Limerick’s floating Christmas tree is removed from the River Shannon

David Hurley

Reporter:

David Hurley

LIMERICK’S floating Christmas Tree which toppled over last month is back on dry land after it was successfully removed from the River Shannon last evening.

LIMERICK’S floating Christmas Tree which toppled over last month is back on dry land after it was successfully removed from the River Shannon last evening.

The eco-friendly Christmas tree, which is made entirely from metal salvaged from Thomond Park and the Limerick Tunnel, had remained half-submerged near Howley’s Quay since it fell over on March 9 last.

The Christmas Tree, which is over 100 in height was not damaged when it toppled over.

“Everything with it is perfect, there is no damage, there is nothing wrong with it and it is intact,” said Ray O’Halloran of Speedline Engineering, who helped remove the giant tree from the water.

A section of Howley’s Quay was closed to traffic for several hours yesterday as a giant crane moved in to lift the sections of metal tree from the Shannon onto trucks.

“The removal took some time because each section has to be unbolted and it came out in twelve different segments,” explained Ray O’Halloran, who said the removal of the tree had gone according to plan.

The Christmas Tree will be kept in a storage facility owner by Hegarty Metals until a decision is made later in the year where to put the tree for Christmas.

Last month, Limerick City Council confirmed that it had received a number of suggestions from members of the public in relation to the tree.

However it is unclear if the public will be consulted about any future plans now that the tree is back on dry land.