A WELCOME SIGHT
The construction industry has been at a standstill in the past few months due to the Coronavirus. However, Ballincollig Primary Care Centre is deemed essential work and so the builders have been working to get this project over the line.
The building looks amazing and has pride of place at the top of the Old Fort Road.
When completed it will be a very impressive sight and a wonderful asset for the community.
A BANQUET FOR BATS
Spring is the perfect time to start making your #garden, balcony, windowsill or local green space more #bat and #wildlife friendly.
TAKING THEIR RIGHTFUL PLACE
The final three Heritage Signs were put in place this week. The Carraig Centre on the Old Fort Road originally built as stables for Officers Cavalry Horses, The Military Graveyard located in Mill Range Estate and finally The Muskerry Tram located at Carrigrohane Junction.
The joint initiative between Ballincollig Tidy Towns and Ballincollig Heritage Association with funding from Cork County Council began two years ago. There is great credit due to Ballincollig Heritage Association for the information which was also professionally translated into Irish.
There are thirteen Heritage Sign Locations –
Ballincollig Community Hall (Station Road)
Church of St Mary & St John’s
Fodder Barn, on Main Street near Mary’s Toyshop
Coach House, (Starbucks)
Oriel House Hotel
Recreational Centre (Medical Centre, Old Fort Road)
The Officers Stables (Carraig Centre Old Fort Road)
Ballincollig Military Graveyard
Long and Short Range (Powdermills)
The Muskerry Tram at Carrigrohane Junction
Cork to Macroom Light Railway (at entrance to Carriginarra Estate)
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Go to GiveBackBox.com/LEGO. Print out a label, box your bricks and send them to LEGO from your local post office.
BIN IT SUCCESS
The Gum and Butt Bins that were placed around Ballincollig are proving to be a great success. The one at the bus stop in front of Quish’s SuperValu on Main Street had become shabby and damaged from so much use that it had to be replaced.
An additional bin was needed for the pole at the bus stop in front of the Garda Station as one was not enough. This is wonderful news.
They are all emptied weekly and the feedback is that this is necessary as they are all getting so much use. It’s good to see that even in these times people still have pride in their community.
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During the week Kitty, Christy and Brid collected eleven bags of Litter. They covered the Town Centre, Old Fort Road, Flynn’s Road, An Caislean and the Link Road.
On Saturday three new Volunteers did a Litter Pick on the Wood Road. They collected six bags of Rubbish.
Last Sunday morning fourteen bags of Litter were collected as well as one bag of Plastic, one bag of Cans, one bag of Glass and six bags of Green Waste.
It is wonderful to see our Volunteers out and about in different parts of Ballincollig doing Litter Picks.
Some of those out were Martin, Carmel, Fearghal, Xavier, Denis, Ger, Margaret, Brid, Sheila and Kitty.
Spring cleaning has started in several Estates. Residents from Lee Court, Fr Sexton Park and Beech Park were out doing some work.
SOME WELCOME VISITORS
Sunday morning’s plans to wash some more signs were somewhat altered as we welcomed two Members of Bishopstown Tidy Towns to Ballincollig.
It was a very welcome distraction. It has always been important to BTT to meet with other Tidy Towns groups. It is vital we continue to co-operate with each other and help each other in whatever way we can.
We spent time at the Allotment where the visiting Members took a look at some projects we had previously undertaken. It was good to share ideas and talk about the current situation in both areas.
After our visitors left we got back to work and managed to clean some signs close to the Allotment.
ONE VOLUNTEER’S EFFORTS
John our Volunteer, was busy cutting grass on the Killumney Road from the roundabout to the traffic lights.
He also worked on the Compost Bays at the Allotment. He emptied the contents from Compost Bay 2 into Bay 3.
This bay contains the compost that is now almost ready for use.
It is of a very rich quality and will be wonderful for our plants.
REDUCING WASTE IDEAS?
Are you part of a community or voluntary group? Do you have ideas for reducing waste in your area?
Cork City Council’s Waste Prevention Grant Scheme is now open, with assistance of up to €1,000 for #wasteprevention, #recycling & #upcycling projects.
For more information