It's one 'Big Hello!' from Knocknagoshel
Bringing the generations together was what it was all about at the Community Centre in Knocknagoshel as the local Over 55s' Social Club and Women's Group hosted a great gathering marking Healthy Ireland's recent Big Hello initiative.
Over 100 people from all over Sliabh Luachra attended the event, as they got to make new friends of all ages and glean a great sense of the work and mission of the Club.
Health and Wellbeing Officer from Kerry County Council Deirdre Hegarty got it all underway in an overview of the Big Hello concept, with Majella Duignan of Nutrifit for Women, giving a very well received talk on how to age in good health. Young and old meanwhile enjoyed a makeover throughout the day by the skilled Katelyn's Face painting.
The day's activities were then divided into two sessions. The first session was based around developing a healthy mind. Staff members Breda and Betty introduced the Memories Technology Programme which the Knocknagoshel Over 55's Club have adopted since 2018 to assist with and improve memory and recall issues. This programme is sponsored by the HSE.
This session was followed by an inter-generational conversation where local schoolchildren and older people recalled and compared aspects of their lives in a fun and enjoyable setting. The Sliabh Luachra choir and Larry Long gave a performance of song, poetry and drama that had everyone enthralled.
A delicious and healthy buffet lunch prepared by chef Noreen and her team was then served before an afternoon based around developing a healthy body.
A talk and exercise session designed for older people was given by John Kerley from the Knocknagoshel Gym. Breda and Betty then led a set of light exercises to music before Stevie Donegan which kept the joints greased with an afternoon of song and dance. Afternoon Tea was enjoyed before everyone left sated, tired and full of praise. Transport was provided by Local Link Kerry and by the Knocknagoshel Over 55's Club.
"We would like to thank everyone who helped in any way to make this day so enjoyable and especially the sponsors Kerry County Council through the Department of Rural and Community Development," chairperson of the Over 55s Club Catherine Lenihan said.