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Older Peoples Council

Each Age Friendly City or County initiative establishes a local Older People’s Council, as an early first step.  The Council is open to all older people and their organisations to join.  It is developed through the public consultations that are carried out with older people at town and village level.

The purpose of the Older People’s Councils is to ensure that the voice of the older person is heard loud and clear at the Alliance table. The Older People’s Councils will often generate ideas for innovative and creative age friendly projects, tackling a range of issues from isolation and loneliness to fitness and active ageing.


The aim of the Louth Older People’s Forum is to represent the voice of older people and work as partners with the Age Friendly Alliance to identify ways to improve the quality of life for older people in County Louth. The LOPF is made up of Older People’s Groups, Advocacy Groups, Nursing Homes, Day Care Centres and individuals. There are 230 people registered with the Forum with a working executive of 26. The Executive is elected for a 2 year period.


Mary Deery
To find out more information about the Older People’s Forum contact

Mary Deery CDB Secretariat County Hall t 042 9324389 e

Forum Reg Form

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Older Peoples Forum: 2014

Older Peoples Forum 2014

In February 2014 at a meeting of the Louth Older Peoples Forum a new executive forum was elected.  Ann Ward was elected as Chair with Kath Briggs elected as Vice-Chair and Michael McCoy elected as secretary.  Groups represented on the forum are as follows:


Mary Dunne Ardee Active Retirement
Marie Hayes Citizens Information
Pearse O’Hanrahan
Charlie McCarron Garda Active Retired Association
Luke Martin Dundalk Social Services
Ann Egan Age Action
Michael Kelly Kilkerley Young at Heart
Paddy McMahon GAA
Harry McCarthy Cooley Active Retirement
John Matthews St Oliver Plunkett Support Group
Valene McMullen Irish Wheelchair Association
Joan McEvoy / Michael Clarke Drogheda & District Support 4 Older People
Pat Kerins Nestling Project
Ann Marron Nestling Project
Ann Murphy Good Morning Louth
Ann Ward Various Groups
Brendan Crawley Faughart Social Group
Michael McCoy Moorehall Lodge, Ardee
Shane Kelly Sunhill Nursing Home
Kevin Doyle
Maeve Montgomery Alzheimer Day Care
Olive Joyce The Birches, Dundalk
Michael Rice St Vincent de Paul
Andrea Connolly Cuidigh Linn
Pauline Connor / William Woods Drogheda Senior Citizens
Eva Beirne Mens Sheds
Kath Briggs Drogheda Senior Citizens

Details of membership of the forum are as follows:

Name Location Meeting Times
Dundalk Active Retirement Carroll Meade, Dundalk Every Monday from 2.30p.m.-4.30p.m.
Lannleire & District Active Retired Association The Pavillion, Shamrock Hill, Dunleer Every Tuesday from 2.00p.m.-4.30p.m.
Kilkerley ICA Kilkerley Community Centre Every 2nd Wednesday 8.00p.m.-10.00p.m.
Kilkerley Young at Heart Kilkerley Community Centre Every 2nd Thursday 6.30p.m-8.30p.m
Kilkerley Development Group Kilkerley Community Centre Dance every Sunday 9.30p.m.-12.30p.m.
Indoor Bowls Wednesday 7.45p.m.-10.00p.m
Badminton Tuesday 8.00p.m.- 10.00p.m.
Aerobics Thursday 7.00p.m.-8.00p.m.
Redeemer Young at Heart Redeemer Community Centre Every Wednesday 2.00p.m.-4.00p.m.
Cooley Active Retirement Group Cooley Sports Complex Every Thursday 2.30p.m.-4.30p.m.
Cooley Parochial Hall Bowling every Thursday 2.30p.m.-5.00p.m.
Cooley Parochial Hall Bingo every Wednesday 8.30p.m.-10.30p.m.
Clogherhead and Callystown Leisure Time Group Community Hall Clogherhead Every 2nd Tuesday 2.00p.m.- 4.30p.m.
Indoor Bowls Thursday 2.30p.m.-4.30p.m
Bingo every Monday 8.30p.m.-10.30p.m.
Ardee Active Retirement Ferdia House Every Thursday 7.00p.m.
Drogheda District Support 4 Older People
Haymarket, Drogheda Monday and Friday 10.00a.m. to 1.00 pm. and Tuesday to Thursday 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.
Great Northern Haven Barrack Street, Dundalk
Drogheda Senior Citizens Unit 7, West Street Arcade, West Street,
Dundalk Widows Association 30 Hawthorn Crescent, Bay Estate
Medical Missionaries of Mary Beechgrove, Drogheda
Omeath & District Active Retirement c/o Taranaki”, Greenore Road,
Comfort Keepers Bridge Street, Ardee
Servisource Healthcare Quayside Business Park, Mill Street, Dundalk Mill Street, Dundalk
Ferrard Day Centre Community Hall, Chapel Road, Clogherhead
Older Women’s Network (Ireland) Senior House, All Hallows College, Gracepark Road, Drumcondra Dublin 9
50+ Active Relaxation Group Drogheda & District Support 4 Older People, Unit 7, Haymarket, Drogheda
Drogheda Community Services Scarlet Crescent, Drogheda
Faughart Social Group Kilcurry Resource Centre, Kilcurry, Dundalk
Dundalk Railway Heritage Group Men’s Sheds, Seatown
Nestling Project (Mens Groups) Barrack Street, Dundalk Choir: Every Monday 12.00p.m.-1.00p.m.Every Tuesday: Men’s Groups 11.00a.m. -12.30p.m.
2.30p.m. – 4.00p.m.Day trips every 6 weeks
Nestling Project (Womens Groups) Lios na Dara, Carrick Road, Dundalk Every Wednesday: 11.00a.m. – 1.00 p.m.Every Thursday:
11.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.Day trips every 6 weeks

