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Limerick schoolchildren come up with names for new Limerick cycle lane sweepers



Limerick cycle lane sweepers -Mayor of Limerick Cllr Daniel Butler pictured with Children at Gaelscoil Sairseal who won a naming competition to name 2 new Active Travel cycle lane sweepers.  Also pictured drivers Dave Conway and Paul O’Shea. Picture: Don Moloney.

Speedy Wheely and Sweep de Limerick to become well-known names on the streets of Limerick 

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The two sweepers visited Gaelscoil Sáirséal. Picture: Don Moloney.

Children at Limerick’s Gaelscoil Sáirséal have come up with two apt names for Limerick City and County Council’s new Active Travel Limerick cycle lane sweepers.

It follows a naming competition run earlier this year.

The sweepers will be known as ‘Speedy Wheely’, one of the names put forward by sixth class pupils, and ‘Sweep de Limerick’, one of the entries from children in fourth class.

Hundreds of pupils took part in the naming competition and a panel of judges sifted through all the entries earlier in the year before selecting the two winning names.

The children were able to see the Limerick cycle lane sweepers up close with their names emblazoned on the front when the two sweepers visited Gaelscoil Sáirséal.

Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, Cllr Daniel Butler said: “I want to congratulate the children of Gaelscoil Sáirséal for coming up with two brilliant names for our two new mini-sweepers. It’s great to see such positive engagement from our younger generation with the work that Active Travel is doing across Limerick.”

Sean McGlynn, Senior Engineer with Active Travel said: “As one of the judges, I was really impressed by the creativity and imagination shown by all the children and schools that took part in the competition. We tasked the classes with coming up with names that had a cycling theme. ‘Speedy Wheely’ and ‘Sweep de Limerick’ won over all three judges on the day.”

The delivery of the Limerick cycle lane sweepers comes at a time when Limerick City and County Council’s Active Travel team is continuing to roll out new cycling infrastructure across Limerick. 

In the past year alone, Active Travel has installed new segregated cycle lanes at locations including Dooradoyle Road, Groody Road, St Nessan’s Road and Childers Road. 

The size of the new sweepers makes them ideal for fitting into the segregated cycle lanes at these locations, and elsewhere.   

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