U3A News

Our Social Walking Group
Published on 08/08/2022
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Our weekly social walking activities have continued a pace over the summer. It is proving to be a most popular outing with an average of 12 members joining in every Wednesday morning at 10.30 am under the guidance of Denis McMahon. Members suggest and agree a route and cafe for the following week. We have all being introduced to beautiful walking paths, within the city confines or a short distance out of town. And most wonderfully these outings are an opportunity to socialise with other members as we explore the walking trails around Limerick, and sit to enjoy the welcome cuppa at the end of our ramble.

Attached are a few pictures of the happy group out and about over the past few months.

If you would like to join this jolly group email Denis at mcmahondenis@gmail.com.

U3A Limerick Annual General Meeting
Published on 17/07/2022

A wee reminder that our AGM will be taking place in September 2022 - date to be confirmed in August. As with all AGMs, there will be the election of members to the different Committee positions.

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. 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.

Joan will be sending out a more comprehensive email in August with relevant details and information but in the meantime have a little think about what talents, skills and experience you might be willing to bring to your U3A association!!

A Second Book Club
Published on 16/07/2022

Due to demand for membership of the Book Club, we have decided to set up a second Book Club and Mary Shanahan has kindly offered to coordinate its establishment.

If you are interested in joining this 2nd Book Club please get in touch with Mary either by email at marysshanahan@gmail.com or by text or WhatsApp at 0876837481 by Friday 22nd July if possible.

The Genius of Gaudi in Barcelona online free event Tuesday 13th June at 19.00 hrs
Published on 10/06/2022

Use the link below for full details and to register for the event which promise to be very interesting


Language: English

Live stream event from Barcelona, hosted by OMID S.: Iran and Spain tourism PhD, expert in tourism industry, history and culture with over 25 years experience.


Parque Güell

Palacio Güell

Casa Mila

Casa Vicens

Gaudí's work on the Nativity façade and Crypt of La Sagrada Familia

Casa Batlló

Crypt in Colonia Güell

Live Q&A

Contents suitable for children


Antoni Gaudí was a Catalan architect from Spain known as the greatest exponent of Catalan Modernism.

Gaudí's work was influenced by his passions in life: architecture, nature, and religion. He considered every detail of his creations and integrated into his architecture such crafts as ceramics, stained glass, wrought ironwork forging and carpentry. Gaudí's work enjoys global popularity and continuing admiration and study by architects. His masterpiece, the still-incomplete Sagrada Família, is the most-visited monument in Spain.

During this tour, you will learn and enjoy the architecture, tourism, art and Cultural interactions.

Special Instructions and Requirements

PC, laptop, tablet or smartphone

Stable internet connection

This experience will use Zoom

PLEASE NOTE: since is a Free Event with high demand, if you don’t connect on first 10 mins from tour start, we reserve the rights to assign your reserved seat to someone else

Bealtaine Voices with Mike Hanrahan
Published on 18/04/2022

Courthouse Grounds, Station Road, Ennis, Co Clare

02/05/2022 at 14.00

Organised By: Bealtaine Festival

Contact Phone No: 01 805 7713

Event Description

Come and join us for this family-friendly event with singer, musician, producer and proud Ennis man Mike Hanrahan of Stockton’s Wing. With local choirs Mike will be hosting this free community event for all generations to join in and sing along. This event is developed in partnership with Clare County Council and Creative Ireland.

Stockton’s Wing frontman, Ballymaloe-trained chef & songwriter Mike Hanrahan has worked with a who’s who of the Irish music scene since the 1970s.

Beginning his professional career with Maura O’Connell, he joined Stockton’s Wing in 1980, when he wrote the ground-breaking and critically acclaimed album LIGHT IN THE WESTERN SKY, including hit songs ‘Beautiful Affair’ and ‘Walk away’. Mike has collaborated with the Dubliners, Sharon Shannon, The Fureys, De Dannan and Leslie Dowdall, and shared a stage with Michael Jackson and Sammy Davis Jnr.

