Twenty-six bags of weeds and briars were removed from the flowerbed next to the entrance to An Caislean on the Greenfields Road this week.



Minister for Community Development, Integration and Charities, Joe O’Brien, has announced a new Call for Applications under the Community Services Programme (CSP). The CSP currently supports over 420 community-based organisations. The CSP supports a range of services, facilities and activities that enhance the quality of life for specific disadvantaged groups within our communities.
Funding of €1 million will be available for this new call in 2023 which will provide new organisations with an opportunity to access support to employ additional staff in line with the programme’s re-defined sub-programmes and new vision, which were approved in 2022. Pre-application support workshops will be rolled out to ensure organisations are fully equipped with the information that they need to apply for this funding.
For more information see:




Ballincollig Gardai will hold its Annual Garda Safelty Forum and Neighbourhood Watch meeting on Wednesday 12th April 2023 at 7.30pm at Old Fort Rd Carrig Centre (eircode P31PV20). 
All are very welcome to attend. This is an important meeting for our community and everyone is encouraged to attend. 



Twenty Volunteers together with seven Transition Year students gathered for the weekly Sunday litter pick. A big welcome to Cillian from the 49th Cork Ballincollig Scout Group who is working towards his Chief Scout Award, the highest award a scout can achieve.
The Transition Year Students worked hard under the guidance of Denis.

Ger stepped in in the absence of Pat and collected 14 bags of Litter, 1 bag of Glass and 1 bag of Cans. 

Because Sunday was Mother’s Day Mary in The Plaza had arranged a lovely selection of cakes and we brought along lots of chocolates for everyone to enjoy.



On Sunday morning under Denis’ watchful eye, the Transition Year Students worked very hard cleaning the kerbs on the road from Harrington Street to what is known locally as “the Old Aldi”. They concentrated on removing the silt from the kerbs but also had to do a major cleanup of litter which was in the hedges. The volume of litter was quite large which was disappointing. But soon afterwards our Transition Years were enjoying hot chocolate in The Plaza.



Last week Adrian and Jimmy had been cleaning the stone ditch at Sunningdale. And they continued this work on Tuesday morning. Four one-tonne bags of weeds, cuttings and grit were removed. This made a huge difference to the area.



This week we came across several black bags of rubbish that had been dumped behind the clothing bank across from Mr. Price. What a shame.



Several weeks ago, while cutting back briars on a fence at the historical Ring Fort Site on the Link Road, some of our workers came across a number of bags of rubbish that had been dumped inside the fence. Last Monday Adrian, Gay and John returned and managed to remove 3 one-tonne bags of rubbish, 10 bags of Bottles, Cans, Clothes, Blankets and many other Household Items. Unfortunately, there is still plenty more to be removed.



It’s time to start setting seeds!! Some seeds for use in salads can be started in the classroom and then, when the temperatures rise, brought outside.
A mixture of seeds: lettuces, radish, tomatoes, cucumber, chives to name a few will be needed along with seed and cutting compost. Also seed trays or toilet roll inserts. In order to label your salads and record the date the seeds are set and how they are progressing it will be good to have lollipop sticks or labels to hand.



#KeepCorkMeeting is a showcase event of Cork Hotels, Venues, Transport, Team Building and Events Companies.  Now in its 8th year #KeepCorkMeeting is a perfect opportunity for meeting planners to keep up to date with what’s new and exciting in Cork.
Thanks to those who have signed up to attend Keep Cork Meeting in Páirc Uí Chaoimh on Thursday 30th March 2023 from 7:30am to 11:30am.
To those who have yet to sign up don’t miss out sign up today – stay for an hour or stay for 4. It’s up to you.
Start the day with a delicious buffet breakfast and take the opportunity to meet the exhibitors and be in with a chance to win one of many prizes.
Highlights for 2023 –
Over 30 Venues, Conference, Meeting & Event Companies Exhibiting.
Specialist one to one knowledge clinics with Cork Convention Bureau.
Great prizes to be won.
Delicious breakfast buffet throughout the morning
To register free of charge please use the following link: clr.ie/133707




In celebration of the Cork Lifelong Learning Festival join in at Mayfield Library for a history walking tour! Join Brendan Goggin for a guided history walk through Montenotte Park, Ashburton, Gardiner’s Hill, Ard-na-laoi and concluding at the Montenotte Park Hotel.
Pop into Mayfield Library on Saturday the 1 of April at 11.00 am to take part in what will be a fascinating dive into the local history.



Library Open Evening!
Launching a collection of learners’ work and some readings from it. Includes an introduction to the services available at your library. From lending to 3d Printers your library has something for everyone.
Come join in at the City Library on Tuesday the 28 March at 6.30 pm. All are welcome and the event is FREE!



Cork City Council is hosting two Community Engagement Workshops to help shape and inform the development of Cork City’s new Local and Economic Community Plan (LECP). These workshops provide a forum for people to come together and consider what is needed for successfully planning for the future of Cork City. Cork City Council believes that communities know best when it comes to how they should be developed and that by working collaboratively a healthy, inclusive and sustainable future for all can be created.
Members of the public, community organisations, advocacy groups, local businesses, city networks and other stakeholders are invited to register to participate in one of two upcoming workshops taking place on Thursday 13th April (morning) and Tuesday 18th April (evening) and supported by UCC Community Engagement. These are the same event but held at different times to suit as many people as possible.
Thursday 13th April- doors at 9.30am, starts at 10am, finishes at 1pm. REGISTER HERE:
Tuesday 18th April- doors at 5.30pm, start at 6pm, finishes at 9pm. REGISTER HERE: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/local-economic-community-plan-community-engagement-event-tickets-594591107007
As places for the workshop are limited, early registration is advised. It is requested that community and business organisations register only one representative, to ensure as many diverse groups and voices as possible can be welcomed and heard.
Light refreshments will be served. What is the Local Economic and Community Plan?
To find out about other ways to have your say, visit the LECP webpage where you can:
Complete a short survey and send in a written submission.
If you have any questions and would like to talk to the LECP team, call 0214 924000 or email community@corkcity.ie



Gurranabraher/Churchfield Community Afternoon Tea Dance
Date: Sunday 26th March 2023
Venue: Gurranabraher Churchfield Youth & Community Resource Centre (The Hut)
Time: 3pm to 6pm All Welcome!!
Refreshments provided and Admission is free.
This event is organised by local volunteers and part funded by Cork City Partnership.