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Age & Opportunity is the national organisation that inspires everyone to reach their full potential as they age.

Our goals is to turn the period from age 50 onwards into one of the most satisfying times in people's lives, by facilitating:

  • opportunities to engage in arts and cultural activities
  • opportunities for sport and physical activity
  • opportunities to learn and be involved as active citizens

We work with public and private partners to deliver established innovative programmes like the Bealtaine arts festival, and Go For Life - the national sports programme for older people. We are also developing a series of exciting positive ageing programmes.

Our major partners include the HSE, the Irish Sports Council and the Arts Council.

People are now living for longer. Age & Opportunity works to provide opportunities to encourage people to live their longer lives to the full. We are continually finding new ways to engage, to motivate and to support people in this adventure. Join in.

Age & Opportunity. Life is for living. 


Age & Opportunity wants to inspire you and the people around you to reach your full potential as you age, no matter what age you are. The novelist George Eliot said 'It's never too late to become what you might have been' and we encourage you to use this time you have to have dreams, to plan adventures and to join in with what is happening or, even better, to make something happen and let others join in with you.

At Age & Opportunity, we focus on three different strands that interest people:

  • Physical Activity & Sport
  • Arts & Culture
  • Education & Engagement
We run events in each of these areas, often in partnership with organisations already in your area, such as Local Sports Partnerships, public libraries, arts centres, your local VEC, or with Partnership Companies. You have probably heard about our biggest programmes, the Bealtaine arts festival and Go For Life, Ireland's national sport programme for older people. We also have lots of other programmes and activities that we run or support. One of them might be just what you're looking for. 

Age & Opportunity traces its origins to a survey carried out by the National Council on Ageing and Older People into the attitudes of younger people to ageing. The results of the survey, conducted among young people at the end of their second-level education, convinced the Council that it was time to take action to promote more positive attitudes to ageing and older people. The first National Day on Ageing, organised by the Council in 1988, provoked widespread interest and subsequently led to the establishment of Age & Opportunity as an independent national agency. Since then, Age & Opportunity has grown to become the Irish national organisation working to promote greater participation by older people in society.

Age & Opportunity is distinct from other organisations in that its work is carried out through a series of targeted, practical programmes delivered in collaboration with a range of partners. Collectively, these programmes serve a broad remit by promoting older people’s active involvement in areas ranging from the arts to physical activity; delivering education programmes to challenge negative attitudes to ageing; confidence-building and influencing and enabling development within the ageing sector.

Contact Details

St. Patricks Building, Marino Institute of Education, Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9, Dublin, 97

Cause Registration

Revenue (Charities Unit) (CHY): CHY 12365

Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA) : 20036010

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