Taoiseach’s Award for Excellence in Public Service 2012

Louth won the prestigious Taoiseach’s Excellence in Public Service Award for “Sharing the Journey” Age Friendly County Project. Sharing the Journey is a collaboration of Private, Public and the Volunteer Sector with the aim of making Louth a great place to grow old. The work of the Louth Older People’s Forum contributed greatly to winning this award.

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Louth Looking Good Awards

An innovative intergenerational partnership between Moorehall Lodge Ardee and Scoil Mhuire Na Trocaire primary school has won best Age Friendly Project at the Louth Looking Good awards. Local schoolchildren and residents came together to create three new gardens at Moorehall Retirement Village to celebrate European Year for Active Ageing and Solidarity Between Generations. It took first prize in the Best Tidy Towns Age Friendly Project, sponsored by Matthews Coach Hire.

There are two edible gardens, composed of a variety of vegetables and herbs and one garden planted with cottage garden flowers to attract beds and butterflies.The project is part of the Growing Through the Ages initiative, being undertaken by Louth County Council’s Environment Section in collaboration with the Louth Older People’s Forum.


Age Friendly Plans and Polices

Representing the voice of older people on the following:

  • The Louth Age Friendly Alliance
  • The Louth Age Friendly Transport Group
  • The Louth Age Friendly Business Forum
  • The Louth Age Friendly Safety and Security Group
  • The Louth Age Friendly Communication Group
  • The Louth Community & Voluntary Forum

Plans, policies and programmes delivered by the Louth Age Friendly County Programme:

  • The Louth Age Friendly County Strategy
  • The Louth Garda Diversion Strategy for Older People
  • Ardee Age Friendly Town Review 2013
  • The Louth Age Friendly Business Plan
  • The Louth Age Transport Action Plan
  • 2 Annual Reports
  • The “Journey” a DVD depicting the Louth Age Friendly Initiative in action.

The Louth Older People’s Forum made submissions and promoted the following:

  • The Ardee Area Development Plan
  • Pay Parking Review Ardee
  • Clogherhead Transport SurveyIntergenerational Projects
  • Promotion of 2 Trade Fairs
  • Retail Strategy
  • Louth Age Friendly Baseline Survey

The Louth Older People’s Forum do exceptional work in their own projects such as:

  • Failte Isteach—Third Age Foundation programme teaching new migrants conversational 
  • Positive Ageing Week Dundalk and Drogheda
  • Senior Help Line call centres Dundalk & Drogheda
  • Bealtaine Festival activities
  • GAA Social Initiative Cooley Kickhams & Knockbridge
  • Good Morning Louth
  • Men’s Sheds
  • Care & Repair
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Cultaca
  • Nursing Home Care
  • Day Care
  • St Vincent de Paul