Once again Ballincollig Tidy Towns is proud to be involved in the Christmas Festival.
This year’s tree is dedicated to our late friend and Volunteer Tony Whelan.
It is decorated with blue and white baubles representing Tony’s Waterford connection. There are also miniature Tidy Towns High Visibility Jackets kindly made for us by Collette Desmond.
Tony was held in such high regard by Ballincollig Tidy Towns and this tree symbolizes how much he meant to us all and its our way to show he is always in our thoughts.



This is the third Christmas Festival – and each one has been a little different!  
On Thursday 8 December, there was a Musical Launch to open the Festival at the Carraig Centre Ballincollig. 
Christmas Trees, decorated by local businesses, schools and groups, telling the Christmas Story (with a sheep hunt!) – can be explored and enjoyed on:
Friday 9 Dec from 10am–8pm, Saturday 10 Dec from 10am-3pm and Sunday 11 Dec from 1-5pm in:
St Peter’s Church and St Peter’s Field, Carrigrohane, The West Wing of The Carraig Centre, Ballincollig and The Church of the Resurrection, Blarney.
Other events in the festival include: 
Friday 9 Dec all-age Christmas Craft session in The Church of the Resurrection, Blarney 3.15-4.15 pm                     
Teenage Glow Max event in The Carraig Centre 7.30-9.30 pm
Saturday 10 Dec Christmas Craft Market in The West Wing of The Carraig Centre 10 am–2pm                                 
Live Crib in St Peter’s Field, Carrigrohane 3pm and again at 4 pm
Sunday 18 Dec Community Carol Service in St Senan’s, Inniscarra 7.30pm
‘pop-up’ local choirs.
Yet another bag of household rubbish and nappies were thrown from a car at the junction of Barry’s Road & Greenfields Road. This person has no shame and no regard whatsoever for the rest of the community.


The leaves are finally coming to an end. However, there are still plenty to be collected from several areas around Ballincollig.
Sunday morning 5 bags were collected from Leo Murphy Terrace.
There are still a large number of bags of leaves to be collected from Fr Sexton Park.
26 bags of leaves were removed from Carrigdene,

7 bags were removed from Beech Park,

24 bags of leaves from the work of one of our volunteers in Classis Lake

We collected 1 full one-ton bag from across the road from Tesco.
Adrian was busy collecting leaves between Aylesbury & Lisheen Fields.



There were 23 Volunteers and 4 Transition Year students out for the weekly litter pick. The TY students worked with us to remove the tiered Towers.  
Several of our Volunteers carried out several litter picks during the week. When all that was collected was added to Sunday’s efforts it yielded 1 bag of Glass and 1 bag of Cans.
1 bag of Litter was collected from Old Quarter.



Four of our TY students helped two Volunteers remove the 4 large base sections of the tiered Towers from Main Street. They did some great work together emptying and bagging the compost.
Once removed, the area was scrubbed and washed down. The rain kindly assisted in this.



On Saturday morning 14 Volunteers were out bright and early cleaning around the traffic islands. They also collected leaves especially in the Cycle Lanes near Colaiste Choilm. The hour and a half made such a difference to the area.
Some more Volunteers started work taking down the Towers on Main Street.



As with every voluntary organization, Ballincollig Tidy Towns is dependent on local financial support. Earlier this year the Annual Window Sticker Appeal Letter was sent out to all local businesses. Ballincollig Tidy Towns is indebted to each sponsor for their contribution. A list of the sponsors is available on our website.
Unfortunately, although costs have increased, the level of support is down on previous years.


pics from the week –