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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.




Coffee Morning: To celebrate Positive Ageing week our Coffee Morning on Thursday 28th at 11am is in St. Joseph’s Pastoral centre. Come in and meet fellow U3A members for a chat and a cup of tea or coffee and scones. All welcome.

The Film club will resume on Tuesday 26th September in Smithboro’ Presbyterian hall at 7.30 as usual. We will have a choice of films each time starting with films with an Irish connection, the choice will be between the musical ‘Once ’ and the drama ‘Inside I’m dancing’. Come along and enjoy.

The Book Club will open a new chapter on Thursday 28th of September. Meet at 2.30pm in the foyer of the Four Seasons hotel. All suggestions for reading material welcome. New members are also welcome to our very informal book club.

Flexibility/Balance and Strength Class: U3A is running a flexibility class for all members that will keep you supple and help fitness. Classes take place in the Gym club, Milltown Business Park, Monaghan, Thursdays at 9.45 am. This is an ideal opportunity to get fit and supple and improve balance. Classes finish in time if you want to head into Grahams for coffee afterwards!  To get to the gym club, turn into the Business Park in Milltown and turn left and through the gates to the club.

Choir: Choir has begun on Tuesdays, 11.30 to 1.00 in the Market House. Come and sing your heart out.

Monthly Talk: Friday 29th September is the date for our next monthly talk. ‘Memories of the GNR and Glaslough Railway Station’ with the Old Monaghan Society given by Danny Aughey and Enda Galligan . The venue is the Garage theatre at 11.00am., tea/coffee will be available.

Walks: The Walking group has been active all Summer on an informal basis, and from now on we resume our regular walks.  The next Walk is on Wednesday September 27th is in the Greenway. Meet at Four Seasons hotel car park at 10.30. No dogs please. New walkers are always welcome, the pace is steady with an emphasis on chat and enjoyment. Details of the Walks can be found on the website

Line Dancing: Monaghan Sports’ Partnership is offering a number of classes for over 50’s including Line Dancing. There are two classes of Line Dancing begins in St. Joseph’s Pastoral centre, Monaghan on October 16th from 11am to 12apm. The course is eight weeks long and costs 25 euro.  Line Dancing class is also available in Tydavnet Community Centre from October 17th, 7.30pm to 8.30pm.  Line dancing is now full and there is a lengthy waiting list.

Texting: 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 from the U3A.

Classes: Classes will resume as follows, all classes are in the Market House unless otherwise stated.

Irish: Mondays beginning in October, 2.30pm

French: Tuesdays, 2.15pm, bienvenue to beginners and improvers.

Spanish will be starting again in early October, on Wednesdays.

Sculpture: Will resume on Mondays, Alison Bole’s studio. Numbers are very limited so if interested text 0873432275, leave your details and mark it sculpture. Sculpture class is now full, those wishing to do Sculpture will be put on a waiting list.

Bowling has resumed in Slieve Beagh hotel, Mondays at 8.00.

Cards will begin in October when the evenings draw in.

Computers in Monaghan Library will commence in early October. Age Action is currently trying to organize classes on a one to one basis, if interested call Age Action on 014756989 to book a place.

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.

Flower Arranging will be available in October and November.

Other classes such as Yoga and Photography will be available in the new year.

Trips are a very important part of U3A and we are looking forward to our trip to Galway on the 1st October. The trip will take us to Galway where we stay in the Ardilaun hotel in Salthill. Over the next few days we will visit the Burren, the Cliffs of Moher, Lisdoonvarna and Bunratty Castle and Folkpark. With stops for tea/coffee and scones and dinner each evening in the hotel, we are guaranteed an enjoyable time. Meet in McNally’s yard, Monaghan at 9.30, Sunday 1st October.

We will have the Glen Miller concert on the 15th October and on the 18th November, we hope to go to ‘My Fair Lady’ in the NCH. Keep in mind next year’s trip to England when we will be visiting Yorkshire. We are currently looking into other day trips, all suggestions welcome.

Conference: We have our bi-annual conference this year on Thursday 26th October in the Four Seasons hotel. The theme of this year’s conference is Generations Together. We have a wide range of speakers who will discuss how Monaghan is an enterprising and age friendly county.  Speakers in the morning include Dr. Catherine Conlon who will speak on Changing Generations and Professor John Fitzgerald, Chairman of Climate Change Advisory Council. It should prove to be a very interesting event showing how people of different generations help and depend on one another.

The HSE Cavan/Monaghan is currently running courses on Suicide Prevention and Self Harm. The current course is on in ‘Blaney but if there are sufficient numbers they will put a course on in Monaghan. If interested text 0873432275 and mark it HSE.

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.