TITLE - Christmas Lunch
Leader -

Tue, 29/11/2022

12:30 - 15:00 

Chrismas Lunch at Killiney Golf Club Three courses plus tea / coffee and a welcome drink €35.00

TITLE - Jane Austen and her Men
Leader - Conor McCarthy

Tue, 15/11/2022

10:30 - 12:30  Newtownpark Pastoral Centre

This talk will focus on male characters in some of Austen's novels - their personalities, types and functions. Austen wrote chiefly about clever women in a society chiefly run by men. Her male characters embody and dramatise important value systems and even political attitudes, as well as romantic and marital prospects. Austen's brilliance lay in her capacity to reconcile the romance form with multiple other ideas and histories. Conor McCarthy teaches English literature and intellectual history at Maynooth. He is the author of Modernisation, Crisis and Culture in Ireland 1969-1992 amongst other academic works. He is a founding member of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign.

TITLE - Did you notice?
Leader - Séamus Cannon

Tue, 01/11/2022

10:30 - 12:30  Newtownpark Pastoral Centre

Does your house have a boot scraper, jostle stones (as you know they come in pairs!), a benchmark, polygonal masonry (or just plain old ashlar), cast iron railings, an interesting old name? If not in your house, there are many examples in Monkstown but you probably don’t notice them. In fact even if you have an example, you many not have noticed it! This illustrated lecture will introduce you to interesting details of the built environment hidden in plain sight and which tell an interesting story. Séamus Cannon is a Monkstown resident with an interest in local history. He writes a monthly article for the Monkstown Voice and this lecture will elaborate on some of the topics covered in his articles

TITLE - Health and Wellness Throughout Life.
Leader - Denise Comerford

Tue, 18/10/2022

10:30 - 12:30  Newtownpark Pastoral Centre

Denise Comerford trained as a nurse in St Vincent’s University Hospital and, after completing her midwifery and psychiatry, she headed to USA. While there she specialised as a cardiac nurse and this opportunity was to bring her back to her Alma Mater. After a number of years, she joined the staff of the Irish Heart Foundation where she worked until she had her family. This experience set her up to return to St Vincent’s where she headed up the Health Promotion function of the Hospital. St Vincent’s joined the World Health Orgainisation of Health Promoting Hospitals and throughout her career, Denise represented her Hospital and Ireland at the Annual International Health Promoting Hospital Conference. Denise was a founding member and president of the Nurse’s Cardiovascular association. She is still as enthusiastic about health and wellness as when she started her career and is delighted to share her expertise generously.

TITLE - Gamma-Ray Astronomy - A New Window on the Universe
Leader - John Quinn

Tue, 04/10/2022

10:30 - 12:30  Newtownpark Pastoral Centre

The development of gamma-ray telescopes has opened a new window on the Universe, through which normal stars are invisible and instead we see radiation produced in the environments of supernova remnants, neutron stars and black holes. A fraction of galaxies have also been found to emit powerful jets of radiation, believed ultimately to be powered by accretion onto supermassive black holes at their centres; such galaxies that happen to have their jets oriented towards the Earth dominate the extra galactic gamma-ray sky. In this talk John Quinn will give an overview of how gamma-ray telescopes work, in particular, ground-based telescopes such as VERITAS which Ireland played a major role in developing, and will discuss some of the key scientific results that have been achieved. John Quinn is an Associate Professor in the UCD School of Physics. He is the current spokesperson for the VERITAS Collaboration.

TITLE - Visit to EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum
Leader -

Tue, 20/09/2022

10:30 - 12:30 

EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum Voted "Europe's Leading Tourist Attraction" at the 2019, 2020 and 2021 World Travel Awards. An experience like no other EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum, located in Dublin's Docklands, covers the history of the Irish diaspora and emigration to other countries. Forget dusty archives and ancient artefacts. EPIC is unlike any museum you’ve ever experienced before – it’s a fully interactive experience. You will uncover the dramatic and inspiring stories of the Irish people who travelled the world, reliving some of their greatest achievements in music, literature, sport, politics, fashion, science and more. From the celebrated to the unsung, these stories speak of a shared character; of creativity and strength, audacity and ingenuity, resilience and brilliance and offer a unique lens through which this nation can be fully understood. Get under the skin of what it really means to be Irish Our language, our literature, our art, our music, our dancing, our sense of humour, our compassion, our politics – what makes us Irish? Explore Irish culture through the lens of emigration and discover what it really means to be Irish. Getting to EPIC - directions and transport options are provided at https://epicchq.com/visit/location/

TITLE - Murder, Mutiny and the Muglins
Leader - Des Burke-Kennedy

Tue, 06/09/2022

10:30 - 12:30  Newtownpark Pastoral Centre

Des is a Dalkey resident with a strong interest in local history. He graduated from TCD in Business, Russian and Philosophy from where he went on to have a varied and successful career as an accountant, as a director in the IDA and several companies. As he puts it himself, he also has a fun part to his career being intimately involved with the Whitbread Round the World Yacht Race, Red Arrow Racing, Golden Falls Waterski Club and the IWWF World Cup Series, from whom he received a lifetime achievement award in 2021. He recently published a book entitled “Murder, Mutiny and the Muglins - A True 18th Century Saga Off Ireland’s Coast”. Des previously gave us a fascinating talk about the Eire sign in Dalkey

TITLE - Clouds, Blue Mountains and Black Bogs: Paul Henry's Ireland
Leader - Roisin Kennedy

Tue, 17/05/2022

10:30 - 12:30  Newtownpark Pastoral Centre

Paul Henry is one of the best known Irish artists of all time. His images of the Irish landscape were familiar to wide swathes of the population in Ireland and to the Irish diaspora and tourists overseas throughout much of the twentieth century. They remain central to the visual identity of Ireland. Tracing Henry's development as an artist in Belfast, Paris, London, Achill and Dublin, Roisin Kennedy lecture explores why his paintings became so widely known and admired in post-independence Ireland. Roisin Kennedy lectures in the School of Art History and Cultural Policy at UCD. She is the former Yeats Curator a the National Gallery of Ireland and of the State Collections at Dublin Castle. She is co-editor of "Censoring Art. Silencing the Artwork" and "Harry Clarke and Artistic Visions of the New Irish State"

TITLE - Annual General Meeting
Leader -

Tue, 03/05/2022

10:30 - 12:30  Newtownpark Pastoral Centre

TITLE - Cyber Scams: A modern version of an old crime
Leader - Joe Carthy

Tue, 19/04/2022

10:30 - 12:30  Newtownpark Pastoral Centre

This talk will describe the problem of cyber scams and give some tips on how to avoid them. Joe Carthy is a professor of Computer Science at UCD. He was Dean of Science for 10 years until 2021. He was the founding Director of the UCD Centre for Cybersecurity and Cybercrime Investigation which has established strong links with Europol, Interpol, UNODC, and the Irish Banking Federation. Professor Carthy has a strong record in winning funding for research. He has also supervised/co-supervised 14 PhD and 19 MSc Research students to completion. He leads the UCD in the Community initiative which mobilises UCD staff and students in volunteering activities in communities in Ireland and internationally.

TITLE - Enjoying the garden
Leader - Mary Forrest

Tue, 12/04/2022

10:30 - 12:30  Newtownpark Pastoral Centre

There is always work to be done in a garden. But what can be done in April and May so as to make the garden a more enjoyable place over the summer and autumn months. This talk addresses just that with suggestions for ornamental trees and shrubs, labour saving herbaceous plants and bedding plants and vegetables for the dinner table. For Mary Forrest gardening has been her hobby and horticulture her occupation for many years. Mary studied amenity horticulture in the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin and commercial horticulture in University College Dublin. On graduation she was appointed Heritage Gardens Fellow with An Taisce – preparing an inventory of trees and shrubs in private and public gardens in Ireland. This was followed by three years as Horticultural Supervisor at Glenveagh National Park, Co. Donegal. Both these posts set her in good stead as a lecturer in horticulture in UCD where Mary worked from 1986 until her retirement in 2020. Over the years she completed part-time an M.Sc in environmental sciences with TCD, a Ph.D in cut foliage studies with UCD and more recently an MA in Carmelite Studies with York St John University. Mary is long involved with the Irish Garden Plant Society having been foundation secretary in 1981 and now the current chair.

TITLE - Ireland's Garden Birds
Leader - Niall Hatch

Tue, 08/03/2022

10:30 - 12:30  Newtownpark Pastoral Centre

Niall Hatch of BirdWatch Ireland will explain how to recognise Ireland's most common garden birds, how to feed them, what plants they like and how to provide nesting boxes for them. Suitable for all; no prior knowledge of birds is required. Niall is the Public Relations, Branches and Development Officer with BirdWatch Ireland, Ireland's largest and most active wildlife conservation charity, where he heads up the organisation's membership recruitment, fundraising, education and communications work. He also edits Wings, BirdWatch Ireland's quarterly magazine. A keen birdwatcher since early childhood, he is a frequent contributor to radio and television programmes and writes scripts for radio and television wildlife documentaries. This is an opportunity to learn more about the bird life in our gardens, something which we all appreciated over the last two years.

