Cumann na Daoine

A community based organisation in Youghal, Co. Cork, Ireland.

Heritage & Biodiversity: Events & Updates

Tree Day 1st October 2020 – 1,500 FREE Saplings available for Primary Schools to Plant 

The Tree Council of Ireland, supported by Tetra Pak, is calling on primary schools across the country to get involved in Tetra Pak Tree Day and plant a tree on Thursday, 1st October 2020. The theme for this year’s campaign is “Be a Force for Nature” to encourage primary school children around the country to become more active in sustainability and climate issues. Tetra Pak Tree Day is an opportunity for children, teachers and parents to put down the schoolbooks, spend time outdoors and learn to become more environmentally aware. The campaign’s mascot Sammy Squirrel can be found on the back of Avonmore school milk cartons from September with simple tips on how to become more environmentally conscious. As part of this year’s Tetra Pak Tree Day, 1,500 native tree saplings will be made available through the campaign website for primary schools to plant on their school grounds, or in a pot in the classroom. More details on the campaign including new class lessons, videos, information on recycling, food waste and nature walks can be found on Each year Tetra Pak Tree Day places a focus on a different native tree and this year the chosen tree is the Scots Pine or An Giúis, one of Ireland’s few native evergreen trees. The seeds from the Scots Pinecones are one of the red squirrels’ favourite foods and honeybees use the tree’s resinous sap to make propolis or bee glue; a sealant for their hive that also protects them from bacteria and viruses. To find out more about this year’s Tetra Pak Tree Day and to claim a FREE Scots Pine sapling for your school, visit

2020 National Archaeological Conference – The Archaeology of Coasts and Islands 

In October experts in archaeology and maritime culture and heritage will bring listeners to islands and communities from north Africa to Ireland, Wales, Britain, and even St Kilda, 45 miles west of the Outer Hebrides in Scotland. The National Monuments Service annual conference on archaeological and cultural heritage will go online this year but will cast its net far afield in exploring Land, sea and sky: the archaeology of coasts and islands.

SPEAKERS in recorded presentations will explore the concept of the sea as a natural highway bringing sometimes remote communities together, while examining how specific coastal peoples created distinctive maritime identities, heritage and traditions.

VOYAGES of exploration and settlement, sites and features of coastal and intertidal zones, the challenges of recording unique heritage threatened by climate change, islands as refuges for the dispossessed or havens for illicit activities, the legacy and identity of coastal communities of Wales, Scotland, Ireland, England and North Africa and public attitudes to loss of heritage: all these questions and more will be discussed.

The conference, Land, sea and sky: the archaeology of coasts and islands, is presented by the National Monuments Service in partnership with the Office of Public Works and organised by Archaeology Ireland.

Land, sea and sky: the archaeology of coasts and islands will take place as a series of recorded free-to-view online presentations by eminent researchers, surveyors and boots-on-the-shore archaeologists between 1 and 10 October 2020 on the Archaeology Ireland website, For details of the conference papers and to register to view go to


Cork Folklore Project Newsletter Winter 2020 

In these peculiar times, the Cork Folklore Project team has continued to work hard for the people of Cork to record and share the memories and stories of the city and county, in albeit different ways.  They are delighted to now present the new edition of their Newsletter, which will update people on some of the work they have been engaged with over the last while, including their ground-breaking Chronicles of Covid  and Oral History for Health Projects.   

Cork Folklore Project Newsletter Winter 2020 


Irish Ecological Conference – Save the Date 

The 3rd Irish ecological Association Conference will take place online from 7th -8th January 2021 in University College Cork.  Further details at

What Can You Do Today to Help Biodiversity? 

Biodiversity in Schools has produced a complete toolkit for outdoor learning. Their lesson “To do this month” helps our biodiversity. You could build a log pile or help our bugs, birds, bees and loads more. To find out how you can help go to