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If you are planning any face-to-face or virtual events, holding intergenerational discussions, or announcing any exciting ideas and projects across Ireland, please do get in touch. We will include your events along with GWT's on the Global Intergenerational Week Campaign page and share your news via social media channels.

Dublin City University Age-Friendly University is delighted to be working with Generations Working Together and honoured to be leading the celebrations in Ireland marking Global Intergenerational Week. Here are some of the events taking place so far:

Monday 25th April

  • Staying in touch with family in nursing homes - 11.30am (GMT)

Finding the best way to stay in contact with your loved one when some are on the other side of the continent or others are in nursing homes, this is the challenge that Adam Keane, the founder of the Altra app has decided to address. Altra is a secure engagement app that allows care homes to share updates on the well-being of residents directly with families. Families only see information relevant to their loved one through videos, pictures, messages and more and nursing homes can also convert digital content sent by families through the app to create personalised newsletters for residents to enjoy. They have also just launched a Wellbeing Hub where users can discover a large range of resources and content. They have partnered with experts in active ageing, dementia care & more to produce state-of-the-art exercise videos and wellness resources specifically designed to improve the lives of older adults in care homes and at home. During this talk, Adam will be discussing with Directors of Nursing and Activities teams on how this app has impacted their residents. Visit the Altra app website for more information.

  • Ageism in the Workplace - Online webinar at 1pm (GMT)

During this online webinar, Dr. Alfredo Salomao, Dr. Tanja Tillmanns, and Dr Trudy Corrigan will present their solutions to address ageism and ageist attitudes in the workplace.

One of the solutions is promoting greater development of intergenerational policy and practices in the workplace, the presenters will provide practical examples of how workplaces can adapt opportunities for intergenerational engagement between older and younger workers. Register here.

  • What is Intergenerational Learning? -  2.15pm – 3.00pm (GMT) Atlantic Technological University Sligo - Room C1005

Come and find out, at this student-led workshop. The workshop facilitators will be Final Year, Early Childhood Care and Education and Social Care Practice Students. The Department of Social Sciences at Atlantic Technological University, Sligo is celebrating Global Intergenerational Week. The aim of the intergenerational week at ATU, Sligo, is twofold: It is about celebrating the research and work happening in classrooms and communities with older and younger people and sharing ideas to enhance best practice in intergenerational learning collaborations.

For information email Kate Brown, Lecturer. 

  • Discussion with Together Old and Young - Online webinar at 3pm (GMT)

Dr. Margaret Kernan and Dr Trudy Corrigan will discuss their experience of developing intergenerational programmes in early childhood education and in higher education. Margaret was a co-founder of TOY (Together Old and Young) and Trudy was a founder of the DCU Intergenerational Learning Programme as a proof-of-concept in DCU between 2008-2016. The aim of this event is to hear from the experiences of these two academics and to explore the challenges and opportunities of designing and developing these programmes. Their findings highlight that intergenerational learning is a win-win situation for both older and younger people together. This is now more important than ever. Dr. Margaret Kernan is an Early Childhood Education Specialist who provides policy guidance, programme evaluation and quality assurance. She is a lecturer at Hibernia College and is based in The Netherlands. Dr. Trudy Corrigan is an assistant professor in the School of Policy and Practice at Dublin City University. She has an interest in adult education and lifelong learning , and is a researcher in the National Anti-Bullying Centre at DCU Trudy is a co-founder of DCU’s Age-Friendly University. Register here.

  • Global Intergenerational Week: Pastimes from past times at 14 Henrietta Street - 14 Henrietta Street Museum (Dublin) - 3.30pm (GMT)

Join 14 Henrietta Street for a very special in-person Culture Club as part of Global Intergenerational Week. Grandparents and grandchildren come along to 14 Henrietta Street to hear about the games played in the tenements, chat about the games you used to play, and get a chance to play some games together!

The event includes an exploration of the museum, taking inspiration from many of the stories we have gathered and presented at 14 Henrietta Street about the games on the street and in the house where families and children lived together in the days before the internet. Help bring the pastimes of days gone by back to life for young imaginations, while you learn and discover more about each other’s lives, all accompanied by tea (or juice) and biscuits. Please note this event is for grandparents and grandchildren, no single adults are allowed. If you have any questions please contact culture club by email.  Culture Club is a series of hosted talks and tours that introduce and encourage people to connect with the cultural spaces of the city, register for the event online.  

Tuesday 26th April

  • Reconnecting: The importance of community for Carers of People with Dementia

Looking after a loved one with Dementia can be a difficult job, with the majority of responsibility falling to a single person.  Carers can find themselves struggling to provide care for their loved ones and becoming increasingly isolated from their families, friends and community.  Through user stories, we present an honest overview of the unmet needs and experiences of carers with the current care services and the risk of loneliness and isolation.  Through a small but meaningful change to an existing care service, we show the importance of social engagement and support for carers, and that impactful and meaningful service solutions don’t have to cost the earth! 

  • Photo Competition Launch 

On Tuesday the 26th, Ireland will be launching a country-wide Photo Competition! Stay tuned for the theme of the photos and more information!

  • Global Intergenerational Week: Pastimes from past times at 14 Henrietta Street - 14 Henrietta Street Museum (Dublin) - 3.30pm (GMT)


Join 14 Henrietta Street for a very special in-person Culture Club as part of Global Intergenerational Week. Grandparents and grandchildren come along to 14 Henrietta Street to hear about the games played in the tenements, chat about the games you used to play, and get a chance to play some games together!

