NEW YEAR 2022

Athbhliain faoi shéan is faoi mhaise daoibh uilig

I looked for some wise words to get the new year going positively (plenty of negative media out there) and found a few Maeve Binchey quotes among my WhatsApp posts that I’ll share:

  1. “I don’t have ugly ducklings turning into swans in my stories. I have ugly ducklings turning into confident ducks.”
  2. “The great thing about getting older is that you become more mellow. Things aren’t as black and white, and you become much more tolerant.”
  3. “Nobody is ordinary if you know where to look.”
  4. “We are all the heroes and heroines of our own lives. Our love stories are amazingly romantic; our losses and betrayals and disappointments are gigantic in our own minds.”
  5. “If you don’t go to a dance you can never be rejected, but you’ll never get to dance either.”
  6. “The whole art of life is knowing the right time to say things.”
  7. “We’re nothing if we’re not loved. When you meet somebody who is more important to you than yourself, that has to be the most important thing in life, really. And I think we are all striving for it in different ways.”
  8. “I think you’ve got to play the hand that you’re dealt and stop wishing for another hand.”
  9. “We get courage from other people’s stories. We get consolation from the way they tell about failures, disappointments and crises. It means that we are not alone.”
  10. “Learn to type. Learn to drive. Have fun. Write postcards. (Letters take too long and you won’t do it; a postcard takes two minutes.) Be punctual. Don’t worry about what other people are thinking. They are not thinking about you. Write quickly. (Taking longer doesn’t usually make it better.) Get up early. See the world. Call everybody by their first name, from doctors to presidents. Have parties. Don’t agonise. Don’t regret. Don’t fuss. Never brood. Move on. Don’t wait for permission to be happy. Don’t wait for permission to do anything. Make your own life.”

WHAT SUMMER MEETING????

Once again we are deferring our Summer Lunch and Monster Raffle.

With the widespread vaccination programme progressing, let’s keep our fingers crossed that we’ll all meet up later in the year.

My new hobby – visiting Gardens. My first excursion was Sunday last to Patthana Gardens in Kiltegan. I took the scenic route with Google Maps prompting, through Talbotstown.

Keep well and enjoy the Summer

Comhnasc

RTAI publishes its newsletter, “Comhnasc” three times a year.  It contains the most up-to-date information on issues of immediate interest to retired teachers, including, pensions, salary, social welfare, health and changes in taxation and budgetary matters. Articles written by our members are also included.

An archive of previously published magazines (back as far as 2015) is available on artireland.ie

HAPPY 2021

Want to start the New Year creatively? Poemathon with Older People hopes to brings a spotlight to our voices, imagination and creativity. You only have to compose ONE LINE.

The contributions will be combined to form a longer poem that captures the thoughts and imaginings of older people right now in society. John Sheahan, one of Ireland’s best known musicians and member of The Dubliners, has penned the opening line of the poem: “Intrepid intruder, stalker of unwashed hands”.  

Follow this link for furthervinformation: https://www.poetryireland.ie

TAX BACK….. MAYBE

A reminder that there is a four-year time limit for claiming tax back, for example on health expenses and flat rate expenses.

In particular, you are reminded that you can claim a tax credit for Teaching Council renewal fee, and for flat rate expenses incurred in the course of your employment.

The deadline for 2016 claims is 31 December, so now is a good time to check that you have claimed all of your entitlements. 

New retirees

In eleven more sleeps (September 1st) we will be joined by a new group of retirees.

I’m sure you new guys are well prepared for this new chapter in your life. But just in case you want a quick read, Irish Life have a downloadable booklet with some ideas: ”Rewire, Don’t Retire” by Marianne Heron and Paul Britton. It’s not particularly for teachers and there’s also a disclaimer that the views are not those of Irish Life but of the authors. I’m not a new retiree but found some interesting points to ponder in book.

Downloadable at Irish Life.com

Existing members: Hope you’ve all received your ”Comhnasc” Autumn edition with its many reflections on lockdown and lots more. Particularly good news is public sector salary increase at the beginning of October will bring parity for post march 2012 retirees. There are also some points to consider if you plan to sub. (You might be in great demand during this coming school year!)

Autumn 2020 Comhnasc

Sadly all our branch activities remain suspended for the time being. But RTAI office is reopened; ph no 01 2454130.

KEEP WELL ALL