On Sunday morning 28 Volunteers arrived for the weekly litter pick. A large area stretching from Carrigrohane to Classes was covered in the hour.
We welcomed our newest TY student Tadgh from Gael Colaiste Choilm.
Pat collected 19 bags of Litter and 1 bag of Plastic which included the bags from litter picks during the week.
4 bags of Hedging and 1 bag of Grass were collected from Leo Murphy Terrace.
Afterwards we all met up at The Plaza for refreshments.




We recently made the decision to leave the four tiered planters in place on Main Street for the winter months.
On Sunday morning Tom and Denis together with the Transition Year students planted the towers with a selection of winter plants to brighten up the place.





We have all heard of a ‘pig in a poke’ but last Sunday we were disgusted to witness a ‘pig in a fridge’. Some members of Tidy Towns were informed of a fridge containing the decaying remains of a pig dumped on the side of the road (50m on the opposite side beyond the entrance to Lakewood). What a terrible thing to do. Its one thing to dump a fridge on the roadside but its another thing to dump the carcass of an animal inside it. Absolutely no respect for the community or animal welfare. The proper authorities have been notified.




On Monday John collected four one-ton bags of Leaves from Muskerry Estate. He noticed the ‘dumping’ sign has disappeared from the back entrance to Muskerry Estate
Following the work on the leaves he returned to the Allotment and continued to sort Sunday’s litter.
Then on Tuesday, as part of our Winter Work Programme, Sunday was busy removing bindweed from the wall beside the Maxol Service Station heading westward.


Thursday Ger Keogh went to meet The Cope Foundation Volunteers who litter pick every week. Their work is so important and makes a huge difference.They were delighted with the achievement and excited to admire and hold aloft Ireland’s Tidiest Large Urban Centre winning trophy.


Following a call from Tesco on Thursday we collected flowers that were near or just past their best and which they kindly donate to Tidy Towns. These were taken to the ‘ICU’ at the Allotment for assessment. Some may not make it and will be put in the compost bays. Others will be nurtured and used in the coming months to add colour to the flowerbeds.

The lads also collected 4 one-ton bags of leaves that were collected from the large bed in front of Westcliffe.
This year we’re trying something new for the winter in relation to our choice of plants. John and Anne have done a huge amount of work preparing all the planters for the railings at Muskerry Junction and at The White Horse.
On Tuesday John, Sunday, Anthony and Jimmy did a fantastic job putting them all in place.




We are so excited to tell you that this year thanks to Cork City Council Poulavone Roundabout will be transformed for Christmas. Our thanks to Cork City Council for their support and assistance in lighting up Poulavone as part of their Christmas Lighting Programme.




