Monday morning the remaining planters were removed from Muskerry Junction as were the last 2 pole planters in the village. The only summer planters left to remove are those in the towers on Main Street. This we hope to do on Saturday.
One hundred and eleven planters were put out today around Ballincollig. This is our winter planting and hopefully it will add cheer to the community.



There were 18 Volunteers and 4 Transition Year students out for the weekly litter pick on Sunday morning. Ballincollig Tidy Towns has always been ‘blessed’ with the Transition Year students who come to help as part of their Gaisce community involvement and this year is no exception. They got stuck into their assigned work with gusto.
Among the litter collected were the two bags of domestic rubbish dumped on the road. Three bags of green waste were also collected from the Parklet.
Our Volunteers also carried out several litter picks during the week as is usual. All the litter collected was later segregated.


10 bags of leaves from Fr Sexton Park.
1 bag of leaves from Leo Murphy Terrace.
3 bags of leaves from Beech Park.
14 bags of leaves from Innishmore.
1 bag of leaves from St. Oliver’s,
29 bags of leaves from Beech Road.
All these leaves will be taken to compost Bay 1 at the Allotment.
Residents can do their bit by collecting leaves in their areas. Let Ballincollig Tidy Towns know and they will arrange collection.



The summer plants from the Parklet on Main Street were cleaned out on Sunday morning to make way for the winter planting.




On Sunday morning our Volunteers were once again greeted with the disgusting sight of domestic rubbish, kitchen waste and …….. nappies dumped at Barry’s Road / Castle Road Junction.
A second bag was dumped at the lights at Heathfield.
This is absolutely disgusting. It is only a matter of time before we find out who these people are and put a stop to this selfish act.
Anyone with any information please contact Ballincollig Garda Station.



Age Friendly Ireland has awarded Age Friendly Recognition to ‘Beyond the Trees Avondale’ located in County Wicklow’s Avondale Forest Park. It is the first age friendly tourist destination in the country.
‘Beyond the Trees Avondale’ received its official Age Friendly Charter at a launch event held on 3rd November and will now also be recognised by the World Health Organisation (WHO) as an international model of good practice for age friendly development. A case study publication was also launched by Age Friendly Ireland, outlining the work undertaken at ‘Beyond the Trees Avondale’.
Beyond the Trees is developed in partnership between Coillte, Fáilte Ireland and EAK Ireland in Avondale Forest Park, combining a 700metre treetop walk with a 12storey viewing tower. Age friendly principles were incorporated into ‘Beyond the Trees Avondale’ in order to ensure its ease of use and accessibility across the life course.
For more information or to plan a visit see:




The Communities Caring for Water Conference is back. This year’s focus will be on how communities are collaborating for water quality, showcasing opportunities to integrate Nature Based Solutions in the urban and rural environment, Citizen Science initiatives and an introduction into how communities can influence their local Catchment Management plans.
More information can be found on:
Communities Caring for Water Conference 2022


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