Retired Staff Association

Retired Staff Association

The Retired Staff Association (RSA) was founded to provide a forum for contact among its members, the retired staff of UCC, 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 monthly meeting, in March 2019, was our A.G.M..
The Officers & Committee elected for the coming year are listed below.

* Subscriptions - Retired Staff Association Membership - 2019.
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

Derry Cotter
Liam Cotter
Anne Kelly
Ruth McDonnell
Michael Mortell
Eleanor O'Connor
Esther O'Farrell
Paula Rose

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!
Initially, it was decided to meet annually with UCD being the proposed venue for 2019.
(See images below)

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of the UCC Retired Staff Association was held
on Tuesday, 12 March 2019 at 1:45pm in the North Wing Council Room 


1. (a) Minutes of the AGM held on 13 March 2018
    (b) Matters arising from minutes.         
2.  Chairperson's Report
3.  Financial Report
4.  Election of Officers for 2019/2020
5.  Election of Committee for 2019/2020
6.  Any other business

Officer and Committee Members - Nominations for A.G.M.
Nominations for election of officers and committee will be taken at the meeting. 
Nominee:                    _____________________________
Proposed by:               _____________________________
Seconded by:               _____________________________
Signature of Nominee:  _____________________________
If you wish to have a motion included on the Agenda, please forward to
Esther O’Farrell (, preferably before March 8. 
You may, of course, put forward a motion at the meeting itself.

We are hoping that there will be lots of enthusiastic new volunteers!
Copies of the Constitution will be available for reference at the AGM.

Activities 2019

CHRISTMAS LUNCH for UCC Pensioners - December 2019
: Devere Hall, Aras na Mac Leinn, UCC
Date & Time4 December 2019 at 12:30pm
Cost: The cost of the lunch is €10 per person which is made possible by the significant support provided by UCC for this event.
If you wish to attend, please send your name and address, together with €10 (cash or cheque) to -
Secretary, Retired Staff Association, HR Department, UCC  by Friday, 22 November 2019.
Cheques should be made payable to  UCC Retired Staff Association
Tickets will also be available at the monthly get together on Tuesday, 12 November 2019 in the Staff Common Room at 2:30pm.
For queries and any special dietary requirements please contact one of the following -
Eileen O'Brien (087 7496949)      Liam Cotter (086 2589942)
Ecumenical Service: An ecumenical service for Pensioners/Retired Staff/Deceased Members will be held prior to the Christmas Lunch.
Location: Honan Chapel, UCC
Date & Time: 4 December 2019 at 11:30am
Hattie O'Sullivan
(Chairperson, UCC RSA) on Behalf of the Organising Committee

Talk: Humour of Cork
Special Guest Speaker: Professor Des MacHale
Venue:  Aula Maxima
Date & Time: Tuesday, 12 November 2019 @ 1:30pm

Talk: An Overview of Research and Innovation in UCC.
Speaker: Professor Anita Maguire, Vice President for Research
Venue:  Aula Maxima
Date & Time: Tuesday, 8 October 2019 @ 1:30pm

Talk: VOICE Ireland Waste Reduction Workshop
Speaker: Tad Kirakowski
Date & Time: Tuesday, 10 September 2019 @ 1:30pm
Workshop Description :
This interactive workshop will cover the issue of waste and recycling in Ireland. 
Profile : Tad Kirakowski is a Project Manager and Communications Officer with VOICE (Voice Of Irish Concern for the Environment) 

Visit to Helen Dillon's New Garden in Monkstown, Co Dublin
A visit to Helen Dillon's new garden in Monkstown, Co Dublin is being arranged.
Date & TimeSaturday 20 July 2019 from 2 30 - 4 30 pm.  
Organiser: Hattie O'Sullivan email address:     Phone:  086 8393077

Retired Staff Association Barbeque: 
Date & Time: THURSDAY, 20 JUNE at 7.30 pm.
I would be grateful if you could let me know if you will be attending as I need numbers
for the caterers:
The cost to members is €15  (non members €25). Payment can be made on the night.
It is a lovely venue and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible.
Esther O'Farrell

Talk: The Work of the Glucksman Gallery, UCC
Speaker: Professor Prof. Fiona Kearney  
Date & Time:
11 June 2019 @ 1:30pm
Professor Fiona Kearney is the founding Director of the Glucksman Gallery and has very kindly agreed to give us a talk about the work of the gallery, how it has grown and developed over the past number of years and reaches out to the local communities to ensure inclusion. 

