Age Friendly Project lays down a positive benchmark

One of the new benches on Upper Cork Street, Mitchelstown with those who worked on the project, l-r: Kathleen Griffin of the Age Friendly Project (AFP), Cllr Kay Dawson (Chairwoman of AFP), Liz Downes, Pauline Moriarty (Fermoy Municipal District Officer) and Hannah Casey of AFP. (Picture: Niall O'Connor)

Eight specially made benches are the latest addition to Mitchelstown’s streetscape as the town makes good on its promise to be more age friendly. 

Cllr Kay Dawson, who is the chair of the Age Friendly Project, spoke about the efforts of Kathleen Griffin and Hannah Casey, who have been instrumental in the work to transform the town. 

The benches which were installed during the last week, are strategically placed in locations to help people who find it difficult to walk long distances.

Kay said this project has seen huge work behind the scenes as the town becomes one of the most accessibility-friendly urban areas in the county.

“When we were lucky enough to be nominated to be an Age Friendly town, working with Cork County Council, we were fortunate to get a huge level of engagement from the elderly people in the town,” she said. 

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