Comhnasc (issue 32) arrived this morning, as usual packed with interesting articles. My particular favourites are Nóirín Breathnach’s article on Lackan, Dermot Toomey’s look at the transformation of Blackpitts NS over the years, Máire McCabe’s story of her family’s move to Meath as part of the Land Commission reallocation and most particularly a selection of Anne Cousins’ poems. As you can see o cover there’s also a bit about the fair deal, bone health, some advise on scam calls, texts and emails…..and lots more.

Having extended my breakfast …. its now almost noon…. I have my Comhnasc almost completely read.

No news yet on resuming our meetings.


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


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

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:


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

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.