TITLE - U3A Activity on Five Continents
Leader - Ian Funnell

Tue, 19/10/2021

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting

The U3A Movement is approaching fifty years of age and it has been remarkably successful in spreading around the globe. In his presentation Ian will describe some of his experiences in meeting members from many countries and how we can measure success in different ways. He chose the title because he has never visited a North American U3A or Antarctica and it also implies that the talk is anecdotal rather than comprehensive. For six years from 2010 Ian represented the UK Third Age Trust on the Governing Board of the International Association of U3As (AIUTA). His personal highlights include visiting large developing nations such as Brazil, China and India and smaller island nations such as Iceland and Mauritius. The image is from a 2017 exchange visit to Mauritius with Jenny Carley from Chester U3A, at the invitation of the Founder-President, Professor Armoogum Parsuramen, G.O.S.K, who introduced them to the oldest members of the newly-formed Mauritius U3A. Ian studied physics at the University of Birmingham and then joined the main laboratory of the Central Electricity Generating Board in Leatherhead. He met his wife through a group called International Voluntary Service, whose parent organisation Service Civil International dates back to 1920, so perhaps that shows a direction of interest. As a result of electricity privatisation Ian joined National Grid and worked on various aspects of plant performance on the electricity transmission grid. In retirement he joined a local U3A and helped found the even more local Fetcham U3A in 2002. After serving for three years on the Board of the Third Age Trust Ian was invited to take on the AIUTA role which led eventually to the opportunity to give this talk. In addition to activities in his own U3As Ian helps organise an annual U3A summer school at the University of Chichester and monthly U3A study days at a local concert hall in the Yehudi Menuhin School.


TITLE - Musical Conversations
Leader - Veronica McSwiney

Tue, 12/10/2021

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting

This meeting will be hosted by the Music Group ✽ Veronica McSwiney will talk about her life as an internationally acclaimed pianist who has been performing around the world for over 50 years. She commenced her musical studies in Dublin at the age of seven and later studied in Salzburg under Bruno Seidholfer and with Ilona Kabos in London. After her very successful London Wigmore Hall debut her reputation spread far beyond her native Ireland. Veronica was the first Irish artist to be invited to perform in the Soviet Union in 1975 and following the success of that tour she was invited back on numerous occasions, playing concertos and solo recitals throughout the USSR. She toured the USA regularly, both as a soloist and in recital with the renowned Irish contralto Bernadette Greevy. Veronica performed Concertos with all the major orchestras in the UK, and broadcasted frequently on BBC and Radio Stations throughout Europe and was offered her own TV series on Irish Television in the 1980's. She was invited many times by the well known BBC broadcaster Richard Baker, to join him on his Music Cruises and played at music Festivals throughout the UK with him in programmes dedicated to Chopin and Edvard Grieg. A keen chamber musician and accompanist Veronica has performed with many other famous artists, including James Galway and Nicolai Gedda. She is a regular soloist with our National Symphony Orchestra and now frequently plays with her violinist daughter Aisling O'Dea. Aisling is one of Ireland's talented musicians now based in Edinburgh where she is a member of the renowned Scottish Chamber orchestra. They also play together in the Eblana Trio. Amongst her recordings are the 18 Nocturnes of the Irish composer John Field and these, on the Claddagh label, are considered to be the finest available today. ✽ Note: Music Group Meetings are open to both Full members and Zoom members to attend.


TITLE - Painting Dublin, 1886 - 1949: Picturing Ireland's Capital City
Leader - Dr. Kathryn Milligan

Tue, 05/10/2021

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting

This talk will explore the depiction of Dublin by artists from the late-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century. Artists' representations of the city have long been markers of civic pride and identity, yet in Ireland such artworks have been overlooked in favour of the rural and pastoral. Framed by the shift from city of empire to capital of an independent republic, we will discuss artworks by Walter Osborne, Rose Barton, Jack B. Yeats, Harry Kernoff, Estella Solomons and Flora Mitchell, encompassing a variety of urban views and artistic themes. While Dublin is already renowned for its representation in literature, we will see the many attractions it held for Ireland's artists, offering a vivid visualisation of the city's streets and inhabitants at a crucial time in its history. Katy Milligan is an art historian specialising in nineteenth and twentieth century Irish art. A graduate of UCD (BA) and TCD (MPhil, PhD), following her PhD studies Katy was the inaugural ESB Fellow at the ESB Centre for the Study of Irish Art at the National Gallery of Ireland, and an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Art History and Cultural Policy, UCD. Her first monograph, 'Painting Dublin, 1886 - 1949: Visualising a changing city', was published by Manchester University Press in 2020, and will be published in paperback in October 2021.


TITLE - Exploring Ancestral Forebears
Leader - Liz Csibi, Ann Fleeton & Barbara McAllister

Tue, 21/09/2021

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting

With great sadness we have learned of the recent death of Roland Evans, a much loved member who was to deliver the first of today’s talks. Roland died on 11 September after a long and brave fight against his debilitating illness. We are going to miss those apt, informed and insightful comments and his good humour, but his broad smile and lively spirit will always remain with us. Roland was looking forward to telling of his unusual and aristocratic relatives, some of whom were on nodding terms with Lloyd George. Intriguingly, he had called his talk “Appeal to Hirohito 1937”, but sadly, now we shall never know why.✽✽✽ We are very fortunate in that LIZ, ANN and BARBARA have all graciously agreed to talk about their interesting forbears : Liz Csibi's talk is entitled “A Change of Life” which is about her sister Brede whose life in many ways reflects the social changes and development in Irish society over 80 years. A brilliant student, a talented musician, an inspirational mentor and teacher, a creative therapist, she excelled at everything she did. Liz will discuss the unfolding of her interesting life. Ann Fleeton's talk is entitled “Two Disparate Men” she will discuss : i) Lieutenant Rodolphus Hobbs Reardon, her great-great-grandfather who served in the military garrison in St. Helena at the time of Napoleon's exile, 1815-1821. ii) Professor Frank Rishworth, her great-uncle, was Chief Civil Engineer in charge of the contract for the Shannon Hydroelectric Scheme at Ardnacrusha, 1925-1929. Finally, Barbara McAllister's talk is entitled "Love, Emigration and Aspirations". It's a love story about her great grand uncle Thomas F. Eagleton born in Mayo in 1859 who emigrated to USA and about how his family achieved fame and fortune and political power. ✽ Photo - The ocean liner Thomas Eagleton took to the USA in 1881. ✽✽✽ Roland’s book “The Marshlander Chronicles” is available from Kindle at £3.99…proceeds to The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association. For further background information on this and a very interesting video interview with Roland please click here


TITLE - The Glamorous French Belle Epoque: an introduction
Leader - Prof. Maria Chester

Tue, 07/09/2021

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting

Professor Maria Chester, an art historian, is accredited as an Art Lecturer by The Art Society, London. She has trained in cognitive archaeology, and delivers talks, study days, and summer schools on art history and on ancient civilisations of the Americas. Maria lives in Scotland, is greatly involved with U3A and has been, since 2016, Secretary General of AIUTA (Association Internationale des Universités du Troisième Âge). Some historians consider La Belle Époque as a period in French history starting in 1871 and ending in 1914. Others are more concise and consider 1900 as its starting point. It was named, in retrospect, in contrast to the horrors of Austro-Prussian War and World War I. It was a period characterised by optimism, peace at home and in Europe, new technology and scientific discoveries. Paris had been profoundly changed by the French Second Empire reforms to the city's architecture. Haussmann changed its housing, street layouts, and green spaces. French imperialism was in its prime. It was a cultural centre of global influence, and its educational, scientific and medical institutions were at the leading edge of Europe. The peace and prosperity in Paris allowed the arts to flourish.


TITLE - 'Operation Last Chance'
Leader - Dr. Efraim Zuroff

Tue, 29/06/2021

14:30 - 15:30  ZOOM meeting

This meeting will be hosted by the Current Affairs Group ✽ Dr. Efraim Zuroff is Director, Simon Wiesenthal Center – Israel office and Eastern European Affairs Coordinator, SWC Nazi war crimes research worldwide. Efraim, who is New York born, moved to Israel in 1970 and received his Doctorate from Hebrew University. He is a noted academic historian and author who took on the role of Investigator at the famed Simon Wiesenthal Center in 1986 and is now the Director of the Center's office in Jerusalem. He will speak about his experience as a Nazi-Hunter and his continuing efforts to identify and bring to light those responsible for Holocaust crimes who are still living in the shadows, aka ‘Operation Last Chance’. He has authored several publications; his latest, co-authored with a Lithuanian, Ruta Vanagaite, is ‘Our People: Discovering Lithuania’s Hidden Holocaust’. ✽ Note: Current Affairs Group meetings are open to both Full members and Zoom members to attend.


TITLE - 'Evolution: It hasn't gone away you know! Evidence in front of our eyes'
Leader - Dr. David McConnell, Fellow Emeritus in Genetics, Trinity College Dublin

Tue, 22/06/2021

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting

David McConnell was educated at Sandford Park School, Trinity College Dublin (BA in Genetics, Gold Medallist, 1966) and the California Institute of Technology (PhD in Biochemistry, 1971). Joining Trinity in 1970, he was appointed to the Chair of Genetics in 1990 retiring in 2014. He planned and organised the Smurfit Institute of Genetics which grew to have more than 100 staff from 30 countries. He is a molecular geneticist, that is, he is interested in the properties of genes as molecules, including the study of the evolution of genes, a field now called molecular evolution. In 1976-77 he held an Eleanor Roosevelt Fellowship of the IUAC at Harvard University where he learned the very new revolutionary technique of DNA sequencing which has transformed the study of evolution. Natural evolution is usually a very slow process, so slow that it is unusual to see it “in action”. As Darwin noted farmers have caused the evolution of domestic species, sometimes quite quickly, for example in the breeding of new varieties of potato or sugar beet in Europe. We can cause evolution to occur in laboratories using fast growing species of bacteria and viruses. But none of these is as spectacular as the evolution of new pathogens in nature – which the public would not easily associate with Darwins’ great theory of evolution by natural selection. In this talk Dr. McConnell will describe some remarkable evolutionary processes that have occurred recently and in some cases are occurring – time permitting he will refer to flu, myxomatosis and HIV before discussing malaria and coronaviruses in more detail. Coronavirus is evolving so fast that he does not know what he is going to say about it.


TITLE - Wagner's Operas
Leader - Colonel Peter Ryan (Retd)

Tue, 15/06/2021

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting

This meeting will be hosted by the Music Group ✽ Retired Colonel Peter Ryan enhanced his lifelong love of music including opera whilst living in Vienna. There he served as Military Adviser with the Irish Delegation to The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) for four years. He attended operas regularly including those of Richard Wagner. His presentation will draw on music from Wagner's operas. There will be a short input on Wagner himself and on the characteristics of his music. Peter likes to play the piano and sings bass in the Ballinteer Male Voice Choir. ✽ Note: Music Group Meetings are open to both Full members and Zoom members to attend.


TITLE - 'Jane Austen and her men'
Leader - Dr. Conor McCarthy

Tue, 08/06/2021

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting

Conor McCarthy teaches English at Maynooth University. His most recent book is 'Enforcing Silence: Academic Freedom, Palestine and the Criticism of Israel' (Bloomsbury 2020). 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 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.


TITLE - 'A glimpse of rural India'
Leader - Dr. Sara McMurry

Tue, 25/05/2021

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting

Dr McMurry, a theoretical physicist, lectured in Trinity College, Dublin in both the Department of Applied Maths, and the Department of Physics, from 1968 until her retirement in 2007. While in retirement and working on her book 'Maths as a Language', she was invited by the emeritus professor of Art History at TCD to join a tour of Northern India that she was organising. According to Dr McMurry, “It was a revelation - I fell in love with the country, but wanted to find out more, especially about life in rural areas. And so, after some research, I discovered that I could experience something of rural life by volunteering as a teacher in village schools, and returned in the next three years to three different places in northern India. After that the possibilities for teaching in rural areas dried up, but I did return as a volunteer with the Hope Foundation (based in Cork) who work with street and slum children in Kolkata”. Illustrated with her photographs, Dr McMurry will talk about her volunteer work teaching in small rural schools in Rajasthan and Himachal Pradesh. Her book 'Re-Tyred', is based on her experiences, in which she paints a vivid and enticing picture of India as a country teeming with life and enormous vitality. Despite their poverty, she believes that “the energy and resilience of the village and street people there is inspiring".


