Newtownabbey, Larne and Carrickfergus 

County Antrim,  Northern Ireland


East Antrim

We are a registered charity. Northern Ireland charity number: NIC103317.

Latest news                                 Last updated 5 June 2015                                         


Last update 17 January 2018


New groups

Crafts with Annabella perhaps once a fortnight various crafts could be offered: felting, sock dolls, embroidery, and various other types by our talented Annabella. Please register your interest to


Zumba Weekly, again with Annabella who runs very regular high impact sessions with her daughter Loiri, but these would be much gentler and suitable for our ages. Please register your interest to As an alternative it was suggested Salsa could be offered but not both.  


Esperanto A proposal by John Murray to offer a support group for anyone willing to use Duolingo to learn Esperanto. The app - available free of cost on computers, tablets and smart phones - is designed to be used for five to ten minutes a day.  You can of course miss days, but the system does send out reminders.  As is claimed in the article Duolingo has proved very successful and popular.  However, people need somewhere to test out what they are learning and from his experience an hour or less a week would be more than sufficient to meet this need.  He has further materials to extend and support what is provided by the app Duolingo. His family has been speakers of Esperanto for many years.  However, it would fall to him personally to support this proposed group.  It is suggested the Duolingo Esperanto group meet on Tuesdays, say 10:00 – 11.00.  Please register your interest to See the attached BBC article for interest. This will start with immediate effect.


     Military History: anyone interested in helping to start or to join a group, please register with           Teresa.



East Antrim U3A now has its own operational headquarters at 12 Nelson Street, Carrickfergus. This consists of a substantial hall and another smaller hall for meetings, office, kitchen and toilet facilities. There is wheelchair access if required. Group meetings are now being held there unless otherwise stated on the monthly activity programme. Our new telephone number is 028 9336 1110, so if you are interested in joining or have any query you can give us a ring. Generally there will be someone present in the office to answer your call. Alternately you will be welcome as a visitor at our next general meeting (see above), and you can join then if you wish. Our new address for all correspondence is 12 Nelson St, Carrickfergus BT38 8AR.


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The next General Meeting will be held in Joymount Presbyterian Church Hall, Carrickfergus, on Monday 19 January 2018 at 2.00 pm.

Our speakers will be our very own entertaining Jack McKinney and Shirin Murphy from Mid & East Antrim BC who will do a short presentation “Battlebags and Blimps” exploring the legacy of Whitehead’s Aerodrome “The Bentra Aerodrome Project” and how you can get involved in their project.

                                                                                                                                  Tea Duty: Needle Natters


We will be holding an Art Exhibition for ALL our art and craft groups in The Civic Centre from Saturday 24 March to 7 April inclusive (including the Easter weekend).  All items exhibited will be for sale.