The winners of the 2023 SuperValu TidyTowns Competition will be announced at the annual awards ceremony in Croke Park on Friday 6th October.
Ian Allen, Managing Director of SuperValu will be joined by The Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD to present award winners.
The awards will be live-streamed on (scheduled to begin at 11.55am)
Posts and images will be shared on the TidyTowns, Department of Rural and Community Development, and SuperValu social media channels:
Twitter handles: @DeptRCD @TidyTownsIre @SuperValuIRL
Hashtags: #SuperValuTidyTowns23 #OurRuralFuture
RTE Nationwide will be filming and a special programme on the event will be shown Friday evening on RTE1 at 7:00pm or on RTE+1 at 8.00pm




Monday morning John and Thomas began strimming the Wildflower Meadow on the Link Road. It took longer than expected because the grass was saturated and thick.
While they were strimming, Sunday and Wayne cleaned the weeds from the kerbside at Muskerry Estate Junction and at the entrance to the Allotment.

On Tuesday we continued John and Thomas strimmed and tidied up the edges at the bus stop near the front of Gaelscoil Uī Riordain. Because of this work the area will look much better next year.
Jimmy and Sunday cut all the pieces of the planters that were hanging down at Eastgate. They were looking unsightly and it was better cutting them. The place looks a bit cleaner now and hopefully they will be removed in the coming week or so.

Unfortunately, a tree in the Allotment was blown down during the recent bad weather. Sunday did a great job cutting back the branches of the large budliea in the hope that in time it will regrow.

John, Thomas Sunday and Anthony (one of our Volunteers who joined us on his day off) as they continued to strim the meadow at the bank in front of The Cloisters.





On Sunday morning we had 26 Volunteers and 4 Transition Year students out for the weekly litter pick. The students were working with Denis and Eugene, two of our Volunteers, at St. Oliver’s Cemetery Car Park.
Pat collected 23 bags of general litter which was taken to the Allotment to be segregated. He also collected 1 bag of Glass, 1 bag of Cans and 1 bag of Plastic. The number of bags was bigger this week due to the fact some bags from last week weren’t collected due tothe shocking weather last Sunday.
Following the work we adjourned to The Plaza where we enjoyed some tasty treats with a cuppa and celebrated our volunteer Gay Holden’s birthday.
On Sunday morning two of our Volunteers, Denis and Eugene worked with 4 Transition Year Students. They cleaned the kerbs at the Car Park of St Oliver’s Cemetery. Our newest recruits, Kerrie and Ciaran, were among them.
Everyone worked extremely hard and 18 bags of kerbside weeds were collected. It certainly made a difference.




Ivy is the most popular food source for wild bees in October. Protect it in your garden or hedgerow and help pollinators prepare for winter.
In advance of World Mental Health Day, join Cycle Against Suicide and be part of the movement to break the stigma and promote mental well-being.
Together, barriers can be broken. Spread empathy and build a brighter healthier future for the people of Cork.
Don’t miss this chance to be part of the change.
Event Details – Date: Saturday 7th October 2023, Marina Market. Registration open at 9am
Further details and registration at:…/cork-spinoff…/
#Cycleagainstsuicide #cork #WorldMentalHealthDay2023 #mentalhealthmatters





Let’s fight food waste together.
Food waste is a big problem, and this can be a solution. Too Good To Go is an app that lets you rescue unsold food from an untimely fate at favourite places. Download the app and use it to explore shops and restaurants in your local area and save Surprise Bags of surplus food from going to waste at a great price.




If you are a parent or carer waiting for your child’s autism diagnosis as you will know it is a very stressful and frustrating time of uncertainty.
Join the all-Autistic team of trainers and parents for a free afternoon filled with tips & insights to help you understand, support, and advocate for your child!
Choose between the following dates:
Cork, Ballyphehane Community Centre, Sunday, 19th November, 2-5pm
Waterford, Saint Patrick’s Gateway Centre, Saturday, 25th November, 1-4pm
Some of the topics to be covered will include:
Autistic play
Sensory profiles
Dealing with schools
Choosing the right therapy (if any)
Reimagining family life
Celebrating our Autistic children
Courses & resources
The day will be rounded off with a Q&A to share your experiences and questions.
Sign up now and receive a free Parent Advocacy Pack on the day:





Stay neutral – oppose war
‘A FORCE FOR GOOD? Reflections on Neutrality and the Future of Irish Defence’ (Published by Afri–Action from Ireland)
At Quay Co-Op Sullivan’s Quay on Tuesday 10th October 7-8pm
With Prof. John Maguire (contributor) in conversation with Dr. Donal O’Drisceoil
All welcome. Refreshments available.