TITLE - 'Jazz and the Art of Improvisation' by Dr. Linley Hamilton
Leader - Music Group Meeting ✽

Tue, 18/05/2021

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting

Trumpeter Linley Hamilton has been a mainstay of the Northern Irish jazz scene for well over two decades.  An in-demand session musician, Hamilton has played on over a hundred recordings of various stripes, lending his burnished tone to rock and pop artists and singer-song writers alike. Listen to him play on Spotify for instance. But it is as a jazz musician, educator and jazz radio broadcaster and not least as an utterly tireless advocate of the music that he is best known. He is a Doctor of Music and Lecturer in Music at Ulster University Magee where he specialises in Jazz, and also lectures in Music Business and Industrial Placement. He currently presents 'Jazz World with Linley Hamilton' on BBC Radio Ulster (see link below) and leads his own jazz quartet playing trumpet and flugelhorn. Hamilton's associations as a session musician include Van Morrison, Jacqui Dankworth and Paul Brady. (https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05mpjy4) ✽ Note: Music Group Meetings are open to both Full members and Zoom members to attend.


TITLE - Global Elections Update (John Bolton) & Israel, to be Continued (Denis Moriarty)
Leader - Current Affairs Group ✽

Tue, 18/05/2021

15:00 - 16:00  ZOOM meeting

✽ Note: Current Affairs Group Meetings are open to both Full members and Zoom members to attend.


TITLE - 'Our Malleable Memories'
Leader - Dr. Gillian Murphy

Tue, 11/05/2021

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting

If we remember something, is it true? In this talk we will discuss research on the malleability of memory; how we can distort memories of past events or even plant entirely false memories of events that never occurred. We will discuss the implications of this research for our day-to-day lives as well as exploring whether there are benefits to our malleable memory systems. Dr Gillian Murphy is a lecturer in the School of Applied Psychology, University College Cork. Her research investigates ways in which we can experience cognitive failures in day-to-day life, with a focus on attention and memory. Her research has been funded by the Irish Research Council, Royal Irish Academy and the Health Research Board and she is a former Fulbright scholar.


TITLE - “I liked the early stuff…” A Poetry Reading by Dr. Iggy McGovern
Leader -

Tue, 27/04/2021

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting

This not so gentle put down casts writers as progressive and readers as regressive. But, does it hold true for the writer as well? In this reading of my poems, I will be reflecting on this idea, noting that some themes survive to the (bitter?) end… Dr. Iggy McGovern is Fellow Emeritus in Physics at Trinity College. He has published three collections of poetry with Dedalus Press –The King of Suburbia(2005), Safe House(2010) and The Eyes of Isaac Newton(2017). His verse biography of Irish mathematician William Rowan Hamilton, A Mystic Dream of 4(2013) is published by Quaternia Press. Awards include The Hennessy Award for Poetry and The Glen Dimplex New Writers Award for Poetry.


TITLE - Members' Music Choice
Leader - Music Group Meeting ✽

Tue, 20/04/2021

11:00 - 12:15  ZOOM meeting

A number of members have 'volunteered' to present their choice of music and, quizzed by our Chairperson, Barbara, will tell us why it appeals to them. The choice of music is expected to be eclectic! If the feedback to the event is positive, the Music Group Committee will be inviting other members to present their choice in the autumn. ✽ Note: Music Group Meetings are open to both Full members and Zoom members to attend.


TITLE - Chester Beatty's Gift of a Lifetime
Leader - Dr. Diana Delia

Tue, 13/04/2021

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting

This talk focuses on the man and his times, how his collection developed, and why both came to Ireland. If time permits, at the end, a sampling of the Chester Beatty's treasures will be briefly introduced. Dr. Diana Delia was a professor of Ancient History and Classical Languages in the U.S. before retiring to Ireland. For many years she has volunteered as a tour guide at the Chester Beatty. Diana, a member of our Steering Group, is responsible for setting up and running a new U3A DLDK sub group ‘Latin for Beginners’ commencing April.


TITLE - "Belarus: an update from Pavel"
Leader -

Tue, 06/04/2021

15:00 - 16:00  ZOOM meeting

This meeting will be hosted by the Current Affairs Group


TITLE - The Radio Universe from Birr Castle
Leader - Dr. Peter Gallagher

Tue, 30/03/2021

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting

Professor Gallagher is the newly appointed Head of the Astronomy and Astrophysics section of the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies and is the driving force behind the installation and operation of the new Radio Telescope at Birr Castle in Co. Offaly. Birr Castle is an appropriate location because an optical telescope was set up there in the 1840s and it remained the largest telescope in the world for over 70 years. The Radio telescope is the latest addition to a European wide network of such telescopes that are electronically linked so that the overall sensitivity and resolution are far larger than that of one of them alone. These characteristics make possible a wide range of research projects from studies of our sun to the nature of the early universe.


TITLE - Seizo Sugawara, Eileen Gray’s enduring collaborator
Leader - Ruth Starr

Tue, 16/03/2021

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting

This presentation will consider the influence of the Japanese sculptor and lacquer specialist, Seizo Sugawara (1884 – 1937) on Eileen Gray (1878 – 1976) in the context of the pervasiveness of Japonisme. Gray is best known for her pioneering work in early modernist architecture. Less well known is her acclaimed earlier career as a lacquer furniture designer. The presentation reveals Gray’s fine appreciation of the unique characteristics of Japanese lacquer. Ruth Starr is a historian of Japanese art (including Japanese crafts) from the earliest times to the 20th century. Starr’s current research seeks to untangle the web of connections linking Japanese art and European art, following the common thread of lacquerware. Her major interest is how these links were manifest in Ireland during the Japonisme movement of the late 19th Century, particularly the Japanese influence on Eileen Gray, (1878- 1976); also Japonisme in 19th and 20th century Ireland and lacquerware in Japan and Europe.


TITLE - Music Group Programme - The Verdi and Mozart Requiems
Leader - Elizabeth Csibi

Tue, 09/03/2021

11:00 - 12:15  ZOOM meeting

Following her musical studies at the Royal Irish Academy of Music and the College of Music Dublin and in London with the renowned teacher Jaroslav Vanecek, Elizabeth has enjoyed a long and active performing career. She was a member of the RTE Symphony Orchestra, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Cecilia, the 20th Century ensemble Concorde and toured the USA, Russia, China and Europe, performing in many prestigious venues. Elizabeth joined the String Faculty of the Royal Irish Academy of Music in 1989 and was appointed to the newly created position of Head of String Faculty in 1995 and in 2010 Elizabeth was awarded a Fellowship Honoris Causa from the Royal Irish Academy of Music for her services to music in Ireland. The Verdi and Mozart Requiems are arguably the best and most popular of all Requiems, both magnificently powerful and serenely sensitive, yet each totally different in approach and effect. From the whispering cellos opening of the Verdi Requiem, through the terrifying rage of the Dies Irae, followed by the dramatic trumpet call to judgement in the Tuba Mirum, the music is a physical experience that batters the senses and throws the listener through a powerful emotional tornado. It catches the drama of Aida, the tragic pathos of La Traviata and the beauty of his operatic arias, none more sensitive than his final Libera Me. Mozart's Requiem on the other hand creates a different pathway to our emotions with music that is sublimely elegant and graceful with exquisite intensity. There is a mysterious and darker feel to the texture which expresses heartfelt grief and despair while the delicate sensitivity of the Hostias enfolds the listener like a warm comforting hug. Join us on Tuesday March 9th to explore and experience this glorious music.


TITLE - The long history of Picasso's Guernica
Leader - Dr. Paula Murphy

Tue, 02/03/2021

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting

You will be pleased to learn that Dr Paula Murphy, a great supporter of U3A DLDK, has agreed to return with what promises to be another fascinating talk, which she describes as follows: The long history of Picasso's Guernica will comprise an examination of the commissioning, the historical context and the making of the painting and the story of its subsequent journey. It is one of the best known paintings in the world, and yet it never fails to astonish both in itself and in its story. Paula Murphy is an emeritus professor in the UCD School of Art History and Cultural Policy, where - although mostly identified with work on sculpture - she taught courses on Modernism for many years.


TITLE - CAG: "Riotous Assembly or Mature Parliament? A personal perspective on the European Parliament"
Leader - Francis Jacobs

Tue, 23/02/2021

15:00 - 16:00  ZOOM meeting

This presentation on The European Parliament is being hosted by the DLDK Current Affairs Group. Francis Jacobs worked for the European Parliament from just before the first direct elections in 1979 until May 2016, as a staff member on various European Parliament committees, and latterly as the head of the European Parliament’s Liaison Office in Ireland. Francis lives in Dublin, is a dual British and Irish citizen, an Adjunct Senior Research Fellow at University College Dublin, and a Visiting Professor at the Collegio Europeo in Parma. His main areas of academic interest including the evolution of the European Parliament, the implications of Brexit, and the legacy of the UK within the EU. He is the co-author of the "European Parliament", now in its 9th edition and edited a reference book on "Western European Political Parties". His book, "The EU after Brexit : political and institutional implications", was published in spring 2018, and he is currently working on a guide to the Landmark Sites of the European Union, on European Union activities and historic locations. He has also taken part in the Collecting Memories Project, interviewing former Members of the European Parliament for an oral archive housed at the European Union Archives in Florence and has contributed two chapters to a book based on those interviews.


TITLE - My personal perspective on Conor Cruise O'Brien
Leader - John Biggar

Tue, 16/02/2021

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting

Conor Cruise O'Brien was one of the most controversial and influential Irishmen of his generation. He also happened to be John Biggar's uncle. John will give us a personal perspective on Conor, based on a relationship which spanned over four decades. John Biggar retired in 2015 as Ambassador to Bulgaria, Armenia and Georgia. He had previously served in Ireland's Liaison Office to NATO (in Brussels), in the Permanent Missions to the UN in both New York and Geneva, and in the Embassy to Spain. At home, much of his career was spent dealing with political matters, notably human rights as well as security and defence issues. He has led a number of EU delegations - in 2002 for discussions on human rights with Iran and China, and in 2013 for discussions with Saudi Arabia and the UAE on counter-terrorism issues.


TITLE - MUSIC GROUP PROGRAMME : From Memphis to Monk; an Introduction to the Blues
Leader - Frank Gallagher

Tue, 09/02/2021

11:00 - 12:30  ZOOM meeting

The initial video presentation, to be followed by a Q & A, will last 45 minutes and it will be aimed at those who have little or no prior knowledge of blues music, and indeed at those who have no formal training in music. It will comprise about 40% talk and 60% musical performance by Frank Gallagher on acoustic guitar and on slide guitar, and it will feature Don Baker as a guest performer. The presentation will not of course be a comprehensive introduction to this music, but topics to be discussed will include a layman’s explanation of the blues musical form, the origins of blues music as an ethnic folk music, its development in the first half of the twentieth century, some of its distinctive features, and its influence on some other music in the twentieth century. Frank Gallagher has been playing blues and jazz in Ireland and in Europe since the nineteen seventies. He has also lectured and written about blues and jazz, both in Ireland and abroad. At present he is a member of a jazz quintet based in south Wicklow. Over the years he has performed blues music with the likes of Don Baker, Red Peters and Johnny Norris, to mention just a few. In the nineteen eighties he formed the Jitterbug Jug Band with Gerry Clarke. Since that time he has mainly performed blues as a solo artist or in small groups with Gerry Clarke. He is a co-founder and chairman for the past twenty years of The Courthouse Arts Centre in Tinahely, Co Wicklow.


TITLE - ESCAPE…BUT TO WHAT? THE PLIGHT OF REFUGEES WAITING AT THE GATES OF EUROPE.
Leader - Valerie Cox, Journalist, Activist, Author and Broadcaster

Tue, 02/02/2021

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting

In 2015 Valerie and her spouse travelled to the Greek island of Kos where the refugee crisis had just started. It was a human disaster. Hundreds of people arrived on the shores of Kos every night in flimsy rubber dinghies. They had lost everything in their flight from war and death and terrorism and were dependant for food, shelter and clothes on the volunteers who came from all over the world. For the past six years thousands of refugees have been arriving at the gates of Europe seeking shelter from war and persecution in their home countries which include Syria, Eritrea, Afghanistan and Iraq. Some made it into Europe and settled well, others got to Europe but have spent years in refugee centres, unable to move on with their lives. In 2019 the European Commission said the migrant crisis had ended. But it didn’t! Today there are thousands of refugees stranded in appalling conditions in camps in Greece and Turkey. They are overcrowded, water and food are scarce and Europe has lost interest! And yes, the boats are still coming in smaller numbers. Valerie will concentrate on the story of those who are caught up in these camps, some of them since the crisis began and Europe’s response. Their future is blighted by bureaucracy, blindness and a token response from some of the richest people on earth, ourselves.


