There was a very large turnout of volunteers in Glenroe for the Team Limerick Clean-up sponsored by J.P. McManus which took place across Limerick city and county on Good Friday. A vast area was covered around Glenroe and at the end of the three hour offensive on unwanted litter, a huge mound of bags was to be seen adjacent to the local Community Centre, all of which were collected in the evening by Mr, Binman who collected it free of charge as part of the initiative.

Among the volunteers on Friday were: John Tobin, Mossie McCarthy, Patrick O’Callaghan, Matt O’Callaghan, Jordan Sheehy, Darren Carroll, Daithi McCarthy, Pat Condon, Denis Condon, Caroline Wren, Liam O’Connell, Aoife Hayes, Brid Hayes, Matt Myers, Patsy McDonnell, Gerard Leahy, Marian Leahy, Michael O’Dea, Andrew Farrelly, Tom Fox, Sean Moloney, Carmel Fox, Mary Coffey, Ita Kiely, Tristan Rossi, Alice Malone.

All who volunteered were amazed at the amount and the type of the rubbish that is deliberately and indiscriminately dumped off the grass margins. Roadside verges are valuable wildlife areas that in the spring time have many different types of wild flowers, lesser celandine, wood anemone, violets, orchids, dandelion, growing on them. These wild flowers provide food for insects, butterflies and bees at this time of the year. The dandelion seeds are a very valuable supply of seeds for bullfinches and gold finches The roadsides are also used by many birds as nesting sites There is something surely wrong with the attitude of people who can partake of all kinds of food and drink in their cars and then put down the window and throw the rubbish on to the roadside.

We have a wonderful amenity in our countryside. So let us show some respect for that amenity and for the people who live on those roadsides and have to tolerate the dumping on a daily basis.

Most households have a bin collection at their homes so can we please change our attitudes to the  dumping of rubbish in public places. Please take your rubbish home.

The organisers in Glenroe would like to thank all those who turned out in such large numbers last Friday.