Duhallow Bealtaine Festival

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 involves all communities, care settings and active retirement groups in the region. The SAOI Network, our actively retired 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 a wide variety of activities and events took place as part of the Bealtaine Festival and there really was something for everyone. From Castlemagner’s Dawn Chorus around the grounds of Ballygiblin house; An International Choral Concert in Boherbue Church; Donoughmore’s Country Western Dance; Pattern Day Celebrations were held at Dromtarriffe Well; Coffee Mornings; Traditional Evenings, Seisuins and even a book reading from local author and legend Alice Taylor, meant that the month truly was a whirlwind of activity.

For many the highlight was “Jack’s Mystery Tour”, and on the 19th of May 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.

Duhallow’s first ever Seniors Expo featured many local services and agencies who work with the elderly coming together to answer questions and provide older people with information of the many different supports and services available to them.

For more information on the Duhallow Bealtaine Festival please contact 029-60633 or e-mail duhallow@eircom.net. If you require more information on the Duhallow SAOI Network please visit the SAOI Network section of this website.

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