Thursday morning Jimmy, Thomas and the excellent VMWare team did amazing work on the laneway from Ballincollig Community School to Westgate.
As a result of this work the path has been made a whole lot safer for people to walk on. Six plastic bags of weeds and grit were collected.


On Sunday Morning 22 Volunteers were out for the weekly litter pick. We were able to cover all the usual areas and then some. A large amount of takeaway rubbish was on the street which was very disappointing to see.
Denis and Cillian worked in the Main Car Park cleaning and removing weeds. They were joined by Diarmuid and James who have joined us as part of their Gaisce Award. Welcome to both we are delighted to have them with us. They managed to fill two bags which made a noticeable difference.
Pat collected 17 bags of Litter, 1 bag of Plastic and 1 bag of Cans. These included the bags gathered by our Volunteers from their litter picks during the week.




Tuesday’s Work Night was the second last one for the year and there were 13 Volunteers out for the hour. The flowers had taken quite a beating from the wet and windy weather of the past number of weeks. Because there was nothing we could do to save or revive them we made the decision to remove all the Pole Planters from Muskerry Junction to Harrington Street. And so, for the Work Night we managed to remove them all and take them to the Allotment.
While next Tuesday will be our last official Work Night, some Saturday work will be carried out to prepare for the winter ahead.
Ballincollig Tidy Towns is so grateful to all the Volunteers for the tremendous work done over the past number of months every Tuesday and Thursday night.





Tuesday night Denis was busy removing graffiti once again. This time it was from the sign near the Gala Store in Classes.





Age Action is thrilled to announce the return of Positive Aging Week (PAW) for 2023 from 1st to 7th October. This event emphasises the positive aspects of aging and celebrates the invaluable contributions older individuals make to their families, in workplaces, in communities and society. Individuals, groups, local authorities and businesses have been organising events to mark PAW for the past 20 years.
The theme of PAW 2023 will be Challenging Ageism- Reframing How We Think, Feel and Act towards aging and older persons.  
PAW also marks United Nations International Day of Older Persons on 1 October the theme for which is ‘“Resilience of Older Persons in a Changing World”. 
Details of events to mark the day will be announced in the coming weeks.
Everyone can partake in PAW. Community-based events, organised by groups or individuals as well as national events in partnership with Age Action or not are encouraged, in order to reflect the diversity of experience and situation of older people.
Organisers of events are encouraged to register them on the dedicated PAW website www.positiveageingweek.com






