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Clare Age-Friendly County

Age-Friendly Ireland

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In 2013 the Department of Health published the National Positive Ageing Strategy to plan for an ageing population. The Strategy sets out a vision for an age-friendly society through the achievement of four national goals (participation, health, security and research).

Established in January 2014 as an intermediary organisation, Age-Friendly Ireland coordinates the national Age Friendly Cities and Counties Programme. The Programme guides the development of effective city- and county-based, multi-agency Age-Friendly Strategies aimed at improving the quality of life of older people throughout Ireland.

In an international context, Age-Friendly Ireland also provides the links between the National Positive Ageing Strategy and the Global Age-friendly Cities Guide, published by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2007.

Clare Age-Friendly Strategy & Action Plan

The Age-Friendly County Strategy for Clare addresses the opportunities and challenges posed by a predicted growth in the ageing population internationally, nationally and at county level. It was developed in September 2013 following public consultation and outlined an Action Plan for the following three years. The Action Plan aims to ensure that the county’s social, cultural, economic and physical environment is undertaken in an age-friendly manner that supports a healthy and positive experience of ageing.

Clare Age-Friendly Strategy – International, National and County Context, 2013 [PDF, 1.1MB]

Clare Age-Friendly County Programme, Annual Report 2014 [PDF, 2.3MB]

Clare Age-Friendly County Programme, Annual Report 2015 [PDF, 2.6MB]


The age-friendly programme in the county is managed by the Clare Age-Friendly Alliance Board and is implemented by an implementation team, both of which work on the principle of inter-agency collaboration. 

Clare Age-Friendly Alliance Board

  • Gerry Kelly (Chairperson)
  • Pat Dowling (CEO, Clare Co. Council)
  • Maria Molloy (Chair Implementation Team)
  • Michael Neylon (Programme Co-Ordinator / Clare Co. Council)
  • Sarah Wetherald (Age-Friendly Ireland / Regional Development Consultant)
  • Evelyn Henry (Older People’s Council)
  • Stella O’Gorman (Older People’s Council)
  • Carol Head (Older People’s Council)
  • Doirín Graham (Clare Local Development Company)
  • Fiacre Hennessy (Clarecare)
  • John Kerin (Chief Supt. - An Garda Síochána)
  • ---------------- (HSE) – To be confirmed

Clare Age-Friendly Implementation Team

  • Maria Molloy (Chair Implementation Team)
  • Gerry Kelly (Chairperson Alliance Board)
  • Michael Neylon (Programme Co-Ordinator / Clare Co. Council)
  • Evelyn Henry (Older People’s Council)
  • Etna McTeague (HSE)
  • Claire Delaney (HSE)
  • Helen Walsh (Clare County Council Library Services)
  • Stella O’Gorman (Older People’s Council)
  • Graham Lightfoort (Clare Accessible Transport)
  • Carole Head (Older People’s Council)
  • Ciara Griffin (Clare Local Development Company)
  • Fiacre Hennessy (Clarecare)
  • Inspector John Ryan (An Garda Síochána)
  • Breda O'Driscoll (Limerick Clare Education & Training Board)
  • Susan Hogan (Family Carers)
  • John Sweeney (Clare Sports Partnership)
  • Mary Cosgrove (Clarecare)

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Content Last Updated/Reviewed: 12/12/16