Last Thursday evening the Management of The Oriel House Hotel hosted an Appreciation Evening for Ballincollig Tidy Towns Volunteers. Thirty-five of us enjoyed some wonderful food and drink in celebration of our Gold Medal victory, Ireland’s Tidiest Large Urban Centre for 2023 award and Cork South West County award. It was wonderful to gather as a group and enjoy a memorable evening.
Our sincere thanks to Janice, James, Aoife and the entire team.





Sunday morning 20 Volunteers were out for the weekly litter pick. Following the hour Ger was busy collecting the bags. He collected 15 bags of General Litter, 1 bag of Glass and 1 bag of Cans.
Three bags of Leaves were collected from Leo Murphy Terrace. We all met up afterwards for a refreshing Cuppa, Treats and Chat at the Plaza.





Denis and Cillian took the Transition Year students to Poulavone Roundabout to start the very large task of collecting fallen Leaves. Over 20 bags were collected during the hour. These were taken to the Allotment and put in compost bay 1 on Monday morning.




Monday was a very busy day. Residents had gathered leaves from various estates and these were collected for the compost bay at the Allotment. 4 one-ton bags of leaves were collected from Beech Road in Muskerry Estate, 20 black bags of leaves from Carrigdene, 12 one-ton bags from Greenfields and 7 black bags from Fr Sexton Park.
Meanwhile Anthony and Sunday sterilized and washed the planter boxes, was busy segregating the rubbish.


Tuesday morning the bad weather didn’t disrupt the work. The tunnel became the workshop. Sunday and Jimmy washed and sterilized the inserts for the summer planters.


On Thursday Sunday cleared leaves and weeds from the path in front of Avoncourt. Ger was busy sorting litter and planters at the Allotment.






A morning with a difference for you and some friends on 4th November from 10am to 12noon in the Temperance Hall in Kinsale.  KYCC are hosting a clothes swap. Bring along unwanted clothes and swap them for some new threads. Refreshments available on the day. Everyone welcome.





Saturday 28th October, 2023 from 11am to 4pm.
Viking Re-enactment in Doneraile Park.




Friday 27 October, 2023 from 6.30pm to 9pm
Bats are important to a healthy ecosystem. What can be done to care for them if they are found in the house? How can they be encouraged into our gardens?
Come along for this family friendly talk.
Tickets are donation – 1 ticket will cover a family of 4.




The Cast and Crew will be performing plays in Carraignavar this week on Thursday 19th, Friday 20th and Saturday 21st October.
The curtain goes up each night in the Carraignavar Community Centre at 8pm.
Tickets can be purchased from the Mace Shop in Carraignavar or can be pre booked from Denis Begley (087)7407413. Check it out!





All roads lead to Bandon on the 27th October, starting with our Banshee Walk at 7pm. Get in the mood with the gypsy strains of the Fresh Air Collective leading the The Shambles and Rogu Fireshow at 7.35pm. Book on Eventbrite…/bandon-banshee-samhain…





Multi-award-winning food writer and founder of Kate Ryan brings us on a culinary delight along the streets of Bandon.
Make your way around the streets of Bandon, tasting and sipping as you go, visiting makers of the best local artisan food and drink in the town in this easy-going ramble to artisan coffee houses, butchers, bakers and even cider makers!
There will be chats with those who run speciality shops in the town and they will tell of their passion for supporting local food and drink. Saturday 28th October from 1.30pm to 4pm.
Taste of Bandon Food Trail – with Cork County CouncilPure CorkFáilte Bandon Opinion/The Opinion This is Bandon Bandon Business Association.
Tickets available at…/taste-of-bandon-food-trail….





Seated Show This Friday 20th October.
The legendary Rob Strong brings his band to the fabulous SEA CHURCH VENUE IN BALLYCOTTON CO. CORK for a seated show on Friday 20th October 2023. After selling out recent shows in Dublin (Arthur’s Blues n’ Jazz Club) 3 times in the one year, the Derry native, known as ‘The Godfather of Soul’ is celebrating an amazing 60 years on the road this year and as the title of his biography suggests, is ‘STILL GOING STRONG!
Rob Strong started out in the Showband era when he fronted the iconic PLATTERMEN SHOWBAND from Omagh in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s, frequently packing out huge local venues such as THE OLYMPIA IN WATERFORD CITY, THE ARCADIA BALLROOM CORK CITY, THE MAJORCA BALLROOM CROSSHAVEN & THE SHOWBOAT IN YOUGHAL. In the 1970s nobody in Ireland personified the raw energy of rock, blues and soul music like Rob Strong, who was once offered the chance of joining the world famous Deep Purple band! Rob also performed for over 20 years (before Covid-19) at the Cork Jazz Festival where he built up a huge local following.





Deuce – A Tribute to Rory Gallagher is at Fred Zeppelins.
Saturday at 5.30 is now sold out!!!!!!!! See below for the other 3 shows! Don’t miss out!!…/deuce-play-rory-gallagher…





Garda canine Laser is hanging up his Garda harness after a decade-long career serving the people of Ireland and will enjoy his retirement at home in Cork with his best friend and handler, Garda Pat Harrington.
Taking to social media to announce Laser’s retirement, a Garda spokesperson said at the tender age of five months old he joined the Garda Dog Unit in late 2011.
Garda Harrington, his handler, trained Laser as a general-purpose dog and within a year and a half, this gorgeous dog was hard at work making major detections.
During his career, Laser has had some stand-out successes, he managed to sniff out a €900k grow house, located several burglars, and recovered many stolen goods.
Good boy Laser enjoy many happy times now your work is done.





