In January 2008, people with intellectual disability from across Ireland were invited to enter designs to represent the logo of the first Irish longitudinal study on ageing in persons with intellectual disability entitled An Intellectual Disability Supplement to The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing. The theme of the competition was “Healthy, Happy, Ageing & Wellbeing”. There were lots of entries of a really high standard. The winning logo was designed by an arts group from Aras Attracta services in Swinford, Co. Mayo.
“We really enjoyed designing the logo with our Art Director Gráinne O’Reilly. We talked about colours and we thought that yellow is the colour for young people and that pink means old. As people age they move from yellow to pink, and so yellow and pink put together are the colours of ageing. Health is important because being healthy makes you feel alive. To be happy is the most important thing. The logo represents two friends dressed in pink and yellow stepping out of their front doors to go for a brisk walk. The outstretched arms in front of each door form the letters ‘H’; one ‘H’ for ‘Healthy’ and one for ‘Happy’. The ‘W’ stands for Wellness, and the letter ‘A’ between the feet of the two people represents the word ‘Ageing’. “
List of Entrants:
Ann O’Brien, Ann Glynn, Betty Jago, Patricia Dunne, Philomena Murray, Audrey Downs, Geraldine Gray, Kathleen McGannon, Meave Murphy, Mary Gillen, Orla O’Brien, Philomena O’Brien, Pauline O’Connor, Bernadette O’Connell, Bridget Farrelly, Roseanne Houston, Christina Mooney, Marie Therese Corbett, Mary McCormack, Enda Hegarty, Mary Ellen McHugh, Tom Wilson, Gerard Moran, Martin Quinn, Mary Walsh, Brian Slevin, Patricia Maloney, Mark Duffy and Bernie Fox.
For further information on the study,
Intellectual Disability Supplement to TILDA
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College
Dublin, 24 D’Olier Street, Dublin 2.
Telephone 01 896 3186
The Gradation of colour represents our journey through life