Ballincollig Tidy Towns annual Church Gate Collection will take place on Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th June. at the Church of St Mary & St John and Church of Christ Our Light. We would appreciate your support.



On Thursday evening last we had 9 Volunteers out for the work night. Work mainly concentrated on both The Old Square around the trees and the lane leading to Baker Street.
The Waterboys were busy on Main Street while Maureen was litter picking.
A great deal of work was done during the hour.


Sunday morning 24 Volunteers turned up for our weekly Sunday morning Litter Pick. Because of the high number we were able to cover a wide area. When we were finished, we gathered in The Plaza for a cuppa and chat.

During the week as is usual some of our Volunteers were busy litter picking. A total of 19 bags were collected for the week (including those from Cranford Pines and 1 bag of green waste from Beech Road). In addition, we collected 1 bag of Cans, 1 bag of Plastic and 1 bag of Glass.



During the exceptionally fine weather and despite this week’s heavy downpours our watering crews have been very busy. Both crews with additional support from John O’Donovan of O’Donovan Agri have managed to keep all the reservoirs in the planters full.
Watering takes a huge amount of time and we are grateful to the watering teams for their time and dedication.
Our watering harvesting reserves have been exhausted given the dry spell for the past number of weeks. The heavy rains have helped replenish our stock.



A large amount of rubbish bags greeted us at the entrance to Cranford Pines on Sunday morning. We work with Resident’s Associations and are happy to collect the various grass cuttings and green waste they collect.
However, on inspection there were also several bags of cans (recent) and fresh pigs’ shanks as though from a party clear out, put alongside the bags of grass cuttings. Ballincollig Tidy Towns is not in a position to collect this type of waste material. Please ensure the residents in your estate dispose of their domestic waste in the proper manner.



Our Sign Washing is an ongoing project. And this week Denis, one of our Volunteers, was busy cleaning signs and washing the Dog Fouling Bins throughout Ballincollig,
Graffiti removal seems to be an ongoing project for him lately which is such a pity.



We in BTT take great pride in our Allotment. John and Anne, two of our Volunteers are responsible for the upcycling of various items and for the planting of winter and summer plants here. It has fast become a showroom for the various sustainability and biodiversity projects we are engaged with.
Given the abundance of pollinators in the Allotment the bees and butterflies love the area. We are very proud of all the Allotment offers.

Sponsored: Plant Fair with the Irish Specialist Nursery Association
The highly anticipated Irish National Stud & Gardens Plant Fair will be returning once again on Saturday, July 8th and Sunday, July 9th 2023. The event is proudly hosted in association with the Irish Specialist Nursery Association (ISNA). The plant fair will be a two-day extravaganza that promises to captivate all gardening enthusiasts, nature lovers, and anyone seeking to immerse themselves in the wonders of horticulture. There will also be a large variety of plants available for purchase. Tickets are available for purchase through the Irish National Stud & Gardens website HERE



Thursday, 28th June 9:30am-13:00pm @ Northside for Business Campus, Ballyvolane
This in-person seminar is designed to inform and give practical and pragmatic advice. It will have relevance to: owners of small/micro businesses; founders; next generation owners; shareholders; directors and senior managers
 Family-owned businesses account for 75% of all Irish Businesses and 59% of all employment.  72% of family run businesses cease to trade within five years of the death of the originator.  Only 12% of family businesses survive to the third generation.
Seminar OverviewBusiness succession planning can have many forms.  It may be a legacy issue, a succession issue, a transference issue or a harvesting (sale) issue.  The planning and strategies required to meet the varied and often complex issues of succession need time to evolve to be properly planned for and to be implemented.  All too often future matters are left unprepared and unclear, that is until some unplanned event arises.  Seeking solutions in times of stress, anxiety or crisis tends to lead to poor solutions, hence the high failure rates.
This seminar is being delivered by Plato Cork on behalf of LEO Cork City.  The information seminar is designed to inform and discuss the core legal, taxation, financial, psychological, behavioural, governance and business management issues that go to make up a well worked out succession plan.  Four of Plato & Family Business Ireland’s leading family business experts and succession consultants will present and discuss the key issues.
For further information and to book your place online, please click on the following link….
Places are limited.


