Walk: The walk on Wednesday, May 22nd is to Ballybay Lough Major. Meet at McNally’s Service Station on the Cootehill Road at 10.00 a.m. The walk on Wednesday, May 29th is to Spring Grove, Roslea. Meet at Smithborough G.A.A. Car Park at 10.00 a.m.

Allotments: Allotments have become available in the Pound Hill area. If interested call Eamon on 087 918 6567.

Garden Visits: The following visits to local gardens have been scheduled as follows:

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

Wednesday, June 5th     3.00 p.m.            Ann & Jackie Scott

Wednesday, June 12th   3.00 p.m.            Sheila Murphy

Trip to Seamus Heaney HomePlace: A trip has been organised to Seamus Heaney Homeplace in Bellaghy on Wednesday, June 26th leaving McNally’s car park at 8.30 and returning at 7.00 p.m. approximately. The trip is limited to 30 people, so it will be on a first come first served basis. The total cost is 50 Sterling, which includes Morning Coffee/Tea in Magherafelt, the services of Eugene Kielt, a Blue Badge Guide who specialises in Seamus Heaney  and will accompany us on the bus as we drive through Heaney Country,  admission to Seamus Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy and a 3 Course Meal in Salleys in Aughnacloy.  Places still available. Text 083 324 4455 if interested. Arrangements to collect money etc will be communicated to you during the first week or so in June.

Book Club: Members of the U3A Book Club will meet on Friday, May 24th at 3.00 p.m. in The Four Seasons Hotel, please note change of time. New members always welcome.

U3A Men: Men only Pilates and Exercise 6 Week Class will commence on Wednesday, May 29 at The Coral Leisure Centre (Swimming Pool) from 11.00 – 12.00. Cost for 6 weeks is €25. Suitable for Beginners. Call Dean on 087 262 3956 /042 9755125 Monaghan Sports Partnership.

Date for your Diaries: Fiona Gilliland will give a Talk/Class on Fitness/ Wellness for over 55’s on Tuesday, June 11th in Gortakeegan at 7.00 p.m. Please wear comfortable clothing as there will be some gentle exercise involved.

Upcoming Trips: A three day break has been organised in Ferrycarrig, County Wexford on September 23rd, 24th and 25th.  We are just giving you advance notice, but please be aware that this trip is NOT yet open for booking. We will notify you when it is.

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


Gaeilge. Irish Language Conversation Classes from 2.30 – 3.30. Finishing on Monday, May 27th .

Bowling in Knockatallon at 8.00 p.m.


Choir at 10.45 will continue until mid June.

French Class has finished for the Summer

Pilates 3.30-4.30 p.m.will continue until mid June.


Spanish in Andy’s Bar has finished for the Summer,


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. will finish on Thursday, June 6th

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.