50 Plus Expo offers a dose of vitality

Personal finance expert Sinead Ryan will be offering consumer advice at the 50 Plus Expo.

Sinead Ryan

THE 50 Plus Expo, formerly the celebrated Over 50s Show, attracts tens of thousands of visitors to exclusive events around the country every year. 

Ireland’s senior citizens are a powerful group of diverse individuals whose vitality, curiosity and excitement about the future often defies age and past expectation.

These shows, co-ordinated by the acclaimed online magazine Senior Times, always surprise newcomers with the range of hobbies, inspiring speakers, dedicated services and groundbreaking products on offer. 

As always, interaction, information, education with an infectious dose of fun are guaranteed at a highly anticipated event at the City Hall in Cork on March 4 and 5.

This is a lifestyle event like no other, aimed at veterans of every age and ability who maintain that it’s the life in our years, not the years in our life that count. 

Visitors this year can look forward to the welcome of a complementary goodie bag, fashion shows for clothes that flatter, crafting from crochet to hat making, delicious cooking demonstrations, empowering health talks and checks, and consumer advice with journalist, broadcaster and personal finance expert Sinead Ryan of RTÉs My Money and Me.

Gardening is an absorbing passion for many retirees, and our own horticultural darling Peter Dowdall, contributor at the Irish Examiner and the Senior Times, will be on hand with must-see workshops to get those green fingers twitching. 

Have you blood pressure checked and take part in an exercise class to steady your nerves before enjoying some free advice on your golf swing?

The Genealogy Workshop is certain to be open a fascinating door to a personal past, local and Irish history and may stir an interest in ancient music for many visitors. 

Run by the exhilarating specialist long entangled in Irish roots, Lorna Moloney (APG) & SoG (UK), the ‘Found ‘Dead or Alive’? 

Genealogy Corner is set to be busy both days, so book ahead for workshops. 

Guides to this subject include Cork and Tipperary genealogical expert David Ryan, and renowned academic Dr Michael Christopher Keane whose book From Laois to Kerry traces the ancient path of the surnames of the Seven Septs. 

Dr Penny Walters took a personal journey from adoption to discovery, and her workshop covers everything from her wider ancestral search to some of the ethical dilemmas of exploring your past, near or far.

Learn how to draw your family tree using traditional methods of calligraphy, pen and ink with arts and crafts expert Sandra Bamber and much, much more.

Could you even profit from a trip to City Hall? If you have old cash and stamps you’ve wondered about, bring them along to the valuation by Mike Kelly of Dublin Coins/Stamps of notes, coins and stamps. Attendance at the 50s Plus Expo is free if you register online with the Senior Times.

Simply click on the event you wish to attend, then click the BOOK EVENT icon at the top of the page. 

You will be asked for an email and mobile number and the number of tickets you need. 

Once you have click REGISTER, the 50 Plus Expo team will email or text you your ticket. If you are arriving by train, there’s a free bus from Kent Station to the City Hall.

Opening times 11am – 5.30pm daily.

See: www.seniortimes.ie 



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