River and Canal Bank Clean-up 2

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!

Tea and coffee will be available afterwards.

You can sign up on Facebook.

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Great turnout, excellent work!

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).
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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!

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).

Spring Clean in February- great turnout, excellent work!

We were blessed with glorious sunshine today. A lot of volunteers turned up and we had 2 boats on the canal collecting rubbish from the water, thanks to Pat and Dan .

We organised teams who took care of different sections of the canal bank, and everything worked out wonders. We met at 12pm and a few groups started straight away. A small group lead by Arthur went to work around the boat house, where they had spotted a lot of rubbish.

But people continued to arrive for the next hour or so, and we distributed bags, gloves and pickers  and directed them toward the areas that needed more attention.

Tires were pulled out of the canal by the boats, and we were astonished to find so many tires that ended up in the canal. Someone solved the mystery – actually the canal bank was reinforced with tires when it was done up back in 2005-2006. They’re now becoming loose and some of them are ending in the canal.

A microwave and a bicycle were pulled out of the water, and a toilet seat was found on the canal bank. Tim and his three little daughters joined in, and with their united forces they were able to pull out a truck tire from the ditch between the foot path and  Richmond RFC.

Mary from Wildroutes took photos of some of the odd objects that herself, Pat and Joan Lysaght pulled out of the canal: a TV set, a CD folder, a supermarket trolley and so on. You can admire them on our Facebook page.

More photos from today are available here.

A lot of walkers passed by. Some of them avoided eye contact; some others had a word of appreciation. A fisherman who found himself surrounded by volunteers left his angles and piled the rubbish that he could find around him for the volunteers to collect it. A man we stopped asking if he saw any volunteers at work on the northern side of the canal asked to join. We tried to give him a flyer so that he can join next time, but he replied “I want to help now!” He took on the wheelbarrow and didn’t stop until all the rubbish bags were back at Richmond RFC. We found out that he is originally from Bulgaria.

A group from Transition Limerick joined, and they have done an absolutely fantastic job! Carla helped collecting the bags from the northern side of the canal with her van and brought them back to Richmond as well.

We had staff and students from UL, Susan from the Adult Education College, people of different nationalities, backgrounds and paths of life. None of us actually likes picking up rubbish, and it would be fantastic if we could make a difference by convincing people to take their rubbish home and not having to pick it up ourselves. Rubbish bins would probably make a difference if placed on the canal and river bank. In the mean time, those who really care about the river and canal banks- like Cait or Joan- pick up rubbish every day when they are out walking. Fair play to them!

We had 35 people out caring for the canal bank out today. Thank you very much for giving up your Sunday time to help a good cause! We were all proud to see how good the canal bank showed afterwards (although there are a few points where we need to go back).

We are extremely grateful to Limerick City& County Council – and especially to Sinead McDonnell, the Environmental Officer, for providing us with bags, gloves and pickers and for organising the rubbish collection on Monday.

We would also like to thank to the nice people at Richmond RFC for hosting our tea&coffee&chat at the end of the activity!

 

 

Spring clean-up – Sunday, 24 February 2013

It’s that time of the year again! The canal and riverbank look much better this year, after all the hard work that went in during the last year. The Limerick Civic Trust team has done an excellent job early this year, cutting down branches and collecting the rubbish.

Our job will be a lot easier this year, so maybe we can spend a bit of time talking about how to maintain the foot path and the riverbanks clean.

We’ll be meeting at 12pm at Richmond RFC on Sunday 24 February. We’ll start the clean-up at 12:30 and we hope to be done by 3pm. At 3:30 we’ll be back in Richmond for a cup of tea/coffee and cake.

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In preparation for the spring activities

Today we went down by the canal to estimate how much work needs to be done in two weeks time.
We also looked for little corners that could foster our future “secret garden”.
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Joan Lysaght pointed out this interesting plant, that was used as bed straw in the past. It has a lovely scent, but it looks like its use in mattresses was later proved to cause liver and kidney problems.
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It’s called Winter heliotrope, also known as Butterbur.

Canal Walk in Preparation Of Cleanup


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Harvest Time Guided Riverbank Walk on Sunday

The Limerick Riverpath Volunteers initiative group (previously known as “We love Plassey Riverbank”) lead several clean-up operations, as well as wild flowers sowing on the canal and river bank earlier this year.
Now it’s time to enjoy what the river bank has to offer! We are organising a guided walk followed by a picnic on Sunday, and everybody is welcome!

We will be meeting at 2pm at the old lock on the canal bank – behind Emo petrol station on Clare St.
We will start with a bit of history – Sharon Slater of Limerick’s Life will share stories about the glorious past of the canal.
Maura Turner of Birdwatch Ireland will draw our attention to the birds we might encounter during our walk, and horticulturist Joan Lysaght will open our eyes to the many plants, trees and bushes that grow on the canal and river bank.
We’ll walk by the canal and then by the river up to the junction with the Anglers’ Walk. Softday‘s Mikael Fernstrom and Sean Taylor will help us acquire the magic power of listening to underwater sounds.

On the way back to the Richmond Rugby&Football Club, we’ll look for blackberries and photograph as many hidden treasures as we can.
The berries are for the picnic, and the photos for a Limerick Riverpaths digital treasure chest!
And finally around 4pm, we’ll get back together for a harvest picnic at Richmond RFC. We’ll have the chance to sample each other’s baking while sipping a cup of tea/coffee and chatting about what we’ve seen.

Richmond RFC will be open from us from 1:45pm until 5pm.
Join us anytime, and be prepared for any weather. We’re doing our best to arrange sun;)

Raking and cleaning the canal bank

This Sunday, we had a lovely sunny day working by the canal. A few people joined Pat Lysaght in his boat and collected rubbish from the water. We cleaned the canal bank on the city side and had a great chat with the children from the neighbourhood, taking about their ideas for the future of the canal bank.

 

Second clean-up: the canal

Initially, we had planned to continue cleaning the riverbank from the Anglers’ Walk to the University of Limerick. But a few days ago, Miriam met a professional team hired by the County Council cutting the overgrowth and collecting the rubbish. They have done an excellent job, so now we can focus on the canal bank and collect as much rubbish as we can. Pat will bring his boat again, so that we can collect stuff from the water as well.

We’ll be meeting at Richmond RFC on Sunday, 11 March 2012 at 12.00pm.
We hope to be done by 2pm.
There will be tea and cake in Richmond afterwards. All ages welcome.