Limerick village shows a thirst for recycling

Sinead McDonnell, Grainne Greene, John Hardiman, Richie Ryan, Rohan Jangam, Eamonn Carney and Anne Hayes at the water fountain in Castleconnell NS.

OCTOBER has been designated as National Reuse Month and, to mark the occasion, Castleconnell Tidy Town volunteers gifted a refurbished water fountain to the local primary school.

The water fountain was purchased in an auction in Meath for €280 with a view to installing it in Castleconnell as part of a Tidy Towns project.

The fountain turned out to be just a shell as there was no internal plumbing. However the Tidy Towns team led by former chairman Vincent Warfield built a new plumbing system including a very clever auto off feature, thus converting a cast iron shell into a functional water fountain for future generations.

The fountain has been installed outside the classrooms where students and pupils can avail of drinking water at any time.

John Hardiman of Castleconnell Tidy Towns said: “We are delighted to provide this refurbished water fountain to our local national school along with reusable water bottles. It is very important for us to link with our community and our local green school is a continuous source of biodiversity and sustainability thought leadership.

Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter

“Led by School Principal Richie Ryan and Vice Principal Grainne Greene, we really appreciate our on-going partnership,” he added

National Reuse Month is about shining a spotlight valuing old material by repairing and reusing it for as long and as often as possible.

Sinead McDonnell, Environment Awareness Officer with Limerick City and County Council said it was wonderful to see the enthusiasm for #Reuse in Castleconnell.

“I would like to congratulate the Tidy Towns volunteers for bringing the water fountain back to use and providing it to the local national school. It is a win for the school, a super project under the sustainability category for Castleconnell’s 2023 Tidy Towns application and a win for the environment,” she added.