The trophy presented to Ballincollig Tidy Towns at the recent SuperValu Tidy Towns Awards has hardly had time to catch its breath and get used to its new surroundings. Being photographed with various members of the community the past week has kept it busy. Every section has played its part in Ballincollig achieving this award and it will be visiting schools and clubs in the coming weeks. Then, for the next twelve months it will sit proudly in plain view for everyone to enjoy.




On Tuesday Anthony and Sunday finished the Autumn strimming the Wildflower Area on The Link Road. This grass will be raked off in about a weeks time leaving time for the seeds to fall and hopefully increase the wildflowers next year.


On Thursday we started preparing for our Winter Planting. A VM Volunteer took all the summer planting out in preparation for the Winter Planting.
Meanwhile John and Anne have been working on the remaining Planters in the Allotment. It’s all systems go to brighten Main Street in the coming months.

Sunday morning saw one of the largest group of Volunteers out for the Sunday morning litter pick. Thirty-one Volunteers, 6 Transition Year students and 2 new junior members. What an amazing turnout.
Josh a Transition Year student has joined us and Jodi and Thomas (our junior members) who have joined with their mum and dad. You are all very welcome.
The 6 Transition Year students under the guidance of our Volunteer Denis headed to Poulavone Roundabout and removed weeds and some of the begonias.

Pat had a busy morning. He collected 19 bags of Litter, 1 bag of Glass, 1 bag of Plastic and 2 bags of Cans.
He also collected 7 bags of Green Waste (hedging) and 4 bags of Leaves from Leo Murphy Terrace, 3 bags of Leaves from Lisheen Fields and 3 bags of Green Waste from St. Oliver’s Cemetery.






Following the Sunday morning litter pick the Volunteers all gathered at The Plaza where Mary and her team had a lovely surprise waiting for them. Balloons, cake and bubbly. The Chairman, Tom Butler, brought the trophy for everyone to see. There was a great sense of happiness and pride as everyone relaxed and chatted. Sincere thanks to The Plaza for their generous hospitality.





Last week we touched on this new app which will be of benefit to both families and people. Too Good To Go’s App was created with the aim of helping businesses sell their surplus/unsold food at a reduced price, preventing perfectly good products from being thrown away, and fighting for the future of our planet in the process. All Aldi Stores offer this as do some of the SuperValu stores. More Cafes, Restaurants and Shops are coming on board every day. This initiative is good for the environment, cuts down on food waste and customers save money. The more people and businesses who come on board the greater its success. Be sure to download the app.




Record Fairs United has a mission to bring the best selection of Records, Cassettes, Singles, CDs and Music Memorabilia to your door. There is an upcoming record fair on Saturday 28th October from 11am to 5pm at The Carraig Centre, Ballincollig.
Admission is free and everyone is welcome. At the fair there will be a great selection of music to suit all tastes. People can browse everything from Irish Trad to Death Metal, Classic Rock & Pop, Indie, Punk, Ska, Soul, Hip-Hop, Country, Folk and much more on Vinyl, CD and even Cassettes. A great place to dig through bargain bins and perhaps find a high-end collectable.
Feel free to bring along music if you have some of your own that you wish to sell.




The Laura Brenna HPV Catch-up Programme gives young people a chance to get their HPV vaccine for free. The catch-up programme has now been extended to include males under 22 years old on the date of the vaccination. Females are eligible if they are: In 2nd to 6th year of secondary school Under 25. Males are eligible if they are: In 2nd to 6th year of secondary school Under 22.
The programme is also available to people who are home schooled, international students, Refugees and Applicants Seeking Protection. If you have not yet received a HPV vaccine and you are eligible for this programme, book an appointment before the end of this year on




‘Liberty Terrace’ by Madeleine D’Arcy was this year’s One City One Book. Join us on 17th October at 6.30pm for this year’s closing event, which will include a discussion of the book and readings with Madeleine. This event will take place in Waterstones Bookshop, St Patrick’s Street, Cork.
One City One Book is an annual initiative to encourage individuals, groups, and workplaces across Cork to read and discuss the same book. It takes the idea of a localised book club and expands it across the whole city, as a means of promoting literacy and building a sense of community.




