Message to our volunteers: Level 5 lockdown

With the upcoming weekend being a holiday weekend, we would not have been meeting up.  Unfortunately, because of the move to Level 5 restrictions, we will not now be able to meet again for Saturday activities until the restrictions are lifted on 1 December. 
During the last lockdown many of you picked litter close to your home and you should be able to do this again as part of your permitted exercise.  As we know from last time, litter doesn’t stop just because we are in lockdown!  While we cannot organise anything formal, if you plan to continue to pick up litter local to you, please could you confirm (by text or email) the area you will be in so that we can try and cover as much of the Douglas area as we can. If replying by text, please put your name at the end of your message so that we can identify you! Many thanks.
We will return on Saturday 5 December (fingers crossed!) and also go out on Saturday 12 December. Again unfortunately due to COVID-19, we will be unable to have our annual Christmas lunch, which would normally be in mid-December.
Usually we take a break for the month of January, but this year, given we have missed so many Saturdays, we thought we would return earlier – on Saturday 9 January.
There has also been some discussion about the possibility of a big clean up (e.g. somewhere like Doman’s Wood (or similar), where we could easily social distance) between Christmas and New Year – could be as a family event –  if people are interested.  Again, please let us know if you are interested in this – we will check in again on this when we are back in December.
Many thanks to you all for your hard work through what has been a challenging year.

Heritage Week 2019

We have again organised a few events for this year’s Heritage Week. A short description of these events and links to more detailed information can be found below.


Habitat Mapping Workshop, August 17

This is your chance to learn about habitat mapping and participate in the development of the Douglas Biodiversity Plan. The workshop will be led by Karen Loxton from Wild Work (SECAD).

https://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/habitat-mapping-workshop


Come foraging in the Mangala, August 21

Join herbalist, botanist and ecologist Jo Goodyear from Blackrock Herbal Clinic on a foraging walk through the Mangala and learn about the wide variety of edible plants in our locality.

https://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/come-foraging-in-the-mangala


Douglas Historical Walking Tour, August 23

Join Cllr Kieran McCarthy for a historical walking tour of Douglas.

https://www.heritageweek.ie/whats-on/event/douglas-and-its-history

Streetscape Painting, Signage & Improvement Scheme 2019

Applications for the Ballincollig Carrigaline Municipal District Streetscape Painting, Signage & Improvement Scheme for 2019 close on Friday 24th May for the Douglas village area. Tenants or owners of buildings can avail of a grant of up to 50% of the cost of painting the facades along the street. Tenants or owners of buildings can also avail of a grant of up to 50% of the costs of replacing existing plastic, neon & printed signs etc. with ‘‘Heritage Type Signs’’. Cork County Council encourages the use of Irish in signs and recommends that applicants incorporate Irish into their proposal. See the County Council website for details:

https://www.corkcoco.ie/en/municipal-districts/streetscape-painting-signage-improvement-scheme-2019

Independence Park Opening

To mark the centenary of the Declaration of Irish Independence, the First Dáil Éireann and the beginning of the War of Independence Douglas Tidy Towns invites you to the official opening of Independence Park in Douglas (located across the road from the Fingerpost Roundabout, in front of the Garda Station).

The official opening will take place on Saturday 19th January at 2 pm.

Simon Coveney TD, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs

-and-

Seán Kelleher, Rúnaí of the Kilmichael and Crossbarry Commemoration Committee for 33 years and expert on the 1919 – 1923 period

will both speak at the event.

All are welcome.