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May

23

12:00

Guided Tour of Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin

  • 📅Thursday, May 23, 2024
  • 🕥12:00 - 13:00

Our intrepid Events Committee has organised a guided tour of Glasnevin Cemetery, Dublin on Thursday 23rd May for U3A Limerick members.

The tour is for those who have an interest in, or want to learn more about, the figures involved in key events such as the 1916 Rising, the War of Independence and the Civil War. We will also visit the ‘Experience Glasnevin’ – a brand new, state-of-the-art indoor exhibition to complement the renowned and much-loved outdoor tours.

Glasnevin Cemetery has been at the heart of some of the key moments and events in modern Irish history. Many of the iconic figures from that history are buried here: Daniel O'Connell, Michael Collins, Éamon de Valera, and Countess Markievicz to name just a few.

The stories of 1.5 million people are faithfully preserved here at Ireland’s largest burial place, a beautifully restored garden cemetery featuring epic monuments to our past. Beneath every headstone, there is the story of a life lived, of a unique individual’s experiences, joys and sorrows. From poets and presidents, singers and suffragettes, the ordinary and the extraordinary - the stories of those who shaped our nation's history are brought to life.

Highlights of the tour include:

• A visit to the resting places of: Charles Stewart Parnell, Éamon de Valera, Countess Markievicz, Maud Gonne, Michael Collins and many others.

• A stop at the ornate crypt of Daniel O’Connell, legendary statesman and founder of Glasnevin Cemetery.

• Insight into the intricate monuments and Celtic crosses that populate the grounds.

• Stories of some of the less famous, but no less interesting individuals who have been laid to rest in Glasnevin.

DETAILS of the trip:-

We have decided to hire a coach for members going on this outing. U3A finances will heavily subsidise this visit so that the cost to those attending will be €20 to cover coach, coffee & scone, and one-hour guided tour of the Cemetery.

Entry to Round Tower is separate.

o Coach will leave LEDP car park at 8.00 am, arriving Dublin 11.00, and will leave

Dublin at 4.00 pm, arriving back at approximately 7.00 pm.

o Most likely we will have a ‘pit stop’ on each journey.

o Members may take the opportunity to visit the Botanic Gardens after the tour.

Advance booking will be absolutely essential……. but bookings will not be open until our Secretary, Joan, invites us by email to book.


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May

08

14:30

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)

Another fascinating topic awaits us U3A Limerick members at out next monthly talk on the 8th May next…..

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”

This talk is for U3A members only and we ask that you arrive at 2.15 to ensure a prompt start at 2.30. Don’t forget your ‘keep cup’ for the cuppa after the talk…..


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Apr

25

11:00

Guided Tour of Cahir Castle and The Swiss Cottage, Cahir.

  • 📅Thursday, April 25, 2024
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:30

Our diligent events committee are planning another interesting trip for paid-up U3A Limerick members. On the 25th April we will have the opportunity of guided tours of Cahir Castle and The Swiss Cottage. The tours will be partially outdoors and The Swiss Cottage involves quite a few steps and a spiral staircase inside.

1. Cahir Castle

According to Heritage Ireland website, CahirCastle is one of Ireland’s largest and best-preserved castles. It stands proudly on a rocky island on the River Suir.

The castle was built in the thirteenth century and served as the stronghold of the powerful Butler family. So effective was its design that it was believed to be impregnable, but it finally fell to the earl of Essex in 1599 when heavy artillery was used against it for the first time. During the Irish Confederate Wars it was besieged twice more. At the time of building, Cahir Castle was at the cutting edge of defensive castle design and much of the original structure remains

2. The Swiss Cottage

The Swiss Cottage, just outside the heritage town of Cahir, is a cottage orné – a fanciful realisation of an idealised countryside cottage used for picnics, small soirees and fishing and hunting parties and was also a peaceful retreat for those who lived in the nearby big house.

Built in the early 1800s by Richard Butler, 1st Earl of Glengall, who, we believe, managed to persuade world-famous Regency architect John Nash to design it. Originally, simply known as “The Cottage” it appears to have acquired its present name because it was thought to resemble an Alpine cottage.

Inside, there is a graceful spiral staircase and some exquisitely decorated rooms. The wallpaper is partly original and partly the fruit of a 1980s restoration project, in which the renowned fashion designer Sybil Connolly was responsible for the interiors.

BOOKING:

Numbers on these tours will be limited so booking will be essential, but do NOT book until Joan invites you nearer to the date, when details of time and costs will be available. NOTE that there is a 35 minutes walking, or 5 minutes driving distance, between the Castle and the Cottage.

REVIEW of the trip by our Secretary Joan Conron

“Well people, our Trip to Cahir, Co. Tipperary last Thursday 25th April, was a Thundering Success and I think I can safely say that everyone enjoyed and was impressed by the guided tours of both the Castle and the Swiss Cottage and the crack, the banter and refreshments that were an integral part of the La Amach. Queen Gabrielle and her Trusty Team were dizzily delighted from all the bowing and curtseying that ensued as a result of their tremendous efforts and the heartfelt gratitude from all of her loyal subjects was, indeed, gratifying”.


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Apr

10

14:30

The Benefits of Acupuncture

Louise Ryan and Jennifer Whelan

  • 📅Wednesday, April 10, 2024
  • 🕥14:30 - 16:00
  • 🏟UL Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxboro Road (map)

There have been numerous studies that suggest that acupuncture works particularly well on chronic pain such as back and neck pain; osteoarthritis/knee pain; and headache. It often reduces the incidence and severity of tension headaches and may prevent migraines.

Acupuncturists, Louise and Jennifer, will give us an introduction to Acupuncture, what is involved, how it works, and what it can treat. They will recount some of their patients stories, to give us an idea of the benefits of acupuncture.

They will gladly take any questions from our members and finish with a calming meditation,

Louise Ryan M.Sc. Nutr. Lic. TCM, is a licensed practitioner of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and a member of the Acupuncture Council of Ireland (ACI), a professional body that regulates and maintains a register of fully qualified and insured practitioners. Louise has travelled to North America to study the Arvigo Techniques and is the first Arvigo Mayan Massage Practitioner in the Limerick area.

Louise will be accompanied by her colleague, Jennifer Whelan Lic. TCM, Lic. Acupuncture, Dip. Tui Na Massage, Dip. Anatomy & Physiology, L5 Nursing with First Aid, Dip Meditation Dip Hypnobirthing Dip Transcendental Meditation.

Talk will begin sharply at 2.30 with cuppa and chat afterwards……don’t forget to bring your ‘keep cup’!

REVIEW:

Well, Louise and Jennifer of Cherry Blossom, gave us a fascinating insight into the use of acupuncture to help with a multitude of ailments.

Cherry Blossom very kindly donated a voucher to have 4 sessions of acupuncture, to be raffled. Dave Lee was the lucky winner. In addition, any U3A members who go to Cherry Blossom will get 10% discount.

It really was a most interesting talk and we are sure that a number of members present will be booking appointments at Cherry Blossom.

Thanks to Joan for the photos.


Mar

27

14:00

Choice Alpines at Coolwater - a presentation

Kevin Begley

  • 📅Wednesday, March 27, 2024
  • 🕥14:00 - 15:30
  • 🏟UL Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxboro Road (map)

This presentation by Kevin Begley, owner/creator of Coolwater Garden, is being hosted by our Gardening Group.

While it will be open to all paid up U3A Limerick members, numbers on this occasion, will be limited so booking will be essential.

Look out for Joan’s invitation in mid March to book your place. And don’t forget your ‘keep cup’ …. in the hope that the hosts decide to provide the cuppa!


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Mar

21

10:30

Tour of The Old Irish Ways Museum

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

Our Events Committee has organised for paid up members to take a tour of the Old Irish Ways Museum, Cahirguillamore, Bruff, Co Limerick on Thursday 21st March

The Old Irish Ways Museum has an impressive collection of antique, historical and novel items dating from Pre-Famine times to more nostalgic items from our more recent past. It provides a fantastic insight into how past generations lived in Ireland. Visitors can gain an understanding of country life including the importance of agriculture, crafts and trades and how the tools and equipment used have developed over the centuries. All items are on open display.

There are also some vintage tractors, as well as a vast selection of old tools and oil cans. Tours are relaxed and easily paced affording people the opportunity to gain maximum benefit from their visit. As you explore the hundreds of items in the museum which extends to 2 floors, you can avail of the extensive knowledge of Mr Old Irish Ways himself - Denis who is always on hand to discuss and or demonstrate his artefacts, usually with interesting anecdotes.

As the Museum is housed in a 2 storey building without a lift, access to the upper floor may present difficulty for individuals with mobility issues.

Tour: The Old Irish Ways Museum

Venue: Cahirguillamore, Bruff, Co. Limerick V35 X236

Time: 10.30 am - 12.30pm approx.

Cost: €6 per person

Coffee/Tea and scones will be available after the Tour in Reardon's Pub nearby for €6.50. A lunch menu will also be available from 12.30pm.

Booking will be essential. Look out for Joan’s invitation in early March to book your place.


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Mar

13

14:30

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).

The talk will begin sharply at 2.30, followed by a cuppa and chat afterwards……don’t forget to bring your ‘keep cup’!