Throughout his musical life, Mike has also pursued his passion for food, collecting, swapping and serving up recipes gathered along the way from family, friends and fellow musicians, including Ronnie Drew, Pat Shortt and a surprising cast of colourful characters. His memoir Beautiful Affair: A Journey with Music, Food and Friendship was published in 2019 and was shortlisted for The An Post Irish Book Awards.

Please note there is no booking, this is a walk-up event.

Bealtaine Voices with Mike Hanrahan


Event Type:Performance

Bealtaine Voices with Mike Hanrahan

With thanks to our Partners:

Clare County Co Council

Creaive Ireland Horizontal

Start Date: 02/05/2022

Time of Event: 2pm

Ticket Price: Free

Public or Private: Public

Online or In-Person: In-Person

Event Venue: Ennis Courthouse Grounds

Event Street Address: Station Rd

Address line 2: Clonroad Beg

Event Town/City: Ennis

Event County: Clare

Organised By: Bealtaine Festival

Contact Phone No: 01 805 7713

Accessibility information:

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Climate Justice Caravan 9th to 18th April 2022
Published on 08/04/2022

After many months of planning it's finally time to hit the road...

From Saturday, April 9th to Monday the 18th, members of Extinction Rebellion Ireland will be joining a caravan of environmental activists to walk across Munster, from Ennis to Tarbert, for climate justice and the rights of nature. And we hope to see you along the journey.

The Climate Justice Caravan will have members of the Glasgow Agreement, Extinction Rebellion, Futureproof Clare, Rights of Nature Ireland, Cappagh Farmers Support Group, Keep Tulla Untouched, Safety Before LNG, Friends of Ardee Bog, Irish Seed Savers Association, Ecojustice Ireland, Unite Community Climate Justice branch, and Cultivate. And anyone else who wants to join, either for the whole journey or a single afternoon.

The Caravan will walk from Ennis to Tulla to Scarriff, until it meets the River Shannon at Killaloe. It will then proceed alongside the river through Clonlara, Shannonbanks, Mungret, Curraghchase, Aughinish Alumina, Knockpatrick, and finally Tarbert. For the majority of the trip we'll be camping in nearby fields, then setting off for the next location at approximately 10am each morning.

Even if you just have a spare day at the weekend, consider joining us this Saturday for the beginning walk from Ennis, or meet us later in Tulla. Or the catch up with us the following weekend at Aughinish or Knockpatrick.

And as always, with COVID, if you are feeling any symptoms, please take an antigen test and consider social distancing.

If you're interested in joining us for the camping, please read this essential guide before you embark.

We'll be leaving from the Fair Green Playground in Ennis this Saturday at 11am. But if you want to meet us along the way, get in touch at info@ecorebelsireland.com

Along the nine-day journey, the Climate Justice Caravan will be visiting locations linked to the climate and biodiversity crisis, such as the prospective mining site at Tulla, the highly polluting Aughinish Alumina found on the banks of the Shannon River, and the Shannon LNG site at Tarbert. We'll be calling into Seed Savers to see what role they're playing in restoring Ireland's food sovereignty, and discussing the issue of energy at the Ardnacrusha dam.

For a more detailed description on where we are going and the issues we are raising please read our press kit.

Climate Justice Caravan Press Kit

"We live in rich biodiversity and within an ecosystem that needs to be protected from extractivism and exploitation. Mining practices pollute the water levels for eternity, no matter how much care is given to environmental considerations."

- Jacintha van Roij, Keep Tulla Untouched

In order to protect both the natural ecosystems and people that rely on them, the Climate Justice Caravan will advocate that the River Shannon and the surrounding area be granted inalienable rights to have it protected under law.

“The Shannon River flows through Ireland and its importance to the communities and biodiversity that live alongside the river highlights the interconnectedness between nature and humankind. We cannot protect ourselves without first protecting Nature.”

- Aisling Wheeler, Futureproof Clare

This action is a continuation of both the national and international Rights of Nature movements. In 2021 in Ireland, the Rights of Nature was adopted by Derry City and Strabane district councils. Internationally, the movement has been led primarily by indigenous groups, and so far rights have been granted to rivers and other natural entities across the world in places such as Ecuador, New Zealand, India, Colombia, and across Africa.

