Film Club: The club will open its curtains on Tuesday, October 16th at 7.30. Our first film of the season will be ‘I Tonya’ the fascinating story of the ice skater Tonya Harding. Told in semi documentary form and with wonderful performances from Margot Robbie and Alison Janney, it is a film not to be missed. Film club takes place as usual in Smithborough Presbyterian hall. All welcome to come and enjoy the film and tea/coffee afterwards.

Poems and Pints: An evening of ‘Poems and Pints’ has been arranged in Maggie Charlie’s pub in Ballinode for Thursday 18th October starting around 8pm, A light hearted evening is promised where those interested can bring along their favourite poem(s) to read or recite. So now is the time to look up that old poetry book or search on the internet for a favourite poem. Maybe you have a self- penned composition, bring it along and give it an airing! If you haven’t got a poem, come along and join in the fun.

Coffee and Craic: Every Wednesday in Smithboro hall around 3.30. Drop in for an informal coffee or tea and a chat. All welcome.

Pilates: A Pilates class has been organised, started on Tuesday 9th October at 3.30 and taught by Jeanette Keenan. This takes place in Gortakeegan. .  Bring your own mat or towel. We also have a Flexibility class on Thursdays in the Gym club, Milltown, at 9.30am

Line Dancing: Line dancing classes for experienced line dancers  commenced in Gortakeegan Monday 8th, 11-12.15.

Walks: The walk on Wednesday, October 10th is to the Greenway.  Meet at Four Seasons car park at 10.30am. The walk on Wednesday, October 17th is in Lough Muckno park, Castleblaney.  Meet at cathedral car park at 10.00am or park gates at 10.30am.

Monthly Talk: Our October Monthly talk will be given by Sergeant Mick Duffy, newly appointed Crime Prevention Officer for Cavan/Monaghan. He will cover areas such as home security, personal security property, scams etc. October 26th is the date, in Gortakeegan at 11.00. Please note change of venue. Tea and coffee will be available.

Book Club: The next meeting is in the Four Seasons on Thursday November 1st at 2.30pm. We are currently reading ‘Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine’ by Gail Honeyman. Books are available in the library for anyone interested in joining the U3A Book club.

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

Flower Arranging will take place in Gortakeegan on the following dates: Wednesday October 24th, November 7th, November 21st and December 5th. Classes will take place from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. If interested, contact Flo on 0863205941 before October 14th. There are some places still available.

Trip to Carousel: The trip to ‘Carousel’ is now fully booked and there is a waiting list.

Classes, all classes will take place in Gortakeegan unless otherwise stated.

Monday: Line Dancing 11.00-12.15

Gaeilge, Irish language conversation classes from 2.30 – 3.30.

Sculpture in Alison Bole’s studio, afternoons.

Bowling in Knockatallon at 8.00pm

Tuesday: Choir at 11.30

Pilates 3.30-4.30

French at 2.15pm. Beginners and advanced welcome.

Wednesdays: Art with Celia Richards from 2.30 -4.30

Flower Arranging: 2.00-4.00

Spanish 2.30 in Andy’s bar.

Yoga: In the Crocus centre at 4.00pm

Thursday: Flexibility and fitness, Gym club, Milltown Business park at 9.30am.

Cards will resume in Tydavnet Community centre on Wednesday October 24th. Anyone interested should text Louis on 0868779466

Party: We had a lovely party in Gortakeegan with great food, dancing and chat. Thanks to all who helped out and to all who came.

Song Fest: We are delighted to announce that Monaghan U3A will host Song Fest 2019 on Wednesday 10th April.

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.

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. 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.