University of the Third Age (U3A)
U3A stands for University of he Third Ages. University in this sense means a gathering of people. It is not a college building but simply a group of people interested following a common programme of activities. The Third Age is the time in life when your career is coming to an end and/or parental and caring responsibilities have lessened. Third-agers have more time to explore both educational and social.
- U3A members organise their own activities and learn together. They draw on the skill, knowledge and experience of one another – everyones teaches and everyone learns.
- U3A started in France in 1972 and has spread worldwide.
- There are a growing number of branches in Ireland.
- U3A members from one group can attend sessions organised by another group.
- Activities that U3A groups in Ireland have organised include talks on local history, Tai Chi, creative writing, stress management, gardening, computers, poetry appreciation, visits to the Irish Museum of Modern Art, the Yeats Winter school in Sligo and the National Museum and many other places of interest.
U3A is a learning circle of older people that encourages members to share many educational, creative and social activities. Anyone can join – all you need is interest and an open mind!
U3A meet in the Coastguard Cultural Centre on the first Thursday of every month. Annual membership is €5 and €2 per admission fee. Please contact Judith on 0871408680 for further details.