TITLE - Towards More Participatory Democracy: The Leaderless Revolution - Carne Ross
Leader - Current Affairs Group: Jim Carroll, Moderator

Tue, 26/01/2021

14:30 - 16:30  ZOOM meeting

Carne Ross, a former British diplomat (English), resigned from the foreign service on principle over the 2003 invasion of Iraq. A review of his book The Leaderless Revolution (2011) is on The Guardian online. He writes from a breadth of experience. His thesis is that better governance would require a more participatory democratic framework. While representative democratic institutions and political parties heed some media opinion, they have drifted a distance from considered public influence. He identifies an erosion of real time democratic control and accountability. Not the first to question representation through political parties, he looks beyond them towards models which could possibly offer more participatory decision-making, where the citizens affected decide responsibly together on issues of direct interest, e.g. local education/schools, healthcare, transport, community and social amenities, and so forth. His documentary on this issue, made in cooperation with the BBC, is available to view free here: https://www.carneross.com/index.php/2020/06/16/accidental-anarchist-now-free-online/ The exploration continues in our group discussion, facilitated by Jim Carroll.


TITLE - The Phoenix Park
Leader - Dr.John McCullen

Tue, 19/01/2021

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting

With a degree in horticulture in 1970 and an M.Sc in landscape ecology, design and maintenance, John arrived at Phoenix Park in 1984, where he became the Chief Park Superintendant, a position from which he retired in recent years. The 1500-acre Park was the subject of his PhD at Trinity College in 2007, which evolved into a book called An Illustrated History of the Phoenix Park – landscape and management to 1880. The Park was established in 1662, when James Butler, duke of Ormond created it as a deer park for the use of aristocrats. The deer are still there – according to John they are the most studied deer in the world – twelve PhDs have been written on them! Much loved by the citizens of Dublin, it is said that the Phoenix Park is one of the largest enclosed parks in the world –bigger, apparently, than all the parks in London put together. The park contains a great variety of facilities, among them a maze and gardens, Farmleigh House, a Cricket Club (estd in 1830), a Polo Club, a Model Flying Club, the Zoo, Aras an Uachtarain, visitor centre at Ashdown Lodge, the US embassy, Chesterfield Avenue (the main thoroughfare) and all those beautiful gate-lodges on its perimeter


TITLE - MUSIC GROUP PROGRAMME : A Musical Profile of Sir Arthur Sullivan with a little help from W S Gilbert
Leader -

Tue, 12/01/2021

11:00 - 12:30  ZOOM meeting

Sir Arthur Sullivan was a noted English composer in his own right writing such works as Onward, Christian Soldiers and The Lost Chord, but he is best known for his collaboration with the librettist W S Gilbert. Together they wrote a series of fourteen comic operettas including H.M.S. Pinafore, The Pirates of Penzance, and The Mikado which were wildly popular in their own time and are still widely performed by amateur and professional groups today, over a hundred years after their creation. This profile will include excerpts from many of these operettas as well as some of his general works. The profile will be presented by Raymond Burke, a long-time member of U3A DLDK.


TITLE - Patrick Kavanagh
Leader - Des & Mary Swan

Tue, 05/01/2021

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting

Prof. Des Swan is author of the only monograph on Patrick Kavanagh's greatest poem 'The Great Hunger'. His book has been described by academic critics in Ireland and the USA as "compelling", "richly insightful" and "incisive". It draws on psychology, history, anthropology and literary criticism, and his own experience of growing up in Lobinstown, Co. Meath, as well as later work as a psychologist. He was Professor of Education and Head of Department for 23 years at UCD, where he established five new programmes, particularly in the area of Education for Children with Special Needs. His PhD research, described as a "tour de force" by his extern examiner, earned him an international award in psychology while his pioneering research on the European Schools was reviewed as 'faultless', and he was associated with the writing of two dictionaries. He has published in Ireland, the UK ,Germany and Georgia, mainly on psychology and education. His MA thesis on 'The Great Hunger', for which he interviewed Kavanagh himself, was very favourably received by J.R. Tolkien, his extern examiner. Now enjoying his third decade of retirement, he has recently had his first poems published and is completing a book on Morocco. Mary Swan is an award-winning actress and a retired teacher of Speech and Drama. She acted with Strand Players in All-Ireland winning productions and brought these talents into her teaching. Her pupils still thank her for unforgettable experiences in such plays as “The Story of Anne Frank”, Anouilh’s “The Lark – the story of Joan of Arc”, Brecht’s “The Caucasian Chalk Circle”, Miller’s “The Crucible”, and musicals “Fiddler on the Roof”, “The Sound of Music”, etc. She also produced Joyce’s “The Dead” with Bronze-by-Gold drama group. On the occasion of her retirement her colleagues described her as ”a wizard who gets magic out of the shyest performer” , and that “All her geese are Swans.” Des and Mary have five children and thirteen grandchildren – all “very fine Swans indeed”!


TITLE - The Music of Verdi!
Leader - Courtesy of our Music Appreciation group

Tue, 24/11/2020

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting


TITLE - U3A DLDK AGM! Annual reports, SG elections & Presentation of New Year programme
Leader - Chair & Steering Group Officers

Tue, 10/11/2020

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting

A virtual replica of last year's AGM :) And now, easier than ever to attend, socially distanced, no need to wash hands and absolutely no masks required before you join us! But we still need YOU to participate, to show your appreciation for this last year's challenging programme of events, both in substance and in Covid-proof style. Little did we know last November what 2020 would bring. With particular thanks to our Treasurer who has doubled up as Zoom Guru, learning on the job how to accommodate more than 50+ connections/screens every other Tuesday, we hope that our AGM will bring more of us together on Zoom than ever before ( the current record of 85 was set on 20th October.) And, best of all, there will be ample time to provide your constructive feedback- it helps us enormously to know what you like or not- and to hear what we have in mind for 2021...personally, while every day is precious, I cannot wait to consign 2020 to the annals of history! PS: hope you like the accompanying illustration, one of the earliest masks I can recall...remember the plagues of Egypt!


TITLE - In conversation with Lindsay Armstrong - A Musical Life
Leader - DLDK Music Appreciation Group: Liz Csibi

Tue, 03/11/2020

00:00 - 00:00  ZOOM meeting

Lindsay Armstrong has had a long and musical life having been involved with a number of orchestras including the RTE Symphony Orchestra, the New Ireland Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestra of St Cecilia. He was also the first General Manager of the National Concert Hall Dublin and a Director of the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Elizabeth Csibi, a Zoom member of U3A, equally has enjoyed a long and active performing career. She was a member of the RTE Symphony Orchestra, the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestra of St. Cecilia, the 20th Century ensemble Concorde and has toured widely. Elizabeth joined the String Faculty of the Royal Irish Academy of Music in 1989 and was appointed to the newly created position of Head of String Faculty in 1995. In 2010 Elizabeth was awarded a Fellowship Honoris Causa from the Royal Irish Academy of Music for her services to music in Ireland.


TITLE - "The Devil's Chaplain": a talk on the life and times of Charles Darwin
Leader - Dr.Peter Boyle

Tue, 27/10/2020

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting

When he left school at the age of sixteen in 1825 , Charles Darwin said about himself that "I was considered by all my masters and by my father as a very ordinary boy, rather below the common standard in intellect”. And yet when he died in 1882 his name was a household word. Today Darwin is arguably the most written about and most widely discussed scientist of all time. It could also be said that no other scientist in history was to cause such a dramatic change in how ordinary people understood themselves and their place in the world. This talk will review the life, times, and career of this extraordinary man. Dr Peter Boyle is a Fellow Emeritus of Trinity. He was brought up in County Sligo in the house in which the famous Cambridge mathematician, Sir Gabriel Stokes (of 'Stoke's Law' fame) was born. He was educated in The King's Hospital School in Dublin and then in Trinity College, where he was elected a Scholar and then took a moderatorship in chemistry, followed by a Ph.D. He joined the academic staff of Trinity and was elected a Fellow of the College in 1972. He remained working in Trinity until his retirement, with periods abroad working in USA and Germany. In 2015 he published a new book on the Provosts of Trinity College.


TITLE - ‘Elevating the honour of the screen from its degraded depths’: Religious Cinema of the 1950's
Leader - Dr.Sarah Culhane

Tue, 13/10/2020

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting

This talk draws on archival materials and oral histories gathered as part of the Irish Cinema Audiences project. Launched in June 2018, Irish Cinema Audiences is a collaborative project run in conjunction with Age Action Ireland and its network of lifelong learning groups. Using a combination of questionnaires and video-interviews, the aim of this project is to investigate the social and cultural role that cinema played in the everyday lives of Irish audiences of the 1950s. Memories of religious films are frequent among cinema-goers of the 1950s who often recall Hollywood epics such as The Robe (Henry Coster, 1953) and The Ten Commandments (Cecil B. De Mille, 1956) or dramas like The Song of Bernadette (Henry King, 1943) and The Nun’s Story (Fred Zinneman, 1959), which dealt explicitly with religious content. While Hollywood cinema of the 1950s is associated with a significant number of religious or quasi-religious films, the religious film was also a feature of film production in other national contexts. Jorge Perez (2017) notes that in Spain national film production was marked by a ‘religious cycle’ throughout the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s. Owing to its extensive international distribution, the 1955 film Marcellino, pan y vino (Miracle of Marcelino) is perhaps the most prolific example of the religious cycle films produced at that time. For interviewees of the Irish Cinema Audiences project, the film is often associated with school trips to the cinema or screenings in boarding school. Through analysis of oral history testimony and press discourse, I will explore how a series of European religious films were promoted and received by Irish audiences. Sarah Culhane is a CAROLINE Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow in Media Studies at Maynooth University. In collaboration with Age Action Ireland her current research project, ‘Irish Cinema Audiences: Engaging older audiences and sustaining Ireland’s cultural heritage’, investigates the significance of cinema-going and film in the everyday lives of Irish people in the 1950s. She holds a PhD in Italian studies from the University of Bristol. Her PhD research was conducted as part of the Italian Cinema Audiences project (AHRC 2013-2016) and is featured in Italian Cinema Audiences: Histories, Memories of Cinema-going in Post-war Italy (Bloomsbury, 2020).


TITLE - A U3A Quiz
Leader - Raymond Burke

Tue, 29/09/2020

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting


TITLE - Stop bringing race into it! Contested understandings of racism in public and politics
Leader - Dr.Gavan Titley (U.C.Maynooth)

Tue, 15/09/2020

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting

The determined protests in response to the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May 2020 sparked significant public reflection on the contemporary existence and status of racism. This dynamic response extended far beyond the United States, with, for example, activist groups across Europe responding to official declarations that 'Black Lives Matter' by highlighting domestic questions of police violence, the treatment of asylum-seekers, entrenched socio-economic inequalities, and the public status of colonial heritage. This attempt to make connections between events in the United States and other contexts was marked by a particular form of public disagreement - while nearly everybody agreed that racism had no place in their societies, there was no agreement as to what constitutes racism, how its contemporary significance should be understood, and whose understandings should matter most. This talk will draw on these events to examine the relations between different public understandings of race and racism, their histories, and their inflections in different social and political contexts. Dr Gavan Titley is Senior Lecturer in Media Studies in Maynooth University, and a Docent of the Swedish School of Social Science, University of Helsinki. His research focuses on the politics of race and racism in Europe, with a specific interest in changing and contested public understandings, which he has addressed in The Crises of Multiculturalism (2011, with Alana Lentin, Zed Books); After Charlie Hebdo (2017, Zed Books); Racism and Media (2019, Sage Publications), and Is Free Speech Racist? (2020, Polity).


