How disheartening to see the mindless vandalism on Sunday morning on Main Street.
Such a shame after this business had invested time and money putting up winter planters to enhance both their premises and Main Street.
Don’t they realise that they are letting down not only themselves, their families but the entire community.



Announcing details of an upcoming course –
Venue: Midleton Park Hotel, Old Cork Road, Glebe, Midleton, Cork
Dates: Wednesdays 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th November, 7th & 14th December 2022
Time: 7pm – 9.30pm each evening
This is a 6-week course aiming to develop Family Carers’ knowledge of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, and develop their caring skills to enable them to respond more confidently to their family member’s needs.
It also provides opportunities for Carers to meet other Carers and share their experiences. 
If interested in applying, please complete an application form.
Places on the course are limited.
For further information



The café provides a warm welcoming place for people to meet others also living with dementia/cognitive impairment, their carers and health & social care professionals.
For more information visit




Thursday morning all pole planters on both sides of the road between The Oriel House Hotel and Trade House were taken down and brought back to the Allotment where they will be emptied and washed.



Last month, after a two-year absence, saw the return of the National Ploughing Championships at Ratheniska, Co. Laois. This year the TidyTowns unit of the Department of Rural and Community Development had a dedicated section within the Government of Ireland village at the championship. Three separate TidyTowns groups, Abbeyleix, Geashill and Tullamore, came and assisted them over the three-day event, gave their time and shared their experiences with the many visitors. They gave first-hand accounts of the positives and indeed challenges that are being encountered by TidyTowns groups around the country.
The members from the national adjudication panel also attended and gave advice from the Adjudicators perspective.



Birdwatch Cork are hosting an indoor event, a talk with Noel Linehan on the Swift. It will be an in-depth account of the Swift through Noel’s eyes and experience.
The Swift is an iconic and unique bird known in Irish as “Gabhlan Gaoithe” translated as “Forked one of the Wind”. For a bird that sleeps on the wing, making use of the wind is very important.
The venue is Venue: SMA Hall Wilton @ 8.00PM on Wednesday 26th October.
All welcome including accompanied children.
Admission is free.



It’s now only days away from the announcement of the 2022 SuperValu Tidy Towns Competition results. Invitations have been issued, perpetual trophies engraved with the 2022 winners and preparations are taking shape. 
The awards ceremony will be held in the RDS on Friday 28th October. RTE Nationwide will be airing a special programme with exclusive video footage of the finalists and the programme will be aired at 7pm on RTE1 that same evening.
The event will also be live streamed. A small number of awards will be presented on the day on stage but all awards will be presented to groups later in the year or early in the New Year at a series of Regional Awards ceremonies.
While not every area is a winner, all communities, in fact the entire country, win as a result of the ongoing work Tidy Towns Volunteers do to make the towns and villages the wonderful places they are. 
Don’t forget to visit the Tidy Towns website for the link to tune into the awards ceremony on Friday October 28th. The event will commence at 12:45. Using the link, you will be connected after a few moments.



ALONE is a charity working with older people, including those who are lonely, isolated, frail or ill, homeless, living in poverty, or facing other difficulties.
It provides an integrated system of Support Coordination, Practical Supports, Befriending, a variety of Phone Services, Social Prescribing, Housing with Support, and Assistive Technology.
Alone uses support plans, provides a point of contact for access to health, social care, housing, transport and other needs that arise, using technology and other services and activities to improve physical, emotional and mental wellbeing.
Alone has nearly 3,000 volunteers throughout the Country who conduct and provide practical supports to older people, visits and phone calls, linking older people into social activity and being a companion.
However, Alone is looking for Volunteers to help with Support and Befriending older people across the country. This can be done in person or with the Support & the Befriending Phone Service.
If this is something you would like to do and are interested in finding out more information, please call ALONE on 0818 222 024 or see



SuperValu Tidy Towns are delighted to announce their third Photography Competition. They were delighted with the response they received in recent years with hundreds of beautiful images submitted from all parts of the country.
Calling all photography enthusiasts. Get out there and capture your best images.
This year there is a special category for junior entrants up to 18 years of age; this category will attract a first prize of €150 gift card and a second prize of €100 gift card.
The main competition will have a first Prize of €300, second prize of €200 and a third prize of €100. Total prize money of €850.
Photographs should be emailed to stating which TidyTowns group you are from or if you are entering the junior element.
Photographs should not contain close-up images of other people unless you have received their permission to take and submit the photograph to this competition.
The TidyTowns Unit will judge all entries and prizes will be awarded as above.
The TidyTowns Unit may use photographs submitted for social media or publications going forward.
Closing date for entries is Friday November 25th.
Results will be announced on Social Media and in the December Newsletter.
Prizes will issue as soon as possible but it may be in January 2023.



On Monday evening the Under 13’s LGFA and their coaches were out litter picking before training.
The Ballincollig LGFA are amazing youngsters whose community spirit is an example to others.
We are so fortunate to have them in our community and are grateful for the ongoing support they give Tidy Towns.




Last Sunday we were fortunate that the weekly litter pick was finished before the torrential rain settled in for the day.
There were 20 Volunteers and 2 Transition Year students out and they covered a large area in the hour.  We welcomed our newest TY student, Ciara. We also welcomed back Dominik, our youngest Volunteer who was accompanied by his Mum.  

On Sunday morning plenty of litter was collected. Sadly, there was a lot of litter on Main Street after Saturday night.
Over the past 2 weeks our Volunteers have been busy each day carrying out litter picks in all sorts of weather and from these 2 bags of plastic, 1 bag of glass and 2 bags of cans were segregated from among the litter collected.
Five bags of green waste were also collected from the planters at East Gate.
One bag of leaves was collected from Fr Sexton Park.