Feb

29

11:00

Modern and Contemporary Art at Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA): a gallery tour

Aoife Doherty, LCGA Shinnors Scholar

  • 📅Thursday, February 29, 2024
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟Limerick City Art Gallery, Pery Square, Limerick (map)

Designed for those curious about art, this will be a relaxing conversation about the current exhibition 'Cosmus' by London based, Irish Artist Brigid McLeer and permanent exhibitions presented at LCGA. A group conversation, facilitated by artist Aoife Doherty (LCGA Shinnors Scholar) will explore selected artworks for a more in depth understanding of presented Modern and Contemporary Art.

No prior knowledge of art is needed, a curious mind is always encouraged.

Aoife Doherty is the current Shinnors Scholar at Limerick City Gallery of Art and Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD), a Learning and Engagement Facilitator position and scholarship that supports a 2 years research project. Aoife is a practicing artist with a BA in Printmaking Contemporary Practice at LSAD, being recognized for her artistic practice through the Limerick Printmakers Bursary Award, Cork Printmakers Education Bursary Award and Limerick Grant under the Arts Act, Kilkenny Arts Office’s Youth Residency. She has been included in numerous group shows and recently exhibited in a solo show at Spacecraft Project Space.

Booking is essential as numbers are limited to a small group. As soon as you get the email from Joan, bookings can be made.


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Feb

22

10:15

Guided Tour of Thomond Park

Follow in the footsteps of your Munster heroes by taking a look behind the scenes at the historic Thomond Park Stadium. The stadium tour takes you to places usually only accessible to players and officials. From a seat in the home dressing room to a walk down the tunnel, the tour gives you a unique opportunity to experience how the Munster players feel on big match days. The Full Stadium Tour consists of a museum visit, entry to the home and away dressing rooms, the press room plus a photo opportunity on the pitch-side, Munster dugout. Fully guided tour with experienced Tour Guide and soak up the history of Munster Rugby through visual aids & test your skills in the interactive game zone.”

This tour is for U3A members only with an entry fee of €8 each. As numbers attending will be limited, booking will be essential following an invitation from our Secretary Joan. Coffee and tea will also be available onsite for €3.60.

THE DAY AFTER THE VISIT…….

A group of 30 U3A members visited the hallowed Thomond Park Stadium yesterday, although it did seem a bit hollow without the huge crowds and the mighty men in red- even though we did have a few mighty men (and ladies) ourselves - though none brave enough to attempt the ICE bath!!!.

Thanks to the staff of the stadium and particularly Mike our Guide who managed to escort us safely through the various museum exhibits, the dug outs, the Home changing room and pep talk area……would love to be fly on the wall there on match day.

Unfortunately Mike had to stop our gang from charging out onto the pitch which now has some sort of durable 'blended grass'. This was guarded like a baby by the groundsman from an attempted U3A Scrum.

Munster Rugby has a special place in peoples hearts and this was borne out by those who attended yesterday, even by those who were not Rugby followers.

The only thing missing on the visit was the famous Yellow Sin Bin (sponsored by Mr Binman). It's amazing that this is the only stadium in the world which has such a visible seat for those receiving a yellow card. Hope no one snuck it out of the stadium.


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Feb

14

14:30

Independence in Catalonia and Spain: a contemporary perspective

Dr Steven Byrne, University of Limerick

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

The aim of this talk is to explore complex social dynamics in Catalonia as the push for independence unfolds in a diverse sociolinguistic and socio-political environment.

Steven Byrne lectures in Sociology in the School of Allied Health as well as the Department of Nursing and Midwifery in the University of Limerick (UL). He has seven years teaching experience at UL in the Sociology Department, the Department of Psychology, the School of Modern Languages and Applied Linguistics, the Department of Politics and Public Administration and the Centre for Teaching and Learning. He has a keen interest in sociolinguistics and sub-state nationalism in the European context.


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Jan

25

10:30

Walking Tour of Medieval Limerick (Englishtown)

Limerick Civic Trust Guide

  • 📅Thursday, January 25, 2024
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:00

This walking tour will commence at the Bishops’ Palace at 10.30 am on Thursday 25th January and last approximately 60-90 minutes in duration. A qualified guide will take us through the medieval quarter where we will discover the oldest parts of Limerick City in context with the contemporary environment.

Landmarks to be visited will include:

- The 17th century Bishop’s Palace feat. The Carroll Collection: Military historical artefacts and information regarding a Limerick family from the 18th century to the modern day.

- St Munchin’s church and graveyard – 5th century to the modern day.

- Villier’s Alms Houses – 19th century.

- Thomond Bridge (and toll-house) – 10th century to modern day.

- The Treaty Stone & general history of the 17th century sieges and wars in the city.

- General history of Limerick on the Shannon from 9th century to the modern day.

- Overview of King John’s Castle – 12th century to the modern day.

- Overview of the story of St Mary’s Cathedral – 11th century to the modern day.

Plenty more information depending on time available, weather, particular group interest.

The cost for this fascinating tour is €5.00 per U3A member. Numbers will be limited, so booking will be essential…….but bookings will not be open until our Secretary, Joan, invites us by email to book!!


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Jan

10

14:30

Old Industries of Limerick City

Arlene White, Local Historian.

  • 📅Wednesday, January 10, 2024
  • 🕥14:30 - 16:00
  • 🏟UL Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxboro Road (map)

At one time, Limerick was home to the largest clothing supplier in the British Isles and the largest milk processing company in Ireland. This talk will look back at some of Limerick's oldest businesses, who employed generations of Limerick families.

These include Tait Clothing Factory (1853 - 1974); Cleeve’s Condensed Milk Factory (1889 -1985); Cannocks and Company (1850 - 1980) and O’Callaghan’s tannery (1830 - 1967).

Arlene is the co-founder and chairperson of Killaloe-Ballina Local History Society. Through the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board (LCETB), she has been researching and delivering classes to community groups throughout Limerick city for the past two years.


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Dec

13

14:30

Christmas Flower Arranging Demonstration

Helen Cusack AOIFA

  • 📅Wednesday, December 13, 2023
  • 🕥14:30 - 16:00
  • 🏟UL Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxboro Road (map)

Get into the festive spirit with a demonstration on how to decorate your home this Christmas Season with floral arrangements. Learn how to make your own Holly Wreaths, Swags, a Christmas Table Arrangement, Christmas Crackers, a Log Candle Arrangement, and other Christmas Treats.

This is a unique chance to watch Helen work her magic transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary, and maybe even inspiring us to tap into our own inner, creative genius!

Helen Cusack is a qualified floral demonstrator with a vast knowledge of all things botanical and many years experience. She is a member of Thomond Flower and Garden Club, and the Association of Irish Floral Artists (AOIFA). Helen is a prize winner in both National and International competitions for flower arranging artistry.

All the arrangements Helen will create on the afternoon will be raffled amongst those attending. As this will be our last get together before the Christmas, we encourage folk to come dressed with a nod to the upcoming holiday…. e.g wear a Christmas or sparkly top/jumper, a Santa hat, or Christmas ears etc. This is not compulsory, but it would add to the sense of occasion as we enjoy a cuppa and mince pie after the demonstration.

14th December 2023

What a wonderful afternoon watching Helen’s skills of creating a vast selection of fabulous Christmas Flower Arrangements. And a lot of happy members who were the lucky winners of one of the many creations.


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Dec

07

11:00

Guided Tour of Limerick Museum

Dr Matthew Potter

  • 📅Thursday, December 7, 2023
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:30

Discover something new about Limerick. Step inside Limerick Museum for an unforgettable journey through Limerick’s past.

Opened in 1916, Limerick Museum is one of the oldest and largest local authority museums in the country with a diverse collection consisting of some 65,000 objects.

Limerick Museum is dedicated to the memory of Jim Kemmy, the former Democratic Socialist Party and Labour Party TD for Limerick East and two-time Mayor of Limerick. The curator is Dr Matthew Potter. The assistant curator is Dr Zara Power.

Limerick Museum engages in a wide variety of community outreach, from temporary exhibitions to pop-up events to school workshops.

The story of the city and county is presented through a rich collection of artefacts, from Stone Age axes to medieval coins, to the civic sword of Queen Elizabeth I to a large collection of Limerick lace and silver. The more unusual items include, Ireton’s Cat, a mummified cat found on Nicholas Street in the 1890’s, a fragment of the largest meteorite that ever fell in Ireland in 1813 and a 1940s diving suit.


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Nov

29

15:30

U3A limerick Christmas Lunch in the South Court Hotel

  • 📅Wednesday, November 29, 2023
  • 🕥15:30 - 19:00

The U3A Christmas Festive Lunch will be held on Wednesday 29th November 2023 at 3.30 pm in the South Court Hotel.. Yet another opportunity to socialise and get to know other members that you may not have met before!

The cost is €30 to all and sundry but your U3A are subsidising this shindig for its members to the tune of €10 per head making the total cost €20 per member. The Festive Lunch will be preceded by a Mulled Wine Reception - sure you'd be losing money not to be booking your spot IMMEDIATELY!

You can secure your place by paying your €20 tomorrow at the AGM - again an envelope with your name and email on the front would be greatly appreciated. The delightful Mary Mo would be very happy to accept all bookings!

