WATCH: Paul O'Connell praises ‘a simple idea’ as TLC4 gets underway

Maria Flannery

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AN INCREDIBLE 18,500 people are taking to the streets this Good Friday to clean up Limerick, as part of TLC4.

Team Limerick Clean-up is Ireland’s largest one-day tidy up, and hundreds of locations around Limerick city and county will be cleaned up by teams of children, businesses, residential groups, Tidy Towns and sports clubs.

The volunteers will give their community a spring clean with the aim of making Limerick the tidiest place in the country.

“It’s amazing to see such a community effort from the people of Limerick, with everybody coming together to help make their neighbourhoods and surrounding areas as tidy as possible,” said Paul O’Connell, ambassador for the event.

“What started out as a small local initiative has become an annual fixture on Good Friday where people from every pocket of Limerick are now getting involved.”

The participation this year, the fourth year of the initiative, has increased by 2,000 people since last year’s event.

And those behind the event, as well as supporters and volunteers, gathered in the People’s Park this Friday morning to officially launch the clean-up.

TLC is sponsored by the JP McManus Benevolent Fund and administered by Limerick City and County Council.

Endorsed by rugby legend Paul O’Connell, the official partners include Mr Binman, the Limerick Leader and Limerick’s Live 95FM. Participants this year are set to include current and ex-Munster rugby players Keith Earls, David Wallace and Jerry Flannery.

It is estimated that over 70 tonnes of litter were collected last year by Mr Binman.

“I’d like to thank each and every volunteer who has given some of their time on what is a very cold day,” said JP McManus.

“This is an annual event that is very close to my heart and I’m delighted to see participation numbers continuing to grow, year on year.”