Active Retirement trade show is a hit
Queues were out the door for this year's Active Retirement Ireland Trade and Tourism Show as old and young alike came along to check out what bargains were on offer.
The national show, which is now in its fifth year, was held in Clayton Whites of Wexford for the second time since establishment. Representatives from the tourism, retail and hospitality sectors came together for the event to exhibit their best offers to visitors.
'Older people are often portrayed as people who have lots of money but the truth is, they are very tuned in consumers,' said Head of Communications and Public Affairs with Active Retirement Ireland Peter Kavanagh. 'The aim of this event is to help them to find the best offers all under one roof. Of course, it was also open to the general public.'
Along with trade stands, visitors could avail of free hearing and sight tests, enjoy a cookery demo with some big name chefs and listen to various practical talks.
The event was opened by former Gaelic footballer Pat Spillane, who spoke about the importance of older people taking the lead in rural communities. According to Peter, the speech was well-suited to the Wexford audience.
'Wexford groups are fantastic at showing that they are community leaders,' said Peter. 'One example of this is when the bus routes were cut and members of Bunclody Active Retirement Group took the lead. It ended up with them meeting the minister, going into talks and getting the bus routes back on track.'
After a very successful show for 2016, Peter said Active Retirement Ireland are now preparing for next years show.
'We are delighted with the reception we got in Wexford,' he said. 'We definitely wouldn't rule out holding it there again next year.'