THERE is nothing like pride in one’s native place and on June 13 next one County Limerick community will wear its heart on its sleeve when it comes to showing its appreciation of its local treasures.
Love Kilmallock Day - a fresh initiative spearheaded by Kilmallock Tidy Towns has been organised to raise awareness about Kilmallock, its history and the local environment.
Two events are taking place on the one day - there will be a clean-up between 10am and 12pm which will include a treasure hunt for children, followed by a picnic on the loop walk later in the evening.
“During the treasure hunt, the children will walk the main streets picking up litter as they go,” explained Paul Ferns of Kilmallock Tidy Towns.
“As part of the treasure hunt they will be asked some questions about Kilmallock. They will find tools along the way and they will have to make up a sentence that is the answer to the question.”
The committee are also in talks with associations in the different estates about doing clean-ups.
“We will provide bags and someone to collect the rubbish at around 12pm - a bit like the TLC event,” Paul added.
“We will also be doing some painting on the two cottages on the Charleville Road on the day - we will be whitewashing those. It will be a general spruce up because the judging for the Tidy Towns also starts.”
From 3pm to 6pm, The Balbec Picnic will take place at the memory trees on the loop walk located near Kilmallock’s industrial park. The whole community including people who recently sponsored trees on the loop walk are invited to attend.
“They can bring their own food and we will provide music. There will be plenty of seating there and there will be marquees as well,” said Paul.
There will also be plenty of activities to keep the children entertained for the afternoon.
“There will be face painting and we will open a sweet shop for the kiddies. It is for people to celebrate. The winners of the treasure hunt will be given medals and we will be presenting them at the picnic.”