anne, Eleanor, Esther, Charlie, Liam, Derry, Ruth, Paula, Mary

April 10, 2020 - Notification from Mary Steele, Secretary to the UCC RSA
The RSA meeting of 14 April will not go ahead, due to the coronavirus outbreak.
As the restrictions have now been extended, we do not anticipate a meeting in May either.  
We will be in touch, via email and on this webpage, about the June meeting when we see how the situation is unfolding.
Mary Steele, Secretary to the UCC RSA

National Federation/Network of 3rd Level Retired Staff Associations.

On Wednesday 18th April the officers of UCC R.S.A. attended a meeting in NUI Galway. The purpose of the meeting was to look into the possibility of the formation of a National Federation/Network of 3rd Level Retired Staff Associations. In attendance were delegates from NUI Limerick, NUI Dublin, NUI Maynooth, Trinity and NUI Cork.
A very interesting day was had by all culminating in a bus tour of the campus!

It was decided to meet annually with UCD being the proposed venue for 2019 and UCC the venue for 2020.

Other Information

"2019 Senior Citizen & Family Carer Guidebook"
This guidebook has been produced by NHI (Nursing Homes Ireland), Age Opportunity, Age Action and Home Instead.
It contains information on many subjects such as Allowances & Entitlements, Nutrition, Home Care etc.
The booklet is available free from the Cork City Library and it's branches.
It can also be downloaded from the website https://www.homeinstead.ie/Guidebook2019

Citizen's Information Board - Citizen's Information Service, 13-15 Cornmarket Street, Cork - T12 F773.
The Citizen's Information Board provides independent information, advice and advocacy on public and social services.
It's website is www.citizensinformation.ie and the contact telephone number is 076 1076950 (9:00am - 8:00pm Monday to Friday).
The office in Cork is one of many 'Drop in' locations nationwide - no appointment necessary. The reception area of the Cork office contains relevant information leaflets and booklets.

Human Resources

Acmhainní Daonna

Ground Floor, Block E, Food Science Building, UCC

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