Alternatively you can book and pay at our monthly talk on the 8th November. Just look at the menu and your mind/taste buds will decide for you.

30th November…… the day after! What a wonderful turnout for our first Festive Lunch - we enjoyed the company of 81 members over a lovely lunch in the Seasons Restaurant of the South Court Hotel. It turned out to be a very special, happy occasion and the main request among our members, as they headed off, was to hold a similar event at the same venue next year!


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Nov

15

11:00

Visit to Dáil Éireann, Dublin

  • 📅Wednesday, November 15, 2023
  • 🕥11:00 - 14:00

Join us on a train trip to Dáil Éireann for Taoiseach’s Question Time followed by a tour of the Dáil.

Numbers are limited so email Joan on u3alimerick@gmail.com if you plan to join us.

Visit to Dail Eireann, Dublin - Wednesday 15th November 2023

**Meet: Outside Visitors Entrance to Dail Eireann on Kildare St. at 11.15am.

The group will be met by Brian Leddin's parliamentary assistant Sasha Novak.

**Travel: Members need to make their own travel arrangements. Train is the

recommended option. The No. 145 bus from Heuston Station stops just above

the entrance on Kildare St. Alternatively take the Luas to Abbey St. followed by 15 minute

walk to Kildare St.

**Schedule: Ms Novak will take the group to the Visitor's Gallery in the Dail. The Taoiseach's

questions are at 12 noon. Most interesting time to be there. No time limit.

**Lunch: 2 options available

* Visitor's Bar where a variety of light snacks and drinks are available.

* Canteen where more substantial offerings are available at reasonable prices.

**Dail Tour: Meet guide at pre-arranged point at 3pm sharp.

Tour of the Dail will last approx. 50 - 60 minutes and should finish by 4pm.

Members are free to linger on or alternatively begin their journey back to

Limerick.

Please note that during the visit it is NOT possible to leave the building and

then re-enter.

As numbers are limited for this trip, booking is essential. If you are interested in partaking in this outing, please email Joan at u3alimerick@gmail.com as soon as possible


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Nov

08

14:30

“your life can be a work of art”

Jo Slade, Poet and Artist

  • 📅Wednesday, November 8, 2023
  • 🕥14:30 - 16:00
  • 🏟UL Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxboro Road (map)

The talk will centre around the life and work of several women poets and artists.

It will look at their influences on the development of poetry and art.

As a practitioner of poetry and art Jo will consider those influences on her practice and how we can all take encouragement from their lives and their achievements.

Jo Slade is a poet and artist. Author of six collections of poetry and two chapbooks of poems. Joint winner of the Michael Hartnett Poetry Prize 2014. Her most recent collection, Cycles and Lost Monkeys published by Salmon Poetry in 2019. Forthcoming publication 2023.

Graduate of LSAD & NCAD. Exhibited in one person & group shows in Ireland & Europe. Work in private & public collections in Ireland, England, France, Italy & USA. Recent exhibitions: The White Cottage Exhibition/Installation & Chapbook of poems, the Sailor’s Home Limerick 2016. Exhibition of paintings/sculpture, Nostos at the Courthouse Gallery Ennisdymon Co.Clare 2020. Recipiant of bursaries & awards Arts Council of Ireland & others.


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Oct

25

14:00

U3A Limerick Annual General Meeting and Charity Fundraiser

  • 📅Wednesday, October 25, 2023
  • 🕥14:00 - 16:00
  • 🏟UL Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxboro Road (map)

The U3A Limerick Annual General Meeting will take place on Wednesday 25th October 2023 at 14.00 hrs in the UL Access Campus so please save that date for your diary

As with all voluntary organisations, the smooth and effective running of all events depends on the co-operation and clear, cohesive communication between committee members and all other members. If you feel that you would like to be part of the Committee and are able to commit a little bit of time and work, please let us know at u3alimerick@gmail.com or talk to any committee member as soon as possible. Give some thought to what talents, skills, experience you might be willing to bring to your U3A association. As a member of U3A Limerick, you are very much entitled to have a say in how the group is run, what the priorities of the group should be and how the Committee can better serve its members. Now is your chance to have your say!

The meeting will be combined with a Charity Fundraising Coffee Event. The recipient of this years fundraiser will be the Society of St Vincent de Paul. The focus of the Society is on a practical approach to dealing with poverty, alleviating its effects on individuals and families through working primarily in person-to-person contact by a unique system of family visitation and seeking to achieve social justice and equality of opportunity for all citizens. Ann Bourke, who is the Regional Coordinator for the Society will give a short overview of their work in the Mid West. Every contribution that each one of us makes on the day, no matter how large or small, will help to make a difference in our own area.

Do please try and come and make this an enjoyable and social gathering for us all, as well as a meeting. It's so very important for us to get together, socialise and celebrate life. And we promise tea, coffee and cake for all!

UPDATE. We are thrilled to report that a donation of €600.00 was presented to The Society of St Vincent de Paul made up of contributions from those attending the AGM plus a contribution from our own funds. Well done everybody for your generosity!


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Oct

11

14:00

“Yeats and Yeatses”

Professor Margaret Mills Harper, Glucksman Professor in Contemporary Writing in English, University of Limerick

  • 📅Wednesday, October 11, 2023
  • 🕥14:00 - 16:00
  • 🏟UL Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxboro Road (map)

This talk will look at the very different “Yeatses” inhabited by the poet and playwright William Butler Yeats over the course of his long career. Is “Yeats" the young love poet or Celtic revivalist of the 1880s and 1890s? the theatre founder of the 1900s or political writer of the period of Irish and world war? the elder statesman of the 1920s or the harsh modernist of the 1930s? We will talk about all these “Yeatses”, and also the various Yeatses of his illustrious family: his painter father, brother, and daughter; and his sisters who ran a press and arts and crafts business. Mostly, though, we will look closely at a few of W.B’s poems.

Margaret Mills Harper is Glucksman Professor in Contemporary Writing in English at the University of Limerick. She is a specialist on modern and contemporary literature from Ireland and the United States, and she has a particular interest in Yeats.


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Oct

05

11:30

Guided Tour of Aillwee Cave and Display of Flying Birds of Prey

  • 📅Thursday, October 5, 2023
  • 🕥11:30 - 15:00

What to expect:-

Aillwee Cave is situated near Ballyvaughan, Co Clare in the magnificent Burren landscape. It is probably one of Ireland’s best known geological wonders. It’s geology and history stretches over 330 million and the caves have been extended in the last few years with further excavations being completed.

The Aillwee Cave Experience will start with a display of the Flying Birds of Prey at 12 noon. These birds are truly magnificent and it is a great pleasure and privilege to get up close and personal to them! Witness some of Ireland’s and the world’s top predators - Eagles, Owls, Vultures and Hawks who all reside at Aillwee. The display takes about 30 minutes and this will be followed immediately by the Tour of the Cave which will last approximately 45 minutes.

The expert Tour Guides will take us on a stroll through the beautiful caverns - over bridged chasms, under weird formations and alongside the thunderous waterfall which sometimes gently sprays the unsuspecting visitor! We will get to marvel at the frozen waterfall and learn about the now extinct Brown Bear's bones.

The guides will then bring us back to the overground world where we can browse and shop in the distinctly different gift shop which is housed in the award-winning complex that guards the entrance to the Burren undergrounds.

Programme for the day:-

- Arrive at Ailwee Cave 11.30am (It is approximately 1 hour 10 mins drive from Limerick city.)

- Birds of Prey Flying Display 12 noon

- Guided Tour of Ailwee Cave 12.30 ish pm

2 - 2.5 hours in total for both.

Price:

- €13 for Cave Tour only

- €17 for Cave Tour and Birds of Prey Display

The weather forecast is good for the week but, even so, if you intend coming on the trip, sturdy shoes and October clothing would be most appropriate. Booking is essential and outing is open to members only. To book you place email u3alimerick@gmail.com


Sep

27

14:30

Music and Movement for Health - Taster Session

Dr Steven Byrne, Dr Nicola O’Malley, Ms PuiSze Cheung, and Ms Ranóg Townsend

  • 📅Wednesday, September 27, 2023
  • 🕥14:30 - 15:30
  • 🏟UL Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxboro Road (map)

This taster session will provide an overview of the Music and Movement for Health project undertaken by the presenters today:-

Dr Steven Byrne (was the postdoctoral researcher on the project), Dr Nicola O'Malley (physiotherapist), Ms PuiSze Cheung (music therapist) and Ms Ranóg Townsend (dance teacher).

The presentation will include an overview of the project, information relating to the findings of the research study that was undertaken, advice regarding the importance of physical activity and a sample of what is involved in the overall programme.

This face to face 40-45 minute session will include some seated exercises (warm-up), seated dances, music and singing, cool-down and relaxation. Each component will be approximately 5-10 minutes but the timing of these will vary depending on which aspect the group prefer.

The aim of the presenters from UL will be to roll out the programme on a larger scale in the area so that it will give people an opportunity to see what is involved in the programme and decide if it is something they might like to attend in the future.

So come along and enjoy this session aimed at supporting older adults with community connection and enhance health and well-being.


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Sep

15

10:15

Tour of Doneraile House

  • 📅Friday, September 15, 2023
  • 🕥10:15 - 15:00
  • 🏟Doneraile Estate, Co Cork(map)

Our outing for September is a trip to Doneraile House and Estate in Doneraile, Co. Cork on Friday 15th September 2023.