Leader - Visit to Epic Emigrant Museum

Tue, 19/05/2020

10:30 - 12:30 

TITLE - The Middle East: An Introduction to its Lands, People and Complexities
Leader - Isolde Moylan

Tue, 21/04/2020

10:30 - 12:30  Newtownpark Pastoral Centre

Hardly a day passes in the international media without some sort of trouble in the Middle East featuring in it, be it war, uprisings, terrorism, extremism, tyranny, oppression, the massive refugee exodus, or threats to the west. Having spent nearly eight years living, working and travelling in the region, retired Ambassador, Isolde Moylan, has witnessed and chronicled a number of these conflicts and problems first hand, including the Israel-Palestine conflict and failed peace negotiations, the ‘Arab Spring’ in Egypt and other countries in the region; the war in Syria; the fall of some dictators and the rise of others; violence and terrorist attacks in the streets; people jubilantly throwing off the shackles of oppression and others wounded or traumatised by violent conflict; and the impact on the region of such factors as competing foreign agendas, the oil-wealth of the Gulf countries; the growth of Islam; and social media. In her talk, Isolde will briefly share her insights into these and other problems which the Middle East faces but her main focus will be on delving in behind the news headlines, the terrible press which the region attracts and the stereotypes which abound about it, to provide a more rounded picture of these lands, people and cultures and the main historical, economic and external factors which impact so heavily on it. In retirement since mid-2015, Isolde is a founding member and Team Leader of The Bray Heads U3A group; and she is heavily involved in rights, gender, climate action, and local issues.

TITLE - The Murder of Dr Muldoon
Leader - Ken Boyle

Tue, 03/03/2020

10:30 - 12:30  Newtownpark Pastoral Centre

On a clear night in March 1923, as Dr Paddy Muldoon makes his way home in Mohill, Co Leitrim, a man steps from the shadows, raises a rifle to his shoulder and fires. The first shot misses its target, but two more are fired, Dr Muldoon is left dying on the road. in the days following the murder the doctor's grieving but determined wife, Rita, vows to bring the man she believes responsible to justice - a volatile priest by the name of Fr Edward Ryans. He is a man of the cloth with dark secrets and his own ugly reasons for wanting the doctor silenced. But in their fight for justice, Rita and her family come to see that there are powerful forces at the highest levels of the government, Church and republican forces who desperately want the case to remain unsolved. Ken Boyle is the author of the recently published "The Murder of Dr Muldoon". He is from Dublin and his father's family was from the Ballinamore area of Leitrim. Ken worked in the financial sector in both Ireland and England. Since his retirement he has had the time to pursue a lifelong interest in recent Irish history. Ken's grandfather was Dr Muldoon's cousin.

TITLE - A History of Pharmacy
Leader - Veronica Cosgrove

Tue, 18/02/2020

10:30 - 12:30  Newtownpark Pastoral Centre

Veronica Cosgrove, who has a well known pharmacy in Monkstown, will speak about the history of pharmacy, the changing role of the pharmacist, the radical change from the preparation of medicines to the more modern day role of dispensing medicine. In particular, she will be discussing the period from the late nineteenth century to 1970, using her own pharmacy and its evolution as a backdrop. Veronica obtained a BSc Hons degree from UCD in 1984 and then went on to obtain a degree in Pharmacy from Liverpool University in 1987. She worked as pharmacist in Britain before returning to Ireland to work as a Community Pharmacist. Wanting to run and own her own pharmacy, she was restricted from setting up a new pharmacy as she had graduated abroad. She had to buy an already established pharmacy, which she did in 1993 when she was fortunate to be able to acquire Lane McCormack Pharmacy in Monkstown, now known as Cosgrove's Pharmacy. The building itself is listed and there is a Conservation Order on all the historic contents, of which there are many.

TITLE - Bowel Screening - Just Do It!
Leader - Simon Hugh-Jones

Tue, 04/02/2020

10:30 - 12:30  Newtownpark Pastoral Centre

Dr Simon Hugh-Jones is an active member of Monkstown U3A; a former inner city GP partner who worked in the UK NHS for over 25 years. He currently practices as a part-time GP in South County Dublin. He will outline for us, in an understandable way, the value of participating in the free HSE Bowel Screening Programme. Bowel cancer is the second most common cancer in Ireland. Doing the BowelScreen home test is a good way of looking after your health. The test looks for blood in your bowel motion, which is not visible to the eye. Blood in the stool can be caused by a number of harmless conditions, as well as by bowel cancer. So WHY are so few people between the age of 60 to 69 years taking the test? The talk covers registration, the test itself then moves into bowel symptoms that you need to know, rank their priority and when to urgently see your GP. The aim of the talk is to raise awareness, increase confidence in recognising red flags and to ensure that for those who have discovered a serious disease, there is a far better prognosis and for some, a possible cure.

