Offaly will celebrate Positive Ageing Week from next Friday, September 27, until October 5, and with events happening all over the county there’s a lot to celebrate.
The initiative is a national one run by Age Action Ireland and is the country’s largest celebration of positive ageing. Offaly has been a Positive Ageing Week county for the past number of years, and once again has a varied programme thanks to the Positive Ageing Week committee, Bluebird Care, local groups, Offaly County Council, Offaly Local Development Company, the HSE, Offaly Sports Council and TASK.
On Friday the week will begin with a 10.30am event promoting wellbeing at Birr library. HSE health promotion officer Clodagh Armitage will present a talk, followed by a stroll in Camcor Park. More information on this event is available from Martina Needham on 057 9124950.
At 2.30pm in Tullamore on Friday participants at Tullamore library will learn how to tell their own story and put it in writing at a storytelling and creative writing workshop. Booking for this event is essential by calling the library on 057 9346861.
On Sunday lawn bowling will take place from 2.30pm until 5.30pm at Tullamore Town Park with the Lloyd Park Bowling Club. More details on this event are available from Rita Davies on 083 3534561.
On Monday next Go for Life games will take place from 2.30pm until 4.30pm at the Charleville Centre in Tullamore with Olivia Murphy of Offaly Sports Partnership. An introduction to Skype and ipads will take place from 2pm to 5pm on the same day at Offaly VEC. Booking for that session is available by calling 057 9349441. Meanwhile over in Daingean activities from 2pm to 4pm on Monday in the town hall will include art, storytelling and a wellbeing talk with Mary Greene. More information on the Daingean event is available from Rose McManus on 057 9353792.
Next Tuesday, October 1, there will be a lunchtime recital from 1pm to 2pm on Tullamore library with Austin Brennan. More information on that event is available from 057 9346861. From 12.30pm to 3.30pm on the same day the Central Hotel in Tullamore will welcome Ballymun Partnership’s Building Bridges mystery tour. More info on this is available from Molly Buckley on 087 2914302.
Next Wednesday Clodagh Armitage from the HSE will deliver a wellbeing talk at Clara library from 2.30pm - more information from Clara library on 057 9331389. Go for Life games will take place in Kilcormac Community Centre from 2.30pm to 4.30pm on the same day, with more information from Olivia Murphy of Offaly Sports Partnership on 057 9357462. A positive ageing social afternoon is planned for 3pm to 5pm in the Darmagh Centre in Tullamore with the Tullamore Active Retirement Association on the same day, with more information from Ann Tobin on 083 3502763.
On Thursday, October 3, there will be an information afternoon in the Tullamore Court Hotel on supports, entitlements, services and safety in the home. More information on that event is available from Molly Buckley on 087 2914302. An age friendly county consultation will take place in the same venue between 6.30pm and 8.30pm on that day, looking at the development of Offaly as an age friendly county. More information on that is available from Niamh Dowler on 057 9357460. Earlier on Thursday Michael Byrne, John Carney and the staff of the Offaly History Centre will lead a tour at 11am, with more information from Molly Buckley.
On Friday, October 4 there will be a free tour of the Tullamore DEW Visitor Centre at 2pm with Mary Hensey. Booking for this event is essential however, by calling Mary on 057 9325015. At 2pm on the same day Clodagh Armitage will speak at Tullamore library, before leading a stroll in the park. At the same time an introduction to Skype will take place at Crank House in Banagher. Booking for that is essential by contacting Michael McKeown on 057 9152003.
Wrapping festivities up on Saturday, October 5 will be a social afternoon in the Central Hotel in Tullamore from 3pm to 6pm, with music, song, dance and of course tea. More information on this is available from Declan Costello on 087 6991226.