At 99 Carigtwohill Man Gordon Lawson Proves It’s Never Too Late To Embrace New Technology

By Seamus Whelehan


The age old adage never post online what you wouldn’t like your parents to see, can now include your great grandparents.
At 99, Gordon Lawson has embraced online billing and mobile banking to make life easier and even uses What’s App and Skype to keep in touch with family.
No stranger to technology the Carrigtwohill man, a former RAF flight instructor, received the 2018 Golden It Award on Tuesday at the Eir silver Surfer Awards held in Dublin.
The owner of 2 iPads, a smartphone and a laptop, Mr Lawson uses them to download music, bank online, write up the minutes of meetings in his role as secretary at the Jehovah Witness congregation in Carrigtwohill, and uses his laptop as a flight simulator to relive his experiences as a former pilot.
Gordon say the message to those who have yet to embrace online media, is the advantages are well worth the learning curve.
“There is so much to learn, go onto google any question you have there, an answer will come up.”
The pensioner was selected outright winner from over 148 entrants nationally, his knowledge of google enables him to cook for himself, since the passing of his wife 7 years ago.
Mr Lawson is so attached to his technology the Cluid sheltered housing unit in Carrigtwohill has installed free Wifi.
Just a quarter of people over the age of 65 use the internet, although poor broadband is a contributing factor in some rural areas, John Church CEO of Age Action Ireland says Silver Surfers like Gordon Lawson are challenging ageist stereotypes that the internet, social media and new technologies are only for young people.
"They’re not just doing so to improve their own lives but, in many cases, to assist their neighbours, support their communities and reach out to people who need help.”
"Our Silver Surfers are ambassadors for a digital landscape and reinforce our belief that everyone should have access to a best in class broadband and mobile network.”
Davina Mooney Older persons support Cluid housing spoke with pride of Gordon’s achievements
She said he is an “inspiration” for many.