Doneraile Court towers majestically over the glorious Doneraile Park, a 160 hectare landscaped parkland and wildlife estate.

The house, which has recently reopened after extensive renovations, was built by the St. Leger family around 1645 on the site of a ruined castle. By the time it was refurbished in the mid-eighteenth century, it had become an outstanding example of Georgian architecture. Its associations range from links to the famous St. Leger Stakes in horse racing and literature, with famous Irish writers such as Elizabeth Bowen.

Thirteen generations of the St. Leger family lived at Doneraile over three centuries. The family had some extraordinary members: for example, Elizabeth St. Leger made history when she became the first woman Freemason in the world in 1712.

The fine parklands are designed in the naturalistic style of the famous Capability Brown. They include many beautiful water features, plus a parterre walled garden and gardeners' cottages. There are numerous pathways and graded walks. Lucky visitors might just spot some of the red deer, sika deer, fallow deer and Kerry cattle that live on the estate.

U3A, on a previous group outing, visited Doneraile Court in June 2022, on a magnificent, memorably sunny day, just like today. The sheer beauty of the landscape combined with the historical importance of the house which, unfortunately, was closed for renovation work at the time of that visit, made for a most enjoyable and informative outing for all who attended. I have no doubt that this upcoming outing will be even more of a cultural, uplifting experience for us all! Sure, you can't beat a bit of culture AND scones. Below is an outline of what is planned for the outing:

Outing to Doneraile House, Doneraile Estate, Co. Cork on Friday 15th September 2023

10.15am Arrive for tea/coffee and scone

11.00am Tour of Doneraile House (maybe in 2 groups, depending on numbers)

1.15pm Lunch of soup and sandwiches

The total cost to members is €15 - U3A is heavily subsidising the cost of the outing.

Attendance is limited to members only.

Dietary requirements need to be communicated to the secretary BEFORE the 12/09/2023.

If the prospect of a wee skite to Doneraile on Friday the 15th September tickles your fancy, let me know as soon as possible by emailing me at u3alimerick@gmail.com. Numbers are limited.

REVIEW of outing by Maura Turner 15/09/2023

U3a Limerick would like to thank Mags and the staff in Doneraile House for a fascinating tour of the house this morning. On a rainy yellow status day Mags brightened up our visit with insights into the occupants of the House n Estate over time. From hand painted wallpaper to furniture spirited from who knows where?? It was a lovely venture.

We were treated to coffee n scones on arrival in the lovely tea rooms and then soup n sandwiches after the tour. The catering staff were most pleasant helpful and efficient. Be warned, we will b back. Tks to all.

Reply from Doneraile.

So happy you and your group enjoyed your visit, it was an absolute pleasure to have you in the Tea Rooms. 


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Jun

27

10:30

Scattery Island Guided Tour

  • 📅Tuesday, June 27, 2023
  • 🕥10:30 - 15:00

Our outing for June is to Scattery Island in Co. Clare. This will take place on Tuesday 27th June 2023

Located on the Shannon Estuary, just off Kilrush in Co. Clare, Scattery Island offers a rare visitor experience, on Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way. With it’s natural open spaces, build heritage, diverse plant life and wildlife, Scattery island is a haven for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.

The island is just a short 20 minute ferry ride from Kilrush, departing through the lock gates at the marina, onto the calm waters of the Shannon Estuary. Scattery Island offers visitors a treasure trove of biodiversity and cultural heritage, with visitor numbers limited each season to protect and preserve the island’s unique and natural environment.

Your visit includes a guided walking tour which will immerse you in the island’s rich history and share with you the stories about St. Senan, the monster Cathaigh, the Viking raiders, Brian Boru, the Spanish Armada and the Shannon River pilots who were the last to inhabit the island until the mid 1970’s. The island’s visitor centre offers even more insight into its fascinating history.

This outing is for MEMBERS ONLY and will be subsidised by U3A. The cost to members will be €15 instead of the usual cost of €22.

Numbers for this trip are limited so if you think you would like to attend please let us know on u3alimerick@gmail.com as soon as possible. Joan will be sending further details regarding this trip at a later date.


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Jun

14

14:30

Urban Co Op and Wellness Hub

Anne Maher, Managing Director Urban Co-op

  • 📅Wednesday, June 14, 2023
  • 🕥14:30 - 16:00
  • 🏟UL Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxboro Road (map)

The Urban Co-op & Wellness Hub is an award winning social enterprise in Limerick that has harnessed the collaboration of positive lifestyle interventions under one roof. From organic nourishing food to healing therapies this growing community in the Mid West is embracing practical and local ways towards wellness.

Anne Maher is Managing Director of The Urban Co-op and she will come along with Tracy who runs the Body Tree Community Clinic. This Clinic is a community hub based around the learning and delivery of natural therapies, encouraging healing from sickness and ill health and the adoption of a more positive attitude to life and how we live it. Their mission is to empower and enrich people to live their healthiest life. They continually strive to design and develop innovative and engaging wellness programmes to treat and support their clients and students.

“The CO-OP MODEL is sustainable, inclusive, transformative, democratic, transparent and non exploitative enhancing the lives of our members and the wider community contributing to a sustainable and fairer world”


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May

18

11:00

Outing to Foynes Flying Boat & Maritime Museum

  • 📅Thursday, May 18, 2023
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:30

Next Thursday, on the 18th May 2023, our intrepid Events Committee have organised a rather special outing for all U3A members to see and experience that monument to our aviation history that is Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum in Foynes, Co. Limerick.

Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum is housed in the original terminal building in Foynes and it recalls that nostalgic era when Foynes became the centre of the aviation world from 1937 to 1945. In 1939, Pan Am's luxury flying boat the 'Yankee Clipper' landed at Foynes to become the first commercial passenger flight on a direct route from the USA to Europe. Many of Hollywood's famous film stars, notably Maureen O'Hara, had the pleasure of arriving on the Emerald Isle via Foynes in our very own Co. Limerick!

On Thursday next the 18th May, the outing to the Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum will include

* a tour of the B314 flying boat

* Irish Coffee making demonstration

* Viewing of the Museum's award-winning short film

* Access to the Maritime Museum and Control Tower

* Scone and tea/coffee OR an Irish Coffee to drink (no scone)

This promises to be an extremely interesting outing both from an historical point of view and also from a social and cultural aspect. As numbers for this outing are limited it is essential to book a place by emailing me as soon as possible.

The fee for this trip will be partly subsidised by U3A Limerick and the outing is limited to members only.

Trip: Outing to Foynes Flying Boat and Maritime Museum, Foynes, Co. Limerick.

Date: Thursday 18th May 2023 at 11am.

Fee: €5 per person

As with our last trip, car-pooling is recommended and if anyone is anxious to attend but does NOT have transport, please get in touch with me and I will do my best to organise a lift for you. By the same token, if you have space in your vehicle and would be happy to offer a lift, please let me know.


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May

10

14:30

Remembrance Exhibition & Tributes to Limericks involvement in World War I

Pat Mulcahy

  • 📅Wednesday, May 10, 2023
  • 🕥14:30 - 16:00
  • 🏟UL Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxboro Road (map)

It is nearly impossible to imagine the impact WW1 had on communities across Europe and beyond. From Ireland over 36,000 Irish men and women died during the war. Conservative estimates suggest that one in four, or 1,000 of Limerick's 4,000 listed men died in the First World War.

Pat Mulcahy will display and talk about memorabilia, medals, artefacts and objects associated with Limerick and the ‘Great War’ that he has collected over the years.

If you have any treasures e.g medals and ribbons, badges, posters, field gear etc., brought home by your grandfather or other relative from the front, bring them along to Pat who has kindly offered to identify and/or appraise these items.

More information to follow on this rare opportunity to see historical artefacts that our late relatives would have had to help them survive in the trenches ………..just keep the date!


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Apr

20

11:00

Visit to Rockbarton Garden Centre

Lynda Sheehan

  • 📅Thursday, April 20, 2023
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:30

Our very busy Events Committee has organised for a group to visit Rockbarton Garden Centre on Thursday 20th April next. Rockbarton Garden Centre is a plant lovers paradise nestled in the historic surroundings of a country estate. It is a local, family owned garden centre at Holycross, near Bruff run by Lynda and Bryan Sheehan. It is located approximately 21 km from Limerick city.

The plan is for us to gather in the centre’s Tea Room at 11.00 am for tea/coffee and scone. This will be followed by a talk given by Lynda who will share her vast knowledge of gardening and answer any questions on plants. “What can I plant here, when do I prune, why did this plant not thrive etc., etc”. Afterwards we can roam among the garden centre’s wide selection of flowers, shrubs, perennials, hedging, trees, bedding plants, pots, hanging baskets, compost and gardening merchandise. I’m sure many of us will be tempted with some of these as we visualise them adding to the beauty of our own gardens. And all of this, including the tea/coffee & scone ……though not any plants!…….for €5!

More information about the itinerary will follow from our hard working Secretary, Joan. Watch out for Joan’s email to confirm whether we need to book in advance.


