Limerick’s entry into Tidy Towns competition swings into action

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

LIMERICK City’s first entry into the Tidy Towns competition swung into action this week, with cleaners giving derelict buildings on Catherine Street a lick of paint.

LIMERICK City’s first entry into the Tidy Towns competition swung into action this week, with cleaners giving derelict buildings on Catherine Street a lick of paint.

Teams of business people from the various city centre streets have been tasked by the Limerick City Business Association to stage clean-ups of their streets.

And a team from Catherine Street began painting buildings on the upper part of the road this week, as our picture shows.

Chair of the Limerick City Business Association Helen O’Donnell says this is only the beginning, with Dan Lawless, of Lawless Flowers, also set to provide floral decoration.

“Over the next month, you are going to see a lot happening. We have groups on each street, and a representative of each street is cleaning them. It is all to do with tidying up the city,” she told the Limerick Leader.

“We have retailers and residents who are working on their own buildings, then we have some initiatives to try and get people to help out on other buildings, because they do look like a blot on the streetscape. It is all part of having a nicer environment on the street,” she added.

In readiness for the city’s inaugural entry into the Tidy Towns competition, a large crowd of interested city stakeholders gathered to clean up designated parts of the urban area.

Rugby star Jerry Flannery joined property developer Michael Tiernan and his wife Maeve around Arthur’s Quay to help clean the area.

The project to clean up the city and enter the competition is being supported by Limerick City Council, the Limerick Chamber, the Local Heroes Group, Shannon Development and the JP McManus foundation.