Public Lecture - 'Age Proof: You are as Young as You Feel'

Public Lecture - 'Age Proof: You are as Young as You Feel'

24th March 2022
Headshot of Rose Anne Kenny


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On 24th March 2022, a Public Lecture was given by our President, Regius Professor Rose Anne Kenny.   The lecture was chaired by Professor Rose Galvin, Lecturer in Physiotherapy, University of Limerick. A diverse, interesting expert panel took questions and contributed to discussion after the lecture. 

The event can be accessed here.  


Rose Anne Kenny

Regius Professor of Physic (Medicine), Professor of Medical Gerontology Trinity College Dublin and Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing, St James’s Hospital Dublin

Rose Anne Kenny is the founding Principal Investigator of The Irish LongituDinal study on Ageing (TILDA) and Director of the Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA) at St. James’s Hospital, where she is also director of the Falls and Syncope Unit.

She is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, London and Ireland, a Fellow of Trinity College Dublin, a Fellow of the European Society of Cardiology, Honorary Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine Ireland, and was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.  She has received a number of international awards and has published widely, authoring over 600 publications including, her recently published book “Age Proof – The New Science of Living a Longer and Healthier Life” which was shortlisted for the Royal Society Science Book Prize 2022.   In 2020, she was elected President of the Irish Gerontological Society. In 2022 she was nominated 24th Regius Professor of Physic at TCD (1637), the first female nominee.   Twitter:  @RoseAnnekenny1 


Tania Banotti is the Director of the Creative Ireland Programme an all-of-government programme established  in 2017 with the ambition of putting creativity at the centre of public policy.

Donal Denham is a retired Ambassador of Ireland to Lithuania and Belarus, to Finland, former Consul General in San Francisco.   Since retirement in 2015, he founded a group in the Dun laoghaire area of a world-wide  movement known as " The University of the Third Age" (U3A).

Professor Michael Cullen MA,MB, FRCPI  has been Associate Professor of Endocrinology in TCD school of Medicine based in St James. He teaches the final years in Clinical Medicine since 1972. His clinical practice is in Blackrock Clinic where he shares call for the Emergency Department and have an Endocrinology Clinical Practice.

Éilís Ní Dhuibhne, also known as Eilis Almquist and Elizabeth O'Hara, is an Irish novelist and short story writer who writes both in Irish and English. She has been shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, and is a recipient of the Irish PEN Award.

Claire O’Dwyer, award winning sea swimmer, is 80 years old and grew up in Dalkey, where part of her house was in the sea. She joined Otter Swimming club in Dun Laoghaire age 15 and enjoyed many years winning Irish titles and achieving success in the European and World Maters Galas.   When the Masters Galas started she was in her 40s and she took up training for galas.  She travelled abroad and had great success at European and World Masters Galas.  Her most successful gala was the World Masters 1996 in Sheffield, where she won the 5km outdoor events and 5 pool events, also achieving 2 World records.  Since then, she has travelled far and wide around the world including New Zealand and the USA, winning numerous medals.