CoVid-19 – Corona Virus

At the U3A Executive Committee in March 2020  the unanimous decision was taken to suspend all monthly and group meetings until the situation in relation to Covid-19 (corona virus) improves.

The committee have decided to trial meetings on Zoom from December.

Our next Zoom meeting on 17th February at 10:30 for an 11:00 start. The speaker will be Stephen Day who many of you will know from his work in the Registry and the Robinson Library.

Stephen’s subject will be Arthur Jacob Macan and the Macan Asylum for the Blind (pictured) which was opened in 1854 on the site of the Fever Hospital on the Cathedral Road in Armagh, and it’s life up until its demise over 100 years later which led to the formation of the Macan Trust.

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..

 armagh.u3a.sec@gmail.com

December Meeting

Our December meeting will be held on Wednesday 19th December on Zoom at 11:00 a.m. The meeting will be available from open from 10:30 a.m. to give people time to access the meeting.

The speaker will be Suzi Johnston.

Massage, mobilisations and movement – Reflections of a Physiotherapist

Suzi Johnston

As 2020 is the centenary year of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy receiving its Royal Charter, Sui’s talk is a light hearted look at the history of physiotherapy from its inception to the advances of modern day physiotherapy practice. She will also be sharing some stories from the archives of her almost 30 year physiotherapy career.


Suzi has worked as an Advanced Practice Physiotherapist for the past 16 years and currently works for the Southern Health and Social Care Trust. She is also a qualified Pilates instructor. Originally from Scotland, she has worked throughout the UK and in Australia and moved to Northern Ireland 12 years ago.

Walking Group – Ravensdale Forest Park

Big thank you to Peter and Caroline who will lead our walk on Thurs. 5th March.

Our walk for Thursday–Ravensdale Forest Park. Weather permitting.

Meet as usual at Palace at 9.30 or 10.00 at Carrickdale Hotel (exit 20 off dual carriageway) in first car park on left. We walk 15 minutes along a small road to the entrance of Ravensdale Forest Park then walk up a steady incline along forest roads. Wonderful views of Ring of Gullion. Onwards, downwards and a short uphill to rejoin the forest road and back to the hotel for refreshments.

Forest tracks. Muddy in places. Boots & poles recommended.

Approx 9 km. 3–3½ hours. See you there!

Cycling Group – Scarva Pod

The Scarva Pod has been booked for 9.15 am on Thursday 26th March. We plan a leisurely cycle to Newry-no rush, no hills. And over coffee we can firm up a couple of outings that should take us up to Easter and a little beyond.

Those of you who have your own bikes please give them a check over to see if they are OK for the 26th.

March General Meeting

Our next general meeting will be held on Wednesday 18th March in the Golf Club at 11:00 a.m. Tea, Coffee and Biscuits will be available from 10:30 a.m. The speaker will be Suzi Johnston.

Massage, mobilisations and movement – Reflections of a Physiotherapist

Suzi Johnston

As 2020 is the centenary year of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy receiving its Royal Charter, Sui’s talk is a light hearted look at the history of physiotherapy from its inception to the advances of modern day physiotherapy practice. She will also be sharing some stories from the archives of her almost 30 year physiotherapy career.


Suzi has worked as an Advanced Practice Physiotherapist for the past 16 years and currently works for the Southern Health and Social Care Trust. She is also a qualified Pilates instructor. Originally from Scotland, she has worked throughout the UK and in Australia and moved to Northern Ireland 12 years ago.