Older Adults – #allinittogether

Keeping in Touch

We are all concerned at needing to stay so close to home, and it can be a big help to feel connected with others. here at Cumann na Daoine, we’ve decided to restart our weekly calls so we can hear each other’s voices, check all is well and share our thoughts.

Below is the Older Person’s Newsletter from CnD – please call Hayley on 0879890336 if you’re interested in any of the activities, or tell your call buddy!

Also below is a link to the Age Action website: there are great resources on here, including the Getting Started Computer Training KIT. KIT for Keeping In Touch!  If you’re reading this, you’re obviously online, but you may have friends or neighbours who would benefit from this. Pass the word on, do, and remember that the weekly calls are there for whatever you need.

Take care and stay well!

Here is the Age Action Getting Started KIT link: if you know someone who needs this, get in touch and we will print a copy and post it to them.


Zest for Life! Book your place now

We’re delighted to tell you that the Zest for Life course for Older Persons will be starting on Monday 2nd November from 2-3pm for 6 weeks.

This course is led by Aislinn Cambridge and will take place online using Zoom.

If you haven’t used Zoom before, don’t worry – we can get you assistance in getting comfortable with it, and its very easy to use as long as you have an internet connection. You can use it on your phone or on a computer, whichever you prefer.

Zest for Life helps us find ways to be Healthy & Happy and is a fun, enjoyable course.

To book your place call Hayley on 0879890336 or email hayleycumannnadaoine@gmail.com


Spring Chickens Autumn Programme!

We are preparing the Spring Chickens autumn newsletter with news of what we have planned to keep us connected as  move into the colder months. With a mixture of online courses (and help to get you online if you need); small group walks and visits (guidelines permitting) and home based craft and exercise activities, we hope there’ll be something for everyone! Your newsletter will come in the post – if you haven’t made contact with us already and would like to be included, please give Hayley a call on 0879890336.

We’ll also be restarting our regular calls to give us all a chance to chat!

Also today, a video just in from St. James’ community group in Dublin celebrating International Day of Older People!


All In It Together: launching our Community Quilt

During lockdown, we wanted to find a way that members of the Spring Chickens Older People’s Social Club and CnD Women’s Group  could work together on a project even though we couldn’t see each other. The Community Quilt was a way that people could get involved whatever their level of skill, to make a lasting testament to the community spirit and friendship that exists between people.

Lucy Renard kindly made the centrepiece – a work of art in itself! Sue O’Loughlin gave generously of her time and skills to work the many squares into the final quilt – a cosy double size piece! We received so many squares that Hayley made two hanging banners to go alongside the Quilt, and with the squares we have left we are making lap blankets as part of our next craft project ‘Cosy Corners’.

Today the Quilt and banners have been hung in the window of Youghal Library in the Rivergate Mall. While the library is open, where it’s been hung means you don’t even have to go in to see this beautiful piece.

We are delighted to launch the All In It Together Community Quilt on October 1st, the International Day of Older Persons, and our thanks to Marian O’Halloran and Siobhan Lucey at Youghal Library for helping us make this quilt visible in the community.

Sue O’Loughlin with Marian O’Halloran of Youghal Library & Hayley Fox-Roberts of Cumann na Daoine

A message from one participant really reflects what we aimed for with this project:

“The house is linked to the ‘Stay at Home’ lockdown message. It has flowers because lots of us gardened and I grew sunflowers for the first time in years during lockdown…they are just flowering now. The facemask wearing cat has the ‘stay local’ message on it for the next phase of Covid guidelines. Both squares are backed with old pyjama fabric as we wore pyjamas a lot during lockdown.  My mother Patricia is also sending some crocheted rainbow squares for the quilt. She is in Dungarvan – I am in Cork. Normally we see each other every week but we couldn’t do this during lockdown. The Youghal ‘All in it Together’ Quilt is halfway between Dungarvan and Cork so it was lovely to think that even when we couldn’t meet, my ma & I were both crafting pieces for this quilt together” Louise Harrington


Sue O’Loughlin with Marian O’Halloran & Siobhan Lucey of Youghal Library


International Day For Older Persons is observed on October 1 every year. It is a United Nations designated day to focus on the well-being of the elderly people. The theme for 2020 is “Leave No-one Behind”

Read more about this Day of Note at  https://www.un.org/en/observances/older-persons-day and you can watch a short video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPS7UYLlFfI

Indoor exercises for older people

It is important that you keep active during the coronavirus outbreak. Anyone can get active, it’s easy to start and it’s never too late. Anything that gets you moving is physical activity and it benefits you whatever your age. Get motivated to improve your fitness.

