Tuesday was one of the saddest days we have experienced as a group. Our beloved Friend and Volunteer, Tony Whelan, passed away peacefully after a short illness. Our hearts are broken as Tony meant so much to all of us.
I am heart broken. Tony and I worked side by side for many years on many projects. He was a unique man with a gentle unassuming nature. We laughed together and cried together and through everything Tony was someone I knew I could turn to whatever the reason. He was my dear friend.
A native of Ardmore Tony came to live in Rosewood Ballincollig in 1974. He joined Ballincollig Tidy Towns in 2008 and when he retired from his job in 2012, he began working as a Supervisor with our TUS/CE Workers. In this role as in his role of Volunteer his contribution to Ballincollig Tidy Towns has been immeasurable. His organizational skills, efficiency and attention to detail guaranteed a positive outcome to any project. Throughout the years Tony touched many lives and did so much good quietly in the background for his ‘family’ Ballincollig Tidy Towns.
No matter what needed doing Tony was the first person there with willing hands and a broad smile. He was an integral part of Ballincollig Tidy Towns. We are indebted to him.
Tony adored his family. He always spoke of them with great pride. His partner Ann, his children and grandchildren meant the world to him. Their loss is enormous.
Tomorrow with great sadness we say a final farewell to this wonderful man.
Rest In Peace my Friend your work here is done.
Tom Butler




Sunday morning of the October bank holiday weekend saw 18 Volunteers and 4 Transition Year students out on the streets of Ballincollig for the weekly litter pick. Because of the large turnout we covered a large area and were pleasantly surprised with the lack of litter on the streets. Especially for a bank holiday weekend.
During the week our Volunteers continued with their litter picks and when everything collected was later segregated, we had 3 bags of glass, plastic and cans for recycling.



The wonderful bright sunny days of the past months seem a distant memory now with nothing but rain and stormy weather these past few weeks. During these dark and dreary days our thoughts have turned to brightening our community by adding some cheer with splashes of colour. This week our Volunteers began preparing the planters.
So much planning has gone into the choice of plants so as to ensure as many as possible are pollinator friendly.
The plants include large primula, tulip, hyacinth, muscari , crocus, narcissi, anemone and freesia.




Every day of the week BTT Volunteers do their best to make sure our community is kept clean and looking its best. How disappointing it is for us all to see this dumping of nappies yet again at the Barry’s Road / Castle Road junction. Appealing to these people seems to fall on deaf ears. Not great role models for their children.
Roll on toilet training!! Cos that should put a stop to the nappy dumping, unless of course they are apprehended before then.
Any information kindly pass it on to the Gardai.




Adult Safeguarding Day will take place on Friday, November 11th, 2022. There will be two key themes:
1)  Prevent Adult Abuse
2)  Respond to Adult Abuse
The campaign will highlight the importance of respecting and supporting the decision-making of all adults, particularly those at greater risk, as a principle of safeguarding and preventing adult abuse. The second theme is on responding to adult abuse by reporting it. The focus is on informing people to contact 999 /112 if there is an immediate and serious risk of harm, and the HSE Safeguarding and Protection Teams when there is an ongoing concern.
For more information visit:




pics from the week: