RUGBY legend Paul O’Connell is encouraging people to wear a specially designed lapel pin, which it’s hoped will promote Limerick and pride in the city.
The lapel pin, which was designed by 11-year-old Anna Kinsella from Rhebogue was selected from the hundreds of designs which submitted in the Design a Lapel Pin competition.
The competition, which is part of the Limerick Going for Gold campaign, sought entries from primary, secondary and third level students throughout Limerick which would reflect pride in Limerick.
More than 700 entries were received with the judges’ selecting Anna’s design as the overall winner.
Anna’s winning design has been produced into a gold plated pin which will be used to promote Limerick.
The lapel pin, which is due to be officially unveiled at the Hunt Museum this Tuesday, is available free of charge in selected locations throughout the city.
The Limerick Going for Gold campaign is supported by the JP McManus charitable foundation.
“This winning pin represents all that is positive and inspiring about Limerick and is being launched to support the wider objectives of the Going for Gold campaign. In addition to promoting a cleaner brighter Limerick, we would like to inspire pride amongst the community,” said JP McManus, who added that he hopes Limerick people will wear the lapel pin with pride. “From grass roots level upwards, we are starting to change the way people embrace our city and we very much want to encourage people in Limerick and beyond to wear the pin with pride,” he said.
Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Kathleen Leddin praised the initiative.
“Those who wear this pin can do so with pride knowing that they are living in a city that is moving forward with one eye on its record as a progressive and welcoming city and the other on a very bright future for the city and its residents,” she said.
See the Limerick Leader weekend edition for more