March 28: Community spirit at its best on April 3

COMMUNITY pride can be measured in many different ways but it’s all the more impressive when there is something tangible to show for it – and the Team Limerick Clean-up initiative organised for Good Friday has that in spades. On page 6 this week we publish the full list of those participating - and it makes for impressive reading.

COMMUNITY pride can be measured in many different ways but it’s all the more impressive when there is something tangible to show for it – and the Team Limerick Clean-up initiative organised for Good Friday has that in spades. On page 6 this week we publish the full list of those participating - and it makes for impressive reading.

Hundreds of different groups from all over the city and county will come together in a spirit of camaraderie and mutual endeavour to ensure their areas are looking their very best. Together, more than 10,000 strong, they will form the biggest one-day clean-up ever staged in Ireland – another example of Limerick leading the way.

The idea, so enthusiastically championed by Paul O’Connell, the heroic captain of Ireland’s triumphant Six Nations rugby team and financially backed by JP McManus, has really caught the public imagination. While registration for the initiative has now closed – for this year, at least – there is nothing to stop anyone who feels suitably inspired on the day itself from playing some part in making their local areas cleaner, for the benefit of all who live, work and play there.

This is just the latest in a string of positive initiatives to take place in Limerick over the past few years and it is designed to make us all feel proud of the city and county we call home. As regular readers will know, the Leader has been strongly behind the Team Limerick Clean-up and we look forward to publishing many pictures of our readers getting stuck in and showing their pride on April 3.