Paddy wins Google award for his IT skills

Wicklow People Newspaper 22/10/2014
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EIGHTY-FIVE-YEAR-OLD Paddy Crean is the toast of Wicklow having been named the winner of the 2014 Google Silver Golden IT Award with Age Action.
The talented choralist used his IT skills to enhance the singing rehearsals of Wicklow Male Voice Choir. He has been an active member since 1998.
Paddy used his technology expertise to source software which translates written scores into music sounds for choir members who cannot read music very well. Before, learning new choral songs from music notation was time consuming but now Paddy can put the new music onto USBs and Flash Drives so that members can rehearse new material at home.
He also established the choir’s website which he continues to edit and update on a regular basis.
His online skills have also led to his involvement with the Wicklow Active Retirement Association, designing and administering three separate websites:, and
Paddy received his award at a lavish ceremony held in The Foundry building at Google headquarters in Dublin. The presentation was made by Minister for Communications, Energy and the Environment, Alex White T.D..
Speaking at the event, Minister White, said, ‘ the stories from this year’s silver surfers are fantastic and inspiring. They show the wide range of opportunities we can access online. They make very clear that no matter what your age, you are never too old to learn. One nominee got her PhD at the age of 72, another wrote his memoirs at the age of 99. For some, the skills they have learned have helped them greatly.’


About Paddy Crean

I'm an 85-year-old "silver surfer" who wants to try his hand at blogging. :-)
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