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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!”)

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