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Dec

15

10:30

THE BRAY HEADS U3A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION

Many Bray Heads Members

  • 📅Thursday, December 15, 2022
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Bray Golf Club(map)

Now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of the party! The Christmas Cheer has proven to be an entertaining and joyful celebration in former years, due to the amazing and varied talents of the members who share their talents and sense of fun! O come all ye musicians, poets, writers and make this Christmas party 2022 a resounding sucess!


Jan

05

10:30

50 Years of Ireland in Europe - A Golden Jubilee?

Noelle O'Connell, CEO of the European Movement Ireland

  • 📅Thursday, January 5, 2023
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Bray Golf Club(map)

In what is sure to be an illuminating and fascinating talk - delivered 50 years and 4 days after Ireland joined what was then the European Economic Community (EEC) -, Noelle O'Connell will be looking back on the Ireland of 1972/1973, reflecting on the transformation which our EU membership has brought to bear on the development of the country, and concluding with a geopolitical ‘tour de table,’ of the future and some of the challenges which she sees on the horizon for Ireland and Europe.

Noelle O'Connell was appointed CEO of European Movement Ireland in April 2011. European Movement Ireland, founded in 1954, is Ireland’s longest established Not for Profit membership organisation dedicated to developing the connection between Ireland and Europe . As the organisation’s CEO, Noelle is the public spokesperson for the organisation and she regularly makes appearances on national and international media to give commentary on the ongoing Brexit negotiations, as well as the latest developments across the EU and in Ireland. Noelle is Vice President of European Movement International which encompasses European Movement councils in 34 countries in addition to 38 international associations representing civil society, business, trade unions, NGOs, political groups and academics.

Prior to leading European Movement Ireland, Noelle provided business development training, education, and public affairs consultancy to a wide variety of both private and public sector clients, working in the area of business development, public affairs and EU Funding for organisations such as the Irish Co-operative Organisation Society, Construction Industry Federation and the Irish Institute of Training and Development. She has also managed and led on significant national and international funding projects (e.g. Interreg, Skillnets, Erasmus+, Europe for Citizens etc.)

Noelle is a voluntary Director of the board of Alliance Française Irlande, and in 2017 was awarded the French Chévalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite. In 2019, she was appointed an International Leadership Fellow of Society of Leadership Fellows, St. George’s House, Windsor. She is also a member of the Institute of Directors, the CIPD, and is a Fellow of the Irish Institute of Training and Development (IITD).

She holds a BA Hons in European Studies, French and Spanish from University College Cork, Ireland, a DEUF Diploma from Université de Jean Moulin, Lyon III, France and a MSc in International Relations from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and speaks Irish, French and Spanish.


Jan

19

10:30

Robert Emmet ...

Dr Patrick Geoghegan

  • 📅Thursday, January 19, 2023
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Bray Golf Club(map)

Talk details following.

Professor Geoghegan is an expert on the British-Irish relationship in the late-eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and the competing themes of constitutional nationalism and republicanism. His work explores the tensions that led to the the Act of Union in 1800, which formally amalgamated Ireland into the United Kingdom and abolished the Irish parliament, the new political relationship which followed it, the attempts to overturn this settlement by force, as well as the campaigns to transform the relationship through constitutional means. In this context, and in addition to his major work on O'Connell, he has also published on Robert Emmet.

Deeply committed to sharing his love of history with the widest possible audience, Professor Geoghegan presents the award-winning Talking History on Newstalk radio. The weekly radio programme is regular one of the most downloaded podcasts, and since 2006 has been praised for covering all aspects of history, from ancient times to the present day.


Jan

26

11:00

Tour of the Custom House, Dublin (limited numbers)

OPW Guide

  • 📅Thursday, January 26, 2023
  • 🕥11:00 - 12:00

This is a chance to see the OPW Custom House Visitor Centre, Custom House Quay, Dublin and take a tour with expert guides of this remarkable 18th-century building.

Places limited to 20 people per tour. Tour starts at 11.00am.

The tour lasts approximately 1 hour and discusses the history of Georgian Dublin, the role the Custom House played in the Irish Famine, the burning of the Custom House by the IRA in 1921 and the reconstruction of the building by the Irish Free State in the late 1920s.

Fee €7 payable on the day.

Just a few places left – book now by emailing info@thebrayheadsu3a.ie and put Custom House tour in the Subject heading.