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Apr

12

14:30

Death and Taxes - A Grim Tale

Bryan Sheehan, Conveyancing, Business Law and Probate Solicitor

  • 📅Wednesday, April 12, 2023
  • 🕥14:30 - 16:00
  • 🏟UL Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxboro Road (map)

“Death & Taxes – A Grim Tale.” This will be a whistle stop tour of the Capital Acquisitions Tax regime in Ireland and will offer tips and advice to minimise any potential tax liability when drafting your Will. The talk may also contain details of the requirements for making a valid Will, depending on how long the first part of the talk takes. Bryan will also include aspects about enduring powers of attorney.

Bryan Sheehan is a conveyancing and probate solicitor and has been with the firm of David Sheehan & Company, solicitors since 2006, initially as a trainee solicitor and he ultimately qualified and was admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in 2010. Bryan took the long way around to his career in Law. He initially worked as an auctioneer in the real estate business and he was employed by a number of firms in Limerick and Dublin. Given his experience and background in the property industry, Bryan naturally gravitated towards Conveyancing, Business Law and Probate matters.

Agricultural Law and matters affecting the agricultural community are also close to Bryan’s heart. He runs a sheep and dry-stock beef farm on a part-time basis and is well aware of the struggles facing the agricultural community. Bryan has represented clients before the Agriculture Appeals Office. He has also handled many cases concerning boundary disputes, agricultural rights of way, farm transfers and leases.

When Bryan is not working he loves to be involved with his local amateur drama society. He has been in the All Ireland Finals in Athlone on a number of occasions and has received several acting awards.

Bryan and his wife Lynda have five schooling going children, so their house is always a busy home!

14/04/2023

Bryan’s talk was very well received and he answered many questions from the floor.

“Well I was worried that the grim tale may include a couple of undertakers as well as a talk of wills n money things. We were not disappointed with the excellent information on how to dispose of our nest egg (if there is such a luxury these days), without falling prey to unnecessary tax burdens. Tks Bryan for a grt talk. Don't call us we'll call you.!!!” Maura Turner.


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Apr

04

14:30

The Importance of Balance in Daily Living

Jordyn Leanne Sandford & Aine Ní Fhaolain, School of Allied Health, UL

  • 📅Tuesday, April 4, 2023
  • 🕥14:30 - 16:00
  • 🏟UL Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxboro Road (map)

This workshop focuses on the importance of balance in daily life. It will consider how your physical balance can impact on activities of daily living, meaningful occupation and overall wellbeing. We will explore ways to enhance and support balance both physically and mentally.

This session will be practically focused, with some focused exercise and an opportunity for discussion and asking questions.

Jordyn Leanne Sandford and Aíne Ní Fhaolain will be delivering the session. They are final year Occupational Therapy students currently completing their MSc in the University of Limerick. They are both passionate about how engaging in the things that you love can enrich your life & support your physical & mental wellbeing.

This session will last approximately 1hour 30 minutes.

The maximum number of participants is 24.


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Mar

28

14:30

The Brain that Changes - Optimising Brain Health

Brock Simpson & Laura Ryan School of Allied Health UL

  • 📅Tuesday, March 28, 2023
  • 🕥14:30 - 16:00
  • 🏟UL Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxboro Road (map)

This workshop explores the wonderful world of the brain and considers ways of optimizing brain health as we journey through life.

Participants can expect to get information about the brain, in addition to practical hints and tips around supporting their own brain function.

This session will be practically focused with opportunity for discussion and asking questions

Brock Simpson & Laura Ryan will be delivering the session. They are final year Occupational Therapy students currently completing their MSc in the University of Limerick. They are both passionate about how engaging in the things that you love can enrich your life and support your physical & mental wellbeing.

This session will last approximately 1hour 30 minutes.

The maximum number of participants is 30


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Mar

23

11:00

Guided Tour of St Mary’s Cathedral

  • 📅Thursday, March 23, 2023
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00

Saint Mary’s Cathedral was founded in 1168 AD and stands majestically over the City of Limerick on the banks of the River Shannon. It is one of the most important medieval buildings to survive intact in Ireland, which is still performing its original function.

It is believed to have been built on the site of a Viking thingmote (meeting place), and later the palace of the O’Brien kings of Thomond. It is an extraordinary building that has been ever-present during invasions, sieges, battles, wars, famines and times of peace. It is also a treasure of Irish religious art.

The guided tour gives us an opportunity to hear about the history of this beautiful cathedral and to view the many fascinating elements on display.

Cost for the tour for U3A Limerick members is €3.50 per person.

Put the date in your diary and watch out for email from Joan for the finer details…..


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Mar

08

14:30

The Jewish Community in Limerick 1880 - 1930

Liam Irwin, retired Head of History Department MIC

  • 📅Wednesday, March 8, 2023
  • 🕥14:30 - 16:00
  • 🏟UL Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxboro Road (map)

The talk will discuss the origins, history and demise of the Jewish Community in Limerick CiTy in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Liam Irwin was Head of the History Department in Mary Immaculate College for 30 years.

09/03/2023

What an interesting talk yesterday by Prof. Liam Irwin on "The Jewish Community in Limerick 1880 - 1930".

The subject was so well researched and really held the attention of the large audience who had the opportunity to ask questions at the end.

It was a special treat.


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Feb

24

10:30

Guided Tour of Ardnacrusha Power Station

  • 📅Friday, February 24, 2023
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30

We have organised an exciting and informative experience for U3A members with a visit to Ireland’s largest river hydroelectric scheme. This is an opportunity to visit and explore one of Ireland’s greatest engineering developments at Ardnacrusha Power Station in Co Clare.

We will be welcomed to the Ardnacrusha Experience at the newly refurbished visitors’ centre before going out on site to view the impressive headrace canal, locks and tailrace. Once inside the station, the living heritage of Shannon Scheme is brought to life through a series of animations which celebrate the history and impact of this iconic project. Visitors are given access to the very heart of the station with unique views of the turbine hall and a visit to the original control room.

The Ardnacrusha Experience tells the story of the power of electricity and its transformative impact on Irish life; it offers the opportunity for people to learn not just about the history of the plant dating back to its inception in the 1920s but also of ESB’s brighter future strategy which is leading the secure, affordable transition to a low-carbon energy future for Ireland.

The guided tour will take approximately 90 minutes and it is advisable to wear walking shoes. There are a number of steps to get to the canal, locks and and tail race which may not suit those with mobility issues.

Places are limited on this tour. To book a place please reply to an invitation which will be emailed to all members a week in advance of the tour.


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Feb

08

14:30

James Joyce and Music

Dr Michael Murphy

  • 📅Wednesday, February 8, 2023
  • 🕥14:30 - 14:00
  • 🏟UL Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxboro Road (map)

In this illustrated talk, Dr Michael Murphy will explore a number of aspects of Joyce’s use of music.

Dr Murphy has lectured in the Department of Music, Mary Immaculate College since 2001. His musicological research is mainly concerned with music in nineteenth-century Ireland. He is currently writing a book on our National Anthem, The Soldier’s Song.


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Jan

26

10:30

Tour of Limerick City Gallery of Art

Una McCarthy, Director of Limerick City Gallery of Art

  • 📅Thursday, January 26, 2023
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Limerick City Art Gallery, Pery Square, Limerick (map)

We have another special event organised for U3A members on the 26th January next……. A guided tour to see the best of contemporary art and the extensive collection of Irish art in the Limerick City Gallery of Art (LCGA). We are delighted to say that our guide will be the Director/Curator of the Gallery, Una McCarthy.

The Gallery is the largest contemporary art gallery in the midwest and home to an important collection of Irish 18th to 21st century art in all media. The permanent collection is exhibited on a rotation basis and artists include Paul Henry, Jack B Yeats, Sean Keating, Letitia Hamilton, Sarah Purser and many more. It has been one of the primary venues for EVA International, the Irish biennial of contemporary art.

The Limerick City Collection of Art was established in 1936 by a group of prominent Limerick politicians, artists and patrons from various donations and bequests. The gallery is housed in a Romanesque Revival building, adjacent to People’s Park, which was constructed in 1906 as a Carnegie library and museum.

Over the year a number of refurbishments and renovations have taken place, and now includes Zest Café at the Gallery, where our group will enjoy a cuppa after the tour.

Unfortunately, the number of people that can be catered for on the tour is limited to 20. So, if you think you would enjoy this outing you will need to book a place as soon as possible.

Limerick City Gallery of Art is fully accessible with a ramp at the front entrance, wide doorways, a lift and disabled toilet facilities.


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Jan

11

14:30

Working with the Poorest of the Poor in India

Dr Seosamh O Cuinneagain

  • 📅Wednesday, January 11, 2023
  • 🕥14:30 - 16:00
  • 🏟UL Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxboro Road (map)

Seosamh (Joe) will recount tales of his pre Covid annual trips to Kolkata, India to work with the street children and destitute in Mother Teresa’s hospice.

Dr. Seosamh O Cuinneagain is a former teacher in Ard Scoil Ris Secondary School and Lecturer in Mary Immaculate College here in Limerick. He is the author of "The Poorest of the Poor", a vivid account of his experiences while serving as a volunteer in the slums of Kolkata in India. He has spent many years since 2011 teaching English to the street children in Kolkata during the months of November and December under the auspices of the charity "Abandoned Street Children of Kolkata" which is run by Irish/Indian Christian Brothers in St. George's School based in the slums of this enormous city. Many of the children are orphans. All of them are hungry. Death is everywhere. Over 5,000 children under 5 years of age die every day in India. We can only imagine the pain and suffering that these children endure on a daily basis.

