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Bealtaine festival is having its 21st birthday this year! For 2016, the theme is Iconic Citizens, which continues Bealtaine’s three-year exploration of Nationhood and Citizenship and specifically reflects on the first generations of citizens inhabiting the new Irish State.   The festival will also consider where we are, culturally, as a maturing nation and people.  Visual artist Anna Spearman will embark on a residency with the Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent (KCAT/kcat.ie) - an open access Arts and Lifelong Learning initiative promoted by the Camphill Communities. This joint Bealtaine / KCAT residency will comprise of the artist working alongside the 13 KCAT Studio artists.  Check out http://bealtaine.com/bealtaine-2016/programme  for full programme listings around the country.

Kilkenny Recreation & Sports Partnership (KRSP) are delighted to inform you that we are organising a Go for Life Games County Day for Older Adults.  This is open to ALL Older Adults. The Go for Life Games involve three sports that can be played in Singles, Pairs and Teams; Lobbers- adaption of Petanque and Boules/Flisk- adaption of Frisbee and Horseshoe Pitching/Scidil-adaption of Ten-Pin Bowling and Skittles.  The emphasis of the Games is on participation and fun.  The games are played in a non-competitive way as much as possible and participants are encouraged to umpire their own game.  This workshop shall be held in the Watershed, Kilkenny on the following date: Monday, 9th May 2016 from 10.30am to 1.00pm. One Kilkenny panel of 15 players from this County Day will go forward to the Go for Life Games in DCU on Saturday 4th June 2016 and participate with teams from 21 other locations. We hope as many as possible can join us on the 9th May.  To ensure that the event runs as smoothly as possible, please register your teams with us before the 29th  of April, by either emailing us at this address (michelle@krsp.ie) or phoning us on 056 7794991. 

Head shave in aid of St Joseph’s Care Home, Kilmoganny. On Sunday 1st May in Dunphys Lounge, Kilmoganny at 9.30pm.

 

Recollections of 1916 and its Aftermath will be presented by historian Maurice O’Keeffe at John’s Quay library on Wednesday April 27th at 7pm AND at Loughboy library on Thursday April 28th at 11am. The presentations will incorporate personal Kilkenny reminiscences of the events surrounding 1916. Free event. All are welcome.

The Kilkenny Age Friendly Alliance are currently in the process of drafting their second action plan which will cover the period from 2016-2020. The Alliance members include the Local Authority, HSE, Garda, Recreational and Sports Partnership, and a host of other service providers from the private, public and Not for Profit sector.

Using the 8 World Health Organisation themes for Age Friendly Communities we would welcome your views about what could be included in the forthcoming plans under the following headings:

  1. Outdoor spaces and buildings
  2. Transportation
  3. Housing
  4. Respect and social inclusion
  5. Social participation
  6. Employment and civic participation
  7. Communication and information
  8. Community support and health services

 

We are particularly interested in hearing what improvements to Kilkenny’s Age Friendly community you or your group could make in any of the above areas.

You can email your contribution to agefriendlycounty@gmail.com or drop a line to Kilkenny Age Friendly County Office, 42 Parliament Street, Kilkenny.

 

The National Centre for the Protection of Older People at UCD is hosting a seminar to provide you with the information you need to Keep Control over your financial affairs. This seminar is free of charge and is for older people as well as those who work with older people in the community. It is one hour in duration and everyone who attends will receive a free Keep Control resource pack. Tea and coffee will also be provided. In the Keep Control Tools and Resources Pack you will find:

  •  A booklet which has information and advice about how to Keep Control of your financial affairs
  • A Garda Calling Card with steps you should follow to  protect yourself from bogus callers
  • A Garda Door Hanger to hang on the inside of your front door. It contains tips for securing your home.
  • A Window Sticker which warns callers that you don’t buy or sell at the door.
  •  A Budget Planner which you can use to plan your financial affairs
  •  A DVD which demonstrates how to Keep Control and protect yourself from financial abuse

Places are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis. To book your place please contact Ann Marie Atkins on 01 716 6683 or email ann.atkins@ucd.ie

 

Seminar in Kilkenny on Wednesday the 25th of May at 2:00pm Venue: St. Canices Neighbourhood Hall, Butts Green, Kilkenny Tea and Coffee from 1:30

 

Volunteer with Sage Support and Advocacy Service for Older People:  Sage needs volunteers to help speak up for older people across all care settings. Sage will provide QQI accredited training and ongoing support.  For more information call 086 183 1428, email michelle.rooney@sage.thirdageireland.ie or see www.sage.thirdageireland.ie

FREE RADIO PRODUCTION COURSE - Are you (or someone you know) over 55 years of age with an interest in media and radio production?  Fancy trying something fun and exciting!? Beginning on Tuesday 5th April, this course will provide YOU with an opportunity to create and produce YOUR OWN RADIO PROGRAMME! This amazing opportunity is QQI accredited and takes place at the studios of Community Radio Kilkenny City!! For further information contact Pat Treacy on 086 8102161.  PLACES ARE LIMITED.

The Go for Life Games involve three sports that can be played in Singles, Pairs and Teams.  The emphasis of the games is on participation and fun with the games played in a non-competitive way and participants umpiring their own games. The 3 games are Lobbers (adaption of Boules), Flisk (adaption of Frisbee and Horseshoe Pitching) and Scidil (adaption of Ten-Pin Bowling and Skittles).  Tuesday Nights at The Watershed, Bothar na Tounish Road, Kilkenny. Time: 8.30pm to 9.30pm Cost €3

Places are available on Pilates in Callan, Aqua Aerobics, Beginners and Improvers Swimming Lessons.  To get more information go to www.iregister.ie/krsp or ring 056-7794991.

 

 

Kilkenny GIY group are meeting on the 15th March in the Pembroke Hotel at 7.30pm downstairs. Tanguy de Toulgoët will be giving a talk on pruning Fruit Trees & Bushes and will have some plants and products for sale on the night- his last talk was very good so should be a great night - all are welcome.  We will have tea & coffee after Tanguy's talk (€ 2.00 contribution).

Kilkenny City Library will now open every Tuesday until 8pm and Loughboy Library will now open every Friday from 6pm-8pm.

OPW Kilkenny Castle is pleased to present a series of FREE Garden Talks at The Parade Tower as part the Castle's Spring Programme of Events.  This annual series has become very popular and is curated by the well-known Kilkenny Author and Gardening Advisor, Shirley Lanigan.  This year's programme runs each Tuesday commencing 15th March with 8pm start each evening (doors will open from 7pm).  Please note that there will no talk on the evening of Tuesday 29 March. Contact 056-770 4108 or check out Kilkenny Castle OPW Facebbok page to find out full programme of events.

Marital Separation in Contemporary Ireland – Women’s Experiences by Lucy Hyland: There will be a book launch on Wednesday 16th March in Stone House Book Store, Kieran Street Kilkenny at 7pm. All welcome.

As part of a Three Sisters initiative, the National Opera House, Wexford in conjunction with the Bid Team is putting on a fantastic experience for their Kilkenny Friends next Friday the 18th March. The National Opera House is a spectacular venue in the Three Sisters Region– don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy it! The experience includes:

  •  Tickets to see the ‘New York Polyphony’ in the National Opera House at the special reduced price of €15 each. You can purchase your ticket directly from the National Opera House by using the code Three: You can book online http://bit.ly/1TH6spV or call 053 912 2144. 
  • Free transfers (coach) from the Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny at 6pm to the National Opera House, Wexford. To book your free place on our coach please call Jane on 051 897232 or email jane@threesisters2020.ie - places are limited to the first 50!
  • Complimentary pre-theatre drink at the National Opera House.
  •  Departure coach straight after the show back to Kilkenny

Remember, you can support the bid via Facebook (Three Sisters 2020) and Twitter (@3sisters2020) #bitforthebid #lovethethreesisters.

