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Mar

05

10:30

Really Tackling Climate Change

Professor John Fitzgerald, TCD, and Chairperson of the Climate Action Advisory Council

  • 📅Thursday, March 5, 2020
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Bray Golf Club(map)

John Fitzgerald is an adjunct professor in Economics at Trinity College Dublin and in the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, UCD. He is a former research professor at the Economic and Social Research Institute. He is currently a member of the Commission of the Central Bank of Ireland and Chairman of the Climate Change Advisory Council. Between 2003 and 2007 he was a member of the board of the Northern Ireland Authority for Energy Regulation.

Further details about John's talk following.


Mar

12

10:30

Everyone Has a Story To Tell: A Guide to Creative Writing

Liz McManus

  • 📅Thursday, March 12, 2020
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Bray Golf Club(map)

Details following


Mar

19

10:30

The Future of the EU in a Shifting World Order

Former Ambassador, Marie Cross

  • 📅Thursday, March 19, 2020
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Bray Golf Club(map)

In her talk to The Bray Heads U3A Group, Marie Cross will be discussing the strategic agenda which the EU is developing to strengthen its role in a world that has become increasingly unsettled, complex and subject to rapid change. In highlighting the challenges which the EU and we ourselves face, she will also be talking about Ireland's role in addressing these challenges.

Marie, who is from Clonmel Co. Tipperary, studied science at UCD and Trinity College, entered the Department of Foreign Affairs in 1970 and served in Irish embassies in the US, Belgium, Germany, before being appointed as Ireland's first Ambassador to the Czech Republic in 1995 and at the same time to Ukraine, and subsequently as our Ambassador to the European Union's Political and Security Committee in Brussels. Marie retired in 2011 from a Director General post in the Department of Foreign Affairs and, among many of her activities in retirement, she is a member of the Board of the Institute for International and European Affairs and Chair of the Institute's Future of Europe Group.


Apr

02

10:30

Life in the Irish Georgian Country House

Dr Patricia McCarthy

  • 📅Thursday, April 2, 2020
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Bray Golf Club(map)

Details frollowing


Apr

16

10:30

"Who do we think we are?": Ancient Genomes and Irish Origins

Dr Dan Bradley, Trinity College Dublin

  • 📅Thursday, April 16, 2020
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Bray Golf Club(map)

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.

Further details following


Apr

23

11:00

Visit to the Historic Marsh's Library. Dublin

  • 📅Thursday, April 23, 2020
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00

2. Marsh’s Library, St Patrick’s Close, beside St Patrick’s Cathedral.

Perfectly preserved 18th-century library opened in 1707.

Guided Tour: Thursday, April 23, 11.00.

ONLY 7 PLACES LEFT

Charge:€3

Further details to follow.


Apr

30

10:30

Margaret Thatcher and Ireland

Former Ambassador Frank Sheridan

  • 📅Thursday, April 30, 2020
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Bray Golf Club(map)

Frank's talk will focus on the story of the negotiation of the Anglo-Irish Agreement of 1985. It will seek to show how a Prime Minister, who characterised Northern Ireland as being 'as British as Finchley', was persuaded to accept that another country had a right of engagement on its issues. It will outline the personalities involved in that process, how they engaged with each other, the role and impact of outside forces in convincing the British to move on previously entrenched positions and how likely opposition to the Agreement was managed. The presentation will seek to show what the Agreement achieved and what remained unfinished.


May

14

10:30

Communism, sex and all that jazz: popular anxieties in 1930s Ireland

Professor Fearghal McGarry, Professor of Modern Irish History at Queen's University, Belfast.

  • 📅Thursday, May 14, 2020
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Bray Golf Club(map)

In August 1933, Jimmy Gralton beccame the first, and last, Irishman to be deported from Ireland. Condemned by local priests as a communist whose Leitrim dancehall had become a den of prostiution, Gralton's fate illustrates the deep anxieties provoked in 1930s Ireland by communism, jazz and sexual immorality. Why did these emblems of inter-war modernity cause so much alarm in a remote corner of Ireland's most rural county? Gralton's story illustrates the success of conservative and religious organisations in stifling modern impulses in independent Ireland. This talk asks what such moral panics, and how we remember them, tell us about the Ireland of then and now.

