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The Louth Story

The Louth Age Friendly story is based on the voluntary commitment of the public, private and NGO sector in County Louth to make Louth a great place to grow old.

Louth launched the Age Friendly County programme in Nov 2008 and since then has become an affiliated member of the World Health Organisation Global Age Friendly Cities Network and the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing.

The theme of the Louth Age Friendly County Programme is ‘Sharing the Journey’

WebsiteBusiness ForumGarda SíochánaTransport GroupAge Friendly TownDublin DeclarationGreat Northern Haven

The Website

The Louth Age Friendly Website is a response to the voice of older people who expressed a wish to have up to date information on services particularly for older people on the one site. Front line services delivered by groups specifically for older people and public services will also be able to use the website to inform older people of the supports across a range of sectors. The intention is to have a ‘No Wrong Door‘ service where older people can access services at any service desk.

Age Friendly Business Forum

The Age Friendly Business Form was established by the Louth Economic Forum. It is chaired by Gavin Duffy, Louth based Entrepreneur, Media Coach, RTE’s Dragon’s Den Presenter and Public Speaker. The Forum has 10 members drawn from Louth’s Chambers of Commerce, Rotary, Netwell and CASALA Centre’s, Louth’s Older People’s Forum and Local Authority Management. In preparing the Action Plan the Forum consulted with all relevant stakeholders including Louth’s Age-Friendly County Alliance, Louth’s Older People’s Forum, the Business Community, Louth County Development Board and Louth County Council Members. All feedback was carefully considered and adopted where appropriate.

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To view a copy of the Plan please click the thumbnail

Garda Síochána

The Louth Garda Division is dedicated to implementing An Garda Síochána Older People Strategy throughout Co. Louth. In the past year, many steps have been taken towards achieving this goal.

The Louth Division Older People Strategy – Implementation Plan sets out the way in which the Louth Division will continue to build on recent achievements and will ensure the highest level of service is provided to older members of the community.

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To view a copy of the Plan please click the thumbnail

Transport Group

The Aim of the Louth Age Friendly County  Transport Group is to:

“To strengthen existing and develop new local transport networks/services for the benefit of older people, as a result to make local communities more inclusive, using existing public, private and voluntary infrastructure and resources.”

Age Friendly Town

The Louth Older People’s Forum had an action within the LOPF’s action plan to ‘Make Ardee an Age Friendly Town.

             This action is also reflected in the Louth Age Friendly County Strategy: The County Council will develop its own Principles for Age-friendly Planning based on the World Health Organisation’s Age Friendly Cities guidelines; These principles will be incorporated into the County Development Plan;

The Louth Older People’s Forum made a submission to Louth County Council during the production of the Ardee Area Development Plan. The views of the Ardee people were captured in relation to the physical development of the town for the next six years and forwarded to Louth County Council as part of the public consultation process. A toolkit was developed to capture the process used in identifying the issues of older people and stakeholders in the public consultation process with the objective of making Ardee the first Age Friendly Town in Ireland.


Download Ardee Age Friendly Consultation Here


Download Ardee Age Friendly Submission Here


Download Ardee Age Friendly Town Review Here

The Dublin Declaration

Dublin Declaration

The Dublin Declaration was signed by 46 signatories at the WHO conference on the 29th Sept in Dublin City hall. Ireland and Louth led the way in this initiative. The declaration aims to promote, among the general public, awareness of older people, their rights, their needs, their potentials, and highlight the positive social, economic and cultural contribution they make.

Great Northern Haven – Barrack Street


Louth’s success as an age-friendly county was held up as an example for the rest of the EU when a two day workshop on Age-Friendly Environment Strategies which was attended by many of the top European decision makers on ageing.
Entitled “Louth County: An Irish Catalyst” the workshop was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel  July 3-4 2014

“This is the first workshop held by the pan-European Afe-Innovnet group on ageing, and we are honoured that they have chosen to host it in Louth,” said Mary Deery, Louth Age Friendly County Co-ordinator, who addressed the workshop on partnership and collaboration. for more information on this please click here.