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Tuesday 13 November 2018

Age no obstacle for silver surfer John from Rosslare

Silver surfer John Hayes.
Silver surfer John Hayes.

By david tucker

A RETIRED garda from Rosslare has been nominated for the 2017 open eir Silver Surfer Awards.

Golden IT Award nominee and retired garda John Hayes left school at the age of 10 to help on the family farm, but his determination to succeed was such that he taught himself to read and write at the age of 20 so he could join the gardaí and serve his local community.

And Showing he's still unafraid to learn he has embraced everything the internet has to offer, skyping his siblings in America, using Facebook to keep in touch with nieces and nephews around the world and playing bridge online with friends and strangers alike from the comfort of his own home.

Now in its eighth year, the Awards celebrate and recognise the achievements of older people using technology and the internet as well as the volunteers who teach these skills.

Twenty-five nominees from across Ireland were shortlisted across the five awards categories with John the only Wexford representative. The awards ceremony is due to on Tuesday 28 March.

Justin Moran, Head of Advocacy and Communications with Age Action, said: "The open eir Silver Surfer Awards are all about driving home the benefit of being online to older people with the aim of getting more of them to give it a go!

'It is hard to believe but the majority of older people, 53 per cent, have never been online. Only three per cent of those aged 75 and over have used the internet.'

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