Sporting Memories: A great day of reminiscing at first countywide event in Ireland


On 6 February, The Alzheimer Society of Ireland (ASI) hosted a first-time countywide Sporting Memories event, with Wexford GAA, in association with Wexford County Council. The Wexford County Board of the Gaelic Athletic Association or Wexford GAA is one of the 32 county boards of the GAA in Ireland and is responsible for Gaelic games in County Wexford. Over 80 people came together for the event – including those living with dementia, their families, carers, GAA stars and members of local sporting communities – to recall some of the great sporting moments in County Wexford's history. It was a wonderful day of reminiscing and re-engagement, which is what Sporting Memories is all about. An awareness and support programme, Sporting Memories involves remembering and discussing sports to help improve health and well-being, particularly for people with dementia.

Sporting Memories can help empower a person with dementia to re-engage in their local sporting community, which once played a huge role in their lives. Reminiscence is particularly important for people living with dementia, as remembering can instil a sense of competence and confidence, which can make people feel empowered. Community Engagement Manager with The ASI Cathryn O’Leary said: "A resounding success, the first-time Sporting Memories event saw the power of sport bring together people young and old, especially those living with dementia and their families. This was a wonderful collaboration between agencies and The ASI appreciates the support from Wexford GAA, particularly the Health and Wellbeing Committee, Slainte Care and Wexford County Council.”