We also can feel justifiably proud of our fellow countryman, Seosamh O Cuinneagain, for following his compassion and simply doing his best to alleviate some of the suffering he encountered there. He fund raises in many novel ways to support work done all year round. His book, which he sells to support the work done in India will be available to purchase at the talk which promises to be illuminating.

PLEASE NOTE: The Topic and Speaker for this, our January meeting, has been changed due to unforeseen circumstances.

12th January 2023

As promised this was a very informative talk by Seosamh O Cuinneagain about his work with the poorest of the poor in India. It was inspiring to hear about the work he does to help improve the lives of the destitute street children, through education. The talk was very well attended and many members purchased copies of Seosamh’s book The Poorest of The Poor.


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Dec

30

11:00

Birdwatching in Westfields Wetlands

Tom Tarpey, Birdwatch Ireland

  • 📅Friday, December 30, 2022
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:30

Put on your warm, outdoor gear, grab your binoculars (if you have some, come along even if you don't) and join us for an hour of birdwatching between the Christmas celebrations and the New Year festivities!

Tom Tarpey will lead an outing in Westfields where you may see a variety of wintering ducks and other water birds.

Tom has enjoyed birdwatching for many years. He works as a freelance ornithologist, specialising in survey work for environmental impact assessments.

MEET AT THE VIEWING PLATFORM IN WESTFIELDS AT 11 A.M. ON FRIDAY 30th DECEMBER 2022.


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Dec

14

14:30

The Magic of Christmas with Flowers

Helen Cusack AOIFA

  • 📅Wednesday, December 14, 2022
  • 🕥14:30 - 15:30
  • 🏟UL Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxboro Road (map)

Get into the festive spirit with a demonstration on how to decorate your home this Christmas Season with floral arrangements. Learn how to make your own Holly Wreaths, Swags, a Christmas Table Arrangement, Christmas Crackers, a Log Candle Arrangement, and other Christmas Treats.

This is a unique chance to watch Helen work her magic transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary, and maybe even inspiring us to tap into our own inner, creative genius!

Helen Cusack is a qualified floral demonstrator with a vast knowledge of all things botanical and many years experience. She is a member of Thomond Flower and Garden Club, and the Association of Irish Floral Artists (AOIFA). Helen is a prize winner in both National and International competitions for flower arranging artistry.

All the arrangements Helen will create on the afternoon will be raffled amongst those attending. As this will be our last get together before the Christmas, we encourage folk to come dressed with a nod to the upcoming holiday…. e.g wear a Christmas or sparkly top/jumper, a Santa hat, or Christmas ears etc. This is not compulsory, but it would add to the sense of occasion as we enjoy a cuppa and mince pie after the demonstration.


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Nov

29

10:30

Demonstration of Christmas Flower Arrangements

Busy Bee Garden Centre

  • 📅Tuesday, November 29, 2022
  • 🕥10:30 - 11:30

The U3A Gardening group is having a Demo of Christmas flower arranging next Tuesday 29th November at Busy Bee garden Centre, Ennis road, Limerick at 10.30am.

There is space in the venue for 6 - 8 more people and Una, the co-ordinator of the Gardening Group, would like to invite U3A members who are not part of the gardening group who might be interested, to come along and join them next Tuesday at 10.30am.

It promises to be just the thing to lift the spirits, dispel the latent grinchiness and a most pleasant and sociable way to spend a Tuesday morning, whatever the weather! Teas and coffees will be available in the coffee shop and a wander around the garden centre will be an added pleasure.

Any supplies that you might need for your own Xmas flower arrangements are available to buy in the garden centre and the staff, Rachel and Aishling, are more than willing to help with any queries.

As places are limited, please email Una as soon as possible, at unahoganv@gmail.com to reserve your place.


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Nov

17

11:00

Guided Tour of the Hunt Museum

Museum Docent

Come and join us for a tour of one of the special gems in Limerick city - the Hunt Museum!

Enjoy a guided tour of objects and paintings from ancient to modern times in Limerick’s Georgian Custom House. The permanent collection is a serious cabinet of curiosities with artifacts from all over the world. It is the legacy of the Hunt family. Our docent will offer insights into some of the treasures and art on display.

All this for a special entry fee for U3A members of €3 which will be collected when the group meet at 10.45 am in the Museum.

The tour will last approximately 1 hour. Coffee and/or lunch will be available in the Hunt Restaurant after the tour. Let the socialising begin!

The tour is restricted to 20 persons. Booking is essential.

UPDATE: As of Friday, 11th November the Tour is fully booked. However, if you wish to attend you can email Joan at u3alimerick@gmail.com and she will put your name on a waiting list in the event of a cancellation.


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Nov

09

14:30

Personal and Home Security

Sergeant Ber Leetch, Crime Prevention Officer, An Garda Síochána

  • 📅Wednesday, November 9, 2022
  • 🕥14:30 - 15:30
  • 🏟UL Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxboro Road (map)

Sergeant Ber Leetch will give advice on how to

- secure your home against burglary,

- keep yourself safe,

- protect your money and

- personal data when online.

Sergeant Leetch has 33 years service in An Garda Síochána. She is the crime prevention sergeant in Limerick for the past 5 years and her main role is to provide advice on crime prevention to all persons.

This will be followed by a question and answer session offering U3A members the opportunity to raise any issues and concerns and get security tips and information.


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Oct

20

10:30

Art Trail and Guided Walking Tour of UL Campus

Spend a morning on the Art Trail in UL.

Meet at the UL Visitor Centre at The Stables, where we will begin an hour long (approx.) guided walking tour of the campus. This tour usually costs €10 per person, but we have negotiated a special reduced rate of €2 for members of U3A Limerick.

After the guided walking tour, relax and chat over a cup of coffee.

Then visit the art collections in The Foundation Building, both the Art Gallery on the ground floor and the Self Portrait Collection on the 3rd floor. The art collection visit is not a guided tour, and this part of the morning is free.

Some comments from the tour:

“The art trail in UL threw up some interesting pieces. What a great way to spend a few hours. We will be back. Stevie wonder beware.” MT

“A fabulous mornings walk about with so much to see, a very interesting place, an excellent guide to explain the history of our beautiful university. Thanks to the committee for a great day” MO’H


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Oct

12

14:30

Renewable Energy systems for Homes and Communities

Eddie O’Gorman

  • 📅Wednesday, October 12, 2022
  • 🕥14:30 - 15:30
  • 🏟UL Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxboro Road (map)

In this presentation Eddie will briefly show how a Solar Electricity generator works and how it is best deployed in the home with or without a battery. He will also explain how communities can work together and share their Electricity Generators via the local existing grid and use their EV Battery to send and receive energy from the grid.

Eddie O’Gorman is a retired senior lecturer in Telecommunications and Electronic Engineering from LIT (now TUS). He has operated as a consultant in Telecommunication Systems for many years including a 3-year contract in the new state of Zambia in the early 1970s.

Link to Sustainable Energy Community on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SECMILL

Prior to Eddie’s well received presentation, a cheque for €600.00 was handed over to Jackie Leonard of Mid West Simon Community by our Chair Gabrielle Tarpey. This amount was the proceeds of our Charity Coffee Event held at our AGM 29th September, and included a donation from our own U3A Limerick funds.


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Sep

29

14:00

U3A Limerick Annual General Meeting and Charity Fundraiser

  • 📅Thursday, September 29, 2022
  • 🕥14:00 - 15:30
  • 🏟UL Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxboro Road (map)

The U3A Limerick Annual General Meeting will take place on Thursday 29th September 2022 at 14.00 hrs in the UL Access Campus so please save that date for your diary

As with all voluntary organisations, the smooth and effective running of all events depends on the co-operation and clear, cohesive communication between committee members and all other members. If you feel that you would like to be part of the Committee and are able to commit a little bit of time and work, please let us know at u3alimerick@gmail.com or talk to any committee member as soon as possible. Give some thought to what talents, skills, experience you might be willing to bring to your U3A association.

The meeting will be combined with a Charity Fundraising Coffee Event. The recipient of this years fundraiser will be Mid-West Simon Community who has been established since October 2006. Covering the counties of Clare, Limerick and North Tipperary, their aim is to support people through their journey out of homelessness by providing appropriate accommodation and care services, tailored to their individual needs. Since 2014 Mid West Simon has supported clients by offering a food bank service to individuals and families experiencing food poverty and / or those at risk of homelessness.

Your donation, no matter how small, will help Mid West Simon alleviate some of the appalling homelessness and food poverty in our local area.

Come along and enjoy a coffee, cake and chat with other U3A members


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Jun

23

11:00

Visit to Doneraile Estate and Anne’s Grove Gardens, Co Cork

  • 📅Thursday, June 23, 2022
  • 🕥11:00 - 16:00
  • 🏟Doneraile Estate, Co Cork(map)

We’re excited to tell you that we have arranged a visit to Doneraile Estate, Co Cork and Anne’s Grove Gardens Castletownroche, Co Cork on Thursday 23rd June 2022.

