U3A news


The U3A wish to offer their condolences to Brendan and Ann Lillis on the recent death of Brendan’s brother Brian in the U.K. 


Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Thank You

A sincere thank you to Greg Devlin, Marketing Manager with Silver Hill Foods, who gave a very informative and wide ranging presentation on the Company on Friday last at Gortakeegan.  


It was thoroughly enjoyed by all present.


Thank you also to Jane Flynn who organised a 2 Day Trip to Dungloe for 29 Walkers last week. 


By all accounts, it was extremely successful and great craic was had by all participants.


The walk next Wednesday, March 11th is to Gosford Park, Markethill.


Meet at Four Seasons Hotel Car Park at 10.00 a.m.


It has come to our attention that Eir are going to charge €5.99 per month for those who currently have an Eircom Email.


If you wish to change your Email Address, it would be advisable to do so as soon as possible.


Flower Arranging

Dates for 3 Flower Arranging Classes have been confirmed.


They are on;

Wednesday March 11th

Wednesday April 8th

Wednesday April 22nd 


Beginning at  2.00 p.m in Gortakeegan  Soccer Club.


Contact Flo on 086 3205941 if you wish to book a place.

How’re ya Keeping?

This is a new Reaching Out Programme to U3A members by U3A Members.


Are you currently unable to get out for whatever reason and would like someone to ”make a ceili”.


Two members of the U3A would be delighted to stop by to see “how’re ya keeping” at your invitation.


Text/Call 086 804 7575 and let us know if you would like a visit.

Final Call for York Trip

Trips to Harrowgate in York will take place on the 4th and 11th of May, 2020.


The trips will be for 4 nights, B & B and Dinner.


The cost is €470 per person sharing .


This includes all entrances, coach, boat and hotel.


Possible trips will include Castle Howard, Haworth Bronte House and City Cruise.


One single room left for Week 1 and a limited number of doubles/twins for both weeks.


If travelling, please ensure you have your own Travel Insurance.


If interested, please text 083 324 4455 in the next few days.

Krakow Trip

Those who have committed to travelling to Krakow in October should call into O’Hanrahan Travel with €200 and their Passport on or before Friday, March 6th.


Also, please ensure you have your own Travel Insurance.


Any U3A Members who would like a Swim, are welcome to go to The Four Seasons Hotel on Thursdays, between 12.00 and 2.00 p.m.


The cost is just €5 and you do not need to be a Member of The Four Seasons Leisure Club.  


In addition to this, a Water Aerobics Class is now available on Fridays at 11.00 a.m.


Cost is also €5.


This is being thoroughly enjoyed by all who are availing of the opportunity. Why not give it a go?

Film Club

There will be no Film Club on Tuesday, March 17th.


The next one will take place on Tuesday, March 24th at Smithborough Presbyterian Hall at 7.30 p.m.

Poems and Pints

The next Poems and Pints will be held in Maggie Charlie’s, Ballinode on Thursday, March 19th at 8.00 p.m.

Book Club

The book for our next Book Club meeting is “When all is said and done” by Ann Griffin and is available from Monaghan Library.


The Book Club will meet at The Four Seasons Hotel on Thursday, March 26th at 3.30 p.m.

Coffee and Craic

Every Wednesday in Smithboro’ hall around 3.00 p.m.


Drop in for an informal Coffee or Tea and a chat.


All welcome.


Also, Coffee in Grahams from 10.30 a.m. on every Thursday.

Important Notice

Please note that U3A Classes are for Members Only. 


You will find all the information you need at 087 343 2275 or 083 324 4455. Please leave your name and contact details.


You can also find us on Facebook and 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.