Support Daffodil Day in aid of the Irish Cancer Society this Friday 11th March.  There are fundraisers all over the country - such as a coffee morning in the Community Hall, Castlecomer from 9am – 12 noon or purchase a bunch of Irish daffodils from various sellers on the day for this worthwhile cause.

Cois Nore is a community based drop-in centre for people affected by cancer.  Supports include:  complementary therapies, counselling, group supports and specialised children’s support service.  The centre is open Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm, with late opening Wednesday 6pm to 9pm.  They are based at 8 Walkin St, Kilkenny. Telephone:  056 7752222 or www.kilkennycancersupport.ie 

A reminder that Part 3 of the Men on The Move takes place at Erin's Own GAA Club, Castlecomer on Thursday the 10th of March. Cois Nore will be holding a quick presentation as part of this group on Men's health in particular at 7pm.

Are you worried about changes in memory, mood and ability to manage?  Do you or a family member have dementia?  Talk to someone who understands: Call the Alzheimer National Helpline 1800 341 341.  Open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturdays 10am to 4pm.  Alternatively check out helpline@alzeimer.ie

TASK Community Care installers are now asking the Older Person for their Eircode when a Carelink Alarm is been installed.  In the coming months the Emergency services will begin to ask our monitoring staff for persons Eircode when requesting an Ambulance or Garda Assistance.  Having the Eircode could save valuable time.  The Eircode is valuable addition to a person’s name and address and contact especially in an emergency. People who have a Social Alarm for Years; People who have a social alarm can Test Call their alarm by pressing the red button on the unit which is attached to the phone and inform the monitoring staff this is a Test Call.  He or she can then ask the monitoring staff to add the Eircode to their contact details. Ring Peter Butler (TASK area representative) or email if you have any questions Mobile: 0860568155 or Email peterbutler@taskltd.ie

Noelette & Emer invite you to 2 more Saturday morning walks in Piltown.  Why not join them on Saturday 12th & 19th March 2016. Leaving Showfields at 11am walking through the college and the village. Bring along your friends & family...all very welcome as always.

 

 

Jumpstart! Every Tuesday nights in The Watershed at 8.30pm.  On the night people are invited to participate in any of the three sports based on our traditional games; Lobbers, an adaption of Boules, Flisk, similar to Horseshoe Pitching and Skittles. The three sports that can be played in Singles, Pairs and Teams with plenty of opportunities to get to know your team mate and the opposition! The emphasis of the games is on participation and fun but the fun really starts when the competitiveness creeps in! Over the last two years, the choice of activities has built up, with the group now regularly taking part in Short Mat Bowling, Chair Based Exercise and even Walking Football!! If you would like to take part, you can turn up on the night and look for Seamus.

As always, Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership would like to encourage people to try new activities and increase their daily physical activity levels. KRSP regularly host Older Adults Festival which gives people the opportunities to try out various activities.  KRSP try to provide as many free activities as we can on the day.  If you find something you like, we can help you arrange some for your group! To date some of the activities sampled include Fit Walk, Aqua Aerobics, Dance and Bowling. Contact KRSP for more information 056-7794990.

There will be a FREE Camino talk at the Kilkenny Library in Kilkenny town centre on Friday 4th of March at 11am.  CaminoWays.com director Roland Monsegu will introduce the history, routes and culture of the Camino de Santiago, the famous Way of St James.  Roland will also share useful tips for those planning their Camino trip soon and the floor will be open to questions from the audience. WHEN: Friday, March 4, 2016 from 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM WHERE: Kilkenny Library & Information Centre - John's Quay Kilkenny, Kilkenny.

Just a reminder that the Age Friendly Office at 42 Parliament Street is now occupied more regularly.  Call in to have a look at, or pick up the various information literature on display.  The recently launched Over 50s booklet and the Kilkenny Older Peoples Forum quarterly newsletter are both available from the office. Ring beforehand on 056-7772787 to check when Mary is there.

 

 

A wonderful family play from Kilkenny's own Barnstorm tackles age-related memory loss in a subtle and entertaining manner. Monday's Child was developed with input from neuroscientists at the University of Sussex and the Alzheimer's Society UK. This is the ideal intergenerational play for children and grandparents or older relatives to enjoy together. Sensitive and funny, poignant and exuberant, this play is a real gem. Age 4+.  Tickets €6/ Family of 4: €20. Saturday 20th February at 12noon and 2.30pm. Contact Barnstorm is you have concerns about access; theatre is up one flight of stairs. Tel: 056 7751266.

Kilkenny Older Peoples’ Forum was established back in 2010.    The structure of the Forum was agreed by older people during consultation meetings and comprises of members from older peoples groups and individuals.   The Forum is currently looking for new members with a variety of skills and interests to continue to develop Kilkenny as a great place to grow old in.  Membership is free!

Aims: The Kilkenny Older Peoples Forum represents the voice of the older people throughout Kilkenny.  This voluntary group gives the opportunity for older people to share their concerns as an older person living in their community and to work with key agencies and service providers to resolve these issues.  The aim of the Forum is to ensure that Kilkenny is a great place to grow old in.  Purpose:  Ensure that older people in Kilkenny participate in the decisions with agencies which affect their lives/Provide an active channel of communication between the Kilkenny Older Peoples’ Forum and the Age Friendly County Alliance which is an overarching group made up of statutory and non-statutory agencies that provide services to older people/ To work together and represent the views of older people at local, regional and national level.  To register for the Forum: Please contact Mary Holden, Secretary of the Kilkenny Older Peoples’ Forum on 056-7772787 or 087-6218589 or Email: agefriendlycounty@gmail.com

Writing Workshops for Beginners will commence at Loughboy Library on Friday Feb 26th from 6 -8pm. Acclaimed novelist Tara Heavey will facilitate the workshops and they will continue for six weeks. Contact the library on 056-7794176 to book a free place on this exciting writing course.

 

Creative Prose workshops for Improvers also facilitated by Tara Heavey will commence Wednesday 2nd March for 6 weeks from 5.30pm – 7.30pm at City Library, John’s Quay, Kilkenny. Cost: €45 / €40 concession.  To book contact aisling.kelly@kilkennylibrary.ie or ring 056-779 4174 by Friday 26th February at 4pm.

Castlecomer Mens Shed are always recruiting new members – come along on a Thursday evening from 6.30 pm to see what we do.  We’re hoping to get involved with a community project in the New Year that will be horticulturally based. Whether it’s something you already do or would like to learn why not come and meet us?  Contact Dick Brennan on 086-6056405.

Free assistance on the use of laptops, mobile phones, tablets, computers etc will be available on Fridays from 2.45-3.45pm at Loughboy Library. Just come along with your device and tell the tutors where you are having problems.

The C.A.R.E. project is a programme operated by Moneenroe Community Council from its Enterprise Centre at Massford, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny.  It produces and delivers hot, fresh meals and desserts each day to the area of North- East Kilkenny and South Laois.  The menu varies each day and they also cater for special dietary needs.  Anyone can order meals from the C.A.R.E. project.  As the project is not a charity and is non-profit making it must pay for itself – however the cost is kept to a minimum: € 5.50 per meal and dessert €36 per week (7 days)   Contact the C.A.R.E. Project on: 056-4442840 or 087-6231694.

