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May

19

10:30

Genealogy

Rita Canavan

  • 📅Thursday, May 19, 2022
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟The Glenview Hotel(map)

Rita is to talk on the ways and means of researching family history


May

05

10:30

Soulful Romance in Powerscourt

Alex Slazenger

  • 📅Thursday, May 5, 2022
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟The Glenview Hotel(map)

We all know how lucky we are to have the Powerscourt Estate on our doorstep.

Voted the 3rd best garden in the World (!!!) it provides 47 acres of formal gardens, sweeping terraces, statues, ornamental lakes, fountains - and sublime herbaceous borders.

Early May is peak tulip time, and with 20,000 tulip bulbs in place, the gardens are alive with colour.

Alex Slazenger is just the right man to tell us more.

Alex Slazenger grew up at Powerscourt Estate, and the Powerscourt gardens fostered his love of plants and gardening from a young age. He studied at the National Botanic Gardens in Glasnevin and is now Head Gardener of his beloved Powerscourt.


Apr

21

10:30

Rembrandt

Olive Knox

  • 📅Thursday, April 21, 2022
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟The Glenview Hotel(map)

Rembrandt approached his subjects with an acute eye on versimilitude. Even the most minor character in his pictures has a definite personality and fulfills a definite role within the whole composition.

Olive Knox's background in both fine art and theatre places her in an ideal position to show us all how to look at Rembrandt's works in a totally new way.


Apr

07

10:30

A Musical Miscellany

Beatrice Aird O'Hanlon

  • 📅Thursday, April 7, 2022
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30

A miscellany of music accompanied by an explanation and the background of the chosen pieces given by Beatrice


Mar

24

10:30

The women's suffrage campaign in Co Wicklow, 1908 -1918

Rosemary Raughter

  • 📅Thursday, March 24, 2022
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟The Glenview Hotel(map)

This year marks the centenary of the 1922 Constitution, which guaranteed Irish women the right to vote on the same terms as men.

The Suffrage Movement played a vital role in achieving this momentous change, and the Suffragettes of Co. Wicklow focused much of their activities in North Wicklow, and especially in Greystones. Perhaps you've noticed the plaque in Greystones harbour? Much to my shame, I must admit I hadn't!

This is our chance to learn much more about an often overlooked aspect of this tumultuous period in our national and local histories.

Rosemary Raughter is a historian, living in Greystones, who writes and lectures extensively on Irish women's history and on different aspects of the revolutionary period in Ireland. She is currently Chairperson of Greystones Archaeological & Historical Society.


Mar

10

10:30

The Theatrical Vision of Rembrandt

Olive Knox

  • 📅Thursday, March 10, 2022
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟The Glenview Hotel(map)

Rembrandt approached his subjects with an acute eye on versimilitude. Even the most minor character in his pictures has a definite personality and fulfills a definite role within the whole composition.

Olive Knox's background in both fine art and theatre places her in an ideal position to show us all how to look at Rembrandt's works in a totally new way.


Feb

24

10:30

African Experience and Cheetahs 2019

Beatrice Aird O'Hanlon

  • 📅Thursday, February 24, 2022
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟The Glenview Hotel(map)

Beatrice is going to give us a flavour of a memorable trip she made to Africa in 2019. She travelled through Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa. What a trek! At the end of the trip she spent ten days working as a volunteer in a cheetah sanctuary, looking after 12 cheetahs, feeding them, playing with them and cleaning out their cages. In addition she looked after 3 mongoose (mongooses? mongeese?) 2 servals and 2 hyenas. And has survived to tell the tale.

Beatrice is our U3A secretary and acting Vice Chairperson. She is a retired Senior Clinical Research Associate and worked in clinical trials in many therapeutic fields: oncology; endocrinology; psychiatry and transplantation. She originally trained as a nurse and midwife but later returned to TCD to sit for a BA Mod. in French and Classical Studies.

This will -hopefully - be our first LIVE meeting in two years and we look forward to our new venue. Beatrice's talk promises to be an interesting start.


Feb

10

10:30

The Most Famous Scientist you've never heard of!

Phillip Devonport

  • 📅Thursday, February 10, 2022
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Zoom(map)

So who is it? Well, the mystery will have to continue until the actual speech. Not much point in giving the game away beforehand. I'm sure you'll be surprised by the importance of the person concerned.

Our speaker is Phillip Devonport. English by birth, a scientist by education and resident in Ireland since 1977. Phillip's career was in computing but anyone who knows him can testify to the breadth of his interests and erudition. Phillip is also a long-term member of Toastmasters and a winner at all types of speeches, especially comedic. He was looking forward to our first live talk but is happy to perform on Zoom.

Above, Phillip with his wife Orla.


Jan

27

10:30

Beyond Harry Clarke: Stained Glass in Ireland

Finola Finlay

  • 📅Thursday, January 27, 2022
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Zoom(map)

Finola will look at the history of stained glass in Ireland beginning with what happened to our medieval stained glass, through the gothic revival of the nineteenth century where most glass was imported, to the emergence of a truly Irish tradition starting with Harry Clarke and the artists of An Túr Gloine and continuing to the present day.

Finola Finlay: Finola writes about stained glass for roaringwaterjournal.com, the blog she writes with her husband, Robert Harris. She is one of the contributors to the newly-published 'Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass'


Jan

13

10:30

Hans Kung

David Preston

  • 📅Thursday, January 13, 2022
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Zoom(map)

Hans Kung was a Catholic priest and theologian. Clever and charismatic, he influenced many scholars and lay people within the Church in trying to bring Catholicism into the modern world. He was named a PERITUS (expert adviser) at the Second Vatican Council, which sought to bring reforms into the Church, particularly in the area of ecumenicism. However, he ran into trouble with Pope Paul VI over the issue of contraception. He went on to question the Church teaching on infallibility and had his licence to teach theology withdrawn by Pope John Paul II. He found himself the voice of many Catholics who support the idea of a married clergy, female priests as well as changes to moral theology. He was also a prodigious writer, not just in theology but other areas as well. He remained a dissenting voice until his death in April of this year.

Delivering the talk on Hans Kung is the Reverend David Preston, whose description of himself is, 'The man who couldn't make his mind up!'

After leaving school David went to London to study medicine. A year later he changed his mind and went to Brasenose College, Oxford, to study theology and to join the Anglican ministry.

