Bealtaine is a month long celebration of being actively retired encouraging anyone over 55 to get out and to try new things.
The Duhallow Bealtaine Festival is organised and run by the SAOI Network and is supported by Age & Opportunity. The SAOI Network want to facilitate a more active social life for older people living in Duhallow who wish to broaden their horizons, become more active and get more involved in their own communities.
Bealtaine is a month long celebration of being actively retired encouraging anyone over 55 to get out and to try new things. This national initiative is devised by Age and Opportunity, who are a national organisation that encourages people to live their lives to the full and achieve their full potential. Bealtaine celebrates and showcases the talents and creativity of both first-time and professional older artists. It encourages older people to go out and try new things. The festival provides an excellent opportunity to communicate talents and traditions between generations.
This year we saw a wide range of activities of events organised for older people and for the first time a Seniors Expo took place in the James O’Keeffe Institute. A number of companies and service providers were present on the day to showcase the many supports and services available to older people. The highlight of the 2015 festival was ‘Jack’s Mystery Tour’. The trip organised by Jack Roche, Chairman of the SAOI Network, destination remained a mystery until the day of the trip. On the 19th of May 2015 the Mystery was finally revealed when 136 people found themselves on a bus tour to Vandeleur Gardens in Kilrush, the beautiful sights of Kilkee, over the ferry to Tarbert and on to the Lartigue Monorail and the Listowel Seanchai Centre. The trip was thoroughly enjoyed by all.