Past RSA events & travel

Information about RSA activities from 2013 to end February 2018. These were in addition to the regular Agallamh na Seanórach coffee mornings and the RSA Occasional Lecture series.

2016-February 2018


February 2018: RSA AGM 2018

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Retired Staff Association took place on 13 February 2018, coinciding with the regular Agallamh na Seanórach coffee morning gathering. 

January 2018: RSA Annual Lunch

The Annual Lunch was held in the Ardilaun Hotel on Tuesday 23 January 2018. This popular event was particularly well attended this year. Below are some photographs of the occasion. Thanks go to Michael O'Connell, who has kindly offered to make these and others available to participants who email him at

June 2017: Meeting of NUIG RSA with UCD RSA

A delegation from the RSA committee travelled to UCD on 1 June 2017 for discussions with the UCD RSA and Maurice Kennedy Research Centre. This was arranged as part of our initiative to form a network of Retired University Staff Associations.

April-May 2017: Sicily

A group of 32 members and friends travelled to Sicily in late April-early May. Our itinerary was based on advice from members - particular thanks are due to Catherine O'Brien for steering us in the right directions and for her invaluable guidance along the way. The travel details were arranged with Fahy Travel, Galway, in conjunction with Topflight, by our Travel sub-committee: Rosaleen Carroll, Jane Conroy and Mary Cooke.

We were  based in  Catania and Palermo, which allowed us to take in many of Sicily's most memorable sites, including Catania, Ragusa, Modica, Noto, the Valley of the Temples at Agrigento, the Villa Romana del Casale at Piazza Armerina, Syracuse, Cefalù, Palermo, Monreale, Segesta, Erice,  Selinunte (below) and Marsala.

RSA at Selinunte, Sicily, 2017

Some of our group visiting Selinunte on our second-last day. Others members were spending an extra day exploring Palermo. Behind us is the temple of Hera. Many thanks to Caroline Doolan for this photo.

March 2017: presentation by Professor Catherine O'Brien

Professor Catherine O'Brien gave a fascinating talk on '101 reasons to visit Sicily', on 14 March. This presentation was intended for those participating in the Sicily trip (15 April-3 May), but it drew a much larger and enthusiastic audience.  Thanks to Professor O'Brien's deep knowledge of the area, we were given valuable insights into Sicily's past and present, its geography,  artistic and architectural heritage,  literature, food and drink. It was an ideal introduction to the rich diversity of  the island.

January 2017: RSA Annual Lunch

On 24 January 2017, the Annual Lunch was held in the Ardilaun Hotel, as in previous years. It was attended by some seventy members and their partners and friends. Among those present were two former Presidents, Professor Pat Fottrell and Professor Iognáid Ó Muircheartaigh, who gave a memorable after-lunch speech.

RSA Lunch 2017
A sample of audience reaction

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Many thanks to Michael O'Connell for staying on duty with his camera during lunch.

December 2016: Meeting of NUIG RSA committee  with  Restart, UL's RSA

A delegation from the RSA committee travelled to the University of Limerick campus on 2 December 2016, to have discussions with counterparts from UL. 

October 2016: Visit to the Botanic Garden and Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin

A group of NUIG retired staff and their friends made their way to Dublin from various parts of the country, to visit the Botanic Garden and Glasnevin Cemetery. Thanks are due to Michael O'Connell for organizing the visit to both venues and using his insider knowledge as a botanist to make it a particularly enjoyable day. Below are some photos of the outing taken by Michael - for these and more contact him at


May 2016: Visit from the Retired Staff Association of NUI Maynooth

Retired staff from NUI, Maynooth visited us on Wednesday 25th May. They were welcomed by the President Dr. Jim Browne in the University’s Presidential drawing room. A highly informative and stimulating tour of Art Collection items was conducted by the Art’s Officer Fionnuala Gallagher. The group were then brought to the Hardiman Research Building where Dr Conor McNamara, one of the creators of the exhibition on ‘A University in War & Revolution, 1913-1919’, introduced the group to highlights.

After lunch at Moffett’s Restaurant, Brian Nolan (Galwaywalks) gave a stimulating and interesting account of Old Galway history and of some of its people during a walk along by the river Corrib. The visit ended with a visit to Galway Museum, with exhibits presented by Acting Director Brendan McGowan, who highlighted the folklore attached to the Corrib and the strategic position of the Museum.

Pictures courtesy of Michael O'Connell and Ger Jennings.

NUIM, retired staff, visit, NUIG, May 2016

April 2016: Cuba

A group of members travelled to Cuba on 20-29 April 2016. Many thanks to Mary Cooke and Rosaleen O' Carroll who organized this with Fahy Travel in Galway. The tailormade itinerary took in Havana, Trinidad, the  Viñales Valley and Cienfuegos, with many visits to museums, concerts, monuments, and other sites of major interest. It ended with a couple of days relaxing by the sea at Varadero.

A selection of Cuban scenes, courtesy of Michael Cuddy:

Cuba, group travel, 2016

April 2016: Visit to the Institute for Lifecourse and Society (ILAS), NUI Galway

The regular Agallamh na Seanórach monthly meeting on 12 April 2016 took place at the new Institute for Lifecourse and Society (ILAS) located on Upper Newcastle Road, Dangan, on the Northern Campus of the University. Tea / coffee and refreshments were kindly provided by ILAS in the main concourse of the ILAS Building on the ground floor. Prof. Pat Dolan, Unesco Chair and Director of ILAS gave an informative summary of activities of ILAS, which is a newly designated Research Institute for the Applied Social Sciences. Prof. Dolan described how ILAS brings together six established centres at NUI Galway to work in partnership, including: UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre (CFRC); Irish Centre for Social Gerontology (ICSG) and Centre for Disability Law and Policy; Community Knowledge Initiative (CKI), Irish Centre for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Research (ICAN) and Health Economics and Policy Analysis (HEPA). Dr. Kieran Walsh, Deputy Director of the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology described activities of the Centre. The presentations were followed by a tour of part of the 3-storey building, including offices and lecture theatres, one of which is an acoustically designed large auditorium.

ILAS building



For fuller details and photos of events in 2014 and 2015, please see 'Archive'


October 2015: Visit to the Martin Ryan Institute

The Agallamh na Seanórach meeting on October 13th 2015 was held in the Martin Ryan Institute.

September 2015: Visit to NUI Maynooth and Castletown House

At the invitation of the NUI Maynooth Retired Staff Association, 35 members of our Association visited NUIM on Thursday 10 September 2015. It was a splendid day, with perfect weather and a perfect welcome from our friends in Maynooth.

May 2015: St Petersburg

A group of retired staff, partners and friends travelled to St Petersburg on 11-16 May 2015, following a special itinerary organized by Michael Cuddy with our travel agent (John Galligan Travel). We were very expertly guided around a selection of major sites in St Petersburg and outside it, including the Winter Palace, Hermitage Museum, Peter & Paul Fortress, Church of Our Saviour on Spilled Blood, Yusupov Palace and St Isaac's Cathedral, with an excursion to Peterhof and, on our final day, a cruise on the Neva.

January 2015: RSA Annual Lunch

The RSA held its annual luncheon on 20 January 2015 in the Ardilaun Hotel, Taylor’s Hill, Galway.

October 2014: Visit to the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin

Members of the RSA and friends visited the Chester Beatty Library on 23 October 2014.

2014 : on-campus visits and presentations

  • the James Mitchell Geology Museum
  • the Martin Ryan Zoology and Marine Biology Museum
  • the art collections in the Quadrangle area of the campus
  • the Hardiman Research Building: Moore Institute and Library
NUIG locations visited in 2015