Sunday morning, 19 Volunteers joined 1 Transition Year Student for the weekly litter pick. The majority were litter picking for the hour while more were planting fruit trees in Cleburne Mews.
Pat was busy collecting bags of litter, 1 bag of Cans and 1 bag of Glass.
He also collected 10 bags of cleanings from Old Quarter and 4 bags grass cuttings from Leo Murphy Terrace. Several Residents Associations have been very busy cleaning around their estates.
So good to see Residents Associations cleaning up their areas.




This week our graffiti removal work continued around Ballincollig.
It’s such a pity that some few people are continuing to deface parts of the town especially when our Volunteers and Residents are working around the clock to make Ballincollig look its very best.




Upcoming ‘Start Your Own Business’ course …. Mondays & Wednesdays, commencing next Monday, 22nd May until 12th June from 6.30pm to 9.30pm
Have you a business idea you want to develop, or are you looking at self-employment as a realistic career option?  Perhaps you have just recently started your own business?  If so, then you might wish to consider this Start Your Own Business course which commences on Monday 22nd May.


Course Outline – 
The concept of entrepreneurship – introduction to what it means to be a business owner, the ups and downs and how to deal with both. 
Legal issues for Start-Up businesses – the formal vehicles to use to conduct business, particularly the new Companies Acts and legislation / the self-assessment taxation system / responsibilities of the self-employed to Revenue / protecting the business idea online. 
Market and Market Research – a solid professional grounding in the principles of marketing, leading up to developing a Marketing Plan. 
Sales and Networking – preparing sales pitch and networking pitch for immediate use, even if the business has not yet started. 
Administration and Bookkeeping – understanding the importance of good financial management which ranges from basic bookkeeping to creation of internal controls and Revenue Commissioner ready accounts, as well as how, why and when to register for appropriate taxes. 
Finance and Financial Management – routes to finance available in current times, methods of costing and other basic tools to ensure profitability. 
Business Planning – the importance of comprehensive planning for prospective business.
Technology in modern business – the aids to small businesses that have evolved in recent times / social media platforms / financial technology.
Find out more here ….
Start Your Own Business – commencing 22/05/23 – Local Enterprise Office – CorkCity


The Data Centre is delighted to launch the latest identification swatch in ‘Ireland’s Biodiversity’ series. The ‘Intertidal Fish and Invertebrates’ swatch will help people to identify 61 common intertidal fish and invertebrate species, from a beadlet anemone to a butterfish. This swatch can be used, along with the ‘Intertidal Seaweeds’ and ‘Marine Bivalve Shells’ swatches, to take part in the marine biodiversity recording project, Explore Your Shore! ( 


Explore Your Shore! wants You to help find Ireland’s most Biodiverse rocky shore by taking part in The Great Rocky Shore BioBlitz! The survey will be of interest to anyone who has an interest in monitoring their local shore, improving their marine species identification skills, and contributing to the knowledge of Ireland’s coastal biodiversity. Multiple species from the same location can be submitted using the submission form. Revisit the same shore again and again, and at different times of the year, to see if additional species can be added to the list. Photos of species you can’t identify can also be submitted.




As of March 2023, all 42 councils Ireland have formally signed up to the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan. Every council is now formally partnered and committed to taking actions. This is a huge achievement that shows we are all on the same page when it comes to managing our landscape for biodiversity.




The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan is delighted to release a new free resource. Developed in collaboration with Dr Noeleen Smyth of Horticulture UCD, the booklet contains 24 lists of pollinator-friendly plants that are suitable for different situations. We are always being encouraged to prioritise native species. However, horticultural plants in garden settings can also help flower-visiting insects when they are rich in pollen and nectar. This guide is primarily aimed at helping people choose the best garden plants for pollinators.




On Tuesday morning Jimmy, Adrian and Thomas spent the morning extending the flowerbed around the Ballincollig ‘Gold Medal’ sign at the Greenfield entrance to Ballincollig.
In addition to extending the bed they also cut back some overhead branches that were obstructing not alone the footpaths but also the extended flowerbed.
This new flowerbed is the latest addition to our Pollinator Corridor.




Our next “Networking at noon” event will take place
Wednesday 31st May 2023 from 12-2pm Oriel House Hotel Ballincollig.
Guest speaker Rob Heffernan, Bank of Ireland (Former World Champion & Olympic Medallist)
This is event is free to members and limited to 50 places so early booking is recommended




Has been launched by Cork County Council
Public Consultation taking place on Monday 22nd May around the Local Economic and Community Plan (LECP).
Please see the details below.
Monday 22nd May                               Raddison Blu Hotel Little Island
Session 1:                                            1:00pm – 3:00pm
Session 2:                                            6:00pm – 8:00pm




Cork City Libraries has announced the Cork One City, One Book for 2023; Liberty Terrace by Madeleine D’Arcy Lane! Every year since 2017, with support from Creative Ireland and Waterstone’s Cork, the One City One book title has been the most borrowed book in Cork City Libraries. Cork City Libraries’ One City One Book is an initiative to get book loving Corkonians to read and discuss the same book.
The 2023 programme will be launched in the Friary Bar on Sunday 28 May at 3.30 pm.




In honour of Ronnie Herlihy Our friends at The School of History, UCC will be
hosting an upcoming Cork Local History Symposium in honour of the late and much missed local historian Ronnie Herlihy.
The symposium is organised in collaboration with Cork Public Museum, and the programme is packed with papers on an array of topics on Cork’s rich history.
The symposium will take place on Saturday 20 May in the O’Rahilly Building of UCC starting from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm.




On Thursday morninig a group of 7 VMWare staff did great work weeding the Hydrangeas at Carrigrohane. Ger, Thomas and Adrian helped them. Our Workers and Volunteers greatly appreciate the assistance given to them by VMWare staff. Their ongoing contribution helps us greatly.




This fund provides support for projects which will enhance, improve, and enliven people’s experience of Cork city centre with a focus on public spaces, increasing footfall and supporting the local economy.
Potential projects range from greening, environmental improvement projects, atmospheric lighting, murals and/or cultural, artistic attractions and much more.
At the core of the fund is community participation, providing both communities and local businesses to help make Cork City a sustainable city for all, contributing to people’s overall health, happiness and wellbeing.



On Tuesday night we had 15 Volunteers on Poulavone Roundabout making the final preparations for the additional planting which will be done in the coming days.



Early Thursday evening Stephen and Alan from Clockhouse Nurseries placed over 300 plants on the outer beds and the centre section of Poulavone Roundabout. 99% of these plants are Pollinators. 7 Volunteers followed on and dug the holes put in Seaweed Enriched Compost and Organic Seaweed Fertiliser

We planted a large number of roses which were a big feature in previous years and made this area completely Pollinator Friendly. This was also added to our Pollinator Corridor. The plants are herbaceous and Geranium Rozanne, Rudbecka. Red Hot Poker, Crocosmia Buttercup (Montbretia) Shasta Daisies.




On Thursday Gay and Eoin treated the timber on the Parklet on Main Street to freshen it up before planting.



Press the link  below to see what the ladies in Mayfield are up to. What a wonderful idea for great times.
Mayfield Women poster