‘Ambitious’ Age Friendly Strategic Plan 2024-2028 launched in Limerick

Pictured at the Age Friendly Limerick launch were l-r: Ciara Farrell (Regional West Manager, Age Friendly Ireland), Dr Pat Daly (Chief Executive Limerick City & County Council), Minister Patrick O’Donovan, Elizabeth Stanley (Older Persons Executive chairperson), Cllr. Gerald Mitchell (Mayor of the City and County of Limerick) and Catherine Bowes Kelly (Age Friendly Programme Manager - LCCC). (Pic. Brian Arthur)

An ambitious Age Friendly Strategy for Limerick has been officially launched, building on the successes of the first strategy to create a more inclusive and vibrant community for people of all ages.

The Age Friendly Limerick Strategic Plan 2024 – 2028, launched this week by the Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, innovation and Science, Patrick O’Donovan TD, is informed by invaluable insights of older residents and reflects Limerick’s commitment to enhancing the quality of life for every member of the community as the age profile of the population continues to grow older.

16% of Limerick’s population or 33,588 people are aged 65 years and over according to the most recent Census returns in 2022. This was an increase in this age group of 23% in Limerick since 2016.

The percentage of those aged 80 years and over was 3.6% in the 2022 Census figures.

The Age Friendly Limerick Strategy emphasises the importance of empowering older residents to actively engage in volunteerism and civic endeavours, fostering a sense of purpose and belonging. It aims to create a universally attainable environment where individuals can remain socially active and valued members of their communities.

Age Friendly initiatives span areas including housing, community engagement, transport, cultural activities, and social inclusion.

Key to the success of the strategy is the active involvement of key stakeholders including, the Older People’s Executive, Age Friendly Alliance, Age Friendly Programme Manager and Age Friendly Housing Technical Advisor.


Chairperson of the Older People’s Executive, Elizabeth Stanley says the strategy will have a generational impact.

“The Age Friendly Strategy for Limerick is an ambitious plan for the future of all Limerick people. It reflects the wishes, hopes and dreams of the people who were asked for their opinions about the kind of place they would wish for themselves and those who come after them.”

The Age Friendly Ireland Programme has been operational in Ireland since 2008 and is affiliated to the World Health Organisation (WHO) Global Age Friendly Cities and Communities Programme, with Ireland being the first country in the world to have full affiliation to the Global WHO Programme.

The launch of the plan for 2024-2028 marks a significant step forward in realising the collective vision of a thriving, inclusive community where individuals of all ages can flourish. Limerick City and County Council extends gratitude to all stakeholders and older residents for their invaluable contributions in shaping the future of Limerick as a county we can all be proud to grow old in.