VisitDoneraile Park with lunch in the Townhouse Café, Doneraile.
Tuesday, 4 June 2019
If you are interested in attending this event please confirm by email to
Paula Rose at
The café need the number attending so they can set aside tables for the group. 
If anyone needs a lift let Paula know also.  

Talk: ' "My Father's Church!" A personal portrait of St Colman's Cathedral, Cobh'
Tuesday, 14 May 2019 at 1:30pm in the Council Room
Adrain Gebruers is currently organist and carillonneur of St Colman's Cathedral, positions previously held by his father Staf.  A tutor in Carillon Performance at UCC and President Emeritus of the World Carillon Federation, he has been a guest recitalist on many of the world's major carillons.  In 2005 he received from Pope John Paul II the very special honour of being made a Papal Knight of the Order of St Gregory the Great (KSG) in recognition of his services to church music. 

Gardening Talk/Demonstration:
Malcolm Kitt will be giving a talk on gardening at 
The Pavilion Garden Centre, Ballygarvan 
for the UCC Retired Staff Association Members on
Tuesday, 23 April 2019 at 2.00 pm.
The cafe will be open if anyone would like to have lunch before the talk
(or coffee afterwards).

Hillwalk:   R.S.A. Hillwalk Group - Clifden
Alistair Allen reports: We had superb accommodation at Abbeyglen Castle Hotel, Clifden, and glorious weather for late February, with 4 peaks scaled, a walk across the sands to and around Omey Island, and visits to Kylemore Abbey. 
All participants agreed that a great time was had by all.
Our thanks to David Morgan who organised the trip.

Performance by the UCC PLAYERS
Title: "Conversations in a Library"
Venue: The Council Room (North Wing)
Date: Tuesday, 12 February at 12:45pm
Please arrive in plenty of time to be seated before the performance begins.
Followed by our monthly get together for coffee/chat in the Staff Common Room

Activities 2018

Christmas Lunch 2018 for UCC Pensioners

The Christmas Lunch for UCC Pensioners took place in Devere Hall, Arus na
MacLeinn on Wednesday, 5 December at 12:30pm.

The Annual Mass for Pensioners/Retired Staff/Deceased Members was
held in the Honan Chapel, UCC at 11:30am prior to the Christmas Lunch.


UCC Player's Drama Group
Performance in the North Wing Council Room
Date: January 9, 2018 at 1:30pm

The Nano Nagle Place Heritage Experience
A guided tour was arranged to The Nano Nagle Heritage
Experience, Douglas Street, Cork on -
Tuesday, 15th May 2018 at 11:00am

Visit to Fort Camden in Crosshaven
A tour of Fort Camden in Crosshaven was organised for Saturday, 9 June 2018.

Bob Jackson talk "A Doctor's Sword"
Venue: Room WW5 in the West Wing of the Quadrangle Building.
Date & Time: Tuesday 12 June 2018 at 1:30pm
Bob Jackson lectures in Creative Media at the Institute of Tecchnology Tralee and
produced the feature documentary 'A Doctor's Sword'.

DateThursday, 21 June 2018.
Time: 7:30pm
Venue: The Courtyard on Sober Lane (The Flying Enterprise).

Lecture: Rosemary Moone on "The Alexander Technique"
Learn how to release stress, stay flexible and prevent aches and pains by finding
out about the Alexander Technique. It's a simple and practical method for
promoting ease of movement, balance and flexibility in both men and women.
Date: Tuesday, 9th October @ 1:30pm
Venue: North Wing Council Room

Lecture by Dr. Gabriel Doherty (History Department, UCC)
Lecture Title: "Catholic ethics, the hunger strike and the struggle for Irish
independence: from Ashe to Murphy, Fitzgerald & MacSwiney
Venue: The Council Room (North Wing)
Date: Tuesday, 13 November at 1:30pm

Mary Steele  ( ) on behalf of the UCC Retired Staff Association

Images (click on image to expand)

Barbecue @ The Flying Enterprise - Thursday June 21, 2018
Talk: Bob Jackson talk on his book "A Doctor's Sword" - Tuesday June 12, 2018
Fort Camden, Crosshaven
- Saturday June 9, 2018
Nano Nagle Heritage Experience
- Tuesday May 15, 2018
NUI Galway
 - Wednesday April 18, 2018 (Officers attend 3rd Level Retired Staff meeting)

Other Information

"Senior Citizen & Family Carer - Essential Guidebook 2018"
This booklet 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.

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 and the contact telephone number is 076 1076950
The office in Cork is one of 260 '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