Team Limerick Clean-Up do a good deed on Good Friday

Garryowen FC members with Senator Maria Byrne, Paul O'Connell, and sponsor JP McManus, at last year's Team Limerick Clean-up. Photo: Kieran Ryan-Benson

A COMMUNITY initiative to clean up the streets across the city and county was held today (Friday). Over 21,500 volunteers turned out for the annual Team Limerick Clean-Up (TLC), including 85 schools across the city and county.

TLC is an annual initiative that encourages people from Limerick City, as well as towns and villages across the county, to hit the streets and join in with the litter pick.

This is the eighth year of TLC, with last year’s clean-up collecting 68 tonnes of litter across the county.

Volunteers come from all walks of life, such as schools, colleges, GAA clubs and Munster Rugby, as well as businesses, charities, and nursing homes. Last year, over 21,000 people got involved countywide.

Since starting the project in 2015, over 400 tonnes of rubbish has been collected by TLC’s waste collection partner, Mr Binman. This equals over 14,500 household wheelie bins.

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TLC is sponsored by the JP McManus Benevolent Fund and the Limerick Post are proud media partners for the event.

Speaking at this year’s event, sponsor JP McManus said that every year he is “struck by the number of people who give up their time during the Easter weekend to clean up their city and county”.

“I hope they get to enjoy their well-deserved rest with family and friends over a cup of tea after their huge efforts on the day. The event wouldn’t be possible without the incredible support of Limerick City and County Council, Mr. Binman, and our media partners,” he said.

Paul O’Connell, Ger Baggott, and JP McManus pictured during the annual TLC clean-up. Photography by: Kieran Ryan-Benson

This year, organisers encouraged volunteers to bring along a friend or new neighbour in their communities to make the clean-up bigger than ever.

As always, there was tea and coffee served across the county after the clean-up allowing volunteers the chance to chat and relax after their work is done.

TLC co-founder and Munster Rugby legend Paul O’Connell added: “It is brilliant to see the clean-up growing year on year. I wouldn’t have believed when talking over a cup of tea with Helen and JP all those years ago that the event would have grown to over 21,000 people taking part in 2023. It is a testament to the people of Limerick.”

Senator Maria Byrne with Garryowen FC members at the Team Limerick Clean-up. Photo: Kieran Ryan-Benson