However, after a short period he went to Rome to study in the Gregorian University to become a Roman Catholic priest. In the end he did not become ordained as a priest but returned to England, joined the Church of England and became a parish rector. Some years later he became an Army Chaplain where he remained for the last ten years of his working life.

After retirement he moved to Scotland and reverted to Roman Catholicism. At present he helps with services in the RC church but plays the organ in churches of any denomination.

David has an exceptional singing voice, plays the organ and viola as well as the piano - musical and ecumenical!


Dec

09

10:30

Armenia

Etain Murphy

  • 📅Thursday, December 9, 2021
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Zoom(map)

This week's talk is one that had to be cancelled earlier. The information can be found under the 11th November.


Nov

25

10:30

Watching Birds

Eric Dempsey

  • 📅Thursday, November 25, 2021
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Zoom(map)

Our talk today will be from Eric Dempsey of Birdwatch Ireland.

As you may know, Birdwatch is the largest conservation organisation in Ireland and was established in 1968. Eric will tell us about the the birds and their habitat - which is so much under threat in modern Ireland.

You may remember the unexpected arrival of a 'brown booby' to Greystones Harbour last year. The interest that was shown proves that our absorption with birds continues.

Eric will give us some insight into the work Birdwatch do on our behalf.


Nov

11

10:30

Armenia

Etain Murphy

  • 📅Thursday, November 11, 2021
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Zoom(map)

In May 2018, Raymond and Étain Murphy joined an 8-night Irish-run holiday in Armenia, joining 11 others. They had expected to see ancient monasteries, beautiful scenery and a very different culture - and they did.

But this holiday proved to be very different to any other holiday they had ever taken - and - in her talk - Étain will explain why.

Etain and Raymond are members of Greystones U3A and we are always delighted when a member gives the talk. This topic is one which is very close to their hearts.

Étain moved to Kilmacanoge several years ago, from Monkstown. She has always been interested in history and, while living in Monkstown, found herself researching the church there, which opened up a fascinating history of the south Dublin area, and led to her book: ‘A Glorious Extravaganza’. She is a mother of six and a retired doctor and now enjoys, among other things, working in her garden, where she tries to encourage her grandchildren to share her passion for biodiversity.


Oct

28

10:30

Autism in History - a true story from 18th century Scotland.

Gordon Mursell

  • 📅Thursday, October 28, 2021
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30

Our speaker this week is retired Bishop, Gordon Mursell, who at present works as Honorary Assistant Bishop in Glasgow and Galloway. Gordon is also a prolific author on history, spirituality and theology among other subjects, and a keen hill walker and a lover of opera. Covid prevented him from travelling to Wexford this year but since none of us can be here in person, he is happy to present his talk on Zoom.

Gordon lives in the village of Borgue in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. He had recently read about a young boy from the village, who lived in the early 18th century. Nowadays we would recognise this boy's odd behaviour as autistic but back then he was simply described as 'daft.' Gordon found how the boy coped and what happened to him a fascinating story which he will describe to us.

We all know families where autism has been diagnosed nowadays and we can see how our understanding of it has increased enormously. Gordon's talk will remind us of how far we have come.


Oct

14

10:30

Hans Kung, Controversial Theologian

David Preston

  • 📅Thursday, October 14, 2021
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30

Hans Kung was a Catholic priest and theologian. Clever and charismatic, he influenced many scholars and lay people within the Church in trying to bring Catholicism into the modern world. He was named a PERITUS (expert adviser) at the Second Vatican Council, which sought to bring reforms into the Church, particularly in the area of ecumenicism. However, he ran into trouble with Pope Paul VI over the issue of contraception. He went on to question the Church teaching on infallibility and had his licence to teach theology withdrawn by Pope John Paul II. He found himself the voice of many Catholics who support the idea of a married clergy, female priests as well as changes to moral theology. He was also a prodigious writer, not just in theology but other areas as well. He remained a dissenting voice until his death in April of this year.

Delivering the talk on Hans Kung is the Reverend David Preston, whose description of himself is, 'The man who couldn't make his mind up!'

After leaving school David went to London to study medicine. A year later he changed his mind and went to Brasenose College, Oxford, to study theology and to join the Anglican ministry.

However, after a short period he went to Rome to study in the Gregorian University to become a Roman Catholic priest. In the end he did not become ordained as a priest but returned to England, joined the Church of England and became a parish rector. Some years later he became an Army Chaplain where he remained for the last ten years of his working life.

After retirement he moved to Scotland and reverted to Roman Catholicism. At present he helps with services in the RC church but plays the organ in churches of any denomination.

David has an exceptional singing voice, plays the organ and viola as well as the piano - musical and ecumenical!


Sep

30

10:30

Bumble Bees and Honey Bees

Mr Billy Markham

  • 📅Thursday, September 30, 2021
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30

White suits and veils, smoke and (sometimes) swarms - the mysterious world of a Wicklow Beekeeper.

Billy's talk was postponed from June and we are delighted he is available to give us a picture of the life of a beekeeper. Billy lives locally so who knows? we may be able to be part of supporting our bee colonies. It is certainly an important topic in our present world.


Sep

16

10:30

Fancy Being a Writer?

Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin

  • 📅Thursday, September 16, 2021
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30

Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin is our opening speaker for the new season.

Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin aka Sam Blake

No 1 Bestselling Author, Founder & Managing Director Writing.ie, The Inkwell Group & MURDER ONE, Ireland's International Crime Writing Festival.

Board member of the Society of Authors.

Board member of the Crime Writers Association

Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce

Vanessa is Ireland's foremost literary scout and the chairperson of writing groups and literary festivals. She is also a published author, writing under the nom-de-plume of Sam Blake. As Sam Blake she has written a trilogy of novels based on Garda Cat Connolly. The novels following the trilogy were both thrillers, the latest one 'The Dark Room,' about to be released later in September.

Vanessa will give us an insight into the life of a literary scout as well as some details about her own life as a writer. No doubt we'll find something of interest in her talk. I can recommend the novels, having enjoyed the Irish aspect in each one.


Sep

16

12:30

The AGM

  • 📅Thursday, September 16, 2021
  • 🕥12:30 - 00:00

Following the talk from Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin we will hold the first AGM of the branch.

If you have any concerns, suggestions or questions this is the opportunity to air them.


