The hugely popular Over 50s Show, Ireland’s only lifestyle event for seniors, is coming to the Lyrath Convention Centre, Kilkenny on Saturday and Sunday. The show, which has previously been held in Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Belfast and attracts up to 20,000 visitors, offers free admission to readers of the Kilkenny People with a coupon in this week and last week’s paper, otherwide it’s E5 per person. It will be open from 11am until 6pm on both days. But while the event is primarily designed for seniors, the organisers point out that there are more than enough features to interest all ages, and, as they say, ‘everybody is welcome’.
The event is a ‘one stop shop’ for seniors, covering everything from health, finance, hotels and vacations, fashion make overs, hobbies and pastimes, genealogy, home security, the Internet, golf and bridge lessons, and ‘much, much more’. There will be cooking demonstrations by two of Kilkenny’s top chefs: Noel Newell, head chef at the Lyrath (Saturday), and Gerard Dunne, head chef, River Court Hotel (Sunday). To complement the food element, there will also be an opportunity for wine tasting.
Apart from over 80 exhibitors the event will feature a programme of free presentations throughout the two days, covering numerous areas of interest. Major attractions include personal finance expert Jill Kerby, well-known for her slots on the Pat Kenny radio show as well as TV appearances on Frontline. Jill Kerby attracts huge audiences with her down-to-earth, easy to understand finance and investment advice and the organisers advise visitors to get to her presentations in good time to ensure a seat!
Other attractions include TV artist Frank Clarke who will be conducting art classes, featuring tuition and tips, while well-known nutritionist Gay Godkin will explain how a healthy diet and exercise can help prolong life.
Another presentation, which always draws huge crowds, is that on osteoporosis by Michelle O’Brien of The Irish Osteoporosis Society. In her fascinating and revealing presentation Michelle O’Brien will explode some of the myths surrounding this condition, including the most common one that osteoporosis is an old ladies’ disease. Wrong: children as young as six can acquire osteoporosis. There will also be a presentation on how to trace family histories which will be given by Ancestory Ireland, who promise to answer most of the queries visitors ,may have in relation to their families’ genealogy background. On the leisure front, many hotels from all over Ireland, as well as farther afield will be promoting their ‘golden year’ breaks for the Winter and Spring of 2013. For more information, contact the organisers at (01) 4969028 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit seniortimes.ie