Cumann na Daoine

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

Positive Ageing Week 2011

Positive Ageing Event held in Cumann na Daoine Youghal on Wednesday September 28th 2011

Cumann na Daoine played host to a surprise visit from their friends across the border in the neighbouring town of Dungarvan Co Waterford.  Dungarvan is one of 15 Positive Ageing towns within Ireland.

Positive Ageing Week was sponsored by ESB Electric Ireland and it ran from September 25th to October 1st.

As part of the week long activities that Dungarvan put on, a mystery tour was organised by Dolores Corcoran who is a volunteer on Dungarvan’s Positive Age committee (as part of her work) and she is also the Chairperson of Cumann na Daoine.

The group arrived in Youghal and were greeted by local Town Cryer Clifford Windsor and tour guide Norman McDonald.  The 70 people were shown around St Mary Collegiate Church and on return to the Cumann na daoine building were greeted by the staff and chairperson. All were welcomed in to the big hall where sandwiches and refreshments were provided.  All put on by the staff and volunteers at Cumann na Daoine.

While the gang were enjoying all the refreshments local woman Marjorie McDonald gave a very insightful story of Youghal lace

A tea dance followed with the marvellous Jim Lane.  The Dungarvan group were joined then by the womens group of Cumann na Daoine and members of the management committee.

Current Mayor of Youghal at the time, Eoin Coyne welcomed everyone to the event and spoke on the “positive contribution older people make in their communities” and this week is all about “celebrating growing old” 

Go For Life PALS leaders were also present to bring a bit more fun to the afternoon with a game everyone could get involved in.  A giant parachute that each person held a piece of to open out and then try and keep an object from fallin off it.  Much fun was had and big thanks to Eleanor and Nicky

Margaret Arrundel (Cumann na daoine’s Womens group), Dolores Corcoran Chairperson of Cumann na Daoine and Marie O Sullivan volunteer committe member Dungarvan Positive Age Committee thanked everyone involved and especially the staff who spent the whole morning working hard to get the hall and food ready…

Dolores was thrilled with the outcome and praised both the committe in Dungarvan and the superb Jim Lane and the management, staff and groups within Cumann na Daoine for their help and support in making the afternoon wonderful for the Senior Citizens.