Sep

01

10:30

Events this autumn

  • 📅Wednesday, September 1, 2021
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30

Zoom meetings recommence on 16th September.


Jun

24

10:30

title to follow

Bishop Gordon Mursell

  • 📅Thursday, June 24, 2021
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30

details to follow


Jun

17

10:30

Bumble Bees and Honey Bees

Billy Markham

  • 📅Thursday, June 17, 2021
  • 🕥10:30 - 11:30

White suits and veils, smoke and (sometimes) swarms - the mysterious world of a Wicklow Beekeeper


Jun

06

12:00

AGM 2021 Greystones U3A

  • 📅Sunday, June 6, 2021
  • 🕥12:00 - 12:30

The AGM will be held immediately after the talk by Dairine Nuttall on 3rd June. The agenda will be sent in May to all members.


Jun

03

15:00

Get Out and Walk

Dairine Nuttall

  • 📅Thursday, June 3, 2021
  • 🕥15:00 - 17:00

Dairine Nuttall has been leading walking tours for both walkers and tourists, for the past decade. She has very kindly agreed to give us a tour of local walks ranging from easy to more challenging, suitable for all fitness levels. Dairine has taken people up hill and down dale into the beautiful surroundings of the Garden of Ireland. With descriptions and photographs, even non-walkers will enjoy the virtual tour around the county and it may inspire us to move our Covid walks up a notch.


May

20

12:30

An Interactive Talk with a Difference

Edward Dillon & Co.

  • 📅Thursday, May 20, 2021
  • 🕥12:30 - 02:00

Courtesy of Andy O'Hara of Edward Dillon & Co we have something a little different to celebrate, having survived a difficult year.

Paul Tuohy, the Hennessy Brand Ambassador, will be sending out invitations to all of you who have signed up for the talk and cocktails. We will have Two mixologists - one giving us the fascinating history of Hennessy cognac and one telling us about a relatively young brand, Slane Whiskey. Your mixer packs will arrive at the beginning of the week. I hope we have a bit of light-hearted fun.

Don't forget the later start. High Noon!


May

06

10:30

"An awfully important problem" Education, Children and the Workhouse in Rathdown Poor Law Union

Chris Lennon

  • 📅Thursday, May 6, 2021
  • 🕥10:30 - 11:30

Chris began her PhD in UCD School of Education post retirement and she is going to talk to us as a break from the task of writing up! She has a particular interest in social history and in education (she was hugely involved in the Educate Together schools, initially as a parent and subsequenty as principal in Bray and Dalkey School Projects).

Her research looks at the schools in three of the Poor Law Unions, including the Rathdown Poor Law Union which covered an area of 75 square miles and included parts of both Dublin and Wicklow. One of the aims of her research is to investigate the lives and experiences of children both inside and outside the workhouse, particularly from 1840 – 1850, ten years which include most of the years of the Great Irish Famine.

This promises to be a fascinating talk about social history and some of the surprising discoveries that Chris has made in the course of her research


Apr

22

10:30

Images of Guatemala

Eileen Wetherall

  • 📅Thursday, April 22, 2021
  • 🕥10:30 - 11:30

Eileen is one of our own U3A members who has grown up with travel in her blood. She will tell us how a chance encounter in Greystones led her to the mountains and volcanoes of Guatemala, which she has visited many times since 2015. Eileen's beautiful photographs will take us on an armchair adventure as she relates the stories behind them, Topic: Frances Duncan's Zoom Meeting

Start Time : Apr 22, 2021 10:05 AM

The link for the recording of this talk is below:

Meeting Recording:

https://zoom.us/rec/share/tEhOn85d3jcRZf9mRfce2GvCkyDWmrN9CvuUfLoenQjYdOUesQ9CQWbZ3_fIAesS.Ww5ehCHx9aaVe2ot

Access Passcode: =1LR747m


Apr

15

10:30

Journeys of Discovery

Sinead Tarmey, Janet Tyner and David Lawson

  • 📅Thursday, April 15, 2021
  • 🕥10:30 - 11:30

Journeys are a subject dear to our hearts as we are slowly increasing the distance we can travel from home. Sinead Tarmey talks us through the journey from an empty field to our beautiful Wicklow Hospice in Magheramore, Janet Tyner tells of the jourmey from another bare field to one filled with thousands of sunflowers, and David Lawson talks to us about ancient journeys and the Irish Camino . Sounds intriguing!


Apr

08

10:30

Mount Usher Gardens - a Unique Insight

Konrad Jay

  • 📅Thursday, April 8, 2021
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30

Konrad Jay and his wife Katherine are the current custodians of Mount Usher Gardens.

Created by four generations of the Walpole family beginning in 1868, Mount Usher is recognised at home and abroad as one of the earliest and finest examples of a ‘Robinsonian’ garden. Extending to 22 acres, it combines a champion collection of trees and shrubs with inspirational floral planting schemes along both sides of the River Vartry. There is an ever changing panoply of colours and textures enhanced by wafting scents accompanying every season.

Madeleine Jay, Konrad's mother, had a life which was at times as colourful and wild as the world-famous garden which she bought in 1979 and saved for posterity. We are delighted to welcome Konrad to give us some insights into her life, how she came to own Mount Usher and the restoration of the gardens. .


Mar

25

10:30

A virtual visit to a sculptor's workshop

Emma Jane Rushworth

  • 📅Thursday, March 25, 2021
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30

Emma Jane is a professional sculptor who works with wire to create magical sculptures for private gardens and public spaces. We had hoped to visit Emma's workshop last summer, but instead she has very kindly prepared a short film about her workspace and some of her beautiful creations. Emma will also talk to us over Zoom about her work, tell us more about her inspiration and how she creates these wonderful sculptures.


Mar

17

10:30

Bumble Bees and Honey Bees

Billy Markham

  • 📅Wednesday, March 17, 2021
  • 🕥10:30 - 11:30

The mysterious world of white suits and veils, smoke and (sometimes) swarms - the world of a Wicklow Beekeeper


Mar

11

10:30

Biodiversity in Your Garden

Deirdre Burns, Heritage Officer, Wicklow County Council

  • 📅Thursday, March 11, 2021
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:00

Learn to love your dandelions!

Did you know that leaving areas unmown until mid-April provides a really important food source for bumblebee queens emerging from hibernation?

In what promises to be a motivating and informative talk, Deirdre will outline how we can all make space for wildlife in our garden.


Feb

25

10:30

Notre Dame de Paris: Triumph & Disaster

Professor Roger Stalley (Emeritus,TCD)

  • 📅Thursday, February 25, 2021
  • 🕥10:30 - 11:30

Roger Stalley is fellow emeritus of Trinity College Dublin where he was Professor of the History of Art until his retirement in 2010. He has published numerous books on various aspects of medieval art and architecture, and over one hundred peer reviewed papers, his most recent work being Early Irish Sculpture and the Art of the high crosses (Mellon / Yale 2020). The French Gothic Cathedrals formed one of his most popular undergraduate courses and former students have fond memories of the accompanying study visits he led to France.

On April 15th 2019 the whole world was able to watch aghast as flames spread irresistibly from one end of Notre Dame to the other. The airwaves were filled with outbursts of despair and calamity, but in fact the the cathedral itself remained largely intact. What looked like a complete disaster on our TV screens was in fact a triumph for Gothic – in particular a triumph for the Gothic system of design.

In his talk to us, Professor Stalley will discuss the impact of fires in the middle ages and explain the unique place that Notre Dame enjoys in the history of Gothic architecture. He will also consider the nature of the damage caused by the fire and the many problems that confront the restorers.


Feb

11

10:30

"From our News Correspondent..."

Mr Charlie Bird

  • 📅Thursday, February 11, 2021
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30

Charlie Bird needs no introduction.

He was a familiar face on our televisions for many years during his time with RTÉ and was at the forefront of stories which are now part of the modern history of this country. His work also took him all over the world, as he reported from war zones, scenes of natural disasters and about political unrest.

Charlie began as a researcher in Current Affairs before becoming a news reporter. In a 38 year career he became Chief News Correspondent at RTÉ, as well as Washington Correspondent in 2010. Charlie was also a presenter on RTÉ until his retirement in 2012.

He was born in Sandymount but is now a local Wicklow resident and has very kindly agreed to give a talk about his long, distinguished and sometimes controversial career


Jan

28

10:30

From Mullingar to the Mountains of Heaven - Saddle sore on the Silk Road

Joan and Liam McCaughey

  • 📅Thursday, January 28, 2021
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30

Never let it be said that we don't take you to new and exciting places, especially from the comfort of your own locked-down house!

This week's speakers are Joan and Liam McCaughey whose hobby is botany, especially Alpine flowers.. They have been hooked since taking an extramural course in Queen's University, Belfast thirty years ago. Now, after retirement from the more frantic world of medicine, they are living in Ballinderry Upper, near Lisburn and are busy trying to build a garden from scratch in a barley field! They have travelled to six continents to experience the beauty of native flowers in their natural environment.

Liam gave me the description below of the area which will be the subject of their talk.

"The Tien Shan – the Mountains of Heaven - lie north of the Himalayas and south of the steppes of central Asia. We had a longstanding urge to go there since reading an account by Charles Howard-Bury where he wrote "Never anywhere in the world have I seen such an abundance and variety of wild flowers as I saw today …….. every flower in an English and Irish garden seemed to be represented, " and eventually we achieved our ambition on a botanical trip with ‘Greentours’, and found that this description was no exaggeration.

However this talk is not just a botanical trip to the Tien Shan but also encompasses the Irish background of Lt. Colonel Charles Howard – Bury whose diaries, written in 1913, were the inspiration for our travel to Kazakhstan. He travelled there when that part of the world was in turmoil just before the first World War. Later, in 1921, he, along with Mallory, led the first reconnaissance of Mt. Everest although, unlike Mallory, his interests lay more in the Natural History than getting to the top of the mountains.

The talk will take us from the history and soft green scenery around Mullingar to follow Howard- ­Bury to Central Asia, somewhere which even today with its border with China is still a relatively unexplored region.

There was a new experience every day on this trip – the flora of course, but also horse-trekking, brown bears, an abandoned soviet atomic site, sleeping in a yurt, railway travel on the Silk Road – never a dull moment !"

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Jan

14

10:30

From Skibbereen to the Moon! Agnes Clerke and 19th Century Astronomy

Finola Finlay

  • 📅Thursday, January 14, 2021
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30

Agnes Mary Clerke grew up in Skibbereen during the Great Famine. Almost entirely self taught, she went on to write the best-selling book on astronomy in the 19th century, still in print, and to become a revered member of the scientific community of her day.

More recently, NASA named a crater on the moon in her honour. This talk will illustrate her life and accomplishments, within the context of her times.

Finola Finlay grew up in Bray but spent most of her adult life in Canada. Initially trained as an archaeologist, she worked mainly in the field of higher education. Now back in Ireland, she writes, with her husband, Robert Harris, the popular arts and culture blog Roaringwater Journal.


Dec

17

10:30

Christmas Celebration

Members

  • 📅Thursday, December 17, 2020
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:00

We can live in hope - and act accordingly - that there will be the opportunity for a Christmas Get-together. If so, let's plan it for this week and if not, we'll simply offer each other the very best wishes of the season and pray for a better year in 2021.


Dec

10

10:30

A Book and a Bell: Glendalough on the morning of the 15th May 1106.

Mary Kelly

  • 📅Thursday, December 10, 2020
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:00

"A single extant folio from a much larger manuscript provides a glimpse of learning, love and loss in the monastery of Glendalough and the tolling bell, once lost, is found."

We are delighted to invite Mary Kelly to address us, via Zoom, if necessary.

Mary, from the Glendalough Visitor's Centre brings an insight into the spectacular beauty of the area which has attracted visitors for centuries - some more welcome than others. In particular, she gives us a close look into Glendalough as a monastic city of great wealth in times past. She has expanded her talk to include a little on the second surviving folio connected to the school at Glendalough. She will also tell us about the 12th century Glendalough Bell which is on view in the recently opened (and just as recently closed!) exhibition, GLENDALOUGH: POWER, PRAYER AND PILGRIMAGE in the National Museum on Kildare Street.

Her book, 'City of God', written in collaboration with Charles Doherty and Linda Doran, is based on lectures given to the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland and shows the magnificence and the importance of this site, archaeologically and liturgically.


Nov

26

10:30

An Irishwoman in the Serbian Army WW1.

