New dog poo signs in Ballinora

We’ve put up signs in Ballinora to remind dog owners to pick up their dog’s poo. Dog owners have a legal duty to pick up their dog’s poo. A court fine can be up to €3,000.

 

Dog poo is dangerous to people’s health. Contact with dog poo can lead to toxocariasis. Toxocariasis is an infection that causes dizziness, nausea, asthma, blindness or seizures.

 

There are a lot of walkers in Ballinora. We have a heritage trail covering local historical sites. And St James’ church recently held a Camino walk. We want everyone to enjoy walking in the district, so it’s vital we keep Ballinora safe and clean.

 

We’d also like to thank Cork County Council for supplying the signs.

 

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We’ve changed the venue for our Annual General Meeting (AGM)

When is the AGM?

The AGM will now be held in the tunnel at Ballinora Nursery and Garden Centre on Thursday 26 August 2021 at 8.00 pm.

What’s on the agenda?

We’ll be talking about:
  • the financial report
  • the election of officers
  • biodiversity
  • sustainable energy
  • rural regeneration
  • our eight-point plan

Bats in Ballinora: phase 1 research

We’ve just finished the first phase of our ‘Bats in Ballinora’ project.

The aim of Bats in Ballinora is to confirm sightings of bats in Ballinora and Waterfall. We want to record where bats live and the species.

We’ve published a research document called ‘Bats in Ballinora – Phase 1: Preliminary desktop research’

Our research:

    • explains the phases of the Bats in Ballinora project
    • defines the study area for the project
    • gives an introduction to bats
    • profiles the Irish bat species

Find out more about Bats in Ballinora

Tell us how we’re doing

We’ve teamed up with UCC’s CARL program on a project. The aim is to find out:
 
    • if there are any issues the Community Association needs to deal with – and record solutions to the issues
    • what improvements the Community Association can make
To get this information, UCC has written a survey. We’d like you to fill it in and tell us what you think.
 
The survey closes at 5:30 pm, Friday 13 August.
 
Your feedback will help us improve and continue to serve the community in an effective way.
 
The survey is anonymous and all responses to the survey will be deleted within 30 days of the project finishing.
 
UCC will carry out their work following their ethical guidelines around data collection.
 
 
 
 
 

We’ve rearranged our Annual General Meeting (AGM)

When is the AGM?

The AGM will now be held at St James’ church on Thursday 26 August 2021 at 8.00pm. Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations, we’ll be meeting outside the church.

What’s on the agenda?

We’ll be talking about:
  • the financial report
  • the election of officers
  • biodiversity
  • sustainable energy
  • rural regeneration
  • our eight point plan

UCC to start new research project about our Community Association

UCC are to begin a research project on our Community Association.

The Community-Academic Research Links initiative (CARL) will work with us  on a research project. There will be 2 parts to the research:

    1. An audit of our work in the community
    2. To identify best practice of community organisations’ nationally and internationally

This will be a 3 month project taking place over the summer.

It’s still early days but we hope to find out more about how we can be more effective in our work.

We’ll publish an update to the research when we have the results.

One year on: Wildlife, habitats and natural amenities

It’s one year since we published our Wildlife, habitats and natural amenities: a 5-year plan. It’s been a difficult year for everyone. But we’ve kept on working where and when we can to achieve our goals.

Some of our plans had to be delayed or postponed due to COVID-19 restriction, but we’ve still managed to make progress in a lot of areas.

Each year we’ll publish an update so that you can find out how we’re doing against our yearly goals.

You can now read our year 1 report.

 

 

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

Ballinora and District Community Association is holding an Annual General Meeting (AGM).
An AGM is an annual meeting where we talk about how the association is performing and the plans we have for the next 12 months.

When is the AGM?

The AGM will be held at St James’ church on Thursday 12 August 2021 at 8.00pm. Due to coronavirus (COVID-19) regulations, we’ll be meeting outside the church.

What’s on the agenda?

We’ll be talking about:
  • the financial report
  • the election of officers
  • biodiversity
  • sustainable energy
  • rural regeneration
  • our eight point plan

Mini-Camino in Ballinora Parish

Celebrating 200 Years of St James’ Church Ballinora (1821 to 2021)

24 and 25 July 2021
(Feast of St James)

St James’ church is organising it’s own mini-Camino walk to celebrate 200 years of the church.

The walk takes place over 2 days with 5 stops along the way. Everyone will get a passport which will be stamped at each stop.

You can do as much of the walk as you want, at your own pace, and in any direction or order.  The full walk is 17 kilometres.

How to join

Registration: You can register for the Camino at St James’ church on:

    • 7:30pm, Friday 23 July
    • 11am, Saturday 24 July
    • 11am, Sunday 25 July

We’ll give you a passport to be stamped at each stop. We’ll also give you a scallop shell – this is traditionally worn by each pilgrim.

Starts: We’ll start at St James’ church.

    • 11am, Saturday 24 July
    • 11am, Sunday 25 July

If you do not want to start at the church, you can start at and stage of the walk you want.

Finishes: We’ll finish at St James’ church and have a picnic at Ballinora GAA pitch.

    • 6pm, Sunday 25 July

Come to the picnic at Ballinora GAA pitch even if you’ve not completed the walk.

You must bring your own food and drink due to coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions

Stages of the walk

Stage 1: St James’ church to Inniskenny Graveyard (2km)

Route:
St James’ church to Hall Hill. Left to O’Sheas, then right, and first left.

Stage 2: Inniskenny Graveyard to Ballymacadane Abbey (2.5km)

Route:
Inniskenny back to main road. Left to the Railway bridge. Then right. The abbey ruins are on the right after bend.

Stage 3: Ballymacadane to Corbally Famine Graveyard (3km)

Route:
Continue to Jimmy’s Cross. Left to Corbally Cross. Turn left (signposted). Ruins are in the field on right.

Stage 4: Corbally Graveyard to Curraheen Grotto (5.5km)

Route:
Corbally downhill to Jimmy’s Cross. Left to Ballyshoneen Cross. Right past Norwood Grange Nursing Home. Turn left at cross. Down Chapel Hill. Right along Curraheen Road to the Grotto.

Stage 5: Grotto to Ballinora Church (3km)

Route:
Up the hill from the Grotto to Ballinora Cross. Left to St James’ church.

What is a Camino?

The Camino de Santiago – or the Way of Saint James –  is a Catholic pilgrimage to the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela, finishing at the tomb of St James.

There is a series of pilgrim routes across France, Spain and Portugal to the shrine of St James at Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain.

Since the ninth century, Santiago, Jerusalem and Rome have been the three most revered pilgrim sites. The relics of St James – who is believed to have preached the Gospel in Spain – were said to be discovered in a cave there and the Cathedral of Santiago was built on the site.

The scallop shell has become the symbol of the Camino – also a sword, as St James was the patron of the reconquest of Spain from the Moors.

Let’s celebrate our church, St James, and the Camino!

 

208 bus service to Waterfall

Bus Eireann is reviewing the service it provides to Waterfall.

An efficient public transport service is essential to many families in our community.

We believe our community would benefit greatly if the 208 city service was extended to cover Waterfall – the route currently ends at Marymount.

There are more than 160 houses between Marymount and Waterfall, with more being built. And there are 600 houses in the parish.

Would you benefit from an extended 208 bus service?

If an extended 208 service would benefit you and your family, email Fiona.connolly@buseireann.ie

In the email:

  • say that you’d like the 208 bus service to come to Waterfall
  • explain the benefits to you and your family

It’s important that you respond if you or your family would benefit from this service – the success of this initiative relies on the level of support from households in the district.

Thank you for your support.