1st PLACE – CONTRIBUTING TO COMMUNITY: Ken Begley chairman of Tay and Mahon valley active Retirement with box of goodies, Easter eggs chocolate to be distributed to members before Easter. Photo by Tom Hickey
SEEN and Celebrated Photography competition was run by Waterford Older People’s Council in collaboration with Waterford Libraries and Healthy Waterford, as part of the Government of Ireland’s National Keep Well Campaign funded by Healthy Ireland. This competition aimed to celebrate the many ways that older people contribute to our society throughout the City and County.
There was a fantastic response to the competition with 87 photographs entered! The standard of photographs was high and there were some really touching and interesting stories that came in with each photograph.
1st PLACE – FAMILY & FRIENDS: This was our first time seeing Grandad when lockdown was lifted last summer. My son Conor was so thrilled to be back with his old pal, Grandad. I think this picture sums up perfectly the lovely relationship between Grandparent & Grandchild & how much they missed each other when they were apart. Photo by Caroline Flynn
This made for a challenging task for the three Judges: Susan O Connor (Chairperson of the Waterford Older Persons Council), Ed Guiry (Professional Award-winning Photographer) & Jane Cantwell (County Librarian & Head of Cultural Services Team – Waterford City and County Council) but we are delighted to share with you the 8 winning pictures and the stories which celebrate the contribution of older people from around the City and County in their communities.
Later on this year there will be a public exhibition of the photographs in different venues around the City and County and there will also be a 2022 Calendar available in November.
Many thanks to Greater Manchester Older People’s Network for their inspiration and support for our Photography Competition.
1st PLACE – SELF PORTRAIT: “For the first 9 months of Covid 19 our Edmund Rice Choral Society WhatsApp group had a task to do every day. It was a great success. This was my entry in our “Hat Day”. Its a bath selfie!” Photo by Patricia Meade
1st PLACE – OLD & PROUD: All Dressed Up and Nowhere to Go Julia Murphy will be 88 this year. She was married to Eddie, who died in 2011. A mother to 9 children, 22 grandchildren, 9 greatgrandchildren she enjoys gardening, bridge and cooking. COVID has had a major impact on her social life and her mental health. It has cut her off from meeting her friends and her extended family. Julia has adapted new computer skills to keep in contact with the outside world. Photo by Richard Dunne
1st PLACE – OVERALL: A moment of shared joy. 97-year-old Jim Doyle FINALLY being able to enjoy company and treats with his 7-year-old grandson after months of cocooning. Jim has spent much more of his life in Waterford than in his native Wexford. He worked as a pattern maker in “The Foundry” (Waterford Stanley) and has been a well-loved contributor to the Waterford music and crafts scenes. His outlook on life and ageing has been an inspiration to all around him. Photo by Aoife Flynn
1st PLACE – TAKING PART: Covid restrictions prevented members meeting indoors in their shed in Passage East. During the summer weather though it was possible to meet outdoors occasionally. On this occasion the get together included some of the members vintage tractors and projects they had made at home during the closure. Photo by Noel Shanaghy
3rd PLACE – OVERALL (Contributing to Community): Deise Day Centre out and about with the Tribike we call “Saoirse”. meaning Wind in your Hair We have volunteers that bring out the elderly in the good weather to feel the wind in their hair its a super way to get fresh air. Our driver Eddie Moore is one of the members also and he is 80 years young. This was taken on the boardwalk in Abbeyside with Lena Parker and Pat Healy on board. Normally we take people out as often as a volunteer is available. but Eddie always makes himself available, he gets immense pleasure seeing people enjoy themselves and what better way to keep fit. Photograph taken by Tomas Kiely
2nd PLACE – OVERALL (Old & Proud): Tom Murphy has an owl in arms with two interested dogs Toby and Jess, March 2021, Active Retirement activity. Photo by Tom Hickey
What is Waterford Older People’s Council?
Waterford Older People’s Council was set up in 2019 to ensure that people over 50 in the City and County of Waterford are treated with respect and dignity and have access to services, support and opportunity to lead a fulfilling life.
Members of the Older People’s Council are helping to promote in Waterford a community where
• The contributions of all older people are acknowledged and valued.
• The needs of older people are recognised and met.
• Older people are involved in the making of decisions that affect their daily lives and the communities in which they live.
• Older people have the opportunities to learn, to be creative, to be active, and to have fun.
Waterford Older People’s Council is part of the Age Friendly strategy which is being co-ordinated by Waterford City and County Council.
If you would like to be informed about the activities of Waterford Older People’s Council, please email [email protected] with your details or by post to Muriel Tobin, Waterford PPN Civic Buildings, Dungarvan.