My name is Angela. I am retired and live in Ireland, with family in both the northern and southern hemispheres.
I am interested in the promotion of digital inclusion for older people. Being connected to the internet is becoming essential for social and economic well-being. It has made a huge difference to my life. I volunteer with Age Action in Ireland in their Getting Started programme that provides one-to-one tutoring to older people on various devices. I would love to see more older Irish people in the blogosphere!
This blog is an eclectic mix of items that I find interesting, but it does have some main themes:
1. Looking back at historical events and at Irish people who have shaped our country, our lives, our world. I also particularly enjoy finding out about members of our diaspora who have made a huge difference in places I have visited and wheret hey subsequently called home.
2. I believe that all of us who have survived for more than a half century have perspectives and a wealth of experience that deserve a forum. This blog is for us and about us; what it means to be living in Ireland as we approach or are already in the ‘Third Age’. What are the challenges we face? How can we speak up for ourselves?
3. Our disappearing world: Hopefully, those who aspire to surviving as long as we have will find something of interest here too. A ‘Down Memory Lane’ perspective look back at how things used to be in living memory, or a generation or so beyond that. It is my personal social history or the personal history of family members as I recall it. Parents and grandparents can tell stories of their lives and perhaps of lives going back beyond their own. Details of ‘Ordinary’ lives, in ‘Ordinary’ surroundings and how they were lived out, their traditions and their beliefs are in danger of being forgotten in this high-tech age of Twitter, Facebook and Blogging. I hope to record the stories I discover on this site.
4. I love to head off and be a tourist for a few hours, a day or more. We in Ireland are fortunate to live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world. Wherever I go, in Ireland or further afield, I will send a postcard to my readers!
Thank you for visiting – I would be delighted if you ‘signed up’ on the front page!
I aim to keep my posts short, readable and informative – if you wish to investigate in more depth, I will add references for further reading where appropriate.
UPDATED JUNE 2014
Since I began writing this blog, I have made a number of blogosphere friends, and have been fortunate enough to meet a significant number of them in Ireland, Australia, and America, and have had correspondence from Poland, South Africa, USA, Canada. This site has been visited by people in countries all over the world – I feel very privileged indeed every time someone looks at these pages – so thank YOU very much for dropping by!
If you would like to contact me I would love to hear from you. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
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