Paddy Joe appointed Roscommon Age Friendly Ambassador

As part of the Age Friendly Programme, delivered on behalf of the Older Person’s Council’s network, the irrepressible barber Paddy Joe Burke has been appointed as the Roscommon Ambassador.

Every local authority in Ireland has their own Age Friendly Ambassador. Roscommon is privileged to have the ever-affable Paddy Joe Burke – a man with a big stature and a heart to match.

This role is carried out by a local high profile person in each county who represents the local Age Friendly Programme on behalf of the Older Peoples Councils. This is an honorary position that has the potential to have a big impact.

Paddy’s role will include promoting the need to be Age Friendly and support the local Age Friendly Programme to raise awareness of Age Friendly initiatives.

As unquestionably Roscommon GAA’s most passionate fan, Paddy Joe is expected to bring an energy and profile to the role, celebrating and empowering the lives of our older persons.

Recently, a national event was held in Slane Castle, County Meath to bring together the network of Age Friendly Ambassadors and simultaneously launch the Ageism Awareness Campaign aligned to the WHO’s Global Report on Ageing.

In becoming Roscommon’s very own Age Friendly Ambassador, Paddy Joe joins a very illustrious list, which includes Clannad’s Moya Brennan representing Donegal; TV personality Francis Brennan representing Kerry and stage and TV actress, perhaps best known for her in Glenroe and Fair City, Geraldine Plunkett.

Those wishing to get involved in Age Friendly Ireland can join their Older People’s Councils, running in every local authority area. Alternatively, one can reach out to the local Age Friendly programme manager in your local authority to learn more or visit agefriendlyireland.ie.

At a recent Older Person’s Council (OPC) meeting in Roscommon’s County Library, the county’s Age Friendly Ambassador Paddy Joe Burke and Roscommon OPC members presented Roscommon Libraries Age Friendly Charter to Lorraine Keane, Librarian. The meeting was held in the County Library in Roscommon.

Prior to the handover Lorraine delivered an excellent presentation to the group outlining the changes Roscommon Libraries had made to become more Age Friendly.