Paul O’Connell was joined by pupils, Hannah Noonan, 6, Amy Lane, 5, Ella Byrne, 5 and Sadhbh Galvin, 6 from Scoil Iosaf Girls' NS at The Red Door Gallery, Newcastle West to launch TLC4
GROUPS interested in taking part in a Good Friday clean-up this year are being urged to sign up for the fourth Team Limerick Clean-up as soon as possible.
Good Friday is earlier than usual this year, taking place on March 30, so registration is important so that the team behind the annual clean-up can send groups their packs and information.
Almost 9,000 volunteers have already signed up for the mammoth cleaning effort. Last year, 17,000 people took to the streets of the city and county to pick up litter.
Paul O'Connell launched TLC4 in Newcastle West in January.
The former Munster, Ireland and Lions rugby captain is the proud face of this year’s campaign.
Although similar clean-up campaigns may exist elsewhere, the rugby player said at the launch: “No-one is doing it as well as we are.”
“It is a really simple idea. You register on the website, we send you on a pack, you get out for a few hours and if you can bring a few kids on, all the better,” he said.
Keeping Limerick litter-free is everybody's responsibility, according to Paul.
“It is our own job. It is nobody else’s job,” he said.
“It is not just doing it once. It is doing it every year. It becomes something that you do every Good Friday. If a kid is doing this from junior or senior infants and all the way up, you have a kid then with some very good habits,” he said.
Interested parties can sign up to take part in TLC4 in their local area on www.teamlimerickcleanup.ie.