On Sunday morning 24 Volunteers together with 7 Transition Year students turned up for the weekly litter pick.
The Transition Year students under Denis’ guidance did some litter picking first. They then cleaned the kerbs at Silverwood and the lane beside Circle K entering Muskerry Estate.
Pat picked up 15 bags of litter plus 2 bags of leaves from the various collection points. These are sorted through each Monday at the Allotment and divided into items that can be recycled – glass, plastic and cans resulting in a large amount each week. Since January, we have taken 8 big crates of glass to the bottle banks.
After all the work was done 20 Volunteers gathered at The Plaza for a well-deserved cuppa and some lovely buns kindly provided by Mary.


This week BTT took delivery of the revised Ballincollig Gunpowder Trails Maps and the new markers and poles. These will be erected in the coming weeks.
The maps have been entirely updated and include new walking trails. There will be 2 new maps erected at Fionn Laoi.
Be sure to check out the maps and enjoy walking along the various trails.




The 2023 Cork Lifelong Learning Festival is due to take place from Monday 27th March to Sunday 2nd April 2023 inclusive.
Applications to Host events are currently being accepted online, & the deadline for submission of events has been extended to 5pm on Monday 30th January.
Please follow this link to access the Application form : https://submit.link/1iB
The Festival is open to individuals, organisations and groups all over Cork City who want to engage with Lifelong Learners of all levels, interests and abilities.
If it’s your first time considering submitting an event you may find this document useful.
If you are having any trouble with the forms, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
They are always excited to see new learning events and old favourites back again in the programme.
Please visit the website or social media for news & links Instagram – Facebook & Twitter



Tuesday, cleaning footpaths continued. The lane from Westcourt to the Old Gaelscoil site was cleaned. They then went on to clean the footpath from Westcourt to the pedestrian bridge entrance of the Regional Park.



Wednesday, Adrian and John continued their work clearing the footpaths of old fallen leaves. They worked on the foothpath between Muskerry Estate junction and Barry’s Road junction on the opposite side of the road to The Oriel House Hotel. They collected 4 bags of leaves.



Thursday 13 bags of grit and leaves were removed from the footpath in front of Carrignarra estate.



Ballincollig Tidy Towns’ KEEP CUPs are available from CAFÉ CHICO, THE PLAZA and BALLINCOLLIG TOOL HIRE for the price of €6. Make sure you pick one up.
Each time you use your KEEP CUP you will get a discount on the price of your coffee/tea. This offer is available in many  places throughout the city and county.
Help BTT in its efforts to reduce waste, get a KEEP CUP today.



Ballincollig Scout Group has asked BTT to let people know that their Annual Flag Day is back!
The Beaver Scouts, Cub Scouts, Scouts, Scouters and Parents will be out in force this Saturday 28th January. Hopefully it will be a great success.



This week we carried out the Annual Survey of all the Bird boxes. We began in the Regional Park and thankfully we have 100% usage.
We did discover during the survey that 6 boxes will need replacing which will be done in the coming weeks.




Our Chairman Tom Butler was recently asked to speak to the LCA Students in Ballincollig Community School.
The students submitted a variety of excellent questions in advance. They showed a keen interest in litter and how BTT deals with it each week. They also asked about becoming a volunteer and our Chairman explained about having pride in their community and working to make a difference.
He encouraged the students to think seriously about joining the tidy towns team. Thank you to Ms Branagan for organising the visit.