Silver surfers join the Google generation
WHOEVER said the so-called Google Generation only applied to young people?
Marguerite Faulkner, who celebrated her 96th birthday yesterday, has called upon other older citizens to follow her lead in surfing the internet.
Mrs Faulkner, who began using the internet eight years ago, is pictured with 'Fair City' actors Jim Bartley (left) and Tom Jordan at the Science Gallery in Trinity College, Dublin, yesterday.
"As long as your mind is active, I think you should try and avail yourself of every opportunity that is there for you," she said.
The pensioner, from Cookstown, Co Tyrone, uses the web to talk to her seven grandchildren via Skype and search for information on books and art.
The recipient of last year's 'Silver Surfer' award was speaking at the Science Gallery as Age Action and the broadband network 3 launched the 2010 awards.
Jordan, who is in his 70s and plays Charlie Kelly on the RTE soap, said the older generation was missing out by not embracing the internet and technology.
There are no firm statistics on the numbers of older people actively searching and utilising the net in Ireland, according to Age Action's Ciara Sherlock.
Volunteers from Age Action run internet classes in libraries and community centres throughout the country to teach older generations.
Both 3 and Age Action have called for nominations of people over the age of 50 who have embraced new technologies, with the winners of the award to be announced in mid-November.