Letter from Paul O’Connell to the principals of Limerick

Alan Owens


Alan Owens

Pupils from Banogue National School show their excitement about signing up for the Team Limerick Clean-up, which takes place on Good Friday, April 3. Also pictured are Shelia Cagney, principal, Noel Earlie, steering committee and Joe Cleary, Mr Binman and below, Paul O'Connell with his son Paddy (Picture: Sportsfile)
CLOSE to 100 local groups have signed up to the Team Limerick Clean-up taking place on Good Friday.

CLOSE to 100 local groups have signed up to the Team Limerick Clean-up taking place on Good Friday.

And this week, 45 pupils, staff and parents in Banogue National School heeded Paul O’Connell’s passionate call to get involved in the innovative anti-litter campaign by registering to take part on April 3.

The campaign is inviting individuals, local residents associations, sporting organisations and businesses to get together throughout Limerick city and county on Good Friday and collect litter in their local areas.

In a letter to schools sent out this week, the towering Munster and Irish rugby giant urged “as many people as possible to get out on the streets of Limerick and its surrounding areas for two to four hours of picking, cleaning and brushing” on the day.

The Irish captain said “the effects of such a simple event are far reaching” and explained that his own son will take part in the upcoming clean-up.

“My son Paddy will be nearly five next Good Friday,” writes Paul. “He will be taking part in his first Team Limerick Clean-up. Hopefully, when Paddy is 20 he will be taking part in his 16th Team Limerick Clean-up.

“At that stage for him it will just be something he does every year as a Limerick person. Taking pride in his city and county, looking after it and keeping it clean will be part of Paddy’s everyday life. It will be a habit, and by repeatedly encouraging these habits and engaging in them ourselves a standard of excellence around cleanliness and tidiness in the city will take off.”

Banogue NS principal Sheila Cagney said the school was “environmentally aware and the need to keep our local environment nice and clean and take care of it”.

“It is part of our big drive here in the school to make the children very aware of the environment,” she explained. “There is lots of excitement about it and we have a very active parents’ council in the school, so we are going to be sending out a text to everybody and we plan to do a big clean-up between the cross in Banogue, the church and the school grounds.”

The TLC campaign is sponsored by the JP McManus Benevolent Fund and is being held in partnership with Mr Binman, with media sponsors supporting the initiative include the Limerick Leader and Limerick’s Live 95FM.

Getting involved is quick and simple – sign up at www.teamlimerickcleanup.ie. or telephone 061 496200 to find out more.

Information packs and clean-up kits will be available for everyone who registers and there are prizes on offer for signing up before February 14.