Last Friday night the Belle of Ballincollig, Amy Bowdren and the Lord Mayor of Cork, John Sheehan turned on Ballincollig’s Christmas lights.
A large crowd turned out to see the new lights that were kindly funded by Cork City Council and Cork County Council and organised by Ballincollig Business Association.

Last Sunday twenty four Volunteers and ten Transition Year students gathered for the weekly Litter Pick. Ten bags of waste, two bags of plastic, three bags of glass and three bags of cans were collected.
The usual areas were covered. A clean up just outside our boundary on the Greenfields/Kilumney Road was carried out by one of our Volunteers.

A team of Transition Years together with their Supervisor cleaned up the entrance to Eastgate and cleaned the footpath of gravel.

Two bags of leaves were collected from Beech Road.



The summer plants from the Statue at Poulavone were removed by Gay and Adrian at the start of the week and the ground was prepared for future planting.
Final bags of leaves were collected from Classis Lake together with a few bags of litter from Sunday.

John removed 6 ton bags of cuttings from the flower bed beside An Caisleán.
Some others swept up 8 ton bags of leaves from Hodder’s Villas to the entrance of Coolroe Heights. This has made a huge difference to the area.

At Leo Murphy Tce.2 bags of leaves were picked up. At Innishmore 1 bag of leaves was collected.  
With the leaves almost completely gone from the trees the group were in a position to tackle new projects.The back of Muskerry Estate was strimmed and tidied up.  Also cut back was an area from the traffic lights at Coolroe Meadows to Aylesbury.
The Chairman of Ballincollig Tidy Towns, Tom Butler, is travelling to Ennis, Co. Clare on Friday to collect the town’s most recent Gold Medal and the County Medal. We are so very proud to be bringing these medals home to Ballincollig.
They will take their place alongside the other medals previously awarded to the town. These medals are kept in a special display cabinet in the reception area of the Oriel House Hotel so that everyone can enjoy them.
Don’t forget the Annual Volunteers Dinner is being held on Saturday night at the Oriel House Hotel in Ballincollig.  Having saved for this occasion for the past year, the Volunteers make sure this night is extra special. A fun night with good company and some lovely spot prizes.
Check out our website for ‘Ballincollig News’ and ‘Fun Facts’, information on ‘Biodiversity’ and our ‘Snippets’ blog.
We update the website daily and add photos to the ‘Ballincollig Past’ page as they come to us.   
Our ‘Work Nights’ page is a record of the work Ballincollig Tidy Towns has done on Tuesday and Thursday nights for the past two years from Spring to Autumn. It makes for interesting reading.
The website is filled with so much information so be sure to have a look.
As always, we could do with more Volunteers. So if you have an hour to spare on a Sunday morning from 11am and you’d like to help keep your town litter free, come along to Quish’s Car Park.