Bryan MacMahon

  • 📅Thursday, November 26, 2020
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:00

Bryan returns to bring us the fascinating story of Captain Flora Sandes. She was the daughter of Irish émigrés to England and through a series of far from unfortunate events became a captain in the Serbian Army during WW1. Bryan always chooses unusual and intriguing characters and his beguiling talk brings them vividly to life.

Bryan Mac Mahon is a retired teacher and an author of a number of books and articles on a range of historical topics. His most recent book deals with the Protestant Conversion in the Dingle area in the 1840s.

Bryan is originally from Ballyheigue in Co Kerry and his books on the famine in his local area shows a sensitivity towards the long-term effects on the Irish psyche.

He has contributed to Sunday Miscellany; The Business (RTE Radio 1), Nationwide and Talking History.


Nov

26

10:30

Captain Flora Sandes

Bryan MacMahon

  • 📅Thursday, November 26, 2020
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30

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The link above should allow you to access Bryan's excellent talk on Flora Sandes, a formidable woman if ever there was one!

I'm not totally sure that this will work so if you try to play it without success, please let me know.


Nov

19

10:30

Weather we like it or not...

Evelyn Cusack, Met.Eireann

  • 📅Thursday, November 19, 2020
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30

Evelyn Cusack is a weather presenter on RTÉ and is now Head of Forecasting at Met. Eireann. Put like that there's no indication of the fact that Evelyn has appeared almost daily in our homes since 1988 and can only be described as a National Treasure. She is known to all of us, and our fondness for her was demonstrated when, in 1999, she and her professional colleagues were replaced by RTÉ with younger, less qualified presenters. The uproar from the public meant that they were swiftly reinstated! Proper order!

We are delighted to welcome Evelyn to Greystones, even virtually.

Evelyn has requested that we have a look at the Met. Eireann website at www.met.ie so that we can ask her about anything that catches our attention. The weather is always a hot - and safe- topic to start any conversation and I'm sure we won't be short of questions. Evelyn also suggested that we might consider downloading the Met. Eireann App to our phones and to sign up for warnings notifications. I'm sure the sailors amongst us have already done so, but the rest of us might consider it, to avoid being blown off the Cliff Walk. This should be a compelling talk on a subject we can all enjoy.


Nov

12

10:30

Bloody Sunday 1920

Mark Duncan

  • 📅Thursday, November 12, 2020
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:00

We'd like to thank Mark for agreeing to come and give us a talk on an aspect of GAA and Irish history. Mark's previous talk had to be cancelled because of Lockdown but he has agreed to bring us back to a turbulent day - 21st November 1920 - during the War of Independence. As the Centenary of this momentous incident takes place, Mark will give us an insight into the events of that day and its legacy in the Irish psyche and culture.

Historian Mark Duncan is a founder and Director of the InQuest Research Group and a Director of Century Ireland, an award-winning digital project for the decade of centenaries involving a collaboration between Boston College-Ireland, RTÉ, Ireland’s national cultural institutions and university partners. A former co-Director of the GAA Oral History Project, he has extensive experience in areas of public history and media and has worked extensively in RTÉ News & Current Affairs, most recently as Results Editor of its general election coverage.

The author of several books, including The GAA: A People’s History (2009) and The GAA: County by County [both with Mike Cronin and Paul Rouse}, he is a regular media contributor on issues of sport and history.


Oct

29

10:30

Five Scots you've never heard of who changed the world.

David Bayne

  • 📅Thursday, October 29, 2020
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:00

David was due to talk to us in March but Covid put paid to that! He has very kindly agreed to address us via Zoom with an intriguing talk about some fascinating Scotsmen.

David Bayne was born in Airthrey Castle, Stirling, in the heart of Scotland's history - at the foot of the Wallace Monument and within sight of Stirling Castle. He attended the High School of Stirling and then St. Andrews University, where his degree was in Economics and Modern History.

He worked in industry for about 15 years before returning to college, to Edinburgh Theological College, to study for the ministry of the Scottish Episcopal Church. After ordination he spent almost 30 years in Dumfries and Galloway, as Rector, first of Dumfries, then of Castle Douglas, becoming Rural Dean of Galloway and a Canon of St. Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow, along the way.

David and his wife Alison first began to consider retiring to Ireland in 2013. They now live in Askamore, on the slopes of Sliabh Bhui, Co Wexford. He spends his time doing locums for the Church of Ireland, broadcasting for South East Radio, tinkering with his classic NSU - and mowing a half-acre of lawn.


Oct

22

10:30

Football Focus

Miguel Delaney

  • 📅Thursday, October 22, 2020
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:00

Miguel Delaney is a local Greystones lad who is Chief Football writer for the London Independent. He is also a pundit on the sport on radio and television and is a published author. His book 'Stuttgart to Saipan' was long-listed for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year, and tells the story of Ireland's qualification for international tournaments in 1988, 1990,1994 and 2002. The short-lived 'Glory Days', sigh.

Miguel did a journalism degree in DIT and says he was lucky enough to get sub-editing work in the Sunday Tribune sports department while he did a Masters in politics. He managed to work himself - as he puts it- into a position where he was writing about football full-time. He worked at Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup for the Tribune before it went bust in 2011, and then made the move to England.

He worked for ESPN and the Independent, before becoming chief football writer for the Independent in 2017. That means he covers all aspects of the game, but majors on the Premier League, Champions League and international tournaments. He has now been to 12 Champions League finals, three World Cups and three European Championships.

Miguel's experience will give him plenty of areas for discussion - including one that he himself finds equally fascinating, the future of journalism itself..

Miquel lives in London but the magic of Zoom has allowed us to have a speaker from further afield. I'm delighted to welcome him back to his hometown and to Greystones U3A, via the power of the internet.


Oct

08

11:00

A Workshop on three of Heaney's Poems

Jennifer Duffy

  • 📅Thursday, October 8, 2020
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00

Jennifer Duffy from the Seamus Heaney Centre in Dublin will host a workshop to give us some insight into the poems, Two Lorries; Lightenings viii and Glanmore vii. This is our first Zoom meeting and while it is wonderful to have the technology, it represents the sad fact that we are still affected by Covid. Nonetheless, in the spirit of it being better to light a candle than to curse the dark, we'll give it a go!


