This year Easter will be a completely different affair for us all. Our churches are closed and so the familiar Holy Week services that we attend each year will only be available to us online this year. The following is a list of services for those who wish to tune in.
Holy Thursday…Mass of the Lord’s Supper celebrated by Fr. Cian
Good Friday …Stations of the Cross narrated by parishioners from Ballincollig
Holy Saturday…Easter Vigil Mass celebrated by Fr. Cian
Easter Sunday…Mass of the Lords Resurrection celebrated by Fr. Kamil
All these will be recorded and available on www.ballincolligparish.ie
Easter Sunday Mass in Polish also available live at 10.00am celebrated by Fr. Kamil on churchservices.tv/augustinians


The Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has announced that he has given the Easter Bunny ‘special eggs-emption’ to travel into and throughout Ireland on Egg Delivery duties.


Although the work of Ballincollig Tidy Towns Volunteers has been suspended because of the Coronavirus, last Sunday Chairman Tom Butler decided, while taking his daily exercise (within the 2km radius) to pick litter as he walked. Starting at Harrington Street, going as far as the Oriel House Hotel then back down the other side taking in The Old Square and Chapel Lane. In total about half a bag was picked. It was very disappointing to see the number of plastic gloves on the ground. Can people please dispose of these carefully.
It certainly was a different affair, no Volunteers’ chatter nor weekly after Litter Pick cuppa but these too will return when it is deemed safe to do so. For now, we are doing our bit and staying at home.


Our Ballincollig Past page has been proving very popular since we started posting some of our new selection of old photos. People have had memories of past events flooding back and have been sharing them with family and friends (from a distance of course). Take a look for yourself. Perhaps you have some old photos of your own that you’d like to share. If so send them to us on info@ballincolligtidytowns.ie


We are delighted with our fresh-looking website. Why not look for yourselves www.ballincolligtidytowns.ie


The majority of us will eat our way through several chocolate Easter eggs this weekend. As a result, a large amount of cardboard and wrappings will fill our houses. These can all be recycled. The foil can be squished up in a ball and put in the recycling bins. The cardboard boxes can be flattened and also placed in the recycling bins.
Or for those of you who are more artistic, why not flatten the foils and cut shapes from the cardboard and cover them with the foils to make decorations. Some of the more colourful boxes can be cut out and the pictures used for collages or for making cards. At the very least it will pass some time which we all have plenty of right now.
Check out the Recycling blog on the Ballincollig Tidy Towns website.