Press Release

Callely wishes best of luck to Senior Athletes

Senior athletes from Ireland are off again to win glory for older people. They fly out Sunday, October 5th, from Dublin Airport, at 11.45 am, to participate in the World Senior Games in St. George, Utah in the USA, from the 7th – 16th October.

At the departure, Minister for State with responsibility for Older People, Ivor Callely T.D. said: “I am delighted to be here this morning to wish the Irish Team the best of luck. Yesterday (Saturday) ended Positive Ageing Week, during which hundreds of events were held throughout the country. Only recently, I congratulated the Summerhill Active Retirement Group on their European success and I hope to be doing the same later this month on their worldwide success.”

Traveling with the group is Mayo man Dr. Mick Loftus, 74, former President of the GAA and 97 year old Gerry Smith. Gerry won a Gold Medal earlier this year at the European Senior Games.

“I encourage all older people to become active. One of the great achievements of our times is that most of us are living longer and staying more active than ever before. Older age can be a time of freedom, of new challenges, a time to devote to a beloved hobby or pastime. There are many examples of people who take up demanding new challenges when they retire and of people who use their retirement to make extraordinary contributions to society. From playing bingo to participating in sporting events, the vast majority of older people are, in fact, healthy and independent, and for them mature age can offer a new lease of life” stated Minister Callely.