Newry U3A meets President McAleese

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 :

9 Sept 2009U3A visit to Aras an Uachtarain to meet President McAleese :


Nancy Smith

Kathleen Sheehan

Bridget Reilly

Gertie Flanagan

Alice Clifford

Kay Litter

Kathleen Carville

Eugene Campbell

John McCullagh

Clodagh Brady

Ann Bradley

Leontia Noleman

Bridget Convery

Phyllis Crawford

Bridie Crilly

Kathleen Duffy

Angela Finnerty

Eilish Hughes

Marie McGrath

Nancy McGreevey

Nora McKevitt

Concepta McMahon

Maureen McQuaide

Sally McSherry

Philmna O’Callaghan

Patricia Smylie

Mary McSweeney

Phyl Turley

Elizabeth Weir

Jo Gibbs

Sheila Mallon

Joan McConville

Jean Ferguson

Carrie Kane

Patricia Johnson

Claire Toal

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