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 ( 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!

Tackling the invasives and guerrilla planting

KayakCallThe 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.

A new year, another clean-up!

This coming Sunday, 15 February 2015, will be our first clean-up of 2015. We are planning to focus on the area from UL to the Anglers’ Walk entrance this time.

If anyone has a wheelbarrow available, it would be of great help.


If we get enough participants, we will split in two groups, one starting from the UL Boat House, the other one from Anglers’ Walk in Rhebogue.

The main meeting point is the Anglers’ Walk access path to the river bank at 2pm.

For last minute updates, check the Facebook event!

Cleanup1 2015

Limerick Going for Gold Endeavour Award

This came completely by surprise! At tonight’s  Limerick Going for Gold ceremony, we were called on stage and given a Limerick Going for Gold Endeavour Award! As we never applied for anything, this came completely out of the blue! This is a recognition of everybody’s hard work and an encouragement to keep It going! Thank you all! And special thanks go to Sinead McDonnell, the Limerick Environment Officer, who supported us in every step we have taken since our very start!

And here we are with our award:

GoingforGoldMiriamGabrielaLimerick Riverpath Volunteers, represented by Gabriela Avram, left, and Miriam Lohan, are presented with their endeavour award by Gerry Boland of the JP McManus Charitable Foundation, along with Cathaoirleach of Limerick City & County Council, Cllr. Kevin Sheahan. Picture credit: Diarmuid Greene/Fusionshooters 

Riverbank Clean Up as part of the UL Green Week- 6 April 2014

After such a long and eventful winter, we are finally getting ready for a cleanup of the river bank along the footpath from UL toward the city .

We are planning to meet at 10am at the UL Boat Club (to be confirmed). We will try and clean up as much as we can of the river bank toward the city.

Here is a link to the Facebook event where you can sign up and get in touch if you wish.

As there are other areas along the river and canal bank that need attention, we are planning other similar activities in the following weeks (on April 13 and 27).

Wildflower sowing

As the sides of the canal footpath were cleaned and leveled,  we took the opportunity to seed some wildflowers. Mary Conroy from Wildroutes provided the seeds.