We’re making great efforts to organise some events for Kildare RTAI – Suggestions, help and support much appreciated.

Please pass the word around to sign up for blog or to contact Secretary Anne Rogan for text updates 0834298713


I’m delighted to hear that the short walks have restarted. Today (5th April) was first one –  from Ardclough (meeting at 11 oclock), along the canal to Hazelhatch, returning by Lyons Estate for coffee, about 9km.

Special thanks to Maura McAuliff for organising the walks – put the first Friday each month into your “WALKING DIARY” – venues will be notified closer to time. Hopefully we might get some pics – until then all I can offer is me completing the Camino – two beautiful sunny days then three of driving rain and sleet … but I made it!


Breda Fay on the Camino de Compostela


Forward your name and mobile number to Ted Roony 086 1545031 if you are interested in Golf outings planned for Athy, Naas and Mullingar – dates and details will be arranged later.

Mullingar 17th June Inter Branch Golf – we can enter 2 teams – Ted will have details in April.


Our summer together is in Killashee on Tuesday 18th June. General Secretary, John O’Brien will attend.


Dancing resumes after Easter Break on Wednesday 10th April and continues every second Wednesday in The Town House Naas. Cuppa to start us off at 10.00, followed by dancing, then lunch. All welcome!



I’m always delighted when called to sub at ARTI meetings – it’s a great opportunity to meet up with retired colleagues, many of them who were fellow INTO campaigners. It’s also great to see Croke Park from a different vantage – my usual is Hill 16.

The Annual Congress on Tues 12 was particularly interesting. Following welcome from outgoing President, Mary McCarthy, we were addressed by inspirational speaker, Nuala Moore. Nuala is one of the most recognised swimmers in the cold water world, rather than racking up records, however, she viewed the swimming journey as a constant building of character and exploration. She attributes her spirit of courage and adventure to the freedom of her childhood

INTO Vice President, Carmel Browne (previously CEC rep of our District) assured us of continued INTO support particularly in pension parity.

RTAI member, Ursula Knox and her husband whose organisation Opportunity Knox  has forged links with the village of Tiira in Busia, Eastern Uganda. There, they work with families to relieve poverty and provide education to the poorest children.

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After coffee break, General Secretary, John O’Brien addressed the meeting with the Public Sector Pay Talks central to his presentation. If supported by unions there will be 2.25% increase to salaries backdated to Jan ’24, June and Oct 1% increase and two further increases in Feb and June 2025. Most importantly pension parity wull be maintained. Everyone at meeting acknowledged that while inflation has been reduced, there is still a wide gap between money in and money out!

A variety of motions were proposed and debated. All of them wete adapted and will probably be listed (and explained) in next Comhnasc:

  1. Statutory bodies should continue to accept cheque/cash
  2. Increase in substitute payment rate
  3. Training for Branch Secretaries
  4. Inter-branch Networking
  5. Changes in rates and age thresholds for ARFs
  6. Increase to Branch funding
  7. Review of Life Cover benefits
  8. New Head Office post responsible for data base, web campaigns, benefits, social media platforms, training, payment in line with C Service grades


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Charlotte Maye was installed as our new President, with Maire Ní Chuinneagáin Vice President  for 2024/25



For all you retirees still registered with TC

I’m sure most of you have received this comminication from TC – I’m just posting as a reminder!


“Táim ag scríobh chugat le cur in iúl duit go mbeidh toghcháin don Chomhairle Mhúinteoireachta ar siúl i mí Feabhra 2024. Tá an rolla toghthóirí anois foilsithe agus tá sé ar fáil ar ár suíomh gréasáin.

Más mian leat seasamh sa toghchán, ní féidir leat a bheith ainmnithe agus vótáil a dhéanamh ach laistigh de do chatagóir agus do thoghcheantar.

Thíos atá an chatagóir agus an toghcheantar atá tugtha duit ag úsáid an t-eolas ar an gClár.
Catagóir : Catagóir 1 – Bunscoil / Category 1 – Primary
Tógcheantar : Cúige Laighean / Leinster
Mura bhfuil do chatagóir nó do thoghcheantar i gceart, comhlánaigh, le do thoil, an fhoirm iarratais ar leasú an rolla Toghthóirí atá ar fáil ónár suíomh gréasáin agus seol é trí ríomhphost chuig

Is é an dáta deiridh le haghaidh foirm iarratais ar leasú a fháil ná 12 pm (meán lae) ar an 20 Nollaig 2023.”


Great gathering (60+ members) took place in Killashee House Hotel on Wednesday 6th December. After a welcoming cup of coffee and chat we got down to business.