Halloween Pumpkin Carving and Trick or Treat for Kids at Robert’s Cove Inn & Gastro Bar will be held on 28th and 29th October.
(If your child/children would like to participate in the pumpkin carving event please book to ensure they secure their place(s)).




National Museum of Ireland. Duration 45mins
Join a family tour of the Viking Ireland Exhibition at the Museum and learn all about the Vikings in Ireland. Examine the beautiful oval brooches worn by Scandinavian women, see a replica fishing boat and discover ice skates made of bone! Discover what life was like in Viking Dublin, and see the wider impact that the Vikings had on Ireland. This tour is for families, but all ages are welcome to join!
Unfortunately, this tour is not wheelchair accessible.
No booking required. Places allocated on a first come first served basis. Meet in the Reception, on the ground floor. Families with children 7+



Kilkenny Castle Sunday 22nd October 9.30 – 10.15am
This October join one of the castle guides for a child friendly guided tour of Kilkenny Castle absolutely free of charge. View the beautiful period  rooms in a more relaxed environment. The guided tours are aimed at school going children and their families. A maximum of 2 adults per booking.
Parts of the Castle may not be suitable for people with limited mobility but ground floor rooms are fully accessible.
Booking is required as there is limited availability. To reserve your place contact:




Duration 3hr 30mins
Coming to Ireland for the first time on Saturday 21st October from 2pm at Mahon Point Shopping Centre – A Dragon Live Spectacular.
Grab a photo with the friendliest dragons on the planet including Gino the Giant Dragon, Terry the Terrible Dragon, Dave the Deadly Nadder Dragon and Stevie the Storm Cutter Dragon.
Walkabouts will take place at 2pm, 3.30pm and 5pm and will last 30 minutes. This event is free for all the family to enjoy.




Sunday 15th October from 12 noon to 4pm. Location Clayton Hotel Silver Springs. A market style event where parents buy and sell preloved baby, children and maternity goods. Plenty of local baby related businesses, service, craft and info stalls.
If you are a new or expectant parent, come along as this is a chance to save hundreds on gently used items!




With Cork City Partnership Tuesday 24th October 11am – 1pm South Parish Community Centre T12 CX32.
Contact Michelle Keane to RSVP 083-3719456
All Welcome.




Notice is hereby given that Cork City Council pursuant to Section 199 of the Local Government Act 2001 and in accordance with Part 19 of the Local Government Act 2001 proposes to make new byelaws to regulate Street Performances within its functional area.
It is proposed to make provision in the byelaws for the imposition of a fixed payment of €75 in respect of a contravention of a byelaw as an alternative to prosecution, as provided for in Section 206 of the Local Government Act 2001.
The Draft Byelaws will be available for public inspection from Friday 6th October, 2023 until Friday 8th December, 2023 during normal opening hours at Cork City Hall, Cork City Libraries and online at
A copy of the Byelaws will be given to any such person applying for it, free of charge.
Cork City Council will consider any submission made in relation to the Draft Street Performer Byelaws. Submissions can be made, in writing, before 5.00pm on Friday 8th December, 2023 to Waste Enforcement, Street Performer Section, Room 229, Cork City Hall, Cork or by email to
All submissions must include the name and address of the person/organization making the submission.




Are you knitting, crocheting or sewing something? Why not bring your project to the City Library and chat with other crafters while you work. The group embraces a variety of crafts from knitting to patchwork and crochet to cross stitch.
Meeting Fridays 13th and 27th October from 11.00 – 12.30pm.
All ages and abilities welcome!




Free Python Programming for Beginners. Learn Python programming in a 6-week course for adults in The City Library. No experience necessary, all you need is a laptop. Weekly course starts Saturday 11th November at 10.30 am.
Spaces are limited and booking is essential. Email for booking and enquiries.




