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The Hunt for Ireland’s Top Silver Surfers

Google and Age Action have teamed up to search for Ireland’s top Silver Surfers and highlight the difference technology can make in older people’s lives. The awards were launched by Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte.

Google and Age Action are calling on people across Ireland to nominate a friend, neighbour or relative who has made modern technology a part of their daily life.

Last year’s overall winner was 76 year old Dorothy Harrington from Co. Dublin. Dorothy received the award for, amongst other things, selling her house online.

Dorothy said:

Winning the award was a great thrill for me and my family and it made me a lot more confident using the computer. When you didn’t grow up using the Internet it can seem a scary thing to try out but I found that it has opened up a whole new world to me, I would encourage everyone to nominate someone they know.

Speaking at the launch Minister Rabbitte said:

The Internet is an essential resource that allows people to learn, shop, keep in touch and have fun. The Government is committed to building a digitally inclusive society and the Google Silver Surfer Awards with Age Action are a great way to highlight that it is never too late to learn something new.

This is the fourth year of the Silver Surfer Awards, which celebrates older people and technology in Ireland. There are five award categories this year. The public can nominate someone for an award by filling in a form online at or by phoning Mark on 01 475 6989.

The closing date for Nominations is September 14.

The winners of the Google Silver Surfer Awards with Age Action will be announced at an awards ceremony on October 2.

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