The seaside town of Dún Laoghaire, traditionally a place where people with money retire to live in seafront hotels.

Some older people are lucky enough and happy to be able to live comfortable in Dún Laoghaire but for others old age can be time of struggle. 

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.

John Perry, Robert Byrne and Mary Doyle are among the older people finding it hard to make ends meet. 

This episode of 'Discovery' titled 'Just Above The Line' was broadcast on 21 January 1966. The reporter is Michael Viney.