Caring for our river banks – can we do it together?

As part of the Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival, Gabriela and Miriam gave a talk at Chez le Fab on 22 March 2018.
Here’s the talk abstract:

“For the last 6 years, Limerick Riverpath Volunteers (http://limerickriverpathvolunteers.org) have been doing clean-ups, tree planting, walks and talks, bringing together people who care about the canal and river banks. Come to hear about our experience and about a new trend, called ‘Take 3 for the Sea’ when it is done on beaches or “plogging” when done while jogging.”

We had a great turnout, and very interesting conversations afterwards. Thanks to everyone who showed up!
In case you couldn’t make it, here are the slides we used in the form of a short video:

A great success!

More than 70 people showed up for our cleanup on Sunday- from all parts of the city and of all ages- families, students, members of various groups and associations, who all have a special place in their hearts for our riverbanks.

Here are a few photos and impressions shared by the participants on social media:

More photos here thanks to Brian Leddin.

Well done to everyone involved, UL Environmental Committee, UL Kayak Club, UL Sub Aqua Club, Birdwatch Ireland Limerick Branch, TidyTowns Limerick, Team Limerick Clean-up! This was the final “harvest” – more than 5 tonnes of rubbish!

Plassey Riverbank Cleanup on Sunday, March 11 2018

Volunteers needed for our cleanup of the river bank at Plassey on March 11th. We will be joining forces with UL Environment Committee and Kayak Club and will aim to gather most of the litter that has accumulated on the stretch between the Guinness Bridge and UL Boathouse. There will be tea and sandwiches in the Boathouse afterwards. Please come along!

Report Invasive Plants App launched

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.

The app is called “Report Invasive Plants” was developed by Mobanode and is available for both iPhone and Android through the App Store and Google Play Store.

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Clean-up in Shannon Fields

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As part of the National Spring Clean organised by An Taiscé, we are meeting for a clean-up in Shannon Fields on 23 April 2016 at 2pm.NationalSpringClean

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.

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We are looking forward to seeing you there! Keep in touch through the event page on Facebook!

 

Heritage Week event dedicated to the Black Bridge, Plassey

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.
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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.20150823_161141

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.

20150823_161621 20150823_163538After 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.

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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!