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CHA Dublin/Belfast Joint Annual Outing, 2010

This year, it was Dublin CHA's turn to organise the joint outing with our Belfast comrades, which took place on SATURDAY, 8th MAY. The venue chosen this year was the Boyne valley. The two groups (49 from Dublin and 32 from Belfast) met at the Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre at Oldbridge. After visiting the Centre, we had lunch together in the picnic area before walking through parts of the battlefield. The weather was perfect for strolling but turned into a warm, sunny afternoon. Afterwards we walked along the banks of the river begtween Slane and Navan. A guided tour of Navan was also on the agenda for those not interested in walking, but on such a beautiful day there were few takers for this option. Later, we had a fine meal together in the Newgrange Hotel. A grant towards the cost of the outing has been awarded from the Reconciliation Fund, administered by the Department of Foreign Affairs, for which were are very grateful.

John Breheny -- Thu, 18/03/2010 - 20:15

Mince Pies Night, 14.12.2009

Nearly 60 members attended this annual social evening in Monkstown. Before stuffing ourselves with a great selection of pies (both home-baked and shop pies), Tony White showed us two films from his Anto Bianco studios:
The first was a record of a CHA walk led by Paddy Duggan last spring during which he planted a wooden cross in the Corribrack mountain at the site of a fatal crash by a small plane enroute from Gloucester to Kildare in 2008, when all four on board died.
The second film retated to a walking holiday in the Dolomites by a group of CHA members in 2008.
At the end of the evening, surplus pies were collected by Cherry, to be passed on to the Simon Community.

John Breheny -- Wed, 06/01/2010 - 20:14

Social Evening, 15th February 2010

At our regular venue in Monkstown at 8.00p.m.,there was a double-bill:
(i) Two representatives from Keep Ireland Open (of which CHA is a group member)gave a presentation about KIO's policies regarding access etc., and answered members' questions.
(ii) CHA member Canon Billy Marshall gave a fascinating talk about his experiences as a missionary in India in the 1960s illustrated with slides.
Rosaleen provided refreshments for an attendance of 45.

John Breheny -- Wed, 06/01/2010 - 19:53


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