SCORES OF over 55s flocked to an older person’s only event in Ballyliffin last week where they enjoyed music, dancing and informative talks.
‘Ageing Well’ was a collaboration of the Donegal Older People’s Council and Inishowen Development Partnership and the event was very quickly booked out with more than 160 older people attending the event in the Ballyliffin Lodge Hotel.
Guest Speaker and performer was Donegal Age Friendly Ambassador and traditional musician Moya Brennan. There was also a presentation on the ‘Living Will’ from Clodagh McGuinness of the Irish Hospice Foundation and Bill Vaughan spoke to people about how important it is to mind your mental health as you age.
Musician Shunie Crampsy wrapped up proceedings and had everyone up on the dancefloor for a bit of ceol agus craic.

Aine McLaughlin, Community Development Officer with Inishowen Development Partnership, said they were blown away by the response from the wider community and thanked everyone for attending.
“The response to this event has exceeded our expectations and we are delighted to say that this will become an annual event in conjunction with the OPC,” explained Aine.
Gwen Mooney, Chairperson Donegal OPC said they are astonished by the popularity of their first event of this kind in Inishowen.
“This was our first event in Inishowen and we know it will connect older people and give voice to the specific issues for older people living here.”

Gwen Mooney, Evelyn McGlynn, Aine McLaughlin and Denise McCool
Shauna McClenaghan IDP and Moya Brennan
Inishowen Development Partnership Staff