Archive for September, 2017


DCU Educational Opportunities

September 8, 2017


Some exciting opportunities for older people are available at Dublin City University (DCU). DCU is an Age Friendly University, and is committed to widening access to higher education, and enhancing the lives of older people through educational programmes and research. For more information, contact the DCU Age Friendly programme here.


1. An extended range of modules from DCU’s undergraduate programme are available to take on an audit only basis for this Semester.  These modules have been reduced to 100.00 per course from 250.00.  There are no exams or assignments but participants do need to download and compete the registration with DCU and details of the courses are on under Current Opportunities.  As the Semester is due to commence shortly there is a short window of opportunity to register for a place. If participants wish to undertake this course for credit towards an award they will have to undertake assignments and exams and the cost for this is €500.

2. The Taste of DCU will take place on Friday, September 29th – 9.30 am4.00pm.  This is a free event on the DCU campus and is a whole day of mini modules delivered by DCU lecturers, showcasing the range of opportunities in DCU.  The main activities will take place in the Henry Grattan building and a photo exhibition by the DCU Digital Photography Group will take place on The Street in the Henry Grattan.



Breda O’Malley

September 4, 2017


We are sorry to advise that our former Executive Committee member, Breda O’Malley, passed away on Friday, the 1st of September.

Breda represented Westport ARA on the Executive Committee of the Irish Senior Citizens Parliament from 2000-2013 and in that time she served as Honorary Secretary, Treasurer, Trustee and as a Director.  An outstanding example of older people advocating for themselves Breda was involved in our protests in both 2011 and 2013. In 2013 her apt poster attracted a lot of press interest and was printed in many newspapers.

She worked on behalf of older people with her local and national representatives and was active in her community.

Our thoughts are with her nieces and nephews and all her friends at this sad time.

May she rest in peace.