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The Council wishes to express its thanks to the Health Promotion Unit of the Department of Health and Children for its financial support of Young and Old and to the Department of Education and Science for its assistance in distributing the CD-ROM to primary schools in Ireland.

The Council also wishes to thank the members of the committee established to oversee the project in a consultative capacity for the time and expertise that they invested in it. The members of the Consultative Committee were: Sarah Scott, (Chair), Robbie O'Leary, (Teacher and Specialist in IT for primary schools), Maura Boyle, (Communications Consultant), Pat Feehan, (Retirement Planning Council of Ireland), Des O'Loughlin, (Dept. of Education and Science), Michael White, (Chairman, International Year of Older Persons), Anne Dempsey, (Journalist), and Shay McGovern, (Health Promotion Unit).


The Council gratefully appreciates the contribution of Edel Murphy of Project and Information Management, Galway, for her expertise, energy and enthusiasm from initial proposal to final product, in particular, for ensuring that the highest educational and technical standards have been maintained throughout each phase of the project's development.

Thanks are also due to Council staff members Bob Carroll, Director, John Heuston, Communications Officer and Catherine Mulvenna, Resources Officer, for their contributions to the initiation, production and completion of Young and Old.

In addition to the above, significant contributions were made by the following people to the development of Young and Old:

  • Kathryn Crowley, ICT Official, Professional Development Unit, INTO
  • Noreen Kavanagh, SPHE education officer during the revision of the curriculum for primary schools
  • Dr. Eamon O'Shea, National University of Ireland, Galway, consultant on ageing and older people
  • Edel Graham, graphic designer

The core team of teachers who reviewed the material were: Máire Ní Loinn, Scoil Choca Naofa, Cill Choca; Bernadette Molamphy, Terryglass National School; Mary Rose Maybury, Scoil Bhríde, Clane; and John Murphy, Saint Colmcille's SNS, Knocklyon. Others teachers who contributed include Rose Heverin, Ger Duffy, Frank Keane, Helen Lavin, Matt O'Connell, Denis Twomey, Paul Munroe, and Úna Teehan.


The Teacher's Guide was designed by Propeller Design, Galway, and edited by Peter Duffy. Sound was recorded in the Clare FM studios, with the help of Liam O'Shea, Tracy Moloney, John Ruddy and Claire Gallagher. Photographs for this project were taken by Michael Molamphy, Tipperary, and Christy Regan, Roscommon. Thanks also to Katja Borodulin of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and to Diane Loughran of the United Nations (UN) for providing other photographs. Some material was adapted from the 1993 publication for schools by the National Council on Ageing and Older People, which was created by Anne Dempsey.

And finally, thanks to Teresa Quinn (Boyle Active Age Group), Ann Leahy (Age and Opportunity), Donal Murphy, the staff in the Galway City Library, and to the young and old who featured in the photographs.


© National Council on Ageing and Older People 2000

All of the poems and stories by other authors have been reproduced with permission as follows:

  • When I Was Your Age by Michael Frayn is from All Sorts of Poems (Methuen, 1980; Angus & Robertson, 1978) © Michael Frayn, 1975. The poem is reproduced by permission of Greene & Heaton Ltd.
  • Grandfather Bear Goes Fishing is from My Treasury of Stories and Rhymes © 1994, 1998 Bookmart Limited, Desford Road, Enderby, Leicester LE9 5AD
  • Warning by Jenny Joseph is from Selected Poems published by Bloodaxe Books Ltd. Copyright © Jenny Joseph 1992."
  • Danny Murphy by James Stephens is reproduced by permission of The Society of Authors as the Literary representative of the Estate of James Stephens
  • Some case studies used in the lessons have been adapted from the ageing literature and from official publications, as listed in the bibliography.

Photographs from HelpAge Asia were obtained from WHO, Geneva and photographs from the UN were downloaded with permission from the 1999 International Year of Older People UN web site at