Paul O'Connell launches TLC Christmas tree campaign

Paul O'Connell launches TLC Christmas tree campaign

A star is born: Paul O'Connell gives Zuzanna Grzelecka from Scoil Mhathair De a helping hand Pictures: Alan Place

ONE hundred Christmas tree decorated by kids in primary schools across Limerick will go on display in early December in a new initiative launched by Paul O’Connell.

The Munster and Irish rugby legend launched the Make a Big Christmas Tree competition in the Crescent Shopping Centre this Friday. 

Paul is an ambassador for the Team Limerick Clean-Up (TLC) campaign, which is running the event.

The towering former rugby player explained that the Christmas tree decoration contest is aimed at “promoting greater awareness” of the JP McManus backed TLC amongst a younger audience.

The competition for primary schools will eventually see 100 decorated Christmas trees displayed in the Crescent in early December. He said he expects to see “works of art”.

Paul said: “It’s important that the Team Limerick Clean-up initiative is not just about the one-day event on Good Friday, we would really like to see young kids becoming more aware of their localcommunities and the need to keep them litter free all year round.

“This competition is one way to keep TLC relevant and we’ve received great feedback so far with over 30 schools entered to date and we look forward to more schools registering with us over the coming days.

“We are also delighted to be partners with the Crescent Shopping Centre who have been a great support with this campaign. It’s the ideal location and setting to display the ‘works of art’ and I’m looking forward to seeing them in early December,” he added.

Schools are asked to register online at and each class will be presented with a 1.5m high blank Christmas tree to design and decorate.

The competition is divided into three different categories: Category A: Junior Infants to First Class; Category B:Second to Fourth Class and Category C: Fifth and Sixth classes. The winning schools will receive vouchers for school equipment.

The deadline for entries is Monday, October 24.

John Davitt, general manager of the Crescent who have partnered with TLC for the contest, said he was “delighted to support TLC Limerick and commends the community on their great work to date through this initiative.

“We look forward to displaying the local schools artistic take on the age-old tradition of decorating a Christmas Tree, and welcome all to come and see the finished trees on display at the Crescent Shopping Centre in December.”