Older Adults – #allinittogether

Coming Soon: Spring Chickens!

Now that the CnD Cafe has reopened, we’re looking at ways that we can arrange Monday morning sessions with lunch for some of our Spring Chicks. We won’t be able to take everyone at once due to social distancing guidelines, so we’re looking at a ‘taking turns’ approach for the next months, building back up to our full day sessions as things improve within social distancing. We’ll keep you posted! Until then, remember that CND Cafe is open Tuesday – Thursday every week, from 9.30am – last orders at 2.30pm.

Quilt News

We had such a great response to our Community Quilt project that while Sue O’Loughlin has nearly completed the quilt itself, we have a lot more squares and we’ll be using these to start our Cosy Corner project of making lap blankets! We have plenty of wool left for those of you who need it, and we’ll be devising the lap blanket pattern this week. 

Here’s a lap blanket Sue made – we’ll all be cosy this winter!

News Updates!

CnD Cafe has reopened!

You can get breakfast or lunch on Mondays – Wednesdays from 9.30am to last orders at 2.30pm. Take away meals are also available! Spring Chickens have a €7 special on Mondays, so please say you’re a Chick if you’re ordering! There’s no need to book a table and the Cafe is taking cash payments only.

Community Quilt:

Sue has nearly finished putting together the quilt. We had so many beautiful squares that we may have two quilts, or a quilt and small blankets – photos will be unveiled here next week!

Cosy Corner Lap Blankets

There was such interest in the Quilt Project that we are starting a new project making lap blankets for Spring Chickens and Cois Aibhann. We’ll post a pattern here next week – blankets can be knitted or crocheted, and we have wool available if you need some.

Face masks

Face coverings are compulsory on public transport and recommended in shops and crowded places from today. If you need help sourcing or making masks, please call Hayley on 0879890336. If you are a mask-maker and have masks for sale, please let Hayley know so she can pass on the word!

Links for mask patterns:



Spring Chickens Autumn Planning

We’re planning an autumn programme for Spring Chickens when we can return to CnD. It may be a little different but we’ll find a way to bring people together safely and within all guidelines. As we plan, we want to hear YOUR voice, so we have a short survey that I hope you’ll complete. If you’re a family member of a Spring Chicken, especially those who don’t have internet, please help them complete it! The survey runs until August 17th, so you’ve plenty of time.


We’re also going to put our Spring Chickens Songbook up here next week – singing together while apart may seem strange but it will be good for our lungs and our spirits!

Women’s Group Storybook

Just before we had to close our doors for lockdown, the women of CnD Women’s group were re-starting work on a collection of stories from the women themselves. This was a project started with Michael Twomey a few years ago and we revisited it with some success! Development worker Hayley is editing the stories already in hand, with a view to publishing them towards the end of the year (they’ll make lovely Christmas presents!). The group members are also asked to put together more stories, and to encourage women who haven’t participated yet to do so. If women need help writing their stories down, we can arrange someone to listen to the story by phone and put it down on paper for you!

Quilt Square Collections

We’re collecting up all your lovely quilt squares this week – you’ll get a call to arrange collection or you can drop your squares to Youghal Library (or post them there: Youghal Library, Rivergate Mall, Youghal). Please get them ready for collection this week (still time to make one if you haven’t already)…and then Sue O Loughlin will be hard at work putting them together. Soon we’ll be seeing it in all its glory!

Spring Chicks Cosy Corners

There’s been such interest in the quilt project that we thought we’d start another type of knitting/crochet projecct. When we return to our Spring Chickens, we want everyone to be warm and cosy (as we’ll have less of us in the room at a time, we don’t want anyone chilly!) So… we’ve asked Sue Loughlin to find us a pattern for lap blankets. You can make one for yourself – or for a friend – or for someone else to use. We have more wool that’s been donated and we’re looking forward to getting Cosy Corners up and running.

Older People’s Activities and Supports

Youghal Active Retirement Association (YARA), set up in 2019, is a vibrant, busy, practical, social and fun  organisation. Set up under the umbrella group Active Retirement Ireland (ARI), Youghal Active Retirement Association (YARA) follows the ethos of ARI in the beliefs that all older people are equal and are entitled to be treated with respect.

YARA is open to persons aged between 50 to 100 years +.   All people in this age bracket are welcome to join Youghal Active Retirement Association, to have fun and have their voices heard, regardless of age, gender, culture or any other grounds.  Aware that all people have varying interests, needs and talents, YARA sets out to identify and satisfy same.