TITLE - Notre Dame de Paris: Triumph & Disaster
Leader - Professor Roger Stalley (Emeritus,TCD)

Tue, 01/09/2020

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting

Roger Stalley is fellow emeritus of Trinity College Dublin where he was Professor of the History of Art until his retirement in 2010. He has published numerous books on various aspects of medieval art and architecture, and over one hundred peer reviewed papers, his most recent work being Early Irish Sculpture and the Art of the high crosses (Mellon / Yale 2020). The French Gothic Cathedrals formed one of his most popular undergraduate courses and former students have fond memories of the accompanying study visits he led to France. Resumé On April 15th last year the whole world was able to watch in aghast as flames spread irresistibly from one end of Notre Dame to the other. The airwaves were filled with outbursts of despair and calamity, but in fact the the cathedral itself remained largely intact. What looked like a complete disaster on our TV screens was in fact a triumph for Gothic – in particular a triumph for the Gothic system of design. Fire was an ever present fear in the middle ages: once a fire had taken hold in large buildings there was not much anyone could do about it. By the thirteenth century builders had learned to manage the problem through the use of the ribbed vault - the stone vaults or ceilings found in major French churches (though not always in English and Irish works). As buildings became ever taller, supporting these vaults at a high level became increasingly problematical. Notre Dame was the first French cathedral to attain an interior height of 100 feet and it was one of the first to employ flying buttresses to stabilise the structure. When started in 1163 it was a hugely ambitious project. As building progressed the design was both modified and enhanced, in particular thanks to the introduction of bar tracery, the delicate stone patterns found in the windows. In his talk Professor Stalley will discuss the impact of fires in the middle ages and explain the unique place that Notre Dame enjoys in the history of Gothic architecture. He will also consider the nature of the damage caused by the fire and the many problems that confront the restorers.


TITLE - Edward Lee: Model Employer & Man of Moral Courage
Leader - Michael Lee

Tue, 28/07/2020

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting

Edward Lee was born in 1853 in Tyrrellspass, Co.Westmeath, to a methodist family. In 1885 he opened his first drapery shop, Edward Lee and Co. in Bray Co Wicklow, quickly followed by a second shop in Kingstown, now Dun Laoghaire. Recognised for his caring attitude towards his employees, he also had a strong social conscience. As Chairman of Bray Housing Committee, Edward Lee oversaw the erection of houses for the working people of the borough. During the Dublin Lockout of 1913 he disagreed with the tactics of the other employers headed by William Martin Murphy and joined the Dublin Peace Committee set up by Tom Kettle. A devoted family man, Edward and his wife Annie had nine children, but only four boys survived into adulthood. During the Great War of 1914-18 two of his sons were killed. While the business prospered, there was also great sadness. Michael Lee, a great grandson will tell Edward Lee's story. Bio Michael Lee is a great-grandson of Edward Lee. he has researched the Lee family history for many years. he has also carried out much research into Irish involvement in the Great War of 1914-1918 and has written over 40 mini biographies of local Irish people who died, including Edward Lee's two sons. Retired from RTE where he worked as Senior news Cameraman, Michael has worked on numerous TV Documentaries for RTE, including Gallipoli: Ireland's Forgotten Heroes and Fr.Browne's Forgotten War. He is also a photographer and painter.


TITLE - Swift & His World
Leader - Dr.Andrew Carpenter

Tue, 14/07/2020

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting

Andrew Carpenter is Emeritus Professor of English at University College Dublin and a member of the Royal Irish Academy. He has published many books and articles on seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Irish poetry in English, as well as several on Swift. He is best known for two anthologies, Verse in English from Tudor and Stuart Ireland (2003) and Verse in English from Eighteenth-Century Ireland (1997). He was General Editor of the five-volume Art and Architecture of Ireland, published by Yale University Press and the Royal Irish Academy in 2014. His most recent publications are The Irish Poet and the Natural World: an anthology of Verse in English from the Tudors to the Romantics (co-edited with Lucy Collins, 2014) and an edition of The Poems of Olivia Elder (2017).


TITLE - The Maamtrasna Murders
Leader - Paul Humphries

Tue, 30/06/2020

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting

The Maamtrasna Murders – An Injustice Done On the night of August 17th 1882, five members of the Joyce family were brutally murdered in their cottage in the Maamtrasna area of Co. Mayo. This presentation is not only a story of murder, but also of revenge, lies, a corrupt justice system, and language. Paul’s background is in the aviation industry where he was an air traffic controller at Dublin airport before moving to France as a researcher on pan-European air traffic projects. Many of us recall the wonderful talk he gave us at U3A DLDK on that topic a while ago. His 24 years in France, working in a multi-national environment, gave him an interest in languages, especially their historical and cultural aspects. Hence his interest in the case of the Maamtrasna murders and the subsequent trials of the mostly Irish speaking accused in an English speaking justice system.


TITLE - IRISH BOTANICAL ART: drawn from nature
Leader - Dr.Patricia Butler

Tue, 16/06/2020

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting

This wide-ranging talk will include the following topics: the history of botanical illustration in a European context; Irish botanical illustrators from c. 1729; plant illustration as part of the Ordnance Survey of Ireland from c. 1835 onward, and women and their contribution to Irish botanical illustration in the 19th century. Patricia is Guest Curator for the exhibition ‘Drawn from Nature’, which is now scheduled to take place place at the National Gallery of Ireland from July 20th and run until September 1st, 2020.


TITLE - Yeats, The Arch Poet
Leader - Stella Mew

Tue, 02/06/2020

11:00 - 12:00  ZOOM meeting

After a career in education, including thirty years as Principal of Rathdown School, Stella Mew served as C.E.O. of the Yeats Society in Sligo for seven years, until retirement, but continues to enjoy Yeats ! Stella will outline how W.B.Yeats progressed from being 'The Apprentice Mage' to 'The Arch Poet, and Nobel Prize-winner, as well as a consideration of the changing themes of his poetry. She will also provide us with a brief commentary on the Yeats Exhibition in the National Library of Ireland.


TITLE - Developments at Stormont:whither Northern Ireland?
Leader - Ian Parsley

Tue, 19/05/2020

11:00 - 12:00 

Ian Parsley, skilled political commentator and Chair of the European Movement in Northern Ireland, returns to DLDK to update us on the re-emergence of community government in Northern Ireland and the implications of Brexit on it's future.


TITLE - Emmet Dalton, Somme Soldier, Irish General, Film Pioneer
Leader - Sean Boyne

Tue, 03/03/2020

10:30 - 12:00 

Emmet Dalton was born in America in 1898 and taken by his Irish-American parents to live in Drumcondra, Dublin while still a small child. As a 1st Lieutenant with the Royal Dublin Fusiliers, he won the Military Cross for bravery at the Battle of the Somme. He became the IRA’s Director of Training during the War of Independence. During the talks in London on the Anglo-Irish Treaty, he acted as adviser to the charismatic Michael Collins. When the republican movement split on the issue of the Treaty, he remained loyal to Collins, whom he idolised, and was in charge of the artillery that bombarded the IRA garrison in the Four Courts at the start of the Civil War. As a Major General in the Free State Army, aged only 24 years, he led the seaborne invasion of Cork which turned the tide of war against the IRA. He was travelling in a touring car with Collins when the ‘Big Fellow’ was shot at Bealnablath on 22 August,1922. Dalton subsequently became first Clerk of the Irish Senate, and later in life was involved in the film business in England, ultimately setting up Ireland’s first film studio, Ardmore, in Bray, County Wicklow. He died on his 80th birthday in 1978. Sean Boyne was educated at O’Connell School which Dalton himself attended, and also attended UCD, graduating with a degree in History and Politics. He pursued a career in journalism, and is now retired. He has written a number of books, the most recent being a biography, ‘Emmet Dalton, Somme Soldier, Irish General, Film Pioneer’ (2014).


TITLE - Dublin Statuary: Part 2
Leader - Dr.Paula Murphy

Tue, 18/02/2020

10:30 - 12:00 

A nation’s life might be said to be recorded in its monuments’ (Irish Builder, 1 May 1872). This talk continues our look at public sculpture in Dublin. Paula Murphy is Professor Emerita in the School of Art History and Cultural Policy, University College Dublin. Her publications include Nineteenth-Century Irish Sculpture, Native Genius Reaffirmed (Yale, 2010) and Sculpture 1600-2000, vol. 3 in the 5 vol. RIA Art and Architecture of Ireland (Yale 2015). She was awarded the RHA Gold Medal 2015. In 2016/17 she held the Terra Foundation Senior Fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, where she was working on Irish-American sculptors.


TITLE - Marine Life around our coast,esp.Dublin Bay
Leader - Dr.Jim Wilson

Tue, 04/02/2020

10:30 - 12:00 

Nine-tenths of Ireland’s territory and their potential resources are under the sea, yet it is only recently that they have started to be explored, mapped and sustainably developed. The living resources have always been used – and over-used - and there are numerous historical and archaeological clues as to their importance. At the boundary between the warmer Lusitanian species in the south-west and the colder, boreal species in the north and east, Ireland gets a variety of exotic visitors such as the sun- fish in addition to its more usual residents such as cod, salmon and the native oyster. Yet even these are under threat from increasing local human pressures as well as global climate change. Can we manage these changes for the future?


TITLE - Stories from a Reuters Correspondent
Leader - Michael Roddy

Tue, 21/01/2020

10:30 - 12:00 

Paul Julius Reuter worked at a book-publishing firm in Berlin and was involved in distributing radical pamphlets at the beginning of the Revolutions in 1848. These publications brought much attention to Reuter, who in 1850 developed a prototype news service in Aachen using homing pigeons and electric telegraphy from 1851 on in order to transmit messages between Brussels and Aachen. Reuter's agency built a reputation in Europe and the rest of the world as the first to report news scoops from abroad. It was the first to report Abraham Lincoln's assassination in Europe, for instance, in 1865. Today, Reuters employs some 2,500 journalists and 600 photojournalists in about 200 locations worldwide. Michael will share his career experiences as Reuters Correspondent.


TITLE - "Opening the box of revolution": Ireland, 1919-23, as revealed in records from the National Archive
Leader - John Gibney, historian and author

Tue, 07/01/2020

10:30 - 12:00 

John Gibney is Assistant Editor with the Royal Irish Academy’s Documents on Irish Foreign Policy (DIFP) series. He is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin (BA, PhD), where he also lectured in history, and was formerly a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Notre Dame and at NUI Galway. Prior to joining the RIA he was Education and Outreach Officer at Glasnevin Trust and he has worked extensively in tourism and in the heritage and publishing sectors, including as the online editor for History Ireland magazine. He has written widely on modern and early modern Irish history and historiography. His books include A short history of Ireland, 1500-2000 (Yale UP, 2017) and, most recently (with Michael Kennedy and Kate O’Malley), Ireland: a voice among the nations (RIA, November,2019). John will reveal to us a single archival box from the NAI; namely, one that has files about the first Dáil and Russia, Egypt, India,etc., an archival treasure-trove.


TITLE - Our end-year Music Celebration!
Leader - Susie Kennedy

Tue, 26/11/2019

10:30 - 12:00 

Susie Kennedy Chicago-born Susie Kennedy has worked in Dublin for more than 45 years as an actor, singer, director and teacher. Over the years she has produced and performed musical plays and jazz/blues reviews, including, YOU CAN’T DEEP FREEZE A RED HOT MOMMA, WOULD THE REAL JUDY GARLAND PLEASE... , WILD WOMEN DON’T HAVE THE BLUES, COME UP AND SEE ME SOMETIME and FOREVER FATS. Susie Kennedy is well known for her frequent singing engagements with the late Professor Peter O’Brian and appearances on THE LATE LATE SHOW , THE PAT KENNY SHOW, THE GAY BYRNE MUSIC SHOW and the National Concert Hall. She also appeared in THE TRIBUNAL SHOW on RTE radio, DVD and on National Tour Carole Nelson Carole Nelson is a Carlow-based composer who has worked extensively across many genres, including theatre, choral, pop and jazz. She has received awards internationally for her work with Irish contemporary duo Zrazy. Her current project, the Carole Nelson Trio, will see the release of her second album of jazz piano trio compositions. www.carolenelsonmusic.com Most recently Susie and Carole teamed up to present a show about being “an older woman!”, titled AS TIME GOES BY. They presented the show at the Viking Theatre and the Pavilion Theatre in Dun Laoghaire last year. The performance for U3A will include songs from the jazz and cabaret tradition, think Ella Fitzgerald or Edith Piaf, as well as a few saucy Sophie Tucker numbers, just for the fun of it! It will be easy listening and a very agreeable way to spend the morning!


TITLE - AGM & Membership Renewal ( 12 & also 19 November)
Leader - Members

Tue, 12/11/2019

10:30 - 12:00 

At the AGM, there will be an opportunity to renew your U3A DLDK membership. There will be a further opportunity to renew your membership on 19th November at 10.30-12.00 in the St.Joseph's Centre.


