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The U3A movement is a unique and exciting organisation which provides, through its U3As, life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities.
Retired and semi-retired people learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery! Members share their skills and life experiences: the learners teach and the teachers learn, and there is no distinction between them.
It is supported by its national organisation, the Third Age Trust. Find information here on interest groups, contacts, and events.

Our Meetings

Massereene U3A was established in October 2013. We hold monthly meetings on the 4th Friday of the month at 10.30 am in Antrim Library. Tea/coffee is served on arrival before any updates on what is happening in our varied range of special interest groups. The guest speaker talks for about 45 minutes, including questions, and we try to finish by noon.
See our Monthly Meetings and Events pages for up-to-date information.



The membership year runs from September to August and the annual subscription is £18.00.
As well as membership of Massereene U3A all members receive a copy of the national quarterly magazine, ‘Third Age Matters’.



The current Constitution can be read or downloaded from this link. Click here to see the make-up of the current Executive Committee. Massereene U3A is a Registered Charity. Registration Number NIC100293

Interest Groups

Massereene U3A currently has 11 Interest Groups and members can join as many groups as they like, or have time for. Each Groups meets its own running costs, if there are any. They meet on different days, at different times, in different locations within the Antrim area, and with different frequency.


Why Massereene?

In 1603, Hugh Clotworthy, an army officer from Devon serving in the garrison at Carrickfergus, obtained a lease of land at “Massarine” from Sir Arthur Chichester, Lord Deputy of Ireland. Clotworthy’s descendants went on to acquire the titles of Viscount and, for a time, Earl of Massereene and built Antrim Castle with its outstanding gardens on the banks of the Six Mile Water, a short distance from the northern shore of Lough Neagh. In  deliberating on the name for the new U3A the steering committee wished to acknowledge the long association of the Massereene name with Antrim and also to indicate that this U3A was not restricted to Antrim town but would welcome members from throughout the Antrim area.