May

07

10:30

Keep Your Eyes on Me.

Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin

  • 📅Thursday, May 7, 2020
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Delgany Golf Club(map)

Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin is the founder and managing director of Writing.ie, The Inkwell Group and MURDER ONE, Ireland's international crime writing festival. She is also Ireland's leading literary scout and now, as Sam Blake, has written a series of crime novels based in Ireland, with a really feisty main character, a Garda detective called Cat Connolly. Her latest novel, 'Keep your Eyes on Me' is a stand-alone novel and came out in January this year.

Originally from St. Albans in Hertfordshire Vanessa has lived in Ireland for many years since she came here with her fiancé, now her husband, a member of the Gardai, and lives locally in Kilmacanogue. Vanessa has such wide experience of the whole writing and publishing world that we are bound to find some gems from her talk. If you ever thought you had 'a book in you' this is the opportunity to hear at first hand the whole process from pen to print.


Apr

23

10:30

Plants, Potions and Snails - The Central Role of Nature's Pharmacy in Modern Medicine

Dr Helen Sheridan, Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy, Trinity College

  • 📅Thursday, April 23, 2020
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Delgany Golf Club(map)

Dr Helen Sheridan will set out the background to the use of natural medicines by humans from earliest Neanderthal man to modern times, travelling from archaeological remains in the Shanidar caves in Iraq, through the poisoning of Socrates by hemlock in ancient Greece, the opium wars of the 19th century which led onto the discovery of morphine and the creation of heroin, and on to the present day.

Dr Sheridan is a lecturer and Director of Research in Natural Product Chemistry at the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences at Trinity College Dublin. Helen carries out original research in the use and development of new medicines from natural sources. She has brought the new natural medicine to treat Inflammatory Bowel Disease which she has helped to develop to Phase 1 human clinical trials and is continuing her work on this. Helen serves on the Traditional medicine sub-committee of the Irish Health products Regulatory Authority (HPRA; 2000 To date), is a founder member of the Sino-European GP-TCM Research Association, is on the Board of the International Natural Product Foundation, a pan global organization working toward the development of new medicines. Helen's research has been funded Nationally by Science Foundation Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, EU-FP7, The Wellcome Trust and Venture Capital Investment.


Apr

21

11:00

Visit to a Sculptor's Workshop

Emma Jane Rushworth

  • 📅Tuesday, April 21, 2020
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:30

We are delighted to invite members to a morning with Emma Jane Rushworth in her workshop. Emma Jane is a professional sculptor who works with wire to create magical figures which are displayed in private gardens and public places. Specialising in copper-wire creations, her work has been featured many times at Bloom, as well as on RTE and national media.

Emma's workshop is situated at the junction of Bellevue Road and Kindlestown Lower - what a lovely opportunity to spend a morning "away with the fairies" in Greystones.

Frances will be taking the names of those interested at our regular meetings on 12th March and 26th March and will give more details then


Apr

09

10:30

The GAA in Irish Society - Controversies, Changes and Challenges.

Mr Mark Duncan

  • 📅Thursday, April 9, 2020
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Delgany Golf Club(map)

This talk will cover the broad sweep of the GAA’s history and examine the various ways in which its development served to both reflect and shape the wider Irish experience. It will look, too, upon the contemporary challenges that face Ireland’s largest sporting organisation and consider ways in which they might be addressed.

Historian Mark Duncan is a founder and Director of the InQuest Research Group and a Director of Century Ireland, an award-winning digital project for the decade of centenaries involving a collaboration between Boston College-Ireland, RTÉ, Ireland’s national cultural institutions and university partners. A former co-Director of the GAA Oral History Project, he has extensive experience in areas of public history and media and has worked extensively in RTÉ News & Current Affairs , most recently as Results Editor of its general election coverage.

The author of several books, including The GAA: A People’s History (2009) and The GAA: County by County [both with Mike Cronin and Paul Rouse}, he is a regular media contributor on issues of sport and history.

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Mar

26

10:30

Six Scots you've never heard of who changed the world

David Bayne

  • 📅Thursday, March 26, 2020
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Delgany Golf Club(map)

David was born in Airthrey Castle, Stirling, in the heart of Scotland's history - at the foot of the Wallace Monument and within sight of Stirling Castle. He attended the High School of Stirling and then St. Andrews University, where his degree was in Economics and Modern History. He worked in industry for about 15 years before returning to college, to Edinburgh Theological College, to study for the ministry of the Scottish Episcopal Church. After ordination he spent almost 30 years in Dumfries and Galloway, as Rector, first of Dumfries, then of Castle Douglas, becoming Rural Dean of Galloway and a Canon of St. Mary's Cathedral, Glasgow, along the way.

David and his wife Alison first began to consider retiring to Ireland in 2013. They now live in Askamore, on the slopes of Sliabh Bhui, Co Wexford. He spends his time doing locums for the Church of Ireland, broadcasts for South East Radio, tinkering wirh his classic NSU - and mowing a half-acre of lawn.


Mar

12

10:30

Imagining Matters: Life,Love, Truth and Beauty!

Niall MacMonagle

  • 📅Thursday, March 12, 2020
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Delgany Golf Club(map)

We are delighted to welcome Niall Mac Monagle to Greystones.

Niall is a critic and broadcaster and a columnist with The Sunday Independent. For many years he taught English in Wesley College, where his students developed the very successful poetry anthology, Lifelines gave us an insight into the hearts and minds of well-known personalities as they chose their favourite poem and described why it was important to them. The royalties from Lifelines went to Third World charities nominated by the pupils.

Niall also produced English textbooks for Transition year and Leaving Certificate including Poetry Now. His most recent anthology, Windharp, displayed Irish history and culture since 1916 through the works of our many visionary poets.

He was awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Literature by UCD in 2017 for his services to literature. Since retiring - Niall has described himself as 'rewired' rather than retired, a lovely suggestion for all of us - he gives readings, writes and contributes to many literary festivals.

His talk will focus on how and why we respond to art and literature. Niall will use paintings and many forms of literature; poems, short stories,novels and personal writings to explore how language affects our imagination and how imagination creates our art.


Feb

27

10:30

The Governor

Mr John Lonergan

  • 📅Thursday, February 27, 2020
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Delgany Golf Club(map)

John Lonergan’s 42 years in the Irish prison service have taught him much about the worst and best sides of humanity, the importance of community, leadership, and making a difference. His talks are energetic and to the point, and he never fails to captivate an audience. We are delighted to welcome him to Greystones U3A.


