The annual Garda Safety Forum Meeting is on next Monday 6th November at 7.30pm at the Carrig Centre, Old Fort Rd, Ballincollig.
Please make every effort to attend.
Everyone is welcome.




Following on from the many successes in various competitions that we achieved this year, Ballincollig Tidy Towns is now in the process of planning its tasks and projects for 2024. 
Being named Ireland’s Tidiest Large Urban Centre and achieving our eleventh gold medal, and, of course, coming within one point of the overall winner of the SuperValu National Tidy Towns competition, we are hoping to push forward next year in the hope of putting ourselves in a position to finally bring the elusive top prize home.
Once again, we would appreciate your financial support as we rely heavily on the voluntary donations from the many businesses/organisations like yourself in Ballincollig. This support is our primary source of income to cover such things as purchasing summer/winter planting for the town centre and new equipment and also towards covering running and maintaining costs of same.
To acknowledge your kind support, Ballincollig Tidy Towns mentions all it’s sponsors on our website and social media pages (which you can follow). We also sed a window sticker to our sponsors to display on the window of their premises.
We would also appreciate you becoming a supporter of our Fundraising Campaign. If you are already a supporter, we would like to say thank you.
You will find full details of our ongoing work on our Website, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Thanking you in advance. 




Last Sunday morning 25 Volunteers were out for the weekly litter pick. There were also 10 Transition Year students out including 2 new students, Eoin & Muireann. Two more Volunteers were out earlier and worked on the back road. The litter they collected they took home with them.
Fourteen bags of Litter were collected. These were later added to the 2 bags of Litter, 1 bag of Cans and 1 bag of Glass that were collected by some Volunteers
during the week.





The flowers and bulbs were planted at the Parklet on Sunday by Transition Year Students and Denis.





Barry’s Road was strimmed and raked in preparation for wild flower seeding. The surface will still need some roughing up immediately prior to seeding. 19 plastic bags and 4 one-ton bags of Weeds, Leaves etc were collected from this work.  Jimmy was joined by John, Tom, Sunday and Anthony.





Tom and Ger brought in all the Planters from the streets. The high Planter Boxes were full with rainwater and as a result were too heavy to move. Tom very cleverly put together a trolley from pieces of timber & some wheels found around the Allotment. They were then able to roll the heavy Planter Boxes to the low side of the wall so that we could lift them off.






The Lord Mayor’s Gala Christmas Concert will be held on Saturday 3rd December 2023 at 8pm.
This year’s concert marks a milestone 60th year and promises to be a spectacular event with renowned artists Majella Cullagh, Karen Underwood, and Ryan Morgan, with Cork Concert Orchestra conducted by Tom Crowley, Cór Cois Abhann, and The Montfort College of Performing Arts, with Alf McCarthy as MC.
Tickets are available online at the Everyman or at Pro Musica, Oliver Plunkett Street.




Saturday 11th November from 11.30am – 13.00pm at Nano Nagle Place.
Join former Curator of the National Gallery, Dr Sighle Bhreathnach-Lynch, for a lecture discussing ‘Mia Cranwill (1880-1972): Craftswoman of Distinction’.
Cork DFAS is a group that focuses on learning about and enjoying our wonderful artistic and cultural heritage.
Regular talks cover a range of arts-related subjects, including material culture, design, craft, history, archeology, architecture and conservation. Topics include the lives and influences of artists, makers, craftspeople, curators and patrons.
Talks are presented by recognised experts and delivered in an engaging and informative manner.
Tickets available on
All are welcome.




Dig out those flared pants, vintage jackets, and that crazy scarf your granny gifted you oh so many years before. Because the Cobh Couture Exchange is here to refresh your winter wardrobe for free.
Bring along up to five of your most fabulous pre-loved pieces of clothing, bags, or accessories (in good condition) to Cobh Community Centre on 11th November. No shoes or underwear or stained items please.
Golden rule? If you wouldn’t wear it again, don’t bring it. It’s all about keeping it chic.
Adult sizes and all genders are welcome. Drop your fashion-forward swag at 1pm, relax with a tea or coffee, and commence swapping for free from 1.20pm.




Cork’s new community table – a place for everyone.
The latest instalment in the Island City Urban Sculpture Trail has been unveiled on Cornmarket Street.
Urban Mirror, by plattenbaustudio, a beautifully crafted large table with an atmospheric light will provide a sculptural pavilion in a cultural corner of the city centre.
A space intended to be used by the public inspired by the Cornmarket Street Market, which takes place every Saturday morning from 10am-12pm was designed by architects Jennifer O’Donnell and Jonathan Janssens and fabricated by Sara Murphy and Frank Prendergast of Space Forms,
Made of durable and playful stainless steel, with 16 fixed chairs, can seat up to 50 people. The yellow globe also provides a warming glow when the sun sets.
The Irish architects, who are based in Berlin, have a strong connection with Cork. Next year there are plans for plattenbaustudio to exhibit a replica Urban Mirror in Cologne, one of Cork’s twinned cities, as part of the Ireland in Germany 2024 Initiative from Culture Ireland and the DFA.
“We were really inspired by how people interact with everyday things and the cultural environment of Coal Quay,” said Jennifer O’Donnell, co-founder of plattenbaustudio.
“We spoke to people who both live and work in the area and what shone through is how invested they are in their community. Cornmarket Street, or Coal Quay as many still know it, is lively and the people are animated so we wanted to create a space for people to come together.
“We had the idea of an everyday table that we could elevate.”




