About Third Age

Third Age is a national voluntary organisation celebrating the third age in life when people may no longer be in paid employment, but can remain healthy, fulfilled and continue to contribute to society. The longer people are encouraged to remain in this life stage, the better for older people themselves, their families, communities and society as a whole.

Third Age recognises and celebrates the fact that older people are a diverse group with different needs, abilities, backgrounds and experiences.

Third Age has a deserved reputation for innovation, and through a variety of national programmes demonstrates the value of older people remaining engaged and contributing in their own community for as long as possible.

Third Age plays a role in the championing of older people in an interconnecting range of initiatives, including the challenge of negative perceptions, and the representation of older people at policy-making fora.

Third Age offers choices and provides opportunities for lifelong learning, volunteering, community development, and social inclusion. Third Age is currently redefining itself for an Ireland reaching towards recovery, focussing its deliberations around four key themes:

  • Connectedness

  • Creativity

  • Challenge

  • Collaboration

Third Age is part of the Active Ageing Partnership, and we believe that it is through working together as a sector that we can maximise the opportunities and meet the challenges of ageing in Ireland. 


President Michael D. Higgins is a patron of Third Age. 

Telling It Like It Is; Combatting Ageism

The Alliance of Age Sector NGOs (AASNGO, the Alliance) launches its 2023 Report, ‘Telling It Like It Is; Combatting Ageism,’ which sets out why Ireland needs to take ageism seriously and take meaningful action to counteract it. 

Discover more about ageism and read our 9-point action plan.