Following a direction from the Diocese of Cork and Ross that Church Gate Collections are not permitted in any churches in the Diocese at present, Ballincollig Tidy Towns annual Church Gate Collection will not now go ahead.  
Like so many other charitable organisations our funding too has suffered. Every year our Church Gate Collection is a substantial part of our funding. However, at present, we are striving to keep going, if only on a reduced basis.
Should people wish to make a donation, they can do so by dropping it to Pat Clarke at Ballincollig Tool Hire in Innishmore or by making a deposit to our Bank Account IBAN IE42ULSB98548210251204.


As has already been announced, the Supervalu National Tidy Towns Competition for 2020 has been cancelled due to Covid-19. Tidy Towns Groups have been asked to completely restrict their activities in line with measurements put in place by the government to halt the spread of the virus.
Ballincollig Tidy Towns has adhered to this and has been maintaining the flowers, carrying out Litter Picks and cleaning up areas.
However, at our monthly Committee Meeting last Monday, some difficult decisions had to be made with regard to our activities for the coming months. We have regrettably been left with no option but to cancel our Annual Awards Ceremony in October.
This decision was taken due to lack of funds needed to host the event and also because of the uncertainty with regard to Covid-19.
Although disappointing for everyone involved and for the community as a whole, we are confident it is the correct decision at this time.
Our Volunteer Pat Clarke put in some great work on Poulavone Roundabout last Saturday. He also strimmed the grass in front of the chevrons.
He went on to strim an area near Gaelscoil Ui Riordan and also the ragworth and around the wild flowers which we planted last year.
The Transition Flower bed in Fr Sexton Park is watered by the Waterboys on a regular basis. As a result, the weeds are flourishing. Our Volunteer Kitty O’Callaghan did a fantastic job this week clearing these weeds. 
Our CE Worker Adrian along with Volunteer Anthony carried out an immense amount of work from Maglin Junction to Oaklands to make the area safer for pedestrians. The result was terrific.
As always, our planters are getting lots of TLC what with constant watering and feeding. However, we have also been doing a lot of dead heading in an attempt to get these flowers to last longer.
The picture shows the result of our Volunteer Catherine dead heading on Tuesday night at the West Village.
Well done to the Residents of Rosewood who were busy cleaning their Estate this week. Four bags of litter and two bags of green waste were collected as a result of their efforts.
Carrigdene Residents were working on their green areas and we collected seven bags of green waste from them.
We collected two bags of green waste from Leo Murphy Terrace. However, it has come to our attention that one Resident has been taking the opportunity to dispose of his own personal green waste and this is not the first time. He has left his hedge cuttings for us to dispose of on several occasions.
As a result of this, we will have to rethink giving our assistance to this area as we are only in a position to take the Estate’s green waste and not that of individual Residents.
Please be more mindful of this going forward and make an effort to dispose of your own green waste yourself.
Last Sunday fourteen Volunteers gathered for the weekly Litter Pick. Five bags of litter were collected.
During the week two bags of litter, one bag of glass and one bag of cans were collected by our Volunteers.
Following grass cutting earlier in the week between Kilumney Road Roundabout and Poulavone an amount of litter was left shredded. The area looked unsightly. However, two Volunteers tackled it and filled three black bags.


We are pleased to announce that an additional Dog Fouling Bin will soon be installed near Classis Lake. Some other areas are also being assessed at present.
Thanks goes to our local Council Officials for their continued commitment to this joint initiative which has proven very successful. We are grateful to those who pick up after their dogs.
The DOG FOULING Bins around Ballincollig and in Ballincollig Regional Park are emptied regularly and it has been brought to our attention that some people are using them for domestic use and for items other than dog fouling.
If this continues, the bins will be removed.
We would be grateful if people would return the Perpetual Trophies at their earliest convenience. They can be handed into Pat Clarke at Ballincollig Tool Hire in Innishmore.
The watering schedule was put out last week because of the bank holiday, so on Friday night the ‘Waterboys’ spent two and a half hours watering. 1,100 litres of water were used. All railing planters, pollinator towers, pole planters and flowers at Eastgate were watered.
On Tuesday night there were two teams out watering. Nine man hours in total watering and 2,250 litres of water were used. Everything was watered.
Thursday night four man hours were spent watering and only 500 litres of water were used as there had been plenty of rain. The flowerbeds had sufficient from the rain that had fallen in the past twenty four hours so these weren’t included.