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Age Action Silver Surfers

Each year Age Action organise The Silver Surfer Awards to celebrate older people who have embraced technology and those who support them and this is sponsored by open eir. Nominations are taken in six categories and 5 nominees selected in each to go forward to the final. The results are presented at an Awards Day which this year was held in the eir HQ in Dublin on Tuesday, April 17th. Each finalist can take three guests with them to the function. Two people from Monaghan qualified this year - Mary McCleary in the Golden IT Award, which goes to an individual over the age of 80 who uses technology to enhance their life, and I finished in the top 5, nominated by Geraldine Watterson, in the Community Champion Award category, which goes to an older person, who uses the internet to benefit their community locally or nationally. Emyvale.net got a fair hearing but was beaten by a 98 year old, who uses technology to assist his community with form filling etc. Emyvale.net does not interact with Age Action, not deliberately, and this was a draw back. However it was great to be there and open eir and Age Action gave us a wonderful day. Minister Daly, who has responsibility for Older people attended, made a speech and departed. Brendan Courtney was MC and mingled with everyone. Mary McCleary was obviously high up in her category to finish in the top 5 there but she was defeated by a 99 year old, who is very active and has embraced IT in many different ways. Again Mary had a great day and we all met with very interesting people and were treated royally. My thanks and appreciation to Geraldine, who considered emyvale.net worthy of a nomination and for giving us the chance to enjoy a lovely occasion.

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