Speakers

Various recommendations

  • James McArevey & Michael O’Hare :  Newry Maritime Association & Fishing (google Newry Maritime Association)
  • John Moore : A History of Castlerock (contact Causeway)
  • Tony Traill & Charlie Cole : Sustainable Farming – Goats & Wild Venison (contact Causeway)
  • Robert Bell : The Story of Tea (contact Causeway)
  • John Lynch : The Men who built the Titanic (contact Causeway)
  • Alf McCreary : Behind the Headlines (contact Causeway)
  • Malachi O’Doherty : The Belfast Agreement 16 years on  (contact Causeway)
  • Hilary Wright : Upcycler -” using things that other people throw away!” (contact South Tyrone)
  • Tom McQueen : Violin maker/player (contact South Tyrone)
  • Jimmy Davidson : History of Belfast Bakeries (contact South Tyrone)
  • Pat Bogue : Donaghmore History Society (contact south Tyrone)
  • Dana Foley (her father was a prisoner of war in WW11) (contact San Martino Trust or South Tyrone)
  • Stephanie Lavery :  Antique Medicines (has other talks)  (contact south Tyrone)
  • Noeleen Mullen  : History of Benburb Priory (contact South Tyrone)
  • Fr. McGirr : Orchids (contact Causeway)
  • Roma Tomelty : talks both about her father, joseph Tomelty, and about her time in the theatre (contact Downe)
  • Clive Scoular :  Based in Killyleagh, County Down, Clive can speak to your group on a wide range of topics in an engaging manner.  These relate to the history of Ireland.  For full details see Clive .
  • Gerry Miller : Former teacher, Head of English and Senior Master; International Lecturer on Anglo-Irish Literature and the history and culture of the island of Ireland; award winning poet. Gives readings, talks and workshops on creative writing. (http://www.gerrymillerpoetry.com/)
  •  Mary Dynan was first introduced to Life Story Writing in U3A Brisbane and was keen to get a similar group going in Newry City U3A. The only way for that to happen was for her to take it herself. Her background includes a BA in English Language and Literature from Universtiy College Dublin, a DASE in School Counselling from Keele University and and M.Soc Wk from the University of Western Australia.  (contact Newry U3A)
  • Dave Atherton –  A former chemist with the multinational company DuPont (UK) Ltd. In 1971, wishing to learn to scuba-dive, he joined the local City of Derry Sub Aqua Club which had found the wreck of the Spanish Armada vessel La Trinidad Valencera in Kinnagoe Bay, Co Donegal. Dave worked with the archaeological team which excavated the wreck over the subsequent 12 years. Author of “La Trinidad Valencera”
  •  Mary Mc Fadden:  A graduate of Belfast College of Art and QUB. Experienced in all aspects of painting and design, but specializes in watercolour painting. Presently researching the history of women artist. Gives talks to U3A on aspects of History and Appreciation of Art.
  • Dr Ann McVeigh can do several talks on NI history, the one on Vere Foster is recommended (contact PRONI)
  • Malachi O’Doherty will talk about his travels round Ireland with a bike and the adventured he had (contact Belfast)
  • Joyce Gibson will talk about shared learning projects and can discuss the recent project about Gibraltarians who were evacuated here in WW2. (028 9146 2043)
  • Michael Healey will give a talk on”waste not, want not”, how products you use come from what otherwise would have been discarded. (contact Downe)
  • The Patient Client Council can provide speakers (contact Downe)
  • The Down County Museum can provide speakers on a variety of topics (e. g. History of Underwear) (contact Downe)
  • Bernadette McGarry will talk about bowel cancer awareness (077 9852 3668)
  • Vivian McIver: North Down &Ards recommend one of their members  Vivian McIver, a former Schools Inspector who has written a book ‘ A Guest is a Gift from God – Travels in Georgia’ under the pen name Conor McKeever.  Vivian is an entertaining speaker with a dry wit and is willing to give talks to U3As. Since retiring from the Inspectorate, Vivian has been working for the World Bank on the reform of teacher training in various parts of the world most recently for a year in Afghanistan on establishing teacher training for women and also in the Republic of Georgia in the Caucasus. To be brief, he has now written a light-hearted book on his time working as a consultant in Tbilisi and is selling it at £10 a copy, the profits going to the Pushkin Trust to help improve – in however modest a way – teacher training in Georgia. He writes under the pen name “Conor McKeever.”

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