THE shrine in Ballynanty is getting a much needed facelift, thanks to fundraising from the local community.
Some €2,500 was donated to clean-up the icon, the only marble grotto in the city.
And workers from the Limerick Civic Trust have started cleaning the statue up.
Speaking to the Limerick Leader, Dr James Ring, the manager of the Civic Trust, said the project will be finished by early August.
The statue and the plinth in which Our Lady laid upon was getting grimy, so these will be cleaned up, while the Civic Trust will also carry out a paint job, and plant roses on the approach to the shrine to ad colour.
“It is not like other shrines in Limerick: it is not painted, it is marble. It had a lot of moss on it, and the plinth was well worn,” commented Dr Ring.
He said the St Munchin’s community approached the Civic Trust after seeing the good work they had done on cleaning up the shrine in Ballinacurra Weston.
Local councillor Maurice Quinlivan welcomed the clean-up, saying: “It was hoped at the time of the redevelopment of Thomond Park that the shrine would have been developed as well so we are happy and pleased this is going ahead. It has been an institution in the area since the estate was opened and people have a fond attachment to it.”
“It could have been tended to better. It was actually in good nick until very recently. It has not been damaged, and luckily has never been a focus of anti-social behaviour.”