There’s something for everyone at the Guinness Cork Jazz Weekend across the bank holiday, October 26th to 30th, 2023.
Some of the best performances are often spontaneous. And so, in addition to hitting the headline shows, it’s worthwhile to head off the beaten track and stroll around parts of town as this is where some of the more unexpected Cork Jazz Festival fun happens.
Much of this is free and happening outdoors – ideal if the weather is good.
From small jazz parades and big brass bands to solo sax players, local and visiting international musicians will be popping up all over the city. There’s also lots happening over the weekend in Douglas and Kinsale.
Celebrating its 45th year the festival is worth over €45m to the local economy and attracts more than 100,000 people to the city. This year’s expanded programme features an extra date, with more than 100 ticketed shows (a 40% increase), more than 500 musicians from over 40 countries, and an extended music trail in 73 pubs, theatres, clubs and hotel venues across Cork city, Douglas and Kinsale. 
Catch the best fringe events –
The Big Jazz Bus – You can’t miss it. The ‘open-top’ Big Jazz Bus makes a welcome return to the festival from Friday on and will tour the city until Sunday with lively bands on board. You’ll hear it coming.
Feel the Beat on the Street – Enjoy happy jazz from some of Europe’s best marching bands as they parade through the city streets on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Performing all over the city centre, entertainment will be provided by the New York Brass Band, Hyde Park Brass Band, Boola Brass, Lamarotte, Code of Behaviour, Tbl8 Brass Band, Rebel Brass Band, and the Brass Kings.
Take a Jazz Boat Journey – This year as part of the Guinness Jazz Festival led by New Yorker Jerron Paxton, there will be five exclusive performances as an audience sails around Cork Harbour from Custom House Quay. (Paxton US legally blind since his teens his ability to tap into traditional American music reveals a perceptiveness and focus that few others are able to achieve.
This one is happening throughout the festival from Friday, 27th October. book a seat (€55) here.
Follow the Jazz Parade – New this year, the Oliver Plunkett Street Stroll on Friday evening at 6pm, 27th October. A number of marching bands will take over Oliver Plunkett Street with a special cacophony of music in a mini jazz parade.
Jazz, brews and river views – Jazz by the Riverside takes place on Bank Holiday Monday with New York Brass Band live in the Riverside Bar of the River Lee Hotel, Western Road. An excellent spot to enjoy both jazz and food from the excellent menu of small plates and hearty options.
Jazz on the Plaza – Visiting international bands will tour the city throughout the weekend, performing on the super dome stage at Emmet Place as part of Jazz on the Plaza. A great spot to meet up with mates or hang out in town if you’ve got kids.
Live at the Library – Swing by Cork City Library, Grand Parade 25th, 26th and 27th October for some fascinating talks on the history of jazz all over the world.
Starting off with Discovering Japanese Jazz, a presentation on the history of Japanese Jazz and its place in the jazz scene, presented by Dr. Ian Darrington MBE. 
Jazz in Elizabeth Fort – Help support the jazz musicians of the future as Music Generation takes to the stage in Elizabeth Fort on Barrack Street. It’s the perfect safe spot for family fun from 2pm – 5pm on Saturday, 28th October.
Jazz Gospel Service – Promising a morning of jazz joy join St. Anne’s celebratory and spiritual Harvest Jazz Service at Cork’s iconic church. The event is free but tickets are required for entry. Tickets are available from St. Anne’s, Shandon and the Jazz Committee – it all happens at St. Anne’s Church, Shandon at 10.45am on Monday, October 30th.
Jazz by the sea -The streets of Kinsale will come alive with the Lamorotte Brass Band performing from 1pm on Saturday. Other acts lined up to perform over the weekend include The Billy Crosbie Trio, The Underscore Orkestra, The Paul O’Donnell Musical Collective, Chris Hayward with Cancan French Trio, The Cormac McCarthy Quarter, Dr. Dec & The Side Effects, Lucas D and the Groove Ghetto, String fellows, Two Time Polka, The Boogie Band, Loose Change, Bought ‘n‘ Sold, Southern Soul, 4 Shades of Gray, the Jay Hayward Band, Kevin Mac and The Vintage Band, and many more.
Celebrating its 45th year, the jam-packed weekend of eclectic performances features the finest international jazz artists, a stellar line-up of Irish and emerging talent who are pushing the boundaries of the genre, and five days of thrilling entertainment.  
Worth over €45m to the local economy and attracting more than 100,000 people to the city last year, the festival smashed all records.  This year’s expanded programme features an extra date, with more than 100 ticketed shows (a 40% increase), more than 500 musicians from over 40 countries, and an extended music trail in 73 pubs, theatres, clubs and hotel venues across Cork city, Douglas and Kinsale. 






Visit the SMA Centre in Wilton on Saturday, 4th November.  More traders and even more stock of vinyl and CD. Entry is free and parking is free in the shopping centre next door! Everyone welcome, wheelchair and family friendly.




