Bird Watch Ireland Cork Branch will be hosting a DAWN CHORUS this Sunday morning 7th May at 4.30 am in Ballincollig Regional Park.
The meeting point is in Church of Christ Our Light Car Park P31 HW74 at 4.15 am. Wrap up warm. The first hour or so, the walk is easy but as we get deeper into the park it can be a bit tricky for those with reduced mobility.
This event is free of charge and accompanied children are welcome. Join us for this special event in a very special place.
On Saturday morning the roundabout in Coolroe Meadows received a makeover from its Residents and BTT Volunteers. Great team effort!




On Bank Holiday Sunday there was a fantastic turnout of 25 Volunteers and 2 Transition Year students for our Weekly Litter Pick.
Our Volunteer Pat collected 14 bags of Litter and 1 bag of Glass. He also collected 1 bag of Grass from Leo Murphy Terrace.
After the Litter Pick we enjoyed coffee and treats at The Plaza while catching up on the weeks news.




Work on Poulavone Roundabout continued and on Bank Holiday Monday 8 one-ton bags of dry cut grass were removed from there.




Poulavone Roundabout was abuzz with bumble bees working happily in beautiful sunshine on bank holiday Monday oblivious to the continuous traffic all around them. Our Volunteers were amazed at the number of bees in this small area.






Tuesday morning Jimmy, Adrian and Tomas spent the morning working in the Coolroe area. Later they worked on the footpath leading to the pedestrian bridge entrance on the Inniscarra Road.

Eight bags of weeds, cuttings and grit were removed.


On Wednesday Gay, Jimmy and the lads carried out the first cut of grass on the Killumney Road from the roundabout up to Heathfield.




On Tuesday evening 6 of our Volunteers were working on the Poulavone Roundabout. Weeding of the centre section continued. We also managed to get another bed extension and started work on the final one. This was a very productive night.





Thursday 11th May, 2023 2.30pm City Library, Grand Parade
William Goff Beale, 1870 – 1923: Library Links to the War of Independence & Civil War.
A lecture presented by Julianne Minihan on William Goff Beale (1870-1923) of Elmgrove, Ballyvolane, who ran an agricultural business at 57 Grand Parade, location of the present-day Children’s Library.
Beale died on 20th March 1923, resulting from gunshot wounds received 16th March 1923. This lecture explores his death and the circumstances surrounding it, during a very troubled period of Irish history.



In honour of Ronnie Herlihy. Friends at The School of History, UCC will be hosting an upcoming Cork Local History Symposium in honour of the late and much missed local historian Ronnie Herlihy.
The symposium is organised in collaboration with Cork Public Museum, and the programme is packed with papers on an array of topics on Cork’s rich history.
The symposium will take place on Saturday 20th May in the O’Rahilly Building of UCC starting from 9.30 am – 4.30 pm.





The RISE Community Fund is giving €1000 cash grants to empower the digital strategies of businesses, farms, community groups and social enterprises across County Cork.
The RISE Community Fund is a partnership between National Broadband Ireland (NBI), the company delivering Ireland’s National Broadband Plan; Granahan McCourt, the global investor in technology, media and telecommunications; and the RISE Global Foundation, a privately funded charity. With a shared vision, RISE, NBI and Granahan McCourt are collaborating to tackle the rural/urban digital divide and use technology and entrepreneurship to create opportunities and jobs in rural Ireland.
All grants provided by the RISE Community Fund are privately funded. No State funding is used in the provision of grant funding used by RISE Global Foundation.
The RISE Community Fund supported by National Broadband Ireland (NBI) and Granahan McCourt has announced that applications for its grants to small businesses, farms, community groups and social enterprises are open throughout May in County Cork.
Established by Granahan McCourt and NBI Chairman, David McCourt, RISE is providing monthly grants across the country to give an immediate cash injection into local communities seeking to boost their digital ecosystems.
Awarding up to five grants of €1000 in May to successful applicants across the county, the RISE Community Fund is hoping to empower people’s plans to use technology.
David McCourt, Chairman of RISE, commented: “The RISE Community Fund supported by NBI and Granahan McCourt is calling on small businesses, farms, schools, social enterprises, community groups and Broadband Connection Points in Cork to submit their plans to use technology in creative and entrepreneurial ways to deliver maximum impact. We know there are some amazing people doing extraordinary things to bring value to their local communities, and we’re hoping to accelerate and scale their ambitions with the support of these grants.”
Small businesses, farms, community groups and social enterprises with plans to use technology to scale their operations and bring tangible benefits to their local communities are encouraged to visit www.riseglobalfoundation.com for entry forms and guidelines.
Peter Hendrick, CEO of NBI, added: At NBI, we’re on a mission to connect over 1.1 million people in rural Ireland who don’t have access to high-speed broadband to a world-class, superfast network. Whilst connectivity is a vital utility and a critical first step, it alone can’t solve all of the challenges for businesses, farms, community groups and social enterprises trying to expand the positive impact they’re able to have – both to the local community, and to the wider economy. That’s why we’re incredibly excited to engage local communities with the RISE Community Fund and celebrate innovative uses of technology across Cork.”
NBI is reminding Cork residents to also visit their website at www.nbi.ie to check whether their home, farm or business is included in the National Broadband Plan and to sign up for Eircode specific updates on the rollout.
Applications for the cash grants open on 1st May 2023 and close on 31st May 2023. “The application process has been made incredibly quick and easy, and successful applicants will be notified by early June, with money following in quick succession. We can’t wait to see the entrepreneurial ideas from Cork,” said Orla O’Malley, Programme Director at RISE.