Green fingered thief strikes again in Limerick

Donal O’Regan


Donal O’Regan

Kathleen Greene, Tom O'Donnell, Mary Dillon, Joanne Linnane, Teresa Harding and Breda O'Dwyer, standing beside the hanging flower basket stand at the graveyard in Pallasgreen from where the hanging flower baskets were stolen  [ Picture: Dave Gaynor]
FOR THE third year running a light and green fingered thief has stolen flowers in Pallasgreen.

FOR THE third year running a light and green fingered thief has stolen flowers in Pallasgreen.

The horticulture loving criminal is causing a lot of annoyance to locals and especially Pallasgreen Tidy Towns committee who do trojan work in the locality.

In 2012, two big flower pots were taken. Last year two hanging baskets were taken from outside St Columba’s cemetery in Pallasgreen located on the main Limerick to Tipperary Road.

And now they are at it again.

In the last couple of weeks they have struck twice at exactly the same place. Just over two weeks ago begonias were dug out of a decorative roundstone on the Tipperary side of the village.

Chairperson of Pallasgreen Tidy Towns, Teresa Harding, contacted Donal Coffey one of the horticulturists with Limerick County Council.

“He very kindly gave me replacement flowers - begonias and geraniums - because he knew we were low on money. We set them last Wednesday night week. We started at 7pm and finished at 10pm - we did other bits and pieces as well. The village is looking lovely at the moment,” said Ms Harding.

Due to the hot weather the members of the six strong Tidy Towns committee watered the new flowers on Thursday night and Friday night.

“Then over the weekend they were taken from the exact same spot. It is dreadful - what can we do?

“Eventually, are they all going to be gone? I saw in the Leader that in Doon they are taking the signs.

“The whole thing is ridiculous. It makes it that bit harder and money is so hard to come by,” said Ms Harding.

The thefts have not just drawn the ire of the Tidy Towns volunteers but of the whole community.

“They have not only attacked the landscaping and gardening, they have attacked the entire community as well. It has disheartened and discouraged the volunteers who have been working so hard over the years enhancing and brightening up the local village for us and visitors to enjoy. How anyone could steal plants and shrubs bought through hard earned fundraising and donations beggars belief and is an absolute disgrace. They should be ashamed of themselves,” said a local.

Anybody with any information on who the mystery thief is, is asked to contact gardai.

Last year the theft of the hanging baskets was particularly upsetting due to their proximity to where people come to visit and pay their respects to loved ones laid to rest in the cemetery.