Pictures: Cork youths make the most of the sunshine by kayaking on the River Lee

Pictures: Cork youths make the most of the sunshine by kayaking on the River Lee
Pictured enjoying the river is Raymond Costin, Mayfield St. Josephs UBU, at the Cork ETB, We Are Cork Challenge, Urban Adventure Programme, kayaking on the River Lee, Carrigrohane Road, Cork. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

THE Lord Mayor of Cork has praised efforts by youth services in the city for providing young people with activities and focused challenges for the summer.

As many summer camps and programmes fell victim to the Covid-19 pandemic, Cork ETB – in conjunction with various youth projects – stepped up to provide weekly recreational options for young people. 

The Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Joe Kavanagh yesterday visited the Lee Fields to see groups from Mayfield and Knocknaheeny take part in kayaking on the river. 

Pictured Lord Mayor Cllr Joe Kavanagh, presents, Sorcha Cashman, Mayfield St. Josephs UBU and Adam Walsh, Link Point Youth Services Knocknaheeny with their Certificates, also included are Ruth Griffin, Youth Service Manager Cork ETB and Denis Barrett, Cork Learning City Co Ordinator, at the Cork ETB, We Are Cork Challenge, Urban Adventure Programme, kayaking on the River Lee, Carrigrohane Road, Cork. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Pictured Lord Mayor Cllr Joe Kavanagh, presents, Sorcha Cashman, Mayfield St. Josephs UBU and Adam Walsh, Link Point Youth Services Knocknaheeny with their Certificates, also included are Ruth Griffin, Youth Service Manager Cork ETB and Denis Barrett, Cork Learning City Co Ordinator, at the Cork ETB, We Are Cork Challenge, Urban Adventure Programme, kayaking on the River Lee, Carrigrohane Road, Cork. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Eight such youth groups will have availed of the Urban Adventure Programme by the end of the summer, alongside wall-climbing, both of which were facilitated by the Kinsale Outdoor Education Centre.

"We wanted to show that activities can still take place despite the restrictions and the fact that all the activities were so well attended by the young people themselves illustrated the huge need for positive outlets," said Ruth Griffin, CETB Youth Services Manager. 

Pictured are Megan Kelleher and Melanie O'Connor, enjoying the river, at the Cork ETB, We Are Cork Challenge, Urban Adventure Programme, kayaking on the River Lee, Carrigrohane Road, Cork. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Pictured are Megan Kelleher and Melanie O'Connor, enjoying the river, at the Cork ETB, We Are Cork Challenge, Urban Adventure Programme, kayaking on the River Lee, Carrigrohane Road, Cork. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

"A new funding programme, UBU – Your Place, Your Space – is also kicking in which will focus the activities of youth projects run by the likes of Foroige, Cloyne Diocesan Youth Service, YMCA, Youth Work Ireland and independent organisations to those who most need help and support. 

"Cork ETB is there to support these service providers in reaching the young people who might struggle most post Covid-19 and these summer activities helped to bridge gaps," she continued. 

Pictured are, Joe Curtin, Jessie Russell, Bernard O'Callaghan and Megan O'Reilly, all with Youth Ireland Cork, at the Cork ETB, We Are Cork Challenge, Urban Adventure Programme, kayaking on the River Lee, Carrigrohane Road, Cork. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Pictured are, Joe Curtin, Jessie Russell, Bernard O'Callaghan and Megan O'Reilly, all with Youth Ireland Cork, at the Cork ETB, We Are Cork Challenge, Urban Adventure Programme, kayaking on the River Lee, Carrigrohane Road, Cork. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

Cork ETB (CETB), in partnership with the Lord Mayor of Cork and Cork County Mayor Cllr Ian Doyle, also organised the We Are Cork Youth Challenge for summer 2020 to give youngsters an opportunity to jump into a fresh skill or develop existing talents.

Some 30 challenges across music, arts, society, environment, sport and technology have been set with registered participants asked to complete 20 tasks over the summer months and record their experiences for others to see.

Pictured are, Ella O'Brien and Amy O'Neill, both with Youth Ireland Cork Teen Gym Girls Group, at the Cork ETB, We Are Cork Challenge, Urban Adventure Programme, kayaking on the River Lee, Carrigrohane Road, Cork. Picture: Jim Coughlan.
Pictured are, Ella O'Brien and Amy O'Neill, both with Youth Ireland Cork Teen Gym Girls Group, at the Cork ETB, We Are Cork Challenge, Urban Adventure Programme, kayaking on the River Lee, Carrigrohane Road, Cork. Picture: Jim Coughlan.

A special Mayor’s medal will be given to each successful participant with IT prizes also up for grabs for the most creative and exciting challenges.

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