Important Date for Your Diary: Dr. Sarah Culhane from Maynooth University will attend a screening of a 1950’s Film in Smithborough Hall on Tuesday, April 16th.  at 7.30 p.m. We would really appreciate a good turnout on the night for the film, The Student Prince, as Geraldine, our Chairperson, has put a lot of work into organising those Film Nights.  Sarah is conducting research all over Ireland on people’s memories of attending the Cinema.  She will have questions to spark your memories and you will have an opportunity on the night to discuss these. The following day, you can volunteer for video- Interviews  if you so wish. Let Jane or Geraldine know by texting 0873432275 or 0833244455.

Trip to Cotswolds: A single room has become available on the second week of our organised trip to The Cotswolds, if anyone is interested. It will be strictly first come, first served. Text Jane or Geraldine on 087 343 2275 or 083 324 4455 if you wish to travel.

Walk: No walk on April 10th due to the U3A organised SongFest in The Four Seasons Hotel. The next walk on Wednesday, April 17th is to Gosford Park in Markethill. Meet at The Four Seasons 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!

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

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.