Walks: The walk on Wednesday, March 13th   is on The Greenway. Meet at The Four Seasons Hotel Car Park at 10.30 a.m. The walk on Wednesday, March 20th is to Emy Lough. Meet at Emy Lough Car Park at  10.30 a.m.

Trip to Flanders and the Somme: This is a trip we thought members might be interested in, although it is open to non- members also. The trip will take place between  September 10th and 13th and there are still places remaining.  If interested, contact Stella Grant in O’Hanrahan Travel on 047 81133 who will provide further details and arrange booking etc.

Coffee and Craic: Every Wednesday in Smithborough Hall around 3.00. Drop in for an informal Coffee/ Tea and a chat. All welcome.

Gardening/ Sourdough Bread: On Thursday, March 21st  at 2.30, we will have an informal talk on “Gardening and Growing”  at Gortakeegan to launch the beginning of Spring. Jim Kelly and Brendan Lillis will be on hand to share their expertise and knowledge, give tips and answer questions on gardening. Later, we will plan some garden visits over a cup of coffee. On the same afternoon, Lorraine Martin will share her expertise in how to make Sourdough Bread, as well as demonstrating how to create wild yeast. So, for a very different afternoon which promises to be really enjoyable, put this date in your diaries!

Poems and Pints: This event, which takes place every third Thursday, is proving very popular with many U3A Members. The next night for Poems and Pints is March 21st, in Maggie’s Bar in Ballinode at 8.00 pm.

Book Club: The next Book Club meeting is on Thursday 28th March in The Four Seasons Hotel at 2.30pm. The book for this month is Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh and is currently available from Monaghan Library. New members always welcome

U3A Monthly Talk: The Guest Speaker for our monthly talk, which takes place on Friday, March 29th  at 11.00 am in Gortakeegan is Ryan O’Neill, a Senior Clinical Psychologist. Ryan will speak on Stress and how it affects all of us in today’s world.

Line Dancing: Line Dancing  for Beginners will begin in Gortakeegan on Monday, April 1st, at 10.45. Text 087 343 2275 to book a place.

Pilates:  Pilates class takes place on Tuesdays at 3.30 and is taught by Jeanette Keenan. This takes place in Gortakeegan.   Bring your own mat and towel.  We also have a Flexibility class on Thursdays in the Gym Club, Milltown, at 9.30am. This class is especially helpful for bone strength.

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

Song Fest: Keep in mind that Monaghan U3A will host Song Fest 2019 on Wednesday 10th April. Ten Choirs will be in attendance. Our theme for the song Fest is ‘All Kinds of Everything’. Any members willing to give a hand would be most welcome. If interested text 0873432275 leaving your name. Every little helps!

Classes: All classes will take place in Gortakeegan unless otherwise stated.


Social Dancing 10.45 – 12.00 None on Monday 18th, last class on Monday, March 25th.

Gaeilge, Irish Language Conversation Classes from 2.30 – 3.30.

Sculpture in Alison Bole’s studio, afternoons.

Bowling in Knockatallon at 8.00pm


Choir at 10.45. Please note change of time.

French at 2.15pm. Beginners and Advanced welcome. Please note that there will not be any French Classes on March 19th or 26th.

Pilates 3.30-4.30

Film Club – Fortnightly in Smithborough Presbyterian Hall at 7.30pm. The next film showing will be on March 19th at 7.30. Everyone welcome.


Walks: Emy Lake at 10.30 am.

Spanish 2.30 in Andy’s bar.

Yoga: Finished for now.

Cards in Tydavnet Community Centre at 8.00pm


Coffee Morning in Graham’s Coffee Shop at 11.00.

Flexibility and Fitness, Gym Club, Milltown Business Park at 9.30am.

Thank You: A sincere thank you to Annette Head and Celine Clarke from Age Action who delivered a very informative workshop last Friday in Gortakeegan on Managing Your Finances. Topics covered included, financial abuse, doorstep security and scams including phishing, smishing and vishing!

Renewal of Membership: Now is the time to renew your Annual Membership. You can leave your fee, €15 for one person or €20 for a couple, into the Age Action Shop, Glaslough Street. Please place it in the U3A Box and remember to leave your Name, Mobile Number and Email.

U3A Travel Vouchers: 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.