Ballintotis Community Council.

The Ballintotis Area Community Council was formed in 2003 to;

  • Acknowledge all the positive work being done in the area by voluntary organisations and individuals.
  • Address and support local initiatives of a social, cultural, environmental, sporting and infrastructural nature.
  • Establish a forum that enables our community to move forward together in a structured manner so that we can have influence in decisions relating to our area and the life we live together.

The members of Council are appointed from seven local station areas. The Council also has the power to co-opt extra people, who it felt, would be of assistance to the Council in the pursuit of its objectives.

The main objective of the Council was to provide a Community Hall for the benefit and use of all sectors of the community in the locality.  This objective was made much more realistic when Rev. Msgr. Ned Goold PP gave the Community Council very generous support by providing the necessary land to facilitate the new community centre and allowing the use of Holy Rosary Church for the first major fundraising event, a concert by the much famous Fr. Liam Lawton.

This got the committee off to a great start, as after major efforts over 900 tickets were sold for the very successful concert. After much more fundraising efforts – 4 mile road race, Tractor Run, Curraheen Park Dog night, Joe Mac & Crystal Swing at Two Mile Inn and lots more plus sponsorship and grants the dream was fulfilled when the Hall was built in 2011.  The first meeting of the Community Council to be held in the hall was on 26th January 2012.

One of the first projects that brought success to the Community Council was the completion of place-names in the whole Community Council area in 2005.  There was such a great response to this that we returned all maps with all the interesting information received from the community.  We were the only area with 100% return and as a reward a bound copy of the place-names of Imokilly was presented to the Community Council by Dr Eamon Lankford at the Two Mile Inn.  This was such an important research book that we presented it to Midleton Library.

The Community Council won the Muinter na Tíre – County Pride in our Community Award 2007 for the Most Creative Project – Loughaderra Angling and Tourism Enhancement Project.

The development of a pathway on the N25 from the Chapel cross to Loughaderra lake make the walk around the lake so much safer for walkers and the signposting and registration of other walks in area with the National Trails Group in 2014.

The annual running of the 4 Mile Road Race proves that a Community Council can only achieve success with the support of the local community as this race started in 2010 with 436 runners and the race in 2019 had 1240 runners. The involvement of the local community increases each year and is greatly appreciated.

There will always be new projects in mind for the benefit of the local area of Ballintotis. The dedicated and talented Community Council, backed up by a supportive and enthusiastic community will always work together for the betterment of the area. Through the medium of this, our new website, and regular updates on Facebook, the community will be kept well informed of progress and events as they occur.

The First Council Was Elected In 2003.

It Was Made Up Of 2 Members Elected From 7 Districts.

Area

Members elected in 2003

Ballintotis, Ballybutler, Ballyedikin & Farrantrenchard
Gerard Cott and Josie Knowles
Caherultan, Curragrine, Loughaderra & Ballyoughtera
John Cashman and Frank Hayes
Dromada, Glenagare, Gurtstoke, Dromsarane & Meelshane
Anne Motherway and Jean O'Gorman
Kilbree, Killurriga, Gurteenina & Attyquin
Scott Daly and John McCarthy
Roxboro, Milltown & Clashdubh
Brian O'Driscoll and David O'Driscoll
Stumphill, Castleview, Churchtown, Whiterock, Carrigeenamoe & Dunsfort
Jerry Smyth and Dick Smithwick
Kilmountain, Ballynascarty
Norma Ferriter and Liam Ryan

The council co-opted 5 extra people to the council: Paul Kelly, Paula McAuliffe, Brid Cooney, Fr. Billy O’Donovan & a representative from Ballintotas N.S.

Officers Of The First Council

Chairman: Frank Hayes, Vice Chairman: Liam Ryan, Secretary: Gerard Cott, Asst. Secretary: Anne Motherway, Treasurer: Brian O’Driscoll, Asst. Treasurer: John McCarthy, P.R.O: John Cashman.

