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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.




Welcome back: lcome back to the U3A newsletter. We have been busy during the Summer with trips to the Cavan Burren, the Giant’s Causeway and to ‘Wicked’ in Dublin. Most of our activities will start mid September and we will let you know of any events coming up.

Trip to Kerry: e have organised a trip to Kerry from the 24th September to 29th September. Staying in the Manor West hotel in Tralee, we will be visiting beautiful areas of Kerry including Dingle, Killarney and the Ring of Kerry.  We will leave Monaghan at 8.30am, McNally’s Yard, and drop into Tullamore Dew whiskey distillery on the way down. With stops for coffee and scones and a light lunch, we will have a pleasant trip to Tralee. Dinner, B&B for four nights is included in the price of 320 e per person sharing and 400e for a single. There are 48 places available including 10 singles. If you are interested, please text 0833244455 only. Please note that this the number to book trips and if you use another number, you may not get your place. Money will be collected in the Market House between 12 and 1 on Thursday, August 23rd. Make sure to text to secure your place for what will be a very enjoyable break!

Monthly Talk: Our next monthly talk is on Friday 24th September in the Garage theatre at 11am. It will be given by Fiona Gilliland, physiotherapist, on the very important subject of ‘Dem Bones’ and how to look after them. Tea and coffee will be available.

Book Club: The next meeting is Thursday September 20th in the Four Seasons hotel at 2.30.  All welcome.

Walks: The walk on Wednesday, 22nd is to Rossmore park.  Meet at  Rossmore car park at 10.30am.

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

European Week of Sport.: Go for Life is running an ‘I’ve always wanted to try’ week. As part of this there is a ‘Heritage Canoe’ session in Tanagh Adventure centre in Cootehill. If interested text 0873432275 to book your place.

Social Dancing: Social Dancing will begin in Corcaghan community hall on Thursday 20th September at 11.30. Text 0873432275 to book your place as numbers are limited.

Travel Vouchers: Have you ever thought you wanted to give your friends in the U3A a gift but didn’t know what to give? Well here is an idea, we have printed gift vouchers that can be put towards a trip or event in the U3A. If you wish to get a voucher, text Mary on 0868047575.

New Venue: We are delighted to announce that from September, the Soccer club in Gortakeegan will be our venue for most of our events and classes. With plenty of free parking, large rooms and even an opportunity for outdoor activities, it is an ideal location.

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. When joining U3A, please use the envelopes provided in the Age Action shop, Glaslough st., and place it in the U3A box inside the door.