If it’s been a while since you visited Blarney Castle, it might be time for a return visit; the tourist spot has made the list of Ireland’s most ‘Instagrammable’ locations.
Irish Instagram Tour company, InstaTours compiled a list of the most beautiful spots across the country for taking Instagrams and Blarney’s world-famous castle, house and gardens came in at number three. Which was just behind the Cliffs of Moher and the Giant’s Causeway.
The volume of hashtags on Instagram for each location was reviewed. The photo quality of each spot was checked by professional photographers and the number of travel blogs featuring each setting were measured.
Ireland’s most ‘Instagrammable’ locations are –
 Cliffs of Moher
Giants Causeway
Blarney Castle
The Dark Hedges
Kylemore Abbey
Dublin’s Temple Bar
Dingle Peninsula
Nature was the one thing the most popular locations all had in common Stops along the Wild Atlantic Way proved to be the most Instagrammable.”
The secret to a great Instagram photo is a beautiful background InstaTours said, a sunrise/sunset, and choosing places where there are no other people around.




If you visited The Lough recently you might have noticed something – the disappearance of its iconic black swan. But Cork City’s Parks, Sport, and Recreation Department has some reassuring news about our feathered friend.
It turns out that the black swan had an injury to his leg and was in need of some expert care. The Cork Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (CSPCA) came to the rescue.
This magnificent creature is getting top-notch treatment.
The prognosis is looking optimistic and this beautiful creature is expected to make a full recovery and will be back in the lough in less than two weeks. 




A new short film by filmmaker Myles O’Reilly viewers are taken on a captivating cinematic journey into the heart and soul of Cork City through the lens of music and culture.
Filmed over the course of 2021’s festival, A City Under Quiet Lights was shot, and directed, by O’Reilly, and is now available to stream on YouTube.
It captures spine-tingling intimate, one-song performances by the artists set against the backdrop of cherished Cork landmarks: the Shandon Bells, Crawford Art Gallery, Coughlan’s bar, The Everyman Theatre, the historic Triskel Christchurch, and the picturesque banks of the Lee under the Shaky Bridge.
“There was a noticeable sense of joy in the city,” said Myles of the shoot.
“It was the first winter out of Pandemic restrictions, and the air was thick with a palpable celebratory feeling. A renewed vigour, bustle, and excitement. A sparkle like no other year. Cork was a city rejoicing in a return to glorious normality.
“Buskers on every corner, families out walking and shopping together, taking selfies beside the giant Santa, stopping for a spiced beef sambo or cheese and onion potato pie, everywhere Corkonians were making the most of their freedom. Getting on famously with enjoying themselves.
“The music and songs I filmed helped capture that feeling in a bottle.”
We recommend grabbing a coffee and settling down for what might be the loveliest 27 minutes of your day:
A City Under Quiet Lights premiered at The Everyman for 2022’s Cork International Film Festival and screened again as part of a one-on-one installation during last month’s Sounds from a Safe Harbour festival.
Finding its way to the digital realm, this release paves the way for the reveal of another, as of yet unseen, Myles O’Reilly x Quiet Lights film coming soon.




Always been fascinated by what goes on under the sea? An Irish cameraman and author has explored the depths of the North Atlantic Ocean. In two upcoming events in Cork he will speak about his encounters with some of the largest creatures on earth.
‘Into the Deep’ is a one-man stage show by Ken O’Sullivan, who has created several films and documentary series including ‘North Atlantic: The Dark Ocean’ which aired on RTÉ in May 2023, ‘Ireland’s Ocean’ and ‘Ireland’s Deep Atlantic’ which forms part of the Junior Cert curriculum.
The show features videos, stories, and insight into the threats the marine world now faces, and takes place at the Celtic Ross Hotel, Roscarberry on Thursday, October 19th at 7.30pm and The Everyman Theatre in Cork City on Wednesday, November 1st.
The speaking tour is supported by Fair Seas, a coalition of leading environmental non-governmental organisations and networks campaigning for strong and ambitious Marine Protected Areas (MPA) legislation to be enacted without delay.
He has made the show as interactive as possible.
There will be videos, stills, and the stories behind the footage. The North Atlantic Ocean is an incredible place and Ken O’Sullivan has been privileged to get up close to enormous whales, monstrous sharks and other spectacular animals.
“It’s fantastic to have the support of Fair Seas for this tour. My work has a strong focus on conservation and I’m passionate about raising awareness about the climate and nature crises” he said.
Tickets start from €18 and are available here.




READING CORK: James Wilkinson
Historian Mairéad Mooney is giving, what will be a very engaging lecture, on James Wilkinson, both as part of the Library 130 lecture series and Public Services Transformation week.
It will be a reflection on the First City Librarian’s career and legacy. James Wilkinson led what became Grand Parade Library for a period of forty years. This was a seismic period, spanning the war of independence and the civil war, and not least the Burning of Cork in 1920 which resulted in the loss of the then Carnegie Library.
Join us on Thursday October 26 at 7.00 pm in the City Library. All Welcome are welcome!




To celebrate Harp Day 2023, Cork City Libraries is proud to present Ruth Mc Donnell, Eimear McDonagh & The Glissando Harp Trio, along with poets, Mary Noonan & Dean Browne.
Don’t forget to join us for an enchanting session of contemporary words and music at the City Library this Saturday 21st of October at 2.30 pm.
A rare treat not to be missed! Admission is free and all are welcome.