TITLE - Limber up with Joan, relax with Michele

Leader - Joan Conran and Michele Ryan

Mon, 03/10/2022 from 11:00 - 12:30 in Zoom Meeting

Join Joan and Michele with your weights, mats and water in the comfort of your own home each Monday at 11.00 hrs We are staying online for these weekly classes to facilitate as many of you who wish to continue with these hugely popular classes. However, you will have to be a registered paid-up member of U3A Limerick to join in. 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.

TITLE - U3A Limerick Annual General Meeting and Charity Fundraiser

Leader -

Thu, 29/09/2022 from 14:00 - 15:30 in UL Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxboro Road

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

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

Leader -

Thu, 23/06/2022 from 11:00 - 16:00 in Doneraile Estate, Co Cork

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.

TITLE - Flower Power for Summer

Leader - Helen Cusack AOIFA

Wed, 08/06/2022 from 14:30 - 15:30 in UL Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxboro Road

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!

TITLE - Filippo Brunelleschi - Dome of Florence Cathedral

Leader - Margaret Clarke MA in Art History

Wed, 11/05/2022 from 14:30 - 15:30 in UL Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxboro Road

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.

TITLE - Penal Laws and Mass Rocks: persecution or poverty?

Leader - Liam Irwin, retired Head of History Department, MIC

Wed, 13/04/2022 from 14:30 - 15:30 in UL Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxboro Road

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.


Leader - Lynda Sheehan, Rockbarton Garden Centre

Thu, 07/04/2022 from 11:00 - 12:30 in

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.

TITLE - The Hunt Museum - A Cultural Treasure

Leader - Naomi O'Nolan

Wed, 09/03/2022 from 14:30 - 15:30 in UL Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxboro Road

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.

TITLE - Victorians and Vices

Leader - Sharon Slater, Author and Award Winning Irish Historian

Wed, 09/02/2022 from 14:30 - 15:30 in UL Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxboro Road

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.

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

Leader - Gerry Butler

Wed, 12/01/2022 from 14:30 - 15:30 in Zoom Meeting

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.

TITLE - Stress Management and Nutrition

Leader - Joan Conran

Wed, 08/12/2021 from 14:30 - 15:30 in Zoom Meeting

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.

TITLE - Classical Notes

Leader - Lorcan Murray

Wed, 10/11/2021 from 11:00 - 12:00 in The People's Museum, Georgian House, 2 Pery Square

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).

TITLE - Birds of Limerick City

Leader - Tom Tarpey, Member of Birdwatch Ireland

Wed, 13/10/2021 from 14:30 - 15:30 in The People's Museum, Georgian House, 2 Pery Square

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).

TITLE - Tour of Grange Stone Circle and Lough Gur Heritage Centre

Leader - Siobhan, Tour Guide

Wed, 04/08/2021 from 10:30 - 12:30 in

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.

TITLE - Behind the scenes at Limerick City Gallery of Art

Leader - Una McCarthy, Director of Limerick City Gallery

Wed, 09/12/2020 from 14:30 - 15:30 in Zoom Meeting

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

TITLE - "Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again"

Leader - Sophie Doyle, Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre

Tue, 17/11/2020 from 14:00 - 15:00 in Zoom Meeting

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,

TITLE - What goes on in our Council

Leader - Sean Hartigan, Green Party Councillor

Wed, 11/11/2020 from 14:30 - 15:30 in Zoom Meeting

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!

TITLE - A Introduction to Meditation

Leader - Sanghashura Richard Angell, Killaloe Meditation Centre

Wed, 07/10/2020 from 10:30 - 11:30 in Zoom Meeting

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

TITLE - Guided Tour around the Shannon Estuary

Leader -

Wed, 16/09/2020 from 10:30 - 16:30 in

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

TITLE - Limerick's Rich and Varied Music Tradition

Leader - Paddy Brennan

Wed, 11/03/2020 from 14:30 - 15:30 in Granary Library, Michael St.

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..

TITLE - Gardening for Wildlife

Leader - John Breen

Wed, 12/02/2020 from 14:30 - 15:30 in Granary Library, Michael St.

"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.

TITLE - A Guided Tour of the Local Studies Department

Leader - Mike Maquire, Director of Limerick City Library

Wed, 08/01/2020 from 14:30 - 15:30 in Granary Library, Michael St.

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.

TITLE - Poetry Explained and Shared

Leader - Jo Slade

Wed, 11/12/2019 from 14:30 - 15:30 in Granary Library, Michael St.

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.

TITLE - Let’s Talk about Climate Change

Leader - Simon Foster

Wed, 13/11/2019 from 14:30 - 15:30 in Granary Library, Michael St.

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.

TITLE - Visit to Old Irish Ways Museum

Leader -

Wed, 23/10/2019 from 10:30 - 12:30 in

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.

TITLE - Limerick 2030 - An Economic and Spatial Plan for Limerick

Leader - Limerick 2030 Office.

Wed, 09/10/2019 from 14:30 - 15:30 in Granary Library, Michael St.

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.

TITLE - Biodiversity in Your Garden

Leader - Sara Ryan, Horticulturist

Wed, 10/04/2019 from 14:30 - 15:30 in Granary Library, Michael St.

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!

TITLE - Poles Apart - Talk and Photographic presentation

Leader - Gerry Butler, Birdwatch Ireland

Thu, 14/03/2019 from 14:30 - 15:30 in Granary Library, Michael St.

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.

Print Date: 06 Oct 2022