Bealtaine Festival starts on May 1st, help celebrate creativity in older age

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Mayor Sarah Holland will launch South Dublin County Council’s Bealtaine Festival in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Naas Road, on Wednesday May 4th.  The festival aims to celebrate creativity as we age and gives everyone the opportunity to discover a new talent or find a new way to use an old skill. It is an opening to make new friends and connect with your community.

Bealtaine is co-ordinated by Age and Opportunity, the national organisation working to promote greater participation by older people in society. The name “Bealtaine” comes from the ancient Celtic festival of that name celebrating springtime, freshness and renewal.

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In South Dublin County the number of people age 65 and over is 23,053 and is rising. The aging population offers both challenges and opportunities to South Dublin County. South Dublin County Council has organised a number of events during the month to celebrate this festival and has produced a programme to advertise the wide variety of events and activities that are planned for the festival.

There is an opportunity here for everybody to try out something new with some of the activities including crafts, computer classes, horticultural workshops, walking, tea dance, ballroom dancing and more. This year they are inviting people to Celebrate Creativity by putting their imagination to work.                                                                                                

Applications forms and Programme of Events for the month can be downloaded here or for more information please contact Maria Finn or Sandra Hickey Housing, Social and Community Development Department, South Dublin County Council on 01 414 9270 or 086 380 3060 or email [email protected]