ITINERARY FOR THE DAY:-

11.00 U3A Limerick members meet in Doneraile Court Tea Rooms on Doneraile Estate for tea/coffee and scones

11.45 A member of Cork Historical Society will take the members on a guided walking tour of the gardens.

The tour, including time for questions, will take approximately 1 hour.

13.15 Lunch in the Tea Rooms.

15.00 A 45 minute guided walking tour of the beautiful Anne’s Grove Gardens which is approximately 7.7 km from Doneraile.

** Please note that walking shoes are advised. There are 10 steps on this tour of Anne’s Grove Garden

*** Members will make their own travel arrangements and we suggest car pooling for the trip.

****The full cost for the visits ( including morning tea/coffee and scone; guided tour of Doneraile Estate; lunch of soup, sandwiches, tea or coffee; entrance fee and guided tour of Anne’s Grove Gardens is €26. The subsidised cost to U3A members is €15. We ask you to bring the exact amount in cash on the day.

***** To book your place please email u3alimerick@gmail.com by 12th June

24th June Update after marvelous outing:

Great visit to Doneraile House/Court. Thanks to Kevin Hurley for a wonderful history of the house and estate. A lovely tea/coffee and scones at 11 n a big thanks to Kevin Byrne, Mairead n staff who provided us with lunch and were welcoming and efficient in every way. We will be back. Delighted to get a brief glimpse inside the House and Gardens so thanks to Mags. A great day as can be seen from the photos. And the previous post showcases Anne's Grove Gardens. A successful day organised by the U3A committee and in particular Gabrielle who deserves a medal if not trophy for pulling it all together. Not forgetting Joan for the photos.

Doneraile Estate [Eircode P51 XR66]

Doneraile Court towers majestically over the glorious Doneraile Park, a 160-hectare landscaped parkland and wildlife estate.

The house (which is closed for renovations) was built by the St Leger family around 1645 on the site of a ruined castle. By the time it was refurbished in the mid-eighteenth century it had become an outstanding example of Georgian architecture. Its associations range from links to the famous St Leger Stakes in horse racing and literature, with famous Irish writers such as Elizabeth Bowen.

Thirteen generations of the St Leger family lived at Doneraile over three centuries. The family had some extraordinary members. For example, Elizabeth St Leger made history when she became the first woman Freemason in the world in 1712.

The fine parklands are designed in the naturalistic style of the famous Capability Brown. They include many beautiful water features, plus a parterre walled garden and gardeners’ cottages. There are numerous pathways and graded walks. Lucky visitors might just spot some of the red deer, fallow deer, sika deer and Kerry cattle that live on the estate.

Anne’s Grove Gardens:-

Anne’s Grove is an historic estate located near Castletownroche Co. Cork. It was the home of the Annesley family from the 1600s until 2015 when it was gifted to the Irish state and entered the care of the Office of Public Works.

The Office of Public Works has carried out extensive works to the house, outbuildings and gardens and it is planned to re-open the site to the public in 2022.

Richard Arthur Grove Annesley, inherited Anne’s Grove in 1892 and developed the landscape in the Robinsonian style in the early 1900s. He supported the plant-hunting expeditions led by Frank Kingdon-Ward to Tibet, Yunan Province, Burma and Bhutan and assembled an exotic collection of plants. Some of the spectacular flowering shrubs dating from this period include Cornus cousa, embothrium, eucryphia and hoheria.


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Jun

08

14:30

Flower Power for Summer

Helen Cusack AOIFA

  • 📅Wednesday, June 8, 2022
  • 🕥14:30 - 15:30
  • 🏟UL Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxboro Road (map)

This flower arranging demonstration, by Helen Cusack, one of our own members, will cover the following areas of interest

- Summer Window Box Design

- Hanging Baskets

- Working with Succulents

Helen Cusack is a qualified floral demonstrator with a vast knowledge of all things botanical and many years experience. She is a member of Thomond Flower and Garden Club, and the Association of Irish Floral Artists (AOIFA). Helen is a prize winner in both National and International competitions for flower arranging artistry.

This is a unique chance to watch Helen work her magic transforming the ordinary into the extraordinary, and maybe even inspiring us to tap into our own inner, creative genius!


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May

11

14:30

Filippo Brunelleschi - Dome of Florence Cathedral

Margaret Clarke MA in Art History

  • 📅Wednesday, May 11, 2022
  • 🕥14:30 - 15:30
  • 🏟UL Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxboro Road (map)

The Dome of Florence Cathedral (1417-36) - A story of both artistic and human dimensions.

The talk will provide a compelling story and history of one of the greatest structural engineering achievements of the Renaissance.

It will also provide a lively picture of Florence in the early 1400s and the Renaissance adventures of Brunelleschi and his rising dome.

Margaret Clarke's primary degree is a Bachelor of Arts and she has an MA in Art History. She has spent some time in Bridgewater State College, Boston studying Renaissance Art and Architecture. She has also taught evening classes in the History of Renaissance Art and Architecture at Limerick School of Art and Design for a number of years.


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Apr

13

14:30

Penal Laws and Mass Rocks: persecution or poverty?

Liam Irwin, retired Head of History Department, MIC

  • 📅Wednesday, April 13, 2022
  • 🕥14:30 - 15:30
  • 🏟UL Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxboro Road (map)

This talk will discuss the penal laws of the eighteenth century, focusing on their aims, implementation and effects, with particular reference to the role of Mass rocks.

Liam Irwin is retired Head of the History Department, Mary Immaculate College. He edits the North Munster Antiquarian Journal and has a special research interest in Early Modern Irish history.


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Apr

07

11:00

Lynda Sheehan, Rockbarton Garden Centre

  • 📅Thursday, April 7, 2022
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:30

Our Events Co-ordinator, Gabrielle, has organised for a group to visit Rockbarton Garden Centre on Thursday 7th April next. Rockbarton Garden Centre is a plant lovers paradise nestled in the historic surroundings of a country estate. It is a local, family owned garden centre at Holycross, near Bruff run by Lynda and Bryan Sheehan. It is located approximately 21 km from Limerick city.

The plan is for us to attend a talk at 11.00 am which can be held indoors if the weather is bad. Tea/coffee and scones at €5 per person will be available, with a capacity of 20 per sitting. Booking for this event is essential and places will be allocated on a 1st come 1st serve basis. Depending on the level of interest for this event, the Centre may accommodate a second sitting.

To book a place please email u3aLimerick@gmail.com. If you are successful in securing a place and you then cannot attend, please let us know as soon as possible so we can offer the place to someone else.


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Mar

09

14:30

The Hunt Museum - A Cultural Treasure

Naomi O'Nolan

  • 📅Wednesday, March 9, 2022
  • 🕥14:30 - 15:30
  • 🏟UL Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxboro Road (map)

This talk by Naomi will cover:

- the background of the Hunt Museum

- how the museum was established

- highlights from the collection and

- its contribution to the cultural life of Limerick, the mid-west and the country

Naomi O'Nolan was Head of Collections and Exhibitions. She was responsible for the care of the collection and how it was presented to the public. As Head of Exhibitions she programmed and curated all exhibitions.

We are excited that this talk can take place in-person at our new venue in the UL Access Campus, LEDP (previously Krups Factory) Roxboro Roundabout.


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Feb

09

14:30

Victorians and Vices

Sharon Slater, Author and Award Winning Irish Historian

  • 📅Wednesday, February 9, 2022
  • 🕥14:30 - 15:30
  • 🏟UL Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxboro Road (map)

Although stiff collars and even stiffer morals is the common image of Victorians today, in reality their vices would easily fill the pages of modern celebrity gossip magazines. This talk will explore some misconduct of Limerick citizens in the nineteenth century and how this contradicts the conservative stereotypes of the Victorian era.

Sharon Slater is a historian and author with a primary focus on the history of nineteenth century Limerick city.

She is currently the Historian-in-Residence in Ormston House, Limerick

We are delighted to present this talk at our new venue at the UL Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxborough Roundabout. This Campus, which is fully wheelchair accessible, has plenty of free parking spaces, and can be accessed from the back of the LEDP (previously Krups Factory) building which is located opposite Tesco and which shares an entrance with Aldi.


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Jan

12

14:30

The Amazing Island of Madagascar - Geography, Evolution, History, People and Wildlife

Gerry Butler

  • 📅Wednesday, January 12, 2022
  • 🕥14:30 - 15:30
  • 🏟Zoom Meeting(map)

Gerry’s talk will cover a wide range of topics concerning his trip to Madagascar…. the geography, history, people and wildlife. He will explain his choice of destination and elaborate on the many interesting discoveries he made on his trip.

It promises to be a most interesting talk illustrated by some breath taking photographs.


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Dec

08

14:30

Stress Management and Nutrition

Joan Conran

  • 📅Wednesday, December 8, 2021
  • 🕥14:30 - 15:30
  • 🏟Zoom Meeting(map)

As we come to the end of this term's run of our "Limber up with Joan, relax with Michele" classes, we thought it would be a good time to give Joan the opportunity to cover some of the topics she doesn't get the time for while we are doing the exercises, like good nutrition, stress management, keeping up your mobility and the benefits of a holistic approach to preparing for the holiday season.

While this is in line with the classes, you don't have to have attended them to benefit from the talk, so all are welcome, at 2.30pm. You will receive a link to this season-appropriate talk near the date.