Just a reminder that the Age Friendly Office at 42 Parliament Street is now occupied more regularly.  Call in to have a look at, or pick up the various information literature on display.  The recently launched Over 50s booklet and the Kilkenny Older Peoples Forum quarterly newsletter are both available from the office. Ring beforehand on 056-7772787 to check when Mary is there.

Walking/Running/Cycling Groups – Kilkenny:

Saturday Morning City Walks - Formally the Mayor Walk – FREE Every Saturday at 11am from kiosk on the Parade. 

Parkrun Kilkenny - Weekly FREE 5k timed run Kilkenny Castle Park.  Saturdays at 9.30am. Register at http://www.parkrun.ie/register

Meet, Greet & Train Operation Transformation Programme Grennan GAA Pitch, Thomastown. Tuesday 12th Jan @ 7pm. For the Young and Old, the Brave & the Bold. All funds raised go towards Grennan College. Run by Grennan College Parents Council and supported by Thomastown Athletics Club, Ark Fitness and Thomastown GAA Club.

Amateur Social Cycling Group - The Kilkenny Pedallers is an amateur social cycling group in Kilkenny. They go cycling a minimum of once week as a group, usually Mondays. For queries contact 0874196622 or 089 2568424.

 

As always if you would like anything mentioning in the column please call 056 777 2787 or Email: agefriendlycounty@gmail.com

A very Happy New Year to everyone from Age Friendly Kilkenny.

Operation Transformation Walks commence in Kilkenny on Saturday the 9th of January.  All three walks are starting at 11am in the following locations: The Watershed, Kilkenny City; Castlecomer Discovery Park and Iverk Showgrounds, Piltown.  Walks are approximately 4 to 5km and all fitness levels will be catered for.  Each venue will have a 9 week walking programme following the national walk.

Over 50’s Programme that Kilkenny Recreation & Sports Partnership are running from January to March 2016.  All Pilates, Swimming and Aqua Aerobics classes shall run on a 9 week schedule.  All classes, except for the Thursday classes will start back on the week beginning Monday the 18th of January 2016.  The Thursday programmes (Pilates – The Watershed and        Aqua Aerobics in Ormonde Leisure Centre) will all start a week earlier on Thursday the 14th of January 2016 due to St. Patricks Day.  You can register and pay on line from Thursday the 10th of December at www.iregister.ie/krsp.  If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the office at 056 7794991.  The phone lines may be busy, so if you don’t get one of us, just leave a message and we shall get back to you.  You can choose from chair based exercise and Pilates in Callan; walking fitness programmes in Castlecomer and Piltown as well as Aqua Aerobics, Pilates and introductory swimming classes in the city. You can find timetables online or call into The Watershed, Age Friendly office or your local library for a copy.

January can be a lonely time – if you’d to speak to someone the Senior Help Line is available every day from 10am to 10pm.  Senior Help Line is a confidential listening service for older people by trained older volunteers for the price of a local call anywhere in Ireland, LoCall 1850 440 444.

If you received any unwanted gifts at Christmas why not re-gift them to a charity shop of your choice? You could also drop in any unwanted paper shopping bags as these are useful to them. 

To find out more information about the becoming a member of the Older People's Forum contact the Community and Culture section of Kilkenny County Council,  John’s Green Kilkenny or telephone 056-7794920 or email cdb@kilkennycoco.ie  or contact the Chairperson of the Forum on 087-6218589.

 

As always if you have anything you or a group you are involved with would like including in this column please email agefriendlykilkenny@gmail.com or call 056-7772787.

We’d just like to take this opportunity to wish all our readers a very Happy Christmas and a peaceful 2016.  We’ll be back in the New Year so if you have any information you’d like including in the column please send it on to agefriendlycounty@gmail.com or you can drop it into the office at 42 Parliament Street, Kilkenny.

There's lots to do in Kilkenny city and county during the month of December. Why not skate at Kilkenny on Ice (if you’re brave), see the Christmas lights in Kilkenny, see and hear carols sung live, or bring your grandchildren to storytelling sessions and much more.

On Wednesday 23rd December watch out for some of the Festive singers performing Yuletide Carols at City Hall’s forecourt in aid of St. Vincent de Paul Fund Raiser, 3 pm to 6 pm.

Free City Parking over Christmas! There will be free parking all day, in all Council Car Parks on Saturday 26th, Sunday 27th & Monday 28th December inclusive (except Friary Street Car Park as this will be closed on these days).

Why not drop into MADE in Kilkenny which have their annual pop up shop on the corner of Johns Bridge in the old Xtravision shop until Christmas Eve. Grab some of the very best of Kilkenny design and craft.  You might even find a jewel from MTW, Spirit Jewellery, Ken Foley, Jerpoint Glass, Moth to a Flame, Cushendale Woollen Mills, Rosemarie Durr, Andrew Ludick, Castlearch Pottery, Yvonne Ross, Tunde Toth or Klaus Heartmann.

Start planning for the New Year now with Kilkenny Recreation Sports Partnership - The Over 50’s Calendar for Aqua Aerobics, Swimming and Pilates for 2016 are now open for bookings. You can register on line www.iregister.ie/krsp/ or contact KRSP on 056-7794990 if you require any further assistance or help in registering on line.

 

Senior Help Line is a confidential listening service for older people by trained older volunteers for the price of a local call anywhere in Ireland, LoCall 1850 440 444.  Our vision and mission is that every older person in Ireland would know the LoCall number, call if they need us and receive an empathic response. Our lines are open every day from 10am to 10pm, 365 days a year. 

Traditional Christmas Storytelling at Kilkenny Libraries: Seanchaí, Mr. Jim Maher will bring his unique Christmas Story-telling to four libraries around the county over the coming week.  The performance, which is produced by local man Mr Geoff Rose, will commence with a reading of the classic poem "A Child’s Christmas in Wales" by Dylan Thomas. Jim will then tell some of his own "Christmas Stories" and the evening will conclude with his reading of the classic seasonal poem from Patrick Kavanagh "A Christmas Childhood”. Jim is a native of County Kilkenny and has been involved in traditional music and storytelling for over 30 years. His stories, on the night, will be accompanied by the bodhrán and other musical instruments.  He uses music to punctuate his stories and sees it as both a visual and a sound effect. Jim takes us back in time to a world of storytelling which has been handed down over the centuries and is in danger of being lost in the technologies of today. These stories remind us of what’s in all of us: a roguish sense of humour, a taste for the quirks and foibles of life at it was.  These performances are suitable for all the family, young and old. The dates and locations are John’s Quay Dec 9th, Loughboy Dec 11th, Thomastown Dec 15th and Graiguenamanagh Dec 16th. Each show commences at 6.30pm. Please contact your local branch for more details and booking.

Crime Prevention advice: Be wary of distraction Burglaries; these can be any of the following - Bogus Officials – Electricity, Gas, Water, County Council, Garda, Census or Surveys; Bogus dealers - antiques, furniture; Persons selling goods or offering services; People asking for directions or to use the toilet; One keeps person distracts while other takes – cash, jewellery - The caller may not be who they say they are! If you see somebody acting suspiciously at yours or a neighbour’s house – Do not challenge them! - Call the Gardaí.

Castlecomer Mens Shed are always recruiting new members – come along on a Thursday evening from 6.30 pm to see what we do.  We’re hoping to get involved with a community project in the New Year that will be horticulturally based. Whether it’s something you already do or would like to learn why not come and meet us?  Contact Dick Brennan on 086-6056405.

