After working for many years in typesetting and desktop publishing, Carmel went back to do her Leaving Certificate in her forties, and followed it with a BSc in Education Studies. After volunteering in projects involving older people, Carmel wrote her thesis on older men’s involvement in learning. She coordinated an intergenerational programme at third level, which is where she started writing memory pieces with older people, through structured conversations and interviews.
We believe in the power of stories. Our mission is to listen and encourage older people to tell their stories, and to publish them as part of their legacy. Our ethos is to be inclusive and person-focused.
SilverThread was founded in Spring 2017 by Dr. Cathy Fowley and Carmel Conroy, who have a background in education for older people in third level institutions.