Cork County Older Peoples Council hold celebratory event

Jim Daly, Minister for Mental Health and Older People (front centre) at the Bi-Annual Celebration of the Cork County Older Peoples Council at the Westlodge Hotel, Bantry with (left to right): Liz Downes, Vice-Chairperson, CCOPC and Liz Maddock, Chairperson, CCOPC. Back (left to right): Margaret Murphy O'Mahony, T.D., Rita Kearney, Secretary, CCOPC, James Fogarty, Deputy Chief Executive Cork County Council and Aileen Hurley, Age Friendly County Co-Ordinator. (Photo: Martin Walsh)

Over 200 members of the Cork County Older Peoples Council attended a celebratory event in the Westlodge Hotel in Bantry recently where Minister for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly, spoke about issues affecting older people in the county.

The chair of the OPC Ms Liz Maddox, and chair of the Age Friendly Alliance Mr James Fogarty also spoke on the evening, after Minister Daly conducted a questions and answer session with the attendees.

Speeches were followed by a two course lunch and dancing went on until the late afternoon.

Cork County Older Peoples Council was established in 2015 by Cork County Council, as part of the Cork Age Friendly County Programme.

The Council is made up of an Executive Committee and a wider group of members who meet twice a year to celebrate positive ageing and their achievements.

The council aims to be as representative as possible, by representing older people from all walks of life, including people who can’t take part directly in the decision making process; such as those living in residential care and people suffering from Alzheimer’s and Dementia.