Are you bewildered when it comes to using your new smart phone or laptop? Help is on hand at Loughboy Library. Call in on Friday at 2.45pm with your device.

 

On Thursday 19th and Friday 20th of November Fingal Senior Citizen’s Forum (Older People Council) in association with the Fingal Age Friendly Alliance and Fingal County Council hosted the National Convention of Older Persons’ Councils, in the Clayton Hotel (formerly Bewley’s Hotel), Dublin Airport.  Delegates came from across Ireland and included representatives of Older People Councils, Local Authority Age Friendly County Programme Managers, Older People Council Support Workers and Age Friendly Ireland.   Chair of the Fingal Senior Citizen’s Forum, Bob McAlpine, was delighted that the Event was hosted in Fingal, saying “The Event was not only an opportunity for members of Older People Councils to network but is also a chance for us to showcase initiatives that we have been involved in and exchange ideas and best practice.”  Speakers on the day included representatives from the Active Ageing Partnership, An Garda Síochána, the Netwell Centre (DKIT), Health Service Executive, Age Friendly Ireland and Fingal County Council.  The Event was officially launched by Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Richard Bruton T.D. and Mayor of Fingal, Cllr David O’Connor. 

Unfortunately there were a couple of omissions regarding the library service provided in Co. Kilkenny from the recently launched Over 50s directory.  Please note that Callan Library has a library and there is also the Mobile library which goes to nearly 60 stops around the County. The Local Studies Department at Library H.Q, John’s Green House, John’s Green, Kilkenny was not listed either – here is some information about it; The Local Studies Department at Library H.Q. is of great interest whether you are looking up your family tree, writing a local parish history, checking old newspapers for hurling match reports, or doing a thesis for a Local Studies degree. You will also find some general local studies files on the locality in each branch library.

There is a collection of oral history recordings available for borrowing “Irish Life and Lore: Kilkenny Series. This collection by Maurice O’Keeffe jointly funded by Kilkenny Library Service and Kilkenny Heritage officer of oral history recordings of older people in County Kilkenny includes a wide variety of subjects including family histories, farming traditions, slate quarries, barge boatmen, fishing, rural electrification, teaching & the religious vocations, traditional crafts, the “Big Houses”,  hurling etc. A sample is also available to download for listening from www.kilkennylibrary.ie under Local Studies, Life and Lore.

Two digitized 19th Century Trade Directories “ The Illustrated Guide to Kilkenny City and County by P.M. Egan ,1884 and  Kilkenny City and County Guide and Directory by George Henry Bassett, 1884 are available to download from our website www.kilkennylibrary.ieOther  Kilkenny Local Studies information and digitised local studies books are available on www.askaboutireland.ie

Crime Prevention advice: Simple steps can help protect your home. Whether you are at home or going out, remember to turn on some lights - use timer switches.  Lock all doors and windows.  Use an alarm even when you are in the house.  Store keys away from windows and letter boxes. Don't keep large amounts of cash or jewellery in the house. If you Love It - Lock Up and Light Up (as part of An Garda Siochána’s Operation Thor).

The Society of St Vincent de Paul (SVP) is very pleased that Aldi has once again launched a nationwide "Give a Gift for St. Vincent de Paul” campaign.  The ‘Give a Gift’ appeal helps make Christmas magical for all children. It also ensures that St Vincent de Paul can help the families it supports have what they need this Christmas.  You can drop an unwrapped new gift into any “Give a gift for SVP box” at your local Aldi store from Monday 23rd of November to Friday 4th of December alternatively you can purchase a gift at our Virtual Gift Store or make a donation online.  All gifts will go directly to families in the communities in which they are collected.

 

The Age Friendly Office at 42 Parliament Street is now occupied more regularly.  Call in to have a look at, or pick up the various information literature on display.  The recently launched Over 50s booklet and the Kilkenny Older Peoples Forum quarterly newsletter are both available from the office. Ring beforehand on 056-7772787 to check when Mary is there.

Gold Star Kilkenny aims to promote the development of universal access at all levels from people with disabilities to our older citizens. Through influencing policies, devising creative actions and working with the community in innovative ways it aims to ensure the full involvement and inclusion of all our citizens in all aspects of everyday life.

We would like to invite you to have your say…. Have your say in making Kilkenny a more attractive place to do business, live and socialise in by attending our consultation meeting in The Springhill Hotel, Kilkenny on Monday 30th November 2015 at 7pm.

Coping with the Holiday Season information evening is taking place on the 2nd December in the Cois Nore Centre, Walkin Street, Kilkenny at 7pm. This is free and open to all but booking is advised. Please call 056-7752222 or 0858882583 ‪#‎cancersupport

If you are over 50 you are more than welcome to come along to an exercise class held every Wednesday morning at 10am in the Castlecomer Community Hall.  For a fun, gentle exercise session that is suitable for ALL levels of ability and fitness from complete beginners to the active. The class costs €7 per session.  Call Seamus Nugent on 086-1057428 for more details.

Drop into Kilkennys first alcohol free bar.  It’s open every Thursday at Flipside Studios, Collier’s Lane from 9pm – 11pm.

On Wednesday 2nd December at 8pm Watergate Productions present their 2015 Variety Concert in air of the Watergate Theatre.  Featuring music, song, dance and poetry with many well-known Kilkenny faces performing on the night including The St. Patrick’s Brass & Reed Band, Michael Hayes, Mary Cradock, Emma McGuinness, Olivia Smith, Declan Taylor, Brendan Corcoran, Donal O’Brien, Nicola Keating, Alan Butler, James McDonald, The Kilkenny Pipe Band and lots more. Ticket prices €12/€10. Contact the Watergate on 056-7761674.

 

 

You are invited to the Bi-Annual Meeting of the Kilkenny Older Peoples Forum.  It’s happening on Wednesday 18th November in the Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel from 10.00am - 1pm.  The theme for the day is ‘SAFETY IN YOUR HOME AND COMMUNITY’.  You are more than welcome to turn up on the day, but we would be grateful if you could confirm your attendance to Mary Holden on 056-7772787 or email agefriendlycounty@gmail.com  on or before Friday 13th November, to give us an idea of numbers. We look forward to seeing you.

Keep a look out for the Kilkenny Over 50’s Directory that will be available to pick up all over the county over the following weeks from libraries, health and community centres as well as the Age Friendly office at 42 Parliament Street.  This Directory provides information on many of the services available for Older People in Kilkenny City and County, including community and voluntary organisations, HSE and other public services.

The need for this Directory was identified during the consultation with older people in the City and County during the development of Kilkenny’s Age Friendly County Strategy. Having local information available in a user and age friendly way is important to everyone. While most information is available on the internet we recognise that not everyone has or wants to have access to information on line.

Have you ever wanted to publish your own book? Have you ever wondered about the world of self-publishing?  Have you ever wanted to see your work on the shelf of your local book store? Well now you can! Local author Brian Kennedy is both a published & self-published author.  Brian can talk you through starting with that very first page, talk you through the do's & don'ts of getting your book to print, then help you with agents, advertising, the power of using social media, design & look of your book - all the way to the book launch and the celebration of your book on a book store shelf. Come along to Ferrybank Library on Wednesday 25th November 2015 at 6:00-7:00pm to find out more.

A quick reminder that you can apply for the Housing Aid for Older People Grant Scheme through Kilkenny county Council for a limited period of time. The age limit for eligibility is 66 years of age and over. Applications received after Friday 27th November 2015 and incomplete applications will be returned.