It might be hard to get motivated, especially if it’s cold and raining outside. But, you can exercise and get active anywhere – at home or outside in your garden.

Activity for older adults

All older adults should be as active as they can be daily. For example:

  • at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity every week such as walking, dancing or even pushing a lawnmower
  • muscle-strengthening exercises 2 or more days a week – for example, digging, step aerobics, hand-held weight exercises and yoga
  • even daily chores such as cooking or housework to break up periods of sitting

All older adults are at increased risk of falls. Try including any of the following in your daily routine to improve your stability:

Try these exercise routines:

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Content from NHS adapted for Ireland by HSE


Launch of our Community Quilt

Our quilt is near completion and its first place to hang will be Youghal Library starting on October 1st: the International Day of Older Persons. 

We had so many contributions that we are also making some banners, and we’ll be encouraging people to get involved with our latest knitting/crochet project Cosy Corners, making pal blankets (for oneself or for residents at Cois Aibhann).

As the library can only let 5 people maximum in at any one time, we’ll be posting photos of its hanging here and on facebook and hope you’ll take the time to pop down to the library and see it – and maybe pick up a few books then too! 


The International Day of Older Persons is observed on October 1st each year. 

On December 14, 1990 the United Nations General Assembly voted to establish October 1 as the International Day of Older Persons as recorded in Resolution 45/106.  The holiday was observed for the first time on October 1, 1991.

The holiday is celebrated by raising awareness about issues affecting the elderly, such as senescenceelder abuse. It is also a day to appreciate the contributions that older people make to society.

This holiday is similar to National Grandparents Day in the United States and Canada as well as Double Ninth Festival in China and Respect for the Aged Day in Japan.  The observance is a focus of ageing organisations and the United Nations Programme on Ageing.

Spring Chickens Update & Creative Ireland Older People’s Projects

Spring Chickens: sadly, due to Covid19 restrictions and for the safety of all our members, we will not be restarting our weekly activities for the next while. We hope to involve you in some projects to see us through these days – our Community Quilt will finished and launched soon, and we have our Cosy Corner knitting/crochet project underway. We’re also looking at delivering exercise classes and health information sessions online. We’ll be in touch with you later this week to see what we can offer that will support you in these challenging times.

Creative Ireland ‘Creativity in Older People’ projects:

A new programme of creative activity for older people, to be delivered by the Creative Ireland Programme through its strategic national partners and the local authorities, has been announced by the Minister for Media, Tourism, Arts, Culture, Sport and the Gaeltacht, Catherine Martin T.D.

The Creativity in Older Age Programme has been designed to counteract the social side effects of the Covid-19 pandemic. It will begin in July 2020 and will be rolled out over the next 18 months.

The following projects will be delivered by the Creative Ireland Programme’s key strategic partners:

Age and Opportunity will deliver a series of creative residencies in six care settings around the country. These creative residencies will last six months and will concentrate on dance, music and performance.

The Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) will deliver a programme of projects designed to give meaning to the difficulties experienced by dying, death and bereavement. These will include the curation of a poetry collection By Your Side that will assist with articulating feelings around dying, death and loss.

The Creative Ireland Programme will support a research project with The Irish Longitudinal Study on Ageing (TILDA) to measure the effects of participation in social and creative activities on the health and wellbeing of adults aged 50+.

Waterford Healing Arts Trust (WHAT) will develop Renew, a multi-arts (music, art, writing, dance and poetry) programme specifically for older people cocooning which will be part of the Well Festival of Arts and Wellbeing. WHAT will continue its highly successful Healing Sounds on the Wards live music programme at University Hospital Waterford to the end of 2020 and extend its Open Gallery Dementia Friendly Art Viewing Project.

Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA): Included in IMMA’s extensive, creative public programme will be 10 fully-accessible short videos encouraging viewers to take a slow-looking approach to IMMA’s Collection, accompanied by printed guide resources. IMMA will hold monthly remotely-accessible ‘Armchair Azure’ sessions for people living with dementia and their families and friends, as well as providing fortnightly bookable slots for nursing home groups. With Creative Ireland’s support, IMMA will give nursing home activity coordinators an opportunity to access the support of artists and arts facilitators in developing and delivering engaging creative activities for nursing home residents. These and other activities will expand IMMA’s national reach to older people who have been impacted by Covid-19 restrictions.

