Free Publication for Pensioners Launched

President of country’s largest ageing network launches 2014 Irish Pensioners Handbook

Download the Irish Pensioners Handbook here

“My swing needs improving but apart from that, there aren’t enough hours in the day. Growing old is a virtue and I’m making the most of it.”

Mai Quaid (73) from Baltinglass in Co. Wicklow and President of Active Retirement Ireland was practicing her golf swing at the launch of the 2014 Irish Pensioners Handbook.

She was joined by Arthur Dempsey (75), a former rugby player with Wanderers and Palmerston Clubs in South Dublin who now coaches first and second years at Wilson’s Hospital School in Multyfarnham Co. Westmeath.

Mai says the Irish Pensioners Handbook is an invaluable resource. “We are living longer, we are healthier and we are more active than ever so it’s great to see a publication that provides expert advice on key issues and a broad range of ideas for keeping active. And it’s free which is important. Our members from our 550 local Active Retirement groups will certainly be picking up a copy.”

The handbook is produced by Homecare company Bluebird Care, who will distribute it around the country throughout their 24 local offices, with contributions from Active Retirement Ireland, Age Action and the social housing association RESPOND!

Writing in the Irish Pensioners Handbook Kathleen Lynch, Minister of State with responsibility for Older People says the Government is committed to ensuring older people are supported and enabled to lead full and independent lives. The National Positive Ageing Strategy published in April 2013 outlines Ireland’s vision for ageing and older people and the national goals and objectives required to promote positive ageing. It will be the blueprint for age related policy and service delivery across Government in the years ahead.”

Eddie O’Toole, Operations Director with Bluebird Care says, “Part of our commitment to older people is to share information and advice on issues of interest to them hence our involvement in the Irish Pensioners Handbook. We value care in the same way we understand the premise, ‘some day I will have to ask for help. Maybe not today, but some day’.”

Eddie O'Toole, Operations Director Bluebird Care, Mary Daly, National Committee Active Retirement Ireland and Managing Director Bluebird Care Ireland

Eddie O’Toole, Operations Director Bluebird Care, Mary Daly, National Committee Active Retirement Ireland and Managing Director Bluebird Care Ireland

The handbook is free and contains information on a range of topics including:

• Older People’s Organisations • Home Care • Holidays & Travel • Health & Fitness • Financial Advice • Legal Advice • Bereavement • Nutrition & Diet

You can also order it by calling 0818 227 052 or emailing  You can also read and download it from the Bluebird Care website at

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