TITLE - Brú na Bóinne – a Triumph of Early Irish Civilisation
Leader - Muiris O'Sullivan

Tue, 21/01/2020

10:30 - 12:30  Newtownpark Pastoral Centre

Ireland’s earliest hunter-gatherer inhabitants arrived almost ten thousand years ago and thrived without making a significant impact on the landscape until the introduction of agriculture around six thousand years ago. Farming changed the face of the countryside, as seen vividly at Céide Fields in County Mayo, and led to a step change in many aspects of life. However, it was the emergence of passage tombs about five hundred years later, in the second half of the fourth millennium BC, that turned Ireland into a major cultural centre of Atlantic Europe. The Boyne Valley was the heartland of the Irish passage tomb tradition, at its high point around 3,000 BC. This talk will explore the timeless significance of the great sites of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth at Brú na Bóinne and other significant places associated with the Boyne river. Spectacular achievements in art and architecture as well as the more subtle layers of information about Stone Age attitudes and beliefs are examined against the background of the wider Irish and European context. Muiris O’Sullivan is Emeritus Professor of Archaeology at University College Dublin and has served as head of the UCD School of Archaeology. Internationally recognised as an expert in megalithic tombs and prehistoric rock art, he has published on a wide variety of archaeological topics. In addition to leading three key publications dealing with the Hill of Tara, his work covers the Boyne Valley and other passage tomb complexes, notably his own excavations at Knockroe passage tomb in county Kilkenny. Since 2003, in partnership with Liam Downey, he has published approximately 60 articles in the popular Know your Monument series for the quarterly journal Archaeology Ireland. He was senior archaeological consultant for the newly revised Boyne Valley Visitor Experience and he serves on the Scientific Committee of the Paysages de Mégalithes Association in Brittany. Professor O’Sullivan is a member of the Heritage Council.

TITLE - Tom Crean - A Grandson's Perspective on an Antarctic Explorer
Leader - Brendan O'Brien

Tue, 07/01/2020

10:30 - 12:30  Newtownpark Pastoral Centre

Brendan Crean O'Brien is the eldest grandson of Tom Crean, the Antarctic explorer who travelled to Antarctica with both the great Captain Falcon Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton and we are fortunate that he has agreed to give us a talk on his famous ancestor. Brendan says,"The pride and humility of being the grandson of Tom Crean never escapes me. Growing up in Tralee and being the eldest grandson of both Crean/O'Brien families gave me the opportunity to have a wonderful relationship with my grandmother Ellen - Tom Crean's wife. As with the other survivors of Antarctica, he spoke very little on his return. She, however, often spoke of the difficult times in Annascaul during the "troubles". I was about 18 years when she passed at the age of 85. I also had the wonderful experience of visiting Antarctica including The Falklands and South Georgia where Tom Crean accompanied Shackleton. The feeling of history and closeness while standing at the foot of the Fortuna Bay Glazier in South Georgia knowing a lifetime earlier Shackleton, Worsley and Crean had traversed it on their rescue journey to Stromness was unique . Crean spent fifteen years of his life tracking in Antarctica with both Scott and Shackleton. He was also a member of the search crew who located Scott, Bowers and Wilson who perished on their return having reached the Pole. Evans and Oates had succumbed to the riggers of Antarctica earlier. In our youth we always had access to Crean's papers and medals however, at the time not really appreciating their importance in history."

TITLE - Our First Christmas Lunch!
Leader - Royal Irish Yacht Club

Tue, 03/12/2019

12:30 - 15:30  Royal Irish Yacht Club

Our first Christmas lunch will be held in the Royal Irish Yacht Club, Dun Laoghaire at 12.30. The cost is 20 euro per head, to be paid in cash or by cheque by Tuesday 19th November. Places are limited for a three course lunch, plus tea or coffee. Please note that gentlemen must wear a jacket.

TITLE - Plants, Potions and Snails
Leader - Professor Helen Sheridan

Tue, 19/11/2019

10:30 - 12:30  Newtownpark Pastoral Centre

Dr Helen Sheridan is Associate Professor and Director of Research in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in TCD. She is a member of the Health Services Regulatory Authority. From time immemorial, mankind has explored and developed the healing powers of nature using plants, flowers, herbs, trees, fungi and even smaller creatures. All these have made a positive contribution to the improvement of human health and many continue to do so. Her expertise and experience ensure Helen is uniquely qualified to walk us through the centuries and indicate the enormous role of natural life in the continued existence of the world's population. Be prepared for a fascinating talk!

TITLE - The Foundation of St Michael's Hospital, Dun Laoghaire,1876
Leader - Tom Conlon

Tue, 05/11/2019

10:30 - 12:30  Newtownpark Pastoral Centre

50 years after the establishment of Kingstown, the community was severely divided. Wealth lived alongside poverty. Unionists lived alongside nationalists.and there was greater diversity of religion than in most other towns. Cholera outbreaks had resulted in a significant toll. A major row had developed on the moral aspects of certain treatments by the appointed dispensary doctors. How should a hospital be established in these circumstances? What services should it provide? Who should it serve? Who would provide a site? What moral code? Who would staff it? What design would provide the best possible outcomes using the most recent medical advances? Who would fund the construction and the ongoing operation? Using documentation from the time, Tom will describe how these considerations were addressed. Tom almost retired from the financial services industry about 15 years ago but still retains an interest. He is a dedicated local historian who has published books on Dun Laoghaire and Monkstown. He is also Director of IT at the Genealogical Society of Ireland.