Last Friday Drinks in Cork City for Remote Workers
If you live in Cork and work hard remotely, we know that you want to disconnect & have fun locally at the weekend! It is also important that when working remotely you are intentional about connecting with others at a local level.
So, on the last Friday of every month we invite you to get your weekend in Cork City off to a flyer with a drink and a slice of pizza on us & the remote worker community in Cork.
What? A free drink and a slice of pizza for remote workers (employed by a company either fully remote or hybrid – not freelance / self-employed)
Where? Electric 41 S Mall, Centre, Cork, T12 TC96
When? Between 18:00 & 20:00 on the last Fridays on the month.
Why? To help you disconnect locally, meet other remote workers & get your weekend started socially!
Sound good?
Register now as tickets are limited.
What happens next?
1: We will drop you an email to say hello & confirm you will be attending & that you are a remote employee. If we don’t hear back from you by email, we will have to cancel your registration so please keep an eye out for the email!
2: We will email you on the day at 15:00 with any final information on who to look out for on the night as a point of contact & any important info that will help you connect with others.
Due to the nature of the event, we trust you can appreciate that the number of tickets we can offer here are limited so please only register if you can lock in the date & will be there on the night.
Last Fridays in Cork City – here we come!





Suitable for all Lego fans we will have:
– loads of our amazing original Lego creations.
– classic Lego and rare Lego set displays.
– Vendors selling Lego.
– Free speed build competitions with prizes.
– Free treasure hunt competition with prizes.
– Loads of Lego to play with.
– Duplo for younger children.
– Colouring table.
– free Guess Who competition with prizes.
And so much more
Saturday 24th 11am-2pm or 2pm-5pm and Sunday 25th 10am-1pm or 1am-4pm
Tickets – Children €8 + booking fee and Adults €11 + booking fee, Family ticket €32 + booking fee (2 adults + 2 children or 1 adult and 3 children). Under 4s are free
Tickets now available from Eventbrite  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/520535905907





Calling all 14 – 18 year old cinematic creatives in MALLOW! 
Just TWO WEEKS until the  summer filmmaking camp kicks off. Script writing, acting, directing, editing and production are all part of the fun one-week camp experience of making a movie this summer! Get in on the filmmaking action https://firstcutfilmfestival.com/sfw23/
This filmmaking camp is made possible with support from Cork County Council #CCCCF , SECAD Partnership CLG – SECADCork Education and Training Board , CreativeIrl and Cork Film Centre and cost just €75 per young person for the full week.



On Thursday, under Ger’s guidance, 6 VMware Volunteers weeded around the fruit trees at the site behind Tesco in one of the DC for Bees Orchards. Then they put compost around the weeded trees.



Tuesday was a busy day. Under Jimmy’s direction Adrian and Kitty worked on the Transition Stone flowerbed in Fr. Sexton Park. The number of pollinators in this bed has been increased. Cleaning up around it was also done.
Tommy cut the grass from Kenny’s shop up to the Killumney Road lights, then around the old Celtic Fuels and also at the bench at the rear of An Caislan.
Wayne and Sunday worked on the kerbs at the left top of Station Road and at the base of the stone wall at Sunningdale. From there they worked on the site entrances at An Tuairin Glas and Greenfields.
Adrian worked on weeds outside wall at BCS and at the entrance to Cleuburn.
The lads spent Wednesday edging Pairc Cul Rua opposite the rugby club.
Thursday was a busy day our crew were busy – Ger collected 2 bags of grass from Carrigdene and 4 bags from Rosewood. He brought a full trailer load of edgings to the Allotment for recycling.
Sunday finished off cutting the suckers off the trees on the Link Road. Wayne cleaned the weeds between the path and road in some of the roads off Coolroe Meadows. Tom & Adrian continued weeding around the Hydrangeas.