Yesterday Wednesday 9 September was a big day for Newry U3A when we finally got to meet our esteemed President, Her Excellency Mary McAleese.
We were treated as honoured guests – as indeed are all those invited to Aras an Uachtarain, the theme of President McAleese’s term being openness and reconciliation – but perhaps we were a little special being from her home constituency.
Indeed as your editor and two other Bridge players among our number pointed out to her, we regularly compete against her mother, the lovely Claire Lenighan at the card table.
Anyway she met with U3A members in the Drawing Room (with its priceless Louis XIV covered seat – a gift from the French nation to the Irish nation and originally decorating the Elyesee Palace.)
The following is a list of the members of U3A included in the photo above with President McAleese :