TITLE - The Burren- a rocky place?
Leader - Dr.George Sevastopolu

Tue, 29/10/2019

10:31 - 12:00 

The Burren is one of Ireland's natural wonders, a unique heritage environment, worthy of preservation for future generations. Our speaker, a renowned authority on The Burren, will introduce its geology, archaeology and flora to us, with a discussion of conservation issues. George Sevastopulo, Professor and Fellow Emeritus of Trinity College Dublin, is a geologist who has been visiting The Burren for the past 50 years and is deeply interested in all facets of natural history and archaeology.


TITLE - The Secret of Life
Leader - Dr.Robert Barklie

Tue, 15/10/2019

10:30 - 12:00 

A short book entitled “ What is Life ? “ , written by the Nobel prize winning physicist Erwin Schrodinger , was published in 1944. It inspired several scientists to seek an answer and this talk presents the dramatic story of how two of them found a response - a scientific discovery that many rank as the most important of the twentieth century.


TITLE - The Law of the Sea; historic waters and historic rights...and wrongs!
Leader - Dr.Clive Symmons

Tue, 01/10/2019

10:30 - 12:00 

Dr Clive Symmons is a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Law ,TCD and was formerly also Adjunct Professor of Law in UCG. He has taught and researched on international law topics for many years on both sides of the Irish Sea, with a specialisation in the Law of the Sea, on which topic he has written several books and many articles; the most recent being Historic Rights and Historic Waters in the Law of the Sea:A Modern Reappraisal,2nd ed.2019. He has also been involved in advisory and consultancy work on international maritime disputes, and most recently has been much engaged in the South China Sea dispute; on which he has given papers all over the Far East in the last five years,many of which are now published as book chapters. The South China Sea dispute is an on-going low-level conflict over the waters of the vast South China Sea between the 5 neighbouring States. This regional sea contains numerous islands, reefs and rocks, most of which are subject to competing claims of sovereignty by the surrounding States. In recent years the Philippines took China to international arbitration over various legal aspects of the dispute; but China refused to accept the jurisdiction of the arbitral tribunal.


TITLE - James Joyce : who in their right mind would want to read Ulysses?:
Leader - Dr.Seamus Cannon

Tue, 17/09/2019

10:30 - 12:00 

Dr Séamus Cannon, Joycean enthusiast and former Director of the Blackrock Education Centre , is a well -known local historian and educator. He is also a woodworker/furniture maker and recently helped construct a traditional Donegal currach. Séamus is chairperson of the Friends of Joyce Tower Society, a volunteer group which staffs the Tower 365 days a year. He presents a course ‘Reading Ulysses’ each year in which he encourages like-minded eccentrics to read Ulysses, leading them through Joyce’s masterpiece in a series of lectures and walks. We are delighted that Seamus has agreed to come to DLDK to give us his hugely entertaining and informing talk on this internationally recognised work of genius from one of Ireland's best- known literary giants. The illustrated talk is packed with anecdotal and amusing insights and illustrations and will re-vamp your interest in Ulysses and Joyce."


TITLE - Ireland & World War 2, EIRE sign No.7 ...and beyond...
Leader - Dr.Michael Kennedy

Tue, 03/09/2019

10:30 - 12:00 

By popular acclaim, Dr.Michael Kennedy, Historian and Archivist at the Royal Irish Academy, will return to talk to us about Ireland in the 2nd World War, on the 80th anniversary of the commencement of that terrible conflagration, on the recovery of our local EIRE No.7 aerial sign and on the decade after the war ended up to our UN membership. Michael Kennedy is the Executive Editor of the Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series published by the Royal Irish Academy. Previously, Michael lectured in Modern and Irish History at Queen's University Belfast. He received his PhD from University College Dublin in 1994. He is co-editor of Documents on Irish Foreign Policy, volumes I to IX and a native of Dalkey.


TITLE - End of Term
Leader - No one: we are on vacation from 2nd July until 3rd September

Tue, 02/07/2019

10:30 - 12:00 

There will be no main U3A DLDK main meetings during the months of July & August. However, there may be some limited group activities during this period, as decided by participants. We will notify members of any short courses which may take place during the summer vacation period. And your Steering Group will meet on occasion during this time and will, as ever, remain eternally vigilant, as any Skibbereen ( & West Carbery, to give the full masthead title) Eagle would, as part of the price of liberty...( John Philpot Curran or not? ... apossible topic for another Tuesday...)


TITLE - So much energy, so little time! or ...Everything you need to know about energy but are afraid to as
Leader - Professors Robert Barklie & Chris Stillman & Nigel Buttimore- our eminent DLDK in-house science gurus

Tue, 25/06/2019

10:30 - 12:00 

SUSTAINABLE ENERGY : Professors Chris Stillman, Robert Barklie and Nigel Buttimore, DLDK's own eminent scientists, will guide us through an understanding of solar, wind and hydro power and their relevance to the future of planet Earth!


TITLE - Harry Clarke; his Stained Glass Legacy
Leader - Dr Roisin Kennedy (UCD)

Tue, 11/06/2019

10:30 - 12:00 

Dr Kennedy is co-editor of Harry Clarke and Artistic Visions of the New Irish State (Irish Academic Press 2018). She will talk about Clarke's work in stained glass and in illustration and explain why he was one of the most prolific and widely known artists of his generation. One of his works is on display at Holy Trinity Church, Killiney Hill Road if you would like to see his work close up before our talk.


TITLE - Our European Parliament Elections!
Leader - Your DLDK Pundits

Tue, 28/05/2019

10:30 - 12:00 

What have we done?!? The next elections to the European Parliament are expected to be held between 23 and 26 May 2019. A total of 751 Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) currently represent more than 512 million people from 28 member states. In February 2018, the European Parliament voted to decrease the number of MEPs from 751 to 705 if the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union on the current schedule.[3]


TITLE - A Special Invitation to members
Leader - The Seamus Heaney Exhibit, BoI,College Green

Tue, 21/05/2019

10:30 - 12:00 

The National Library, as curator, has kindly offered us two exclusive tours of this new exhibition celebrating Seamus Heaney. They can accommodate 25 people on each tour, starting at 10.45 and at 11.30 am. Please apply,as soon as possible, stating your preferred time, to : dldk.u3a@gmail.com , marked "Attention: Denise" . You will receive a reply.


TITLE - Poetry, please!
Leader - Members

Tue, 14/05/2019

10:30 - 12:00 

You are invited to nominate a favourite poem, by a published poet. The theme can be romantic, reflective, quizzical, humourous...any mood you like. Those selected will be read aloud and discussed at this regular Tuesday meeting. Please send your choice and the reason why the poem is important to you to: dldk.u3a@gmail.com , marked "Attention: Annie" You will receive a reply.


TITLE - "From Russia with Love & Other Adventures"
Leader - Conor O'Clery

Tue, 30/04/2019

10:30 - 12:00 

Conor O Clery talks about his best selling book "The Shoemaker and his Daughter", a fascinating account of his wife Zhanna's family and their transition from Stalin's Soviet Union to Putin's Russia. If time allows, he will also tell a few tales about his long celebrated journalistic life on The Irish Times.


TITLE - In the Wake of the Vikings; Viking voyages across the Atlantic - their colonisations
Leader - Prof.Chris Stillman

Tue, 02/04/2019

10:30 - 12:00 

Our own Dr.Chris will once more entertain and inform us on his newest topic exploring the imperial aspirations of our Viking ancestors in their conquest of Iceland, Greenland and their,temporary, occupation of Newfoundland ( and there is no truth in the rumour that Chris is blaming the Vikings for Brexit! :) )


TITLE - Plants, Potions & Snails
Leader - Dr.Helen Sheridan

Tue, 19/03/2019

10:30 - 12:00 

Dr Helen Sheridan is Associate Professor and Director of Research in the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences in TCD, which she joined in 1985. Following her earlier D.Phil award at UCD she worked with Nobel Laureate Sir Derek Barton and others. Helen is a member of the Health Products Regulatory Authority, she serves as an external examiner, mentors other students as well as carrying out development work on her own research interests. ------------------------------------------------------ From time immemorial, mankind has explored and developed the healing powers of nature using plants, flowers, herbs, trees, fungi and even small creatures. All these have made 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 show the huge role of natural life in the continued existence of the world's population. You will be intrigued! (Note: It might be a good idea to bring a small notebook to this one. AJ)


TITLE - A History of Irish Foreign Policy, part 2
Leader - Dr. Michael Kennedy, Executive Editor of the Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series.

Tue, 12/03/2019

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

Michael continues his exploration of what superficially may be described as some very dusty old files on Irish Foreign Policy...and makes some unique and surprising discoveries!


TITLE - A History of Irish Foreign Policy, part 1
Leader - Dr. Michael Kennedy, Executive Editor of the Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series.

Tue, 05/03/2019

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

Michael Kennedy is the Executive Editor of the Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series published by the Royal Irish Academy. Previously, Michael lectured in Modern and Irish History at Queen's University Belfast. He received his PhD from University College Dublin in 1994. He is co-editor of Documents on Irish Foreign Policy, volumes I to IX and a native of Dalkey.


TITLE - Johann Sebastian Bach;his music
Leader - Tim Thurston

Tue, 19/02/2019

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

Tim Thurston was born in Cambridge, UK: it's Jazz clubs, concert halls and King's College Chapel set his musical tastes. His broadcasting career in Dublin began in the 1980s singing with the RTE Chorus and the Camerata Singers, and also compiling and presenting programmes. He presented the first series of "Gloria" in 1997 which transferred to Lyric FM and ran for 18 years. Choral singing informs a great deal of his life and he has sung on many choirs inc. the highly regarded St Bartholomews Church in Ballsbridge. He has a depth of knowledge and comprehensive library of recorded music which serve to illustrate his talks at the N.C.H, the Lexicon and the many other local groups. These lectures are hugely popular and we are delighted he has found time to come and share his enthusiasm with us. Today he will enlighten us on the man and the music of JS Bach, a composer who is especially close to his heart.


TITLE - Ageing Long & Well; yes, we can!
Leader - Prof.Roman Romero-Ortuno,Associate Professor in Medical Gerontology at Trinity College Dublin and Consultant Physician in St. James’s Hospital, Dublin.

Tue, 05/02/2019

10:30 - 12:00 

Prof. Ortuno will be outlining the concept of biological ageing and its increasing heterogeneity with chronological ageing. The concepts of frailty and resilience will be presented as opposite sides of a continuum, and the latest current scientific evidence will be presented as to what can be done to minimise frailty and improve resilience in ageing


TITLE - As myliu Lietuva! I love Lithuania!
Leader - Dónal Denham

Tue, 22/01/2019

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

In September 2005, Dónal was appointed as the the first resident Ambassador of Ireland to Lithuania, one of the 3 Baltic States which joined the European Union during the Irish presidency in 2004. Lithuania's capital city, Vilnius, is a gem of 18th century baroque architecture and the country, which claims with some justification to be the literal,geographic centre of Europe, has a rich history and culture which is little known even now in Western Europe. Dónal, a self-confessed history buff, will attempt to convey why he found Lithuania such a delightful place to live and why it is his nomination as the next, yet-to-be-discovered tourist destination of preference for the discerning voyager.


TITLE - The Irish Property Market;an analysis & dialogue
Leader - Dr.David Duffy

Tue, 08/01/2019

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

Dr. David Duffy, Director, Property Industry Ireland (PII), the IBEC group for businesses working in the property sector, has been instrumental in analysising recent market developments. In relation to Budget 2019, he is on record as saying: “Affordability is one of the main challenges in the market at present. The allocation of funding to bring forward lands for subsidised, more affordable housing is a positive step. However, the lack of a definitive statement on the future of the HTB scheme, which is due to expire next year, risks causing uncertainty in the market. In addition, increasingly the sector faces labour and skills shortages. The lack of specific measures to attract labour back to Ireland into the property sector is disappointing.” David looks forward to initiating a dialogue with U3A members on his perspectives on the future of the Irish property sector.


