Christmas Miscellany for IGS Members and Families

Christmas Miscellany for IGS Members and Families

17 December 2020

Organised by: Irish Gerontological Society


Christmas Miscellany for IGS members and their families

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Thursday 17th December 2020 19.00-20.30

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On Thursday 17th December 7.00-8.30 pm, the Irish Gerontological Society will host a special and very different seasonal online event for our members and their families.  It is a “gift” to IGS members for supporting us during the year and an acknowledgement of the unusual times we are living and working in.

It is intended to be a night “OUT” but “AT HOME” with friends, family or your “social bubble” who might even be connectable virtually through this event, if that makes sense! All you will need to do is bring your own mince pies, mulled wine, Christmas jumper and Christmas spirit, then sit back and enjoy!

Presenters: Prof Rose Anne Kenny, Dr Diarmuid O’Shea

Special Guests: Mary and Brenda Donohue (RTE), Prof Davis Coakley, Prof Luke O’Neill (TCD), Secret Celebrity Chef (IRL),  

Book Launch: “Emergence” - A Celebration of the Wisdom and Resilience of Ageing

Readings: A selection of poetry and prose recited and read by IGS colleagues and guests

Music: Performances by talented IGS members and others!

And more!

Our  programme, presented online via Zoom, will be an eclectic seasonal mix of live and pre-recorded contributions.  Throughout, using the chat function, IGS members will be able to reconnect, network and chat with colleagues and friends that they may not have seen since last year’s annual conference.  

This is a meeting with a difference, in keeping with our changed times.   Your company for the evening will make it all the more enjoyable.

Here’s hoping you can make the time to join in. 


Wishing you a very Happy Christmas from all in the IGS

Recording of this event

00:30   Welcome. Prof R A Kenny, President of the IGS

03:20   In conversation with Mary Donohoe

08:45 Juliana Dells Reyos introduces and performs her original work 'Together at Christmas'

17:05 Book Launch 'Emergence'

31:50 President Michal D. Higgins recites 'Take Care'

33:15 'The Royal Ensemble' sings Drummer Boy

37:10 Readings: Rachael Doyle, Tara Coughlan, Declan Lyons, Padraigín O'Sullivan

50:18 Joseph O'Sullivan, IGS young musician, plays 'Silent Night' on flute

51:59 Lucas O'Brien plays 'Once in Royal David's City' on oboe

56:20 Quiz

1:05:10 Guest Chef, Nevin Maguire 

1:16:00 Johnny Óg Connolly plays 'Fairytale of New York' on melodeon

1:21:43 Readings: Liz Callalay, Paul McElwaine, Des O'Neill, Rónán Collins

1:33:00 Edel McDaid introduces 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' by the staff of the Royal Hospital Donnybrook

1:38:20 Farewell by Prof Rose Anne Kenny, President of the IGS