Community Development: Rathvilly Development Association


Carlow County Development Partnership is a support structure for anyone who wants to strengthen their community, and is delighted to work with groups around the county who are actively engaged in making their town or village a better place to live. One of these groups is the Rathvilly Community Development Group who have been supported by Joanne Donohoe, the SICAP Development Worker over the last number of years. At their AGM at the start of the year a number of sub-groups were set up, one of which focused on organizing social events for the area. Recently, this group organized a Tea Dance for the Over 55's "Active Seniors" in the town which was enjoyed by all and was just one activity to reduce isolation and respond to the needs of older members of the community.

Older people are assuming a greater importance throughout the whole European Union as both their numbers and their proportion of the population increase due to the ageing of the population. As of 2013, 18% of Europeans are aged 65 or more (more than 92 million individuals ) but this is predicted to rise to 30 % by 2060.

SICAP work with older persons: Security for Older Persons

Carlow County Development Partnership was delighted to attend the recent meeting promoting safety and security for older persons (and indeed everyone) as part of Positive Aging Week. The meeting was hosted by Carlow Bank of Ireland and delivered by Carlow Gardai.

Older persons face a number of challenges, particularly those living in rural parts of the county. Research nationwide has found that older persons in rural areas can suffer a double type of exclusion, the first caused by increasing age, the second by social exclusion and difficulty in accessing services. There are a number of aspects which combine to increase this sense of exclusion, including social connections and social resources, access to health and social care, and general services and infrastructure, access to private transport and public rural transport schemes, income and financial resources, and feeling safe and secure in one’s home. (Walsh et al., Social Exclusion and Ageing in Diverse Rural Communities, 2012). The SICAP Programme is respo9nding to social inclusion needs in the county and older persons are one of the groups responded to .

This meeting was significant in the way it addressed the last element in this list, providing the most up to date statistics on Carlow and showing the work being done to ensure that burglaries are on the decline and people are more safe in their homes and in their communities.

If anyone has any queries or concerns please do not hesitate to contact the local Gardai who are more than happy to help.

You can also contact Carlow County Development Partnership CLG at 059 9720733

Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week in conjunction with Age Action.


Across the EU the share of the population aged 65 years and over is increasing in every Member State. In 2016, older persons (aged 65 or over) had a 19.2 % share of the total population (an increase of 0.3 % compared with the previous year and an increase of 2.4 % compared with 10 years earlier). More locally, there were 7675 persons over the age of 65 in Carlow in 2016, thus 15.24% of the population of the county. This means that the county has an age dependency ratio of 19.9%. -  the ratio of people older than 64 to the working-age population -  which is slightly lower than the average for the State (20.19%)

As part of the supports for older Persons in the county, Carlow County Development Partnership was delighted to take part in the Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week recently in conjunction with Age Action. We are now in a position through this collaborative approach and with our Care & Repair Programme to offer  users of the Care & Repair  Service  free Carbon Monoxide Alarms where there is none already in the home.

The Care and Repair Programme is support by the Tus and RSS schemes and is part of Carlow County Development Partnerships commitment to ensuring that older persons in Carlow remain in their own house s and communities for as long as they care to do so.,




For more information on this initiative please contact the Care and Repair Service on 059 97 20733 or the coordinator of the service Niamh Murphy on 086-0418554

Carlow Older Persons Forum supporting community engagement work by Carlow and Kilkenny Gardaí



Carlow County Development Partnership are delighted to support and highlight the very important community engagement work being done by Carlow and Kilkenny Gardaí in partnership with the Carlow Older Persons Forum.

On Thursday Gardaí were out and about in Graiguecullen, introducing themselves to the local community and reassuring older persons and the community in general that they are here and willing to help in any way that they can.

Accompanying them was Joe Butler, Chairperson of Carlow Older Persons Forum and Board Director of Carlow County Development Partnership to demonstrate the importance of older persons in the community and to ensure that their voice is heard by services and showing that they appreciate being able to contribute to the communities in which they live.







Carlow Age Friendly County Strategic Plan 2017 -2022

An Gairdin Beo was beautifully dressed for the arrival of Minister of State at the Department of Health with special responsibility for Mental Health and Older People Jim Daly T.D. on 13/09/2017.  The occasion was to officially launch the Carlow Age Friendly County Strategic Plan 2017 – 2022.   Chairperson of the Carlow Older Persons Forum Joe Butler compared the event with fellow speakers Cllr. William Paton, Cathaoirleach Carlow County Council, and Eileen Brophy, Chairperson of Carlow Age Alliance.  The National Positive Ageing Strategy (NPAS) sets out a vision for Ireland, and this vision is one that the Carlow Age Friendly Committee are committed to;-

“ ……a society for all ages that celebrates and prepares properly for individual and population ageing.  It will enable and support all ages and older people to enjoy physical and mental health and wellbeing to their full potential.  It will promote and respect older people’s engagement in economic, social, cultural, community and family life and foster better solidarity between the generations.  It will be a society in which the equality, independence, participation, care, self-fulfilment and dignity of older people are pursued at all times”.