Check out the facebook page Youghal active Retirement Association for information on all our up-coming events.  There is something for everybody.

Youghal Senior Citizens is a voluntary Group which aims to support the independence and well-being of the elderly and vulnerable people in the local community of Youghal.   Each week, with the help of volunteers, they provide a Meals on Wheels Service which includes a nutritious and healthy meal which is delivered to each door.  For some who receive the meals, it might be the only person they see each week, and the only conversation they may have with another human being.

Richard Lane, Coordinator of the Youghal Senior Citizens Group, explains that meals are delivered three days a week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and meals can be ordered to suit an individual’s needs, which can be availed of short or long term.

This is a tremendous service and, for anyone who may not be availing of the Meals on Wheels and would like to do so, there are three different ways in which you can arrange it.   You can make your request through the Public Health Nurse, your Doctor, or by self-referral and Richard has kindly given his number for publication so that those who would like to avail of the Meals on Wheels – even on a short period – can telephone him on 087 385 1764.

Community Quilt & Discussions on Dementia

Our Community Quilt is coming on well, with lots of people knitting and sewing squares – it will be beautiful when it’s completed! For those of you making squares, we’ll be starting collections next Monday, 6th July and will arrange a postal address for those who are a bit further out! 

If you want to participate, there’s still time – a maximum of 2 squares each, please, and they need to be 8″ square. Sue O’Loughlin of the Knitting Group has kindly volunteered to sew them all together – a mammoth job and big thanks to her! and Lucy Renard has made the beautiful centrepiece below. 

When the quilt’s completed we’ll find ways of sharing it with you all through this site and facebook: and look forward to when we can be together and see it in real life!

Dementia Discussions

Thinking ahead to the autumn, we would like to start discussions on dementia; supports and challenges both for people with dementia and their carers. There are already some excellent supports in Youghal and we hope that with your input, we may be able to build on these. One aspect of challenge is for minority communities in their experience of dementia and dementia support. To start the discussion (which we hope we can continue in person through Spring Chickens and other routes), here is a document from the Seldom Heard group.

Get Snap Happy & Get Fit!

SNAP HAPPY East Cork is a new and exciting online phone photography course for Over 55’s. 

In recent months, due to COVID 19, a vast majority of older adults were plunged into getting to grips with their smart phones as a means of staying connected with family and friends. Older adults learnt how to face-time, zoom, download apps and optimize their camera phone usage. As we safely ease our way out of lockdown and cocooning the Youghal Community Health Project is offering older adults across East Cork the opportunity to develop their phone skills even further through the provision of a FREE 6 week online phone photography course called SNAP HAPPY.

SHAP HAPPY aims to promote the health and wellbeing of older adults through phone photography in a safe and enjoyable way.  Photography has many benefits to our health and wellbeing and even more so for older adults.

Join us at SNAP HAPPY East Cork by taking part in this Free 6 week online phone photography course which will be guided by iPhone photographer Brendan Ó Sé. Brendan is a photographer from Cork who gained international recognition for his use of the iPhone as a camera. Coming from an educational background, Brendan offers mobile photography workshops which are dynamic and fully engaging for all participants. You can read more about Brendan at www.brendanose.ie

SNAP HAPPY information:

The 6 week online phone photography course will commence on Thursday 25th of June via a private Facebook group. https://www.facebook.com/Snap-Happy-East-Cork


What you need:

  • Access to a phone with a camera
  • A Facebook Account
  • Download the FREE Snapseed editing App (optional)

To join SNAP HAPPY please contact Nicola Lucey on 086 4668484 to get started; she can help you get set up on the course.

Tutorials and videos will be available on the private Facebook page each week so even if you can’t log on for the live tutorial you can watch them in your own time.

Two exercise videos here – seated and standing



Getting Cosy Together

The centrepiece of our Community Quilt has been completed – thanks to the very talented Lucy Renard!

You can still be part of this project: just knit, crochet or sew an 8″ square (maximum two squares per person, please!)

Let Hayley know you’re involved by calling 0879890336 or emailing hayleycumannnadaoine@gmailcom We’ll be arranging collection of finished squares at the end of June. 

There’s been such interest in the quilt making that we’re planning another project for July and August – more details next week!


This Week: Community Quilt &  Mask Patterns 

A lot of you are already taking part in our Community Quilt project ‘All In It Together’. Knitters, crocheters and sewers are all at work making their squares and we’re looking forward to seeing them all combined to show how we made it through together – while apart! A huge thanks to Sue O’Loughlin who’s undertaken to sew all the squares together and to Lucy Renard who’ll be making the title centrepiece. 

