Symposium Series: Marginalised Ageing and Inclusive Systems

18 February 2021

Organised by: IGS in partnership with ICSG and CESRD

This webinar presents the findings of the Older Traveller and Older Adult Homeless Study, which investigated the life-course and structural determinants of positive subjective health for these two groups.


Symposium Series: Marginalised Ageing and Inclusive Systems

This series of online meetings runs from December 2020 until May 2021

Third Meeting: Thursday, February 18th 2021.  15.00-16.30

Promoting Marginal Older Adult Voices and Identities:

Launch of the findings of the Older Traveller and Older Adult Homeless (OTOH) Study


This series of meetings is a collaboration between The Irish Gerontological Society (IGS), the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology (ICSG) and the Centre for Economic and Social Research on Dementia (CESRD), at NUI Galway.


Marginalised Ageing and Inclusive Systems During COVID-19

Informing new directions in public policy through research with diverse and vulnerable older adult groups

This webinar presents the findings of the Older Traveller and Older Adult Homeless Study, which investigated the life-course and structural determinants of positive subjective health for these two groups. With a view to informing flexible models of home care provision for marginalised populations, the research used a voice-led and participatory approach involving older members of both groups in consultative forums, life-course interviews and participant researcher training.

In addition to presentations on research findings, a series of policy briefs will be launched. This work was funded by the Health Service Executive Ageing Research Awards. Contributors will include: Dr. Ana Terrés (Health Service Executive); Prof. Kieran Walsh (ICSG); Dr. Bridin Carroll (ICSG), and insights from research participants and key policy and practice collaborators in the area of inclusion health. Prof. Chris Phillipson (University of Manchester, UK) will serve as respondent. 


Welcome     Prof Rose Anne Kenny, President of the Irish Gerontological Society

Introduction and Meeting Chair    Dr Anna Terrés

Harnessing a voice-led approach to inform policy on positive health and ageing for marginal groups     Prof Kieran Walsh 

Positive subjective health for older Traveller and older Homeless Adults: Related meanings, determinants and care preferences     Dr Bridin Carroll 

Social Inclusion, Public Health and Covid 19     Dr Margaret Fitzgerald, National Social Inclusion Office (HSE)

Promoting voice for older Traveller and older Homeless Adults     Kathleen Sweeney, participant researcher from the older Traveller community and Leo Redmond, participant researcher from the older homeless community

Respondent     Challenging processes of precarity and dislocation     Prof Chris Phillipson 

Q & A


Rose Anne Kenny is Professor of Medical Gerontology and Head of the academic department of Medical Gerontology at Trinity College Dublin. She is the present President of the IGS. She is also director of the recently established Mercer’s Institute for Successful Ageing (MISA) at St. James’s Hospital Dublin, which is a state of the art facility hosting ambulatory care, in-patients, education and research facilities for older adults. She is the founding Principal Investigator of Ireland’s largest adult population study on the experience of ageing– for The Irish LongituDinal study on Ageing  (TILDA). She has a high international standing for her research on ageing ranked in the top 5% of geriatric medicine publications.

Kieran Walsh is Professor of Ageing & Public Policy in the Discipline of Economics, and Director of the Irish Centre for Social Gerontology at the National University of Ireland Galway. He has served as Chair of the European COST Action CA15122 on 'Reducing Old-Age Social Exclusion - Collaborations in research and policy' - ROSEnet. His research focuses on social exclusion in later life, critical transitions in older age, and the mediating role of place and community in processes of exclusion.

Dr Ana Terrés is Assistant National Director and Head of Research and Development in the Health Service Executive. Dr. Terrés brings decades of experience in research, research administration, management, governance and strategic development of research to the health service. Dr. Terrés is a former Director of Research at Dublin City University, where she played a key role in the development and implementation of the university research strategy.

Brídín Carroll is a post-doctoral researcher at the Irish Centre of Social Gerontology, in NUI Galway. After completing her PhD in 2013 at NUI Galway, Dr. Carroll worked in various post-doctoral roles in the University of Birmingham, University College Dublin and the in the Healthy and Positive Ageing Initiative at the Department of Health. 

Dr Margaret Fitzgerald is a public health specialist attached to the National Social Inclusion Office HSE since 2017 and is national PH Lead for Vulnerable Groups. During COVID she has supported Guidance for vulnerable groups and the Outbreak Operational response. Margaret is a medical graduate from NUIG, trained in General Practice in the UK and Public Health Medicine in Ireland.

Kathleen Sweeney.   I was born in Galway City I am a Mother and Grandmother. I have 5 Children and 4 Grand Children and am a member of the Travelling community. I work with the Galway Traveller Movement which works to achieve Full equality, social justice and human rights realised for members of the Traveller community.

Leo Redmond is in his sixties. He has four children and three grandchildren and spent most of his working life as a chef. Leo has been homeless for over seven years, and is currently living in Dublin.

Prof Chris Phillipson is Professor of Sociology and Social Gerontology at the University of Manchester, UK, and former Director of the Manchester Institute for Collaboration on Research into Ageing (MICRA). Professor Phillipson’s research concerns social, political and economic issues associated with ageing, and questions relating to poverty and social exclusion, and the impact of globalization on later life. 

Marginalised Ageing and Inclusive Systems

This webinar presents the findings of the Older Traveller and Older Adult Homeless Study.