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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.




The Walking festival was most enjoyable and successful. Thanks to all who helped organise it and thanks to the McArdle brothers who entertained us royally at the Festival dinner.  Well done to the choir who sang in the Hillgrove Hotel at the National Age Friendly Recognition and Achievement Awards.  We had a lovely day in Dublin, the sun shone, the flowers were beautiful and the guides entertaining, and finished off with a little bit of shopping and a lovely meal.

Choir: Next outing is the Songfest in Carrickfergus on Wednesday the 25th April and then we are taking part in a Fund raising event in St. Joseph’s Parochial hall on Sunday 29th April. Finally you will catch the choir in the Iontas on the 10th May.

Walks: The walk on Wednesday, 25th April is to Knockmany Clogher. Meet at Tydavnet community centre at 10.00

Book Club: The next meeting is Thursday May 3rd in the Four Seasons hotel at 2.30. This is a change of date. The book for this month is ‘A Farewell to Arms’ by Ernest Hemmingway.  This classic novel is available in the library.

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 are some doubles/twins and two singles 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 the Cavan Burren: We are organising a day trip to the Cavan Burren and the Organic centre in Rossinver in May. Anyone interested can text 0833244455 leaving your details and mark it Burren.

Line dancing: Classes are at an end but watch out for Social Dancing classes  organised for September 20th 11.30 to 12.30 in Corcaghan hall.

Art Class: The Art class filled up very quickly, sosome peole were disappointed. If it is possible to organise a second Art class, we will let you know.

Coffee Morning, every Thursday, around eleven, in Graham’s Coffee shop.

Coffee and Craic every Wednesday in Smithboro Presbyterian hall between 3.00 and 4.30.

Flower arranging: Flower arranging classes are in St, Joseph’s Pastoral centre (downstairs) at 8.00pm. The last class is Tuesday 24th April.

Classes: classes are in the Market House, unless otherwise stated.


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


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.

You will find all the information you need on our website  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.