Remembrance tree takes root in Limerick City

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Mayor of Limerick, Sean Lynch officially opening the Thomond Rotary Remembrance Tree with Pat Kearney, Jonathan Carey, President of Limerick Thomond Rotary Club, Stephen Ryan and Niall Sheehy at Bedford Row. Picture Brendan Gleeson

LIMERICK Thomond Rotary Club have taken roots on Bedford Row this Christmas with their annual Tree of Remembrance.

The tree provides a public space where people remember loved ones who have passed on or who are unable to be at home for the Christmas. People can write the name of a loved one on a yellow ribbon and have it placed on the tree. There is no charge and voluntary donations are accepted.

The project has been running in partnership with Limerick City and County Council since 2009 and has raised more than €130,000 over that time. This year the project is supporting Limerick Red Cross, Cuan Mhuire, and the Oesophageal Cancer Fund. Funds are also raised to support Rotary’s charities including its drive to eradicate polio.

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Volunteers from the three Limerick charities will be at the tree at the junction of O’Connell Street and Bedford Row along with members of the Limerick Thomond Rotary Club. The tree will be manned every day from 11am to 5pm until Friday December 22. 

A remembrance service will take place at the Augustinian Church on O’Connell Street at 4pm on Friday January 5, 2018. Thousands of yellow ribbons from the tree will be placed on the altar and prayers will be said for all the people who were remembered.

This year, for the first time, people can donate online and a ribbon will be placed on the tree on their behalf. Go to www.ifundraise.ie/thomondrotaryremembrancetree

by Alan Jacques

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