This action was inspired by an international callout by the Glasgow Agreement for grassroots climate groups to walk for Climate Justice. During this same time period, climate activists in Portugal will be walking 400km to highlight how climate change has already altered their local ecosystems while reducing the ability of locals to cope with the drastic climatic changes.

“We're delighted to be doing our caravan at the same time as our friends in Ireland. Never in the history of social and political movements do we need more international solidarity and responses than ever. In Portugal, the climate crisis has rendered our rural areas a vulnerable and dangerous place to live in - The climate crisis isn't just tomorrow, it’s already here.”

- João Camargo, Portuguese climate researcher and activist

Any questions? Email us here at info@ecorebelsireland.com

Want more caravan updates? Add your email to the website here.

See you on the road...

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Gardening Sub Group
Published on 22/02/2022
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Our Gardening Group is back in action now that Spring has Sprung.

The leader, Úna Hogan, will facilitate the next meeting on Tuesday 15th March at 10.30 am in the Busy Bee Gardening Centre and Tea Rooms, Clondrinagh Roundabout.

All U3A members welcome…....so just turn up!

Limerick Lifelong Learning
Published on 21/02/2022

Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival

The Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival, now in its 12th year, will take place from Monday 23rd to Sunday 29th May 2022. The festival marks a celebration of lifelong learning and promotes learning in Limerick through a wide variety of creative, enjoyable and informative events.

This year's theme is Learn Something New in 2022. We invite you all to take on this learning challenge. What are you going to learn this year? Whether you are learning to develop new skills or to grow your career, the festival celebrates lifelong learning and can have a real impact on both your professional and personal development.

To see full programme of events see https://www.limerick.ie/LoveLearning

New Meeting Venue
Published on 08/01/2022

We are delighted to confirm that we have a lovely new venue for our monthly meetings as soon as we get back to in-person meetings:-

University of Limerick Access Campus, Unit J, LEDP, Roxboro Road, Limerick. V94 0D79.

This Campus, which is fully wheelchair accessible, has plenty of free parking spaces, and is located at the back of the LEDP building (previously Krups factory) near Roxboro Roundabout. It is opposite Tesco and shares an entrance with Aldi.

The UL Access Campus is a unique partnership initiative between Education (University of Limerick), the local community (LEDP), and the technology sector (Dell) creating a mini-campus which supports Limerick people in realising their potential through outreach educational opportunities.

“Bringing the University to the Community and the Community to the University”

New Music Appreciation Subgroup
Published on 05/01/2022

We are delighted to announce that Bernadette Kiely has kindly offered to lead a Music Appreciation Group.

The group will meet fortnightly on Tuesday afternoons at 2.00 pm in the Limerick City Gallery of Art and the first get together will be on 18th January 2022. All U3A members welcome…

For further information please email u3alimerick@gmail.com.

Walking Group
Published on 03/01/2022

Denis McMahon will again lead our next outing when we meet on Wednesday next 5th January at 10.30 am outside the gates of St Mary's Cathedral. I wonder where he will take us this time, and what coffee cafe we will end in.

You can contact Denis at mcmahondenis@gmail.com for further details, or to let him know if you would like to join in on this first walk.

Activities for 2022
Published on 04/12/2021

While sharing ideas on possible topics and speakers for future talks we agreed that we have at our disposal a wide pool of expertise and experience in our own members, so we would like to encourage anyone who feels that they have an area of interest they would like to tell us about in a talk to come forward and let us know via email u3alimerick@gmail.com or via any member of the committee.

Two suggestions for extra sub-groups have come in:

- firstly a city-centre-based, easy walking group to take place on Wednesday or Friday mornings; and

- secondly a music appreciation group where anyone's love of any type of music would be shared between equals (i.e. no academic or specialist knowlege required).

If you have any interest in either or both of these, please let us know via u3alimerick@gmail.com or any member of the committee

U3A Limerick News for coming Twelve Months
Published on 27/09/2021
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Greetings to everyone on our U3A mailing list! This is to let you know firstly about some big changes to the way we have been doing things up to now, and secondly about some upcoming events.

Firstly, due to the relaxation of the covid restrictions, we are hoping to have live meetings before the year end. Our monthly talks will be be held live and we are very excited about this return to near-normality.

