Last Sunday there were twenty seven volunteers, including two Transition Year Gaisce students on the weekly litter pick. Most areas of Ballincollig were covered in the hour and there were twelve bags of waste three of which were recyclable.

During the previous week, we had a number of volunteers litter picking in the Town Centre area each morning and on the road to Poulavone.  From those picks there were four bags of waste and three bags of recycling.


The main works during the week were, sorting the litter waste, the removal of railing planters for preparation of winter displays, and the collection of leaves. There were plenty of leaves on the ground needing to be collected in several estates. Collections during the week and Sunday saw over one hundred bags taken to the allotment for composting.  


The hanging baskets on the poles are still in place and required watering.  They are not using as much water now and should be finished in the next few weeks due to the cold nights. Another project underway was the marking out of the base of a seat being installed on the newest way-marked street walking route


The annual mystery tour took place last Saturday. After a lovely breakfast in the Oriel House Hotel the volunteers headed off on the bus towards Millstreet. First stop was to view Tubrid Well. Then the bus headed for Killarney where we got to spend time at Torc Waterfall. The place was quite busy with other tourists. From here the bus headed to Muckross Park and we strolled around in the beautiful autumn sunshine before getting some lunch in the lovely restaurant. Afterwards we made a visit to the Traditional Farms where we got to see how  life on a farm was almost one hundred years ago. Again, as is a tradition, we headed somewhere which ended up nowhere and finally had a pit stop in Farranfore. The bus eventually took us back to the Oriel House Hotel where we had dinner and a sing song. As always, the volunteers enjoyed the day, especially spending time together in such a relaxed manner.


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