Stay Fit and Healthy


It's important to stay healthy in body as well as mind - if you're struggling for ideas on how to stay active, fit and healthy in spite of COVID-19 restrictions, you'll find some fantastic Cork City based resources right here.

Cork Sports Partnership

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The Cork Sport’s Partnership’s Booklet ‘Keep Cork Active’ booklet and online resource has over 200 resources for people to choose from which includes Family Play, Older Adults, Children & Youth, Adults & Youth, People with Disabilities and General Health & Wellbeing Tips.   

Check the booklet out here.

On their website, you can find a wealth of resources, including information on their Couch to 3K programme and on Cork Walking Week 2020, which takes place from June 21st to 28th.

Playful Paradigm

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Playful Paradigm in response to the COVID19 lockdown

With families spending more time at home the Cork Playful Paradigm team felt there was an opportunity to refocus their work here to develop some novel ways of using play to address the challenges these enforced conditions are disproportionately having on those living in small accommodation, especially in socially disadvantaged communities. Frequently these families rely on help and support from a variety of services which they can no longer access. Their solution was to begin designing a Play at Home resource pack.  In the last four weeks this has begun to take shape.

It features video tutorials to provide entertaining and easy use ideas for families to extend their range of play and involve all generations within the household.  Cork Playful Paradigm are commissioning local creative talent to create these videos - providing some support to arts community which have few income opportunities at present. 

The first four videos are as follows:

  • Chalk artist - for indoor and outdoor games / designs;
  • Puppet maker - simple puppets made from items found in most homes;
  • Circus performer - tutorial on fun clown games than can be “performed” indoors;
  • Creative dance - creating musical games These will be hosted on a Playful Paradigm YouTube channel and available for all cities & their citizens.

 It is proposed use captions which could be translated to local languages for each of our partner cities and beyond. 

To supplement the virtual channel they have created physical resource packs for the more vulnerable families that partners in the community have identified as struggling with the imposed restrictions.  100 families were identified for the first trial rolled out at the end of April. The packs contain games, simple instructions and items required such as chalk, cards etc. These were distributed through existing City Council community channels. A larger, targeted, city wide distribution will be rolled out in May. 

For more information please contact: Denise Cahill, Project Lead, Cork Healthy Cities Coordinator or Martin O’Donoghue, Cork Playful Cities Chair, modonoghue@corkoperahouse


What is Playful Paradigm?

The URBACT Playful Paradigm transfer network is based on the use of “games” for promoting social inclusion, healthy lifestyles and energy awareness, place-making and economic prosperity.   URBACT is an EU funding stream which encourages cities across the union to explore innovative and sustainable methods to tackle shared challenges. Under this programme Cork City Council has led on the delivery of a number of actions to establish Cork City as a playful city. 

Cork City Council and FAI Sports Community Development

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Our Sports Community Development Officer is part of an Online Coaching Skills programme.

Women’s Football Development Officer Pearl Slattery conducts the daily online coaching session with a series of tips coordinated by FAI Development Officers. The series will run daily from Monday to Friday at 11 a.m., with FAI prizes awarded to the best online videos posted by participants.

You can see these tutorials on the FAI Grassroots social media pages here:

The programme has been produced in association with the Schoolboys Football Association of Ireland and FAI Schools and is co-funded by Cork City Council and the FAI.

Soccer on the Green


In response to COVID-19 and the fact that many summer camps, programmes, and activities have been cancelled, Cork City Council have teamed up with the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) to develop Soccer on the Green.

This activity is aimed at young people and will be held on greens in housing estates in Cork where FAI coaches will help the boys and girls develop their soccer skills, while having fun.

The pilot session was held in Greenwood Estate in Togher on Thursday 18th June, with great help from the Resident’s Association. FAI coaches Ray Claffey and Barbara O’Connell put 12 youths, all from the estate, through their paces, practicing keepy-uppies, dribbling and ball control, while all the time maintaining social distance.  

Cork City Council’s Sports & Sustainability Section is now working on identifying further safe and suitable locations across the city for the programme to be rolled out to.

Upcoming sessions are:

Thursday 9th July - Bracken Court Estate, Donnybrook at 10 a.m.

Friday 10th July - Lios Rua estate, Ballyvolane at 10 a.m.

Wednesday 15th July - Bishopstown Court Estate at 10 a.m.

Health Action Zone


The Health Action Zone Initiative aims to improve the health and lifestyle of a community through a series of health-focused initiatives that build on existing services and facilities.


