Kite Entertainment, makers of shows such as Gogglebox Ireland and Ireland’s Fittest Family is currently producing a new rural dating show for RTÉ called Love in the Country.  They have chosen 7 single people from all over Ireland to take part and are now looking for potential matches for them. Each of them will meet a number of potential ‘suitors’ for a short date in Dublin and then choose 3 people to spend more time with in their own home town.
This link explains everything –
Three of the cast still have a couple of dates available – Alanagh in Roscommon, George in Carlow & Edwina in Mayo.
All three are lovely people, deeply embedded in their home towns, spending a lot of time outdoors, with George particularly focused on protecting his local environment.
BTT has been asked to share their profiles with our Tidy Towns group to see if anyone would be interested in taking part in the show and going on a short date with one of them.



There were 22 Volunteers and 6 Transition Year students out for the litter pick on Sunday morning. This included Clodagh, our newest TY student. Our Volunteers collected 16 bags of Litter. Pat collected these and brought them to the Allotment.

Meanwhile, Denis took the Transition Year students divided them into two groups and set them up on two projects. One group worked on Barry’s Road cleaning the footpaths of leaves and weeds. The other group cleaned the footpath in front of the raised bed at Westcliffe. In total, 11 bags of leaves / sweepings were collected. An excellent job was done.



On Sunday morning two of our Volunteers cleaned the footpath in front of the raised bed at Poulavone. The work they did in the short space of time made a great difference.


Monday morning Adrian, John and Gay cleaned the flower bed and tidied up the plants at Westcliffe. Some of the plants needed cutting back and this made quite a difference. There is still plenty more work to do in this area which will be tackled in the coming days.
Wednesday and Thursday both Adrian and John were busy working on clearing silt and old leaves from footpaths on Barry’s Road. Four bags were removed from Coolroe and six bags from Hodders Villas. Twelve bags were removed from the footpaths in Innishmore.
There was a great week’s work done overall and everything was taken to the Allotment for recycling.
This year marks the final chapter of the national Decade of Centenaries commemorative programme. A wealth of material has already been produced, scores of events have taken place, and a proud legacy is being created for future generations.
Among the aims of commemorating those remarkable men and women involved in Ireland’s struggle for independence is, of course, to remember them, to recall their contributions to Cork and Ireland, and to reflect upon their extraordinary lives.
In 2023, we are reminded of how far we have come as a city and as a nation. The second half of the year will see the centenary of Ireland’s entry into the League of Nations and the subsequent international recognition of its Free State status.
Lord Mayor Cllr Deirdre Forde said “As we enter the final year of the Decade of Centenaries programme, we have seen community groups, schools and individuals delve into their local history to produce books, plays, murals, exhibitions, podcasts, recordings and many more engagements to mark the events that happened in our city over 100 years ago. From the ashes of the Burning of Cork in 1920, through the War of Independence and Civil War 1923 we have seen our city grow and prosper to ambitious plans for our future generations.   I encourage all schools, communities, and individuals to engage with the commemoration fund to record local legacies for stories to be always shared about the proud history we have in our City and its people and the roles they have played in the events of 100 years ago.”
The application form for the fund is available on the Lord Mayor of Cork’s webpage at
The closing date for submission of the application form is Friday 10th February at 4pm.
Details of Cork City Council’s Commemoration events, interviews, exhibitions, books, academia and cultural events can be found at



The residents of Classes Lake were busy this week cleaning leaves from the footpaths and kerbs. In all we collected 14 bags from them.
Wyndham Downs residents also did a great job cleaning up around their estate. Nineteen bags were collected from them.
Everything was taken to the Allotment for recycling. We are extremely grateful to have the support of these residents and hope many more will do the same in the coming weeks and months.


pics from the week:



Now open for applications.
The Heritage Council invites applications for their Community Heritage Grant Scheme 2023.
Communities and heritage non-governmental organisations (NGOs) are encouraged to apply for funding to support capital projects that apply good heritage practice to the management of places, collections or objects (including buildings); that improve access and inclusion to heritage sites; The scheme also supports the purchase of essential equipment. 
Applications should be submitted via the online grants system by Monday 20th February 2023 at 5pm. 
A zoom information clinic will be held for applicants on Wednesday, January 25th at 11:00am. 
Register at  



Invitation to host events!
The 2023 Cork Lifelong \Learning Festival will take place from Monday 27th March to Sunday 2nd April 2023 inclusive. The Festival is open to individuals, organisations and groups all over Cork City who want to engage with Lifelong Learners of all levels, interests and abilities.
It is a great opportunity for engagement. If a person has a passion for Learning of any kind, the Festival will help spread the word, engage, and inspire new lifelong learners across Cork.
Applications are accepted online. To access form:
Visit the website or social media for news & links Instagram – Facebook & Twitter
The deadline for submission of events is 5pm on Tuesday 24th January.
This document may be useful for someone considering submitting an event for the first time. Any questions, please get in touch.
It is hoped to have the printed programme available in advance of the festival launch so it is advised to have forms submitted for inclusion early in the new year. 



Become a Member:
Interested in supporting the Irish Bee Conservation Project and their efforts to save Ireland’s pollinators and promote the importance of biodiversity? Consider becoming a member of their project.
Membership keeps people informed about the organisation’s activities and campaigns, as well as providing opportunities to get involved and contribute to the efforts. 
In addition to becoming a member, why not also support the Irish Bee Conservation Project and their efforts to promote bee conservation by donating, volunteering your time, or spreading the word about IBCP’s work to friends, family, and social networks. There are many ways to get involved and make a difference in the conservation of bees and other important pollinators. 
If interested in joining the team of volunteer register your interest by completing the Volunteer Interest Form. Any questions, contact volunteer coordinator, Tess Lehane, at