Mercer’s Institute of Successful Ageing, St James’s Hospital (MISA): An artist-in-residence programme will work with older people who are patients within St James’s alongside the patient’s families and hospital staff. They will create new works to reflect their experience and those of their service users.

The Creative Ireland Programme will support Sing Ireland’s Ageing Voices project to produce resources and best practice training programmes for musicians and carers working with older people when it is safe to do so.

In addition to the national programme, Creative Ireland will also deliver 25 creative projects for older people with local authority partners around the country.

For more information on the Creative Ireland Programme ‘Creativity in Older Age’ programme visit www.creativeireland.gov.ie

Two items of interest today, friends!

Spring Chickens

Following the government’s latest Covid19 guidelines, we won’t be bringing together any large groups for the next while, but have decided to do a series of small group lunches (10-12 people) each Monday so that over a month, everyone who wants to attend can! We’ll be starting them in the next 2 weeks and this week all members will get a phone call to see if they’d like to take part. Each session will include lunch and short chat / info / activity session. Thanks to those of you who filled in our survey, you’ve given us some good ideas for these sessions as well as for when we get back to full day programming!

If you’d still like to complete the survey you can find it here


Community Quilt & Cosy Corner Project

Our quilt is nearly finished, thanks to Sue O’Loughlin. We received so many squares that we’re also making some banners to hang alongside the quilt!

As we mentioned before, we’ll now start our second knitting project ‘Cosy Corners’; making lap blankets either for yourself or a friend, or for residents at Cois Abhann.

Thanks to generous donations, we have plenty of wool and needles available (I know some of you didn’t get them last time but we’ll be sure to get this distributed!).

A basic pattern is below. If you’d like wool you can either call Hayley on 0879890336; email her at http://hayleycumannnadaoine.com or if you’re on the Spring Chicks list, let Hayley know when she calls you!

Lap Quilt Sizes Chart

Lap Quilt Size




36 inches

48 inches


30 inches

60 inches


45 inches

60 inches

Wheel Chair Quilt Sizes

Wheel Chair
Quilt Size



Small Square

36 inches

36 inches


36 inches

40 inches

Crocheted Blanket:

Crochet Hook H/8 or 5 mm hook

Yarn Weight (4) Medium Weight/Worsted Weight and Aran (16-20 stitches to 4 inches)

Crochet Gauge 16 stitch sets in 4 inches (stitch set: sc3tog, ch1)
16 rows in 5 inches

Finished Size 39 inches by 29 inches; easily customisable

Knitted Patchwork Lap Blanket:

Yarn Weight: medium

Square size: 6” square x 6 across and 8 down (48 squares in total)

Finished size: 36” x 48”

Keeping Fit, Keeping Growing

Although we’ve been told to again restrict our movements due to the upsurge of Covid19, there are still many ways we can enjoy physical activity and keep fit. Cork Sports Partnership and Age Action have provided guidelines on how to take part in sporting activities: you can read them here:

age-oportunity-guidelines return to sport guidelines

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Another way to keep fit is gardening, and Cumann na Daoine’s Community Garden Club at the Millenium Park is a great way to enjoy plants and wildlife while having company in safe and socially distanced way. Anyone can turn up for the Garden Club every Tuesday from 12 noon till 2pm. 

Library Services Online

Youghal Library has reopened and are providing a safe space for you to browse, pick up a book or find information. However you may prefer to use the online service: Cork County Libraries have a wide range of online services and resources, such as online renewals, digitised local history collections, e-books and e-magazines.

If you’re not already a library member, it’s easy to join. All you need to do is call in to the library with proof of your address and a photo ID, and complete a registration form. Membership is free for all. There’s much more to the Library than discovering the exciting world of books! You can use your library membership to learn a new language, look up old newspapers and access historical collections, as well as browse the extensive catalogues of online books and magazines. Library members are also able to use computers and access the internet in branches across the county.

For more information on the library’s online services, see 


or call into Youghal Library at the Rivergate Mall. Opening hours are

Tuesday to Saturday, 10am – 1pm & 2 – 5.30 pm (Closed 1 – 2pm)

Closed Mondays and closed Saturdays of Bank Holiday weekends.

In 2018 Cork County Libraries prepared an Age Friendly Strategy in the context of Cork County Council’s Age Friendly Strategy 2016-21 and Cork County Library Age Friendly Policy Dec 2017

You can read this strategy here Microsoft Word – Age Friendly strategyCork County Library _Autosaved_ (1)

Library staff and staff of CnD at Youghal Pride event 2019
Staff of Cumann na Daoine and library staff at Youghal Pride by the Sea history event 2019

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!