Monthly Speaker: Our Speaker is Maria Macklin who will give a talk on ‘Dressing to be your best self’, this will be a talk of interest for all our members, male and female alike!

The talk is on Friday, March 23rd in the Garage Theatre at 11.00 am. Tea and coffee available.

 Book Club: The next meeting is Thursday 22nd March in the Four Seasons hotel at 2.30. The book for this month is ‘The Snow Goose’ by Paul Gallico. This is a short book set during the Dunkirk evacuation and is available in the library. We are also reading  ‘The Couple Next Door’ by Shari Lapena. Take your pick or read both!

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 is one single left and there are some doubles/twins 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 Botanic Gardens/Farmleigh House: We have organised a day trip to the Botanic Gardens and Farmleigh House in Dublin for Monday 16th April. The trip will include guided tours of both places and we might squeeze in some retail therapy on the way home. Price for the trip which will include bus, tour and evening meal is 50 euro.  If you are interested in going text 0833244455 and mark it Farmleigh, leaving your name and contact details. The trip is filling up fast, so get your name in soon.

Crosswords and Croissants in Monaghan town library: This is something our members might enjoy. From Monday 26th March, it will be on every Monday from 11.00 to 12.00 noon. Come along and join in the fun of solving crosswords, puzzles and Sudoku, or bring along your unfinished puzzles and get help from others. Crosswords and puzzles provided, or bring some along. Refreshments served. All welcome.

Walks: Wednesday, March 21st, the walk is in Ballybay Wetlands. Meet at McNally’s petrol station at 10.00 or in Ballybay at 10.30.  This is a pleasant and easy walk in the Wetlands. All walkers welcome.

Wednesday, March 28th, the walk is in Gosford park, Markethill. Meet at Four Seasons hotel car park at 10.00. This is a lovely wander through Gosford park and usually followed by a nice cup of coffee in nearby Markethill.

Film Club: The last film club of the season takes place next Tuesday 27th March. The film choice is ‘The Theory of Everything’, a film about the life of the late Stephen Hawking or ‘Bridget Jones’ Baby’, an enjoyable comedy. Come along and take your pick.

Line Dancing: There will be Line Dancing classes in St. Joseph’s Pastoral centre at 10.45 on Monday March 26th and the 16th and 23rd of April.

Congratuations! Our member, Mary McCleary, has been shortlisted to the final five in the over eighties Silver Surfers awards. The event will take place on the 17th April in EIR headquarters in Dublin. Well done Mary and bestof luck in the final.

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: There will be a set of four Flower arranging classes in St, Joseph’s Pastoral centre (downstairs) at 8.00pm. The next class is Tuesday 27th March.

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 which costs 25 euro.

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

Mondays

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

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.

Registration and Renewals.

It is now time to renew or register for Monaghan U3A, please remember that all classes and events are for members only. To register or renew your membership, put your name, email address, phone number on an envelope with the appropriate fee, 15 euro for a single member or 20 euro for a couple, and place in the U3A box in the Age Action shop, Glaslough street. There are pre- printed envelopes available in the Age Action shop.

You will find all the information you need on our website www.monaghanu3a.com.  To book trips or put your name down for classes text 0873432275 or 0833244455. Please leave your name and contact details. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter and every week in the Northern Standard.  All events are for members only.