Cumann na Daoine

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

Zero Waste Festival come to Youghal for the first time!

October is National Reuse Month, and to celebrate it, Youghal Blue & Green Community Network is hosting a family festival to share some ideas with you! The Zero Waste Festival will be a fun day for all at Youghal GAA on Saturday October 1st from 12 – 4pm.  This event is a partnership between the Blue & Green Network, VOICE Ireland and Youghal GAA.


The idea behind the festival is to have fun and to watch demonstrations, look at stalls and get information on ways to reuse and recycle – including making new things from old – and how to reduce our waste, making savings for ourselves and for the planet.


The ‘Return for Change’ trailer will be visiting the site, to illustrate how recycling can bring back cash – these trailers will become active across the country next year. Demonstrations from Oonagh Poynton of Rhincrew Cookery School, Bike Wizard Ulick O’Connor and VOICE Ireland will run alongside stalls on growing your own vegetables in boxes and small gardens from East Cork Catering; a clothes swap from Seapink Vintage where you can bring something and take something different away, kitchen caddies for composting, a ceramics workshop for all ages with artist Martha Cashman and children’s games from Cork Sports Partnership. There truly is something for everyone on the day!

The Blue & Green Community Network is made up of individuals and organisation representatives who share a vision of Youghal as ‘the healthiest, cleanest, environmentally friendly town to live and work in for all of our lives and generations’ and who are committed to working together in order to strengthen and support each other’s work in responding to climate change, enhancing biodiversity and ensuring clean beaches, healthy marine and coastal life whilst caring for our wildlife, woodlands and green environments. Network members recognise that life is being seriously damaged by humans’ unsustainable lifestyle and that while this affects us all, it is already causing enormous suffering for many of the poorest people on earth; people who have done the least to bring about the problem. The Network sets out to help people gain knowledge of what is happening, and develop ways to respond constructively to these challenges.

For more information on the Network, visit  or email

The Zero Waste Festival 2022 is supported by SECAD, Cork County Council Environmental Department, Youghal Residents Network, Cumann na Daoine, Youghal GAA and VOICE Ireland.