Newsletter 05 July 2024

Busy Sunday

On Sunday morning we had 29 volunteers out for our Weekly Litter Pick. We covered a lot of ground from Carrigrohane to Classes and everything in between. The very positive result was that we only collected 8 bags of rubbish which we segregated on Monday morning. In addition our volunteers who were out during the week collected 2 bags of litter, 1 bag of cans, 1 bag of glass. Back at the Plazza we enjoyed a cuppa and great chat.

Busy Sunday

Sponsorship Support 2024

Our sincere thanks to those who have supported our 2024 Window Sticker campaign. We are extremely grateful as these funds allow us to continue our work and to continue to enhance our great Community. Window stickers are now being sent/ delivered to those who have already supported us for them to proudly display.

Sponsorship Support 2024

And Let there be Light

The Deadly Duo struck again on Sunday night and did an incredible job removing low branches which were obstructing the footpaths and pedestrians. The lads did great work and the difference was amazing. All green waste was removed to our Green Waste Skip.

And Let there be Light

Parklet Facelift

Our Parklet on Main Street was recently damaged by a car so we had to repair it and also updated the planting within it. The Three Amigos took on this project and repainted the whole parklet and treated it. Amid the constant jokes slagging and good conversation Gay, Eoin and Ben did a fantastic job which compliments the colourful planting.

Parklet Facelift
Parklet Facelift
Parklet Facelift

Old Fort Road

Earlier this week a resident asked us if we assist in removing some low hanging branches on Old Fort Road. These were causing obstructions to pedestrians and cyclists alike. Jimmy and his Team did a great job in removing as much as they could on Tuesday morning.

Old Fort Road
Old Fort Road

Keep Cup Pre Launch

On Tuesday morning our Chairperson Tom Butler along with Committee Member Garret Kelleher attended the Ballincollig Business Association’s Pre Launch of their Keep Cup Initiative. This initiative is part of their ongoing commitment to promoting sustainable practices within our community, alongside their support of Ballincollig Tidy Towns.

How to Get Involved

They invite you to join them by subscribing to the 2GoCup service. This program will allow you to seamlessly integrate reusable cups into your daily routine, contributing to a more sustainable environment.

To subscribe, simply follow this link: Subscribe to 2GoCup

Together, we can make a significant impact on reducing waste and promoting sustainability in our community. We look forward to your participation in this exciting initiative.

Why Reusables?

Every year, the world uses 500 billion single-use cups, and in Ireland alone, we use over 200 million! Despite being marketed as “recyclable” or “compostable”, only 1 in 400 disposable cups are properly processed, leading to over 99% ending up in landfills or incineration.

Our fast-paced society often relies on the convenience of takeaway options, making single-use cups a significant environmental challenge. While many people own reusable cups, only a small fraction actually use them regularly. This is where the 2GoCup deposit and return scheme comes in. It offers the convenience of a takeaway cup without the need to remember to bring your own, effectively reducing waste and promoting sustainability.

2 Go Cup

Dog Fouling

When we are out on Litter Picks or Worknights one thing that we constantly notice is the number of people who are civic minded and respectful to others and clean up after their dogs. We thank them for their Doing the Right Thing. But then as we are edging in Coolroe Meadows on Tuesday night we come across this. The dog is not responsible for cleaning this up it’s the owner. This person clearly has little respect for others and little or no Civic Pride. This is shameful especially when there is a dog fouling bin close by. Well done to those who clean up after their dog and shame on those who don’t.

Dog Fouling

We are not a dumping ground

Someone decided to leave this wooden trolley and other timber outside the gate of our allotment. There are recycling areas to dispose of Timber but the BTT allotment is not one of them!!!.

Dumping Ground

Allotment Colour

Each day the colour changes in our allotment as more and more plants bloom. Our work in planting a variety of different pollinator plants is certainly paying dividends and we are delighted to see so many bees making use of them 🌻🐝

Allotment Colour
Allotment Colour
Allotment Colour
Allotment Colour

Killumney Road

A lovely entrance to Ballincollig is from Killumney Road Roundabout and past the entrance to Heathfield and Gaelscoil Ui Riordain

On Monday morning early Gay and Tom were busy cutting the strip along both sides of this road and their work certainly made a huge difference. We cut this area less frequently to allow natural flowers the chance to grow for pollinators.

Killumney Road
Killumney Road
Killumney Road

Muskerry Estate

Sunday did a great job cleaning kerbs at the rear of Circle K in Muskerry Estate. Rather than spraying we use elbow grease to remove the weeds. We may have to come back later in the year but it is much better than using weed killer.

Muskerry Estate
Muskerry Estate
Muskerry Estate
Muskerry Estate

Wash as we go!!

One of our volunteers Denis takes on the task every year of washing signs, bins, some road signs and dog fouling bins. He covers a huge amount of ground and while some people don’t see the difference We do and it would be much easier to let them get dirty and unsightly but the effort put in by Denis certainly makes a huge difference.

Wash as we go

Edging Part Two

On Tuesday Night our team of 16 volunteers returned to continue our work edging the footpaths in Coolroe Meadows with the assistance of 1 Resident. In one hour we removed 40 bags of edging and if looking at the photos you can clearly see the difference.

Edging Part Two
Edging Part Two
Edging Part Two
Edging Part Two

Ivy destroyed in The Cloisters

On Thursday we had to remove Ivy that someone cut and pushed off the wall and down on to the steep bank where we had planted wild flowers. They did with no concern for the work that we had done but also to the incects and birds that use the ivy for nesting etc. In addition the bees love the Ivy much later in the year. People should think before they destroy natural habitats.

Ivy destroyed in the Cloisters
Ivy destroyed in the Cloisters

Three opportunities to appear on TV

We have received the following invitations to appear on television programmes.

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Three opportunities to appear on TV

TidyTowns Newsletter 2024

2nd issue of the TidyTowns Newsletter 2024

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Cork City Community Newsletter

Wednesday 19th June 2024

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Cork City Centre Diversions

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Cork County Federation Muintir na Tire Weekly News

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