Details of BACC members & contact numbers

Ivor Knowles

(086) 8185180

Kieran O’Sullivan

(087) 7506849

Jane Murphy

(086) 310 0220

Ger Broderick

(087) 771 6888

Heather Colan O’Leary

(086) 8312509

Michael Ryan

(087) 257 1573

Paula McAuliffe

(087) 9050767

Liam McCarthy

(086) 8190187

Roger Harty

(087) 2316346

Sean Kelly

(086) 1922054

Jean O’Gorman

(086) 3319101

John Cashman

(086) 8778182

Kevin Cronin

(087) 1217034

Gerry Smyth

(086) 3735597

Patsy Cashman

(086) 6079108

Shane Carroll

(087) 7254143

Sonny Shanahan

(086) 8226588

Tim Troy

(083) 1330634

Tom O’Brien

(086) 8030354

Mike Falahee

(086) 3893222

Barry Fitzgerald

(086) 6048800

Máirtín Foy

021-43644020

Information on community initiatives

Cleanup

By pitching in, you are helping to strengthen your community’s response to waste. This is a fantastic opportunity to meet with neighbours and contribute to a beautiful community

Cleanup dates and times are posted on the “Ballintotis Watch” Whats App group as well as signs around the locality 2 weeks in advance of the cleanup date

Cleanups are typically scheduled for a Saturday morning approximately 6 times per year and the rendez vous point is the Community Centre

Cleanups take between 1.5 to 2 hours

Cleanups only take place when weather conditions are suitable

We aim to cover as many km of road as possible in the Ballintotis area. The more volunteers we have, the greater area we can cover. We ensure that volunteers attend for the cleanup, have roads near their property included in the cleanup area.

Always follow health and safety guidelines – volunteers must wear high visibility vests and gloves. Rubbish pickers and bags are provided

Practice social distancing and sanitation practices before, during and after the cleanup

Wear proper clothing. Ensure that you wear a mask and gloves for protection.  Wear closed toe shoes (not sandals or flip flops) socks, long pants and shirts to avoid contact with anything unsafe or contaminated.

Protect yourself from the sun!

Safety first! Only pick up litter that is safe to handle and can be easily disposed of or recycled. Never touch the litter directly or your face during your cleanup. Bring hand sanitizer, especially if you are coving an area where you are unable to wash your hands.

Leave hazardous items alone. Do not touch items like needles, syringes and medical waste. Items like oil drums, batteries and canisters are not safe to touch or pick up. These need to be disposed of according to special rules.

Make sure you hydrate and stay cool. Bring and drink water. Avoid over-exertion, sunburn, heat exhaustion and dehydration.

Respect live animals. When encountering birds or animals on your cleanup and respect their space

Work in teams. Stay with at least one other person while you clean up. Make sure to social distance when possible. At present, volunteers work with another member of their household

All refuse is collected immediately afterwards and disposed of at the local Cork County Council Amenity sitea

Lap of the Lake

December 27th is the Ballintotis annual Lap of the Lake Walk. It is a free family social event for everyone (old and young) to meet up for a walk around the lake starting and finishing at the community centre.  Tea, coffee and light refreshments are served in the hall afterwards for all. A raffle is also held and is guaranteed to be an afternoon to remember with family and friends

Each year BACC in conjunction it the Fit4Life group select a charity and make a donation to this charity after the walk. Some previous benefactors included Enable Ireland (working to enable and empower children and adults with disabilities to achieve independence, choice and inclusion) and Bumbleance (The Children’s National Ambulance Service)

Table Quiz

Our annual Ballintotis Community Council Table Quiz is the most entertaining and engaging Pub Quiz in Cork!

With our amazing hosts the quiz becomes entertaining, hilarious, highly interactive, and even educative! What else could you ask for on a November night

Try your knowledge in music, videos, pop culture, general facts & so much more! And don’t forget about the PRIZES

All proceeds will go to the Community Council towards ongoing running costs for the Community Centre

Ballintotis National School

 

Ballintotis,
Castlemartyr,
Co Cork,
Ireland. P25 Y272

 

ballintotasns@gmail.com
principal.ballintotasns@gmail.com

 

021 4667513

Ballintotis Church Information

Ballintotis Church

Castlemartyr Co Cork

Mass Times Information

Ballintotis Church Mass Times

“Sunday” @ 10:00am

Ballintotis Watch

We currently have a whats app group please contact. If interested