Hunt, Secretary of newly-formed U3A Tramore.
Location: Tramore is a seaside resort on Ireland's SE coast which
is famous for its long, sandy strand after which it is named - "Tra"
= strand, "mor"= big.
Originally a small fishing village it was developed during the 19th
century to accommodate visitors. At one time it would be full to bursting
during the summer months but in recent years tourism has declined. In
good weather the beach is as beautiful as ever but the town remains
pretty quiet. Many of the new residents are retired people who have
come to Tramore to enjoy the fresh air and scenery.
Membership: U3A meets on the first Thursday of the month at Tramore
Coastguard Station, starting at 11am. Our talks are open to all who
wish to come but we are primarily for retired people. There is no membership
fee as such; we charge 2 euros at the door to cover rent and coffee/tea.
This is a very new group as we only started in December 2011 so things
are still fairly fluid and we may change as we go on - we aim to be
democratic and do as members wish.
Activities and Groups: There have been guest speakers every month
except for an art workshop and for July and August when there were outings
instead. This year we plan to have speakers throughout the year. Talks
have ranged from local history, art appreciation, rural economy, wine
......anything to keep our minds active!
So far there are 3 special interest groups which meet monthly: books,
poetry and astronomy. Last year visits were organised to Ormonde Castle,
Fenor Bog and the Copper Coast, Dublin Zoo and Waterford's new Medieval
Personal comment: Delighted with how it's gone so far but obviously
there's still a lot more we could be doing ! We meet on the first floor
of what used to be the local Coastguards' Station so have stunning views
across Tramore Bay - many members say they enjoy coming just for that
and obviously appreciate the company as well; I've noticed friendships
being established over the past year. As most of our members are not
from local families, or have retired here after many years away, they
are pleased to be able to meet with people in similar situations and
similar interests, and I'm sure any visitor from a U3A group would find
a warm welcome from our members.