JP McManus launches €50,000 cleanup challenge

Alan English

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Alan English

JP McManus has put up a prize fund of €50,000 for a unique competition aimed at improving the appearance of neighbourhoods all around Limerick city and its environs.

JP McManus has put up a prize fund of €50,000 for a unique competition aimed at improving the appearance of neighbourhoods all around Limerick city and its environs.

But Limerick’s richest man says the initiative is about more than prize money: he hopes the competition will be the first step in making the city a cleaner and better environment.

The Limerick Leader, along with our sister paper the Limerick Chronicle and Live 95FM, is fully behind the initiative and we are encouraging all our readers to embrace the idea and do their bit to help make Limerick Ireland’s cleanest city.

Twelve areas within Limerick city have entered the Tidy Towns 2011 with the help of Limerick City Council. They will now be competing for the prize money put up by the JP McManus Foundation in a competition that will involve a panel of judges as well as votes from readers of the Limerick Leader and Limerick Chronicle and listeners to Limerick’s Live 95FM.

Dozens of other areas who are not in the Tidy Towns event this year are being offered some financial support to play their part in the big clean-up. Full details of the competition will be revealed in our Monday edition and next weekend’s Leader, as well as on the Joe Nash show on Live 95 next week.

The idea for the competition was the result of discussions between Limerick City Council and the JP McManus Foundation and Mr McManus was at City Hall this week to meet some of the residents who will be competing for the prize money.

“We want to start small and work up,” said JP. “This is about tidying up the neighbourhoods and the city generally and giving people a bit of help and encouragement to make good things happen. Rome wasn’t built in a day, but I hope we’ll get there with this over time. Have a look again in 12 months’ time and tell us if things are better.

“There are great communities out there and all they want to do is good,” added JP. “They never get much praise but they have huge pride in our city.

“There is already a lot being done at the moment - I’ve only started to realise that. But hopefully this will help to get the message out even more – let’s get Limerick back to where we’d like it to be.

“The people of Limerick want to see a clean, thriving city.”