On Tuesday Michael Martin gave us very little to look forward to in the coming weeks. He confirmed that the current level of restrictions will stay in place until at least 5 April. A further review will be carried out on that date.
However, their immediate aim now is to get the schools up and running on a phased basis.
From Monday next 1 March, Junior and Senior Infants, First and Second classes will reopen as will the Leaving Certificate classes.
Then two weeks later on 15 March, all remaining Primary School classes and Fifth Year students are expected to return. It is expected that the remaining Secondary School students will return after the Easter Holidays.
The Early Childhood Care and Education programme will reopen from 8 March.
The reopening or early learning and care and also school-age childcare services will reopen on 29 March.
On 5 April, the whole situation will be reviewed. If transmission of the virus has reached acceptable levels and the vaccination programme is progressing as hoped and if public health advice allows, further openings will be considered.
The return of some areas of Construction, an easing of outdoor activities and outside meetings with one other household will be up for consideration. Also extending the current 5km travel limit and a staggered easing of outdoor activities including outdoor sport will come up for review.
 A further three-to-four-week period will be needed to allow the situation be reviewed before easing restrictions further.
The hope is that by the end of March 1.25 million doses of vaccines will have been administered.
If the vaccines arrive as scheduled, on average, more than one million doses per month will be administered during April, May and June.
By the end of April up to 47 per cent of people over the age of 18 will have received their first dose of the vaccine. By the end of May, up to 64 per cent will have had their first dose and by the end of June up to 82 per cent of adults will have received their first dose and 55-60 per cent will be fully vaccinated.
Sunday morning was busy for many of our Volunteers. They picked litter as they walked within their 5km.
Kitty collected three bags of Litter and one bag of Cans.
Ferghal collected one bag of Litter.
Denis, Martin, Dan, Carmel, Christine, Jer, Ray and Jean each collected one bag of Litter.
Xavier collected five bags of Litter.
A Resident from Innishmore collected one bag of Litter.
Garret collected one bag of Litter on Friday.
And one bag of Litter was collected from Rosewood.
The areas covered were as follows:-
Main Street, Poulavone to Aldi, Muskerry Estate to The White Horse.
Gaelscoil Ui Riordain through the back road and Station Road.
Wyndham Downs to Apple Green, Westcourt Heights to Quishs,   
M.C O’Sullivans through to the Allotments.
Old Fort Road around Innishmore, Barry’s Road and Castle Road.
We are thrilled to see so many coming out and picking litter as they take their exercise and we are very appreciative of everything people are doing.
It is vital that we all make an effort to maintain the level of cleanliness Ballincollig has worked so hard to reach.
The Ballincollig Tidy Towns van was in John O’Leary Autos for its annual service. A part for the power steering was needed and fitted. John O’Learys would not accept any payment not even for the part.
Thank you to all at John O’Learys for their continued help and support. It is very much appreciated.
Because of drastically reducing the amount of food (flowers) and safe nesting sites in our Irish landscapes one third of the bee species are threatened with extinction. The All-Ireland Pollinator Plan is all of us coming together to try and create an Ireland where pollinators can survive and thrive. The period 2015-2020 covers the first Plan. A new version will be developed to cover 2021-2025.
Click on the appropriate links below to see what can be done by each sector.






#MakingItHappen: Local Enterprise Week Goes Virtual for 2021!

Over 200 events for Local Enterprise Week are taking place online – from Monday, March 1st to Friday, March 5th!
This year’s schedule includes these ten ‘Spotlight’ events below, which are organised by individual Local Enterprise Offices and open to every business – wherever you’re based.
You can also download a copy of the ten Spotlight events
Full Schedule for Local Enterprise Week 2021 Cork City
Monday, March 1
National Spotlight Event:Benefits of Green for Business – Launch of Green for Micro
Monday, March 1
National Spotlight Event:SpringBack & Step Forward – Building Leadership & Resilience
Monday, March 1
Funding the Digitalisation of SMEs with Cork Smart Gateway
Tuesday, March 2
10:00- 13:00
National Spotlight Event:Building The New
Tuesday, March 2
Cork-etail – The Cork City Online Retail Event with James Burke, Irish Retail Expert
Tuesday, March 2
Online Business Advice Clinic
Tuesday, March 2
National Spotlight Event:Growing Lean: One Small Step or One Giant Leap, Getting Started with Lean
Tuesday, March 2
Tips & Tools for Minding your Mental Health and Wellbeing during COVID-19 with Cork Healthy Cities & Counties
Wednesday, March 3
National Spotlight Event:AgriTech: The Fourth Industrial Revolution
Wednesday, March 3
Partnership & Enterprise
Wednesday, March 3
Network @ Noon with Cork Entrepreneurs Network
Wednesday, March 3
National Spotlight Event:Creative Connections: Enabling your B-2-B Online Opportunities
Wednesday, March 3
3 strategies to grow your revenue with Network Ireland Cork
Thursday, March 4
Online Business Advice Clinic
Thursday, March 4
National Spotlight Event:Engage for Growth
Thursday, March 4
Da Silly Heads – Mental Health Visual Advocacy Workshop
Thursday, March 4
Trading Online Voucher Webinar
Thursday, March 4
National Spotlight Event:S.M.A.R.Tech for StartUps
Thursday, March 4
National Spotlight Event:Health checking your business for its forward journey
Friday, March 5
National Spotlight Event:Trading Online Voucher Seminar
Friday, March 5
LEAN for Micro Enterprises – Information Webinar
Friday, March 5
Developing tourism opportunities for cultural & creative sector SMEs
To download the ten spotlight events and learn more about each day’s event visit



Planting in the Ballincollig Regional Park back in November 2019. The result as seen this week.