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Second annual Monaghan Walking Festival in April

Published 29/03/2016


The second annual Monaghan U3A Walking Festival will take place on Thursday 14 April and Friday 15 of April. Monaghan U3A invites you and all visiting walkers to take a dander over their stony grey soil on this two-day walking festival, complete with historical tours and guided strolls.

Registration costs €15 for one day or €25 for both days. For more information about the day by day breakdown and walking routes please contact Eamon Callaghan on 047 89162 / 087 918 6567 or at

Accommodation is available in The Westenra Hotel, Monaghan, at €45 B&B. Telephone (047) 74400 or you can check out other accommodation in the area.   

Monaghan U3A Walking Tour
Setting the pace at last year's walking festival


The first walk starts at 10.30 on Friday morning as we wind our way, via the Greenway, along the Ulster Canal to Rossmore Park seeing some of Monaghan's most spectacular scenery. The walk should take about two hours.

In the afternoon, our second walk starts at 3pm and is a guided stroll around Monaghan town with your experienced local guides sharing stories of the town's hidden history and pointing out sites of architectural interest. 

There's a festival dinner in the Westenra Hotel at 7.30pm with Dr Niall Moyna of RTÉ's Operation Transformation as our guest speaker. Booking in advance is essential!


Assembling at the Westenra Hotel again at 9am on Sunday morning we take the bus to Dartrey Forest near Cootehill. Now operated by Coillte it is a stunning network of forest paths and lakes with the famous Black Island at its heart.

The island is home to the Dawson Mausoleum, designed by James Wyatt in 1770 and modelled on the Pantheon in Rome. It's one of Ireland's most important19th century buildings and is currently being restored by the local heritage association.

Once finished in Dartrey, we will take the bus back to Monaghan for 3pm.

It promises to be a fantastic weekend and please click on the link below for more information.

The weekend is organised by the Monaghan U3A Lifelong Learning Network.



Pension Inequality Firmly on the Election 2020 Campaign Agenda

Age Action joined the SIPTU led coalition of non-governmental organisations for the launch of the STOP67 campaign in Dublin today (Thursday, 23rd January) which aims to halt the increase of the state pension age for workers to 67 from next year in order to address inequalities in the pension system.

Speaking at the formal campaign launch in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland in Kildare Street, Dublin, SIPTU Deputy General Secretary, Ethel Buckley, said: “STOP67 is the SIPTU campaign to stop the increase of the state pension age to 67 on 1st January, 2021.

“SIPTU representatives are not surprised this is a major general election issue. We have been hearing from our members since the abolition of the transitional pension scheme in 2014 about the difficulties that the retirement gap has been causing for workers. This includes the absolute indignity of people coming up to 65 years of age who are expecting to get their pension and having to sign on the dole.”

National Women’s Council of Ireland Director, Orla O’Connor, said: “This is a core issue for women. Women rely on the state pension for the vast majority of their income in older age. So, anything that impacts on state pensions disproportionally impacts on women.”

Age Action Chief Executive, Paddy Connolly, said: “This campaign is not only about stopping the rise of the pension age to 67 but also the creation of a stakeholder forum which will consider issues such as finances, age discrimination and others that effect people in their retirement.”

Active Retirement Ireland chief executive, Maureen Kavanagh, said: “Ireland has the youngest population but the highest prospective retirement age in the EU. We are not under the demographic pressure of other countries. Retirement is a great part of life but it has to be voluntary, flexible and appropriate. We can’t force people out of a job that they love, or to stay in their job.”

SIPTU General Secretary, Joe Cunningham, called on Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil to make clear their position on the pensions issue.

He added: “All the other political parties are supporting the ‘STOP67’ campaign. The big two parties must make their position clear.”