Ireland’s second Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Week will take place from 23 September – 1 October, in conjunction with European Sustainable Development Week (ESDW), the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications and Libraries Ireland.
SDG Week is part of the wider European Sustainable Development Week (ESDW), which this year, will be held from 18 September – 8 October. Last year, ESDW saw over 7,000 events taking place across 24 countries, with over 100 events held across Ireland.
The SDGs work towards ambitions such as an end to poverty, sustainable economic development, protection of the environment, access to health and education services, gender equality, peaceful societies, and decent work.
To take part in SDG week – organise an event (however big or small!), or participate in events in your area, during the annual week of action for the SDGs.
Register an event. Find out what’s taking place in Ireland at: www.esdw.eu.
For more information on SDG Week and ideas for taking part, please see below:
SDG Week 2023 Flyer; SDG Week Information Note; SDG Week Event Ideas Note
For more information on sustainable development and the SDGs go to: www.gov.ie/sdgs/
Saturday 23 September from 12 noon until 6.30pm.  
Cork City Council is hosting a car free day in collaboration with its partners Cork Environmental Forum, Transport & Mobility Forum, Cork Cycling Group, Bus Eireann, Irish Rail, Cork Chamber, Cork Business Association and An Garda Síochána. 
It comes following research, commissioned by Cork City Council’s Climate Action Unit, that revealed 29% of greenhouse gas emissions in Cork City are caused by road transport.  Published this week, a further study revealed 64% of Cork people strongly agree ‘Cork must transform into a more sustainable place to live and work that is climate neutral and resilient’ and 86% of Cork people want more pedestrianized streets.
The quays will be open to traffic. Street closures will include Patrick Street, North Main Street, Cornmarket Street, Castle Street and Adelaide Street from 12 noon to 6.30pm. Buses and taxis will be able to access Patrick Street as normal.
People are encouraged to come to town on Saturday without their cars, either on foot, by bicycle or on public transport to enjoy the city’s streets and soak up the atmosphere. There will be public information stands on cycling and sustainable transport, and an interactive performance devised by performer and architect Carolina Erika Santos and facilitated by artist Claudia Renzi, where the people of Cork will be invited to pin their dreams of a city full of nature rather than traffic to a line between the two rivers to “Fish for Dreams”.  
Lord Mayor, Cllr. Kieran McCarthy said ‘This is a great opportunity for people to come into town and shop, maybe get a bite to eat or just walk around the city centre and enjoy the calm atmosphere. I am delighted that this event is taking place as part of European SDG week. We have seen from our recently published climate report that 29% of the emissions in Cork City are from cars. This is a small step in encouraging people to get out of the car and try a cleaner mode of transport.’
Kevin Herlihy, President of Cork Business Association said “Car Free day is a fantastic opportunity to highlight the fact that things are changing at a rapid pace in Cork City. We at the The Cork Business Association are advocates of the 15 minute model where people will be able to live, work and socialise within 15 minutes of the city centre. The future of transport will be walking, cycling and using public transport such as buses and in time, the light rail system. This Saturday, we would encourage all patrons of Cork City to leave the car at home and travel to the city using these modes of transport.” 
Conor Healy CEO of Cork Chamber commented, “decarbonising our transport offers a huge opportunity to reduce our emissions and to help reach our 2030 climate targets. Car Free Day is a great incentive to trial switching transport modes, whether it’s public transport, the Park’n’Ride, TFI bikes or walking. Reductions in traffic also create a more pleasant street atmosphere for those visiting, shopping and enjoying the cultural offering of our wonderful city.”
Darren McAdam O’Connell from Cork Transport & Mobility Forum said “Great to see Cork joining so many Cities around Europe and the world in giving the street back to the people for a day. Streets were always social spaces for the people of the city to enjoy, to meet and greet their neighbors, until so much space was given over to traffic. I look forward to seeing my friends and neighbors out enjoying all the activities for the day in peace and quiet with space to stroll once again.”
With Culture Night taking place on Friday and AutumnFest on Douglas Street on the Sunday, it promises to be a great weekend. 




Family Fun Day 2023
Join in for a day filled with fun, laughter, and excitement at the CDA Family Fun Day 2023! This amazing event will take place on Saturday 23 September, 2023, starting at 2pm. Get ready for an unforgettable experience!
Hosted at the Carrigtwohill Community Centre, located on Main Street in Carrigtwohill, this event promises to be full of games, fun and activities for the whole family. Whether young or young at heart, there will be something for everyone to enjoy. A great event for families to get together, especially those who are new to the CDA.
Irish Sign Language interpretations available throughout this event.
Come along, to help Cork Deaf Association celebrate International Week of Deaf People 2023.
This event is free of charge, however tickets need to be booked in advance.





Art party in Cork City centre.  Music & Madness!
Sun, 24 Sep 2023 19:00 – 21:00  at 32 Marlboro Street T12 P972 Cork
Tickets for this event cost €24 and it runs for 2 hours. Paint a canvas in Cork City centre with Drink and Draw Ireland. Create your own masterpiece while getting creative with alcohol.
Absolutely no painting experience is necessary and the instructor will guide you through the process. Come and try this unique experience. Choose to follow along or do your own thing. Hundreds of five-star reviews online.
Included with your ticket –
1 x Canvas to take home and keep; All the painting materials necessary; Instructor to help guide you; Custom playlist with feel good tunes;
A chance to win prizes throughout the event.
Find them on Instagram at @drinkaddrawireland