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Sexual Health Centre


The Sexual Health Centre provides up-to-date information, support and education in the areas of sexual health, wellbeing, sexuality and healthy relationships and continues to do so throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.  They can offer prompt, honest and non-biased answers to your questions as well as any needed support or referrals. Ring their Helpline on 021 427 66 76 (Mon - Thurs 9am - 5.30pm / Fridays 9am - 2pm) or contact them at

SafeRSex - Sexual Health and COVID-19

The SafeRsex campaign details the impact of COVID-19 on issues related to sexual relationships such as condom access, Sexually Transmitted Infections, Pre Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and masturbation. While it is possible to be both safe and sexually active if neither you nor your sexual partner have COVID-19, it is crucial to be aware of the risks and precautionary measures that apply during this outbreak.

Importantly, everyone should avoid any physical contact, including sex, with anyone outside of their own household. The Sexual Health Centre is operating a free condom postal service, so that you can take every precaution and stay at home. Contact the helpline above for more information or see more on the link here.

Condom Distribution

The Sexual Health Centre is operating a free condom postal service during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Contact the Centre with your postal address and they will send condoms and lubricant free of charge. Personal information will be stored in compliance with GDPR.  Contact their helpline on 021 427 66 76  or email, so that you can take every precaution and stay at home.  See more on this link.

Navigating Healthy Relationships during the COVID-19 outbreak

Since the implementation of social distancing measures, many people have had difficulty in dealing with emotional awareness, self-worth, interpersonal skills, isolation, cohabitation and intimacy. The Sexual Health Centre's new guide to navigating healthy relationships during the COVID-19 outbreak addresses all of these issues. This guide was created in collaboration with Mr. Daniel Flynn, Principal Psychology Manager of HSE Cork South Mental Health Services, and provides a toolkit for maintaining healthy relationships in the context of social distancing.  Follow this link for more information.

safeRsexwork: Sexual Health and COVID-19

 The Sexual Health Centre launched its #SafeRsexwork campaign, to highlight the need for escorts and sex workers to avail of the supports available to them during the COVID-19 outbreak. While it is most advisable for sex workers and escorts to take time off work if at all possible, some individuals will not have that option, and those individuals deserve to have the information and support required, to help them to stay safe at this time.  Their guide can be found here.


HIV Support

From 11th - 15th May, The Sexual Health Centre's Senior Health Promotion Officer, Phil Corcoran shared daily updates on the supports available to those living with HIV during the COVID-19 outbreak. The available free support services, counselling and information can be found on our website. Call 021 427 66 76 to make an appointment to speak with Phil, our HIV Support Worker or Mary, our HIV counsellor free of charge.  More information can be found by clicking on this link.

Screen-Age Kicks - Your Sexual Health in the Virtual World

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, young people have been spending more time online, and have had minimal physical contact with other people. This insightful guide was created bu The Sexual Health Centre to empower young people of all abilities to deepen their understanding of sexual health and relationships, in the context of online activity.  Check it out here: 

The-Sexual-Health-Centre---Screen-age-Kicks.pdf (size 6 MB)

Cork City Walking and Cycling Maps

With Covid-19 restrictions being gradually eased and bike shops opening from May 18th what better time to avail of this new found freedom than to walk or cycle to work or the shops. Bus or train travel may not an option for many people. If cycling is your thing why not dust off the bike or check out getting a new one under the Bike to Work scheme.

Cork City Council and the National Transport Authority have developed a Walking Map and a Cycling Map with approximate travel times to the city centre from the suburbs. These times are quite generous and most people will be well within these times.

As the weather improves, leaving the car at home and taking active travel options has never been so appealing.

Check out the maps here: 

Cork Cycling and Walking Maps.pdf (size 2 MB)

Cork Walking Week 21-28 June 2020


Cork Walking Week will take place from June 21st to 28th and promises to be a focal point for all walking activity across Cork. The theme of this year’s walking week is ‘Cork Walks Together’ which aims to unite people through sharing their walking activity and showcasing their local area. Cork Sports Partnership is asking members of the public to join them in celebrating walking. People can do this by sharing their photos, videos, walking routes, local information (attractions, or history) on walking in their area on social media, email, or post, (please see details below) all under the hashtag #CorkWalksTogether.

Although travel restrictions have begun to ease, increasing numbers of people are taking advantage of the good weather, lacing up their walking shoes and hitting the pavement.  Cork Walking Week is a celebration of this. The format for this year will be different as much of the content will be delivered online.

As well as people sharing their walking experiences the week will include challenges such as the Move More walking challenge, photography competitions, training on beginner/refresher navigation, practical lessons for returning to the outdoors, and question & answer session. There will also be workshops to get more out of your walking, plus a guided stepping workout for older adults. 

Check out the schedule for Cork Walking Week 2020 here.

For more information please log onto or contact: Barry O’Connell, Walking Development Officer 

Cork Sports Partnership, c/o Motor Tax Office, Model Business Park, Model Farm Road, Cork.