RTE will close Aertel next week after more than three decades in service. The teletext service, which has been running since 1986, will be switched off on Thursday 12th October.





Two course gluten free lunch / Talks / Cookery Demonstration / Exhibition Stands / Goodie Bags / Spot Prizes and more
€70 Non-Members of the Society.
50 Members and Children over 14 (Max of two tickets per member) Must use discount code.
€25 (Children under 14 years of age) Child’s meal included in the price – Event suitable for over 7s Included.





At Nano Nagle Place
A Conversation with Beethoven and Shakespeare. Created by Regina Crowley and Gabriela Mayer and featuring Eanna Hardwicke.
Early Booking advised. Audience limited
This sound installation explores a creative dialogue between fragments of piano music and dramatic text, inviting people into a ‘listening oasis’. First shared on the rooftop of the MTU Blackrock Castle Observatory, it is now to be shared in the wonderful grounds of Nano Nagle.
Some notes: a sequence of piano sounds first played in Vienna over 200 years ago. Other notes: observations spoken on stage in London 400 years ago, reflected on by the composer two centuries later.
Over time these notes become famous, then less so. They became a hidden treasure, yet they speak of fundamental human experience as relevant to us now as to the audiences who first heard them. Individually, Gabriela and Regina have explored and performed these notes by Beethoven and Shakespeare for as long as they can remember. More recently, they have collaborated in finding new resonances between music and words, and added their own voices to the conversation.
You may be familiar with some of the melodies. You will likely have heard some of the words. Once the playing has finished and the voices are silent, the notes will continue.
As part of this very special event, the Blackrock Castle Observatory encoded and beamed this show to a distant exoplanet system – Bran and Tuiren on 21/6/21. It will take many years for these sounds to arrive at their destination. Whatever changes those years bring us, these notes (sent to us from another time) will continue to play – accompanying our onward explorations.





Nothing is more magical than seeing an otter or seal in the heart of the city and you can see them most days if you know what you are looking for. While we are waiting for them to appear we hear the stories of miniature natural wildernesses hidden in the cracks and hollows of the key walls of cork. Learn how nature finds a way and thrives even in the heart of the city.





This weekend and also next weekend The Down Syndrome Cork Field of Dreams Pick-a-Pumpkin Festival is back.
Care co-ordinator at Field of Dreams, Debbie Kelleher, told The Echo the festival was a great fundraiser for the charity. She said she was hoping the public would support it as much as possible again this year.
This is a family fun occasion where the pumpkins are grown on site. There are around 800 pumpkins ready for the occasion.
This year’s festival takes place on Sunday 8th October, and Sunday 15th October, from 10am to 3.30pm. There will be a range of time slots available.
People are being invited to come to the Pumpkin Patch at the Field of Dreams on the Clash Road in Curraheen, where they can pick their own pumpkin.
A range of Halloween-themed activities will take place both days, including a pumpkin trail around the site with several stops along the way. These stops will include the haunted cabin, the outdoor games area, the sheep pen, the Halloween photo booth, the arts and crafts area, and the pumpkin patch. There will be scary songs and stories, (temporary) Halloween tattoos and the Pumpkin Café will be open all day.
Three ticket types are on offer this year: a family/group ticket costing €32.50 (plus fees) to include entry for four people and will allow them to take away one pumpkin; a pumpkin ticket costing €20 (plus fees) to include entry for one person and one pumpkin, an entry ticket will cost €5 (plus fees) to include entry for only one person and does not include a pumpkin.
Children aged under two go free but parents must purchase a family/group or pumpkin ticket to enter the Pumpkin Patch and to pick a pumpkin.
Tickets are available on Eventbrite only. For more information, check out the Field of Dreams Eventbrite page or contact





