LIMERICK city’s first entry into the Tidy Towns competition took a huge step forward this weekend, as a group of business people and interested members of the public took to the streets to clean-up the city.
Sunday morning saw a large crowd of interested city stakeholders gather to clean-up of designated parts of the city centre, with a steady stream of volunteers arriving from 10am.
Helen O’Donnell, chair of the Limerick City Business Association, came up with the idea of entering the city centre into Tidy Towns’ new category for large urban spaces, and led yesterday’s clean-up operation.
“It is going very well, we are really excited. We have had a huge crew of people come in to help out today,” said Ms O’Donnell this Sunday afternoon.
Rugby star Jerry Flannery was on hand to help with the initiative, picking up cigarette butts on O’Connell Street, while property developer Michael Tiernan, his wife Maeve and their friends and family gathered around Arthur’s Quay to help clean the streets around the shopping centre and the park opposite it.
“The city is really going to take shape. It is a case of asking people to care for their place and if we could bring the passion that they had last night in Thomond Park onto the streets of the city, we would have an amazing place to be here,” explained Mrs O’Donnell.
“We have ten organisations on board and today we have had people ringing in and coming in offering us equipment and help and all of this is because people want to see the place cleaner and better and people have huge pride in the city,” she added.
The project to clean-up the city and enter the Tidy Towns competition is being supported by Limerick City Council, Limerick Chamber of Commerce, the Local Heroes group, Shannon Development and the JP McManus foundation.