TITLE - A Musical Celebration
Leader -

Tue, 27/11/2018

11:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

A programme of Music, details below, selected and presented by Aisling Drury Byrne (Cello), Mircea Petcu (Violin) and Elizabeth Gaffney (Flute) S. Scheidt (1587 – 1654) Galliard Battaglia J.S. Bach (1685 – 1750) from The Art of Fugue Contrapunctus VIII G.P. Telemann (1681 – 1750 from Suite in A minor Air à L’Italien Minuets I and II Réjouissance R. Gliére (1875 – 1956) from 8 pieces for violin and cello Berceuse Gavotte/Musette Scherzo B. Bartok (1881 – 1945) Six Romanian Folk Dances C. Porumbescu (1853 – 1883) Balada Irish Traditional My Lagan Love I. Albéniz (1860 – 1909) Tango Op. 165 No. 2 J. Sanders (1897 – 1942) Adios Muchachos E. Granados (1867 – 1916) Playera from Spanish Dance Op. 5 No. 5 A-E Chabrier (1841 – 1894) España American Traditional Hoedown Limerock


TITLE - Membership Renewal for 2019
Leader - No speaker

Tue, 20/11/2018

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule


TITLE - DLDK AGM & 2019 Membership Renewal opportunity
Leader - Chair & Group Officers, Members

Tue, 13/11/2018

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

2019 Membership Renewal will begin at 10.30 am. The AGM will begin at 11.30. The AGM agenda is as follows: 1. Chairman's Report 2. Secretary's Report 3. Treasurer's Report 4. Appointment to Steering Group 5. Any Other Business


TITLE - "Who do we think we are?"; ancient genomes and Irish origins
Leader - Dr. Dan Bradley

Tue, 30/10/2018

11:30 - 12:30  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

Dr.Bradley will explain how human genetics can be used to understand better the patterns and processes underlying genetic variations which exist on our island. Ancient DNA is now an archaeological tool, enabling genetic postcoding of discoveries of human remains, which is rewriting the history of European colonisation. Ancient genomes, the investigation of 10.000 years of animal genetics, also assists in improvements in the breeding and production of disease-resistant cattle, sheep and goats, a major economic benefit.


TITLE - Any Questiontime
Leader - A Panel discussion, moderated by DLDK Chairman, Donal Denham

Tue, 16/10/2018

11:30 - 12:30  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

We have invited a panel of distinguished speakers to give their perspective on current affairs topics,with questions supplied in advance by the audience. Panel: The panel, at date of writing, will be: John Bolton, U3A DLDK member Isolde Moylan, Amb. retd. & member Pádraig Murphy, Amb.of Ireland, retd. Ian Parsley, Chair, European Movement NI & Panel Monitor, Donal Denham ( DLDK Chair). Topical questions on a broad range of current affairs issues are invited on e.g. Brexit; US Mid Term elections; on Russia; Northern Ireland; the Middle East; the Papal Visit, on Ageism; on the Irish Presidential Election; the Future of the EU, and on any other topic you may wish to raise.


TITLE - The Manesse manuscript: Germany's Book of Kells?
Leader - Tim Jackson

Tue, 02/10/2018

11:30 - 12:30  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

This talk will describe a manuscript that was probably produced in the late 13th or early 14th century in Zürich. Probably the best known medieval manuscript from the German-speaking region of the time, it comprises an anthology of lyric poetry of various kinds: amorous, political, social. However, it is best known to the general public for over a hundred colourful, full-page illustrations of the different poets that it contains, sometimes portraying them in situations drawn from their poetry and with accompanying heraldic information. The talk will give some background information and look more closely at the content of the illustrations. Tim Jackson spent his working life in the German department, Trinity College Dublin. Most of his research involved medieval German literature, in particular the saint’s legend and the romance, with a strong interest in the ways in which meaning is conveyed in medieval German texts.


TITLE - Ireland & Neutrality
Leader - John Biggar, Ambassador of Ireland (retd.)

Tue, 18/09/2018

11:30 - 12:30  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

Ireland prides itself on being a neutral country. But is it really so? Should it remain so? Is this a sustainable policy for the future? Or are we destined to join the EU Army? What does the NATO "Partnership for Peace" programme entail and does it already compromise our Neutrality status? John Biggar spent fifteen years representing Ireland at the UN, served as Deputy Head of the Irish Liaison Office to NATO, and for five years was Director of International Security Policy in the Dept. of Foreign Affairs.


TITLE - The politics of public sculpture
Leader - Dr. Paula Murphy, Prof.emerita, UCD School of Art History & Cultural Policy

Tue, 04/09/2018

11:30 - 12:30  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

‘A nation’s life might be said to be recorded in its monuments’ (Irish Builder, 1 May 1872). This talk looks at public sculpture in Dublin, from the erection of royal equestrian monuments in the eighteenth century to the unveiling of the Parnell statue in 1911. The focus will be on imperial and nationalist monuments and the controversy that surrounded them across three centuries. Paula Murphy is Professor Emerita in the School of Art History and Cultural Policy, University College Dublin. Her publications include Nineteenth-Century Irish Sculpture, Native Genius Reaffirmed (Yale, 2010) and Sculpture 1600-2000, vol. 3 in the 5 vol. RIA Art and Architecture of Ireland (Yale 2015). She was awarded the RHA Gold Medal 2015. In 2016/17 she held the Terra Foundation Senior Fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, where she was working on Irish-American sculptors.


TITLE - "Your Starter for 10...." U3A Challenge Quiz
Leader - U3A Teams

Tue, 26/06/2018

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

Teams comprising DLDK members will compete for the honour and glory of being the inaugural U3A Challenge Quiz champions! "...Bonuses will be worth 5 each..."


TITLE - The RMS Leinster Sinking, one hundred years on, our worst maritime loss: please note venue & time
Leader - Seamus O'Connor

Tue, 12/06/2018

19:30 - 21:00  National Maritime Museum, Dún Laoghaire

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. To mark this special anniversary, DLDK members have been invited to a special talk at the National Maritime Museum by a leading scholar on the Leinster sinking and Museum Board member, Seamus O'Connor. The museum houses a number of artifacts recovered from the wreck as well as a unique data-base of crew members and others aboard. There will be a special discount museum entry charge of €5 for members, to go towards maintenance of the National Maritime Museum.


TITLE - Music & Maths
Leader - Dr.Peter Lynch

Tue, 29/05/2018

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

Professor Lynch is Emeritus Professor of Meteorology at University College, Dublin. In his retirement Peter continues his research in dynamical meteorology, but he is also a Mathematics fanatic. He writes a regular column "That's Maths" for the Irish Times, and also blogs at thatsmaths.com. All of us recognise the tremendously enriching power of music in our lives - it offers joy, comfort, excitement, fun and often deep contentment. For centuries the links between Music and Maths have been recognised by both mathematicians and musicians, and particularly by the great composers like Johann Sebastian Bach. Using a keyboard to illustrate his talk, Professor Lynch will explore and explain the relationship between patterns, sounds and harmony. There is great beauty, symmetry and satisfaction to be found, in ways most of us have never thought of. It's going to be a fascinating journey...


TITLE - Neuroscience: Say Hello to Brain Health
Leader - Dr.Sabina Brennan

Tue, 15/05/2018

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

Many people may feel that memory loss and dementia are inevitable parts of ageing. In this talk Sabina Brennan will explain that this is not necessarily the case. Sabina will explain that scientific evidence is starting to show that our lifestyle can have a major impact on how our brain functions and reacts to the ageing process. Learn how simple lifestyle changes can boost your brain health and reduce your risk of developing dementia. Sabina Brennan (PhD., C.Psychol.,PsSI.) 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 at Trinity College Dublin has focused on understanding dementia risk and protective factors to establish how decline in cognitive function might be prevented or delayed. She is passionate about engaging people in an educational preventative context. Her public engagement projects aim to increase the societal impact of scientific research by translating complex content into easy-to-understand resources for the general public and key stakeholders. Her animated films have been translated into multiple languages and viewed in more 140 countries, translated into multiple languages. Her films that address peoples fears about memory loss and dementia are used for training and education by more than 40 hospitals and advocacy groups on 4 continents. Combined her various resources have been used by more than 1.4 million members of the public. Dr Brennan received an award from the Provost of Trinity College in recognition of her work for social impact in November 2017. Dr Brennan attended university for the first time at the age of 42, graduating from NUIM in 2007, coming first in class with a first class honours degree in psychology. Professor Brennan has established a strong media profile. Her work has been covered extensively in the media (TV, radio, press and online) and she is a regular contributor and panellist on RTÉ, Newstalk and TV3. She is invited regularly to speak nationally and internationally to diverse audiences on a broad range of topics. She makes the neuroscience of human behaviour very accessible and has been described as a passionate and an inspirational speaker making science fun and fascinating.


TITLE - European Politics Update: the decline of the continental Social Democrat
Leader - John Bolton

Tue, 01/05/2018

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule


TITLE - The Plough & the Stars: O'Casey & Women
Leader - Prof. Christopher Murray

Tue, 17/04/2018

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

Professor Christopher Murray is an acknowledged world authority on 20th and 21st Century Irish Drama. He is co-founder of the UCD Graduate Programme in Modern Drama Studies and first Director of the UCD Drama Centre; he was also Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor in the Department of Modern English and American Literature in UCD , Chair of the Board of the Gaiety School of Acting, Editor of the Irish University Review, and more. Prof. Murray's published works include a seminal overview of Irish dramatic writing, "Twentieth Century Irish Drama " (1997) and "The Theatre of Brian Friel " (2014). Particularly relevant to this talk is his authoritative and critical biography "Sean O'Casey" (2004). Following his visit to DLDK last year, when he spoke so eloquently on W.B.Yeats as a playwright, the Steering Group is delighted that Christopher is returning with a talk he has titled "The Plough and the Stars: O'Casey and Women". The Plough , written in 1926, is the third of O'Casey's celebrated Dublin plays in which, characteristically, women are portrayed as strong minded, heroic figures. This significant event in our Spring programme has been scheduled to tie in with a production of The Plough and the Stars which will be staged at the Gaiety Theatre from 24 April to 5 May.


TITLE - The Holocaust; a Second Generation perspective
Leader - Oliver Sears

Tue, 27/03/2018

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

London born Oliver Sears, son of a Holocaust survivor, runs his fine art gallery in an elegant Georgian building in the centre of Dublin. He presents a contemporary exhibition programme including Irish and international artists. After more than twenty-five years experience as an art dealer, while making frequent visits to New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, Basel and Miami primarily Oliver has also built his own art collection. He has lived in Ireland for over 30 years and currently lives in Dublin with his Irish wife. He is on the board of Holocaust Education Trust Ireland and is a frequent contributor to radio programmes and newspapers. Oliver's mother, Monika Sears, is a holocaust survivor. She was born in Lodz, Poland in 1939. Her father was arrested and shot by the Nazis within a month of the German invasion. Monika & her mother Krysia went on the run in Nazi occupied Poland. They survived the Warsaw ghetto, & managed to get off a train destined for Treblinka. They made their way to London where she grew up. She has written a short book about her experience entitled 'From my war to your peace, love Nonna'. Written in the form of a letter to her first grandchild, this tale of survival tells us about a child's understanding of identity, loyalty and love, and within its historical context is an individual story for the whole of humanity. Oliver will relate her story from a Second Generation perspective.


TITLE - At Home, with Claret, in Georgian Ireland
Leader - Dr.Patricia McCarthy

Tue, 20/03/2018

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

An architectural historian and Dalkey resident, Dr Patricia McCarthy has published widely on 18th and early 19c subjects in a number of books and in publications such as the Irish Arts Review, Country Life and Irish Architectural and Decorative Studies. She is the author of 'A favourite study': building the King's Inns (2006), co-author of Farmleigh - a history of the government guesthouse, and has contributed to two volumes of the Royal Irish Academy's Art and Architecture of Ireland (2014). Following the publication of her book Life in the Country House in Georgian Ireland in 2016, Patricia has been looking into the vast quantities of wine, particularly claret, (which Jonathan Swift referred to as 'Irish wine') consumed by the well-heeled of Georgian Ireland, as well as the accessories used in its service - glass, silver, furniture and more.


TITLE - The Future of Europe - where next?
Leader - Andy Klom, Deputy Head of Representation, European Commission Representation in Ireland

Tue, 13/03/2018

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

Future of Europe: join the debate! The European Commission published a White Paper on the Future of Europe in March 2017. This White Paper set out possible paths for the Future of Europe and offered five scenarios for how the Union could evolve.The White Paper marked the start of a debate.Since then the European Commission has held Citizens' Dialogues all over Europe to discuss the ideas. These debates continue today, so that the EU has a plan to present to the people by the time the next European Parliament election takes place in June 2019. The Irish Government launched its own Citizens' Dialogues process in November 2017 to discuss the Future of Europe, which will continue until May 2018. https://ec.europa.eu/commission/white-paper-future-europe-reflections-and-scenarios-eu27_en https://www.dfa.ie/our-role-policies/ireland-in-the-eu/future-of-europe/ https://ec.europa.eu/info/events/citizens-dialogues_en Andy Klom is the Deputy Head of Representation at the European Commission Representation in Ireland (Dublin). Previously, we worked for the European Commission in Wales, Texas, the Netherlands, France, and Brussels of course. Andy has also lectured on EU affairs, including at the University of Texas in Austin, and at Cardiff University.


