Michael Corcoran speaks to South East Radio

Michael Corcoran, Director of Bluebird Care Wexford speaks to Alan Corcoran of South East Radio about the business of homecare and Ireland’s ageing population.

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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

200 people participate in An EngAGEment with Bluebird Care in Cork


Almost 200 people joined Broadcaster George Hook and Bluebird Care to discuss Ireland’s ageing society last night in the Radisson Blu Hotel Cork.

The event, which is part of a nationwide series featuring a panel of experts, a live audience and George Hook, saw a range of heated questions and statements being made from audience members.


The issues debated included healthcare provision, Budget 2014, homecare, home security and social isolation.

Speakers included Sgt. Tony Davis, Prof Cillian Twomey, Senator Deirdre Clune, Robin Webster, Age Action, Sean Moynihan Alone and Peter Kavanagh Active Retirement Ireland, Don O’Riordan, Director Bluebird Care Cork and Susie Hall, Alliance of Retired Public Service Associations.

Operations Director with Bluebird Care Eddie O’Toole says they have now had over 500 people engage on issues affecting older people in modern Ireland.  “There is a lot of frustration and anxiety out there among older people who feel their voice is not being heard by Government, state agencies and decision makers. These events offer a platform for older people to share their views and opinions with up to 10 panel members from a range of experts and organisations contributing. They have proven hugely popular and so it’s something we will continue to roll out in 2014.”

The final “An EngAGEment with Bluebird Care” event takes place on Tuesday 12th November in the Lyrath Estate in Kilkenny. To reserve your FREE place email brianegan@localhost/bluebird.

Bluebird Care Sponsor Respond! National Conference on Housing for Older People

Bluebird Care is proud to sponsor and support the Respond! Housing Association National Conference 2013 entitled “The Best Way Forward – Inclusive Communities for Older People.”

Philip O'Reilly, RESPOND!, George Hook and Eddie O'Toole Bluebird Care

Philip O’Reilly, RESPOND!, George Hook and Eddie O’Toole Bluebird Care

The conference is being hosted on Wednesday 23rd October at The Convention Centre Dublin and is being organised by Respond! Housing Association in conjunction with the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology at NUI, Galway.

This conference will have a major focus on advocacy and the importance of enabling and empowering older people to live independently in their homes for as long as possible.


It will also highlight good practice and innovative ways of working with Older People in Ireland today.

Operations Director with Bluebird Care, Eddie O’Toole says, “Independent living is at the heart of what we do. Our support teams facilitate people living in their own home and/or in their own community. We are delighted to support Respond’s national conference and believe their visionary approach to independent living has a huge place in modern society where people are living longer.”

Please download the official Respond! conference brochure here


logoThe Conference is free of charge but you must register with Respond! Housing Association to secure your place before October 10th 2013. Places are very limited so we will not be able to accommodate people who haven’t previously registered. Admission to the conference will be by ticket only.

There are three ways you can reserve your place at the conference:

  1. By phone: You can call Katie Murphy in the Respond! Housing Association Offices at (01) 8087712. Katie will take all of your details over the phone and will send you the tickets in the post if there are places available.
  2. By email: You can email your details to and express an interest in attending the conference.
  3. By booking form: You can print, fill out and detach the booking form on the brochure,  post it to Katie Murphy, Respond! Housing Association Offices, High Park, Grace Park Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.