Grand Slam rugby star Joy packs down for Spring Clean

No butts: Joy Neville joins Mayor of Limerick Cllr Gerry McLoughlin in launching the Spring Clean campaign. Picture: Press 22
IRISH rugby star Joy Neville has urged people all over Limerick to get involved in a national spring clean campaign.

IRISH rugby star Joy Neville has urged people all over Limerick to get involved in a national spring clean campaign.

An Taisce, in association with Limerick’s local authorities, is asking people to get involved in the 14th annual National Spring Clean Campaign in April.

Mayor of Limerick Cllr Gerry McLoughlin joined Grand Slam winning Irish women’s rugby player Joy and Helen O’Donnell, chair of Limerick’s Tidy Towns group, to launch the initiative.

“I am calling on community and volunteer groups across the city to register and get involved in Spring Clean up initiatives during the month of April and throughout the year,” he said.

Ms Neville said she would encourage people to take “positive action, get involved”.

“Limerick is a great place to live, I am very proud of my Limerick roots and would encourage everyone to help make Limerick a cleaner brighter place to work live and visit,” she said.

Mrs O’Donnell said the Tidy Towns groups was planning a city centre clean-up event for the last week in April.

The Spring Clean campaign is open to individuals, schools, businesses and community groups and runs from April 1-30. Approximately 180 local groups took part last year.

Caroline Curley, director of service, environment in Limerick’s merged local authorities said the campaign was “a positive and fun way of coming together with their neighbours to ensure that their road, estate, park, parish, village or community is cleaner.”

Groups and individuals that register to participate are issued clean-up kits. See www.nationalspringclean.org.