Tipperary Locals Make The Shortlist For 2018 Open Eir Silver Surfer Awards

The shortlist for the 2018 open eir Silver Surfer Awards has been announced. Flying the flag for Tipperary at this year’s awards is – Marie Hogan (Birdhill) and Anne Carey (Newport) who have been shortlisted in the “IT Tutor of the Year” category.

Now in its ninth year, the Awards recognise and reward the achievements of older people using technology and the Internet as well as the volunteers who teach these skills.


Michelle TonerHead of CSR, eir said: “The high standard of entries to the awards presented a challenge to our judging panel this year, but after much deliberation and thoughtful consideration they have agreed a shortlist. Each shortlisted entrant has an inspiring story to tell, clearly demonstrating that age is certainly not a barrier to getting online. We are delighted to support the open eir Silver Surfer awards celebrating the achievements of older people who have embraced technology. Congratulations to the shortlisted entrants, we look forward to seeing you at the awards.”


John Church, CEO of Age Action, said: “Everyone who has been shortlisted for this year’s awards is an inspiration. They are challenging outdated stereotypes about what older people can and can’t do. They are showing that age really is no barrier and we hope many more will follow their example and discover everything the internet has to offer. We are proud of all of our Silver Surfers and also of the hundreds of volunteers across Ireland who run our computer classes for older people, helping to open up new digital worlds for thousands of people every year.”


The overall aim of the open eir Silver Surfer Awards is to raise awareness among older people of the benefits of getting online and to encourage those who are not online to give it a try by celebrating those older people already showing the way. These awards also highlight the positive impact being online makes to everyday life – whether that’s learning new skills, running a business, staying in touch with family and friends or getting to grips with social media.


This year’s awards ceremony takes place in eir’s Head Office, 1HSQ, on Tuesday, 17th April.


The six categories for the 2018 open eir Silver Surfer Awards are:


  • The Getting Started IT Award – An older person who is new to technology and has overcome challenges to become an IT user.
  • Hobbies on the Net Award – An older person who uses the internet to pursue their passion or hobby, or who uses IT for communication and social networking.
  • Golden IT Award – An individual over the age of 80 who uses technology to enhance their life.
  • Community Champion IT Award – An older person who uses the internet to benefit their community locally or nationally
  • The IT Enthusiast Award – The ‘Give it a Go’ older person who embraces the internet or technology with a sense of fun and adventure.
  • IT Tutor(s) of the Year Award – An individual volunteer or group of volunteers of any age who provide voluntary support for older learners


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