Age Friendly Fair most successful yet!

At the Louth Age Friendly Business Fair on Sunday were Mary Deery (Louth Age-Friendly Co-ordinator), Johnny Lawrence (Louth LEO Office), Miriam Mc Kenna (Local Link Rural Transport Programme), Vincent Jackson (An Garda Siochana), Michael Gaynor (President Dundalk Chamber), Eva Beirne (Mens Sheds Co-ordinator), Cllr Peter Savage (Cathaoirleach Louth County Council), Ann Murphy (Good Morning Louth), Miriam Roe (Louth County Council Economic Department).

An estimated 3,000 people turned out at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dundalk last Sunday to make the fourth annual Louth Age Friendly Fair the most-successful yet.

From health to wealth and food to travel, a world of offers were available at the Age Friendly County’s flagship event, which showcased a multitude of innovative products and services that will enhance and secure our lives as we live longer.

One of the top attractions at the ever-growing fair proved to be a talk from the makers of the acclaimed documentary ‘Older Than Ireland’ which tells the story of 100 years of life as seen through the eyes of 30 Irish centenarians.

The film’s producer Garry Walsh was on hand to guide attendees through the joy of filming the tales of Ireland’s oldest-ever person 113-year old Kathleen Snavely and 108-year-old Luke Dolan (Ireland’s oldest man).

The fair has always been first with initiatives for the older person and this year proved no different, with the Flexibus launch of the country’s first community car service. This project is aimed at giving older people door-to-door transport through voluntary aid.

On the day, over 50 Age Friendly businesses exhibited as well as leading figures from caring and support services, technology, finance, fashion and law.

The success of the Fair, supported by the Louth Age Friendly County Initiative, Age Friendly Business Forum, Louth Older People’s Forum, Dundalk Chamber of Commerce and Ardee Traders Association, has delighted Louth Age Friendly Co-ordinator Mary Deery.

“It has surpassed all our expectations in the last three years and I’m delighted with the take-up in age friendly business offerings,” said Mary. “It was great to see so many people from all parts of the county and beyond engaging with the exhibitors.

“Many businesses have tailored products towards an age-friendly market in Louth so we now have chairobics in your home, age friendly meals in hotels, special prices in barbers and butchers offering age friendly portions.”

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