Leader - Des Geraghty

Thu, 29/02/2024 from 10:30 - 12:30 in Bray Golf Club

This talk by Des Geraghty on Irish traditional music, will include both live singing and music by Des, as well as sound recordings. Des is a man of many parts - a traditional musician, writer. composer, singer and great lover of the Irish language - though this talk will be in English. He was also a former President of the trade union, SIPTU, and a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) for Dublin. Further details following
TITLE - Chester Beatty, Dublin – Guided tours, Thursday, 7th March, 11am

Thu, 07/03/2024 from 11:00 - 12:00 in

We have the opportunity to have guided tours of the Chester Beatty with two experienced guides. How many times has each of us visited this world class collection, admired, wondered but left without really understanding what we have seen? That is about to change! We will have 2 guided tours with two experienced guides but places are limited to 10 people on each tour. Both tours start at 11.00, last for 1 hour and will cover the highlights of the current display of the permanent exhibition. Fee: €10 includes modest gratuity for the guides. More details on payment to follow. An email to members will announce when bookings will open for these tours. Keep your eyes open!
TITLE - Protecting Human Rights & the Rule of Law
Leader - Mary Whelan, Former Ambassador of Ireland

Thu, 14/03/2024 from 10:30 - 12:30 in Bray Golf Club

Details following
TITLE - Slavery and the Origins of the American Civil War
Leader - Dr Ciarán Brady, Emeritus Professor of Early Modern History, TCD

Thu, 28/03/2024 from 10:30 - 12:30 in Bray Golf Club

Details following
TITLE - William J Moylan: Irish Newsman, Film-maker and Adventurer in India & Pakistan, 1920s-1950s
Leader - Isolde Moylan, Bray Heads U3A Team member

Thu, 11/04/2024 from 10:30 - 12:30 in Bray Golf Club

In this extensively illustrated talk to our group, Isolde will be recounting the colourful story of her beloved father, William J (Bill) Moylan, a story which she and her siblings knew little about until retirement and COVID lockdown time provided them with an opportunity to embark on a virtual journey of discovery to track his life before them. Details following.
TITLE - An Claíomh Solais – the Sword of Light in Early Irish and Indo-European tradition
Leader - Professor Charles Doherty, UCD

Thu, 25/04/2024 from 10:30 - 12:30 in Bray Golf Club

In 1916 a sword was brought up by fishermen from bottom of Ballyshannon Harbour. Unique in Ireland, it is one of about eighty such swords found throughout Europe. They are classed as anthropoid since the hilt has a human shape – the pommel represents the head while the arms and legs form the guards. These have been an object of study since the 1920s. There has been no conclusion concerning the rationale of the anthropoid form or purpose for which these swords/daggers were created. Using Early Irish and Indo-European literature and mythology, alongside the archaeological evidence, I propose an interpretation that may provide a solution to the enigma of these objects.

Thu, 09/05/2024 from 10:30 - 12:30 in Bray Golf Club

TITLE - Visit to the gardens of Castle Howard Estate, Avoca, Co. Wicklow
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Thu, 16/05/2024 from 10:30 - 13:00 in

A date for your diary: Thursday, 16th May, 2024 Visit to the gardens of Castle Howard Estate, Avoca, Co. Wicklow. A beautiful formal garden with Clock Tower folly, terraces, rose garden, box hedging and woodland walks. This will be a morning visit from 10.30 to 13.00 in the afternoon. Bookings will open in early April.

Thu, 23/05/2024 from 10:30 - 12:30 in Bray Golf Club

TITLE - Uncoiling the Ropes: A Climbing Life
Leader - Clare Sheridan

Thu, 06/06/2024 from 10:00 - 12:00 in Bray Golf Club

TITLE - A visit to Trinity College Dublin
Leader -

Wed, 12/06/2024 from 11:00 - 12:30 in

NOTE: CHANGE OF DATE The tour will visit lesser known parts of Trinity College and will be led by Jane Grimson and Bruce Misstear Details to follow.
Leader -

Fri, 14/06/2024 from 10:30 - 12:30 in

Print Date: 22 Feb 2024