Ballincollig Gardai are holding a coffee morning in aid of Motor Neurone and Field of Dreams Cork Down Syndrome at the Garda Station on Wednesday 15th March from 10.30am. All are welcome.  


On Sunday morning 25 of our Volunteers were joined by 6 Transition Year students for the weekly litter pick. This included Jack our newest TY student. Despite they’re being an unusually large amount of litter on Main Street, by midday everywhere from Carrigrohane to Classes was cleaned. Because we had such a large turnout, we managed to also cover an area of the Regional Park.
Denis worked with the Transition Year students on the Old Fort Road. They collected leaves and cleaned the footpaths/cycle paths. They did some great work and 8 bags of leaves were collected.
After the bags of litter collected during the week by some of our Volunteers were added to Sunday’s the total amounted to 12 bags of Litter and 1 bag of Cans.



The Residents of Ovens/Killumney carried out a Roadside Litter Pick last Sunday morning. Quite a substantial amount of litter was collected. What a shame to see that so many people still throw litter from their cars.  



The Competition is sponsored by both Cork County and Cork City Councils and is organised by Cork County Muintir na Tire.
It has a Prize Fund of over €5,000.  NO ENTRY FEE is required.
The closing date for entries is Good Friday (each year)
To find out more and to enter online click here
For more information contact Cork County Federation Muintir na Tíre 8 Sidney Place, Wellington Road, Cork City telephone 0214500688 or email



In Ireland, some plants are pollinated by the wind, but most are pollinated by insects, including bees, hoverflies, butterflies, moths, beetles, wasps and ants.
Most insect pollination is carried out by bees. We have one species of managed honeybee and 98 different wild bees. This includes 21 bumblebee species and 77 solitary bee species. If we want to protect pollination, we need healthy honeybees, but we also need to have lots of wild bees as well as other insects.
Bees are our most important pollinators because, unlike other insects, they feed their young only on pollen. Adult bees spend their entire lives visiting flowers trying to collect as much pollen as possible. They need to be able to visit lots of different flowers so that they can bring different kinds of pollen back to the nest so their young can have a healthy diet. The way we look after our landscape has changed over the last 50 years, and unfortunately it is now difficult for bees and other insects to survive.
A third of our 99 bee species are threatened with extinction from the island of Ireland. If we want them to provide the free pollination service we depend on, we must all take steps to help our bees.



On Tuesday morning our Workers followed up on the work done by the Transition Year students on Sunday. They collected 3 bags of leaves and grit on the Old Fort Road. Afterwards they worked on the Inniscarra Road where they cleaned the footpath leading to the Regional Park. Twelve bags of leaves and grit were collected.
Wednesday and Thursday 16 bags of leaves and grit were removed from the footpaths from Innishmore to Poulavone. Adrian began pruning the Hydrangeas at Poulavone. It is a time-consuming slow process but will be worth the effort. Meanwhile, John was busy turning the compost at the Allotment.




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