The event includes an exploration of the museum, taking inspiration from many of the stories we have gathered and presented at 14 Henrietta Street about the games on the street and in the house where families and children lived together in the days before the internet. Help bring the pastimes of days gone by back to life for young imaginations, while you learn and discover more about each other’s lives, all accompanied by tea (or juice) and biscuits. Please note this event is for grandparents and grandchildren, no single adults are allowed. If you have any questions please contact the culture club by email.  Culture Club is a series of hosted talks and tours that introduce and encourage people to connect with the cultural spaces of the city, register for the event online.  

Wednesday 27th April

  • From then to now: Sligo Intergenerational Projects - 11am - 12pm

Dr. Susan McDonnell, ATU, Sligo in Conversation with Visual Artist and Freelance Arts Participation Co-ordinator/Administrator, Catherine Fanning. The Department of Social Sciences at Atlantic Technological University, Sligo is celebrating Global Intergenerational Week. The aim of the intergenerational week at ATU, Sligo, is twofold: It is about celebrating the research and work happening in classrooms and communities with older and younger people and sharing ideas to enhance best practice in intergenerational learning collaborations. For information contact: Kate Brown, Lecturer.

  • The Promise of Intergenerational Learning - Online webinar at 4.30 pm (GMT)

Join Trudy Corrigan and Satya Brink in a Fireside Conversation: Title ‘ The Promise of Intergenerational Learning in Canada and Ireland’, an online webinar.

Dr. Satya Brink in conversation with Dr. Trudy Corrigan will discuss their thoughts on designing and promoting Intergenerational Learning in Canada and Ireland to gain societal benefits. Satya Brink is an International Consultant on Research, Policy Analysis, and Strategic Policy Advice, Canada. She is affiliated with the Jonkoping University of Sweden. Trudy Corrigan is the founder of DCU Intergenerational Learning Programme in DCU from 2008-2016 and a co-founder of DCU Age-Friendly University. She is an assistant professor in the School of Policy and Practice Dublin City University. She has an interest in adult education and life-long learning and is a researcher at the National Anti-Bullying Centre DCU. Trudy is a co-founder of DCU’S Age Friendly University. This session will be open to the audience as a conversation/dialogue together and it welcomes questions and answers from the audience. Register here.

Thursday 28th April

  • Sharing with all ages - 11am to 12pm (GMT) - Link TBC

In this session,  Lucie Cunningham from the Homeshare will join us to discuss the advantages of house sharing with different people of different generations. She will also be showing a video with people’s testimonials. 

  • Celebrating 5 Years of Intergenerational Learning Collaborations - Atlantic Technological University, Sligo  Room D1024 at 1.15pm – 2.00pm (GMT)

Join the ATU Intergenerational Group for cake, coffee, and conversation. This is part of the Department of Social Sciences at Atlantic Technological University's  Global Intergenerational Week celebration. For information email Kate Brown, Lecturer. 

  • Research & Practice: Intergenerational Learning Collaborations in Education- Atlantic Technological University, Sligo Room D1024 at 2 pm – 3pm (GMT)

Join to hear from lecturers who are working on intergenerational and collaborative research. The program will be as follows. 

2.00pm: DCU Intergenerational Learning Programme - Research and Practice in Higher Education with Dr. Trudy Corrigan

2.20pm: Intergenerational Learning, Civic Engagement, and Wellbeing - Research and Practice in Primary Education with Dr. Marie Hanmore-Cawley

2.40pm: ATU, Sligo Linking Generations - Research and Practice in Higher Education with Kate Brown

For information email Kate Brown, Lecturer. 

Friday 29th April

  • Celebrating Intergenerational Creativity- Online webinar at 3 pm (GMT)

Dr. Francesca Lorenzi and Dr. Trudy Corrigan, two academics from the School of Policy and Practice Dublin City University will present their new Erasmus Intergenerational Learning Project in collaboration with partners from Slovenia, Finland, Italy, and Spain. This project aims to provide a social prescription approach to promote creativity, engagement, and well-being. This is through intergenerational engagement which promotes the use of drama, story-telling and other creative educational activities in partnership with older and younger people together across Europe. Register here.

Saturday 30th April

  • Sandymount Strand at Dawn Paint Along- all day in person 

Join one of our own AFU participants Mary McCarthy, for an intergenerational paint along of the Sandymount Strand at Dawn. For this event, we encourage grandparents to bring along their grandchildren or children, or anyone to bring along family members for a calm and enlightening paint along. In teams of two you will be painting beautiful scenery during the day of Saturday the 30th of April to celebrate the theme of the day: Let’s break down age barriers. Each generation has something to teach as well as learn from each other. Register here.

Please revisit this page regularly for updates as more events will be promoted shortly. If you would like to share your events please send your details to Christine O'Kelly below.

Click here to register and see all the events we have on offer!

Lead Contact

Dublin City University is the country lead for Ireland. Dublin City University launched Ten Principles of an Age-Friendly University to identify the distinctive contributions institutions of higher education can make in responding to the interests and needs of an ageing population and promote age-inclusivity in higher education. The University welcomes older people to engage in educational, cultural, wellness, and research opportunities. It has a strong emphasis on lifelong learning and intergenerational engagement in addition to challenging age discrimination and promoting age inclusivity. Learn what the ten principles are on their website.

Contact Christine O'Kelly, Age-Friendly University Global Network Coordinator by email