Quotes from interviews with the working group and further research

Public and private are social constructs that conceptualize different domains of everyday life— from
the interiority and privacy of our bodies and homes to the publicness of city streets and public space.

Rather than existing in a binary opposition, public and private spaces operate at a variety of scales that overlap and intersect, creating a mosaic of spaces and degrees of access. Rarely is a space either public or private, but is instead multi-layered and often disputed physically and politically. Public and private are contested realms, open to debate and intervention.”


With the right policies and services in place, population ageing can be viewed as a rich new opportunity for both individuals and societies”

World Report on Ageing and Health (2015), World Health Organisation #publicage

I do not like to refer to myself as old, I don’t feel old. Sometimes I feel I am doing more now than I used to do when I was younger. My hair and whatever gives me that older look. People tell me your old and I start to accept it but I don’t feel it. Older maybe”

Mohammed Jinami, 59,
Leader Islamic Cultural Centre

I find it really hard, I’m not ready for that older person term yet, there is always other people older than me. I am older, the fact is I’m older, The term it doesn’t hurt me or offend me or cause any concern, When you consider the World Health Organisations definition of older, 55, well then I’m very old!”

Donal Marren (77)

I always think of public spaces as greenery and somewhere to sit and I suppose public spaces would include the likes of this building and the library when it comes along. We’ve waited 30 years for a space that is ours, not having to travel to Dundrum for a coffee”

Valerie Hicky, 62, Balllogan

You don’t have the same need for your neighbours as we once did. I have a car now and the bus services and the Dunnes Stores up the road. Its not that you don’t like your neighbours or don’t get on with them. Its just that you don’t see them that much. They are doing their own thing and you are doing your own thing. Years ago , we were thrown together so we had to get on.”

Valerie Hicky, 62, Balllogan

Health is the most important…health means getting out in the morning, still alive, getting out and about, deal with the hard to do, catch up on everything I need to catch up on a daily basis which is usually a lot of things” John Nolan (58)

We need to adjust our overall attitude toward growing old... At the core of that shift will necessarily be a philosophy of breaking down generational boundaries, that older people and younger people can and should benefit from each other” - Ellie Anzilottie, Our Aging Population Can Be An Economic Powerhouse, Fastcompany,13.3.17

[My life] has grown very exciting actually. I retired from college but I keep teaching on demand, you know…workshops and things like that. And I still paint, when one paints they have to drag you away from your canvas and put you in a coffin when you die, artist never give up!...Someone once called me a watercolour subversive, a watercolour revolutionary or something!” Veronica Haywood (70s)

Somewhere to live, naturally, your own house, just enough money to get by, I wouldn’t say I’m rich but I get a pension and OAP support, so I get by…and health of course, I don’t care how long I live, but I don’t want to be sat in a nursing home not able to talk or anything. Dick Larkin (83)