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Active Retirement Ireland

Active Retirement Ireland is a network of over 500 local and community based voluntary organisations involving a membership approaching 23,000 older people in a countrywide active retirement movement. Founded in 1978 and currently organised into eight regional councils, the movement’s principal aim is to help men and women, who are retired or semi-retired, from paid or unpaid work, to lead a full, happy and healthy retirement by offering organised opportunities for a wide range of activities – holidays, outings and socials; creative and learning programmes; indoor and outdoor sports and community work.

Active Retirement Ireland seeks to provide a means by which affiliated local associations may secure appropriate support to enhance their individual and collective activities. It also aspires to ensure a corporate voice representing the views of its affiliated community based associations and to act on their behalf with central and local authorities and other relevant bodies.

The movement is nationwide, non-political and non-sectarian with a membership of men and women drawn from many occupations and all walks of life..

The most frequently mentioned issues which older people said were the most important factors (good or bad) affecting quality of life, were both social relationships (36%) and health (36%).* *Age Concern research
Benefits of being a member of Active Retirement Ireland

  • Active Retirement Ireland is a membership organisation, which means that the needs and interests of the membership determine the kinds of offerings available.
  • Educational, cultural, social and travel opportunities to keep learning while having fun.
  • Volunteer opportunities throughout the organisational structure for those who wish to get involved.
  • A range of training programmes to support the volunteers.
  • Access to information from national to local level.
  • Opportunities to make new friends and build new relationships through the membership
  • Special offers and discounts for members.
  • A place to voice the concerns you have as a member of society
  • Public liability insurance cover

How to join
Membership is open to retired and semi-retired men and women whose day is no longer taken up with paid or unpaid work. Joining an Active Retirement Association offers you:

  • Friendship
  • A wide range of interesting activities
  • New creative skills in arts and crafts
  • Educational opportunities
  • Sporting activaties, both indoor and outdoor
  • Holidays, mid-week breaks and day-trips
  • Support and information
  • Members’ benefits such as discounts and special offers

For information on your local group, call us on 01-8733836 or go to

Details of Active Retirement Groups in County Cork 

To find Active Retirement Groups in County Cork please follow this link: