This week was busy on all fronts, the CE / Tus workers, Volunteers, Cork City Council workers, Residents Associations and contractors were all hard at work. 
Last Weekend  was the August Bank Holiday weekend and we expected our numbers to be down but twenty four Volunteers turned out on Sunday morning. We collected twelve bags of rubbish in total. Eight bags of rubbish were also collected during the entire week. When all these were gone through there were thirteen bags for recycling.
On the Monday of Bank Holiday weekends, a group of Volunteers always pick litter followed by a cuppa and chat. Last weekend was no exception. 
The Tuesday and Thursday  Work Nights concentrated on Main Street and what a difference it has made. Both nights the Volunteers spread out along Main Street and cleared weeds and debris from the kerbs, washed bins and did a major clean up. Thursday night’s work finished with a well-deserved ice cream.
The flowers in the planters are looking great as a result of being  kept watered. Both watering crews used a lot of water over the two nights to fill the reservoirs in the planters. Approximately 3,500 litres of water were used last week. While the rain is not a welcome sight, to us it was most welcome as it filled the water harvesting tanks from the roof of Scoil Barra.
Our Allotment is looking very well having recently undergone a major makeover.  It is a hive of activity with so much going on week in week out. This year Tesco Ballincollig have been giving us their unsold plants that have gone beyond their sell by date. They call us and we go and collect them and bring them to the tunnel in the Allotment which has become known as the I.C.U. Here they are given immediate care and attention and slowly nursed back strong enough to be planted outside. What a difference they have made in our Allotment as we now have an abundance of colour and so much more food for the bees and butterflies.
Our CE / TUS workers as always have being doing a tremendous amount of work during the week with grass cutting, strimming and working on the allotment being some of the jobs. These men do a fantastic job and make a very positive impact to Ballincollig every week.
Date for your diary Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th August is  Ballincollig Tidy Towns Annual Church Gate Collection in both Parish Churches. Your ongoing  generosity is greatly appreciated. 
Have you an hour or two to spare during the week or at the weekend? Would you like to make a difference to your community?  If so, then come and join us any Sunday morning from 11am or on a Tuesday/Thursday night from 7pm. We meet at Quish’s Car Park in the West Village on Sunday morning and outside AIB Main Street on Tuesday and Thursday nights.