The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland, Eddie Lynch is launching a photography exhibition which celebrates the third age.

The exhibition is made up of entries received from COPNI’s annual Christmas photography competition, where individuals were asked to capture in a picture, what they perceived to be the advantages of ageing.

The photographs on display celebrate the rich and diverse lives of older people living in Northern Ireland and highlight each individual’s experiences and reflections of ageing.

The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland, Eddie Lynch said:

“In November we invited older people to submit photograph’s that reflect the advantages of getting older. What we received was a beautiful mix of views and experiences all perfectly capturing the positive side of ageing. I felt they should be made available to the public as collectively they demonstrate the value and the contribution of older people in our communities and help to dispel negative perceptions and attitudes towards ageing and older people.”

Libraries NI Chief Executive, Jim O’Hagan said:

“We are delighted to support the work of the Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland through this exhibition which provides positive insight into people’s experiences of ageing. Across the network of libraries, we connect with older people regularly who are continuing to learn and to support others and this exhibition helps to emphasise their important role in local communities.”

The exhibition will be on display in Holywood Library, from 15 to 29 January 2024 during normal library opening hours. For more information, visit