On Monday Gay, Thomas, John and Sunday spent the morning weeding the new flowerbeds at the back entrance to Muskerry Estate. The grass around this area was also cut and edged.
While they were working there, they found the ‘No Dumping’ sign which had been erected by Cork City Council and placed it back in the area where garden waste (flowers leaves and grass) is being dumped. This is to remind people dumping of any sort is illegal. Those responsible are liable for significant fines.

Early Tuesday morning Jimmy, John, Sunday and Thomas began their day working on the laneway from The Paddocks to Westgate Foundation. Their work has made a considerable difference making the path much safer.

Also, on Tuesday morning the much-used footpath on the Inniscarra Road from the old Gael Scoil to the Regional Park pedestrian entrance was given a thorough clean. Again, the difference is significant making the footpath much safer for the many pedestrians using it daily. They removed 3 one-tonne bags of leaves, weeds and grit.

Thursday the lads divided up to tackle two separate projects. Sunday and Thomas cleared debris on Carriganarra Road as a result of Storm Agnes while John and Ger were busy collecting broken branches from Cranford Pines, Church View, Coolroe Meadows and Greenfields.




Monday evening the Water Boys made sure the remaining Planters at Eastgate, tiered towers on Main Street and Parklet were filled. The task took them 45 minutes and 400 litres of water were used.




Once again it is wonderful to see Residents gathering the leaves that have fallen in their area. This week the residents of Carrigdene were busy collecting leaves and grass and filled 20 bags in total. The Residents of Leo Murphy Terrace did a litter pick filling one large bag. All the bags were collected and the garden waste was taken to the compost bays at the Allotment.



The Parklet on Main Street is still looking splendid this late in September. We received numerous compliments on how well it looked throughout the summer. It is lovely to see how popular it is with everyone each day of the week.




On Tuesday night 16 Volunteers came out for the final Tuesday Work Night for the year. We concentrated our efforts on Main Street and The Old Square removing weeds and litter picking.
BTT always finds these work nights extremely beneficial. Thank you to each and every Volunteer who turned up week after week. Your hard work is greatly appreciated.




Our invitation to the 2023 SuperValu National Tidy Towns Awards Ceremony in Croke Park on Friday 6th October arrived this week and we are very excited.
This year, as with every other year, we as a group are anxiously waiting to see if our work has caught the judges’ attention and hopefully do better than we did the year before.
Whatever the outcome Ballincollig Tidy Towns will continue to set foundations for generations to come to make Ballincollig the best it can be and do its bit for the environment.
We are appreciative of the ongoing support we receive from the people of Ballincollig and the staff of Cork City Council both local and in City Hall.




Following the last Work Night 20 of our Volunteers gathered at Healy’s Bar for refreshments. Another season with many projects successfully undertaken and completed. Our thanks to the staff of Healy’s Bar and also to Mark and Joanne in The Fry for the lovely food.



A taste of Bandon




New Cork City Libraries
There is something for everyone at Cork City Libraries. From the Children’s Book Festival, art exhibitions to coding classes.
Check out the events guide for October and November at www.corkcitylibraries.ie




Join registered Dietician Aoife McDonald for this FREE seminar all about how you can eat a healthy diet on a budget.
Learn what foods to include at meals, tips on batch cooking, how to make a weekly meal plan, ideas for nutritious meals, grocery shopping tips and much more.
Come along on Friday 29 September at 1.00pm in the City Library, Grand Parade.
All are welcome!




Midleton library in Association with MyPlace Midleton, present “Parallel Universe” an exhibition and conversation with artist John McHarg and poet Gerry Murphy.
It is a sensitive, personal, and emotionally spirited collaboration and an exhibition not to be missed. The exhibition will take place on Friday 6th of October at 7.30pm and will see John and Gerry in conversation about the project. It will make for a fabulous evening of creative chats and plenty of laughter.
The venue is My Place Midleton, Mill Road, Midleton P25YT50
The event is free and all are welcome.




Cork City Libraries are delighted to announce that our popular ‘My Open Library Service’ is now available in Glanmire and Douglas Library, with plans to extend the service to Blackpool Library and Bishopstown Library underway.
In order to avail of My Open Library access, you need to register for the service and attend an induction at the library where you will avail of My Open Library.
This is a service whereby public libraries offer extended opening hours, using a mix of staffed and unstaffed self-service hours. During unstaffed hours, members who are registered My Open Library members can access the library from 8.00am to 10.00pm every day, including weekends.




This event will be live streamed on the night. Log onto the Cork City Council’s YouTube channel from 7.30pm to see some of the amazing acts perform in what is the grandest venue in town.








This is a book gifting program that mails free, high-quality books to children from birth to age five, no matter their family’s income.
The program has grown year on year after it launch in 1995. At first books were only distributed to children living in Sevier County, Tennessee where Dolly grew up. However, due to its success in 2000 a national replication effort was underway. And by 2003 one million books had been mailed. This was the first of many millions of books sent to children around the world.
In 2004 Dolly’s home state of Tennessee pledged to pursue statewide coverage and global expansion was on the horizon. After the United States, the program launched in Canada in 2006 followed by the United Kingdom in 2007, Australia in 2013 and the Republic of Ireland in 2019.
Dolly Parton and her book gifting organization have received honors and awards for their dedication to enriching the lives of children everywhere.
The Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval, Best Practices award from the Library of Congress Literacy Awards and recognition in Reading Psychology are among a long list of the prestigious acknowledgments the program has received.
Several milestones have also been celebrated throughout the years. With each goal achieved a new one takes its place, creating an ever-growing and expanding organizational culture.
The Imagination Library is currently available in the following communities: Knocknaheeny, Hollyhill, Gurranabraher, Churchfield,Mahon, Carrigtwohill, Ashbourne House, Kinsale Road Accommodation Centre or registered with Let’s Grow Together/living in the Northwest sector of Cork City.