Cork City Council is seeking expressions of interest from community groups and organisations to manage and operate the South Parish Community Centre for a period of 5 years. 
The opportunity is open to voluntary, community, charities and social enterprise organisations which are suitably qualified and meet the criteria set out in this expression of interest.
There will be a financial stipend of €10,000 annually to the successful applicant(s) to support the role of the costs & management of the facility.
For requirement details, eligibility criteria and how to apply, please visit Expressions of interest to provide management services for South Parish Community Centre – Cork City Council
Any queries or expressions of interest should be submitted to




Calling all artists and creators. Join us for a day of colorful fun at our Kids’ Craft Workshop! Let your child’s imagination soar as they explore the world of crafting and creativity. Join Our Craft Workshop at our workshop, your child will – Learn exciting craft techniques; Create unique masterpieces to take home; Make new friends in a creative environment.
No prior experience necessary – this workshop is perfect for kids of all skill levels. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to spark your child’s creativity! DM 0874827897 for more info. Reserve your spot now




Persuant to Section 16 of the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Act 2021, Cork County Council has prepared a Draft Climate Action Plan 2024-2029. The Draft Plan is accompanied by an Environmental Report, prepared in accordance with the European Communities (Environmental Assessment of Certain Plans and Programmes) Regulations 2004 (S.I. 435 of 2004 as amended by S.I. 200 of 2011) for Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Appropriate Assessment (AA) Natura Impact Report, pursuant to Article 6 of the Habitats Directive 92/43/EEC.
The Draft Plan sets out the actions Cork County Council will take to help deliver on the national climate obligations and the Government’s overall National Climate Objective. It seeks to pursue and achieve, the transition to a climate resilient, biodiversity rich, environmentally sustainable and climate neutral economy no later than the end of 2050.
Cork County Council Draft Climate Action Plan 2024-2029, the Strategic Environmental Assessment Report and Appropriate Assessment Natura Impact Report, will be on display from Friday 13th October to Monday 27th November 2023, at the following locations – Online at; all branches of Cork County Council Libraries during Library opening hours.
Written submissions are invited from members of the public and other interested parties regarding the Draft Climate Action Plan, Strategic Environmental Assessment Report and Appropriate Assessment Report.
Cork County PPN will be asking for a panel of Volunteers to complete a submission at this year’s Autumn Plenary on Thursday 26th October in Oriel House Ballincollig, or online – Register through Eventbrite Cork County PPN Autumn plenary and Wellbeing Launch 2023 Tickets, Thu 26 Oct 2023 at 19:30 | Eventbrite
You can make a submission between Friday 13th October 2023 up to 4:00pm on Monday 27th November 2023 inclusive, through the following option – Written submissions made Electronically through the Council’s Public Consultation Portal available at




The Pride In Our Community 2023 Competition Awards were held at the Kingsley Hotel this week, bringing together a wide array of groups from Cork City and County. The event was organized by the Cork County Federation of Muintir na Tire in partnership with Cork City and County Councils.
Togher Community Garden’s was named the “Pride of Cork City” underscoring the outstanding efforts and dedication of thi community group in making their community and Cork City a better place for all. The entire community can be proud of their achievement.
The Lord Mayor Cllr Kieran Mc Carthy, County Mayor Cllr Frank O Flynn, Jackie Mealy National President of Muintir na Tire, and representatives of Muintir na Tire Community groups from various corners of the city and county were among the distinguished guests.
Kieran McCarthy said the groups involved were writing a new chapter in the story of their community in terms of biodiversity, local heritage and climate change and he encouraged them to continue creating this new history for their area and Cork City and County as a whole. In an effort to tackle climate change he urged more collaboration between community groups and Cork City and County Councils.
The judging panel from Cork City Council and Muintir na Tire was highly impressed by the exceptionally high standard of entries. Chairman of the organizing committee, Mr. Sean Holland said the competition serves the vital purpose of raising local awareness about the environment and promoting litter-free communities. He noted that the competition is open to all voluntary groups in County Cork and now also in Cork City.
National President of Muintir na Tire, Mr Jackie Mealy, eloquently emphasized the vital connection between our surroundings and our quality of life. He praised the beauty of Cork City and County and the outstanding projects that contribute to it. He expressed gratitude to both Councils for their unwavering support in realizing these projects. He also praised the work of Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire as an example to other counties to follow.