Monday, 20 November 2017

Muintir na Tire Celebrating Age Week East Cork a huge success

The Muintir na Tire East Cork Celebrating Age Week tea dance in Midleton Park Hotel yesterday concluded a wonderful week of events for the elderly in East Cork.
The week started off on a very high note as one of Ireland's most successful and best loved authors Alice Taylor gave wonderful talk in the cosy atmosphere of Carrignavar Community Hall to the seniors of Carrignavar, Whitechurch, Glenville and Watergrasshill.  Alice herself lives in the village of Innishannon where she too is deeply involved with the community on many levels. Her book To School Through the Fields became the biggest selling book ever published in Ireland, and her sequels, Quench the Lamp, The Village, Country Days and The Night Before Christmas, were also outstandingly successful.  Alice spoke about how people today are caught up in a constant rushing about, and the need for all of us taking time out to give our minds a rest. Alice also took a nostalgic, loving look back to a family firmly life rooted in tradition and humour and - in particular - the Christmas traditions of her childhood.  Her stories of a childhood Christmas are rich, warm and amusing, giving a wonderful insight and a reminder to the audience about life as it was back then.
This was followed by lovely refreshments provided by our hosts Carrignavar Senior Citizens Association and then we had music and dancing to a very talented Timmy Manley. We would like to thank all involved to all who made this an afternoon to remember in Carrignavar.
On Thursday Celebrating Age Week moved to the eastern end of East Cork to the historical village of Killeagh where we were welcomed to Killeagh Hall. Our hosts Killeagh Inch Monday Club welcomed seniors from Killeagh Inch, Ballintotis and Castlemartyr to a very enjoyable afternoon. The event started with some fun activity courtesy of the KILLEAGH MONDAY CLUB “Go For Life” Team. By the time they finished we were all well and truly warmed up for the rest of the day. The next item was a very interesting talk by Staff from Barrys Nurseries, Killeagh entitled “Living Herbs For Wellbeing”. This included some great tips on growing herbs and using them in cooking and for medicinal purposes. Refreshments were then served by some local ladies and enjoyed by all. The afternoon concluded with Music, craic and Dancing to the highly talented Mark Ansboro and Mick Mangan. Again Thanks to all involved in organising this very enjoyable afternoon.
On Sunday we moved to Midleton Park Hotel for the concluding event of Celebrating Age Week. Everyone was welcomed by Finbarr Motherway who spoke about the whole concept of Celebrating Age Week and the different events held during the Week. The afternoon then started with a very apt prayer service of reflection on older people led by Fr. Michael Green. This was followed by a presentation by Sean Murphy of Muintir na Tire  to Councillor Noel Collins in recognition of his service to the people of East Cork on Cork County Council over the last fifty years.
Noel Thanked Muintir na Tire for the award and urged them to continue their defence of rural Ireland against those who threaten our traditional values and way of life. Noel was then invited to be part of the presentation of the first ever Muintir na Tire East Cork Celebrating Age Awards. (see separate reports) The Awards were followed by Refreshments and Music with the very talented Joe Desmond. Finbarr thanked all those involved in the organising of the event in particular his fellow members the Muintir Community Care team of, Sean Murphy Annette Lane Seamus Forde Denis Kelly Gretta Cronin, Brendan Scahill and Patricia Kirby and also to Fachtna and Catherine White for all their help on the day.

Organisers and Award winners at the Muintir na Tire East Cork Celebrating Age Awards. Front L-R Tom Morrissey Liz Maddox Eleanor Geraghty Noel Collins and Fr Michael Greene. Back L-R Finbarr motherway, Sean Murphy, Nuala Lynch, Patricia Kirby Sean Holland and Seamus Forde

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