HOW can you best support your immune system in these pandemic times? Nutritional Consultant Mary Carmody gives her top tips:
- Gardening and spending time in nature could be a new hobby? Start a few container pots — parsley, rosemary, thyme — or if you have space, start to grow your own food.
See the Mardyke Arena UCC Facebook Page on Wednesdays at 6pm for free Pilates Classes.
AS part of their ‘Keep Cork Active’ online campaign, Cork Sports Partnership have compiled a whole host of Sports Skills and Challenges for people of all ages to participate in at home.
Cork Sports Partnership’s (CSP’s) dynamic and continuous relationship with more than 25 national governing bodies has proved very effective in such testing times.
Despite challenging circumstances, the planning and sharing of ideas, drills and skills has been constant between CSP staff and development officers across the country.
Two examples of the home skills challenges can be seen through CSP’s own Craig Harrington (Athletics Ireland) and Ciaran O Sullivan (Basketball Ireland).
Athletics Ireland have launched a series of circuits and activities that are easy to arrange at home. The Long Jump Challenge has been the highlight of the athletics home exercise series. Two metres is measured and marked out in a safe outdoor space. Participants are asked to clear the two metres (or as much as they can) off a standstill jump. A running start is also optional to assist children in jumping further.
Participants have been recording and sharing their long jump results online using the hashtags #ActiveAAI and #KeepYourDistance.
Basketball Ireland have launched a similar campaign based around skills and challenges that can be performed at home. Ball handling, dribbling and shooting workouts have been posted on a weekly basis for the community to improve their skills during the lockdown.
Videos and PDF’s of each skill are broken down in an easy to follow format.
The active working relationship between CSP and a number of bodies has resulted in the availability of a wide variety of activities across several sports. Essentially, each individual sporting body has offered a unique selection of activities for everybody in the household. The net has been cast out to include colouring books, quizzes and puzzles. Coaches have also been catered for through manuals, podcasts and webinars. Every individual in the family has resources available to them to suit their needs and interests.
Check out www.corksports.ie for more.
By Rory O’Connell, Irish Chef www.cookingisfun.ie
8 ozs (225g/2 sticks) soft butter
4 ozs (110g/generous 1/2 cup) castor sugar
10 ozs (275g/2 1/2 cups) self-raising flour Grated rind of one lemon or orange
- 1. Cream the butter, add in the castor sugar, sifted flour and grated lemon or orange rind and mix just until it all comes together. Alternatively, place all four ingredients in the bowl of a food mixer and mix slowly until all the ingredients come together. At this stage the dough can either be used right away or put in the deep freeze or kept in the fridge for up to a week.
- 2. When required, bring up to room temperature and form into small balls the size of a walnut. Flatten them out onto a baking sheet using the back of a fork dipped in cold water. Allow plenty of room for expansion.
- 3. Bake in a preheated oven, 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4-10 minutes approx. Sprinkle with vanilla sugar. When cold, store in air tight containers.
- Variations: Freshly ground cinnamon, ginger or chocolate chips can be a delicious addition to these biscuits.
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