Older Than Ireland talk at Louth Age Friendly Fair
- October 1, 2015
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A landmark documentary that tells the story of a 100 years of life, as seen through the eyes of thirty Irish centenarians will be showcased as part of this year’s Louth Age Friendly Business Fair, which takes place at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Dundalk on Sunday.
Often funny and at times poignant, ‘Older Than Ireland’ gives a rare insight into the journey of 30 centenarians from their birth at the dawn of Irish independence to their life in modern day Ireland.
Directed by Alex Fagan, the film, which won Best Irish Feature at this year’s Galway Film Fleadh, reflects on key events such as the thrill of their first kiss to the tragic loss of loved ones as well as immense changes in the fabric of our society.
Including the tales of Ireland’s oldest -113-year old Kathleen Snavely and 108-year-old Luke Dolan – ‘Older Than Ireland’ will be screened along with a talk from its makers.
Another exciting feature of the Fair will be the launch of the community car by Flexibus which is aimed at giving older people door-to-door transport through voluntary aid.
Launched by Miriam McKenna at 1.30pm, volunteers will use their own cars to give people lifts to hospital appointments as well as help them access shopping, banking and pension facilities.
Over 3.000 people are expected to attend the fourth annual fair which will also comprise of a chair aerobics demonstration by Servisource at 2pm, dementia awareness training by Elevator at 2.30pm and blood pressure and blood sugar demonstrations by McCabe’s Pharmacy an hour later.
Live music at 4pm by the O’Brien Brothers will certainly get toes tapping as they wander around over 50 exhibitors at the fair, which will supported by the Louth Age Friendly County Initiative, Age Friendly Business Forum, Louth Older People’s Forum, Dundalk Chamber of Commerce and Ardee Traders Association.
Louth is Ireland’s first age-friendly county and the co-ordinator Mary Deery is delighted with the success of the Fair over the past three years, and the take-up in age-friendly business offerings.
“The fair will feature offers from multitudes of companies like this, all designed to improve the lives of older people in the community.”
Timeline of displays:
1.30pm Rural Transport Co-ordination for Louth, Meath & North Fingal and launch of the Community Car by Miriam McKenna from Flexibus
2pm Chair aerobics demonstration by Servisource
2.30pm Dementia awareness training by Elevator
3pm – Older than Ireland. Documentary on centenarians in Ireland.
3.30pm Blood pressure and blood sugar demonstration and talk by Roisin Flanagan, McCabes Pharmacy
4pm O’Brien Brothers – live music