TITLE - The Ice Age: Climate Change isn't new and Ireland is a good example.
Leader - Professor Peter Coxon, FTCD

Tue, 06/03/2018

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

Following on Prof.John Sweeney's talk last term on Climate Change, in this lecture, Dr.Coxon will be honing in on our own backyard... The last 2.6 million years (aka'The Ice Age') has left a fascinating and profound mark on the Irish landscape. The talk will concentrate on the dramatic evidence for climate change during the ice age and will take examples from around Ireland, in particular here in Leinster. The talk will cover how, only 20,000 years ago, ice sheets over one kilometre thick ploughed through and moulded the landscape and how ,since then , smaller glaciers have left their traces in the Irish uplands (as recently as 11, 500 years ago) - as well as explaining why our climate has varied so much over time -and will do once again. Professor Peter Coxon, MRIA, FTCD, School of Natural Sciences Trinity College, has been a member of the Geography Dept. In TCD since 1979. He undertook his Ph.D research in the Quaternary Department of Cambridge University. He is widely published over a range of topics and is the recipient of many awards


TITLE - W.T.Cosgrave & Son
Leader - Dr.Michael Laffan, Professor emeritus, UCD

Tue, 27/02/2018

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

Michael Laffan studied in University College Dublin, Trinity Hall Cambridge, and the Institute for European History in Mainz. He lectured briefly in the University of East Anglia in Norwich, and then, for over three decades, in UCD. He served as head of the School of History, he was president of the Irish Historical Society between 2010 and 2012, and he is now an emeritus professor. His writings include The Partition of Ireland (1983), The Resurrection of Ireland: the Sinn Féin Party, 1916-23 (1999), and Judging W. T. Cosgrave (2014). He has also edited The Burden of German History, 1919-1945 (1988). He has lectured widely throughout Ireland and across the globe.


TITLE - The Camino de Santiago
Leader - Turlough O'Donnell

Tue, 20/02/2018

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

Turlough O'Donnell is Chair of the Camino Society Ireland CLG. He is Senior Counsel at the Irish Bar, a Mediator, and a Bencher of The Honourable Society of King's Inns. He is a past Chairman of the Bar Council of Ireland and a former member of Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation. He has returned many times to walk the Camino de Santiago but his longest walk was in 2008, when he made the journey on foot of approximately 780 kilometres from Roncesvalles to Santiago Turlough will take us on a virtual journey along one of the most famous paths in Christendom, stopping occasionally to converse about the Irish connections, e.g Red Hugh O'Donnell, Donal Cam O'Sullivan Beare. He will also explain how it was that James Michael Curley, one time Mayor of Boston, delivered the vote for Roosevelt, an interesting aside along the way. Whether you have made it to Santiago de Compostella in North Western Spain, or even if you haven't, The Camino of St. James is an exploration not to be missed!


TITLE - The Middle East 2: The Region and the World Today
Leader - Isolde Moylan

Tue, 13/02/2018

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

With hardly a day passing without us hearing reports of troubling events taking place in the Middle East or perpetrated abroad by Middle Eastern extremists, perceptions of the region, its religion, its people and its relationship with the rest of the world are almost universally negative, with many prepared to conclude that there in a unique, unbridgeable, divide between that region and the West - an almost apocalyptic 'clash of civilizations' as some would see it. Accepting that there are difficult issues to be addressed in the Middle East, U3A DLDK member Isolde Moylan, who was Ireland's first resident Representative to the Palestinian Authority and later Ambassador to Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Sudan and the Arab League, believes that external misunderstandings, misinformation, misguided policies and meddling in relation to the Middle East have served to exacerbate fault-lines in the region, its relations with the outside world, and international perceptions of it, whilst advocating that better knowledge and understanding of the region can serve to reduce divisions, tensions and dangers. Following up on her previous introductory talk on region - its lands, people, language, history, religion and culture -, Isolde will focus in her second talk on key aspects of the Middle East today, including its social issues and religion; its resources and economies; government and politics; conflict, extremism and terrorism; its power-dynamics and relations within the region and, crucially, its interaction with the outside world, including migration.


TITLE -
Leader - Patrick Deeley, Poet & Author

Tue, 06/02/2018

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

Patrick Deeley is a published, contemporary poet, memoirist and children's writer. His best-selling, critically acclaimed memoir, The Hurley Maker's Son, published in 2016, was shortlisted for the Bord Gais Book of the Year Awards. His books for children, published by O'Brien Press, include The Lost Orchard, winner of The Bisto Book Award and The Eilis Dillon Book of the Year Award. He has published six collections of poetry. His poems have also featured in leading literary journals in Ireland and been published in the USA, UK and Canada as well as in translation to French, Italian, and other languages. His poem 'Woodman' was chosen as one of Ireland's hundred favourite poems following a survey by The Irish Times. Patrick was born near Loughrea, County Galway. He is a full-time writer, having taken early retirement from his post as administrative principal of a primary school in Ballyfermot, Dublin in 2012. He was a member of the Council of Poetry Ireland from 1984 to 1989.


TITLE - The future for Irish Farming & its environmental impact
Leader - A Macra na Feirme representative

Tue, 30/01/2018

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

One of our members pointed out at our first AGM that we had been focused on urban lifestyle topics. We have been fortunate, therefore, that the Irish Young Farmers Association, Macra na Feirme, has accepted our invitation to participate in a panel discussion in our ALTERNATE TUESDAYS Current Affairs series on this important topic.


TITLE - Art, Texts & Textiles
Leader - Ann Fleeton

Tue, 23/01/2018

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

Ann Fleeton is a textile maker and a TCD graduate in Geology. Her work has been included in major European quilt exhibitions such as European Art Quilts in the Netherlands and the European Quilt Triennial, Heidelberg, Germany. She has also exhibited in 'Artextures' in France, the USA, Japan and New Zealand. Ann's narrative quilts are pieces based on artists' writings, poetry, exploration and themes of current interest. The talk will include slides and samples of her work. Her interest in Natural Sciences and her study of art history in Dublin and at the Courtauld Institute in London influence both the colour and texture of her work.


TITLE - Technology & the Future of Society
Leader - David Algeo

Tue, 16/01/2018

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

David is passionately interested in the consequences of our love of technology for the future of society with a particular emphasis on our use of the very broad range of technologies that have emerged since the beginning of the industrial revolution. Just a few examples of the questions David raises in this context and which he will attempt to address: - Are the odds no better than fifty-fifty that our present civilisation will survive to the end of the present century without a serious setback? Or have we only 60 harvests remaining? - Will 35% of current jobs be automated by 2035? Are Planet Earth's political systems capable of responding to these threats in a timely manner? - With the human population forecast to reach almost 10 billion by 2050, can we paint an optimistic word picture of social life at that time? David studied engineering and computer science at TCD. He graduated in 1968 with an M.Sc in Computer Science. His early career included working with English Electric Computers, TCD and CIE. He then spent twenty years with Price Waterhouse including ten years as a partner in the management consulting division. Finally he returned to TCD as a senior lecturer in Computer Science. This will be our first ALTERNATE TUESDAYS Current Affairs series discussion in 2018


TITLE - Bulgaria, Past, Present, Future
Leader - John Biggar, Ambassador, retd.

Tue, 09/01/2018

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

Bulgaria will hold its first Presidency of the EU from January to June 2018. Many Bulgarians know little about the EU, but sadly most of the EU know even less about this ancient and intriguing country. John will talk about the past and present of Bulgaria, and throw an eye towards its future, drawing in part on the two years he spent as Irish Ambassador in Sofia


TITLE - Handling Händel!
Leader - Gordon Douglas

Tue, 28/11/2017

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

Gordon Douglas, graduated from TCD in 1980 with the 'new' single honours degree in 'straight' music. However, nothing has been quite straight about his career since then! Apart from studying the organ during his degree course, he went on to complete his H. Dip. Ed. in 1981 with a dissertation on 'The Making of Simple Musical Instruments and its contribution to Music Education'. This subject was not some idle postgraduate exercise, but the beginning of lifelong active educational pursuit which has travelled to over 50-plus primary schools and community arts centres since 1998. This hands-on creative project, called the 'The Plumber's Guide to World Music' also lead him on, in the year 2000, to taking part in in the Irish contribution to 'Physics on Stage' in Cern, Geneva, where the physics of sound was explored in front of an audience of enthusiastic scientists! Around the same time, Gordon started up his own independent classes in musical appreciation for adults entitled 'Know Your Composer' which was advertised in the Irish Times. The classes were received with great enthusiasm, especially his once-off 'Mahler Marathon' which outstripped even the longest of Mahler's symphonies, serving Mahler's favourite Viennese 'Shale' coffee at a well- earned interval! Throughout all this, Gordon has taught 'straight music' (mainly piano, musicianship and music theory) to a diverse range of students, all age groups and backgrounds. Currently, today, he is teaching over 50-plus 1:1 pupils between St Andrews College Junior School and his home teaching studio in Killiney. Gordon maintains that he is no expert or scholar when it comes to Händel, or indeed any composer; the music world is already full of such people! However, with an individual, novel approach to the subject, he does hope to capture a little flavour of Händel, the 'man of passion' behind the music; and to explore what made his music so appealing to audiences throughout the ages.


TITLE - Hurricanes & Earthquakes
Leader - Dr. Chris Stillman

Tue, 21/11/2017

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

Chris Stillman, U3A member, is Associate Professor of Geology and Fellow Emeritus of Trinity College Dublin These natural disasters are currently very much in mind because of the recent events in the Caribbean, Central and Eastern America. Both are manifestions of the violent release of energy stored in the body and atmosphere the Earth. This talk will briefly describe the effects and attempt to explain the mechanism and source of this energy release.


TITLE - Palestine, part 2
Leader - Jim Carroll, member, facilitator Alt Tues Current Affairs

Tue, 14/11/2017

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule


TITLE - Antarctica
Leader - Fergus O'Gorman

Tue, 07/11/2017

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

Fergus is one of Ireland's foremost experts on the Antarctic, having both worked there and visited this unique and precious part of our planet on many occasions.


TITLE - PALESTINE, past, present & future
Leader - Jim Carroll, member, facilitator Alternate Tuesdays Current Affairs

Tue, 31/10/2017

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule


TITLE - The Silk Road
Leader - Diana Gleadhill

Tue, 24/10/2017

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

Diane Gleadhill lives near the shore of Strangford Lough, and worked as a professional librarian before becoming a graphic artist. Much of her leisure time has been spent in walking with her life-time friend Elise Coburn. Her natural curiosity and sense of adventure has taken her to such diverse destinations as Kenya, Papua New Guinea, South America, Central Asia and the Kamchatka Peninsula. In 1998 Diana Gleadhill with her friend and travel companion Elize Coburn travelled by local transport and foot with local guides up the Karakorum Highway through the Himalayan passes of Northern Pakistan and China to Uzbekstan and the famous Silk Road cities of Tashkent, Bukhara and Samarkand. They returned to Central Asia in 2009 and continued their exploration through Turkmenistan's Karakorum Desert and Tajikistan, again part of the Silk Road, meeting and talking with the local inhabitants of these "Stans" now freed from the Soviet Union and recovering their own identities. They also took time to seek out the famous Akhal Teke breed of horses. Diana will speak of the scenery, the people, their culture and political aspirations, and describe some of the fascinating remnants of the Silk Road.


TITLE - Northern Ireland in Europe?
Leader - Ian Parsley

Tue, 17/10/2017

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

Ian James Parsley is Chair of the European Movement in Northern Ireland and an EM UK Council member. Ian is one of the North's foremost political commentators. Ian will explore the consequences of Brexit on the future place of Northern Ireland in Europe. Ian is travelling from Belfast especially for this presentation.


TITLE - GETTING TO THE BOTTOM OF HOLY WELLS
Leader - Dr.Bruce Misstear.