Elder Abuse.  Most elderly people do not experience abuse. But, there are many ways in which an older person can be harmed or abused. An older person may experience more than one form of abuse at any given time. If you suspect that an older person may be experiencing any of the feelings or effects outlined below then you may need to speak with a GP, Public Health Nurse or Senior Case Worker or contact the HSE Information line on 1850 24 1850.

 

BEFRIENDERS BEAT LONELINESS

Loneliness costs lives. It is linked to a range of chronic conditions, including high blood pressure and depression, and more than doubles the risk of developing dementia. On average, 10% of the population aged over 65 is chronically lonely. Nor is it just an issue for elderly people-research shows that up to half of younger people are lonely also.

Supported by St Canice’s Community Action in the Community and funded by HSE Older Person Services, Kilkenny & Carlow Contact is working to beat loneliness, with the help of 130 volunteer befrienders who do a brilliant job by spending time with people who are lonely or may be experiencing isolation due to loss of independence because of bereavement, or ongoing varying health issues.

This year’s Befriending Week is the first week in November, and Kilkenny & Carlow Contact is using this opportunity to promote what we do and to raise awareness of the impact volunteer befrienders have on the lives of the people we  support.

“The role of a befriender is very rewarding. In my experience the older person values the time you take to visit them. They are open and honest and very respectful of the relationship you build with them. I would encourage anyone wishing to volunteer to try a befriending programme as you will get a lot more out of it than you put in." Volunteer P.Nolan August 2015

You can show your appreciation of befrienders, and their work towards beating loneliness, in one click of your mouse. An online befriending ‘Thunderclap’ will be launched on 6th November at 12 noon. By clicking this link  https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/31225-befrienders-beat-loneliness, all your social media contacts will receive the Thunderclap at the same time, which means they will see a message about what befriending is and why we need it.

 

 

We are currently working on Outreach to the Tullow area, and we are using this space to appeal for Volunteers in the area, we are especially looking for Male Befreinders for older men in their eighties who are experiencing isolation at home due to health issues

If anyone would like to tell us about any relevant  strategic contacts they have in the tullow area that might be supportive to our organisation and BE A FRIEND TO BEFRIENDING   please let us know , new people have new perspectives .

In our ongoing development work the Coordinator of the Service Eleanor Doyle is exploring having experienced VOLUNTEER MENTORS in key areas to recruit new volunteers as word of mouth & encouragement seems to be the best advertising.

 

More information can be found on our website at www.kccontact.ie if you would like to talk about becoming a befriender, please contact us In Kilkenny on 056/7772151 and in Carlow on 059/9136340.

Castlecomer Mens Shed is welcoming new members.  Why not come along to our shed on a Thursday evening to find out more about what we do?  We’re open from 6.30pm to 9pm and are based in the last unit in the shopping arcade on Kilkenny Street.  Donations of tools and wood for projects are always gratefully accepted. For information contact Dick Brennan on 087-0618119.

Book Event in Graiguenamanagh Library - Kilkenny author John William “Jack Sherwood” will be in Graiguenamanagh Library on Saturday 7th of November from 11.am to 12.00 noon to discuss his book on farming & rural life. Signed copies of the book will be available to purchase on the day from the author.  All Welcome.

Students from Presentation Secondary School, Loughboy will be available at the Loughboy library to give assistance to over 55s on the use of mobile/ smart phones, laptops, iPods, iPads, computers etc. This programme will run on Fridays from 2.45-3.45pm until before Christmas. No booking required – just turn up with your device and the girls will endeavour to answer your queries.

The C.A.R.E. project is a programme operated by Moneenroe Community Council from its Enterprise Centre at Massford, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny.  It produces and delivers hot, fresh meals and desserts each day to the area of North- East Kilkenny and South Laois.  The menu varies each day and they also cater for special dietary needs.  Anyone can order meals from the C.A.R.E. project.  As the project is not a charity and is non-profit making it must pay for itself – however the cost is kept to a minimum: € 5.50 per meal and dessert or €36 per week (7 days). Contact the C.A.R.E. Project on: 056-4442840 or 087-6231694

 

Kilkenny County Council will re-open the Housing Aid for Older People Grant Scheme on 19th October 2015 for a limited period of time closing on 27th November 2015. The age limit for eligibility is 66 years of age and over. The housing aid for older people grant can include for upgrade of doors/windows/roofs/rewiring etc.

Completed applications will be accepted from 19th October 2015. Applications received after Friday 27th November 2015 and incomplete applications will be returned.

Kilkenny County Council will only consider emergency and high priority works as determined by Kilkenny County Council subject to funding. Applications where the works are not deemed an emergency or high priority will be closed. You can download an application form from the housing department at Johns Green or download from the Kilkenny County Council website http://www.kilkennycoco.ie/eng/RSSLatestNewsAndAnnouncements/Housing-Aid-for-Older-People-Grant-Scheme-2016.40955.shortcut.html

Learn basic computer skills taught by transition year students of Castlecomer Secondary school – held in Castlecomer library from 11.20am – 12.20pm every Tuesday. Whether you need help with how to use your phone, internet shopping, emailing, video calling, internet usage etc. we can help you. Book your place or to find out more information call the school on 056-4441447.

Hydrotherapy entails whole body exercises which take place in a warm water pool. The warm temperature of the water allows your muscles to relax and eases the pain and stiffness, making it easier to exercise. The water supports your weight, this gives your joints support and protection while you exercise. Hydrotherapy can relieve painful joints, increase the range of movement in your joints and improve your muscle strength. In the water you can work at your own pace to gradually improve joint mobility, muscle strength and general health and fitness.  Hydrotherapy sessions are suitable for post-operative rehabilitation, arthritis, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia and conditions that result in limited mobility.  These sessions can be booked directly through Inna on 086 8806871. 

Expressive Dance with Ann Moylan is a dance class that began in Brooklyn, New York. It is now delivered through a network of partners in more than 100 other communities in 13 countries around the world. And….now it is coming to Kilkenny. During classes, participants are empowered to explore movement and music in ways that are refreshing, enjoyable, stimulating and creative.  Starting Tuesday 20th October -24th November from 12:00 noon-1:00pm. 6 week programme in The Watershed ONLY €20! To book go to www.iregister.ie/krsp/ or call us at 056 77 94991.

The Gardaí are warning that a number of people in the Kilkenny area have been scammed of money via phone calls from bogus software companies, banks and others recently.  You are reminded NOT to give out bank or credit card details to anyone unless you are sure they are 100% legitimate.

Since the 5th August 2015 everyone aged 70 years or over, ordinarily resident in Ireland, who does not have a Medical or GP Visit Card is now eligible for free GP care.  A registration form for the GP Visit Card - Over 70s scheme is available to download www.pcrsonline.ie/libr/html/Over70sForm.pdf Alternatively, by calling 1890 252 919 you can request a registration form to be sent to you or a nominated contact. Registration forms will also be available from Community Health Offices.

A whist drive is held on the first Friday of every month in Castlecomer Community Hall at 8.30pm.  New players are always welcome.

The annual Silver Surfer Awards are one of the biggest events in Age Action’s calendar. Age Action are looking for enthusiastic people over the age of 50 who have an interesting story to share about how they use their computer and the internet and who can help to inspire more older people to embrace technology.  Christine O’Kelly, the Age Friendly Project Coordinator for DCU said “As Ireland’s Age Friendly University, DCU is delighted to support the Silver Surfer Awards, which are a fine example of how it is possible to create learning opportunities for people across the generations.” The awards ceremony will take place on Tuesday 20th October in The Helix Theatre, DCU. Everyone shortlisted will be invited to attend. Nominations can be made by phoning Anne-Marie on (01) 475-6989 or at www.ageaction.ie/silversurfer   Closing date for applications is Sunday 4th October.

