Pole walking or Activator Pole Programme

This has nothing to do with travelling to Arctic or Antarctic Polar regions. Nor has it anything to do with Pole Dancing.  But it is tremendous fun. Funded by Kildare Sports Partnership, there are groups “Pole walking” all round the county.

Today I attended the Naas Group for the first time. They meet every Thursday in Sports Centre, Caragh Road: 10am for experienced walkers and 11am for beginners and improvers.

Here’s the official blurb: Activator walking explores how activator poles can promote aerobics fitness, mobility, strength, and balance for people with different abilities and fitness levels. The poles are suited for all levels and abilities.

Activator pole sessions are held regularly around County Kildare to provide opportunities to get active regardless of age or abilities.

Activator pole walking can improve or help maintain your aerobic fitness, mobility, strength and balance. It is also a great opportunity to maintain good mental health & socialise with your peers.

Oíche Shamhna – na spookaí i gCill Dara

11 Halloween Witches Clipart! - The Graphics FairyA visit to Kildare town to view the Halloween decorations is a must – WEIRD & WONDERFUL but SO ARTISTIC


Pat Munnelly’s three witches are absolutely amazing.

Most of the shop fronts have a terrifying display!!!!

You can get a preview by visiting Harvest Hub on Facebook but the “walkabout reality” is what you really want.

Free witch Clipart | FreeImagesOÍCHE SHAMHNA SHONA DUIT





Kilkenny Castle – view of rose garden from castle

October 8th – 11th 

Ormond Hotel, Kilkenny

Phone: 056 7750200

Rates: Twin/Double B&B + Dinner €315 pps

Triple Rooms available pro rata

Kilkenny Hurlers

Please book directly with the hotel quoting “RTAI Autumn Break”

After 20th June, rooms will go on general sale

Please check hotel website for cancellation policy

All enquiries to

Marian Ryan 087-6742884

Mary McCarthy 087-2221490

Last year, members (+ spouses/families/guests) from 23 counties assembled for the 2022 RTAI Autumn Break in Westport. Its tremendous success prompted another gathering in 2023. (This advertisement appeared in the Winter issue of Comhnasc p.37– check for any added information).

Summer 2022 Meeting




Wonderful to see so many of you at our Summer Meeting today. Chair, Martin and secretary, Fidelma welcomed us back to Killashee with coffee/tea and cookies and a few snippets of what has happened over the “missing” two years that has kept our branch active. Pádraig Ó Conaill (RTAI President) who had driven all the way from Baile Mhúirne this morning joined us. His report on pay issues had some good news

  • the increase of 1% which is due in October 2022 “may” be increased;
  • sectoral bargaining fund may see the payments (promised in 2008 to Principals and Deputy Principal) being made to retired Principals and DPs;
  • pay rate for substitutes has been increased (and a special thanks to the many retired teachers who assisted in keeping schools open during the pandemic);
  • the Alliance of Retired Public Servants is making its voice heard, focusing on greater representation for retired workers
  • Pilot project by Department of Ed on electronic pay slips (current pay slips cost 2 – 3 million)


Before adjourning for lunch, there was lively conversation about outings, maybe starting with “The Trip to Limerick” that had been deferred due to Covid; but also suggestions for trips further afield – maybe Scotland? Will keep you updated!

Wednesday Dancing is continuing with one more session before the Summer holidays.

RTAI Golf Classic will be held in Kildare in June – more news on that later.




      Craic is aclaíocht

Kildare Retirees’ Dance Group will resume classes in March 2022 once again in the TOWN HOUSE HOTEL, NAAS @ 10.30am till 12.30pm

The group meet every second Wednesday. Any  changes to calendar will be notified by text.

I don’t think anyone is expecting to feature on Dancing with the Stars but it’s  great exercise and very sociable. So get out your dancing shoes and JOIN the group. You’re more than welcome to BRING A FRIEND

Keep fit while having a bit of craic!