A very special event took place in Granard last Wednesday when the Moatsiders Active Age Group celebrated its 10th year in existence.
The anniversary took place at Rath Mhuire Community Centre which is based at the heart of the north Longford town.
“Currently we have 38 members in the group and our main aim over this last decade has been to promote participation of older people in the community and promote positive ageing,” Jackie Kennedy, Manager Rath Mhuire said.
“Each time in our lives present different challenges, and as we get older some of those challenges can include issues around health, isolation, transport and care as well as attitudes to ageing, both our own and that of others.”
Ten years ago this month, a number of people who held a vision for older people in their community came together and it was then that Moatsiders was born.
“It was through work in the community and the various projects and programmes that happened at Rath Mhuire, that the need for support for older and retired people was realised and Moatsiders’ Active Age Group was formally established in 2003,” Ms Kennedy added.
“The theme of this year’s Bealtaine Festival is ‘Grow Happy; well, over the last 10 years we have grown together and that togetherness, I think it is fair to say has made us happier. I want to thank all those who supported the Centre, in particular Sr Maeve, Lucy and all the staff that have worked at the Centre over the years. We have also have had great support from the HSE, VEC, Granard Area Action Group & FAS and many others including the Longford Library Service,” she said.
The afternoon of celebration was enhanced all the more with a wonderful music recital by students of Cnoc Mhuire, Granard. Members of the Moatsiders Active Age Group also gave performances and shared their memories of life. Rath Mhuire Centre was established in 1986 and has played an enormous role in all aspects of community life in Granard and throughout north Longford.