Nominations Open for East Cork’s Senior Citizen of the Year Awards

By Seamus Whelehan

Gretta Cronin Carrignavar with East Cork Municipality Chairwoman Cllr Susan mcCarthy Finbarr Motherway Muintir na Tire , Annette Lane Chairperson of Cork County Muintir na Tire, Brendan Scahill Community Officer HSE, and Pat kirby Killeagh / Inch Muintir na Tire. seated Sean Murphy President of Cork County Muintir na Tire, Priscilla Lynch HSE Head of Service Health and Wellbeing covering Cork and Kerry and Cllr Noel Collins

The search is on for East Cork’s Senior citizen of the year.
The Muintir na Tire award aims to celebrate the positive contribution our elderly population make to society by honouring the huge volume of voluntary and caring work many over 55 do in their daily lives, often with little praise or thanks.
Finbarr Motherway and Annette Lane of Muintir na Tire say the awards offer an opportunity to recognise those who dedicate their time and contribute to making East Cork an inclusive community, and a great place to live and work.
“Many of those over 55 care for members of their own families. Many often overcome huge adversity in their own lives and go on to achieve a great deal for themselves or their community.”
The award categories include Caring award – for someone who cares for another, Community – an individual who enhances the lives of older people, and Challenge – for the person who has overcome illness or adversity, shown bravery or beyond expectations.
Deadline for receipt of nominations is Monday 6th November. Winners will be announced at the Celebrating Age Afternoon Tea Dance on Sunday 19 November at the Midleton Park Hotel.
The East Cork celebrating Age Week, will take place from Tuesday 14 November to Sunday 19 November across three East Cork locations.
The week will highlight and honour the contribution of our older citizens while providing the opportunity for them to connect and engage with a younger generation.
On Tuesday 14 November in Carrignavar Alice Taylor will deliver a key note address followed by music and dancing with Tim Manley.
On Thursday 16 November fun activities will take place at Killeagh Hall with the Go For life team followed by a living herbs for wellbeing talk and dancing to Mark Ansboro and Mick Mangan.
The week will culminate with an afternoon tea dance at the Midleton Park Hotel followed with music to Joe Desmond.
Speaking at the launch of the positive ageing week yesterday Wednesday 27 September at Midleton Library, Cllr Noel Collins said senior citizens have served East Cork well.
The Midleton based councillor said getting old and retiring can fill many with dread but for countless numbers of East Cork’s elderly community it’s a time they relish, making time to try new things.
“At 100 you can be as productive mentally as you were at 50 and you should know more. With age we develop insight and perspective regardless of age. Irrespective of age staying young is as easy as those who live in the future, you can do it if you care enough to.”