Press Release

Minister Hoctor launches the Older Persons Network Booklet ‘Rambling Together’, Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow.

Máire Hoctor T.D., Minister for Older People, today (24th June, 2008) launched a booklet entitled ‘Rambling Together’ at the Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow. This booklet is the culmination of a project initiated by the Older Persons Network in Carlow. The project was funded by The Community Foundation of Ireland and CANDO Community Partnership.

The production of this insightful and interesting booklet was a collaborative project involving residents at St. Fiacc House and students from transition year at St. Leo’s College, Carlow. This project brought two different generations together to produce a booklet of reflections and stories to help younger people gain a better understanding of the issues faced by older people in Ireland during their younger years. These stories serve as a snapshot of a period in time that has now entered the realms of history.

The project provided an opportunity for participants to recall and share their journey through life. The project has been invaluable in building greater understanding and respect between the participants and has played a major role in knocking down walls of isolation often felt by older people.

Speaking at the launch, Minister Hoctor commended the generosity and commitment of the students of St. Leo’s and the residents of St. Fiacc’s who were involved in the project. This project is a shining example of the positive impact such grassroots initiatives can have on the whole community and how we can all learn in a mutually beneficial and enjoyable way from each other. The interesting and often moving life-stories of the residents of St. Fiacc’s provides us with a valuable insight into how Ireland has changed over the past years. This is an outstanding project and all those who have been involved in it should be very proud”.