Professor McGarry has written widely on twentieth century Irish history. He is the author of The Abbey Rebels of 1916: A Lost Revolution (2015), and, with Richard Grayson, editor of Remembering 1916: the Easter Rising, the Somme and the Politics of Memory in Ireland (2016) He is currently leading a major AHRC-funded project, A Global History of Irish Revolution, 1916-1923, which explores how the Irish republican struggle for independence was shaped by, and impacted on, wider international currents. He is currently working on a cultural study of anxieties about modernity in inter-war Ireland.


May

21

13:00

Visits to Charleville House & Gardens, Enniskerry, 21and 22 May

  • 📅Thursday, May 21, 2020
  • 🕥13:00 - 16:00

PLEASE NOTE: Our group visits to Charleville are both now fully booked but a reserve list is being kept by Mary in case places become available. Members interested in being placed on the reserve list should email Mary at: info@thebrayheadsu3a.ie Members who have booked for the visit but who cannot attend should let Mary know so their place can be reallocated to another member.

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Our Bray Heads U3A Group Visits to Charleville House and Gardens - very kindly being arranged by our Activities Co-ordinator, Mary Kelly, will take place on two dates - Thursday 21 May and Friday 22 May - with our party divided into consecutive 3 tours on both days, as visits to this historic property and group numbers are extremely limited.

On both days the first guided tour will start at 1.00, the second at 1.30 and the third at 2.00. Maximum group size is 30, with 10 on each of the 3 tours. The magnificent gardens can be visited unaccompanied before or after the tours.

Charge: €15, payable in advance from 12 March to fully secure a place in the visits.

Charelville cannot easily be reached by public transport so we will be aiming to arrange car-pooling and lifts and so perhaps those of you who know each other and are visiting on the same day could start thinking about that. Anyone without access to a lift should let Mary know so she can try to connect you up with someone who can help with this.

Further details following closer to the time.


May

28

10:30

The Water Beneath our Feet: Groundwater and Our Future

Dr Bruce Misstear, Adjunct Professor of Hydro-Geology & Environmental Engineering, TCD

  • 📅Thursday, May 28, 2020
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Bray Golf Club(map)


Jun

11

10:30

Profiling Terrorists

Dr Paul Gill, Professor of Security & Crime Science, University College London

  • 📅Thursday, June 11, 2020
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Bray Golf Club(map)

Paul Gill is a leading authority on terrorism, its causes, patterns and the actors that perpetrate terrorist attacks. His talk to The Bray Heads U3A group will draw on his extensive research, which has included access to offender interviews, police and investigative files, and court reports. It outlines the life stories of lone-actor terrorists, their motivations and how risk assessment of violent extremists works in practice.

Paul Gill, who is from Bray, received undergraduate and his Ph.D. degrees from UCD and carried out post-doctoral research at the International Center for the Study of Terrorism at Pennsylvania State University before his appointment at University College London.


Jun

18

10:30

The Leslie Family in Love and War

Mark Leslie of the Castle Leslie family, Co. Monaghan, Architect and ''Exhibitionist'

  • 📅Thursday, June 18, 2020
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Bray Golf Club(map)

Mark Leslie qualified as an architect at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1977, founded Martello - an interpretive design company as the digital presentation arm of his architectural practice in 1986, and has been involved in the creation of a number of highly-acclaimed and award-winning multimedia exhibitions, including the Life and Works of WB Yeats at the National Library, the GPO Witness History Visitor Centre commemorating the centenary of the1916 Rising, the Glasnevin Museum and the Ireland Pavilion at Expo 2010, Shanghai. He was involved in the design of the exhibition 'Churchill - the Power of Words', held at Morgan Library & Museum in New York in 2012, which was the recipient of an IDI Award.

Mark is a member of the colourful Leslie family of Castle Leslie, Co. Monaghan, nephew of the late Sir John (Jack) Leslie, grandson of the writer Shane Leslie, and a cousin of Winston Churchill, through his American-born grandmother, Leonie Leslie, née Jerome, who was the sister of Churchill's American mother, Jennie.

A lively raconteur, Mark and his talk can be relied upon to be informative, entertaining and exuberant.


Sep

03

10:30

An Introduction to the Blues - African-American Music: An Illustrated Talk with music and songs performed by Frank

Musician Frank Gallagher

  • 📅Thursday, September 3, 2020
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Bray Golf Club(map)

Details to follow


Sep

17

10:30

Second Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The Bray Heads U3A Group

Co-ordinating Team & Group Members

  • 📅Thursday, September 17, 2020
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Bray Golf Club(map)





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