The shortlist for the 2018 open eir Silver Surfer Awards has been announced. Dublin scores high this year with a total of 10 nominations across six categories, two of which are ladies and one gentleman from Tallaght and Palmerstown. 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.

The following individuals from Tallaght and Palmerstown have been shortlisted:

Margaret Byrne (Pictured above) from Tallaght, Dublin 24 was shortlisted in the Hobbies on the Net award category.

Nuala Rynne (Pictured Below) from  Palmerstown, Dublin 20 was shortlisted in the Golden IT Award category.

Golden IT Nuala Rynne Palmerstown

And finally in the Getting Started IT Award Anthony Behan from Palmerstown, Dublin 20 was shortlisted.

Michelle Toner, Head 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 They are challenging outdated stereotypes about what older people can and can’t do.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, HSQ, on Tuesday, 17th April.