A TRALEE man has been nominated in an awards scheme which honours senior citizens who have enthusiastically taken to using technology and the internet.
Denis O’Regan (81) from The Kerries is one of three Kerry nominees in the ‘Silver Surfer’ awards – sponsored by eir and run with Age Action Ireland – aimed at raising awareness among older people of the benefits of being online and to encourage those who have not gone online to give it a try.
Denis is nominated in the ‘New to IT Award’ – for a person over the age of 50 who is new to technology and has overcome challenges to become an IT user.
His son Fergal lives in Brussels and recently bought Denis an iPad to help them to stay in touch.
Austin Stacks man Denis – who had a butchers shop in Tralee years ago – has since become addicted to it and after taking a course on using the internet with the students in Mercy Mounthawk, he uses it to skype family abroad, swap pictures of family events and to keep track of the all-important GAA results.
The other Kerry nominees are Margaret Culloty (74) from Firies and Ballinskelligs man Jackie Sugrue (81).
The winners of the Silver Surfer awards will be announced on March 28 at an awards ceremony at the eir headquarters in Dublin.