3, Ireland’s largest high speed network and official National Broadband Scheme provider, today (Thursday 11th November) announced this year’s shortlist for the 3 Silver Surfer Awards with Age Action.

All those shortlisted and their families and friends have been invited to the 3 Silver Surfer Awards Ceremony taking place on Tuesday 16th November in The Gresham Hotel. Minister for Older People and Health Promotion, Áine Brady T.D will present overall winners with their awards at the ceremony.

Three finalists have been shortlisted in each of the six categories and have been chosen from hundreds of entries for their passion and willingness to embrace new technology. The 3 Silver Surfer Awards 2010 with Age Action aims to acknowledge elderly people who have used IT and the internet for fun and to improve the quality of their lives.

The shortlisted winners in each category is as follows:

  • 3 Silver Surfer Award 2010 with Age Action –

Evan Hassell, Dublin – 95-year-old grandfather who avidly uses the internet at his local cyber café and is addicted to Google maps.

Mabel Gargan, Dublin – 88-year-old lady who taught herself to send emails, shop on ebay, book flights and send e-greetings to her friends and family.

Liam O’ h-Uigin, Cork – 70-year-old historian who sources information, pictures and maps on the history of Cork City online and shares his information with elderly groups and transition year students through powerpoint presentations.

  • IT Volunteer of the Year (open to all ages) –

Terry O’ Gorman, Dublin – Terry has been supporting people who are over 55 to learn IT computer skills through the Getting Started Programme at St Kevin’s Family Resource Centre.

Tallaght Community School Transition Year Students, Log on Learn group – these TY students showed exceptional commitment to the Log on Learn project in their school, helping 30 senior citizens feel comfortable using IT.

Dick Brennan, Malahide – Dick has provided the people of Malahide with PC classes three times a week, teaching over 1000 pupils the basic skills of computing.

 

 

  • Best Use of Internet

Fred English Senior, Dublin – 75-year-old grandfather Fred was nominated for preparing online training and fitness plans for his Grandson so that he could coach him for the Cork marathon despite being on the opposite side of the country.

Sean O’ Brien, Waterford – 76-year-old photography enthusiast who puts his pictures on photo-sharing sites such as flickr as well as preparing slideshow presentations for friends and family to enjoy.

Margaret Corr, Cork – 72-year-old granny who learned how to use the computer so she could Skype her daughter and grandchild in Israel.

  • Most Dedicated IT Learner

Rose Beare, Waterford – Rose took up a computer class shortly after being admitted to St Luke’s nursing home in Cork and her use of the internet has given her a new lease of life.

Pauline O’ Brien, Dublin – 65-year-old lady who has embraced every IT and technology course available to her, most recently studying the area of digital photography.

Maureen O’ Brien, Dublin – 65-year-old YouTube fan who enjoys watching funny home videos on the video sharing site as well as keeping in touch with her children through email.

  • Silver Networker

Austin Clerkin, Monaghan – 80-year-old Austin is an enthusiastic Facebook user and keeps in touch with friends and family all over the world through the social networking site.

Ann Ingle, Dublin – 71-year-old Twitter user Ann loves to communicate with people all over the world, and is a big fan of Stephen Fry’s tweets in particular.

Liam Kirwan, Offaly – 70-year-old grandfather who loves all forms of communication technologies, particularly Skype so he can keep in touch with his grandchildren.

  • Positive Ageing – Special Award

Daniel Hoare, Cork – 102-year-old Daniel speaks to his son in Fiji on Skype and has also recently learnt how to send emails. Daniel is the recipient of a special award this year, the Positive Ageing Award.

“It is never too late to learn something new, and people like our Silver Surfer nominees are an inspiration to older people across the country who would like to try new technologies to improve their day-to-day lives. Everyone in the country can access high quality broadband thanks to the National Broadband Scheme rolled out by 3 – neither age nor location is a barrier now for those who wish to do things they never thought possible with the internet, IT and mobile phones,” commented Damien Gallagher, 3 National Broadband Scheme Director.

 

The 3 Silver Surfer Awards with Age Action were announced in September and hundreds of nominations were submitted to Age Action in all categories, a real sign of the interest and enthusiasm for new technologies with older people around the country. Darragh Doyle, social networking guru and blogger, Katriona O’Leary, Campaign Marketing Manager 3 Ireland and Ciara Sherlock of Age Action, completed judging of nominations and were blown away by some of the amazing stories.

The general public can also view the shortlisted nominees on the 3 website www.three.ie and log a vote for the overall 3 Silver Surfer Award winner. All winners will receive some impressive prizes from 3 including broadband and smart phones and of course the cache of being known as Ireland’s Silver Surfer 2010!