SongFest: The SongFest, hosted by Monaghan U3A on April 10th in The Four Seasons Hotel, was a resounding success. See full report below.

Walk: The walk on Wednesday, April 17th is to Gosford Park in Markethill. Meet at The Four Seasons Car Park at 10.00 a.m.The next walk on Wednesday, April 24th is to CastleSaunderson. Meet at Smithborough GAA Car Park 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. Change of date as the third Thursday is Holy Thursday.

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 5.00 a.m. on Sunday, April 28th. The coach will be Lakeland Tours.  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.

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

Active Adults 50+: Go for Life Games 6 Week Programme will begin on Tuesday, April 30, in St. Patrick’s Hall, Monaghan from 11.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon. Cost is €3 per week. For more information, contact Monaghan Sports Partnership on 042 9755 126.

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: 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

U3A Songfest Wednesday, April 10, 2019: According to Plato, “Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything”.  The Monaghan drumlins were truly alive with the sound of music last Wednesday as Monaghan U3A hosted their first ever Songfest called “All Kinds of Everything”. Ten choirs from across Ulster treated those present to a day of joyful singing, rhythm and harmony that uplifted all who heard them. This was not a competitive event, just choirs singing for the sheer bliss and  enjoyment of it. Those who participated were, Armagh, Erne, Newry Ladies, Monaghan, Banbridge, Newry Men, Foyle, North Down and Ards, Glens and Dalriada, and East Antrim. A fine example of Cross Border Co-Operation, showcasing what we have in common. Thanks to all who participated and thanks also to the Choir Directors and Accompanists.  Deirdre Macklin, Choir Director for the Monaghan U3A Choir distributed words for a Sing Along at the end which included All Kinds of Everything, My Favourite Things and the U3A Anthem. Sincere thanks to the M.C. Eamonn Callaghan,  John Bole, who introduced the Monaghan Choir and songs, the Organising Committee, the Ambassadors, who took individual choirs under their wings for the day, The Four Seasons Hotel for their hospitality,  McCleans Ballinode for the piano, Vincent Macklin, Panic Hire for Sound, Dearbhla Kelly for Design of Posters, Dave Phelan, Camera Work, Albert Hall, Photography and Gortakeegan Soccer Club. Thank you also to our Sponsors, Enterprising Monaghan, Permanent TSB, Bank of Ireland, Monaghan Credit Union and A.I.B. Monaghan. Thanks to St. Macartan’s College and Iontas in Castleblaney who supplied the stage.  Thanks also to Councillor Brian McKenna, Councillor David Maxwell and Eamonn O’Sullivan, Chief Executive Monaghan County Council. Finally, last but not least, a sincere thank you to Geraldine Kelly, Chairperson of Monaghan U3A who, despite the mammoth undertaking, pulled the whole event together very successfully.

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. 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.