TITLE - Rescuing the Eire Sign at Hawk Cliff in Dalkey
Leader - Des Burke-Kennedy

Tue, 22/10/2019

10:30 - 12:30  Newtownpark Pastoral Centre

Des Burke Kennedy, a member of Dalkey Tidy Towns was centrally involved in the search for the Eire sign on Hawk Cliff in Dalkey, one of several dotted along the Irish coast during the Second World War. They were designed to alert US aircraft in particular, having crossed the Atlantic, to avoid landing in Ireland but to continue on to Britain. Des Burke -Kennedy will outline for us the search for this sign, its excavation and restoration.

TITLE - You Too Could Save a Life!
Leader - Attracta Kennedy

Tue, 08/10/2019

10:30 - 12:30  Newtownpark Pastoral Centre

Thousands of people lose their lives every year due to cardiovascular disease which is a major cause of heart attack and stroke. Approximately 5,000 more lives are lost every year in Ireland due to sudden cardiac arrest. That is about 13 deaths every day and around 70 per cent of these cardiac arrests happen at home in front of a loved one. In this talk we will learn what we could do to assist people until more advanced help arrives. We will also learn how to administer basic first aid to children and adults in the event of accidents in the home. Attracta Kennedy is currently Resuscitation Officer in St Michael's Hospital, Dun Laoghaire, having previously fulfilled the same role in the Mater Misericordiae Hospital, Dublin. She became a CPR Instructor during the 1990s and now, through her involvement with the Irish Heart Foundation, teaches lay rescuers, community groups and hospital personnel. She is a member of the National Teaching Faculty in both Basic and Advanced Life Support and also sits on the Irish Advanced Cardiac Life Support Council. Attracta is a registered nurse with qualifications in emergency medicine, clinical health science education and training. This promises to be a lively and informative session!

TITLE - The Life and Verses of Robert Service - 1874-1958
Leader - Denis Gill

Tue, 24/09/2019

10:30 - 12:30  Newtownpark Pastoral Centre

Denis Gill has read and enjoyed the verses of Robert Service his entire adult life but only recently began to research his life of travel and adventure across the world and then realised what a truly amazing man he was. Robert Service was a poet and a writer known as the "Bard of Yukon". He was an ambulance driver during World War One and was in Warsaw at the outbreak of the Second World War. His verses earned him the disapproval of Hitler and Stalin but also great commercial success. In his time he acted with Marlene Dietrich. A fascinating man, with a background in Scotland, Canada and France, so there is a lot to learn about his life and poetry. Denis Gill has roamed the Wicklow Mountains all his adult life. He is a contributor to Walking World Ireland and leads walks for the Department of Education. He is a proponent of the verses of Robert Service and, like Service, he is never quite satisfied with the beauty and grandeur of the mountains and has relentlessly explored their history and folklore, putting flesh on the bare bones of history to tell enthralling tales of slaughter and suffering, of legends and fairytales, reminding us that... “History is who we are; a nation which forgets its history is no better than a wilderness!”

TITLE - Climate Change: The Challenge of Transitioning the Dingle Peninsula to a Low Carbon Society
Leader - Brendan Tuohy

Tue, 10/09/2019

10:30 - 12:30  Newtownpark Pastoral Centre

The talk will outline what is happening on the Dingle Peninsula in respect of Sustainability and Transition to a Low Carbon Society. It is following on from the talk the previous week by Professors John Sweeney on Climate Change. It will also refer to the work of Kerry philosopher/storyteller John Moriarty, who addressed the issue of sustainability in his talks and writings in the 1990’s. Brendan Tuohy has served as a non-executive director of a number of companies and is Chairman of the Science Foundation Ireland-funded Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy, Irish Longitudinal Study of Ageing, Advisory Group to United Nations Environment Programme (Global Environmental Monitoring System - Water Capacity Building Centre) and Destination Kerry Tourism Forum. He is also involved with the Dingle Creativity and Innovation Hub and “Transition Dingle Peninsula 2030”. Previously, Brendan worked in various Governments Departments and served as Secretary General of the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources from 2000 to 2007.

TITLE - The Challenges of Climate Change
Leader - Professor John Sweeney

Tue, 03/09/2019

10:30 - 12:30  Newtownpark Pastoral Centre

Climate is the defining problem for current and future generations. Professor Sweeney will examine the global dimensions of the problem, focussing on the likely impacts for Ireland, some of which are already becoming evident. How will we need to respond in order to protect the planet for the sake of our children and our grandchildren? He will also examine the policy response both at European and national level in the light of the current scientific evidence available and the Paris Agreement. Professor Sweeney is with the Geography Department of Maynooth University. He has published extensively on this topic and also contributed to media discussions. He is currently President of An Taisce.