We’ll be in touch towards the end of the month to arrange collection/drop off/posting, so if you want to be part of the project, let Hayley know on 0879890336 so she has your number for collection!

For those of you new to knitting and crochet, and who want to learn, here are some clear instruction videos:

Crochet: from Bella Coco



Knitting: from Bobbins and Bows of Bare


Knitting: from Knit with Hannah


We’re aware now of the need to wear a mask or face covering when we’re in any crowded place, so some of you may want to make your own…here are some patterns. If you have a pattern you’ve used successfully, we’d love to hear from you! Email hayleycumannnadaoine@gmail.com or message @Cumann na Daoine on Facebook!


Made with tea towel and laces:

face mask pattern – tea towel

Simple Sock Mask!



Easy to machine or hand sew:




Summer Recipes

Two summery recipes today for the lovely day that’s in it. Tomorrow we’ll have another post with details of our Community Quilt project and some mask-sewing patterns! Enjoy!

Elderflower Cordial

Elderflowers can be picked at the moment – don’t use them from trees on the road though as they can be full of fumes. A delicate, tasty drink for these hot days!


Easy Summer Pudding

Simple and fresh…soft fruits are cheap at the moment and this is a lovely way to get your Vitamin C too!



Staying Healthy

Covid-19 & Diabetes – Questions & Answers

People with diabetes are considered a high-risk group because having diabetes causes the body to raise glucose levels during times of illness or stress which makes it more difficult to fight infection. Hence people with diabetes have an increased risk of moderate or severe illness.


Migraine and Covid-19

In response to an increased number of questions relating to the current coronavirus outbreak and the implications for migraine patients, the Migraine Association of Ireland has put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions.


Go For Life

We’re planning some Go For Life exercise videos…more next week!

Age Actions’ Getting Started KIT

Age Actions’ Getting Started KIT supports older people to keep in touch with their loved ones during the Covid-19 pandemic. We all are feeling the effects of social distancing, and older people are particularly impacted being asked to cocoon at home. Now it is more important than ever to keep in touch with family and friends so Age Action drew on our Getting Started programme which offered face to face digital skills classes, to created easy How To Guides. These can be found at https://www.activelink.ie/community-exchange/services-requests/75545

We know that many people have had to learn new skills during isolation, and IT skills have never been so valuable.

With that in mind…

The Zest for Life course –  see https://www.cumannnadaoine.com/spring-chickens-zest-for-life/ can be run online so we’re looking at starting this in the next month. If you’d like to take part, do get in touch – and if you need help learning how to access video calls etc we can help with that.

See a newspost here https://www.cumannnadaoine.com/mask-making-without-a-sewing-machine-from-youghal-community-health-project/from Youghal Community Health Project about easy-to-make face coverings/masks now that we are in Phase 1 of the Recovery Plan. More patterns to come tomorrow!

There’s been a lot of interest in the idea of making a Community Quilt, with individually made squares. We can arrange materials to be dropped to your doorstep if needed, so later this week we’ll start making arrangements about that.

And to finish today…a sweet-treat recipe to bring a smile!



Hope you’re enjoying the sunshine!

Today we’ve some project ideas; a recipe and an exercise video…enjoy!

Ideas for Interactive Projects

Cumann na Daoine and Youghal Community Health Project have been thinking about ways we can stay connected during the continuing lockdown. We would love to find something that we can all take part in  from our homes that will bring us closer together while still social distancing.

One idea we’ve had is to create a Community  Quilt – something that when all this is over we can hang for us all to see, and know we were all a part of making it. We’ll be able to get materials to people who need them, so have a think about this and in our weekly calls we can talk about it more. If you’re not on our call list, you won’t be left out – you can call Hayley on 0879890336 or email her at hayleycumannnadaoine@gmail.com if you’d like to get involved.

Quilt squares could be made of material, or be knitted, crocheted, macraméd – whatever suits each person! Volunteers can drop off materials and collect pieces and we can share photos of the work as it goes on…and on the day we assemble all the pieces we’ll share the pictures far and wide, looking forward to the day we can be together to see it in real life.

We’re also looking at some online tutorials in knitting and other crafts, how-to use online apps and online Mindfullness sessions  – plus a Doorstep Garden Photo project where we share photos of what we see each day.

If you’ve other ideas we’d love to hear them! Please contact Hayley (details above). We’d love to hear from you. Stay safe and well, everyone!

