Walk: The walk on Wednesday, April 24th is to Castle Saunderson. Meet at Smithborough GAA Car Park at 10.00 a.m. The walk on Wednesday, May 1st is to Dartry. Meet at McNally’s Petrol Station on the Cootehill  Road at 10.00 a.m.

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 April 25th in Maggie’s Bar in Ballinode at 8.00 p.m.

Confidence, Inside and Out: Maria Macklin will be our guest speaker in Gortakeegan on Friday, April 26th at 11.00. The title of her talk, is “Confidence, Inside and Out”. Tea/Coffee will be served. An occasion not to be missed.

Trip to The Cotswolds: Those travelling on Week 1 to The Cotswolds should meet in McNallys Car Park, across from Monaghan Shopping Centre at 5.30 a.m. on Sunday, April 28th. The coach will be Lakeland Tours. Note change of time from 5.00 a.m. to 5.30 a.m. Safe trip to all who are travelling and enjoy.

Bowling: Outdoor Bowling will begin in Gortakeegan on Thursday, May 2nd, weather permitting, in Monaghan Utd, Soccer Club at Gortakeegan, from 10.00 a.m. until 12.00 noon.

Garden Visits in May: The following visits to local gardens have been scheduled for the month of May.

Wednesday, May 15th 3.00 p.m.  Kay Macklin

Friday, May 17th 3.00 p.m.            Brendan Lillis

Thursday, May 23rd  3.00 p.m.       Jim Kelly

June dates and venues to be confirmed later.

Workshop for Local Singers: There will be a workshop for local singers including singers from St. Patrick’s Accomodation Centre on May 21st  at 6.30 p.m. in the YWCA Hall on the North Road, Monaghan. The workshop will involve vocal warm ups, rounds and musical games. The aim of the evening is to have as much fun as possible, meet new people and create a musical community among all present. Members are invited to bring along their children or grandchildren, as this is an event for all ages.

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

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 11.00 a.m. in Graham’s Coffee Shop.

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


Gaeilge. Irish Language Conversation Classes from 2.30 – 3.30.

Sculpture in Alison Bole’s studio, afternoons.

Bowling in Knockatallon at 8.00 p.m.


Choir at 10.45.

French Class at 2.15 p.m.

Pilates 3.30-4.30 p.m.


Spanish 2.30 in Andy’s Bar.


Coffee Morning in Graham’s Coffee Shop at 11.00 a.m.

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

Renewal of Membership: Last call  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.