Chloe Quinn gets an autograph from JP McManus at Corpus Christi National School during Team Limerick Clean Up Picture: Alan Place
A SCHOOL choir which has secured national recognition was again on song for the Team Limerick Clean-Up (TLC4) –performing to two of the city’s most well-known faces.
The Corpus Christi School Choir, Moyross, got this year’s big clean-up off to the best possible start, singing Cranberries classic ‘Dreams’ to Paul O’Connell and JP McManus in the early part of Good Friday morning.
The youngsters have already won the hearts of the nation, singing on RTE’s Marian Finucane Show, as well as at half-time in Munster’s recent Guinness Pro 14 game against the Scarlets in Thomond Park.
Now, they secured a smaller, but equally as significant audience with the Munster legend and philanthropist, the driving forces of TLC4.
“It was fantastic, it was great for the kids. Two of Limerick’s most famous faces and they came to see us. It was a memorable experience for them,” smiled Corpus Christi principal Tiernan O’Neilll.
“The whole idea of TLC is not just to clean up, but also enhance the fabric of communities like Moyross. There was a real feel good factor about the whole thing,” he added.
And perhaps a measure of the impact TLC is having on the northside comes in the fact there are fewer bags then ever being collected on Good Friday – with the community making more of an effort keeping their area clean inbetween.
This is also the case over in Southill, with the manager of Tait House Tracey Lynch saying TLC4 was another huge success.
This year, a Trash Fashion event took place, where children used waste and recycled materials to express themselves.
JP and Paul O’Connell were also in attendance on the southside.
“We are out regularly picking up litter, but there is always enough to pick up,” she added, saying Tait House has led a community initiative whereby people are encouraged to re-use their cups in exchange for a discount on their coffee.
Community activist Sarah-Lee Kiely led a clean-up of the Janesboro and Rathbane areas.
“Overall, it went really well. We had about 15 adults and 13 children on duty. It was a very positive day,” she said.
The community has also benefited after Sarah won a ‘Mutt Mitt’ dispenser after entering a competition on social network Twitter.
This will provide dog owners with handy receptacles in which to safely and hygienically collect the waste their animals leave.