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Google and Age Action launch hunt for Ireland’s top silver surfers

Google and Age Action launch hunt for Ireland’s top silver surfers © Olgalis |

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 idea of the annual awards, now in their fourth year, is to celebrate the over 50s in Ireland who have embraced the online world.

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, people who are enthusiastic about technology and would be good ambassadors and role models for older people.

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.

Nominations can be submitted in five categories:

  • Google Silver Surfer 2012 Award with Age Action. A person over the age of 50 who embraces the Internet or technology with a sense of fun and adventure
  • Most Dedicated IT Learner Award. An individual over the age of 50 who has overcome challenges to become IT savvy
  • Hobbies on the Net Award. Someone over the age of 50 who uses the Internet to pursue their passion or hobby or who uses IT for communication and social networking.
  • IT Tutor(s) of the Year. An individual(s) under the age of 50 who have helped teach IT to a family member over the age of 50 or an individual or group of individuals of any age who provide support to teaching older learners
  • Golden IT Award. An individual over the age of 85 who uses technology in their life

The closing date for nominations is 14 September and the overall winners will be announced on 2 October at Google's Dublin headquarters.

Click here to fill out the nomination form.