The strategic plan focuses on the areas of

·         Outdoor Spaces & buildings

·         Transport

·         Housing

·         Respect & Social Inclusion

·         Social Participation

·         Communication & Information

·         Civic Partnership

·         Community Support & Health Services

There are a number of short-term, medium-term and long-term goals that are listed under the headings above that the plan will try to achieve.  If you would like to view the strategic plan please see below


Garda Community visit in Graiguecullen


On  next Monday  26th June   Carlow Garda will be out meeting older persons in the Graiguecullen area, visiting homes and saying ‘hello’

This is an initiative in partnership with Carlow Older Persons Forum and Carlow Carlow County Development Partnership

This Garda presence in the area is not related to any incident so please don’t be alarmed – Lets meet our local Gardai!

Promoting greater Inclusion: Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town and the Older Persons Forum

Carlow County Development Partnership were delighted to support the Bank of Ireland Enterprise Town event, which was held on Sunday 28th May in the Woodford Dolmen Hotel in Carlow.  Organised by Bank of Ireland in partnership with the local community it showcased local businesses, community and sporting  organizations.  There were over 90 stands including ones providing information on what CCDP has to offer to communities, individuals, job seekers, young people, older persons, new communities and entrepreneurs.

Carlow Older Persons Forum was chosen as this year’s charity by Bank of Ireland. Through the SICAP programme,  CCDP have been working with and supporting the development and capacity of the Older Persons Forum for more than two years now and have seen it go from strength to strength.  It celebrated its second birthday on 24th May this year. The Forum is an important element of the suite of supports that the company offer to older persons in Carlow town and county, including ‘Care and Repair’, which benefits almost 300 clients.

Promoting Inclusion: Older Person Forum; Fundraising and Strategic Partners


The Carlow Older Persons Forum goes from strength to strength and is engaging in a number of initiatives this year to heighten awareness of the needs of older members of the community as they access important daily services. We are particularly happy to note the development of a key strategic  partnership with the Bank of Ireland  in this work this year. The bank branch at Shamrock Plaza organized a lovely Bake Sale on Friday May 19th, with all proceeds going to the Forum. We are happy to report that over 700 Euros was made. A special thanks goes out to all who baked the wonderful array of treats including members of our own Carlow County Development Partnership staff, and to Derek the Bank Manager who facilitated the whole event.

CCDP works with individuals and community who aim to improve the lives of their community or their group. Older persons have a significant contribution to make their the Carlow community and the Older Persons Forum aims to make their voice heard  by service providers and organizations.

Promoting Inclusion: Older Persons Forum Flag Day


Carlow County Development Partnership are are delighted to have supported Carlow Older Persons Forum in their recent Flag Day which was hugely successful raising over 900 euro. It was also wonderful to have so many students from St. Leo's engage with us and the Forum and give freely of their time and energy, Their enthusiasm to work with us in community and voluntary initiatives is truly inspiring and bodes well for the future. Carlow Men's Shed also came out in force for the day

Greater participation in the Community: Age Friendly Parking

The Carlow Older Persons Forum has been in existence now for nearly 2 years and is working to ensure that the voice of older persons be heard. One initiative they piloted was the reservation of parking spaces for older persons close to services, and these were rolled out at a number of locations around Carlow Town, including beside Town Hall and outside SuperValu. This initiative was the first of its kind in Ireland. In the last week this was extended to a new space outside the Bank of Ireland at Shamrock Plaza. Bank of Ireland are working closely with the Older Persons Forum to ensure that all its services are Age Friendly and this parking initiative represents another step forward in responding to the needs of older members of the community. CCDP supports the work of the Older Persons Forum through its SICAP Programme.

Carlow County Development Partnership responds to the needs of Older Persons in a number of ways, including through the running of the Care and Repair service. This Programme was initially established by Age Action to carry out minor repairs for older and vulnerable people free of charge  and to provide a befriending service. In Carlow CCDP provide this service to over 250 older persons throughout the county, enabling enable older people to remain in their own homes, in their own communities, living as independently as possible, through the improvement of their housing conditions and their level of comfort, security and well-being.

If you are interested in receiving a visit from the Care and Repair team get in touch with us. Details are on the Contact page.