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Sep

19

10:30

First Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The Bray Heads U3A Group & Membership Registration for the Year Ahead

Members of Bray Heads U3A Group

  • 📅Thursday, September 19, 2019
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Bray Golf Club(map)

Details to be confirmed


Sep

26

11:00

Guided Tour of the Joyce Tower Sandycove

Dr Seamus Cannon

  • 📅Thursday, September 26, 2019
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00

The tour is restricted to 25 members, we can arrange a second visit if necessary. To book a place, please sign up next Thursday, 19/09/19, at the AGM.

Suggest meeting at the Tower itself at the latest 10:45. The most convenient Dart station is Glasthule, so allow yourselves time to enjoy the walk to the tower.

Admission to the tower is free. It is manned entirely by volunteers, but needless to say, there are overheads so a voluntary contribution would be greatly appreciated! There is a contribution box close to the reception desk.

Optional extra activity? Swim in the 40 foot?


Oct

03

10:30

Courage to Move

Sister Orla Treacy, IBVM

  • 📅Thursday, October 3, 2019
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Bray Golf Club(map)

We are privileged to have as our speaker on 3 October, Loreto Sister Orla Treacy - whom we can claim to be at least partially a Bray girl - and who will tell us the remarkable and inspirational story of the life journey which brought her to South Sudan 13 years ago to educate girls in particular and support their nomadic community in one of the poorest and toughest regions of the world, ravaged by conflict and the effects of climate change. Her extrordinary achievements have won her international recognition, including the Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty Humanitarian Award in 2017 and this year her designation by the US State Department as an International Woman of Courage, an award which was presented to her by US First Lady Melania Trump in Washington DC in March.

A traveller from a very early age, Orla has lived and worked in all four provinces of Ireland. Her secondary education was in Loreto Bray where she got to know the Loreto Sisters. During her school holidays she worked in Bray at the Westburn and Royal Hotels, Dunnes Stores and as a life-guard on Bray beach. She studied in Mater Dei, received a Bachelor in Religious Education there and became a teacher of religion and music. Her first job was teaching with the Presentation Brothers in Cork before joining the Loreto Sisters. When the Sisters decided to set up a new mission in South Sudan in 2006 as part of a global Loreto movement to revive the missionary spirit of one of their foundresses, Teresa Ball, Orla volunteered to go. She is currently head administrator of the mission, where the sisters have a boarding secondary school for girls, a large co-educational primary school and a mother and child clinic to support local families. Talking of the community which she serves in an interview with The Irish Times last year she said 'I work with people who live very much on the margins: life and death, hunger and despair. Every day they live on the edge. And yet in that you can still glimpse love and hope every day'.

Photos show Sr Orla with girls from the Loreto girl's secondary school in Rumbek, South Sudan; child feeding and health programmes at the clinic created and administered by her; and Orla being presented with her US Department of State's International Women of Courage award by US First Lady, Melania Trump, in March 2019.


Oct

17

10:30

William Trevor - The Writer and his Work

Dr Dolores MacKenna, author of a critical biography of William Trevor

  • 📅Thursday, October 17, 2019
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Bray Golf Club(map)

William Trevor is one of our most respected and beloved writers – a master in particular of the short story, including a gem such as ‘The Ballroom of Romance’. We are delighted that Dr Dolores MacKenna – who knew William Trevor for over 30 years and who convinced this famously limelight-averse author to co-operate with her on her book – has agreed to talk toThe Bray Heads U3A Group about the man, his writings and his less well-known, but prize-

winning works of sculpture. Beginning with a brief look at one of Trevor’s last stories entitled 'The Piano Teacher’s Pupil' - a short but perfect example of his art, she will then move to the writer’s family background – not Anglo-Irish ascendency as often presumed, but middle-class Protestant, illustrating this with rare photographs . This will be followed by a brief evaluation of the literary influences and creative evolution of his work - with particular reference to some of his best known writing.

Dolores MacKenna was born in Castledermot, Co Kildare. She studied at University College Dublin, obtaining a Masters degree in Anglo-Irish Literature and Drama and was awarded a Ph.D. for her study of the author William Trevor. Subsequently a critical biography entitled “William Trevor – the Writer and his Work” was published by New Island Books. In 2001 she scripted and narrated a T.V. programme in the series Undercover Portraits, which was broadcast on RTE 1 TV. In 2007 she was invited to be the keynote speaker at the annual conference of the American Committee of Irish Studies in Washington State.

