Tie a yellow ribbon for lost loved ones on Limerick city tree

Anne Sheridan

Reporter:

Anne Sheridan

THOUSANDS of yellow ribbons in memory loved ones will be tied to a special Christmas tree on Bedford Row over the next two weeks.

THOUSANDS of yellow ribbons in memory loved ones will be tied to a special Christmas tree on Bedford Row over the next two weeks.

The initiative of Limerick Thomond Rotary Club has been taken to the hearts of the public over the past two years, after they borrowed the idea from a rotary club in Waterford. Not only does the tree allow people to honour those they have lost, but it also raises thousands of euro for local charities.

Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Jim Long, was the first to tie a ribbon on the tree, in memory of a young local woman, who passed away last week at the age of 27 due to an illness.

“I think Christmas is a time for children and is the season of goodwill. It will certainly a very sad time for people who have lost a loved one. You can see every grave on Christmas week with a wreath,” he said.

The mayor said this initiative may bring solace to people who have lost loved ones and find Christmas to be difficult time. From now up until Thursday, December 22 it is expected that some 10,000 people will be remembered. Mass will also be said for those remembered in the Augustinian Church.

*A full version of this story appears in the Limerick Leader Monday tabloid edition 12-11-11