Last Friday the annual Ballincollig Tidy Towns Awards was held in the Oriel House Hotel. Over two hundred and fifty people attended. This has been, to date, the most successful year for Ballincollig Tidy Towns and we are now one of the top towns in the country. Our Chairman, Tom Butler, outlined  works done and awards received during the year. He went on to point out how the hard work and dedication of the whole community has placed the town firmly on the map. Both Cork County and City Councils were represented and a special note of thanks was given to the Cork County Council for all they have done for Ballincollig.

The Chairman described how the support Ballincollig Tidy Towns receives from many parts of the community is vital in helping the town achieve the success it does. By working together as a community we strive forward and build on the success of the previous year. Special thanks was given to our key sponsors along with over one hundred other businesses, schools and organisations who have supported our 2018 Window Sticker Campaign.

The results of the various competitions are available on the Ballincollig Tidy Towns website. At present this website is being improved as we hope, in time, it will become the “go to” source for everything regarding Ballincollig Tidy Towns. Among the fifty prize winners were – Schools Category 1 first place went to Scoil Mhuire while Ballincollig Community School took the honours in Schools Category 2. Tudor Rose on Main Street won best Retail Premises.  Best Licensed Premises went to Tradehouse Central. In the Industrial and Commercial section Time Square came out on top reflecting the transformation achieved there this year. Rosenalee Care Centre was judged to have the best Commercial Floral Display. Best Front Garden went to Finbarr O’Neill from Maglin. Best Window box went to Ann Forde of Lee View. Best Hanging basket went to Catherine Cahill of Muskerry Estate. Best Tub went to Cei Hall of West Village.  The Church of St.Mary and St.John took first in the Public Building category.

In the Quish’s sponsored Estates Competition the category winners were Coolroe Heights, Daffodil Fields and Westcourt/Westcourt Heights. Other estates also in the prizes were Fr. Sexton Park, Castleknock, Glendower Court, Lisheen Woods, Coolroe Meadows and Rosewood. The overall estate winner chosen by an independent adjudicator was Westcourt/Westcourt Heights.


Twenty four volunteers including two Transition Year students  turned out for the Sunday litter pick and they managed to cover several areas of Ballincollig in the hour. Eleven bags in all were collected and after segregation three were for recycling.

During the week volunteers picked litter in the town each day and collected three bags of litter and two bags of recyclables.


All planters were watered and while there are still some in bloom, it is nearly time to take them out for the coming winter.  We are hoping to replant the railing baskets with some winter/spring displays.

Way markers were installed for the second walking route in Ballincollig.


Among the work for the week was sorting litter pick waste, removal of waste, maintenance works at the allotment and the collection of leaves from the bedding area near the West End and on Old Fort Road.


Congratulations go to Ballincollig GAA who won the Intermediate Hurling Final last Sunday. They had great support on the day for what proved to be a very exciting match. Well done to all involved.


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