Michael Viney visits the seaside town of Dún Laoghaire, traditionally a place where people with money retire to live in seafront hotels.
Dún Laoghaire is described as
a town of gentility and Victorian charm
but only for some.
If you can pay your way like this, the world has some respect for your old age. You can walk along the promenade with an independent air. You're not one of the old folk that people talk down to as if they were children or elderly household pets. You don't hurt society's pocket or its conscience.
However, not everyone is so lucky when they reach old age. It can be a time of struggle. In the back streets of Dún Laoghaire, old age is gripped by poverty.
This clip from the programme features pensioners, John Perry, Robert Byrne and Mary Doyle, who are living on the breadline.
This episode of 'Discovery' titled 'Just Above The Line' was broadcast on 21 January 1966.