New TG4 Documentary: Plean Bee
The Irish Pollinator Plan is delighted to work with Deaglan O Mochain who has made an amazing documentary on pollinators in Ireland, and how people across all sectors have come together to help under the All-Irish Pollinator Plan. The documentary includes stunning footage of Irish insects. People are encouraged to watch it on the evening of 20th May.
Plean Bee TG4 20u Bealtaine/May 9.30pm. Deaglan O’Mochain

Despite the bad weather on Sunday morning, there were fifteen Volunteers and only one Transition Year Student our for the weekly Litter Pick. Nine bags of Litter were collected in total.
We had been looking forward to the Transition Year Students return but, with the weather being as bad as it was, we were lucky to have had one return. Hopefully next week we should see more returning.
Several Volunteers carried out Litter Picks during the week. They collected three bags of Litter, one bag of Plastic and one bag of Cans.
Two bags of Green Waste were collected from Leo Murphy Terrace.
Residents from Inniscarra View have been busy over the past two weekends cleaning kerbs. They have filled around twenty-five bags.
During the week the following collections were made –
Six bags of Green Waste from Rosewood;
Two bags of Green Waste from Leo Murphy Terrace;
Ten bags of Weeds from work Adrian carried out on the Westgate path and steps.
It never matters whether the sun is shining or the rain is pouring down Ballincollig Tidy Towns Volunteers will always be out doing their bit.


14th to 23rd May, 2021
National Volunteer Week is fast approaching and this year there is a jam-packed programme of events to enjoy.
As a result of the kind support of both Cork City and Cork County Councils, all events are available for free to Volunteer and Non-Profits registered on i-vol.
Places are limited so please reserve early and only do so if you are definitely available to attend. 




Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire in association with Cork County Council and Cork City Council invites you to the online launch of Pride in Our Community 2021 on Wed 19th May 11am-12noon.
Please register in advance for this launch:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the launch.


Togher Learning Neighbourhood are delighted to invite you to the online launch of their FACES OF LEARNING @ 10am on Friday 14th of May.
 To attend the launch, click on the link below:

An Caislean has always been among the best kept Estates in Ballincollig, a place that Ballincollig Tidy Towns has always been proud of. Over the years the Residents have continuously maintained a very high standard.
This week members of Ballincollig Tidy Towns met with some of An Caislean Residents’ Association. It was a chance to discuss plans and ideas to enhance this Estate going forward.
Jennifer, Gwen, Padraic and Harley the Labrador together with BTT members walked through the Estate. They met with John who was busy planting Primroses and Bluebells. 
Their decision to stop all spraying in the Estate will be a huge addition to the Ballincollig Pollinator Corridor. And this is only the beginning. There are many more plans in the pipeline that will enhance this beautiful Estate even further.
Ballincollig Tidy Towns is extremely grateful for the wonderful work that is being done in An Caislean and the changes they are putting in place to make it another ‘Spray Free’ area in Ballincollig.
We look forward to working with the Residents’ Association of An Caislean going forward.
This week some of our Workers got hundreds of Plastic Bottles and a large wheelie bin of Cans sorted for Recycling.
These will be collected by Green Dragon Recycling.
New Parking for Bicycles has been installed on Main Street by Cork City Council. This is a wonderful and very welcome addition to the street.
Since the Coronavirus, a greater number of people are using bicycles as a form of transport and with this new parking, it will make the experience more feasible as people will be more at ease parking at a designated bicycle parking area.
Thank you to everyone involved in making this happen.

Cllr. Joe Kavanagh, the Cork Lord Mayor, has officially launched ‘The People’s Archive’.
Funded by Cork City Council, The People’s Archive (created by historian Doireann Markham and designer Kerry Sloane) is a community-based project.
Celebrating life in Cork between 1913 and 1923, it provides a platform for Cork people to share letters, objects, items and personal stories.
So many key events happened during this time – The 1916 Rising, the first sitting of Dail Eireann, the struggle for Independence, the foundation of the Irish Free State, the Civil War.
Members of the public are asked to share everything from original stories, photographs and materials, to witness accounts, letters and diary entries that show ordinary people’s lives in Cork during these years.



At the end of March this year, the Government launched a public consultation process for the next Climate Action Plan.
People have the opportunity to engage online with a Climate Conversations Platform which will seek people’s opinions on various elements of Climate Action particularly perspectives on actions at a local level.
In order to ensure that a diverse range of perspectives and experiences inform the development of the next Climate Action Plan the Government want to hear from as many people as possible.
Please find the link to the platform below.

Tony and John were busy washing the Milestones and the Ordnance Markers. They also cleaned around them.
The work has made a noticeable difference.


As a result of public service innovation funding, city businesses and community groups will be offered an opportunity to avail of Cargo Bikes
The Dept. of Public Expenditure and Reform are trying to increase the use of these bikes in the wider public and private sector. Cork City Council was one of twenty projects to receive funding.
A Cargo Bike will be offered to suitable business and community groups on a trial basis for a period of six months. During this time their feasibility as a more sustainable transport option can be assessed.
Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Joe Kavanagh welcomed the idea and said “Cork City Council is focused on creating a city of sustainable urban growth and therefore wants to encourage sustainable travel, not only amongst residents and visitors to the city but also amongst the business sector, there is huge opportunity for cargo bikes in retail delivery”.
Frank Fitzgerald the Sustainable Travel Awareness Officer in Cork City Council’s Sports and Sustainability section also praised the move.
“Across Europe, it is estimated that 50 per cent of all motorised trips that involve the transport of goods in cities could be shifted to cargo bikes and bicycles,” he said. “The diversity of cargo bikes is astonishing. Cargo bikes take many different shapes and forms. Besides the cyclist, they can carry goods and people of up to 250 kg and can even be coupled with a trailer for extra capacity”.
Following the procurement of a fleet, the so-called ‘Cargo Bike Library’ is expected to be introduced by the end of this year.
Those involved with the Cork Cycling Campaign are encouraging as many people as possible to avail of the scheme. 
 Their chairperson, Conn O’Donovan is strongly encouraging the use of cargo bikes.
“Cargo-bikes are a great way to allow people to use bikes who may need to carry, deliver, collect, or drop off goods or bulky items,” he said. “Cork City centre is a compact, low-lying area and we would be hopeful that business, community groups, social enterprises and other groups would see the many benefits of using these bikes such as lower transport costs, free parking, ease of use, and green transport.”