Limerick rolls up its sleeve today as a 10,000-strong volunteer army sets out to tackle tons of rubbish strewn along streets and by-ways in the city and county.
They will be led by a formdiable triumvirate of captains Paul O’Connell, JP McManus, and racing legend AP McCoy.
Team Limerick Clean-up (TLC) is one of the biggest one-day community efforts organised in this country.
Monks at Glenstal Abbey are also giving the clean-up their blessing and joining in the big effort — and it all came about over a cup of tea.
JP McManus said: “I was having a chat over a cup of tea with Paul and Helen O’Donnell who are very involved in the tidy towns organisation in Limerick and do great work with a team of volunteers and the idea of a big clean up came up.”
More than 10,000 volunteers signed up to take part in various locations across the city and county. Each group will get their own reference number.
The three-hour operation begins at 10am today and the big operation will end with a cup of tea at local community centres,
Mr Binman will deploy six crews to ensure every rubbish bag is dealt with.
Joe Cleary of Mr Binman said: “We are expecting somewhere in the region of about 40,000 bags to be ready for collection after the big clean up is completed.”
Paul O’Connell will have plenty of family help when he sets out from Clancy Strand. He said: “My son Paddy, who is 4 ,will be with me and he can’t wait to get on his high-vis jacket.”
Jockey AP McCoy signed up for the clean up and will join JP and his neighbours around Martinstown. AP is staying with JP and will ride his last time Irish race at Fairyhouse this weekend.
Mr McManus said: “We are really looking forward to meeting as many of the volunteers that we can. An important aspect of this event is the post clean-up activity, where all those taking part will re-group afterwards for a well-deserved cup of tea and a chat in their local community centres. In recognition of all the hard work, we will be producing a commemorative TLC book featuring the names of each volunteer. We are asking all volunteers to free-text the letters TLC with their full name and address to 50123.”
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