Ireland’s biggest Art Fair. Art Source is set to transform Cork into a vibrant hub of artistic expression this October. Join us for an enriching weekend of creativity, where you can meet talented artists and explore thought provoking works. Unleash your inner art connoisseur at this not-to-be-missed event.
Admission prices:
Adults: €7
OAPs: €5 (only available from the box office during the Fair)
Children under 16 accompanied by a parent or legal guardian: Free (this does not apply to school groups).
If booked in advance of the show special discounts are available for groups of 10 or more visitors. To make a group booking contact 01-6702186.
Re-admission Pass:
If you have not had enough time to browse through the whole show, and would like to return on another day, please visit the Organisers’ Office before you leave to claim your free re-admission pass.





A yoga and fun activities camp for kids aged between 4 and 12 is being held at Tracton for 3 days during the Halloween week.





An evening of Traditional Irish & Ukrainian Folk Music. A cultural solidarity concert celebrating Irish & Ukrainian music will be held on Saturday 21st October at 7.30pm. This will take place at Kinsale Community School.
Millions of Ukrainian people have been displaced because of the war with Russia. It is important that the Ukrainian Community here in Ireland feels safe to practice their traditions and moreover that they feel embraced and celebrated when doing so. We Irish know all too well the damage that can be caused when culture is supressed. It is equally meaningful for us to celebrate our unique Irish identity through music as it has a tremendous power to unite people in times of strife, to generate hope and inspire.
The concert will feature performances from the highly acclaimed Yershovy Sisters, the Kalyna Choir and the All-Ireland Champion Ceili Band of Ballinspittle Comhaltas.
Tickets are €15 and available at Eventbrite – link is…/building-bridges-an-evening…





The fourth annual national remote working survey in Ireland is available now. Employees’ experiences of remote and hybrid working are being gathered.
People are being invited to take part in a research study being carried out by University of Galway and Western Development Commission. Before deciding whether or not to take part, please read the information provided here about the project. 
Answers are completely anonymous. The survey will take about 8 minutes to complete. 






Ireland’s peatlands serve as carbon sinks, protect against flooding, ensure clean water, and provide a sanctuary for diverse flora and fauna, including rare species like the bog orchid, marsh fritillary butterfly, and red grouse. Cork Nature Network’s new educational project, aimed at raising awareness of the role that peatlands play in combating climate change and preserving biodiversity in Ireland is supported by the National Parks and Wildlife Service and your help is needed. Insights from the public to identify knowledge gaps and education needs regarding climate change and peatlands are being gathered and they want to hear from you! Please complete the survey at before October 10th 2023. Prizes to be won. All participants will be entered into a raffle.
Educational materials will be gathered, from videos, to quizzes, and presentations, available to everyone free of charge through Cork Nature Network’s website. These resources will address climate change fundamentals, the significance of peatlands, and the interconnections between peatlands and climate change. The educational package will be launched on International Wetlands Day, in February next year.
Cork Nature Network will also be engaging communities in Kerry and Cork in focus groups to help ensure that the resources resonate with the local population. 
If you are interested in taking part in a focus group please email For further information, please contact: Tara O’ Donoghue Project Manager Cork Nature Network






Cllr. Frank O’Flynn, Mayor of the County of Cork had the pleasure of presenting the awards to the exceptional talents behind the winning entries in the Cork County Council Age Friendly Housing Competition.
This competition, proudly supported by Cork County Council and the Cork Centre of Architectural Education (comprising UCC and MTU), provides a platform for second-year architecture students to showcase their ingenuity in designing age-friendly housing solutions.
This year’s challenge focused on the creation of community-based, age-friendly designs, with a special emphasis on disability-aware design. Notably, the competition was conducted in partnership with the Cork County Architects and the Cork Age Friendly Alliance, both of whom actively participated in the evaluation of the student designs.
Amy Cotter emerged as the recipient of the prestigious first-place award for her outstanding project, while Kamil Labuda secured the second-place position, and Ellie O’Connell was placed third. (Cork County Muintir na Tire news)



Regional Park Ballincollig now closes each evening at 7pm.