Dolores MacKenna’s career was spent in education. In 2007 she retired as Principal of Loreto Abbey Dalkey, but continued to work for some years at third level. She has written and broadcast on a variety of literary and educational topics. She lives in Greystones.


Oct

24

10:30

Keeping Safe at Home and Beyond

Bray Community Gardaí & Other First Responders

  • 📅Thursday, October 24, 2019
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Bray Golf Club(map)

Details to be confirmed


Oct

31

10:30

The EU and the USA

Anne Anderson, former Irish Ambassador to France, the EU, the UN (Geneva and New York) and, most recently, the USA

  • 📅Thursday, October 31, 2019
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Bray Golf Club(map)

Details to be confirmed


Nov

14

10:30

The Art of Falconry and Why we Should all Love Birds of Prey

Dr Maurice Nicholson

  • 📅Thursday, November 14, 2019
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Bray Golf Club(map)

Maurice Nicholson will present the history of falconry down throught the ages and explain how man can interact with one of nature's wildest creatures. His work in the Middle East brought him into contact with falcons and the sport of falconry which have become his abiding passions.

Maurice is a retired veterinarian but working more than ever as a locum tenens these days. He has been a falconer since 1979 when he was based in Dubai in the Arabian Gulf. He is the author of an exciting and engaging thriller "Call Down the Hawk"


Nov

21

10:30

Sustainable Energy Technology for our Country & our Homes: Some Practical Advice

  • 📅Thursday, November 21, 2019
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Bray Golf Club(map)

Details TBC


Nov

28

10:30

A Century of Irish International Diplomacy 1919-2019

Dr Michael Kennedy, Royal Irish Academy

  • 📅Thursday, November 28, 2019
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Bray Golf Club(map)

One hundred years ago in 1919 Ireland took its first steps on the world stage seeking admission to the post-World War One Paris Peace Conference as an independent state. This lecture, which takes the form of a photographic essay using many previously unseen or rarely seen photographs, chronicles Ireland’s place amongst the nations from 1919 to 2019. It looks at the 1919 to 1922 Dáil Éireann foreign service and attempts for recognition of Ireland as an independent state, the 1921 Treaty, membership of the League of Nations, Anglo-Irish relations, Second World War neutrality, the place of the UN in Irish foreign policy and the impact European integration has had on Irish foreign policy.

Dr Michael Kennedy is the Executive Editor of the Royal Irish Academy’s Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series. In addition to overseeing the editing of 11 volumes on the DIFP series he has published widely on twentieth century Irish foreign policy and military history. Dr Kennedy’s latest publication is a forthcoming centenary history of Irish foreign policy co-written with Dr Kate O’Malley and Dr John Gibney.

Photos:

1. Dr Michael Kennedy, Executive Editor of the Royal Irish Academy’s Documents on Irish Foreign Policy series

2. Secretary (General) of the Department of External Affairs Joseph Walshe photographed in Khartoum on a League of Nations fact finding mission to the Sudan in 1937 (UCDA).

3. Minister Plenipotentiary of Ireland Josephine McNeill presents her credentials in Berne in 1955 (NAI).

4. Ireland’s 1956 delegation to the United Nations (l-r) Sheila Murphy, Conor Cruise O’Brien, Paul Keating, Frederick H Boland, Eamonn Kennedy, Liam Cosgrave (UN).

5: Taoiseach Jack Lynch, Minister for Foreign Affairs Patrick Hillery and Ireland’s EEC entry negotiating team, Brussels, 1973 (EC Commission Archives).


Dec

12

10:30

The Bray Heads U3A Group Second Christmas Celebration

Group Members

  • 📅Thursday, December 12, 2019
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Bray Golf Club(map)


Feb

20

10:30

Universal Design: A transformative agent for a better future

Dr Gerald Craddock, Chief Officer at the Centre For Excellence in Universal Design

  • 📅Thursday, February 20, 2020
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Bray Golf Club(map)

Universal Design has its origins in the USA coming from frustrations in the design and human build world where access to buildings for people with disabilities and older people was an afterthought. Through legislation, regulation and activism a significant movement has grown globally on requiring and insisting that not only buildings but urban spaces, products and services including technologies embrace the principles of Universal Design that enables all citizens from any age, size, ability or disability to fully participate in their homes and wider communities. That in short is that good design enables, bad design disables. The talk will cover where Universal Design is now from an Irish perspective with examples of good and bad designs covering buildings (public and home designs), products and technologies.


Apr

16

10:30

"Who do we think we are?"; ancient genomes and Irish origins (tbc)

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.





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