TITLE - U3A Monkstown Members visit to Russborough House
Leader -

Tue, 18/06/2019

10:30 - 16:30 

“Russborough was built between 1741-1750 and is regarded as one of Ireland’s most beautiful houses. It has magnificent views of the Blessington Lakes and Wicklow Mountains. In 1978 Sir Alfred Beit opened the house for guided tours and there have been over 1 million visitors since. The house which is beautifully maintained and lavishly furnished contains fine furniture, tapestries, carpets, porcelain, silver and much of the Beit collection of paintings. It also has beautiful ceilings, plaster work and a fine mahogany staircase. A parkland walk with magnificent views of the house takes about half an hour. In addition a 20,000 sq. feet head high Beech hedge Maze is very popular with children and adults alike. There is also a 150 year old ‘Hippodrome’ building used for training horses in past centuries. A number of craft workshops are open at various times including a blacksmith with working forge and a weaver with working looms. Also a wood turner and a silversmith show how these ancient crafts are still undertaken today. The Kitchen Garden Cafe is available for snacks and light lunches and a souvenir shop is also on site. Disabled access, toilets & free parking.“ http://visitwicklow.ie/item/russborough-house/# We will have a sign-up sheet at meetings for this visit - for details please email: u3a.monkstown@gmail.com

Link - www.russborough.ie;

TITLE - Annual General Meeting and Enrolment
Leader - U3A Monkstown

Tue, 11/06/2019

10:30 - 12:30  Newtownpark Pastoral Centre

The AGM of Monkstown U3A will take place at 10.30 am, followed by renewal of existing membership and enrolment of new members at 11.30 am. Venue: Newtownpark Pastoral Centre, in the grounds of Guardian Angels Church, Newtownpark Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin.

TITLE - Monkstown U3A is moving to Newtownpark Pastoral Centre, Guardian Angels Church, Blackrock
Leader -

Tue, 28/05/2019

10:30 - 12:30  Newtownpark Pastoral Centre

Monkstown U3A renewal of existing members and enrolment of new members for Sept. 2019 - June 2020 will take place after our AGM on: Tuesday, 11th June 2019 at 11.30 a.m. at: Newtownpark Pastoral Centre, in the grounds of Guardian Angels Church, Newtownpark Avenue, Blackrock, Co. Dublin. Please note ****Our trip to Russborough House on 18th June will leave from Mounttown Community Facility as planned******** For further details and to receive a membership form please email us at u3a.monkstown@gmail.com

TITLE - Will We Cure All Diseases?
Leader - Professor Luke O’Neill

Tue, 21/05/2019

10:30 - 12:30  Mounttown Community Facility

Luke O’Neill holds the Chair of Biochemistry in Trinity College Dublin. He is an immunologist, who has published prolifically in many scientific journals and has received numerous awards for his research. He has also founded companies which are developing new anti-inflammatory medicines. A regular contributor to radio and television programmers, he is well known for his enthusiasm and for making science interesting and accessible to lay people. He recently published a best selling popular science book entitled ‘Humanology: A Scientist’s Guide to Our Amazing Existence’. Be prepared for an entertaining talk on what’s happening in medicine.

TITLE - A View From the Hills
Leader - Michael Ryan

Tue, 07/05/2019

10:30 - 12:30  Mounttown Community Facility

Michael Ryan is has lived on Dalkey Hill all his life. Formerly a committee member of the South Dublin Branch of Birdwatcher Ireland, he was involved in the Dalkey Tern Project for over twenty years and was instrumental in starting the KillineyRed Squirrel Project with the local parks department. He has been writing about nature for the Dalkey Community Newsletter for many years. Lucky enough to have a partner, Lucy, with brilliant eyesight and a great ability for spotting wildlife he has accumulated many photographs of local birds, beasts and insects over the years, as well as a few landscape views, sunrises and sunsets taken from the hill. Michael will share all of these with us in what promises to be a fascinating look at our local wild life.

TITLE - Biodiversity and Human Well-being
Leader - Tom Bolger

Tue, 23/04/2019

10:30 - 12:30  Mounttown Community Facility

Tom Bolger is the recently retired Professor and Chair of Zoology at University College Dublin. His primary research interests have been in the assessment of biodiversity and particularly in the direct and indirect contributions of biodiversity to human well-being. This has included research on the effects of global change on biodiversity and the knock-on effects on nutrient dynamics in soil systems. He was a Fulbright Scholar, at the Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia, examining the relationship between biodiversity and the provision of ecosystem services. In this talk Tom, who is one of our members, will explain the term biodiversity describing the many facets of variation that it currently embraces. He will discuss the increased media interest in its loss and why it is the source of such anxiety. At the end of his talk we should all be a lot clearer on the importance of biodiversity and how it affects human well-being in the context of global change.

TITLE - Who in Their Right Mind Would Want to Read 'Ulysses'?
Leader - Seamus Cannon

Tue, 09/04/2019

10:30 - 12:30  Mounttown Community Facility

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

TITLE - Cholesterol: Understanding the Numbers
Leader - Simon Hugh Jones

Tue, 26/03/2019

10:30 - 12:30  Mounttown Community Facility

Dr Simon Hugh Jones is an active member of Monkstown U3A and he will outline for us, in an understandable way, the facts and numbers concerning Cholesterol. He will tell us the facts about fat and tell us how to live longer. He will also provide us intriguingly with a medical horoscope! Simon is a former inner city GP who worked in the NHS in the UK for over 25 years. He was also an occupational physician for the Midlands Bus Company. In his career he has participated in many of the monumental changes in Primary care in the UK. He currently works as a part time GP in South County Dublin, having moved to Dublin with his Irish wife to escape Brexit!

