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Maretta Dillon chats with choreographer Philippa Donnellan about dance classes for older people. ‘Everybody is creative and everybody has the right to be creative whatever age they are. Everybody has the right to be expressive and to dance,’ says Philippa Donnellan. A professional dancer and choreographer, Philippa leads CoisCéim Dance Theatre’s outreach programme – BROADREACH. ‘I run this weekly class for people 50+ which is part of an extensive programme for that age group. This class is the basis of the programme and happens weekly in the Carmelite Centre in Dublin’s city centre.  It’s a lovely big space and…

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Celebrating the Heaney legacy Pat Keenan visits the recently opened  Heaney HomePlace in Bellaghy, Co Derry He has been hailed as the greatest Irish poet since William Butler Yeats. To celebrate his legacy, Seamus Heaney HomePlace a new £4.25 million arts and literary centre has opened in Bellaghy, where he grew up and where many of his inspirations nurtured. At the opening, its artistic director Sean Doran said he believes it to be “the first purpose-built centre dedicated exclusively to literature on the island of Ireland” Although Bellaghy is in County Derry it is positioned just above Lough Neagh making it…

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Deirdre Purcell is many things. Acclaimed novelist, broadcaster, former actor, and also an extremely considerate spouse. The Meath-based writer explains that when the muse strikes her, she takes notes. If it happens to be the middle of the night, her sleeping husband next to her, well… “Unfortunately my husband wakes extremely easily so what I do is I have a stack of bits of cardboard and a pencil so I can write what occurs to me in the middle of the might quietly without turning on the light,” she says with a laugh. Now 14 novels into her writing career,…

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Comhlámh:  the Irish association of volunteers and development workers wants you! Comhlámh is a member and supporter organisation open to anyone interested in social justice, human rights and global development issues.  Comhlámh was set-up in 1975 by a group of returned volunteers and development workers to “further international development co-operation”.  We provide supports and services to volunteers and development workers and volunteer sending agencies, in order to tackle global inequality.  Comhlámh strongly recommends that anyone thinking about volunteering should only travel with a volunteer sending agency that has signed up to our Code of Good Practice, which is a framework…

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What is the Oireachtas? Ireland is a parliamentary democracy, – a form of representative government where voters elect the parliament, which then forms the government. The party with the most votes elects the leader of the government. The Oireachtas is the National Parliament of Ireland. It comprises: The President Dáil Éireann (the House of Representatives) Seanad Éireann (the Senate) For our laws to come into effect each Bill must be passed by both Houses and signed into law by the President Leinster House – the Seat of Power The History of the House The house was originally known as Kildare…

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Help us to help you At SeniorTimes, we listen to what our readers say. At the recent 50 Plus Expo, you told us that you want more adventurous holidays and short breaks. You’re looking for breaks to inspire, to try new experiences and have fun, whether solo or with friends. So, we’re calling all Group Organisers (and when we say Group Organisers, this can be Active Retirement Groups or simply someone who organises trips for a few friends). So, whether your group is interested in sport, steam trains, music, the Arts, food, gardening, travelling, history, painting, shopping – or all…

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Digital Skills Grant Scheme “The internet is a wonderful resource and it’s for everybody. However, almost one in six Irish adults has never used the internet. Find out more information on how we aim to get our citizens online” The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment has today issued an invitation to community, voluntary and not-for-profit organisation to apply for a grant to provide citizens with basic digital skills training under his Department’s new Digital Skills for Citizens Grant Scheme. The Scheme replaces the BenefIT Scheme and aims to provide citizens who have never used the internet with the…

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Active Retirement Ireland (ARI) today launched their “Share the Experience” winter fundraising campaign. The organisation, which has over 25,000 members nationwide, is hoping to introduce the Active Retirement Ireland experience to over 1500 new members over the next year. Speaking at the launch, CEO of Active Retirement Ireland, Maureen Kavanagh, said: “Like all charitable organisations, Active Retirement Ireland is really feeling the pinch. As an organisation, we are committed to enabling older people in Ireland to get the most out of retirement and we need support to deliver that important message. We believe that retirement is only the beginning, and…

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Find Atrial Fibrillation before a stroke finds you: The Irish Heart Foundation, the national charity fighting heart disease and stroke, is urging the public to learn how to take their pulse to help detect an irregular heartbeat which may help prevent a stroke. Atrial Fibrillation (AF) is the most common heart rhythm disorder which carries a five-fold additional risk of stroke but regular pulse checks can help detect it. Dr Angie Brown Medical Director of the Irish Heart Foundation and consultant cardiologist said: “Atrial Fibrillation is a very common cause of disabling stroke in Ireland and by raising awareness of…

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