Volunteers wanted for Limerick city centre clean-up ahead of Tidy Towns visit

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

JUDGES for Tidy Towns will visit Limerick city next month to consider its inaugural inclusion in the competition.

JUDGES for Tidy Towns will visit Limerick city next month to consider its inaugural inclusion in the competition.

Ahead of the visit, twice weekly clean-up operations of the city centre are progressing at a rapid rate, but more volunteers are needed to help out.

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 is leading the way on improving the look of the city.

Enlisting local business people and the general public as volunteers, the clean-up operations have been taking place since the start of April, but have moved up a gear in May.

“We have been meeting every Sunday and Wednesday for the month of May,” explained Ms O’Donnell.

“This is national volunteering week and we are trying to get everybody on board. We want people to come out and look after their own buildings and get volunteers to come and help with areas that are a little bit more difficult, derelict or empty or don’t have anybody taking responsibility for them,” she added.

Limerick City Council are doing their part in the endeavour and are working hard to keep the streets clean and free of chewing gum, but Ms O’Donnell explained that local businesses need to do more outside their own premises, and that Tidy Town encompasses more than just clean streets.

“Tidy Towns is more than just having tidy streets, it is about buildings, the general environment - there are lots of aspects to it,” she explained.

It is a positive thing and we just want to get people out to help. We are hoping that others will follow suit and take that bit more pride in their city and clean it up,” she added,

Dulux have also lent their support and several buildings on O’Connell Street are due to be smartened up in the coming weeks.

Volunteers will meet this Wednesday at 6.30pm outside the White House Bar.