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Claregalway Active Retirement Association is a member of Active Retirement Ireland, which was founded in 1978. Their philosophy is based on older people doing things for themselves.

Active Retirement Ireland is a national network of  over 485 local active retirement associations. These local associations aim to help older people lead a full, happy and healthy life by offering organised opportunities for a wide range of activities that enable older people in local communities to get involved in something that they like.

Each local association plans and delivers a range of social, cultural, learning and physical activities based on what their members would like to do and their ability to participate.

These activities include social networking through

  • tea dances, evenings out and short breaks
  • physical activities such as swimming, bowls and walking
  • cultural visits to museums etc.
  • learning activities include IT, inter generational projects, art & crafts.

All the activities are aimed at keeping older people independent, fit and well. Active Retirement Associations are a lifeline for many older people who would otherwise feel isolated and lonely.

Some associations meet once a week and others meet every day depending on the type of activities and the size of the association. Active participation is encouraged and members are supported to try new hobbies or learn new skills.

How to join

Membership is open to men and women over 55 years whose day is no longer taken up with paid or un-paid full time work. Joining a local association can offer you:

  1. Friendship
  2. Interests
  3. New creative skills
  4. Holidays and Day Tours
  5. Support and Information

For further information contact:
Active Retirement Ireland,
Suite 124, The Capel Building,
St. Mary’s Abbey,
Dublin 7.

Telephone: 01 873 3836
Email: [email protected]

Local contact:
Pat Griffith: 091 798 457