On Saturday the two Pats continued washing the trails signs in the Regional Park. They washed a further 20 posts with amazing results.

On Monday morning Adrian, John and Gay began work on the Link Road cutting back overhanging briars and dead leaves from the base of the fence. Removing the briars will make it safer for all the people who use it every day. A total of 4 one-tonne bags of briars and leaves were removed.

On Tuesday Adrian and Jimmy worked in Sunningdale where they removed weeds overhanging briars and ivy, 8 bags in total.



On Sunday morning, 28 Volunteers came out for the Sunday Morning Litter Pick. They were joined by some very hard-working Transition Year students.
A special welcome to Rhea and Jayne, Ballincollig Tidy Towns’ newest Volunteers.
Pat, one of our Volunteers was busy collecting bags and bringing them to the Allotment. He collected 15 bags of General Litter which was then sorted on Monday at the Allotment. He collected 1 bag of Plastic and 2 bags of Cans. He also collected 1 bag of Leaves from the residents of Leo Murphy Terrace and 2 bags of Leaves from work done in Inishmore.
Following the hour’s litter pick, 20 of the Volunteers gathered at The Plaza where they relaxed and enjoyed a well-deserved coffee/tea. Our TY students enjoyed some lovely hot chocolate.


The Community Culture and Placemaking Directorate in Cork City Council in partnership with Relove Paint are supporting a paint grant to community organisations across the city.
Applications are now invited from community, sports and youth groups, for up to 112ltrs of recycled water-based paints. In the event that additional paint is required to finish a job, a discounted rate will be offered.
Delivery of paints anywhere in the city will be included in the grant.
The closing date for this application is March 31st.To apply please email Wayne O’Donnell for application form at



The newly launched Cork City Council Creative Communities Grant Scheme will award funding to engaging, creative proposals that will extend the impact of the aim of the national Creative Ireland programme in Cork City “enabling creativity in every community”.
The deadline for submission of proposals is 12pm on 14th April. Funding decisions will be announced in early May for delivery by early November 2023.
Follow this link for the grant scheme conditions, criteria and application form:
If you would like to know more about how your community could benefit from the new Cork City Council Creative Communities Grant Scheme supported by @CreativeIrl, join an online information webinar at 2pm on 21st March 2023.
Register via Eventbrite here:



Minister Humphreys and Minister Joe O’Brien have announced funding to support over 130 community and voluntary groups with their energy bills.
The Community and Voluntary Energy Support Scheme (CVESS) was initially launched on 21st November to provide for a once-off payment to eligible charities and community and voluntary sector organisations towards their energy costs for 2022.
The scheme re-opened for applications on 13th December 2022 and will remain open until 24th March 2023 to facilitate applications from all eligible organisations.
For more information and to apply see: Community and Voluntary Sector Energy Support Scheme – Pobal



Sponsored by Cork County and Cork City Councils and organised by Cork County Muintir na Tire the competition is now open for 2022/23.
The ‘Cork Schools Garden Project’ aims to support pupils and teachers in Cork City and County to bring nature, wildlife, plants and colour into their school garden/grounds. It also aims to promote horticulture and biodiversity and to give students a chance to interact with the environment and nature in a positive way.
It has been proven that school gardens promote positive environmental attitudes and an excellent opportunity to develop more positive attitudes towards the environment, biodiversity and science at an early age.
The Annual Cork Schools Garden competition is open to all primary schools in Cork City and County who have a school garden or are in the process of developing one. The pupils can be members of one class or representatives from a few classes. The adults may be teachers, school gardeners or parents. The entry must be approved by the school principal.
All schools must complete an entry form before Good Friday and submit a short MP4 Video before 5pm May 1st in which they show what they have done in their garden. Please note Videos must be no longer than 2 minutes.
Closing Date for submission of Video is 5pm May 1st
Enter Here