Chair, Carmel Gleeson welcomed us all, particularly the many new retirees who have joined our ranks.

Fidelma Farrell read the minutes of the last meeting and also the financial report.

1. Correspondence:
– A letter of resignation from secretary Mary Kennedy was read and Carmel thanked Mary on behalf of all the members for her many years of Trojan work on our behalf. Anne Rogan was proposed and seconded as new Secretary. Fidelma Farrell will continue to keep an eye on our finances – many thanks ladies

– Máire Ní Chuinneagáin looking for our Branch endorsement for her campaign for Vice President of ARTI in 2024. Carmel informed us that Retired Teacher branches are organised according to county boundaries; also we are District 6 (As INTO members we were District 7).

– Request for nominees to attend 2024 Congress and branch nominees for vacant positions on ARTI Committee.

– Request For Motions for Congress

2. Noeleen Rooney (Longford), our branch representative addressed the meeting on Current Issues. Many items are dealt with more comprehensively in Conasc but here’s a short summary:
A. Convention 2024: Venue- Croke Park March 12th; Theme: CARE CONNECT COMMUNICATE
B. New Database: Current system outdated. Need for Records to be updated – request for information on newly retired/new members to be sent to branches; request of changes to addresses, emails to be sent from branch to NEC
Kildare is one of very few branches that update committee list and meeting dates on ARTI webpage.
C. Branch Subvention: Kildare Branch is very healthy financially but new Guidelines on NEC sanction, date of Payments are being reviewed.
D. General Updates
INTO: Current pay talks in initial stages (Building Momentum expires in December 2023), hope for ballot in New Year
ICTU Retired Workers Committee – also working on our behalf
Teaching in Retirement – acknowledge how vital Retired Teachers are at the moment for the operation of schools – Current daily rate €235.95 excluding all statutory deductions. Be aware of the limit on number of days (50) that can be worked before pension reduction or abatement. INTO will be pushing for this to continue into 2024. Retired Teachers please be aware of importance to maintain TC registration if they want to sub. Also advised to join INTO.

3. AOB
Fidemlma cautioned us to be aware that there are plans afoot to review criteria for driver licenses for over 70’s
Speaker from Age Friendly will be invited to speak at next meeting.
Reminder to register with WhatsApp group – Breda Fay 0872417226 and also to keep an eye on Web page/Blog as there are plans for activities – walking, golf, holidays, culture and coffee mornings in the pipeline.

4. Meeting concluded with Wine Raffle – well done to organisers

5. Lovely lunch subsidised by branch followed meeting.

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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.

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Scam alert – Beware of scammers pretending to be a relative asking for help 

Beware of text or WhatsApp messages appearing to be from a relative, in most cases a son or daughter, asking for help because they lost or broke their phone. It is likely to be a scam.

The messages often begin with ‘Hi Mum’ and could provide several different reasons why they are using a different phone number.

These scams are designed to trick you into handing over money or financial information to a fraudster. If you respond to these messages, the fraudster will eventually request help for some kind of emergency, such as needing a new phone or paying an urgent bill.

If you get a message like this:
1. Contact your relative through an alternative communication channel such as a phone call, video chat, or another messaging platform on a number that you always use for them.

2. Confirm their safety and ask if they indeed lost their phone. It is essential to have direct confirmation from your relative before proceeding with any assistance.
3. Take your time and do not be rushed, fraudsters are using your emotions to make you fall victim.
4. Report the account immediately to WhatsApp and An Garda Siochana.
5. Block the suspicious account to prevent further attempts at communication.


Poppies in Killashee

Great seeing everyone on Tuesday – I think the few weeks of fine weather lifted all our spirits. The meeting was a wonderful opportunity to catch up with friends as well being informative. Thanks to the committee, Carmel, Mary and Michael.


Kildare All Ireland Golf Team (photo courtesy of Comhnásc)

The meeting commenced with presentation of vouchers to our Golf team, Mary Mahon, Ann Fenelon, Ted Rooney and Mick Deeley who ably represented us in RTAI All Ireland Golf Classic in Mountrath .

1st Dublin South – Matt Reville, Marty Nevin, Emily Nevin,Susan Maher.

2nd Tipperary Tearaways   –  Paudie Butler, Christy Clancy, Fionnuala Corcoran, Marian Ryan.

3rd  Kildare  –  Mary Mahon, Ann Fenelon, Ted Rooney, Mick Deely

4th  Donegal North – Brighidín Hawke, Cliona Murphy, Paul Dooley, Patrick Hanley.

