Cork Christmas Count-Down – Carrigaline United AFC

Established in 1972, Carrigaline United AFC is a leading community sports organisation that aims to build better lives through sport.  Using the power of sport to deliver a variety of inspiring education, health, disability and football programmes in our community, they also champion the removal of barriers to sports participation within the community through social inclusion to harness the provision of infrastructure & opportunities to progress and develop sporting skills and expertise to players of all abilities.

Adam recently spoke to Club Chairperson Willie Walsh about the strong engagement of Carrigaline United with Volunteerism in County Cork. With an impressive 250 – 280 volunteers supporting the club’s 48 teams, there is no shortage of ways for people to get involved. Volunteers take on duties in team management, coaching, training young boys and girls in the Academy, maintenance of the club, as well as admin duties under the guidance of Willie Walsh and the club development officer Alan Sheehan. “The club is no different than a house” Willie explains as he discusses the importance of keeping the place well maintained and tidy both internally and externally on the pitches.

Willie also strongly believes in empowering the parents, and shares that the club couldn’t survive without their engagement. He is managing social capital, and providing activities to keep the children engaged in their communities, but volunteering as Willie says, is a deep rooted part of culture in Ireland. “Volunteering is a fulfilling life. Once you find your purpose, then you will find your happiness”.

The club is a local meeting point for supporters and players alike on the southside of the city and the club’s state of the art facilities are at the heart of the community where they cater for 1,000 club members a week.

If you want to get involved with Carrigaline United, or your own local sports club, please do get in contact with us at or you can find more information and search for opportunities on our website

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Sports Facilitator

Cork Christmas Count-Down – Conna Day Care Centre

Opened in 2005, Conna Day Care Centre is a service ran by the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, the leading provider of dementia-specific services in Ireland.  The Alzheimer Society’s network includes over 120 dementia specific services such as day care centres, home care services, carer support groups, social clubs, Alzheimer cafes and two respite centres. The Alzheimer Society of Ireland also operates the Alzheimer National Helpline Service.

Conna Day Care Centre’s services provide person centred support and care, where the person with dementia and their family are placed at the centre of the service so that they are actively involved in making decisions.

Adam recently spoke to Dympna Howard, who gave a bit more information about the centre, and their desire to take on volunteers to enhance their services.

Conna Day Care Centre operates two days a week, Wednesdays and Fridays. Wednesdays are dementia-specific days while Fridays are for the elderly in the community.

Dympna spoke of how she would love to have volunteers that will come in on these days, and help with activities in the centre, engaging with the services users and supporting the carers.

Visiting volunteers could call in for an hour and chat with the clients, or read the newspapers with them. While activity volunteers could prepare activities like knitting, music, bingo, cards or puzzles.

This is a fantastic opportunity for people in the locality to get involved and support the wonderful work being done by the staff in the centre.

If you want to get involved with Conna day Care Centre, or your own local Day Care Centre, please do get in contact with us at or you can find more information and search for opportunities on our website

Apply for roles in Conna Day Care Centre


Christmas Party Facilitator 

Garden Advisor

Musician / Entertainer

Arts & Crafts Facilitator