 

Mount Carmel Supported Care Home, Callan is run by Mount Carmel Community Trust, a voluntary agency that provides residential services to residents assessed with low dependency needs.  They provide long term, respite care for residents who are mainly capable of living independently and who require assistance with activities of daily living.  Mount Carmel has a number of residential beds, with Bungalows on the grounds offering independent living.  Mount Carmel provides meals to people living in the community; we provide day care, and many other services and a variety of activities.  The Annual golf classic is their biggest fundraiser and generates a substantial amount of much needed funding, as they are a charitable organisation that rely on funding to upgrade communal areas, resident’s rooms etc.  The Golf Classic is happening on Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd October 2015 at Callan Golf Club.  €60 per team of four.  For tee times and sponsorship please contact Robert Woodcock on 087-6592977 or Claire, Manager of Mount Carmel on 056-7725301.  First prize is a weekend break in Kilcoran Lodge Hotel Holiday Lodge with golf at Cahir Golf course.

The housing aid for older people grant (which can include for upgrade of doors/windows/roofs/rewiring) will shortly be announced.  Keep an eye out on the Kilkenny County Council page in the Kilkenny People for information as this scheme will be advertised in the next couple of weeks.  The application period will be short and final, so it is important not to miss this date.

The C.A.R.E. project is a programme operated by Moneenroe Community Council from its Enterprise Centre at Massford, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny.  It produces and delivers hot, fresh meals and desserts each day to the area of North- East Kilkenny and South Laois.  The menu varies each day and they also cater for special dietary needs.  Anyone can order meals from the C.A.R.E. project.  As the project is not a charity and is non-profit making it must pay for itself – however the cost is kept to a minimum: € 5.50 per meal and dessert or €36 per week (7 days). Contact the C.A.R.E. Project on: 056-4442840 or 087-6231694.

 

Are you worried about changes in memory, mood and ability to manage?  Do you or a family member have dementia?  Talk to someone who understands: Call the Alzheimer National Helpline 1800 341 341.  Open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturdays 10am to 4pm.  Alternatively check out helpline@alzeimer.ie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dementia Research Education Advocacy in Motion (D.R.E.A.M.) is a national non-profit /charitable movement run by people with Dementia for people with Dementia. This peer to peer support group is for people with early stage dementia and meet the 1st and 2nd Friday of each month in St Patrick's Parish Centre, Loughboy, Kilkenny City from 11-1pm. Contact Joan on 087 9042967 for more information.  

 

Cois Nore Cancer Support Centre are delighted to invite cancer survivors to join us on The Irish Cancer Society’s 'Strides for Life' walking programme, bringing people recovering from a cancer experience through a structured walking programme, weekly over a measured distance, in Kilkenny city.

The programme will bring each participant to a level of fitness where they can help reduce their risk of recurrence and improve their health and quality of life. Suitable for survivors of every fitness level, individualised walking plans take into account each participants fitness ability and personal schedule, increasing their fitness every week over a 15 week period.  A trained and experienced walking facilitator leads the course.  For further details or to register for the 'Strides' Programme please contact Cois Nore Cancer Support Centre at 056 7752222.

Over 50’s male and female exercise classes in Callan. Chair based exercise class – followed by tea and coffee in the Droichead Family Resource Centre from 14th September to 14th December at 10.45am to 11.15am. €10 for 12 weeks.  Over 50’s Pilates from 14th September to 14th December at 12noon to 1pm - John Lockes GAA club. €40 for 12 weeks. To register for either class you can contact KRSP on 056- 7794991 or www.iregister/krsp

Culture Night Kilkenny is happening on Friday 18th September 2015.  Here are a few of the things going on: The National Craft Gallery, Castle Yard, Kilkenny from 5-9pm will have talks, creative workshops in a range of craft & design areas alongside good music, food and company.

Butler Gallery marks Culture Night this year with an after-hours celebration of Song of the Sea - The Exhibition.  All evening 6-9pm at Butler Gallery, The Castle, Kilkenny

James Stephens Barracks, Ballybough Street from 6-10pm there will be a guided tour of the barracks which will include a visit to the barrack museum and other important locations. There will also be a projected photographic display outdoors as well as a few surprise events. Tours will take one hour approx. and visitors will be invited to complimentary tea/coffee afterwards.

MABS – Money Advice & Budgeting Service. This organisation provide advice on money matters and budgeting, if you are having difficulties with debt this organisation will assist you and assist you in organising your finances. Located at 8 William Street, Kilkenny their opening Hours are Monday - Friday, 9am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. Tel: 0761 07 2610 Web:www.mabs.ie              Email:kilkenny@mabs.ie  

 

The Home Rule Club was formed in 1894 to support the Irish Home Rule movement which aspired to self-government within Ireland. Today, the Club has no affiliations to any political party and is used as a social club.

The club opens at 8.30pm from Tuesday to Sunday every week. You don’t have to be a member to come in and enjoy a drink, have a game of darts or just watch TV. The members are a friendly bunch and there is always a good atmosphere. The Club is situated at No 3 Johns Quay in Kilkenny which is close to Johns Bridge and the new Lady Desart Bridge.

It is a three storey building. On the ground floor is the bar area. On the first floor, there are snooker rooms and also a room which can be used for parties, meetings etc.

There is easy listening music every Saturday night, with no cover charge and on Wednesday nights there is a sing-a-long.  Please come along and experience The Home Rule Club atmosphere, contact 056 7721399 or Sean Moroney on 086 259 2321 for any further information.

MABS – Money Advice & Budgeting Service. This organisation provide advice on money matters and budgeting, if you are having difficulties with debt this organisation will assist you and assist you in organising your finances. Located at 8 William Street, Kilkenny their opening Hours are Monday - Friday, 9am-1pm and 2pm-5pm. Tel: 0761 07 2610 Web:www.mabs.ie              Email:kilkenny@mabs.ie 

Watergate Productions present Moll by John B. Keane, July 9-11 at 8pm nightly.  Directed by Gerry Cody, Moll stars Derek Dooley, Michael Hayes, Clare Gibbs, Sean Hackett, Claire Henriques, Jim Carroll, Sarah Brennan and John Whitely.  For bookings contact: 056-7761674.

 

Kilkenny & Carlow Contact is an invaluable befriending and support organization for Older Persons Living alone. The befriending service matches one volunteer to one older person for a once a week hourly visit to the persons home. It can improve the quality of life for older people and enable them to continue to live independently in their own homes where that is their choice. If you are interested in volunteering please call for more information to Eleanor Doyle Coordinator Kilkenny Contact at 056/7751988 Ext 6 or Mobile 086/8530994 anytime.

5k Darkness into Light Walk

If you’d like to get involved in this year’s 5K Darkness into Light walk or run in aid of Pieta House it is taking place at James Stephens Barracks in Kilkenny at 4.15am on Saturday 9th May.

Age Friendly Office Phone

Just to keep you up to date - there have been problems with the phone in the Age Friendly office - these are sorted out now and there is an answer phone set up on it. If you want to contact the office you can be assured that the messages will be picked up regularly. Sorry for any inconvenience caused over the past few weeks. The number is the same as it was: 056-7772787.

