Celebration of Work to Make Communities More Age Friendly


  • Inaugural Age Friendly Achievement and Recognition Awards 2014 recognise work in making Ireland a great place in which to grow old

Tuesday, 20th January – At a special ceremony in the Cavan Crystal Hotel today, seven projects from across the country were recognised for their innovative and creative approaches to making Ireland a great place in which to grow old at the inaugural Age Friendly Recognition and Achievement Awards.

The event was hosted by Age Friendly Ireland, the host organisation of Ireland’s Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme. The Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme in Ireland has been running for five years and it aims to make Ireland a truly great place in which to grow old. 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.

This event also showcased the wonderful work carried out this year under the Age Friendly Towns Programme. The participating towns were presented with their certificates on the day.

Speaking at the event, Age Friendly Ireland Chief Executive Hugh O’Connor said, “We are delighted to be hosting this celebration of age friendliness, in what we hope is just the first of such recognition ceremonies. The purpose of this event is to recognise implementation and achievement in age friendly project work around Ireland. The Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme is now five years old and is running in 28 of the 31 Local Authority areas across Ireland. The Programme has yielded a wealth of creative responses that has a real impact on the lives of older people and it is important that we take this opportunity to recognise and celebrate this.”

Chair of the Cavan Age Friendly Alliance, Jack Keyes said, “It is wonderful to welcome everyone to Cavan on the occasion of the first Age Friendly Recognition and Achievement Awards Ceremony 2014. The purpose of today’s ceremony is to showcase the wonderful age friendly initiatives from around the country that have contributed to making Ireland a great place to grow old.”

Master of Ceremonies and President Elect of the Gaelic Athletic Association, Aogán O’Fearghaill said: “It is so inspiring to be here today and hear about all the wonderful work going on around the country to make Ireland make our communities more age friendly. The benefits of an age friendly approach will be felt by all members of the community, not just older people. Working towards the goal of age friendliness makes for more cohesive communities.”

The projects chosen for recognition are:

  1. Age Friendly Transport Award – Two Partnership Approaches for Hospital Appointments in Co Meath
  2. Age Friendly Active and Healthy Ageing Award – Intergenerational and Creative Development at MacAuley Place, Naas, Kildare
  3. Age Friendly Business Award – Cavan Age Friendly Business Recognition Scheme
  4. Age Friendly Safety and Security Award – Foxford Safety and Security Project
  5. Age Friendly Communication Award – Kilkenny Age Friendly Communication Plan
  6. Age Friendly Environment Award – Skerries Age Friendly Town Initiative
  7. Age Friendly Community Innovation Award – Cultaca Supporting Older People, Dundalk