SOUTHILL is brushing up its image as residents capitalised on Tuesday’s fine weather to paint over graffiti that had long defaced a wall at De Vere Court.
White spirits were in short supply locally last night after a crowd of over 30 children got their hands dirty to pitch in for the community effort.
The work was made possible through Limerick City Council’s €10,000 environmental grant awarded to the Carew Kincora estate management group this year. For that modest amount, the community has seen a new stone nameplate erected at the estate entrance, beautiful flowerbeds set, rubbish removed prior to the May bonfires and other general improvements.
Funds also went to buy the paint, rollers and brushes distributed for Tuesday’s voluntary effort at De Vere Court.
“The old De Vere Court bungalows were standing on this spot until they were knocked around seven or eight years ago. So the graffiti dates from back then and people living around the green were tired of looking at it and came together,” explained community officer Patricia Boylan.
Mariah Moran, Carew Park, said residents were now pushing Limerick City Council to provide a playground on the green.
“You can see all the excitement with the kids here today just to be doing a bit of painting. There is nothing for them to do here and there has been no money spent in this area for the children,” said Ms Moran.
Approaches to the Council to fund a playground have met without success to date with officials suggesting children can use play facilities at O’Malley Park.
But that is not an option, according to Mariah.
“We feel that the children deserve facilities in their own area where they can be in a supervised and safe place. The parents are often stuck in home minding the younger children but would be able to look out and see they’re safe,” she said.
Youngsters, she added, couldn’t be expected to cross the busy road into O’Malley Park.
Meanwhile, a remembrance garden is being laid around the corner at Rathbane Terrace as part of ongoing improvement works being undertaken by estate management. Ms Boylan said trees and shrubs were being planted while artwork on a wall would include vine leaves on which bereaved families could write messages to loved ones who have departed through natural causes, suicide or other tragedies.