Feb

13

10:30

Behold the Gates of Mercy: the life and work of Leonard Cohen

John MacKenna

  • 📅Thursday, February 13, 2020
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Delgany Golf Club(map)

John MacKenna is a long time friend of Leonard Cohen and collaborated with him on a Requiem for stage, entitled "Between Your Love and Mine" which toured nationally and was a sold out performance in the Concert Hall on September 21st 2019, which would have been Leonard Cohen's 85th birthday. It had already been performed at Arás an Uachtarain by request from the President, Michael D Higgins. John MacKenna finished the collaboration only weeks before the death of Leonard Cohen in 2016.

John MacKenna is a novelist, poet, biographer, actor and theatre director. His works have won the Hennessy Literary Award, the Irish Times Fiction Award and the Cecil Day-Lewis Award. He is the brother of our committee member Dolores MacKenna and this talk promises to be a wonderful insight into the life and work of one of the most enigmatic singer-songwriters of our time.


Jan

30

10:30

The Famine, a profound period in Irish history.

Charles Egan

  • 📅Thursday, January 30, 2020
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Delgany Golf Club(map)

CHARLES EGAN was born in Nottingham, England of Irish parents.

When he was five, the family returned to Ireland, as his father had been appointed Resident Medical Superintendent of St. Luke’s, a psychiatric hospital in Clonmel, in County Tipperary.

Every summer they visited his father’s family’s farm, outside Kiltimagh in County Mayo for a month. Charles’ grandmother and uncles spent many evenings, talking about family and local history. It was probably from this, that he became so interested in history.

The family subsequently moved to County Wicklow, where he initially attended the De La Salle Brothers school in Wicklow town. He then went to Clongowes Wood College (James Joyce’s alma mater) where he sat his Intermediate and Leaving Certificate examinations.

He studied Commerce in University College Dublin, graduating in 1973.

After an initial career in the private sector, including Marubeni Dublin, (where he met his future wife, Carmel), he joined the Industrial Development Authority (IDA) in Dublin. After a few years, the desire to be his own boss, led him to resign and set up his own business in London, which he ran for 40 years, before returning to Ireland in 2015.

Apart from business, his main interests are history and international travel, both of which he has covered extensively.

THE KILLING SNOWS TRILOGY

These book books are fiction.

The story that inspired them was not.

In 1990, a box of very old documents was found on a small farm in the west of Ireland. They had been stored for over a hundred years, and told an incredible story of suffering, of love and of courage.

In 1846, a young couple met during the worst years of the Great Irish Famine. These books are a way of imagining what led to their meeting and what followed from it.

“Famine Novel likened to Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath.” Connaught Telegraph.

“A vital reminder of the fragility of life, love and survival.” Irish Post.


Jan

16

10:30

An Insight into the works of William Trevor

Dr Dolores MacKenna

  • 📅Thursday, January 16, 2020
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Delgany Golf Club(map)

William Trevor is one of our most respected writers. In particular, he is a master of the short story, including ‘The Ballroom of Romance’. We are delighted that Dr Dolores MacKenna – who knew William Trevor for over 30 years and who convinced this famously limelight-averse author to co-operate with her on her book – will present a talk about the man, his writings and his less well-known, but prize-winning works of sculpture.

Beginning with a brief look at one of Trevor’s last stories entitled 'The Piano Teacher’s Pupil,' she will then move to the writer’s family background, not Anglo-Irish ascendency as often presumed, but middle-class Protestant, illustrating this with rare photographs . This will be followed by a brief evaluation of the literary influences and creative evolution of his work - with particular reference to some of his best known writing.

Dolores MacKenna lives in Greystones and is a committee member of our own branch of U3A. Her career was spent in education. In 2007 she retired as Principal of Loreto Abbey Dalkey, but continued to work for some years at third level. She has written and broadcast on a variety of literary and educational topics.

Dolores was born in Castledermot, Co Kildare. She studied at UCD, obtaining a Masters degree in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama and was awarded a Ph.D. for her study of the author William Trevor. Subsequently a critical biography entitled “William Trevor – the Writer and his Work” was published by New Island Books. In 2001 she scripted and narrated a T.V. programme in the series Undercover Portraits, which was broadcast on RTE. In 2007 she was invited to be the keynote speaker at the annual conference of the American Committee of Irish Studies in Washington State.


Dec

13

10:30

Festive Wildlife Walk and Wreath Making Workshop

Andrew Lynch from Birdwatch Ireland

  • 📅Friday, December 13, 2019
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30

Festive Wildlife Walk & Wreath Making Workshop. Join a festive walk around the reserve, and celebrate the return of the winter migrants. After a short jaunt you will have the chance to make a winter wreath. All materials are sustainably sourced from the site and the wreaths will be ready for the compost heap in the New Year.

As the East Coast Nature Reserve Warden, Andrew is responsible for the day to day running of the flagship reserve for Birdwatch Ireland. This includes practical conservation such as reed bed, fen and woodland management. He also runs volunteer workdays, public events and walks on the reserve. Andrew previously worked for the London Wildlife Trust and holds an MSc in Environmental Management (Countryside Management / Protected Area Management) from Birkbeck, University of London.


Dec

12

10:30

Frankincense and Myrrh

Dr Ronald Draper

  • 📅Thursday, December 12, 2019
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Charlesland Golf Club(map)

A seasonal morning to be followed by a Christmas social event (details to follow closer to the date)


Nov

28

10:30

Ireland's First Airman - Richard Crosbie, balloonist, 1785

Bryan Mac Mahon

  • 📅Thursday, November 28, 2019
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Charlesland Golf Club(map)

Bryan Mac Mahon is a retired teacher and an author of a number of books and articles on a range of historical topics. His most recent book is The Great Famine in Tralee and North Kerry (Mercier).

Bryan is originally from Ballyheigue in Co Kerry and his book on the famine in his local area shows a sensitivity towards the long-term effects on the Irish psyche.

He has contributed to Sunday Miscellany; The Business (RTE Radio 1); Nationwide and Talking History.

His talk on Richard Crosbie describes the exploits of a man of curiosity and determination who had links with Wicklow and who was fascinated and involved with the pioneering aeronautical advances in the 18th century.


