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'When it says get a life, it means get friends and get sisters': Meet the GALs

We joined them on a trip to Kilkenny.


If you need anyone, you’ve only to say the word, and they’ll all flock around you.

IF YOU’RE RETIRED there is no shortage of groups to join that will allow you to socialise, take part in your community, and to make new friends.

However before that, it can be more difficult. That’s what Theresa Murphy recognised when she set up Gals, short for Get A Life (Over 50), a group based in Ringsend, Dublin.

Gals has a mix of different backgrounds – some are carers, some are still running a home, some are still in the workplace – but they join together for everything from trips away to helping out their community.

We joined them on a trip to Kilkenny Castle arranged through Journal Journeys – a joint initiative between and Irish Rail that gave away 100 free train journeys for groups of up to 50 people.

All aboard: 5,000 of you are going on a Journal Journey with Irish Rail >

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