Now for a great recipe from Supervalu for a bread that needs no flour! Fantastic if you can’t get hold of flour or if you’re wheat intolerant…Porridge Bread!


It’s very important we get some exercise every day, and here is a video from Age & Opportunity to keep you fit! You can also check out their nother videos and health info at https://ageandopportunity.ie/covid/keepactive/

Age & Opportunity Movement Minutes Session 1:  Seated



Today we’ve the Age Friendly Newsletter for ye all, along with some thoughts about Spring Chickens, and a quick recipe for easy-bake bread

Age Friendly Ireland Daily News_300420

We’re all missing our Spring Chickens get-togethers. Though we can’t be sure when we’ll be able to meet again, we know it will happen, and at Cumann na Daoine we will make it as safe as possible for us to see each other again.

We’re looking at what would be most useful to include in an autumn programme, and Hayley would love to hear your ideas! For sure, we will want most of all to talk to each other and perhaps we will tell our Covid19 stories…maybe collect them into a book or CD format so that they can be shared far and wide. Until then, let us know in our weekly calls what you would like to see…and we are so looking forward to seeing you all again! 



Staying Fit for the Future

Over the past few weeks, the Cork Sports Partnership team has been working with several of our partner organisations to create and develop resources to support people of all ages and abilities to keep active during these uncertain times. 

With this in mind please find attached several resources that we hope will help you to stay active and healthy.

  • Information Letter
  • HSE Physio 8 simple exercise to do at home- Demo is also on YouTube Click Here>> https://youtu.be/bPJ3M7dHY5U
  • WellComm Active flyer 

To help support you to stay active and healthy we are delighted to announce that we have also put in place the WellComm Active Support Line 086 1409 225. This is an over the phone service for ADULTS providing advice around Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL).  You can also contact this number should you have any difficulty in accessing any of the information above or on our Keeping Cork Active Resource. 

For more information and ideas on how to stay active and healthy Click Here .


Physio letter

WellComm Active Flyer

And another easy recipe from Supervalu – tasty vegetable fritters!


As we start another week, here are some traditional Irish recipes from Supervalu…and a huge thank you to Brookes Supervalu of Youghal for their care and support for the community in these challenging times.

First, here’s a chicken and black pudding spectacular – yum!


And to follow, an old favourite Gur Cake (I used to eat this in Dublin, I hope it’s as popular in Cork!)


And a couple of songs for you to join in with while they’re cooking!




Hope everyone had a peaceful and safe Easter. Here’s the latest Age Friendly newsletter for you with some interesting and useful information. To follow that there’s a film – for all you Western lovers- The Good, The Bad and The Ugly!

And here’s the film!


Hello again, friends. Hope you’re all managing well and cocooned safely

Today we’ve another yummy recipe from the CnD Cafe, and also some exercise videos to keep you fit and healthy! We’ll continue making our weekly phone calls to our Spring Chickens list – if you know someone older who would welcome the call, please email hayleycumannnadaoine@gmail.com or call/text 0879890336.

Also remember that support is available if you need it – contact Hayley as above and we’ll find a volunteer to help you out!


https://youtu.be/8BcPHWGQO44 https://youtu.be/mQLzNf8VOIc



Hello to you all…today we’ve some information, a video and a recipe…hope you’ll enjoy these. It’s hard being cooped up but it will be worth it – stay safe and well, friends!

We’re all missing our Spring Chickens get-togethers so we’re already starting to plan for September. If you’ve ideas for that, please email Hayley at hayleycumannnadaoine@gmail.com.

First, our tasty and economical recipe from the CnD Cafe!

Delicious Meatloaf


1.5 Ibs of Ground Beef

1 Egg

1 Onion chopped

1 Cup of Milk

1 Cup of Breadcrumbs

2 Tablespoons of Brown or white sugar

2 Tablespoons of Mustard (optional)

¾ cup of Tomato Ketchup


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a large bowl combine the beef, egg, onion and milk and add in the breadcrumbs. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Place in a lightly greased loaf pan or simply mould into a loaf shape with hands.

Place into the oven at 350 degrees for 50 mins.

The Sauce Topping

In a bowl place the sugar, ketchup, mustard and mix well. When the 50 mins are up, take the meat from oven and glaze with the sauce. Place back in the oven for a further 15 minutes.

While that’s cooking…you can listen to Buster and Jules…have a singsong!


If you need something, and are on your own, Youghal United can help!