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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.




Trip to ‘My Fair Lady’ in the NCH, Saturday, 18th November. The bus will pick up in Ballinode at 8.45 and in McNally’s yard, Monaghan at 9.00. We are stopping in Dooley’s for a meal on the way home.

Monthly Talk

Tiernach Ronaghan, optician, will give a talk on eye care. The venue is the Garage theatre, Friday 24th November at 11.00. Tea/coffee will be available after the talk.

Change of Venues for classes.
Due to the Christmas Fair taking place in the Market House, some class venues will be changed until after Christmas. Choir will gather Tuesdays, 12.00 until 1.30 in St. Joseph’s Pastoral centre.

French class is at 3.00pm, Tuesdays, in Smithboro’ Presbyterian hall. Spanish is in Andy’s, beside the Market House, Wednesdays 2.30pm

Cuppa and Craic

Wednesday afternoons, in Smithboro’ Presbyterian hall, any time between 3.00 and 4.30, come for a chat and a cuppa.  All welcome

Book Club.

The next meeting will be Thursday 30th November in the Four Seasons hotel at 2.30. The book we are reading this month is ‘On Chesil Beach’ by Ian McEwan. If anyone needs a copy, kindly provided by Monaghan Library, copies are available in the library. Ask for the U3A Bookclub book.

Flower Arranging for those already registered in St. Patrick’s hall, upstairs hall, at 8pm. The last date for the flower arranging is the 28th November.


The next Walk is on Wednesday November 22nd is to Parkanure.  Meet at Corracrin car park at 10.00am  No dogs please.  Details of the Walks can be found on the website


We are investigating a new system of texting with a texting service called Teamer. If you get a text from Teamer, it is legitimate and is from the U3A.


Classes are as follows, all classes are in the Market House unless otherwise stated. Please note that some the venue may be changed from time to time due to booking clashes.

Chess: Mondays in Monaghan Library from 2.00pm until about 4.00pm.  While classes have been deferred until further notice, some avid chess enthusiasts are meeting in the Library on Mondays.

Line dancing in St. Joseph’s Pastoral centre, Mondays from 11.00 to 12.00

Irish: Mondays beginning on 23rd October, 2.30pm. There will be no Irish class  Monday 21st.

Bowling in the Slieve Beagh hotel 8.00pm, Mondays

Sculpture:  Resumed on Mondays, Alison Bole’s studio.  Sculpture class is now full, those wishing to do Sculpture will be put on a waiting list.

French: Tuesdays, 3.00pm, bienvenue to beginners and improvers. We are moving! French will be in Smithboro’ Presbyterian hall next Tuesday, 3.00. Note change of time and venue.

Choir: 12.00 to 1.30 Tuesdays, St. Joseph’s Pastoral centre

Art: There will be an Art class beginning on 7th November and going on until the 19th December. Venue as usual is the Market House, Tuesdays at 11am.  Art classes are now full.

Spanish started again on Wednesdays. at 2.30pm in Andy’s.

Cards, Wednesdays in Tydavnet Community centre at 8.00pm

Flexibility, Balance and Strength classes. Thursdays Gym club, Miltown 9.45 to 10.45.

Coffee Morning every Thursday from around 11.00 in Graham’s coffee shop.

Upcoming Events

We will have another general Coffee morning in St. Joseph’s Pastoral centre on Friday, December 8th at 10.45. One of our members, Pat Golden, will give a cake icing demonstration. It should be a lovely morning with a Christmas flavour.

You will find the information you need on our website  To book trips or to put your name down for classes, text 0873432275. Please leave your name and contact details. All events and classes are for members only.