Limerick City and County Council has developed a smart phone app which is designed to let people quickly and easily report sightings of invasive plants like Japanese Knotweed, Giant Hogweed and Himalayan Balsam.
Spring is in full swing, the bees are buzzing, and having a meeting nearby, we decided to drop by and visit our apple trees.
The clean-up will be followed by a celebration of the apple trees we planted there last year, and a picnic.
This is a map of the area. For car access, the closest point is Lucas Drive. For walking and cycling, you can walk along the Canal and along the foot/cycling path that connects the Guinness Bridge to Corbally along the Shannon.
We are looking forward to seeing you there! Keep in touch through the event page on Facebook!
Our event titled “To Build a Bridge” brought together quite a crowd gathered at the Limerick end of the closed Black Bridge. Thanks to the National Heritage Week organisers, we had a nice banner and bunting to mark the place.
Among the guests, there were two Limerick City and County councillors: Cllr Marian Hurley and Cllr Elena Secas. Cllr Hurley gave a quick update on the situation of the bridge from a Council perspective, and showed that herself and Cllr Secas are supporting an audit to establish what needs to be done in order for the bridge to be reopened.
Dr. Charlotte Murphy from the Thomond Archaeological and Historical Society, gave an extremely interesting and passionate talk about the history of the Limerick -Killaloe canal and the Limerick Navigation Company, followed by John Elliot, who spoke about the history of Plassey and of the Black Bridge.
After the talks, we enjoyed the hospitality of the Plassey fishermen, who welcomed our idea of having a picnic in the area in front of their cottages. Cake and lemonade were enjoyed while chatting about the past, the present and the future of the Black Bridge.
Thanks to everybody who came to our event today and we hope you enjoyed the afternoon! We’re very grateful that the weather was kind to us here in Limerick!
On Sunday the 23rd of August, as part of Heritage Week, Limerick Riverpath Volunteers will be hosting an event dedicated to the Black Bridge in Plassey.
We will meet on the Limerick side of the bridge at 4pm. Thanks to the kind participation of Thomond Archaeological and Historical Society, we will have short talks on the history of the bridge, followed by a picnic at the Fisherman’s Cottages, so we can share information on the current status of the bridge and what might be needed to restore it.
If you are interested in the past, present and future of the Black Bridge in Plassey, your presence would be most appreciated. There is great affection for the bridge, so we would like people attending – many of whom assist us in our efforts to clear the area of litter – to be as well informed and socially engaged as possible in their wish to get the bridge reopened.
The event is supported by the UL Environmental Committee.
We hope to see you there.
We can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need further details.
You can read more about the Black Bridge in Plassey here:
The River Cleanup organised by the UL Kayak Club gave us an opportunity to join in. The UL Environmental Committee organised a clean-up, so we decided to concentrate on planning how to tackle the Himalayan balsam and replace it with edible plants like wild strawberries, gooseberry and raspberry bushes.
We planted raspberry cuts and shootings by the Boat House, and lots of wild strawberries in front of the Boat House and all along the foot path. We’ll be back to pull out more of the Himalayan Balsam – it is still young and difficult to distinguish from the other plants! Looking forward to the harvest in a year or so!
The “Incredible Edible” movement offers great inspiration for thinking about the gifts that the place around us can offer, if taken care of!
Here are a few pictures of the clean-up itself, posted by the UL Green Campus committee.