Paul O'Connell and JP McManus start the Team Limerick Clean-Up in March Picture: Sean Curtin
THE Team Limerick Clean-Up initiative that saw thousands of people come out for a mammoth community event in March has been shortlisted for a European award.
The initiative, backed by JP McManus and Limerick City and County Council, is Ireland’s largest community clean-up event and has been nominated for the European Excellence Awards in Berlin.
The awards recognise and honour outstanding performance in an extensive range of categories embracing organisations, companies and projects and TLC has been shortlisted along with four other European nominations for the Sustainability and Environment Award.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony in Berlin on December 8.
Mr McManus said the nomination was “a truly momentous accolade for the Team Limerick Clean-Up.
“The great numbers that have supported TLC in its two years in existence have reflected so well on people’s willingness to do good and support something worthwhile,” he said.
“This shortlisting is a wonderful acknowledgement of the tremendous work carried out by all the volunteers who have shown such commitment to making TLC an outstanding success.”
TLC was initiated in 2015 by Mr McManus, Paul O’Connell and Helen O’Donnell who wanted to create an event which would see communities across all divides coming together on the same day every year to help clean up their neighbourhoods.
Around 14,000 people turned out for the second staging of the clean-up on Good Friday, with around 50,000 bags of rubbish collected.
The TLC initiative is sponsored by the JP McManus Benevolent Fund and is co-ordinated by Limerick City and County Council and partnered by the Limerick Leader, Limerick’s Live 95FM, and Mr Binman.
Council CEO Conn Murray hailed an event that has “captured the imagination of the people of Limerick.
“It may only be in its infancy, having begun in 2015, but it has already become part of the fabric of community life here in Limerick.
“There is a sense of ownership and pride in the project, with more and more people willing to get involved, all for the betterment of their communities and Limerick as a whole.”