Schedule Announced for Portlaoise ‘EngAGEment’ Event with George Hook

Event Programme

Thursday 22nd May, Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise

Come along to this free event and have your say on growing old in Ireland. You can book by calling 057-866 6377 or email You can also just come along on the evening.

George Hook hosting An EngAGEment with Bluebird Care

George Hook hosting An EngAGEment with Bluebird Care

7:30pm Registration / Refreshments / Attendees View Exhibition Stand Helplink South, Bluebird Care, Task, Laois Injury Clinic

8:00pm Welcome by Eddie O’Toole, Operations Director, Bluebird Care

8:05pm Master of Ceremonies, Newstalk Broadcaster George Hook

Video “Homecare & Healthcare”

8:10pm Interview with Consultant Geriatrician at the Mater Hospital Dublin, Mr. Dermot Power on Minding your Memory & Mental Health – Dementia/Alzheimer’s Disease

Audience Q&A

8: 30pm George introduces Panel I and Shows Video Clip “Growing Old is a Virtue”

The Importance of Active Ageing for Health, Well Being and Social Inclusion

  • Peter Kavanagh, Information & Networking Officer, Active Retirement Ireland
  • Fr. Jackie Robinson, Parish Priest, Borris in Ossory

Audience Q&A

9:00pm George Introduces Panel II and shows Video Clip: “The Impact of Austerity on Older People”

  • Robin Webster, CEO, Age Action
  • Susie Hall, Association of Retired Public Servants Association
  • Philip O’Reilly, National Co-ordinator Older Persons Services, RESPOND

Audience Q&A

9:35pm Video: “Older People Have Their Say”

9:40pm Closing interview with Eddie O’Toole, Bluebird Care

9:45pm Close and sum up by George Hook / Photos


Presentation to Active Retirement Mallow

Don O’Riordan, Director of Bluebird Care Cork will address the Mallow Active Retirement Association next Wednesday 16th April in the Parish Centre, West End, Mallow at 11:00am.

Don says the partnership between Bluebird Care and Active Retirement Ireland is one which will see joint initiatives launched on areas of mutual interest.

“We are an official supplier to the 2014 Irish Open providing mobility services to ensure the event is accessible. So we have negotiated a concession rate for members of Active Retirement Ireland so we hope members from the Cork ARA’s will come out and see the international event which is on their doorstep this year in Fota Island Golf Resort.”

Active Retirement Ireland has 550 Associations nationwide comprising 24,500 members.

Find out more about joining them here.

Bluebird Care is Happy!

Happy Giving  to our Charity Partners

We wanted to share to share some images with you from our various fundraising events for charity.  CSR is a big part of our corporate strategy and giving back to communities and organisations that support people living independently.

Each year we donate 20% of our marketing budget to CSR and so we made a video to show you just a sample of what we do. If this video makes you happy, please share it!

Some of the charities we work with include Active Retirement Ireland, Age Action, Special Olympics Ireland, Blood Bike West and


Cookery Demonstration at Active Retirement Ireland Trade & Tourism Show

Food for the Soul Cookery Demonstration

Chef Gary O’Hanlon will cook recipes from our forthcoming cookbook Food for the soul at Active Retirement Ireland’s Trade and Tourism Show which takes place in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Galway.

Bluebird Care is partnering with Active Retirement Ireland on a number of events this year. Active Retirement Ireland has 24,500 members in 550 Active Retirement Associations across Ireland.

Be sure to call into the Trade & Tourism Show on Tuesday 8th April in the Radisson Blu Hotel.