Ferrybank Library - Bealtaine events

Ferrybank Library have the following events on during May to celebrate Bealtaine: “Mindfulness – Inspirational Discussion”, which will run at 3 – 4pm every Wednesday throughout May starting Wed 6th May. ‘Yesterday’s Traditions Today”......everything old is new again – Make a fabric memoir book of treasured keepsakes including your own memorabilia, words of wisdom, poems, letters, maps, etc..... Starting Tuesday 12th May from 3:00-4:30pm and will run every Tuesday throughout May. Citizens Information Drop-In Service – Thursday 7th May, 10:00am – 1:30pm. No appointment necessary. Pop in for FREE impartial and confidential information. Reading for Positive Ageing – a specially selected Bealtaine Book Collection available to borrow throughout the month of May. All Bealtaine events are FREE but booking is essential to avoid disappointment. Contact Ferrybank Library on 051 897200/897211.

KRSP

Contact Michelle from KRSP on 056 7794991 for the start dates of the Over 50’s Session II Aqua Aerobics, Swimming and Pilates in Kilkenny City. All places may be booked at www.iregister.ie/krsp and most courses start during the last week of April.

City Library, Johns Quay

Deirdre Dowling will give 2 free taster sessions on Mindfulness in City Library to celebrate Bealtaine. Go along on either Wednesday 13th May at 7pm and Friday 29th May 11am to learn how to be mindful in your everyday life. All are welcome to attend! Do you want to learn more about Kilkenny Library’s online resources? Why not book in and staff will show you how to use these FREE resources! On Thursday 14th May at 11am there is an Introduction to using Audio & E-books. An hour later at 12 noon there will be an introduction to using online magazines. Places limited are limited, so booking is essential. Phone 056 779 4174 or book at the desk at City Library.

 

Kilkenny Carlow Contact

Kilkenny & Carlow Contact is an invaluable befriending and support organization for Older Persons Living alone. The befriending service matches one volunteer to one older person for a once a week hourly visit to the persons home. It can improve the quality of life for older people and enable them to continue to live independently in their own homes where that is their choice. If you are interested in volunteering please call for more information to Eleanor Doyle Coordinator Kilkenny Contact at 056/7751988 Ext 6 or Mobile 086/8530994 anytime.

Alzheimer Day Care Centre

Are you worried about changes in memory, mood and ability to manage? Do you or a family member have dementia? Talk to someone who understands: Call the Alzheimer National Helpline 1800 341 341. Open Monday to Friday 10am to 5pm and Saturdays 10am to 4pm. Alternatively check out helpline@alzeimer.ie. You can also contact Ruth O’Gorman on 056-7771230 to find out what’s on offer at the Alzheimer Day Care Centre at1 Fr Walsh Close, Cootes Lane, Kilkenny (Behind the village Inn).

Download Annual Report 2012-2013

Download Kilkenny Age Friendly County Annual Report 2012-2013.pdf (size 9.7 MB)

 

Kilkenny Recreation Sports Partnership

Start planning for the New Year now with Kilkenny Recreation Sports Partnership - The Over 50’s Calendar for Aqua Aerobics, Swimming and Pilates for 2015 are now open for bookings. You can register on line www.iregister.ie/krsp/ or contact Michelle on 056-7794990 if you require any further assistance or help in registering on line.

 

Green Dog Walkers Programme

The Green Dog Walkers Programme is a new initiative in the fight against dog litter. The Green Dog Walkers initiative involves empowering local communities, groups and individuals to meet the challenges of dog fouling in a non-confrontational, friendly way. Dog owners are encouraged to sign up to a pledge whereby, they agree to comply with certain criteria such as the wearing of a green armband/bag dispenser when walking their dog, cleaning up after their dog, be happy to be approached to ‘lend’ a dog waste bag to those without and be a friendly reminder to other dog walkers to clean up after their dogs. If you are interested in becoming a green dog walker, pledge cards are available through your local authority’s Environment department. Fill the card out and return it to Bernadette Moloney, Environmental Awareness Officer with Kilkenny County Council. Pledge cards are available all over the county including the Age Friendly County Office. Contact Bernadette for more details Tel: 056 779 4487.

Download the Form or Sign up Online

http://www.kilkennycoco.ie/eng/Services/Environment/Litter/Green-Dog-Walker/Sign-up-to-the-Green-Dog-Walker-Online.html

 

Go for Life Senior Group

The Go for Life Senior Group meet every Monday from 10:30-12 in The Courtyard, in the McDonagh Junction Shopping Centre, for chats, coffee and speakers as well as arranging day trips, holidays and weekends away. Every third Monday they go bowling. New members are very welcome, if you'd like more information contact Mary Tel: 056 776 5014. When the weather improves the group intends to meet on a second day each week for sports in St. John's Centre behind St. John's Church. Let Mary know if you are interested in participating.

Men’s Action Network

Men’s Action Network is a club, which aims to bring together older Men from different backgrounds and cultures in a supportive and encouraging atmosphere through a wide range of events, providing education, entertainment, opportunity to socialize, and something to look forward to. They meet Fridays from 10:30am to 12pm and Wednesdays from 2:30pm to 4:30pm in St Canice’s Community Hall on the Butt’s Green for tea & biscuits and to play some games e.g. Bowls, Skittles, Boccia, Curling, Pool and Rings. Contact Eamon Tel: 056 778 9749 or 086 129 0284 to confirm. The group’s next day trip is on 20th March to King John’s Castle in Limerick. The trip is open to the lads and the ladies. Total cost €40 includes tea & scones on the way and dinner in Roscrea on return.

Going Strong Club

The Going Strong Club meets every Wednesday at 11.00am in Danesfort Community Centre. All are welcome; the Club is open to everyone over 40. If you wish to pop in any Wednesday to check us out, please do so. Contact Maryanne Tel: 086 1666 547

Active Retirement Association

The Active Retirement Association's aim to help retired men and women, usually over the age of 55, to lead a full happy and healthy retirement by offering organised opportunities for a wide range of activities including holidays, outings and socials; creative and learning programmes; indoor and outdoor sports and community work. There is an annual insurance and affiliation fee and a nominal charge for meetings. Increased membership is always welcome. Get in touch with the Age Friendly Office to find your nearest group.

Become a Member of Kilkenny Older People's Forum

The Kilkenny Older People's Forum welcomes new Membership.
Please contact the Age Friendly County Office for information on Membership or if you would like a copy of the Kilkenny Age Friendly County Annual Report 2012-2013.

Health and Wellbeing in Caregivers of People with Dementia

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland together with the NEIL Research Programme (Neuro-Enhancement for Independent Lives) need research volunteers:
We are interested in finding out more about people who provide care for their spouse or partner with dementia. We want to examine what factors are associated with both positive and negative health outcomes for caregivers so that appropriate supports can be developed to protect caregivers' wellbeing. In order to do this, we need volunteers to take part in our research. What does participation involve?

  • Answering questions about your role as a caregiver, your lifestyle, and your psychological and physical wellbeing.
  • Completing some pen-and-paper and computer tasks that measure various aspects of mental function (e.g., memory and attention).
  • Giving saliva samples to examine genetic information and physiological data on stress.

Senior Helpline

The Senior Helpline is a confidential listening service for older people run by older volunteers. It is open every day of the year from 10am to 10pm. So whether you need someone to listen or would just like to talk call the Senior Helpline. The LoCall number is 1850 440444. 2013.