Cork City Council, in Collaboration with Cork Sports Partnership, will open European Week of Sport with a #BeActive night in Tramore Valley Park from 3.30pm to 7.30pm on Saturday 23 September. The occasion will be a festival of sport and physical activity, showing everything the city’s parks can offer.  Activities will include orienteering, volleyball, lacrosse, tag football, outdoor gym instruction, try an e-bike or cargo bike and more.
European Week of Sport, beginning on 23 September, aims to promote sport and physical activity for everyone, regardless of age, background or fitness level encouraging people to #BeActive on a regular basis and create opportunities in people’s everyday lives to exercise more. This year the emphasis is on involvement, inclusion, and innovation.
As stated in its Corporate Plan, Cork City Council recognises the benefits of a healthier lifestyle is striving to be a City of Health & Wellbeing. The Council supports and provides opportunities that will suit all, such as Cork City Marathon (registration now open for 2024) which now includes a 10k and welcomes runners as young as 15. It is the only marathon in Ireland that offers concessions for participants on social welfare and our Sanctuary Runners. Parks all over the city host Parkruns, including junior park runs (for ages 4–14 years) every week. Most city parks now have either an Outdoor Gym or Multi Use Games Area to use free of charge. For the more mature citizens, the council works with the FAI on Walking Football which is held every Friday in the Mardyke. 
Bike lanes and bike parking facilities are plentiful in the city. Every year Bike Week sees over 100 events take place across the city. Sports on the Green for hundreds of children of all ages and swimming lessons are available in our swimming pools throughout the summer.
€470,000 is given out each year in grants to sporting clubs with financial support also given to the Ocean to City event, the Lee Swim and Cork City Sports.
World Mental Health Day will take place on the 10th October 2023. The theme for this year isMental health is a universal human right‘. World Mental Health Day is about raising awareness of mental health and driving positive change for everyone’s mental health. Psyched’s goal is to promote better mental health in workplaces in order to grow understanding and reduce stigma towards mental illness in our wider community.  
Psyched is looking forward to celebrating World Mental Day with staff of workplaces across Cork and Kerry on the10th October 2023 through the provision of the Online Introduction to Psyched Training.  
Name of Training: Online Introduction to Psyched – Mental Health Awareness Training for Staff of workplaces 
Date of Training: Tuesday 10th October, 2023. Time: 9:30am – 1.00pm 
Psyched will be hosting a Conference on “Thriving Minds: Nurturing Mental Wellness in the Workplace “on Tues 28th November, 2023 in Silversprings Clayton Hotel from 9:30am-4:00pm. Confirmed Speakers: Dr Nic Marks, Dr. Jane Bourke, Biddy O’Neill. If you wish to attend registration will open soon.
For further information on any of the above, please contact Aoife.nichonchuir@hse.ie / (087) 2288271.





Marina Market share exciting plans for Christmas 2023.
This winter people will be able to ice skate in the city as the Marina Market has big plans for the Christmas season. The Marina Market team say they’ve never been so excited as they are this year and have already opened bookings for Santa’s Magical Market. If that wasn’t enough, booking is also open for the launch of the brand-new Cork City On Ice down the Marina.
Skating is open from the end of October to the first week of January. Adult tickets €18 for 45 minutes, €16 for a child with deals available for families.
Santa’s Magical Market experience is getting a complete revamp for 2023 too, with rides on the Polar Express, magic tunnels and more new attractions which the Marina crew say will make this year “the best Christmas ever” for Cork. From 25th November Santa will be down the Marina waiting to meet you and as with last year, our canine friend can meet him too.
People will see the return of many great events for the winter period including The Grotto and The Christmas Village, the festive Christmas market and the Elf Toy Workshop so there’s loads of festive flair for the whole family.







To be held at Actons Hotel Kinsale, on Saturday 23 September. Big savings, Free Child places, Exclusive offers & lots more.
An exciting day of travel inspiration and adventure. Get ready to embark on a journey filled with wanderlust and discovery! Discover the world’s most breathtaking destinations, meet fellow travel enthusiasts, and explore the endless possibilities that await you. Whether a seasoned globetrotter or a first-time explorer, this event is perfect for everyone.
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From 11:00 AM onwards, immerse yourself in a vibrant atmosphere buzzing with travel experts and selected trade partners.
Gain valuable insights, tips, and tricks from industry professionals who will be present to answer all your burning travel questions including Universal Orlando, Royal Caribbean, Celebrity Cruises, MSC Cruises, NCL Cruises, Tui & Marella Cruises and of course the Magic Vacations Travel Experts!
Take advantage of this opportunity to grab a travel deal with exclusive on the day discounts, free child places, free upgrade offers, free night offer, Low deposits and enter our FREE competition to win a trip to LAPLAND in 2024!
Admission is free.