Tue, 10/10/2017

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

Ireland is fortunate in that the climate, landform and geology provide adequate shallow groundwater across the whole country. Many of these have reputations as Holy Wells, with associated characteristics and rituals. This is in contrast to other parts of the world where deep drilled boreholes and infiltration galleries are needed. This lecture will also address the construction, water sharing and protection of some of the latter which appear on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. Professor Bruce Misstear teaches hydro geology at Trinity College,Dublin, where he is a Fellow of the College. His published works include Water, Wells and Boreholes now in 2nd edition. Currently he is researching the hydrogeology of Irish Holy Wells , but he has worked widely in consultancy over groundwater projects in Africa, the Middle East and Asia


TITLE - BREXIT: Deal or No Deal?
Leader - Dónal Denham, member, facilitator Alternate Tuesdays Current Affairs

Tue, 03/10/2017

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule


TITLE - Yeats & the Irish theatre scene
Leader - Prof. Chris Murray

Tue, 26/09/2017

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

Yeats is far better known as poet than as playwright, Yet when accepting the Nobel Prize for Literature he chose "The Irish Dramatic Movement" as the subject of his address. He emphasised the energy which resulted from the collaborative efforts of Lady Gregory, Edward Martyn, George Moore and J.M. Synge in firing his own imagination and absorbing his life as dramatist and general manager of the Abbey Theatre. Yeats wrote 28 plays, mostly short, intense and written in verse form. To illustrate this talk on Yeats's approach to dramatic writing, Professor Murray has selected three plays written at different stages in Yeats' life. Deirdre (1906). The Dreaming of the Bones (1921). And Purgatory (1938). This last play was performed just six months before he died. Through an exploration of these works, Professor Murray will show how close Yeats was to modern concepts of theatre, performance and staging , while also illustrating the originality he showed in his use of myth and poetry on the modern stage. Born in Galway, Christopher Murray joined the Department of Modern English and American Literature at UCD in 1970 and became Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor in the Dept of Modern English and American Literature. He was editor of the Irish University Review for eleven years and is currently Chair of the Board of the Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin. Professor Murray is a world authority on Twentieth and Twenty first Century Irish drama: Author of many articles and chapters, significantly, he has written an authoritative biography of Sean O Casey (2004) and several books on the life and work of Brian Friel...notably The Theatre of Brian Friel (2014) and Brian Friel:Tradition and Modernity (2014)


TITLE - Terrorism
Leader - John Biggar, member, facilitator, Alternate Tuesdays Current Affairs

Tue, 19/09/2017

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

Starting on this Tuesday 19 September, we will facilitate a regular, peer-led "Alternate Tuesdays" discussion group on Current, mainly International Affairs topics open to all interested DLDK members, as an additional element to our programme curriculum.

Link - http://www.u3adldk.ie/photos_events/Terrorism for website.pdf;


TITLE - Eradicating World Hunger
Leader - Fintan Scanlan

Tue, 05/09/2017

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

As the time horizon of 2030 and the target of eradicating world hunger under the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 2 draws ever closer, there will be an increasing focus in addressing food insecurity at both the household and national levels, worldwide. This challenge becomes ever more daunting in the face of climate change, energy demands for biofuels, food price volatility in the market place and growing inequality. Fintan is an Agronomist with extensive overseas experience, including: • A comprehensive understanding of Overseas Development Assistance having worked directly at the multilateral (FAO), bilateral (Irish) and NGO (Gorta) levels with frequent exposure to governments, international stakeholders through several field missions as mission leader to East Africa, Asia and the Pacific. • Sixteen years of crop production experience covering a wide spectrum of crops: temperate, tropical and sub-tropical fruit, vegetables, field crops and cut-flowers; under ecological conditions ranging from the semi-arid climate of Baluchistan (Western Pakistan), humid climate and deltas of Bangladesh, temperate conditions and mountainous topography of Lesotho, to the tropical and sub-tropical climates of East and Southern Africa. • Wide experience in the fields of agricultural research and development; agricultural extension and training; agricultural education; and in the design, management and administration of national and regional programmes for food security including South South Cooperation (SSC) in Asia/Pacific Region.


TITLE - Air Traffic Control: all you need to know and were too terrified to ask...
Leader - Paul Humphreys

Tue, 22/08/2017

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

An introduction to Air Traffic Control by a veteran controller. Paul Humphreys joined the Air Traffic Control Service in 1970. He initially spent two years in Cork airport before returning to his native Dublin, where he became a fully qualified controller over the following years. In 1988, Paul went to work for Eurocontrol at its research facility just south of Paris. He spent the following 24 years working on national and pan-European research projects such as: - assessing the impact of new systems and airspace re-organisation on controllers' workload; - safety assessment of new 'technology-driven' developments such as satellite navigation; and - increasing airport capacity - specifically increasing the number of aircraft that can land or take-off from a runway in a given time.


TITLE - Australia & Ireland: we are family
Leader - H.E.Ambassador of Australia, Richard Andrews

Tue, 08/08/2017

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

Ambassador Andrews is a senior career officer in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and has previously served overseas as Minister (Political), Australian Embassy, Tokyo and as Counsellor, Australian High Commission, London. He had earlier postings in Tokyo and Kuala Lumpur. In Canberra, Ambassador Andrews was most recently Assistant Secretary, Mainland South-East Asia Bilateral Branch, and has previously served in the G20 Taskforce, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and as Executive Director, Economic Analytical Unit, DFAT. Ambassador Andrews will talk on the close links between Ireland & Australia, both historic and current, and looks forward to answering questions on Australia Today.


TITLE - Of Sea & Stone:an artist's view of Dun laoghaire
Leader - Peter Pearson

Tue, 25/07/2017

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

Following on our Harbour's history from Capt.Needham, Peter Pearson will speak on a more general history of our area, and its future perspective. Peter Pearson is a noted artist, historian and conservationist with a lifelong commitment to the protection and enhancement of Ireland's architectural heritage including Dun Laoghaire Harbour, of which he has made many paintings over more than 40 years.


TITLE - Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentennial Talk
Leader - Captain Richard Needham ,Harbour Master, retd.

Tue, 11/07/2017

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

Ships Captain, Richard Needham, a former Harbour Master of Dun Laoghaire will speak on " Celebrating 200 years of Dun Laoghaire as a harbour of refuge and looking to its future."


TITLE - Trump Six Months On
Leader - Dr Donal Donovan

Tue, 27/06/2017

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

Dr Donovan, ex IMF senior official and financial commentator, long-time resident of Washington DC, will give us his take on the first six months of the Trump Administration in office. Donal graduated with a BA from TCD and a PhD in Economics from the University of British Columba Canada. His career started in the International Monetary Fund where he retired as Deputy Director. He is adjunct professor at the University of Limerick and visiting lecturer at TCD and the University of Maryland. He is co-author of The Fall of the Celtic Tiger :- Ireland and the euro Debt crisis. (2014 Oxford).


TITLE - 20thCentury Irish Artists in London
Leader - Jessica Fahy

Tue, 20/06/2017

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

This lecture will explore the lives and work of the many Irish artist that moved to London in the 20th century including Mary Swanzy, Gerard Dillon and Francis Bacon. The various cultural, economic and religious factors for this move will be discussed as well as detailed analysis of the artworks. Bio Jessica Fahy a freelance art historian who has been teaching and researching European Art History for over ten years. She teaches art history courses for UCD Access & Lifelong Learning, the National Gallery of Ireland's Community Outreach Programme as well as other lectures and talks for the gallery and she is on the panel of lecturers for the Hugh Lane Gallery. Jessica also runs her own courses, leads art history tours and trips and gives talks for both public and private events. Jessica has a MLitt in Art History from UCD where she also received her undergraduate degree with English as her joint major. She completed her MA in Italian Renaissance Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London in 2007.

Link - www.jessicafahyarthistorian.com;


TITLE - Our first AGM
Leader - AGM

Tue, 13/06/2017

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

Chairman's Report, Secretary's Report, Treasurer's Report, Membership Secretary, Appointment of Officers for 2017-2018, Adoption of our Constitution, Discussion of future programme options etc. and the all important AOB! And we will formally launch this website.

Link - http://www.u3adldk.ie;


TITLE - Climate Change Challenges
Leader - Prof.John Sweeney

Tue, 23/05/2017

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

Climate change is the defining problem for today's and tomorrow's generation. This talk will examine the global dimensions of the problem, focussing on the likely impacts for Ireland, some of which are already becoming evident. What many threats and few opportunities will climate change have over the next few decades and how will Irish society need to evolve to cope with them? The talk will also examine the policy response both at European and Irish levels in the light of the current scientific evidence available and the background to the Paris Agreement.

Link - https://www.maynoothuniversity.ie/icarus/our-people/john-sweeney;


TITLE - Forests, Health & Wellbeing
Leader -

Tue, 09/05/2017

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

Dr.McAree is one of Ireland's most distinguished contemporary foresters. His talk introduced us to Ecotheraphy. As a follow-up, we intend to arrange a forest walk later this summer with Dr.McAree as our guide.


TITLE - Anthony Trollope in Ireland
Leader - Michael Gleeson

Tue, 25/04/2017

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

Michael Gleeson, former Secretary of Trinity College, will talk to us about the ten years that the writer Anthony Trollope spent in Ireland, where he set his first four novels.


TITLE - NO MEETING
Leader -

Tue, 18/04/2017

00:00 - 00:00 


TITLE - The Changing Universe
Leader - Dr Nigel Buttimore

Tue, 04/04/2017

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

The second of two lectures with a mathematical theme. In "The Changing Universe", Dr Buttimore will explain the transformations that have occurred among the constituents of an initially very hot cosmos. In particular, elementary particles have generated atoms, followed by stars, planets, continents and eventually life over a period of 13.8 billion years. Observations in 1998 have revealed that the expansion of the universe is accelerating. Dr Nigel Buttimore is an Emeritus Fellow in mathematics of Trinity College Dublin and has worked at research institutes in Cambridge, London, Marseille, Michigan and New York on quantum theory and bio-mathematics.


TITLE - The Shape of the Universe
Leader - Dr Nigel Buttimore

Tue, 21/03/2017

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

"The Shape of the Universe" discusses how a picture of the cosmos has become much more sharply focused over the period since the introduction of Einstein's geometric theory of gravity in 1915. It explains the expansion of the universe discovered by Edwin Hubble in 1929. Currently, less than 16 per cent of the matter in the universe is visible.


TITLE - Early Views of the Universe
Leader - Dr. Robert Barklie

Tue, 07/02/2017

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

Some more text about "Early Views of the Universe"


TITLE - Georgian Irish Houses
Leader - Dr Patricia McCarthy

Tue, 24/01/2017

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

In the second talk in our series on Social History, architectural historian Dr Patricia McCarthy talks about life in a Georgian Irish country house.


TITLE - Choral Music Part 2
Leader - Dr. David Connolly

Tue, 17/01/2017

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

We resume at 10.30 with the second of two talks on choral music by Dr David Connolly, the organist and director of music at St Michael's Church. These talks promise to be an excellent introduction to a fascinating subject. In addition to his position at St Michael's, Dr Connolly is a lecturer in the Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music at Dundalk Institute of Technology, and a tutor at Maynooth University. He holds BA and Masters degrees in Performance, a Higher Diploma in education and a Doctorate on the relationship between plainchant and French organ music as a student of Dr John O'Keeffe, Dr David Mooney and Professor Gerard Gillen. He is a multiple contributor to the Encyclopedia of Music in Ireland, the largest musicological project ever undertaken in this island and is the director of Dun Laoghaire summer organ concerts, the longest running series of its kind in Western Europe which has just finished its 43rd season.

Link - https://www.dunlaoghaireorganconcerts.ie/;


TITLE - Choral Music
Leader - Dr. David Connolly

Tue, 10/01/2017

10:30 - 12:00  St. Joseph's Parish Hall, Glasthule

A very Happy New Year to all. Now that the Christmas and New Year festivities are nearly at an end, it's time to look forward to another season of mental stimulation with our winter/spring programme, a copy of which is attached. We resume at 10.30 on next Tuesday (10th January) with the first of two talks on choral music by Dr David Connolly, the organist and director of music at St Michael's Church. Dr Connolly will give his second talk the following week, on the 17th. These talks promise to be an excellent introduction to a fascinating subject. In addition to his position at St Michael's, Dr Connolly is a lecturer in the Department of Creative Arts, Media and Music at Dundalk Institute of Technology, and a tutor at Maynooth University. He holds BA and Masters degrees in Performance, a Higher Diploma in education and a Doctorate on the relationship between plainchant and French organ music as a student of Dr John O'Keeffe, Dr David Mooney and Professor Gerard Gillen. He is a multiple contributor to the Encyclopedia of Music in Ireland, the largest musicological project ever undertaken in this island and is the director of Dun Laoghaire summer organ concerts, the longest running series of its kind in Western Europe which has just finished its 43rd season.


TITLE - A Visit to Yeats at The National Library
Leader - The Yeats Exhibition @ The National Library

Wed, 31/03/2010

10:30 - 12:00 



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