RMA News August 2023

I hope everyone had a pleasant summer.

We held our AGM in the Shamrock Lodge Hotel Athlone on May 9th 2023 and it was very successful with almost 50 RMA members present.

A number of amendments to our Constitution were passed which make it more coherent and have since been approved by the TUI Executive Committee. The revised Constitution is also downloadable from the RMA website.

Resolutions were passed dealing with TUI support re pensions and Building Momentum, Pensioners’/Retired Workers’ Rights Bill and communication with members.

Guests at our AGM included the Retired Secondary Teachers Association. TUI was represented by Seamus Lahart, Assistant General Secretary. President Liz Farrell and Michael Gillespie, General Secretary were unable to attend the AGM because of work commitments but did join us for the evening meal.

Martin Hoye stepped down as RMA chairperson after many years of hard work and was replaced by outgoing, Membership Officer Michael McNulty who in turn was replaced by Majella O’Neill and join Social and Cultural Officer Mary Lane Heneghan, Treasurer Tim O’Meara, Website/IT Officer Mark Jordan and Secretary Dan Keane to form an officer board to work on behalf of RMA members over the coming year.

Thanks to Martin for the huge commitment and work given to the RMA over many years and I wish him well in the future.

I also want to thank the members of the executive officers and the management committee for the work they are carrying out on behalf of the members of the RMA. Their contact details can be found on our here website

Spring Break

Following our AGM on May 9th we had our Spring break. On the Wednesday we had a cruise on the Shannon and tour of Clonmacnoise  and returned to Athlone  by bus and then on Thursday we visited Boora bog and Kilbeggan Distillery. We had very positive feedback from the outing to Athlone on 9th, 10th and 11th May.

Autumn Break

We will be having our Autumn break in Sligo Park Hotel and Leisure Club on Tuesday to Thursday October 17th, 18th and 19th. Whether you are a ‘regular’ or a first timer, you are welcome to join us in Sligo for what should be an enjoyable and relaxing Break.

The three-night package includes Dinner each evening and the use of all the Hotel’s facilities

The cost per person sharing is €280 inclusive, and €355 for a single. Complementary tea/coffee and scones on arrival on the Tuesday and music on one night in the bar.

Tours are being finalised at present and we are planning a visit to Ballroom of Romance Glenfarne, Kilticlogher museum of Sean McDermott, Glencar waterfall and Mullaghmore Peninsula on the Wednesday.  

On Thursday we plan visit to Arigna Coal Mines, lunch in Drumshambo and home by western shores of Lough Allen.


Please contact the hotel directly to book.  You can do so by phone: 071 9190400, or by email to sligo@leehotels.com

Please book by September 20th as rooms may not be held after that. 

Check your membership renewal notice pack or the website for other details

 Finally, can I remind you that membership renewal forms are available on the website as are a host of other items e.g, Security Fund refund forms, the Constitution, contact details for Management Committee members and Branches? That address again is www.rmatui.ie


Dan Keane, RMA Secretary