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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.




Monthly Speaker
This Friday, 23rd  February, we have our Monthly Speaker in the Garage theatre at 11.00. It will be a joint presentation by Danny Aughey and Enda Galligan on the Monaghan railways with illustrations. Come along to an interesting presentation. Tea/coffee available.

Our Annual Party is on Friday, February 23rd, in Rossmore golf club. Cost is 15 euro, payable at the door. There will be a free bus leaving Ballinode at 7.30pm and Monaghan at 7.45 which will get you out on time for 8.00pm tee off. Come along for a good night’s craic, dancing and good food.  Please text 0873432275 to confirm attendance. If you wish to avail of the bus, please text the above number.

Walks: Wednesday, February 28th, walk is in the Benburb Eco trail. Meet at the Four Seasons’ hotel car park at 10.00. This is a pleasant, interesting walk, usually followed by a sociable cup of coffee nearby. So if you want to try out our weekly walks, this is a good one to start with.

Book Club: The next meeting is Thursday 22nd February in the Four Seasons hotel at 2.30. The book for this month is ‘The Sunrise’ by Victoria Hislop. Copies of the book are available in the Library, just ask for it under the U3A card.

Film Club: The next Film club night is Tuesday 27th in Smithboro’ Presbyterian hall. The film is a choice between ‘The Proposal’ or ‘To Catch a Thief’. Both are light enjoyable films bound to lighten up a dark evening!

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

Yoga Classes: Yoga classes began on Wednesday 7th February, 3.30pm to 5.00pm, in the Crocus centre. The course will run for 6 weeks and is now fully subscribed. Clothing should be loose and comfortable and bring a rug or blanket for the relaxation section.

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

Flower arranging: There will be a set of four Flower arranging classes in St, Joseph’s Pastoral centre (downstairs) at 8.00pm. The dates for the classes are as follows: Tuesdays 27th February, 13th March, 27th March and the 24th April. If interested please phone or text your name and number to Flo @ 0863205941 before Wednesday 21st February.

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.  Further information will be forthcoming in the next few weeks.

Dave Phelan, Cambodia: Dave gave us an interesting insight into his volunteering in Cambodia at our AGM. Dave is now proposing if any of our members are interested in going to visit this area with them when they return in late March. For details and answers to any queries phone Dave at 0872752171. Dave is willing to meet up with anyone interested in this venture.

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

Mondays: Line Dancing, St. Joseph’s Pastoral centre, 10.45 to 12.15am. Beginning on the 22nd January and continuing for eight weeks.
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
Yoga from February 7th in the Crocus centre 3.30pm to 5.00pm.
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.

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.