Munster rugby giant Paul gives anti-litter campaign some ‘TLC’

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

Joining Paul O'Connell was Helen O'Donnell from the JP McManus Fund, and Milford National School students, Laura, 9 and Marcus 7. Picture: Alan Place
HE MAY be a towering rugby giant but Paul O’Connell was on hand to give a little ‘TLC’ this Wednesday as part of an innovative anti-litter campaign.

HE MAY be a towering rugby giant but Paul O’Connell was on hand to give a little ‘TLC’ this Wednesday as part of an innovative anti-litter campaign.

The Ireland rugby captain attended the University of Limerick to launch the Team Limerick Clean-up (TLC) which will see people the length and breadth of the county roll up their sleeves and collect rubbish on Good Friday.

The campaign is inviting individuals, local residents associations, sporting organisations and businesses to get together throughout Limerick city and county on April 3 to collect litter in their local areas.

Sponsored by the JP McManus Benevolent Fund, the campaign is partnered by Mr Binman, who will be responsible for collecting all the refuse on the day. Media sponsors supporting the initiative include the Limerick Leader and Limerick’s Live 95FM.

Paul was joined by Helen O’Donnell from the JP McManus Fund where they both signed up to TLC through the campaign’s website: www.teamlimerickcleanup.ie.

“We are asking people to come out on the morning of Good Friday for a few hours to help make Limerick a cleaner and better place,” said Paul this Wednesday. “It’s going to be a great event and hopefully our kids will participate as well and learn about the importance of keeping their city tidy and having pride in their place.”

Getting involved is quick and simple – sign up at www.teamlimerickcleanup.ie. or telephone 061 496200 to find out more.

Information packs and clean-up kits will be available for everyone who registers and by getting involved in the very first year, participants will become part of history!

Meanwhile, Paul O’Connell who has previously said that he was unsure when he will finally hang up his boots, said this week that he will come to a decision soon.

“I probably need to make up my mind fairly quickly,” he said. “I’m just trying to enjoy my playing at the moment and trying to be in the best physical condition that I can for the World Cup.”

“The injuries have taken a bit off my career. There are certain things you can’t do in training. It’s all about listening to the body, but I think I’m in good shape at the moment and I’ll be in good shape at the World Cup. It doesn’t mean I’ll keep on playing. It’s a decision I have to make probably in the next few months. But I’m fairly undecided at the moment.”