As part of Team Limerick Cleanup Good Friday action, we did our bit cleaning the canal banks on both sides from Clare Street to the Park Canal Bridge up to the railway bridge on the Rhebogue side. We were blessed with such beautiful weather!
21 people joined in, some of them friends of friends who were just visiting Limerick, some others long time supporters of our group. It was nice to see by passers stopping and talking to us- maybe because our high-visibility vests were so well branded! Well done everybody!
We had two meeting points: the UL Boat House and the Anglers’ Walk entrance. The group on the UL side was smaller, but they did great work! You can see their “capture” below. We worked along the bank, hoping to meet after a couple of hours. Unfortunately, the weather wasn’t great (drizzling, cold and chilly) and there was rubbish galore, so we decided to stop and call it a day. We regrouped on the Anglers’ Walk side for a photo. Someone in the neighbourhood must have called the guards seeing the pile of rubbish accumulating at the gate. Fortunately, they arrived at the moment of our glorious photo shooting – they drove past us up and down and left us alone.
We had great support from the Limerick City and County Council, who sent a truck to pick up the bags almost immediately after we finished.
A big thank you goes to our friends at Richmond RFC, who kindly provided us with tea and coffee and allowed us to clean up and get dry while having some home baked delightful cakes. Their new club building is impressive – they’ve done a fantastic job!
Thanks to generous support from a donor working with the Irish Seed Savers Association, we are getting a number of Irish native apple trees and we will be able to start planting fruit trees on the canal and Corbally side. Come and join us on Saturday, 28 February 2015 at 2pm!
The meeting point is the exercise fixed equipment on the Corbally side foot path.
Adopt a tree together with your family and friends, and watch over it as it starts bearing fruit!
Here’s a satellite image of our orchard-to-be – the public areas along the north bank of the Park Canal and the high ground in the wetlands to the north of the fields. It is very muddy, which is good for digging but bad for clean clothes, so be sure to wear raingear and wellies!
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:
Limerick 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
The poor little Abbey River gets neglected. We’ve done so much for her big sister Shannon, it’s time to clear the Island Bank and Corbally Paths. Athlunkard Boat Club have kindly offered to host us, and we’ll have boats and wheelbarrows this time! All welcome.
After the excellent result of last Sunday’s clean-up we are organising a second round from the Groody Bridge to the Park Canal this Sunday (13 April 2014) from 12.00 to 14.00, starting from our base at Richmond RFC.
Meet at Richmond Rugby club, at Park Canal at 12noon.
Gloves, pickers and bags will be provided thanks to An Taisce and Limerick City and County Council.
Groups will work along the river bank and bags will have to be brought back to the Rugby club.
If you can bring a wheelbarrow or a bike, you are more than welcome!
A sudden shower earlier in the morning didn’t scare us – the weather forecast claimed the weather will improve throughout the day.
We met at the UL Boathouse at 10am, crossing paths with the participants to the annual Jacinta O’Brien 10km Run. The materials received from An Taisce (bags, gloves, vests) were supplemented with the ones we had in storage from last year’s clean-up (pickers and more gloves).
We split into two groups- one working toward UL and the other one working toward Rhebogue. We were extremely lucky to have the support of a little rubbish collection vehicle owned by UL Buildings& Estates. This made our work a lot easier, as the little truck was able to come and collect the bags instead of having us carrying them back to the base. Amongst the bigger objects we collected were a kids play pen, a wheelie bin and a large barrel. A lot of rubbish was left by the high water on the river bank – plastic bottles and cans mainly.
Dermot came well equipped and he was able to get into the ditch – which, quite unusual for this time of the year, is still full of water!
We then walked back to Dromroe Village Hall, where the two teams were reunited and we shared tea, coffee and some delicious cakes (as usual!).
The event signaled the closing of a great Green Week in UL, including a lot of other attractive activities.
Thanks to all the participants for giving their time and energy – what we achieved in less than 2h was amazing!
We’ll be back in the next weeks, caring for the section from the Groody river toward the city , for the Canal bank and then for the Abbey bank!