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Nov

10

11:00

Classical Notes

Lorcan Murray

  • 📅Wednesday, November 10, 2021
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00
  • 🏟The People's Museum, Georgian House, 2 Pery Square(map)

Lorcan Murray presents 'Classic Drive' on Lyric FM. He will discuss his journey to becoming a presenter, his love of classical music and answer questions from our members.

Please let us know by e-mail to u3alimerick@gmail.com whether you will attend this talk, as we will need to know exactly how many people to expect. As before, we will be asking you to contribute €2 towards speakers' costs etc, for live meetings.

Don't forget to bring your Vaccination Certificate and observe the relevant covid-related social guidelines (masks, social distancing).


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Oct

13

14:30

Birds of Limerick City

Tom Tarpey, Member of Birdwatch Ireland

  • 📅Wednesday, October 13, 2021
  • 🕥14:30 - 15:30
  • 🏟The People's Museum, Georgian House, 2 Pery Square(map)

The talk will focus primarily on the birds that inhabit the River Shannon and the wetlands surrounding the City and will also look at birds that are new to the region and what to keep an eye out for in your garden over the winter.

Don't forget to bring your Vaccination Certificate and observe the relevant covid-related social guidelines (masks, social distancing).


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Aug

04

10:30

Tour of Grange Stone Circle and Lough Gur Heritage Centre

Siobhan, Tour Guide

  • 📅Wednesday, August 4, 2021
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30

Grange Stone Circle:

Composed of 113 standing stones, the Grange Stone Circle is the largest and finest in Ireland. It was built c. 2,200 B.C. after the arrival of the Bronze Age People in Lough Gur. It is a ritual site akin to our churches of the present day and also served as an astronomical calendar

The largest stone is Rannach Chruim Duibh (Crom Dubh’s Division) and is over 13 feet high and weighs 40 tons. The entrance stones are matched by a pair of equally impressive slabs on the southwest side, whose tops slope down towards each other to form a v-shape.

A short distance to the north-north east of the main stone circle, is a second smaller circle, also constructed of large stones. To the north of this is a large leaning standing stone.

Lough Gur Visitor Centre:

Lough Gur Visitor Centre, located by the lakefront in Lough Gur provides an overview of one of Ireland’s most important archaeological sites. It is the only area in the country where you can see visible evidence of every age since Neolithic times.


Dec

09

14:30

Behind the scenes at Limerick City Gallery of Art

Una McCarthy, Director of Limerick City Gallery

  • 📅Wednesday, December 9, 2020
  • 🕥14:30 - 15:30
  • 🏟Zoom Meeting(map)

Una outlined the huge amount of work involved in the planning, organisation and preparation of every art exhibition.


Nov

17

14:00

"Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again"

Sophie Doyle, Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre

  • 📅Tuesday, November 17, 2020
  • 🕥14:00 - 15:00
  • 🏟Zoom Meeting(map)

A workshop with the speaker facilitating a discussion with the members on 3 of Seamus Heaney poems

1. The Forge

2. Mossbawn: Sunlight

3. The Blackbird of Glanmore

Sophie also shared drafts from their archive and provided our members with an engaging experience,


Nov

11

14:30

What goes on in our Council

Sean Hartigan, Green Party Councillor

  • 📅Wednesday, November 11, 2020
  • 🕥14:30 - 15:30
  • 🏟Zoom Meeting(map)

Our speaker is the well-known Green Party Limerick councillor, Sean Hartigan, who will share his experiences over the last 18 months on the council. This should be most interesting to those of us who wonder what goes on there, and how crucial decisions are arrived at. Especially when it comes to issues of ecological and environmental importance for our welfare and that of the planet!


Oct

07

10:30

A Introduction to Meditation

Sanghashura Richard Angell, Killaloe Meditation Centre

  • 📅Wednesday, October 7, 2020
  • 🕥10:30 - 11:30
  • 🏟Zoom Meeting(map)

Richard's talk was a mixture of theory and practice, combining an exploration of ideas behind the practice with opportunities to experience for members how it feels to meditate


Sep

16

10:30

Guided Tour around the Shannon Estuary

  • 📅Wednesday, September 16, 2020
  • 🕥10:30 - 16:30

Guided tour around Shannon Estuary and a talk on the history of Shannon Town


Mar

11

14:30

Limerick's Rich and Varied Music Tradition

Paddy Brennan

  • 📅Wednesday, March 11, 2020
  • 🕥14:30 - 15:30
  • 🏟Granary Library, Michael St.(map)

We were delighted to host a talk by Limerick's own Rock and Roll expert Paddy Brennan. Paddy is the author of a magnificent book 'Limerick's Musical History from 1800 to 2018'

He gave an entertaining, informative, nostalgic and very intimate talk about Limerick's rich and varied music tradition through the decades. Many in the audience took a trip down memory lane with Paddy

He also had copies of his magnificent book on Limericks Musical History from 1800 to 2018 for sale..


Feb

12

14:30

Gardening for Wildlife

John Breen

  • 📅Wednesday, February 12, 2020
  • 🕥14:30 - 15:30
  • 🏟Granary Library, Michael St.(map)

"Gardening for Wildlife" was presented by Mr. John Breen, Environmental expert formerly of UL. John's illustrated talk covered topics such as

- what plants to plant to attract birds and bees to urban gardens

- how insects work tirelessly for the environment and

- how best to interact with them for the benefit of all.

It was a most informative and enjoyable talk with many questions from the audience.


Jan

08

14:30

A Guided Tour of the Local Studies Department

Mike Maquire, Director of Limerick City Library

  • 📅Wednesday, January 8, 2020
  • 🕥14:30 - 15:30
  • 🏟Granary Library, Michael St.(map)

We are starting our new season of monthly talks next Wednesday, 8th January, at 2.30pm in the Granary Library when the director of the library will be telling us all about what is available there.

Mike Maguire's talk is entitled A Guided Tour of the Limerick Library Local Studies Website and it promises to be very interesting and informative. Mike is passionate about his library and what it has to offer to the people of Limerick, most of whom, like us perhaps, have little idea of what services and information are available there.


Dec

11

14:30

Poetry Explained and Shared

Jo Slade

  • 📅Wednesday, December 11, 2019
  • 🕥14:30 - 15:30
  • 🏟Granary Library, Michael St.(map)

Local poet and artist, Jo Slade. gave a talk about poetry, what it means to her, what it can do for us, the reader or the writer, what is its place in the world. She also read excerpts from her works and her presentation was a fascinating look at the craft of poetry-writing.


Nov

13

14:30

Let’s Talk about Climate Change

Simon Foster

  • 📅Wednesday, November 13, 2019
  • 🕥14:30 - 15:30
  • 🏟Granary Library, Michael St.(map)

The topic is a little different from the one we advertised in September - the title is "Let's talk about Climate Change" and our speaker, Simon Forster, a local expert on the subject, will be looking at what our options are to deal with it, as individuals, in our communities, and on a global scale. This promises to be a most informative and thought-provoking afternoon, and one which we can all learn a lot from.


Oct

23

10:30

Visit to Old Irish Ways Museum

  • 📅Wednesday, October 23, 2019
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30

When you take a step through the doors of Old Irish Ways you take a step back through various periods of Irish life. Where a young person may say “wow” or those with memories of a different era may say “ I remember that “ the usual response is one of amazement. Old Irish Ways is a collection of various artifacts and collectibles which were used as part of everyday life down through the years in an Ireland long past. From the kitchen to the farmyard the collection built up over a number of years represents an Ireland of bygone days.


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Oct

09

14:30

Limerick 2030 - An Economic and Spatial Plan for Limerick

Limerick 2030 Office.

  • 📅Wednesday, October 9, 2019
  • 🕥14:30 - 15:30
  • 🏟Granary Library, Michael St.(map)

Limerick 2030 is an ambitious plan which will transform Limerick city centre, its economy, and the way it is marketed as an ideal location for investment over the coming years.

The Limerick Twenty Thirty Strategic Development DAC, is tasked to plan and develop key strategic sites in Limerick City and County that will act as anchors for enterprise and investment development across Limerick.


Apr

10

14:30

Biodiversity in Your Garden

Sara Ryan, Horticulturist

  • 📅Wednesday, April 10, 2019
  • 🕥14:30 - 15:30
  • 🏟Granary Library, Michael St.(map)

Sara Ryan, horticulturalist with Limerick's Urban Co-op, will be giving a talk on biodiversity on your garden - what to plant to encourage wild- and insect-life.

She is also inviting anyone who wants to take part in a practical way, in planting seeds etc., to bring a pair of gardening gloves. So, we hope very much to see you there!


Mar

14

14:30

Poles Apart - Talk and Photographic presentation

Gerry Butler, Birdwatch Ireland

  • 📅Thursday, March 14, 2019
  • 🕥14:30 - 15:30
  • 🏟Granary Library, Michael St.(map)

Poles Apart- Talk and Photographic presentation of Visits to areas in the Arctic and Antarctic.

Gerry Butler has visited areas in the Arctic and for good measure went to the Antarctic for comparison. He is a wildlife photographer with lots of travel experience. He has wonderful photos of the varying Wildlife and Habitats found in the two regions, along with some photos of Scott's Hut and its contents.





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