TITLE - Drawing Class on Zoom with the Intriguing Title of 'Drawing and Sex' to celebrate National Drawing Day
Leader - Brigid O'Brien, Artist & Bray Heads U3A Member

Wed, 12/05/2021 from 10:30 - 12:30 in Zoom Online

NOTE: This class is on WEDNESDAY, 12 May With Ireland's National Drawing Day coming up on Saturday 15 May, our very own Group artist, Brigid O'Brien, has very kindly agreed to hold an advance event to celebrate the Day and the joy of drawing. This will be Brigid's second drawing class for the Group, but her first on Zoom. All members are invited to join and are strongly encouraged to do so. Brigid believes passionately that there is an artist in all of us and that we can all stretch our doodles into mini works of art by a few minutes of sketching everyday items that we see around us in our homes, gardens, towns and countryside. If you haven't already discovered the artist in you, Brigid will be showing us how to change this. There will be no need for any participants to be shy as there is no competitive element to this class, no-one will be pressed to display their work if they don't want to. The idea is to have a go and enjoy the experience in a relaxed atmosphere, and any displaying that is done will be strictly voluntary, intended simply to get some useful feedback and encouragement from Brigid about the work. In her first class, which around 40 members attended at Bray Golf Club, Brigid brought along a basket of different fruits and vegetables and our task was to select one of these and draw it and the hand in which we were holding it. It was great fun and the results were surprising! WHAT YOU'LL NEED: This time, we will not be able to dip into Brigid's basket, so class participants will need to supply their own object to draw and this is going to be: A TOMATO - so that's not too difficult! After that, all you need is a pencil (coloured if you like), a small notebook, drawing pad or pieces of paper, roughly A5 to A6 in size, possibly a sharpener - and a rubber only if you absolutely must. As for the title of this class of Brigid's - 'Drawing and Sex' - she is giving us no clues, so all remains to be revealed on the day. Photos - Clockwise from top left: Artist Brigid O'Brien; A Tomato drawing by her; A drawing of her's to celebrate National Writing Day in February this year; and a photo taken at Brigid's first Bray Heads U3A drawing class in 2019
TITLE - Visions and Strategies for Regional Planning in Ireland.
Leader - Jim Walsh, Emeritus Professor of Geography at Maynooth University

Thu, 13/05/2021 from 10:30 - 12:30 in Zoom Online

Jim Walsh is an Emeritus Professor of Geography at Maynooth University where he is also a member of the Maynooth Institute for Social Sciences (MUSSI). His research interests are in rural and regional development, demographic change and spatial planning. He has published extensively on these topics. In addition to his research he has extensive experience in leadership and project management in higher education as Vice-President of Maynooth University for twelve years, and in providing strategic advice on a wide range of policies over many years to government departments and other agencies that include the National Economic and Social Council; Dept of Environment on the National Spatial Strategy and the National Planning Framework; Dept. of Agriculture on the White Paper for Rural Development; and in more recent years the Dept of Community and Rural Affairs through membership of the Commission for the Economic Development of Rural Areas.
TITLE - 'The Devil's Chaplain': The Life and Times of Charles Darwin
Leader - Dr Peter Boyle, Fellow Emeritus, TCD

Thu, 27/05/2021 from 11:00 - 12:00 in Zoom Online

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 - The Middle East: An Introduction to its Lands, People, History and Complexities
Leader - Former Ambassador, Isolde Moylan

Thu, 10/06/2021 from 10:30 - 12:30 in Zoom Online

Anytime that the Middle East features in the news media, the story almost always relates either to wars, uprisings, tyranny, terrorism, religious extremism or threats to the west, or else to the vast oil-wealth of some of its countries and people. Having spent nearly eight years living, working and travelling in the region, retired Ambassador, Isolde Moylan, has witnessed and chronicled many of these conflicts and problems first hand. In this talk, however, she will be delving in behind the news headlines, the terrible press which the region attracts, and the stereotypes which abound about it, to reveal a more multi-dimensional picture of these fascinating lands, peoples and cultures, and the main historical, economic and external factors which impact so heavily on it. Isolde - who is from Bray, and who was a founding member of our Bray Heads U3A Group and its first Team Leader - was an Irish diplomat for over 40 years, focusing mainly on political and international development issues. In addition to posts abroad in Washington DC, at the UN in New York, in Rome; Brussels; and Boston as Consul General, she served as Ambassador to Tanzania (1996-2000); as Ireland’s first resident Representative to the Palestinian Authority (2000-2002); as Asia Political Director (2005-2010); and as Ambassador to Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Sudan and the Arab League, based in Cairo (2010-2015). In retirement since mid-2015, she speaks and writes on the Middle East; she is a Board member of the Friends of Bethlehem University; a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Glencree Centre for Peace & Reconciliation; an Archives Reviewer for the Department of Foreign Affairs; and she also enjoys being a member of Bray Choral Society.
TITLE - TBC: COVID-19 Update
Leader - TBC: Professor Luke O'Neill, TCD

Thu, 24/06/2021 from 10:30 - 12:30 in Zoom Online

Following his lively and informative talk to our Group in November 2020 and his offer to return to provide us with an update at a later stage, we are hoping that he will be able to do so on this date or around this time.
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Fri, 25/06/2021 from 00:00 - 00:00 in

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Thu, 02/09/2021 from 10:30 - 12:30 in Zoom Online

Print Date: 09 May 2021