Ageing and Caring - A Guide for Later Life by Des O'Neill

Getting older should bring with it positivity. Consultant Geriatrician Professor Des O'Neill has written a book that deals with the many facets of the ageing process. Ageing and Caring - A Guide for Later Life acts as a positive guide to preparing for old age for older people and their families. While informing older people about the process of ageing the book also shows that the later years of life can be just as fulfilling as any other stage of life. Professor O'Neill is a well-known gerontology professor and is a strong advocate for care older people in Ireland. His book is available in all god book shops.

'Message in a bottle' scheme

For those of you who already participate in the 'Message in a bottle' scheme just a reminder to update the information in our bottle. Perhaps your prescription has changed recently? Or maybe our next of kin have changed their 'phone number? For those of you not familiar with the project in is a wonderful concept and ensures that the personal and medical details of everyone requiring help are known to those providing the assistance. If you would like to pick up a pack you can call into any of the following:

Age Friend1y office at 42 Parliament Street, Ayrfield Medical Centre and Pharmacy, O'Connell's Pharmacy, Bollards Bar or Contact Maeve O'Flynn of The Kilkenny Lions Club on 087 247 6294

Thomastown Active Retirement Group

The Thomastown Active Retirement Group hold their meetings at 2.30pm on the first Tuesday of the month in the Boardroom at St Columba's Hospital and welcome new members. The Thomastown ICA hold their meetings on the same day at 8pm in the community hall in Inistioge. Contact Breda Murphy for further information.
 

Ceart-Grow Initiative

Are you living with a long term illness or felling low? Come along to a mutual support group that takes place every Friday from 11am-12:45pm.
Meetings will take place in Droichead Family Resource Centre. For more info please call CEART office on 056 7755757 or GROW on 056 7761624

Knit N Natter

If you are interested in knitting or crochet come along to our meeting every Thursday at 7:30pm. A lady that is expert in the area will be on hand to give advice if needed. This a chance for women to come together for a natter and exchange skill and patterns. Only €2 per session.

Callan Men's Shed

A group of men come together every Friday for a healthy breakfast and follow it with a game of indoor bowls. If you're interested in getting involved in this project, please call 056 77 55 660 Ext 1.

Care and Repair Programme

The Care & Repair Programme offers a free service in the Callan area that carriers out minor home repair jobs or a free telephone contact service.
Are you over 65 years old? Do you need simple DIY jobs done? Would you like someone to phone for the chat or to check in that everything is OK? If so, please call 056 7755660 Ext 1.

Shortlisted for Best Innovative Age Friendly City Globally

Kilkenny was short listed to receive an award in Istanbul from the International Federation of Ageing for the Best Innovative Age Friendly City Globally, Kilkenny has made the top 5 programme and its a credit to all the stakeholder especially the Older People Council/Forum who have worked to make the city and county more age friendly place to live. If you would like to see the video that was set to promote Kilkenny you can find it at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Jw0ylLic4k

The Senior Group

The Senior Group meet every Monday from 10.30-12 in The Courtyard at McDonagh Junction for coffee, chats and speakers as well as arranging day trips, holidays and weekends away. Every third Monday they go bowling. The Senior Group also meet on Wednesday from 11am-1pm St John's Centre to play skittles etc. New members are always are always welcome so if you'd like more information you can contact Mary on 056 7765014.
The Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme means a range of energy saving measures may be installed in your home at no cost to you. These measures include: draught proofing; attic insulation; lagging jackets for hot water tanks; low energy bulbs and cavity wall insulation. For Further information contact the KLP offices on 056 7752111 to confirm eligibility and arrange a survey.

Young of Heart

Young Heart meets on Wednesday 2.30-4.30 and do virtually every activity imaginable! Ring-a-link will collect, open to all over 50's. There is a minimal charge of €3 per afternoon. Contact Maura Huntley on 056 776 1803

Flipside Studios

Flipside Studios, Kilkenny are offering a range of interesting and diverse courses for the public. All ages, levels of experience and interests are welcome and we are hoping to embrace inclusion and equality s their main focus. To find out more contact 087-2605 197 to find out more.

Open Circle Arts

Open Circle Arts is open to women from all walks of life who are interested in working creatively with others, who want to develop and expand their experience of the arts and who enjoy being part of group. The project has been revitalized in recent months and now wishes to expand its membership. Pick up an application form at County Hall, Johns Street or email opencirclearts@gmail.com or call 056 779 4138.

Open Circle Community Arts

The Senior Helpline

The Senior Helpline is a confidential listening service for older people run by older volunteers. It is open every day of the year from 10a to 10pm. So whether you need someone to listen or would just like to talk call the Senior Helpline. The LoCall number is 1850 440444.

senior helpline tool

Droichead Filmily Resource Centre - Callan

If you live in the Callan area here's just a taste of what they have on offer at Droichead Filmily Resource Centre (the Friary).

Creative Writing Group

A Creative writings group will begin in Droichead FRC where a talented writer will initially facilitate the group to support them to work independently. This group will meet every Friday at 11am. All participants must pay €2 per session.

 

As always if you have any age Friendly activities you would like mentioning in this column please send to agefriendlycoutny@gmail.com or ring 056 7772787 and someone from the age Friendly office will contact you.


County Kilkenny launched its Age Friendly County Programme in March 2010 and was the second County in Ireland to do so. Following twenty one public consultation meetings with older people in the City and County in June and July 2010 Kilkenny produced a report entitled “Having you Say” which formed the basis for Kilkenny’s Age Friendly County Strategy which was launched by Hollywood Legend Maureen O’ Hara in March 2011. The Kilkenny Age Friendly County Strategy was adopted by the County Development Board in April 2011.

Since then a number of initiatives for older people in Kilkenny City and County have been established and Kilkenny has become approved as a Member of the WHO Global Network of Age Friendly Cities in September 2011.

Kilkenny Age Friendly County Alliance

Each county’s programme is led by an Alliance, chaired by the County Manager, comprising the most senior decision makers from the key public, private and not-for-profit agencies involved in providing supports and services to older people and who are responsible for the delivery of the strategy e.g. Local Authority, HSE, Gardaí, Leader Partnerships, Carers groups, Community and Voluntary groups.

They often include individual leaders and influencers in the community, with respected track records for achieving important societal gains.  Lastly, representatives from the three fora also sit on the Alliance – Older People Forum, Business of Ageing Forum, and Service Providers Forum.

Alliance Chair: Mr Joseph Crockett – County Manager Kilkenny Local Authority
Alliance Member:

  • Mr Nicky Brennan, G.A.A. and Glanbia
  • Mr. Mick McGarry, Chief Superintendent, The Gardai
  • Ms. Ann Marie Lanigan, Area Manager ,The Health Services Executive
  • Ms Patricia McEvoy, Older People’s Services , HSE
  • Ms. Ann Connolly , Director, The Ageing Well Network
  • Mr. Declan Rice CEO, County Kilkenny Leader Partnership
  • John McCormack Director of Services ,Kilkenny Local Authority
  • Pat Grogan, Manager , Kilkenny Carers Association
  • Mr. John Purcell, President, Kilkenny Chamber of Commence
  • Ms Nicola Keeshan, Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership
  • Ms Teresa Hennessy , Senior Executive, Health Promotion
  • Fr. Nick Flavin, Chairman, Community and Voluntary Forum
  • Ms Debra O Neill, Regional Programme Manager, Ageing Well Network
  • Ms Nora Webster , Chair, Older People’s Forum for County Kilkenny
  • Ms Mary O Hanrahan, PRO, Older People’s Forum for County Kilkenny
  • Dr. Emer Ahern Chair Service Providers Forum and HSE
  • Ms Colin Ahern, Chair, Business Forum

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