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National Older People’s Council Convention Kilkenny 2024 – Day 1

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This year’s theme is ‘Ageing with Independence’

The National Older Peoples Council Convention brings the Older People’s Councils together from all across Ireland giving an opportunity to discuss topics, network and learn from each other. The benefit of the Convention is to contribute to the work of the Older People’s Council.


The two day convention started on Thursday 9th May and finished up on Friday 10th May.

Our Master of Ceremonies for Thursday was Edward Hayden, Chef and Radio Broadcaster who did a wonderful job. We had addresses from Michael Doyle, Cathaoirleach Kilkenny County Council who official opened the Convention. Lar Power, Chief Executive, Kilkenny County Council welcomed everyone to Kilkenny and gave an introduction to the convention. Mary O’Hanlon, Chair of Kilkenny Older People’s Council (OPC) welcomed everyone to Kilkenny on behalf of Kilkenny OPC. Kieran Kehoe, Chief Executive, Meath County Council, Host to Age Friendly Ireland Shared Service spoke proudly about the progress of Age Friendly Ireland.


There was many information stands for people to visit, from Healthy Age Friendly Homes, An Garda Síochana, Kilkenny Fire and Rescue Service, Acorn, Alone, to name but a few.

After a lovely lunch, people were split up into groups and took part in workshops and some tours around Kilkenny:
– Tour of Kilkenny Castle
– Shenanigans Walking Tour of Kilkenny
– Kilkenny Mayfair Library-Kilkenny’s Age Friendly library
– The Smithwick’s Experience
– Visit to Ireland’s First Age Friendly Train Station
– Digital Inclusion – Solution Focused Consultation (in Hotel)
– Minding your Wellbeing (in Hotel)

It was a very packed day, enjoyed by all.

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