MILLIONAIRE businessman JP McManus paid a surprise visit to Our Lady Queen of Peace this Tuesday to congratulate the Janesboro community on their recent Limerick Going for Gold win.
Mr McManus, who backed the recent Going for Gold campaign along with Limerick City Council and the Limerick Leader among others, met and congratulated Janesboro Tidy Towns Committee and the pupils of Our Lady Queen of Peace for the work they carried out within the community.
“I wish to congratulate Janesboro and convey my thanks to everyone in Janesboro and all the groups and individuals across the greater Limerick City Area for their participation in the National Tidy Towns competition and the Limerick Going for Gold Campaign,” he said.
“You have led by example and your work can only inspire others to help make Limerick the cleanest city in Ireland,” he added.
There was great excitement at Mr McManus’ visit, as there was pride at Janesboro’s recent victory in the Going for Gold competition.
Leslie Cunningham, chair of the Janesboro Tidy Towns committee, said that the community were “delighted with our Tidy Towns results and with Janesboro’s first place in the Limerick Going for Gold campaign”.
“We would encourage groups and individuals to participate in these initiatives,” she said.
“These campaigns help build and strengthen communities as well as making our environment look better. We would like to say a big thank you to JP McManus Foundation for their sponsorship of the Limerick Going for Gold campaign,” she added.
Michael Ryan, principal of Our Lady Queen of Peace, echoed Ms Cunningham’s words.
“We were delighted that Janesboro won the Tidy Towns category of the Limerick Going for Gold campaign,” he said.
“I appreciate the help the Tidy Towns committee has given the school over the years. They have helped the school achieve three Green Flags for Litter and Waste, Energy and Water. We intend to work hand in hand with the Tidy Towns group to enhance our community,” he added.
The aim of the Limerick Going for Gold competition was to “make Limerick a cleaner and brighter place to live, work and visit”, according to organisers, and this was the first of a three year process campaign, supported by Mr McManus’ foundation.