Talk nicely about itself.
That was the message from Mayor of Limerick Diarmuid Scully yesterday when he launched a ‘good news’ event in the city.
Limerick people, he said, should follow the example of their Cork neighbours and talk up their city at every opportunity.
Mayor Scully was launching an exhibition entitled, Limerick: Shifting the Focus, which features the many voluntary initiatives ongoing in five Limerick communities in the city.
Mr Scully said Limerick must learn to take more pride in itself and express this pride. He said many people in other parts of the country unfairly criticise Limerick. “We must send out the good news story that is Limerick and express it in the forward way people from Cork talk about their city. We should try and import some of this Cork characteristic into Limerick. If you’re with a Cork person for just a few minutes you know they’re from Cork.”
Community groups from five Limerick parishes, Moyross, St Munchin’s, Our Lady of Lourdes, Southill and St Mary’s are taking part in the exhibition which is on display in the Augustinian Church in O’Connell Street.
The exhibition includes drawings by children and the youngest prize winner in this category was Shane Franklin, aged eight, from Kileely.
Shane is the youngest of six children whose mother, Joan Franklin died from cancer last June.
Shane said: “I did a drawing of my mam as an angel up with God.”
His elder sister, Marie, 20, said: “Shane is our baby and we are very proud of him.”
The exhibition demonstrates the many unheralded community initiatives going on away from the glare of publicity in the five communities represented.