TITLE - Genealogy Research: Principles and Practices for Beginners
Leader - James Ryan

Tue, 12/03/2019

10:30 - 12:00  Mounttown Community Facility

Dr James Ryan will outline the basic principles of genealogy research and indicate the main sources of information that can help you build your family tree. He will describe the content and availability of the major national records, including their access on free and subscription websites. He will also outline more obscure records and describe the principal Irish archives and libraries, and useful websites and support services. The talk will be illustrated with examples of different records and their use. James Ryan is a writer and publisher who has been active in Irish genealogy for the past 35 years. He founded Flyleaf Press which publishes an extensive list of genealogy titles in 1987 and has written and lectured extensively both in Ireland and the US on Irish genealogy.

TITLE - Exercising to Maintain Our Muscle Mass - a practical session
Leader - Paul Kirwan

Tue, 12/03/2019

12:00 - 13:00 

Exercising to Maintain Our Muscle Mass Following on from the talk given to us by Brendan Egan of DCU, we all know now how important it is to engage in regular exercise to develop and maintain our muscles as we grow older. We have engaged Paul Kirwan of Siel Bleu to give us a session explaining and demonstrating the kinds of gentle exercise we can do in our own homes without having to go to the dreaded gym! Sile Bleu specialises in exercise for people over 50. Next Tuesday, 12th March we have our talk on Genealogy Research by James Ryan. Following our tea/coffee break, at about 12 noon, we shall have our session on exercise. There will be two kinds of exercises. Some are for those of us who prefer to be seated, others are a bit more active. We shall have handouts available that you can take away with you, to continue them at home. We should be finished by about 1.00 pm. Please wear comfortable clothes and flat shoes but don’t be concerned as it will not be too hectic and we can all proceed at our own pace. Laraine Joyce Chairperson – Monkstown U3A

Link - http://www.sielbleu.ie/;

TITLE - Art, Text and Textiles
Leader - Ann Fleeton

Tue, 26/02/2019

10:30 - 12:30  Mounttown Community Facility

Ann Fleeton is a textile maker and a graduate of TCD in geology. Her work has been included in major European Quilt and Textile exhibitions and at the RDS Craft Awards in Dublin. Her narrative quilts are pieces based on artists' writings, poetry, exploration and theories of current interest. Her interest in Natural Sciences and her study of art history influence both the colour and texture of her work. The talk will include slides and samples of her textiles. This promises to be a fascinating talk from a true Renaissance woman.

Link - www.annfleeton.com;

TITLE - Say Hello to Brain Health - how to boost your brain health and reduce dementia risk
Leader - Sabina Brennan

Tue, 12/02/2019

10:30 - 12:30  Mounttown Community Facility

Learn how simple lifestyle changes can boost your brain health. Sabina Brennan will explain how scientific research is showing that modifiable factors can promote brain health and protect against dementia. She will share top tips for brain health and answer any questions you may have. Sabina Brennan is a psychologist, innovative public educator and experienced communicator with a unique skill mix acquired over her career working in the private sector, in media and most recently in academia. Her scientific research in TCD has focussed on how cognitive decline can be prevented or delayed. She is passionate about engaging people in an educational preventative context. Get ready for a most entertaining talk from an engaging speaker, who, interestingly, attended university for the first time at 42!

TITLE - As Senior Citizens, What Are We Entitled To and What Do We Need To Think About?
Leader - Joe McCarthy

Tue, 29/01/2019

10:30 - 12:30  Mounttown Community Facility

This topic has been selected following feedback from our members. Joe Mc Carthy from the Citizen’s Information Centre in Dun Laoghaire will outline to us the services they offer to advise senior citizens on their rights and entitlements. He and his colleagues Diana Ferguson and Denis Dineen will also talk to us about planning for the future in terms of Think Ahead forms and Advanced Healthcare Directives. Maybe something we don’t want to think about but we really should and we and our relations will be glad we did! It promises to be a lively presentation followed by a question and answer session on all these issues. So get your questions ready for our experts! Citizens Information can be contacted on their helpline 0760 07 4000 between 9am and 8 pm and their website is www.citizensinformation.ie. The Dun Laoghaire office is open from 9.30 am to 4 pm, Monday to Friday, phone 0761 077 400 or email dunlaoghaire@citinfo.ie.

TITLE - Muscling in on Healthy Ageing
Leader - Brendan Egan, Associate Professor of Sport and Exercise Physiology, Dublin City University

Tue, 15/01/2019

10:30 - 12:30  Mounttown Community Facility

Brendan will examine the role of exercise and nutrition to support health and healthy ageing. He will focus particularly on the role of strength-based exercise for improving our physical capacity as we age. He will also explain how protein can support the benefits of exercise for us. Brendan is well placed to speak on this topic. He is the Associate Professor of Sport and Exercise Physiology in Dublin City University. He has led research teams for a number of years in both DCU and UCD using human trials to examine the impact of exercise and nutrition. Outside of academia, he is performance nutritionist to the Dublin hurling team! Prepare yourself to be motivated to get out of the armchair and get moving!

TITLE - A Celebration of Christmas
Leader -

Tue, 27/11/2018

10:30 - 12:30  Mounttown Community Facility

We plan to celebrate our first Christmas with some appropriate Christmas refreshments. Pat Smith will give a talk on “A Life in Wine”. Pat is an ex Cellarmaster in Tain l’Hermitage. He will talk about his life in wine, the winemakers and about wine in general. He was decorated by the French Government with “ The Order of Merit in Agriculture”. After spending six years in France he is well placed to talk informally and to let us learn more about wine in simple language. After that, why not have a glass of wine and sample some Christmas goodies? We’ve already received offers of a taste of foie gras, sausage rolls and some mince pies. Maybe even a Christmas carol or two?

TITLE - National Maritime Museum - a Guided Visit
Leader - National Maritime Museum Guide

Tue, 13/11/2018

11:00 - 12:30  National Maritime Museum, Dún Laoghaire

An experienced guide will enthrall you with stories of discovery, heroism, war and disasters at sea. You will learn about maritime history, exploration, navigation, radio and deep-sea cable technology. See the revolving Bailey Optic; try the electrified steam engine and pause to reflect at the Titanic exhibit, the Royal Navy prisoner’s docks and the war memorial. See some of the recovered artifacts from the RMS Leinster. There will be a small admission fee of €5.00 to the museum.

Link - http://mariner.ie;

TITLE - High Speed Vacuum Driven Train from Dun Laoghaire to Dalkey
Leader - Tom Conlon

Tue, 30/10/2018

10:30 - 12:30  Mounttown Community Facility

It would be quite difficult in 2018 to travel from Dun Laoghaire to Dalkey in 75 seconds, uphill, from a standing start to a standing finish. Amazingly, Frank Elrington, TCD student, the unintended sole passenger of a vacuum-driven train, accomplished such a feat in the mid 1800s. The lecture will be illustrated with seldom seen original engineering drawings and reports of the train and the route. Tom Conlon retired from the financial services industry about 15 years ago and is a dedicated local historian who has published books on Dun Laoghaire and Monkstown, namely, Dun Laoghaire – A Town Divided and Twice Built on St Patrick’s Church, Monkstown. He is also Director of IT at the Genealogical Society of Ireland.

TITLE - The Question of Palestine in the Age of Trump
Leader - Conor McCarthy

Tue, 16/10/2018

10:30 - 12:30  Mounttown Community Facility

Conor McCarthy will outline the historical background to the Israeli-Palestine conflict. He will then describe the nature of the day-to-day life in Palestine and discuss what the future holds. Conor teaches English literature and intellectual history at Maynooth. He is the author of Modernisation, Crisis and Culture in Ireland 1969-1992 amongst other academic works. He is a founding member of the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign

TITLE - The RMS Leinster Sinking, one hundred years on, our worst maritime loss
Leader - Seamus O'Connor

Tue, 02/10/2018

10:30 - 12:30  Mounttown Community Facility

October 2018 marks the centenary of the sinking of the RMS Leinster by a German U-boat off the Irish coast, with the largest loss of life in Irish maritime history. Seamus O’Connor is a leading scholar on the Leinster sinking and a member of the Board of the Maritime Museum which we will be visiting on November 13th.

Link - https://www.rmsleinster.com;

TITLE - Air Traffic Control – What’s It All About?
Leader - Paul Humphreys

Tue, 18/09/2018

10:30 - 12:30  Mounttown Community Facility

Many people with many different skills work together towards ensuring that your flight gets safely from A to B including aircraft manufacturers, aeronautical engineers, software developers, safety analysts and of course pilots. Paul Humphreys will focus on the work of air traffic controllers, where they work, what they do and how they do it. Paul joined the Air Traffic Control Service in Ireland in 1970, subsequently moving to Eurocontrol in France where he worked on National and pan-European research projects relating to air safety.

TITLE - Introduction to Monkstown University of the Third Age
Leader -

Tue, 04/09/2018

10:30 - 12:30  Mounttown Community Facility

Our first meeting will include a presentation from a representative of Age Action Ireland, which is the sponsor of U3A in Ireland. Donal Denham of Dun Laoghaire-Dalkey-Killiney U3A will outline their experiences and plans. Finally, the Monkstown U3A steering group members will welcome you, introduce themselves and tell you about how we hope to stimulate and entertain you in the months ahead. We will outline our future plans and suggest ground rules for us working together

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