Feb

02

10:30

Charles Lamb (1893-1964) RHA RUA, Capturing the West of Ireland in Paint

Dr Marie Bourke, Former Keeper & Head of Education at the National Gallery of Ireland

  • 📅Thursday, February 2, 2023
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Bray Golf Club(map)

Details Following


Feb

16

10:30

How We Can Secure Ireland’s Energy Future

Don Moore, Former Head of ESB International

  • 📅Thursday, February 16, 2023
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Bray Golf Club(map)

Details Following


Feb

23

11:30

Guided tour of the Irish Jewish Museum, 3 Walworth Road, off Sth Circular Road, near Portobello, Dublin 8

Irish Jewish Museum guide

  • 📅Thursday, February 23, 2023
  • 🕥11:30 - 12:45

We are extremely lucky to have a guided tour of the Irish Jewish Museum on Thursday, 23rd February, 2023 at 11.30am. The Museum is not normally open on Thursdays at this time of year but the volunteers at the Museum have very kindly agreed to facilitate us.

Officially opened in 1985, the IJM is housed in a former Synagogue which consisted of two adjoining terraced houses constructed in the 1870s. The IJM contains a substantial collection of memorabilia relating to the Irish Jewish communities and associations on the island of Ireland.

On our tour we will have an introductory talk upstairs in the Synagogue followed by a guided tour of the display. Please note that there is one staircase to climb.

The tour will take about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Fee €12 per person (pay in cash on the day) and is limited to 30 people.

The Museum conducts an ongoing programme of conservation and preservation of artefacts including books, textiles and sacred furniture and was awarded first place for Dublin City in the Heritage Week Awards 2021 for a presentation of their Photographic Collection. The presentation can be found on this page:

https://jewishmuseum.ie/a-glimpse-into-the-past-highlights-from-the-photographic-collection-of-the-irish-jewish-museum/

You can discover more about the Jewish diaspora and explore the Museum collection on the excellent website jewishmuseum.ie

This a terrific opportunity to visit a Museum in Dublin which preserves an important part of Ireland’s cultural and historic heritage and to have a guided tour is a real bonus – it would be a shame to miss it!

To book your place send an email as soon as possible to info@thebrayheadsu3a.ie with ‘IJM tour’ in the Subject heading.


Mar

02

10:30

Irish State-Building in the early 1920s

Frank Sheridan, Former Ambassador

  • 📅Thursday, March 2, 2023
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Bray Golf Club(map)

Details following


Mar

16

10:30

Enjoying Claret in Georgian Ireland

Dr Patricia McCarthy

  • 📅Thursday, March 16, 2023
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Bray Golf Club(map)

Details following


Mar

30

10:30

The Beatles

William Hennigan

  • 📅Thursday, March 30, 2023
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Bray Golf Club(map)

Details following


Apr

13

10:30

The Sources of Modern Russian Nationalism

Professor Emerita - and Bray Heads U3A Member - Judith Devlin

  • 📅Thursday, April 13, 2023
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Bray Golf Club(map)

Mr Putin’s thoughts on Russian identity and history (and on Ukraine’s non-existence) in summer 2021 came as a surprise to those who think that Russian nationalism was not a factor in his outlook or indeed in modern Russian history. This talk will look at the roots of Russian nationalism in the 19th century and 20th centuries and its contribution to the current crisis.

We will discuss briefly its inception during the Napoleonic wars and the debates about Russian identity which animated the educated elites in the middle of the century. Official nationality policy under the Tsars was repudiated by Lenin but did Greater Russian nationalism (a quasi-imperial nationalism) really disappear and how did Ukraine fare under the Soviets? We’ll discuss post-war Soviet Russian nationalism and conclude with a brief look at its post-Soviet forms and influence.

Judith Devlin is Professor Emerita in modern history in University College Dublin. She has published books and articles on French and Soviet history. Her most recent publications are: World War 1 in Central and Eastern Europe co-edited with John Paul Newman and Maria Falina (London, New York, I.B. Tauris, 2018, Bloomsbury, 2019 pbk); ‘The Stalin Cult in Comparative Context’ in Susan Grant and James Ryan eds, Revisioning Stalin and Stalinism: Complexities, Contradictions and Controversies (London, Bloomsbury, 2020). Her research focusses on Soviet and Russian political culture and, in particular, the Stalin cult.


Apr

27

10:30

A Passion for Craft

Mary Gallager, The Blue Egg Craft Gallery, Wexford

  • 📅Thursday, April 27, 2023
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Bray Golf Club(map)

Details Following


May

25

10:30

Artificial Intelligence (title to be confirmed)

Dr Owen Conlan, Professor in Computer Science, TCD

  • 📅Thursday, May 25, 2023
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Bray Golf Club(map)

Details Following


Jun

08

10:30

Finding My Grandparents in Assam, India

Liz McManus, Writer - and much more

  • 📅Thursday, June 8, 2023
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30
  • 🏟Bray Golf Club(map)

Details following


Jun

22

10:30

TBD

Fergus Finlay, journalist and commentator

  • 📅Sunday, June 22, 2223
  • 🕥10:30 - 12:30

Details following





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