5th Laois – William Carroll, Paud O’Reilly, Mary McCarthy, Dinah Kingsley

6th Kerry – Kieran Coffey, Michael Burke, John O’ Connor, Billy Daly.

Mary Kennedy read minutes from December Meeting and gave a heartening financial report – our money is in capable hands!!! Mary brought the ARTI Autumn outing to Kilkenny to our attention. Rena McAllen’s retirement as branch travel/tour organiser leaves a job opening. Noone jumped at the position but maybe a small sub-committee could step into the breach. Two venues were suggested on Tuesday: a day trip to eats country where Rena at Thoor Ballylee would be delighted to welcome us or perhaps a few days further afield in Scotland???
The Committee is anxious to support branch social activities – they are already supporting golf and dancing. Any suggestion for further activities would be welcome. Carmel suggested that a WhatsApp group might be beneficial in spreading news about events; if you wish to be part of a whatsApp group send your name and ph no to Breda Fay @ 087 2417226. Breda also encouraged members to make better use of website/blog by scrolling down on home page, adding email and subscribing (free). You will then receive an email every time a new post is added.
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Carmel Gleeson welcomed Gen Sec ARTI, John O’Brien for his first official visit to Kildare Branch.


John was glad to report that all ARTI activity levels are back to normal. The final increase of the Building Momentum agreement will hit our accounts in October and already work is underway for the next pay agreement. While ARTI do not have a voice at the bargaining table, the INTO remains staunch in its view that pension parity is a priority. John also advised that retired teachers could join movements that do have a voice i.e. Retired Civil and Public Servants Association and of course we can always write to local politicians or make suggestions to ARTI to forward our views to pressure organisations.
A number of retired teachers are being surveyed – John advises ignoring the veiled threat that pension could be cancelled if you fail to reply – but also advises that you complete survey.
There were some queries at our table about the increase to Winter fuel allowance for over 70’s. This should not be confused with the Household benefits package (free TV Licence- €160 and electricity /gas allowance- up to €35 credit per month IF YOU’RE OVER 70). Siobhan or Patricia in ARTI 01-245 4130 will answer any queries you have – best to ring them in the morning.
There is still no bar on retirees subbing – schools are supposed to explore availablity of not retired trained teachers – but as subs are few and far between, retirees are in demand.

Here are some events that might interest you.


Rena McAllen is encouraging members to put pen to paper in honour of the 100th anniversary of W.B. Yeats being awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. The Yeats Thoor Ballylee Society is launching the Yeats Thoor Ballylee International Poetry Prize. The award will take place at Thoor Ballylee, the former home of W.B. Yeats, located in Gort, Co Galway, Ireland. Rena sent this lovely poster but I can’t enlarge it. Follow the link however for all the information.

Kathleen O’Connor asks you to check out “The Heart Sings  –  Claire Crehan in Concert” on Eventbrite!

Date: Sat, Jun 24 • 19:30 GMT+01:00

Location: Main Street, Leixlip


Naas library invites you to their special Hazel Gaynor event on Thursday, 13thJuly at 7pm. Refreshments on the night. Hazel is an English author but is now living out around Kilcullen. She wites historical fiction (The Lighthouse Keeper’s Daughter, The Girl who Came Home… and more)
Here is the link to book but as I think you need your library card number; it might be better to call Carl on 045 87911 and he’ll give you a hand with booking (tell him “Breda sent you!”)

Baltinglass Outdoor Education and Training Centre



Greetings from Baltinglass Outdoor Education and Training Centre, which is operated as a part of Kildare and Wicklow Education and Training Board. Over the past number of winters, we have organised an adult education programme which I feel may be of interest to some of your members. The programme is titled ‘Track and Trail Guide Traineeship’, it is based in Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow, and starts in November each year. This free traineeship makes use of the many hill, valley, and forest walks throughout the region, the programme is delivered primarily outdoors, where participants will develop and practice the skills and knowledge required to plan and lead group walks on these tracks and trails. Training takes place from Tuesday to Thursday each week, with our minibuses transporting participants to a different location each day. I’m hoping that you can forward the attached flyer onto potentially interested parties, we have met some groups from your organisation over the years and I really think this training programme might suit some of them.

Please contact me for further information.

Many thanks,

Mick Farrell

Ionad Oideachais & Allamuigh Belach Chonglais,

Cearnóg Fíodóra, Belach Chonglais, Chill Mhantáin, W91 F3CH.

Baltinglass Outdoor Education & Training Centre,

Weaver Square, Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow, W91 F3CH.

M: 0860430064