Nov

14

10:30

The Story of James Lawless

Eva O'Hara

  • 📅Thursday, November 14, 2019
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Charlesland Golf Club(map)

Eva O'Hara is a Greystones student in her 3rd year of Law and History in UCD. Later this year, Eva moves to the University of Miami School of Law to complete her 3rd year.

During her school years in Loreto Bray , Eva took part in a project competition called “Adopt a Soldier “ which she won having researched a local WW1 soldier called James Lawless. Eva went on to represent Wicklow and took part in an RTE television documentary which visited Flanders and other key WW1 sites during the commemoration of the battle of the Somme.

Eva has previously presented her research and story of James Lawless at the La Touche Festival of History, sharing a platform with the renowned historian and author Turtle Bunbury and former Taoiseach John Bruton .


Oct

31

10:30

Arabia to Ardmore: Ancient and Sacred Wells

Prof Bruce Misstear

  • 📅Thursday, October 31, 2019
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Charlesland Golf Club(map)

Bruce Misstear teaches hydrogeology and environmental engineering at Trinity College Dublin, where he is a Fellow Emeritus of the College. Bruce has also worked widely in consultancy, including groundwater projects in Africa, Middle East and Asia. In 2016, he was elected Secretary General of the International Association of Hydrogeologists

In this lecture, Bruce will address the construction, water sharing and protection of structures called aflaj in Oman. A falaj is a horizontal well that drains by gravity from a source area (mother well) to an oasis. This technology dates back more than 2,000 years and five of these wells are now on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites.

In Ireland, by contrast, traditional water supplies in rural areas were often obtained from hand-dug wells or springs. Many of the old wells and springs have reputations as holy wells. Bruce is currently carrying out research into the geological settings of these holy wells, and is investigating their chemical water quality. He will talk about the rituals surrounding these holy wells, as well as their geological characteristics.


Oct

17

10:30

The Career I Never Had

Dr Seamus Cannon

  • 📅Thursday, October 17, 2019
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Charlesland Golf Club(map)

Seamus Cannon is an educator who in retirement indulges his interest in James Joyce, local history and furniture making. He encourages people to read "Ulysses" (Ireland's most popular unread book) for enjoyment and for the extraordinary way in which Joyce captures the human experience in a wonderful celebration of Dublin. He is a committee member of the Society of Friends of Joyce Tower. He recently published "You'd Be Filled with Wonder, the Story of Dun Laoghaire Harbour", for children (well, for people with a reading age of 12!)


Oct

08

11:00

Guided Tour of 'Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again' Exhibition in Bank of Ireland Culture Centre, College Green

  • 📅Tuesday, October 8, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 11:45
  • 🏟Bank of Ireland Culture Centre(map)

We look forward to a most enjoyable morning at the Seamus Heaney Exhibition in the Bank of Ireland Culture Centre in College Green (opposite the front gate of Trinity on Westmoreland Street).

We still have a small number of places available - so if you wish to join the visit, please let us know on Thursday 3rd October or via email

Sophie Doyle of the National Library has kindly arranged for us to have two group tours (to accomodate the interest shown after Frances' recent presentation on some of Seamus Heaney's poems) starting at approximately 5-10 minute intervals. The tour will take between 45 and 60 min, and Frances will be with us also.

The groups will meet at 10.50am in the lobby.

It's a pleasant walk through Trinity from Westland Row (Pearse) Dart Station or a slightly shorter one from Tara Street. If you walk from Westland Row turn left out of the station, cross at the lights, walk to the left up Westland Row and at the top go around to the right to the Lincoln Place Gate into Trinity, walk in and shortly after go right and then left along College Park, up the ramp and across the entrance to the Berkeley Library and then down the steps, walk along by the Old Library, across Front Square and out the main gate.

The Dart leaving Greystones at 9.24 should get us to the venue on time and some of us will be taking that. There is also an earlier train which leaves at 9.19 and this may suit some people better.


Oct

03

10:30

Tales from my Life in the Seanad

Dr Mary Henry

  • 📅Thursday, October 3, 2019
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Charlesland Golf Club(map)

Dr. Mary Henry is a former politician and medical doctor. She was an independent member of Seanad Eireann between 1993 and 2007. For over forty years, Dr Henry worked as a consultant vascular physician at the Rotunda, Adelaide and Sir Patrick Dun's Hospitals in Dublin, as well as in private practice, and published many papers in scientific journals. In Seanad Eireann her many achievements include the campaign to introduce dental and optical benefits for the wives of insured workers and the development of new medical legislation, including the Medical Practitioners Act (2007) and the Mental Health Act (2001). From 1997 she served a two-year term as president of The Irish Association for Cultural, Economic and Social Relations. Dr Henry was elected Pro-Chancellor of the University of Dublin in 2012.


Sep

19

10:30

"All I know is a Door into the Dark" - Seamus Heaney

Frances Duncan

  • 📅Thursday, September 19, 2019
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Charlesland Golf Club(map)

"The way we are living, timorous or bold, will have been our life" - Frances will read and expand on some of Seamus Heaney's beautiful poetry. This will give an insight into the great man's poetry in advance of our trip to the "Listen Now" - Seamus Heaney Exhiibition in the Bank of Ireland Cultural Centre in College Green in a few weeks' time...

Frances taught English for many years, with a particular love for poetry (and spelling!)


Sep

05

10:30

Countess Markievicz

Eamonn Darcy

  • 📅Thursday, September 5, 2019
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Charlesland Golf Club(map)

Eamonn will talk about this fascinating Irish politician, nationalist and suffragist who became the first Labour Minister in the first Ministry of Dail Eireann in 1919. At the same time she was the first female Cabinet Minister in Ireland and only the second female Government Minister in Europe. She was in Holloway Prison when her colleagues assembled in Dublin at the first meeting of the first Dail and when her name was called, she was described, like so many others, as "being imprisoned by the foreign enemy"....


Jun

20

10:30

The Preview Meeting

  • 📅Thursday, June 20, 2019
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Charlesland Golf Club(map)

Come along and hear about the new branch of the U3A which will be setting up in Greystones.

Meet other ‘Third Agers’ and enjoy a chat over a cuppa.

Have an input into what you’d like to see happening.

All welcome.





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