THE Team Limerick Cleanup, the biggest volunteer spring clean in the country swung into action this morning.
More than 10,000 volunteers are expected to don hi-vis jackets and clean around their communities this Good Friday with 40,000 bags of rubbish set to be gathered.
The clean-up, which is sponsored by the JP McManus benevolent fund and fronted by rugby legend Paul O’Connell, launched on the banks of the Shannon at Clancy’s Strand.
Here, the monks of Glenstal Abbey set off for a river-bank clean-up on five gandelow boats.
But the clean-up started long before this, with teams cleaning their communities from early morning.
As JP McManus passed down O’Callaghan’s Strand en route to Clancy’s Strand, he beeped his car horn at some of the green-clad volunteers.
Speaking to reporters, the philanthropist admitted he was surprised by the high level of turnout.
“I never imagined it would become what it has today. Limerick people have such great pride in their city and county, and I am just so happy they have embraced this idea. It would be nice if this could become an annual thing,” he said.
Mr McManus added: “What is great about this is a lot of communities are gathering together, neighbours who have never met, and there are 60 locations after the event where people are meeting for a cup of tea, a scone or a hot cross bun. Hopefully this will be the beginning of something big.”
The Team Limerick Cleanup has brought a diverse range of volunteers together including families, community groups, schools, residents’ associations, parishes and sports clubs from across Limerick.
Their goal is to make Limerick the tidiest and cleanest county in Ireland. Every town in Co Limerick is taking part with Murroe witnessing the greatest turn-out with over 700 volunteers grabbing litter pickers and cloths.
Following the clean-up, a book is to be put together commemorating the work of the volunteers.
To get a copy, all volunteers are asked to free-text the letters TLC with their name and address to 50123.