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Annual Limerick Civic Trust Cemetery Cleanup in honour of Christmas

Pictured at Mount Saint Lawrence Cementery for the Limerick Civic Trust Cemetery annual clean up – Dermot Kiely, Bernard O’Reilly, Ger Imbusch, Ray Slattery, Terence Keehan, David O’Brien, Pat Hannon, Richard, Shubrook, Dermot Keane, Vincent O’Mahony, Joh Jarvis, Garry Whelan, Garry Whelan, John Kennedy, Michael O’Donnell, Tom Bolger, Dylan Walsh, Des Hayes, Anthony Walsh, Michael Hallinan. Picture: Álex Ricöller / ilovelimerick

Annual Limerick Civic Trust Cemetery Cleanup in honour of Christmas

Over 40 staff from Limerick Civic Trust have undertaken a giant clean-up of five Limerick cemeteries in advance of the Christmas period.  Mount St Laurence, Mount St Oliver, St Patrick’s, St John’s and St Michael’s have been cleared of rubbish, leaves and debris in preparation for the increase of visitors at Christmas time.

The clean-up is part of ongoing maintenance work by Limerick Civic Trust at the various cemeteries throughout the year with the support of Limerick City & County Council. This work also involves the restoration and repair of headstones as well as attending to hundreds of graves in Mount Saint Lawrence*. 

David O’Brien, CEO, Limerick Civic Trust said, “So far this year our CE Scheme workers have spent over 50,000 improving and making places more attractive. The maintenance of 14 graveyards across Limerick is central to this. I would like to thank the team for all their hard work, the supervisors for organising the days and the Limerick City & County Council for their support. These giant clean-up days make a big difference and are much appreciated by the families visiting.”

Limerick Civic Trust, which was formed in 1983, is an independent, non-profit making voluntary society.  It is mainly supported through donations from local government, industry, business, and individuals.  Its mission is to protect and enhance Limerick’s heritage and environment through conservation and preservation, improving civic amenities and education and research.

The Trust undertakes projects that make places more attractive, enjoyable and distinctive.  Whether it’s improving or maintaining a graveyard, a riverside walk, community garden or City Street, the Trust’s work aims to promote civic pride. The Trust also undertakes conservation and preservation projects as well as Educational and Research work.

Please note that the fallen headstone in the photograph will be restored by Limerick Civic Trust in the coming months.

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