As the county begins to adjust to the new level 5 restrictions, Cork County Council is encouraging residents to discover the range of outdoor activities available to explore within a 5km radius of their homes via the Rediscover Cork County Interactive Tourism Map.

Launched in June as a response to COVID-19 under the Council’s Project ACT, the map has a wide range of detail on over 700 activities/attractions to engage in across the county.

A key feature of the map is the ‘Near Me’ tool, which enables the user to insert their location which then defaults to a radius of 5km. The map will then provide information on nearby attractions within that area and generate directions to an activity of choice, enabling the rediscovery of Cork County and its many hidden gems.

Chief Executive of Cork County Council, Tim Lucey says the map could be a valuable tool for everyone in Cork during the current Level 5 restrictions:

‘In the current situation whereby we are limited to only travel within 5km of our homes for exercise, this map can be of great benefit to everybody. While indoor attractions are closed at the moment, the map is very useful to discover a wide range of other activities, be it a walk, a cycle route, a beach, or an outdoor heritage site; there is something for everyone on this map and the beauty of it is you can set it to only show activities within 5 kilometres. The reality is we will be living under these restrictions for a full 6-week period and the discovery of a new place or activity can add a lot of value to a person’s day, particularly when we are all facing such challenges.’

Mayor of the County of Cork, Cllr. Mary Linehan Foley describes how she found the map useful herself in discovering new things to do in her locality:

‘Using the map, I discovered a local walk in my area that I wasn’t previously aware of. I was able to generate directions to the trail and it also linked me to a website which had further detail on the route, its amenities and even its history. It is an incredible achievement of Cork County Council to have developed this interactive map and I would encourage all people in Cork to use it as part of their daily routine, in particular for the next 6 weeks and going forward.’

Discover the map here.

Cork County Council welcomes feedback and suggestions, which can be submitted by emailing rediscovercorkcounty@corkcoco.ie

Cork Sports Partnership have put together an excellent activities book for all ages and abilities full of fun and healthy games, activities and exercises to do while social distancing or cocooning.

Sections incude:

  • Family Play - Games & Activities 
  • Older Adults - Exercise & Activities 
  • Children & Youth - Sports Skills & Challenges 
  • Adults & Youth - Exercise & Home Workouts 
  • People with Disabilities - Inclusive & Adaptive Activities 
  • Everyone - Health & Wellbeing Tips

The ebook includes new resources from Cork County Council's Safety Awareness Office, with links to online games for children.

Written by Juanita Browne (National Biodiversity Data Centre) and illustrated by Barry Reynolds a publication titled 'Gardening for Biodiversity' it was supported in the main by the Heritage Officer, Catherine Casey, for Laois County Council. The publication has also been supported by the Heritage Council, and the Local Authority Heritage Officer Network (including support from Cork County Council's Heritage Budget) and contains some great advice and information for all of those looking to maximise nature and biodiversity in their very own back garden.

As part of the Sports Partnership Network, Cork Sports Partnership run a number of different programmes, courses and workshops.

To find out more visit Cork Sports Partnership.
 

The Let's Play Cork booklet is a fantastic resource with playful and fun ideas to stay active at home during Covid-19 and beyond. Cork County Council was delighted to be part of this fantastic collaboration.

Click here to download a pdf version of the Let's Play Cork booklet.