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Limber up with Joan, Relax with Michele

Joan Conran and Michele Ryan

  • 📅Monday, March 4, 2024
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:00
  • 🏟Zoom Meeting(map)

Join Joan and Michele with your weights, mats and water in the comfort of your own home each Monday at 10.30 a.m. These online weekly classes are proving hugely popular with so many of our members. Classes have now resumed for 2024 after a brief rest during the Christmas season. A Zoom link will be sent each week to all paid-up members.

Let us know by email at u3alimerick@gmail.com if you want to be a member. The annual membership fee is €20 per person or €30 for a couple. Membership is from 1st November to 31st October. The contact for paying is Maura Turner at maura.turner1@gmail.com. If you have difficulty finding the €20, just let Maura know.

Joan Conran, a U3A member, is an experienced fitness instructor and qualified to work with older folk. She will work on issues of mobility, strength and balance designed to ease your limbs and muscles safely into action.

Michele Ryan, another U3A member, is an experienced Yoga teacher and will offer a guided deep relaxation to complement the physical exercises. For this you will need somewhere comfortable to lie or sit on.

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Shakespeare: Man or Myth?

Professor William Leahy, Mary Immaculate College (MIC)

  • 📅Wednesday, March 13, 2024
  • 🕥14:30 - 16:00
  • 🏟UL Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxboro Road (map)

Shakespeare: Man or Myth?

In 2023 we celebrated 400 years of William Shakespeare’s first folio, the collection of all of his 35 plays published in November 1623, seven years after his death.

But are we certain he was actually the author of those plays? Indeed, do we know much about him at all?

For example, did you know that he was married to two different women on consecutive days in 1582?

Or that he left none of his writing except for 6 scrawled signatures all of which are different?

Or that when he died he did so in silence, with no reference anywhere to his passing?

In this talk, Professor William Leahy will explore what we know and do not know about Shakespeare and whether we can say for certain whether he was a writer at all.

Professor William Leahy is Dean of the Faculty of Arts at Mary Immaculate College. He joined MIC in Sept 2021 after many years at Brunel University London, UK. He is a Professor of Shakespeare Studies and has published widely on various aspects of Shakespeare’s works, most notably on Shakespeare and Authorship. Along with many academic papers he has edited two collections of essays on the subject; Shakespeare and his Authors: Critical Perspective on the Authorship Question (Continuum 2011) and My Shakespeare: The Authorship Controversy (EER 2018).




Tour of The Old Irish Ways Museum

  • 📅Thursday, March 21, 2024
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30

Our Events Committee have organised for us to take a tour of the Old Irish Ways Museum, Cahirguillamore, Bruff, Co Limerick V35 X236 on Thursday 21st March 2024. Cost is €6 each and booking will be essential. Look out for Joan’s invitation in early March to book your place.

When you take a step through the doors of Old Irish Ways you take a step back through various periods of Irish life. See a collection of various artifacts and collectibles which were used as part of everyday life down through the years.

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The Sarsfield Homecoming Project

Dr Loïc Guyon, Honorary Consul of France in Limerick.

  • 📅Wednesday, May 8, 2024
  • 🕥14:30 - 16:00
  • 🏟UL Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxboro Road (map)

A group dedicated to locating and repatriating the remains of Patrick Sarsfield - who led the Jacobite army during the siege of Limerick in 1691 - have made further progress following three years of research.

The Sarsfield Homecoming Project is led by French Honorary Consul in Limerick Dr Loïc Guyon, Head of the Department of French studies at Mary Immaculate College, along with Alliance Francais Limerick.

Dr Guyon launched the project in 2020 with the aim of trying to locate, identify and repatriate Sarsfield's remains to Ireland.

Sarsfield, also known as the 1st Earl of Lucan, played a pivotal role in wars of 1690, the siege of Limerick in 1691 leading the army of King James against the Williamite army at the city's famous King John's Castle and in negotiating the famous treaty of Limerick in 1691 which ended that war.

Following the signing of the treaty over 10,000 Irish Jacobite soldiers and their families fled in exile to France, known in history as the Flight of the Wild Geese, and many including Sarsfield, went on to fight for France in wars against Britain.

Many descendants of the Wild Geese went on to become prominent families throughout French society down the centuries, families such as the McMahons, Quins, McCarthys, Clarkes and Lynches.

Sarsfield was badly injured and died in the battle of Landen in 1693 and was believed to be buried in Belgium. Dr Guyon has established that Sarsfield was buried at the Church of Saint Martin d'Outre-Meuse in Huy in Belgium.

His further study of the parish registers has revealed that a total of 24 people were buried inside the church over the relevant 106 years, but of the 24, only 10 were men of the same age group as Sarsfield, eight of whom have been identified. In addition they were all buried individually which will assist the work of archaeologists.

An archaeological excavation of the site at the church is the next stage of the Sarsfield Homecoming Project who have now engaged the Limerick based Aegis Archaeology company who have experience of such excavations in both Ireland and Europe, to further help the project.

Dr Guyon said "The authorities in Huy have been very encouraging in our work about locating and identifying the remains of Patrick Sarsfield”

“We aim to raise around €90,000 in funding to carry out the work, but we will endeavour to do so by a crowdfunding and sponsorship campaign.

"While the first aim of the Sarsfield Homecoming Project is to find and repatriate the remains of Patrick Sarsfield, a secondary aim has always been to bring Sarsfield and the whole historical episode of the Flight of the Wild Geese back into the spotlight and educate, particularly the younger generation, about this important part of Limerick’s history and the history of the ties between Ireland and France”

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The Mayors of Limerick 1197-2024

Dr Matthew Potter, Curator of Limerick Museum

  • 📅Wednesday, June 12, 2024
  • 🕥14:30 - 16:00
  • 🏟UL Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxboro Road (map)

At 827 years of age, the Mayoralty of Limerick is one of the oldest institutions in Ireland.

Around 600 individuals have held this office, coming from professions as varied as generals, peers, newspaper proprietors, merchants, writers, lawyers and schoolteachers.

Politically, they span the spectrum from arch-reactionaries to radical revolutionaries, with assorted Cromwellians, Whigs, Tories, Home Rulers, Progressives and Socialists in between.

Dr Matthew Potter has been Curator of Limerick Museum since 2017. He holds a BA from the University of London, an MA in Museum Practice and Management from the University of Ulster and a PhD in history from the University of Galway. He has published several books and articles on the history and heritage of Limerick, including the local government system, cemeteries, Limerick lace, and the Chamber of Commerce.