The U3A (University of the 3rd Age) is a learning circle or cooperative of older
people (55+). Members learn from one another by sharing knowledge and experiences
and engaging in shared activities. The Monaghan U3A branch has been established for
about 4 years and has about 80 active members. Current activities include bowling,
walking, card playing and computer classes. It is planned to have classes for gardening
and digital photography in the near future if there is enough interest.
Monthly Speaker. Our Speaker is Maria Macklin who will give a talk on ‘Dressing to
be your best self’, this will be a talk of interest for all our members, male and
female alike! The talk is on Friday, March 23rd in the Garage Theatre at 11.00 am.
Tea and coffee available.
Book Club:The next meeting is Thursday 22nd March in the Four Seasons hotel at 2.30.
The book for this month is ‘The Snow Goose’ by Paul Gallico. This is a short book
set during the Dunkirk evacuation and is available in the library. We are also reading
‘The Couple Next Door’ by Shari Lapena. Take your pick or read both! Trip to Scotland:
We are offering a trip to Scotland from the 14th to the 18th May. Staying in the
Scotland’s hotel and leisure centre, Pitlochry, we will visit places such as the
Burns centre, Blair castle where the series Victoria was made, Dewars World of Whisky,
Perth and Dundee. We will also have the opportunity to visit the ship Discovery
in which Scott of the Antarctic sailed. There is one single left and there are some
doubles/twins available at 400 euro pps and 490 euro for a single. Please text 0833244455
or 0876799188 to book your place. Please leave your name, contact details and whether
a twin or a double is required. Places are going fast, so if interested, text the
above number to secure your place.
Trip to Botanic Gardens/Farmleigh House: We have organised a day trip to the Botanic
Gardens and Farmleigh House in Dublin for Monday 16th April. The trip will include
guided tours of both places and we might squeeze in some retail therapy on the way
home. Price for the trip which will include bus, tour and evening meal is 50 euro.
If you are interested in going text 0833244455 and mark it Farmleigh, leaving your
name and contact details. The trip is filling up fast, so get your name in soon.
Crosswords and Croissants in Monaghan town library: This is something our members
might enjoy. From Monday 26th March, it will be on every Monday from 11.00 to 12.00
noon. Come along and join in the fun of solving crosswords, puzzles and Sudoku, or
bring along your unfinished puzzles and get help from others. Crosswords and puzzles
provided, or bring some along. Refreshments served. All welcome.
Walks: Wednesday, March 28th, the walk is in Gosford park, Markethill. Meet at Four
Seasons hotel car park at 10.00. This is a lovely wander through Gosford park and
usually followed by a nice cup of coffee in nearby Markethill.
Film Club: The last film club of the season takes place next Tuesday 27th March.
The film choice is ‘The Theory of Everything’, a film about the life of the late
Stephen Hawking or ‘Bridget Jones’ Baby’, an enjoyable comedy. Come along and take
Line Dancing: There will be Line Dancing classes in St. Joseph’s Pastoral centre
at 10.45 on Monday March 26th and the 16th and 23rd of April.
Congratuations: Our member, Mary McCleary, has been shortlisted to the final five
in the over eighties Silver Surfers awards. The event will take place on the 17th
April in EIR headquarters in Dublin. Well done Mary and best of luck in the final.
Coffee Morning, every Thursday, around eleven, in Graham’s Coffee shop.
Coffee and Craic every Wednesday in Smithboro Presbyterian hall between 3.00 and
Flower arranging There will be a set of four Flower arranging classes in St, Joseph’s
Pastoral centre (downstairs) at 8.00pm. The next class is Tuesday 27th March.
Walking Festival: Our annual Walking Festival takes place this year on Thursday April
12th and Friday April 13th. The headquarters is once again in the Four Seasons hotel,
while the walks are in Bragan. There will be a Festival dinner in the Four Seasons
on Thursday 12th. Walkers and non- walkers alike are welcome to go to the dinner
which costs 25 euro.
Classes: classes are in the Market House, unless otherwise stated.
Mondays:Irish in the Market House at 2.30pm Sculpture in Alison Bole’s studio
Bowling in Slieve Beagh at 8.00pm
Tuesdays: Choir 11.30 to 1.00, Market House
French 2.15 to 3.15pm, Market House
Wednesdays: Spanish in Andy’s 2.30pm
Cards in Tydavnet Community centre at 8.00 pm. Come along for a light hearted game
of forty-five and a nice chat.
Thursdays: Flexibility, Balance and strength classes. In the Gym club, Milltown,
9.45 to 10.45. Suitable for all ages and abilities and you can pop into Graham’s
for coffee afterwards. Coffee morning, an informal coffee morning occurs every Thursday,
Graham’s coffee shop.
Registration and Renewals:It is now time to renew or register for Monaghan U3A, please
remember that all classes and events are for members only. To register or renew your
membership, put your name, email address, phone number on an envelope with the appropriate
fee, 15 euro for a single member or 20 euro for a couple, and place in the U3A box
in the Age Action shop, Glaslough street. There are pre- printed envelopes available
in the Age Action shop.
You will find all the information you need on our website www.monaghanu3a.com. To
book trips or put your name down for classes text 0873432275 or 0833244455. Please
leave your name and contact details. All events are for members only.