National Museum of Ireland. Saturday 24th October
Take a special guided tour on the artefacts and shrines connected to Irish Saints and how Christianity influenced the development of writing. Discover the artefacts associated with the Patron Saints of Ireland, St. Patrick, St. Brigid and St. Colmcille, and see what archaeological evidence can tell about the impact of Christianity to Ireland and which objects demonstrate the development of writing techniques. Take a look at other artefacts and relics connected to the many saints from Ireland in the Treasury Exhibition, and learn about the incredible preservation of the Fadden More Psalter, and the impact of writing and scholarship in Early Medieval Ireland.
Booking is not required. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis and gather in Reception, on the ground floor. The place is partially wheelchair accessible. Families with children aged 8+ are welcome.
Please note the majority of this tour will take place on the ground floor, with the option of continuing the tour to the first floor.




Burial Grounds
Cork County Council is in the process of digitizing historical burial ground records in the county and this information is being made available online on the following link: Cork Burial Records Database.
For more information on West Cork graveyards-Skibbereen Heritage Centre has transcribed the burial registers for some West Cork graveyards, made available by Cork County Council.




Cork City Libraries is proud to launch the first analogue camera library in Ireland which will make analogue cameras available to borrow by communities and artists through the Slow Camera Exchange!
The Slow Camera Exchange is a collaboration between Cork City Libraries, Cork Film Centre and socially engaged visual artist Jess Marbe with funding from Creative Ireland.
Join us in the City Library on Thursday 26th October at the earlier time of 5.00pm.




Regional Event for Cork & Kerry
Female entrepreneurs and budding businesswomen from across Cork City are being encouraged to register for this year’s National Women’s Enterprise Day (NWED).The Local Enterprise Office (LEO) initiative for the South West Region will be hosted by LEOs Cork and Kerry on Thursday, 19 October in Dunmore House Hotel, Clonakilty.
The programme is designed and led by women to promote and encourage female entrepreneurship. National Women’s Enterprise Day shines the spotlight on female entrepreneurship and opens the prospect of entrepreneurship to women who may not have considered it before, highlighting the supports available. The event also provides valuable networking opportunities to connect with industry experts together with acknowledging the achievements of women in enterprise.
Dr. Niall O’Keeffe, Head of Enterprise, LEO Cork City said: “National Women’s Enterprise Day is a significant event in our calendar each year. A celebration of women entrepreneurs and businesswomen, the event informs and inspires women at all stages of the business development journey. The atmosphere last year in Killarney was electric and we expect more of the same in Clonakilty on October 19th. There is another great line-up of speakers and inspirational businesswomen for 2023 and will also provide an opportunity to network and discover what supports are available for entrepreneurs in the region.”
Cork-based Amy Jane Keating, Host and Creator of the “Go Do You” podcast will be the day’s MC and facilitator which will include Guest Speaker Pat Kane (the award-winning Sustainability Strategist, Founder of and Co-founder of Good Better Best).   Pat will speak to delegates on building a future-proof business, touching on her own entrepreneurial journey whilst highlighting small ways businesses can improve their sustainable practices. 
The event also includes an interactive panel discussion of ‘Leading Lights’ representing LEOs Cork and Kerry.  LEO Cork City will be represented by Kathy O’Dwyer, Founding Director of Career Training Internships  (   Kathy has a wide range of expertise encompassing business mentorship, career guidance, support for women re-entering the workforce and comprehensive career training for those facing employment barriers.  The panel discussion will be followed by Keynote Speaker Laura Dowling, Fabulous Pharmacist and Founder/CEO of fabÜ Wellness. With a degree from Trinity and almost 20 years experience under her belt, Laura aims to share the tools to live a balanced, healthy lifestyle without resorting to short-term crazes or fads.
All sectors and women in business at all stages of their entrepreneurial journey are welcome to the South West event ….from entrepreneurs with a business idea to start-ups and well-established businesses. Don’t miss out on this unique networking opportunity and celebration of women in business.
 Places are limited.
Registration link: