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Groups – What’s happening

The following groups are currently meeting for details please contact the convenors:

Cycling and the three walking groups


Bridge is meeting online.

The following groups are not currently meeting but hope to resume when people are comfortable meeting up indoors again:


Family History



Local History

Out-to-Lunch Bunch



Tai Chi

Wine Appreciation

April Newsletter

­­        April Newsletter­
­­Thanks to all who Renewed their u3a Membership­­
­­We had a splendid renewal campaign particularly due to another well attended and enjoyable coffee morning. If you have not yet renewed and need a form then click on the button below. The form has all the information on the what we need and how to pay your fees. ­­­
­­­Click here to get a renewal form­­­
­­­Annual General Meeting Rescheduled
The next meeting planned for April was going to be the Annual General Meeting but due to a delay in getting the accounts audited this has been rescheduled and will take place in May. As soon as we confirm the arrangements we will let you all know.  
Replacement Talk
Apologies again for the hiccup with the last talk. We will do better I promise! To replace the Annual General Meeting we are organising a presentation by our very own Lorna Quin who is to tell us the story behind her book, “ Yes! We Have No Bananas”, a collection of memories of those who grew up during the War years. Bare with us and we will let you know the exact details very soon.­­
­­­­u3a Committee Vacancies

Unfortunately we have to say goodbye to a number of committee members at the next AGM who have now served their time (NO its not like prison) and so we have vacancies to fill. If you, or anyone you know, would like to join us in suggesting and planning u3a events and helping us run the branch please get in touch. A vibrant committee means a healthy and active u3a branch. No experience is necessary just wanting to be involved is all it takes. More information can be had from any committee member or by contacting me at

Please don’t be shy, as the poster says, your u3a needs you.­­­
­­Each month we post a link to the National u3a newsletter. This month they feature a message for Ukraine, Brain testers, a new Japanese puzzle format, a crochet challenge as well as highlighting objects that need improving to make them more useful to folks our age, and information about National events. As always, well worth a quick look.­­

View the National Newsletter­­­
­­                 April Calendar­
Walking Groups
We now have 3 possibilities if you fancy a bit of exercise through walking.  
For the energetic who like rambling contact Caroline Good  ( for more details.­­­
Join the Walking Soles this Month
The group features walks with optional lunch/coffee and meets on Tuesdays at the Palace car park at 10.00 am. The April calendar is above.
For more details contact, Patricia McConville on,­­
­­Easy on the Feet
For more gentle strolls combined with lots of chatting
contact Anne Cassidy at­­
­If you are just coming out of hibernation and fancy some exercise then we have a couple of vacancies in the pilates classes.

If you are interested then email –­­
­­­And Finally….. As I now go on at length to the grandkids about the good old days, I often remember the time I asked my dad , “You keep going on about the good, old days, what was it that was so good?”  He paused, smiled and said, “the best thing about them was I wasn’t good and I wasn’t old”. ­­­

Hill Walking Group

The Hill Walking Group started in 2011 when Armagh u3a was first set up. Our walks are varied—-in forest parks, in the hills & mountains & along country roads.

We meet weekly on Thursdays.

Walks are usually 2-4hours.

Members of the group plan and decide on the next walk at the end of each walk. The leader of the walk then posts information to the WhatsApp Group.

Hiking carries risks and participation in hiking or walking activities can result in injury. It is the responsibility of each walker to ensure he/she has the experience and fitness for any walks they undertake; sturdy footwear and waterproof clothing are essential. Denim jeans are not suitable.

Car Sharing can be arranged between members who are happy & comfortable to share & drive. Final decision is with the driver on the day.

All communication for the u3a hill walking group is by WhatsApp

Contact Caroline:

March Newsletter

­­        March Newsletter­
­­­Many thanks for all your “coffee morning” replies and I can report that our Grand Reopening 2.0 is scheduled for next Monday. That is, 10.30 am on Monday the 7th March in the Armagh City Hotel in Fisher 4. This is one of the large reception rooms on the ground floor so best access is from the back. As before, coffee and scones are provided free and let us hope that this time the event signals a proper return to near normality. Based on this assumption some of our group coordinators will be there to drum up support, but the main aim is reconnect with friends and socialise freely at last. We hope to see you all there.­­
­­Renewing Your u3a Membership­­
­­Its that time of year again when we ask you to renew you Armagh & District u3a membership. This year we have again fixed the fee at a reduced £10 as many of our activities have yet to fully open. To renew you need to fill in a renewal form and send a cheque to John Wells our membership Secretary. Please note that we ONLY accept cheques and CANNOT accept cash.   In addition, there are a number of members who are in credit and won’t need to pay. If you are in this group we will have already send an email with amended renewal form. For most members, there are a number of ways to get a renewal form – which has all the details of where to send cheques;A downloadable renewal form that you can print can be obtained by clicking on the button below.­­­
­­­Click here to get a renewal form­­­
­­Forms will be available for collection at the upcoming coffee morning.The group coordinators of any groups currently running will also have copies.We can send copies out by mail. Just let John Wells know by emailing him at is also an online renewal form – like the surveys we have already run – for those who can’t get a paper version. This is found by clicking the button below.­­
­­Click here to RENEW online­­­
­­­Your replies and suggestions regarding a change to the monthly meeting time slot helped to narrow down the options to Monday morning, opening at 10.30 am for an 11.00 am start. Negotiations with the Golf Club are in hand but it is almost certain that this will be the time and venue. When monthly meetings will recommence is still uncertain with the committee reviewing the situation at each meeting. Stay tuned 😋­­
­­­Join The Armagh Rhymers on a journey through Armagh City’s secret urban orchard involving masks and music, merriment, and mirth. We have been given the opportunity to meet the “word-famous” Armagh Rhymers and enter the ancient, magical, and mysterious world of mummers for an exciting and enchanting celebration of the long tradition of the apple in Armagh. The experience will begin with an introduction to The Armagh Rhymers and the Monastic Gardens at St Patrick’s Cathedral and will take you through a locked gate and the orchard where we celebrate the seasons of apple growing in local stories, music, and ritual.This takes place on March 26th, has a maximum group size of 30 and is offered to our members at a reduced rate of £10. If you are interested let us know by clicking on the button below.­
­­Are you interested?­­­
­­Each month we post a link to the National u3a newsletter. This month they showcase a new u3a film that you can watch in our own Youtube channel, an article on u3a members music tastes, and an introduction and a chance to join the “The Wisdom Hour”, a creative storytelling space celebrating positive stories of ageing, Well worth a browse and this can be accessed by clicking the button below­­View the National Newsletter­­­
­­             March Calendar­
Join the Walking Soles this Month
The group meets on Tuesdays at the Palace car park at 10.00 am. For more details contact, Patricia McConville on,­­
Classes are underway once more and we are currently at full capacity. However, spaces do occur regularly so contact Dennis  to register your interest.Email –­­
­­­­­­Zoom Talk­
Our next ZOOM monthly talk is by Letitia Fitzpatrick on16th March at 2.30pm via zoom. Letitia was a journalist with UTV and the Irish News and will about combatting loneliness and a also about her career.­­
­­­­­­Marketplace Theatre Presents­
If your considering stepping out……Owen McCafferty’s play ‘Mojo Mickybo’ is about a friendship between two boys growing up in Belfast – a friendship that at first is immune to the sectarian violence taking place around them, but which nonetheless is ultimately destroyed by it. Mojo Mickybo will be staged at The Market Place on Thursday 10 March at 8pm. More information can be found on,­­­

Turning Heads – Zoom Talks

LibrariesNI in association with the Ulster University are doing a series of doing a series of talks in the last two weeks of September. If you are interested you can book a place using the links provided.

Women and hair: shame and punishment in Irish history with Dr Leanne McCormick

21 September 2021


The Supernatural History and Folklore of Hair: Magic, Charms, and “Superstition” with Dr Andrew Sneddon

23 September 2021


Ginger Genetics: a celebration of red hair. A talk by Dr Declan McKenna

24 September 2021


‘Bad Hair: Folklore, Witches, and Fairies’ with Dr Andrew Sneddon

27 October 2021


Grand Reopening – Coffee Morning – UPDATE

IMPORTANT UPDATE – To improve our safety the coffee morning will now be held outdoors on the patio area of the hotel which can be accessed via the bar.

To celebrate the fact that we can again meet, albeit responsibly, we have planned a special coffee morning. This will be held in the Armagh City Hotel on September 8th from 10 am to 11.30 am.   This will give you the opportunity to meet the new committee, the conveners for the different groups, discuss the range of activities on offer and of course to meet with and chat to your fellow members.

We are also offering you the opportunity to extend an invite to a friend or two who are currently not members of the U3A who may be thinking of joining. In this way we can extol our virtues and demonstrate our congeniality.

To give us some idea of the numbers we can expect,  can you email, Dennis Hay ( and how big your group is likely to be.

Let’s hope as many members and friends can attend so that we can kick off the new season in style and to restart Armagh & District U3A after the dreadful time we have all had to endure.

For more details see our Newsletter.

June Meeting

Our next monthly meeting will be held on Zoom on Wednesday, 16th June at 11:00 am with the meeting opening at 10:30 am to allow people to get logged in and chat beforehand.

We are privileged to have received permission from the Ulster Orchestra to show a video of a special recording of their concert “Sofa Swing” in which the Orchestra is conducted by Steve Barnett and features the soloist, Peter Corry.  The concert lasts about 40 minutes and features a number of songs and instrumental pieces, the songs include Strangers in the Night and New York, New York.

Tuesday Walking Group

The Tuesday Walking Group walk on Tuesday mornings at 10:00 a.m. Meeting in the carpark in the Demesne next to the children’s playground. Numbers are currently limited to 15 participants, though this may change as Covid restrictions are relaxed. For further details contact Patricia McConville.

Bridge Group Goes online

  • The current state of affairs has meant that the normal beginners’ classes and the weekly bridge sessions have been on hold. Since it seems that these might not be convened for some time we have been exploring ways of providing on-line alternatives; the u3a are now able to provide:
  • Classes for those who have completed the beginners’ phase and wish to develop their bridge skills. There are 6 classes that consist of sets of videos followed by questions designed to explore the material presented. Each includes a brief resume of a basic idea then adds additional advanced material.
  • We are also in the process of setting up a weekly bridge playing session (the equivalent of those held in the Golf Club) on-line using the BridgeBase Online internet platform. This is an Americal system so the cost of each afternoon’s play is $1.50 (just over a pound) but we are negotiating to halve this cost. 

If you are interested in either of these please contact Dennis Hay at..