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3rd Annual Marigold Festival Series Launched

May 17, 2016
  • Ireland’s largest health and wellbeing event kicks off this week!
  • 2,000 people to attend and learn of the benefits of active and healthy ageing
  • Hosted by Active Retirement Ireland and Home Instead Senior Care with support from former RTÉ presenter, barrister and media trainer, Theresa Lowe

Picnic in the Park! Ed Murphy (CEO Home Instead) Theresa Lowe Mai Quaid (President Active Retirement)

Picnic in the Park! Ed Murphy (CEO, Home Instead Senior Care) Theresa Lowe &  Mai Quaid (President, Active Retirement Ireland).

Tuesday, 17th May 2016. Ireland’s largest health and wellbeing event, the Marigold Festival, kicks off this Thursday, 19th May at the Salthill Hotel in Galway. This is the first of nine festivals that will take place throughout the country and it is expected that over 2,000 people will attend.

This is the third year in a row that the Marigold Festival has been hosted by Active Retirement Ireland, in partnership with Home Instead Senior Care. The festival series provides people of all ages the chance to learn more about living an active and healthy life as well as enjoy a range of activities from tai-chi, singing, dancing, shopping and crafts!

Former RTÉ presenter, barrister and media trainer, Theresa Lowe, is an advocate for the 2016 Marigold Festival Series as well as any initiative that encourages older people to live a happy, healthy and independent life in the community. Speaking about the Marigold Festival. Theresa Lowe said: “It is important that we all embrace healthy and active living. There is a brilliant sense of community at the Marigold Festival - we really only get the best sense of community when we tap into our greatest natural resource - the wisdom of our elders.”

Active Retirement Ireland is the largest community-based older person’s organisation in the country and encourages people of all ages to attend this important festival of active ageing. Mai Quaid, President of Active Retirement Ireland said: “Ireland has a vibrant community of retired and semi-retired people and we are delighted to host this very special festival with Home Instead Senior Care. I hope every person who attends, no matter what their age, enjoys the day but also learns something new that could help to transform their life in some small or major way.”

A Home Instead Senior Care community education officer will also be on hand at the Marigold Festival Series to discuss family communication issues and its upcoming publication, the 40-70 Rule, a guide to communication for older parents and adult children.  

Speaking about the upcoming programme, Ed Murphy, CEO and Founder of Home Instead Senior Care Ireland said: “Many experts agree: by the time you approach age 40 and a loved one is around 70, you should have had the “talk” about issues so many families want to avoid. Topics such as financial choices, health, driving and dating can be perplexing. We are encouraging families to start important conversations early, before a crisis occurs and ensure our older years are truly our best. The Marigold Festival is the ideal forum to have this discussion with families”.

A supporter of the Marigold Festival and an advocate for home care, Theresa Lowe, media trainer, shared:

“I am hugely in favour of this Home Instead Senior Care initiative. I know, first hand, how important it was to my mother to be able to continue living at home right up to the end.  The visits from family and neighbours, dropping in for a cuppa… the familiarity, the security and happiness of being home. I have no doubt that we got a few precious extra years with Mam because she was able to live at home”.  

The Marigold Festival will take place throughout the months of May, June and July in nine locations throughout the country and is open to people of all ages who would like to enjoy a day of fun-filled activities with a focus on active and healthy ageing.

  • 19th May, The Salthill Hotel, Galway
  • 27th, 28th, 29th May, The Cork Racecourse (in conjunction with the Mallow Flower Show)
  • 31st May, The Radisson Blu Hotel, Limerick
  • 9th June, The Mullingar Park Hotel, Co. Westmeath
  • 15the June, The Minella Hotel, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary
  • 16th June, Castletown House, Celbridge, Co. Kildare
  • 23rd June, The Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal
  • 26th June, The Cavan Crystal Hotel, Cavan
  • 1st July, St Anthony’s Parish Centre, Clontarf, Dublin 3

For more information visit or Alternatively you can call 1890 930 847 or (01) 873 3836 or visit



**Theresa Lowe, Representatives from the Marigold Festival and Older Members of the Community are Available for Media Commentary and Interviews**

Picnic in the Park! Active Retirement members Tony Sheridan Geraldine Murphy Michael Maher  Theresa Lowe

Picnic in the Park! Active Retirement members Tommy Sheridan, Geraldine Murphy & Michael Maher get ready for the Marigold Festival with Theresa Lowe.

Picnic in the Park! Active Retiremement members Tony Sheridan Geraldine Murphy and Theresa Lowe get ready for the Marigold Festival!

Picnic in the Park! Active Retirement members Tommy Sheridan & Geraldine Murphy get ready for the Marigold Festival with Theresa Lowe

About Active Retirement Ireland

Active Retirement Ireland (ARI) is a registered charity, working in Ireland since 1978. ARI believes that older people have the right to be full and participating members of our society. We combat ageism through the everyday work of self-organised local associations and regional councils. The purpose of Active Retirement Ireland is to enable retired people to enjoy a full and active life, and to advocate for them. It is the largest community-based older people’s association in Ireland.

About Home Instead Senior Care Ireland

Home Instead Senior Care is Ireland’s largest home care provider in Ireland, providing professional home care services since 2005. It employs approximately 4,500 professional CAREGivers and has a client base of 4,000 people throughout the country. It is a franchise network with 22 franchise offices throughout the country. Its mission is to enhance the lives of older people and their families.