25 Projects Shortlisted for National Age Friendly Recognition Awards

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-  Dublin City Council Host Awards Ceremony in Croke Park -

Councillor Deirdre Heney representing Paul Mc Auliffe, the Lord Mayor of Dublin welcomed over two hundred people from across Ireland to Croke Park for this year’s National Age Friendly Recognition and Achievement Awards ceremony on Thursday, 14th November at 6.30 pm.

The event was presented by the Age Friendly Ireland Programme (Meath County Council) and was hosted and sponsored by Dublin City Council. Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Sharon Ní Bheoláin, Broadcaster and Journalist with RTE and entertainment was provided by the Dublin City Age Friendly Choir.

The Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme has been running for over ten years and has been implemented by all 31 Local Authorities in Ireland, the programme is built on the recognition of the valuable role that older people can and should play in shaping their communities for the better and it aims to make Ireland a truly great place in which to grow old. 

This year eight categories of awards, aligning to the themes of the World Health Organisation were presented to age friendly projects in recognition for their innovative and creative approach to making Ireland a great place in which to grow old.
The winners in each category were:

  1. Age Friendly Transport Award - Mayo Community Transport CLG T/A Local Link Mayo - Connected Mayo: addressing isolation through community transport

 This award was presented by Tim Gaston. Director of Public Transport Services, National Transport Authority and sponsored by Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.

  1. Age Friendly Active & Healthy Aging Award - Donegal Intergenerational Choir Donegal Age Friendly Alliance, Donegal County Council

 This award was presented by Dr. Stephanie O’Keeffe, National Director, Strategic Planning & Transformation, HSE and Dr. Kathleen MacLellan, Assistant Secretary, Department of Health and sponsored by the Department of Health and the Health Service Executive.

  1. Age Friendly Business Innovation Award - COPE Galway – Meals4Health

 This award was presented by Ian Talbot, Chief Executive Officer, Chambers Ireland who sponsored the award.

  1. Age Friendly Safety & Security Award - Home Security Scheme/Lock and Carbon Monoxide Alarm – South Dublin County Council

 This award was presented by Superintendent Kevin Daly and sponsored by An Garda Síochána.

  1. Age Friendly Communication Award - ACORN Age Friendly Tablet - Fingal County Council, Limerick City & County Council and Meath County Council

This award was presented by Aileen Mooney, Corporate Communications Manager,  and sponsored by An Post

  1. Age Friendly Environment Award – Dementia Friendly Garden - Cavan Branch Alzheimer Society of Ireland

This award was presented by Dr. Ger Graddock, Chief Officer of the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design who sponsored the award.

  1. Age Friendly Community Innovation Award – Put a Twinkle in Your Wrinkle - Terenure Smart Agers

This award was presented by Bairbre Nic Aongusa, Assistant Secretary, Department of Rural & Community Development who sponsored the award.

  1. Age Friendly Housing Award - Age Friendly Housing Design Competition – Cork County Age Friendly Programme

This award was presented by Minister Damien English, Department, Housing, Planning & Local Government who sponsored the award.

Speaking ahead of the awards, Councillor Deirdre Heney, Dublin City Council said "I am delighted to be here tonight representing the Lord Mayor of Dublin and I would like to extend a warm welcome to everyone here in the Hogan Suite in Croke Park.  These awards give us a wonderful opportunity to recognise and to celebrate all the work that is being done at a local level to make our communities more age friendly.

I would like to congratulate all of the age friendly projects that have been shortlisted for an award this evening and I would like to thank Meath County Council for hosting the National Age Friendly Ireland Programme and Dublin City Council for hosting this year’s awards ceremony."

Speaking before the event, Chief Executive of Meath County Council and host of the National Age Friendly Ireland Programme, Jackie Maguire said “Meath County Council, as host of the national Age Friendly Ireland Programme, wish all the participating age friendly projects a huge congratulations.  This annual Age Friendly Recognition Awards Ceremony is a wonderful opportunity to recognise all that is good across all sectors in Ireland in responding to the diverse needs of our ageing population. 

On behalf of the wider local government sector I wish to thank all our age friendly programme practitioners, our sponsors, our judges, our Government Departments, our older people’s councils and wider communities for joining in this wonderful annual celebration. In particular I extend sincere thanks to Brendan Kenny and his team in Dublin City Council for hosting this magnificent ceremony for 2019.  Local government is proud of this wonderful shared service – a now widely recognised International Leader in the field of Global Ageing.”

Brendan Kenny, Assistant Chief Executive, Dublin City Council said “Dublin is honoured to be hosting the National Age Friendly Recognition and Achievement Awards which are taking place in the historic and iconic, Croke Park GAA Stadium. Dublin city aims to incorporate Age Friendly principles into all areas of our work, from our capital programmes, through to housing, the arts, libraries, transport, staff training, communication and citizen engagement. Age Friendly is not simply and “add on” piece of work; it is becoming the way that we work.”

Speaking at the event Age Friendly Ireland Chief Officer, Catherine McGuigan said “The national Age Friendly Ireland Programme provides a platform for the implementation of innovative practices that demonstrate meaningful outcomes for our ageing population in Ireland. Successful practices that have a meaningful impact on people’s lives can then be scaled up and replicated across the country. The national recognition awards give us the opportunity to celebrate that work and acknowledge the valuable contribution age friendly practices make to older people, and the wider population, the length and breadth of Ireland.  We are thrilled that so many of our colleagues from the network of 31 Age Friendly Programmes are joined in recognising these achievements.”