Kerry Community Games Champion Receives Community IT Award

Margaret Culloty pictured with her daughter Eileen and Age Action CEO Paddy Connolly at the awards ceremony at The Helix Theatre, DCU, Dublin.

Margaret Culloty was recently presented with the Age Action Silver Surfer /Community Champion IT Award at a presentation ceremony at The Helix Theatre, DCU, Dublin

Margaret, from Firies is and has been the County Secretary of Denny Kerry Community Games for the past 23 years.

She is familiar figure, surrounded by the modern machinery of IT and results and facts, at An Ríocht Athletic Club Stadium in Castleisland during the county finals each summer.

IT Requirement of Games

The National Community Games requires that all participating children be registered online, Margaret has had to learn how to do this for over 3,000 children participating in sporting and cultural events at county level.

Kerry Registration System

She faced this challenge with vigour and is now responsible for the coordination of the online Kerry registration system.

This ensures that all children are registered for their individual or team events at local and National level – as well as getting a web page and a Facebook account up and running.

She has been described as one in a million and didn’t let new technology put her out of her long held and often thankless position of County Community Games Secretary.

Award Aims

According to Age Action, the aim of the Silver Surfer Award is to raise awareness among older people of the benefits of being online and to encourage those who have not gone online to give it a try.

Almost one in five adults have never used the internet – that’s more than 550,000 people.

The majority of these are older people with 53% (280,000) of those aged 60 to 74 never having been online.

There is a real need to encourage more people to go online and use internet based services, especially those over 60.

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