As the 45th Guinness Cork Jazz Festival came to an end with huge numbers in attendance packing out the streets and stages of Cork City and beyond businesses in the city are celebrating a whopper weekend. The rain didn’t dampen their spirits.
Over the five days approximately 100,000 visitors came to Cork City giving a much-needed local spending boost, estimated at €45 million. Music fans braved the city floods and soggy weather to enjoy packed-out shows from Corinne Bailey Rae, Macy Gray, Morcheeba. Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, and jazz greats like Adam Ben Ezra, Gilles Peterson, Matthew Halsall, and Kurt Elling.
Publican Philip Gillivan of The Shelbourne Bar, one of the main pubs on the Music Trail said this year’s event was a triumph:
“Jazz 23 has surpassed all others and that is saying a lot as 2022 was amazing,” he said.
“The crowds were up, the spend was up and there was an amazing atmosphere in The Shelbourne and the VQ for the weekend.”
Mark Murphy, festival director, who is working with Guinness to bring the festival on par with the best jazz and music festivals in Europe, said the team made the right call to add an extra date and 40 percent more shows across the city over the weekend.
“Most of the events sold out and the feedback has been incredible,” he said.
Not only did the pubs, clubs, hotels, and venues benefit, there was a knock-on effect throughout the city: “It was our best weekend since last Christmas,” said Claire Nash from Nash19.




On August 6th a record 30,191 people attended Cork’s 29th All Ireland camogie final in Croke Park. The crowd was eager to see a Leeside win on the day as they had been beaten at the 2021 and 2022 finals.
Among the show of skill that took place was a stand-out performance by one Cork forward in particuloar Amy O’Connor- who scored a hat trick to secure Cork an unbeatable lead.
The Knocknaheeny native’s celebration after her third goal has now been immortalised in a brand new mini-mural by People’s Republic of Cork artist, Tom Doig.
Located on an electric box outside the library on Grand Parade, the artwork highlights the incredible achievement of O’Connor, who scored not just three goals but three goals in two minutes during the final.
Based on a photograph of the forward’s celebration, the art is accompanied by text in Irish which reads ‘Seampini na hEireann’ (‘Champions of Ireland’) as well as ‘Amy’s two-minute hat trick’.
At a time when women’s sport is growing in popularity but players are still fighting for equal treatment and recognition, it’s notable that PROC would choose to highlight this moment.





World class duo, Ger O’Donnell and Trevor Sexton are coming to Kinsale for one night only. On Sunday 17th December 2023 they will perform in St. Catherine’s Cultural Centre, Kinsale. Doors will open at 7pm. These multi-instrumentalists, currently doing a headline tour of Germany have sold out many venues around Ireland over the last couple of years. They have also performed on national TV and Radio. Their YouTube videos have garnered millions of views owing to their musicianship and amazing vocal harmonies. Fans of Luke Kelly won’t be disappointed, nor will lovers of Jimmy McCarthy’s song writing.





The Inkwell Theatre Group are delighted to announce that they will be performing Michael J. Ginnelly’s hilarious comedy. Betwixt and Between directed by Valda Rumley on Friday 3rd November, Saturday 4th November & Sunday 5th November, 2023 at 8pm at the Inkwell Theatre, Tracton Arts and Community Centre, Minane Bridge, Ticket are €15 plus booking fee. 
Oh what a tangled web skinflint Tom Carmody gets his family to weave in an attempt to conceal their new found good fortune. Stories are spun, and trouble follows trouble. Tom, his wife (Mary), daughter (Joan) and son (Sean) struggle to keep pace with their ever-changing tales. Throw into the mix a pair of nosy neighbours, a disgruntled husband and an over-eager Garda Inspector, and things quickly go from bad to worse. For poor Tom, devoted to scrimping and saving, and presenting himself as always “just two sandwiches away from the poorhouse”, it is hard to adjust to change. Will he always be betwixt and between? Come along for a great night’s entertainment and find out! This amateur production is performed by kind permission of Drama League Ireland.





Calling all crafters! 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 10th and 24th November from 11.00am – 12.30pm.
All ages and abilities welcome.





Come along to the City Library for the launch of ‘Gerald & Sheila Goldberg of Cork: A Son’s Perspective’.
Author David Goldberg in association with Oaktree Press will launch the book next Tuesday 7th November at 6.00 pm.
All are welcome to come along to the lending library for the launch.




Cork Child Friendly City is hosting a FREE webinar.
Explore the inclusion of children and youth in civic decision making, ensuring their voices are heard.
Hear from national and international experts about including young people in making decisions that affect their lives.
Hear from the Youth Panel about their experiences with inclusion and what it means to them.
Join online on Monday 13th November from 4pm-6pm.
Presented in partnership with Comhairle na nÓg and part of a series of events to mark Children’s Day 20th November.
To register visit –




With the Camera Library now launched another Induction Session to gain access to the Slow Camera Exchange library of cameras will take place at the Civic Trust House on November 12th from 10am-2pm.
The session will cover a camera collection and demonstrate their uses, learning how to open, load and shoot with these cameras.
Please register at the link below –