As well as this, and because covid hasn't entirely gone away yet, we are going to tighten up on our membership procedures. We are introducing an annual membership fee of €20 per person or €30 for a couple to cover our insurance and other costs, and we are now asking you, if you wish to continue taking part in our activities, to do the following :

1) reply to that effect to u3alimerick@gmail.com;

2) make the fee payment before the 13th of October. The contact for this is Maura Turner, our treasurer, at maura.turner1@gmail.com. Maura will let you know how you can make the payment. And for anyone who may have difficulty finding €20 in one go, don't worry, you can make alternative arrangements with Maura;

3) indicate by e-mail to u3alimerick@gmail.com whether you will attend a 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 meeting as well as to bring your vaccination certificates and observe the relevant covid-related social guidelines (masks, social distancing).

As you see, gone are the days of free and informal membership of U3A Limerick, unfortunately. The world has changed so much in the last 18 months!

But we are very happy to be back, and ready to kick off our monthly series of talks on Wednesday 13th October at 2.30 pm when one of our members, and a member of Birdwatch Ireland,Tom Tarpey, will be giving an illustrated talk on The Birds of Limerick in The People's Museum, 2 Pery Square. I'm sure you will agree that this aspect of biodiversity is an excellent topic with which to begin our new programme!

In November we will have our local Lyric FM presenter Lorcan Murray telling us about his career and love of music, and in December there will be a pre-Christmas flower-arranging demonstration by another of our members, Helen Cusack. But more details of these to come, and also on our new Facebook page (U3A Limerick ) and new Website (www.u3alimerick.com) - two more exciting developments at U3A Limerick!

One thing hasn't changed however - for all of you who have been waiting for "Limber up with Joan, relax with Michele" to return to Monday mornings, get ready to zoom next Monday, 4th October at 11 o'clock with your weights, mats, blankets etc - yes, in the comfort of your own home! We are staying online for these classes, to facilitate as many of you as wish to continue with them, but after the second class on the 11th October, you will have to be a registered, paid-up member to get the link.

Lastly, our four sub-groups - the book club, the poetry appreciation group, the gardening club and the photography group - will be starting up again soon, so anyone with an interest in any of them should let us know.

Hoping you all had a good summer, and looking forward to meeting some of you in person at last, best wishes on behalf of the committee of U3A Limerick,

Cathie Chappell, Chairperson and Joan Conran, Secretary

Positive Aging Week Monday 27th September
Published on 24/09/2021

Monday 27 September is the start of Positive Ageing Week 2021 which is themed Reconnecting Our Communities by Reframing Ageing to challenge negative stereotypes of ageing and older people.

The portrayal of older people as vulnerable, frail, in need of care and protection that characterised public discourse during COVID-19 reflected negative stereotypes we hold about older people.

‘Positive Ageing Week is an opportunity for communities to reframe how we think, feel and act about older people and ageing. Negative perceptions about older people can creep into our policy making. We know public health measures saved hundreds of lives but advice to people over 70 to cocoon, visiting restrictions in nursing homes and the general lack of engagement with older people about policies that directly affected them left many feeling invisible or diminished. Those practices also undermine people’s rights such as right to family life and autonomy.’ said Paddy Connolly, CEO of Age Action.

Ageism towards older people is one of the most common prejudices in societies around the world, according to the World Health Organisation. With one in five people in Ireland going to be over the age of 65 by 2050 it is necessary that ageist attitudes and policies are challenged and addressed to uphold equality and rights.

Positive Ageing Week is an initiative of Age Action to promote the agency of older people and to celebrate the contribution they make to our families, workplaces, communities and society as a whole. For 19 years individuals, groups, Local Authorities and businesses have been organising events to mark Positive Ageing Week which culminates in the promotion of age equality on 1 October - United Nations International Day of Older Persons.

Over 80 activities are taking place virtually or in person for Positive Ageing Week including the Local Heroes Exhibition in Galway, Older People and the fight against disinformation in DCU, and Advice for over 50s Setting up Your Own Business in Waterford. More information on activities can be found at www.positiveageingweek.com.