Cork Older People’s Council event in the Westlodge Hotel, Bantry

ON the 27th November 2017, the Cork County Older People’s Council held a celebratory event in the Westlodge Hotel in Bantry.

Minister Jim Daly, Minister for Mental Health and Older People attended the event and spoke about issues affecting older people in the County. He also held a questions and answers session with the attendees at the event. The Chair of the OPC, Ms Liz Maddox and Mr James Fogarty, Chair of the Age Friendly Alliance also spoke.

Jim Daly, Minister for Mental Health and Older People (front centre) at the Bi-Annual Celebration of the Cork County Older Peoples Council at the Westlodge Hotel, Bantry with (left to right): Liz Downes, Vice-Chairperson, CCOPC and Liz Maddock, Chairperson, CCOPC. Back (left to right): Margaret Murphy O’Mahony, T.D., Rita Kearney, Secretary, CCOPC, James Fogarty, Deputy Cheif Executive Cork County Council and Aileen Hurley, Age Friendly County Co-Ordinator. Photo: Martin Walsh.

There were over 200 members of the County OPC at the event from all over Cork County. Speeches were followed by a 2 course lunch and dancing until the late afternoon.

Margaret Murphy O’Mahony, T.D., second from left at the at the Bi-Annual Celebration of the Cork County Older Peoples Council at the Westlodge Hotel, Bantry with (left to right): Barbara Beechinor, Nora Hickey and Mary Coughlan, all from Kinsale. Photo: Martin Walsh.

Cork County Older People’s Council was established in 2015 by Cork County Council, as part of the Cork Age Friendly County Programme. The Council is made up of an Executive Committee and a wider group of members who meet twice a year to celebrate positive ageing and their achievements.

Jim Daly, Minister for Mental Health and Older People pictured at the Bi-Annual Celebration of the Cork County Older Peoples Council at the Westlodge Hotel, Bantry with (left to right): Eily May Connolly, Shepperton, Leap, Philly Bechinor, Rossmore, Sheila O’Regan, Skibbereen, Nellie O’Regan, Rossmore and Mary O’Shea, Tragumna. Photo: Martin Walsh.

The Council aims to be as representative as possible, by representing older people from all walks of life, including people who can’t take part directly in the decision making process; such as those living in residential care and people suffering from Alzheimer’s and Dementia.

Cork County Council Fire Service was represented by Bantry’s Ian Vickery and Ger Minihane at the Bi-Annual Celebration of the Cork County Older Peoples Council at the Westlodge Hotel, Bantry. Photo: Martin Walsh.

 For further information on the Cork Age Friendly Programme or on the Older People’s Council in Cork please contact Aileen Hurley at 021 4285900 or at Aileen.hurley@corkcoco.ie

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